Not That There's Anything Wrong With That: In the most unsurprising coming-outta-the-closet news story since David Ogden Stiers announced that he was a bit light in his tassled loafers, Anderson Cooper has revealed that he is "gay and proud."
Now, I have very poor gaydar but even I knew this guy was a poof.
Maybe now that Katie's through with Tom, Andy can hook up with him. Or John Travolta. (posted 7/3/12, permalink)
And Gays Wonder Why People Hate Them: Last week, President Barack Obama invited prominent homosexual guests to celebrate the White House's first-ever gay pride reception.
They showed their own despicable nature taking photos of themselves beside the late President Ronald Reagan's portrait while giving him finger. And posting the disgraceful images online.
And then there's this: "Police say they arrested 66-year-old Larry Brinkin, the high-profile gay activist, on possession of child pornography on Friday night.
Brinkin, a community icon who led the fight for the city to recognize same-sex partnerships, was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail."
"Brinkin retired from the Human Rights Commission in 2010 and has been a beloved member of the gay community, with the Board of Supervisors even declaring the first week of February as 'Larry Brinkin Week'."
The child pornography involved toddlers, not teens.
Of course, Brinkin lives in San Francisco which is code for either Sodom or Gomorrah. While I'm not sure which one, I'm betting on something not so Gomorrahy but more ... ummmm ... Sodomy. (posted 6/27/12, permalink)
Limited Editions: Garance Franke-Ruta has written in The Atlantic, "Surveys show a shockingly high fraction think a quarter of the country is gay or lesbian, when the reality is that it's probably less than 2%."
It seems like more because some of them are so noisy. And all the media coverage those Pride Parades get. Then again ... they don't reproduce, so whaddya expect?
The author has noted that "the extraordinary confusion over the percentage of gay people may reflect a triumph of the gay and lesbian movement's decades-long fight against invisibility and the closet."
In related news, the New York Times has reported that 'gaydar' actually works 60% of the time. Less so for me, though. I'm too gullible, which is why I avoid palm readers, carny shows and hotels hosting transvestite conventions. (posted 6/13/12, permalink)
If You Drink It, Does It Make You One? In Hood River, Oregon, the Naked Winery offers bottled vino with interesting and humorous names.
One of the varietals, 2010 Dominatrix Pinot Noir, is described thusly: "This Domme has a velvety texture that will whip your taste buds into a frenzy. Thrusty muscle overtones with good intensity release into an unyielding spicy finish. Everyone should experience Dominatrix at least once in their life."
Naked Winery also offers Gay Rosé, described as "light and fruity in a fabulous way." The wines we sampled were good enough - even without the funny names - that we purchased a mixed case from this happy establishment. (posted 6/11/12, permalink)
A Message From Your Metrosexual-In-Chief: After much wishy-washy tactical avoidance, President Obama took a position on gay marriage yesterday. And it wasn't the missionary position. He said, "For me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married." So, there you go. Three personal pronouns in one sentence - what an egomaniac.
Nevertheless, it's a nice little billet doux to his homosexual voter pals, who have been withholding campaign contributions of late. In fact, they've been clenching their closed checkbooks tighter than an adolescent choir boy's ass at a recital on Fire Island.
Gerard Van der Leun has observed, "Given the fact that Obama is the gayest straight man ever to hold the office of the president, I fail to see what the problem is in his coming out of the closet on a rocket." Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Gays Want Tolerance Except When They're Being Intolerant: A homosexual activist group calling itself 'Angry Queers' claimed responsibility for smashing nine windows in a church known for teaching traditional sexual morality.
"Upon arriving at the church, we discovered nine separate windows had been smashed in with rocks, including two beautiful 100-year-old stained glass windows," wrote Tim Smith, pastor of the Portland (OR) campus of Mars Hill Church. "We estimate the damage to be several thousand dollars."
The vandals sent an e-mail to local television station KOIN stating they took the action, because "Mars Hill is notoriously anti-gay and anti-woman." Church members say they hold to "traditional Bible-based views on homosexuality."
Last September, the church had to postpone its opening after learning that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activists planned a "kiss-in" at the church's first ceremony. As to the vandalism, members of local LGBT activist groups Blow Pony and Homocult said, "We support the action and stand in total solidarity!"
I hope these fascist cretins are apprehended, charged with a hate crime and receive serious jail time. (posted 4/30/12, permalink)
Bloody Interesting: A policy that bars gay men from donating blood for life is "suboptimal," advisers to the Health and Human Services Department have proclaimed. HHS asked a committee of experts on blood and tissue donations to reexamine the policy and see if there is a way to let at least some gays donate blood.
It should be noted that "men who have sex with other men, including gay and bisexual men, have an HIV infection rate 60 times higher than that of the general population, the FDA says. They have an infection rate 800 times higher than first-time blood donors and 8,000 times higher than the rate of repeat blood donors. Tests cannot pick up a new HIV infection in the blood with 100% accuracy; because blood is often pooled, many people may be at risk from a single infected donor."
BigFurHat offered this idea: "I propose that blood be separated into two blood banks - gay and heterosexual blood. Registered Democrats can only get blood from the gay blood bank, and the conservative homophobes be stuck with only getting blood from the heterosexual blood banks.
Guaranteed within 4 years the political registration balance would be 90% Republican and 10% Democrat."
He concluded, "There are all sorts of policies that progressives advocate that they wouldn't participate in if it wasn't forced upon everyone through 'shared sacrifice'." (posted 7/29/11, permalink)
Orange: Tom Ridge's color-coded alert levels are going away. I only remember the yellow and orange levels, although I think they had a fuchsia level in case Homeland Security discovered a group of mad, gay Islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction.
What will replace it? Frank J. Fleming has speculated that "robots will warn us of when a terror attack is about to happen by failing their arms wildly and shouting, 'Danger, America! Danger!'"
Or: "Alerts of terror attacks will be done by lanterns in a steeple. One if by bomb, two if by anthrax." (posted 1/31/11, permalink)
My Jesus Mercy is a short Catholic prayer (once worth 300 days indulgence) asking the Lord to be merciful either to ourselves or others that need it. It is often a request on behalf of the dying or newly deceased.
For many, the prayer brings to mind the Gospel of Luke 18:9-14, about contrast between the self-righteous Pharisee and the humble publican - a man who appealed to God for mercy and forgiveness of his sins.
I don't usually follow inside-baseball political stuff but I recently learned that two of the nation's premier "moral issues organizations," the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, are "refusing to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in mid-February because a homosexual group, GOProud, has been invited."
The same day, I received an e-mail notifying me about the death of one of my high school classmates. I found his photo in my yearbook but didn't remember him. Charles and I never shared the same homeroom or other classes.
Reading his obituary, I learned that he was gay. He was with the same partner for almost 30 years and was a friend to many people. Posted tributes referred to Charles as "a kind, very funny and generous man." "Your smile and kind heart will truly be missed." "I'm so grateful that I got to know you and that you were my friend." "... a gentle and funny guy ... We could always count on him for a laugh!" "I can still hear his laughter." "He was the most generous person when it came to family that I have ever known."
Many religions, including Roman Catholicism, would automatically condemn ol' Charlie to Hell for being a practicing homosexual, wishing that he would spend eternity with Satan, Hitler and Pol Pot. Yet these same Christian denominations also proclaim that "Jesus is merciful."
Charles lived his life as best he could and, apparently, was a positive influence on others. He caused neither violence nor harm to his fellow man. It seems that he neither hid his sexual preference nor proselytized it.
I'd like to think that, at this man's final judgement, the Lord took all that into account and paid attention to his own heart and common sense rather than the fallible rigid rules of organized earthly religions. I would also hope that other earthbound organizations, such as the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America would seek to find common ground with rather than exclude their political brethren in what seems like an otiose display of Pharisee-like self-righteousness.
Finally, on behalf of Charles, I would plead: My Jesus Mercy. (posted 1-11-11, permalink)
The Truth About Gelato: Gerard Van der Leun has recently written about the pomposity of this frozen dessert, noting that it is "actually soft ice cream but we don't want anybody with just a high-school education coming in our store, our block, our neighborhood, our city and looking for a scoop."
"It's staggering that people crank out this crap when what they are up to is opening an ice-cream store in which they will sell you flavored churned curds at around one dollar a bite.
But is the way these things get done these days. There has to be a thick layer of bullshit smeared on any new business opening around these "Farmers" market sections of our snoburbias and there is. And it does.
It works in these zones because they are thick with educated and intellectually insane white people. The business plan here is the one that we've been running from the control towers of the country since 2008.
It is predicated on one simple notion; People dumb enough to vote in the Democrats and Obama will eat any bullshit you can serve."
I must confess that I had never heard of gelato until 1983 when a gay business associate took me to gelatotorium in a then-trendy part of Seattle. I always figured that gelato was the expensive, gay version of Mister Softee. (posted 5/24/10, permalink)
Out Late: Meredith Baxter, who once played the hot mom on the 1980's sitcom 'Family Ties', has announced she's a lesbian. She told NBC's 'The Today Show' that she discovered she was gay seven years ago, several years after her divorce from her third husband.
Ah, that gives some degree of comfort, I'm certain, to those three confused ex-hubbies.
Meredith, Mistress of the Understatement, noted, "I had a great deal of difficulty connecting with men in relationships." Well, duh - that explains it all then. "I am a lesbian, and it was a later-in-life recognition. I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with, and it was that kind of awakening."
She was once so paranoid over possible media exposure of her secret, that she asked her girlfriend of four years, building contractor Nancy Locke - who was openly gay, to park her truck farther away. (And stop wearing flannel shirts, Timberline lace-up boots and that leather tool belt.)
Baxter, 62, recently did geezer insurance commercials for the Garden State Life Insurance Company. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The revelation comes just as National Enquirer released a story saying Meredith went on a cruise with 1,200 other lesbians. Or maybe it was only Rosie O'Donnell "looking large." (posted12/3/09, permalink)
Fly The Fabulous Skies: "The National Gay Pilots Association has designated $15,000 to be awarded in student scholarships during 2010. Scholarships of between $3,000 and $4,000 are available to students pursuing an aviation career as a professional pilot. The scholarships are merit based; criteria include demonstrated academic ability, financial need, and active participation in matters of social justice and the betterment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community."
"Scholarship awards will not discriminate on the basis of an applicant's sexual orientation."
Yeah, right. Like they're going to award one to Clint Eastwood or Chuck Norris. (posted11/16/09, permalink)
Chromosexuals: During a 2009 trip to Montana, the most disgusting thing we witnessed was two gay Harley bikers making out during breakfast at our Great Falls hotel.
Get a room. Or keep it in your saddlebags. (posted 8/27/09, permalink)
Attack Of The Giant, Gay Polymers: A Pittsfield (MA) woman, who attacked her 'wife' with a turkey baster full of her brother's semen in a bid to inseminate her, has been charged with domestic assault and battery. Pittsfield police arrested the woman after a wild incident "spilled out into the street."
Jeez. I remember when Pittsfield, MA was known only for Lexan polycarbonate plastic. Turkey basters are not made from Lexan but usually from polyethylene resin, a completely different polymer.
I've read in several articles that turkey basters are often used by DIY lesbians as insemination devices. I've often wondered: do they buy special ones that are advertised as "ribbed for her pleasure"?
Many years ago, I gave a lecture about polymers at a Society of Plastics Engineers chapter meeting held at Betty's Old Towne House in Agawam, MA. Several Lexan folks from Pittsfield attended. After a few post-talk rounds of drinks at the bar, I walked to the parking lot and found that my '67 VW Beetle cranked so slowly that it barely started. A few minutes later, the radio announced that the local temperature was minus 22 degrees. Now that's cold. (posted 3/19/09, permalink)
A Gender Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand: The CBS Early Show asked, "Was Abe Lincoln gay?" My answer: "No, I've always heard he was mostly pretty somber and melancholy." (posted 2/13/09, permalink)
Another Sign That The World Is Going To Hell: A Dutch gay group has organized a 'Pink Christmas' festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys. (posted 12/12/08, permalink)
Motoring On The Other Side Of The Road: The big story in Britain this month is that Lord Montagu of Beaulieu is giving his first public interview about the time when he was jailed for a year - convicted of homosexual offenses at Winchester Assizes (appropriate name, eh?) in 1954. The outcome of that trial was a seismic shift in British public attitudes and a change in the law to legalize sex between gay adults.
Lord Montagu, the 80 year-old founder of the National Motor Museum, who has always maintained his innocence, has admitted he drives on both sides of the road, so to speak. "I am bisexual. To describe it any other way would be dishonest. I remember feeling that I didn't have to apologise to anybody. I am what I am." Hmmmm. Shades of Popeye the Sailor.
Consensual sex in private between homosexuals was approved by Parliament in 1967.
Lord Montagu has since been married twice. To women.
The National Motoring Museum at Beaulieu in southern England is an enthralling place and definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. We visited there in 1995:
I met Lord Montagu once (at the 1996 Pebble Beach Concours); he seemed like a nice guy. I don't care if he's gay, bisexual or whatever. He's a car guy ... and a pretty damn decent one at that. (posted 7/25/07, permalink)
Four Reasons Why ... I don't 'get' the whole gay thing:
1. Responding to complaints from gay groups, Disney has changed its policy to allow same-sex couples to participate in a popular Fairy Tale Wedding program. But if you refer to gays as 'Fairies', they get very pissed.
2. "We are updating our Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines to include commitment ceremonies," Disney Parks and Resorts spokesman Donn Walker said. Gays also get very pissed if you imply that gayness is a mental disorder, yet they have "commitment ceremonies", which sounds like a series of welcome parties at a mental institution.
Of course, one could make the argument that anyone - gay or straight - who pays $8,000+ for a brief ride in a glass coach with a mouse is nuts.
3. Gays are supposed to be exceptionally creative as a group yet they can't come up with better and more clever names than "commitment ceremony" or "marriage".
4. The vast majority of gays are liberal Democrats yet its the Republicans that are known as the 'Grand Old Party', which sounds like something fabulous that Truman Capote might have hosted. (posted 4/9/07, permalink)
Flaming Camp: Last week, Garrison Keillor wrote about societal changes: "I grew up the child of a mixed-gender marriage that lasted until death parted them, and I could tell you about how good that is for children, and you could pay me whatever you think it's worth. Back in the day, that was the standard arrangement. Everyone had a yard, a garage, a female mom, a male dad, and a refrigerator with leftover boiled potatoes in plastic dishes with snap-on lids. ... "
"The country has come to accept stereotypical gay men - sardonic fellows with fussy hair who live in over-decorated apartments with a striped sofa and a small weird dog and who worship campy performers and go in for flamboyance now and then themselves. If they want to be accepted as couples and daddies, however, the flamboyance may have to be brought under control. Parents are supposed to stand in back and not wear chartreuse pants and black polka-dot shirts. That's for the kids. It's their show."
Keillor later issued an apology to gays who were offended and complained. Personally, I think only the hypersensitive and über-flamboyant ones would take issue. The rest of the world - gay and straight - knows that when you have kids, it's time to settle down, grow up and let all the "acting like kids" be done by ... ummmm ... kids.
To those who were angered and upset by Keillor's purely tongue-in-cheek remarks, I say, "Grow up." (posted 3/26/07, permalink)
Coolest Gay Guy Ever: Zanzibar Muslims are pissed about the planned 60th birthday celebration for deceased rock star and native son Freddy Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara), because his sexual preferences and flamboyant lifestyle insulted Islam. (hat tip - Relapsed Catholic)
Screw 'em. Muslims seem to be "outraged" about every #$@&* thing the West does.
Because they know that We Are The Champions ... of the World. (posted 9/8/06, permalink)
Anti-Gay Extortionists: A group with an innocent-sounding name, American Family Association, has successfully pressured Ford Motor Company to stop advertising its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay-themed publications.
AutoExtremist has written: "Corporate pandering to special interest groups of any kind is a no-win proposition. Once a company starts the practice, it immediately cedes control of its decision-making and "business sense" and becomes a pawn in the "controversy-of-the-month" club." I agree.
Corporations have the right to pursue any legitimate market segment. Gays are a good target group; a large percentage of gay couples are DINKS (dual-income, no kids) and have high disposable incomes. At the risk of stereotyping, I'll opine that many gays are trend-setters and their patronage of a particular brand could actually boost that brand's popularity among all style-conscious folks.
It is not up to public corporations to shun buyer groups, especially one (the gay demographic) comprised mainly of taxpayers and 'solid citizens'. (Targeting drug dealers, NAMBLA, white supremacists or a trade association of pickpockets would be an entirely different story, of course.)
I wish Ford had stood up and made a strong, classy statement about "making cars for everyone to enjoy" and refusing to pander to "any groups that promote an exclusionary agenda." But they didn't, so now they'll be the target of every hate group with a gripe.
Meanwhile, gays can get along very well without Ford products, if they choose to do so. There are lots of other carmakers that seek their patronage. That's a shame for FoMoCo - right now it could use all the business it can get.
PS: The AFA also boycotted Carl's Jr. over a burger commercial touting the chain's variety of offerings, which starred Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and several bunnies. The commercial's slogan: "Because Some Guys Don't Want the Same Thing Day After Day."
I don't trust any group that objects to a good burger. Besides, if Hef can do a 'sandwich' with several bunnies at his age, well ... God bless him. (posted 12/8/05, permalink)
Too Many Transporter Trips? George Takei, who played Sulu on Star Trek, has come out as gay. Maybe that's why crew members always wanted "shields up." (posted 10/31/05, permalink)
Gay Mirage: Some gays think that the so-called "homophobic" Republican machine is trying to trample them. This is a mirage. Jeff Jacoby has written: "In 13 states this year ... voters were faced with proposed constitutional amendments limiting marriage to one man and one woman. In all 13 the amendments were approved, by majorities ranging from 57 percent to 86 percent." The initiatives gathered large majorities everywhere - red states and blue. (So, it's not just about Republicans, is it?) Meanwhile, on some cable shows, radio programs and blogs, backers of traditional marriage have been denounced as gay-bashers. This is also a mirage.
Gay people should understand that it's not the "gay" part that bothers people - the vast majority of folks feel that most homosexuals are "just wired that way" and recognize that most gays just want to live their own lives and spend most of their time on the same everyday activities as straights - working, paying bills, having a drink after a tough day at the office, etc. Gays are not 'recruiting' for their side and are far less irritating to straight people than, say, Jehovah's Witnesses.
It's the "marriage" part that straights are against. We consider marriage to be a contract between a man and a woman - a 5,000 year-old institution. Not some deal between two guys. Or two babes. Or a PETA advocate and an "animal companion." Or some horndog and an armoire with an interesting knothole.
Gays - men and women - are generally far more creative than straights. The theater, the visual display industry, the writing field, the graphics design arena and other "creative arts" endeavors seem to be havens for gays. We straights are both envious and appreciative of their cleverness, talent, ability to create inspiring works and put on spectacular shows and events. Therefore, it is a disappointment that gays can't seem come up with a better word than "marriage" to describe their civil unions. Gays need their own name - one that invokes awe and wonder and perhaps a little heterosexual jealousy: "Damn. Why didn't I think of that!?" A noun that ends with an exclamation point. Or deserves to. A name that isn't "marriage" - that moniker was taken many years ago. It's been done. By us dull straights. Very passé and unhip.
Memo to gay people: Get your own name - and you'll be surprised how much more support you'll get from us straights. Many of us will applaud and celebrate your legalized, stable relationships. The ones with the cool new name. And we'll support your efforts to obtain equal rights and benefits as couples, under the law.
Speaking of the creative arts, as a car guy, I wonder how many of the exciting car designs - the ones that all those testosterone-pumped, heterosexual young males lust for - were penned by gays? But the auto design business isn't completely gay.
Because only an design-blind, clueless heterosexual could have designed the Pontiac Aztek. (9-22-04, permalink)
Money Quote - from 'The Daily Show': "The gay and lesbian travel market is estimated to be over $54 billion. That's over 18 billion three-dollar bills." (6-18-04, permalink)