News: Craigslist, Quake, Jerry Brown, Tony Blair, Christwire

 road Nebraska man gets shot down by a woman in a gay bar, then attacks a gay man while using an anti-gay slur.

 road Photos from yesterday's 7.4 quake in New Zealand. Quake

 road Kanye West has written an olive branch of sorts for Taylor Swift.

 road Censored: Those in the US will no longer be able to access the "adult services" section on Craigslist.

 road Steve Jobs will disagree with you if you tell him that the new iTunes logo sucks.

 road Comedian Robert Schimmel succumbs to his wounds in Pheonix car crash.

 road The new Quantum Quest movie combines actual NASA footage with CG, which means that at least the real space footage will impress.

 road Why Jerry Brown thinks you should vote for him: My record is that of a pioneer. I appointed the first gay and lesbian judges in California and to the [University of California] board of regents. This was pioneering in the '70s. I signed the first nondiscrimination act…so I’m very proud of that. I don’t know what Ms. Whitman’s record is, but I’m a person who’s inclusive, who’s open to the diversity of California. And that will certainly be the spirit of my governorship.

 road Promo clip of the new season of Glee.

Christwire  road ChristWire.org is like The Onion if it focused only on conservative topics. The NYT Times reports that is "one big joke" but "Not the readership — which hit a high of 27 million page views in August — but the content, the opinions and the fake authors who write the stuff. Neither of the two founders is a conservative Christian. They are just like-minded 28-year-olds who met on the Internet, have never seen each other in person, and until this week had never given their real identities to a reporter."

 road Protestors in Dublin hurl shoes, eggs at Tony Blair.

 road Pastor defends his church which accepts people of all sexual orientations, in Maylasia where homosexuality is punishable by a heavy prison sentence.


Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

New York Times Outs Christwire

Today the New York Times does what numerous other publications have tried and failed to do, they’ve gotten the guys behind Christwire to come clean.

Christwire has lately reached new levels of popularity, in part thanks to an Aug. 14 column, “Is My Husband Gay?” Written by Stephenson Billings, the piece is a 15-point checklist to help wives diagnose possibly closeted husbands. “Gym membership but no interest in sports” is one warning sign. So is “Sassy, sarcastic and ironic around his friends” and “Love of pop culture.” “Is My Husband Gay?” was picked up on The Huffington Post and mentioned by Ryan Seacrest on his radio show; so far it has been viewed 8.3 million times. Oh, by the way: Christwire is all one big joke. Not the readership — which hit a high of 27 million page views in August — but the content, the opinions and the fake authors who write the stuff. (There is no “Stephenson Billings.”) Neither of the two founders is a conservative Christian. They are just like-minded 28-year-olds who met on the Internet, have never seen each other in person, and until this week had never given their real identities to a reporter. Bryan Butvidas is a software developer who works out of his house in Southern California. Kirwin Watson is a former Pepperdine student who moved back home in Kansas, where he now works “on the patient-care staff” of a local hospital. According to phone interviews with both men, they met online in 2005, when both were contributing to the news aggregator Shoutwire.com.

I’ve exchanged some emails with the guy writing as Stephenson Billings, who remains anonymous in the Times article. Last week another well-known New York publication wrote me several times in an attempt to divine Billings’ true identity, asking me if he ever “broke character” during our email exchanges.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright