Monday, October 31, 2011

Andrew Christian's "Seven Deadly Sins" - all 7 in one video



I've enjoyed these videos by designer Andrew Christian for Halloween. Here are all of them in one video. Enjoy!

Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway



From Playbill.com:

Looking back, what impact did The Boy From Oz have on your career?
It was the turning point in my career, as far as I'm concerned. It's funny, because I was actually offered the role of Peter Allen back in 1996 when they did a workshop in Australia, but I turned it down — even though I knew it was going to be great — because I decided I was going to try to do more films. At that point I couldn't even get auditions for films because I was becoming so known for musicals, so I was trying to strategize. Then, after saying no to The Boy from Oz, I didn't work in film for the next two years. When I went to see the show I felt sick in the stomach, because it was exactly how I knew it would be: It was a brilliant show and one of the greatest parts I had ever seen, and I had turned it down because I was trying to plan things out. I got a call years later from Robert Fox, the producer, and he said, "Hey, Hugh, we were thinking —" I literally cut him off and said, "I'm in." I vowed never to disobey my heart again.

After the success of The Boy From Oz, it's hard to believe that you haven't done another musical.
I'm also surprised it's been this long since I've done another musical. The Boy From Oz opened me up to a lot of film directors who saw me do that and nothing else, but I was also adamant about only doing a new musical after that. I'd only done revivals or taken over from someone who'd originated the part, so I wanted to be a part of something new. But as you and I know, that's difficult to find. Now, of course, I'm excited to be developing the musical Houdini, but this one-man show really came out of the frustration of not being able to find a new musical. I wanted to be back onstage and I couldn't wait any longer.

What appeals to you about the one-man show format?
When I go to the theatre, I love feeling like anything can happen, like it's a special night where things that happen won't happen any other night. So I like to mix it up, change songs around, go out in the audience, drag people up on stage, ad-lib, and just be loose. It's like we're in my living room, but there just happen to be 1,200 seats.

Your last Broadway show was A Steady Rain, a two-character drama with Daniel Craig. Did you go solo because he hogged the spotlight?
Hey, I invited him to come and be my understudy. I told him he could do all the matinees, but he wouldn't go for it.

You famously chastised an audience member for a ringing phone during A Steady Rain. When you saw the viral video clip of your outburst, did you regret losing your cool?
It was the right thing to do in that situation. What happened on that particular night is that the phone rang once right through. That had happened a few times before, but at this point it rang at the most crucial, climactic point of the entire play. I was so worked up that I decided to just let it go, but whoever it was did the old thing where they kick it under the chair and pretend it's not them. When it rang again 30 seconds later, I could hear people going, "Turn it off!" Look, that show was 70 percent Daniel and me talking directly to the audience, and John Crowley, our director, told us to really connect with them. So at that point, I thought, well, if you're having a conversation with someone at a dinner party and their phone rang, you'd probably say, "Are you going to answer that or what?" So I'd absolutely do it again.

The stage door scene after Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway will likely be even more insane than it was after A Steady Rain. Do you look forward to that particular fan interaction?
I really try not to take anything for granted. Sometimes I'm a little embarrassed at how much tickets cost, and if someone buys a ticket or two to a Broadway show, I'm aware that it's maybe a once- or twice-a-year situation for a lot of people. So if they're choosing to see you, the least you can do is greet those people at the stage door and sign an autograph. When I was in New York 15 years ago, I got a poster signed by Al Pacino when he did Hughie at Circle in the Square. I still have it in my home with a scribble that could be the letter Z, but I think it's meant to be an A. It meant a lot to me to get that from a hero of mine. But really, most people just want to say "thank you," and it's always nice to meet them. By the way, I always make sure that there are student rush tickets for every show I do, because if it wasn't for that when I was a student, I wouldn't have seen any theatre.

What etiquette should fans remember at the stage door?
No spitting if you didn't like the show. But seriously, the hard thing now is that everyone has a camera. I'll sign something for everybody, but — and I feel bad about this — I just can't take photos with everybody.

Finally — and I only ask on behalf of your straight female and gay male fans — do you remove your shirt during the show?
[Laughs.] You never know. But whatever happens, it will be tastefully done.

Herman Cain accused of sexual harassment


Politico reports that two female former employees of Herman Cain received settlements in order to drop their claims that he had sexually harassed them.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the restaurant association. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which women leveled complaints. POLITICO has confirmed the identities of the two female restaurant association employees who complained about Cain but, for privacy concerns, is not publishing their names.

The incidents occurred in the 1990s when Cain headed the National Restaurant Association. Other female employees interviewed for the above-linked report say that Cain always treated them with courtesy and respect. Right wing websites such as Free Republic are claiming that unearthing these old claims was the work of the GOP establishment, who are "terrified" of Cain's popularity.

In less than one day, Herman Cain has gone from "I have no idea what you're talking about" to "OK, it did happen but they were lying."

UPDATE: Now Mr. Cain remembers - just a few hours later - that were WAS a settlement paid, he just doesn't remember the amount...  SRSLY.
(via JMG)

Kim Kardashian files for divorce


Kim Kardashian apparently filed for divorce today.

Kim sold the rights to her wedding for $17.9 million. Her marriage lasted 72 days. That comes to a nifty $10,358.80 per hour.

This Kim person releases a porn tape, stars in a reality show, makes money off of a wedding scam and will probably make money from the divorce story too, BUT it's the gays and lesbians that destroy the sanctity of marriage.

There. I think I have it all straight now.

Limited Edition "Handprint" T-shirt from Olivia Newton-John


To benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
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7 Deadly Sins: Greed

Sunday, October 30, 2011

7 Deadly Sins: Envy

Herman Cain defends his campaign ad featuring smoking



Cain, in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," continued to defend the ad, which features his campaign manager Mark Block taking a long drag from a cigarette - and said the ad was meant to be "informative."

"This wasn't intended to send any subliminal signal whatsoever," he told Schieffer.

"It does - it sends a signal that it is cool to smoke," suggested Schieffer.

"No, it does not," Cain replied. "Mark Block smokes. That's all that ad says. We have a lot of people in this country that smoke. But what I respect about Mark as a smoker, who is my chief of staff, he never smokes around me or smokes around anyone else. He goes outside."

"He smokes on television!" said Schieffer.

"Well, he smokes on television. But that was no other subliminal message," Cain said.

When asked if he thought the ad was meant to be "funny," Cain said his campaign "didn't know whether it would be funny to some people or whether they were going to ignore it or whatever the case may be."

"It's not funny to me - I am a cancer survivor, like you," Schieffer said. "I had cancer that was smoking related. I don't think it serves the country well - and this is an editorial opinion here - to be showing someone smoking a cigarette. You're the frontrunner now. It seems to me as frontrunner you would have a responsibility not to take that kind of a tone in this campaign. I would suggest that perhaps as the frontrunner, you'd want to raise the level of the campaign."

"We will do that, Bob," Cain responded. "I do respect your objection to the ad. Probably about 30 percent of the feedback was very similar to yours. It was not intended to offend anyone. Being a cancer survivor myself, I am sensitive to that sort of thing."

More from CBSnews.com

Obama advisor: Romney has no 'core'

"Call Me Carlye"

Carlye and I at a holiday party a few years ago

Today is the birthday of my best friend and the most beautiful person I know. Today is Carlye's birthday.

There is so much to celebrate when I think of Carlye. Her laugh, her smile, her fortitude, her inspiration, her conviction - her life.

Carlye and husband David at their favorite place in the world

Happy happy birthday Carlye!  I wanted to write something that would reflect her spirit and beauty, both inside and out. So, in my best attempt to write in the style of my favorite poet, Maya Angelou, here goes:

"Call Me Carlye"

Imagine a newborn, big-eyed, brown, baby girl
Waiting to see her world.
 Waiting to receive a name.

Let’s call her Fannie Mae,

She’ll stay in this place.

No, let’s call her Bonnie Brown,
She’ll never leave this town.

Then the universe had an aha! moment,

and said,
Carlye.

Inspired by beautiful - beautiful woman, beautiful mind,
And a spirit for life.

The town laughed and said it was sure

This child was special, and sure to explore.

The universe whispered,
Carlye.
And a world leaned forward.

A grandmother, Mrs. Wilson, lifted her up
To show her to God,
And God said,
I’m going to show you a road to your future.

And in a land named Texas she began to see herself.
Someone said,
What’s your name?
She said, Carlye.

And, what do you do?
She said, I am being Carlye.

And then she stood tall.
She saw no one higher than herself,
And no one lower.

New York asked Carlye,
"Come, by the shining river and the beautiful city
Will you come here
And share your gifts and talent, Carlye?"

She said, "Yes.
And in doing so, I want to give voice to those in and around me,
To the voiceless. To the quiet. To the less sure.
Call me Carlye."

Those around her began to know her and call her by her name.

Carlye.

And wherever she went, she created community.
Carlye.

And she said, Yes.

Yes.

Everyone who sat by her had a place to be.
Carlye.

And people listened to her
For more years than were actually there.
And she listened.

She said be strong,
be kind,
and call me Carlye.

I am Carlye.

Carlye.

Carlye.

Carlye.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

2012 Chippendales Calendar - available now!


Seriously, who doesn't want something a bit fun and sexy to remind them what day it is?

If you can't make it to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, this is the next best thing.  The 2012 Chippendales calendar is out and available!  Whoo-hoo!  And don't worry - the calendar is pretty PG-17.  Just bare chested, sexy guys - of every type and flavor.


Chippendale of the day: James Davis


SRSLY.  How about that face and body?

In the studio with ONJ

Steve Real, me, Olivia, Rona, Stephan Elliott and MIchael
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OMGay Walking with Bill Sindelar



These videos crack me up...

Majority of New Jersey voters support marriage equality


From OnTopMag: A majority of New Jersey voters say gay marriage should be legal, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Friday.

Fifty-two percent of the 903 adults contacted by telephone (landline and cell phone) from October 6-9 said “same-sex marriage” should be legalized. Approval jumps up to 61 percent when the term “marriage equality” is substituted.

Opposed to the union are 39 percent when the term “same-sex marriage” is used. Opposition drops to 27 percent when the term is exchanged with “marriage equality.”

“Support for legalizing same-sex relations in New Jersey continues to be solid,” said poll Director David Redlawsk, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. “Young people are overwhelmingly in favor, though a majority of all age groups is supportive, except for those 65 and over. Whatever it is called, support for state recognition of same-sex marriage remains strong and most likely will grow over time.”

Rick Perry supports repeal of NH marriage equality


Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, pandering to conservatives in New Hampshire, praised legislators in the state for working to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law.

"As conservatives we believe in the sanctity of life. We believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage," Perry said at the annual banquet for Cornerstone Action, a conservative advocacy group. "And I applaud those legislators in New Hampshire who are working to defend marriage as an institution between one man and one woman, realizing that children need to be raised in a loving home by a mother and a father."

In June 2009, New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. A bill to repeal New Hampshire's gay marriage law passed a House committee this week.

In August, Perry signed a pledge to support a constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

SRSLY. A candidate for public office campaigning for inequality.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kellie Pickler on "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"



Bless her little heart.

Olivia Newton-John conquers Rome Film Festival with new comedy


Translated from abc.es: The Australian actress Olivia Newton-John won the critical acclaim of the International Film Festival of Rome with her performance in the comedy "A Few Best Men", where she plays a crazed mother-of-the-bride, fond of cocaine and alcohol, at the wedding of her daughter.

The Australian film, directed by Stephan Elliott, was presented out of competition this Friday and received applause from the audience after its screening on the third day of the event, which runs through Nov. 4.

Barbara (John Newton) is married to a wealthy Australian senator. After meeting the fiancé of his daughter Mia (Laura Brent), he instructs his wife to take charge of the ceremony to be held in a few days and which will be in the presence of Australian Parliament.

The groom (Xavier Samuel) of Mia, a Londoner who falls for the girl on a deserted island and decides to ask her to marry, returns to his hometown to report the news to his three best friends, who are responsible for turning the perfect wedding into a nest of problems and surreal situations.

"There is something crazy in this film and I wanted a change of scenery, so I seized the opportunity offered me Stephan Elliott," Olivia said at a press conference, who was delighted with her new role.

However, she acknowledged that the character of Sandy in the musical "Grease", with which gained fame for more than 23 years, will be with her forever.

"There are still many girls in the street who stop me and, obviously, none of them were born in 1978. I am very grateful to this character and I must say I deeply love Sandy" said the actress.

The Australian director, also present in Rome, joked about the famous film character "We wanted to kill "Sandy" and that's why we have her character abusing drugs and alcohol," he said.

Olivia Newton John explained that in those years, she starred in such films as "Grease" and "Xanadu," starring roles suited to their age, and although she has a huge affection for them, she now looks for roles that are more serious, more suited to her age. "Although they have to be a little crazy," he added with a laugh.

Jonathan Groff returns to GLEE


Jonathan Groff is bringing Jesse St. James back to Glee later this season, but there’s a twist — and a juicy one at that: The student has now become the teacher!

At an event celebrating the show’s 300th musical performance on Wednesday, exec producer Ryan Murphy revealed that Groff will appear in multiple episodes as the coach of New Directions’ rival choir Vocal Adrenaline.

Murphy added that Glee Project runner-up Alex Newell would ” have many scenes” with Groff.
(via TVLine.com)

Threat to repeal marriage equality in Spain

Next month's general elections threaten to undo Spain's 6-year-old gay marriage law.

The Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, which swept into office in 2004, looks to be on the outs. Polling shows the conservative Popular Party (PP) with a 15-point lead over Socialists.

Zapatero's government legalized gay marriage over the objections of the Catholic Church and the PP, which filed a legal challenged to the law based on technical grounds.

Mariano Rajoy, the leader of the PP, has previously said he believes the law is unconstitutional and that he would “change” it even if the nation's highest court ruled it constitutional.

“I will listen to the court, but I don't like the fact that there is gay marriage and I don't think it is constitutional,” he told daily El Pais. “What I don't like is the word 'marriage.'”

While repeal of the law seems doubtful, gay and lesbian couples in the country are taking the threat seriously. In the past several months, a sharp uptick in the number of couples marrying has been reported in the Spanish press.
(via OnTopMagazine)

Darren Criss on GLEE - with Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night"



From next week's episode.

Alright GLEEKS - enjoy!

Olivia on the red carpet - International Rome Film Fest

Olivia Newton-John, with husband John Easterling and director Stephan Elliott, on the red carpet of the Rome International Film Festival for the European premiere of her new movie "A Few Best Men."

Click here for video of Olivia on the red carpet with director Stephan Elliott.

Click here to see Italian news coverage of Olivia at the Film Festival.

Looks like she's having a lot of fun. AND I love the leather dress! Go Livvy!

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Dow on track for biggest monthly gain in history


From ThinkProgress: Despite conservatives’ claims that the rhetoric used by President Obama and the 99 Percent Movement is hurting the economy, the stock market is on track to have one of its best months in history.

The Dow had added about 1200 points this month by the closing bell yesterday, which would be the biggest point gain in the index’s history.

The S&P 500 also had its biggest point gain in history this month. Measured by percentage, both indices are on track for their best month since 1987.

Yeah - President Obama's policies are clearly bad for business...

Are you paying attention Wall Street?  Seniors - are you seeing your retirement accounts go up?

Thought so.

Joe Manganiello in Las Vegas

Joe Manganiello, star of HBO's True Blood and the upcoming movie Magic Mike, brought his sexy self to the red carpet at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, where he hosted a party at Moon Nightclub on Oct. 27 - just across the street from the Rio Hotel where the Chippendales perform!

Given his role in the upcoming Magic Mike movie and his character "Big Dick Richie" - why couldn't he have just dropped by for a little "hey!" with his female fans???

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Another 'not ready for prime time' idea from Herman Cain


Many of the GOP believe that the federal government should get out of the student aid business entirely. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), for instance, said that he’d phase out the federal student loan program entirely. Former pizza magnate Herman Cain, meanwhile, said that he doesn’t believe in any form of federal student aid whatsoever, believing that such aid is better off left to the states:

I believe that if a state wants to help with college education, then they should do that.

Secondly, you have people living within communities within states that are willing to help fund those kinds of programs. So I do not believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to help fund a college education because herein, our resources are limited and I believe that the best solution is the one closest to the problem. The people within the state, the people within the communities, ultimately, I believe, are the ones who have that responsibility.

If you want an education, a college education in America, I believe that people can get it if they are determined to get it. They might have to work a little harder.


Clearly there are issues posed by devolving student loans and aid to the states:

  • Would students receive grants from their home state or from the state in which they attend school?
  • What if a student’s parents want or need to move midway through a student’s college years?
  • Would she lose her aid and have to get it from either her or her parents’ new state?


Federal student loans and programs like Pell Grants have helped millions of Americans access higher education. Without federal aid, students would be pushed into more expensive private student loans, even as student loan debt is en route to eclipsing $1 trillion for the first time.

Gov. Bangbang to skip debates after bad showing


Rick Perry will begin to pick and choose whether or not he will take part in future debates with other candidates.

“These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates,” Mr. Perry told Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. “It pretty hard to be able to sit and lay out your ideas and your concepts with a one minute response. “So, you know, if there was a mistake made, it was probably ever doing one,” Mr. Perry added.

Mr. Perry’s campaign has struggled in the wake of several debate performances that were widely criticized. But whether Mr. Perry could get away with skipping a debate is an open question.

Olivia at International Rome Film Festival for "A Few Best Men"



Olivia Newton-John, with co-star Kris Marshall and director Stephan Elliott, for the premiere of "A Few Best Men" at the International Rome Film Festival.

Translated from the press conference, Olivia said: "Roles like the ones I starred in Grease, or Xanadu, inevitably belong to my younger years. Now I prefer performances like this. Where, finally, I can let go and do crazy things. At first I was a little scared: then did not know how to stop. When I decide whether to participate in a film I'm most certainly not thinking about Grease: I choose the things I enjoy most."


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Herman Cain to slow his schedule down


Herman Cain is gearing up to slow down the pace of his presidential effort, according to one of his top aides.

J.D. Gordon, the campaign's vice president for communications, said Cain will try to avoid future gaffes by achieving a "more deliberative pace" on the trail.

"We're trying to slow down a little bit, make sure he's rested, make sure he's focused," J.D. Gordon told CNN's Howard Kurtz.

Gordon added that mistakes happen when a candidate is conducting seven or eight events a day and does not use a teleprompter, as is the case with Cain.

The comments follow a string of statements and staff defections that have received negative press.

Gordon said a lack of sleep was partially to blame for Cain's comments to CNN's Piers Morgan about abortion and his comments to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the possibility of a prisoner exchange with detainees in Guantanamo Bay that he quickly retracted.

The abortion flare up has yet to die down and the campaign attempted to clarify the former pizza executive's stance again Thursday. After saying he was "pro-life, no exceptions," a Cain campaign adviser said he "learned more about the issue" and that he would now support abortions in instances of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at stake.

Sugar Sugar - the Archies



This song is featured in a new movie I saw this week "A Few Best Men."

I think this should be a re-recorded and made into a contemporary dance track today.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bradley Cooper pursues J. Lo


Bradley Cooper pulled out all the stops to woo Jennifer Lopez, sources reveal in the new Us Weekly.

After a talked-about, candlelit dinner date at NYC's chi-chi eatery Per Se Sept. 10, the 36-year-old Limitless actor stepped up his seduction game again -- this time with a secret flight to Boca Raton, Florida.

Cooper checked into the posh Boca Beach Club resort where Lopez, 42, was staying with 3-year-old twins Emme and Max as she shot the 2012 thriller Parker.

"They checked in one day apart," a source says of the posh Boca Beach Club. Ever since she and Marc Anthony ended their seven-year marriage in July, the singer, actress, American Idol judge and designer "has been trying to concentrate on her kids and work," a friend explains. "But Bradley has been especially eager."

Cooper, who split with Renee Zellweger after two years together in March, "has been after Jennifer, calling her, for ages," the friend says.

And Lopez, at last, has decided to "let him in."

Adds another source: "She likes the thrill and the fact that Bradley has been pursuing her."

Terrible idea

Professional rugby player comes out


Old Redcliffians captain Jed Hooper has become the first Combination player to publicly announce that he is gay.

Jed Hooper, the 22-year-old back row forward for the Old Redcliffians, came out to family and friends earlier this year.

The decision, he said, was still far from easy. "I met someone earlier this year who said he could not be with someone who was in the closet. That, basically, was the catalyst that I needed.

Even with that knowledge, though, Hooper still agonised over what he knew he had to do. "I was never going to do it bit by bit, that would have been too drawn out, so I decided to text everyone and also put it on Facebook.

"I was horribly nervous. I wrote and rewrote the text four or five times, and I had my finger on the 'send' button for ages before I finally pushed it.

"The text basically said something along the lines that 'I've been hiding it and fighting it for too long, and I can't hide any more. If you can accept me this way then great ... and if you can't then I don't need you and you can get lost!'

"I then cried my eyes out as I was thinking to myself 'what have you done?, but very quickly I must have had 40 replies and all of them were positive."

Instantly, Hooper added, there were feelings of relief. "A massive weight came off my shoulders. If I couldn't accept myself the way I am, how could I expect my friends to?

"I said that if the club doesn't want a gay man as its figurehead I would understand and step down. But he was brilliant and said 'you're our captain and this doesn't change anything'. That support was massive to me."

Reaction throughout the Bristol rugby community, in fact, has been overwhelmingly positive.

"If anyone is reading this and they're in the same situation as me, all I want to say is don't bottle things up because, trust me, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The world's not against you. If my story can help one person then this has been worth it."

Read more here.

Tweet of the day: Dolly Parton

AND I brought you donuts!

Gay student in Ohio beating caught on tape



A gay student at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio was brutally beaten this week by another student for being gay. Class members watched as the bully waited for the student to arrive in the classroom, grabbed him, pushed him to the ground and punched him in the face several times.

The bully was suspended for 3 days. That's it. The mother of the victim is pursuing criminal charges.

The bully had harassed the gay student (who has not been identified) on Facebook a few days earlier, writing "You fag. Check out the definition of a fag."

Equality Ohio Executive Director, Ed Mullen, explains that the incident serves as a reminder that Ohio’s anti-bullying law must be strengthened and specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth be included. Mullen says: “All students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to a safe school and education. Students should not fear verbal harassment, cyber-bullying, or physical assault in our public schools.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Henry Cavill - the new Superman on set

And back through the desert




Driving back to Las Vegas through the desert. My favorite way to spend 4 hours. Whee!

(now, you knew the "whee!" was sarcastic, right?)

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Flying Monkeys

Amy Winehouse died of high blood alcohol level


Amy Winehouse's blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit. The blood alcohol level was what killed her. See Coroner's ruling below:

No cause of death was determined by an initial autopsy, and though she had struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol throughout her life, her family said over the summer that a toxicology report found no illegal substances in her system.

A ruling delivered Wednesday by a coroner in Britain, Suzanne Greenaway, said the official cause of Ms. Winehouse’s death was “death by misadventure,” The Associated Press reported. Reuters reported that an inquest found that the singer had 416 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood when she died; the legal driving limit in Britain is 80 milligrams.

Clint Eastwood on marriage equality

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Gov. Goodhair releases first campaign ad



“As president, I’ll create at least 2.5 million new jobs,” Perry says.

But that’s a pretty low bar, considering 14 million are out of work. It's a pace President Obama has been on since October 2010 (1.5 million jobs have been created since then. Prior to that, going back to February 2009, about 3.7 million were lost as a result of the near-financial meltdown).

Over four years, 2.5 million jobs only averages just over 52,000 jobs a month. It's a fairly easy promise to keep.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Hampshire committee votes to repeal marriage equality


From Instinct: The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that seeks to remove same-sex couples right to marriage, already instituted in the state.

By a vote of 11 - 6, the Committee has moved forward with the regressive legislation in hopes of replacing New Hampshire's historic marriage equality rights with the lesser and unequal civil unions.

Even the leader of the groups fighting equality understands that his proposal will create a cluster-headache of confusion in the state, similar to California in the wake of Prop 8.

"Kevin Smith, executive director of Cornerstone Action, admitted that if the bill eventually becomes law, it will create two classes of same-sex couples in New Hampshire—those with the tax benefits of marriage, and those without. That, however, is better than trying to repeal same-sex marriage all in one shot and having the matter ultimately decided by courts, he said."

Despite that most in New Hampshire "strongly oppose" the legislation, thanks to today's vote, if approved by the full House in January it will become law.
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