Thursday, January 30, 2014

Random Musings

So, we’re still cold here in sultry and humid South Carolina and the snow will be melting today — at least some of it — but we are nowhere near as hard hit as the folks in Georgia and Alabama where the roads froze and there was no real help.

Folks are complaining that Georgia policies, like the governor, really blew it by not paying attention to weather reports and not having enough plows and salt and sand for the roads.

Here’s my take: had the government of Georgia had enough plows and salt and sand for this Winter Event and then the event didn’t happen, these same people would be complaining about Georgia being over-prepared.

You can’t please all the people all the time.
Presented without comment ….

Okay just one: this is a picture of a semi-talented media whore who’d sell anything to make people talk about her.

And she’s with Miley Cyrus.
ISBL Asshat of the Week winner, Florida Congressman Trey Radel, who liked to call himself the ‘hip-hop conservative’ — a diss to hip-hop folks everywhere — resigned this week after being busted for cocaine possession last fall.

Radel, a freshman Congressman — yes, this was his first, and hopefully last, term — returned to work earlier this month after taking a leave of absence to undergo treatment at a rehab facility for being a coke-head. He had vowed to stay in office after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession but, um, yeah, not even the people of Florida approve of convicted drug addicts representing them.

So, so long Trey, don’t let the doors of Congress hit you where the good Lord split you.
So, the US Olympic team, headed to Sochi this week, has been warned about saying, or doing, any gay, or even pro-gay, shiz during the games.

That’s bad enough, but now the U.S. Department of State has advised that wearing conspicuous Team USA clothing in non-accredited areas might put team members, or US citizens at risk of attack.

Bad enough to be gay, I guess, in Sochi, but now it doesn’t pay to be American either.
Speaking of Sochi, the mayor of the town, Anatoly Pakhomov, says there are no gay people in Sochi at all. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nyet.

Pakhomov, who is a member of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, did say that The Gays would be welcome at the Games, but with a small, almost imperceptible caveat:
"Our hospitality will be extended to everyone who respects the laws of the Russian Federation and doesn't impose their habits on others."
Meaning, be gay, just don’t act gay. Or say gay.

One thing though that maybe the aptly-named Pakhomov isn’t aware of is that there are several gay clubs in Sochi. They're probably all empty, though, because The Gays don’t like it there.

Uh huh.
Well well well, it looks like it’s true that the ratings for The View are down and since this Barbara Walters last year on the show — please hold your applause — the producers, and one of those would be Walters herself, are doing anything and everything they can to spice things up.

Like bringing back Rosie O’Donnell. But only for one show. For now. 

On February 7, The View will welcome back former co-host Rosie O’Donnell six years after her nuclear exit from the show amidst a reported feud with View co-host/executive producer Barbara Walters.

Babs says, now:
“I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history.”
It's just a shame that Hasselbeck won't be there.
If this isn’t The Omen, or even Damien: Omen II or Omen III: The Final Conflict or Omen IV: The Awakening then I don’t know what an omen could possibly be.

But … the Associated Press reports a bad omen out of Vatican City, where two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture were quickly attacked by other birds.

The Birds. An entirely different film, I say.

As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square last week, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace. One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull, but the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

What do you suppose it all means?
This won’t happen, but I just love that a new White House petition circulating to deport asshatted douchebag and mildly talented drug addict Justin Bieber back to Canada now has over 120,000 signatures.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society. "
So, this week marked the end of American Horror Story: Coven and I’d say it was a brilliant season.

I loved season one — Murder House — but felt that season two — Asylum — had a little too much going on what with sadist nuns and aliens and Nazis and illegal experimental surgeries and Devil dogs in the woods.

But Coven was amazing — as amazing as Jessica Lange, especially in last night’s episode … Catfish. Cat piss. Knotty pine??!!?? — and I’m gonna miss my weekly dosage.

My only groveling point? They could have and should have made more of Patti LuPone’s storyline and the hot actor who played her son. But I can’t have everything.
And, also on TV, a new hottie man candy named Mat Vairo has joined the cast of Revolution. Now, to be honest, Revolution is drifting into Lost territory with some wack-a-doo meandering storytelling, but with eye candy like Vairo — shirtless this week ... yay — I’ll still be watching.

I’m shallow like that.
Oh, the religious wingnuts are gonna be spouting conspiracy theories all over the place now.

It seems that a rather puzzling song was nominated for an Oscar recently. The song is from a Christian movie — a little-seen film that only played a few times in LA — called, “Alone Yet Not Alone”, written by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel.

But now comes word that the nomination has been rescinded because the Academy learned of some shady campaigning for the song. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period. From the Academy:
“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage.”
The song is out. Expect the wingnuts to start wingnutting …. Now.


the dogs' mother said...

Okay, the sweaters. I think they're kind of fun. But then I wore Christmas sweaters back in the day...
otoh, those athletes who don't enjoy themed sweaters have a perfect excuse for not wearing them.

anne marie in philly said...

Mat Vairo - HELL-o! HAWT!

Professor Chaos said...

If the government of Georgia spends any money on anything other than jails, folks down here would be up in arms. No way they could get away with buying snowplows!

Bob Slatten said...

@anne marie
Oh, yes he is just delicioso!

Mitchell is Moving said...

You remain my resource for all the good dirt. So, can you tell me why Madonna looked ill (eerily similar to Mae West in "Myra Breckinridge") when she performed on the Grammy's.