AIDS Activists “Pine” For Dubya?

Remember this sign that appeared in Minnesota a few months ago?


(Photo Credit: Bob Collins/Minnesota Public Radio)

The “culprits” behind it were a group of small business owners who “feel Washington is against them”.

But is it possible that some AIDS activists share the sentiment espoused in the billboard?

Speaking of 43, his fellow Republicans are worried about the potential negative impact of his soon-to-be-published memoirs.

One prominent conservative compared the Bushies’ public-relations savvy to LeBron James.

Ouch…

New Zo Vid: “The Aftermath”

Zo, the guy in “One of the Best Videos You’ll Ever Watch”, is at it again.

Here’s his reaction to the 2008 Presidential Election:

Ann Coulter’s Reaction to Election Results

Whatever one might think of right-wing pundit Ann Coulter (below, posing with Bookman from Good Times), one cannot help but be drawn to her first post-election column. The same would be the case for one of her left-wing counterparts had Sen. McCain won, though that box of Lucky Charms would come with a free “I’m moving to Canada” toy inside, but I digress.

ann-coulter-al-sharpton

After 2 years of continuously (perhaps uncharitably) referring to the now President-elect by his full name in her columns, one could almost imagine what sort of mischief the willowy Ms. Coulter had up her designer sleeve.

Well, the wait is over for friend and foe alike.

The opening line sets the table. She comments on the historicity of last night’s outcome,

Last night was truly a historic occasion: For only the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama was proud of her country!

Click on the link below to read the rest of the column:

The Reign of Lame Falls Mainly on McCain

The Maverick

Maverick (n.) – an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

If one were to ask some of our most politically minded individuals (or Sarah Palin) to name the first person who comes to their mind after hearing this word, the tabulated answer would probably be this man:

Meanwhile, others who are not so politically wired might name either one of the 2 gentleman here:

Not into movies? Then you might drag Brett Favre into the conversation (I hope the recent allegations levied against him are not true).

As for me, a blogger just trying to get a hit (get your mind out of the gutter), I wouldn’t go with any of the aforementioned people.

Who do I think of when I hear “maverick”? Larry David (below).

I think of Mr. David only because my “maverick” bears a striking resemblance to the Seinfeld (this show is so good that it made me like NYC) co-creator.

My “maverick” (let’s call him “Larry”) rides my commuter bus in the morning. Everyday, “Larry” makes use of our converted charter bus’ ventral luggage compartment by cramming his 10-speed in there.

Inevitably, people stare at him through the whole process. Even people who see him do this day in and day out, I’m guilty as charged.

People from all walks of life stare at him, from the suburbanites cocooned inside the bus to the homeless dudes who gather at “Larry’s” Med Center stop (Fannin at McGregor).

So why’s “Larry” a maverick? Because despite the hushed whispers and incredulous looks from fellow passengers (he makes us all late to work) and homeless people (their “c’mon man!” glares betray the fact that they all think he’s crazy), “Larry” keeps keepin’ on by making his bike every bit the commuter that he is.

So here’s to you, Ler and your maverick spirit, Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban’s got nothing on you.

[this post is dedicated to a true bike commuter, my fellow blogger, Jason K]

One of the Best Videos You’ll Ever Watch

Didn’t watch last night’s debate because I had better things to do, but even if that had not been the case, I would have watched either the Mexico-Canada match or Game 5 of the NLCS (I like my bread and circus as much as the next person).

I acknowledge that the title is a bit presumptous but that was my immediate thought after watching the vid.

Enjoy!

(H/t: A Slice of Polis via Tim)

Jessica Alba goes Hannibal Lecter for the Common Good

Election season can be amusing for a myriad of reasons. One such reason is that some celebrities come out of their sheltered existences to perform the noblest of tasks: get the narod to vote Democrat.

They do this using clever slogans, such as Sean Combs’ “Vote or Die” campaign or even more clever photography, like this:

Yes, that is movie star Jessica Alba doing her best Hannibal Lecter impersonation (read the full story here).

Truth be told, no matter what Ms. Alba does, I will forever think of her as the girl in Idle Hands.

Jessica is a professing Barack Hussein Obama (that’s for you Job) supporter. Describing this new campaign (Declare Yourself), she said:

If you don’t register and vote and make a difference, and hopefully change the bad things that are happening in our country, you are essentially just binding and muzzling yourself.

I know that not everything is peachy keen in this great country, but these words ring a little hollow coming from someone who pulls a couple million per film not to mention a few more from Revlon.

Unspoken in this picture, of course, is that us little people should get out to vote for her man and not the other guy.

In the interest of fairness, why wasn’t noted John Sidney McCain III supporter Chuck Norris given a chance to rock a muzzle in one of these ads? Oh that’s right, muzzles are afraid of Chuck, silly me…

To be a Fly on the Wall…


Via Daily Mail

Somehow I don’t think they were singing Kum Ba Yah

Got a caption?

Camille Paglia digs Sarah Palin?

Today during lunch I had a conversation with a dear co-worker from the glorious nation of Kazakhstan, unlike Borat (below), she is actually from there.

She is a very kind hearted, elegant woman who is always good for a chat. The topic of Sarah Palin arose and my co-worker expressed her dislike for Mrs. Palin. She went as far as to call her an “extremist”.

I pressed her to explain to me what she meant by that. When we got down to the nuts and bolts of it, my co-worker just doesn’t like her because of her updo and rimless glasses. Reminding me once again how much of a student council election vibe a Presidential election can possess.

I’m not going to sit here and say that this perspective is representative of supporters of the Democratic ticket because it probably isn’t. Based on the following column by Professor Camille Paglia (self-professed Democrat, atheist, libertarian) it most definitely isn’t:

Fresh blood for the vampire

Paglia’s writing is excellent and her insight into the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin is surprisingly free of much of the animosity and vitriol that has been hurled the Gov’s way.

She even makes this bold statement,

Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna

Then on feminism she says this,

Feminism, which should be about equal rights and equal opportunity, should not be a closed club requiring an ideological litmus test for membership

While I could sit here and list quote after quote from this one piece, I thought this one particularly introspective towards Paglia’s preferred political party,

The witch-trial hysteria of the past two incendiary weeks unfortunately reveals a disturbing trend in the Democratic Party, which has worsened over the past decade. Democrats are quick to attack the religiosity of Republicans, but Democratic ideology itself seems to have become a secular substitute religion. Since when did Democrats become so judgmental and intolerant? Conservatives are demonized, with the universe polarized into a Manichaean battle of us versus them, good versus evil. Democrats are clinging to pat group opinions as if they were inflexible moral absolutes. The party is in peril if it cannot observe and listen and adapt to changing social circumstances.

Yeah I was kind of wondering the same thing during lunch today…

Prayer Police

You’ve got to pray just to make it today

Not sure what the flamboyant M.C. Hammer (right) meant by that but prayer is an integral part of the Christian (and perhaps even the faux Christian) walk. In America, people (Christian or not) pray before football games, at church (of course), but not schools where the ubiquitous “moment of silence” reigns supreme.

Insofar as the Bible is concerned, there is no prescribed method of prayer. In God’s Word, people pray kneeling, standing, sitting, lying on the ground, with hands lifted up, or silently.

In America we prefer to do so with our eyes closed and heads bowed. Of course, this does not mean that all supplicants do it this way.

Exhibit A:

Original image by Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

This was taken during last week’s GOP convention (Gasp!). That guy wouldn’t fare too well in the theocracy Republicans are accused of lusting after.

When I saw this shot, it made me think that maybe we need prayer police in our churches. To make sure that some of the more recalcitrant among us, comply with our preferred method of prayer.

I’m not saying we should go crazy and make this a ministry or anything, but perhaps we can give church ushers some implement to enforce correct prayer posture. Doling out “prayer monitor” armbands wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Just a thought…

Oprah: Biased? No Question. Racist? Hmm…

I create feelings in others that they themselves don’t understand. — Lightning McQueen

Well that’s one thing Barack Obama has in common with the Pixar creation. At least when it comes to the popular Ms. Winfrey, who said this after the Senator’s recent acceptance speech,

What I saw with Barack Obama was something that was transcendent and I felt transformational for me as a human being and for this country.

Hey, I hear you O! I’ve already given the best reasons that qualify Mr. Obama for the Presidency:

  1. He took the time to take pictures with the Texas football team
  2. He wears Asics

Those 2 trump what has been told to me : “he gives a good speech”, “he reminds me of JFK”, “he’s for change”

So now Oprah (unabashed Obama honk) is in the news for refusing to have Sarah Palin on her insanely popular show. Granted, O will have her on after the election (probably provided that the GOP doesn’t win) but not anytime before.

This prompted the good impartial folks over at ABC to ask the following question:
Is Oprah Biased? Host Won’t Interview Palin

Well of course she’s biased ABC (takes one to know one?) but the better question is, “Is she racist?”

I know it sound preposterous (it’s impossible for libs to be racist) but let’s play a bit of “A Time to Kill” pretend.

You have an immensely popular white talk show host who is endorsing a young, charismatic “biracial” GOP Presidential candidate (For example, George Prescott Bush, right). The Dems have a woman VP candidate on their ticket but said talk queen refuses to have her on the show.  Now imagine that the Democratic VP candidate is black.

How long would it take for the race-hustlin’ Sharptons and Jacksons of the world to cry bloody racism?

A shade longer than it took Mr. Cruise to leap into O history…

[For the record Ms. Winfrey, I don’t think you’re racist]