NEWS: George W. Bush To The Rescue, More Arrests In Russia, And A Long Goodbye To Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Towleroad-roadicon Brother of Gabriel Garcia Marquez publicly acknowledges that the author is suffering from dementia, and no longer writes:

“He has problems with his memory. Sometimes I cry because I feel like I’m losing him,” he said.

… invited to talk about his relationship with Gabo, as the writer is affectionately known in Colombia, Jaime said he could not hold back from talking about his illness anymore.

“He is doing well physically, but he has been suffering from dementia for a long time,” he said. “He still has the humour, joy and enthusiasm that he has always had.”

RussiaArrests Towleroad-roadicon Eight more gay activists arrested in St. Petersburg.

Towleroad-roadicon The New York Times on the fracturing of the “ex-gay” movement; and an interview with Exodus International’s Alan Chambers:

Only a few years ago, Mr. Chambers was featured in advertisements along with his wife, Leslie, saying, “Change is possible.” But now, he said in the interview, “Exodus needs to move beyond that slogan.”

“I believe that any sexual expression outside of heterosexual, monogamous marriage is sinful according to the Bible,” Mr. Chambers emphasized. “But we’ve been asking people with same-sex attractions to overcome something in a way that we don’t ask of anyone else,” he said, noting that Christians with other sins, whether heterosexual lust, pornography, pride or gluttony, do not receive the same blanket condemnations.

Towleroad-roadicon London Pride.

Towleroad-roadicon CNN on the push to eliminate the United States’ gay blood-donor ban:

… Since the 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic decimated their community, gay men — or MSMs (men who have sex with men) as they are called by federal agencies –– have not been allowed to donate blood. In June, a group of 64 U.S. legislators led by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services encouraging it to move forward with a study that may lead to the end of the decades-old ban.

“This is a matter of life and death and we are turning away over 50,000 healthy men who want to donate blood,” Quigley told CNN. “A straight person who has unsafe sex with multiple partners can give blood, and that creates a greater risk than a gay person in a monogamous relationship.”

Towleroad-roadicon Obamafan serves the President eggs, bacon, toast, grits; dies happy.

Towleroad-roadicon Henceforth, 17 Magazine shall use only un-airbrushed, well-fed models.

Towleroad-roadicon The Guardian‘s Tom Shone goes gay for Magic Mike, and a lot of other movies, too:

The screen is an equal opportunity seducer – polymorphically perverse. If you are a man (or a woman) and you watch the famous scene in Notorious where Cary Grant nibbles Ingrid Bergman’s ear while she is answering the phone, you don’t feel two different things depending on which half of the screen you look at. I don’t look at Bergman and go “yummy” and then look at Grant and go “shame about him.”  Such is the heat of the movie screen that every grain and pixel is suffused with longing. The fact is: I have spent as much time in the dark of the movie theatre watching men kiss and be kissed, and getting a kick out of it, as I have women.

Towleroad-roadicon Amazon to enter the smartphone market.

Towleroad-roadicon George W. Bush spent the 4th in Zambia:

He worked alongside other volunteers in Kabwe – Zambia’s second-largest city – to renovate a health clinic which specializes in the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

“You’re always the former president but I wanted to come here as a laborer…I do want to say that on this particular trip that myself and friends have left behind a clinic and hope to inspire others to come and refurbish clinics as well,” Bush said.

Bush is helping lead the fight against cervical cancer in his post-presidential years and has so far helped raise more than $85 million …

 

Comments

  1. UFFDA says

    Ann Harris, the 70 year old Obama fan who died happy after making breakfast for the President – I cried. She went straight to heaven where everybody gets to go eventually (except for ENDO).

    And the last President Bush has raised 85 million for cervical cancer? Nice, but I sure wish he’d just give back the money he blew on Iraq first.

  2. DannyEastVillage says

    I doubt if many people have had a lower opinion of the utterly useless GWB than I have. But as someone who (in certain serious ways) led a disreputable, dissolute life myself in past years, I’m forced to comment that I pray that this is the beginning of the re-creation of GWB’s heart, soul and mind.

  3. bruce says

    Can Towleroad please stop supporting Magic Mike? It’s becoming an obscene spectacle.

    There is nothing remotely gay-friendly about Magic Mike. No gay men, no gay male relationships…it’s de-gayed. It’s a homophobic breeder’s version of the male stripping world.

  4. say what says

    have to give kudos when kudos are due

    Shrub sucks and was either a war criminal or idiot puppet of Darth cheney BUT shrub has always been pretty good On Africa issues = TRIPLED US aid funds to africa and now this stint in Zambia

    Oh and he is a thousand times more charming than rombot. Ill give shrub that much…he at least knew how to fake charming unlike rombot

  5. djork says

    Why would this site laud anything that miserable war criminal Bush does with his post-presidency? He has a lot to atone for. Let him “labor” in anonymity.

  6. woodroad34d says

    ‘W’ is no Jimmy Carter (thank goodness–Carter, as flawed as he was as President was not the worst president ever) and it’ll be interesting to see how long this little stint at rehabilitation lasts. ‘W’ is not known for his long term interest in something and this project is probably not altruistic.

  7. NaughtyLola says

    GWB is trying to buy his way into Heaven, I see. It won’t work, but at least some women will benefit from early detection that will save their lives.

    My guess? One of his daughters was diagnosed with dysplasia (not a knock on any of them, its very common) and he saw a tiny bit of the light.

  8. say what says

    Naughtylola

    my guess is Condi is his mistress as the rumors have always said

    Zambia isn’t an out of the blue thing..as I mentioned in my post above W tripled Us aid funs to Africa

    If it was out of the blue with no africa connection in W’s past then yeah = PR stunt

    but he tripled US $ to aid africa + this…..maybe because he has always loved Condi and laura was just to please the parents

  9. Name: says

    Yeah I agree, screw those people with cervical cancer. How dare they accept that $85 million. They should return it. Morons. And when i say morons, I mean Naughtylola, dork, rodney etc

  10. The Inveterate Lurker says

    I have read most of Garcia Marquez but ‘News Of a Kidnapping’ sticks out for the one single passage where he demonizes the gay guards as the most heinous of the bunch. It was, in my mind, an unforgivable lapse.

  11. Nat says

    I generally re-read One Hundred Years of Solitude every year, and I’ve repeatedly read almost everything else Marquez ever wrote. I can’t even begin to describe the effect his writing has had on me. What a loss for this world if he cannot continue.

  12. says

    “Name”: I didn’t say people who suffer from cervical cancer should just go and die. I said it was an obscure cause. A medical ailment?

    I just think a social ill would be more appropriate for a public figure with a background in social governing. Like gay rights, for example. For Bush, something like hunger or underemployment would be a more appropriate cause imho.

  13. redball says

    RODNEY, it’s soooo not an obscure humanitarian & medical issue, for people in the know (e.g., public health and medical professionals).

  14. redball says

    @Alan Chambers in his green checkered sportscoat…GURL, you went to like 5 stores to find just the right CUTE JACKET, didn’t you? ex-gay, my @ss!

  15. says

    I guess my question, re: alan chambers, is this:

    if we’re told, as we so often are (including by posters/trolls on this website) that “gay-isms” are just affectations perpetuated by The Monolithic Gay Community and that they’re nothing more than, uh, a worship of women and hatred of men and a desire to fit in with Stereotypical Gays – then why is Alan Chambers, like so many other ex-gays, still the comlete embodiment of those said stereotypes?

    Would a man who works his @ss off to deny his gayness, and any connection to the Gay Community, not be the exact opposite of who and what he is in mannerism, demeanor, aesthetic and more?

    serious question.

  16. Brandon K. Thorp says

    Erik:

    Thanks for reading. All the articles I’ve seen on World Pride in London say it was 1) a scaled down ceremony that was 2) carried off successfully, and 3) the mayor wasn’t there, but 4) Boy George was. Hard to fashion a compelling blog post out of that. Is there more? Am I missing something? A cool vid of the Boy George performance, maybe? If so, please post a link, and I’ll happily post something on Sunday.

    Thanks,
    – BKT

  17. patrick says

    This has been a year of loss: first, Carlos Fuentes and now Marquez has basically left the literary world and entered his own private realm. The good thing is that they left behind their work to be enjoyed and studied, hopefully forever. GWB belongs in prison for life, though cervical cancer is not an obscure ailment. Far from it.

  18. patrick says

    And let me add something about GWB and cervical cancer. Did he speak out againt Perry when he backtracked and decided to not require vaccinations against it? I doubt it. Just as he did with AIDS: he was gungho to fight it in Africa, but silent on those suffering in his own country. Hypocrites, liars and scoundrels all.

  19. says

    @Redball

    According to the WHO, Cervical cancer was 54th on the causes of death in the world in 2002. Right after asthma.

    Now, I’m not saying the sufferers of this illness are insignificant. I’m asking why one of the world’s top five most recognizable people is choosing this cause.

  20. screech says

    A 16 year old American was droned in Yemen. The US claimed he was in his twenties. His family released his birth certificate. All those complaining about Bush ought to be complaining about Obama. Apparently its OK to kill Arab-Americans without a trial now. Exactly how racist is America going to get before people say enough is enough?

  21. Ambiverbal says

    So can we count on Ex-Prez GW Bush to take to the podium at the Republican Convention and chastise the party members who fight to ENSURE deaths from cervical cancer stay high by making HPV vaccines are harder to obtain?

    Holding either a baby or a hammer does not make you a saint, when you fail to pick up the mantle of responsibility.

  22. Barbara says

    I would have to agree that GWB was a horrid president. Unfortunately I, unlike the majority commenting here, have not been perfect in my past & can’t change yesterday’s errors, only move forward & try to do some good in today & tomorrow. Kudos to anyone working towards making a part of our world safer, better, healthier, and shame on those that feel the need to criticize. Jeez, go do something good for somebody else today, for just an hour maybe. I promise I won’t knock you for it!

  23. jamal49 says

    Se siente tan triste saber la condicion de Gabo.

    Quisiera que tal autor tan clave de la literatura mundial podria escribir hasta el fin de epoca que nos diera una obra maestra tras otra pero la vida maldita no lo permite.

    Que el Senor le bendiga a Gabo y si haya que sufra ese gran escritor que sea un tiempo corto.

    Sufrir mas seria una crueldad no merecida.

  24. redball says

    RODNEY, mortality is not the only metric to judge by. Cervical cancer is often a preventable cause of death whereas many causes of death are NOT or are much less so. a huge problem in cervical cancer is inequitable access to screening and other preventive & treatment services, problems that are unfortunately endemic in many poor countries.

  25. ratbastard says

    @The Inveterate Lurker,

    If you read any historical non-fiction stuff from the say mid 20th century about, for example, the Nazis, you’ll see that numerous authors [some who witnessed the actual events] specifically mention homosexual Nazis and guards as being particularly cruel. And it was prominently noted by psychiatrists that ‘butch’ woman and effete men were particularly prone to sadistic behavior. This carried over into fiction, a good example being the James Bond villains. So Marquez was perhaps a product of his period in time. Or perhaps additionally he personally experienced certain things himself.

  26. The Inveterate Lurker says

    @Ratbastard

    If you are at all familiar with the specific passage in ‘News of a Kidnapping’ that I found so offensive to my gay sensibilities, then you should know that the behavior Garcia Marquez wrote so contemptuously about was solely between the two gay guards and had nothing to do with cruelty against any other person. It was the “perverted sexual games” they played to “keep themselves in a perpetual state of arousal” that seemed so abhorrent to him. Like I said, I consider this a momentary lapse in an otherwise lustrous oeuvre.

  27. ratbastard says

    @The Inveterate Lurker,

    Correct, I’ve never read any of Marquez [like I would imagine most people, even in Colombia]. As for his description of the 2 gay guards, are you saying there are no gay pervs? Because there certainly are. Check out Folsom Fair or most gay pride events. This is the G, maybe PG rated stuff.

  28. ratbastard says

    @The Inveterate Lurker,

    Correct, I’ve never read any of Marquez [like I would imagine most people, even in Colombia]. As for his description of the 2 gay guards, are you saying there are no gay pervs? Because there certainly are. Check out Folsom Fair or most gay pride events. This is the G, maybe PG rated stuff.

  29. ratbastard says

    @BobN,

    Planned parenthood is a part of the heathcare industry. Planned Parenthood should have zero funding problems in he U.S. even without direct government funding. And if so many states are ‘defunding’ them, they need to look inward and find out what the issue could be. I don’t think most people, even in the deep south, give an F if they exist, and are not out to get them. But I understand how stirring up controversy helps fund-raising and circling the small hardcore true believers around the wagon. But the idea in general that women, girls or guys have a hard time in the U.S. getting ‘reproductive health’ care and birth control is RIDICULOUS.

    And I have a personal grudge against P.P. because of the way they send the pretty white kids canvasing around my town with their clip boards, stalking people just trying to walk down a public sidewalk. It’s a pet peeve of mine. These young white woman [mostly] are everywhere, like cockroaches, and are very irritating. Add to this they do their shtick in upper income, ‘progressive-P.C.’ neighborhoods, so they’re basically preaching to the choir. I’ve never seen them in poor or even working-class areas, only the well-off, touristy, and college ghetto neighborhoods.

  30. Nat says

    “Like I said, I consider this a momentary lapse in an otherwise lustrous oeuvre.”

    Marquez repeatedly made child molesters into protagonists. I don’t really see the point of taking his views on sexual morality seriously anyways.

  31. patrick says

    Speaking of literary lapses check out “Blowup” or “Droolings of the Devil” by the great Latin American writer Julio Cortázar. It is totally homophobic in its rendition of the stalking homosexual. Those were very different times.

  32. Rob says

    So London’s Gay Pride is 20 percent as big as Chicago’s, and that’s not news? That BBC link could not be more condescending, either. What an outrage! Losers still not getting it right after Alan Turing saved their sniveling limey butts.

    GWB knows his place in the pantheon of political losers and has an uphill climb trying to redeem himself. I agree that supporting Planned Parenthood would be a good deal more useful. Horrific man responsible for much suffering.

  33. says

    Yeah, the fact that World Pride was “scaled down” was a complete joke and insult. The Pride organization massively mismanaged the preparations, which is why, NINE DAYS before the event, they had to cancel over half of it. 5 days before the event, the chair resigned. They didn’t even close the streets completely for the parade. We were marching with about 25,000 people on half a street. Last Year’s EuroPride headliner in Rome was Lady Gaga. This year it was…Deborah Cox? It’s embarrassing for a city that just hosted a huge Diamond Jubilee Party and is now hosting the Olympics. People should be talking about this!

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