Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Beetlejuice's Otho Dies At Age 58
Actor and gay activist Glenn Shadix, best known as the snobby interior designer in Tim Burton's 1988 hit comedy Beetlejuice, has died at the age of 58 after a fall at his Birmingham, Alabama home.
"He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair," Susan Gagne, Shadix's sister, said. "It looks like he fell and hit his head in the kitchen, and that's the cause of death." Besides his breakthrough role as the outlandish Otho in "Beetlejuice" in 1988, Mr. Shadix appeared in two more movies for the writer-director Burton, doing the voice of the mayor in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 1993 and playing the orangutan Senator Nado in Burton's 2001 remake of the sci-fi classic "Planet of the Apes." After retiring from Hollywood, Mr. Shadix moved back to Birmingham about four years ago to be close to his family, his sister said. He had been living in a condo on Highland Avenue.Shadix had worked with Central Alabama Pride and in 2008 rode in the Birmingham Pride Parade. He was particularly involved in fighting the "ex-gay" movement as he had undergone electro-convulsive aversion therapy as a teenager at the insistence of his father. His personal blog remains online.
(Tipped by JMG reader Joe O.)
Today In 9/11 Exploitation
Copyranter goes off:
"Learn to anticipate." Courrier International, a Paris-based weekly (tagline: Anticipate Daily), solves 9/11 after the fact: the World Trade Center architects should have stopped at about 50 floors. Look! The hijacked planes missed the shorter targets. Yay! Viva la Photoshop! Viva la Idiocy! Remember the Maginot Line! Ad by Saatchi & Saatchi France.Extra points for the timing.
TRAILER: I Want Your Money
Homocon Tweet Of The Day - Gay Patriot
As we've learned with all things Gay Patriot-related, this tweet too is a lie.
RELATED: Patrick Guerriero was the campaign director for No On 8 after leaving the Log Cabin Republicans, who have churned through three or four executive directors in about as many years.
Melrose Patch: It was quite surprising to hear that you were endorsing a Democrat for State Senate. Have you changed political parties?
Guerriero: Yes, to Independent. Primarily I have always looked at myself as being a public servant and I have found that bipartisanship is more important than party affiliation. I feel it's always been a better way to get the job done—to look at the real issues and not concentrate on any one party's agenda. I think a lot of people are frustrated with the political system and I am interested in making good policy rather than protecting party identity.
The National Review On Marriage
The editorial board of the wingnut National Review posted a lengthy essay on same-sex marriage today. Here's a tired, cliched excerpt:
Same-sex marriage would introduce a new, less justifiable distinction into the law. This new version of marriage would exclude pairs of people who qualify for it in every way except for their lack of a sexual relationship. Elderly brothers who take care of each other; two friends who share a house and bills and even help raise a child after one loses a spouse: Why shouldn’t their relationships, too, be recognized by the government? The traditional conception of marriage holds that however valuable those relationships may be, the fact that they are not oriented toward procreation makes them non-marital. (Note that this is true even if those relationships involve caring for children: We do not treat a grandmother and widowed daughter raising a child together as married because their relationship is not part of an institution oriented toward procreation.) On what possible basis can the revisionists’ conception of marriage justify discriminating against couples simply because they do not have sex?Mrs. Raman Srivastav just tweeted: "This is the single best piece I've read on the subject."
NEW YORK: HRC Launches Attack On Anti-Gay NY Sen. Shirley Huntley
As part of their Campaign For NY Marriage the Human Rights Campaign is sending out mailers attacking NY Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) who voted against same-sex marriage last year. Last month Huntley sent out a mailer of her own claiming that she'd received death threats from gay marriage supporters. "There are forces that have invaded our community who: Have threatened Shirley Huntley, our hardworking state Senator; Have contributed more than $100,000 from outside the district to her opponent; Care about one issue only -- gay marriage."
The HRC's mailer addresses the latest scandal enveloping Huntley in which it was revealed that state grant checks meant to fund public school workshops were being mailed to Huntley's home in her daughter's name. The Human Rights Campaign reports that it has raised more than $100K to fund their assaults on anti-gay New York politicians.
Westboro's Sound Of Hatred
Gay Rights A Low Priority Issue For Both Parties In 2010 Campaign
Nate Silver explains his chart:
I studied the campaign Web sites of Republican and Democratic candidates for the House in the 33 Congressional districts currently labeled toss-ups by The New York Times political desk. Although a few candidates did not highlight particular issues on their official Web pages, and a few others remain engaged in primaries where there is no clear favorite, we were able to examine the sites for 29 Republicans and 29 Democrats who are likely to be on the ballot in November. We then examined the subjects these candidates highlighted on the “issues” sections of their sites, dividing them into roughly 30 categories.Silver notes that while the vast majority of candidates on both sides are avoiding gay rights issues in their campaigns, Democrats may be doing so because they are "hamstrung by Mr. Obama, who has taken a series of half-steps on the issue."
Scissor Sisters News #3: Adam Lambert Makes Out With Jake Shears
Pastor Terry Jones: I'm Asking God If I Should Burn All Those Korans
New From Crazy Eyes
Michele Bachmann's opponent Tarryl Clark voted to put a 3/8 of a penny sales tax increase on the November ballot. And you know what that means? Crayon prices are going through the roof! And who uses crayons? CHILDREN! Why does Tarryl Clark hate children??!?!
HomoQuotable - Dan Savage
"I've sort of been in denial about the fact that Rick Santorum is going to run for president. But now I'm going to have to sic my flying monkeys on him. Rick would have prevented me and my partner from being able to adopt my son. If Rick Santorum wants to make a $5 million donation to Freedom to Marry, I will take it down. Interest starts accruing now." - Dan Savage, referring to his famed website Spreading Santorum, which continues to dominate all Google searches for the GOP asshat. According to a search engine expert quoted on Mother Jones, it would be a near-impossibility for Santorum to overcome Savage's site.
B-Roll From Whitestock 2010
MONTANA: Tea Party Head Fired After Facebook Joke About Killing Gays
Montana Tea Party president Tim Ravndal has been fired after making Facebook jokes about the murder of Matthew Shepard in a posting denouncing same-sex marriage and the ACLU. Ravndal's Facebook friend: "I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.” Ravndal responded: "Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?" The Montana Tea Party issued this statement announcing Ravndal's firing:
We are extremely disappointed by Mr. Ravndal’s commentary. The discussion in that Facebook conversation is entirely outside the position of the Big Sky Tea Party. Even though Mr. Ravndal was having a personal conversation and made no reference to our group, we felt strongly that swift and decisive action was required as we cannot accept that sort of behavior from within our membership, let alone from an officer of the corporation.
Quote Of The Day - Morrissey
"Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies." - Vegetarian and pop singer Morrissey, speaking to the Guardian.
Morrissey later expanded on his remarks: "If anyone has seen the horrific and unwatchable footage of the Chinese cat and dog trade – animals skinned alive – then they could not possibly argue in favour of China as a caring nation. There are no animal protection laws in China and this results in the worst animal abuse and cruelty on the planet. It is indefensible."
Morning View - Christopher & Weehawken
Google To Compete With iTunes
Google is set to launch a music service expected to compete with industry pioneer iTunes.
Google is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple, according to people familiar with the matter. Google’s Andy Rubin, the brains behind Google’s Android mobile operating system, has been leading conversations with the labels about what a new Google music service would look like, according to these sources. Rubin, Google’s vice president of engineering, hopes to have the service up and running by Christmas, two of these people said.Earlier this year Apple bough the popular cloud-based music company LaLa and promptly shut it down, leading many to speculate that the next version of iTunes would be cloud-based. That was not the case.
Today In Crazy Teabaggers
Christine O'Donnell is the Tea Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Delaware and wants all of you to stop jerking off right now.
"The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust," she said. "The reason that you don't tell [people] that masturbation is the answer to AIDS and all these other problems that come with sex outside of marriage is because, again, it is not addressing the issue. You're just gonna create somebody who is, I was gonna say, toying with his sexuality. Pardon the pun."Have we ever seen an anti-masturbation candidate before? Delaware's primary is next week and O'Donnell is essentially tied in the polls with the GOP candidate she attacks in the ad below. O'Donnell's campaign has also been spreading rumors that her opponent is "cheating on his wife with a man."
Jan Brewer, 28 Days Later
HUNGARY: "Heterosexual Pride" Parade Marches Through Budapest
Calling it a "heterosexual pride parade," about 100 skinheads and their supporters marched through Budapest this weekend to highlight their demand that the local government deny homosexuals the right to use the city's public spaces.
The participants addressed a petition to two MPs of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, Dora Duro and Elod Novak, who attended the march, which asks for a modification of Hungary's law of assembly to prevent such [gay] gatherings. The MPs assured the marchers of their support. This year the Gay Pride Parade was held on July 10 along Budapest's Andrassy Boulevard on a shortened route compared to earlier years and amid heavy police protection. The event, organised each year since 1997, has been disrupted by violent anti-gay radicals in each of the past three years.More photos and videos are here.
Tea Party Tracker Site Launches
A new website to monitor extremism and racism in the Tea Party movement has been launched.
The tea party tracker site is aggregating stories from Think Progress, Media Matters for America and New Left Media - which all promote liberal ideas while criticizing conservatives and Republicans. The tracker's launch comes a month and a half after NAACP members voted overwhelmingly to condemn "racist elements" within the tea party. Members of the conservative movement responded by saying that the civil rights group was "attempting to silence" the tea party with "inflammatory name-calling."Bookmark TeaPartyTracker or follow along on Twitter.
Jerry Brown's First 2010 Ad
"Death To Obama": Afghans Protest Florida Pastor's Plan To Burn The Koran
News of Pastor Terry Jones' plan to burn Korans has reached Afghanistan.
Hundreds of Afghans shouted anti-American slogans and called for President Obama’s death at a rally yesterday to denounce an American church’s plans to burn the Islamic holy book to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The crowd in Kabul, numbering as many as 500, chanted "long live Islam" and "death to America." The protesters listened to fiery speeches from members of Parliament, provincial council deputies, and Islamic clerics, who criticized the United States and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.The commander of U.S forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petaeus, says the Florida nutjob in endangering the lives of American troops. ""It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community." The National Association of Evangelicals has denounced Jones, who claims he's gotten over 100 death threats.
BULGARIA: Orthodox Bishop Hands Out Medals For Opposing LGBT Rights
An Orthodox bishop in Bulgaria has awarded his diocese's highest honor to two men for "defending Christianity" against Satanic homosexuals. The medals went to a local mayor and prosecutor who are behind an attempt to outlaw any public expression of homosexuality such as hand-holding or gay pride parades.
"There is something called public morality. The society is not obliged to watch how somebody is sticking into its eyes their own travesty, and to watch how somebody is destroying the souls of our children, and pours poison into the very idea about the sanctity of the bond between a man and a woman that forms a family. The task of the Orthodox Church assigned by our God Jesus Christ himself, is to protect the moral and ethical principles of scripture. The job of the church is to condemn the devil when he tries to destroy this holy order," declared Bishop Nikolay upon bestowing the medals. He reminded that in June the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church denounced the Sofia Pride gay parade.The Bulgarian capital of Sofia has staged small pride parades for the last three years under the heavy protection of national riot police.
ARIZONA: Log Cabin Candidate Steve May Recruits Homeless To Run In Green Party Vote Siphoning Scam
The New York Times reports that openly gay Log Cabin Republicans candidate Steve May has recruited several homeless people to run as sham Green Party candidates in an attempt to siphon votes from Democrats in Arizona. Even though he's been busted, May is unapologetic.
“Did I recruit candidates? Yes,” said Mr. May, who is himself a candidate for the State Legislature, on the Republican ticket. “Are they fake candidates? No way.” To make his point, Mr. May went by Starbucks, the gathering spot of the Mill Rats, as the [homeless] frequenters of Mill Avenue are known. “Are you fake, Benjamin?” he yelled out to Mr. Pearcy, who cried out “No,” with an expletive attached. “Are you fake, Thomas?” Mr. May shouted in the direction of Thomas Meadows, 27, a tarot card reader with less than a dollar to his name who is running for state treasurer. He similarly disagreed. “Are you fake, Grandpa?” he said to Anthony Goshorn, 53, a candidate for the State Senate whose bushy white beard and paternal manner have earned him that nickname on the streets. “I’m real,” he replied. Gathered around was a motley crew of people who were down on their luck, including a one-armed pregnant woman named Roxie whom Mr. May befriended sometime back and who introduced him to the rest.May was a one-term member of the Arizona state legislature and has qualified for November's ballot after a successful write-in campaign. He is a former member of the Log Cabin national board of directors and was endorsed by the group last month. Hilariously, the tagline on his election site is "Honest leadership...for a change."
MASSACHUSETTS: Catholic High Schoolers Rally In Support Of Lesbian Dean
Students at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts took to the streets this weekend to express their disgust over the forced resignation of their dean, Christine Judd, who was asked to leave the school after 12 years because she had married a woman over the summer break.
“Without being specific to this matter, it should be clear that all employees of our Catholic schools are made aware of our policies and regulations,” said diocesan spokesman Mark E. Dupont. “This includes language that clearly states that whenever by public example, an employee engages in or espouses conduct which contravenes the doctrine and teaching of the Catholic Church, that employee may be subject to disciplinary action. To do otherwise would be in contradiction to the values we believe in and are teaching in these same schools,” he said.Watch this clip of these great kids. It'll give you hope.
AUSTRALIA: Sports Star Dumped By Sponsor After Homophobic Tweet
Australian three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Stephanie Rice has been dumped by Jaguar after tweeting "Suck on that, faggots!" in reference to a Wallabies rugby match against South Africa.
Jaguar Australia's marketing and public affairs manager Mark Eedle confirmed that the company's sponsorship of the swimmer has been terminated. "We made a decision yesterday, and we've terminated the agreement with her," Eedle said. It's not known whether the Jaguar agreement involved any financial payment, but Rice will be without a car after the company confirmed it will be confiscating the A$100,000-plus Jaguar XF that Rice had been in possession of since the sponsorship deal was penned in February. "We will be taking the car that she's been using back," said Eedle.Rice has apologized for the tweet. Openly gay fellow Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham say he forgives Rice, writing yesterday on his Facebook page: "I know a lot of ppl are upset by what Steph Rice said. I agree, it was offensive & very thoughtless, but being friends with her for 2yrs, I know she is not homophobic. She meant no malice, & she has apologized for her careless comment posted in the excitement of the moment. That’s enough for me to forgive a friend."
Monday, September 06, 2010
National Burn A Quran Day
Quote Of The Day - Ana Matronic
"Mum said, 'We can't get back together because dad is gay.' It wasn't said in a brutal or shocking way. Although I was young, I knew dad now felt about men the way that he had once felt about my mother. Basically, I understood this meant they'd never be together - and at six, that sucked.
"I may have chosen that path subconsciously, but I didn't think, 'Right, life mission: I'm going to understand what it's like to be a gay man. I've always been a very flamboyant person and I think I would have ended up there anyway. I was born and raised in a very artistic household. I went to drama classes at school. My mother is an incredibly artistic woman. I think that regardless of whether or not my father was gay, I would have sought out creatively passionate people." - Scissor Sisters vocalist Ana Matronic, discussing her late gay father, who died of AIDS when she was a teenager.
Tired Old Queen At The Movies #47
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Afternoon View - Ethel Barrymore Theatre
David Mamet's Race actually closed a couple of weeks ago. Next up at the 82 year-old Barrymore is Elling, starring Brendan Fraser and Jennifer Coolidge, which opens in November. The Ethel Barrymore is the last surviving Schubert theater specifically built for a performer of the day.
AMSTERDAM: Hundreds March In Protest Of Rise In Anti-Gay Violence
Led by well-known drag performers, hundreds marched in Amsterdam today in protest of the city's recent rash of violence against LGBT citizens. The rally was organized by the LGBT group Right To Feel Safe. Posters with the details of each of the attacks were affixed to street poles at the incidents' locations along the march route. A fuller account of today's action can be found in Dutch here.
(Tipped by JMG reader Tim)
This Week In Holy Crimes
Over the last seven days...
California: Pastor Robert Cowen sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for molesting two pre-teen sisters under the guise of Bible instruction.
Arizona: Pastor Christopher Furey charged with multiple felony counts of child molestation.
North Carolina: Pastor Darryl Todd charged with multiple felony counts of statutory rape of a 14 year old girl.
Pennsylvania: Father Felix Owino charged with molesting an 11 year old girl.
South Carolina: Pastor Bill Cabe charged with molesting an 11 year old boy. Cabe was recently released from prison after serving seven years for swindling $8M from his congregation.
Texas: Pastor Apostle Nathaniel Calhoun charged with multiple felony counts of sexual assault on a child.
Britain: Father Eugene Lewis sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing three pre-teen girls.
Kansas: Father John M. Fiala charged with four felony counts of child molestation. Fiala is being sued in Texas for sexually assaulting a 16 year old boy at gunpoint.
Ohio: Pastor Rodney Stewart busted in internet child sex sting. Stewart used a webcam to send lewd self photos to a detective posing as a 15 year old girl.
Pennsylvania: Pastor Laneer Fisher charged with molesting two teenage boys.
Washington: Pastor Derwin Pasley pleads guilty to molesting three teenage boys.
California: Pastor Jeffery Waisner sued for molesting a 14 year old girl. Waisner's church is also named in the suit for harboring a known pedophile.
Tennessee: Father William Casey indicted for aggravated rape of a fifth grade boy.
This Week's Winner
Ohio: On trial for embezzling over $1M from his church, Pastor David Thompson said that he was authorized by God to take the money. "As the pastor and as the overseer I was mandated first and foremost from God." Thompson allegedly mortgaged church property to buy himself a Hummer, a BMW, a Ford Expedition, a Cadillac Escalade, and a boat. Thompson also used church funds to send his children to private school and add a pool to his home. Thompson faces 87 years in prison.
Religion Is Like A Penis
NOM Vows To Defeat Senators Boxer And Feingold For Voting Against DOMA
PhoboQuotable- Joseph Farah
"The homosexual press has noticed. In an enlightening commentary on a homosexual activist blog, we get this observation: 'But isn't it something how the issue of marriage equality is slowly starting to tear at the GOP. What a difference a few years make. In 2004, there was nary a Republican that could get behind the issue of marriage equality without looking like a Benedict Arnold. And now? The trend is shifting big time.'
"And that's really the context needed to understand why WND took the stand it did with Ann Coulter upon her acceptance of the headliner position at GOProud's Homocon event this month. The conservative movement is nearing surrender on the issue – even while public opinion stands firmly committed against same-sex marriage. This is the way it works in our political culture.
"I, for one, don't plan on giving up. Someone needs to hold the celebrities accountable. Someone needs to offer correction. If we lose the battle over marriage, I'm not sure there's much left to preserve. Marriage is literally the building block of our civilization. Destroy it and you destroy the foundation. The enemy knows this. Do our so-called allies? I am ashamed of these people who should know better flirting with the destruction of a 6,000-year-old, God-created institution with no regard for the unforeseen and unimaginable consequences. That's why I will not be silent. I will not go quietly into the night." - Wing Nut Daily founder Joseph Farah, who has agreed to debate GOProud head Christopher Barron over whether the Quislings are legitimately a conservative group.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
SACRAMENTO: Thousands Of Bigots Gather To Pray Against Gay Rights
Dominionist, extremist, Christofascist preacher Lou Engle gathered several thousand bigots in California's capital today to pray against same-sex marriage and for "authority over Jezebel and San Francisco values."
The Sacramento event, Engle said, helped to highlight immoral laws being passed out of the Capitol and called on traditional marriage to be restored. "If marriage is going to be upheld between a man and a woman, which we believe is the best for families and children and society, then right now, it seems we need divine intervention," Engle said in an interview between appearances on stage. "That's part of the reason we're coming here, to pray, but also to take a stand and be a prophetic voice to stand for truth."The above-linked story notes that "offering stations" were set up throughout the audience. Jackpot. Another Lexus for Lou Engle, who, should you have forgotten, is one of the American evangelists responsible for Uganda's "kill gays" bill.
UPDATE: JMG reader Andy sends us the "trailer" for yesterday's event. Scary.
Crazy Chuck Norris Wants To Make Sure All Crazy Gun Nuts Get Out And Vote
Craigslist Pulls Hooker Ads
Following a complaint filed by seventeen state Attorneys General last week, Craigslist has pulled its Adult Services section.
Craigslist did not announce the move and its blog was not updated as of Saturday morning. Craigslist did not immediately respond to email and voice mail messages seeking comment. The change comes as the service faces growing pressure in the U.S. over sex services advertised on its classifieds network, as well as allegations that it abets in human sex trafficking. The stakes were raised again last week, when the company received a letter from 17 state attorneys general demanding it immediately shut down its adult services listing, citing the case of two girls who said last month that they were trafficked for sex through the site. If Craigslist has bowed to public pressure that would signal a major shift in the company’s strategy. According the AIM Group, Craigslist’s adult services section accounts for 30 percent of its overall revenue — a projected $36.6 million in 2010 out of $122 million. More than half the company’s revenue comes from recruitment advertising and about 17 percent (almost $21 million) comes from apartment ads in New York City, the AIM Group estimates.
Eccentric Robbery Witness Song
Friday, September 03, 2010
Cue Veruca Salt
New York Times Outs Christwire
Today the New York Times does what numerous other publications have tried and failed to do, they've gotten the guys behind Christwire to come clean.
Christwire has lately reached new levels of popularity, in part thanks to an Aug. 14 column, “Is My Husband Gay?” Written by Stephenson Billings, the piece is a 15-point checklist to help wives diagnose possibly closeted husbands. “Gym membership but no interest in sports” is one warning sign. So is “Sassy, sarcastic and ironic around his friends” and “Love of pop culture.” “Is My Husband Gay?” was picked up on The Huffington Post and mentioned by Ryan Seacrest on his radio show; so far it has been viewed 8.3 million times. Oh, by the way: Christwire is all one big joke. Not the readership — which hit a high of 27 million page views in August — but the content, the opinions and the fake authors who write the stuff. (There is no “Stephenson Billings.”) Neither of the two founders is a conservative Christian. They are just like-minded 28-year-olds who met on the Internet, have never seen each other in person, and until this week had never given their real identities to a reporter. Bryan Butvidas is a software developer who works out of his house in Southern California. Kirwin Watson is a former Pepperdine student who moved back home in Kansas, where he now works “on the patient-care staff” of a local hospital. According to phone interviews with both men, they met online in 2005, when both were contributing to the news aggregator Shoutwire.com.I've exchanged some emails with the guy writing as Stephenson Billings, who remains anonymous in the Times article. Last week another well-known New York publication wrote me several times in an attempt to divine Billings' true identity, asking me if he ever "broke character" during our email exchanges.
Sam Seder At Whitestock 2010
Michael Luongo Returns To Baghdad
This week Gay City News launches a four-part series from Michael Luongo in which he examines "what changed and what didn't" since he last investigated gay life in Iraq in 2007. Here's an excerpt from the first installment:
This visit would be full of stark contrasts. It was as if there were two different Baghdads — at least. I would interview men from Sadr City, one of the poorest, most dangerous districts, who talked about friends killed by sprays of bullets in drive-by shootings, their gathering places firebombed, their names posted on lists, others raped and disappeared by militia-infested police squadrons at checkpoints. I would see a hospital where the bodies of gay men had been dumped, their anuses closed shut from a heavy glue used to torture them. I would visit a safe house, chatting with gay men and transgender Iraqis who hid for safety, yet at the same time were welcoming and life-affirming, teaching me gay Arabic slang and joking about sex with gay Saddam-look-alikes.Read the entire first installment.
And I would meet other men from different parts of Baghdad, young, fashionable, masculine, with far less to fear, who did in fact cruise along the colorful banks of the Tigris on Abu Nuwaz Street and spend their evenings at fashionable cafés popular among gays in West Baghdad, flirting with men they met through the website Manjam as they sat back in comfortable seats visible from the street. I would grow to fall in love with a newly vibrant Baghdad. Not that I didn’t still have much to fear as a visiting gay journalist — from conversations that could be tapped to entrapment, spies, and the bullets of panicked Iraqi soldiers.
Pitchfork's Top 20 Singles Of The '90s
DNC Issues Attack On Hooker Patron GOP Sen. David "Diaper Boy" Vitter
Last week Sen. David "Diaper Boy" Vitter easily won the GOP primary in Louisiana despite having been named in 2007 as a regular patron of the famed DC Madam. Vitter later admitted to patronizing prostitutes and committing adultery, but since he's a hard-right conservative "sanctity of marriage" defender, the GOP has given him a pass. Watch the DNC's "suspense thriller" about Vitter's secret life.
Sen. Gillibrand On DADT Repeal
Sirius XM At 2pm: Michelangelo Signorile Hosts Special Panel On Ethics Of Outing
On SiriusOutQ at 2pm today, Michelangelo Signorile hosts a special discussion on the ethics of outing. The show will be broadcast live from the convention of the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association, which is taking place this week in San Francisco.
Our panel includes Mike Rogers of Blogactive, who was at the forefront of reporting on Senator Larry Craig, Congressman Mark Foley, Ken Mehlman and many others; LZ Granderson, columnist for ESPN Page 2, host of the web-based ESPN360 talk show “Game Night” and a frequent commentator for CNN.com; and Michael Triplett, a contributor for the media analysis site Mediaite, assistant chief of correspondents for the Bureau of National Affairs, and a board member of NLGJA. They and other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender NLGJA members in the audience, journalists from across the country, will be participating, asking questions and commenting, as will be listeners from coast to coast calling in.You can stream the show online for free. (Registration required.)
Massive Quake Rocks New Zealand
A magnitude 7.4 earthquake centered near Christchurch rocked New Zealand today. The quake hit at 4:30am Saturday morning local time and initial press reports are light on details so far. Aftershocks are continuing. As is the case for breaking news these days, Twitter users are providing the most information. It appears that tsunami warnings have not been issued.
CALIFORNIA: Meg Whitman Dismissed As Juror In Child Molestation Case
California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has been dismissed as a potential juror in a child molestation case after telling the court that she could not give the case her "100% best" due to the campaign. The accused man is alleged to have molested several boys, leading attorneys to ridiculously ask the potential jurors if they feel that homosexuality is "a crime or a sin." Whitman's response to that question is not noted in the above-linked news story.
Not missing an opportunity to slam gays, the repulsive asshats at California For Marriage have tweeted the story this way: "Meg Whitman dismissed as juror in homosexual child-molestation case."
Scissor Sisters To Open For Lady Gaga
Röyksopp - The Drug
Gay-Baiting, Not Gay-Baiting
The Advocate wonders if Sarah Palin's blow-up at Vanity Fair over their hit piece on her wasn't deliberately loaded with words meant to attack the sexuality of its author.
Is Sarah Palin using code words to slam gay journalist Michael Joseph Gross, a frequent Advocate contributor who wrote the much-buzzed-about profile of the former vice presidential nominee in this month’s Vanity Fair? Palin didn’t mention Gross by name while talking Thursday on Sean Hannity’s WABC radio show, but she seemed to be referring to the article — and pointedly used emasculating words that have long been used as euphemisms for homosexuality — when she called reporters who publish “rumors” about her “impotent,” “limp,” and “gutless.”GOProud director Chris Barron rushes to Palin's defense.
"It is The Advocate, not Sarah Palin, who is guilty of ‘gay-baiting.’ I don’t think most people associate the words ‘impotent,’ ‘limp,’ or ‘gutless’ with being gay – I know I certainly don’t. If the folks at The Advocate think these words are euphemisms for being gay or lesbian then I think that speaks volumes about their own internalized homophobia. Governor Palin was absolutely right to use the words she chose to describe the pathetic hatchet job penned by Mr. Gross."
Tweet Of The Day - Louis CK
9/11 Truthers Launch TV Campaign
Fans Brawl At U.S. Open
Fans descended on a young man at the U.S. Open yesterday after he argued with a woman seated near him. Watch what happens after the woman's elderly father comes to her defense. Huffington Post has the incident from another angle. Apparently it all started because the younger man was shouting obscenities at the players.
A "mosquito" device has been installed at the Chinatown entrance to DC's Metro system in hopes that its shrill tone will drive away lingering teenagers. The sound is only audible to young people.
Similar devices have been installed in Britain with the same purpose of discouraging young people from congregating outside shops. According to Councilmember Jack Evans, the founder of the Gallery Place development had the device installed on his company's Gallery Place building. These devices are wrong and most likely illegal as well. This device was placed at a popular Metro entrance and just a few feet from a popular bus stop. Toddlers, teenagers, and young adults waiting for the bus or emerging from the Metro will now have to endure a shrill screech purposely aimed at annoying them and driving them away.According to the above-linked story, such devices may violate the DC Human Rights Act. Many teens install the sound as their cellphone ringtone so that adults (usually teachers) can't hear their phone ringing. The below clip demonstrates the frequencies which cannot be heard by older people.
Hillary 2012 Ad
The below clip began running on New Orleans television this week.
A Chicago dentist has launched the 2012 presidential campaign a smidge early by running a pro-Hillary ad on television, reports CNN. The 30-second spot, paid for by William DeJean, says Clinton has "more experience working in and with the White House than most living presidents" and is "one of the most admired women" in America's history. "Let's make sure the president we should have elected in 2008 will be on the ballot in 2012," it says. The $5,000 advertisement has run in New Orleans and may soon hit Washington, New York, and Los Angeles, notes CNN. Clinton, who has said she won't run for president, has not commented on the science fiction-esque spot. As for why DeJean aired it so early, perhaps the ad's final lines are a clue: "Start Now. Where there's a Hill there's a way."
-Openly lesbian Tony winner Cherry Jones (Doubt) begins previews tonight in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession. Opening night is October 3rd.
-Next Sunday (Sept. 12) La Cage Aux Folles lead Kelsey Grammer hosts the annual Broadway On Broadway spectacular in which the casts of more than two dozen hit Broadway shows perform for free in Times Square to the accompaniment of a 30-piece orchestra. Arrive by 11am (or earlier) for a good view as Times Square will be mobbed blocks deep in front of the stage. Jay-Z and Alicia Keyes will perform New York State Of Mind for the finale.
-AbFab's Jennifer Saunders is collaborating with Mamma Mia! mastermind Judy Cramer on Spice Girls: The Musical, which "won't be a tribute or bio show, nor will it feature characters with any of the names of the famous five-piece." OK, then.
-John Paragon (the original Jambi) and Lynne Marie Stewart (the original Miss Yvonne) have been cast for the "re-imagined" Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway. Mekka-lekka-hi.
-Stephen Sondheim's 1981 bomb Merrily We Roll Along opens tonight at Fire Island Pine's Whyte Hall. Get tickets here.
-The Broadway debut of the WWII gay love story Yank! has been postponed until the fall of 2011. The show played Off Broadway last year to (mostly) rave reviews.
-Kenny Solms' gay comedy/musical It Must Be Him opened Off Broadway this week at Playwrights Horizon. Emmy nominee Peter Scolari (Newhart) stars. Get tickets here.
-Prostitution whores! On Thursday the cast of Real Housewives Of New Jersey kicked off a four night sold-out appearance in Off Broadway's My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Teresa Giudice, Ashley Holmes, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo and Lauren Manzo return to the show for four more appearances beginning on October 20th. Get tickets here.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Sarah Palin: Lamestream Yellow Journalists Are Impotent, Limp, Gutless
Fire Island Ferries To Be Suspended
I'm being told that Fire Island's ferry service will be suspended at 3pm tomorrow and will resume sometime on Saturday. Tough break for those hoping to get out there after work tomorrow. But stay tuned, they may change their minds again.
UPDATE: You might still be able to get to the Pines and Cherry Grove if you get there quick enough after work. For now.
Fire Island Ferries will suspend service from Bay Shore at 3 p.m. tomorrow. It said ferries would resume early on Saturday, Sept. 4, once conditions improve. The Sayville Ferry Company told the News the 7 and 8 p.m. ferries to the Fire Island Pines tomorrow night are canceled. Ferries to Cherry Grove remain unaffected as of this posting. Ferries to Sailors Haven and Watch Hill have also been cancelled, and the campground in Watch Hill will remain closed tonight and tomorrow night. Davis Park-bound ferries will continue to run (at least for the time being). “We’re going to try and run as many ferries as we can,” said an operator at the Davis Park Ferry Company.
DENIED: Appeals Court Rejects Attempt To Force State Defense Of Prop 8
The California Court of Appeals has just denied the attempt to force Schwarzenegger and Brown to defend Proposition 8. "Petition summarily denied by order." The suit was brought by the anti-gay Pacific Justice Institute on behalf of Pastor Joshua Beckley, with a supportive brief from former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese. The court's full ruling should be posted here by the end of the day.
The Luckiest Girl In The World
Walgreens, Second Avenue, 12:30pm
Chick 1: Flu shots, $25. I guess it's that time again.
Chick 2: Richard got me one for my birthday last year.
Chick 1: You're joking.
Chick 2: Plus dinner at Olive Garden.
Chick 1: You're joking.
Chick 2: I am the luckiest girl in the world.
GLAAD's Jarrett Barrios To Divorce
GLAAD executive director Jarrett Barrios, seen above with his sons, announced today that he is divorcing his husband. Together for sixteen years, the pair married in Massachusetts almost six years ago. Barrios made the revelation in a lengthy Boston Globe editorial today.
As our families continue the march towards equality, the gay and lesbian community often doesn’t talk about divorce, even though some of the most important protections associated with marriage are exercised at the end of a relationship — protections that help the more economically vulnerable partner, give a formula for sharing the care of the children, and establish how two people can disentangle a life’s worth of acquisitions, compromises, and dreams. Just as gay and lesbian couples share the joys of marriage, we will share the pain of divorce, something for which we have no template. Divorce plumbs impossible depths of sadness. It involves separating the dishes and the books and all the other things you acquired back when you both still felt the lightness of love, asserting to a judge at a public trial that, yes, your marriage has broken down irretrievably, and telling your parents whose marriage of 47 years hangs heavy over your anemic explanations to them.
Joe Solmonese Clarifies On Mehlman
After reading last night's JMG post about his Hardball appearance, HRC head Joe Solmonese sends us this clarification on his position on Ken Mehlman.
"As the community has digested the news of Ken Mehlman’s coming out, I believe it’s important for us to move forward and use this opportunity to expand the circle of Americans supporting marriage equality. Last night on Hardball with Chris Matthews I gave a short answer regarding Ken’s coming out saying, ‘the past is the past.’ While I do believe we have to turn the page at some point, I should have given a more thorough response saying that we cannot forget the past and while many are finding it hard to forgive, our future is far more important."
Jukebox The Ghost - Schizophrenic
Inside The Gay Brain
Over at Box Turtle Bulletin Rob Tisinai tips us to this fascinating BBC clip in which openly gay actor John Barrowman undergoes a brain scan while looking at nude images of men and women. Researchers can conclude the primary sexual orientation of their subjects by measuring the brain's electrical responses as the images are viewed. We hereby issue an open challenge to Peter LaBarbera, Matt Barber and Charlie Crist to undergo this test!
Cornhole 4 The Cure
Perhaps unaware of its other meaning, perhaps not unaware, two men in Memphis are staging cancer fundraisers around the classic country fair game cornhole.
"We just started playing the game cornhole," Spurlin said. "It's just a bean bag toss game. Then, we decided why not make some cornhole boards? My mother-in-law makes the bags for us." That was the beginning of 'Cornhole 4 the Cure,' which in just six weeks has developed into a website and weekly tournament. Games are held every Wednesday night at the Boiling Point restaurant in Southaven. "The purpose is we're raising money for St. Jude," Spurlin said. "One hundred percent of our donations go to St, Jude and fifty percent of all proceeds go to St. Jude."From a commenter on the linked news story: "I have told my wife for years that cornholing can help cure cancer but she didn't believe me, until I found this group. Now, everytime she objects to a cornholing session, I remind her of how many people might die as a result of her refusing to cornhole. So, whenever she tells me 'but I don't like it,' I have to remind her of what people with cancer are going through. Perspective, people. Perspective." You can watch people cornhole on the event's website.
Century 21 To Open In Lincoln Square
The Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side's Lincoln Square, longtime host to appearances by famous authors and classical music stars, will be replaced next fall by famed downtown discounter Century 21. The bookseller announced last week that it could no longer afford the area's sky-high rent and will close in January. So no more meet-n-greets with opera stars, but also no more schleps to Ground Zero for discount Dolce.
HomoQuotable - Sean Bugg
"We all bear responsibility for the choices we make, especially when one chooses to improve one's own life at the expense of others. Mehlman's plea for understanding that it was 'very hard, personally,' rings hollow when compared to the lives of those who chose to live their lives honestly, even when that choice ended careers or divided families.
"Choices have consequences. The consequences of Mehlman's choices are enshrined in the constitutions of multiple states -- including my own home state of Kentucky -- a web of treachery that will take decades to undo (absent a Supreme Court decision for marriage equality, which no one should hold their breath for).
"Where some may see in Mehlman a pragmatic tool for the hardball political arena, I see a political blood diamond, a commodity so tainted by its past that it's odious to employ in the present. The fight for LGBT equality has to be about more than political warfare, more than collecting checks from rich benefactors. Pragmatism has its place, yet so does principle. Mehlman may someday find redemption enough to cleanse the taint of his past, but that redemption should be earned, not bought." - Sean Bugg, writing for Metro Weekly.