Monday, December 22, 2008

More fucking snow

Depending on what news report you trust, we have somewhere between 8 and 11 inches of snow/ice, which is a record of somewhere between 5 and 40 years.

I am so fucking tired of it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Screen Actors Guild nomination reaction

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
RICHARD JENKINS / Walter Vale - "THE VISITOR" (Overture Films)
FRANK LANGELLA / Richard Nixon - "FROST/NIXON" (Universal Pictures)
SEAN PENN / Harvey Milk - "MILK" (Focus Features)
BRAD PITT / Benjamin Button - "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" (Paramount Pictures)
MICKEY ROURKE / Randy - "THE WRESTLER" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Who's missing? Clint Eastwood/Gran Torino; Leonardo DiCaprio/Revolutionary Road; Michael Sheen/Frost/Nixon; Jeff Goldblum/Adam Resurrected; Daniel Craig/Defiance; Josh Brolin/W.
As of today I think Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke have strong locks on Oscar nominations; Brad Pitt and Frank Langella feel like soft locks on nominations (I think 3 of those 4 are "for sure"). I can see Clint Eastwood knocking Richard Jenkins aside. I don't know how well Revolutionary Road is going to play, so I think Leo is a lesser contendor. I include Sheen if enough voters see Frost/Nixon--he's been an "also ran" for a few movies lately (and strategically, he should have aimed for supporting, but whatever). Brolin is going to get a nomination for supporting, so I don't think anyone will feel bad if he's left out here.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ANNE HATHAWAY / Kym - "RACHEL GETTING MARRIED" (Sony Pictures Classics)
ANGELINA JOLIE / Christine Collins - "CHANGELING" (Universal Pictures)
MELISSA LEO / Ray Eddy - "FROZEN RIVER" (Sony Pictures Classics)
MERYL STREEP / Sister Aloysius Beauvier - "DOUBT" (Miramax Films)
KATE WINSLET / April Wheeler - "REVOLUTIONARY ROAD" (Paramount Vantage)
Who's missing? Kristin Scott Thomas/I've Loved You So Long; Sally Hawkins/Happy-Go-Lucky; Kiera Knightley/The Duchess; Michelle Williams/Wendy & Lucy; Cate Blanchett/The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
I think Meryl and Anne are strong locks. I can easily see Sally Hawkins securing a 3rd nomination (there's a good chance Happy-Go-Lucky was made outside of a SAG contract and therefore ineligible here) over Winslet, Jolie and Leo. There's something about Revolutionary Road and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that makes me think they will "under perform" come Oscar nomination time.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
JOSH BROLIN / Dan White - "MILK" (Focus Features)
ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. / Kirk Lazarus - "TROPIC THUNDER" (Paramount Pictures)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Father Brendan Flynn - "DOUBT" (Miramax Films)
HEATH LEDGER / Joker - "THE DARK KNIGHT" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
DEV PATEL / Older Jamal - "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Who's missing? James Franco/Milk; Aaron Eckhart/The Dark Knight; Tom Cruise/Tropic Thunder; Michael Shannon/Revolutionary Road; Haaz Sleiman/The Visitor; the teenager from Gran Torino; Jamie Bell/Defiance; Liev Schreiber/Defiane; Viggo Mortensen/Appaloosa; that little aboriginie kid/Australia
So I found myself stretching to add anyone as "missing" here (I know I have a lot of names, but really are they missing as nominees?). Since Hoffman seems to be sticking as supporting actor (it's a lead role, but whatever), I think he, Brolin and Ledger and strong locks. I think Downey Jr. is a good soft lock. Patel is getting the acting push for Slumdog, and I don't see any real challenger for the 5th slot, unless Cruise rallies supporters or there's someone I'm not factoring in. So I just found out that Liev Screiber is supporting and not lead, so I have him on my radar, but far out from landing.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS / Sister James - "DOUBT" (Miramax Flms)
PEN√ČLOPE CRUZ / Maria Elena - "VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA" (The Weinstein Company)
VIOLA DAVIS / Mrs. Miller - "DOUBT" (Miramax Films)
TARAJI P. HENSON / Queenie - "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" (Paramount Pictures)
KATE WINSLET / Hanna Schmitz - "THE READER" (The Weinstein Company)
Who's missing? Marisa Tomei/The Wrestler; Rosemarie DeWitt/Rachel Getting Married; Debra Winger/Rachel Getting Married; Dakota Fanning/The Secret Life of Bees; Sophie Okonedo/The Secret Life of Bees; Danai Jekesai Gurira/The Visitor; Maggie Gyllenhaal/The Dark Knight; Freida Pinto/Slumdog Millionaire
I think Viola Davis and Penelope Cruz are strong locks, with Amy Adams soft. I think Rosemarie DeWitt is in the game as much as Henson and Winslet. And I'd put Tomei in as strong Henson (who I'm not very sure about). I don't know about Winslet here, but she seems to get the "5th nomination" a lot.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
DOUBT (Miramax)
FROST/NIXON (Universal Pictures)
MILK (Focus Features)
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (Paramount Pictures)
What's missing? The Dark Knight; Tropic Thunder; Revolutionary Road; Synecdoche, NY; The Secret Life of Bees; Mamma Mia; The Visitor; Changeling
So can we all agree that Australia is pretty much DOA? As a proxy for best picture, these 5 seem like a good solid choice, with Frost/Nixon the low hanging fruit that could be replaced with Wall-E or The Dark Knight. It would have been nice for me to have either Tropic Thunder or The Dark Knight here (especially since Tropic Thunder didn't rate a GG nomination for Best Comedy/Musical).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

And another pic of the girls



An excellent pic FROM Clark from Memorial Day 2007.

A photo of Rebel

Ran across this while I was making a point about cameras to Clark. Here's Rebel with Midge from mid-2007.

Kelly makes a great turkey!

She's a vegetarian, but endured the flesh for us, her guests. And all was good. Many thanks Kel!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Time magazine on Bush's last days

Love it:

At the end of a presidency of stupefying ineptitude, he has become the lamest of all possible ducks.


More here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

We love out hot tranny mess mayor!!!

For some reason I am especially proud of Silverton, OR's mayor Stu Rasmussen. He's a hot mess, but that's beside the point. He's a great mayor and I love the looks were clearly not important for his win.

Hurray.

And hats off to the people of Silverton who rallied in a big way when fucking Christer retards from Westboro Baptist came to protest.

Protest in Silverton










Has Christmas come early?

Ann Coulter's mouth has been wired shut.

The hot tranny mess broke her jaw (or her jaw was broken for her). Couldn't happen to a more deserving harpy.

Details here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Quote of the day

"Sexism, like racism, is a sin. And no matter how hard or how long we may try to justify discrimination, in the end, it is always immoral."


The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, in a letter to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

After Bourgeois, a Catholic priest of 36 years, gave the homily at an ordination ceremony for a woman last August, the CDF sent him a letter saying he had 30 days to recant his support for women's ordination or be excommunicated. In his response, Bourgeois points out that unlike him, the American priests and bishops involved in sexually abusing more than 12,000 children and covering it up have not been excommunicated.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Another brilliant article from Matt Taibbi

Sarah Palin would have been a brilliant choice as a presidential nominee — and she will be, in 2012, when she leads the inevitable Republican counter-revolution against Obama's presidency. She's a classic divide-and-conquer politician, an unapologetic Witch Hunter and True Believer with a gift for whipping up the mob against the infidel. In a way that even George W. Bush never was, she is Karl Rove's wet dream, the Osama bin Laden of soccer moms, crusading against germs, communism, atheism and other such unclean elements strictly banned by American law.


More here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Why aren't you watching 30 Rock?

If this were Colbert it would be hysterical...

...but this, this is just weird.



Flaming, godless Portland is not among the cities (SIGH). But Atlanta, Houston and Dallas in August... it's the 12th nicest month to visit those, um, large cities. So enjoy. I will be too busy burning flags to attend, I'm sure.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Grudge munch



Fun!

Oh snap. Harry Reid shows Lieberman.

The Senate Democratic Caucus just handed it to Joe Lieberman by letting him retain chairmanship of his Homeland Security committee. In your face, Joe. Betray us and we will hold you accountable by doing jack shit.

Harry Reid is kinda lucky Paul Begich pulled ahead of Ted Stevens in the AK Senate race. Now he doesn't have to flail around impotently trying to toss a convicted felon out of the Senate. And, no doubt, failing.

Condensed Keith

Keith Olbermann's special comments from Countdown, condensed to a minute. Genius!

Get the latest news satire and funny videos at 236.com.

Evolution of activism

Rex Wockner has some nice thinking on the new community organizers working on equality for the gay/lesbian/bi/trans/etc. community.

Maybe Stonewall was Activism 1.0, ACT UP was Activism 2.0, the failed corporate activism of HRC and No On Prop 8 was Activism 3.0, and now we are witnessing Activism 4.0 being born.

Read more here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hey Paula!

Here's Portland's own trans-evangelist, Sister Paula, speaking at the Equality Rally Saturday morning in Portland.


And here is the wonderful Kelly with her somewhat complex sign. You needed to be within 4 feet to really appreciate it, but still, points for creativity and effort!!!

You go girls!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Quote of the day

"I got elected ... Boobs and all. I tell people this country has a long and proud history of electing boobs to public office.”


Stu Rasmussen, trans-gendered mayor elect of Silverton, OR

Saturday, November 8, 2008

How Obama really won NC

Per Gail Collins in the NYT:

In the fervor of the final week of the campaign, Graham basically promised to drown himself if Barack Obama took North Carolina.


I wonder if he's set a date for that yet. I would pay $30 for Pay-per-View.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Worth a thousand words

I am on GraphJam


Go vote. Thumbs-up, naturally...

The morning after

Ohthankgoditsover... I was done with the fucking commercials. The anger. The angst. And the fucking maps. Blue states. Red states. Gah.

Obama won. Hooray.

Merkley v. Smith is too close to call. Boo.

Amanda Fritz beat Charles Lewis. Good for them both--they are both kick-ass community organizers and Portland is better because of it! I will make a donation to Lewis's Ethos Music Center as a consolation prize for him. I'm sure he'll be thrilled.

But my main man, the bow-tie clad Congressman that I freaking love, isn't getting any attention. So a shout out to Earl Blumenauer (D) on returning to the House to continue to be the voice of progressive Portland and sanity. I have my fingers crossed that Obama will look to him as a possible Secretary of Transportation. How wonkish is that wish? He can lose the bow-tie any time, but he shouldn't change anything else. I will take the bow-tie if he keeps biking to work and voting down flag-burning amendments. Hooray for Earl!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I hear your voices...

"I hear your voices, I need your help and I will be your President too."
- Barack Obama after winning a considerably more decisive victory than George W. Bush in 2004

Contrast that with Bush's statement: "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it."

Yes we can.

Yes we will.

Priceless

Hair and make-up: $20,000.

New wardrobe: $150,000.

Watching your campaign lose because of the power of community organization: priceless.

I'm a genius!

Or so says my little sister, who followed my advice and got herself an absentee ballot, thus avoiding an hours-long wait at her polling place in Georgia today.

The law now states you don't have to give a reason to request an absentee ballot. I sent in the application, with the idea that since it was so close to election day I would fill out the absentee ballot and hand deliver it day of the election. My theory was that since the county voter registration office (about a mile from our house) would not accept any voting there the day of the election- but you could hand deliver absentee ballots- we would be able to walk right up and deliver our ballots. Turned out I was right, and now Matt and I are convinced that absentee ballots are the way to go! We will prepare earlier next time to be able to mail it back in, but this was a wonderful alternative to standing in line!
Thanks for the idea!!!

You betcha!

Sarah Palin, after voting this morning:

"I am also exercising my right to privacy, and I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for, nobody does, and that's really cool about America also."

"Election day is like the Olympics..."

God bless Jon Stewart:

Election day is like the Olympics for out of shape people. One day every four years, could be grueling, could take six hours, but on the upside, no doping tests.

Goes without saying



Seriously.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tough talk from Harry Reid

...On Ted Stevens:
"...the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an ethics committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process...”


With all due respect, I'll believe it when I see it. If the Democratic leadership in Congress was willing to actually exercise its authority, I don't think Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton would be walking around ignoring their respective subpoenas.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Here's what makes this really fun: Rick Sanchez is kinda dumb

A good friend worked with him a WSVN down in Miami about a million years ago. Not the smartest fork in the drawer. But here he is smacking down Mike Goldfarb from the McCain campaign.

What a weasley little weasel.



Tacky.

The SMART ones...?

Saxby Chambliss is NOT a drag queen's name (yet), no matter how fucking much it sounds like a drag queen's name.

He is a US Senator (R) from Georgia. For now. The race (oooh, "race") is close.

Apparently he's trying to use a little racism to fire up his "base."

The Republican is outwardly confident, but there's urgency in his voice as he tours North Georgia, trying to boost turnout in his predominately white base: "The other folks are voting," he bluntly tells supporters.


(PSSST, I *think* he's talking about the blacks.)

Tacky.

Why do YOU vote?



Amen.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Allowing myself to hope.

I will be really really pissed off if Obama loses. He's got me all hopped up on hope.





Sweet that it uses Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"--I recently heard the full version of the song. We didn't learn the complete song in elementary school. But the lyrics are worthy of knowing.

As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.


Amen.

Puppet theater!



I'm sooo enjoying this last week of the campaigns.

Sarah Palin, socialist.


Good for her!

We all need a little more cowbell.



Seriously.

Seriously people, vote by mail

How much fucking stupidity do you need to see before you change?



Seriously.

A note to John McCain


People who use air quotes, look like douches.

Seriously.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

She got Maverick juice all over their campaign...

D'oh.

Early voting hours in Florida extended!!!

When you see Charlie Crist at the Parliament House in Orlando say "thanks" to him!

Even Joe Piscopo got to keep his job...

From Daily Kos:

In 1980, NBC's hit Saturday Night Live went through its worst season ever, which culminated in the sacking of every cast member with the exceptions of Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo.

Every Republican officeholder in the business today is scrambling to prove to the voters that he's Eddie Murphy.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Understanding the difference between candidates

Much love to Daily Kos diary of Eman for continuing this (which is where I'm picking it up). From here.

# If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your single mother and grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

# If you grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you're a quintessential American story.

# If your name is Barack, you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

# If you name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

# If you graduate from Harvard Law School, you are unstable.

# If you drop out of four different small colleges before graduating from the fifth, you're well grounded.

# If you spend three years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend eight years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, and then create and manage the most organized political campaign in history, you don't have any real leadership experience.

# If your total resume is: local weather girl, four years on the city council and six years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, accused of abuse of power as mayor, found guilty of abuse of power as governor, currently under further investigation for more abuse of power as governor, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

# If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising two beautiful daughters, all within mainstream Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

# If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, dumped your disfigured wife and your children, then married the heiress the following month, you're a Christian.

# If your former pastor, an ex-Marine who helped save a President's life, from this country's oldest mainline Protestant denomination denounces past racism in America, you are guilty by association of being "unAmerican."

# If your pastor prays to secure you high government office and protect you from witchcraft, you are "born again."

# If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

# If you staunchly advocate abstinence only, charge rape victims for the cost of testing their criminal rapists, provide no option in sex education in your state's school system, while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

# If your spouse is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

# If your spouse is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction, no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25, once was a card-carrying member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, and used your elected office to orchestrate a continuing personal vendetta, your family is extremely admirable.

# If you live in the same city and served on a charity board with a leading education professor who did something bad when you were eight years old, you "pall around" with terrorists.

# If you not only supported but once managed a slush fund for a convicted felon, you are a reformer.

Happy Monday

CNN reporting:
A jury found U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska guilty Monday of all seven counts in his federal corruption trial.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Maybe I'm related to the McCains...

Operator: 911 state your emergency

Caller: It's not an emergency but do you know why on one side at the damn drawbridge of 95traffic is stopped for 15 minutes and yet traffic's coming the other way?

Operator: Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic? (pause)

Caller: "Fuck you." (caller hangs up)

The operator called back and received this message: "Hi this is Joe McCain I can't take this message now because I'm involved in a very (inaudible) important political project... I hope on Nov. 4th we have elected John."

So you think you can lead?

The highest paid person in the McCain/Palin campaign? Palin's make-up artist. I guess it takes a real specialist to apply lipstick to a pit bull.

Make-up story here

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Welfare mom?

If the state of Alaska is paying to house and feed Sarah Palin's family, does that make her a welfare mom?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Couldn't happen to a more deserving biotch...

Michelle Bachmann may have put her talking points covered foot deep into her idiotic mouth. Heh.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/1008/NRCC_Abandons_Bachmann.html?showall

While the election can't get here soon enough for me, I'm not minding shit like this.

Sarah Palin says she's proud to be called a Redneck Woman

Maybe she needs to read the lyrics of the Gretchen Wilson song...

Victoria's Secret
Well their stuff's real nice
Oh but I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal*Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy
Just as sexy
As those models on TV
No I don't need no designer tag to make my man want me
You might think I'm trashy
A little too hard core
But get in my neck of the woods
I'm just the girl next door


In the past 2 months the McCain/Palin campaign spent $150,000 on her wardrobe and styling. And it wasn't spent at Walmart.

If you want some context, the median US household income in 2007 was about $50,000. That means that in 2 months they've spent about what 3 typical US households earned last year. Seriously.

Next time she wants to pretend to be a reg'lar gal and call Obama elitist, just tell her to go back to the North Pole.

Seriously.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Michelle Bachmann needs to practice shutting the fuck up

CHRIS MATTHEWS: So you believe that Barack Obama may have anti-American views?

BACHMANN: Absolutely. I'm very concerned he may have anti-American views.

Today Bush face-sucker Bachmann tried to clean up the pantload with this incredible (and easily disproven) statement. (Think Progress):

This morning, Bachmann tried to undo the damage. Appearing on WCCO (Minneapolis' local CBS affiliate), Bachmann denied she ever called Barack Obama's views "anti-American":

HOST: You do feel his [Obama's] views are anti-American?

BACHMANN: I feel his views are concerning. I'm calling on the media to investigate them. I'm not saying that his views are anti-American. That was a misreading of what I said. And so I don't believe that's my position. I'm calling on the media to take a look at what his views are.


McBachmann?

Tacky.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The wind beneath my wings



Tacky.

"Real" America attempts to intimidate, um, "fake" America

McCain supporters (allegedly, cough) slashed tires at an Obama rally in North Carolina today. They seem scared.

They also heckled (allegedly, cough) voters at an early voting location.

The Washington Times reports: "An organizer at the rally rattled off the addresses of early vote sites nearby that would be open after the event. Photographer Joe Eddins and I headed over to the closest one and found a steady line of voters hoping to cast ballots early. Most seemed to be Obama supporters and several had come from the rally. Nearly all the voters were black. Also at the polling site was a group of loud and angry protesters who shouted and mocked the voters as they walked in. Nearly all were white. As you can see from these videos, no one held anything back. People were shouting about Obama's acknowledged cocaine use as a young man, abortion and one man used the word 'terrorist.' They also were complaining that Sundays are for church, not voting."


Tacky.

I voted today

One of the many great things about living in Oregon. 100% vote by mail.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Understanding the current financial cluster fuck

This helps. God bless Matt Taibbi....

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2008/10/matt_taibbi_and_byron_york_but.html

Colin Powell hates women

Right wing talking heads are accusing Colin Powell of endorsing Obama solely because of race. But I've chosen to look for an even more insidious reason.

His misogyny.

Pure and simple he's endorsing Obama to keep Sarah Palin away from success.

Tacky.