Mike Gravel for President: Or Maybe Just Take a Fireside Nap….

My Articles for Thursday, June 14, 2007

“Goths: Taking the Human Condition for Granted.”

A discussion of a goth persective on living. A music video by London at Night is included.

[tags: goth, goths, music, music video, dailymotion, social, cultural]

“Virginia Tech Killings Report Issued: But Why are President Bush and His Aides Smiling about It?”

President Bush receives a copy of the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. From left in the picture are, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, the President, and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

Again, but why are they all smiling? Gross. Very, very gross.

[tags: Virginia Tech killings, Virginia Tech shootings, student killings, President Bush, Virginia Tech Report, Cho, Sueng Lui Cho]

“Victory in Massachusetts!”

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Boston Globe reports this morning that a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which has been advanced by social conservatives, was soundly defeated today by a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature. The vote was vote 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008.

[tags: gay, gay rights, gay pride, GLBT, rights, freedom, Massachusetts]

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Victory in Massachusetts!!

Celebrations outside of the Massachussets State House in Boston on June 14, 2007.  A special convening of the Congress made a nationally historic vote to kill a referendum that would have placed the Gay Marriage issue on the ballot in 2008.  Photography by Darren McCollester/Getty Images.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Boston Globe reported this morning that:

A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that had been advanced by social conservatives was soundly defeated today by a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature by a vote of 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008.  At least 50 votes were needed to advance the measure.  The vote came after House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Senate President Therese Murray and Governor Deval Patrick conferred this morning and concluded that they had enough votes to kill the proposal.

The three leaders, along with gay rights activists, spent the last several days intensely lobbying a dozen or more state representatives and state senators who had previously supported the amendment, but who had later indicated that they were open to changing their positions.  Since fewer than 50 of the state’s 200 lawmakers supported the amendment, it will not appear on the 2008 ballot, giving gay marriage advocates a major victory in their battle with social conservatives to keep same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts today, the freedom to marry is secure,” said a victorious Gov. Deval Patrick, who had lobbied lawmakers up until the final hours Thursday to kill the measure.  As the tally was announced, the halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston erupted in applause.

Just think about those numbers: With the final vote of 151 to 45, gay marriage opponents couldn’t even get 25% of the state legislators to support their amendment.  One observer of this political event has stated, “That’s not a sea change in public opinion, that’s a tidal wave!”

Andrew Sullivan rejoices at The Atlantic Magazine:

“Yes, we have much more to do.  Yes, we still have to win over those who see our loves as somehow destructive of the families we seek merely to affirm.  Yes, we don’t have federal recognition of our basic civic equality.  Yes, in many, many states, we have been locked out of equality for a generation, because of the politics of fear and backlash.  But look how far we’ve come.  From a viral holocaust to full equality – somewhere in America, in the commonwealth where American freedom was born.  In two decades.  This is history.  What a privilege to have witnessed it.

It was driven above all by ordinary gay and lesbian couples and their families – not activists, not lobbyists, not intellectuals.  Couples and their families.  It was driven by a brutal, sudden realization that we were far more vulnerable than we knew.  In the plague years, husbands reeled as they were denied access to their own spouses in hospitals, as they were evicted from their shared homes in the immediate aftermath of terrible grief, and refused access even to funerals by estranged and often hostile in-laws.  This day is for them, for all those who were abused and maligned and cast aside because they loved another human being.  It’s also for all the lesbian mothers who realized in the last two decades just how much contempt and hatred existed for their care of their own children, who lived in constant insecurity, or who, at best, had to endure erasure from visibility.  It’s for gay families in Virginia today, denied dignity and protection multiple times over, enduring popular votes of meretricious contempt, and carrying on regardless, living their lives, building their relationships, cherishing their homes, caring for their kids, honoring their parents.  And it’s for the countless, countless gay couples throughout human history – who for so long had to live lives in which their deepest longings and loves were denied, crushed, ignored or threatened.

The media didn’t much notice yesterday.  But America changed.  The world changed.  And an ancient and deep wound began, ever so slightly, to heal.”

The Bee Gees: Massachusetts

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My Articles for Wednesday, June 13, 2007

“Photo of the Day: Gay Pride, Brooklyn”

Photography by: Joseph O. Homes, NYC

[tags: Photo of the Day, Photograph of the Day, Gay Pride Brooklyn, gay, gay pride, photography]

“Go to Sleep You Weary Hobo: Emmylou Harris”

Music video and photographs.

[tags: Emmylou Harris, music, video, dailymotion, celebrities, photography]

The Paris Hilton that very few really know about. Revealed for the first time here!! Exotic photographs, a French music audio tribute, and an exclusive discussion of these little known details about Paris Hilton. Only Here, Now!!

[tags: Paris Hilton, celebrities, music, video, YouTube, jail, celebrity news]

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Finally, The Real Paris Hilton is Revealed!

Edith Piaf: Non, Je Ne Regrette

The Paris Hilton, 18 Avenue de Suffren, Paris, France

Photograph by: Eric, Paris Daily Photo

The Paris Hilton is discretely located on the Left Bank, at 18 Avenue de Suffren, less than 100 meters from the historic Eiffel Tower. Just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées, and overlooking the Champs de Mars, the Paris Hilton Hotel is extremely convenient for all the major museums, sights and Paris attractions. The Paris Hilton is exquisite, although in the past there have been some nasty rumors about her.

Discussion: The Paris Hilton Hotel

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My Articles for Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Oh, My Goodness Gracious! A Cell-Phone Salesman Sings. And Sings. And sings. He seizes the moment, and its simply glorious. You’ve got to hear him sing! The music video is included.

[tags: salesman sings, music, song, video, YouTube]

“Wildwood Flower” was the last song recorded by June Carter (June Carter Cash). The producers of the new album, “Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash,” weren’t about to let just anyone sing that song.

Country music star Loretta Lynn (72 years old) confers her strong and sparkling voice upon the song. Music audio and photos are included.

[tags: Loretta Lynn, June Carter, June Carter Cash, music, audio, photography]

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My Articles for Monday, June 11, 2007

 

Quoted: The Pentagon’s Gay Smart Bomb Well, Maybe Not So Smart… And from Andrew Sullivan at Atlantic Magazine: “Yes, the military was seriously considering a project for a bomb that could turn enemy soldiers gay, and thereby presumably make them a less lethal foe. This was in 1994. And we wonder why the top brass couldn’t cope with openly gay servicemembers?”

[tags: blogs]

 

Quoted: A newly redeemed Paris Hilton piously whispers, “I’m not the same person I was. I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that.

[tags: blogs]

“Teddy Pendergrass: In My Time”

This is the story of Teddy Pendergrass, who rose through the ranks of the Philadelphia music scene in the 1960s and eventually became the drummer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Pendergrass stepped to the front of the Blue Notes as lead singer on hits like If You Don’t Know Me By Now and became a star in his own right with his 1977 solo album, Teddy Pendergrass.

Onstage, he was a dynamic force of sultry sexuality who became famous for his “ladies only” shows where he’d be showered with panties thrown from the audience. That changed on March 18, 1982, when he crashed his Rolls-Royce on Lincoln Drive in Philadelphia.

“The truth of the matter is at the very beginning of your experience, things are very different than what you knew two days ago and it is quite devastating,” said Pendergrass of the accident. “The honest answer is that some people don’t want to deal with it. This is a life altering injury that will change your views, your emotional views, your economical views. It changes everything so when you make a decision to live (with the injury) that means you have to make a decision to say, ‘Well, I’m going to have a road ahead of me but I’m willing to deal with it while I can and make the best of where I am,’ ” he said.

Photographs and music video are included.

[tags: Teddy Pendergrass, In My Time, music, video, music video, disabilities, celebrities]

 

“Homelessness as a State of Mind”

For years, Johnny Five lived not on the streets but below them, in the dark underworld beneath an abandoned train station in the Bronx. He had to crawl in the dirt at the edge of a concrete platform to get in and out. This is the heart-wrenching story of Johnny’s attempt to emerge from the world of the homeless, which in the end he could not do. Photographs and video are included.

[tags: homeless, cities, city streets, urban streets, poverty, photography, video]

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