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NEWS: Homs, Tornados, And Miley Cyrus

Towleroad-roadicon The situation worsens in Homs.

Towleroad-roadicon Here's a video of government explosives detonating in the middle of a peaceful crowd.

Towleroad-roadicon ... Reuters: Red Cross can't get through ... "A major assault on Homs took place yesterday ... We continue to received grisly reports of summary executions, arbitrary detentions and torture." ... "They are torturing them and killing (detainees) one by one. They are executing them in batches."

Towleroad-roadicon INDICTED: Javaris Bradford, the fourth criminal thug fingered in the beating of Brandon White.

Towleroad-roadicon From The Advocate: Homophobes to gather at Oxford ...

Christian Concern ... opposed antidiscrimination laws and is currently fighting efforts to legalize same-sex marriage, and a related organization, the Christian Legal Centre, is helping a psychotherapist appeal her conviction of malpractice by offering an undercover journalist a “cure” for homosexuality. The U.S.-based Alliance Defense Fund, a right-wing legal group, is also involved with the conference.

... Gay students, and many Christians, will be deeply offended to see extremist groups given a platform at Exeter College,” Sam Dick, policy director for the gay rights group Stonewall, told the Oxford Student, a campus newspaper. 

Towleroad-roadicon Even if Santorum wins Ohio, he can't win Ohio's delegates:

Santorum ... has already forsaken nine delegates by not being on ballots in three Ohio congressional districts.

... Santorum failed to file a full complement of delegates in six additional districts, said central committee member Bob Bennett. The holes add up to another nine delegates, for a total of 18 out of the 63 up for grabs. Santorum also did not file all 18 of his at-large delegates.

Towleroad-roadicon ... but, says Joe Nocera, Santorum is excellent for the Republican Party, and we should all root for him:

If Mitt Romney takes the nomination and then loses to Obama, the extremists who’ve taken over the party will surely say the problem was Romney’s lack of ideological purity. If, however, Santorum is the nominee — and then loses in a landslide — the party will no longer be able to delude itself about where its ideological rigidity has taken it.

An alcoholic doesn’t stop drinking until he hits bottom. The Republican Party won’t change until it hits bottom.

Towleroad-roadicon American Conservative: Why we can't have a Christian republic.

Towleroad-roadicon Judge revokes license of bad teenage driver -- for life. Bad teen driver gets for life.

Towleroad-roadicon It's no crime to break an unjust law: The deportation of a valedictorian

Tornado Towleroad-roadicon How many people can fit in Manhattan?

Towleroad-roadicon Authors Kergan Edwards-Stout and Gregory G. Allen have an enlightening chat about AIDS, literature, and the quirks'n'perks of modern publishing.

Towleroad-roadicon Miley Cyrus grows up; becomes a Lawrence Krauss fan, secular humanist, and moral disappointment to millions of Bible Belt fans.

Towleroad-roadicon Tornados wreak havoc across five states; at least 38 die.

Towleroad-roadicon Some people were saved. And some who were saved believe they were saved by magic

Towleroad-roadicon WATCH: The disgustingly cute spectacle of a one-year-old who can play drums. AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. Your link to the Homs bombing video is misdirecting to the video of the woman trying to pray away a tornado.

    Posted by: JC | Mar 3, 2012 9:59:05 PM

  2. Thanks for catching that. Fixing in just a moment ...

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Mar 3, 2012 10:05:09 PM

  3. Thanks for posting the link of the valedictorian fighting deportation, i am an illegal immigrant not by choice and also a gay man, there are a small portion of us in the gay community here in America but we deserve to be heard

    Posted by: Armando | Mar 3, 2012 10:49:39 PM

  4. Trivia: The population of Manhattan was 32% higher in 1910 than it is right now:

    Posted by: Eric | Mar 4, 2012 12:24:17 AM

  5. Why under "You Might Like" do you keep showing M. Fasbinders' coy
    "maybe, just maybe, you'll get to see my penis" half covered posture?
    It's old, the sheet never goes down further, and I'm sick of looking at him. Dump the dude.

    Posted by: uffda | Mar 4, 2012 12:31:06 AM

  6. The immigration story is a good one. I just don't get your lead in to it. What unjust law did someone break? Sounds like a civil disobedience story but it ain't.

    Posted by: Bingo | Mar 4, 2012 7:18:11 AM

  7. Thanks for mentioning my interview with Gregory G. Allen in the Advocate. We had a great chat and appreciate the nod!

    Posted by: Kergan Edwards-Stout | Mar 4, 2012 10:20:29 AM

  8. The American Conservative article, despite the headline, was more about how it's not possible in America for the Catholic Church to dominate politically, than it was what you might think. It also makes the good point that mainline Protestant denominations have declined in the face of charismatic evangelical denominations that run counter to US political traditions.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 4, 2012 10:33:53 AM

  9. Manhattan: Over-built. Over-priced. Over-rated.

    The little drummer boy is adorable.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 4, 2012 2:25:09 PM

  10. @ UFFDA: I'm pretty sure the "You might also like" section is machine selected. The machines have taken over and we're just their servants now :-)

    In fact, "Brandon K Thorpe" is an anagram of "Robot Hope Krandn", widely understood to be the planned Robot nirvana mech-planet.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 5, 2012 12:04:15 AM

  11. Where's Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof, the links not working.

    Posted by: RobWest | Mar 18, 2012 9:35:22 PM

  12. RobWest: Weird! It linked to an old link roundup. Its fixed now. - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Mar 18, 2012 10:13:22 PM

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