Annie Lennox - Dark Road
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For the second time, today the California legislature approved same-sex marriage. And Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to veto the gay marriage bill as he did in 2005. He has until October 14th to sign or veto. California presently permits same-sex couples to register as domestic partners.
Justice, MSTRKRFT, SebastiAn, and Van She are among the cutting edge dance artists you'll hear tomorrow night when Bob Mould and Rich Morel at long last bring Blowoff, their smash monthly dance party, to NYC's Highline Ballroom.
- NY Times former theater critic Frank Rich, once known as the "Butcher of Broadway", will appear on David Letterman tonight to promote the paperback release of his hit book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush's America. For better or worse, Rich is "credited" with bringing Disney to Broadway, after his column "The Hit That Got Away" inspired the mouseheads to turn Beauty & The Beast into a Broadway musical.
Labels: Broadway Friday
This Sunday beginning at 2pm, the New York boys of Leather will stage their annual car wash on Chelsea's W.28th Street in front of the Eagle. Put some bling back in your hooptie and help benefit the National Coalition For Sexual Freedom. Plus you'll get to ogle all dem wet leather boys. There ain't no tellin' who you might meet. A movie star or maybe even an Indian chief.
Portions of the Patriot Act were struck down as unconstitutional today. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ordered the FBI to cease issuing the "national security letters" [NSL's] used to secretly demand customer information from internet providers, banks, and phone companies - demands made without a court order or subpoena.
Federal advisers have cleared the way for the FDA to approve Merck's latest HIV medication, Isentress, which works by attacking integrase, one of the three enzymes used by HIV to replicate and infect cells. Isentress was created for patients who have developed resistance to other drugs and will be the first of a new class of meds called integrase inhibitors. The largest breakthrough in HIV/AIDS treatment came just over ten years ago when medications were crafted to attack the other two HIV-related enzymes, protease and reverse transcriptase.
Larry Craig sent word today that he will be resigning after all, this time for real real. His "top spokesman" (hah!) said today, "The most likely scenario, by far, is that by October there will be a new senator from Idaho." The spokesman also said that the only circumstances in which Craig might try to complete his term would require a prompt overturning of his conviction for disorderly conduct in a men’s room at the Minneapolis airport, as well as Senate GOP leaders’ agreement to restore Craig’s committee leaderships posts taken away this week. The spokesman added, rather unnecessarily, that those scenarios are unlikely.
What's your favorite off-the-beaten-path place to take visitors to your town? I like to walk my visitors around the perimeter of Roosevelt Island. What's your favorite free or cheap thing to do with guests? For folks visiting Manhattan, I think nothing beats the Staten Island Ferry.
Labels: Open Thread Thursday
I yoinked the above from WingNutDaily, who are losing their shit that Larry Craig might un-resign. Today Craig's lawyers delivered a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee saying his arrest was "wholly unrelated to his Senate duties" and therefore they should reject the complaint against him. GOP honchos were caught completely by surprise with Craig's announcement that he might not resign after all. A top Senate aide said, "You can't make this up even if you are heavily medicated. The American people heard from Larry Craig that he would resign, and using the word "intent" as a back door doesn't work with them." Heh. Back door.
This has got to be the craziest shit I've heard in ages:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Six nuclear warheads on cruise missiles were mistakenly carried on a flight from North Dakota to Louisiana last week, prompting a major investigation, military officials have confirmed. "This is a major gaffe, and it's going to cause some heads to roll down the line," said Don Shepperd, a retired Air Force major general and military analyst for CNN. The warheads should have been removed from the missiles before they were attached to the B-52 bomber, according to military officials.Your crack military in action. Or rather, your ON crack military in action. "Nukes? We had nukes on board? SIX of them? Really? Get outta here!" Oh, the egg that would have been on their faces, had that plane crashed in the heartland.
The crew was unaware that the plane was carrying nuclear weapons, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the extraordinary sensitivity and security surrounding the case.
Holy cow! This has been a tough couple of weeks for the right-wing. This morning 10-term Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor (R-OH) was found dead in his Washington, DC apartment. Gillmor had a zero rating from most progressive watchdog groups as he supported a ban on gay adoptions, supported a constitutional amendment against gay marriage, supported school prayer and supported the Patriot Act. Gillmor opposed stem-cell research, opposed abortion rights and fought key environmental legislation. Gillmor was the senior Republican on several key House committees.
Rev. D. James Kennedy, head of the Fort Lauderdale-based massive evangelical church, Coral Ridge Ministries, died in his sleep this morning at 76. He had retired as head pastor of Coral Ridge Ministries just last week.
Via HRC's Backstory:
The Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 2015, at 10:30 in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.In the second half of the hearing, the subcommittee will hear from eight witnesses, six in favor and two opposing ENDA's enactment. No word on whether CSPAN will cover the proceedings. I'll update if they do. The webcast is here.
The hearing will take place in two sections. The first will feature the testimony of Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) who will speak in support of the bill. Congresswoman Deb Pryce (R-Ohio) may also testify in favor of the legislation.
I am a bad New Yorker. Last night I was walking past the Lenny's Deli at 1st & 69th and there.he.was. Abe Vigoda, Fish himself, sitting in the window. I backpedaled five steps to make sure I was right and he totally busted me. Waved at me over his sandwich. I still don't have the knack of seeing-but-not-seeing famous people. Maybe I never will. By the way, Lenny's rocks. I recommend Lenny's Combo #1: Hot pastrami and corned beef with swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing. Heaven.
Most of the benches in Central Park have a memorial plaque of some sort. Some just contain names, or a short "In Memory Of..." message. But others have gut-wrenching, mini-stories. I hate them, but I can't help reading them. This shot is pretty blurry, I didn't have my glasses.
Labels: Morning View
Jerry Lewis handled his "illiterate fag" dust-up perfectly, issuing a complete admission and apology immediately. Lewis: "I obviously made a bad choice of words. Everyone who knows me understands that I hold no prejudices in this regard. The success of the (telethon) and all the good that will come from it shouldn't be lost because of one unfortunate word. I accept responsibility for what I said. There are no excuses. I am sorry."
Sen. Larry "Wide Stance" Craig is now backpedaling from his Saturday press conference where he said it was his "intention" to resign on September 30th. The wiggle room offered by "intention" was noted by many. Today his spokeman said, ''It's not such a foregone conclusion anymore, that the only thing he could do was resign." After getting a phone call from Sen. Arlen Spector (R-PA), who urged Craig not to resign, Craig is reviewing his options.
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"When those private lives are in direct conflict with the public policy that these officials espouse, I think it's fair game that their private lives be brought into this. And I have to blog to do that with. Here's the question: What community is expected to protect its own enemies? Don't beat up the gay community, and then expect us to protect your secrets and your double life. It's just not right." - Mike Rogers, serial outer of closeted political hypocrites, in today's Washington Post article titled The Most Feared Man On The Hill?
Hillary Clinton appears on today's season opener of the Ellen Degeneres show. Aside from another restating of non-support for same-sex marriage, which Degeneres lets slide without challenge, Clinton does a sit-down bit with Ellen at The Flame, a Hells Kitchen diner, in which Ellen directly asks about a potential Clinton-Obama ticket. Very interestingly, Clinton does not rule it out. She doesn't rule out anybody at all, but still. You can catch the video over Queerty.
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You'll have to embiggen it to be able to read the text of this cartoon I found on Free Republic, where I often lurk on their "Homosexual Agenda" threads. They do almost as good a job of ferreting out news of gay interest as some mainstream gay media sites.
My buddy Carl was in town this weekend and snapped this pic on the subway. I've blogged about Manhattan Mini-Storage's provocative anti-Bush and pro-choice ad campaigns and the pressure they are feeling from conservatives to stop. Now the company has launched a poll asking if they should back down from the right-wing. You know what to do.
In the 18th hour of this weekend's Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon, host Jerry Lewis appears to say "illiterate faggot" while live on the air. Unbelievable. Was Jerry Lewis ever funny? The gaffe was caught by eagle-ears over at After Elton and many other blogs and news sources, a few of whom say Lewis said "fatty", not "faggot." What do YOU hear? Lewis will probably "apologize" and blame sleep-deprivation.
Sighing from the extra work, Lady Randomocity had to spin her wheel twice in one week, after last week's Swag Tuesday winner was unresponsive to his email. However, spin #2 landed on the lovely Amy of Brooklyn, who immediately and succinctly reacted with a single, "YAY!" Amy gets the giant hardbook Playbill Broadway 2006-2007 Yearbook, now available on Amazon. New rule: winners have 72 hours to respond to their winning notification or Lady R spins again.
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Once or twice I've made mocking posts about all the Lt. Uhurus running around with those ridiculous blinking Bluetooth earpieces, but this new "invisible" in-ear receiver seems a slight improvement. According to the linked Gizmodo article, this radio frequency receiver is "capable of receiving transmissions from mobile phones, walkie-talkies and specialized transmitters, with a range of 250 meters." I suppose the wire serves both as an antenna and a handle for getting the dang thing out of your ear. Of course, now you will really look like a crazy person talking to himself. Coming soon to Secret Service and Starfleet personnel near you.
Courtesy of Showtime, this week's Swag Tuesday haul is the 4-disc box set of the first season of Dexter, their critically raved and deeply strange series about a police detective who moonlights as a serial killer.
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Popular Manhattan gay nightclub Mr. Black was raided and temporarily closed early yesterday morning. Police arrested three patrons for sales and 12 for use and possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. Swooping in at 4:35am, vice cops described the scene as an "open-air drugs market."
"My gut wrenched when I read of Sen. Larry Craig's bathroom arrest. I remembered my own late-night encounter with the law at a Garden State Parkway rest stop following a political dinner in north Jersey. I pulled into the rest stop, parked my car, flashed my headlights, which was "the signal," and waited. Glancing in my rearview mirror, I saw a state trooper approaching. I desperately tried to convince the trooper of my innocence, showing him my former prosecutor's badge, a gift from the office when I left. The trooper radioed his office and returned. "I never want to see you here again," he said. I survived for another day." - Seminary student and former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey, telling his own tearoom tale.
As expected, Sen. Larry Craig resigned today, saying, "The people of Idaho deserve a senator who can devote 100 percent of his time and effort to the critical issues of our state and of our nation. Therefore it is with sadness and deep regret that I announce that it is my intent to resign from the Senate, effective September 30th."