Saturday, February 14, 2009
I don't even know what to say about this except maybe "who cleans her up after going to the bathroom?
Lee Redmond's record-length fingernails were broken in a car accident Tuesday. The Utah woman's nails, which hadn't been cut since 1979, totaled more than 28 feet in length during a 2008 measurement. The longest nail, on her right thumb, was 2 feet, 11 inches.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Kenny Chesney tells Playboy that he's slept with more than 100 women, and they will testify that he's not gay. He also says he's angry about the gay rumors that continue to follow him:
"What guy who loves girls wouldn't be angry about that ...? I didn't sign up for that. I think people need to live their lives the way they want to, but I'm pretty confident in the fact that I love girls (laughs). I've got a long line of girls who could testify that I am not gay."
I was very surprised and disappointed to see that Randy Price has left the station. I have been a fan of Randy’s for many years. His newscast was an easy segue into the NBC Nightly News which I have watched for years as well. I must say that I have been thinking about leaving the viewing "family” for some time because of the stupid “dog bites man” and other tabloid style fluff pieces you seem to populate your newscasts with. Randy was the only bright spot in your group of news readers. He was clear, erudite, informed and you could see that he has the “believability” factor sewn up. I have never respected Frances Rivera’s work, nor the new news “dish” Kim Kazei. They have no credibility and none of the (again) believability of Randy. Your “show” really needed him to give your broadcasts “gravitas” and that is nowhere to be seen now that your news department is populated with “newsbabe” airheads.What do you think?
My decision to leave ‘HDH is now easy. While I will definitely keep watching NBC Nightly News, I will not be viewing your newscasts anymore.
p. s. As I was sending this to you, my spellchecker asked about the spelling of Kazei and offered Kazoo as an alternative spelling. Is that appropriate or what?
It makes me grateful for Not being in Vermont where Mary Kaye just sent me a photo that she says signals the beginning of spring up there...
Meanwhile, for today's musical interlude we present for your approval Kathleen Battle singing "Frühlingsstimmen" ("Voices of Spring") by Johan Strauss. Perfect!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The folks at Comcast called and gave us a great deal on our service (we added a phone line and EVERY channel in the universe for $30 less than we were paying before) so I thought I'd rent "The Tudors". The girls were right. It is captivating. All of the men (except the ones that are supposed to be ugly) are stunning, and the women are all cheap (except Kathy Aragon). I am loving this show. I have just finished the first season and and waiting for the next season's disks to arrive from Netflix so I can catch up before the new season starts.
I can recommend this show strictly for entertainment value as it is such a jumble of mis-matched dates, historical allegiances that never were, events that never happened, etc. that one who knew the history would find this show unacceptable. Just watch it for fun. I do.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Randy Price, an anchor at Boston's WHDH for twelve year and the country's first openly gay news anchor is leaving, but conflicting accounts between him and the station on to who decided to say, "Goodbye", leaves us (and others) thinking he was given the old heave-ho.
The Boston Herald reports that while the station said this:
“This is what he wanted to do…It was his decision. He’s been a terrific newscaster and he’s a good friend of mine and all I can do is wish him well.”
Prince's take was this:
“Obviously, it’s their decision. While I was certainly a little stunned, I understood it very well. Am I disappointed? Yeah.”
Which doesn't sound much like a guy who made his own decision, does it?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy insisted on Monday in firm and passionate terms that a comprehensive investigation be launched into the conduct of the Bush administration, saying anything less would prevent the country from moving forward.
Speaking at a forum at Georgetown University, the Vermont Democrat suggested the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission to uncover the "misdeeds" of the past eight years.
"Many Americans feel we need to get to the bottom of what went wrong," said Leahy. "I agree. We need to be able to read the page before we turn the page."
The Senator also stated that Attorney General Eric Holder never gave assurances to Republican Senators that he would not prosecute Bush administration officials who may have been involved in illegalities such as authorizing torture or warrantless wiretapping.
"There are some who resist any effort to investigate the misdeeds of the recent past," he said. "Indeed, during the nomination hearing of Eric Holder, some of my fellow Senators on the other side of the aisle tried to extract a devil's bargain from him in exchange for the votes -- a commitment that he would not make... That is a pledge no prosecutor should give and Eric Holder did not give it. But because he did not it accounts for some of the votes against him."
At one point, Leahy slammed the lectern with his right fist, underscoring the emotion he brought to the debate. His remarks came after Holder was rumored to have provided Republicans on the Judiciary Committee a pledge not to prosecute Bush officials - a report that the Obama administration denied.
From Michaelangelo Signorile's Blog:
A Colorado Springs bail bondsman and sometime bounty hunter who has been investigating New Life Church and Ted Haggard for several years appeared on my show late on Friday and told me that he now has information on ten more cases of sexual misconduct on the part of Ted Haggard and that three of these involve minors. He also said that New Life Church had suppressed from the media an earlier case of a pastor at the church (which has many pastors under the senior pastor) who was convicted of sexual assault against a child under the age of 15 and got off easy with help from the church, only to later have his probation revoked. The convicted pastor then illegally left the country, he said, and he speculates that New Life Church may have helped him do so.
Bobby Brown, reading from what he said was a detective’s affidavit, told me that the pastor, Stephen Evans, was convicted in 1999 of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy and admitted to sexual contact with his own 14-year-old son and his own 15-year-old daughter, in a case that Brown says was somehow kept out of the media and has not been reported until now. Brown says that with the help and backing of New Life Church, Evans served no jail time at all, cutting a plea deal in which he’d agree to a “restoration” at the church – yes, just like the one that Ted Haggard went through to supposedly make him straight! – while serving five years on probation. It is likely that Ted Haggard, as senior pastor at the time, oversaw Evans’ restoration.
From those queens over at Good As You
1993: Conservatives, with an interest more on their party that on their country, make Bill Clinton's every last fart a "controversy," standing in the way of much-needed work.
2009: Conservatives, with an interest more on their party that on their country, make Barack Obama's every last fart a "controversy," standing in the way of much-needed work.
1993: Conservatives, confronted with a charismatic leader, act as if things like charisma, likability, capability, and intellect are things to be frowned upon.
2009: Conservatives, confronted with a charismatic leader, act as if things like charisma, likability, capability, and intellect are things to be frowned upon.
1993: Gays in the military is made into an issue by those who care more about keeping gays unequal than they care about fairness or national security.
2009: Gays in the military is made into an issue by those who care more about keeping gays unequal than they care about fairness or national security.
1993: Progressive views are decried at every turn
2009: Progressive views are decried at every turn
1993: Republicans who do cross the aisle to work with the Democrats are shunned by some as being party turncoats.
1993: Hillary Clinton invokes a visceral hatred in some GOP circles.
2009: Hillary Clinton still invokes a visceral hatred in some GOP circles.
1993: Whereas Democrats vehemently lashed out against the Republican predecessor only after they felt such ire had been earned, a frightening number of GOPers begin working to declare the new presidency a failure before the boxes are White House boxes are unpacked
2009: "I hope Obama fails" -Rush Limbaugh
1993: Actually getting things done seems far less important to conservatives than getting themselves back into power.
2009: Actually getting things done seems far less important to conservatives than getting themselves back into power.
That's our take, at least. Now watch Focus on the Family's take:
2000: Bill Clinton leaves office with 66% approval rating.
2009: George W. Bush leaves office with a 22% approval rating.
TOPEKA | The Kansas Army National Guard has discharged its first homosexual soldier under the federal "don't ask-don't tell" policy.
Amy Brian, who served nine years in the guard, including a stint in Iraq, was investigated and "separated" last month after a civilian co-worker told authorities they had seen her kissing a woman in a Wal-Mart checkout line.
"I'd never really tried to hide my homosexuality to the close people I worked with," Brian said. "And they didn't seem to care or think any different of it."
Brian joins almost 12,500 other lesbian, gay and bisexual service members who the Pentagon has discharged from 1994 to 2007.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
As I was going through photos to tag them, I found a photo from the Massachusetts State House during the Constitutional Convention of 2003. I found a photo of a particularly rediculous man wearing a sign on his person. THIS is the level of the Christianist's intellect and the reasoning behind their argument (click on photo for larger view)...
Gay woman fights over hospital visitation rights in Miami courtAs her partner of 17 years slipped into a coma, Janice Langbehn pleaded with doctors and anyone who would listen to let her into the woman's hospital room.
Eight anguishing hours passed before Langbehn would be allowed into Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. By then, she could only say her final farewell as a priest performed the last rites on 39-year-old Lisa Marie Pond.
Jackson staffers advised Langbehn that she could not see Pond earlier because the hospital's visitation policy in cases of emergency was limited to immediate family and spouses -- not partners. In Florida, same-sex marriages or partnerships are not recognized. On Friday, two years after her partner's death, Langbehn and her attorneys were in federal court, claiming emotional distress and negligence in a suit they filed last June.