. . . except it's coming from an ultra-right-wing subhuman douchebag! Hopefully the citizens of North Carolina will have the good sense to vote this turd with legs out of office. This is as ridiculous as a bunch of skinheads screaming that the Holocaust never happened.
I can even name the concerts she's channeling... I see: 1939 Movie Wizard of Oz 1950 Palace Theatre 1955 Ford Star Theatre (TV) 1961 Carnegie Hall 1967 Palace Theatre 1969 Talk of the Town or Merv Griffin
There was a write up today about gay marriage in the Redeye. I, for one, am all for it. Equal opportunity to be miserable I say. As a former divorce lawyer, it would have doubled my client base. That said, let's think about it. The equal rights thing is a no brainer. I cannot imagine not being allowed into my son's hospital room because I was not married to their father legally. I know, not the same, but still, I cannot begin to imagine it.
My biggest fear is not that gay marriage will cause the downfall of Western Civilization, we know it will ;-), but rather that gay couples around the country will flock to the states that legalize gay marriage in an attempt to make a statement. EVERYONE should strongly consider their options before walking down the aisle. My fear is that, like alcohol and the 21sit birthday party, something that was long denied and now legal will spark a frenzy of binge marriages. Do you want it only because you cannot have it?
One of the most loving, cute and devoted couples I know is a gay couple. They know who they are, and their bird knows too! I envy their love, devotion and relationship and am jealous of what they have. That they are unable, by law, to get married bothers me. My only question to any gay couple is, "Are ya sure ya realllllly wanna spend the rest of your life with THAT person?" If your answer is no, DO NOT GET MARRIED. That goes doubly for all the heteros and homophobes as well.
Over Christmas we built a huge kite sculpture on the sands of Sanibel, and scattered his ashes around the periphery.
A sweet, gentle, poem made its way to me today. One of the Sanibel family members wrote this poem, who knew him for this passion.
"Julia had to do a poem for her English class about something "serious". She drafted this winner on her way to the dentist Saturday - a perfect cloudless, breezy day":
The Kite man
A rainbow of kites, Above the beach, People laugh, As they watch a jungle, One man to tame it, Then one year, No kites flew above the beach, No people laughing, No man to tame the jungle, Now only one kits remains, Carved from sand on the beach, And the man, Has flown higher, Higher than his kites.
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So consumerism has nothing to do with service/product provider politics? Since when?!
For some reason I've had the song "What did Della Wear/Delaware" running round in my brain since yesterday. (I won't inflict on you the only version from YouTube I could find - it was a bunch of schoolkids.)
It made me think of Della Jones, the Welsh mezzo-soprano who used to sing with English National Opera in the days when I was a regular visitor. Here she is as Valencienne in The Merry Widow: Della left her husband, who had been her childhood sweetheart, for the conductor Stephen Barlow. He had only been married to his young French wife for six months. Della was 8 years his senior.
These days, Stephen is married to Joanna Lumley, also eight years older than him. He pretty well left Della in the lurch. She had a breakdown on stage during a performance of Handel's Julius Caesar in Geneva.
One of Della's co-stars in Julius Caesar was the bass John Tomlinson (now Sir John). I found this clip of them singing together at The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall several years ago. It enables me to name-drop. I was on first-name terms with all three musicians back in the day. Never met Joanna, but my friend Julie's partner was at college with Stephen and they used to have them over for dinner. (Lumley smokes like a chimney, which I think shows in this picture.)
For fans of Inspector Morse, I hope they keep you supplied with Lewis now the old man is gone - in an episode to be screened here next week, Lumley plays a superannuated rock star. Looks good.
I first heard this song as the opening music for a European based television show called The Protectors with Robert Vaughn (Man from Uncle) the timelessly elegant Nyree Dawn Porter and the late Tony Anholt, whom I had such a crush on when he played 'Tony Verdeschi' in Space: 1999.
Actually, here's the opening of the show, The Protectors...no idea who the bald dude at the very end is. He was not part of the cast.