Saturday, March 13, 2010

A couple things about homophobia

Our "allies" (who tend to run screaming from the room when it is time to take action on behalf of gay rights) are upset with the likes of Maryland attorney general Douglas F. Gansler who, last week issued his opinion that his State would immediately recognize lawful gay marriages from out of state.

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?

Yes Virginia, there is an asshole.

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.“"

Why I married him.

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?"

The higher the hair, the closer to God.

It is hailing outside and I thought we could all do with a little lift.

A few of my favorite things

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.
So there.

The Pope is still an asshole

Towleroad is reporting that the Pope has been drawn even further into the child sex abuse investigations that no one is surprised by.


Portland Expose

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.

3 seconds of Corey Haim

I remember seeing David Seltzer's 1986 film Lucas. And, teh internets are abuzz with the recent demise of Corey Haim, so here's three seconds worth of the man:

Saturday Morning News 3/13/10

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

Second Hand Gay

The Iowa Family Council's Chuck Hurley says that gay marriage is more dangerous than smoking.

I didn't think I'd get the chance to post this poor toddler twice but, it seems I have to.

Afternoon News 3/12/10

The Pope is still an asshole.

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.

Tattoo whoop di doo

I just got done with three and a half hours of inkwork at Atomic Art Tattoo Studio and, as usual the day held all sorts of nifty surprises.

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.

Shining example of a Cuckoo Clock

My husband has wanted a cuckoo clock for years, so when he sent me this link I went to the site to see what I thought would be a possible present for my sweetie.

This clock, however, has to be seen to be believed.

Longer! Lower! Wider!

Please waste 1 minute and 4 seconds of your day basking in the glory that is "The 1949 Auto Show." Yes, that is McLean Stevenson.

Thelma Ritter - Goddess

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.

Chaz Bono, I love you.

Towleroad has posted Anderson Cooper's interview with Chaz Bono. This makes me really happy. We all need a little more "T" in our LGBT.
All my best wishes to my trans brothers and sisters out there.


I snagged this off of FFFFOUND! and I just had to post it here. Is this the worst thing you've ever seen in your life, or is it simply an image from another era when toddlers smoked without shame?

Morning News 3/12/10

Gay Marriage Begins in Mexico City.
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


By the way, I'd love to hear about all of your preferences for adult beverages.

Maker's Mark Manhattan, up with extra cherries.

Bombay Sapphire Martini, served with a cornichon.

Gray Goose Vodka Martini, similarly garnished.

Et vous?


I have a pork loin marinating right now in minced, fresh sage and crushed garlic. I will roast it at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Steamed broccoli with extra virgin olive oil and salt accompanied by sweet potatoes will help fight off the chill that is setting in on this rainy, March day.
Ooh, and I think the cocktail hour has come at last!

Oklahoma! Oklahoma! Oklahoma!

The state of Oklahoma wants to opt out of the new hate crimes law. Great stuff over at Pam's House Blend.

You're both husbands?

Here is video of a great little kid coming to terms with two men who married each other. Dan Savage posted this on SLOG and the whole thing is adorable.

Christina, Why?!

For those of you who don't know Tired Old Queen at the Movies, you should.

Here's Steve Hayes reviewing one of my all time favorite films, Mildred Pierce:

Joan Crawford, thy name is glamor. Discuss.