Friday, February 24, 2012


Wooo doggie Indiana, you got some real winners in your neck of the woods too:

If you can't take watching the whole 9:46 minutes of pure hoosier crazy, fast-forward to the last minute or two. This guy is such a train wreck, I had to look away.


Yay Maryland!!!

Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill:
Maryland will join seven states and the District in allowing same-sex marriage, ending a year-long drama in Annapolis over the legislation and expanding nationwide momentum for gay rights.
The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 25 to 22 Thursday night, and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has vowed to sign it into law.
The knuckle-dragging opposition from the 18th century Opponents will begin gathering signatures to put the new law on the ballot because everyone agrees (well maybe just Chris Christie and his ilk) that the rights of minorities should most certainly be put at the mercy and whims of mob rule. 

But for the moment, let's celebrate what just happened in Maryland. And then ... it is onward to Minnesota and North Carolina where there are big fights to be fought. Oh! And Maine too.


Oh how I wish every "coming out" story went as well as this...

Ok, at points this mom kind of drives you crazy with her filling every potential moment of thoughtful silence with nervous (albeit supportive) talk-talk-talk (with a slight touch of cringe-worthy shill to the pitch), but that is what moms do. It's our job to be pains-in-the-asses, even in moments as sensitive and nerve-wracking as this. It's our job to try and be as supportive as we can (even in ambush-like situations) while talking a mile-a-minute with our brains in overdrive (trying to camouflage our temporary loss of equilibrium) . And while performing that job, it's ok to slip and say something we might regret later - in her case, "could you be bi", in my case "are you sure". But hey, we've been caught off guard, and no matter how many nagging feelings we may have had about our child in the past, confirmation can still be a shock.

Watching this clip really sent me back to my own experience finding out. And I hate to admit it, but this mom's initial reaction with her son wasn't that different than mine. And I wouldn't change a thing about the way I reacted or the way this wonderful mom reacts, it is real, it is human, and it is the way it should happen. The bottom line is this: this mom, like me, loves her son with all her heart. Period. End of story. No God and Damnation shit. No twisted Bible verse quoting. No anger. No revulsion. And no rejection. Just pure love and acceptance. This is what real Family and Christian Values looks like.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sheriff Paul Babeu ain't no Larry Craig and he's making no apologies for being gay

I am not sure if Sheriff Babeu can survive this "scandal" (hey, in the Republican Party being gay is the scandal - not abuse of power for allegedly threatening deportation of an "illegal alien" boyfriend he happened to have been involved with until the relationship went sour - bullying minorities is standard GOP operating procedure after all - so no scandal there), but I have to grudgingly admit, I am kind of liking this guy. He is not pulling a Larry Craig and surrounding himself with a beard pathetic dutiful wife and wounded embarrassed kids, and he is NOT denying he is gay. In fact, he is proudly owning his sexual orientation and moving the conversation on to the issues that make him believe he belongs in the Republican party. Good on him!!  And though I cannot, in any circumstance, imagine myself ever voting for any Republican again in my lifetime, I have to say this guy, Sheriff Paul, has earned my admiration. He has more cajones than all the buffoons we call Republicans here in Arizona combined.

I gotta believe he is scaring a few Religious Right homophobes and bigots right about now too and that just tickles me pink. If he keeps on doing what he's doing now, unabashedly owning who he is, and moving the conversation away from the stupid culture war issues that fuel idiots like Rick Santorum and on to what is important to the somewhat reasonable Republicans in Arizona and the Ron Paul independents,  I think the guy might just stand a chance of surviving politically. And if nothing else, I think he's actually making another Arizona sheriff, the biggest Arizona bully of them all, Joe Arpaio, look like a world class wussy right about now. Now wouldn't that be sumthin - an out and proud gay Republican Sheriff kickin Sheriff Joe Buffoon Arpaio's ample arse in the popularity polls? Be still my heart ...


Monday, February 20, 2012

Changing hearts and minds one Republican at a time

A little background:
GOP Maryland Delegate Wade Kach (R) delivered an emotional address explaining his evolution towards supporting marriage equality, just moments before the state House passed legislation extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians. Kach had voted down the bill as recently as Monday night, in a committee vote, and had co-sponsored a measure to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
But tonight, Kach attributed his change of heart to his “pro-life” roots, explaining that he changed his mind after hearing testimony from gay and lesbian families, and realizing that their children deserved the same legal protections as the kids of opposite-sex parents:

We need em folks. And this is why we must never give up on even the most hard-core conservatives. Some of them do have hearts and we can never know who those people are or what is going to penetrate their right-wing shields and appeal to their humanity and sense of fairness.

Look, this guy is a perfect example. Just one week ago this gentleman had believed so firmly in marriage as a one-man-one-woman institution, he voted down a marriage equality bill in committee and was a co-sponsor of a measure to define marriage as a hetero-only privilege. The lesson here is clear: We must never, ever write anyone off as a lost cause. Ever!

And yes, I know, I seethe, and rant, and rage, and say nasty things on this blog all the time. And I make no apologies for it. But, I have always presented this blog as my outlet for all the pent-up anger that had nowhere else to go, so I will continue to rant and rage and make no apologies. But I will do it semi-anonymously here (some of you know who I am), while presenting a far more composed and reasonable persona in public. It really is about changing hearts and minds - and I get that. I have to. It is the only way I can do my part to make a better world for my son and the lgbt community I love so dearly.


The GOP's "Utterly Surreal" Contraception Hearing

I thought you'd enjoy a recap of the Darrell Issa (R-CA) Contraception two-ring circus show hearing last week. If one can separate one's self from the freakishness of a panel of all-white men in collars testifying to a panel of all-white men in suits about a women's health issue, it is rather comical in a stomach-churning kind of way. But how on earth pork and kosher delis got into a conversation that should have been about contraception and how it pertains to women's health  is beyond me, but then again, this was never intended to be about women, the people testifying at this hearing don't give a rip about women's health or a woman's right to be in control of her own health, it was all about them and their victimization.

Some of my favorite lines:

  • "The violation of a person's religious conscience is nothing less than the rape of the soul." (My personal favorite-would have loved to see the look on the Catholic Bishop's face when this was said )
  • "Please get the federal government, Mr. Chairman, out of our consciences."
  • "This whole conversation is utterly surreal." (Yup sir, you have no idea how many women are vehemently agreeing with you right now.)
Watch and weep:


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Evangelical Lutherans Oppose Proposed Minnesota Gay Marriage Ban

Ahhhh the clip below is so refreshing. This is the Minnesota I know and love with all my heart!

But of course, there always has to be a fly in the ointment when something this beautiful and Jesus-like happens, and no big surprise here, it is the Catholic Church, an organization that is bound and determined to fight to its extinction demeaning and dehumanizing our glbt brothers and sisters & making sure women are dragged by their hair, barefoot and pregnant, back to the stone ages.

Related: Dear Minnesota


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Question: How does a rising GOP star in Arizona Anti-Immigrant Politics sink his career?


Piss off his secret "illegal-alien" gay lover by threatening to deport him if he exposes their affair:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.

Now as someone who has a gay son, my heart does go out to this poor tormented soul. The closet is a toxic and suffocating place to be, but for the life of me, I cannot understand anyone choosing to be a member of a Party that bases their platform on extreme hatred of any and all minorities, with gays and Mexicans being at the top of the list. So my sympathy is tempered with a whole lot of disgust for this man.

How on earth could he have thought he could play this game and run for Congress and not get caught. Maybe he didn't realize how quickly his star was going to rise once he jumped into the "Be very afraid of the brown people" game:

Alas - yet another tragic ending for a deeply closeted, self-loathing, GOP hypocrite. When will they learn?

Oh and one more thing: Apparently Sheriff Babeu was the Arizona co-chair for Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign , but is stepping down for um more time with the family? Ahhhhhh the ripple affect of pure unadulterated schadenfreude.


Bill Maher holds up our lovely Arizona Governor as an example of how vile and disrespectful the GOP has become

Poor poor Arizona, just can't catch a break, but then, we've gotten what we paid for. Vote in Teabaggin, right-wing hacks and we are gonna garner some bad press:


Friday, February 17, 2012

Dear Bishops testifying in DC right now

Hurry up and get done oppressing women so you can get back to your full time job of demonizing and condemning young glbt children because lord (and the homeless shelters) knows you've been wildly successful at that job:

And to the parents who are throwing their children out like trash and thinking they have God's approval -- you are horribly and tragically wrong. Looking to these homophobic religious leaders for any kind of guidance is a big mistake. If there is a God, these men who claim to speak for Him will have to one day answer to Him. And so will you.


Here is the woman silenced by Chairman Issa at birth control hearing

Here is the testimony the GOP good ole boys club and the Religious Right good ole bishops club absolutely, positively do NOT want you to hear:

And as for her friend who has polycystic ovarian syndrome and needed the prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries:

"For my friend, and 20% of women in her situation, she never got the insurance company to cover her prescription, despite verification of her illness from her doctor.  Her claim was denied repeatedly on the assumption that she really wanted the birth control to prevent pregnancy.  She’s gay, so clearly polycystic ovarian syndrome was a much more urgent concern than accidental pregnancy.  After months of paying over $100 out of pocket, she just couldn’t afford her medication anymore and had to stop taking it.  I learned about all of this when I walked out of a test and got a message from her that in the middle of her final exam period she’d been in the emergency room all night in excruciating pain.  She wrote, “It was so painful, I woke up thinking I’d been shot.”  Without her taking the birth control, a massive cyst the size of a tennis ball had grown on her ovary.  She had to have surgery to remove her entire ovary.  She’s not here this morning.  She’s in a doctor’s office right now. Since last year’s surgery, she’s been experiencing night sweats, weight gain, and other symptoms of early menopause as a result of the removal of her ovary.  She’s 32 years old.  As she put it: “If my body is indeed in early menopause, no fertility specialist in the world will be able to help me have my own children."
Her friend will also face an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis as a result of being forced to go untreated, but at least our GOP politicians and the so-called religious leaders they'll do anything to protect (especially if it is politically advantageous) will be sleeping well knowing their freedom of religion has not been trampled.

So what's next for our fearless leaders? Why taking on those dirty, icky homos of course!


So the Republican good ole boys club don't need no stinkin wimen to make sweeping decisions on women's health issues

This is the All-Male Panel chosen by the GOP for the oversight hearing on Contraception and women's health. Boy o boy, this has got to be making a lot of Republicans very happy. They screech by day about the evils of Sharia law, but I've always believed by night  ... 

They envy these guys:

So what's next boys? This?

Update: I couldn't resist. I am adding yet another picture I lifted from Andrew's place - not that I needed further proof that the GOP has completely jumped the tracks when it comes to women and gays. But you know what they say about pictures being worth a 1000 words and all ...

Update #2: Here's my dream panel for an oversight hearing on Viagra and guns:


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Following the journey of one Arizona man's travels on the gender expressway

I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people since I got involved with PFLAG. It truly opened up my world and gave me the chance to meet some of the most incredible and compassionate people I have ever met. It is one of the few places one can go and be who they are without judgment or shame cast upon them. And for anyone out there grappling with their sexual orientation, gender identity, or something within that spectrum, OR, if you are a family member or friend of someone struggling with these issues, OR, just an ally to the lgbt community, PFLAG is the place for you. And don't worry, if you do not live in Arizona, simply do a google search for the PFLAG meeting location nearest to you. You will not regret it - I promise.

Ok, with that said, I have gotten permission to post a link to a blog written by one of our very own PFLAG members who has decided to blog about his own unique story. And am I ever glad he is sharing his very personal story so publicly. He started the blog earlier this month so it is very new and I would strongly suggest scrolling down to his very first post and working your way up to his most recent post. You will understand why when you start reading, but I'll get you started by snipping and pasting his very first blog entry from February 8th titled Florida or Bust right here, that way you will get a taste of where his journey is taking him:

When I was 15 years old something terrible happened. I grew boobs. But on Valentine’s Day I’m giving myself the two best gifts ever. First, I’m burning my bras. Then, I’m heading to Sunrise, Florida, for male chest reconstruction surgery. Excited for me? Think I’m totally bonkerpants? Have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about? Come back each day and follow my adventures along the way.

I think, with some exceptions**, that we have reached a pretty good place when it comes to acceptance and  understanding of gay and lesbian issues, but I know we still have a long way to go to reach that same level of understanding and acceptance when it comes to gender identity issues. And ignorance can be such a formidable obstacle to reaching that point. So it is going to take courageous people like this young man to tell their story and share their fears and emotions to move understanding and acceptance forward. By blogging his transition story he not only lets others who are walking this same path know they are not alone, but he also educates those of us who do not understand what people who are struggling with these issues are going through. And I thank him for that. It is one more step towards reaching that same level of understanding and acceptance we've reached with our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

**exceptions: Most of the Republican Party including every one of the 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, most conservative right-wing religious groups and churches, most so-called family advocacy organizations (Focus on the Family, American Family Association, The Family Research Council), and most organized groups who claim to want to protect marriage (NOM).

Dear Rick Santorum, blow it out your frothy @$$

I just read the most amazing post over at Daily Kos and it is just too fantastic not to share, but splicing, dicing, and pasting does not do it proper justice either so please, please go read the whole thing. It will make your day.

Here is a taste to whet the appetite:

Dear Rick Santorum, I'm sorry you have the sexual maturity of a fucking twelve year old. I'm sorry that you would rather talk about the evils of gay people and women's access to contraception because you have no jobs plan at all, other than to scream "GET A JOB!" at people. I know why you do this, its' because you are a wholly corrupt corporate whore who wants to help the banksters screw American consumers and you have absolutely nothing else to offer people, but please, spare me your hurt feelings about being disrespected. Because of your blatant bigotry you already share a name with a fecal sex by-product, I think we are way past disrespectful at this point.
The reason we disrespect you, Rick Santorum, is because you are disgusting, hateful bigot and a massive corporate tool who has dedicated his life to making life miserable for a small percentage of LGBT Americans while you work tirelessly to enrich the already very rich. You long for a time when Blah People and Women knew their place, and you seem to think that the Presidency is like the Papacy. You're not running for the job of Pope of America, Pat Buchanan already has that job.
So spare me your self-righteous indignation, you mouth breathing, knuckle dragging troglodyte stereotype of a sexually suppressed Broadway villain from the 1950's.
Dear Rick Santorum, I'm sorry you don't like certain kinds of sex. That is your fucking problem.
To the sexually repressed adults who want to make believe it is 1955 and that a voting booth is a Delorean with a flux capacitor, I'd like to remind you of the movie Back To The Future. Just like the movie, eventually you are going to be forced to realize it is 2012, but you are still the repressed, conspiracy theory driven John Birch Republicans of 1955, and you're gonna be mad as hell when you figure out that just like in the movie, at the end Biff is just a chump and the black guy who used to mop the floor at the diner who Buff used to look down on is going to end up running the town and there is nothing you can do, Rick Santorum, to stop it.
But please, ENOUGH with the gay bashing religious extremist bullshit. Your entire campaign is a frothy blend of bigotry and bankster worship. Your campaign doesn't make me think of Jesus Christ, it makes me think of Fred Phelps. 
So, in closing, dear Rick Santorum, blow it out your frothy @$$. I'm sorry if that sounds divisive or disrespectful, but frankly, no one gives a fuck about your hurt feelings you bigoted corporate whore.
Peace and love to all, even the sexually repressed.
Rant over 


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Arizona Republic online poll: "Was the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals right to overturn California's Prop 8 ban on gay marriage?"

Yes, 57 percent
No, 41 percent
Hard to say, 2 percent
Total votes: 2,304

Well this is interesting and yes, I know, quite unscientific, but still interesting. This is Arizona - you know.  And probably enough to cause Cathi Herrod, Arizona's top homophobe, a few sleepless nights, which makes this seething mama very, very happy and ready for a good night's sleep.


SFPD "It Gets Better" Video

This video really got to me. And I've got to believe that if I were a scared, bullied, gay or lesbian kid, this clip would really give me hope and comfort. It is one of the more powerful "It Gets Better" videos I've seen.


Thursday, February 09, 2012

And speaking of non-partisan issues ...

I posted a rant just a few minutes ago about marriage equality and how it is not a partisan issue and then lo and behold, I come across this clip below. It's a bit beyond the scope of what this blog is all about, but not really. It certainly begs the question: Why do Republicans try and divide this country so much. And no issue is too divisive, too repulsive, too hurtful, too racist, too homophobic, or too despicable to use if it means a political gain for the person exploiting it.

This is the description on the YouTube page of this clip below:
February 8, 2012 - Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) came to the House Floor to respond to Newt Gingrich, who has begun calling President Obama the "Food Stamp President." Armed with facts, the Congressman has a little fun setting the record straight and despite the name calling, be concludes that "hunger knows no race or religion or age or political party. Hunger is colorblind."


We need more Republicans like this Washington state legislator

I dare you to watch this without a tissue. I sure couldn't do it. Watch it and weep (with tears of joy).

The fact is, this fight for equality for the glbt community should not be splitting down party lines. It is NOT a partisan issue. Having a gay or lesbian child is not exclusive to any political party, religious affiliation, race, ethnicity, or any other category. And equality, dignity, family values, fairness, personal responsibility, the right to marry who we love, and the pursuit of happiness are certainly not values reserved for some Americans and not others. They are values that define us as Americans, they are values that unite us as one, they are values for everyone and not just for those that don't give Rick Santorum the heebie jeebies. And yet, for the most part, the Republican party believes these values should be divvied up based on what makes their socially conservative religious base most comfie. Being able to commit to and marry the person you love, without government intervention, without Religious intervention, and without restrictions that others around you don't suffer, is the American way, which is why we need Republicans on board to win this battle once and for all. And it is also why we should be applauding the Republican legislator in the above clip and any other Republican who recognizes that this is an American value we are fighting for, not a right wing Republican value.


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Huge victory in California! Prop 8 is unconstitutional.

All I can say is THANK YOU Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for that oh-so wonderful ruling and victory #2.

And as is expected after such a momentous victory. There is just a ton of hub-bub and chatter on the internet and t.v. today. Unfortunately, I have been unable to fully revel in it all, there is just too much going on in my life right now. But worst of all, I cannot sit down and completely immerse myself in the anti-gay crowd's full-blown misery. And dang that really stinks!

But as usual, Joe. My. God. is doing a yeoman's job of covering it all. So give him a visit and enjoy the stay. He is in his blogging glory and seems to be doing a fine job of immersing himself in the anti-gay crowd's misery, even if I can't right now.

The thing that's toughest for me is not being able to watch the people at NOM, the AFA, the FRC, the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, and every other hateful organization dedicated to demeaning and dehumanizing gays and lesbians as they suffer the pain and humiliation of this of loss. I just wish I could sit in front of my computer and watch them tremble with the same kind of seething rage I have been feeling since I found out my son was gay in 2003 and realized these heathens existed only to make life miserable for him. I want to revel in their anger and agony of defeat. I want them to feel neutered, impotent, and completely powerless like they thought they were making the glbt community feel. And yes, I want them to suffer as much as they have caused our gay and lesbian children and the people who love them to suffer. And if that sounds horrible and mean - it's meant to. These people are hateful scum and they deserve nothing more than our scorn and hate. To say I have been dreaming of this day is an understatement. And like an addict, I am going to need another fix and then another one after that, and then another one after that, and then ... well you get the picture.

Am I mean and cruel? Am I uncivilized and nasty? When it comes to these sanctimonious frauds - yes I am. And guess what?  I don't care. I am over the moon with joy and happiness and part of that joy and happiness is seeing them get a taste of the agony they have cause so many. And I do not give a rat's ass what anyone thinks of me. In fact I hope they hate me as much as they hate my gay son. That would be a badge of honor I'd wear proudly.

I have never claimed to be a moral, holier-than-thou, god-botherer. I have only claimed to be a mom who loves her gay son no matter who he loves. And the nasty, evil haters that stand in his way of having the same rights as everyone else are my mortal enemies.

But enough of my nasty, spiteful incivility - even though I am having way too much fun. I also want to talk about a hero in this story and that is Rob Reiner - one of the main players in this successful Prop 8 repeal saga. He made this happen. And we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. And Stephanie Miller had him on her radio show today to discuss the huge victory that happened in California yesterday.

After Prop 8 passed in 2008 and stripped California gays and lesbians of the right to marry, Mr. Reiner emerged as a huge and extremely supportive voice for marriage equality and the repeal of Prop 8. And he backed that supportive voice with money - a whole lot of it. In fact, he is the main financial backer behind this fight, and he is the person responsible for recruiting the big name attorneys that have been fighting this battle from the beginning.

Listen and enjoy:

Rob Reiner Talks About The Repeal Of Prop 8 on The Stephanie Miller Show 2-8-12 by RadioGuyChris

gotta go ... 

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Study Suggests Low IQ, Social Conservatism, And Prejudice Are Linked

No big surprise in this study's findings:

There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.
"Prejudice is extremely complex and multifaceted, making it critical that any factors contributing to bias are uncovered and understood," he said.

Have not seen the show yet (it's DVR'd), but apparently Bill Maher discussesd this study with his panel last night:

I didn't need a formal study to convince me that low IQ is linked to racism, prejudice, and overly simplistic & rigid world views, but I would add that even smart people can choose to be ignorant. In my own family I see a version of this.

There are 5 kids in my family: I have 4 brothers and then there is me. Four out of the 5 of us have college degrees and most of us have significant post graduate studies under our belt as well. Now I'm not saying my one brother who chose not to pursue a college degree is dumb or has a low IQ, he's not and he doesn't, but isn't it ironic that this is the brother who absolutely, positively knows, without even a scintilla of a doubt that my gay son is going to spend an eternity in hell for choosing to be gay? 

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Washington state Senator Steve Hobbs: I’m voting for marriage equality because I will never leave a fallen comrade behind

Full story and transcript written by Laurel Ramseyer over at Pam's place. Please watch this wonderful Senator's moving speech and then head on over to Pam's and get Laurel's very perceptive take on things.

How completely refreshing, invigorating, and inspirational it is to see a politician vote for something because it is the right thing to do and not because it is the politically advantageous thing to do for his career. What a  moving and brave speech and what a hero this guy is. 

Big-time insomnia, brain in overdrive, too much stimulation, I need a release, and I need some sleep

Having a really, really bad night. Can't sleep. Too much on my mind. So what better way to lull myself to sleep than to put all the mumbo jumbo that is running through my brain in an endless loop down in one post. Please forgive. I know this post is going to make you think this seething mama has gone off the rails, but trust me, this blog post is my therapy. Release the toxins here and then go to bed and sleep like a baby. Let it all out. Don't even try to make sense of it all - just let it flow.

So here goes. A quick look into the mind of a woman on the edge:

First a most apropos post of a very homophobic idiot who deserves all the humiliation we can throw at him - and a damn good laugh at the expense of a very vile Rick Santorum - Big thanks to Bad Lip Reading:

Next a very rewarding glitter bombing in Minnesota (thanks for the heads-up Jeff)  of another very worthy target - another GOP idiot and most likely the presidential nominee for the Party, Mitt Romney - couldn't happen in a better place either - keep on glitterin MN:

And now, my greatest hope: that Barry Goldwater was right - the Religious Right is going to eventually destroy the Republican Party- may it happen soon:

And last but probably the most pressing thing on my mind - could this possibly help my mom? Well it's worth a try - no?:

OMgawd forgive me! I had no idea the embedding code I grabbed before going to bed last night included an introduction by the Reverend Loopy himself. The original clip I saw didn't start off with him. Obviously this is not the clip I meant to use, please accept my apologies.

There now - I feel better...

Night night. Love you. May the sweet dreams begin ...