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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

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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Rep. Eric Cantor Blasts 'Mob' Occupying Wall Street: VIDEO


Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) told attendees at this morning's Values Voter Summit kick-off that he was concerned about the growing "mob" on Wall Street.

In related news, filmmaker Michael Moore rallied Occupy Wall Street movement last night.

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Watch: Michael Moore Talks Wikileaks, Bail for Julian Assange


Michael Moore appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night, arguing for the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Moore is assisting in posting bail for Assange, as are others: "Around half of the sum, which includes £200,000 in cash and two sureties of £20,000 each, has been found from the list of luvvies, lefties and 'internationally renowned' backers. They include an unnamed Government minister, a Nobel Prize winner, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and film-maker Michael Moore. Assange, 39, should be released once the figure is reached - but the Swedish authorities are appealing against the decision to give him bail. The Australian will appear at the High Court tomorrow, where a senior judge will consider the appeal and decide on his release."

Says Moore: "The lights in the room have been turned on...It's not the leaks that are killing anyone, it's the secrets that have killed people."

In related news, the Air Force has blocked the sites of several newspapers — "the TimesGuardianLe Monde,Der Spiegel, and El País —and Foreign Policy's Wikileaks blog" — because they published diplomatic cables.


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube: #786

SICKO: Wendell Potter apologizes to Michael Moore for smears regarding his healthcare doc.

METROPOLIS II: My 10-year-old self would kill for Chris Burden's latest art project.

DAN SAVAGE: On the "It Gets Better" project.

CGI: Nothing you see here is real.

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BARNEY FRANK: Discusses his Dartmouth town hall response to the Lyndon LaRouche follower who compared Obama's policies to Nazi policies.

MICHAEL MOORE: The trailer for his new film Capitalism, A Love Story.

ANNA WINTOUR: David Letterman asks the Vogue editor if she's ever put anyone in a headlock.

WHOLE FOODS: Targeted with boycott over CEO's position on health care reform.

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News: Caster Semenya, Lockerbie, Ted Kennedy, Shark, Marc Jacobs

RoadLockerbie bomber freed...

RoadTerminally-ill Ted Kennedy wants his replacement chosen swiftly. Deval Patrick: "It’s typical of Ted Kennedy to be thinking ahead and about the people of Massachusetts, when the rest of us are thinking about him."

Castter RoadNew 800m World Champion Caster Semenya asked to take gender test: "The South African athletics federation insist it is "completely sure" that the 18-year-old Semenya is a female. 'We would not have entered her in the female competition if we had any doubts,' said a statement. Semenya won World Championship gold in impressive fashion on Wednesday."

RoadRevolutionary pair of pants makes your ass wink.

RoadDomestic partner registry in Nevada to begin next week.

RoadTom Ford's A Single Man vies with 13 other films for Queer Lion prize at Venice Film Festival.

RoadGay and lesbian residents of NYC apartment building file discrimination lawsuit: "Tensions boiled over when a flyer Uhrin had distributed in January 2004 about the repairs was taped to his door with the word 'fags' written on it, Uhrin said. 'It's like being raped,' said Uhrin, who claims he's been called homophobic slurs by former board members and heard his floor referred to as the 'AIDS floor.'"

RoadFirst look at Madonna's "celebration" promo.

RoadOprah to kick off 24th season with Whitney Houston.

Perez RoadFired Miami newsman Charles Perez wins two-year restraining order against ex-partner believed to have leaked an email which was intended to hurt him professionally.

RoadTIME: Why does Obama keep flip-flopping on gay marriage?

RoadRyan Gosling out and about but refuses to show off the guns.

RoadGreat White Shark attack on seal observed by kayakers off Chatham, Cape Cod.

RoadPolice promise to uphold order during Belgrade Pride parade in September: "In this country, no one is allowed to threaten or bother anyone."

Martone_jacobs RoadMarc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone to wed this weekend in Provincetown.

RoadJustin Timberlake refused to be on the D List.

RoadSwimmers to take on 3 1/2 mile bay between Sayville and Fire Island Pines for Stonewall Foundation benefit.

RoadNew app: Browse the photos on your home computer from your iPhone.

RoadThe latest on gay One Life to Live cop Scott Evans.

RoadMichael Moore to the Hollywood Reporter: "I'm still in a stupor of stunned ecstasy that Obama won. And I approve of most everything he's done, from apologizing to the Iranians for America overthrowing their democratically elected president in 1953 to appointing Kumar to a White House position. He is doing the best he can with the mess he inherited, and I and millions of others are counting on him never to forget that he came from the working class and that his people need him now more than ever. As for the congressional Democrats, what a bunch of losers -- weak, scared, stupid. They had better get a clue pretty quick or the Dark Forces will return."


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