Lt. Daniel Choi starring as The Asian-American Misunderstood Warrior of Diversity’s Equal Potential & Underestimated Value.
Clocking in at no. 47 of the most voted stars in Hollywood on Horiwood.Com for the year is Lt. Daniel Choi. These things we know about Daniel.
He was raised as the son of a Korean-American Baptist Pastor in Orange County. He enlisted in the US army. Because he identified with being gay and was outspoken about it, he lost his military privileges. He became the pin up boy of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal campaign, a favorite interview subject who fronted on nationwide TV still appearing in the standard issue military uniform, he did not return once discharged– in prime time.
As a person Dan Choi represents a knack of reinvention akin to someone on the scale of Madonna. To be Asian, then Baptist, then military, then a gay rights advocate, then unemployed but still an activist was his story this year. He’s even done hunger strikes–I don’t think Madonna ever did one of those for a political cause. Though, she might have for her art or the vanity of her figure back in the day. (more…)
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is repealed in The Senate today (Saturday).
In a statement President Obama said: “I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism# of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known.”
Republican Senator John McCain who has served in the military said: “Today’s a very sad day.” He blamed elite liberals with no military experience for pushing their social agenda on troops during wartime. ”They will do what is asked of them,” McCain said of service members. “But don’t think there won’t be a great cost.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saw it differently. “As Barry Goldwater said, ‘You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight,’ ” he said, referring to the late GOP senator from Arizona. And Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) who stayed in Washington this weekend for the vote despite needing surgery for early-stage prostate cancer, said “I don’t care who you love; if you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn’t have to hide who you are. You ought to be able to serve.”
Here in West Hollywood as I post this news grey clouds and grey mist have obscured everything along the skyline (unusual for California) and it is raining cats and dogs, heavily. The skies feel like they’re crying.
One in ten of all Americas are registered as being a veteran of war, currently in the USA (30 million plus people). That was Washington News today.
#Professionalism means: “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person (see Professional). The following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood.” (more…)
Since the Pike River Coal Mine Blast first happened and two miners were discovered originating from Scotland, daily people have been requesting on this blog’s search engine for John Barrowman. He’s the star of Dr Who, the reboot series.
Barrowman identifies with being gay and he’s being groomed by the gay power set as a face of gay causes with a sci-fi theme. He appears in documentaries at the moment, that aim to have a scientific tone and sorta look like they’ve been conceptualized by 1/3rd of Dreamworks. I say this, because John bears a striking resemblance to someone like a Tom Cruise, from top lip up, but with a Michael Jackson chin thrown in from bottom lip down–and Dreamworks would definitely go for that in encroaching in on the MGM movie market. Barrowman could also be aligned to studios perhaps someone like Keanu Reeves works with also or, those kids from The Vampire Diaries TV show, with Paramount, for example if he wanted to give Hollywood a whirl-outside of Dreamworks circles of influence too for versatility of career paths forward.
When I look at Barrowman’s stellar resume, it’s like it’s been penned by a Geffen or an Andrew Lloyd Webber or Sir Elton John in planning his star trajectory via The UK, or something. It’s a little bit twee. Very taunt. In fact the only thing lacking on it is the film role credit of a remake of, A Star is Born, or something similar, which is set in the future and stars Barrowman and, of course, Lady Gaga. He could really help her sell her next album. He might even be able to teach her how to act and become a movie star. Gaga could be the next Liza Minelli.
Jokes aside, Barrowman is very talented. He’s even done a duet of You’re So Vein – the song that Carly Simon had a hit with, while being managed by David Geffen, perhaps showing a good sense of humor. Barrowman is a quadruple threat who makes many other stars look like they missed out in the talents department. He can sing, act, host, MC, dance. Lately he’s been appearing in scientific looking documentaries, crying on cue too. What one must do as a willing guinea pig for the appearance of scientific experiments, this actor has a monopoly on. I say this because a good actor will do what the world or powers that be require of them to do. If they don’t in this tight economy with restricted movement their chances of moving ahead are thin, if they don’t. I (billy goat) kid you not.
He’s black. Gay. A teen. And alive. Meet Darnel. He poppin it while eating his snacks, for East LA on Halloween in West Hollywood. Nuts. Lol!
When I asked Darnel who he was dressed as he said: “I a Presidential Beyonce Bunny baby. A Prez-Z-Dent-CHU-AL BEE-ON-SAY bun-NEE,” to get the ebonics right.
“Wanna check my credentials?,” Darnel adds after this pic was snapped, quoting the Beyonce song lyrics of the funny and OTT song, Why Dont You Love Me.
I love black peoples sense of humor in the US. It’s so like Maoris, it’s a hoot. Never dull, insipid or boring. Very quick witted humor.Anyway…
Whatevz Darnel! How about a slightly more well known Presidential Bunny then. Here ya go.
[Darnel is googling this pic to find it at 3am. On that note: Thanks my brotha!Go easy on the Cheetos.]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.31.10~
When you’re young, rich and have made your money in IT, social media or your own ideas that made millions – the chances are you’re either a) likely to sound like an arrogrant prat, or b) have very little faith in systems that never helped you actually realize your ideas, or c) a combo of the two. Here’s one of Facebook’s early investors Peter Thiel on six topics. Radical to say the least:
On Democracy – “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” Winner-take-all capitalism, without regulation, is something the peeps don’t go for.
On a lack of faith in politics:
Since the 1920′s: ‘capitalist democracy’ is an oxymoron,” he writes.
On New Technologies:
They should “create a new space for freedom.”
On freeing up currency:
Thiel who created PayPal and sold it for $1.5 billion in 2002 says: ”I sought to create a global currency beyond the reach of taxation or central bank policy.”
On Facebook as an imagined community:
“A way to form voluntary supra-national communities.”
On aggressive talent scouting of teenagers:
“Thiel Fellowship will pay would-be entrepreneurs under 20 $100,000 in cash to drop out of school. In announcing the program, Thiel says universities are like governments – they hinder true entrepreneurialship. Are the GOP paying this guy to be Obama‘s Jon Voight of this year, cause this getter better double up on security (and no I wasn’t talking about Kelly Clarkson‘s dog, called Security, either).
Alright that last part of young people recruting (teens) is a little bit creepy. Surrounding yourself with only young people, perhaps means you’re not accountable to an older wiser, balanced opinion, but lets not hold that against Peter. He’s a chicken man. Lol!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.21.10~
Children are a blessing from the Lord–Book of proverbs
Neil Patrick Harris jand David Burtka have some news. NPH tweeted: “Babies!! On 10/12, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace entered the Burtka-Harris fold. All of us are happy, healthy, tired, and a little pukey.”
Image of NPH and DB with Christina Hendricks at dinner, and in case you’re wondering, no – Christina was not these boys surrogate carrying these twin babes in each of her breasts. Lol!
Having seen the way Neil dotes on his friend Britney Spears and I hear that David is a very sweet guy, who knows what these two babes will grow up to do in life? Good things for the world. And Neil Patrick Harris with baby wipes? For babies. If you know Neil, that’s funny, for a baby wipes TV commercial.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.15.10~
Today, the Washington Post is more entertaining than many Hollywood news shows. Rahm Emanuel‘s next move on the chess board to exit D.C and run for Chicago’s Mayor is the lead story in Washington.
His replacement Pete Rouse is described as “a fixer.” No pressure, if you’re Rouse already in taking this job. Expectations to perform are high.
The Degrees of Moderation Blog also has some good observations about Rouse. Read here.
Obama’s crises management of having to switch out his team at the midway point in office is offset nicely by Washington Post’s news agenda’s setting. Red herrings abound.
The case of whether anti-gay protests at military funerals cross a line of freedom is up before the Supreme Court and takes center stage.
An Alaska corporations shareholders controversy story, Pakistan news, and Tiger Woods mug even make an appearance too in order to offset the Emanuel story. It’s busy.
Do you think Rahm Emanuel will make a good Chicago Mayor?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.30.10~
TYLER CLEMENTI, PAM SPAULDING AND GAY KIDS OF AMERICA AS A NEW SOCIAL PHENOMENON – 10 THINGS RATING NOW IN THE HOLLYWOOD HOOD – 9.30.10, 4.30am
Tyler Clementi is #1 on google trends right now here in America. His suicide case a result of gay voyeurism gone wrong- indicates a trend to make gay people and gay culture a spectacle, but for what cause?
Spectacles are always a) entertaining and b) often maniplated as detractants of deeper issues from those voyeuring- not related at all to the spectacle or the deeper issues concerning a spectacle being showcased. Let’s keep that in mind.
Tyler Clementi’s story is a sad one, he is one of five gay-related teen suicides this week - a jolt to us all as humanitarian hearted people – to a) not prey on the young or b) those who are different.
Turning Clementi into a gay side show, cost this kid his life in the end. Does any culture have a right to turn a minority culture into a spectacle because it needs to update itself with a new skin to be popular and reinvent, without just cause that is actually yielding results for the good of that minority culture?
Clementi’s case, is that end result in a nut shell, as a biopsy perhaps of what is sure to follow across the board, if voyeurism isn’t rewarding back, to the level that its taking.
Food for thought today.
[Funny or Die.Com with Sarah Silverman and friend of Guys Against You Serving parody the opposition to the "don't ask, don't tell" military policy issue. Watch this clip. And five gay teens committed suicide this week, so this post is just to say, that trend is not cool. But these next ten thoughts are cooler].
1. If you’re a gay teen or any teen or anyone, someone doesn’t need to have to have a gay label, to help you. In fact, your chances of preserving your life, will be multipled to 100% if you see outside labels for your help.
2. As a young person of America, ask several people for help – it’s called knocking on a neighbors door. Field their opinions concerning your life. Go with advice that’s helping you. Community is always good for that. Try it. Knock and keep on knocking. Your answer will happen.
4. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. In this economy, American teens are not always as safe as they used to be. Economic factors means that many teens are at risk in heated home environments suffering in recession. Childhood liberties are being eroded from many teens, which makes teens feel depressed and in severe cases lead to suicide. For a teen that feels this way, you’re not alone. Owning that thought, makes this situation a lot more managable. Join the club of many American kids today.
5. Don’t be hung up on a celebrity like Ellen DeGeneres and Mario Lavandeira of the Perez Hilton website or Lady Gaga either, and their offers of help. Advocates against death are always good, but the chances are, the person right next door to where you live is likely to be more accessible right now, to your need. They are your celebrity to ask. Just ask them.
6. On this blog, I am all about Life and preserving it. Death whether that be masqueraded in war’s effects and causes, or, suicide too, is the exact same issue, people are dying that need not. To live is to choose life. You are in control of yours. Just choose life. If that’s hard, talk to anyone at these agencies: Suicide.Org. Save.Org. AFSFP.
7. Beyond celebrities grandstanding on gay issues to make their money in entertainment – you have to realize that as a gay teen or a teen, that celebrities don’t always help a cause concerning teens. They help themselves, more than they’re likely to help you. But… These organizations: Suicide.Org. Save.Org. AFSFP. are more real, than they are. Call them. Your next door neighbor is more real than they are too. Say hello and ask for help.
8. Suicidal thoughts or tendancies are lies of oppression that can be broken with support and by being listened to. Counselors are needed and you can reach one at any of those three websites. Life is worth sticking around for. Don’t stop believing. You know it.
9. As a young person, never ever make a definition of life, solely about a vagina or a penis, and where you put that. Life is far more vast – than a body part or parts. Shifting your focus off sex, sexual expression, sexuality, sexual orientation - is a very good start in suicide recovery.
10. Too many stars talk about their vaginas (not to name names), which only compounds a focus on sexuality being blown out of proportion- without balance to other areas of community life and involvement as people for ALL teens. Then the same celebrities will stand back, and act like angels when they’ve helped propagate an imbalanced focus in society that accelerates suicide for gay teens in the first place. Use your brain. There are many role models in your community for you to talk too. Many of them, won’t be gay – but they are not shut off to you. That’s a lie if you think they are.
Finally, organizations like college guidance counsellors and some churches can help you too. If life is your issue and staying alive your #1 concern, find one where there is love, a listening ear, that doesn’t condemn you but offers you more answers of tangible and practical support rather than not. Again, use your brain.
Peace & Life to you. Much love. Stay alive. Especially if you’re in the military! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.30.10~
Ali Ahmad Asseri seeks Asylum in America because he says he is a) gay and b) friends with a Jewish woman.
He sounds like many talk show guests on the Chelsea Lately Show, but this is not a funny matter.
Poor guy! How can he concentrate on being a good ambassador for Saudi Arabia, if all of this fear is surrounding his return? I forgot that in Saudi Arabia men like Ali, might suffer persecution. Do you think Ali should be allowed to stay in America, if he fancies himself as a Saudi Bill or Ben of the USA?
And how do you do a gay test on someone to grant them asylum? I mean, really! Do you sit them down to fill out a questionaire at iHop saying, will you have the sausages or the fish with your eggs sir? Does this mean, an Exodus of men from Saudi Arabia could ensue?
A precedent setting asylum seeking case in the works.
[Excuse the blurry image. But yes, this story is being printed as if its real news. Image blurry as this man's status is blurry. Hence the shot].
[News source, The Independent].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.16.10~
Entertainment Weekly seems to think that Sandra Bullock is the most powerful actress on the planet. When I look at Speed 2, somehow, I don’t think so.
In power dike talk, Sandra seems to love, these accolades being written about her. She okays them before they go to print. Interesting. Good on Sandra. True power though, is always being honest, otherwise you’re not powerful at all. Food for homework, for Sandra today, when she’s doing way too much today on the cover of E.W.
Let’s keep it real! This girl finds it hard to tell the truth.
I have a lesbian cousin, a lesbian niece, a lesbian Phd role model, and friends who have children to lesbians… they’re a lot more honest than Sandra is. To me, they have more personal power than her too because they are honest about who they are.
And a note to E.W when running such Bullock-fed headlines on their cover. Two concepts to consider: “Angelina Jolie” and “Bollywood actresses” in the world outside of the U.S, before this can even be remotely believable. I find this magazine cover to be very racially offensive for that reason.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.2.10~
Sarah Jessica Parker rented a womb, to have twins. The news helped her appear on Magazine covers for months. Women thought Sarah was a bit different. Slightly more intriguing.
Well, this just in from Neil Patrick Harris whose doing exactly the same thing.
Surrogate mothers. The whole concept is so Chris Nolan in reverse. Very show biz parenting. I am reminded of the saying “Children are a blessing from God.” And the other saying “it takes a whole village to raise a child.” So, these two dads have their work cut out for them. Twins! :)
In our family we are very blessed right. Babies are on the way. Cute.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.14.10~
Says the LA Times: “A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile Queen Latifah is very excited about this news. Queen even did a Kim Kardashian bikini romp (matching) on a yacht today.
[Image: Paper Roses at the Highways Theater, Santa Monica].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.5.2010~
This morning on MSNBC, the hotness that is Rachel Maddow appeared live, wearing a Burka in Afghanistan. The normally tom boyish Maddow, suddenly took on an Angelina Jolie visage. [Burka pic still being sourced at time of writing]. Maddow is a very pretty girl.
Anyway, Rachel tweets three messages via her twitter to her fans, from Afghanistan today:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.6.2010~
In black and white.
Apparently, you can read all about it.
~”N’s make the same sh*t. [We] make the Blueprint–Jay-Z 2010~
Warning: Lyrics of video clip contain explicit lyrics and Masonic symbols analysis–as something a little bit different today. It’s a trip.
What kind of milk are the kids of America drinking with their pop culture? A lot.
[Image courtesy of artist, Holly V. Hoof, The Art of Evolution Art Piece. Los Angeles 2010]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.19.2010~
Feathers of Peace rising
The wind still blows:
upon scarred Earth
across ‘champagne bow’ Amazon skies.
Lay your soul down
to go Up
through the crossfire.
[The way of the wise is to save lives, King Solomon - Part II. Peace and Preserving Life globally is the spirit of humane--including gay-- pride anywhere].