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


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 ...


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  1. Maybe W took a page from the Carter retirement handbook. Good for him. (But he's still not yet forgiven.)

    Posted by: Gene Touchet | Jul 8, 2012 10:13:28 AM

  2. 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!

    Posted by: Barbara | Jul 8, 2012 10:19:56 AM

  3. 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.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 8, 2012 11:16:39 AM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: redball | Jul 8, 2012 11:35:49 AM

  5. @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.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 8, 2012 12:13:42 PM

  6. @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.

    Posted by: The Inveterate Lurker | Jul 8, 2012 1:46:03 PM

  7. @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.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 8, 2012 1:51:45 PM

  8. @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.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 8, 2012 1:51:57 PM

  9. If Bush wants to do something about cervical cancer, why doesn't he stand up and tell his party to stop going after Planned Parenthood?

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 8, 2012 2:54:24 PM

  10. @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.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 8, 2012 3:08:26 PM

  11. "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.

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 8, 2012 4:16:57 PM

  12. I just wish this George W. Bush had been the president.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 8, 2012 6:28:09 PM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 8, 2012 7:13:27 PM

  14. 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.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 8, 2012 8:23:21 PM

  15. No surprise that the Bushes were in Namibia -- for years Laura worked as a Liberian. LOL

    Posted by: David B. | Jul 9, 2012 3:04:35 PM

  16. 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!

    Posted by: erik | Jul 9, 2012 4:16:18 PM

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