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road.jpg Pope's New York itinerary released.

Oprah_sarcophagusroad.jpg Remember the sculptor who created the Dead Prince Harry? Behold his latest work, the Oprah Sarcophagus.

road.jpg Nearly 500 same-sex couples in the Czech Republic have registered their partnerships since it became legal in July 2006: "... legal registered partnerships were concluded by 353 homosexual male and 134 female couples. In 43 cases, one of the partners was a foreigner, especially from Slovakia, but also Azerbaijan, Taiwan, Israel, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Armenia, the Netherlands, the USA and Canada. Homosexual couples were prosecuted in the former Czechoslovakia until 1961. The law on registered partnership of same sex couples was passed by the Czech Chamber of Deputies in March 2006 when the Chamber overrode President Vaclav Klaus's veto by a narrow majority."

road.jpg Bello men's fashion magazine to launch online tomorrow.

road.jpg Australian chicken restaurant entrepreneur pleads 'not guilty' to murdering his gay partner: "Gerurdas Gerrit Heijne, 44, appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court via videolink from Hakea Prison. His partner of more than 20 years, Frank Cianciosi, was found dead in the apartment on January 4, but police have not revealed how he died. Mr Heijne did not apply for bail."

Bradyroad.jpg The Brady Bunch: Results of a Patriots QB look-alike contest.

road.jpg Obama's rebuttal to Bush's State of the Union address breaks YouTube records: "By Tuesday afternoon, 'Barack Obama's response to Bush's final State of the Union' was the most watched clip in the world, drawing a over 300,000 views in under 20 hours. The public has shown overwhelming and sustained interest in hearing from Obama directly. This is the third Obama video to shoot into YouTube's top three in the past 10 days -- past clips of naked celebrities and Scientology rants -- and the first video that was shot specifically for web viewers, rather than broadcasting documentary footage of a speech."

road.jpg Inside the sex diaries of John Maynard Keynes.

road.jpg Madonna becoming workout cyborg.

Antihomophobiaroad.jpg Anti-homophobia campaign launched in Australia: "Sergeant Scott Davis from the Police Gay and Lesbian Advisory Unit says police want people to speak up, and send a message to perpetrators that their actions will not be tolerated. The posters will be displayed throughout metropolitan Victoria and in all Victorian police stations."

road.jpg T-shirt companies refuse to munch on Gay Bigfoot's banana.

road.jpg Transgender student denied dorm room because he has not yet undergone sexual reassignment surgery: "Osborn was denied a male dorm room because, while his driver's license shows him as male and he is undergoing hormone treatment, he has not had gender reassignment surgery to complete the transition. Osborn and Walton contend that it should not be a requirement to undergo costly medical procedures if one is unable or unwilling to do so in order for the university to recognize Osborn as a "real" transgender person."

road.jpg Dennis Quaid joins cast of GI Joe.

road.jpg Gay Chilean website is actually aligned with homophobic Evangelical fundamentalists?

Asteroidroad.jpg Asteroid coasts by Earth, just outside the orbit of the Moon: "Were TU24 to have struck land, it might have caused a magnitude seven earthquake and left a city-sized crater."

road.jpg Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in Britain to launch new guidance on homophobic bullying: "The new guidance recommends that if a pupil makes persistent remarks, they should be removed from the classroom and staff should talk in detail about why such language is unacceptable. Similarly, in severe circumstances, schools should consider permanent exclusion for physical bullying. Much more needs to be done to prevent such bullying in the first place. Stonewall and Each advise encouraging positive role models. But Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools Out, which campaigns against homophobia in education, says a big problem is that teachers find it hard to be out themselves. 'The government and local authorities need to celebrate the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teachers,' she says. 'If teachers don't feel safe to be out, how the hell will our kids?'"

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  1. Cafe Press won't sell penis bananas but they'll sell this?

    http://www.cafepress.com/penisunicorns

    Posted by: Miles | Jan 30, 2008 3:31:54 PM


  2. What'd I tell ya? "American Idol II," aka "the 2008 Presidential Coronation," even less "real" than its progenitor, is now not only all over TV, but the Net, too. Will Simon Cowell swear in the next President while Randy holds his/her family Bible? Will Paula dance and sing "The Star Spangled Banner"? AI-2 Rules; Section 14; paragragh B6: "Should Sen. Barack Obama 'win', he has already promised that privilege to Donnie McClurkin."

    Well, at least, we can thank “The Nation” magazine’s resident Obamaniac for a little revealing deconstruction of what’s behind what we're to think of as the YouTube equivalent of The Virgin Birth:

    “The Obama campaign drives traffic by blasting video links to committed supporters, who then share clips with their social networks. About 40 percent of the new video's viewers came through the campaign website, for example, while Obama's official YouTube channel has another 20,000 subscribers. Then hundreds of thousands of other viewers still pour in from YouTube and across the Internet. (About one out of every hundred viewers of this video came from a blog entry by Miguel Antonio Guzmán. Another chunk of viewers for the Ted Kennedy endorsement video came from Hillary Clinton's backyard, through a Columbia Alumni magazine website.)”

    It's obviously time to update the quote misattributed to PT Barnum in relation to the Obama of his day known as "the Cardiff Giant": "There are thousands of suckers born every minute."


    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 30, 2008 3:59:50 PM


  3. When I see Obama speak, I feel proud of our country. I want to live in a country like that. Where a half-Kenyan/half-Kansan, who has inspired the youth and the apathetic, is able to get elected to the most powerful country in the world.

    It would be the single most influential thing we could do to repair our image across the world, and how we see our country. The day Barack Obama is elected, this country sees itself differently.

    This gay man is voting Obama on the 5th.

    Posted by: Jon | Jan 30, 2008 6:46:10 PM


  4. When I see Obama speak, I feel proud of our country, too. But when I listen to what he says closely; when I contrast them to his actions in the past; when I contrast them to what it is actually going to take to move us forward which is balls not bromides, I only see one person left capable of doing that and it is, ironically, a woman.

    This gay man is not voting for Obama on February 5th. I will vote for him on November 4th if he is on the ballot and then pray that he is not the black Jimmy Carter, swimming so far beyond his depth that he risks sinking the country with him.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 30, 2008 9:07:08 PM


  5. I'll vote for the Democratic nominee. And I'm pleased that it isn't going to be an 80 year old "Christian" white man. Eight years of pseudo-theocratic imperialism is more than enough, as far as I'm concerned.

    Posted by: John | Jan 30, 2008 9:19:28 PM


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