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road.jpg Canadian soldiers sentenced to jail for anti-gay attack in Amsterdam: "Eric Wright was sentenced to five months in jail and ordered to pay 6,000 euros (8,300 Canadian dollars/8,500 US dollars) in damages and Ryan Dowie was given 45 days in jail, a court spokesman told AFP."

Manncoulterroad.jpg Since she'd like to perfect the Jews, Maxim's editors went ahead and tried to figure out how they would perfect Mann Coulter.

road.jpg DNA: Genetic study of gay brothers gains steam...

road.jpg Gay activist group to go door-to-door in South Carolina.

road.jpg The Guardian reports on the sex exhibit that recently opened in Britain: "...we live in a world that fears erotically charged images. Pornography is loathed even as it is consumed. In Britain, there has been a recent moral panic about one of the artists in this show, Nan Goldin, whose photograph of a naked young girl was removed from an exhibition at Gateshead's Baltic Centre. That is the modern version of anxieties that for centuries drove artists to veil passion in fine ideas. This show includes a copy of Michelangelo's drawing of The Rape of Ganymede, which he gave as a present to a young nobleman he adored, and which portrays Jupiter taking the form of an eagle to carry away a boy he lusted after."

road.jpg REPORT: Air America talk show host Randi Rhodes assaulted in NYC.

Dinoroad.jpg Massive new dinosaur unearthed in Patagonia.

road.jpg Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation apologizes to gay group after party raid: "The written communication came after Ebony Pyramid Entertainment demanded a public, published apology from the Royal Bahamas Police Force and assurances from the Ministry of Tourism that their annual event will not be targeted again to 'intimidate' homosexuals. The group received one of their two demands. The Executive Director said he is still awaiting an apology from the RBPF. The police 'raid' on their October 6 party which was attended by over 200 lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) tourists was nothing more than a poorly disguised attempt to harass, intimidate, and frighten the homosexual community, Xavier said in a release addressed to the MOT."

road.jpg UC Berkeley student asks, why not marriage for all?

road.jpg Is Britney Spears dreaming of escape with her new reading material? Or has she just completely wigged out?

Sirrobinroad.jpg Clay Aiken to join Broadway production of Spamalot as Sir Robin. Role was originated by David Hyde Pierce.

road.jpg Skeptical global warming meteorologist hailed by traditional media once compared Gore to Hitler: "MSNBC called Gray a 'top meteorologist.' McClatchy referred to him as a 'pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts.' The Washington Times coined him one of the 'world’s foremost meteorologists.' But all failed to note that Gray has a long history of climate skepticism and attacks on Gore. In May 2006, a Washington Post magazine article quoted Gray directly comparing Gore to Hitler: 'Gore believed in global warming almost as much as Hitler believed there was something wrong with the Jews.'"

road.jpg Muslim leader in Uganda wants gays sent to an island until they die.

road.jpg 93-year-old pens gay romance novel: " Mr Soper only decided to write the novel after 'coming out' at the age of 91 - and only told his fellow residents at the The Old Vicarage nursing home, in Moulsford, where he lives, after they asked to read his novel. He said: 'When all the old ladies heard about the book, they asked if they could read it. So I had to tell them I was gay and that it was a gay-themed novel.' Mr Soper, a former academic at Christ Church, Oxford, until 1981, said it had been nice to be honest about his sexuality after so many years."

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  1. That UC Berkeley columnist is awesome. Makes me think there's hope yet.

    Posted by: Frank L | Oct 16, 2007 1:50:12 PM

  2. The Maxim link appears to be screwy here

    Posted by: Gregg | Oct 16, 2007 1:53:16 PM

  3. I'm no scientist but the DNA genetic study is flawed before it takes off. How can you presume the results of a scientific study that has never been conducted before? We'd all LOVE to silence those critics with bigoted views but come on now.

    Now, about that Sheikh in Uganda, I wonder how many young boys he had just finished undressing before he gave that proposal to Museveni. You know, it scares the bejesus out of me to hear that community leaders like him are consulting with a head of state on a daily basis. Poverty, AIDS, malaria and wars are what should be discussed and they chose to cast gays on an island in Lake Victoria? Well, lucky us, with our creativity, we'd turn it into a top tourist destination in no time.

    Posted by: Shabaka | Oct 16, 2007 2:12:47 PM

  4. I can't recall who said it, but the Ugandan dude needs to hear it again... "There's already an island where people can send gays and lesbians. It's called Manhattan."

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 16, 2007 2:16:54 PM

  5. Ha! Brian, you're too funny!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Oct 16, 2007 2:22:20 PM

  6. Perhaps the homophobic Bible bigots that are against equal rights for gay people, in the very biased reported story from Greenville, can find their own island to send their queers to. I grew up with these people and can assure you that when they're among themselves and think no one else can hear them, they have the same ideas about how to solve the "homosexual problem" as the Ugandans do.

    It really chaps my ass when the media presents the position of people who fight to deny a group of people rights as if their mission is as valid and honorable and ethical and moral as the fight of a group of people to gain equal rights.

    It's like presenting the fight of segregationist racist in the 1960's South to deny black people rights and to keep them "in their place" as morally equivalent to the fight of African-Americans for civil rights and integration; or presenting the Nazi Third Reich's ideas, propaganda and actions as being as valid and deserving of respect and consideration as the Jews right to live un-oppressed.

    I find it infuriating that no one seems to notice the absurdity of this equivocation.

    On a positive note, good for the 93 year old man! He's got A LOT of catching up to do!

    Posted by: Zeke | Oct 16, 2007 2:23:03 PM

  7. I think that Ann Coulter is the worst kind of hateful bigot, but there is plenty in her rhetoric and intolerance alone to indict her. The fact that many of her detractors chose instead to criticize her based on the rumor that she is a genetic male or a transsexual says much more about those people's homophobia and transphobia than it does about her actual, extensive faults. Calling her "Mann Coulter" and implying that she's really XY only serves to encourage the idea that there's something shameful about being transsexual. There's not--there's only something shameful about being Ann Coulter.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Oct 16, 2007 2:28:11 PM

  8. 93 would be about 42 in str8 years.

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 16, 2007 2:29:42 PM

  9. um, actually $8300 cdn = $8,487.58 usd.

    i hope that when those moronic thugs complete their Dutch penalties that they'll also be charged in Canada.

    Posted by: A.J | Oct 16, 2007 2:30:11 PM

  10. NO! Randi was NOT attacked as first reported. HER own lawyer issued a statement to Air America (which has it on their home page now) that she had an "incident" with her dog. Apparently the dog lurched forward and she fell on her face, breaking some teeth.

    She will be on the air on Thursday.

    Posted by: Sushi | Oct 16, 2007 2:33:20 PM

  11. Okay...the column by the UC Berkeley student brings up a question for me that I hope someone here can answer. According to the column, Governator Schwarzenegger stated that he was vetoing the bill that would allow same sex marriage because the California Supreme Court was still deciding a case opposing Proposition 22, the ballot initiative that defined marriage in California as being between one man and one woman.

    So, I'm wondering...hateful as it seems...does Schwarzenegger's decision actually make sense? In other words, if he had signed the bill, thus making it a law that any two people could marry in California regardless of their gender and then the California Supreme Court later upheld Proposition 22 thus disallowing same gender marriage, would we Californians find ourselves in a legal/legislative mess? Or would Schwarzenegger's signature on the bill allowing same gender marriage have made the ruling on Proposition 22 meaningless? Am I making any sense here? And does anyone have the answer to my question?

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 16, 2007 2:45:27 PM

  12. I also have to share my love for the UC columnist... His classically argued and succinct column is definitely a winner.

    Posted by: Kyle | Oct 16, 2007 2:48:02 PM

  13. Zeke, I grew up with those people too and I'm absolutely sure they'd love to send all of us homos to an island to die. This is the one issue that unites the races in the deep south.

    Posted by: sam | Oct 16, 2007 2:58:32 PM

  14. I checked out the article in the Greenville newspaper about gay folk going door to door to influence politics in that area. The comments that were left after that article were truly disgusting.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 16, 2007 2:58:44 PM

  15. re: Air America, SUSHI: Ok, that makes sense, 39th and Park is such a nice area, not too far from grand central, lots of lighting, cute doormen, I walk down that area every night..pretty peaceful...

    Posted by: Davey | Oct 16, 2007 3:33:08 PM

  16. I'm not sure who I despise more: Ann Coulter or the sanctimonious jackasses who express dismay at every last brain fart she has. She's an entertainer, people. The pundocracy's equivalent of a rodeo clown.

    Think back to grade school - every class had that sad sack attention whore who could only get attention by saying something outrageous. Eventually people would ignore the person, and , in turn, that person would ratchet up the crazy. The semi-intelligent among us would learn to ignore the person regardless... while the idiots would continue to whine, thus giving the attention whore exactly what she/he/it was looking for.

    Posted by: tservo | Oct 16, 2007 4:57:46 PM



    Posted by: rjp | Oct 16, 2007 5:26:05 PM

  18. "Skeptical global warming meteorologist hailed by traditional media once compared Gore to Hitler"

    Maybe, but the Left also knows a thing or two about comparing its political enemies to Hitler.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 16, 2007 6:00:23 PM

  19. "Maybe, but the Left also knows a thing or two about comparing its political enemies to Hitler."

    Yeah, but we only say it when it's true! :)

    Posted by: Zeke | Oct 16, 2007 6:32:06 PM

  20. the governor has said that he doesn't want to complicate a matter that is still in the courts, but it does seem to me that, even if the court were to find prop 22 consitutional, that it would be trumped by the fact that the guv and the legislature have already changed the law. at the same time though, he says that prop 22 was the 'will of the people' and he shouldn't mess with it.. but aren't the members of the legislature the elected representatives of the people ?? so, if they say (for the second time) that equality is A-ok, then haven't 'the people' spoken ? sounds like we're trapped in a classic proposition-catch-22.

    Posted by: el polacko | Oct 16, 2007 7:02:32 PM

  21. Well I hope that the genetic testing does turn up some evidence! My brother and I are actually participating. I do not know the specifics of the testing, but we answered questionaires and provided blood samples. Hopefully, something will come of this.

    It MUST be genetic, I have a gay brother, a lesbian cousin and four gay cousins. Apparently, it runs in the family.

    Posted by: RB | Oct 16, 2007 7:14:15 PM

  22. Well, I suppose that David Hyde Pierce was closeted during his run in Spamalot, so this must be the first step in Gaykin's coming out tour?

    Posted by: Dan | Oct 16, 2007 7:47:26 PM

  23. It's getting harder and harder to find distinctions between the dismal alliance of homobigoted popes, TV evangelists, Phelps, Coulter, Slavic christians, jihadists, anglican archbishops and the 'real' fascists.

    With the example of US armed and led Sunni and Shiite jihadists chasing down and butchering gays and lesbians in Iraq and the Iranian mullahs hanging boys by the dozen, these reactionary swine are salivating over the idea of punishing us like they did in the good old days.

    From the Dark Ages until well into the 19th century, the world watched in horror as the awful meaning of the word ‘faggot’ was seared into peoples minds. One of the roman cult’s holiest observances is the Auto Da Fe (Act of the Faith). A calculated mix of pomp, solemnity, and edifying terror, it combined superstition with an early taste of hell. The ceremony began with a procession of victims, and sermonizing about their evil ways. To focus the attention of the faithful the victim’s faces were scorched. Then more torture and sermons and it finally ended when the victims were burned alive.

    Attendance was compulsory. During these gruesome rituals GLBT folk were murdered, because our lives were ‘sinful and offensive’. So were Jews, ‘witches’, i.e., midwives, heretics, rationalists, and the occasional family unlucky enough and rich enough to attract the notice of Inquisitors.

    In the light of burning faggots people clearly saw a brutal warning; think long and hard before testing the patience of Holy Mother the Church, Inc. These ruthless lessons were provided by cults drenched, then as now, in scandal and corruption.

    The last 'official' Auto da Fe occurred in Mexico a few years after the Mexican American war. Brutal torture-murder-lynchings like those of Gwen Arujo and Matthew Shepard occur at the rate of about twenty a year. They’re direct descendents of the Auto da Fe.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Oct 16, 2007 7:51:29 PM

  24. TServo = Tom Servo! I get it!

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 16, 2007 8:20:37 PM

  25. The digs against Coulter are utterly vulgar and below-the-belt but, hey, it's what she deserves.

    Posted by: Miles | Oct 17, 2007 3:07:38 AM

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