News: Russia, David Binder, Shootings, Ryan Phillippe

RoadObama to take questions on Tumblr.

RoadWisconsin: 7th Circuit, District court bat marriage orders back and forth as ACLU submits proposed order to Judge Crabb.

EastwoodRoadScott Eastwood puts some clothes on for once, for Hugo Boss.

RoadMatt Bomer tuxed out at the Tonys.

RoadNYT on transgender rights and health: "Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves great credit for getting the birth certificates policy changed. We are waiting for him to assert the same leadership in pressing for passage of a long-pending transgender civil rights bill similar to the one approved by Maryland and 17 other states."

RoadHedwig producer David Binder on how it came about: “'I remember sitting in my apartment on 13th street, in my walk-up, reading ‘Hedwig’ out loud to a friend and laughing so hard,'” says Mr. Binder, who won the Tony for best musical revival for 'Hedwig' last night, almost 20 years after he and the creators first discussed it."

RoadVIDEO: Tori Amos covers Conchita Wurst.

RoadJames Franco pens short story about sleeping with Lindsay Lohan.

McmahonRoadControversy erupts over UK Big Brother contestant Danielle McMahon: "...in comments apparently made by McMahon on Twitter last year, she called gay people 'poofs' and 'freaks', suggested that they are not actually men, telling them to 'man up'. In one tweet she called for a gay person to be shot..."

Road'Oscar Wilde Tours' to incorporate LGBT history into travel packages.

RoadCountry's largest law firms shun homophobes: "A Reuters review of more than 100 court filings during the past year shows that at least 30 of the country's largest firms are representing challengers to state laws banning same-sex marriage. Not a single member of the Am Law 200, a commonly used ranking of the largest U.S. firms by revenue, is defending gay marriage prohibitions."

RoadNovak Djokovic takes a beach break in Ibiza after the French Open.

RoadRyan Phillippe is looking FINE at the beach.

RoadPorcupine really into pumpkins.

BlanketRoadYay, America: Company designs bulletproof blankets to protect kids during school shootings.

RoadFederal judge who struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban sees no proof it undermines the institution or weakens families: "U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, responding to criticism of his decision, noted that Gov. Tom Corbett's administration did not even try to establish such a link in the case before him. He suggested that such a link is not persuading any other judge, either."

RoadThe situation in Russia is as awful as expected: "'We are being boiled in a pot,' Vinnichenko said. The foreign agents law and the 'anti-propaganda law' are really just the tip of the anti-gay iceberg, however. The newest phase of Putin’s campaign has been, ironically, privatization. According to Vinnichenko, Russian authorities are putting pressure on all kinds of institutions—banks, landlords, employers—not to do business with LGBT people and LGBT organizations. Because licenses are required for just about everything in Russia, this 'pressure' is existential. Banks are being told, 'Dump your LGBT customers, or we’ll shut you down,' she said."

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  1. Djokovic has some unusual proportions. My fellow 90's kids might think of Hard Man when they see his wide torso, flat haircut, and skinny arms: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_-lKiQNdfEZo/TJfhAuRwgwI/AAAAAAAAAmA/10N0P8Byuec/s1600/hardman.jpg Still, I wouldn't kick him out of bed for looking like a video game character.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jun 10, 2014 4:31:09 PM


  2. Those bulletproof blankets are about as effective as a screen door in a submarine.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 10, 2014 4:33:16 PM


  3. The bullet proof blankets goes to show that companies will try to profit on just about anything. The crazy thing is that there are crazy people that will actually buy this.

    Posted by: Perry | Jun 10, 2014 4:57:53 PM


  4. Franco should MARRY Lindsay Lohan and get it over with.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 10, 2014 5:35:54 PM


  5. "The bullet proof blankets goes to show that companies will try to profit on just about anything. The crazy thing is that there are crazy people that will actually buy this."

    No, what the bulletproof blankets show is just how sick American society has become when even the very idea of the necessity for such a product can occur. And the "crazy thing" is that there are virtually no signs that this societal sickness is being addressed. Seventy-four school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting where twenty children and six adults were slaughtered. Seventy-four shootings in eighteen months averages to well over one school shooting per week. It is no exaggeration to say that American schools are no longer safe for children.

    Do not be distracted by such idiocies as bulletproff blankets. The problem is guns and the lack of any sane gun-control policies.

    Posted by: John in Iowa | Jun 10, 2014 6:03:01 PM


  6. Regardless of what you think of the bulletproof blankets, it was really bright of them to make them RED.

    Yes, I'm being sarcastic.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 10, 2014 6:08:52 PM


  7. Are those blankets as affective/effective (not sure) as the "Duck and Cover" campaign? Sarcasm off.

    Posted by: Bollox | Jun 10, 2014 6:39:13 PM


  8. I thought it was messed up that JCM and Steven Trask didn't get to say anything when their play one, even if they didn't produce (Other than a too-late "Hi Mom and Dad"). David Binder should have let one or both of them accept that award.

    Also: Why is there no Tori love on this blog? she has a gay following, but no mention of the album she put out last month that debuted in the top 10, or any of the other covers she's done on tour this year - Madonna's 'Frozen,' Depecehe Mode's 'Personal Jesus' (although that's almost a standard of hers) 'Say Something' by A Great Big World.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejvD7hgPN7Y - She gave a shout-out to the LGBT community in Russia with this rendition of her song "Taxi Ride" which is, in part, about the death of Kevyn Aucoin.


    Posted by: antisaint | Jun 10, 2014 7:42:45 PM


  9. I thought it was messed up that JCM and Steven Trask didn't get to say anything when their play one, even if they didn't produce (Other than a too-late "Hi Mom and Dad"). David Binder should have let one or both of them accept that award.

    Also: Why is there no Tori love on this blog? she has a gay following, but no mention of the album she put out last month that debuted in the top 10, or any of the other covers she's done on tour this year - Madonna's 'Frozen,' Depecehe Mode's 'Personal Jesus' (although that's almost a standard of hers) 'Say Something' by A Great Big World.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejvD7hgPN7Y - She gave a shout-out to the LGBT community in Russia with this rendition of her song "Taxi Ride" which is, in part, about the death of Kevyn Aucoin.


    Posted by: antisaint | Jun 10, 2014 7:42:45 PM


  10. I thought it was messed up that JCM and Steven Trask didn't get to say anything when their play one, even if they didn't produce (Other than a too-late "Hi Mom and Dad"). David Binder should have let one or both of them accept that award.

    Also: Why is there no Tori love on this blog? she has a gay following, but no mention of the album she put out last month that debuted in the top 10, or any of the other covers she's done on tour this year - Madonna's 'Frozen,' Depecehe Mode's 'Personal Jesus' (although that's almost a standard of hers) 'Say Something' by A Great Big World.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejvD7hgPN7Y - She gave a shout-out to the LGBT community in Russia with this rendition of her song "Taxi Ride" which is, in part, about the death of Kevyn Aucoin.


    Posted by: antisaint | Jun 10, 2014 7:42:46 PM


  11. We are shell shocked into being numb in this country. Have Sandy Hook and a blur of far too MANY other senseless SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, tragedies all, led us to even consider "bulletproof" blankets for kids? Apparently so. America should be ashamed. This should be a wake up call on its own.

    Those absurd photographs of a wary teacher handing the thin useless looking things out to scared little children who dutifully then try to cover themselves with the "bulletproof" blankets says a great deal. At first glance they are laughable. By the manufactures own admission they offer only some protection against 12-gauge buckshot, .22-caliber and a 9 mm. bullets or sharp objects and the like. Ever the entrepreneurs, in the worst sense of the word, they want to reap the potential millions in earthquake prevention from losses every year but apparently even they can not keep a straight face that long.

    Then a grim reality seeps in and we recoil in horror at the truth. As a society, we are all murderers by proxy now. We have acquiesced and given away our rights wrongly to others and specifically to the "powerful" NRA gun lobby that some even speak of so reverently like it is almost a religion. A religion at its worst maybe, a bloody cult most definitely! Now school shootings happen ever week or less and more and more decent people are concerned yet nothing is done.

    Congressmen and women who feel a natural tendency to speak out are targeted by the NRA and maybe eliminated. He has become un-American to even tell the truth.

    Then a product like this appears out of greed to make money. At $1,000. each to start with, a LOT of money.

    Maybe each "bulletproof" blanket should be white, (Even more visible at first.) and printed in BLOOD RED ink in a children's crayon typeface with the words "APPROVED OF BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION". By supporting the NRA even with our silence we also support gun nuts and the "so called" responsible manufactures in this gun toting society that sells guns to ALL people even the criminally insane to insure a big profit. No realistic background checks that might ever effect gun sales. No. Never!

    Guns are the drug. And it is for sale everywhere in America LEGALLY! Just listen:

    More firepower than ever needed? SURE! Extra capacity extended clips? YES! NO RESTRICTIONS! Hollow point or solid metal jacket bullets? ABSOLUTELY! Semi-automatic weapons with an automatic change kit sold separately? OF COURSE!

    The second amendment to the United States Constitution protects the justified right of individuals to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. In one of the worst opinions that the Supreme Court ever handed down that the right is vested in individuals, not merely the COLLECTIVE MILITIAS as it was written by a young nation who used muskets at the time.

    The truth is some of our police departments today find themselves out gunned, and thus the ridiculous escalation continues at the expense of everything else. Jails find themselves overcrowded not with crooks but with people that should be given mental care. Some are even picked up for needing a place to sleep or food. No problem, they will be released at the next overcrowding in a few hours or days. Catch and release only works for things like fishing. But do not ask the fish.

    Now, how about an AR-15 for sport or hunting? BRILLIANT!

    Why can this only happen in the United States of America? Easy. Because no other country in the world would put up with it!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 11, 2014 10:31:12 AM


  12. I watch BBUK and that psycho is seriously the worst. People made vagina jokes near here on the second day and she thinks everyone is a slutty slag now and she is under fire by being a proper christian in a house with deviants.

    She is as bad as it gets for the UK version of this show, and I think she will be one in two days anyway. First gone mind you.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 11, 2014 11:56:57 AM


  13. If you're a fan of a singer, don't EVER record a video like that.

    Get a grip.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 11, 2014 3:35:41 PM


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