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In the actual music video for "22," she's also seen eating cake and sitting on the shoulders of her friends, who are riding Schwinns. I bring this up because the only pseudo-issue I've ever had with Taylor Swift concerns her age. When Lauryn Hill released the introspective, soulful, and very adult blockbuster The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill , she was 23.
Alanis Morissette was 21 when she released Jagged Little Pill. Sinead O'Connor released her caustic breakthrough The Lion and the Cobra at 21. At 22, the singer-songwriter Swift's determinedly whimsical approach to adulthood is fun and harmless, but to me her phenomenal success is either an indicator that twentysomethings are the new teenagers (which is possible considering the large amounts of us who still live at home) or a sign that Taylor Swift is simply her own strangely encouraged brand of womanchild.
It wasn't long ago that she was waxing about princesses, Romeos, Juliets, and love stories. Hell, her Grammy performance this year was a Disney-fied trip to Wonderland where she all but called out her ex-boyfriend by name. Alanis still won't budge on the "You Oughta Know" mystery front -- and you have to admire her for that anonymity.
Though Swift's a very palatable pop star, there is something weird and kind of telling about this version of adulthood. Is it harmful? Sincere?
Speaking for myself, I was definitely over the concept of "cool kids" by the time I was finishing up college.
Maybe if she performed "Mandinka" a couple times, I wouldn't be so bothered.
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Mr Hartley continued: Known to be relatively conservative on the issues of homosexuality and equal marriage we shall be hoping that Pope Francis prayerfully considers the church s views on these issues. He added: To truly preach a social gospel all people, irrespective of their gender or sexuality, should be included and valued. Pope Francis, who was elected by cardinals in Rome on Wednesday, has previously described same-sex marriage as the work of the devil and a destructive attack on God s plan.
He has also said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.
Commenting on the arrival of the new Pope , Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall said: We hope Pope Francis shows more Christian love and charity to the world s 420 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people than his predecessor.
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Frey is to be believed, legalized gay marriage will help spread expensive diseases and old-school legions because vaginas have disease-deflecting superpowers. Sure, that sounds about right. It's all in your packets!
Here's the full transcript of the ridiculousness: My name is Mike Frey. I speak as a concerned Minnesotan father and husband. And the thing about same sex marriage is that, people who are married, do have sex.
And when same-sex people are married, they do have sex, there's something called sodomy. Sodomy defined in Minnesota is sex by or with the mouth or through the anus. When there is ejaculation into a vagina, there is a barrier there, as in your packet it states there, of a cellular tissue that doesn't allow the sperm that has an enzyme at the head of it, to penetrate the blood flow.
It is designed to go to the egg that enzyme is designed to burn the outside membrane of the egg cell go inside the egg, and then deposit the DNA. We call that conception. When ejaculation occurs inside of a colon it is a highly absorbent material, the cells do not have a barrier for the sperm and those enzymes to enter into the bloodflow.
When the enzymes enter into the bloodflow and a continued, prolonged, um, environment to that happens these enzymes into bloodflow it causes what we know as AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS of course brings on common diseases, colds and things, and it magnifies them to a point where it's unhealthy. Not only does it strengthen the disease within the carrier of AIDS the person that has a destroyed immune system but it also strengthens the disease that can be spread to the society at large.
There is an example in Los Angeles County, California, where among the gay community a rash almost like boils, and a very raw skin broke out on the hands, feet, butt, mouth of these gay communities and they couldn't find a cure for it for a long time. Their doctors called the Centers for Disease Control and they couldn't find this cure for it. The cure they found, a very extrenuous sic antibiotic, was Zyvox.
It cost $2,400 for one course of use. I urge you to vote against the changes inside this bill, because it's going to put a health risk for the society at large and it's going to put a financial burden on the people of Minnesota to be able to support all the diseases that will come out of this. Now doesn't that just chap your highly absorbent colon?
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After coming to terms that the wizard-to-be isn't showing off his wand on HBO's Oz , DeCaro calls Franco "literally a friend of Dorothy" and declares the Emerald City dungeon the "best name for a gay bar ever!" Watch the Flaming Screens review below.
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It is not precious, and it's right in line with the best of the "It Gets Better" videos of recent years. I personally still think about Tim Gunn 's video with regularity. Thank you to BuzzFeed for digging this treasure up.
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Who's coming out on top? The answer shouldn't surprise you.
7. Alyssa Edwards I find it so jarring when a queen is baffled by comedy challenges -- worse, I guess, is when she believes she's a contender in comedy challenges when she's anything but.
Alyssa's bizarre confidence during last night's roast was so unjustified, I couldn't even look at her at the mic. Her jokeless "jokes"? Her tactlessly mean "punchlines"?
They all reinforced a fact that's been apparent for weeks: Alyssa isn't cut out to compete with these dames, even though she did scoop up a victory during the ballet challenge. Admittedly, she brought a whippoorwill's worth of pure power to her "Whip My Hair" lip-sync last night, but it's impossible to root for someone who, at core, seems too immature to excel at the finer points of drag. Remember her wretched Katy Perry impersonation during "Snatch Game"?
How can I root for someone who completely floundered during the show's signature challenge?
6. Coco Montrese Credit where its due: I certainly didn't expect Coco's roast to be an utter triumph last night, but her approach to the whole challenge was a riot in itself. By pretending to be Ru's zany cousin, she got to bring an unhinged energy that set her apart from the other queens, who often felt like reluctant dispensers of tired one-liners.
That said: Could Coco's penchant for drama be any more irritating? The show spends an inordinate (nay, sickening) amount of time focusing on her fabricated issues, which gives us less time to focus on the season's greater charms, like Alaska's amazing speaking voice and Detox's constant side-eye.
5. Roxxxy Andrews To be honest, it feels ridiculous to rank Roxxxy above anyone since she's a real contender to be the most delusional girl left, but I can't deny the starpower of some of her runway presentations.
You want to watch her strut, which is more than I can say for Alyssa and Coco. But her presentation during the roast was game-changingly terrible, and now it's only a matter of time before she sashays into obscurity as the clearly worst member of Ralaskatox.
4. Ivy Winters Now hear this: Ivy Winters could have an awful week at any moment and be sent home.
At this point, she's sailed by with mediocre performances in so many challenges that the judges can forget what's valuable about her -- her glamor is apparent, yes, but her undeniable stage presence is also pretty divine. You want to watch that bone structure work. But I'm still recovering from her disastrous "Snatch Game" interpretation of Marilyn Monroe , in which she proved she knew nothing about Norma Jean , her presidential exploits, or anything but her blondeness.
This is also the queen who basically ridiculed Jinkx Monsoon for selecting Little Edie as a caricature during "Snatch Game," simply because she didn't know who that was. Alert: How as a drag queen do you not know anything about Grey Gardens? Ugh!
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The main challenge had the Queens roast Ru, and to put it kindly, it was mostly cringe-inducing. I had the most trepidation for my fav Ivy Winters , because as Alaska puts it, she's "sweet and well-mannered," and way out of her element here. But she was actually not the worst in this episode.
That would be the inexplicably confident Alyssa , and the stumbling, fumbling Roxxxy . Coco , on the other hand, chose a character to play, and followed through ... and won the competition.
Two things about the lip-synch. Roxxxy and Alyssa are two of the frontrunners, and after Ru kicked off two queens a couple of episodes ago, I knew there was going to be one show in which both queens were spared. As for Roxxxy ...
her backstory is tragic ... but that breakdown was one of the most calculated moves i've ever seen on this show. As Michelle started crying and the room was stunned into silence, sorry, I rolled my eyes and shouted "Come ...
On!" But it worked ... so kudos. Check out last night's episode.
Here's last night's Untucked , in which Roxxxy explains her "I was left at the bus stop" backstory.. It was a very emotional and affecting story ... but I still think it was no coincidence she brought it up at the most crucial time on the runway.
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This afternoon they will retire to the Sistine Chapel to begin voting in secret. Votes will take place four times a day until two thirds, 77, of the cardinals have reached an agreement. Ballots will be burned after every vote, with black smoke from the Chapel s chimney a signal to the outside world that votes are still ongoing, and white smoke to mean the Pope has been chosen.
The process will take place in a secret conclave cut off from the world even electronic signals are jammed to stop any Tweets about the election process. Some Cardinals took to Twitter to bid goodbye to their followers, not knowing how long they will remain in the conclave. Last tweet before the conclave: May Our Father hear and answer with love and mercy all prayers and sacrifices offered for a fruitful outcome, Tweeted Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of South Africa.
As there is no frontrunner in the election it is unknown how long the voting process will take. Pope Benedict was elected in just four votes, having gone in the clear favourite. It is expected that this time the election will take longer.
The next Pope will be chosen from a pool of Cardinals appointed by the staunchly conservative Benedict XVI and his predecessor Pope John Paul II, so it is not expected that he will take a more progressive stance on gay rights than previous Popes. One likely candidate, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, even claimed in February that there was less child abuse within churches in Africa because their traditions protect against homosexuality. Cardinals may be relieved to enter the secret conclave, where they will not have to deal with yesterday s embarrassing revelation that the Vatican s property investments include Europe s biggest gay sauna.
After the Pope is elected the Vatican will begin its investigation into Cardinal Keith O Brien, who resigned from his role following revelations about sexual misconduct with male priests and will not be part of the conclave.
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