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Days when Democracy Now spends the whole hour with a renowned film director who informs us that the financial industry is corrupt, the middle class is shrinking, and bankers are rewarded, not punished for their wrongdoing. No kidding — s...
Days when Democracy Now spends the whole hour with a renowned film director who informs us that the financial industry is corrupt, the middle class is shrinking, and bankers are rewarded, not punished for their wrongdoing. No kidding — should I just go back to bed? Sometimes you feel like you’ve been on the computer all day, you’ve been on the computer all day. Sometimes when you feel like you’ve been on the computer all day, it’s only been a few moments. Which is worse? The toilets in the public bathrooms on Lake Michigan in Chicago use harvested rainwater, but it’s still a bit inconvenient when there’s no toilet paper. Days when I go back to a bookstore where I did a phenomenal and packed reading the night before, and my books are nowhere to be found. Or perhaps they are somewhere to be found, but in any case, I can’t find them. The owners are there; I think they are the owners. We haven’t met. They are selling the store. One of them scowls at me. I leave. But the lake, let me tell you about the lake. The lake is the best thing about Chicago: the whole city fades away. You can see it, it’s right there if you look, but you can also look at the lake and see nothing but water and sky. And oh, this sand, all this sand they brought from somewhere, who knows where, but now it’s under your feet, so glorious, you could be on any almost-abandoned beach with seagulls resting and birds chirping and you would lie in the sand if you had a towel but you don’t, too much to carry, so you lie in the grass and the sun is warm and the air is cool because this is fall, fall in the Midwest, which is a glorious time when the air clears and everything softens. I was going to tell you how horrible I feel, how horrible I feel and this is how I thought I would feel right away but then I didn’t, it took a little longer, which I think is a success, but what is really a success is that now I don’t feel horrible either.
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Thirty years later, the New York Post tries to rekindle the magic with a play on its most famous headline.
Thirty years later, the New York Post tries to rekindle the magic with a play on its most famous headline.
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Pope Francis calls 'Extraordinary Synod' on family and marriage: "For Francis, issues of family and marriage are the ones that require deeper interpretation given the signs of the times, and dedicating a synod to the topic suggest...
Pope Francis calls 'Extraordinary Synod' on family and marriage: "For Francis, issues of family and marriage are the ones that require deeper interpretation given the signs of the times, and dedicating a synod to the topic suggests he wants to unify church teaching about them. When local church offices around the world make their own decisions about marriage and family—especially about serving communion to divorced and remarried Catholics—the global church as whole becomes divided." Pippa Middleton flies afoul of animal rights activists. The most adorable cat of the day. So far at least. Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes. Once known for parts that saw him gain and lose a considerable amount of weight, Hanks told the BBC he no longer considers roles that require extreme weight gain out of concern for his health. Ricky Martin and his boys look darling in Darling Harbor, Australia. Leading up to Thursday's episode of Glee remembering Corey Monteith, the show has released full versions of the songs being performed which includes "Seasons of Love" from Rent, "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry and "I'll Stand By You" which Monteith himself performed in the show's first season. Male Model Fix: Francisco Lachowski Freedom to Marry offers up an excellent chart showing the 19 states where couples are suing for marriage equality. Leotard fashion update from the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships. And some nice biceps. Despite claiming to be "shell-shocked" after being trounced by President Obama, the Romney campaign's own internal polls showed Romney would lose, giving him only an 18% chance of winning. Monday Night's Dancing With The Stars saw a lot of male shirtlessness. Miss Piggy takes on Miley Cyrus and "Wrecking Ball."  Compared to adults in other developed countries, Americans are lagging behind according to a new study: "The study, perhaps the most detailed of its kind, shows that the well-documented pattern of several other countries surging past the United States in students’ test scores and young people’s college graduation rates corresponds to a skills gap, extending far beyond school. In the United States, young adults in particular fare poorly compared with their international competitors of the same ages — not just in math and technology, but also in literacy." The Light Princess, a new musical with music and lyrics by Tori Amos, is now in previews at London's National Theater. Is the beard back?
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Back in 2008, Andy posted about Crystal Dixon, the then University of Toledo associate vice president of human resources who was fired after writing an article in the Toledo Free Press in which she said gays "violate God's divine order,"...
Back in 2008, Andy posted about Crystal Dixon, the then University of Toledo associate vice president of human resources who was fired after writing an article in the Toledo Free Press in which she said gays "violate God's divine order," and later told reporters at her church that she had a divine mandate to write the column. Said Dixon, in part, "As a Black woman...I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are civil rights victims. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. Daily thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle." Dixon filed suit as a result of the firing, saying the administrators violated her First Amendment rights by retaliating against her for her speech and also violated her 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law. Late last year, a federal appeals court upheld her firing, saying that her column "contradicted the very policies she was charged with creating, promoting, and enforcing," and cannot be excused as merely a statement of her own views as a private citizen. Now, on the first day of its 2014 term, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the appeals court ruling, meaning that Dixon's accusation that the university violated her constitutional rights appears unwarranted.
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Elisa Chan, the San Antonio Councilwoman who made headlines back in August for her recorded anti-gay comments in which she called gays 'disgusting' and unfit to be parents, submitted her letter of recommendation Monday in o...
Elisa Chan, the San Antonio Councilwoman who made headlines back in August for her recorded anti-gay comments in which she called gays 'disgusting' and unfit to be parents, submitted her letter of recommendation Monday in order to seek higher office. The San Antonio Express-News reports: Her last day as District 9 councilwoman is Oct. 18, said her campaign spokesman, Craig Murphy. State law requires that she resign from council in order to file as a state candidate, and the filing period for candidates is Nov. 9-Dec. 9. Last month, Chan, 47, said she would challenge incumbent tea party Republican Donna Campbell to represent Senate District 25. In a letter to Mayor Julián Castro and council members, Chan said she was proud of San Antonio and "what we have accomplished." She reflected on her five years on council, saying: "I have done my best to represent the conservative values of these fine people. The people of this district take an active role in deciding policy, giving their input, volunteering their time and listening to the views of their neighbors," she wrote.  Gay neighbors excluded of course.
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Josh Hutcherson is "mostly straight" and wants a Hunger Games three-way. Kids today!
Josh Hutcherson is "mostly straight" and wants a Hunger Games three-way. Kids today!
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Mediaite recaps: Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) found himself on the wrong side of the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon. It might have had something to do with the target of his fiery speech: the House of Representatives. G...
Mediaite recaps: Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) found himself on the wrong side of the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon. It might have had something to do with the target of his fiery speech: the House of Representatives. Grayson sought to bring a resolution declaring that the government shutdown had been a blight upon the dignity of the legislature, citing multiple polls that showed public opinion of Congress as worse than toenail fungus, hemorrhoids, and zombies. But when he mentioned that Congress had a lower approval rating than “dog poop,” speaker pro tempore Steve Womack (R-AR) interjected and told him to keep his remarks confined to whether the question was privileged. Womack cut him off with several dramatic gavel bangs. “The chair has heard enough,” Womack said.Grayson's vote was not allowed. Watch the full clip if you have the time, it's pretty great.
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The proposed bill that would authorize the Russian government to seize the children of gay parents will be debated in February. The debate will likely coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi which have already been marred by...
The proposed bill that would authorize the Russian government to seize the children of gay parents will be debated in February. The debate will likely coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi which have already been marred by boycott calls over Russia's controversial new anti-gay legislation. The bill, published on the website of Russia's Duma lower house of parliament, says the state can strip parents of custody if they practise "non-traditional sexual relations," the term used in Russian laws to describe homosexual relations. Russia's homosexual community has feared such a measure ever since President Vladimir Putin in June signed a "gay propaganda" law which sparked international condemnation.The timing for this bill's debate can only work in our favor.
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Me-TV reminds us that "Leave It to Beaver" debuted on CBS 56 years ago this week -- Oct. 4, 1957 -- but all I can recall is Dreamboat Wally ... Read HERE.
Me-TV reminds us that "Leave It to Beaver" debuted on CBS 56 years ago this week -- Oct. 4, 1957 -- but all I can recall is Dreamboat Wally ... Read HERE.
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