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Smilinggingrich Towleroad-roadicon Gingrich is still against marriage equality -- but he appreciates how, in Washington, we're going about it "the right way."

Towleroad-roadicon Retired Presbyterian Rev. Jane Sparh censured for performing gay weddings when they were legal in CA:

"The issue is not simply the same-sex ceremony," the commission wrote in its majority opinion decision. "It is the misrepresentation that the Presbyterian Church ... recognizes the ceremony and the resulting relationship to be a marriage in the eyes of the church."

The censure constitutes an official rebuke, but does not carry additional penalties such as or exclusion from church services or ex-communication.

The commission, made up of 15 ministers and elders from around the country, held a hearing on Spahr's case in San Antonio last week. The six members who voted against censuring Spahr said punishing her sends the message that gay couples "are children of a lesser God."

Towleroad-roadicon Somehow, this tale of a Grindr affair that wasn't was Salon's lead story yesterday:

... But the most unsettling experiences occurred when I saw Brian. I panicked when I passed him on my bike. I would pedal faster so he didn’t recognize me. Once, I saw him standing on my subway platform at the bottom of the stairs, but instead of introducing myself, I turned around and waited for the next train. I’m not sure what I was afraid of — awkwardness, I guess. I mean, what do you say to someone whom you’ve never met, but whom you’ve seen naked? But mostly, I was afraid that if I met him, he wouldn’t live up to my elaborate fantasies, and I’d have to end it all.

Towleroad-roadicon National Review editors to Rick Santorum: "Stop tipping your hand!"

... He is one of us, he has fought for our causes, and he has the political scars to prove it. Santorum is not one of those Republicans about whom Richard Brookhiser once remarked, “In their hearts they know they’re wrong.” He seems serenely confident that with enough time he can change anyone’s mind on the issues. But he has not always shown that he knows how to pick his battles wisely, or that he understands that voters want a president with a suitably modest conception of a president’s proper role in national life ...

If he does not heed this lesson, he risks doing damage to the causes he rightly holds dear. Already his inopportune remarks about contraception have lent an undeserved credibility to liberaldom’s claim that a Republican “war on contraception” rather than a Democratic attack on freedom is what underlies the debate over the Obama administration’s new regulations. 

We have defended Santorum many times in the past and will happily continue to do so. We do wish he would leave himself exposed a bit less often. 

Towleroad-roadicon Ten women arrested in Cameroon on charges of lesbianism.

Towleroad-roadicon The grieving family of Darius Frazier thinks he was killed because he lived as a woman.

Towleroad-roadicon J.K. Rowling's new novel is ... a murder mystery!

Towleroad-roadicon WashPo does puff piece on institute which claims to teach ... magic!

Howard Broadman wants to see as much as he can before age slows him down, but he wonders if he might have ventured too far this time. He takes a seat at a long wooden table across from a man wearing a cap with a firefighter emblem. Five other people fill the plush white chairs around them, but soon Broadman is listening only to the firefighter, watching a spoon dangle between the man’s fingers.

“I’ve done other programs here,” the firefighter is saying. “In one, we learned to bend spoons with our minds.”

Towleroad-roadicon At last -- the Dictionary of American Regional English:

... Such was a particularly nerve-racking day in the life of one of America’s most ambitious lexicographical projects, which culminates with the publication by Harvard University Press of Volume V (Sl-Z) next month, a mere 50 years after the project was inaugurated by Frederic G. Cassidy, an exuberant Jamaican-born linguist given to signing off conversations with “On to Z!”

Mr. Cassidy, who died in 2000, did not make it to the end of the alphabet. But to scholars and language lovers the work he set in motion is an invaluable guide to the way Americans not only speak but also live — a homegrown answer to the Oxford English Dictionary, served up with heaping sides of “slump” (cobbler), “turkey cheese” (cottage cheese) and “wapatuli” (a potent Wisconsin punch).

Towleroad-roadicon Reaction shots: See hundreds of actors and actresses learn they have -- or, more frequently, haven't -- won Academy Awards.

Towleroad-roadicon Why does movie violence sound the way it does? How'd it get so squishy?

Towleroad-roadicon Singer/songwriter/Peter Gabriel impersonator Gotye is very impressive. Five friends covering him with one guitar? Even moreso! Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...




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  1. And here's a hilarious parody of that amazing cover of that fantastic song:

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Feb 25, 2012 7:43:17 PM

  2. Regarding Rick Santorum being too out there for other Repubs, John Oliver explains it on The Daily Show:

    Posted by: John W | Feb 25, 2012 8:05:47 PM

  3. Uh, yeh, so that Gotye thing has been around so long, they've already performed it on Ellen.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 25, 2012 8:39:54 PM

  4. Endo -- My apologies. Didn't realize that. If you're totally novelty-starved, check out that link provided by NaughtyLola. It made me giggle. (Thanks, NaughtyLola!)

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorpp | Feb 25, 2012 8:49:00 PM

  5. Doesnt matter how old it is, Walk Off The Earth Rocks! Thanks for posting.

    Posted by: Wayne | Feb 25, 2012 10:01:25 PM

  6. As one who grew up saying "burm" to mean the "shoulder" of a highway and "mango" to mean a green pepper, I am ready to place my order for Ms. Hall's dictionary.

    Posted by: Scot Colford | Feb 25, 2012 11:05:41 PM

  7. @ENDO Uh, yeh, Walk Of The Earth posted their cover only like, a month and half ago. So it hasn't been around THAT long. It's still new to a lot of people.

    @BKT Please don't apologize. ;]

    Posted by: James | Feb 26, 2012 6:49:46 PM

  8. Correction: Walk *Off* The Earth

    Posted by: James | Feb 26, 2012 6:51:05 PM

  9. Bearded guy on the end....WOOF!

    Posted by: Rrhain | Feb 27, 2012 7:46:58 PM

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