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Two of America's largest automakers, GM and Ford are now offering to make payments for buyers who lose their jobs. GM will cover nine payments up to $500 a month, for those who buy vehicles through the end of April. Ford is offering to take over the payments for up to a year. Ford's incentive goes through June 1.

In January, Hyundai was the first car maker to allow unemployed customers to break a contract and return the car. Since then, the company's stock spiked 34 percent. Hyundai's program pays the difference between the car's trade-in value at the time the owner files a claim, and any remaining balance on the loan, up to $7,500. It's a break for consumers falling on hard luck, but it's also a creative way for companies to build relationships.

"They are creative ways to try and get consumers to come in and buy their goods, recognizing that the companies will work with the consumer to protect them if they do lose their job," said Mac Clouse, DU Business Professor.

It's not just the auto industry.

JetBlue is waiving flight cancellation fees of up to $100 to the newly unemployed.

Walgreen's drug store is offering free care to loyal customers with no job or insurance, for the rest of the year at limited locations with "take care" clinics.

For customers at Joseph A. Bank, the men's clothing chain, if you bought one of their suits priced at $199, and you lost your job, they'll give you the money back and you can keep the suit.

Earlier this month, FedEx allowed each customer to print 25 resumes for free. Nationwide, 24,000 people took advantage.

Camp Chief Ouray in Colorado is promoting its "Camp Magic Guarantee." Your child can go to summer camp for free, if you or your spouse is out of work.

For various industries, these are incentives never seen before, not even by analysts.

Via 9 News

Mad Props to this school for opening the doors to it's children to learn about homosexuality!

For three years now, Denver's Odyssey School has invited gays, lesbians and transgender folks to speak about their sexuality with seventh-graders. It's a program that the school, which takes diversity and social justice as seriously as it does academic rigor, is very proud of.

Still, the school refused to go public last year for fear it would be misunderstood or even undermined by Denver Public Schools.

"Frankly, we didn't want to be told that we couldn't teach it," said director Marcia Fulton.

Finally, Odyssey has decided to come out of the closet.

Read the rest of this story, after the JUMP.



The Exdo Event Center provided some serious heat during Denver’s cold bout on Mar. 27, as Fired Up for Kids had its annual firefighter calendar judging to choose which hunky public servants would grace the 2010 calendar.

Fired Up for Kids is a nonprofit that produces the Firefighter Calendar to raise money for The Children`s Hospital Burn Center. This year they also added an exciting auction component featuring a one-of-a-kind package: A VIP Grand AM/NASCAR Race Day Package hosted by "McDreamy" turned "McRacer," Patrick Dempsey.

The Judging Event was emceed by comedian and Rocky Mountain News columnist, Sam Adams, and hosted by CMO of Red Rocks and Denver Theatres and Arenas, Erik Dyce.

See pictures of the Event, after the JUMP

I couldn't agree more:

News sites across the web are buzzing about the fact that Lady O left the US wearing one outfit and arriving in London in another.

Uhm... first of all, it's a pretty long flight... it's not like she was changing outfits like this bitch:



And, second, I'm pretty sure there was a bathroom or bedroom aboard AF1 for her change in. Where's the story here? How the hell is this news?

A New York man, who is a laid off computer programmer, organized an event he called The Unemployment Olympics. He organized the event to lift the spirits of those without jobs. Below, a woman tosses an office phone in a game of Skee Ball.

Other games included a fax machine toss, a "Your Fired!" race and a twist on the classic game Pin the Tail on the Donkey, where participants pulled a hat over their eyes and spun around before using a pushpin to attempt to Pin the Blame on the Boss.


Really... with the title "Compatible Partners"? Because really.

Last year a New Jersey man successfully sued Christian-run dating site E-Harmony under his state's anti-discrimination laws. As part of their settlement, today the site launches their LGBT dating campaign.

Via JMG:

As of today, EHarmony comes out of the closet. The adamantly heterosexual dating website, which has accepted only male-female couples since its inception in 2000, is launching a gay matchmaking service called Compatible Partners. But EHarmony's new relationship with the gay community is more like a shotgun wedding: The company agreed in November to start the dating service as part of a settlement with the New Jersey attorney general in the wake of a discrimination suit. Dating site consultant Mark Brooks says Compatible Partners will be watched closely. "This will be one of the most scrutinized products in Internet dating," said Brooks, who hasn't worked for EHarmony. "They will have to introduce an A1 product."

Well, yes Mark. But do you really think the gay-hating owner of the website really wants to dump a bunch of money into something he doesn't believe in? SE predicts the website won't be around for long.

America is going apeshit over reports of an April Fool's Day virus which is supposed go global tomorrow. From the Microsoft Website:
A giant computer worm is set to take effect on April Fools' Day and your computer may already be infected. The Conficker computer worm is estimated to have already infiltrated between 5 and 10 million computers across the country. Tech experts said many of the infected machines are set to begin "phoning home" to the worm's creators over the Internet on April 1. When that happens, the people behind it will be able to get the rogue program to send spam, more viruses, clog network traffic or even crash Web sites. Technology analysts said the worm exploits a vulnerability in a number of Windows operating systems, inlcuding XP and Vista. No one knows exactly what it will do but some analysts said it could collect passwords and bank account information or try to get computer users to buy fake software.
McAfee has a free patch that you can download to protect against the worm.

Hilarious! You may remember our previous post about Pope Benedict telling the world that condoms actually spread AIDS.

Well now, Pope Benedict XVI triggered another scandal when he criticized the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Now the protests are taking an unusual form: The pontiff is about to receive a deluge of condoms by post -- gifts from international members of a Facebook group.

...Now that anger is being expressed in an unusual way: An Italian group on the social networking Web site Facebook is urging people to post condoms to the pope in protest over his remarks. It expects 60,000 subscribers will send a condom to the Vatican on Friday.

But, the 60K is just the beginning. The campaign is spreading like wildfire via Facebook.

...Similar social networking groups supporting the condom campaign have sprung up elsewhere on Facebook, triggering pledges of participation from across Europe and beyond. Some estimate that deliveries to the pontiff may total 5 million. One Web site calls on people to either send a real condom addressed to "His Holiness" at the Vatican or a photograph of the contraceptive to his email address.

Via Pams House Blend

A Dutch variety show came up with a parody of the Wii. The Shii, as it's being called, has a variety of games for female players, including Extreme Knitting and The Leg Shaver. There's one game, I think, the gays would be particularly good at:



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66 percent: President Obama’s approval rating, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Forty-two percent of the public believes the country is on the “right track,” the “highest percentage saying so in five years and marks a sharp turnabout from last fall, when as many as nine in 10 said the country was heading in the wrong direction.”

Business Forward, a new trade group founded by several Democratic consultants, is providing business lobbyists an opportunity to court key White House staffers. “Some business trade association representatives see Business Forward as an invention of the White House to create a fissure within the business community, which typically leans Republican.”

As President Obama leaves for the G20 summit in London today, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said there is only “a very small gap” between the United States and Europe on “how to make the [global financial] system more robust and stable.” Geithner told the Financial Times regulation would be a sovereign issue, rejecting the idea of a global systemic risk regulator.

The Justice Department announced yesterday that it has decided to release a detainee from Guantanamo Bay named Dr. Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi. Batarfi, “a Yemeni doctor who the Bush administration once claimed had taken part in an anthrax program of Al Qaeda,” will be released to “an appropriate destination country.” He is the second detainee released by the Obama administration.

Today, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) will “unveil draft legislation to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent,” with the ultimate goal being to reduce emissions to “83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.” The draft “will be missing crucial details for a cap-and-trade program, including how emission credits would be either given to businesses or sold to them via auction.” Yglesias explains why auctions are preferable.

Via Think Progress


The AP reports:
A statement issued by the retired officers Tuesday said passage of that bill 'would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force.' Among the signatories were Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr., a former commandant of the Marine Corps; Adm. Leighton W. Smith, a former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Gen. Charles A. Horner, who commanded U.S. aerial forces during the 1990-91 Gulf War; and Adm. Jerome L. Johnson, a former vice chief of Naval Operations. The retired officers said they strongly supported the principle that 'homosexuality is incompatible with military service' and warned that repeal of current law could jeopardize morale and 'unit cohesion.
Continue reading this story, after the JUMP.

Justin Reynolds, a junior at Dunnellon High School in Dunnellon, Florida, wanted to raise awareness about gender identity, gay students, and freedom of expression, so he told his teacher he would be wearing drag to class the next day. He did, and was sent home by 11 am.

However, his demonstration has had its intended effect, inspiring a debate on First Amendment rights.

Ocala.com reports: "The 16-year-old student, who is gay, said he first ran the idea by his teacher a day beforehand. She discouraged it but gave him the opportunity to address his classmates that morning. 'A lot of people responded to it well. I didn't think I was causing that much of a disruption,' Reynolds said, recalling the cheers and high-fives that greeted him, especially after he spoke in tribute to Gwen Araujo, a transgender California teen brutally murdered in October 2002. In a brief conference held with the school's principal and assistant principal shortly thereafter, Reynolds was asked to leave school for the day...'He and I had a conversation about what reaction he would get from peers,' said Principal Michelle Lewis. 'A decision was made that it would be best for him to go home. This was a group decision after healthy conversation. There was no kind of animosity. Discipline wasn't the tone of the conversation.' Reynolds recalls how school officials seemed especially uncomfortable with his wearing a bra stuffed with padding underneath his shirt. He remembers how one administrator could barely look him in the eye. And he waives any notion that his attire was a mere stunt to get kicked out of school. 'I was ready to stay the entire day. I was prepared to stay the whole day,' he said."

Reynolds has in the past tried to start a Gay-Straight alliance at the school but says it was "shot down" by a teacher during his freshman year.

Via Towleroad

The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, AZ stores aircrafts that the military no longer has use for. The Tuscon Air Museum does weekly tours of the bone yard, making it the only military base in America that ACTUALLY makes money. One thing to remember, however, is that anyone of these planes can be put right back into service if need be.


It's hard to comprehend the number of aircrafs that are in dead storage. If the bone yard were an actual airforce base... it would be the 3rd largest in the world. If you've never seen the base before, or even heard of it, you'll be amazed at how precise the dead aircrafts are parked and stored. If you're ever in Tuscon, take a tour of the boneyard. It's well worth it!

Here's some pictures... remember, EACH one of these suckers has a multi-million dollar price tag:



Check out how perfectly exact they park these things:








Like I said, it's hard to wrap your head around how huge this place is:

Shirley Phelps-Roper and a contingent from the Westboro Baptist Church paid a visit to the White House yesterday to pray for God to shortly destroy the "antichrist" Barack Obama. Watch the footage, interviews with members of the Westboro Baptist Church, and counter protestors wishing the WBC a loud and long farewell after the chruch gives up on their efforts:









The Vermont House Judiciary Committee voted 8-2 in favor of approving same-sex marriage in Vermontmapthe state. Now the bill will move onto the full house.

Committee members who voted for the bill were: Eldred French, D-Shrewsbury; Willem Jewett, D-Ripton; Richard Marek, D-Newfane; Cynthia Martin, D-Springfield; Kathy Pellett, D-Chester; Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe; Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg and Maxine Grad, D-Moretown. Voting against the bill were Peg Flory, R-Pittsford and Andrew Donaghy, R-Poultney. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, wasn't in committee during the debate or this morning's vote, though she has said she supports the bill. Before the vote, the committee added an amendment to the bill to strengthen protections for religious organizations that choose not to recognize same-sex marriage, an addition that was tied to Scheuermann's supporting the bill. The amendment means that the bill will have to either return to the Senate after the full House's action or go to a conference committee of representative's from both chambers to work out the differences.

The Governor, Jim Douglas, has threatened to veto the bill if it lands on his desk.

Why? Because the United States does not see gay people as equal citizens. Via Towleroad:
If Jay Mercado, Shirley Tan's partner of 23 years and the mother of her sons, were a different gender, it's highly unlikely that [authorities] ever would have come. As a U.S. citizen, Mercado could have sponsored a wedded spouse for legal permanent residency. But although Mercado and Tan (above) married in San Francisco in 2004, federal law limits the definition of marriage to a man and a woman, and same-sex partners of U.S. citizens don't have a route to legal permanent residence extended to straight married couples...Mercado and Tan, who first appealed for political asylum for Tan in 1995 and thought their case was still pending, said they were completely unaware a deportation order had been issued in 2002. If Tan is deported this week, they will have to decide between separating two sons from one of their mothers, or moving the family to a country they have never known.
Good thing we have people like Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and John Kerry, who are trying to help get rid of this injustice.

This is AWESOME! How did I not run across this? Good thing I can rely on Dave to find some really juicy news!


Wicked Impressive: At a time when people are having trouble holding on to their houses, Barack and Michelle Obama have sensibly decided not to use taxpayers’ money to renovate theirs. New presidents are allotted $100,000 to overhaul the White House residence and the Oval Office, and the Obamas hired Hollywood decorator Michael S. Smith (known, per his site, for mixing “Old World classicism with very contemporary settings”). But the First Couple isn’t spending that money. They “are not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters,” says Camille Johnston, director of communications for the First Lady. Nor is the couple, who reported $4.2 million in household income in 2007 tax returns, using money from the White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation that paid for a $74,000 set of china shortly before Laura Bush left town.
Bush would have been like "Hmmm... $100,000... is there way to funnel this into some sort of... I don't know... fund for myself and political buddies?"

Via Wicked Gay Blog

There a lot of buzz going around about Perez Hilton and his famous celebrity blog. Granted, I used to visit his website about 10,000 times a day, I've toned it down by a lot. But I still enjoy reading the news that hits his site. I mean... shit... how fun would it be to draw a penis all over someone's face in MS Paint? C'mon.

Anyway, Manhunt Daily and Gossip Sauce are calling Perez out on his Millie Vanilli move by hiring people to do his writing for him. Gossip Sauce is reporting that Perez has little to do with what hits his site nowadays, which, for anyone running a business (which is exactly what he is doing), is absolutely ridiculous. If he does have ghost writers, I'm sure that either (i) every post gets approved through him first or (ii) he edits posts written by those he's hired, just to ensure it's got that "Perez Touch" to it. Because, after all, that Perez Touch is what has made his site so popular.

And, good for him. This is a man that really knows how to delegate work. If you're too busy to keep up with the hussle and bussle of Hollywood (and if you've got the money to do it), then hire someone to help out. It's not like Perez is out travelling the world, spending millions of dollars while a bunch of internet elves post news on his site. I'm sure he still has A LOT to do with it.

Perez has about 300 Million people visit his site everyday (I gooshed myself last Sunday when I hit 782), which makes him a premier site to market on. Major motion picture studios, cosmetic lines, and other large companies advertise on his site... and I'm sure they pay a pretty penny for it.



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I'm immature... that's why I like it.

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Yes. Yes. Yes. Oh yes. Fergie, you should be ashamed... forcing this man to waste his bits on fishy tacos. He deserves a heaping pile of tube steak... my tube steak, to be perfectly exact about it. And only Josh could make a pair of swimming trunks LIKE THAT look sexy.

Finally, I can stop imagining. This is almost as exciting as seeing Scott Caan naked. Check out the NSFW pictures, after the JUMP.

This is the first time I've ever heard of the damn thing... but there's one thing for sure: everyone is guaranteed to have a ball. Today, Oakdale volunteers with the town’s Rotary Club fried up 400 pounds of the private parts served them to diners who paid $50 a piece for the sit-down meal:
Swinging beef, prairie oysters, Montana tenderloin - few foods have as many euphemisms as the humble bull's testicle. There are several celebrations of deep-fried generative organs held in Montana, and this one at Rock Creek Lodge takes place every July.

For reasons best known to themselves, the waste-not-want-not locals have a high regard for bull balls. "They're 70% protein or more," says one enthusiast, "and, obviously, they're boneless." We recommend this event to any afficionados of unorthodox eating, for there is over two-and-a-half tons of gourmet food served.

The festival features live music and, of course, the copious consumption of alcohol. The Rock Creek website boasts page after page of photos featuring drunken rednecks in various stages of undress, but we're told that it's a peaceful party. Just don't take your children or your granny.
400 Pounds of testicles!? Sounds like fun to me!

When the POTUS asks you to hop ship, you do it, damnit.

The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said. On Monday, President Barack Obama is to unveil his plans for the auto industry, including a response to a request for additional funds by GM and Chrysler. The plan is based on recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, headed by the Treasury Department. The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government's behest after The Associated Press reported his immediate departure, without giving a reason. General Motors issued a vague statement Sunday night that did not officially confirm Wagoner's departure. "We are anticipating an announcement soon from the Administration regarding the restructuring of the U.S. auto industry. We continue to work closely with members of the Task Force and it would not be appropriate for us to speculate on the content of any announcement," the company said.
Rick is slated to receive over $20M in retirement benefits from GM after losing the company tens of billions of dollars over the past few years. Wagoner becomes eligible for both a “Salaried Retirement Plan” and an “Executive Retirement Plan” with General Motors once he quits.

Keanu Reeves flaunted his sexy bod for us in this months' issue of Vogue Homme. Sexy, sexy, sexy. More pics, after the JUMP.

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An official site for the LGBT community to boycott Jamaica has been launched, calling the Island "The Most Homophobic Place On Earth."

From the website:
If you love your gay friends and family members, you won’t visit Jamaica. If you care about the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, you won’t buy Jamaican products.

Isn’t it time we stop rewarding this hate state with our tourism dollars? Isn’t it time to stop drinking Jamaican beverages, such as Myers Rum and Red Stripe Beer?

This nation should be avoided at all costs until the Jamaican government takes action to end the country’s virulently homophobic climate and draconian laws that persecute homosexuals. Until Jamaica takes the following easy steps an official boycott is in effect:

Publicly commit to end gay bashing on the island and improve the human rights situation

A statement from the Prime Minister clearly and unequivocally condemning violence against GLBT people and expressing regret for past violence.

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The Obama administration will force GM head Rick Wagoner to resign and has “rejected as untenable the business plans” that GM and Chrysler submitted to restructure their companies. Wagoner, who oversaw more than $73 billion in losses since 2005, will not leave immediately because, if he does, “he is entitled to a multimillion-dollar pension that the government does not want to pay.”

“By the time President Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget proposal comes up for a vote in the Senate later this week, the high-pitched opposition from Democratic moderates is expected to give way to a chorus of support.” The hesitation to oppose a popular president, combined with Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-ND) changes that made the budget “more palatable” to the centrists, have left Democratic leaders confident they will receive unified support for the budget.

Fewer than 800 homeowners in the North Dakota and Minnesota communities most threatened” by an overflowing Red River “hold insurance policies covering flood damage despite a decade-long push by state and federal officials to get people signed up,” the AP reports. The residents without insurance are now “exposed to huge losses, and they can’t count on a government bailout” to help them.

Last week, top Democrats in the House fired off a letter to President Obama calling on him to take “urgent action” to stop Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon. Earlier this month, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said Iran has not re-started its nuclear weapons program.

Since Fidel Castro has stepped aside as Cuba’s leader, “there is new momentum in Washington for eliminating the ban on most U.S. travel” there and “for reexamining the severe limitations on U.S.-Cuban economic exchanges.” A bi-partisan group of Senators, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Human Rights Watch will reportedly “rally around a potentially historic bill to lift the travel ban” this week on Capitol Hill.

Via Think Progress

Popwired.com has officially transmogrified its website into a 5th grader's reading paradise by making a big deal about Zac Elfron forgetting to clean out his ears. Creatively, they're calling him Wax Elfron.

Blink.... eye roll.

Really... Popwired? Really? How the hell is that news? Because I'm pretty sure that every person in this world has earwax. And on top of that, I'm pretty sure every person in this world has gone out in public without freshly cleaned ears, at least once. I mean, really? REALLY!?

And now, some of Popwired's favorite readers, who have nothing better to do, stalked Zac and threw Q Tips at him. OMG! So funny! God I'm glad my life isn't that boring.


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I read something today on Tres Fab Sweetie! that brought a smile to my face. I hope it does the same for you. The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday had a liftout section called the Good Weekend. A regular column is called Modern Guru, written by Danny Katz. People write in with questions about '21st century ethics, etiquette and dilemmas', and if lucky they get a response. Here is one such question and answer from last weekends paper:

Q. My boyfriend and I are of the same sex. On a recent walk, our dog stopped to greet a fellow canine. We were talking to the owners (a straight couple) when the husband commented that our dog "must have a very different lifestyle to his dog". I was perplexed and didn't say anything. What did he mean and how should we have responded?

A. You're gay, so your dog must be gay - that's what this straight couple were implying with this comment, because that's how some straight people think. They think that gay people live in gay houses and eat gay food and drink gay wine and breathe gay air and own gay pets.

So when your dog started sniffing around their dog, they probably thought it was doing some kind of flirty gay come-on, saying "Hmm, HMMMM, you are totally bichon! If your at all gay-curious, we could make puppy love with my giant schnauzer". So you could have had a bit of fun with this. You could've responded with something along the lines of: "Yep, your right. Our dog has a completely different lifestyle to your dog because our dog is an affluent, extroverted, stylish homodawg. It lives in a gay doghouse, all polished aggregrate floors and cafe-style kitchen with a six-burner oven. And my dog goes to gay doggy nightclubs every night, hanging out at Gnaw On Ma Bone, where they have late night Wet Nose 'n' Butt competitions.

And my dog has impeccable fashion sense, always keeping its fur plucked, waxed, tszujed - and it'll only hump a leg wearing black Ksubi jeans and Timberland loafers. And my dog watches gay TV: any kind of competitive dance show or drama series. And my dog loves gay music: whenever we play Rufus Wainwright, it goes, 'Ruff, ruff, RUFUS', and when we play La Toya Jackson, it drags its bum back and forth along the sisal carpet. Most of all our gay dog is a wonderful companion and a good listener, and always validates our feelings in moments of emotional turbulence.

"Well, nice chatting. We must rush home to our gay house to take care of our other gay pets, our gay goldfish, Kelsey and Stefan, and our gay cat, Harvey Milk-Lapper."

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Hi! My name is Penelope and I am a 10-month-old female Chihuahua mix. I am sweet gal that likes to cuddle.

Please visit me soon! My ID # is A0510769

Please meet me at our Quebec St. shelter

Check out this HOT tattoo that a very nice gentleman let me take a picture of tonight at The Barker Lounge. He was drunk, needless to say. Enjoy! Artwork by Tom of Finland.

Here's a picture of me and my best friend Jesse, taken just a few moments ago!

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There's a documentary called "Zoo" about a former Boeing engineer who videotaped his sexual encounters with horses and circulated the tapes for people that are into that sort of nasty thing. His final encounter ended in his death from internal bleeding after a romp with a huge horse peepee in his butthole. The Web site, 2 Guys 1 Horse, is asking for people to view the sex tape and record their own reactions. Take a look at the reaction below... it's hilarious. And, if you're interested, click the link to watch the HORROR. Needless to say, it's NSFW... and FUCKING GROSS. You've been warned.



Via Tabloidprodigy

John Mayer does. My friend Jenn is on this cruise right now... and I'm sure she's gooshed herself 20 times in the last hour.

Looking somewhat like a cross between an escape from the Village People and Captain Stubing from the Love Boat, thirty one year old John Meyer donned short-shorts while dressed as a sailor on board the Mayercraft carrier cruise liner in Long Beach, California on Friday. The singer is hosting 3,000 Mayer fans on the ship for a four-day tour which will head to Mexico and then back to San Pedro, California.

Via Tres Fab Sweetie!

As North Dakotans are forced from their homes and struggle with a flooding river, Republican Party leader Rush Limbaugh has other things on his mind.

Said Limbaugh:

I heard some top of the hour news and it made me feel uncomfortable. It's about the flooding in Fargo, North Dakota brought on by the melting snowpack and the icepack. (reading from news item) "As the Red River threatens to overflow, they're filling in the dikes." Isn't there a more appropriate word? Do we have to say, I mean, we don't have any dikes here. The 'dykes' are over there...They're filling in the dikes. Couldn't we change that to 'they're filling in the contingencies' or something?...We really need to change that word.

SE: Fuck you, Rush. I think about you when I scrub my toilet.

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My buddy Sozo published a blog post today about his Roadside Drama. The story started out like this:
We get stuck on the side of the interstate today with a flat tire on the way to my sisters house. It was my sister, her girlfriend, and I and staring at this tire like.. WTF. I'm sure it was a sight... two lesbians and a gay guy trying to fix a tire...
This reminded me of a time back in 2004 when I was driving home from Colorado Springs and got a flat tire. I had been driving on the flat, at 75 MPH, for a good 15 miles before I knew it (my music was blasting, and my dumbass was like "why the hell is my car pulling to left so bad!?). Anyway, I pulled over, got out of my car, and just like Sozo, was like "WTF?".

As I was clearing out my trunk to get out my spare, a cop pulled over and approached me asking if everything was ok. I told him everything was fine, that I just had a flat tire and had a friend coming by to help me. He just sort of stared at me for a second and said "you don't know how to change a flat tire?"

"No... I've never run into this problem before" I respond.

He looks at me, blinks a few times, and says "ok... I'm going to give you instructions on how to do this. That way, next time you get a flat tire, you can feel a little more masculine about it". It was an asshole thing to say, but I was happy he was there to walk me through it because, honestly, I had no idea what the hell I was doing.

I'm proud to say that I can now change a tire like a pro, all thanks to a patient police officer, who just had to get out his "your a ninny and I'm a man" comment.

As I was driving home I was thinking about what he said and I decided this: I'm gay... which automatically makes me exempt from knowing how to work on cars, which includes knowing how to change a tire, damnit.

A new battle has emerged as the new World Trade Center rises above ground zero. The owners of the building, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, decided to call the building "One World Trade" instead of the original nickname, "Freedom Tower."

The local New York tabloids had a field day with the news:

"No more freedom," read the front page of the Daily News. Their competitor, the New York Post, said "Freedom is out of fashion at Ground Zero."

Its all about symbolism. Should the new building represent freedom or should it pay tribute to the fallen World Trade Center?

Former New York Governor George Pataki coined the name "Freedom Tower", and he thinks it should stick.

"The Freedom Tower isn't going to be One World Trade Center, it's going to be the Freedom Tower," he said in comments broadcast on NY1 television.

"I think One and Two World Trade Center are sacred names which should never be used again," said Pataki.

I agree... Freedom Tower is absolutely the best name for the new building. It represents one of the greatest things we enjoy in America: freedom.

What are your thoughts?

Via Gay Socialites

Here we go again... America at it's finest! Another person is trying to ruin the life of another, just to make a quick buck: An unidentified man has come forward stating he has a video of the Vice President's daughter, Ashley, snorting cocaine at a party with some friends.

The NY Post reports they saw about 90 seconds of the alleged 43 minute video. They confirmed that there was a woman who resembled Ashley Biden that appeared to be snorting a white substance through a red straw. The Post says they refused to pay the $400,000 reduced asking price much less the $2 million they started with. $400,000 is still waaaaay too much to pay for a video that has someone who "resembles" the VP's daughter. Don't cha think?

Lawyers for the man who has the tape say you can also see the woman who they claim is Ashley complaining that the lines of cocaine aren't big enough and even refers to her father, Vice-President Joe Biden.

Check out this HILARIOUS clip. This woman thinks Europe is a country!



Via Wicked Gay Blog

I'd like to take a second and thank a few people for their efforts:

Ex Hot Girl
Holy shit! Take a look at this girl’s blog. Get some healthy recipes and take a look at her AWESOME photography. My best friend and a total inspiration to a lot of people!

Wicked Gay Blog
Good lord. Talk about an awesome blog. Its pretty much like this in the morning: Get to work, get a cup of coffee, log onto wickedgayblog.com. Dave, the blogger, is such a positive guy! It’s his blog that keeps me motivated to keep blogging.

Sozo’s Blog
My first blog buddy! What’s great about his blog is that it contains absolutely the most important things to him, which is great! He’s a great graphic designer too!

Tres Fab Sweetie!
A personal shout out to this blogger for recently adding me to his blog list! Not only does he have a kick ass header, his blog is chalked full of hot guys.

Rob in Gallup
This hottie (who’s straight… so no funny ideas, boys) writes like an artist. His words paint a picture that’s more vibrant than you could ever imagine. Every word he writes is absolutely unique and thought provoking!

Beth's boring Wonderful Blog

Read about the life of Beth! Even though most of you may not know her, it's always interesting to know about the life of someone beautiful and her beautiful children

And now, a final shoutout to someone who doesn't have a blog: Andrew. Mr. Andrew is currently in... well... I'm not sure where his ass is right now... but the last time I heard he was jumping out of a plane, training to be the next bad ass in the United States Military. Andrew, thank you for stepping up and being that person that a lot of us are afraid to be. We owe our freedom and life of liberty to you and those you fight with. Thank you for being the person that over 300 million people can count on.


Catch Nina Flowers' debut performance of her very own (and very new!) drag show - Drama Drag - tonight at Tracks.

And, as a little teaser, here's a short video of Nina recently covering Supermodel by RuPaul at Tracks:

Thanks to my buddy Dave for posting this! Very interesting!

The Survivor: Tocantins producers turned a rainy night for two presumably straight male contestants on Exile Island into an innuendo-laden Brokeback-style adventure. After Brendan presents Stephen with the gift of a snakeskin boa, they spend the night spooning together. The producers even went so far as to compare them to two copulating frogs.

Says Stephen:
I have never been so close to another man. He and I spooned for all we were worth. Nothing could prepare me for lying against a hunk of man.
Says Brendan:
The night Stephen and I had out here on Exile was probably the worst night I've had. So we huddled up and spooned all night and had a great bonding experience...And that's the one really cool thing about Exile it's just a bonding experience far greater than what could happen back at our tribes.
Watch:

A team of American scientists has filmed HIV spreading between two cells for the first time:

The study was made possible after experts created a molecular clone of infectious HIV and inserted a protein into its genetic code which glows green when exposed to blue light. This allowed scientists to see the cells on digital video, and capture the way HIV-infected T-cells interact with uninfected ones. They noted that when an infected cell came into contact with a healthy one, a bridge was created between them, called a virological synapse. Researchers were then able to observe the fluorescent green viral particles moving towards the synapse and into the healthy cell. The US study has broken new ground by revealing that it is the synapse through which the viral proteins are gathered and moved into uninfected cells. The team, comprising scientists from UC Davis university in California, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, believe that this knowledge could help create new treatments for HIV and AIDS.

One of the freakiest things I've seen. I got chills watching this video:





Read more on this story, after the JUMP.

This is a little infuriating. Imagine being held back by some asshole police officer who considers his ticket more important than you getting in some last few words before a loved one passes on. Well, that's what happened to NFL running back Ryan Moats.

I'm always to defend police officers, because when they arrive on the scene to save your life, you won't be calling them assholes anymore. But this is ridiculous. What was this guy thinking?


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Via Think Progress:

Immigration advocates are launching a new strategy to push immigration reform through Congress. They want millions of undocumented workers legalized now, while a new independent commission would study the number of foreign workers allowed to enter the U.S. in the future — a provision they hope will gain the backing of America’s unions.

This morning, President Obama will announce a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan that “plans to further bolster American forces” and “for the first time set benchmarks for progress in fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban there and in Pakistan.” In addition to the 17,000 combat troops Obama ordered to Afghanistan last month, he will add 4,000 more troops to train Afghanistan security forces.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the use of a budget reconciliation process — which requires only simple majorities — “the best prospect” for passing health care reform this year, something she said was “absolutely essential.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) also “refused to rule out” the use of reconciliation, saying, “Let’s see what happens in the next three weeks, in the next month.”

The Senate voted 78-20 to approve the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act, expanding national community service programs by “increasing the number of positions to 250,000 from 75,000 and creating new cadres of volunteers focused on education, clean energy, health care and veterans.” Aides say the bill will clear the House easily.

Thousands of buildings at U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan “have such poorly installed wiring that American troops face life-threatening risks.” Of the nearly 30,000 buildings the Army examined, more than half “failed miserably.” A “majority…were wired by contractor KBR.”

Check out this adorable little shit making a sign language video to Britney Spears' Womanizer. He's got the face of Jake Gyllenhaal's and body of ____________ (Fill in the blank).



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The Washington Blade has published the Salaries for the heads of major LGBT / HIV activists groups. Click the picture to the left to embiggen.

Craig Shniderman, executive director of Food & Friends, which provides meals and nutritional services for homebound people with HIV/AIDS in the Washington, D.C. area, had the highest salary among the heads of the nation’s most prominent LGBT advocacy groups and groups that provide AIDS-related services in Los Angeles, New York and D.C. A survey of the compensation paid to heads of 30 LGBT and AIDS organizations, conducted by the Washington Blade, shows that Shniderman had a total salary and benefits package of $382,200 in 2008, the latest period for which the organizations’ salary and annual revenue data could be obtained for a completed fiscal year. Shniderman’s earnings placed him ahead of Joe Solmonese, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT political advocacy group. Solmonese, who ranked second in the salary survey, received a total compensation package of $338,400 in 2008.

Shniderman’s salary also topped that of Lorri Jean, executive director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, which had revenue of $48.5 million in 2008 and had nearly 300 employees compared to Food & Friends’ annual revenue of $7.9 million and 50 employees. The L.A. Center provides HIV/AIDS-related services as well as a host of social and recreational services for the LGBT community. The L.A. Center’s $48.5 million was the highest among all the LGBT and AIDS groups in the survey. HRC had the second highest annual revenue among the 30 groups: $41.4 million. Equality California, the statewide group that coordinated the unsuccessful effort to oppose an anti-gay marriage amendment, came in third, with a 2008 figure of $24.5 million.

Pam Spaulding Writes:
Before tossing off snark statements like "they aren't worth 2 cents" or "I wish they'd pay me to be as ineffective," take a few seconds to think about 1) what do we expect leaders in our community to be paid, relative to the heads of other non-profit organizations, 2) the number of FT staff onboard and the annual revenue generated by the org. The figure to look at is the percentage of compensation relative to that annual revenue; and 3) most of these orgs are in large cities in higher-paying markets, so compensation is relative to the local cost of living
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You may have heard the recent story about extreme kayaker Pedro Olivia who plunged 127-feet of the Salto Belo falls in Brazil and survived in a world record attempt. He was recorded on video by his team leader Ben Stookesberry.

Read whatever you want into it... and aside from the astonishing footage and story and the fact that they're both pretty damn hot, please note the pair are attached at the knee.

Interesting fact about this video: To date, it's the most expensive music video ever made, as it features (at the time) the world's most popular super models singing the song.

Check out RiRi's new tattoo:


In the wake of a teenager’s confession to killing a well known newsman, George Weber, in New York after a paid date for rough sex went awry, Craigslist - the online service used by the victim to arrange the date - has come under scrutiny.

A March 26th article in the New York Post disclosed new details about the incident in which New york newsman George Weber died after being stabbed an estimate 50 times.

The sixteen-year-old boy who confessed to the crime, John Katehis, reportedly has a girlfriend, and allegedly agreed to the date - which the suspect said included choking his client -for an $80 fee (originally thought to be $60).

And now, CNN Reporter Lisa Bloom is faulting the newsman for failing to do his research before hooking up with the young man.
Ironically, for a reporter, he doesn't seem to have checked this guy out. If he checked him out on MySpace, he would have seen some very, potentially warning signs...
On John's MySpace page, he discusses his love for weapons, his satanic thoughts, and in one specific quote states:
If you cross me I'll break your neck.
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I had a smile on my face the whole time I watched this! This is the craziest, most creative thing I've seen since my favorite Honda Commercial.



Via Tabloid Prodigy

Do you ever see someone who you wish would just throw you around in bed like a piece of meat on a hook?


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The Washington Post writes about the latest iPhone app which uses the device's geolocation function so homos can find other homos that happen to be nearby.

We've seen a handful of dating applications that cater to the straight community, and today brings the launch of Grindr (iTunes Link), one of the first iPhone applications geared towards gay and bisexual men. While privacy is an issue for all location based social networks, it is of the utmost importance on gay networks. Without proper security measures, bigots could easily download such applications and use them to pinpoint targets for hateful slurs and potentially even violence. Grindr deals with these issues by obscuring a user's absolute location by default. Rather than plotting each user on the map. Grindr displays how far away they are (distances can range from a few feet to miles away). >The application presents users with a list of nearby strangers, arranged in a grid of photos (you can click on a photo to see their personal profile). From here, users can strike up a real-time chat. If they decide they like their new acquaintance, they can they optionally choose to reveal their exact location.

This is the coolest thing ever! With my amazing ability to fall for and be attracted to nothing but straight men, I'll definitely be using this more than a hoe uses pick-up lines on easy street.

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