Saturday, April 17, 2021

I Ain't One To Gossip But ...

Marcia Gay Harden is not the best at shade or gossip.

Back in 2001, she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Lee Krasner in Pollock. The other actresses up for the Oscar were Kate Hudson for Almost Famous, Frances McDormand for Almost Famous, Julie Walters for Billy Elliot and Judi Dench for Chocolat.

And now, for some reason, Harden is talking about her twenty-year-old win in a new interview with Vulture and implied—or outright shaded—a particular actress nominated in the same category who wasn’t thrilled Harden had won:

“It just felt great. I felt the girls were really happy for me as well. There was one I will not mention—but it wasn’t Kate—who seemingly wasn’t so happy. And I’m friends with Frances McDormand … Frances doesn’t give a s–t.”

She also ruled out Julie Walters, which just leaves Dame Judi who was upset about Harden‘s win.

“But I don’t want to say anything negative about anybody, honestly. It was my perception that somebody wasn’t so happy, but you never know what people have going on. Whatever.”

Gurl. Learn to shade, and just plain spill the tea!

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Apparently Harvey Weinstein, doing 23 years  for a rape conviction, is having a pretty bad time in prison, which is odd because isn’t prison supposed to be fun?

Ever since he’s been locked up, his health issues have ranged from heart issues—he doesn’t have one—to an ALLEGED bout of COVID-19—don’t care—to a second COVID scare—still not caring—and now his lawyers are arguing that Harvey is suffering vision loss and missing teeth.

This is all just a game because Weinstein is serving a sentence for rape in New York and was to be extradited to LA to face more charges of being a vile disgusting rapist pig, but then COVID hit and travel stopped. But now that we have a vaccine and travel is opening up again and Weinstein can be moved to LA to go on trial, this all smells like a plot to keep that from happened.

So, his eyes are bad and he has no teeth and COVID and cardiac issues, and diabetes and back pain, and sleep apnea and, ALLEGEDLY, a very tiny misshapen penis.

He’s a rapist and pervert, so I don’t care.

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After Alex Trebek died five months ago, Jeopardy! had many guest hosts, some good—Ken Jennings—some hot—Mike Richards and Aaron Rodgers—some annoying AF—Katie Couric—and one that Jeopardy! viewers never want to see again … “Dr.” Mehmet Oz. And remember that several former Jeopardy! contestants wrote to producers asking them to can Oz as a guest host, but now a contestant who endured his ego and ignorance is spilling the tea …

Recent Jeopardy! winner Emily Seaman talked about dealing with the “Dr.”, who she says she couldn’t remember if he was a real doctor:

I always mix him up with Dr. Drew.”

Both quacks, but I digress … Emily spent a few days filming with “Dr.” Oz and how he had a hard time with the words. During the Final Jeopardy! of her second game the category was “Antidisestablishmentarianism” and Emily says mush-mouth Oz struggled to pronounce the word correctly, needing “seven or eight” takes to do so:

“He just couldn’t get it. And more than that he couldn’t get it, he didn’t know when he hadn’t gotten it, so it kind of seemed like the producers were like, ‘Are you gonna tell him that we’ve done this six times and he didn’t get it?’ Everybody in the audience was like, that’s not how you say that…”

Emily adds that she thought “Dr.” Oz was a quack before the episodes started airing, but that she chose not to protest his participation because she knew she’d never get a callback to be on the show.

At least she could pronounce ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’ “Dr.”

And “Dr.” Oz probably won’t be getting a callback from the producers.

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Prince Philip’s funeral is this Saturday, which means if you’re one of the 30 people attending you have mere hours to figure out what to wear; black is traditional, and slimming, so that’s a good choice. A bad choice, in both funeral attendee and what he’s going to wear is one Prince Andrew.

Andrew is demanding he be allowed to dress as an admiral, though he does not now, and never will, hold that actual rank. While he was made an honorary [i.e. fake] Vice-Admiral on his 55th birthday and was due to be promoted to Admiral on his 60th, this year, he deferred it until he can clear his name—without speaking to the FBI or any authorities—and return to public duties.

It sounds to me like he’s getting the funeral of his father confused with the cosplay he used to do with underage girls where he dressed like an Admiral and ordered those children to “walk his plank.”

Oh, and better still, he thinks Daddy’s death will open the door for the world to forget he’s a perv and allow him back on the Royal payroll.

Seriously nuts.

PS The Widow Betty Windsor has nixed sailor suits for the funeral.

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Just a few weeks ago the rumor spread that hopelessly in love Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were over. She’d gone to the DR to film a movie and he didn’t go with her; their reps said he didn’t go because of COVID restrictions, but as soon as the gossip mill started that JLo was moving on with Lenny Kravitz suddenly A-Rod was able to fly, and off to the DR he went.

Once there, the lovebirds filmed an ad campaign for gummy vitamins and professed their love, but then, just as quickly, JLo began posting  pictures of herself on social media and she ….wait for it … it’s devastating … wasn’t wearing her ring!

And now comes the awful news that the lovers have called it quits and they issued a joint statement:

“We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”

The love has died, but the opportunity to make money is alive and well. And … cue the influx of articles about how unlucky in love JLo is, and how she’s having a hard time finding love.

She doesn’t have a hard time finding it, she has a hard time keeping it.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Nope, Nothing To See Here

Keep in mind that when you hear that the police officers who murdered Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo claim they had no choice but to reach for their weapons, that, yesterday a 61-year-old white man in Minnesota assaulted a worker over wearing a mask, rammed his truck into a police car, hit a police officer in the head with a hammer, and sped off with a police officer hanging to the side of his vehicle, and he wasn’t shot, wasn’t tasered, wasn’t murdered, but was arrested unharmed.


I Didn't Say It ...

Barack Obama, my president, on the latest shooting of an unarmed Black man during a routine traffic stop:

“Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police. It’s important to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but this is also a reminder of just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country. The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country. Michelle and I grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss. We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy. And we will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue.”

I know people are using Defund the Police, meaning allocate some of the money spent on body armor and weaponry towards the community for programs that lift people up, but we really need police reform, and punishments for officers who so recklessly murder our brothers and sisters, in the human race, of color.

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Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC, saying GQPers are terrified of any kind of voting that they can’t rig:

“In Texas, lawmakers have advanced a bill that would impose … criminal penalties for errors during the election process such as making it a felony for an official to give a voter an absentee ballot application or solicit the submission of an application if the voter does not request it at first. Republicans are terrified of absentee voting, of early voting, of drive-thru voting, of same-day registration, any kind of voting that they can’t rig. It really is that simple. Republicans can talk about voter fraud and [the twice-impeached, one-term loser]‘s big lie, but what they are trying to do is rig future elections so that a result like 2020 can’t happen again. It is telling that the lesson that Republicans took away from 2020 wasn’t that they may need different candidates or policies, but that they had to stop people from voting.”

Listen to the words of the GQP and their leadership: the more people that vote, the more Republicans will lose. That is the only reason they’re doing this, to cheat and steal elections.

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Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, answering Fox News’s Peter Doocy’s question about the All-Star Game being moved to Colorado in the wake of Georgia’s voter suppression laws:

“Well, let me just refute the first point you made … on Colorado. Colorado allows you to register on election day. Colorado has voting by mail where they send to 100% of people in the state who are eligible. Applications to vote by mail. 94% of people in Colorado voted by mail in the 2020 election. And they also allow for a range of materials to provide even if they vote on election day with a limited number of people to vote on election day.”

Keep in mind, the Georgia legislation is built on The Big Lie.  There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election as Georgia’s top GOP election officials have acknowledged repeatedly in interviews.

What there was, was record turnout which scares the GQP because, again, the more people who vote, the more Democrats are elected.

But you go ahead Fox and spread another lie.

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Kim Reynolds, Iowa GQP governor, declining a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to take in immigrant children being held at the U.S. border with Mexico:

“We will not do that. We do not have the facilities. We are not set up to do that. This is not our problem; this is the president’s problem. He’s the one who opened the borders. He needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it. So, at this point, no.”

Lovely member of the party of Family Values. But then the children are brown and don’t speak English so, you know, why offer any help.

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Colton Underwood, former NFL player who has appeared on several Bachelor series, coming out as gay to Robin Roberts on GMA:

"I learned in the Bible that gay is a sin. [And] I’ve hated myself for a long time … There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn't think I was gonna wake up. I didn't have the intentions of waking up. I would have rather died than say, 'I'm gay,' and I think that was sort of my wakeup call. Take back control. … I've ran from myself for a long time. I've hated myself for a long time, and I'm gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and I've been processing it. I think the next step in all of this is letting people know. I'm still nervous but, yeah, it's been a journey for sure. I'm emotional in such a good, happy, positive way. I'm the happiest and healthiest I've ever been in my life and that means the world to me. I got to a place in my personal life that was dark and bad and I can list a bunch of different things, but they'd all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn't think I was ever going to share this. I remember praying to God the morning I found out I was the Bachelor and thanking him for making me straight. I remember that vividly, saying, 'Finally, you're letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, that I’m gonna have the kids, gonna have the house.' ‘But’ I do think I could have handled it better. I just wish I wouldn't have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that. But I also at the same time, I can sit here and say, 'I'm sorry' to all those women. I can also sit here and say, 'Thank you,' because without them and without The Bachelor franchise, I don't know that this would have ever came out. But if I had to go back and give anybody advice, I mean, you're gonna get through it is what I would tell myself. Keep fighting for you. Keep choosing you every morning. And when the time's ready or when the time's right and you're ready, do it on your own time. I'm still the same Colton everybody met on TV. I'm still the same Colton to my friends and my family, I just happen to be able to share with people now all of me. And I am proud of that, you know? I am proud to be gay.”

Church and sports. Two groups that do not welcome LGBTQ+ people; two groups that ridicule and demean LGBTQ+ people.

How many times do we have to hear that a gay man or woman, not to mention trans person, has contemplated suicide because of the Bible or a teammate?

It’s enough. This man went on TV to “win” a wife to prove to himself that he wasn’t gay and could be “all right,” when he should have known he was all right to begin with.

Welcome out, Colton.

PS Now I hear Colton is turning his coming out into a reality show for Netflix. I guess staying in the closet with no job prospects or coming out and getting back on TV for the coins may have helped in his decision to come out. Or that’s just the cynic in me.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Then and Now .... Divas

Diana Ross in THE 70s                                                             Diana Ross in HER  70s.

Tina Turner in THE 80s.                                                      Tina Turner in HER 80s.

Madonna in THE 80s.                                                            Madonna in HER 80s.

Bobservations

The other day I was getting ready to take a shower and Carlos came into the bathroom asking if there was someone at the front door. Now, before you think our front door opens into the bathroom, it does not, and I explained that to Carlos. But he said the cats had scattered as they sometimes do when someone rings the bell.

Did someone ring the bell?”

“No.”

“But you think that I know, here in the bathroom, at the back of the house,  if there’s someone at the door?”

I followed him to the front door and he’s looking through the glass to see if he spots anyone. I’m behind him, and it’s me who spots … something.

We have a wreath on the door and as I glanced beyond it, I saw a snake slithering up the glass and inside the wreath. I said to Carlos:

“Maybe that snake rang to bell.”

Howler monkey scream!!!!!

Once I peeled him off the ceiling, I told him I’d take the wreath off the door and put it away so that these snakes don’t think it’s food and climb the door. And he put the kibosh on that because the snake will kill me because snakes slither so fast and you can’t get away and it’ll come in the house and … and … and ….

I had to sedate him; with a frying pan to the melon.

What? Y’all know Tuxedo has the Common Sense. It’s a shame the two-legged inhabitants of the planet don’t always follow his lead.

Seen along the roads in Florida:

“Matt Gaetz Wants to ‘Date’ Your Child.”

Claude Taylor, Mad Dog PAC founder, funded the billboard and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving asshat.

For the past couple of weeks Aaron Rodgers has been the guest host of Jeopardy. At times he seems a bit tentative, but he sure is easy on the eyes.

Texas GQP Party chairman Allen West says Texas could secede from the United States and become an independent country:

“This is something that was written into the Texas Constitution.”

West is mistaking the state constitution for a congressional document which allows Texas to divide itself into five different states. But let’s say Texas does secede, as asshat politicians like to threaten. No more Ted Cruz. No more Louie Gohmert … Greg Abbott. The next time a bad hurricane comes through, or the power goes out, they’re on their own.

Secede away!

In an Economist/YouGov Poll released this week, respondents were asked if they believed Derek Chauvin should be found guilty of murder.

Among all respondents, 57% said “Yes,” with 25% saying they were “Not sure,: and 18% saying “No.” But among Republicans, only 31% said Chauvin should be found guilty, and 36% said he should not.

Now, again, I am not saying that all Republicans are racist, but this makes it look like all racists are Republicans.

PS Look closely at the above picture in case you didn't see it the first time.

Kentucky Governor, and Democrat, because, of course, Andy Beshear signed into law an election reform bill making it easier for Kentuckians to vote early, bucking the GQP trend of more restrictive election laws spurred on by The Big Lie:

New in Kentucky will be voting supercenters—where a voter from any precinct in the county can vote—and the online absentee ballot request portal will become permanent, as will absentee ballot drop boxes and three days of early in-person voting for all registered voters.

It’s nice to see some states in the country making voting easier.

SIDENOTE: Andy’s kinda cute, no?

I don’t particularly care for Will Smith, but I like this.

Smith and director Antoine Fuqua are pulling their upcoming film production “Emancipation” out of Georgia because of the state’s new voting law, AKA Jim Crow 2.0.

Now, Marvel and Netflix? Are you gonna pump money into a state that tried to suppress the vote or are you gonna step up?

In November 2020, two years after Taylor Swift’s contract with Big Machine Records expired, so did her re-record clause.

And so Swift is now going to re-record every song from the six albums she released while at Big Machine meaning that those of you who bought them the first time can now buy the re-recorded versions and Swift can fill her change purse with more coins.

Ted Nugent, MAGAt rocker with no active brain cells, asked a question about the COVID-19 pandemic that possibly nobody else had considered … except Cryptkeeper Kellyanne Conway:

“Why weren’t we shut down for COVID one through 18?”

Um, Ted, perhaps the years of drug use and lack of education have left you unable comprehend that the ‘19’ in COVID-19 designates the year in which the first infection was reported.

2019, dumbass.

This week’s Hottie is not an actor or a model, but a writer, activist, and perhaps a candidate for governor of Maryland, Westley "Wes" Watende Omari Moore.

That smile. Those eyes. That voice. That passion. That drive. Wes Moore? Yes, more.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Architecture Wednesday: Casa Etérea

There’s that scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where the monolith appears in the dessert and the apes go, well, ape. This monolith appeared in the hills above San Miguel de Allende and I went nuts; not just because it’s one of the places in the world where I would want to live, but because of the house itself.

Casa Etérea, AKA Ethereal House, is both architecture and art installation; a secluded mirrored house on a mountainside in Mexico offers travelers the freedom to reconnect with nature. The house sits in a  grove of mesquite trees, clad in bird-friendly mirrored panels and seems to disappear into the rugged terrain of the extinct volcano Palo Huérfano.

It was conceived as an off-grid hideaway for two—by Mexico-based Singaporean writer and designer Prashant Ashoka. Casa Etérea is an 800-square-foot dwelling that draws all its power from solar energy, gets all its water supply from collected rainwater, and uses a patterned ultraviolet coating on the mirrored exterior making it visible to birds while remaining reflective to the human eye.

Ashoka wanted to leave the landscape untouched, so the foundation of the house was built entirely from rock collected off the mountain. And by utilizing site orientation, efficient ventilation design, and insulated glass, the house naturally regulates temperature in the semi-arid desert climate of the central Mexican highlands.

Inside, the open-planned concept consists of two rectilinear volumes that merge at a 120-degree V-shaped intersection, mimicking the angle of the ravine visible through the exposed glass shower. From the central living space and bedroom, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors frame vistas of towering cliffs, while opening to connect with a decked patio and pool area shaded by olive and pomegranate trees. Inside, exposed ceiling beams and concrete walls celebrate the construction process, while a material palate of jute, leather, wood and stone continue the natural aesthetic for the furnishings—including a statement copper bathtub beside the bed. Behind the intimate kitchen, a rooftop stairway access doubles as a utility room, and remote-controlled outdoor PVC shutters were added to provide security and privacy.

But while the inside is lovely and luxe and peaceful, it’s the outside that stuns. The mirrored façade diffuses the liminal space between the wild and the structured while allowing the volume to take on a transitional quality as it reflects the unfolding seasons. As it catches first light, the house gleams as a blue-tinged box, standing in glassy contrast against the felted nocturnal blackness of the mountainside. And in the ombre hues of sunset the volume scintillates against the landscape like a mirage, before disappearing entirely.

And yet it’s the night sky, flooded with stars that reflects the true beauty, the ethereal nature, of Casa Etérea Casa. And, best of all, no one lives in the house, because it’s used as a retreat, a getaway, a place to just be …

Hey Arkansas? F%k All The Way Off

Arkansas politicians, well, to be fair, Arkansas GQP anti-LGBTQ+, transphobic politicians, are continuing their war on our trans brothers and sisters because … ignorance, hate, fear, stupidity.

Last week the Arkansas Legislature passed House Bill 1749, which would prohibit hormone treatments, puberty blockers and transition-related surgeries for transgender minors, and for a hot minute it looked like the bill would fail when Governor  Asa Hutchinson vetoed it, but then the GQP-controlled legislature overrode the veto.

Now before you congratulate Hutchinson for being an ally, he also said that while he did not like the bill, he didn’t believe anyone under eighteen should be allowed to have gender reassignment surgery, so, yeah, not a friend.

And now it appears the GQP feels emboldened to continue their war on trans Americans, because they also passed a bill that says teachers would not be required to address students by a name or pronoun inconsistent with the student's biological sex.

The House's 62-21 vote—mostly along party lines—sends the measure to the Senate. Two lawmakers voted present, and 14 didn't vote; fourteen sat on their hands. But, in a surprise move, two Republicans, Frances Cavenaugh and Jeff Wardlaw, voted no.

So, there are some in the party who see this bill for what it is: hate.

It all began when GQP Representative Mary Bentley, who sponsored the bill, claimed some teachers had raised concerns to her about students who have changed their name or pronoun several times in a year, or use three different names in as many classrooms, and fear that they'll be sued for not addressing the child by their preferred name or pronoun:

"It's not compelling anyone's speech. It's not prohibiting anyone's speech. It's helping those professors and teachers in our schools that do not want to be sued for not using a certain person's pronoun.”

Really, Mary? I remember being in school, and on the first day being addressed as Robert, and telling my teachers to call me Bob; it’s not hard to call people by their names, and really not so hard to learn a person’s pronouns. And it’s not so hard to remember he/him, she/her, or they/them.

Democratic lawmaker, the aptly named Fred Love says that intentionally not referring to someone by what they want to be called is "one of the most disrespectful things that you can do:

"That's one of the simplest decencies that we can give someone. ... That's not hard. That's not difficult. That's just a bit of decency and a bit of respect and I think that's what we need to do."

But then GQP Representative Mark Lowery told a story about a "male student who wanted to be called by a female name" and was referred to that way by teachers, even though the student’s parents would only address the student by the birth name. That’s tough; but even Lowery admits that this new Hate Bill does “not specifically address the example I'm giving you.”

So, let’s go back to Mary Bentley, who pulled out that old chestnut about students changing their name between classes or asking to be identified as an animal:

"We have a real issue in our state, and I need our districts to take a look at this and do more than this bill does. This bill is just a first step to help protect our teachers but when we have students in school now that don't identify as a boy or a girl but as a cat, as a furry, we have issues."

Hey Mary, you bigoted fool please give one example of a student asking to be identified as an animal. I’ll wait.

That’s what I thought. Oh, and to make one thing clear, this isn’t about teachers being sued for misnaming or misgendering any student anywhere, anytime, ever, because, even in Arkansas, no teacher has ever been sued for that,

This bill is intended to make transgender, non-binary, gender fluid students, less than, because politicians cannot wrap their heads around the idea.

My name’s Bob. My pronouns are he/him, and I identify as male, gay male,

That’s not so hard to remember and doing that for our trans brothers and sisters goes a long way toward making everyone at least feel equal.

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