Archive for July, 2008

The Knoxville church shooter, David Adkisson, was a fan of FoxNews personalities like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, so I thought it would be interesting to see how that network covered the story. It was. See for yourself (as of 11:55 Thursday night):

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Australian Ian Roberts is best known as a rugby league football player. Although he was well-known in the gay community long before, he didn’t “officially” come out until 1995. Retiring from football in 1998, Roberts earned a degree in performing arts in 2003. He has since appeared in at least nine films, the most notable of which may be Superman Returns, in which he played Riley, one of Lex Luthor’s henchmen. Roberts is 6’5″ tall and weighs 245 pounds. Tomorrow is his 43rd birthday.

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It went more smoothly than I dared to hope. The Massachusetts House debated for 45 minutes, then voted, 118 to 35, to repeal the law that prevents out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in Massachusetts. The repeal will be official when Governor Deval Patrick signs it, which he has promised to do. Massachusetts, the first state to adopt equal marriage, now looks ready to welcome those of us who want to be married, even if neither our home states nor our federal government will recognize those marriages.

I haven’t been to Boston in over twenty years, and John has never been, but it’s starting to look like we might be making plans. On Saturday, a friend was trying to convince us to go to California to get married. I just kept saying I was hoping for Massachusetts.

So thank you, Massachusetts, and thank you to all the fine legislators who refused to give in to the churches, the bigots, and the haters. We hope to be seeing you soon. And Sean Cardinal O’Malley needn’t worry; we won’t be seeking his services.

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Jim David AdkissonOn Sunday, Jim David Adkisson took his shotgun to the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, planning to kill liberals until the police killed him. The decorated Vietnam veteran managed to get off three rounds before members of the congregation subdued him. Adkisson killed Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger and wounded seven others.

Adkisson’s ex-wife was a former member of the church, but hadn’t attended there in years. Police said Adkisson was motivated by hatred of liberals and gay people, and attacked the UU Church “because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country’s hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets.”

Adkisson told Knoxville Police Officer Steve Still that since “he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office.”

Inside Adkisson’s house, police found books by Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity. There was no mention of any books by Ann Coulter. Apparently, even sociopaths have limits.

Read more:

Police: Killer targeted church for liberal views

Cops Say Church Shooting Suspect ‘Hated’ Gays, Liberals

Bill O’Reilly, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity on accused shooter’s reading list

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PolitickerMA.com reports that today the Massachusetts House will take up debate on whether to repeal the 1913 law that prevents out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in the Bay State. The Senate has already voted to repeal the law, and Governor Patrick has said that if the House agrees, he’ll sign the bill. The legislative session ends Thursday, so time is short. I’m cautiously optimistic that the House will do the right thing and repeal the law.

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Gail Russell Chaddock, Congress deadlocked over offshore drilling (Christian Science Monitor)
“The GOP blocked three energy bills last week to force Democrats to lift a drilling ban.”

Pema Chödrön, Buddhist Meditation is Relaxing with the Truth (Shambhala Sun)
“It is only when we begin to relax with ourselves as we are that meditation becomes a transformative process.”

Joe Churcher, Labour in all-out bid to rescue embattled Brown (Irish Independent)
“Senior Labour figures were attempting to circle the wagons around embattled UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday amid renewed speculation of high-level manoeuvres to oust him.”

Matthew Cox and Rick Maze, Officer: Part of anti-Obama e-mail was wrong (Army Times)

Barbara Crosette, Women’s Advocate Is UN’s New Human Rights Chief (The Nation)
“Despite the Bush Administration’s scramble to block the naming of–gasp!–a feminist, a South African judge will be the UN’s new high commissioner for human rights.”

Martin Doerry and Henryk M. Broder (Interview with Leon de Winter), ‘The Europeans Are Chasing Illusions’ (Spiegel)
“Dutch author Leon de Winter talks with Spiegel about his new novel, which is set in 2024, the threats mounting against Israel and the assimilation of Muslims in Europe.”

Robert Dreyfuss, Iraq: Poised to Explode (The Nation)
“As US presidential candidates debate timetables and exit strategies, Iraq’s volatile factions are poised to explode–and Iran holds the match.”

Jennifer Gonnerman, Slammed: Welcome to the Age of Incarceration (Mother Jones)
“What happens when you lock up 1 in every 100 American adults?”

William R. Stimson, The Last Word on Learning Buddhism (Buddhazine)
“Buddhism, for me, is not about climbing up and getting big but going down — opening progressively down to a deeper level of existence. Becoming small. If anything, it entails shedding belief systems, layer by layer, that have nothing whatsoever to do with reality.”

Paul Whitington, Dark Clown (Irish Independent)
In The Dark Knight, the final completed film before his death, Heath Ledger steals the show with a disturbing portrayal of Batman’s clownish foe, The Joker.

Unsigned, Ecuador Could Give Same-Sex Unions Parity With Marriage (The Advocate)
“Highlights from Ecuador’s 444-article draft constitution, which would be the Andean nation’s 20th.”

Unsigned, Last orders: The death of the pub? (The Scotsman)
“The traditional local pub is facing an ‘unprecedented threat’ from soaring costs and stay-at-home drinkers.”

Unsigned, McCain-Sprecher nennt Deutsche “kriecherisch” (Die Welt)
“Politische Gegner werfen dem schwarzen Senator vor, er habe lieber Spitzenpolitiker statt verwundete US-Soldaten besucht. Die deutschen Obama-Fans werden als ‘kriecherisch’ beleidigt.”

Unsigned, Prop. 8 Wording Change Good News for Opponents (The Advocate)
“The California secretary of state has changed language in the ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in California.”

Unsigned, A Thousand Wrestlers and Two Tons of Olive Oil (Spiegel)
“Every summer for the last 650 years, Turkish men have gathered to see who was the strongest, fastest and slickest of them all.”

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Famous last nerds

I know a place …

Stupid crooks:

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