Thursday, April 24, 2014

Random Musings

Update on the story I posted earlier this week [HERE] about Earl Bullard, the mayor of Latta, South Carolina who fired the police chief Crystal Moore because she’s a lesbian.

It seems the good people of Latta aren’t having this because this week the town council voted unanimously to block Bullard from replacing Moore during the next two months. That followed a vote from last week to hold a referendum on a new structure for government that would enable the town council to hire Moore back.

A standing room only crowd turned out for a council meeting to show their support for Moore.
In Small Town South Carolina of all places!
One thing I hate, and which feels like steel-tipped fingernails slowly sliding down a chalkboard, is when people say “exspecially’ instead of ‘especially’.

Knock it off.
Lupita Nyong'o is People magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ woman, marking just the third time in the 25-year history of the ‘Most Beautiful’ issue that a Black woman has graced the cover. 

And she deserves it!

All I can say is that they got it right, and, well, let’s try to see more women of color on the cover, eh?
After coming out last year during a Golden Globes speech, this past weekend Jodie Foster married her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

And congratulations to husband-in-my-head Matt Bomer who revealed this week that he has been married to his longtime partner Simon Halls since 2011.

Married to someone else or not, he still gets to be husband-in-my-head.
After Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady came out in support for same-sex marriage a gaggle of Republicans sought to oust him from his job because, you know, gays and equality and shiz. Brady resigned last May, citing his wife's battle with cancer and his desire to focus on his family after four years as chairman and two as a Republican National Committee member.

Bad news, followed by good news.

When Illinois Republicans voted this week for all 18 state central committee member posts they ousted six of the seven Republican Neanderthals who wanted Brady removed for his support of LGBT rights.

Maybe the GOP is changing, y’all. Maybe.
More good news? Okay … the Kentucky legislature has adjourned for the year without voting on a bill that would have allowed Senator Crazy Rand Paul to appear twice on the 2016 ballot. 

Paul had asked the state to change the law so that he could retain his Senate seat while running for president because even he knows he’ll never be president and he wants that Senate Seat Safety Net.

Brian Wilkerson, a spokesman for Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: "In Kentucky, you ought to run for one office at a time. The speaker's thoughts haven't changed on that."

And Kentucky’s Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, is highly unlikely to call the legislature into special session to consider the measure so that means if Crazy Rand Paul's allies in the legislature want to try again, they're going to have to wait until the legislature reconvenes next January.

And by that time, a number of 2016 White House contenders may already be officially in the race making Paul’s chances slimmer than Oprah fitting into a size twelve.

Onto another kind of race, RuPaul’s Drag Race:

This week’s Mini-Challenge was to create “Twerks of Art” and the ladies did so by covering their bodies in paint and rolling all over a giant canvas. It was all kinds of creepy and icky and gooey. Let’s move on …

The Main Challenge began with the queens being teamed up with biologically female brides for a wedding makeover but then came the twist; the queens wouldn’t be making over the women as pretty little brides, they’d be making over the husbands into pretty not-so-little brides.

Let’s dish:

Bianca Del Rio was the week’s big winner. First, she won the ‘Twerk of Art’ mini-challenge, though I’m sure she’ll forget to add that to her resume. But her ‘bride’ was by far the best of the bunch, and she totally rocked the Mother of the Bride runway look. She and her drag daughter actually looked alike on the runway and matched in wedding dress and Mother of the Bride couture. Plus, Bianca is an all out riot, and so quick with the comebacks:  "Don't call me mommy in public."

BenDeLaCreme is also coming on strong. And she really played up the Mother of the Bride act, and also created a unique march down the aisle. I am still Team BenDeLa, but I am leaning toward Team Bianca, too.

Courtney Act is pretty; Courtney Act looked better than her bride. Not good for the Mother of the Bride to wear a sexy, nearly see-thru number while her drag daughter basically wore window dressing and a sheet.

Darienne Lake got the tough challenge: Goth Wedding. But she pulled it off somewhat, at least with her drag daughter who seemed ready to try out for next season’s Drag Race, But Darienne completely missed the Goth Mother of the Bride mark so points off for that.

Adore Delano, I do not adore. She can’t sew, and she apparently can’t apply make-up, either to herself or anyone else. This was a mess from the get-go and looked more like In Bred Cousin F**Ker Wedding than anything else; bad wigs—even her drag daughter questioned the style level of the hair—and bad gowns and bad makeup.

Joslyn Fox got the uncomfortable groom who was a professional, or semi-professional, basketball player who cared only about what his teammates night think when they saw him in a dress. Honey, why go on a show called ‘Drag Race’ if you worried about being seen in drag. And then, puking on the runway? How Willem of you.

Lip Sync For Your Life: Adore v Joslyn. And it was no contest. I couldn’t have cared less which queen went home but watching Joslyn out-of-sync-lip-sync was painful. Adore really mopped the floor with her and Joslyn took her drag on home.

What did YOU think?
Last season on Once Upon A Time — a show that never saw a hot guy and didn’t want to put him in tight leather pants — we met Sean Maguire, who plays Robin Hood. He was hot, and then he was gone. Luckily, for me anyway, the show brought him and his hot Britishness back.

And luckily Devious Maids s also back because, while the show is at times trite, some of the dialogue is whip-smart-funny and there are at least two new hotties to admire this season.

Dominic Adams plays hot bodyguard with a hot body that needs a guard to keep me off it, while Mark Deklin — last seen as the closeted gay husband on Good Christian Bitches — is back as a hot man with a secret past.

I got a kick out of the stories that Hillary Clinton planted the shoe thrower so she would look more presidential, like George W, Bush, because here’s George W. Bush being, well, ex-presidential.

Four of the five living presidents — only Daddy Bush was missing — spoke at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library as part of a summit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and this is how George W Bush opened his speech:

“Former presidents compare their libraries the way other men may compare their, well … Just wondering how LBJ would have handled that. He was a funny guy at times.”

Yeah, commemorating the Civil Rights Act is the perfect place for a penis joke.

Fucking frat boy asshat.
Over there to the Italy, the city council of Latina voted in favor of a motion to support the recognition of a same-sex couple’s marriage.

Antonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento [above] were the first Italian gay couple to be married more than 10 years ago in Holland, and in 2004 they asked the Ufficio dello Stato Civile of Latina to register their marriage but their application was turned down.

The couple sued the town, and in 2005 the Tribunale of Latina rejected their complaint. They appealed to the Court of Appeal of Rome and were denied a second time. They appealed that denial to the Supreme Court of Cassation who, in 2012, also rejected their appeal but delivered a landmark opinion for LGBT rights saying Italian laws should treat gay and straight couples equally. 

So, Antonio and Mario asked the town of Latina to record their marriage again, and on April 15, 2014, the Council of the Latina approved in a 14-2 vote a motion in support of the record of their marriage.

The motion is addressed to the Italian Government, which will decide whether or not the commune of Latina can register the marriage but I love that the two men never gave up, and won’t ever give up.
Ralph Reed brought his anti-LGBT hate to ABC's This Week to talk about gay adoption and gay parenting and Russia’s anti-gay adoption laws. [the emphasis in the quotes is mine]

Ralph Reed: “The social science on this is clear. This isn’t about Vladimir Putin, this is about what’s best for children here in the United States. The social science is irrefutable: a child who grows up in a home without the mother and father present, and they both very unique procreative, nurturing, and socializing roles, they’re nine times more likely to end up dropping out of high school; they’re five times more likely to end up in poverty; and they’re three times more likely to end up addicted to drugs and alcohol.”

Cokie Roberts, host of This Week: “But the social science is also irrefutable that a child raised in an orphanage is in much worse shape than a child raised in a home. And the fact that people are willing to take these children and raise them, and raise them in a loving way, is clearly better for these children.”

Ralph Reed: “I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples. I think the law has every right to set an ideal. And the ideal is a mother and a father.”

Love how he contradicts himself within seconds of saying the science is clear, and then saying the science is not in yet.

Asshat can’t even forge a decent anti-gay argument.
So, earlier we talked about Matt Bomer’s marriage some three years ago and I felt sad that he would only and always be just a husband-in-my-head, but then I saw that picture and, well, I’m okay with my fantasies.

Excuse me for a moment …
I'm back. I posted a while back about Mississippi's Don't Serve The Gays Because The Baby Jeebus Said So law, and talked about the group, If You're Buying, We're Selling placing decals into windows of businesses that don't discriminate.

Well, I checked out their website, HERE, and imagine my surprise when I saw my little old blag listed under Press Reports.

How cool is that?


anne marie in philly said...

you are now a celebrity! (bows in r-e-s-p-e-c-t)

the dogs' mother said...

RuPaul. When Youngest was in pre-school we had a big daytime Halloween party here. One of the activities was to paint a large mural of a Halloween scene that we would put up as one of our decorations on Halloween night. I put out a long piece of paper and all the paint and when I came back.... Youngest and two of his buddies had turned it into a big painted slip and slide. Everybody went into their respective tubs. They were very colorful. :-) said...

Someone in Adore Delano’s camp must have incriminating pictures of Ru or one of the producers for her to still be on the show. I can only take so many minutes in a row of that talk-without-moving-your-mouth babble that Adore tosses around to spice up her foul language without hitting Fast Forward. What I really cannot understand, however, is why Darienne Lake is still in the competition. That queen has only one look and she’s so mean! I want her gone!

Mitchell is Moving said...

First, I can't believe George W. Bush's latest moronic statement. He's even more stupid than I gave him credit for.

As for that last photo of Matt Bomer... You were talking about your fantasies and then said "excuse me..." Where'd you go???

mistress maddie said...

Don't even get me started on the men of once upon a time!!!!!!!!!! Drag race- more certain than ever it will be 1-Bianca 2-Ben, 3- Courtney. Still don't like Darienne. Appalled by judges that she is still there. If she makes top four like Lattrice, who was wayyyyyy more put together, I'm done! One of those bitches better send her packing next week.

Professor Chaos said...

Wait, Jodie Foster wasn't out? I didn't think she made any secret of her orientation.

And you go, people of Latta, SC!

And fuck George W. Bush. Just fuck that guy. I've seen Bronies who have more dignity.

Bob Slatten said...

I went, um, away for a second.

@Prof Chaos
Jodie was always kinda out, but she made it more official at the Globes last year.

Blobby said...

Why is William Shatner in that top picture? : )