Archive for May, 2009

PROP H8 Rally Rocks Boystown Yet Again!

Posted in Beverly Hills, Boystown, Diane Olson, Drew Barrymore, homo, LGBTQandQ, Paris Hilton, Robin Tyler, Santa Monica Boulevard on May 27, 2009 by kilroyrogers

Last night was yet another march for equality for all. As sis Joselle and I walked over from Bev Hills, we noticed a lack of cars on Santa Monica Boulevard in anticipation of the Prop 8 protest march, but we also noticed a lack of protesters. It was 7:45, well into the scheduled time frame…

downing our Millions of Shakes Paris Hiltons, we promenaded to the center of San Vicente and SMBLVD in the heart of Boystown, surrounded by about 150-200 protesters. The news crews seemed to outnumber the crowd, and we were embarrassed for the community. Postulation:
LGBTQ&Q crowd is just plain tired of it all, worn down by bigotry and ready to collectively withdraw from those who do not want us.
Then, at 8 bells, hurrah! We looked back and HORDES had surged up the boulevard, thousands of marchers. Cameras are flashing so we go to the vortex and there is a petite blonde smiling at us. It’s Drew Barrymore
 so we go over and catch cosmic dust off her aura. As we march on shake in hand we spot
Robin Tyler and Diane Olson 
the lesbian couple who helped initiate the lawsuit that started the debate. 
They were dressed all in white, and told us that they’d been all over the planet representin’ for the peeps, and we should keep the faith. Robin said, hang in there, civil rights always eventually come to fruition, there is no turning back the march of progress. Inspiring words from leaders we can all admire.
Joselle and I marched up to City Hall and then beat a hasty retreat. Not up for the march for miles, we did our part and then headed back to the safe environs of Villa Gilvezan, where the flat screen and cold Corona made for a pleasant capper to yet another stupendous night in 
West Hollywood.

Bombed In Burbank

Posted in 9/11, Aaron Sorkin, C-4, FBI, terrorist on May 12, 2009 by kilroyrogers

Talking to Edward, a courier here in Hollywood. Used to work gate security at Burbank Airport.

The stories! Guy filled a  shaving cream canister with cocaine. That would have maybe worked, except he stuck a pipe in the same canister. Metal detector…pipe. Not a good combo. Busted.
Every single day, someone would get busted at Burbank. 

Every single day.
One lady refused to be searched when she was setting off the metal detector. She wouldn’t relent. So Edgar called the cops, and they came and she had rolls of twenty dollar bills alternated with cocaine wrapped all across her thin frame. She was wearing overalls, and the metal buttons and loops set off the alarm. Note to self: no overalls when muling.

And Aaron Sorkin. Edward popped him. Sez he was red faced and all wobbly. The dope was carrying five-count ’em five metal crack pipes. And five different kinds of drugs, from shrooms to coke. When Edgar grabbed his elbow and pulled him aside, he fainted like a wimp. Later, he claimed that the drugs were planted on him by Edgar and team. Three cameras and overhead mics disproved the idiocy of this claim. As Edgar said, he wouldn’t know Sorkin from Adam.

Sorkin got probation. Had he been black, he’d still be in jail today. 
No jail time for Aaron.
To claim through his attorneys that the drugs were planted by the security staff is a cowardly act. Shame on him. Shame.

Edgar lost his job when 9/11 occurred and Bush put in government employees. 
On that inauspicious day in September, Burbank airport received twenty bomb threats. Twenty. Lot of sick people out there. Who would do this? On that day? Another round of Islamic extremists? Mentally ill agitators? Who? Does that mean every airport in America got dozens of bomb threats on September 11? It boggles the mind. The FBI has notr revealed this to this day.
Even before 9/11, Edgar was a hero. He saved many lives. I’ll tell you how. One day, a suspicious carry-on bag was in the x-ray machine, and Edgar noticed it was odd. He’d seen many laptops, but this one was different. The guts were largely missing. The bag was removed, and a special wand that detects explosives was used. Three times it tested positive for C-4, one of the most harmful of chemical explosives. The laptop was rigged to go off at the push of a button. They checked the terrorist’s bag further and saw he was only flying with two t shirts and a half empty bottle of vodka. He was a suicide bomber. There was enough explosive to crater the entire airport and much of Burbank, apparently. If Edgar hadn’t been alert, that laptop would have gone through to a terminal area, pre-boarding and blown everyone up. When stopped and cuffed, he had no ticket for a flight. He had lied and said he had a Southwest ticket. He didn’t. 
A robot came and took the bomb away. The FBI took the terrorist, and then came back to the security team. All of Edgar’s  co-workers had touched the bag. It tested positive also for a corrosive chemical, and the other workers were carted off to a fire station, stripped, given a scrub down shower and their clothes burnt. They were given clothes by the fireman, and reported back to work. Edgar was commended by the FBI and Burbank police. The entire incident was played down as a minor threat, so as not to alarm passengers and others at the airport. 
Perhaps if it had been played up and we would all have been more aware, more attention would have been paid to the threat and 9/11 could have been prevented. 

Roy’s Right Wing Diatribe

Posted in Castro, cell phones, Mukasey. torture, Robert Mugabe on May 6, 2009 by kilroyrogers

Rwanda is doing it right, after a massive genocide that killed a million Tutsi tribe members by the prevailing Hutus. Today, fifteen years later, the country is in great shape, according to a fine article in The New Yorker by Philip  Gourevitch. He recounts how the country has healed its wounds with healing councils and open dialog, culminating in a forgiveness exchange that is both cathartic and monumental in its scope. 

Gourevtich tells us Rwanda now has universal health care, has banned plastic bags and has extensive cell phone coverage.

Zimbabwe and other African nations led by despotic rulers are falling apart into massive chaos. It seems odd that as far along as humankind has progressed we still allow for governments to be run by tyrants.

It seems to me the powerful first world nations are okay with this status quo, after all is said, and find these governments stabilize the third world in an endless loop of ongoing corruption. To believe that America or a EU nation couldn’t actually devise a stealth exploding cigar or other some such nonsense to assassinate the despot seems incredible. If we can pinpoint a missile to take out a terrorist, how can we believe a presidential palace couldn’t be targeted. No one has to claim responsibility. Tyrant gone.

If we can do this, then we can torture. That would be the reason NOT to target Robert Mugabe or an admitted murderer (Raul Castro) or other monster. But, it’s the only reason I can think of, if we weigh the value of millions of lives against the actions of one. Who’d make that call? Hell, where do I sign?