It was inevitable. One of President Obama's most effective lines of attack in the upcoming race against Mitt Romney was always bound to be praise -- praise for the Massachusetts health care legislation known as "Romneycare," coupled with a wounded bewilderment that Romney, having declared Romneycare a viable model for national health care reform, would turn his back on his own good work after the Tea Party rebranded the legislation as a Trojan horse for Stalitroskymaoism. And here it is, the Obama campaign's first Romneycare-centered ad. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
2003 Favorite Photos Hub
Fred Phelps and the rest of his band of wacky members from the Westboro Baptist Church plan to show up at the Lake Tahoe Community College in California later this month to protest a production of “The Laramie Project." The Church notes the planned protest on it's Website and refers to the play, which they have picketed countless times before, as a "god-awful pail of pig slop." The school is preparing for the group's arrival and even the local police are offering this advice to those who get offended by their protests: "Don't get physical with them, period. If they create a disturbance and we're not there, call us.”
An Associated Student Council member of the school adds: “Every time I hear about someone protesting their protest, I don't encourage that because it stoops down to their level. The best way to get back at them is have many people show up and not say anything but walk in with their heads held high.”
One interesting (and sad) thing of note: the Westboro Baptist Church has participated in 42,821 hateful demonstrations times since 1991.
This is probably the nicest photo I took all year, maybe ever. All the right elements came together — a beautiful guy, light, color, composition. If you're familiar with my site you've seen this series before, and you can find the rest of the photos here. I think many gay men have a fascination with identical twins and this series allows each of its subjects to have a twin for a moment. July 5, 2003.
We were doing a "sex" issue at the magazine I worked for last year, and just for fun I wanted to try something a little racier with the editor's photo, so I asked my friend Manuel if he would agree to shoot some photos. Well it turns out we had a little chemistry, so the shoot was basically an excuse to goof around. We ended up going with a photo that was a bit more conservative than this one, but this was my favorite. Deep inside, there's an exhibitionist just waiting to get out. May 22, 2003.
Every now and then you meet someone who makes you look at yourself in a different way, who makes you want to be a better person in all ways. I met Dan at the end of May. A beautiful soul. I love his eyes and his smile, but most of all his sarcastic wit. I took this picture of him at a reception for an author in the penthouse of the Chateau Marmont in the early evening on June 7, 2003. We haven't spoken in awhile, but I still think about him a lot.
I went on a gay cruise in March and one of our stops was on the Caribbean island of Dominica. When the ship, The Norwegian Sky, docked, the pier was buzzing with tourists going off to excursions on the island. I walked over to the edge of the pier and looked down, and happened to see this local boy quietly fishing in the green water with a string. I was able to snap this shot before he noticed me. March 13, 2003.