2012 Election | Mitt Romney | Religion | Republican Party | Television

NEWS: Jesus, Spiders, And Emily Dickinson

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Towleroad-roadicon Is this a picture of Emily Dickinson?

Towleroad-roadicon After the Labor Day weekend beating of a gay man at the hands of four marines, at least a few gay military men suspect the offenders' animus was inflamed by politics:

“The Republican Party platform that was released just before this (alleged) attack says gays don’t belong in the military,” says the Special Ops soldier, who asked not to be named (he says most of the men in his unit know he’s gay, but he hasn’t come out publicly). “Mitt Romney hasn’t gone as far as to say he would reverse the DADT repeal, but I think people know how he really feels about gay people. And I can see how these Marines can look at what Republican leaders are saying as justification for what they did. People they probably support politically are telling them that gays and lesbians don’t belong, that they are un-American.”

Towleroad-roadicon You've seen that ridiculously cheesy TV ad in which a middle-class couple worry about Obama "forcing" gay marriage on 'em? Think Progress knows who's behind it.

Towleroad-roadicon Oh, Jesus:

After leading a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in the middle of his remarks, Romney began talking about God. "That pledge says 'under God.' I will not take God out of our platform. I will not take God off our coins. And I will not take God out of my heart," Romney said to roaring applause from the audience.

Towleroad-roadicon FOX News "fires back" at REM, after the complained about FOX's use of "Losing My Religion":

“FOX News Channel’s use of an R.E.M. song during Thursday’s edition of ‘Fox & Friends’ was in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties,” a Fox News representative said. “Nevertheless, we’re always flattered to have this much attention for a song selection and we hope R.E.M. was able to satisfy their publicity fix.”

Towleroad-roadicon Gay couple Syed Massood and Christian Clarke to be written out of the British soap EastEnders:

Actor John Patridge, who is openly gay in real life, said: “I have had the time of my life at EastEnders – but I have always gone with my gut, and leaving at the same time as Marc felt like the only thing to do.

911Museum“It is the right end to the story and for Christian. But also, excitingly, the start of a whole new chapter for me.”

Show bosses have remained tight-lipped about how the couple will leave the square.

Towleroad-roadicon 9/11 museum years behind schedule:

A dispute between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the $1 billion museum at ground zero has dragged on for so long that the museum will not open in time for the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks — or even for the next one.

... With work on the museum at a standstill for nearly a year, fund-raising and donations have fallen, and exhibits are gathering dust in fabrication shops in Buffalo and Santa Fe, N.M., according to museum executives.

Towleroad-roadicon Why Brett Easton Ellis can't stand even the corpse of David Foster Wallace.

Towleroad-roadicon A spider under an electron microscope.

Towleroad-roadicon This week, Voyager 1 entered the 36th year of its cosmic journey. Incredible.

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  1. Fox News, we know you live in your little bubble but R.E.M. broke up a year ago.

    Posted by: DenguyFL | Sep 8, 2012 7:42:02 PM


  2. It's just plain desperate stupidity to suggest some Marines attacked a gay man because of the Repug platform. HELL, they probably couldn't have READ it IF they'd SEEN it. Even if it had happened a year ago when homohating mouthbreathing lowlifes like Santorum and Bachmann were still regularly quoted by MSM versus now when the homophobic Repug Party heat has publicly cooled enormously, it would STILL have been more likely to have simply been the result of the fact that for over two centuries homohated has been institutionalized by the US military. To think that a few pretty words and PowerPoint slides about repeal alone would reverse all of that overnight is irresponsible on the part of the Pentagon and just plain DUMB on the part of anyone else.

    While I don't doubt that there have been far fewer incidents than anti-appeal nuts predicted—and HOPED—I believe the repeated assertions that repeal has been "peaceful," that this was the first antigay incident, is a lie. Racism in the military wasn't mostly squelched overnight without ongoing programs focused specifically on it, and neither will homophobia.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Sep 8, 2012 8:18:45 PM


  3. "Thing Progress" huh?

    Anyhow I got to say I really dislike this apathy towards God, it's like we the gays allowed the Right to kidnap our spirituality. I believe in God and all this God bashing saddens me.

    Posted by: Gast | Sep 8, 2012 8:42:28 PM


  4. The best part of that absurd "forcing gay marriage" ad for Romney/Ryan? The ratings.

    "422 likes, 31,783 dislikes" Ha!

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 8, 2012 9:22:04 PM


  5. Looks a little more like Emile than Emily, she apparantly wasn't what we'd call a looker.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Sep 8, 2012 11:08:22 PM


  6. A friend of mine, a really nice guy, had a date a couple years back with the man in that cheesy commercial. Either republicans have terrible gaydar or that actor is a complete tool. Or both.

    Posted by: Wbnyc | Sep 9, 2012 12:13:50 AM


  7. Please. Do we have to hear about no-talent attention-whore Bret self-hating-closeted-homophobic Easton Ellis?

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Sep 9, 2012 12:37:03 AM


  8. During most of our history the words "under god" were not in our Pledge Of Allegiance. They were added as the result of the efforts of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal order and a place where Catholic men could drink alcohol on Sunday.I remember as a little kid in grade school in the 1940's relearning the Pledge.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 9, 2012 3:40:45 AM


  9. To follow on Andrew, Eisenhower was the one who finally got the Federal ball rolling in 1954. The official change went into effect on Flag Day 1954.

    I guess Romney et al. are originalists unless the change suits their purpose.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 9, 2012 6:52:59 AM


  10. As a science geek, I am delighted with the occasional science items - they certainly give a lift from some of the surrounding depressive items.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 9, 2012 6:56:58 AM


  11. As a Mormon, Romney not thinking Jesus when he says God--FYI.

    Posted by: arrant | Sep 9, 2012 7:22:15 AM


  12. REPUBLICANS LIKE VARIOUS GENRES OF MUSIC, TOO. THANKS, Fox - KEEP ON "JAMMIN'!" - COUNTRY, BLUES, ROCK, ETC.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 9, 2012 9:42:32 AM


  13. The original pledge of allegiance was written by a socialist/atheist worried about the Catholic (papist) influence on recent immigrants.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 9, 2012 9:43:18 AM


  14. "DENGUYFL,"

    WHO CARES IF R. E. M. DISBANDED? Tammy Wynette, Jimi Hendrix, Little Milton AND Janis Joplin ARE DEAD! - BUT, I STILL LOVE THEIR MUSIC.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 9, 2012 9:46:52 AM


  15. THE TRUTH IS, SINCE Michael Stipe IS HOMOSEXUAL AND SUPPORTS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, HE DOES NOT WANT HIS MUSIC ASSOCIATED WITH ANTI-HOMOSEXUAL REPUBLICANS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 9, 2012 9:50:23 AM


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    http://funnyfun99.blogspot.in/2012/05/im-fabulous.html

    Posted by: funnyfun99 | Sep 9, 2012 1:03:25 PM


  17. “The Republican Party platform that was released just before this (alleged) attack says gays don’t belong in the military,” says the Special Ops soldier, who asked not to be named (he says most of the men in his unit know he’s gay, but he hasn’t come out publicly). “Mitt Romney hasn’t gone as far as to say he would reverse the DADT repeal, but I think people know how he really feels about gay people. And I can see how these Marines can look at what Republican leaders are saying as justification for what they did. People they probably support politically are telling them that gays and lesbians don’t belong, that they are un-American.”

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