Jul 29, 2008

Rim Shot

I'm freaky and a closet case! Do I creep you out?

Here is why I have Michael Musto to the right, to the right.

"This email just came in from Sirius OutQ host Michelangelo Signorile:

"I know it's not something you want to picture this early in the morning. But did you know that, according to former male escort and Ted Haggard exposer Mike Jones, Senator Larry Craig, co-sponsor of the all-new Marriage Protection Act, put his tongue up Jones' butt hole and gave him a Senate-class rim job?"

You're right, Signorile. It's NOT something I wanted to picture right now. In fact, I just spit my coffee out all over a public restrooom. But I'm sure Larry was just fishing around for the wedding ring he left in there during a fisting session." Source: Michael Musto's Daily Blog

P.S. On the two occasions I emailed him via Village Voice, he responded.

Pirates of Penzance

Let me be the nerd, the Goddess wanted me to be. I adored Kevin Kline and Rex Smith back in the day. Those tights, those leather boots and the curly hair. What is not to love? Rex has the brown vest. Kevin is sporting the white shirt with black tights and very cunty, butchy, and S&M-ish knee-high boots. Good people, enjoy.

Come, friends, who plough the sea,
Truce to navigation;
Take another station;
Let’s vary piracee
With a little burglaree!

Jul 28, 2008

Jesus Loves Me

So it's official, Alberto, along with his accomplices, broke the law when it came to hiring at the Justice Department. I'm sure what they did was not the first nor the last time this happens at the Justice Department; however, they really made a mess of that office. I'm glad they have all went down the tubes because of their actions.

I'm sure Monica Goodling (pictured above), will find a chapter and verse in her bible to justify her actions. She will tell herself over and over again, like she did when she testified, "I'm a good person." She will ease her mind by saying she only "crossed the line" just a little bit, and quickly stepped back behind.

The lesson to be learned here is that we all have to mind the store. People are playing games up on the Hill, and it needs to stop.

Jul 25, 2008

Queer Ancestors Coming Through

How else can you explain it?

P.S. Thank you Senor Go Go for the hookup.

Jul 23, 2008

Welcome to the Age of Incarceration

What happens when you lock up 1 in every 100 American adults?

"I spent nearly four years shadowing a woman who'd just been released from prison. She'd been locked up for 16 years for a first-time drug crime, and her absence had all but destroyed her family. Her mother had taken in her four young children after her arrest, only to die prematurely of kidney failure. One daughter was deeply depressed, the other was seething with rage, and her youngest son had followed her lead, diving into the neighborhood drug culture and then winding up in prison himself."

Click here for the full article written by Jennifer Gonnerman. And, the other articles about the impact of mass incarceration of people in this country.

Jul 22, 2008

Cats Are Low Maintenance

I just had my yearly evaluation from my cat Geronimo. This is how it went:

Geronimo: Well, Allan, here we are again. Please, have a seat. Would you like anything? Some water?
Allan: No, I'm fine. Thank you.

Geronimo: Oh, okay, well than let's get right to it. First I want to say we are very happy to have you here with us for another year. I think the overall feeling in the house is that you are a valuable contributor to the team.
Allan: Thank you. I'm really enjoying my time here, and I feel like I'm learning a great deal.

Geronimo: Great! Glad to hear that. I also have to say there has been tremendous improvement in your areas of development. And, I'm sure with more time you will really start to reach your optimal potential.
Allan: I am trying.

Geronimo: Oh, umm, no one is saying that you are not.
Allan: Oh no, I wasn't saying that...

Geronimo: You know Allan we are all working really hard. These are very challenging times.
Allan: Yeah I know.

Geronimo: While preparing for this meeting, I took some time to review the file I maintain for you, and well there are a couple of minor yet essential areas where I think you have room for development.
Allan: Oh really?

Geronimo: Yes, well the first is your doorman duties. According to my notes there have been several occasions where I had to wait an inordinate amount of time for you to open the door for me. I know we talked about putting in a pet door, but as you know this year's budget doesn't allow for it.
Allan: I've felt that I've been very responsive to my doorman duties. If I've been late chances are it was...

Geronimo: Allan, I really don't want to turn this into a negative meeting. I do appreciate your efforts. I suggest you consider utilizing some time management techniques to help you insure a quicker response time. Perhaps you can identify an online course on time management. In fact why don't we put that down on your development action plan.
Allan: Yeah, sure, why not.

Geronimo: (stares at Allan for a few seconds) I'm sure overtime you would find that it can be something that will help you in the long run.
Allan: Yeah, sure, ok.

Geronimo: The other issue is the relationship with the dogs. I'm concerned that you are spending too much time socializing with them, and that it is cutting into your time needed to complete your daily task. I know they are charming and that you've developed friendships with them, but keep in mind there are duties to perform.
Allan: I'm very aware of my tasks and focus on comple.....

Geronimo: I'm sure it seems that way to you. I'm sorry but I have to say that it is not what is really occuring. Please take sometime to really reflect on what actually happens on a day to day basis. Ok?
Allan: Sure no problem.

Geronimo: Great! Well do you have any questions or want to add anything. If not I feel we are pretty much done here. And, I do have that appointment to go to in just a few minutes.
Allan: No, everything is fine.

Geronimo: Good. Well thank you. Umm, I will be needing the door open soon. Why don't you hangout there for the next few minutes. Oh and wait. (Geronimo reaches into his desk and pulls out a hat and gloves) I thought it would be wonderful if you would wear this when I come in and out, and that you should tip your hat and offer an appropriate comment. I really think we should up the professionalism and sophistication of our little operation here. Right?
Allan: Yeah sure. You're the boss.
Geronimo: Oh Allan! (Geronimo laughs) I'll see you at the door.

Museum Moment - National Museum of the American Indian (NYC)

Fausto Fernandez
(Love the texture of his work. Something you have to see in person.)

Marcos and I had a wonderful stroke of serendipity on a recent visit to NYC. He had to go downtown to fill out some paperwork for his job and we came across the National Museum of the American Indian.

The highlight of our visit was the exhibition titled “Remix: New Modernities in a Post Indian World” This is what the museum says about the show:

“…a spirited multimedia survey of 15 emerging Native artists June 7. A joint presentation from the museum and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the exhibition closes Sunday, Sept. 21.

“Remix” includes the semiotic narratives of Bernard Williams (African American/Native Ancestry); the seemingly academic yet provocative imagery of Kent Monkman (Cree/English/Irish) in his transgender guise; an essay of stereotypes found in videogames by Alan Natachu (Zuni/Laguna) and the affectionate but confrontational portraits of Apache skateboarders by Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo).”

Dustinn Craig
(Hold it down fellas. Listen to the ancestors.)

This show rocked. We were in art-lovers heaven, while we took in very provocative and emotional work. Go and do yourself a favor and check out the show if you are in the NYC area or planning on visiting.

Kent Monkman
(Werk mama! Cree Queer representing.)

Bernard Williams
(This piece covers an entire gallery wall from floor to ceiling and wall to wall. One of my favorites.)

Click here for more information. By the way admission is free, so use the money you would have normally paid for entrance, to buy one of their hot t-shirts from the gift shop.

Nine Reasons to Investigate War Crimes Now

In their article for The Nation, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith, give nine good reasons why they feel Georgie's Administration should be investigated for war crimes.

1. World peace cannot be achieved without human rights and accountability.
2. The rule of law is central to our democracy.
3. We must not allow precedents to be set that promote war crimes.
4. We must restore the principles of democracy to our government.
5. We must forestall an imperialist resurgence.
6. We must have national consensus on the real reasons for the Administration's failures.
7. We must restore America's damaged reputation abroad.
8. We must lay the basis for major change in U.S. foreign policy.
9. We must deter future U.S. war crimes.

Click here for the full article.

Jul 15, 2008

No Eggshells/Outside by Pedro Alejandro

Click here to view the video.

It's wonderful when the universe sends you someone that is intellectually curious, generous of heart and creative. Marcos and I are getting to know a new found friend and fellow artist by the name of Pedro Alejandro. He teaches dance at Wesleyan, and recently presented a piece called No Eggshells/Outside. I'm always eager to share interesting things with my good people. So, here is a link to the video and an entry describing my reaction to the piece. Enjoy.

As I watched the video presentation of No Eggshells/Outside, through the Sepia tone veneer, it invoked within me a feeling that bridged the ancient with the modern, the man-made with the organic, the individual with the group. These layers of non-colors also created a dreamlike world.

The stage direction of the performance was new to me. The audience first encounters the performance occurring in an open field of grass, and are then ushered into a space a several feet away that is comprised of stone and cement. This is clever staging in that it provides the audience the choice to participate in the experience, by continuing to travel deeper into the world that is being created.

The soundscape that the dancers perform within intrigued me. For me the sounds are tethered to an ambient undercurrent that is trance like, while industrial and natural sounds serve as lyrical percussion. Think of a person chanting Ohm in a city dwelling while the sounds of the city and nature interject.

I saw three worlds being portrayed in the video. The first and most visible was the world of the here and now. This world is filled with ritual, human interaction and constructs. The beings in this world interact with conditioned understanding, while under the surface I felt they wanted a deeper connection which each other. This was apparent to me when at times they relied on each others bodies for creating the energy needed to propel their movement.

At the core of this world is a struggle humans experience between the artificiality of society and their intrinsic nature. This is displayed through the movement of the dancers that at times halts unexpectedly, as well as the moments, where the influence of organic African and Capoiera movements surface throughout the piece.

The second world is presented through the video vignettes of the dancers that is projected on the walls at the actual performance, and layered into the video in order to move the viewer away from the stage performance. I look at this as a view into the thoughts of the people that live within this world.

The other world is based in a deeper fantasy. What seems like rabbit figures to me take us deeper into a hidden world. These figures play with natural elements, such as water, as if they understand it in a way the beings of the first world are not able to see.

A woman eats a boiled egg. She is not dining but consuming. There is no expression of her enjoying the meal. It’s a methodic consumption of substance. I find it to be a metaphor of modern people taking in, without thought of consequence or enjoyment.

The Sepia tone removes color. It is a warm light that can make us see nuances, but not where we should live. An eggshell is benign in color, but what is within the eggshell, is vivid in purpose. In order to transform the egg into life requires commitment and patience. The unique flavor of the egg is diminished through mass production. What is missing is the open pastures for freedom of movement, thought, and support by knowledgeable souls. This is needed in order to give birth to life-affirming hatchlings, that can color our world.

Jul 8, 2008

The Music That Is Keeping Me Cool This Summer

Music is my salvation. Here are some songs keeping me happy-go-lucky this summer:

Guillemots - "Trains To Brazil"

Nouvelle Vague - "In A Manner of Speaking"

Crystal Castles - "Magic Spells"

Moby - "Live For Tomorrow"

Moby - "Mothers of the Night"

What can I say, I love Moby's music. In fact his new CD "Last Night" provides another sonic journey for the heart, body and soul.

You Can't Make This Shit Up

"Just two days ago, Gordon Brown was urging us all to stop wasting food and combat rising prices and a global shortage of provisions.

But yesterday the Prime Minister and other world leaders sat down to an 18-course gastronomic extravaganza at a G8 summit in Japan, which is focusing on the food crisis." Click here to read more about the absurdity of it all. Source: dailymail.co.uk

Here is the menu for that evening. I wonder which wine was paired with the discussion about famine?

The really sick and sad part about this, is that many of those plates were left almost full with food and thrown out. This crowd counts calories and worries about their waistline. Plus they have gorged on extravagant food so much, that they don't often appreciate it.

Jul 1, 2008

People Crack Me Up: 5

Has-Been, and some would say Never-Was, actor Stephen Baldwin said on Faux News that he would leave the U.S. if Obama became president. I laughed really hard that is hurt. Who gives a fuck if he left. No one is checking for Stephen.

He should have been thrown out of the country for making Bio-Dome.