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Towleroad Talking Points: The Great and Powerful Oz

One-direction-harry-styles-and-liam-payne-crotch-grabBY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories


Mitt Romney made his first remarks about his loss in the election last week. In an interview with the New York Times, Romney blames his defeat on Obama's "gifts' to the young folks . At least Romney still has this guy. Pat Robertson has offer his two cents on the Petraeus scandal; he thinks it's totally fine because Petraeus was just doing what men do. And Donald Trump still doesn't believe that everyone thinks he is a big fat joke. And a former Navy Chaplain says that the recent marriage equality wins are the sign of the end of times.

A school in Canada denied a transgender student access to the bathroom. Also a lesbian woman in Nebraska who very obviously faked a hate crime against her refuses to admit that it didn't happen



Andy Cohen called One Direction "a bunch of twinks" because, well they are. And for some reason he was forced to apologize because it's a slur? If it is then my entire dating life is based on a slur. 

Jon Stewart has come up with the clear solution to the David Petraeus situation. Get rid of the heterosexuals in the military!



Finally! The biological reason for morning wood!

Two trailers to check out today. First James Franco is a young Wizard of Oz. And then a preview of Any Day Now, a film about a gay couple fighting for the right to keep their child

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 10:45 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (14)

Former Navy Chaplain Says Marriage Equality Wins a Sign of the End Times, Americans Turning to Satan: VIDEO


Radio host David Pakman welcomed anti-gay activist and former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt on to his show to get his reaction to the marriage equality wins in the past election.

Said Klingenschmitt:

"I think this confirms something that Jesus said - that broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter into it. But narrow is the road that leads to eternal life and only a few find it. So I wouldn't be surprised if most people in America voted against God and against God's values if that wasn't a confirmation of something that Jesus predicted would come in the End Times, that there would be a massive rebellion against God, that people would turn to Satan, that people would have all kinds of sin and embrace sin as the law of the land. I'm not surprised that this is happening eventually. I'm just saddened that it's happening so soon to America."


In related news, Klingenschmitt also made the rounds to City on a Hill radio, where he discussed Sen. Al Franken’s Student Non-Discrimination Act as well as gay adoption and equality in the military, Right Wing Watch reports.

He warned that the Obama administration will soon allow gay and lesbian service members in relationships to collect “homosexual bonus pay” and “homosexualize base houses” and “have gay pride parades on the flight line” on air force bases. Klingenschmitt went on to maintain that gay couples adopting children are committing “child abuse” and only adopt with the goal of “recruiting them into the homosexual lifestyle.” “That’s why they’re trying to get into our kindergarten books and trying to take over our public schools and homosexualize our public education so that they can recruit children into homosexuality and maintain their pool of available sex partners for their own progeny,” he said, “which is our children that they are stealing and warping their minds.”

More on that here.

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 7:41 PM EST by in David Pakman, Gordon Klingenschmitt, News | Permalink | Comments (32)

Obama Responds to 'Outrageous' McCain Threats to Block Possible Nomination of Susan Rice: VIDEO


In his 16th press conference today, President Obama took a hard stance over threats by John McCain and Lindsey Graham to block UN Ambassador Susan Rice over the attack in Benghazi if he chose to nominate her for Secretary of State.

"If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I'm happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on the intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous."


McCain's earlier statement:

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 7:21 PM EST by in Barack Obama, John McCain, Libya, News, Susan Rice | Permalink | Comments (26)

Romney Speaks About Loss, Blames It on Obama Wooing People with 'Gifts and Initiatives'

Mitt Romney conducted a "spin and grin" call (desribed that way by someone who dialed in) today and spoke for the first time about his election loss, the NYT reports:

Concession_romneyIn a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008...”

Full story here.

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 6:30 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, News | Permalink | Comments (57)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1248

SANTACON-CERT: 250 gay Santas? Only in San Francisco.

THE NEW REBECCA BLACK: Nicole Westbrook sings "It's Thanksgiving".



For previous Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 5:05 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)

News: Rogue Planet, Courtney Stodden, Google Fiber, Pepsi

Road"Fat-blocking" Pepsi released in Japan.

RoadFlorida man angry at election writes "f**k Obama" in note before taking his own life.

MackeRoadOhio news anchor who called Rachel Maddow an "angry young man" returns to air after two day suspension.

RoadYou won't forget this man's name.

RoadCourtney Stodden to make live singing debut at The Abbey in West Hollywood: "Oh, my goodness, the Abbey is the biggest gay nightclub in the world!" Stodden gushed. "I love, adore and respect the gay community so much and can't wait to meet everyone. I can't think of anywhere else to spend Thanksgiving!"

RoadJ. Crew style guru Jenna Lyons comes out publicly.

RoadGoogle Fiber goes live in Kansas City, delivers 1Gbps connection speeds: "We just got it today and I’ve been stuck in front of my laptop for the last few hours," Mike Demarais, founder of Threedee, told Ars. "It’s unbelievable. I’m probably not going to leave the house."

RoadBecause the paparazzi needed that "Neil Patrick Harris carrying a bag" shot.

RoadVIDEO: Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera "Make The World Move" on The Voice.

Rogue_planetRoadOrphan planet is closest ever: "It is not the first time that a 'free-floating' planet has been found, but this one is the closest that has ever been spotted, at over 100 light years from Earth."

RoadShake-to-charge cellphones a real possibility.

RoadNo charges filed against director David O. Russell over allegations he groped his transgender niece: "A rep for the Sheriff's Office tells TMZ, the investigation has been concluded and the case has been closed. According to the rep, cops will not be referring the case to the State's Attorney 'because it's an allegation of simple battery that was not witnessed by law enforcement.'"

RoadRihanna gets undressed for GQ.

RoadThe NYT Pete Wells' gives Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant a terrible review, but the review's awesome.

VmagRoadV Magazine gender bends in new editorial: "Finally, a 'gender-bender'-themed editorial that doesn't just look like models cross-dressing."

RoadFormer Australian Speaker Peter Slipper denies drunken incident at Sydney gay bar Oxford Hotel: "Bar staff at the Oxford Hotel claim night manager Stuart Cairns was involved in an incident with the former speaker, when he asked him to leave the pub. Soon after he claimed to have ejected Mr Slipper, Mr Cairns took to Facebook where he posted about asking a 'drunken Peter Slipper' to leave the premises. Bar owner Jay Mooney later denied anyone was asked to leave the premises on Tuesday night."

RoadJohn McCain says he'll do everything in his power to block Susan Rice if Obama nominates her as Secretary of State.

RoadBritish man apologizes for homophobic rant on train posted to YouTube: I don’t know where it came from. I’ve seen that video once and once was enough. It was an argument that got completely out of hand. I felt the two lads were goading me a bit and I lost my temper. But that doesn’t excuse it – the language was vile. It was bang out of order. I don’t understand because I’ve got gay friends and I often go out around the Gay Village. I’m not a prejudiced person - that was just not me."

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 3:34 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (15)


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