Archive for December 11th, 2008

Pat Boone Rhetoric…

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Prop. 8 protesters the same as terrorists


( Mirek Towski)


“…there is a real, unbroken line between the jihadist savagery in Mumbai and the hedonistic, irresponsible, blindly selfish goals and tactics of our homegrown sexual jihadists.”
                  – Pat Boone, December 6, 2008


Country singer and right-wing pundit Pat Boone has written a column equating the movement against Prop. 8 to the terrorists who tortured and murdered hundreds in Mumbai.

This is a new low in anti-gay rhetoric.

Boone and his buddies continue to stir up fear, even if they have to lie. It’s exactly how they passed the California marriage ban.

We need your help to stop the radical right from painting a movement about love and dignity as violent and radical. We need your support to stay strong, smart, and nimble, to combat these growing attacks with the simple truth: all we want is equality.

Make a donation to HRC on behalf of Pat Boone. Your gift helps HRC combat these lies – and sends the message that our call for equality cannot be silenced.

We’ll even send Mr. Boone a note with your first name and gift amount to let him know you’ve donated in his name.

It’s time to say enough to the deception and false ads that defeated marriage equality in three states and banned gay couples from adopting in Arkansas; enough to the attempts to equate peaceful protest with “jihadist savagery”; enough to the lies used to block federal hate crimes laws and workplace protections.


If, every time they tell another lie, run another deceptive ad or use more fear-mongering to try and win votes and recruit new members, we respond by strengthening our movement for equality, eventually they’ll realize they’re hurting themselves more than they’re hurting us.

But it only works if we all stand up.

What’s perhaps most disturbing about Boone’s rhetoric – painting LGBT people as a threat to society – is that it leads to the very real hate violence directed against LGBT people every day.

We can’t stop the Pat Boones of our world from speaking their ugly lies, but together we can make sure that there’s a political cost associated with this kind of hateful speech.


Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese

To see the full article by Pat Boone, click here.




Special Oscar for Jerry Lewis…

Thursday, December 11th, 2008


Jerry Lewis to receive special Oscar


By Gregg Kilday


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Jerry Lewis finally is getting some respect from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose board of governors has voted to honor him with a special Oscar for his humanitarian work.


The prolific filmmaker, who has never been nominated for an Oscar, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony on February 22.


“Jerry is a legendary comedian who has not only brought laughter to millions around the world but has also helped thousands upon thousands by raising funds and awareness for those suffering from muscular dystrophy,” Academy president Sid Ganis said.


Lewis, 82, who made his screen debut with nightclub-act partner Dean Martin in 1949’s My Friend Irma, began making local and national televised appeals on behalf of the newly founded Muscular Dystrophy Assn. during the early 1950s. He has been the organization’s national chairman since 1952 and has spearheaded the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, which has raised more than $2 billion, since 1966.


Lewis starred alongside Martin in 16 films before establishing a solo career as a screen performer, director and producer with such films as The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, The Disorderly Orderly and Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy.


A series of lectures on filmmaking that Lewis delivered as an adjunct professor at USC was published as The Total Film-Maker in 1971.



Macaulay Culkin’s Sister Killed…

Thursday, December 11th, 2008


Macaulay Culkin’s sister, Dakota Culkin, dies after being struck by a car


Macaulay Culkin’s 29-year-old sister Dakota died in a tragic car accident on Wednesday in Los Angeles.


According to police, Dakota Culkin was struck by a car after she stepped off the curb while walking on the west side of Los Angeles on Tuesday night.


She was taken to UCLA hospital where she died yesterday of massive head injuries.


LAPD tells “Extra” the driver was not under the influence, stopped to aid Dakota, and is not being charged.


Macaulay’s rep has released an official statement: “We can officially confirm that the victim is Dakota Culkin. This is a terrible tragic accident. We have no further comment at this time.”


Dakota Culkin was the second eldest of the Culkin clan of seven.



Sally Eilers Birthday…

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Sally Eilers!




née Dorothea Sally Eilers


  • BORN: December 11, 1908, New York, New York
  • DIED: January 5, 1978, Woodland Hills, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart attack
  • BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Glendale, Freedom Mausoleum, Columbarium of Understanding


( / A. J. Marik)



Golden Globe Nominations…

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Ledger, ‘Button,’ ‘Nixon’ get Golden nods



Winslet, Streep receive double nominations; Pitt, Cruise also selected

The Associated Press
Thurs., Dec. 11, 2008

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Frost/Nixon” led the Golden Globes on Thursday with five nominations each, among them best drama, while “Doubt” also has five, including four acting slots.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)