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1NewsIcon Rather than discussing US-Taiwan relations with King Pu-tsung, their representative to the US, Taiwanese lawmakers were more interested in asking him questions about rumors that he's gay and having an affair with President Ma Ying-jeou: "King said it was 'unfair' that people have claimed that his political progress has been spurred along through sexual relationships, adding that the insinuation was also insulting to homosexuals."

Boehner1NewsIcon Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is blaming GOP House Speaker John Boehner of running the House like a "dictatorship" and intentionally obstructing fiscal cliff negotiations. "Everyone knows that if they had brought up the Senate-passed bill, it would pass overwhelmingly. But the speaker says, no we can't do that," Reid said today. "It's [the House] being operated by a dictatorship of the speaker."

1NewsIcon Lindsay Lohan got a bit of a break on the tax lien on her home.

1NewsIcon Johnny Depp's 2012, a photo essay.

1NewsIcon "How An Author Should Be." (Good at building anticipation.)

Steamroom1NewsIcon Presenting "The Fabulous Fags of the Steambath."

1NewsIcon Don't you wish you would find British Olympic diver Tom Daley under your mistletoe?

1NewsIcon Puppies in the snow.

1NewsIcon A look back at 2012 in celebrity fashion.

1NewsIcon Nick and Nate Montana show off their football bodies on the beach.

1NewsIcon Following in Richard Hanna and Ileana Ros-Lehtinan, a third GOP congressman has come out against the anti-gay DOMA: "U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, R-Peterborough, took a symbolic step this week by being the first Republican member of Congress from New England to sign on to an effort that would allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage."

1NewsIcon "A Gay Male Escort Recalls His Craziest Client Request."

1NewsIcon Anti-gay conservative MP Tim Loughton: "[Marriage is] a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God."

Hotpriests1NewsIcon Men said to be Romanian Orthodox priests posed suggestively for a calendar being described as "homoerotic."

1NewsIcon The Journal-News, a newspaper for New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, is at the center of a privacy debate after publishing the names and addresses of gun-owning residents. "Turns out the stunt was so unpopular — with gun owners and privacy advocates alike — that a blogger named Christopher Fountain took it upon himself to dig up and organize the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the Journal-News staff, starting with editor Cyndee Royle."

1NewsIcon Brian Schatz has been sworn in to replace late Hawaiian Sen. Daniel Inouye. "I am honored to serve in this capacity, and I can assure you that if given the opportunity, I will make Hawaii proud," he said. "I'm going to work very hard, and I understand the road ahead is going to be challenging for all of us, but it also is potentially a hopeful time to rebuild as a united congressional delegation."

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  1. Why would you choose to use such an offensive word such as "fag"?

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 27, 2012 4:54:15 PM

  2. I'm down with King Pu-tsung. No one needs to insult us like that, when there are so many other perfectly valid ways of knifing political opponents in the back.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 27, 2012 5:04:18 PM

  3. Love those two fabulous fags from "Steambath" a time when gay men were allowed to look like normal people. (lighten up yes yes fag is offensive but in this comedy context it makes sense) And come on what seminary did those priest come from - Saint Hunks of Romania

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 27, 2012 5:31:40 PM

  4. It's a direct quote. The title of the song is "Fabulous Fags Of The Steambath," so what else are you going to call it?

    More interesting is that according to the info at the linked site it was from a production shown on TV! Since it's from the 1970s that would seem to preclude cable, so Network TV?! That surprises me.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 27, 2012 9:14:52 PM

  5. I suspect we're supposed to call it "Fabulous F@gs of the Steambath". I can believe that this was possible in 1973 - Stonewall hadn't really hit mid-America yet. Traditionally, some gays had been allowed to be gay as long as they were "easily recognizable", they knew their place, and everyone could deny reality. It is amazing some of what people could get away with.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 27, 2012 10:47:15 PM

  6. Thanks for the after-Christmas presents!

    I'm pretty sure I dated "Father Igor"--his photo caption reads, "Before discovering his devotion to the Orthodox religion, he was a lost soul--addicted to fashion, luxury and Dolce & Gabanna." (sic)

    Posted by: SC David | Dec 28, 2012 12:20:51 AM

  7. The Romanian Orthodox Church certainly seems to have some attractive . . . theology, doesn't it?

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Dec 28, 2012 1:23:57 AM

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