Russell Brand offers the best description of addiction I’ve ever read. “This is when you know it’s a disease. It doesn’t matter that I sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the [upscale hotel] Savoy. I’m jealous of me then. It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict.”
We just landed a one ton mobile laboratory on Mars, and we managed to get pictures from the event in 15 minutes, which beats the hell out of the six hour delay we’re getting for the Olympics, taking place in London. I stole that from somebody I’d like to credit, but now I forgot who.
The Human Rights Campaign has designated $250,000 each to Washington, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota to fight the ballot amendments on marriage taking place this November.
You really need to go read about this set that out comedienne Tig Notaro did after she found out she had cancer. It’s not something I can do justice to here, but everyone should read it.
Canadian mini-chain Chick-Felays, which serves a North African style chicken, is rethinking their plan to play off the American chain’s name after a lot of angry customers are complaining about their (nonexistent) affiliation.
A new report says that some doctors are using off-label steroids to treat at-risk fetuses for lesbianism and intersex conditions that may or may not exist. As many as 90% of the fetuses treated won’t need the drug, and it has alarming side effects in at least 20% of uses.
The new chair of the UK’s Diversity Role Models charity is saying “Evidence shows we will continue to breed bullying and fear unless gay sexuality becomes visible in schools. We need openness in the playground, in the classroom and in the behaviour of teachers. Make sexuality human and it becomes an issue of fairness – something young people feel passionately about.” As an American, I flinch at this, since our opposition is always screaming about recruitment and indoctrination, but maybe the UK is ready for it.
Sharon Osbourne says she’s quitting America’s Got Talent because NBC dropped her son Jack from Stars Earn Stripes after his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. No contract was signed, but she says they had a verbal agreement, and she can’t work for a network that discriminates. Sharon has long been the business mind behind the Osbourne fortune, and I’d hate to go up against her.
In possibly the best Olympic quote yet, Oscar Pistorius, the bionic Olympian says that he never felt different for not having his legs growing up. “My mother used to tell us ‘Carl, put on your shoes. Oscar, put on your prosthetic legs.’ So I grew up thinking not that I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes.”
The gunman in the mass shooting at a Sikh temple over the weekend was discharged from the Army under “less than honorable conditions,” belonged to a white supremacist group, and had a 9/11 tattoo. The tragedy is being treated as a domestic terrorist incident.
Pat Robertson is blaming atheists for the shooting. Just when I thought I was going to escape the gays being blamed for this, he gets me on another attribute.
Meanwhile, CNN played “Only the Good Die Young” when they cut away from a segment on the shooting to a piece on politics. Someone really needs to ban all music from CNN.
The Vatican has said that it will not receive the new Bulgarian ambassador because a best selling book he wrote contained a gay storyline with a sex scene. Kiril Maritchkov is an attorney, is married to an Italian woman, studied in Italy, has two children, and speaks five languages. In other words, he’s a perfect ambassador, other than his book.
A Tennessee lawmaker is saying that President Obama is going to stage an assassination attempt on his life to impose martial law and delay the election. Tennessee is the gift that makes my home of West Virginia look sane.
No word yet on whether Comedy Central will come to their senses and remove any trace of the Joe Paterno costume Jeffery Ross wore to the roast of Rosanne Barr from the telecast, but at least they had the clarity to cut his joke about the Aurora shootings.
There are some weird rules in the Olympics, including that wrestlers must have a cloth handkerchief on them at all times during the match. Why?
While some Marines are still very anti-gay following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, it’s getting better, and I choose to focus on stories like Chase Davis, who says “They accept us fully because I share the uniform and because we are not ashamed of ourselves.” I feel that folks like Lance Cpl. Chris Cavey, who says “It was probably one of the worst decisions in military history. It makes everything more awkward and tense than it has to be” will fade away.