Archive for January, 2012

They Said What??? Joan Rivers, Spike Lee, & Fidel Castro!

People are talking so much this week, I can’t wait until Monday to share my “They Said What??? quotes with you.  Don’t worry (and I know you aren’t fretting), I’ll have new ones next Monday. 🙂

JOAN RIVERS — Potty Mouth!

Here’s what 78-year-old Joan Rivers told Howard Stern after Chelsea Handler spouted off about Rivers– and it’s naughty, so be warned:  “she’s fine, she’s ordinary, she’s not a genius, she’s an ordinary girl that f*cked someone high up in the industry and they gave her a break and she’s doing o.k. And, that’s not all, whatever she is, she’s a drunk.  She has her own show, I don’t wish her good luck, I don’t wish her bad luck.  I don’t care, I don’t think she’s particularly funny, but don’t you come after me, you whore!!”

SPIKE LEE  — Rants at Sundance

African-American Director Spike Lee about why he didn’t ask for studio money for his latest film, “Red Hook Summer”:  “I didn’t want to hear no motherf—er notes from the studio telling me about what a young 13-year-old boy and girl would do in Red Hook.  They know nothing about black people.  Nothing!”

And he wasn’t done!  Lee also looked into the audience and said, “Is Brooklyn in the house? We doubled the black population of Utah, maybe tripled it, up in this room!”

NOT ALL RAPPERS ARE HOMOPHOBIC

Rapper A$AP Rocky to “Complex” magazine about gay fashion designer Jeremy Scott, who’s worked with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry:  “I’m not homosexual. That’s not where I’m at with my life. But I can still be greatly inspired by a homosexual. It has nothing to do with their sexuality. If I start discriminating against people, that will stop me as a person. That’s ignorant. What the f*ck does that have to do with anything? It’s not like I want to date this motherf—-r—I’m inspired by this dude.“

In the same interview, Scott adds, “I don’t know why people care about what other people do. When this becomes an issue in politics, that’s the thing that boggles my mind. I heard on CNN that Republicans won’t get behind Mitt Romney because of abortion and gay marriage. Why do you care?”

RICK SANTORUM AVOIDS QUESTION WITH SAME BORING RHETORIC

A mother to the Republican Presidential Wannabe:  “I’m a proud mother of a gay son graduating from Georgetown law in May, I want to know why he can’t have the same rights as you have?”   Santorum replied, “Every American child has the right, and the government should support the right, to have and know their mother and father and be raised by their mother and father.”

BACK TO MITT

In Thursday night’s Florida debate to Newt Gingrich.  Womanizer Gingrich didn’t want to talk about comments he made to the press earlier in the week:  “Wouldn’t it be nice if people didn’t make accusations somewhere else that they weren’t willing to defend here?”

And, Romney wasn’t done with the other front-runner in the Florida primary:  “Mr. Speaker, you’ve indicated that somehow I don’t earn that money.  I have earned the money that I have. I didn’t inherit it. I take risks. I make investments. Those investments lead to jobs being created in America. I’m proud of being successful. . . . What you’ve accomplished in your life shouldn’t be seen as a detriment, it should be seen as an asset to help America.”

SHE’S BACK

Rep. Michele Bachmann announced she is running for a fourth term in Congress in Minnesota. “I’m looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.”

CASTRO SPEAKS OUT — I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER!

Former Cuban President and Prime Minister Fidel Castro about the Republican candidates for U.S President:  “The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is – and I mean this seriously – the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been.”

Peace ☮,

Anthony

Hate Talk Gets Disgusting

Mark this day, January 27, 2012, when I say one nice thing about Rick Santorum.  He is not the biggest, most out of touch, ignorant right-wing hater out there.

I was watching an interview of a television debate in Washington, which is very close to becoming the seventh state that grants marriage equality, and this is what Antioch Bible Church pastor Ken Hutcherson called in and said about legalizing same-sex marriage, “Do they believe that if they change the definition of marriage being between one man and one woman, what is going to stop two men one woman, two women one man, one man against a horse, one man with a boy, one woman with anything.”

This is the same “man of God” that recently compared Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin for proposing marriage equality.

WARNING:  Graphic Talk !!

And, it gets even worse on the East Coast.

North Carolina pastor Patrick Wooden, a favorite of hate groups like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and the National Organization of Marriage, can’t stop talking about gay men and their sex lives.  (By the way, some of these groups are supporting Santorum in his bid to become the Republican Presidential nominee!)

He even goes into graphic detail with “Americans For Truth About Homosexuality”, a  group dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda, saying that gay men will have “to wear a diaper or butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels” by the time they’re in their 40s or 50s, because of all of foreign objects they use in gay anal sex.

Seriously?????  Does he sit online and look up porn sites all the time?

It’s one thing for Wooden to say that gay people are “wicked, deviant, immoral, self-destructive”, but really to be so disgusting and appalling in your morbid closeted fascination of what gay men do in their sex lives is another.

If you do a Google search, you can find many medical reports of what medical professional find inserted in the human body, male and female, gay, bi, straight, or asexual.  But, really, take your hate agenda and shove it up your a**.  Take that to the doctor!

Marriage equality DOES NOT lead to polygamy, bestiality, and pedophilia.

Anthony

Talented Chicago Hottie Goes Gaga

You know I love Chicago and I love Lady Gaga.  It looks like she’s in no hurry to release a sixth single from “Born This Way”.

I lived in Chicago twice now two years each time and there are some very talented people there — singers and actors.  Clearly, they weren’t in some of the low-budget Chicago-based movies I’ve watched lately.  “Sister Mary”,  I’m talking about you.  Yes, there were some funny lines, but overall, the movie was clearly done on the cheap.

Back to Chicago, talent, and Gaga.  If you thought Mother Monster’s 14-minute epic video to “Marry The Night” was a little weird, here’s a version of the song out of Chicago from Steve Starchild.  He can sing, dance, and is easy on the eyes.

*Sadly, this video was removed and I can’t find another version!*

Anthony

ACM Nominations Announced — None For Reba, SHOCK! Not!

The nominations for the 47th annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS were announced today.  Who cares!  Reba wasn’t nomination, but that isn’t a surprise since radio won’t play any of her new songs.

However, just in case you want to know who got nominated for the award show that will be hosted by Reba on CBS on Sunday, April 1, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. Central time, here are the nominations:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Young

Female Vocalist of the year

  • Sara Evans
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the year

  • Love and Theft
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Steel Magnolia
  • Sugarland
  • Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the year

  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Album of the year

  • Chief – Eric Church
  • Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
  • Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney
  • My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
  • Own The Night – Lady Antebellum

Single Record of the Year

  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
  • Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
  • Tomorrow – Chris Young
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

Song of the Year

  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
  • Home – Dierks Bentley
  • Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
  • Threaten Me With Heaven – Vince Gill
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

Video of the Year

  • Homeboy – Eric Church
  • Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
  • Mean – Taylor Swift
  • Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
  • Tattoos On This Town – Jason Aldean

Vocal Event of the Year

  • Country Boy – Aaron Lewis Featuring George Jones & Charlie Daniels
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
  • Old Alabama – Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama
  • Remind Me – Brad Paisley Duet With Carrie Underwood
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

It’s Wintry & Chilly in New Jersey, But the Governor Is Feeling The Heat

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is feeling the pressure from advocates, newspapers, and prominent elected officials across the state for his stance on marriage equality and his threat to veto the bill if it makes it to his desk.

Tuesday afternoon, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage passed the New Jersey senate judiciary committee with an 8-4 vote. It now goes to the senate floor next month.

Christie has long opposed gay marriage and Tuesday, he urged lawmakers to put the issue before voters in a statewide ballot saying, “Let us have a discussion about this in halls of schools and homes and synagogues and churches and ball fields across New Jersey, and let people decide.”

However, Senate President Stephen Sweeney rejected that by saying, “Civil rights is not to be placed on the ballot.”

Now, high-ranking African-American elected officials, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, are blasting the governor for wanting to put marriage equality to a public vote.

The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, reports that Booker, who is refusing to perform any marriages at Newark city hall until everyone has the right to marry, on Wednesday warned Christie that minority rights should not be subjected to a majority vote, “I shudder to think what would have happened if the civil rights gains, heroically established by courageous lawmakers in the 1960s, were instead conveniently left up to popular votes in our 50 states.”

Booker adds, “Dear God, we should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote, to be subject to the sentiments, the passions of the day.” “No minority should have their rights subject to the passions and the sentiments of the majority. This is the fundamental bedrock of what our nation stands for.”

Speaker Sheila Oliver was offended by comments that Christie made Tuesday that civil rights advocates in the South during the 1950s and ‘60s “would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets.”

The Associated Press reports this from Oliver, “Governor, people were fighting and dying in the streets of the South because the majority refused to grant minorities equal rights by any method. It took legislative action to bring justice to all Americans, just as legislative action is the right way to bring marriage equality to all New Jerseyans.”

In an editorial today, The “Star-Ledger” is calling the referendum a “political dodge” by Christie, a Mitt Romney surrogate, “It’s nothing but sad that the governor is playing this political game. He is ambitious for national office and knows that Republicans won’t abide a candidate on the ticket who supports gay marriage. On the other hand, he wants to contain the damage in New Jersey, where polls show most voters support marriage equality.”

A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that 52% of state voters support same-sex marriage, although Christie, a Roman Catholic, personally opposes it and supports civil unions.

Anthony

A Waste of Glitter or Effective Activism?

Got glitter, will travel.  The latest act of protest here in the United States is glitter bombing.  What is that you may ask?

Glitter bombing is when activists throw glitter on people at public events.  It’s been mostly directed at Republican candidates that oppose marriage equality.

While prosecution is unlikely without proof of intent to injure, Mark R. Vernazza, a legal associate at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, says it’s “technically assault and battery”.

Womanizer Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista were glitter bombed at a Minneapolis book signing and Republican presidential candidate losers Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann got the same treatment — Pawlenty at a book signing in San Francisco and it happened to Bachmann in Minneapolis.  No way!

There’s so much disgust with hater Rick Santorum that he’s been glitter bombed twice in just the past few days.  It happened at his South Carolina headquarters this past weekend, and, again, Monday in Lady Lake, Florida.

Others that have been glitter bombed were Marcus Bachmann, husband of Michele, at his medical practice, the anti-marriage equality group “Minnesota for Marriage” at the Minnesota State Fair, political consultant Karl Rove, and Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulson.

There’s definitely a lot of protest against those Minnesota politicians because they definitely come across as very homophobic.

It isn’t always directed at Republican candidates.  Anti-abortion activist and Democratic party presidential candidate Randall Terry was glitter bombed by fellow candidate Vermin Supreme at a forum this past December.

And, social commentator and sex advice columnist Dan Savage was glitter bombed in Eugene, Oregon, Irvine, California, and in Vancouver, British Columbia because of his transphobic (negative attitudes and feelings toward transgendered men and women) comments.

What do I think of it?  Well, it’s radical and definitely gets attention.  However, if you’re going to waste good glitter, at least hit your target!!

Now, if I thought talking to these haters would be effective, then I would go that route.  But, we know you make a passionate plea to Santorum and Bachmann, the reply you get is something like, “you have equal rights in America if its a marriage between a man and a woman”.  But, I asked you a question about the economy!

With that being said, you can get a package of 8 glitter flip-top shakers at Walgreen’s for only $3.99.

Anthony

Anyone For Scandinavian Airlines?

Just to prove that all my posts don’t deal with politics, marriage equality, or weather, here’s a look at actor Michael Fassbender’s first acting job.  It’s a commercial for Scandinavian Airlines.

Disclaimer:  They are not uptight like American censors in that part of the world, so you see 21-year-old Fassbender’s butt.

The commercial is hilarious.

If you don’t know who Fassbender is, he’s a rising star in Hollywood and his performance in the movie, “Shame”, is getting rave reviews and he shows it all in that movie.  However, this commercial is pretty innocent!

Anthony

Cynthia Nixon: “Bi”Sexual in the City

Rocky Road or Moose Tracks?  Onion rings or French Fries?  White wine, beer, or a cocktail?  Blue cheese or house dressing?  Topping on a pizza?  The red shirt or the blue one?  Those are choices.  We make them many times every day at work and home.

Waking up in the morning and deciding if you’re gay, straight, or bi, is not one of the choices you make each day.  It’s not a choice.  It’s the way you were born.  Most agree with that and some don’t.

Before I get sidetracked and talk a lot about who would choose to face discrimination, be hated,  beaten, or killed, I want to talk about sex.

Ha, that got your attention.  I mean, “Sex and The City” star Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes.

Sunday, in an interview with the “New York Times”, she said that she chose the gay lifestyle.  Quizzical looks crossed the faces of many gay people, who know they did not choose to “be that way”.

Nixon says, “I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out.”

If you’re not familiar with the acronym LGBT that we use, it stands for “lesbian gay bisexual and transgender”.

I’m really big into semantics.  Say what you mean and don’t leave anything to chance to be misunderstood.

Nixon was in a relationship with a man from the late-1980s to the early-2000s and they have two children.  In 2004, she fell in love with a woman that she is still with, and in 2007, Nixon remarked, “In terms of sexual orientation I don’t really feel I’ve changed… I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I’m just a woman in love with another woman.”

She doesn’t feel that she changed???  Correct.  Since I don’t know Nixon personally, I’d say she’s bisexual.  If you think there’s a stigma attached to being gay, think about the men or women that are “bisexual”.  Many people, and I’ve been guilty of it, think there’s no such thing.  You’re just gay and don’t want to admit it!  However, I’ve worked to open my mind to it and think that people can desire both sexes.

Back to Nixon now, because on Tuesday, she clarified her comments to “The Daily Beast” reporter Kevin Sessums and blamed it on “biphobia”.

Nixon told Sessums, “I think for gay people who feel 100% gay, it doesn’t make any sense. And for straight people who feel 100% straight, it doesn’t make any sense. I don’t pull out the “bisexual” word because nobody likes the bisexuals. Everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals.

When Sussums pointed out that the “B” in “LGBT” is for bisexual, Nixon responded that “we get no respect” and Sussums asked her if she self-identifies as one and here is Nixon’s response: “I just don’t like to pull out that word. But I do completely feel that when I was in relationships with men, I was in love and in lust with those men. And then I met Christine and I fell in love and lust with her. I am completely the same person and I was not walking around in some kind of fog. I just responded to the people in front of me the way I truly felt.”

Nixon concluded by saying, “I understand for political reasons why some people want to kind of squelch this idea that being gay might be a choice, because a lot of the rights we want are posited on the supposition that why are you denying me my rights any more than if I were created a different color? But I don’t feel the need to cede the definition of what a gay person is to the bigots. They don’t get to define who I am.”

I bring this up because I don’t know her personally and I don’t know her feelings or her desires, but I must open my mind to think there are bisexuals.

However, being bisexual means you desire both men and women.  You’re not going from being straight most of your life and then realize one day that you really like the other sex.  Being bisexual and choosing to go down the gay or straight path is totally different.

Mother Monster, Lady Gaga, sums it up perfectly, in “Born This Way”, “There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are, she said, ’cause He made you perfect, babe, So hold your head up, girl and you you’ll go far, Listen to me when I say, I’m beautiful in my way, ‘Cause God makes no mistakes, I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way.”

And, one of my favorite German poet and novelist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) wrote centuries ago, “If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.”

Anthony

My Facebook Friends Speak Out On Electing a President & Marriage Equality

This past weekend, I asked my Facebook friends to private me some information for an unofficial poll I was conducting.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Of the 64 people that chose between marriage equality, civil unions, or no benefits for same-sex couples, the vote was unanimous for “marriage equality”.

Out of those 64 people, 75% were women and 25% men.

The age breakdown of women was:  38% in their 40s, 30% in their 30s, 17% in their 50s, 11% in their 20s, 1% in their 60s, and the oldest polled person was 70.

For the men, the breakdown was:  44% in their 40s, 25% in their 60s, 19% in their 30s, 6% in their 50s, and 6% in their 20s.

Now, I will take that with a grain of salt because I personally know some of my friends have issues with marriage equality because of their religion and they didn’t participate.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2012

When I asked, which of the five remaining high-profile candidates running for President would you vote for, a whopping 25% of those polled were still deciding.

For the women that had chosen their candidate, 82% picked Barack Obama, 13% Ron Paul, and 5% Mitt Romney.

For men that took the survey and had decided, 90% was for Obama and the remaining 10% for Paul.

Friends, thank you for taking time to let me know your thoughts.  However, a bigger thank you to all my friends that participated, because none of them plans to vote for Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum.

Anthony

Family Values — Two Views

Political views aside, when one preaches “family values” or “morals, there’s not much more groups like the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, both hate groups, can say.

Yet, they won’t shut up.

My dear mother always told me, “treat others like you want to be treated”.

Hate groups, and people that support them, I may call you out on your beliefs, but I’ll treat you with the respect you don’t deserve.

moral values

Anthony