Monthly Archives: July 2009

>Well, A Kiss Really Is Just A Kiss

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Up in Mormon country, Salt Lake City Prosecutor Sim Gill has opted out of prosecuting a gay couple cited for trespassing after they shared a kiss on the plaza. The Mormon Church has owned the plaza for about ten years, having purchased it from the city , and wanted it to be an inviting, beautiful space for all to enjoy.

That, however, is the problem.
“The two individuals believed–albeit mistakenly–that they had the right to be there,” Gill said. “Fairness requires that either that property be not open to the public or you condition that [openness] in a way that the person who comes on understands that it is private property.”

In other words, Mormon Church, post a sign calling the plaza private property and then, only then, can you regulate behavior.

Gill said his decision not to prosecute this particular case “should not be viewed as limiting” the ability of the church to enforce its private-property rights on the plaza in the future. “Going forward,” he said, “working toward clarity [on the plaza] serves everyone’s interests in this community.”
Gill also cites the lack of signs on the plaza that indicate visitors are entering private property “at will,” meaning they can be ejected at any time for any reason. Gates around the plaza, akin to those encircling the Salt Lake Mormon Temple next door, would make the plaza’s private nature more clear, Gill acknowledged. But he did not recommend any specific solutions.
The Mormon Church did not respond to questions about whether it will alter access to the plaza or change the way it advertises rules on the property, commenting only on the city’s decision to drop the trespassing charges.
“While we feel the city had the necessary elements available for prosecution in this matter,” spokeswoman Kim Farah said via e-mail, “the decision on whether to move forward or not rests with the city prosecutor.”

Simply put, the church is not happy the case was dismissed.

What goes around…….

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>To Old Dogs Who Can’t Learn New Tricks

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NSFW for those of you on the job.

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>A Man And A Horse Named Sugar

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Just when you think the news isn’t weird enough already, a South Carolina :::::sigh:::: man has been charged with having sex with a horse after the animal’s owner caught him in the act.

On videotape.

First Pam and Tommy, then Paris, and, finally, this.

And, on the scale of odd, this part falls a tad bit lower, this wasn’t the first time Rodell Vereen has been charged with buggery. He pleaded guilty last year to having sex with the same horse after owner Barbara Kenley found him in the same stable. He was sentenced to probation and placed on the state’s sex offender list.

Just a few weeks ago, Kenley noticed her 21-year-old horse Sugar was acting strange and getting infections again. She noticed things in the barn had been moved around – dirt piled up and bales of hay stacked near the horse’s stall.

“Police kept telling me it couldn’t be the same guy,” Kenley said Wednesday. “I couldn’t believe that there were two guys going around doing this to the same horse.”
After spending several nights in the stall to no avail, Kenley installed surveillance cameras, and when she reviewed the footage from July 19, she couldn’t believe she was seeing the same man doing the same thing to her horse.

Yet Kenley didn’t call police because, she says, she was certain he would come back again, and he did; she then chased him to his truck and held him there with her shotgun until police came.

Vereen was first charged with trespassing, but police added a buggery charge after watching the surveillance tape. He faces up to five years if convicted, seeing as how he was already on probation after pleading guilty to buggery last year and being ordered to stay away from the Lazy B Stables.

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>Harvey Milk To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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President Obama plans to award America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials. The award will be accepted at a White House ceremony by Stuart Milk, the nephew of the late San Francisco Supervisor and civil rights activist.

Stuart Milk: “The President’s action today touches the core of our very human hearts and my uncle would be so proud of this high honor. His election was, for him, a beginning–a chance to make real change. That change is happening, but we still have so far to go. I hope this recognition inspires LGBT Americans everywhere to heed Harvey’s call to run for office, to serve openly, to live proudly with authenticity and to demand the equality that we all deserve.”
Harvey would be thrilled. I know I am.

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>Asshat Of The Week

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You know, just when you think wingnuts have sunk as far as they can, a new sub-basement of crazy opens with free parking for all.

Case in point: A member of the Kissimee City commission wants to change the city’s logo to feature the words In God We Trust.

Wingnut Art Otero, who apparently has never heard of a little something I like to call separation of church and state, says his plan to advertise God on the city emblem is because of patriotism and not religion. Oh, now I get it. My bad. See, I always, ALWAYS, equate God with religion when I should have known that God is a patriot. I should have stayed awake in bible study, I guess.

But then Art goes further, as wingnuts are apt to do, and tells the local paper that the real reason he proposed putting God on the seal–and doesn’t that sound like a MarineWorld attraction not to be missed–is because he doesn’t agree with the direction the country is headed under President Obama; Art says Obama is a socialist. I say Art is an Asshat.

I win!

Art Otero: “This nation has been moving toward more liberal postures such as homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion and the legalization of marijuana. I’m against that way of thinking. Those are not the values upon which this nation was founded. I think we need to fight for the values we’re losing.”

Homosexual is a posture? Sheesh, now I have to learn posture, too. I guess I need to head on down to the Smallville Finishing School For Homosexuals. Being gay is hard work.

Seriously though, why, and how, in these tough economic times, do these people not only get elected, but are offered a forum to voice their ridiculous opinions. Art Otero seriously thinks putting God on the seal–I’d prefer to see her on a dolphin–is going to…BAM!…change the world?

What it will change is to bring more ridiculous debt to the city of Kissimee. In order to change all those logos–and it hasn’t been approved as of yet–it would cost over $200,000.

Yup. And we all know that money could be and should be used for something more productive and less hateful.

Art Otero. The I Should Be Laughing Asshat Of The Week!

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>What?!!?? No?!!!??

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Not too long ago, I posted a little something about Republican Senator Paul Stanley complaining about an attempt to extort money from him. He never discussed why someone would want money from him, although the extortionist was the boyfriend of a woman with who Stanley had denied having an affair.

For Stanley, it was all about poor him and that nasty extortionist.

Well, that Tennessee Asshat Paul Stanley resigned from the state Senate this week after it was revealed during the investigation into the extortion attempt that he was indeed having an affair with on of his 22-year-old interns.

What? He lied? He cheated on his wife? A Republican adulterer? Okay, that last one seems a bit redundant in the light of John Ensign and Chip Pickering and Mark Sanford.

Senator Paul Stanley: “Due to recent events, I have decided to focus my full attention on my family and resign my Senate seat effective August 10.”

Recent events? Oh, adultery. Yeah, focus on your family, Paul. Had you been focusing on your family all along maybe you would have thought twice about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Paul Stanley: “Whatever I stood for and advocated, I still believe to be true. And just because I fell far short of what God’s standard was for me and my wife, doesn’t mean that that standard is reduced in the least bit.”

No, Paul, one would have to have standards to lower them.

You, sir, have no standards.

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>The Losers, By A Nose

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We’ve all heard the stories.

Michael Jackson’s nose was fake. After so many surgeries, allegedly performed to make Michael look nothing like his father, there were stories that his nose simply became two small holes in his face.

There were stories that he kept a tray of noses at the ready for his public appearances.
There are stories that he wore the surgical masks to cover up his lack of nose.

Now, we have a new story.

Michael Jackson’s nose has gone missing at the LA County coroner’s office. Seriously.

A witness claims to have seen Jackson’s body on an autopsy table, and now says: ‘The prosthesis he normally attached to his damaged nose was missing, revealing bits of cartilage surrounding a small dark hole.

These, uh, claims appeared in Rolling Stone and apparently are confirmed by Adrian McManus, a former housekeeper for the star. McManus claims Michael Jackson had a number of false noses and used plasters to cover and support the prostheses. “In his closet he had a jar of fake noses and stage glue, which he told me he used for disguises. But some were similar to his real nose, just without the hole.”
Honestly, can’t we leave him alone. LaToya’s busy selling her stories to the London tabloids; Tito’s revealing ‘all’ on Entertainment tonight; Jermaine reportedly has a book coming out. His mother and father are spending long hours in court trying to gain control of his estate.

The man is dead.

Can’t we let him rest in peace.

At least until he shows up with Elvis at a WalMart in Akron, Ohio.

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