Hi Chris

Andrew Sullivan had been lamenting the absence of a gay superstar before someone reminded him of one 30 years removed from the closet, when the famous didn’t dare disclose their homosexuality. Few athletes were more dominant than Martina Navratilova and none had bigger balls (not meant pejoratively, so calm down).

Do men never tire of thinking that the only important events in the world are done by men? You already have your groundbreaker in Martina. That there hasn’t been a man as brave as her is pretty damn weak for the so-called “stronger sex”. When you think of who has come out in sports and entertainment, the groundbreakers are almost all women. A little respect is due. They’re the ones breaking the closet door down for you. Walk through it already, would ya?

The 70s Will Smith turns 71

On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, no less. Coincidence?

I’ve posted about Paul Williams a few times over the years, which is strange enough.

Like Smith, Paul Williams was a marginally talented actor and musician. Okay, so he wasn’t as popular, but the troll-like Williams was a regular on “Match Game” and “The Gong Show,” which makes him way cooler in my book. And he’s from Omaha, birthplace of Marlon Brando, Malcom X, Montgomery Clift, Fred Astaire, Bob Gibson, Dick Cavett, Henry Fonda and Nick Nolte.

My favorite Hollywood hangout, Boardner’s (which, unfortunately, seems to have gotten a substantial makeover since I left town), had an autographed photo of Williams above the bar. I offered them $20 for it but they passed. Shoulda tried harder.

Christie ‘thinking about running now’

So reports the WSJ’s Paul Gigot. Christie would be a welcome addition to a weak GOP field of Zeligs, flim-flam artists and religious fanatics, though in the end his reasonableness could cost him the nomination. 

“This Sharia law business is crap,” said Christie last month, denouncing critics of a recently appointed Muslim judge. “It’s just crazy. And I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.”

That’s the typical GOP primary voter you’ve insulted, Gov.

(Links are down on WordPress so you’ll have to take my word.)

Noted & Quoted, bullshit macho posturing edition

Rick Perry brags about Alabama Southwest, from his cleverly titled bio-screed, “Fed Up”:

“Texans, on the other hand, elect folks like me. You know the type, the kind of guy who goes jogging in the morning, packing a Ruger .380 with laser sights and loaded with hollow-point bullets, and shoots a coyote that is threatening his daughter’s dog.”