Friday, October 31, 2008

Truly Frightening

On this Halloween, I hope you get a chance to dress up, scare some kids, and eat some candy. If, along the way, you imbibe a cocktail or two, you have my full support. If, however, you decide to wear this outfit, I will have to put you out of your (and my) misery. You've been warned.

Truly Frightening

¡Ya Voté! No on Prop 8

ya vote

I hope I can count on everyone else to do the same.

Happy Halloween!

The Todd-o-lantern

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Finally, Ronald Reagan and I Agree On Something

Obama's Speech Tonight AKA "The Obamamercial"

In case you missed it, here is Barack Obama's 30-minute pitch to the believers and the uncommitted. I liked it and cannot wait to have this man as our President.

The Boys in the Band on DVD

There's a great deal to dislike about this movie: the self-hatred, the stereotypes, the collars. But, I can't deny its place in the history of gay cinema. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing on AMC or the Bijou, then you can rent it on DVD as of November 11.

If you can't wait until then, here's a little taste.

KOR: Water Bottle as Fashion Accessory

RKS Design has finally created a water bottle for the ages. No longer will you have to be saddled with your second-rate Evian or Dasani bottles. Never again will you hide your face as you walk down the sidewalk with a Fuji bottle in one hand and a "Kick Me" sign in the other.

Now there is KOR. And don't call it a water bottle. It's a hydration vessel.

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From their website: "Not intended for a trek to the Outback or the Himalayas, the KOR ONE is designed to be equally at home on an executive's desk, in a yoga studio, and at your side throughout the day. With intuitive, one-handed operation, the innovative cap hinges back to provide clear access to a mouthpiece small enough for a sip, yet big enough for a thirst-quenching chug. Made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan™, the KOR ONE transforms drinking water from a reusable bottle from something we're supposed to do for the health of our bodies and our planet, to a little bit of luxury we can treat ourselves to throughout each day."

As an iced tea drinker, the thought of imbibing just water is anathema to me. Taboo, really. But, I recognize that some people feel the need to constantly hydrate sans the refreshing buzz of caffeine. They need to have their H2O within arm's reach 24/7. To those people, I recommend this:

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If, however, you feel the need to part with $30 for an over-sized and over-designed Thermos, then watch CEO Eric Barnes as he sells you on the idea of a sexy water bottle (I mean HYDRATION VESSEL!!).

But she used to be so funny. . .

Victoria Jackson quote

Don't believe it? Visit her website: victoriajackson.com What exactly is the link between bleach, christianity, and bigotry? I'm sure there's a formula out there somewhere that explains it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I'm a scientist now!

Rand and I visited the California Academy of Sciences on Sunday. As you may have heard, they just opened the new building designed by Renzo Piano. The building is indeed impressive. It blends in well with its surroundings, i.e., Golden Gate Park. I have a small bit of fear that in twenty years it will look like a building designed in the Seventies does now. Time will tell. And inside, the exhibits are big and informative (if a little depressing--apparently there's something called Global Warming I need to be worried about). And the kids seemed to be having fun as they dragged their parents along.

But.

Taken all together, I have to say I was underwhelmed. The weekend was so busy that I had no chance of seeing the Planetarium show. The aquarium pales in comparison to Monterey. The line to see the Rainforest exhibit was hours long and, frankly, looked like it would have been anticlimactic after such a wait. Add to that the $25 entry fee, and I have to say, "Just buy the book."

Nevertheless, I had to take a few photos. Enjoy.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tia Carroll and Hard Work at Yoshi's San Francisco

Tia Carroll at Yoshi's San Francisco

Rand and I went to see Tia Carroll, my former colleague, at Yoshi's on Thursday. As expected, she made that Fillmore juke joint jump. I still have the phrase "Ain't no thing but a chicken wing" stuck in my head. And now she's in Estonia entertaining the former Soviet bloc. :)

When she gets back, though, you need to check her out. Blues and R&B will be tonic for your soul during this difficult economy. Visit her website and mark your calendars.

Here's a video to enjoy in the meantime.

Phone Banking for Obama today



I took some time (and cellphone minutes) today to call voters in Indiana and remind them to vote for Obama and vote early. Shout out to Logansport!! Please take a few minutes to call anyone you know in the swing states and encourage them to vote for Senator Obama and vote early if they have that option.

New Look?

I changed my blog's look a little today. Let me know what you think.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Play it again, Itzhak!

Itzhak Perlman speaks out against Prop 8.

The New Dollar Bill Unveiled Today

Recession Dollar bill

I suggest stuffing them in your mattress.

Puke

I just passed a woman throwing up into a trashcan in our building's
garage. Gross. Probably preggers. Double gross.

Prop 8 and California Schools: A Red Herring

Do you think your kids will be taught about the evil gays getting married and shopping for linens and fashionable dinnerware together at Crate and Barrel? Get over it. A) Who cares? In fact, we SHOULD be exposing our children to the world and its glorious diversity. Loving relationships should be supported and praised. B) It's not going to happen, so don't get your knickers in a twist. CA law doesn't mandate that anything specific be taught about marriage and doesn't state that elementary children should be taught about marriage at all.





"Yes on 8" Resorts to Blackmail

The (misguided) "Yes on 8" campaign is targeting California businesses that have donated to the "No on 8" campaign. In a move that definitely tastes like sour grapes to me, the "Yes on 8" group demands contributions equaling those given to the "No on 8" group. Failing that, the "Yes on 8" people threaten to "name names." I love to see such a self-righteous group embrace a winning strategy like McCarthyism.




Apple Donates $100,000 to fight Proposition 8 in CA

Apple said it views Proposition 8 as a civil rights issue, not a political one and as such, is donating $100,000 to defeat the measure, it announced today. Prop. 8 is aimed at defining marriage as only between a man and a woman and preventing same-sex marriages.

"Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees' same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person's fundamental rights - including the right to marry - should not be affected by their sexual orientation," the company said on its website today.

Apple joins Google, which came out publicly against Prop. 8 last month. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have donated $140,000 together to fight the measure, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Google voiced many of the same points saying the company sees the issue as one of equality and is opposed to the elimination of fundamental rights.

"While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 - we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love."

Both companies have not had a long history of taking stands on political measures. It's unclear what effect it might have with pro-Proposition 8 supporters who might avoid doing business with companies that oppose the measure.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hope, Harvey Milk-style

Can you believe we had a political voice like this in the 1970s to listen to? Can you imagine one today?

I Heart Chris Matthews, Or Sarah Palin Doesn't Know What Job She's Interviewing For

Every once in a while a journalist will do something right. He or she will stand up and speak truth to power. Chris Matthews did just that during this discussion with Nancy Pfotenhauer. Matthews tried to get Pfotenhauer to answer the question that had been posed to Sarah Palin in an earlier interview: What is the role of the Vice-President?

Palin's answer defies Constitutional reasoning: "A Vice President has a really great job because not only are they there to support the President's agenda, they are like the team member, the teammate to that president. But also they are in charge of the United States Senate. So if they want to, they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better. . ."



Wrong, Sarah.

Here's what our Constitution actually says:

Article 1, Sec. 3: The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

Amendment 20.3: If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

Amendment 25.1: In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Have you heard of Lala.com?

I'll admit that I'm intrigued. You can buy access to songs and albums for 10 cents per song (or cheaper for whole albums). Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, for example, can be "purchased" for $2.50. The idea is that many people listen to music online now (especially at work), so this gives us access to over 6 million songs without having to shell out iTunes prices and worrying about portability. I like this idea. Check them out: Lala

It's Not "Gay Marriage," It's Just Marriage

Two consenting adults should have the right to decide the course of their lives without interference from the government or religious institutions. It should not matter if they are gay or straight, black or white, Catholic or Jew. And, frankly, it should not be any of your business.



Want to get married? Then you better start asking for permission now. If you could ask permission from one person every ten seconds, it would take you over 82 years to ask the 260 million people in this commercial. Call me crazy, but I don't think I should have to request my fundamental rights. And, if I do, what then is the value of this so-called human right? Does the value vary with the shifting moods of the body politic? Or is it fixed and universally recognized as having value?

I have to admit that I'm afraid to hear the answer from some people. This Prop 8 thing is going to be the end of me. I just don't know whom to trust anymore.

Only 15 Days left

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Economic Downturn? Buy Books Cheap!

Bake Sale in South Park today

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The people of Chronicle Books say "No on Prop 8." Go buy some yummy
treats and the money will be donated to the No on Prop 8 campaign.

**Update**

We raised $1,209.55. Thanks for supporting the bake sale!

Friday, October 17, 2008

McCain on the Letterman Show

See John McCain squirm! See David Letterman gloat! See a politician get asked questions by a late night show host that our leading journalists won't ask! Quo vadis, America?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

No vs. Yes on Prop 8

Sure, they're ripping off the Mac vs. PC ads, but they should be on television and not just the internet. I think they are some of the hippest, clearest, easy-to-understand ads that are out there.



Bernadette Peters says "Vote No on Prop 8"

Well, eventually. . .



I love these guys. Check out their videos here.

McCain catches Obama Fever

McCain goes crazy for Obama

It had to happen. John McCain has finally succumbed to Barack Obama's charm, grace, wit, and (need I point it out) downright sex appeal. You see, it happened right after debate #3. Obama's arguments won him over intellectually, but it was Barack's "come hither" smile that tugged at McCain's heart strings. When that irresistible force met McCain's immobile object, love (or at least lust) bloomed. Or maybe it was the Cialis that Cindy slipped in John's Ovaltine.

Ah, democracy! Only in America. Or the Castro. So, vote No on Proposition 8 in California so John and Barack can consummate this budding relationship and live out their days in bliss.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Treaty of Tripoli

The next time someone spouts off to you that America was founded as a Christian nation pull out the words "Treaty of Tripoli" and see if they have any idea what you're talking about. Ratified by the Senate and signed by John Adams in 1797, Article 11 of this little treaty begs to differ with this misguided belief. Oh, and it was ratified by unanimous vote.

Treaty of Tripoli

More Supporters for McCain/Palin

It's hard to imagine someone packing so much racism and hatred into one little stuffed animal, but the man in this video manages to do just that. He is a symbol of what we are fighting. Vote Obama.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Chickens have come home to roost

Those wacky, crazy conservatives who watch Fox News and the 700 Club are John McCain's base. And now he's having to deal with them.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Four Days in Denver: Behind the Scenes at the 2008 DNC

Political videos are generally ridiculous, spewing pathos (or, if really bad, bathos) and jingoism most of the time. But this is really good. Funny, charming, touching. Watch it.

CNN just announced that Sarah Palin abused her power




But, they say she broke no laws in Alaska. Are there laws in Alaska?

NY Times story

Orangina Gets Jiggy With It

Aimed at kids? I think not. Dirty sexy oranges (I almost typed "organs")? Definitely. Gotta love the French.

Connecticut Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Take note, California. Will we embrace atavism or will we continue on the path of freedom, liberty, and progression? I hope it's the latter.

From the NY Times:

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, reversing a lower court decision that had concluded that the civil unions legalized in the state three years ago had offered the same rights and benefits as marriage.

With the 4-to-3 ruling, Connecticut becomes the third state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. California legalized gay marriage in May 2008, and Massachusetts in 2004.

“Today is really a great day for equality in Connecticut,” said Bennett Klein, senior lawyer at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, which argued the case before the Supreme Court. “Today’s decision really fulfills the hopes and dreams of gay and lesbian couples in Connecticut to live as full and equal citizens.”

In his majority opinion, Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote that the court found that the “segregation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognizable harm,” in light of “the history of pernicious discrimination faced by gay men and lesbians, and because the institution of marriage carries with it a status and significance that the newly created classification of civil unions does not embody.”

The court also found that “the state had failed to provide sufficient justification for excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage.”

In 2005, the Connecticut Legislature passed civil union legislation, but the eight gay and lesbian couples who were plaintiffs in the case that was decided on Friday argued that the civil union law had created an unequal status for gay men and lesbians and did not confer upon them the same rights and protections as marriage.

While the Connecticut civil union law states that parties to a civil union have all the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under law that are granted to spouses in a marriage, it also included a clause that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

With the ruling, Connecticut joins Massachusetts and California as the only states that allow same-sex couples to marry. Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and New Jersey have civil unions, while Maine, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii have domestic partnership laws that allow same-sex couples to receive some of the same benefits granted to those in civil unions.

The high courts of New York, New Jersey and Washington have ruled that there is no right to same-sex marriage under their constitutions.

Of the eight same-sex couples who were plaintiffs in the Connecticut case, Kerrigan, Elizabeth, et al., v. Connecticut Department of Health, et al., four of the couples had already entered same-sex civil unions, the others had been holding out for the marriage designation.

The case turned on whether same-sex couples should be treated as a “suspect class” — groups like minorities and women that have experienced discrimination — which could lead to heightened legal scrutiny of the decision to offer separate institutions.

In oral arguments before a Supreme Court panel, the assistant attorney general said the number of “prominent politicians who are openly gay and lesbian” proves that homosexuals are not “politically powerless,” one of the requirements of a suspect class; that caused one justice to say, “If it were true political power,” they would have already won the right to marry.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Golden Rule: Don't make the Photoshop artist mad



The conservatives don't like this photo of Sarah Palin. You see, she's real, but she's not THAT real.

Andrea Tantaros, Republican Media Consultant: "This cover is a clear slap in the face at Sarah Palin. Why? Because it's unretouched. It highlights every imperfection that every human being has. But we're talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles. This is a gross slap in the face to Sarah Palin after Newsweek has done so many favorable covers of Barack Obama that make him look presidential. They are clearly retouched. He looks flawless."

More info on HuffPo.

ISO: Rock hard bottom



Get your mind out of the gutter. I'm talking about Wall Street.

When will these stocks hit bottom?!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Temptation! The Darker Side of Bake Sales



Can you believe that Amanda is tempting me with these cookies and cupcake? Yes, we're having a bake sale to support our employees who are in New Orleans helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. Yes, giving money to charity is usually a good thing. Yes, sweet yummy baked goods are a few of my favorite things. But, does she really want me to weigh a hundred and fat?!

Alas, the cupcake met its logical end shortly after this photo was taken.

Cutting Off Her Nose to Spite Her Face: Amy Winehouse



Amy Winehouse's persistent drug use has left the troubled star's nose so "weak" she is concerned that it's about to fall off, according to a new report.

"Amy knows that her nose is next to fall apart — she admitted to me that it feels weak at the bone," a source tells Fox News columnist Neil Sean.

Amy herself has addressed the nose issue. "Yeah, it's a problem, but it's my problem so leave it," Sean quotes her as saying.

Meanwhile, Amy's friends are said to be so worried about the Grammy Award winner they are keeping watch over her 24/7.

Now, I don't know about the rest of you red-blooded American males, but when I see a hot Brit like this strolling down the street, things definitely get a little hazy. This is sexy, people. Have no doubt. S.E.X.Y.

Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis

From the Obama/Biden campaign:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Guilty! O.J. Simpson and Karma

O.J. Simpson was just found guilty about an hour ago for armed robbery and (maybe) kidnapping. Ron Goldman must be thrilled.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Over 20,000 Visits!?!

I just want to say "Thank you" to everyone who frequents or merely happens across my little blogspace here. I hope I've either entertained or irritated you. ;-) And I hope you've taken the time to drink a tall, cold glass of iced tea while reading. It's really the only way go. Aloha and mahalo!

Lemon Iced Tea

Debate Like Sarah Palin!

For only $99.99, I will train you how to debate like a Vice-Presidential candidate. Show your Liberal Media Elite membership card for a 10% discount.

Palin Debate Flowchart

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Iced Coffee?!

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The stuff will never pass my lips, but I recognize that some of you may enjoy it--like rap, or ballet, or the 19th Amendment. If that's the case, then you can go to Is It Iced Coffee Weather. Simply type in your zip code and the magic of the internets will tell you definitively whether or not you should be drinking your java cold.

Shalom.

I won Palin Bingo!



My words were Alaska, Special Needs, Hockey Mom, Terrorists, and the
free Air Space.

Debate Watch: Can Third Graders Vote?

Shout out to all the third graders in Alaska where the voting age is
apparently 8 years old. Go Sarah!

Are you ready for Sarah Palin tonight?

If you need to brush up on America's favorite VP candidate, here's a handy crib sheet from the folks at Chronicle Books:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Can the U.S. produce a Nobel winning writer?

If you're Horace Engdahl, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, the answer is a resounding "no." "Of course there is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the center of the literary world ... not the United States," he told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday. Speaking generally about American literature, however, he said U.S. writers are "too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture," dragging down the quality of their work. "The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," Engdahl said. "That ignorance is restraining."

The head of the National Book Foundation in the United States reponded, "Put him in touch with me, and I'll send him a reading list."

What do you think? Have you read any American writers in the past 5-10 years who deserve international recognition and a Nobel prize for their life's work? Oh, and James Frey doesn't count.

Halloween came early in Cincinnati: Woman arrested in cow suit



A Middletown woman was arrested after chasing children, urinating on a porch, and blocking traffic - all while wearing a cow suit.

Police said 32-year-old Michelle Allen was chasing children while wearing the cow costume early Monday evening.

Allen also reported urinated on a neighbor's front porch. An officer told Allen to go home and stay there for the remainder of the evening.

Police were later called to her home where Allen was allegedly blocking traffic.

The arresting officer says Allen smelled of alcohol, slurred her speech, and was belligerent. She also allegedly cussed at the officer.

Allen is charged with disorderly conduct.

Vote No on Proposition 8

We're back!

The Blogger issue seems to be resolved. All praise Google.

Blogger Problems

Everyone is being forwarded to Google.com. I'm suspicious. It seems
like a plot to drive more traffic to Google after a bad week on Wall
Street.