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TMZ: Yes, that’s Mini-Me Verne Troyer in a sex tape shot with his former live-in girlfriend at the couple’s apartment. A third party has snatched up the tape and although no deal has been made, we hear dealer Kevin Blatt, who brokered the deal for Paris’ video, is entertaining a $100k offer from SugarDVD to distribute the nastiness. We would have thought the tape was worth at least ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

A rep for Troyer could not be reached for comment.

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AZCentral.com: The Arizona State Senate has rejected a proposal that would have asked voters to amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.

The 14-11 vote fell two votes shy of what was required to send the proposal to the November ballot. Senators later voted to reconsider the measure at another unspecified date.

The proposal would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Supporters say the proposal would provide additional legal protection needed to prevent marriage from being redefined by a court or future lawmakers.

Opponents argued that the existing law makes the amendment unnecessary and that it insults gays and represents an attempt to exploit marriage for political purposes.

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Washington Post: OK, so now we have a pretty good idea of who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to see in the No. 2 slot on the 2008 Democratic presidential ticket.

“I do think in the list of considerations there should be somebody from the House of Representatives,” Pelosi told Newsweek.com’s TamCam blog. Specifically, she said, “Chet Edwards is a person that many of us think would be a good person to be in the mix.”

Edwards is a nine-term centrist Democrat from Texas who, though he never served in the armed forces, has a solid military affairs background as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

If you ask us, it sounds like the Texan is tore down excited by the idea of running for veep.

He released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he is “humbled” that Pelosi “and others” (note that he said “and others”) would suggest him as a vice presidential running mate for Obama. “Given that I have not met with the Obama campaign regarding the vice presidential nomination, I would not want to speculate on the names being considered,” Edwards said.

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Rocky Mountain News: Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to “talk white” and appealing to “white guilt” during his run for the White House.

Nader, a thorn in the Democratic Party’s side since the 2000 presidential election, has taken various shots at Obama in recent days while ramping up his latest independent run for president.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Rocky Mountain News on Monday, he said he is running because he believes Democrats, like Republicans, are too closely aligned with corporate interests.

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Rocky Mountain News: Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to “talk white” and appealing to “white guilt” during his run for the White House.

Nader, a thorn in the Democratic Party’s side since the 2000 presidential election, has taken various shots at Obama in recent days while ramping up his latest independent run for president.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Rocky Mountain News on Monday, he said he is running because he believes Democrats, like Republicans, are too closely aligned with corporate interests.

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AP: The Supreme Court on Wednesday outlawed executions of people convicted of raping a child. In a 5-4 vote, the court said the Louisiana law allowing the death penalty to be imposed in such cases violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

“The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion. His four liberal colleagues joined him, while the four more conservative justices dissented.

There has not been an execution in the United States for a crime that did not also involve the death of the victim in 44 years.

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AMERICAblog:

“John Mccain is aware of the Internet” – McCain campaign Internet strategist Mark Soohoo.

Not if you have to say it. Not to mention, “is aware” is the way you describe someone in a coma. “Suzie is aware of her surroundings.”

John McCain’s Internet guy for his campaign was at a conference in NYC this week, and he was asked how well John McCain understands the Internet. This was his response:

Pressed again on McCain’s tech savvy, he defends his candidate.

“You don’t actually have to use a computer to understand how it shapes the country,” he says.

“You actually do,” former Edwards blogger Tracy Russo responds, suggesting he try to explain Twitter to his grandmother and then ask her how that applies to governing.

“John McCain is aware of the Internet,” says Soohoo. “This is a man who has a very long history of understanding on a range of issues.”

He’s aware of the Internet? But he doesn’t actually know how to use a computer. My mom and dad know how to use a computer, and they’re older than McCain. This is what we’ve been noting for a while: John McCain isn’t just 72 (almost), he’s a very old 72.

And another thing. What is this with calling McCain “John McCain”? I worked on the Hill in the early 90s, and I noticed how in some offices they referred to the boss by his or her full name. Here’s what I mean. Say you work for John McCain and someone asks you, “Is Senator McCain aware of the Internet?” Your responses might be:

1. He is aware of the Internet.
2. Senator McCain is aware of the Internet.
3. The Senator is aware of the Internet.
4. McCain is aware of the Internet.
5. My boss is aware of the Internet.

The answer normal people don’t give is: John McCain is aware of the Internet.

Normal people don’t refer to their boss by his full name in this context. It’s forced, and it’s not a normal English construction. Try it yourself. It’s a rather nuanced lesson in language, but have someone ask you a question about your boss, by name, and practice the various answers. It’s not normal, or comfortable, to use your boss’ full name when answering the question. It’s forced – and it’s oddly regal, akin to the royal “we” or to people who refer to themselves by their own full name (like me writing “let me tell you, John Aravosis doesn’t like what this staffer said”). I noticed twenty years ago that this is something some people do on the Hill. It’s a sign, I’ve always thought, of a bit of a cult of personality in that particular office, and it’s usually because it’s something the boss himself cultivates.

PageOneQ: A satirical Stephen Colbert gave his ‘wag of the finger’ to California, whose Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality on May 15.

“Well, it’s not enough that Californians are attacking straight marriage,” Colbert scolded, “now they’re preying on the elderly.”

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, co-founders of premier lesbian organization Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, were the first couple to be married in San Francisco on June 16, after being in a committed relationship for 55 years, as the Supreme Court’s ruling took effect. Earlier, they were among those that received marriage licenses in 2004, due to the historic act of civil disobedience by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, in which he ordered City Hall to issue the licenses to gay couples who requested them.

Quips Colbert: “Shame on you, California, for turning these two sweet old roommates gay!”

More can be viewed below, as aired on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on June 23, 2008:

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PageOneQ: A satirical Stephen Colbert gave his ‘wag of the finger’ to California, whose Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality on May 15.

“Well, it’s not enough that Californians are attacking straight marriage,” Colbert scolded, “now they’re preying on the elderly.”

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, co-founders of premier lesbian organization Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, were the first couple to be married in San Francisco on June 16, after being in a committed relationship for 55 years, as the Supreme Court’s ruling took effect. Earlier, they were among those that received marriage licenses in 2004, due to the historic act of civil disobedience by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, in which he ordered City Hall to issue the licenses to gay couples who requested them.

Quips Colbert: “Shame on you, California, for turning these two sweet old roommates gay!”

More can be viewed below, as aired on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on June 23, 2008:

more about “Colbert: California Marriage Pioneers…“, posted with vodpod

Will Smith is the fo’shizzle. I hearted him when I first saw the 1985 release of the music video, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

My God, I was 7.

Since then, Smith has blossomed into an Academy Award-nominated actor and blockbuster box office star. He’s one of those guys you’d like to have a beer with. Easy-going, and just plain fun.

Here’s him smooching with David Letterman, and selling his new movie, Hancock.

Will Smith is the fo’shizzle. I hearted him when I first saw the 1985 release of the music video, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

My God, I was 7.

Since then, Smith has blossomed into an Academy Award-nominated actor and blockbuster box office star. He’s one of those guys you’d like to have a beer with. Easy-going, and just plain fun.

Here’s him smooching with David Letterman, and selling his new movie, Hancock.


(yes. for humor’s sake, I’ve got Buchanan on top)

Vicepresidents.com: With Dick Cheney’s daughter, Mary, openly gay, can America’s first openly gay VEEP be far behind? Last year a Gallup poll found that 55% of Americans would vote for a gay person running for President. We’ll assume those numbers would hold for the office of VEEP…

…Though don’t bet the farm just yet that Hillary, Barack, John or Mitt are gonna hook up with an openly gay running mate later this year — especially Republicans McCain and Romney.

What most Americans probably don’t know is that the country may have had at least one gay VEEP already,William Rufus deVane King.

King, the nation’s 13th VEEP, served a brief 45 days in office during the spring of 1853 (under the administration of Franklin Pierce) before dying of tuberculosis.

But it was King’s relationship with Pierce’s White House successor, James Buchanan, which provided grist for the gay gossip mill. King and Buchanan shacked up together for fifteen years prior to Buchanan’s presidency, prompting speculation in the press as to the nature of their relationship. Andrew Jackson referred to King as “Miss Nancy” and “Aunt Fancy,” while Buchanan’s equally snide Postmaster General, Aaron V. Brown, alluded to the two as “Buchanan and his wife.” Buchanan is the only American president never to marry.

Fueling further gay speculation was the fact that Buchanan’s and King’s nieces curiously destroyed their uncles’ correspondence, though at least one surviving letter has Buchanan writing of his “communion” with King. In 1844, after King left for France, Buchanan wrote, “I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any of them.”

Buchanan’s relationship with King has led some authors and historians, including Texas Christian University’s Paul F. Boller, to speculate that Buchanan was “America’s first homosexual president.” It follows, therefore, that King was quite possibly America’s first gay VEEP.

Weekend America: William Rufus DeVane King was a man born to be vice president. And he was born at a time when that wasn’t necessarily an insult.

In the middle of the 19th century, the vice president was expected to run the Senate, providing a steady hand, maintaining civility and keeping the legislative process flowing. In years of service as a lawmaker and a diplomat, King had earned a reputation as a modest and reasonable guy. He was well-liked, accommodating, not interested in glory or fame. In essence, he was a perfect vice president.

And King really wanted the job.

So, in 1852 he gets on the ticket with Franklin Pierce. They’re marching toward an easy victory, but meanwhile, King starts coughing. A lot. By the time they win, King is coughing all the time.

Anyone who’s ever watched a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel can guess what comes next. King heads down to Cuba, hoping a little tropical air will help out his consumption. It doesn’t.

Out of respect for King — knowing full well where this whole thing is going — Congress passes a one-time-only law that allows the vice president to be sworn in on foreign soil. In a somber ceremony, William Rufus DeVane King becomes the 13th vice president of the United States.

A month later he’s dead, and John Breckenridge becomes the 14th.

Now there’s another interesting historical footnote on King. He and future president James Buchanan were roommates for 15 years. One of several facts that have prompted some historians to propose that the two men were America’s first gay vice president and president, respectively. The press at the time wrote articles speculating about it. Both men’s relatives suspiciously burned all correspondence between the two. The post master general used to call the pair “Buchanan and his wife.” And Andrew Jackson called King “Miss Nancy.” Really.

But we will never know for sure.

And at least one historian says that Andrew Jackson called a lot of people Miss Nancy.


(yes. for humor’s sake, I’ve got Buchanan on top)

Vicepresidents.com: With Dick Cheney’s daughter, Mary, openly gay, can America’s first openly gay VEEP be far behind? Last year a Gallup poll found that 55% of Americans would vote for a gay person running for President. We’ll assume those numbers would hold for the office of VEEP…

…Though don’t bet the farm just yet that Hillary, Barack, John or Mitt are gonna hook up with an openly gay running mate later this year — especially Republicans McCain and Romney.

What most Americans probably don’t know is that the country may have had at least one gay VEEP already,William Rufus deVane King.

King, the nation’s 13th VEEP, served a brief 45 days in office during the spring of 1853 (under the administration of Franklin Pierce) before dying of tuberculosis.

But it was King’s relationship with Pierce’s White House successor, James Buchanan, which provided grist for the gay gossip mill. King and Buchanan shacked up together for fifteen years prior to Buchanan’s presidency, prompting speculation in the press as to the nature of their relationship. Andrew Jackson referred to King as “Miss Nancy” and “Aunt Fancy,” while Buchanan’s equally snide Postmaster General, Aaron V. Brown, alluded to the two as “Buchanan and his wife.” Buchanan is the only American president never to marry.

Fueling further gay speculation was the fact that Buchanan’s and King’s nieces curiously destroyed their uncles’ correspondence, though at least one surviving letter has Buchanan writing of his “communion” with King. In 1844, after King left for France, Buchanan wrote, “I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any of them.”

Buchanan’s relationship with King has led some authors and historians, including Texas Christian University’s Paul F. Boller, to speculate that Buchanan was “America’s first homosexual president.” It follows, therefore, that King was quite possibly America’s first gay VEEP.

Weekend America: William Rufus DeVane King was a man born to be vice president. And he was born at a time when that wasn’t necessarily an insult.

In the middle of the 19th century, the vice president was expected to run the Senate, providing a steady hand, maintaining civility and keeping the legislative process flowing. In years of service as a lawmaker and a diplomat, King had earned a reputation as a modest and reasonable guy. He was well-liked, accommodating, not interested in glory or fame. In essence, he was a perfect vice president.

And King really wanted the job.

So, in 1852 he gets on the ticket with Franklin Pierce. They’re marching toward an easy victory, but meanwhile, King starts coughing. A lot. By the time they win, King is coughing all the time.

Anyone who’s ever watched a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel can guess what comes next. King heads down to Cuba, hoping a little tropical air will help out his consumption. It doesn’t.

Out of respect for King — knowing full well where this whole thing is going — Congress passes a one-time-only law that allows the vice president to be sworn in on foreign soil. In a somber ceremony, William Rufus DeVane King becomes the 13th vice president of the United States.

A month later he’s dead, and John Breckenridge becomes the 14th.

Now there’s another interesting historical footnote on King. He and future president James Buchanan were roommates for 15 years. One of several facts that have prompted some historians to propose that the two men were America’s first gay vice president and president, respectively. The press at the time wrote articles speculating about it. Both men’s relatives suspiciously burned all correspondence between the two. The post master general used to call the pair “Buchanan and his wife.” And Andrew Jackson called King “Miss Nancy.” Really.

But we will never know for sure.

And at least one historian says that Andrew Jackson called a lot of people Miss Nancy.

Obama and McCain

Los Angeles Times: Buoyed by enthusiasm among Democrats and public concern over the economy, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has taken a sizable lead over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the opening of the general election campaign for president, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.

In a two-man race between the major-party candidates, registered voters chose Obama over McCain by 49% to 37% in the national poll, conducted Thursday through Monday.

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Times Online: An Israeli border policeman prompted scenes of panic at a Tel Aviv airport this afternoon by committing suicide at a farewell ceremony for President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and his wife, Carla Bruni.

All protocol was dropped as the man’s body fell from a high vantage point and a shot rang out. Mr Sarkozy and Ms Bruni were surrounded by their secret service agents and hastily bundled aboard their plane.

Security guards for Ehud Olmert pulled out their handguns and hustled the Israeli Prime Minister and his entourage into waiting bullet-proof limousines.

When the incident ended, however, Mr Olmert and Shimon Peres, the Israeli President, boarded the Sarkozy plane to say a proper goodbye.

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