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04/19/2007


NEWS: 'The Guardian' Explains Our Poverty, Michael Moore Hates Barack Obama, Rick Santorum Has A Blank Wall In His Head, Jimmy Fallon Is The Lizard King

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Road The Guardian crunches the numbers: It's really more like 99.99%.

Road John Waters talks Christmas:

“I liked Santa but I would get confused as a child whether I was supposed to pray to him or William Castle [the B-movie director], or Jesus,” he says, before skipping to another thought about “living crèches” – Christmas cribs re-created with real people. “They’re begging for Diane Arbus to come back from the grave to take a picture of them. What parent would give their child to be baby Jesus, with straw and candles and mules that kick … ? I’m telling you, I think living crèches are some of the most horrifying things.”

Road A gay marriage in Zucotti Park!

Road Margot Adler reports on the homeless queer youth of New York:

"The day after my 18th birthday this year, my adopted parent kicked me out," says [Jeremiah Beaverly, late of Illinois]. "At the time, I was really infatuated with this guy, and she was listening to my phone calls. She started telling my family, 'He is this, he is that, he is gay,' and talking about me as if I wasn't part of the family."

Road Christopher Walken opened up about Natalie Wood's death way back in '97, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"She had gone to bed before us, and her room was at the back. A dinghy was bouncing against the side of the boat, and I think she went out to move it. There was a ski ramp that was partially in the water. It was slippery – I had walked on it myself. She had told me she couldn’t swim; in fact, they had to cut a swimming scene from [Brainstorm]. She was probably half asleep, and she was wearing a coat."

Road How do you know what you know?

Road Should a candidate's religion matter?

But suppose Santorum replies — as he has — that he would seek to ban gay marriage (in fact, he also supports anti-sodomy laws). The question then is why he thinks this is the right thing to do.  If his only reply is that his Catholic religion condemns homosexuality, then we’ve hit a blank wall. Debate is the life-blood of a democracy, and this means that leaders must offer discussable reasons for what they propose to do.  To say, “My religion says so” may explain why you believe something, but it has no function in a discussion with people who do not accept your religion.  Such an appeal to religion is, as Richard Rorty once put it, merely a "conversation stopper."

Road That's light! Scientists invent metal material that's 1/100th as heavy as styrofoam. 

Road Faith2Action believes it can disprove evolution in less than 300 words.

Road Michael Moore is as ridiculous when discussing President Obama as he is the rest of the time. Hunstmawkward

Road He's reasonable! He's sane! But dammit, Jon Hunstman just never looks relaxed.

Road A powerful letter demanding the resignation of UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi. (Whose walk of shame you may witness here.) Excerpt:

Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.

This is what happened. You are responsible for it.

You are responsible for it because this is what happens when UC Chancellors order police onto our campuses to disperse peaceful protesters through the use of force: students get hurt. Faculty get hurt. One of the most inspiring things (inspiring for those of us who care about students who assert their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly) about the demonstration in Berkeley on November 9 is that UC Berkeley faculty stood together with students, their arms linked together. Associate Professor of English Celeste Langan was grabbed by her hair, thrown on the ground, and arrested. Associate Professor Geoffrey O’Brien was injured by baton blows. Professor Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, was also struck with a baton. These faculty stood together with students in solidarity, and they too were beaten and arrested by the police. In writing this letter, I stand together with those faculty and with the students they supported.

One week after this happened at UC Berkeley, you ordered police to clear tents from the quad at UC Davis. When students responded in the same way—linking arms and holding their ground—police also responded in the same way: with violent force. The fact is: the administration of UC campuses systematically uses police brutality to terrorize students and faculty, to crush political dissent on our campuses, and to suppress free speech and peaceful assembly. Many people know this. Many more people are learning it very quickly.

You are responsible for the police violence directed against students on the UC Davis quad on November 18, 2011. As I said, I am writing to hold you responsible and to demand your immediate resignation on these grounds.

Road The story of "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic."

Road "A jar of change on a dresser is sadly factoring into a number of financial decisions."

Road Jimmy Fallon as Jim Morrison, singing the Reading Rainbow theme. Incredibly bizarre, shockingly good. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ... (HT: Shakesville)

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Melissa McCarthy is Divine: PHOTO

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Melissa McCarthy channels the late muse of John Waters in EW's new issue.

One more shot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Waters on Stephen Colbert and Fruitcake...

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Longtime Provincetown resident John Waters gives an interview to The Paris Review and discusses his writing habits, and his recent appearance on The Colbert Report:

"You have to give the totally straight face with him because he is such a good straight man. It was so funny, right before we went on, backstage, it was me and the kid who wrote the article about General McChrystal that toppled the government [Michael Hastings], and I loved the journalist, and we were talking because I used to write for Rolling Stone. So I was showing him my Rolling Stone press card, and right before we go on, Colbert looks at us, because he’s always in character, right, even before, and he says, 'I like one of you.' Which is really funny and I knew it was funny; but I think the young author was horrified. I knew it was part of the act, but what a terrible thing to say!"

Waters adds that his latest project, Fruitcake, about a boy who steals meat from the grocery store, is still looking for a distributor.


News: Gareth Thomas, Oregon, Jerry Pritikin, iPad, John Waters

Road 114,000 iPad owners exposed in AT&T security breach.

Preston RoadReport: Marc Jacobs' ex Jason Preston writing tell-all. “Just think about how I had so many friends when I was with Marc where r they now?”

RoadTom Cruise to torture world.

RoadHuge seas once existed on Mars.

RoadAnglican bishop who fled Uganda points finger at American evangelicals for fomenting anti-gay hate there: "Senyonjo left Uganda because of his alleged sympathies with gays. He discussed the pending bill with Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop in the New Hampshire diocese. One of the most publicized examples of anti-gay missionaries was Californian Scott Lively, a Citrus Heights evangelical Christian and head of Abiding Truth Ministries."

RoadRicky Martin says he has been in a relationship for more than a year with a childhood friend. 

RoadFilmmaker John Waters reads from his book, Role Models.

RoadMore than 20 LGBT groups denounce Arizona immigration law: "The groups issued a joint statement, saying, 'Arizona's SB1070 takes the state down a path that will lead to racial profiling, discrimination and anti-immigrant extremism. We stand in solidarity with other individuals, organizations and local governments in rejecting the misrepresentation of immigrants put forth in this unjust and ill-conceived measure.'"

RoadSummer in a sober house.

RoadWho wore it best?

Johnston  RoadGood news for the 0 employees stationed at Johnston Island in the South Pacific: "But why would the president specifically mention this far-flung spot in Pacific in his June 2 order of the extension of certain benefits to gay federal employees? Particularly when the island has not only no gay employees, but is absent any people whatsoever?"

RoadInteresting report on gays in the Israeli military.

RoadWorlds Apart: The SF Weekly tackles gays and immigration.

RoadExhibition on gay love to open in Poland: "The director of Poland's National Museum says it is opening an exhibition on gay and lesbian love designed to provoke discussion on the place of homosexuals in this conservative and overwhelmingly Catholic country. The head of the National Museum in Warsaw, Piotr Piotrowski, said Wednesday the museum is already getting protests from various groups, even before the exhibition has opened."

RoadDid Sarah Palin get a new set of twins?

Youngquest RoadGay rugby star Gareth Thomas and fellow rugby player Nick Youngquest strike up a flirtation over Twitter.

RoadAmanda Lepore and Courtney Love make kinky photos together (possibly nsfw).

RoadOregon Department of Justice revamps system to improve reporting of hate crimes: "The Q Center calls this statewide initiative the first direct action in response to troubling reports of widespread assaults on members of the LGBTQ community."

RoadExhibition of Jerry Pritikin photographs mounted in Chicago.

RoadReal World cast member Mike Manning says MTV f*cked him for 3.5 months and then dumped him.

RoadMan in Dubai picked up by police for possessing, possibly wearing women's lingerie; offers to submit to 'gay test'.

RoadGay couple threatened, struck on London bus: "Police say he stood up when the bus had reached Snappy Snaps in Lavender Hill and made hand gestures to the victims that implied he had a gun and would shoot them. The suspect then hit one of the victims on the head with a silver object causing a cut which later required eight stitches. He got off the bus and walked in the direction of Clapham Junction."


News: Alexi Giannoulias, Pets, Sally Kern, Roger Federer, Beyonce

RoadDuane: New York marriage vote possible this month.

Federer RoadRoger's turn: Federer flaunts his fur.

RoadCute-ass animal story of the day #1: The 'can't get up' puppy.

RoadCute-ass animal story of the day #2: Rhodesian Ridgeback adopts baby pig.

RoadDailyKos: The road to marriage equality runs through Maine.

RoadNo storms on the horizon for New Orleans 'Southern Decadence' celebration: "In the almost four decades since it started, Southern Decadence has become a traditional Labor Day weekend, end-of-summer, event. But for two of the last four years, hurricanes crashed the French Quarter-centered party. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Gustav last year both generated evacuation orders for the city and brought the festivities to a screeching halt."

RoadStephen Fry urges Twitter followers to get behind campaign seeking apology for British mathematician Alan Turing.

RoadSally Kern facing transgender challenger in Oklahoma.

RoadMichael Jackson finally laid to rest 70 days after his death.

Alexi RoadIllinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias comes out for marriage equality, end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In an interview, Giannoulias said individual states should be able to decide for themselves whether they allow same-sex couples to marry, but that all states should be required to afford legal recognition to same-sex marriages performed in states where they are sanctioned."

RoadOfficials: L.A. fire was arson.

RoadReferendum 71 names still under wraps: "Signed petitions seeking a statewide vote on expanded gay partnerships will remain shielded from public view for at least a few more days, while a federal judge decides whether Washington state's public records law could pose a risk to free speech rights."

RoadESPN commentator and coach Brad Gilbert not into "fruity" tennis outfits.

Sasha RoadFierce lawsuit: Project Runway's Chris March suing Thierry Mugler over Beyoncé tour costumes.

RoadWashington archbishop Donald Wuerl steps up campaign against marriage equality: "Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, and he launched a round of media interviews to bolster the church's presence in the debate."

RoadJohn Waters to retire after two more movies...

RoadYou'll See: Susan Boyle to cover Madonna  on debut album.

RoadAIDS vaccine hopes revived after discovery of HIV weak spot: "Now, thanks to the antibodies, researchers have realised that the trimer is a viral weak spot because it's indispensable to the virus. So unlike many other targets on the virus, it's shared by many, if not all, strains of HIV. 'The key is the trimer,' says Koff. 'Our hypothesis now is that if you bind to the trimer, you neutralise the virus, as that's how it appears on the surface of the virus.' The antibodies are only a starting point, however, and the race is on now to develop synthetic vaccines that have the same shape as the "weak spot", or epitope, so people receiving vaccinations make antibodies that recognise it when the real virus comes along."


News: Singapore, Sam Adams, Cubs, Matthew Mitcham, GI Joe

 roadSingapore women's group AWARE votes out anti-gay fundamentalist leaders in dramatic seven hour stand-off. Background.

Paddick roadBritain's former top cop and London mayoral candidate Brian Paddick to front campaign encouraging same-sex couples to hold hands in public: "The photos are being used to create a same-sex love map of the world. David Watkins, the group's founder, said: 'Hand holding is a simple, liberating gesture that is essential to our communities' health, visibility, and respect.'" Site: A Day in Hand.

 roadThousands of Cubs fans go deaf at Wrigley Field.

 roadLog Cabin Republicans making gains in NY assembly on marriage equality.

Mitcham  roadMatthew Mitcham exits Mexico City as swine flu escalates.

 roadEl Salvador in last minute gay rights ban: "After weeks of public debate and protest, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly approved an amendment to the constitution to ban marriage between same-sex couples and same-sex couples’ ability to adopt a child.  This amendment was proposed in the final hours of the current Legislative Assembly session, which ends April 30th."

 roadL.A. Times: Same-sex marriages gradually gaining legal ground.

 roadEiffel Tower destroyed in trailer for G.I. Joe: The Movie with Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid.

Johnwaters  roadLoving: this self-portrait of Provincetown resident and filmmaker John Waters at Ptown's McMillan Wharf.

 roadMarc Jacobs to marry in Provincetown.

 roadDog food vs paté? No difference, much of the time.

 roadThe Oregonian calls on Portland Mayor Sam Adams to resign in wake of recent investigations: "An investigation by The Oregonian's Ryan Frank and Brent Walth raised the questions, in a story published Friday, of whether the encounter took place earlier in the year and what it really amounted to. Whether that is the center of the AG's investigation remains to be seen, as does whether any of the conduct described, implied or suspected adds up to criminality." Phone calls...

 roadMale model fix: Joey Kirchner.

Westwicked  roadEd Westwick works up a sweat.

 roadMissouri state senator Jolie Justus weds her partner in Iowa.

 roadManohla Dargis memo to Hollywood: "Enough with the gay slurs, the gay baiting, imitating, limp-wristing, so-not-funny lisping — in other words, enough with the hating...Try this simple test: Every time you feel the need to mock or denigrate gay men or lesbians, replace that joke with an equally vicious dig about African-Americans or Jews. Doesn’t sound so funny anymore, does it?"

 roadLast week in holy crimes...

 roadMiss California: Redefining breasts for the rest of us.

 roadObama appoints lesbian to become Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging, at HHS.

 roadAKA accidental wood.

 roadSweeps warning issued to cottagers: "Sweeps is the time local media often finds itself in bed with the cops to carry out sting operations of men cruising for sex. Just last week we got a report from a Bakersfield, California location where one customer saw not just cop cars and a cop van parked outside, but also a news van for a local television station. I'm sure it was a joint sting in which the media gets to film and photograph those men cops arrest. In fact, I would not be surprised to learn a reporter instigated the whole thing, asking the police to come along so they could get some good footage."


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