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road.jpg Maxim Thorne, a member of Obama's LGBT leadership council, resigns after angry posts to listserv reviving Clinton sex scandals.

Navarroroad.jpg Dave Navarro's piercings take no prisoners.

road.jpg Annie Lennox launches "Sing" campaign to fight HIV/AIDS.

road.jpg Teacher survey: homophobic abuse "endemic" in UK schools: "Homophobic abuse is endemic in schools, with 'gay' now the most common put-down by pupils in the classroom, teachers say. A 'conspiracy of silence' in schools and colleges means homophobia is now seen as so normal that some teachers believe they risk disrupting classes - and making themselves a target of abuse - if they challenge students' behaviour. More than 70% of teachers have heard put-downs in their school or college that refer to sexuality, according to a survey of 268 teachers by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. In particular, teachers report that pupils routinely use the term 'gay' in a pejorative manner."

road.jpg Concerned Women for America's Matt Barber calls Angels in America "racist gay porn."

road.jpg John Turner, gay physician who treated early AIDS patients, dies at 63. Jane Shull, executive director of Philadelphia FIGHT: "In the 1980s, when AIDS was new and there were no drugs, or drugs that were virtually useless, when people were dying every single day, and there seemed to be no end in sight - every patient who came to see John left his office less afraid than when he went in."

Shepardroad.jpg USA Today profiles Judy Shepard and her mission to end hate crimes: "Shepard also points out what has and what hasn't changed in the 10 years since her son was murdered. What hasn't is that hate crimes continue. She mentions the recent murder of Lawrence King, a gay 15-year-old junior high student in Oxnard, Calif., who was shot to death by a fellow student. 'This terrible incident underscores the fact that we cannot let hate go unchecked in our schools and communities,' Shepard says. 'Our young people need our direction and guidance to prevent this type of crime from happening.' What has changed, she says, is that when she was growing up in Wyoming, 'no one talked about it' — 'it' being homosexuality. At 55, Shepard says the past 10 years have been exhausting. Only recently has she begun to dream about Matt, which she looks upon as a good sign."

road.jpg Bring some passion back to Albany: Spitzer fulfills promise.

road.jpg How Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell, will help complete Heath Ledger's last film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus: "Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath’s work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology. “Each of the parts played by Johnny, Colin and Jude is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing."

Penguinsroad.jpg Penguin fan? Here's a whole lotta them.

road.jpg More juice on Britney's guest star turn on How I Met Your Mother.

road.jpg British government sends Iranian gays to their executions: "An Iranian lesbian who fled to Britain after her girlfriend was arrested and sentenced to death faces being forcibly returned after losing the latest round in her battle to be granted asylum. The case of Pegah Emambakhsh, 40, comes a day after The Independent reported on the growing public outcry over the plight of a gay Iranian teenager who fears he will be executed if he is deported to Iran….In turning down Ms Emambakhsh and Mr Kazemi’s asylum applications, the Home Office has said that, provided Iranians are discreet about their homosexuality, they will not be persecuted."

road.jpg Police confront hundreds of angry, naked cyclists in Eugene, Oregon. Cyclists win.

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  1. That penguin picture is unbelievable!

    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 11, 2008 1:39:54 PM

  2. wow! navarro's nipples have made my day. what a beautiful man. i wish he'd sit next to me at starbucks, i'd buy him a coffee and then some... wouldn't you just love to hang off those rings and swing around heaven all day? mamma ma mamma!

    Posted by: the queen | Mar 11, 2008 1:40:37 PM

  3. I know, I noticed navarros into piercing these days lol

    Posted by: Patric | Mar 11, 2008 1:52:36 PM

  4. good for Judy Shephard, we need more women like her in this world

    Posted by: daveynyc | Mar 11, 2008 2:09:13 PM

  5. Anyone notice Maxim Thorne's and the recently departed Samantha Powers' attacks on Hillary sound a lot like the GOP we've come to know and love from the late '90s?

    Just saying. Hope? Change?

    Posted by: Marco | Mar 11, 2008 2:10:29 PM

  6. Andy seems to have mysteriously forgotten to post on Powers calling Hillary a "monster" and saying Obama wouldn't immediately withdraw troops as he's promised. I guess it's not as convenient when the speaker doesn't bring up old sex scandals. Just saying.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 11, 2008 2:18:27 PM

  7. Marco, the change is that those people were immediately dismissed from the Obama campaign. Unlike the Hillary surrogates who have used bigotry to diminish Obama's standing in this campaign. I'd say taking action is a lot different than supporting these tactics by doing nothing.

    Posted by: Cadence | Mar 11, 2008 2:28:47 PM

  8. Marco and Chris, I guess we should all just vote for Hillary then.. she never acts like the GOP, as far as I know, and her campaign didn't send out the pic of Obama in a turban, as far as I know, and her campaign didn't infer Obama was just like Jesse Jackson, as far as I know, or create Rove-style ads based on fear, as far as I know, or continue to invent their own truth, ie, that she has any chance to win this without overturning the will of the people and destroying the Democratic party. The Clinton's will stop at nothing. They will do or say anything. They are total "GOP"!

    Posted by: Please | Mar 11, 2008 2:29:02 PM

  9. Oh Chris and Marco, go suck it already. These were people in his campaign, not Obama. And Obama denounced their actions and Powers herself APOLOGIZED and both of them resigned! Has ANYONE in Hillary's camp taken ANY responsibility for their actions? No! As a matter of fact, they spent all their time blaming EACH OTHER for her financial woes! They denied having anything to do with a race-baiting manipulation of a video image of Obama's face, yet the damn thing was posted on her site! Where was the accountability for THAT?!

    So even when Obama's people fuck up (and let's face it, both times they were just telling the TRUTH) they STILL handle it with more integrity than Hillary's cretins.

    And since you're so keen on unbiased reporting, why don't you tell me why the media has still chosen not to report the fact that Obama actually WON Texas, instead of insisting that it was Hillary's "victory?"

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Mar 11, 2008 2:37:33 PM

  10. Hush children. Clinton and Obama are politicians. Their camps are both filled with politicians. Basically, they're all scummy.

    The only people worth anything these days in Washington are the out-of-state call girls. At least they're discrete.

    Posted by: Thank You | Mar 11, 2008 2:41:05 PM

  11. Thank you, THANK YOU. And don't forget the call boys--they are in DC to serve Republicans. Republicans like their boys blond and pretty.

    I guess the Democrats just use street trade--no foppish, sissy stuff, you know. ROUGH.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 11, 2008 2:54:38 PM

  12. Oh, suck it already? There's that hope and change again.

    I guess if Drudge says Hillary released that tract of Obama in African garb (or whatever it was) it must be true. Even though Hillary has said she adorns particular dress when visiting other countries, too. But nevermind what she actually has said and that there's no proof it was her campaign releasing it, just Drudge and Rush, believe the lies.

    I mean, no Republican would ever try to smear Obama as a muslim terrorist sympathizer or as not patriotic. That would never happen, right?

    Oh and the darkening of Obama's photo is the most hilarious attempt to paint the Clintons as racist. So funny on it's face, it doesn't even need to be refuted, but was at the Cannonfire blog. I am sure Kos and his merry band of Hillary haters will be apologizing any minute now.

    Oh, Hillary also fired her stupid staffers who tired to pull the barack/muslim connection months ago and right after it happened. Don't let those facts get in the way of irrational hatred of her though.

    Also odd that Jesse jackson didn't think Bill's comparison of his southern wins to barack's were racist at all. Just keep pushing Hillary and Bill as racists and don't forget to spin the "fairytale" remark as racist hate, too.

    But my new favorite is that she's a Republican. After years of fighting and winning against their vile tactics and attacks, she's a card carrying neocon now. So fucking funny, it's beyond words.

    Let's see. We have - Hope, Change, Rovian attacks against the Clintons, Dittohead talking points, baseless allegations and a huge serving of self-righteous, self-serving garbage.

    If it's about hating Hillary, the answer is a loud and clear "Yes We Can."

    Again, if this is "change", why does it sound like the 1990s all over again? This time, it's not the right doing the smearing. it's the "progressives."

    Good luck with that in November.

    Posted by: Marco | Mar 11, 2008 3:07:23 PM

  13. How many days was the "How To Lie Like Obama Training Camp," Soulbrotha? You clearly were at the head of the clASS.

    Like most desperate, dishonest propagandists you throw so much mud at the same time one would have to spend hours to wipe off each runny-as-diarrhea point.

    One's easy, though—for anyone who doesn't already have their head so far up the Dali Obama's ass that they can't see daylight. It’s the latest sailing of Obama’s Swift Boating of Sen. Clinton as a racist. Worked so well after she beat him in New Hampshire, why are we not surprised he launched it again after she beat him in Ohio AND Texas? But, unfortunately, for you, which has a pretty good record of maintaining objectivity when analyzing either side’s charges, claims, etc., did a complicated, technical analysis of various versions of the video and concluded that

    “We find the accusation to be unsubstantiated.”

    Another thing proving you’re wrong that Sen. Clinton’s campaign never comments on controversial things people in her camp say is that Sen. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson has said that, "we disagree with" Geraldine Ferraro’s analysis of Obama’s appeal for which SHE is being smeared as a racist:

    “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

    Note no one is smearing her as a sexist for saying the same thing about him were he a woman —any more than the press paid much attention to someone holding up a sign in New Hampshire ordering Sen. Clinton to “Iron my shirt” when if it were a “Shine my shoes” sign at an Obama appearance the one holding it would probably be lucky to escape alive.

    Note no objective person would believe Ferraro is suggesting no black man is qualified to be President. Rather, she’s only saying that this candidate's credentials, programs, etc., are NOT the main reason he’s so popular....the same thought expressed essentially months ago by gay black author David Ehrenstein in his “Los Angeles Times” essay, “Obama the 'Magic Negro'.” He must be a racist, too.

    “For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real [Obama] seems, the more desirable he becomes. If he were real, white America couldn't project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him.,0,5335087.story?coll=la-opinion-center

    Neither comment equates to Obama advisor Moore calling Sen. Clinton a “monster,” or the hysterical, unhinged diatribe of Obama gay advisor Thorne turning himself into the kind of vicious monster he accuses Sen. and President Clinton of being.

    The only false charge he leaves out is that “they killed Vince Foster and Martin Luther King.”

    As Obama keeps failing to close the deal with American voters on the facts, the dogs keep getting let out to attack Sen. Clinton every other which way.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 11, 2008 3:36:13 PM

  14. Interesting that Harold Bloom included "racist gay porn" in his list for The Western Canon! Somehow the right wingers seem never to have heard of Angels in America (they don't even get HBO?). Half of them are calling it a "gay porn novel"! And these folks are telling educators what they should do in schools?

    Posted by: Kevin | Mar 11, 2008 3:38:31 PM

  15. I read this recently...

    "It is a world not of angels but of angels, where men speak of moral principles but act on power principles; a world where we are always moral and our enemies immoral; a world where "reconciliation" means that when one side gets the power and the other side gets reconciled to it, then we have reconciliation." S.Alinsky

    ...reads so true.

    Posted by: silverskreen | Mar 11, 2008 3:40:43 PM

  16. Well, Obama's campaign staff has got to go for the jugulars against Hillary and Big Cigar Bill. Last week, I wanted Barack himself to get nasty (after Mrs Clinton did), but not now. I know y'all don't expect Barack to lower himself like some other people. No, Barack is going to remain the charming gentleman he's been throughout the campaign.

    And how the hell do you know it's the Negro in him that creates the magic, maybe it's the IRISH part of him.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 11, 2008 4:02:42 PM

  17. Barack, lower himself? Of course not. Saint Barack can do no wrong.

    When he changes his position on how he would vote regarding the war had he been in the Senate, it's a "clarification" not an outright lie.

    When he states how against the war he is, it's unfair asking him why he votes to continually fund it.

    When he spins Bill Clinton's fairytale comment taking it out of context, he's speaking truth to power, not utter bullshit.

    When he takes special interest money through 527s and claims he doesn't take the money, it's not bending the truth.

    Lower himself? How could he in the eyes of his followers. Reality never gets in the way of loving his good speeches.

    Posted by: Marco | Mar 11, 2008 4:14:35 PM

  18. If Hillary uses superdelegates to muscle the nomination she will ruin the Democratic party for decades.. African Americans and young people are not going to rally for her. Independents will swing to McCain. It's so predictable. You guys need to wake up and do the math. She's too little, too late. Look at the tensions flaring even in these comments.. it's already started and if HRC actually had one sliver of concern about the Democratic party instead of the Clinton Restoration, she'd exit the race NOW.

    Nobody's mentioned how Hillary's campaign compared Obama to Ken Starr. My favorite part of the Starr report was when Bill put the cigar in Monica's vagina and then commented "Tastes good." I also liked it when he got disbarred for perjury soon afterward.

    Posted by: Please | Mar 11, 2008 4:48:31 PM

  19. i can't believe you all are still bickering over obama and hillary like manic-depressive housewives over the last pound of hamburger in the deli case at your local von's... whether it's hillary or obama or both, just vote democratic -- now enough of this nonsense and lets get back to discussing novarro's brilliant nipples, so thick, so pointy, so mouthwatering... now that's something to fight over... oooooooo, babeeeeeee!

    Posted by: the queen | Mar 11, 2008 4:58:42 PM

  20. Marco, it's completely entertaining when a Clinton supporter questions the truthfulness of the Drudge Report. How old are you exactly? Me, I'll never forget the slimy accusations coming from Drudge about sex with interns and I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN, MS. LEWINSKY finger-wagging red-faced denials. But all the finger-wagging red-faced denials in the world can't change the fact that DRUDGE had it right. So I'll never take a Clinton's word over Matt Drudge's word again and neither will a very sizable percentage of the electorate. The Clintons have no credibility vs. Drudge and it's their own fault - time after time, DRUDGE gets it right and THE CLINTONS LIE.

    Posted by: Please | Mar 11, 2008 5:00:04 PM

  21. Bedwell,

    This is the last time that I will ever address you because you aren't worth the effort. For you, of all people, to call anyone a desperate, mud-slinging, propagandist is gall at it's hypocritical, hysterical best. LOL! I'm not surprised though, as it was you who agreed with one blogger's sentiments that Obama was a hollow "Chocolate Easter Bunny," and then on another thread called someone ELSE a race-baiter! Ha!

    As for Geraldine Ferarro's comments, it's nice that her camp "disagrees" with her comments. But since Billary is such a stickler for moral rectitude, then why hasn't she "REJECTED" Ferraro's statements? Here is her "Farrakhan moment"! But her camp just "disagrees." Uh huh. And what a surprise that she's so deluded, she can't see her own hypocrisy:

    Ehrnstein's comments may be true for some people, but unless he has spoken to every voter, it remains a speculation, not a fact. And Obama is not running his campaign as the "the cure for white guilt", so folks will project on him whatever they want.
    However, Hillary HAS run her campaign based on her gender AND her so-called "experience", which we all know translates to "I'm married to Bill Clinton!" So what does that maker her? Talk about hollow.

    We will see how this "deal" closes in the end. Happy voting. Finis.

    @Marco: please supply links for your last points. Thank you.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Mar 11, 2008 5:11:30 PM

  22. Please - please take Drudge's word over Clinton's or anyone else's till the end of time. I'm glad it doesn't matter to you that he's provided no evidence whatsoever linking any Clinton staffer to that photo. Don't let that stop you. Keep living in the 90s and pretending that pathetic closet case Drudge wasn't in on the whole Tripp/Lewisnky set-up deal. He was just an innocent reporter who stumbled upon a story. How fanciful.

    Please, please give us a fucking break. Seems you and the rest of the right wing are still obsessed over Bill's cock and not the state of the country in 2008. Not surprising, but tired anyway.

    Posted by: marco | Mar 11, 2008 5:13:43 PM

  23. Supply links? Google them. They're out there. The Boston Globe covered his money raising issues, you can google Bill's fairytale comment with context and Obama's response and his changing statements on the war vote and his voting to fund it. I don't have every link I've read or story I've crossed bookmarked, but it shouldn't be hard to find. It's not my job to keep his supporters informed, no offense, and not being informed is part of the problem here.

    Posted by: Marco | Mar 11, 2008 5:44:34 PM

  24. Marco, I'm living in the 90s? YOU are the one who wants Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the White House! Seems to suggest you liked the 90's a whole lot. What is it you miss most? The colossal failure Hillarycare or the two year distraction into Bill's lies under oath to a grand jury just around the time Bin Laden was attacking our embassies in Africa?

    Those were such good times! There's no way the country can do any better than that! Voting for Obama must mean I am a right winger obsessed with Bill's cock. OK.

    Please explain why Matt Drudge is less credible than the Clintons. Their LIES are what handed him his authority in the first place!

    If you're "tired" now, wait until the until-now-quiet GOP is sure Hillary will be the nominee... then the fun with Whitewater, the Rose Law Firm, Vince Foster, Monica, Drudge, blue dresses, Travelgate, Marc Rich, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Linda Tripp, Ken Starr, cigars, is "is" and pardons for Hillary's brother....... IT HASN'T EVEN STARTED!!!!!! All of these events will get an encore, I guarantee it.

    Time to turn the page.

    Posted by: Please | Mar 11, 2008 5:52:18 PM

  25. I wish they had the naked bike run when I attended U of O, of course, they barely had bicycles back then.

    Posted by: davefromtampa | Mar 11, 2008 6:01:31 PM

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