Friday, July 05, 2013

Random Musings ... Delayed for the Holiday

Boy oh boy, say what you will about the Good Old US of A—even on this day after her birthday—but it sure beats living in Russia. If you’re one of The Gays, or The Gay Allies, that is.

This Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Russia's national bill against "gay propaganda" into law. The law will introduce fines of up to 5000 rubles—AKA $150.00—for individuals who promote information ‘directed at forming non-traditional sexual setup’ in minors; it is also now illegal in Russia to say gay relationships are equal to straight ones.

Luckily, if you’re gay and just visiting Russia, you won’t be fined for breaking the law, you’ll just be arrested and jailed for fifteen days and then deported.

Best to just stay home and feel the Pride here.

Torchwood, Arrow, and Doctor Who actor John Barrowman and his partner Scott Gill took advantage of California's new marriage laws and tied the knot this week.
"Thank you Supreme Court. About time you made it legal!"—John Barrowman.
The only thing I don’t like about this story is that Barrowman didn’t marry me!

If I had a nickel for every time I was on trial for shooting a young man to death and got a case of the giggles in court, well, I’d be just about the richest man ever. Or not. But George Zimmerman, on trial for murdering Trayvon Martin, found just such a moment during his trial this week.

On the stand, U.S. Army Capt. Alexis Francisco Carter Jr. told a Florida court that Zimmerman had been “one of the better students” in a Criminal Litigation course he taught that included the state’s “stand your ground” self defense law.

Defense attorney Don West asked Carter to explain how the self defense claim worked in Florida: “On the issue of injuries, though, when you talk about that with the class and your understanding of the law is that the focused is what’s going on in the person’s mind, not whether they have actually been injured. It’s the fear of the injury, is it not?”

“It’s imminent injury,” Carter explained. “Or imminent fear. So the fact alone that there isn’t an injury doesn’t necessarily mean that the person did not have a real apprehension of fear. The fact that there were injuries have a tendency to show or support that that person had a reasonable apprehension of fear.”

“You don’t have to wait until you’re almost dead until you can defend yourself?” West asked.

“No, I would advise you probably don’t do that,” Carter replied.

That response prompted several seconds of laughter from George Zimmerman.

On trial for murdering a young boy.

I first posted about this HERE.

The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of 6-year-old Coy Mathis, whose school barred her from using the girls' bathroom at her Fountain elementary school because she is transgender. Coy was born with male genitals, but as soon as she was able to express herself at around 18 months, it became clear to her parents that she thought of herself as a girl.
"This is huge for Coy and every transgender child throughout the state. We told her and she was completely thrilled. Her eyes got all bright and she jumped up and down and said 'So, this means I can go to school and make friends again.'"— Kathryn Mathis, Coy's mother
Mathis' parents filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division after Coy was denied access to the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8; after filing the complaint, the Mathis family removed Coy from classes.

The decision marks the first ruling in the nation holding that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms that match the gender with which they identify, and the most comprehensive ruling ever supporting the rights of transgender people to access bathrooms without harassment or discrimination.

The march goes on, people.

Up there in Delaware, state Senator Karen Peterson, a co-sponsor of that state's marriage equality bill, married her partner, Victoria Bandy, last Monday, becoming the first gay couple to wed in Delaware.
"Never, ever. I still can't believe it. Who would think at 63 I'd be getting married, you know?"—Karen Peterson
Congrats to all the gay couples in Delaware who are doing the same today, including ….

Ron Tipton and Bill Kelly, who married in Delaware in July 3rd.

It was an important date for the couple as it also marked their 49th anniversary together.
Forty.Nine.Years. And finally a bridegroom.

Congrats to Ron, of Retired In Delaware blog-fame, and his husband Bill!

I loves me some Hugh Jackman. And his Huge Ackman.

But, alas, I am getting tired of the nearly yearly event in which Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, come out and complain about people saying Huge, er, Hugh is gay.

Last week the couple appeared on Australia's 60 Minutes to once more complain about how tired they are of the gay rumors that follow Jackman.
"If I was [gay], I would be...It's to me not the most interesting thing about a person anyway, but I do get frustrated for Deb, because I see Deb go 'Ah, this is just crazy'."—Hugh Jackman
"It is just wrong, it's like, it's a lie...It's just offensive. If he was gay, fine, he would say he's gay. It has gotten so out of whack … it's stupid, and yeah, it's annoying, because it's not true."— Deborra-Lee Furness
I can see it might be annoying, but, if you aren’t gay, then who really cares? If Hugh and ‘Deb’ know that he’s straight, then what does it matter if a bunch of gay men, and gossip sites, around the world think otherwise. It might just be wishful thinking on my part. You know. 

And, is being called gay really such an awful thing? It isn’t. So, Hugh? While I love you, I’d like to ask that you just stop with the ‘don’t call me gay’ foot stomp.

And Deb? Lots of things in life are stupid and annoying but most folks just keep moving. If you know the truth then who cares that I loves me some Huge Ackman and dream a little dream … ?

We just started watching Under The Dome, based on a Stephen Kill story, or something he wrote on a napkin. So far it’s pretty good, and so far, it has some deliciously hot looking mens to whet my, er, whistle:

Alexander Koch [left] plays the creeper [dreamy?] Junior, while Mike Vogel [center] plays the killer-slash-good guy Barbi, and Nicholas Strong [right] plays the cool radio dude.

It’s worth watching, and not just for these three.

Robert Knight, of the laughably-named American Civil Rights Union, and a former member of the virulently anti-gay Coral Ridge Ministries, is calling for southern California to break away from the dirty gay-loving northern half of the state. 

Robert Knight: “By accusing backers of traditional marriage of being motivated only by animus against homosexuals, the U.S. Supreme Court has become the most prominent hate group in the country. Judge Walker’s ruling applies only to the Northern District of California, leaving the rest of the state’s law intact. This gives Southern Californians more incentive to push secession. For years, sensible Southland folks have wanted not to reside in a state represented in Washington by Rep. Nancy Pelosi or in Sacramento by Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown. There would have to be a gerrymander, with Hollywood joining the north, but politicians are good at this. I hope they can pull it off, but I wonder where the rest of us are going to live when mere belief in the biblical definition of marriage is grounds for civil action and eventually criminal prosecution? It’s not as if we can trust the courts to give us justice.

Oh, LA and Hollywood would be in Northern Homo-fornia? I guess Knight thinks there ain’t no queers in San Diego.

Carlos and I recently caught World War Z and, while I am not a fan of zombies—I mean, seriously, they walk so slowly how are they a threat?—but I loved this movie. These zombies run, and hurl themselves at you, and, well, several times I jumped in the theater.

I also really liked Brad Pitt. Even scruffy, with a bad haircut, he’s a good looking man, but I began wondering that, had WWZ been a Tom Cruise movie it would have been entirely different.

First, I’d never see it because I don’t go to Tommy’s movies.

But, you just know that he’d look perfect, not a hair out of place, and barely a scratch on him. It would have been ridiculous. 

Sure, Pitt played the hero who worked hard and solved the problem of the zombies—or so we think because there is talk of a sequel—but he looked beaten up while doing so.

And hot while doing so, too.

I caught a snippet of Big Brother—for the record, I loathe the show—and saw some guy who had the IQ of a pencil—he was a California beach lifeguard, so that stereotype remains intact—and just about hurled. It’s not a reality show, it’s a show where people with nothing better to do, go on TV to act the fool and show their true colors.

But, Big Brother has a 24-hour live feed from CBS, and it’s there that the troubles started. Even though the show isn’t airing, it is being filmed and some of the houseguests have a tendency to let their racism, and bigotry and homophobia show, like:
  • GinaMarie, who said that, because of her income level, she receives “n***** insurance” and then said that Helen, who’s Asian, “should be kissing our ass and serving us some f-cking rice.”
  • Aaryn said of Andy, “No one’s gonna vote for whoever that queer puts up,” and then suggested he’d win MVP because “people love the queers.” Spencer called Andy “Kermit the f-g”; Amanda called him “F-ggoty Ann.” Katilin, on the other hand, said she likes gay people but they’re “untrustworthy in a game like this.”
  • Aaryn, who apparently is all kinds of stupid bigot, said, of Candice, who’s black, “be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that bitch.” And then David, the aforementioned ousted dumbass lifeguard, talking about sheets that smelled bad, said they were that way because “black Candice” was on them, and then admitted, “that was totally racist.”
  • Jeremy, who calls the house’s women “bitches,” said of Katilin, “I did touch her vagina today. She didn’t act like she was happy. I like to feel around to see what’s she’s working with. See if it’s a nice meat wallet … I know she’s on her period.” Spencer refers to women as “c****.”
Now, do not give me the ‘they forgot they were on TV’ bull. These people know they are on TV and yet they still utter this crap like it’s a joke. Sure, maybe some of them do it because it might get them more camera time, but it’s disgusting none-the-less and CBS should be ashamed of themselves for airing this in any way shape or form. But, they did release this statement:
Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.”
In other words, meh. That said, some folks are not happy with the blatant racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry of these reality dickwads.

Turns out that racism gets you fired these days, as both GinaMarie Zimmerman and Aaryn Gries were fired from their day jobs:

East Coast USA Pageant, Inc., who employs GinaMarie Zimmerman, has fired her, saying they were shocked that she could “display such acts of hate and racism. … We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is. We would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants.”

Then we have homophobe, Aaryn Gries, who will learn, upon exiting the BB house that Zephyr Talent in Austin, Texas says they’ve seen enough and have dropped Aaryn from the agency because of her filthy mouth: “Aaryn, season 15 cast member of Big Brother, revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we (Zephyr Talent) do not condone. … We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.”

The best part of these two women losing their jobs is that they have no idea it happened until they get off the show. So, if you ever get on a reality show with a 24-hour live feed and think that being a bigot or a racist or a misogynist or a homophobe will get you more air time and more fans, remember that it might also cost you your job.

Kinda not worth it. Just ask Paula Deen.

The Fabulous Beekman Boys—Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell—were married on June 28. The couple has been together since 2000, and just last year won the Amazing Race.

Martha Stewart broadcast the ceremony on her Sirius XM radio show, Martha Live, and contributed some 100 hard-boiled eggs to the potluck feast.

Hmmm, wonder it Martha would make tacos when I marry Carlos? Just sayin’.


anne marie in philly said...

to quote an old song: "look at all the happy people dancing on the lawn"! congrats to all the newlyweds!

now when are you going to make an honest man of carlos? ;-)

the dogs' mother said...

I follow Seattle twitterings and got a chuckle out of the beaver incident.

Loves all the happy endings (or beginnings) stories.

SEAN (Just A Jeep Guy) said...

I'm sure you won't find it hard (ha ha hard!) to give Hugh a break. It's not like he brought it up...if you saw the interview you could see they were more exasperated that yet another "journalist" brought up the gay thing again then at the rumors.

You should check out john's Whosay channel - lots of flesh and funny peaks into his life.

mistress maddie said...

Wow! Congratulations to Ron and his husband on 49 years!!!!!!!! Gives me hope! And when they were filming world war z in Philadelphia,it was all rumors that Mr.Pitt stayed at the casa du borghese. Its just coincidental I know he sleeps nude and gets up at on Sunday mornings at 10am, and likes fresh blueberries on his granola while he enjoys a neck rub. Rumors I say!

Ms Sparrow said...

What a marathon post! I'm still not sure about The Dome. I've watched the first two episodes but some of the direction (or whatever) bothers me--stupid stuff like the fire bucket brigade throwing water on the porch of the burning house instead of on the flames. Some of the the characters don't seem to gel either. I'll wait and see. Just saw WW-Z yesterday and really liked it but again there were holes. (Like the little boy they take with them who disappears and the Israeli soldier who does the same.) Dangling story lines really bug me!

R.J. said...

Hahaha! Robert Knight needs to take a guided tour through the streets of Hillcrest. And for giggles maybe we can take him for a cruise through Balboa Park after dark? ;-)

Mitchell is Moving said...

Smiles... Groans... And such relief about the Beaver.

Bob Slatten said...

@Anne Marie
It may happen sooner than anyone thinks

i just kinda wish Huge had said, 'What's the big deal, people suspect/wish/hope/dream I'm gay. Who cares?'

He belongs to me .... and Angelina.

@Ms Sparrow
I overlooked some of the flaws, and just liked the idea of the 'Dome' story.