Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Mad Professah has previously blogged about the specific text of this measure and its implications. Currently here is no word from the other heterosexual supremacist who were try to ban gay marriage AND repeal domestic partnerships. It should be noted that it is somewhat likely that by November the citizens of California will be voting to annul current gay marriages (perhaps even my marriage?) if the Califoria Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiff-appellees in the current In Re marriage Cases lawsuit. A decision is widely expected by June 4th.
For nearly an hour, seven of us — five working professionals in our 20s and two college undergraduates — sat in a coffee shop and talked theoretically about what a young gay marriage might entail. In the end, most of us agreed that we would like to be married — just not yet. We still had a lot of living, and growing up, to do. While many of our heterosexual peers undoubtedly did as well, we were immune from the pressure some of them felt to marry. No one — not our friends, not our families, not the gay community — expected us to wed.
For the next few years, I didn’t give young gay marriage much thought. While thousands of gay men and lesbians in their 30s, 40s or 50s married in Massachusetts, none of us at the table that night did, even as several of us inched into our 30s. I assumed that marriage — what the gay playwright Terrence McNally recently called “the final civil right; the right to love as anyone else loves” — was a right appreciated only in gay middle age.
But then something strange happened. During a 10-day span last August and September, two friends of mine — Brandon Andrew, who was then 25, and Marc Brent, who was 24 — announced their respective engagements. Brandon called from his apartment in Boston to deliver the news. “You’re not going to believe this!” he told me, pausing for dramatic effect. “I’m engaged!”
Marc, a dental-office manager who still lived at home with his parents in a Boston suburb, didn’t call to tell me about his engagement. I learned about it instead on Facebook, when, with little fanfare, he changed the relationship status on his profile from “In a Relationship” to “Engaged.” He had been dating his fiancé, Vassili Shields, who was then 23, for a year.
“Are you actually engaged,” I called to ask Marc, “or is that just your way of saying you really like Vassili?” He replied that he was, in fact, engaged. They planned to marry in a few months.
I didn’t know what to make of these engagements — or of my subsequent discovery that more than 700 gay men 29 or younger had married in Massachusetts through last June, the latest date for which numbers are available. On the one hand, I wondered why these guys were marrying so young. What was the rush? It seemed to me that one of the few advantages of being young gay men — until gay marriage was legalized in Massachusetts, at least — was that we were institutionally protected from ever appearing on “Divorce Court.”
The article is written by an openly gay man Benoit Denizet-Lewis. It's a fascinating read.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Federer has not played well for most of 2008 and only last week won his first title of the year at Estoril when World #4 Nikolay Davydenko retired. To get to the final today, World #3 Novak Djokovic retired in his semifinal against the Swiss player.
Since Federer had difficulty beating Nadal when he was playing his best tennis in 2006 and 2007 it is unlikely he will beat him tomorrow, although it will be interesting to see if his new coach Jose Higuera will convince him to bring any new tactics to bear.
Mad Professah's prediction: Nadal in 3 sets.
Gallup's daily tracking poll shows that Hillary Clinton (47) has narrowed the gap nationally with Barack Obama(48).
Campaign finance records released this week show that a growing number of Clinton's early supporters migrated to Obama in March, after he achieved 11 straight victories. Of those who had previously made maximum contributions to Clinton, 73 wrote their first checks to Obama in March. The reverse was not true: Of those who had made large contributions to Obama last year, none wrote checks to Clinton in March.Additionally, Clinton's lead in super-delegates has been reduced from over 100 in November 2007 to 22 this week. She now trails in number of states won, number of pledged delegates, amount of money raised and the "popular vote." Clinton leads in super-delegates and in electoral college votes of states won.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Recently I was able to see The Lives of Others and was blown away by this powerful film.
The movie is 138 minutes long and starts off slowly but builds to a shattering climax--and then continues for another ten minutes!
The writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is able to present an incredibly detailed and horrifyingly realistic portrayal of the claustrophobic and paranoid way of living in Eastern Germany in the 1980s.
Get it on DVD or Netflix if you can you won't regret it.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The next primaries are in two weeks in North Carolina (the 10th most populous state) where Obama has maintained a significant lead for weeks and Indiana where the the polls are within the margin of error, but Obama slightly leading in this state which neighbors his home state of Illinois.
Clinton's win Tuesday night in Pennsylvania will cut her delegate defict by about 10%, from approximately 170 to approximately 150. It is almost mathematically impossible for her to end the primary season on June 3rd (Montana and South Dakota) with more pledged delegates or having more votes cast for her but neither candidate will have won the required majority of pledged delegates that is required to become the Democratic presidential nominee.
Assessments of Bush's presidency are harsh. By 69%-27%, those polled say Bush's tenure in general has been a failure, not a success.
Bush has had dismal ratings through most of his second term. His approval rating hasn't reached as high as 50% since May 2005. He has been steadily below 40% since September 2006.
Views of Bush divide sharply along party lines. Among Republicans, 66% approve and 32% disapprove. Disapproval is nearly universal — 91% — among Democrats. Of independents, 23% approve, 72% disapprove of the job he's doing
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Although Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has already announced his opposition to the proposed initiative the political fight over a ballot measure is likely be heated and expensive.
The opponents of gay marriage were determined to get the measure approved this November because the California Supreme Court will issue a ruling about gay marriage by June 4th. There are rumors that the Court is drafting a decision that would allow same-sex couples to marry in California. If that is the case, then the November ballot measure would be voiding actual gay marriages in California.
The text of the proposed constitutional amendment is:
This is a slightly different version of the measure the heterosexual supremacists were circulating last summer when they were attempting to qualify a measure for the June ballot. The significant change is that they have removed the sentence "This provision shall not affect the rights, benefits and obligations conferred by California law on other domestic relationships" which makes it clear that the measure only impacts marriage and not California's landmark (and very popular) domestic partnerships statute. It also makes it identical to Proposition 22, an Initiative Statute which Californians passed in March 2000 by a vote of 62-38. Proposition 22 was better known as the Knight Initiative, since it was mainly the brainchild of State Senator Pete Knight, a virulently homophobic legislator who died in 2004. His widow, Gail Knight is one of the main sponsors of the proposed initiative.
SECTION 1. Title
This measure shall be known and may be cited as the"California Marriage Protection Act."
Article I, Section 7.5 is added to the California Constitution, to read:
Sec. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
Happily, the more restrictive anti-gay marriage initiative proposed by the homophobic extremists like Randy Thomasson at the "Campaign for Children and Families" which would not only ban gay marriage but domestic partnerships as well is unlikely to qualify.
According to 365gay.com:
Financial reports filed Sunday by the Democratic presidential candidates with the Federal Election Commission show Clinton had $10.3 million in debts at the start of the month and only about $9 million cash on hand for the primaries. Obama reported having $42 million for the primary.
Clinton, who had kept pace with Obama financially throughout last year, had even less cash on hand than Republican John McCain. McCain raised $15.2 million in March and had $11.6 million in the bank at the start of April. It was his best fundraising performance of the campaign, coming after he had essentially secured his party's presidential nomination.
Obama's fundraising in March led all candidates, but was still lower than the mark he set in February, when he raised more than $55 million. The Illinois senator has raised $235 million in his campaign.
Monday, April 21, 2008
In adddition, there are also categories for Dramatic Presentations.
Brasyl, Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Halting State, Charles Stross (Ace)
The Last Colony, John Scalzi (Tor)
Rollback, Robert J. Sawyer (Analog Oct 2006 - Jan/Feb 2007; Tor)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon (HarperCollins; Fourth Estate)
DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: LONG FORM
Enchanted (Written by Bill Kelly. Directed by Kevin Lima. Walt Disney Pictures)
The Golden Compass (Written by Chris Weitz, based on the novel by Philip Pullman. Directed by Chris Weitz. New Line Cinema)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Written by Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Directed by David Yates. Warner Bros. Pictures)
Heroes, Season 1 (Created by Tim Kring. NBC Universal Television and Tailwind Productions)
Stardust (Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Paramount Pictures)
DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: SHORT FORM
Battlestar Galactica: "Razor" (Written by Michael Taylor. Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and Wayne Rose. Sci Fi Channel. [televised version, not DVD])
Doctor Who: "Blink" (Written by Stephen Moffat. Directed by Hettie Macdonald. BBC)
Doctor Who: "Human Nature"; "The Family of Blood" (Written by Paul Cornell. Directed by Charles Palmer. BBC)
Star Trek New Voyages: "World Enough and Time" (Written by Michael Reaves & Marc Scott Zicree. Directed by Marc Scott Zicree. Cawley Entertainment Co. and The Magic Time Co.)
Torchwood: "Captain Jack Harkness" (Written by Catherine Tregenna. Directed by Ashley Way. BBC Wales)
Last year, Vernor Vinge won for his novel Rainbows End and Pan's Labyrinth and Doctor Who's "The Girl in the Fireplace" won in the Dramatic Presentation category. I have recently finished reading the 2005 winner (Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) but I haven't written my review for the 2005 or 2007 winner. The 2006 winner (Robert Charles Wilson's Spin) was absolutely excellent. Amazingly, the fourth year in a row, Charles Stross has a nominated novel, so maybe this time he will win since critics seem to like his work but I have never been able to complete one of his books. John Scalzi is another very popular writer, but The Last Colony is not considered one of his better efforts. I know nothing about Rollback or Brasyl and I'm shocked to see Michael Chabon's work on the list instead of Junot Diaz' Pulitzer-Prize winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I loved Chabon's first book, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh but I could not even get past 50 pages of his Pulitzer-Prize winning The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Maybe this Stross novel is worth all the accolades it has received; it certainly sounds interesting.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Today, she defeated French 18-year-old Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-3 to reach her first clay court final in Charleston, South Carolina.
Mad Professah's pick: Williams in 2 sets.
Friday, April 18, 2008
|Maria Sharapova||Serena Williams|
At the Family Circle Cup championhips on clay in Charleston, South Carolina Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Serena injured her ankle in her win today and Maria has only lost one match all year, so I will give Maria the edge in this match-up
Mad Professah's pick: Sharapova in 2 sets.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Rank Name Firm Name 2007 Earnings*
1 John Paulson Paulson & Co. $3.7 billion
2 George Soros Soros Fund Management 2.9 billion
3 James Simons Renaissance Technologies Corp. 2.8 billion
4 Philip Falcone Harbinger Capital Partners 1.7 billion
5 Kenneth Griffin Citadel Investment Group 1.5 billion
6 Steven Cohen SAC Capital Advisors 900 million
7 Timothy Barakett Atticus Capital 750 million
8 Stephen Mandel Jr. Lone Pine Capital 710 million
9 John Griffin Blue Ridge Capital 625 million
10 O. Andreas Halvorsen Viking Global Investors 520 million
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Arnold Schwarzenegger has twice vetoed legislation that would have made California the first jurisdiction in the United states to enact gay marriage by legislative fiat.
The buzz this weekend was about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announcing his vigorous opposition to a nearly qualified Initiative Constitutional Amendment to amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage. If it passes, the initiative would both prevent the California Supreme Court from enacting gay marriage by judicial fiat in the future and would repeal gay marriage if the Court rules in favor of gay marriage by June 2, as some people now think it will.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The takeaway result is that it is a virtual certainty that there will be major earthquake in California within the next 30 years:
By their calculations, the probability that a magnitude 6.7 quake will hit on any one of the Bay Area faults is 63 percent, only a tiny bit higher than the 62 percent estimated by a similar group in 2003. But the probability for that kind of severely damaging quake on the Hayward-Rodgers Creek Fault was increased in the new forecast from 27 to 31 percent.Where's YOUR earthquake kit?
The analysis was the first to assess the probabilities for quakes on several Southern California faults. It calculated the odds of a magnitude 6.7 quake striking within 30 years in greater Los Angeles at 2 to 1, a probability of 67 percent, according to the report.
The single fault in all of California with the highest probability for a large quake occurring within the next 30 years is the Southern San Andreas, and the seismic oddsmakers set the number there at 59 percent - a lot more than even money.
Mad Professah's comment on te matter is below:
This is interesting.
When the story first came out and I heard thta he committed the act two weeks after hos 14th birthday and would be treated as an adult I thought "Oopsie--bad luck for him! Good riddance to bad rubbish" (O.k. I didn't really think that in thiose very words!)
But I did support the position. Now, I'm not so sure. I am opposed to reinforcing the menatlity which leads the US to having such a huge Prison-Industrial complex in the first place, so I would have signed the letter by the other Queer groups supporting treating the killer in the JUVENILE justice system.
The vast majority of the nearly 100 comments on Joe.My.God's blog are punitive towards the killer with phrases like "fry him" not uncommon.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The speculation that arose last week is an unfortunate example of one writer incorrectly spinning a story that took on a life of its own. I agreed to visit the Amelia Island tournament (Bausch and Lomb Championships) last week after my withdrawal to offer my support to the tournament and the WTA(and will do the same in Charleston this week). During my visit, I met with sponsors and fans and participated in a media session. From the media session somehow one of the writers translated my statement that I intend to return to competitive play next month for the French Open as an “indefinite leave of absence”??? While it was great to hear from a lot of old friends that wanted to make sure I was ok, this headline was wrong. To be very clear, I am healthy, I am not on an indefinite leave of absence and I will be back on Tour next month beginning in Rome (May 12).Well, that's good to read.
Here are the excerpts:
Q: What event or person has most affected your perceptions of orThe professor's name was actually Lawrence Goldyn, and an openly gay Occidenta alum and blogger named bernalman over Daily Kos wrote a diary discussing Prof. Goldyn and the gay climate on campus in the late 1970s.
relationship to the LGBT community?
Well, it starts with my mom, who just always instilled in me a belief that everybody's of equal worth and a strong sense of empathy -- that you try to see people through their eyes, stand in their shoes. So I think that applies to how I see all people.
Somebody else who influenced me, I actually had a professor at Occidental -- now, this is embarrassing because I might screw up his last name -- Lawrence Golden, I think it was. He was a wonderful guy. He was the first openly gay professor that I had ever come in contact with, or openly gay person of authority that I had come in contact with. And he was just a terrific guy. He wasn't proselytizing all the time, but just his comfort in his own skin and the friendship we developed helped to educate me on a number of these issues.
Q: Did you have a chance to ask him about being gay?
I'm sure we did, but as I said, he was really comfortable in his own skin, and the relationship was a strong friendship and I never felt as if I had to get over any mental hurdles to be close to him or to learn from him. He's probably somebody who had a strong influence.
Q: How old were you then?
Eighteen ... 19. It does remind me, though, I remember in my first two years of college that was when I first saw students who were self-identified gay and lesbian come out and start organizing around gay issues, so that would have been in 1979 and '80. I think what's encouraging is just to see how much progress has been made in such a relatively short period of time.
As a gay man who went to Occidental with Obama, it was great to hear Obama mention that he was mentored on LGBT rights by Prof. Lawrence Goldyn. Goldyn was one of the few out professors at Oxy back then-- not only out, but Goldyn had written his doctoral thesis on homophobia in the legal system.Hat tip to openly gay Professor Rodney Hoffman at Occidental Colllege for altering me to the Oxy-specific aspects of Obama's interview on LGBT issues with The Advocate. As the current openly gay head of the Mathematics Deartment at Occidenta College this is an interesting way to start the week!
Back in the late '70's and early '80's, before the era of high school gay-straight alliances, one started college having never heard anything about homosexuality or gender identity in school. Back then at Oxy, posters for gay awareness week and for support group meetings would be defaced and torn down. A gay student was beaten in his dormitory. It was uncommon for a straight student to profess any interest in LGBT issues. Yet in my first year at Oxy, in 1978, some straight students wore buttons opposing the Briggs Initiative. And out gay and lesbian professors began educating students like Obama.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
In addition, there are now more details about Venus Williams "hiatus" from tennis announced earlier in the week. Her agent Carlos Fleming gave a phone interview where she said that Venus will return to the tour at the Italian Open in Rome on May 12.
Venus has assured me that there’s no serious medical problem,” Fleming said. “But she did see this timing as a good opportunity to have these evaluations to make sure that her health is in order.”
Fleming said Williams expects to be back on the court practicing sometime by the end of next week and fully intends to compete in the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open—as well as the Beijing Olympics, where she aims to play in singles and in doubles with her younger sister Serena.
But Fleming said that an “ambitious” travel schedule so far in 2008, including stops in Doha, Qatar; Bangalore, India; and Melbourne, Australia, made the 27-year-old Williams want to “make sure that her health was 100 percent on track.”
Friday, April 11, 2008
Joe.My.God had the heads up and has generally had excellent coverage about the business travails of the first corporation exclusively catering to the LGBT community to be listed and traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange (symbol: LGBT).
There are some interesting details in the business reports about PlanetOut's sale of its publishing business to the gay and lesbian premium cable network. For example:
The company's online segment has been contributing less to its revenue for each of the last three years. In 2005 it accounted for 87 percent, in 2006 54 percent, and in 2007 51 percent. Magazine publishing's portion of total revenue rose in each of those years, from 13 percent in 2005 to 46 percent in 2006 and 49 percent in 2007.
Last week, PlanetOut (NASDAQ: LGBT) put Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) in charge of travel booking on its web sites.
In February, PlanetOut reported a $51.2 million loss for 2007. The company's accumulated deficit on Dec. 31, 2007 was about $89.5 million.
The company had 237 employees at the end of 2007.
Full disclosure: over 10 years ago (in 1996) Mad Professah used to be on the Board of Directors of PlanetOut Corporation (prior to the merger with gay.com). And no, I don't have any stock!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The movie was in the list of top rated movies released in 2007, and although I saw a lot of the 2007 movies, somehow I missed this one.
After winning an online Oscar prediction contest my prize was a free subscription to Netflix. I had wanted to try the service for awhile so I was excited to discover what my prize was. The first movie that arrived was Eastern Promises.
The movie is interesting. It starts slow, and has a simple plot. Naomi Watts plays an obstetrics nurse named Anna who takes care of a teenaged mother who dies giving birth to a child on Christmas. The mother leaves no identifying information behind except for a mysterious diary written in Russian which (surprise!) Anna's uncle may be able to translate. There's an address in the book which leads Anna to a popular Russian restaurant where she unwittingly runs into the local head of the Russia mafia (played by Armin Muehler-Stahl) and his vicious (and stupid) son played by Vincent Cassell whose driver is played by Viggo Mortensen.
The most amazing scene in the film is the bravura nude fight sequence where Mortensen's character is in a public bath/sauna wearing only a towel and is attacked by two large assassins armed with knives. It's an incredibly choreographed and thrillingly executed sequence which was probably the primary reason why Mortensen received his first Best Actor Academy Award nomination for the film.
Overall, the emotional impact of the film is somewhat deadened by the fact that the chemistry between Watts and Mortensen is infinitesimal and although Watts' character is sympathetic her actions are so non-sensical that the viewer becomes annoyed and emotionally disconnected to the character.
Mortensen is always interesting to watch but the film is less intellectually stimulating than his previous collaboration with Cronenberg, 2005's A History of Violence.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
"I've just been having some issues that I need to resolve, so I'm working on that at the moment and I'm hoping to be back playing as soon as possible," she said.
Last week, the six-time Grand Slam event champion announced her withdrawal from this week's Bausch & Lomb Championships, citing a medical issue. The powerful American played in Miami last week, and lost to U.S. Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.
Williams still wants to play at the French Open in late May.
"Of course I want to be there (in Paris)," the former world No. 1 said. "I don't want to be at home watching on TV."
Williams is currently ranked sixth in the world and 10-5 in her singles action this season.
Many people have been speculating that she is battling some kind of blood-borne infection. At the 2007 U.S. Open she said she was going to get tested for anemia after losing to Justine Henin in the Semifinals.
Mad Professah send best wishes to Venus in this trying time!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
On Oscar night, the film walked away with two statuettes, for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Cinematography (Robert Elswit), after being nominated for eight.
Today, April 8 the film is being released on DVD.
However, the most impressive aspect of the film is really Johnny Greenwood's interesting score, which allthough it was declared ineligible for Academy Award consideration received the lion's share of critical commentary devoted to the movie apart from the superlatives bestowed upon Daniel Day-Lewis' riveting Daniel Plainview.
Anderson's adaptation of Lewis Sinclair's novel Oil! dramatizes the story of greed, entrepeneurship and industrialization which fueled the rapid growth of the California oil industry and the state itself. When we first see Plainview he is alone, in the dark, mining for silver and precious metals. He soon suffers a horrible industrial accident which breaks his leg and he acquires a limp. Through another industrial accident he acquires an adopted son. Soon after he uses the presence of the adorable kid to acquire rights to drill for oil in a virgin oilfield. The story of the movie is the story of Daniel Plainview's acquisitions: oilfields, wealth, real estate.
It is the story of the rise and fall of one man and serves as a metaphor for the development of the Industrial Revolution in California. In the end, the impact of the film is inextricable from Daniel Day-Lewis' performance, which somewhat overwhelms the viewer.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Although I read the book during my trip to Italy earlier this year, I have been too busy to publish my review to this blog because I want to do the book justice. Suffice it to say, if you have any interest in science fiction, fantasy, the Caribbean, northern New Jersey and "geeks who aren't white" you will love this book.
Diaz is currently a tenured professor in the humanities at M.I.T. and is the first U.S. Latino author to win a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in nearly 20 years and only the second ever.
Bills that constitutionally limit would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples were filed earlier this year in both the House and Senate by Republican lawmakers and appeared to have enough support for passage.
But just before the House was to vote Rep. Kyrsten Sinema added a clause to the bill that would grant unmarried couples, both same and opposite-sex, many of the rights of marriage but without the name.
With the amendment in place the House voted 28-27 to give the measure preliminary approval. If it won final approval in both houses with the clause intact it would have gone to voters.
The bill's chief sponsor in the House, Jim Weiers (R), angrily denounced the maneuver saying it made the ban on gay marriage meaningless.
So Mr. Weiers reaction makes it very clear that these statewide initiatives "definiing marriage as one man and one woman" is not just about preventing gay and lesbian couples from accessing marriage, but it is really about preventing substantial governmental recognition of same-sex couples.
Let's hope that just as Arizona fails to have a vote on this issue in 2008, so will California.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's Daily HIV/AIDS Report:
According to the FDA policy, which has been in effect since the early
1980s, MSM are barred from donating blood regardless of sexual activity,
safer-sex practices or HIV status. Potential blood donors are asked to fill out
a questionnaire before donating, and MSM, injection drug users, people who
received a tattoo within the previous 12 months and pregnant women are
prohibited from donating (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/28).
Farr on Wednesday during a House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Agriculture hearing said the policy is "discriminatory" and outdated. "The science doesn't seem to support" the policy,
Farr said. He added that testing for donated blood has improved since the policy
was implemented and that women who have sex with women or heterosexuals who have had sexually transmitted infections are not banned from donating.
Jesse Goodman, director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, at the hearing said the policy is supported by science and that allowing MSM to donate blood would result in a "real risk" of increased HIV and hepatitis cases. Goodman added that the policy is a "safety issue" and is "not discriminatory." According to Goodman, several other groups are banned from donating blood. The blood donation policy is not a "perfect system, but it's built on risk rates in those groups," Goodman said (CQ Today, 4/2).
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Mariah's 18 #1 singles are:
- Vision of Love
- Love Takes Time
- I Don't Wanna Cry
- I'll Be There
- One Sweet Day
- Always Be My Baby
- My All
- Thank God I Found You
- We Belong Together
- Don't Forget About Us
- Touch My Body
It is possible that with the release of her 11th studio album, E=MC2 on Tuesday April 15th she will be able to tie or surpass The Beatles.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
The Clintons released their tax returns late Friday afternoon for the years 2000 through 2006 which reveal an income of atleast $109 million. Now the reason why Hillary Clinton did not hesitate to loan her campaign $5 million in February becomes clear.
It should be interesting to find out whether the fact that the Clintons are earinng at least $10 million a year in income will have any impact on her appeal to blue-collar and middle-class Americans who have previously been supporting her candidacy.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
It should be interesting how much press this race gets. If elected, Perez would be the first openly gay, Latino member of the California Legislature, and only the 3rd gay man ever elected to a statewide office in California.
Thomas is 34, happily married and…pregnant.According to Joe.My.God, Beatie will also be appearing in People magazine soon.
Our cameras capture it all—the ultrasound, inside the nursery and more.
How is this possible?
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Earlier, according to the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report The House Rules Committee had approved a number of amendments to H.R. 5501:
- Add Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland as PEPFAR focus countries;
- Include clean water programs in the program;
- Encourage countries to work with historically black colleges to improve their health infrastructures; and
- Expand inspector general authority
In the United States Senate, the companion bill currently contains legislation to repeal the current travel ban by HIV+ people to the United States. Blogger Joe.My.God has excellent coverage of why such a repeal is necessary with a story about how an HIV+ Canadian man was treated inhumanely just a few months ago.
Battlestar Galactica returns for its fourth and final season this Friday on NBC Universal's SciFi Channel.
There are many people speculating what we are in store before season four ends but none are as pessimistic as Edward James Olmos: Everybody dies.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
The report said 19 Los Angeles police officers killed themselves between 1998 and 2007, while only seven died in the line of duty during that time.
Psychologists calculated in the report that suicide rates among police officers in Los Angeles are higher than their counterparts in Chicago and New York.
Suicides are even more prevalent among police officers in San Diego than Los Angeles, the report said.
Kevin Jablonski, chief psychiatrist for the Los Angeles Police Department, pinned the high suicide rates on the mental anguish that comes from policing dangerous streets.
"When you interact day after day, hour after hour with either the victims of crime or the perpetrators of crime, you start thinking this world is dangerous, this world is violent," he said. "It's depressing."
Department psychologists said in their report that the suicide rate among Los Angeles officers had decreased more than 20 percent since 1998, when the department made a push to increase suicide prevention services.
Even though she gave birth to her first child a scant 10-months ago in June 2007, the American has always had some of the most powerful and accurate groundstrokes on the WTA Tour.Craig Hickman has more details.
UPDATE: The day after embarassing the World #2, Lindsay lost (for the first time) to Russian Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4.
Serena Williams will meet World #1 Justine Henin in a quarterfinal match (in a replay of last year's amazing title match, one of the best matches of the year), while her sister Venus Williams will meet World #3 Svetlana Kuznetsova in another quarterfinal.