Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bobservations ... Formerly Random Musings

I like the title Bobservations more than Random Musings, so I changed it. It’s my blog and I can do it if I choose.
Ari Behn, who was married to Princess Märtha Louise of Norway from 2002 to 2016, has added his name to the list of men groped by Kevin Spacey whom he met at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007. He says Spacey suggested they step outside for a cigarette and …
“Then he touched me right on the balls under the table.”
Behn said that he replied, “Eh, maybe later,” and that was the end of the encounter.

Until … later?
Nick and Sarah Jensen, that married Christian couple who pledged to divorce if same sex marriage was legalized in Australia will not go ahead with it because it would require them to separate from one another.

Uh, duh. That’s why they call it divorce. But Nick now says:
“My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the State. The legislation currently makes it untenable for us to do this under the law. The point we were highlighting and that still stands however is the fact that a redefinition of marriage changes the agreement under which we were originally married. We will be making no further comment.”
Should have never made a comment in the first place.
Fresh from The Swamp News … Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent $14,000 on government helicopters to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony for Greg Gianforte, his replacement in Congress, and a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence.

So, we paid $14,000 so Zinke could kiss the ass of a supporter, who gave $16,000 to Zinke’s two congressional runs, and so he could have a man-date with Pence?

The swamp is filling up rather than draining …
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Ted Crockett, Roy Moore’s probably now unemployed spokesman, if Moore believes, as he did in 2005, that homosexuality should be illegal, and Crockett said:
“Homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense.
Luckily Jake wasn’t playing:
“Does he think homosexual conduct should be illegal? It’s a yes or no question."
Crockett replied:
“Probably.” 
And to think that could have gone to the US Senate. Thanks Alabama!
And speaking of anti-gay Alabaman asshats, a woman, identified only as McKenna, refused to go ahead with a maternity photo shoot after she discovered the photographer is gay. McKenna canceled the session after seeing a pride flag on photographer Faith Grace’s Instagram account and instantly got her homophobic fingers to text Faith:
“Hi Faith! This is McKenna from last night. I was reaching out to you about maternity photos. I went through your personal Instagram account to get your photography business account and on your personal page I saw that you had a pride flag. Are you gay or do you have family that’s gay?”
Faith replied:
“No one in my fam is gay but I am—that’s why I have it on my account”
And McKenna said:
 “I see, OK, well don’t worry about the photos then. I don’t want someone who’s gay to take my pictures. It’s just not right. I’m against it and the last thing I need is to allow my 5 year old child to think that being gay is OK/right because I don’t want them to be influenced by people like you. I’m sorry that you think this lifestyle is OKAY and acceptable. Take care, Faith.”
But I guess McKenna wants her child and unborn family to grow up in hate.
CNN news anchor Don Lemon was the news story and not the reporter this week when the Fat Bastard attacked him on Twitter after the New York Times reported that _____ “hate watches” CNN. _____ Tweeted that the Times’s story was “fake news” and that he never watches Lemon, and even said he once referred to him as the “dumbest man on television.”

Not entirely true, because in 2015 _____ Tweeted this:
Great interview tonight @donlemon - very professionally done.”
Liar says what?

In other Lemon news, the anchor echoed the sentiments of most of the nation Monday night after Roy Moore’s wife, Kayla, said the couple could not be anti-Semitic because they have a Jewish attorney.

After playing the clip-on CNN Monday night, Lemon said, “Wow,” before bowing his head and giving a wry chuckle at Moore’s inarticulate reasoning. But Lemon’s guest, political analyst Mark Preston wasn’t done, and asked Lemon:
“Don, do you consider me a friend by any chance?”
Lemon said ‘Yes,’ and Preston sarcastically responded:
“I can say I have a black friend now. I’m very, very excited.”
Yeah, racist anti-Semite and kicked to the curb …
On to fashion …. apparently Ralph Lauren is depressed—no seriously—and so he recently unveiled a wrinkled dress shirt stained with marinara sauce as part of his new ready-to-wear fall line, saying:
"I designed this shirt because no matter how hard I try, I can never be happy. I try and try and try, but these days I can never seem to… It doesn't matter anymore. It just doesn't matter. That's what this shirt is about, I guess. It’s particularly good for walking on the beach alone at 2 a.m. and wondering if you should just let the tide take you away forever."
He added that he didn’t think the shirt deserved   to be photographed.

Too bad; that’s the shirt, featuring a missing button, garlic and body odor infused right into the cotton weave, and a cigarette burn across the unraveling embroidery of a Polo logo, the new shirt is part of Lauren's recently launched “Fuck It, Just Fuck Everything" line.

Seriously. This is not a joke and I have decided to sell a pair of pants I once pooped in on eBay as part of my “Who Gives A Shit? I Give A Shit” line.

Is it a joke? Maybe .....
I never watched The Apprentice because even back then I thought _____ was a piece of sh*t. But I did hear about the show’s villain, Omarosa Manigault Newman. And yet I was still surprised to learn that Omarosa earned some $180,000 working in _____’s White House though not many could say what it was she does ... er, did.

See, apparently Omarosa was “physically dragged” from the White House after being fired as a presidential adviser. We do know that her departure comes shortly after it was revealed she showed up at the White House with her bridal party for a surprise photo shoot — only to be banned from posting pictures publicly due to “security and ethical concerns.”

Folks are saying it was General Kelly who gave Omarosa her marching orders just last night; Omarosa was very upset and wanted to speak to _____ but Kelly said ____ knew she was getting ousted and signed off on it.

And then, god love it, Omarosa started cursing like a madwoman and then tried to get inside the presidential residence, which was when security came and dragged her ass off.

Wow. So why do you think this got so ugly? Something going on between the Fat Bastard and Omarosa, or did he find out she was one of the Black women who voted for Doug Jones?

Either way, the image of her getting dragged off property makes me smile. Bye Felicia.
We watched Rabbit Hole, starring my BFF Nikki Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, a film about parents dealing with grief over the loss of a child. Quite good; Kidman was good and I was reminded that Eckhart is a very good actor.

And hot …

Just sayin’.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Architecture Wednesday: Tudor In Rye

The renovation-addition of this Tudor style home in Rye, New York takes the best about what’s old and twists it into new; and, while maximizing the habitable use of the site, the addition responds to the original parameters of the home and preserves its character and history within the neighborhood.

In addition to the restoring original stucco and timber façade, a new wood-clad entryway was added; this new material appears again as the cladding on the minimalist, abstract box that extends from the rear of the home. This box, a simple rectangle, contrasts and compliments the original Tudor, post and beam gable structure.

The addition is wrapped in a dark, charcoal-stained cedar skin, mimicking the colors found on the existing façade. The new addition creates a new family room and mudroom on the first floor, and a spacious master suite above; a glass stairwell was built between the existing house and the addition, creating a “white space” allowing natural light to filter through to the rooms on each side. The wood, steel, and glass staircase was hung from the existing chimney. The interior is light, bright, modern and open, with rooms full of light and views to the outdoors.

I like this new Twist on Tudor.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Just A Thought


If Russia Doesn't Bring Him Down, Maybe The Women Will

We’ve all got our hopes on Russia to bring down the Fat Bastard but what if it’s The Women? Wouldn’t that be wonderful to see a misogynist removed from office by women?

Oh sure, the White House, via Sarah Huckleberry Sanders, is trying to claim there are "witnesses" that prove sexual assault allegations against _____ are false, but she is also trying to say that because a minority of voters chose him, that is also prove he is not a sexual predator.

Nice try, Huckleberry. Sit down and rethink your wardrobe choices.

Huckleberry took to her Sean Spicer Podium of Lies™ yesterday after just three of _____’s sixteen accusers appeared on national television and called for a congressional investigation into the Fat Bastard’s actions:
"Look, the President has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations, and this took place long before he was elected to be president. The people of this country at a decisive election supported President Trump, and we feel like these allegations have been answered through that process."
Hold up, bitch. First off, does anyone really believe that just because _____ says these are liars that he is telling the truth? The man who said Obama was born in Kenya? The man who claimed Muslims were cheering at the towers fell on 9/11? The man who mocks the disables? The man who said Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination?

Yeah, that guy?

Oh, and Huckleberry, that decisive election? Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million more votes.

So, again. Sit down.

And yet Huckleberry still defends the predator and rapist—there is a story that he physically assaulted Ivana during their marriage—suggesting that Americans don’t care about the accusations of sexual assault against Trump made by at least 16 women. And to prove her point she said there were “witnesses” that have come forward to prove _____ has not committed sexual assault, but she would provide a list.

Oh, well, then, because you say there are witnesses…

Sit.The.Fuck.Down.

Only one “eyewitness” has ever emerged to dispute a claim of sexual assault against _____.

Anthony Gilberthorpe claims that he was in the first-class cabin with _____ and Jessica Leeds during a cross-country flight in 1980 but presented no evidence he was on that flight other than his word and his, ahem, “excellent memory.”

He also had no explanation as to an 18-year-old British boy was on a first-class domestic flight in the U.S. or why, had he actually been on that flight, he remembers the interactions between _____and Leeds when, he says, “nothing inappropriate” occurred. Oh, and he says Jessica Leeds told him she wanted to marry ____ because women walk up to total strangers, and boys, all the time and share their thoughts and hopes and dreams.

So, who is Anthony Gilberthorpe? Well, he’s a man who, in 1987, told British newspapers that he was engaged to fashion designer Bergdorf-Hunt. He was not engaged mainly because there was no woman named Leah Bergdorf-Hunt.

He once sued, and won a libel judgment, against another British newspaper that reported he had AIDS until it came out that the source of the story was Anthony Gilberthorpe himself.

Gilberthorpe also contends that, as a young man, he was “paid to recruit underage boys for orgies attended by ministers from Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet and yet, surprise, there is no proof to that story.

So, that’s the witnesses, er, witness, Sarah Huckleberry Sanders is saying proves _____ is not a predator.

Nice try, Sarah. Sit.Down.

Oh, but before you do, think about how, years from now, you’ll have to explain to your children and grandchildren how you stood up, as a woman, before the world, and called victims of sexual assault “liars” and how you then lied to protect a predator.

Lovely.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Common Sense: It’s Real, and It’s Spectacular

Last June, the US Supreme Court ruled that Arkansas had to issue the birth certificates equally to opposite-sex and same-sex parents, overturning their previous, discriminatory policy.

And Arkansas did nothing.

So, after months of waiting for the state to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox has stopped Arkansas from issuing any birth certificates to anyone.

And a few hours later, to no one’s amazement, Governor Asa Hutchinson instructed the Department of Health to stop discriminating against same-sex couples.

The issue involved the case of Pavan v. Smith, where three married, same-sex couples with children, sued the state to get both of their names listed on their children’s birth certificates. See, in Arkansas, a woman’s husband is always put on her child’s birth certificate, no matter his genetic relationship with the baby; so, if Becky Lou is married to Jim Bob but has Gomer’s baby, Jim Bob’s name goes on the birth certificate.

Same-sex spouses were denied this, even though they were legally married.

And when Judge Fox heard their case and ruled that the state couldn’t discriminate against them, and when the supreme court of Arkansas overturned his ruling, he had just the one choice: common sense.

He issued an order to the Department of Health stopping all birth certificates from being issued until Arkansas complied with the US Supreme Court ruling.

And suddenly everyone gets a birth certificate.

Bravo, Judge Fox, bravo.

Another Day, Another Resignation

Republican Congressman from Arizona, Trent Franks, announced that he is resigning from Congress because he says, at first, he committed the sin of discussing surrogate motherhood with two female aids:
“We are in an unusual moment in history — there is a collective focus on a very important problem of justice and sexual impropriety. It is so important that we get this right for everyone, especially for victims, but in the midst of this current cultural and media climate, I am deeply convinced I would be unable to complete a fair House Ethics investigation before distorted and sensationalized versions of this story would put me, my family, my staff, and my noble colleagues in the House of Representatives through hyperbolized public excoriation.”
Franks insists he never molested any female staffer, but the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into allegations that Franks “engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment.”

See, what he did was to ask some female congressional staffers if they would like to carry his baby for he and his wife, and he even offered one woman $5 million if she would bear his child.

That woman, an aide to Trent Franks, was encouraged to tell her story to, to bring the story to the attention of the House Republican leadership and later told investigators that Franks had approached her with papers that he described as a written contract for her to review. She rejected his offer and then felt she was being sidelined in his office because she’d refused, and so she eventually left.

And when that part of the story broke, that the socially conservative congressman would bypass all legitimate avenues of obtaining a surrogate and instead pay an employee $5 million for a baby, Franks said he would resign at the end of January; that story then changed when he said he would immediately step down, citing his wife’s hospitalization.

She was probably being treated for shock upon learning her husband was willing to pay a staffer to carry his child.

While Franks’ statement did not detail the circumstances of the “discussion” of buying a baby, it is clear that he also asked other staffers if they would serve as a surrogate mother for his child; those other women also left his employ after his, um, offer.

In his statement Franks said he never “physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff.” He just took a female staffer into his office and tasked her to carry a baby for him, out of the blue.

But let’s be clear: offering a woman, or several women, money, up to five million dollars, to carry his child, is not a discussion of surrogacy. It is a form of sexual harassment and kind of sickening coming from a man who declares himself a Christian conservative.

PS Franks and his wife had twins via surrogacy at a California fertility clinic, so why he suddenly decided to make it office chatter and offer money to female staffers is confusing.

Why not just go about it the way you’d already done it before? It makes me think there might be more to this story, which might also be why Franks left office so quickly.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

It's Snarkurday!

Bryan Singer is a well-known and respected director of films like The Usual Suspects and four of the X-Men films, but he’s also been the subject of a lot of rumors about how he abuses young men. Now, to be fair, it’s mostly whispers, like when actor Noah Galvin muttered something and then apologized about it last year, but there were a couple of lawsuits: Michael Egan filed sued Singer and two other men, accusing them of sexually abusing him when he was a minor, and a second suit by an unnamed British man claimed something similar, but nothing ever came of either story. Still, the rumors, and in the wake of Weinstein, Spacey, Lauer et al, people wondered when the other shoe would drop on Singer.

And maybe it has, or is about to, because Fox has unexpectedly halted production on Singer’s Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, due to the “unexpected unavailability” and “a personal health matter” for Singer; meaning no one knows where he is. Singer did not return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday, leaving producers nervous about the production and talking about potentially replacing him. So,is a story about to break? Stay tuned …

UPDATE:  Bryan Singer has been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody according to Twentieth Century Fox, because of a growing clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek—at whom Singer ALLEGEDLY threw something—and actor Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, who briefly quit the film due to Singer’s behavior, but was persuaded to return.

Singer has switched his story from a “personal health issue” to saying he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tensions on the set. Now, I call bull shiz on that one since the tension on the set is mostly due to Singer’s behavior. But we’ll need to wait and see if there’s more there…

And there is … Singer is now being sued for the ALLEGED rape of a 17-year-old boy at a party on a yacht in Seattle in 2003. The suit claims it was a party populated by young gay males, including the plaintiff, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who says Singer offered to take him on a tour of the yacht. And when they got to a bedroom, Guzman says Singer thrust his body on Guzman, forced him to the floor, shoved Guzman’s face against his crotch and demanded he perform oral sex. Guzman says Singer pulled out his penis, smacked him in the face with it and forced it into his mouth. The suit goes on to ALLEGE that Singer forcibly performed oral sex on Guzman and also forcibly anally penetrated him.

Guzman says Singer told him that he was a producer in Hollywood and could help Cesar get into acting as long as Cesar never said anything about the incident; Singer also ALLEGEDLY said no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation.

Singer is denying those claims, saying he is suffering health issues related to the stress he endured caring for an ill parent:
“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first….Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.  Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.”
And perhaps, the stress of an approaching lawsuit?
Remember last week when Halle Berry said she was done with relationships and needed “a minute” for herself, and then took a new boyfriend, Alex da Kid, on vacation with her? 

Maybe she meant she wanted a one minute relationship because Halle dumped Alex on that vacation.

But wait, there’s another minute coming up …
Nothing worse than a has-been actress, best known for the way her boobs bounced in slow motion and her marriages and divorces, speaking out about sexual abusers. Amirite Pamela Anderson?

It seems Pammy thinks Harvey Weinstein’s victims should have known better; known better than to go to a meeting their agent set up; known better than to have a conversation with a well-known producer; known better than to dress a certain way.  And, in an interview with Desperate Megyn Kelly, Anderson said:
“It was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood or people to avoid, privately. You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone.”
Odd words coming from a woman who has detailed her own experiences with sexual abuse as a young actress, but she does go on:
“I know that Hollywood is very seductive and these people want to be famous. Sometimes you think you’re going to be safe with an adult in the room. I don’t know where this security comes from, but somehow I’ve dodged it all. I’ve been offered lots of things. A condo and a Porsche to be someone’s number one girl. I just naively said, ‘Well there must be a number two then, so I’m not interested.’ Money, homes, roles in movies. And I just didn’t want to do it that way. I had no desire. I’m a romantic and it didn’t appeal to me.”
So, you escaped being the victim of sexual assault, but you then blame any other woman who was a victim? Siddown, Has-Been.
In another case of a sexual predator losing their job we have Danny Masterson, who was fired from the Netflix comedy, The Ranch, after stories broke that he raped four women years back.

Masterson’s firing comes amid the news that the LA County District Attorney and LA Police Department are investigating the allegations.

One thing I find troubling is that Masterson is a Scientologist and the Church Cult of Scientology has provided the LAPD with fifty affidavits, no doubt all given by Scientologists, that Masterson says proves he didn’t assault anyone.

And we know the Co$ doesn’t lie, right?
And then there was Geraldo Rivera defending Matt Lauer after his story of being the Pervy Guy at NBC broke, and the world was reminded that Geraldo used to be, and might still be, a member of that same club.

In fact, the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler reminded him, and everyone else, of the time she accused Rivera of drugging and groping her.

See, in the 70s, Geraldo interviewed Bette and she claimed, way back in the 90s in a Barbara Walter’s interview, that Rivera and a producer shoved poppers under her nose and pushed her into the bathroom where they groped her. And now, in the light of Lauer and Rose and Keillor, Geraldo has come forward to apologize, sort of:
“27 years ago I wrote a tawdry book depicting consensual events in 1973-45 years ago-I’ve deeply regretted its distasteful & disrespectful tone & have refrained from speaking about it-I’m embarrassed & profoundly sorry to those mentioned-I have & again apologize to anyone offended. [And] although I recall the time [Midler] has alluded to much differently than she, that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out & demand an apology from me, for in the very least, publically [sic] embarrassing her all those years ago. Bette, I apologize.”
Wow, so he admits he did it, but says it wasn’t exactly like she said? Take a seat alongside Pammy, Geraldo, and keep your hands to yourself.
Matt Lauer, unemployed predator, has ALLEGEDLY decided to go after some coins from NBC by demanding a huge payout after the network fired him for his pervy ways. Lauer’s lawyers are working on a plan to snag $30 million for the Early Morning Predator since he had a year and a half left on his $20 million-a-year contract when he was canned.

So, he thinks he deserves it. Well, I say give it to him and let all the women he harassed, exploited, fondled, groped, and ridiculed all line up for a lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions in damages.

Matt? Go.Away. Like, um, your wife?

The current Missus Lauer, Annette Roque, is, and has been, out of the picture for years … probably about the time she realized her husband, despite all the coins, was a pervert.
It seems that they have been living apart since, well, the time she first filed for divorce amidst claims that he was emotionally abusive and cruel to her.

Sure, they eventually reconciled, but it appears they basically lived separate lives since then.

I’d like to add Annette’s name to the long list of women who should sue Lauer for every penny in his pocket.
TV star—and I use the term loosely—Katherine McPhee, who is ALLEGEDLY dating decades older composer David Foster, accidentally crashed a weekend wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and was kicked out by the bride.

And McPhee, who was with producer pal Hilary Shor, decided to bash the bride on social media because that’s what grown folks do, you know.

Shor posted their snarky commentary about the incident to Instagram, calling the bride who denied the wedding crashers entry to her nuptials a “loser.”

One video, captioned “Bride Bitch,” shows McPhee in her room snottily noting:
“What bride does her own wedding security? If you’re doing your own security, you have a problem.”
I guess McPhee thought she could off a Beyoncé move, crashing a wedding and being welcomes, but McPhee is not Beyoncé, she’s, well, not really anyone.

Like I said, Grown Folks.
Selena Gomez was honored by Billboard Magazine as their woman of the year but it was something Billboard did, something so horrible, which forced Gomez to close her Instagram account…

Selena was offended that the Billboard journalist saw a giant teddy bear in her house and wrote about it. And, before turning her account private, Gomez took to Instagram to vent:
Never will I let another human guess my words ever again. Or invite them in my home. That is so hurtful. The most ‘ridiculous’ part of that is no one knowing my heart when I say things.”
Note to Billboard: teddy bears are off limits … especially when the “star” is so childish.
Update: A day after being Teddy Bear Offended, Gomez has once more opened the doors to her Instagram account, and tweens everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.
Earlier, we had Katherine McPhee crashing a wedding and then acting the bitch on social media, and now we have Fergie getting Hot Mess Drunk at The Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE L.A. Gala.

Fergie was seated at the head table next to Husband-In-My-Head Armie Hammer and the night’s honoree, Tom Ford and was getting her Happy on with fellow tablemates Elizabeth Chambers and Isla Fisher. But, when Armie got up to present Tom his award, Dronk Fergie made her move and actually walked onstage to interrupt him in what some thought was a planned move but quickly realized was a Liquor Induced Plan because Fergie started to sing … badly. Armie Hammer looked like he needed a shoulder to cry on and, damn, I wasn’t there!

Fergie finally left the stage and Armie gave the award to Ford but Fergie was far from done; when Shoshannah Bean took the stage to give the evening’s final performance, something happened, a technical glitch or something, and Fergie again made her move. She saw her victim, an unattended microphone, and leapt to the stage to croak out “A Little Work” and try to get the stunned audience to join in.

Many in the crowd were supportive of Fergie, and Isla and Elizabeth were recording her with their phones, but most people were stunned.

Look out partygoers, Fergie has a new album coming out and will apparently use any event to promote it … even when she’s not invited to do so.
Fresh from jail after beating up her hsuabnd on the streets of a tiny West Virginia town, Naya Rivera flew back to LA and quickly filed for divorce from Ryan Dorsey for the second time.

Naya cited “irreconcilable differences” and is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their 2-year-old son Josey, and has asked the judge to block both of them from getting spousal support.

I guess she has some Glee coins left? The best part, though, is that Naya listed the date of their separation as November 24th, one day before she was arrested and charged with domestic battery for beating on Ryan during walk.

I guess they wanted one last walk, and one last punch, before ending it all?