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04/19/2007


News: Lost Glambert, Leon Is Getting Larger, Manganiello Meat

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Road Colorado is the skinniest U.S. state—its populace has an obesity rate of only 19%. Most other states are in the 25%-35% range, with eight southern states in the 30%+ obese range. In 1991, not one state was above 20%.

Road Weiner eater dragged from stage in handcuffs.

Road "Like a Prayer" climbs U.S. dance charts 21 years after its initial release sans Madonna. "Feels Like" her, though.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0134852b4997970c-400wiRoad NEW BLOOD: True Blood's fresh meat Joe Manganiello shirtless in Us.

Road Why Artyom Savelyev, the Siberian orphan adopted by American mom Torry-Ann Hansen then returned by her when she says he showed destructive behavior, is the poster child for a "permanent subset of parentless children" in Russia.

Road Glambert outtakes by Warwick Saint.

Road Invasion of the Pines peopled by shirtless men, drag queens.

Road A who's who of Republicans continues to pile on embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele for his "uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely" Afghanistan War comments.

070410_kyliemadridprideRoad Kylie Minogue celebrates Madrid Pride performing in the Orgullo Gay Parade.

Road CHANGING THE SUBJECT: U.S. citizens almost weren't.

Road Vietnamese virginity test for men invalid for gays. (As opposed to actually working on straights?)

Road Whomever replaces the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) in the short run and/or the long run, the whole thing's a lot messier than first thought.

Road The jobless betrayed by "a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused."

Road Waiter, there's some jam in my hair. Princess Diana's hair as condiment?

Road Glee's Mark Salling provides a beefcake BBQ over the holiday weekend.

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News: Ljubljana, Rainbow Flag, Cheyenne Jackson, St. Petersburg

Road Carrie Prejean to get opposite married.

RoadSenator Byrd to lie in repose in Senate chamber.

Cristiano RoadCristiano Ronaldo launches website.

RoadGordon Ramsey checks out some male ham hocks in St. Tropez.

RoadTwo injured in shooting during vigil for man shot to death at SF Gay Pride.

RoadFlorida State University expands non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

RoadJennifer Love Hewitt has a thing for Brent Corrigan.

RoadThree men charged with conspiracy in killing of Robert Wone found not guilty: "No one has yet been charged with the murder of Wone, the former general counsel of Radio Free Asia who was stabbed three times in the chest on the evening of Aug. 2, 2006 in a Dupont Circle townhouse. And on Tuesday, a Washington, D.C., judge found the three men charged with conspiracy not guilty on all counts. Click here for the WaPo article; here for coverage from the Who Murdered Robert Wone? blog; here for previous LB coverage of the Wone situation. Prosecutors had accused Joseph R. Price, 39, Victor J. Zaborsky, 44, and Dylan M. Ward, 39, of covering up the slaying of Wone in the trio’s Dupont Circle home...Attorneys for Price, Ward and Zaborsky, who were arrested in 2008 and later released on their own recognizance, say they were unfairly targeted because they are gay."

RoadWatch: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer.

RoadCheyenne Jackson will have an episode arc on the eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

ActivistRoadFour gay activists detained at St. Petersburg, Russia rally: "St. Petersburg police detained at least four gay activists on Saturday during a rally at the Hermitage Museum, a police spokesman said. About two dozen gay and lesbian activists gathered in the tourist-packed courtyard of one of the world's most famous museums carrying banners and chanting 'Homophobia is the country's shame.' Although the rally was not publicly announced, a small group of ultraright activists came to the square attempting to attack the protesters, local media reported, adding that four or five of them were detained."

RoadReligious right launches fax campaign against Elena Kagan.

RoadMeet Grandpa Gaga.

RoadMiley Cyrus: Like vs. You Know.

RoadGay gift shop in Portland, Maine has Pride flag torn down: "We wanted to hang a pride flag out above our sign, and we put it out on Saturday and Monday night it was ripped down. They ripped the flagpole, everything, down. They took the whole thing. It's kind of disappointing going into Pride (Week), and we'd like to think we can put things out in support and not have them destroyed."

RoadCaroline Manzo and Kim Zolciak trash Danielle Staub's lesbian leanings.

Shark RoadTuna fisherman catch Great White off the coast of Massachusetts.

RoadDelhi Gay Pride parade postponed for cooler weather.

RoadSlovenian gay bar bombed: "Unknown perpetrators attacked last week a Ljubljana bar popular with the gay community with Molotov cocktails. The bar as well as the house of a judge who sentenced in March three men to prison for a 2009 assault on a gay activist were also sprayed with homophobic graffiti."

RoadSteve Carell punching out at The Office.

RoadBP slick reached Mississippi while Haley Barbour was fundraising in Washington: "Continuing his record of dismissing the magnitude of the BP disaster, Barbour said on Friday after he returned to Mississippi that major slicks miles long within the Mississippi Sound 'shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.' By Saturday, there were 'long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands.'"


Senator Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving Congressman, Dead at 92

Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, is dead at 92

Byrd  The NYT: "Mr. Byrd served 51 years in the Senate, longer than anyone in American history, and with his six years in the House, he was the longest-serving member of Congress. He held a number of Senate offices, including majority and minority leader and president pro tem. But the post that gave him the most satisfaction was chairman of the Appropriations Committee, with its power of the purse — a post he gave up only last year as his health declined. A New Deal Democrat, Mr. Byrd used the position in large part to battle persistent poverty in West Virginia, which he called “one of the rock bottomest of states.”

Also:

Mr. Byrd’s political life could be traced to his early involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, an association that almost thwarted his career and clouded it intermittently for years afterward.

In the early 1940s, he organized a 150-member klavern, or chapter, of the Klan in Sophia, W.Va., and was chosen its leader at a meeting. After the meeting, Joel L. Baskin, the Klan’s grand dragon for the region, suggested that Mr. Byrd use his “talents for leadership” by going into politics.

“Suddenly, lights flashed in my mind!” Mr. Byrd later wrote. “Someone important had recognized my abilities.”

Mr. Byrd insisted that his klavern had never conducted white-supremacist marches or engaged in racial violence. He said in his autobiography that he had joined the Klan because he shared its anti-Communist creed and wanted to be associated with the leading people in his part of West Virginia. He conceded, however, that he also “reflected the fears and prejudices” of the time.

In more recent weeks, Byrd in May announced he would vote "yes" on a compromise bill toward repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", but only if there a was a 60-day review period added to it that would allow Congress to approve its language and intent.

Said Byrd: “This period of time will allow the Congress, along with the American people, to thoroughly review the proposed policy recommendations to ensure that these changes are consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention for our Armed Forces. With these changes, I will support the amendment expected to be offered by Senator Lieberman to the Department of Defense Authorization bill.”

In May 2008, Byrd wept openly on the Senate floor after news that his close friend and colleague, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, had suffered a seizure brought on by a malignant brain tumor.

The WaPo: "Mr. Byrd had been hospitalized last week with what was thought to be heat exhaustion, but more serious issues were discovered, aides said Sunday. No formal cause of death was given."


Senator Byrd Says He'll Vote 'Yes' on DADT Repeal, with Language Providing Congress a 60-Day Review Period

Senator Robert Byrd has said he'll vote yes on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal compromise, but wants language added that would allow for a 60-day review period of the implementation policy by Congress once it's certified, Wonk Room reports.

Byrd Said Byrd: “This period of time will allow the Congress, along with the American people, to thoroughly review the proposed policy recommendations to ensure that these changes are consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention for our Armed Forces.” “With these changes, I will support the amendment expected to be offered by Senator Lieberman to the Department of Defense Authorization bill.”

Wonk Room adds: "The new language will presumably send the issue back to Congress even after the results of the Defense Department review are certified by President Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen. The full compromise now looks something like this: 1) Congress passes repeal as an attachment to the defense authorization bill, 2) once the study is completed on December 1, officials will certify that it does not undermine military effectiveness 3) once it’s certified, Congress has 60 days to 'review' it before DADT is repealed."

And what happens should Congress not approve? 


Watch: Democrats Powerless Over Scott Brown's Studly Spell

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SNL envisioned a spell-casting Scott Brown last night, played by Jon Hamm, rendering Boxer, Pelosi, Robert Byrd, and Barney Frank powerless in the face of his flirtations.

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Senator Robert Byrd Weeps for Ted Kennedy

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West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd broke down on the Senate floor yesterday, sobbing through an emotional tribute to Ted Kennedy who, of course, was discovered to have a malignant brain tumor after suffering a seizure over the weekend.

Reactions to Kennedy's conditions prompted an outpouring of reaction across the nation in admiration of his service.

There were also some extremely distasteful reactions from the far right.

Said Byrd: "I want to take a moment to say how distraught and terribly shaken I am over the news of my dear friend, my dear, dear friend, Ted Kennedy...Ted, Ted, my dear friend, I love you, and I miss you."

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