Jenny McCarthy and Betty White in a lesbian calendar: Should they or shouldn’t they?

Jenny McCarthy, left, and Betty White: Calendar girls?

I adore Betty White. One of my all-time favorite movies is Lake Placid, and it is her character in the movie that makes it great. And then there is her hysterical TV commercial for Snickers candy bars. And so much more.

And Jenny McCarthy — the 1994 Playboy Playmate of the Year — is undeniably hot. And funny.

But what about the idea of Betty and Jenny appearing together in a lesbian calendar?

McCarthy brought up the idea in a post on Twitter on Tuesday, probably just as a joke. But apparently, the idea is getting a lot of positive response. At first, I was a little leery. I mean, what is a “lesbian calendar” anyway? Are we talking about nude or semi-nude poses of Jenny and Betty in romantic poses together? Are we talking about photos of the two of them with other women?

At first, I wasn’t too sure about the idea. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. And a poll on SodaAhead.com agrees with me (although just barely): 42 percent said yes; 37 percent said no, and 21 percent were undecided. (Of course, the actual importance of the poll is questionable, since there were only 19 votes total when I posted this.)

So what do you think? Should they do it? Would you buy the calendar?

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Poll: Gay People Coming Out Earlier

COLLEGE STUDENTS X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMThe age at which people in the U.K. are coming out as gay, lesbian,
bisexual, or transgender has gone from 37 to 17 in about two
generations, according to a survey released Monday by gay rights group
Stonewall.
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Florida Heats Up as Poll Closing Time Approaches

Although it’s cloudy and rainy on this election day throughout Florida, the elections in the Sunshine State are red hot. There is so much electricity in the air after weeks of hard work and a rally in the state last night with President Bill Clinton. Thousands attended the event as they prepared to vote today. Many of the rally participants grabbed yard signs and stickers in hopes of influencing their neighbors or anyone they walk past.

After traveling throughout the state, I’m pleased to have worked with so many pro-equality campaigns that have been endorsed by HRC. Within every campaign, I connected with other supporters of equality. Working to mobilize HRC members and working directly for pro-equality campaigns, I have been met with open arms at every turn.  Volunteers, some having gotten very little sleep after last night’s rally, are out canvassing and phone banking today to make sure people get out of their houses to vote.

Here in Florida, the polls close in just a few minutes. We have been hard at work for weeks and we glad to see Election Day come.


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Gay man allegedly assaulted by Tea Party activist for waving Bill White sign near poll in Houston

This came across early Friday morning from the Houston GLBT Political Caucus:

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Marine Commandant did his own ‘poll’ on DADT… he asked people

Get this.  Your boss, who is really really powerful, says he hates something.  He then asks you for a show of hands, how many of you agree with him.  Miraculously, most of you raise your hands and agree with Big Marine Brother.

That, according to the homophobic and insubordinate outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Conway, proves that repealing DADT is a bad idea.  Because he informally asked a bunch of his subordinates how they felt, and what a surprise, they agreed with their outspoken boss.

Then again, this is a guy who suggested segregating, separate but equal style, gay troops.




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Poll: Most Texans favor relationship recognition for gays

Lyceum Poll is fourth survey in 2 years to show majority supports same-sex marriage or civil unions

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Dennis Coleman
Dennis Coleman

For the fourth time in two years, a statewide poll has shown that a majority of Texans support marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples.

In the 2010 Texas Lyceum Poll, released Tuesday, Oct. 5, 28 percent of respondents said they support same-sex marriage, 24 percent said they support civil unions, and 40 percent said they oppose any legal status, with the remaining 8 percent undecided. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.75 percent.

Dennis Coleman, executive director of Equality Texas, said the poll results should prove helpful heading into the 2011 legislative session.

“It’s very significant,” Coleman said. “For any legislator who might be a little leery about moving forward, hopefully this gives them some sense of confidence.

“It definitely strengthens the conversation for us to have that,” Coleman said of the poll results. “This definitely gives us some ammunition of where Texans are right now, and where they’re moving.”

In February, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll showed that 63 percent supported same-sex marriage or civil unions.

In 2009, UT/Texas Tribune and Texas Lyceum polls showed that 61 percent and 57 percent of Texans supported marriage or civil unions.

“The fact that you’re getting the same results across different methodologies and different polling formats, suggests that the result is what it is,” said pollster Daron Shaw, a political science professor at UT.

In 2005, Texas voters approved a ballot measure prohibiting both same-sex marriage and “any legal status identical or similar to marriage,” by a margin of 3-1.

However, fewer than 20 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the off-year election. And LGBT advocates have long said they believe some voters didn’t realize the amendment would ban not only same-sex marriage but also civil unions.

Coleman acknowledged that in order to legislatively establish civil unions in Texas, the state must first undo the amendment, which would require a two-thirds majority of lawmakers and another ballot measure.

“In the meantime, there are some ways you can recognize relationships through hospital visitation rights, through recognition of family relationships to children,” Coleman said, adding that Equality Texas wants to conduct its own, more specific polling on LGBT issues.

“For certain communities, marriage is not No. 1; protecting their jobs is No. 1,” Coleman said. “For some protecting their families, having both parents names on a birth certificate, is No. 1. We’re not just all about marriage.”

Shaw said the Texas Tribune may also conduct polling on other LGBT issues during the session that begins in January.

Debate over same-sex marriage has been “polarized by elites” and is a “difficult sell” in Texas due to people’s religious beliefs, Shaw said.

But if you offer them options like civil unions, many will take the middle ground.

“It’s not clear to me that statewide there’s a huge market for real hardcore socially conservative positions.” Shaw said. “When it comes to questions of personal liberty or personal freedom, there’s a strong Libertarian strain in Texas. I think that’s kind of what you see when you look at the gay marriage question.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 08, 2010.

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Pew Poll Shows America’s Slow, But Sure Evolution On Gay Marriage Acceptance


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 Yesterday I noted how Exodus International, an "ex-gay" group, has dropped out of the homophobic "Day of Truth."

Though the news seems small, Exodus' departure signals, I said, the erosion of social conservatism's power in America. If you want more proof of the nation's gay evolution, check out this news from Pew Research:

Polls this year have found that more Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally than did so just last year.

In two polls conducted over the past few months, based on interviews with more than 6,000 adults, 42% favor same-sex marriage while 48% are opposed.

In polls conducted in 2009, 37% favored allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally and 54% were opposed. For the first time in 15 years of Pew Research Center polling, fewer than half oppose same-sex marriage.

While it can be distressing to live in a nation that restricts rights based on people's sex lives, this latest report, coupled with Exodus' exodus, suggests that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. An inclusive America is on the horizon, inevitable, and our virtuous patience will be paid in spades. Or, rather, in marriage.

Just a little longer, reader!


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Poll: Vindictive Iowa For Freedom campaign unnecessarily divides state

A Des Moines Register poll turns up completely non-shocking yet thoroughly frustrating findings in regards to the state’s upcoming judicial retention vote:

Forty-four percent of Iowans who plan to cast a ballot in the retention election say they will vote “yes” to all three justices. Forty percent will vote to remove all three, and 16 percent say they want to retain some.

More than one-fourth of all likely voters are either undecided or plan to leave the retention boxes blank, according to the poll.



Senior citizens, Republicans, men, tea party supporters, born-again Christians, low-income voters and those with only a high school education were more likely to vote “no” to all the justices, the poll found.

Iowa Poll: Retention of justices a tossup [Des Moines Register]

We say not surprising, because the three justices up fro retention are essentially sitting ducks. The so-called “Iowa For Mob Rule” “Iowa For Freedom” coalition, working hand-in-hand with the National Organization For Marriage and the American Family Association, is waging an incredibly expensive campaign of disinformation against the justices for no reason other than their marriage 6A00D8341C503453Ef0134869C87C4970Cequality decision. So whereas in other years this vote would be among the more benign and non-politicized, the anti-gay social conservatives have turned it into a rally cry for the state’s fellow foes of marital fairness. A chance to blow off steam. A religious catharsis. An attempt to get some form of retaliation against “activist judges™.” How are the non-campaigning, non-fundraising, non-partisan justices supposed to match that? The odds are against them, unfortunately.

We say totally frustrating, because these poll results show exactly why this campaign is so dangerous to our fair and independent judiciary. The poll shows a seismic divide along party lines, faith views, age, education, and a whole host of other issues that are so commonly exploited for the sake of disinformation. Wven if you take marriage equality and gay rights out of it: The almost more concerning point of discussion is the way that partisan, faith-based, out of state special interests groups have taken it upon themselves to enrage a fired up mob with muddied notions of what is and is not the judiciary’s proper role in determining civil rights matters. It’s a threat that goes way beyond marriage. Hell, it’s not even something that’s going to directly affect the Varnum decision. But it is something that threatens a co-equal branch of American government: A precious entity that we’ll surely miss when it’s gone.




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Pam’s adventures in vlogging…covering stuff you don’t want on the front page (w/a poll)

Hi folks, I’ve never done a vlog before; this is my first one (below the fold). I don’t think I’ll publish many of these on the Blend, so you’ll have to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see when a new one goes up, or follow me on Twitter.

I guess I’ve just thought of vlogging as yet one more thing I’d need to keep up with besides the blog, Facebook and Twitter — all are part of my routine to keep y’all up to date, and all take time to do it right.

In this case, I think vlogging will be a good therapeutic outlet for me as I walk through my ongoing health issues, rather than boring people on this blog. I know it’s my personal blog, but it’s also seen as a resource for political content now more than the former, so I have relegated most personal stuff to the slow-traffic weekends. Besides, writing takes more effort, and I really, really don’t have any more time to squeeze out of the day.

I face a major health decision soon, hence the vlog. More after the jump. TMI alert. Move along to another post if you don’t want to deal with talk of surgery and the like.
So for this first vlog, I figured I do the Cliff Notes version of the backstory by writing up some of what I discuss in the video in a diary, then move it straight to video only.

1. I have uterine fibroids that are wreaking havoc on my quality of life. As non-cancerous tumors, they are often not even a problem for most women (as many as 1 in 5 women have them)- they may not even be aware of them. Unfortunately, in my case, one of the three that could be seen on ultrasound is basically doubling the size of my uterus. My cycles are not only painful, but the amount of bleeding is outlandish in volume and duration.

2. Options: right now it’s down to two choices: a) endometrial ablation (basically burning/eliminating the lining of the uterus – stops your periods, you can no longer have kids) b) hysterectomy: variations of removing your reproductive organs.

3. Complicating factors: I have polycystic ovaries, fibromyalgia, and insulin-dependent, insulin-resistant diabetes. The latter is most relevant regarding higher chances of complications and infection for any surgery.

So if I have more invasive surgery, I may be offline for a while, but I’ll know more after this week, and perhaps I’ll have a date soon.

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One thing I didn’t mention in the video is my strange weight loss. I have spent most of my adult life dealing with the inability to lose weight. Not yoyo-ing. That would require me taking it off in the first place. Having to take insulin and having PCOS are big factors in making weight loss hard.

Then starting about six months ago, roughly coinciding to the monster inside my uterus growing and really making its presence known, the weight started coming off for no reason. No change in eating habits, no increase or decrease in exercise. I did have less of an appetite more often than before, so perhaps I would skip a meal, but that was never unusual when I was unable to lose weight.

That does not mean that the fibroid has anything to do with this; it just happened around the same time.

Anyway, here I am, 5 sizes smaller, 40 lbs lighter without trying. I’d love to say that’s great news, but when you’re not sure why, that’s a tad disturbing. I’d just like an explanation that makes sense.

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BTW, someone on Facebook thought it would be a loss not to include the vlogging as front-page entries since health care is a critical issue and I could expound on that in my videos. I told her that I’d put up a poll to see what regulars think. Obviously I don’t think my vlogs will need to be on PHB, but maybe some of you do. Weigh in.
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N.Y. Poll: Paladino Gaining on Cuomo

Cuomox180 (NY State) | Advocate.comA new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Democratic New York gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo leads Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino by just six points.
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