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Towleroad-roadicon You know who's been enjoying the hell out of Pride Month? New York's Neo-Futurists, who've been performing Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind since 1988, and who, for June, have taken to performing Too Much Pride Makes The Baby Go Gay. (Incidentally, the Neo-Futurists are not all gay.) Watch 'em get their pride on AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon The closet monster hall of shame! Featuring Roy Cohn, George Rekers, and more ...

Towleroad-roadicon Magnum photos of summerlove.

Thread Towleroad-roadicon Each of these portraits is made from a single thread.

Towleroad-roadicon Sandusky Victim #6, in the courtroom:

He is 25 now, lean and broad shouldered with short brown hair and big dark eyes. For years, he struggled with the fact that Sandusky, a local football hero, crossed the line with him in a locker room shower in 1998.

No. 6 was the only one of the accusers, the so-called "Sandusky 8," to come to court for the verdicts. He chewed gum with intensity, his jaws clenching and releasing as Sandusky, looking wan and bent in a brown sports jacket, lumbered into the courtroom shortly before 10 p.m.

The jurors took their seats, looking tired and sad. One woman appeared to be crying.

The young man's mother locked fingers with him with one hand, placed the other over his forearm and her head on his shoulder. She started to cry. Soon, they would hear whether there would be justice.

Towleroad-roadicon Vatican hires a journalist to handle PR. Guess where from?

The Vatican will be getting some (much needed) PR help after hiring a Fox News correspondent as a senior communications adviser for the Church's top administrative office, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

The Fox News staffer, Greg Burke, is also a member of the conservative Catholic Opus Dei group. He will leave his job at Fox, where he is a Rome-based reporter. Before working for Fox, Burke was a Rome-based journalist for Time.

Towleroad-roadicon Can religion justify bullying children?

Towleroad-roadicon What universal coverage meant to Obama, and how he's bracing for its possible repeal:

... Mr. Obama did not relent. He had an economic rationale for stabilizing a dysfunctional health system, but he also “saw what Teddy called the moral issue,” Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s widow, said in an interview, referring to her husband. For those who wondered what Mr. Obama really believed in, universal health coverage seemed to be the answer.

As the brutal fight continued, the president sacrificed more and more in its name: an overhaul of energy and environmental laws, greater focus on economic issues, some of his own popularity and that of House Democrats, who eventually lost their hard-won majority. “Michelle and I are perfectly comfortable if we’re only here one term if we feel like we really accomplished something,” he told aides.

That declaration sounds different today. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, uses “Obamacare” as an epithet and applause line, promising outright repeal if he wins. A few years ago, the health care law seemed a reason for Mr. Obama to risk losing re-election, former aides said. Now, it is a reason he feels he must win re-election.

Towleroad-roadicon What we talk about when we talk about the solar system:

... an accurate model of the solar system is literally impossible to visualize. Most of its constituent parts are so far from each other, and so tiny relative to the distances involved, that the human eye cannot see them at once. Even if you were to reduce the sun to the size of a tennis ball, and reduce the sizes of and distances between other solar objects by a commensurate amount, even a keen-eyed human standing beside the sun would be unable to locate our system’s planets without a telescope.

Let’s say the sun really was the size of a tennis ball. If you like, picture it sitting in the turf, smack in the middle of the 50-yard-line at a football stadium. The nearest planet is Mercury, and you can’t see it. It’s less than half the diameter of the period ending this sentence, and it’s lost in the grass, ten feet from our tennis ball sun ...

Towleroad-roadicon Americans place a lot of faith in the church, the military, and the police, but very little in judges and journalists.


Bonus: They're also getting their audiences to lip-sync, on-cam, to "Call Me Maybe," in the hopes of emerging with a viral video. How do you think it's going?


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  1. re Vatican hires Fox news staffer;

    Just as I have been saying for years on this very page, we all underestimate the extent to which Opus Dei has infiltrated all levels of society.....especially those upper echelons on which they have concentrated.
    How many judges are in Opus Dei ?
    What about Scalia ? and Alito ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 23, 2012 7:41:50 PM

  2. To understand how impossible it is to picture the solar system, imagine that it's filled with giant green stalks, each one as wide as the Earth and as thick as Texas and tall enough to stretch from here to the Moon. Now imagine you're standing on top of the Sun and the solar system is just crammed full of these giant green stalks, like a celestial football field of the gods. You wouldn't be able to see the Earth through all that turf! And that's why it's so impossible to imagine the solar system.

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 23, 2012 7:46:12 PM

  3. Sandunsky got away with his crimes for so long because he was part of the macho football cult- nobody would have dare even suggest than a man like him would be capable of such acts.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 23, 2012 8:57:43 PM

  4. JJ: LOL!

    Posted by: Hermes | Jun 23, 2012 9:03:23 PM

  5. Re; the Vatican new PR man.

    This slime ball who worked for Fox and Time is what the Catholic Church spends tons of money people like him on to make LGBT people look bad and the Pope and his hidden criminal pedophile priest look good. Good old Catholic Nazi propaganda.

    They need to put the Pope on trial along with his criminal pedophile priest and put them on TV and on the front page like they did to Jerry Sandusky and bring justice to the countless children around the world who were raped and abused for god knows how long.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 23, 2012 9:40:17 PM

  6. The Hall of Shame link is not working for me. It only goes to Roy Cohn and doesn't advance beyond that.

    Posted by: Jon | Jun 23, 2012 9:59:29 PM

  7. Of course religion would want to justify bullying. Anti gay religious leaders in vast numbers are justifying bullying of gays. They are pure evil.

    Posted by: Kurtcorter | Jun 23, 2012 10:30:07 PM

  8. Religious institutions claim them not being able to bully gays and their gay children is infringing on their religious freedoms. and then we have people who sign up for that bat sht crazy, and worse PAY into it.

    Posted by: MJ | Jun 23, 2012 10:31:10 PM

  9. Most anti gay violence is as a direct result of religion, and Christian members. It's always amazing how often I look up the facebook page of convicted anti gay hate crime attackers only to see many references to Christianity and how religious they are. They go hand in hand. Don't let anyone fool you into believing otherwise.

    Posted by: letsbehonest | Jun 23, 2012 10:32:41 PM

  10. Cool article on saltyeggs BKT. Thanks. Very informative.

    Posted by: Berijeck | Jun 23, 2012 11:33:23 PM

  11. Of course, I mean "What We Talk About When We Talk About Voyager 1". I think the comment sounded like I was talking about the eggs.

    Posted by: Berijeck | Jun 23, 2012 11:36:10 PM

  12. Jon: Sorry you're having trouble. There ought to be little arrow buttons in the upper right portion of the screen. Those scroll through the closet monster gallery.

    Berijeck: Thank you! I don't usually link to my own articles, but I'm a big fan of the Voyager program, and can't resist blabbing about it. Glad you liked the story!

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Jun 24, 2012 12:37:50 AM

  13. BKT : yeah, can't get the arrows to work on "Closet Monsters".

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 24, 2012 3:47:41 AM

  14. Opus Dei, the Vaticans equivalent of Hitlers SS.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 24, 2012 6:15:36 AM

  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxAaVqdz_Vk

    Posted by: Gus | Jun 24, 2012 9:56:24 AM

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