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09/20/2012

Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1212

'NO INTEREST': Find out why young Anderson Cooper checked out women's rears. Oh, and hide your cutlery if you see him coming.

THE HERO PIG: A daring rescue of a drowning goat.

'WALK AND TALK THE VOTE': West Wing cast back to back Bridget Mary McCormack for Michigan's Supreme Court.

AAARGGG: Fox & Friends had to apologize for airing this Obama hit piece that was based on 2009 picture.

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Posted Sep. 20,2012 at 4:45 PM EST by in Anderson Cooper, FOX News, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (7)


News: Fiona Apple, Zach Wahls, Kato's 'Shocker', Cowboys

1NewsIcon Eagle Scout Zach Wahls and over 11,000 other Americans are calling on Intel to stop donating money to the Boy Scouts of America: "Until the Boy Scouts of America removes this hurtful policy that is inconsistent with its own principles, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality -- especially innovators like Intel." Lend Wahls a hand by joining the Change.org campaign.

TimTebow1NewsIcon Does objectifying Tim Tebow make it easier to swallow his right wing proselytizing?

1NewsIcon Since the Dallas Cowboys didn't want to shell out the $275,000 to buy Cowboys.com, that domain is now a gay dating site - and it's open for business. Yee-haw!

1NewsIcon GOP House Speaker John Boehner says all the fuss over videos of Mitt Romney denigrating nearly half the nation is just "hand-wringing."

1NewsIcon Jeremy Hooper's clever commentary on all the actual right-wing hand-wringing about DADT's repeal.

1NewsIcon Karl Lagerfeld takes back saying he doesn't like Pippa Middleton's face. He now says he just doesn't like her make-up.

1NewsIcon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fully expects the court to hear a case on the Defense of Marriage Act in the very near future. "I think it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term," she said.

1NewsIcon Mitt Romney should have started playing nice a long time ago.

1NewsIcon Kato Kaelin now says that, yes, OJ Simpson murdered Nicole and Ron.

DrWho1NewsIcon The marriage equality debate would be much easier if it were just about watching Doctor Who on Sundays.

1NewsIcon Tom Ford and Anna Wintour attended an Obama fundraiser together in London. Just in case you're keeping tabs.

1NewsIcon Composer Nathan Hall needs help to 'Tame Your Man'.

1NewsIcon Rachel Maddow topped Bill O'Reilly - in Monday and Tuesday ratings, that is...

1NewsIcon Can Marco Rubio save Mitt Romney's campaign?

1NewsIcon Tommy Thompson, Tammy Baldwin's GOP opponent in the Wisconsin senate race, says Mitt Romney is to blame for his bad poll numbers: "If you're a standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the down ballot."

1NewsIcon On a related note, President Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney by 7 points in Wisconsin, according to Public Policy Polling.

1NewsIcon A poll out of Maine shows pro-equality positions still in the majority, but the numbers are getting closer: 52-44, a far cry from the 20-point lead marriage equality had earlier this year.

FionaArrest1NewsIcon Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas for having some hash.

1NewsIcon LA Weekly has a great piece about the debate over whether discrimination really causes depression in minority groups.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, the latest edition of Perspectives on Psychological Science reports on a study showing that, yes, prejudice can cause depression: "This depression caused by prejudice -- which the researchers call deprejudice -- can occur at many levels. In the classic case, prejudice causes depression at the societal level (e.g., Nazis' prejudice causing Jews' depression), but this causal chain can also occur at the interpersonal level (e.g., an abuser's prejudice causing an abusee's depression), or even at the intrapersonal level, within a single person (e.g., a man's prejudice against himself causing his depression)."

1NewsIcon Oh, good: another "invisible Obama" lynching.

1NewsIcon Enjoy some "Glory Box".

Posted Sep. 20,2012 at 3:35 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Anna Wintour, Barack Obama, DOMA, Gay Marriage, Health, Maine, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, Tim Tebow, Tom Ford, Wisconsin, Zach Wahls | Permalink | Comments (29)


President Obama: DADT's Repeal 'Strengthened' National Security

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Commemorating the one-year anniversary of Don't Ask, Don't Tell's official repeal, President Obama said that the end of the discriminatory law has "strengthened" our national security.

"As Commander in Chief, I’ve seen that our national security has been strengthened because we are no longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who happen to be gay or lesbian," Mr. Obama said in a statement. "The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the finest in the world."

Read his statement in full AFTER THE JUMP.

A year ago today, we upheld the fundamental American values of fairness and equality by finally and formally repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Gay and lesbian Americans now no longer need to hide who they love in order to serve the country they love.

It is a testament to the professionalism of our men and women in uniform that this change was implemented in an orderly manner, preserving unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. As Commander in Chief, I’ve seen that our national security has been strengthened because we are no longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who happen to be gay or lesbian.

The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the finest in the world.

Posted Sep. 20,2012 at 2:23 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


'Serious' Mitt Romney Enjoys Water Sports, Says 1968 'Eligible Bachelor' Notice

MittdatePicture it... 1968. The editorial offices of rarefied magazine Town and Country.

A list of eligible bachelors is being constructed. Someone suggests Willard "Mitt" Romney, son of Michigan Governor George. This is a good fit: the younger Romney was rich, handsome and even though had been courting Ann Davies, he was at that point single. (He and Ann would marry in December of that year.)

Thus, Romney became an "eligible bachelor," and his profile was pretty spot-on.

"Despite his seriousness," "serious chap" Romney enjoys physical activities, including water skiing, golfing and tennis - all sports that fit into the magazine's parameters of acceptable athletics. Also, politics are predicted to be a future pursuit: "Public affairs on a major scale, possibly weekends at the White House."

That notice, found by a JMG reader, also suggested George Romney would win a presidential run. He did not.

Larger version AFTER THE JUMP.

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Posted Sep. 20,2012 at 1:53 PM EST by in Mitt Romney, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (19)


Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Still Flaunting Anti-Gay Politics

DanCathyTweetChick-fil-A executives this week promised to stop supporting and donating money to political causes, particularly homophobic organizations that work to restrict people's rights. Apparently CEO Dan Cathy didn't get the memo.

The Advocate reports that Cathy on Tuesday tweeted a picture in support of the 2012 WinShape Ride for the Family, a ride aimed at fighting same-sex marriage.

That long ride is a fundraiser for an organization that helps lobby against marriage equality. Registration forms for the event ask that checks be sent, not to the WinShape Foundation that Chick-fil-A operates, but directly to the Marriage and Family Foundation at 5200 Buffington Road in Atlanta, Ga.

The forms say the ride fee is $3,500 for each individual or couple. But sponsorship packages posted online show that organizations could pledge $5,000 for "silver" status, $10,000 for "gold" or $15,000 and more to reach "platinum." The Chick-fil-A logo accompanies everything, and so does the WinShape name, but it's unclear whether the foundation continues to make donations.

The Marriage and Family Foundation was the top recipient of Chick-fil-A's estimated $5 million in anti-gay donations.

Posted Sep. 20,2012 at 1:41 PM EST by in Chick-fil-A, News | Permalink | Comments (22)


Man 'Lynches' Empty Chair Representing Obama

ObamChairLynchWow. An Austin, Texas man managed to merge Clint Eastwood's recent "chair as Obama" skit with one of the nation's sickest racist traditions, lynching, by tying an empty chair to a tree in his front yard.

When a fellow citizen expressed her concern over his method of protest, the man, Bud Johnson, reportedly yelled, "I don't really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not… You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don't give a sh*t. If you don't like it, don't come down my street."

The website Burnt Orange, which first drew attention to this display of anti-Obama rhetoric, explains how the transitive property of violent hate works here. You know, just in case the meaning is lost:

One could easily argue "it's just a chair, what's the big deal? That's not racist!"

However, in light of Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he had a largely one-sided conversation with an empty chair he pretended was Barack Obama, this imagery is now associated with the President.

The image of the chair is associated with the President. Now, lynch that chair from a tree, and you've got a pretty awful racist sentiment calling for lynching the first African-American President!

Posted Sep. 20,2012 at 12:46 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Clint Eastwood, News, Texas | Permalink | Comments (43)



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