Morning Meme: St. Patrick’s Dinner At the Burtka-Harris Home, “American Reunion” Remembers That One Time At Band Camp, and Jesse McCartney Is All Grown Up In “Chernobyl Diaries”

As the Rolling Stones approach their 50th anniversary, Keith Richards says that he’s sorry that he talked so poorly of Mick Jagger in his book, particularly that Mick has Keith Richardsa “tiny todger.”

This American Life is retracting Mike Daisy’s report about Foxconn and the working conditions in Apple’s suppliers that triggered an independent audit. Daisy fabricated stories and facts, but TAL is taking the hit for airing them. “Daisey lied to me and to This American Life producer Brian Reed during the fact checking we did on the story, before it was broadcast. That doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should’ve put this on the air. In the end, this was our mistake. We’re horrified to have let something like this onto public radio.”

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, has announced he is retiring from the Anglican Church. Williams has tried to straddle the line on social issues such as gay rights throughout his tenure, pleasing positively no one. But his likely successor, the Archbishop of York, is much more conservative.

It was widely reported that President Obama came out against Amendment One in North Carolina last week. But as they note over at Towleroad, that statement doesn’t seem to have come from President Obama, or even the White House.

LuannThe comic strip Luann last week briefly flirted with a character being gay, for about a frame. But they did it with bad stereotypes about only children being raised by a single mother, so maybe we dodged a bullet with that one.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Decorah Eagle Cam, the eggs are likely to hatch this week, so you may as well tell your boss you won’t be productive at all while obsessively watching the eagles.

The jury in the Nicolette Sheridan Desperate Housewives wrongful termination lawsuit says they are hopelessly deadlocked. Just like the plotline of the show.

It turns out that the Rush Limbaugh show does have standards – they’ve rejected the advertisements from the Westboro Baptist Church. The ads were done in a Jeff Foxworthy-style of “You may be a slut if…”Governor Gary Herbert

Joe Clementi, father of Tyler Clementi, has released a statement in the wake of the guilty verdict on Dharun Ravi. It’s worth reading or watching the whole thing, but the gist of it boils down to “When you see somebody doing something wrong, tell them, ‘That’s not right. Stop it.’”

Utah Governor Gary Herbert vetoed the state’s ridiculous abstinence-only sex education bill, which also included a powerful “don’t say gay” clause. Herbert took a common sense approach that the replacing existing opt-in sex education with abstinence-only, “I am convinced the existing statutory framework respects these two principles, while HB363 simply goes too far by constricting parental options.” It feels weird to have a governor talk about restricting parental choice when it’s removing the more liberal side.

The New York Times has a wonderful piece asking prominent gay entertainers which gay film changed their lives. I’m most in synch with Cheyenne Josie and the PussycatsJackson, who chose Beautiful Thing. It think it’s the choice for many men of a certain age – and coming of age.

Meanwhile, Frank Bruni was moved deeply by How To Survive a Plague, with the story of the early AIDS crisis and ACT UP galvanizing the community around the disease and the gay rights movement. It’s worth a read.

Josie and the Pussycats inspiration JosieDeCarlo has passed away. The story of how the comic came to be, and her love story with the author, Dan DeCarlo is touching.


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