Thursday, July 30, 2009

Say Isn't So

David Ortiz aka Big Papi tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 along with Manny Ramirez, no big surprise there, but big Papi, Com 'on. Okay this is no different then when ARod's test result were leaked. I only hope that Papi follows in Arod's example (not Big Head Barry's) and takes responsibly for his actions. He needs to own up and come clean don't hide behind a cloak of silence. You owe to the fans of the Red Sox and all of Baseball. I this is just one more black eye one the "Juice Era of baseball."
According to the New York Times:
The information about Ramirez and Ortiz emerged through interviews with multiple lawyers and others connected to the pending litigation. The lawyers spoke anonymously because the testing information is under seal by a court order. The lawyers did not identify which drugs were detected.

Update.... David Ortiz released the following statement
I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me -- I will not hide and I will not make excuses.

I want to thank my family, the Red Sox, my teammates, and the fans for their patience and support.
I guess we just need to wait and see what he was on and how he handles it from here. Am I going to condone what he did, fuck no. He cheated just like Arod, Clemens and Big Head. I really think that MLB and the Players Association need to release the full report. Will that happen probably not at least I will not be holding my breath. But sure as hell would be a lot better than one name finding it's way to the press every month or so. Baseball could clear the air all at once and be done with this storm cloud that has been lingering over the field.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pride In Service

I came across this article about gay and lesbian serving in the British military. Now my question is why do we continue to lag behind the United Kingdom with these basic rights to serve honorably? The soldier interviewed in this story relays many of the feeling that I have. It really makes a case for how out dated the "Don't Ask Don't tell" policy really is and that it needs to be changed. President Obama has promised that he would push to have the band removed but has done little to promote it. He has continued to pass the buck on to Congress and Senate. I know health care, health care, health care, well nothing is getting done on that front either. Repealing DADT policy is a lot easier than health care reform, it does not require any new funding and would end up saving money that was used to investigate and train the LGBT initially as well as the money needed to train their replacements. As for health care reform, it will require money along with time and care to ensure that is done right.
Enough Said! Oh and James is one fucking Hot Lad, Yumm!!!


Tpr James Wharton
Picture: Steve Dock



Pride, Not Prejudice

Interview: Joe Clapson
http://www.soldiermagazine.co.uk/

JUST ten years ago it was illegal to be gay in the UK Armed Forces.
But since 2000, following a ruling
by the European Court of Human Rights, homosexual men and woman have been able to proudly serve – without hiding their sexuality.
In an interview with Soldier, Tpr James Wharton (The Household Cavalry Regiment) explained that instead of being oppressed, gay and lesbian Army personnel are now given full support.

“I came out to the Army before I told my parents, so that says a lot for the Armed Forces,” said the 22-year-old.
“I told the Army in March 2003, after all my initial training was over – I was 18. I have always known I was gay but it wasn’t until then that I told anyone.”

The decision to lift the ban on gays in the Army came after two landmark cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, which found that the MoD’s policy was not sustainable.
Despite the change, the other half of the UK’s “special relationship” – the United States – has not relaxed its attitude towards homosexuals in
the Forces.

“I still can’t get my head round the US’ ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy,” said Tpr Wharton, who has served Queen and country for six years.

“Luckily I don’t have to deal with it, but clearly there will be gay soldiers in the US Army who are not being themselves – they aren’t allowed to be.”

Tpr Wharton was deployed to Iraq on OpTelic 10 in 2007 on long-range desert patrols and he says the idea of a “pansy” serving in a conflict zone is a flawed one.

“I would say whoever goes on a tour to a place like Iraq can’t really be described as a pansy – so the gay stereotype doesn’t really apply,” he said.

The Liverpool FC fan, who met his boyfriend Ryan during last year’s London Gay Pride march – the first time members of the Armed Forces were allowed to march in uniform – went on to say that although he can find himself on the wrong end of “banter”, it is
not a problem.

The hard image and stories from Iraq ensure Tpr Wharton, based at Combermere Barracks, Windsor, does not fall into any gay stereotype, but by his own admission he can make himself a target for abuse.

“I can’t be late, I’m off to see Britney tonight,” he casually told Soldier before realising the potential implications of his comment.

“That doesn’t exactly sound the most macho thing to say does it? I’ve got quite a bit of ribbing for going to the concert, but to be fair a few of the lads have also got tickets.”

The very fact that Tpr Wharton – soon to be promoted to lance corporal – feels able to tell his colleagues that he is gay, likes Britney Spears and recently attended a Pink concert speaks volumes for the strides in equality and diversity made by the Army.

In the past Tpr Wharton and soldiers like him would have been turned away at the door or forced out of the Army for their sexuality. In 1999 alone, 298 people were discharged because of their sexual orientation.

“A friend of mine who is gay was not allowed to be open about it and had the Royal Military Police following him around because of their suspicions – he wasn’t allowed to be gay,” said Tpr Wharton.

“Some soldiers had to leave and others just remained quiet, so were not themselves. Now it’s completely different. I imagine it’s like being in a different Army.

“Obviously there are people who are set in their ways and aren’t in favour of the changed policy, but the whole attitude is different.”

Although he acknowledges the Army’s significant progress in diversity issues, Wharton explained that the current situation is not perfect, with potential recruits sometimes put off signing up by ill-informed personnel.

“I think there is room for improvement as far as the Army is concerned because there are still people who can’t accept the changes – but it’s 1,000 times better than ten years ago,” said Tpr Wharton.

“There could definitely be improvements in the first stages of recruitment because I know people who have been given
bad advice.

“A lot of people express their worries about being gay at recruitment and some awful things have been said to them, like ‘you’re not allowed to be gay in Army time’ or ‘you shouldn’t be gay’.”

In his six-year Army career Tpr Wharton can recall just two unwanted incidents as a result of his sexuality, but neither were serious enough for him to question his career.

“Considering some people have general problems every week I’m not complaining,” he said “I haven’t got any personal problems. My problems are like every other soldier’s – bombs and bullets.”

The trooper was also keen to elaborate on the general misconceptions people have about homosexual men and women. “People tend to think gay people don’t like sport and that
they just sit and file their nails – that is not the case,” he said. “I love playing and watching sport –I’m a massive Liverpool fan and I don’t own a nail file.”
http://www.soldiermagazine.co.uk/mag/feature1.htm





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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Silly Sex

Just a bit of humor that a friend emailed to me and I thought that other may enjoy.
SOCIAL SECURITY SEX
[]
Two men were talking. "So, how's your sex life?"
"Oh, nothing special. I'm having Social Security sex."
"Social Security sex?"
"Yeah, you know; I get a little each month, but not enough to live on!"

LOUD SEX
A wife went in to see a therapist and said, "I've got a big problem, doctor. Every time we're in bed and my husband climaxes, he lets out this ear splitting yell."
[]
"My dear," the shrink said, "that's completely natural. I don't see what the problem is."
"The problem is," she complained, "it wakes me up!"

QUIET SEX
Tired of a listless sex life, the man came right out and asked his wife during a recent lovemaking session, "How come you never tell me when you have an orgasm?"
She glanced at him casually and replied, "You're never home!"
[]

CONFOUNDED SEX
A man was in a terrible accident, and his "manhood" was mangled and torn from his body. His doctor assured him that modern medicine could give him back his manhood, but that his insurance wouldn't cover the surgery since it was considered cosmetic. The doctor said the cost would be $3,500 for "small", $6,500 for "medium", $14,000 for "large."
[]
The man was sure he would want a medium or large, but the doctor urged him to talk it over with his wife before he made any decision. The man called his wife on the phone and explained their options. The doctor came back into the room, and found the man looking dejected.
[]
"Well, what have the two of you decided?" asked the doctor.
[]
The man answered, "She'd rather remodel the kitchen."
[]

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SEX
[]
A husband and his wife had a bitter quarrel on the day of their 40th wedding anniversary. The husband yells, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads: 'Here Lies My Wife--Cold As Ever'."
[]
"Yeah," she replies, "when you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads: Here Lies My Husband -- Stiff At Last.'"
WOMEN'S HUMOROUS SEX
My husband came home with a tube of K-Y jelly and said, "This will make you happy tonight."
He was right. When he went out of the bedroom, I squirted it all over the doorknobs. He couldn't get back in.
[]

ELDERLY SEX
One night an 87 year old woman came home from Bingo to find her 92 year old husband in bed with another woman. She became violent and ended up pushing him off the balcony of their 20th floor assisted living apartment . . . killing him instantly.
[]
Brought before the court on charge of murder, the judge asked her if she had anything to say in her defense. She began coolly, "Yes, your honor, I figured that at 92, if he could have sex . . . he could fly."


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Friday, July 24, 2009

Perfect




I just wanted to congratulate Chicago White Sox's Mark Beuhrle for pitching a perfect game and DeWayne Wise for his saving catch yesterday. This is pretty significant statistic since this was only the 18h perfect game in Major League Baseball's history. You are talking in over 100 years there had been only 18 of these thrown, damn that is impressive. This is pretty special this age of pitch counts, where most pitchers are limited to a 100 or so pitches which is see them pulled in the late fifth or sixth inning. Mark' pitched 9 innings throwing 116 pitches with no hits or walks and had 6 strike outs, all of the other pitches went for fly or ground balls which resulted in an out at first. Mark will join the list which includes Cy Young, Addie Joss, Charlie Robertson, Don Larsen, Jim Bunning, Sandy Kofax, Catfish Hunter, David Cone, Kenny Rogers, David Wells, and Randy Johnson and a few others. Mark that was a pretty sweet game you pitched last night you earned this praise, and he's a pretty good looking guy ;-)

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Walter Cronkite And The Lunar Landing

Today is the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing and I can't think of a more fitting way to commemorate that event then hearing the late Walter Cronkite reflect upon it. As I'm sure you had heard by now on Friday CBS reporter Walter Cronkite had past way, he was 92. I think this is the right tribute for both events, I grew up watching his reports. To his family I send my respect and sorrow for their loss, Rest in Peace Mr. Cronkite, you will surely be missed.
I was to young to see the men of Apollo 11 take that giant leap for mankind. I would only be 5 months old when they stepped out of the lander. So I want to thanks Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins for taking the risk and helping every boy dream. "The Eagle has Landed!" and in the word of Walter when he was reporting on the hearing that last phrase "WOW".

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Midsummer Nights Dream

I found this video on another blog that I follow Just Beautiful Men and it's well worth a repeat here. The music video Were the World Mine - Timothy's Dream is based off the characters Timothy (Tanner Cohen) and Jonathan (Nathaniel David Becker) from the movie Were the World Mine and put the music: Five for Fighting - Superman. The video was made by justbtube on YouTube. I really have to give Props to the creator its a fantastic video with some really hot guys.

I also want to just take this time to give a shout out to my followers and fellow bloggers

Seth of Sethboyardee

Mich'el of Hiface

Pilgrim of La route de Pilgrim - Pilgrim´s ways

and Blunova of Lycra Gay Men

Thank you for the support guys and keep doing what you do best.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dog Beer Commercial

I Declare a Party Foul! A true fan of 420 would never let the beer spill. No matter if you like the beer or not the commercial is hilarious, it's probably the most action he's see down there in years.




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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MLB Midseason Report


Back on April 5th I posted "PlayBall" my MLB predictions for the year. now we are at the All-Star break, so I figured I'd take a look back and see how I'm doing and maybe tweak them a bit. My season ending predictions were;
AL East Yankees, AL Central Twins, AL West Angels, and the AL Wild card Red Sox. The team to watch is Tampa they will be fun this season and really have something to prove.

In the NL East Phillies, NL Central Cubs, NL West Dodgers look for the Cardinals to be the Wild card but they better watch out for the Diamond Backs.



The season as it stands right now

American League Regular Season Standings
Eastern Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Boston

54

34

-

.614

New York

51

37

3

.580

Tampa Bay

48

41

6.5

.539

Toronto

44

46

11

.489

Baltimore

40

48

14

.455







Central Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Detroit

48

39

-

.552

Chicago

45

43

3.5

.511

Minnesota

45

43

4

.506

Kansas City

37

51

11.5

.420

Cleveland

35

54

14

.393







Western Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Los Angeles

49

37

-

.570

Texas

48

39

1.5

.552

Seattle

46

42

4

.523

Oakland

37

49

12

.430








National League Regular Season Standings
Eastern Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Philadelphia

48

38

-

.558

Florida

46

44

4

.511

Atlanta

43

45

6

.489

New York

42

45

6.5

.483

Washington

26

61

22.5

.299







Central Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

St. Louis

49

42

-

.538

Milwaukee

45

43

2.5

.511

Houston

44

44

3.5

.500

Chicago

43

43

3.5

.500

Cincinnati

42

45

5

.483

Pittsburgh

38

50

9.5

.432


Western Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Los Angeles

56

32

-

.636

San Francisco

49

39

7

.557

Colorado

47

41

9

.534

Arizona

38

51

18.5

.427

San Diego

36

52

20

.409








In the AL I'm not doing to bad with except 0f the Central division where the Detriot Tigers lead the division and the White Sox (3.5 games back)are a close second. I had the Twins but they are only 4 games back so it's still a toss up in my book.
Back in the East, early on Toronto had throw everyone for a hoop but their pitching staff slowly self destructed leading early on. Now many of their starters and bullpen are on the disable list leaving them sinking in the standings. Now the Roy Halladay watch is on to see where he ends up finishing the season. But as of right now the Red Sox and Yankees will continue to play leap frog in the East.
Way out West things are as expected, right now the Angels should seal it up, but Texas is going to keeping things very interesting and playing some good baseball. Seattle isn't that far back and have a lot of young talent it just a matter of seeing if they are mature enough to steal the division. For the AL Wildcard it just depends on where the Red Sox and Yankees finish their leap frogging at end of the season, peronally I still see the Red Sox with the Wild Card and Yankees with the division.

Now we head over to the NL; in the East it really could be anyone's game, however the Phillie's are expected to add Pedro Martinez to their pitching staff today or tomorrow. They are one of the teams I expected to make a run at Halladay. If they add both of those experienced pitchers to the staff everyone in the NL East might as well look to next season.
In the NL Central I had predicted that the Cubs would be on top, they are only 3.5 games back which is still do able, but the Cardinals have been very strong. You also may not want to rule out the Brewers. I don't know why I over looked them and they did make a run at things last year.They also have a lot of young talent like Seattle and Detroit, but they are in the chase being only 2.5 games back. Right there in the middle you also have Houston, but I really don't think they will be a factor heading in to the stretch.
Finally moving to the NL West it will be the Dodgers, period. Joe Torre is a great coach and Manny has been crazy since coming off of his suspension for steroids, (clearing my throat) I mean "band substances". Even when he was out the Dodgers were arguably the best team in baseball. I had thought Arizona would have been in the chase but now that they are 18.5 games back they can forget it. Since they lost their ace Brandon Webb for the rest of the season they will not have a chance in Hell. The final playoff spot in the NL is looking like it with be a fight between 4 teams; San Francisco, Colorado, Florida and Milwaukee, out of those 4 I like SFO but they need to add a bat.

So from now until the end of July it's just a matter of watching to see who will be moving where. The top prize right now if Roy Halladay and like I said Philadelphia might be his next residence. I don't think the Red Sox will make a run at him, but one never knows they may just to drive the price up. The Yankees, yes they could but I don't think that they have the talent that Toronto would demand in exchange. Another top catch would be Jake Peavy from San Diego, he was rumored to be on the move back in Febuary but he has a no trade clause so he has to approve the team, which he was reluctant to back then. But he's on the DL right now, with no time table which says he will be coming back anytime soon.
As for the batting cage, Colorado may be looking to move Garret Atkins(3B), Cleveland might be willing to give up Grady Siezmore(CF) or you could see Pittsburgh moving Freddy Sanchez(SS). I guess only time will tell if any of these guys are packing up the UHaul.

As for my two teams the Red Sox and Braves, The Braves desperatly need help in the bullpen if they are expected to go compete. The Red Sox only have a few weakness 3rd base and they could use maybe one more starter, with Dice-K on the DL and John Smoltz not working out as hoped. Enjoy the All-Star game tonight the AL should win once again, regular season games will continue on Thursday.


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