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 road2009 Pulitzer Prize winners announced.

 roadStem cells to cure most common form of blindness: "Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time. The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. This week Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical research company, will announce its financial backing to bring the therapy to patients." 

Milo  roadMilo Ventimiglia brings back 50's cut...

 roadGot Talent: Britain has Susan Boyle, while Sweden has Naked Boys Dancing.

 roadEducation Secretary Arne Duncan recognized Friday's Day of Silence.

 roadMadonna falls off horse, blames paparazzi.

 roadParents of gay children come out of the closet in China...

 roadKelly Clarkson does not hook up - video.

 roadBishop Gene Robinson: Civil and religious marriage should be separate. "In this country, it has become very confusing about where the civil action begins and ends and where the religious action begins and ends, because we have asked clergy to be agents of the state."

 roadBluefin tuna to be extinct by 2012?

 roadMorrissey has meltdown over smell of grilled meat at Coachella.

 roadLady GaGa refuses to reveal anything about her teacup.

Rudnick  roadPaul Rudnick responds to Ted Haggard as fellow-heterosexual-with-issues Pastor Stan Belker: "As a teen-ager, I found that I was attracted both to serving Our Lord and to Jimmy Wiggins, the assistant coach of my high-school soccer team. I was in torment, and I would pray for hours on end, asking God why He would command me to love Him so deeply and at the same time just go and create Jimmy’s snug little soccer shorts."

 roadStephen Hawking "very ill" according to Cambridge University.

 roadGay controversy on UK version of The Apprentice as one contestant wants to re-brand the British seaside town of Margate as a gay resort and a teammate tells him she'd never let a homosexual come near her son.

 roadRice University survey shows growing support for gay rights.

 roadGawker Headquarters seating chart.

Crocbait  roadAustralian crocodile bait.

 roadSacha Baron-Cohen apologizes to Madonna over adoption gag: "Madonna was said to be upset at a scene in Bruno’s forthcoming film which mocks her attempts to adopt an African baby. And we hear that shame-faced 37-year-old Sacha has sent her a bouquet of flowers to apologise.  An insider said: 'Sacha is always out to make great comedy – and if he upsets people along the way, so be it. But when word reached him that Madonna thought his sketch was insensitive, he sent her a bouquet of flowers to say, ‘No hard feelings’.'"

 roadSome super slo-mo beauty.

 roadAnti-gay hate crime convictions in Wales double in three years.

 roadIowa Republicans claim advisory that state recorders must perform same-sex marriages comes across as "veiled threat": [Victoria Hutton of the Iowa Department of Public Health] wrote in the e-mail: 'Following is the response from our attorney from the Iowa Attorney General's office. All county recorders in the state of Iowa are required to comply with the Varnum decision ... and to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in the same manner as licenses issued to opposite gender applicants.'"

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  1. With all due respect to Bishop Robinson, there's no "confusion" about civil vs. religious marriage, except for those people who deliberately confuse the issue in order to promote their bigoted agenda. We've had the current situation for, what, 200+ years, and no one ever seemed to get "confused" before. For example, it's long been the case that divorced people could get married in the eyes of the state, but somehow it never occurred to anyone that this could conceivably "force" Catholic priests to perform the marriages, or that it would somehow infringe on Catholics' religious freedom, or any bullshit like that.

    Look, I'm an atheist so I'm all for making the clean break in principle, but frankly there's no need for it. Everyone with (1) half a brain and (2) no agenda to promote understands the situation just fine.

    Posted by: Glenn | Apr 20, 2009 3:37:47 PM

  2. Only those of us from near Margate can understand the stupidity/hilarity of the Apprentice's gay applicant suggesting turning it into a gay resort!

    Posted by: Jae | Apr 20, 2009 3:56:41 PM

  3. With respect to the Iowa Republicans - we had the same issue here in MA - wherein County/City Clerks/Justices of the Peace in some case were either hesitant or completely resistant to issuing and/or performing "Gay Marriages"! Finally our courts/Legislature told them "as civil servants" you are held by your sworn oath to uphold your duties in that capacity and you shall do so or resign!! So Iowa you can do the same thing as this goes to the point of the other article on Bishop Robinson's statement- "In this country, it has become very confusing about where the civil action begins and ends and where the religious action begins and ends.."

    Posted by: alex in boston | Apr 20, 2009 4:08:51 PM

  4. HaHA!!! Morrissey cracks me up. He should be so lucky. I'm sure he got to be 275#s from eating lettuce.

    Posted by: AS13 | Apr 20, 2009 4:33:26 PM

  5. Milo brings back this cut? Whatever, I had my hair cut like this Friday, I brought back this cut, but really it looks more 80's than 50's.

    Posted by: Critifur | Apr 20, 2009 4:40:20 PM

  6. Now I look like I never grew up. damn

    Posted by: Critifur | Apr 20, 2009 4:45:11 PM

  7. Swedish naked boys dancing, got a standing ovation and a pass to the next round. Hot! Those Swedes are clearly not sexually repressed.

    Posted by: Critifur | Apr 20, 2009 4:57:39 PM

  8. That croc bait story is awesome in that it's actually honest. Why can't American news call people like that idiots? The Aussies did it at least a dozen times.

    Say it like it is!

    Posted by: MT | Apr 20, 2009 5:09:52 PM

  9. Morrissey was so very sickened that he canceled his show the next night in Oakland, which someone had bought me tickets for as it was my birthday. Bitchface.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 20, 2009 6:49:06 PM

  10. That's a really sexy haircut actually

    Posted by: AdamN | Apr 20, 2009 8:09:50 PM

  11. "Form of blindness cure expected within 6 or 7 years from stem cell research"?
    Thank you Evangelical Christians for delaying this through the 8 years of the Bush Administration. That's some religion you've got there.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Apr 21, 2009 12:11:42 AM

  12. I love how the Iowa Repugs claim that a manager requiring an employee to DO THEIR JOB is considered a "veiled threat." Please. Aren't they always saying that government is so inefficient? Well, it certainly is inefficient if gov't employees aren't doing their jobs.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 21, 2009 1:43:05 AM

  13. that flower thingie between Madge and Borat is hilarious. The latter did it purposely to push her buttons and create a publicity stunt and she on the other hand pretended her buttons were pushed and now is hurt.....quid pro quo I guess, LOL!! It's a publicist's dream!

    Posted by: gabe | Apr 21, 2009 8:11:49 AM

  14. County Clerks were protesting about it in California too on Religious grounds. I think most gay couples in Iowa just won't bother with the hostility and just get married by the Unitarians or something.

    Posted by: occono | Apr 21, 2009 1:54:10 PM

  15. When same sex marriage was made legal here in BC, our fairly conservative premier ordered marriage registrars to perform same sex marriages or resign. Out of over 300, 6 did.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 21, 2009 4:08:33 PM

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