News: Ryan Seacrest, New Zealand, Die-In, Matthew Vanderpool

Road Demanding drugs, AIDS activists hold "die-in" outside Nancy Pelosi's office in SF.

Quinto  RoadZachary Quinto: summer buzz.

RoadRyan Seacrest's girlfriend Julianne Hough: I thought he was gay.

RoadWorkers on Deepwater Horizon oil rig had concerns about safety, but feared retribution if they reported unsafe behavior, maintenance precautions.

RoadSurvey: Users dissatisfied with Facebook, but won't leave.

RoadWhy does FOX News have more power than any progressive in the country? "The idea is that Fox News is more important than any progressive leader or commentator (or even the majority opinion of progressives throughout the country, as evidenced by polls) because liberals have nowhere to go. So, that's why you can abuse them, ignore them and even treat them with disdain — and they'll still vote for you. What are they going to do — vote for Republicans?"

RoadWorld War Z: Brad Pitt to star in zombie flick.

RoadLohan in cuffs: Courtroom sketch artist draws the photo no cameras were allowed to capture.

Akermanis  RoadAustralia's Western Bullldogs sack Jason Akermanis: "'He hasn't earnt the trust of the group,' a source told The Age.' It's a pattern of behaviour. You can't put it down to one thing. It has just gone on for so long. And we don't want it to keep going'…Akermanis was suspended by the club in June after a furore eminating from a column in which he advised gay AFL footballers to stay in the closet."

RoadPFOX 'ex-gay' Greg Quinlan's dating criteria: "Female. And breathing."

RoadWorld's oldest dildo?

RoadNew Zealand Christian school ordered to pay compensation to a sports coach fired after the school board found out he was gay: "At first I was shocked. I've never felt so small in my life," the man told New Zealand media Thursday. "It's hard enough to go through finding yourself and accepting yourself and being 'out' in the first place. Having to go through discrimination doesn't help."

RoadConcerns for aging members of the gay community raised in Denver.

RoadCBS closets Sara Gilbert in press release for new daytime show about mothers.

Vanderpool RoadVictory Fund never offered money to Kentucky candidate Matthew Vanderpool: "This is a fairly clever stunt, but look closer and you realize how silly and disingenuous the whole thing is. The Victory Fund doesn't offer its endorsement to anyone who doesn't ask for it, and it was certainly never offered to Mr. Vanderpool. Our endorsement comes after a thorough examination of a candidate's viability in a given race. Given the behavior it has exhibited so far, I think I understand why this campaign probably didn't want to face the scrutiny." More dirt here.

Road Dustin Lance Black to pen screenplay about the Barefoot Bandit.

RoadTwin site unearthed at Stonehenge.

RoadFort Worth Police looking for LGBT recruits: "FWPD will be accepting applications online for police officer trainees from July 22 to Aug. 6. To apply, go here, and look for the Police Officer Trainee link.

The FW Police Academy course is 31 weeks long, and trainees receive a salary of $37,377 per year ( or $3,114/month) plus benefits during training. Those who graduate and join the force get a raise to $52,187 per year (or $4,348/month). And those who have military experience and G.I. Bill benefits can access those benefits during training."


  1. Joel says

    One might imagine DLB would like writing a screenplay about the Bareback Bandit, too.

  2. says

    The only reason FOX propaganda NEWS is higher in the cable ratings (which they promote) is simple, they target only one group, the far right. If you want only one side of the story, the Republican side, then go to FOX, if you want NEWS from various sources, then go to any other NEWS organization. REAL news organizations (ie. CNN) target ALL groups, splitting viewship (ie. if you add CNN + MSNBC they beat FOX – yes I realize MSNBC is a strong leaning left).

  3. Mike says

    Please note that the FWPD recruitment message is encouraging since we had a bunch of fundies raising hell at the mayor last week about the liaison position. They claimed they just found out when it’s been news for months. Glad the city isn’t backing down to the bible banging nutjobs we have here.

  4. ravewulf says

    **** BROKEN LINK ****

    The “Why does FOX News have more power than any progressive in the country?” link is broken. Please fix!

  5. Max says

    CB, that’s true most of the time (that the other networks split viewership). Rarely, however, FOX has beaten all of the other networks *combined*. Whether anyone likes it or not, FOX is not going away anytime soon.

  6. Dan says

    Because most liberals I know don’t like having the news spoonfed to them. Part of being liberal means being open to new ideas. That means most of us prefer to get our news from a variety of sources, even those that might challenge our current way of thinking.

    Conservatives just want to hear they’re right, no matter the subject. Fox is very good at divining what the hard right is thinking and repeating it ad nauseam.

  7. Mark says

    The DListed story on Ryan Seacrest cuts like a razor while being hilarious. This 22 year old ditz decides the 12 year age senior boyfriend who she thought gay before is just hunky dory now that he’s signed a 45 million dollar contract. You go, young beard. Prove what a heterosexual he is before marriage by insisting he not demand a pre-nup. You should get half if his eye wanders, girlfriend.

  8. Alex M. says

    Re Fox News and progressives:

    Actually yes, if you live in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire or Vermont you can and should vote Republican in 2010. In the free states, LGBT people do have somewhere to go, and that’s why it’s important to make Democrats realize there’s a price to pay for spitting on the base.

  9. Kyle says

    Who does Ryan Seacrest think he is kidding? He is as gay as Paul Lynde was, and just as noticable. It’s not “metrosexuality”, it’s called “gay”, plain and simple. Own up buddy…all of us have!

  10. TANK says

    Those a compelling analyses, Dan & CB. From the economist to the new yorker…the weekly standard to the nation.

    I think, however, that if you look at the average age of a fox news watcher–which I think is like 65, though I could be wrong–and people who are willing and AVAILABLE to answer over the phone opinion polls (and more likely to own a landline, too)…that the results are a bit misleading. America is undergoing a pretty radical demographic shift concerning age and “outlook,” and fox will ultimately be on the losing side of the outcome if they continue to cater to an increasingly small portion of the population.

  11. says

    “Actually yes, if you live in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire or Vermont you can and should vote Republican in 2010.”

    Really? If the Repub candidates in MA, CT, and NH are anything like they are in VT (clueless idiots), then the only reason to vote for them would be to throw away good, pro-gay candidates and replace them with lousy, anti-gay candidates.

  12. ChrisM says

    Note to Julianne Hough – trust your first instinct. You’ll be amazed the the accuracy of a woman’s intuition.

  13. Michael says

    It’s a shame Merv Griffin isn’t still here to tell the truth about his former boy-toy. Seacrest is a disgrace.