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 road Very important update: the Delhi High Court's ruling decriminalizing homosexuality actually does apply to all of India.

Zac-efron-haircut-02 road Somewhat less important update: Zac Efron gets shorn.

 road Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern (R-duh) issues a morality proclamation that equates homosexuality and marriage equality with sex trafficking and child abuse. Don't feel too bad—divorcées, those who bear children out of wedlock and porn aficionados don't make out any better.

 road Has Goldman Sachs "engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression"?

 road Rumors that Michael Jackson (who was mixing the painkillers OxyContin and Demerol with a surgical anesthetic called Diprivan) had a cancerous lesion removed from (what was left of) his nose are confirmed. His funeral service—dubbed Michael Jackson Celebration of Life—to be held Tuesday at L.A.'s Staples Center, is projected to be one of the most-viewed events ever, drawing comparisons to the funeral of John F. Kennedy, the Apollo 11 moon landing and the finale of M*A*S*H. Want to attend? Enter here for tickets.

 road Happy birthday, Malia Obama.

 road Why it's sometimes okay to ask Mexican students to "pull it out."

Gallery_main-kellan-lutz-social-life-magazine-photos-07012009-03  road New Moon star Kellan Lutz improves his Social Life.

 road In light of the recent spate of air disasters, meet Juliane Koepcke, who at 17 in 1971 survived a plane crash, plunging two miles from the sky into the Amazon rainforest...still attached to her row of seats.


 road Is Martina Navratilova screwing over the gays...or are the gays screwing over Martina Navratilova?

 road Vice President Biden's surprise trip to Camp Victory in Iraq leads him to tell George Stephanopolous the reports from Commanding General Ray Odierno were "more optimistic" than he'd expected. Biden also used the visit to see his son, Beau, who was stationed a few minutes away.

SafariScreenSnapz001  road The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent its 2009 Priority Issues Survey to all of its fave donors, asking them to vote on which issues should be prioritized this year. See if you can name a dozen Democratic priorities without listing a single LGBT issue—because the DCCC can.

 road You're never too old to camp it up.

 road New York Governor David Paterson, who's only slightly more popular than H1N1, is meeting with Senate Republicans and Democrats (who are actually a few percentage points below the flu) today as a spokesman suggests progress is being made toward sharing power.

 road What it took for Sherri Shepherd to refuse candy.

MJ & Madonna 1_jpg  road The Queen of Pop salutes the fallen King—the second leg of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour kicks off in London tomorrow with at least three major set changes. On the Jacko tip, portions of "Billie Jean" and "Wanna Be Startin' Something" are reportedly incorporated into a new version of "Holiday" (replacing Hard Candy album track "Heartbeat"), which is already packed with bits of "Everybody" and the new song "Celebrate." Other surprises spoiled here. (Good luck getting to O2 Arena.)

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  1. re Zak Efron, whoever that is.... that's a haircut? i've cut more hair off my palms. who is he? why do we care? reading the comments at his link, there are people that actually seem to notice. wow.

    Posted by: casey | Jul 3, 2009 2:38:03 PM


  2. as far as the Goldman-Sachs story, i believe every word of it. what I'd love to engineer though, is a personal meeting with Matt Taibi. woof! there is something so hot about smart journalists to me. and the gap in his teeth seals the deal! HOT, lol.

    Posted by: casey | Jul 3, 2009 2:41:03 PM


  3. cancerous lesion? hm.

    Posted by: Allen | Jul 3, 2009 4:25:10 PM


  4. 1. Sorry, I like Sherri Shepherd. She's funny, open and has a good heart. Not everyone can be as sophisticated as Towleroad readers.

    2. Re: Goldman Sachs - am I the only one uncomfortable with the fact that someone in the mainstream is basically claiming that a certain group of people - that go by the name "Goldman" "Sachs" - controls the entire economy? Particularly when that someone's name is Taibbi, which I assume is Middle Eastern.

    3. Madonna's a hypocrite, she mocked Jackson in life and now she's getting on the mourning bandwagon.

    4. I'm not quite understanding why someone who uses the internet - and visits a site like Towleroad, among a million others - would not know who Efron is, or at least pretend to not know who he is. Or how someone who doesn't know who he even is could know how much hair he had cut off. Not that he's hugely important, but he's kind of been everywhere for the last 4 years.

    Posted by: paul c | Jul 3, 2009 4:59:50 PM


  5. >Re: Goldman Sachs - am I the only one
    >uncomfortable with the fact that someone
    >in the mainstream is basically claiming
    >that a certain group of people - that go
    >by the name "Goldman" "Sachs" - controls
    >the entire economy? Particularly when that
    >someone's name is Taibbi, which I assume is
    >Middle Eastern.

    I'm sorry - do you have some FACTUAL complaint, or are you just being a racist idiot? (Note: both Goldman and Sachs have been dead for decades - Goldman has been dead for more than a CENTURY.)

    It's no secret that toads from Goldman Sachs have been all over the past three Administrations. It's also no secret that Goldman Sachs was busy massively shorting investments in the housing bubble in secret, while publicly they continued plugging these now-worthless investments.

    They're obviously as crooked as Bernie Madoff, and the scam they were running proved far, far more destructive to the economy. If some of Goldman's current toads happen to be Jewish that shouldn't earn them a free pass anymore than it did Madoff.

    Posted by: JACKNASTY | Jul 3, 2009 8:35:50 PM


  6. Poor Sherri, being offered a candy bar is not the same as almost being raped. If it were, I would be jailed for life for all the drinks I've bought sexy guys over the last few years.

    Madonna is just doing what Madge does.

    The Jews run the world ( lol, I just had to). Does anyone REALLY think this way anymore?

    Zac looks better and ,no, I'm not ashamed that I know who he is. He is a strange looking twink who is making quite a bit of money, ask your nieces.

    Camp Camp sounds stupid.

    Happy Birthday Malia!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jul 3, 2009 9:39:28 PM


  7. Taibbi's Rolling Stone piece, by the way, is just about the best example of financial reporting I've seen since the housing bubble popped. A brief excerpt:

    The history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled-dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates. By now, most of us know the major players. As George Bush's last Treasury secretary, former Goldman CEO Henry Paulson was the architect of the bailout, a suspiciously self-serving plan to funnel trillions of Your Dollars to a handful of his old friends on Wall Street. Robert Rubin, Bill Clinton's former Treasury secretary, spent 26 years at Goldman before becoming chairman of Citigroup — which in turn got a $300 billion taxpayer bailout from Paulson. There's John Thain, the asshole chief of Merrill Lynch who bought an $87,000 area rug for his office as his company was imploding; a former Goldman banker, Thain enjoyed a multibillion-dollar handout from Paulson, who used billions in taxpayer funds to help Bank of America rescue Thain's sorry company. And Robert Steel, the former Goldmanite head of Wachovia, scored himself and his fellow executives $225 million in golden-parachute payments as his bank was self-destructing. There's Joshua Bolten, Bush's chief of staff during the bailout, and Mark Patterson, the current Treasury chief of staff, who was a Goldman lobbyist just a year ago, and Ed Liddy, the former Goldman director whom Paulson put in charge of bailed-out insurance giant AIG, which forked over $13 billion to Goldman after Liddy came on board. The heads of the Canadian and Italian national banks are Goldman alums, as is the head of the World Bank, the head of the New York Stock Exchange, the last two heads of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York — which, incidentally, is now in charge of overseeing Goldman.

    Posted by: JACKNASTY | Jul 3, 2009 11:11:32 PM


  8. @Jacknasty - Uh, no, I'm not the racist anti-Zionist conspiracy theorist here. That would be Taibbi, if anyone. I merely stated that the notion of anyone claiming yet once more that Jews run the economy is disturbing. Particularly coming from someone with a Lebanese name.

    Also note that I said "a certain group of people that go by the name "Goldman" "Sachs" " - not Mr. Goldman and Mr. Sachs. That was indicative of the employees and board et al, of the company as a whole (or is it a cabal, Mr. Taibbi?).

    But thank you for your groundless chastisement and superfluous history lessonette, Jack.

    @Derek, yes, clearly people like Taibbi and perhaps Jacknasty do still believe that Jews run the world. Which is just what the Mormons want them to keep thinking. ;)

    Posted by: paul c | Jul 3, 2009 11:30:31 PM


  9. Paul C: ;-)

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jul 3, 2009 11:55:15 PM


  10. Thanks for doing the updates while Andy's on vacation!

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jul 4, 2009 5:46:36 AM


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