News: John Travolta, Hillcrest Brewery, Carl DeMaio, Saturn, Mika

RoadTwo new polls show presidential race in deadlock. Nate Silver's first look.

RoadA VT high school student who shares my name was allowed to wear his kilt to graduation!

TravoltaRoadTravolta makes first appearance since masseur scandal began, to honor Shirley MacLaine.

RoadMaryland measure to overturn marriage equality certain to make ballot: "As of late Thursday afternoon, 70,039 signatures had been validated by local elections officials, exceeding the 55,736 required to put the measure on the ballot, according to an ongoing 'unofficial' tally on the Maryland State Board of Elections Web site."

RoadGay-owned Hillcrest Brewery opens in San Diego.

RoadEntertainment Weekly publishes 11 different True Blood covers.

RoadMetro-North engineer caught reading, texting on rush hour train: “Reading anything, texting or using cell phones while operating a train is totally unacceptable,” Metro-North said in a statement. “Metro-North is taking action to ensure this does not happen again. Every member of every train crew is being reinstructed today that this behavior will not be tolerated.”

RoadDavid Beckham has an adorable daughter.

RoadMiguel Iglesias for HOM underwear.

SkarsgardRoadEncounter: Alexander Skarsgard is the face of Calvin Klein's new fragrance.

RoadAnd this is why Caroline Manzo is the best New Jersey Housewife: "Everybody wants to feel accepted, loved, at peace, at home in their life choices. It was great ... for him and Rich to finally feel like their relationship is recognized...I'd have any parade you'd want to have. I'd speak to any group you'd want to speak to because no one has any right to tell anyone who to love and how to love." Video.

RoadList of Cabinet secretaries supporting marriage equality grows: "The Advocate has confirmed that Secretaries Hilda Solis at Labor, Kathleen Sebelius at Health and Human Services, John Bryson at Commerce, and Timothy Geithner at Treasury all support same-sex marriage."

RoadNew form of 'plasma' matter observed surrounding Saturn, spawned by its moon Enceladus: " It seems that Enceladus provides most of the plasma in the magnetic bubble, or magnetosphere, surrounding Saturn. But it was unclear how the particles got their charges. Now, after three fly-bys during which Cassini's plasma detectors could investigate the nanograins, Hill and colleagues think they have an answer."

RoadMika premieres new song and video, "Make You Happy".

SupercellRoadChaos at New Jersey graduation after massive supercell descends. VIDEO.

RoadRobert Pattinson gave Adele a drunken lecture, regrets it: "I had this argument with Adele, which is probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever said. [I told her] you know, you can really just reach for it!' And she was like, 'You do realize I'm, like, the biggest selling female artist ever.' And for some reason, I decided to get into an argument with her about it."

RoadWhite House to host meeting with statewide LGBT groups: "The Equality Federation, a national San Francisco-based organization that works to support state LGBT groups, arranged the meeting amid Pride celebrations that are taking place in D.C. at around the same time."

RoadGay San Diego mayoral candidate Carl Demaio splits LGBT community: "Despite his sexual orientation, DeMaio has not won the full support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, in part because he never took a stance on Proposition 8, the ballot measure which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. 'He's made a statement that almost denies that he's willing to be the ambassador,' said LGBT voter Robert Bettinger."

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  1. Travolta stretched his acting chops by appearing as Frankenstein in that photo.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 8, 2012 3:20:13 PM


  2. It looks like Travolta is auditioning for a part in the new season of True Blood.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 8, 2012 3:23:20 PM


  3. It took some time for me to see why people see Alexander Skarsgård hot, but yes, now I think he is very hot and his CK pic is very good.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 8, 2012 3:33:20 PM


  4. Drunk or not - It's hilarious how Pattinson thinks he is in a position to give anybody advice about anything.

    How about if he focuses on his own business and signs up for some acting lessons?

    Posted by: hugo | Jun 8, 2012 3:36:29 PM


  5. Now he's got a beard AND a wig!

    Posted by: Virilene | Jun 8, 2012 3:41:07 PM


  6. He has the entire print media working for him, all three broadcast networks, and two out of three cable news networks, and we're told he's tied. Bull. Sheet. You can subtract about 5 points from Obama which is what they probably add to prevent their embarrassment over that incompetent they gladly foisted on a now furious American public.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 8, 2012 4:05:26 PM


  7. Carl DeMaio is a disgrace. He is a gay Uncle Tom and his boyfriend is a known felon. Union Busting is Disgusting!

    Posted by: Vicky | Jun 8, 2012 4:09:45 PM


  8. JT is going for that Easter Island statue look.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 8, 2012 4:29:46 PM


  9. So, Andy, do you have Scottish ancestry?

    And, if the photo in the link is actually the student, he looks a hell of a lot better in a kilt than he would a cap and gown.

    Posted by: Anon | Jun 8, 2012 4:43:58 PM


  10. Why is John Travolta wearing a fuzzy helmet?

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 8, 2012 4:52:48 PM


  11. Travolta looks horrible

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 8, 2012 5:22:25 PM


  12. Travolta looks like a Vulcan in that photo.

    Posted by: David | Jun 8, 2012 5:44:50 PM


  13. Travolta looks like a Vulcan in that photo.

    Posted by: David | Jun 8, 2012 5:44:51 PM


  14. I love Adele dearly, but she's not the biggest selling female artist ever... That's Madonna. She was the biggest selling artist last year, though, probably.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jun 8, 2012 6:23:02 PM


  15. John T is starting to look like Sheppard Smith. Wierd. Someone isnt hiding behind his beard. Kelly P?

    Posted by: josh | Jun 8, 2012 7:01:17 PM


  16. I can't make up my mind. Does he look more like Spock or Eddie Munster grown up?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 8, 2012 9:28:10 PM


  17. Markus, you allege that the President is incompetent, so let's review the facts.

    Bush liked to talk like a tough cowboy but it was this President who got bin Laden and who has brought al Qaeda to its knees. We should also remember that this President got bin Laden by going into Pakistan, something for which, when he first promised to do it, he was attacked by McCain and others as being foolish and naieve.

    Despite inheriting an ecomony on the brink of collapse and worse than that inherited by any President since FDR, he managed in short order to get us to a place where we have had 27 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Look at these charts and explain for us just how they demonstrate the President's alleged incompetence: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/tag/bikini-graph/ Indeed, if you employ the standards recently suggested by one of Mitt Romney's advisors in defending Romney's weak record on jobs as Governor of Massachusetts (ignore the first year of the incumbent's term as it mainly reflects the lingering effects of his predecessor's policies), then the President is responsible for a net creation of over 4 million private sector jobs.

    That success has been realized in part from because of the President's stimulus law, which no doubt was less effective than it could have been had it not been, in order to overcome a Republican filibuster, watered down to make it too small and too laden with relatively non-stimulative tax cuts. Still, even watered down, the non-partisan CBO has found that it kept the unemployment rate from shooting to over 10% as the effects of the Bush recession continue to rock the economy. http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43014 and http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43274

    No one is suggesting that the economy is where we want it to be but I should point out, as President Clinton recently did, that these accomplishments of President Obama are truly historic. Consider how long it took the U.S. and world economies to emerge from the Great Depression. Please identify for me the recession or depression of comparable magnitude in world history where we have seen a comparable recovery in such a short period. http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2012/04/bill-clinton-says-economic-recovery-ahead-pace-looking-back-years-history/arIN1bNfuvP5cWiipzcYtJ/index.html No doubt we need to build further on the President's successes

    And the President has accomplished all of this despite reeling economies in Europe, despite Republicans in Congress who've done everything in their power to make sure that the President could implement none of his job-creation ideas over the past couple of years and despite corporations which are making record profits and sitting on those profits instead of reinvesting them in the economy. http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/06/01/americas-jobs-crisis/ He's also done this while managing to keep the growth in federal spending levels (unfortunately in the current environment, in my view) at a lower rate than we've seen in years.

    Yeah, pretty incompetent. I guess we should all jump off the cliff and let Willard take us back to the good old days of Bush economics. Now there's a competent crowd!

    Posted by: Patric | Jun 8, 2012 9:54:03 PM


  18. I can't imagine why the San Diego mayoral race should split our community, given the clear, clear choice it offers.

    On the one hand, you have an awful right-winger who has vowed not to pursue issues of importance to the LGBT community and who just happens to be gay.

    On the other hand, you have an admirable progressive with a record of support for our community who just happens to be heterosexual.

    Any member of our community voting for the former option just because he is gay is as big a fool as he is.

    Go Filner!

    http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/mar/29/candidates-san-diego-mayor-spar-raucous-lgbt-debat/

    Posted by: Patric | Jun 8, 2012 10:12:41 PM


  19. I think Travolta is doing a tribute to Martin Landau in "Ed Wood."

    http://pull.imgfave.netdna-cdn.com/image_cache/125307735136397.jpeg

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 8, 2012 10:39:58 PM


  20. I do feel bad for John...I worked on Staying Alive, and John and I had an encounter that I will never forget.
    We were both in our Prime back then, but I am Still 5' 7" and 140 lbs!

    ^^X^^

    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Jun 9, 2012 12:35:08 AM


  21. When's the last time you saw Montana competitive for a Democratic Presidential candidate? Fifty years ago?

    Meh. Obama's got this one in the bag.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jun 9, 2012 11:52:59 AM


  22. @Rodney Wollam

    Bill Clinton won Montana 20 years and even in 2008, Obama came within 2 points of winning the state.

    Had Obama chosen to spend more resources in Montana, it's very possible that he would have received Montan's EVs

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Jun 9, 2012 1:16:21 PM


  23. that's Bill Clinton won Montana 20 years ago...

    and that's Montana's EVs...

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Jun 9, 2012 1:17:24 PM


  24. @Chitown Kev

    So, once in the last 50 years. Still, better than nothing. It'd be nice to see the rest of the plains/ rocky mountain region follow them down the road and start progressing.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jun 9, 2012 3:15:43 PM


  25. @Rodney

    MBut Montana has never been challenged is part of the problem.

    I read somewhere that had Bill Clinton campaigned in North Carolina in 1996, he could very well have won the state...not that Clinton needed NC in 1996.

    There are plenty of places where the Dems, generally, and Obama specifically could flip if they even bothered to campaign there (i.e. Obama winning Indiana in 2008 and the way that he did it).

    Montana is competitive and, IIRC, the Obama campaign thought about targeted Montana (and North/South Dakota).

    But it seems as if Arizona is a battlrground this time around so I expect Obama to concentrate a little more there although he could make a stop or 2 in Billings.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 9, 2012 4:28:25 PM


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