Eighty-four years ago, on July 7, the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Mo. unveiled the "greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped," giving us sliced bread, and - more importantly - the catchphrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread." Even the "Greatest Love of All" can't compare to that. Here are several other things of great importance you ought to know:
- Beginning Sunday, July 15, USA Network unleashes its Political Animals, a six-part, TV series seemingly intent upon picking off the Palins as top predators of the dysfunctional family food chain. Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) nourishes a secret ambition to return the former first family to their old life, and out from under the hubris they're currently flattened by. Can the former First Lady defeat familiar tabloid smears about addiction and adultery before they derail her campaign, and family that includes the White House's first openly-gay teenager? Or, might the lamestream media devour Barrish's brood altogether?
- Denied! Opponents of marriage equality, alleging the passage of New York's Marriage Equality Act violated Open Meetings Law, recently lost their argument before a state appeals court. Judges from the state's Appellate Division, Fourth Department, ruled unanimously (5-0) to see that the case brought forth by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms be dismissed after failing to prove Gov. Andrew Cuomo defied them by privately meeting with the state Senate's Republican caucus, as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's guest, last year.
- Lights! Camera! Activism! Casting agents at MTV are eager to recruit LGBT youth, between the ages of 15-25, for a second installment of their revered "It Gets Better" Project special to be aired for the fall.
- Instead of "Hee Haw," it's an "OHHELLNO" from activists belonging to LGBT Compassion, an animal rights group, protesting fundraisers for the San Francisco Bay area's signature gay rodeo event. Critics of the Best Buck in the Bay rodeo, scheduled for Sept. 14 in LaHonda, California, are complaining that goat-dressing - forcibly pushing panties onto the creature's hindquarters - constitutes animal abuse.
- It might be a load of frappe, but the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) still appears determined to defeat Starbucks - and their more than 19,500 stores worldwide - as they ratchet up their attacks upon the Seattle-based company which supports marriage equality. Now the "Dump Starbucks" boycott organizers claim they've found their Starbucks alternative, Jitters & Bliss. The Charleston, Ill.-based company purports a corporate policy of "neutrality" toward same-sex marriage - promoting their, "Great coffee for a fair price from a company that respects the diverse views of all of their customers on marriage." - then tried to suppress the comments of pro-gay customers upon the group's Facebook page. Even though that account appears to be offline at the moment, Jitters & Bliss are still accepting tweets.