Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Andy Roddick, who beat Tomas Berdych, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3
Former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who took out Gilles Simon, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2
The biggest disappointment for me came when all-too-British Andy Murray outlasted hunky Swiss Stanislas Warwinka, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in a match that went after hours and was finished under the roof
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So here we have Ramona Singer, Alex McCord and Jill Zarin of "The Real Housewives of New York City" and "New Jersey" compatriots Jacqueline Laurita, Dina Manzo, Caroline Manzo, Teresa Giudice ... and Danielle Staub at the finale of Bravo's "The Fashion Show" (which airs July 23) Friday at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
Michael and I FINALLY watched both parts of the "New Jersey" reunion and -- like nearly all views, I'm guessing -- we are in complete shock over what transpired. (What the f**k?) First of all, was Danielle completely backing down on her attack on Dina, just because she now realizes it wasn't JUST Dina spreading the rumors? (I really wasn't sure what was going on). And more importantly, what on earth could Danielle have possibly tried to do to Dina to make Caroline the Control Freak carry on like such a drama queen like that, fake tears and all? I immediately went to do an Internet search and just by typing "What did D" Google finished my thought for me with "...anielle do to Dina on Real Housewives" -- which totally freaked me out even more!
The girls at work think the whole thing is manufactured drama, but I've since read it probably had to do with Danielle's giving Dina's ex-husband some information that could potentially have been used in a custody case regarding Lexi. This would sort of make since as Caroline could twist it into a "thick as thieves" (said with lisp) FAMILY issue, like only she can. If anyone knows anything, please tell me. US Weekly is reporting that Jacqueline is saying that she no longer has anything to do with Danielle and that her "family was right all along." (Hence the seating chart above?)
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"Dance Your Ass Off"
"More to Love"
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 5:55 AM
At yesterday's "controversial" Stonewall commemoration ceremony at the White House, President Obama told an audience of gay men and lesbians that he remained committed to overturning the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule and that by the time he leaves office, "I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration." While admitting this is a shortcut to John Aravosis' Shit List (love you, John!), I must confess something: I still believe our president. Yes, his brief presidential track record is shaky (See Warren, Rick; McClurkin, Donnie). But Barack Obama is one of the smartest people I've ever seen in my lifetime. And as such, my faith -- something I don't inherently possess for some supposed deity that "guides" everything around us -- somehow comes to the forefront and tells me that someone so smart would not allow things that are so unjust to go unfixed under his control.
Does this make me "starstruck" or "naive"? Perhaps. But it has only been six months and while I completely agree that full plate or not there's NEVER a "good" time for these kinds of wrongs to be righted, ultimately I do think he deserves to be judged as he suggested, “not by promises I’ve made but by the promises that my administration keeps.”
“I know that many in this room don’t believe progress has come fast enough, and I understand that,” Obama said. “It’s not for me to tell you to be patient any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago.
“We’ve been in office six months now. I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.”
As demonstrated by my Prop 8 meltdown last year, my patience is wearing very thin these days, too. But as we look back on the 40 years since Stonewall, it's not unwise to be reminded just how much progress has been made in that time. As Hendrik Hertzberg notes this week in the New Yorker: In 1966, three years before Stonewall, Time, then the voice of middlebrow, middle-class respectability, published a long essay on “The Homosexual in America.” The magazine, while acknowledging that “homosexuals are present in every walk of life,” concluded that homosexuality is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality, a pitiable flight from life. As such it deserves fairness, compassion, understanding and, when possible, treatment. But it deserves no encouragement, no glamorization, no rationalization, no fake status as minority martyrdom, no sophistry about simple differences in taste -- and, above all, no pretense that it is anything but a pernicious sickness.
Obama concluded his remarks by saying, "I want you to know that in this task I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you."
I realize Obama is as shrewd a politician as he is smart a man. But that he later looked into the eyes of Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach -- an Air Force officer who is facing expulsion proceedings because of being ratted out under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy -- and said, "We’re going to get this done," has me believing that he means what he says.
Call me naive, but maybe it's true what they say, ya gotta have faith in something ...
Read the president's complete remarks HERE.
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Monday, June 29, 2009
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OK, I'll admit it. I'm kinda pissed that Farrah Fawcett's death got completely pushed to the back burner thanks to what's-his-name. But my anger pales in comparison to Farrah's:
Michael Jackson moved me, all right -- all the way to page 10D!
Ten fucking D!
You know what? Someone up there -- I mean, someone up here -- must really hate my fucking guts. Ever since "Charlie's Angels," I have struggled to be paid the goddamn respect I deserve. Do you think it's easy propping up the lust of an entire generation with only a one-piece swimsuit and professionally feathered hair? IT IS NOT.
(Keep reading HERE.)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 12:44 PM
Beef, it's what's for dinner
Little Bo Peeping Tom
Michael: he's sure the boy I love
Me with Benny, Robert, Jay and Jeff
Michael and his bff, Benny
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Once again, Frank Rich brings it home with a wonderful Op-Ed on the gay rights movement ("40 Years Later, Still Second-Class Americans"):
It’s a press cliche that “gay supporters” are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren’t just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws. If the president is to properly honor the memory of Stonewall, he should get up to speed on what happened there 40 years ago, when courageous kids who had nothing, not even a public acknowledgment of their existence, stood up to make history happen in the least likely of places.
His words are thoughtful and moving. But is it really possible that Rich -- who was knee-deep in the theater community at Harvard and even got invited to lunch as an undergrad by Stephen Sondheim(!) after writing a lengthy essay in the Crimson about the musical "Follies" -- "didn’t know a single person, student or teacher, male or female, in my entire Ivy League university who was openly identified as gay"?
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