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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Everything That Fits! Buddy B's Weekly News Report for the Week of 3/31/14

Love's in Bloom!
Oh, what a long, grueling month it's been! And winter seems to have gone on forever, don't you think? Through the entire first quarter! But on the middle Atlantic, things are warming up at last. People, I officially declare it Spring-a!

Action character Steven Seagal (well, I can't in all good consciousness refer to him as an actor) made headlines this week. In the belief that bad publicity is better than no publicity, the 6'5" martial artist was not so much Die Hard as Blowhard when he embraced Mother Russia and Vlad Putin this week. In fact, he promised to move there. Well, buh-bye, babushka!

Action guy Steven Seagal weighed in on the international dispute over Russia's annexation of Crimea this week. Spoiler alert: he's siding with his friend Vladimir Putin and not with President Obama,  reported The Wire. In an interview with the state-run Rossiskaya Gazeta, Seagal called Putin "one of the great living world leaders," adding that he "would like to consider him as a brother."

The now-chubby Above the Law has-been, who looks like he's readying himself to play Chris Christie in a tv-movie, is apparently shoe-polishing his hair to reclaim his youthful "glamor." He's been blacklisted from Hollywood for being one of its "biggest jerks" (according to Huffington Post). But the doey-eyed Vladdy doesn't mind, so who am I to judge? Good luck on your move, Steven, though I seriously doubt you're giving up your creature comforts in Hollywood.

Not Without My Daughter? It's all about her son as Sally Field wrote a heartfelt, impassioned letter to her son who is gay. E-Online reported that "[i]n an effort to help support the Human Rights Campaign’s battle against the various 'license to discriminate' [i.e., "religious freedom"] bills that have cropped up around the country, Sally Field has written a heartwarming letter about the struggles of her gay son Sam Greisman."

The Oscar-winning actress wrote: "Sam is my youngest son, by 18 years, and he's gay. To that, I say: So what? Growing up, Sam wanted desperately to just be like his older brothers — athletic, rambunctious and even a little bit macho. He wanted to beat Eli at tennis, trounce Peter at computer football and learn everything about every basketball player on the court. But Sam was different. And his journey to allow himself to be what nature intended him to be was not an easy one.

"Finally, at 20, long after he beat his brothers at tennis and computer games and knew as much as anyone about basketball, Sam was able to stand up proudly and say, 'I am a gay man "Sam knows that if he ever marries, he'll have my full support. After all, I like to believe I raised him with the good sense to choose a great partner. But there are people out there — organizations and politicians, strangers who have never even met Sam — who would rather devote themselves to denying his happiness. Why would anyone want to prevent my son — or anyone's son or daughter — from having basic legal safeguards like family medical leave, Social Security survivors benefits, or health insurance? It doesn't make any sense — but it won't change until people speak out. I'm proud to stand with HRC to add my voice. Will you join me?"

Sally, we are with you on this. You are as brave as you are talented. We like you, we really like you! And, until next week, friends, this is Buddy B with all the news that fits!


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