Maryland Del. Emmett Burns, Jr. has backed off his demand that Brendon Ayanbadejo be forced to be silent on the subject of marriage equality, and his reasoning sounds awfully familiar. “Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights. And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions. The football player and I have a right to speak our minds.” For the record, Ellen DeGeneres has offered to fly Ayanbadejo to California to tape her show this week.
The Pope is now an unwitting star in a Bel Ami porn video. Before you avert your eyes, it seems that for Scandal In the Vatican, which is being filmed onsite, the porn stars were presented to the Pope as priests, who then blessed them, and it was filmed for the movie.
While the producers of Arrow still won’t say what character John Barrowman is playing beyond “He’ll be male. It’ll be worth the wait,” they do say the pretty much the entire non-super DC universe is open to them, and groundwork is being laid for Speedy, Black Canary, China White, and more. But nobody alien or with powers.
There’s a new Monopoly: Alan Turing Edition available for order, and it comes with a replica of the hand drawn board the out cryptographer used at Bletchley Park. The actual game board is based around the original, but with the Community Chest cards also telling the story of his life.
The big stars of the U.S. Open get to request music to play while they’re on the court, and some of the selections are interesting. Everybody has Carly Rae Jepsen, but Serena Williams likes to rock out to Green Day, while Andy Roddick prefers Wham and Culture Club. A more recent addition to the rotation is Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You” for Sam Querrrey.
Ever wonder how much thought goes into creating a Nerf blaster for you to terrorize your office mates? It’s actually a pretty fascinating process to get something that holds 144 darts that can fire 75 feet.
The most valuable penny in the universe is on Mars, so there goes any hope of me finding it on the street and retiring early.
Vice President Joe Biden reveals that he was almost arrested in Ohio for trying to get in the women’s dorms at Ohio University. Had that happened, it would have been a Big f*cking deal.
Liza Minnelli has arrived in California to reprise her role as Lucille Austero on the upcoming season of Arrested Development.
Buried in a piece about Vladimir Putin piloting an ultralite to lead a group of cranes on a migration was either a swipe at communism or a window into his sex life I didn’t need to peek into. “Group sex is better than one-on-one because, as in any sort of collective work, you can shirk off.”
How factual was President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention? Not bad, according to the fact checkers. He seems to have stretched the truth rather than made up any numbers.
Salon has an interesting article up on whether porn stars should be required to be tested for HIV. Some studios require it, while others don’t, and a positive test doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t work. But should it be mandatory? Logo’s own Conner Habib doesn’t think so. He “disagrees with ‘the discriminatory act of telling someone who is HIV positive that they can’t work,’ even with condoms. ‘It’s the whole weird Lyndon LaRouche thing of wanting to quarantine people with HIV in the ’80s,’ he says, referring to the activist who believed AIDS could be spread through casual contact. ‘It’s just like, well, we understand what’s going on now. Why do you want to bring back that quarantine mentality?’” There are also concerns about records privacy. But the risks increase with gay-for-pay studios bringing straight stars across to the gay world, because straight porn doesn’t traditionally use condoms the way the majority of studio gay porn does. It’s a thoughtful read.
It appears that Justin Timberlake is purchasing a minority ownership stake in the Memphis Grizzlies, joining the likes of Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Usher as an NBA team owner.