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News: Robbie Rogers, Nate Silver, Meteor, Joan Rivers

1NewsIcon Nate Silver and Politico reporter Ken Vogel got into a Twitter war over the use of "clarification" versus "correction."

Robbie1NewsIcon The New York Times found wide support for recently out soccer player Robbie Rogers: "Rogers was similarly embraced throughout the soccer community. Numerous players took to social media to support him, including Eddie Pope, a former United States defender, who wrote on Twitter, 'Brave men like you will make it so that one day there is no need for an announcement.' Benny Feilhaber, who played with Rogers on the 2008 United States Olympic team, wrote to Rogers on Twitter that he was 'proud to call you my friend.'"

1NewsIcon "Are gay-centered churches relevant anymore?"

1NewsIcon Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean team up for "Brimmer."

1NewsIcon Andrew Keegan and his face are all over the place.

1NewsIcon Richard Socarides on why the Justice Department will likely take a strong stand for marriage equality before the Supreme Court starts hearing cases: "If it doesn't, the Court will wonder why [President Obama] is reluctant to back up his policy ideas with legal arguments to match. It will likely send a message that the President questions whether the country is ready for gay marriage, and send a signal that a more cautious approach by the Court is acceptable to the White House."

MeteorR1NewsIcon The post-meteor clean-up begins in Russia: "Gov. Mikhail Yurevich on Saturday said that damage from the high-altitude explosion -believed to have been as powerful as 20 Hiroshima bombs — is estimated at 1 billion rubles ($33 million). He promised to have all the broken windows replaced within a week. But that is a long wait in a frigid region. The midday temperature in Chelyabinsk was 10 F..."

1NewsIcon Joan Rivers tells Jimmy Fallon that Abraham Lincoln was gay.

1NewsIcon Four gay men stranded with 4,000 others on the Carnival cruise adrift in the Gulf of Mexico have made it back home to Dallas.

1NewsIcon Blue Ivy looks a lot like mother Beyonce.

1NewsIcon Anti-gay Boy Scout protesters sure know how to exploit children.

1NewsIcon I literally gasped: Texas and Maine lawmakers want to include gun training in high school curricula.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, in Washington State, authorities say two-fifth grade kids brought a knife and a gun to school to kill one of their classmates.

1NewsIcon Remember Pepsi AM?

1NewsIcon Hoping to counter Indiana school teacher Diana Medley's anti-gay hate, a coalition of parents, students and activists are telling LGBT teens "You Have a Purpose."

1NewsIcon Sarah Michelle Gellar, a gay favorite since her Buffy days, will co-star alongside Robin Williams on a new CBS sitcom.

Dogfriends11NewsIcon Dogs can distinguish their species from other critters. "For the study, a team of French researchers put nine pet dogs in front of two side-by-side computer screens that showed images of faces. In each pair of pictures, one showed a dog's face (various breeds and cross-breeds were featured) and the other showed non-dog animals, including cows, horses, cats, birds and humans... Over the course of dozens of trials, the dogs showed a preference for the dog faces, and they seemed to lump all dogs into the same category, regardless of whether they were looking at a Chihuahua or a mastiff, the researchers said."

1NewsIcon From The Guardian: "The number of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV rose over the past 20 years because of an increase in numbers having unprotected sex, researchers have found. The number of UK men who have sex with men and having intercourse without a condom rose by 26% between 1990 and 2010, the study by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and University College London showed."

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  1. I realize that this is a gay site, and in many ways it's invaluable. But really... four gay men out of 4000 passengers have made it home, and that's news?

    Posted by: MikeSJ | Feb 16, 2013 4:36:48 PM


  2. "The number of..."

    Over time, of course "the number of" is going to increase, given increased acceptability of men having sex with men, and even simple population growth. Much more to the point would "the rate of" or "the percentage of".

    Does the Guardian lack science writers.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 16, 2013 4:43:09 PM


  3. "The number of..."

    Over time, of course "the number of" is going to increase, given increased acceptability of men having sex with men, and even simple population growth. Much more to the point would "the rate of" or "the percentage of".

    Does the Guardian lack science writers.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 16, 2013 4:43:12 PM


  4. That kid looks nothing like Beyonce. Don't be ridiculous.

    Posted by: aneas taint | Feb 16, 2013 4:43:27 PM


  5. That kid looks nothing like Beyonce. Don't be ridiculous.

    Posted by: aneas taint | Feb 16, 2013 4:43:31 PM


  6. ...and Joan would know because she & Abe were BFFs in high school.

    Posted by: Penny Lincoln | Feb 16, 2013 5:13:52 PM


  7. Regarding AIDS, it's not the HIV that's at fault, it's the promiscuity with total strangers. The illness is there for the taking, and has nothing to do with our sexual orientation.

    Posted by: rise | Feb 16, 2013 5:24:50 PM


  8. Gun training in high school is a big deal to you? Where I grew up in the Midwest, in the 80s and in middle school, you were given gun training (and archery) as part of P.E. It was slightly sexist (of course) but all boys had hunting licenses by 13. It was possible to opt out by getting a permission slip but no one ever did. I'm still guessing it's that way today.

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 16, 2013 5:26:43 PM


  9. Blue looks like Jay with Beyonce complexion.

    Posted by: Kim | Feb 16, 2013 5:31:00 PM


  10. Blue looks like Jay with Beyonce complexion.

    Posted by: Kim | Feb 16, 2013 5:31:03 PM


  11. You gasped at gun training? In the Midwest, responsible use of a gun for hunting is part of many programs. I have cousins that know how to shoot from the time they are in early middle school, including proper firearm safety.

    Talk about out of touch and histrionic ... the whole world doesn't live in cities. This would be (maybe) a shocking thing if it were being taught in New York or San Francisco but for someone who lives on a ranch or in a sparsely populated area, it is an incredibly useful skill.

    Posted by: John | Feb 16, 2013 5:34:59 PM


  12. You gasped at gun training? In the Midwest, responsible use of a gun for hunting is part of many programs. I have cousins that know how to shoot from the time they are in early middle school, including proper firearm safety.

    Talk about out of touch and histrionic ... the whole world doesn't live in cities. This would be (maybe) a shocking thing if it were being taught in New York or San Francisco but for someone who lives on a ranch or in a sparsely populated area, it is an incredibly useful skill.

    Posted by: John | Feb 16, 2013 5:35:00 PM


  13. Mmm. Robbie's tongue.

    Posted by: jj | Feb 16, 2013 6:35:32 PM


  14. Mmm. Robbie's tongue.

    Posted by: jj | Feb 16, 2013 6:35:33 PM


  15. Mmm. Robbie's tongue.

    Posted by: jj | Feb 16, 2013 6:35:36 PM


  16. Robbie Rogers' coming out statement was one of the most eloquent of the many I've read; all the more so because he's only 25.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Feb 16, 2013 6:54:38 PM


  17. Clearly, the meteor is god's judgment against Russia for its recently enacted anti-gay laws.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 16, 2013 8:48:19 PM


  18. @John, seriously. Having grown up in Texas I do know we have 3 of the largest cities in the country (Houston, Dallas and San Antonio) and I can tell you that we DO NOT need gun training in schools, no matter how they try to frame the debate. People who hunt, ranch, etc. have always had access to firearms and training for their families. We do not need to be supporting the military complex and paying for weapons instead of school books, my kids have quite enough to handle in school as it is.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Feb 16, 2013 9:48:50 PM


  19. @Rontex: Then your school district doesn't have to have gun training. This proposed legislation merely allows districts to offer these classes as an elective. It doesn't mandate them nor make them a requirement. I don't have a problem with this.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Feb 17, 2013 12:03:50 AM


  20. Gun control fights are insipid. It's just the same damn conversation time and again. "Oh, I'm insane and paranoid." "And I'm sane and know better than you."

    How many people live on ranches? I used to work for a US senator who also owned a ranch with hundreds of cattle, and he found guns disgusting. Know what you can use instead? This weird little old invention called dogs. Giving guns to teens is pretty much the worst idea ever. Do you really think the government is suddenly going to start coming after your property? Here's some news: the government doesn't really care about you.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 17, 2013 12:41:42 AM


  21. MikeJ - Yes, the fact that 4 gay men took a Carnival cruise *is* news. What were those poor biatches thinking? ;-)

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Feb 17, 2013 3:50:16 AM


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  23. @unruley,

    I agree. And Maine is the most rural state east of the Mississippi. Guess what, Andrew? Hunting and target practicing are a way of life. And people own firearms for protection from 4 legged and 2 legged animals. Maine is one of the top 3 safest states in America, but if you need a cop in many parts, you'll have a long wait.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 17, 2013 9:46:34 AM


  24. @Paul R,

    Gun clubs even in city schools were common into the 1960s,even 70s. There were almost zero school shootings, the phrase 'drive-by Shooting' was unknown except for occasional mob hits where no innocent bystander was hurt. Street crime was far lower, the homicide rate was low, police carried .38 revolvers. What happened from the late 60s onwards, and again from the mid 90s? What's really behind these mass shootings, murder/suicides, etc., let alone the continued horrifying 40 year plus violent urban crime wave, especially black on black?

    'Conservatives' want to privatize everything, then make $ off of government contracts. This has created financial incentives for both public agencies and arms of the government and private corporations to send guys to prison at the drop of a hat [in fairness it's where many of them actually belong], exacerbated social problems, homelessness, substance abuse, broken families. People like police and other law enforcement agencies [and their private contractors] make big $ off high crime rates and security concerns,also. 'Conservatives' a;so love talking about housing, but many landlords big and small,let alone home builders and realtor's, also make big $ from fat government subsidies for 'affordable' housing, etc.,

    'Progressives' just believe [or pretend to believe] that we should just throw more and more $ at any problem, more 'programs' [many of which don't work as intended, and never have], and lining the pockets of institutions like teacher's unions and 'education' [newsflash: the cost of higher ed alone since the 1960s has increased 1000%!] and of course healthcare. Now that we have ObamaCare ['affordable' healthcare], costs are going to increase even more! I've been alive long enough now to see with my own eyes and learn from my own experience that almost everything 'program' the government engages in is a boon-doggle and primarily benefits insiders and public-sector workers,across the board. This includes agencies sacred to 'conservatives', like the military.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 17, 2013 10:07:22 AM


  25. In my high school in the 1960s, the Shop class (you know, guys who liked working with their hands) offered a course on gun safety and the proper use and maintenance of firearms. Wasn't any big deal. People liked to hunt where I grew up so such a training course was not unusual.

    Perhaps today it would not be so advisable or maybe so acceptable but since this is a country with 300+ million guns of various sorts in private hands, at least people should be educated about guns and their proper use and handling.

    It's not a popular opinion, I suppose, and I would rather funds be used on more useful course studies, but these are the gun-loving United States of America. It's going to take a long time to change people's minds about guns and gun ownership. Until then, know thy guns.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 17, 2013 1:11:37 PM


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