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SATURDAY POLITICS: Huizar-Molina Race For Los Angeles CD14 Heats Up  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
As you may recall, I live in Los Angeles City Council District 14 which is represented by Jose Huizar. Huizar is running for re-election in the March 3, 2015 primary and in this heavily Democratic region, winning that race basically would insure his position on the council until 2019 at least. I say "at least" because there is a movement to move municipal elections that typically happen in odd-numbered years (i.e. not in presidential or gubernatorial election years) and align them with those larger turnout elections. There are arguments both for and against this idea (for: having city and ...
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Posted:  11/23 5:53am
Good Grief! The trailer for ‘Peanuts’ (The Movie!)  »  popbytes
Every once in a while, I like to pop in here and remind you about the weird little differences between Canada and the US. One of the most notable being that our Thanksgiving is in October rather than November, so once Halloween is out of the way, it’s pretty much one big luge towards the holiday season. Which is why I’m sure most of you are probably already exhausted about Christmas, but not us! Especially when Peanuts releases a trailer featuring Snoopy‘s dog house decked out in lights. PEANUTS CHRISTMAS, SON. GET INTO IT! ...
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Posted:  11/23 12:10am
iTunes Saturday -- Kinky  »  A Life in the Day
Tonight, we attend a performance of Kinky Boots at the Pantages. Though I don't have any tracks from the show shuffling through my iTunes, I do have another Cyndi Lauper song. But you need to hop into your WABAC machine since it's from 1980. From Blue Angel, here's their cover of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's Gonna Be Strong: ...
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Posted:  11/22 9:33pm
The Votes Are In  »  Ron's Log
The final results for this month's election have been posted. Here are the numbers for the three tax measures in Desert Hot Springs. Measure HH (MJ cultivation tax)Yes2,10267.76%No1,00032.2%Total3,102100% Measure II (Tax on sales of MJ)Yes2,24272.23%No86227.77%Total3,104100% Measure JJ (Sales tax)Yes1,37144.04%No1,74255.96%Total3,113100% The small difference in outcomes for HH and II is a little curious. Were there thoughtful people who supported the tax on cultivation, but opposed the tax on sales? Or was there some sort of confusion? ...
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Posted:  11/22 5:15pm
Make Holiday Cheer  »  Guy Dads
On December 12-13, my talented and handsome husband will be singing with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in their holiday extravaganza, "Dancers, Prancers & Vixens!" It's going to be an incredible show that you absolutely do not want to miss. Get your tickets now: http://www.sfgmc.org/events/dancers-prancers-vixens/  or at City Box Office 415-392-4400Performances for this festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed concert are at Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA.Dates and times are:Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00pm Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pmPS. There will also be an ugly sweater parade, 1980’s ...
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Posted:  11/22 4:07am
2014 DAVIS CUP: Final Tied 1-1 Wawrinka d. Tsonga, Monfils d. Federer, Doubles Decision Looms  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The final tie of the 2014 Davis Cup is even at 1-all after the first day since Gael Monfils dispatched Roger Federer in straight sets, 6-1 6-4 6-3, following Stan Wawrinka's 4-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier in the day. Monfils had previously lost to Federer 8 of their 10 meetings but he famously squandered two match points in their 2014 US Open quarterfinal after also dominating the Swiss great from the back of the court for more than two sets. If Monfils had won that match, is it possible he could have won the US Open instead of Marin Cilic?Monfils' (somewhat)  surprising ...
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Posted:  11/22 3:06am
Israeli buildings, Palestinian land  »  Fiat Blog!
[Following is an excerpt from my novel The Talpiot Find. The central character, Marc, is being held as a hostage in an undisclosed location near Los Angeles. He is talking with a special-ops agent, Lior, who is assigned to him as a facilitator. The tablets they mention are ancient clay tablets discovered by Marc on an archaeological dig in Jerusalem earlier that summer. Lior is an Israeli now living in the US.]Marc says “I suppose this all wouldn’t be so mindfreaking if you weren’t so polite and attentive. That makes it just too surreal. Like a twist in the fabric ...
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Posted:  11/21 8:00pm
Review: LeAnn Rimes Musical Love Letter To Her Gay Fans  »  Jive in the [415]
Dance Like You Don’t Give A...Greatest Hits RemixesBy Roy SteeleAs much as I dislike “gay” stereotypes, there is one “gay” stereotype that I wholeheartedly subscribe to and embrace, and that’s the fact that like many other gay men, I love dance music (including electronic dance music, house, heavy house, tribal house, trance, dance pop, hip-hop, etc).Now that I’ve confessed that I’m a dance music devotee, I will also tell you that I’m an unabashed and fearless dancer, who has elbowed and shoved and pushed my way onto crowded dance floors here in the United States, and on ...
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Posted:  11/21 1:45pm
CELEBRITY FRIDAY: Chris Hemsworth Named People's "Sexiest Man Alive"  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Chris Hemsworth has been named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2014. The 31-year-old 6-foot-4 hunk from Australia is best known for playing Thor in Marvel studios Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and The Avengers (2012). Hemsworth is married and the father of 3. ...
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Posted:  11/21 10:29am
Review: Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave Collaborate for ‘Blue Nights’  »  popbytes
“When we talk about mortality we are talking about our children.” This powerful sentence appears frequently in Joan Didion’s haunting 2011 memoir, Blue Nights, and was repeated a number of times at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC on Monday evening during a special one-night-only reading from the book by renowned actress Vanessa Redgrave. Blue Nights is the acclaimed and characteristically evocative follow-up to Didion’s classic The Year of Magical Thinking, a memoir detailing her grieving process after the sudden death of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. Blue Nights, published six ...
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Posted:  11/21 9:30am
An impressive Indonesian male model  »  Hot Asian Guys - hot Asian males, hot Asian studs, Asian male models, Asian male celebrities
Priyagung Luhur Wicaksono defined himself as an experienced model from Jakarta, Indonesia. He was one of L-Men 2011 contestant, didn't win at high position but he is truly the man that I was most impressed. 175cm height, 70kg comes with well-proportioned body, he should be an Indonesian guy who owns the most beautiful body I've ever seen. His advantage, as you see here and after, is photogenic face, that make every picture of him become beautiful with gorgeous handsome face. Chest, shoulder, 6 pack and his sexy legs, each of them I could give for 9/10 at ...
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Posted:  11/21 11:45am
Now There Are 35! South Carolina Joins Marriage Equality States!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The Supreme Court today denied South Carolina's request for a stay on the implementation of a federal judge's ruling in Condon v. Wilson declaring the Palmetto State's ban on marriage equality unconstitutional.As Freedom to Marry notes, today's actions means that 35 states in total, including all states in the 4th, 9th and 10th Circuits are currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. There are pending hearings in federal court the 5th Circuit (very conservative) and the 6th Circuit recently ruled against marriage equality, with all of the plaintiffs in those four states (Kentucky, Michigan, ...
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Posted:  11/21 6:12am
Trailer: Disney’s (live-action) ‘Cinderella’  »  popbytes
You have to give Disney credit where credit is due: They have a great understanding of their own image, and a keen awareness of how … dated, shall we say, some of their earlier fare was. I mean yes, the Disney princess films are classics, but they’re still very much aware of how much times have changed, and they’re doing a lot to try and rework their formula to create better female characters. (Frozen in particular did this well, though you can’t rule out others like Mulan or Maleficent.) For their latest movie, they’re reworking Cinderella as a ...
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Posted:  11/21 2:30am
Trust But Verify  »  Ron's Log
Sure, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has put up a new air quality sensor in Desert Hot Springs, but they're the gummint and who trusts them. Why not stick up your very own air quality sensor? Friday, November 21, the SCAQMD will host a conference called "My Air Quality: Using Sensors to Know What’s in Your Air." The workshop will be at their HQ in Diamond Bar from 9 AM to 5 PM that day. Manufacturers have begun marketing air monitoring sensors to measure air pollution, and local environmental groups and the public are considering ...
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Posted:  11/20 11:41pm
FILM REVIEW: Gone Girl  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Gone Girl is one of the best films of the year. To date it has grossed nearly $150 million domestically (and even more than that internationally). Critically, the film is hovering very near the 90% level on rottentomatoes.com (88% from critics and 90% from the audience). That it is from David Fincher, one of America's most distinctive directors (Fight Club, The Social Network), is another reason to see it.Gone Girl is based on the blockbuster best-selling mystery novel published in 2012 written by Gillian Flynn with the same title. "What a dark ...
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Posted:  11/20 10:48am
Kathy Griffin: Officially stepping up to the ‘Fashion Police’ plate  »  popbytes
For the past few weeks, rumors have been going around that Kathy Griffin would be stepping in to take the lead on Fashion Police. It didn’t hurt that Griffin herself had gone on the record to say that she had been asked, and also that Melissa Rivers had given the show her blessing to keep on keeping on (she also produces Fashion Police). Well, as of yesterday, it’s official: Kathy has been named the new lead on Fashion Police–I do believe that Joan Rivers would totally approve this move! A source close to the hit show tells ...
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Posted:  11/20 10:10am
Montana, No Stay  »  Ron's Log
Federal Judge Brian Morris has declared Montana's ban on same sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Much of the reasoning is based on Latta v. Otter, which is binding in the 9th Circuit. The decision issued today included no stay, so marriage licenses should be flowing now. Judge Morris is a new one. He was appointed to the seat last year and confirmed by the Senate in December 2013. Before this position he was on the Montana Supreme Court, an elected position. ...
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Posted:  11/20 9:37am
A Muffled Beep Beside Me  »  Clint Catalyst Dot Com
Is the title of a poem that debuted in print along with the editorial brilliance [compliment directed towards the team with whom I had the good fortune of working, BTW] in Giuseppina magazine 21 : The Acceptance Issue. And not that you asked . . . but yes : In my continued assault against the expected, this piece was composed in a form not open but rather fixed, or — despite how deliciously perverse I consider usage of the term, a myriad of connotations attached to it as stead-fast as a spiked cilice to ...
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Posted:  11/20 5:11am
And Now There Are 34! Montana Joins The Marriage Equality Majority  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Wow! Montana today joined the rest of the Ninth U.S. Circuit when a federal judge issued a ruling striking down the Treasure state's ban on same-sex marriage. One key excerpt from the ruling in Rolando v. Fox is:The Court hereby DECLARES that Montana’s laws that ban same-sex marriage, including Article XIII, section 7 of the Montana Constitution, and Montana Code Annotated section 40-1-103 and section 40-1-401, violate Plaintiffs’ rights to equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court PERMANENTLY ENJOINS the State of ...
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Posted:  11/20 8:00am
Qwitter  »  A Life in the Day
I kept coming back to this over the past few weeks and finally decided to cut myself off from Twitter. At first, Twitter seemed like the cool thing to do, but the longer I used it, the more I felt that it was nothing more than a news aggregator. Tweet after tweet of links to news stories or crazy cat videos or this will blow your mind messages, but not a lot of personal content...unless you happened to be a celebrity posting an uninhibited response to a news story or video. I responded to a tweet or two, thinking it ...
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Posted:  11/20 3:30am