Friday, June 26, 2009

Daily Show In Iran - Video

Jason Jones trip to Iran turned out to be cutting edge as far as breaking stories are concerned. His intent was to debunk a lot of the myths people in our country have about Iran, and generally poke fun at some of the events happening surrounding the election. He narrowly missed being sequestered as most journalists were just a day or two after he left.

What his faux reports have done is give a really good picture of Iran prior to the unrest as well as a touching tribute to the Iranian people. And then of course there is the Hip-Hop Video.


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Jackson May Have Died Of Overdose

Now comes word via TMZ that Michael Jackson's family thinks he died from a Demerol overdose. Apparently he got daily injections and had one at 11:30am, just before he went into cardiac arrest.

Jackson had a history of prescription drug abuse and once was admitted to Betty Ford Clinic for treatment. If this story turns out to be true, it is a very sad one indeed.

Jackson was poised for a farewell tour in London where he already had 50 sold out performances scheduled.


We've learned law enforcement is looking for a doctor who lived at Michael Jackson's home -- and the doctor is nowhere to be found.

Law enforcement sources tell us a BMW belonging to the doctor was towed from Jackson's home last night.

UPDATE: 911 Tape Released

Just listened to the recording of the 911 tape from Michael Jackson's house to the police. They mentioned that he was not breathing and they could not revive him using CPR, prior to the EMTs arriving. Also, no mention of Jackson's name or his doctor's was made during the call.

Word comes from other sources that his doctor went to the hospital with him and personally administered CPR at the hospital to no avail. One has to wonder if he was not already dead and the doctor was putting on a show for authorities? The fact that the doctor has gone missing and his car was impounded by police seeking evidence is telling.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Man In The Mirror - RIP Michael Jackson

One of my favorite Michael Jackson songs from his later work is as poignent today as it was then.

Michael Jackson Dead at Age 50

TMZ is reporting the king of pop is dead.

Michael Jackson Rushed To LA Hospital - Not Breathing

Paramedics arrived at the Bel Air home pa Michael Jackson to find him not breathing. They performed CPR and rushed the pop star to the UCLA Medical Center just a few minutes away.

Jackson was preparing for his latest tour. Word of his condition is still unknown.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Million Gay March - Texas This Sunday!

So though organizers do not expect a million marchers, they do hope for thousands at the event this Sunday, starting at 2:00pm. The million refers to across the nation and doubtlessly there will be that many.

The event commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion which is credited with being the spark that ignited the gay rights movement in the US.

I got an invitation to speak at the rally following the march, so if you are there, say hello! Bring friends and relatives, anyone who can stand the heat. This is no parade, but a real honest to God protest march and boy do we need it now!

Fox News Labels Gov. Sanford As Democrat! He Isn't.

Fox News is about as dishonest a group of alleged reporters as there is. Media Matters caught the liars again. While reporting on Republican Governor Sanford's admission of an extramarital affair, they labeled him as a Democrat. Fair and balanced my ass!

The Other Shoe!

Well Stanford admitted in a press conference he is having an affair! No surprise after the laissez faire attitude of his wife about his disappearance. He is talking live on TV right now.

He claimed he was in Argentina crying for the past five days. Cue Patti LuPone...

Governor Sanford's Excellent Adventure - Listen For That Other Shoe To Drop!

Word comes now that vagabond governor of South Carolina was not alone on his trip to South America. Oh this is sweet!

This could be the reason he ditched his security detail. More here at TPM.

Howard Dean Pulls Out Of Ill-Fated DNC Fundraiser

According to a report on, Howard Dean has pulled out of the LGBT fundraiser for the DNC. The excuse is "scheduling conflicts". Too bad Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank can't have the same calendar issues?

SC Governor Will Have Press Conference at 2:00PM Today.

The elusive governor of South Carolina will have a press conference today at 2:00pm EST. Why do I suspect there will be a surprise announcement during this conference? Maybe something of a scandalous nature?

The Case Of The Missing Governor

And it just keeps getting stranger and stranger. Gov. Mark Sanford’s (R-SC) little "excellent adventure" has taken another turn. First nobody knew where he had gone. Even his wife when contacted on vacation over Father's Day weekend had no clue but strangely didn't seem the least worried.

Meanwhile once the press began hounding the governors office, they told reporters the Governor had gone hiking along the Appalachian Trail to "clear his head." OK, sounds sort of plausible, but then NBC new reported his car was seen at the Atlanta airport and he was seen boarding a plane. Hike?

Now comes new that he was in South America for a short vacation, a seven-day trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now that is a hike! More worrisome is his failure to transfer power ion the state or his notifying his staff or wife where he was.

Now far be it for me to start rumors, but oh what the heck! South America? Sounds like he was getting away for a little illicit activity that he didn't feel safe participating in in the US. Heck if I wanted to clear my head I could go to hundreds of places here in the US before I took off to Buenos Aires, but hey, I'm not the governor of South Carolina. With behavior like this, he might not be for long either!

Barney Frank To Reintroduce ENDA Today

Just got this from Pam's House Blend.


WHERE: Room 2219, Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 1:00 PM

WHO: Rep. Barney Frank, joined by Rep. George Miller, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Rob Andrews, Rep. Mike Castle, Rep. Todd Platts, Rep. Leonard Lance, and others. Also participating will be representatives of the Human Rights Campaign, the AFL-CIO, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

BACKGROUND: This week, Congressman Barney Frank will introduce the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. The legislation would extend federal employment laws, which currently prevent job discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability, to also cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill covers both the public and private sectors.

Although some states have passed laws to prevent such discrimination, it is legal in 30 states to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, and legal in 38 states to discriminate on the basis of gender identity. According to research by the Williams Institute, there is an ongoing pattern of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity nationwide.

Over 100 co-sponsors, including members of both parties, have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prison Rape - Fantasy vs. Reality

Though it might be the stuff of a hot adult video, the reality of prison rape is not. Every year over 60,000 inmates are sexually abused while in prison. This startling figure comes from the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission whose report was issued yesterday.

According to the survey 4.5% of all inmates interviewed were raped in the past 12 months. Also surprisingly, more of those rapes were not by other prisoners, but staff of the prison.

The report points to oversight of staff and inmates as a deterring factor. Some facilities report virtually no problems while others seem to be hotbeds of abuse. Jails got a much better report and had fewer rapes than prisons.

I am assuming this report only is referring to rape and abuse, since consensual sex among prisoners is not addressed. It's an eye opener.

Monday, June 22, 2009

House Democrats Urge End To DADT

Cut off the money and you get people's attention. That is what this seems like to me.

77 Hours Democrats are urging President Obama to end discharges in the military under the Don't Ask Don't Tell rules. In fact it will have to be the lawmakers who take the final action, however a boost from the White House would make that easier.

Read more here in the Boston Globe.