A young man named Jarod McIntosh claims he is being generally discharged from the United States Navy for being gay. How did this come about? Well, he was a culinary specialist aboard one of the submarines and was based out of King’s Bay, Georgia. On April 28th, 2010, he took his cell down to the submarine and it happened to be a restricted area. Needless to say, you aren’t allowed to have any electronics capable of taking photographs in a restricted area. When officers found out he had his phone (with a built in camera) in the area, they confiscated it and told him he’d get it back at the end of the day. His phone was submitted to security to ensure classified photos had not been taken. They hadn’t, of course, but McIntosh had “personal” photos of his own on there that they soon discovered.
They found pictures of him and his boyfriend Doug – obviously telling them that McIntosh was gay. The chief of the boat wanted to see him first thing the next day in his office. He said that he’d get a report file against him under Article 92 Failure to obey a lawful order and he’d get it the next little while. Two weeks passed hadn’t about the report and was informed by captain about getting an dishonorable discharge from the Navy. He was told essentially that bringing the cell phone into the restricted area wasn’t grounds for discharge, but being gay was. His direct superiors tried to challenge this and keep him in the Navy, but the board did not listen and now McIntosh is challenging the decision. How does this stuff still keep happening? So maddening.
Just the day after the Teen Choice Awards as Katy’s Perry‘s music video for “Teenage Dream” debuts (unfortunately not visible in Canada online at this point – grrr), a new track, produced by Tricky Stewart, was released called “Circle The Drain.” Listening to the lyrics, people are already saying that she’s taking a stab at her ex Travie McCoy. Here are some snippets of the lyrics (keeping in mind that McCoy has been addicted to pharmaceuticals since he was a teen) so you can see what I mean:
A little harsh, Gretch…but who doesn’t love an angry song now and again (Pink “So What,” Alanis Morissette “You Outta Know,” pour example). Let me know what you think of the new track!
Influential Australian photographer Paul Freeman’s new book Outback Brumby is the third offering from his Outback picture book series. Like its predecessors, Outbook Brumby is another steamy collection of the male physique shot in the Australian Outback.
Using muted earthy colors, Freeman beautifully exhibits the male form in all its strength and beauty. These mouth-wateringly sexy and handsomely rugged men are presented in seductive poses using a cowboy theme as a backdrop without being cliched or cheesy.
You might be wondering what/who/where a “brumby” is? In Australian folklore, the brumby is often romanticized as a heroic creature with majestic beauty and strength. A Brumby is a free-roaming feral horse found in many areas of the country, but mostly concentrated in Australia’s Northern Territory.
And we’re back! Sorry for the absence last week, I was still recovering from Vancouver Pride (which was, as usual, amazing) so writing a recap was a little out of the question. Last week’s episode was good, but not as good as last night’s…
This week, the three contestants vying for the title of Top Draguate, were none other than RuPaul’s three sisters, Rozy, Renae and Renetta. Given that Ru is… well, Ru, you’d think that his sisters would have some of the same spicy attitude that makes him tick, but they actually needed a little coaxing to break out of their shells. Rozy, the youngest of the three sisters at 48, just wanted to be the glamorous little sister. She was conservative, but still had a sexy little diva hiding inside. She brought the attitude and the confidence and her personality most resembled that of her famous older brother. Renae, the first oldest sister, hadn’t felt pretty in a long time, which was strange because she was known as the glamorous, sex-kitten one when she was younger. As a kindergarten teacher, she was quite a bit more reserved and a little stiff. And finally Renetta, the second eldest sister and twin to sister Renae, seemed to need the most breaking of her shell. She always puts others before her and worries for everyone. Aside from that though, she was looking forward to putting herself first, but she made it clear that she didn’t want to do any ‘ho’ing.’
We’ve heard of Roid Rage, but who knew there was a thing called McNugget Rage. Police in Toledo, Ohio just released surveillance video of an incident from New Year’s Day at a local McDonald’s drive thru. In the wee hours of the morning, 25-year-old Melodi Dushane drove up to the fast food giant with a hankering for Chicken McNuggets. Doesn’t seem out the norm yet, it sounds like something I would do after partying it up on New Year’s Eve. Problem was, it was 6:30 in the morning and they were only serving breakfast items.
Sufficed to say, Dushane didn’t take the news graciously. She stepped out of her car and began to punch the McDonald‘s employee in the mouth. What ensued was an all-out girlfight between Dushane and a few Golden Arches employees. There was hair-pulling, more punching and I’m sure plenty of choice words exchanged (the video doesn’t have any sound).
Eventually the employees managed to close the drive thru window on Dushane, but that didn’t stop the McIdiot from making herself look more foolish. She goes back to her car to grab some sort of object that she uses to break the window. Finally wising up, Dushane leaves the scene only to be apprehended and charged with vandalism by the police later.
It sounds promising! Geri Halliwell, formerly of the Spice Girls (alongside Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm) is working on a new girl group of superstar “Wannabes” modelled after the Spice Girls.
According to News of the World:
“She wants to combine the energy and drive of the Spice Girls…. She’s been keeping it quiet because she doesn’t want to jinx anything but she has told the other girls and they are very supportive…. Geri has already introduced the band to some key music executives and quite a few of the labels have already taken a keen interest. She believes the time is right for another girl band to take over the world.”
What do you think – will this group be even half as spicy as they were?
A new romantic comedy called The Romantics, written and directed by Galt Niederhoffer, is set for release September 10th, featuring an all start cast, including Katie Holmes. The plot is about, “Seven close friends reunite for the wedding of two of their friends. Problems arise because the bride and the maid of honor have had a long rivalry over the groom.” It almost reminds me of my best friends wedding, except this time she’s the best friend of the bride instead of the groom. The New York Times says, “Katie Holmes does the finest work of her career.” Wow, that’s a bold statement!
Anna Paquin plays the bride, Josh Duhamel the groom, and Katie Holmes plays the maid of honor. Some of the other recognizable faces in the cast you’ll see include Candice Bergen, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, and Malin Akerman.
This type of post might be expected more from our resident country music aficionado, Dan, but I have to admit, I’m a closet Sugarland fan. Ever since lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles sang a duet with Beyonce on “Irreplaceable“, I’ve loved the top selling country duo. The multi-platinum artist released the music video for their latest hit track.
“Stuck Like Glue” is light whimsical song with pop-reggae undertones. It just set the record for the highest debut (#20) on Billboard’s Hot 100 for a country duo. It also leaped to #22 on Billboard’s Country chart as well, indicating the track has a strong possibility for crossover appeal. Country is a relatively safe genre, and it’s great to see Sugarland experiment with their sound and new track. With it’s pop sensibilities, the experimental track seems a sure bet to garner new fans for the country duo.
With it’s playful melody, it’s great to see the music video is as quirky as the song. In the video, Nettles flips the script and instead of being the object of a stalker, she reveals herself to be one instead. But who can blame her, when the object of desire is none other than sexy Ryan McPartlin. The hunky star of Chuck even caught my eye and was once a weekly crush of mine.