News: Australia, Sarah Palin, Terence Koh, Baltimore Firefighters

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Gay couples stage mock weddings across Australia: "In the largest protest, about 2,000 people, many in bridal veils, marched on the Labour Party's national policy-making conference in Sydney, chanting 'gay, straight, black or white, marriage is a civil right.'

Similar rallies and mock weddings were held in the southern capital of Melbourne and the Queensland city of Brisbane."

Joker

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Obama "Joker" posters turning up around L.A.

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Jessica Simpson wants to know if "asks" is a word.

vUS. Commerce Dept. will report same-sex couples in the 2010 census.

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Todd and Sarah Palin to divorce: affairs on both sides. Denials.

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August Provost murder probe to remain open despite suspect's suicide.

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James Kirchick: Don't trust Obama on gay marriage. "Even if Obama does in fact believe in marriage equality, he hasn't done
— and is unlikely to do — much to forward the cause. And apart from
some toothless sniping from a handful of gay activists and donors, he
seems to be getting away with it."

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Giraffe and goat love one another.

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Music industry unraveling at "utterly breathtaking" speed. Here's a fascinating chart.

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Broadway performer Nick Adams to make solo cabaret debut at Birdland on August 17.

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Giorgio Armani performs his annual Speedo promenade.

Baltimore

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Baltimore police officers Jeffrey Chaney and John Kowalczyk are making things better for LGBT folks in Baltimore.

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Gay Pride marked in Stockholm, Sweden and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Air Force One flyover: Scenes from inside a PR disaster.

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Human Rights Watch urges Burundi to reverse new law making homosexuality illegal: "The government needs to listen to these voices to understand the harm
it is doing to Burundians with its state-sanctioned discrimination. The
government should rescind this law and instead work to promote equality
and understanding."

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Madonna shares her spiritual awakening with the world, or at least Israel, where she's to have a concert.

Koh

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Artist Terence Koh and his partner Garrick Gott "marry" in East Hampton, NY, honeymoon in Tahiti. Koh: I designed the dress myself. It was my mom’s dress, and I just went and
bought $50 of tulle. Then Jen Brill, Stella Schnabel, and Kathy
Grayson—they were the bestest bridesmaids—helped me sew it on last
minute. It felt like a floating snowball."

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Senator Chris Dodd diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Jake Gyllenhaal hits the Elton John concert in Philly.

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Pope Benedict to perform on record label founded by gay man:
"The label said listeners would be 'shocked' by his 'incredible voice'.
The album, which features the Pope using five different languages, will
be released on 30 November."

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Male model fix: Kyle Ledeboer.

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One in ten people highly attractive to mosquitoes: "'People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their
skin surface attract mosquitoes,' ]professor Jerry] Butler tells WebMD. That doesn't
necessarily mean that mosquitoes prey on people with higher overall
levels of cholesterol, Butler explains. These people simply may be more
efficient at processing cholesterol, the byproducts of which remain on
the skin's surface.
Mosquitoes also target people who produce excess amounts of certain
acids, such as uric acid, explains entomologist John Edman, PhD,
spokesman for the Entomological Society of America. These substances
can trigger mosquitoes' sense of smell, luring them to land on
unsuspecting victims."

Comments

  1. Brian says

    I certainly loathe Sarah Palin as much as the next die-hard Democrat, but this Palin divorce story is just rumor and speculation, which no respectable news source will go anywhere near.

    The crazy woman thrives on publicity, including negative, inaccurate publicity. She even talked about it in her farewell speech to Alaska. Don’t give her more material!

  2. Hank says

    That Obama/Joker picture prompts visions of ObamaJoker slamming Glenn Beck’s face into a pen a la the “disappearing trick” used on Michael Jai White’s gangster from “The Dark Knight.”

  3. jimmyboyo says

    I wish Obama was a socialist!

    Obama is a CENTRIST, moderate, middle of the road, don’t rock the boat politically

    It is sad that honest centrism is seen as radical leftist socialism since the right ward wrenching first of america started by reagan and culminating in shrub.

    REPUB Eisenhower proposed 90% income tax on every $ over 1 million in income a yr

    Repub Eisenhower hated the industrial military complex

    Repub Nixon started the EPA Environmental protection agency

    Repub Teddy Roosevelt was the greatest monopoly buster this country ever saw and started the National park services to preserve nature from corporate big wigs cutting down every tree and killing every animal in the wild

    None of the above would ever be accepted in the far radical right modern repub party yanked violently to the far right by Reagan and reaching its peak in shrub.

    Obama is a CENTRIST and I wish he was a socialist like the radical crazy birther righties screach about.

  4. peterparker says

    If my intended showed up for our wedding in the getup that Terence Koh wore to his wedding, I would have to leave him at the altar. (On another note, it would make a fabulous dress to wear to The Burn at BurningMan.)

  5. says

    Right on JIMMYBOYO.

    Did it occur to any of these know-nothing yahoos that Police and Fire protect are «Socialism»? They follow one of Marx’s greatest tenets: From each according to his ability to each according to his need. When you dial 911, they don’t ask how much you paid in taxes last year before sending help.

  6. Sparky says

    When I first saw that poster my thoughts were that it was trying to say that Obama was too right wing, and it was somehow advertising socialism.

    You know… ignore this clown, become a socialist.

    I don’t think it’s very clear…

  7. Chitown Kev says

    @Sam

    Honey, in this specific instance, chill with the Rethugican racist remarks meme. I have heard your exact same comment about Obama from the black community in Chicago for many years. In fact, you can still hear it from some blacks.

    I will admit that the black man literally in white face is an interesting take on it that I thought of, but not for the reasons you mentioned.

    It’s obviously Obama as the Joker, however. Maybe they are trying to say that Obama is being crazy and/or destructive. And that we need the Dark Knights of the GOP to save the day.

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