Late Night: Altar-ed States, Pastors and Pot

While one Colorado clergyman is fighting his arrest for possession of pot (claiming his status as clergy in the Ministry of THC allows for sacramental reefer use), a pastor in California is up in arms over the NAACP’s support of the November ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Rev. Jason Wimler is claiming the cannabis found in his car by Colorado State Troopers late last year was for sacramental use for a ceremony he hoped to perform during the Christmas holiday. His attorney Daneyl Joffe was granted the right to file a brief on jury instructions specific to religious use of cannabis. Joffe’s point is that the Colorado Constitution allows for

the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination

though some might argue that Wimler’s pot possession fall under this part of the law:

but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state. (emphasis mine)

Meanwhile the NAACP in California has come out in support of the legalization of marijuana because as  Alice Huffman, the state NAACP president, says:

There is a strong racial component that must be considered when we investigate how marijuana laws are applied to people of color. The burden has fallen disproportionately on people of color and young black men in particular.

Sacramento minister Ron Allen–bishop of the Greater Solomon Temple Community Church in Oak Park and  president of the International Faith-Based Coalition, a Sacramento group representing 3,600 congregations–is not too happy about this:

Most African American pastors are disappointed, absolutely disappointed with the decision. If anyone should know the effects of illicit drugs in the black community, it should be one of our most respected civil rights organizations.

Yes, Bishop Allen, but if pot were legal, then it wouldn’t be illicit, no would it? Maybe Bishop Allen should check out the ministry of THC, which claims both Jesus and Moses used cannabis oil as for holy anointing. Hallelujah!

Bristol Palin Acting Debut: Keep the Day Job

Bristol Palin’s professional acting debut on Secret Life of the American Teenager. Wow. She has none of her mama’s acting chops.

Another Anti-Gay Hypocrite Outted: Pastor Tom Brock

The only time outting is ethical is when  it’s  hypocrites getting their sheets yanked; cf “Rekers, George;”  “Haggard, Ted;” or  “Craig, Larry.” Jim Bakker, John Ensign and Marc Sanford also come to mind as hypocrites, shoving “family values” down America’s throat while shoving it in on the side. Morality is fine, but live by your law, and don’t impose yours on the rest. Especially when you’re a lying sack.

So just who is Pastor Tom Brock? Well, he’s a conservative , anti-gay, anti-abortion minister at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis who believes that God recently sent a tornado onto the Evangelical Lutheran Conference of America because that church supports homosexuality and abortion.  And had tents up to sell beer during their conference. (I wonder what the buff and bald Brock thought of lightning recently striking  a six-story tall statue of “Touchdown Jesus” in Ohio, and of the 2008 lightning strike on Rio de Janiero’s 130 foot tall Christ the Redeemer?)

Brock also is a gay man struggling with what he feels are unnatural urges and “gender disorder.” To than end he attends a regular support group for those trying to maintain their chastity as gay men. On May 28 at one group meeting, Brock said he had just returned for a trip to Slovakia on church business meeting with other pastors, and admitted

I fell into temptation. I was weak.

Slovakia just celebrated their first Pride event May 22. The parade was disrupted by protesters, including Neo-Nazis who threw tear gas and fireworks and beat marchers.

John Townsend, an undercover reporter for Lavender Magazine, attended these meetings, and witnessed Brock’s confession. Townsend was referred to the program via a priest. I have a feeling–but no proof–that Townsend was tipped off by someone who knew who Brock was and was disgusted.  If so, Townsend did what any investigative reporter would and should do: He devised a way to discover whether or not his tipster was correct.

The support group is sponsored by Faith In Action, the Minnesota chapter of Courage

the global Catholic gay-chastity-maintenance organization.

It is open to all Christian faiths and is pretty much an ex-gay group, and/or a group for men who’d like to be ex-gay. In Townsend’s article there no mention of the group stressing chastity within a heterosexual  context or within committed relationships as a whole, so this is not a sex-addiction support group, but rather a group designed to pray away the gay, a group that teaches that homosexuality is wrong and a “gender disorder.”

The group is supposed to be confidential. Reporter Townsend kept the confidentiality of the rest of the group, with the exception of the priests who led the group meetings and are public about their involvement. Tom Brock is a man who has raised the bar on homophobia in Minneapolis and is spreading a homo-hating message while having sex with men. Exposing Tom Brock vs busting the confidentiality of one harmful hypocrite? Mmm, greater good wins out.

And Queerty reports that Hope Lutheran Church has put Brock on a two week administrative leave after his Slovakian sexcapade was made public. He will likely return to his job.

Tom Brock is conflicted about his sexuality. As such he should have worked on himself and not exteriorized his internal issues from the pulpit to harm others who are living their own lives.

[HT: Lavender Magazine, Queerty]

Al Gore Massage Shakedown?

So the National Enquirer has some professional masseuse who gave Al Gore a 3 1/2 hour massage  in 2006 and is claiming the former VP sexually assaulted her. And she has the stained panties to prove it. Um ugh. Oh btw, he paid her $540 for the massage.

Anyway, the police department in Portland Oregon where the alleged professional massage took place issued a statement which my local radio guys John & Ken read on the the air. The basic timeline:

Late 2006: Masseuse’s lawyer calls PD and says client was sexually assaulted by Al Gore and has the DNA evidence to prove it. On her panties. Client declines to come in and be interviewed. Matter round filed.

2007: When recontacted by the police, lawyer says they are pursuing this as a civil matter.

Jan 2009: Professional masseuse decided to follow up with criminal case, and is interviewed by police.

We can only assume she still has her dirty laundry. However, the Portland Police and DA decided that there isn’t a case. So the masseuse asks the police for her statements and goes to the tabloid. Guess that civil case didn’t work out like she planned…

Oh and the name Gore used while in the hotel getting a professional 3 1/2 hour massage for $540? Mr. Stone.

(photo: Cobalt 123, creative commons)

Beatty/Benning’s Eldest Child to Transition, per Enquirer

Warren Beatty and Annette Benning’s eldest child has state his move to transition from female to male, per the National Enquirer. Eighteen year-old Kathryn, who now goes by Stephen, has expressed a desire to pursue gender assignment through hormones and surgery.

Hopefully the Enquirer will learn the correct pronoun usage when writing about transpeople. Even more hopefully, the Beatty/Benning household is more accepting of the matter than tabloid’s story would lead people to believe.


photo: Alan Light

Late Night: What’s Bugging You? It’s a Matter of Taste

There’s a lot to yammer about, from tasty food and eating bugs to whatever is bugging whoever.

I had an unexpected run in with chapulina empanadas at one of Los Angeles’ most popular Oaxacan  restaurants which has super hot waiters. That night ours had a spider tattoo on his neck. Anyway my Spanish is pretty marginal, and for some reason I thought chapulinas might be cheese curds. Then the empanadas came and after a couple bites, I went

Oh maybe seeds…?

Then I found a leg, at which point I mentioned to the one dude in our group that these might be crickets. He called over the cute tattooed waiter and asked

Hey, are these crickets?

And the guy replied,

Nah, grasshoppers.

So our hero said

Oh cool, grasshoppers!

slapped some guacamole on the empanada and munched it down, smiling all the while and saving us from the label of sissy gringos. Though I’ll still never order the goat spine in mole.

There’s a really interesting theory about why foods are kosher or not: When things possess the qualities of two things, when they are “neither fish nor fowl” they are unclean or treyf. Take oysters, which look like rocks, but contain a living thing. Or lobsters, crab and shrimp–giant bugs that live in the ocean. Ostriches are birds which run and do not fly, and so on.

Laker Parade: Kobe and Pot Lollipops


Los Angeles has some really awesome rolling food vendors: Korean BBQ tacos, Canters Deli, Indian food, crepes, cupcakes, gourmet coffee and of course the basic burger and burrito trucks show up where ever there’s a crowd. Today’s lake victory parade in downtown had a newcomer to the mobile munchie force: Weed World Candies.com, a van featuring bikini clad babes sorting buds.

Fans along the victory parade route who had their medical marijuana cards with them were able to buy prescription pot and received a get-high gift with purchase–a cannabis candy lollipop.

Weed World Candies’ van owner Bilal Muhammad told the Los Angeles Times that he was recently forced to shut down his store in West Hollywood, and had taken his business on the road.

Weed World Candies apparently has outlets across the country, but their website is not up yet.


(photo of Weed World Candies Atlanta truck: P. Pressar, creative commons)

FINALLY! Gulf Benefit Tonight, CNN: Justin Beiber, Sting, Cameron Diaz

It’s about time! Finally there’s large scale national benefit for the Gulf region. The spill may not have injured orphans and displaced families like earlier telethons, but the BP spill’s impact  affects hundreds of thousands of people–oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, support workers, the tourism industry–in at least four states, as well as millions of non-human life forms: Coral, crabs, fish, dolphins, manatees,  sea birds, plants. And all our oceans are connected…this could flow across the globe. Buh bye, world.

So Larry King is devoting two hours tonight, beginning at 8pm Eastern time for a telethon/concert/fundraiser for humans and the environment devastated by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Sting has signed on, along with teen sensation Justin Beiber, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest, and Robert Redford, Deepak Chopra, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, Herbie Hancock and India.Arie.

CNN states that the event will benefit

United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

The Nature Conservancy lists BP as a member of its International Leadership Council.

(shoop: commentary/fair use/creative commons by K.Baird)

Lieberman Backpedals on Internet Kill Switch. Kinda. NOT!

Two ago weeks Senator Joe “Turncoat” Lieberman, along with Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware proposed the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, an internet kill switch which any POTUS, any time could flick to shut off the Intertoobs. And keep them shut off indefinitely. Much outrage and uproar ensued.

Sunday on CNN Loserman tried to explain that what he had in mind was not a total “All Your Base Are Belong to Us” move, but rather a partial Internet shut down. And why? Because other countries already have that in place and we have to keep up with the Hu Jintaos?

Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too.

Wait, wut? Haven’t we been busy decrying actions like that as being all mean and stuff, and talking about how awful it that China can’t have Google or goatse, like real a democracy? And how it sucked that Pakistan shut down Facebook and Google on “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day”?

Lieberman goes on to explain that people are just over reacting and that the bill not censorship. Oh rilly? Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset would force private websites to comply with broad cybersecurity measures and allow the President to disconnect Internet networks. The president’s power to shut down parts of the Web could be renewed indefinitely under the bill.

But it’s not a big deal, says Lieberman:

We need this capacity in a time of war. We need the capacity for the president to say, ‘Internet service provider, we’ve got to disconnect the American Internet from all traffic coming in from another foreign country, or we have to put a patch on this part of it’.

So I say to my friends on the Internet, relax. Take a look at the bill. And this is something that we need to protect our country.

Lieberman seems like he’s trying to sell this piece of legislation as (thought process/spin):

Oh noes, nasty people could mess with the internets and use them to cause and spread misinformation.

Well, yeah, and how is that different from our not-so upheavally present day?

Please email your senators on both side of the aisle with your opinions on the matter.

[HT: Raw Story]

Drill Baby Drill? No, We Cry in Anguish and Sorrow

Thank you for saying this more eloquently thank I ever could.

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