Saturday, March 21, 2009

Stonewall + 40

To help commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (darling, you're getting old!), Jon Gilbert Leavitt and Kevin Hannan bring us "Pride 2009," from the forthcoming album, "Pride at 40." You won't believe the way they make some of the key moments in gay history rhyme!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fun Pix

Here are today's "Fun Pix". Enjoy


Passed out at the Halloween Party at The Old Country Buffet

New poster boy for the National Rifle Association

Over 1 served

Has all of Abba's records

Uh, Grampy... are those
my underpants?


Bad Casual Friday choices...

See above...

You need some serious work honey!

I will say that this girl has some cojones grandes!

That is
some big bunny!

List Fun

Let’s take the gay test with music. Last year an Australian website tallied the votes of thousands of Aussies to compile a definitive list of the 50 Gayest Songs of All Time. So, whether you are gay or heterosexual, this list will tell you something about yourself. Count the songs that you own. My results are at the bottom.

50. Elton John and George Michael “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
49. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me (Like A Record)”
48. Pet Shop Boys “New York City Boy”
47. Diana Ross “Chain Reaction”
46. Deborah Harry “I Want That Man”
45. Cher “Strong Enough”
44. RuPaul “Supermodel (You Better Work)”
43. KD Lang “Constant Craving”
42. Culture Club “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”
41. Chaka Kham “I’m Every Woman”
40. Wham “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
39. Paul Lekakis “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room)
38. Kym Mazelle “Young Hearts Run Free”
37. George Michael “Outside”
36. Donna Summer “I Feel Love”
35. Dannii Minogue “This Is It”
34. Belinda Carlisle “Summer Rain”
33. Peter Allen “I Go To Rio”
32. Sylvester “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real”
31. Heather Small “Proud”
30. CeCe Peniston “Finally”
29. Madonna “Express Yourself”
28. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
27. Charlene “I’ve Never Been To Me”
26. Tim Curry “Sweet Transvestite”
25. Barry Manilow “Copacabana”
24. Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer “No More Tears”
23. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
22. Sister Sledge “We Are Family”
21. Queen “I Want To Break Free”
20. Dolly Parton, “9 to 5″
19. Coming Out Crew, “Free, Gay and Happy”
18. Village People, “In the Navy”
17. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax”
16. Village People, “Macho Man”
15. Judy Garland, “Over The Rainbow”
14. Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy”
13. Diana Ross, “I’m Coming Out”
12. Cher, “Believe”
11. Gloria Gaynor, “I Am What I Am”
10. Alicia Bridges, “I Love The Nightlife”
9. Madonna, “Vogue”
8. Olivia Netwon-John “Xanadu”
7. Kylie Minogue, “Better The Devil You Know”
6. Pet Shop Boys, “Go West”
5. Kylie Minogue, “Your Disco Needs You”
4. The Weathergirls, “It’s Raining Men”
3. Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive”
2. Village People, “YMCA”
1. ABBA, “Dancing Queen”

I have sixteen of these numbers. Anyone else want to share their results?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Merriam-Webster redefines "Marriage"

It wasn't us! (Stick out tongue and make raspberry noise here)

From Pam's House Blend:
Main Entry:
?mer-ij, ?ma-rij\
Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry
14th century

1 a (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage (same-sex marriage) b: the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock c: the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage

2: an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected ; especially : the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities

3: an intimate or close union the marriage of painting and poetry - J. T. Shawcross

As you might expect, the fundies are having a conniption:

"I was shocked to see that Merriam-Webster changed their definition of the word 'marriage,' a word which has referred exclusively to a contract between a man and a woman for centuries. It has now added same sex," YouTube user Eric B. noted to WND.

"The 1992 Webster's Dictionary does not mention same sex at all," he wrote.

Associate Editor at Webster's, Kory Stamper responded to one irate wingnut with the obvious:
"We hear such criticism from all parts of the political spectrum. We're genuinely sorry when an entry in - or an omission from - one of our dictionaries is found to be offensive or upsetting, but we can't allow such considerations to deflect us from our primary job as lexicographers."

..."In recent years, this new sense of 'marriage' has appeared frequently and consistently throughout a broad spectrum of carefully edited publications, and is often used in phrases such as 'same-sex marriage' and 'gay marriage' by proponents and opponents alike. Its inclusion was a simple matter of providing our readers with accurate information about all of the word's current uses," Stamper wrote

Calvin puts the AIG mess in perspective

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

St Patrick's Day Dinner

The Contessa di Pomidori prepared the corned beef and cabbage dinner and it was delicious! Brava cara Contessa! Take a look:

Yum!! We try to get together each year for a delicious cb&c dinner but eating out at restaurants has been a "shot in the dark". The only one we really liked was at the (Old) Bee-Hive Tavern in Sandwich when Bob and Tobin owned it. The corned beef was always tender and moist, veggies not overcooked and a generous portion to boot. Here is a list of some of the loser restaurants over the years:
  • Mildred's Chowder House, Hyannis
  • Mitchell's Steak House, Hyannis
  • Auld Irish Inn, West Dennis ($10 cover charge for a lousy "Irish" band, salty corned beef and cold vegetables. Plus we were required to eat at a table with strangers... supposedly "pub-style". Just awful)
One good spot over the last few was Doyle's in South Yarmouth. And it was only $8.99!

Numbers Runners, Poppy Girls, and Sweatshops... Oh My!

The Wiz is returning to Broadway!!!


It's been 35 years since 'The Wiz' made its way to Broadway and the classic soul musical – based on the beloved L. Frank Baum story about Dorothy and her adventures in Oz – will get a New York theater revival this summer.

The seven-time Tony Award winning tour-de-force, which introduced R&B superstar Stephanie Mills to the world, will be featured as the third New York City Center Encores! Summer Stars production, running June 12 - July 3 at New York City Center. Directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, the duo who brought the Tony-Award winning 'In the Heights' to Broadway last season, the show ill officially open on June 18, a rep confirmed.

While Boradway and TV stars
David Alan Grier and Wayne Brady were previously attached to a west coast based production of the revival, casting for the New York engagement has not been announced.

'The Wiz' is an all-black adaptation of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum,' told from the African-American perspective.

The original Broadway production of 'The Wiz' opened for previews on Dec. 24, 1974. Officially opening at the Majestic Theatre on Jan. 5, 1975, it moved to the Broadway Theater on May 25, 1977, running for over four years for a total of 1,672 performances. Mills,
Hinton Battle, Tiger Haynes, Ted Ross, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mabel King and Andre De Shields starred.

With a book by
William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, the original production was directed by Geoffrey Holder and choreographed by George Faison. It won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

On Oct. 24, 1978, a big screen adaptation of 'The Wiz' arrived in theaters starring
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Ted Ross, Nipsey Russell and Lena Horne. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the ambitious spectacle featured a revamped soundtrack and score produced by Quincy Jones.
I can't wait! I'd love to see that! Here's a video clip from YouTube of Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy in the stage version, singing "Home" at a concert in Aruba.

Hubble Telescope records quadruple moon transit of Saturn

Amazing! From

A rare opportunity was taken by Hubble astronomers who photographed a quadruple moon transit of Saturn during a period when the planet's rings are tilted edge on to Earth:

"Because the orbits of Saturn's major satellites are in the ring plane, too, this alignment gives astronomers a rare opportunity to capture a truly spectacular parade of celestial bodies crossing the face of Saturn. Leading the parade is Saturn's giant moon Titan – larger than the planet Mercury. The frigid moon’s thick nitrogen atmosphere is tinted orange with the smoggy byproducts of sunlight interacting with methane and nitrogen. Several of the much smaller icy moons that are closer in to the planet line up along the upper edge of the rings. Hubble’s exquisite sharpness also reveals Saturn's banded cloud structure."

Watch a time-lapse clip with narration: