From the Mailbag…

Shaker Thom forwards this story about the White Sox trying to reverse their losing streak with a truly ridiculous slump buster: "If anyone was offended by the White Sox having a pair of inflatable dolls surrounded by bats and a sign encouraging players to 'push' in their clubhouse before Sunday's game in Toronto, don't expect an apology from manager Ozzie Guillen. 'I'm sure it wasn't done to disrespect anyone,' Guillen said Monday. 'Everyone in the clubhouse, 100 percent of the people in the clubhouse, they are 18 years old and that's a private thing.' … On Sunday, the bats were circled around the two naked female dolls, one of whom had a bat inserted in its backside to prop it up. Each wore a sign over her breasts, one saying 'Let's Go White Sox' and the other reading 'You've Got to Push,' the National Post in Toronto reported." Guillen's an unapologetic homophobe as well as am unapologetic misogynist; the White Sox need to shitcan this guy.

Shaker K recommends this article about Luisa Isabel Alvarez de Toledo y Maura, Spain's "Red Duchess," who "threw down her most defiant challenge in her final hours. As she lay dying in her palace in Sanlucar de Barrameda, aged 71, Luisa Isabel married in articulo mortis her secretary and companion, Liliana Maria Dahlmann, and left her everything. Her discreet sexual preferences were known to her family, but the secret lesbian marriage has shaken Spain's proud and ancient aristocracy."

Page One Q's Nick Langewis writes about an unbelievable case "out of California that could have a chilling effect on the reproductive rights of gay parents—women, in particular, in this case."

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