Billy Lucas, 15 and different in Greensburg, Indiana, killed himself this month after other kids taunted him for seeming gay.
This is not a new kind of story, but it's getting a new kind of response. Sex columnist Dan Savage says what everyone who grew up different, in whatever way, knows is true: Life gets better. Savage and his husband tell their story in the video above. They invite other gay couples to record theirs and send them in for the new It Gets Better project. If you or someone you know submits one, drop us a line. read more
Before becoming a full-time candidate, Christine O'Donnell crusaded as a religious right activist, including a national tour proclaiming that homosexuality was curable. Living then in Los Angeles, O'Donnell hired a young spokesman for her organization, The Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT).
That young spokesman, Wade Richards, had supposedly been cured of his homosexuality through a sort of evangelical boot camp. Soon after touring the country with O'Donnell, he came (back) out of the closet.
Technically, yes, Christine O'Donnell belongs to Delaware. She's the new Republican candidate for Senate from Delaware, chosen by voters in Delaware's Republican primary. But if you look at her campaign contributions, you'll see that roughly 85 percent of her money came from out-of-state.
Cool, right? This shiny slab of high tech Euro-gloss is the new electric car from Audi. And what name did the German auto haus choose for their new green sex machine? The E-Tron.
Slight problem? The word etron in French means, um, poop.
Probably not the vibe the French-dictionary-deficient auto company was going for-- Hey ladies, want a ride in my new Audi Poop? Unless that's what it runs on, then sure. Why not.
(Photo from the Ernest C. Withers Trust, courtesy Decaneas Archive, via the Memphis Commercial-Appeal)
Photography has always been my favorite visual art, for one central reason: to me, it is the perfect combination of certainty and interpretation. For a Civil Rights photojournalist like Ernest C. Withers, I have to wonder if he knew how America and the world at large would interpret the very real pain, struggle and courage depicted in the images he captured. Images like this, and this.
Last night before the show, Rachel Maddow tweeted that we were about to use our "teeniest, tiniest" prop ever. Here it is, the fake dime minted by billionaire David Koch as part of his failed run for vice president on the Libertarian ticket back in 1980.
Just think -- he's got enough money for that, and yet he still can't do Astroturf politics smoothly enough to keep the bought-and-paid-for plastic support from showing through.
Here's Rand Paul (the Physician, not the Career Politician), doing his thing -- you know, just saving Kentucky's eyesight and all. And in case your hearing has not been cared for, closed captioning is graciously provided.
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Watching Meghan McCain last night on the show, I got the feeling that if Republicans could just get over the gay thing, they could carve a significant chunk out of Democrats' progressive base. "Meghan McCain... a Republican with compassion, moderation, and heart?" @AdmiralTofu tweeted. "Faith in world: restored."
We've all been there. After the exhausting process of drinking beer well into the daylight hours, then one must pivot to the equally arduous work of shoving fried food into one's mouth.
If only these two rituals could be combined somehow.
Now entering the pantheon of great American innovators is Mark Zable, inventor of deep-fried beer. After three years of arduous testing, Zable has devised a method of inserting beer into a ravioli-esque square of pretzel dough and flash frying it for about 20 seconds.
(DeCoster gives to Democrats. Chart from the Iowa Independent)
The mogul behind the great salmonella egg recall has piled up health and safety violations dating back to the mid-1990s, and his problems stretch back much further. Austin "Jack" DeCoster is the principal owner of Wright County Egg, which has recalled 380 million eggs this month. A second farm connected to DeCoster, Hillandale, has recalled 170 million eggs.
Laura Fenn writes about working in the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Tylertown, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina:
My most important duty was helping out in the “Kitty City” section, where I fed, scooped litter and gave lots of love to the frightened and lonely cats sitting in stacked cages lining the walls. Some were so terrified that they cowered and shook when I put a bowl of food in their cage. Others were so lonely that they’d reach through the bars and put their paws on your shoulder as you passed by.
Merchandising at the Glenn Beck rally
Ali Davis of 365Gay.com spent a month watching Glenn Beck on Fox before going to his rally this weekend in Washington, D.C. Davis sends these pictures and writes:
Beck flacked the "Leave the signs at home; bring your kids" theme for the entire month-plus that I watched the show. He said it was to keep things about unity and spiritual values, but it sure did also keep people from playing "Look at the Goobers" and associating them indelibly with his nice, shiny event.