Former gay porn star Ryan Idol is facing some serious prison time after a Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted him yesterday of attempted murder. He smashed his ex-girlfriend over the head with a toilet tank lid so hard he shattered it, and left her with several cuts and bruises. Luckily she survived.
The 47-year-old Idol, whose real name is Marc Anthony Donais, assaulted his girlfriend in 2009 after she broke up with him. One night he showed up at her new home and threatened to kill her. Idol claimed that she pulled a knife on him, and that he only used the toilet tank lid in self defense. The jury was not convinced.
This is just one more event in Idol's troubled life, which has included drug and alcohol addiction, and a terrible fall in 1998 from his third-floor window that left him seriously injured (something he later called a near-death experience).
He is still waiting to be sentenced, but may get up to 15 years.
Check out Idol from his earlier days after the jump ...
Poor little Ricky Santorum. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to shake the whole Google nightmare that has been plaguing him since 2003.
The issue: do a Google search on his last name and some of the results will define santorum as "a frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex." Gay columnist Dan Savage organized the online campaign to link the graphic sexual term - made up by a Savage fan - to the socially conservative senator’s name because of Santorum's endless attacks on gays.
Santorum now wants Google to step in and change the search results.
“I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it,” Santorum said. “If you're a responsible business, you don't let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country. To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can't handle but I suspect that's not true.”
Google responded saying that it probably could handle the request, but won't.
"Google’s search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the web," said a Google spokesperson. "Users who want content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly. Once the webmaster takes the page down from the web, it will be removed from Google’s search results through our usual crawling process."
Mr. Santorum, if you really want to slow the spread of your frothy mixture, you might want to stop talking about it!
Rick Santorum contacted Google, says company spreads 'filth' [Politico]
Spreading Santorum [website]
Trolls, those online users who delight in posting hateful and hurtful comments, have been the bane of webmasters for a long time. And Advocate.com has decided to do something about them.
It just announced that it was experimenting with Facebook Connect for the comments section on some of its articles. This Facebook plugin allows people to post comments, while verifying their identity.
"If you’re logged into Facebook, you’ll be able to comment on stories on Advocate.com without jumping through any additional authentication hoops," explained Editor in Chief, Matthew Breen. "No need to type out a captcha code, no need to log in, no need to provide an email address."
You then have a choice of posting exclusively on the site, or adding your comment to your Facebook page as well.
So why the change?
"If you’ve read Advocate.com for any length of time, you’ve seen the trolls and have read their cruel and vindictive comments," explained Breen. "This has presented a problem for me as I am reluctant to censor reader comments, generally feeling that a whole lot of good (freedom of expression) comes with some of the bad (malicious comments). We’ve long maintained a light touch, only pulling down threatening comments or those that would violate someone’s privacy."
However, Breen suggested, when people are able to hide and post anonymously, they feel free to say whatever they like, no matter how horrible.
"Facebook Comments offers a solution there," he said, "as your name and profile image will appear next to your comment. The general consensus is this is a troll killer."
It isn't perfect, of course. Fake Facebook profiles are easy enough to make. But it would mean trolls have to work a little harder to annoy the rest of us.
Note to Advocate.com Readers: We're Dispensing With the Internet Closet [The Advocate]
Advocate.com isn't the first site to explore making comments less anonymous. Facebook Connect, which links your Facebook name and picture to your comment, has been around for three years now. And as trolls continue to flood comment sections with hateful whining, webmasters are becoming less willing to accept the notion that all posts have equal value.