Is there someone in your life who simply cannot be peeled from that huge flatscreen you bought as a gift last year? Instead of weaning your loved one from suckling on the boob tube, give something that will yield hours of viewing together. Here are a few collections that entertain, educate, and scintillate. — E.D.
Archive for December, 2007
It was a simpler time, when pregnant women smoked cigarettes, inappropriate hair height was a threat to decency, and “nice girls” didn’t swim in integrated pools.
In the fall of 2007, Merck & Co., one of the large pharmaceutical companies studying potential preventive vaccines for HIV, halted its trial of a genetically engineered vaccine being tested on four continents. The reason? Preliminary results indicated it simply wasn’t working.
In the recent debate over ENDA, it has frequently been said that “the community” solidly opposes the first-ever federal gay civil rights bill unless it includes transgenders.
I just wrote about Hillary and her candidacy last month, and not in a very favorable way. This month, I find myself writing about her again, and not in a very favorable way. Perhaps some in Hillary’s campaign would charge me with “the-politics-of-piling-on” Hillary because she is a woman. That’s what her campaign did after Hillary’s poor outing in the last Democratic presidential debate when the other candidates went after her: It implied that the other candidates, all male, had “piled on” Hillary because she is a female. Methinks Lady Hillary doth protest too much.
I will have been in elected public office 10 years this month and have been writing for OutSmart for six of those years. I like to write, so having a column can be fun. And, as I do a lot of public speaking, I am sometimes able to re-craft speeches into my monthly article. But I must confess that too often it is a real grind to churn something out as that deadline approaches.
At the end of the year in the month of December,
I like to take stock, take some time and remember
That even though much is oppressive and hateful,
The world’s full of reasons that I should be grateful.
Anna Nicole’s surreal Funeral du Soleil. A diapered-yet-determined astronette. The birth of Dick and Lynn Cheney’s grandson, whose parents are two mommies. There are no homosexuals in Iran.
Jeannette Vaughn, co-founder and “Imperial Queen Mother” of the Royal Sovereign and Imperial Court of the Single Star social and fundraising group, died on October 15 at her home. She was 71 and had been suffering from breast cancer.