Starvoice • 07.01.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Billy Campbell turns 52 on Thursday. Campbell has everyone swooning as Darren Richmond in The Killing. But his heartthrobby good looks set the boys’ hearts aflutter as he played gay character Dr. Jon Fielding in the landmark miniseries Tales of the City as well as  Stephen Carrington’s lover in Dynasty.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury in Leo, cranking up egos and voices, is at the end of a “yod” with Pluto and Chiron. The real challenge is to shut up, listen and adapt to difficult new realities. Venus making a T-square to Uranus and Pluto stresses relationships, forcing major adaptation. Your work is cut out!

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CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Venus in your sign makes you more attractive, but not necessarily to whom you want to attract. Stick to your standards. A philosophical sense of humor gets you through awkward advances.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Clear the air and explore new ideas. Just be careful when and where. Once you have those ideas honed and polished your boss will probably love them.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Whatever you’re worried about, face it directly. Discussing it with your partner could solve it. If words fail you, try round one in the bedroom.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Worrying about family and relations holds back your career, but understanding them will strengthen you. It’s all in your attitude and knowing how empowering your roots really are.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
There is pleasure in getting to the truth of the matter, but doing so is disruptive to personal and work relationships. Conspire with your potential allies in your search for understanding.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Be challenged by new ideas. Consider them and see how they might be constructively applied. You love your theories, but practical experience is what proves truth and value.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Asserting yourself creates disaster at home. Pay attention and be ready to adapt. It may take sacrifice, probably of some aspect of your ego, but willingness to transform will save you.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Pay close attention to what your partner has to say. You don’t have to agree; you do have to think about it. Affirming roots gives you the strength to make necessary changes.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Changes at work are a blessing in disguise. Friends’ advice that you don’t like will prove most helpful. It may need more discussion for you to fully understand. Keep an open mind.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Brash overconfidence gets you into trouble. You have what it takes, but consider what your strongest virtues are.  A little humility will give you perspective and enhance your strengths.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
You get away with anything, but second-guessing yourself ruins this lucky streak. Don’t get trapped in dawdling. Stay clear on your ideals and they will pull you through.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Your mouth gets you in trouble. Trust in your friends for appropriate guidelines. Meditative reflection is helpful, not just for verbal discipline, but for clarity in professional goals and partnership.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 1, 2011.

 

—  Michael Stephens

Unbelievable article on schadenfreude & the tender egos of anti-gay hypocrites

You have to click over and read this article at Jacksonville.com, “Critics feel justified in bashing fallen pastor.” The meme being developed by the right is that people who gloat over the “misfortunes” of people like alleged sex predator Eddie Long or any of the Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay are simply compassionless regarding the plight of the exposed hypocrite.

Yes, you read that right. And the fundies wind up for the pitch…

And while there is a dispute over whether such public scorn is reserved for conservative Christians – evangelicals say it is, moderates and liberals say it isn’t – they also agree the Long situation is just the latest example of a society that loves to gloat over disgraced public figures.

Sadie Fields, an Atlanta-based political consultant and former head of the conservative Georgia Christian Alliance, said Long should be treading the exemplary path he’s been telling others to follow. Still, she finds it disturbing how viciously his enemies and critics have assailed him before his day in court.

If there’s a flaw to be found it is this kind of piling on and salacious delight” people take in others’ failures, Fields said. “It’s a sad commentary on human nature that people find satisfaction in other people’s pain.”

If there is one point in the piece where you know the reporter, Jeff Brumley, blows any credibility of this meme, it’s when he goes to Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel for comment.

But others say the criticism is fueled by ideology.

“There is a double standard by the media … against pro-family, Christian or conservative individuals,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, an Orlando-based legal ministry that supports conservative causes.

…Whenever a conservative “falls they pile on them and try to use that human failure to discredit the underlying message,” Staver said, in this case opposition to gay rights.

Um. It does discredit it, Mat. Opposing views are in the article as well, but doesn’t address the fact that these hypocrites, with their messages of hate from their own closets have negatively affected so many lives, and in many cases these exposed closet cases were in positions of authority and power to brainwash their flock with homophobia or legislate against LGBTs.
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—  John Wright