Monday, July 20, 2009
Michael (Bow wow) Vick was released from home confinement today as his 23 month sentence came to an end. Vick received 23 months for participating in a dog fighting ring. He hopes to restart his NFL career but if he can it will not be with his former team the Atlanta Falcons who released Vick from his contract in June.
Being a dog lover myself I have to say he broke the law, dogs suffered he should be punished. However as we all know (even those there are some who refuse to admit this) we have a dual legal system. Because while Michael Vick was dog fighting and will be paying for that for awhile, I saw a “Subway” commercial today with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Yes that Michael Phelps who was caught on camera smoking weed. That Michael Phelps who already had 1 DUI arrest. That Michael Phelps who clearly has broken the law a couple times and got on TV apologized and it has not seemed to slow down his career.
Sports figures, Entertainers, the rich and powerful break the law just as much as the average Joe and for the record I don’t think one mistake should kill a career. So I wish Mr. Vick all the best of luck re-igniting his career and having the staying power that Phelps has had.
Who knew I needed a blogging vacation? But the last two weeks pretty much media free seems to have done the trick. My batteries are recharged and I am feeling my stride so with that said on to blogging!
Monday, July 06, 2009
The show of shows that is the death of Michael Jackson continues as the names of those participating in the memorial service is released. While I am sure that some of these folks are genuinely saying goodbye to a friend and a fellow musician, others see this as a high note on their resume'.
Who is who? You be the judge!
Ron Boyd (family friend); Kobe Bryant; Mariah Carey; Andrae Crouch Choir; Berry Gordy; Jennifer Hudson; Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on "Britain’s Got Talent"); Magic Johnson; Martin Luther King III; Bernice A. King; John Mayer; Lionel Richie; Smokey Robinson; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Brooke Shields; Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend); Usher; and Stevie Wonder.
Nice to see some of the King kids could stop infighting long enough to participate...
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Here is another one of those stories that I don't need to rewrite I just need to post it. What i will post later on is my reply I will be sending to the police chief.
Texas Cops Celebrate Pride by Bashing Gays by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca‚ Jul. 02‚ 2009
On June 28 around 1:00 a.m., police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) agents entered the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth for what they said was a routine inspection for liquor-related violations and in the melee that followed, one man was hurt. Twenty-six-year-old Chad Gibson is still in intensive care with a serious head injury. What happened depends on who you talk to ...
Police say that patrons of the Rainbow Lounge made “sexually explicit motions” toward the officers, and one groped a cop’s crotch. Twenty people were pulled outside for questioning. Seven were arrested for allegedly being publicly intoxicated.
Patrons say that police officers were abusive and used excessive force. Todd Camp, who founded Q Cinema, Fort Worth’s LBGT film festival, told the Dallas Voice, “No one I saw appeared to be highly intoxicated, and the way they were choosing people just appeared to be random harassment. They were pretty violent in grabbing people, and one guy was shoved to the ground and handcuffed.”
“I have been in plenty of bars when the TABC checks happened, and this was not like anything I have ever seen before,” Camp added.
Lots of others confirmed what Camp said. Justin McCarty, who worked security for the bar, saw an officer throw Gibson to the ground. “It was just brutal,” he said.
Alison Egert watched officers throw Gibson against the wall and then the floor. “Here you have this gay man who looked like he weighed 100 pounds,” she said, “thrown to the floor with six cops on top of him. That’s when I started noticing that they were only arresting men, and they seemed to be targeting the smaller men.”
“The people in there were scared,” Egert said. “They were all getting out of their (police officers’) way. No one resisted arrest. They were singling out specific people, the men who seemed more effeminate. It just seems like it was a deliberate jab at the community.”
None of the eye witnesses saw any officers getting groped or being in any way sexually harassed. Even if they had been, it doesn’t justify beating a 26-year-old to the point that he’s fighting for his life.
In the aftermath of the incident, Police Chief Jeff Halstead is saying that everyone should “take a deep breath.”
A deep breath isn’t going to change the fact that Halstead and his officers have a lot of explaining to do.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca is co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italians Sailing Beyond Columbus, and editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, which has just been published by City Lights Books. His website: www.avicollimecca.com
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Mary Isobel Sugden under the stage name Mollie Sugden won over a generation as the multi hair colored senior sales staffer of Grace Brothers in the British show “Are you being served”.
In the show she played Mrs. Slocombe, saleswoman in Ladies intimate apparel and was the master of the double entendre. She was a regular on the series for it’s entire 13 year run. She was 86. Wow there kind of dropping like flies aren’t they?
Karl Malden also passed away today. He was 97.
This week Spike TV is celebrating the “Force of July” by showing the Star Wars movies, old and new. Well as I was flipping channels I happen to pass by The Phantom Menace and its star character “Jar Jar binks”. I was immediately reminded of all the hoopla surrounding that character when the movie came out in 1999. What I remember the most is that George Lucas said the character, which had caused such controversy because of its buffoonery/coonish behavior, was made that was to relate to the kids in the audience. Such controversy that Jar Jar, a vitally important character in the first movie, was almost nonexistent in the following.
If you have read any movie reviews in the last two weeks this may sound very familiar as Michael Bay introduced two autobots in his summer blockbuster “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” , who have re-ignited that very same storm of controversy about coonish/ buffoonery to close to comfort negative stereotypical behavior. And just like George Lucas, Michael Bay seemed to think that the jive talking semi illiterate characters would appeal to the kids.
I guess my question is, what kids are these gentlemen attempting to reach? I mean really think about it. Kids today with their own personal computers at age 7 and cellphones, there PS3’s and Wii’s. Kids who can bypass the parental safeguards on various machines and who live to download. Basically kids who are more technologically diversied than any other generation ever would find this form of slapstick and buffoonery funny. When you look at it like this the response that it was done for the children does not hold water.
So for any future movie makers out there, this is not the 70’s and these are not Saturday morning kiddie shows, in fact when was the last time they showed kiddie cartoons on a Saturday morning? Falling into characters with negative and racist stereotypes not the way to entertain the Children of the new millennium.
For the record…it is wrong for laws like Don’t Ask Don’t tell to exist. Anyone who wants to serve should have the right to do so. Hell discrimination on any level is clearly wrong. Having said that here are some things about being gay.
Unlike when they would not allow Negroes to serve in the military, you usually can’t tell gay people by looking at them, we don’t wear scarlet letters or have pink triangles etched onto the side of our faces. So unless you’re caught live or on film in a “situation” people generally will not know you’re a homosexual.
Lt. Dan Choi has a very impressive military resume’.
“Lt. Dan Choi, a graduate of the
As a member of the military who is fluent in Arabic, Lt. Choi's skills are especially needed at this critical time
in our nation's history. America's national security is dependent on the service of soldiers like Lt. Choi, who is ready to deploy again if his country calls on him.”
Today a military board ruled that Dan should be dismissed from the service because he came out of the closet. Let me repeat that….He came out of the closet!! On his own of his own accord, without any prompting from anyone else. Now look at his resume’ again, he went to
I have received many emails asking me to sign the petition to keep him in the service and a couple of times I thought about it, but at the end of the day Dan is on a road that he put himself on. I am all for him being a spokesman for repealing DADT, I am all for him being branded a trailblazer. But at the end of the day he did break the rules. He had spent many years in the service and he knew what would happen to him when he went on Rachel Maddow. Unpopular true but also very accurate.