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Tue, 17 Jun 2008 18:39:00 +0000

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Will American Religion Change It's Direction?

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 05:31:00 +0000

Here's a wonderful article from the New York Times. And then there is the postscript.


Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864)

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 09:51:00 +0000

Juene homme nu assis au bord de la mer,
figure drawing


Where's TMZ when you need 'em?

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:51:00 +0000

For those among us who actually have lives, here's what the rest of us fixate on.

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US Voter Demographics---a Graphic Display.

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 02:14:00 +0000

Just click on the picture to get an idea of 21st Century American voter demographics.



Let's all take June off to cool down.

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 12:31:00 +0000

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Oh, you little terrorist scamp!

Fri, 30 May 2008 11:22:00 +0000

(image) I was sweating over the writing of two very timely posts. Firstly, Berlin has erected a memorial to homosexuals who were persecuted, usually tortured, and exterminated under Nazi rule. This is momentous, because it has taken years and much toil to get the Germans to even think of the subject. After all, most homosexuals who survived the death camps were returned to prison after the war to finish out their sentences. Then, there is the fabulous news coming out of the state of New York. There, Gov. Paterson is moving his state toward the recognition of marriage contracts formulated in other states. This is only fair, since contracts entered into in one state are recognized by all others--except gay marriage.

But why waste your time with trivia? Why even link to these paltry matters?

What's most important in American affairs is that our dear, homey Rachel Ray, the every woman's lovable Martha Stewart, dared to wear a paisley scarf that somewhat hinted--if you kinda look that way over there with your eyes squinted--a Palestinian jihad something or other in a Dunkin Donuts online ad? The Toronto Star weighs in, but what the fuck do a bunch a Frenchie-lovin' Commie Canadians know about nothin'?

Die bitch!

Where injustice prevails, how many innocents will suffer?

Sat, 24 May 2008 08:49:00 +0000

Gambia's President declares war on gay community May 19, 2008 Gay men and lesbians must leave the country within 24 hours or face "seriousconsequences," the President of Gambia said on Thursday.President Yahya Jammeh turned on homosexuals and foreigners in an address ata victory celebration rally in Tallinding.The Daily Observer reported that the President had issued:"An ultimatum to homosexuals, drug dealers, thieves and other criminals, toleave The Gambia or face serious consequences if caught."The President equally warned all those who harbor such individuals to kickthem out of their compounds, noting that a mass patrol will be conducted onthe instructions of the IGP and the director of the Gambia ImmigrationDepartment to weed bad elements in society."Any hotel, lodge or motel that lodges this kind of individuals will beclosed down, because this act is unlawful." he said."We are in a Muslim dominated country and I will not and shall never acceptsuch individuals in this country.""He stated that a law is in place regarding this unlawful acts tougher thanthe Iranian laws and warned those involve in this infamous activities todesist from them."President Jammeh also claimed that foreigners are taking the benefits ofinvestment and "all stores belonging to Gambians and rented to foreignerswould be seized."Gambia, a mostly Muslim country of 1.7 million people, punishes homosexualacts, even in private, with up to seven years in prison.A former British colony, the country has been ruled by President Jammehsince a bloodless coup in 1994.Last year he horrified scientists by announcing that he had developed a"miracle cure" for HIV/AIDS.Hundreds of Gambians lined up to be "cured" by President Jammeh, who treatshis patients by rubbing a mysterious herbal paste into their ribcages andthen instructing them to swallow a bitter yellow drink, followed by twobananas.The therapy is administered repeatedly over several weeks.According to Mr. Jammeh, AIDS sufferers are cured within "three to thirtydays."The President announced his alleged cure in January to a gathering ofperplexed foreign diplomats."Whatever you do there are bound to be skeptics, but I can tell you mymethod is foolproof," he said."Mine is not an argument, mine is a proof. It is a declaration. I can cureAIDS and I will."Government radio and TV addresses publicized the treatment, which Jammehprovides for free.It has the backing of the Gambian Health Ministry.Mr Jammeh refuses to disclose the ingredients of his herbal concoction,saying only that the treatment uses seven plants - "three of which are notfrom Gambia".His official website claims that patients have experienced a "markedimprovement" in their health as a result of the treatment and scoffs atcritics who dispute its efficacy. [...]

Oh, the power of skin color.

Thu, 22 May 2008 22:39:00 +0000

Obama has been castigated for his association with Rev. Wright, but Pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement McCain sought and received, is above reproach. Here, Hagee explains that Hitler, the Nazis, and the Holocaust were sent by god to punish all Jews who had not emigrated to Palestine. (Not to mention that, in agreement with Revs. Falwell and Robertson, 9/11 and Katrina were god's wrath against ho-mo-sekshul loving America.) Oh, the power of a fair complexion.

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Good News Comes Our Way.

Thu, 15 May 2008 19:27:00 +0000

California Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Gay Marriage

Happy Birthday!

Wed, 14 May 2008 16:56:00 +0000

Kitty turns 18
May 15th

Says Kitty: "Yes, yes. I'm adorable. Now, piss off!"



Mon, 05 May 2008 20:53:00 +0000

Can you cry under water? How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'.. But it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going to? Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? Why does a round pizza come in a square box? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours? If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing? Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway. Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural? Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat? If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him? Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ? If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat? Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs! If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner? If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from? If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons? Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? Why did you just try singing the two songs above? Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt? Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window? Do you ever wonder why you gave out your e-mail address in the first place? [...]

Oh, but Rev. Wright is the flake???

Sun, 04 May 2008 11:32:00 +0000

Wright and Obama are vilified, but white ministers, and McBush who actively sought their endorsements, get a pass. Go figure.

Who's to blame for 9/11: It's what we deserve!

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My first, and extremely intense, depression in two years.

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:31:00 +0000



Sharing with you an artist I love.

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 20:01:00 +0000

Paul Cadmus (1904-1999), homosexual. Read about him here. Or, just enjoy the following sample.[...]

Little Joe

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 03:34:00 +0000

Joe DallesandroDallesandro on the cover of the Rolling Stones album, Sticky FingersI remember in 1968 when Andy Warhol's/Paul Morrissey's Heat hit the art houses, the only venue for indies in those days. This movie showed us a New York that wasn't imaged in standard motion pictures nor in such bottom dwellers like Midnight Cowboy. Rather--and as I was to learn later, during the year I lived there--Warhol showed us the litter festooned, money struggling world of most New Yorkers. Warhol's Factory gathered together an eclectic, fluid milieu of artists, cross-dressers, wealthy investors, hustlers, musicians, and drug dealers.You have to bear in mind that though the early 60's opened the door to the explicit mentioning of homosexuality and lesbianism, gays were always shown as freaks (Boys in the Band) who met with bad endings (Advise and Consent). Or they were turned straight (Tea and Sympathy). Even after Stonewall, even now in too many straight movies, homosexuals have been shown as, or made to seem, outsiders, creatures whose purpose is to accentuate heterosexuals' masculinity and normality. How many movies today glibly throw out the word faggot, when none would say nigger, except coming from obvious screen racists?Warhol's cinema world was very far from that in Leave it to Beaver. Not just the people and relationships were different, but the physical world was not sanitized. The everyday world has a seedy, sordid appearance. But unlike cine noir, Warhol's raw naturalism was oddly upbeat without being sappy. This was outrageous to conservative folk. Also, Warhol's themes and depictions--cross-dressing, hustling, heroin use, flagrant nudity--were massively controversial.However, what Warhol's three great movies--Heat, Trash, and Flesh--did for us in the mid-West was to open the door to the unnamed we felt within us and witnessed in still-hidden refuges. And it all was blatantly, materially out in the open. Joe Dallesandro, The Factory's icon of masculine perfection and taint, whose failures weren't bi-sexual but, rather, heterosexual, became an image never before seen by the queer masses--a gorgeous stud who was fully accessible. We queers no longer had to moon over big name straights who we knew were not, in reality, gay friendly. Joe was easily omi-sexual on screen and friendly off. We all knew he was straight, yet he courted a gay fan base. (Remember, the only gay actors we knew of were like Rock Hudson--not really human--just rumors.)And he was just too fucking stellar, romping around in the nude, showing a hard-on (Heat), vulnerable (Trash), commanding (Flesh), and available for $20. He could be the quintessential tool who didn't care, who had something outside the existing definitions which remained innocent. Dellasandro was whomever I wanted him to represent. I was a teenager, and Dallesandro's three films (there were others) exploded my conception of sexual and class freedom. These three Dallesandro films had an enduring influence upon me, rather than being passing fancies. Also, these movies' low budget successes opened my eyes to what can be imagined and conceived off the cuff.[...]

Meet Takashi Murakami

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 06:23:00 +0000

An Exciting Contemporary Artist

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Takashi Murakami is a wonderful, fresh, explosive artist from Japan. He works in painting, sculpture and cartoons. Recurring characters are Kaikai + Kiki, who live aboard a living mother space craft, and Mr. DOB, who is an existential cross (his name is an anacronym for the Japanese spiritual question, Why?) between Buddha and Warhol. I like his work, because my mind gushes what he presents; I gravitate toward the hysterically dynamic. One of Murakami's exhibits in Brooklyn Museum (April 5-July 13) is a room dominated by a frenetic sculptural composite with walls covered in wallpaper designed violently with small, packed images like the bottom picture above. A bipolar's ideal meditation room.

Here is a video which introduces you to the artist and more of his work.

What do you think?

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Sucker for Love.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 05:06:00 +0000

Francesca and PaoloDante Gabriel RossettiAuguste RodinGustave DoreAry SchefferFrancesca da Rimini was a contemporary of Dante, who placed her and her lover, Paolo Malatesta, in the second upper realm of hell, in Dante's great poetic work, The Divine Comedy. Francesca was pawned off by her father, who sought to solidify a tenuous political alliance with a marriage. Knowing she would not marry Giovanni Malatesta, because he was deformed, Giovanni's handsome brother, Paolo, posed as her intended. Francesca fell in love with Paolo, never realizing the subterfuge until the morning after the wedding, which took place in absentia.Well, it didn't take much for Paolo to fall in love with Francesca, and they consummated this love while reading a book about Lancelot and Guinevere. They never finished the story, but they kept up their affair. One day, Giovanni caught the two lovers in flagrante and stabbed them to death. Dante, as said above, placed the pair in hell, but not deeply. Giovanni, however, suffered in hell's lowest level.However, in Dante's epic poem, when Francesca related to Dante the story of their love and death, he wept and, then, fainted. Though he felt compelled to damn the lovers over a betrayal and a broken (marriage) vow--he placed Judas, the great betrayer, up Satan's ass--Dante was unable to place them where betrayers were condemned.Anyway, as the artwork above clearly shows, the love of Francesca and Paolo has inspired artists from medieval times on down. While I'm no longer foolish about people, I am about love. It's been the cause of my greatest emotional and financial disasters but also my greatest happinesses. Here's the upside of manic-depression:Lack of restraint.[...]

Campaign 2008

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 05:32:00 +0000

Here is a totally thoughtful and unbiased video. It takes no sides and relies upon you, the viewer, to draw whatever conclusions you so wish.

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A Mish-Mash of Stuff.

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 06:26:00 +0000

I just joined Netflix, because I love movies. Well, I figured if I could go through at least 3 movies a month, then I'd be ahead of the game. It only costs $8.99 per month. But, little did I realize that this vermin, evil company had its eye out for super-manics. It turns out that there are hundreds and hundreds of thousands of instant gratification movies. Just push the tiny, cute li'l blue button and you can watch one on your computer--anytime. As it turns out, my monitor is a nice size HD screen; I watch all my movies on my PC. So, well . . . I've been on a binge! Do you realize how many movies a human can watch when he's off his meds but on an endless stream of Sumatra blend caffeine? I've been invited out for dinner tomorrow (Friday), but, but, but how can I enjoy an exquisite dinner (the host is an amazing chef) when I know all along my screen is dark? Forlorn. Beckoning. If you think I don't mean every word of this, then you aren't blessed with a certifiable mental . . . bent.

Here's a quote from the incomparable writer and cynic, Dorothy Parker:

"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised."

And, last, here is an idiot vid remake of an ancient post:

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What more is there to say?

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 06:43:00 +0000

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A Wonderful Movie.

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:00:00 +0000

Everything is Illuminated

Being in lag-time when it comes to seeing movies, I just watched Everything is Illuminated. It stars Elijah Wood and Eugene Hutz and is based upon the novel of the same name. The story is, essentially, a road trip with a destination. Wood plays a young American Jew, Jonathon Safran Foer, also the name of the novel's author, who travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who allegedly saved his grandfather's life during WW II. Jonathon is a somewhat straight-laced obsessive-compulsive collector of family memorabilia. His massive collection--false teeth, condoms, glasses, soil--is posted upon a wall, every item in a baggie. He always wears a black suit and tie, perfect hair, big eye-glasses

Jonathon hooks up with a lanky interpreter/guide, named Alex. Alex is a bling wearing, hip-hop loving Michael Jackson fan who has an entertaining way of mutilating the English language. Along their trip, chauffeured by Alex's blind grandfather, there are many occasions of off-beat humor. But, as the trip nears its destination, the story takes a more grave, yet still lyrical, tone. The discoveries that are finally made bring together the disparate lives of Jonathon, Alex, Alex's grandfather, and those of a decimated town.

I was unabashedly bawling by the unraveling turn of events.

So, please consider watching this movie. You won't regret it.

(Check out the trailer:)

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Can I Get Any More Gay?

Fri, 21 Mar 2008 08:30:00 +0000

Mae West

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful."


Constantine Cavafy.

Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:51:00 +0000

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