News: Nick Jonas, Bollywood, ENDA, Howard Zinn, Ugly Betty

 roadDC Agenda: Filibuster threat makes ENDA look unlikely in 2010.

Jonas  roadNick Jonas does Vman.

 roadOnly in New York, folks.

 roadHow Pope John Paul II got closer to Christ: "Pope John Paul II used to beat himself with a belt and sleep naked on the floor…The late pope had a particular belt for self-flagellation and brought it with him to his summer residence, according to the book, 'Why he is a Saint: The True story of John Paul II.'"

 roadUgly Betty canceled.

 roadA few days ago I posted about Wheatland High School in Wyoming and the school district's decision to remove banners promoting tolerance. The students there have begun a petition campaign to get the district to put back the "No Place for Hate" banners. Sign it here.

 roadHistorian Howard Zinn dies at 87: "Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who
was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such
as 'A People's History of the United States,' inspired young and old to
rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today
in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling."

Bollywood  roadDunno Y . . . Na Jaane Kyun: Bollywood's Brokeback?

 roadLondon minicab driver gets 10 years for gay sexual assault.

 roadSome Jersey Shore castmembers on the way back.

 roadProposed gay retirement community in Sonoma Valley struggles financially: "The hurdles facing the Lodge show what can happen to an unusual project
in even a liberal Northern California town when some residents think the
pace of development has outstripped the needs of neighborhoods. The
Lodge has elicited a debate over the environmental impact of development
and has also prompted questions about whether homophobia is a reason
for the delay."

 roadBoo: Second campaign to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams raises $18K.

Cheney  roadThe Cheney family responds to the State of the Union address.

 roadTragic murder-suicide unfolding in Abilene, Texas: "Last Friday, Jan. 22, the Rev. Karen L. Johnson, pastor of Abilene’s Unity Church of Christianity, went to the home of one of her parishioners, Renata Antoinette Monet, to counsel Monet, who was going through the process to transition from male to female. Police say that when Johnson entered Monet’s mobile home that afternoon, Monet attacked her and stabbed her to death, and then committed suicide by hanging herself.

The bodies of both women were discovered Saturday morning by church members that had become concerned about their minister’s absence and went to Monet’s home looking for the two."

 roadSan Francisco vigil held for gays in Honduras: "The first vigil took place first, when
five gay and HIV/AIDS activists went to the consulate’s office, only to
find it closed for the special day. We spent half an hour in the
hallway, talking with people from other offices on the 8th floor. We
snapped a few pics and thought to leave a message for the workers, when
they return tomorrow. Our signs with Walter Trochez’s visage
were taped to the consulate’s door, and a few were slipped under it. A
small way to express our concern for the gay citizens of Honduras,
especially those who’ve been murdered, and for the full protections of
human rights protocols for all Hondurans."