Latest Blogs

Late Night: Chris Kluwe Scores Win for LGBT!

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:54 pm

Chris Kluwe

I don’t know a whole lot about football. In a pinch I will root for the Ravens because they are named for the quintessential Edgar Allen Poe poem (though one hopes their Super Bowl win will not live up to the poem’s refrain).

Up until a couple years ago I thought the Vikings were cool, too, because Loki is rad and so is Odin. And Valkeries! And Berserkers!!  I also bet ponies by color of silks and horses’ names. Yes, I am sports challenged. Actually when the Viking’s punter (that’s the guy who kicks the ball on fourth and long) Chris Kluwe spoke up for marriage equality in Minnesota as a private citizen, not as a Viking, it put the team on my radar. Goooo Minnysoooootah!

Kluwe was bucking stereotypes of thick-skulled football players, and setting a positive, inclusionary message since there are plenty of LGBT football fans, and every adult should have the right to get married.

Only Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer repeatedly used homophobic language in Kluwe’s presence and spouted Biblical quotes as his justification for his bigotry.

After escalating hostilities as well as surgery on his knee, Kluwe was replaced by a draft pick. He sued the Vikings over their anti-gay behavior. Today the lawsuit was settled with the team donating a substantial amount to five charities, including several in Minnesota, over the next five years. In addition, tweeted Kluwe:

They are implementing enhanced training within the entire organization, and are committed to a zero tolerance policy on homophobia…The Vikings will be working to create a symposium to bring together sports and LBGTQ leaders in order to address this issue in sports.

Even better:

Priefer has been suspended the first three games of the 2014 NFL season and will donate $100k to LGBT charities.

Score! Thanks Chris Kluwe! And here he is playing bass with his band Tripping Icarus:


RIP: Lauren Bacall

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 7:54 pm

Gods, I love Lauren Bacall — elegant, smart, witty, husky voiced, strong-willed. I loved her hair, her movies, her romance with Humphrey Bogart, her graceful ballsy aging. This elegant, intelligent no-BS woman has died at 89 of stroke-related complications, and with her passing a great deal of Hollywood history is gone.

Her movies with Bogey were my favorite, Dark Passage my ultimate fave, but who can forget this sexy scene from The Big Sleep?

Or this classic from To Have and Have Not, where the legendary couple met:

Bacall had impeccable comic timing:

And she wrote a great autobiography, By Myself (and the revised edition By Myself and Then Some, which detailed her career, her marriage to the older Bogey (who died when she was 32 of esophageal cancer), her engagement to Frank Sinatra (which he ended over phone), and her later marriage to Jason Robards. Vanity Fair details her later career thusly:

Bacall, who had bought an apartment in 1961 in New York’s legendary Dakota building (where she would live for the rest of her life), found a new home on Broadway, winning best-actress Tonys for 1970′s Applause (the musical based on All About Eve, with Bacall playing the diva role made famous by her idol and friend Bette Davis) and 1981′s Woman of the Year (in a role originated on-screen by another Bacall pal, Katharine Hepburn). She continued to shine on-screen in such films as The Shootist (her last romantic lead, opposite John Wayne, in his last movie), The Fan, Misery, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, where, as Barbra Streisand’s imperious mother, she finally earned her first and only Oscar nomination at 72. (The Academy finally gave her an honorary award for lifetime achievement in 2009.)

Bacall remained an icon of old-school glamour and poise, even as she continued to take risks in her work (appearing in Lars von Trier’s experimental film Dogville in 2003, or playing a version of herself who gets mugged by a mobster in a 2006 episode of The Sopranos).

Bacall was astounding, and affected me so deeply growing up, those cheekbones, the non-traditional (by California standards of surfer girls) beauty, the voice, oh the voice. All the angels know how to whistle now.

Late Night: Sometimes You Just Need Cute

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:54 pm

Things all over the world suck pretty much. Hugely. And sometimes we just need a break from misery, war, death, drought, disease, fires, floods, and plague. And that’s why there are cute animal videos. I have friend who actually asked me to block him from seeing any cute animal pics and videos I might post on Facebook (grinch), but in general, most people find cute animals to be very relaxing, a nice break from the horrors of our news (and the ads for catheters and transvaginal mesh lawsuits).

So take a moment to enjoy some goofiness and joy. Sleep well and Happy Late Night!


FDL Late Night: Cameron, Wormwood Star

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 7:54 pm

Muse, witch, magician, painter, poet: Cameron, born Marjorie Elizabeth Cameron in 1922, and one of the most inspirational figures of the last century, will be the subject of major exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art featuring art and ephemera. Opening October 11, 2014, “Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman” highlights the the publication of [...]

Late Night: Grammatical Goofing

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 7:54 pm

I could of maybe found some other video, but this one,  its really accurate about mistakes people make in there writings. Plus I drunk a lot of expresso and surprise!! Actually tonight  I’m prepping for ArtExpoSD — I leave tomorrow at 8am–where I’m showing five artists in my booth, plus wrangling another curator, an artist [...]

HBO Doc “The Newburgh Sting” Asks Terrorism or Entrapment?

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 4:14 pm

  In 2009, with television cameras rolling, the FBI triumphantly busted a domestic terrorist ring from Newburgh, NY. The men, known as the Newburgh Four, are each serving a 25-year sentence for plotting to blow up two synagogues and shoot down military supply planes. FDL reported on the story and case; read Kevin’s take on it for more [...]

Late Night: Baseball Fan Gets Nuts Busted Snoozing, Sues for $10 Million

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:54 pm

Harps help Morpheus embrace us in his wings….zzzzz. But for Andrew Robert Rector, sleep came before the 7th inning stretch of the April 13th Yankee-Red Sox game. And now he’s suing. Not because the game was boring, but for defamation. In his $10million suit, Rector alleges that Yankees, ESPN and its announcers… broadcast photos of [...]

Late Night: My Ding-a-Ling

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:54 pm

Chuck Berry just wants some of that rock’n’roll music while he plays with his ding-a-ling–and really who can blame him? In 1980 at height of punk rock Jet Lag magazine, a punk zine asked Berry for his opinions of some of the biggest punk bands around and the results are hilarious. Dangerous Minds unearthed these [...]

Late Night: Being the Cool Jerk

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 7:54 pm

A new study from Columbia Business School shows that, in general–at least during negotiations–most people don’t have a clue how they come across. (The study didn’t go into gender splits, that could have be extra interesting.) The setup was pretty simple. Participants were paired up and asked to negotiate a basic licensing agreement, then rate [...]

Late Night: Glow Little Glow Worm

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 7:54 pm

I love stuff that glows in the dark! How about glow-in-the-dark Jell-O? Yes, you can use it with Jell-O shots, but you need a black light. I recently got glow-in the-dark paint for the garden and felt like the Red Queen having her knights paint the roses red. Years ago, when I was a kid, there [...]

support firedoglake