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NEWS: Bishop Eddie Long's Marital Woes, Ethopia's Inhospitality, Obamacare Is Happening, And A 3D Tour Of An Extraterrestrial Body

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Road The space probe Dawn has now gathered enough data on the asteroid Vesta to allow NASA to create a guided tour in 3D. You'll need red and green 3D glasses to view properly. Watch AFTER THE JUMP! And marvel: once Dawn's done with Vesta, she'll spin out of the asteroid's gravity well using super-futuristic ion propulsion and rendezvous with the dwarf planet Ceres, which is orbiting the sun at 17 kilometers per second. Science is awesome!  [HT: Phil Plait]

Road Ethiopians are unhappy about hosting International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa.

Road Alan Sues, Laugh-In star and pioneering/stereotyping TV gay guy, has died. From the Times:

Mr. Sues tended to perform with over-the-top flamboyance on the show, displaying stereotypically gay mannerisms. What he did not disclose was that he was gay, Mr. Michaud said, fearing that to tell the truth about his sexual orientation would have ended his career.

“It wasn’t because he was ashamed of being gay; it was because he was surviving as a performer,” Mr. Michaud said in a telephone interview, adding that Mr. Sues was actually an inspiration to many gay viewers. “Many gay men came up to him and said how important he was when they were young because he was the only gay man they could see on television,” Mr. Michaud said.

EddieLong Road Bishop Eddie Long's wife seeks a divorce:

In September of 2010, four young men came forward with lawsuits against Eddie Long—a well-known social conservative and Atlanta megachurch pastor—claiming that the bishop had plied them with vacations, cars and money in exchange for sex, starting when they were 16. (The cases were dismissed this spring after Long reached settlements with each of the men.) Yesterday, Vanessa Long filed for divorce, releasing a statement this morning that read "[a]fter a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long."

Road Gay couple accused of molesting adopted sons:

The allegations have caused turmoil within the family and has divided them, with family members forced to choose sides. Harasz’s biological daughter, Jackie, 19, told the media that she strongly believes that the couple is innocent. Chris Harasz, one of the adopted boys, says that all of the allegations are true.

Wirth and Harasz adopted nine boys from three different sibling groups over the past ten years.

Road Sandusky talks. And talks. And talks.

Road Standing On Ceremony to close.

Road Christian's don't like Johnny Depp's Christmas song.

Road Lovely Patty Austin's got a new album out. She talks about it, and AIDS, and all kinds of other things with The Advocate.

Road Yesterday, according to Forbes, "the bomb buried in Obamacare" exploded.  

Road The police stole the Occu-pies:

First there was pepper spray. Then came the batons. But on Thursday night, bad relations between the police and protesters entered a new dimension. While arrested demonstrators sat in their cells at a Lower East side station house, the police, protesters say, stole their pizza and drank all their soda pop.

“NYPD Sadistically Eats Pizzas Meant for World AIDS Day Occupy Wall St. Protesters,” read the headline on the protesters’ news release about the episode.

The police concede that they ate the pizza, but said they thought the pies were intended for them.

“Any way you slice it, it was an honest mistake,” said Paul J. Browne, the head police spokesman.

Road George Packer tells the story of Ray Kachel, and some other folk who found a home at Zucotti. It's a really good read.

 

God Can’t Make Up His Mind About Homophobic Teen Sex Pastor’s Divorce

It only took about 15 months of "deliberation and prayer" after her husband was accused of coercing four teenage boys into sex for Vanessa Long, wife of Bishop Eddie Long, to seek a divorce. But, whoops, turns out God changed his mind!

In September of 2010, four young men came forward with lawsuits against Eddie Long—a well-known social conservative and Atlanta megachurch pastor—claiming that the bishop had plied them with vacations, cars and money in exchange for sex, starting when they were 16. (The cases were dismissed this spring after Long reached settlements with each of the men.) Yesterday, Vanessa Long filed for divorce, releasing a statement this morning that read "[a]fter a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long."

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  1. If the accusations against the couple are true, then it's horrible. Regardless, the anti-gay side will use this to further their agenda.

    Posted by: Ezam | Dec 4, 2011 12:06:24 PM


  2. Facts are rarely the anti-gays' friend. So rarely they don't know quite what to do with facts.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Dec 4, 2011 12:32:26 PM


  3. If you want to hear the Depp song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8cBns1iFbQ

    Posted by: Glenn I | Dec 4, 2011 12:36:18 PM


  4. The Ethiopia story doesn't link properly. I have a pal who's going; so hoped to read that one. Google is my friend...

    Posted by: Marco | Dec 4, 2011 12:41:55 PM


  5. As a young man I remember the Alan Sues Laugh In sketch about three cowboys "I'll have a whiskey." "I'll have a whiskey." ... "I'll have a strawberry daiquiri!".
    I cracked up and the fact that I could tell he was a gay cowboy made me so happy.
    He was funny man and an unsung ground breaker. I have been searching the internet to find that sketch. Can anyone help?

    Posted by: David C. Jones | Dec 4, 2011 1:16:40 PM


  6. Alan Sues was about as open as it gets on network TV, but so was Charles Nelson Reilly at the same time and Paul Lynde starting a few years earlier. Liberace predates them all.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 4, 2011 6:03:00 PM


  7. Chris, you're right (you could include Rip Taylor in that group) but none of them acknowleged that they were gay (Reilly did, but only in the decade before his death). It shows how the industry worked--everyone knew these people were gay but had they admitted it they would never have been cast again.

    Posted by: db | Dec 5, 2011 11:27:56 AM


  8. "Any way you slice it..."

    OH, COME ON!

    Posted by: James | Dec 5, 2011 9:41:46 PM


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