Archive for December, 2008

Got Milk?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Popping up my head from the gopher hole of the holidays (more about those later :) ), I highly recommend that you see “Milk” if it’s in a theater near you.  I went with nephew Zach and 15YOD today and found it riveting.  Sean Penn gives an amazing performance as Harvey Milk, and the actual news footage interspersed throughout the film was like a living history flashback for me.  I’d forgotten just how smarmy Anita Bryant could be.

The movie is rated R, but I wouldn’t let that deter you from taking your teenager to see it.  The few intimations of sex and the liberal use of the f-word are far outweighed by the powerful story and the valuable lessons of the aforementioned history.  Take Kleenex.

Getting in the Christmas (Special) Spirit

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

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Uploaded on December 17, 2008 by Plastic Neurospasta

Actually, AFAIK there won’t be any Daleks in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, but I haven’t seen a Cyberman Christmas tree anywhere.

Bristol Palin’s Future Mother-in-Law Busted on Drug Charges

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Sherry Johnston was arrested by Alaska state troopers yesterday and charged with six felony counts related to “a controlled substance”.

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She’s No Lady

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Del’s post below about Rod Blagojevich reminded me that I never cross-posted this piece from Shakesville, originally published last Friday:

So we all know that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on Tuesday, charged with attempting to sell the US Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. And we know that the case is based on wiretaps of Blagojevich’s home and office, which caught him uttering some obscenities as he discussed the various targets of his alleged pay-to-play scheme.

But did we know that his wife was also heard to utter the f-word? Oh noes, the little woman said “fuck”. And said it repeatedly. Let me sit down right now. I think I have the vapors.

The Chicago Tribune published a story yesterday that opened with this totally not sexist description of Patricia Blagojevich:

An unflattering portrait depicting Illinois First Lady Patricia Blagojevich as a modern-day Lady Macbeth who plotted against her husband’s perceived enemies and backed his corrupt schemes emerged in court documents connected to the governor’s arrest Tuesday.

Yes, of course. The scheming woman with blood on her hands. How original.

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Thinkin’ bout Blago

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I’ve finally figured out what the Blago situation reminds me of.  It’s the penultimate line of one of my favorite dirty jokes, the one about the shipwreck and the sheep. For those who don’t know that one, I’ll try to sum it up in family-blog language:

A ship wrecks on a desert island populated by nothing except a large flock of sheep. As the long months pass with no rescue in sight, the sailors begin to assuage their, um, tensions with the female sheep—all except the captain, who initially condemns the practice in the harshest language. However, eventually the pressure gets to him too, and after anxious consultation with the first mate as to procedure, he goes over the hill and visits a sheep. When he comes back, the crew is convulsed with laughter. “What?” he demands, embarrassed and angry. “Isn’t that what you’ve all been doing?” And the first mate replies, “Yes sir, but…you picked the ugliest one!”

“Isn’t that what you’ve all been doing?” When I read the famous bit about “I’ve got an effing valuable thing here, I’m not just going to give it away” I thought — well after I finished laughing I thought– well sure, it is certainly a valuable thing. Of course he isn’t going to just give it away. Who does that?

Here‘s a HuffPo post that sort of says the same thing.  Poor Blago. The man lacks finesse. Well hell, you could tell that by looking at him.

What if political life were like a SNL skit, where all the finessing was translated into actual, unvarnished plain speech in subtitle form or something? I bet there would be a lot more “eff thems” and “eff yous” heard on the Senate floor than just when Dick Cheney spoke.

What we want is, we want us a big-ass new bridge

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

I’m so upset. A friend just forwarded “breaking news” from al.com – apparently the DOT has put the kibosh on the northern alternative route for the new Mobile River bridge. As you will learn if you plow through the linked article, they’ve been trying to get a bridge built down here for like 15 years. The Wallace tunnel (the one on I-10) gets all backed up at rush hour, because of all the white people who work in Mobile but live over on the Eastern Shore so their kids won’t have to go to school with teh Negroes.  (There, I’m so mad I just out and said it.)

Plus, the entrance is really, really crappily designed. There are accidents. There is congestion. There are bottlenecks! and the DOT really, really wants to build a nice new bridge, if possible directly over the tunnel. This would put the shadow of a hulking 200-foot high structure right over the historic buildings the tunnel was designed to spare in the first place, which is why the historic preservation folks are fighting it. More importantly (if you’re not a fluted-column-hugger) it would really, really hurt our maritime industry. They have formed a group to fight the bridge, and for a while it looked like the DOT might see sense and reroute traffic to a northern-er bridge that we already have, but no, that just won’t do.

The maritime interests have vowed to fight it in the courts. Which could easily take another fifteen years, and maybe by then we’ll have those flying cars and we won’t need a bridge after all.

Moronic commenters on al.com complaining that all the arguing is “typical Mobile” and pointing out that Greensboro eight-laned their Interstate without any fuss. Gee, commenter, did they CRIPPLE a major industry when they did it? Thought not.

UAB Employee Sends Nasty Anti-Gay Email from Work Computer

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Nice.  One UAB employee responded to the Day Without a Gay effort by sending a nasty email to the website:

“It’s actually shocking in this day and time,” says Jonathan Quinn, who is presidnet of Central Alabama Pride. He is talking about an e-mail, sent from a UAB employee using a government-owned e-mail account. The author called homosexuals “freaks.. the scourge of the earth.. And responsible for everything wrong in this sorry world.”

Wow, really?  Responsible for everything wrong with the world?  Who knew Teh Gaystm had so much power?

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Happy Birthday!

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

…to my sis-in-law Jeri! I hope it’s a great day.

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Greening the Holidays

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Okay, I know I asked you not to shop today, but if you must:

Join us Wednesday, December 10, at the Red Rain Environmental Store (2803 18th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209) – with light refreshments served from 4 – 7 p.m. Red Rain will donate a portion of sales to Cahaba Riverkeeper, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to defending the ecological integrity of the Cahaba River, its tributaries and watershed.

Red Rain Environmental Store sells eco friendly and predominantly local products such as rain barrels, organic skin care, baby gifts, holiday ornaments, journals, vitamins, art, soap, pottery, jewelry, local jams, jellies, hot sauce, honey, and more.

If you prefer to maintain today’s boycott, check out Cahaba Riverkeeper’s website and consider a direct contribution. And remember to shop Red Rain another day.

h/t Blues reader Peggy

Day Without a Gay

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Today is Day Without a Gay, organized by Join the Impact. Clearly, I should have posted this sooner, but, well, see the post below, blah blah busycakes.

I know many people don’t have the option of skipping out on work today (I don’t — haven’t been here long enough to have vacation days), but we can avoid shopping. If you identify as LGBTQI or an ally (hand raised here), please do what you can to stay away from the stores and restaurants today. It’s time for a wake-up call to the people who think they can live without us.

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Coming up: Light Up the Night for Equality December 20. Organizers are needed — check out your city/state and see what you can do.