Texas Love Advice
Plus Some Occasional Comments on the
State of the Popular Culture
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R. Williams, Armistead Johnson
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Happy Halloween from
New York Cool to you!
Village Halloween Parade
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is Halloween Week in New York City. And all over
the city, the true freaks are climbing out of their
coffins (East Village basement apartments) to walk
the streets with the rest of us (the ordinary run-of-the-mill
Check out New
York Cool's Guide to Halloween and prepare to
a Teapot Time: There
is a fun uproar in the news about some racy photos
that Glee cast members Lea Michele, Cory
Monteith and Dianna Agron shot for GQ titled
"Glee Gone Wild.!" (USA
Today) "The Parents Television Council
has issued a statement saying the cover "borders
This mishegas is
a publicists dream. There is free publicity galore
for the show, the stars, GQ and the (who-in-the-hell-are-they?)
The Parents Television Council.
P. S. Dianna Agron "apologized"
for the shoot but also said, "If you are hurt
or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never
our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a
copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry.
But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get
Great news extender, Miss Agron!
the actress who play June Cleaver on the TV classic
Leave It to Beaver, has died at the age of
York Daily News). Billingsley created a much
beloved character, but by doing so she also created
a prototype for an American mother that did not
exist even in the time of the show (1957-19630).
But this prototype has lived on in our culture -
the myth that there could/should be a perfect white
suburban existence where values are taught with
a plate of freshly baked cookies.
And even though almost
no one can or should live up to this ideal (100%
failure rate for the "white" part for
the majority of the United States population), Billingsley's
portrayal of Cleaver beautifully portrayed the love
that mothers can have for their children even in
realistic homes that must deal with problems such
as divorce, job loss, poverty, alcoholism, spousal
and child abuse.
P. S. The Republican
party has Camelotized
the Cleaver home, holding it up as an example
of what things used to be and can be again if we
will just elect people like Newt Gingrich (three
divorces), David Vitter (prostitution), Carl Paladino
(illegitimate child) etc. etc. all the way to Rush
Limbaugh, a braying-about-family-value-twice-divorced
man on his third marriage.
can also be faithless hounddogs but benefit from
belonging to a less hypocritical party.
October 13, 2010
There is a saying, "Only
in New York, " and we have a doozy of a story
this time. Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee
for Governor of New York, has become a caricature
of ego run wild. When meeting with some conservative
rabbis, he blasted gays stating that "being
gay is not the example that we should be showing
our children." New
York Daily News. After spending a few days refusing
to retract his remarks, he has now (been forced
to) decided to apologize.
We are in for a fun but extremely
offensive November election. And Paladino is not
the only doofus spewing insanities. The Republican
nominee for the Senate in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell,
has spoken publicly against masturbation. Yes, you
read that right, masturbation. bluevirginia.us.
And in Nevada, Republican Senate
nominee Sharon Angle opposes all abortions, has
doubts about Social Security, wanted to abolish
the Department of Veterans Affairs (she rethought
that one) and does not even like the Republican
Las Vegas Sun
And Kentucky Senate Republican
nominee Rand Paul has serious doubts about the passage
of the Civil Rights Movement. He disapproves of
bad behavior like not letting blacks stay in hotels,
but does not think we need a law to control private
I know the Tea Party's aim was
to "lock and load on Washington," but
so far they seem to have aimed for their own feet.
As we used to say in Texas, "All
hat, no head."
October 10, 2010
Today is 10/10/10
and all the crazies are out interpreting exactly
what this means. I, personally, am still trying
to understand the concept behind the microwave oven
and will let this one pass.
October 5, 2010
Here are some fun
items from the news:
*The Republican Senate
nominee from Delaware just released her first campaign
tv ad and the first line out of her mouth is "I
am not a witch." And she was speaking literally
not figuratively; she truly felt it was necessary
to reassure the good citizenry of Delaware that
she did not belong to a coven. And she was right;
people were/are concerned. (MSNBC.COM)
*An elderly couple,
Gloria Sher and Frederick Evans, were "booted
off?" the Queen Mary 2 after they became disorderly
during a black tie dinner. The article goes on to
explain that they were not literally booted off
the ship (Whew!) but forced to remain in their cabin
for the duration of the voyage. (MSNBC.COM)
P. S. I have been
on the Queen Mary 2 and it is a pearls and ascot
kind of place where rowdiness will not be tolerated.
Perhaps next time, Sher and Evans should book their
accomodations on Carnival.
October 3, 2010
There is a very sad
event in this week's news: A young Rutgers University
student, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide by jumping
off the George Washington bridge. His roommate (Dharun
Raviand) and his roommate's friend (Molly Wei) had
secretly recorded Clementi having sex with another
man and broadcast the tape on the internet.
My heart goes out
to Clementi's family and I am hearbroken when I
think about how desperate Clementi must have felt,
knowing that he would be an object of ridicule to
many who viewed the tape and that the words "gay
sex tape" would follow him throughout his life.
He must have truly felt that his life was over and
that his only option was suicide.
The next reaction
is extreme anger at Raviand and Wei. How could they
have been so mean and stupid? And their actions
were not just mean, they were totally stupid. In
this internet driven world, they did not just hurt
Clementi, they ruined their own young lives. Their
cruelty will follow them from now on. They will
undoubtedly be saddled with a criminal record (as
they should be) and they will be shunned by many.
Their friends and family need to keep close watch
to be sure that they too do not decide to end it
all by jumping from a bridge.
It was the first month of their freshman year; Clementi
is dead and Raviand and Wei's just threw away their
Dear Miss Wendy,
Why are there so
many weird people in New York City?
14th Street Bus
over the world, there are weirdos and many of these
weirdos have the smarts to believe that if they
stay in their home towns, the local citizenry might
rise up and nail them to the Village gates. These
eccentric individuals (and a smattering of sore
heads) wisely decide to move to New York City, a
place where they have a working chance of "blending
in." So keep your flip cams handy, it's a smorgasbord
is a Howler of a Commercial: This one actually
woke me from a commercial-induced stupor: "Why
leave you future to chance? Call California Psychics.com"
another howler worthy of a Woody Allen film:
Rutgers University advertising a speaker: Back
By Popular Demand - Holocaust Survivor!
September 16, 2010
There is another
fun/interesting article on MSNBC.com.
Project Runway guru Tim Gunn blasted the House of
Ungaro for temporarily hiring Lindsay Lohan as a
creative director - well, he certainly has a point
there. But then he went on to state that Suri Cruise
is a "fashion victim" and her parents's
"dress up doll." Mr. Gunn has very obviously
never spent time with any four-year-old girls. They
pick their own clothes and in fact some of them
(I speak from experience) throw screaming hissing
fits if you try to dress them in anything they don't
want to wear.
This creativity won't last. Suri will eventually
start school and become peer conscious and want
to wear exactly what the other kids are wearing.
But in the meantime, Suri is having fun and she
is fun to watch. So here are some props to little
Miss Cruise, "You go girl"
September 14, 2010
There is a fun/interesting
article in the Daily
News about how Ines Sainz, a sports reporter
for the Mexican TV station TV Azteca, is being harassed
when she conducts interviews in the Jet's locker
room. Miss Sainz is a very pretty woman who according
to the Daily News article has an entire web site
devoted to her booty (it's a fansite - she did not
put it up herself). I have never quite grasped why
any reporters, male or female, should be allowed
into a locker room after a game anymore than I get
the idea of writers and photographers being allowed
backstage before a fashion show (the models are
practically nude and everyone is very BUSY). But
Miss Sainz has a conundrum on her hands. She never
would have been hired to be a sportscaster for a
Mexican TV station if she had not looked hot; it
is a prerequisite (kinda is here too - Erin Andrews
anyone). And hot or not, if all the other reporters
are hanging around in the locker room after the
game, she better be there too or she won't keep
her job. And since she is broadcasting from the
locker room, she can't very well throw on a choir
robe and a baseball cap before she walks in the
door. Perhaps she could gets some tips by watching
news footage of Queen Elizabeth II and emulating
the monarch's "Her Majesty is not amused"
September 10, 2010
of a Florida pastor, Terry Jones (I won't use the
word Reverend next to his name), has created a hail
storm of controversy over his plan to burn a bonfire
of Korans on the anniversary of 9/11. And now he
is trying to create a trade-off where he won't burn
Korans if the planned Mosque for the vicinity of
the World Trade Center is relocated. This plan to
burn Korans has been widely denounced as a wonderful
recruiting tool for Al Queda. How will this Pastor
and his flock feel when American soldiers and/or
innocent civilians are slaughtered by his counterpart
- equally kooky enraged Muslim terrorists? We have
freedom of speech in the United States of America
so this nut job has the right to burn Korans, but
all right thinking people need to "name and
we give into fear and label an entire group of people
as our enemies (the American citizens of Japanese
origin who were interned during World War II), we
belittle and demean ourselves. And this kook's plan
is the logical outcome of all the anti Mosque demonstrations.
We have freedom of religion in the United States
of America. Now we need some decent manners and
September 5, 2010
It has been a dull
week in celebrity culture. The only story hitting
the tabloids is whether or not Lindsay Lohan hit
a stroller. Radaronline is saying that she did and
as proof have a video of a woman pushing the what
looks like a perfectly good stroller across the
street while the two to three year old child cries
- the child crying being the proof that the stroller
was hit by a car, the most logical explanation for
a child crying while riding in a stroller. The nanny
is also supposed to have an incredulous look on
her face (we have to take their word for this because
the film clip is so grainy, no one can see the woman's
face), proving she was hit.
What kind of story
is this? If Lohan hit a stroller, where is the woman,
the stroller and the baby? Why aren't they reporting
this "incident," calling their lawyers
and lining up for their pay out?
Here is another explanation.
According to these tabloid reports, there were at
least three photographers (two from Radaronline
and one from TMZ) present when this incident supposedly
occurred. They were all flashing their cameras at
Miss Lohan, blinding her, the baby and the nanny.
So if the baby was crying and the nanny looking
surprised, it is probably because they were caught
in a pack of stalking paparazzi. who might have
even pushed the stroller into the car as they swarmed
Lohan (if, in fact, the stroller touched Lohan's
I truly hope gossip
is more interesting next week.
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