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1NewsIcon Nine climbers are dead and six are missing after an avalanche in Nepal.

KickAss11NewsIcon Aaron Taylor-Johnson looks ready for action on the Kick-Ass 2 set.

1NewsIcon Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird this weekend vowed to "stand up to the violent mobs that seek to criminalize homosexuality".

1NewsIcon Happy 50th birthday to The Jetsons!

1NewsIcon San Franciscans are mentally preparing for anti-gay, drunk-driving, Prop 8-advocating Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone to take his seat at the head of the Catholic table there. A taste of Cordileone's homophobic rhetoric: "If we misuse the gift of sexuality, we're going to suffer the consequences, and I firmly believe we are suffering the consequences."

1NewsIcon Australia's The Purchas Cup brought gay rugby players from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane together for the very first time... That could be the opening of a skin flick.

1NewsIcon David Twede, an editor at MormonThink who has been critical of Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, says he now faces excommunication from the LDS.

Perrydog1NewsIcon Rick Perry's campaign threatened to sue the Huffington Post if it ran a story about gay rumors that have long plagued the failed Republican presidential candidate. "[Aide Ted Delisi] said Perry would be owning a big chunk of AOL, the publicly traded company that owns HuffPo, if this came out. Ted seemed kind of pissed off at the media in general, saying that standards had obviously declined if this is what passes for news these days. Ted was clear that he thought the story was complete hogwash."

1NewsIcon The owner of a Portland bar is being investigated for allegedly kicking out an LGBT performance troupe and their friends. One piece of evidence is a voicemail he left in which he blamed cross-dressing or transitioned customers for hurting his business: "People think that A: We're a tranny bar, or B: We're a gay bar. We are neither. People are not coming in because they just don't want to be here on a Friday night now."

Bagirl1NewsIcon These super-heroes have also been politicians. Didn't anyone note that Superman is an alien?

1NewsIcon Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day has checked into rehab after having a breakdown during a Las Vegas performance this weekend.

1NewsIcon Expect conservatives to start griping about how the Broward County School District in Florida is "encouraging" students to celebrate LGBT history month. Glenn Beck's The Blaze is getting the party started.

1NewsIcon Joe Arpaio v 2.0?


At Family Leadership Summit, Iowan Conservatives Vow To Defeat Judge Wiggins

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Yesterday, nearly 1,000 of Iowa's religious conservatives gathered in Grace Point Church, in Waukee, for the Family Leadership Summit. They did not seek to eliminate child hunger or illiteracy or poverty in Iowa, or to ensure that Iowa's children receive their vaccinations. They instead listened to addresses from Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rep. Steve King, and others, and plotted the defeat of Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who's up for a retention vote this year. Judge Wiggins is one of the seven Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled against the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act in 2009.

The campaign to unseat Judge Wiggins was announced by failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats. From the AP:

“When you raise your hand and you swear an oath to the constitution and then you go outside of the constitution, outside of your separation of powers to legislate from the bench . . . we the people must hold a person like that in check,” said Vander Plaats, chairman of [the anti-Wiggins campaign,] Iowans for Freedom.

Earlier this month, Andy reported that the state GOP is gunning for Judge Wiggins, too.

Three of the justices who threw out the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act have come up for retention vote since the ruling. All three have been ousted.


NEWS: George Walks, TED Talks, Scott Lively Freaks Out, And Goodbye Ernest Borgnine

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Towleroad-roadicon Ernest Borgnine has died.

Towleroad-roadicon A lesbian mum responds to Jane Pitt, Brad Pitt's anti-gay mother.

Towleroad-roadicon Scott Lively pleads with a Missouri city to get serious about the rainbow menace:

Framed as an “anti-discrimination” measure it is in reality a “Gay Fascism” Bill that will make disapproval of homosexuality illegal in the City of Springfield and grant gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders (GLBTs) legal standing to sue their opponents, primarily Christians.

Starting in the 1980s in cities like San Francisco, homosexuals have forced many U.S. cities and numerous states to adopt similar “Gay Fascism” laws with disastrous effects on Christian landlords and businesses. Empowered by recent successes, they are now pushing into conservative cities.

... in a strategic political sense ... an “anti-discrimination policy” based on “sexual orientation” is the seed that contains the entire homosexual agenda with all of its poisonous fruit, including “gay” marriage, “gay” adoption, and heavy taxpayer funding of “gay” programs and projects. Wherever the seed takes root, “gay” power and control just keeps growing until it supplants traditional family values with San Francisco-style sexual anarchy in every social and political sphere.

Towleroad-roadicon Conversations about homosexuality and the Bible in Africa.

Towleroad-roadicon Gayfolk and Rick Perry have something in common.

Towleroad-roadicon George Zimmerman is out of jail.

Towleroad-roadicon On the cheap thrill of looking at other people's mug shots:

A mug shot doesn’t simply provide information, it lures us into a drama in which we are given an intimate, Leviathan’s-eye view of the state asserting dominance over an individual. In the old days, this spectacle took place live, on the scaffold of the pillory. Today, it happens in the creation and online circulation of the mug shot. In the faces of these photographic subjects we behold an alarming look of knowledge without consent, and the formal elements associated with this type of portrait—the rigid, head-on stare, the non-professional lighting and institutional accouterment—are charged with the candid photo’s shock of spontaneous revelation.

ScientologyArchitecture Towleroad-roadicon On the art and science of TED talks.

Towleroad-roadicon Fleeing from Scientology's "Land Flag Base," in Clearwater. The architecture's cool, but the sales pitch is creepy.

Towleroad-roadicon Three-hundred homeless folks take the stage at the Royal Opera House.

Towleroad-roadicon Fifty years of Bond on display in London:

... a bullet-shaped entry way leads through to the Gold Room, which features a life-sized recreation of character Jill Masterson's death by gold paint from the 1964 film "Goldfinger."

"Shirley Eaton's golden body is one of the most iconic Bond images, and we went to great lengths to cast a form -- not just a mannequin -- to painstakingly make a body that resembled her nubile proportions from Goldfinger ... "


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.

Don't miss the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rick Perry to Drop Out of Race Today

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And another one's gone.

"Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, two sources familiar with the plans told CNN."


Conservative Conclave Declares For Santorum

Picture 33Today, more than 150 American Evangelical leaders gathered at a ranch in Texas to solve, once and for all, The Romney Problem.

After watching in disgust and horror as moderate Republicans united behind Mitt Romney, and conservatives and Evangelicals split their votes between three and occasionally four candidates (Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and very occasionally Rick Perry), conservative worthies gathered this morning at the ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler for a gathering organized by Republican bigwigs and professional homophobes James Dobson, Donald E. Wildmon, and Tony Perkins, among others, to decide who shall be the official anti-Romney unity candidate.

Their choice: Rick Santorum.

Ron Paul never had a chance, because he doesn't want to regulate the nation's genitals. Picking Newt Gingrich would have been safer politics, but Newt's not not righteous and they know it. Rick Perry's got the grit, the record, and the look, but he couldn't get elected dog catcher outside Texas. So it's Santorum. From The New York Times:

The field was narrowed to Mr. Santorum and Mr. Gingrich after the first vote. By the third ballot, Mr. Perkins said, 114 people voted, with Mr. Santorum receiving 85 votes to 29 for Mr. Gingrich.

Mr. Perkins declined to explain why participants moved toward Mr. Santorum, other than to praise his consistent record on social and economic issues. In the discussions, Mr. Perkins said, participants were as concerned about repealing Mr. Obama’s health care law and fighting the national debt as they were about abortion and same-sex marriage.

And many evangelicals have said they are bothered not only by Mr. Gingrich’s three marriages, but by his attacks on Mr. Romney’s work in private equity, which they believe amounts to attacks on free enterprise.

But there was no consensus. Several of the worthies still support Gingrich, and there's no telling whether the newsly minted Santora (Santorumites?) will have a tangible influence on voters. As the Times notes:

Evangelicals tend to be better informed and more independent that they were a generation ago, when the endorsement from a leader like Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson held huge sway, said Rev. Paul Jimenez, pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C.

“People will take note of what the leaders say, but the days are gone when you could stand up and say this is our guy,” said Mr. Jimenez, who previously worked in Washington for the late Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina. “Evangelicals have so many voices now.”

The Evangelicals have just one Sunday church service in which to get out the Santorum vote ahead of the South Carolina primary next Saturday.


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