Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Weekly Weill

Following a theme of the last week or so I give you a delightfully campy ditty performed by a certain Jeffrey Marsh.

From Lady in the Dark, "One Life To Live":

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sanjay!!! Actually Supporting Our Troops

Sanjay Gupta is on CNN on my TeeVee actually giving the Veterans Administration hell for the way they are "supporting our troops".

How they are denying services for a guy with shrapnel wounds throughout his body along with a missing arm because the wounds were not "combat related".

How the VA is denying services for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How the VA is denying services for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries.

Give 'em hell Sanjay. These VA assholes deserve it.

We need more genuine reporting like this and less "Stenography for Bush".

This has been my treasonous post of the day.

Sunday Sondheim - Not Getting Married Today

The brilliant Madeline Kahn delivering one of the "busiest" set of lyrics ever written, from Company.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bush's BFF John Howard

Joins Bush's other BFF Tony Blair by going down, down under.

Not only did his party loose it's majority, and with it he, his position as Prime Minister, but he also lost his very own seat in the Aussie Parliament. I gather that this is very unusual in a parliamentary system. (Val, help here!)

I weep with joy as he was also a Rovian styled gay-basher, protecting family's from the pernicious menace of gay marriage.

Buh Bye!!

For Val - Scary Mary P.

That high C always freaks me out.

But a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, while my Robin's feathering his nest with very little time to rest...

Liza Minnelli - What Makes A Man A Man

Work through this. It's worth it. Charles Aznavour. A female frequently male-impersonated, singing the painful life of a female impersonator

Liza Minnelli - Nowadays

Just Because

Friday, November 23, 2007

Lucky Huckabee

Picks up an endorsement.

Tim LaHaye and his little Concerned American Woman! Start the Rapture already.

Mike Huckabee, the Republican presidential candidate and former Southern Baptist minister, is getting help from Tim LaHaye, the Christian conservative organizer and co-author of the apocalyptic “Left Behind” novels.
The letters were distributed in part through an e-mail list maintained by Mrs. LaHaye’s organization, Concerned Women for America, to encourage pastors to attend two-day conferences held in each state (free, including meals and a hotel room). Mr. Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, is the only candidate speaking.

Our Huckabeery friend. Let the gay-bashing begin.

More Bush Incompetence

Well, you can't expect the people who don't believe in government to run anything efficiently, can you?

Via AmericaBlog & Crooks and Liars

In this case, I must quote the immortal Church lady, "How CONVENIENT!!!!!"

The Department of Homeland Security failed to prepare for a massive influx of applications for U.S. citizenship and other immigration benefits this summer, prompting complaints from Hispanic leaders and voter-mobilization groups that several hundred thousand people likely will not be granted citizenship in time to cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election.

Bush administration officials said yesterday that they had anticipated applicants would rush to file their paperwork to beat a widely publicized fee increase that took effect July 30, but did not expect the scale of the response. The backlog comes just months after U.S. officials failed to prepare for tougher border security requirements that triggered months-long delays for millions of Americans seeking passports.

Vote Hillary!

My reason for voting Hillary? Pissing off Republicans.

John Cole at Balloon Juice digs deeper on unfettered location tracking via your cell phones, 'cos you know, you might be a terrorist, or a drug dealer, or dealer's client, or just maybe thinking about breaking a law somewhere:

In all seriousness, if this kind of thing pisses you off and frightens you, and it should, then you should be rooting for Hillary Clinton to win in 2008. Not because I trust her with the sorts of unchecked power the right wing has demanded authorities have during Bush’s tenure, but because I know the surest way to wake up NRO and the Red State and the other alleged “conservatives” to the dangers of this sorts of behavior is to give the power to Hillary.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

The quotes are flying today:

Episode 2.12: Suite Sorrow

Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: "Death by Botox; live long, die slow, and have a pretty corpse."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday Weekly Weill

TSCHAIKOWSKY (and other Russians)

Supporting Our Troops - With Bush Incompetence


KDKA contacted the Pentagon. Investigators there took a look. A military spokesman told KDKA's Marty Griffin the bill sent to Fox was a mistake.


The Pentagon will not comment on allegations that thousands of other soldiers just sent home from Iraq and other invasions, including Afghanistan, will not receive these sorts of bills. They cannot comment on those cases.

Bush's refurbished Pentagon just doesn't know what they're doing, I guess.

Stupid Assholes!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Supporting Our Troops - Bush Style


The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.

To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.

Now men and women who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back.

Well they won't be able to afford to get to those moldy VA hospitals, then would they?

I'm sure Michelle Malkin and Bill O'Reilly and all the folks at National Review will get right on it!

This is my treasonous post of the day.



I did not plagiarize this story from Rising Hegemon.

I borrowed it from Balloon-Juice.

(And the Li'l Scotty story below is on every blog I've read today.)

Preznit 24 % Is On My TeeVee Again Pardoning a Turkey

At least this time its a bird and not one of his criminal cronies.

On a related topic, Scotty McClellan has written a book, mentioning how bad he feels now that he found out his betters were lying to him about the whole Valerie Plame affair allowing him to hold his denial marathon pressers with a straight face.

I hope his guilt now gives him trouble sleeping at night.


When 5 of your longtime bosses are lying to you and you cannot figure it out, you bear some responsibility as a lousy judge of character. Especially when the chronic liars are:

The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

There was one problem. It was not true.

I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself. -from What Happened

What Happened, Indeed!!!

P.S. I wouldn't sweat penning you penitent tome.

Your old boss will never read it.

And neither will I.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Yes, Folks . . . Nature DOES Fight Back . . .


Does anyone sense a TREND here???

The latest U.N. reports on Global Warming do NOT paint a pretty picture.

According to the U.N. panel of scientists, whose latest report is a synthesis of three previous ones, enough carbon dioxide already has built up that it imperils islands, coastlines and a fifth to two-thirds of the world's species.

As early as 2020, 75 million to 250 million people in Africa will suffer water shortages, residents of Asia's large cities will be at great risk of river and coastal flooding, according to the report.
Europeans can expect extensive species loss, and North Americans will experience longer and hotter heat waves and greater competition for water, says the report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Prize with Al Gore this year.

The panel portrays the Earth hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace and warns of inevitable human suffering. It says emissions of carbon, mainly from fossil fuels, must stabilize by 2015 and go down after that.

And while some may find this a bit humorous, it's also downright creepy.

"Monkeys are wreaking havoc in my constituency by taking away mobile phones, toothpastes, sipping coke after opening the refrigerators," Hiren Das told Assam state's assembly.

He said the primates were "even slapping women who try to chase them".

"It is a cause of serious concern in my area, with more than 1,000 such simians turning aggressive by the day," fumed Goneswar Das, another legislator representing Raha in eastern Assam.

And this is something I've been saying is true for a long time . . .

The problem about our obsession with killing germs, some scientists and public health advocates warn, is that it may ultimately do us more harm than good.

Chief among those skeptics is microbiologist Stuart Levy of Tufts University School of Medicine, president of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA). Levy's research has led him to question why "antibacterial ingredients, once successfully used to prevent transmission of disease-causing microorganisms among patients, particularly in hospitals . . . are now being added to products used in healthy households . . . even though an added health benefit has not been demonstrated."

That's happening, Levy says, despite several "potential negative consequences" of these products, including weakening the immune system, which could lead to a greater chance of allergies in children, and their possible link to the emergence of antibiotic resistance -- the very problem that is making some diseases, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, so difficult to treat.

And remember this famous scene? A bit of foreshadowing perhaps?


Poem of the Week

It's Dorothy Parker's "Resume".

Click Here, If you dare!

Its been a favorite of mine since I discovered Mrs. Parker as an impressionable adolescent.

It helps explain my Weill fixation.

Conan and the Beastmaster aka Brokeback Barbarian

Ummmm, Looky what I found...

I Mean Really!

How did I ever not know about this show 'til now?

But then again I do remember the original Beastmaster, Marc Singer.

I think Marc used to have a contract stipulation where he insisted upon appearing barechested in any film or show to be graced with his visage. Can hardly blame him. And I am grateful, somehow.

Beastmaster - The Umpatra

I cannot sleep and and so I'm flipping thru SciFi Channel when the horrendous show captures and enslaves me. Its so bad and yet so compulsively addictive.

How gay of a man would you say I am?

I mean Ms. Grace Jones.

And then Daniel Goddard with his perky pectoral and manly abdominal excellentness.

Friday Orchid Blogging

Alas. All things must pass. I had to clip Fang today. I hope to coax another bloom out of her. With luck she'll be blooming again for Christmas.

However, I do have more in spike. Maybe next week!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Why I LOVE Living on Granville Avenue in Chicago!

Because . . .

1) We're on YouTube so we're famous!

2) Because we inspire artistic comparison and commentary!

3) Because we have such interesting characters with such fascinating hobbies, like chasing cranes!

4) Because the neighbors are so well behaved . . . and law enforcement makes us feel so safe . . .

5) And all the residents know each other by name . . .

6) Living here is better than watching cable . . .

7) Local celebrity artists mix so well with the working class of the neighborhood.

8) Because we have LOVELY public transit facilities with live music.

9) Life on Granville is never dull . . . so much to see and do!

10) People share their life-changing moments, inspired by life in this vast and rich community!

11) We enjoy the finest shops, restaurants, and apartment buildings! Hello Gino's North! Hello Grandeur!

12) Charming sidewalk cafes . . . insightful conversation, including the latest fashion trends . . .

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday Sondheim - Anyone Can Whistle

Frank Russo, I gather from the YouTube. I am one of those people who cannot whistle. People who ask me to get a face full of drizzle.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wednesday Weekly Weill

Pirate Jenny - Anne Kerry Ford



Recently, ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE Pat Boone delivered an ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE message to voters in RELATIVELY CONSERVATIVE Kentucky for the re-election of ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE Republican governor Ernie Fletcher. (Conservative adjectives added by SnarkAngel)

In the message Boone says:

"Hello friends this is Pat Boone, a fellow Kentuckian by descent from grandaddy Dan'l. I've always been proud of Kentucky's stance on patriotic, military and moral issues; a great heritage. Now, as an American and a Christian I am very conservative about the upcoming governor's election. Ernie Fletcher is a typical Kentuckian, he's worked long and hard for the state, its people, and its traditions. And, of course, he has come under attack by political opponents and now he faces a man who wants his job who has consistently supported every homosexual cause: same sex marriage, gay adoption, special rights, to gay, lesbian, bisexual, even transgender individuals.The problem (inaudible) gay advocacy groups (inaudible) enthusiastically endorse Beshear, knowing he's their guy. Kentuckians have already voted to amend the state constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. Now, do you want governor who'd like Kentucky to be like another San Francisco? Please reelect Ernie Fletcher.This message paid for by the Kentucky Republican Party."

Well, surprise, surprise...the old closet leather queen who once gave us this affront to music.

Turns out, Mr. Family Values may have been the one who gave Justin Timberlake, the idea for "Dick in a Box."

Yeah, feast your eyes on this not-so-tasty morsel . . .

Sarcastic, Bitchy Comment by SnarkAngel:

Oh, poor dear. Tisk-tisk. No wonder she's a "conservative." She'd be laughed out of ANY sex party with a pee-pee like that. At least have the sense to get it hard first before "showing it off," Patty-boy. Hmmmm . . . "Pat," . . . that reminds me of another character (besides Dick-In-A-Box) from Saturday Night Live . . . but that Pat had more personality than our dear Mr. Boone the loon.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

More Religious Bullshit . . .


Pittsburgh's bishop is on the hotseat for continued efforts to split his diocese from the Episcopal Church, according to national church sources. Representatives of the Pittsburgh Diocese will soon vote on constitutional amendments that would start the process of splitting from the national church.

Stuck-in-the-middle-ages Bishop Robert Duncan, of Pittsburgh, is among the leaders of a conservative U.S. group that believes the Episcopal Church is abandoning the primary authority of Scripture, which this group interprets as condemning homosexuality. Well, this asshole got a a little wakeup call from the Episcopal powers that be, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori: "If your course does not change, I shall regrettably be compelled to see that appropriate canonical steps are promptly taken to consider whether you have abandoned the Communion of this Church ... and whether you have committed canonical offenses that warrant disciplinary action." Supposedly, Duncan could ultimately be deposed from office and declared to have abandoned communion with the Episcopal church.

Gee, I'll bet Duncan's really shaking in his boots now! How scary! For Christ's sake, let the asshole haters go and align themselves with an overseas Anglican leader. Enough with the drama, already.


Remember the Westboro Baptist Church and it's infamous leader, Rev. Phelps? Well, they're back in the spotlight again with more wild antics that resurrect the debate: "is this a religious group or a f*#%ing cult?" Yes, this is the "God Hates Fags" group who insists that the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq is divine punishment for the tolerance of homosexuality in the U.S. And they were just ordered to pay $11 Million to the father of a deceased soldier in Maryland for picketing the soldier's funeral.

Now one of their leaders, Shirley Phelps-Roper, is back in court for flag mutilation, negligent child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disturbing the peace. Seems Phelps-Roper allowed her 10-year-old son to stand on the flag while protesting at a soldier's funeral in June. Okay, shouldn't this group be on the Jerry Springer show? But not to worry, the good ole ACLU is keeping this trashy entertainment saga alive by appointing attorney Bassel El-Kasaby as Shirley's lawyer. Other legal experts expect the $11 million judgement to be overturned and the current case to be dismissed based on first amendement issues and the Supreme Court's ruling that laws forbidding flag desecration are unconstitutional.


A county judge in Iowa recently overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban, so 1,200 zealots, including Baptists and Catholics, showed up at a rally to sing "We Shall Overcome" in an effort to persuade the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn the judge's decision. Gee, wasn't "We Shall Overcome" a civil rights anthem? Well, the judge's ruling was stayed while the Iowa Supreme Court reviews the matter before ruling . . . which could take up to two years. Meanwhile, the state's Roman Catholic dioceses, are calling for a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Gee, how about putting some Catholic officials in jail for covering up all the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests?

I guess I'll never fully understand the insane, nonsensical world of organized religion.