Friday, August 31, 2012
I just read that Condoleezza Rice was vetted for Romney's VP, but as we all know, she wasn't chosen. It's a little surprising considering the respect and power she still has.
But a few reasons has popped up on why she was passed up. RadarOnline has the scoop:
"Condi was fully vetted to become Mitt Romney's running mate and turned over financial records, including tax returns," a source close to Rice tells Radar.I think he missed a great opportunity, but oh well.
"Mitt thought she would add much needed foreign policy experience to the ticket, thinks she is incredibly bright and he knew she would help with the all important female vote and African American support.
"However, Mitt's advisers talked him out of it because Condi is pro-choice and she isn't willing to change her position on the controversial issue. Condi also supports same sex civil unions which again, put her at odds with Romney. Mitt had a hard time getting the ultra conservative support of the GOP and was told if he picked Condi that would immediately be lost and so he ultimately picked Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate."
Transgender activist Janet Mock will give the keynote speech at the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition's 2012 LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference.
Janet will be touching on her own personal battles, while encouraging the youth to live authentic and true lives.
"I know that it's so much more than me, so much more than my story, so much more than trying to gain recognition for my journey. It's about kids just like me, kids who are still fighting the good fight every day to just be who they are, no matter how different they may seem from their peers. They are the real heroes, and these courageous kids deserve a shining example who can help lighten their load by merely existing and being an inspiration."The conference will take place in October 20th on campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo topped the RNC convention in ratings.
E! News has the scoop
TLC's spinoff starring Toddlers and Tiaras' Alana Thompson and her family, hit a series-high yet again with almost 3 million viewers, effectively topping cable news and broadcast network coverage of the Republican National Convention.
A hillbilly baby was the biggest catch? Sad, but funny
Even though it's in its fourth week, Honey Boo Boo's ratings continue to rise, growing 30 percent from last week's 2.3 million viewers. How else did the self-proclaimed redneck family beat the coverage of the RNC? In the 18-49 demo, of course! With a 1.3 rating, the only competition Honey Boo Boo had in the time period was the Fox News' 1.2 rating.
Here are the characters for the upcoming season
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Every year, GLAAD releases a Network Responsibility Index noting the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBT people on television.
This year, more LGBT images and stories were seen on the tube. We saw 69% of LGBT impressions on TV made by gay men and 66% of LGBT-inclusive broadcast hours which projected the lack of diversity within our community. That number is a wake up call on how we need more cultural and ethnic diversity on TV.
Anywho, here are the TV breakdowns:
- The CW remains the top broadcast network with a rating of "Good" and 29% of its primetime programming hours being LGBT-inclusive. The CW also registered the most racial diversity with 62% of impressions made by LGBT people/characters of color.
- ABC improved enough (+4%) and Fox declined enough (-5%) for the two to swap places for second and third place in percentage of inclusive hours compared to last year.
- NBC remained in fourth place despite an increase of 4% in LGBT inclusive hours.
- For the fourth year in a row CBS remained in last place with 8% LGBT-inclusive hours of primetime programming, dropping 2 percentage points from last year. After receiving an “Adequate” score last year, the network is back to a “Failing” score.
- Showtime (46%), ABC Family (34%), TNT (34%), and HBO (33%) all received “Good” ratings for the quantity and quality of their LGBT-inclusive original programming.
- MTV (23%) which received an “Excellent” score two years ago received an “Adequate” score this year along with FX (34%), TLC (20%) and USA (17%).
- For the fourth year in a row TBS (5%) received a “Failing” rating, as did the History network (3%).
Patricia Carroll is the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted with peanuts and called an animal by two folks at the RNC Convention. She has decided to speak out about the incident, but she doesn't want to make this a political issue.
Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. "This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue," she said by telephone from Tampa.She has said that CNN has been 100% supportive and the convention spokesman Kyle Downey was ashamed of this incident.
Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, "This is what we feed animals." She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates.
But Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. "This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," she said. "You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don't think I should do."
In a new study on college students, the phrase “that’s so gay” proved to be hostile and harmful.
Researchers learned this info through a survey among 114 gay, lesbian and bisexual students between the ages of 18 to 25. They reprted their reactions to the phrase for over a year.
Data suggests gay, lesbian and bisexual college students who heard “that’s so gay” more frequently were more likely to report feeling isolated and to suffer negative health symptoms, such as headaches, poor appetite or eating problems.Wow, the effects of that phrase alone can do this? We really have some work to do.
Practically every respondent reported hearing “that’s so gay” on campus at least once in the past 12 months. Nearly half of the students said they’ve heard the phrase more than 10 times within the year. Only 14 respondents—or 13 percent—hadn’t heard it at all.
Hearing the phrase more often was found to increase students’ risk of health problems and feelings of isolation.
"I marked seven or eight points I'm sure the fact checkers will have some opportunities to dispute if they want to go forward," Blitzer said. "I'm sure they will." He did not specify what the points were.
After a correspondent's interview with Ryan's family — and a fair amount of criticism — Blitzer noted that he had been getting emails from Democrats and others about what, in his words, "they claim were falsehoods, misleading statements, lies, if you will, that were made by Paul Ryan. And I guess that fact-checking is only beginning."
John King then made the point about the GM plant, and Gloria Borger brought up the debt commission issue.
Panelist David Gergen took a different tack.
"I think these factual checks are really important," Gergen said. "But this was a speech about big ideas."
The Washington Post flatly said, "Ryan misleads on GM plant closing."
This is not to say that Ryan got overwhelmingly negative reviews. CNN's Candy Crowley said he brought a "spark" to the convention hall. "This was the speech they were waiting for," she added. Burnett called the speech "precise, clear and passionate."
I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight.”In short, I was fired.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Fox News host Chris Wallace wasn't feeling Chris Christie's
"I have to say, personally, I thought it was one of the most off-key keynote speeches I ever heard," Wallace said.You know, Wallace is right.
He noted that Christie said the word "I" 37 times, "Romney" seven times, and "jobs" one time.
"[I]t seemed sometimes as if he was promoting his own candidacy more than he was Mitt Romney's," Wallce added. "People liked the speech, but not nearly the kind of intense reaction to it and intense listening to it that there was for Ann Romney."
Mess! RNC attendee allegedly Threw Nuts at a Black CNN Camerawoman and said ‘This Is How We Feed Animals’
You knew foolishness was just around the corner at RNC convention. According to several sources, a RNC attendee allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said to her, “This is how we feed animals".
This fool was thrown out of the convention.
TPM has more of the info, kind of:
The CNN official declined to confirm specific details of the incident to TPM but generally confirmed an account posted on Twitter by former MSNBC and Current anchor David Shuster: “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying ‘This is how we feed animals.’”That camerawoman should have threw that camera at that guy... I would've.
It is not clear whether the alleged culprit was a delegate or attending the convention in some other capacity.
In a written statement, CNN addressed the matter but divulged few details: “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”
Last year, a couple had a horrible experience at the airport. Supposedly the airport staff took the couple's dildo from their luggage, put lube all over it and taped it on top of one of their bags. Then, they put that particular piece of luggage on the baggage carousel... Mess.
Now the couple is suing the United/Continental Airlines. Here's more:
Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger, are reportedly seeking punitive damages.I hope they find out who's responsible for this. It's just unbelievable.
"Plaintiffs' bags were sent to the baggage carousel where plaintiffs discovered, to their horror, that a private sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag," the lawsuit states, according to Courthouse News. "Plaintiffs experienced extreme shock and horror when they observed the above-described bag and when observing the surprised and/or laughing faces of numerous onlookers in the baggage claim area."
The court document goes on to note, "Plaintiffs were experiencing such a high degree of shock and embarrassment that they felt compelled to call two friends to come to the airport to assist them."
Big Geek news! ABC wants Marvel and Joss! They have greelit the SHIELD pilot! Deadline has the scoop.
ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The project is based on Marvel’s peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D (which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate or Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers, in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to stop Thor’s adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.This is good for Joss and Marvel! So excited!
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon and frequent collaborators, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Gov. Jan Brewer is a lava hot mess. This... I can't even think of a name, had the nerve to say that President Barack Obama is race-baiting by pandering to Latinos.
“It’s all the time, the race-baiting; it’s all the time, you know, that we’re bigots," Brewer told Politico on its live broadcast from the Republican National Convention.
When asked whether that meant Obama is "race-baiting," she responded, "I do, I absolutely do. There's no doubt in my mind...he panders to them," referring to Latino voters.She is such a piece of work.
Listen to NOM latest ad with Patrick.
This is being played on Black stations in North Carolina
Photographer Alan Charlesworth captured interesting pics about my fellow cousins, the bears.
Here is some of the article:
“It’s not perfect body, gym-toned, and no facial hair,” said Mr. Charlesworth, who recently completed a Master’s of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. “That’s what society deems as being a normal, stereotypical gay male. That’s not what I identify with.”Check out the pics and article here.
Mr. Charlesworth, 30, definitely doesn’t look like that ubiquitous image of the stereotypical gay man, but he’s not large or hairy, either. For him, identifying as a bear is more about taking pride in his attraction to men with bodies that look as though they were formed by years of chopping trees, and not by years of running on treadmills and drinking protein smoothies.
But Mr. Charlesworth said his lack of heft made it hard to immediately identify with a group predominantly made up of large men. He said, for all their disdain for superficial gay culture, Bears can be obsessively body-focused, too, just on bigger bodies. So he used photography as a way in.
Monday, August 27, 2012
|District Judge James Ware|
This is good!
The trial judge in California’s Proposition 8 lawsuit ordered the case closed today.
This stunning new twist to the case will further complicate matters, since proponents of Proposition 8 have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the lower court ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.
The order issued today by District Judge James Ware could mean that gay and lesbian couples in California could once again get married. But even that in uncertain, because Prop 8 proponents are likely to seek a stay of that order.
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News will be updating this story as details emerge. Please continue to refresh this story to find the latest news on the judge's order, plus reactions from the community!
Also read the order
My buddy, Will from Back2Stonewall found some drama for everybody's mama. This anti-gay activist fool, Caleb Douglas Hesse, was caught sexual assaulting young boys. But that's not all:
A longtime anti-gay activist, California Prop 8 donor, and elementary school teacher was taken into custody on August 17th after admitting inappropriate contact with young boys.
Caleb Douglas Hesse, a teacher for the Morongo Unified School District since 1987 (most recently, he was teaching first grade at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree) and a longtime youth volunteer with the virulently homophobic Evangelical Free Church of Yucca Valley, has confessed to sexually abusing “numerous underage boys,” with authorities believe the crimes occurred between the early 1980’s and as recently as a week ago.”
Investigators say Hesse met the majority of the victims during overnight outings with a youth group at the Evangelical Free Church.During his hearing, Caleb had the nerve to say he was not guilty of these crimes.
As of now, his bail was set at 2.5 million dollars.
Ron Paul was asked to speak in RNC convention, but quickly turned them down. Why? Well, they wanted him to play by their rules, but in all, he doesn't really care for Mittens.
The NYT reports:
Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.I'm hoping for his folks to disrupt the convention.
“It wouldn’t be my speech,” Mr. Paul said. “That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.”
Here's the quick and dirty:
DC Comics is launching a brand new version of the Justice League of America in 2013! Written by Justice League's Geoff Johns, and penciled by Batman: The Dark Knight's David Finch, the title brings together a disparate group of heroes under the leadership of Steve Trevor to fight the Secret Society of Super Villains.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Interesting how life works. A Tea Party Republican, Don H. Dwyer has made a name for himself by pushing homophobic initiatives in Maryland. He has said gays are a threat to kids and gay marriage would lead to homosexuality being taught in schools.
Don also tried to ban gay marriage and impeach any public official who showed any support for gay marriage.
Since he seeks to protect the children from the horrid gays, he actually put some in great danger. This weekend, he injured 5 children while driving drunk on a boat.
Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.Folks are calling on Don to resign.
Four of the children were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Two adults on the boat were unharmed.
The smash was so severe that Dwyer’s boat sunk in the river.
Dwyer later admitted to having a blood alcohol level of 0.2 – twice the legal limit.
‘It is true that I was drinking while operating my boat,’ Dwyer told a press conference outside the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he is being treated.
‘No one, no one, should be drinking and operating a motor vehicle or powerboat.’
‘I deeply regret my actions, and I ask for forgiveness from the public. My heart and prayers go out to the family that was involved in the accident, and I pray for them to have a speedy recovery.’
Charlie Crist writes a huge love letter about why he's endorsing President Obama.
I’ve studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life. Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I’ve watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise, and I’ve seen how those who never lose sight of solutions sow the greatest successes.There's more, go here to read the rest.
As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.
We often remind ourselves to learn the lessons of the past, lest we risk repeating its mistakes. Yet nearly as often, our short-term memory fails us. Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated. It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.
The geekverse is buzzing about the possibly of them directing the Justice League movie. Apparently, they were on the short list.
Moviehole has more
What I’m told is Warner Bros are apparently jazzed with “Cloud Atlas”, and love that it’s as much a spectacle as it is a showcase for the immense ensemble involved, so it makes sense the W’s are under consideration. “Justice League” needs to be as big on character, as it does bells & whistles, and the Wachowski’s could probably offer that.They could pull it off, I mean, they gave us The Matrix.
The directing duo have also gave the studio one of their most successful film trilogies of all time, “The Matrix” trio (I won’t mention “Speed Racer”).
Quite a few reasons why WB would consider the directing duo a viable option for “Justice League”, but would Lana and Andy even consider it? Hard to say. They definitely like to work at their own speed, and definitely like to do their ‘own’ thing as opposed to being merely one ‘cog’ in a venture, so I can’t see them jumping through hoops to pull the strings on a ‘we want it done now’ large corporate statement like this. Still, exciting possibility nonetheless.
The RNC convention is on pause kinda. Due to the storms, the event lose a day.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement about yesterday:
"Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th. After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket."I guess the bathhouses will be packed.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The first man on the moon has passed away today.
Words from his family:
"While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.Rest in Peace.
"For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request: Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."
It's official, Ben isn't doing the JL movie.
“I'm not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that's how rumours get started. Justice League sounds really exciting, but it's not something I'm working on.”
The super-talented Debbie Allen tweeted this yesterday
So to share my views; I have 10 reasons why we need A Different World 25 years later.
- There are no Black shows of quality. The Tyler Perry coonery ain't cutting it.
- We need a series that focuses on Black youth.
- We need to see college as a positive, learning space for growth and creativity.
- Everybody wants to see the original cast make an appearance or two... four.
- The Black community needs to positive Black images and role models on TV.
- Television should have diversity.
- With the current state of racism and bigotry, ADW could use the show to address these issues.
- We will see diverse Black characters. This show gave us Denise, Whitley and Freddie. Before then, we just had the same old same.
- There are more stories that can be told in a deeper matter. Meaning, the new ADW could be a drama versus a comedy.
- I'm interested to see what Debbie can do with a new generation.
So, bring back 'A Different World'
Friday, August 24, 2012
This buster said:
"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."Okay, you got jokes. Well, we got some too like; why did Romney cross the road? To get away from his past.
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