-St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated on March 20th in Washington at the request of Congress since the worldwide Irish holiday falls on a Saturday. Rumor has it that Maryland's Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley's band might be playing at White House in celebration! "O'Malley's March" is a Celtic rock band. Wonder what the governor (photograph) will be wearing?
-The annual 'Broadway Backwards 7' had another rousing success in its fundraiser for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS and The New York LGBT Center. They set a record bringing in $329,000 from the sold out audience. The stars were women singing songs written for men and men singing songs written for women.
-Political Wire has a quote from Republican Oklahoman Senator James Inhofe about climate change. Seems the good senator doesn't believe in it and has written a book. In a radio interview he said:
Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that 'as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,' my point is, God's still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.
-The Glass House Tavern was a busy spot this week. Sarah Brown (of Gordon and Sarah Brown) was dining with actress Kim Catrall (photograph below), commentator Bob Shrum and author/wife Marylouise Oates. Other seen in the last week were Death Of A Salesman's Andrew Garfield and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ken Mehlman and composer and performer Lance Horne.
-The Washington Post in an article, "Colonialism In Africa Helped Launch The HIV Epidemic A Century Ago" by Craig Timberg and Halperin traces the beginning of HIV/AIDS origins to a small patch of dense forest in southern Cameroon! The journalists then trace its path to the Congo. This is a spectacularly researched and compelling must read.
-Renowned Chinese Architect Wang Shu has won what is considered Architecture's highest honor - The Pritzker Prize.
-TopDatingSites.com has printed a list of ten culture breakthroughs for the LGBT community. Take a peek.
-The Trailer for "Kidnapped for Christ" follows. This documentary is still attempting to raise funds for editing and distribution. Just click here.
-Equality California has selected a new Interim Executive Director. Straight ally Laurie Hasencamp will take the reins of the organization and attempt to breathe some new life into it. LGBTPOV has done a good profile of the new leader.
-Can you think of a worse punishment for Congressman Barney Frank than not allowing him to speak for a day? Well, because he violated a House rule he was forbidden to speak on the floor of the House for a day!
-Fareed Zakaria has written a thoughtful article for CNN.com about proceeding very cautiously with our policy in Iran. This one is worth your time.
-Now we know why Mississippi is last in education achievement. In a recent PPP, over 50% of the residents, after four years in office, that President Obama is a Muslim.
-The top three entertainers in Billboard's "2012 Money Makers" list are (click here to see all of the top ten):
1. Taylor Swift ($35,7 million)
2. U-2 ($35.1 million)
3. Kenny Chesney ($29.8 million)
-Current.com has a complete chart and details on the Koch Brothers Empire. Damn, those boys own almost the entire right wing.
-Virgin Atlantic has unveiled their new club at JFK International Airport in New York. It is stunning.
-Open lesbian Idaho State Senator Nicole LeFavour has decided to seek a Congressional seat in the Western State. She is seeking the 2nd District seat and faces a tough Democratic primary first.
-Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is a converted Catholic, has finally come out and endorsed full marriage equality in the United Kingdom.
-The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture has declared that the treatment of Bradley Manning was "cruel, inhuman and degrading."
-ForeignPolicy.com has an interesting article, "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Drones." What is surprising to me is how many are being used domestically. That makes me very nervous, yep, very nervous indeed.
-Hope you didn't have vacation plans in Hawaii last week. The Aloha State got hammered with storms including huge hail, a tornado and tons of rain. In Hanelei, they received 36 inches of rain in just two days!
-Now a book has come out filled with Richard Nixon's love letters. Don't you all think we can just pass on that one?
-This year the Engadin Ski Marathon attracted 11,000 cross country skiers near St. Moritz in Switzerland. Take a look at this wonderful picture from it!