Gawd... you will ROFL with the Fruitcake Lady. If you haven't already done so on the Tonight Show. Still, what better way to set a great tone for the day. I gotta watch again!
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
From Shmuely of course. And there's mention of a hanging Chad.
We picked up some food from a concession. I thought it was smoky. But turns out every concession had screen-netting surrounding it. So you couldn't riot. Jump over, reach over and steal the food and the money. Then we sat on a concrete wall surrounding the one barely surviving bush that passed for landscaping. And as we ate, I took a good look at the crowd. And it was like nothing I'd ever seen. The girls. They were wearing the fashion of the day. Halter tops. But they had beer bellies hanging over their jeans. They weren't even embarrassed. It was like all those obesity reports in the news had finally come to roost. Like everybody had a bad body and gotten used to it. And if they weren't overweight, they were scrawny with lined faces looking like their lives had been painful. Raising three kids on minimum wage. The guys. Well, I didn't look them in the eye. Maybe for fear they'd find me looking at their girlfriends, figuring I was checking them out, and beat the shit out of me.
Full blog entry here. I had to drive up to north Georgia for a shoot the other day, just outside of where Harold Finster used to live, Summerville, GA. Lemme tell you, it was shocking the poverty and trash I saw all around. Seemed like the meth had just beaten down the whole community right into an early grave.
As for the Angel Sanchez gown I was trying to get a shot of, rather than Little Miss Highly Annoyed, I'd about sold an egg or two for that thing. I still dream about it.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I'd better get AT&T on the line now to commence installation of her personal communications system. She'll need it. Corporate sponsorship bids will be considered until the end of the year.
The training is proceeding according to plan, Mahhh-ster.
Monday, February 05, 2007
From another, similar CBC (Canada) story:
Go to any university campus in Canada’s larger cities and you’ll see the first seeds of a conservatism being born in young Muslims. For example, at the University of Toronto’s Muslim Students’ Association, male members won’t make eye contact with the females, they won’t address them, won’t sit next to them, and, worst of all, the female students pray behind the male students, even though in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, men and women pray side by side. This separation between the genders is not happening at the universities in Karachi, Cairo or Dhaka, but for some reason, it is happening among Muslims in the West. While these "social regressions" may not seem like a big deal, they are emblematic of a larger trend towards rejecting everything that is western.
Shoot, a Republican man would be the first to sell a woman's reproductive freedom down the river without an Islamicist to tell him to either! I believe they've already tried. A lot. Still are.
Lemme tell you now, say it loud and say it proud, I ain't wearin' no burka. And if any Islamicists, Republicans, or even a candyass like Caren West for that matter, think I'm just messing around, I once cranked-out my own kid into this big 'ole world on my own pure meanass powers, with not so much as an aspirin in my system -- just 'cause I really am a badass at heart, and I knew I could tough it out for sheer, freakin' sport. Plus, I never wanted to be anethtisized like some candyass yuppie or addict for the whole dog and pony show giving birth has become in the 21st century.
One day, when I'm old and bored with nothing better to do, after we've rid the world of evil terrorists of course, I'll write what birthing a baby really is all about when you do it the way I did -- with no drugs in one's system... by CHOICE.
UPDATE: In repro-freedom matters, there will be a Planned Parenthood rally at the State Capitol on February 13th at 9am. More details here. Put prevention first!
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I'm sure Laura Mallory could use a copywriter if Ms. West runs out of shoes, chihuahuas and vomit to babble on about. And I hear Ralph Reed's back too! She could stick her limp-haired head up his Mighty-Righty Christian ass -- for money, just like that adorable little Baron cupcake at "TSP" once did.
Shoot, West could just click-off down the hallway in full femme prattle to ask Baron how one does perform a freakshow media-whore act of that magnitude. She (Baron) wrote the texbook after all. Then again, West would have to pull her head outta the Turner-Seydel-Daddy's-Money, do-gooder green butthole first. Tough 'ho-choices, eh?
NOTE: Caren hon, I won't go too hard on you in the SGR, here on out, if you say in your next column that I'm actually quite pretty, a fabulous writer and that my blog deserves to be on the cover of The Economist. If you don't, well then.... may the best bullshitter win! It is seriously tough, tough, tough, tough, tough being a poor relation in this cold, cruel world. I would know.
Friday, February 02, 2007
I'll never get in Mrs. Mallory's Bible study group now. Nor offered a job at Edelman. Asked to lobby for Media Bloggers Association? No way. Guess I'll just have to keep on blogging bravely on alone into the night. I can always hang lite-brites if times get tough. If I get arrested, I'm sure The Ministry of Magic will send an Auror. I answer only to that blue-eyed She-Devil (no, not Hillary), J.K. Rowling.
Be glad you're a blogger. Pay might suck, but you don't have to get up at 2am every day. Here's the video.
ADD ON: Also on MSNBC is a terrific global news/semi-travel blog called World Blog. What's different and compelling about this one, and especially if you loath "travel writing" as I do due to the incessant blather about food items and hotels, is that its "regular contributors include NBC News correspondents, producers and staff based in bureaus across the world and on assignment." Check it out here. And watch your back, ladies, if you're in Cairo this week.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Well, that might be just blogger-wishful thinking. Lawyers are standing by to cash in, though. Time-Warner suits too.
Well folks, it's official: the masses are scared of... well... just about everything! Especially technology -- when law enforcement and their speaker system (traditional media) have NO idea what they're dealing with. After the Boston Techno-Fright fest of the last couple of days, we can see the writing on the wall, though. From Boston.com:
On the one hand, Boston police and city officials demonstrated how ignorant they are about pop culture, guerrilla marketing, and technology, and then got embarrassed, which is why they're so angry now.
What I do know from experience, that may offer insight into this matter, is that every (U.S.) disaster scene I've ever been at (as media), and there have been plenty in my long, if somewhat undistinguished, old-media career, the blue collars get to play God. And it makes 'em happy as a pig in shit.
Normal communications, routines and processes come to a screeching halt, and the good 'ole boy-law enforcement-blue-collar crowd takes over. And maybe this is a good thing in times of crisis, but tell that to the people who, after a hurricane for instance, are anxious to get back to their property to assess damages as soon as they can. Forget it! You cain't have it until the blue-collars say you can.
Just apply those "methods" to say... oh... a nuclear disaster site. You're smart people out there, you blog readers, you get the point.
One other note, I once saw one of those LED promos, under an overpass somewhere. Can't remember what city, maybe it was Atlanta, but it was at night and the "thing" seemed to be easily and immediately comprehended as a promotional device, or at least something kinda cute. Then again, it was dark, when a cartoonish figure would be clearly visible as techno-graffiti.
Beware "cartoon" figures lurking in society that don't make themselves obvious. They might scare the little people, and the off-the-gridders, if you're not careful.