Saturday, May 8, 2010

Morning News 5/08/10

(I am not an asshole.)

Rachel Maddow on the Rekers story: Being gay cannot be cured. Being a hypocritical piece of shit, can. I'm paraphrasing a little. (via JMG)

Everybody look busy! EU bigwigs take action to contain financial crisis.

Anybody fired by Nixon is a friend of mine. Walter J. Hickel dies at 90.

Lithuanians hold gay pride parade despite attempted firebombing.

He said... he said. Clegg may or may not have suggested that Brown resign, which may or may not have led to an angry exchange between the two.

Elena Kagan said to be at top of Obama's SC nominee list. Kagan, as Dean of Harvard Law took decisive action against military recruitment on campus over DADT.

(Picture of Richard Nixon, probably firing someone, via Wikipedia and the White House Press Office.)

Friday, May 7, 2010

OK, The Damn Sex Quiz Already

Millions of you have noticed that the Sex Quiz ended ages ago and has been festering on my sidebar for far too long.

Well, it turns out 65% of you think sex is fun, while 20% of you consider it unnecessarily fun. Whatever that means.

15% of you are so naive that you don't know what sex is.

But don't worry, naivete is very sexy.

So here's our New Damn Quiz:

A Hung Parliament is:

A Good Start

A Gay Porn Title

A Headache

Weird and British

The Kid Opens Off Broadway

Based on the memoir of the same name by Seattle sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, "The Kid" opens off Broadway on Monday. The book and musical chart Dan and his husband Terry's journey through the process of open adoption as they create a family together.

Savage's humorous, conversational style made the book a joy to read and I recommend it highly. Check out his other books "Savage Love," "Skipping Towards Gomorrah," and "The Commitment."

They make great gifts so head over to your local. independent. bookseller. Buy them all. Go now!

You can also head over to The Stranger, where he posts daily and publishes his weekly sex advice column "Savage Love."

(Cover image of "The Kid.")

Heavy Cream, Beef, Mushrooms & Red Wine

When my dear friend Linda got the wonderful news that a publisher was interested in her manuscript, we decided to celebrate with a bit of dinner.

She provided a bottle of Layer Cake Shiraz and I whipped up a quick and easy meal suggestive of Beef Stroganoff.

1 lb fusilli pasta

1 Tbl olive oil
a pat of butter

2 pints crimini mushrooms
1 minced shallot 
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 cup beef stock
3/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp chili sauce

salt & pepper to taste
fresh, minced parsley to taste
Parmesan cheese

Complete instructions after the jump:

Morning News 5/07/10

Wow, that Parliament is hung! No party wins required 326 seats as Labor and Lib Dems discuss working together. Tories call it "coalition of the defeated."

He gets it. George Rekers's male escort describes him as "...way worse than the orange grove lady." JoeMyGod talked to Jo-Vanni Roman for a couple of hours last night. Naive but not stupid, the young man will be speaking with Anderson Cooper today.

Meanwhile... Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (who is running for governor) is under fire for paying Rekers almost $90,000 to say horrible things about gays and other minorities in court.

Federal case against DOMA proceeds as Obama admin. defends disgusting, discriminatory law in court.

(The Tanqueray Martini pictured above was last night's libation in honor of HRH Queen Elizabeth II whose government held elections yesterday. God save the Queen! Every last one of us.)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Brit Poll Update!

The NYT is live streaming UK vote coverage. Head on over, it is fascinating.

Early results suggest the Brits are on their way toward a hung Parliament.

This is all I can think of:

(Picture "Hung Like a Horse" from

Morning News 5/06/10

I don't know a Howard Hunt... Family Research Council's Tony Perkins isn't sure who George Rekers is. Here's some info on Rekers. ...and here's Stephen Colbert's take via Huffpo.

Rock, scissors, paper. Brits go to polls today.

Waaah! Cardinal Lavada's response to the church's systematic abuse and cover up is that the media is mean.

Mazeltov!  Nigeria has a new President.

FLUSH! European economy not doing so well. Rest of planet mulls joining them.

Woof. Massachusetts church to offer worship services for "well mannered, leashed" dogs. Isn't it the other kind of dog that really needs to go to church?

(UberChrist Canine via CafePress.)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Morning News 5/05/10

What can I say about the male prostitute hired by Family Research Council co-founder and NARTH-ophile George Rekers? Here's what George Rekers had to say:
"If you talk with my travel assistant that the story called “Lucien,” you will find I spent a great deal of time sharing scientific information on the desirability of abandoning homosexual intercourse, and I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him in great detail."
Sure you did, you asshole.

UK Media aflutter over Nick Clegg as Thursday election draws near.

Evangelical Lutheran Church changes its mind about firing gay reverend.

DC approves medical marijuana.

Federal Court DOMA challenge tomorrow.

(Ary Scheffer's 1854 painting "The Temptation of Christ.")

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Homophobe and the Rentboy!

Joe My God has all the details about NARTH-putz-hatemonger-homophobe George Reker, caught returning from vacation with a male prostitute.

Seriously, head over to Joe's site where he has all the details and has posted Ren & Stimpy's "Happy, happy, joy, joy!" song.

Another one bites the dust...

...well I guess he was biting something else, wasn't he?

Morning New 5/04/10

"Intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our Earth with envious eyes; slowly and surely drawing their plans against us..." NASA scientists release strongest evidence yet for ancient life on Mars.

Gotcha! 30 year-old Faisal Shahzad has been arrested for failed Times Square car bomb incident.

Beats me. Congressional bills to protect queers are on their way towards passage... unless they aren't.

Fingers crossed. Federal legal challenge to DOMA heads to court this week.

What moral authority? Conference of Catholic Bishops have their vestments in a twist over LGBT inclusive immigration law.

(Image of Marvin the Martian and Bugs Bunny from Alexander Ross Animation and Fine Art Gallery. You can purchase that animation cell along with lots of other beautiful, fun things over at his gallery.)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Morning News 5/03/10

Rolling in her grave. Palm Beach Florida school board moves to protect queers.

Justice delayed. Further irritation at the Obama administration kicking the DADT can down the road.

How considerate. Conservatives promise to consider full gay marriage. (UK Conservatives, that is.)

Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Joe Mosca is fourth openly gay mayor in Los Angeles county. (It's practically Pasadena, people!)

"Absolutely." CEO promises BP will pay for Gulf clean-up.

(Weird picture of walking dead, bigot-for-a-living Anita Bryant from my archives. Not sure where I scooped up this gem.)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

True Story: The Flaming Chef

"With blowtorches, saws and rope rounding out our repertoire, it occurred to me that serial killers and line cooks had remarkably similar training, equipment and temperament."

(This story is dedicated to my Mom, who saved my life; And to my husband, who makes life worth living. Original artwork by Jason Zenobia.)

The Flaming Chef

I had just gotten fired, and my mother was giving me a pep talk.
            “I ran into that friend of yours the other day.  You remember Kathy Winston from high school?  She’s just a few years older than you and she’s a real grown up.”
            I was approaching thirty and I felt as though she’d asked if I needed to go potty.
            And of course I had just gotten fired.
            After my last job, the temp agency was reluctant to send me anywhere new and how could I blame them?  My assignment ended in disaster when two weeks of work reformatting a technical manual resulted in nothing but heartache for our client.
            "What did you do?" my boss asked.  I could hear her through the phone as she clenched the muscles in her jaw.  It turned out that not only was my work unusable, but they had to wipe the computer’s hard disk clean and rebuild it before it would work again.
            The computer would work again.  I on the other hand, would not.
            "I never really pictured you in a cubicle anyway," my husband said.
            Getting paid to sit at a desk in front of a computer is at least tacit validation that you have some kind of brains.  That validation evaporates when the computer you work on experiences the electronic version of PTSD.
            So after fumbling around for a while, I decided to give cooking school a try. 

Morning News 5/02/10

Dud, thank goodness. Car bomb causes Times Square Kerfuffle.

Damming with faint praise? Obama funnier than Leno.

I admonish you sir. SF protests dreadful, racist Arizona law.

Catastrophe. Oil lapping up on gulf state shores.

Congratulations! Michigan goes smoke-free today.

(Fabulous Anti-Flirt Club picture... from the internet somewhere. Anyone?)