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Towleroad-roadicon Don Pettit's photography -- pictures "taken 240 miles up in space by combining multiple 30-second exposure photos, and then stacking them together with imaging software." Star trails, city trails, gorgeous.

Towleroad-roadicon CNN has a feature on the Maryland divorce case Andy briefly discussed here.

Towleroad-roadicon Rick Santorum has a new PAC, presumably so he can run semi-anonymous attack ads.

Towleroad-roadicon Yea gods! This woman castrated a guy with her hand!

Towleroad-roadicon 50 years hence there will be statues of Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs will be forgotten.

Towleroad-roadicon Egyptian women are sexually assaulted during a protest against sexual assault.

Towleroad-roadicon "Catholics, Gays, and a Parallel Universe":

I sometimes think of Canada as one of those science-fiction parallel universes -- a world strikingly similar to but slightly different from our own.  The differences can be illuminating.

In Ontario a controversy has been raging, as they say, involving legislation that would require schools to sponsor Gay-Straight Alliances, the anti-bullying clubs that some social conservatives see as Trojan horses for the “gay agenda.” (They’re right, if by gay agenda they mean recognition that gay and lesbian students exist and should feel good about themselves and their sexuality.)

The twist is that Roman Catholic schools in Ontario receive government funding. 

The archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins, had complained that GSAs include an agenda that does not comport with Catholic teaching ...

Nevertheless, after the bill was approved, Collins issued a statement recognizing that it “is now the law” and that Catholic schools “will seek, as we have always done, in a way that is in accord with our faith, to foster safe and welcoming school communities.” The  Ontario Catholic School Trustees Assn. said it had no intention of challenging the provision in court.

At a time when U.S. Catholic bishops are crying foul -- or crying wolf? -- about intolerable intrusion on their religious liberty in the form of "Obamacare" regulations, it’s interesting to speculate how they would react to a law like Ontario's GSA requirement ...

Towleroad-roadicon Gay Pride in Tel Aviv.

Towleroad-roadicon God's getting nicer.

Towleroad-roadicon On the prescience and darkness of Ray Bradbury:

BradburyThere’s already been a lot of rhapsodizing about Ray Bradbury’s “sense of wonder,” the dark magic and October chill he infused into his work. But let’s not turn him into something harmless, a kindly, childlike uncle spinning marvelous tales of rocket ships and dinosaurs. Don’t forget that he was also the crazy uncle, the dangerous one, a malcontent and a crank, alarming everyone at the dinner table with impassioned rants and dire warnings. (For a bracing antidote to his sentimentality, reread the demented revenge fantasy “Usher II,” in which an entire board of censors is meticulously killed off after the manner of Edgar Allan Poe stories.)

The obverse of his reverence for the natural world was a keen-edged contempt for the greedy men and crass, destructive culture that would gladly bulldoze it for a buck. “We Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things,” says the archæologist Jeff Spender in “—And the Moon Be Still as Bright” from “The Martian Chronicles.” “The only reason we didn’t set up hot-dog stands in the midst of the Egyptian temple of Karnak is because it was out of the way and served no large commercial purpose.” There isn’t a hot-dog stand at Karnak yet, but I’m advised there are tourist shops selling pricey bottled water and Pharaonic souvenirs made in China.

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  1. I think it should be "Ye gods" not "Yea gods" maybe or "egadz" or "omg".

    Posted by: BigFan | Jun 9, 2012 6:42:44 PM

  2. * I meant to write "or maybe "egadz" or "omg" above, rather than "maybe or...."

    Posted by: BigFan | Jun 9, 2012 6:43:56 PM



    Posted by: Garth | Jun 9, 2012 7:04:55 PM


    Posted by: Garth | Jun 9, 2012 7:07:10 PM

  5. Garth: you are a fool

    Posted by: UGH | Jun 9, 2012 8:05:04 PM

  6. Bradbury did have a dark side- men who were afraid of their skeletons, many murderous children (including an unborn fetus), and of course sensors who made reading books a crime

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 9, 2012 8:50:43 PM

  7. So Andy & Co. too are on a bankroll for the pinkwashing Israel industry now? What is there anything newsworthy at all in that link? Disgusting!

    Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism:


    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Jun 9, 2012 9:10:09 PM

  8. "At a time when U.S. Catholic bishops are crying foul -- or crying wolf? -- about intolerable intrusion on their religious liberty in the form of "Obamacare" regulations, it’s interesting to speculate how they would react to a law like Ontario's GSA requirement ..."

    If U.S. Catholic bishops were offered full public funding of parochial schools K-12 and funds to build as many new schools as they could fill, they would think they had arrived in heaven. Their attitude would change PDQ. Heck, they might even march in the local pride parade!

    Posted by: DiCKster | Jun 9, 2012 9:22:58 PM

  9. The Canada catholic point is missed -- they have had Gay marriage for years, so they are NOT conducting the hate campaign there, and they cannot very well be SEEN discouraging Gays when marriage is legal.
    US bishops, at the direction of the unholy see of Rome, are busy trying to delay the right thing from happening

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 9, 2012 9:27:36 PM

  10. Ontario has a minority provincial liberal government with a bad reputation. Add to this the province has been funding Catholic schools for a long time, something of course that doesn't happen in the U.S., where separation of church and state prevents this.

    I get irritated by some gays comparing the U.S. and Canada and putting Canada on a pedestal. The real reason for most of the progressive / liberal gay policies Canada and some provinces have enacted has to do with the their political system functions more-so than the actual attitude of the average person in the street.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 9, 2012 9:59:20 PM

  11. UGH: I'm paid to be. When is your "wedding?" Why aren't you out celebrating gay "pride?" I'm like Jacqueline Smith. Still stunning, but I'm not going out the to celebrate the end of gay life.

    Posted by: Garth | Jun 9, 2012 10:02:13 PM

  12. @UGH: Just because you never get any action don't take it out on Garth. Do you have anything to contribute? What is UGH? Is that what people say when they see you naked at the gym?

    Posted by: Zack | Jun 9, 2012 11:11:49 PM

  13. IBAN4YESU:

    I put all recent Pride celebrations in the link roundup, regardless of what I think of the politics of the countries hosting them. If I didn't, who knows -- I might not cover celebrations in the US.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Jun 9, 2012 11:44:20 PM

  14. Note: just because Bishops are saying that they are not going to file a complaint, and that they are going to comply with the law, it doesn't mean that they're going to be honest about it. In fact, just a few days after the anti-bullying bill was passed, it came to light that the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (just outside of Toronto) was trying to find ways of working around the legislation -- that is, to not feature LGBTQ-positive student groups. That story can be read here: http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Ontarios_antibullying_law_brings_big_changes_for_Catholic_schools-12105.aspx

    Posted by: The News-Breaker | Jun 10, 2012 12:55:06 AM

  15. The first pic is beautiful.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 10, 2012 3:39:20 AM

  16. Gay pride in Tel Aviv is fantastic. And some of you queens support Palestine because? Because it's illegal to be gay there? Shut up. I will always support Israel and defend it no matter how much some of you morons continue to crap all over the only place in the Middle East where you can get your gay on without being executed.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 10, 2012 3:51:10 AM

  17. What ALAN said! Support for any place in the freedom/gay hating Middle East is too ludicrous.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 10, 2012 5:42:20 AM

  18. @Ratbastard - How do you figure the US doesn't fund Catholic/religious schools? Churches don't pay taxes, despite their ever-growing infilitration into politics and elections. Secondly, in many localities, taxpayer money can go to voucher systems and other programs that fund religious schools.

    Tax churches!

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Jun 10, 2012 10:59:13 AM

  19. 2So far left I'm right,

    I've posted numerous times on TR how I find the concept of -non-profit' [i.e. tax-free] status for MANY institutions in the U.S., amusing and bogus. 50% of the real estate in the City of Boston is owned by non-profits. I live in a neighborhood where Harvard University owns and continues to buy up huge chunks of real estate. Harvard is fabulously wealthy, the wealthiest university in the world. They are not in the strictest sense 'non-profit', and they do engage in politics. They should have their tax exemptions revoked. The same could be said for many other -non-profit' institutions across the U.S., including churches.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 10, 2012 11:38:51 AM

  20. So is the anthropologist basing her claim that "God is getting nicer" on her experience in a *single* Evangelical church? Because I don't think the Religious Right got that memo.

    Look at just the last YEAR of statements and actions by the AFA, FOTF, OMM, NOM, etc. etc. in regard to gay people and then tell me again about how "nice" God has gotten.

    She's confusing US vs THEM. Of COURSE "God" has gotten nicer to THEM! "He" lets them do whatever the f**k they want, divorce, lie, cheat, and steal, while still allowing them to use the Bible they so frequently ignore when it comes to their own actions as a weapon against others.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 10, 2012 1:35:17 PM

  21. Alan:
    So gay rights should trump all other human rights, do you reckon? As long as gay rights are secured, racism and apartheid shouldn't matter, right?
    Should gay rights be used to cover up other


    You mean Palestinians hate freedom, as you put it? Where did you get that? FoxNews?

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Jun 10, 2012 2:05:57 PM

  22. Here's the PARTIAL list of pride festivals of major cities around the world:


    Are you saying that you are going to cover/mention all or most of them here on this site? Hmmm....
    (There are about 100+ of them)

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Jun 10, 2012 2:52:31 PM

  23. LA Times knows the answer: "Canada got the French, Australia the convicts, and America the Puritans"

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Jun 10, 2012 3:23:30 PM

  24. three cheers for the passage of Bill-13 in Ontario!

    Logic and reason prevailed - if you're taking public funding, you abide by public policy. simple as that.

    continuing to take much-needed advancements for human rights and the equality of all.
    full protections from workplace and housing discrimination. legalized marriage for same-sex couples across the country. full adopting rights. anti-bullying policies and laws that dont' make "exceptions" for bigotry excused in the guise of religion.

    proud to be a canuck.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 10, 2012 3:24:26 PM

  25. oh, and the reason the catholic schoolboard is publicly funded is because, once upon a time, there were two schoolboards. catholic and protestant/presbyterian. the P's eventually shrugged off the religious side and simply became secular non-religious schools.

    that's why :D

    and now we have a sensible application of fair policy. publicly-funded institutions abide by public policy.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 10, 2012 3:32:10 PM

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