"I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign," Obama told a cheering crowd of 1,150 in the city where former Democratic president Harry S. Truman was raised. "And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine."[Obama supporter and potential running mate] Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that McCain was "untested and untried" and hadn't held "executive responsibility."When host Bob Schieffer said that Obama, unlike McCain, hadn't been shot down in a fighter plane, Clark said: "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."In his speech here, Obama sought to define patriotism, suggesting that military service is not the only criteria for patriotic feeling.He mentioned that his grandmother worked on bomber assembly lines during World War II, while his grandfather served in the Army.As a 4-year-old living in Indonesia, he said, his mother would read "me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence."
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
On stage, the Bomberas de la Bahia troupe pounded conga drums and sang Puerto Rican love songs. And Dr. Joan Gabriella Heinsheimer led the crowd in a mass breast self-exam. She urged women to join her and her colleagues on stage and remove their tops.
"Breast cancer is curable if found early," she said. "If you're willing, take off your shirt. Come on, girls!"
Many pulled off their "Be Visible! Dyke March" T-shirts and followed along as the doc conducted an exam on herself.
"Learn to examine your whole breast," she said. "Use three fingers and start in the armpit and go all the way around. Learn to feel what's normal. If you have a sense something is wrong, find a doctor who will listen to you."
After the exam, the festival continued with rock singers, belly dancers, men in drag, hip-hoppers and impromptu dancing on the grass before the women lined up behind their fabled dykes-on-bikes motorcycle cortege for the grand nocturnal march.
Heh-heh-heh-heh . . . she said breast.
Didn't today's Gospel leave you with a feeling of peace and security? I know it did for me.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Song: Funky Céilí
Artist: Black 47
 Tara over at Loved Sinner loves and desperately wants a corgi.
 Or "corgyn", to use the proper Welsh plural.
 The local way of referring to 206th Street and 207th Street.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Everyone loves a happy ending, especially here in San Francisco. Many say that the happy ending to a wedding is the honeymoon; fortunately for everyone in town for the biggest Pride celebration in the world this weekend, we've got newlyweds and happy endings a plenty. A whole city practically doubling its population and going on its honeymoon. We may, in fact, run out of dildos. The lube supplies could run short, prompting a citywide panic. The largest wedding reception-cum-honeymoon could drain our precious resources and begin the Great Strap-On Sally Famine of 2008.No one wants to be caught with their pants down when their pants are down. White wedding, Pink Saturday — San Francisco has you covered. Get your eager beavers
and other bits down to a Good Vibrations (goodvibes.com) location for all your sex toy, book and video needs. Get cheap lube and marvel at the selection at Phantom, where the blazing neon "Lube 4 Less" sign is not a joke. While you're in the Castro, enjoy the generous selection of sex toys at the revamped Does Your Mother Know. And if it's gay porn you need, visit Superstar Satellite Video, where the selection exceeds reason and possibly the space-time continuum, and is well-chosen at that. Unlike in other cities, you can get safer sex supplies a-plenty at any Walgreens — especially the Castro location.Once you're done getting ready for the literal bonds of marriage — or just the bonds of boinking — you can put them in action at BDSM club The Citadel. Friday night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Citadel hosts BDSM play party The Queer Playground, "a queer leather party for everyone of every gender who identifies as queer. Lesbian, gay, fag, dyke, genderqueer, genderf-, gender-bender, differently- abled queer, queer of color, trans, MTF, FTM, bisexual, pansexual, transsexual, omnisexual, questioning, intersexed, trysexual, whateversexual." (R.S.V.P. suggested, $20 admission.) Or, visit our local Disneyland of sex clubs The Power Exchange (powerexchange.com), which is actually not like Disneyland at all and is much darker and possibly stickier, but has three levels in which adults can play games of equality and bondage, alike.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A Retort to Carly Simon Regarding Her Chargesof Vanity
Dear Carly,Nice song. Wow, you really stuck it to me, eh? Yes, ma’am.
Jesus, you are one bitter woman, Carly Simon.
Listen, I’m pretty busy right now with high-profile meetings and social engagements, but there were things I simply could not let stand.
First of all, that party took place on a yacht. So the way I walked in was perfectly appropriate. In fact, there is a certain way that one is expected to conduct oneself in such a situation. I could explain but I doubt you’re interested. As for the apricot scarf and the tilted hat, again, perfectly appropriate for a maritime soiree. Look it up. I’m sorry you had a problem with that. Funny, there were plenty of girls that night who certainly had no quarrel.
Secondly, yes, I went up to Saratoga for an important horserace. And yes, my horse won, thanks to years of training and the hard work of all the people involved. Is this a bad thing? And yes, I did take the jet to Nova Scotia. I would do it again in an instant. Have you ever seen the total eclipse of the sun, Carly? It’s one of the most amazing natural phenomena one could witness, so, if I have the means to see it, I don’t see that as vanity, I see it as being fully alive. I also took 35 orphans up there with me, free of charge, but there’s nothing about that in your song. All right, I didn’t really do that. But I thought about it and that’s what matters.
Third, pursuant to your charge that I was with an “underworld spy,” I can’t discuss that. But I am known to spend time with wives of close friends. And what do I do with said women, Carly? Talk. Have tea. Catch a movie or attend a polo match. These women’s husbands are entertainers and travel quite a bit, so I spend time with them, because that’s what friends do. And sometimes I have sex with them. But not as often as you might think.
Look, we could bicker over these particulars all day long and accomplish little. My chief quarrel with you is more existential: I know the song is about me, so how does recognizing that fact make me vain? Honestly, if someone shouted “Hey, Carly Simon!” at you and you turned around, would that be a sign of vanity? No. It would be a simple recognition of reality. If the song were actually about Spiro Agnew and I thought it was about me, that would be vain. But your use of the second person (”you’re so vain”) combined with the details about the horse and the jet and the apricot scarf, leaves no doubt. So I’m vain? I’m not deaf, is more like it.
And a bit of advice: if you’re going to call someone vain, avoid lyrics like “I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee.” What the pot calls the kettle, my dear.
I will not pursue legal action, Carly, because I’m far too busy and, believe it or not, I still have fond memories of our time together, when you were still quite naive. I find naiveté enchanting. It leads me to make promises. As you know. But I do hope that you try to think a bit more fairly before you record any other potential screeds. Best of luck to you, regardless.With love from your vain muse,Mick Jagger or Warren Beatty or Kris Kristofferson or whoever the hell I am
We may be reconsidering how family should be defined. We may be confused about gender roles. We may be struggling with knowing how to parent well in a complicated time. But in the midst of all this confusion, there is a growing consensus that what kids need, at least, is clear. Kids need their fathers as well as their mothers.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Keith, Keith . . . he's just not that into you.
As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help.
Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. Another aide appeared at Mr. Ellison’s Washington office to explain.
“I will never forget the quote,” Mr. Ellison said, leaning forward in his chair as he recalled the aide’s words. “He said, ‘We have a very tightly wrapped message.’ ”
Now, when Americans have said through polls and voting, that they do not want to give up the meaning of marriage but support a comparable alternative, how do the gay elite respond? When you ask for one cultural thing to be left untouched, the Gay Elite become the Gay Gestapo.
It’s a very fast change from the polo shirt to the brown shirt these days.
In classic Thought Police fashion and like children throwing a tantrum, the name-calling flies—those who oppose gay marriage are “homophobes,” “haters” and the label du jour “bigots.” Once again, the left, unable to answer critics with respect, resort to name-calling only to further the divide they need to validate their inevitable victimhood.
Marriage is worth protecting, in more ways than one. It’s also worth noting the cavalier way in which heterosexuals have handled marriage has lent fuel to the fire of this issue.
How seriously can any of us take the president’s vow to “protect the sanctity of marriage” when Britney Spears indulges in it for 5 minutes in Vegas? Marriage has become a television reality game show.
And protecting children? Before amending the Constitution, perhaps the Feds should make divorce a little harder to get. It’s divorce that is ruining children’s lives at the moment, not a couple of lesbians who want to get married (no matter how scary some of those pictures were out of San Francisco).
Catholic and in need of our prayers? Yes.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Unlike in Massachusetts, California’s new law does not limit marriages to residents of the state, thus resurrecting old postcard images of California as the promised land. But instead of Edenic orange groves, the new arrivals will be greeted with organic framboise ganaches, Russian River honeymoon canoe trips and Gay Palm Springs hotel packages with rose petals, Champagne, two souvenir pillows embroidered with the couples’ first names and aromatherapy candles at room check-in.
Faced with a wilted economy, water shortages and sticker shock at the gasoline pump, many California businesses are welcoming “the dinks” (double income, no kids) with open arms. “It’s basically a godsend,” said Daniel Doiron, the general manager of the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, which is offering honeymoon specials from $479 bargain basement (boutonnieres, 15-minute wedding, 20 guests) to the "Elizabeth Taylor" at $29,999 (poolside villas, wedding cake and reception, ice sculptures, flowers, sit-down dinner for 200 and three nights in the honeymoon suite). “We’re just blessed to help.” Ten couples from New York, Las Vegas and Phoenix have signed up for the options. (New York Times, June 14, 2008)
But as same-sex marriage begins in California, Massachusetts’s experience may offer hints of what is to come. For example, after an initial euphoric rush to the altar, the number of gay weddings here fell sharply and has declined each year since. Of the more than 10,500 same-sex couples married here since May 17, 2004, 6,121 wed in the first six months. There were 2,060 weddings in 2005; 1,442 in 2006; and 867 in the first eight months of 2007, the most recent data show.
Nearly two-thirds of the weddings have been lesbian marriages, including one between two women named Melissa McCarthy. And while nearly half of straight people marrying are under 30, more same-sex married couples of both sexes are older — nearly a third are in their 40s.
What has changed for gay couples is that marriage is part of the dating landscape, adding tension or romance, pressure or excitement.“It makes me completely think differently about the relationship,” said Lance Collins, 38, a colorist at a Boston hair salon. He envisions his perfect wedding (grooms in jeans and T-shirts), but his partner does not want to marry. “I know he cares about me quite a bit,” Mr. Collins said. “I just think he doesn’t want to.”
Mr. Collins believes his partner is his ideal match because he “gets as excited about seeing me as I get about seeing him,” because “sometimes he’ll do my laundry and fold it the way I like it,” and because “he makes my coffee really well — one Equal with just a tablespoon of fat-free half-and-half.”
But their marriage chasm worries him. “Maybe I should move out and maybe that will make him appreciate me,” Mr. Collins said. “I’ve gone so far as looking for an apartment.”
Eric Erbelding and his husband, Michael Peck, both 44, see each other only every other weekend because Mr. Peck works in Pittsburgh. So, Mr. Erbelding said, “Our rule is you can play around because, you know, you have to be practical.”
Mr. Erbelding, a decorative painter in Boston, said: “I think men view sex very differently than women. Men are pigs, they know that each other are pigs, so they can operate accordingly. It doesn’t mean anything.”
Still, Mr. Erbelding said, most married gay couples he knows are “for the most part monogamous, but for maybe a casual three-way.”
Friday, June 20, 2008
God, if they do Psycho Shower Scene Barbie, that would just make my day. As a child I hated playing with Barbie dolls, partly because they were so banal. But this, man, this is something I would have in my office on proud display! I saw this movie as a kid and avoided pgeons and sparrows for weeks - now the memories of Tippi trying to outrun rabid starlings in fab stilettos is simply great.
I need one of these.
Song: Jump Around
Artist: House of Pain
Why I Like It: Long before Eminem rapped, there was House of Pain, some punk Micks from the East who had their own song to sing. Plus, one of my favorite lines is in this song: I'll serve your ass like John McEnroe . . . Who wouldn't want to be sitting at McSorley's with these guys? If you are not used to listening to rap, here are the lyrics.
Advisory Warning: Language, so keep the volume down at the office.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
WSJ: What about the role of taxation? ... For the most part, the way I look at your tax policy, seems to me that you look at it and say, tax policy over the past decade, and maybe even before that, has produced an outcome that has benefited people mostly at the top, and your goal is to try to redistribute it in a different fashion.
Sen. Obama: Here's what I would say: I do believe the tax policies over the last eight years have been badly skewed towards the winners of the global economy. And I do think there is a function for tax policy in making sure that everybody benefits from globalization or at least the benefits and burdens are shared a little more easily. If, as some talk about, we've got a winner-take-all economy where the highly skilled, highly educated are reaping huge rewards and the unskilled or even semi-skilled are getting a much smaller share of the economy, then our tax policies can help cushion some of the blow through providing health care. So if people lose their jobs they're not losing their health care as well. That actually makes a more flexible work force that makes workers more mobile and less resistant to change.
If we've got investments in education, that will make us more competitive in the long run. We've got to pay for that like anything else. But it would be a mistake to say I view our tax code only as a distribution question. I also think that our tax code has come to distort a lot of economic decision making so I'd like to see simplification as part of an overall tax agenda. On the corporate side, for example, one of the things I've asked my folks to look at is: Are there ways we can close existing loopholes in tax havens at the same time as we're lowering overall rates? We've got this new problem: The biggest problem with our tax code when it comes to the business side is that we have one of the highest tax rates -- corporate tax rates -- on paper but our effective tax rate is one of the lowest … You know, how much you pay in taxes as a corporation a lot of times is going to depend on how good your lobbyist is, as opposed to any sound economic theories. So those distorting effects I'd like to actually remove and eliminate from our tax system, but obviously that's a complicated and difficult task. The last time we did it was in 1986. We're going to have to, I think, revisit that.
"I'm a big believer in evidence. I'm a big believer in fact."
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I think I may need to start a vlog just for Flip Mino stuff.
BTW, if anyone has a video editing software package that they would recommend, let me know. My Phriends the Phoencians use Roxio and say that is good.
Oh, and the fellow in the video clip is my stepson, Gabriel. Isn't he adorable? Girls, email me and I can send you his contact information.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Honestly, for something under $200, this sucker is fun. I highly recommend it as a gift for someone, especially new parents who don't want to lug out the videocam everytime the Baby does something cute. Or insurance appraisers looking at a damaged vehicle and needing to document it. Or if you have someone you know serving overseas, walk around your town and when you see someone you know, ask them to say "Hey," and then upload it on YouTube so that serviceman or service woman can show their comrades in Iraq - or send one to someone in Iraq, so they can make videologs for their loved ones. I keep mine in my purse because you never know what you might see along the side of the road . . .
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
An English teenager died from complications two weeks after taking two abortion pills, her mother told an inquest into her death this week.Manon Jones, 18, described by her mother as a devout Christian teen, opted to terminate her pregnancy at six weeks because she feared the pregnancy would cause conflict within her "Muslim" boyfriend's family, the Daily Mail reported Friday.The cause of her death was hypovolemia, an abnormal decrease in blood volume, and shock caused by "retained products of conception," including the embryo, Dr. Hugh White told the inquest.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Song: We Are the Pirates (Who Don't Do Anything)
Artist: Relient K
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
And their entry in the competition, a giant Croc shoe:
Friday, June 06, 2008
One of them was a 19-year-old soldier, Frank Martin, of New York City. That was Dad.
Song: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)
Artist: The Andrew Sisters
Why I Like It Because my Dad did. 'Nuff said.
'Grey's Anatomy' Star T.R. Knight: Teen Boyfriend Might 'Raise Eyebrows'
"Grey's Anatomy" star T.R. Knight says the 16-year age difference betweenAn attorney for whom I once worked, the incredibly talented Michael Fisher of Orange County, remarked that while he would not go so far as to call the business of family law "recession-proof," it did run on human nature and that has not changed for several millennia.
him and his 19-year-old boyfriend is "bound to raise some eyebrows.""But we love each other," Knight, 35, told "Extra" on Wednesday. "He's an amazing guy."
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
- Southern food is marvelous. Southern food is great. In Memphis, I had three straight days of BBQ. I need some Metamucil.
- Who buys an annual pass to Graceland? And yet, it is available.
- Civility is not dead - it is alive in Tennessee.
- Seeing a sign, "Tornado Shelter" in a mall is a sobering thought.
- Animals are smart in Tennessee - minimum road kill along the sides of the highways. But a good number of roadside memorial crosses that make you wonder about the humans.