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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #322

SCIENTOLOGY: Gay activists and scientologists attempting to hand out anti-gay Dianetics literature clash in Toronto.

JESSE JACKSON: The Reverend spoke to Good Morning America this morning.

VIAGRA AND BIRTH CONTROL: Straight Talk Express breaks down over conflict between top adviser's statement on health insurance and McCain's position (or lack of one) on it.

DRUNK: Will someone please get the intoxicated referee off the field?

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  1. The real question is: how does an intoxicated referee get allowed ON the field in the first place?!

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jul 10, 2008 3:54:55 PM

  2. The question is ..who that FUCK is Jesse Jackson? What's up with his FAKE accent? Is he hanging out with Madonna lately?

    Posted by: Eric | Jul 10, 2008 4:04:54 PM

  3. I just finished watching the Scientology clip over at Joe.My.God and that office on Yonge street is not far from where I live. I plan on paying them a visit with a couple of sissies and bluntly ask them if they accept members who are openly gay.

    Posted by: Shabaka | Jul 10, 2008 4:14:08 PM

  4. The only problem with the Scientology clip (after watching the entirety of it because I believe they are a threat to our community) is there is nothing on that video that can reasonably be called a clash. And the word "attack" which is used on the youtube post is way off. No one "attacked" anyone unless you consider a bucket of water thrown out a window an attack. In which case, I think I have to say "toughen up kids."

    Posted by: Johnny B. Goode | Jul 10, 2008 4:32:56 PM

  5. Jesse Jackson's remark was assinine, and he owed Obama the apology he just extended. But I'll tell you "who the fuck Jesse Jackson is," Eric. He's the guy who's been on the front lines for 40 years and whose prior runs for the Presidency are part of what's making Barack Obama even conceivable as an electable African-American candidate for president less than 50 years after Jim Crow. He misspoke badly; his ego is probably bruised. But he's a major figure in the history of the black struggle for equal rights in this country.

    Posted by: Hermes in DC | Jul 10, 2008 4:36:32 PM

  6. Clearly, my sympathies lie with Anonymous and NOT with Scientology. And I understand, after watching the entire clip, why they wear masks. But to outside observers who don't know the story, Anonymous simply looks as if they have something to hide which I cannot imagine would do anything but erode people's trust in them, causing them to sympathize with Scientology. I'm wondering how anyone could possibly be in legal jeopardy by standing outside Scientology offices telling people truthfully what Scientology teaches.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 10, 2008 5:02:19 PM

  7. And Rosie O'donnell still loves her Tommy. Which is why I still cannot stand her fat guts.

    Posted by: dezboy | Jul 10, 2008 11:18:10 PM

  8. Hermes, thanks for the Jesse Jackson "P.R."

    I disagree with you, though --- I don't think he had anything to do with Barack Obama's legitimacy as a candidate. Obama comes highly educated, polished, poised to an American landscape that is screaming for change. He is smart, handsome and articulate. His magazine covers are as appealing as those of some of the hottest celebrities. And, he has something to say, and is not afraid of speaking to the issue of race in an unbiased, refreshing way. In fact, he offers a new twist on the issue of race, marginalization and inclusion. I don't get a message of entitlement from Obama --- rather, he delivers a clear message of civic and moral responsibility for everyone.

    He will be elected --- and having a clueless, tired opponent will help him. McCain's remarks on birth control and the economy underscore that, though he is a nice guy and a military hero and veteran, his time has passed, and the wrong guy has usurped his message for the past 8 years. Now, he seems irrelevant, and is not equipped to deal with the present needs of our country.

    Obama appeals to a broader slice of the American society. Any affiliation with Jesse Jackson and his band of opportunists would be a terrible mistake for his campaign. Many talking heads have already commented that Jackson's "unscripted" remarks have actually helped establish Obama as an independently driven and unaffiliated candidate. Now, Jesse Jackson would do well to step aside, shut up, and get a grip on his ego.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 10, 2008 11:54:29 PM

  9. Richard,

    I don't really disagree with anything you're saying. Obama is a wholly different and qualitatively superior candidate to Jesse Jackson who, to be honest, had not one iota of a chance of ever getting the nomination let alone being elected when he ran.

    But I do believe that Jesse Jackson, as an African-American, taking serious part in the national presidential election process not once but twice, *helped* to lay the foundation for Obama's largely post-race run at it 20 years later.

    But my larger rationale for commenting originally was to respond to the dissing that someone else gave Jackson when asking "who the fuck is he?" Yes, Jackson's ego has run away from him. And yes, his generation of African-American leaders seems to have lost sight of the original objective of equality rather than entitlement. Even his son is exasperated with him! But I would contend that he remains a TOWERING figure in the history of our national progress to greater racial equity and comments like, "who the fuck is he," are terrifically ignorant of that history.

    That's all.

    Posted by: Hermes in DC | Jul 11, 2008 12:28:21 PM

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