Shameless Journey video break: Steve Perry surfaces at Giants game 5 NLCS

Steve Perry sightings are rare, you know. Since he effectively retired from performing after Journey’s 1996 Trial By Fire album, you rarely hear from “The Voice” — or see him for that matter. Those rare sightings for Perry loyalists usually means more fantasies of him coming out of retirement. Note to the die-hards: I don’t see it happening. He (and his voice) can’t live up to expectations of 1980s SP. Just hit repeat on your MP3s and treasure that. I do.

It’s nice to see him happy and exuberant cheering on his beloved S.F. Giants with the crowd.

As far as the current iteration of Journey is concerned, the word is that a new album (with fantastic current lead singer Arnel Pineda) is going to be out in March 2011, with a world tour following. I’m a member of the Arnel Pineda fan site (he’s a really nice guy); go ahead and laugh — it’s like being 16 again, except at least there are more people in the group that are my age than I expected. The only other fan group I belong to is for L&O: SVU, so that makes two obsessions other than politics; the diversion keeps me centered if a bit eccentric. But you already knew I was a bit out of the ordinary…

So I’m putting the word out now — anyone out there who has connections to get badass concert seats (and a backstage pass) for me, you now know how to make this blogmistress really happy. ๐Ÿ™‚


* Blogmistress music overload: my Journey immersion weekend
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Midterm Tea Break: Same drink, new brew

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Monday: Veterans, Lady Gaga to Maine to press Sens. Snowe, Collins to break DADT filibuster

BREAKING VIA TWITTER: @ladygaga Meet me in Portland, Maine 2moro, 9/20 to help repeal #DADT. I’m holding a Rally + speaking live in Deering Oaks Park

— Lady Gaga to her 6.3 million followers today

And she is marshalling her forces with focus — on Maine, a state with two Republican senators — who may be convinced to vote with Dems to break any McCain filibuster on DADT repeal language in the Def Auth bill. (SLDN):

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), will be holding a grassroots rally with young people near the University of Southern Maine campus on Monday, September 20, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. ET, at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME, in a major Senate push to break the expected filibuster by Sen. John McCain of the National Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal is included.  The key U.S. Senate vote is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The votes to break McCain’s filibuster are not there.  We need Sens. Snowe and Collins on board; they’re key to us breaking the filibuster,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.  “With the vote less than 48 hours away, we need everyone supporting repeal to call the Senate.  We’re bringing gay and straight service members to Portland to help make the case.  And we’re proud to have the support of Lady Gaga to bring grassroots attention to repeal at a critical hour.  Like Lady Gaga, all New England senators, indeed all 100 senators, Democrats and Republicans, need to engage in a real debate on this issue, and not just posture and spin this week over procedure and Senate rules.”

As we saw during the VMAs, Lady Gaga attended with service members affected by DADT (photo), and SLDN director of communications, Trevor Thomas, has acknowledged that the influence of Gaga on the lobbying process has made a substantial impact, and it’s needed again to reach out to even more people in the next 48 hours. (via Kerry Eleveld):

“We know that Lady Gaga can move young people,” Thomas said, noting that she has more followers on twitter than the president (@ladygaga edges out @BarackObama by nearly a million followers). He added that SLDN had been sending action alerts to its 80,000 subscribers asking them to call their senators for the past several weeks. Short of the Gaga intervention, he said his organization would simply be sending out the same action alert on Monday that it did on Friday.

The power of celebrity combined with the reach of social networking has changed the game for activism and spreading the word on short notice. It’s a larger reach than a press release or mailing list when you’ve got a clock ticking down on a critical legislative matter like this. Lady Gaga deserves incredible kudos for harnessing the energy of young people out there to press allies — and potential allies — to act.

Note: 1,000,000+ watched Lady Gaga’s call to action online; and 237,131 people visited SLDN’s action Site as a result — 91.62% were first-time visitors.

For tomorrow’s event, follow the Twitter hashtag: #4the14k – “For the 14,000”: A Rally for the 14,000+ Discharged
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Men Break Guinness Kiss Record

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD KISS X390Two men attempting to break the Guinness world record for longest kiss
have succeeded, locking lips for more than 33 hours and raising
awareness for gay rights. Daily News

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CALL TO ACTION: Senate Votes Needed To Break McCain DADT Filibuster

Joint post by Louise and Keori

Blenders, we’ve come down to the “Final Assault” on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Harry Reid has filed for cloture on the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains an amendment for DADT repeal. The vote to break the planned Republican filibuster will be on Tuesday afternoon. There are still a few undecideds/unknowns on this issue, and we desperately need your help to push this through.

Call your senators NOW and spread the word.

SENATE VOTE VERY TIGHT: For repeal to happen advocates need one more vote to break John McCain’s filibuster.  All supporters must call their senators now.


–Susan Collins (R-ME)

–Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

–Mark Pryor (D-Ark.);

–Richard Lugar (R-IN);

–Judd Gregg (R-NH);

–Jim Webb (D-VA)

–George Voinovich (R-OH)

Susan Collins D.C. office: (202) 224-2523

Susan Collins Augusta, ME office: (207) 622-8414

Olympia Snowe toll-free number: (800) 432-1599

Olympia Snowe Augusta, ME office: (207) 622-8292

Mark Pryor D.C. office: (202) 224-2353

Mark Pryor Little Rock, AR office: (501) 324-6336

Richard Lugar D.C. office: (202) 224-4814

Richard Lugar Indianapolis, IN office: (317) 226-5555

Judd Gregg D.C. office: (202) 224-3324

Judd Gregg Concord, NH office: (603) 225-7115

Jim Webb D.C. office: 202-224-4024

Jim Webb Richmond, VA office: 804-771-2221

George Voinovich D.C. office: (202) 224-3353

George Voinovich Columbus, OH office: (614) 469-6697

Call your Senators and tell them the following:

OPPOSE a motion to strike the DADT repeal amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act.

OPPOSE any replacement or substitute repeal amendment

OPPOSE any attempt to modify the repeal amendment in the bill

OPPOSE any filibuster attempt

SUPPORT final passage of the bill

****REMEMBER**** Any attempt to modify the repeal amendment, such as by expanding “certification,” IS AN ATTEMPT TO KILL THE DADT REPEAL AMENDMENT.

Come on, Blenders! Let’s help consign this hideous, cruel policy to the trash bin of history!  
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Video: It’s a major election day. Here’s an ‘Easy’ brain break

Been seeing lots of promotion for this Easy A movie. But had no clue that it’s posed to be the most (intentionally) gay-filled mainstream teen comedy in recent memory:

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British Justice Minister Crispin Blunt Is So Not Coming Out Because Some Sordid Scandal Is About to Break

Oh Ken Mehlman, you're already being out-gayed by the news cycle. First a Power Ranger comes out, and now a British politico is coming out. Bonus: He's married!


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HRC: Target Talks Break Down

Following protests over Target’s donation of 0,000 to a
group supporting an antigay political candidate, the retailer has rejected
calls to donate an equal amount to gay-supportive candidates.
Daily News

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