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Discovery’s Night Launch

Watching last night’s launch of the space shuttle Discovery, I was struck with how improved the photography of these launches is – the shots of the booster rockets separating are startlingly clear. But I was also reminded of how my family used to drive from Orlando to the beach to watch the later Apollo launches. Sitting on the roof of …

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The Unaffordable Culture Wars

The reliable Frank Rich writes in today’s NYT: The family-values dinosaurs that once stalked the earth — Falwell, Robertson, Dobson and Reed — are now either dead, retired or disgraced. Their less-famous successors pumped out their pro forma e-mail blasts, but to little avail. The Republican National Committee said nothing whatsoever about Obama’s reversal of Bush stem-cell policy. That’s quite …

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Houston: Guerrilla Gay Bar Gone Bad – Gay Patrons Not Admitted

“Guerrilla gay bar” is a combination of flash mobbing and social activism in which a large crowd of gay and gay-friendly folks “invade” a straight nightclub for a night of partying outside the regular gay scene. Most guerrilla gay bar events are well-received by the venues, who are happy for the business and the notoriety. (Not to mention the excellent …

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Chaos At Manhattan ANTM Audition

Pandemonium, chaos, rioting, whatever you want to call it – that was the scene yesterday outside the America’s Next Top Model auditions at CW Studios in Manhattan. After thousands of women began pressing early arrivals against the walls and barricades, a nearby car started smoking and a couple of idiots apparently thought they could thin the crowd by shouting, “There’s …

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Still Bad

All 50 of Michael Jackson’s comeback/farewell concerts sold out within hours in the UK yesterday. Sales of Michael Jackson’s just-announced comeback performances in London have been thrilling: his run of 50 U.K. concerts scheduled to begin on July 8 sold out five hours after tickets went on sale on Friday, according to promoters. The 50-year old pop star was originally …

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Debaptize Me

Some atheists are trying have their baptism records expunged from official church records. From the UK: The National Secular Society would like the Church of England to devise a formal procedure for cancelling baptisms, with a change in the baptismal roll as part of it. In the face of resistance from the Church, the society has come up with a …

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CNN On DADT

Flaunting our sexuality. Dirty homos in the showers. Radical social agenda. CNN interviews the usual haters against repealing DADT as well as Unfriendly Fire author Nathaniel Frank. There’s actually no shouting or cross-talking here. The Capitol Resource Institute’s logic-impaired Karen England: “I hope our military doesn’t make decisions based on polls of the American people.” Two minutes later she cites …

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