12.03.09 – A Thursday

WORD

votary [voh-tuh-ree] n. 1. a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun 2. an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper of a particular deity or sacred personage 3. a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit: a votary of jazz 4. a devoted follower or admirer adj. 5. consecrated by a vow 6. of or pertaining to a vow

BIRTHDAY

George B. McClellan (1826), Joseph Conrad (1857), Andy Williams (1927), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Mickey Thomas (1949), Daryl Hannah (1960), Julianne Moore (1960), Katarina Witt (1965), Brendan Fraser (1968), Montell Jordan (1968), Holly Marie Combs (1973)

STANDPOINT

“As disappointed as we are today, let’s get up tomorrow and redouble our efforts.” Those were the words issued yesterday by New York Governor David Paterson in response to his state’s senate voting down a same-sex marriage bill.

Good for Paterson. See? Some people out there get it. Well, I think most do.

Proponents of same-sex marriage always play the same old broken record. Mainly, they speak of (a) the idea that marriage should be an agreement between one man and one woman and (b) the deterioration of  “traditional values.”

First, geniuses, how much success have us heterosexuals had at preserving the sacred institution of marriage? Everyone loves to say over 50% of marriages fail but that’s inaccurate. It’s really 41% for first marriages, 60% for second marriages and 73% for third marriages. So, as usual, the statitistics we’re presented with are twisted. Still, 41% is a lot. Almost half.

What I want to know is, if close to half of these heterosexual marriages are failing, how is it valid to argue letting same-sex partners marry would make it any worse? The truth is, it wouldn’t.

And this whole “traditional values” nonsense is just that – nonsense. The world is changing and, while there may be many out there who still hold to these “traditional values,” the problem is most of have figured out these traditions hold very little value.

Most of us want same-sex marriage. Those who don’t, however, hold more power in our fucked, unfixable political structure. Because most of us in support of same-sex marriage have realized participating in the political process is about as futile as attempting to swim to Greenland.   

Here’s the deal, people. Stop trying to block same-sex marriage. It’s embarrassing anyone really even is against it in the first place. And, please, don’t give me some half-assed argument that you don’t want the gay community raising children. Have you seen the kids out there lately? How in the world could anyone do worse than the bang up job all of us heterosexuals have been doing?

Frankly, it’s not even possible.

QUOTATION

I don’t gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn’t give me great pleasure. But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off.Alex Trebek

TUNE

Lately, I’ve been rediscovering the music of The Smiths. It’s likely I’m covering no new ground when I make the following statement: those songs were really quite great. It’s hard to pick a favorite, though, but while I sit here writing this I’m listening to “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.” 

GALLIMAUFRY

Allen Iverson is coming back to the people who love/hate him the most. The iconic guard has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract wth the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that traded him three years ago after an entertaining (putting it mildly) 10-year stint. I always liked A.I. so I’m happy to see him back.

Liam Gallagher, formerly of the band Oasis, is starting a new band. The roster? Well, everyone else that was in Oasis. Except his brother, Noel Gallagher, who left the band in August. If those two put as much energy into making music as they do publicly fighting with each other, it’s possible they could create some of the best music of all-time. Liam has not announced the name of the new band, but it won’t be Oasis.

Meredith Baxter, the mom from 1980s TV sitcom Family Ties, has announced she’s a lesbian. For some reason, the media seems to think it’s important we know.

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07.22.09 – Wednesday

Word: ineffable [in-efuh-buhl] adj. 1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy 2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity

Birthday: Gaspard de Prony (1755), Emma Lazarus (1849), Edward Hopper (1882), Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890), Bob Dole (1923), Oscar De la Renta (1932), Louise Fletcher (1934), Tom Robbins (1936), Terence Stamp (1938), Alex Trebek (1940), George Clinton (1941), Bobby Sherman (1943), Danny Glover (1946), Albert Brooks (1947), Don Henley (1947), S. E. Hinton (1950), Al Di Meola (1954), Willem Dafoe (1955), Keith Sweat (1961), Rob Estes (1963), John Leguizamo (1964), David Spade (1964), Keyshawn Johnson (1972), Rufus Wainwright (1973)

Quotation: There are many in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us.  I have observed for example that we all get the same amount of ice.  The rich get it in the summertime and the poor get it in the winter.Bat Masterson

Tune: Oakland, California’s The Heavenly States made a song called “The Story Of” a few years back. According to my iPod, I listened to it over 300 times. The song is catchy. I remember reading somewhere The Heavenly States were the perfect fix for anyone who liked Dave Matthews Band but didn’t want their friends to know they actually liked DMB. I don’t see it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact both bands employ a violin in most of their songs.

Gallimaufry: Tyler Perry must be one helluva guy. After the disgraceful debacle at The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, PA last week, the playwright/TV series creator/screenwriter has decided the 65 children in the middle of it all need a vacation. So, what’s he doing? He’s sending them all to Disney World. “This is awful, and for anyone that has grown up in the inner-city, you know that one small act of kindness can change your life,” said Perry on his website. See? Sometimes people can be not shitty to each other. It’s hard to believe Michael Vick is only 29-years old. It seems like we’ve been hearing about the convicted dog-torturer for decades. Now that he’s completely free of any legal entanglements, Vick’s looking to get back into the NFL. But commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t committed to making any decisions anytime soon. Not even about if he’ll be making any decisions anytime soon. I, for one, would be pleased if I never again saw Vick in a football uniform again. But my gut tells me I will, and it will most likely be of the Dallas Cowboys variety. “The desire is there; that’s one component. The other component is opportunity.” That’s Alec Baldwin telling Playboy Magazine he’s maybe considering running for political office. I’m reasonably sure it’s only a matter of time before we turn all of our celebrities into politicians. It just seems to be where we’re headed.