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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #329

BOB BARR: The Libertarian candidate spoke with Talking Points Memo at Netroots Nation.

CRIMINAL: Howard Fineman says Bush wants a McCain administration to "cover over" the abuses of his presidency.

2010: An Iraqi spokesman essentially agrees with the 16-month plan to get U.S. troops out.

AL GORE: Al Gore was the surprise guest at the Netroots Nation contest: "Pelosi was on stage taking questions from the audience, and she started reading a letter she said she'd received about climate change. In the middle of the letter you heard Al Gore's voice reading the letter. I suspect some people thought it was a recording, until Gore appeared on stage." Gore urged bloggers to mobilize for global climate protection.

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Al Gore Endorses Barack Obama in Michigan


"Take it from me, elections matter."

Former VP Al Gore endorsed Barack Obama in Detroit, Michigan last night.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Britney Spears, Turkey, Tyra, NYPD, Jock Itch, Ricky Martin

road.jpg Religious right mounting opposition to NY marriage equality: "The Rev. Duane Motley of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms says the Democratic governor is circumventing the Legislature and courts and slapping New Yorkers in the face. Motley says granting government benefits to gay couples will come at a cost to the state even as Paterson calls for cuts in spending because of looming deficits. Motley says Paterson shouldn't force the state to recognize gay marriages when they remain illegal in New York."

Tyraroad.jpg The New York Times takes on Tyra and her smiling eyes.

road.jpg Britney Spears to join Grease as Sandy on Broadway?

road.jpg Turkish court shuts down LGBT organization: "The court ordered the closure of the group for not eliminating words describing sexual identities of its members in its official name, Ergenc said. 'If we take out the words of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestites then it is not an association for them,' Ergenc said. The court found the association's name in violation of public morality."

road.jpg Does David Beckham have jock itch?

road.jpg Dina Matos McGreevey takes stand, talks about all the money she needs: "Matos McGreevey said she paid for her own car, insurance and clothes out of her salary as a hospital executive, estimated at $55,000 a year. She said being on the arm of a politician sometimes required three changes of clothes a day. Matos McGreevey's accountant, Kalman Barson, placed the value of their so-called gubernatorial lifestyle at $51,000 a month but acknowledged under cross-examination that he relied mostly on guesswork to derive the estimate. McGreevey's accountant puts the value of maintaining that lifestyle at a far more modest $16,000 a month."

road.jpg NYPD captain accused of flashing man in the subway.

Nutroad.jpg This dude supposedly has video of (real live!) 4-foot blinking alien that he'll show on Friday in Denver: "As impressive as it is, it's still one tiny portion in the context of a vast amount of peripheral evidence. It's really the final visual confirmation of what you already know to be true having seen all the other evidence...It shows an extraterrestrial's head popping up outside of a window at night, looking in the window, that's visible through an infrared camera." And, you know, it's definitely real because "an instructor at the Colorado Film School in Denver scrutinized the video 'very carefully' and determined it was authentic." Mmm hmm.

road.jpg She bangs: Hillary Clinton gets endorsement from Ricky Martin.

Cliveroad.jpg Clive Owen gets shirtless on balcony, world watches.

road.jpg Stephen Colbert grillls Family Research Council Pres Tony Perkins over same-sex marriage: "Many are shocked and outraged. I get the outrage, but shocked? That California is pro-gay? I assume these are the same people who were shocked when Elton John finally came out, even though he'd been wearing fuchsia sun goggles with windshield wipers for years."

road.jpg Supreme Court to hear case on Christian doctor who refused to perform artificial insemination on a lesbian.

road.jpg Al Gore's The Inconvenient Truth to become an opera: "La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house. The composer is currently artistic director of the Arena in Verona." Who's going to play the CO2?

road.jpg Glaceau, makers of Vitamin Water, to remove Red Bull-bashing slogan "Wings are for fairies" from its ad vehicles: "The slogan was a direct reference to a winged cartoon character in a competitive campaign, We apologize if our attempt at humor offended anyone in any way and we plan to remove this slogan from all vehicles as soon as possible."

The Towleroad / NewNowNext Video News Moment Award

As I mentioned briefly last week, Towleroad has partnered with LOGO's NewNowNext awards to present a prize for the most impactful video news moment of the year. We went through all the clips we've posted in the last year and chose the five that we felt were most hard hitting as gay video news moments.

Our category does tend toward the serious. While Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone" moment certainly inspired plenty of disgust and cultural fodder, we decided moments like those didn't fall into the news category - as much as CNN may want them to.

So here are the five clips we chose as finalists — video moments which had an impact on gay lives. While one of our choices (Sally Kern's rant) is purely audio, there's no doubt that the medium by which its message was spread was YouTube. So, here they are. You can use the following widget to cast your vote, and links to the clips are provided below, for your review.


road.jpg Al Gore voices his support for marriage equality. WATCH.

road.jpg Ellen Degeneres speaks out about Lawrence King. WATCH.

road.jpg GOP San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders reverses opinion on same-sex marriage. WATCH.

road.jpg Larry Craig declares he is not gay and has never been gay. WATCH.

road.jpg Sally Kern compares says gays worse than terrorists. WATCH.

For more information and to vote for the rest of the NewNowNext Awards, click here.

Al Gore's New Climate Crisis Slideshow


Al Gore premiered a new slideshow on the climate crisis at a TED talk last month in which he talks about the need to solve the democracy crisis so we can solve the environmental one, and says we must create a sense of generational mission to get this done. He also answers some questions at the end about how he feels the current presidential candidates will respond to global warming issues.

The slideshow was posted online today, and you can watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Water, Gay Porn Twins, Coffee, New Kids on the Block

road.jpg Is China cracking down on gay establishments as the Olympics approach?

Gayporntwins_3road.jpg Mother of twin gay porn bandits arrested for serving as their getaway driver: "Towana Goffney, the mother of 25-year-old twins Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney, was arrested late Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Her sons, Taleon and Keyontyli were linked to nearly 40 break-ins. Cameras were rolling as the men were led away in handcuffs and it turned out, this was not the first time the pair was in the spotlight. According to internet gossip sites, the brothers are gay porn stars. Now the family has the arrest of the matriarch to add to their rap sheet and online profiles."

road.jpg Kylie Minogue hits up the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

road.jpg McCain won't be fighting party platform on gays: "McCain associates told The Washington Times that his operatives are not going to work behind the scenes to eliminate the party's calls for constitutional bans on abortion and homosexual marriage before the GOP convention in September."

road.jpg Search for most eligible gay bachelor begins in San Francisco.

road.jpg The premiere international prize in electronic media: A list of the 2007 Peabody Award winners.

Woofsroad.jpg Woof: Madison, Wisconsin gets new gay sports bar.

road.jpg Northern Ireland town of Strabane prepares for opening of first gay bar. Proprietor: "All the feedback I've had about the bar has been positive, I was so surprised by everyone's reaction, I've received no negativity whatsoever. Even elderly residents of the town have voiced their support and have been wishing me all the best."

road.jpg Famous tranny Dana International prevents Wentworth Miller from escaping!

road.jpg Obama says he would hire Al Gore: "Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues, but climate change is real. It is something we have to deal with now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now."

Nkotbroad.jpg The New Kids on the Block are back together. Here's their first photo together in more than 15 years.

road.jpg An update on gay Iranian teen Mehdi Kazemi: "Mehdi Kazemi is still in Rotterdam, awaiting deportation back to the UK under the Dublin Treaty, where Home Secretary Jacqui Smith still hasn’t granted him asylum. It appears that a Dutch MP has secured a parliamentary debate in the Netherlands to take place tomorrow, because he doesn’t believe Jacqui Smith can be trusted with his safety."

road.jpg Iranian gays left out of Human Rights Watch annual reports.

Starbucksroad.jpg Scientists: There is no benefit in drinking 8 glasses of water a day. And drinking coffee may protect you from dementia and other debilitating brain diseases.

road.jpg British activist Tatchell to European Feminist Summit: "By challenging the cult of heterosexual masculinity, queer liberation is about much more than the limited agenda of equal rights. It offers a unique, revolutionary contribution to the emancipation of the whole of humanity from all forms of subjugation."

road.jpg In case you were wondering, Chace Crawford is doing 'okay' after his break-up with Carrie Underwood.


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