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The Betty Pages - September 2013 Betty’s Corner


Organized Labor Member or Not Working For You! By Kathy Cummings


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By Bridget Adams

Living Wage Jobs the future of Whatcom County By Barry Buchanan

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Sailors: A Queer Film Bibliography


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About our Contributors... Miss Betty Desire has been entertaining anyone who would listen in Bellingham for nearly 10 years, and is proprietor of The Betty Pages, the monthly publication that you are reading at this very moment. It is her hope that your perusal of the Betty Pages will enrich your life one chuckle at a time. Writer Bridget Adams currently resides in Washington State but that is always subject to change. Lucky enough to be a full-time, if poor, writer, she is most likely somewhere in front of her computer with a cup of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Queer Film Historian Bichoo Vrishchik (Scorpio Scorpion) has published in Film Quarterly Sight and Sound, International Film Guide, Filmfare, Youth Times, and Manshots. With a BA from Pacific Lutheran College (1959) and a MA from San Francisco State College (1968), he has also taught film at Western Washington University. Naomi graduated Whatcom Community College with an Associates in Visual Communications -Graphic Design but prefers more hands on tinkering such as wire craft & random projects (of which she always has many still to finish). She believes that everyone has a right to pursue their happiness as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone

Staff Photographer John Phillip after 40+ years of television

production engineering work John has settled down in Bellingham to semi retirement and is now revised his love of photography. His education touched on Theology, pre-med, law enforcement, fire protection engineering and film production. John likes to keep broad horizons. “Don’t Dream It, Be It”

Betty’s Corner Betty Desire, The Betty Pages

between the 1940s and 1950s. That was the time period where most working Americans belonged to a Union. Coincidence? I think not! During the last thirty years Organized labor has been under attack. A concerted effort has been made to besmirch the Labor Movement. No organization made up of human beings is perfect, but workers united bring livable wages to all. Non Union shops are forced to pay comparable wages to their workers and offer similar benefits if they want to keep their hires (or keep their hires from organizing) Everything won in the fight for fair pay and humane working environments can be lost if we are lulled to sleep. WalMart the wealthiest Retailer on the planet would rather shut down it’s stores in DC than comply with a livable wage ordinance being considered by the city council there. Here in Washington State we have the highest minimum wage in the Country, yet $9 dollars and nineteen cents an hour doesn’t stretch very far. Subsistence living is an adventure, but living one check (or drag show) away from residing under the Whatcom Creek Bridge is a tad bit stressful. So happy Labor Day! Celebrate the hero’s that fought and yes died to give us safer working conditions, shorter work weeks, workers comp, vacation time, collective bargaining (for now) and the myriad of other other work place benefits we enjoy every time we clock in or out of our jobs.

Betty Desire

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September’s issue is dedicated to the American laborer. As we celebrate Labor Day it is important to take a moment and look back at the long and continuing struggle of the American worker for fair compensation, equal treatment, safe working conditions, equality in the workplace, everything that we seem to take for granted now. These things did not just materialize out of thin air or spontaneously burst on the Business scene. They were the result of hard negotiations and sometimes violent Labor strikes by organized workers determined to make their life and the lives of those who came after them better. Labor Day is the time we set aside to honor the past heroes who put their lives on the line that we might enjoy 2 days off during the work week. Vacation for the American laborer was unheard of not that long ago. My Grandparents were married on the 4th of July in the 1920’s because that’s the only time Grandpa would have an extra day off from the mill. Healthcare? What benefits you now enjoy if you are fortunate enough to work full time in a business that provides them, are a result of pressure by organized labor. Income inequality is in the news today. Remember the 99%? Income inequality in the United States was at its lowest


Organized Labor Member or not Working For You! Kathy Cummings - communications director for the Washington State Labor Council

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For more than 30 years business groups have made a concerted effort to create a negative image when the subject of organized labor arises. The public’s collective mind’s eye now conjures thoughts of greedy labor bosses sitting on bags of money playing with a marionette politician; or perhaps the image of a growling “union thug” with a picket sign pops into mind. But reality is a far cry from those caricatures. In Washington state the Labor Movement is made up of men and women from all walks of life. Grocery workers, healthcare workers, bus drivers, teachers, state employees, electricians and of course Boeing workers are just a few examples of unionized employees in our state.  It is a grassroots effort that requires participation in a voting process for the business of the workplace, but also an effort that encourages participation in community, statewide and national elections.   Together, a majority of unions from across the state have affiliated to support the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), which is organized under the direction of the national AFL-CIO. The WSLC elects a President and Secretary-Treasurer who carry out the direction set by the Executive Council which is populated by leadership of the state’s largest unions and regional Central Labor Councils.   The WSLC has worked as a strong force in politics across the state for years. They have run campaigns to educate union members on the voting records of candidates running in state and national races, on issues such as minimum wage, transportation and the state budget. They run a Labor to Neighbor campaign during each voting cycle to educate union members at their doors and on the phone about which candidates or

issues will improve the lives and employment conditions of working people. This member to member communication has proven valuable and has strengthened voter turnout among union members across the board. The legislative work of the WSLC furthers it mission of improving lives for working people through lobbying efforts, by sitting on boards and commissions and forming coalitions to bring different community and business groups together to strengthen the voice of individuals over corporate interests. In fact, the WSLC represents over 450,000 working people in our state and is the largest statewide group representing the voices of real working people over business interests.   The State Labor Council also administers state and federal grants which dedicate staff members to helping workers (union and nonunion) whose jobs have been affected by foreign trade, and others who work on Project Help, a free call-in line to assist in maneuvering through the state Worker Compensation System. Other grants work to ensure labor representation on boards for Community and Technical Colleges and help educate guidance councilors in understanding the state’s apprenticeship programs.   The WSLC’s award winning online newsstand, publishes daily news and links to media coverage of issues that affect the membership and all working people in the state. It is a terrific one-stop site for anyone to keep up with the business of labor – and a great way to dispel the myth of labor union members as greedy union thugs.


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THE FESTIVAL: The Soapbox Sh’Bang! returns for its sixth sensational year to the Lookout Arts Quarry near Alger (246 Old Highway 99 N.) September 6th8th with outlandish shenanigans including eye-popping off-road derby action, an international array of live bands, vaudeville, circus, sideshow, burlesque, art installations, swimming, dancing, water slidding, kid’s zone, vendors, interactive theme camps, workshops, creative carnival games, prizes, and surprises. FESTIVAL TIME: September 6th, 3pm until September 8th, 8pm TICKETS: $35 adult /$10 child weekend passes can be purchased at both Bellingham Co-Ops.  $45 at the gate.  Advance camping and day passes also available on-line at LOCATION: Lookout Arts Quarry 246 Old Highway 99 N. Bellingham, W.A. 98229 -Cycle or carpool to save on parking. No dogs please. For more information visit shbangfest. com  THE SITE: Lookout Arts is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities, resources and facilities to nurture and inspire artistic excellence, community, and education in the performing arts field.

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I feel a little foolish, Poppets. October is LGBT(Q) History Month here in the U.S. – has been since 1994 – and I had no idea. I knew National Coming Out Day was October 11th, but the whole month being dedicated to our history? No clue. For those of you who knew this already, feel free to skip this article altogether. But for those of you who didn’t know, here’s what I’ve learned… In 1994, Missouri high school teacher, Rodney Wilson, had the idea that our community should have its own history month. He was able to garner support from local community leaders and organizations and the idea spread. Soon, it was recognized by national organizations including GLAAD and the National Education Association. By 2006, Equality Forum had taken over responsibility for developing content, raising awareness, and spreading our history. All thanks to a high school teacher from Missouri. Every October, Equality Forum chooses thirty-one leaders – icons – from the LGBTQ community and focuses on their contributions, both to us, and to the world at large. Every day of the month, a new biography is highlighted. It’s an opportunity for people to learn about leaders, role models, and contributors who, yes, also happen to be gay/lesbian/ transgendered/bisexual/queer. The focus is on their achievements. How they have made the world a better, safer, more interesting place. As with Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March) it teaches people, who might not otherwise realize, that things we enjoy, value, even take for granted, were brought to us by members of the LGBTQ community. It reminds people we are human beings with strengths and talents and gifts, just like straight people. It reminds people we matter. Just like straight people. I’m giving you a month, Poppets. Let’s think about how we can celebrate our achievements. The website has this year’s list of icons. It also offers some suggestions for ways to acknowledge the month. And allow me to make a suggestion of my own – social media. Almost all of us have a Facebook page, a twitter account, a tumblr/blogger/reddit username. Let’s use them! Get the word out. Link back to the website. Write your own posts. Highlight the icons. All the biographies and images of the icons on the website are free for reprint, republication, and dissemination. They’ve made it easy for us; let’s thank them, and the people being honored, by boosting the signal. Finally, in preparation of next year, you can even nominate an icon to be honored in 2014. Check out the website. Throw a party. Write a post. Attend a lecture. Hell, this may be the one time I can get behind changing a Facebook avatar! You’ll find all kinds of ideas here: http:// The most important thing, though, is for us to learn our history. To be reminded. It’s easy to get beaten down. To begin to believe the vitriol. To start to think we really are less-than. But every year, here are thirty-one people who refuse to be less-than, or to live in a less-than world. Embrace them. Remember. Until next month – our month - Poppets, take care of you.

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Living Wage Jobs, the future for Whatcom County Barry Buchanan

Barry Buchanan is a 4th generation Whatcom County native, small business owner and candidate for the Whatcom County Council District 1 seat.

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As the dog days of summer begin to wane and we approach Labor Day, we need to ponder what Labor Day is all about. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day in 1887. It became a national holiday in 1894 after a number of workers were killed during the Pullman Strike. Today we symbolize Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer and back to school for the kids. The BBQ’s are fired up as we have one last big picnic of the season. Labor Day is a celebration and recognition of the hard work and sacrifice so many have made to establish fair and safe working conditions, and living wage jobs. The term “living wage jobs” has become the mantra for the opportunity and stability we all hope our friends and families can find in their communities. We here in Bellingham have the opportunity to realize those opportunities as we redevelop the waterfront. Our waterfront is a blank canvass for us to paint for the future of our community. We need a working waterfront that prioritizes family wage jobs and a thorough environmental cleanup. Bellingham has long been a place where these types of jobs have been scarce. When my wife and I were first married 40 years ago, finding a living wage job here meant you had to have friends or family at Georgia-Pacific, Intalco, or the refineries. I chose to leave the area at that time for the opportunity and adventures the US Navy provided. After 7 years in the Navy I set my eyes on Bellingham again only to find things hadn’t changed. So we began raising our family in California. We worked for Lockheed in Sunnyvale, CA until my wife’s mother passed and we moved home to take care of her father. With our city more than doubling in population since then, the availability of living wage jobs has only gotten worse. It is difficult to see so many of our children continue to leave the area because of a lack of gainful employment. We need capitalize on the great, potential economic engine that we can have on Bellingham’s waterfront. In addition we need to utilize our local higher educational institutions and keep the talented graduates here locally to be part of our economic strategy. In 2010 the governor launched the Technology Center on the waterfront in the former Georgia Pacific tissue warehouse. Part of the concept was to have a way to introduce our higher educational programs and students to our business community. We have not succeeded in being effective in this. Living wage jobs do not just sprout from the ground because we want them to. We have tremendous talent coming out of our institutions in fields like advanced composites, renewable energy and leading edge automobile hybrid/electric technology as well as the many trade skills from the Bellingham Technical College. We are rich and ripe with talent; we just need to pick the fruit! Imagine the economic vitality we could bring to Whatcom County by creating living wage jobs if we were able to tap into that resource and introduce that talent to our business community. Entrepreneurs and business leaders with vision need to step up along with our educational institutions and invest in our economic future. Put those talented grads to work HERE, not somewhere down the road. The answer to our economic recovery is right here in front of us. Use the resources we have here. Shaping our community’s future is everyone’s responsibility. Living wage jobs provide stability for all of us. Having a working waterfront will send the message that we are serious about our economic future. It will restore pride in our workforce and help to reestablish the middle class here. We have the resources, we just need the will. Tell your city leaders that you not only support, but demand living wage jobs on a working waterfront. It is paramount to our economic health and well-being. A working waterfront can be a catalyst for job creation throughout our county. Living wages create a win-win positive domino effect for our entire community. More working people will have the resources to spend at local businesses, for real estate, and recreational activities. This multiplier effect in turn creates opportunities for our entire region. So this Labor Day, take a look around your picnic table and be thankful for those friends and family that are fortunate enough to work and live here. Think of those less fortunate that are struggling to make ends meet because they can’t find a living wage job, and when the BBQ gets hot, save an empty spot on the grill as a reminder of their struggles.




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Although the icon "Rosie the Riveter" reflected the work of welders and riveters for the war effort, the majority of working women filled non-factory positions in every sector of the economy. What unified the experiences of these women was that they proved to themselves (and the country) that they could do a "man's job" and could do it well. In 1942, just between the months of January and July, the estimates of the proportion of jobs that would listed as "acceptable" for women was raised by employers from 29 to 85%. Pay was not always equal—the average man working in a wartime plant was paid $54.65 per week, while women were paid about $31.50. Nonetheless women quickly responded to "Rosie the Riveter" who had convinced them that they had a patriotic duty to enter the workforce. Leila J. Rupp in her study of World War II wrote "For the first time, the working woman dominated the public image. Women were riveting housewives in slacks, not mothers, domestic beings, or civilizers." After the war many women were discharged and their jobs were given to returning servicemen. Some transferred into sex-typed occupations such as clerical and service work but most were expected to return to traditional roles of housekeepers, wives and mothers. It must be noted that during the war the "Rosies" still did their work as housekeepers, wives and mothers as well as filling the role as bread winner. The "Rosies" and the generations that followed them knew that working on the factory floor was in fact a possibility for women, even though they did not re-enter the job market in such large proportions again until the 1970s. By that time factory employment was in decline all over the country as the jobs where being shipped overseas.

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In the 1940's big band leader Kay Kyser with the song "Rosie the Riveter" and a Westinghouse poster "We Can Do It" inspired a social movement that in 4 years would increased the number of American women in the work force by 57%.


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Sailors: A Queer Film Bibliography Bishoo Vrischik

mythical, now in “the isolation sought more or less consciously as an occasion for male encounters,” with no chance of pregnancy. To Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and to Edmund White homosexuality “erases identity,” subverts the “subject/object praxis [of ] heterosexual desire,” to Packard returning the “eroticism between male couples behind the great leaders of the emerging American nation.” In Richard Dana’s TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST (1840) a passing sailor is described in pretty much the same terms as Herman Melville would BILLY BUDD (1924). In John Farrow’s 1946 film version of MAST Alan Ladd receives several lashes on a bare back, although Cooper’s Bill Jackson has been eliminated. (Bob Hope quipped at the time, “Ladd’s next film will be WHO SLAPPED ME WITH THAT WET TOWEL?) There are three major films of John Barrow’s MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1831), the Frank Lloyd 1935 version impressing Otis Furguson with its “sweating lean bodies” including Clark Gable;” in Lewis Milestone’s 1962 version the “shipboard sadism still works pretty well,” but on land Marlon Brando sinks; and in Tony Scott’s (Ridley Scott’s younger brother’s) THE BOUNTY (1984) Lieutenant Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) and Fletcher Christian (a half-naked Mel Gibson) become a homoerotic “subject/object praxis,” Bligh fantasizing on Christian’s hetero love life on Tahiti, Christian suffering remorse after the mutiny. In 1935 and 1962 the Bounty’s sailors eat phallic bananas, but by 1984 they are too busy trying to figure out the Bligh/Christian praxis. Gibson, two years before he was voted PEOPLE magazine’s “Sexiest Man of the Year,” prone, receives a lower back massage, recalling Encolpio (Martin Potter) having his butt massaged in FELLINI SATYRICON (1969), in turn recalling the handsome youth in Mike Kuchar’s 1965 underground SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS, who after consuming a Clark bar, has his thinly veiled butt massaged by an android. In THE BOUNTY, also, Liam Neeson wears an orchid behind his ear. (Fellini would have preferred Terence Stamp as Encolpio: more on Stamp later.) To Fiedler, in Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Hemingway, everyone but Henry James “Everything goes except the frank description of adult heterosexual love,” the preference being for “a chaste male love” -- in MAST for the kanaka (Pacific Islander) Hope (who dies of syphilis, but is not in the film). In Melville’s MOBY DICK, (1851), in Ishmael’s love for the cannibal Queequeg, “pariah” Ishmael wakes “in the tattooed arms of the brown harpooner,” a pagan cannibal: “I found Queequeg’s arm thrown over me in the most loving and affectionate manner” wrote Melville. “Thus, then, in our heart’s honeymoon, lay I and Queequeg, [as he] said that henceforth we were married.” When the Pequod (named for an Algonquin tribe) sinks, Ishmael grasps Queequeg’s empty coffin until rescued by the Rachel (a mother ship). Fiedler’s essay “Come Back to the Raft Ag’in, Huck Honey” first appeared in THE PARTISAN REVIEW in June 1948, pp. 664-671. In Twain it’s Nigger Jim “the fugitive slave” called ‘Honey,’ in chains, drag, died blue, and with “the no-account boy lying side by side on a raft borne by the endless river,” HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1884), e.g., Continued on Page 13

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As early as c. 370 BC Plato in his PHEDRUS (qv) cautioned young men not to go down to the waterfront for “sailors to which good manners were unknown” or in another translation, to whom “liberated love” was unknown. And yet writers and other artists often feature sailors, more isolated shipboard, and land-roisterous in their flared pants, than other military-men. By 1948 Leslie Fiedler (qv) chastised older American authors for having done so in their “regressiveness,” their “implacable nostalgia for the infantile,” now absorbed in other arts – in painting by Charles Demouth and Paul Cadmus. Both MARINES AT WAR (1943) and ART IN THE ARMED FORCES: PICTURED BY MEN IN ACTION (1944) compile watercolors, charcoal sketches and doodles by enlisted men, many amateur, in wartime “in the Aleutians, the Pacific, Africa, Sicily,” Iceland, etc. Without cameras these emotional, even spiritual “murals, portraits,” even close-ups include a naked induction, lolling about barracks, showering, toweling off, shaving, the wounded often shirtless. A black man in nightclothes plays a boogiewoogie for a wounded white man in bed, a second standing by his piano. A Coast Guardsman arm-wrestles a “saboteur.” Two sailors on the town resemble those of Tom of Finland. Earlier, in Russia, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN below decks swayed hammocks full of male pulchritude in silent rhythm – and that was enough for Richa Hushing in 2009 to refigure Eisenstein’s into “a fanciful utopia … an imagined love story between their leader [and] another Sailor [sic, as a] struggle for gender equality within a larger struggle for peace and justice. Cast with female-to-male transgender actors, [MAGGOTS AND MEN, 2009] documents a rapidly growing transgender community and illuminates the gender revolution in our society.” In photography Kevin Bentley’s SAILOR (2001) documents its comely namesake in photos and postcards from 1912 through World War II; and Evan Bachner’s AT EASE, the first volume of MEN OF WORLD WAR II devotes itself exclusively to U.S. sailors, leaving the more weathered marines for volume two, FIGHTING MEN AT EASE. The navy drew the best official photographers as well, including Harry Bristol, and for the Naval Aviation Unit, Edward Steichen. Other services’ photos are less professional, while some are more intimate than Thomas Eakins’ swimming hole. James Fenimore Cooper, an ex-navy man, wrote sea stories as homoerotic as his westerns. In his THE PILOT (1824) two formerly opposing Revolutionary captains are buried together with a bottle of Madeira. In his RED ROVER (1827) a Yankee whale man with crossed anchors tattooed on his biceps and a “brawny” African with “arms like Hercules” survive a shipwreck and find, and raise an infant who, appearing a half-breed, is of aristocratic birth. There’s a master/slave relationship in Cooper’s AFLOAT AND ASHORE (1844) with the negro Ned. In his THE TWO ADMIRALS (1852) a Vice, his lifelong friend, kisses his Rear Admiral on his deathbed. Cooper, to Chris Packard in QUEER COWBOYS AND OTHER EROTIC MALE FRIENDSHIPS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE, invented “the sea tale,” a “boy’s homoerotic crush” on another race, archetypal,


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A Gay Film Bibliography continued Based on Coxe and Chapman’s 1951 play, the script, credited to Ustinov and DeWitt Bodeen, skimps on spiritual overtones, adding intrigues and speeches, and, instituted by Bodeen and Claggart, floggings. On board the Indomitable Billy, called a Handsome Sailor only twice, and “baptized” in a fight overseen by Claggart, tries hard to establish a positive relationship with Claggart. The stranger’s unknown intent to attract Billy on the (fake) moonlit deck becomes Claggart’s machinations and a knife fight, and the sexual ambiguity of the incident is lost. Now only an attempt on Claggart’s part to claim mutiny, he and the Captain face off on how many lashes another sailor should get, ten or a hundred. But we never see any lashes: Robert Krasker’s camera remains solely on the faces of the not very motley crew (Melvyn Douglas, et al) and Officers in a third space. The original plot is so slight that Melville keeps putting it off by digression. Ustinov and Bodeen fill up the time with Claggart’s machinations, and after Billy’s death, a mutiny thwarted by a surprise attack from another ship, reminding us that this was a time of mutiny, and unfortunately for Billy’s fate, wartime. The Rights of Man had a masthead of a black African, Indomitable’s angelic masthead in the end falls into the sea. Ambiguity remains, but not as sexually charged, even, as in Melville. Bodeen had worked on several low-budget, subtextually gay horror scripts produced by Val Lewton, including Jacques Tourneur’s CAT PEOPLE (1942), Mark Robson’s THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943) and Robert Wise’s THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944) although not on Robson’s THE GHOST SHIP (1943), with its villain resembling Claggart. Ustinov however ignores Bodeen’s subtext, or the “passion” as Kael calls it, completely. Although Billy’s blond hair blows in the wind, the sailors never swing in their hammocks – they keep them packed with their belongings. Ryan’s rattan does not touch Stamp “from behind.” Bodeen, too gay for Hollywood, had no film work after his RKO contract ran out in 1948, and this was his first major screenplay in fourteen years. And so Billy is hanged (again off-screen, like the floggings) not because he is guilty, but because he is innocent – innocent of guile -- and unable to speak. Before Billy’s death a chaplain kisses him in the novel: the film has no chaplain, nor kiss, and Ustinov presides at the hanging. Further homoeroticism missing in the film is a ballad Meville calls popular after Billy’s death, “Billy of the Darbies” (darbies=handcuffs), dead at the bottom of the sea. Inspired by this ballad, gay composer Benjamin Britten scored his 1951 opera BILLY BUDD, from a libretto by Eric Crozier and Forster. * * * That is not to say that all gay sea chanties end badly. Rainer Winder Fassbinder’s QUERELLE (a name, 1982) based on Jean Genet’s novel QUERELLE DE BREST (QUERELLE OF BREST, 1947) does, but it is Fassbinder’s worst, and last film. In Frank Borzage’s SHIPMATES FOREVER (1935) a sailor appears to get more than a normal rectal exam. Fred Astaire leads an all-sailor ballroom dance class on deck in

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Clarence Muse/Jackie Coogan (1931), Rex Ingram/Mickey Rooney (1939), Archie Moore/Eddie Hodges 1960, and Paul Winfield/Jim East (1974). In Melville’ posthumous BILLY BUDD “the effect of handsomeness on all-male communities into quasi-democracies,” enlists their “uglier mates” to hand over “authority in exchange for homosocial privileges” to an archetypal Handsome Sailor. The first such sailor Melville describes as black as Ham, “a gay silk handkerchief thrown loose around the neck [and on] the displayed ebony of his chest,” with gold earrings, a Scottish bonnet on his “shapely head” evoking the grand Assyrian “Bull when the faithful prostrated themselves … It was strength and beauty.” Melville calls blue-eyed Billy a Handsome Sailor on almost every other page, a Greek Apollo sent from his mother ship the Rights of Man to the Indomitable not of his will, “adolescent … feminine,” his “athletic frame” sea-weathering from a lily to a rose, and later “a fine specimen of the genus homo who, in the nude, might of posed for a statue of young Adam before the fall,” a horse fresh from the pasture,” a Vestal prince. At night hammocks swing below this “sea commonalty,” the sailor Dansker “touching Billy’s youth.” When Billy, a foretopman, spills soup on the depraved Master-at-Arms Claggart, his rattan (cane, whip, rod or twig) taps Billy “from behind.” Innocent of evil, Billy wonders if Claggart will make him his “coxswain,” but later receiving a “sharp cut” with the rattan, thinks Claggart acts “in a manner rather queer at times.” Implicated in mutiny only because a stranger lures him to a corner of a moonlit deck and shows him two glistening coins (and this I find as ambiguous as Adele Quested’s encounter in the Malabar caves in E.M. Forester’s A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1924): is this a sexual pickup, or as Claggart insists, an attempt at mutiny?), innocent, tongue-tied, Billy blurts his disapproval of whatever the stranger’s intent, and returns to his post. But Claggart will not let the incident go, and during a “closeted” trial his accusations of mutiny, and Billy’s difficulty in speech, bring him to strike and kill Claggart. Billy is found guilty not only of mutiny, but murder. His white uniform soon resembles “dirty snow.” Peter Ustinov’s BILLY BUDD (1962) is Terence Stamp, a bisexual in Joseph Losey’s MODESTY BLAISE, a bisexual angel in Pier Pasolini’s TEOREMA (1968), Bernadette in Stephan Elliot’s QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994), and Fellini’s would-be Encolpio, who to Pauline Kael “fortunately, can wear white pants and suggest angelic splendor without falling into the narcissistic poses that juveniles often mistake for grace.” The depraved Claggart, Robert Ryan, has the “requisite satanic ugliness,” perhaps even homophobia. (Ryan almost played another homophobe, in Edward Dmytryk’s 1947 CROSSFIRE, but his victim was changed to a Jew from the homosexual of the novel.) However, Ustinov himself as Captain Vere (right or left?) is too amusing and sympathetic to blame finally for this allegory of doomed innocence. David McCallum tries hard as Gunner Officer Wyatt not to be the TV-idol he would become on THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E in two years. The rest of the officers are officious and convincing.


Exploring The Major Arcana Part 3 Kevin Walder

When last we left our Fool he had just completed the emotional part of his journey, getting better acquainted with himself as an individual with a mind and a conscience. We can relate his journey to our own lives and the many challenges and rewards which have made us into the people we are today. There is an important challenge ahead for our Fool however, and that is the spiritual portion of his journey.

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Card number Fifteen The Devil steps forward to challenge our young Fool asserting that there is something which has been a jealously guarded belief system which is standing in the way of our Fool’s further progress. Only by closely examining his beliefs and ways of thinking and making a decision to release that which is standing in the way of his growth can our Fool move on to his next reward or challenge.


Having met the challenge of The Devil our Fool progresses to number Sixteen The Tower. The Tower represents cataclysmic change in nearly every part of life. Perhaps because of the changes made in his way of thinking our Fool finds his world turned upside down and he is facing massive changes. This change is cataclysmic in its size and scope, but not catastrophic indicating there are many benefits for our Fool. One of the helpers our Fool can call on during this time of challenge is card number Seventeen The Star. The Star is full of hope and promise, no matter what the issue or how dark the storm cloud, the star is there high above to guide our Fool to his highest reward. As this spiritual journey continues our Fool will, no doubt, recall the promise of The Star and draw a great deal of strength from it. Next to The Star comes card number Eighteen The Moon. The light cast by The Moon being more dreamy produces shadows in places our Fool may never have seen them before, allowing him to see in ways he may never have considered previously. Once his eyes adjust to the light, The Moon shows our Fool the way to look into his darkest shadows for the answers he seeks. After the challenges of the first two cards of this group and the introspection of the second two cards our Fool emerges into the bold bright light of card number Nineteen The Sun. The Sun is our life giving warmth and energy which keeps our Earth alive.

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We can feel the joy our Fool must be feeling to have emerged into this life giving energy of growth and beginnings which is The Sun. There is one last remaining challenge for our Fool and that is addressed by card number Twenty Judgement. Judgement calls on our Fool to make use of all the wisdom he has collected since he first stepped off the cliff in his original depiction, to remember the wisdom with which he was born and the Magician he is, to recall the emotional challenges he faced with The Hanged Man, and to appreciate his spiritual development in The Tower. It is time for our Fool to be reborn, to take on the full personhood he has earned by meeting the challenges and accepting the rewards of his journey. The Fool’s journey reaches its final destination at card number Twenty One The World. The World is a card full of joy and accomplishment and is an appropriate end to our Fool’s journey. He has earned a place of respect and admiration, he has overcome adversity and met many challenges in gaining The World all for himself. There is great wisdom here and the Fool is now ready to make use of all of it. Thank you for joining us on this Journey of the Fool. We will reflect on it in greater detail in months to come. Blessings. ©2013 Kevin P Walder All Rights Reserved

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Mark Sandrichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936) until the brass marches in to break it up, wisecracking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;May I cut in?â&#x20AC;? Joe E. Brown, as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Handsomeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Lloyd Baconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SON OF A SAILOR (1933) minces as a woman, teaching other sailors how to pick up a dame, and receives a pansy for his trouble. The same routine is repeated for Frank Sinatra in George Sidneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ANCHORS AWAY (1945), but Gene Kelly receives only a disapproving glance from a passerby instead. ANCHORS AWAY, inspired by the George Balanchine /Leonard Bernstein 1945 ballet FANCY FREE, in turn inspired Kelly and Stanley Donenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ON THE TOWN (1949), again with Sinatra, and Jules Munshin. But Tony Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;vapidâ&#x20AC;? TOP GUN (1986) tops them all, with its navy pilots Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, coiffed to look like the killing boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Sylvestor Stalloneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ROCKY IV (1985), creating more chemistry than Cruise does with Kwlly McGillis, nicknamed Charlie. TOP GUN â&#x20AC;&#x153;contributes to the genreâ&#x20AC;? hardware and â&#x20AC;&#x153;an almost homoerotic attraction for male bodies, mostly sweaty onesâ&#x20AC;? not only in the locker-room, but on the volleyball court. Cruise, with a towel around his neck, keeps threatening to shower, and the final resolution between Cruise and Kilmer rests on who will be whose wingman, i.e., top or bottom? TOP GUN caused enlistment in the Navy Air Force to â&#x20AC;&#x153;soarâ&#x20AC;? and won an Oscar for Best Song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take My Breath Away.â&#x20AC;? And â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Sexiest Man Alive for The Past 25 Years, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;according to PEOPLE (2010), Russell Crowe survives Peter Weirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtually plotless MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (2003) despite all of its CGI Special Effects and minimal nudity. Cobbled together from three of twenty novels by Patrick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien on violinist-Captain Jack Aubrey, however, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do well enough to start a film franchise. When I spent two months on active duty for the Army National Guard near Carmel, on my first weekend pass I noticed how much more sexually adventurous, with their white bellbottom trousers and cocky attitudes, three sailors looked (and one was more Handsome than the others) than I in my Army drab. Truly, if to Plato â&#x20AC;&#x153;good mannersâ&#x20AC;? were unknown to sailors, today they appear to know â&#x20AC;&#x153;liberated love.â&#x20AC;? Or, reversing Sedgwick, they do not subvert the â&#x20AC;&#x153;subject/object praxis [of ] desire.â&#x20AC;?


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Did you know that coffee is the second most sought commodity in the world? Oil being the first. Coffee is worth over $100 billion worldwide. That’s more than natural gas, sugar, and corn. Did you know worldwide we drink over 500 billion cups of coffee per year? Since I have at least two cups per day that means I alone drink 730 of them. EEKS! Did you know that despite all the different types of flavors of coffee there are only two different types of coffee beans? Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is the more common type of bean grown (70 percent of coffee is Arabica), and it’s considered more flavorful. Robusta is hardier and cheaper, most commonly seen in instant coffee jars.     I looked up the listing on coffee shops in Bellingham and there are 38 coffee shops in Bellingham! (listed) This is just the city limits. I’m not even counting the ones in the county. I did find out the top 20 coffee cities in America - Seattle being Number 1 with Portland Oregon 2nd and New Orleans 3rd. Frisco falling in 5th. I actually haven’t gone out & counted the coffee shops but I did run across an article stating there are 2.1 coffee shops to every 10,000 people. With our population that would bring us to 17 coffee shops with in the city limits. I think that statistic is a little off. I have only been to a handful of them but I plan on changing that. I plan to seek out these high energy beverage locations & have a taste of there best shots. To boldly go drink coffee where no one has gone before. My goal is to evaluate our high interest of this vastly growing commodity that we love so much. It is only fair that some one goes out there and digs up this information for all to know. I will do this difficult task for all of you out there in reader land. So if you see me zinging by with an extraordinarily buzz you will know what I’m up to.  Wish me luck.  -Marcy  

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GLBT Organizations in Whatcom and Skagit Counties ISCEE The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Evergreen Empire is affiliated with the International Court System and has been actively raising money for charity for over 30 years by sponsoring drag shows and pageants. The group is open to all regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, seeking to provide social activities and community service opportunities for gays, lesbians, and their friends and allies in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan Counties. Leather, Levi & Bear Social Monthly gathering of men who like Leather, Kink, and Unabashed Masculinity. Second Saturday of the month, Rumors Cabaret, 7:30 to 10:30. Info 360.380.6409 This website includes a gay resource guide for Bellingham located at www.

Triskeli Guild The Triskeli Guild is Bellingham’s BDSM group that promotes community and education for safe, sane and consensual play. They encourage participation by all sexual preferences, race and age 18 and up people. Queries—triskeli@ Evergreen AIDS Foundation Evergreen AIDS Foundation provides support services for people living with

Washington Gender Alliance A support and educational organization for anyone dealing with issues of gender identity or expression, and the people in our lives. We have weekly Open Support meetings in Bellingham and Everett. For more information, please write to us at or call 360-445-2411, or visit our web site at Sean Humphrey House A housing unit for people who need assistance living with HIV/AIDS in Bellingham. For more information call 360-733-9357 PFLAG of Skagit County Support meetings for Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and GLBT individuals are held at Central United Methodist Church, 1013 Polte Rd, Sedro-Woolley on the second Monday of every month at 7 PM. For directions and information all 360-856-4676 and for additional information and events check online at Bellingham Radical Faeries Community of queerfolk interested in lifestyles celebrating queer sexuality, spirituality and sustainability of the natural world. 18+ recommended. Meets every Saturday at Noon at Trapeze in the Bellingham Market on Cornwall h t t p : / / g r o u p s . y a h o o. c o m / g r o u p / BellinghamRadicalFaeries/ Cascade Rainbow Community Cntr is a community of LBGQT people that enjoy each other’s company. We gather every Friday @ 6:30 PM for community, sharing of food, conversation, ideas, and current events. Each Friday is either game or movie night. The group has a lending library, Pride participation, and educational support. We are located at The Center for Spiritual Living @ 1508

N 18th St., Mount Vernon, WA. For information call (360) 840-8499 and for additional information checkout and subscribe to our Facebook Page. Whatcom County PFLAG Whatcom County Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets the 2ND Thursday of each month, 7pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham. For more information and events visit www. WCC’s Queer Straight Alliance is committed to supporting the GLBT community by promoting awareness of queer issues and entertaining and educating students and staff of WCC. We can be reached at wccqsa@gmail. com. Whatcom County KINK is a group to help organize events, munches, help if you have items to sell, or just a way for people to get to know each other. Meetings are the 1st Tuesday of the month at Rumor’s Cabaret. Happy Spankings! WWU LGBTA The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance at Western Washington University is a student organization which supports lesbians, gays, bisexuals, people who identify as transgender, and their allies; in the various stages of their coming out process, in the creation and affirmation of positive self identities, and in the promotion and defense of their human and civil rights. The LGBTA is located on Western’s Campus in Viking Union 515 and is open from the first day of Fall quarter until the last day of Spring

quarter. For information call 360-6506120. Mount Baker Planned Parenthood Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood proudly demonstrates its commitment to the LGBTQ community in all of our educational and service areas, by partnering with LGBTQ service organizations and through sponsorship and participation in Bellingham Pride. Our goal is to ensure that every individual has the information, services, and freedom to make healthy, responsible decisions about sex, sexuality, and parenthood. We offer comprehensive reproductive care, affordable STD testing and treatment and annual exams. Sliding scale available. Make an appointment on-line! Bellingham Clinic: (360)734-9095 Mount Vernon Clinic: (360)848-1744

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