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road.jpg Michael J. Fox will attend George W. Bush's upcoming "State of the Union" address at the invitation of Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin, who has been confined to a wheelchair for most of his adult life.

Mrbrazilroad.jpg Meet Mr. Brazil 2007.

road.jpg Heidi Cullen, the Weather Channel's foremost climatologist, says AMS should not approve meteorologists who disagree with scientific theories on global warming: "Meteorologists are among the few people trained in the sciences who are permitted regular access to our living rooms. And in that sense, they owe it to their audience to distinguish between solid, peer-reviewed science and junk political controversy. If a meteorologist can't speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn't give them a Seal of Approval. Clearly, the AMS doesn't agree that global warming can be blamed on cyclical weather patterns. It's like allowing a meteorologist to go on-air and say that hurricanes rotate clockwise and tsunamis are caused by the weather. It's not a political statement...it's just an incorrect statement."

road.jpg While David Beckham bides his time in Spain taking phone calls from Tom Cruise, Victoria Beckham says she wants nothing to with Scientology. "Tom spoke to David for hours about Scientology. He feels it could help to lift him out of the blues over his football career. But Victoria is having none of it. She can’t see the point of joining something like that where you have to donate money."

road.jpg Diana Ross to be American Idol mentor this season.

Seacrest_cowellroad.jpg Idol frightfest: wax likenesses of Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell make their debut.

road.jpg While some threats to high school gay-straight alliance groups have been quashed in Virginia, they are struggling in gay-friendlier Toronto area.

road.jpg Focus on the Family has its sights set on Key West Gay Spring Break. (via fundie watch)

road.jpg Scientists reveal how 1918 flu epidemic killed over 50 million: "Essentially, people are drowned by themselves."

road.jpg Still on tap for Apple? Widescreen video iPod and tablet Mac.

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  1. you know...i REALLY hate to say this...because i REALLY hate all those "focus on the family" things but...you KNOW it's kinda true.

    "gay spring break...geared toward the college crowd...welcomed to adults to..."

    you know it's gonna be a hedonistic sex haven. Not to say that they don't have the RIGHT to have a hedonistic sex haven it's just...i mean come on...der.

    Posted by: Leo | Jan 18, 2007 12:55:59 PM


  2. That weather channel "scientist" should have her head examined. Scepticism should be at the root of any scientist's life. It is clear that global warming is happening. What is not clear is the degree of human responsibility. Remember kiddies that correlation does not equate to causality.

    Posted by: James | Jan 18, 2007 12:59:40 PM


  3. Andy, you linked to an article about GSA groups, stating they are "struggling in gay-friendlier Toronto". The article was about a high school in Richmond Hill, a town in York Region, a separate school board district north of the actual city of Toronto.
    http://www.yorktourism.com/Region+Map/default.htm

    Richmond Hill is a suburban community with some large groups of affluent ethnic minorities that tend to be more socially ocnservative than areas in downtown Toronto. That having been said, according to the article, there are apparently 13 GSA clubs in York Region but does not mention any in metro Toronto. However, Wikipedia's entry on GSA does refer to a GSA club in Upper Canada College, one of Toronto's most prestigious private secondary schools.

    Posted by: RJ | Jan 18, 2007 1:01:15 PM


  4. "What is not clear is the degree of human responsibility. Remember kiddies that correlation does not equate to causality."

    Not according to the algore/Laurie David evangelicals. You spoke heresy. You must burn.

    Posted by: Tom | Jan 18, 2007 1:51:34 PM


  5. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality? Hilarious... sort of.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jan 18, 2007 1:51:41 PM


  6. I thought Ryan Seacrest already was wax.

    Posted by: Scott | Jan 18, 2007 2:27:57 PM


  7. I will be so happy when I see the day when Mr Brazil (and all the other "Mr." contest winners)actually LOOKS like a native of that country instead of a NY Chelsea boy. I swear we are no better than the hetero beauty pageants.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 18, 2007 2:53:27 PM


  8. The FoF article has some interesting quotes:

    "Missing from Gay Spring Break is the emotional pain and physical disease that often remain once the party is over."

    I'm not sure what that means, but FoF does favor corporal punishment for children, so maybe they approve???

    "'It’s going to be a very confusing situation for them. They’re going to be looking for a life that’s meaningful and satisfying and instead they’re going to really find the hedonism and senseless sexuality that Key West is so famous for.'”

    As in: "Hey, this isn't a business development conference??? I'm so confused!" Students are like that when it comes to spring break.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 18, 2007 3:13:20 PM


  9. Yes, please, make no mistake about it, Richmond Hill (aka Dick Hill) is NO Toronto. It is, quite simply, Suburban Hell.

    York Region and Toronto are two very different entities.

    If you live here you'll understand.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 18, 2007 3:15:47 PM


  10. Ryan looks so life like, wonder how they managed that?

    Posted by: gay is the new straight | Jan 18, 2007 3:34:11 PM


  11. Re: Beckhams vs. Scientology-

    Good for Vics. Anything that will keep them out of that cult.

    @ James:

    Nice try. She is actually an acredited scientist, where you're what, an armchair nobody? I'll take her word over yours any day.

    Posted by: Tread | Jan 18, 2007 3:37:02 PM


  12. Whether it's Toronto or York, the fact it's happening in Ontario, Canada is quite alarming.

    I hope they go on with the club through word of mouth, defiance is the name of the game.

    Posted by: Da | Jan 18, 2007 4:33:51 PM


  13. Of course hetero spring break weeks in Destin, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Clearwater are ALL about Bible study and vows of piety, chastity and prohibition.

    Same tired, old story from these guys. If they spend 100% of their time obsessing about gay people and digging around for dirty laundry in the gay world then it’s easier for them to personally ignore, and distract others from noticing, the colossal social/family failures that they can’t control, and have too often created, in the straight world.

    Focus on gay marriage = ignore domestic violence, poverty and adultery in the straight world and the sky rocketing straight divorce rate that results.

    Focus on gay spring break = ignore the drinking, drugs and sex that have been the widely known and celebrated central features of the straight spring break itinerary for decades.

    Focus on gay adoption = ignore straight people who have no business having children and irresponsible straight people who are almost exclusively responsible for the fact that there are children in need of adoption in the first place.

    Focus on the Anus = ignore the needs of REAL families.

    Focus on the Family should be called Focus on Distractions.

    I would actually prefer that they focus on their OWN damn families and leave mine the heck alone.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jan 18, 2007 6:48:42 PM


  14. Just when you thought Ryan Seacrest couldn't get more creepy...

    Posted by: virgoboy | Jan 18, 2007 9:19:02 PM


  15. Well-said, Zeke!

    Posted by: RJ | Jan 19, 2007 12:17:57 AM


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