Thursday, October 26, 2006

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  • Good-Looking Asshole: Talk about a turnoff. Jeff Suppan is scheduled to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series. But the hunky slugger's time on the mound will not be his only appearance on baseball fans’ television screens. As he pitches in tonight's game, Suppan will also appear in a campaign ad urging Missouri voters to reject a stem-cell measure. (Church-fart-married-to-a-lesbian QB Kurt Warner and plastic-surgery-victim Patricia Heaton also spew misinformation in the spot.) Listen up, Jeff: stick with sports and leave the science to people with half a brain. I hope Michael J. Fox shows up at Busch Stadium and takes a swing. (NYT)

  • Almost Doesn't Count: A closer look at New Jersey's "pro-gay" ruling shows there's a still no equality for the gays, even in one of our nation's more socially liberal states: "Those who would view today’s ruling as a victory for same sex-couples are dead wrong," said Steven Goldstein, the chairman of the gay-rights group Garden State Equality. "Half-steps short of marriage -- like New Jersey’s domestic-partnership law and also civil union laws -- don’t work in the real world." I'm afraid he's right. Massachusetts was the only state to come out and say anything short of word-for-word equality would be relegating gays to a separate class of people. Will New Jersey pull a Vermont on us? Only time will tell. (WP)

  • (More) Sins of the Father: It seems Mark Foley's priest was about as prolific with the altar boys as Foley was with the pages. Here comes the lawsuits. (AP)

  • Absolute Beginner: People either lover her or hate her, but I think Roseanne Barr's landmark blue-collar television series, "Roseanne," is the best family sitcom to ever air. Where one goes from there isn't always pretty, but she's still working and making people laugh. Love you, Rosie! (AP)

  • Hot House: Disgraced Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages, then singled out "hot" boys to write to, according to reports. The Washington Post claims to have identified four more former pages who said they were sexually solicited by Foley, who has resigned since the scandal broke last month. Um, I don't really see the "story" here. What did they expect him to do? Hit on the hideous guys? (PinkNews)

  • Long Live the Factory: In time for the holiday season, nearly 20 years after his death in February 1987, the marketing of Andy Warhol is in full flood. "We’re seeing Warhol energy peeking out from everywhere," said Robert Lee Morris, the jewelry designer and a former member of the artist’s circle, who has brought out a line of jewelry with Warhol motifs like the dollar sign and the Brillo logo. "We are witnessing all the ways that his reach has extended into the moment." Warhol’s mercantile essence, both high and low, is distilled in carpets and coffee mugs, calendars and greeting cards, T-shirts, tote bags and a style of Levi's wax-coated jeans called Warhol Factory X, for $185. To judge by all the merchandise, Warhol is being positioned as the next Hello Kitty. There will even be a Warhol Pez dispenser. Imagine his jaw popping open to disgorge a mint. It is "the fulfillment of Andy’s fantasy about business art" said Jeffrey Deitch, the art dealer and former Warhol associate. "I think he would have been amazed to see what has developed." (NYT)

  • Back to the Gym: Bravo announced yesterday that it has picked up a second season of its lezzie docudrama series "Work Out." Production on six episodes is set to begin next month in Los Angeles. The show will continue to follow Jackie Warner, owner of Sky Sport and Spa in Beverly Hills, as she builds her business and deals with personal issues (like her crazy girlfriend Jerri Blank Mimi. I lost interest after the first episode last time, but Bravo promises the second season will feature her team of trainers, including some new blood, so perhaps it's worth another shot. (Reuters)

  • (Sex) Change of Heart? A tranny is speaking out against her doctor claiming that she was pressured into having sex-reassignment surgery. He said the doctor was "too nice" about it and she couldn't say no. Couldn't say no to years of hormones, living as a woman and having your dick cut off? I find this hard to believe. (PinkNews)

  • Spare Tire: Could the high price of gas be what it takes to get Americans to lose some weight? (WP)

    Anonymous said...

    I think Ronald Dworkin (the great American legal philosopher cited in the minority dissent of the NJ decision) nailed it in the head: "Civil union status may provide many of the legal and material benefits of marriage, but it does not provide the social and personal meaning of that institution."

    We deserve full equality under the law.

    buff said...

    A very heavy gay newsday. Great coverage.

    Too bad hunky baseball players have to spoil their image by being conservative jerks.

    Big hairy muscle hugs of appreciation. Thanks for sharing.
    A new fan.

    Anonymous said...

    Let's put it this way:

    There's a reason that Mark Foley wasn't hitting on anyone besides pages. Think about all that cute intern and junior staff meat he could have partaken in at the Congressional buffet. ;^)