Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Page 1 Consider (08/28)

  • Next Stop, U of Phoenix: Meet Ted Haggard's replacement. Need I say more? (DenverPost)

  • A Slap in America's Face: It's bad enough it took Alberto Gonzales this long to resign. But for President Bush to try to turn this into a partisan issue and defend this lying sack of shit calling him "a man of integrity, decency and principle” who had been hounded from office for political reasons is almost worse than any of the things Gonzales was forced to do by Dick Cheney. Bush: "It’s sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud," he said. God help us all. (NYT)

  • Killer Blow: Kickbacks to Americans for billions of dollars of weapons in Iraq? Can this situation get more f**ked up? (NYT)

  • Love Medieval Style: Civil unions between male couples existed around 600 years ago in medieval Europe, a historian at Shippensburg University says. Historical evidence, including bridal registries legal documents and gravesites, can be interpreted as supporting the prevalence of homosexual relationships hundreds of years ago. In found brotherment contracts, the "brothers" pledged to live together sharing "un pain, un vin, et une bourse,"or "one bread, one wine and one purse." (Fendi, no doubt.) Why does it not surprise me that things were more progressive in the 1400s than they are now? (LiveScience)

  • Amending the 14th Amendment? A man who filed a lawsuit after being allegedly beaten by Chicago police because he is gay is contesting the city’s motion to dismiss his case -- since the city is arguing that gays are not covered under the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. (Advocate)

  • Asylum: Iranian lesbian threatened with deportation in U.K. and death at home could find refuge in Italy. Can't Melissa Etheridge do something? (AP)

  • Cracker Barrel of Laughs: The former director of California's AIDS/LifeCycle fundraiser has sued two HIV/AIDS nonprofits that put on the ride, claiming they fired him because he is not gay. Jeffrey Shapiro filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles superior court, alleging sexual orientation discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress by his former employers, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. (Advocate)

  • Honest to God: What does it tell you about organized religion when a church is having to promote itself as a "hate-free zone"? (Advocate)

  • Stars, They're Just Like Us: They take the kids for hot dogs in New York's Times Square. (AP)

  • A Glutton for Data: No surprise here that obesity rates continued their climb in 31 states last year. No state showed a decline. Mississippi became the first state to crack the 30 percent barrier for adult residents considered to be obese. West Virginia and Alabama are just slightly behind, according to the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention. (AP)

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