177 posts from May 2009
Prominent doctor George Tiller of Kansas—known to abortion foes as a man whose women's health clinic performed later-term abortions in extreme cases and who was vilified as a murderer by the right wing for the past 20 years—was gunned down in cold blood AT CHURCH today. This story is a microcosm of the abortion argument—the religious nuts who think terminating an unwanted pregnancy is the same as shooting an adult man probably timed this to coincide with today being the anniversary of the 2003 arrest of anti-abortion TERRORIST Eric Rudolph.
A very interesting CNN piece on marriage equality in New York quotes Christine Quinn as being cautiously optimistic about its passage.
A couple of weeks ago, I Facebooked some derogatory comments about the unsubtly titled Drag Me To Hell; I was misinterpreting it to be a trashy horror flick with a terribly unimaginative title (a la I Spit On Your Grave of yore), when in fact it's a sort of pomo revisiting of the genre, a knowing recreation of...a trashy horror flick with a terribly unimaginative title.
It doesn't count as bad if you know you're making a "bad" movie; instead it comes off as nostalgic and if not necessarily cerebral, somewhat smart. It was directed by Sam Raimi of Evil Dead and more recently Spider-Man fame, so I should have known better.
Just as Adam Lambert lost American Idol chiefly because people get sick of sure things, Susan Boyle lost Britain's Got Talent. But at least Adam lost to a cutie-pie with talent—Susan lost to a cheesy dance troupe. Yes, I acknowledge I could not dance as they do; nor would I want to.
I wish Perez had given Adam Lambert a hot minute to actually come out—it appears he is about to do so on the cover of Rolling Stone, so all the teasing he's doing is actually funny, not frustrating. It always seemed obvious to me that Lambert would be that rare and special thing—a gay person who admits it while simultaneously seeking to entertain the world. He never struck me as a Sean Hayes douche.
Former President Bill Clinton's view on marriage equality is "evolving"—that's the word for when you begin to feel you can safely say how you've really felt all along. But "Democrat" Shirley L. Huntley, a state senator from New York, has never been shy to let people know she is not down with gay marriage. Even a call from Maya Angelou herself did not move her. In response, Huntley said, "If they gave me a million dollars, tax free, I just wouldn't vote for it."