Lorenzo Odone

Subject of film ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ dies at 30

By Sarah Brumfield
Associated Press
05/31/2008 01:40:42 AM PDT

WASHINGTON – The man whose parents’ battle to save him from a nerve disease was told in the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” died Friday at his home in Virginia, having lived more than 20 years longer than doctors had predicted.

Lorenzo Odone, who doctors had predicted would die in childhood, died one day after his 30th birthday, said his father, Augusto Odone.

Lorenzo Odone had come down with aspiration pneumonia recently after getting food stuck in his lungs, his father said. He began bleeding heavily, and before an ambulance reached their home his son was dead, Odone said.

“He could not see or communicate, but he was still with us,” Odone said Friday. “He did not suffer. . . . That’s the important thing.”

Mr. Odone was found at age 6 to have adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. His doctors told his parents the disease – caused by a genetic mutation that causes the neurological system to break down – would lead to death in two years.

The disease leads to the accumulation of substances called very long chain fatty acids in cells, which damages the material that coats nerve fibers in the brain.

Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte starred as Michaela and Augusto Odone in 1992′s “Lorenzo’s Oil,” which recounted their efforts to formulate the oil they said helped their son fight the neurological disease, despite lacking scientific backgrounds.

Sarandon earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance.

A study published in 2005, based on research with 84 boys, showed that a treatment made from olive and rapeseed oils – patented by Augusto Odone – can prevent onset of the disease’s symptoms for most boys who receive an ALD diagnosis.

Odone plans to take his son’s ashes to New York to mix them with those of his wife, who died in 2000. Then, Odone said, he will sell his home in Fairfax, Va., and move back to his native Italy.

Odone also plans to write a book memorializing his son, “to tell the story of Lorenzo as a way to make him live on.” [AP]

Harvey Korman

This is a sad, sad week for comedy. Right now, my blog front page has four obituaries on it. This one is perhaps the most stinging of all.

(05-29) 16:28 PDT Los Angeles, CA (AP) –
Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to “The Carol Burnett Show” and was seen to hilarious effect on the big screen in “Blazing Saddles,” died Thursday. He was 81.

Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said in a statement released by the hospital.

His daughter, Kate Korman, said in the statement that it was a “miracle” that her father had survived the aneurysm at all, and that he had several major operations.
“Tragically, after such a hard fought battle he passed away,” she said.

A natural second banana, Korman gained attention on “The Danny Kaye Show,” appearing in skits with the star. He joined the show in its second season in 1964 and continued until it was canceled in 1967. That same year he became a cast member in the first season of “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Burnett and Korman developed into the perfect pair with their burlesques of classic movies such as “Gone With the Wind” and soap operas like “As the World Turns” (their version was called “As the Stomach Turns”).

Another recurring skit featured them as “Ed and Eunice,” a staid married couple who were constantly at odds with the wife’s mother (a young Vickie Lawrence in a gray wig). In “Old Folks at Home,” they were a combative married couple bedeviled by Lawrence as Burnett’s troublesome young sister.

Korman revealed the secret to the long-running show’s success in a 2005 interview.

“We were an ensemble, and Carol had the most incredible attitude. I’ve never worked with a star of that magnitude who was willing to give so much away.”

Burnett was devastated by Korman’s death, said her assistant, Angie Horejsi.

“She loved Harvey very much,” she said.

After 10 successful seasons, Korman left Burnett’s show in 1977 for his own series. Dick Van Dyke took his place, but the chemistry was lacking and the Burnett show was canceled two years later. “The Harvey Korman Show” also failed, as did other series starring the actor.

“It takes a certain type of person to be a television star,” he said in that 2005 interview. “I didn’t have whatever that is. I come across as kind of snobbish and maybe a little too bright. … Give me something bizarre to play or put me in a dress and I’m fine.”

His most memorable film role was as the outlandish Hedley Lamarr (who was endlessly exasperated when people called him Hedy) in Mel Brooks’ 1974 Western satire, “Blazing Saddles.”

In their ’70s, he and Tim Conway, one of his Burnett show co-stars, toured the country with their show “Tim Conway and Harvey Korman: Together Again.” They did 120 shows a year, sometimes as many as six or eight in a weekend.

Harvey Herschel Korman was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Chicago. He left college for service in the U.S. Navy, resuming his studies afterward at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute. After four years, he decided to try New York.

“For the next 13 years I tried to get on Broadway, on off-Broadway, under or beside Broadway,” he told a reporter in 1971.

He had no luck and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. Finally, in desperation, he and a friend formed a nightclub comedy act.

“We were fired our first night in a club, between the first and second shows,” he recalled.

After returning to Chicago, Korman decided to try Hollywood, reasoning that “at least I’d feel warm and comfortable while I failed.”

For three years he sold cars and worked as a doorman at a movie theater. Then he landed the job with Kaye.

In 1960 Korman married Donna Elhart and they had two children, Maria and Christopher. They divorced in 1977. Two more children, Katherine and Laura, were born of his 1982 marriage to Deborah Fritz.

In addition to his daughter Kate, he is survived by his wife and the three other children. [AP via SF Gate]

(Headset) too little (patent) too late

Sometime in the last 4 months or so, I lost my tiny but expensive iPhone Bluetooth Headset. Now, a little late, Apple files a patent.

Joseph Pevney

Another obituary today, this time for Joseph Pevney — another name you know but don’t realize that you know. You know?
You’ve seen his name many times in the credits of a certain television show which seems this month to carry a curse.

Palm Desert, Calif. (AP) –
Joseph Pevney, who directed some of the best-loved episodes of the original “Star Trek” television series, has died. He was 96.

Pevney died May 18 at his home in Palm Desert, said his wife, Margo.

Pevney directed 14 episodes of the 1960s series, including “The City on the Edge of Forever,” in which Capt. Kirk and Spock travel back in time to the Depression, and “The Trouble With Tribbles,” in which the starship Enterprise is infested with cute, furry creatures.

Pevney loved the series, said his son, Jay.

“He was surprised at the longevity of it because it was not a popular series at the time; it hit its real popularity (in syndication) after it was over,” he said.
Pevney directed with precision and was highly organized “but he was very relaxed — in fact, jovial — in the way he directed,” said George Takei, who played Sulu. “I enjoyed working with him.”

Pevney had made his movie debut playing a killer in 1946′s “Nocturne.” As an actor, he made several other film noir appearances but then turned to directing with 1950′s “Shakedown.”

Pevney went on to direct more than 35 films, including two memorable movies from 1957: “Man of a Thousand Faces,” which starred James Cagney as silent star Lon Chaney, and “Tammy and the Bachelor,” a romantic comedy starring Debbie Reynolds that spawned her No. 1 hit record, “Tammy.”

In the 1960s and ’70s Pevney turned to television, directing dozens of episodes of series such as “Wagon Train,”"Fantasy Island,”"The Incredible Hulk” and “Trapper John, M.D.”

He retired in 1985.

Born in 1911 in New York, Pevney began his entertainment career as a boy soprano in vaudeville. For several years in the 1930s and ’40s, he acted in or directed Broadway productions. He came to Los Angeles after serving in the Army in World War II. [AP via SF Gate]

Alexander Courage

This has been a bad couple of weeks for Hollywood. Word comes today of the passing of Alexander Courage, the composer best known for the theme for “Star Trek.” Imagine having created a piece of music that literally billions of people know in just a few signature notes; imagine having that legacy. Still, since his death wasn’t really front page news anywhere — he died on May 15 — perhaps his work will be remembered but his name will be forgotten. That’s just a tragedy, because he was a gifted composer and his work speaks for itself.

Alexander (Sandy) Courage, composer of the original Star Trek theme and an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated arranger for TV and movies, died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 88 and had been in declining health since 2005.

Courage’s fanfare for the Starship Enterprise, written in 1965 for the first of two Star Trek pilots, was heard throughout the three original seasons of the show and has been reprised in all of the Trek feature films and several of the TV series, especially Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 1980s and ’90s.

Courage’s eight-note brass signature for the Enterprise may be the single best-known fanfare in the world. When told that more people know it than know Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Courage – in his typically self-deprecating fashion – said that must surely be an exaggeration.

Much of Courage’s 1960s output was at 20th Century-Fox, where Newman assigned Courage to write music for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Daniel Boone, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants and other series. He wrote a dramatic theme and over a dozen scores for the Carl Betz legal drama Judd for the Defense in 1967-68. It was his only other TV theme besides Star Trek.

In addition to his adaptation work on The Pleasure Seekers and Doctor Dolittle, he contributed orchestrations to such ’60s musicals as Hello, Dolly! at Fox and My Fair Lady at Warner Bros. He also orchestrated dramatic and comedic scores for composing colleagues including Adolph Deutsch (Some Like It Hot), Andre Previn (Irma La Douce) and Alex North (The Agony and the Ecstasy).

Star Trek, which went on the air in 1966, became his most famous work. In addition to the fanfare, series theme and scores for two pilot episodes, Courage composed the music for just four other hours of the sci-fi classic (two in the first season, two more in the third). He did far more work on The Waltons, scoring over 100 episodes in the 1970s and early 1980s, plus four Waltons TV-movies in the ’80s and ’90s.

He also composed music for Apple’s Way, Eight Is Enough and other series in the ’70s and ’80s, receiving an Emmy nomination as composer on a Medical Center in 1973 and another as arranger for ABC’s Liberty Weekend ceremonies in 1986. He also served as music coordinator, and appeared onscreen as a conductor, in Luciano Pavarotti’s 1981 film Yes, Giorgio.

As composing work in TV waned, Courage returned to orchestration for old friends including John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. For Williams, Courage orchestrated several scores including Fiddler on the Roof, The Poseidon Adventure, Hook and Jurassic Park. He also adapted Williams’ themes for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and wrote many orchestral arrangements for the Boston Pops during Williams’ 1980-93 tenure as conductor.

For Goldsmith, Courage orchestrated numerous films including Basic Instinct, First Knight, The Mummy, Air Force One, Mulan and, ironically, Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.

[The Film Music Society]

Capitalizing on ignorance, fear, and bigotry

There was potential good news today: a Field poll of Californians shows that a slim majority favors same-sex marriage rights. 51 percent in favor, which is the first time majority opinion was in favor since 1977, when the polls began. 30 years ago, only 28 percent were in favor.
Another poll last week by KTLA and the LA Times showed that 54 percent would support a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

On reading about this, I came across yet another quote, thus: “England said plenty of voters calling her group are outraged that the Supreme Court overturned Prop. 22 after it passed with 61 percent of the vote.”

The idea that voters believe that the Supreme Court should be deferential to voters is outraging me.

Here’s a conspiracy theory for you.

From the outset of the Republican Revolution in the 90s, with Newt Gingrich at the head of the snake, the right wing has been systematically carrying out a grand plan to create what Republican leaders themselves call “a permanent majority.” This strategy includes appointing only conservatives to the judicial branch, from justices to prosecutors; freezing out any lobbyists who weren’t party members; cronyism on a huge scale; party faithful in all positions of power. Sounds like Soviet Russia so far, doesn’t it? But wait, there’s more.

Perhaps the most pernicious strategy they’ve engaged in is the careful and constant application of buzzwords, slogans, and misinformation in an attempt to re-educate the public along conservative lines. The death tax! Terrorism! Fight them there instead of fighting them here! And the specific phrases we’re talking about here this morning, “legislating from the bench” and “activist judges.”

The conservatives, through sheer repetition, have convinced a majority of Americans that the judicial system is some kind of subordinate to the legislative branch. That once someone makes a law or once voters express an opinion, the judicial branch has no say — that the people have spoken. Anyone with an elementary social studies education will recognize that this is completely ridiculous.

And there’s the rub: another prong of this permanent majority strategy is education. It is telling that Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” — another example of putting a cutesy slogan on a noxious policy (see “Patriot Act”) — omits social studies and civics altogether. This act which treats schools as if they were factories and children as if they were widgets going through quality control, is deliberately constructed to force schools to teach a certain curriculum to the exclusion of all other subjects. To meet the requirements of NCLB, schools must immerse students in math and reading, and eliminate programs such as physical education (gosh, why are kids getting fatter?), arts, languages (doesn’t everyone in the world speak English?) and — telling — civics and social studies.

We are turning out a new generation of citizens who have no clue how the government works. Considering the civic awareness of many of their parents these days, this is very troubling.

Because if they took social studies and learned how our government is supposed to work, they’d know that the founders created the judiciary as a separate branch of government specifically for instances like we see today: to temper the tyranny of the majority, to apply the laws equally and strike down those that are unconstitutional. The courts are supposed to be a bastion of fairness (supposed to be, I know) to balance the legislature and the “will of the people,” which are often exercises in majority rule over the minority.

Considering that the majority of justices who overturned the same-sex marriage band were Republicans, the conservative strategy to undermine the authority of the courts by stacking the bench seems to have had little impact in this case; but their attempts to convince the public that judges are somehow overstepping their authority is obviously a winner.

Sydney Pollack

Director Sydney Pollack Dies at 73
By Adam Bernstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 26, 2008; 9:28 PM

Sydney Pollack, 73, a director and producer of popular Hollywood movies for nearly four decades, including the comedy “Tootsie,” and who won Academy Awards for “Out of Africa,” died Monday of cancer at his home in Los Angeles.

Pollack, who called himself “Mr. Mainstream,” was wildly successful at filmmaking with mass appeal but drew mixed reviews during a prolific career.

Pollack’s skill with performers has been credited to his own start in show business as a theater and television actor in the 1950s. With his glasses and curly hair, he became a recognizable presence over the years, thanks to memorable cameo appearances in films and on television.

As a young man, he had been a student of Sanford Meisner, who taught “the Method” acting technique that uses the performer’s emotional memory to add realistic touches to a role.

“He was the most influential person in my life in terms of my thinking about drama, about life itself,” Pollack said of Meisner in 1993. “Everything I do is from the point of view of acting. I think of cinematography from an actor’s point of view. My scripts are from an actor’s point of view. Once you find the spine of a part, it becomes a wonderful mold for the whole movie. You measure every single thing against it.”

In later years, Pollack had a significant impact as a producer by using his reputation for commercial success to support other directors, some of them untested. Last year, he backed screenwriter and first-time director Tony Gilroy on the critically praised “Michael Clayton,” a thriller with George Clooney.

He also teamed with writer-producer-director Anthony Minghella to produce such films as “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999), “Iris” (2001), “The Quiet American” (2002) and “Cold Mountain” (2003). Movie critic and historian David Sterritt said Pollack’s “main importance was as a kind of hyphenate — someone who produced, directed and sometimes acted.”

“He was one of the consummate professionals of the last 40 years or so in Hollywood,” Sterritt said. “On his own films, or those he supported as a producer or actor, he reached a high level of achievement, if not always a high level of art.”

Sydney Pollack was born July 1, 1934, in Lafayette, Ind., and raised in South Bend. He once described himself as an “unpopular and rather sad kid” while growing up in Indiana, and he made awkward attempts to fit in socially by playing sports. He once took up boxing but, with his poor vision, “didn’t see the punches until they were too close.”

Movies enchanted him, but he vividly recalled his father, a boxer-turned-pharmacist, discouraged his ambitions as an actor as an unmanly trade. Sydney Pollack’s two siblings went into entertainment: Bernie became a costume designer, and Sharon became a dance instructor. After high school, Pollack went to New York in 1954 and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Meisner, who was so impressed that he made him his assistant. Pollack’s students included Robert Duvall, Rip Torn, Brenda Vaccaro and Claire Griswold, whom he married in 1958.

Besides his wife, of Los Angeles, survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Pollack and Rachel Pollack, both of Los Angeles, a brother and six grandchildren. A son, Steven Pollack, died in a small-plane crash in 1993. [Washington Post]

Dick Martin

TV’s ‘Laugh-in’ comic Dick Martin dies at 86
By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer
Sunday, May 25, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as “Sock it to me!” has died. He was 86.

Martin, who went on to become one of television’s busiest directors after splitting with Dan Rowan in the late 1970s, died Saturday night of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica, family spokesman Barry Greenberg said.

“He had had some pretty severe respiratory problems for many years, and he had pretty much stopped breathing a week ago,” Greenberg said.

Martin had lost the use of one of his lungs as a teenager, and needed supplemental oxygen for most of the day in his later years.

He was surrounded by family and friends when he died just after 6 p.m., Greenberg said.

“Laugh-in,” which debuted in January 1968, was unlike any comedy-variety show before it. Rather than relying on a series of tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered up a steady, almost stream-of-consciousness run of non-sequitur jokes, political satire and madhouse antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that also included Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and announcer Gary Owens.

Presiding over it all were Rowan and Martin, the veteran nightclub comics whose standup banter put their own distinct spin on the show.

Like all straight men, Rowan provided the voice of reason, striving to correct his partner’s absurdities. Martin, meanwhile, was full of bogus, often risque theories about life, which he appeared to hold with unwavering certainty.

Rowan and Martin landed the show just as their comedy partnership was approaching its zenith and the nation’s counterculture was expanding into the mainstream.
The two were both struggling actors when they met in 1952. Rowan had sold his interest in a used car dealership to take acting lessons, and Martin, who had written gags for TV shows and comedians, was tending bar in Los Angeles to pay the rent.

Rowan, hearing Martin was looking for a comedy partner, visited him at the bar, where he found him eating a banana.

“Why are you eating a banana?” he asked.

“If you’ve ever eaten here, you’d know what’s with the banana,” he replied, and a comedy team was born.

Although their early gigs in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley were often performed gratis, they donned tuxedos for them and put on an air of success.

“We were raw,” Martin recalled years later, “but we looked good together and we were funny.”

They gradually worked up to the top night spots in New York, Miami and Las Vegas and began to appear regularly on television.

In 1966, they provided the summer replacement for “The Dean Martin Show.” Within two years, they were headlining their own show.

The novelty of “Laugh-In” diminished with each season, however, and as major players such as Hawn and Tomlin moved on to bigger careers, interest in the series faded.

After the show folded in 1973, Rowan and Martin capitalized on their fame with a series of high-paid engagements around the country. They parted amicably in 1977.
“Dan has diabetes, and his doctor advised him to cool it,” Martin told The Associated Press at the time.

Rowan, a sailing enthusiast, spent his last years touring the canals of Europe on a houseboat. He died in 1987.

Martin moved onto the game-show circuit, but quickly tired of it. After he complained about the lack of challenges in his career, fellow comic Bob Newhart’s agent suggested he take up directing.

He was reluctant at first, but after observing on “The Bob Newhart Show,” he decided to try. He would recall later that it was “like being thrown into the deep end of the swimming pool and being told to sink or swim.”

Soon he was one of the industry’s busiest TV directors, working on numerous episodes of “Newhart” as well as such shows as “In the Heat of the Night,”"Archie Bunker’s Place” and “Family Ties.”

Born into a middle-class family in Battle Creek, Mich., Martin had worked in a Ford auto assembly plant after high school.

After an early failed marriage, he was for years a confirmed bachelor. He finally settled down in middle age, marrying Dolly Read, a former bunny at the Playboy Club in London. Survivors include his wife and two sons, actor Richard Martin and Cary Martin.

At Martin’s request there will be no funeral, Greenberg said.

Martin lost the use of his right lung when he was 17, something that never bothered him until his final years, when he required oxygen 18 hours a day.

Arriving for a party celebrating his 80th birthday, he fainted and was treated by doctors and paramedics. The party continued, however, and he cracked, “Boy, did I make an entrance!” [AP]

Now we know what Tommy Puett is doing

Three years ago, I asked the question, whatever happened to Tommy Puett?
I got my answer. He’s Googling himself, and demanding that any unflattering material be removed.

Here’s the email I received this morning:

From: Tommy Puett
Subject: This is Tommy Puett sitting with our in house lawyer. Please remove this comment you posted on your blog page. I was NOT canned for bad business practice. I left to start my own company. I would like this misrepresentation of me removed or I will take the next step. Thank you.
Date: May 23, 2008 7:35:24 AM PDT
To: Gene Cowan

The body of the email consisted entirely of some kind of derogatory comment about business practices and personality issues. At first I was wondering what kind of spam this was — the whole thing was wacky and bizarre and written in the way most spam is, like the person wasn’t familiar with the conventions of email (such as, oh, putting the content in the body, not the subject).

I began to realize that the writer was referring to something on my blog — I had never written anything like that, and it dawned on me that this must be a comment someone wrote.

I searched through the blog for the comment in question which I deemed to be… well, rude. I don’t know if it rose to the level of libel and I generally write plenty of derogatory comments myself here. But I limit my attacks to those who, through fame or power, invite such attacks. In my opinion, a former child actor turned businessman doesn’t rise to that level. Back in 2005, I didn’t have a moderation function in place to weed out such comments. In addition, the commenter did not give a name or email address. Accordingly, I removed the comment as an unfair personal attack.

This was a difficult decision. If the comment had been called to my attention in some other way, I’d have definitely deleted it without a second thought. But now I’m afraid that the deletion will make it look like I caved in to some silly demand and the threat of “the next step.”

I have to say now, at the risk of another ridiculous takedown demand, that Mr. Puett, by taking this action, certainly didn’t quell the allegations made by the commenter. Googling yourself and then demanding removal of any criticism out there on the internet is just sad; doing so with the threat of legal action is patently ridiculous. I have no doubt that the allegation in the original comment was unfounded. Of course, by responding in such a direct way to an allegation — in this case, in the subject of his email — he’s simply making it worse than if he’d simply ignored it. If his lawyer really was there and approved such an email, he should be looking for another lawyer.

How much more impact would he have had if he had simply responded to the comment like a rational person, winning friends (and possibly new customers for his company) in the process?

(As an aside, I should note that I have removed entries or comments in the past because celebrities have contacted me cordially and in a friendly way, explaining that sometimes my blog comes out on top in Google searches rather than the official sites; it’s not my responsibility to fix their SEO issues, but they were so nice about it and asking nicely is far preferable to threatening legal action, especially where there is no legal leg to stand on.)

Anyway, although the comment has been removed as I deemed it a personal attack, he is now presented with the publicity that results from a heavy-handed threat for which there is no justification. It seems to me that the email he sent to me is my property, and I am under no obligation whatsoever to keep it confidential; my own policy requires that I explain why something was redacted from my blog.

Oh, and what is Tommy Puett doing?
He runs a cap company called “LilBrims,” which I must admit look pretty cool. I’m thinking birthday gifts for some kids I know. Wow — a potential new customer even after this. Imagine if he’d been nicer about it?
So, now we know.

They just can’t stand to see happiness

Of course.

Gay marriage opponents file legal request to delay unions until November election
Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, May 22, 2008

Groups that fought San Francisco’s lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples have asked the California Supreme Court to delay its decision to allow the marriages.

The organizations, including the Proposition 22 Legal Defense Fund and the Alliance Defense Fund, filed a request with the court Thursday afternoon seeking the delay until after the November election. That’s when the state’s voters will likely decide a proposed constitutional amendment to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.

“Permitting this decision to take effect immediately – in the light of the realistic possibility that the people of California might amend their constitution to reaffirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman – risks legal havoc and uncertainty of immeasurable magnitude,” the filing states.

A spokesman for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said they would fight any delay in issuing the marriage certificates to gay couples. Lawyers for the city are expected to file a legal response as early as Friday.

Many county clerks believe the gay unions could begin as early as June 16. And although the proposed gay-marriage ban has not officials been put on the November ballot yet, supporters have obtained the necessary signatures.

It is unclear what would happen to gay couples who marry between June and November if the initiative passes.

“It is to no one’s benefit to redefine marriage for four or five months,” said Andrew Pugno, legal counsel for the Proposition 22 Legal Defense Fund.

Also Thursday, state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, announced she had received an oral opinion from the California Legislative Council, the attorney for the state Legislature, stating that same-sex couples do not need to dissolve their domestic partnerships in order to marry.

Read the request for a delay at www.sfgate.com/ZDLX. [SF Gate]

They’re apoplectic — some homosexual somewhere might conceivably be happy for a day or so. This just can’t be allowed.
I swear, I simply can’t understand these people. It’s bigotry, pure and simple — no other couple’s marriage has anything to do with another couple’s marriage. It has no bearing on anyone else’s life or rights. None of the anti-same-sex marriage camp can give any cogent argument to ban it, all their reasons are ridiculous; they just can’t bear to let gay people, whom they despise irrationally and hatefully, to enjoy the same rights and privileges that they get.
And this, people, is why I detest religion and a great deal of the mindless, gormless haters that follow it.

That’s what they call “ROI”

SELMA, Ind. — An eastern Indiana man is capitalizing on high crude oil prices with a backyard oil well that produces three barrels of crude a day.

The Cowan Way

Always the best way, and I see someone agrees with me.

Seen yesterday when following stupid GPS directions. And even the GPS misspelled it as “Cowen.” Even street maps can’t get my name right.