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1NewsIcon Ask the Blue Coat internet security company to eliminate a filtering function that they themselves admit unnecessarily censors LGBT sites.

JoeBiden1NewsIcon A We The People petition argues that a White House-backed reality show about VP Joe Biden would help bipartisanship. "Such a program would educate the American public about the duties and responsibilities of their Vice President, while providing a glimpse of the lighthearted side of politics even in the midst of contentious and divisive national debates," the organizers say. As of this writing, 1,352 people have signed that petition.

1NewsIcon Republican Senators are already warning that Defense Secretary nominee to-be Chuck Hagel will face a tough confirmation hearing. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Hagel's past comments and votes on Iran and Israel will be a "matter of much discussion," even though the Kentucky Republican once said Hagel is a "a clear voice on foreign policy and national security." Sen. Lindsey Graham meanwhile described the nomination as an "in your face" move by a president "high on re-election."

1NewsIcon Sen. Graham also said of Hagel, "If confirmed to be secretary of defense, [he] would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history."

1NewsIcon Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a candidate for New York City Council, wrote an exceptionally offensive email to a black real estate developer blasting him for backing Lopez-Pierre's rival, a Jewish man named Mark Levine. This is how that email ends: "Black people in Harlem can smell the Bitch in you. They know that you are a weak, little short man who sucks White/Jewish cock."

1NewsIcon If Leonardo Da Vinci lived today, he would most likely be called "gay," yet he artist's sexuality appears to decidedly straight in the new Starz original series Da Vinci's Demons, the trailer of which was just released.

Datta1NewsIcon "I know I am not the best looking man in the world but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt? The gold shirt has been one of my dreams." So says 32-year old money lender Datta Phuge of his internationally renowned $22,000 splurge.

1NewsIcon Hey Britney, Missy would like to work with you.

1NewsIcon "25 Of Jared Padalecki’s Sexiest Photos." Nuff said.

1NewsIcon Texas Chainsaw 3D was number one at the box office this weekend.

1NewsIcon Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says guns in movies are "just entertainment."

1NewsIcon The Vatican's semi-official newspaper continues to support the idea that LGBT equality is like socialism and will destroy civilization as we know it. Yawn.

1NewsIcon Though "hashtag" was the American Dialect Society's word of the year for 2012, "marriage equality" was voted most likely to succeed: "The argument was that while the word hashtag has been around since 2007, this was the year of the hashtag. This was the year that hashtag was everywhere in the Twittersphere and beyond. It was creating social trends, reflecting social trends, making memes go viral," said ADS voting member and University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan.

Astonishing591NewsIcon Gay hero Northstar covers next month's Astonishing X-Men #59, and he looks fierce.

1NewsIcon Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee hopes that passing marriage equality will help improve the state's image, attracting new business, new visitors and maybe some "creative" new residents. "We want to be very inclusive, welcoming everybody," he said. "And in particular (to the) creative, energetic people that so often are associated with the gay community."

1NewsIcon Hendrik Hertzberg on the awkward pronunciation of 2013: "A question... [when] you got to the mention of '2013,' did your inner reading voice say 'two thousand thirteen'? Or did it say, as I hope and expect, 'twenty thirteen'?..."

1NewsIcon Gay bowler Scott Norton on the impact his and his husband's on-air kiss has had: "I didn't even know anything was going to come of it. It happened on Sunday and then nothing came of it... And then it exploded and all of the credit goes to Jaime Perez and the International Art of Bowling for all they've done. They've really turned this into something special."

1NewsIcon Gay men in Australia are asking the government there to follow in the footsteps of its Commonwealth cousin the UK and expunge old anti-gay convictions from people's records: "For an unknown number of older gay men, historical convictions for consensual sex continue to cast a shadow over their lives. Despite Victoria decriminalizing gay sex in 1981, these men are still prevented from applying for some jobs, such as teaching, or taking on volunteering roles."

1NewsIcon British Prime Minister told The Telegraph that he would like to stay in office until 2020 and concedes that his proposals for marriage equality in England were not delivered as concisely as possible, particularly with regard to religious institutions. He made clear, "[The proposal] is about what the state does, this is the civil part of marriage. We're not changing what happens in church or synagogue or mosque."

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  1. I believe the very interesting story on "Gay men in British Columbia are asking the government there to follow in the footsteps of its Commonwealth cousin the UK and expunge old anti-gay convictions from people's records" is actually about Australia and not British Columbia, Canada.

    Posted by: Armando | Jan 6, 2013 4:07:54 PM

  2. Dear Mr. Phuge:

    I'd hit that. With or without the shirt.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 6, 2013 4:10:46 PM

  3. **Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says guns in movies are "just entertainment."

    Says the man who also thinks the same of hired help.

    Posted by: Maguita | Jan 6, 2013 4:13:27 PM

  4. I can't stand Hollywood and their homophobic bulls*it. Da Vinci was most likely homosexual and they make him into this unrecognizable person. God I can't stand it.

    Posted by: J | Jan 6, 2013 4:22:29 PM

  5. Getting Blue Coat to stop using the category of "LGBT" for web sites will not fix the current problem being experienced at DoD locations. The DoD responded that the sites being filtered were categorized by Blue Coat as "Blogs/Personal Pages" (in addition to being categorized as LGBT). The DoD blocks sites categorized as "Blogs/Personal Pages". The problem is that it appears that LGBT sites and Progressive sites are being categorized as "Blogs/Personal Pages" while anti-LGBT and conservative web sites are being categorized as "News" and are therefore not being blocked.

    Posted by: anonymous | Jan 6, 2013 4:34:18 PM

  6. Sigmund Freud wrote an entire book about the FACT that Leonardo Da Vinci was gay.

    But the Heterosexual Dictatorship can't deal with that.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 6, 2013 4:43:47 PM

  7. Re: Thomas Lopez-Pierre's hate filled letter -- check out his home page, especially the paragraph entitled "Thomas Lopez-Pierre attends a celebration of Hanukkah."

    "...Thomas Lopez-Pierre looks forward to more opportunities to dialogue and break bread with the Jewish community."

    Oy, he's going to have plenty of opportunities now!

    Posted by: Dee Vee | Jan 6, 2013 5:05:34 PM

  8. It's Victoria, a state of Australia, not Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Someone needs a geography lesson, especially as the link is to an Australian website.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 6, 2013 5:53:23 PM

  9. There is an X-file episode saying Mona Lisa is really Leonardo da Vinci's male 'lover,' Salai
    It compares the facial features of their portraits and shows that they are exactly the same.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 6, 2013 6:31:37 PM

  10. Leonardo da Vinci was cautious to reveal his sexuality in those dangerous times when the Catholic Church could have burned him alive for being gay. Thanks God that they are no longer in power.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 6, 2013 6:42:59 PM

  11. Davinci might have been homosexual in real life- but this cool looking show is clearly an action fantasy series aimed at young men - who prefer their heroes straight.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 6, 2013 6:58:18 PM

  12. Oscar Wilde's words apply to yet another rich person: "They know the price of everything and the value of nothing."

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Jan 6, 2013 7:13:59 PM

  13. @ jaragon, whatever Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: Lee | Jan 6, 2013 7:29:15 PM

  14. If you re-arrange the letters in "Mona Lisa", you will get "Mon Salai", the male lover of Leonardo da Vinci.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 6, 2013 8:29:30 PM

  15. I remain ever so un-dazzled, Mr. Phuge. And very, very disgusted.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Jan 6, 2013 8:50:50 PM

  16. Ain't nobody checking for Missy anymore.

    Posted by: Diana | Jan 6, 2013 10:08:28 PM

  17. Ain't nobody checking for Missy anymore.

    Posted by: Diana | Jan 6, 2013 10:08:28 PM

  18. Jared P's pix are fine. His son has a good chance to grow up looking as sweet as his dad. And Jared is just 1/2 the reason (or some say 1/3) to watch SUPERNATURAL. Which, for all its silliness, is a well-written, entertaining, sometimes very funny show--a great relief from the tedium of "reality" TV.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 6, 2013 10:10:43 PM

  19. I really don't feel that a petition with 1500 signatures, no matter what the cause, qualifies as news.

    Posted by: td | Jan 6, 2013 10:17:33 PM

  20. yum to the Jared pics. he's sexiest when he's with Jensen.. @Simon, I'm gonna have to check out that XFiles ep, thanks for sharing. ;)

    Posted by: NE1 | Jan 7, 2013 1:24:29 AM

  21. it's 'Ancient X Files', ie not the Fox series.

    Posted by: NE1 | Jan 7, 2013 1:27:44 AM

  22. NE1:
    The exact name:
    Ancient.X.Files.S02e01 Mona.Lisa.Code
    You can find it on Youtube
    I never watched FOX. Therefore I don't know there is another X files series.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 7, 2013 3:53:40 AM

  23. I am disappointed in President Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel. I was looking for progress in the 21st Century, and this is not what I expected. I find myself turned off almost completely by the news. I expect the next Newcity and the NRA seems to have more friends the Adolf Hitler ever had, and they are sitting in Congress and the Senate, in State houses and gun shows . I'm not mad as hell, I just give up!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jan 7, 2013 4:09:10 AM

  24. Nice to see white men turn on even their own. A minority candidate is waiting in the wings...

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Jan 7, 2013 8:10:25 AM

  25. Gold shirt = $22k mistake. YUCK.

    Posted by: Joe De Hoyos | Jan 7, 2013 1:12:03 PM

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