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"Ellery Queen" with Jim Hutton
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:24AM (32 replies)

I'm just watching this show on Netflix - it's a fun relic from back in the 1970s when there were hour-long mysteries every week. This one was stylish on a budget (set in 1947) and campy on purpose.

Ellery was played by the very handsome Jim Hutton as an absent-minded, gangly mystery writer who lived with his father, who was an NYPD inspector. Each show would start with "In a few minutes, (so and so) will be DEAD! Who killed him? Was it the jealous wife? The socialite daughter? The angry business partner?" etc. When Ellery figures out the mystery at the end of the show, he breaks the fourth wall and asks "Have YOU figured it out? You've got all the clues..."

In the first few episodes, Ellery is portrayed as an absent-minded oddball who only cares about books... but shortly thereafter he suddenly gets girlfriends and is much more "manly" (probably to contrast him with his nemesis, a nellie mystery-radio host played by John Hillerman).

Anyway, it's great fun so far -- the guests have included Joan Collins, George Burns, Anne Francis, a lot of old movie stars -- and the theme (by Elmer Bernstein) is a classic. Does anyone else remember this show?

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http://youtu.be/i8MLfQRJQ40


Sometimes you get adorably cute with adorably sexy.
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:45AM (5 replies)

I don''t know where to look.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5nLFxBY5HE&feature=related


Kara DioGuardi: I Was Date Raped!
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:23AM (5 replies)

Let''s recap: She was one of the judges of American Idol for a couple years.%0D\
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This is a GREAT way to keep yourself in the public eye, Kara!

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http://www.popeater.com/2011/04/18/kara-dioguardi-date-raped/


Vine Talk
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:34AM (2 replies)

PBS show with Stanley Tucci.%0D\
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Did anyone else see it? Man, I''d LOVE to attend a wine tasting like that! They all seem like normal, but interesting people.%0D\
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I wish I''d been there....

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The Conspirator
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:45AM (7 replies)

James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff. I was literally the only person in the theater tonight. It was a really good movie.

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Kara DioGuardi: I was molested as a child %0D\

Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:51AM (1 replies)

Former ''Idol'' judge also discusses date rape, sexual harassment in memoir.%0D

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http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42653821/ns/today-entertainment/


The Cosmopolitan in Vegas
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:14AM (0 replies)

Excellent scene. None of the supposed cocktail boys, but Jenny and Johnny were playing in the lobby and the interior design was very now.

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Where do they go on vacation?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:19AM (1 replies)

I just got back from Vegas, and remember someone on DL saying that Vegas is trashy and no educated person goes there. So then where do "they" go on vacation?

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Extracting comedones
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:02AM (6 replies)

Is there anything more satisfying?

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Justin Trudeau: ''Thanks for coming out!''
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:09AM (15 replies)

Interesting choice of words, Justin.\
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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau at Toronto campaign rally.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imWsHFHXQtc


Australian actors Bryan Brown and John Jarratt naked
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 05:06AM (10 replies)

Clip of 1970''s Australian film showing the cocks and asses of Aussie actors Bryan Brown, John Jarratt and a few others:

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http://www.celebritysexpost.com/gallery/bryan-brown-and-other-adept-celebrities-entirely-naked-take-up-descend-in-the-jungle-/01ea0fd729e80e12628732bfb66a6e89/index.html


Surprise! Young people don''t like to gamble, Vegas discovers
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 07:03AM (33 replies)

...after building several new billion dollar resorts catering to young people.

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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/04/18/deutsche-banks-4-billion-las-vegas-bet-3/


Gross! Not Attractive At All
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 07:24AM (7 replies)

Who on earth could this possibly appeal to? Pron gone wrong.\
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NSFW

--Twink or Death Camp survivor?

http://www.justusboys.com/beddable_boys-twink_threesome_5_22590_3.jpg


VW Bugs are back.....again.
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 08:15AM (28 replies)

Won''t the 50''s ever go away?

--Mama


Greg Kinnear
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:12AM (24 replies)

Gay or nay?

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Dick Wolf from Law & Order
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:15AM (11 replies)

I''m reading the Kitty Kelley book about the Bush family. It mentions Dick Wolf when he attended Andover (who knew?) and described his as a nasty piece of work. Any stories?

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How would The Wizard of Oz be different if all the characters were LESBIANS?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:24AM (36 replies)

I''ll get this out of the way:%0D\
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Ruby Birkenstocks.

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Handsome Harry
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:44AM (2 replies)

Anyone see this film. I liked it a lot. It would a tad over-dramatic but it was definitely a film worth seeing for gay men.

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Blind Item about family sex?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:50AM (19 replies)

What was once thought to be an urban legend or a very bad joke is starting to get some legs to it. This almost A list actor (although he sucks as an actor) really did have sex with someone in the family he really should not have had sex with. It is not illegal, just really disturbing.%0D\
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Remembering Carrie Prejean - CPM
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:57AM (22 replies)

It was two years ago (April 19, 2009) that this Christian porn model (CPM) came in second place in the Miss USA 2009 pageant. She claimed her loss was due to her response to a question about Gay marriage. %0D\
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The homophobic CPM Prejean became the darling of the Religious Reich accepting multiple speaking gigs to right-wing and anti-Gay gatherings. %0D\
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The infamous National Organization for Marriage was delighted to secure this CPM as a spokesperson for their anti-Gay politics. Prejean also spoke at Pat Robertson''s Liberty University. %0D\
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Prejean sued the Miss California pagaent for firing her, stating that she was told by pagaent officials not to speak about her faith and was pressured to apologize for her statement against gay marriage. %0D\
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Cigarettes are the most common form of litter in the world
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:07AM (18 replies)

Discarded cigarette butts are wiping out fish by leaking poisonous chemicals into their stomachs, according to scientists from San Diego State University.

Cigarette butts killing fish Cigarettes are the most common form of litter in the world

A single butt with just a tiny amount of tobacco left in it was enough to turn one litre of water toxic and kill 50 per cent of species swimming in it, it was claimed.

Even if no tobacco remained, it took less than two butts to destroy half of marine fish and just over four to do the same to freshwater varieties, researchers from the university added.

Cigarettes are the most common form of litter in the world, with more than 5.6 trillion filters finding their way into the environment every year.

When immersed in water, each one becomes a time-released capsule of compounds such as nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals.

%E2%80%98Leachates (contaminated water) from smoked cigarette butts with remnant tobacco were significantly more toxic to fish than the smoked filters alone but even unsmoked filters exhibited a small level of toxicity,%E2%80%99 said Prof Richard Gersberg.

%E2%80%98This study represents the first to show leachate from cigarette butts is acutely toxic to representative marine and freshwater fish species.%E2%80%99

The study is published in Tobacco Control.

cigarette, butts, environment

--C. Everett Koop, MD

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/861219-poison-from-cigarette-butts-is-killing-fish


"I''ll NEVER stay out of trouble!" vows Crystal Mangum
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:20AM (7 replies)

The Duke University lacrosse player rape accuser has been charged with MURDER.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/19/crystal-mangum-duke-lacro_n_850910.html


Jason Cammisa from Automobile Magazine
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:26AM (18 replies)

Yes, I realize most of you won''t know who he is, or what Automobile Magazine is, but I suspect he''s one of... ''us''. On his FB page, he likes Wanda Sykes, Kathy Griffin and the HRC. He''s hot AND he''s a gearhead - I think I''m in love!

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http://image.automobilemag.com/f/9803469+w750+st0/0805_01z_vile_gossip_jason_cammisa.jpg


Arnold Schwarzengger''s Son Patrick is HOT
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:36AM (64 replies)

But also kind of a self entitled, spoiled, rich douchebag who was born on third and thinks he hit a triple.

[quote]Patrick is trying to raise the profile, and the charitable output, of Project360, whose T-shirts, bracelets, and hoodies have been carried in Bloomingdale's and Henri Bendel, worn by the likes of Reggie Bush and Eva Longoria, and featured on Access Hollywood. At a caf%C3%A9 in the Country Mart, he and his partners, Nick Sheinberg (his oldest friend) and Kimberly Barth, met to discuss the pros and cons of using English-language appliqu%C3%A9s like UNFORGETTABLE (benefitting Alzheimer's research) and SURVIVOR (cancer-stricken children) as the company expands into Asian markets. They also selected fabrics for their first men's line, due this winter, consisting of luxe sweats, windbreakers, and, in a nod to Patrick's father, leather bomber jackets.

[quote]In one recent for-profit venture, he proved adept at getting out of trouble-a skill that is every bit as valued by the Kennedys as by the Schwarzeneggers. It was last Halloween, when Patrick cohosted "the biggest party any high-school kid has ever been to," in Pacific Palisades. "There were, like, 600 people there," he says. "We flew in a rap group from the East Bay called the Pack." The cops busted the party, handing out multiple citations for underage drinking.


[quote]In the meantime, it's not as if Patrick is uncomfortable with the Hollywood set. "I just saw Tallulah over winter break," he says, referring to the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. "I was at their house in Sun Valley." Although he just reunited with an ex, Patrick cockily refers to his tweet-mates Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez as "girls for the future." "My eye, though," he adds, "is set on Miley."

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http://gawker.com/#!5793511/arnold-schwarzeneggers-son-to-sexily-conquer-the-world


Twilight Star Nikki Reed Dating Paul McDonald of American Idol!
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:51AM (4 replies)

Surprise! Didn''t see this one coming, the P.R. is out in force NOW.

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http://www.showbizspy.com/article/230893/nikki-reed-paul-mcdonald-talks-nikki-reed.html


Michael Sarrazin dies at 70 %0D\

Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:56AM (7 replies)

Canadian actor from "They Shoot Horses, Don''t They?"%0D

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http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-michael-sarrazin-20110419,0,7568931.story?track=rss


Cars that can park themselves
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:58AM (16 replies)

I remember a news feature saying they were coming. They had a computer and cameras built in and you would go between two cars and it would turn the wheels and go into the space. \
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Gary Busey and Donald Trump
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:12PM (0 replies)

Gary Busey has endorsed Donald Trump for President. I think that pretty much says it all. I don''t really need to comment beyond that.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1IUc8pmXq0


Obama At Easter Prayer Breakfast: ''Resurrection.. Puts Everything Else In Perspective''
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:13PM (45 replies)

WASHINGTON -- Pausing to observe Holy Week amidst war and the policy struggles, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the agony of Jesus Christ through death and resurrection puts mere political struggle "in perspective."

For the second year running, Obama hosted an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, and the East Room was filled with administration officials and clergy from across the country.

Obama said "critical national debates" are raging, and "my plate has been full as well. The in-box keeps accumulating. But then comes Holy Week ...

"As busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there is something about the resurrection ... of Our Savior Jesus Christ that puts everything else in perspective."

Obama spoke just before heading to a town meeting in Virginia on his deficit plan -- the start of a cost-to-coast tour promoting his fiscal blueprint as more balanced than the one advocated by congressional Republicans.

Obama has used previous prayer breakfasts to underscore the depth of his Christian faith in the face of polls indicating some Americans question his religious beliefs. Last August, a Pew Research Center poll found 18 percent wrongly believe that Obama is a Muslim.

On Tuesday, Obama recounted the story of Christ's march to Calvary, the crucifixion and resurrection, the "unfathomable grace" of taking on the sins of the world.

"This amazing grace calls me to reflect, and it calls me to pray," he said.

Obama said his daughters help keep things in perspective for him, and so does having a "strong spouse.... But nothing beats Scripture and the reminder of the Eternal."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/19/obama-at-easter-prayer-br_n_850944.html


Dozens Of ''Gay'' Teen Boys Sent To Masculinity Camp In Malaysia
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:14PM (49 replies)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian authorities have sent 66 Muslim schoolboys identified by teachers as effeminate to a four-day camp where they will receive counseling on masculine behavior to discourage them from being gay, an official said Tuesday.

Gay rights advocates decried the measure as a symptom of widespread homophobia in this Muslim-majority country where gay sex is illegal.

The boys between 13 and 17 years old reported Monday for what is officially being called a "self-development course" after their schoolteachers in Terengganu state identified them as students who displayed effeminate mannerisms, said Razali Daud, the state's education director.

They will undergo religious and motivational classes and physical guidance, Razali said. He declined to give further details.

The camp is meant "to guide them back to the right path in life before they reach a point of no return," Razali told The Associated Press. "Such effeminate behavior is unnatural and will affect their studies and their future."

It is the first such program in Terengganu, a conservative state. Over the years, Terengganu's officials have held programs aimed at promoting Muslim morality, such as offering free honeymoons to save the marriages of couples considering divorce.

Razali denied the boys were compelled to attend the camp, saying they were simply "invited" to do so. After it ends, their teachers and parents will monitor and continue advising them.

"It is not an overnight cure," he said. "We can't force the boys to change, but we want them to know what their choices are in life. Some effeminate boys end up as a transvestite or a homosexual, but we want to do our best to limit this."

Pang Khee Teik, the co-founder of a Malaysian sexual rights awareness group, called the camp "outrageous."

"If we don't do anything to stop the rot of homophobia ... I worry it may get worse," he said.

Gay Malaysians say they face discrimination from government policies such as a law that makes sodomy punishable by 20 years in prison. The law is seldom and selectively enforced, but some states also impose jail terms for public cross-dressing.

Last year, a young gay Malaysian who posted a Youtube clip defending his sexuality received online death threats. Government authorities accused him of insulting Islam, though no official action was taken.

Malaysia's most high-profile use of the anti-sodomy law involves opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is on trial on charges of having sex with a male former aide. Anwar, who is married with six children, insists the charge was fabricated to smear his reputation. The government denies plotting against him.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/19/malaysia-gay-counseling_n_850883.html


The Shibu Inu Puppy Cam is Back!!
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:18PM (4 replies)

With a whole new litter!%0D\
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Now you''ll never get any work done...%0D

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http://www.ustream.tv/sfshiba


I was never spanked as a child
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:42PM (11 replies)

but I LOVE it as an adult.

--assuming the position


Campbell Scott
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:48PM (12 replies)

Hot or not??%0D\
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Toyota Prius
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 12:55PM (27 replies)

I''m thinking of getting one. If you have one, how do you like it?

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The US isn''t facing up to the literal emasculation of its soldiers
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:20PM (6 replies)

The Taliban are getting smart at setting IEDs that blast soldiers where it hurts most. But genital injuries don''t play well on TV

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/apr/19/genital-injuries-taliban-ieds


Good news. Baby names are going retro.
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:27PM (24 replies)

Maybe we can return to some sanity and not see anymore Madysyn''s and Jarrod''s.

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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/7527154.html


Paz de la Huerta''s excuse for assault on reality TV star: "I''m a real actress--HBO!"
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:28PM (26 replies)

She''s so horrible and unappealing I have this odd fascination with her.

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http://gawker.com/#!5793517/paz-de-la-huertas-excuse-for-assault-im-a-real-actress-hbo


I am a High School prom planner...
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:44PM (3 replies)

...any suggestions?

--from the request lines

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/cindy_adams/item_0bgu7r62KtTIGr2pcDH7mO


Gay Guest Houses?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:46PM (7 replies)

Are they in danger?

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http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/


Using DL Formatted for iPhone and whatnot...
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:48PM (0 replies)

Is there a way to keep your iPhone from reloading it to the front page every time you leave the app? If I leave it for even a second, I come back and the app reloads and refreshes to the latest.

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Trump: I%E2%80%99m %E2%80%98last person Obama wants to run against%E2%80%99
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:48PM (81 replies)

Though many still scoff, he says %E2%80%98I''m leading in every poll%E2%80%99 among GOP field.%0D\
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http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42658401/ns/today-today_people/


Who were the up and coming writers of the 1970s?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:49PM (32 replies)

Were they kicked aside by the psycho writers of the 1980s?

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Cheery people die sooner, and more longevity secrets %0D\

Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:50PM (5 replies)

Serious folks live longer, and some stress is actually good for you, eight-decade study shows. %0D

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http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42577652/ns/today-today_health/


Cast of Happy Days **SLAP** CBS/Paramount With Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit!
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:53PM (62 replies)

Four cast members of the former CBS hit "Happy Days" are set to file suit against the network. Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and the estate of Tom Bosley, are claiming that CBS has not paid them for merchandising revenues they are owed under their contracts. The merchandise includes comic books, T-shirts, lunch boxes, greeting cards and DVDs where their images appear on the box covers.

Marion Ross, right, is shown in a scene from "Happy Days" with co-stars Henry Winkler, left, and Tom Bosley.

The straw that broke the camel's back, however, was when images appeared on slot machines. "When these slot machines came out, it was like Barnum and Bailey came to town," Williams (who played Potsie) told CNN. "We were bombarded with, 'Oh look at these pictures' ... they'd be all over the country."

As CNN reports, under contract, each actor was supposed to be paid 5 percent from the net proceeds of merchandising if his or her image was used, and 2.5 percent if they were in a group. The studio could deduct 50 percent off the top as a "handling fee."

"It takes a lot to make me angry because so often my expectations are so low," Ross said. "But the other day someone came up to me and said, 'You must be cleaning up on those casinos.' And I said, 'Well, what are you talking about?' And he said, 'If you get five Marions, you get the jackpot.'"

A bitter Erin Moran had her house foreclosed late year, an event that could have been avoided if she had been paid what she was owed.

Both Ron Howard and Henry Winkler have opted NOT to sue, which has divided the cast.

Jon Pfeiffer, the attorney representing the cast members confirmed to TODAY.com that the suit would be filed Monday in Los Angeles County superior court.

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Can we please pity those poor Liberty Tax street hawkers?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:54PM (8 replies)

Between the foam crown, velour nightgown, and five-o-clock shadow, I never fail to creeped out.\
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Can it be done without and iPod and bong hits?

--from the request lines

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1366&bih=575&gbv=2&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=liberty+tax+statue+of+liberty&aq=8&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=liberty+tax+


Robert Pattinson: Love Scene with Reese Witherspoon Was So Sexy He Cried
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:57PM (21 replies)

Robert Pattinson wants to make one thing clear: those weren't snot sniffles during his "Water For Elephants" sex scene. He was just truly emotional.

Extra caught up with Pattinson and his "Elephants" co-star Reese Witherspoon at the film's Sunday premiere, and Witherspoon did her best to disavow her earlier comments that her on-screen forbidden lover was suffering from a disgusting cold during their big love scene.

"I mean, sexy doesn't cover it. I don't know how we got this rating, that's all I'm gonna say," Witherspoon deadpanned. Pattinson took it a step further. "I was actually crying at how sexy Reese was in the scene."

"It's true, I was making a coverup for him," Witherspoon jokingly admitted.

"She thought it was embarrassing for me to be crying, but I think it's more embarrassing to be sniffing. I'm totally okay with crying at her beauty."

Speaking to In Touch Magazine, Witherspoon originally said, "Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I've ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life. He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it - and it was not appealing. I'm talking green, infectious, disgusting - I'm not kidding!"

In the unlikely event that the crying excuse is true, it wouldn't actually be a surprise coming from Pattinson; after all, he plays a perpetually sexually frustrated virgin vampire in "The Twilight Saga." Then again, he looked perfectly happy kissing his "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart at the premiere, so we just may never know.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/19/water-for-elephants-sex-scene-robert-pattinson_n_850921.html#comments


Gut Punching
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 01:59PM (0 replies)

Anybody into it?

--against my better judgement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7_F-fe8lMU&feature=related


Something Gay!
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:02PM (1 replies)

A performance truly, truly deserving of it''s own thread. Who are the young geniuses? Will they defy the odds and end up on top? Or just on top of each other?\
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GoUx-TJaNs&feature=related


Practical advice for traveling to New Orleans?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:04PM (8 replies)

My understanding is that crime has returned to Mogadishu levels.

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Darren Criss and The Warblers on the Today Show
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:11PM (34 replies)

Singing: "Hey Soul Sister"%0D\
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Your comments, please

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1KosHjqBAU


First ever bikini?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:27PM (8 replies)

I think this is kind of interesting, women in bikinis exercising.%0D\
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"Predecessors of the bikini date to antiquity, in %C3%87atalh%C3%B6y%C3%BCk and the Greco-Roman world. Artwork dating back to the Diocletian period (286-305 AD) in Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily depicts women in garments resembling bikinis in mosaics on the floor."%0D\
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Casale_Bikini.jpg


Okay, resident DL libertarians... If you''re single and looking for love, here''s the site for you.
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:30PM (0 replies)

"...a place where admirers of Ayn Rand''s novels from around the world can meet easily and affordably %E2%80%94 365 days a year %E2%80%94 to network, find shared interests, and perhaps, through our online dating service, even fall in love. "

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http://www.theatlasphere.com/about/


McKeon backs legislation to disrupt %E2%80%98Don%E2%80%99t Ask%E2%80%99 repeal
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 02:45PM (11 replies)

The leading House Republican on defense issues last week announced support for legislation that would expand the certification requirement for %E2%80%9CDon%E2%80%99t Ask, Don%E2%80%99t Tell%E2%80%9D repeal and potentially disrupt the process for ending the military%E2%80%99s gay ban.

During a taped interview on C-SPAN%E2%80%99s %E2%80%9CNewsmakers,%E2%80%9D House Armed Services Committee Chair Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) backed a bill that would require the military service chiefs to certify that the U.S. military is ready for open service before bringing %E2%80%9CDon%E2%80%99t Ask, Don%E2%80%99t Tell%E2%80%9D to an end.

%E2%80%9CI think it makes it a better process,%E2%80%9D McKeon said. %E2%80%9CI think the way this process was rammed through, it was done politically.%E2%80%9D

In December, President Obama signed legislation allowing for %E2%80%9CDon%E2%80%99t Ask, Don%E2%80%99t Tell%E2%80%9D repeal 60 days after he, the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify the U.S. military is ready for open service. The legislation backed by McKeon, sponsored Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), would expand this certification requirement to include the service chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

In his %E2%80%9CNewsmakers%E2%80%9D appearance, McKeon reiterated that he believes legislative repeal of %E2%80%9CDon%E2%80%99t Ask, Don%E2%80%99t Tell%E2%80%9D was hastily moved through the Democratic Congress last year.

%E2%80%9CI%E2%80%99m not in the military,%E2%80%9D McKeon added. %E2%80%9CMy job is to help protect the military and to see that they have what they need to carry out their missions and to return home safely. If there is something that is going to be a distraction to that, that might put them in a difficult situation, I don%E2%80%99t think we should be doing that. And I%E2%80%99m not sure we fully answered this question.%E2%80%9D

With McKeon%E2%80%99s support, the legislation could be made part of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill as part of the chairman%E2%80%99s mark for the legislation or a panel vote when the House Armed Services Committee considers the larger measure. Earlier this month, Hunter told the Washington Blade he%E2%80%99s spoken to McKeon%E2%80%99s staff about having a vote on his bill in committee and is expecting a vote during the markup for the FY2012 budget.

Asked during his %E2%80%9CNewsmakers%E2%80%9D appearance if he would consider inserting the measure into defense authorization legislation, McKeon reiterated he supported the measure.

But when pressed on whether he would be upset if certification happened before Hunter%E2%80%99s measure could pass the House, McKeon replied, %E2%80%9CIt%E2%80%99s not going to bother me at all. What I%E2%80%99m concerned about is the troops it may bother. I don%E2%80%99t have a problem with it, other than what it does to our readiness, what it does to our recruitment, what it does to our retention. I don%E2%80%99t think we have really answered those questions.%E2%80%9D

Joe Kasper, a Hunter spokesperson, expressed confidence about having support in the House Armed Services Committee for certification expansion, but said questions remain on whether to have a panel vote on the measure or a vote on the House floor.

%E2%80%9CThere is definitely support within the committee for ensuring the service chiefs are a bigger part of the process, exactly what the Congressman%E2%80%99s bill does,%E2%80%9D Kasper said. %E2%80%9CThe next few months are important to determining the best way to offer the measure, whether it%E2%80%99s through the Committee or an open floor process.%E2%80%9D

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, lambasted McKeon for throwing his support behind a measure that could disrupt %E2%80%9CDon%E2%80%99t Ask, Don%E2%80%99t Tell%E2%80%9D repeal.

%E2%80%9CIn supporting this turn-the-clock-back move, Congressman McKeon fundamentally disrespects the service chiefs,%E2%80%9D Sarvis said. %E2%80%9CThe chiefs have repeatedly proven themselves to be strong and effective leaders. Indeed, because of their leadership, our military remains the strongest in the world. To assert that the chiefs can%E2%80%99t or won%E2%80%99t stand up for themselves if they have concerns %E2%80%94 and to continue to go against their best professional advice to Congress %E2%80%94 is a transparent political game.%E2%80%9D

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http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/04/19/mckeon-backs-legislation-to-disrupt-to-dont-ask-repeal/


Are there any interior designers out there?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:01PM (5 replies)

If so I have a question. I received a survey from my work at home agency regarding a potential new client that may be interested in outsourcing some of their services to work at home agents. My question is what on earth could untrained people do over the phone for an interior design company? Just seems weird to me.

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Glenn Greenwald profile
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:15PM (2 replies)

I know he''s a subject of curiosity to a few DLers. Here''s a profile in Out Magazine. \
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Biggest takeaway: Greenwald first started dating his Brazilian boyfriend of seven years when Greenwald was 38 and the boyfriend was 19.

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http://www.out.com/detail.asp?page=1&id=30073


Charles Manson gives first interview in twenty years, calls Obama an "idiot."
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:25PM (44 replies)

Manson, whose new lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano recently asked Barack Obama to set him free, also had harsh words for the US President.%0D\
Describing him as a ''slave of Wall Street'', Manson said: ''I think Obama is an idiot for doing what he%E2%80%99s doing. They%E2%80%99re playing with him.''%0D\
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1378178/Charles-Manson-breaks-20-year-silence-40th-anniversary-gruesome-Sharon-Tate-murders.html#ixzz1Ju8mPD2X


I''d be in a mental institution if I weren''t famous
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:32PM (13 replies)

Charlie Sheen%0D\
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Nic Cage%0D\
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Gary Busey%0D\
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Mel Gibson%0D\
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Courtney Love

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Why Did School Yearbooks Go Out Of Style?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:34PM (21 replies)

Seems that they starting fading away around the mid-80''s or so. I used to love looking through yearbooks...the nostalgia, etc.%0D

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Report: Charlie Sheen lost custody battle %0D\

Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:37PM (20 replies)

Court session was closed to media, but reports are that twins will stay with mom Brooke Mueller. %0D

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http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42665184/ns/today-entertainment/


#@*! Swearing really is a powerful painkiller, study shows
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:40PM (0 replies)

Dammit!

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http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/18/6489832-swearing-really-is-a-powerful-painkiller-study-shows


Pork chop and rice bake
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:44PM (38 replies)

I love this dish but is it white trashy? %0D\
Brown pork chops put in shallow dish, add rice and cream of chicken soup and bake. Gets gobbled up in my house and it''s easy.

--and no I''m not fat


Massage boners
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 03:53PM (39 replies)

I like to get naked when I get a massage, but the last few times I''ve found myself popping an erection or two at times when the masseuse is working the general area. \
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No, I''m not secretly looking for a happy ending. The masseuse is a reputable provider, but I should add he is also a fit and good-looking gay man.\
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He has never commented upon it, and every time I see him he always says, "Feel free to undress completely if you prefer." But I have to admit I''m still a little embarrassed. \
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I can''t imagine I''m the only one who gets a boner during massage. Or am I just a pathetic, attention-starved horn-dog? \
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Would be interested to hear from some massage therapists if there are any on DL.

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Help! I''m growing ear hair
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:07PM (25 replies)

What do I do to fight it

--Harry Lobes


Were Ricky and Lucy infertile?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:09PM (73 replies)

What about Fred and Ethel? They never addressed their childless status and Lucy was married for 15 years without getting pregnant?

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Glenn Greenwald''s Suprising Life With Boyfriend In Brazil
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:11PM (98 replies)

With his provocative columns and scathing political commentary, the journalist has never shied away from controversy. We step into his complicated world.%0D\
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http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=30073


Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Plays Ice Hockey In Latest Stunt
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:15PM (1 replies)

Video:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/18/vladimir-putin-ice-hockey_n_850492.html


Jindal Gives Support to ''Birther'' Bill
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:20PM (14 replies)

What a maroon:\
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[quote]Gov. Bobby Jindal will sign a bill that requires presidential candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificate in order to be listed on the Louisiana ballot. Kyle Plotkin, a Jindal spokesman, told The Times-Picayune that the governor would sign the bill by Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, and Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell, if it passes in the Legislature. So-called birther bills have been introduced across the country because of lingering doubt about whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. The concern persists even though Hawaii officials have certified Obama was born in that state, legal challenges to his citizenship have been thrown out of courts and there were newspaper listings at the time announcing Obama''s birth. Plotkin told The Times-Picayune that Jindal believes the president is a citizen. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar bill that was passed by that state''s Legislature.

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http://www.businessreport.com/archives/daily-report/2011/apr/19/2203/


Manchu Wok or Panda Bear Express . Which Has The Better Chinese Fast Food?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:20PM (3 replies)

Only choose between these two.\
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Discuss

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Tom Ford Basically Called Promiscuous In Used Car Ad
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:32PM (20 replies)

Photo:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/19/tom-ford-car-ad_n_851141.html


How does this work?????
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:38PM (0 replies)

Wouldn''t it hurt?\
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TIA

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http://images.4chan.org/b/src/1303245416413.jpg


Daytona''s Top Cop: Hotel is "den of iniquity"
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:42PM (6 replies)

The Streamline Hotel, an historic art-deco building in Daytona Beach is up for sale. In recent years it''s been home to a gay bar and low cost hotel rooms. %0D\
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According to a story in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, [italic]Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood has repeatedly referred to the hotel as "a den of iniquity" because of the numerous times police are called there for fights, drug-related incidents and other problems, and because of the low rental prices.[/italic] %0D\
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The story covers the architecture and its history as the birthplace of NASCAR but ignores the "elephant in the room." Hidden among a bunch of dates in a sidebar is the only mention of the fact that its been a gay bar for more than a decade.

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http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/east-volusia/2011/04/19/group-wants-to-buy-streamline-hotel.html


10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting %0D\

Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:52PM (49 replies)

Photos:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-meal/chain-restaurants-worth-visiting_b_849625.html#s264841&title=The_Cheesecake_Factory


"Noma," Copenhagen, Denmark, Named Best Restaurant In The World For Second Straight Year %0D\

Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 04:56PM (2 replies)

Top 50 worldwide list:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/13/noma-best-restaurant-2011_n_848544.html


The Nanny State Continues
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 05:33PM (9 replies)

New York politicians have decided what games are too dangerous for the kiddies to play at summer camp.

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http://www.parentdish.com/2011/04/19/summer-camps/


Kate Walsh''s New Perfume is called "Boyfriend."
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 05:35PM (45 replies)

No words.

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http://www.yourboyfriend.com/


R.I.P. Elizabeth Sladen, aka Sarah Jane Smith
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 05:52PM (59 replies)

I am totally gobsmacked; I will miss her terribly.

--alienboy17

http://io9.com/#!5793664/rip-elisabeth-sladen-doctor-whos-apprentice


Fox Reporter Throws Down Cop
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 05:56PM (10 replies)

FOX-35 TV reporter Patrick Pegues scuffled with a law officer and security guards today while covering a deadly shooting at a 24-hour internet cafe in Seminole County, Florida. %0D\
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Sources said that Pegues, who had interviewed a local police officer during the Fox%E2%80%99s morning newscast, was about to do a live stand-up shot in front of the internet cafe when a security guard confronted him, asking him to leave.%0D\
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After Pegues ignored the security guard%E2%80%99s request, a police officer grabbed him from behind. Pegues instantly reacted and threw the officer to the ground, at which point security guards rushed in to restrain him. %0D

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Jake Gyllenhaal: Let''s settle this once and for all.
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 06:11PM (205 replies)

Do you think Jake Gyllenhaal is gay? Please take my poll.\
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(And don''t freep it, either, Ponies.)\
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Submit supporting comments after the break.

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Drag Race''s Carmen Carrera - As A Boy
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 06:13PM (123 replies)

I''ve always thought that Carmen was the hottest contestant when out of drag. It is often said that the hottest guys make the best drag queens when all dolled up.\
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He recently took a photo and put it up on his Facebook. Looking fine and even has a little "excitement" going on down there...\
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I would really demolish this lil'' bottom bitch!

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https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/165379_164289860284162_115027358543746_329024_662533_n.jpg


Karen Ann Quinlan
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 06:24PM (14 replies)

Anyone remember this story from the 70s about Karen? I remember the picture of her, but was too young to understand the case.\
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Was she the original Terry Schiavo?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Ann_Quinlan


Obama Gives Seniors a Break
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 06:31PM (0 replies)

People on Medicare through private insurers get a reprieve.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110419/ap_on_re_us/us_medicare_reprieve


Mr. Lucas Is No Longer Available
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 07:40PM (13 replies)

Trevor Bannister of "Are You Being Served?" dies at 76.

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http://www.atvtoday.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1021:areyoubeingserved&catid=1:tv-media&Itemid=3


Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall - 50th Anniversary on Saturday
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 07:51PM (92 replies)

Is this a national gay holiday?%0D
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There's an amazing story about the Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall Concert in Vanity Fair. She was on her last legs as a performer at the time, the audience didn't come to see a brilliant concert; they thought they were going to see a real train wreck. She turned out to be in top form and the brilliance of the show took everyone totally by surprise.%0D
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The gays sitting in the upper balconies finally could contain themselves no longer and, during the second act, stormed down from upstairs and rushed the stage to scream their adoration. She finally was able to calm them down and ask them to please sit on the floor and not block the view of others, and then the concert continued. That must have been a brave "march" for gays at that time, banding together in public to unabashedly show their love for her even though it was a repressive period for homosexuals. %0D
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I'm not a big Judy fan and I was only 2 years old at the time, but I'll probably drag out the CD on Saturday for a listen and a toast. Wonder if Rufus Wainwright will be doing the same.

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Gwynnie has the gall to cover Kate Bush
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 07:57PM (10 replies)

Sorry for another Paltrow thread, and sorry if this has been discussed. BUT: was in Starbucks the other day and heard this braying, painful version of "This Woman''s Work." %0D\
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I was thinking that NO ONE should cover that song because they could never improve on the original. Checked the monitor, and damn if it wasn''t our girl Gwyneth sucking the life out of that gorgeous song. Jesus, she can sort of carry a tune, so now she thinks she''s Kate Bush caliber?

--Make it go away-ay-ay now


Why is it that in America one needs to be in prison to have fully paid health care?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 08:06PM (10 replies)

It seems to strange that the rethuglicans are going after old people and minors for being excessively expensive recipients of government health care; but not doing a thing about their own health care costs and the cost of prisoner''s health care.\
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I wonder what it would take to get a prison term for life house arrest? \
This would solve the problem of heath care for so many home bound people.

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Big Muscle 4/19/11
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 08:10PM (43 replies)

Other than the crappy tats, I would drain him dry.

--BMT, surfing web while watching the Celtics/Knicks

http://www.bigmuscle.com/getphotos.phtml?uid=135466&pid=3077096&me=big_muscle.phtml&M=0&ob=1


William and Kate''s First Daughter Could Be Queen
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 08:26PM (85 replies)

They're the modern royal couple in every way %E2%80%93 including plans for their future children.

Currently in the British monarchy, it's boys who take precedence when it comes to the throne. But when Prince William and Kate Middleton (who will be a royal in just 10 days!) have their first child, and should she be a girl, she could be Queen.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is exploring the idea of removing "male primogeniture," so the first-born boy in a family would no longer take precedence, even if he has an older sister, the U.K. Mail reports.

"My own personal view is that in this day and age the idea that only a man should ascend to the throne I think would strike most people as a little old fashioned," he said.

"If Prince William and Catherine Middleton were to have a baby daughter as their first child, I think most people would think it is perfectly fair and normal that she would eventually become Queen of our country ... I think it is worth thinking about."

Still, it might be easier said than done: It has also been reported that Prime Minister David Cameron believes that other political issues are more pressing than the future of William and Kate's future daughter.

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http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20483089,00.html


So Much Better
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 08:29PM (4 replies)

So what do you think?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4geLLDVRbw


That country singer whose relative was snatched...
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 08:51PM (0 replies)

Her mother is extremely annoying. I should feel sorry for her but she just irritates the shit out of me in every clip I see. Maybe it''s the dumb hick voice and Dad doesn''t sound like the sharpest knife in the drawer either.

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Why Did Nancy Cartwright Stop Doing The "Haw Haw" The Way She Did It In The Early Years Of "The Simpsons"?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 08:53PM (3 replies)

It used to be really high, almost sounding like Ralph, another character she does. She now does a low, husky, "Haw haw". I wonder why she changed it. Did it hurt her vocal cords? They could have just reused a previous recording so she wouldn''t have to keep on doing it.

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Only Gay Men Look at Kathleen Turner Now%0D\

Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:02PM (30 replies)

The interview ends on a lighter note, however. Sessums reminds the actress of a comment she made years ago that when she entered a room the only men who did not look at her had to be either dead or gay.

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http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/04/19/Only_Gay_Men_Look_at_Kathleen_Turner/


Kitty
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:07PM (4 replies)

The movie with Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland. Light, fluffy entertainment.

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Glee 4/19
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:08PM (58 replies)

Mercedes does Aretha\
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Santana takes down the Korofsky\
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Fishsticks outdoes herself with over-processed bleached hair and overtanned emaciated skin\
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hermaphrodite nazi sympathizers!!!!!

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Homemade pizza/pizza dough
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:21PM (31 replies)

Anyone ever make their own pizza?\
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I''m making pizza dough for the first time, and I bought self-rising flour instead of regular. Will that make a difference with the yeast?\
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If I make a thick crust in a cake pan, instead of spreading it out, how long does it need to bake?\
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Any sauce suggestions? I was just going to use canned tomato sauce. Toppings? I bought fresh tomatos and mushrooms.\
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Can I use the left-over dough for something else? Any suggestions?\
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I''m so excited... I''m so scared!

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My cat is chewing my wood furniture
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:24PM (13 replies)

Anyone else ever had a cat do this? I haven''t. He''s a neutered male around a year old. So far he''s chewed up one corner of my kitchen table and I caught him started on an end table next to my sofa.

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This weekend - do you think this is weird?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:30PM (10 replies)

I''m an extroverted, social person. But lately I''ve been busting my ass at work, annoyed with my boss, kind of burnt out on friends, and I''ve been working on a side project that takes up my evening. I''ve been going out too much, eating badly, and just burning the candle at both ends.\
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Anyway, this weekend I''m hiding. My parents asked me to come for Easter dinner, my partner wants to go to his sister''s house to visit, but I just said no, that I''d be "busy." I''m checking out of work at 5pm Friday and doing NOTHING all weekend. I plan to pick up a good book, queque up my Netflix and Tivo, take a hot shower, and plop myself on the couch for 48 hours doing nothing but lounging. I might take a walk around the block. Maybe order some takeout. But I''m tired of working, socializing, AND BEING ON. I am hiding this weekend.\
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Is that weird? I feel almost guilty. Yet excited...

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I took a Lortab when I got home from work, and now I''m watching "Say Yes to the Dress."
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:33PM (10 replies)

This is the beginning of a long slow slide, isn''t it?

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People Who Constantly Talk Over or Interrupt Others
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:42PM (168 replies)

It drives me insane. I work with a woman who does this to everyone. What''s even worse is that her very loud interruptions usually have nothing to do with the topic of discussion. Also she will often walk into a room loudly proclaiming something. This woman practically yells when she speaks. What is wrong with people who behave this way? Do they even realize what they are doing?

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Donald Trump Tells George Stephanopoulos He''s Been ''Co-Opted'' By Obama
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:49PM (1 replies)

Video:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/19/donald-trump-stephanopoulos-coopted-abc-gma_n_851207.html


Report: Pia Toscano will sing on ''Dancing''
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 09:51PM (7 replies)

Not only that, her new love, pro hoofer Mark Ballas, will be dancing as she performs, according to TMZ. Awwww!%0D\
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http://theclicker.today.com/_news/2011/04/19/6498492-report-pia-toscano-will-sing-on-dancing


The Birthers Actually Help Obama
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:01PM (7 replies)


In an interview with ABC News last week, Obama, who has generally avoided talking about the 2012 election, suggested that continued questions about his background from Republicans such as Donald Trump would hurt Republicans in next year's elections. Some conservatives have repeatedly questioned the president's birth in Hawaii, despite ample evidence showing he was born there.

It "creates, I think, a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the president was born where he says he was, in Hawaii," Obama said. "He doesn't have horns. We may disagree with him on some issues and we may wish that, you know, the unemployment rate was coming down faster and we want to know his plan on gas prices.

"But we're not really worrying about conspiracy theories or or birth certificates," Obama said, "and so I think it presents a problem for them."

Obama seems eager to highlight the more extreme views of Republicans. In recent speeches, he has several times made jokes that referenced the birthers.

"I was talking to a group earlier and I said, you know, I grew up here in Chicago. I wasn't born here. Just want to be clear. I was born in Hawaii," he said, as the audience laughed at a fundraising event in Chicago last week. "But I became a man here in Chicago."

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Does anyone else find Tina Fey extremely UNFUNNY?
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:12PM (248 replies)

What''s her appeal?

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Black Youth Voting in Higher %s than Any Other Youth Demographic
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:20PM (13 replies)

So much for Black Youth Apathy-African Americans led youth voter turnout in 2010, white youth vote declined significantly.

Obama is counting on the combined black vote, Hispanic vote, Jewish vote, youth vote and enough Independent voters to carry 2012.

Continuing a 12-year trend, voter turnout among people aged 18-29 is estimated to have been 24 percent, according to Census data analyzed by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and announced Friday. That was a drop of 1.5 percent from the midterm election of 2006. There was a four-year trend as well:

In 2010, as in 2008, young African Americans led the way in youth voter turnout. Young African Americans voted at a rate of 27.5% compared to 24.9% of young whites, 17.6% of young Latinos and 17.7% of young Asian Americans. Turnout among white youth declined more than that of any other race/ethnicity between 2006 and 2010.

Young African American college students were more likely to vote than their white counterparts (29.6 percent versus 27.4 percent). Only 22.7 percent of Latino college students voted.

So, the youth can be engaged and did come out to vote. We have to get them to continue to come out in 2012.

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Why Obama Will Win in 2012
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:30PM (164 replies)

The black vote, the latino vote, the youth vote, the Jewish vote and enough white Independents who are legitimately frightened of these very scary Republican candidates.

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My very important message on tonight''s "Glee"
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:35PM (15 replies)

DataLoungers,

I hope you tuned in to see my mesmerizing finale portraying Holly Halliday on tonight's episode of "Glee" ... though never say never, I might be back! I wanted to say, however, that I hope you people, out of all the disenchanted souls I've encountered over the years, took to heart the message I extolled about the evils of anonymous hatred spread over the Internet. Such hatred of those like me who are prettier, richer, thinner, more successful and have more sex than you can only serve to fuel your innermost self-loathing complexes, and venting them on sites such as this one only serve to build up such repositories of hatred more, not less. I hope you take this message to heart: some of us are simply better than you, and [italic]that's okay[/italic]. While I would never presume that you worship a specific deity, I would assert that it's in God's plan -- whether God is a He or She or It or Multiples -- that the superior few are oftentimes chosen to lead lost lambs such as yourselves.

As always, namaste, and be sure to follow my daily devotionals on GOOP.com.

--Gwyneth


Bachelor Brad and his chosen bachelorette split
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:36PM (30 replies)

I really thought these two crazy kids would make it.

--not really

http://icydk.com/2011/04/19/brad-womack-emily-maynard-officially-split-over-the-weekend/


LA Writer Perplexed by Homophobic Censorship of His Facebook Page
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 10:39PM (3 replies)

Over the weekend, Facebook deemed the photo below (see link) %E2%80%9Cabusive material%E2%80%9D and removed it from the profile of Los Angeles-based author Richard Metzger.\
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he pic above is from a 2008 episode of the British soap opera Eastenders. An image of two fully clothed, adult men sharing a closed-mouth kiss that has been deemed appropriate for the whole of England, but is apparently too racy for Facebook.\
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The photo had been posted to Metzger%E2%80%99s profile by Brit blogger Niall O%E2%80%99Conghaile, who received a written warning from Facebook for sharing the pic. Both men write for DangerousMinds.net, and have been using the popular site to protest what they see as blatant homophobia. And really, what else could it be?

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http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/la-writer-perplexed-by-homophobic-censorship-of-his-facebook-page_b26840


Sore throat help
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:19PM (28 replies)

I have the worst sore throat. Kills me to swallow. \
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I''ve tried Tylenol and gargling with salt water. What else should I try ?

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Dory Previn
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:49PM (7 replies)

She deserves her own thread, if only because no one--NO ONE--embodied the spirit of the year 1970 through her look more than she did.\
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When will this look come back into fashion again? WHEN???

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Former bank boss Lee Farkas guilty of fraud
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:53PM (4 replies)

Former bank boss Lee Farkas guilty of fraud in US

The former head of a company that was once one of the largest US mortgage lenders has been convicted of fraud.

Lee Farkas, ex-chairman of Taylor, Bean and Whitaker, was found guilty on all 14 counts he faced.

The company's 2009 collapse caused the loss of 2,000 jobs and the failure of Colonial Bank, the sixth-biggest bank failure in US history.

Prosecutors said Colonial and two other banks were cheated out of $2.9bn (%C2%A31.78bn).

Farkas was convicted by a federal jury in Virginia of bank fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud and other counts.

"His shockingly brazen scheme poured fuel on the fire of the financial crisis," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, of the justice department's criminal division.

Farkas, who testified in his own defence at the 10-day trial, insisted he had done nothing wrong.

'Fake loan pools'

Prosecutors said Farkas and other individuals who had already pleaded guilty in the conspiracy defrauded Colonial Bank's mortgage division of more than $1.4bn by arranging for the bank to purchase worthless mortgage loans from Taylor, Bean and Whitaker, including loans already sold to other investors, and what prosecutors described as fake pools of loans.

In addition, they misappropriated $1.5bn from Ocala Funding, in part by defrauding major banks to which they sold worthless promissory notes.

They used the money to cover cash shortfalls at Taylor, Bean and Whitaker, prosecutors said.

Farkas and his co-conspirators also sought to defraud the US government's Tarp programme, created in autumn 2008 to purchase loan assets from banks to help them strengthen their balance sheets, prosecutors said.

However, no Tarp money was received by Taylor, Bean and Whitaker, the court heard, and investigators from that office ultimately helped to uncover the fraud.

Farkas's lawyer, Bruce Rogow, said he was disappointed by the verdict and planned to appeal. He is due to be sentenced on 1 July.

Lee Farkas, Colonial Bank, Taylor, Bean and Whitaker

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13139151


Quick question
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:54PM (0 replies)

I know I''m a hopeless geez, but what was the name of that song that those Macy''s dancers did on tonight''s Dancing with the Stars? I thought that was a fabulous number btw--

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Irreversible
Posted on 04/19/2011 @ 11:57PM (5 replies)

I just got around to trying to watch Irreversible. I got through the first 20 minutes. It''s a ridiculously pretentious and violent film. But aside from that, I don''t understand why a rapist of a woman would be hanging out in a gay bath house.\
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Am I missing something?

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