Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Friday, August 15, 2003

Why Arnold Will Have to Ignore Buffet's Advice

If the Republicans decide to carry out a little intra-party character assasination and terminate Arnold for not pledging allegiance to Prop 13, it looks like they'll have plenty of ammo to use in the smear campaign. I'm sure Maria was glad to learn "eating isn't cheating."

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Our Troops Would Appreciate A Little Support

"It's all part of the lie of the Bush administration, that they say they support our troops," she said.

The quote is from the mother of an Army National Guard serviceman stationed in Iraq. She's not the only one who feels that way. In what other ways do W. and Rumsfeld show their hatred for our troops? Aside from lying to them about why they were sent to Iraq in the first place? Here we go.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Speaking of how insane Fox is ...

They want to sue to stop Franken's new book. So basically, they want to want to sue to stop someone who is fair and balanced from using the term 'fair and balanced', to enforce their sole authority to claim to be fair and balanced while being demonstrably unfair and wholly unbalanced. Talk about Orwellian! And, wait a sec, aren't right wing nutjobs supposed to be whining about how litigous society is while they pull themselves up by the bootstraps instead of clogging up the courts with frivolous lawsuits?

Friday, August 8, 2003

California, Prepare To Be Schwarzeneggered ...

Based on the interviews he's give so far, I don't think you're going to like the experience. He's dodging questions by braying about leadership and attacking Davis without so much as hinting at what his solutions are. I don't think we have to guess what kind of Governor he'd make: a classic Republican tool of the corporations who'll do everything he can to advance the neocon agenda of destroying the middle class.

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

I Ain't The Fortunate One

I'm glad this guy won the Powerball. It's good to know all that money's going to good use.

Monday, August 4, 2003

QEFTSG

Bravo's Queer Eye For The Straight Guy is generating lots of buzz, so I decided to watch last night and see if it's really all that. I've watched TLC's What Not To Wear (I don't know who I'm more embarrassed for, the fashion victim they makeover or the smug doofuses doing the makeover -- it's like a trainwreck of shame and humiliation, a shamewreck, to coin a phrase, that you can't look away from once sucked in) so I felt I could appropriately benchmark it. I will it say it's far more entertaining and less painful to watch than WNTW. I suppose I ought to be wringing my hands about the reinforcment of stereotypes but the Fab 5 seem to be having fun ... who am I to judge? I laughed out loud several times. When they went through the straight guy's dirty laundry and poked fun at the skidmarks in his Hanes ("Somebody had Mexican last night!") I almost hurled from laughing. Later when the clothes consultant issued the guy some black boxer briefs and commented, "this way, if you crap yourself, no one will know," I got a whole new chuckle out of it. Some of the points hit a little too close to home: "only losers rent tuxes," -- Hey! Why would I buy a tux I'm going to wear exactly one time??? -- and when they picked a shirt that I also happen to own and made a crack about a rave in Oklahoma missing its shirt, that stung but, if that guy can live through having his briefs inspected on tv, I guess I can deal with having bad hetero clothing sense.

Here's my big problem with the advice of the Fab 5: it's all about deferring to name brands and elite taste with no regard to fiscal sanity. Need a snack? Find the the trendiest upscale place you can find and pamper yourself. Need to tame your hair? Buy soy paste from a boutique. Clothes should be Ralph Lauren. And on and on with the image conscious conspicous consumption. Are we really supposed to believe being hip is really the exclusive domain of the rich and those willing to spend way beyond their means? I guess I was hoping there'd be a little more of an outsider perspective on hip-ness. It turns out the gay man's advice to the het man is: be rich and irresponsible.
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