News: Twilight, Robert Pattinson, Dubai Book Ban, Giorgio Armani

road.jpg Domestic partnership bill advances in New Mexico.

road.jpg Hated liberals, gays: Knoxville church shooter’s manifesto made public.

Bedellroad.jpg Dubai bans British author’s book because of gay character: “Geraldine Bedell’s book The Gulf Between Us was greeted with enthusiasm by organisers because of its setting in the Middle East, but the mood changed swiftly when they discovered a gay character…[International Festival of Literature director Isobel Abulhoul] explained that the book was unsuitable because one of the characters was a gay sheikh with an English boyfriend and the plot was set against the background of the Iraq War which ‘could be a minefield for us’.”

road.jpg REPORT: Madonna gets involved in Twilight sequel.

road.jpg Foes launch effort to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

road.jpg Facebook clarifies its evil new terms of service.

road.jpg Massachusetts school informs parents of transgender janitor’s transition from male to female. “Pro-family” groups apoplectic.

road.jpg Cheney outraged Bush didn’t grant Scooter Libby a full pardon: “Several sources confirmed Cheney refused to take no for an answer. ‘He went to the mat and came back and back and back at Bush,’ a Cheney defender said. ‘He was still trying the day before Obama was sworn in.’ After repeatedly telling Cheney his mind was made up, Bush became so exasperated with Cheney’s persistence he told aides he didn’t want to discuss the matter any further. The unsuccessful full-court press left Cheney bitter. ‘He’s furious with Bush,’ a Cheney source told The News. ‘He’s really angry about it and decided he’s going to say what he believes.'”

road.jpg Does Britney Spears have a new Manny?

Armaniroad.jpg Giorgio Armani blogs.

road.jpg Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher to become stripper, tour the country: “I love to dance, and I’m an exhibitionist. I am going to take this road until my fans tell me, ‘Dear, please put your clothes back on. You’re too old.'”

road.jpg North Miami’s openly gay mayor Kevin Burns to make run for U.S. Senate seat of Mel Martinez.

road.jpg Michael Phelps won’t be charged for smoking pot, and neither will his friends: “I’m glad this matter is put to rest. But there are also some important lessons that I’ve learned. For me, it’s all about recognizing that I used bad judgment and it’s a mistake I won’t make again. For young people especially – be careful about the decisions you make. One bad decision can really hurt you and the people you care about.”

road.jpg Michael Jackson’s exploding head is part of massive Neverland auction.

road.jpg Oklahoma to erect Ten Commandments monument on grounds of state capitol? “State Representative Mike Ritze said his bill would authorize installation of a monument similar to the one that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled could remain on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. It would use the Ten Commandments text from the King James Version of the Bible.”

road.jpg Catholic bishop in Scranton, PA objects to Keith Boykin speaking appearance.

Pattinsonroad.jpg Robert Pattinson not a fan of fame.

road.jpg Anti-gay Holocaust denier declines Pope Benedict’s appointment as a bishop after public outrage: “Gerhard Maria Wagner said the “fierce criticism” had persuaded him to ask not to be named auxiliary bishop of Linz. Father Wagner has described Hurricane Katrina as God’s punishment for the sins of New Orleans, and the Harry Potter novels as satanic. The Catholic news agency Kathpress says the Pope has agreed to the request.”

road.jpg L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Pastor Rick Warren have breakfast: “Evangelical minister Rick Warren brought a message of unity and civility to more than 1,000 people who attended the annual Los Angeles Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast today, avoiding mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage and abortion rights…Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was less circumspect, and acknowledged his support of same-sex marriage and ‘a woman’s right to choose.’ He mentioned that he had performed marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples…’We won’t always agree,’ Villaraigosa told the audience gathered at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel downtown. ‘But we can agree on basic civil rights. We may not agree on Roe vs. Wade, but we both want to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortion.'”


  1. Paul R says

    It’s wonderful that Amy Fisher remains in the public eye and continues to make inspiring life choices. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.

    Armani’s clothes have been too tight for too long now.

    Wow, so Bush did one thing I like—pissing off Cheney?

  2. TANK says

    Cheney’s furious? Quick, buy some lamb’s blood and paint your front door with it.

    And for refusing to be an EVEN bigger corrupt douche? “But marc rich! MARC RICH! WAAAAA WAAAAAA WAAAAA!”

    Facebook used to take products you’d mention and sell the rights to that data to companies that make consumer profiles…and facebook users would get harassed by them. No facebook for me.

    But the real problem isn’t so much that a lot of one’s personal info’s out there; instead, it’s what’s done with it. That’s what people care about more now.

  3. says

    Re: Boykin @ Misericordia: It was interesting to read the comments in the Scranton paper on this: the vast majority were lambasting the bishop and even supportive of marriage equality.

    The funniest, is that Misericordia’s Diversity Institute is devoted to ending discrimination of all types. Yes, that’s a Catholic Institute. They might want to look for a new church to align with.

  4. alex in boston says

    Robert Pattinson hates fame??? Well WTF did you get into show biz for? did you think you were gonna be a failure? Do you not see how the PAPPA and sites like TMZ treat the “hit of the hour”? If its that bad for you there are probably 10,000 other young cute boys with english/australian/euro accents who would sell their balls to be where you are!! SO get over it and enjoy the ride while it lasts and before you get typecast/grow old/ or otherwise fade into obscurity!!

  5. Leland Frances says

    Jesus Fucking Christ of the Andes!!!!

    What is LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa smoking—Obama’s Can’t We All Just Get Along Pollyanna Panties?

    Listen to the playback, Mr. Mayor. You just defined “gay marriage” and “a woman’s right to choose” as NOT civil rights!!!!!!!! Is this your way of trying to attract some right wing voters for governor away from SF Mayor Gavin Newsom??? As IF he had any.

    Most of us will never know if Newsom’s ex-wife was serious about his “James” but he clearly has “giant peaches” compared to you.

    Did I write, “Jesus Fucking Christ of the Andes” yet?

  6. BillyBoy says

    This bit — Catholic bishop in Scranton, PA objects to Keith Boykin speaking appearance — is actually more interesting. First, the Bishop isn’t quite the fascist he seems, since he’s objecting to Boykin’s appearance at a Catholic institution. Fair enuf, I’d say. Second, the more interesting story is that a Catholic university has a program devoted to diversity and takes the concept seriously enuf to include us homos!

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