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NEWS: Dr. Phil, Dr. Plait, And Dr. Paul

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Road Astronomer Phil Plait walks us through the crashing of Phobos-Grunt:

... the third stage on the rocket failed to ignite, stranding the spacecraft in Earth orbit. The air is thin up there, but still exerts a small force, dragging the spacecraft’s orbit lower and lower. In the past few months it’s been dropping, and sometime today it will get low enough that the Earth’s air will consume it.

Road Gay skeptic and magician D.J. Grothe tells Dr. Phil what's up.

Road Thank goodness, somebody's gonna remove that butchered quote from the MLK memorial.

Road Why all the young dudes love Ron Paul.

Picture 35 Road Ben Stein claims he was wrongfully terminated because of his belief that God controls the weather.

Road The rise of the middle school GSA:

While common in high schools across the country, chapters of the Gay Straight Alliance with the younger school set have been slower to gain a foothold, in some cases because of the controversy the clubs stir up.

But there are signs of increasing acceptance.

There are now 500 middle school Gay Straight Alliance chapters nationwide, up from a couple dozen three years ago, according to the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Many of the clubs formed after publicized suicides of middle school children such as 13-year-old Seth Walsh of Tehachapi (Kern County) in 2010 and 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Springfield, Mass., in 2009. Both were bullied because they were believed to be gay.

Road After he spent 2011 burning and shooting children, Syrian president Bashir al-Assad kicks off 2012 by forgiving those who dared complain.

Road Some people say Mitt Romney's the biggest gaylover ever.

Road Sad report on the absence of services available for LGBT victims of domestic violence:

David X spilled his story to the other men seated around him, revealing how his boyfriend -- angry about leaving the heater on too long -- had punched him so hard that his eye socket shattered. Instead of receiving comfort at the counseling session, a man told him: You should have just punched him back. You're a guy.

That was the moment that David, a 56-year-old San Jose gay man whose last name is not being used to protect him, realized he was in the wrong place.

Road A nice young man posted a YouTube video about being gay and Republican. He's pretty stung by the backlash.

Road The best, most rational response to anti-trans Girl Scout cum reluctant YouTube star, Taylor from Ventra.

Road What if Tim Tebow was gay?

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  1. Republican kid's got some history to brush up on. Not dim but definitely sheltered and uninformed.

    Posted by: moike | Jan 15, 2012 6:23:22 PM

  2. Reading that excerpt about same-sex couple domestic violence is just heartbreaking...

    Posted by: luminum | Jan 15, 2012 6:33:27 PM

  3. I'm annoyed by this false parallel drawn in the article asking what if Tebow turns out to be gay:
    "Tebow could get his followers to be more accepting of gays, and he could get filthy liberals to be more accepting of evangelicals."

    Since when are there "filthy liberals" not accepting of evangelicals? There has been no organized effort by anyone to take any rights away from evangelicals.
    No "liberal" group has gathered signatures for Propositions to keep evangelicals from having marriage rights.
    Liberal congress people are not proposing a bill to force evangelicals in the military to lie both on and off base about their religion or face discharge.
    There is no high school newspaper in Wisconsin with an article by a "liberal" student (and approved by a "liberal" teacher) suggesting that evangelical parents deserve death.
    It is irritating when these false parallels are made, as if this makes sense: "I want your life destryed and you want me to be treated as your equal, and since you disagree with me you're the filthy, prejudiced one."

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 15, 2012 7:01:21 PM

  4. HA! the "gay republican" kid has swallowed a lifetime supply of GOProud-isms, it seems.

    so, he supports gay marriage as long as the public votes for it, state by state? HILARIOUS.

    and telling - no doubt this kid's family misses the good old days of segregation. you gotta love how he comes on to prove the naysayers wrong and then just sits there proving them all right.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 15, 2012 7:32:17 PM

  5. How sad he is, Kiwi. In a sense, I do feel sorry for him though, considering those who liked his messages go on to prove his opponents right that they'll never consider him human, the way they talk about us being disgusting, how we need to get cured, how we're abominations, etc.

    Alas, there is no helping him though. It seems as though he's too far off the deep end. Tragic.

    Posted by: Aulton | Jan 15, 2012 8:12:58 PM

  6. it's one of those things i actually wish wasn't the case - the fear of disappointing The Family is so great that far too many insecure gay men end up not only castrating themselves, but pissing all over themselves shamefully in hopes that their family won't hurt them.

    it's sad. it's really sad. they have to convince themselves that The Gay Left are the real enemy. It's the only way they can pretend that theyre not heaving disappointments to their chosen allies.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 15, 2012 8:27:27 PM

  7. I've never understood why a gay person would be a part of the modern Republican party. But I can see it now. It is to please their bigoted parents. It is so they are "accepted" by their parents. I am so glad my fiscal conservative parents are loving and understand that people can have a different view from yours. I can't imagine the trauma fiscal conservative parents put their gay children through. It is sickening.

    Posted by: Markus | Jan 15, 2012 9:51:50 PM

  8. That last line should have read, "I can't imagine the trauma social conservative parents put their gay children through. It is sickening."

    Social conservatives are the problem not fiscal conservatives.

    Posted by: Markus | Jan 15, 2012 9:54:30 PM

  9. NYT reporting that Huntsman will drop out of the repub primary tomorrow

    :-( The lone semi-sane repub who said in the debates at least that we deserve civil unions

    Posted by: say what | Jan 15, 2012 10:13:45 PM

  10. "Social conservatives are the problem not fiscal conservatives." to elaborate, Markus? "Fiscal Conservatives" who still vote for Conservative candidates, not pro-Equality ones, are thus telling their children that tehy don't love them as much as they love money

    this creates another wave of deluded homosexuals - the ones who think that parents who "support gays" but don't VOTE for Pro0Equality candidates or parties still love and respect them.

    they don't. they tolerate their gay kids as long as money comes first. not human respect, decency, or equality.

    "Hey, Son! Sorry about that whole "you're going to hell thing", and sorry youve been denied equality, but i just saved a bundle on my car insurance!"

    - the deplorable way Fiscal Conservatives reveal their resentment for their gay children.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 15, 2012 10:20:10 PM

  11. the plea of the "my parents are just FISCAL conservatives!!" crew:

    no, they DO care. they DO, they totally accept me for being gay! they just vote for people who are anti-gay because those people hate my parents more tax breaks.

    taDAHHHH! your parents care more about money than you. word.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 15, 2012 10:23:03 PM

  12. Sorry Little Kiwi, not going to bite. I won't be sucked into your hateful word of black and white again. One time was enough for me.

    Posted by: Markus | Jan 15, 2012 10:33:33 PM

  13. It seems to me the Gay GOP are willing to sacrifice any gay rights in the name of fiscal conservative. Here's Log Cabin president in Dallas in September when he said he's willing to endorse anti gay candidates and would vote for Rick Perry if he's the Republican nominee:

    "For those who are upset at Rick Perry’s decision to sign the National Organization of Marriage’s pledge to move forward on an amendment to the Constitution, I say I’m willing to pay that price — a danger, in my view, that is as exaggerated as the reported threat of Hurricane Irene — in exchange for fiscal conservatism that is more likely to win the day and return us to prosperity.

    After all, the process for amending the Constitution of the United States is so burdensome and so difficult, it seems to me the pledge to NOM is as empty as most men’s promises to stay monogamous until “death do us part.”

    Posted by: sara | Jan 15, 2012 10:46:35 PM

  14. "We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party, the Democrats, whose primary constituency, besides the teachers' unions, is homosexual men and lesbian women. I hope it won't come as a surprise to anyone that a big part of male homosexual behavior is interest in young boys. (Take a look at anyone renting Endless Summer next time you are at the video store.)

    "Don't get me wrong. My very best friend is gay. I have many gay friends and they are great people. But how the Democrats, the party of gays, can be coming down this hard on a MC who's gay is simply beyond belief. One of my top, favorite congressmen, Barney Frank, is openly gay. Might he say a word in defense of his fellow gay MC right about now? Hmm, I thought not."

    --poor, persecuted Ben Stein, in The American Spectator

    Posted by: bcarter3 | Jan 15, 2012 10:49:45 PM

  15. Since when are Republicans fiscal conservatives???? Reagan???? Bush???? The only President who balanced a budget in years was Clinton but then he liked sex so he had to be hounded.

    Posted by: Joey | Jan 15, 2012 10:56:56 PM

  16. "A nice young man posted a YouTube video about being gay and Republican. He's pretty stung by the backlash."

    Not exactly. He expected (did everything but demand) the backlash.

    First video ends with an unprovoked rant of how the gay left are the most hateful people ever.

    Second video whines about responses to first video, says that gay people have to act conservative to get the rights that are already ours, and concludes that the gay left are the most hateful people ever, and I think he throws in some other things like "stupid".

    Third video whines about responses to first two, for more of the same.

    This is a classic conservative tactic of creating the response you want, and then blaming it on the other side.

    He has no credibility, whatsoever.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 16, 2012 1:50:25 AM

  17. Markus: Denial is a powerful thing.

    Posted by: Stuart | Jan 16, 2012 3:37:35 AM

  18. The link on the Ben Stein teaser is incorrect.

    Posted by: Ambiverbal | Jan 16, 2012 5:04:12 AM

  19. My roommate and I dissected and transcribed the entire gay "anti-gay" right rant last night, and he then posted a wonderful point-by-point rebuttal. Check it out here...

    Posted by: Patrick | Jan 16, 2012 9:41:37 AM

  20. if you have "socially liberal but fiscally conservative" family members who nevertheless vote for Conservatives and not Pro-Equality candidates or liberal ones then you have your answer for how your family feels about you - you're not as important to them as money.

    now, to be even more real - if you have family that thinks that the GOP are fiscally conservative, your family are full of morons. so they dont' just value money more than you, they value being Conservative more than they value you. word.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 16, 2012 12:26:24 PM

  21. "Markus: Denial is a powerful thing."

    I don't understand what I am denying. It is the social conservatives that are towing the line of bigotry and oppression. The older purely fiscal conservatives are left scratching their heads wondering what the hell happened to their party. My parents are fiscal conservatives. They are wonderful loving people. I have never heard them say a hateful or bigoted thing ever. Don't believe all the stereotypes. The world is not black and white like the media has brainwashed people like Little Kiwi to believe. The notion that my parents love money more than their gay child is ridiculous and extremely hurtful. If it came down to me or money they would give away ever penny they had.

    Posted by: Markus | Jan 16, 2012 3:36:22 PM

  22. "If it came down to me or money they would give away ever penny they had"

    they vote for money and not you. wake up and realize it.

    i'm not the brainwashed one. my parents don't support people and candidates and parties that work against Their Son, and the LGBT Community.

    The "notion" isn't what's hurtful, Markus. What's hurtful is the reality - your parents care more about their fiscal ideals than they care about you, their son. That's why they don't care enough about LGBT Equality to make social issues a priority when it comes to voting. They vote for money.

    "If it came down to me or money they would give away ever penny they had."

    Let's see if that's true. Tell them to vote for a pro-Equality candidate at the next election. see if they love you as their son enough to not vote GOP.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 16, 2012 3:52:37 PM

  23. WTF Slate?

    "By extension, those who read what Paul reads and believe what he believes are proving their intellectual prowess."

    Excuse me? If that is what passes as intellectually superior among the uber learned, I shudder to think that the Tea Party might have had a point ...

    My God, people, dig your heads out of the sand and take a long view of what Paul's policies would mean for EVERYONE -- not just your pampered asses.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 16, 2012 4:37:55 PM

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