News: Eating Elephant, More Fluke Insults, Budget, Thinking

TopGun 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Erich Bishop, the openly gay son of a former KKK member, is running for state house in Kansas.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi "To a man?" That's how Fox News anchor Monica Crowley reacted to news that Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" for wanting access to contraceptives, is engaged. Adam Peck writes, "Crowley’s fake surprise that Fluke is not, in fact, a lesbian is especially ironic given the attacks that her network leveled against Fluke in February."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Rupert Murdoch admitted that News Corp. executives tried to "cover up" a culture of hacking.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Jen Tyrrell, the mother booted from her son's Boy Scouts troop for being a lesbian, appeared on MSNBC today and had this to say about the incident: "We were like a family, so in essence … we lost our scouting family, but they also lost two members of their scouting family."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The thankfully short life of the "I Kill Gays for Fun" Facebook page.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Victory Fund says that for the first time ever all 50 states have an LGBT elected official. From the Washington Blade: "[VF] has listed the names of openly LGBT officials in 49, saying that it has also identified a local official in Alaska whose name will be made public soon."

TheThinker6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi In related news, 2012 is turning out to be quite the year for LGBT candidates: "[Victory Fund] has already backed more than 100 national, state and local LGBT candidates, and expects that number to double before November."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi John Paulk, an "ex-gay" activist photographed in a gay bar in 2000, now lists himself as "interested in men and women" on Facebook. Has another charlatan seen the light?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Perhaps hoping that he hasn't completely eradicated his political career, failed presidential candidate now claims he can be an influential surrogate for Mitt Romney: "I'm going to look at how I can be helpful, because I suspect people will still show up to hear me."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy won't stand for homophobic business on the kiss cam. "They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend," he tweeted.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Reality star and White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is claims young people will help his campaign for governor in Virginia: "The social media, those people that have associated me with television or reality TV, opens up a whole new audience, and frankly the younger audience is going to be very important in winning this governor's race."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Racism among the contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Top Gun sequel?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Progressive Catholics are coming out against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan. "We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few," wrote dozens of faculty and students at Georgetown, where Ryan spoke today.

BrandonMcCarthy6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lindsay Lohan smoked a stoge while hanging around the set of Glee.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Not sure if you heard or not, but Ricky Martin will be hosting an LGBT Obama fundraiser.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lambda Legal is fighting to overturn the 2010 aggravated assault conviction for a man who was accused of using a "dangerous instrument" when he bit someone because the judge claimed his HIV-positive status turned his saliva into a weapon, even though HIV is not transmitted through saliva. 

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Singer Kris Allen strikes striking poses during a photo shoot for his forthcoming album, Thank You Camellia.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A little taste of elephant.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Chew on this: "Thinking analytically dims supernatural beliefs [such as religion], apparently by opposing the intuitive thought processes that underpin them."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Senate renewed the Violence Against Women Act, which now includes LGBT people. The House now has to pass its own version.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Meryl Streep tries to get her groove back in the Hope Springs trailer.


  1. Terry says

    Monica Crowley, one of several of the right wing’s crude, mean blonde bimbos passing themselves off as “pundits”, proves once again that they’re attempts at “humor” are crude, mean and about as funny as a root canal. Right wingers just aren’t funny. See Dennis Miller, for example.

  2. says

    I hardly think it’s fair to call Robert Spitzer a charlatan. He conducted flawed research that was used *by* charlatans. Andrew, do you seriously believe he was trying to defraud people? I question your judgment, if so.

  3. jack says

    Thirty One Republican Senators voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act. No democrat voted against it. Gee, I wonder which party is engaged in a “war against women”?

  4. peterparker says

    @ANDREW BELONSKY: Is it *really* so difficult to follow Andy’s lead and put the blurb/link at the top left or top right corner of the accompanying photo? Andy follows that format so that if a photo interests the reader, the link is easily found.

    But you, Andrew Belonsky, just scatter the links in a random fashion, forcing towleroad readers to open multiple links until we happen to stumble upon the one that corresponds to the photo.

    Granted, sometimes it is clear which link goes with which photo. For example the photo of Brandon McCarthy pitching obviously goes with the blurb/link that has his name in it. But that first photo–the one of the shirtless stud–I have no clue which link belongs to it. I have read through all the links 3 times now, and still I have no idea why the photo is there. It’s f~cking annoying, dude!

    Please, for the love of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Kylie Minogue (the Holy Trinity), PUT THE LINK/BLURB AT THE UPPER RIGHT OR UPPER LEFT OF THE CORRESPONDING PHOTO!!

    Thank you.

  5. Dastius Krazitauc says

    I really like Meryl and Tommy Lee together. I wonder why it took so long for that pairing?

  6. Caliban says

    Anyone married to Tommy Lee Jones is bound to be in an unhappy marriage. Ask anyone who’s ever had to interact with the man they’ll tell you- he’s an unmitigated PR*CK!

    You really HAVE to check out the photos of John Paulk at the link. With the deep orange tan and long blond hair he looks like one of the Bee Gees circa 1977. Though with all the “glamour-shots” style Photoshopping on the photo he might be going for a Toddlers and Tiaras child-pageant vibe. It’s hard to tell.

  7. LFB says

    @Scot I heartily agree!

    Also, cigarette != stoge. I was really hoping to see Lindsay strutting about with a big fat ‘gar in her mouth!

  8. Getalife says

    Duff, Craig and especially PeterParker. Really now? Is your life so sad that you have nothing better to do than whine in such a passive-agressive way about, let’s face it, trivial things? It is truly bitter and petty! Do you feel better now?

  9. Andrew says

    Are you seriously back to calling Dr. Spitzer a charlatan? After Andy had to go back and amend your previous post?? Dude. I don’t know why you have such difficulty delivering the news directly, without resorting to defamatory name calling and character assassination. It’s juvenile and even worse, libelous. Someone needs to show you the door, and fast. For the sake of this site. You are undermining the good will that Andy has developed with faithful readers and advertisers. And it doesn’t take a law degree to see that your irresponsible reporting could expose this site to potential future liability. For real.

  10. gr8guyca says

    Re: Salahi. I am from Washington and know a lot about this guy. He has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. He has swindled people, stolen funds raised for “charity”, and cheated people who signed up for wine country tours in Virginia. He has almost a hundred law suits filed against him. He isn’t just a media whore seeking his 15 minutes of fame. He is a pathological liar who is truly delusional. Why he gets any attention from the media now
    is beyond me. Andy, you shouldn’t take the bait and have any more stories about him.

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  12. IAmSam says

    I didn’t think PeterParker’s comment was passive aggressive. Please look that phrase up. It was fairly direct.

    And while I’m not as emotionally distraught over it, I agree, I don’t see where the photos fits into any of the stories here.