News: Usher, Tony Dungy, Liberty University, Bradley Manning

Road WaPo-ABC News poll: 77 percent of Americans favor repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

RoadMajor lobbying effort underway to reverse UN vote which removed sexual orientation from a resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Manning RoadWikileaks soldier Bradley Manning being tortured? "Since his arrest in May, Manning has been a model detainee, without any episodes of violence or disciplinary problems.  He nonetheless was declared from the start to be a 'Maximum Custody Detainee,' the highest and most repressive level of military detention, which then became the basis for the series of inhumane measures imposed on him."

RoadWow. The choir at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University sings a version of the "Bed Intruder Song" at its Christmas concert.

RoadSouthpaw: Eminem signs up for first movie role in 8 years.

RoadUsher is kicked in the face by an enthusiastic heel.

RoadAndy Warhol's "Screen Tests" mounted at NYC's MOMA: "The experimental black and white 'portrait' films of Andy Warhol are the focus of a new exhibit opening December 19 at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures is comprised of 14 'screen tests' (essentially short, silent portraits) culled from nearly 500 films the iconic artist made from 1964 to 1966 using the his famous friends -- including Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed and Allen Ginsberg -- as subjects."

RoadKathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper together again for New Year's Eve.

RoadJustin Timberlake stays classy after Golden Globes snub.

Bass RoadLance Bass has found new love.

RoadAustralian man found guilty of spreading HIV: "Stuart McDonald, 43, stood trial in the South Australian Supreme Court accused of infecting eight men with the virus in 2005. After more than four hours of deliberation, the jury found him guilty of two charges, but acquitted him of the other counts. He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing submissions next year."

RoadBravo gay reality show would feature "less drama" than The A-List, might be called The Plastics.

RoadGerman escort claims to have had sexual relationship with British man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his bride during their honeymoon in Cape Town.

RoadIan McKellen takes anti-bullying campaign to British schools.

RoadJon Bon Jovi is a White House appointee.

Hedlund RoadGarrett Hedlund breaks out the leopard for W.

RoadCanadian library censors gay man's art: "In a letter to the editor of the The Tillsonburg News, Flowers said it's sad that the sculpture of two men playing piggyback called 'Joy' has been 'eroticized' by people who have visited the library.
 'This merely because the sculptor is a gay man who sculpts positive images of his community,' he wrote."

RoadRyan Reynolds and Scarlett Johanssen split.

RoadFacebook tops best places to work: "Of all the strategies for making workers happy, turning them into millionaires is probably the most effective."

RoadMoscow hands down fresh ban on gay demonstration.

RoadCivil rights foe Tony Dungy given humanitarian award from Big Ten football: "Dungy hasn't simply spoken against gay civil rights, he has put his money where his mouth is. In 2007 he used his new-found Super Bowl-champion status to raise over $70k for the Indiana Family Institute, a group whose primary purpose is to keep gay marriage illegal. Dungy specifically endorsed the organization's anti-gay position at a fundraising event."

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  1. Lance Bass has found another superficially fame whore ... oh Andy thanks for sharing.

    His relationships have added so much to our lives.

    He and they are repulsive.

    Posted by: Susie Sunshine | Dec 15, 2010 1:33:03 PM

  2. Call me back when Lance Bass finds a new JOB.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 15, 2010 1:48:14 PM

  3. Didn't Barack Obama campaign on a pledge to end torture as part of US policy?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2010 2:01:24 PM

  4. Ryan and Scarlett split? Wow! Shocker! I guess the beard needed a shave!

    Posted by: Wayne | Dec 15, 2010 2:55:58 PM

  5. Bradley Manning will single-handedly set the gay community back many years.

    He signed up for the military and knew what the policies were. I hope the traitor rots.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 15, 2010 3:14:25 PM

  6. What did Manning think was going to happen to him. He's fuct.

    Posted by: Name: | Dec 15, 2010 3:33:32 PM

  7. "Bradley Manning will single-handedly set the gay community back many years."

    Single-handedly? Nah. He'll need all sorts of help from people like you.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 15, 2010 3:36:27 PM

  8. And Assange is the Martyr? It makes my blood boil.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Dec 15, 2010 4:02:27 PM

  9. More like you BOBN, LincolnLounger is correct, you signed up for the Military to serve and protect. Enough said.

    Posted by: Dawood | Dec 15, 2010 4:54:16 PM

  10. So just to be clear on Manning: he is the primary suspect in the theft and publication of classified intelligence data. The crux of "civil disobedience" -- if that's how you want to interpret his actions -- is that you accept the punishment for the crime which, for espionage, can be death. The point of civil disobedience is to illustrate the injustice of the law itself, not for those breaking it to say that the law simply does not apply to them because we happen to like them.

    Posted by: naughtylola | Dec 15, 2010 4:56:11 PM

  11. So now we defend torturing American soldiers who have been convicted of nothing. Why are we torturing him? Because in the new America torture is OK and doesn't have to serve any purpose (as if torture ever served a purpose other than revenge). WE just do it because we are pissed at someone for showing us who we are. I am embarrassed by my government sure; but mostly I am embarrassed by ordinary people who support torture. I hardly recognize my country any more.

    Posted by: chuck | Dec 15, 2010 5:51:05 PM

  12. Unfortunately for Bradley Manning it's not civil disobedience, it's military disobedience which makes him subject to military justice (or injustice in the case of solitary for 7 months without being charged). I personally think his actions were heroic.

    Posted by: ant | Dec 15, 2010 5:55:30 PM

  13. because you don't believe a policy you leak state secrets that could possibly lead to helping the enemy that is treason. we are trying to show that gays serve honorably in the military and this clown comes along, there is nothing heroic about him. let him rot especially if his actions cost one american life.

    Posted by: walter | Dec 15, 2010 6:09:00 PM

  14. So it is important to appear acceptable to the majority so they will grant us civil rights that are in reality inalienable. Yet you don't support his civil rights which include not being tortured. If anyone is allowed to be tortured what good is anyone's civil rights? What exactly does America stand for anymore?

    Posted by: chuck | Dec 15, 2010 6:46:50 PM

  15. I agree with you Chuck. These other commenters are sickening.

    Posted by: kc | Dec 15, 2010 7:54:00 PM

  16. it has nothing to do with civil rights it has to do with breaking the law,he is under military rules and basically as everyone points out in a time of war. declared or declared we are fighting a war. he did the crime and got caught . my sympathy is with the troops not some malcontent.

    Posted by: walter | Dec 15, 2010 8:03:34 PM

  17. He has not been found guilty of anything so why is he being punished. I agree wholeheartedly with Chuck.

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 15, 2010 9:17:44 PM

  18. You sympathy is irrelevant. Your stand for human rights is obviously conditional. So why should straight people feel any different about our human rights. If human rights are conditional for any one then they are conditional for all.

    Posted by: chuck | Dec 15, 2010 10:23:19 PM

  19. Everything's conditional in practice, chuck. Human rights are pretty words that signify practice. And yes, those commenters are sickening and likened to faux news bobbleheads (oreilly and company) who called for assange's death. They are trash. Torture for torture's sake? It's just...ya know...not a good thing.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 15, 2010 10:51:24 PM

  20. So because one of the professional left at considers solitary confinement "torture", then it is? Preposterous.

    Mr. Manning made a decision to participate in the military. He wasn't forced. He wasn't drafted. He got in and decided to break the law and then bragged about it. He knew the rules were different in the military. He's not a student at Berkeley.

    The man bragged about commiting treason. If he wanted to be an activist, the military wasn't the place. He's damaged his country, and he will be a poster boy for the radical right to use in supposedly illustrating how gays are "too emotional" and can't be trusted, blah blah blah.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 16, 2010 12:18:04 AM

  21. If what I've read is true, that Manning was simply a lonely kid looking for approval who was manipulated by new 'friends' into stealing the classified material, then this is a tragedy as well as a crime.

    Posted by: derrysf | Dec 16, 2010 12:41:54 AM

  22. The fact that this soldier is gay should do nothing to affect the credibility of gays serving in the military. Does anyone remember the soldier who threw a grenade into his mate's tent a few years ago-was he gay as well?
    Also, the information isn't particularly damaging to the US, much of it is glorified diplomatic gossip.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 16, 2010 3:25:28 AM

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