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Road Hosni Mubarak gets life.

Road Kathryn Joosten, star of The West Wing and Desperate Housewives, has died.

Road Researchers Joshua A. Tabak and Vivian Zayas explain "the science of gaydar":

... our finding clarifies how people distinguish between gay and straight faces. Research by Professor Rule and his colleagues has implicated certain areas of the face (like the mouth area) in gaydar judgments. Our discovery — that accuracy was substantially greater for right side up faces than for upside-down faces — indicates that configural face processing contributes to gaydar accuracy. Specific facial features will not tell the whole story. Differences in spatial relationships among facial features matter, too.

Consider, for example, facial width-to-height ratio. This is a configural physical feature that differs between men and women (men have a larger ratio) and reflects testosterone release during adolescence in males. Given that stereotypes of gender atypicality — gay men as relatively feminine and gay women as relatively masculine — play a role in how people judge others’ sexual orientation, our finding suggests that cues like facial width-to-height ratio may contribute to gaydar judgments ...

Road Chris Mooney explains the science behind the the media giving his book the shaft.

Road Bryan Fischer explains why discrimination's great.

Road Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution -- was it misnamed?

Road The Pope says some nonsense about the beauty of priestly celibacy:

“The shining light of pastoral charity and a unified heart is sacerdotal celibacy and enshrined virginity,” Pope Benedict XVI told hundreds of clergy members in Milan Cathedral during the 7th World Meeting of Families.

“Without a doubt, Jesus’ love is for all Christians but takes on particular significance for the celibate priest and for those who take up the vocation of a life of devotion,” he said on the second day of his visit to Milan.

Road This psychiatrist feels the need to explain that there won't be a zombie apocalypse.

Gingrich Road Newt Gingrich isn't a very good Romney surrogate:

“[F]rankly, the Romney people did the only thing they could [against my campaign]. They used their strengths — which were money and the super PAC and a willingness to go after me very aggressively — to offset my strength, which was an ability to define a larger, better future,” Gingrich said. “It’s not bad to say [Romney] has proven he will do what it takes to beat Obama. It’s the nature of our current political culture that cynicism trumps idealism,” the former speaker added, coming very close to calling Romney cynical.

Road GOP congressional spokesman Jay Townsend thinks acid-attacks are hilarious.

Road Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 sounds pretty amazing:

A very few writers can at length sustain both the nothingness where characters, where lives, happen and also the tech and thrill where adventure occurs. Iain M. Banks, yes, almost always. And then there's Kim Stanley Robinson, whose new novel, 2312, is his boldest trip into all of the marvelous SF genres—ethnography, future shock, screed against capitalism, road to earth—and all of the ways to thrill and be thrilled. It's a future history that's so secure and comprehensive that it reads as an account of the past—a trick of craft that belongs almost exclusively to the supreme SF task force of Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.

Road A few years ago, quacks liked to give autistic kids a castration drug to "cure" their condition. It didn't work. Now the quacks have moved on to bleach enemas.


A Penetrating Visualization of Hard GOP Presidential Poll Data: VIDEO

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Matthew Epler has created a series of customized sex toys for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann (pictured above in respective order) based on hard polling data.

Writes Epler:

Grand Old Party demonstrates that as a people united, our opinion has real volume. When we approve of a candidate, they swell with power. When we deem them unworthy, they are diminished and left hanging in the wind. We guard the gate! It opens and closes at our will. How wide is up to us.

In an age of information, we rely on hard facts. Each of the shapes you see here come directly from poll data collected by Gallup. This data reects approval ratings for each GOP candidate among registered Republican voters from December 10, 2011 to April 1, 2012. Each shape’s girth is a reflection of popularity while their height is a reflection of time.

The contours of these delightful shapes conjure up the waves of amber grain and those lapping at the rim of our great nation spanning from sea to shining sea. As the battle for the Presidency rails on, we must remember that Americans may may have achieved freedom through war, but they are also a people of love. After all, in the end all we have is each other.

Brining up the rear has a whole new meaning now.

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Obama Uses Newt Against Mitt in Brutal New Ad: VIDEO

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Newt Gingrich is moments away from officially suspending his campaign as I post this, and word is he intends to endorse Romney at some point. Unfortunatley, he's also been trying to destroy him for months, and the Obama campaign has it all recorded in a brutal new spot.

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Newt Gingrich Gives the Internet Advance Notice That He'll Be Suspending His Campaign Tomorrow: VIDEO

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Newt Gingrich offers a pre-goodbye good-bye. Buh-bye.

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Conan O'Brien Does a Genius Callista Gingrich: VIDEO

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Conan and Andy Richter said good-bye to Newt and Callista now that Gingrich is ending his campaign.

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News: Eating Elephant, More Fluke Insults, Budget, Thinking

TopGun 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Erich Bishop, the openly gay son of a former KKK member, is running for state house in Kansas.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi "To a man?" That's how Fox News anchor Monica Crowley reacted to news that Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" for wanting access to contraceptives, is engaged. Adam Peck writes, "Crowley’s fake surprise that Fluke is not, in fact, a lesbian is especially ironic given the attacks that her network leveled against Fluke in February."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Rupert Murdoch admitted that News Corp. executives tried to "cover up" a culture of hacking.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Jen Tyrrell, the mother booted from her son's Boy Scouts troop for being a lesbian, appeared on MSNBC today and had this to say about the incident: "We were like a family, so in essence … we lost our scouting family, but they also lost two members of their scouting family."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The thankfully short life of the "I Kill Gays for Fun" Facebook page.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Victory Fund says that for the first time ever all 50 states have an LGBT elected official. From the Washington Blade: "[VF] has listed the names of openly LGBT officials in 49, saying that it has also identified a local official in Alaska whose name will be made public soon."

TheThinker6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi In related news, 2012 is turning out to be quite the year for LGBT candidates: "[Victory Fund] has already backed more than 100 national, state and local LGBT candidates, and expects that number to double before November."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi John Paulk, an "ex-gay" activist photographed in a gay bar in 2000, now lists himself as "interested in men and women" on Facebook. Has another charlatan seen the light?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Perhaps hoping that he hasn't completely eradicated his political career, failed presidential candidate now claims he can be an influential surrogate for Mitt Romney: "I'm going to look at how I can be helpful, because I suspect people will still show up to hear me."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy won't stand for homophobic business on the kiss cam. "They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend," he tweeted.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Reality star and White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is claims young people will help his campaign for governor in Virginia: "The social media, those people that have associated me with television or reality TV, opens up a whole new audience, and frankly the younger audience is going to be very important in winning this governor's race."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Racism among the contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Top Gun sequel?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Progressive Catholics are coming out against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan. "We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few," wrote dozens of faculty and students at Georgetown, where Ryan spoke today.

BrandonMcCarthy6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lindsay Lohan smoked a stoge while hanging around the set of Glee.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Not sure if you heard or not, but Ricky Martin will be hosting an LGBT Obama fundraiser.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lambda Legal is fighting to overturn the 2010 aggravated assault conviction for a man who was accused of using a "dangerous instrument" when he bit someone because the judge claimed his HIV-positive status turned his saliva into a weapon, even though HIV is not transmitted through saliva. 

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Singer Kris Allen strikes striking poses during a photo shoot for his forthcoming album, Thank You Camellia.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A little taste of elephant.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Chew on this: "Thinking analytically dims supernatural beliefs [such as religion], apparently by opposing the intuitive thought processes that underpin them."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Senate renewed the Violence Against Women Act, which now includes LGBT people. The House now has to pass its own version.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Meryl Streep tries to get her groove back in the Hope Springs trailer.


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