But as long as the media remains fixated on the political horse race, America isn’t going to be debating any of this. Horse-race reportage allows the Republicans to get away with their racism, homophobia, anti-worker economics, and total dearth of ideas, while burying the important initiatives Democrats are proposing.
Fans of F.C. St. Pauli in Hamburg unfurled banners against homophobia at the start of a match this week.
Homophobia in French soccer
France is through to the 2010 World Cup soccer championships after a
controversial win against Ireland. Captain Thierry Henry scored the
decisive goal but handled the ball, leading to calls for a replay by Irish
fans. It's not the only controversy to have blighted French soccer.
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Italians protest against increasing homophobic attacks
Italy’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community says it has been
abandoned by the nation’s parliament following the voting down of a bill
aimed at protecting them from violence and homophobic attacks.
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By JERÉ LONGMAN
As Nigeria progressed toward the Women’s World Cup, its coach, Eucharia Uche, said that she has used religion in an attempt to rid her team of homosexual behavior.
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
Elections that saw losses for Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin’s United Russia party were marred by corruption and limited political competition, monitors said.
tr.v., rid, or rid·ded, rid·ding, rids.
To free from: He was finally able to rid himself of all financial worries.
[Middle English ridden, from Old Norse rydhja, to clear land, from hrjōdha, to strip, clear.]ridder rid'der n.
tr.v., marred, mar·ring, mars.
- To inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage, on.
- To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.
A disfiguring mark; a blemish.
[Middle English merren, from Old English mierran, merran, to impede.]homophobia
- Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men.
- Behavior based on such a feeling.
homophobic ho'mo·pho'bic adj.
- Appearing as, wishing to be considered as, or having undergone surgery to become a member of the opposite sex.
- Of or relating to transgender people.
A transgender person.
handlev., -dled, -dling, -dles. v.tr.
- To touch, lift, or hold with the hands.
- To operate with the hands; manipulate.
- To deal with or have responsibility for; conduct: handles matters of corporate law.
- To cope with or dispose of: handles problems efficiently.
- To direct, execute, or dispose of: handle an investment.
- To manage, administer to, or represent: handle a boxer.
- To deal or trade in the purchase or sale of: a branch office that handles grain exports.
To act or function in a given way while in operation: a car that handles well in the snow.
- A part that is designed to be held or operated with the hand.
- An opportunity or a means for achieving a purpose.
- Understanding or control: has a handle on the situation.
- Slang. A person's name.
- Games. The total amount of money bet on an event or over a set period of time.
get (or have) a handle on Informal.
- To achieve an understanding of: I was finally able to get a handle on the true nature of the problem.
[Middle English handelen, from Old English handlian.]handleless han'dle·less adj.
SYNONYMS handle, manipulate, wield, ply. These verbs mean to use or operate with or as if with the hands. Handle applies widely and suggests competence: The lumberjack handled the ax expertly. The therapist handled every problem with sensitivity. Manipulate connotes skillful or artful management: The pilot confidently manipulated the controls in the cockpit. When manipulate refers to people or personal affairs, it often implies deviousness or fraud in gaining an end: I realized I'd been manipulated into helping them. Wield implies freedom, skill, ease, and effectiveness in handling physical or figurative implements: Ready to make kindling, she wielded a hatchet. The mayor's speechwriter wields a persuasive pen. It also connotes effectiveness in the exercise of intangibles such as authority or influence: The dictator wielded enormous power. Ply suggests industry and persistence: The hungry child was plying his knife and fork with gusto. The term also applies to the regular and diligent engagement in a task or pursuit: She plies the banker's trade with great success. See also synonyms at touch, treat.