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NEWS: George Michael Improves, Pakistan Rages, Black Friday Brawls, And The Russian Bird


Road Apparently, this Russian newswoman wasn't really giving Barack Obama the finger. She thought she was only broadcasting audio, and the intended audience of her bird-flip was somebody in the studio. She was fired anyway.

Road George Michael is improving, says his lover.

Road Joseph Epstein explains how gossip, trivia, and stupidity took over the news.

Road Also: Chord Overstreet can't keep his shirt on.

Road Botched NATO raid leaves 24 dead, may have cost Alliance its most important supply route, and further strains US/Pakistan relations:

Gen Jacobson said a combined force of Afghan and Nato troops were in the area when "a tactical situation developed on the ground", though he gave no more details.

He said close air support was called in, and "we're aware it's highly likely this caused casualties".

Military sources told the BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Paktika province in Afghanistan that a US-Afghan special forces mission had been in the area, where they believed a Taliban training camp was operating.

They said the mission came under fire from a position within Pakistan, and they received permission from the headquarters of Nato's Isaf mission to fire back.

In a statement, Isaf commander Gen John R Allen said the incident "has my highest personal attention and my commitment to thoroughly investigate it to determine the facts".

"My most sincere and personal heartfelt condolences go out to the families and loved ones of any members of Pakistan Security Forces who may have been killed or injured."

Road Who are America's biggest religious lobbyists, and how much do they spend?

A Pew study released this week shows that the growing number of religious advocacy groups in Washington spent nearly $400 million last year to influence public policy.

The groups are ideologically diverse, but data collected by Pew shows that conservative groups tend to have the biggest budgets ...

WaffleIrons Road Nice profile of Zach Huston, the gay high school freshman whose savage beating at the hands of a classmate became a flashpoint in the world's struggle against bullying. (Though his mum said something on the second page that s might strike some readers as impolitic. Thoughts?)

Road Rick Perry to campaign with noted authoritarian and publicity hog Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman famous for preferring men in pink underwear.

Road Really, there should have been a Human Planet segment devoted to Black Friday.

Road Muppet fever rages around the world. Here's a musical retrospective.

Road What makes Glenn Beck fans laugh on Thanksgiving? Pilgrin jokes! See a whole mess of "Pilgrim Funnies" produced for Glenn Beck's subscription comedy show, BS of A, AFTER THE JUMP. (HT: Little Green Footballs.)


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  1. I don't see anything offensive about what the mother says. She seems incredibly supportive. The quotation about "silly things" could be interpreted many ways.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 26, 2011 10:06:41 PM

  2. The actors for those Glenn Beck "skits" seem embarrassed. That's at the level of a junior high presentation. Cripes. Minutes of my life wasted forever.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 26, 2011 10:13:25 PM

  3. Joseph Epstein is a homophobic monster.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 26, 2011 10:21:58 PM

  4. Huston's Mom seems an extremely supportive parent, which is terrific. My only criticism is that she sounds so certain that as long as a parent listens, is tuned in to their child a suicide can be prevented. I don't know if that is true. I am sure there are parents out there who may take issue believing that they "knew" their child well and were horrified & heartbroken when their child took his or her own life.

    Posted by: Barbara | Nov 26, 2011 10:43:59 PM

  5. "(Though his mum said something on the second page that s might strike some readers as impolitic. Thoughts?)"

    Brandon, what's up with the oblique reference? I have no idea what you're trying to stir up. I see nothing "impolitic" in the article. Express an opinion or don't, please. Making others do it for you doesn't make your post more objective.

    Posted by: Scot Colford | Nov 26, 2011 11:19:18 PM

  6. Goodness! Fadi Fawaz is a gorgeous hunk! Google him! No wonder George is getting better!

    Chad Overstreet - aka "trout mouth" - is very handsome too.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Nov 27, 2011 1:07:24 AM

  7. I haven't heard of someone referred to as "lover" in quite a long time. I miss that term.

    Posted by: Kenneth H. | Nov 27, 2011 6:04:18 AM

  8. George's lover is super hot and there's some porn with him in out there for those inclined to find it.

    Regarding the comment: "If you're not in tune with your child, and you can't tell that something's going on with them, that's when you end up with suicide". Even if you are in tune with your child, you can't always tell that something is wrong with them.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 27, 2011 7:58:08 AM

  9. So glad to hear that George Michael is getting better. Hey, when Towleroad readers pray, God listens!

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 27, 2011 8:27:57 AM

  10. here are some pics and movies for you to enjoy of George's "lover"...I doubt they are dating…more likely Michael called up the number advertised in some magazine and set up a long term purchase of his hustling services for the trip.

    Posted by: True Words | Nov 27, 2011 8:35:26 AM

  11. You do realize, don't you, that the odious Joseph Epstein, whose book on gossip you seem to be plugging, is the author of perhaps the most homophobic essay ever published in the pages of Harper's, back in the 1970s, in which he said that if he could he would wipe homosexuality off the face of the earth. It sparked on the first zaps by the Gay Activist Alliance. He was later fired from his long-time position as editor of American Scholar (the Phi Beta Kappa journal) because he refused to allow writers to use the term "gay" instead of homosexual in their articles for the magazine. He is one of the ugliest and meanest homophobes imaginable, and you are promoting him here?

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 27, 2011 8:52:03 AM

  12. Jay, et al:

    Nope. Sorry. I didnt realize that.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Nov 27, 2011 9:03:32 AM

  13. here are some links to aide readers regarding Mr. Epstein:

    A lot has happened in the thirty-two years since "Homo/Hetero" appeared, most notably the AIDS epidemic -- which one might imagined have delighted Epstein as it briefly seemed destined to make his wish of same-sex obliteration come true. But it didn't. And neither has the relentless well-funded campaigning of the "Religious" Right. Not that that's stopped them, or anyone else whose words echo Epstein's. So it comes as no surprise that he's disinclined to extend any regrets. "As a Jew," he tells Rutten, "I think one of the sweeter Jewish decisions is that a decent person ought not to add to the hatred and horror of the world. When that essay has been badly greeted, I have hated it for that reason." In other words he hates getting caught. For the only change in Epstein's modus operandi since 1970 is in his tone. It's reserved, casual, nowhere calling for our deaths -- but stealthily contemptuous nonetheless.

    Posted by: True Words | Nov 27, 2011 9:03:45 AM

  14. hmmmm.... last week it was being reported that the guy on the hotel balcony with George Michael was porn star Isaac Mazar. Now it's being reported that the same man (based on internet pics) is celebrity hair stylist Fadi Fawaz. So, which is it?

    Posted by: Tim NC | Nov 27, 2011 9:28:34 AM

  15. Tim NC, from what I've seen, it's both. Times are tough. Sometimes one has to work more than one job to get by.;-)

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Nov 27, 2011 12:28:44 PM

  16. The continuing deterioration of TW. OK, I give. Just what were the mother's "impolitic thoughts"?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 27, 2011 1:27:56 PM

  17. @Jamal My guess is her quote on 'good parents raise good kids'. So if someone's a 'bad person', their parents are to blame.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Nov 28, 2011 6:25:46 AM

  18. I can't believe you used the 1950's term 'lover'. This implies an adulterous relationship involving sex but not love.

    Posted by: DB | Nov 28, 2011 2:07:21 PM

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