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Towleroad-roadicon After two months in the Ecuadorian embassy, Julian Assange speaks.

Towleroad-roadicon AFTER THE JUMP, hear a Republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin discuss women's reproductive systems:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Towleroad-roadicon (This is, by the way, the same Todd Akin who last week revealed he knew nothing about morning-after pills he hopes to outlaw.)

NyadTowleroad-roadicon The extraordinary, 62-year-old Diana Nyad is making great progress in her swim from Cuba to Florida.

Towleroad-roadicon It is now possible to make assault rifles with 3D printers.

Towleroad-roadicon Remember how Hank Williams, Jr., was once a lovely, charming young man? What happened?

Towleroad-roadicon Roger Ebert on the Wall of Separation.

Towleroad-roadicon Ulster Unionist Party pol puts his foot in it; fellow pols react:

... the UUP released a statement of “clarification” after Magherafelt councillor Jackie Crawford’s comment about homosexuality had led to criticism.

Cllr Crawford made the remark after a meeting of Magherafelt council on Tuesday night which discussed a Sinn Fein motion calling for same-sex marriage.

The meeting also heard two DUP councillors describe homosexuality as “an abomination”.

... Cllr Crawford, who was elected in 2005, said after the council meeting: “I’m not against gays, it’s a pity for them.

“It’s a pity they have that disease and they can’t help it. It’s the same as you being born with a disability. They can’t help what they are."

Towleroad-roadicon In which gay novelist Kergan Edwards-Stout lets his sons play football:

Now [that our sons are] 10 and 12, we decided that the time was right ... What we failed to consider, however, was how our unique family structure might factor into the dynamics of such a macho team sport, and the potential for consequent emotional injury.

While the kids have practiced the last several weeks, loving and hating every grueling moment, last night found one son’s team on the field, in the middle of a drill, when one of the assistant coaches yelled, “What are you? A bunch of pansies?”

I heard his words, echoing across the grass, and felt like I’d been punched in the gut. All those taunts through the years stay with you, even if you’ve risen above them. I immediately walked over, called my son off the field, and told the coach we were done. We were going to switch teams.

Towleroad-roadicon Here's the new Pussy Riot single. It's good! The only thing that could improve it, maybe, would be Lora Logic blowing sax.

 

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  1. i will never let a child of mine play football, given the huge mountain of evidence we have about concussive and subconcussive trauma and how they cause early-onset dementia!!

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/10/19/091019fa_fact_gladwell

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/ask/2009/10/questions-for-gladwell.html

    Posted by: redball | Aug 19, 2012 5:05:33 PM


  2. I knew people that worked for Hank Williams, Jr. thirty years ago, and, in their opinion, he was a jerk back then too.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 19, 2012 5:54:29 PM


  3. Ulster Unionists consider themselves British, not Irish. Many of them hold the same fundamentalist Christian homophobic views that many people in the American south do. The majority of Irish people are progressive and very accepting of gay people (they're also far less religious). FYI.

    Posted by: jejery | Aug 19, 2012 6:44:19 PM


  4. Interesting juxtaposition of Hank Jr. and Assange. Obama is the focus of one person's fear and hate and the other is the focus of Obama and the American government's fear and hate. Both assumptions are totally irrational and not supported by facts.

    Posted by: Joey | Aug 19, 2012 7:22:29 PM


  5. When we speak about women, we all know that they love to look perfect and confident. Women reminds about fashion.

    Posted by: fitflops sale | Aug 19, 2012 10:26:04 PM


  6. @JEJery:

    I agree; the Unionists have been universally homophobic forever; witness the rabib anti gay statements of the First Minister's wife,(whose name i have momentarily forgottten......maybe that's a good thing !).

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 19, 2012 11:17:29 PM


  7. @ Edward-Stout football story:

    I'm the father of a son, and I think switching teams is not a very realistic approach to dealing with such an embedded cultural stereotype or norm.

    Posted by: Fahd | Aug 20, 2012 1:00:16 AM


  8. Lovely. Now terrorists and criminals the world over can simply print out their guns in huge quantities.

    No need to buy illegal arms anymore, just print 'em up.

    In spite of all our technological advances, we're regressing as a species.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 20, 2012 7:28:53 AM


  9. Of COURSE Rep. Akin is ignorant about both "morning after pills" and the realities of rape. Nice, decent people don't concern themselves about such things, and knowledge is not germane to any effort to pass a law banning something. That's a corollary to the fact that actually knowing somebody is likely to make it harder to hate him (unless, of course, the person you know is worthy of disdain).

    Posted by: gregory brown | Aug 20, 2012 8:53:20 AM


  10. Sometimes I think politician like Todd Akin dumb them self down to get that rural vote. At least I hope he's not that dumb, or should I say uninformed?

    Posted by: Billy | Aug 20, 2012 9:24:02 AM


  11. The best way to improve the Pussy Riot single would be for them to be set free.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Aug 20, 2012 1:06:48 PM


  12. The photo of Julian Assange looks to me like Mr. Humphries(John Inman) in the British series "Are You Being Served." Looks like he's about to call out, "Captain Peacock, are you free?"

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 20, 2012 3:18:35 PM


  13. @ Jack-Julian Assange strongly resembles Mr. Humphries of "Are You Being Served"?

    Posted by: Floridad | Aug 21, 2012 1:34:25 AM


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