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NEWS: A Little Superman, A Lot Of Science, And One Unpopular Politician

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Towleroad-roadicon Complicated memories of a father murdered mid-transition:

Superman_24“I was talking with Jean tonight about Dad,” [said my sister Bridgette]. Jean was one of her transgender customers. “And Jean said, ‘Maybe you were never meant to celebrate Father’s Day, because your dad was always meant to be a woman.’” She looked at me as though this might be a consolation, but I was having none of it.

“That’s absurd!” I said, because I believe our dad was a man through and through. He was 6-foot-7. He was lanky, deep-voiced. I often described his personality as somewhere between Anthony Bourdain and Howard Stern. What was most damning, in my mind, was how physically abusive he was to my mother and me. Bridgette missed much of this. She was 5 when I went into foster care at 15. The court made my dad take anger management classes after that. “He was always talking about how he hated women,” I said. “If that’s the case, how could he have really been one?”

Towleroad-roadicon Russell Pearce, author of Arizona's "papers please!" law, can't find a place to hold fundraiser; accuses Arizonans of trying to "stifle" his candidacy:

The fundraising event was originally planned to be held at Macayo’s restaurant in Phoenix, but the plan was scuttled by activist Dee Dee Garcia Blase of Arizona’s Tequila Party, a conservative Latino group formed in reaction to the deportation-happy Tea Party. Garcia Blase organized a protest to be held outside the restaurant during the event and contacted Macayo’s corporate offices, which led the restaurant to cancel the event on Thursday morning.

By midday Thursday, Pearce’s campaign had emailed supporters announcing a second location, Oaxaca Restorante Y Cantina in downtown Phoenix. However, when Garcia Blase contacted Oaxaca’s management, the event was canceled within hours.

Oaxaca manager Joseph Aguayo told the Capital Times that Pearce’s campaign had booked the event under a false name. When Garcia Blase told him who the event was for, Aguayo barred the group from the restaurant. “We don’t need that,” he said, “We want to keep the support of our Latino community.”

Finally, Pearce attempted to gain access to the library of Phoenix’s Central High School, a request that was denied 30 minutes before Pearce’s guests and supporters were due to arrive. Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Kent Scribner said that the event, with the added concerns of protesters and security, posed a logistical nightmare for school officials.

“Given the late notice of this request and the anticipated turnout, we are unable to host it,” Scribner said.

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News: 'Game Of Thrones,' Lance Armstrong, Manscaping, Sheldon Adelson

MattBomerDad 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Anti-gay crusader Bryan Fischer is angry with the New Yorker and journalist Jane Mayer for their pay-walled profile on him. Philistine.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Department of Defense finally has some gay pride. "Now that we've repealed 'don't ask, don't tell,' [Defense Secretary Leon Panetta] feels it's important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops," said a spokesman.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Matt Bomer held his own at NYC’s Most Stylish Dads Dinner last night.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Meanwhile, Bomer had this to say about manscaping down under for male stripper flick Magic Mike: "I’m not going to say it was fun, and personally I will never do it again, but for that project it was necessary. We were all in the boat together."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The National Organization for Marriage is really grasping at straws by supporting a flawed study on gay parenting.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Some are wondering if President Obama will legalize marijuana to woo young voters. "Past attempts to bong the vote have been disappointing, in part because stoners aren't the group anyone would most count on to bother filling out a ballot... [But] several have argued that this could be the year for pro-marijuana turnout."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A Tennessee pastor claims that gay marriage-supporting singer Carrie Underwood does not understand the Bible. "What she said...has increasingly become a pretty broken understanding of what the Bible is saying. You want to listen to the Scripture in terms of what it says about everything, including marriage, including sexuality," claimed Scotty Smith, who says he has worked with the writer of Underwood's track "Jesus Take The Wheel."

ObamaWeedLegalization6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi HBO has apologized after it was revealed that Games of Thrones included a scene featuring George W. Bush's head on a spike.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Georgian government has made efforts to align with international allies' pro-equality politics, but that may just further incense far-right activists in the former Soviet state. From the NY Times: "The LGBT community has found itself the subject of heated political attacks, and subsequent social reactions... New homophobic and anti-gay Georgian-language Facebook groups have also emerged, including one in which its members debate the best way to kill gay people."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi AP: "5 Reasons Gay Marriage Losing Streak May Be Over"

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong is again being accused of using performance enhancing drugs and says he is "considering all options" to combat the latest charges.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Chris Brown and Drake got into a bar fight over who loves Rihanna most...

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi President Obama speaking in Ohio today: "What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. And this election is your chance to break that stalemate. At stake is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two paths for our country.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Mitt Romney was also in Ohio today, and claimed the commander-in-chief's policies are driving the nation "forward over a cliff."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is this what Lindsay Lohan will look like in 50 years?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Did Melissa Etheridge play Pittsburgh Pride simply for the pink dollar?

NASAImage6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is Minka Kelly hiding her face after hooking up with Jake Gyllenhaal? Most of us would be telling the world.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is willing to give almost any amount of money to make sure Mitt Romney wins the White House.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi NASA's image of the day looks like two galaxies colliding. Don't worry about potential inhabitants, though: the star systems are in fact tens of millions light years away from one another. Phew!


George W. Should Go Eat Worms, Because Nobody Likes Him: POLL

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Time apparently does not heal all wounds, for former President George W. Bush remains deeply unpopular from coast-to-coast.

In fact, according to a CNN poll, Dubya is the only living ex-president with a popularity below 50%. And that may be good for President Obama.

According to the poll, released Thursday morning, 43% of people questioned had a favorable opinion of Bush, with 54% saying they had an unfavorable view of the former president. Bush's 43% favorable rating is the same as it was in 2010 in CNN polling, but is up from his mid-30's favorable rating during 2009, his first year out of the White House.

"Don't be surprised if the Obama campaign mentions the name of George W. Bush at every opportunity, and don't be surprised if that strategy works," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And the mention of Bush's name appears to prompt at least a few people to take a more positive view of their current financial situation."

Even Jimmy Carter, a man satirically described on The Simpsons as "history's greatest monster," has a higher approval rating: 54%.


Gawker: Ken Mehlman Must Never Have Sex Again

KenMehlmanKen Mehlman is that closeted Republican fellow who ran George W.'s reelection campaign in 2004. He uncloseted himself in 2010, and since then he's been a barnstormer for LGBT rights. Now he's made the Out 100 -- that august list of 100 "LGBT movers and shakers who made big impressions on the cultural and social fabrics of this year."

Brian Moylan, of Gawker, is having none of it. (Neither's Joe, of Joe My God, but Moylan approaches his disgust more pro-actively.) Writes Moylan:

... shouldn't [Mehlman] have been fighting for gay marriage, oh, I don't know, when he was helping to run the Republican party? Shouldn't he have cared how these votes were going to go before they happened rather than fighting to reverse them now that they have?

Thanks to Ken Mehlman, we need to fight even harder to achieve marriage equality in all 50 states. Good thing he's going to help, because it's going to take a lot of extra work to reach that goal, in part due to his handiwork. At the time I was working at the Washington Blade, the country's oldest and largest gay newspaper, and we tried like hell to find proof of the gay rumors so we could out the bastard while he was still in power. We never got the chance, and he came out himself in 2010.

... we have to do something to punish Mr. Mehlman for all he's done while still giving him credit for his accomplishments. I have a suggestion. As of this day, every gay man in the world (or at least America) should pledge that they will never sleep with Ken Mehlman. No kissing, no touching, no handies in the bathroom at a Log Cabin convention. Nothing! Yes, he is allowed to be gay and to fight for gay civil rights, but for his past sins, he should be rendered completely celibate. You can date him, you can go to parties with him, and you can invite him to your fundraisers, but don't you so much as dare do anything below the belt ... This is the price all traitors should pay -- a long, lonely life of frustrated misery.


Bush Explains Reaction in Classroom to News of 9/11 Attacks


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In a new interview with the National Geographic Channel, President George Bush speaks about his reaction to hearing the news that the country was under attack on 9/11, as he sat in a Florida classroom with a group of students, Reuters reports:

"My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children, and the contrast between the attack and the innocence of children," Bush says in an excerpt of the interview shown to television writers on Thursday.

Bush said he could see the news media at the back of the classroom getting the news on their own cellphones "and it was like watching a silent movie."

Bush said he quickly realized that a lot of people beyond the classroom would be watching for his reaction. "So I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm," he said of his decision to remain seated and silent.

"I had been in enough crises to know that the first thing a leader has to do is to project calm," he added.

The National Geographic interview, recorded over two days in May with no advance questions, was undertaken as part of a series of specials to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this September.


Bush Turns Down Obama Invite to Ground Zero

Former President George W. Bush has declined an invitation from President Obama to join him as he visits Ground Zero tomorrow, the White House confirmed:

Bush “President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday,” said his spokesman, David Sherzer. “He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”

The White House did not confirm that the invitation had been made or comment on Mr. Bush’s decision.

Mr. Obama has talked this week of his hope that the successful raid on the compound where Bin Laden was hiding could serve as a unifying force in a country divided by battles over fiscal policy and many other issues.

The visit might have served as a bookend to this visit, three days after the attacks on the WTC.

 


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