Monday, May 07, 2007

Downloading Dildos

Home 3-D printers are coming. Technology exists for the downloading and creation of 3-dimensional objects, created in home printer "easy-bake" ovens and the prices are expected to be within the reach of most home consumers wthin a few years. By then, you'll be able to download the specs for and create a missing cellphone cover, doll part, art object, long as it can be created out of powered plastic that can be hardened by lasers, heat, or chemicals.

The first consumer model is coming this year from Desktop Labs at a price of $4995. Prices are expected to drop sharply once mass production is called for. Since the internet is for porn, I can already imagine sex toys being created in this manner, for those too timid to visit their local shop or order direct. Porn stars should be 3-D modeling themselves for "realistic and lifelike" home versions, stat!

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Jethro Did It

Police have identified the man who broadcast anti-gay death threats over the Fort Lauderdale International airport intercom as Jethro Monestime, 23, a skycap for Superior Aircraft Services. The Broward County sheriff's department has referred the case to the state to see if criminal charges are applicable. Monestime's job is not under the jurisdiction of the airport authority and his employers would not comment on his employment. The Mayor of Broward County issued a formal apology on behalf of the county, who operates the airport.

A dumbass move, but you have to laugh at his name being Jethro. No offense to any Jethros that read JMG!

UPDATE: The CEO of Superior Aircraft Services personally called the gay couple who heard the announcement to apologize and let them know that Jethro had been terminated. Excellent.

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Three Strikes For Poz Texan

In another "third strike" case, a Texas man who videotaped sexual encounters with 131 young men has been sentenced to life in prison for attempting to seduce a 15 year old boy. The man is HIV positive and allegedly never told any of his partners, most of whom with he had bareback sex. The attempted statutory rape charge was the man's third felony conviction, hence the life sentence.

The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of three strikes laws in 2003, despite pleas from the families of those given life sentences for drug possession, shoplifting, burglary and other non-violent crimes. Many states have reserved the three strikes sentence for violent crimes only, but not Texas.

Does a man deserve life in prison for attempted statutory rape of a 15 year old? Even if he's HIV positive and did not disclose? Is trying to seduce a 15 year a violent crime? As for the adults he had unprotected sex with, it takes two to bareback. Those men are responsible for their own actions. This guy is obviously a complete scumbag, and my gut reaction is, "Yeah, right ON, shitcan this fucker for life." But I have to wonder, if this guy wasn't gay and wasn't HIV positive, would he have gotten this life sentence?

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Giuliani & Clinton Tighten Margin

In this week's Newsweek poll, which asks voters to choose in various match-ups between current presidental campaign leaders, the closest race is between the two front runners, Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, who are separated by only 3 points, with 5% unsure. Obama and Edwards do much better against all three Republicans. Match-ups and results:
  • Giuliani 46% - Clinton 49%
  • Giuliani 43% - Obama 50%
  • Giuliani 44% - Edwards 50%
  • McCain 44% - Clinton 50%
  • McCain 39% - Obama 50%
  • McCain 42% - Edwards 52%
  • Romney 35% - Clinton 57%
  • Romney 29% - Obama 58%
  • Romney 27% - Edwards 64%

I still expect Al Gore to throw his hat in, come fall.


Tainted Love

Ack! Advertising is now fully raping my favorite 80's songs. In the past few days I've heard a JC Penney ad that uses a remake of Yaz's Only You, a Reese's Pieces ad that uses a remake of New Order's True Faith, and some make-up commercial that uses Visage's Fade To Grey. Original versions are not safe either. Witness Chip's Ahoy and Human League's Don't You Want Me. I'm surprised not to have heard Tainted Love in an HIV prevention ad. On the other hand, Kodak's usage of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors was kind of sweet. And what IS that song in Geico's caveman-at-the-airport spot?


Starbucks Riles Wingnuts

The Christian right is mad at Starbucks again, this time for what they call an "anti-God" message on their "The Way I See It" series of cups. The cup quotes a Starbucks customer, who asks, "Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."

There was a similar flap in 2005 when Starbucks featured a "pro-homosexual" quote from Tales Of The City author Armisted Maupin. Pro-homosexual, anti-God. Hmm, too bad I don't drink coffee.

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Morning View - Bethesda Fountain

Designed by Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a public art commission in NYC, Central Park's Bethesda Fountain was built in 1873. The name is a reference to the biblical Pool Of Bethesda, as it commemorates the Croton Agueduct, which provided New York with its first dependable source of pure water. The fountain played a major role in Tony Kushner's Angels In America and is a favored location for weddings and proposals. The Farmboyz are considering the fountain area for their own wedding.

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HomoQuotable - John Amaechi

"Probably 30 of my former (NBA) teammates have my e-mail and my telephone contacts and probably 16 or so of those I was in regular touch with and there are probably 10 people who I have (on instant messenger). And zero - nobody - who's active in the NBA has been in touch with me since the day I came out, despite the fact that most of them knew I was gay in the first place." - Former NBA player John Amaechi, who says that he is otherwise pleased with the reaction from the American public, which he describes as "95% positive."

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Central Park Sunday

The last photo is from today's Israeli Day Parade. The Farmboyz and I watched from Fifth Avenue for an hour or so, but after two or three dozen yeshivas had gone by, the thrill was gone. There were some floats, including one bearing the only Israeli WNBA player, but otherwise it was a rather sedate event, as NYC parades go. I did enjoy the mostly black high school marching band that played Sugarhill Gang's Apache, which you should know is considered the "hip-hop national anthem". They were followed by a klezmer band, prompting Father Tony to suggest a fusion klezmer/hip-hop style. "We could call it klezmop!" Oy.

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In today's On Language column, William Safire is taken to task for having referred to Harrison Ford, 64, as "middle-aged." A reader points out, "If he were literally middle-aged, then he could expect to live to 128." I'm reminded of my 36th birthday, when my mother called with good wishes and to welcome me to middle-age, because the life expectancy for American men was 72. Like Safire's reader, Mom's a realist that way.

Despite Mom's early start, I've only been referring to myself as "middle-aged" for about 3 or 4 years. However, my mom turns 67 today and it still doesn't quite feel right to refer to such an active, vibrant woman as "elderly" either. In his column, Safire mulls "pre-golden" and "pre-elderly" for folks like Harrison Ford and my mother, but tosses them out in favor of "midlife". That doesn't quite feel right. Ford and my mother are not "midlfe". My mom has two middle-aged children, worked for 30 years in the public school system, and lives in a house that she's paid off. That doesn't feel very "mid" anything.

My ex could technically request a senior discount ticket at the movies (although he rather die than ask), still, I'd call him "middle-aged". I guess we're all just kidding ourselves.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Porn Again

Since today seems to be Hookers In The News Day, you might be amused to learn that Jeff Gannon/Guckert is now the spokesho for the International Bible Reading Association. It's a crazy world, somebody outta sell tickets. I'd buy one!

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Brazil To Bootleg Sustiva

For the first time, Brazil will ignore patent laws and manufacture a generic version of an HIV medication, citing the World Trade Organization's "compulsory license" mechanism that allows a country to bypass a drug patent in a health emergency or if the manufacturer uses abusive pricing. The medication is Merck's Sustiva, a powerful non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, which Merck offered to sell Brazil at $1.10 per pill although it sells the same pill to Thailand for 65 cents. Sustiva sells for $1.29 to $15.44 per pill in the U.S., depending on the dosage.

Brazil currently provides free HIV medications to over 180,000 citizens. Merck issued a statement: "As the world's 12th largest economy, Brazil has a greater capacity to pay for HIV medicines than countries that are poorer or harder hit by the disease." Merck's patent on Sustiva doesn't expire until 2012. Bootlegging Sustiva now will save Brazil $240 million before then, while they will still pay Merck a small royalty.

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Microsoft and Yahoo! are in merger talks, with Microsoft reportedly prepared to offer $50 billion for Yahoo, in a move seen as a challenge to Google's dominance of internet advertising. Last month Google further entrenched at the pole position when it purchased branded placement experts DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. A merged Microsoft/Yahoo would still trail Google in search market share, who currently gets over 48% of all search requests.

MSN-Yahoo? Microhoo? Bah.

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NYC Eagle, Thursday, 11pm

At a birthday party on the Eagle's rooftop, I ran into a recent acquaintance.

Joe: Oh, hi. Nice to see you again, you're looking good.

Guy: Thanks, I've just started on testosterone.

Joe: Oh, really? Are you taking the gel stuff or getting shots?

Guy: The shots.

Joe (shuddering): Yikes, do you have somebody giving them to you or do you do it yourself?

Guy: I do it myself, but it's cool. I'm a masochist and I used to get into cutting myself, so I kind of enjoy it. It's hot.

OK, then.

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Page Six Outs Porn Actor

In a seemingly pointless move, the New York Post's Page Six gossip column has outed an employee of the Israeli consulate at the United Nations as a gay porn actor, after tricking administrative worker Dror Barak into revealing his sideline career as a "model" and budding porn actor. Although Barak specified that he did not escort, he did solicit a plane ticket from Page Six's source. Page Six then called Barak at the U.N., asking to speak to "Roman Ragazzi", Barak's porn handle. Barak immediately resigned his position with the Israeli consulate. Page Six published the exchange today, including revealing Barak's profile name.

To my knowledge, Barak, who says he is openly gay, had not aligned himself with the right-wing or otherwise committed an offense worthy of this public revelation. Many men in the porn/sex worker industries maintain "normal" day jobs. Unlike the Matt Sanchez situation, there appears to be no hypocrisy exposed here, just an evil, purposeless wrecking of somebody's day job. While acting in gay porn certainly means that one must expect a certain level of public attention, I can't understand Page Six's motivation.

RELATED: Former journalist Charles Wilson has launched an exhaustive site, Cpl. Matt Sanchez, USMC, which contains a comprehensive accounting of the Sanchez story, complete with biography, filmography, and a time line of Sanchez' post-enlistment escorting career.

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Clinton: Repeal War Authority

Yesterday Sen. Hillary Clinton proposed a repeal of the 2002 authority Congress gave Bush to invade Iraq, joining Sen. Robert Bird in a call to end that authority by Oct. 11th, the 5th anniversary of the original vote. Analysts believe that such a repeal would undoubtedly become an issue for the federal courts, as it would raise constitutional issues about presidential war powers. If Congress were to approve the repeal, Bush could argue that Congress could not end the war by reversing its own original permission.

John Edwards opposes the repeal, saying Congress should focus on withdrawing troops via resending Bush the war funding bill he vetoed last week. Clinton claimed to reporters that reversing the 2002 authority would mean that U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by October, although her staff later clarified that she still supports a continued presence in Iraq to "pursue terrorist cells".

Clinton continues to dance around, avoiding the demand that she apologize for her original vote supporting the war, something John Edwards has done. This ploy to repeal her own vote is more of the same.

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Oregon Approves Civil Unions

Yesterday Oregon's Senate approved a domestic partnership bill that will give the state's gay couple most of the rights of full marriage. The bill is expected to be signed into law next week by Gov. Ted Kulongoski. Oregon will join New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, and New Hampshire as one of the five states to offer civil unions to gay couples. It seems the successes are coming faster and faster!

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Morning View - Riverside Church

Riverside Church, in Morningside Heights near Columbia University, was finished in 1933 and has the world's largest carillon, including the world's largest cast and tuned bell, at 20 tons. The tower is 22 stories tall and is modeled on a 13th century gothic cathedral in Chartes, France. Normally church architecture leaves me kinda "meh", but I like the Riverside because it looks I could totally see the Bat-signal beaming from the tower.


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Hate Crimes Vote Recap

A 2/3 majority would be needed in both the House and Senate to override Dubya's possible veto of the Hate Crimes Act, which the bill's backers do not think they can achieve. Although his senior advisors are recommending a veto, historically, the Decider has been very hesitant to use his veto privilege, so we might still have a chance.

In the meantime......

The following 14 House Democrats voted NO on HR 1592, should you care to contact them about your future voting plans:

Alabama - Bud Cramer
Arkansas - Marion Berry, Mike Ross
Indiana - Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth
Louisiana - Charlie Melancon
Minnesota - Collin Peterson
Mississippi - Gene Taylor
North Carolina - Mike McIntyre, Heath Shuler
Oklahoma - Dan Boren
Pennsylvania - Christopher Carney
Tennessee - Bart Gordon, Lincoln Davis.

For a complete list of the Republicans that voted YES and the reps that did not vote, go here.

The Senate version of the bill, the Matthew Shepard Act, is expected to be a much closer vote. Senate rules allow a bill's opponents to demand a 60-vote majority for passage and supporters say they cannot predict a win before the actual vote. The date for the Senate vote has not yet been set.

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Hate Crimes Bill Passes House!

Here is the result of the just completed House vote on the Hate Crimes Act, HR 1592:

Democratic: Yes: 212 No: 14

Republican: Yes: 25 No: 166

Total: Yes: 237 No: 180

To applause and a few cheers, from the podium, Barney Frank exhulted, "The bill is passed!"

Human Rights Campaign head Joe Solmonese: "This is a historic day that moves all Americans closer to safety from the scourge of hate violence. Today, legislators sided with the 73 percent of the American people who support the expansion of hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign thanks Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer and the entire House leadership, whose dedication made this vote a success. We also commend the bipartisan coalition of leaders who co-sponsored and supported the bill for so long, including Representatives Baldwin, Bono, Frank, Nadler, Ros-Lehtinen and Shays."

From the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union today cheered the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, with strong bipartisan support. Thisl egislation would allow federal law enforcement agencies to investigateand prosecute hate crimes offenses in cases where local law enforcement lacks the resources, or in some cases the willingness to do so. For the first time, the ACLU was able to announce its full support for hate crimes legislation. In the past, the organization has not been able to support hate crime bills because they were written in a way that threatened constitutionally protected speech. But the legislation introduced by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) shows that it is possible to protect targets of hate crimes without jeopardizing free speech or association rights.

(JMG: "Strong bipartisan support"? Hmm, maybe getting 25 GOP votes on this IS strong.)

The White House indicated today that President Bush will VETO the bill, for which he has earned the thanks of James Dobson, the Concerned Women of America, and WingNutDaily who polled their readers on the issue.

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Father McGreevey?

From the It Can't Get Weirder department comes news that former NJ gov Jim McGreevey now wants to become an Episcopal priest. McGreevey, raised Catholic, has been accepted into the faith at Manhattan's St. Bartholemew's, where he is in the "discernment" phase, which usually preceeds entering a seminary. Considering the gov's turnpike rest stop history, he certainly has experience working through little holes.

UPDATE: I'm told the Episcopal Church doesn't do the confession schtick.

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Gay Death Threats At FLL

Blogs are buzzing this morning after a gay couple in the Fort Lauderdale airport heard the following intercom announcement at the baggage carousel: "'A man who lies with another man as he would a woman is subject to death." The announcement, which came at 12:45am, was repeated several minutes later.

I wrote to a friend who runs one of the airline lounges at FLL and he's going to try and get some inside scoop on the culprit. He tells me that intercom access is available from all over the airport, so the identity of Levitical creep may never be known. Check out the story on Towleroad for fuller details.

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European Union

Wednesday, 7pm, the S train

Preppie Girl 1: So my parents are making me spend the summer with my grandparents in Switzerland.

Preppie Girl 2: Oh, I didn't know your family was from Germany.

Preppie Girl 1: They're not. Switzerland is like, in France.

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Rosie Makes Time's Top 100

Rosie O'Donnell has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. I'd been more impressed if the list didn't include such opinion makers and shakers as Kate Blanchett and Justin Timberlake. But still, we have an out, angry, politically active gay person on the list and that makes me happy.

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Shelter Kitty: Week One

Shelter Kitty has turned into a competely wacky, manic, galloping, nuzzling, purr monster. Which suits me perfectly. Her socialization took about 48 hours and now she can't bear to be more than 10 feet away from me, which isn't that hard in a studio apartment.

Her hobbies are chirping, laying in her windowsill sun bed, stalking the pigeons outside my bathroom window, and generally flipping out while chasing her little blinking, squeaking ball. She particularly enjoys my headphone cord, seen here. She's finicky about her food so far, rejecting everything except the Iams dry food the shelter had been giving her, even turning her nose up at a slice of roast beef. I've been testing various names on her, today's is "Shelley", short for Shelter.


MySpace Politics

I have lost one of my "top eight" MySpace friends, for the moment. Barack Obama's campaign has wrestled control of the MySpace page being operated by one of his supporters after they decided that with more than four times more "friends" than the other candidates, it would be best if the page were run by his actual campaign staff. A guy named Joe Anthony had been running the very successful page, but Obama's staff was concerned about messages going out under Obama's name, even though they were satisfied with how the page was operating and even had password access.

Joe Anthony demanded $49,000 for his hard work on the page and Obama's campaign staff refused, ultimately winning the page back in arbitration with News Corp, although losing the 160,000 friends of the page in the change. Anthony is reportedly "heartbroken" at the "bullying" of the campaign staff and says that he will no longer support Obama. I don't know about $49,000, but it seems like some compensation is due Anthony, even if he started the page without their agreement.

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Open Thread Thursday

The complaint box is open.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Call Now: 202-224-3121

Today is the last day to call your representative and urge their support of the LGBT-inclusive hate crimes act. Late last night, the measure passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and now goes to a vote before the full House chamber tomorrow. As I mentioned yesterday, right-wingnuts are deluging Congress with calls and backers of the bill are becoming concerned that some support might be wavering. The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Call and ask to be connected to your representative's office. Or go to this map and click on your state for a complete list of direct-dial numbers. I just called my rep, Carolyn Maloney.

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Passing a downtown dollar store last night, I noticed that among the safety pins, nightlights, and egg timers, you can also get a 12-pack of face masks. I've often wondered if the reason that I haven't had any post-9/11 respiratory issues is that I happened to find a face mask lying on the ground and kept it on for the several hours I was down there that day. I suppose I should have bought the face masks, just to keep them in my backpack. Aside from a wind-up radio/flashlight, I'm totally unprepared for emergencies. I'd make a lousy survivalist.

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Gotham Knights Bachelor Auction Tonight

NYC's gay rugby team, the Gotham Knights, will be staging their bachelor auction tonight at Splash Bar. The event benefits the Children's Hope Foundation, which helps children, teens, and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The team's site says "Steak your claim on real-life rugger". Did they mean to say "steak"? Embiggen for the beefiness.

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Buffalo Gets Erotic

The Oracle of Randomocity chose our 138th commenter, Micheal, of Buffalo, New York, as the winner of yesterday's Swag Tuesday. Micheal, whose blog is Beefy Cat Angus, says, "Wow! Thanks for this great gift. As a frequenter of Joe.My.God, I'm always excited to see what great stories you decide to share with your readers. I will take a page from your book and share these stories with everyone I can-well, maybe not my mom." Thanks go out to Carrol & Graf, who will be sending Micheal The Mammoth Book Of Gay Erotica, which goes on sale June 1st.


Brits May Need Visa To Visit U.S.

The government is working on closing the "visa loophole" that allows British citizens to enter the U.S. without a visa, citing terrorism concerns over Britain's vast Pakistani population, which currently numbers about 800,000. Options on the table include requiring all Brits to apply for a visa or singling out only Brits of Pakistani origin. Naturally, the British government is balking at either move, particularly at a time when Tony Blair is about to step down, as the British Pakistani population typically votes Labour.

This, I expect, will get rather ugly. British tourists are the 4th most frequent visitors to the United States, behind Canada, Mexico, and Japan. Their top destination is New York City.

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West Loses In New Paltz

Mayor Jason West lost his reelection bid in New Paltz, New York yesterday. You may remember West from 2004, when he followed the lead of SF Mayor Gavin Newsom and presided over the weddings of 24 gay couples in his tiny village on the Hudson, ramping up debate on gay marriage in the New York area. West was charged with 19 misdemeanors for those weddings. Later the charges were dropped and the weddings were ruled invalid. West is considered a "rising star" of the Green Party and was endorsed last week by Ralph Nader, a kiss of death.

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Morning View - American Museum
Of Natural History

My buddy Dr. Jeff snapped this photo of American Museum Of Natural History, a neo-Gothic Upper West Side landmark that was built between 1874-77. It's my favorite museum in NYC, as I enjoy science and nature a bit more than soup cans and sarcophagi. The museum faces Central Park from 81st Steet, almost directly across the park from the Met. It's also the location for the dreadful recent film, Night At The Museum.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

HomoQuotable - John Browne

"I have always regarded my sexuality as a personal matter, to be kept private. It is a matter of deep disappointment that a newspaper group has now decided that allegations about my personal life should be made public." - British Petroleum Chairman John Browne, who resigned today after a British judge lifted the injunction stopping the press from publishing details about his four-year relationship with Canadian Jeff Chevalier, who'd sold his story to several tabloids.

In his court testimony, Chevalier revealed that he'd been kept by Browne, as they enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. When the two separated, Chavalier returned to Canada, where Browne paid for a year's rent plus apartment furnishings. Browne earned the ire of the court when he failed to reveal that he had met Chavalier through an escort service. Browne, who ended his 41-year career with BP to "avoid unnecessary embarrassment and distraction to the company", had been scheduled to step down in July from one of the most powerful corporate positions in world. His early departure will cost him as much as $31M dollars, due to losing various bonuses and inclusion in a long-term performance plan.

Browne made news in 1997 when he became the first oil company head to acknowledge global warming and sought to reposition British Petroleum as a green company. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1988 and is a member of the House Of Lords.

Is this the most expensive outing in history?

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Tabloid Trash

Supermarket tabloid Globe laid this big fat lie on dumbass shoppers this week. Of course, there is absolutely no evidence that the Virginia Tech shooter was gay. While I'm certain that nobody here buys or believes anything that rags like Globe say, remember that these tabs are consumed by the millions every week. As occasional JMG commenter Steph Mineart puts it, "How many people will die because of this headline?" Globe is published by NYC-based American Media, who also publishes mainstream titles like Shape, Men's Fitness, and Muscle And Fitness, titles that you probably do read. Barrie Gordon is the publicist for American Media. Express your outrage to Gordon: Isn't this a job for GLAAD, besides giving awards to celebrities?

(via - Commonplace Book.)

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Accomplished: 3351 Dead Soldiers

Today is the anniverary of one of the stupidest and most contrived political stunts in American history and the Democratic candidates are not missing the opportunity to comment on it.

Barack Obama: "Four years after President Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and declared ‘Mission Accomplished,’ we are still in a war where more than one hundred American service members have died in just the month of April. We grieve for them today and urge the President to avoid making another tragic mistake by signing the bill that will end this war and bring our troops home."

Hillary Clinton: "Never before in our history has a President said ‘mission accomplished’ when the mission had barely begun. Never before has a President landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier to proclaim the end of major combat operations to a war that rages on four years later. Never before has a President pulled a political stunt when so many American lives were and remain in harm’s way."

John Edwards: "Four years ago, President Bush flew onto the deck of the U.S.S. Lincoln under a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner to declare victory in Iraq, but all the photo ops in the world can’t hide the truth – his disastrous mismanagement of the war has left our troops in harm’s way and made Iraq a breeding ground for terrorists."

As of yesterday, the death toll for American soldiers in Iraq is at 3351. The number of wounded and maimed is over 24,000. The toll for Iraqis is literally immeasurable. And tomorrow the president will likely veto the bill to set a timetable for withdrawal.

I am ashamed to be an American.

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Your Love Is A Tease

My vote for this year's summer song goes to Welsh scruffy cutie Rod Thomas, for his breezy, perfect, Your Love Is A Tease. I can't stop playing it!

(via - Troubled Diva.)

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Calling it the "greatest threat to American freedom today", some Christian activists are staging a campaign against the passage of the Matthew Shepard Act, a bill currently before Congress that would include LGBT people in hate crimes protections. The Christian group is Truthtellers, headed by Rev. Ted Pike, whom you may recall as being behind the 2004 protest of a gay event in Philadelphia which resulted in 11 members of his group being arrested. An equal opportunity hater, Pike blames the Jewish Anti-Defamation League for "inventing" hates crimes laws. Hey, does anybody have an email account? Cuz you could totally write Ted and express your hot sweaty manlove.

UPDATE: Here's a message from the HRC about the right wing campaign against the Matthew Shepard Act, which should come to a vote on Thursday.

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Morning View - Spring On Park Avenue

The large median that separates the north and southbound lanes of Park Avenue above Grand Central provides ample territory to do some wonderful landscaping.


Swag Tuesday

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