Thursday, July 31, 2008

Beau for Thursday

Thank you to Super Underwear Perverts

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince

This is possibly my favorite Harry Potter book! I'm so excited!

"I'm like you, Tom. I'm different."

McCain's $520 shoes!

John McCain's $520 Ferragamo shoes. The Nation's Christopher Hayes: "If I were a right-wing blogger, and I found out that Barack Obama was wearing Ferragamo loafers that cost $520, I would spend about 50% of my waking hours making sure everyone knew this. I would mock him for being an out-of-touch elitist and make jokes like, 'If you think that’s a lot, you should see how much his purse costs!' I would send the link to Drudge and wait for Instapundit to pick it up, and then watch gleefully as Fox News ran segments about how Barack Obama’s $500 loafers vitiate his entire economic platform."

Also, from Huffington Post: A Week in John McCain's Shoes

A Few Other Things You Should Read About

Effective Immediately: All Gays Can Marry in Massachusetts

House Panel Votes to Hold Karl Rove in Contempt

Music News: ...Everyone Is Gay

Arrest Made in Murder of Angie Zapata

Australian Jury Finds Man Guilty of Deliberately Spreading HIV

For more news go to Towleroad

Beaus for Thursday: Dapper and Ryder

Marco Dapper and his tiny waist

Cole Ryder - rest in peace

Some Headlines

Harry Potter and the Half-Hidden Subtext

Bush/Rove Team have taken over McCain's Campaign

McCain is gay-baiting Obama - bastard!

Franny's Pizza in Brooklyn is Not Quite Better Than Sex

Bizarro Comic is suffering from Pinot Envy

Learn to rob a bank

Get yourself a steampunk watch

Relief fund set up for Knoxville Church

President George Bush today signed the sweeping President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) into law.

Daily Drool for yesterday

Daily Drool for today

Do you know about the Merrimack Valley Project?

Emma Watson: is she feh or fab?

Waiting for Greek Brazilian Boy NSFW

That's enough for now.

The Great Decaying Wall of China

A great book that people who like Alan Weisman's The World Without Us should definitely look into.

BLDGBLOG: Manhattan will be gone, Los Angeles gone, Cape Canaveral flooded and covered with seaweed, London dissolving into post-Britannic muck, the Great Wall of China merely an undetectable line of minerals blowing across an abandoned landscape – but there, beneath the porous surface of Turkey, carved directly into tuff, there will still be underground cities.

Mancrushin' Bloggers

Andy Towle of Towleroad is one of...

20 Bloggers on whom we're Mancrushin' brought to you by URLesque.

Interview: Fairy God Stylist Carson Kressley

What's your standard of beauty for men and women?

Marilyn Monroe was a size 12! I mean if you ask people today, they'd be like 'I don't know, she was probably a size four?' NO. She was a 12. We've just gotten so narrow-minded as to what's beautiful. This show is really giving people a reality slap: to say beauty comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. We're so bombarded by images, whether you are a straight woman reading Vogue; or a gay guy reading gay magazines. We're very narrow about what we think is sexy and beautiful.

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Morning Cuteness

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Comedy Central: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Afternoon Beau: Nick Haas

There's a couple more here

PS will someone buy me this book? work.

You've got to be fucking kidding me!

Who does that make John McCain?

Waldorf? or Statler?

First Gays, then a ban on Trans-fat...

...and now no fast food for the poor?!?!

How much longer before California falls into the ocean for its sinful ways? OH DEAR!

LA blocks new fast-food outlets from poor areas

Take that...evildoers!


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And more

Neverwhere was both a TV series (meh - it was ok) and a book (it was WONDERFUL!).

And thanks to BLDGBLOG, where I got the above photos. Now all I need is this and my mind will be open inside all the empty spaces.

C is for Condom

Thanks to BizarroBlog!

"Narrative" equals fiction

"McCain's advisers said they do not intend to back down from the charge, believing it an effective way to create a "narrative" about what they say is Obama's indifference toward the military."

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And when you are done with that, here is an entry from AMERICAblog showcasing the number of times Vet John McCain voted against (if he showed up at all) pro-troop legislation.

Beau for Wednesday: Adrien Falcou

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Song of the Siren

Long a-float on this shapeless ocean
I did all my best to smile
til your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving to your eyes.

And you sang "Sail to me, sail to me;
Let me enfold you."

Here I am, here I am waiting to hold you.
Did I dream you dreamed about me?
Were you here when I was full sail?

Now my foolish boat is leaning, broken lovelorn on your rocks.
For you sang, "Touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow."
Oh my heart, oh my heart shies from the sorrow.
I'm as puzzled as a newborn child.
I'm as riddled as the tide.
Should I stand amidst the breakers?
Or shall I lie with death my bride?

Hear me sing: "Swim to me, swim to me, let me enfold you."
"Here I am. Here I am, waiting to hold you."

Lyrics by Tim Buckley as sung by Elizabeth Fraser.
Photograph No. 1 by Jose Pedras

Beau for Wednesday: Kobi

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Thanks, Greek Brazilian Boy!

Lexington: Home of Keeping Up Appearances

As someone who plays in the Fountains, this is bullshit:

Some Feel Playing in Fountains is Eyesore
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 11:53

On a hot summers day many people are trying to find a way to cool off, even if it means making a splash in something meant to beautify Lexington.

But that has some people heated up.

Besides the hidden dangers, many who work and live downtown say there getting tired of seeing people playing in many of the fountains.

Thomas Johnson says he's lived downtown for most of his life and he thinks the form of recreation is an eyesore.

"It's just not the type of thing it was made for,” he says. “Yes, it's an eyesore, because the fountains were put there to beatify our community."

Peter Armato, the owner of Giacomo's, agrees.

“That's my biggest concern. It's fun for the kids and fun to watch them get excited, however if you are new in town and we have a lot of tourist that come here and you can see them just scratch their heads and wonder why the city fountains are used for recreation."

If you swim in any of the fountains you are not breaking any laws.

But Jerry Hancock, with the Department of Parks and Recreation, says there are some hidden dangers like the possible of broken glass of the amount of chlorine in the water.

Other unseen dangers are diseases, like e-Coli.

They can be spread through recreational water and cause diarrhea, skin, ear and eye infections and wound infections.

Bush in Kentucky

Hopefully this case can keep being put off until Bush is out of office, and the next president (Barack Obama) can bring some sanity back to our environmental policies:

Court hears case on coal plant near Mammoth
By Andy Mead

CYNTHIANA — After years of legal arguments, the cases for and against a huge proposed coal-burning power plant near Mammoth Cave was boiled down into an hour Tuesday.

The issue before the Kentucky Court of Appeals, which met in Cynthiana, was this: Did Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate make the right decision last year when he threw out a state air permit for the plant, saying it didn't do enough to protect the environment?

No matter what the three-judge panel decides, one of the state's longest-running environmental fights is not likely to end soon.

“This has become a career,” joked Diana Andrews, the assistant director of the state Division for Air Quality.

Peabody Energy's $2.5 billion, 1,500 kilowatt Thoroughbred plant in Muhlenberg County was proposed in 2001, but had been hung up by legal challenges.

The National Park Service initially said the plant would increase pollution at Mammoth Cave National Park, harming plants and animals there. The agency reversed itself after Bush administration officials got involved.

The state granted an air permit in 2002.

The Sierra Club objected. In 2005, after months of testimony, a hearing officer said the permit needed more review of pollution-control technology and a better analysis of environmental impacts.

In 2006, then-Natural Resources Secretary Lajuana Wilcher made a few changes to the permit and reapproved it.

But Wingate agreed with the Sierra Club that the permit still allowed the plant to use outdated technology.

“Rather than follow the law, the Franklin Circuit Court substituted its own judgment,” said Robin Thomerson, who represented the state, told the appeals court Tuesday.

Sanjay Narayan, an attorney for the Sierra Club, argued that less-polluting technologies were commercially available, but ignored by Peabody and the state regulators.

Appeals Court Judge Denise Clayton of Louisville said the three judges hearing the case probably had not read all 34 boxes of evidence, but they peppered the attorneys with questions. A decision should come in about a month, Clayton said.

Peabody spokesman Vic Svec said after the hearing that his company still wants to build the plant.

“We think the need for new generation in the U.S. is becoming more clear every day The cupboard is almost bare,” he said.

If Peabody prevails in court, it will be able to use the permit granted six years ago, said John Lyons, the director of the Division for Air Quality.
The pollution controls called for in the permit still are the best available technology for the kind of pulverized coal boiler Peabody wants to build, he said. Andrews, his assistant, characterized a newer, cleaner technology called integrated gasification combined cycle, as “hugely expensive.”

But Hank Graddy, a Midway lawyer who represents the Sierra Club, said the state is required to consider such new technologies before granting a permit.

Even if Peabody wins in court — and Graddy considers that unlikely — its permit will still face other legal challenges, he said.

“I don't believe they will be able to build with the permit they currently have,” he said.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beau for Tuesday: I love underwear!

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Lambda Literary Memorial

Anti-gays to sue over changed wording of California marriage repeal amendment

I felt this was important enough to repost, as is, here. Thank you John at AMERICAblog:

By John Aravosis 7/29/2008 03:57:00 PM ET
Apparently a little truth goes way too far for the anti-gay bigots of the religious right. They don't want voters in California to know that their ballot measure would repeal thousands of marriages of gay couples, so they're ticked that the state attorney general's office changed the wording of the description of the measure in order to explain exactly what the measure does - it doesn't define marriage as between a man and a woman, it repeals the marriages of gay couples. As Joe has noted before, the fundies are afraid to tell voters the truth because they know people don't support their extreme, intolerant views. So they sugar coat their initiatives, hoping to fool the voters with talk of traditional marriage and family values. Why can't they just tell the voters up front what the impact of the proposed legislation is and let the voters decide what they want to do? Because if they did, they'd lose. America isn't nearly as hateful as the homophobes running the religious right.

Damien Hirst

The Immaculate Heart - Lost

Crown of Glory, 2006

The Incredible Journey

Damien Hirst standing before The Golden Calf

See his exhibit Superstition at the Gagosian Gallery.

His work reminds me of the BODIES exhibit, but more fantastical.

And here's another article from Treehugger.

And another piece of art from a different artist.

Three News Notes

Orson Scott Card

AfterElton: According to science fiction author Orson Scott Card, recent court decisions in Massachusetts and California recognizing same-sex marriage mean "the end of democracy in America." As such, he advocates taking down our government "by whatever means is made possible or necessary."

Me: Hmm...after reading Ender's Game for a class in college, I would've assumed that Orson Scott Card was a little more understanding about the dangers of attempting to destroy a whole other people because they are different...but now I see he just wanted us to take him seriously and train children to do it...

Card apparently works on some titles of MARVEL, the comics here to learn how to contact MARVEL regarding Card or other comics concerns.

And here's the essay by Card from the Mormon Times. Bastard!

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho and fam are on Celebrity Family Feud! OMG, her mother is adorable!

Artist Damien Hirst unveils new art: see the articles here and here

I love this outfit!

The image is from the WTA Tennis fashion show, and the young lady is Alina Jidkova. But it's HIS outfit I love: though I'm neither rich enough or worldly enough to get away with it...BAH!

Cosmopolitan UK is part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer for Everyman, the UK’s leading male cancer campaign, with a series of sexy centerfolds - รก la Britsh motorcycle racer James Ellison.

You can see the rest of the centerfolds here

Thank you to Kenneth in the (212) for pointing this out!

Foggy Beau for Tuesday: Lee Kholafai

Monday, July 28, 2008

Growing Up

Looking through my blogs today, I found the following photos at Get Ur Pantz On and me being me, I got nostalgic.

I grew up a 100 feet from a train track and daily I was lulled (yes, lulled) to sleep by the passing of coal cars. It's only the engines that are loud; after it passes you hear a fairly monotonous click-clack as the cars pass from one section of track to the next.

I've slept through train derailments!

Though I like the first picture best, and, no, I've never spent any time naked on the tracks - though definitely yes in the woods surrounding the tracks - the second actually touches me. The track always kept going in either direction, on into some future, I didn't know. You could go either way: each way with it's own consequences and adventures and trials, but it didn't matter.

And because it was somewhere else, obviously, it was better than where I was.

Beau for Monday: James

Views of Jupiter Jupiter is in the news again, this time because its "Baby Red Spot" - a storm less than a year old - appears to have been swallowed up by the massive storm known as the Great Red Spot. This is good occasion to share some of the best photographs of Jupiter and its larger system of rings and moons, as seen by various probes and telescopes over the past 30 years.

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Moose Joy

Thank you Cute Overload!

Knoxville Church Shooter

Jim David Adkisson blamed "the liberal movement" for his problems.

There's more.

Knoxville Shooter's Manifesto Found

Just Concluded: Knoxville Press Conference