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road.jpg Earthquakes, powerful tsunami strike Solomon Islands. Death toll at 20...

Tillmanroad.jpg Friendly fire: Memo from Gen. Stanley McChrystal reveals that "the Pentagon was more concerned with sparing officials from embarrassment than with leveling with [Pat] Tillman's family." General: "I felt that it was essential that you received this information as soon as we detected it in order to preclude any unknowing statements by our country's leaders which might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of Cpl. Tillman's death become public."

road.jpg Amy Poehler on husband Will Arnett's gay following: "Believe me, the highest compliment as a woman is to have your husband wolf-whistled at in the West Village. Oh, he’s adorable! I really scored. I don’t know what-the-f I did right, but I did something right in my past life to get a handsome, funny hunk of meat and put a ring on that."

road.jpg New poll shows more people support allowing gay marriage in California than the legalization of ferrets as pets.

road.jpg Head of Italian bishops, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, causes furor over gay rights warning: "Why say 'no' to forms of legally recognised co-habitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say 'no' to incest? Why say 'no' to the pedophile party in Holland?"

road.jpg ABC pays a visit to Delta Lambda Phi, NYU's newly recognized gay frat: "The NYU chapter, with 11 members, forbids hazing and incorporates an 'education' rather than a 'pledging' process that requires new recruits to know the fraternity's mission, memorize the Greek alphabet and learn Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure. By offering fraternity brotherhood to gay men, it "breaks boundaries," according to chapter president Matt Maggiacomo. The fraternity's mascot is the centaur, adapted from Greek mythology as the essence of masculinity — the Lambdas' version depicts a younger, clean-shaven man-horse with short hair. The fraternity motto is 'Lambda men are making their presence known,' and the Toast Song is 'Once There Was a Mighty Man.'"

Minogueroad.jpg Kylie Minogue and her main gay hit the town in London.

road.jpg Debate on "Secret Mark" Gospel resumes: "Clement, in this letter, acknowledged the existence of a longer Gospel by Mark known only to initiates. Clement quoted a section involving Jesus’ raising of a young man from his tomb and a nighttime encounter in which Jesus taught the lightly clad youth 'the mystery of the kingdom.'"

road.jpg Lesbian from Uganda seeks asylum in U.S., claiming she was persecuted for her sexual orientation: "In 2001, Nabulwala says, she was called to another family meeting after relatives learned she was still involved in a lesbian relationship. 'During this meeting, my dad said so many unpleasant and hurtful words to me," she says. "He was so angry that he reached out to grab my neck to strangle me. He stated he was going to kill me because I was an embarrassment to him, our family, as well as the entire clan.' She says two aunts dragged her out of the meeting into her room, where a young man was waiting. 'I was forced to have sex with a total stranger, which was very nasty, while my aunts watched in laughter,' she says. 'Afterwards, they all left me lying there in a lot of pain.'"

road.jpg Nancy Pelosi criticized by White House for visit to Syria while another group of Republicans visitng that country goes unnoticed.

road.jpg Tickets for the Glastonbury Festival sell out in 90 minutes: "The Arctic Monkeys are due to headline the festival. Dame Shirley Bassey and The Who are also confirmed to perform but the full line-up will not be released until June."

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  1. Re: "Secret Mark"-- If anyone is interested, Theodore Jennings, in his "The Man Jesus Loved"--the "gay Jesus" book--uses Secret Mark as part of his argument. If you've not read "The Man...", you should--it's great--and not as sensationalistic as it might at first sound. Regardless of the origins of Secret Mark, the whole thing is fantastic mystery...

    Posted by: Acolyte | Apr 2, 2007 1:26:42 PM

  2. Interesting to know that scholars are still debating the gospel's authenticity. Here's the passage, an alternative to more traditional pre-Easter readings:

    "And going near, Jesus rolled away the stone from the door of the tomb. And straightaway, going in where the youth was, he stretched forth his hand and raised him, seizing his hand. But the youth, looking upon him, loved him and began to beseech him that he might be with him. And going out of the tomb, they came into the house of the youth, for he was rich. And after six days Jesus told him what to do, and in the evening the youth comes to him, wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the Kingdom of God."

    Posted by: GBM | Apr 2, 2007 1:35:40 PM

  3. Pat Tillman was killed because he was an athiest and thought the invasion of Iraq was illegal.

    That news outlet is shameless. Comparing ferrets with marriage.

    I'm really impressed by Delta Lambda Phi. I hope they have gym equipment or have gym passes to build their bodies. It's a lot easier finding a guy when you have a muscular body. That's the truth.

    Great to see Kylie again. Her friend looks good too.

    I hope that Uganda woman wins her asylum. She can no longer hid that she is a lesbian. It's a desperate situation for her.

    Posted by: Jack! | Apr 2, 2007 1:48:04 PM

  4. That picture they keep posting of Pat Tillman just... bothers me. Very "Dolph Lundgren / Universal Soldier"ish. It's a shame, other photos of him are quite a bit more... human looking.

    I have nothing against our armed forces. I admire the people who feel it is their duty to protect our country. As a matter of fact, my partner of nine years is ex-Army. It's a shame that they are protecting our country in a war based on lies.

    Anyhow. I hope whom ever can get to the bottom of the matter.


    Posted by: Rad | Apr 2, 2007 2:50:39 PM

  5. A catholic bishop compared gays and lesbians to pedophiles and incest? Yawn. What a tired old argument. But then again, what would ANY catholic priest know about adult relationships? (The answer SHOULD be nothing... unless they've been forgetting about that chastity vow... )

    When oh when will the world finally stop listening to a bunch of tired old eunuchs and start making decisions about their lives that are based on reality?

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 2, 2007 3:10:01 PM

  6. Tillman served in Afganistan, and unless you are a nutjob, the evidence points to necessity of that war, though it has certain pointless aspects to it when most of the terrorists have now moved to Pakistan. The public still strongly supports taking action in Afganistan, if not Iraq. Don't confuse the two.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 3, 2007 12:29:23 AM

  7. Pat Mitchell's mom was on ESPN radio a few days ago saying that he was against the war in Iraq, he thought it was illegal. She also said she can't rule out that Pat's death was intentional (that he was murdered). But Tillman's uniform and diary were burned after he died, so all the evidence was destroyed.

    There's another case that hasn't gotten enough coverage. It's that of Pvt. Lavena Johnson, a St. Louis Missouri area soldier, who died of a reported suicide in Iraq on July 19th, 2005. Evidence in the case points to a possible murder coverup.

    Posted by: Sammy | Apr 3, 2007 6:09:31 AM

  8. What kind of person would turn their back on,
    Three point six million genuine American bucks?
    Then go through a rigorous boot camp,
    Where passing it has nothing to do with luck.

    This was unheard of about three years ago,
    That amount could be almost ten million today,
    Someone who’s unselfish, a hero, a statesman,
    Just a few of the thoughts we might very well say.

    To become an elite US Army Ranger no less,
    Not carry the flag and march in some parade,
    Enlisting to fight in a war that was his to avoid,
    Not hiding in Canada where draft dodgers stayed.

    It was more than type A, B, O or a rare blood,
    That ran through this dedicated young man’s veins,
    It was a sense of patriotic obligation and tradition,
    Turning him away from a multi-million dollar game.

    Parents, family, friends, many others want answers,
    Two and a half years later and I can understand why,
    It’s not that he perished in combat on April 22,2004,
    But, from friendly fire should any soldier have to die?

    A modern world of high tech gadgets filled with sci-fi gizmos,
    5,000 miles away an egg is measured exactly how high and wide,
    Yet less than a few clicks away in a remote place called Afghanistan,
    It’s impossible to tell whether or not soldiers are on the same side?

    One of the servicemen who shot at him, recently had laser eye surgery,
    Tiger Woods had a similar operation yet he’s the best we will ever see,
    Four soldiers firing failed to identify themselves so there was no repeat,
    It’s the enemy and not your own Army seeking to kill the Ranger elite.

    So here they are just before Veterans Day desperately trying to figure out how,
    Special agents and investigators like Hyenas or Cheetahs on a mid-day prowl,
    If what happened is discovered, to the public all will not be made known,
    Where are the referees and line judges? A penalty flag should be thrown.

    Pride will never be measured or counted in dollars and cents,
    Giving up a carefree, professional, lifestyle in Arizona, not content,
    It’s a faithful & spiritual value connecting one’s mind to the heart,
    An American soldier in a foreign country is only one of many parts.

    The United States Military doesn’t need an infusion of athletic heroes,
    Just those who are not impressed with $ signs followed by a lot of zeros.
    Going through recruit training then to different bases the Army will send,
    The sports world needs more players with the courage of such unselfish men.

    Three years later several U.S. Army Officers supposedly will have to pay,
    An alleged verbal reprimand might or might not be listed in their resume,
    Heck, why not just do it like in day care and slap those nasty little hands?
    Even in death compared to Pat Tillman they can never be half of that man.

    Poems By Luke Easter

    Posted by: Luke Easter | Aug 2, 2008 9:10:47 PM

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