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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween Monster II: Daniel Craig and the Devil

Love Is the Devil (1998)

In a more innocent time, painter biopics were, more often than not, sentimentalized fictions trading on the fame of the subject (van Gogh in Lust for Life, Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy). More recently, some filmmakers have courageously (and with varying degrees of success) used film to explore the lives of painters with intellectual honesty and their work with aesthetic understanding and in filmic terms (van Gogh - again - in Vincent and Theo, Caravaggio).

Now we have a film that succeeds brilliantly on both counts. Love is the Devil is a riveting and disquieting portrait of a riveting and disquieting painter, Francis Bacon. Bacon's place in the pantheon of twentieth century painters is now firmly established, but at a time when anything other than abstract expressionism was ignored by the critical establishment, he went about developing a highly individual style of figurative painting, paintings which are often difficult to look at - large, dark, distorted figures in which the pain suffered by the subject is expressed by the entire composition, often large canvases, as well as twisted facial expressions, grotesqueries on the outside reflecting anguish within.

Bacon was a homosexual, a masochist sexually, but, it seems, much the emotional sadist out of bed. The film covers the period in his life from the dramatic entrance of George Dyer, the younger working class man who became his lover, until Dyer's suicide seven years later. Their relationship is explored in some depth here, with neither condescension nor simplification. Though Bacon comes out of it looking selfish and cruelly insensitive, the art that he made during those years is a sensational testament to the profound emotional connection that he and Dyer shared, for all that intellectually and socially they were worlds apart.

Writer-director John Maybury uses the camera to interpret the images that were Bacon's world, not trying to recreate the paintings, none of which are shown in the film, but to elicit the visual experience and translate it into film pictures that, in turn, suggest what Bacon was doing on canvas.

In some scenes, for example, characters are heavily made up to distort their faces, in one case almost with the look of advanced Bell's palsy. The camera, then, might show us that face through the glass of a light bulb or reflected in a mirror, or in broken glass, or in extreme closeup - all techniques used at one point or another in the film, all evincing the look and feel of Bacon painting without trying to be Bacon paintings. Bacon painted a number of triptychs, and Maybury cues us in with three paneled mirrors. Maybury has looked at Bacon's paintings and seen them well; his filmic interpretation is inspired without being derivative. The soundtrack of electronic, dissonant music by Ryuichi Sakamoto provides an excellent aural complement.
We get some sequences of Bacon at work, not only using brush and palette knife, laying on the thick impasto, but even using his hands right on the paint and canvas. In the course of the story we get interesting moments that help us understand, if not why Bacon felt the way he felt, at least how. He and George attend a boxing match, and blood from the broken face of one of the fighters literally splatters Bacon's face. "Francis is in a state of grace in the presence of violence," says one of his friends. Most of all, George's recurring nightmares of death and the inner demons that haunt him even as he becomes more deeply dependent on alcohol and drugs are the grist for Bacon's aesthetic mill, the stuff which he converts into paint on canvas with power and impact and its own perverse beauty.

The lead performances, Derek Jacobi as Bacon and Daniel Craig as Dyer, could not be better, the stuff for which Academy awards are won in films less controversial, more mainstream. Regardless, in terms of film art, all participants are top notch. They have made a film that will be the benchmark of the genre for years to come.
- Arthur Lazere

Halloween Monster

Date: October 31, 2006 10:37:08 AM EST
Subject: Quote of the day

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has a large penis, according to his Casino Royale co-star Dame Judi Dench. The British actress caught a glimpse of the hunky actor's impressive appendage as he was getting dressed in his trailer which was situated opposite her own.

Dench, who plays secret service boss M in the new movie, told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "It's an absolute monster! Maybe I shouldn't have said that. How uncouth of me!"

This was reported last September:

Casino Royale the 21st Bond film, is considered the front-runner in this year's all-important holiday box-office derby reports Latimes. The movie, the first Bond film since Die Another Day in 2002, could help determine whether 2006 is a full-scale comeback year.

"I wouldn't bet against the movie," said Gitesh Pandya, editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com. "This franchise has been successful for four decades. The challenge will be to get audiences to go for a blond Bond."

Now, Daniel Craig has shocked Bond fans by participating in a gay kiss for his latest film. The actor, shares an onscreen kiss with another man in new movie Infamous - which documents the life of author Truman Capote. In the movie, Craig plays convicted killer Perry Smith and his character has a relationship with Capote, played by British actor Toby Jones. The film, which is already being tipped for Oscar success, closes with the pair sharing a passionate kiss in Smith's prison cell. Jones joked recently: "I never dreamed I would kiss James Bond."

Monday, October 30, 2006

Brothers and Kissers

Kudos, once again to Olin and Baitz, executive production team for Brothers & Sisters. Scotty and Kevin's kisses seem to increase in intensity as they go along. Thank you for depicting two men caring about each other without fanfare or catering to those who might find it terribly wrong that men kiss, let alone like each other.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Monday Night at Prohibition

Soaps in Depth says this:

People who happened to ne in New York City over the summer might have gotten an additional treat if they stopped in to see one of Ilene Kristen's singing engagements sprinkled around town. "I had a great time," she recalls, "and really had fun with the venues." Before performing in shows with ... "The Rosalinde Block Party." Kristen kicked things off a few months ago with a solo show at The Triad, a venue which later went on to host ... costar Kathy Brier. "It's a really good room," she shares of the club that she's performed at many itmes. "And becasue I've been playing there, I was able to spread the word of this place. And I'll be back there at some point." In the meantime, Kristen has other things to attend to when not singing ot taping he riotous Roxy scenes ... "Im going to see other people's music this fall," she smiles. "And that will be really fantastic."

Fantastic is equally appropriate for One Life to Live's multi-talented Ilene Kristen. the Block Party will be happening one more time at Prohibition, 84th & Columbus, one more time tomorrow evening at 9PM. Come out. Be happy.

Song of the Week: Backlash Blues

Hubert Humphrey came very close to winning the 1968 Presidential Election. Nixon took that one by something like 500,000 votes and in a victory celebration acknowledged Humphrey's loss by saying that he knew what was like to lose a close one. What Mr. Nixon did not acknowledge were the Southern Electoral votes and the nearly 10,000,000 popular votes received by George Wallace of Southern segregation fame.

The seeds for the GOP’s Southern Strategy were sown in 1948 when Strom Thurmond walked out of the Democrats' 1948 convention when none other than Hubert Humphrey himself called for a Civil Rights plank in the platform. Southern Democrats returned for 1952, 1956 and even 1960, when Roman Catholic John F Kennedy publicly placated overly sensitive Southern Baptists by declaring that his religion would not influence his governing. Times have certainly

Southerners went for Goldwater's States' Rights support and the deep South were the only States, besides Arizona, that voted Republican in 1964. Wallace had done surprisingly well in the Democratic primaries that year even in the North.

Wallace's success brought the defection from the once solidly Democratic South to fruition in 1968, a fact -- while not acknowledged by Nixon was not lost on Republican strategists. Conspiracy theorists had a field day on the assassination attempt on Wallace in 1972 that rendered him a paraplegic for the rest of his life. Nixon's landslide might not have been.

Black Americans and other minorities have been the wedge issue either silently or not so silently used by politicians and brought to new levels during the post-Marshall McLuhan Age. Lyndon Johnson, on the other hand, used the mushroom cloud to good effect in 1964 to scare the bejesus out of voters only to turn around and do what Goldwater was allegedly going to do by escalating the Vietnamese conflict. Bush 41 clobbered Dukakis with Willie Horton, as if it weren't bad enough for Bubba being confronted with that strange sounding surname. Al Gore lost his home state in 2000 because he was saddled with a faux gun issue. Mr. Rove continues to scare the bejesus out of the electorate with the image of threatening Moslems. It really doesn't matter that factually the Iraqis had nothing to do with terrorism by and large -- then. The racist layer there as well is not very far from the surface. It survives by appealing to the lowest common denominator.

Sometimes that lowest common denominator is clothed in high moral standards which in turn masks disdain for the very people being pandered to.

Homosexuals and their rights are the newest wedge issue -- so much so that even those on the so called left walk away from it, as is happening in Tennessee as an aside to the race issue, although Mark Foley's follies have snapped back emphasizing the lip service given to those who have fundamentalism in their hearts. Certain Democrats are dead wrong when they encourage their own party to take up the moral values banner. Civilized human beings are simply moral. Appeal to civility.

Yes, in Tennessee the Southern Strategy and racism reared its ugly head once more in the RNC's ad against Harold Ford. Once the damage was done, i.e. put out there to be absorbed by ignorant racists, who needed to be reminded where their votes belong, it was disavowed by all sorts of people involved on the Republican side. It is hoped that it will come back to bite them where the doorknob oughtt o hit them on their way out the door. Harold Ford can now play a card he did not have before.

Still, gay rights remains something that everyone seems to be ignoring. Mr. Ford goes to some pains that he supports the defense of marriage and all that. He also tends to make something of a deal of his religious faith.

There is a fine line that people need to walk in places like Tennessee in order to be successful as a public figure. It is most assuredly the source of Al Gore's so called stiffness, which can also be called being overly cautious. It is, therefore understandable that Mr. Ford is very reluctant to embrace the concept of same sex marriage. After all he was the target of a thinly veiled appeal to those who don't like the idea
of black men and white women together.

It may, however, also be important for this candidate to declare support for most rights for gay people -- i.e. those that don't go against his religious beliefs. His nomination is already a step forward for Tennessee. He should not take too many steps backward to pander to the backward. There are progressive people there. Gay people want to support him. Ford must not relegate them to the back of the bus. Oh and yes, there are gay people in Tennessee. Some of them are Republicans looking for a safe haven.

Sometimes being overly cautious relegates the candidate himself to the back of the bus. Just ask President Gore.

There are a great many bread and butter issues like health care, minimum wage and national security that are essentially ignored when the waters are muddied with non-issues like black men and white women together not to mention the concept that it is the government’s duty to define marriage and family for everyone.

So, this week's song of the week, "Backlash Blues" comes from 1967 co-authored by Nina Simone and Langston Hughes, a black gay man no less. It was a response to the burgeoning Southern Strategy of the time. A backlash per se is not a bad thing as long as the back that gets lashed is ignorance and man’s inhumanity to man.

Mister Backlash, Mister Backlash
Just who do think I am
You raise my taxes, freeze my wages
And send my son to vietnam

You give me second class houses
And second class schools
Do you think that all colored folks
Are just second class fools
Mister Backlash, Im gonna leave you
With the backlash blues

When I try to find a job
To earn a little cash
All you got to offer
Is your mean old white backlash
But the world is big
Big and bright and round
And its full of folks like me
Who are black, yellow, beige and brown
Mister Backlash, Im gonna leave you
With the backlash blues

Mister Backlash, Mister Backlash
Just what do you think I got to lose
Im gonna leave you
With the backlash blues
Youre the one will have the blues
Not me, just wait and see

Vote for the most progressive candidate capable of winning. It's all relative. Vote for humanity.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Saturday Beefcake: A Plenary Indulgence

'Tis that time of year when many inhabitants of the United States of America start that long journey until after January 1st into overindulgence. The task begins now with Halloween with its tricked treats and ends with the New Year with its tricks and the call for designated drivers.
In between there should be much dieting, while placing emphasis on the treadmills and related accessories. Easier said than done.

It is that very reason that John Antorino's image graces today's Beefcake entry. He is a man who obviously knows how to handle the temptations of overindulgence while at the same time exemplifying what one might be better choosing to indulge in, so to speak.

The recipe choice is very appropriate for the time of year and very much an exceptional suggestion for indulging either over or under.

Scaloppine di Tacchino

Seasoned Flour
(sea salt & ground pepper)
2 Eggs, large beaten with milk
2 Cups Fresh beadcrumbs
3 Cups finely chopped pecans
Turkey scallops, 750 grams, pounded
Granny Smith, cored, sliced thinly
Sweet Butter 3 tablespoons
Light Olive Oil or Almond Oil, 3 tblsp
Orange Juice, 1 cup, fresh
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau, 3 shots
Chicken Broth, about 1 cup
Cornstarch, 1 tsp
Parsley and Orange Rind

1. Mix bread crumbs with the pecans
2. Dredge the turkey in resulting mixture, dip in eggs, then coat again with mixture
3. In a large skillet saute' the apple in butter and oil (1/2 teaspoon each) until somewhat crispy, just a couple of minutes. Then transfer to a platter. Cover it.
4. Cook the turkey in batches in the same skillet over moderate heat with the remaining oil and butter until firm, i.e. a couple of minutes on each side then transfer to the plate with the apple slices.
5. Wipe out the skillet, add the orange juice and half the liqueur and boil until half reduction.
6. Add the broth and do the same.
7. In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch with the remaining liqueur and then add to the sauce, salt, pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
8. Arrange turkey and apple slices on 6 plates, spoon sauce over the turkey, garnish.

Sweet Potato and Chestnut Salad

Light Olive Oil, about 3 ounces
Sweet Potatoes, about 500 grams cut into one inch pieces
Sweet Butter, about 3 tablespoons
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Fresh Juice: lemon, lime or orange, c. 1 tablespoon
Cooked Chestnuts, halved, about 250 grams
Ginger root, minced, about 2 teaspoons
Raspberry vinegar, 3 tablespoons
Garlic, minced, one clove
Orange rind, grated: about teaspoons
Radicchio, arugula and endive leaves
Scallions, two, minced
Crisp bacon -- cut into very small pieces or soy substitute, about 125 grams

1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Heat three tablespoons of the oil in a skillet. Therein saute the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste until golden. Remove and drain.
3. Melt the butter in a baking dish over moderate heat, add liqueur, juice, potatoes, chestnuts, ginger, and salt & pepper to paste.
4. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, basting occasionally.
5. In a bowl whisk vinegar, garlic, orange rind -- salt & pepper, adding remaining oil in a stream, whisking until all is combined well.
6. Add potatoes and chestnuts to a bowl while still warm and toss.
7. Line 6 plates with the greens, divide the potato mixture among them, garnish with the scallions and bacon or its substitute.

It would seem that these recipes call for you to invite five other people over to partake of this wonderful Autumn repast. Of course, by now, you know very well, dear reader, that this sustenance is necessary to maintain the hormonal turbulence and overindulgence thereof associated with dear Scorpios and their libidinous sign, into which Brother Sun made his entrance around 23 October. Therefore, invite one or two less over or simply invite someone like Mr Antorino over ... and over again.

Visit his site.

Reichen Lehmkuhl Speaking at HRC National Dinner

Our love affair with Reichen continues

Friday, October 27, 2006

Down Under Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak promoting his own agenda in the land of OZ

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Lance Bass' boyfriend: 'Not going to hide'
POSTED: 8:51 a.m. EDT, October 26, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lance Bass' boyfriend, Reichen Lehmkuhl, says he and the former 'N Sync star have been dealing with threats ignited by his new memoir about the trials of being gay while serving in the military.

"We have to be very protective," Lehmkuhl tells the TV show "Inside Edition" in an interview that was to air Wednesday.

"I am not going to hide," says the former Air Force captain and winner of season four of CBS' "Amazing Race." "There are threats that come in from people who do not want me to be so public and expose what is going on in the military."

Lehmkuhl, 32, says that he and Bass, who revealed he is gay in July, forward the threats to private security personnel who send what they consider the more serious ones to the FBI. "Everything is being covered so we feel safe," he said.

Lehmkuhl's book, "Here's What We'll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force Academy," recounts his time keeping his sexual orientation a secret from Air Force colleagues.

"There was definitely an institionalized acceptance of people being homophobic and telling gay jokes and making homophobic remarks -- really, really mean homophobic remarks to the point of, 'Kill gay people,' " Lehmkuhl, who was honorably discharged from the Air Force five years ago, told ABC News earlier this week.

He became a target when people began to suspect his sexuality, he says. One night, he told ABC News, a bag was pulled over his head and he was sexually assaulted. He didn't report the incident.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

Homosexuals and their agenda

Homosexual agenda?
Associated Press
Thursday 26 October, 2006 10:18 |

Embattled Indiana Representative John Hostettler has launched a new campaign ad that warns a vote for his Democratic opponent could trigger a shift in House leadership and advance a "homosexual agenda."

In the one-minute radio ad, paid for by "Friends of Republican John Hostettler," an announcer impersonating Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" character says a vote for challenger Brad Ellsworth would be a vote for San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House speaker.

"Pelosi will then put in motion her radical plan to advance the homosexual agenda, led by Barney Frank, reprimanded by the House after paying for sex with a man who ran a gay brothel out of Congressman Frank's home," the narrator says.

In 2004, Hostettler drafted the Marriage Protection Act, designed to prevent federal courts from ordering states to recognize same-sex marriages permitted in other states.

Frank, Democrat for Massachussets, became the first member of Congress to voluntarily make his homosexuality public in 1987.

In 1989, a gay prostitute and former companion of Frank's, Stephen Gobie, alleged that Frank knew he ran a gay prostitution ring out of the congressman's Washington, DC, apartment.

The House Ethics Committee rejected Gobie's charges as untrue in 1990. It did find that Frank fixed parking tickets accumulated by Gobie and that he wrote a misleading memo for him. The House issued a public reprimand to Frank for those issues.

The ad, which debuted Saturday across southwestern Indiana, also accuses Ellsworth of wanting to "give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens with Detroit liberal John Conyers, and raise taxes with New York liberal Charlie Rangel."

"I know what you're thinking," the narrator says. "Is this true? Well, do you feel lucky? Go ahead, vote for Brad Ellsworth. Make Nancy Pelosi's day."

Ellsworth's campaign called the ad sensational and false.

"This race is not about Nancy Pelosi or San Francisco," spokesman Matt Weisman said. "What it's about is who's going to do the best job of representing the Eighth District, who's going to listen to people."

Democrats need just 15 seats to regain control of the House, and Hostettler, a Christian fundamentalist, has been labeled one of the most vulnerable GOP incumbents in the nation.

Hostettler has never received more than 53 percent of the vote in six elections, and the district's voters are notoriously fickle. In four successive elections in the 1970s, they elected four different congressmen.

Polls show him trailing Ellsworth, the Vanderburgh County sheriff, and his infrequent campaign appearances have prompted many to question whether Hostettler has resigned himself to a loss November 7.

"Eighth District voters are concerned about the homosexual agenda," Hostettler told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "Brad Ellsworth himself has said that he is in favor of granting benefits to same-sex couples that are now reserved for heterosexual married couples."

(Ryan Lenz, AP)

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Video Proof: Bully's Jimmy Hopkins likes to kiss boys

A game worth playing

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Barney Frank Blasts Hypocrisy of Closet Gay Republicans

Barney is a great American. This is what it is all about. It would be if they had their way.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Much Ado About Everything

Just when least expected, someone in a mainstream medium comes along and does something creative and valid in the depiction of gay men loving . Much ado was made about Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck making forays into the very same realm. Column was not the least among much adoers. Perhaps it was Brokeback withdrawal that brought so many to that hope party. Rescue Me was a tease that quickly turned into a locker room joke. Julian and company on Nip/Tuck were much better at teasing and even provided some wonderful sights. But it is Ken Olin and Jon Robin Baitz, the creative team behind ABC's prime time Soap Opera, Brothers & Sisters, that gave us a realistic and fearless portrayal of a gay super couple in the making. Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and Scotty (Luke MacFarlane) not only went on a date, as did the rest of the Walker clan, and not only kissed, as well as thoroughly misunderstood one another but had an immediate rapprochement with an even better kiss that seemed to lead to something more. They related to one another much the same way their heterosexual counterparts on this impeccably acted and well written drama.

It's on ABC. Will someone make sure that BrianFrons and all of his head writers either watch every episode or attend a seminar with Messrs Olin and Baitz, who happens to be gay and learn how to write and produce good serial drama?

Back to Ken Olin's gem of a show. The pilot reunited Tom Skerrit and Sally Field as husband and wife with Skerrit's character passing away by the end of the hour. This is a flawed caring family picking up the pieces following death and also attempting to resolve the conflicts that preceded it and those intensified following it.

An integral part of this family is Kevin Walker, a somewhat favoured son, brother, family lawyer and homosexual into whose life Scotty Wandell walks.

Much ado should be made about this show. It ignores nothing about the complexities of life for the upper white middle class. Yes, it is a well to do family with a family business -- an element common to many of its predecessors in the genre. However, this is no Dynasty and sure as hell ain't no Melrose Place.

Kevin may come from a comfortable background, but his telepersona is tangible. All his parts work. Perhaps Mr. Olin, who, by the way played a priest on Falcon Crest must have learned from the big deal made about Thirtysomething's man to man affection which was announced in the press before it didn't quite happen on the show and talked even more afterwards when sponsors and affiliates threatened to pull the plug.

The good news was that no one was warned about Kevin and Scotty doing what everybody else on the show does, i.e. being themselves with all their parts working. Thank you, Mr. Olin who has been responsible for very good televiewing on more than one occasion. Your gay brothers salute you, Mr. Baitz, who seem to be a creative force to be reckoned with. Even Wikipedia seems to know that.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Song of the Week: Paradise

Written in the late 60s by Harry Nilsson for the Ronettes, Phil Spector refused to release it. It became a rare gem sought by collectors for years. The Ronettes' version was replete with sound effects as a follow up to the splendid, "Walking in the Rain." Red Bird gave it to the Shangri-Las where its power was diluted. Bette Midler recorded, of course, what amounted to satire. It is the quintessential "Girl Group Song" appealing to raging adolescent female hormones.

The song is either high camp or intentionally campy, but it is glorious in its proclamation of what passion and true love might be. Jim Webb's production of The Supremes with Jean Terrell in the lead was yet another unique cut on the album he did for them on Motown, Jean's penultimate endeavour. One gets lost in its emotions in spite of one's self. It is their version you hear on the main site.

There is a land I know
Where lovers go and flowers grow
Where time is standing still
And lovers fill the quiet places by the shore
We'll cross the rainbow to a place where we'll be free
and he'll give his love to me,
So I wait for the day when he takes me away to Paradise
He'll take me by the hand to Paradise
We'll walk along the sand in Paradise
Never Never Land in Paradise

We'll build a castle there
Where we can share
The happiness we've waited for
Where white Flamingos fly way up high
And play above the ocean's roar

We'll climb the mountain to see our wonderland
Maybe now you'll understand
Why I wait for the day when he takes me away to Paradise

He'll take me by the hand to Paradise
We'll walk along the sand in Paradise
Never neverland in Paradise

I'll stand by him
Do right by him
And I swear I swear that I would die for him
die for him die for him

He'll take me by the hand to Paradise ...

Once again we dedicate the song to Thorsten Kaye, but this time along with his co-star, Alicia Minshew. And once again it is important to point out that if there is anything worthwhile going on in the world of Soap Operas it is because of the likes of actors who give their best in rising above it all and the loyalty of their fans. Few are more deserving than these two. There's no doubt that the reunion of Zach and Kendall on All My Children is a return to Paradise for their many fans.

On a personal level Ms Minshew, along with her co-star, has the ability to make someone feel special, which makes it easy to return the favour. She is just that in her own right.

Soap Operas are supposed to appeal to the same kind of hormones that Harry Nilsson's song reached out to, among other things. The best stories have to do with relationships -- relationships that viewers root for. The true romance of Zach and Kendall is a paradise that is a saving grace for a show very much in need of grace and salvation.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Saturday Beefcake

New York living makes for constant discovery. There is always something new and, if not necessarily exciting, at least interesting somewhere around the bend. It is very much like the artichoke with its many layers and delcious, absorbing secrets.

It is no secret that New York is home to much talent. Since the beginning of this, the most beautiful month of the Fall, Metropolis unfolded to present Thorsten Kaye, Ilene Kristen, Brian Sheridan, Alicia Minshew, Colin Egglesfield, Walt Willey and Sydney Penny not to mention the discovery of Druids and Scarlatto as great places to imbibe and enjoy a repast, plus the old standbys of Prohibition and La Cantina Toscana and across the river NC Winters was exhibiting his unique creativity. The heart of New York City is very much like the above mentioned group of sensitive, and creative people who are not only interesting but verge on the exciting.

So in honour of the secrets of the artichoke, please find a recipe utilizing its heart.

Speaking of hearts today's beefcake subject would be quite capable of stealing anyone's heart among other things. This thief of hearts is found in the January issue of Men's Workout

Penne with Artichoke Hearts

400 grams Penne
300 grams Blanched Plum Tomatoes, peeled and seeded
50 grams grated Italian cheese (parmigiano or pecorino)
1 small onion
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon of capers
Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt, ground black pepper
1. Saute the thinly sliced onion with an abundance
of the olive oil, raise the heat
(gazing upon today's subject will help you do that)
and then add the thinly sliced artichoke hearts.
2. Then add the capers and the chopped tomatoes.
3. Salt, pepper and then lower the heat
4. Once the penne are cooked and drained, toss with the above sughetto
5. At the very last moment before serving top with grated cheese and parsley.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Spreading the Love

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Grey's Anatomy" star T.R. Knight says he's gay, but hopes people don't consider that "the most interesting part of me."

The 33-year-old actor addressed rumors of his sexuality in a statement to People magazine Thursday.

"I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I'd like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there," Knight's statement read. "While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me."

Knight plays Dr. George O'Malley on the popular ABC drama. A former stage actor, his television credits also include "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

Knight's "Grey's Anatomy" character, a bumbling, puppy-eyed surgeon, has long been in love with Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

From Andrew Towle (towleroad.com) -- a preceding event.

An on-set confrontation between Grey's Anatomy co-stars Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey which resulted in Washington grabbing Dempsey by the throat and shoving him was kicked up a notch this morning when the National Enquirer (the tabloid that broke news of the fight) revealed that Washington had used a gay slur during the confrontation:

The melee has set off World War III on the show and may cost Isaiah his job," an insider told The ENQUIRER. "The cast is divided over the shameful event."
As The ENQUIRER exclusively revealed last week, Patrick and Isaiah clashed over cast members being late to the set, right before shooting a scene at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles.

A heated discussion quickly escalated to violence when Isaiah snapped, revealed an eyewitness. At one point, Isaiah yelled, "I'm not your little faggot like (name deleted)," according to the source. Those who heard him were stunned.

The tabloid, however, refuses to identify who the gay slur was directed at, citing its 'extreme nature', however, Washington did refer to T.R. Knight as a "bitch" in earlier reports...

Now with all the McDreaminess and McSteaminess on the Grey's Anatomy set, there's bound to be some alpha male-style jockeying for position between the male co-stars, but these aren't the kind of blows one would want it to come to.

From Datalounge:

RE: Applauding TR Knight

Good for him and damn all the closet cases/bearded in Hollywood. You have to have respect for someone with a backbone in Hollywood and the balls to say "this is what I am".

And he has come out while his career is on the rise and Grey's Anatomy is nº1 TV show. That says a lot.

What about you, CSI cast?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Colin Egglesfield: Today @ 5:30 PM

Join Colin at Team for Kids Fundraiser at Prohibition 84th & Columbus. Team for kids is a great cause. It is an organization that sets up running programs throughout the country for underprivileged kids. These programs help kids help themselves physically and mentally.

Or at least visit his gallery on www.column-of-life.com

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

This, of course, Changes Everything

And the Rush Limbaugh Egodystonic Award goes to Mark Foley

From the The Palm Beach Post:

A Catholic priest is being named by former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley as the man who allegedly molested him when he was a teenager in Lake Worth. Gerald Richman, an attorney for Foley, said Tuesday that the name of the priest will be given to church officials at the Archdiocese of Miami as early as today. Asked whether Foley could prove the priest molested him about 30 years ago, Richman said, "I can't comment on whether he has proof but I can tell you that I think it is going to be very clear in the coming days that it is a fact as opposed to any possible allegations that it is a fantasy or something made up for political purposes." Asked about the priest's whereabouts, Richman said, "I can't comment on whether the person is a member of the archdiocese or his present status. I can only tell you that the person is still alive." Another former priest, Willie Romero, told The Palm Beach Post he knows who molested Foley because that priest confessed to Romero.

Yes, of course, the devil made him do it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Jeff Getty

When beset with pettiness and dysfunction, the realities of living and dying come along to put things in perspective. Mark de Solla Price, colleague and friend sent this article along and had this to say:

"... When I was dealing with Vinny's battle to get a liver transplant, he was incredibly kind and helpful. A Connecticut boy (like Vinny and me), he was a real hero and an old-school activist who put his body and life on the line. I'm going to miss him. "-- Mark

San Francisco Chronicle
AIDS activist succumbs
Getty pushed for experimental treatment protocols: Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Jeff Getty, a courageous Bay Area activist who inspired a generation of advocates for AIDS treatment and underwent an unprecedented bone marrow transplant from a baboon during the darkest days of the epidemic, died Monday after a long struggle with the disease.

He was 49.

In December 1995, before antiviral drug combinations began saving the lives of those infected, he drew international attention for undergoing a bone marrow transplant using cells taken from a baboon, a primate that appears to have natural immunity to HIV.

The experiment conducted at San Francisco General Hospital was a failure -- the baboon bone marrow cells quickly disappeared from Getty's system -- but his health nevertheless improved dramatically, and he survived tenaciously using every antiviral drug conceivable for 11 more years.

"He was one of the best activists in the business," said Dr. Steven Deeks, the UCSF professor who was lead investigator in the baboon bone marrow trial. "That trial reflects the level of desperation at the time. Jeff was just hanging on to his life. He inspired us that a risky and aggressive intervention was worth trying.''

Getty was not just a patient in the baboon bone marrow trial. "He was a member of the team,'' Deeks recalled. Getty worked with the doctors to develop the experimental protocols, and to win approval despite concerns about the controversial operation.

Since the 1980s, when he was diagnosed with AIDS, he stayed one step ahead of the disease by battling for early approval of experimental drugs, taking them himself a and demanding access for others. He was a pioneer who helped make possible the development of HAART, or the "cocktail" of highly active antiretroviral therapy, that routinely prolongs lives today.

"He is emblematic of a whole group of men who survived AIDS in the early 1980s and 1990s, and made it into the HAART era, but had developed so much resistance to the drugs that they never got their virus fully under control,'' Deeks said.

Getty moved in 2002 to the desert community of Joshua Tree, in San Bernardino County, where he continued his AIDS activism until health problems made it no longer possible. He died of heart failure, following chemotherapy and radiation for cancer, at the High Desert Medical Center. Ken Klueh, his partner for 26 years, was at his bedside.

"He changed my life," said Klueh. "He changed a lot of people's lives."

Klueh said Getty may have been proudest of his work in advocating for liver transplants for people with AIDS -- many of whom suffered from liver failure because of hepatitis or the toxicities of the drugs they had to take. "He did not need a transplant himself,'' Klueh said.

Because there was an assumption that HIV was a terminal disease, and because of concerns that the immune-suppression drugs needed for organ transplantation would be harmful, transplants were off-limits to people with AIDS.

Getty organized protests at UCSF Medical Center, secured support from State Sen. Carole Migden -- who was an assemblywoman at the time -- and set up an experimental protocol that, with money from the National Institutes of Health, has saved dozens of lives.

"He was the bravest of the brave. He was committed to getting results, even where it was clear that it wouldn't help him,'' said Migden.

Jeff Sheehy, a UCSF spokesman who also sits on the citizen's advisory board for California's stem cell research program, called Getty the "consummate AIDS-treatment activist" who not only knew how to work the politicians and the media, but would provide advice and counsel to other people living with the disease.

"He was a boot camp therapist who wouldn't let people quit,'' Sheehy said. "When people were thinking about quitting, he would put the fight back into them.''

A UC Berkeley administrative analyst who worked in the admissions office, Getty had a keen intellect that helped him navigate the science and politics of HIV like few others. He could be difficult, demanding and caustic.

"He wasn't easy to work with,'' said Michael Lauro, an organizer who teamed with Getty in the advocacy groups ACT UP Golden Gate and Survive AIDS. "That's how people with great vision, great hearts and great drive are like. He could get things done.''

Getty is survived by his partner, Ken Klueh of Joshua Tree; his father, Edward Getty of North Stonington, Conn.; and his sisters, Carrie Getty of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kim Getty of Ashland, N.H., and Jennifer Getty of El Cerrito.

A Bay Area memorial service has not yet been scheduled. Donations in Jeff Getty's name may be made to Maitri hospice, 401 Duboce Ave., San Francisco, CA 94117.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Go. Enjoy. A Joyful Noise

The Rosalinde Block Party at Prohibition It's been a great Summer Gig. 84TH & Columbus 9-MIDNIGHT. No cover. Great Food! Great People! It's where the good guys go.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Song of the Week: Poetry Man

Ooooo, ya, ya, ya, ya
Ooooo, ya
You make me laugh
'Cause your eyes they light the night
They look right through me, la, la, la
You bashful boy
You're hiding something sweet
Please give it to me, yeah, to me, ya
To me
Ooh, oh, talk to me some more
You don't have to go
You're the Poetry Man
You make things all right, ya, ya

Ooooo, ya, ya, ya, ya
Ooooo, ya
You are a genie
And all I ask for is your smile
Each time I rub the lamp, la, la, la
When I am with you
I have a giggling teen-age crush
Then I'm a sultry vamp, ya, ya
Talk to me some more
You don't have to go
You're the Poetry Man
You make things all right, ya, ya

Talk to me some more
You don't have to go
You're the Poetry Man
You make things all right
Ooooo, ya, ya, ya, ya
Ooooo, ya

So once again
It's time to say so long
And so recall the call of life, la, la, la
You're going home now
Home's that place somewhere you go each day
To see your wife, ya, ya, ya
To see your wife
Wooo, oooh

Talk to me some more
You don't have to go
You're the Poetry Man
You make things all right

Phoebe Snow's classic love song was picked because Carolyn Hinsey has blessed the Soap Opera world twice with stories about Zach (Thorsten Kaye) and Kendall (Alicia Minshew) being reunited. Once in Soap Opera Weekly and once in her weekly New York Daily News column, the text of which follows:

Kendall takes a step
Zach-ward on 'AMC'

Zach and Kendall reunite, tear up the divorce papers, and promise to love, honor and cherish each other, till death do they part, next week on All My Children. Again. "A lot has happened to both of them," says Thorsten Kaye, who plays the brooding Zach. "He thinks she wasn't there for him, and that she was hanging out too much with Ryan. When things went bad, she turned to Ryan, instead of Zach. So there's a lot of healing for everybody to do." It starts with the newly returned Bianca, who has a heart-to-heart with sister Kendall about her true feelings for Zach "Bianca is the angel of mercy," says Alicia Minshew (Kendall). "She always knows better." That little chat prompts Kendall to think back on her marriage. Even though she has a baby with Ryan, she decides she wants to stay with Zach. "Kendall and Zach really hurt each other, and in some of those instances, they meant to," says Kaye. "Whether it was to push the other person away or make sure they were still in control, they both did it. And it caused a lot of pain."

So, it takes a while for the big kumbaya to really take. "And then they have sex!" says Minshew. "The scenes are really nice. The fans are going to like them. They're not cliché. It's not flowers and overly romantic and mush." The reunion will be very happy, but don't look for Pine Valley's two angriest characters to suddenly be all sweetness and light.

"Kendall won't be too good for too long," says Minshew. "No one likes to see her that way. It's nice to show that side of her, but it really is boring." Some viewers still want Kendall with Ryan, but most have been clamoring for the Zach side of the triangle to win out. "The cool thing about this love story is that it's different," says Kaye. "It's a lot more human than you're used to seeing [on soaps]. There's a lot more dark than happy, and that's okay. It's more 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' - you just look at these people and you see that they really need each other. But they will push each other's buttons as much as they can." They'll unbutton some buttons next week, too. "The last time they had sex they had to do it really carefully, because she had just had a C-section," recalls Minshew with a laugh. "All of a sudden, she had lost the belly, was all fine and was having sex." "Yeah," quips Kaye. "This time, it lasts 10 seconds."

The quipping Kaye is Column's Poetry Man

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Saturday Beefcake

While it may not be as American as apple pie, today's recipe for Apple Spice Bread is as easy as pie. It will go well with the morning coffee come election day, which is fast approaching. November 7, 2006 is just slightly more than three weeks away. Even if the best that can be hoped for is that Rick "Forrest Gump with Attitude" Santorum will be sent on his way, it will be more than worth the wait. Chances are there will be more exciting news than that.

The Washington Post has this to say:

Democratic operatives do not publicly say that they went out of their way this year to recruit candidates with a high hotness quotient. Privately, however, they acknowledge that, as they focused on finding the most dynamic politicians to challenge vulnerable Republicans, it did not escape their notice that some of the most attractive prospects were indeed often quite attractive.

Read the rest here
. The Republicans should not hold the monopoly on hot young men. Our hot young man displaying his patriotic colours in all the right places is named Wal Bloom and is a resident of Mr. Santorum's state. There is no way of telling if he is a Democrat or a Republican. He would certainly be a standard bearer to remember no matter the political affiliation, although it is almost certain that he is not running for public office. He gets more than votes it would seem looking like that.

Apple Spice Bread

3 cups unsifted flour
3.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon'
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup crunchy cereal nuggets
1 cup chopped walnuts
1.5 cups peeled and coarsely shredded apples
3 eggs
1 cup milk
A shot of molasses
Corn oil a third of a cup

1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, spices, sugar, cereal and walnuts.
2. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.
3. Pour into a greased 9x5x3 loaf pan.
4. Bake at 350F for 70 minutes until it is richly browned and firm.
5. Unmold, cool thoroughly.

Mr. Bloom appears on the last page of the current Men's Exercise. The best was indeed saved for that position. Speaking of positions, there is an article therein called "Booty Camp: The Ultimate Butt Workout."

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Keith Olberman has this to say:

David Kuo, who was the number two guy at the Office of Faith Based initiatives in the White House writes a scathing account of how the administration used Christians to grab and maintain power. This story validates Tucker Carlson's admission that: "The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power."

Crooks and Liars has more of this.

This is the heart of the matter of the Foley scandal: It is not so much that his behaviour was inappropriate or that he bedded a 21 year old. It is the absolute hypocrisy involved in maintaining power. Interesting how rights for the LGBT population has been used by the GOP as a wedge issue and how it is now a focus of this election cycle in a way they might have never imagined.

Pictured above left, a soldier from the Christian Soldiers site and below left, two gay christians. The 'twain is meeting somehow.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

National Coming Out Day

Sometimes the most brilliant takes on homosexuality come from the most unlikely of sources -- a woman. Stephanie Sandberg from the Huffington Post touched on many issues that have to do with what same gender loving and sexuality is all about in a post about the Foley scandal that says a bit more than meets the eye.

Denny Hastert seems remarkably suited for his particular sorry role and the way the Foley disaster has played out. Consider that Hastert was a high school wrestling coach. His charges were young males, at an age when beauty, rage, strength and tenderness merge in a coursing confusion of hormones, grappling with each other in tights for hours on end in a steamy gymnasium. If you were Denny Hastert -- glance again at his puzzled face, his hunched shuffle as he heads to the podium -- could you afford to allow thoughts of sexual tension surface?

Read all of it here: At the Huffington Post.

If you want to bring it all home, go here.

The concept of coming out as a public and political statement is different to coming out to family and friends. Accepting one's own feelings and inclinations can be a long journey toward self love or it can be instant inspiration and illumination.

The key for the rest of you is to realize that whether it's love or simply an inclination, a proclivity, or a wild time it is just a manifestation of life.

Jon Stewart Exposes Gay Congressional Network Behind Foley

Aren't LOGO and Here! the Gay Networks?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Precursor's Discussion Worth Stealing

Rep. Barney Frank talks about the Foley scandal. One of the few out politicians on Capitol Hill, Democratic congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts (who survived his own scandal involving a male prostitute in 1989) gives us his take on Foley and on being a gay politician in Washington.

By Matthew Link

An Advocate.com exclusive posted October 4, 2006

Even though at least two other members of Congress have dallied with pages in the past (Democratic representative Gerry Studds of Massachusetts, with a male page in 1973, and Republican representative Dan Crane of Illinois, with a female page circa 1983), Mark Foley's current scandal and admission of being gay seem to have set the D.C. closet on fire.

One of the few out politicians on Capitol Hill, Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank (who survived his own scandal involving a male prostitute in 1989) gives us his take on Foley and on being a gay politician in Washington.

What do you think will be the political fallout of the Foley scandal?
This makes it very, very likely the Democrats will win the House back in November. It's easy to punish a party when it's not the presidency itself.

Was it common knowledge in Washington that Foley was gay?
Both sides of the aisle knew; it was an open secret. Foley would get people in Florida thinking he was out up north, but that was not the case. Once, at a congressional Christmas party at the White House, my ex-boyfriend Herb went up to Foley, who was with a female date, and said to him, "Why don't you get a real date?" Foley didn't say anything.

It's funny how a lot of gay male politicians in Washington came with male dates to these events during the Clinton years, but then showed up with females under Bush.

What do you think was the role of gay Republicans in all this?
Apparently, Kirk Fordham, Foley's ex–chief of staff and Rep. Thomas Reynolds's chief of staff, is a very active gay Republican ... also had some role in the hush-up. ... There are others who were involved that I can't mention since they aren't out. They are all more like secret Jews.

How do the gay Republicans reconcile their consciences?
A lot of them chose between their gayness and their party. I'm sure the group of gay Republican staffers hid Foley's actions as best they could.

This is a real crisis, since before, gays in the Republican Party were willing to be tolerated, but Republicans will now be more nervous having gay people in positions of power. They have been critical of people who are out and gay—there could be a real purge of gays in the Republican Party now. It's probably just enough for people to be perceived to be gay.

Do you think the media has unfairly exploited the gay angle to the scandal?
Newt Gingrich said the Republicans couldn't have publicly reprimanded Foley or they would be accused of gay-bashing. That's just gibberish. There would probably be just as much uproar if it was an underage female, because of Foley's work with children. In fact, I think the media has been fairly good about not gay-bashing this scandal.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Italian Pride

Being Italian is one of life's blessings. This WebLog has made no secret of the beauty of those origins and like anything else pertinent to the human existence it needs to be celebrated. Columbus Day ain't it. Columbus farmed himself out to Spain and Queen Isabella to plant firmly the Spanish flag in what he thought was India. Italy, at the time, was a geographic expression and home to a number of competitive kingdoms and duchies. Un bordello.

He was a navigator and a business man. That's all. Italians here and elsewhere are much more than that.

Italian-Americans are passionate beings who bring to the cultural table a rich and varied heritage. Perhaps there should be a Michelangelo Day, an Enrico Caruso Day, a Frances Cabrini Day -- hey! even a Frank Sinatra Day.

Many would even appreciate an Italian Underwear Day!

The great sound of La Springfield's greatest selling single can be heard here. It was a lush Italian pop song that she heard at the San Remo Festival. She claimed to have swooned upon hearing its Puccini-esque melody. It speaks volumes of the universality of Italy and its culture both contemporary and historical.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Song of the Week

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Saturday Beefcake

Some dishes need to be served immediately and while they are hot. Fall and winter dishes are primarily rib stickers that keep the inner fires well stoked.

Needless to say everyone has those young, fetching acquaintances virtually performing the same task. The attributes, smooth, creamy, tangy and pungent take on more involved meanings. Gorgonzola in both forms reaches its delectable state by getting moldy, more or less. That's what the blue in blue cheese of any origin is. Gorgonzola has a texture and quality all its own. Sweet Gorgonzola is what's called for in the following recipe. It's younger and more malleable. Yes, of course.

Pasta al Gorgonzola

400 grams of Ditali Rigati
100 grams of Gorgonzola Dolce
50 grams of Sweet Butter
Small glass of Heavy Cream
chopped parsley, sea salt, pepper

1. Slowly melt the butter in the cream over low heat adding salt and pepper to taste right up to the point of boiling. Before it gets there remove it from the heat.
2. The Gorgonzola should be cut into small cubes.
3. As soon as the pasta is drained, unite it with the cheese and the cream mixture. Toss it well and top it with the parsley. This should be served immediately to two malleable young people who stoke the home fires or four old farts.

Pictured is one of CoL's favourites from the galleries, Rusty Joiner, whose attributes do nothing but stoke all sorts of fires.

Thorsten Kaye

There was an event at an inviting bar/restaurant in charming Hoboken, NJ. Interesting how easy it is now to apply that epithet to Sinatra's home town. Still, today it was, both inside and out. Mr. Kaye had a book signing at Trinity, the aforementioned bar/restaurant to which came many people, preponderously female, from far and wide. Some crossed borders to see their favourite actor. An experience like today's establishes that Thorsten Kaye is above and beyond being an actor. He is an artist. This line from his poem Winter more than validates that opinion:
... the revelry
the years when youth was permanent ...

A portion of the proceeds from today's event were donated to First Book -- a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Visit the site where the book is available and the purchase of same helps a worthy cause.

The event took place at Trinity 306 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken NJ 07030. Go. Enjoy.

As always, to experience Thorsten's grand array of exceptional fans is heart warming. Visit his site and their message board.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Why there will always be an England!

A gay police officer named Mr Gay UK.

Charlie Parker from Queer Planet UK says:

Blackpool's Flamingo Club played host to this year's final of the Mr. Gay UK contest, where Mark Carter, aged 23 from West Yorkshire was crowned the UK's most desirable gay man.

Judged by a panel consisting of Big Brother's Lea and Dickie, Su Pollard, Rowetta and Anita Dobson, Carter won £5,000 worth of prizes, not to mention the photo shoots and personal appearances which come with the title.

"I am absolutely 100 per cent over the moon. Two years ago I used to cry myself to sleep at night, I was so daunted by the prospect of coming out, but when I did, it was the best thing ever. I was so happy I could finally be myself" Carter revealed.

"I came from a very straight background and upbringing, I played football, I was a sports captain, I had girlfriends. I thought telling people I was gay would mean no-one would want to know me, but at the Mr Gay UK final I had more people together, supporting me, in one pleace, than I've ever had in my life."

Thursday, October 05, 2006

John Laesch for Congress

Daily Show: Annual GOP BBQ and Nude Cub Scout Wrestle

Jon Stewart is a great American!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

ABC News Suppressed this (Thank You, DL)

Mark Foley now finally knows what former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards meant when he said, "The only thing that will cost me the governorship is if I am caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy."

ABC News found the live boy in the form of an e-mail and instant messaging exchange between the Florida Republican congressman and an underage male page. And now, finally, Foley can no longer cajole the media into keeping his private life a secret.

Ten years ago, I outed Foley as a gay man for The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian newsmagazine. But aside from one story in the St. Petersburg Times, no other Florida or national publications would touch the tale, either because Foley and his camp did a great job of shooting the messenger or because of the inherent fear the media have to delve honestly and without judgment into a person's sexual background.

Foley got tagged as gay in 1996 because he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, the first federal law that sought specifically to define marriage as a male-female thing. He wasn't the only one. I also reported that Rep. Jim Kolbe, an Arizona Republican who also voted for DOMA, was a closeted gay man. I based these assertions on extensive interviews with gay men who knew the congressmen, who could speak to their personal associations and who had seen them in private settings where there was no doubt as to their sexuality.

I wrote the story not as an activist seeking to punish someone for not being who I thought they should be. I wrote it as a journalist seeking to dig deeper into a topic that was at the top of every newspaper in the country. If Congress was getting involved in deciding who could and could not be married, then it was relevant to ask lawmakers about their personal lives. I remember that former GOP Rep. Bob Barr, the Georgia congressman who was the chief sponsor of DOMA, got asked once which of his three previous marriages he was defending, and no one raised a stink.

But asking a lawmaker if he was gay and how his sexuality affected his vote was just not acceptable. It wasn't in 1996, and I doubt many reporters would do it today. It's not homophobia per se. It's really more like homo-aversion.

Foley was a master of aversion. For The Advocate story, as I recall, Foley didn't grant a face-to-face interview but instead answered written questions. "Frankly, I don't think what kind of personal relationships I have in my private life is of any relevance to anyone else," he said.

In contrast, Kolbe sat down with me to talk. Like Kolbe, I was from Tucson. I had followed Kolbe's career since my days as a college journalist. Kolbe was sincere, and he was scared. He worried what would happen to his career and he feared what his family would say. And he didn't want a magazine to do what he realized in that moment that he needed to do himself.

Kolbe went public with his sexual orientation before the magazine hit the stands. He was praised for his honesty and he went on to win re-election handily in every election since. I ran into Kolbe at a University of Arizona homecoming game a few years ago. He told me that though he didn't like having someone pry into his personal life, he understood why I went after the story. And he said that in the long run, he was happier because he didn't have to hide anymore. This year is Kolbe's last in Congress. He's retiring after a distinguished 22-year career in the House. It's a little odd for me to think that it's also Foley's last, but for very different reasons.

By staying so deep in the closet and browbeating others to keep his secret for him, Foley probably thought he was invincible. But secrets have a way of bringing down the powerful.

Just ask Edwin Edwards. He was never caught with a dead girl or a live boy. But he was caught shaking down riverboat casino owners and sent to prison after he'd left office.

J. Jennings Moss is a freelance journalist based in New York City and Tucson, Ariz. A former senior editor for ABCNews.com, Moss spent 18 months as Washington correspondent for The Advocate, the national lesbian and gay newsmagazine.

Media Bistro ran it and explains why here.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Song of the Week: Stoned Love

Lest we forget. The song being played on the site is one of the 70s Supremes' stand outs.

Now I wanna tell ya--of a great love--ohh
It will light up
It will surely light up--darkened worlds
If you just believe...

Stoned Love, Mmm..
Oh yeah
A love for each other will bring fighting to an end
Forgiving one another
Time after time doubt creeps in
But like the sun lights up the sky with a message from above
Oh yeah, I find no other greater symbol of love--

Yeah, don't ya hear the wind blowing
Stoned Love
Oh yeah, I tell ya I ain't got no other

Woo, woo, Mmmmh
Stoned Love
Aww yeah

Life is so short
Put the present time at hand
Aww yeah--and if you're young at heart
Rise up and take your stand
And to the man
On whose shoulder
The world must depend
I pray for peace and love--Amen

Oooh--can't ya feel it--mmm hmm
Stoned Love
I tell ya I ain't got no other
Ahh haa
Stoned Love
Aww yeah

If the war 'tween our nations passed--oh yeah
Will the love 'tween our brothers and sisters last?
On and on and on and on and....

Stoned Love
Aw yeah--
I tell ya I ain't got no other

Mmm hmm
Stoned Love

Can't ya, can't ya, can't ya, can't ya, can't ya feel it
Woo, woo, mmm hmm
Stoned Love
Aw yeah stoned, stoned, stoned, stoned

Woo, woo, mmm hmm
Stoned Love
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

This from Wikipedia which provides some interesting background:

A plea for love and peace similar to those recorded by Sly & the Family Stone in the late 1960s, the lyrics of "Stoned Love" were a plea for the people of the world to end conflict and animosity between each other, specifically the Vietnam War. Thomas chose the term "stoned love" (or alternately, "stone love") to define the concept of an unchanging bond between one another. ...

Many people saw that the song as a coded reference to drug use, and many radio station owners were at first apprehensive to play the record. Motown founder Berry Gordy was also said to have hated the song, and label executive Barney Ales had to arrange for the RKO radio stations to agree to play "Stoned Love" before releasing the single. Fearing that the song was indeed a reference to drug use, CBS cut a live performance of the song from a November 1970 episode of The Merv Griffin Show.

"Stoned Love" was the main single from The Supremes' album, New Ways But Love Stays, released in October 1970. It also appears in the 1994 motion picture Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks. In 2004, neo soul singer Angie Stone covered the tune as the intro to her LP Stone Love.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Mayor's Office film Newsletter

Joe Fontao, Location Manager

A little over ten years ago, all Joe Fontao wanted was to become a chef. Unfortunately, Fontao “didn’t really like the hours. So, I stumbled into this industry thanks to a suggestion from a friend.” Starting as a PA, Fontao worked his way up within MTV and covered awards shows and Spring Break for the network. Today, as a location manager for Viacom Networks and owner of his own location management company (Fontao Location Management), he certainly isn’t complaining about his career path.

“For me, the proudest moment I have as a location manager is at the end of the show when you’ve done three weeks on a site at twenty hours a day and the last truck closes its door,” says Fontao. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the biggest show or the smallest one, it’s difficult. Your guys are exhausted, but you still feel good, somehow.” Fontao knows the exhaustion well.

It was during this time as an MTV PA on Spring Break that he knew he wanted to become a location manager. “I watched a location manager pull in a ton of trailers on set,” Fontao pauses. “I thought, ‘It’s amazing how he just rolled a whole little city here in ten minutes. I want to do that.’” Now he rolls these little cities all over New York for a number of big events – from the VMAs (since 1999) to movie awards, to the Thanksgiving Day parade. He’s currently working on the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards and will be doing the location management for the next Superbowl in Miami.

Still, Fontao expresses that all events, not just the big ones, are logistical challenges. He has become adept at working with the City and with facilities across all five boroughs to deliver what his clients are looking for.

Fontao was born and continues to live in Staten Island. “You get a dedication in New York that you just don’t get in another city. Every agency involved in this business, every city worker – they all pitch in. People here are much more helpful than anywhere else.”

Fontao hopes to put this helpfulness to good use. His location management company is a recent development and he hopes to have a website put together soon. “I’ve developed a lot of good relationships with people around the city and I’m a New Yorker, born and raised. This is the best city to do this kind of stuff in.”

For more information about Fontao Location Management, call (718) 667-0245.