...and may all your dreams come true.
...turn yourself into the Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story. Or...don't dream it, beeeeeeee it.
When he was nine-years-old Josh Sundquist lost his left leg to cancer, but he clearly didn’t lose his sense of humour. Josh dressed up his lower half as the sexy Leg Lamp from the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. The lampshade even lights up.
For Neil Gaiman's All Hallow's Read (which is today) I did the above bulletin board at work!
Here is Gaiman explaining All Hallow's Read at its inception in 2011.
The scariest Halloween costume...evah! Beware for very NSFW language. And if you want to skip the language, skip to the 4.30 mark.
And I AM talking about the bootylicious babes with Aphex Twins face.
Or if you want to really scare 'em, cruise the college frat houses whilst playing this...
Also a good costume for young children who apparently live in council flats. Song subject matter is also appropriate.
Yeah, so can anyone provide me a job in which I do nothing but read, all day, everyday!
The stories in Donoghue’s new collection all come, to varying degrees, from historical records; the author of Room, who studied 18th-century literature at Cambridge, has a gift for reading historical documents and picking out the odd, telling detail. There’s the Plymouth Plantation man who accuses his neighbors of indecency, in “The Lost Seed”; the woman who gives her daughter up for adoption, then writes the Children’s Aid Society demanding her return, in “The Gift”; the Tammany Hall bigwig found to be a woman, in “Daddy’s Girl”; all outlines begging to be filled in. The 14 stories are all short (many too short), and by the time they’ve set up the circumstances and the era, they’re almost done, and we’re leaving characters we know as creatures of a time and place rather than individuals. When Donoghue establishes a distinct voice and person, the stories are vivid, curious, and honest: we’ll remember the serial Puritan accuser and the young German soldier in revolutionary America long after we’ve forgotten other characters—like Jumbo the Victorian elephant and his keeper or the men who tried to hold Abraham Lincoln’s body for ransom—in stories that are notable more for the historical moments they reconstruct than for the people who inhabit them. (Publishers Weekly)
The updating of a literary classic is always fraught with peril—which could be why so many authors prefer to create their own offshoots (Sena Naslund’s Ahab’s Wife). But Hayes’s startlingly fresh and innovative take on Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” could be studied as an example of how to modernize a classic without pretending to supplant the original. Hayes turns Coleridge’s 1797 apocalyptic epic into an ecological warning, wherein a careless litterbug of a businessman is accosted by a sailor with burning eyes and a tale of woe. Part of the story mirrors Coleridge’s (a carelessly murdered bird brings damnation upon the crusty mariner’s vessal), but the atmospherics are more charged with the dangers of modernity. This mariner’s boat is trapped in a floating archipelago of fouled plastic garbage (much like the real one, the size of a country, which swirls today in the Pacific), which mutely rebukes the viewpoint of the businessman and his “world detached of consequence.” Hayes is a political cartoonist, and his writing isn’t nearly as memorable as his illustrations, which convey the beauty of the world and the pity of its destruction with a gorgeous brand of vehemence. His panels, awash in light blues, swoop and flow like aquatic woodcuts of an earlier era. (Publishers Weekly)
To see some of the work, check out Book Atlas.
Love and loss are as one in Levy's series of short stories, which weave a tapestry of overlapping vignettes from the lives of various couples. Separately, the stories chronicle a point in time for a cast of characters of varying ages, sexual orientations, faiths—but each story deals with love in some form. Together, small details and familiar personalities blur the edges of the stories to form a multifaceted view of one set of circumstances. A master of his form, Levy gradually reveals the consonance in his stories until it becomes clear that the abandonment Renee feels when her lover leaves her for an ashram in "Theory of Enlightenment" is replicated in "Theory of Transportation," in which the narrator's lover leaves to become a monk, and throughout every story. Mirroring the many personas of an individual in love, the collection — both implicitly in its overall structure and explicitly in one of the stories, pays homage to Roland Barthe's A Lover's Discourse. This melancholy collection's multitude of literary references becomes old, though they facilitate a deeper understanding of the characters. Levy is skilled at bringing his characters to life, each story searingly made real through his subtlety and fastidious attention to detail. (Publishers Weekly)
Set during the first half of the twentieth century, this is the story of the Brunis, a family of farmers from the Italian Padan Plain who have worked the land since time immemorial. And it is a story about the homeless multitudes, travelers, and tinkers, roaming Europe during the hardscrabble nineteen-twenties and thirties. In this expansive novel, reminiscent of Bertolucci’s masterpiece 1900 in its scope and subject matter, these two worlds meet when the Brunis open their great barn and offer it as a refuge for those in need of a warm, dry, and safe place to sleep and eat.
The barn becomes font and inspiration for a series of vivid stories involving sundry strangers, the Bruni parents themselves, and their nine children — seven boys and two girls — who will grow into young men and women during World War I and its aftermath. Told in the tradition of country folktales and framed by the devastating years of strife — two world wars and the years of fascism — these stories will delight readers from the first page to the last. Manfredi’s A Winter’s Night provides a timely reminder that simple values and a sense of solidarity with our fellow human beings remain of vital importance, above all in a world undergoing momentous and rapid change.
The latest collection of America's best essays includes Mark Doty's discussion of Walt Whitman's influence on Bram Stoker's Dracula.
A creature from an alternative universe arriving in the United States in 2012 wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology, now in its 27th year. The 24 selected by New York Times columnist Brooks arrive after publication in a wide range of journals and magazines. Highlights include Lauren Slater’s “Killing My Body to Save My Mind,” a brave and disquieting discussion about the extreme side-effects of various psychopharmaceuticals on her body. The volume’s range of styles include the sharp and coolly intellectual (Alan Lightman’s “The Accidental Universe”) and the acutely personal (David J. Lawless’s “My Father/My Husband.” From Wesley Yang’s fascinating exploration of racial identity, “Paper Tigers,” to Francine Prose’s critical reminiscence of her experience during the emergence of second wave feminism in the 1970s, “Other Women,” there is not a dud in the bunch. As Mark Edmunson writes in one of the two essays about the plight of education, “Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?”: “In reading, I continue to look for one thing — to be influenced, to learn something new, to be thrown off my course and onto another, better way.” This year’s exhilarating collection is just that reading experience. (Publishers Weekly)
Sharing books he loved with his savvy New Yorker mom had always been a great pleasure for both mother and son, becoming especially poignant when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007, at age 73. Schwalbe, founder of Cookstr.com and former editor-in-chief of Hyperion, along with his father and siblings, was blindsided by the news; his mother, Mary Ann Schwalbe, had been an indomitable crusader for human rights, once the director of admissions at Harvard, and a person of enormous energy and management skills. Could a book club be run by only two people? Schwalbe and his mother wondered as they waited together over many chemotherapy sessions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. It didn’t matter: “Books showed us that we didn’t need to retreat or cocoon,” he writes; they provided “much-needed ballast” during an emotionally tumultuous time when fear and uncertainty gripped them both as the dreaded disease (“not curable but treatable”) progressed rapidly. From Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach to Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, William Trevor’s Felicia’s Journey to Josephine Tey’s Brat Farrar, Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book to John Updike’s My Father’s Tears: the books they shared allowed them to speak honestly and thoughtfully, to get to know each other, ask big questions, and especially talk about death. With a refreshing forthrightness, and an excellent list of books included, this is an astonishing, pertinent, and wonderfully welcome work. (Publishers Weekly)
Brimming with wit and humor, Lazarus Is Dead transcends genres as it recounts the story of a great friendship lost and re-found.
In the gospels Jesus is described as having only one friend, and when this friend dies, Jesus does something that he does nowhere else in the Bible. He weeps. Novelist Richard Beard begins here. Mixing Biblical sources, historical detail, fascinating references to music, art, and writers as diverse as Kahlil Gibran and Norman Mailor, and abundant reserves of creative invention, Beard gives us his astonishing and amusing take on the greatest story ever told about second chances.
As children, Lazarus and Jesus were thick as thieves. But following a mysterious event, their friendship dwindled in early adulthood. One man struck out and became a flamboyant and successful businessman, the other stayed behind to learn a trade, and ultimately to find his calling in an unprecedented mix of spirituality and revolutionary zeal. Lazarus Is Dead is set during the final period in each man’s life — or, to be more precise, each man’s first life. Both know the end is near and, though they’re loath to admit it, they long for reconciliation. For that to happen they will need to find reasons to believe in each other before time runs out.
Exploration of the increase in global economic inequality. You don't need a CPA to know which way the wind blows. Unless you're one of the rich or superrich, the 1 percent or the 1 percent of the 1 percent, then you won't be comforted to know that it blows against you: The rich are getting richer, and the rest of us…well, not so much. Thus the overarching theme of Thomson Reuters digital editor Freeland's (Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution, 2000) latest book, much of which, at least superficially, isn't really news. Dig deeper, though, and the author offers fresh takes on many key points. Are the rich happy? You'd think that all that money would take some of the burden off, but income inequality is an uncomfortable subject even for them. "That's because even - or perhaps particularly - in the view of its most ardent supporters," she writes, "global capitalism wasn't supposed to work quite this way." Level playing field? No way: The playing field is landscaped so that money rolls toward those who already have it. Equal opportunity? See the preceding point. Yet, Freeland continues, the switcheroo that robbed the middle class of its gains in the transition to "the America of the 1 Percent" is so new that our ways of talking and thinking about capitalism haven't caught up to reality, so that "when it comes to income inequality, Americans think they live in Sweden - or in the late 1950s." Smart, talking-point-friendly and full of magazine-style human-interest anecdotes, Freeland's account serves up other news, including the grim thought that recovery may never come for those outside the favored zone, as well as some provocative insights on how the superaffluent (don't say rich, say affluent - it avoids making the rich feel uncomfortable) view the rest of us. Not exactly the Communist Manifesto, but Freeland's book ought to make news of its own as she makes the rounds - well worth reading. (Kirkus Reviews)
I've yet to hear or read what Christie said about Romney but Joe had this to say:
And watch how he responds when the Fox team asks him about Mitt Romney. Bam!
Will someone tell me in the comments what was said?
Also via Daily Kos: Mitt Romney attends storm relief event.
Sponsored by his campaign.
I don't know what the think more: Are Romney's supporters more brainless or more heartless?
I hope all my friends and readers in and around New York and New Jersey are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after Superstorm Sandy, much as this beauty sees the light at the end of this long hallway.
And although it is Halloween, I definitely mean that in a "good things are coming" sort of way, not a Poltergeist "go into the light" sort of way.
Though Gizmodo (and I assume all the Gawker channels) is still down thanks to Big Sandy, I was able to find this image via a Google Image search.
Is this for real? Or just a "yeah, New York's subways could flood and this could happen" photo?
Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, turns 30 today.
And for his birthday, I've made a grand discovery: There is a tumblr blog dedicated to his butt!
Also, here is Matt in the BBC adaptation of Christopher and His Kind.
"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the president supports a vote to approve Referendum 74."
-- Paul Bell, the Obama campaign's press secretary in Washington state, commenting on the President's stance on the marriage equality referendum on the November ballot in that state.
Doug Wright wrote the book for “Grey Gardens” and adapted Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for Broadway. He won the Tony Award for best play for “I Am My Own Wife,” as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
But he might have an even bigger audience for this Facebook message addressed to Republican friends considering a vote for Mitt Romney. The post went viral Thursday evening:
I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, “My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.”
It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you “disagree” with your candidate on these issues.
Last night in London, Scissor Sisters announced that the band is going on an indefinite hiatus.The New York band performed their second of two nights at the North London venue, playing an extended set as a thank you to fans - announcing their separation towards the end of the show. Frontman Jake Shears told the audience "This will be the last time we will play in London for quite some time," after Ana Matronic thanked London fans, saying the UK audience was "The ones who got us first - and always get us best." Following the show, band members confirmed to Gigwise that there were currently no plans for the band to return to the studio to record a follow up to their 2012 album, Magic Hour. Guitarist Del Marquis reveals he has solo work in the pipeline and Ana Matronic is close to completing work on a comic book project. The flamboyant singer reassured fans that this was not the end of Scissor Sisters, telling Gigwise "Don't you worry - this isn't the last you've heard of us," at the official after party, held at Camden's Lock Tavern.
Scissor Sisters formed in 2001. Since then they've released four albums, scoring three #1 US dance chart singles and landing ten tracks in the British Top 20. I Don't Feel Like Dancin', their monster hit from 2006, reached #1 in more than a dozen countries.
Well, actually after reading the quote, it seems less like a breakup and more of we-got-stuff-to-do-but-we'll-be-back-up.
Given that this is a red state and it was eastern KY, the dropping of the hate crime charges seem more a snub at the Obama Administration than anything to actually do with the trial.
Though even if that isn't true, it is no surprise that that particular charge was dropped.
LONDON — A federal jury acquitted two cousins on charges that they assaulted a gay Letcher County man because of his sexual orientation.
The jury convicted the two on kidnapping and conspiracy charges.
However, the jury's decision not to convict on the allegation that the victim's sexual orientation motivated the attack was a setback for the government, in the first case of its kind in the nation.
Jason Jenkins of Harlan County and Anthony Jenkins of Letcher County were the first people tried under a section of the federal hate-crime law that makes it illegal to injure someone because of the victim's real or perceived sexual orientation.
In that respect, the case was a test of the law.
U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove turned away a challenge to the constitutionality of the hate-crime law, though he said Congress had to use the "full breadth" of its regulatory power to come up with a way to justify federal jurisdiction.
The ruling allowed the hate-crime charge to proceed.
However, Wednesday's verdict indicated the jury did not find sufficient evidence to convict Jason and Anthony Jenkins of attacking Kevin Pennington because Pennington is gay.
Still, the two could be sentenced to life in prison on the kidnapping conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21.
Anthony Jenkins' attorney, Willis Coffey, said his client wanted to be acquitted on all three charges.
However, "He's happy he wasn't found guilty of a hate crime, and so am I," Coffey said.
Coffey said it's likely the cousins will appeal.
The verdict was emotional for both sides. Pennington looked disappointed, and relatives of Anthony Jenkins wept.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office was not immediately available after the verdict, returned late Wednesday after nearly five hours of deliberation.
Jason and Anthony Jenkins allegedly took Pennington, 29, to a secluded spot atop a mountain in Kingdom Come State Park in April 2011 and punched and kicked him while yelling anti-gay slurs.
Anthony Jenkins' wife, Alexis, and his sister, Ashley, were there as well. They pleaded guilty to aiding in the attack.
The two young women said they lured the victim into Anthony Jenkins' pickup truck with a bogus request for Pennington to help Ashley Jenkins get drugs.
The women and Pennington were drug abusers.
Anthony and Jason Jenkins concealed their identities by pulling ball caps low and turning off the dome light in the truck, the women testified.
Both said the attack was motivated by Pennington's sexual preference.
Pennington said he escaped into the woods when the two men stopped hitting him in order to look for a tire iron in the truck with which to kill him.
Alex Jenkins, Anthony's younger brother, said his brother and cousin later told him they assaulted Pennington because he was gay.
In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors reminded jurors of that testimony.
"They brutally assaulted Kevin because he is, in their words, a ... faggot," prosecutor Angie Cha told jurors.
Prosecutors acknowledged Pennington first concealed the reason he went with the others, but said that was because he was afraid authorities would not believe him if he said he went along to buy drugs.
But Cha said Pennington's account of the crime has been consistent in all other details since his first panicked call to 911, after he hobbled to the vacant park manager's house and broke out a window so he could reach a phone.
Defense attorneys, however, argued the government's case was built on lies.
The assault stemmed from drug and alcohol abuse and an aborted drug deal, not Pennington's sexual orientation, defense attorneys argued.
The drug dealer Pennington planned to take the group to was rumored to be a police informant, said Jason Jenkins' attorney, Andrew Stephens.
The group ended up not going to the man's house to buy a pill. Jenkins, angry that Pennington might have put them in police crosshairs, "goes ... redneck," Stephens said.
"So all of a sudden, nobody's going to get stoned now, and they lost control," Stephens said.
Anthony Jenkins' attorney, Willis Coffey, said Ashley and Alexis Jenkins lied about the attack in order to get less time in prison.
The women told a number of people in the months after the attack that it was motivated by drugs, but they changed their stories after learning they could face long federal prison sentences, Coffey said.
And Coffey noted that Ashley and Alexis Jenkins said they are bisexual, that Jason Jenkins had wanted to have sex with Pennington at one point, and that Anthony Jenkins didn't get mad when Pennington offered him drugs to have sex with him.
The theory that the two men attacked Pennington because he is gay doesn't make sense, Coffey said.
"This turned out to be the most sexually tolerant group that I've ever heard of," Coffey told jurors.
Coffey said if the Obama administration wanted to bow to special interests — an apparent reference to the gay community — it could do so, but that it was wrong to prosecute the Jenkins cousins to do so.
In response, prosecutor Hydee Hawkins said the case had nothing to do with politics or any other agenda.
First of all, who the fuck uses the phrase "sexual preference" anymore? Oh, yeah, forgot...it's Kentucky. Secondly, Mr. Coffey, I guess you would say that the Nixon administration bowed to "special interests" when it made lynching illegal in 1968. Jack ass.
Let's just hope - though I doubt it - that the boys get life on the kidnapping charge.
So I've never see the MTV show Teen Wolf...it was on MTV, yes?
But I'm all about me some fanfictastical Stiles and Derek.
So, there really isn't anything going on between these two characters on the show?
...may I suggest a book for everyone to read?
WILL EVERYONE WHO IS A WHITE MALE REPUBLICAN PLEASE CONTINUE DIGGING YOUR OWN HOLES? THANK YOU.
...I just placed an e-hold on a book. Thomas Tryon's The Other to be exact.
Images via A Different Stripe <--click over for wit and reviews.
But here is the blurb:
Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other’s thoughts, but they couldn’t be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins’ father in a most unfortunate accident. Mrs. Perry still hasn’t recovered from the shock of her husband’s gruesome end and stays sequestered in her room, leaving her sons to roam free. As the summer goes on, though, and Holland’s pranks become increasingly sinister, Niles finds he can no longer make excuses for his brother’s actions.
Thomas Tryon’s best-selling novel about a homegrown monster is an eerie examination of the darkness that dwells within everyone. It is a landmark of psychological horror that is a worthy descendent of the books of James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shirley Jackson, and Patricia Highsmith.
Yup. Time to dust off my Nook.
Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta, who faces ten years in prison for insider trading, is begging the court for leniency. Instead of jail time, Gupta is offering to go to Rwanda and work on that nation's HIV/AIDS crisis.Mr. Gupta’s lawyers have pleaded for a lenient sentence of probation, accompanied by an order that he perform community service. Gary P. Naftalis, a lawyer for Mr. Gupta, made an unusual request in recommending that Mr. Gupta, who has played a leadership role in a variety of global humanitarian causes, be sent to Rwanda. “The Rwandan government has expressed support for a program of service in which Mr. Gupta would work with rural districts to ensure that the needs to end H.I.V., malaria, extreme poverty and food security are implemented,” Mr. Naftalis wrote. Mr. Gupta is hoping that Judge Rakoff is swayed by the more than 400 letters of support submitted on his behalf, including one from Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist, and Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general. The letters depict a man who, but for his insider-trading conviction, has led an exemplary life.
Gupta coming sentence is being closely watched by all of Wall Street as it may portend what will come for others so convicted.
Clint Eastwood stumps for Romney in a new ad from GOP SuperPAC American Crossroads.
Says Eastwood in the ad: “Obama’s second term would be a rerun of the first, and our country just couldn’t survive that. We need someone who could turn it around fast, and that man is Mitt Romney. There’s not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake.”
In a way, I agree with Eastwood that Obama's second term would be a "rerun" of the first, since Republicans have made it clear that they refuse to work with the President, that Republicans have made it clear their only goal is to see the President and therefore the country fail, that Republicans are trying to hold Obama to one term.
This is more of the same bullshit in which the definition of "bipartisan" has been changed by Republicans to mean "doing what the Republicans want." Consequences be damned.
In other words, if we had a Republican President, the country as a whole would be screwed. The GOP 1% Machine wouldn't have any brakes. DRILL, BABY, DRILL!
I should've kept a better list over the past week cause quite a bit of good stuff came in. But I lost the list and I can't remember titles. I can tell you that Mark Z. Danielewski has a new book: The Fifty Year Sword.
I'll try to keep better track for the coming week AND keep my fingers crossed.
Until then, enjoy some Bookshelf Porn.
...before being allowed to take office. Or, let's put a mall in the Grand Canyon.
A controversial ballot measure backed by Republicans in the state legislature is seeking sovereign control over millions of acres of federal land in the state, including the Grand Canyon.
Proposition 120 would amend the state's constitution to declare Arizona's sovereignty and jurisdiction over the "air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state's boundaries."
The measure is the latest salvo in the so-called "sagebrush revolt" by Republicans in the West aiming to take back control of major swaths of land owned by various federal agencies, much of it by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management.
LONDON — After spending the night in jail for contempt of court, the younger brother and cousin of two men charged in a federal hate-crime case testified Tuesday morning against his relative.
Alex Jenkins said his first cousin Jason Jenkins laughed when talking about assaulting the victim.
"He seemed glad that he had did it," Alex Jenkins said. "He seemed glad and kind of cocky."
Jason Jenkins and Anthony Jenkins are on trial in U.S. District Court in London for allegedly assaulting Kevin Pennington, of Letcher County, because Pennington is gay. The two are charged with conspiracy, with kidnapping Pennington, and with injuring him because of his sexual orientation.
The trial is the first in the nation under a section of the federal hate-crimes law that makes it illegal to attack someone based on the victim's real or perceived sexual orientation. Jason and Anthony Jenkins could face up to life in prison if convicted.
Federal prosecutors called Alex Jenkins to testify about what the two defendants told him about the attack on Pennington, who is 29.
Alex Jenkins, 18, is Anthony's Jenkins' younger brother.
On Monday, he cried on the witness stand and would not testify against his brother.
U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove jailed him for refusing the judge's order to testify.
Van Tatenhove said he regretted doing so, but that confinement was the penalty outlined in the law for Alex Jenkins' act of civil contempt.
After a night in jail, Alex Jenkins said Tuesday morning that he was ready to testify.
Jason and Anthony Jenkins allegedly took Pennington to a secluded spot in Kingdom Come State Park, near Cumberland, and beat him because he is gay.
Pennington said he escaped when the two stopped hitting him to look in Anthony Jenkins' pickup truck for a tire tool with which to kill him.
Alex Jenkins said that after the attack, Anthony and Jason Jenkins first said Pennington had ripped them off in a drug deal.
However, that was a lie designed to conceal the real reason from Johnny Jenkins — Alex and Anthony's father — because Johnny Jenkins was a friend of Pennington's father, Alex Jenkins testified.
Later, Jason and Anthony Jenkins told him that the real motivation for the attack was Pennington's sexual orientation, Alex Jenkins said.
He said that Jason Jenkins laughed but that his brother, Anthony, seemed more matter-of-fact about the attack.
In response to questions from Anthony Jenkins' attorney, Willis Coffey, Alex Jenkins acknowledged that he had told conflicting stories about what Jason and Anthony Jenkins had told him.
However, he said he was telling the jury the truth.
Defense attorneys have acknowledged that Pennington was assaulted, but they said other factors, such as drug and alcohol abuse or an aborted drug deal, were the reasons, not Pennington's sexual orientation.
Anthony Jenkins' wife, Alexis, and his sister, Ashley, have testified that the two men targeted Pennington for the April 2011 attack because of his sexual orientation.
The men shouted anti-gay slurs as they punched and kicked Pennington, said the two women, who were there.
Alexis and Ashley Jenkins pleaded guilty to aiding in the attack. They have not been sentenced.
Carol Costello tells AFA hate group leader Bryan Fischer that she's a "proud, card-carrying member" of the 'Gay Gestapo'.
And watch a performance of Mika's "Popular Song" here.
I checked the vid before posting. It is less Björk and more 70s Philip Glass.
In other music news, Kelly Clarkson is voting for Obama because of Romney's anti-gay, anti-women policies. Click over for the official lyric video for Clarkson's latest single "Catch My Breath."
And, if you haven't seen it yet...here is Die Antwoord's latest "Fatty Boom Boom."
The Closet Professor has a very, very good post on Andrew Christian model and political activist Colby Melvin!
Colby Melvin told The Underwear Expert, “The whole purpose of Full Frontal Freedom is about using different forms of media and artists so we can promote political engagement and just get people to give a sh*t.” And how exactly do you do that? Get ultra viral underwear models to get involved. “We get tons and tons and tons of views on our pictures and videos, so many comments and likes,” Colby continued. “We can actually use that for good to get people involved in the issues.”
Salmagundi shares this core belief: attract whom you can with the pretty and get them engaged, politically, culturally, intellectually, passionately!
Click over and read the rest.