Governor Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over access to a database that the Florida Secretary of State believes will provide more accurate information on the citizenship status of Florida voters, though the DHS says looking at the database isn’t gonna help him in his cockamamie hunt for ee–lee-gull voters. Here’s what Florida’s governor is spewing to justify his suing–and even Fox’s Neil Cavuto seemed awestruck by the insanity:
The Florida’s Secretary of State office will be filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to give us that database.We want to have fair, honest elections in our state and so we have been put in a position that we have to sue the federal government to get this information.
Okay, Rick, we get it. In Florida, cats can’t vote. In fact, no matter where you live, cats can’t vote. Not even Mr. Bruce.
Mr. Bruce is a cat. A cat who loves the band Queen. Freddie Mercury, Queen’s the lead singer loved cats. Today would have been Mercury’s 65th birthday, but sadly he died of AIDS-related complications in 1991. In his memory, friends and family immediately established the Mercury Phoenix Trust raise to money and awareness about AIDS. Since 1992 the Mercury Phoenix Trust has been responsible for donating more than $15 million in the fight against AIDS through proceeds and royalties from the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness and other fund raising efforts.
Part of the MPT’s fund-raising and awareness comes from Freddie for a Day, where in people–or in this case, Mr. Bruce–dress as Freddie Mercury and ask others to sponsor them. I sponsored Mr. Bruce who already sports a fine moustache à la Mercury in his later years (and fur coat like Mercury’s early stage ensembles). He wouldn’t stand for Mercury’s yellow jacket even if it came in his size, so he decided to interpret Freddie Mercury with a flamboyant magenta ruff acquired while I was out of the house, having left him to his own devices with Burning Man webstreaming live.
In honor of Freddie Mercury, please do your part for HIV/AIDS awareness:
*Participate in Freddie for a Day and ask friends to sponsor you
*Throw an impromptu Freddie for a Day party and take donations for MTP
*Make a donation to a local HIV/AIDS charity: Food an/ord toiltries for a food bank, cash, or time.
*Make a donation an organization that provides global HIV/AIDS assistance
*And today and everyday, practice safer sex–use condoms!
Last night I went to the American Foundation for Equal Rights benefit concert. Full disclosure, I paid for my ticket. AMFR is the sole sponsor of the federal court challenge of California’s Proposition 8, known as Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
Elton John was awesome (more on that later), and it was kinda thrilling to see Theodore Olson and David Boies take the stage together. Olsen said their plan was for him get to the four Supreme Court Justices that voted his way and the five that voted Boies’ way re: Florida, and that way they’d have all nine. Laughs form the audience. Chairman Rob Reiner said the whole point was being non-partisan. Both John Podesta and the Cato Institute are involved with AFER.
would always be there for you standing at the forefront to help you guys
and while he realized he had everything, he didn’t have the right to be married to his partner of 17 years. Midway through the set which included several new songs plus “Levon,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Candle in the Wind,” “I’m Still Standing,’ “crocodile Rock,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” and Benny and the Jets,” plus some awesome jazz, boogey-woogey and barrelhouse piano improv, Sir Elton, who looked like he was having a ton of fun, got serious with a speech ending with the full force of righteous anger toward the churches, the people and politicians who deny equal marriage rights:
Fuck you! Fuck you!
Celebrity spotting was not the purpose of the evening, though Adam Lambert, Golden Globe winner/Glee star Jane Lynch and Bruce Vilanch–who our cat Mr Bruce is partially named for (see photo below)–were two rows in front of me.
The event was held at Ron Burkle’s estate in the benefit section of the vast grounds, with one tent for the concert and another for enormous and elegant buffet, with an open bar. The passed hors d’oeuvres included mini-burgers, brie and pear tarts, shrimp and wee pizzas, plus tables loaded with salads, green beans, vegan mousaka, braised short ribs on puff pastry and some amazing desserts including homemade s’mores.
But Elton, OMG! It was incredible to see him up close like that and for such a good cause.
It was 7.2. And the chandeliers swayed during the Easter Mass given by Cardinal Roger Mahoney. A woman got stuck in a elevator in Century City.
In Mexicali a couple power polls went down, and there were some building damaged. Reports are sketchy and unofficial right now; the NY Times says
A reporter in Tijuana for the newspaper Frontera who did not want to give his name said there were no reports of damage or injury there but reporters were awaiting definitive word from the authorities.