White people do the strangest things to their kids…I mean, we beat the hell out of ours, but at least we don’t dress them up like dinner.
Anyway, this is not especially interesting, I’m just personally excited….
RECORD LOBSTER HARVEST IN MAINE Y’ALL!!!
PORTLAND, Maine – Preliminary figures show Maine fishermen caught a record 93.4 million pounds of lobster in 2010 valued at more than $308 million.
The Department of Marine Resources said the harvest of Maine’s signature seafood broke the previous record of 81.2 million pounds, set in 2009.
The value of the catch was the third-highest on record. The top year was 2005, when the harvest was worth $317.9 to lobstermen.
Lobstermen averaged $3.31 a pound for their catch, representing a 14 percent increase from a year earlier.
Officials said the overall seafood harvest in Maine last year totaled 245.3 million pounds valued at $448.7 million. The catch was up 14 million pounds from 2009, while the value of the catch increased about $120 million.
I just wanted to get the word out because I need to get back to Portland soon (for various reasons, not just Lobstahs) and a travellin partner would be real cute.
Boy Culture has a great piece of popculture history by way of NY Magazine: A handwritten note from Madonna to David Letterman a few weeks after her infamous appearance where she said “fuck” like 20something times and basically acted like an ass for half an hour (love it).
And it got me thinking about how much I generally like Madonna The Person, not just the pop star. And how much I like her on David Letterman. So, here’s her Madgesty in most of her Letterman Sit-Downs.
Christian Republicans have the CLEAR monopoly on BatshitCrazy.
So let’s talk about Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin.
JoeMyGod has a post about Franklin’s latest abortion bill, but I was curious about this wingut, so I dug a little further. Here’s a little list of things that Franklin has tried to get passed into law for the great state of Georgia:
Ban all abortions. Even cases where the pregnancy is a threat to the health of the mother: fetus and mother have equal rights to life.
All miscarriages shall be investigated and all fetuses be issued a death certificate with the cause of death stated.
In cases where the mother can’t articulate the circumstances of her miscarriage, friends and family members will be interviewed to ascertain the details.
Drivers’ licences should be banned. Anyone should be able to operate a motor vehicle regardless of age or skill. This includes 12 year olds on Georgia highways.
Paper and electronic money should be banned. Only silver and gold coin should be accepted as legal tender.
"rape victims" should not be referred to as such. They should be called "rape accusers" until proven otherwise.
Public schools should be done away with. It’s not the state’s job to educate your children. Children should be enrolled in private schools or homeschooled.
Obviously he went to a bible college.
Obviously he could only get elected somewhere in the Deep South.
Obviously the Deep South should be cut off from the rest of the country.
I love any song that sounds like an anthem, regardless of genre, and this one makes me all hype inside.
In case you missed it, Dawn (from Danity Kane) released a mixtape earlier this month. I wish I were lying when I said it’s the best R&B album I’ve gotten this year, but music has been off to a rough start. That aside though, it really is worth a listen. Plus, it’s free. So if you want it, just click here to go to her blog where it’s still available for download.
Munroe is a 30 year old English teacher in Pennsylvania who posted a blog about her students. According to her, the blog was only meant for her and a handful of her friends, but a student stumbled upon it and alerted school officials. In the blog, she makes a lot of comments that, I’m sure, a lot of teachers think on a day to day basis. One in particular rings especially true:
My students are out of control. They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire and are just generally annoying.
Ms. Munroe…I agree with you on all counts. Which is one of the reasons I could never teach public school. I wouldn’t be able to relegate my comments to some shady corner of the web…I would hurt children’s feelings every day and that’s not cute.
She also makes a lot of comments about her fellow teachers and just being generally frustrated with the profession. Teachers begin their careers thinking they’ll change the world, but then they just get that hope beat out of them, to paraphrase Ms. Munroe a little.
I would be an amazing teacher. I’m good at relaying information and I’m a lot more patient than people realize. But the Politics of Teaching I could never deal with, so I just stick to tutoring. Kids are bad, and a group of kids is even worse…and you can’t even hit them anymore like when I was in school. Parents don’t discipline their kids at home and they just go to school and run amok. Kids are getting dumber and dumber every year and we just pass them along to get them out of school.
And let’s not even talk about teachers. I mean, in what other profession can you just show up to work everyday for 2 or 3 years and you automatically have a job FOR LIFE even if you suck at it? That’s one of the main reasons a lot of mediocre people go into public school teaching anyway…because it’s so hard to get fired. And they’re mediocre in the classroom…or worse. There are teachers who can’t spell or do simple arithmetic without a calculator, but they get paid the same amount as Miss Amazing Teacher and how unfair is that?
I just went off on a huge tangent but our educational system sucks and we will never again be First in the World in any front because our economy is no longer goods-based…it’s information-based. And our jobs will continue to be sent overseas to people who can actually do the work because we’re sitting on a bunch of lazy Americans and politicians too afraid to overhaul the system and make it more in line with other advanced countries.
What I’m getting at is that I understand Natalie Munroe. I’m sure a lot of hopeful, shiny faced, people come out of college every day ready to change lives and groom the next generation…only to have that fire slowly drained out of them with classrooms full of kids who don’t care and schools full of teachers who’ve also grown bored, frustrated, and lazy.
And if you wanna hear her talk about it, ABC News has a video where she’s being interviewed with her lawyer and responding to the controversy.
The new Madonna is actually not Brit...or Gaga...it's Beth Ditto.
Between Britney and Lady Gaga, I am just on Madonna RipOff Overload and I needed a break. But before that, let’s talk about the most unlikely heir to Madge’s Throne….Beth Ditto:
If you don’t know Beth Ditto…that’s not a huge shock. I mean, it’s not like she’s a huge mainstream star or anything. Plus! She’s an overweight, lesbian, punk rocker from the backwoods of Arkansas who doesn’t wear deoderant or shave her pits. All that aside though, this chick has a voice on her that is the most perfect blend of riotgrrrl and big black lady gospel. I think I was working at the Gap in college the first time someone suggested I give the Gossip (the indie rock band she fronts) a listen. And this was my first brush with Beth. Observe:
Gossip “Standing in the Way of Control”
So, I was a casual Gossip fan. Granted, I was late to the party because they’d already had 2 albums before I showed up, but still, I was with it. And I stayed with it through the next album. But Beth is officially releasing a solo EP next month! I was expecting it to sound like the stuff with her band. I was ready for a whole lot of different things actually. What I was NOT ready for was a Madonna makeover circa 1992. So much fun! Let’s have the most unlikely indie rock lesbian put out a deep house track and remake Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video. I’m so with this.
Beth Ditto “I Wrote the Book”
I’m off to find the EP somewhere so I can see what the rest of it sounds like.
I’m not a big enough Mariah fan to know things about her life. I like most of her albums before she started pandering to black folks and just did fun pop shit, but I can take or leave her vocal technique. She’s got range…great…but her interpretations of melody just bothers me and that whole whisper-to-fullvoicebelt thing annoys the hell outta me.
So that’s Allison. A reporter answered an ad she put in a paper advertising…services. Allison said it wasn’t about sex, but massage type stuff…so yea…
I don’t know anything about this situation. But even at it’s worst, I don’t see why she should be selling herself. Let’s say Allison has been on and off drugs FOREVER and anytime Mimi gives her money, she just goes to buy crack rocks. This might be just me, but if I have a sister who is on drugs and can’t/won’t get off and I have gobs and gobs of money, I would do whatever I could to make sure they’re safe. If she’s gonna do drugs no matter what, I don’t think I could bear the thought of her pimping her body out to pay for it when I’m sitting on jamillions of dollars.
It’s either support a crackhead safely, or wait on that phonecall saying they found the crackhead in a ditch.
…let’s talk about how there’s an opera about ANNA NICOLE SMITH!
That is in fact not Anna, but the Dutch soprano (Eva-Maria Westbroek) who’s playing her in the new London production.
I was SecretlySupportive of this idea when I first heard about it, but I wanted to avoid any public proclamations of excitement until I got more details. Well, the opera just premiered at the Royal Opera House…to critical acclaim. Which means stuffy old white people LIKE this! Which I guess isn’t a huge HUGE stretch seeing as how I guess stuffy old white people do like Anna (see: her dead husband) but still.
This could have been horrible. There’s so much to make fun of. But I hear they did it with class (??? how?) and grace and sympathy for the rise and fall of this tragic icon. Or something like that.
I’m just geared up to see a good opera without subtitles.
Also, I want to see an opera remake this little MTV scene:
So let’s talk about this white dude trying to climb a cliff in NYC:
***Before the PC Police get started, let me first say that Black people do too much also. But this picture amuses me way more than snapping a flash at my cousins taking up the whole sidewalk talking about NOTHING in front of the bodega while people are trying to maneuver around them.
I was walking up Central Park West on my way home today and I see a police car parked and a couple of cops standing outside. NYC cops don’t just get out of the car for no reason, so I paused. Looked. And there’s this white dude coming down off this mini-cliff in the park.
This is some classic White People Stuff. And poorly planned at that.
You didn’t have anything to do today so you decide to “climb” rocks. In Manhattan. Next to one of the busiest North/South thoroughfares in the city. During rush hour. Like nobody would notice?
I have no problem with rock climbing. That is fine. And sometimes it goes horribly wrong and makes for some Oscar-worthy pictureviewing (how you doin, James Franco?). But you live in New York City. Who tries to find rocks to climb in NYC? I’m not tryin to find a subway station in Tulsa…
Somewhere there is a Black Eyed Peas CD not being listened to. There are some asparagus tips just waiting to be roasted. Reruns of Seinfeld are not being watched right now. Because this white dude is trying to climb cliffs in Central Park.
I can’t help it. Whenever it comes on, I’m just magically transformed from a mildly entertaining, kind of alternative, slightly fashionable, intelligent gay black New York 20something….into ZyQu’ierria Foster, in the club with henny in one hand and my food stamps card in the other.
Between Nene & Star on the Apprentice and now this big, hot mess, bag of foolishness on Dancing With The Stars, I am SUPERSTOKED about these upcoming seasons of Celebreality Shows.
Holler at THIS. I can’t wait. Wendy is forever slinging shade at the contestants on DWTS and you could not pay me to believe that this big Tree is gonna be a great dancer. And WHO is gonna be her partner? Wendy is like seven feet tall and Manly. Who is supposed to turn and dip and lift all of that? Backs will be all kinds of thrown out. They will come up with names for the brand new injuries these little men are about to sustain.
Also, this picture:
Don’t let Russel’s smile fool you. He is CLEARLY looking for the Adam’s Apple. I just need her to take some LadyLike lessons. I feel like RuPaul would be a good role model for her. Matter of fact, can we just get Ru on DWTS? Matter of fact fact, can we just get Ru on EveryShow? What happened to that campaign to get her to host SNL? I’m still all about that.
…sitting on the A Train at 3ish in the morning. All I wanted to do was chill, read my book, and get home. The train stopped, some dudes got on, and without looking up, without hearing a sound, I thought, “I wonder what gay bar these dudes just came from?”
And I knew they were gay because they were wearing this:
They might as well rename it Aqcua Di Gay. I don’t know any heterosexual males who spritz this on. And every gay bar in Chelsea smells like Eau Du Homo, which is a blend of Acqua, some Abercrombie fragrance, hair product, and warm bootyhole.
Ladies. If you go through your man’s medicine cabinet, and he has Acqua Di Gio in ANY form or fashion (cologne, deoderant, lotion, etc) he is SUSPECT and you need to check his underwear and make sure there’s nothing that says 2xist, Papi, C-IN2, Baskit, or Andrew Christian. I’m not sayin straight dudes can’t have nice underthangs, but 90% of em should be buying drawers in packages of 3 or 5 by Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. I will accept American Eagle/Abercrombie/other “Bro Stores” if they’re under 25. I will also accept Calvin Klein if the body is on point.
I was going to accept American Apparel if they’re hipsterish…but that equals gay anyway.
So let’s talk about how this no-talent wench is gettin sued!
………..that’s her Ooops Face, btw. Because she know she wrong too.
So the first thing I said after I saw the video for “S&M” was that it looks like some outdated, 1999 David LaChappelle outtake. Well just call me Miss Cleo because he filed a suit against her Monday for ripping him off.
Pop star Rihanna’s lurid and brightly colored music video “S&M” was “directly derived” from pictures taken by prominent U.S. fashion photographer David LaChapelle, he said in a lawsuit made public on Monday.
LaChapelle, who has shot celebrities for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ and Vanity Fair, said “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.”
Not that he’s going to win the suit or anything, but you get a gold star for calling that trick out.
“You guys are evil. Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”—Justin Bieber to Rolling Stone, via Erin Lang
But I never really disliked him either. He just didn’t register on my Radar of Importance.
So let’s talk about how Dr. Phil is now on my shit list.
…..that’s right bitch, cry it up. Sorry quack job.
I ran across this Dr Phil Article via QueersUnited where he responds to a woman whose 5-year-old son apparently likes to play with “girl things.”
The fact that there’s a distinction between girl toys and boy toys at 5 is still mind boggling to me. And what that comes down to is a continued disrespect for women. Nobody is going to care if a little girl wants to play with lego blocks or a dumptruck. But a little boy with a Barbie is cause for immediate alarm.
Instead of a reasonable response to the woman like “Oh he’s 5, let him play with whatever he wants,” Dr. Phil feels the need to point out that he won’t necessarily end up gay because of the toys (because gay is bad, obv) but just to be on the safe side and avoid confusion, she should remove the girl toys and only buy him boy toys to play with.
I’ve never played with a doll in my entire life. I LIVED for Legos and racecars as a child. And I’m gay as fuck.
Really though, that’s not my biggest beef with the situation. I’m still up in arms over the fact that there is STILL gender inequality. A lot of the prejudices people have about homos (gay dudes in particular) come from the fact that it is not OK to be feminine in anyway (and bigots equate gay with being a sissy…even though there’s just as many types of gay dudes as there are straight ones).
Remember this little boy:
Short synopsis if you missed it: His mother has a blog and she happened to chronicle the reaction she got from her fellow church ladies over her son’s choice of a Halloween costume. The boy is obsessed with Scooby Doo and wanted to be Daphne. Fine by her. Fine by me. Should be fine by anyone. But of course a little boy dressed as a girl is going to grow up to be a deviant. Nevermind all of the little girls dressed up as firemen or Kobe Bryant.
The message being that man is still greater than WOman.
Anyway, update on that: She’s being kicked out of her church for “the scandal.” You can click here and check out her blog directly.
It’s 2011 and we’re still dealing with antiquated notions of gender roles and equality….
Chris Lee (R-NY) is married. With children. Neither of which stopped him from trolling the internet—Craigslist of all places—for a bootycall.
Problem One: Don’t hook up with people off Craigslist. You can die. Remember that? They made a Lifetime movie and everything.
Problem Two: Don’t send pics of yourself to strangers when you’re a nationally recognized figure. I just don’t get what was going through his mind. True, you’re just a representative, but some people do follow politics. And if there’s even the slightest possibility that I could be opening myself up to public ridicule, I’m probably gonna avoid that. Next time he should just pick up hoes in person like a normal adulterer.
Problem Three: Well, not really a problem I’m just curious…where are all the Democratic scandals? Mmmhmm….shady GOP. Shady shady Repubs.
Anyway, I wonder if the chick went through with it. He’s KIND OF in shape, but he got Old Man Body. :-(
I might would holler if he had looked like this though:
So the President says his daughters, Sasha and Malia, don’t have Facebook. It’s probably a Secret Service thing, but they’re not allowed to have a Facebook. That’s fine. It’s just a bunch of time wasting. But I can just see the conversation at school.
Random Girl: Hey friend me on Facebook.
Malia: I don’t have Facebook.
Random Girl: LOL! No Facebook?! What kind of nerd are you?! LOL! Everybody has Facebook.
Malia: Well my dad won’t let me, so….
Random Girl: OMG that’s horrible! Ugh who does he think he is, the president? LOLOLOL.
Besides, they have Uno. And they’re serious about it.
Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal?! I support this. For real.
(PS. I can totally spell Gyllenhaal without even looking at a reference. Holler.)
This MAYORMAYNOT be a forreal relationship, but according to Ted Casablancas over on E!, Carey & Jake just happened to be in the same place in NYC. And then they just happened to be in the same place in Nashville.
Score! I usually don’t care a whole lot about celebrity relationships. Until they turn to shit and I can gossip about it. (See: Halle & Gabriel) But I support this union! Both of them are super talented, super nice, and the sort of attractive where it’s like “Obviously you’re way cuter than average, but something is keeping you off the very TOP of my Hot 100.”
I think it’s because Carey’s mouth is off-center and Jake KIND OF looks like a rodent.
Either way, Upgrades for both. I mean, Shia LeBouf and Taylor Swift? No, ma’am.
So let’s talk about how my Positive Energy for Miss Lohan might land her up in the new Superman movie.
I had to dust off this corny pic from a few years ago to demonstrate how cute she would be. It was some kind of kitschy superhero photoshoot, but still LiLo looks awesome.
Anyhow, lil TMZ article today says Lindsay’s people are in talks with the Superman people about maybe possibly getting involved with the new movie.
See? That’s all me. I was just saying a few days ago how she needs to get her shit together because she still has fans, and look what happened. When she ends up in this movie, I hope I get some kind of personalized fruit basket or something.
I wonder who else I can help…
I would help Whitney but she just so daggum arrogant all the time. She would probably take all the credit for herself and not even let me sit in on the interview. Pfft.