[T]he 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in states where they live.
The unanimous decision by a panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including two judges appointed by Republican presidents, sets the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the fate of a law that the Obama Administration says it can no longer defend in court.
Week 1 (NY & Dallas): Overall a weak start to the season. The girls were seriously lacking, and there were several decent guys but only one that I’m truly excited about.
Shafeek Westbrook (breaker) - he was pretty good, and he had charisma.
Leo Reyes (contemporary) - I guess I was supposed to feel for him because him mom tried to commit suicide, but he just came off as immature and annoying, and his dancing wasn’t anything spectacular.
Cheehon Wespi-Tschopp (ballet) - OMG, have a longer neck! It’s distracting. As is the one pant leg rolled up. No me gusta.
Bree Hafen (contemporary) - Really no me gusta. But everyone seems to love her so much that I fear she’ll stick around far longer than she should. I hate that she is 29 but was dressed like a 12 year old, and her dancing was underwhelming. Apparently, having cute kids means its okay to have subpar dancing skills.
Stepheon Stewart (zombie) - Liked him a lot. I like when “weird and unique” means “good, weird, and unique.”
Hampton Williams (exorcist) - Amazing. The first contestant who really wow’ed me and who I really think I could love.
Daniel Baker (ballet) - underwhelming. He’s got technical abilities, sure, but I wasn’t impressed. Certainly no where near the second coming of Alex Freakin Wong. Not even in the same arena.
Jarrell Rochelle (contemporary?) - I don’t remember much about him except that he wore suspenders and had a more compelling backstory about his mom than Leo.
Week 2 (Los Angeles): Much stronger auditions this week. Liked several of them, love a few of them.
Alexa Anderson (contemporary) - I’m biased because as soon as they showed Ryan Ramirez getting picked over Alexa last season, Alexa automatically got 1000 points from me. Ryan irked me so much and I never thought her dancing was that great. I liked Alexa’s audition, though she’s just a generic blonde at this point.
Jontel “Johnny Waacks” Gibson (waacking) - I liked him; too bad he didn’t make it through choreography.
Eliana Girard (contemporary) - Beautiful dancing. Amazing extension. In terms of pure dancing, probably my favorite so far. I’m reserving judgment on her personality, but as long as she doesn’t veer into false-cutesy-humility or conceited arrogance, then I think I’ll love her. And barring a Vegas meltdown, she’s certainly worthy of a Top 20 spot.
Sam Lenarz (contemporary) - Solid dancing, but I couldn’t care less about her except that I’m wondering why her mom kicked her out of the house.
Caley Carr (tap) - Awesome tapper, but the rest of him annoyed the shit out of me. Not sorry to see him botch the choreography.
David Matz (circus hoop) - OMG this lisp. His routine was great, but the lisp!
Megan Branch (contemporary) - do not really remember her, except Nigel’s semi-creepy response. He’s like dirty uncle Sal so often with the cute, young, blonde girls.
Cole Horibe (martial arts) - Loved him, loved the martial arts combined with dance. And I love how he just threw in the Junior Olympics stuff like it was no big deal. Could totally see him in the Top 20.
Stephen Jacobsen (shirtless ballet) - Um… Nigel was right, he should be shot for his first routine. Horrid. The second one was good, but I’m not sure he should have gotten a second chance. The judges should have judged him based on the first routine, like the rest of the contestants. I still think they would have put him through to Vegas, so it’s not a huge deal, but still.
Jasmine Mason (jazz) - Loved her. I agree with Mary that she has a maturity to her dancing. It’s hard to believe she’s 18 when you watch her dance. Loved everything about her; I hope she makes it into the Top 20.
Marshea Kidd (contemporary?) - Underwhelmed by his dancing, but anyone who did what he did for his sister in their car crash (positioning the car so that she was protected, knowing it meant he would get the full force of it), well, I can’t complain about him getting a Vegas ticket. It’s a small reward that I won’t begrudge.
Favorites so far: Hampton, Eliana, Cole, and Jasmine. I can’t wait for Debbie Allen and Atlanta next week!
You know that moment when you’re reading a book and you just have to stop and bite your lip and squeal or sigh or close your eyes and wrinkle your nose and forehead and press the book against your heart and just like sit there and try to soak up the gorgeous literature via osmosis?
“I’ve lived. I’ve really, really lived. I’ve failed, I’ve been devastated, I’ve been broken. I’ve gone to hell and back. And I’ve also known joy. And passion. And I’ve had a great love. And I’ve known an amazing love. When I meet my maker, I’m gonna stand in front of him proudly knowing that I’ve lived my life to the fullest. Done all that I can. See, death for me, is not justice. It’s a… end of a beautiful journey. And I’m not afraid to die.”—Richard Webber (Grey’s Anatomy, “Death and All His Friends”)
if there’s one thing i cannot handle watching in tv shows and movies etc, it’s when people are talking to each other in a car and one of them is driving and they just stare at each other for often at least 2 minutes or so it seems and i’m just pointing and yelling PLEASE WATCH THE ROAD JUST UGH and i can’t help it