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 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."

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  1. Nick Jonas: Shitty music, looks like a dork.

    Pope JP2: Kinky!

    Ugly Betty: Fuck you ABC.

    The Cheney Family: Go straight to hell.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Jan 28, 2010 4:58:51 PM

  2. liz cheney's a cu next tuesday.

    she's much, much worse than her father. but at least every time she opens her mouth, somebody who knows more than she does usually pwns her.

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 28, 2010 5:19:56 PM

  3. Howard Zinn:

    For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far,
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crossed the bar.

    Support glbt hundurans. They're being massacred and tortured.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 28, 2010 5:20:24 PM

  4. may i have joe jonas as a warm-up until nick turns 18, please?

    Posted by: nic | Jan 28, 2010 5:25:49 PM

  5. I'm all for 'one for all and all for one', but perhaps the part of ENDA that refers to lgb's should be passed first and then the 't' can be added later? No point in denying the first three their rights waiting on people to come around on the fourth ...


    I love love love non-conformity. If I saw that guy cuddling with a chicken on a trip to NYC, it would definitely be more memorable/ entertaining than half the things I spent my money on the last time I visited!


    Finally, Liz Cheney is nuts on a stick if she thinks THAT will convert anyone who isn't already rocking that paddywagon.

    Posted by: Rodney | Jan 28, 2010 7:08:30 PM

  6. That BOLLYWOOD gay movie looks hot. Look forward to seeing it!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 28, 2010 7:30:42 PM

  7. Re: the POPE --- I beat my self 4 or 5 times a week, and I sleep naked. Guess I qualify for sainthood too!!!!

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 29, 2010 9:08:40 AM

  8. I'll take Nick Jonas any day. He's adorable, sweet, talented and has the potential to be a major hunk and a solo star--but he's going to have to outgrow his upbringing.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 29, 2010 1:48:18 PM

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