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Road Teenaged hoods in a vanished Brooklyn.

Road New Jersey columnist asks 'phobic readers to explain how marriage equality will diminish the worth of heterosexual marriage. They can't quite do it.

Road Housing and Urban Development Secretary promises to ban anti-LGBT housing discrimination.

Road First, Newt was into pot. Then, he was into executing pot traffickers.

Gingrich, 1982: All too often the hysteria that attends public debate over marijuana’s social abuse compromises a clear appreciation for this critical distinction [between medical use and abuse] ... We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source ...

Gingrich, 1996: If you import a commercial quantity of illegal drugs [including marijuana], it is because you have made the personal decision that you are prepared to get rich by destroying our children. I have made the decision that I love our children enough that we will kill you if you do this ... The first time we execute 27 or 30 or 35 people at one time, and they go around Colombia and France and Thailand and Mexico, and they say, ‘Hi, would you like to carry some drugs into the U.S.?’ the price of carrying drugs will have gone up dramatically.

Road Coulter and Bachmann witnesses in bizarre Tea Party scam case:

After no one took him up on his televised “lie detector challenge,” the man accused of scamming his co-investors in the failed television venture Tea Party HD is trying to make his case by calling a number of high-profile conservative witnesses like Michele Bachmann and Ann Coulter to his defense.

TPHD was founded in 2010 by Loiacono and Bill Hemrick, purporting to be the “world’s first HD provider of news about the Tea Party.” But Hemrick and the five other businessmen who invested in the company claim that Loiacono never put in his share of the funding, used the existing money as his “personal bank account,” and didn’t do the work laid out by the initial deal. “In reality it was an investment scheme to defraud politically conservative-minded citizens who support the Tea Party mission,” the suit said.

Road Ron Paul's probably not a racist. And yet ...

Picture 30 Road Alien from the perspective of Jonesy.

Road When pseudoscience kills:

Chantale Lavigne died in hospital after she and eight others in a personal-development seminar called Dying in Consciousness were covered with mud, wrapped in plastic, put under blankets and immobilized with their heads in cardboard boxes for about nine hours, under instructions to hyperventilate.

Lavigne was removed, unconscious and with a body temperature of 40.5 C, from the Ferme Reine de la Paix in the Drummondville, Que., area after a 911 call that Radio-Canada said had been made by Gabrielle Frechette, a self-styled therapist who was the seminar's operator."  

Frechette, who claims that she channels Melchisedech, a Biblical figure, is denying that she has any culpability in Lavigne's death.

Road Does Yelp kill the fun of exploration?

“The efficiency that the Web has brought has downsides,” says Edward Tenner, a historian of technology and culture. “On balance, it works against happy accidents.” Tenner calls this counter-serendipity: when preconceived notions prevent lucky flukes. For instance, a poorly rated restaurant on Yelp might have a few die-hard fans — outliers who, for whatever reason, love the place. Their reviews might even be posted. But many of us go with the general consensus, writing off anywhere with a three-star ranking or less. “Is it possible that a place you really would have liked doesn’t have many positive comments, but you would have been one of the few positive ones?” asks Tenner.

Road How George Washington almost became a zombie:

The morning after Washington died, his step-granddaughter Elizabeth Law arrived with a family friend, William Thornton. History best remembers Thornton as the architect who created the original design for the Capitol building, but he was also a trained physician, having studied at the University of Edinburgh. Although he did not practice medicine for much of his life, Thornton always had a keen interest in the workings of the human body, and he suggested a novel method for resurrecting the fallen warrior. Thornton told Washington's wife Martha that he wanted to thaw Washington's body by the fire and have it rubbed vigorously with blankets. Then he planned to perform a tracheotomy so he could insert a bellows into Washington's throat and pump his lungs full of air, and finally to give Washington an infusion of lamb's blood.

Road Maryland's first lady sorry for referring to marriage-opposers as "cowards."

Picture 31 Road Madonna talks about new movie, W.E.:

Madonna said she hopes her movie will find its audience among women, who may relate to Wally's naive fantasies about Wallis' life, and the strength she draws from learning the more complex story. "There's three love stories in the film: There's Edward and Wallis, the blossoming love story between Wally and Evgeni, and there's the love affair between the two women," she said. "It's an important mythological story to tell ... of a woman helping another woman. I don't think it's something that we see very often in films. Mostly, we see women sabotaging other women."

Road Jeopardy contestants have no idea who Rachel Maddow is. Watch them stare blankly AFTER THE JUMP. (But most importantly: Read some of the vile things Breitbart readers have to say about it here.)



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  1. "Housing and Urban Development Secretary promises to ban anti-LGBT housing discrimination..."

    Once again I'll repeat myself. My neighbor, now 65 years old, has worked for HUD for the last 29 years. Throughout that period he has achieved outstanding performance ratings for every year and in received the honor of "Federal Employee Of The Year" in each of the last three decades. He has been forced to watch peers with half his skills and talents be promoted up the line to GS-13s, 14s and 15s.

    He came to HUD as an openly gay Federal employee and could have been fired up until 2005 just for being gay. The man has never been able to afford a real vacation, buy a car or home - the normal things you would expect from a long-term career. Our friend cannot retire and will have to keep working into his 70's or until he dies at his desk.

    Another openly gay employee was overtly discriminated against last year. He sued and this very same Secretary approved more than half-a-million dollar settlement with the provision that the gay employee leave HUD. HUD has no credibility in-house much less outside the agency when it comes to promising fairness to gay people. Whenever this HUD Secretary speaks I gag. Obama should remove this guy today.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 28, 2012 7:40:38 PM

  2. Uh, no Brandon. Ron Paul's a racist -- through and through.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 28, 2012 8:13:26 PM

  3. When the seminar is called "Dying in Consciousness", and then you die, I don't think you have a complaint.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 28, 2012 11:03:14 PM

  4. In case anyone was thinking of trying this, this is not the way you make zombies. Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 28, 2012 11:51:08 PM

  5. Madonna is a moron (and after all these years, still totally talentless)!

    Posted by: Molc | Jan 29, 2012 12:29:28 AM

  6. Re: Rachel Madow/Breitbar - yeah, BKT, the comments suck. And I'm not surprised. And they make me sick. And though I need to know, I wish I didn't.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 29, 2012 1:04:09 AM

  7. I know there are more important things to talk about, but I've been meaning to say this for quite some time:

    Although I think Madonna is indeed very talented, I'm done with her. Won't spend a single dime on anything she makes. And I've "loved" her through all the years. She did a lot for "us" back in the days, but I'm pretty sure she's had a change of heart towards us. Now, when it matters most, you never hear one freaking word in support of true equality. And she didn't donate 1 Dollar to support the fight against Prop 8. Lord knows she could afford it. I'm beginning to roll my eyes every time I see something Madonna-related. Never thought that would happen...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Jan 29, 2012 3:19:00 AM

  8. Brandon, do you have a personal contact email? I do not facebook and don't see any other obvious means of contact. I have a question about skepticism, James Randi, etc.

    Posted by: Anon | Jan 29, 2012 3:56:00 AM

  9. Anon:

    Sure. Its my full name, with no punctuation or spaces, at gmail.com.

    - BKT

    Typos courtesy of iPhone and Autocorrect.

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Jan 29, 2012 6:20:05 AM

  10. Stuff happens when you watched Faux News 24/7.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 29, 2012 7:32:52 AM

  11. @Deeperstill... call me crazy, but I think when we were dying of AIDS was the time when it "mattered most" to support our community, not when equal marriage or anything else we are facing now is at risk. Who cares if you can't get married when you're dead? Madonna will always be the queen of gay icons. She, Elton John and Liz Taylor, along with activists like Larry Kramer and Keith Haring, were the leaders in changing people's minds from us being percived as "less than human" and deserving of disease and death to the place we are now in society. The fact that she focuses more on Africa and women's rights now does not diminish what she's done for our community throughout her career. If buying her records is dependent on her gay rights activism or current lack thereof, then I think you need to consider why you listen to music in the first place. If you dislike her as a person, or have lost respect for her, fine, but you can still enjoy her music if, as you say, you've been a fan for years. I just don't get the fickleness of the gay community sometimes. Why are we so quick to abandon someone who's done so much for us? Maybe she's tired of helping a bunch of ungrateful bitches... I know I would be.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Jan 29, 2012 5:41:50 PM

  12. @Graphicjack--You say madonna has done "So much for us"....Can you name these things? She did flirt with bi-sexuality in her videos as well as androgyny. She did raise money for Aids. But what specifically has she done for "Gays"? Dont get me wrong-I like her music and some of her films (although i cant watch her in interviews as i find her narcissistic to the extreme). She will always be an icon - but i personally dont think shes actually done much for gays.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Jan 29, 2012 11:27:53 PM

  13. Team Maddow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: JHR459 | Jan 29, 2012 11:39:59 PM

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