Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Cocktails for a Cure" REAF benefit party through Dec 1st

I just got a note from Ken Henderson, the Executive Director of The Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) in San Francisco and regarding "Cocktails for a Cure". Ken writes:

"We want to make sure everyone knows Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants' Cocktails for a Cure campaign is still going on across the country through Dec. 1st. Order a Red Ribbon cocktail at any participating property and $1/drink goes to a designated local AIDS organization. In SF Bay AREA, it's REAF. Invite your friends out for a few cocktails and know you're doing a good thing. Whodathunk? Bottoms Up! Go Kimpton!"

In San Francisco, the places to go are these hotels and restaurants: Hotel Monaco, Argonaunt, Tuscan Inn, Harbor Court Hotel, Hotel Palomar, Blue Mermaid, Chowder House & Bar, Cafe Pescatore ,Fifth Floor, Grand Cafe , Harry Denton's Starlight, Room , Ponzu, Postrio , Puccini & Pinetti, and Scala's Bistro

Check the map at this link for locations.

Twilight / New Moon holds 94 percent of online ticket sales

Why is Twilight / New Moon so popular?

The Twilight / New Moon phenomenon has long past heated up and is red-hot. Just a day and a few hours before the midnight release of the second movie in the series based on the popular books, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Twilight / New Moon is responsible for a remarkable 94 percent of online ticket sales.

DHD's famous Nikke Finke ads that there are 200 sellouts in Los Angeles and New York alone and theaters in many cities have already sold out.

Oscar buzz? None so far; a lot of wishful fans. Stay tuned.

In Oakland, it opens at the Grand Lake Theater and Signature Jack London Square with both having Thursday midnight openings. I think I'll see what all the fuss is about.

Frank Schaeffer: "Old Testament, biblical equivalent of calling for Holy War."

...against our President. It's arguably treasonous language and suggestions, coming from supposedly Christian sources, who are, according to Evangelical author Frank Schaeffer, lifting bible verses to trawl for assassins.

"Most Americans will just see the bumper-sticker and smile and think that it's facetious...

What surprises me is that responsible (if you can put it that way) Republican leadership, and the editors of some of these Christian magazines, etc., etc., do not stand up in holy horror and denounce this.

You know, they're always asking: where is the Islamic leadership denouncing terrorism?"
Frank Schaeffer
Author, Patience with God
Here's some video from the Rachel Maddow show. It starts with a discussion of Obama's trip overseas, and how his diplomacy and the observation of protocol has provoked criticism at home. She proceeds to a frank discussion with Schaeffer about veiled messages inciting violence against the President.

Trusting, faithful Christians are, it seems, being led astray by those with clearly political, anti-American agendas cloaked in carefully selected bible verses while waving American flags. Those who seek to create chaos and violence are neither Christian nor patriotic. They prey upon our most trusting, by manipulating scriptures for their own aggrandizement while accusing their counterparts overseas for engaging in the same selfish, godless goals.

Thomas Hayes
is an entrepreneur, journalist, and political analyst who contributes regularly to a host of web sites on topics ranging from economics and politics to culture and community.

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