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Rand Paul's Son Arrested at Airport for Being Drunk, Disruptive: VIDEO

The 19-year-old son of teabagger Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was arrested at the Charlotte airport Saturday night, WCNC reports:

William_paulPolice say William Paul was drunk and being disruptive.

When Paul was taken in to custody, he told authorities his dad is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

There’s no word on where he got the alcohol, or if anyone will face charges for serving the 19-year-old.

Moira Bagley, communications director for Senator Paul released the following statement on Sunday afternoon:

Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena, however, as many parents with teenagers would understand, his family should be afforded the privacy and respect they deserve in a situation such as this.

Watch the WCNC report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1204

WE HAVE TO BOMB EVERYBODY TOMORROW: Rand Paul on the GOP's foreign policy.

MID-AIR COLLISION: "Two single-engine planes, flying side by side in the Netherlands, collide and become stuck together at the wings. Nobody was injured, but one plane was forced to crash land on the beach while the other safely landed at the airport." The planes were apparently towing the banners of two political rivals.

OPTICAL ILLUSION OF THE DAY: From Brusspup.

THE TIGER PEN: Somebody's asking for it.

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NEWS: Andrew Sullivan, Audra McDonald, And Clay Aiken Vs. Tony Perkins Vs. Rand Paul (VIDEO)

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Road The aforementioned Andrew Sullivan story is out now, and it really is rather like that Toni Morrison essay:

... The core gay experience throughout history has been displacement, a sense of belonging and yet not belonging. Gays are born mostly into heterosexual families and discover as they grow up that, for some reason, they will never be able to have a marriage like their parents’ or their siblings’. They know this before they can tell anyone else, even their parents. This sense of subtle alienation—of loving your own family while feeling excluded from it—is something all gay children learn. They sense something inchoate, a separateness from their peers, a subtle estrangement from their families, the first sharp pangs of shame. And then, at some point, they find out what it all means. In the past, they often would retreat and withdraw, holding a secret they couldn’t even share with their parents—living as an insider outsider.

And this, in a different way, is Obama’s life story as well. He was a black kid brought up by white grandparents and a white single mother in Hawaii and Indonesia, where his color really made no difference. He discovered his otherness when reading an old issue of Life magazine, which had a feature on African-Americans who had undergone an irreversible bleaching treatment to make them look white—because they believed being white was the only way to be happy. He wrote:

I felt my face and neck get hot. My stomach knotted; the type began to blur on the page ... I had a desperate urge to jump out of my seat, to show [others] what I had learned, to demand some explanation or assurance. But something held me back. As in a dream, I had no voice for my newfound fear. By the time my mother came to take me home, my face wore a smile and the magazines were back in their proper place. The room, the air, was quiet as before.

Barack Obama had to come out of a different closet. He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family. The America he grew up in had no space for a boy like him: black yet enveloped by loving whiteness, estranged from a father he longed for (another common gay experience), hurtling between being a Barry and a Barack, needing an American racial identity as he grew older but chafing also against it and over-embracing it at times ...

AudraMcdonald Road GOProud wroth with Romney for pandering to "big government theocrats." (They plan to vote for him anyway.)

Road A very cool experiment with slime mold.

Road What's Audra McDonald up to?

Road Why is The Avengers making so much damned money?

Road Mayor Bloomberg delivers commencement address at University of North Carolina; blasts Amendment One.

Road Daily Mail: Colombian drug apparently turns people into mindless zombies. (Story neglects to mention that the same claim has been made of weed, LSD, ecstasy, PCP ...)

Road Gawker didn't get Rand Paul's joke either.

Road The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins might or mightn't have got it; either way, he thinks Paul should be nicer.

Road Face The Nation: Clay Aiken vs. Tony Perkins, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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NEWS: Television Is Gay, GLAAD Goes Scouting, Geraldo Was Defiled, And Obama, And Obama, And Obama

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Towleroad-roadicon We really do need each other

Towleroad-roadicon NPR on the gayification of TV.

Towleroad-roadicon Facebook "hate" page exposes gayfolk in the Australian military.

Towleroad-roadicon Ricky Martin, Julianne Moore, and a whole bunch of others team up with GLAAD to get a Mother's Day message to Boy Scouts of America.

Towleroad-roadicon Geraldo "raped" by TSA worker:

“The last time I flew to Afghanistan I got manually raped by a guy who – the scanner wasn’t working,” said Rivera, before adding that his “junk was junked” by a TSA screener.

“This guy, it seemed to me, was getting off on it…And the more and the tighter I got and the angrier I got,” said Rivera. “You know, he just wanted to be a little more intimate.”

Rivera explained how his trouble with the TSA began when he got put on a ‘no fly list’ and was continually subjected to “enhanced interrogation and search” every time he took a flight.

“And I was so frustrated. I called the TSA, and I called and I called. I went on television. I exposed them, I embarrassed them. I said, ‘can’t ya?’ And they just could not remove my name from the computer that had the no-fly list.”

Towleroad-roadicon "Trayvon Martin"-styled gun-range targets prove wildly popular:

WKMG’s Mike DeForest reported on Friday that the unidentified seller told him that the targets “sold out in 2 days.”

“The response is overwhelming,” the seller said.

While the item appears to have been removed from GunBroker.com, a cached version of the page was still available at the time of publication.

Photos of the item, which was titled “10 Pack Trayvon Martin Targets,” showed crosshairs over a hoodie similar to the one Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February. The figure has a bag of Skittle in his pocket and is holding what appears to be a can of iced tea...

Towleroad-roadicon Around the world, disappointment with Obama. He failed to close Guantanamo or acknowledge American responsibility for the financial crisis, and:

... Obama has been the U.S. president "least involved in the Palestinian issue," said Mohammed Ishtayeh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"We were very optimistic when Obama was elected. He talked in his meeting with us without looking into his notes; that tells how much he knows about our issue," he said.

But since Obama made his Cairo speech, Ishtayeh added, "he found his hands tied and couldn't make much progress."

Towleroad-roadicon ... but angriest of all are Kenyan clerics, who really disliked Obama's announcement this week:

Speaking to the Nation in Mombasa, Council of Imams and Preachers Organising Secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa accused President Obama of playing god by legalizing what "God Himself objects".

“Simply because he has risen to be the President of a super power does not mean he can now start acting as God. He is nothing in the eyes of God and his plans will not succeed just like those who preceded him in such plans,” said Sheikh Khalifa ...

“God created man and woman so that we can procreate. How come we now want to behave worse than dogs who do not go for their own gender but know the difference between the two?” asked Sheikh Khalifa. [Ed. note: Actually, several of my dogs have been confused on this point.]

Towleroad-roadicon Can somebody please explain this joke from Sen. Rand Paul?

"The president, you know, recently weighed in on marriage. And, you know, he said his views were evolving on marriage," the first-term senator said Friday evening. "Call me cynical, but I wasn't sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer."

Towleroad-roadicon The Los Angeles Times asks: "Will black voters follow Obama on gay marriage?"

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... historically, homosexuality was a nonissue. Then, in the 2004 presidential election, anti-civil union and marriage equality laws were put on ballots in key states to draw "values voters" to the polls. Part of the Republican strategy was to have white evangelical leaders actively recruit black clergy to the anti-gay movement. For example, the Promise Keepers, the Traditional Values Coalition and other evangelical groups organized meetings of black clergy from Washington to Texas to California to oppose gay marriage.

As important as the church's role is, this fact remains: A gay rights movement never really happened among African Americans. The fight for civil rights took up almost all of the justice oxygen. For a black person to be "out," he or she was most likely also out of the black community ...

Towleroad-roadicon Finally: After President Obama made his announcement last week, I saw trolls on no fewer than three internet forums begin pointing to this site as evidence of the POTUS's perversion. If they want people to visit it so much, I figure: Why not give 'em a hand?


Rand Paul's TSA Detention: VIDEO

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A video has been released of Senator Rand Paul, who (along with his father Ron) made a big stink earlier this week about being "detained" by the TSA after refusing a pat-down in the Nashville airport.

The clip, this one with fictional dialogue and annotations, reinforces the fact that Paul was just being a drama queen about his signature issue.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via buzzfeed)

Politico reports:

In response to Monday’s incident, his father’s presidential campaign issued a statement slamming the Transportation Security Administration and promising to abolish it if elected.

“The police state in this country is growing out of control,” Ron Paul’s campaign said. “One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities. The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe.”

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GOP Senator Rand Paul Detained by TSA at Nashville Airport

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been detained by TSA at the Nashville Airport after reportedly refusing a pat-down.

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Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused, Bagley said.

Paul, one of the most conservative members of the Senate, is an outspoken critic of what he characterizes as an overly obtrusive federal government threatening to strip of citizens of various rights and civil liberties.

His father Ron Paul tweeted about the detention a shortt time ago: "My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming."

In fact, Paul's just a drama queen who wants to draw attention to his signature issue.


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