‘The Tempest’ tonight at the Wyly

DTC delivers Shakespeare like no other

There are several such gasp-inducing moments in his staging of The Tempest, starting with the opening scene, set on an airplane instead of a boat. As the wizard Prospero (Chamblee Ferguson), like Desmond from Lost, rips the jet from the sky, the stage instantly transforms into a barren wasteland, as stark and beautiful as any set the Dallas Theater Center has ever produced. There are trap doors and bits of magic and flying fairies. It will make you say, “Wow.”

Read the entire review here.

DEETS: Wyly Theatre, 2401 Flora St. Through Oct. 9. $25.  DallasTheaterCenter.org.

—  Rich Lopez

R. Lee Ermey delivers batsh*t Obama-will-impose-socialism message at USO benefit

Full Metal Jacket‘s sadistic drill sargeant and present-day GEICO pitchman R. Lee Ermey sounds like he needs to hit the couch and go to namby-pamby land after this “socialist Obama” blow up at a USO benefit, appearing on behalf of Toys for Tots. Via Mediate:

“The economy really sucks. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody, but the present administration probably had a lot to do with that. And the way I see it, they’re not going to quit doing it until they bring this country to its knees. So I think we should all rise up and we should stop this administration from what they’re doing because they’re destroying this country. They’re driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us and that’s exactly what they’re doing. And I’m sick and damn tired of it, and I know you are too. But I know that the Marine Corps will be here forever; this administration won’t. Semper Fi.”

And with that outburst, he takes his leave quietly back to his table, where the cohosts, clearly somewhat stunned, ask him how he “really feels.”

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Jesus’ General delivers more pearls of wisdom from LDS Elder Boyd K. Packer

Here’s just one of many reasons to hit the tip jar of Jesus’ General. He unearthed some precious gems uttered by LDS Apostle Boyd K. Packer.

Apparently, God went on a rant about homosexualism the last time they got together, because that was the subject of Elder Packer’s conference talk last weekend. You can watch or read it at Pam’s place, but essentially he said: homosexualism is a choice; it can be cured; and it’s a wickedness that shouldn’t be legal.

Inasmuch as the blogs are all abuzz with Elder Packer’s talk, I thought it might be interesting to go back and provide a few quotes of things he said in other talks. It’ll help you get a full measure of one of the Church’s most powerful Apostles–he’s next in line to become the Prophet if he outlives the current one.

You’ll have to surf over for the rest, but I had to share these apparent messages from God that Packer has emitted:

We’ve always counseled in the Church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise.


I am for protecting the rights of a woman to be a woman, a feminine, female woman; a wife and a mother.

Thoughts on the ERA Amendment

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—  John Wright

DADT Action: GetEQUAL Delivers Signed Combat Boots To Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)

AmericaBlog reports:

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) voted against the compromise DADT amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 27th. He’s getting a visit from GetEQUAL today, which you can follow on GetEQUAL’s Facebook page and via Twitter.the 2006 campaign, Webb wore the combat boots of his son who was serving in Iraq. Servicemembers will be leaving their combat boots for Webb, which is a powerful symbol. During the 2006 campaign, Webb wore the combat boots of his son who was serving in Iraq.

Joe Sudbay notes that the following Senators are uncommitted to breaking a possible GOP filibuster:

–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)

Have you called your Senators today? The vote is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30pm.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Pushing for Senate DADT Repeal Vote, HRC Delivers Thousands of Constituent Signatures

For many months, HRC organizers have been crisscrossing the country working in priority districts and states on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” With a good vote behind us in the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee, we are now pushing for the Senate to take a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains DADT repeal language. This week, we shipped off thousands of postcards, petition signatures and handwritten letters that we have generated during our repeal DADT campaign. Every United States Senator will receive a package with contacts from constituents in their home states, reiterating that there is broad, national support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Yesterday’s shipment comes off of the heels of an earlier delivery on Capitol Hill, and is in addition to the over 20,000 hand-signed postcards that were delivered by veterans to priority U.S. Senators on that day.

While the defense bill is on a list of possible votes in September, it is important to keep the pressure on your senators and remind them that you want to see a speedy vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, and that they should keep repeal language in this bill. For more information on how to contact your representatives, visit our interactive Countdown 2010 website.

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—  John Wright

Judge Delivers Split Ruling in NOM Maine Donor Disclosure Case

Nom_maine A U.S. District Court has ruled in the Maine case seeking disclosure of the names of donors to the successful effort by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to repeal the state's marriage equality law:

"Saying a state law requiring that the names of donors be disclosed within a certain time frame is 'unconstitutionally vague,' U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby nevertheless said the request by the state Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices that the National Organization for Marriage disclose names of donors who gave money to defeat a gay marriage law in Maine is not a burden on NOM’s freedom of speech.

But Hornby took shots at some of Maine’s campaign finance disclosure rules. The judge said rules requiring 24-hour disclosure of independent expenditures over 0 — not just before an election, but whenever they occur — 'has not been justified … is impermissably burdensome and cannot be enforced.'"

It's unclear from the article what happens next. Will update this post with any additional information…

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—  John Wright