Sen. Stupak, a democrat in name only, trying to use the health care vote to shut down any avenue for a woman’s right to control her own body is the lower of the low. (Michael Moore’s LOTD ‘He doesn’t have a brain or a uterus). It was the republican trump card all along, vilely trying to make this a vote about abortion to further confuse and divide on this issue, shows how desperate they are.
Yesterday some of those ‘real Americans’ as Sarah Palin likes to repeatedly say, hurled racial epithets at civil-rights lion Rep. John Lewis, who was in Selma in the 50s, and on the mall in with Dr. King in 1963. They also didn’t hold back with antigay slurs against Barney Frank.
President Obama gave another magnifiscent speech of his dream for all Americans to have a way for affordable health care. He let everybody have their say. He let all of the poisons against him hatch out, with the lies, vitriol and political venom from his opponents and he invoked Lincoln “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.” urging fellow dems to do the right thing.
This fight for health care could only be stopped by more deceit from the other side who offers no plan except to keep the insurance, pharmacuetical and corporate med mafia intact.
The President has already won this with honesty and real leadership. “This bill is right down the middle.” Even facing unprecedented hate, Mr. Obama doesn’t shrink from trying to be everybody’s president. The political climate is so poisoned there are those who don’t even appreciate that once in a lifetime chance.
Floating home tonight stargazing and seeing the little slip of the new moon hanging low behind some clouds but casting a white hazy glow. Just dreamy for the first day of spring, the Vernal equinox and axis bold as love.
Love onstage and in the aisles at the Forrest Theater as the dancers of the PABallet performed their annual Shut Up & Dance concert benefit for MANNA. Aside for the great work that both organizations do to put together this fundraiser, this performance was full of highlights, starting with Meredith Rainey’s spellbinding choreography for his piece Before the After, scored to Opening Frame, very Berliner soundscape.
Martha Chamberlain and Johnathan Stiles are the couple who start out in underwear and get dressed, moving around the stage and turning on bare bulbs, as their relationship plays out in fragments of dance that is a scenario lush and jagged, stoic and romantic, with visual mystery that grabs you by the throat.
Other highlights included Sarah Hay’s In the wake Of, set to mid-tempo music by Philip Glass, that show distinctive flowing ensemble lines that still let the dancers be individuals. Hay inventive and crisp phrasing builds beautifully.
Francis Veyette lets the classicism of Vivaldi turn his dance PAX into a breathless trio for Lauren Fadeley, Ian Hussey and Jermel Johnson. Diamond hard technique+balletic heart=classic baroque.
Hussey meanwhile mixes his beads for his rowdy Mardi Gras Rumpshaker to Radiohead with Edward Barnes, Rachel Maher, Brooke Moore and Amir Yogev tossing em back and tossin each other in flapper drag, jazz noir style.
Everybody headed over to Voyeur nightclub to congratulate the dancers and some were even bopping to disco hits from the night disco died. Without booze, those songs, doves, sent me floating home to….
Garbo saying to Roman Novarro in Mata Hari
‘ By next spring I shall probably be quite alone.’
I’ve noticed that there have been only a few things starting to bud. No false spring starts so far. Only this week did I notice a few green wisps, almost looking painted in, on the branches facing south with the longest exposure- a red blooming something, that has just advanced over the last 24 hours. Winter exits. Shy flora & fauna or not, spring was everywhere today with the city just alive with activity all of the restaurant were packed, in fact, it looked like cafe society on the sidewalks. Biking past Rittenhouse, I was next to a suddenly next to a teal vintage 67 Mustang convertable and at that moment a woman with Julie Christie mod hair and an blue crepe go-go dress was crossing the street to go to Parc, the French bistro. The Windmills of My Mind was swilling like a breeze in my minds ear. Last night at L2, Mary Ellen Desmond sang the most bittersweet lush line of ‘It might as well be spring’ to gorgeous accomaniment with one of the best pianists in Philly, Tom Lawton
“We may have been caged up physically, but many are caged in their heart” Lt. Dan Choi fighting for the repeal of the vile Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policies that are in place solely to discriminate against GLBT Americans. After two decorated deployments in Iraq, an Arab linguist and translator, a reservist in New York with the complete support of his platoon, Lt. Choi is being kicked out of the military under DA,DT. He was arrested yesterday after he and a fellow gay soldier chained themselves to the White House fence in protest of the policies.
Where have I been. Would love to report that I was away doing something fantastic or even vaguely interesting, but would be spinning tales. Course there was the day that my house keys whittled through a hole in my pocket while I was biking and when I got home I couldn’t get in. For deadlines, for work, for phone messages from my Mom. Boy can she project her voice. I found them but not before a frantic city search looking like a lunatic I’m sure, scouringing the the streets enroute to Sweat gym.
Anyway any excuse is a good one to be outside as the spring switch has been turned on, today in Rittenhouse Sq. it wouldn’t have looked out of place for the throng of pedestrians burst into Rogers and Hammerstein, if not Stephen Sondheim.
From Confidential Mag to CNN, always queerly sensational
During the Stonewall riots in 1969, the papers in New York covered ala Confidential Magazine, with slurs, lurid content and cheap shots. The fact that it was the symbolic beginning of a nationwide civil rights movement was beside their point.
The New York Times refused to print the word homosexual, even in its most clinical meaning, for decades. Then, after reluctantly acknowledging there was a sexual minorities in the US, if not completely visible, the Times clinically reported Rare Cancer seen in 41 homosexuals‘ dispassionately and shoddily reporting the first years of the AIDS epidemic, essentially ignoring it for as long as possible even as the death toll rose.
The gay press started to boom because our lives, stories and the reality of an American civil-rights movement was being ignored by a homophobic straight press. The Advocate became our Time magazine and gay papers, including Mark Segal’s Philadelphia Gay News would supplant an otherwise hostile mainstream.
Now, on any given day CNN will sound like a gay news channel. The gay tv station Logo, in partnership with CBS News reported, with ledes stylized in Advocate manner, with success, but stopped the partnership after a couple of years.
There has been a serious gay-straight media melding- except on FOX where only gay scandals are relevant to prove that gay ‘lifestyles’ confirm all of the morbid myths.
Here is a sampling one day last week
– The lowest of the low- otherwise known as the Phelps clan, twisting the words of the Bible to spew their antigay hate. They are being sued by the father of a soldier who was killed in Iraq. It is a first amendment case headed for the Supreme Court. The Phelps clan picketed the soldiers funeral with revolting antigay signs that US soldiers deserved to die for letting America tolerate homosexuals.
– the pope, on a mission in Uganda where he spoke to Catholic bishops there about all issues concerning the church and Ugandans. But he had nothing to say about the pending measure by their legislature is contemplating enacting laws that would imprison and kill gay people. Just last month he had something to say against Britian’s progay civil laws, but he has nothing to say about the fact that Uganda wants to imprison and murder homosexuals. Fuck him. Miter or not, this is not a man of peace.
-the archdiocese of Washington DC is trying to figure out how to trim their charity services so it would exclude any benefit for same-sex couples. The church is tax except, but they want to make impose their religious belief on a civil matter in a democracy.
-In Denver, the church has refused to let a pre-schooler attend because her parents are a lesbian couple.
-Another Republican congressman has used a public stance against gay rights as an elaborate cover for being on the down low.
The topper was a lead story about Sean Hayes coming out of the closet. He claims that he was never in, but deliberately skirting the issue and instructing press not to ask the question during Will & Grace’s wildly successful run, is in the area of de facto denial.
But, at least the sensationalized stories are in the mix with genuine news on GLBT rights and the millions of Americans who identify themselves as gay openly, without fear.