Vladimir Putin admits he's a bit of a fibber:
Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Russian journalist that many of his most picturesque media appearances — shooting a tranquilizer dart into a tiger who appeared about to pounce; tagging a wounded snow leopard; and, just this week, wearing a feathery white suit to pilot a glider to guide a group of cranes south for the winter — were staged.
Politicians cozy up to Scientology:
Three U.S. congressmen and a top-level government official attended the opening of the Church of Scientology’s National Office in Washington, D.C., Thursday ... [Republican Congressman Dan Burton and Democratic Congressman Danny Davis] lauded the church’s efforts in pushing Congress to pass legislation targeted toward child medication and the criminal justice system. [Liz Gibson, Senior Program Manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency] praised the disaster relief the Church of Scientology has provided in times of crisis.
Chicago CIA sting nets an 18-year-old, first-time jihadi.
Bill Saletan gives angry zealots a good talking-to.
US pulls personnel from Tunisia and Yemen.
The Obama administration expects this nonsense could go on for a while:
“The reality is the Middle East is going to be turbulent for the foreseeable future and beyond that,” said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former State Department official in the Bush administration. “It’s going to present the United States with any number of difficult choices. It’s also going to be frustrating, because in most instances our interests are likely to be greater than our influence.”
Don Philip really was "bullied" into coming out on the X Factor.
Royal boobies make the rounds.
Nathan Schaefer is named executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda; elucidates first priority:
With an album coming out next week, Aimee Mann talks about the state of the arts.
“We must pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act,” or GENDA, he said in a video message posted on the Pride Agenda’s website at the time his appointment was announced on September 15. “That’s our next victory.” He noted that polls have shown that more than three-quarters of New Yorkers support the principles underlying GENDA.
... Schaefer most recently served as the director of public policy at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the city’s oldest and largest AIDS services and advocacy group. He also worked in Washington for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families, a group established in 1994 that does both advocacy and partnership-building work.