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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

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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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PRI's 'To The Point': More Homophobic Rantings In Wake Of Penn State Scandal

OlneyOn yesterday's To The Point, the PRI news and analysis show, host Warren Olney intended to discuss two subjects: The Penn state scandal and LGBT parents. The discussion featured, among other guests, The Arkansas Family Council's Jerry Cox, who used his time at the mic to press-gang the Penn State tragedy into a morality tale about the dangers of LGBT adoptions.

His reasoning seems to be something like this (and this is really a guess, since Cox very seldom says exactly what he means): Jerry Sandusky, the Penn Stage defensive coach who allegedly raped an unknown number of boys over an unknown number of years, is gay. Sandusky also acted as a foster-parent to a number of children. Ergo, it's dangerous for LGBT-folk to adopt. Said Cox [as transcribed by Gawker]:

The gold standard is that the best place for a child to grow up is in a stable home with a loving mother and father. Our position is that if the state is going to take children into custody, it ought to put children in the best homes possible...These children have been damaged, and need a stable home more than any child out there. What does the research and common sense show? You're going to put them in a home with a loving mother and father.

I find it interesting that we talk about the Penn State situation, and then when we talk about people who claim to have these rights to adopt or foster; in both cases, the children's rights get put in second place. If you give the rights to the adults, the children will be compromised.

Of course, Sandusky isn't gay. He was what somebody like Cox might call a man's man. Married, two kids, involved in athletics, successful, founder of a massive charity. In fact, for most of his life Sandusky seemed like precisely the kind of person Cox would want to adopt children. This was the idea that To The Point's Warren Olney tried to articulate, but he bungled it. Said Olney to Cox [again, via Gawker]:

Shouldn't we reexamine attitudes towards allowing homosexuals access to children, seeing as how ‘macho' Sandusky wound up defying stereotypes and raped them anyway?

Maybe it was Olney's use of the word "we" that muddied the situation, or perhaps his use of Cox's preferred term, "homosexuals." (Those two word choices make it possible to read his statement as suggesting that he and public radiofolk ought to reevaluate their pro-gay propensities.) Or maybe it's his suggestion that the Penn State tragedy and LGBT adoption have anything to do with each other at all.

In any event, GLAAD didn't much like the timbre of the show, and this morning published a press release calling for NPR to clarify its stance. Apparently, Olney had already apologized to an interlocutor at GLAAD. Olney's statement reads:

We apologize for any confusion about today’s “To the Point,” which dealt with both the Penn State child-sex scandal and the issue of same-sex couples as foster or adoptive parents.  The connection we intended to make was this: a suspected pedophile backed by a powerful institution was allowed to have foster children, while same-sex couples, who can provide loving families, are often denied that opportunity.  We'll air listener comments and further discussion on Monday's program.


Watch: Rep. Anthony Weiner Rips House Bill to Defund NPR

 

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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) spent two and a half minutes on the House floor yesterday sarcastically ripping House Republicans for their crusade to defund NPR, using Car Talk hosts Click and Clack, to mock them.

Ranted Weiner: "The American people are not concerned about the economy around the world. They're staring at their radio station saying, get rid of Click And Clack. Finally my Republican friends are getting rid of them. Kudos to you."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Qatar, Palin as Zsa Zsa, 'Dirty' Rowe and Eruption

Gagahellraiser-1 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Activists have come out against FIFA for giving Russia and Qatar the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. "Both countries have very poor human rights records," said Peter Tatchell. “Sport should never be allowed to trump human rights. FIFA have put their corporate interests before the well being of the people of Russia and Qatar.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Mehdi Hasan at New Statesman wonders whether gay and other protests over the World Cup decision lead to Qatarphobia.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Lady Gaga channeled Pinhead and the rest of the Hellraiser baddies with an outfit apparently inspired by her recent pledge to stay off Twitter until fans raise $1 million for the Keep A Child Alive AIDS project.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Chaz Bono, Ed Begley Jr., and the incredible Jean Smart helped GLAAD celebrate its 25th anniversary in Los Angeles last night.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Actress Amber Heard, who appeared as Seth Rogen's girlfriend in Pineapple Express, was also at the GLAAD event and apparently is out and proud. "I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong," she told AfterEllen. "I don’t feel like I’m wrong. I don’t feel like millions of people are wrong because they love who they love or they were born how they were born."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Rumor has it Robert Downey Jr. will co-star in a musical-comedy about two Broadway writers who find inspiration at a summer theater camp.

Volcanoecuador 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Villagers have been evacuated after Ecuador's "Throat of Fire" volcano began spewing magma today. Now, how many lewd jokes can you make out of that one?

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Gay singer Lance Bass will reportedly write a screenplay about his and former model Cheryl Tiegs' Mexican road trip to Girls Gone Wild host Joe Francis' wedding. It sounds preposterous, yes, but then you think about it a little more and realize this has the makings of a genius comedy: To Wong Foo meets The Hangover?


6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 New York's Senate now has a Republican majority after a state Justice declared Jack Martins the winner in an electoral recount. Democrats, however, remain in control of the governorship and Assembly. Deadlock forever!

Mikerowe-1 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Gay cop's discrimination suit against LAPD reopened.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Will ignoring Sarah Palin deplete her power? Charles M. Blow thinks so, and describes her as the "Zsa Zsa Gabor of politics." "She once did something noteworthy, but she’s now just famous for being famous." Maybe so, but she still has quite a devoted fanbase.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Radio host David Pakman says that the passage of civil unions in Illinois should show anti-gay activists that their prohibitive culture war has come to an end.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, one of the funniest, dreamiest television personalities around, appeared on NPR's Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! today to answer, once and for all, "Is Mr. Clean gay?"

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 "When I got involved in politics, I told people I wanted to put Christian conservatives in leadership positions," explains John Cook, a member of Texas' State Republican Executive Committee, on why he won't support a Jewish state house speaker. "I got into politics to put Christian conservatives into office. They're the people that do the best jobs over all." Wow. Just wow.


News: NPR, Chris Colfer, Calvin Klein, Shark Attack, Finland

 road NPR on its recent canning of Juan Williams: “He had several times in the past violated our news code of ethics with things that he had said on other people’s air.”

Cc  road For whatever reason, Glee's Chris Colfer doesn't come across as narcissistic with this statement: "If somebody had to be a role model, I think I'm a good candidate, in the sense that I really don't do anything obviously stupid or wrong, and I'm pretty smart with my judgments."

 road Rick Sanchez lives to tweet again.

 road The NY Times reports on why the creators of South Park plagiarized jokes on this week's episode: "When Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone could not find a movie theater showing 'Inception,' and were unable to get a DVD of the film (or find a watchable version on BitTorrent), they turned to other parodies of the film on the Web, and found the CollegeHumor video." Still sounds fishy to me.

 road A whole lotta green eggs and ham: The 19-page manuscript of a previously unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript is sold at auction for a cool $34,000.

 road Prosecutors in Vancouver want a man accused of attacking a 62-year-old at a gay bar charged with a hate crime. The victim was left with permanent brain damage.

 road Anti-gay comments spark mass exodus from Finnish church: "The number leaving increased sharply on 12 October following the broadcast of a debate programme focused on gay rights on Network 2 of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). By Monday 18 October, more than 24,000 people had left Finland’s Evangelical-Lutheran and Orthodox Churches."

Weather  road Weather forecast for some red states is a giant hovering red penis.

 road Katy Perry and Russell brand got hitched.

 road Calvin Kelin ads can't seem to stay away from controversy.

 road The video game Fable III is about to become very gay-friendly: "We don't require you to be of a certain type to get married," said Peter Molyneux, creative director at Microsoft Game Studios Europe. "You can be gay. You can be bisexual. You can get married as many times as you like. It's up to you. My fascination is with what that means to people. It means they can be who they are rather than who I require them to be."

 road The digital age has officially killed the Sony Walkman.

 road Shark attack that killed a 19-year-old in California was most likely involved a Great White.


Homophobic NPR Helps Closeted Political Hypocrites Stay Closeted

One of the main points in Kirby Dick's new documentary Outrage, which exposes closeted politicians with hypocritical voting records, is that the media for many years has been complicit in stoking that hypocrisy by refusing to report on it.

Outrage_2 Which makes National Public Radio's censoring of names from a review of the film by Nathan Lee all the more disgusting. NPR "trimmed the review" according to Indiewire, cutting mention of those named in the film, without telling the writer they were doing so.

Said NPR’s executive director of Digital Dick Meyer to Indiewire: “NPR has a long-held policy of trying to respect the privacy of public figures and of not airing or publishing rumors, allegations and reports about their private lives unless there is a compelling reason to do so. This may be considered old-fashioned by some, but it is a policy we value and respect. We neglected to inform the author of the ‘Outrage’ review about this policy when the piece was commissioned, a simple oversight we regret...Only an overriding public need to know can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.”

Mike Signorile notes: "This is the same idiotic behavior we've seen coming from many in the media for 20 years on this issue. It's encouraging that some news outlets have moved on it -- the LA Times, Philly Inquirer and others reported on those discussed in the film -- but it's pathetic that some just can't seem to break out of their rigid and ultimately biased thinking. By not discussing the names of those in the film, NPR is most certainly passing judgment on homosexuality, on the filmmaker and on the public figures involved -- deeming that, if they have secret gay lives, it is the most horrible thing imaginable. They are also deciding to suppress legitimate news because of that distaste and bias."

Lambertkiss And Movieline responds to NPR's statement: "We love blanket statements like those, because they’re so easy to disprove! Naturally, we found plenty of evidence that NPR is willing to speculate on the sexuality of public figures — especially when those figures are entertainers instead of influential Republican politicians. In the last month, NPR was all too happy to run an editorial about the sexuality of American Idol frontrunner Adam Lambert, wherein writer Linda Holmes snarks on the media outlets that are reticent to fully acknowledge what she presumes is Lambert’s homosexuality. And this past November, after comedian Wanda Sykes came out as a lesbian at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas, NPR spent minutes of airtime discussing whether it would lead Queen Latifah (who’s never publicly stated that she is a lesbian) to do the same."

In related news, former LOGO News host Jason Bellini interviewed Outrage director Kirby Dick for The Daily Beast. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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