Friday, August 31, 2007

My Five Favorite Potential
Blind Dates For Sen. Larry Craig

1. The Rev. Ted Haggard.

2. Smithers from The Simpsons.

3. Lisa Marie Presley.

4. The ghost of Merv Griffin.

5. Liza Minnelli.

That is, if he turns out to be a gay American.

I do kind of feel sorry for the guy. Some friend or family member should cheer him up by making him a Cher mix tape.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

You'll never guess whose name surfaces in the below report from ABC News from a quarter a century ago. The same conservative U.S. Senator who strongly issued a denial earlier this week that he loves the cock issued a similar denial 25 years ago on a national news broadcast.

People don't change, eh?

Suggested Reading For Larry Craig's Wife

"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."

-- The Scarlet Letter

The Tale of the Toilet Foot Tapper

U.S. Senator Larry Craig says vehemently that he is not a gay American who loves the cock. Watch (and decide) for yourself as a Minneapolis police report is re-enacted on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Senator Sexy-Man: Has He Been Naughty?

Declaring that it was all a crazy misunderstanding worthy of Three's Company, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (pictured at right) told the world yesterday that he doesn't love cock.

Keith Olbermann puts it all in perspective below.

Watch it and let me know what you think: Does Larry Craig love the cock?

Oh, and be sure to watch closely and see how Mitt Romney changes the subject in the piece to say bad things about ... Bill Clinton.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Senator Gets His Mitts Off Romney Campaign

Larry Craig, the married Republican who was arrested for lewd conduct in a public restroom, has resigned as the U.S. Senate co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign for Idaho. Which means he'll now have to keep his mitts off the campaign, and well away from Romney's ... five sons.

Republican Senator Arrested in Public Bathroom

Last fall I wrote a post called, "Glory (Hole) Be To The Gay Senator."

At the time, a Republican Senator from Idaho was rumored to be gay, so I suggested in my post that Larry Craig from Idaho go on Meet The Press with Tim Russert to set the matter straight once and for all. I also suggested some questions.

Here's an update to the story. It turns out that Senator Craig apparently was arrested earlier this summer for lewd conduct in a public restroom. JoeMyGod has the sorry story here. So does Blogactive. And Towleroad. And Queerty.

While reading these posts, remember that this is the same Senator that advocated the Federal Marriage Amendment that would have changed the constitution to prevent gays from marrying. The same senator who voted to confirm anti-gay judges. The same senator who had a voting record of "F" for gay-related issues according to one website.

As far as I'm concerned, I don't care how the good U.S. Senator likes to get his rocks off. It's his business.

But when this kind of self-loathing manifests itself in places outside of public restrooms, like the halls of the U.S. Congress, I have a problem with it.

Kitty Said What?

What better way to follow up a post about Mother Teresa than with this?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I Have A Different Name For It

Where is my Faith -- even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness and darkness -- My God -- how painful is this unknown pain -- I have no Faith."
-- Mother Teresa

We learned this week that Mother Teresa suffered all her life from being "tormented by questions of faith." Here's the Washington Post story.

Among the writings that indicate this torment, she says to a spiritual counselor in a letter: "Jesus has a very special love for you ... [but] as for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, — Listen and do not hear — the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak ... I want you to pray for me — that I let Him have [a] free hand."

From Bill Mahr to The Daily Show, the news has been fodder for jokes and commentary all week.

I have a different name for what Mother Teresa suffered from. In a narrow sense you could call it "tormented by questions of faith," but in a broader human sense it's called clinical depression.

In all the news coverage, plenty of theologians and religious people have been quoted. But what about a doctor?

She lived among utter poverty and witnessed human misery on a daily basis for decades -- all the while suffering a profound depression (with no Prozak or Celexa to pop) -- and yet she was able to carry on publicly so visibly and passionately.

How extraordinary.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Passed On, Without Comment

This is the moment FOR YOU to comment on this video.

Is this good, bad, god-awful, fun, ridiculous? And do you find it entertaining?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wink Martindale-Worthy

Drew Carey deserves cash and terrific prizes for his performance as host of a new gameshow on CBS. He's likeable, funny, entertaining, interacts well with contestants, and may just be the perfect type of "new" gameshow host. It's all clear as day for viewers of his new limited-run show Power of 10, which started airing twice a week this week on CBS. And he'll get a chance to prove it some more when he starts running the Blinko game on The Price is Right later this year.


PLAY ALONG AT HOME: Below are some recent questions from the show. Contestants must answer within a correct range, starting with a 40 percent window and then declining as the value of the question increases. Five correct questions will win the contestant $10,000,000.
  • What percentage of Americans think that Mormons should be allowed to practice polygamy under the First amendment of the Constitution?
  • What percentage of Americans think that Americans should be able to purchase automatic weapons?
  • What percentage of Americans said that a woman should take her husband's last name when she gets married?
  • What percentage of Americans agreed George Bush should have released Scooter Libby from prison?
  • What percentage of Americans think that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol?
Or you can go online and play HERE.

At some point I'll post the correct answers in the comments. I will say now, however, that 57 percent of Americans believe that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

George Bush: An Even Worse Historian
Than He Is President?

George Bush recently compared Iraq to ... Vietnam.

He said that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq would lead to widespread death and suffering, as it did in Southeast Asia three decades ago. Here's the Washington Post story.

Bush may not have noticed it, but there's already widespread death and suffering in Iraq.

And is this the only lesson Bush learned from Vietnam? That we got out too soon and should have stayed longer?

Remember that Bush (unlike John Kerry and Al Gore) did not bother to serve in the Vietnam War, preferring instead to skip out on his National Guard service -- as only the spoiled grandson of a U.S. Senator could -- so he could concentrate on beer bongs and God-knows-what-else.

Memo to Bush: This may be a good time to reflect that as many as 700,000 innocent civilian Iraqis are already dead because of this unnecessary war in Iraq.

A study that appeared last fall in the medical journal The Lancet estimated that the War has led to 500 Iraqi deaths a day, or 655,000 souls as of last October.

Nobody knows the exact number of Iraqi deaths, but even if this were half the amount, say 325,000, it still amounts to the entire population of, say, the city of Cincinnatti, and is 10,000 times greater than the number of souls lost on 9/11.

This is tragic. The deaths aren't American lives, so for some reason it doesn't outrage the large masses of American fundamentalist conservative christians, but can God-fearing Americans really think that God differentiates between American and non-American lives, or prioritizes one race/nationality as greater than others?

America makes up only 5 percent of the world population. I want born-again American Christians to repeat that 10 times: America makes up only 5 percent of the world population. I also want these Christians to repeat (also 10 times) the following phrases:
  • Jesus was not an American.
  • Jesus had dark skin, just like those 700,000 dead Iraqis.

It would be unreasonable to say that, in God's eyes, American lives are more important the lives of non-Americans, right? Right?

I wish born-again Christian George Bush, back in 2002, had been more concerned with "saving the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians with the same skin tone as Jesus" as he was about "oil profits" before starting this disastrous war in the middle east.

A battle-tested man like John Kerry -- who knows what it's like to kill a man in combat, a man who saved lives in combat and "accomplished missions," a man who withstood the pressures of enemy fire -- knows the true lessons of Vietnam, in a way that George Bush -- who cut and ran from his military obligations -- never bothered to learn.

Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?

"Tom Russell is Johnny Cash, Jim Harrison, and Charles Bukowski all rolled into one. I feel a great affinity with Tom Russell's songs, for he is writing from the wounded heart of America."
--Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Tom Russell, one of America's great songwriters, has a new CD out, and he appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman Tuesday night to sing a blistering (and funny) song about immigration.

Russell isn't a household name, probably because he writes the kind of music that he likes, not what he think the masses will like.

He sang on Letterman "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall," a song that appears on his new CD, "Wounded Heart of America." I imagine this was written from his home in El Paso, and it's an absolutely genius take on the state of the immigration debate in America. Here are the opening lyrics.
I've got 800 miles of open border right outside my door.
There's minute men in little pick up trucks who've declared their own damn war.
Now the government wants to build a barrier like old Berlin 8 feet tall
But if uncle Sam sends the illegals home who's gonna build the wall?

You can watch the Letterman appearance here:

You also can listen to the song on Russell's My Space website.

And here's Russell's homepage.

Go buy his album, OK? Cuz you probably won't be reading a review in the New York Times.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I Don't Give A Crap What Iowa Thinks

Iowa went Democratic in 2000, with Al Gore winning the state. Then, after four years of George Bush, the good people of Iowa decided that Bush the Lesser wasn't a complete disaster/dimwit and concluded that he deserved re-election for failing to capture Osama Bin Laden, for dividing the nation over wedge issues such as gay marriage, and for being asleep at the wheel on 9/11 after ignoring intelligence warnings. The state's 7 electoral votes went to Bush because, in the minds of Iowa voters, his record made him deserving of re-election and they were afraid that John Kerry would institute taxpayer-funded gay marriage on demand.

Now, with Iowa again taking centerstage in the presidential election process because, well, because it's Iowa, and that's the way we do it here in 'Merica, let me just say that I really don't care what the people of Iowa think. Now, I've never met a person from Iowa I didn't like, but because they helped to re-elect the worst president in U.S. history in 2004, I just don't trust the state anymore. Iowa's political instincts are dead to me.

The 2008 presidential candidates continue to be engaged in a feverish multi-year process of trying to kiss as much collective ass in Iowa as possible -- including this morning when eight Democrats "debated" from the state on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. My basic reaction to most of the candidates during this morning's debate (and I've never voted for a Republican presidential candidate) was to roll my eyes, particularly when *that one guy* who is supposedly in the top three spoke, who strikes me as phonier than a FILL IN FOLKSY WITTICISM HERE.

The highlight of the debate was when a bug flew in Chris Dodd's hair. Dodd, by the way, was not one of the candidate's who made my eyes roll. That would be the other candidate with the great hair.

As for Dodd, I'd have a pint with this guy any day. However, while at the pub we'd just have to drink from covered steins since insects seem very attracted to his "candidacy."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Computer Malfunction

My Radio Shack TRS 80 computer unfortunately does not work during times of 100-plus degree weather. I'll be back soon when my computer is back up and running.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Rabbit Season

Here's a new "Dharma Inititiative" video that recently hit the Internet, even though new episodes of Lost won't be airing until January. Apparently the video was released at some conference/panel discussion of the series.

Make of it what you will, but I think when the scientist screams "Don't let them touch each other," it's probably significant.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007