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Towleroad-roadicon Yikes. Have you seen Obama's newest campaign ad? Simple and brutal. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon Michele Bachmann goes Muslim hunting:

The Minnesota Republican ... sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government. In particular, Bachmann singled out Huma Abedin, the [Muslim] wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner and a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In case Abedin hasn’t already been through enough already, Bachmann is now questioning her loyalty to the U.S. ...

Another letter targets the Department of Defense ...

A third letter went to the Department of Homeland Security, alleging the department is covering up the Muslim Brotherhood threat ...

"The Muslim Brotherhood has been found to be an unindicted co-conspirator on terrorism cases and yet it appears that there are individuals who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency."

Towleroad-roadicon The lesbian sex scene in Black Swan generated more complaints to the British Board of Film Classification last year than any scene in any other movie. (So far, this year's winner is the Daniel Radcliffe vehicle The Woman In Black.

NinaHagenTowleroad-roadicon Mariah might take J-Lo's place on American Idol. No telling who's gonna replace Steven. (My own proposed panel -- of some combination of Lou Reed, Nina Hagen, Elvis Costello, Grace Jones, and the ghost of Klaus Nomi -- has yet to mentioned in the media as a viable possibility. What's up, Simon Fuller?) 

Towleroad-roadicon "How lesbian couples choose a birth mother."

Towleroad-roadicon Straight girl attempts lesbianism:

It was inevitable that at some point, I would attempt to dive a muff. It happened when I was 25. After a series of romantic flops, I was frustrated with boys so I decided to switch over to ladies. Because that's how sexuality works: you choose one when another becomes slightly inconvenient.

Towleroad-roadicon This probably wasn't the best week for Daniel Tosh to unveil his new show, but it seems to have gone over well

Towleroad-roadicon Elizabeth Taylor: beautiful mutant.

Towleroad-roadicon Wall Street -- kind of like Penn State

Towleroad-roadicon On the origins of disease:

If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about. A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature ...


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  1. to the point! wonder what Benedict Anderson would say about this critique of unisonance

    Posted by: yikes | Jul 14, 2012 5:00:06 PM

  2. Is STRAIGHT GIRL Ann Coulter? Or Michelle Bachman?

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 14, 2012 5:13:29 PM

  3. Bravo Mr President Bravo.....

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 14, 2012 5:27:38 PM

  4. SNAP! The secret weapon to that biting commercial is that all the text comes from press sources. The problem, of course, is that any of those references might have been in a different context. Still, it's a damning political ad, but effective.

    I wish the president's campaign didn't have to play dirty, but this is a man who's been subject to accusations of being born in Kenya.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 14, 2012 5:28:10 PM

  5. Hey, Mitt ~ Pitchy, pitchy, pitchy, Dawg!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 14, 2012 5:32:56 PM

  6. Tosh has been pitching his new show for a while.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 14, 2012 5:35:04 PM

  7. Also, on the American Idol thing, I'm thinking that you might mean Simon Cowell, not Fuller.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 14, 2012 5:38:17 PM

  8. Valerie Jarret has hundreds of thousands in the Cayman Islands, too. Keep thinking this BS will matter to folks in November. Oh, how brutal.

    The "right track-wrong track" direction for the country poll has pretty much predicted every presidential election's outcome. Deal. By November there isn't going to be some massive wave to majority saying "right track".

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 14, 2012 5:55:19 PM

  9. Brilliant @barackobama commercial.

    @Markus see u crying day after the POTUS sweeps to reelection!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jul 14, 2012 6:00:22 PM

  10. The strong but subtle message is that Romney is out of tune with America. Brilliant.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 14, 2012 6:05:18 PM

  11. Paul R:

    Greetings. Hope you're having a good weekend.

    Re: Tosh -- yes, he's been pitching his new show for months. But if you'll please click through to the linked article, you'll see that he's only just debuted it this week at Comic-Con.

    Re: American Idol -- there are many Simons in the world. Simon Fuller is the show's producer and creator.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Jul 14, 2012 6:12:46 PM

  12. I like it! Now, kick him in the nuts again!

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 14, 2012 6:25:16 PM

  13. Love this!

    Posted by: Geoff M | Jul 14, 2012 6:28:21 PM

  14. I might actually watch AI if they had Nina Hagan as a judge, lol. She would be the perfect replacement for Paula Abdul, they are both insane. The read on Wall St. was rather on point, and might I add appropriate on Bastille Day, since for all practical purposes Wall St is our "Bastille."

    Posted by: Kenneth | Jul 14, 2012 6:53:00 PM

  15. The Obama ad is brilliant.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 14, 2012 7:34:06 PM

  16. Markus, I didn't realize Valerie Jarrett was running for president of the United States. That's amazing!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 14, 2012 7:49:54 PM

  17. Obama ad: BRILLIANT. It's not playing dirty; it's the truth.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Jul 14, 2012 7:51:11 PM

  18. LOL at Obama. The man who has put more Americans out of work than most! Such hope and change...not.

    Posted by: sam | Jul 14, 2012 8:18:40 PM

  19. How about Cyndi Lauper for American Idol Judge? She would be TERRIFIC!!! and she can actually sing!!!

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 14, 2012 8:25:45 PM

  20. Nice to see Obama has grown some cojones - he'll need them for this fight!

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 14, 2012 8:30:06 PM

  21. Nice to see Obama has grown some cojones - he'll need them for this fight!

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 14, 2012 8:30:12 PM

  22. @SAM: Obama put more people out of work? How do you explain that one? The financial crisis started in September 08 before the election even happened. Mass layoffs were happening BEFORE he even took office. I believe they peaked in the January when he took office, you know nearly half way throught that month. So, don't you think the blame should go to the President upon which all that started?

    Nice try though.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 14, 2012 9:46:00 PM

  23. Yes,we've seen these things non stop here in Ohio.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jul 14, 2012 9:50:02 PM

  24. Brilliant? You libs truly live in an echo chamber (as this blog demonstrates on a daily basis). Barry's remaining term will end just like the Titanic. Cannot wait for November!

    Andy, better stick to blogging about gay fluffiness or you end up in way over your head.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 15, 2012 12:14:39 AM

  25. Some TR gay Republicans (or trolls, hard to tell em apart) are as tone-deaf as Mittens. Hate to spell out the obvious, boys, but he's not on a winning roll right now. Time to use the magic underpants, or he'll be lucky not to get booed at his own convention.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 15, 2012 12:28:39 AM

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