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2015 WIMBLEDON: Venus Serves Up Double Bagel; #1 and #2 seeds Win 1R  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The first day of play at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships is over and the Top 2 seeds in the men and women's draw have not dropped a set. #1 seed (and defending championNovak Djokovic faced the toughest resistance, against Philipp Kohlschreiber but still won 6-4 6-4 6-4. #2 seed Roger Federer won his match in straight sets (6-1 6-3 6-3).On the women's side #1 seed Serena Williams started off very slowly against Margarita Gasparyan and found herself down 1-3 early on. She got back on track against a spirited opponent and ended up winning 6-4 6-1. #2 seed (and ...
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Posted:  6/30 8:46pm
EYE CANDY: Tyrone Wells  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Tyrone Wells is best known as the face of Sizzle Miami 2015, and is one of the few openly gay Black male models to be featured here as Eye Candy. He and his boyfriend Johnell Tyrell are very popular on Instagram (@TyroneWells and @Johnell_) with well over 125,000 followers between the two of them.These are not the best pictures of him but he is definitely phyne! ...
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Posted:  6/29 8:59am
2015 LOCUS Awards: Ann Leckie and Katherine Addison Win Best Novel (For SciFi and Fantasy, Respectively)  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
In light of the ongoing Puppy kerfuffle around the Hugo awards, all awards for achievements in speculative fiction will be closely scrutinized this year, so thanks to File770.com I know that last night the 2015 Locus Awards were revealed. I am very pleased to report that Ann Leckie has won her second consecutive Locus Award for Best SF Novel (Ancillary Sword) while Katherine Addison has won her first Locus award for Best Fantasy Novel (The Goblin Emperor).The Locus Awards (cleverly, in my opinion) separate Best Novel into Fantasy and Science Fiction categories, unlike ...
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Posted:  6/29 12:08am
2015 WIMBLEDON: Men's And Women's Draw Released and Analyzed  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The 2015 Wimbledon's men's and women's draw was released today. The defending champions are Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova. Djokovic is also the #1 men's seed this year while Serena Williams is the #1 seed on the women's seed.Men's Draw AnalysisDjokovic has a tricky first round match with Philipp Kohlschreiber but the rest of the big four (7-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer, 2013 Wimbledon champ Andy Murray and 2-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal) are all in the bottom half of the draw. However, Djokovic could perhaps meet Stan Wawrinka in a semifinal which would be a reprise of ...
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Posted:  6/26 11:10pm
QUEER QUOTE: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch On Historic Marriage Equality Ruling  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement on the occasion of the historic Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage equality nationwide in Obergefell v. Hodges today:“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized the equality, dignity and essential humanity of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and reaffirmed this country’s bedrock principle – engraved over the entrance to the Court itself – that all Americans are entitled to equal justice under law.  By putting an end to an era of state-sanctioned discrimination, the decision lights the way to a future of acceptance, inclusion and opportunity ...
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Posted:  6/26 9:25pm
Gaytterdämmerung: SCOTUS Strikes Down All Bans On Marriage Equality Nationwide In Sweeping 5-4 Ruling  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
As expected, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision called Obergefell v. Hodges that there is a constitutional right to marry enjoyed by same-sex couples, effectively striking down the remaining bans on marriage equality remaining in the fourteen states by reversing the 6th U.S. Circuit's bizarre ruling upholding bans in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee last November.Amazingly, the ruling was issued on the third anniversary of United States v. Windsor (June 26, 2013) striking down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the thirteenth anniversary (June 26, ...
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Posted:  6/26 8:07pm
REVIEW: The Tao Series (Books 1-3) By Wesley Chu  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Wesley Chu is a new science fiction author I discovered this year after The Other Half got me one of his books from my Amazon Wishlist. That book was  The Lives of Tao. I had put it on my wishlist because I read this blurb about the book:When out-of-shape IT technician Roen Tan woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.  He wasn’t. He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out ...
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Posted:  6/26 2:58pm
GOOD NEWS! SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare. Again!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
For the second time in three years, the United States Supreme Court has defended the Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as ObamaCare) from legal challenge. The Court ruled 6-3 in King v. Burwell to uphold ObamaCare by deciding that the intent of Congress was to improve the national health care market and thus upheld the interpretation that subsidies "established by the State" could mean the state or federal government.Any day in which Justice Antonin Scalia is reading bitter dissents from the bench is a good day! There are two more days (Friday June 26 and Monday ...
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Posted:  6/25 8:12pm
BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Place by Tana French  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Tana French is one of my favorite mystery authors, having written four related but arguably stellar murder mysteries in roughly seven years (In The Woods, 2007; The Likeness, 2008; Faithful Place, 2010; Broken Harbour, 2012). Her latest book is The Secret Place (2014) and it was one of (although not the) best mystery that I read in 2014. According to the users at goodreads.com, they think her books have been uniformly declining in quality since her stunning debut, but I actually liked her 2012 book, Broken Harbour probably as much as ...
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Posted:  6/25 8:27pm
QUEER QUOTE: Judge Rules "Sodomite Suppression Act" Patently Unconstitutional  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Well, well! Score one for common sense. A violently homophobic proposed California ballot measure known as the "Sodomite Suppression Act" has been found unconstitutional by a Superior Court judge so that Attorney General Kamala Harris does not have to process it for circulation before voters. The judge's order is the source for today's QUEER QUOTE:
  1. The proposed initiative titled the "Sodomite Suppression Act" (the "Act") is patently unconstitutional on its face;
  2. Any preparation and official issuance of a circulating title and summary for the Act by the Attorney General would be inappropriate, waste public
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Posted:  6/24 11:40pm
GODLESS WEDNESDAY: Nones Are 2nd Largest "Religious Group" In Half The World  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The Pew Research Center has a report out which indicates that in more than half of the countries in the world the group of people who do not have a religious affiliation (usually referred to as the "Nones" but whom we like to call the "godless' at MadProfessah.com) are often the second most populous group.These facts are summarized by Friendly Atheist as:Indeed, while either Christians or Muslims make up the largest religious group in nine-in-ten nations around the globe, “nones” rank second in size in most of the Americas and Europe, as well as in many countries in sub-Saharan ...
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Posted:  6/24 11:51pm
TENNIS TUESDAY: Venus Turns 35; Murray, Federer, Kerber Win Grass Titles; Serena Slam?  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Venus Williams Turned 35 on June 177-time major champion Venus Williams turned 35 years old last Thursday. She is ranked #16 in the World. Wimbledon starts on Monday and the seedings and draw will be released this week. Will they move up the 5-time Wimbledon champ higher than her WTA seeding? I would probably put her at #8.Grass Court Season Continues With Title Wins By Federer, Murray and KerberThe King of Grass Roger Federer won his record 8th title at Halle on Sunday, defeating Andreas Seppi in straight sets. It was Federer's 15th grass court title, the ...
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Posted:  6/24 3:15am