Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why Must I Loathe The Katt...

Okay, loathe is a strong word, but Katt Williams has definitely awakened a passionate dislike in me. It seems Steve Harvey isn't the only comedian in pimp's clothing who spouts idiotic and inaccurate crap about atheists and those who believe in evolution, the latter of which also includes some Christians.

Anyway, watch this short video from Youtube vlogger Cult Of Dusty and see for yourself. A side note: what's going with Katt's hair? It looks like something Joan Crawford would've ordered one of her butlers to rock during one of her manic "no wire hangers" episodes. Was he going for Wolverine but didn't feel like slipping on the spandex? An ill-advised Evita or Screamin' Jay Hawkins homage perhaps? Seriously chile, that is not cute.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Matt Taibbi On Mitt Romney And Bain Capital

If you read nothing else on Mitt Romney, take the time to read at Matt Taibbi's excellent Rolling Stone article on Mitt's Romney history at Bain Capital. Taibbi lays bare how Romney made his fortune by acquiring companies, saddling them with millions of dollars of debt, then charging them millions more to advise them on who to fire. All before either being resold by Bain for huge profits or being forced into bankruptcy, leaving workers without a place of employment.

Here's an excerpt of Romney's "business prowess":

"Take a typical Bain transaction involving an Indiana-based company called American Pad and Paper. Bain bought Ampad in 1992 for just $5 million, financing the rest of the deal with borrowed cash. Within three years, Ampad was paying $60 million in annual debt payments, plus an additional $7 million in management fees. A year later, Bain led Ampad to go public, cashed out about $50 million in stock for itself and its investors, charged the firm $2 million for arranging the IPO and pocketed another $5 million in "management" fees. Ampad wound up going bankrupt, and hundreds of workers lost their jobs, but Bain and Romney weren't crying: They'd made more than $100 million on a $5 million investment."

Job creator my ass. No wonder he wanted Obama to lay off on his business experience a.k.a his entire campaign platform.

Monday, August 27, 2012

True Blood Season Ep. 12 'Save Yourself'

As always spoilers are ahead. So grab a cajun margarita and a geisha girl fan and enjoy the show...

It's been a long, blood-splattering season full of religion, fire demons, baby vamp bonding, budding gay romance and one mad god that just can't stop flashing her O-negative soaked nether regions. While True Blood's finale, entitled "Save Yourself," left one huge glaring plot pot hole, there were enough piles of bloody goo, loose ends tied up and lingering questions left in the air to entice me to tune in next June to see where they land.

Last week's episode ended with Russell Edgington, high off the blood of the most powerful fairy in the land, getting ready to gorge on fae buffet. And at first it looks like Claude, Sookie and the rest of the burlesque troupe are going to be sucked dry. Sookie isn't much help, being her lighting fingers are on the fritz--tsk, tsk that's what you get for wasting so much of  your battery life during your self-loathing phase. At the last moment though, Eric swoops in, stakes Russell and saves the day. Sad to see Russell go (him and Steve were so much fun together), but judging from Bill's new look, we won't be without a charismatic lunatic for long.

While it makes sense Eric would want to stake Russell once he came out of the Lilith haze, what happened to Warlow? The writers have built up this whole "your great-great-great to the fifteenth power granddaddy sold you to a vampire" backstory through physic connections and Bud Dearborne starting a hate group, only to completely abandon it in the finale. I mean, if there was ever a moment for Warlow to show up, make a bad ass entrance, eviscerate Russell and claim Sookie as his (not to mention nibble on a few fae for good measure), it was this moment. Again, it was great seeing Eric exact revenge, but I can't help but think they could've pushed the whole Warlow arc to next season if they were just going to let it wither away.

As is custom, after Sookie's life is saved, she must put it in jeopardy within the next five minutes, so, along with Eric, Nora--who I must say is mighty uppity when comes to the rest of her "family"--I mean ragging on Pam for being a prostitute? Chile take a look in the mirror and think of the tricks Lilith had you turning before you judge, m'kay?--Tara and Jason, who's seeing and talking to his dead parents courtesy of the elder fairy's super lightning blast, she heads off to the compound to rescue Pam and Jessica. Jason, amped up on vamper hatred and the approval of fairy-vision Mama and Daddy, lays waste to the secretary, a.k.a vampire Joan Harris, and the guards, while Eric and Nora do major damage upstairs.

Meanwhile Bill and Salome continue to screw each other and screw with each other's heads as Lilith has convinced both of them they are the chosen one. While it was pretty obvious Salome was gonna be the one to bite it, I momentarily thought Bill would have a change of heart from the look on his face after he spotted Sookie on the security camera. That is until he flashed a devious smile at Salome as she took a shot of Lilith.  I have to give Bill props for pulling a Claudia and poisoning her. Maybe he cued up Interview With A Vampire on Netflicks one night and got inspired? Even with a pint of full silver in her system though, Salome's still nutty enough to laud Lilith's choice in a leader, smiling as Bill stakes her.

Eric and Sookie arrive, and the latter tries to get through to him, explaining how he's the most human vampire she's ever known. She even pulls out the "if you ever loved me" card once again. But Bill's not having it, explaining his whole post-mortem life has been full of alienation, self-torment and guilt. Then he reminds her of the sage warning he gave her the night they met: "vampires often turn on those who love them most."

And with that knife plunged into her back he takes a shot and burst into a pool of blood. But lo and behold, he arises like a red menace, prompting Eric to scream at Sookie to run. And of course we cut to black. Infuriating of course, but the scene did underscore the episode's title, as Bill saw drinking the blood as a way to save himself from a miserable existence and Eric instructed Sookie to haul ass and save herself so he could deal with whatever creature Bill has become. I can't imagine how Bill's ever gonna climb off this ledge.

In other vampire business,  Pam gets saved by Tara, and proceeds to taste her cocoa mouth. This mother/daughter/lover twist should make for some interesting scenes next season. Less lucky in matters of the heart is Jessica, who confesses her love to Jason like the eternal teenage girl she is, only to have him bluntly say he can never love a vampire. He might as well as have shot her with a silver-tipped, cherry wood bullet.

The vampires aren't the only supernaturals that have devolved into abject nihilism. JD has taken to force feeding all the werewolves vampire blood, causing Martha to drive up to Alcide's dad trailer with a strung-out Rikki in the back seat (strung out or not, I can hardly begrudge her "take your pants off cowboy" comment to Alcide). After attending to Rikki, he decides to take on JD again, and, amped up on V, proceeds to slaughter him. I mean flawless victory slaughtered him. Keeping with the theme, Alcide's decision to kill and JD and assume the role as pack master not only saves the pack, but himself from becoming a pathetic lone wolf like his dad.

Speaking of flawless victories, Sam pulled off quite the fatality on Roslyn after Luna couldn't hold it together as Steve Newlin and shifted back to herself. Turning into a fly, zipping into your opponent's mouth and shifting back so she'll explode? Why was that never an animality on Mortal Kombat? I assume they grabbed Emma and escaped, and now that Russell is dead and Steve's too scary to pursue them, they'll probably live happily ever after for five seconds. Or at least Sam will actually show up at Merlotte's.

At the very least, he should try to check in, 'cause he may need to replace a pool table fairy quadruplets were born on. Then again it's not like he felt the need to throw it out after he and Daphne fooled around on it. But I digress. Maurella popped out four little ones in what had to be the oddest, most orgasmic birth sequence ever shown on television. Even Ms. Lafayette (who along with Arlene and Jane Boathouse made for hilarious matinee ladies) had to clutch her pearls at that show stopper.

Andy's a father now, but girlfriend/midwife--seriously girl, the midwife for your boyfriend's fairy mistress's babies? I can't decide if she's a saint or just really desperate--Holly isn't too thrilled about it, if her "you're a dick" insult is any indication. I suspect he may be a single dad, since Maurella walked out on her kids. I guess the Moulin Fairy doesn't offer free daycare. Though Sookie could probably make enough coins to buy out Warlow's contract on her with all the babysitting she could do for those little telepaths.

And so wraps up another season with the supernaturals and eccentric human denizens of Bon Temps. What did you think of "Save Yourself?" How do you think this season stacks up to others? Discuss.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tyrese Gives "Advice" To Women And Black Gay Men

You foul Jody...I can smell you dirty ass from over here. As Rod 2.0 said in his post about the singer's latest verbal foolishness, "Don't you miss the days when Tyrese was just gorgeous and only opened his mouth to sing?" In a nutshell he rehashes the same tired, women are "too independent"/blame-the-gay-boogeyman argument for why black women can't find a man. He even slips in the tried and true "real Black men" insult.

Watch and shake your head below.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Article For African Americans For Humanism: CME Atheists

Check out my latest article for African Americans For Humanism, "CME Atheists," which details my apprehension about going to church for Mother's Day. Here's a little excerpt:

"Before my mother's invitation, the last time I'd entered a sanctuary was back in January, when I played my last Sunday service for a church I'd been working at as a musician for almost a decade. Leaving had not been easy; two months before that I I had to tell the pastor I was quitting...during the work week I'd feel calm and secure about my decision, and do a mental repeat of the reasons I was quitting both the job and church for good. 

But every time choir rehearsal and youth Sunday rolled around, a heady mix of emotions would come over me--fear I might be wrong, sadness and guilt at the thought of leaving them without a replacement, uncertainty about what I do with my Sundays or with my life, feeling stupid that I'd turned down a raise--and I'd fall apart. 

The following months [after I left church] were spent trying to adjust to a new, post-Christian life: learning the joys of sleeping in, seeing a movie or taking a walk on Sunday mornings sans guilt, as well as the frustration of trying and failing, at least outside of online interaction, to find like-minded souls to share my experiences with... now just as my life had calmed down and I was slipping into a new normal, my mother dropped this bomb on me."

Dan Savage Debates NOM President Brian Brown

Clearly this debate was done in part for media attention. Just check the way the footage was edited--it looks like a scrapped OWN segment (shoutout to Lisa Ling). But then again, you never whose mind will be opened. Watch below.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, Pregnancy And Rape

Maddow cuts through the noise and gets to the heart of the Akin "legitimate rape" controversy. Watch below.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

True Blood Season 5 Ep. 11 'Sunset'

As always, spoilers are read on if you'd just love to come to dinner...

Last night's episode did what every penultimate episode in every season of True Blood has always done: ratchet up the crazy and leave so many cliffhangers that all of us hookers will have at least a passing interest in watching the finale. And 'Sunset' did just that, tossing all the characters' (with the exception of Terry, Arlene and Lafayette) fates up in the air to make way for the inevitable shit storm that will rain down next week.

Let's begin with Eric and Nora shall we? After watching the loon come out of Russell and turning over the image of a ghost of her maker getting his throat ripped out by Lilith in her mind, Nora finally snaps out of her haze and realizes the destruction Godric warned them of is coming to fruition. Salome senses a change in her protege, but like her brother, Nora's well versed enough in deception that she convinces her she's still a servant of Lilith. She even hits his fake-smile-into-grimace face dead on. Afterwards she and Eric have a meeting in his bedroom, where he promises they'll escape this domicile of the damned. At least after they finish fucking like champions first.

Eric makes good on his promise, snapping a general's (a.k.a Mr. Swedelson from Girlfriends--too bad, because he was almost out the door after scoring an epic own over the vamps) neck and convincing the other Authority members to let them go smooth things over with the human military. Once on the road, he stakes the two guards in the front seats, then he and Nora fly off into the night.

Less successful in making a permanent escape from the compound is Jessica. Once it dawns on her just how many gallons of the Kool-Aid Bill's drunk, she tries to pull a fast one, saying she wants to turn Jason Stackhouse (Jason as vampire? He already has their sex drive...) so they can be together. But Bill sees right through her and calls her bluff, sending her off with guards in tow to become Jason's maker. Silly baby vamp, lies are for grown folks! Though she pulls off a good switch and bait once she arrives in Bon Temp, biting Jason and pretending to drain him before he pops up from the grave and pumps her two escorts full of wood.

Though Jason's clearly pissed at the evening's events, Jessica can't help but confess that if she had to spend eternity with someone, it'd be him. Aww, foreshadowing are we? I doubt it, but it'd worth it to see a I've-just-been-turned sex session between Jason and Jessica. But I digress. Free for the time being, she heads to Fangtasia to seek refuge, but Pam isn't exactly in a charitable mood. Unless "since when did I become a halfway house for baby vampires," is the new slang for "my house is your house." However she relents once Jessica says she knows Eric's whereabouts and lets her stay the night. This leads to another sweet "let's be friends" scene between Jessica and Tara, who seems enraptured by Pam's "bite." I'm sure this shift in their relationship will mined for comedic and dramatic affect aplenty next season, so I'll store up on my best cocoa mouth jokes until then.

The slumber party breaks up when Roslyn, on the hunt for her progeny's killer, walks in and quickly sniffs out Tara as the perpetrator. Just when it looks like she's about to trade a severed head for a severed head, Pam takes the charge, earning her a spot in the Authority compound. Something tells me Eric and Tara will be our new dynamic duo next week, you know, with the maker-progeny bond being as strong as it is and whanot.

Whoever comes for Pam, they'll have a hell of a fight on their hands, with Bill and Salome falling prey to Lilith's trickery that each of them is the chosen one.  Which of course will make them turn on and kill each other. This girl and her naked O negative soaked skin are doing stunt and shows, and I'm ready for somebody to drive a stake in her.

At the beginning of the season, I half-jokingly predicted that Sookie would head up a fairy army against vampire tyranny, and wouldn't you know, I was right! Who knew the Moulin Fairy would be ground zero for viva la revolucion? We also get to meet the Elder, who apparently has lived for so long and on so many different astral planes she's become a babbling ADD case, doling out pieces of useful information about Warlow to Sookie one minute then quizzing her on her musical taste the next (happy to know me and Ms. Stackhouse are for Boyz II Men). Just when she's about to give away the whole kitten kaboodle, Jason bursts in and informs Sookie that Bill and Eric have gone nuts, neither is playing white knight for her this time, and Russell is after her...again.

Tired of running, she rallies the fae troops to fight back, using Jason as bait, (or as Steve Newlin and Russell call him, a hunk sandwich--Rusell slapping Steve's grabby hand away was hilarious) to lure the former king of Mississippi to their hideout. Unfortunately things don't go according to plan, as he drains the Elder dry just as she's about to banish him to some nether realm. Too bad; I really wanted to see if we had the same taste in movies. But what really blows is her death reveals the club and the rest of the fae, causing Russell to practically wet himself (wait do vampires pee? We know they don't take dumps) with glee. My guess is Warlow will protect what's his and keep Sookie away from Russell. As for the rest of the fairies? Nice knowin' ya.

In human news, Arlene and Holly's relationship is progressing a relatively sane pace. Holly's boys--at least one of them anyway--apologize to Andy for exposing his behind on Facebook, Andy tries to assure them he's a good guy, the three awkwardly shake hands, then Andy makes himself look completely uncool by trying to give a fist bump and a hi-five. If you closed your eyes you'd swear it was Full House. That is until Maurella makes a surprise appearance and lets Andy know that their half human/half fae baby is coming.

When he tries to give her the brushoff, Maurella explains in a calm, menacing tone that backing out on the E.T. light finger pact they made would be a nothing short of a declaration of war. Clearly Maurella is naive of human affairs; the real declaration of war is to sic the child support lawyer on that ass. Either way, his impending fatherhood leaves Andy in quite a dilemma; Holly's a pretty laid-back, go-with-the flow kinda gal, but everyone's got their limit.

Oh, and we got to see Alcide be all shirtless, heroic alpha male, blasting baby vamps to bits and inspiring his dead beat dad. All of which almost makes up for his absence last week. Almost.

A few predictions for the finale:

--Bill comes out of the haze and stakes Salome; or Lilith turns them against each other and he still stakes Salome. Either way Salome's not living to see season six.

--Russell gets to a gorge on a few fairies and tosses a few to his boo Newlin. Right before they're about snack on Sookie, Warlow comes and rips Steve and/or Russell apart. Warlow comes to claim what his, but Eric and Bill intervene and kill him.

--Pam begrudgingly does what Sam asks and helps Luna, if only because it helps her in someway. They grab Emma and try to escape, but are stopped by a member of the Authority (most likely Roslyn). A preamble of bitchitude is followed by a showdown of stilettos. Then, just when Roslyn is about to end Pam('cause she's older/much stronger and all that jazz) Tara and Jessica save the day. Or they catch a beatdown and Eric swoops in at the last second and rips Roslyn's rib cage out. Take your pick.

--Alcide will give the fairies some assistance from the werewolves in their battle against Russell. Maybe Rikki will come by and give him some...inspiration to return to Bon Temp. It is the finale after all...I'll need some Alcide sex to tied me over until next summer.

What do you think will happen? And what did you think of 'Sunset?' Discuss.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Madonna!

The creamy smooth pop icon goddess and my personal Grand Diva turns 54 today. Happy B-day Madge.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Food For Thought: Marilyn Monroe

"I'm a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they've made of me—and that I've made of myself—as a sex symbol. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman's and I can't live up to it."

How many of us, male or female, have failed to live up to image others have of us, either one they have projected onto us or one of our own making? Or how many of us are guilty of silencing our own bells and whistles--the little quirks or idiosyncrasies that make us unique--in order to fit others' expectations?

WATCH: Oregon Bar Bans Transgender Women

For every step forward (see post below), we seem to go two steps back. Watch Fox 12's report on Cassandra and Lynn, who were banned from a bar for being transgender, below.


Campus Pride Unveils Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universities

Campus Pride has released its first-ever top 10 list of most the welcoming colleges and universities for transgender people.

Based on the Campus Pride index, the schools listed have "demonstrated their commitment to the trans community by implementing many trans-supportive policies, including adding “gender identity and/or expression” to their nondiscrimination policies; offering gender-inclusive bathrooms, locker rooms, and housing options; providing a means for trans students who have not legally changed their names or had gender confirmation surgeries to use a preferred name and to change the gender on campus records and documents; recognizing trans identities on campus forms; and covering hormones and surgeries for transitioning students as part of student health insurance."

View the list over at The Advocate

Monday, August 13, 2012

True Blood Season 5 Ep. 10 'Gone, Gone, Gone'

As always, spoilers are ahead. If you haven't watched the show, then move on, 'cuz no one effs with us in our house...

With only two episodes left, all paths continue to lead to the vampire/human showdown. But while there were vamp deaths a plenty this week, 'Gone, Gone, Gone's focus was more on the emotional loss many of the characters are feeling as the trickle down effects of the Authority's plan throw their worlds into upheaval.

Speaking of The Authority, all seems to be going as planned, as vampire-on-human violence has spiked 50 percent in the wake of the True Blood factory bombings. Steve Newlin, easily trading his pre-vampire role as fundamentalist hatemonger for hollow political shill (a.k.a the New Nan Flanagan--damn I miss her), continues to assure the public that all is well. But judging from the near shoot-out at Merlotte's after two wooden-bullet packing rednecks tried to go Obama mask on Jessica (thank goodness for Lafayette and Sam--vampires, shifters and mediums gotta stick together), the human population isn't exactly buying what he's selling.

After toying with what would probably be her first real meal in days, Jessica lets her would-be attacker go, before Jason, and then Hoyt, happen to walk into the bar. Rather than rehash the whole "you-broke-my-heart-and-banged-my-girlfriend-girlfriend-fucker" routine of the last season and a half, Hoyt, fresh out of the hospital and sick of life in Bon Temps, is heading off to Alaska. This send off screams Tara season three, but Hoyt one ups her by asking Jessica to glamour him so he'll have no recollection of her or Jason.

Both this and the scene where Jason pulls Hoyt over and tries to jog his memory one last time before bursting into tears in his squad car were surprisingly poignant and sadly ironic. Hoyt's mind reset has allowed him to finally forgive the both of them, but at the cost of losing him entirely. I liked Hoyt as a character for the most part, but it was time to give him the boot, as he really hasn't been given much to do this season other than be pathetic and bitter. Hopefully Maxine will treat Jason like her new son/invalid, so we won't had to do without any countrified bigotry.

Jessica may be missing her man, but Bill's got other plans for his progeny, like recruiting her into the church of Lilith. She smiles and plays along while he babbles about the joys of his newfound faith, but tells him all the religious talk reminds her of her father's bible studies, which probably means she's not in a rush to convert. Of course she could learn like Eric, who watched Godric get eviscerated by Lilith in another blood-fueled hallucination (geez Godric, even as a ghost you suck) or the techie chick, staked by her own app, that resistance is futile. Though after Russell's big blowup over wanting to synthesize fairy blood at the "education reform" meeting, I doubt indoctrination is high on the Authority's list.

Who else wasn't shocked at this? It was obvious from the way he hilariously undermined Salome and the other members' earnestness during prayer, used meetings to ki ki and flirt with Steve, and the half repulsed, half disappointed look on his face when Eric bowed and kissed his ring (he must really be sprung on Newlin not to jump on that) that he was waiting for just the right moment to show his true colors. You can only keep the crazy cooped up for so long. All I can is the Moulin Fairy better have top notch security, but I have a feeling Eric and Bill will provide back up now that Sookie needs to be protected, again.

Meanwhile, Pam is still trying to adjust to the new sheriff in town, who, in addition to taking a cut of Fangtasia's now meager profits, demands 30 new baby vamps be created by the end of the year, or everything Pam owns, including Tara, will be seized. Horrified at having turn the slim pickings that populate the bar, she plans on running away, before Tara decides to decapitate The Cult reject. What this means for our Ebony and Ivory duo is anyone's guess, but the "this bitch might be my Gayle after all" look on Pam's face was priceless.

In shifter/were news, Sam and Luna played Rescue Rangers this week, transforming into mice and tracking down Emma's whereabouts to the compound. My guess is they'll get Emma back and escape, causing Steve to fly into a rage and whimper to Russell about his lost pet, who will then also fly into a rage and destroy everything in his path--including the pack of werewolves, lead by both Alcide, JD and Martha--to get her back. You don't slaughter a roomful of fratboys and slow dance to "Teenage Dream" unless you have a real love connection goin'.

People are always going in Sookie's world, so killing newly turned Mike Spencer (autopsy photos and porn in the same folder? Chile...) with a pair of chopsticks on her living room floor didn't provide much of a change of pace for her. The real twist came when she and Jason stumbled across an old scroll with unintelligible writing. A trip to the Moulin Fairy to see Claude reveals that a relative of Sookie's promised the first female fae of his family tree to Warlow. Which is, you guess it! Sookie! Talk about going, going, gone.

Everything is up in the air, and everyone is choosing sides and making moves as the finale draws near.

Other Notes:

---Holly and Andy ate a meal together, during which Andy expressed his appreciation for Lafayette's "pizzazz." A slice of normalcy and tolerance in the midst of True Blood's alternate universe.

--Was it just me or was Bill's shirt giving off Star Trek, Captain Kirk vibes?

--No Alcide? Not even an "I'm a lone wolf" long frame shot of him drinking beer in an old, beat up wife beater, contemplating what got him to this point via a series of flashbacks--Debbie on V, Sookie confessing, Sookie puking on his shoes, making love to Rikki (please flashback to that), being dissed and dismissed by JD--then cutting to a close-up shot of him with a forlorn look on his face? Nothing? Unacceptable.

So what did you think of "Gone, Gone, Gone?" Discuss.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

WATCH: Rachael Maddow On Romney's Tax Avoidance History

While Mitt's VP pick Paul Ryan (or as fellow blogger Wonderman calls him, "Demon Eyes") is the hot topic du jour, let's not forget about Mitt's business and tax record, no matter how much he wants us or President Obama stop about talking it. Watch below.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Pat Robertson Plays Let's Make A Deal

Pat Robertson has said he'll "change everything I'm saying about homosexuality and morality," if we gays, specifically gay men, can do one thing:

"I defy these homosexuals to bring forth a baby from that part of the anatomy which they concentrate on. When that happens, I will change everything I’m saying. Until that happens, I wish those demonstrators would shut their mouth."

Ugh...there is so much Grade A mess wrapped up in that statement it'll take ammonia and two bottles of bleach to clean it all up. So now any sexual act that results in the birth of a child is moral? Rapists and child molesters rejoice! Pat's on your side!  But straight couples who can't have children or older couples who aren't fertile anymore but still happen to find each other attractive (and possibly engage a little backdoor action), sorry. You'll just have to burn in hell with us wicked homos, because no bouncy baby ever popped out of your nether regions. I guess the lesbians have a loophole with the whole egg/sperm donor thing, but who knows?

Watch this tomfoolery below.

Madonna Makes St. Petersburg Taste The Rainbow

Months ago, Madonna promised to speak out against St. Petersburg's anti-gay law prohibiting gay "propaganda," when her MDNA tour arrived in the city. And Madge kept her promise, distributing pink wrist bands to the crowd, displaying scenes of same-sex couples kissing during a concert video for her "Nobody Knows Me," and holding pride flags in the air along with her dancers.

 “As promised, Madonna delivered a moving speech between ‘Open Your Heart’ and ‘Masterpiece’ in which she praised democracy, love, and freedom and compared the LGBT fights to Martin Luther King’s fights for equality," Russian gay rights group Coming Out's director Paula Savchenko said. "She added that gay people should be treated with love and dignity and that it was not right to use religion to promote hate to a certain group.”

“Show your love and appreciation to the gay community," Madonna said while onstage with the words "No Fear" written across her back. "We want to fight for the right to be free.  All people should be treated with dignity, respect, and love.” She then repeatedly asked the crowd, “Are you with me?” at which the crowd cheered holding their pink wristband clad arms and pride flags in the air.

MDNA, or Madonna, may not be every gay's cup of tea (personally I love a daily sip of her Madgesty), but I don't know who in their right mind (with the exception of some delusional queens picketing her show and shunning her support) would not be appreciative of this. Watch a short clip of the show below.

Tammy Smith Becomes First Lesbian General Officer

Former Army colonel Tammy Smith has been promoted to brigadier general, making her the first general officer to come out while serving.

"Tammy Smith received her stars from her wife Tracey Hepner in a private ceremony at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

According to Stars and Stripes, Smith, 49, has been assigned as deputy chief at the Office of the Chief at the Army Reserve. Before "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, she told the military newspaper last year that she was not planning on coming out to her colleagues, but would be relieved when she and Hepner would be able to go out together without worrying about being outed.

Now, Hepner said she is still focused on serving the Army, but the last year has allowed a major life change for them.

'"The support we’ve received has been amazing," Smith said. "I wasn’t surprised that people were so accepting, but in some cases it has been even celebratory. It’s like nothing has really changed for us, and yet everything has changed.'"

See what the end of DADT has done? Qualified military personnel who just happen to be gay are being promoted and can freely speak about their lives without fear of losing their livelihoods. Hardly the social engineering apocalypse some folks were predicting.

Read the the rest HERE

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Queens In And Out Of Drag

Detoxx Bustiae--a cute in out and of drag, if I may say so.
Miss Fame serving evil Disney Queen realness

New York photographer Leland Bobbe captures both side of NYC drag queens in his Half-Drag series.

"Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side," Bobbe told the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, the images aren't two photos spliced together by Photoshop, but taken as exactly as they show on camera.

Check out the rest of the photos HERE, and visit Leland Bobbe's website for updates on the series.

Transgender Adoptive Parent Featured On Oxygen Series

The latest episode of I'm Having Their Baby, Oxygen's new documentary series that follows the adoption process from the pregnant woman's point of view, features 22-year-old Sydney, who is giving her baby to "T" and Jesse, a transgender man. According to The Advocate:

"I realize that placing my child with a transgender parent could be controversial," Sydney says in the show, "but the truth is that he's just as capable of raising a child as anyone I know."

Sydney chose the couple from several contenders, which included a straight couple, a gay couple, and the adoptive parents. T and Jesse, both in their 30s and married for eight years, were in Sydney's hospital room for the birth of their daughter, Greta Miyo. 

"Most people wouldn't consider a trans parent adoption," says Jesse. "But Sydney — she was so amazing in how she saw it as an asset. Every single second of this process with her has been pretty incredible." 

"I could not have asked for a better couple," Sydney says in a video diary posted on Oxygen's website. "I don't want to imagine being in a world where they don't have kids. That's heartbreaking to me."

Watch the full episode HERE.

Monday, August 6, 2012

True Blood Season 5 Ep. 9 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'

As always, spoilers ahead. Now put the baby fangs away before you piss me off...

With only three episodes left, True Blood is kicking things into high gear, with things escalating into what seems like an inevitable vampire versus human war that will involve all other supes, whether they like it or not.

Last week's "Somebody I Used To Know,"  ended with Bill laying out a plan to blow up all of the True Blood factories while coolly sipping a drink and telling a panicked Eric he was "evolving." Which both Eric and I assumed was the beginning of another tried and true Bill Compton deception. And for most of the episode we were half right; after being talked off the Lilith ledge yet again (Bill: "We saw God." Eric: "We were high."), Bill comes down and agrees to seduce Salome so he can take her blood and they can make their escape with Nora, whom Eric sedates after duping her with his best "I'm a lost soul" act.

Things are going swimmingly at first, with Bill imagining his fangs are sinking into Sookie's neck. But after getting a taste of Salome's blood, he finds himself staring face to face with a naked, blood-soaked Lilith (does she at least own a sarong or a slip? I mean, even Zeus had a toga). Has Salome been juicing on the sacred O negative so much she actually bleeds it? Or did she just pull one hell of an okey doke on Bill? Either way, the sex/Lilith vision pushes Bill over the fence from agnostic to full-on zealot, and he rats out Eric and the techie chick just as they try to flee the compound.  And judging from the vacant (or serene--choose which adjective you like best) gleam in his eye, he truly believes he's doing Lilith's will. Good for Bill, bad for Eric, as he probably won't coming back to Bon Temps anytime soon.

It also sucks for Pam, who at first takes an apolitical stance toward the impending vampire revolution while making sure to stock up on enough True Blood to keep her wallet obese. She always was a practical girl. It's clear she's worried about Eric, but smacks down Tara's offer of a shoulder to cry on with a Pam quote that has to be in her top five best comebacks: "Just because we drank a bitch together does not make us Oprah and Gayle. Get the fuck back to work."

But Pam better learn to lean on her progeny, as her plan to "keep our heads down, tits out and the True Blood flowin'" comes crashing down when, after spotting a human being fed on in public and going into her usual bitchy-remark-followed-by-a-threat-of-violence routine, she gets the boot by the male vamp she learns is her new sheriff. Oh, and vampires can now feed on humans openly. Cheers! On a side note, Pam, crimping the hair...again? We've talked about this. And what happened to Ginger?

Although Tara is one vampire who won't be stopping by Sookie or Lafayette's home ("Bitch stop texting me or I will eat you"), bloodsuckers are once again the main focus of Sookie's life, even though Warlow doesn't seem all that interested in her fairy vagina. On the plus side, the turn of evens have drawn her and Lafayette back together, with Lafayette trying and failing to conjure Warlow  ("I ain't Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost"--obviously the writers anticipated our collective "hey, this reminds me of" reaction to last week's seance), but taking time to admire his eyebrows and throw top-shelf shade ("I ain't Gmail for dead bitches").

He does make contact with Gran, who suggests Sookie look through old photos and clippings to find the answer, which leads her to former sheriff Bud Dearborn. She tries to read his mind and tries to grab his hand to get some extra juice flowing, but comes up empty, right before getting knocked out and hogtied in a barn with a bunch of pigs. Sounds like a bizarro version of Hee Haw doesn't it? Turns out Bud's been busy in his retirement--you know, cheating on the wife with some insane screw, a.k.a The Dragon, and heading up the local hate group hell bent on destroying all supernaturals. I guess bingo night wasn't filling the void.

Andy and Jason, searching for Hoyt after a distraught Jessica visits the station, figure out Bud's behind the supernatural attacks and storm his home. A showdown leads to Bud being shot in the chest and killed and Hoyt hauled off to the hospital. Luna and Sam also joined the fray, after getting into another spat about Luna taking it easy and letting Sam do the dirty work (didn't they argue about his last week?), and literally becoming flies on the wall to learn where the hate group's hideout is. While I don't think I'll ever warm up to Luna, I did find myself cheering her on as she wailed on Bud's psycho girlfriend, if only for the fact she was doing it to someone I cared about even less.

Out of all the species, the werewolves are in the worse shape to fight the vampire takeover. High on V and hedging their bets on being Russell Edgington's attack wolves, they swarm to drink his blood like the fiends they are, all except for Martha, holding onto Emma for dear life and vowing never to drink from a fanger. Russell being Russell, he snatches Emma away from her and gives her to the new Talbot, a.k.a Steve Newlin, and the two lovebirds walk away with a new pet. Ain't love grand? In a nanosecond of sobriety, JD tries to get Emma back, but gets choked out and tossed aside by Russell , who drops his genteel southern gentleman act and lapses into the ancient, power-hungry kook we met in season three. Sam and Luna have the work cut out for them with that mess.

Alcide isn't doing much better. With no Debbie, no Sookie, and no pack, he drives home to Jackson and sips beer with his deadbeat dad. While I'm almost certain Martha or Rikki will somehow convince him to come back to lead, things are looking pretty bleak for the pack. At least the fairies have their own juke joint, which Claude, Claudette and Claudeshia (nice one:) may be asking Sookie to join them at when they drop by in the middle of night. Or perhaps they're trying to rally the fae and want to teach Sookie some more magic tricks.

Terry's Ifrit story line finally came to an end. After taking Arlene hostage at Merlotte's and making Terry get on his knees, it looked like it was a wrap for our loopy Iraq vet, until Arlene stabbed Patrick in neck. A tussled ensued, with everyone shouting orders at Terry (Arlene: shoot him! Patrick: "This is how it started. With you taking orders.") before Zephria appears and simply instructs to do what is right. Which in this case means popping Patrick in the dome. The Ifrit comes and sops up the mess, and all is well again in the Bellefleur household. For now...

Aside from the Bellefleurs, everyone else is either preparing for or being sucked into what is shaping up to be an unavoidable showdown. Hopefully we won't be disappointed.

Other Notes:

--Couldn't the secretary in the Authority compound have stepped right off the set of Mad Men? Seriously Peggy, Joan...if you need a fall back gig, don't be stranger.

--I'm hoping the writers will give Kenya more to do, if only because her deadpan delivery is hilarious and she's the only human in Bon Temps with any common sense. When Jason, momentarily lapsing back into his default state of dumb, speculates the hate group wears Obama masks because "they don't want to be recognized," and she said "God help us. Amen," I died. I know girl, I know. Just keep your head up, collect your check and keep it movin'.

--Although I prefer the Tears For Fears version, I can see why the producers went with the lo-fi, Pepper Ann-esque (who else loved that show back in the day?) cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," as the original just wouldn't have fit the tone of the show. Still it would've been kinda worth it to see Bill and Eric staring at each other and nodding like they were in the last reel of a John Hughes film.

So what did you think of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World?" Discuss.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Random Jam: David Bowie "Ashes To Ashes"

I'll be honest--the lyrics to this song read a bit like hieroglyphics. Then again David's never been a straightforward fellow. But the vibe I get is one of accepting and making peace with one's past, however glorious or ugly (hence the title, or the lines "I've never done good things/I've never done bad things/I've never done anything out of the blue), while moving on toward the future, whatever it may be.

The music seems to give weight to this. Full of disjointed electronic effects, synths, ambient vocals and spoken words, creates a texture of sounds that have neither a beginning or ending. Oh, and whatever you do, don't mess with Major Tom.  Mama said you'd never get things done otherwise. Get into it below.

Friday, August 3, 2012

D.C. Launches First Government-Funded Transgender Campaign

This is welcome news. The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights is launching a campaign to fight discrimination against transgender people. The campaign the is the first government-funded anti-transgender program.

"The agency will place five different ads, featuring trans men and women as well as a self-identified “genderqueer” person, in various parts of the city this fall. They will highlight the need for respect for all people and the fact that antitransgender discrimination is illegal in D.C., and encourage anyone who experiences discrimination to contact the agency.

“I’m very happy that they are actually doing some preventive education things,” transgender activist Ruby Corado told the Blade. “This city really needs a lot of understanding and the city really needs a lot of education, so having something like this … is really exciting.”


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

LOOK: Amtrak 'Ride With Pride' Campaign Release Gay Friendly Ads

Amtrak's new "Ride With Pride" campaign shows two same-sex couples with children, while pushing users toward a gay-friendly site that features vacation packages for popular destinations like Martha's Vineyard.  Take a lesson Chick-Fil-A.


Report: Mitt Romney Tax Plan Helps Wealthy The Most

I know, I know. You read that headline and thought or said "quelle surprise," in your most sarcastic voice. But it's nice to have some hard evidence to confirm our suspicions.

According to The Huffington Post, Romney's tax plan will cut some tax breaks that benefit the rich (as well as the rest of us), such as employer-provided health insurance, mortgage interest reduction and credits for low-and-middle-income families, as well as cut individual income taxes for everyone across the board by 20 percent.

Sounds almost empathetic right? But here's the catch: the gains from income tax cut will exceed the coins rich folks--meaning those who make more than $1 million--currently get from the other tax breaks Romney plans to abolish, meaning they'd still come out on top. Read on...

"The report by the centrist Tax Policy Center found that Romney's tax cuts would boost after-tax income by an average of 4.1 percent for those earning more than $1 million a year, while reducing by an average of 1.2 percent the after-tax income of individuals earning less than $200,000.

Because the value of the 20 percent tax cut for richer Americans would exceed the gains they get from popular tax breaks that Romney would chop, they would see the greatest income gain from Romney's possible changes, the study said.

"We add up how much people get from the tax cuts and then add up how much can be potentially be raised," from ending tax breaks, said Adam Looney, an economist and one of the study's authors.

About two-thirds of the $1.1 trillion in revenues that the government foregoes annually because of tax breaks would have to be curbed to fund Romney's tax cut, the analysts said."

Wonder what other tricks Mitt's got up his sleeve?

Gore Vidal Dies

Author, playwright and cultural critic Gore Vidal has died. He was 86 years old. According to The Advocate, Vidal died of pneumonia at his home in L.A.

"Although Vidal outraged mainstream critics as one of the first major American writers to describe and embrace unambiguous homosexuality, he resisted being labeled as gay, saying there was no such thing as a homosexual person, only homosexual acts.

Born into a wealthy political family, Vidal first gained widespread public attention in 1948, with the publication of his novel The City and the Pillar, considered a landmark for its frank depiction of an openly gay character. He would write 25 novels, including the satiric best seller Myra Breckinridge, about a transexual woman, caused a sensation for its subject matter. It was turned into a 1970 film, which Vidal intensely disliked."

The Advocate and other gay sites/blog have referenced his 1986 TV appearance across from William Buckley as one of his greatest moments. While that is definitely true, the moment stands out for me is his appearance in CBS's 1967 report The Homosexuals. Most of the program is depressing to watch, with all the stereotypes of gay men on display (stereotypes that are still pushed by anti-gay organizations today), making Gore Vidal's segment nothing short of a revelation. Watch him separate fact from BS below (he comes in at the last 10-15 mins).
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