Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Remains of the Day (03/31)

Biden introduces his infrastructure plan, calling it ‘a once-in-a-generation investment in America.’ 

Gaetz investigation complicated by overture to his father about ex-FBI agent who went missing

The Party of projection: Looking forward to hearing what the Qanon people think about this 

Most pro-LGBTQ president ever 

I have to laugh at people condemning the bystanders who "did nothing to help." The suspect stabbed his mother to death -- they're supposed to risk their lives for a total stranger? Read HERE

Hit 'em where it hur$ 

Making a fuss over birthday girl Shirley Jones, who pre-'Partridge Family; was an Oscar-winning movie star 

Time to get a new trainer 

I'm so glad I'm not a "man"

Wrestle Wednesday


Watch him "adjust the Kong dong" HERE.

Song of the Day: 'Live to Tell' by Madonna

Today's pick was inspired by my pal Jeremy Kinser, who fondly writes:
"I know where beauty lives." 

[This week] marks 35 years since the release of Madonna's greatest ballad "Live to Tell." I know what you're wondering. How does a guy in his late 29s know so much about a recording released before he was born? I'm a lifelong Madonna stan and have researched every bit of minutiae about her and should be hired as a fact checker for her biopic if it really comes to fruition. 

Anyhoo, "Live to Tell" is among her top five greatest singles, if you ask me. I have full recall of the first time I heard it, as I was blown away by her vocals and the lyrics. I've had two young friends die during the past week so the lyrics have taken on special meaning to me. I hope I live to tell all someday.

I feel the exact same way. I never saw "At Close Range," the film starring her then-husband, Sean Penn, for which it was written. But the song -- and the simple video -- felt like a new, grown-up version of the virginial material girl we had been loving the past few years had been born. And it was the first in a string of sublime ballads to come, that would prove to be some of her finest songwriting ever. 


Page 1 Roundup (03/31)


Morning Wood


Lucky for you, Alex looks like he means business. More HERE.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Remains of the Day (03/30)

While traffic has now resumed through the crucial waterway, experts say the weeklong maritime jam could have long-lasting repercussions

Birx tells CNN most U.S. Covid deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ after first 100,000 

Fer: Sabalenka: ''I don't really trust it (vaccine), I don't want my family make it'' Also Sabalenka's fans: ''she's not anti-vax'' ??? 

Frankly, I think they should require it ... but OK 

I wish actual progressive groups were as organized as imaginary ones 

Trans Day of Visibility offers chance for community to stand in solidarity and support 

States still must give standardized tests this year, Biden administration announces 

The Bank of England has revealed a £50 banknote honoring the British hero, whose accomplishments were never celebrated in his lifetime. 

That's a lot of man cart-wheeling behind him ...

Tennis Tuesday


I've written about how bad tennis films tend to be. But somehow even I managed to completely block out 1982's "Spring Fever," perhaps the worst of them all. Even having an actual tennis player -- Canada's Carling Bassett, who was once ranked as high as No. 8 in the world -- star so as to avoid the embarrassing tennis-playing parts did nothing to improve this Susan Anton vehicle(!), about a loose Vegas showgirl who faces snobbery when she takes her daughter to compete in a national junior tournament in Florida. Still, despite its obvious shortcomings, the film did have ITS MOMENTS.

(And how's this for an eerie coincidence: Jessica Walter played the queen of the snobs!)

Song of the Day: 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' by Ian Dury and the Blockheads


I must have saved this because it was the week Blondie's "Heart of Glass" hit No. 1 on the charts. For a moment I thought this was Billboard list -- until I realized the U.S. would never have a song as odd and fun as Ian Dury's "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" on it. (It too hit the top spot!) 

Dury's life as the son of a chauffeur is in keeping with his offbeat persona.

Dury sadly died in 2000 at just 57 after his colon cancer metastasized. But his son, Baxter Dury, is carrying on the quirky family tradition -- most recently with the critically acclaimed album "The Night Chancers" that came out last year.

Page 1 Roundup (03/30)


Hot Cat of the Day: This little cutie is Harvey's cousin named Gray, who looks like our baby if he weren't constantly donning formal wear

Morning Wood


One more look HERE.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Remains of the Day (03/29)

Free smile of the day 

Very sleazy of CBS to pull its Woody Allen interview from reaching a large network audience last summer on "CBS Sunday Morning" -- but when it desperately needs content for its Paramount+ streaming service, it's ready to air. 

Police: York County man duped, extorted into paying for imaginary child 

Everyone loved Beverly.  

Helene Faasen and Anne Marie Thus were the first female same-sex couple in the world to legally marry 

Rewatching "Seinfeld" in its entirety reminded me that Geraldo wasn't always awful  

Try throwing your back out cracking an ice cube tray 

Michelangelo Signorile: Maria Bartiromo is named in a several billion dollar defamation suit. All I got to say. 

Congrats to everyone who had “Trump crashes wedding and gives rambling speech about Biden" on their 2021 bingo card

Justices to decide whether Kentucky attorney general can defend abortion law 

Medvedev fights off Popyrin -- and cramps -- for "one of the sweetest" wins

Calls for PGA and MLB to boycott Georgia following voting reform law 

Mug Shot Monday


Does anyone know what an Alabama Shakes is or why one of its members is such an asshole? More HERE.

Weekend Tennis Diary


Surgery for Stan and Delpo, a dream date with Novak, plus all the action from Miami HERE.

Song of the Day: 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' by Roberta Flack


Among the many great moments of "Play Misty for Me" was the love scene between Clint Eastwood and Donna Mills, getting it on outdoors to this classic hit, one of Roberta Flack's five No. 1 singles. ("Killing Me Softly With His Song," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You" being the others.) 

"The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" was written by Scottish political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl -- father of the great Kirsty MacColl -- for Peggy Seeger, with whom he was having an affair and later married. (Folk legend Pete Seeger is her half-brother.) During the 1960s, the was recorded by various folk singers and became a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, winning Record of the Year and Song of the Year. at the Grammy Awards. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 Hot 100 single of the year for 1972.

Roberta's definitive version

The original

And a rather sublime cover by Yazoo singer Alison Moyet

Page 1 Roundup (03/29)

Morning Wood


Almost as hot as THIS GUY.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

25 Facts About 'Play Misty for Me' (1971)

In honor of the late Jessica Walter, Damian and I watched "Play Misty for Me" last night. Neither of us had seen it before -- politics aside, I can watch a man as beautiful as Clint Eastwood for days and my guy's a Northern California aficionado, so I knew the scenery alone would thrill him. But of course it was Jessica who stole every scene she was in -- and even the ones she wasn't. (It's no exaggeration to say Damian turned to me early in the film and said "I got chills" when the legendary actress first reveals who her character really is.) And to think Universal Pictures wanted Lee Remick to play the role! Enjoy 24 other bits of trivia about the groundbreaking film HERE.

The most awkward scene in this history of cinema?!!!!

Speedo Sunday


An equally hot one HERE.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Saturday 'Stache: Daniil Medvedev


Would you believe I suddenly have use for Daniil Medvedev? See his magical Miami mustache in action HERE.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Remains of the Day (03/26)

Awww. Taken too soon. :-( 

My friends back home can't take much more 

Pure sex. (His son, too.) 

If what is alleged by an ex-girlfriend is true this guy sounds like a real piece of shit -- but do we really need to know about this at all? I guess Twitter is now the Yelp for all relationships 

Click through to see the ass shot the director worked into the script ... 

The late actress had a long career. But her comic precision and delivery as Lucille Bluth made her memorable in the internet’s shortest form. 

In “Lonesome Dove,” “The Last Picture Show” and dozens more novels and screenplays, he offered unromantic depictions of the long mythologized American West

I still don't understand my progressive brothers and sisters on this. These kids may very well be horrible people -- one of them went on to speak at the f**king GOP convention. But anyone who has examined the videos or has taken even a cursory look at the facts knows they really didn't do anything wrong -- the Black Hebrew Israelites verbally assaulted them, then the Native American "victim" lied about everything -- and running around smearing these kids because you are projecting what you think they must have been thinking probably wasn't the right thing to do. Both CNN and the Washington Post -- with all the protections American media enjoy -- settled with Nick "I smirked because I was in an incredibly uncomfortable situation so I must be a monster' Sandmann for a reason. I'm not saying Kathy owes them any money. But the media got it wrong and so did she, so I'm not sure gloating is the way to go here. (Now can we never think of them again?)

After Trump tried to intervene in the 2020 vote, state Republicans are moving to take more control of elections 

I'm guessing Darrell forgot when Trump, like so many Republicans have before him, said the GOP would ‘never’ win elections again if it was easier to vote

On the Rag, Vol. 651

A weekly look at what's making news in the gay magazines:

Details HERE.