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road.jpg Rudy Giuliani to reporters: "I’m probably one of the four or five best known Americans in the world."

Jordanroad.jpg GQ looks at the 50 most stylish men of the last 50 years.

road.jpg Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's request to visit Ground Zero denied. Focus now on speech at Columbia University.

road.jpg Gay Iraqis offered asylum in the UK: " Ibaa, aged 30, worked as a cultural programmes officer for the British Council in Baghdad. Haider, 29 years old, was a doctor at the Al-Nu’man General Hospital, also in Baghdad. He had lived briefly in England as a young boy, when his parents were students at Sussex University. Both men had their initial applications for asylum turned down by the Home Office, despite compelling evidence of homophobic persecution and threats to kill them. But with the support of the gay human rights groups OutRage! and Iraqi LGBT they appealed against the refusal of asylum and won."

road.jpg Senate passes resolution to condemn "General Betray Us" ad from MoveOn by a vote of 72-25. Hillary Clinton votes against.

road.jpg DOWNLOAD: A set of elegant chill mash-ups from DJ Earworm.

Apologizeroad.jpg It's nice to see OneRepublic's "Apologize" finally getting some recognition. This one has been in my head for months.

road.jpg Was the triple homicide in Newark in August an anti-gay hate crime?

road.jpg Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on the effectiveness of condoms to prevent AIDS: "I've been a little reluctant to think that condoms alone are the most effective way. It certainly is more effective than not having them. But I think helping people understand that condoms do have a failure rate, and they are not totally 100 percent successful. And it gives some people a false sense of security thinking that they can still live dangerously and recklessly and that that’s going to be a fail safe protection when it obviously is not." Huckabee was answering a question asking if he would direct U.S. funds to health programs providing condoms in Africa.

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  1. As someone noted on another blog--Rudy is famos because 3,000 Americans were murdered. Ya dumb bastard!

    (Note to Wimpy: OBL--the murderer--is still out there!)

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Sep 20, 2007 6:43:57 PM


  2. We allow the Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor and put flowers but denies the Iranian PM to visit Groud Zero and put flowers. It is a stupid and ridiculous position the USA takes in this situation. Let him visit the place, it was not Iran the one that brought the towers down. Iran, which I do not like, helped us against Al-Qaida in 2001. This is nothing but the USA and New York giving in to the jewish lobby. Zion at work. The USA should be shamed. What kind of a democracy is this?. Oh,I forgot, the jews run New York. Right, thats why I moved out of it.

    Posted by: Oscar | Sep 20, 2007 7:06:15 PM


  3. I'm so happy our senate is spending time condemning an ad. This is what I pay my taxes for. At least it should mean some donations to Moveon.org.

    Posted by: DB | Sep 20, 2007 7:23:02 PM


  4. Considering they spent 6 fucking hours or so "condemning the ad" and much less time on the "troop break extension" makes me want to vomit. I fucking hate those motherfuckers in Washington DC.

    Posted by: Tread | Sep 20, 2007 7:32:12 PM


  5. Nothing like reading raw bigotry on a gay site! Thanks Oscar.

    Posted by: wow | Sep 20, 2007 7:34:20 PM


  6. Oscar is an equal opportunity bigot. It kinda makes you sad for the people in his life, if any actually exist.

    How can congress even justify the time, money and energy they spent worrying about that ad. The people who voted nay are just as bad, just let the grandstanders have their vote and be done with it.

    Posted by: Cadence | Sep 20, 2007 8:07:54 PM


  7. Andy, THANK YOU for the link to those mash-ups. That "Lucy in the Sky" bit is gonna be the background music when I fuck my BF tonight. LOL

    Posted by: Becks07 | Sep 20, 2007 8:36:26 PM


  8. Cadence,

    why are the senators who voted against "just as bad"?

    Posted by: nic | Sep 20, 2007 8:59:33 PM


  9. I am so disgusted that the Senate can somehow find the votes to "condemn" a political ad (where were they when Max Cleland was being compared to Osama Bin Laden, by the way? Apparently that's okay but this isn't) that basically used a schoolyard taunt, but can't find the votes to do something about the never ending war with no purpose. If the Democrats don't get a spine soon, we're in trouble as a nation.

    Posted by: Alan | Sep 20, 2007 8:59:35 PM


  10. NIc, because they wasted just as much time as everyone else, and they participated in something that was just a pointless game. The debate and vote were meaningless. If they wanted to do something they should have pointed out that they were just playing politics and not accomplishing anything.

    Posted by: Cadence | Sep 20, 2007 9:36:05 PM


  11. Hey Oscar,

    Maybe your anti-Semitic ass doesn't realize that the current President of Iran is a state sponsor of Islamic terrorists, the same ideology of hate that inspired the 9/11 hijackers who crashed planes into the towers.

    That's why he's not allowed to take a hypocritical pilgrimage to Ground Zero.

    And why are you defending an anti-gay zealot like Ahmedenijad anyway?

    Posted by: midniteblueca | Sep 20, 2007 9:57:00 PM


  12. ignore oscar's anti-semitic remark

    BUT

    Iran had nothing to do with 9/11
    15 of the hijackers were saudi Arabian and not 1 was iranian or even Iraqi for that matter.

    Iran was one of the 1st countries to offer sympathy and aid after 9/11 with many Iranians taking to the streets in tehran etc carrying american flags and declaring "we are all americans right now". Iran was also 1 of the first countries to offer sympathy and aid for katrina victims while bush was still on the west coast fiddeling his guitar, playing golf, and giving speaches

    After the invasion of Iraq , Iran offered to sit down to face to face talks with the bushco administration and a willingness to adhere to every one of our demands on their nuke tech. Bushco refused to meet, thus promoting a natural reaction of fear that bush had future war mongering plans on Iran.

    Let the man represent the Iranians and sympathize YET AGAIN for the loss of american life on 9/11

    It is a perfect chance to practice diplomacy and bush should try to meet with him face to face and dsicuss the possibilities of an accord without the US trying to invade iran (4 times bigger than Iraq, many many many times better armed, very nationalistic with a united history going back thousands upon thousands of years vs Iraq being created the last century of 3 warring tribes, and strong allies of Russia and chin supplying cheap gas and oil to china)

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 20, 2007 10:50:41 PM


  13. midnite

    Again Iran did not attack america. Nor has Iran been implicated in any terrorist activities. There is rhetoric saying such, but no proof.

    Iran has executed homosexuals by hanging, but those executed were convicted of rapping an underage boy. Changes the issue a bit

    Ther arrest of openly gay Iranians with no executions thereof is horrendous, but bushco's religous fundies would love to do such here in america themselves.

    America DID in fact finance and back a terrorist COUP in iran that overthrew the democraticaly elected parlimentary system and set up the shah as a bloody dictator. So bloody in fact that no gatherings of men were allowed outside of worship in a mosque. Thus naturaly islam became married to politics in the Iran WE CREATED.......and radical islam was born and overthrew the shah which motivated political radical islam across the middle east. A horrible thing that america is not innocent of.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 20, 2007 10:55:37 PM


  14. The Senate is literally ridiculous and the Democrats are sinking lower and lower in my book. I don't want the Repugs in office any more, but I don't know how I can vote Democrat with a clean conscience.

    Posted by: Gregg | Sep 20, 2007 10:57:00 PM


  15. GQ did not include JFK jr.? WTF!

    Posted by: MO | Sep 21, 2007 1:12:10 AM


  16. Iran is currently responsible for arming various factions in Iraq and giving them explosives and other technology used against US troops, so it is perfectly reasonable to deny them any PR victory in NY as peace lovers. They are also interfering in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and arming groups that attack Israel.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Sep 21, 2007 1:30:29 AM


  17. From the Guardian Unlimited Front Page Tuesday September 18, 2007; “The UN's chief nuclear weapons inspector yesterday warned against the use of force against Iran, in what UN officials said was an attempt to halt an "out of control" drift to war.

    His outspoken remarks, which drew a parallel between Iran and Iraq, appeared to take aim at the US and Britain. They followed comments by French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner, who said: "We have to prepare for the worst," adding "the worst is war".

    "I would not talk about any use of force," Mohamed El Baradei told reporters at the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna. "There are rules on how to use force, and I would hope that everybody would have gotten the lesson after the Iraq situation, where 700,000 innocent civilians have lost their lives on the suspicion that a country has nuclear weapons."

    There has been a string of reports out of Washington that the Bush administration is running out of patience with diplomacy and is intensifying its plans for air strikes as a means of halting Iran's disputed nuclear programme.”

    French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner blabbed to the press shortly after the new French President, Nicolas Sarkozy was seen frolicking with Bush and disturbed Bush’s plans to connect the dots for an extension of the Iraq war.

    True to form most members of the Democratic and Republican Congress have fallen for it again, lock stock and barrel. Just like they did in 2002 when they voted for the criminal invasion to garb Iraqi oil in 2002 and continue to vote to maintain it.

    As Ralph Nader said on September 18th;“The impeachable offenses of Bush outnumber any other list of impeachable offenses of any US president...How many more impeachable offenses do those spineless, gutless, hapless Democrats need in the Congress.”

    The Democrats vote for war and refuse to impeach. The Republicans are even worse, but running scared. As Der Gubernator said, "In movie terms, we are dying at the box office." The policymakers of the Democratic and Republican Party are not just gutless and inept, they're the enemy. If the Democratic half of the Republican and Democratic Party wins they'll continue the war.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Sep 21, 2007 3:00:15 AM


  18. On a seperate matter Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a filthy butcher. He supervises the 'legal' lynchings of young men guilty of loving men and women who want to be treated as human.

    His appearance at the UN, supposedly grounded on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a mockery. (But the UN also let Bush speak, so that's a moot point.)

    We don't need more superstitious antigay bigots on the streets. If he goes anywhere I hope someone makes picket signs with pictures of those boys being exterminated and dogs his steps.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED Organization | Sep 21, 2007 3:26:45 AM


  19. Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is reluctant to think that condoms alone are the most effective way to prevent AIDS and the spread of HIV in Africa.

    I have been healthy and HIV+ for 22 years and in 2004 I had the opportunity to travel 6000 km from Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa on a bicycle raising funds for AIDS relief in Africa.

    During my trek across the very rural and at times very wild continent I had the opportunity to visit hospitals, orphanages and HIV/AIDS support groups ... at times it was gut wrenching to see the disparity in healthcare between my own country, Canada, and the African countries I visited.

    In Lilongwe, Malawi during a presentation, I was challenged by a youth to explain why a condom was so important since it is only 99% effective. I was dumbfounded by the question ... 99.9% protection is certainly better than no protection.

    Later that afternoon, after visit to an orphanage, I was walking down a dusty street and I watched in shock as some youths, picked three condoms out of a puddle of dirty water. When asked what they intended to do with them they replied, "They are still good if we wash them."

    I realized that education preventaion campaigns simply instruct people to use a condom ... educaters make assumptions that people understand that we mean a new-unopened condom right out of the wrapper.

    My point is that it's not the condoms that fail ... they are an effective form of prevention 99.9% of the time ... it's the prevention education that fails, the human component ... in this story it's the calrity of the message.

    Mike Huckabee says we need to help "people understand that condoms do have a failure rate, and they are not totally 100 percent successful. And it gives some people a false sense of security thinking that they can still live dangerously and recklessly and that that’s going to be a fail safe protection when it obviously is not."

    Using a condomm is not "living dangerously and reclessly", it's living responsibly ... I don't see the point in emphasizing a 0.1% failure rate as an prevention education point will have much impact on "some people"

    Mike, would you rather have 99.9% protection or no protection?

    Posted by: Joseph | Sep 21, 2007 9:43:56 AM


  20. Anon (gmail)

    Actualy the US is responsible for arming different factions in Iraq. haven't you read about the thousands of guns and explosives that are unacounted for from our stockpiles?

    Saudi Arabia is responsible also for arming the Sunnis because being Sunni they do not like a powerful Shia force in Iraq.

    Bill Perdue NOT true.

    The singular hanging that you are promoting as wide spread was of a few men who RAPPED!!!!!!!!!!! and UNDERAGE boy!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now if you were to say arrested out and proud gay men you would be correct. Arrest is a far cry from lynching. horrible? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But also something preached about and desired from the very pulpits of America.

    Thank you.

    Please read a newspaper

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 21, 2007 10:05:13 AM


  21. PS Anon (gmail.com)

    Iraq had NOTHING what so ever to do with 9/11

    15 of the 19 hijackers being Saudi Arabian....one has to wonder where all you people were when bush walked hand in hand through the flower patch with the Saudi princes and kissed them? Where was that holy outrage??????

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 21, 2007 10:12:46 AM


  22. Condoms aren't 100% effective in preventing HIV, Huckabee... yeah, they're 90-95% effective!

    And I can't believe Columbia University would invite Ahmadinejad to speak!

    Posted by: Meeg | Sep 21, 2007 10:45:10 AM


  23. What is he famous for? Making NYC Disneyesque and trampling on the rights of its citizens to do so? Or pretending that he was rushing into burning buildings to save victims of that horrible day? This man is as vile as that comb over.

    Huckabe? Yet another sexually confused GOP'er, babe, people are going to have sex no matter, condom or not, so, what's the big deal to save lives with a condom that cost a penny? Just like their pro-life stand, no abortions, but, let a kid suffer and live in poverty, abuse, malnourishment, with bad schools, lack of any chance at success, just out of touch hypocrites.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Sep 21, 2007 10:55:40 AM


  24. re: triple homicide, Newark: I had no idea that this could be any kind of gay hate crime. I thought it was awful when I heard about it and I have a lot of friends from Jerzee that would tell me things about the case. I'm glad that James Credle is out there, trying to get some truth heard.

    Posted by: Davey | Sep 21, 2007 12:02:11 PM


  25. Good!! All my babies made the cut. Michael Jordan, Andre 3000, George Clooney, Johnny Depp (*sigh*), Warren Beatty in his early days. And, ummmhh, what was Woody Allen doing there?

    Posted by: Shabaka | Sep 21, 2007 12:53:45 PM


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