The White House today announced its list of 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilan honor. Among the honorees: Harvey Milk.
Just this weekend, a took an out-of-town friend to Harvey’s former camera store on Castro Street (the same location was reverted back to his shop in the 2008 film). While it’s 30 years late, it’s always better late than never.
The awards will be presented on August 12. Here is a little bit about this year’s recipients:
Pedro José Greer, Jr. is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Florida International University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of Camillus Health Concern, an agency that provides medical care to over 10,000 homeless and low-income patients each year in Miami.
Stephen Hawking is an internationally-recognized theoretical physicist, and is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University.
Jack Kemp was a U.S. Congressman, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Republican Nominee for Vice President in 1996. He died in May, 2009
Sen. Edward Kennedy is one of the longest-serving and greatest Senators of all time. He has worked tirelessly for health care reform over the last five decades.
Billie Jean King is known for winning the famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, and championing gender equality issues not only in sports, but in all aspects of life.
Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow is the last living Plains Indian war chief, and author of works on Native American history and culture who has served as an inspiration to young Native Americans across the country.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, and encouraged LGBT citizens to live their lives openly.
Sandra Day O’Connor was a Supreme Court Justice from 1981 until her retirement in 2006. She was the first woman ever to sit on the Supreme Court, and has received numerous awards for her outstanding achievements.
Sidney Poitier is an actor known for breaking racial barriers. He is the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Actor Academy Award.
Chita Rivera is an actress, singer and dancer, who has broken barriers and inspired a generation of women. In 2002, she was the first Hispanic to receive the Kennedy Center Honor.
Janet Davison Rowley, M.D., is the Blum Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. She discovered the first consistent chromosome translocation in a human cancer.
Desmond Tutu is widely regarded as “South Africa’s moral conscience,” and was a leading anti-apartheid activist in South Africa.
Muhammad Yunus is a global leader in anti-poverty efforts, and pioneered the use of “micro-loans” to provide credit to poor individuals.
Hey all! I wanted to let you know that I just posted a new podcast with special guests Del Shores, creator of Sordid Lives and his husband, Jason Dottley, who plays Ty in Sordid Lives:The Series. Del is returning to San Francisco this Saturday, August 1 with his one-man show at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Center. I saw this show in April (the photo above is from that weekend) and I laughed my ass off.
You may remember that Jason was on The Jimmi and Dan Show in February; Jason asked to come back on and here it is. Don’t worry – Jimmi is still my co-host and we’ll be back with a new show soon (I promise).
Take a listen to these hotties discuss their show (and its future), Jason’s cock and other craziness. And the opening song is the theme from Sordid Lives:The Series sung by the one-and-only Olivia Newton John.
The butch woman at the tattoo and piercing shop in the Castro checked out my nipples: “Yes, they are quite pierce-able,” she reassured me. “The entire procedure will take about 8 minutes. Now please go into this room, take off your shirt and I’ll get ready.”
I had thought about getting my nipples pierced for several years. Mine are quite sensitive (I can come close to an orgasm when they get played with) and I have only heard positive stories about how much moreso they will be after a good piercing. I also think it’s hot looking, and the best part is that piercings (unlike tatoos) are easily reversible if you get sick of them.
So, I took off my shirt and lay on the medical-style examination table. The woman who would conduct my body mutilation checked them out one more time.
“Will it be extremely painful?” I asked her again.
“Compared to what the last person did with your nipples, the piercing should be fine.”
She then cinched the right nipple with a clamp-like device. That felt good. Then, as the needle penetrated my nipple, I let out a never-before heard grunt. My toes curled profusely in my flip flops.
Then it was over.
She repeated the procedure on the left one – it hurt like a mother fucker (probably worse than the first one). And 8 minutes after I walked into the store, I was done. Although I felt a bit faint as I stood up, I sat down for a moment and it passed. I put my shirt back on and it was off to 440 for a beer – where I promptly had to take my shirt off again.
Today, they are feeling better. And it is hitting me that noone can play with them for two more months. I can only imagine how great it’ll feel then!
Apparently our friends at NOM (National Organization of Marriage) and the Catholic Church are funding the ballot initiative this coming November to defeat the ability for same-sex couples to get married in Maine. Dabble Post reports that:
The anti-gay ballot initiative in Maine is being launched, funded, and run by the National Organization for Marriage and the Catholic Church. Recently released campaign finance reports show that these two organizations and their affiliates contributed more than 90% of Stand for Marriage Maine’s funds (NOM: 47%, Catholic Church: 44%). Stand for Marriage Maine is the shell organization formed to run the ballot campaign. Additionally, the Catholic Church, more specifically the Diocese of Portland and its Bishop, paid salaries, provided meals and lodging, printed materials, and even supplied office furniture. And you’ll never guess who’s running the Stand for Marriage Maine operation… why, it’s none other than Mr. Marc R. Mutty, Public Affairs Director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
From NOM: $160,000 plus $9,066.43 in staff time and travel (TOTAL: $169,066.43).
From Catholic Church: $152,000 plus $10,339.73 in salaries, meals/lodging, printing and miscellaneous, and office furniture (TOTAL: $162,339.73).
Note that the Catholic Church includes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland ($100,000 plus $9,439.73 in in-kind contributions), the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland ($900 in in-kind contributions), the Knights of Columbus ($50,000), Catholic Charities, Diocese of Evansville, IN ($1,000), and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM ($1,000).
Hmmm. Santa Fe, New Mexico Archdiocese fighting gay marriage in Maine? They sure hate the thought of same-sex marriage there, now, don’t they?
To all my friends in Maine – get out and fight these groups. Our future depends on it.
This is the show that I can’t wait to see on Broadway. And, good news – the show will be dark on October 11 as the cast attends the National Equity March in Washington DC. The boys are yummy (and gay). From last night’s Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.
While I post in this blog often, I don’t take the opportunity to write anything very deep here anymore. With attention scattered across Facebook, Twitter and 500 other daily stimuli, I don’t feel I have regular readers to connect with my random acts of genius.
I went back to therapy tonight (for a one and only appearance – my insurance won’t pay for the $160 sessions). Over the past six months, I’ve had issues with panic attacks and over-OCD tendencies. My therapist helped me think through an appropriate response to such attacks – basically, my own “time out” where I leave the situation I’m in and go to a “happy place” to calm me down and slow the rapid heartbeat. When he asked me what my “happy place” is, he laughed when I responded the Apple Store. “No,” he said. “A happy place in your mind like a beach where you can get away from the context of the panic attack.”
“Yes,” I responded. “The Apple Store is right around the corner from my office.”
We all have a happy place where we can escape. My therapist asked me if I still wrote in my blog. Since I told him how my blog used to be therapy for me, it was an obvious question.
“Not really. I think it’s served it’s purpose as a therapeutic outlet for me. I need to find something else to dump my deepest thoughts.”
And that was it. I guess DanNation has served its purpose for me. I don’t intend to stop blogging – it’s just that it has changed as a medium in the world of social media and as a forum in my own life. More pretty pictures, less Dan. I miss the days pre-Facebook and pre-Twitter when my highway to the outside world was my blog. Things have changed and so have I.
So, I’ll be here often. Just a bit older and wiser, that’s all.
As she conducts interview after interview while she fishes the Alaskan Coast (isn’t she still governor until the end of July?), Sarah Palin does not seem to mind the press attention around her crazy and neurotic political decision to resign as Governor of Alaska. On July 4, she said that one of her main reasons for quitting stems from assertions that her staying in office would force her state’s taxpayers to spend money defending her government against ethics complaints that would otherwise fund teachers, cops, and road repair. Now, it has come out that she was not quite telling the truth.
During her resignation speech last week, Palin presented herself as a heroic defender of the taxpayer. She said that money being spent on government lawyers to defend against these “frivolous ethics violations” could be “going to things that are very important, like troopers and roads and teachers and fish research.” Palin repeated exactly the same point this week.
But David Murrow, a spokesperson for the Governor, said in an interview that much of this money was budgeted to the lawyers in advance and would have gone to them anyway, even if state lawyers hadn’t been defending against these ethics complaints.
In response to our questions, the Governor’s office provided us with a detailed breakdown of the millions Palin has claimed has gone to defending against ethics complaints. It does list roughly $1.9 million in expenditures.
But Murrow, the spokesperson, acknowledged to our reporter, Amanda Erickson, that this total was arrived at by adding up attorney hours spent on fending off complaints — based on the fixed salaries of lawyers in the governor’s office and the Department of Law. The money would have gone to the lawyers no matter what they were doing. The complaints are “just distracting them from other duties,” Murrow said.
In other words, while these lawyers might have been free to do other legal work for the state, the ethics complaints have apparently not had the real world impact Palin has claimed, and didn’t drain money away from cops, teachers, roads and other things.
Why does she not ever make ANY sense? While I wish she would disappear from the public eye forever, she is following in Dick Cheney’s footsteps of suffering from diarrhea of the mouth after leaving office. So, I expect that we have not heard the end of her.
I hope they plan a hunting and fishing trip together soon. Maybe they’ll end up shooting each other.