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Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll

Released: February 28, 2006U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed” While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation Plurality of troops pleased with their armor and equipment An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said th…

WAR OF THE WORLDS: KATom!!

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AS BABY APPROACHES, IT'S A WAR OF THE WORLDS BETWEEN TOM & KATIE!
February 23, 2006Provided by:

In a sudden rebellion against My Favorite Alien and Interplanetary CruiseControl, furious KATIE HOLMES warned fiancé/daddy-to-be TOM CRUISE that she'll absolutely refuse to allow Scientologists to commandeer her newborn at birth for what their church calls "Processing a New Mother" — a bizarre ritual which involves separating mother and child for three days, allowing only minimal contact! As her time approaches, sources say, Katie's becoming hysterical over the idea that her baby will be controlled by the sect's handlers from the moment he/she enters the world. In a raging confrontation, Katie told Tom she flatly rejects Scientology's edict that newborns should be left totally alone for the entire first day after birth — a process that supposedly helps the infant recuperate spiritually after separation from the womb. Tom stubbornly insists that laws laid dow…

Just For Fun: David Cross

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"I was just watching this show...you know, it's the show with that guy who makes everyone believe that he's talking to spirits from beyond. what was that show? OH! sorry: it was church...that's it." - David Cross

Found that over on okcupid, lots of cool folk over there.

David Cross IMterview from Defamer

OOOH! From the his official site...
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Excerpts From the Galley Copy of James Frey's Latest Memoir: "Lesson Learned".

Hey everyone,
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of James Frey's newest book. It's a soul-searching and no holds barred look at his life since appearing on the "Oprah" show. This shit is crazy! What a tough life this guy has had.

-David

READ IT

Figure women can rule now?

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The Fight for Gender Equality in Japan helped by Figure Skating? Japan wins their only Gold Medal and only medal so far in Figure Skating.


What does this mean for our Japan Princess to Empress Watch?

Arakawa's short and long programs were both amazingly well executed, clean edges and solid difficult jumps. She made it all seem effortless, and I nearly cried to think about a Japanese woman winning the only Japanese gold during the midst of discussion on female succession rights.

Oh, look the Prime Minister was moved by figure skating!

Hopefully this gold medal will mean something to the 'cause, check out these links for more info on the fight for equality in Japan.

Asia-Japanese Women's Resource Center
What do We Learn from Japanese Feminist Bioethics?

Faith and Ice Cube

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Faith and Ice Cube
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at the recent Black. White. premiere

BRAVO MERRILL!

WALL ST. SCION IN TAX PROTEST MULTI-millionaire blueblood Charles Merrill has devised a novel way to protest PresidentBush's proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: He's stopped paying his taxes. The eccentric Merrill, 71 - whose cousin, Charles Merrill, founded Merrill Lynch, and whose late wife, Evangeline, was the only daughter of Johnson & Johnson founder Robert Wood Johnson - is refusing to file tax returns for 2004 or 2005 and wants other wealthy gays to join him. "My partner and I believe marriage is when two people love each other regardless of their sexual organs," Merrill tells PAGE SIX from his home in the hills of North Carolina. "We're paying first-class taxes to be treated like second-class citizens and we're sick of it." Merrill, whose paternal line stretches back to Nathaniel Merrill, an immigrant to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England in 1620, says it all comes down to "taxation without r…

Oscar News! Maybe a shorter show this year, yay!

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Brokedown Ministration
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Producer Gil Cates once again all but begged Oscar winners to keep their acceptance speeches brief and entertaining, reiterating his warning that anyone who pulls out a piece of paper with a list of names will be smothered by music (that would be "Mr. Stick Man" Bill Conti) and escorted from the stage. He said thank you's may be expressed on the www.oscar.com site. "Who says that an acceptance speech has to be about gratitude?" he said.Cates is no less under the gun than before to keep the awards ceremony tight. But last year's gimmick of presenting some categories in the aisles instead of on stage did not set well with those who were not allowed their moments in the glitzy set's spotlights. So this year, he says, all nominees in some categories will be moved to the first few rows of Kodak Theatre immediately before their category is presented. During the next commercial break, they will be escorte…

Manson = Lewis Carroll? YAY!

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Manson 'will play Lewis Carroll' Manson has had transatlantic hits including Disposable Teens Shock rock singer Marilyn Manson plans to play author Lewis Carroll in a movie about the Alice in Wonderland author, Screen International has reported.Manson hopes to direct the self-penned "arthouse horror" movie Phantasmagoria - The Visions Of Lewis Carroll. He will attend Berlin's European Film Market to help fund the $4.2m (£2.3m) movie, the industry website said. "What people expect from Manson, they're going to get here," said producer Alain de la Mata. Video directorManson, real name Brian Warner, has had transatlantic hits including The Dope Show and Disposable Teens and has directed his own music videos. The 36-year-old has spent the past year working on costumes and make-up for the movie. "He didn't want to wait for Cannes to do this, he's ready now," said de la Mata, who hopes to complete filming this autumn. The European Fi…

Happy Valentine's Day

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Funniest Thing I've Read Today, the first lines of an article RE: The Cheney Shooting

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WASHINGTON - President Bush knew Saturday evening that Vice President Dick Cheney had accidentally shot a hunting companion, but the information wasn’t made public until the next day by a private citizen, the White House acknowledged Monday.

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Near Faster Than Light Travel!

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Felber's antigravity discovery solves the two greatest engineering challenges to space travel near the speed of light: identifying an energy source capable of producing the acceleration; and limiting stresses on humans and equipment during rapid acceleration.

"Dr. Felber's research will revolutionize space flight mechanics by offering an entirely new way to send spacecraft into flight," said Dr. Eric Davis, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin and STAIF peer reviewer of Felber's work. "His rigorously tested and truly unique thinking has taken us a huge step forward in making near-speed-of-light space travel safe, possible, and much less costly."

The field equation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity has never before been solved to calculate the gravitational field of a mass moving close to the speed of light. Felber's research shows that any mass moving faster than 57.7 percent of the speed of ligh…

Star Wars Valentine

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When Bush Goes On Vacation It's Time To Head To The Shelters

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When Bush Goes On Vacation It's Time To Head To The Shelters
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Brown blamed Homeland Security, saying that "we were never given the money, never given the resources, never given the opportunity to implement" those reforms.The timeline released ahead of the hearings showed that the earliest official report of a New Orleans levee breach came at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, just a few hours after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore. Word of the possible breach surfaced at the White House less than three hours later, at 11:13 a.m.The Bush administration has said it only knew definitively early Tuesday, Aug. 30, the day after the storm, that the levees had been breached, based on an Army Corps of Engineers assessment.
But bush was on vacation, he was busy!

Scooter!

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From Tucker Carlson
A very odd story crossed the wires on Thursday night. Here's the gist: Scooter Libby, the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was indicted late last year, has reportedly told prosecutors that his superiors asked him to leak classified information to reporters. This appears to be the smoking gun that enemies of the White House have spent the last two years looking for, evidence that the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity came from the top. And maybe it is. But it also raises a few questions. Among them:
Has Scooter Libby broken with Dick Cheney? That's what it looks like. Libby's admission is apparently part of his forthcoming defense strategy: Don't blame me; Cheney made me do it. This makes sense, except for two things. First, according to people who know, there is no break between Cheney and Libby. Scooter Libby remains devoted to his former boss. If Libby is blaming Cheney, he's…

It's not a lie if you just don't tell the truth!

What more proof do you want?
The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Sooner or later you wake up and realize you are so goddamn wrong. Right?

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West divide 'grows deeper'
Malaysia's prime minister says a huge chasm has opened between the West and Islam, fuelled by Muslim frustrations over Western foreign policy.
Abdullah Badawi, seen as promoting a moderate form of Islam in largely Muslim Malaysia, said many Westerners saw Muslims as congenital terrorists. As he spoke at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, thousands protested outside at cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Their publication in Europe has led to demonstrations across the Muslim world. Paper shutFriday's demonstration was the biggest in Malaysia's capital for years. "Long live Islam. Destroy Denmark. Destroy Israel. Destroy George Bush. Destroy America," protesters shouted as they marched to the Danish embassy in the rain from a nearby mosque. The satirical cartoons include an image portraying Muhammad with a bomb in his turban…

World Is Ending Watch: Climate 'warmest for millennium'

"The last 100 years is more striking than either [the Medieval Warm Period or Little Ice Age]. It is a period of widespread warmth affecting nearly all the records that we analysed from the same time," co-author Timothy Osborn told the BBC.

Immigration, war, famine...climate changes. All the same thing?

Check some

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Fuck You J.T. Leroy

Angie Speaks!

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Japan's Princess Preggers

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On the pregnant princess watch...

Japan PM cools on succession bill Mr Koizumi initially pledged to put the bill to parliament by June Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has indicated he may no longer speed a bill through parliament to allow female royal succession.Mr Koizumi's slower approach came one day after the news that Princess Kiko was pregnant, raising hopes a male heir may yet be born into the royal family. "I want to proceed cautiously so as not to make this a political tool," Mr Koizumi said of the controversial bill. The bill was first proposed because no male royal has been born for 40 years. But the imperial agency announced on Tuesday that Princess Kiko, the wife of Emperor Akihito's second son Prince Akishino, was pregnant. If she has a son, it could dramatically alter the current situation in the imperial family, where there has been increasing concern over who will succeed the throne after Crown Prince Naruhito. Naruhito, first in li…

The now legendary MySpace...

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Gay Killer still up on myspace...proving that Tom will be 'Friends' with ANYONE!

Grandpa Munster, Political Hero too?

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Political careerIn 1988, he accepted the Green Party nomination for governor of New York saying, "we don't inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our kids".

Although he lost to incumbent Republican Governor George Pataki, he still managed to collect more than 52,000 votes with his name on the ballot as "Grandpa Al Lewis."

Lewis' first political work was for the Sacco and Vanzetti defence committee. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian anarchists, were executed in Massachusetts in 1927 for a double murder and robbery amid doubts about their guilt.

Lewis worked in the 1930s to free the Scottsboro Boys - nine black teenagers accused of raping two white women in another highly publicised case.

All but one were sentenced to death, but eventually they were cleared.

"If anything I consider myself an anarchist," he once said on his weekly radio show on WBAI in New York City.

Read a moving tribu…

Hbo and Polygamy: What a great fit!

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February 9, 2006 -- HBO's new polygamy drama, "Big Love," doesn't premiere until March 12, but it's already stirring up big trouble in Utah. The Tom Hanks-produced series stars Bill Paxton as a Viagra-popping Mormon with three wives, three houses and more problems than Tony Soprano. Chloe Sevigny and Jeanne Tripplehorn have career-saving roles as wives No. 1 and 2, respectively, with Ginnifer Goodwin as No. 3. Although Paxton's character isn't affiliated with mainstream Mormonism, viewers could be forgiven for assuming so - a mistake that members of the faith, which has lately been making inroads into mainstream America, desperately want to avoid. "Polygamy was officially discontinued in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [LDS] in 1890," church spokeswoman Kim Farah said in a statement. "Those groups which continue the practice in Utah and elsewhere have no association [with us] . . . …

Just So You Know: Terrorist On The Loose

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Google and Skype join new wi-fi venture

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FREE WiFi?!
Shaping the internet as you know it? Is anyone else paying attention to the fact that we could all have free wi-fi access? FREE THE PEOPLE!

Dark Matter!

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Using the biggest telescopes in the world, including the Very Large Telescope facility in Chile, the group has made detailed 3D maps of the galaxies, using the movement of their stars to "trace" the impression of the dark matter among them and weigh it very precisely. With the aid of 7,000 separate measurements, the researchers have been able to establish that the galaxies contain about 400 times the amount of dark matter as they do normal matter. "The distribution of dark matter bears no relationship to anything you will have read in the literature up to now," explained Professor Gilmore. "It comes in a 'magic volume' which happens to correspond to an amount which is 30 million times the mass of the Sun.Read the rest at...THE BBC!

Get your tickets to Iran ready, soldiers!

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Iran ends nuclear co-operation with UNIran said Sunday that it had taken steps to implement its previous threat to stop co-operating with the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but it also reopened a route to further talks about its nuclear program.

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The war still on, Ese?

L.A. county jail in lockdown after riotsAssociated PressCASTAIC, Calif. - Most of Los Angeles County's jail system was on lockdown Monday after fighting broke out between blacks and Hispanics at two jails over the weekend. One inmate died in the fighting, and more than 100 others were injured.The lockdown was intended to reduce tensions, and it wasn't clear how long it would remain in effect, said Lt. Robert Craton, a watch commander at the North County Correctional Facility."We are making every attempt to get back to normal," he said.Black and Hispanic inmates at the North County Correctional Facility were segregated Saturday after the fighting broke out among 1,800 to 2,000 inmates and a black inmate was killed. Craton said the inmates were still separated early Monday.

Red Sea Tragedy

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Boy saved after 36 hours in seaA SIX-year-old boy has been found alive after spending up to 36 hours in the Red Sea on his own following the sinking of a ferry with the loss of as many as 1,000 lives
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GOOD BROKEBACK JOKING! YAY MAHER!

BILL Maher says he hasn't seen "Brokeback Mountain," but he told Bill O'Reilly it isn't the first gay cowboy movie. "When I was a kid we had 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' " he said. When O'Reilly expressed disbelief over the idea that the Paul Newman and Robert Redford characters were gay, Maher pointed out, "One started a film festival, and the other one makes salad dressing."

Jay-Z WILL NEVER RETIRE

Encore after Encore, oh well...with Dre producing I'll def. buy that. er, something.
JAY Z'S EGO-SIZE ALBUM "RETIRED" rapper Jay-Z, who now toils as president of music label Def Jam, has industry sources snickering - because it seems the narcissistic hip-hop mogul can't stand life out of the recording booth. One music business insider in L.A. for the Grammys snipes, "The big gossip of the Grammys is about Jay-Z. After saying he was going to retire when he became president of Def Jam so he wouldn't compete with other artists on his label, he has a record coming out in June. To make matters worse, Dr. Dre is producing the record, which is huge because Dre hasn't produced an album in years. Dre is on rival label Interscope, and while Def Jam and Interscope are both under the Universal umbrella, people have their noses out of joint. This album will be huge. But first of all, Jay is not using a Def Jam producer, and second of all, he will be competing wit…

DEATH WATCH 2006: TOM CRUISE

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TOM CRUISE'S ROPE TRICK
February 08, 2006Provided by: At the Feb. 6 Rolling Stone/Verizon pre-Grammy party at Hollywood club Avalon, Tom Cruise — without pregnant fiancé Katie Holmes — also shocked the crowd by staging a Mission Impossible-style stunt, climbing a rope from the club floor up to a balcony to watch Kanye West perform. "It was completely bizarre — it reminded me of his crazy display on Oprah when he jumped up and down on her couch," an onlooker tells Star.

HEAR IT HERE FIRST!

1) Watch the MI:3 trailer
2) Consider, "Do you have a wife, a daughter?"
3) Wonder if Tom Cruise got the news of a daughter BEFORE or AFTER shooting MI:3
4) Wonder if Tom Cruise set up marriage and baby as a career move, Baby comes, Wedding, and then...MI:3!!!
5) Wonder if he just fell in love with love. OR IS HE ACTING?

Hobbit and Convict, how sweet!

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DOMINIC AND EVANGELINE ARE LOST IN LOVE -- AND SET TO WED
February 09, 2006Provided by:

By MICHAEL GLYNN

Lost is planning a blockbuster season finale this year — the real-life wedding of cast members Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly. Show insiders reveal that the intensely private couple — who recently went public with their romance — will wed in Hawaii when the series wraps this spring.

Dominic is said to be organizing the late April/early May nuptials, which will include guests from the casts of Lost and his film Lord Of The Rings.

Sources say it will take place overlooking his favorite surf spot on Oahu and will feature music by John Lennon. And, according to insiders, Dominic, 29, and Evangeline, 26, are planning on having a few children of their own and then adopting several more — just like Brad and Angelina.

Dominic — who plays heroin-addicted rock star Charlie on the hit ABC drama — is usually tight-lipped about his 18-month relationship with Evangeline, who plays fugitive Kat…

But can you "Quit" Obama, McCain?

McCain Vs. Obama on lobbying reformAn exchange of letters between senators heats up ethics reform effortsThe biggest political story in Washington is the battle between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. In a blistering letter, Senator McCain accused Obama of, quote, “using the ethics reform issue for self-interested partisan posturing” and apologized for thinking Obama was sincere.

This is the first time any prominent national politician has publicly criticized superstar Obama. Why did Senator McCain go after the freshman senator? Senator McCain joins Chris Matthews to explain.CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST 'HARDBALL': What was your original relationship with Senator Obama on Congressional reform?

For Pete's Sake

Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty says he is not a threat to society, just hours after he received a 12-month community order for drug possession.The 26-year-old told the BBC: "I'm not selling drugs to anyone's children, I'm not encouraging - and I never will encourage - anyone to take drugs." The phone line went dead after he was asked "are you on anything right now?". Read it at the BBC!

Young Iranians give their views on the cartoon issue

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Young Iranians give their views on the cartoon issue
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‘Curious George’ collaborator found dead

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Allen Shalleck worked on books, movies about the mischievous monkeyAP The death is an odd coincidence, given that a film version is due out Friday from Universal Pictures. View related photos


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Who's A Scared Lil Bitch? Ashton Kutcher That's Who!

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ASHTON'S CLOSE CALL
February 07, 2006Provided by:

It was a really... gurgle, gurgle ...scary experience... glug, glug ... for ASHTON KUTCHER, who got punk'd underwater by the air regulator on his diving gear during filming of his new flick The Guardian. Playing a young punk who joins the Coast Guard to train as a rescue swimmer, Ashton suggested using a double for his underwater scenes, but there were too many tight close-ups — so he gamely went underwater for a fight with a bad guy. During the struggle, Ashton lost his regulator mouthpiece — and panicked instead of popping it back in his mouth. Flailing wildly, he struggled to the surface and the crew pulled him out, shaken but unharmed. It took two hours — and emergency instruction from a stunt man — but Ashton finally mustered up the courage to dive and reshoot the scary scene!






Seriously, I woulda freaked out myself tho...

Frakking Danes: Islamic Cartoon Scuffle Timeline

How did it start? Why is it so big? Well, people are pissed...personally I wouldn't want images of my prophet depicted if that was considered sacriligie. But on the other hand, would any of the cartoonists/writers/editors have published a page knowing people would die.

Maybe they would've, freedom of the press right? When interesected with the freedom of the people, people die. I'm still not totally convinced this isn't part of a US psyops operation...but this newspaper is the biggest in Denmark.

November-December 2005:
Danish Muslims travel throughout the Middle East to tell people about the cartoons and call for protest. They carry with them not only the published cartoons, but also a few others – even more offensive – that were sent to them by private Danish citizens.

Oct. 14, 2005:
Members of 16 Danish Muslim organizations condemn Jyllands-Posten, claiming the newspaper acted provocatively and insulted Muslim sensibilities.
CBC STORY: Muslims condemn 'insultin…

To Peter Hartlaub, Brokeback Mountain Man*

Thanks for the great piece on BM, goddamn those initials!

Seriously though, the discomfort and jokes were starting to get to me...me being a queer minded thinker and all. I think quite a few lgbt folks are waiting for the other shoe to drop in some ways.

"Hmm, a movie made by straights, written by straights, acted by straights and it's the gay movie of the year?"
"Oh, look here come the jokes! yay."

So your article was quite welcome!

Thanks again,
Faith C.

*You heard that here FIRST

BROKEBACK BLOG

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MALE CALL
Tips for getting over 'Brokeback' hump

- Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle Pop Culture Critic
Sunday, February 5, 2006
You're a progressive Bay Area guy. You support same-sex marriage, you invite your gay co-workers to parties and you think that English dude who played Magneto in "X-Men" is a hell of a good actor. Hey, you might even own a Morrissey album or two. So why haven't you seen "Brokeback Mountain" yet? The "Brokeback Mountain" phenomenon has become as unavoidable as a military recruiter at a continuation school. You can't turn on the television without seeing a gay cowboy, every theater seems to be playing the picture and each day seems to bring a new shopping cart full of awards for the movie -- including eight Oscar nominations this week. It's hard to find a straight man who has seen the movie and regrets it. And yet if you listen to talk radio, the guys at the office or the typical men's league …

Brokeback to the Future

god...damn if it weren't so good, i'd hate it for being part of str8 culture's rapidly manifesting discomfort.

or perhaps it's a good sign?

who know which way is up anymore.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfODSPIYwpQ&eurl=

Serenity, as told by the Muppets

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Just So You Know: FEMALE Infant Masturbation Often Misdiagnosed

Masturbation in infant girls sometimes leads to doctor visits because parents think the children have a movement disorder, a new study finds.Don't worry, the researchers say. It's all natural and harmless. In the study, researchers reviewed a dozen cases of young girls who were referred to pediatric movement disorder clinics between 1997 and 2002 for evaluation of episodic dystonic posturing, characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that force the body into abnormal movements and positions. After sometimes invasive testing and medication, the neurologists discovered the symptoms were actually normal muscle contractions that accompany masturbation."Masturbation is a normal human behavior. It's not harmful to anybody," said study leader Jonathan Mink, Chief of Child Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Infant boys who masturbate don't end up at the doctor as often, Mink figures, because the action in boys is more recognizable: They t…

Who doesn't want an empress?

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Japan minister urges royal debate Taro Aso said the succession issue should not be handled rashly Japan's foreign minister has questioned plans to allow female royal succession, the first Cabinet member to do so.Taro Aso called for more debate before a bill proposing to change the Imperial Household Law's succession rules comes before parliament later this year. More than a quarter of members of both houses of parliament are said to oppose the bill, with conservatives claiming 176 have signed a petition against it. The imperial family is facing a crisis, having produced no boys since 1965. The Imperial Household's main succession hopes lie with four-year-old Princess Aiko, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Masako. SUCCESSION PRESSURES Currently only males can ascend the Japanese throne Emperor Akihito has two sons, Naruhito and Akishino If Naruhito died without a male heir, his brother, Akishino, succe…

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF WORLD WAR?

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Taleban clash 'leaves many dead' Some 300 army troops were said to have been involved in fighting Nearly 20 combatants have been killed in a battle between Afghan troops and Taleban fighters in the southern province of Helmand, officials say.Helmand's deputy governor told the BBC that at one point, he and 100 soldiers were surrounded by 200 Taleban. He said 16 Taleban and three soldiers had been killed, with 13 more wounded. The BBC's Paul Wood in Kandahar said it is the most serious fighting between government forces and the Taleban for two years. Taleban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf denied reports of Taleban deaths, saying only two fighters had been wounded.
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If you've read Swiftly Tilting Planet you may find this disturbing...

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US to expel Venezuelan diplomat Hugo Chavez has said any US spies will be arrested The United States has ordered the expulsion of a senior Venezuelan diplomat in a tit-for-tat move.On Thursday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced the expulsion of a US naval attache. Mr Chavez accused the official, John Correa, of spying and said he would be removed immediately. The US called the accusations "baseless". Relations between the two countries were already under strain before the development of this latest row.

READ IT ALL AT THE BBC!

Hate Crime in MA Gay Bar

Man attacks with hatchet, gun in Mass. gay barNEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A teenager armed with a hatchet and handgun opened fire inside a gay bar early Thursday, wounding at least three people in what police are investigating as a hate crime.A bartender at Puzzle Lounge told The Associated Press that the young man, dressed all in black, ordered a drink and asked if Puzzles was a gay bar. He finished his drink shortly after midnight, ordered another, then started attacking people, the bartender said. Three were hospitalized Thursday.Police were searching for Jacob D. Robida, 18, Police Capt. Richard Spirlet said.
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Surviving member of Nicholas Brothers dies

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My freshman year @ UCLA, I had the honor to work on a living history project where I transcribed Fayard Nicholas' recollections of early Black Hollywood...the Nicholas Brothers are one of the greatest untold stories in the biz...
Surviving member of Nicholas Brothers dies
Fayard, sibling Harold inspired generations of tap dancers with athleticism

INTERRACIAL ROMANCE THE NEW BLACK HISTORY MONTH TV TREAT

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Swear to GOD!

Since Jan 2005, there has been an exponential growth in African American writers, actors, producers and directors. Couple of years ago, the creator of Grey's Anatomy couldn't even get a break and there were NO BLACK PEOPLE ON TV.

Last Black History month, shit exploded...it was like the networks were going hmm, diversity month, let's put this out...WAIT PEOPLE WILL WATCH PEOPLE OF COLOR?

And suddenly, Black People were the new black.

In March you can watch Black. White. On FX where two families actually trade races.
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"Throughout the series, the family members submerse themselves in different environments and settings -- Brian lands a job as a bartender in a predominently-white neighborhood; Rose takes part in a Def Poetry class -- with insightful results."

What does thefayth think about this?

Well, funny enough I was actually involved in the project as an innocent bystanding poet chick, so you'll be able to see the…

Liberia ministry sacked for graft

When my mom told me Liberia had elected a new president, I was like whatever...I mean the promise of Liberia was strangled the moment freed slaves arrived on African shores with European interests at the heart of their freedom...

BUT THIS GIVES ME HOPE

Liberia's new President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has sacked the entire staff of the finance ministry as part of her anti-corruption drive.
Story from BBC NEWS

WOW, AN OPENLY GAY ACTOR?

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TVGuide.com: Actors are always complaining that Hollywood is ageist. Does it scare you to be so open about your age when you could pass for someone much younger?
Millegan: That's one thing that I am really proud of. When I got here people were telling me to lie about my age and my sexual orientation — I'm gay. But I didn't hide either one and I still got a show — and I got a straight role. In fact, every role I auditioned for was straight.TVGuide.com: Zack does seem to love the ladies. In fact, he seems to have a major crush on his boss, Bones.
Millegan: There is certainly something there.TVGuide.com: Think maybe she'll end up with Zack instead of David Boreanaz's FBI agent?
Millegan: That would be something! Zack's definitely not in a relationship. In the episode "A Boy in a Tree," he asked the gang for sexual advice because he had slept with Naomi in paleontology but she never called him back.TVGuide.com: Were …