Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
"That dialogue, though, has really not progressed very far at this point in the administration. I think the president and I feel like we've got a lot on our plates right now and let's push that one down the road a little bit."
Don't hold your breath for that unknown date in the future when the President will have sufficient time to give a shit about fair treatment of American citizens who serve their country. As Dan Savage said:
"A day may come when President Barack Obama won't have anything on his plate that's more important than trifling gay rights issues and then we can ask the president to make good on some of the promises he made to gay and lesbian voters during the election.
Of course since gay rights issues are trifling and unimportant it's unlikely that we'll ever see a day when this president—or any future president—isn't facing issues and crises that are more important than gay rights issues, so..."
These skin shots are from Bandidas and Joy Ride, respectively, as I haven't found any of his sexier stills from Sunshing Cleaning. I think they illustrate my point that Steve is one guy worth seeing more of, don't you? I especially love the scruff pic up top!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Last night, hard-hitting news show 20/20 featured an interview with Candy Spelling about her relationship with daughter Tori. There were bits and pieces of an interview with Tori, but it was the Candy show. She declared that she's taken care of Tori and the grandchildren financially despite Tori's claims to the contrary and got in a dig about how fast Tori provided the babys' social security numbers. In a wrenching moment, Candy revealed that, not only has she never met 9 month-old Stella, she doesn't even know where they live. This prompted Elizabeth Vargas to momentarily let down her razor-sharp journalistic integrity and sigh "Oh Candy."
Tori got in some digs including one very delicious bit. When Tori was a little girl she asked her mother if she was pretty and Candy replied: "You will be when you have a nose job." Why oh why haven't I read sTori Telling by Tori Spelling yet!
By coincidence, Candy has a new book: Stories from Candy Land.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Yesterday, the Texas State Board of Education removed a two decades old requirement that science teachers teach the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories, a rule aimed at evolution instruction. The vote was a seven-to-seven tie which upheld a preliminary board decision in January to delete the "strengths and weaknesses" rule. The new rule regarding scientific theories states that students shall "analyze and evaluate scientific explanations using empirical evidence, logical reasoning and experimental and observational testing."
At one point in the hearing, a group of evolution deniers held up protest signs saying, without a hint of irony, "Don't Censor Science" even though the new rule finally frees science teachers to teach unhindered by others' religious beliefs.
If "intelligent design" can't win a battle in Texas, they've lost the war.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I't's one step forward, one step back for marriage this week. In New Hampshire, the House has passed a marriage equality bill in a dramatic turnaround. Earlier today, the measure failed by one vote. Then, after a motion to reconsider, it passed by six votes. Seven house members changed their votes. Now it's on to the Senate. The Governor, like his Republican counterpart in Vermont, is opposed to marriage equality.
Former (I love saying that) VP Dick Cheney has been on his own personal media tour, criticizing the Obama administration for making America less safe. It's more than a little desperate, transparently self-serving and completely classless. In other words, classic Dick. Last night, former Secretary of State Condi Rice went on the Tonight Show and said the following:
"My view is, we got to do our way. We did our best. We did some things well, some things not so well. Now they get their chance. And I agree with the president; we owe them our loyalty and our silence while they do it. […] These are quality people. I know them. They love the country and they won’t make the same decisions, perhaps, that we did. But I believe they’ll do what they think is best for the country."
A classy way of telling the Big Dick to Shut the Fuck Up.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
And now some bad news. The Republican governor of Vermont, Jim Douglas, has announced that he will veto the marriage equality bill that has passed the Senate and is pending in the House. His excuse? He says the legislature should be focusing on the economy, not on silly little issues like equality for citizens. That's pure bullshit, of course. It's what politicians say when they're out of straight-faced arguments. As Dan Savage points out, if he really wanted the lege to focus on the economy, he should sign the bill and put this issue to rest, instead of sending it back for a possible override vote.
Media whore, attention hog, and man of God Pastor Ted Haggard actually appeared on the TV show Divorce Court and revealed that he wanted his wife Gayle to divorce him, but she refused. According to The Denver Post, he said he consulted pastors about his "struggle" and they told him to pray, which didn't work. Then he want to Christian counselors in "secular counseling centers" and now he "no longer has a sexual desire for men." If you believe a word of that crap, I've got a collection plate to pass to you.
Divorce Court? Was Judge David Young booked?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
These four gorgeous Hollywood screenwriters, including Diablo Cody, second from left, have banded together to form their own "Fempire" and have earned some real clout in a male-dominated world. Read it here.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Here's Cody in black in rehersal. All the Jets and Sharks were sexy as hell, but Cody held my attention.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Altovise Davis, widow of Sammy Davis Jr., has died after suffering a stroke. She was a singer, dancer, and actress who met her husband when they were both appearing in Broadway shows in in the mid-60s. After her husband's death in 1990, she struggled with a massive tax debt. A lawsuit against two former business partners is still pending. She is survived by their son, Manny Davis.
Tony winning actor Ron Silver has died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62. He made numerous TV appearances and won his Tony in 1988 for Speed the Plow. His many films included Reversal of Fortune. He was a long-time political activist, often for liberal causes, although he was a strong supporter of Ronald Reagan's Star Wars defense plan and George W. Bush's war on terror.
I remember him as sexy and creepy in Blue Steel with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
After just a few weeks in office, President Obama is being forced to confront issues of fairness and equality for gay Americans. Two federal judges in California have issued orders that their employees are entitled to benefits for same-sex partners, but the Office of Personnel Management has refused to comply, citing the damnable, so-called Defense of Marriage Act. One of the effected couples is pictured above.
During the campaign, Obama promised to "fight hard" for the rights of gay Americans. Here's his chance. Will he rise to the challenge or throw us under the bus in the name of conciliation and bi-partisanship?
Thanks to Lazy Circles NY Bureau Chief Doug.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?
Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have? The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide. "
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said "I expressed my concerns to the chairman earlier this week about previous statements that were very similar in nature. He assured me as chairman his views did not matter and that he would be upholding and promoting the Party platform, which is very clear on these issues. It is very difficult to reconcile the GQ interview with the chairman's pledge."
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I'm over the moon. I just got word that a short story I wrote will be published in Alyson Books' Best Gay Love Stories 2010. I don't know the publication date yet, but this is a picture of the 2009 collection that you can order here. The story is called The Trick and I'll keep you posted.
John McCain's daughter, Meghan, writes a blog and is one of the few prominent Republicans who seems to understand the challenges facing the party. In her latest post, she takes on the almighty Ann Coulter. Here's an excerpt:
"I straight up don’t understand this woman or her popularity. I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time. But no matter how much you or I disagree with her, the cult that follows Coulter cannot be denied. She is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most notable female members of the Republican Party. She was one of the headliners at the recent CPAC conference (but when your competition is a teenager who has a dream about the Republican Party and Stephen Baldwin, it’s not really saying that much)."
I love that last dig about the freak show that was CPAC. She goes on to discuss her support of marriage equality and the accusations that she's not conservative enough for the party. It's a good read. If the GOP wants to have a future, it needs to start listening to people like Meghan and start ignoring the crazies who run things now.
Monday, March 9, 2009
It's a Barbie World and we've been playing in it for 50 years. Today, the original glamazon-next-door is officially a woman of a certain age, yet she still looks like a teenage fashion model. The worldwide celebrations include a Barbie bash at a full-size Malibu Dream House, featuring DJ AM and interiors by Jonathan Adler. Elsewhere, there are fashion shows in New York and London, a new flagship Barbie store in Shanghai, an Angela Merkel Barbie in Germany (seriously!) and even a Barbie Fiat.
After her introduction on March 9, 1959, Barbie's family quickly expanded to include best friend Midge, little sister Skipper, chaste boyfriend Ken, and many others. Barbie herself was black, white, hispanic, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, blonde, brunette, and "titian." She was a model, stewardess, pilot, doctor, and presidential candidate. Check out this commercial for the original Dream House from 1960. I still want one.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Pulitzer Prize winning Playwright and Academy Award winning screenwriter Horton Foote has died at the age of 92. He's shown here in front of his boyhood home in Wharton, TX. He won two Academy Awards for screenwriting, for To Kill an Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. His work also included The Trip to Bountiful, which began as a television play, was performed on and off Broadway, and made into a film. Thus, Mr. Foote's work earned Academy awards for three actors: Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, and Geraldine Page. His play, The Young Man From Atlanta, about a Houston couple in the 1950s, nearing retirement and dealing with their grown son's suicide and suspected homosexuality, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
A few days ago, new RNC head Michael Steele seemed to demonstrate some gonads when he called Rush Limbaugh an "entertainer" who is "incendiary" and "ugly." Way to call it, Steele. Rush is setting himself up as the de facto head of the GOP which is great for him but not so great for the party. Despite his army of dittoheads, Rush is actually one of the most unpopular figures in America. The junkie has recently brought attention to himself by saying he hopes Obama fails. If Obama fails, America fails, so this kind of Republican "hope" seems pretty callous to Americans who are already suffering from the Republican economy, particularly since it comes from a morbidly obese drug addict who recently signed a $400 million deal. Steele, then, was wise to try to distance the party leadership from the junkie/food addict. Click here to watch Steele's comments to D.L. Hughley.
That was a few days ago. Today, Steele sliced off his balls and gave them to Rush on a silver platter with a side of bacon and some ranch dressing. Steele announced he "reached out to Rush" to tell him he meant "no offense" when he called him "incendiary" and "ugly." “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate," Steele lied. "There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.”
Thus Rush Limbaugh's primacy over the Republican party is complete. Enjoy it, suckers.
I've written before about Gary Collins and his recent arrest for his third DUI. Yesterday, he plead no contest and was sentenced to four months in county lock-up. He reports June 2, but he can apply for home detention so that Mary Ann Mobley can give him unmitigated hell every single day.
Via Kenneth in the 212.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D, CA) will introduce a bill today to overturn the military's gay ban, known as "Don't Ask/Don't Tell." Tauscher's bill, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, has 114 bipartisan co-sponsors. President Obama has pledged to end the bankrupt policy, but has also said the issue "needs more study," which is, of course, merely a delaying tactic. This bill will be a test of President Obama's commitment to equality.
In a tiresome touch, the tortured homosexual had to die at the end of the first act. Wouldn't it have been more interesting to allow him to escape to Greenwich Village, and find some hot guy? This movie was made in 2007, for God's sake.
They didn't even let him take his shirt off.