Not to be outdone by the recent reveal of Tom Daley’s too-hot 2015 calendar, the hot jocks of the University of Warwick rowing club are back again this week to tease their own upcoming calendar launch.
Earlier this month, the boys released a few photos from the 2015 Warwick Rowers calendar to much fanfare on Twitter. This week, they’ve sweetened the tease with an extended preview clip that takes you behind the scenes of the incredible completely nude shoot, which for some reason included an actual fire truck and plenty of large hose handling.
Huge props to the half of the team that allowed their teammates to sit on their shoulders in the buff. We didn’t think they’d take their mission to combat homophobia in sports so literally, but we’re certainly not complaining.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican who pictures himself behind the desk in the Oval Office, just can’t figure out the modern GOP. First he staked his reputation on finding a reasonable middle ground on immigration reform, only to discover that for many in the party’s base, reform consists solely of pointing an uninterrupted row of cannons at the Mexican border. Now he seems to be looking for a similar “moderate” stance on LGBT issues.
This won’t end well.
In a speech at Catholic University, Rubio tried his best to sound as if he was acquainted with 21st-century reality. The U.S. has come a “long way” in the way it treats gays and lesbians. Everyone should acknowledge the long history of discrimination against the LGBT community and also recognize that “many committed gay and lesbian couples feel humiliated by the laws’ failures to recognize their relationship as a marriage.”
Now, this is remarkable stuff for a Republican, let alone a potential presidential candidate. Saying anything remotely kind about us is not a way to win points with the base, but it does recognize that young voters are not going to shift party loyalties without this kind of rhetoric.
Unfortunately, Rubio proceeded to undercut everything he just said by elaborating on why he felt the law was right to humiliate same-sex couples. “Americans like myself who support keeping the traditional definition of marriage also have a right to work to keep traditional definition of marriage in our laws without seeing them overturned by a judge,” Rubio declared.
Moreover, Rubio wrapped himself in the victim’s cape, complaining that marriage opponents are being targeted unfairly for their views.
“There is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance of those who continue to support traditional marriage,” Rubio whined. “Even before this speech is over, I’ll be attacked as a hater or bigot. Or someone who’s anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman, is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage.”
Yes, well, we have some disagreements there.
From a political point of view, however, Rubio can’t have it both ways. Young voters view gay marriage as a basic right that politicians should support. Even a majority of young Republicans support it. Older voters in the GOP’s base are not going to be thrilled by kind words about the LGBT community.
Marriage equality has moved faster than anyone might have predicted. In a relatively short period of time, it’s gone from a marginal issue to being widely accepted by Americans. It won’t be long when most Americans view opposition to marriage equality the same way that they view opposition to interracial marriages–as a throwback to an older, more bigoted time.
Rubio seems to be betting that he can find a middle ground on the issue. But the ground is shifting too rapidly. It won’t be long before there is no middle ground. In the meantime, he won’t be swaying voters in either camp. Give him credit for trying to change the conversation, but he won’t succeed by talking out of both sides of his mouth.
Here’s an honest mistake that could happen to anybody.
A guy comes into the hospital for a circumcision (this isn’t a joke setup), you put him under for surgery and something goes wrong.
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
He wakes up without a penis.
That’s the horrifying allegation brought by a lawsuit against Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama by one supremely unlucky guy who claims he was never warned that amputation was even a remote risk with the procedure.
“When the plaintiff … awoke from his aforesaid surgical procedure, his penis was amputated,” the suit reads.
It contends that he has suffered additional/extended pain and suffering during his recovery, has spent additional time in the hospital recovering, and has been caused to spend more money. The man’s wife also claims loss of consortium.
Which we’d say is putting it extraordinarily mildly.
No dollar amounts are mentioned (nor why he wanted to get circumcised in the first place — we can’t be the only ones who wish they’d never been snipped), but if the alleged events are true, we’d recommend a nice round number followed by six or seven zeroes.
The up-and-coming singer songwriter opens up about his debut EP, his battles with ADHD, and debuts an exclusive remix of 'River Full of Liquor'
Dora Bryan, best known recently as June Whitfield's dotty friend on Absolutely Fabulous in the '90s, has died at 91. The British actress had a long and fruitful career in radio, TV and film.
Bop Magazine, founded in 1983, has ceased monthly publication, becoming an occasional special. Those in the teen world recognize Bop as a staple of the scene, a go-to for whatever makes tweens squeal. The publication was initially black-and-white with color pinups, but had, over time, become all-color.
The company that owns Bop, Laufer Media, also owns a slew of other '80s and '90s teen titles that have changed hands over the years, such as 16, but its only regular publication at the moment is the ultimate teen mag: Tiger Beat, born in 1965, which is as of the first quarter of 2014 the #1-selling teen-entertainment magazine. Still!
Perhaps if there is another teen invasion, Bop and other titles from the past will see re-inventions. You may think there is a current teen invasion, with big stars like Justin Bieber and One Direction in the news on a daily basis, but most of the big-time teen stars of today are old news. New blood is needed—stat.
Good luck to Tiger Beat—it's a keeper!
Gallery of 20 Madonna dolls above!
Doll savant Cyrus Lee Bronock is one of the only people to ever create dolls based on Madonna that look exactly like her. Remember those official Dick Tracy abortions? Check out the amazing likeness in the gallery above to wash them out of your brain forever.
“I have been an artist and doll collector since I was 10 years old. I sculpt, use watercolor dioramas and acrylics. I was upset that Madonna dolls were never made! So I took things into my own hands. Also, I am a big Madonna fan. I created the head mould and cast a mould for it, then filled the mould with plastic. I hand-paint each Madonna doll's face with care. First I sold them on eBay, but now I sell them exclusively through commission.”
Hit him up if you always get your Madge.
My pal's new Web series Dr. Madonna is...well, it's called Dr. Madonna, so you'll need to watch it...
With the Warwick Rowers 2015 naked calendar is almost here, and the men of Warwick University’s Rowing Club share these images as a tease of what's to come.