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Archive for June, 2011

Dear Bishop

by on Jun.30, 2011, under Queer, Snark

Dear Your Eminence,

(or is it Highness, I could never get these things right)

I wanted to write you this letter to congratulate you for your recent statements that have been quite enlightening.

Although I am a practicing Methodist and was raised a Protestant by my mother, I studied for twelve years in the premiere Jesuit school in our country. Also, my father’s side of the family is Catholic. As such, I have always considered myself as someone who has a fairly deep understanding of, if not belief in, Catholic dogma and practices.

Thus, I found your statements quite intriguing as these led me to new insights about Catholic doctrine that I never knew existed. You learn something new everyday, as they say.

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Time For A Hanging

by on Jun.26, 2011, under Film & TV

“The Hangover II” was basically “The Hangover” minus the humor. It’s quite disappointing because “The Hangover” is one of my favorite comedies ever, a delightful surprise I almost hadn’t watched had there been anything else I wanted to see at that time. The sequel retreads the original, going down the same path of plot structure, shenanigans, and such – except for being hardly funny (and for being transplanted from Vegas to Bangkok).

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Just Green and Bear It

by on Jun.19, 2011, under Film & TV, Geeky

I was never a fan of Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern. When I was growing up as a huge fan of DC comics, he bored me. He wasn’t awful or anything, he was still a staple of my Super Friends formative years, but he did nothing for me. I didn’t dislike him; I just didn’t like him. The Big Three (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) were always portrayed as “too perfect,” but I found them fascinating.

GL was okay but bland to me. Mind, I later heard he was good in the GL/GA 70’s stories, but aside from that, what I read were never enough to make me follow him. I found other Green Lanterns worthier of my time. Then, in the 90’s, Hal was replaced by the infinitely more interesting Kyle Rayner.

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Vertical Space

by on Jun.13, 2011, under Queer

A coffin, a casket

A little girl’s basket

One cannot breathe, one can flee

Blind is the man who cannot see

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X: A Super-Hero Love Story, Part 2

by on Jun.06, 2011, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

Continued From:

X: A Super-Hero Love Story, Part 1

And so Charles and Erik begin to train their newly-gathered ragtag band of misfits. Training montage!

We see Charles constantly grabbing Banshee by the throat to teach him how to properly “control his muscles” there. We see Hank and Havok, who bares his lovely arms, routinely bickering like a loving couple.

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X: A Super-Hero Love Story, Part 1

by on Jun.06, 2011, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

“Prof. X and Magneto: A Love Story” is a more apt title for “X-Men: First Class.” In this prequel (or re-boot, the jury seems to still be out on that one) to the “X-Men” movie series, we see how it all began with Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, future frenemies and apparently former star-crossed would-have-been-lovers, except for the conflicting ideologies.

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