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road.jpg John McCain's campaign manager and chief strategist exit: "In statements, Terry Nelson, a veteran of President Bush's successful 2004 re-election effort, said he resigned as campaign manager effective immediately and John Weaver said he stepped down from his post of chief strategist on Tuesday. But other officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid discussing private conversations, said Nelson was fired."

road.jpg Capturing the cherry at Cherry Grove, Fire Island.

Pete_burnsroad.jpg Former Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns got hitched: "This is the second marriage for Burns, who was married for twenty-five years to his wife Lynne. During Burns' stint on Celebrity Big Brother on live television, he announced the couple's wedding engagement. One break-up and reconciliation later, the two scooted themselves down the aisle."

road.jpg Bill Richardson apologizes for using "maricón" slur after being goaded by Don Imus in 2006: "Almost exactly one year before Imus was to lose his show for using a slur to describe the Rutger’s women’s basketball team, the shock jock used the Spanish word 'maricón' in an on-air exchange with Richardson. 'Bernard on the staff here has been claiming you’re not really Hispanic so-- that you're just claiming that for some sort of advantage or something,' Imus said to Richardson, tongue clearly in cheek. 'You can just answer this yes or no and this will answer that question. Would you agree that Bernard is a maricón?' Without missing a beat, Richardson replied in Spanish, 'Yo creo que Bernardo, sí — es un maricón si él piensa que yo no soy hispano. [General laughter] Was that good enough or what? [General laughter]' 'That’s good enough for me,' Imus replied."

road.jpg Groove Armada's Andy Cato says they'll lead Kylie Minogue back to the top of the charts: "Ours is the best tune. The track we've done is a killer. It's sort of Blondie pop with a stripped-back sound. I'm quietly confident about it."

road.jpg Desperately Seeking Susan coming to the London stage.

road.jpg Victoria Beckham reality show to air July 16th: "It's funny. People really get to see what I'm really like. I have quite a dry sense of humor, which I hope is going to translate to Americans. I'm incredibly blessed and I wanted to show that to everybody."

road.jpg Former communications director at 10 Downing Street reveals in diary entry that Tony Blair laughed when he learned of the gay mugging of then Welsh Secretary Ron Davies: "We took him (Blair) into the dining room and told him what we knew. "He looked surprised but not shocked and then, as I had, laughed. 'Bloody hell' he said."

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  1. Um. Not to sound too ignorant, but translation please. What's a 'maricon?'

    Posted by: MT | Jul 10, 2007 4:54:20 PM

  2. 'maricon' is a swishy sissy like 'faggot' in spanish. 'Puta/puto' is sometimes used as well, although they mean 'whore' in spanish

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jul 10, 2007 5:12:50 PM

  3. And what is a "gay mugging?"

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 10, 2007 5:14:52 PM

  4. Thanks, Andy. The linked article about the Richardson incident is as fascinating as it is long. But Jesus Fucking Christ of the Andes! WHEN are we going to be consistently treated as FULL human beings by those who claim to be our friends? Isaiah Washington insists that anyone who knows him would never believe that there was a homophobic cell in his body. Sure, he used the word "faggot" but he didn't mean it THAT way, and, depending on which of his various interviews one reads, he either did or did not use it about/within or not within earshot of T.R. Knight [recently, and absurdly, proximity became the deciding moral factor for such otherwise often sensible commentators as Keith Boykin]. Of course, straight Barrack Obama supporters, but also several gay Obamettes, refuse to believe that, after courageously criticizing homophobia in the Black community, incredibly had a little mini gay panic moment when Sen. Biden mentioned Obama having an AIDS test and felt the need to do a little brush-off-the-fagness-from-his-shoulders "joke" for the guffawing audience.

    Now Bill Richardson, that Great Friend of the Gays, rather than simply saying, "I made a mistake when I used the word "maricon" on the Imus show a year ago, and I apologize for it," is, instead, 1. questioning why anyone [read political enemies] is bringing it up NOW [as if there's a "Criticize By Date" on bigotry]; 2. claiming that he is, apparently, the only Spanish-speaking man on the face of the proverbial planet Earth to not know it is a slur, sort of a faggot con salsa [though he can't get his stories uh straight about what he thought it means]; and, in any case, 3. he was baited into it by Imus though YES he admits that he would not have let Imus bait him into saying, e.g., "nigger." Muchos gracias, Senor Richardson!

    At least SAAD er GLAAD is kinda sorry they didn't ding him on it when they were told about it at the time but somehow apparently by their math a governor who says "maricon" is less worthy of attention than a Presidential candidate who says "maricon," and, besides, he luvs us so.....

    And people wonder why 38 years after Stonewall we're still second-class citizens.

    Posted by: Leland | Jul 10, 2007 5:16:10 PM

  5. We are not privy to it, but somewhere out there, there is a list of politicians who have been granted permission by gay activist groups to call gay people "faggots".

    Posted by: hzh | Jul 10, 2007 5:24:45 PM

  6. Aww, now don't be all grumpy. Truly this is a blessed, joyous time! Pete Burns has gotten married!!


    Posted by: Paul | Jul 10, 2007 5:44:43 PM

  7. Leland's default position on Obama has obviously been reset from Dislike to Destroy.

    And we are going to be hearing about it whenever he can jam an Obama tangent into a post between now and at least March.

    Oh, joy.

    Posted by: 24play | Jul 10, 2007 6:11:37 PM

  8. What exactly is a "gay mugging"? Do drag queen emerge from alleyways and leave you drained, moussed and just a little more fabulous?

    I think you meant "mugging of ... Ron Davies, who happens to be gay", right?

    Sorry, I had a bad day and am more than a little bitchy.

    Posted by: Jim (The Canuck One) | Jul 10, 2007 6:56:36 PM

  9. No, 24, with all due respect my position on Obama is neither "dislike" nor "destroy" but "distrust until he gives me a reason not to." Rephrasing what I've said before, Obama at his worst [and I readily concede that ain't bad in any case], or any Dem candidate, is better than any Repug candidate at his best, and I will campaign and vote for Obama or any other Dem Presidential candidate for many reasons beyond those gay equality-related.

    But until then, I will not simply drink the Barack Berry Kool Aid or a priori accept him as the risen Messiah as so many others, gay and nongay have. To paraphrase the old Mamas and Papas song, easy "worn out phrases and longing gazes won't win [this gay man's] heart anymore."

    Posted by: Leland | Jul 10, 2007 7:18:28 PM

  10. Leland,

    A policy of distrust is fine and wise.

    But twice today you've responded to Obama-free posts with gratuitous and shrill attacks on the junior senator from Illinois. (He referred to a fellow lawmaker as "a good man"!! The horror!) So you'll have to forgive me for reading animosity into comments you intend to convey only distrust.

    You know, as the primaries approach, I look forward to reading your thoughtful evaluation of Obama's strengths and weaknesses. But I don't think he (or any of the Democratic candidates, for that matter) deserves the same knee-jerk contempt most of us have for the leading Republican candidates.

    Given the state of affairs in Washington, I believe settling on the right Democratic nominee is beyond critical this year. We need not only a candidate who can win but also a person who clearly recognizes the extent of the damage done in the past 6 1/2 years and is wholeheartedly determined to reverse it.

    So I ask you, as one high-strung, cunty Web commenter to another: Could we all make an effort to keep the inflammatory rhetoric to a dull roar, lest it drown out or discourage critical analysis of the candidates?

    Posted by: 24play | Jul 10, 2007 8:03:55 PM

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