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Man Burns Down Buckingham Palace: VIDEO


From the "everybody needs a hobby department" comes this clip of 63-year-old Edward Heath talking about and then torching the 96 ft wide scale model of Buckingham Palace that he spent five months building. Thousands gathered to watch it burn over the weekend.

Heath says there is no political motive behind his pyromania. He just likes bonfires.


Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 10:52 AM EST by in News, Royalty, United Kingdom | Permalink | Comments (11)

Grover Norquist Says Obama Won by Characterizing Romney as a 'Poopy Head': VIDEO


Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, spoke with CBS This Morning about the approaching "fiscal cliff" and the election, but it's Norquist's use of a term to describe Mitt Romney that's getting all the attention

“The president was elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head and you should vote against Romney...“[Obama] won by two points, but he didn’t make the case for higher taxes and higher spending. He kind of sounded like the opposite.”


Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 10:39 AM EST by in 2012 Election, Barack Obama, Grover Norquist, Mitt Romney, News | Permalink | Comments (29)

Mitt Romney Seen Losing 847 Facebook 'Likes' Per Hour


A website, Disappearing Romney, tracks Romney's Facebook "likes" in real time.

Writes Mashable:

Soon after Romney conceded the election, though, his social media followers began dropping quickly. Since 11:30 on Tuesday, more than 55,025 users have unliked the Massachusetts Governor, at a rate of about 847 an hour.

Romney’s actually gained 17,601 Twitter followers since he lost the election. That’s odd, and might be more evidence of bot activity more than human interest, considering he hasn’t tweeted since 5:55 on Election Day—a final relic of a message reads “With your help, we will turn our country around and get America back on the path to prosperity. Please vote today.”

By comparison, Obama has increased his already-impressive social media numbers. He’s got 33,118,444 Facebook likes, which is 804,479 more than he had on election night and, most notably, 20,982,472 more than Romney had at his peak.

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 10:23 AM EST by in 2012 Election, Facebook, Mitt Romney, News | Permalink | Comments (9)

Homeland's Damian Lewis Worried He Might Have Offended Obama with a Muslim Joke: VIDEO


President Obama is a fan of the Showtime series Homeland and wanted a box set. Actor Damian Lewis says that he was asked to sign it by the Teamsters Union who was giving it to Obama as a gift, and told UK TV host Jonathan Ross over the weekend about what he wrote.

“Claire Danes had written something lovely and sweet, saying I've been a fan of yours long before you were a fan of ours. I thought that's pretty stylish. I thought, I’ll think of something great. Something classy. And I went: ‘From one Muslim to another’  — in an indelible Sharpie. I couldn't take it back. I was then writing emails for the whole of the next week going: ‘I do hope he understands irony.’”


For those who don't watch the show, Lewis plays a former POW Marine returned stateside who is a suspected terrorist and secretly practicing Muslim.

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 10:03 AM EST by in Barack Obama, Damian Lewis, Jonathan Ross, News | Permalink | Comments (4)

Nate Silver, Sex Object


Apparently a lot of people are very turned on by Nate Silver's talent with numbers.

Seductive Nate Silver has hit the meme factory.

And in the New Yorker, Paul Rudnick pens a hilarious letter from Silver's "No. 1 fan", 11-year-old Emma Gertlowitz:

See, I think that because you predicted the election with near-100% accuracy Matt Bomer is way more likely to go out with you than with Dick Morris, who predicted a Romney landslide, or with Karl Rove, who kept predicting that Ohio was still in play a week after the election was over. In fact, right now I bet that you could get anyone to go out with you just by saying something like “I predicted Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois, and now I’m predicting that you’ll have dinner with me.” I know that you can also predict the careers of baseball players and that you made a ton of money playing online poker, all of which makes you really cool because you can gamble and do sports without leaving your room; you’re like James Bond in saggy sweatpants whose pockets are filled with wadded-up Kleenex.

I know that you’re too old for me and that if we actually met you’d probably be really nice and say something like “I predict that someday you’ll meet a boy who’s 100% right for you,” and then I would tell you my secret, that I was totally crushing on this geeky anorexic goth boy but he turned out to be Ann Coulter. So maybe I should just keep fantasizing about you, because statisticians are the new sexy vampires, only even more pasty. I just hope that tonight I can dream that the next time you’re on “Rachel Maddow” you’ll look right into the camera and say, “I can predict that Hillary will win Nevada in 2016, and that Emma Gertlowitz will at least get wait-listed for Brown.”

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 9:44 AM EST by in Nate Silver, News, Paul Rudnick | Permalink | Comments (10)

Kelly Clarkson's 'Catch My Breath' Video: WATCH


"Catch My Breath" is the sort of easily digestible, unchallenging Kelly Clarkson radio pop that has made her a superstar. Her new video follows that formula.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 9:31 AM EST by in Kelly Clarkson, Music, Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (8)


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