Saturday, December 29, 2007
I wonder if the ban includes refreshing cigarettes such as Kool, which I've been told are actually good for you, and which reportedly are as cool and as clean as a breath of fresh air.
Salem also offers a wonderful world of freshness, with a softness that actually freshens!
Winston rocks too:
Friday, December 28, 2007
David Letterman will be back on the air Wednesday, and with his writing staff. Yay.
Jay Leno also will be back, but without his writers. Not that I watched him before, but this is one Scab I won't be picking when I turn my TV dial.
In honor of Dave striking a deal, here's a quick FIVE FAVS entry -- my five favorite individual Letterman shows.
1. The Warren Zevon show. It was just after Zevon announced he was dying, so Dave gave him an entire show. Tremendous.
2. Dave's first show back after 9/11. Dave's monologue struck the perfect notes for a wounded city and nation, as compared with Leno's first monologue after 9/11, which didn't seem as sincere and as genuine. Dave's guest that night was Dan Rather. This is a show they'll be showing clips from years from now, and deservedly so.
3. Pie Night. Any Pie Night. It's always on Thanksgiving, and Dave's mom is featured in a live remote from her Indiana kitchen. I was in the audience for one of his Pie Night shows. I can't remember the pie, but I do remember laughing a lot. Pie Night was canceled this year because of the writer's strike.
4. Dave's first show after his heart surgery. His guests included his entire medical team. Puts life in perspective, no?
5. The Speeded-Up Show. This was back on NBC. Dave wanted to pack an hour and fifteen minutes worth of comedy (or something like that) into one hour, so the entire broadcast ran at a slightly faster speed so the show would still only take an hour. If I remember correctly there also was a real-time clock clicking in one of the corners. How cool is that?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Coming soon: My predictions for 2008.
But just a warning: If you want to be surprised by what is going to happen in 2008, I strongly advise you to avoid reading this post, especially considering the amazing accuracy of my incredible and astonishing predictions from last year.
With no end coming soon for my basement-cleaning project, it looks like the "Things I Find in my Basement" regular feature will continue well into the new year.
My latest find is sure to annoy Reaganites and people who know how to use hypens:
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
He suggested that a new, thin, more fit and modern Santa should start entering the collective popular imagination.
Mrs. Claus shouldn't be off the hook, either:
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Day 1: Say something nasty about someone's past. Get media coverage.
Day 2: Resign for saying something nasty about someone's past. Repeat smear. Get more media coverage.
Day 3: Have your boss issue a statement and hold a press conference about how he or she regrets her former employee's smears from two days ago. Repeat smear. Get even more media coverage.
This is exactly what the Clinton campaign did to Barack Obama last week, and it's hard not to believe that they didn't know exactly what they were doing. The smear made the news cycle for three consecutive days, and there might be more today.
I guess some people call this good politics, but not me.
It's not the politics of keeping hope alive, it's the politics of keeping smears alive.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I'm happy to report that a reader says he finds interesting things in his basement, too, and sent some photos along.
I truly wish all these things were in my basement, don't you?
FUN FACT: One of the people in the above album covers is now a U.S. Congressman.
Click here for the answer, and my old post on the matter.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Almost a year ago, last January, I saw presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show. He was merely a blip on the polling radar at the time.
What I saw worried me because:
1) He came off very well, like a moderate. Charming, likeable, electable.
2) I knew he wasn't a moderate. And I knew, despite how he slickly answered some gay-marriage questions, what he really thought about gay people. The record is not good.
So last January, I wrote a quick post on it. "Homophobe on The Daily Show" was the title.
Many news outlets reported today how Huckabee viewed AIDS back in 1992, and it only bolsters the "Huckabee is a Homophobe" argument. To say the least, his views are a little harsh, and weren't even in line with the most up-to-date medical knowledge of the day. And his suggestion at the time that Hollywood celebrities, and certainly not the federal government, fund AIDS research is laughably idiotic from multiple perspectives, and especially from the medical and public health perspectives.
His views on this issue from 1992, which he won't back down from today, truly are a window into his soul.
But be warned that window can get a little foggy when he charms so on The Daily Show.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Although it's not mentioned in the article, I think you can credit one thing: Williams' credible and funny and likeable turn as host of Saturday Night Live earlier this fall, on Nov. 4, near the beginning of the latest ratings sweep period.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
In 2003, I and a minority of Americans had a strong gut feeling against the war in Iraq, at a time when the vast majority of the country was cheering it on, and most TV journalists were going ga-ga over wearing American flag pins. You weren't considered a Patriot, or a good reporter, if you remained more objective, like the late Peter Jennings and ABC News reporters, who didn't wear pins, opting instead to report news.
Remember all those splashy and subtly pro-war "Operation Iraqi Freedom" cable news graphics (MSNBC and CNN joined the party just as eagerly as Fox News Channel) that pretty much presupposed that 1) the war was just, 2) the war was necessary and 3) the war was actually about freedom? At times Dan Rather and the supposedly liberal CBS News operation were among the worst offenders and, in my opinion, biggest cheerleaders.
Many of us in the anti-war camp were not fooled -- nor were we shocked and awed -- by snazzy graphics or Republican sophistry -- including Colin Powell's U.N. testimony regarding weapons of mass destruction.
GUT FEELINGS, PART II
In 2007, I have another strong gut feeling regarding the presidential election. Any of the Democratic candidates will be an improvement over Bush, and I think that just about any of the Republican candidates would be an improvement over Bush, too.
But there's one candidate that gives me a strong gut feeling. That this candidate is the right person, at the right time, with the right message.
I'm voting for Barack Obama, and I'm not changing my mind.
Obama also had a strong gut feeling against the War in Iraq way back when, and unlike other leading Democratic candidates he was a vocal opponent of it as an Illinois state senator. (Remember, at this time he was a man with higher ambitions, such as the job in the U.S. Senate, so taking such a stand was not motivated by political polling, just inner conviction.)
How can you describe such opposition, this public disapproval of a popular war from a politician with goals beyond being just a state senator?
It's called "terrible politics" if the year is 2003, but "good judgment" in any other year.
God Bless America. Vote Obama.
TODAY'S MUST READ: Frank Rich's Obama column in the New York Times.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
"It is [a sin]....You should try to show them a way to deal with that problem, just like alcohol ... or sex addiction ... or kleptomaniacs."
-- U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, Associated Press, June 15, 1998. (Source.)
Takes one to know one?
Maybe Larry Flynt and his website Larryflynt.com might have more information to answer this question a little later this month?Again, I don't know whether these rumors and accusations are true. But I do know that U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, based on his career in the Senate, has an anti-gay voting record that is at least as good as that of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Heavens to murgatroyd: The gay blogosphere today is ON FIRE pointing to rumors of a certain conservative Senator potentially having a gay rent boy on the payroll, and he wasn't exactly doing just light filing, if you know what I mean.
I won't mention the name of the Senator here, and I don't know if it's true or not, but let's just say that if it is true we wish the good Senator from Mississippi lots of great "gay rent-boy sex" in his just-announced retirement.
And if it is true, it just goes to prove: "You are what you hate."
More here and here and here.
One more thing: Although I'm certainly not convinced yet about the truth of all this, I'm not surprised either.
I wonder if Leslie has ever bought an outfit at TJ Maxx?
I wonder what Oprah thinks about the parody. Opal's boyfriend on the show is "Sraightman."
My DSL has been out, off and on, for the last week. I'm hoping TCOJ is back to "normal," whatever that is since I'm rarely referred to as normal, early this week.
Monday, November 19, 2007
"Don't Squeeze the Charmin." ... "Irresistibly soft."
... I wonder how psychoanalysts would deconstruct these iconic ad phrases (and metaphors for sexual repression).
2. Legolas and Gimli Son of Gloin from Lord of the Rings. They were secret lovers, right?
3. Mr. Whipple, who rumor has it secretly LOVED to squeeze the "Charmin."
4. Schroeder. (Like my guy-pal Wally, he has blonde hair and can really tickle the fingers.)
5. Morris the Cat. (Based on the below video evidence.)
(Just narrowly missing the list: Velma from Scooby Doo.)
PART OF A CONTINUING SERIES (Click FIVE FAVS in the Labels)
For the complete "Mr. Whipple" posts, click Mr. Whipple in the labels.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Branded as the only true "Dip-it! Top-It! Cheez-It" baked snack cracker, this may just be the best baked snack cracker in all the world.
In unrelated news, I'd also like to announce a new sponsor for The Cup of Joe: BIG Cheez-IT, America's favorite baked snack cracker.
Thank you, Just for Men.
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