Friday, April 30, 2021

Huh. Maybe Thing #45 Did Bone Missus G.

I mean, let's be real, these two look more like brothers than Junior and The Dumb One do. Maybe that's why Rudy is so hooked to Thing # 45's ass?

I Didn't Say It ...

Nancy Pelosi, speaking to MSNBC and the GQP:

“What I’m concerned about is the behavior of members of Congress, who on the one hand, want to have the luxury of criticizing the president, and on the other hand not wanting to do anything about it. I will never forgive those people and the president who instigated the insurrection for the trauma that they caused to the workers in the Capitol. They messed up my office, they broke mirrors, they stole stuff, and the rest—who cares. But I do care that the impact, the negative impact, the fright they instilled in people because they were doing their civic duty in the Congress of the United States.”

Nancy has zero fucks to give and takes no prisoners.

I love that!

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Andrew Giuliani, Demon Spawn of Nosferatu Ghouliani, foot-stomping and whining about what happened to Daddy.

“It has to stop. If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer, this can happen to any American. Enough is enough. The only piece of evidence that they did not take up there today was the only piece of incriminating evidence that is in there, and it does not belong to my father, it belongs to the current president’s son. Any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today, by the continued politititation [sic] of the Justice Department. Enough is enough, ladies and gentlemen. We cannot stand for this anymore.”

Seriously, he thinks this shouldn’t have happened because his Daddy was the twice-impeached, one-term loser’s lawyer? And this tool is running for New York governor?

Bitch. Please.

PS Learn your worlds dear: it’s “politicization” not “politititation.”

PPS Is it me or does he look like Eric The Dumb One thirty pounds heavier? Did Thing #45 get frisky with one of the Missus Giuliani’s?

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling podcast host Joe Rogan “incorrect” for saying he would advise healthy young people against getting the COVID-19 vaccine:

“Well that’s incorrect, and the reason why is you’re talking about yourself in a vacuum then. You’re worried about yourself getting infected and the likelihood that you’re not gonna get any symptoms. But you can get infected and will get infected if you put yourself at risk. And even if you don’t have any symptoms, you’re propagating the outbreak because it is likely that you—even if you have no symptoms—that you may inadvertently and innocently then infect someone else who might infect someone who really could have a problem with a severe outcome.”

What is it with people on the right suddenly thinking they’re doctors or scientists? Rogan is a has-been actor, has-been comic, and a podcaster, so excuse the fuck outta me if I don’t want him dispensing medical advice.

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Joe Rogan, asshat, walking back his idiotic comments:

“There’s some legitimate science behind [these vaccines]. This is the thing about this whole thing, people being upset at me: I’m not an anti-vax person. I said, ‘I believe [the vaccines are] safe,’ and I encouraged many people to take them. My parents were vaccinated. I just said, ‘I don’t think that if you’re a young, healthy person, that you need it.’ [But] their argument was, you need it for other people. That makes more sense, but that’s a different argument. That’s a different conversation.”

Wrong idiot. We have learned all along that wearing the mask is for “other,” to protect “others.” And we were told that getting the vaccine is the same deal: to protect others.

You just wanted to be cute and edgy and, well, stupid. Almost as stupid as your audience because anyone Who takes medical advice from the likes of Joe Rogan over Dr. Anthony Fauci is an idiot.

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John Roberts, Fox News host, walking back the lie about President Biden’s ambitious climate change goals:

“That research from 2020 found that cutting back how much red meat people eat would have a drastic impact on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The data was accurate, but a graphic and the script incorrectly implied it was part of Biden’s plan for dealing with climate change. That is not the case.”

Um, John, honey? Your news channel “implied”—and not how the word implied contains the word lied—about the data being part of Biden’s plan without one shred of proof.

Good reporting over there. Asshat.

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Lindsey Graham, Q-SC, says he does not believe systemic racism exists in law enforcement or other U.S. institutions because … Obama:

“No, not in my opinion. We just elected a two-term African American president … the vice president is of African American, Indian descent. [So] reform the police yes, call them all racists no. Within every society you have bad actors. Qualified immunity is a problem. It’s a pretty simple solution: Don’t sue the police officer, sue the department.”

First off, Aunt PityPat, you did not elect Barack Obama or Kamala Harris; I did. Along with tens of millions of others.

You, however, did, say, that:

“If you’re a young, African American or an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be conservative, not liberal.”

Nope, nothing racist at all in that statement; you just act how Miss Lindsey wants you to act and you’re welcome in his state.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

I Had A COVID Prick

 And, no, by COVID prick, I don't mean Rand Paul.

Carlos and I went to our local health services department here in Smallville and, quicker than you can say "Is that hot black guy gonna give me a shot," we were pricked and on our way.

Easy peasy, and so far, feeling just dandy! In two weeks we go back for Prick #2.

Bobservations

Yesterday, after breakfast, Carlos announced that he was going to work in the yard trimming the azaleas and pulling weeds and such; he said he’d seen a vine growing up into one of the azaleas and wanted to pull it out and cut it down before it killed the plant.

He was outside about an hour before he came back in and said he couldn’t find the vine; he told me that he had coiled it up and left it on the ground the day before because he didn’t have his shears. I asked if he had checked all the azaleas along the fence and he snidely said, “Yeeeeessssss!”

I knew what I had to do.

“Perhaps it was a snake, and after you coiled it up it slithered away.”

And now he won’t go into the backyard either.

Tuxedo wants to play off of Carlson’s idea of berating people who wear masks by asking the entire country to berate anyone who works for, listens to, or believes Fox News.

Good news … in Arkansas, a bill that says teachers may teach religious creationism alongside the scientific theory of evolution failed to advance from the Senate Education Committee. GQP wingnut and bill sponsor, Mary Bentley, claims that “many” teachers asked her for the ability to teach “counter-theories”.

Hey Mary? Creationism is taught in church. And there is a Separation of Church and State—even in Arkansas—that comes into play here. I mean, unless you wanna have the theories of evolution taught in Sunday school.

Uh huh, Thought so.

As we watch state after state, well, the Republican ones anyway, try to discriminate against trans youth, we are getting more good equality news from the Biden Administration,

 The Housing and Urban Development Department has recommitted to Obama-era protections that ensure transgender people experiencing homelessness can stay in shelters that correspond with their gender identities.

Another smackdown to the hate-filled agenda of the last guy.

In Flori-duh and Oklahoma, the state’s GQP Governors, Ron DeSantis and Kevin Stitt, have signed “anti-riot” bills into law that vastly increase law enforcement’s powers to crack down on civil unrest. But another thing they do? They grant civil legal immunity to people who drive through protesters blocking the road.

That’s right. If you are protesting, and in the streets, a wingnut Floridian or Oklahoman can literally drive into the crowd, injuring or killing anyone, and be granted immunity.

Think about that white supremacist who ran over and killed counter-protester Heather Heyer during the Charlottesville protests in 2017.  Under these two asshat’s new laws, if he’d said it was accidental he’d be free and Heyer would still be dead.

Oh, and make no mistake this is a direct result of the Black Lives Matter protests which means, without saying so, the laws target running down people of color legally.

This past weekend, following reports on Fox News, that bastion of criminally insane lying, a bunch of RepubliQAnon asshat politicians claimed that President Biden would remove hamburgers and steaks from every restaurant and home to combat climate change.

Seriously. These tools either are stupid enough to believe this or think their constituents are stupid enough to believe this.

Fox News was forced to retract their story because … lies.

A German police bomb squad was called to investigate a suspected hand grenade in a Bavarian forest and luckily determined that the object actually was a rubber sex toy.

Just another reason Carlos and I keep our real grenades in a separate box from the butt grenades.

In another case of Liars Gonna Lie, the New York Post—owned by the same company as lying Fox News—reported that a children’s picture book written by Vice President Kamala Harris was being handed out in “welcome kits” to young migrants at a shelter in Long Beach, California.

Fox News also aired the story until Long Beach city officials told The Washington Post that Harris’s book is not being handed out in welcome kits. A single copy of the book was donated during a citywide donation drive.

But hey, if a lie works, then spread it.

Josh Hawley, liar and insurrection-supporting traitor to his country, has written a book on the “Tyranny Of Big Tech.” And he took to Twitter to advertise the slim, 200-page book pamphlet treatise and tagged onto the message was a link to Amazon.com, the third-largest technology company in the world.

Oh, and Hawley did all this using the Twitter application for iPhone.

You seriously cannot fix stupid, but you can make fun of it all day long.

Ah, German Fontanini, a six-foot tall, brown haired, gray-blue-eyed Argentinean model. There is no need to say another word.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Architecture Wednesday: Frank Lloyd Wright's Charles F. Glore House

Kill me now. This is an original Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian-style house—smaller than his sprawling Prairie style residences, with little ornamentation and no basements or attics—in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest that just sold for nearly $3 million, and I missed it!! Kill me now.

This, the Charles F. Glore House, built in 1954, is the only Wright work in Lake Forest, and of course it features Wright trademarks like clerestory windows, built-in bookshelves, mahogany panels, four fireplaces—three of which are cantilevered—and an abundance of brick. The home has been updated, but in a way that doesn’t detract from the FLW-style; a formal dining room was added after enclosing a portion of the deck, and the windows have been upgraded. In additional, the traditional FLW red concrete floors, on the main level, have been replaced by gray concrete floors resulting in a brighter look that contrasts with the extensive woodwork.

The house sits on a nearly two-acre lot, just one block from the lake, with over 4,300 square feet, four bedrooms, four baths, large living areas, and expansive outdoor spaces.

The entry runs along the front of the house and also acts as a library space, as well as a spot to marvel the suspended staircase to the second floor. Off that hallway is the dining room and wet bar addition to the home, but it’s what’s at the end of that long book-lined hall that’s the prize.

As in many of Wright’s designs, most of the bedrooms in the home are not large, because, he felt, it forced the residents to congregate in the main common areas. But why would you not, when the living room has dramatic double-height cathedral windows that open out to the park-like setting of the backyard. Upstairs, there are the four bedrooms; the master suite with en suite, fireplace and private terrace; a large guest room with walls that move to open it to the living room below; and two additional bedrooms.

The kitchen has also been updated, as have the bathrooms, but with cabinetry and counters that recall FLW’s original design, but make the rooms more efficient for the 21st century.

I can’t with this house… it’s too big for us, but what I wouldn’t give to call it home.

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This Bitch: James Comer

As mass shootings continue to plague the nation—more than one shooting every single day—Kentucky GQP Congressman James Comer went on CNN and tried, he actually tried, arguing for weaker gun laws:

“[I]f you look at the states that ban guns, and the cities that have banned guns—Chicago, Washington, DC—they have some of the highest rates of gun violence, so, just passing laws banning guns doesn’t solve the problem.”

CNN anchor Pamela Brown pointed out that most guns recovered by law enforcement in states with strong gun laws were bought in states with weak gun laws. For instance, Chicago has very strong gun laws, but people simply cross the state line into Indiana, where the gun laws are weaker,  to buy guns and bring them back:

“So if gun laws don’t matter, why are criminals going to states with weaker gun laws, bringing that gun back to a state with stronger gun laws and committing crimes.”

James Comer was stumped:

“Well, I can’t answer that.”

And therein lies the problem. The GQP cannot answer that question. And it’s so simple. People take advantage of weak gun laws in certain states and are murdering Americans because of it. But if this country had universally strong gun laws we could prevent guns from ending up in the wrong hands.

Other countries do it, why can’t we? GQPers in the pockets of the NRA. Other than that, there is no reason why we shouldn’t require stronger background checks with every gun purchase. There’s no reason why we can’t require mental health exams. There’s no reason why we can’t ban assault weapons.

But mass shootings will never end as long as red states refuse to get on board.

And if that isn’t reason enough to vote Blue, then I don’t know one.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Oscar Fashion: the Best, the Good, the Meh, the Bad, the WTF, and the Men

I usually do an Oscarvations post the morning after the Oscars, but this year was a much more subdued affair, and since I hadn’t seen one single film nominated—hell, I haven’t been out to the movies in over a year—I wasn’t up on who was in what and what I liked, loathed or despised.

But there’s always the fashion, even in a year when the audience was made up mostly of nominees and invited guests and presenters, and so there’s still much to dish. So, let’s do that …

THE BEST

Regina King by a mile. She gave me Glinda the Good Witch Haute Couture. The color, the sheen, the glitter, the glam, the fit. Hands down.

Carey Mulligan, nominated for Promising Young Woman, did not win, but looks like an winner, baby. I love the drama and the sheen and the simplicity of it all. Does it need jewels? Not when the dress is a jewel!

Mia Neal, who along with Jamika Wilson, became the first Black woman to win an Oscar for makeup and hairstyling for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She took the stage, and I was like, “Damn.” I love that high glitter collar and the way it draped down the side.

Andra Day, nominated for playing Billie Holiday in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday in a sexy and glimmering and short and daring and glamorous totally Oscar-worthy dress.

H.E.R., AKA Gabriella Wilsonwon the Oscar for Best Original Song, “Fight for You,” from Judas and the Black Messiah, also won the fashion parade for going sexy, but covered up; rock’n’roll sexy.

GOOD

Olivia Colman. Yeah, it’s simple, but it’s age appropriate. It’s demur, but she wasn’t at the actual show, but at a theater in London. And in the Year of COVID, I think she chose well. The color. The retro vibes, the shoes. Love it.

Yuh-Jung Youn, Best Supporting Actress winner for Minari, wasn’t so mesmerized by the Oscar as she was by the man who called her name: “Mr. Brad Pitt, finally. Where were you when we were filming in person?” She looked, again, age-appropriate, in a midnight blue quilted gown. Simple and chic always scores.

Vanessa Kirby, nominated for Pieces of a Woman, stunned in pale pink with a simple cutout and bare midriff. She proves you don’t need sequins and bows and tricks to win.

Marlee Matlin presented an Oscar, but looked chic in black-and-silver with ultra-long sleeves. The look is giving me Evil Stepmother and I’m here for it.

MEH

Amanda Seyfried, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Mank, looks lovely, but it’s all too much. The top piece comes up too far, while plunging too low, and then there’s too much skirt. I get she was going for Old Hollywood Glam but she took it too far.

Angela Basset. Don’t kill me, I love her; I’d be her if I could. But this look is nothing new. I think we’ve seen the big sleeves, bow-looking red dress almost every year, and I’m over it.

Margot Robie. Why does a beautiful woman do this to herself? It looks like a floral Granny Dress cut down to trying-to-be-sexy lingerie. No.

Reese Witherspoon is a big star who drags the same tired look from the same tired closet every single year. Why show up if you aren’t gonna try?

Viola Davis. Again, don’t kill me, but this dress does nothing for her. The cutouts don’t work; her breasts look oddly enormous, and the top does not match the pretty white bottom. She usually looks fun and gorgeous, and this seems dowdy to me.

GOOD/BAD

Zendaya. All the TV fashionistas were raving about this dress, calling the color a “moment.” A moment? It’s yellow. And I know it was windy, but in the photo at left, fighting the wind, the dress looks like it’s on backwards; that cutout doesn’t work. In the photo at right, facing the wind, she looks stunning

Halle Berry. One of the most beautiful women in the world in an absolutely stunning dress ruined by that good-awful-one-can-only-hope-it’s-a-wig hair-don’t and terribly sad makeup. Neck down, gorgeous; add in the face and hair and, sorry, Halle, it’s a No.

BAD

Laura Dern. Have we learned nothing from Bjork’s Swan Dress? Granted, thus is no swan, but it looks like the stuffing fell out of the gown and she just went with it.

Sophia Nahli Allison is a documentary filmmaker so maybe she gets a pass? No. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that people knocked First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for fishnet stockings and this woman wears a literal fishing bet dress. No passes. It doesn’t fit, it sags and hangs and, while I gather it was supposed to be sexy, it misses the mark.

Glenn Close. Pick one! The dress is nice for a woman of a certain age and is nice for a demur Oscars. But then why the pants? And lastly, why has she been wearing these thick leather gloves for months now? What’s wrong with her hands? Are they being punished because they pointed out this outfit and she picked it?

WTF

Celeste Wait, nominated for Best Song for "Hear My Voice" The Trial of the Chicago 7, decided to wear her heart in her hands? WTF? This looks like some Evil Queen Alice in Wonderland knock-off made worse by carrying a human heart purse.

BEST ACCESSORY

Regina King wins Best Accessory for her date, Aldis Hodge, a dreamy, tall sexy hunk of a man. I instantly channeled my inner Aretha, singing “Freeway of Love” … ♪ ♫ Knew you'd be a vision in white … How'd you get your pants so tight ♫ ♪ Yum!

MEN

Riz Ahmed nominated for Best Actor for Sound of Metal, rocked the Not-A-Tuxedo statement last night but still brought the heat and the eleganza. Plus, as a show whore, I love the shoes.

Charles D. King, nominated as producer of Judas and the Black Messiah is giving retro-chic. I love the suit, the jacket the color of the jacket, the shoes, that shiny bald head. Cool and hot.

Colman Domingo, from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, rocked the carpet in a hot pink tuxedo dripping in rhinestones. Not a lot of men, straight or gay, and Coleman is a hot gay male, could pull off a pink suit and, yes, I’ll be that shallow, I’d love to pull off this pink suit. Just sayin’. Hot, gay, fashion forward, daring. Yes.

Jon Batiste, who, along with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, won the Oscar for Best Original Score for Soul, in a dark blue sleek tuxedo that doesn’t scream old school tuxedo. I love the color, the flower, the fit, and, yeah, the hot guy in the tux. Just sayin’.

Leslie Odom Jr channeled the Oscar statue in a double-breasted textured brocade gold suit. It’s a bit matchy-matchy, and I don’t quite get the turtleneck, unless it’s to match the black shoes? Still, he gets mad props for trying something new and different!

Sacha Baron Cohen also rocked a little retro look, though his is more British schoolboy. It’s not screaming at you, but it is elegant and, yeah, I’d wear that.

Steven Yeun, from Minari, brought out that timeless tuxedo look, but really made it work, because it fits like a glove. This is how you do tuxedo: make it fit!

Lakeith Stanfield, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, in a slightly gender-fluid pantsuit. It’s not for everyone, and not everyone should even think about it, but on Lakeith it works. Hip, cool, retro and tomorrow.

Daniel Kaluuya, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, shows what happens when you perhaps don’t go to a single fitting. It’s nice, but meh, and does absolutely nothing for him or me.

Tyler Perry won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and gave a lovely speech that he clearly took time to write, but he might have taken the same time to pick a suit jacket that fit, unless he’s going for too tight … and in velvet. The tiny bowtie draws attention to his literal large head, and those shoes! C’mon, man, make an effort in the shoe department, if you’re not gonna bring a good suit.

Jeremy Molod, nominated for Best Sound for Mank, also fell into the rented tuxedo that doesn’t fit trap. I mean, it looks like a bad Halloween maître d' costume, and if you’re gonna go rented, Jeremy, spring for the shoes. Good god man! Disgraceful.

Questlove provided the music, and it’s a good thing he was behind the mixing board because he was wearing … gird your loins, Maddie … gold crocs! Good goddess!

Travon Free and Martin Desmon Rice, winners for Short Film, Two Distant Strangers, brought the ugly, but with a message, so maybe they get a pass. The jackets, with yellow lapels, opened to reveal a series of scripted names of Black Americans murdered by the police. I love a good statement, but perhaps in a less hideous suit?

So, there you have the Best, the Good, the Meh, the Bad, the WTF, and the Men.

What did you think?