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1NewsIcon Does Homeland dumb down the CIA?

Orlando-cruz-330x350 1NewsIcon Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, spoke with Germany's Der Spiegel about coming to terms with his homosexuality: "For a long time I didn't want to accept that I was gay. Better said: I couldn't accept it because I was too afraid. Homosexuals were discriminated against in Puerto Rico back then, sometimes even killed. I had a friend named José, but we called him Linoshka because he was a transvestite. He was stabbed to death in the street at the age of 19 by a homophobe because he had taken part in a gay-pride parade."

1NewsIcon The website All Out is becoming an increasingly powerful voice in Africa's nascent gay rights movement: "The All Out website describes its objectives as 'building a truly global community able to respond to moments of crisis and opportunity, to advance the lives and freedoms of LGBT people everywhere' and credits 'the unprecedented possibilities for global people power that new social media technologies allow'."

1NewsIcon Justin Welby, the former oil executive Queen Elizabeth named to be the new Archbishop of Canterbury, is more open-minded on gay and lesbian inclusion than his predecessor, the at-times obstructive Rowan Williams. Though he doesn't support marriage equality, Welby said, "I am always averse to the language of exclusion... Above all in the church we need to create safe spaces for these issues to be discussed honestly and in love."

1NewsIcon Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel lent a hand for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

1NewsIcon The royals came out for Britain's Remembrance Day.

RomneySale21NewsIcon Forget that 60% off Romney merchandise sale, Dulles Airport is practically giving it away for 75%. It's only going to go up in terms of camp value.

1NewsIcon Rent at the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

1NewsIcon Scenes from Hong Kong Pride 2012.

1NewsIcon Counterfeits are so gauche: "A new type of thread woven into patterns invisible to the naked eye could put an end to fake designer clothes - and dull outfits... To extend the method to other valuables, Christian Müller at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, made a semi-transparent thread from polyethylene and a polymer used in clothes dye. This thread has unique optical properties that allow only certain polarizations to pass through."

1NewsIcon Ezra Klein reflects at The Washington Post: "Step back and take an accounting of these last few years: The United States of America, a land where slaves were kept 150 years ago and bathrooms were segregated as recently as 50 years ago, elected and reelected our first black president. We passed and ratified a universal health-care system. We saw the first female Speaker of the House, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, and the first openly gay member of the Senate."

Hilllz1NewsIcon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells the New York Times' Gail Collins that she looks forward to some well-earned R&R once she leaves the State Department. "I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired. I work out and stuff, but I don’t do it enough and I don’t do it hard enough because I can’t expend that much energy on it," said the Democrat.

1NewsIcon 50 Ways to celebrate timeless Demi Moore's 50th birthday. Idea 29: "Indulge in late night pottery sessions."

1NewsIcon The Kardashians are terrifyingly popular in the UK.

1NewsIcon Finally, here's video of Anne Hathaway reprising her Katie Holmes impression.

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  1. I dunno. Pathetic doesn't always evolve into camp. I think people are going to disappointed if they think that junk will ever be worth something.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 11, 2012 4:10:32 PM

  2. I think calling ++Rowan an obstructionist is a bit much. He has been trying to hold together an international communion which has the US and Canada on one hand and the Church of Uganda (home of the kill-the-gays-bill) on the other. While I, as a US Episcopalian, am delighted by these remarks by +Justin, I'm afraid he has already said too much for the stomach of the Church of Uganda and those who share its homophobia.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 11, 2012 5:01:01 PM

  3. The more I hear about, and from Orlando Cruz, the more I like him.

    A championship boxer with a boyfriend - I like the sound of that (even though he says he doesn't have one). He will.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 11, 2012 6:47:36 PM

  4. The more I hear about, and from Orlando Cruz, the more I like him.

    A championship boxer with a boyfriend - I like the sound of that (even though he says he doesn't have one). He will.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 11, 2012 6:47:37 PM

  5. Andrew, I understand your wish to be laudatory to Demi Moore on her birthday, but just exactly what, pray tell, makes her "timeless"?

    Posted by: John in Iowa | Nov 11, 2012 7:07:59 PM

  6. Well of course Homeland dumbs down the CIA. Considering the intelligence of the American TV audience, can you blame them?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Nov 11, 2012 8:20:43 PM

  7. and Madame Secretary of state, you have earned the rest

    2 yrs worth that is then 2014 you better come out running hard and fast for 2016 :-)

    Posted by: Moz's | Nov 11, 2012 8:22:48 PM

  8. I don't want to be hateful, but could you PLEASE stop using the word gauche? Seriously.

    Posted by: WildGift | Nov 11, 2012 8:26:29 PM

  9. Well, maybe it was the first *openly* female Speaker of the House, and the first *openly* Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.

    But really, if you're *not* "openly" gay, you're just homosexual. Let's retire the word and the distinction, Ezra.

    Posted by: Vint | Nov 11, 2012 11:03:37 PM

  10. To my gay Asian brothers and sisters in Hong Kong, good work keep it up, from Triple Happiness in US.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 11, 2012 11:13:02 PM

  11. Love that Hill left the door slightly ajar with the "get untired" comment. :-)

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Nov 11, 2012 11:26:17 PM

  12. That interview with the boxer Orlando Cruz is excellent reading. Thanks for posting it.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 12, 2012 7:14:10 AM

  13. Yes, I would have to say that Secretary Clinton has looked a bit haggard lately but she's a hard working much traveling diva...

    Take your rest Hillary, disappear, even, then come back.

    I want to see wingnut heads REALLY explode when Hillary Clinton follows up Barack Obama as the dem nominee for president.

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Nov 12, 2012 10:50:35 AM

  14. "I am always averse to the language of exclusion..."

    But actual exclusion, that's OK.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 12, 2012 4:17:01 PM

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