News: Banksy, Christian Bale, Northern Cyprus, Joe Arpaio, Peet's

RoadProposed replacement for Anoka-Hennepin policy on homosexuality is inadequate...

BanksyRoadOriginal Sin: A new sculpture from Banksy. "It was created as a response to the child abuse scandal in the Catholic church and its subsequent cover-up."

RoadVIDEO: Christian Bale punched, manhandled trying to visit detained human rights activist in China.

Road'10 for Tebow' encourages donating to abortion providers each time Tim Tebow scores a touchdown.

RoadBritney Spears engaged.

RoadGun range that promised to "convert pansies daily" is taking down sign: "According to a comment left by Clark on Equality North Carolina’s Facebook page yesterday, the billboard ad is coming down after Clark’s sister reached out to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which gave a grant to Pro Shots for advertising purposes. The NSSF was said it was unaware of this particular billboard ad and asked Pro Shots to remove it."

RoadRobert Downey Jr. flexes his guns on Men's Fitness.

WrightRoadThe Wright stuff: Wouldn't mind this British reality show import.

RoadRick Perry gay rumors get collected in a book.

RoadNorthern Cyprus to decriminalize homosexuality: "Turkish Cypriot leaders have bowed to pressure from MEPs and agreed to repeal a law outlawing homosexuality. Dervis Eroglu, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot government in the northern part of Cyprus said he would sign a repeal of the ban into law. Northern Cyprus is the last part of Europe where it is illegal to be gay."

RoadIslamist group calls for death of Muslim lesbian author Irshad Manji: "The group of about 20 men and boys arrived halfway through the evening, chanted slogans and pelted the audience with eggs. A police mobile unit had to be called to eject the rioters, and two Belgian men aged 19 and 22 were arrested."

RoadGay rugby icon Gareth Thomas founds legal recruiting firm with new boyfriend.

RoadAnother Russian region is considering the ban on "gay propaganda".

RoadManager of Peet's Coffee in Berkeley, California is reportedly a bigot who abuses his employees.

RosieRoadRosie O'Donnell gives Michelangelo Signorile a wide-ranging interview about Letterman, Trump, Rick Perry, Marcus Bachmann, and Madonna: "Madonna is my age. I don't have that big sister reverence of looking up to her. We're very good friends. I just saw her new movie, "W.E." and it's amazing. It's a brilliant piece of work. She is probably the most talented person I have ever met in my life. You don't get to be Madonna in this lifetime without an immense amount of talent and I think when people see this movie, that not only did she write and direct but she produced it as well, they're going to be shocked. She's a meteoric, once-a-generation type talent and she's a pretty phenomenal human being as well."

RoadReport details plight of gay soldiers in South Korea: "When word began to spread about his sexual orientation, he became distressed, and was admitted to the military’s psychiatric hospital. When he sought to be discharged from the service for his mental condition, a surgeon at the hospital asked the soldier to film himself engaged in sexual activity. The soldier testified to the human rights agency that he returned to his unit after refusing to heed the surgeon‘s request, and was bullied and harassed by fellow soldiers the rest of his service."

RoadJustice Dept. hits anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio with list of civil rights violations: "These allegations are disturbing enough in themselves. But what’s even more troubling is that the person behind them has been not only held up as a hero by the Right, but has served as an inspiration for immigration legislation around the country."

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  1. Since when, Andy, did you start trolling coffee shop comments for stories? Was there any other verification that these incidents actually occurred, or is one annonymous post all that is needed these days? Seems a bit irresponsible...

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 16, 2011 3:58:44 PM

  2. Mark Wright is a handsome guy... but I think the lead in the Air Force vid has him beat ;-)

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 16, 2011 4:04:50 PM

  3. Rick Perry is a joke, but you sunk to an all time low.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Dec 16, 2011 4:16:42 PM

  4. Gee Rosie... do you still need to blow smoke up her ass? At least SOMEONE thinks the movie is not only good, but BRILLIANT. Really? BRILLIANT? Again: Smoke? Ass?

    Posted by: JimmyD | Dec 16, 2011 4:28:30 PM

  5. i wonder if rosie also thinks tracy morgan is hysterical

    Posted by: h | Dec 16, 2011 5:00:54 PM

  6. I wish the sculpture wouldn’t have come with an explanation because it brings a lot of different things to mind, and I would have liked it to be more open ended.

    Posted by: GGGGB | Dec 16, 2011 5:05:29 PM

  7. Have to agree with TJ on his comment. First, how does a single Yelp review in Berkeley end up as news on a blog out of New York?! and second, where is the evidence and/or the actual person submitting the review coming forward. They are obviously a customer so not sure why they don't come forward. The behavior described is deplorable and should be stopped - but an anonymous Yelp review does not constitute fact…rather it is completely irresponsible to post this.

    Posted by: JB | Dec 16, 2011 5:07:51 PM

  8. Since when is a single bad review on Yelp a news story, let alone a news story for a NYC-based gay blog???

    Posted by: Dave in NYC | Dec 16, 2011 5:19:45 PM

  9. Banksy can be brilliant, and I think with this piece he is. But I agree with GGGGB-the explanation was not needed.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Dec 16, 2011 5:30:08 PM

  10. check out what Tina Fey owns at

    Posted by: Angie | Dec 16, 2011 6:32:55 PM

  11. i generally love explanations for art; it's just soooo wishy-washy otherwise

    Posted by: redball | Dec 16, 2011 9:20:38 PM

  12. I love that Banksy piece.

    And nobody believes you Rosie, so why say it?

    Posted by: Eric26 | Dec 16, 2011 9:27:03 PM

  13. Thanks for pointing out the Peets-related Yelp post, Andy. I have no idea whether it's true, but, as a longtime customer of the company, I took the liberty of sending them an e-mail so they can look into it. No "do something or else" stuff--I don't even know if it's true--but I made sure they'd see it.

    If it's not true (which is quite possible--in my years in management, I've seen many false accusations hurled by disgruntled people), at least they can check it out and make sure. If it is true, I figure they'd want to know. So thanks for sharing that!

    Posted by: Jess | Dec 17, 2011 11:24:07 PM

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