Eau de Humanity!
Monday, February 28, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
A Musical Interlude (That Keeps Getting Added To!)
While I think of something to post about, I present:
The Slim Shady Polka
I've NO idea who did it, just got the link sent to me by a friend.
Parents rebuke Romney for gay marriage comments
Boston Herald | Friday, February 25, 2005
BOSTON - Gay and straight couples and their children delivered a letter to Gov. Mitt Romney [related, bio] on Friday condemning his recent remarks to South Carolina Republicans as ridiculing same-sex families.
Julie and Hillary Goodridge, lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts, led a contingent of about 40 people who delivered the letter to the governor's office and requested a meeting. But Romney was out of state to deliver a speech in Utah.
``You are certainly entitled to court the right wing of your party,'' the letter read, ``but we respectfully ask that you not do so on the backs of Massachusetts families headed by same-sex couples.''
Speaking Monday to fellow Republicans in Spartanburg, S.C., Romney said same-sex couples ``are actually having children born to them. ... It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and a father.''
Though Romney has declined to say whether he plans to run for president in 2008, the South Carolina speech was broadcast live on C-SPAN and was widely seen as an early step in establishment himself as a candidate.
The governor ``can do what he needs to do to enhance his career,'' said Julie Goodridge, 47, who brought the couple's 9-year-old daughter Annie to the Statehouse. But ``it's ``completely inappropriate for him to make derogatory comments about families in the commonwealth.''
``The governor has made clear that he does not support gay marriage,'' Romney spokeswoman Shawn Feddeman said. ``However, he has consistently advocated respect and tolerance for gays and lesbians and their families.''
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Thursday, February 24, 2005
Postcard from Buster
I gather many of you have heard already about the "Postcards from Buster" show on PBS concerning several stations not airing an episode were our animated rabbit friend visits a couple of lesbian couples. Well, glad to report that out here in dear old Red State conservative Arizona, it ain't as unfriendly as feared!:
LOCAL PBS STATION KUAT DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO REPRESENTING THE LGBT COMMUNITY IN THEIR PROGRAMMING
Many of you probably heard the statement by the nation's new education secretary denouncing PBS for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles. The not-yet-aired episode of "Postcards From Buster" shows the title character, an animated bunny named Buster, on a trip to Vermont -- a state known for recognizing same-sex civil unions. The episode features two lesbian couples, although the focus is on farm life and maple sugaring.
PBS subsequently decided not to distribute the episode, named "Sugartime" to its 349 affiliate stations. However, the Boston public television station that produces the show, WGBH, does plan to make the "Sugartime!" episode available to other stations. Local PBS station KUAT will be airing the episode Thursday, February 24th at 3:30p.m.
KUAT also airs the program "In the Life", a national public television news magazine for the LGBT community monthly, the last Friday of every month. For February, "In the Life will air Friday, February 25th at 11:00 p.m.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Austin, We Hardly Knew Ye!
Discovered this article about IOC checking out NYC to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and thought it was hysterical.
OLYMPICS GO HOME
88 things the International Olympic Committee should know about New York City before making a decision about 2012.
1. We already have an "Olympic Shooting Center" in the Bronx. It's called the Bronx.
2. When the Olympic Village isn't completed on time, we're going to overcharge you to sublet our shitty tenement one-bedroom.
3. They can hide the dirty homeless people from you while you're here visiting, but hiding them for two full weeks during the Games will be nigh on impossible.
4. We already gave the rest of America an excuse to become flag-waving idiots.
5. We've been confusing the Paralympics with the Special Olympics. We're actually applying to bring the latter here.
6. Better get a permit for all those velodrome events. The last time a bunch of bicyclists got together for a ride, the cops arrested them and took away their bikes.
7. Think Munich, writ large.
8. When "9/11" was brought up on every other page in the city's proposal, didn't that set off a few alarms?
9. Construction will displace huge colonies of majestic wharf rats. Ever seen our wharf rats?
10. It's going to cost a fortune to paint the black sprinters orange to keep the police from shooting them.
11. Imagine JFK's immigration control in seven years, under President Giuliani.
12. Astoria will smell like burning goats for two weeks if the Greeks win any medals.
13. Christo has plans to wrap the Olympic Village in four million square feet of Fruit Roll-Ups.
14. It's been known to rain razor blades, dirty syringes and anvils for days at a time every summer.
15. No matter what the mayor promises you, he can't get rid of the pee smell.
16. Three-quarters of the audience at the women's uneven parallel bar competition will be in violation of Megan's Law.
17. No, Queens is not "just minutes from Times Square!"
18. You obviously weren't around for the Puerto Rican Day parade.
19. The only fencing our mayor enjoys is the kind around his mansion.
20. You sure you have the right place? We're New York—two syllables. Newark is that way, just across the river.
21. All participants at events in the "Olympic Aquatic Center at Williamsburg Waterfront Park" will be required to compete while dressed up as characters from John Hughes movies.
22. We can't even keep New Jersey from sneaking in every Friday night. And terrorists are a lot smarter than people from New Jersey.
23. Meow Mix closed down last summer—the female weightlifters will have nowhere to go.
24. If you hold the opening or closing ceremonies at Ground Zero, we're going to kick your pan-ethnic asses.
25. Orders to Jacob the Jeweler are already backed up. He won't have your diamond-encrusted Olympic medals finished on time.
26. Our much-vaunted peaceful diversity is just waiting for an excuse to be riven to bits by interethnic jingoistic hoopla.
27. Don't count on those softball, cycling and equestrian centers; we're kicking Staten Island out in the next referendum.
28. We can't let anyone run through our streets with a torch. We did that back in the 70s.
29. You think Athens had corrupt contractors? Ever hired a union plumber in this city?
30. Mayor Bloomberg is working on a deal to make the Clear Channel logo the sixth ring on the Olympic logo.
31. Tickets for Nathan Lane in Pole Vault: The Musical will be impossible to get.
32. The Chinese won't come. Too many Falun Gong members walking around freely.
33. The MTA's garbled loudspeakers will not be fixed by 2012.
34. Mayor Bloomberg is not actually authorized to convert Ellis Island into a "world-class ice creamery and sandwich stand" for the duration of the Olympics.
35. Plans are already afoot to traffic the Romanian gymnastics team to Philadelphia to work as prostitutes.
36. Our dog feces contain toxic amounts of Ebola. Stepping on just one sidewalk turd means instant death.
37. That $12 billion in projected revenue will be spent on postcards printed in China, t-shirts woven in Malaysia and venti mocha coconut frappuccinos made by the sovereign nation of Starbucks. That doesn't really help us.
38. London's paratransit system is years ahead of ours. Don't you think they're more qualified to host the Paralympics?
39. We have a friend in Moscow who can show you a real good time. That's right: Moscow, Moscow, Moscow…
40. Only gay men wear Spandex in New York City. You want the decathletes to look gay?
41. They're going to complete the Freedom Tower in 2008, which means you'll be too early for the five-year memorial of its destruction.
42. Athletes need to pay another $5 to go back on that stupid Air Train. What kind of city builds a shitty monorail, then overcharges everyone to use it?
43. When the white doves are released, they're gonna get mauled by our pigeons.
44. How about we host the Olympics in 2024? You can piggyback with the big quadricentennial celebration.
45. Your 10-to-one Euro-to-dollar exchange rate will go further in, say, Boise.
46. "Bloomberg would sell his first-born to bring the Olympics to New York City" was just a figure of speech.
47. We already have enough Wall Street jackasses filling the sports bars. We don't need Wall Street-style jackasses from every other financial district in the world to converge here all at once.
48. There aren't enough weed-delivery services to go around. The Dutch teams alone…
49. Most visitors won't be allowed on the island—we have a law banning tourists wearing white socks with sandals.
50. Every time the Ecuadorian soccer team sits down for a meal, they'll be sent back to help in the kitchen.
51. Shot puts and javelins will not be allowed through airport security.
52. Even in 2012, the Apple store still won't have any iPod Shuffles in stock.
53. The C.H.U.D. problem has not been resolved, and their thirst for the blood of foreign athletes is worse than ever.
54. Upon stadium completion, Bloomberg will insist upon being called "Nero."
55. You'll be riding the 7 train back and forth. Ever ride the 7 train during rush hour?
56. Have you noticed that about eight million people are already crammed into an area the size of a backyard in Sweden?
57. Our cab drivers won't have time to learn "fuck you" in 200 languages. Their current 34 may not suffice.
58. If our dealer stops selling our favorite drugs in favor of steroids, you're in big, big trouble.
59. We're not looking forward to the inevitable Olympic ring-inspired cupcake arrangements on the front page of the New York Times Dining Out section.
60. Strip-club blowjobs will be priced triple during the Olympic fortnight.
61. We will be forced to institute a UK Tourist Tax to cover the cost of additional security needed to control British hooligans.
62. Our piss-test labs are already backed up with the government-employee samples.
63. Mayor Bloomberg's post-Olympic plans call for a New York Public School Battle Royale 2013, to be held in the new stadium.
64. The retractable dome over Manhattan—if it's even completed in time—will do little more than keep in all the bad smells.
65. All those Japanese tourists taking photos on the subway will be arrested.
66. Don't believe the mayor's press secretary: "Sucker" is not a term of endearment that Mayor Bloomberg "uses with his good friends and future business partners."
67. A drunken-fireman brawl will inevitably result in four-alarm torch tragedy.
68. We're going to be even grouchier.
69. You will be required to book corporate-catering favorites Jack Mack and the Heart Attack for closing ceremonies.
70. The Olympic Village will be converted into homes that 18,000 working-class New Yorkers can't afford.
71. We aren't anything like those smiling hippies on the billboards. Not deep down, we're not.
72. Holding the water ballet events in the surf off Coney Island is a very bad idea.
73. We really must insist on speaking to the good people of Athens before we sign anything.
74. Terror-alert-addled citizens will confuse the Olympic logo for the biohazard symbol. Chaos will follow.
75. The mayor is just doing this on account of some petty, personal grudge.
76. Before you make any decisions, try to get across town on any weekday afternoon.
77. We don't do water volleyball.
78. Athletes will be contractually obligated to drink nothing but Snapple.
79. Madrid, London, Paris or Moscow would make much, much better hosts.
80. After the mayor tells you about the subway extension that will make getting to the stadium quick and easy, we suggest you call the MTA and ask them how work on the 2nd Ave. subway is coming along.
81. The only thing we liked about the plan was the East River ferry system. And that's been killed.
82. Mayor Brodeur is going to take back everything former Mayor Bloomberg promised.
83. The signs are everywhere, and they're really pissing us off.
84. We're already the best city in the world—without your help, thanks very much.
85. We suggest you visit Queens before getting too excited about sticking an Olympic Village over there.
86. Never been here in the summer, have you?
87. If Bloomberg wants it, it's bad for the city.
88. You may have heard some crazy things, but the mayor never really discussed this with us.
—Jeff Koyen, Jim Knipfel, Morgan Intrieri,Alexander Zaitchik, Aileen Gallagher,A.J. Daulerio, Joshua M. Bernstein,Matthew Kelly, Jill Ruchala and C.J. Sullivan.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Hunter S. Thompson - R.I.P.
Author Hunter S. Thompson Commits Suicide
(CNN) -- Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, who unleashed the concept of "gonzo journalism" in books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself in the head Sunday at his home near Aspen, Colorado, police and his family said.
"On Feb. 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colo.," said a statement issued by Thompson's son, Juan Thompson, to the Aspen Daily News as reported by the Denver Post.
"The family will shortly provide more information about memorial service and media contacts. Hunter prized his privacy, and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family."
A dispatcher for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thompson's death.
Thompson, 67, was associated with the "New Journalism" movement of the 1960s, in which writers took a more novelistic and personal approach to their subjects. His account of a drug-fueled trip to cover a district attorneys' anti-drug conference as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine was the seed of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," perhaps his best-known work.
Subtitled "A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream," the 1971 book included his lament on the passing of the 1960s and its "sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil."
"There was no point in fighting -- on our side or theirs," he wrote. "We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark -- the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
In "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72," he described the campaign leading to Richard Nixon's re-election as president with terms like "brutal" and "depraved," speculating that Democratic Sen. Ed Muskie was under the influence of an obscure African psychoactive drug and bemoaned Nixon's looming victory by proclaiming, "Jesus, where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to become president?"
Other works included "The Great Shark Hunt," a collection of Watergate-era essays; "Generation of Swine," his lament on the youth of the 1980s; and his account of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential win, "Better than Sex." His lone novel, "The Rum Diaries," was published in 1998, while a collection of letters, "The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman," came out in 1997.
In recent years, he wrote a column for the sports network ESPN's Web site. In his most recent piece, posted Feb. 15, he describes shooting at golf balls like skeet with a friend near his longtime home -- he called it "a fortified compound" -- outside Aspen.
"The general reaction here is shock and dismay, because he was such a figure in town," Aspen resident John Hoag told CNN. Still, Hoag said, Thompson remained a private person. "The most news we heard from him was when a pack of dogs killed his peacock, Atillah, and he broke his leg in Hawaii last year."
Thompson also was the model for the character of "Uncle Duke" in the "Doonesbury" comic strip. But Thompson strongly disliked the characterization, once telling an interviewer that he would set "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau on fire if the two ever met.
In later years, however, Thompson said he had made peace with the "Uncle Duke" portrayal.
"I got used to it a long time ago," he told Freezerbox magazine in 2003. "I used to be a little perturbed by it. It was a lot more personal ... It no longer bothers me."
In 1980, actor Bill Murray portrayed Thompson in the film "Where the Buffalo Roam." And in 1998, the film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was released, based on Thompson's book and starring Johnny Depp as the journalist. A new film reportedly is in production based on Thompson's novel "The Rum Diaries."
The writer himself, Hoag said, will be missed. "There's no one in the world these days who writes the truth ... as he seems to, to me," he said. "He spoke to the world and said what people were afraid to say."
Friday, February 18, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Reading Pua's posts about her poor, ill-but-will-get-better puppy last night and today reminded me again that this past February 3 marked the fourth anniversary of when my cat, Natasha (Gnat, for short), died at the age of 16-1/2.
She was 3/4 Seal Point Siamese and looked every bit of it (although without the cross-eyed look). I got her when she was only 4 weeks old from an old friend who had the mother, who had rejected the litter of 6. Debbie couldn't keep all of them and, knowing that I had just lost my previous cat (Nameless)two weeks earlier, thought I might want another. I did. She was an adorable little thing, no bigger than a hand-length and was perched on Debbie's shoulder trying desparately to nurse on her neck. (Thus, granting her my nickname of "The Notorious Hickey Monster").
From there on in, the adventures of a cat and her boy continued through many moves, within town and across the country. From TooStoned, to Durham, to NYC, to San Francisco, and back again. (Surprizingly, despite probably having the cat version of a nervous breakdown, she still managed to handle airplane travel (in the cabin) quite well and her presence even scored me a bottle of champagne on my flight from TooStoned when I moved to Ess Eff.) As well as being there for many situations both bad and good, she was one of the constants in my life somehow managing to put up with my moods, my crabiness, and my smoking.
Through most of her life, she was in great shape but in the summer of 1999 (she was 14 then) she started not eating and tended to throw up. I brought her into the vets for a check-up. Alas, she was dealing with the beginning stages of renal failure; something there's no cure for. The doc couldn't say how long she'd have left but she could still had quality time left giving that she needed IV fluids administered once a week (to help flush her kidneys). There was no way I could administer it myself since I don't like handling needles and could NOT see doing that to her so I brought her in once a week to the vets to have them do it. She did well for a year but that next summer, she took another turn for the worse and the vet said the IV fluids needed to be done twice a week. Done....twice a week to the vets.
Alas, six months later, her kidneys had finally given out and there was nothing left to do but to put her down. She had been at the vets the last couple days to see if she would somehow rally but no dice. The vet called me that morning and said that there was nothing left to do. I headed over there and spent the last half hour or so with her in one of the exam rooms holding her, in tears, hating the whole situation, hating having to make the final decision but knowing it was the only good decision I could make. I called in the vet, told Gnat "I love you", and stroked her head as the shot was administered.
Her urn is still sitting in my bedroom as I type this. (Yeah, that may sound a bit twisted but what the heck!)
On occasion, I still think I see her out of the corner of my eye and maybe she's still hanging out looking for any food that may have been dropped on the floor. I like to think so. That's okay with me. Will I ever get another pet? Yeah, one day; dunno when tho but one day...
Okay...speaking of remembering, I meant to post this last night but spaced it. I know this may be bad placement after a sad post but I needed to see something funny after it. So, I present to you:
Paris and Lindsey on the phone.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
For those who may be feeling a bit miserable due to Valentine's Day (as well as for those who love the Muppets), I present:
The Muppet cover of "Manamanah"!
Dig those shagadelic, dayglo outfits!
Monday, February 14, 2005
Sunday, February 13, 2005
The WYSIWYG Talent Show's One Year Anniversary Show is this coming Tuesday February 15th at P.S. 122 (150 1st Ave. at 9th St. Manhattan) at 7:30pm. The performers are:
Plus an original song written and performed by:
A Couple Great Videos (Feeling Very Gay Tonight)
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Maybe for Next December's Manger Scene
I wonder if StayPuft was the fourth unknown Wise Man?
Baby Jesus Haystacks
contributed by a viewer!
Make haystacks to represent baby Jesus lying in the hay in the manger.
This is really easy. No oven involved, just the microwave.
bullet 1 package choc chips,
bullet ½ cup peanut butter,
bullet 4 cups chow mein noodles,
bullet mini marshmallows.
Melt choc chips and peanut butter together for 1 min in microwave, stir and microwave for additional 1 ½ min until melted. Add chow mein noodles and stir with 2 spoons/forks as tossing a salad.
Drop onto waxed paper.
Add a marshmallow to represent baby Jesus.
Thanks to a viewer for sending this in!
paper baking cup
shredded wheat cereal
1) Fill baking cup half full with chocolate pudding.
2) Have each child shred one shredded wheat biscuit over the pudding to represent the hay.
3) Place the pretzel nugget on the hay to represent the body of baby Jesus.
4) Top the pretzel nugget with a mini marshmallow to represent the head of baby Jesus.
Arthur Miller - RIP
Miller Recalled as Last of Giants
By JESSE McKINLEY
Published: February 12, 2005
Brian Dennehy was already well into his run as Willy Loman in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman" when the play's author, Arthur Miller, approached him with a small note on his performance.
"He said, 'You're leaving out a line,' " Mr. Dennehy recalled yesterday. "And I said: 'I don't think so. What line?' And he said, 'You're leaving out an "Oh" in the bar scene.' "
That eye (or ear) for detail was just one of the many creative traits being celebrated along Broadway yesterday, where Mr. Miller was a force for 60 years - from his debut in 1944 with "The Man Who Had All the Luck" to last year's revival of his autobiographical drama "After the Fall." His unparalleled run touched generations of actors, directors and playwrights.
"I think Arthur was one of the last giants to stride the earth," said Robert Falls, who directed the "Salesman" revival that starred Mr. Dennehy. "With Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill, they created the serious American drama. Broadway has changed, of course, but I think he's one of the three giants, and the last one saying this is serious business and must be taken that way."
Indeed, for those who worked with him, Mr. Miller exemplified the ideal man of the theater: a high-minded, hard-working aesthete blessed with a surprising open-mindedness, especially considering his accomplishments. "He loved talking to actors," said the actress Frances Conroy, who appeared on Broadway in two of Mr. Miller's later plays, "Broken Glass" and "The Ride Down Mount Morgan." "He wrote great notes. They were so clear. He was shy to people he didn't know, but he was always open to an actor that was working with him."
John Guare, whose works include "Six Degrees of Separation" and "The House of Blue Leaves," was a young playwright on the rise when he first met Mr. Miller at the Midtown restaurant La Strada with the legendary producer Robert Whitehead.
"Whitehead was, like, 'Oh, you know Arthur Miller,' and I was, like, 'Er, uh, oh, hi,' " Mr. Guare said. "But Arthur just sat down and did, like, 20 minutes of stand-up comedy about the business. And it was always the best kind of shop talk."
For playwrights like Mr. Guare, Mr. Miller was a hero for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that he favored theater over the more lucrative lights of Hollywood. "Arthur made the choice of being a playwright a moral choice," Mr. Guare said. "If you had the ability to write plays, you simply had to."
Mr. Miller's social and political stands - his marriage to Marilyn Monroe, his opposition to Senator Joseph R. McCarthy - "took the playwright out of the ivory tower," Mr. Guare added. "Arthur was there - in real life."
"Politically, sexually, whatever," Mr. Guare said, "he was in the front row."
The playwright Tony Kushner, who, like Mr. Miller, has often mixed his art and his politics, echoed that sentiment. "As a political figure, he was a progressive man, but never doctrinaire," Mr. Kushner said. "There was a simplicity, and humbleness, and decency in his work."
He said he was always most impressed by the literary craftsmanship of Mr. Miller's plays. "They are staggeringly well structured," he said. "I've read them over and over again, trying to figure out how the hell he did it."
For actors, even big stars, working with Mr. Miller was considered a badge of honor. Liam Neeson, who appeared in the 2002 Broadway revival of Mr. Miller's "Crucible," described him as "an intellectual and a farmer and a carpenter, too." Mr. Neeson, who wasn't born when "Death of a Salesman" had its premiere in 1949, said he held Mr. Miller in awe and counted working with him as "one experience I keep in the memory bank."
In particular, Mr. Neeson remembered that he and his fellow cast members held their collective breath after an early run-through of "The Crucible."
"The lights came up," he said, "and there was one man sitting in a chair, and it was Arthur." The one thing that pulled us through was that it would never be as tough as that." Daunting as he was, however, Mr. Miller soon smiled and said he approved.
David Richenthal, who produced three of Mr. Miller's plays on Broadway, said that Mr. Miller's children would probably handle his estate. He added that he, Mr. Falls and Mr. Dennehy were planning a London production of "Salesman" in May.
"Arthur was very involved in it," Mr. Richenthal said. "He was very enthusiastic and wanted to make the trip for the opening."
A tall man whose frame seemed to fill any doorway, Mr. Miller was repeatedly described by Mr. Richenthal and others in terms that suggested both his physical and his cultural stature. (Mr. Neeson called him "a big, sexy giant.")
Mr. Dennehy summed up: "He was a planet and there aren't many of those. And his passing affects the gravity of all of our existences."
Friday, February 11, 2005
Naked Hugh Jackman
From an exchange in No Milk's Comments section, I finally decided to see how this experiment (of posting nude photos increases site traffic) plays out.
Above is POSSIBLY Hugh Jackman staked down on a desert floor somewhere on the planet; I gather from a movie. Dunno who it is exactly (so just in case Mr. Jackman or associates come by here - please don't sue!) or where this is from so if anyone knows for sure, please let me know. Thanx!
No Milk made a great correction and course taken...
A Dog's Life
A cute lil film about a dog's life, as told by the dog.
Link courtesy of Screenhead.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Talking About Being an Extreme Fan!
After reading this, it'll take me a while before I can uncross my legs:
Well, at Least He Won't Be Fathering More Fans...
"Tue Feb 8, 8:27 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - A Welsh rugby fan cut off his own testicles to celebrate Wales beating England at rugby, the Daily Mirror reported Tuesday.
Geoff Huish, 26, was so convinced England would win Saturday's match he told fellow drinkers at a social club, "If Wales win I'll cut my balls off," the paper said.
Friends at the club in Caerphilly, south Wales, thought he was joking.
But after the game Huish went home, severed his testicles with a knife, and walked 200 yards back to the bar with the testicles to show the shocked drinkers what he had done.
Huish was taken to hospital where he remained in serious condition, the paper said.
Wales's 11-9 victory over England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was their first home win over England in 12 years"
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
It's About Friggin' Time!
A few friends on AOL and I were chatting the other night and the topic of finding songs online came up. I mentioned that I've been waiting for several years for a particular album to FINALLY be released on cd since the only copy I have of said lp (Brewer and Shipley's Weeds) dates back to when the lp was first released (1970) and it's in bad shape. There's one song on it (Wichi-Tai-To) I'd love to hear again without the massive snap, crackle, and pop noises of the record.
Well, I was just trolling around amazon moments ago and lo and behold! I discover Weeds was released along with another one of their albums on cd last August! Will wonders never cease? Now, I can go to bed a happy camper and dream of popping that puppy into my cd player.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Pissing the Night Away and A NSFW Tattoo Pic
This is a funny site for snow-writing!
OHMYGAWD!OHMYGAWD!OHMYGAWD! I just figured out how to post a screen capture on here! Go ahead and laugh, I don't care! I'm hella impressed with myself. (And yes, I know I'm from NYC and still said "hella". Blame living in California for a couple of years and next to it for another 24 ;->)
As for the recent Desparate Housewives/Marcia Cross rumors, Here's a statement put out by Cross's publicist.
Chris is right, this is the gayest tattoo I've personally seen:
Pic courtesy of Uffish Chris
Friday, February 04, 2005
Wingspan GLBT Film Fest
The 10th Annual Wingspan GLBT Film Fest Website which I worked on is now online, schedule and all! It'll be held March 8th thru the 13th.
So Beer DOES Have a Purpose!
Man peed way out of avalanche
A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.
Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains.
He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out.
But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through.
He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car as he was going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realised he could urinate on the snow to melt it, local media reported.
He said: "I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there."
Parts of Europe have this week been hit by the heaviest snowfalls since 1941, with some places registering more than ten feet of snow in 24 hours.
To Whomever is Searching My Sitemeter from White and Case
I hope you're not looking for anything illegal.
Yay New York!
Judge Strikes Down New York's Ban on Same-sex Marriage.
By SAMUEL MAULL
Associated Press Writer
February 4, 2005, 4:13 PM EST
NEW YORK -- A Manhattan judge declared Friday that a state law that forbids same-sex marriage is unconstitutional _ a first-of-its-kind ruling in New York that if upheld on appeal would allow gay couples to wed.
State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ruled in favor of five same-sex couples who had been denied marriage licenses by the city.
The couples, who have been together for periods ranging from three years to 23 years, brought a lawsuit arguing they were denied due process and legal protections available to heterosexuals. The judge agreed and said the New York City clerk may not deny a license to any couple solely because the two are of the same sex.
"Under both the federal and New York State constitutions, it is beyond question that the right to liberty, and the concomitant right to privacy, extend to protect marriage," Ling-Cohan wrote in a 62-page decision.
But the judge also stayed her ruling, which applies only in the city, for 30 days. The city Law Department issued a statement saying only, "We are reviewing the decision thoroughly and considering our options."
Ling-Cohan ordered a copy of her decision sent to the state attorney general, who was not involved in the case. Calls to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office were not immediately returned.
The ruling could apply statewide if upheld by the Court of Appeals in Albany.
Susan Sommer, Lambda Legal Defense Fund lawyer who presented the case for the five couples, called the ruling "historic" and said it "delivers the state Constitution's promise of equality to all New Yorkers."
"The court recognized that unless gay people can marry, they are not being treated equally under the law," Sommer said. "Same-sex couples need the protections and security marriage provides, and this ruling says they're entitled to get them the same way straight couples do."
One couple, Mary Jo Kennedy and Jo-Ann Shain, said they were very happy about the ruling and believed it would offer their family increased legal protection. They have been together 23 years, registered as domestic partners in 1993, and have a 15-year-old daughter who is Shain's biological child.
"We're just overjoyed," said Shain. "We didn't think it would ever happen."
Kennedy said she wants to marry Shain as soon as possible. "I can't wait," she said. "We went to buy a (marriage) license in March 2004 and couldn't get it. That's what started this whole thing."
Shain said, "We're looking forward to trying to buy another one, and this time actually getting it."
In her ruling, Ling-Cohan said that while the Domestic Relations Law does not "expressly" bar same-sex marriage, specific sections clearly express the legislature's assumption that the parties to a marriage will be a man and a woman.
Because this assumption has provided the basis for blocking same-sex marriages in New York State, the judge declared the section unconstitutional and, in effect, ordered a redefinition of terms in the statute.
The words "husband," "wife," "groom" and "bride" in relevant sections of the Domestic Relations Law "shall be construed to mean 'spouse,"' the judge wrote, and "all personal pronouns ... shall be construed to apply equally to either men or women."
Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, an Orlando, Fla., group opposing gay marriage, said he was "disappointed" by the decision. "Redefinition of a law's terms is for the legislature to do, not for a judge. She's an activist judge legislating from the bench."
In her decision, Ling-Cohan cited and relied on rulings from the last century that barred, and then, permitted interracial marriages.
The judge noted that one plaintiff, Curtis Woolbright, is the son of an interracial couple who moved to California in 1966 to marry. California then was the only state whose courts had ruled that interracial marriage prohibitions were unconstitutional.
Some courts, Ling-Cohan wrote, "rejected the rights of adults to choose their marital partners based on outmoded prejudices that are now recognized as illegitimate grounds for government action."
Thursday, February 03, 2005
"Asshole from El Paso"
That is the title of one of his albums!
A few days ago, I mentioned hearing Kinky Friedman on an online radio station and this morning I heard the news that he's running for governor of Texas in 2006! Dunno how well he'll do, especially since he's running as an indenpendant in basically a republican state but I hope he gives whomever else lands up running, a run for their money.
Addendum - got another article (here) sent by a friend that he also supports gay marriage.
Here's a streaming video of a live script reading with the cast.
New episodes being on May 1st on Fox.
Hey, Dobson! Here's a Few More In the Celluloid Closet!
Funny article passed along by a friend:
Scooby, Do Me
Cartoon character assassination.
by Craig Gilbert - February 3, 2005
Last week, the archconservative Christian group Focus On the Family made the claim that a four-minute music video being sent to thousands of schools this spring promotes the acceptance of the sinful homosexual "lifestyle." And it uses a "questionable" cartoon character to do it: SpongeBob SquarePants. Not long after, Bush Eductation Secretary Margaret Spellings blasted a Postcards From Buster episode wherein the 'toon bunny makes pals with the child of a lesbian couple.
The maker of the SpongeBob video, Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation, uses the Rodgers-penned 1979 disco hit "We Are Family" in the video to encourage universal tolerance. The sexually sketchy SquarePants--he is often seen during his cartoon show holding hands with his best friend Patrick--helped Focus On The Family make the connection between harmless children's cartoon characters, the benevolent quality of tolerance, and homosexuality.
But Dobson and Spellings' critiques only hint at the rampant lavender lifestyles on display in cartoonland. Other deviant fictional characters to watch out for:
Bob The Builder: One of the many stars of the video under scrutiny, kiddie favorite Bob was runner-up for the position of the Construction Worker in the the Village People.
Alan from Josie and the Pussycats: Being a big, muscular guy does not mean "straight." And Alan is as gay as a Boy Scout. His declining the advances of the Goth-bitch Alexandra are not without reason. More proof of his "lifestyle?" One word: ascot.
Rainbow Brite: Rainbows? Y'know? Rain-bows? Get it? If she's not gay (which she most probably is), she supports the amoral homosexual agenda, and that's just as bad as being one.
Casper the Friendly Ghost: Not just gay-friendly, but gay period. Casper is forced to live in purgatory for eternity because of his "friendly" sexual orientation.
Race Bannon from Johnny Quest: Like there was any doubt? The "bodyguard" of Dr. Quest runs about serving the good doctor's every possible whim.
See also "sub bottom."
G.I. Joe team and COBRA collective: Don't ask, don't tell Mom.
Gumby. The smooth, ageless clay-boy and his pony pal Pokey are well known in the "community" for their all-night Amyl Nitrate parties and weekend beach blowouts in Provincetown.
Boo Boo: Small in stature but big in gayness. Wearing nothing but a bow tie (like a Chippendales dancer), this nasaly boy-toy has an obvious desire for large, hairy men. Why else would he run around with Yogi Bear?
Wonder Woman: Icon of lesbian cartoons. Misleading the nation with her patriotic Stars and Stripes costume, she's a dominant Amazonian who will kidnap your daughters and force them to play softball with Rosie O'Donnell.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina never really went nuts over Archie or any of the boys in Riverdale. And now you know why. She plays the "girlie-girl" Fem role to the hilt. More proof? She's a Wiccan.
Pikachu: Diminutive, fey, gay.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
The P.C. As A Metaphor for Life
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
A Couple of Articles
Well, Ms. Fryrear (hope that name fits you, dear!), a former lesbian mind you, thinks that homosexuals using the word
Dolly Parton, others compile CD benefiting homosexual group
Baptist Press | Jan 28, 2005 (Souther Baptist Convention Propaganda Organ)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Taking sides in a cultural battle, some of the nation's top artists -- including Mandy Moore, the Dixie Chicks and Dolly Parton -- have contributed to a CD that benefits the nation's largest homosexual activist organization.
All of the proceeds from the CD, "Love Rocks," will go to the Human Rights Campaign -- a homosexual activist organization that has figured prominently in the push to legalize same-sex "marriage" nationwide and works to promote "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights."
The two-disk CD set -- which is being released just in time for Valentine's Day -- features some 30 artists, including Yoko Ono, who sings "Every Man Has a Man." Other top artists are Christina Aguilera, Emmylou Harris, Pink and Carole King.
An HRC press release called the CD "groundbreaking." It was produced in a partnership between HRC and Centaur Entertainment.
Moore, who in 2002 starred in a movie ("A Walk to Remember") targeted to Christian teens, said she is glad to be a part of the project.
“Humankind has its problems, but love isn’t one of them,” Moore, who sings "I Feel the Earth Move," said in a statement.
“When two people -- regardless of gender -- long to care for each other, to protect each other, to treasure each other, we should do everything we can to foster that. I’m proud to be part of this album, which does just that.”
A statement by the Human Rights Campaign said the artists came together to "celebrate love and commitment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."
But Focus on the Family's Melissa Fryrear, a former lesbian, said the CD's use of the word "love" is deceptive.
"'Love' is one of the Trojan horses for the acceptance of homosexuality," Fryrear, a gender issues analyst, said in an e-mail to Baptist Press. "Gay activists are trying to find an argument that carries emotional weight: 'love,' after all, sounds good to everyone.
"The problem, though, is their definition of 'love' is carefully camouflaged to mean more than Cupid ever meant it to mean. Their definition is meant to mean the acceptance and the celebration of homosexuality."
Apparently, the battle over same-sex "marriage" influenced at least some of the artists.
"My generation knows that if two people are fortunate enough to fall in love, they should be protected equally under the law," Moore told Rolling Stone.
“I just think it’s a human rights issue,” Ono told Rolling Stone. “The Constitution of this country is based on human rights and justice and freedom.... For [politicians] to say, ‘OK, we’re going to change the Constitution so the gays can’t get married,’ I think it is outrageous.... I just immediately started to feel that it was important to send that message out that anybody can fall in love regardless of the difference of religion, or race, or sex, or age. Love is love. It’s beautiful.”
Fryrear said that Christians should take note of the policies the Human Rights Campaign promotes.
"HRC is about more than simply promoting "love," Fryrear said. "As the most aggressive pro-gay lobby organization today, HRC is about accepting, promoting, and encouraging homosexuality combined with silencing any disagreeing opinion."
The artists that participated, Fryrear, deserve criticism.
"This is another example of celebrities using their platforms to promote the liberal ideological agenda that equates homosexuality with heterosexuality," she said.
The complete lineup of artists contributing to the CD follows: Christina Aguilera, Pink, Simply Red, Dixie Chicks, Nada Surf, Dido, Jen Foster, the Bootlickers, L.P., Sophie B. Hawkins, Keaton Simons, Rachael Yamagata, Matt Alber, Kinnie Starr, Eric Hinman, Carole King, Mandy Moore, Melissa Etheridge, the B-52's, Cyndi Lauper, Kimberley Locke, Yoko Ono, BT, Dave Koz, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garrin Benfield, Ari Gold, Jason and deMarco, Randi Driscoll, Billy Porter and Oleta Adams.
Link to article
This sounds interesting! Would like to see it.
'Song' star explored a new aria
Bullets & Bombs
Everyone who ever heard his voice had the same comment:
"It can't be real."
You hear that response throughout "The Nomi Song," a documentary opening
Friday that assesses the strange life, tragic death and unearthly voice of
The oddly attired, German-born artist was a fixture on the New York music
scene in the late '70s-early '80s, and a legitimate pop star in Europe. He
was also a mystery, even to those who knew him.
With his black spider lipstick, shock-treatment hair and chiaroscuro
outfits, Nomi looked like an escapee from a German expressionist movie.
That he sang in a castrato-like, operatic falsetto in the thick of the
original punk scene made him a freak among freaks.
"He was the wrong person, at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing,"
explains director Andrew Horn. "Yet somehow it worked."
The approach got Nomi attention on TV shows as mainstream as "20/20" and
magazines as valued as Vogue.
Anyone who spent time in the downtown music scene in its most vibrant era
couldn't miss him. "The East Village was like a small town back then,"
recalls Horn. "You were always running into him."
Born in Berlin as Klaus Sperber, he came to New York as a cook in the early
'70s. But he aspired to become a star by combining pop, theater and opera.
His show featured arch sets and arty dancers, enhancing songs that lurched
between new wave rockers and odd arias.
The movie, which opens at Cinema Village, "is an opportunity to let his
voice be better known," Horn says.
Nomi made his debut in a Ridiculous Theater production of Wagner's "Ring
Cycle," but broke into the punk scene through The New Wave Vaudeville Shows
at the fabled Club 57 on St. Marks Place. While he was strikingly different
from others on the scene, Horn says, "punk was about being different, so he
Nomi had his only hits in France, in '81 and '82. He appeared in his final
performance on German TV in a performance with a full symphony orchestra.
At the time, Nomi had AIDS, then a death sentence. By the summer of '83 he
One of the saddest angles to "Nomi Song" is the parade of witnesses who
confess they were too paranoid to visit him in the hospital. "It was
treated like the plague then," Horn says.
Today, however, Nomi has become a reference point for a new generation of
downtown singers, including the artist known as Antony and Devendra
Banhart. The film preserves performances that, even 20 years later, can
still startle and please.