Friday, September 25, 2009

Who would've thought there was such a thing?

An image of Anne Hathaway emphasizing her boobs that I've never run?

I know I was surprised.

I don't know much about her politics, but I still think she looks much better since she had the baby

Via Popaholic: Jessica Alba at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.


No, I don't know why either.

I have had 324,597 indirect and direct sexual partners

According to this thing, anyway:

Based on information entered into this calculator, people in your age group have had 3,389,169 indirect sexual partners

This figure represents the number of people you have indirectly slept with, going back six generations of partners.

When going back 3 generations, you have had 962 indirect and direct sexual partners.

Dear Pamela: Sweetheart, there comes a time when it's just sad

Pamela Anderson letting her trailer-trash ass hang out on a runway in New Zealand.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Drew honey, you know I adore ya, but I think you have the wrong take on this

Drew Barrymore:
On exercise...

When it comes to transforming her body for a role, as she did for "Grey Gardens," the sunny actress is nothing but dedicated. But in everyday life, Barrymore aims for balance and body acceptance. "I don't have the time or discipline or interest in having a perfect-10 body. I work out, I eat right, but I'll always be a little bit of Jell-O on a pole."

Psst! Drew! That's how women are supposed to look! Why do you think Monroe is still the symbol of sex (or vice-versa)?

Some Like It Hot, screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond:

Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It's like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built-in motor or something. I tell you, it's a whole different sex!

Okay, I have to admit...

...I find these kind of funny and sexy. Most of them, anyway. A few do cross the line into not funny (to me) and/or sexist (definitely)--but which those are may largely be in the eye of the beholder.

What am I talking about?

"Lesbian Motivational Posters"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's times like this I really have to remind myself not to leap to conclusions

The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word 'fed" was scrawled on the dead man's chest.

I'm not ashamed to admit that the first place my mind went upon seeing this breaking story was to wonder if the apparent murderer was a follower of the blubberings of Glen Beck; Rush Limbaugh, and the like. (And also, to wonder if it's time to move to England)

Maybe yours did too. After all, Beck's hosted Rep. Michele Bachman, who is either insane, a liar, or both (if I had the money to bet, I'd bet on insane) and says things like this:

Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that's how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps ... I'm not saying that that's what the Administration is planning to do, but I am saying that private personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up, in a violation of their constitutional rights, and put the Japanese in internment camps."

Limbaugh and especially Beck both, meanwhile, like to put it about that the census equals ACORN. And, to them ACORN equals (quoting Joe Conason, who I like to listen to):
The fans of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck regard ACORN as a criminal enterprise that fosters tax fraud, prostitution, child prostitution and even murder (thanks to a satirical "confession" by an employee filmed surreptitiously in the San Bernardino ACORN office). But ACORN chief organizer and CEO Bertha Lewis swiftly dismissed the employees caught on those videotapes and set about reforming the flawed processes that enabled those individuals to speak for the organization. No overt acts were committed by any of the people caught on those tapes -- and so far nobody has found that any of those theoretical "crimes" ever took place.

ACORN also equals President Obama's Watergate!

And President Obama, of course, equals The Manchurian Candidate.

This is the small-headed bullshit that people just like Beck, and Limbaugh, and Bachman, have been dropping into the ear canals of their all--too-eager listeners.

So perhaps you'll understand why my first reaction to reading about a man hung with a "Fed" label on him was to wonder:

If, perhaps, one of those individuals decided to let his or her actions speak louder than their words--and by their I mean the above-named wingnuts, plus Coulter, etc.

I'm not ashamed to admit, I wondered that. I'm not ashamed to admit it, because after thinking that...I thought again. As John A. of AmericaBlog says,

It's too early in the investigation to link this to the Republican demonization of the Census in particular (ACORN) and the US government in general (suggesting that the Obama administration was full of communists bent on destroying our country).

He's right, of course. It is too early...if understandable. And not shooting just the very moment we see the slightest flutter is what separates us from the wingnuts.

So I just wonder. I'm not asserting, but I do wonder.

I suspect this story will be coming up again in the future.

President Obama, the only thing you're triggering is my gag reflex

Mike Lux:

Media reports and insider buzz make it increasingly clear that key people at the White House have become obsessed with Olympia Snowe on health care, and are willing to do pretty much whatever she demands in order to get her on board. The price is looking more and more like this incredibly bad trigger proposal she has been pushing, a trigger that quite literally is written to automatically never trigger a public option. You see, Senator Snowe is writing language into an amendment that is literally a Catch-22. The legislative language says that a public option will be set up in a state in which health care is not affordable to 95% of the state's residents, but it defines affordability as after the new tax credits that are written into the bill to make health care affordable. Not only would this be an incredibly weak public option (doing it in one state will mean it can't get the market power to compete with the big insurers), but it would be a public option that is written by its definition to never be triggered. This is a trigger specifically, intentionally designed to kill the public option.

I sure hope he's right

One Dylan Loewe, writing in the HufPo, on why...

...concluding today that Democrats will lack enthusiasm in 2010 is a major mistake. Barack Obama has not yet begun to fire up his base for the midterms. But when he stands up and gives one of his barn-burner speeches, when he calls on those who brought change to the Washington to make sure it stays that way, when he uses the infrastructure of his 2008 race to support and recruit, I have little doubt that Democrats will answer the call. It has been in the past, it will continue to be in the future, a terrible mistake to underestimate Barack Obama's ability to mobilize his base.

The crazies are going to get louder and louder. From a policy perspective, that's a challenge. From a politics perspective, it isn't. Never forget that American politics always presents a binary choice. The louder and more pervasive that fringe gets, the more they push Congressional Republicans to mimic them on the floor of the house, the more indistinguishable they become from the party itself. Frustrations with Democrats in Congress have been there in the past. In 2008, Nancy Pelosi's approval ratings were about as low as President Bush's, and Congress as a whole wasn't much better. Still, the Democrats won a Congressional landslide that November. The question is, with the fringe growing to become the only voice of the GOP, will those who are frustrated with Democrats really see the Republican party as a worthy alternative? My gut says no.

I don't know who Cheryl Tweedy is, but I know what I like

And after all, I am the '80s man.


Via Hollywood Tuna, and yes there's more.

We just want you to be happy, Tyra

Tyra Banks has said that she loves to get naked, but in the privacy of her own home.

"I always feel great when I don`t have clothes on... I always feel good that way,” Contactmusic quoted her as saying.

In fact, sometimes she would prefer to be naked than clothed, she said.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's Banned Books Week.

Typically, around this time, I take a look at a few selections from a list of the banned, and celebrate same.

An example of some well-known books that have been banned are “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “A Catcher in the Rye,” “Lord of the Flies,” the “Twilight” series, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “James and the Giant Peach,” the “Harry Potter” series, “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Goosebumps” series, and even “Where’s Waldo."
However, I have just learned that Dan "the idiot who gave us 'Sir Leigh Teabing" Brown's new book has already topped two million in sales, and I find myself feeling a lot kinder towards the concept of book-banning than I have hitherto.

...I'm kidding, of course.

Even if I weren't, this item would change my mind back again:

Several years ago challenges to "Harry Potter" books, based on complaints about witchcraft and sorcery, were more common.

More recently, the association has received challenges to books with gay-positive themes, such as the picture book "And Tango Makes Three."

I just had to live dangerously, didn't I?

Y'know...I hate to be distracted by an issue of style over substance...but...

Ok, there's a quote that started going around the news sites and such yesterday:

Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama’s agenda.

Biden said Republicans are pinning their political strategy on flipping these seats.

If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” the vice president said at a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today in Greenville, Delaware.

I hope Biden is being pessimistic. But here's what hit me: Since when does does a Vice President refer to the President by his first name, in public? Isn't it usually "President Obama," or "The President?"

Like I say. Not even a big deal. But it hit me.

Not all that complex, really

A couple of questions.

Condoleezza Rice: "If You Want Another Terrorist Attack In The U.S., Abandon Afghanistan"

Question one: Shouldn't one of the rules be not to listen to people who weren't actually very good at their jobs?

And question two: Oh, you mean like we did so we could go into Iraq for no reason whatsoever? Thanks for telling us now, ya...

This is fun.

Obama why?

Think about it, won't you?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Leaving aside for the moment the (true, but irrelevant) fact that Rachel Maddow is as cute as a button...

...this is insane.

In his comments, [Young America’s Foundation spokesman Jason] Mattera evoked the battle of David against Goliath as a metaphor for conservative college students who are ‘persecuted’ by the big bad liberals who control academia.” While discussing that theme, Mattera took the opportunity to argue for the supremacy of conservatism by saying, “our women are hot“

During the panel, Mattera took the David and Goliath metaphor another perverse step: If conservatives (David) smite liberals (Goliath), they will be rewarded with the hot conservative women, just like King Saul promised his daughter to the warrior who slew the evil giant.

And then he took an impossible-to-defend shot at Rachel Maddow. But like I said up top there, even leaving that aside...

Oh Lawsey, Lawsey, Lawsey, Lawsey, Lawsey...

Ok. Any of you remember The Abstinence Clearinghouse? I've written about them once or twice before. They're the group that sponsors the twisted and sickening "Purity Balls" in which little girls not even old enough to know what "sexually pure" means pledge to remain their fathers.

They also have weird ways of trying to promote their anti-sex agenda. The first I heard of them was when they had the bright idea of merchandising cherry-flavored (I am not kidding) lollypops with "just say no to sex" messages on the stem.

And now, this.

Via Talking Points Memo.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

By which I presume he means winning the Nobel Peace Prize; building houses for the poor...

Bush on Jimmy Carter: "If I'm ever eighty-two years old and acting like that have someone put me away."

Dear Mr. Bush: If you start acting like Jimmy Carter by the time you're 82 (or anytime before, really) we'll all have to be put away.


Fair warning: This post contains homosexual pornography.

At least according to these boys...

At the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit today, FRC Senior Fellow Pat Fagan, Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding and Michael Schwartz, the chief of staff for Sen. Tom Coburn, held a discussion on “The New Masculinity.”

SCHWARTZ: But it is my observation that boys at that age [pre-teen] have less tolerance for homosexuality than just about any other class of people. They speak badly about homosexuality. And that’s because they don’t want to be that way. They don’t want to fall into it. And that’s a good instinct.

It's my observation--and also, my memory--that boys at that age don't know much about much of anything, certainly not about sexuality (their own or others).

Schwartz then recalled “a very good friend” of his “who was in the homosexual lifestyle for a long time,” saying that he “had good conversations about, about the malady that he suffered.”

I know...good already, right? Wait till you read this next part.

SCHWARTZ: ...He said, “all pornography is homosexual pornography because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards. Now think about that."


To think that by running all those images of sexy women, I've really been supporting the gay men's cause.

I have just one question. Say, Schwartz...

Riding on the range, I've got my hat - on, I've got my boots - dusty. I've got my saddle On my horse. He's called....T-t-t-t-t-trigger Of course.

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He's right.

President Obama, speaking on one of the news outlets on which he did appear this morning:
The 24-hour news networks and news blogs focus so much on the most extreme elements of political debate that they are effectively fueling anger, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

In one of his many interviews Sunday morning, Obama told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer that “part of what’s different today is that the twenty-four-hour news cycle and cable television and blogs and all this, they focus on the most extreme elements on both sides.

“They can’t get enough of conflict, it’s catnip to the media right now,” Obama continued. “And so the easiest way to get 15 minutes of fame is to be rude to somebody. In that environment I think it makes it more difficult for us to solve the problems that the American people sent us here to solve.”


Who do they think they're kidding?

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...FOX News is sad because President Obama won't play with them.