Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This Week's Quote

I'm here today because I hated everything else.

Wanda Sykes

Source:  BrainyQuote

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

America's Guardians

President Trump says he would've rushed into a Florida high school to save the students and teachers from a gunman with an assault weapon, so I say we take him up on that. He should resign the presidency, pick a school and stand outside it.

And Vice President Pence should do the same with a gay bar.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Olympian Achievements

The Winter Olympics concluded yesterday, and I know some Americans are upset that the U.S. brought home the fewest medals in 20 years.

Personally, I'm still reveling in the great moments. That women's hockey final was one of the most dramatic games I've seen in any sport. And because I come from an area that produces many winter athletes, I was thrilled to see American women take cross-country gold for the first time, even as I know much of America thinks cross country is only slightly more exciting than ironing.

But the best part of the Games for me was the clear presence of gay Americans. Openly gay Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy both criticized our vice president for his homophobia. Rippon was honest and sassy in interviews; Kenworthy kissed his boyfriend on live TV, and the world saw it.

And then there was Johnny Weir, the figure skater turned commentator, whose dramatic outfits, make-up, ever-changing hairstyles and snark earned him a gold medal in meeting and surpassing a gay stereotype. His in-your-face fabulousness must've worked for NBC, since they assigned him not just the skating but the closing ceremonies as well.

The Pyeongchang Games are over, but the Rippon/Kenworthy/Weir effect will ripple on. Just ask Mike Pence.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Florida Fear

I just read how survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre met with survivors of the Parkland high school shooting.

I'm not one to get nostalgic for the good old days, but there's no denying that when people used to speak of being united by terror in Florida they meant hurtling down Space Mountain with a friend.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Week's Quote

She’ll do what she has to do. She’s not the worst wing woman.

Sam Greisman tweeting about his mother, Sally Field, trying to set him up with Adam Rippon

Source:  Boston Globe

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fail to the Chief

It's Presidents' Day.  Damn but it's hard for me to honor the current occupant of the White House, since I think he's a lying, divisive, narcissistic, adulterous, uncaring, erratic, delusional, incompetent, dangerous, opportunistic, racist, misogynistic, shallow, manipulative, transphobic, ignorant, corrupt, xenophobic, self-serving, bullying and traitorous embarrassment of a president.

Otherwise he's just swell.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Reaching Olympic Heights

Openly gay Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy broke his thumb during practice. He still plans to compete, he tweeted yesterday, "but it does prevent me from shaking Pence's hand so . . . silver linings!"

He went to Pyeongchang a world-class freestyler, he'll leave a world-class shade-thrower.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lush Harvest

I just spotted a bumper sticker I've never seen before:  "Resistance is fertile."

Certainly there's no one who spreads manure like Donald Trump.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This Week's Quote

But I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition and the athletes involved.  I don't want to distract from their Olympic experience, and I don't want my Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence. Um, you know I want it to be about my amazing skating and, um, being America's sweetheart.

Adam Rippon

Source:  CNN

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pair Spin

Regarding this alleged spat between openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon and Vice President Mike Pence, I give it a high score for execution and artistry, but Mike Pence gets a deduction for being Mike Pence.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This Week's Quote

In South Korea, the Winter Olympics start Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence will be there for opening ceremonies but is leaving after that so he doesn't have to see the biathlon—he believes that athlons should be between one man and one woman.

Jimmy Kimmel

Source:  Newsmax

Monday, February 5, 2018

Copacetic Commercials

Several ads during yesterday's Super Bowl stressed that American diversity is a good thing. Regarding the LGBT part of the diversity equation, Kraft showed gay couples, T-Mobile said to love who you want, and Coke referred to "them" while showing a non-binary person.

I was so surprised I blurted "Them," and showered myself in guacamole.

I have no idea if that was the first mainstream television ad to use the gender-neutral pronoun, but geez, it ran during the Super Bowl. A zillion people saw it. Even if most of the zillion were too drunk or in too deep a carb coma to grasp what they were seeing, they still saw it.

These inclusive ads were a thumb to the nose to President Divisive and his base. In the age of Trump, America is not the inclusive nation of those ads. But it might be in the future. If the Eagles can beat the Patriots, anything can happen.