Month: April 2014

Straight Men Cuddling; Zachary Quinto Shirtless; Gay Activist Slams Obama; Chase of a Holy Ghost

Straight Men Cuddling

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Update Below

When my author friend, Jon Michaelsen, sent me this link yesterday I have to admit that I found it more than interesting. The article talks about how it’s not as uncommon as we think it might be for straight men to cuddle in bed and show affection with each other in ways that have always been considered taboo. In fact, a study states that nine out of ten straight young men have spooned with each other in bed.

They believe as straight guys become less homophobic, they are happier to be more intimate with their friends.


‘We’re always cuddling, my lot,’ Jarrett, one of the young men who was interviewed, said.

‘We’re all comfortable with each other.’

Max, another survey participant, described how he and his friends would nurse their hangovers together at university.

Following a night out, he said he’s happy to watch TV, play video games, and frequently cuddle with friends.

‘If your mate has a headache you can like massage his head, or you just lie there together holding each other and laughing about how awful you feel,’ he said.

I could joke about this and make a comment or two. But I actually do find it interesting because I think straight men…and gay men…are always so highly underestimated because we’ve been socially conditioned not to show affection toward each other. It’s always been fine to see two women dancing together, but not two men.

There’s more here.

Update: I polled twenty straight men I know about this earlier today and not one said they’ve ever spooned or cuddled in bed with another straight man. They have no reason to lie to me. I swore it was off the record and I would not mention names. And these are guys who have confided with me on personal things in the past. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

Zachary Quinto Shirtless

Openly gay actor, Zachary Quinto, didn’t get a Tony nomination this year, but he is out there promoting the role he’s playing for an upcoming Agent 47 film with his body. He makes it clear he’s not an exhibitionist for fun…just for work.

The openly gay star of the Star Trek movies (Mr. Spock) would be the clear winner in a ‘Shirtless Selfie of the Day’ contest.

Quinto posted this shot of himself onto his Instagram account and explained that his exhibitionism has a professional purpose: he is busy preparing for his next movie role.

‘Back to work(ing out). Agent 47. Home stretch.’

You can see the photo here. I pity the young male actor out there who is not “working it” with his body these days.

Gay Activist Slams Obama

A Malaysian gay activist, Pang Khee Teik, wrote what I think is one of those open letters to President Obama stating that he doesn’t want Obama to use gays as political pawns.

While I appreciate the call for Obama to support the activism on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, I find myself confused by the intended outcome of such a support. How can they help, really? And who are they helping, really? (And no, I wasn’t invited to meet Obama. But with my cynicism, could you blame them, really?)

On one hand, Obama’s visit seems premised on securing better international relations. And better international relations are often the stepping stone for better trade agreements. Better for the signers of agreements, naturally. Most notoriously, the USA has recently been trying to promote the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement), which has terms favorable to USA’s corporations and their economic interests, as well as the interests of ruling elites locally, at the expense of local communities and rights. A possible outcome of TPPA is the protection of the interests of pharmaceutical firms, thereby increasing the prices of HIV drugs and making effective cancer treatment less accessible for Malaysians.

You can read the rest here. It’s an angry commentary that hops from one point to another, and I’m still not sure what this activist is complaining about. But it’s an interesting read and some points do hit close to home for me.

What I would have liked is for USA to admit to its past discriminatory policies and bad laws targeted at LGBTs, and how some are still being enacted as we speak. Some states have recently signed into law the right of people to refuse services to LGBTs based on religious convictions. Really, USA, WTF?

And some states, like Pennsylvania where I live, have yet to recognize same sex marriage.

Chase of a Holy Ghost

I’m working on a new book in the Chase of a Lifetime series, Chase of a Holy Ghost, and here’s a short excerpt. This will be the fourth book in the series and it should run about 80,000 words. I’m 99% finished and I’ll post more about a release date.

By that time Jim could see he was friendly; just a little scared. He didn’t growl or snarl once. He seemed to be a Chihuahua with one of the most docile personalities Jim had ever seen. So he poured more water into his hand and the dog continued to drink until there was nothing left in Jim’s bottle.

            Jim reached out to pet him and the dog stood up and wagged his tail. “There you go, buddy,” Jim said. “Now we’re going to find out who has been neglecting you and get you some dinner.” Maybe he’d run away and he’d just returned?

            Jim had reached the point where he didn’t give a damn anymore about getting caught, not when a poor little starving dog was involved.

            With both hands, he reached out to pick the dog up. The dog wagged his tail and didn’t put up any resistance. Jim had a feeling that if this dog could talk he would have begged Jim to take him away from there.

            Once he was in Jim’s arms, Jim patted his back and checked his collar for identification. He remembered Hal shouting a dog’s name a few times while they’d spoken on the phone, but couldn’t remember the name. At least not until he saw the scratched tag on the dog’s thin black collar: “Jax,” was all it read. That was the name Hal had screamed during those phone conversations. Jim remembered it now. This had to be Hal’s dog.

            Although Jim’s first instinct was to get back to the car and take Jax home, he had to at least try the door to see if Vince Robertson was there. Maybe Vince didn’t even know about the dog. Hal’s housekeeper or the police might have let it out by mistake and didn’t realize. It would have been presumptuous of Jim to assume anything under the circumstances and he didn’t want to irritate Vince and ruin the sale of the business.

Straight Men Cuddling; Zachary Quinto Shirtless; Gay Activist Slams Obama; Chase of a Holy Ghost

Straight Men Cuddling

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Update Below

When my author friend, Jon Michaelsen, sent me this link yesterday I have to admit that I found it more than interesting. The article talks about how it’s not as uncommon as we think it might be for straight men to cuddle in bed and show affection with each other in ways that have always been considered taboo. In fact, a study states that nine out of ten straight young men have spooned with each other in bed.

They believe as straight guys become less homophobic, they are happier to be more intimate with their friends.


‘We’re always cuddling, my lot,’ Jarrett, one of the young men who was interviewed, said.

‘We’re all comfortable with each other.’

Max, another survey participant, described how he and his friends would nurse their hangovers together at university.

Following a night out, he said he’s happy to watch TV, play video games, and frequently cuddle with friends.

‘If your mate has a headache you can like massage his head, or you just lie there together holding each other and laughing about how awful you feel,’ he said.

I could joke about this and make a comment or two. But I actually do find it interesting because I think straight men…and gay men…are always so highly underestimated because we’ve been socially conditioned not to show affection toward each other. It’s always been fine to see two women dancing together, but not two men.

There’s more here.

Update: I polled twenty straight men I know about this earlier today and not one said they’ve ever spooned or cuddled in bed with another straight man. They have no reason to lie to me. I swore it was off the record and I would not mention names. And these are guys who have confided with me on personal things in the past. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

Zachary Quinto Shirtless

Openly gay actor, Zachary Quinto, didn’t get a Tony nomination this year, but he is out there promoting the role he’s playing for an upcoming Agent 47 film with his body. He makes it clear he’s not an exhibitionist for fun…just for work.

The openly gay star of the Star Trek movies (Mr. Spock) would be the clear winner in a ‘Shirtless Selfie of the Day’ contest.

Quinto posted this shot of himself onto his Instagram account and explained that his exhibitionism has a professional purpose: he is busy preparing for his next movie role.

‘Back to work(ing out). Agent 47. Home stretch.’

You can see the photo here. I pity the young male actor out there who is not “working it” with his body these days.

Gay Activist Slams Obama

A Malaysian gay activist, Pang Khee Teik, wrote what I think is one of those open letters to President Obama stating that he doesn’t want Obama to use gays as political pawns.

While I appreciate the call for Obama to support the activism on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, I find myself confused by the intended outcome of such a support. How can they help, really? And who are they helping, really? (And no, I wasn’t invited to meet Obama. But with my cynicism, could you blame them, really?)

On one hand, Obama’s visit seems premised on securing better international relations. And better international relations are often the stepping stone for better trade agreements. Better for the signers of agreements, naturally. Most notoriously, the USA has recently been trying to promote the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement), which has terms favorable to USA’s corporations and their economic interests, as well as the interests of ruling elites locally, at the expense of local communities and rights. A possible outcome of TPPA is the protection of the interests of pharmaceutical firms, thereby increasing the prices of HIV drugs and making effective cancer treatment less accessible for Malaysians.

You can read the rest here. It’s an angry commentary that hops from one point to another, and I’m still not sure what this activist is complaining about. But it’s an interesting read and some points do hit close to home for me.

What I would have liked is for USA to admit to its past discriminatory policies and bad laws targeted at LGBTs, and how some are still being enacted as we speak. Some states have recently signed into law the right of people to refuse services to LGBTs based on religious convictions. Really, USA, WTF?

And some states, like Pennsylvania where I live, have yet to recognize same sex marriage.

Chase of a Holy Ghost

I’m working on a new book in the Chase of a Lifetime series, Chase of a Holy Ghost, and here’s a short excerpt. This will be the fourth book in the series and it should run about 80,000 words. I’m 99% finished and I’ll post more about a release date.

By that time Jim could see he was friendly; just a little scared. He didn’t growl or snarl once. He seemed to be a Chihuahua with one of the most docile personalities Jim had ever seen. So he poured more water into his hand and the dog continued to drink until there was nothing left in Jim’s bottle.

            Jim reached out to pet him and the dog stood up and wagged his tail. “There you go, buddy,” Jim said. “Now we’re going to find out who has been neglecting you and get you some dinner.” Maybe he’d run away and he’d just returned?

            Jim had reached the point where he didn’t give a damn anymore about getting caught, not when a poor little starving dog was involved.

            With both hands, he reached out to pick the dog up. The dog wagged his tail and didn’t put up any resistance. Jim had a feeling that if this dog could talk he would have begged Jim to take him away from there.

            Once he was in Jim’s arms, Jim patted his back and checked his collar for identification. He remembered Hal shouting a dog’s name a few times while they’d spoken on the phone, but couldn’t remember the name. At least not until he saw the scratched tag on the dog’s thin black collar: “Jax,” was all it read. That was the name Hal had screamed during those phone conversations. Jim remembered it now. This had to be Hal’s dog.

            Although Jim’s first instinct was to get back to the car and take Jax home, he had to at least try the door to see if Vince Robertson was there. Maybe Vince didn’t even know about the dog. Hal’s housekeeper or the police might have let it out by mistake and didn’t realize. It would have been presumptuous of Jim to assume anything under the circumstances and he didn’t want to irritate Vince and ruin the sale of the business.

Giovanni’s Room Shuttering for Good; Larry Kramer’s AIDS Comments

Giovanni’s Room Shuttering for Good

It’s believed to be the oldest LGBTI bookstore in the US, and this May Giovanni’s Room will be Shuttering its doors forever. I’ve been shopping there myself for a long time and it was the first LGBTI bookstore I ever visited. The owner, Ed Hermance, had planned to sell the business but the buyer couldn’t come up with the funds. Hermance also said the money he’s lost made it impossible to keep the bookstore open any longer.

He blamed retailers such as Amazon for the tough environment independent bookstores are currently facing.

“The government is allowing Amazon to tighten their fingers around the throats of the publishers and drive their retail competitors out of the business by clearly monopolistic methods,” he said.

Hermance said there is a possibility that Giovanni’s Room could be resurrected in some form, but said ideas would have to change in order for it to be successful.

“Whatever it is that they do, it will have to be something different than what we are doing now. If won’t survive if it isn’t different,” he said.

Read more: PGN-The Philadelphia Gay News. Phila gay news. philly news – PGN exclusive Giovanni s Room to close next month


There’s a press conference tonight, and if there’s anything worth repeating I’ll follow up on it tomorrow.

While I find it a shame to see GR close, because it’s really the end of an era in many ways. I don’t believe Amazon or other online retailers made it a tough environment alone, nor do I think anyone has their fingers around the throats of publishers. In the past decade never before in the history of publishing have there been as many LGBTI books published and self-published. Never before have writers had the opportunity to make even a slight living by writing LGBTI books. But most important, never before have readers had so many choices when buying LGBTI books. If anything, the old publishing system had its fingers around the throats of writers, and gatekeepers, including bookstore owners, only gave a select few the opportunity to be heard.  

The fact is that life has changed, reading habits have changed, and we’ve been moving toward a new era for at least the past five years. And I’m only talking about publishing now, not everything in retail.

You can read more here.

Larry Kramer’s AIDS Comments

With the date to air The Normal Heart film adaptation in May approaching fast, Larry Kramer has been on a major public relations binge that’s only going to increase in the next few weeks. In this article he talks about how making this film is a highly charged personal political statement, and he makes a few good points and a few I’m not sure I understand. You see that’s because I was there, and I lived through those times, too. I was very young, but missed nothing. And my own experiences with AIDS didn’t just stop in the 1980’s, and I’ve never made a dime from those experiences.

Kramer says in a new promo video released by HBO: ‘How do you get attention when the mayor (Ed Koch) doesn’t care? When the president (Ronald Reagan) doesn’t care? When the commissioner of health doesn’t care? When the gay world doesn’t care? The gay world did not want to know about this illness.’

I do recall the silence with both Mayor Koch and President Reagan. All politicians went dead silent. It’s almost the same kind of silence we’ve seen with politicians like President Obama and Hillary Clinton with gay marriage up until recently. They weren’t very vocal about it either. This is what politicians do in all things too controversial.

However, I don’t recall the same silence Kramer mentions within the gay community, at least not within my circles. We knew what was happening, we wanted to know what was happening, and many of us took precautions because of what was happening. I can recall a time when gay men would go to a bar and order straight alcohol instead of a mixed drink thinking that the straight alcohol would kill AIDS germs. It sounds ridiculous now, but that’s because we really didn’t know all the facts about AIDS back then. No one really did. As we learned more, all that changed.

So while I’m sure certain people within the gay community didn’t want to know about AIDS, I can state from personal experience that many did want to know about it and they cared about what was happening. I have one of the first works of fiction I ever wrote for an AIDS organization in Philadelphia in my files waiting to be re-released. I only have it in hard copy but I’m going to scan it eventually and publish it here on the blog…for free.

I’ve also had my own personal devastating experiences with people I know who have had AIDS. I can tell you everything you need to know, from PCP to IRIS. So Larry Kramer doesn’t know all there is about AIDS or what happened back then. I’m not trying to diminish his personal experiences, but I don’t like it when other gay men speak for me, or about me. There are many of us who know as much, if not more, only we haven’t tried to make money on it. Most of us have been trying to make money FOR AIDS. I’ve always thought it uncouth for me to write about my personal experiences with AIDS, as intense as they have been. But I’m starting to rethink that, especially when I listen to Larry Kramer promote his experiences.

You can read more here.

Royal Marines Go Commando; Kissing Straight Guys; Lady Bunny Political Correctness

Royal Marines Go Commando

I think the beefcake calendar trend is starting early this year. Last year I didn’t see anything until the end of summer. And this time it’s the Royal Marines taking it off for charity.

The black-and-white photo shoot by prize-winning photographer Emily Nolan presents the uniformly ripped soldiers in various states of undress for a charity calendar celebrating 350 years of the Royal Marines.

There’s more here, with photos and purchase links. But I think this one is tame, at least from the photos at the link. From what I gather they are far from going commando.

Kissing Straight Guys

This article talks about whether or not straight guys are getting more comfortable about kissing guys on the lips.

But not every straight guy gets outraged when another man kisses them on the lips, and that’s where our entertaining list could be seen as a sign of how comfortable hetero men are becoming about being around gay guys. Some of the GIFs on our list show straight guys whose only reaction to a surprise lip-lock was a shoulder shrug, and in one case, to kiss back! If GIFs had been around ten years ago, I seriously doubt we’d see that kind of nonchalance.

You can read more here.

I wonder if there’s a study out about how gay guys feel about kissing straight guys on the lips. Contrary to popular belief many gay guys would prefer to kiss other gay guys on the lips, not straight guys. Just thought I’d point that out 🙂

Lady Bunny Political Correctness

Lady Bunny is a well known drag performer who was recently interviewed. And I think there’s an interesting section about political correctness, which is something we’re all dealing with these days.

I was also very dismayed when the gay community pounced on Alec Baldwin for his transgression – can I even say “trans” anything anymore? You know, calling a paparazzi photographer a “faggot” the day after he won a two year stalker case and the paparazzi almost hit his baby in the head with the lens. I mean, Alec Baldwin is a progressive liberal! That’s the only group that supports gay rights across the board. He got mad. He said something people don’t like. Here’s my other thing: you’re going to get offended in life! If you decide to come out of the closet, there’s a lot of people that hate gays! If you decide to transition into a woman, there’s a lot of people who hate trans people. That comes with the territory! You’re going to get offended. GLAAD has included on its list of taboo words the term “gender bender.” David Bowie was a gender bender! There’s no derogatory term in there! I don’t think anyone’s ever bashed a drag queen or a trans person and said “You fucking gender bender!” You know? The thing with RuPaul and the “she-mail” controversy really riled me up because first of all, there are people who would bash your head in a dark ally if you’re gay, drag or trans. Are you going to focus on some silly game on a reality show? There are well-funded organizations who seek to deny gay and trans people equal opportunities and housing. Are those your real enemies? Or is it someone doing a “shemale versus female” thing? I just really feel like it’s kind of crazy to attack RuPaul and it just seems like word police. I looked at some graphic the other day called the “Transgender Umbrella” and it included everything — drag queen, transvestite, transgender pre-op, post-op, two spirit, berdache, questioning — and I fall under that umbrella. So if I want to use the word “tranny,” which I’ve always seen as an affectionate abbreviation for someone who is a transvestite or transsexual, that is my right.

You can read the entire interview here. Once again, only civil comments will be published. I know how strongly some of you feel and I encourage you to respond to this (and everything), but in a civil manner.

I’m on the fence about some of Lady Bunny’s comments. I think words matter and I don’t think it’s ever too politically correct to care about offending someone.

Beverly Hills Hotel Protest; US Catholics on Gay Marriage

Beverly Hills Hotel Protest

The Beverly Hills Hotel, a setting I once used in one of my books without knowing this, is owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei. The Sultanate of Brunei wants “homosexuality” declared a crime punishable by stoning. As a result many are calling for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the entire chain.

US actress Beth Grant, who is currently appearing on series The Mindy Project, supported the protest.

 ‘Hollywood spends a lot of money at the Beverly Hills Hotel and I don’t want it to end up in the hands of that person’ she said.

‘We just want in a loving and compassionate way to put an end to it.’

The Beverly Hills Hotel responded this way:

‘We continue to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind’ a spokesperson said.

‘The laws that exist in other countries outside of where Dorchester Collection operates do not affect the policies that govern how we run our hotels.”

Interesting. So I guess they’re telling us that we should not mind the fact that gay people will be getting stoned for being gay in another country as long as we’re all fine here in the US. That doesn’t work for me in Russia and it doesn’t work for me in this case either. I’d rather spend the night in my car than in any of their hotels.

You can read more here.

US Catholics on Gay Marriage

According to this link, US Catholics are more liberal about gay marriage than white evangelical Protestants.

Work done by the Public Religion Research Institute, released on 24 April, showed less than half of US Catholics, 49%, saw gay sex between two adults as ‘morally wrong.’

An overwhelming majority, 78%, of white evangelical Protestants consider sexual relations between same gender adults as morally suspect.

When it comes to marriage equality, only 37% of US Catholics oppose it; 69% of white evangelical Protestants are also against same sex marriage.

This is no surprise to me. I grew up Catholic and know many Catholics and none of them oppose gays or same sex marriage…at least none that I know. The article mentions nothing about African American Protestants, and I’d be curious to see where those figures come in. I have read studies where most reformed Jewish people are pro-equality and very liberal. But I don’t have any links to prove it.

You can read more here.

Neil Partick Harris Responds; Gay Activist Leeches; Clay Aiken Running for Office

Neil Patrick Harris Responds

I’ve never even seen one episode of How I Met Your Mother, but the finale seems to have created a firestorm. And Neil Patrick Harris recently responded to critics on David Letterman.

Harris defended the show’s finale on “Late Show,” saying he was a “big proponent of it” and that he supported the show taking a more serious tone as it went on. In response to some of the backlash on his character in particular, Harris explained that some people don’t necessarily “grow up.”

“You want Barney to be the guy you bring your mom home to, but Barney is the guy that wants to bang your mom,” said Harris.

There’s more here, with a clip. It’s hard to please everyone.

Gay Activist Leeches

The American Family Association’s Brian Fischer thinks that gay activists are like leeches. This isn’t the first time he’s made anti-gay comments, and won’t be the last.

“The point here is that with the homosexual lobby, you cannot ever give them enough. Don’t even try,” Fischer said in a radio broadcast. “There’s no point in offering them some kind of appeasement in the hopes that they will leave you alone, that they will leave you in peace. It won’t work.”

Earlier this month, Fischer slammed the ABC series “Modern Family” as “poison” because of its portrayal of same-sex relationships.

All activists have to be like leeches to a certain extent otherwise they’d never get anything accomplished. So by making a moot point like this Brian Fischer either doesn’t understand what activists do, or he just so filled with hate he decided to single out gay activists. Either way, I think his fear of becoming extinct overpowers his sense of logic.

You can read more here.

Clay Aiken Running for Office

American Idol’s Clay Aiken is running for office in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. But he’s going to be fighting hard to win.

Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers has represented the district for two terms and would like to make it three. The tea party favorite has a good shot at doing so.

The GOP-controlled state legislature gave Republicans the advantage when they redrew congressional districts in 2011. A veteran House Democrat who barely survived in 2012 opted to retire at the end of his term, while others in President Barack Obama’s party face an uphill battle — even a well-known personality like Aiken.

When it comes to politics, I’m actually very positive about odds like this. I don’t think it always depends on statistics. I think it depends more on good strategy and how you play the game. Previous recent elections in the US have proven that even with all the odds stacked against you there’s still that proverbial glimmer of hope…if you’re shifty enough and you know which asses to kiss. We all claim we want honest politicians, but always vote for the best sales pitch, from president right on down to the mayor of the smallest US town.

I would like to see Aiken win this.

You can read more here.

Japan Digital Books; Berenstain Bears’ App; Self-pubbed Bestseller DBW

Japan Digital Books

The other night while watching an installment of HGTV’s House Hunters I saw a young professional woman who works as a mortgage broker looking for a small apartment in Manhattan. When she entered one apartment and saw vast walls of built-in bookcases she said the bookcases would be the first thing she took down if she bought the place. Her reason was, “Who reads print books anymore? Didn’t these people ever hear of e-books or Kindle?” And this article about how e-books are moving forward in Japan is interesting because it seems to go along with the way reading habits are changing…not to mention the significance of e-books.

The Diet enacted a bill Friday to revise the copyright law to recognize publishing rights for electronic books. Under the revised law, which is set to take effect in January 2015, rights holders will be able to file suits to stop pirated digital books from being distributed on the Internet. Copyright holders of books and other publications have already been allowed to file such suits over electronic versions. The revised law is also designed to promote the distribution of digital books, whose market is growing due mainly to wider smartphone use.

You can read more about it here.

Berenstain Bears’ App

For those who have followed my Chase of a Lifetime series the Berenstain Bears are a favorite with Jim and Len’s son. The author of the children’s books also came from Solebury, PA, which is where I live (New Hope is the main post office for everyone.) And now there’s a BB app for Mother’s Day.

We Love Our Mom! is designed for 4-8 year olds. The interactive app includes tools to help teach vocabulary, as well as a feature that lets readers record their own narration.

It’s interesting to me mostly because I once read on a literary agent’s blog that technology and children in publishing would never come together. What that agent failed to understand is that most children between the ages of 4 and 8 can run circles around her when it comes to technology.

You can read more here.

Self-pubbed Bestseller DBW

Divergent has been holding its own on the DBW bestseller list, but it recently slipped in the ranks thanks to a self-published digital book.

Divergent is this year’s runaway top best-selling ebook in the U.S. — but it’s not the best-selling ebook this week. (In the UK, at the London Book Fair, the buzz around HarperCollins is about why Divergent is selling comparatively well abroad.)

The juggernaut has been stopped and sits at No. 2 on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, making way for Fixed Trilogy Bundle, a collection of titles by self-published author Laurelin Paige.

It kind of has a Fifty Shades look to it, but I don’t know much about it. I just hope it didn’t reach this bestseller point due to more gaming. I don’t mind a little author/publisher subterfuge, within reason. I don’t think anyone selling anything commercial can claim sainthood. But I’m not fond of the all out vicious race we’ve been reading about and hearing about recently.

More here.