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04/19/2007


News: Clowns, Chiefs, Divas, Bucks

1NewsIcon The New York Times announced Brenda Sue Fulton and bride Penelope Gnesin's West Point chapel wedding.

PopeLion1NewsIcon Pope Benedict met with lions and clowns and acrobats, oh my!

1NewsIcon GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, ever the voice of optimism, predicts the nation will speed off the dreaded "fiscal cliff".

1NewsIcon Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says social security reform will come only after said fiscal cliff has been avoided.

1NewsIcon Hugh Hefner and runaway bride Crystal Harris are actually for real definitely tying the knot.

1NewsIcon Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep at the Kennedy Center Honors. Yeah, some other really famous, accomplished, admirable people were there, but, again, Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep.

1NewsIcon Photographer Alexander Kargaltsev focuses on gay Russian men seeking asylum in the United States.

Meester1NewsIcon Leighton Meester, a fashion retrospective.

1NewsIcon German Chancellor Angela Merkel's avoiding some touchy gay subjects lest she complicate her reelection bid, and it's upsetting some within her party, the Christian Democratic Union. "The CDU is having to appeal to a broader base, to adapt to a changed reality in society, new family structures and a bigger role for women," said Bonn University political science professor Frank Decker. "A traditional conservative, Christian party must find answers, it must debate these things. But Merkel is refusing to allow this debate to happen, and that breeds resentment."

1NewsIcon Here is a trailer for Buck Wild, MTV's new Deep South Jersey Shore-esque reality show.

1NewsIcon Shoppers remain unfazed by garment factory fires overseas, like the one in Bangladesh that killed 112 people last week: "Shoppers from Cincinnati to Paris to Singapore all said the same thing: They were aware of the fatal factory fire, but they weren't thinking about it while browsing stores in the days since. Brand name, fit and — above all — prices were on their minds."

1NewsIcon More on Timothy Kurek, the straight man who played gay for a year.

1NewsIcon A gay man is suing the Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida for "wrongful arrest" after they took him in during one of many calls to his and his ex-boyfriend's apartment. Among his complaints, the man claims officers taunted him for being gay.

1NewsIcon The Kansas City Chiefs are struggling to pick up the pieces after teammate Jovan Blecher killed his girlfriend and then himself yesterday morning.

Paul-Bunyan-Bemidhi1NewsIcon Now that voters have tossed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, activists in Minnesota are now looking to ways to pass marriage equality there.

1NewsIcon Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat discusses America's falling birthrates and its alleged relationship to gay marrige acceptance: "..There’s been a broader cultural shift away from a child-centric understanding of romance and marriage. In 1990, 65 percent of Americans told Pew that children were 'very important' to a successful marriage; in 2007, just before the current baby bust, only 41 percent agreed. (That trend goes a long way toward explaining why gay marriage, which formally severs wedlock from sex differences and procreation, has gone from a nonstarter to a no-brainer for so many people.)"

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, when it comes to pursuing marriage equality in Indiana, timing matters: "Some supporters of the ban argue now is the time to push the measure through. But there are more variables than usual for lawmakers to consider heading into 2013. They will have to write their next biennial budget, get acclimated to a new governor for the first time in eight years and measure the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue and make the whole argument moot."

1NewsIcon Speaking of time: there's a lot to learn at the Swiss Watchmaking Institute in Dallas.


NEWS: Heightening The Contradictions, A Terrible Day In Wisconsin, The Diving Unicorn

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Towleroad-roadicon Sen. Lindsey Graham urges government contractors to lay people off just before the election:

I’m urging every defense industry that could be affected by sequestration to put your employees on notice before November ... The more it becomes real to us as to what comes the nation’s way, the more likely we are to solve the problem.

Towleroad-roadicon Stop The Deportations responds to the big DHS announcement:

After a two-year campaign urging the Obama administration to stop the deportations of spouses of gay and lesbian Americans, we welcome the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it will formally recognize same-sex marriages as part of its year-old ‘prosecutorial discretion’ deportation policy and other related enforcement matters.

... This move is significant beyond the immigration context, as it constitutes the first time any agency of the federal government has created a policy explicitly recognizing same-sex marriages.

Towleroad-roadicon At least six dead in shooting at Sikh temple:

The shootings occurred about 10:30 a.m. at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the town of Oak Creek, just south of Milwaukee, officials said ...

Towleroad-roadicon The New York Post didn't think much of Friday's Chick-fil-A kiss-in, but did at least offer this hilarious description of a homophobe:

... Nearby, an older gent who refused to give his name was freaking out.

Mitchadorable“That’s disgusting! That’s not why I came here,” he said.

“Why don’t they go to Sbarro and do that? Why don’t they go to Subway?”

Towleroad-roadicon There is such a thing as a "Chick-on-chick" sandwich, and you can get it in Houston.

Towleroad-roadicon A BuzzFeed contributor builds a treacly but compelling case for Matthew Mitcham's adorableness.

Towleroad-roadicon Vietnam's first Pride Parade:

... it was a scene that was unimaginable a few years ago, when Vietnam still labeled homosexuality a "social evil" alongside drug addiction and prostitution. The country's gay community was once so underground that few groups or meeting places existed, and it was taboo to even talk about the issue.

Towleroad-roadicon Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corporation is under investigation for money laundering.

Towleroad-roadicon Mass death at the beginning of the last millenium linked to a super volcano:

Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the past 10,000 years.

Such was the size of the eruption that its sulphurous gases would have released a stratospheric aerosol veil or dry fog that blocked out sunlight, altered atmospheric circulation patterns and cooled the Earth’s surface ...

Towleroad-roadicon Dick Cavett: Gore Vidal hates being dead ...

... unless of course we die and go somewhere where you can write, drink, have sex, appear on TV and, above all else, talk.

... he was -- I feel safe in saying -- the best talker since Oscar Wilde ... You felt you had just had a lovely bath in the elegant and witty use of our sadly declining English language. Gore's talk, if transcribed, could be printed without editing. If there seemed to be some preening in his prepared remarks on television -- and he knew a good line was worth repeating -- it was outweighed by the quality of the verbal prose.


Watch: John McCain Says That DADT "Is Working"

Just days before the Pentagon releases its survey on "don't ask, don't tell," John McCain took to CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowly today to once again speak in favor of the policy.

CNN's Political Tracker blog reports on his appearance on the show: "The military is at its highest point in recruitment, in retention, in professionalism, in capability so to somehow allege that this policy has been damaging the military is simply false."
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"Instead, McCain called the attempt at repeal 'a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for president of the United States. I want to know the effect on battle effectiveness and morale, not on how best to implement the change in policy. I don't think that's a lot to ask when we have our young men and women out there serving and fighting and tragically some of them dying.'"

He defended the policy further: "It’s called ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Okay? If you don’t ask somebody and they don’t tell and it’s an all volunteer force. [...] The fact is, this was a political promise made by an inexperienced President or candidate for Presidency of the United States...The fact is, that this system is working and I believe we need to assess the effect on the morale and battle effectiveness of those people, those young Marines and Army people I met.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also defended DADT today while speaking to Chris Wallace on FOX News. He spit out the same exact talking points as McCain: "This is a political promise made by Senator Obama when he was running for president. There is no groundswell of opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell coming from our military. This is all politics. I don't believe there is anywhere near the votes to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. On the Republican side, I think we will be united in the lame duck [session] and the study I would be looking for is asking military members: Should it be repealed, not how to implement it once you as a politician decide to repeal it. So I think in a lame duck setting Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not going anywhere."

Watch Candy Crowley's interview with McCain, where the he repeatedly talks over the host, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Elena Kagan

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Full Senate to vote in early August:

"Democratic and Republican senators alike lamented the increasingly sharp partisan divide over the Constitution and the courts Tuesday, and then divided mostly along party lines to approve Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. The lone maverick was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted to confirm Kagan because, he said, she is smart, well-qualified and of good character. 'But yes, she's liberal,' he said, and paused. 'Sort of expected that, actually.' Kagan won a 13-6 vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the next to last stop on her way to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court."


News: Lost Glambert, Leon Is Getting Larger, Manganiello Meat

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Road Colorado is the skinniest U.S. state—its populace has an obesity rate of only 19%. Most other states are in the 25%-35% range, with eight southern states in the 30%+ obese range. In 1991, not one state was above 20%.

Road Weiner eater dragged from stage in handcuffs.

Road "Like a Prayer" climbs U.S. dance charts 21 years after its initial release sans Madonna. "Feels Like" her, though.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0134852b4997970c-400wiRoad NEW BLOOD: True Blood's fresh meat Joe Manganiello shirtless in Us.

Road Why Artyom Savelyev, the Siberian orphan adopted by American mom Torry-Ann Hansen then returned by her when she says he showed destructive behavior, is the poster child for a "permanent subset of parentless children" in Russia.

Road Glambert outtakes by Warwick Saint.

Road Invasion of the Pines peopled by shirtless men, drag queens.

Road A who's who of Republicans continues to pile on embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele for his "uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely" Afghanistan War comments.

070410_kyliemadridprideRoad Kylie Minogue celebrates Madrid Pride performing in the Orgullo Gay Parade.

Road CHANGING THE SUBJECT: U.S. citizens almost weren't.

Road Vietnamese virginity test for men invalid for gays. (As opposed to actually working on straights?)

Road Whomever replaces the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) in the short run and/or the long run, the whole thing's a lot messier than first thought.

Road The jobless betrayed by "a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused."

Road Waiter, there's some jam in my hair. Princess Diana's hair as condiment?

Road Glee's Mark Salling provides a beefcake BBQ over the holiday weekend.

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): 'I Ain't Gay' and I'm Not Having 'a Clandestine Affair with Ricky Martin'

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In a new NYT profile by Robert Draper, Senator Lindsey Graham denies the gay rumors:

"For his sins, Glenn Beck termed the senator Obama Lite, while Rush Limbaugh labeled him Lindsey Grahamnesty. Less tame are the blogosphere monikers, like 'Miss Lindsey,' that play off of Graham’s never-married status. During a South Carolina Tea Party rally this spring, one speaker created an uproar by postulating that Graham supported a guest-worker program out of fear that the Democrats might otherwise expose his homosexuality. (Graham smirked when I brought this up. 'Like maybe I’m having a clandestine affair with Ricky Martin,' he said. 'I know it’s really gonna upset a lot of gay men — I’m sure hundreds of ’em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge — but I ain’t available. I ain’t gay. Sorry.')"

And it ain't his first time at this rodeo, either.

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