Feb 21 2012

 

 

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-Maya Angelou in an interview with The Guardian says she expects this upcoming campaign to be a nasty one by November:

"I think we are going to see a number of people who say: 'I have no racial prejudice in my heart, not in my conversation,'" Angelou says. "But in the next few months, as we wind up to the double campaign, I tell you we are going to see some nastiness, some vulgarity, I think. They'll pull the sheets off."

-My favorite headline of this election year has surfaced this week. Santorum was campaigning in Georgia and the local paper ran the headline "Santorum Draws Crowd In Cumming." Google definition of 'Santorum' aside, that is the name of the town where the event was held!

-The Advocate ran an article about the 'short list' for the new CEO of the Human Rights Campaign. If this is indeed the short list then it is quite an impressive group of folks. What do you think?

-According to "Greg In Hollywood", Raquel Welch made it her mission to have sex with co-star in "Fantastic Voyage" - Steven Boyd. It is a delightful story of how one of Hollywood's leading men in the 1950's gently declined her advances. A somewhat less lurid version had Doris Day also chasing after the chilly Mr. Boyd while they were filming "Jumbo." There was, at the time, whispered gossip about Boyd's sexual orientation. Seem all my childhood fantasies of him clearly were not wasted! Photograph of Mr. Boyd (on left) is with Charlton Heston in Ben Hur.

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-The Glass House Tavern had a diverse crowd from the entertainment industry.  Seen dining at the eatery was Hollywood and Broadway powerhouse Scott Rudin, Susan Sarandon, John Glover and Michael McKean! 

-As we wait for the Maryland Senate vote and the Governor's signature to make Maryland the eighth state to make marriage equality legal, it is interesting to note that according to "Think Progress" that former Vice President Dick Cheney made calls urging Republicans to vote for marriage equality.

-The last two years was the first time since 1946 that there hasn't been a Kennedy in the United States Congress. Hopefully that will just a temporary hiatus because Joseph Kennedy III (the grandson of Senator Bobby Kennedy) has announced that he is running to fill Congressman Barney Frank's seat in Congress. Here is his announcement:

-Want to know how much your favorite Senator or Senate candidate raised by the end of last year and the amount of cash they have on hand? Roll Call has the entire chart. Unfortunately Republican Senator Scott Brown has the most cash on hand with over $12 million in the bank.

-Openly gay Republican candidate for President Fred Karger has just released his ad for his Michigan campaign. Click here to see one pretty good ad.

-The Georgia Legislature (yes, Georgia) just saw its fourth openly LGBT State Representative elected to that body. Keisha Waites won a special election. Interestingly three of the four elected to the State Legislature are African-Americans. What a wonderful trend.

-As the one term Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie vetoed legislation for marriage equality, the people of the state are clearly for it. A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll show that 54% of the citizens of the Garden State supporting marriage equality and 35% opposed to it.

-Feel like taking a walk on the wild side? How about walking the 'boardwalk' of the Huashan Cliffside Path in China. This video is not for the faint of heart!

-A number of polls have come out this week as we approach Super Tuesday. Here is a quick summary of them.

- In Oklahoma, it is Santorum 39%, Romney 23% , Gingrich 18% and Paul was at 8%.

-In Texas, Santorum is slamming Romney who is running third! Santorum is at 45%, Gingrich 18%, Romney 16% and Paul at 14%.

-In Virginia only Romney and Paul are on the ballot. Right now Romney leads Paul by 53% to 23%.

-In Arizona Romney hold a slim lead with 36% to Santorum's 33%. Gingrich is running third with 16% and Paul is at 9%.

-President Obama is having a tough time in his once stronghold of Iowa. In the latest poll, Ron Paul would defeat Obama by 7%. Santorum would defeat the President by 4% and Romney would defeat him by 2%. The President does defeat Gingrich by 14%!

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-Young handsome talented actor Michael Urie (above) of "Ugly Betty" and "How to Succeed In Business" fame has signed on to star in the CBS pilot called "Partners" It is about two business partners one who is straight and the other is gay.

-Republican United States Senator Scott Brown is currently leading Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts by 9% in the latest poll.

-Dutch Prince Johan Frisco is in critical condition in a Swiss hospital after being buried for 15 minutes in an avalanche. Queen Beatrix is at his bedside.

- A delightful video of First Lady Michelle Obama and First Dog Bo surprising tourists on a White House tour.

-This one will make your day. Evangelical Lutherans overwhelmingly voted to OPPOSE the Minnesota Constitutional Amendment to the ban marriage equality. One out of every four Minnesotans are Lutherans. Hallelujah!