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|LGTB Literature: Conduct Unbecoming
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|LGTB Literature: Then and Now
A funny thing happened on the way to the Texas Kos meet up: I stopped by Half Price Books. This was not what my diary today was going to cover instead that little trip turned into this dairy. I am ...
|NFL Picks: Super Bowl Edition
And so we come to the end of an exciting and dynamic season. The rookie QBs came out in force and are rewriting the game. There were some new stars to be sure who aren't QBs. JJ Watt took the league ...
|LGTB Literature: Mid-life crisis & building families
Bow Grip: A Novel by Ivan Coyote was a surprise to read. A thin book, it is easy reading and was recommended by the staff of Borders back in the day. Joey is a forty-something mechanic going ...
|NFL Picks: Conference Championship Edition
I went 2-2 last weekend. Playoffs I'm 6 -2. Seattle had a comeback for the ages and I will give Atlanta credit for holding on and winning in the end, but the Seahawks are going to be tough next ...
|NFL Picks: Divisional Playoff Edition
Well, I managed to go 4 -0 last week though I must say the games were meh pretty much. The NFL Quarterfinals are here and all but one of the division winners made it to this round. I think if ...
|"You cannot back into the future"
That is a quote from Dune and a truism that seems to be the order of the day for so many things. There is a segment of our society that seems hellbent on denying all reality and that life has ...
|NFL Picks: Wild Card Weekend Edition
The Regular season is over and I went 148-91. I had no picks for Week 1 and the Thursday night game of Week 2. So the playoffs are here and New Year's Eve was a horrible day for coaches. As expected ...
|NFL Picks: New Year's Edition
The final weekend of the regular season is at hand. 10-6 last week and 137 - 86 for the year. The overall one seed for the AFC is still up for grabs and the NFC East and West titles are still up ...
|LGTB Literature: Christmas Open Thread
Good morning, The regularly scheduled diary about something written in the LGTB world is taking a Holiday. It will return in two weeks for a brand new year. But we would like volunteers to help ...
|NFL Picks: Christmas Edition
Last week continued the trend of mediocrity. I went 8-8 and will have a winning record for the year even if I get every pick wrong for the rest of the regular season. Overall I am, 127 - 80 for the ...
|Sometimes it needs to be said, "Tax the Stupid People!"
I love Ab fab and have for twenty years now and Eddie's rant about taxing stupid people came to mind as I was reading about how gays don't deserve 14th Amendment protections. So Ms. Harvey that will ...
|NFL Picks: Week 15 Edition
Last week was wretched. And I don’t mean the 7-9 record ( 119-72 overall) which was bad. Does no one want to get a playoff spot? The Steelers and Bengals had great chances to pretty much end the ...
|NFL Picks: Week 14 Edition
Well that was the worst week of picks so far this season. I went 8-8 for an overall record of 112-63 . There are some epic showdowns coming this weekend. A month left in the regular season and four ...
|NFL Picks: Week 13 Edition
Another ‘meh’ week. I went 10-6 for an overall record of 104-55 , three upsets came close, but the favored team won in those. Crunch time has arrived across the NFL with only five games left to ...
|LGTB Literature: Coming Out Stories
Every gay, lesbian, transsexual, or bisexual individual has a story. Whether we come out in high school, college, or later in life we all have a story. There is a virtual cottage industry of Coming ...
|NFL Picks: Thanksgiving Edition
Week 12 Excellent week last week, though some teams cough Houston cough needed overtime to win against less talented opponents. I went 12 -2 and stand 94 -49 for the season. Apparently given the ...
|NFL Picks: Week 11 Edition
Last week was meh, went 8-6 for an overall record of 82-47 . There is no unbeaten team, only Zuul. I’m thinking last weekend was a version of Last QB Standing because some went down, including a ...
|LGTB Literature: Open Forum - Coming Out
I'll admit to a little too much celebrating, a lot of work work, and simply forgetting the calender. Rather than rush out a diary I am going to do this in two parts. I have three books lined up to ...
| Texas and the many tomorrows
At long, long last we have come to the end of this campaign season and it was a solid victory for the president. I've seen a party, and a candidate, use lies and reprehensible tactics to try to win ...
|NFL Picks: Week 10 edition
A good weekend for the picks; I went 11-3 for an overall record of 74-41 . There are some elimination games this weekend – win or wait for next year. A few coaching staffs can see the writing on ...
|Romney Campaign Strategy: Do & Say anything because we have Nothing
The polling news has been good for the Obama campaign today. The Romney warnings of a new recession was not a surprise. Anyone who has seen the Romney Campaign in action would be apt to compare it ...
|NFL Picks: Week 9 Edition
Went 9-5 last week for a 63-38 record overall. To quote Dom de Luise’s Emperor Nero, “Nice, not great, but nice.” It is clear that the playoff race for the AFC will feature a mediocre team. ...
|FEMA: Bad issue for Romney in Florida
In 2008, Hurricane Ike slammed into Southeast Texas. Though listed as a cat 2, the storm surge took out Bolivar peninsula and most of Houston didn't get power back for 2 weeks. FEMA trailers were ...
|LGBT Literature: A Halloween Edition
Since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought we'd do something a little different. There are tons of books out that have a supernatural flavor which feature characters with a queer bent. There is a ...
|NFL Picks: Week 8 Edition
Significant improvement over last week: I went 11-2 last week and now sit at 54-33 overall. YAY! I can now say, with confidence, that the AFC is mediocre. Three teams with a winning record right ...
|NFL Picks: Week 7 Edition
Last week sucked! The powers of prognostication went tumbling down as the second slate of games started rolling. I went 6-8 and now sit at 43-31 for the season. Look at the standings and only ...
|LGBT Literature: Not what I had planned - open forum
Well, I had been knee deep in a subject for today when I managed to erase hours of work. I usually write in Word and copy the text here and just reformat. That will teach me to skip that step again.
|And the Damage is Done
I love Twitter. Real time takedowns of Paul Ryan as Joe Biden unleashed HELL and more on the poor twit. And most importantly - the damage has been done. One of the key and overriding things about ...
|NFL Picks: Week 6 Edition
Last week I was 9-5 and am 37-23 for the season. There were some close games and some teams need to get it in gear if they want to stay in the playoff hunt. Trends so far this season tends to be ...
|NFL Picks - Week 5 Edition
I went 11-4 last week and I am 28-18 for the season. Last week saw some good games, some tight games, and some true stinkers. Houston looked strong while Arizona and Atlanta survived to stay unbeaten.
|LGTB Literature - Something a little different
I am very much a geek. And for this diary I am looking at an evolving genre of the gay superhero. Comic books are a huge part of pop culture. The number 1 and 2 grossing movies this year are based ...
|Jets owner prefers Romney win to winning season
From Pro Football Talk . Jets owner Woody Johnson, in a Monday appearance on Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers, addressed whether he prefers a win by Republican presidential candidate Mitt ...
|NFL Picks - Week 4 Edition
Well, last weekend was a mess. I was 9-7 for the weekend and YTD 17-14. The games are all over the place, but that is what makes football exciting. No one is eliminated yet, but the Saints need to ...
|Former baseball owner Comes Out
From the NY Times : THE way Kevin McClatchy figured it, he had to choose. He could indulge his dream of presiding over a big-time professional sports team, or he could be open about his sexuality. ...
|Karma: Reaping what has been sown
We've seen new polling numbers in swing states. We've seen the new national numbers. The DNC gave Obama a bounce. Romney's amateur hour is far, far worse than we thought . The fundraising tape is a ...
|The Obama campaign means business
Not sure exactly how ad buys work for cable, but in the last half hour I have seen two Obama ads on ESPN. This one on during NFL Live :
|My NFL picks - Week 3 edition
I do this for my fantasy football leagues and since I like y'all, you can laugh at my attempt at prognostication. No animals were harmed in making these picks. And just so you know...I can't stand ...
|Texas: How the Dems got to this point
Texas is the great prize that the Republicans must hold at all costs. Since 1998 the Democrats have been routed in statewide elections. Nate Silver had a good post about Texas last week. Back in ...
|Romney Campaign Strategy: Um, we have a plan...
Ads have been pulled in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Reports have been confirmed by the Romney campaign they are down in Ohio . Obama is getting a bounce from the DNC. So, what is the game plan? ...
|Two great things Clinton did as President
From time to time I've run across diaries that bash Clinton for not being a liberal or for triangulating. I understand the frustration on things like DADT and DOMA, but I also remember the ...
|In death Carlo Cardinal Martini speaks rare truth
I had long hoped that the now deceased Cardinal Martini would be pope. However, that was not to be due to the radical conservative turn that the Church took under John Paul II and his own poor health.
|Lies, lies, lies...
Lying liars that lie...or the GOP convention speakers made me come up with this tribute to them. Paul Ryan took the cake with his convention speech. Romney's ongoing issues with the truth are ...
|LGBT Literature: The Lavender Locker Room
Patricia Nell Warren is a hero of mine. The Front Runner changed many concepts for me as what a gay man could be. That story should be required reading, but for this diary it is her book, The ...
|CRA standards for charity donations
This is me thinking out loud. I do a great deal of work with the Community Reinvestment Act . There are detailed procedures in how banks are examined under CRA. CRA looks at 4 primary areas: 1. ...
|Books that changed my life: Herbert's masterwork of politics - Dune
I was standing in line at Universal Studios back in 1984 and I saw a trailer for a movie. It was odd and striking. The name was Dune. I soon discovered that the movie was from a book by the same ...
|Swing States: Romney, Ryan, & Trouble for them
Romney picked Ryan and that spells an oppurtunity to go on offense in key swing states. But this is about more than Medicare. There is an opportunity to hit Romney in the senior demographic with ...
|"It's just my little tribute to Caligula, darling"
That is name of a song from the musical Closer to Heaven . I was running errands this afternoon and it popped up on my iPod. Given today's news and the fact that I think Romney is a heartless ...
The president's enemies have given him no quarter since the beginning of the 2008 election. Since then he has been subjected to all kinds of vile attacks. He has been heckled while delivering a ...
Gay male couples face increased pressure to fill cribs. So says the New York Times. From the article: But support for same-sex parents is growing steadily among Americans. A Pew Research Center ...
|Romney Campaign Strategy: How bad could it be?
I started this series because the Romney campaign begs to be mocked. And it is a mixture of data and mockage. However with the news that the wingnut base is pushing for Paul Ryan I have to laugh. ...
|Anatomy of a conspiracy theory or what I think they will think
Note: I started this diary on March 24 and things have...evolved since then... Now, I don't subscribe to CTs except for the one about a missing sock with each load of laundry, but that is a diary ...
|Taxes, taxes, and the VP choice
The Republican National Convention is a few weeks away. The Romney campaign is probably hoping for a bump in the polling from the convention. Before the convention they still have to make a VP pick ...
|"Power" or taking a longer view
Power to some is a zero sum game . I have power then you don't and vice versa. To not have power is to be weak. Power is currency that can be transformed into other forms of currency. Power can be "...
|Romney Campaign inept Strategy: VP roll out
Harry Reid goes and hits Romney upside the head on taxes. Romney gets all tough and says prove it. Harry doesn't have to since they aren't his taxes. And another day is eaten up for the amateur hour ...
|Romney Campaign Strategy: The Chewbacca Defense
I have been very critical of the Romney campaign when it comes to what they are doing. It has been amateur hour so often this summer it would almost be sad if it was not for the fact that Romney is ...
|First Thoughts: The center cannot hold
That is the opening line ...
Okay, enough with the bullshit. I'm a gay Hispanic Gen-X male. My family has been in Texas since before the state existed or even before the fucking Mayflower sailed. But I'm not "American" because ...
|SF/Fantasy Book Club: Matthew Swift, urban sorcerer, rewriting the rules of magic
There are rules of magic that apply to specific books. Names governed magic in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea , magic and technology don't mix in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, but in Kate Griffin's ...
|Reviewing History: LBJ & the Great Society
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for ...
|What I think they are thinking: The Romney campaign
Given the horrendous political advice that the Romney campaign appears to be listening to internally, I have a feeling they will release the tax returns right before the Olympics or while Romney is ...
|Shocked, but not surprised by the arrogance on display
The arrogance of the Romney campaign is on full display these last few days. The man has been running for president since 2007. He has to know where all his own skeletons are located. However, it is ...
|I could have been a Reagan-loving A$$...
Friday, BoiseBlue posted, " If I could take a pill to be straight..." " and it has to do with the issue of Coming Out over and over again. It is an excellent diary. Earlier this week I posted a ...
|Why Texas matters
The basics: Second largest state in the nation in both population and size. Home of the Fourth and Fifth largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas as well as the Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth largest ...
|Music that speaks: Smalltown Boy & Being Boring
A few days ago Anderson Cooper came out and bink wrote it up . Part of the discussion centered on Coming Out. Dave in Northridge tackled the issue in a seperate diary . Part of why Coming Out is ...
|Getting by, blending in, & being yourself
I've been working on the diary since June 15. I'm going to let the words flow and see what happens. Dave in Northridge has an excellent diary talking about "covering" as a gay man and fitting in to ...
|American Community Survey and what it means
The US House voted to defund the ACS because of various reasons. I'm not getting into that. If you have never been to the Census website and like data and MAPS! go enjoy. I deal with demographics ...
|Today's Bene Gesserit axiom
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more ...
|Why I come to this site
According to my profile, I've been around since Feb 2006. But I lurked during the 2004 elections and enjoyed learning what I could from the various writers and diarists. It took me awhile to go ...
|NFL Linebacker talks about attitudes on gay players
Connor Barwin talks about gays in the NFL . Barwin is a stud linebacker for the Houston Texans. He requested an interview with Outsports and has an openly gay brother. I have a thing about gays and ...
|LGBT Literature - Boys of Summer edition
Hi, and welcome to a new Readers & Book Lovers series. A few weeks ago I wrote a dairy featuring gay lit that meant something to me. That has led to this series. Dave in Northridge and myself are ...
|A Bene Gesserit axiom for today
I am a huge fan of Dune . I read it for the first time when I was 12. My sig line is a Dune quote. It had a profound impact on me. I've always loved politics and here was a book drenched in ...
|Lessons learned and unlearned
I've been in Banking for 17 years. My degree is not in finance or business. I kind of happened into it, but my degree is in Political Science. I used to work for a TBTF Bank in Energy lending back ...
|Homophobia, Stereotypes, and Sports
I wrote a quick diary earlier this week about Nike hosting the first LGBT Sports Summit next month. It was quick and has some big attendees like ESPN, the NCAA, GLAAD, among many others. I didn't ...
|From Outsports: Nike to host LGBT Sports Summit
I am a die hard sports fanatic and this is great news to me. Nike to host LGBT Sports Summit . For the better part of three days, summit participants will identify and commit to completing ...
|Gay literature: Books that mean something to me
There are many amazing writers here and I've seen series about books that made a difference to many of them. I am a collector of books. I still have books I purchased as a kid. Growing up I wanted ...
|Education - what do we teach?
There is no good title for this diary because this is really a jumble of thoughts and observations. Let me state a few things off the top for me personally. I despise the current structure of ...
|Being other or lessons from my vacation
I'm a Tex-Mex Houston boy. I'm now middle aged, which I don't feel, and have lived here my whole life. I recently went on vacation; a nice drive from Houston to South-east Missouri and the drive was ...
|The future from the past
Or as I like to say; why things shape up the way they do in the present. Amendent One passed - I am very sad for North Carolina. Living in Texas I have great sympathy for y'all. Years ago, Houston ...
|2012 and Texas
There has been several diaries lately about the Latino vote in this election cycle. I made the comment in one thread that Texas is the end all be all of the GOP electoral strategy. Without Texas and ...
|Weather - the unknown
Last year Texas suffered the worst drought on record. The US Drought Monitor had most of Texas listed under exceptional drought conditions. The forecast for the region this year was warm and dry - a ...
|Being Gay and changing times
I've been writing this diary in my head for several days. In light of what happened yesterday in New York it is a great juxtaposition in my mind. A former co-worker informed me that she is ...
|Brain particles colliding
Otherwise know as random thoughts. I was watching HBO's Too Big to Fail the other night and the narrative hit me because the financial system almost came apart and we assume that ...
|That helpless feeling
This isn't going to be a long diary; just an observation about the state of our nation overall and the impact on a family member. My brother is a hardworking guy. He's filing bankruptcy soon ...
|GOP Civil War: Texas edition
There is a battle royal brewing in the governor's race. It appears that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson will challenge Gov. Rick Perry for the governorship of Texas in the spring of 2010. This is will ...
It is painful to live in a blue area of a red state, but it is heartening to see that Harris County (Houston) went for President-elect Obama. The county by county map of Texas shows that Harris, ...
|Forced to endure Fox News
I live in Houston, TX and I happen to love it. However, there are times when I'd like to slap someone for being stupid. Everyday I have to change the lobby TV from Fox to MSNBC or CNN just to piss ...
|"It's a Bittersweet Symphony..."
Who says the media doesn't have a sense of humor? I just happened to walk into the breakroom at work where it was on Fox News. I promptly changed it to MSNBC since I like watching people take ...
|Not what I planned to write - Texas stuff
There have been some excellent diaries of late discussing Texas and our politics. Let's be honest - we're a mess right now. A preview of the Republican Civil War was fought here in 2006 during the ...
|Hispanic, Latino, or What I'm supposed to be
I'm a Texas guy, born and raised in Houston. My parents are from Texas. My grandparents are from Texas. Six of eight great-grandparents are from Texas, one is from Ohio and the other New York. Seven ...
|My vote - my choice
The original title of this diary was "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay!" I like offbeat humor and had to figure out how to start this. Since I'm figuring to be blasted to Hell and back ...
|I am a Democrat
I first voted in 1990 for Ann Richards. In 1992 I voted Clinton-Gore. In 1994 I voted for Ann again when she lost to G.W. Bush. I voted in 1996 for Clinton again. In 1998 I voted for John Sharp. In ...
|A political scientist's dream come true
or What I should have asked Santa for? A BROKERED CONVENTION!!! I'm going to be 36 and I never thought I'd get to see the anachronistic convention of yesteryear, the brokered ...
|Who will I vote for?
Let me say that my dream didn't come true and Al Gore didn't join the race. If there was ever a candidate to pin hopes and dreams to, it was him. However, I don't blame him for deciding not to deal ...
|One thing to remember this morning
Good morning all. I must admit that I was surprised that Sen. Clinton won last night, but am glad that the race is still on. However, I think that there is something that keeps getting forgotten in ...
|Something completely off topic
Did the primary wars wear on you? Did the hysteria of 'mine is better than yours' just grate on your last nerve? Do you enjoy getting lost for hours on end and not having to think about anything ...
|I'm not confused just undecided
I will be the first to admit that I am deeply disappointed that Al Gore did not get into the 2008 race for the White House. He had a certain �lan that is lacking to me in the current ...
|Why it matters - The Obama 'Flap'
I must say that I don't have a horse in this race. I wanted Mr. Gore, but that seems very unlikely. There were many diaries yesterday about Donnie McClurkin's appearance at the South Carolina ...
|Nixon, Barbara Jordan, & 2007
Thanks to a diary earlier that asked us for our current representative I started thinking about one of the greatest voices to grace Congress in the last fifty years, if not ever.
|On Innocence and the Duke case
Last year I was one of a handful of people to declare, not on this site, but my primary blog, that the Duke rape case was an exercise in mass hysteria. I recall a post here about a 'call to action' ...
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