Friday, October 31, 2008
"In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." Thank you, Mean Girls, but I decided to tone it down, espesh for work: I'm a cowgirl! Since I already had the boots and hat, I figured some jeans and pigtails would complete the look, not to mention my horse-charm necklace.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
So Kanye West's new album is a bit off the beaten hip-hop path: it used a lot of Autotune on vocals and doesn't showcase much rap. Variety quotes him prematurely defending his album, saying,
"You can't judge me on this because it's a reflection of my heart and soul. It's like judging a grandmother's love."I hope we get more gems like this during his press tour. 11/25/08 can't come soon enough!
Cloris Leachman spiced up this season's Dancing with the Stars with her, well, limber dance moves, but her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live makes me hope I will be as hilariously out of control as her when I'm 82. Lorne Michaels, please take note, Cloris would be a brilliant SNL host!
Since the revelation that Sarah Palin's teenage daughter is pregnant, there has been a growing national conversation about sex ed and abortion. Because the topic was widely divisive even before the Palin example came about, Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, published juicy read, Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers. Currently working on its sequel Red Sex, Blue Sex, Regnerus' findings are partly based on how one's religious background influences views on sex,
"On average, white evangelical Protestants make their “sexual début”—to use the festive term of social-science researchers—shortly after turning sixteen... evangelical Protestant teen-agers are significantly less likely than other groups to use contraception. This could be because evangelicals are also among the most likely to believe that using contraception will send the message that they are looking for sex. It could also be because many evangelicals are steeped in the abstinence movement’s warnings that condoms won’t actually protect them from pregnancy or venereal disease."The article is chock-full of other statistics and trends when it comes to religion/sex (not just evangelicals), but I will stop my quotage there so you can get your nerd on and read!
Campbell Brown's jump from NBC to CNN was pretty genius: girlfriend can now call bulls**t when necessary, hence the show title: Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull. Brown dished her NBC gripe with with Jon Stewart... does this mean she now has no shot of ever hosting the 100th hour of the Today Show?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Lively parents much be so proud! Not only was their daughter Robyn the star of the classic (and personal fave) Teen Witch, but her younger sister, Blake, is TV's own Gossip Girl! I don't watch the latter, but I loved her girl-without-a-mother performance in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Meet Aubrey O'Day: now a former member of pop group Danity Kane, Aubrey is most known for her questionable clothing taste (or lack of clothing altogether) and mouthing off to Diddy. At the end of this season's Making the Band, Mr. Combs said he would work with Aubrey if she was still the girl he originally signed to Bad Boy Records, not the girl fame as made her. So my question, what has fame done to her... physically? Is it lip injections? Just a lot of hair dye? She clearly gained some weight (in a good way), is she just flaunting new curves? Ms. O'Day has repeatedly denied having plastic surgery, so is this look all smoke and mirrors? Seriously people, I need answers!
Since year-round wedding season is upon me, I thought this info might help some of the betrothed with their 'dding plans. While the couple's first-dance song might cause some anxiety over the range of choices, one should always avoid being totally lame about it. Here are some suggestions I found, clearly aimed at the young folk: 5. TV on the Radio, "Ambulance" 4. Tom Waits, "Just Another Sucker on the Vine" 3. Liars, "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" 2. Otis Redding, "I Love You More Than Words Can Say" 1. Velvet Underground, "I Found a Reason"
Monday, October 20, 2008
Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama was a double whammy: it was a slap in the face to Powell's own party and he also took a a moment to speak out against the most recent Republican attacks on Obama, which are not only baseless, but senseless. Powell did not hold back his true feelings, calling out religious attacks, terrorist links and VP wannabe Sarah Palin. Though Obama is Christian, he's 'accused' of being a Muslim, which is apparently a no-no, but why? If he was indeed Muslim (which he's not), would that somehow disqualify him, morally or intellectually, from being a legit Presidential candidate?
"I’m also troubled by…what members of the party say, and is permitted to be said, such things as, ‘Well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.’ Well, the correct answer is, 'He is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian.'But the really right answer is, 'What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?'The answer’s 'No, that’s not America.' Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion he’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America."On the Obama/Ayers connection, Powell dismissed it and noted its unimportance to American voters,
"And I’ve also been disappointed frankly by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently, or his campaign has, on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that’s been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign, but Mr. McCain says he’s a washed out terrorist—well, why do we keep talking about him? ... What they’re trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that’s inappropriate... But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrower. It’s not what the American people are looking for."Lastly, Powell spoke out on McCain's very poor VP choice in Sarah Palin (though he did so eloquently and as respectfully as possible, unlike what my approach would've been given a national platform), saying,
"And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin. She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired, but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be President of the United States, which is the job of the Vice President. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made."Now that's what I call reaching across party lines!
Friday, October 17, 2008
My long-serving bff sent me this cartoon months ago and it brings the LOLs every time I read it. Dinosaurs have good taste in men.
Anyone who has enjoyed the last 11 seasons of America's Next Top Model has learned a thing or two about taking a fierce picture. The most important is to smile with your eyes. The windows to your soul must speak through the lens! Hell, even John McCain was putting forth his best eye-smiling effort at the most recent presidential debate. Thank you, Tyra, for showing us the way.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Turns out ponies are a fan of the drink. The Daily Mail is reporting that Fat Boy, the horse seen here, escaped from his stable in Newquay, Cornwall, broke into a local resident's garden and ate too many fermented apples. Then drunk, Fat Boy outdid Frank the Tank and stumbled across the garden and into a swimming pool. Two hours later, police and fireman were able to fish him out. Hope his hangover wasn't too rough. What excuse did he give his horsey wife when he got back to the stables?
Congratulations, 'repudiate,' you just surpassed Joe the Plumber to have the BEST WEEK EVER!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
During some of my usual gossip site surfing, I came across a pic of Denise Richards fetching her kids from school. Here we see oldest daughter Sam, 4, sporting an amazing "Hold Your Horses" t-shirt, complete with multi-color, galloping horsies. Does this come in my size?
Do any of you fools watch 60 Minutes? When I have the pleasure, typically when I'm spending a Sunday in my Hollywood vacation home, I always watch until the very end so I don't miss Andy Rooney's gripping commentaries on what he deems television worthy material that week. One day he brought clothes to his office that he sifted through to either keep or give away. We learned of his corduroy jacket and the old 1984 Giants ticket stub still resting in its pocket. I've also had the pleasure of seeing fan mail items Andy has received over the years... wow, not that I think of it, he really likes to hold on to useless crap. Since I am rambling like Rooney, here is my point: he embarrasses me. Someone needs to alert CBS that this glimpse into his aging mind really isn't that charming, it's almost sad- why are they indulging this man? Why not spend a few more minutes covering pressing topics like the election, the war we're stuck in, the failing economy, or our environmental crisis (to name a few)? Though I can't avert my eyes from this train wreck, I do beg CBS to put him out of his on-camera misery. Please, none of us really needed 2+ minutes on umbrellas.
Cheesetastic online stories from diet tips to relationship advice (really, you shouldn't be getting that from the internets) to flattering fashion tips always force me to click and today I got a lovely treat! MSN.com featured Mexican food chain Chipotle as a 'healthful' example of fast food, which just makes me feel better about the love affair I'm having with the eatery. Other chains such as Baja Fresh and Poquito Mas were never quite what I was looking for, but Chipotle won my heart with its over sized burritos, super salty tortilla chips and build-your-own ingredients bar. If you have a Chipotle near you, run there immediately and chow down!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The stock market might not be, but shots of gaping wall street traders watching the NYSE fluctuate are a dime a dozen. Besides, the pics are obnoxious: the economy is in the crapper, we get it!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Dear Mark Wahlberg,
You are one of the luckiest fools in Hollywood. First you get to model underwear, then you get an acting career, then you get to co-star with George Clooney, and then you get your very own Saturday Night Live parody! That is one good run, my friend, but why the long face? Do you not realize that an entire SNL skit devoted to you is one of the highest (even if mocking) honors in the land? No need for sour grapes, Andy Samberg thought about you long enough to pitch a Mark Wahlberg skit to Lorne Michaels! I just don't think that America needs your negativity right now. Please, don't hate.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Breaking Danity Kane news: Aubrey O'Day has been kicked out? Last night's Making the Band ended with a heated discussion between the girls and Diddy, culminating with the boss man telling Aubrey she's out! But, like any self-respecting reality show, they ended with a cliffhanger: tune in next week to see if it's true! Is Aubrey really out? Will other members leave with her? Will Aubrey and Aundrea ever speak again? Is Dawn getting a solo album? Does anyone even care about Shannon (jk, she seems nice)? Viewers sure are curious: currently, next Tuesday's season finale is #17 on Google's hot trends (the list is updated multiple times throughout the day)- I can't wait for next week's drama!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I pretty much love all Olsen fashion. It's ridic and constantly changing, yet remains organically MKA. Unfortunately, PETA and I don't see eye to eye. Since Mary-Kate and Ashley have a penchant for sporting luxurious fur pieces, PETA has given their stamp of disapproval by creating a game where you can dress each twin in her own fur get-up: garments dripping blood, of course. Even though it's rather anti-Olsen, it's still hilar... and MK never loses her boho chic-ness.
I've previously blogged my love of Jon & Kate Plus 8 on TLC, so I was excited to hear People Magazine featured the family in their new issue! While some have questioned Jon and Kate's decision to showcase (or exploit, depending on your P.O.V.) their 2 sets of multiples on TV, there are no hints of slowing production (yay!). Even more fascinating, the couple who has famously said 'no more children' still holds on to the dream of having just one kid (who is not a multiple), and have even considered adopting! Fools, eight is enough... unless you want to make that part of the series. Then, I will gladly watch (and judge).
Since the presidential campaign has now taken a turn for the ugly (thanks McCain!), please take a break and enjoy the lovely photos that I came across: Joe Biden hearts his wife, Jill, and it's presh. These pictures of the couple on the campaign trail don't feel forced or staged and made me smile.
Prince William may have been cute enough in the 90's, but his bro has surpassed him as the hot prince in the family... and he's a red head to boot!
Friday, October 3, 2008
When I was in 2nd grade and did well on my report card, my dad took me to Toys 'R Us (spoiled much?) to pick out a reward. I chose a lovely pink elephant who I named Penelope. My brother claimed I would play with her for 10 minutes and then lose interest, as many of my other stuffed animals (or 'friendlies' as i called them) sat untouched once they became old news. But Penelope was different and she is still with me today, having undergone some fancy patchwork to keep her delicate, fabric face intact. This pic that Marisa sent me reminds of Penelope when she was fresh from the toy store, but even though she has aged, I still love her just the same, as she does me.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Sean Combs is scared of Sarah Palin.. and he vlogged (video blogged) about it! Diddy, an outspoken Obama supporter, shares my fear that an inexperienced, narrow-minded, Joe-six pack will become our Vice President. We've had Joe-six-pack in office for 8 years, and look where we are now.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I love silly animals and I just came across this quality vid of a napping puppy. Having escaped from the Lost island, this polar bear is dancing to Ginuwine's Pony, which automatically makes him my friend (does this mean he too has to return to the island with the Oceanic Six?). My fave animal clip that trumps all others is the talking goat. I've watched it a lot (more than I care to admit) and it cracks me up every time! That goat is chatty!