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  1. Foley Finally Comes Out, Claims He Was Molested by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff October 3, 2006 - 7:00 pm ET (West Palm Beach, Florida) Former Florida Congressman Mark Foley at the center of a child abuse scandal finally acknowledged Tuesday that he is gay. The announcement came at the end of a short statement delivered by his lawyer David Roth, in which the disgraced politician claimed he had been molested as a child by a member of the clergy Roth quoted Foley as saying the attacks occurred when he was between the ages of 13 and 15. At the end of his statement Roth said: "Finally, Mark Foley wants you to know that he is a gay man." Questions about Foley's sexuality had circulated for several years. In May 2003 he took the unusual step of calling a news conference to denounce a report in a South Florida alternative newspaper that he is gay. Foley refused to answer questions about the subject, saying his sexual orientation had nothing to do with is duties as a lawmaker. Since then he has continued to avoid answering the question. His coming out in the midst of a sex scandal involving teenage congressional pages will likely continue to fuel attacks by some conservatives who have tried to paint it as a gay issue, and it is equally unlikely the statement will quiet gay activists who draw a distinction between homosexuality and pedophilia. Earlier on Tuesday a national LGBT youth organization demanded a full investigation of Foley's email and text messages to Capitol Hill pages. "Gay or straight, Congressman Mark Foleys behavior is like that of a predator who should be arrested and prosecuted for his criminal behavior; and those around him who knew, and did not act to stop him, are just as guilty" said Craig Bowman, the Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. (story) "We are talking about a sixteen-year-old who was exploited by a person in power - someone he should have been able to trust," said Bowman in a statement. The Florida Republican resigned his seat on Friday after it was disclosed he had sent "inappropriate" emails to a former Congressional Page. (story) Monday allegations began surfacing that Foley also sent messages to other former pages and the Republican leadership in the House had known about the situation for some time. (story) Matt Foreman, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force agrees that the issue is not sexuality. "Given the fact that the current Republican leadership in the House has never hesitated to attack gay people, it’s even more absurd for people like Newt Gingrich to say the reason they didn't take prompt action was because they didn’t want to be accused of ‘gay bashing.’ Cut me a break," said Foreman. ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  2. Gay Youth Group Calls For 'Full Disclosure' Of Foley Affair by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff October 3, 2006 - 3:00 pm ET (Washington) A national organization the fights for the rights of LGBT youth is calling for a full investigation of former Congressman Mark Foley's email and text messages to Capitol Hill pages. The National Youth Advocacy Coalition said that it is "shocked" by the "lurid email exchanges" and if Foley is guilty of a crime "he should be prosecuted under the very laws he helped to enact." 'Gay or straight, Congressman Mark Foleys behavior is like that of a predator who should be arrested and prosecuted for his criminal behavior; and those around him who knew, and did not act to stop him, are just as guilty" said NYACs Executive Director, Craig Bowman. "We are talking about a sixteen-year-old who was exploited by a person in power - someone he should have been able to trust," said Bowman in a statement. The Florida Republican resigned his seat on Friday after it was disclosed he had sent "inappropriate" emails to a former Congressional Page. (story) Monday allegations began surfacing that Foley also sent messages to other former pages and the Republican leadership in the House had known about the situation for some time. (story) "The possibility that the leadership of the House of Representatives had knowledge of the congressman's behavior, but did not act to stop what can only be characterized as child sexual abuse, is outrageous," said Bowman. " Instead, he was allowed to remain as the powerful co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children." "The American public needs to know what the House leadership knew, and when they knew it." In new revelations Tuesday, ABC news reported that Foley interrupted a vote on the floor of the House in 2003 to engage in Internet sex with a high school student who had served as a congressional page. The network said that it had in its possession 52 pieces of correspondence between Foley and two different boys under the age of 18. Copies of the emails were posted on the ABC Web site. While the GOP continued to try to contain the damage on Tuesday, a leading conservative newspaper called for House Leader Dennis Hastert to step down. In an editorial the Washington Times said Hastert was either "grossly negligent" or he "deliberately looked the other way." “Mr. Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation, an investigation that must examine his own inept performance,” The Times said. A spokesperson for Hastert said he had no intention of resigning. Hastert insists top GOP aides acted appropriately. Meanwhile, David Roth, Foley's attorney, held a news conference in West Palm Beach, Florida to say that Foley was “absolutely, positively not a pedophile” and had never had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. Bowman said that the issue is not one of sexuality. "This is an issue about protecting children from those who seek to do them harm. It should be a priority for our country. Somehow, it seems to have gotten lost," he said. "I've been working on issues facing our nations young people for 15 years and I've never been more disheartened. I've seen first-hand plenty of Congressional battles when it comes to youth-focused funding or priorities, but to learn that some in leadership had the chance to stop active abuse against a child and did nothing . . . that's unacceptable. They should be embarrassed, ashamed and held responsible, added Bowman. Matt Foreman, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force agrees that the issue is not sexuality. "Given the fact that the current Republican leadership in the House has never hesitated to attack gay people, it’s even more absurd for people like Newt Gingrich to say the reason they didn't take prompt action was because they didn’t want to be accused of ‘gay bashing.’ Cut me a break," said Foreman. “What’s clear is that the House leadership elevated holding onto a seat above the interests of young people in the page system. And they want to talk about ‘moral values’? Please.” ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  3. I got this from another forum, thought i'd share it here for your safety, if you got a newer car that is! Next time you come home for the night and you go to put your keys away, think of this. You're holding a security alarm system that requires no installation! Start keeping your car keys next to your bed on the night stand when you go to bed at night. If you think someone is trying to get into your house, or if you hear a noise outside your house, press the panic alarm on your car key chain. Test it! It will go off from almost any location inside your house, and it will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out of their windows to see who is out there and, sure enough, the criminal won't want that. Try yours to make sure it works before you rely on it. Just know that you must press the alarm button again to turn it off. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm will work the same way there. This is something that should be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or save someone from a sexual abuse crime.
  4. Romney Not To Challenge R.I. Gay Marriage Ruling by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff October 2, 2006 - 12:01 am ET (Boston) Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will not appeal last week's ruling allowing same-sex couples from Rhode Island to marry in Massachusetts. "I have to follow the law," Romney told the Boston Globe. "This is a nation of laws, even if I don't like them." But he again called on Congress to pass an amendment to the US Constitution that would bar same-sex marriage across the country. "Let the citizens decide," Romney told in Globe . "And I'm confident that if the citizens decide it in the privacy of a voting booth, they'll protect traditional marriage." Romney, widely expected to run for the GOP nomination for president has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and of his own state's highest court after it ruled gay and lesbian couples could not be prevented from marrying. The ruling made Massachusetts the only state to allow same-sex marriage. Following the ruling two years ago Romney invoked a 1913 law that made it illegal for local clerks to issue marriage licenses to people from out-of-state if their marriage would be illegal where they live. The law was enacted when most states did not recognize interracial marriage. After the US Supreme Court ruled that laws barring interracial couples from marrying was illegal the Massachusetts statute had fallen into disuse. Same-sex couples from Rhodes Island, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine sued the state of Massachusetts over the use of the old law. A lower court agreed with the state's interpretation of the law and with the help of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the group which won marriage rights for same-sex couples in Massachusetts, appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court. In March the high court upheld the law in the cases involving couples from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, noting that each of those states has laws barring same-sex marriage. But the court questioned whether the law could apply to New York and Rhode Island which have no specific laws barring gay marriage. It ordered those sections of the case back to Superior Court. The New York case became moot when that state's highest court ruled earlier this year that same-sex couples do not have a constitutional right to marry, and arguments in the Rhode Island case were heard by Judge Thomas Connolly in June. Last Friday Connolly ruled that because Rhode Island does not specifically ban gay marriage same-sex couples from that state could not be blocked from marrying in Massachusetts. (story) "No evidence was introduced before this court of a constitutional amendment, statute, or controlling appellate decision from Rhode Island that explicitly deems void or otherwise expressly forbids same-sex marriage," he ruled. Attorney General Thomas Reilly said he would not appeal. Until this weekend Romney had not said if he would attempt to overturn the ruling. Speaking Saturday at the New Hampshire Republican Party Convention Romney lashed out at the Supreme Judicial Court for its marriage ruling. ``You and I agree on something about that, and that is my Supreme Judicial Court made a monumental error in saying that our Constitution in Massachusetts requires people of the same gender to marry," Romney said as Republicans cheered. ``I disagree with them on that. I think John Adams would disagree with them on that, as well." ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  5. Congress Passes On Gay Bills, Goes Home by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff October 1, 2006 - 4:00 pm ET (Washington) Congress adjourned on the weekend without taking up a number of LGBT bills including one that would provide partner benefits for partners of federal workers, another that would include gays in hate crime laws, and a third that would have extended the Ryan White AIDS care act. The only thing positive about the session was the defeat of the so-called federal marriage amendment. The Republicans in the House failed to muster enough votes in July to advance the amendment that would ban same-sex marriage despite a last minute push from President Bush. (story) "When activist judges insist on redefining the fundamental institution of marriage for their states or potentially for the entire country, the only alternative left to make the people's voice heard is an amendment of the Constitution," said a statement issued by the Administration. Nevertheless, the measure fell 47 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. An attempt by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) to get legislation passed including gays and lesbians in federal hate crime laws failed. (story) Kennedy has been trying to get the measure passed since 1999. This session he tacked it onto a national sex offender bill. He was forced to pulled it after Republicans threatened to block passage of the sex offender legislation and pin the blame on "liberal Democrats" and gay activists. Kennedy vowed to keep up the fight. "Congress can't ignore the problem," he said. "They send the poisonous message that some Americans deserve to be victimized solely because of who they are." The bill would have allowed the Department of Justice to assist local authorities in investigating and prosecuting cases in which violence occurs. Extending hate crimes law to include members of the LGBT community is endorsed by more than 175 law enforcement, civil rights, civic and religious organizations, including: the National Sheriffs' Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. A bipartisan attempt to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the ban on gays serving openly in the military, also failed to gain traction with the GOP leadership. The Republican leadership refused to schedule the bill, authored by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Massachusetts), and blocked attempts to move the legislation forward. Meehan has promised to re-introduce the measure in the next session. Currently the repeal bill has 118 co-sponsors. Since the passage of DADT a decade ago more than 11,000 men and women have been dismissed under "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" according to the Government Accountability Office. More than 800 of those service members were trained in skills deemed ‘mission-critical’ by the Pentagon. The GAO also said that it has cost taxpayers more than $200 million to recruit replacements for LGBT enlisted service members who were discharged. (story) A study conducted last year for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network concluded that the U.S. military could attract as many as 41,000 new recruits if gays and lesbians in the military were able to be open about their sexual orientation. Last month legislation was introduced in the Senate that would extend family benefits to the same-sex partners of gay and lesbian federal workers. (story) The measure was sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon). Among the co-sponsors were Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, and Ted Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts. The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act would provide benefits to federal employees' same-sex partners on the same basis as spousal benefits - including participation in retirement programs, compensation for work injuries and life and health insurance. In addition, the bill would subject federal employees with domestic partners to the same obligations as federally recognized married couples. The Ryan White CARE Act was the victim of infighting over money. The reauthorization of the AIDS care bill peeled money away from the major cities to fund the fight against HIV in rural America. The House passed legislation renewing the law 325-98 a week ago (story) but in the Senate Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey opposed blocked the bill. New York and New Jersey stand to lose more than $70 million each under the revisions. As members of Congress were packing up to return to their home districts Capitol Hill was rocked by a sex scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley (R - Florida). Foley submitted a letter of resignation from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he sent to a former male page. (story) On the weekend the House leadership said it would encourage a criminal investigation of Foley, but questions persisted over how much the GOP leadership knew about the affair, and whether they had protected him. ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  6. My son came home from school one day, with a smirk upon his face. He decided he was smart enough, to put me in my place. "Guess what I learned in Civics Two, that's taught by Mr. Wright? It's all about the laws today, The 'Children's Bill of Rights.' It says I need not clean my room, don't have to cut my hair No one can tell me what to think, or speak, or even what to wear. I have freedom from religion, and regardless what you say, I don't have to bow my head, and I sure don't have to pray. I can wear earrings if I want, and pierce my tongue & nose. I can read & watch just what I like, get tattoos from my head to toes. And if you ever spank me, I'll charge you with a crime. I'll back up all my charges, with the marks on my behind. Don't you ever touch me, my body's only for my use, not for your hugs and kisses, that's just more child abuse. Don't preach about your morals, like your Mama did to you. That's nothing more than mind control, And it's illegal too! Mom, I have these children's rights, so you can't influence me, or I'll call Children's Services Division, better known as C.S.D." Of course my first instinct was to toss him out the door. But the chance to teach him a lesson made me think a little more. I mulled it over carefully, I couldn't let this go. A smile crept upon my face, he's messing with a pro. Next day I took him shopping at the local Goodwill Store. I told him, "Pick out all you want, there's shirts & pants galore. I've called and checked with C.S.D. who said they didn't care if I bought you K-Mart shoes instead of those Nike Airs. I've cancelled that appointment to take your driver's test. The C.S.D. is unconcerned so I'll decide what's best." I said "No time to stop and eat, or pick up stuff to munch. And tomorrow you can start to learn to make your own sack lunch. Just save the raging appetite, and wait till dinner time. We're having liver and onions, a favorite dish of mine." He asked "Can I please rent a movie, to watch on my VCR?" "Sorry, but I sold your TV, for new tires on my car. I also rented out your room, you'll take the couch instead. The C.S.D. requires just a roof over your head. Your clothing won't be trendy now, I'll choose what we eat. That allowance that you used to get, will buy me something neat. I'm selling off your jet ski, dirt-bike & roller blades. Check out the 'Parents Bill of Rights', It's in effect today! Hey hot shot, are you crying, Why are you on your knees? Are you asking God to help you out, instead of C.S.D..?"
  7. Man Wears Cardboard Box at Pa. Hearing GREENSBURG, Pa., Sep. 30, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (AP) A man accused of theft arrived for a preliminary hearing wearing a cardboard box on his head in an effort to conceal his identity. Justin Michael Kalich, 26, wore the box at the suggestion of his lawyer while he waited outside a judge's office for an appointment Thursday morning. "I'm trying to think outside of the box, so to speak," attorney Jeff Leonard said. Leonard said the move was prompted by concerns over whether a witness would be able to identify his client in connection with a July theft of reel wire. The witness might see a photo lineup before his client went into the courtroom for a hearing, he added. "This was kind of a simple way to force the commonwealth to meet its burden without the defendant having to reveal his identity," Leonard said. Charges were dropped at the hearing when Kalich reached an agreement to pay for the wire, valued at less than $600, according to Leonard and police. links
  8. Man Allegedly Tells Police He Stole Pot CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Sep. 30, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (AP) A man who police say was caught with two pounds of marijuana allegedly told officers the drug wasn't his because he stole it. Bradley Robison, 18, of Cedar Rapids, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. When police found him with the marijuana, he said he had stolen it from a nearby business that he had just broken into, court records show. Linn County Attorney Harold Denton said it doesn't matter how Robison got the marijuana _ only that he had it. "If you steal it, you steal it and you possess it," Denton said. "It's a double whammy." Robison was caught by officers after they saw him running from the area early Tuesday, police said. A burglary charge was being considered but had not been immediately filed. The investigation also led to a possession with intent to deliver charge being filed against Ruban Rivas, 36, for allegedly having the marijuana at the business that Robison broke into, court records show. Both men were taken to jail but later released. links
  9. Alleged Burglar Does Laundry, Gets Pizza BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Sep. 30, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (AP) A burglar who made himself at home after a break-in overstayed his visit, police said. Larcellus Angelo Scott, 23, had ordered a pizza and was doing a load of laundry Wednesday when Denise Bealessio returned home from work. Bealessio, 51, arrived just as the pizza did. She turned the delivery driver away and was met inside the door by Scott. Scott attacked, but Bealessio was able to escape unharmed. A neighbor called police, who found Scott rummaging through Bealessio's purse. He had written one of Bealessio's checks to pay for the pizza. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, robbery and forgery and was being held Friday in Kern County Jail in lieu of $85,000 bail. Scott used to live next door, Bealessio said. links
  10. Rep. Foley Resigns Over Emails To Former Page by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff with files from the Associated Press September 29, 2006 - 5:00 pm ET (Washington) Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., submitted a letter of resignation from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he sent to a former male page. Foley, 52, had been considered a shoo-in for re-election until the e-mails surfaced in recent days. Considered a moderate Republican Foley was one of small number of GOP Congressmen who supported LGBT initiatives. Unmarried, questions about Foley's sexuality had circulated for several years. In May 2003, when he took the unusual step of calling a news conference to denounce a report in a South Florida alternative newspaper that he is gay. Foley refused to answer questions about the subject, saying his sexual orientation had nothing to do with is duties as a lawmaker. Foley's stances on social issues such as abortion and gay rights differ from his party's. He is part of the Republican Leadership Council that was formed in 1997 by moderate Republicans to support candidates who are fiscally conservative but socially inclusive. Asked for investigations In 2000 he introduced legislation to expand the federal government's role in investigating and prosecuting crimes based on sexual orientation, religion, gender or ethnicity. Foley voted against his party in 2004 and again this year to thwart a federal amendment to the Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. Campaign aides earlier in the week acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page was 16 at the time of the e-mail correspondence. The correspondence took place in August 2005 after the boy gave Foley a handwritten thank you note before returning to Louisiana. In his exchanges with the boy, Foley asked how old he was, what he wanted for his upcoming birthday, how he was doing after Hurricane Katrina and for a photo. The e-mails were posted Friday on Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's Web site after ABC News reported their existence. The group asked the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate the exchange Foley had with the boy, who served as a page for Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La. "The House of Representatives has an obligation to protect the teenagers who come to Congress to learn about the legislative process," the group wrote, adding that the committee, "must investigate any allegation that a page has been subjected to sexual advances by members of the House." Foley's election opponent, Democrat Tim Mahoney, also called for an investigation. Foley was running for re-election to a seventh term. He has represented his district, which includes West Palm Beach, since 1995. Florida Republicans could replace Foley on the ballot. ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  11. Judge: Rhode Island Gay Couples Can Marry In Massachusetts by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff September 29, 2006 - 11:30 am ET Updated 1:30 pm ET (Boston, Massachusetts) A Boston judge has ruled that a Massachusetts law forbidding out-of-state residents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would not be permitted in their home state does not apply to Rhode Island. Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly said that Rhode Island does not specifically ban gay marriage. The law was enacted in 1913 when most states did not recognize interracial marriage. After the US Supreme Court ruled that laws barring interracial couples from marrying was illegal the Massachusetts statute fell into disuse. After same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ® used the old law to order local clerks not to issue marriage licenses to couples from outside the state. Same-sex couples from Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York went to court to fight the use of the old law. A lower court agreed with the state's interpretation of the law and with the help of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the group which won marriage rights for same-sex couples in Massachusetts, appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court. In March the high court upheld the law in the cases involving couples from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, noting that each of those states has laws barring same-sex marriage. But the court questioned whether the law could apply to New York and Rhode Island which have no specific laws barring gay marriage. It ordered those sections of the case back to Superior Court. The New York case became moot when that state's highest court ruled earlier this year that same-sex couples do not have a constitutional right to marry, and arguments in the Rhode Island case were heard by Judge Connolly in June. The Massachusetts attorney general's office argued that Rhode Island statutes use gender-specific terms, including both "bride" and "groom," and it was clear the intention was to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But in a written ruling issued on Friday Judge Connolly disagreed. "No evidence was introduced before this court of a constitutional amendment, statute, or controlling appellate decision from Rhode Island that explicitly deems void or otherwise expressly forbids same-sex marriage," he ruled. The case before Connolly involved a lesbian couple from Providence - Wendy Becker and Mary Norton - represented by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the group which won marriage rights for same-sex couples in Massachusetts. “At last the fence of discrimination has been removed at the border of Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” said Michele Granda, the GLAD attorney who represented Becker and Norton. “Loving, committed, Rhode Island couples can now affirm their relationships in the most public and respected way our society knows.” Becker and Norton said they are looking forward to their wedding day. “After a very long engagement, we are thrilled to be able to marry and provide our family with the legal protection and social recognition we deserve,” said Becker. “As the parents of two wonderful young children, our desire to marry has always been with them in mind. We want them to feel their family is as worthy as any other.” Attorney General Thomas Reilly said he would not appeal. Reilly, a Democrat, is running for governor. Republican Gov. Mitt Romney could appoint a special attorney to appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court but that is seen as unlikely. A spokesperson for the governor issued a statement calling the ruling "illogical". "We're reminded that the only sure way to protect traditional marriage is with a federal marriage amendment," said the statement, by Eric Fehrnstrom. ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  12. AIR KISS Issue of 2006-09-25 Posted 2006-09-18 American Airlines Flight 45—departing Charles de Gaulle at 10:40 A.M., arriving J.F.K. at one each afternoon—is a tourist’s delight: timed just right to avoid late checkout, leaving time for one last Kir Royale at Les Deux Magots. On August 22nd, the coach cabin was packed with vacationing New Yorkers. Ralph Jackson (21A) and David Leisner (21B) were returning from two weeks in France, while Huffa Frobes-Cross (21F) had stopped over in Paris on his way back from South Africa. Assigned to seats 20A and 20B were George Tsikhiseli, a television journalist, and his writer boyfriend, Stephan Varnier. “We’ve been together only four months,” Tsikhiseli said last week. “So it felt like a honeymoon.” Twelve days earlier, British police had foiled a terrorist plot to blow up airliners. Heightened security had delayed the flight by about two hours, and passengers, by the time they boarded, were ready to relax. “I had a José Saramago book I was looking forward to reading,” Leisner said. “And then I was going to take some melatonin and have a little nap.” Shortly after takeoff, Varnier nodded off, leaning his head on Tsikhiseli. A stewardess came over to their row. “The purser wants you to stop that,” she said. “I opened my eyes and was, like, ‘Stop what?’ ” Varnier recalled the other day. “The touching and the kissing,” the stewardess said, before walking away. Tsikhiseli and Varnier were taken aback. “He would rest his head on my shoulder or the other way around. We’d kiss—not kiss kiss, just mwah,” Tsikhiseli recalled, making a smacking sound. In the row behind them were Leisner and Jackson. “They were like two lovebirds,” said Leisner, who is a classical guitarist. Frobes-Cross, a Columbia grad student who was sitting across the aisle, had overheard the stewardess’s decree, too. “First thing I catch is ‘You have to stop touching each other,’ ” he said. “And I’m, like, Whoa, that’s really weird.” Leisner and Jackson, who were “astounded,” leaned forward to ask if they’d heard correctly. When Tsikhiseli and Varnier confirmed that they had, the four men summoned a stewardess and asked to speak with the purser. A little later, the purser appeared at Row 20. She was, by all accounts, calm and professional; to the men’s surprise, she said that she knew nothing about the incident and had not instructed the stewardess to tell Tsikhiseli and Varnier to stop touching each other. “Which stewardess was it?” she asked. One of the men pointed out the stewardess—a woman with, as Jackson put it, “Texas hair, like from the nineteen-sixties.” According to Leisner, the purser rolled her eyes and said, “Oh, say no more. I know.” The purser asked the men to describe what they’d been doing, and she acknowledged that their behavior had not been inappropriate. Tsikhiseli then asked if the stewardess would have made the request if the kissers had been a man and a woman. Suddenly, Leisner said, the purser “became very rigid.” Contradicting what she’d told them before, she stiffly said, “Kissing is inappropriate behavior on an airplane.” She then said that she was busy with the meal service and promised to come back. Half an hour later, the purser returned, this time saying that some passengers had complained about Tsikhiseli and Varnier’s behavior earlier. The men asked more questions. Who had complained? (She couldn’t say.) Could they have the stewardess’s name, or employee number? (No.) Would the purser arrange for an American Airlines representative to meet them upon landing at J.F.K.? (Not possible.) Finally, the purser said that if they didn’t drop the matter the flight would be diverted. After that, Leisner said, “everyone shut up for a while.” Maybe an hour later, the purser approached Tsikhiseli and said that the captain wanted to talk to him. Tsikhiseli went up to the galley and gave the captain his business card. The captain told Tsikhiseli that if they didn’t stop arguing with the crew he would indeed divert the plane. “I want you to go back to your seat and behave the rest of the flight, and we’ll see you in New York,” he said. Tsikhiseli returned to coach. Tim Wagner, a spokesman for American, said that the stewardess’s injunction to the men was reasonable, and would have been made whether the couple was gay or straight. “Our passengers need to recognize that they are in an environment with all ages, backgrounds, creeds, and races. We have an obligation to make as many of them feel as comfortable as possible,” he said. (He added, “Our understanding is that the level of affection was more than a quick peck on the cheek.”) But a customer-service representative named Terri, reached last week on the telephone, offered the opinion that kissing on airplanes is indeed permissible. “Oh, yeah! Sure. I’ve seen couples who are on honeymoons,” she said. “They just don’t want you to go into the bathroom together.” — Lauren Collins links
  13. Disputed AIDS Bill Passes House by The Associated Press September 29, 2006 - 12:01 am ET (Washington) The House agreed Thursday night to send more AIDS care money to rural areas and the South, overcoming angry opposition from big-state lawmakers who stand to lose millions. "It's shameful and disgraceful," shouted Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., before lawmakers voted 325-98 to amend the $2.1 billion Ryan White CARE Act. "The HIV/AIDS epidemic is moving," countered Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. "This is a very fair compromise. It begins to treat all states on an equal footing." The bill faces uncertain prospects in the Senate before Congress recesses at the end of the week to campaign for re-election. Several senators are blocking it, and an attempt by supporters to force a Senate vote Thursday night failed. Supporters said the election-year updates were needed because of how AIDS has changed since the 1990 passage of the Ryan White law, the largest federal program specifically for people with HIV/AIDS. Once a big-city epidemic infecting mostly gay white men, the disease is now prevalent in the South and among minorities. By some measures federal funding has not kept up, and states like California, New York and New Jersey get more money per patient than Alabama, Kentucky or North Carolina. The Ryan White amendments, the first since 2000, make a number of changes aiming to spread money more equally around the country. While current law only counts patients with full-blown AIDS, the revision also would count patients with the HIV virus who have not developed AIDS. That change would favor parts of the country where the disease is a newer phenomenon, which tend to be Southern and rural areas. As a result, New York state stands to lose $100 million over the five years of the bill. New Jersey would lose $70 million. Alabama, by contrast, would get an increase from $11 million a year to about $18 million a year. Resistance from senators from New York, New Jersey and California threatens to stall the bill in the Senate, where opposition from a single senator can block legislation. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., took to the Senate floor Thursday night to call for an immediate vote, his second attempt this week. Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., objected on behalf of the holdouts, blocking the gambit. Enzi, frustrated and shaking his head, said that if the bill doesn't pass before Congress recesses he will ask Majority Leader Bill Frist to call a procedural vote to overcome the stalling tactics. That would take 60 votes. "I'm desperate. I usually don't have to do that sort of thing, but I'm willing to do it on this bill," said Enzi, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "I'm really disappointed that we reached a sticking point like this, and people are going to die." Several lawmakers complained that the differences could be resolved if more money were added to the bill. Under the revisions Ryan White funding would grow by only $70 million. "That means if we're going to give to some people who are very deserving, we're going to take from others who are very deserving," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. California and some other states are worried about a change in the bill that mandates counting HIV patients by name instead of codes. Some states used code-based systems out of concern for patient privacy. California could lose some $50 million in the last year of the bill, when the name-based system would take effect, if it can't make the transition. Congressional aides were working on a compromise on that issue that could win support from Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., one of the holdouts. ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  14. Man Files Civil Suit In Gay-Bashing Case by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff September 28, 2006 - 1:00 pm ET (Madison, Wisconsin) A Wisconsin man who says he was the victim of a gay bashing is suing his alleged attackers in civil court for unspecified damages. Brett Timmerman was involved in a fight with two other men outside a restaurant in Platteville in August, 2005. A police officer who happened to be passing by pulled the two men off Timmerman. Both men were arrested but neither charged with assault or a hate crime court records show. Wisconsin law includes gays and lesbians under its hate crime law. One of the men, Oden Waite was eventually found guilty of municipal disorderly conduct. The other man, Enove Urias, was found guilty of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. At trial, both Waite and Urias accused Timmerman of starting the fight - an accusation later disproved. Timmerman, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at the time, says the fight was motivated by homophobia. In his lawsuit, filed Thursday by Lambda Legal, Timmerman alleges that he and a female friend were walking into the restaurant when Waite and Urias made a gay slur. The lawsuit says that Urias then slapped Timmerman and Waite spat on him. It then alleges that Timmerman's friend tried to intervene, but Waite pushed her aside and spit in Timmerman's face again. Waite then put Timmerman in a headlock and took him to the ground. The lawsuit invokes the Wisconsin hate crime law which allows civil suits after someone engages in conduct that would trigger a hate crime penalty even if the person was not charged with or convicted of a crime. "Every day that I went out in Platteville outside of the University, I was harassed - I couldn't even go to the bathroom alone out of fear of being attacked again," said Timmerman in a statement on Thursday. "I was constantly looking over my shoulder. I am filing this lawsuit because I want to make sure that no one else has to go through what I went through." It is believed this is the first civil suit in the state involving an alleged gay hate-crime. ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  15. A bigshot city lawyer and a redneck got into a car wreck on a hot summer day. The lawyer got out of his BMW and the redneck got out of his pickup to survey the damage, and the redneck realized he was at fault. "YOU STUPID HICK!" shouted the lawyer, looking with contempt at the redneck in his dirty overalls and tangled beard. "Hick, huh?" though the redneck. "How am I gonna get outa this?" After looking over the handsome, impeccably dressed and dignified city lawyer in his $2,000 navy blue pinstriped suit, carefully knotted red silk tie, starched white shirt, silver cufflinks and black dress shoes polished like mirrors, $1,000 briefcase and hundred dollar haircut, the redneck walked back to his car, got out a bottle, and brought it back. Mister Hotshot was checking his suit and shoes to make sure they were not dirty. He handed it to the lawyer, and said, "Here, you look pretty shook up. I think you ought to take a nip of this. It'll steady your nerves, it's home made." Mister Pinstripes did, but was so angry about the wreck, he refused to speak. The redneck then said, "You still look a little bit pale. How about another?" And the smug, pompous lawyer took another swallow. After a few minutes, he began to feel the heat of the sun hrough his wool suit. Then the redneck said "It's mighty hot today. Folks 'round here don't usually wear shoes on a day like this. Why don't you take off them fancy shoes, and the socks, too?" The lawyer frowned: "Take off my shoes and socks? Do I LOOK like someone who would walk around barefoot? That's fine for rednecks, but not for a professional like ME! These are $500 shoes!" But after a few more sips, the redneck asked him again, and then again, and finally the lawyer let out a drunken laugh, and took off his polished shoes and socks. Then the redneck said: "Why don't you take off that fancy tie?" "Take off my tie?" said the lawyer with a sneer and slur in his voice. "I'm a lawyer!!!" But then he looked down at his bare feet and took off his tie... The redneck said: "And the suit? You look kind of funny standing there barefoot in a suit! I got another pair of overalls you can wear while we figger out what to do about this situation!" The lawyer tried to give him an arroagnt look, but he was feeling the heat of the sun and the liquor. He tried to resist, but... Off came the jacket of the $2,000 pinstriped suit. Then the white shirt. Finally, the trousers, too, and the lawyer pulled on the overalls. At the urging of the redneck, the lawyer then took another sip, and another, and another. The suspenders and the cufflinks and the briefcase were all in a heap now, and the lawyer was having a hard time standing up. After another half hour, the lawyer said he was feeling pretty good, and asked the redneck if he didn't think that he ought to have a little nip, too. Then he realized he couldn't find the redneck... or his expensive clothes. "Not me", the redneck replied, stepping out from behind a tree and wearing the lawyer's clothes and holding the keys to his BMW. He looked at the formerly well-dressed and dignified lawyer, barefoot in overalls and drunk as a skunk and looking like a true redneck, "Here's the keys to my pickup. Now that I've cut ya down to size, I'm waiting for the state trooper!"
  16. movieguy

    Butt in the bag

    Butt in the bag Ingredients: 2 two inch boston butt steaks seasoned 1 lb. pure pork smoked sausage 1 large onion 1 bell pepper garlic 1 foil bag for oven Procedure: Leave the steaks whole and put them in bag. Cut the sausage into chunks of your desire. Cut up the onions and bellpepper into large slices. Add garlic. Put it all in the bag, and shake it up. You can add seasoning if you like the kick. Add 1 cup of water to the bag. Place on shallow pan; Be sure to roll the bag at the top. Put it into the oven for two hours @ 350. Check it and if you want to brown meat open bag at about 1hr.and 40 min. Serve with mash potatoes. Good stuff.
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    PEOPLE PUPPY CHOW

    3 different recipes to try if you like! PEOPLE PUPPY CHOW Ingredients : 6 oz. milk chocolate chips 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 c. peanut butter 1/2 c. oleo 1 box Crispix cereal 2 c. powdered sugar Preparation : Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and oleo. Pour over cereal. Toss until coated. Put coated cereal and powdered sugar in a brown paper bag and shake until coated. Store in airtight container. ---------------------------------- PEOPLE PUPPY CHOW Ingredients : 1 1/2 c. peanut butter 1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips 1 stick margarine 1 (12.3 oz.) box Crispix cereal 1 lb. powdered sugar Preparation : Melt first 3 ingredients, pour over cereal and coat all cereal. Put powdered sugar in brown paper bag and put cereal in bag and shake well until all cereal is coated. ---------------------------------- PEOPLE PUPPY CHOW Ingredients : 6 c. Rice Chex cereal 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. peanut butter, creamy 1 stick butter (1/2 c.) 2 c. powdered sugar Preparation : Melt butter, peanut butter, and chips until smooth. Pour over cereal; mix. Put 1/2 mix in bag and 1 cup powdered sugar. Shake until coated. Pour in bowl. Repeat with rest. Store in covered container.
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    Rubio's Fish Tacos

    Rubio's Fish Tacos Ingredients (6 servings) 12 Cod or favorite whitefish fillets (1-1/2 oz ea.) 12 Tortillas, corn, as thick/fresh as possible BEER BATTER: 1 c Flour 1 c Beer Garlic powder, pepper to taste WHITE SAUCE: 1/2 c Mayonaise 1/2 c Yogurt SALSA: 1 Garlic clove, peeled and minced 6 Tomatoes, ripe, peeled, seeded and diced 1/2 Onion, minced 2 tb Cilantro leaves, chopped, stems removed 2 Jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped 1 1/2 ts Salt 1/4 ts Pepper Oil for deep frying GARNISH: 1 Head cabbage, green, shredded 1 Lime, cut into wedges Instructions Calories per serving: Number of Servings: 0 Fat grams per serving: Approx. Cook Time: Cholesterol per serving: Marks: *DIRECTIONS +++* Mix flour with favorite spices such as garlic powder, red or black ground pepper. Stir the flour mixture into the beer and mix until well blended. Wash fish by dipping in cold, lightly salted water or water with a little bit of lemon juice added. Be sure fish is completely dry before dipping into batter. Prepare salsa; reserve. Put the vegetable oil into a deep skillet and bring to 375F. Place fish in a single layer--do not let pieces touch each other. Cook fish until batter is crispy and golden brown. Heat corn tortillas lightly in a skillet or Mexican comal until they are soft and hot. To assemble, on each tortilla layer the fish fillet, white sauce, salsa and cabbage. Top it off with a squeeze of lime. Fold tortilla over to serve.
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    MIGHTY MO

    MIGHTY MO THE FAMOUS SAUCE: 1/2 cup Hunt's Ketchup 1/4 cup chili sauce 1-1/2 teaspoons A-1 Sauce 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 drops Tabasco Sauce 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet pickle 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise Combine ketchup, chili sauce, A-1 Sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco Sauce. Add pickle to sauce mixture. Combine the sauce-pickle mixture with mayonnaise, stirring until well-blended. Store in a tightly covered container under refrigeration until time of use. NOW, TO FASHION A FULL-BLOWN MIGHTY MO..... 1 uncut sesame seed hamburger roll (sesame seeds also must be uncut) 1 tablespoon of softened margarine 2 hamburger patties, each two ounces Salt to taste White pepper to taste 1 tablespoon shredded lettuce 1 slice American cheese 4 teaspoons Mighty Mo sauce 2 dill pickle chips Cut hamburger roll crosswise into three equal slices. Spread bottom, top and one side of center cut of bun with margarine. Grill bun until lightly browned and heated throughout. Shape hamburger into thin 4-inch diameter patties. Grill very lightly on both sides. Do not overcook. Grill second hamburger very lightly on one side, turn and top with American cheese and grill lightly. Do not overcook. Spread two teaspoons of Mighty Mo sauce on bottom of roll. Top dressing with shredded lettuce, then hamburger. Top hamburger with middle layer of bun, grilled side up. Spread with remaining Mighty Mo sauce. Top with cheeseburger. Place pickle chips on cheese. Cover with top of bun. Do not cut.
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    DEVIL DOGS

    DEVIL DOGS 1/2 c. shortening 1 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 egg 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. milk Combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, blend shortening, sugar, and egg. Add dry ingredients alternating with milk and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Let cool. Combine filling. FILLING: 3/4 c. shortening (1/2 butter or Crisco) 1 2/3 c. confectioners' sugar 1/2 jar marshmallow fluff 1/2 tsp. vanilla Put 1 tablespoon between two cakes. Enjoy!
  21. Gay Marriage Debate Turns Violent by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff September 27, 2006 - 7:00 pm ET (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) Police Wednesday were examining video tape of a discussion on a proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage that turned into a brawl Tuesday night. The issue of same-sex marriage and the amendment are the focus of formal debates and informal discussions at barber shops and over dinner tables throughout the state. One discussion, at a restaurant in Wauwatsa, a town of about 47,000 near Milwaukee, the conversation at one table turned into a fight. Videotape shows a man in a suit pushing one opponent of the amendment and then punching another. The tape shows the man walking out and then returning and throwing ketchup bottles and other objects. One of the injured, Michael Lopez, needed five stitches to close a wound, WISC television reported. Lopez said he believe the man's actions may have constituted a hate crime. "That's what it was," Lopez told WISC. "It was a very hateful circumstance. Obviously, the guy had a problem with gay issues, gay marriage." Police said that they are hoping that video enhancement will give them a clearer image of the man's face. If he is identified he will be charged with assault a police spokesperson said. The proposed constitutional amendment would not only ban same-sex marriage but also civil unions and possibly be used to deny partner benefits. Earlier this month 17 former presidents of the Wisconsin Bar Association announced their opposition to the proposed amendment because of its far reaching consequences. (story) In June four former Wisconsin governors - three Democrats and one Republican - issued an open call to reject the proposed amendment. (story) And last month Wisconsin's biggest unions announced their opposition. (story) A public poll taken in July showed that voters were about equally divided on the amendment with 49 percent supporting the it and 48 percent opposed. (story) ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  22. Money Fight Ties Up Ryan White Act In Senate by The Associated Press September 27, 2006 - 11:00 am ET (Washington) A bill that would shift millions of dollars for AIDS care to rural areas is being held up in the Senate by Democrats from California, New York and New Jersey, whose states would lose out. The objections threaten to stall passage of the $2.1 billion Ryan White CARE Act before Congress wraps up work this week ahead of the Nov. 7 midterm elections. The law, originally passed in 1990, sends money to state and local programs for the neediest patients. A rewrite that has passed House and Senate committees would funnel more money to rural and southern states where AIDS is spreading, but less money to larger states and urban areas that traditionally have been at the front line of the epidemic. Republican leaders hoped to get the legislation through the full House and Senate this week, but Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer of New York, and Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey are all objecting. The dispute spilled into Senate debate Tuesday evening when Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., took the floor to call for immediate passage and to urge senators to drop their opposition. Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., immediately objected, saying he was doing so on behalf of senators who oppose "permanent reduction of funding that would occur in their respective states." Under Senate rules, an objection by a single senator is enough to block passage. "I'm sorry to hear we have an objection. We need to find a way to get through this objection," said Enzi, chairman of the Senate health committee. He said the new bill sends money to states that really need it. "If they truly have the HIV numbers they will get the money. If they don't have the HIV numbers, yes, they will lose the money," he said. Enzi's aides said they would look for other ways to pass the bill this week, perhaps by attaching it to another must-pass piece of legislation. One significant change in the bill is in how patients are counted. Current law only counts patients with full-blown AIDS to determine spending. The revision also would count patients with the HIV virus who have yet to develop AIDS. That change would favor areas of the country where the disease is a newer phenomenon, which tend to be southern and rural areas. Opponents in the House and Senate offered alternate legislation Tuesday that would extend the existing law for a year to allow more negotiations to take place. But the holdouts were getting pressure from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, top Democrat on the health committee, who supports the rewritten bill. "There are few more urgent responsibilities for Congress this week than to pass this bipartisan legislation," he said in a statement. ©365Gay.com 2006 links
  23. One day the new blonde wife decided to wash his Sweatshirt. Seconds after she stepped into the laundry room, She shouted to him, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?" "It depends," he said!. "What does it say on the shirt?" She yelled back, "University of Oklahoma."
  24. Alleged Burglar in Thong Leaves Video FORT MITCHELL, Ky., Sep. 26, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (AP) A northern Kentucky man wearing only a thong and carrying a knife allegedly videotaped himself attempting a burglary, then left the tape behind, police said. That evidence ultimately led to his arrest, Fort Mitchell Police Chief Steve Hensley said. Rodney McMillen, 36, of Covington was charged over the weekend with first-degree burglary. "This is a very, very bizarre case, to say the least," Hensley said. McMillen allegedly broke into a woman's apartment about 3 a.m. EDT on Sept. 20, clad in only thong underwear and carrying a knife, Hensley said. The woman fended off the attacker, who left the apartment and fled into a stand of trees near the apartment complex, Hensley said. Investigating officers found a video camera the burglar left in the apartment, Hensley said, and found video of McMillen's family on the end of the tape, Hensley said. Investigators were able to identify some of them and tracked down McMillen at his mother's house in Norwood, Ohio, Hensley said. McMillen was lodged in the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati on $50,000 bond, awaiting extradition to Kentucky. ___ Information from: The Cincinnati Post, http://www.cincypost.com links
  25. 3-Year-Old Boy Buys Pink Nissan on eBay LONDON, Sep. 26, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (AP) Three-year-old Jack Neal loves cars: so much so, that while his mother's back was turned he bought a Barbie-pink Nissan Figaro for nearly $16,000 on eBay. "I had just come off the computer and I thought I had logged off, I came out of eBay," his mother Rachel told the British Broadcasting Corp. on Monday. "Jack jumped on the chair, (went) straight in, found the page and bought the car." Unable to read, the youngster likely used the "buy it now" option to make the purchase. The first time the Neals, from Sleaford in eastern England, knew of the sale was when they received an e-mail from auto dealer David Jones, who thought he had made his first Internet sale. Jones, from Worcestershire in central England, saw the funny side and said he will not hold the Neals to their purchase. The car will be re-listed later. "I've got a 2 1/2-year-old son myself and I don't think he would be able to do this, although he's bright," he said. Jack denied all culpability. Asked if he had made the purchase, he simply squirmed and muttered, "No..." links
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