Friday, January 29, 2010
President Obama may have purposely timed his State of the Union address on the same day as the San Francisco unveiling of the new iPad. He's regenerating himself, although, from what I heard, it was a lot of campaign jargon and rhetoric.
Obama did make sure not to schedule his SotU (that's how the acronym should be spelled, but does anyone listen to me?) speech during the season re-premiere of the last season of LOST (which is not an acronym, but people seem to always spell it in all-caps). The last thing he would need is a herd of devoted LOSTies breathing down his neck, or something.
THE moment for us gays, as predicted, was his announcement about repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. That was met with a chilly reception by the evil alien replicants who pretend to be the Armed Forces Cabal of the U.S.
Also, odd that Clarance "Uncle Tom" Thomas didn't show for Obie's speech. He's pretty much a useless puppet of the rightwing, but please. Show some surface respect, Amos!
The rightwing ho's had to step down and cower, apparently, under Obama's scold session at a House Rethug Retreat in Baltimore.
"White House officials told the Huffington Post the (Obama team) were absolutely ecstatic. MSNBC's Luke Russert, who was on the scene in Baltimore, relayed that a Republican official and other GOP aides had confided to him that allowing the "cameras to roll like that," was a "mistake."
Yes, it's the same as the bovine NOMnut Maggie Gallagher (who has a bastard child yet bleats about the sanctity of marriage) claiming that even the potential for televised court trail on Prop 8 scared away her "strong" defense witnesses. Oh, please.
Suddenly, at their convenience, Rethugs want media censorship when it suits them.
It's amazing how a fat cow who spawned a bastard leads the fight for "traditional marriage," and that the top ranking soldiers who relentlessly attacked two countries and occupied them so obviously fear a few thousand homos.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In the ongoing historic Perry vs. Schwarzenegger trial, the defense for Prop 8 brought forth one helluva dork, one complete idiot named David Blankenhorn:
Star defendants' witness David Blankenhorn today was just-barely allowed to testify after he admitted under questioning from David Boies that he does not possess a doctorate; has never taught a college or university class; has only two peer-reviewed publications, none of which are germane to this case; that his masters degree thesis, one of those two publications, focused on two Victorian cabinetmakers; and has never conducted any scientific research on same sex marriage. His cross examination by Boies will start off the morning in court.
Along with undermining his credibility, Blankenhorn's testimony helped make the plaintiffs' case. "I believe homophobia is a real presence in our society," he testified. "We would be more American on the day we permit same-sex marriage than the day before."
Blankenhorn also testified that allowing gays and lesbians to marry would improve the wellbeing of their households and their children. Among the reasons cited for opposing marriage equality, he testified, was the specter of polygamy and polyamory.
"This is the game that they're playing," Ted Olson said. "They define marriage as a man and a woman. They call that the institution of marriage. So if you let a man marry a man and a woman marry a woman, it would de-institutionalize marriage. That is the same as saying you are deinstitutionalizing the right to vote when you let women have it. It's a game. It's a tautology. They're saying, 'this is the definition. You're going to change the definition by allowing people access that don't have it now, and that would change it so that people who currently have access won't want it any more because it's changed.' This is all nonsense. They are not proving that. This is a syllogism that falls apart. The major premise, minor premise and conclusion are empty."
Pam's House Blend has more.
So does JoeMyGod, natch.
Boies went after Blankenhorn’s credibility immediately, noting that he apparently had only one peer-reviewed article to his credit and that was a thesis on a labor dispute between cabinetmaker unions in Britain. Although Blankenhorn was being offered as an expert witness on how same-sex marriages are detrimental to heterosexual marriages and children, Boies noted that Blankenhorn’s education had been in history. “You’ve never taught a course in college,” said Boies, “and you have no degree in psychology, psychiatry, sociology, anthropology.…” “No,” said Blankenhorn, interrupting. “And in preparation for this testimony, did you undertake any scientific study of what effects permitting same-sex marriages have been in any jurisdiction where same-sex marriages have been permitted?” asked Boies. “No,” said Blankenhorn.
Basically, it will take another measure of bias and rightwing fraud for the Yes on H8ers to win this. And they'll try to do just that.
I could post more, like 1000 funny Tweets from peeps in the courtroom, but I gotta get to work, where we'll post more articles daily.
I'd rather not post more pics of the uglies from Yes on H8. Instead, how about this? At Sundance Film Festival, Jon Hamm (still bearded, literally) and James Franco talked about gay marriage and its publicity in comparison to the Prop 8 trial and the subject of their new film together, Howl, about the obscenity trial over Allen Ginsberg's famous poem.
Watch it at EW Online.
Yes, I'm only using the Prop 8 trial to contextualize how sexy Jon Hamm is with a beard. He could lose the golf cap, though.
By the way, a repeat of Hamm's hosting of Saturday Night Live is on January 30.
Oops. It's not a rerun. It's a whole spankin' new show. But Damn! Jon shaved his beard for the show! He could have done a lumberjack sketch in the first half.
Apparently, I'm not the only one obsessing about Hamm's hot beard. NY Magazine has two articles about it, Here and Here.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I feel an obligation to share the utterly deranged perspective of Mr. Hak-Shing "Crazy" William Tam, the "hostile witness" in the Prop 8 trial. Tam claims that gays will eat your children, because he "read it on the internet."
That's the heart of the pro-Prop 8 defense, people. Right there, no matter how the Yes on H8 peeps wanna spin it. Tam's the freak who wanted to hide and cower after being a major cause for Prop 8, because somehow he thinks he'll be attacked by hordes of gay sex deviants. He's why we can't see the trial, and have to resort to staged recreations, drawings and file footage.
Crazy insane freak Tam makes the 12 Galaxies guy seem normal by comparison.
Oh, and the 2008 California election was fixed, according to this report, largely ignored by just about everyone.
But I really just want to share the glorious manliness of actor John Hamm, and his fantastically manly beard, seen at Sundance at the premiere of Howl. James Franco plays poet Allen Ginsberg. Hamm plays a lawyer, not Jack Kerouac, unfortunately. I don't even know who plays Kerouac. I just know that a recreation of the occasional sex between Ginsberg and Kerouac as portrayed by Franco and Hamm, after being viewed, would have turned millions of straight men gay.
In which case, then maybe this Tam guy would be proven right, in some odd way.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
What's more useless than a failed presidential candidate? The wife of a failed presidential candidate? His loudmouth daughter? Or a useless PR campaign of glossy photos glamorizing silence in the face of marriage equality that features said wife and daughter?
If you're wondering why gay marriage is floundering nationwide, the No H8 "campaign" is a prime example. At first I thought it was related to some actual fundraising group that did something (not that any of them did such a bang-up job anyway).
But then it became clear that it's just about Adam Bouska's career, and his need to turn his deep thoughts on marriage equality into a series of what seem to be shampoo ads. Fortunately, thousands of Z-list "celebrities" on dipwad reality shows and more than a few porn sluts made time in their "busy" schedules to show they like the gays! Whew! How revolutionary.
Their latest coup? Getting (probable) Cylon Cindy McCain and her stout daughter to seem to protest something, particularly the gay marriages their respective husband and father want banned, eliminated and outlawed.
Now that their political clout is below that of a traffic cop, they're being "bold" by getting their hair over-styled and putting some (no-doubt easily removable) duct tape over their maws.
As one anonymous person online succinctly typed:
"The No H8 campaign is am embarrassment. An orgy of narcissism, self-promotion and vacuous political symbolism. It's part of the reason Proposition 8 opponents were unable to defeat the bill: stupid Californians opted for the glamour of celebrity endorsements instead of building coalitions. As for the photographs, what's the point? How does an overlit, heavily airbrushed glamour shot with masking tape express the pain and disappointment of Prop 8? This wasn't a freedom of speech issue. The photos don't even express pain; everyone looks beautiful, boys show off their biceps and girls show off their cleavage. The message is: join our cause, it's like being a celebrity! It has all the substance of an American Apparel advertisement."
Thanks, Los Angelinos. You look so pretty while feigning a protest.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Justice should not be seen or heard, according to the fatfaced pigheaded reichwing bigots behind Prop 8 and their money-laundering corrupt Mormon demon leaders.
But moi, opinionated?
Don't take it from me. Enjoy the soon-to-be enacted transcripts of the Prop 8 Trial, produced by John Ireland.
Ireland produced and directed a short film entitled, Finding Family: Gay Adoption in the U.S., which profiled the patchwork of laws affecting gay and lesbian parents across the United States.
In 2008, after California voters passed Proposition 8, which reversed the state’s Supreme Court decision extending marriage equality to gays and lesbians, Ireland founded GetToKnowUsFirst.org, a media education campaign to put real faces on the issue of marriage equality. The non-profit effort debuted its PSAs on broadcast television during President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 and has put in excess of $300,000 worth of ads onto broadcast and cable television.
This is such a zeitgeist moment! Many people were already discussing this possibility, and Ireland stepped up.
So, we will get a dramatized version of that which far reichwing whores succeeded in getting the frackin' Supreme Court of the U.S. to agree should be censored.
Cable TV is littered with ridiculous court trials the likes of Judge Judy, with petty trash arguing about rent. Yet what has been called "the Scopes Monkey Trail of the 21st century" is censored by the very bastards who inflicted it upon California. It's just like a righwinger to throw a punch and then claim victimhood. "I'll be harassed if I'm on TV," whined the rightwingers.
No doubt the pig bigot Prop Haters will huff and puff to get the dramatized trial censored, too. Fortunately, there's no copyright on statements said in court. No doubt the hate-filled vampires will scream and yell about this, too. Frankly, I think they should all be played by finger puppets, with the hand played by Satan.
LA Weekly wonders if it will be picked up as a TV show. Pam's Houseblend offers comments.
It's astounding. I can't get through a holiday honoring a civil rights leader without seeing truckloads of injustice being done, and with glee and demonic zealotry, by the far rightwing whores.
For example, way over in Massachusetts, the NOMnuts are colluding with the teabaggers to sway the election of deceased Ted Kennedy's senate seat. NOMnuts have revved up their Robocalls of hatred.
The reichwing choice? A one-time Cosmopolitan nude model who claimed President Obama is a bastard.
Another example: Breakfast with Satan?
The freakfest never ends with the reichwing.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Unrepentant lying scuzz bucket Pat Robertson had his flaks spit out a non-apology for his inane statements on-air, claiming that the earthquake destroyed Haiti because it "had a pact with Satan."
Yet they still won't deny that they think, as do other Christian NOMnuts, that "evil" begets disaster, as witnessed by other walking Jeebus-corpse cultists like dead Falwell, who blamed 9/11 on Tinky Winky. And gasbag Limbaugh said some predictably dumbass things, too.
As Haitians claw their way out fo the rubble, Dig in to the screechfest as deranged Robertson tries to claw his way out of having put both feet in his mouth.
It's amazing how swiftly reichwing stooges jump on top of a pile of dead people to spew their hate.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
It's taking place (again) mere blocks from my home.
Across from City Hall, along my route to and fro.
The bigots who got their wishes to hide from the light, not unlike vampires, are arguing their case for hets-only marriage, because, here we go, "it's in the bible."
140,000 signed a petition demanding that this trial be aired. The bigot Supes said no.
Who can keep up? Prop 8 trial Tracker, for one. The revolution may not be televised, reichwing whores, but it will be blogged.
"Our side is saying that gays and lesbians have been harmed for a really long time, that there has been institutional discrimination, that they are a suspect class (meaning they should be covered by the equal protection clause). Our side is also showing that marriage will be strengthened by permitting loving same-sex couples access it, that society will be more stable with same-sex marriage and that there is no harm done at all by opening marriage to same-sex couples.
The Prop. 8 side wants to show that marriage has always (in the US) been a Christian institution between a man and a woman, that heterosexual marriage is really good for kids and that in fact homosexual marriage will “hurt” kids and will degrade the institution. Ultimately, they are trying to show that it will lead to less stability as people abandon the institution of marriage."
Actually, a new study proves that states with gay marriage bans have a higher divorce rate among heterosexuals than states which don't.
Part of my job, which keeps me from being outside, doing some shocking sort of street theatre, were I 20 years younger, is my job at the Bay Area Reporter, which includes formatting and posting staff articles giving you daily coverage, like today's events, and yesterday's.
Here, I post my opinion. Hey, NOMnuts. THIS is in the bible, too:
"But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence."
So, wyncha STFU, Maggie Gallagher?
Of course, these horridly evil people are referring to the Christian bible. As one JoeMyGod commenter wrote:
"If marriage is from the Bible, somebody better tell the Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Scientologist, Sun Myung Moonies, Hare Krishnas, et al that they're not allowed to be married."
"If I was a lawyer arguing a case about contracts, and submitted as evidence ancient Norse mythology, I would be rightfully laughed out of the courtroom. Yet these people treat the Bible as if these myths actually happened or Saul of Tarsus' opinions are binding precedent with regard to American civil jurisprudence. "
This whole thing is like a soap opera whose finale got canceled and has to be decrypted via bootlegs.
It's in the bible?
Many Christians believe that dinosaurs roamed the earth during Jesus' life. You expect us to follow that crap, too?
Sick of this baloney? Join Courage Campaign. Because it's not over until it's over.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This is said to be the highest paid U.S. teen actor (with barely any talent, other than a hot bod) fee in history. Lautner is already working on the action film Max Steele, based on... a toy (a few of which I own, but Hey, I saw them in a store in Italy and thought they were a uniquely Euro thing, plus he's hot for a toy).
Lautner was great in Lava Girl and Shark Boy, so hey, who knows? It might not suck.
Cruise is ... Well, I think Katie's contract is up, so he's gonna be available.
Frankly, I don't see the resemblance - to the toy or the Scientoligist.
Nevertheless, let the campy re-titling begin! (Cribbed from AV Club)
Top Gun 2: Werewolves on a Plane
Navy Day School
Northern Lights: Glitterwolf
Braddock: Top Gun 2
Top Gun and a Little Lady
Look Who's Top Gunning Too
Look Who's Docking, Too
Top Gun With A Vengeance
Top & Gun-er-er
Taylor Lautner and the Prisoner of Assgraban
Taylor Lautner and the Chamber of Secretions
Taylor Lautner and the Friendly Fellows
Another 48 Showers
Top Gun: Bare Man's Chest
Top Gun: Back to the Minors
Top Gun 2: The Secret of the Cruise
Top Gun 2: The Legend of Hubbard's Gold
Top Gun 2: Shirtless in the Stratosphere
Top Gun 2: Topper Gun
Top Gun 2: Werewolf in a Plane
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Courage Campaign urges you to sign the petition urging the televising of the Olson/Boies Prop 8 trial. The presiding judge on the case is inviting public commentary prior to the decision.
The landmark federal lawsuit challenging Prop 8, Perry v. Schwarzenegger (also known as the Olson/Boies case) is about to go to trial starting Monday, January 11. The presiding judge, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, is holding a hearing on whether the a pool television camera should be allowed to film the trial, given the unprecedented interest in the proceedings. Judge Walker is encouraging the public to submit comments on the issue, and set a deadline of Friday to receive comments. This is your one chance to urge Judge Walker to do the right thing in the name of equality, transparency and accountability. Join the Courage Campaign Institute and CREDO Action and sign this letter to Judge Walker. Optional: Please add your own personal comments. We will personally hand-deliver your comments. DEADLINE: Friday 9 AM.
Sign the petition now or write the Court directly yourself. Here's a PDF from the Court describing how the televising would work, if approved. Focus On The Family is circulating a petition of their own demanding that Prop 8 witnesses be protected from a "violent backlash" of homosexual activists. From the wingnut Washington Times:
Attorneys for Proposition 8 backers said television coverage would expose their witnesses to further harassment and intimidation.
Tough shit, Mary. Whip up a hate campaign, and it's gonna come back in your fat ugly face. The Mormon money-launderers and rightwing bigots are probably more afraid of losing, and being exposed for their corrupt financial dealings and bilious arguments about "morals."
Or is bovine Maggie Gallagher just concerned that TV puts on ten more pounds?
Sign up now!!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
photo: Mayank Austen Soofi)
"My life, as a homosexual, was in danger in my country."
That's what a gay Pakistani man said after being given refugee status in South Korea, according to the Korea Times (photo: is not of the subject: see below).
A Seoul court said Sunday that it has ruled in favor of the Pakistani complainant, who is gay, and sought to overturn an earlier government decision not to recognize his refugee status here.
The individual had petitioned the government for refugee status in February of last year. The Justice Ministry rejected his application four months later, however, saying his petition did not meet the criteria of a "well-founded fear of being persecuted" as stipulated by the U.N. convention on refugees.
The Seoul Administrative Court reversed the ministry's decision, saying that should he be repatriated "there is a high likelihood that the plaintiff will be subject to persecution by the Pakistani government and Muslim society simply because he is gay."
"My life, as a homosexual, was in danger in my country," the plaintiff told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity due to sensitivity of the issue. "My family and relatives were my enemy. They said I was insulting my family, Islam and my country and threatened that they would report me to police," he said.
South Korea signed onto the U.N. Convention and Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees in 1992. Since then, 2,413 foreigners have applied for refugee status and 145 were granted asylum. The first approval was in 2001 for an Ethiopian male.
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Photo is from the portfolio of Mayank Austen Soofi, whose commentary suggests that Pakistan is "a country teeming with homosexuals. In the 20-hours long bus journey from Lahore to Karachi, a bearded missionary of Tablighi Jamat advised me to convert to his religion. I politely nodded at his persuasions but was forced to vigorously shake my head when his hand started caressing my thighs. The massage was relaxing but the vibes were clearly sexual."
One wonders when/if the Obama administration will do the same for gay Iraqis and Afphanis, before the murders there continue.