Saturday, March 06, 2021

I Ain't One To Gossip But ...

I sometimes wish these divorcing celebrities would take the high road, and divorce peacefully and privately and amicably, but then who the hell would I talk about, amirite?

Dr. Dre has been in a contentious divorce battle with soon-to-be-when-the-money-issues-are-resolved-ex-wife Nicole forever. The once-happy couple was married for over 24 years before Nicole filed for divorce and the messiness started.

Nicole claimed Dre tore up their prenup in a romantic gesture and so she wanted $2 million a month in spousal support. Well, Dre wasn’t keen on cutting a $24 million yearly check, so he brought the prenup back. Then he had an aneurysm and apparently felt bad, so he coughed up $2 million to Nicole for expenses. When he recovered, Nicole threw down the Cheating Gauntlet and tried to subpoena Dre’s ALLEGED mistresses over houses he ALLEGEDLY bought them, and the gloves were off again.

Now the ball is in Dre’s court and so what does he do? He recorded a diss track where he talks smack Nicole cuz that’s how grown folk act:

Trying to kill me with them lies and that perjury

I see you trying to f**k me while I’m in surgery

In ICU death bed on some money shit

Greedy bitch take a pic

Girl you know how money get.

Isn’t that lovely? And just think how his children will feel hearing their father talk this way about their mother.

And how they’ll feel when Nicole decides to respond in kind.

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I haven’t read Mariah Carey’s memoir because, well, simply put Mariah Carey, but apparently her family is a hot mess—she ALLEGES that her older sister Alison, who was arrested for prostitution in 2016, drugged a twelve-year-old Mariah and tried to sell her to a pimp.

No, not Tommy Mottola.

Mariah also had stories about a violent incident ALLEGEDLY involving her “ex-brother” Morgan which has caused him to sue his, I guess, ex-sister for defamation and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”  Morgan says Mariah’s book “damaged his reputation” and he needs coins to make it all better.

In his legal fling, Morgan ALLEGES Mariah damaged his reputation when she wrote about a violent struggle he had with their father:

“It took twelve cops to pull my brother and father apart. The big bodies of men, all entangled like a swirling hurricane, crashed loudly into the living room.”

Well, first off: I’m’a file suit against Mimi for the line the “big bodies of men, all entangled like a swirling hurricane.” I mean, that hurt my ears beyond repair. But, back at the lawsuit: in the book Mimi says Morgan pushed my mother with such force that her body slammed into the wall, making a loud cracking sound.

Morgan says both accounts are lies, though he says any “actual fights with his father never happened when Mariah was a child” and that “there’s no way 12 cops would respond to a domestic violence report.”  He also says there’s no way he would have ever hurt his mother because he loves her; oh, and because tons of people witnessed the “deep affection” between him and his mother. He even claims Mimi contradicted herself in the book when she recounted her mother once saying, “Morgan is the only one I love.”

Morgan’s action calls for the payment of unspecified damages, and seeks “a judicial determination that many of the passages in [the memoir] … are false and defamatory”. It claims the book caused Morgan “serious damage to his reputation and to his personal and business affairs” and “extreme mental anguish”, and that it negatively affected negotiations for a feature film he was developing.

But it all goes away when the coins come his direction.

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This week Alec Baldwin decided he needed more attention and Tweeted a link to a CNN article entitled “Gillian Anderson’s American accent throws some people off”. It was about how Gillian Anderson bounces between her British and American accents.

Kinda like Alec’s esposa, er, wife, Hilaria Hillary, who goes back and forth between her native Spanish and her more native English? Y’all remember the kerfuffle when we learned that Hillary Baldwin is not from Spain and has been pretending to be Spanish for years, even though she was born and raised in New England?

But Alec missed the mark here because, while Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, shortly after her birth, her family moved to London, where they lived until she was 11 years old. After that, they returned to America, but still summered in London.  So, clearly Alec saw imagined similarities between Anderson and Hillary but, to be fair, Gillian has never pretended to be from England, never acted as though she couldn’t pronounce an American English word, and didn’t say things like “lift” and “bangers and mash” because she was faking her ancestry.

And so, Twitter, and Gillian Anderson fans, came for Alec and read him so badly for filth that he once again claimed social media is for haters—but not when he uses it—and he’s done with it; again. And then he posted a nearly ten-minute-long video on Instagram bitching about the haters:

“Wanted to post a quick video to say that I deactivated my Twitter account today.”

But he clearly kept his Instagram because where else can he seek attention. In the video, Alec does not name Gillian by name but explained about his stupid Tweet:

“I just wrote, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ And of course, you can’t do any irony on Twitter—you can’t do any irony in the United States anymore because the United States is such [an] uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now.”

He goes on to say he’s a “huge fan” of Anderson’s and didn’t mean to offend her, but found it similar that both Gillian and his wife—who, remember, even changed the spelling of her name to pretend to be Spanish—are influenced by different cultures:

“But I find that, of course, on Twitter, which is where all the a**oles in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in a**hole-iness, that I had used it as a news aggregator, and I suppose I will do my best to find other places that are similar in their news aggregation in real time and periodicals I like.”

Take it down a notch, Karen. It was clear you were trying to explain away your wife’s decades long lie by comparing her to Gillian Anderson when there is no comparison. So stay off Twitter if it’s too hard, but be prepared for the haters, AKA—in your case—the truth tellers, to find you elsewhere.

And, as you wife would say in her "native" tongue:

“Adios.”

Oops. I mean Goodbye.

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Remember that whole sexual harassment scandal involving former CBS bigshot Les Moonves? The one that cost him his job? Yeah? Well, it’s also cost CBS tens of millions of dollars after the network was court-ordered to pay actress Bobbie Phillips for the sexual harassment claims— including her allegation that Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on him in a 1995 meeting—after the network leaked the story to the media.

Phillips says that in 1995 Moonves dropped his pants in front of her and said:

“Look how hard you make me. Be my girlfriend and I’ll put you on any show.”

He then, ALLEGEDLY, grabbed her by the neck and forced her to perform oral sex. Phillips was able to break free by grabbing a baseball bat after he was interrupted by a phone call.

Moonves later said to Phillips’ longtime Hollywood agent, Marv Dauer:

“If Bobbie talks, I’m finished.”

And he is.

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Last week 36-year-old Katharine McPhee gave birth to her first child, a son, with her 71-year-old husband David Foster.

The boy is David’s first son, and joins his five stepsisters, four of whom are older than his mother.

That’s all.

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Friday, March 05, 2021

I Didn't Say It ...

Sir Ian McKellen, urging gay people to be fierce allies to trans people:

"I do hear people—gay people—talk about transgender people in very much the same terms as people used to talk about your common or garden gay. ‘The connection between us all is we come under the queer umbrella – we are queer. I quite like being queer actually. The problems that transgender people have with the law are not dissimilar from what used to be the case for us, so I think we should all be allies really. But you say that, and the wrath of God comes down on you from certain quarters."
We cannot ever forget that it was trans women who rioted at Stonewall in 1969. It was trans women who paved the way for the rest of us to fight for our equality.

And we cannot, should not, will not, forget them, or let their struggle, which continues today and is far harder than ours, be only their struggle. The struggle for equality is for all of us.

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Devin Ibañez, pro rugby player who played with the New England Skipjacks, coming out  on social media:

“As 2020 comes to a close I took the time to reflect on my life and what aspects I could control and make positive changes to that would impact my day-to-day life and happiness. It became clear to me that living my life with more transparency and openly celebrating who I love would have an immediate positive impact on me and those I care about. So, I want to start 2021 by celebrating the love of my life and my partner [Fergus Wade] who has been with me through the highs and the (very) lows of the last three years. I am openly gay. This is something that is not a secret to those close to me and even several people not close to me. But I always felt a need to keep it separate from my rugby career. I always came up with a reason why being more vocal would be a distraction, detrimental, or unnecessary. As the years went by no level of success was enough to justify potentially losing opportunities within the sport, jeopardizing relationships, or making myself a target on the pitch. The final goal became ‘Once I sign a pro contract I will be more vocal and become the first openly gay MLR player’. As the day came and went that I signed [that] contract … I moved the goalposts even further. This was largely fueled by a narrative I told myself that unless I left no doubt about deserving my spot that I would be viewed as a token and not a true professional. But what I considered as casting a shadow I’ve slowly realized can also act as a beacon. So, I have decided to embrace what I once felt embarrassed of and be proudly and shamelessly myself. I have met some incredibly talented LGBTQ rugby players over the years, many of whom were blackballed from playing a high level solely due to being gay. As of now I am the only openly gay rugby player to earn a contract with an MLR side. I hope that I will meet others Iike myself playing a high level of rugby and hoping to inspire the next generation of proud LGBTQ rugby players. So I will proudly call myself ‘that gay rugger’ in hopes that one day it won’t sound strange in men’s rugby.”

2021 and we are still struggling to come out because of fear of what ‘others ‘might think. It’s time to realize that it doesn’t matter about those ‘others, ‘and that only what makes us happy should be considered.

Be a gay rugger. Be a rough looking gay rugger.

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Demi Lovato, actress and singer, saying that gender reveal parties are transphobic:

“This is not about being politically correct, it’s about being correct. The refusal to acknowledge this stems from a misunderstanding of what transphobia is. Transphobia is not just prejudice or violence against an individual trans person, it is a belief system that presumes non-trans people to be more ‘natural’ than trans people. Only individual people can self-determine their gender.”

It took me a minute to wrap my head around it, but it makes perfect sense. Don’t celebrate the gender, celebrate the baby; celebrate the life, whatever life turns out to be for that child.

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Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman, accepting a golden Globe for her late husband, Chadwick Boseman—who won as Best Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom—and spoke so beautifully:

“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices. He would thank his incredible team, Michael Greene, Azeem Chiba, Nicki Fioravante, Evelyn O’Neill, Chris Huvane, Logan Coles. He would thank his team on set for this film: Deirdra Dixon, Siân Richards, Craig Anthony, and Andrew Carlone. He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing in this moment in history. He would thank Mr. George C. Wolfe, Mr. Denzel Washington, lots of people at Netflix. He would thank Ms. Viola Davis, Mr. Glynn Turman, Mr. Michael Potts, Mr. Coleman Domingo, Ms. Taylour Paige, Mr. Dusan Brown. And I don’t have his words, but we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love. So thank you, HFPA, for this opportunity to do exactly that. And hon, you keep ’em coming. Thank you.”

Earlier in the ceremony, TikTok star La’Ron Hines had a segment asking preschoolers about the entertainment industry.  Like most kids, they knew nothing about show business: One said his favorite actor was “Captain America,” while another opined that movies were made “from bricks” but when asked who Chadwick Boseman was every single one said: Black Panther.

Everybody knows Black Panther. Everybody misses Chadwick Boseman.

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John Bolton, on CNN, about CPAC  and the former president:

“If this is the epitome of support for [the twice-impeached, one-term loser], the straw poll that was taken this weekend and released just before [the twice-impeached, one-term loser], spoke, showed of all the participants 55% supported [the twice-impeached, one-term loser], being re-elected as president. That is a pathetic figure. I would have expected 90%. So if 55%, one month after leaving office at CPAC, is the best he can do, that’s a mark of how far he has fallen already.”

While, again, Bolton who sat by and allowed this stain to happen to this country and said nothing until he was fired and could write a book, can fuck all the way off.

But I do love the idea that it was barely half of the loons at CPAC who want to see the twice-impeached, one-term loser in office ever again.

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Al Green, Democrat Congressman from Texas responding to Greg Steube, GQP Congressman from Florida, during the debate on the Equality Act :

“You used God to enslave my foreparents. You used God to segregate me in schools. You used God to put me in the back of the bus. Have you no shame? God created every person in this room. Are you saying that God made a mistake? This is not about God, it’s about men who choose to discriminate against other people because they have the power to do so. My record will not show that I voted against Mr. Cicilline having his rights. My record will show that when I had the opportunity to deliver liberty and justice for all, I voted for rights for all.”

Steube stood on the floor of Congress in 2021 and said transgender people are an insult to God, and then read from Deuteronomy 22:5:

"A woman must not wear men's clothing nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this."

So, he said God Hates. And that’s what we need to stop; hate.

Equality is just that and nothing more; it’s not special, it’s not more, it’s not better; it’s just equal.

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Thursday, March 04, 2021

Bobservations

The other night, while watching the Golden Globes, I noticed Michelle Pfeiffer was up for an award. I told Carlos a story of back when Pfeiffer was playing Catwoman in one of the Batman films, and had a scene where she used her whip to snatch the heads off four mannequins; and she did it all in one take.

Carlos said:

“She was probably channeling Joan Crawford.”

I said, quizzically:

“What does that mean?”

“From when she played in Mommie Dearest.

“That wasn’t Pfeiffer! That was Faye Dunaway!”

“Well, they’re almost the same.”

He’s been sleeping in the shed for several days until he bones up on his Pop Culture references, and understands that, as a gay man, you can NEVER forget Dunaway was Joan.

Or else face a wire hanger.

Everybody knows you cannot be a Christian and a Republican at the same time; even a cat.

Just in time for rightwingnut heads to explode, Hasbro has announced that Mr. Potato Head is getting a rebrand in order to allow same-sex or single parent families to play the game.

No more Mr. Potato Head. It’s just Potato Head, so kids will have a blank slate to create same-sex families or single-parent families.

I love it, and I love the idea of GQPers going insane at the thought.

The other day driving home from an errand we were listening to classical music in the car, and Carlos said:

“I don’t know why, but I have never liked the flute.”

And because I have a whacked out sense of humor, I asked:

“Is it because it reminds you of the Tin Man’s dick?”

I kill me.

Apparently John Boehner has been recording an audio version of his memoir, , “On the House: A Washington Memoir” and drinking a little wine while doing so, causing him to ad lib a bit … like the chapter where he goes off-script and says:

“Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f**k yourself.”

I think he speaks for us all, with or without the wine.

And speaking of Rafael Cruz, he is apparently being mocked in the Senate gym locker room over his ill-timed, uninformed, elitist trip to Cancun while his Constituents froze, went thirsty, and actually died.

Somebody—and I ain’t saying it was AOC but she’d have every right—taped memes on the Senate gym lockers welcoming Cruz home and showing him in the short-sleeve polo shirt, jeans and Texas-flag mask that he had at the airport with the caption:

“Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted!”

Poor Rafael. Now he’ll have to change in the hallway.

I love tattoos; in fact, I have several myself. But I’ve always been extremely cautious about what I got inked and where I got inked on my body. Not so smart, was one Leah Holland from Kentucky who responded to a viral TikTok video asking, 

“What is the dumbest tattoo that you’ve ever gotten?”

And Leah showed off her tattoo that she got March 4, 2020, that read:

“courageously & radically refuse to wear a mask.”

Now, before y’all read her the riot act, let her explain:

“I’d wanted it for a couple of years, it basically means like, be true to yourself and real, and not pretending to be something you’re not.”

Sadly, it was just a few weeks later that things changed and wearing a mask because a necessity; and, for Leah, so did wearing long sleeves.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Tweeted out this nonsense:

“I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate.”

And I Tweeted back:

“I guess letting the power go out and have the people freeze didn’t kill enough people for you?”

Seriously, Texas, do better.

Simone Susinna; the name rolls off the tongue. Simone Susinna. He is a former footballer, turned model, turned reality TV start turned … well, turned me on. Those eyes …I could stay there all day.

Except then there are the underwear shots and the day at the beach shots and the tease me shots.

Oh Simone.

I feel her pain.

One of my masks has a strap that goes around your neck so when you don’t need to wear it, you can pull it down and it hangs around your neck. The other day, Carlos and I were running errands and, because I thought we were finished, I removed my mask and left it in the cupholder in the car. Then Carlos had to make a stop at Office Max and it was pouring down rain, so we got out of the car and raced inside. And I wasn’t wearing a mask. I literally went to the front of the store and stood in a corner while Carlos made his purchase, and thought to myself:

People will look at me and think I’m a Republican.

Oh, the horror!

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Architecture Wednesday: Coyote Camp

Yes, it’s small, but oh the outdoor space you get with it; and the proximity to wine country,

Coyote Camp is a  cozy one room cabin of 640 square feet that sits on a remote property in Sonoma County, California. Doors closed, it resembles a barn; doors open—on both sides of the one-room space—and the outdoors is yours,

The single room is divided by screens that shield the kitchen on one side and the bedroom on the other; a bathroom is accessed through the bedroom. The exterior cladding is redwood milled from a reclaimed water tank while the roof is rusted steel. The interior walls are re-sawn Douglas fir with concrete floors and a floating sheetrock ceiling.

It's amazingly simple, and oh so peaceful.

In addition to the cabin there is an extensive flower and vegetable garden flanked by a bath shed and a sleeping shed, ideal for guests. And then there’s the copper hot tub with views to the valley.

All it needs, for me, is a separate wine storage cabin and I am all in.

One Kind Design

This Bitch: Russian Hooker Lindsey Graham

Over the last five years, watching Lindsey Graham [Q-SC] go from calling the twice-impeached, one-term loser a “racist xenophobic bigot” who would ruin the Republican party to literally being one of his pet politicians, people talked about what the former president might have had on Graham in terms of blackmail, I often joked that maybe it was Lindsey Graham who was the Russian hooker who peed on the former president.

It was a joke … or was it?

You see, Miss Lindsey appeared on Fox News over the weekend and literally drank the Kool-Aid and then puked it up for Hannity.  Graham stated that the Republican Party officially “belongs” to IMPOTUS, and said he was grateful because the twice-impeached, one-term loser has, ahem, “allowed me to be in his world.”

Seriously. How much of a deeply, mentally bothered human being is Lindsey Graham? That’s a rhetorical question, but still, he goes on:

“I actually like [the twice-impeached, one-term loser]. He’s been very nice to me. He’s allowed me to be in his world. He allows me to give my two cents worth on issues when he was president. [The GOP] is his party. If you don’t get that, you missed a lot at CPAC .”

He's allowed me to be in his world?  What kind of sad sack delusional high school girl desperate for a boyfriend bull shit is that?

And he is seriously happy to get behind, or bend over for, the idea that one man is the GOP, which means Lindsey Graham is less about democracy than he is about a dictatorship. And then he continued humping the former president’s leg by predicting that, if the twice-impeached, one-term loser decides to run again in 2024, “no one” in the whole entire world would be able to beat him:

“I think he’s got a damn good chance of getting reelected again based on what the Democrats are doing to the country. Did you find one person at CPAC that criticized [him]? I thought it was amazing that we have so many people wanting to be president but not one person would say anything bad about him. That tells you a lot about the strength of [the twice-impeached, one-term loser].”

Sounds like someone, or perhaps an entire state of someone’s, should lay hands on Miss Lindsey, or call for a 5150 hold to find out how insane he is; or find out what the blackmail is. I’d be glad to start the movement to rescue Miss Lindsey from the cult and remove her from office.

Trouble is, she is so deep into it she doesn’t want to leave because without the twice-impeached, one-term loser she is nothing at all.

Monday, March 01, 2021

That Bitch: Kelly Loeffler Replaced Again!

It’s been about a month since Kelly Loeffler lost her temporary Senate seat to Rev. Raphael Warnock.

Good. Bye.

Loeffler was also co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, a team in the WNBA—a league she criticized publicly for supporting Black Lives Matter and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation—and now she’s out of that job, too!

And, in what is surely the height of irony, after being bested in the election by a Black man, she was replaced as team owner by a three-person group of investors: Larry Gottesdiener, a real estate investor, Suzanne Abair, and out both real estate investors, and Renee Montgomery, an out Black two-time WNBA champion who last played for the Dream, prior to opting out of the 2020 season.

Oh. Snap.

Life is good, and very often fair.

This Bitch: Mitch McConnell

Hey Kentucky? WTF?

Back in January former Senate Minority Leader Mitch Bitch McConnell said he would not vote to impeach the former president because he was already out of office by the time the hearings were held; of course, he made no mention of the fact that her pushed back on holding the hearings while the former president was still in office.

So, he voted not to impeach. And then, practically right after the votes were counted, this Bitch stood in front of Congress and laid the blame for the insurrection at the feet of the former president for what he called “a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

And now he has come out and said he would support the former president in a 2024 run for the White House.

This is the GQP of today; they ignore their duty, while blaming the former president, and then say they would support him, an insurrectionist, if he runs again.

C’mon Kentucky. Is this what you elected?

This Bitch?