Sunday morning coming down video: I think you’re just so pleasant

Brand new She & Him video!  Self-consciously precious! Shiny! Is kinda bloody, ackshuly.

Snark aside, still loving this album.  Heart hug!

Steve, you can’t spell cynical without an “i”

So my current phone plan ends today. Not that anyone cares really, but for the record I’m not in line with the rest of the kewl kids @ the Apple Store.

For almost a year now, I’ve had a little counter on my MacBook’s Dashboard, titled “iPhone Buy date.” I was glad to skip the first iPhone rollouts but was definitely interested in replacing my aging (already?!) Blackberry 8700G with one when my current plan ended. See, despite all I’d read to the contrary, I was in denial and thought somehow, some way, Apple would see the light re: the Faustian bargain they made by handcuffing themselves to the the Chimp’s favorite telecom lapdog.

Well, that didn’t happen, and yeah….frankly, I was stupid to think it would.

On the other hand, the Blackberry Bold is hardly sloppy seconds. I’ll get back to you when I actually get one next month, but so far, it’s looking good.

They said it would be called the Bold. Photos suggested that it would be the sexiest thing to come out of Canada since Sarah McLachlan’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

Plus,  T-Mobile is still not cooperating with warrantless wiretapping. At least not here in the US, anyway…

Cartoon: Jimmy MarguliesThe Record of Hackensack, NJ

Pride 08 Post #10: Trans Equality “in the streets and on Capitol Hill”

Another first-ever! A historic one it is, too.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives held the first Congressional Hearing on transgender issues: “An Examination of Discrimination Against Transgender Americans in the Workplace.” Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) called the hearing as Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor.

From the T-Equality blog:

Listening to the testimony before Congress is an amazing experience. It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of jobs and families lost and the pain that transgender people have been through. At the same time, however, it is incredibly liberating to see trans people taking such a powerful stand for our community, speaking directly to members of Congress about the need for employment protections.

On the eve of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we can reflect on how we’ve come from the days when people of diverse gender expressions fought discrimination with fists and beer bottles. Now we are advocating for ourselves in the halls of Congress. May the work we’re doing now honor those who began the struggle because we need to be in the streets and on Capitol Hill.

Retired U. S. Army Colonel Diane Schroer was among those who testified before the committee. The highly-decorated veteran with a quarter century of experience in counterterrorism for U. S. Special Operations recalled how her job offer as a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress was immediately rescinded after she told her future supervisor that she was in the process of gender transition.

In 24 hours, I had gone from a welcome addition to the staff to someone who was “not a good fit” because I was a woman. Hero to zero in 24 hours.

Over at the Blend, Autumn’s first impressions

quenchzine liveblogged it, here and here.

08 Pride Post #8: Lots to be GLAAD about tonight

Queer? Tired after a long week at work? Stayin’ home on Friday night? Grab the popcorn and margaritas, there’s an awards show on tonight!

The 19th Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards ceremonies will be aired at 7p.m. EST on BRAVO (we so own that channel, honey).

And yes, I said ceremoniES, four to be exact, via New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and South Florida. Held earlier in May and April, all four will be wrapped into one big broadcast that, according to GLAAD, promises to be:

“Fair. Accurate. Inclusive. And Impossibly Glam.”

That’s so gay….

Scheduled to appear are:

Judy Shepard will be receiving the Excellence in Media Award. Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) and Randy JacksonAmerican Idol) will present the Vito Russo Award to Brian Graden. Graham Norton will host. Guests include: Kevin Bacon; Kate Clinton; Alan Cumming; Loretta Devine (Dirty Laundry); Van Hansis (As the World Turns); Tim Gunn (Project Runway); Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU); Cheyenne Jackson (Altar Boyz); Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls); Kyra Sedgwick; Anthony Rapp (Rent) Jake Silbermann (As the World Turns); Barbara Walters; Eduardo Xol (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition); GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. (

Ivy Queen will receive a Special Recognition Award. Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz will present the Visibilidad Award to Wilson Cruz. Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, will present a Special Recognition Award to the social justice magazine The Intelligence Report. Jade Esteban Estrada will host the event, and platinum selling R&B singer Deborah Cox will perform. Guests include: TeresaRodriguezAqui y Ahora); Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye); Frank Cairo (Paparazzi TV); Craig Stevens (WSVN-TV); PabloPortillo, Alonso Espeleta (Pecados Ajenos); Judge David Young; Graciela Mori, Fernando CastellsIn Fraganti); ( (

Ellen DeGeneres will present the Vanguard Award to Janet Jackson. Sharon Stone will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Rufus Wainwright. Tom Ford will present the Pioneer Award posthumously to Herb Ritts and Cindy Crawford will accept on his behalf. Guests include: T.R. Knight; Garry Marshall; Neil Patrick Harris; Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel; Billy Baldwin, Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money); Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman (The L Word); Kathy Griffin; Sofia Vergara; Zoe Saldana; Adamo Ruggiero, Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation); Paul James (Greek); Brian Posehn, Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program);

Sharon Stone will receive the Vanguard Award. Focus Features CEO, James Schamus, will receive the Golden Gate Award. Jennifer Beals will present the Davidson/Valentini Award to Ilene Chaiken. Judith Light will present the Pioneer Award to David Mixner. Mayor Gavin Newsom will present a Special Recognition Award to Theater Rhinoceros. Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money) will host the event. Guests include: Jason Lewis; Rex Lee; Chad Allen; Alan Cumming; David Bromstad (Color Splash).

Gone.

George Carlin, dead at 71.

David Simon is a mensch

Simon’s commencement tribute to Ashley Morris.

Just married

“This is an extraordinary moment in history and extraordinary moment in time.”

(Music: It’s Only Time, The Magnetic Fields)

The hunter becomes the game

From The Uptake, via Huffpo:

At the National Conference for Media Reform 2008, a producer for FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, Porter Barry, ambushes PBS’s Bill Moyers and peppers him with questions regarding his political affiliations and his “refusal” to appear on O’Reilly’s show. Moyers disputes FOX’s “facts” for the record and asks to interview someone at The O’Reilly Factor about Rupert Murdoch and the show’s coverage during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. The journalist crowd then reacts, chasing down Barry and intentionally giving him a dose of FOX-style bullying reportage.

Okay, the upfront outrageousness is the idea that O’Reilly and his “producers” can even imagine that they themselves, and what they create, are in the same sphere as Bill Moyers and his body of work. Of course, no one knows if they really think that though, so we are left instead with the facts as captured on video:

1) O’Reilly’s “producer” staging a “gotcha” ambush on Moyers at what they refer to as a “leftist” media event.

2) Their complete lack of contingency planning for the fact that Moyers’ journalism-fu is indeed strong; further, deliciously, that Faux News producers have no defenses upon finding themselves on the receiving end after Moyers turns their attack around.

“I’m sorry I touched your jacket…” Hee!

The out-of-towners

Big weekend underway. New York bigwigs watertiger, res ipsa loquitor, (and Brooklyn Girl, I think) will be flying into Austin. They’ll be mixing things up with the local, and some wider flung, Texaschatonians. The inimitable Four Legs Good will be serving as Cruise Director of this whole movable shindig/hootenany, which includes BBQ tonight, a yard party at Chez Doghiney tomorrow, and other goings-on. It is my understanding that the ladies from NY will be on the prowl for hunky cowboys. Good luck with that, ya’ll.

Homegirl racymind started the weekend off early, and got into Austin last night. We hung out, drank and dined, then headed over to the Cedar Door to the very happening Texas Progressive Blogger Caucus party, which was impressively well-attended by bloggers, delegates to the state convention, pols, reporters, etc.

Photos and more anecdotes later, I’m sure.

New buttons!

Sometimes you just need some KITH. This brings back memories, not just of watching the show, but of hanging out with people just like this.