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Road Adorable, sassy short film about two lovers in an Italian town who dare to defy convention: watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

Road Click here for live red-carpet coverage from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, starting now. See Chaz Bono, Benicio del Toro, Ellen, Molly Shannon, Milla Jovovich, and many more ...

Road Wal-Mart is even worse than you thought. A New York Times investigation finds massive bribery network devoted to attaining and maintaining market dominance in Mexico:

The former executive gave names, dates and bribe amounts. He knew so much, he explained, because for years he had been the lawyer in charge of obtaining construction permits for Wal-Mart de Mexico.

Wal-Mart dispatched investigators to Mexico City, and within days they unearthed evidence of widespread bribery. They found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24 million. They also found documents showing that Wal-Mart de Mexico’s top executives not only knew about the payments, but had taken steps to conceal them from Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. In a confidential report to his superiors, Wal-Mart’s lead investigator, a former F.B.I. special agent, summed up their initial findings this way: “There is reasonable suspicion to believe that Mexican and USA laws have been violated.”

The lead investigator recommended that Wal-Mart expand the investigation.

Instead, an examination by The New York Times found, Wal-Mart’s leaders shut it down ...

Road Fight between marines begins with anti-gay slur; ends with stabbing death.

Road US Rep. Charles Gonzalez, of San Antonio, is national co-chair of Obama's reelection campaign. He wants to add marriage equality to Democratic party platform:

The Democratic Party has been and always will be the Party committed to fighting for equality for all Americans,” Gonzalez said. “As an individual Member of Congress, marriage equality is an issue which I support. During the platform writing process, ideas and opinions will be considered from our diverse Democratic Party family, and I understand that the President and the Party are committed to crafting a platform that reflects our values and a belief that America is a nation in which everyone deserves a fair shot and hard work is rewarded. I fully expect that my opinion, and the opinions of others, will be an important consideration in reaching a consensus in drafting our party’s platform ... 

Road He helped resurrect Richard Nixon back from political death in '68, pioneered the use of "dirty tricks" (aka: "rat****ing") in American elections, inspired the careers of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove, and turned to Jesus after going to jail. Now Chuck Colson is dead.

Road Fareed Zakaria chats up Andrew Sullivan.

Road Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives allegedly fell for gay staffer in the skeeziest possible way.

Road "Dilapidated" zoo in Gaza turns to taxidermy:

Owner Mohammed Awaida said he opened the "South Forest Park" in 2007, only to lose a number of animals during Israel's military offensive against Hamas that began in December 2008. During the three-week offensive, launched in response to rocket attacks on Israel, Awaida said he could not reach the zoo, and many animals died of neglect and starvation.

"The idea to mummify animals started after the Gaza war because a number of animals like the lion, the tiger, monkeys and crocodiles died," he said. "So we asked around and we learned from the Web how to start."

Formaldehyde and sawdust provided the basic tools, though Awaida acknowledges he is no expert.

Road At Lincoln Center, Paul Simon songbook gets jazzified. I really want the live record.

 

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  1. Cute! It really is a comment on the uber-fashionable Italians! LOL!

    Posted by: Brad | Apr 21, 2012 10:00:23 PM


  2. In this venue, it certainly should be mentioned on the occasion of the death of Chuck Colson that he was a leading spewer of homophobia, worthy of his page on the GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project. (At
    http://www.glaad.org/cap/chuck-colson )

    It's not clear that Christianity improved him.

    Posted by: Vint | Apr 21, 2012 10:32:28 PM


  3. Yeah...Chuck Colson was a raging homophobe. Thenewcivilrightsmovement.com breaks it down for ya':

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/7bajoul

    Posted by: peterparker | Apr 21, 2012 11:08:46 PM


  4. You know, I've worked for walmart a good 5 years, and all this corruption and evil seems to be isolated incidents within individual stores with the Walmart brand. I'm a bit tired of people targeting walmart as this evil giant corporation that is out to destroy everything.I've enjoyed working here, and like any job, I've hated working here too. But we get a lot of employee benefits, we follow the rules, follow the laws. Corruption at isolated areas like this is just that, isolated. This does not represent Walmart as a whole.

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 21, 2012 11:17:02 PM


  5. Christianity never improves. It can only destroy, as it has through that waste of flesh criminal that dared to call itself human.

    Posted by: Sarm | Apr 22, 2012 1:28:04 AM


  6. What do you mean "WalMart is even worse that you expected"? Can you even read? Who unearthed the corruption? WalMart. Maybe it should be "Mexico" or "Mexicans are even worse than you expected."

    Posted by: MarkUs | Apr 22, 2012 5:18:35 AM


  7. Markus,
    Why don't you read the entire NY-Times piece first and then reconsider your ill-advised statement that it was Walmart who uncovered this mess?

    Posted by: enough already | Apr 22, 2012 5:34:14 AM


  8. Marcus, it seems like you're the one who can't read...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Apr 22, 2012 5:44:11 AM


  9. What a wonderful video statement!!!!

    Posted by: Esurb | Apr 22, 2012 8:04:01 AM


  10. Oh what a lovely short film!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 22, 2012 9:07:17 AM


  11. Bribery? In Mexico? Who would have thought? It is illegal for US firms to commit bribery in foreign lands (here too). I'm leery of extending US jurisprudence beyond our borders, however, particularly in regard to citizens, as this can lead to a lot of bad law.

    Colson's late in life "conversion" was largely a reflection of his guilt avoidance more than anything else. Like many, many others in the Nixon administration (he knew how to pick 'em), Colson exhibited signs of anti-social disorder and depression. Nixon never admitted to any wrongdoing, blaming others for his troubles. He was always convinced that "others" were out to get him (why would they let him become president in the first place then?). However, the press deserves a large swath of blame for dropping the ball after Nixon resigned. Once the air was out of the story they didn't pursue all the second fiddle players like Colson to see what made them tick.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 22, 2012 9:49:08 AM


  12. Walmart, like the Catholic Church, is HUGE; and this is the #1 reason why so many gravitate towards it when instigating [profitable] class action lawsuits, making a name for themselves, drawing attention to a cause, etc. Neither of these institutions are perfect, far from it, but in general they're no worse than any other comparable institution, just obviously better at what they do business-wise.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 22, 2012 10:39:11 AM


  13. I get real tired of those who still talk about Nixon and his crew as if they were an abberation or far worse in things they did compared to other governments, politicians, and comparable institutions, even many activists. Nixon and his crew were no saints, and the man himself was obviously a piece of work, but he was not and isn't unique as far as 'dirty tricks', maintaining a sh*t-list, or even breaking the law [our current government and the previous one, and the one before that, also routinely breaks laws in variety of ways]. IMO LBJ as an example was worse than Nixon. LBJ was IMO a true psychopath who may very well have even had people murdered in Texas on his way up the ladder. Many think he even had something to do with JFK assassination. I don't think so, but there's compelling evidence he did.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 22, 2012 10:46:38 AM


  14. My buddy's mom got paid $19197 past month.
    she is making an income on the computer and bought a $333400 home. All she did was get lucky and try the advice shown on this website.... g00(dot)me/7k

    Posted by: joanna | Apr 22, 2012 12:00:00 PM


  15. Unfortunately I could not come up with the $500 per ticket price for the GLAAD Awards. I'm not a celebrity.

    Posted by: matt | Apr 22, 2012 12:49:46 PM


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