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road.jpg On tax day, a reminder of how the U.S. inflicts extra financial burden on gay citizens.

Titanicroad.jpg The last meal on the Titanic, which went down 96 years ago today. Researchers have a new theory behind the sinking — rivets.

road.jpg ABC's Jake Tapper calls attention to the "Compassion Forum" appearance of Clinton and Obama at Messiah College, which I posted about last week. One of his readers asks, ""Shouldn't Democratic presidential candidates, both of whom are explicitly on the record as being in favor of gay rights, avoid schools like this as assiduously as previous generations of politicians were urged to avoid Bob Jones University? How can politicians appear at a college that espouses these ideas and then turn around and court the gay community at the same time? How can the two leading Democratic candidates appear on stage at this college and not be questioned by the press about the hypocrisy of appearing there?"

road.jpg Kentucky GOP Rep. Geoff Davis on Obama: "I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country." Davis apologizes...

Begheroad.jpg The gay Navy lieutenant from Melrose Place, Jason Beghe, escaped the clutches of Scientology and now he's speaking out on video: "It’s very, very dangerous for your spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution. I think it stunts your evolution. If Scientology is real, then something’s fucked up."

road.jpg Lack of support from London Mayor Ken Livingstone leaves 2008 International Gay & Lesbian Football Association World Championship with a funding shortfall: "Peter Tatchell of Outrage! described as 'scandalous' the lack of any funding or support from City Hall. 'Ken Livingstone is organising billions of pounds for corporate mega events like the 2012 Olympics but can’t give a few thousand pounds to help host the gay football world championship.'"

road.jpg A really mean box of jelly beans, which I'm actually really curious to taste.

road.jpg Project Runway is getting not one but two spin-offs on Lifetime: "The first of them doesn't have a title yet, but Weinstein said it will look at the Project Runway world through the eyes of the show's models. The second, dubbed Project Pygmalion, is a makeover series that will turn its winner into a high-society socialite."

Tattroad.jpg Somebody got carried away at the tattoo parlor.

road.jpg Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World wins big at Italian animation festival: "Cult hit half-hour show about three gay couples in the fictional 'gay ghetto' of West Lahunga Beach took the Pulcinella nod for TV series of the year. The Pulcinella for TV series for all ages went to RAI Fiction’s 'Acqua in bocca' (Water and Bubbles), about two fish in a tank and their interaction with an Italian family, from helmer Guido Manuli."

road.jpg Milo Ventimiglia dreamt of being a fighter pilot.

road.jpg GYM bar in NYC to open up its locker room.

road.jpg Queerty talks to author Scott Heim about his new novel We Disappear: "There were all these different disappearances in the book–including Scott Heim the writer disappearing into Scott the character—I liked this idea of readers not knowing where one starts and the others begin. There are a lot of things in the book that are total fiction. The danger of doing this blurring is when people do read this as a memoir."

road.jpg Tom Cruise and David Beckham to buy a soccer team together?

road.jpg A townhouse in New York's West Village transformed, part of New York magazine's excellent new occasional real estate section, Vu.

road.jpg Fight to allow gay blood donors heats up in Scotland.

road.jpg Judicial Watch calls on FEC to investigate Elton John's Hillary Clinton benefit concert: "Recent news reports suggest that Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton for President have accepted an in-kind contribution from a foreign national, Sir Elton John, in contravention of federal electon laws. On behalf of Judicial Watch and its supporters, I hereby request that the FEC investigate this matter."

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  1. It's kind of sad that you choose to sway into the election when it has to do with a story hurting Clinton or praising Obama, but oddly enough seem to avoid any stories that have a negative impact on Obama (like the most recent controversy which has, as yet, been unmentioned here).

    Clearly, your blog, your option, but undermines the idea that anyone should take your politically motivated threads seriously.

    Posted by: BANNE | Apr 15, 2008 1:26:25 PM


  2. Any comments from those who were sure that Obama and/or Clinton would bring attention to Messiah's discriminatory policies during their appearances there?

    Three questions for the candidates:

    Would you speak at a college that banned women or African Americans from attending?

    Would you vote for someone who spoke at a college that banned women or African Americans?

    Given that such a candidate might be your best choice, how would you respond to that candidate's requests for money?

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Apr 15, 2008 2:01:56 PM


  3. BANNE

    Maybe because the so called controversy isn't one.

    1- PENN poll shows 2 to 1 of dems saying "no big deal on Obama's remarks"

    2-FOX news even showing interviews with oldster mccain supporters saying "I won't vote for him (most likely because of race) but what he said was right. We are bitter about the economy."

    3- The latest Gallup daily traking poll has Obama at 51% and Hillary at 40% nationaly

    Andy has posted many articles that did not shine a kind light on Obama and for the longest time Towleroad seemed very pro Hillary with the majority of posters being her supporters.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 15, 2008 2:12:01 PM


  4. Banne, please spare us and Andy your "political neutrality" wrist slapping.

    Clinton fans who claim the media are somehow propping up Obama, or doing everything they can to hurt Hillary, are wearing the same blinders that conservatives wear when they go on about the "mainstream media liberal bias".

    What you're failing to understand is that the media are, in a sense, the people, and so the media will therefore inherently, automatically reflect the voice of the people. Like Colbert said last year, it's not the media with a liberal bias, it's reality.

    It's not the media that thinks Obama is the better candidate, it's reality.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Apr 15, 2008 2:12:20 PM


  5. PS Banne

    Bill Clinton himself said pretty much the same thing in 2000 that Obama said.

    Rural white voters vote against their intrests when politicians come through preaching gods and guns etc.

    It is 100% true

    The majority of america clings to foolish things instead of actualy trying to change what is causing their problems.

    America is bitter right now

    1- bad economy
    2- sucky war
    3- horrid environment

    But instead of doing something about it they get easily swayed by gays, guns, god, and anti imigrant shit.

    Governor Rendell of PENN, a HUGE!!!!! Hillary supporter even said Obama's comments were no big deal and wouldn't hurt him even in the general election.

    Some Hillary super delegates have even come out and said Hillary is reaching toooooo far on this one.

    Have a nice day

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 15, 2008 2:24:35 PM


  6. Oh thank goodness, I can have my crush on Jason Beghe back. He was one of my pretend boyfriends until I found out he was a Scientologist. Now I can love him again!

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Apr 15, 2008 2:27:10 PM


  7. "Shouldn't Democratic presidential candidates, both of whom are explicitly on the record as being in favor of gay rights,..."

    Hardly. Both candidates are explictly on the record for not supporting equality for gays, lesbians, and our families. Once this sobering fact is accepted, it's understandable that they both chose to appear at the anti-gay Messiah College.

    Posted by: John In Manhattan | Apr 15, 2008 2:27:13 PM


  8. Oh, Banne made me forget what the article was actually about.

    I think both Dem candidates' attendance at this notoriously anti-gay school should put Obama's McClurkin incident in perspective for us.

    Why would our good, progressive candidates, the ones expecting our votes, even talk to people they know don't like us?

    Why would they go to schools they know are hotbeds of anti-gay activism?

    Why do they even work so hard to convince America that they believe in a religion that continues to battle against our equality?

    Because mediocrity hath no fury like a politician campaigning.

    Because in America, the minority has to bend to the will of the majority, and the key to equality is small steps and compromise.

    If you don't like it, you can either try to take down Pennsylvania Avenue by force, or you can move.

    Or you can ignore all of it, go be happy, and not give a fuck about any of these talking heads. This primary season is making that option look better and better.

    Posted by: jeffrob | Apr 15, 2008 2:29:16 PM


  9. I have another question about the Compassion Forum: we're supposedly take seriously two presidential candidates speaking officially about their relationship with an imaginary guy with a beard who lives in the clouds? I am floored that this constitutes a necessary part of political dialogue in this country.

    Posted by: latebrosus | Apr 15, 2008 2:38:53 PM


  10. Jeffrob:

    Please notice how well your advice would have worked in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. Neither bending to the will of the majority or sticking your head in the sand is an option if you care about equality.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Apr 15, 2008 2:40:22 PM


  11. Jason Beghe from George A. Romero's MONKEY SHINES?!?

    I LOVE HIM! BegME, Jason, BegME!

    Posted by: John In Manhattan | Apr 15, 2008 2:43:32 PM


  12. Landon-

    Well, unless we're able to get the military force of a few world superpowers to come to our aid and firebomb the offices of any lawmaker without a 100% rating from the Task Force, bend to the majority we shall.

    Nominating a secular progressive for President is more realistic, just not this year...

    Posted by: Jeffrob | Apr 15, 2008 2:57:49 PM


  13. JEFFROB

    A secular progressive? My wet dream

    Especialy if said secular progressive took their oath of office on a copy of the constituion swearing to follow, uphold, and protect from all enemies foreign and domestic as vs some religous book.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 15, 2008 3:32:15 PM


  14. ""Peter Tatchell of Outrage! described as 'scandalous' the lack of any funding or support from City Hall. "
    --Does the budget for London have room for this? Wouldn't money to support homeless youth be a more useful investment for the public good (especially given the large number of young people living on the streets)?

    Posted by: noah | Apr 15, 2008 3:49:53 PM


  15. re:A townhouse in New York's West Village transformed::::

    I'd like to know if this townhouse was protected by the historic laws of NYC?..I think he must have bought it before rezoning occurred..it's beautiful BUT way too modern for our beautiful Greenwich Village. I live on the same side of the track where this building was built..right outside my window they are converting a 3 story warehouse into a 15 story condo address::::150 Charles Street.

    TC

    Posted by: tc | Apr 15, 2008 4:08:51 PM


  16. Never been to GYM Bar, looks a little random.

    Posted by: daveynyc | Apr 15, 2008 4:14:32 PM


  17. Jeffrob - almost every poll that has come out was done in the middle of the weekend or at least starting prior to Monday. Many people didn't hear a word about the bitter comments until Monday. Gallup's poll was a national poll, not a Pennsylvania poll. Bill did not say that people cling to guns and god and gay bashing b/c of their economic status...I know what video you're referring to and I guess you need to watch it again, as he clearly said what Obama was trying to say without being condescending and insulting to people's faith and values. I guess he's the better politician after all.

    I don't think Obama's comments will do much to help Hillary, but they will certainly come back to haunt Obama in the general. John Judis today wrote an entire article on why it does matter and it will matter in the general.

    Also keep in mind that in every poll, 15 - 20% of people in Pennsylvania, NC and Indiana have yet to decide who they are voting for yet. Polling prior to OH had her only slightly ahead and behind him in TX and yet she won both by fair margins. Then again, she will never overtake his delegate lead, so again, her only hope is that she can show superdelegates that people are not going to vote for the man who doesn't understand why god and other things they value like guns are not a result of their happiness but are the cause of it.

    Posted by: Banne | Apr 15, 2008 6:30:13 PM


  18. Banne, you don't think this statement is condesending:
    "The reason (George H. W. Bush's tactic) works so well now is that you have all these economically insecure white people who are scared to death,"

    He's basically saying that these people are weak minded and easily swayed.

    Your reaction to both statements shows how stupid this is, and how it's a none issue. To say that Andy has only focused on Obama's positive press is a lie. But, it shows that supporters for both sides have pretty much lost all rational thought. It is hard to have a logical conversation about the issues with supporters for either of these candidates. Everything devolves into personal attacks and outright lies.

    Posted by: Cadence | Apr 15, 2008 10:15:15 PM


  19. “What about this gay person you’re friends with,” Beghe says one official asked him, implying that somehow the gay friend was causing Beghe’s clear state to be sabotaged. When Beghe objected, he says the official responded, “Well, he’s gay.”
    -- Village Voice interview with Beghe: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0815,celebrity%20denounces%20scientology,411801,2.html/4

    GOODBYE SCIENTOLOGY! HISTORY BOOKS WON'T REMEMBER YOU.

    Posted by: anonymous | Apr 16, 2008 1:46:42 AM


  20. Banne- thanks for your response, but just to be clear, it was jimmyboyo, not me, that mentioned Bill C. in the video. The poster name is under the comment, not over it.

    But I do think you're living in a dreamland. Obama's gonna win PA, and IN, and NC, and she'll be out before June 4.

    Posted by: jeffrob | Apr 16, 2008 11:05:22 AM


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