Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Finally a Fresh Product from MTV- Cherry Girl is Born.



Bravo to MTV for birthing an original product today-finally. A knock off from the benign and deliciously mischievous main character of my all time favorite film; Amelie, MTV's Cherry Girl is a prosocial initiative to attempt to make random acts of kindness the new worldwide trend.

Here's the first example of Cherry Girl's positively fun antics:

http://www.iamcherrygirl.com/?p=1

Here is Cherry Girl's credo for her life which is a helluva lot better than Tila Tequila's "get drunk and screw anyone" credo:

Seek pleasure in life
Play with the world
Have everything
Destroy nothing
To ‘be’ is not optional
To ‘have’ usually is
Be mischievous
Float through the chaos
Walk everywhere
Love what makes you different
Live an amazing life



Check her sexy debut video by Ridley Scott:
http://www.mtvcherrygirl.com/video/

It's a premeditated act by the gods at Mount MTV that this pixie, Cherry Girl has been born on Earth day. Her environmentally aware ways will hopefully have throngs of fans planting cherry seeds all over our imperiled globe.

I sure hope so because if I see another new season of Tila Tequila or Road Rules I think I might just hurl.

If you want to become a fan and keep up with all her goings-on you can join on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Cherry-Girl/84227584496?ref=ts.

Or on Twitter:
twitter.com/iamcherrygirl

FACT: Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is now observed in 175 countries every year.

FACT: April 22 is also the birthday of Julius Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, a national tree-planting holiday started in 1872.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Gay Storm- Are These People for Real?

Every now and then this whole gay battle for civil rights just takes on a stranger than life twist that is just too ridiculous to not share. I have no words to describe how far out of touch with reality the "Ameri-ban's" fear-based actions are.

The original video that is too surreal to be real:


The Colbert Report's spoof on the same video:


Rachel Maddow's commentary on the organization's banning of the video:


The audition tapes for the Storm video that were quickly pulled off You Tube by the NOM organization:


It's blatantly ironic that the whole unfounded argument that this "Gay Storm" will destroy our civilization and the institution of marriage, comes from a religious group (Mormons) that promotes polygamy and arranged marriages of children as young as 8 years old. The Mormon church denys involvement with this "front group" but read this blog that ties the two together: http://mormongate.com/

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pope VS. Shaman- Where Will You Find Enlightenment Today?



Any priest in the Catholic Church must either be a self-hating homosexual or someone with some serious issues with their sexuality. Why else would any healthy, straight and invariably horny man give up a life of sexual pleasure with loved ones to lock himself up with other men wearing robes that look a lot like dresses? There is no exact figure of the number of gay clergy but estimates vary anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent, according to a review by the Rev. Donald Cozzens, author of "The Changing Face of the Priesthood.". I theorize that it is very close to 100% but how many priests and clergy are willing to admit it? Abstinence in theory is one of the most miserably failed tenets the church has ever created. The hundreds of lawsuits and payoffs by the church to victims of sexual abuse are proof that you cannot stop human desire and when you repress it, it rears it's ugly head in any way it can. The belief is that abstaining from sex makes you more spiritual has no basis in fact. There is no research to support this tenet. If you look at some of the world's earliest religions that predate the church, abstinence as a concept never existed. American Indian Shaman had same-sex "berdaches" that would attend to the Teepee and the sexual needs of the shaman. They were the shamans same-sex husbands and they were oftentimes initiates and above all they were revered by their tribe. Buddhist high priest are not forbidden from enjoying sexual relations. I have had momentous, spiritual experiences in my life and they had nothing to do with whether I got laid the night before. It boils down to one simple fact; human beings need love to survive. Just like Tom Hanks in Survivor who fell in love with a soccer ball named "Wilson". Inevitably our human form takes over whatever spiritual intention was set in motion and we crack. We need physical touch and love, being in love with the almighty or whomever\whatever doesn't remove us from our bodies permanently. Hasidic Jewish communities have high rates of STD's among ultra religious marriages because the husbands go out and hire prostitutes on the "Down Low". Sex, however dirty your religion may perceive it, is as necessary for our survival as that apple a day. Scientific studies have even shown that the more times per week a study subject had sex, the longer their lives were.

So it is a surprise to hear that there is rampant sex in Catholic seminaries where priests are trained to be priests? (see article link below) The church's rush to stop gap the ever increasing priest shortage has forced them to ordain these priests quicker than ever and lower their standards. These young men who will be the world's spiritual leaders are just as horny as any other young buck out there, if not more because these bucks know from here on out, it's curtains down there, at least in theory.

In early native America hundreds of years ago homosexuals, transgendered, etc. were all bundled together under revered terms of berdache or shaman. Their function was of a different path than warrior or wife or hunter. They were the revered spiritual leaders and healers for each tribe. They were the connection to the spiritual world and other dimensions and they were GAY.


Fast forward to 2009, these cross-dressing "tribal doctors" are still around today. in fact the Vatican is full of them. One visit to a Barcelona cathedral museum smacked me in the face with that reality. Walking through the ever-so-boring museum and entered into the room where all the religious robes (costumes) were kept. There were red silk conical bishop hats with gold threading, orange long robes with embroidered arm panels that dragged elegantly to the floor, purple scarves with gaudy gold thread decoration. I said to myself, "A drag queen would have a field day in this room". How did a humble Jesus dressed in rags, teaching tolerance and universal love to all men get turned into a bunch of closeted gay men in ridiculously superfluous and luxurious drag costumes to spread his teachings to the Catholic world? If you really want to teach his lessons you would emulate him and his message in every way and wear the rags of a poor man certainly not the pomp and pompousness of the drag queens running rampant in the Vatican. Buddhist priests are prime examples of a spiritual leader properly following the teachings of their prophet.


This George-Bush-of-a-pope dressed up as a spiritual leader has done nothing to progress the spiritual enlightenment or awakening of his followers. He first attacked muslims, then atheists, then made more hateful than normal statements reinstating that homosexuality will cause the destruction of the modern world. He then put the cherry on the bullcrappy sundae and pissed off a world full of Jewish people by re-hiring a bishop that denied Jews died by gassing in the holocaust giving a crazy figure of 200-300,000 of the total killed in the holocaust versus the 6 million that were actually killed. A bishop that shortly after apologized for hurting people with his comments but never retracted them. Pope Rat-zinger demanded he apologize weeks later after the world was in an uproar over the news but the bishop never did retract and the Pope did nothing to discipline his returning prodigal son.



Is the Vatican playing a sick joke on humanity in testing us how much hate it can spew out before somebody just goes AWOL and goes 9-11 on them? Maybe it's a taunt so they can justify a new holy war like Bush did? Is it all a na-na-nanny-boo-boo by Pope Benedict? Is this behavior of someone that is supposed to lead the civilized world towards spiritual growth? At least John Paul tried played nice and tried to bring the world together, teaching forgiveness. This one only seems to be capable of medieval hate mongering.

Like the Shaman of yore, Homosexuals are a people connected and in tuned to our spirit because we are on a separate journey, with it's unique lessons. Childbirth and rearing are not necessarily where we find our teachings in this life. We are a gay tribe with our leaders conveniently eliminated by AIDS. It is time that our spiritual leaders come out from the shadows (closet) and depose the false prophets that hide behind the many colored robes of the Catholic Church. We can add to the diaspora of belief in this world, giving it one more intense color.



Great Britian's Tony Blair is recently quoted as calling for a revolution in thinking in the Church and has criticized this pope for being out of touch with his congregation worldwide. Blair says, "There are many good and great things the Catholic Church does, and there are many fantastic things this Pope stands for, but I think what is interesting is that if you went into any Catholic Church, particularly a well attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you’d be surprised at how liberal-minded people were." A generational shift has occurred, a cycle is ending worldwide. The next generation coming is tired and uninterested in the old, failed battles of previous ones. They are hungry for spiritual knowledge and if the church doesn't serve it to them, they will seek it elsewhere. When I was growing up in Miami in the 80's, you would be hard pressed to find one center that had Yoga classes. Today, there are centers even in the most suburban of areas. Not to say that Yoga is a replacement for religion but it is a beginning point and for many is their preferred "church". Newsweek's April 13, 2009 issue runs a cover image of a cross outlined by the words, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America". Obama's win over the faith-aligned Republicans sealed the fate of the extremists in the country that many doubt will ever be able to regained. The church is finally becoming separated from the state as our country's founders intended. "The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades." (John Meacham, Newsweek) The decline of the church is a fact not theory. Question is how long can the church afford to ignore it? Do they impeach this curmudgeon before he brings about it's downfall like George W. Bush almost was?



Fast forward 20 years to 2029, we may see a day where the Vatican is no more. We may live to see a day where the Vatican leaders choose to dismantle it's own headquaters to prove to the world it is shedding it's old self and moving towards a newfound mission and vision. It could sell it's melted down gold to aid 3rd world countries and plant a huge forest in the middle of Rome, replacing the gargantuan statues that have so little to do with Jesus Christ's humble message. This new found forest would be a new spiritual United Nations location for all of the religious tribes of the world could come together to trance-dance away any differences in the warmth of a fire, bathed in the moonlight of a blue moon. A new unified and fully inclusive tradition would replace the crusty, old and irrelevant church of today. I don't doubt that Muslims, Jews, Sufis, Hindus, buddhists, Atheists and yes, us Gays would come to dance at that global party!



There is some hope for its survival. There are signs of factions of moderates within these conservative religions working against the tide of extremism and conservatism to modernize the message of the church to a more inclusive one. Facebook has several religious groups that have popped up supporting gay rights. (see link below) The group is such an idiosyncracy that Facebook'ers sympathetic to the gay rights movement have left negative comments not realizing that the group is Pro-marriage equality and not the common trend among Catholics to be against it. The group is called Christians For Gay Equality (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33840595913&ref=ts) and it is ray of light and hope that yes, the church can reform itself from the inside. It seems that the only way will be not by the elitist stronghold of holy, self- hating, closeted homosexuals running the Vatican but by the members of the Catholic Church that no longer want to be told what is right and wrong. The faithful that finally will take a stand to see God for themselves, without the help of a priest. Republicans are starting to realize their moral holy war must be given up and are now trying to redefine themselves as a party before facing complete extinction. Even the Rush Limbaugh dinosaur cannot roar loudly enough to save that party. One pioneering reformist is ironically the daughter of John McCain; the poster boy of when you go too far to show people how Catholic you are, no longer works for you in this country. Meghan McCain is leading a new movement from within the ranks of the staunch, unbending and never yielding Republican mentality to a more moderate party where acceptance of gay marriage is not a problem, among other things. She wants to go further than just making the party sound inclusive. This thoroughly modern McCain wants her party to actually change and be inclusive, not just talk the talk. Wouldn't she be a wonderful replacement to the wicked witch of the east; Ann Coulter's rhetoric.



Homosexuals are a tribe that no longer finds the path of least resistance the wisest one. We are ready to push beyond our reservations in the big cities (LA, NY, MIA, SAN FRAN) and lay claim to our role in global politics. It's time we come out of our safe bubbles, grab our equality in this civilization and maybe lead again as spiritual leaders replacing the outdated, restrictive and divisive religions of this world with one world spirituality. It is happening already - the number of Americans who don't identify with any religion has risen to 15% from 8% in 1990.
I come from a family where my grandmother who was fiercely Catholic had a sister that became a nun after witnessing a vision of the Virgin Mary in her small town in Cuba. I was raised in a Catholic household, went to a Catholic all boys high school was confirmed and even did the Jesus life and death tour in Israel. So I can say with absolute certainty that I have found more spiritual enlightenment under the moonlight than under any church dome.

The awakening will continue, the churches will continue to empty and be less relevant. When you find yourselves looking for some elightenment, look to the Native American Shaman, Buddhism, Kundalini, Kabbalah, Yoga, wherever. The most important thing is that you look for the truth yourself because this leader isn't helping.

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Gay sex in Catholic seminaries decreased but still ongoing:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28677174/
Newsweek's story on the decline of Christian America:
Meghan McCain's shining new path for her beleaguered party:

Pope reinstates member of extreme traditionalist sect (St. Pius X) previously excommunicated by Pope John Paul:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/world/europe/25pope.html?hp
Pope's feeble attempt to curb worldwide furor over the Bishop's stance:
Beautiful speech by oscar winner for MILK movie denouncing church stance against gays:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfPXcCroPJc
Pope inciting more hatred and violence against homosexuals:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/28/papal-denunciation/

More americans claim they have no religion now at 15% increase from 8% in 1990: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29585222/?GT1=43001

Anthropological historical facts regarding roles of gay American Indians as Spiritual leaders of tribes: http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/medicine.htm

The honorable role of Shaman in native america:
Pope's divisive speech:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

BLOG WAR!


IF YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER OR JUST LOOK LIKE ONE-START YOUR OWN BLOG

Being frustrated writers, my best friend and I decided to create our own blogs to channel our creativity into a positive outlet. Getting yourself published is such a labyrinth of bureaucracy, roadblocks and good old fashioned bullshit that we decided to give that up and just build our writing resume' another way. Why is it so difficult for good writing to get out there while so much bad writing gets published or produced? It's an industry that needs to reinvent itself just as badly as the U.S. government and auto industries do. It's too much about who you know and what sells and too little about actual raw talent or good content. Enough about that...back to blogging. Since we've started blogging, it's been like a Liquid Plumr to my writer's block. When you blog, there is no pressure from editors to sell or agents to impress or any pressure at all, for that matter. It's just you and that white screen and whatever you want to unload from your mind onto it. The downside to this is that any darn fool can do this and the internet is as cluttered with crappy blogs as our stratosphere is with satellites and space trash. Who really cares if Lindsay Lohan has a pimple on her ass or got a flat tire on her way to an interview? Now that my best friend and I are united in the virtual world as well as the spiritual world we have a common bond and goal to urge each other to produce quality and maintain our blogs with fresh writing each week. She is much better at it than I since she is a stay-at-home mom. Still, I offer no excuse and should be more religious about updating my blog weekly. As a result a subtle, silent competition has arisen between us and each time we talk about how many comments we've gotten or who's site we're being showcased on, the green color of envy thankfully, cannot be seen over the phone. Her coup d'etat was when a friend local to Miami noticed her blog and asked to include her on his. It is a very well known and established blog: http://www.tumiamiblog.com/ and ever since then her hits have gone through the roof. To add insult to injury, they even asked her to write a weekly blog for free especially for their site. I thankfully, didn't fall too far behind and was contacted by a local webmaster for a new site called: http://miamigayradio.com/ where the guy really appreciated my writing and asked for my blog to be linked on his main page. I was so flattered, that of course I agreed and rushed to tell my blog compadre the news to see if I could hear her get green over the phone. My next jab was when I was asked to be a guest on my mother's radio show to talk about my blog about the responsibilities of gay celebrities to come out of the closet. I wrote another blog about that including a link to that radio show and my hits soared for that week and for a moment was winning this "blog war". Alas, it was short lived as my friends' samurai discipline for writing weekly blogs kept her hits soaring far past my pitiful numbers.

What connects us to others out there in the blogosphere? We make friends with these electronic strangers we've never seen, smelled or touched. I like to call them "blogitos". Like Doritos; you can't get enough of them and they leave tingly sensations on the tips of your fingers, (from the incessant typing on the keyboard) just like the chips. They are our modern day pen-pals but on an exponentially larger scale. instead of one on one we can now be one on 1000 or in my friend's case, one on 9,420-(blasted!)

Whenever I finish my latest blog entry I get an excitement, a high and sense of accomplishment that satisfies me so much more than any jumbo sized Snickers I've ever eaten. Before working on my screenplays or children's books I like to write a blog entry. It helps to focus my mind on the writing and get my "flow" going and works much better than Attoral or Ritalin. How's that for a marketing slogan? "Blogging-It works better than Ritalin." Kids across the nation will be taking their "blog pills" daily to focus on schoolwork.


Why do we go online to read other people's musings? The same reason a gardener goes to his garden...To get his fill, to redefine and enhance what it means to be human. To disconnect from the rat race and think about life for a moment and maybe try to make sense of it all. Aside from the obvious value of it being a testament of a free and democratic society to be able to say whatever comes to your mind and spread the word, blogging is a true literary community without the snobbery and politics of the real literary communities. Anyone can join, from Lindsay Lohan to my 7 year old nephew-no credentials required. That's the beauty of it, stars can be born online, in an instant. There are no limits or barriers in this virtual world.

While I may have miserably lost this BLOG WAR to my most lovely of friends, I have not lost the benefits from blogging. I feel clean inside, my creativity channeled and if someone, somewhere out there in the ether reads my silly little words and cracks a slight smile or connects with what i'm saying, then I feel 100% complete, a little bit more human and a lot less alone.


Handy dandy tips on creating your own blog:

Where to go to create your own blog for free on the nations #1 largest blog hosting site:

If you're serious about your blog you'll want to know how many people visit and where they visit your site from. Site meter does that for free:

Once you've got that puppy done you will want to "pimp" your blog to make it more original and eye catching. Blogspots templates are soo 2005:

Now the hard part-to promote your blog. Go to other blogs you like and read their entries, posting comments and adding your blog link to your comments. Add your blog link to your email signature, post to your Facebook profile, Twitter, Evite, Linked-In profile or anywhere you have an online profile. Depending on your blog's affiliation you can request to be added to a directory. I requested to be added to the Best Gay Blog Directory below. They will review before approving:

If you're really serious about your work and want to copywright to avoid literary thieves, register your blog here:


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