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1NewsIcon The New York Times' Charles M. Blow on the GOP's plans to discard the winner-take-all system that has been favoring Democrats: "One day I will have to visit the evil lair where they come up with these schemes.They pump them out like a factory. Voter suppression didn’t work in November, and it may even have backfired in some states, so they just devised another devilish plan."

BalkanizeAmerica1NewsIcon Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an anti-gay Republican, also opposes the measure: "I think winner-take-all is part of how a state matters. Our side would have gotten more votes this go-around but you know I want people to want to fight to win the whole state. It makes the state as a state matter more... We need to build them up and not to Balkanize America. It's the states that created the federal government and not the other way around."

1NewsIcon And neither does Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi.

1NewsIcon Good news: "Emmanuel Lutheran Church will vote Sunday to openly confirm its acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parishioners… The vote would confirm Emmanuel as a Reconciling in Christ congregation and make it the first Rockford church listed with Reconciling Works, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT Lutherans in all aspects of church life. Reconciling Works lists 5,893 open Lutheran congregations across the United States."

1NewsIcon Never fear, Beyoncé is on site rehearsing for her Super Bowl performance.

1NewsIcon Headline of the day: "There's Absolutely No Logical Argument Against Gay Marriage".

LambertBday1NewsIcon Runner-up: "Adam Lambert Got A Birthday Lap Dance From David Arquette Last Night".

1NewsIcon No amount of crunches can save your tummy from the norovirus: "It's here. A variant of norovirus first spotted in Australia is now sweeping the U.S. The wily virus causes stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. The sickness is sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, though influenza has nothing to do with it."

1NewsIcon Which "straight" actors have taken to snogging one another?

1NewsIcon New satellite technology lets us finally see what clouds are up to at night.

1NewsIcon Thousands turn out for pro-gun control rally in D.C.

1NewsIcon On her 55th birthday, 55 reasons to love Ellen DeGeneres.

1NewsIcon Troy Stevenson, the new executive director for Garden State Equality, vows to keep fighting for marriage equality there.

Daysoffuture1NewsIcon  Bryan Singer confirmed that Ellen Page and Anna Paquin have signed on to the next X-movie, "Days of Future Past," based on the classic X-Men story arc of the same name.

1NewsIcon Downton Abbey as a 16-bit Super Nintendo video game.

1NewsIcon Here's part of what President Obama said a video pre-recorded for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force annual conference: "Today you are helping lead the way to a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect... The work will be hard, the road will be long, but I'm more confident than ever that we will reach a better future as long as Americans like you keep reaching for justice and all of us keep marching together."

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  1. Is it wrong that I want to see Adam Lambert ass-bang David Arquette into a smart coma?

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 26, 2013 7:01:29 PM

  2. What's the deal with the link to a white supremacist political essay, though? That was unexpected and a bit distressing from this site.

    Posted by: James | Jan 26, 2013 7:35:44 PM

  3. Thank you, Mr. President: you began the week substituting pretty words for action, and you ended the week substituting pretty words for action.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 26, 2013 8:48:46 PM

  4. The President's "pretty words" in his historic inaugural speech were action. The President has power, and how the powerful choose their words matters. It's no accident that the main take-away for mainstream America from the inaugural address was that gay equality is important and will be. That speech and the President's personal support of marriage equality back in May were cultural game-changers.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 26, 2013 9:09:35 PM

  5. until I saw the bank draft ov $5307, I be certain that my mother in law actualie erning money in there spare time from their laptop.. there neighbor started doing this for only twentey months and a short time ago paid for the dept on their cottage and bought a top of the range Ford Focus. go to...... BIT40.ℂOℳ

    Posted by: bethenasamorodnitsky | Jan 26, 2013 10:12:37 PM

  6. Adam Lambert is kind of gross which is befitting of a celebrity.

    Posted by: ARK | Jan 26, 2013 10:26:36 PM

  7. James, I was wondering the same thing. At first I thought it had to be a satire, but no, it is very real and very upsetting. I am beginning to think Andrew doesn't actually read the posts he links to.

    Posted by: Sol Muser | Jan 27, 2013 5:15:13 AM

  8. Wow. Congratulations to the province of Ontario for choosing the first openly LGBT leader in the history of the entire British Commonwealth. Way to go, Ontario!

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jan 27, 2013 5:28:28 AM

  9. @Randal Oulton,

    She wasn't elected by a majority vote of a province-wide election, she was voted to head the Ontario Liberal Party and by default became premier. The present Liberal Party premier is 'retiring' due primarily to his scandal-plagued government. She will complete his term as premier until the next provincial elections.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 27, 2013 10:30:22 AM

  10. Great news! I own that and several issues of X-Men. I am a Gay comic book reading nerd. Know, I need to make a logo. I am sitting on a gold mine. LOL

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 27, 2013 11:07:38 AM

  11. If January Jones isn't in the new X-Men movie, I for one won't miss her.

    I'm also concerned about the link to the Counter-Currents balkanization site. There is no reason to direct traffic to what is obviously a hate site, albeit a very subtle hate site.

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jan 27, 2013 11:28:00 AM

  12. I recognize one of the "straight" actors, but frankly, i have serious doubts that he is straight at all. There are rumours about him for a long time, and it was even rumoured he was dating Zachary Quinto some years ago

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 27, 2013 2:12:37 PM

  13. I loved what I assume is a New Yorker redraw of the map of North America.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 28, 2013 5:21:10 PM

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