Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Fort Worth is a fine and tolerant city. The police officers I personally know over there are decent, stand-up people. But today, in the Twitter-and-blog-enabled process of rapid dissemination, they're getting an ugly reputation.
And the flames of indiscriminate opinion about Texas being a stagnant backwater of vicious, insular, hate-crazed xenophobes dance higher.
So, Fort Worth, we need some answers, please, and quickly.
This is no time to stonewall.
Check out this NBC5 report from last night.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
For what it's worth, I was in a Dallas Pizza restaurant Saturday night and when one of my friends ordered a glass of wine, the waitress was careful to check his ID even though he's over 40. She explained that TABC had been in the area lately making unannounced visits to restaurants, checking every detail down to giving breath tests to bartenders. This whole thing appears to be part of a major crackdown (on what?) or self-justification exercise, depending on your point of view.
You don't know who Billy Mays is? Of course you do. Watch:
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Towleroad and TMZ are reporting that Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after being rushed to a LA hospital in cardiac arrest.
Andrew Sullivan has a brilliant obituary that you can read here.
Jackson's surprising death is, of course, wall to wall throughout all media. Don't look for any other news stories for a while. There's not much I can add other than my favorite Jackson album will always be Off The Wall. I thought he was never better even though Thriller was a much bigger hit. My all-time favorite Jackson song was Don't Stop 'till You Get Enough which always brings back some great college memories. Among his post-Thriller music, I thought Black or White was really cool. Here it is:
For more of Michael's music, go see Junior.
Remember when Gov. Sanford said he spent four days "crying" in Argentina? Maybe crying out in ecstasy. TMZ is reporting that the defender of the sacred institution of marriage was seen in a Buenos Aries bar with a gorgeous woman named Maria Belen Chapur, and they were "all over each other." Apparently there was lots of Republican PDA. Maria has been described as having "a banging body."
We now know that the only reason he fessed up yesterday was because The State was about to publish his love emails.
Oh yeah, and he met with Maria in Argentina at taxpayer expense. Oops.
Farrah was the most beautiful girl to ever enroll at the University of Texas, and that's saying something. Boys lined up outside her sorority house just to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking freshman from Corpus Christi. She came to Hollywood at 19 and made a splash in commercials including this sexy spot with Joe Namath:
Her big break came when she was cast as Jill Munroe in Charlie's Angels. She only did the series for one year, but when she jogged toward the camera in tennis shorts in the opening credits, her status as a superstar was sealed. Here it is:
When she left Charlie's Angels, some thought she was a flash in the pan who would never be heard from again. She had other plans. Her acting career certainly had its ups and downs, but her fame and popularity never dwindled, certainly helped by the famous poster that broke all sales records.
She proved she was an actress to be reckoned with with such films as Extremities, The Burning Bed, and Small Sacrifices. The latter two brought her two of her three Emmy nominations. The third was for her work as a guest star on The Guardian.
Earlier this year, her documentary about her cancer, Farrah's Story, aired. She was fearless and unflinching. It seemed that if anyone could beat cancer, it was her.
Farrah was the ultimate Texas Blonde turned ultimate California Girl. She was a Hollywood survivor who fought hard to earn respect as an actress. In her final act, she raised awareness of anal cancer and inspired cancer patients everywhere. What a life.
Kenneth in the 212 posted about a fascinating article in the conservative National Review. Here's an excerpt:
Political Commentary? OK: As someone who favors gay marriage, I think this Sanford scandal underscores a central truth. The anti-gay-marriage forces are stuck making a slippery-slope argument when, in fact, we’re already at the bottom of the slippery slope. Here’s a guy, Sanford, who has not just not a moral and religious incentive to keep his marriage vows, but also a political-survival incentive. Yet the public sense of the sacredness of marriage has declined to the point that even he couldn’t do it. How much more could this institution be eviscerated, by letting a tiny, tiny minority of same-sexers join it? (Gays are a small fraction of the population, and the percentage of them who want to get married is a small fraction of the small fraction. The issue is, as the lawyers say, de minimis.)
Even the National Review realizes the anti-gay-marriage arguments are bankrupt.
Oh, and that Sprint ad you had to sit through? I'd totally go for the bear with the "I Do" cue card over the "jackpot" stunt groom any day.
UPDATE: I guess the Sprint ad didn't embed with the clip, but I kind of like it, so here it is.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sanford is, of course a family values Repubican who believes the sanctity of marriage must be protected from all those scary homosexuals who want to destroy society.
This is the least surprising news I've heard all day.
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who has been missing since last Thursday, has surfaced! Was he hiking the Appalacian trail like his office said? Not quite. He was in Buenos Aires, Argentina! This story gets more bizarre every day. He told The State that he made a last minute decision to go to Argentina to "recharge." He said he wanted to do something "exotic." He said he traveled from Columbia International Airport and the black SUV he was driving Thursday night was found in the Airport parking lot. He said he was alone on the trip.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Stolen shamelessly from Towleroad.
According to his office, SC Governor Sanford is coming back on Wednesday. The Governor is "taken aback" by the attention his absence has caused, said spokesman Joel Sawyer.
He's "taken aback?" He drove away from the governor's mansion on Thursday and nobody - not his family, his staff, nor his security - knew where he was, when or if he was ever coming back. He missed Father's Day and he made no provisions for the Lieutenant Governor to run things in his absence. He turned off his mobile phones and disappeared. All that and he's "taken aback?" Did he not think people would notice when the governor of a state disappeared for five days and counting?
How many people actually believe he was just hiking the Appalachian trail?
Ed McMahon has died at the age of 86. He suffered from bone cancer and a host of other ailments. He was, of course, best known as Johnny Carson's amiable sidekick, introducing him with "Heeeeer's Johnny!" and "Hioooh!" He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and Korea and in the latter war he flew 86 combat missions in 15 months earning six Air Medals. He was a famous pitchman for various products including Publisher's Clearinghouse. He also wrote several best-selling books. Despite his high-paying gigs, he was in the press lately for financial troubles. He was reportedly on the verge of loosing his Beverly Hills home at the time of his death. McMahon blamed two divorces and bad investments. "I made a lot of money and I spent a lot of money," he said.
Monday, June 22, 2009
SC Governor Mark Sanford has been missing since he left the Governor's Mansion by himself on Thursday. A cell phone tower near Atlanta picked up a signal from his phone but that was his last known whereabouts. Since then, his state and personal phones have been turned off and he has not responded to calls or text messages. SLED (State Law Enforcement Division) which is responsible for his security, has no idea where he is. Gov. Sanford's wife Jenny also has no idea where he is but told The State newspaper that she's "not concerned." She said he needed to get away to "write something." Today, the Governor's office issued a statement saying that he "needed to take some time and recharge after the stimulus battle" and work on some "projects that have fallen by the wayside." The Lieutenant Governor's office issued a statement saying the governor "has been reached and he's fine." No word on where he is or when he might come back.
Seriously, that's the whole explanation. The governor of a state simply drove away days ago, nobody knows where he is or when he's coming back but don't worry, he's "fine." He just needed to "write something." Jenny Sanford and the couple's four sons are at the family beach house on Sullivan's Island, SC where they spent Father's Day. Without dad. What kind of politician misses spending Father's Day with his family?
There's more to this story.
UPDATE: The Governor's office has now said Sanford is "hiking the Applachian trail." No word on where on the Trail the governor might be, if he is alone, when he's coming back, or who is supposed to act as governor while he's gone. Also, no explanation why he had to go to Atlanta go get there.
The John Ensign scandal continues to percolate with revelations that the born-again family values crusader for all things good and hetero doubled his mistress' salary after she started putting out, kept her husband and their son employed, then fired the lot of them when he was through with his adulterous fucking. Now it turns out that Ensign shares a house with none other than Republican Senators (and fellow Promise Keepers) Tom Coburn of OK and Jim DeMint of SC. DeMint, one of the dumbest people ever to serve in the Senate, believes that homosexuals should not be allowed to teach school.
Coburn is a true lunatic known as Dr. No because he opposes virtually everything in the Senate because he's just that big an asshole. Coburn has campaigned on "rampant lesbianism" in Oklahoma public school girls bathrooms, has stated that condoms do not prevent most STDs, and believes "abortionists" should get the death penalty. The list goes on and on from this puritanical nutcase, but rest assured that he is tireless in his commitment to stamp out "promiscuous sex."
Oh wait, not so fast. It turns out that Coburn knew about Ensign's smarmy little affair for 16 months. What is Coburn's response now that it's all public? Max Blumenthal has the answer:
“If you look at it in the light of everybody makes errors, at least he fessed up and resolved the problem with his family,” Coburn said, “so I think it speaks well of his corrective force.” Coburn also told a crowd of reporters of his 51-year-old roomie, "He is a bright young man. Lots of people make mistakes."
When Larry Craig was caught with his pants down, Coburn called for his immediate resignation. He called the Clinton/Lewinsky affair "tragic." But when his Promise Keeper roomie taps a staffer, it "speaks well of his corrective force," whatever the fuck that means.
Voters in Oklahoma should realize that when Tom Coburn does his sanctimonious moralizing schtick, he's nothing but a fraud.
h/t, LC NY Bureau Chief Doug
Thursday, June 18, 2009
“I’ve got plenty of sins that I’m not going to share with anyone else.”
--Senator Lindsey "Lohan" Graham, Republican of SC, defending Sen. John Ensign. Some things are beyond parody.
The impossibly cute Reynolds is also on the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly, so you might want to actually buy a copy instead of waiting 3 months to read it in your dentist's office.
Here he is being adorable with David Letterman. He's a hot beekeeper!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This will be a Presidential Memorandum, not an Executive Order. It will not extend all benefits and it's unclear which ones he will decide gays are entitled to. The New York Times is reporting that it will not include "full health insurance coverage." Health insurance is, of course, the only benefit that anybody really cares about. A Presidential Memorandum expires when Obama leaves office.
Extending health insurance to gay partners may require legislative action. Naturally, Obama has done exactly nothing to make that happen. I guess he's not in "fierce advocate" mode yet.
Several large donors have pulled out of the gay Democratic fundraiser scheduled for next week with Joe Biden as the featured speaker. This memorandum was pulled together as a desperate move to save the fundraiser.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
We witnessed police spraying pepper gas into the eyes of peaceful female protesters
Friday, June 12, 2009
In a twisted form of logic, it argues that DOMA doesn't discriminate based on sexual orientation, it just limits certain federal benefits to those who enter into heterosexual marriage. Got that? We're not limiting your rights, you silly fags. If you want your stinking rights, all you have to do is marry someone of the opposite sex. It seriously makes that argument.
The ugliest part of the brief brings up incestual marriages and adults marrying children to illustrate the point that states don't have to recognize other states' marriages. Way to reinforce the ugliest stereotypes about gay people, Barak.
The Justice Department has stated that, until Congress repeals DOMA, they must continue to defend laws on the books. This is plainly untrue. There are numerous cases of DOJ refusing to defend laws that the current administration disagrees with. In fact, DOJ has argued that laws are unconstitutional on several occasions. The Obama administration could have chosen to do this. They did not.
Barak Obama is never going to do anything for gay people but take our money.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Good thing we have a self-described "fierce advocate" in the White House, right? Maybe not so much. Even though repealing DA/DT is clearly not controversial, even among the most conservative Americans, Obama has done virtually nothing. Fine soldiers continue to be kicked out and Obama's Justice Department continues to argue that DA/DT is "rationally related" to military cohesion and discipline. Don't believe me? Ask LT Dan Choi, see here talking with Anderson Cooper last night.
Be sure and watch Rachel Maddow's typically sharp take on the issue here.
You can bet that the senior military leadership in the Pentagon is exerting extraordinary pressure on the White House to keep DA/DT in place. You can also bet that the pressure is based on ignorance and fear perpetuated by the DA/DT law itself. They want to retain the right to be bigots and so far, President Obama is obliging them.
Thx LC NY Bureau Chief Doug
Monday, June 8, 2009
Iraq veteran, West Point and Harvard grad Anthony Woods is running for Congress. If you're in the 10th district of California, check him out. Oh yeah, he was kicked out of the Army after telling his commanding officer that he is gay.
UPDATE: Read his interview with The Daily Beast here.
Last night's Tonys were a spectacle in the best tradition of Broadway. The opening number was a tour de force of all the nominated musicals. Watch it below and look closely for Bret Michaels of Poison almost getting his head knocked off. Also, catch the odd paring of Stockard Channing and Aaron Tveit from Next to Normal. For some reason, her delightful rendition of Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered from Pal Joey was paired with a horribly clashing number from Next to Normal.
Billy Elliot was the big story of the night winning Best Musical, best actor for the three Billys, best featured actor for Gregory Jbara, and Best Director for Stephen Daldry. Strangely, Best Score went to Next to Normal and not Elton John for Billy Elliot. Dolly Parton also lost in that category. It's hard to imagine how the best musical doesn't have the best music.
Dynamic Karen Olivo won Best Featured Actress in a Musical for West Side Story and if she hadn't won I would have thrown my shoe at the TV. That's her at the top of the post.
Angela Lansbury won her Fifth Tony and seemed charmingly thrilled. It was well-deserved for her performance in Blythe Spirit.
Marcia Gay Harden won Best Actress in a Play for God of Carnage. Her spectacular strapless gown was a highlight of the night.
Geoffry Rush won a well deserved and expected award as Best Actor in a Play for Exit the King. He had one of the best lines of the night: “I want to thank Manhattan theater audiences for proving that French existential absurdist, tragi-comedy rocks.”
I can't possibly forget Liza who won for Special Theatrical Event for Liza's at the Palace. The girl's still got it.
I also can't forget Alice Ripley's bizarre acceptance speech after winning Best Actress in a Musical for Next to Normal. She screamed out the words of a famous JFK quote about art because apparently his words aren't powerful enough on their own. She came off like an overly-eager 10th grader auditioning for the high school production of Antigone.
Tragically, the best show I've ever seen on stage, the current revival of West Side Story, lost Best Revival of a Musical to Hair. It was expected and, frankly, the Hair number they did last night looked pretty fantastic.
Be sure and check out my clip of NPH's closing number below.
I know a TV show is a great opportunity for NPH, but when is this talented singer, actor, dancer going to star in his own Broadway musical? It's been five years since Assasins and we need more.
He doesn't take his shirt off a lot on screen and, for the life of me I can't understand why. Let's just say David Burtka's a lucky guy. Here he his is in a scene from How I Met Your Mother, in bed with some gal, what's her name? Normandy? Lorrraine? I forget.
Bonus! Here's NPH singing his hilarious end of show wrap-up at the Tonys. If you DVRed it, the show ran long so you didn't capture this.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The New Hampshire House has passed a marriage equality bill again, this time with exemptions for religious organizations. The Senate has previously passed it. Now it's on to Governor Lynch who has said he will sign it.
UPDATE: The Governor signed the bill into law. New Hampshire is now officially the 6th state with marriage equality.
This has been played all over the internet as some sort of bizarre joke, but I actually love it, mainly because I adore Dixie Carter. I'm going on Ebay right now and see if I can find the whole thing.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A recent Gallup poll suggests that 87% of self-identified Republicans are white vs. 65% of self-identified Democrats. The percentage of white Republicans is nothing new, but the Democratic party is becoming non-white at a much faster rate. Meanwhile, the non-white share of the electorate, which was 11% in 1976 and 1980, was over 25% in 2008, and is growing quickly. Check out this amazing statistic:
"In 1980, 32 percent of the electorate consisted of white Democrats (or at least white Carter voters) -- likewise, in 2008, 32 percent of the electorate consisted of white Obama voters. But whereas, in 1980, just 9 percent of the electorate were nonwhite Carter voters, 21 percent of the electorate were nonwhite Obama voters last year. Thus, Carter went down to a landslide defeat, whereas Obama defeated John McCain by a healthy margin."
Are they sure they want to oppose Sotomayor's nomination so harshly?
Monday, June 1, 2009
The Nevada Senate has voted to override Governor Jim Gibbons' veto of a domestic partner bill. This means that on October 1, Nevada's gay citizens will have most of the rights of heterosexual couples. Several fair-minded Nevada Senators changed their votes to ensure the bill became law.
As I posted before, Gibbons' estranged wife Dawn Gibbons, herself a former Republican state assemblywoman, supported the legislation and said she wanted to override her husband's veto. I guess she didn't need to after all.
A "pro life" murder in the name of God committed in a church. What can you say to that?