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Towleroad-roadicon "Superman: Forged By Bullies!"

Towleroad-roadicon Complicated memories of a father murdered mid-transition:

Superman_24“I was talking with Jean tonight about Dad,” [said my sister Bridgette]. Jean was one of her transgender customers. “And Jean said, ‘Maybe you were never meant to celebrate Father’s Day, because your dad was always meant to be a woman.’” She looked at me as though this might be a consolation, but I was having none of it.

“That’s absurd!” I said, because I believe our dad was a man through and through. He was 6-foot-7. He was lanky, deep-voiced. I often described his personality as somewhere between Anthony Bourdain and Howard Stern. What was most damning, in my mind, was how physically abusive he was to my mother and me. Bridgette missed much of this. She was 5 when I went into foster care at 15. The court made my dad take anger management classes after that. “He was always talking about how he hated women,” I said. “If that’s the case, how could he have really been one?”

Towleroad-roadicon Russell Pearce, author of Arizona's "papers please!" law, can't find a place to hold fundraiser; accuses Arizonans of trying to "stifle" his candidacy:

The fundraising event was originally planned to be held at Macayo’s restaurant in Phoenix, but the plan was scuttled by activist Dee Dee Garcia Blase of Arizona’s Tequila Party, a conservative Latino group formed in reaction to the deportation-happy Tea Party. Garcia Blase organized a protest to be held outside the restaurant during the event and contacted Macayo’s corporate offices, which led the restaurant to cancel the event on Thursday morning.

By midday Thursday, Pearce’s campaign had emailed supporters announcing a second location, Oaxaca Restorante Y Cantina in downtown Phoenix. However, when Garcia Blase contacted Oaxaca’s management, the event was canceled within hours.

Oaxaca manager Joseph Aguayo told the Capital Times that Pearce’s campaign had booked the event under a false name. When Garcia Blase told him who the event was for, Aguayo barred the group from the restaurant. “We don’t need that,” he said, “We want to keep the support of our Latino community.”

Finally, Pearce attempted to gain access to the library of Phoenix’s Central High School, a request that was denied 30 minutes before Pearce’s guests and supporters were due to arrive. Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Kent Scribner said that the event, with the added concerns of protesters and security, posed a logistical nightmare for school officials.

“Given the late notice of this request and the anticipated turnout, we are unable to host it,” Scribner said.

Towleroad-roadicon Game of Thrones creators apologize for beheading President Bush.

Towleroad-roadicon A report from Syracuse gay pride.

Towleroad-roadicon Some evidence suggesting tiny particles sometimes slip the bounds of the universe to go ... somewhere.

Towleroad-roadicon You are carrying around six pounds of microbes.

Towleroad-roadicon Belief in gods continues to plummet amongst millenials.  

Towleroad-roadicon Dr. Albert Schatz -- vindicated!


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  1. Well, that's the thing about TV... You can release a new version if you want, but you're never, ever going to get rid of the original.

    We're talking about a partial side view of a fake head on a pike, which people didn't even notice until they were told. And let's be honest, the jerk's presidency was a failure from start to finish, and makes Obama actually look good.

    Nobody should have apologized for that.
    Certainly nobody should attempt to censor it.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 16, 2012 9:14:02 PM

  2. Sen. Pearce, you know, I was just thinking, maybe, maybe having your fundraiser at a Mexican restaurant is, I don't know, what's the word I'm looking for -- insensitive?

    No, no, that's not it. Let's see. Oh, here's the one I'm looking for -- stupid.

    Did the "All White Tea House" not have a party room for you?

    Posted by: james | Jun 16, 2012 10:33:00 PM

  3. Millennials "abandoning gods" may not be such a great thing. Putting off the mantle of theistic religion doesn't mean they are going to behave more rationally or humanely than the worst of the True Believers. There are alternatives that are as bad as or worse than rabid funnymentalism of all kinds.
    Recent polls have said the same defined group is increasingly addicted to manipulated consumerism and immediate gratification of a desire for STUFF without much thought for longer term consequences. I won't feel comforted by such news until I see more people behaving with genuine autonomy AND compassion.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jun 17, 2012 10:24:01 AM

  4. "Recent polls have said the same defined group is increasingly addicted to manipulated consumerism and immediate gratification of a desire for STUFF without much thought for longer term consequences. I won't feel comforted by such news until I see more people behaving with genuine autonomy AND compassion."

    Not only do religious texts link spirituality to selflessness, a recent scientific study has made the same link.

    Now we find that a generation more intensely focused on themselves than prior generations, whose personal relationships are increasingly filtered through technology, leaving them more isolated within the pretense of connectivity, is less and less spiritual.

    And since atheism is a prejudice, manifesting in all of the same behaviors and arguments and claims and lies used by homophobes - there is a dearth of any real compassion or empathy in its adherents.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Jun 17, 2012 2:07:39 PM

  5. Cassandra, what makes you make the statement, "Atheism is a prejudice". What are your sources for that?

    Atheism is a prejudice against religion like not eating is a prejudice against apples.

    Using the term 'adherent' for atheists is also as disingenuous. You can't adhere to something that's zero. Otherwise I'm an adherent of nascar, deep-sea diving, Ahmadinejad, and eating women out.

    Frankly religion (and the concept of 'sin' as an action that is accountable for in the afterlife) is for people scared of death and there's no real compassion or empathy from people who want a 'get out of jail free' card.

    Besides, as works of literature akin to 1984, Animal House, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, religious texts can be examined for the philosophy and world-outlook they expound versus any Randian devotion and exclusive doctrine.

    Posted by: Drew | Jun 17, 2012 8:38:51 PM

  6. Why would an immigrant-hater book two different Latino-themed and/or owned restaurants as venues for his fundraisers?

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Jun 18, 2012 8:04:31 PM

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