News: Alan Cumming, Taxis, Esquire, Booker Prize, Sarah Palin

road.jpg While Palin was mayor, Wasilla billed victims for their rape kits.

Stpeteroad.jpg Taxi service for gays to launch in St. Petersburg, Russia?

road.jpg Pete Wentz: I once almost put a bullet through my head.

road.jpg Gay softball team disqualified from world series for having too many straight players: “D2, a team from San Francisco, beat the Atlanta Mudcats in the series to qualify for the A Division championship game against the Los Angeles Vipers. But the Mudcats filed a protest, alleging that six of D2’s players were straight. North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAA) rules state a team in the series may have no more than two straight players on its squad.”

road.jpg Some guy relieved himself next to David Beckham and confirmed previous reports from Posh.

Skirtroad.jpg Marc Jacobs closes New York show in a skirt.

road.jpg Barbra Streisand to sing for Obama: “Streisand will perform at a $2,500-per-person reception and concert fund-raiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with upwards of 700 people expected to attend. Among the co-hosts of the event are DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, as well as political consultant Andy Spahn. It’€™s being organized with Obama’s Southern California finance team.”

road.jpg UK Booker Prize shortlist announced: Aravind Adiga The White Tiger: A Novel, Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture, Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies: A Novel, Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs, Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency, Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole.

road.jpg Kevin and Scotty pics from the new season of Brothers and Sisters.

road.jpg “No on 8″ office opens in SF’s Castro: “Activists have already been working for months to build up a grassroots operation to defeat the anti-gay constitutional amendment, but now they will have a spacious centrally-located office to organize. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums worked up the crowd with reminders of this historic struggle–and how a defeat by the radical right would be a huge setback for the LGBT community.”

Esquireroad.jpg Esquire celebrates 75th anniversary with E-ink cover.

road.jpg Alan Cumming becoming U.S. citizen to vote for Obama.

road.jpg Living strong: Lance Armstrong to come out of retirement for Tour de France?

road.jpg UFC fighter Evan Tanner found dead after walk into desert.

road.jpg WSJ‘s Kirchik claims GOP is kissing gay-bashing goodbye: “…it was refreshing to see that gays were not part of the agenda this year. Indeed, the only speaker to make mention of them was the former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee, and he did so only tangentially, stating that Mr. McCain “doesn’t want to change the very definition of marriage from what it has always meant throughout recorded human history.” (The same, of course, could be said of the supposedly gay-friendly Barack Obama, who also opposes marriage equality for gay couples). The absence of antigay rhetoric has much to do with Mr. McCain; he is comfortable around gay people, and his old-fashioned sense of honor proscribes against making them pariahs for political gain.”

road.jpg Katy Perry-hating church hit with ‘God loves gays’ vandalism.

road.jpg McGreevey’s partner Mark O’Donnell offers to pay for daughter Jacqueline’s school: “O’Donnell’s offer was disclosed in a letter filed Friday in Union County Family Court by McGreevey lawyer Stephen Haller, who called it ‘an incredibly generous gesture.'”

road.jpg Gay porn killers to be tried together

Comments

  1. Las Vegas says

    It was a state law to bill people for those kits and not anything to do with Sarah Palin. She was following the state laws that were changed. God, how fucking desperate are the press to start doing this? It’s shameful…it’s like blaming Obama for a state law that changed while being a Senator..yellow dog journalism has no place in society…shame on you Andy for perpetuating this type of crap.

  2. says

    Yeah I agree… the rape kit billing thing is a non-issue.

    I think Palin is a right-wing freak, and I think that the prospect of a McCain/Palin administration would be disastrous. But I also think that we need to keep the discussion focused on the issues and the future. While looking at a politician’s record is often the only way to evaluate what they’ll do while in office, this billing thing isn’t the kind of thing that we should be focusing on.

  3. Newsweek says

    One false rumor accuses then-Mayor Palin of threatening to fire Wasilla’s librarian for refusing to ban books from the town library. Some versions of the rumor come complete with a list of the books that Palin allegedly attempted to ban. The story is false on several fronts: Palin never asked that books be banned; the librarian continued to serve in that position; no books were actually banned; and many of the books on the list that Palin supposedly wanted to censor weren’t even in print at the time, proving that the list is a fabrication.

    It’s true that Palin did raise the issue with Mary Ellen Emmons, Wasilla’s librarian, on at least two occasions. Emmons flatly stated her opposition both times. But, as the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla’s local paper) reported at the time, Palin asked general questions about what Emmons would say if Palin requested that a book be banned. According to Emmons, Palin “was asking me how I would deal with her saying a book can’t be in the library.” Emmons reported that Palin pressed the issue, asking whether Emmons’ position would change if residents were picketing the library. Wasilla resident Anne Kilkenny, who was at the meeting, corroborates Emmons’ story, telling the Chicago Tribune that “Sarah said to Mary Ellen, ‘What would your response be if I asked you to remove some books from the collection?’ ”

    Palin characterized the exchange differently, initially volunteering the episode as an example of discussions with city employees about following her administration’s agenda. Palin described her questions to Emmons as “rhetorical,” noting that her questions “were asked in the context of professionalism regarding the library policy that is in place in our city.” Actually, true rhetorical questions have implied answers (e.g., “Who do you think you are?”), so Palin probably meant to describe her questions as hypothetical or theoretical. We can’t read minds, so it is impossible for us to know whether or not Palin may actually have wanted to ban books from the library or whether she simply wanted to know how her new employees would respond to an instruction from their boss. It is worth noting that, in an update, the Frontiersman points out that no book was ever banned from the library’s shelves.

    Moreover, although Palin fired Emmons as part of a “loyalty” purge, she rehired Emmons the next day, and Emmons remained at her job for two-and-a-half more years. Actually, Palin initially requested Emmons’ resignation in October 1996, four days before the public discussion of censorship. That was at the same time she requested that all four of Wasilla’s department heads resign. Palin described the requests as a loyalty test and allowed all four department heads to retain their positions. But on Jan. 30, 1997, three months after the censorship discussion, Palin informed Emmons and Wasilla’s police chief, Irv Stambaugh, that they would be fired. According to the Chicago Tribune, Palin did not list censorship as a reason for Emmons’ firing. Palin rehired Emmons the following day. Emmons continued to serve as librarian until August 1999, when the Chicago Tribune reports that she resigned.

    So what about that list of books targeted for banning, which according to one widely e-mailed version was taken “from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board”? If it was, the library board should take up fortune telling. The list includes the first four Harry Potter books, none of which had been published at the time of the Palin-Emmons conversations. The first wasn’t published until 1998. In fact, the list is a simple cut-and-paste job, snatched (complete with typos and the occasional incorrect title) from the Florida Institute of Technology library Web page, which presents the list as “Books banned at one time or another in the United States.”

  4. Jimmyboyo says

    newsweek

    You LIE

    The librarian claimed Palin discussed the banning of books. Palin said she did but as a hypothetical.

    no books were ever banned. she did talk about it though per her own words, but it was a so-called hypothetical (weak defense)

    librarian was fired and reinstated by a court case.

  5. Rad says

    Would someone please tell “TrentisthenewPink” to stop putting so much crap on his site that my browser overloads and abends? IE, Firefox, Safari, all three get blown out of the water any time I inadvertently click on a TRENT link.

    Nothing but a clueless programmer.

  6. Philip Wester says

    Take your drivel somewhere else, Newsweek. No one here on Towleroad or anywhere else credible has even mentioned that supposed email “making the rounds”.

    Palin has a track record of lying to protect herself when she does wrong, claiming to have meant it differently than what people took her words for. I’ll take the librarian’s word for it.

    I’ve never seen this alleged email and I wouldn’t have cared about it. No one here has brought it up, so why do you bring it up?

  7. Las Vegas says

    Jimmy,

    Gimme a break..it was state law..if a town WANTED to pay for the kits they were allowed to do so but were under no obligation. Stop feeding into needless hysteria, innuendo, and fact twisting. You are a sad individual.

  8. Newsweek says

    My apologies, Philip. Here is a version that doesn’t mention the emails:

    It’s true that Palin did raise the issue [of banning books] with Mary Ellen Emmons, Wasilla’s librarian, on at least two occasions. Emmons flatly stated her opposition both times. But, as the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla’s local paper) reported at the time, Palin asked general questions about what Emmons would say if Palin requested that a book be banned. According to Emmons, Palin “was asking me how I would deal with her saying a book can’t be in the library.” Emmons reported that Palin pressed the issue, asking whether Emmons’ position would change if residents were picketing the library. Wasilla resident Anne Kilkenny, who was at the meeting, corroborates Emmons’ story, telling the Chicago Tribune that “Sarah said to Mary Ellen, ‘What would your response be if I asked you to remove some books from the collection?’ ”

    Palin characterized the exchange differently, initially volunteering the episode as an example of discussions with city employees about following her administration’s agenda. Palin described her questions to Emmons as “rhetorical,” noting that her questions “were asked in the context of professionalism regarding the library policy that is in place in our city.” Actually, true rhetorical questions have implied answers (e.g., “Who do you think you are?”), so Palin probably meant to describe her questions as hypothetical or theoretical. We can’t read minds, so it is impossible for us to know whether or not Palin may actually have wanted to ban books from the library or whether she simply wanted to know how her new employees would respond to an instruction from their boss. It is worth noting that, in an update, the Frontiersman points out that no book was ever banned from the library’s shelves.

    Moreover, although Palin fired Emmons as part of a “loyalty” purge, she rehired Emmons the next day, and Emmons remained at her job for two-and-a-half more years. Actually, Palin initially requested Emmons’ resignation in October 1996, four days before the public discussion of censorship. That was at the same time she requested that all four of Wasilla’s department heads resign. Palin described the requests as a loyalty test and allowed all four department heads to retain their positions. But on Jan. 30, 1997, three months after the censorship discussion, Palin informed Emmons and Wasilla’s police chief, Irv Stambaugh, that they would be fired. According to the Chicago Tribune, Palin did not list censorship as a reason for Emmons’ firing. Palin rehired Emmons the following day. Emmons continued to serve as librarian until August 1999, when the Chicago Tribune reports that she resigned.

  9. nobama says

    I love how Andy likes to throw any little snippet in about Palin to try to discredit her, forgetting how Obama started his political career at terrorist Bill Ayers living room, went to Wright’s church but never listened and purchased his home from convicted felon Rezko. His brother is still living in a rusted shack making one dollar a day in Africa. Oh yeah Biden’s son is also about to become a convicted felon also. Obama still has zero experience and Palin is kicking his ass. If only the democrats had chosen Clinton, or if Obama had put aside his arrogance and chosen Clinton, it would be all over.

  10. says

    ROBERTS: That would appear, Paul, to end any argument over whether or not she supported the bridge initially. But why can’t Barack Obama make that point stick?

    PAUL BEGALA, CNN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR: Because the press won’t do its job, John. I criticized Barack Obama when he hasn’t been tough enough. Barack’s job is to run against John McCain, right. Don’t shoot the monkey when you can shoot for the organ grinder. His job is not to focus on number two but number one. But it is the media’s job when a politician flat out lies like she’s doing on this bridge to nowhere so call her on it. Or this matter of earmarks where she’s attacking Barack Obama for having earmarks, when she was the mayor of little Wasilla, Alaska, 6,000 people, she hired a lobbyist who was connected to Jack Abramoff, who is a criminal and they brought home $27 million in earmarks. She carried so much pork home she got trichinosis. But we in the media are letting her tell lies about her record.

    ROBERTS: Hey, OK. We got to let Alex respond to that. Flat out lies, Alex?

    ALEX CASTELLANOS, CNN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR: Let’s be a little gentle. Look, every elected official in this country works under the system we have, which is you try to get a little bit of your tax money back. You just don’t want to leave it all in Washington. The amazing thing about Sarah Palin is when she became governor she actually stood up and said no. And she made it –

    BEGALA: That’s not true.

    CASTELLANOS: She took a strong stand. That is rare and that never happened.

    ROBERTS: All right.

    BEGALA: That’s just not true. You know, John, the facts matter. There’s lots of things that are debatable who is more qualified or less experienced or more this or more passionate, whatever. It is a fact that she campaigned and supported that bridge to nowhere. It is a fact that she hired lobbyists to get earmarks. It is a fact that as governor she lobbies for earmarks. Her state is essentially a welfare state taking money from the federal government.

    ROBERTS: We still have 56 days to talk about this back and forth.

    BEGALA: This is the problem. We have this false debate when we ought to have at least agreed upon facts.

  11. says

    I’m no Palin fan by any means, but the rape kit thing is weak and embarrassing to her opposition for even mentioning it. As if she herself decided the policy? Was that before or after she fired the chief of police for corruption?

  12. Newsweek says

    It’s unfortunate that the “press won’t do its job.”

    The Wall Street Journal, in a story yesterday, wrote that “She endorsed the multimillion dollar [‘Bridge to Nowhere’] project during her gubernatorial race in 2006. And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere.” And the Associated Press wrote Sunday that “McCain and Palin together have told a broader story about the bridge that is misleading.”

  13. Newsweek says

    David, can you offer a specific example of how my two posts indicate that I am an ex-gay? I can see that you’re passionate about this issue, but I still don’t understand your reasoning.

  14. donoso says

    About the no on 8. Here is an email that my ‘loving’ cousin sent to me. The mormons are sending it around to stir the pot further:

    EMAIL:
    Dear friends and family,

    My friend had Sacrament this past Sunday focus on Amendment 8 in California. (the gay marriage issue) Their stake president asked the members of their stake to come up with $38,000 to support this amendment and this is non-tithing, non-contribution money. They are also to donate 4weekends per family to call, and go door-to door in their community passing out info and collecting signatures and educating their neighbors about this amendment. This is an excerpt from her letter about their Sacrament meeting:
    “One of the Sacrament speakers is an LDS judge in the area and his statistics were mind blowing. For example, in Boston, MA (where gay marriages are now legal,) the Catholic Charities have closed their doors because the state has required them to allow adoptions to same sex couples, and they refused. They are a large and worthwhile charity with great power in the state and they were overruled. A Methodist church has lost their tax
    exempt status because the minister refused to perform a marriage of a same sex couple (they were not of his congregation). A physician who refused to do fertility treatments on a same sex couple because of religious reasons was sued, lost and the state is requiring him to treat everyone as equals. Our schools will be required to teach, starting in kindergarten, that marriages make up many different combinations. The consequences are
    horrible.???

    Directly tied into ALL of this is our right to continue to go to the Temple. If Gay Marriage is supported by the government, then those who are same-sex married, who are “LDS” and legally recognized as married by the government, can sue to be married in the temple. It is my opinion that the church will not bend on this issue, and our rights to go to the temple will be in jeopardy. AND goodbye to those religious tax-deductions. Tithing, fast offerings, etc. We will lose our tax-exemption status if the government legally forces the church to support same-sex marriage.” These effects are far-reaching! I hope no one is upset by this email, I would not want to offend anyone, but I believe this issue is not a political issue at all, but a moral issue that affects all of society. The Proclamation on the family clearly gives a warning voice on this matter.

    I pray that this issue on the ballots will overturn the gay marriages occuring right now in that state, and help prevent other states from adopting this stance. I believe that it is important to support and defend traditional marriage, home and family. Another friend says that her relatives in Sweden are even watching what goes on in California. The whole world is watching to see what happens.

  15. Dan says

    Newsweek, you’re an idiot for not getting what David’s saying.

    And the spin regarding the rape kit is silly. Regardless of state law, Wasilla paid for rape kits before Palin came along. Then she became mayor, turned a balanced budget into a massive deficit building roads people didn’t need, and needed to make a few budget cuts. Rape kits evidently weren’t too important to her.

    Sounds like GOP standard operating procedure to me…

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