Saturday, January 14, 2012


Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno says he “didn’t know which way to go” after an assistant coach came to him in 2002 saying he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy

Y'know...I understand that a lot of football players get brain damage. But I didn't realize it was true of coaches too. "Didn't know which way to go," for the love of god. Creatures living on the bottom of the sea would've known which way to go. Of course, they probably didn't need Sandusky for their all-important team...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

God, I loathe this culture.

Super Bowl Viewers Will See Graphic Anti-Abortion Ads With Pictures Of Bloody Fetuses

The ads are being paid for by fringe anti-abortion candidate Randall Terry

This is obvious, yes, but it needs to be said: Would somebody like to tell me what the controversy over Janet Jackson's (barely) exposed breast was all about?

Do you realize that this year, the three biggest football stories are:

Jerry Sandusky rapes children (and BTW, just as an aside: Did you know Sandusky had published an autobiography called...“Touched"? I know. Just when you think it can't get any creepier.)

Gory anti-choice ads to be shown on the super bowl.

And Tim Tebow apparently can't play very well, but it's okay 'cause he's a good Christian... who may have won a game with an illegal touchdown.

This is all reminding me that Friday Night Lights, much as I loved it...was fiction.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jennifer Love Hewitt IS Rachel Maddow!

Much ado about gushing

So, one of those little boxes on the Yahoo! main page declares
"Sesame Street" controversy!

And what does it turn out to be? A rehashing of the "boobies make some people uncomfortable when they're used to feed children instead of getting people to watch television shows" thing. After running down a list of the pathetic and immature reactions some have had in recent years--

Stores have thrown women out for discreetly nursing their infants, angry moms protested at places like Target, and any magazine that shows a nursing mother on their cover still sparks outrage, even if the woman is showing less of her breast than a bikini-clad model on the front of a typical fitness magazine.

--we get to what purports to be the main point of the entry, which is that
...some parents are pushing to bring breastfeeding back to public television. Specifically, on "Sesame Street."

Now, if you, like me, are a '70s child, you may well be asking yourself: Didn't they already show that? And the answer is yes, yes they did. Well into the '80s, Sesame Street felt free to show women discreetly breastfeeding and talking about it

They stopped in the '90s. The entry doesn't give a reason, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the abuse of "political correctness" was involved. (I should emphasize, however, that is sheer speculation.)

Anyway, almost 3,000 people have signed an online petition to convince them to start again. I agree with this. In fact...there, I just signed it. But here's the thing. From the way the entry leads off, you'd think there were at least as many thousands of people organized to oppose it.

And there's not. At least, not according to the entry itself, which quotes three internet commenters as its sole examples of this "controversy." Three commenters.

Not figures who have some influence or power in this country, not even (cough cough) very small-fish bloggers like yours truly. Just three commenters; all anonymous, so you know their words should carry weight.

So I'm left with the question: What was all the to-do about?

And in the "No! You're kidding me! Honestly? I had no idea" department...

Kristy McNichol has come out as a lesbian.

And in other news relevant to the same period, did you know you get to see Yori from Tron's breasts in Caddyshack?