NEWS: Gay Global Conspiracies, Kathy Griffin, And Several Stephen Colberts

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Road Sorry for all the silly debate coverage. Obviously, the really big story this weekend is the United Nations' secret plan to turn half the world gay by 2032. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez, of Cordoba, has the scoop:

The Minister for Family of the Papal Government, Cardinal Antonelli, told me a few days ago in Zaragoza that UNESCO has a program for the next 20 years to make half the world population homosexual. To do this they have distinct programs, and will continue to implant the ideology that is already present in our schools. [HT: JoeMyGod]

  Road The New York Times Magazine counts the Colberts:

There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish. The main difference was that one thought the other was an idiot. The idiot Colbert was the one who made a nice paycheck by appearing four times a week on “The Colbert Report” (pronounced in the French fashion, with both t’s silent), the extremely popular fake news show on Comedy Central. The other Colbert, the non-idiot, was the 47-year-old South Carolinian, a practicing Catholic, who lives with his wife and three children in suburban Montclair, N.J., where, according to one of his neighbors, he is “extremely normal.” One of the pleasures of attending a live taping of “The Colbert Report” is watching this Colbert transform himself into a Republican superhero.

... Lately, though, there has emerged a third Colbert. This one is a version of the TV-show Colbert, except he doesn’t exist just on screen anymore. He exists in the real world -- and has begun to meddle in it.

Road Democrats to re-introduce marriage bill in New Jersey:

Democrats tried but failed to shepherd a gay marriage bill through the Senate in the waning days of the Corzine administration in 2010 after Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, said he would sign it. Fourteen senators voted for the bill. The measure needed 21 votes to pass.
Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat who abstained, has regretted not voting ever since. He has called his inaction on the bill "the biggest mistake" of his legislative career.
To indicate the importance he has since attached to the bill, Sweeney will be among its prime sponsors in the Senate along with incoming Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Ray Lesniak. It is being assigned the symbolic number S1, as the first bill of the new two-year session.  
"The world has changed since 2009 when the bill last came up," said Steven Goldstein, who heads the gay rights group Garden State Equality. "I don't think anyone has seen a civil rights movement accelerate so quickly."

Road The Africa National Congress, party of Nelson Mandela, turns 100. (Nelson, by the way, is a spry 96.)

Road An in-depth look at the religion of Rick Santorum:

Santorum’s comfort with using his faith to shape his politics was partly a reflection of Catholic intellectuals he had met since arriving in the capital, including Richard John Neuhaus, a priest who edited the Catholic journal First Things, and George Wiegel, a theologian.

For Santorum, such figures and books by Catholic writers like St. Augustine instilled the sense that free societies need citizens who are governed by strong moral codes.

“How is it possible, I wonder, to believe in the existence of God yet refuse to express outrage when His moral code is flouted?” Santorum said in a ’90s-era speech at the Heritage Foundation. “To have faith in God, but to reject moral absolutes?”

Road What one man learned from folding Marilyn Monroe's laundry.

Road We in the northeast wonder: When will winter arrive?

Road This evangelical has a lesbian daughter.

Picture 25 Road Kathy Griffin has a new show.

Road Georgia State Rep. Judy Manning is "afraid of Romney's Mormon faith," but he's still "better than a Muslim." (Which Muslim? She doesn't say.)

Road New Hampshire this, New Hampshire that. Get in a "Granite State of Mind," AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. 2032? I'd better get busy!

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jan 8, 2012 5:43:57 PM

  2. Looks like a little misquote from Manning, the GA state rep. She's afraid of Romney's Mormonism; not misattributing his religion to Islam.

    Posted by: Billy | Jan 8, 2012 6:27:15 PM

  3. As Billy noted, Judy Manning is "afraid of Romney's MORMON faith." Slight typo there that you may want to fix. Or did you mean to do that to rift on the absurd levels of muslim-paranoia exhibited by many on the fringes (and sometimes middle) of the right. After all, If Romney were a bit browner I could see people believing him to be secret muslim as no crazier than believing Obama to be one.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jan 8, 2012 7:18:06 PM

  4. It's actually the AfricaN national congress... with an N. Also, you misquoted the Georgia State Senator. I know it's the weekend, but come on dude.

    Posted by: Dax | Jan 8, 2012 8:44:30 PM

  5. How is Judy Manning even alive? She seems too stupid to remember to breathe.

    Posted by: David W | Jan 8, 2012 8:52:12 PM

  6. Sometimes I have the hardest time telling which pictures go with which stories on this blog. I wish the pictures would link to the stories they go with instead of just displaying on a new page when I click them. I honestly can't tell which story picture 25 goes with. This is a super, fantastic, mega great blog, but that one issue tends to drive me nuts. A tooltip like 'picture 25' doesn't really help.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 8, 2012 8:55:19 PM

  7. Kevin, 'picture 25' is the New Hampshire rapper in the parody video.

    I know what you mean though. When it's not immediately obvious I just treat it like a Highlights Magazine puzzle for gay men. "Hmm, it's safe to say that isn't Judy Manning but who...?" Now if Towleroad just had a "Goofus and Gallant" feature it would be complete. ;-)

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 8, 2012 9:32:46 PM

  8. I'm not a talk show person, but I'm so up for Kathy Griffin's talk show. Hopefully this will fill part of the D-List void.

    Posted by: finkles2000 | Jan 8, 2012 10:47:18 PM

  9. I'm looking forward to seeing Kathy on her own show, she's definitely trying to one up Anderson which will be hilarious. Though i hope she doesn't stumble on the format. I love Wanda Sykes but her talk show fell flat. The 4 specials kathy did this year were all brilliant and refreshing from the D-List which i loved but had been on for a long time. One thing i love about Kathy is she doesn't want to become stale and likes to reinvent herself all the time.

    On half the world being gay by 2032, damn i hope so!

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jan 9, 2012 3:20:17 AM

  10. Gay teen wins scholarship; Good School for all - FFC - Hamilton, New Zealand

    Posted by: GayNZNews | Jan 9, 2012 4:16:39 AM

  11. What is the deal with NJ and marriage equality? I thought the courts already told them that their civil unions were NOT equal to marriage and that they MUST enact marriage to fix the inequality.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Jan 9, 2012 7:10:28 AM

  12. I know what you mean though. When it's not immediately obvious I just treat it like a Highlights Magazine puzzle for gay men.

    Posted by: meahbashir | Jan 9, 2012 7:18:39 AM

  13. Regarding NJ, what is the point in reintroducing the marriage equality bill when Governor Christie has vowed that he will veto it? Makes no sense or maybe this is headed back to the courts to decide? So confusing.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 9, 2012 9:31:06 AM

  14. I can just imagine the Cardinal and the Bishop sitting down in their fancy dress to enjoy tapas and some bitter coffee, tittering over the "secret UN Plan". I know Catholics who are reasonable and progressive, even priests and more frequently women religious. They never rise high in the Old Boys network. We hear about old men (and young old men) who are so out of touch with reality in this world. They exercise power and interfere with normal life. It's good to expose their foolishness.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 9, 2012 10:55:19 AM

  15. "We in the northeast wonder: When will winter arrive?"

    Usually this blog does a good job of not acting like the world revolves around NYC, but weather's the one thing that people just can't seem to realize isn't unique to their area. Winter hasn't come for MOST of the country. I may live in the 3rd biggest city in the U.S., but I'm not naive enough to think Chicago weather is somehow uniquely warm this year. It's remarkable -- newsworthy, even -- but snow ain't a New England thing, and neither is this year's warm spell.

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 9, 2012 9:14:19 PM

  16. It's time to get into the New York state of mind; Riders. First things first, The secret plan is a program for the real power religion/faith. It's an English thing.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 3, 2013 3:24:59 AM

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