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road.jpg Gay American missing in Austria, but family gets the brush-off. Mom: "I sat here as a voyeur, for...over a year and a half watching [the Natalee Holloway story] nightly, thinking to myself...'thank God that's not me'...and all of a sudden, it's like I'm [Beth Holloway], except I don't have the blond-haired, blue-eyed cheerleader. I've got the 34-year-old gay man that people are not going to feel that same compassion for."

Varlaroad.jpg Varla Jean Merman celebrates 10 years in drag.

road.jpg Ernest Borgnine's secret to staying young — masturbation.

road.jpg Arkansas Democratic Party chair Bill Gwatney shot and killed by man he didn't know: "Police said Timothy Dale Johnson, 50, of Searcy, barged into Bill Gwatney's office on Wednesday and shot him multiple times. There were no signs that Gwatney and Johnson, who was later shot dead by officers, knew each other. A Target retail store in Conway had fired Johnson early Wednesday because he had written graffiti on a wall, police said. Before noon, Johnson was in Gwatney's office in Little Rock with a handgun."

road.jpg Michael Phelps — how it all began.

Punkroad.jpg John McCain wrestled in high school. His nickname was "the punk".

road.jpg Madonna's 50th birthday president from Guy Ritchie: a portrait by Banksy?

road.jpg Weeds star Hunter Parrish joins cast of Broadway's Spring Awakening.

road.jpg Drive against Evan Bayh as Obama VP choice picks up steam: "A Facebook group opposing Bayh reached about 1,500 members by Thursday morning."

road.jpg Gene Robinson lashes out at Diocese of Sydney, Australia: "The one place where I am not 'the gay bishop' is in my own diocese. I tell people that if you want to see what the church is going to be like when we finish obsessing about sex, come to New Hampshire. There I’m just the bishop. I spend ninety per cent of my time in the diocese doing the things that a bishop does, and my sexuality is rarely mentioned. [It’s only] when I leave the diocese that I become this other thing...It is ironic that the Sydney Diocese, taking in one of the great gay cities of the world, is also among the most bigoted."

Fingerprintroad.jpg New fingerprint test reveals much more than identity: "In the experiments described in the Science paper, solutions containing tiny amounts of various chemicals including cocaine and the explosive RDX were applied to the fingertips of volunteers. The volunteers touched surfaces like glass, paper and plastic. The researchers then analyzed the fingerprints. Because the spatial resolution is on the order of the width of a human hair, the Desi technique did not just detect the presence of, for instance, cocaine on the surface, but literally showed a pattern of cocaine in the shape of the fingerprint, leaving no doubt who had left the cocaine behind."

road.jpg One of the Jonas brothers is a cop from a 70's porn film.

road.jpg Choreographer/director Adam Shankman would love to see Lance Bass paired with a guy on Dancing with the Stars: "I would be thrilled to see something like that. It would be so new and it would break so many barriers and just crash through walls. I would love that. They're trying to keep people in their comfort zone. But at the same time, they're trying to create new ways to keep the shows fresh, so that would be a way."

road.jpg Channing Tatum to jump off buildings.

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  1. Oh Andy, looks like you've got a little too much Obama/McCain on the brain.

    "Madonna's 50th birthday president from Guy Ritchie: a portrait by Banksy?"

    president? *haha*

    Posted by: John | Aug 14, 2008 3:07:33 PM


  2. Hey, BIMBO BROOKS,

    you were lamenting how "exotic" non-white gays are given so much attention--on the previous thread about the American Olympic Gymnasts. Well, if I can't have the Curry and Salsa, I'll have the Channing Tatum with Idaho potatoes any day. That's one sexy white guy.


    Oh, let shut up...the poster, EVAN, will soon appear and accuse me of being a typical "self-hating homo who craves & worships straight guys".

    Hell, I don't crave & worship straight guys, EVAN...just their bodies

    ....and thank the Good Lord that straight guys aint always straight.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 14, 2008 3:12:50 PM


  3. RE Bayh: from today's gay San Francisco "Bay Area Reporter" which endorsed Obama for the nomination:

    "A winning ticket

    If Barack Obama wants to win the presidency in November, he should pick Hillary Clinton as his running mate and be done with it.

    During the last couple of weeks presumptive Republican nominee John McCain has begun to define Obama. This has included his silly mocking of Obama's suggestion that people properly inflate their tires to achieve better gas mileage. Obama made the tire gauge comment in direct response to a question from a voter at a campaign event, but that has largely been lost on the viewing public as McCain's strategists have succeeded in turning the answer into a joke – even going so far as to hand out tire gauges that read "Obama's energy plan." Obama later responded and turned the issue back on McCain, but by that time it was too late.

    McCain has used Obama's celebrity to good effect in a television ad featuring pop tarts Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Hilton shot back with a hilarious send-up spoofing McCain as "old white-haired dude." The Obama campaign's only response was a terse "whatever" from spokesman Bill Burton. The Obama camp should have had fun with it; the response only reinforces the characterization of him as elitist. And while legions of Obama supporters sharply dispute that, the harsh reality on the ground is that some people believe it.
    McCain's recent attacks lack substance, but they have served their purpose and have prevented Obama from pulling ahead in the polls.

    Where have Obama's vocal surrogates gone? Into hiding, it seems. Night after night pundits and other talking heads wring their hands at how unresponsive the Obama campaign has become. Ever since Obama returned from his successful trip abroad, McCain has been pouncing, and has thrown Team Obama off message.

    A number of LGBT commentators have also been doing their own hand-wringing by picking apart various potential Obama running mates as not progressive enough or not sufficiently in tune with our issues, namely repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and passage of an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And it's obvious that many dislike Clinton. But they miss the larger point, which is: if Obama doesn't quickly turn his campaign around we'll be looking at McCain taking the oath of office on the Capitol steps in January and nothing will be done on LGBT issues.

    A McCain presidency would be unacceptable.

    Clinton brings with her millions of voters and would able to unify the party in a way that no other viable Democratic running mate can. She also can match McCain's rhetoric. Obama is tied statistically with McCain in many of the battleground states and has shown little movement among white working class voters – the exact demographic group among whom Clinton was strong during the primaries. Voters who are uncomfortable with Obama will be reassured by Clinton, as was shown in her victories in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    Poll after poll has shown that voters' number one issue is the economy. The Democrats historically have done well when the economy is soft. But during these summer months, McCain has connected with people on his energy plan by tying it to a plan for strengthening the economy. Obama has been unable to capitalize on the economic situation.

    While we are under no illusion that the Obama camp actually will heed our advice, it's worth noting that the potential names being floated for vice president on an Obama ticket are all men with varying degrees of experience in Washington who don't come close to matching the excitement an Obama-Clinton ticket would engender.
    This entire presidential campaign season is being played by a new rulebook – picking Clinton would be a media event that would dwarf any McCain choice. It would bring enthusiasm to the convention. And it would go a long way toward dispelling those "arrogant" and "aloof" perceptions that are beginning to dog Obama. We are aware that Obama and Clinton have no great love for one another – but that's not a requirement here.

    What this boils down to is how badly Obama wants to win. Indiana Senator Evan Bayh has been frequently mentioned as a possible running mate, and he voted for the war like Clinton. If past support for the war in Iraq is not a disqualifying position, Obama would do better to choose Clinton, who comes with a network and votes. She was on the trail last week for Obama. She can counter the Republican attacks.

    Picking Clinton would seal the deal in November."

    Amen to that. Incredibly, the Obamamentum has come to almost a dead stop. Time to jump start it again with the still unprecedented idea of a Black Man/White Woman joint ticket and drive directly to the White House, dropping McShame off at the Senate along the way.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 14, 2008 3:20:17 PM


  4. Hey Ernie! Amen, Brother, amen! My father had an active sex life until he was into his 80's. I say if it's still working, work it!

    From "Countdown" last night, Keith Olberman outlined that Delaware Senator Joe Biden was on the top of the VP list, and the agenda at the convention was going along those lines. I like Biden, he's good for labor. Fingers crossed.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 14, 2008 3:29:04 PM


  5. and now for some exceedingly coarse comments... finally i can get to see hunter's butt not just on tv but in the flesh. fyi, the character melchior in spring awakening shows butt right before and after intermission!!!

    Posted by: bading | Aug 14, 2008 3:32:25 PM


  6. Well, Mister Bedwell, I wish I could be as enthusiastic about an Obama/Clinton ticket as you are.

    Could she play "second fiddle" to Barack? Would the media allow her to?
    Is uniting the party enough? What about all those Independents who wanted "something different"?

    I don't know. But we need to do whatever it takes to win the White House. If Hillary Clinton is the key to victory against McCain, then Barack, Michelle, Hillary & Bill will just have to do a "Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice" (Michael, no one under the age of 45 is going to have the point of reference, eh?)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 14, 2008 3:55:59 PM


  7. I'm for Obama/ Clinton

    BUT if Obama doesn't want Hillary yet wants a Hillary associate like Bayh then there is a much better choice than Bayh

    Bayh has supported the Iraq invasion from day 1 and though close to the Clintons is easily outstripped by Retired General Wesley Clark on the associations with the Clintons.

    Clark has been a surrogate for Clinton as well as a former employee of Bills' when the head of NATO under Bill.

    Retired General Wesley Clark has also had OUR back since 2000 withh 100% equal right to be in the millitary, 100% equal right to marriage and adoption, etc.

    If not Hillary but rather a Hillary surrogate then HELL the F NO to Bayh!!!!!!!!!!!! (joined the facebook protest) and hell yes to retired General Wesley Clark

    1- Clinton surrogate
    2- Millitary experience that trumps mcshame
    3- Former head of NATO helps with our former allies
    4- 100% has publicly had the gay communities back since 2000 with FULL support of repealing DADT and DOMA while not being wishy washy on gay marriage and publicly supporting our right to gay marriage 100%!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/ Clinton 08

    if not, then

    Obama/ Clark 08

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 14, 2008 4:09:21 PM


  8. PS

    Another + for Clark is his extensive appearances on FOX for these past 8 yrs condeming the Iraq war F ups and pimping for Vets.

    The FOX audience knows him and actualy likes clark while knowing full well that he is a liberal.

    Obama/ Clinton 08

    if not, then

    Obama/ Clark 08

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 14, 2008 4:14:46 PM


  9. Bro Derrick! BMHB as BCTA totally cracked me up. Now THERE's an image!

    Your questions remain valid, but if we don't win the White House how it might be run is moot. I do know that contrary to propaganda, Hillary startled Repugs in Congress with her ability to work with even those who'd tried to destroy her and her husband, even Gingrich, the main architect of Bill's impeachment [even as Newton was dicking around on HIS wife].

    And she's kept her promise of helping Barack now, e.g., a major fundraiser for him in Miami a week from tonight.

    As for the number of people wanting "something different," it seems to me that the statistical stalemate might be explained in part by all that gravy having already been sopped up and we're left with the margin of people who don't REALLY want something different but are falling into step like good Stepford Wives behind yet another Old White Guy. Throw in the number of people who supported Hillary but INSANELY haven't made the pragmatic leap to Obama yet and McShame, like shit, just keeps floating to the top.

    If we combined the enthusiasm/loyalty of the Obama Army with the enthusiasm/loyalty of the Hillary Army, I think we'd stand a far better chance of winning.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 14, 2008 4:28:16 PM


  10. Last month, a deranged man walks into a church and shoots it up because he hates "Liberals." Now this!

    If this turns out to be another Liberal-hating murder, then we all need to WAKE UP! When will it end...when out country is renamed the "Fox News States of America?"

    Posted by: PatrickPatrick | Aug 14, 2008 4:38:06 PM


  11. After seeing Girls will Be Girls the movie and web series I am in love with Varla.

    If you haven't seen either one I highly recommend them, even my bitchiest drunkest friends loved Girls will Be Girls the movie.

    Posted by: John M | Aug 14, 2008 6:38:43 PM


  12. Baah Bayh?

    Posted by: anon | Aug 14, 2008 8:42:20 PM


  13. Jeez Louise, that fingerprint thingie brings a whole new meaning to "getting dusted".

    Posted by: Christopher | Aug 14, 2008 9:54:37 PM


  14. Yay for Varla! I frigging love her, and never miss one of her SF shows. She's brilliant (and beautiful as boy boy and girl!).

    My father was nicknamed Punk by his family back in the 40s; so it must have been common. Still, it was upsetting in the 80s when he got pissed at me for dyeing and spiking my hair. Oh well.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 15, 2008 5:38:46 PM


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