When British ambassador, diplomat, and spy Sir John Sawer isn’t in the office or engaged in covert activity, he likes to romp on the beach in super tight bathing trunks. At least, that’s what the pictures his wife posted on Facebook showed. Some Brits are freaking out that the soon-to-be prez of the Secret Intelligence Service is on Facebook in swimwear. They think it’s compromising his family’s safety, because the personal info posted about them on the site could be used by terrorists. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold loves cheese, and he has great taste in music. In fact, the politico posts videos featuring the bands he loves in “Fein-tunes.” This month, he sang the praises of Midwestern indie group Wilco. It’s proof that sometimes Washington can back more than legislation. It can back that ass up, too. [Pitchfork] Keep reading »
“Capitol Hill is packed with gay staffers,” says the narrator of “Outrage,” a documentary by filmmaker Kirby Dick that seeks to expose closeted gay conservatives who publicly oppose gay rights. The film features several men discussing their relationships with various politicians, including former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, and former Senator Larry Craig. Dick says the mainstream media has ignored rumors about closeted gay politicians, and his film purports to expose the hypocrisy of those politicians who allegedly hinder gay rights efforts by day but benefit from the activism of others by night. All the allegations in the film are true, says Dick. “If they decide to legally come after me that will become as big a story as the film,” he said. “All it will do is help ticket sales.” “Outrage” premiered last Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival and is slated for a limited release in several cities, including Washington, D.C., on May 8.
Do you think outing these politicians will give more transparency in government? Or is coming out always a personal decision? How much privacy should politicians have? Keep reading »
The majority of Malaysia’s population is Muslim, and government censors do quite a bit of cutting to keep overly sexual scenes out of movies and other forms of entertainment. These days, they’re having a much more difficult time keeping naughty information out of the news, as two of the country’s top politicians are involved in sexual exploits that are being written about all over the internet. The first man, Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister, is accused of sodomy, a crime that can carry a punishment of up to 20 years in prison. The other, Najib Razak, the deputy prime minister and heir to the current prime minister, has been linked to a woman who was brutally killed in 2006. Since widespread internet censorship is very difficult, Malaysians are learning a lot more about their government officials’ lives than they’re used to. [NY Times] Keep reading »
With all the hullabaloo over Barack and Michelle Obama’s much watched fist-bump on Tuesday, we started thinking about how it compared to other political public displays of affection. Who could forget the never-ending kiss at the Democratic National Convention between Al and Tipper Gore? Some people are still holding back their lunch. Republican Presidential nominee John McCain has a PDA pattern of his own — at every rally he make sure to thank wife, Cindy, then gives her a polite kiss on the cheek. For others, as well as another photo of that fist-bump (we couldn’t resist), click after the jump… Keep reading »
I’m being kind of stalked right now. Not in a scary way, but in an annoying way. A guy that I had a dalliance with many years ago has made a career change from bartender to candidate for a rather high position in state government. A few months ago he messaged me on Friendster, alerting me to his campaign and checking in on how I was. Ever since then, I’ve been included on his campaign’s mailing list and the emails have not stopped. Nearly everyday I am reminded of how he is a real Democrat for change, but what I’m really reminded of is how I once took him to Banana Republic to help him pick out shoes to wear when he saw his ex-girlfriend again. I am alerted to the five new endorsements he has received, but the real alert is the subtle nausea I feel over the fact that he was uncut. Here is the problem — even though I want the guy to win because his intentions seem good, I desperately want to be deleted from his mailing list so the bad memories from my single life go away. But how can I do that without seeming cruel… or like a bad Democrat? Any advice? Keep reading »