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Today, I was having phone sex with my boyfriend. About halfway through he went really quiet and started breathing heavily. I thought he was about to climax until I discovered he had fallen asleep. FML

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Quoteables

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"There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”
-Woodrow Wilson

For Guess

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Footprint discovery shows a human walk of 1.5 million years ago

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Scientists have discovered footprints in northern Kenya that prove human beings have been walking our walk for at least 1.5 million years.
The footprints belonged to a Homo ergaster, one of the earliest ancestors of modern humans, believed to have lived throughout southern and eastern Africa. Scientists have been digging in northern Kenya, near the Turkana basin, looking for fossils and other clues to how human beings evolved.
Matthew Bennett, a professor of environmental and geographical sciences at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, was the lead scientist on the excavation team. The discovery of the footprints is an exciting breakthrough, he said.
"It's filling in a real gap in our knowledge about when people developed a modern foot anatomy," Bennett told ABC News. "It brings back the age of when essentially a modern footprint was in operation."
(Via ABC News)

Facebook tries its hand at democracy

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The fast-growing online hangout, whose more than 175 million worldwide users could form the world's sixth-largest country behind Brazil, said Thursday that those users will play a "meaningful role" in deciding the site's policies and voting on changes. Facebook is trying to recover from last week's policy-change blunder that sparked tens of thousands to join online protests. At issue was who controls the information, like photos, posts and messages, that people share with their friends on the site.
On Thursday, founder Mark Zuckerberg once again sought to reassure users that they are the owners, not Facebook. And in a broader step, the company also said its users will get a hand in determining the various policies — such as privacy, ownership and sharing — by reviewing, commenting and voting on them before they are put in place.
"As people share more information on services like Facebook, a new relationship is created between Internet companies and the people …

Obama plans to end combat mission in Iraq by August 2010

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President Obama heads to one of the nation’s most storied military bases this morning to unveil plans to pull most troops out of Iraq by August 2010 and he has support from an unlikely quarter — Senator John McCain, the Republican he beat in last year’s election.Mr. McCain and other Republicans emerged from a meeting with Mr. Obama at the White House on Thursday evening reassured that the president’s withdrawal plan is responsible and reasonable. After securing assurances from Mr. Obama that he would reconsider his plans if violence increases, Mr. McCain and the Republicans expressed cautious support.Speaking on the Senate floor on Friday before the president’s speech, Mr. McCain credited the opportunity to pull troops out to the surge of troops that President George W. Bush ordered two years ago with Mr. McCain’s support and he cautioned that Iraq remains fragile so Mr. Obama should stay flexible and listen to military commanders."With these factors in mind, I believe the presid…

Bitter:Sweet's
"The Mating Game"

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Nicholas Boehmke as featured on Queerty.

Nurses fired over cell phone photos of patient

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Note: The above picture is totally unrelated to the follwing story.
File this under: ¡Que pena! Nurses accused of photographing a patient and posting the pictures on the Internet have been fired.
The investigation started with an anonymous call from an employee at Mercy Walworth Medical Center in Lake Geneva, with the allegation that a nurse took pictures of a patient with her cell phone and posted them on her Facebook page.
Last week, the nurse told 12 News she never posted the pictures on the Internet. Investigators have since interviewed the nurse and said she offered more details.
"There were two nurses that independently took a picture each of an X-ray of a patient," Walworth County Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said.
The patient was admitted to the emergency room with an object lodged in his rectum. Police said the nurse explained she and a co-worker snapped photos when they learned it was a sex device. Police said discussion about the incident was posted on her Facebook page,…

The Funnies

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American Idol: Post #3

Last night, Adam Lambert rocked the hell out of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction".

My predictions for tonight:
Meagen, Allison, & Adam.

Bloggers and Unions join forces to push Democrats

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A group of liberal bloggers said it is teaming up with organized labor and MoveOn to form a political action committee that will seek to push the Democratic Party farther to the left.

Soliciting donations from their readers, the bloggers said they are planning to recruit liberal candidates for challenges against more centrist Democrats currently in Congress.
The formation of the group marks another step in the evolution of the blogosphere, which has proven effective at motivating party activists to give money and time to political campaigns, especially in local races.
But it also illuminates a deepening wrinkle for President Obama, whose attempt to build a broad governing coalition — often by tempering some of his more liberal previous positions — has already angered some of his supporters on the left.
The new organization is in many ways the liberal equivalent of the Club for Growth, a conservative group that has financed primary challenges against Republicans it deems insufficiently ded…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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David Williams as featured on DNA.

Obamas praise Stevie Wonder at White House

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To hear Barack Obama tell it, he owes Stevie Wonder plenty.
"I think it's fair to say that had I not been a Stevie Wonder fan, Michelle might not have dated me. We might not have married," Obama said yesterday as he and the first lady hosted a concert and award ceremony for Wonder. "The fact that we agreed on Stevie was part of the essence of our courtship."
Wonder was presented with a Gershwin Award for lifetime achievement during the event, which is scheduled to air on PBS Thursday.
Wonder's tune, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," was often played at Obama's campaign stops.
The President told guests at the White House that Wonder's music was also the soundtrack to his youth and marriage. Michelle Obama told the crowd that Wonder's love song, "You and I," had been the couple's wedding song. Watch Stevie Wonder and other greats jam at the White House.
Wonder accepted the award from President Obama and gave him a big h…

Porn Sensation Leo Giamani for Rufskin

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A few more via DNA.

Sondre Lerche's
"Everyone's Rooting For You"

Octo-Mom gets $1 million porn offer from Vivid Entertainment

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Vivid Entertainment has made a $1 million offer to Nadya Suleman to make a pornographic video.
In an offer letter obtained by TMZ.com, the president of the pornography studio and distributor Steven Hirsch says the company would release the film under their "Vivid-Celeb imprint, which has released titles starring such personalities as Pamela Anderson, Kim Kardashian, and most recently, former Miss USA Kelli MCarty."
The site also reports that the company is offering her family dental and health care if she agrees to star in a series of films.
Suleman, 33, known as "Octo-Mom" after giving birth to octuplets earlier this year, has reportedly not replied to the request.
(Via Fox News <-- I know, don't judge.)

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Anderson Davis as featured on DNA.

Cuba travel may get easier

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The 1,128-page budget bill that will begin to work its way through Congress this week contains key paragraphs that alter the shape of U.S.-Cuba policy and ease Cuba family travel restrictions by not funding enforcement.
The provisions were written when the bill was drafted last year -- and faced the threat of a veto by President George W. Bush. But Washington's new White House resident, President Barack Obama, campaigned promising to lift the family restrictions, so the proposed changes are unlikely to meet much resistance by the administration, which is conducting its own review of Cuba policy.
The bill, which is expected to be voted on by the House on Wednesday, already has Cuban-American lawmakers balking.
The 2009 budget bill would: Prevent the U.S. government from spending any of its budget enforcing 2004 rules that keep Cuban Americans from visiting their homeland more than once every three years.Create a general travel license for Americans who sell food and medical supplies to…

For Diesel

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(Via Red Models)

'Slumdog' child actors to be moved out of slums

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The two main child actors from "Slumdog Millionaire" are to receive new homes from the Indian authorities after the small-budget movie swept the Oscars, winning eight Academy Awards.The Mumbai homes will go to Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who played the young roles of the movie's central characters, Latika and Salim, in the rags-to-riches romance about a poor Indian boy competing for love and money on a TV game show."These two children have brought laurels to the country, and we have been told that they live in slums, which cannot even be classified as housing," said Gautam Chatterjee, head of the state-run Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.In the leadup to Sunday's Oscars, the movie's success around the globe was overshadowed by objections in India to its name which some Indians find offensive, its depiction of the lives of impoverished Indians, and the treatment of the cast.There was an outcry after pictures emerged of the child …

Elton John's
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"

The Funnies

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Iraq Museum reopens 6 years after looting

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Well over half the exhibition halls in Iraq’s National Museum are closed, darkened and in disrepair. And yet the museum, whose looting in 2003 became a symbol of the chaos that followed the American invasion, officially reopened yesterday.
Thousands of works from its collection of antiquities and art — some of civilization’s earliest objects — remain lost.
The smell of fresh paint infuses the Room of Treasures, which even now is deemed safe enough for only photographs of the intricate gold and gem-studded jewelry made in Nimrud nearly 3,000 years ago, not the real thing.
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki pushed to reopen the museum, against the advice of his own Culture Ministry, as a sign of Iraqi progress. Symbol it was, and symbol it remains — not only of how much Iraq has improved, but of how far it has to go.
“It was a rugged wave and strong black wind that passed over Iraq, and one of the results was the destruction that hit this cultural icon,” Mr. Maliki declared in a dedication…

Xavier Cugat's
"She's a Bombshell from Brooklyn"

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Marco Dapper as featured on Queerty.

Academy Awards Wrap-up

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Everything last night was Hollywood perfection. I haven't enjoyed an Academy-thrown shin dig this much since Whoopi abdicated hosting duties. But last night's 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by the incomparable Hugh Jackman, was hands down the most entertaining show they've put together in years.

Jackman was sensational as the all-around song and dance man. He was charming, funny, and enjoyable. We won't even discuss those gaytastic musical numbers... Sure, I would've tolerated a little more skin on his part, but there's always next year. For its part, the production team hit the nail on the head. The old world feel of the stage and the big band-style accompaniment was classic and elegant. They reworked some of the classic theme songs and made them fresh and fun. I wonder if they'll release a recording...
Anyway, for me the highlights of the ceremony centered around the acting award introductions. In what can only be described as a stroke of pure …

Weekend box office

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Weekend Top Five

#1 Madea Goes to Jail ($41.1M)
#2 Taken ($11.4M)
#3 Coraline ($11M)
#4 He's Just Not That Into You ($8.54M)
#5 Slumdog Millionaire ($8.05M)

Quoteables

“We do not come to you pleading your understanding or begging your tolerance, we come to you affirming our pride in our life-style, affirming the validity to seek and maintain meaningful emotional relationships and affirming our right to participate in the life of this country on an equal basis with every citizen.”
- Jim Foster, 1972

American Idol: Post #2

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Short and sweet: Tatiana del Toro was robbed.

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Mike Radon as featured on We Love Guys.

Portland Mayor's former lover Beau Breedlove poses nude for mag

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Towleroad reports that the former legislative intern at the center of the scandal involving Portland Mayor Sam Adams has posed nude for Unzipped magazine's May cover.
From the Advocate reports: "Unzipped's website, Unzipped.net, quickly became the go to destination for all things Breedlove when editors posted a photo gallery of pictures from Breedlove’s now deleted MySpace page. When interest in the photos took off, the magazine extended an offer for Breedlove to appear on the cover. Breedlove agreed to the offer for an undisclosed amount of money."
Said Unzipped's Online Editor Sean Carnage: "Beau Breedlove was extremely professional at his first erotic photo shoot in Los Angeles this past weekend. He came to L.A. to prove that the Portland scandal does not define his sexuality. The photos portray the real Beau--a confident and extremely handsome young man who is openly sensual, openly sexual, and has nothing to hide."
I know it's a terrible thing, b…

Extra forces could stay in Afghanistan 5 years

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Gen. David McKiernan, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, predicted today that the additional 17,000 U.S. military forces to be sent to Afghanistan will remain there for as long as five years.
"This is not a temporary force uplift," McKiernan said. "It will need to be sustained for some period of time, for the next three to four to five years."
McKiernan made his comments a day after President Obama approved the troop increase for Afghanistan.
"I'll use most of those forces in southern Afghanistan, an area where we do not have sufficient security presence, an area that has deteriorated somewhat," he said.
He predicted that the extra troops will be operational before the planned August elections.
Still, he added, "even with these additional forces, I have to tell you that 2009 is going to be a tough year."
(Via CNN)

The Pet Shops Boys at the Brit Awards
f/ Lady Gaga & Brandon Flowers

Quoteables

"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter."
- John Keats

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Matthew Paetz as featured on Major Models.

Miami-Dade teachers outraged over plan to defer pay

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After intense debate, the Miami-Dade School Board today approved Superintendent Alberto Carvalho's plan to balance the district budget by slashing $56 million in spending. The vote opened the door for Carvalho to begin negotiations about moving paid work days from the current fiscal year -- which ends June 30 -- to the next fiscal year, when Carvalho expects the district will have more money. Employees would be paid for those days sometime after July 1.

''This is our best thinking to avoid the catastrophic conditions imposed on the school system,'' Carvalho said, adding that the plan would enable the district to avoid layoffs.

After the vote, United Teachers of Dade President Karen Aronowitz vowed to fight any attempts to move employee work days. The union can declare an impasse.
''The layoffs are a scare tactic,'' Aronowitz said. "We were sold out by School Board members who promised to protect our contracts. This is telling people to work on a p…

Concert Association of Florida expected to go under

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The Concert Association of Florida, which has brought the biggest names in classical music and dance to South Florida for nearly four decades, is expected to cease operations this week, buckling under the weight of plummeting ticket sales and donations.Robert Hudson, chairman of the board for the Concert Association, has yet to announce plans for the group, but said that the organization is considering all options to cope with a drastic downturn in support, including filing for bankruptcy.''One of our chief goals is to try and protect the ticket holders and make sure the shows go on or get refunded if they don't,'' Hudson said this week.The Concert Association has 18 performances scheduled through April 19 -- seven at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, one at downtown Miami's Gusman Center, six at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, three at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and one at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauder…

Bobby Darin' "That Funny Feeling"

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Alex Ciappara as featured on Queerty.

Deal reached on $789 billion stimulus

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House and Senate negotiators announced this afternoon that they had reached agreement on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill, clearing the way for final Congressional action and President Obama’s signature.
“The differences between the House and Senate versions, we’ve resolved,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, said in a Capitol news conference. The differences were resolved by a lot of intense “give and take,” Mr. Reid said, “and if you don’t mind my saying so, that’s an understatement.”
Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist Republican whose support was crucial to the outcome, said the final package includes $150 billion in spending on infrastructure, including transportation facilities, and considerable tax relief. Moreover, she said, it includes significant money to aid state governments.
Despite intense lobbying by governors, the final deal slashed $35 billion from a proposed state fiscal stabilization fund, eliminated $16 billion in aid for school…

Australia's fires ravage wildlife

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Towleroad is reporting that the death toll from fires that have ravaged much of Australia's Victoria state may exceed 200: "Police have so far confirmed 181 deaths as the fires ripped across the southern state of Victoria on Saturday. But the state’s premier, John Brumby, said more than 50 people remained missing Tuesday afternoon."

Animals are also falling victim.

"The koala moved gingerly on scorched paws, crossing the blackened landscape as the fire patrol passed. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw firefighter David Tree following behind. 'It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery,' Tree told The Associated Press today. 'I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally. He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby.' The team called animal welfare officers as it resumed its patrols on Sunday…

Jennifer Hudson's Grammy Performance

Madonna for W Magazine

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Really, who the hell's looking at her anyway?
(Via Dlisted)

New West Side Story production photos by Joan Marcus

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(Via Towleroad)

Mama Cass' "Dream a Little Dream of Me"

Obama heads to heartland to stump for stimulus

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With Congress bogged down on his administration's $800 billion-plus stimulus package, President Obama is hoping to rally public support with a brief campaign-style road trip today, heading to a part of the country particularly hard hit by the economic downturn.
Obama will employ the so-called "bully pulpit" of the presidency by holding a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana, a city that has seen its unemployment rate triple to more than 15 percent over the past year.
"We aren't in Elkhart to explain Washington's process to them, but instead to highlight for Washington the problems and pain facing Americans," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.
The trip is Obama's first major face-to-face meeting with a group of ordinary Americans outside of Washington since taking office January 20.
The president is expected to make an additional push for the stimulus plan Monday night with a prime-time White House news conference. He's also planning a s…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Joshua Day as featured on We Love Guys.

Review: He's Just Not That Into You

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[Editor's note] If you're looking to blow $10 on quality entertainment, avoid seeing He's Just Not That Into You. In what I can only describe as a train wreck of cinematic proportions, this film was in the toilet twenty minutes in.

Having read parts of the book and having enjoyed the Greg Behrendt Show, I had high hopes for an insightful film version of the franchise. Added to this, a great cast that included Drew Barrymore (love!), Bradley Cooper (hawt!), and Scarlett Johansson (enjoy!) who I felt had the potentional of making it a wickedly funny film about the ins and outs of modern-day relationships.

However, the reality was neither insighful nor funny. This film propogated every annoying and offensive stereotype known to womankind. From the desperate single white female (Ginnifer Goodwin) to the frigid cheated-on wife (Connelly), it never expanded beyond these one-dimensional characterizations. By movies end, one is left wondering where the character development went. Th…

Weekend box office

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Weekend Top Five#1 He's Just Not That Into You ($27.5M)
#2 Taken ($20.3M)
#3 Coraline ($16.3M)
#4 The Pink Panther 2 ($12M)
#5 Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($11M)

President Obama's weekly [YouTube] address

Queerty on Homos in He's Just Not That Into You

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"In a movie all about love and dating, with a full nine leads trying to navigate the rocky shoals of relationships, there’s not a hint of a gay relationship anywhere on the screen. Though discouraging, that isn’t necessarily a mortal sin. What is a problem, however, is how the few gay characters that are on screen are forced to behave: in the flameyest, lispingest,“fiercest”
stereotypes imaginable. If black actors were forced to endure Stepin Fetchit, then this minstrel show of homosexuality can only be construed as Mincin' Jazz Hands."


More of this insightful article here.

Gay woman fights over hospital visitation rights in Miami court

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As her partner of 17 years slipped into a coma, Janice Langbehn pleaded with doctors and anyone who would listen to let her into the woman's hospital room.

Eight anguishing hours passed before Langbehn would be allowed into Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. By then, she could only say her final farewell as a priest performed the last rites on 39-year-old Lisa Marie Pond.

Jackson staffers advised Langbehn that she could not see Pond earlier because the hospital's visitation policy in cases of emergency was limited to immediate family and spouses -- not partners. In Florida, same-sex marriages or partnerships are not recognized. On Friday, two years after her partner's death, Langbehn and her attorneys were in federal court, claiming emotional distress and negligence in a suit they filed last June.

Jackson attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case on grounds that the hospital has no obligation to allow patients' visitors.

Following a hearing lasting mor…

In an Absolut World:

Obama 'Hope' artist arrested in Boston

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The controversial street artist who gained fame with his red, white and blue posters of President Barack Obama was arrested in Boston Friday night, Boston police said.
Shepard Fairey, 38, was arrested on two outstanding warrants as he was about to enter an exhibition of his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Fairey was charged with damage to property for having painted two Boston area locations with graffiti, spokesman James Kenneally said.
Fairey told the Los Angeles Times last year that his "Obey Giant" street art campaign had led to his arrest many times.
Boston police said he had painted his "Andre The Giant" graffiti near an entrance to the Massachusetts Turpike and the Boston University bridge across the Charles River.
Fairey’s image of Obama was everywhere during last year's presidential campaign: on buttons, posters and Web sites. It shows a pensive Obama looking upward, with the caption HOPE.
(Via The Boston Channel)

Beau Breedlove speaks out about Portland Mayor Sam Adams

(Via Towleroad)

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Radoslav Vanko as featured on We Love Guys.