Friday, May 21, 2010
Ah, but that itty bitty line didn't just rub me and McKee the wrong way. It also prompted a spirited debate over whether to rescind the support of McClain by the committee that decides the joint endorsements of the city's two monthly GLBT publications, QVegas and Las Vegas Nightbeat, along with longtime gay activist and publisher Rob Schlegel. (McClain and Manendo received dual endorsements with a blurb: "Take your pick. Both are good on our issues.")
The committee ultimately decided to let the endorsements stand, but Nightbeat publisher Bill Schafer plans to run a piece in his June issue announcing that he's voting for Manendo because of this. In the letter, which he sent me, he quoted another committee member who said during the debate, "How unfortunate a tactic. The message should be sent that we won't stand for 'innuendo' or outright discrimination – ever! … Someone needs to stand up for what's right, so let's send the message." Other folks decided to give Grandmother McClain the benefit of the doubt given her gay-friendly voting record.
Schafer writes that Grandmother McClain campaign manager Gary Gray offered a mea culpa to Nightbeat after checking with gay activists to learn that, in fact, that verbage is well-known particularly by political operatives as code for, "Psst, he's a fag." Gray had told me that the inference he was trying to make was that Manendo is a sexual predator, a novel idea since I've never heard that being a 42-year-old single Momma's Boy was code for, "Psst, he's a rapist."
Gray never bothered to write or call me to apologize for ridiculing me for asking him about this in the first place, however, and Schafer isn't buying it. "If McClain’s top gun – who’s fought many a political battle – is that naïve, I’ll give my vote to her opponent," his piece for June concluded.
Grandmother McClain should be worried. This is, after all, the gayest district in the state and the only one to ever elect an openly gay person to anything. All other things being equal -- the two candidates have precisely the same record on GLBT matters -- gay voters are very sensitive to being slighted. And word gets around very, very fast.
By the by, I spoke to Manendo. He said he's straight, but more importantly, he said that he's been living in his own home for more than a decade. He did live with his mother for four years in the 1990s, he said, because his father was dying and he needed to help with the care. I wonder how Gray will spin that into some evil disqualification.
Should be a good week! Remember that cat we saved a few weeks ago? Well, he and his new owner, Dawn Christensen, are scheduled to be in the studio and on the air at about 4:45 p.m. PT! Then, the guest for The Strip this week is none other than Vince Neil, the Motley Crue singer turned tattoo/bar/aviation mogul.
So join us at LVRocks.Com to chat with fellow fans and watch us do our thing on the webcam. Or wait and pick up the podcast version. Your call.
You can read the context in Norm Clarke's column; it's not necessary for me to show that there is clearly some pretty intense bad blood brewing between the two. Norm's expressed dissatisfaction with Robin in the past, but usually it's subtle or muttered. This is so pointed, so explicit and in print. Ka-boom.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This can be yours!
What the hell is it, you wonder? Well, The Animal Foundation, the non-profit behind Vegas' biggest animal shelter, is selling these Vegas-show-themed dog statues on Sunday at The Orleans Arena to raise money. It's part of the 7th annual Best In Show event where 60 real dogs will be shown and, hopefully, adopted. Tons of Vegas talent are involved and Terry Fator will emcee with guest star Holly Madison.
I've gotten pictures of all the statues to be silent-auctioned at the event, which starts at noon and costs $12 for adults, $5 for kids 2-12. (Not sure what time it ends as nobody says anywhere online.)
So that dog above is, of course, courtesy of "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular." He's dressed as "Red Death," the Phantom's costume in the "Masquerade" scene. It even has a removable "skull" mask that was custom made by the costume designers.
Here's the entry from Cirque du Soleil's KA, dressed as a spearman with a Ka charm on his chest.
Mystere's entry, dressed s the red bird with a feathered tail:
Cher actually designed this dog below herself and autographed the bottom. Ret Turner, a 5-time Emmy Award-winning Hollywood costume designer made it with about 11,520 Swarovski Crystals on it.
Here's the "Jersey Boys" entry, wearing a replica of the Jersey Boys costume from when the actors sing "Dawn". That little guitar really plays, and the dog is autographed by the real Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio.
I'm not sure how fond I am of "The Lion King" one. It's dressed in one of the grasslands costumes, although thankfully the grass hat is removable:
And finally, here's Lance Burton's dog, complete with a removable top hat and magic wand as well as custom-embroidered Lance Burton cape:
Cool, right? And for a good cause, too. No word as to what the minimum bids will be. If any of you buy one, I'll throw in two prizes off TheStripPodcast.Com's prize list, though.
I was at The Orleans, where the Smothers Brothers were on stage together for the what may have been the last time.
Monday, May 17, 2010
"Nothing will be said by me about Mr. Manendo's missteps," McClain said. "He votes with our caucus 99 percent of the time and so do I. I have been in leadership."
While she insists she won't make it an issue, McClain hopes someone tells voters why Manendo no longer chairs any committees.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
After a few years of the obligatory tests most men go through, then a recent biopsy, doctors told me I have cancer, and surgery is the proper course of action.
So, early this summer, my prostate will go one way, and I'll go the other. With a little luck, the cancer will go with it, not me. I wanted you to know.
Regardless, here's to a safe procedure, a comfortable recuperation and a speedy return to normal.