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  • Tweet Roundup: Pope Benedict Ages Out

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    Tags: Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama, Catholic Church, Dan Savage, Doctor Who, Pope Benedict XVI, Sarah Palin, Tweet Roundup, Twitter
  • Quote Unquote: A Broken Goddamned Nose

    Dan Savage on the distinction between politicians who are actually anti-gay and those who just pretend to be anti-gay for the sake of their constituents

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    "Whether someone punches you in the nose because they really hate you or they punch you in the nose because they want to impress people who hate you, you still have a broken goddamned nose."

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    This nose-punching thing makes a certain amount of sense, but, quite frankly, I just don't see it as a big issue. We should really be focusing more on marriage equality other more pertinent civil rights issues. That's just my two cents, though.


    Tags: Dan Savage, Homophobia, LGBT, Quote Unquote
  • Quote Unquote: Rick on Dan Action

    Rick Santorum on what he would say to Dan Savage — homosexual sex columnist and creator of the "Spreading Santorum" Internet meme — if the two were ever to cross paths

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    "I would tell him that I'm praying for him. He obviously has some serious issues. You look at someone like that who can say and do the things that he's doing and you just pray for him and hopefully he can find peace."

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    Must be incredibly difficult for a person to walk around with that kind of hatred in his heart. A guy like Rick Santorum, I'm sure he can't even fathom what that's like.


    Tags: Dan Savage, LGBT, Primaries, Quote Unquote, Republicans, Rick Santorum
  • The Google Gods Smile on Rick Santorum

    I guess all that sucking up to God paid off. After enduring years of taunts for his so-called Google problem, Rick Santorum can finally unclench his, um, fists.

    Spreading Santorum, the website Dan Savage created to smear Santorum's name as the "frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes a byproduct of anal sex," has faded to the second page of the candidate's Google search results

    As SearchEngineLand.com editor Danny Sullivan points out, the page… no longer appears on the first Google search results page; it's behind Wikipedia pages for Santorum and his campaign's official website. However, the blog it links to — blog.spreadingsantorum.com — is sixth. And the Urban Dictionary definition of "santorum," which mimics Savage's definition, along with the anti-Santorum site SantorumExposed.com, remain in the top five.

    Savage's site has also been dropped from the first page of searches for "Rick Santorum."

    It's unclear why the results fell back to page 2. It probably has something to do with Santorum's newfound popularity and Google's mysterious, ever-changing algorithms, which are some unholy mixture of newsworthiness, probability and cute kittens.

    Now that Santorum's Google problem has almost disappeared, he just has to deal with his Everything Else problem. Which, in addition to birth control, higher education and gays, now includes Democratic robocalling. Apparently, Rick Santorum's Michigan robocall plan was a big flop. Up until now, the only failed robot in the GOP race was Mitt Romney.

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    Tags: Dan Savage, Google, Internet, LGBT, Primaries, Rick Santorum
  • Dan Savage on Rick Santorum's Anti-Straight Agenda

    Dan Savage — who many people think might be the true winner of Tuesday's caucuses — was on Keith Olbermann's show that apparently still exists on some channel that may or may not exist in people's cable boxes to discuss newly-minted Republican Wonder Boy Rick Santorum's long-standing war against heterosexuals

    "An overwhelming amount of Americans, including Catholic Americans, use birth control. One of the constant things I’m reminding people about Rick Santorum is he doesn’t have merely an anti-gay agenda, he has an anti-straight agenda too. He’s against birth control, he’s against abortion, he’s against pornography, he’s against all sorts of things that straight people use and enjoy frequently."

    I see Savage's point, but I think I'm going to have to disagree.

    The way I see it, being straight is a choice. If these straights don't like having their "straight lifestyle" infringed upon by legislators, then why don't they just go and be something else? And, quite frankly, good riddance to them. We don't need them walking around being straight in front of our children.

    You know that's what they want, right? They want to teach your children straight. Don't trust me. Google it.


    Tags: Abortion, Dan Savage, LGBT, Porn, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Sex