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NavySealBillboard 1NewsIcon Dogs aren't the only mammals that look adorable shaking themselves dry.

1NewsIcon An Indiana Tea Party group recently posted a billboard that reads "The Navy Seals removed one threat to America...the voters must remove the other."

1NewsIcon Pressure is building for New York City Speaker and potential mayor Christine Quinn to back paid sick leave legislation: "Considering how important this issue is to LGBTQ workers and our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS, it’s disturbing that some of the most prominent and powerful opponents of the legislation come from within the LGBTQ community."

1NewsIcon Learn about the Pop Up Museum of Queer History.

1NewsIcon Lady Gaga on wearing fur: "I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypercritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, 'kermit' and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan."

1NewsIcon Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis, once an Obama campaign co-chair, introduced GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to voters in Virginia today.

1NewsIcon The FEC once fined a campaign managed by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins for failing to include mailing lists bought from the KKK on a federal disclosure list.

1NewsIcon GOP-allied groups are outspending pro-Obama organizations 8-to-1: "Together, the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity and pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future combined to spend about $31 million on ads against Obama, an analysis of federal independent expenditure records shows."

TomBradyDog1NewsIcon Tom Brady ain't afraid of no dog.

1NewsIcon Dancing with the Stars dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy allegedly gets rough with his partners.

1NewsIcon What is the nun carrying in her buckets in this American Horror Story: Asylum teaser trailer?

1NewsIcon More than 100 people showed up for a pro-equality protest in Bermuda.

1NewsIcon The Florida-based Christian Family Coalition claims it has a lot of pull in the ballot box, but only 3 of dozens of the non-incumbent candidates the group endorsed won their local elections.

1NewsIcon Evangelical leader Bill Keller is threatening to file an astoundingly unrealistic $100 million lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for - you guessed it - "inciting" to people who read their summary on hate groups to go after people on that list, including him.

1NewsIcon In lieu of wedding gifts, fab.com founder Jason Goldberg and fiance Christian Schoenherr are asking friends to donate to The Four 2012, a curated social media project aimed at getting young Americans who support marriage equality to vote this November. "If we’re going to win these referenda, young people have to get out and vote, and this is the space where they live: social media," said Brian Ellner, who I'm told is working with Blue State Digital to help organize The Four 2012.

1NewsIcon Angel Alan Celino, the mayor of Roxas City in the Phillipines, is suing a radio DJ and his manager for libel after the radio host said he goes to gay bars.

1NewsIcon Derek Thompson on why Apple TV isn't a total game changer: "Techies are conflating the idea that Apple wants to disrupt this TV-watching business with the idea that Apple has a shot at disrupting the actual TV-video business. The fact that Apple is now in talks with cable companies to deliver video to their screen shows pretty clearly that the company has all but given up on trying to license content from media companies -- the ones who own the TV shows you watch -- because it's simply too expensive."

LucyLiuXFiles1NewsIcon A lot of famous people appeared on The X-Files when they were just regular people, before they were famous people. The Awl has a handy rundown of the famous people who played minor characters on The X-Files and whether the fictional people those famous people played lived or died.

1NewsIcon I agree with President Obama: a cool super power would be the ability to speak any language. Beats sticking a Babel fish in your ear.

1NewsIcon Shia LaBeouf on the level of realness in his upcoming movie, Nymphomaniac:  "It is what you think it is. There's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says, we're doing [the sex] for real. And anything that is 'illegal' will be shot in blurred images. But other than that, everything is happening."

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  1. "I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypercritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, 'kermit' and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan."

    Right, a self-involved, unprincipled, disingenuous, opportunistic little b!tch, as has already been established.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 17, 2012 5:13:12 PM


  2. Lady Gaga is and always will be a gem to me.

    Rick: Enough about you, what do you think about Gaga?

    Posted by: Robert | Aug 17, 2012 5:24:02 PM


  3. I see a Towleroad Troll® checks in first. Must be hovering over the keyboard and refreshing this site constantly.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Aug 17, 2012 5:29:19 PM


  4. Seeing that billboard, along with the Swiftboat-style video just released stating the President Obama basically had nothing to do with the attack on Osama bin Laden, makes me realize that we live in a country of hateful kooks, who will say any dirty lie that gets them ahead. The election campaign this fall is going to be disgusting. Most of us will lose pride in our country.

    Posted by: David | Aug 17, 2012 9:29:48 PM


  5. David: I will never lose pride in my country, just the hateful pigs that pollute the air. Every person has the right to speak their opinion, which is an amazing concept that I wholly support. It is up to us to make sure that the mud these swine root up is drowned out by calm and reason.

    And if that's not enough, buy a billboard and report the truth.

    Posted by: Robert | Aug 18, 2012 12:45:30 AM


  6. David, you really do have a point. I've started seeing ads for 2016, the right-wing smear piece by Dinesh D'Souza that they are apparently trying to make a feature release, _ON MSNBC_ for cryin out load! And I thought...wtf is this country coming to? That the plutocrats are spending megabucks to make a feature documentary to destroy a moderate democratic incumbent candidate? I keep thinking the right-wing will partly go away, partly moderate, whatever. They don't. Like some horrid cancer bent on the destroying the modern post-Enlightenment Western world, it keeps roaring back from rounds of chemo. (the election of Barack, for example) And worse than before. If you'd said in 2008 that the Republican platform for 2012 would include NO capital gains tax at all, you'd have thought, "no, no way, they aren't going to try to do that are they?" But that's exactly what Romney will do. "No tax for me, suckers!" BTW - don't believe the lie that capital gains have always been taxed before. They have not. The gain can come from the value of the stock merely being hugely inflated by the market. Romney's suspiciously huge IRA holdings follow this course. Assets were inserted into it when they had practically no nominal value and therefore, of course, had never had any tax levied. He basically wants to not even be burdened with this questionable IRA move. He wants all of his asset gains to be tax free. Which is, of course, how the 1% make most of their INCOME.

    Also, Romney/Ryan are probably the most homophobic Republican ticket in decades. You really have to go back to the 70s. Ronnie was homophobic, but no more so than his peers at the time, and coming from Hollywood, would certainly have had some experience around gays. Jack Kemp, for the time, was something of a social moderate. It was still possible for Republicans to be that in the mid 1990s. Romney pretended to not be anti-gay in Massachusetts, but his 10K donation to Prop8 shows his true allegiance - as in all matters - is to the Mormon Church. Whose laity is far more virulently homophobic than American Catholics. Believe me, the Supreme Court justices he appoints will set the country back to the 1890s. That last time, coincidentally, the Mormons were able to practice the unadulterated form of their religion!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 18, 2012 1:33:48 AM


  7. ".... makes me realize that we live in a country of hateful kooks, who will say any dirty lie that gets them ahead. The election campaign this fall is going to be disgusting. Most of us will lose pride in our country."

    We're still in Afghanistan, the public option for health care was dropped, people with pre-existing conditions are still without any medical care, the jobs situation is a disaster, nobody in the banking industry was held accountable, deals were made with big pharma to keep us from having access to drugs as cheap as Canada gets them from us, and the hoards of contractors in Afghanistan are still raking in the big bucks. The FBI has files on EVERY American citizen, you can still be locked up without a trial or an attorney due to The Patriot Act, the list goes on and on...

    And you're just now starting to lose pride in America ?

    Pffffft !

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Aug 18, 2012 3:59:52 AM


  8. It's funny that the Teahadists' ad failed to mention that those SEALs would have been sitting on their asses if Obama hadn't gave the order to "pull the trigger". But then again, the Tea Party isn't known for using "facts".

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 18, 2012 6:31:50 AM


  9. When Looney Tune Gay radicals go around babbling about "queer history", "queer art", "queer film", etcetera, I have no idea what they're talking about! (I suspect some of them don't, either.) There never has been and never will be any such thing as a "queer" human being. I think these folks must be caught up in a Bizarro World fantasy (that's a nice way of saying they're on the verge of insanity). Internalized heterosexism can do that to a person!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Aug 18, 2012 12:38:00 PM


  10. "Right, a self-involved, unprincipled, disingenuous, opportunistic little b!tch, as has already been established"

    Completely agree. I used to admire this woman but no more.

    Posted by: fern | Aug 18, 2012 1:35:55 PM


  11. "Lady Gaga is and always will be a gem to me.

    Rick: Enough about you, what do you think about Gaga"

    Wow, pretty nasty, Robert. You seem to share some of the qualities of your hero.

    Posted by: fern | Aug 18, 2012 1:37:32 PM


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