August 26th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Ken Mehlman

The former RNC chairman and campaign manager for George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential bid has announced that he is gay.

"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said in the Atlantic. He is now calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

Mehlman said that if he had publicly declared his sexuality sooner, he might have played a role in keeping the Republican Party from pushing an anti-gay agenda that included linking homosexuality to atheism and the Federal Marriage Amendment

He said he plans to be an advocate for gay rights and that he is still a Republican.

The Atlantic: Bush campaign chief and former RNC chair: I'm gay

Ahmed Sharif

Sharif, a New York City taxi cab driver, will speak during a news conference Thursday calling for an end to the anti-Muslim rhetoric that is gripping the city because of a proposed Islamic cultural center near ground zero.

Sharif was slashed across the neck, face, shoulder and hand Tuesday while transporting a passenger in his cab.

According to reports, Michael Enright, 21, got into Sharif's cab and the two had cordial conversation. Then, reports say, Enright started cursing at Sharif and shouted "Assalamu Alaikum, consider this a checkpoint," before slashing him.

Sharif was able to escape and flag a police officer, who arrested Enright.

Enright has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree as a hate crime, assault in the second degree as a hate crime, aggravated harassment in the second degree as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

Sharif, a Muslim from Bangladesh, has lived in the United States for 25 years and been a taxi driver for 15 years, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. He has four American-born children.

CNN: Slashed cab driver to call for end to anti-Muslim rhetoric

New York Post: 'Bigot' slashes Muslim cabby

New York Daily News: Victim in bloody attack 'saw so much hate' in face of assailant

Mary Bale

The English bank worker has apologized for sticking Lola the cat inside a garbage dump, an act caught on video and shown around the world.

Bale said she is “profoundly sorry.”

“All I want to do is put things right,” including apologizing to Lola’s owners Darryl and Stephanie Mann, her neighbors in Coventry, England.

The 4-year-old gray tabby was walking along a wall when Bale stroked its back and urged it to come to her. Then Bale picked it up and dumped it into a trash bin.

Bale faces possible animal cruelty charges, officials said. She hasn’t explained why she did it.

Daily Mail: What made bank worker dump cat in wheelie bin?

Telegraph: Dumping cat was 'misjudgment' culprit claims

Joyce and Chuck Linkey

The retired couple was set to move into their new home in Pass Christian, Mississippi, in five days. Then Hurricane Katrina hit. Water, mud, debris and garbage obliterated their home, along with 1,800 others in the city.

“All the devastation was here,” Chuck Linkey said. “You drove down the street and you felt sick. Even coming in and out you’d say, ‘Who’d want to live here?’”

Their children begged them to relocate, but the Linkeys chose to rebuild, hoping others would return. Chuck Linkey, a retired contractor, did a lot of the work himself.

When neighbors began to return and rebuild in his community, he offered them his tools to use.

"We lived out here two years with absolutely nobody. You woke up in the middle of the night, you didn't have street lights. You didn't have nothing," said Chuck Linkey.

Now, neighbors credit the Linkeys for encouraging them to come home.

WLOX: Couple credited for inspiring Katrina-shattered neighborhood

soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. FelipeBR

    Bloggy, you sound so mature, I'm sure you have evidence for all your accusations.
    You know what they say, "it takes a gay to know a gray"

    August 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sdshyenne

    Bill, not interested in you being impressed. You would just rather believe a lie instead of the truth. Hmmmm, sounds like a republican to me...

    August 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. billp

    I wonder whether Fox News or the RNC will be paying for the defense of the guy who attacked the Muslim NYC taxi driver.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. smile please

    Why is this news? Everybody is gay.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jason

    Isn't Laura Bush a lesbian? I mean, look at the hair-do!!! It's totally LPGA and women's tennis style!

    August 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TFBuckFutter

    Why would a gay person join the Republican party? That's like a Jewish person joining the Nazi party. Or a black person joining the Republican party.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patty

    Why would this matter?

    August 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RSFan

    WOW.... Cheney's daughter, now this guy.... looks like Republicans are the party of gay.........

    August 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. veggiedude

    @ Bloggy "If being gay makes you corrupt then most democrats qualify."

    No one said being gay makes for corruption. This is akin to a Jew working for the Nazi's, and yes, there were some during WWII.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JohnDK

    Well, I guess the all loving, all merciful, all knowing God of the Christian right is going to put him in the fiery pits for all eternity.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Smart

    Don't ask don't tell - guess it shouldn't only be applied to the military.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pati

    Anyone out there remember Barry Goldwater? His definition of conservative politics was quite different from today's definition. Barry's take was that government should be small. This meant little regulation for business, but it also meant government stayed out of people's bedrooms (and their wombs too). Personal freedom as well as corporate freedom was the word. To work for Gay rights within the Republican party sounds great. I would love for Republicans to rethink their position on Gay rights. Is Melman smarmy for working against himself. Of course, but this is the USA. We are allowed to remake ourselves. I think it's a move in the right direction.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jay peterson

    this clown is lik Ricky Martin who after 25 years of making millions portraying to be straight now he has gay pride. Who cares? I'm so sick of the gay theme, cry, moan, groan, and the other side hide, lie, then come out. Whatever.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. srneil

    I'm sorry Mr Mehlman that you are that you are being chastised so by so many of your fellow gay people who have seemed to have forgotten how hard it is for some people to come out of the closet. They have forgotten the old adage "to not judge someone until the walk in their shoes.Congratulations on being able to be free finally.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. buddget

    This guy is a phony, gay of straight. Living a lie for fame and money and now he's out, big deal.

    August 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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