Friday, January 30, 2009

My Gay Book Club: Game On


So a few years ago, I tried to start a book club with the purge listeners that didn't really take off. Most likely for a few reasons: (1) The first book I picked, everyone hated and it wasn't even gay themed. (2) I picked 3 books a month and that was a little adventurous. (3) I approached it wrong and didn't tell everyone that I love crap fiction, not serious literature and they weren't going to get Oprah's Book Club selections. So, I let it lapse...

But after all the talk about the trashy, fun gay fiction I read on the past few episodes and my want for a kindle to read them on. I have received numerous email for book suggestions, so I thought, what the hell? Let's try the book club again. It even has it's own brand new website: www.mygaybookclub.com

This book club is for those of us that like a light gay read without the pretension of a “book club.” I always found that whenever I joined a book club it would be all well and good until we would have to read something like “East of Eden” or “Of Mice and Men” which are great books, but the conversations would be so snooty. I say to hell with that. We are going to read fun gay books with awesome characters, steamy sex scenes, and witty commentary on society that the gays pride themselves on. Whether we read on the toilet, right before we go to bed, or on the bus going to work, a fun read can lift our gay hearts (and penises.)
We will tackle one book a month which should be totally do-able for most of you and we can use the comments from the blog post to discuss. Be sure to give the book a star-rating. The new book will be posted on the first of every month, but feel free to catch up on previous months and continue the conversations!

To check out Feb.'s book, go to: www.mygaybookclub.com



NEW BLOG LOVE: passive-aggressive notes

This is a funny blog that I have been enjoying for the past few days. (If you can't tell, work has been slow)

It's passiveaggressivenotes.com

Have a look...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WTF Blanket... for real.

A while ago, I talked about the "Slacket", the terrible blanket with sleeves. Since then, there has been a cheap version of it that has come out called the "Snuggie" Well someone made a parody of that commercial and I think it really hits the nail on the head.



Here is the proof, I look like an fat wizard... and it was SO hot!

Ted Haggard - Today's Oprah



Ted Haggard - is creepy.

Its today's (the 28th) Oprah. Check out the late-night re-broadcast or maybe in the afternoon.

So much dancing around the issue of Homosexuality and Christianity. Lots of words thrown out like "demons" and "battles" when talking about being gay. Really creepy - and still in a dense pool of denial I think.

Oprah did a pretty good job trying to relate to him - but also not willing to go along with the notion that we can choose or control who we are as sexual beings.

Very interesting.

Thoughts?

Liza on The View... love her



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mr. President...

This was taken from the new whitehouse.gov website just seconds after the swearing in:

Support for the LGBT Community

"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect."

-- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

  • Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. President Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.
  • Fight Workplace Discrimination: President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. The President also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.
  • Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.
  • Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell: President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. The President will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.
  • Expand Adoption Rights: President Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.
  • Promote AIDS Prevention: In the first year of his presidency, President Obama will develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The President will support common sense approaches including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception, combating infection within our prison population through education and contraception, and distributing contraceptives through our public health system. The President also supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. President Obama has also been willing to confront the stigma -- too often tied to homophobia -- that continues to surround HIV/AIDS.
  • Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS: In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has quadrupled over the last 20 years. Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. President Obama introduced the Microbicide Development Act, which will accelerate the development of products that empower women in the battle against AIDS. Microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.
Let's hope...

(via towleroad)

The Hat to end all Hats

Oh Lord! Yes...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Church Lady Hot Chocolate Mix



Hey everybody - lots of you have been writing in asking for the Iowa Church Ladies Hot Cocoa Mix recipe:

1 (8 qt) box Carnation instant milk
1 (6 oz) jar non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
1 (16 oz) box Nestle's Quick
2 c. powdered sugar

Mix all the ingredients together.
Use 1/3 - 1/4 c of mix for each cup of hot water


It makes a ton of it - so get ready to put some of it in a Mason jar and give it to a friend

LET'S TALK ABOUT: The Perfert CD

On the most recent episode of the Purge, Rob and I discussed the "perfect" CD. A CD where to listen to the whole thing without skipping songs, everything is great. Rob mentioned Joni Mitchell "Blue" which I couldn't agree more. Also, "Nilsson Sings Newman"
What are yours? LET'S TALK ABOUT IT!

Microsoft Songsmith Commercial makes me die inside.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

High School Jocks Dancing!

... to get out of trouble. Is this how real high schoolers act?

The Daily Purge is now on Twitter!


Hello Listeners, you can now follow the Purge via twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/thedailypurge

We can post updates but also, the blog feed and the podcast feed will both be automatically tweeted. So, follow us!

Friday, January 09, 2009

NEW BLOG: It's a funny story... .org


As I plugged on the show last night, there is a new blog that my friend Charles is starting up that I'm going to be a regular contributor on called, It's a Funny Story. It think it would be cool to have our listeners submit some stories to get him started. My first story was posted last night and I think it's going to be really cool.

Submit a 250 word story to: submit@itsafunnystory.org
For more information on submitting and what he's looking for, click here

To read my post, click here

What Gay Marriage would look like... lol.