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1NewsIcon Joel Johnson, one of the men found guilty in the 2010 slaying of gay DC principal Brian Betts, is dead after being shot in the head. He was released from prison 15 months ago after completing an 18-month sentence.

Generalmills1NewsIcon Some General Mills shareholders are upset the cereal company is backing marriage equality in Minnesota. CEO Ken Powell, however, remains steadfast, telling the worry warts, "We see it as a business issue that's not good for our state, our employees and our company. We did not do it as a public relations move."

1NewsIcon Christopher Stoll, senior staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, breaks down the gay-related potential SCOTUS cases: "Depending on what the justices do over the next several weeks, marriage equality may soon be restored in California, the Court may be on its way to striking down a destructive and discriminatory law that denies federal benefits to every married same-sex couple in America, and an important precedent about same-sex domestic partners could be set."

1NewsIcon In The Life, a two-decade old public television series documenting the trials and tribulations of LGBT people, will close up shop come December. "ITLM has had the extraordinary privilege and responsibility of being the only newsmagazine to reflect the diversity of the LGBT communities, daring to tell stories other media outlets - both mainstream and LGBT - did not touch," said In The Life Media interim Executive Director Ellen Carton. ITLM co-chair Jayne Sherman remarked, "As the media organization that pioneered LGBT visibility on television,we believe ITLM played a significant role in this historic progress."

1NewsIcon What does it mean if a 4th century parchment claiming that Jesus, a man "too holy" for sex, was married is authenticated? Well, for one it means that millions of celibate priests have been living a lie for centuries.

1NewsIcon In the wake of Kevin McClatchy's coming out and baseball player Yunel Escobar's anti-gay eye black, CBS' Gregg Doyel looks at the culture of homophobia in the wide world of sports - and beyond: "...This country is evolving. Gays are elected officials. They teach school. They cannot oversee a pack of Boy Scouts, but they can openly serve in the U.S. military, they can get married (in certain states) and they can be clergy members (in certain faiths). But they can't play in the NFL, the NBA or Major League Baseball -- not without fear of being ostracized in a culture where anti-gay sentiment is so prominent that a player wrote a homosexual slur on his own face."

Wolvie21NewsIcon A shirtless Hugh Jackman is all muscle, claws and veins in the first still from The Wolverine.

1NewsIcon For good measure, here are some more shots of a shirtless Hugh Jackman - this time on a beach!

1NewsIcon Andrew Sullivan says President Obama will become Ronald Reagan if reelected: "If Obama wins, to put it bluntly, he will become the Democrats’ Reagan. The narrative writes itself. He will emerge as an iconic figure who struggled through a recession and a terrorized world, reshaping the economy within it, passing universal health care, strafing the ranks of al-Qaeda, presiding over a civil-rights revolution, and then enjoying the fruits of the recovery."

1NewsIcon Lady Gaga doesn't give a hoot what the Pope says about marriage equality. ""I think that gay marriage is going to happen. It must. We are not actually equal -- humanity -- if we are not allowed to freely love one another... What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope... It is not a reflection of all religious people."

1NewsIcon Stephen Saland, one of the Republican New York State Senators whose support for marriage equality brought down conservative fury, has been declared the winner in his tight GOP primary race.

1NewsIcon Payback: "Discover Bank will pay millions in fees to settle accusations by U.S. regulators that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. Discover, the sixth-biggest U.S. credit card issuer, will pay a $14 million fine and refund $200 million directly to more than 3.5 million customers, federal authorities said Monday."

1NewsIcon The hideous Family Research Council released a congressional scorecard on which LGBT-friendly politicos rank lowest, particularly if they're senators who approved openly gay federal judge Michael Fitzgerald's confirmation. "Mr. Fitzgerald has supported liberal activist organizations and worked to promote homosexual rights in the state of his judgeship," the group gripes.

1NewsIcon CNN puts President Obama about nine points ahead of Mitt Romney in the crucial state of Pennsylvania.

Rusty1NewsIcon Damn! One of the police officers who involved singer Fiona Apple's hash arrest does not approve of how Apple tried to call him and his colleagues out during a recent concert, so the officer, Drug Wars filmmaker and former Glenn Beck guest Rusty Fleming, wrote Apple a letter. This is how it opens: "First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine." Conservatives know how to throw shade with the best of them.

1NewsIcon Does Aaron Paul's girlfriend deserve all his love?

1NewsIcon The Chemistry Between Us claims that love is simply an addictive chemical imbalance. No word how specific it gets on same-sex sexing, but here's a summation on the straight, er, bits: "[The book] claim that sex tricks women into "babysitting" the men they love - nurturing them as they would their own infants, thanks to the goodly amounts of oxytocin released during the sex act by men hitting the cervix with their large penises and playing with their breasts."

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  1. Who is Rusty Fleming?

    Posted by: Polyboy | Sep 24, 2012 3:55:40 PM

  2. Andrew Sullivan went on to say that he'd still really like if if a group of men with HIV would bareback him. Just as long as it's all white guys, because he's "not into blacks."

    Ugh, and i get a real giggle out of "trying to promote homosexual rights"....as if it's the worst thing they can think of.

    they're like old grandparents freaking out because Capt. Kirk kissed Uhura.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 24, 2012 4:02:19 PM

  3. Anything showing Jesus is married is meaningless as far as priestly vows are concerned. First, marriage does not always imply sexual congress in the old days or now. Second, and more important, celibacy vows are not based on Jesus being celibate. They've only existed for about 1000 years for Roman Catholic priests and they arose, arguably, out of an interest in not having Church lands pass to wives and children of priests.

    Frankly, I never understood the whole "OMG what if Jesus was married!" hoopla. If marriage is holy and Jesus was supposed to experience all it meant to be human, then this seems logical even if it does contradict a lot of religious "wisdom."

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 24, 2012 4:03:40 PM

  4. It's news that "millions of celibate priests have been living a lie for centuries" ?

    Posted by: NVTodd | Sep 24, 2012 4:08:09 PM

  5. Anybody can write anything on a piece of paper. That somebody wrote something about Jesus 300 years after his death does not prove anything.

    Posted by: Fester | Sep 24, 2012 4:08:29 PM

  6. Hugh Jackman is the man. Almost too hot.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 24, 2012 4:12:52 PM

  7. The whole New Testament was written after Jesus' death. At the bare minimum 60+ years after he died with most scholars believing it to be written over 300 years after his death.

    Posted by: unruly | Sep 24, 2012 4:24:27 PM

  8. Yeah, love is just a chemical reaction. Uh huh. How "scientific".

    Posted by: NVTodd | Sep 24, 2012 4:26:20 PM

  9. Not to mention the new testament is essentially the world's longest running game of Telephone (or Broken Telephone as it's known in Canada.)

    "And then Jesus...uh walked on water! And rose from the dead! And...uh, then ...uh purple monkey dishwasher"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 24, 2012 4:29:33 PM

  10. Obama is no Reagan. There is more political diversity among the white population than any other group. Reagan swayed a little more than half the white population to vote for him. Regardless of what Obama does he has a large non-white voting block that will vote for him regardless. The people that can be swayed are white. The Obama campaign is focusing on white women to win.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Sep 24, 2012 4:37:32 PM

  11. Jesus was also circumcized and had a Bar Mitzvah. Just something to think about.

    Posted by: Myackie | Sep 24, 2012 4:43:33 PM

  12. Who is this Belonksy fool? When he posts, there's nothing but tripe. Ridiculous! He's killin' your blog, Towle. Thorpe was a journalist, but Belonsky is nothing but a small-town gossip-monger. Upgrade your staff, Andy. Get rid of the tool. He just doesn't have the intellect or vision to elevate your brand.

    Posted by: Elevate Your Brand | Sep 24, 2012 4:47:47 PM

  13. Fiona Apple looks 50 in that pic.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 24, 2012 5:20:11 PM

  14. To : Andrew Belonsky;

    Did you take down the thread on Melman ?

    Did you remove my comment pointing that out ?
    Why ? and Why ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 24, 2012 5:42:48 PM

  15. Where has the Melman thread gone ? It was attracting a lot of comments.....all legitimate .

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 24, 2012 5:44:06 PM

  16. TOWLEROAD is now quoting Andrew Sullivan? Good grief!

    Posted by: Perry | Sep 24, 2012 6:11:10 PM

  17. yup...fiona is lookin rough

    and we'll show him...especially for that purple monkey dishwasher remark

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Sep 24, 2012 6:24:19 PM

  18. I'm asking a legitimate question Andrew Belonsky and Andy Towle.

    What happened the Melman thread which a great number of us were contributing ?
    It's quite unfair and highhanded to simply remove the thread and comments without an explanation to the contributors.

    On the other hand if this is censorship because of pressure from Melman/Savage and or others it would certainly explain, though not excuse, the cowardice.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 24, 2012 6:54:01 PM

  19. I got a "Rusty Fleming" from a hustler once. It cost me $300 dollars, not counting the dry cleaning bill for my bedsheets.

    I want to be the meat in a Hugh Jackman & Gerard Butler sandwich so badly.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 24, 2012 9:35:17 PM

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