Thursday, September 30, 2010
Michigan Assistant Attorney General Stalks Student Council President because he is (you guessed it) Gay
This is a picture of Chris Armstrong. elected Michigan's Student Council President. This picture has been updated by the Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell - in his off duty hours. The Assistant At tourney General of Michigan keeps a blog posting of the comings and goings of this young man - where his family and friends live - and has protested outside his house.
Mr. Shirvell's blog refers to Chris Armstrong as a disciple of Satan. And the Assistant Attorney General of Michigan thinks it is fine because it is on his own time. I am sure if a family went to him about their child being taunted for being gay - he would be very helpful (sarcastic quotes assumed to not be necessary).
Mich. Asst. Attorney General Andrew Shirvell Targets Gay Student Body President Chris Armstrong. One other thing - the "Radical Issue" that Chris Armstrong is pushing is gender neutral housing. which UCLA and Wisconsin have had for over 20 years.
Anderson Cooper has an amazing interview with this self-proclaimed religious Christian- "who has no hate in his heart" and believes Chris Armstrong is a "Child of God". Makes you wonder what he does to people he doesn't like!
This young man on the left is Tyler Clementi.
Whoops.. WAS Tyler Clementi. Tyler is dead now, he killed himself jumping off the George Washington Bridge.
The other smiling young man is Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, center, and another classmate, Molly Wei. Dharun and Molly thought it would be great fun - once Tyler asked for privacy in his dorm room and Dharun agreed and went to Molly's room -, they thought it would be great fun remotely turn on Dharun's web came and catch him kissing a boy.
And they send the live feed out to everyone he knew.
Where the fag feed was broadcast, rebroadcast and laughed about.
Tyler killed himself over this illegal action - horrified that people find out he was gay. Story
This is Seth Walsh. He is 13.
Wait.. .WAS 13.
He was bullied at his Tehachipi (CA) middle school because people thought he was gay. He hung himself in the backyard tree - and only died the other day after 9 days in a coma.
At 13 - my bet is "gay" isn't what the kids called him in school. Where most of the kids knew and nobody did anything.
This? You know already Asher Brown's story. He WAS a 13 year old boy from a Cypress (TX) Middle School kid - who admitted to his parents he was gay and being taunted about it. He shot himself in the head the next day. Story
This boy, Tyler Wislon, is still alive - he is 13 and does gymnastics. He is smaller than the other kids at his school and likes gymnastics and girls. So he became a cheerleader - which was to faggy for the middle school football team.
The beat him up and broke his arm.
Again- because he is perceived as a fag in middle school, it was acceptable for the football team to taunt him and try to get him to fight. It crossed the line only when they broke his arm. Maybe it is lucky they did that before they hounded him into killing himself.
One last picture of Tyler Clementi. One he knew was being taken by a Webcam.
It is absolutely impossible for me to not see the demonization of gay people - "They will DESTROY marriage." "AIDS is God's Punishment!" Or Pastor Eddie Long, who sleeps with teenage (of legal age - but 20 was too old) who says, "The problem today, and the reason society is like it is, is because men are being feminized and women are being masculine! You cannot say, ‘I was born this way.’ … I don’t care what scientists say!”
It is impossible to see this demonization NOT effecting people. And it has been a week where the results are obvious. Not important to most people - too busy seeing if Sarah Palin was boo'ed on Dancing with the Stars or if Margaret Cho's scores were too low. Not important, but obvious.
it was a great week....
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
If this quote is true, then I would like to return the favor to the President. Not serious, Bite Me.
I was serious enough to contribute time, money and effort to help get you elected.
I was serious enough to work to convince people (like my mom) you weren't a liar like John McCain.
I was serious enough to believe you and the "We're going to close Gitmo" line of BS.
I was serious enough to believe you when you said that you disagreed with the Bush secrecy, wiretapping and privacy issues.
And, I am now serious enough to understand that you are an excellent politician, but not a great leader.
And, I am now serious enough to think it doesn't make a heap 'o difference which of the parties gets into office.
I would quote your charming asshole of a Chief of Staff - but I try not to speak like that in print.
So thanks for berating me buddy. I am now disillusioned AND pissed off.
Yes. Seriously pissed off.
I love Jennifer Grey and she danced an incredible jive. But it's really hard not to be more drawn to her partner Derek bopping around like a happy bichon frise puppy. Together, they once again set the bar for the rest of the pack.
Kurt was quite the dandy boy in practice, offering choreography tips and agreeing to spray tan for the love of the performance. I find him disturbingly sexy -- I can only assume because I'm inappropriately homosexualizing his profound love of Jesus in ways that would appall the gays and send me straight to the fiery pits of Baptist hell. So be it. I'm a sucker for simple, sweet jocks -- and I honestly don't think they come much simpler.
I think the dance was fine. I can't actually remember anything specific besides the tight polyester pants.
Sarah Palin is a little weird. I already knew she wasn't the brightest bulb, but I didn't realize how socially awkward she was until Bristol took her dance partner to Wasilla to meet her mother who coo-ed and ooh-ed about how proud she was of her daughter without exhibiting anything that could be recognized as a genuine emotion. She also flew in for the performance where she sat in the studio audience with the exact same silly Botox-ed smile on her face, wiggling and clapping excitedly whenever the camera panned to her. Perhaps this is mama bear love -- mavericky Alaskan style?
In contrast, Bristol seems to have loosened up a bit and came across as much more relatable and comfortable this week. Her dance was lovely -- even though it was performed to another not-so-subtle choice of song -- "You Can't Hurry Love" by the Supremes. You watching, Levi?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ed, Roar-Ee and Scooter before the start of the Colombia / Towson game.
We went up to Washington Heights to watch Colombia play in their second game. We had a lot of fun (plenty of seats :-). Colombia won for their first win of the year.
Game Play - lots of fun
This is their Defensive Captain - who was hurt last year. Kind of cute.
See this picture. In the background is the bridge over the "Harlam River" (which connects the Hudson River to the East River - although neither the Harlam "River" or East "River" is a river in the geographical sense. But in the distance you can see a sailboat on the Hudson.
But the funny thing is I have been to 2 of the Games - both with the Badgers, not UCLA. Go figure.
a long time ago...
Scooter had the bestest car in the world. A Blue CRX-HF (high fuel efficentcy) that once got 52 MPG from LA to Vegas (with a big ass tail wind - but still!). Oh sure, it had a tiny engine (1.0 L - really 1.0! less than a Harley) but it was tiny and light and fun fun fun to drive.
Of course, it got old and paid off. And Scooter, being young and dumb, decided to trade it in on something new and SUVier.
Why is this funny? Well, once upon a time - back when he was a man - Senator John McCann said that Don't Ask Don't Tell should be repealed when the Defense Department said it should be.
So Senator John McCann said DADT should be repealed when the Generals said it should be repealed.
But John McCann is a fully safe Republican in Arizona, so he is now free to be the man of honor we always thought he would be.
When life gives you lemons... make dance music.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The latest is this Bra that converts quickly (well reasonably quickly for the inventor who tried to remove it from a model) into a gas mask.
I know this is a real product, I am just not sure if it is usable - or just an excuse for the inventor to fondle women at will when he "thinks" it might be an emergency in the future ("Honest Officer, I thought it was a poison gas attack on the subway - I was reaching for a gas mask. Can I help it that the first 4 women weren't wearing the gas mask bra? Or that it was incense?"
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Very cool picture about the Times of London Rankings of the Top 200 Universities in the World. Only top 20 shown (UCLA is #11, but after CalTech, Stanford and Berkely in California). Full story here.
PS If you are only looking for Wisconsin, it's 43 - Above UC Irvine, but below both UC San Diego and Gerogia Tech (but above Minnesota).
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Well, it's lock up time at the OK Corral. If you remember the early pictures, those Palms were planted by us. The Wisconsin Chairs at the far end are from Ed's Mom. The cushions in the foreground are (if you can believe it) older than Sean Neppl.
How much fun has it been. Indescrible. Thanks to everyone that made it so special for us by spending time with us... (Roll Credits)
The (mostly) usual suspects:
Jerry's ashes Mitchell
Eileen Flaherty (and son's litte league team)
Radioactive Friend (from Chemo, not Crazy)
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 12:
"Let the jury consider their verdict," the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
"No, no!" said the Queen. "Sentence first -- verdict afterward."
"Stuff and nonsense!" said Alice loudly. "The idea of having the sentence first!"
"Hold your tongue!" said the Queen, turning purple.
"I won't!" said Alice.
"Off with her head!" the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.
Scott Shane, The New York Times, April 6, 2010:
The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday. . . . It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing, officials said.
The Associated Press, yesterday:
The Obama administration is considering filing the first criminal charges against radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in case the CIA fails to kill him and he is captured alive in Yemen.
And before you tell me he is a terrorist, I say, "Says who? What is the evidence (if any)?" Because Obama says so is just as crappy an answer as Because Bush says so.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is a teeny tiny house in Wisconsin. (the story from USA Today)
It is really cool and less than 300 sq feet. I think it is a great week-end retreat. It has 2 sleeping lofts (but if I had to climb over Ed and climb down the stairs into that tiny bathroom everytime I had to pee - I would wake up the whole house.
Plus how would Trevor get down in the middle of the night.
Monday, September 13, 2010
– after finally beating Jimmy Connors at the 1979 Masters following sixteen straight losses.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Japan initially released figures that listed the population of people over 100 at around 40,300, but the audit turned up 230,000 missing centenarians on the public registry. Many of the missing would be at least 150 years old, and some may have died as long ago as World War II.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Pastor Crazy Pants shouldn't burn the Koran on 9/11. It is a stupid thing to do. It is his right to do this, but it that doesn't make it right.
Also in the blah blah, I don't see the parallel between this and Park 51 (the Islamic Community Center in downtown - also referred to as the Ground Zero Mosque). The Koran burning is a deliberately offensive act. The Community Center was not proposed to be divisive.
Okay, enough with that.
Are "they" overreacting a little?
I mean if 50 people burned the Bible, Latin American wouldn't threaten to rain destruction down on us. If 50 people burned the Torah, Israel wouldn't start burning US flags.
Why do these people feel the need to threaten death to 300,000,000 American because of 1 Pastor Crazy Pants? Hell, 20 Islamic nuts killed thousands in the 9/11 attacks, and we didn't rain down destruction on all Islamic Countries. We told the Taliban in Afghanistan to kick out Al Quida - they didn't so we over threw them.
If you want to be treated like adults, act like adults. Don't let 50 crazy people dictate how millions of adherents choose to react.
Look here is a picture of you actually burning a US Flag (not threatening to in 3 days). Look at us, "ho hum - crazy people." That is how you need to treat Pastor Crazy Pants.
Last Night at the US Open was fun. The games were pretty good. And not too long (always nice on a school night).
It was also (gentile) star night.
This is looking at the player's box from our seats. The blonde is Gwen Steffani - Gavi (Gavin Rossdale - her husband) was in the front row - apparently he follows Federer a lot. The big glasses woman is Anna Wintour (the Editor of Vogue and the subject of the book "The Devil Wears Prada").
Earlier in the evening (when Caroline Wozniaki as playing) the player's box held The Donald. Yes Donald Trump and his wife (?) can be seen in the photo below.