Sunday, November 16, 2008

Join the Impact Across the U.S. November 15, 2008

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Join The Impact in my home city San Francisco on Saturday, November 15, 2008

This is a day I will never forget. The weather was in the 80's (fabulous), the sun was shining, love was in the air, and my emotions were much more than I ever expected. What a day when the whole country can come together as one. To me, California Prop 8 has been a blessing in disguise.

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San Francisco No On Prop 8 March November 7, 2008

San Francisco No On Prop 8 March (Part 1)



San Francisco No on Prop 8 March (Part 2)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Margaret Cho and Gay Marriage

You Have Got To

Borrowed from Huntington's Blog

"Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio there is a young gay person who all the sudden realizes that he or she is gay; knows that if their parents find out they will be tossed out of the house, their classmates will taunt the child, and the Anita Bryants and John Briggses are doing their part on TV.

"And that child has several options: staying in the closet, and suicide. And then one day that child might open the paper that says 'Homosexual elected in San Francisco' and there are two new options: the option is to go to California, or stay in San Antonio and fight.

"Two days after I was elected I got a phone call and the voice was quite young. It was from Altoona, Pennsylvania. And the person said 'Thanks'. And you've got to elect gay people, so that thousand upon thousands like that child know that there is hope for a better world; there is hope for a better tomorrow. Without hope, not only gays, but those who are blacks, the Asians, the disabled, the seniors, the us's: without hope the us's give up. I know that you can't live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living.

"And you, and you, and you, and you have got to give them hope."

- Harvey Milk

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ugly Betty Cast Also Opposes Prop 8

With less than a week to go, the battle still continues and is getting uglier. Please Vote No on Prop 8

Spanish version:



English Version:

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Debate With Myself on Proposition 8

I am posting this for those Californian's who stumble across my blog that might be undecided or unsure of how they will vote.

The following is a letter to the editor in the Recorder:

A Debate With Myself on Proposition 8
The Recorder
Commentary By Jim Brosnahan
October 17, 2008

This is a one-sided debate that is addressed to you, Richard Peterson. You have listed yourself as a faculty member of Pepperdine University School of Law and you have, as is your right under the First Amendment, broadcast your views throughout the state in a pro-Proposition 8 advertisement.

I wrote you a polite letter and I asked you to debate the measure but I have heard nothing and I take it you're not going to respond. Therefore, if you don't mind, I would like to express to you and anybody who reads this my thoughts on the points that you make and what's wrong with them. In my view, your points are deeply flawed, misleading and, at times, an attempt to play on the fear of the viewer unfairly.

Here goes:

First, in California, when there are two people who are in love and who are committed to each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together, they should have, as declared under the law, every right to be married like anybody else.

In support of Prop 8, you have falsely suggested that churches would have a tax problem if the initiative were not passed. Prop 8 should be defeated and its defeat will not cause any problem to churches. Churches have the protection of the First Amendment. They are free to marry or not marry anyone they wish and they would not lose their tax-exempt status as you suggest. Your point is unworthy of a law professor.

In a similar vein of attempting to frighten people, you have suggested that somehow, if Prop 8 does not pass, little children will be taught about same-sex marriage in school, and that this will be bad for them. As others have pointed out, there is no requirement that schools have to teach anything about marriage, and furthermore, whatever is taught will be determined by the local school boards.

I would have thought, sir, as I assume you are a religious person, that you understand and have indeed taught that God has made all of us, not just some of us. If we are in God's image, then we must accept all of God's children. This is fundamental and you should accept it.

With regard to your religion, it has no place in the California Constitution, just as I am sure that you would not want me to enshrine my religion in our state's laws. I not only respect your religion, but have, in court, defended people's right to practice their religion. But it still should not be put into the Constitution.

You have presented yourself as a law professor and indeed you are, but the courses you've taught seem to have nothing to do with the Constitution. You are not, as far as I can determine, a person who has studied the constitutional law of this country, taught it, or litigated it in cases involving it. Perhaps I am wrong, but your school Web site's biography does not show it. Therefore, as you present yourself as an expert in the California Constitution, I would seriously question your credentials to do that.

Your commercials attack the judges of California. This is despicable for a number of reasons. One, you are a law professor and you know better. Two, they cannot answer you, they cannot fight back because it's against the rules that govern judges and you know that. More important is the fact that those judges did what they thought was right under the law and they deserve your respect and the respect of the people of California. They are learned, they are studious and they believe that people in California under the Constitution are entitled to equality and equal rights. It is one of the most fundamental constitutional principles that govern and indeed protects all of us.

Equality itself involves the rights of citizens and the rights of minorities. As many Californians are minorities, this is fundamental to any understanding of our Constitution. As a lawyer, I am sure you have been told this many times. So the suggestion that the majority should be allowed to oppress a minority or to deny a minority equal protection is one that you ought to know is not governed by the California Constitution and should not be.

Further, you should know that U.S. Supreme Court authority says that you can not write discrimination into a state constitution. There are cases that have held exactly that, which would mean that Prop 8 would be a dead letter.

The history of marriage includes the history of using it as a weapon against unpopular or despised groups. I could give you many precedents and if we ever do debate, sir, I would be happy to suggest a few to you where certain groups were not allowed to marry as a manifestation of social opprobrium. This history has, for example, included race until it was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. Before it was struck down, a white person could not marry a black person. That sad history should not be resurrected in Prop 8 and that is one of the reasons this initiative should be defeated.

The people that you attempt to discriminate against are our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues. They are people who pay taxes, they are people who fight and die in our military, they serve in our police forces and our fire departments. In every way possible they participate in our society and our culture. They do everything that they can as citizens of California, and yet you want to put it in the Constitution that they be denied a fundamental right, the important right of marriage which is so central to one's life.

Sir, there is not enough love in this world and what love there is should be nurtured and not opposed by a state government and certainly by a state constitution.

There are a lot more arguments but these will have to suffice. I am voting no on Prop 8 and I am asking anybody I can find to do the same.

If you ever want to debate this issue before Nov. 4, please let me know.

Very truly yours,
Jim Brosnahan

Jim Brosnahan is a senior partner at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another New NO on 8 TV Commercial

The commercials are getting better, but they STILL haven't addressed the issue about taking away their church's tax exempt status which is a lie. Why the hell not?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Proponents of Prop 8 continue to lie in their television ads.

I'm really fed up with the No on 8 campaign, which seems to be running the kind of ineffective campaign that was run in Miami in 1978 against Anita Bryant. No grass roots, no leafletting, the TV campaign doesn't answer the Yes fears and lies head on.

Anyway, a co-worker where I work put this together and has contacted the No on 8 campaign about getting this information out there and I wanted to share this with everyone on my blog.

Here’s what’s fiction and what’s fact:

Fiction: Teaching children about same-sex marriage will happen here unless we pass Prop 8.

Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it, and the Yes on 8 campaign knows they are lying. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley has already ruled that this claim by Prop 8 proponents is “false and misleading.”

Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.

Fact: Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”

Fiction: A Massachusetts case about a parent's objection to the school curriculum will happen here.

Fact: Unlike Massachusetts, California gives parents an absolute right to remove their kids and opt-out of teaching on health and family instruction they don't agree with. The opponents know that California law already covers this and Prop 8 won't affect it, so they bring up an irrelevant case in Massachusetts.

Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco…

Fact: Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it's about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn't grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren't supposed to protect rights and freedoms. This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.

Fiction: People can be sued over personal beliefs.

Fact: California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.

Fiction: Pepperdine University supports the Yes on 8 campaign.

Fact: The university has publicly disassociated itself from Professor Richard Peterson of Pepperdine University, who is featured in the ad, and has asked to not be identified in the Yes on 8 advertisements.

Fiction: Unless Prop 8 passes, CA parents won't have the right to object to what their children are taught in school.

Fact: California law clearly gives parents and guardians broad authority to remove their children from any health instruction if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

Regardless of how you feel about the issue, we should not eliminate fundamental rights for ANY Californians. Please vote NO on Prop 8.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

VOTE NO ON PROP 8

I hope this doesn't pass, but right now, the yes on 8 "LIES" are working in their favor. Please, PLEASE, P L E A S E VOTE NO on PROP 8 and here's why... Please listen to the video before you cast your vote...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Presidential Debate 10/07/2008

I really don't have much to say about the debate last night that you don't already know. However, my friends, here are a few pictures I wanted to share with you about "That One", our next president, and "That Other Older One and his Train Wreck"! Which by the way, could really use some hair plugs (transplants) and more.

That One = Our next President 2008


That Old Maverick = McSame



Finally Obama/Biden thinking about the future and transportation and That Old Arrogant One and his Train Wreck

Sunday, October 5, 2008

With Less Than A Month To Go...

Please get out and vote NO on 8. Obama/Biden 2008


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Well, after a short break from blogging, I'm back and here's my take on the Vice President Debate

It's amazing how party-brainwashed some people are. Any independent/objective thinking individual could observe that Palin did well only in comparison to her horrific previous interviews. And she only sounded strong when she completely avoided questions she was uncomfortable with and instead spewed off some scripts fed to her by her coaches. This was a debate NOT a town hall meeting. In a debate you're supposed to ANSWER THE QUESTIONS! What good is Palin's straight talk if she's only willing to talk about certain things?

Ok, on a less serious note here, its funny, given Palin's lack of experience, I believe Tina Fey would indeed be a better candidate than Sarah. After all, she does a great job at portraying her here in the latest SNL Debate clip w/Queen Latifah (love her). You be the judge.



And, as an added bonus for sticking around, here is the Katie Couric/Tina Fay Interview

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Tribute to Sophia/Estelle Getty

Ma, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for bring us Sophia pussy-cat. R.I.P.

Picture this

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

It's Raining Men... Atlanta Pride 7/6/2008








Yes, I wanted me a good ol' thunder storm during my trip down south and I got just that!!!!!!!!! Mother nature finally decided to give Atlanta much needed rain seeing they are in a extreme draught, but why did this have to happen during the parade from start to finish and then clear up as the parade ended?!. Honey, Ms. Nature works in mysterious ways!

I will say though, I had a fabulous time in spite of the weather conditions. My friends - are the best a person could ask for. Their hospitality ROCKED. Oh, so, the men's down in Atlanta are...HAWT / HOT / HAWT / HOT! It certainly was hella nice to see some handsome faces for a change. On another note, I hope you enjoy the videos.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

SF Pride Weekend 2008







Well, I made it through round #1 SF Pride with my guests from Atlanta, Georgia. Fun was had all around. I just hope they enjoyed their time here and had a fabulous time in good ol' San Francisco.

Round #2 is Pride Atlanta and 4th of July. Yes, now it is my time to be shown some Southern hospitality down in the south. Because of the extreme draught in Atlanta, the city had to relocate their pride festival from the beautiful Piedmont park to Atlanta's Civic Center and the only dates available at this location close to the end of June were over the 4th of July. Three days of Festival and the parade is just about to make my liver go in complete shock.

Like SF, Atlanta also has a huge parade and celebration. Although, nothing can top Pride SF. Not even NYC! We now how to party here and have a good time. 1.1 million people can tell you that.


Anyway, stay tuned for my opinion and observations of the 2008 Atlanta Pride

Happy 4th of July and Pride

Sunday, June 15, 2008

2008 Cedar Rapids Flood

This is so SAD! My previous blog was about the tornado that ripped through Parkersburg, Iowa, now Iowans are facing catastrophic floods happening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Coralville. These are all communities I have grown up around. I hope and pray, mother nature ends this violent weather in the upper Midwest and soon. Please, say a prayer for my family, friends, and those who have lost their homes, property, and businesses after the deadly tornado's and floods of 2008!

Monday, June 9, 2008

EF5 Tornado hits extremely close to my hometown

On Sunday, May 25, 2008 (Memorial Weekend) an EF5 Tornado tore through a small town about a 1/2 hour from where I originally grew up. The winds were clocked at 220 miles per hour. The strongest on the fujita scale. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of this terrible tragedy

Monday, June 2, 2008

How was your weekend?

Mine was not as bad as Memorial Weekend, but there were nights involving drunk pub crawls. Also, I saw The Visitor and Sex and The City over the weekend. Both excellant films. And now I leave you a video montage my favorite British Comedy. No body does it better than Ab Fab. Enjoy

Thursday, May 29, 2008

173 days of marriage equality?

Dear Friends,

Do you want to live in a country that legalizes discrimination? Despite the recent California Supreme Court decision that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional, efforts are underway throughout the country to take away rights from same-sex couples.

I just joined thousands of others in showing my support for marriage equality for all. But recently, proponents of bigotry and hate collected even more signatures in an attempt to invalidate the California Supreme Court decision. And they won't stop with California—extremists are even trying to add a same-sex marriage ban to the U.S. Constitution.

We are at a turning point in our nation's history and I'm hoping you'll join me in standing up against discrimination. Please sign the Million for Marriage petition and get us one name closer to showing that Americans overwhelmingly support marriage equality!

http://www.MillionForMarriage.org

Every committed couple deserves to enjoy the privileges and responsibilities conferred by marriage. Add your name to the petition and be a part of the movement to fight for marriage equality for all.

Thank you!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More about my Memorial Weekend in Chicago

This weekend was IML, Bear Pride and the Grabby Awards! So, Chicago was full of leather, bears, and porn actors...oh my! And the winner is...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Chicago...My Kind of City

Just returned from a long wonderful weekend in the beautiful windy city. I've been to Chicago several times and it is one of my favorite cities in North America. Every time I return I end up missing it so much.

I often here people refer to it as "Chicago, my kind of town", well, this is no town, it's a World Class city. If you've never been, I really suggest checking it out. If it wasn't for the freezing cold winters, I would entertain the thought of relocating back to the Midwest.

Riding the EL, or L as some would say, is always a treat as well with all the great sites, shopping, and dining Chicago has to offer. Seriously, fours days is never enough time for me. You need at least a week to see what this exciting city has to offer! Hope you enjoy the video, I've included...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

How about some humor instead of all this negative vibe lately

I just love this video skit. It's from Mad TV a couple years a go.
Jersey Gurls on Spring Break. Sack waxing and Orca? Oy Vey...Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senator Ted Kennedy

I'm sorry he has been dealt this horrible news. I totally understand what it feels like being put in situation like that. For myself, a family member of mine is also suffering a tumor near the brain. My Mom was diagnosed with a Meningioma that is going to have to be removed.

I am scared to death for her. She is 86, but is one strong woman. It's not the surgery that concerns me. It's afterwards - the recovery. I'm afraid because of her age, this will make her go down hill, or worse yet, never recover.

I wouldn't wish this on anyone, not even Bush. I see all the negative comments being left on SFGate which is the San Francisco Chronicle's online website news columns. I don't think people should be wishing him or his family the worst. Now is not the time for this. Wishing harm on people is not a good thing because Karma will eventually come back at you.

If you only knew what it's like to be put in a situation like that, you wouldn't be wishing anyone bad thoughts like that. I feel really sorry for people that have to wish harm on innocent people who are already suffering! Some people can be so evil!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Pssst, 2 down and 48 to Go!

Why Gay Marriage is wrong? Please watch the entire video before you comment.


Bill O'Reilly Flips Out — Dance Remix

Straight up priceless...


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Battlestar Democratica

It's a clear play on the clever battlestar galactica summary of the first three seasons called: what the frak is going on?... Nonetheless, here is a 7 minute video that summarizes the democratic race to the official nomination...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Muni?! Striking resemblance though

with all the non U.S. Asian citizens knocking you out of the way in order to get a seat or on the train! I've heard of this...people pushers during Tokyo's rush hour. I know I'd be kicking some ass if I was being pushed or shoved like that.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The SF Chronicle reports Gov. Scwarzenegger has shifted his stance on a gay marriage ban

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he would fight an initiative to amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage if it qualifies for the November ballot.

Schwarzenegger said he was confident that such an amendment, which already are on the books in 26 other states, would never pass in California and called it a "waste of time."


I can just hear the nutwingers screaming over this. Tuff shit is all I'll say.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

I just want to put this out there because this is how I feel...

I've been thinking a lot lately about the BIG ONE = Earth Quake. If this happens before that idiot Bush leaves office, you can surely bet that he and his crooked administration will do nothing for the San Francisco Bay Area. You know exactly why too, but if not, let me clue you in on something about this evil man.

First, he doesn't like gay people, African Americans, Democrats, diversity, or immigrants and this is what you find here in the city! This idiot will treat us the same way he treated the residents of New Orleans during and after Katrina!!!!! He turned his back on all those people down there. To this date, people are still dealing with the aftermath of that devastating hurricane. Then there's 9/11, you saw how he dealt with that?!

The. Worst. President. Ever. has never ever stepped foot within the city limits of San Francisco during his entire term. Not that I'm aware of anyway! Hell, I don't think he's even made many trips out to California period and this is a major state. San Francisco is a major financial center on the west coast and a big player for the legal field. L.A., is the second largest city in the entire country and they are also a major financial center - plus the motion picture industry for the entire world!

So, in venting on all of this, I'm hoping and praying no other major disasters of any kind happen while he is in his final months.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Harvey Milk Bust to Sit Atop Staircase in SF City Hall Rotunda

Borrowed from Towleroad's site



San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom played a key role in the final decision to place a bust of Harvey Milk in the City Hall rotunda rather than in the north mezzanine which one critic dubbed "semi-Siberia."

The bust, which will be unveiled on May 22 (which would have been Milk's 78th birthday), will sit permanently in the ceremonial rotunda atop the grand staircase.

According to the Bay Area Reporter, "The decision caps a months-long fight over where the memorial to the history-making lawmaker should be placed inside City Hall that sounds like a microcosm of the political haggling the landmark has long played home to since it opened in 1915. The actors this time included everyone from Milk's friends, members of several obscure city committees, the artists commissioned to create the bust, a granddaughter of a former mayor, and ultimately intervention by Mayor Gavin Newsom. 'This bust has been traveling around City Hall like you wouldn't believe,' quipped Joey Cain, co-chair of the Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Committee. Cain said the committee wanted the bust to be in the rotunda. During Milk's time in office, noted Cain, Milk never rode the elevator to the second floor. Instead, he walked up the grand staircase every time. 'Harvey has a quote – I don't know the exact wording of – in which he said when gay people walk into City Hall, they should walk right up those stairs to let people know they are here,' said Cain. 'Putting it outside the entrance to the Board of Supervisors' chamber in this rotunda has great symbolic significance."

Newsom finally interceded and ordered the bust put in the rotunda. It will sit a few feet away from the Supervisors chamber and just down the hall from the office where Dan White shot and killed Milk in 1978.

Milk bust finds City Hall home [bay area reporter]

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Hillary's April Fools Joke

Excuse me, but with the way this election is going, does she really have to keep acting like such a STUPID...




Clinton's April Fools Joke
By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

(04-01) 10:44 PDT PHILADELPHIA, (AP) --
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton walked somberly into a press conference Tuesday and stood before microphones. Reporters tensed, sensing something big might be afoot.

"This has been a very hard fought race," she said. "We clearly need to do something so that our party and our people can make the right decision. So, I have a proposal."

The tension grew. Reporters shifted in their seats. Was she dropping out of the race? Offering to join rival Barack Obama as his running mate?

April Fools!

"Today, I am challenging Senator Obama to a bowl-off," Clinton said, provoking relieved laughs from the assembled scribes.

Clinton carried on, making reference to Obama's disastrous outing at a Pennsylvania bowling alley Saturday.

"A bowling night. Right here in Pennsylvania. The winner take all," she went on. "I'll even spot him two frames."

"It is time for his campaign to get out of the gutter and allow all the pins to be counted. I'm prepared to play this game all the way to the tenth frame. When this game is over, the American people will know that when that phone rings at 3 a.m., they'll have a president ready to bowl on day one."

"Let's strike a deal and go bowling for delegates. We don't have a moment to spare, because it's already April Fool's Day. Happy April Fool's Day."

Monday, March 31, 2008

More Scoop on The B-52's

In case didn't know, Kate Pierson of the B-52's announced she's gay on Logo. As she so eloquently puts it here: "I'm a late in life Lesbian, hell, let it all hang out"! [Sorry guys, I didn't know she was gay, and not that it makes a difference ANYWAY]

Gotta love them...



Gay music and video from NewNowNext.com

Friday, March 28, 2008

I´m at the mall on a diet pill

This is video is suberversive. And fun!

Seeing Fred Schneider rolling around this fantasy mall on a Segway is just too funny and there is even a cameo of RuPaul.

It seems that the dreaded mall-culture is recently becoming the subject of artistic re-evaluation from spontaneous musical performances to dystopian novels about people who live in retail-land.

But leave it to the B-52's to cause a party riot in this dreary place, "Hippie be quiet, your peace-sign t-shirt can cause a riot."

They will be on tour this summer, but most importantly, they will be playing at the True Colors Concert.

These guys rule, always have and always will - glad to have you back!

Enjoy!

Funplex

Friday, March 21, 2008

Coming this fall on LOGO

Sordid Lives "The Series". I don't know about you, but I absolutely loved this show. Now its becoming a series. The cast looks stellar, but what happened to Delta Burke??? Anywho, here are a few great actors and actresses that will be in the new series.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Friends vs. Real Friends

I've decided to do a long over due clean-up in this department. To the so called friend who wanted to continue a friendship with me after dating, well, you are SOL. Yeah, you know who you are! I can't keep the lines of communication open with you - if you aren't willing to do so the same.

Ignoring me when you see me out, is another story which I won't get into on here. I keep reading your blog and please, stop playing the poor ol' pity me card. I've opened myself up to you way too many times to count, only to be ignored by you.

You don't deserve my friendship any longer, because you are too high maintenance. So, Poof you're gone! Also, I won't even take the time to wish you good luck because why bother, you'll just shit on it anyway.

As for another friend of mine, I've known for almost 21 years, I'm through with you as well. Like the one mentioned above, you are much more maintenance then I can care to manage anymore.

Both of you have too much drama and I won't want to be a part of it anymore.

I have a lot of other really good friends who care enough about me to share what's going on in their life and in return want to know what's going on in mine. They also keep the lines of communication open no matter what the circumstances are.

These are true friendships which I value...

Monday, March 10, 2008

We need to stop the hatred

Logo online is taking it a step further. When you go to their website, you are directed to this video. Kudos Logo for getting the message out there. Spread the word



And then theres this great video too.

Monday, March 3, 2008

30th Sydney Mardi Gras Draws To A Close

The 30th annual Mardi Gras went off over the weekend in Sydney, drawing a crowd of at least 300,000.

AP: "What began in 1978 as a protest march by 1,500 brave homosexual, lesbian and transsexual men and women that was harshly disbursed by police has grown into one of the world's largest and most flamboyant gay pride events. This year's procession of 150 floats was led by the '78ers' — a group of 186 of the original marchers and their partners, who drew rapturous cheers."

Below, coverage from the Australian video featuring Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin (who arrived there, of course, on the pink flight from San Francisco, and Carson Kressley, whom they identify as Carson Daly:





Friday, February 29, 2008

Ellen Speaks Out

I like the fact that Ellen does not use her sexual orientation on her show to promote being gay, but with this clip, I think her message comes across loud & clear. I only hope she has some sort of impact with the public about this.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Italy: Men Can’t Grope...Themselves

Whatever their reason might be, a passing hearse or simple discomfort, Italy’s highest court ruled that men may not touch their genitals in public. The ruling settled an appeal by a 42-year-old worker from Como, north of Milan, who was convicted in May 2006 of “ostentatiously touching his genitals through his clothing,” though his lawyer argued it was a problem with his overalls. But the court struck against a broader practice: a tradition among some Italian men of warding off bad luck by grabbing the crotch. The court ruled that this “has to be regarded as an act contrary to public decency, a concept including that nexus of socio-ethical behavioral rules requiring everyone to abstain from conduct potentially offensive to collectively held feelings of decorum.” The judges suggested that if they need to, men can wait and do it at home.

[this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard... but...just sayin']

Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community



I'm running for President to build an America that lives up to our founding promise of equality for all – a promise that extends to our gay brothers and sisters. It's wrong to have millions of Americans living as second-class citizens in this nation. And I ask for your support in this election so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans.

Equality is a moral imperative. That's why throughout my career, I have fought to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans. In Illinois, I co-sponsored a fully inclusive bill that prohibited discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity, extending protection to the workplace, housing, and places of public accommodation. In the U.S. Senate, I have co-sponsored bills that would equalize tax treatment for same-sex couples and provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees. And as president, I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment. But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples — whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage. Unlike Senator Clinton, I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – a position I have held since before arriving in the U.S. Senate. While some say we should repeal only part of the law, I believe we should get rid of that statute altogether. Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does. I have also called for us to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and I have worked to improve the Uniting American Families Act so we can afford same-sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system.

The next president must also address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. When it comes to prevention, we do not have to choose between values and science. While abstinence education should be part of any strategy, we also need to use common sense. We should have age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception. We should pass the JUSTICE Act to combat infection within our prison population. And we should lift the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. In addition, local governments can protect public health by distributing contraceptives.

We also need a president who's willing to confront the stigma – too often tied to homophobia – that continues to surround HIV/AIDS. I confronted this stigma directly in a speech to evangelicals at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, and will continue to speak out as president. That is where I stand on the major issues of the day. But having the right positions on the issues is only half the battle. The other half is to win broad support for those positions. And winning broad support will require stepping outside our comfort zone. If we want to repeal DOMA, repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and implement fully inclusive laws outlawing hate crimes and discrimination in the workplace, we need to bring the message of LGBT equality to skeptical audiences as well as friendly ones – and that's what I've done throughout my career. I brought this message of inclusiveness to all of America in my keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention. I talked about the need to fight homophobia when I announced my candidacy for President, and I have been talking about LGBT equality to a number of groups during this campaign – from local LGBT activists to rural farmers to parishioners at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Dr. Martin Luther King once preached.

Just as important, I have been listening to what all Americans have to say. I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans. But neither will I close my ears to the voices of those who still need to be convinced. That is the work we must do to move forward together. It is difficult. It is challenging. And it is necessary.

Americans are yearning for leadership that can empower us to reach for what we know is possible. I believe that we can achieve the goal of full equality for the millions of LGBT people in this country. To do that, we need leadership that can appeal to the best parts of the human spirit. Join with me, and I will provide that leadership. Together, we will achieve real equality for all Americans, gay and straight alike.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vanessa Williams accepts Human Rights Campaign Award

Wow, now she has class! Not just because she is supporting the GBLT community, but because she is truly an amazingly strong woman. I can't believe she's almost 45... damn, she looks great for her age and takes good care of herself. I know she's done botox, but at least she isn't over doing it like some other celebrities out there. Kudos Vanessa!

An observation of the Obama/Clinton debates

I have noticed that when you talk with someone who is supporting Clinton, all they do is throw mud and Obama. They don't talk about the issues, or, how Clinton will move us forward. They are very negative.

When you talk to people about Obama, they are positive, upbeat, with and excitement for the future. They are informed on the issues and choose to vote based on sound policy, not bullshit.

I believe it is time the middle of the road, moderates take back control of this country. We have let the right and left control the majority moderates for way too long.

That is evident by the popularity of McCain with the Republicans and Obama with the Democrats. Most people are middle of the road and we are tired of the extremist like the Bush's and Clinton's running this country. I think that is why Obama supporters are so upbeat, excited and his rallies are like pep rallies or concerts.

For the first time in years we actually have a candidate that can move us forward instead of to the right or left. Someone that can solve the insurance and medical crisis that is not backed by insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist like Clinton, someone that has a great plan to handle the education crisis that we are now ranked below some 3rd world countries, someone that will bring our troops home now instead of letting them die for a war we should have never fought, someone that will bring business back to America and provide jobs and tax breaks for the working and middle class. Someone that has not been in Congress long enough to make enemies, but someone that can truly cross the party lines and move us forward.

So, if your going to vote for a candidate, talk about the issues, how they can help America. Don't just sling mud and make negative comments about the opposing candidate. We have put up with that shit way too long. If you cannot say something positive about the candidate and where they will take our country then keep your opinions to yourself. Thanks for reading this, and, no matter who you vote for, do it for the right reason.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

What The Fuck????!!!!!


Trying to hide cosmetic surgery... better off to leave well enough alone!

Did you see it last night?



the lunar eclipse...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Superman Tuesday

Ummmm, please note the package...you think that's real?

Super man

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Super Delegates

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about this. To get a better understanding on how the process works and how it all came about look here.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Gwen Verdon

I think I will have a Mexican breakfast tomorrow morning! LOL


Is he serious? I mean what planet is he on!

Bush "The stakes in November are high. This is an important election. Prosperity and peace are in the balance," Bush told about 2,000 people attending the Conservative Political Action Conference. "So with confidence in our vision and faith in our values, let us go forward, fight for victory and keep the White House in 2008."

Prosperity and Peace? We haven't had either since the day he stole the first election!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Varsity




In case you were wondering why I have this up on my blog. The Varsity is a restaurant chain, iconic in the modern culture of Atlanta, Georgia. The main branch of the chain is the largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world. There are now six branches across metro Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. Hmmmmmm, so tasty, but oh so greasy, or at least this is what I'm told. The picture above should give you a clue!

More on Grand Central

I've been on a couple blogs and Grand Central seems to be the topic lately. So, here's my contribution ... Frozen at Grand Central

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A loss for Kennedy

HILLARY CLINTON didn't just beat Barack Obama in Massachusetts.

She beat Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Bay State's liberal icon; Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic Party nominee; and Governor Deval Patrick, the Bay State's purveyor of hope and optimism.

Remember the Etch-A-Sketch boards??

Wow... now this is talent, I could barely make a house on those things. lol

Etch-A-Sketch

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Sunday?!!



It all depends on how one looks at it. For me, it involves watching the Super Bowl with friends and having a good time.

It is also my Birthday today, plus the Krewe of Bacchus parade will roll during the Super Bowl; and Fat Tuesday is also Super Tuesday. So, what are your plans for the day today, if I may ask?

Friday, February 1, 2008

Ann Coulter: I'd Campaign for Hillary if McCain is GOP Candidate

I can't believe I'm posting this to my blog, but...

Things are getting really confusing.

Colmes has no answer for this latest tirade from Ann Coulter, asking her to fill in for him next week after she declares that she'd vote for Hillary Clinton over John McCain. In fact, she'd campaign for her.




Says Coulter: "She's more conservative than he is. I think she'd be stronger on the war on terrorism. I absolutely believe that...I will campaign for her if it's McCain. He has led the fight against torture at Guantanamo. She hasn't done that. She hasn't taken a position in front....He keeps going on and on about how he was the only Republican who supported the surge and other Republicans attacked him. It was so awful how he was attacked, it was worse than being held in a tiger cage. Well I looked at the record, Republicans all supported the surge. He's not only not the only one who supported the surge. I promise you no Republican attacked him for this and you know why I think he's saying that, Sean. I realize cause he keeps saying it every debate. He's confusing Republicans with his liberal friends. They're the ones who attacked him for it. His real friends...Their positions are about that far apart. When George Bush said at the State of the Union address that the surge is working in Iraq, Obama sat on his hands, Kennedy sat on his hands, Hillary leapt up and applauded that we are winning the surge in Iraq. She gave much better answers in those debates when Democrats like Obama and Biden were all saying what will we do when three cities are attacked. She said I will find who did it and I will go after them. Hillary is absolutely more conservative (than McCain). Moreover, she lies less than John McCain. She's smarter than John McCain. So that when she's caught shamelessly lying. At least the Clinton's know they've been caught lying. McCain is so stupid he doesn't even know he's been caught."

SJSU suspends blood drives; gay-donor ban called discriminatory

I've always thought this was discrimatory, especially with the recent screening techniques.

In a controversial move believed to be a first by an American college, San Jose State University President Don Kassing has suspended all campus blood drives because of a longstanding government policy that bars gay men from donating blood.

The policy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration "affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy," Kassing said in a lengthy e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students earlier this week.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Super Bowl Moment Number 9

Try not to lick the walls?!



Godiva Debuts 'Chocolate Room'

NEW YORK --

Those are the difficult-to-obey rules in the all-chocolate room in Manhattan's Bryant Park Hotel.

It's a Valentine's Day twist on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory competition.

The right box of Belgian chocolates wins you a weekend for two in the Godiva Decadence Suite in May.

"It's the perfect bit of sin," said Heroes actor Ali Larter yesterday while admiring the chandelier's chocolate pearls.

Chocoholic lovers will also appreciate dining on a table covered with chocolate truffles under glass.

They could also admire multi-coloured chocolate pieces inspired by Gustav Klimt's painting The Kiss.

But lighting the fire to add to the romance might be tricky - the logs are made of chocolate too.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More on the new film Milk



I'm finding this to be some fascinating stuff here. I mean changing a neighborhood back to the 70's, how often does one get to see things like this happening?

I only hope Milk is as good as the documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" was. I wasn't living here back then, but I do remember some of this being around the Castro when I first visited here back in 1984.

Please, watched the slide show in the article linked here. Its awesome

Toad Hall Has Been Resurrected!




I guess you can call it a time warp if you must...Yep, that's right, the sign is up, on AND open for business (aka 440 Castro).

If you haven't been on top of the news lately, there are some very interesting changes taking place in the Castro. Filming has begun on Gus Van Sant's newest venture "Milk".

Me and my camera will be down there taking snap shots this weekend. A piece of history has once again risen. If you haven't seen The Times of Harvey Milk yet, I highly recommend seeing it whether you are gay, straight, or whatever, it’s a must.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mental Disorders? Not Poor Ol' Britney!!!!

Well, duh.... This bimbo just keeps on stealin' the spot light in the news media! Guess that's why she's often referred to as the News Media Whore!!!!!!!


Barbara Walters says she has been contacted by Britney Spears' manager and "very good friend," Sam Lutfi, who says the pop singer has seen a psychiatrist.

Lutfi told her the 26-year-old pop singer "is suffering from what he describes as mental issues which are treatable," Walters said Monday on ABC's "The View."

I love it... World's First Weed ATM




Gotta hand it to us Californian's to come up with this one first...

World's First Weed ATM

Available at:
Melrose Quality Pain Relief, 4906 Melrose Ave, Mid-Wilshire; 323.957.7777

Herbal Nutrition Center, 1435 S. La Cienega Blvd. Suite G, Mid-Wilshire; 310.855.9484

Most of your essentials are already distributed by vending machines: condoms, electronics, luscious 1-calorie Tab... But now, you can finally get what you really need: medical marijuana, from Anytime Vending Machines.

What a Stupid Idea...



Muni is already cash strapped and the Mayor has already taken money away on top of that to pay for his staff! Would someone please enlighten me as to how he came up with this lame idea?

Good God, what is next?????!!!!!!!!

Eliminating fares on San Francisco's Municipal Railway - an idea Mayor Gavin Newsom wanted explored - would worsen delays, overcrowding and financial burdens on the already strained transit system. That bleak assessment...

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Water Logged Weekend - Part II

[cont.]

Sunday morning! Aweeeee, nothing smells better then a fresh pot of brewing java! As my friend H.w.S once said "you don't have any coffee here"??? Well, not until now that is - yes, I'll admit, I did not have any on hand and what queen doesn't?!

After listening to the weather forecast and news, I logged onto all my favorite websites and checked them out... way to tired to blog, I saved that for today when I could think more clearly. I also checked out movies.com for my next flick to catch on this once again rainy day. So, I chose The Savages for today's rainy drama.

I really liked this movie. I came to a conclusion that the acting was very well done by all 3 lead actors. The writing, cinematography, and story line are all top of the line. The film itself funny at times and very sad at others and really hits home to anyone who's had to deal with handling the affairs of a declining parent. My only hope is - the Academy will notice, or some day notice, the great acting that was done by the beautiful and talented Laura Linney.

After the movie let out, I took another mad dash at avoiding the rain drops and caught the train bound for Castro to stop off for a couple beers before the rain had set in again. I shortly arrived at the 440 where I was surprised to find out it was "Sunday furry Sunday".

This is an event for the bears, but not limited to that type of crowd, so there was a wide mixture of guys and a few gals too that are friends of the bear community!

I ended up hanging out there for quite a long time waiting for the rain to subside...6 beers later to be exact. Afterwards, I headed over to Zapata, my other favorite burrito pit stop before catching the 33 Stanyan bus home.

When I got back to my little humble apartment, I nestled in and scarfed down on another scrumptious burrito while watching Master Piece Theatre on PBS and then called it a night. [end]

A Water Logged Weekend - Part I

Yep, I think the title sums it up quite well here in dreary San Francisco.

Friday was a washout - complete with rain, wind, wine, 420 and the lovely conversation I had with 5 star!

On Saturday, what seemed to have started out rather dry and on the warm side, I decided to venture out and hit the streets for a stroll. While walking about, (when I should have been doing my months worth of laundry) I just happened to stumble on a theater that was just about to begin showing "There Will Be Blood". Overall, I liked the movie, but I wanted to love it. And, I did until the screenplay got lazy and pulled a "17 years later" type stunt that was uncharacteristic of the excellent movie that preceded it. Daniel Day-Lewis is undeniably one of the best actors working today, or any time for that matter. He is remarkable in this, definitely the best performance of the year.

After the movie I decided to jaunt over to the Haight to get my burrito fix. Burritos, I'll have you know are one of my favorites and you must trust me when I say this, it is one of the best dishes served here in SF and cheap too! When I got back home I totally scarfed down my burrito and afterwards, I decided to head out for 2.00 beers, then 1.00 cocktails! Yes, I said 2.00 beers and 1.00 cocktails.

One can get drunk pretty cheaply on any given night here in San Francisco. After I liquored myself up to the gills, I decided it was time once again to make that mad dash back to my apartment in the pouring rain and call it a night. To be continued

Friday, January 25, 2008

Game over... or is it?



this is a sweet game.... loved the sound effects

You see, even Nun's need it every once and awhile...

up

So, you wanna come over and join me?

Is it me, or is it just me?


I am completely over all of this rain and dreary weather we are having here lately. Enough already! Ok, so I'm feeling mighty down today, but I am trying to make the best out of what is turning out to be one of the wettest days yet this week. Do any of you suffer from S.A.D. like I've been lately? The only good thing about today is the fact that its Friday, so what's in store for you today and the upcoming weekend?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

When You Were A Teenager...

what was your worst summer job?

Mine was working in the corn fields detasseling. I only did it one summer and believe me when tell you this, it was one of the worst experiences I have ever experienced. I was up bright and early every morning! 4:00 am to be exact, riding in a school bus off into the beautiful corn fields of Iowa out in the middle of no where. When we arrived at our location they would drop us off and away we went. We would work 10 hours a day in the hot glaring sun, humidity and sometimes in the mud if it had rained. Back then I didn't fully understand what we were actually doing, but lemme tell you, it was pure hell. Oh the pain I felt in my arms, hands, back and feet! The only good thing about that grueling job was the the cash I raked in that summer.

Hey You... Yeah You! You Wanna Be a Star?

Harvey Milk Film Begins Shooting In SF

A long-awaited film about the life of assassinated, openly gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has begun filming in San Francisco.

A casting company asked the public to help fill several roles in the feature film by director Gus Van Zant called "Milk."

The casting company said no experience was needed for the roles in the film.

Dozens of people showed up for the casting event at the Sanchez School in the city's Castro District.

Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist to Picket the Funeral of Heath Ledger

These people and their followers will stop at nothing. What a shame and disgrace to the human race. I place these people, along with the terrorists in this world in the same pot and I believe they should all be exterminated like insects. People like this are wasting valuable space on the planet and using up all our resources. I copied this off Towleroad's blog to pass this on.

Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church and his band of haters plan to picket the funeral of actor Heath Ledger, because of his involvement in Brokeback Mountain.

In a news release, the church wrote: "Yes. WBC will picket this pervert's funeral, in religious protest and warning: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked." Gal. 6:7. Heath Ledger thought it was great fun defying God Almighty and his plain word; to wit: God Hates Fags! & Fag Enablers! Ergo, God hates the sordid tacky, bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as 'Brokeback Mountain' - and He hates all persons having anything whatsoever to do with it. Heath Ledger is now in Hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there - beside which, nothing else about Heath Ledger is relevant or consequential."

The Kansas-based ministry was recently ordered to pay $11 million to the father of a slain U.S. soldier for picketing at the funeral of his son. Westboro Baptist claims that the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are God's wrath against a nation that tolerates homosexuality.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cloverfield

Anyone who knows me can testify that I love going to the movies - especially during the winter months. I saw Cloverfield on Sunday afternoon and I never get up to go use the restroom during a movie, but I had to do just that during this one. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad movie, but I was left feeling a bit disappointed afterwards by the fact that it was never explained why this thing only attacked New York City and not any of the other FIVE nearby bouroughs or how it even got there.

"The first thing you need to get used to in "Cloverfield" is the potentially nausea-inducing shaky camera work, which makes "The Blair Witch Project" look like the latest Ken Burns documentary. Audiences will have to make other concessions, too. While director Matt Reeves never bothers to explain why New York is being leveled by a giant angry who-knows-what, he makes time to insert an episode of "Felicity" in the middle of his monster movie, interrupting the carnage with a romance subplot that belongs on a second-tier television network".

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thursday afternoon random question

Is this a three day weekend for you? If so, what exciting plans do you have planned?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Two Men

While I'm blogging on the topic of Cirque du Soliel after seeing their Show yesterday - KOOZA. I thought I'd show you a little video about another production they are currently presenting at the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas titled Zumanity . Shall we say a little gay?? None the less a little hawt!

2008 - Year of the Rat

Yup, that's me, the year I was born 1961, Year of the Rat! 1/28/1960 - 2/14/1961 (Metal)

Yes, it's the Year of the Rat. Those born under this sign are alleged to be recipients of good fortune, abundance, creativity, and luck. They can expect financial gain, happiness, career advancement, and contentment. Rats may have a few health issues, but they will be minor. Rat people are energetic, creative, intuitive, charismatic, extremely ambitious, witty, honest, thrifty (but are taken in by bargains), hard working, generous, bright, happy lucky and sociable. They can be restless, overcritical, quick-tempered, manipulative, small-minded and gossipy, but good as leaders, publicists, salespeople, writers or critics. Remind you of anyone you know?

Famous Rat People

Alyssa Milano, Cameron Diaz, Charlotte Bronte, Daryl Hannah, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennie Garth, Kristen Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Lucrezia Borgia, Margaret Mitchell, Margot Kidder, Mata Hari, Nancy Wake, Olivia Newton-John, Sinead Cusack, Stevie Nicks, Toni Collette, and Tracy Pollan.

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon Under the Grand Chapiteau

Yesterday Ma Tress and I went to see Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza. Tres Cool. The contortionists were my favorite part of the show though "how one can bend their body like that is beyond me". The man running in place atop a rapidly spinning metal wheel high in the air was very breathtaking. And, I should also mention the daredevil high-wire trapeze and unicycle acts were also something exciting and breathtaking. All in all, this was indeed a "free" Sunday treat complete with complimentary concessions before the start of the show on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. Check out YouTube for lots of snippets of the performances. Here's one link

Friday, January 11, 2008

Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

I can't wait, a friend invited me to go to see this. Its this Sunday Under the Grand Chapiteau, at AT&T Park here in San Francisco. Eat Your Heart Out!

KOOZA

KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.

KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions Рacrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful m̩lange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.

Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.

Air travel security showdown

WASHINGTON - Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a brewing fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses — a dispute that in just a few months could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday that if states want their licenses to remain valid for air travel after May 2008, those states must seek a waiver indicating they want more time to comply with the REAL ID Act's new rules.

So far, 17 states have passed legislation or resolutions objecting to the REAL ID provisions, many due to concerns it will cost them too much to comply. The 17, according to the ACLU, are: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington state.

But Chertoff, as he unveiled final details of the REAL ID rules, said that where a particular state doesn't seek a waiver, its residents will have to use a passport or a newly created federal passport card if they want to avoid a vigorous secondary screening at airport security.

"The last thing I want to do is punish citizens of a state who would love to have a REAL ID license but can't get one," Chertoff said. "But in the end, the rule is the rule as passed by Congress."

Chertoff spoke as he revealed the details of the administration's plan to improve security for driver's licenses in all 50 states — an effort delayed due to opposition from states worried about the cost and civil libertarians upset about what they believe are invasions of privacy.

Under the rules announced Friday, Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver's licenses in the next six years.