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Avengers2  road Can LGBT Egyptians make space for themselves in a post-Mubarak world? Outlook unclear: "Egypt’s gays emerged buoyed from the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February. Increasingly visible and willing to speak up, they show how upheavals across the Arab world could prove to be social and cultural revolutions, albeit with uncertain outcomes."

 road General Mills insists it didn't pull its ad campaign from teen soap Pretty Little Liars because of conservative pressure over a lesbian storyline.

 road Same-sex households up 60% in Florida's Tampa Bay area. One-in-five of those homes have children.

 road Gay marriage activists in Maine have started collecting signatures to get same-sex nuptials on the 2012 ballot.

 road President Obama and his daughters went book shopping while on vacation in Martha's Vineyard. The commander-in-chief is reportedly reading The Bayou Trilogy by Winter's Bone author Daniel Woodrell and Ward Just's Rodin's Debutante, both of which will no doubt get sales boosts.

 road Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth look like they're having fun while filming a fight scene for the upcoming Avengers movie.

 road Liam Gallagher suing brother Noel Gallagher, thereby reigniting their long-running feud and reminding us all of their existence.

 road More on Christine O'Donnell's instantly infamous walk off: "By walking off Piers Morgan’s show Wednesday night, former U.S. senatorial candidate Christine 'I’m Not a Witch' O’Donnell reminded us why we think she’s such a flake. And how embarrassing that her role model was a has-been beauty queen who did likewise during a TV appearance for the same purpose, over the same exact subject, in the same exact CNN timeslot."

RockLobster  road Women on top: The Help rakes in more cash than that muscle man Conan the Barbarian.

 road Upsetting news out of Accra, Ghana: "Dominic Ackah Manlenzie says he has set up what he refers to as a 'special solution center for gays and lesbians' at his church to help people who so wish to break the habit." Hey, U.S. State Department, care to make a statement?

 road Man claims alleged gas attack on gays at anti-Pope protest was nothing but a "joke."

 road Home found for 18-pound Lobster saved from being boiled. The 70-year old sea creature will now live at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. Definitely a step up from supper.

 road Iran reportedly sentences American hikers Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal to 8-years in prison for "spying." The State Department's response: "We have repeatedly called for the release of Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who have now been held in Iran’s Evin prison for two years. Shane and Josh have been imprisoned too long, and it is time to reunite them with their families.”

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  1. What's Persian for 'off-mainland secluded torture island'?

    Posted by: Shawn | Aug 20, 2011 5:29:39 PM


  2. LGBT Egyptians: I don't think reality is getting through to the media. Post-Mubarak Egypt = Muslim Brotherhood. The gays best flee now because this mythological "Arab Spring" will never happen.

    Christine O'Donnell: Don't give that fire any more oxygen. She already had her 15 minutes.

    Iran: But I'm sure they'll be much more reasonable with a nuclear bomb, right?

    Posted by: Max | Aug 20, 2011 6:37:43 PM


  3. Lobsters that old aren't good eating.

    Posted by: Russell | Aug 20, 2011 6:58:16 PM


  4. Ummm ... why is there an ad to donate to Rick Santorum between postings? Is this a joke?

    Posted by: A2Steve | Aug 20, 2011 6:59:25 PM


  5. Love to see Hemsworth and Evans make love not war- Captain America and Thor would make a good couple...

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 20, 2011 8:39:35 PM


  6. I'm astonished at the 20% figure for same-sex couples raising children, only because I thought the figure would be in single digits (without having any actual way of calculating the percentage). Even more surprising, each state seems to be in the same 20% range (Alabama 28%????). It's time that LGBT leaders start talking about family values; why not start with renaming DOMA to the Destruction of Families Act? I'll add a shout-out to those hundreds of thousands of Moms and Dads - your children are blessed.
    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/08/18/298695/new-state-census-same-sex-snapshots-dc-fl-ma-mi-sc/

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Aug 20, 2011 9:24:20 PM


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  9. Andy, I think when your people made a mistake when they put quotation marks around the word 'SPYING' --rather I think that the term 'HIKERS' should have had the quotation marks around it... "...the offense that American "hikers" Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal were accused of..."

    The fact is that EVEN THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT does not disavow the fact that these "hikers" were spies. Andy, do you really believe that three American "kids" were just hiking in Iraq, meters away from the Iranian border!? These three Yanks have S-P-Y written all over them!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Aug 22, 2011 10:35:06 AM


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