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WrightHouse1NewsIcon A couple in Phoenix, Arizona, are preparing to do battle with preservationists trying to grant landmark status to a Frank Lloyd Wright home they want to demolish for profit: "Just as Mr. Sells and Mr. Hoffman prepared to close on the deal, preservationists involved in protecting Wright’s legacy reached out to the city, asking that the house be considered for landmark status. Mr. Sells, 50, a technology entrepreneur, said he had no idea of its significance, or of the difference 'between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wright brothers.'"

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1NewsIcon Hurricane Sandy is a'coming.

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1NewsIcon Pennsylvania lawmakers don't appear interested in the ongoing gay marriage debates swirling around them.

1NewsIcon Alicia Silverstone says her first boyfriend was gay: "I've had so many crushes on gay boys. My first love was so gay, and I didn't know. I used to defend him because everyone would say he was gay, but he'd say he wasn't. Then, about six years later, he had the big talk with me."

1NewsIcon Peek-a-boo explained.

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1NewsIcon Gay activists in Jamaica taking on colonial era "buggery laws": "The legal challenge is being taken to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is modelled on the European Court of Human Rights. Jamaica is not a full member and any ruling would only be advisory and not binding; it would, nonetheless, send out a strong signal of international disapproval."

Rubio1NewsIcon Good, sticky line from Romney supporter Marco Rubio about President Obama's policies: "They’re the ideas that have failed every time they’ve been tried. They’re expensive ideas. They’re the ideas of countries that people come here to get away from."

1NewsIcon Gay men make great husbands, according to ladies interviewed by The Hindustan Times.

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  1. Marco Rubio probably means universal health care system. If he gets out under the rock, he should discover that it is nothing new and has been tried in Europe and Canada. It may have its problems, people in those countries don't want to replace it with anything else.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 27, 2012 5:28:55 PM

  2. The Frank Lloyd Wright house post is referring to a "couple" who bought this house...Mr. Sells and Mr. Hoffman. Are you implying they are gay? That's not in the source article from the NYT.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Oct 27, 2012 5:36:10 PM

  3. Personal preference here, but I'd rather see The Samantha Diaries.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 27, 2012 6:19:12 PM

  4. Broken link for Hindustan Times; try: http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/SexAndRelationships/Gay-men-make-the-best-husbands/Article1-950967.aspx

    Posted by: KEVIN | Oct 27, 2012 6:44:41 PM

  5. Tearing down an historical, masterpiece of architecture to make a profit is absolutely the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. Really? Mr. Sells and Mr. Wright didn't know who Frank Lloyd Wright was? A couple of real dumba$$es.

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 27, 2012 7:03:59 PM

  6. "Mr. Sells, 50, a technology entrepreneur, said he had no idea of its significance, or of the difference 'between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wright brothers.'"

    Just goes to show that business success is no guarantee against blinding ignorance. Mr. Sells should be permanently relocated to a public library.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 27, 2012 7:04:19 PM

  7. If they were gay wouldn't they have friends who could tell them who Frank Lloyd Wright was? NPR describes them as business partners, though that doesn't exclude them being life partners I guess.

    Posted by: Karl | Oct 27, 2012 7:07:39 PM

  8. Notice how women sometimes blame the notion that their boyfriend was "gay" for the break-up of their relationship. These women are either homophobic or they have trouble coming to terms with the fact that they, themselves, are responsible for the break-up of the relationship. Admit to your flaws, ladies.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 27, 2012 7:09:38 PM

  9. JASON...huh? Duh...last I heard gay boyfriends don't work for women who want lovers. It's no ones fault.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 27, 2012 7:21:22 PM

  10. UFFDA,

    I'm saying that the women blame the gay concept. Even if the man is bisexual, these women will still dump him. Women are very homophobic in this regard.

    Women are extremely homophobic towards the concept of male-male sexuality regardless of its extent in the male. Even if it is a small part of a man's overall sexuality, she will often dump him.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 27, 2012 7:30:54 PM

  11. Jason: the very definition of reading comprehension failure. Seriously, you are an idiot.

    Posted by: LiamB | Oct 27, 2012 7:36:26 PM

  12. Rubio really wants that seat at the national table. He needs better whore makeup.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 27, 2012 7:39:38 PM

  13. Didn't Alicia's character in Clueless fall for a gay guy? Life imitates art, it seems. Or vice versa, in this case.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 27, 2012 8:07:24 PM

  14. JASON: sit down and shut up, the grown-ups are talking.

    Posted by: WOW | Oct 27, 2012 8:16:41 PM

  15. Good Toronto Star piece on Romney and his home state:


    Posted by: WOW | Oct 27, 2012 8:33:28 PM

  16. @WOW: Thanks for the Star piece! I, too, am astonished that the Obama campaign isn't making more of this.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 27, 2012 8:53:41 PM

  17. Re: Frank Lloyd Wright house. Basically, the jerks are saying that if they can't flip the property for a $500,000 profit, they are going to tear down the house. Too bad that shame is has so little currency these days.

    Posted by: gr8guya | Oct 27, 2012 10:09:52 PM

  18. I'm so f***ing pissed about that FLLW story I just fired off a page long email to their company from my iPhone. Who the f*** do these ignorant f***s think they are to tear down the house Wright designed for his own son?!? They're lucky I don't live in AZ or I'd chew them out in person. Expect a petition in the morning at the very least. Gotta figure out who all I still know out there, too. Damn some people!

    Posted by: Sean Robertson | Oct 28, 2012 5:04:16 AM

  19. The NY Times article leaves their gayness "up in the air" but I think the chunky jewelry and red-button bedazzled jeans are way beyond the level of "metrosexuality" that what you'd expect for a 50+ former "rodeoing" cowboy from Idaho.
    Oh well, it's always useful to be reminded that gayness doesn't exempt people from philistinism.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 28, 2012 6:03:03 AM

  20. A few years ago I was visiting family in Phoenix (my first visit) and my brother and I drove around the Phoenix area one day with him serving as a tour guide.

    He took me by this house and was very excited that it was built by Frank Lloyd Wright. He is a big fan of Wright's work. The house is a source of local pride.

    It's a shame that those two idiots would want to tear this beautiful house down. It's a greater shame that they will probably do it before the city council votes on the house's landmark status.

    This is Phoenix, of course, so nothing would be guaranteed. I doubt if the council would even grant landmark status to the house, considering the political situation in AZ right now. It's all that "property rights" rubbish and "government telling people what to do" blah blah blah.

    I hope someone, some angel can come and buy the house and donate it as a museum or something or even restore it as a real home to dwell in.

    It's a shame it takes so long for people to recognize the treasures in their midst. One thinks of the late Jacqueline Onassis and her tireless efforts to preserve Grand Central Station from the wrecking ball. A walk through the majestic concourse of Grand Central and you realize how important it is to preserve architectural treasures.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 28, 2012 9:34:36 AM

  21. Sr. Rubio: you're a gusano and a liar. Your parents came here in 1956, fleeing Fulgencio Batista not Fidel Castro. Your just one of thousands of do-nothing, whiny gusanos who corrupt Florida politics. One wishes that those Latinos who struggle to come here who are not Cuban could get the same privilege that Cubans get: once a Cuban sets foot on U.S. soil, they are given automatic asylum, residency and a fast-track to U.S. citizenship.

    Mi consejo a Ud. Sr. Gusano es que se calle. Ud. no sabe nada de nada.

    Posted by: MikeInQueens | Oct 28, 2012 9:42:25 AM

  22. Those ignorant jerks in Arizona could sell the house for what they paid for it and they would be out nothing. They seem to think that if they don't make a half a million by tearing down a priceless landmark of world archtitectual historic significance, they are being cheated somehow. They could sell it and put their money somewhere else. Surely there's someone somewhere or a group of monied preservationists who would buy it for what they paid.

    Posted by: emjayay | Oct 28, 2012 10:28:24 AM

  23. I would love to know exactly what ideas Rubio is talking about. Obama makes a great case that in economics, Romney ideas = Bush II ideas, which were a disaster for all but the upper 1%. I would claim this favoring of the upper 1% is what many are fleeing from.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 28, 2012 12:48:54 PM

  24. @Jason: can you please explain why some lesbians are into gay male porn?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 28, 2012 1:07:00 PM

  25. I suspect that some of the commenters do not know much about Wright's work. Many of his homes had serious design flaws that made them difficult to enjoy living in. In one instance, outside Chicago, the client had a serious roof leak that dripped onto the dining room table. After several unsuccessful attempts to correct the problem, Wright suggested that the client place a dish on the table to catch the water; and left.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 28, 2012 1:41:19 PM

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