Saturday, March 13, 2010
From a recent Washington Post article:
"Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D-St. Mary's County) said some legislators "are upset" by the timing of Gansler's move because it could galvanize conservative voters. "Certainly there are people who are motivated by that issue; it gets them to the polls," he said. "
News flash for all those "upset" legislators: The only way to avoid the galvanization of conservative voters is to permanently enshrine LGBT equality into all matters of civil law. We're never going to shut up until we obtain our equal rights and we're too pissed off to ever shut up again until we get what we are asking for.
In fact, the Democrats' refusal to fulfill their promises is galvanizing me to want to stay home when the mid - term elections come around.
Is there anything about that that you don't understand?
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnel says that his legally useless, nonbinding "directive" that accomplishes nothing to protect sexual minorities in his State is "enough."
From WSLS10 Roanoke:
"In a letter to McDonnell, Jon Blair, head of the gay-rights lobbying organization Equality Virginia, urged the governor to propose legislation to add sexual orientation to the anti-bias laws.
While welcoming McDonnell’s directive, Blair said that for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians, “the basic right to attend school and college and work in public workplaces free of discrimination remains unsecured.“"
My husband has gone to the liquor store because we are out of Maker's Mark.
The image at left is of Geraldine Page from "Whatever happened to Aunt Alice,"
"...are you aware that the cocktail hour has come and gone?"
My husband Brent and I are headed to conveyor belt sushi and then to Powell's Books this afternoon. OK, I don't live in New York, San Francisco or Paris - but I can go to Powell's any time I want.
The other night, I had the distinct pleasure of watching Harold D. Shuster's 1957 attempt at gritty noir, Portland Expose. Based on a true story and filmed in Portland, OR, the crew was threatened by the real, Rose City mob during filming.
Mid - century TV staples Edward Binns (Patton, the Verdict,) and his wife Virginia Gregg (Psycho, S.O.B, Dragnet) play George and Ruth Madison, appalled and wary at the new pinball machine installed in their wholesome, greasy spoon. Sure enough, and within seconds, they are accosted by hired goons (among them a very young and unwholesome Frank Gorshin).
Rather than knuckle under, Edward Binns straps a tape recorder the size of a player piano to his chest and sets out to get the dirt on the mob.
Earnest, clean - cut hoodlums, attempted rape and great street scenes of Portland in the 50's are among the many treats in store for you if you venture into the steamy underworld of Portland Expose.
Saturday morning is traditionally a time for soft and silly news. Let's give it a try, shall we?
After six days of labor and fears that the calf had died inside it's mother, a new baby elephant is alive and kicking in Australia.
Self - described "animal tolerater" leaps into the freezing Mississippi river to save a dog's life. "Definitely not the smartest thing to do", she admitted, "and I would never encourage it."
An inmate in Kentucky is in trouble for assaulting her jailer with her own breast milk.
New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants to ban salt in NY Restaurants. You heard me.
And, in case you were wondering, those are the Del Rubio Triplets.
Friday, March 12, 2010
A bunch of Bible - thumping dimwits have decided that America's children need to learn more about why Bible - thumping dimwits are right about everything.
Gavin Newsom is running for Lieutenant Governor of California.
Desmond Tutu is still a hero.
Banana sling: a term for men's underwear that I had never heard before.
Discussion of the creepy guy I met there some months earlier. I speculated that his duffle bag could just as well been full of human heads. Turns out he's "merely" a stalker.
London, Joanne, Roll and Jason are talented artists who are, none the less, raunchier and more sarcastic than even food service workers.
This clock, however, has to be seen to be believed.
I'd like to take just a moment to draw your attention to a fabulous actress. Thelma Ritter's first role was in "Miracle on 34th Street" where her performance was so good that the director expanded her role.
She was marvelous in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," and kicked ass in "All About Eve," a movie from which she mysteriously disappears about half way through.
Go. Find her. Love her.
All my best wishes to my trans brothers and sisters out there.
Mississippi is still full of dipshits.
Fight Back New York is protesting Hiram "Slasher" Monseratte. With lipstick. Atta girl!
Uganda still scares the crap out of me.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Ooh, and I think the cocktail hour has come at last!
Here's Steve Hayes reviewing one of my all time favorite films, Mildred Pierce:
Joan Crawford, thy name is glamor. Discuss.