Kern disappears in flash of light

Queeristan newswire:

Sally Kern, the controversial Oklahoma state representative now infamous for her recorded comments denigrating gays, as well as Muslims and non-Christians, disappeared this morning from her office in the State Capitol building in Tulsa in what was described by an aide as The Rapture.

“Yes indeed, I believe her Maker called her up for the final days!” said Edith Fish.  “A flash of light came, and I heard the voice of the Lord like a roll of thunder and when I could see again, she was gone.”

The disappearance occurred minutes after a delegation from OK-PLAG met with Kern in her office.   The Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards, president of the Oklahoma City chapter, explained that “What we said to her was that we were coming in a spirit of healing and reconciliation and we just wanted to talk and speak heart-to-heart.”  Newton-Edwards said he and the other members of the PFLAG delegation were no longer in the building when the alleged taking-up-to-heaven transpired.

Oklahoma detectives and the FBI are on the scene.  They are testing a granular white residue that was left after the incident.  “Looks like about 120-125 pounds of material.  We’re waiting for it to cool down before sending it to the lab” said Special Agent Dick Sargeant.

Queeristan will keep you posted.

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Moby Tops Sally Kern


Moby tops Sally Kern

I’m seriously going to have to start listening to more Moby.  I found this comment from him, via Towleroad, on Sally Kern’s public-private ranting about homosexuals:

moby_2.jpg“ok, where to begin…how about this simple question: what did jesus (presumably sally kern’s god) say about homosexuality? let’s see…nothing? yup, nothing. dear sally kern: jesus never mentioned homosexuality. allow me to put it a different way, perhaps in question form…how many times did jesus mention homosexuality? oh (to be conversational), none? yup none. never. not once. zero. he did mention divorce (saying it was bad), and capitalism (ditto: bad), and judgementalism and intolerance (again: bad), and forgiveness (good). but homosexuality? never mentioned by jesus in the gospels. so why are the religious right in the u.s so utterly obsessed with homosexuality? and how is the homosexual agenda (whatever that might be) destroying the nation? i mean, if evangelicals call themselves christians shouldn’t they sort of base their evangelical agenda on the things that christ actually said?

While his comments in the quoted Advocate article are over-the-top he’s obviously a good friend to have.

Pelosi – Dem Superdelegates must follow the will of the voters

Nancy Pelosi spokesperson Brendan Daly last night issued a statement responding to supporters of Hillary Clinton, who have been urging the House Speaker to back off comments she has made regarding the Democratic Super Delegates.images-1.jpg

Speaker Pelosi is confident that superdelegates will choose between Sens. Clinton or Obama — our two strong candidates — before the convention in August.  That choice will be based on many considerations, including respecting the decisions of millions of Americans who have voted in primaries and participated in caucuses. The speaker believes it would do great harm to the Democratic Party if superdelegates are perceived to overturn the will of the voters. This has been her position throughout this primary season, regardless of who was ahead at any particular point in delegates or votes.

Separately in a piece in the NYT, it was reported that Clinton’s lead over Obama among the superdelegates has indeed been slipping, and is now down to only about 60 delegates.

Vidal vituperates over WFB’s dead body

 A seriously good counter-balance to the recent lionizing of William F. Buckley today posted over on Truthdig by Gore Vidal.  Vidal calls him out, as the closet case hater that WFB was.

…a most hysterical queen (WFB), much admired by a media that takes everyone at his own evaluation of himself as they did with Capote


Buckley was a world-class American liar on the far right who would tell any lie he thought he could get away with. Years of ass-kissing famous people in the press and elsewhere had given him, he felt, a sort of license to libelously slander those hated liberals who, from time to time, smoked him out as I did in Chicago, when I defended the young people in Grant Park by denying that they were Nazis and that the only “pro- or crypto-Nazi” I could think of was himself.

vidal_buck_deb.jpgRead the full article, Gore’s main subject of attack “…is a corrupt press whose roots are in mendacious news (sic) magazines like Time and Newsweek, aided by tabloids that manufacture fictional stories about actual people. This mingling of opinion and fiction has undone a media never devoted to truth. Hence, the ease with which the Republican smear-machine goes into action when they realize that yet again the party’s permanent unpopularity with the American people will cause them defeat unless they smear individually those who question the junk that the media has put into so many heads.”

Worth the “Time” so to speak.

Queer history – recorded sounds pre-date Edison’s phonograph

Queer – as in odd, unexpected…

I’ll include this tidbit item as the French are honorary queers, at least according to the likes of Bush, Condi and Limbaugh.  Not to mention that Bertrand Delanoe, the popular gay mayor of Paris is seriously in line to be a presidential contender.  The NYT reports this morning that a Frenchman, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville,  invented and used a device as early as 1860 to record speech.  It lacked a playback capability….but read on!

The 10-second recording of a singer crooning the folk song “Au Clair de la Lune” was discovered earlier this month in an archive in Paris by a group of American audio historians. It was made, the researchers say, on April 9, 1860, on a phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, not to play them back. But the phonautograph recording, or phonautogram, was made playable — converted from squiggles on paper to sound — by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.

Full article here.

The second song he recorded was a French cover of Over the Rainbow.   Edison, whose Menlo Park, NJ research lab was even then working on similar technology, informed the RIAA.  The resulting cease and desist order prevented the invention from gaining any traction.

Easter celebrated in Queeristan style


My partner and I were lucky that our annual family celebration of Easter was an Easter Brunch near the beach in Aptos this year.  It was a cozy and comfortable family gathering.  And what’s not to like about a warm sunny day in a beach town?  Did I mention I didn’t even have to cook?  My partner made a complicated and delicious Italian cake filled with almonds, dried fruits and liqour.  Italians – they know how to live!

Meanwhile back in San Francisco another traditional Easter celebration also experienced fine weather, at the local Dolores Park, a.k.a. (on sunny days) “Dolores Beach”.

The annual Easter charity event organized by our own Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was themed Noir this year.  Actually “the intersection of 29th and Noir” which celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Sisters.  The Sisters are around the world  now, but got there start right here in SF, and the San Francisco organization helps mentor new spin-offs.  The Sisters have raised over $1,000,000 for worthy causes since inception including non-profit organizations that serve not only the queer and sex positive communities but also mainstream organizations that don’t discriminate in their charity work such as the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and women’s breast cancer charities including Wendy’s Hope.

Not to say they are without controversy, because the Catholic Church has taken offense at their parodies of religious rites.  Well that might change if the biggest queens in the Vatican would just come out of their Prada and Gucci-stuffed closets.

This past Sunday the Sisters, as mentioned, conducted their annual Easter  fund raiser at Dolores Park.  Traditional events including the Hunky Jesus contest amongst the music and general picnicing going on.

The agenda for the day was:

Break out your Sunday finest for our Bonnet Contest, and be judged by your peers and Sister Dana Van Iquity and Sister Roma [1:00p]! Or if you really want a pair of cement shoes “downstairs”, line up to be our next Hunky Jesus [3:20]. Be warned though — Sister Barbi Mitzvah and Sister Edith Myflesh are tough as nails (although the word on the street is that they might be bribable). Each contestant has an opportunity to add $100 to their bank! Not bad for exhibiting the sins of pride and vanity with a little envy thrown in for good measure. Now if all this talk of sin is getting you down, Sister Mable Syrup will be on hand to take Confessions. If this broad don’t put you on the narrows, no one will. And yet, there are some mighty fine people in this city, and Sister Dinah Might will bestow the honor of Saint to those that serve our community [12:20p].
As one attendee reported:

“it was a beautiful easter day. people were out in masses. i’ve never seen the park so crowed. they came in costumes, and some even sans clothes. i saw baskets covering “baskets”, a chicken lady, what looked like a troll priestess, and a variety of bunnies.”