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  • Navy secretary on transgender troops: 'Any patriot' should be allowed to serve

    08/11/2017 7:55:34 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 157 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/11/2017 | REBECCA KHEEL
    The recently confirmed secretary of the Navy says he will follow any order the president gives on transgender troops, but that “any patriot” should be allowed to serve. “We will process and take direction of a policy that is developed by the [Defense] secretary [with] direction from the president and march out smartly,” Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told reporters Thursday night after visiting Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. "On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military" Spencer was confirmed a week after President Trump...
  • Y _ _ _

    08/23/2010 7:45:32 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 23, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    In a move described as a new “branding strategy,” the YMCA recently decided to change its name to simply the “Y,” which prompted Conan O’Brien to comment that “You know times are tough when even letters are getting laid off.” When YMCA CEO Neil Nicholl rolled out the new name this past summer, he noted that the organization’s goal, “changing lives for the better” . . . “will only come about if we work together to improve our health, stress, then our families and support our neighbors. Our hope is that more people will choose to engage in the Y.”...
  • Village People's Singing Police Officer Arrested

    03/24/2007 5:14:19 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 23 replies · 2,264+ views ^ | 03/24/07 | abc
    Arrested Last Year on Drug Charges: SAN DIEGO, Mar. 24, 2007 - The man who once sang as the police officer in the Village People band was arrested again. Victor "Macho Man" Willis was taken into custody Friday in University City. A woman, who described herself as Willis' girlfriend, told police she had been choked and threatened with a knife. Last year, when Willis was arrested in San Francisco for drug possession, he gave officers a fake name. They didn't know who he was until Willis was fingerprinted. "Our officers recognized him," says San Diego police Sgt. Jim Schorr. "We...
  • Lesbian Minneapolis Fire Chief to be Dismissed After Four Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Filed

    11/29/2006 4:21:00 PM PST · by wagglebee · 151 replies · 4,601+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/29/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, November 29, 2006 ( - Minneapolis city council voted to fire lesbian fire chief Bonnie Bleskachek Tuesday, after four separate sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuits were filed against Minneapolis’ first female fire chief. City council rejected tentative plans to demote Bleskachek to battalion chief or captain, after a closed meeting with Mayor R.T. Rybak and executive committee members. Bleskacheck had earlier agreed to step down from her position as fire chief and anticipated a deal granting her a lesser position, the Guardian Unlimited reported earlier today. “She was pretty stunned because it was a complete surprise,” her attorney...
  • (vanity) Two more irresistable entries for "Worst Album Art Ever"

    04/23/2006 6:13:43 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 1,142 replies · 12,966+ views
    Around teh Intarweb
    Dan Betzer and Louie - "Tell The Bible Classics Volume 3"
  • Ex-Village People singer faces jail sentence (re-arrested Sunday)

    03/27/2006 4:55:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 241+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/06 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The singer who dressed as a policeman in the flamboyant late 1970s disco band "Village People" has been arrested after disappearing while drug and gun charges against him were pending, officials said on Monday. Victor Willis, who co-wrote some of the band's hits such as "In the Navy" and "YMCA" has had a number of run-ins with the law since he left the group in 1980 and now faces as much as five years in prison, said Morley Pitt, assistant district attorney in San Mateo County south of San Francisco. "It's just sad that his life...
  • Village People cop arrested in South San Francisco

    03/27/2006 3:24:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 219+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/27/6 | Dave Murphy
    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- South San Francisco police have arrested Victor Willis, the original policeman from the Village People disco group, who has been wanted for months in connection with possessing cocaine, a probation violation and other charges. Authorities said today that Willis had been arrested after the car in which he and a woman were driving was stopped Sunday by Officer Ivan Delacruz on the 700 block of Airport Boulevard. Neither Willis nor the woman had proper identification, and both had cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.
  • Village People singer among 'Most Wanted' - Fails to surrender to San Mateo court

    01/24/2006 1:20:52 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 58 replies · 958+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/24/06 | Bay City News
    A man who helped make famous the songs "YMCA" and "In the Navy" is still scheduled to be featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted," after failing to surrender in a San Mateo County courtroom today, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Victor Willis, 54, the original policeman from the musical group the Village People, was scheduled to turn himself in today after a $200,000 warrant for his arrest was issued on Oct. 20. Willis's new defense attorney Dean Johnson indicated Willis would appear in court today, although he failed to do so, Wagstaffe...
  • Village People Cop To Be On 'America's Most Wanted'

    12/22/2005 10:26:31 PM PST · by Maximus_Ridiculousness · 88 replies · 2,183+ views
    Bay City News via KTVU ^ | 4:00 pm PST December 22, 2005 | Bay City News
    A man who helped make famous the songs "YMCA" and "In the Navy" will soon be featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted," after failing to appear in a San Mateo County courtroom for his sentencing in October, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. (snip) Willis was found to be in possession of 3.23 grams of cocaine and a loaded .45-gauge, semi-automatic handgun, according to the district attorney's office... (snip) ...also charged with violating his probation from a 2003 incident in which he was found in possession of 4 grams of cocaine.
  • Village People policeman fails to show up for drug sentencing

    10/20/2005 9:11:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 393+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 10/20/05 | AP
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was being sought on arrest warrants after failing to show up for a sentencing in a drug case Thursday, authorities said. Willis, who co-wrote disco hits such as "Macho Man" and "In the Navy" before leaving the Village People in the late 1970s, was arrested July 11 after a Daly City police officer found a gun and what was believed to be crack cocaine in his car after a traffic stop. Willis was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning in San Mateo...
  • Proposal for USS Iowa museum honoring gays in military in works

    SAN FRANCISCO - After city officials rejected a plan to bring the USS Iowa to San Francisco earlier this year, supporters of the idea have come up with a new plan that they hope will convince leaders to welcome the historic battleship here. Supporters say a proposal to turn part of the vessel into a museum honoring the contributions of gays, lesbians, ethnic minorities and women to the military should help sway the Board of Supervisors' decision. In July, the board voted 8-3 to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance...
  • Venezuela Photo - Caption This

    07/28/2005 4:57:40 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 29 replies · 1,591+ views
    When you think you have seen it all, then this picture is in the front page of today's El Nacional. The picture was taken at yesterday's anniversary of the city of Caracas, where the illustrious Mayor of the Libertador municipality, Freddy Bernal, gave a medal to the wife of the new Minister of Defense, who is the man in white on the right of the picture. His wife is shown on the left in military garb.
  • CA: Police arrest Village People's original policeman in Daly City

    07/15/2005 10:12:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 1,432+ views
    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was arrested by real police who allegedly found a gun and drugs in the former star's convertible, authorities said. Willis, who co-wrote disco hits such as "Macho Man" and "In the Navy" before leaving the Village People in the late 1970s, was taken into custody late Monday after an officer stopped the musician in his Chevrolet Corvette in Daly City, just south of San Francisco. Willis also had an outstanding $15,000 felony warrant for possession of narcotics, police said. Police said...
  • New Course by Royal Navy: A Campaign to Recruit Gays

    02/21/2005 8:34:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,537+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | SARAH LYALL
    LONDON, Feb. 21 - Five years after Britain lifted its ban on gays in the military, the Royal Navy has begun actively encouraging them to enlist and has pledged to make life easier when they do. The navy announced Monday that it had asked Stonewall, a group that lobbies for gay rights, to help it develop better strategies for recruiting and retaining gay men and lesbians. It said, too, that one strategy may be to advertise for recruits in gay magazines and newspapers. Commodore Paul Docherty, director of naval life management, said the service wanted to change the atmosphere so...
  • Push push in the Bush (Gay Village People Cop felt not one iota of rudeness at Bush inaugeration)

    02/01/2005 10:45:19 AM PST · by dead · 64 replies · 2,089+ views
    Village Voice ^ | 2/1/05 | Michael Musto
    Jones with Tony Orlando at the Bush inaugural photo: Diane Jenkins Wait, I can't resist some more '70s-related mania: I recently wrote that the original cowboy from the VILLAGE PEOPLE, openly gay RANDY JONES, had agreed to perform at the Bush inaugural festivities, and some people were angrier than I was when disco died. Well, here's Randy's post-show reply: "I was able to stand in front of more than 1,000 Republicans, speak of my husband of almost 21 years, WILL GREGA, and still have them waving their arms and forming the letters of YMCA just like little kids. It...
  • Elton John Blasts Off at President Bush

    11/18/2004 3:05:49 PM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 174 replies · 4,446+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/18/04 | Jeanette Wallsss
    Another day, another Elton John outburst, this time directed at President Bush. In recent weeks, the Rocket Man has exploded at a variety of targets, including Taiwanese photgraphers and Madonna.Now's he's taken aim at the newly re-elected president, calling him 'the worst thing that has ever happened to America.''I've never lived in a time so vexing, John told the British magazine Time Out. 'I just wanna scream. Bush and this administration are the worst thing that's ever happened to America.John also blasts British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 'Im just as angry at Tony Blair. You lied to us Tony..It was...
  • "It Takes a Village" (Today's Kerry photoshop)

    Remember that ol' Dem slogan? Well I think they are starting to take it just a little to far!
  • Member of Village People admits he is governor of Idaho (Humor)

    08/18/2004 7:18:32 AM PDT · by Homo_homini_lupus · 10 replies · 719+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 18, 2004 | Andy Borowitz
    Band members, disco fans stunned A member of the prominent disco band The Village People shocked fans and fellow band members alike today by admitting at a press conference that he is actually the Governor of Idaho. The Indian Chief, a key member of the disco ensemble since its founding in the 1970’s, choked back tears as he made his confession at a crowded press conference in lower Manhattan. “For some time now, I have been struggling with a truth about myself, but now the time has come for me to share that truth with the world,” the Indian Chief...
  • Village People's Cowboy Ropes Himself A Husband

    05/12/2004 5:32:48 PM PDT · by NYC GOP Chick · 49 replies · 312+ views ^ | 5.11.2004 | Alyssa Rashbaum
    The Village People's cowboy is a Lone Ranger no more. Randy Jones — who filled out the 10-gallon hat for the motley disco outfit — and acid lounge artist Will Grega tied the knot Friday at the West Village club Rumor, according to club partner Erica Maurer. Grega proposed to Jones, his partner of 20 years, following a champagne toast for the release of Grega's new CD, and the two were "married on the spot" by the Reverend Dr. Cain L. Berlinger, according to a spokesperson for the couple. Attendees included Ben Curtis (the "Dude, you're getting a Dell" guy),...
  • In the FDNY, slurs are more than horseplay (A culture of hate toward gays, women, minorities)

    01/21/2004 7:57:55 AM PST · by presidio9 · 64 replies · 1,396+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | January 21, 2004 | TOM RYAN
    New York's firefighters are known by many names. Traditionally, they are called the Bravest. After 9/11, many called us the Heroes. Within the FDNY, some refer to themselves as the Brotherhood. Unfortunately, many firefighters have other names for their colleagues that are racial, ethnic or sexual slurs. I know, because I served more than 20 years in the FDNY, and I'm also a gay man. I heard those terms used and saw them scrawled on walls countless times in firehouses throughout the city. On New Year's Eve, one firefighter attacked another in an assault preceded by what some newspapers are...