Thursday, May 20, 2010

Carpet Muncher, Clam Digger, Softball Player

The Wall Street Journal published a picture on its front page of Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan playing softball. The picture was taken in 1993, and became a front-page story in 2010. Some have claimed the Journal did this to raise questions about Kagan’s sexuality. She is rumored to be a lesbian but the White House angrily denies these “charges.” Kagan has said nothing.

And that’s the problem. All the liberals and gays out there long for the day when someone’s sexual preference doesn’t matter, especially for a Supreme Court Justice when lots of other issues are way more important when determining competency for the role. But instead of blaming the evil people who keep asking the questions, I think it’s the people who constantly evade the issue who make sexuality important.
Ricky Martin, Johnny Weir, Adam Lambert, Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres are just some of the celebrities who at least initially lied or hid their sexuality. Do they think that brings us closer to the day when no one will care? What if they simply said, “yes I am gay.” Wouldn’t that minimize it, if that is indeed their goal?
Which brings us back to the Wall Street Journal, of course their goal was to raise questions about her sexuality. Combine the rumors, with the stereotype of softball players and you can reach no other conclusion. But maybe the Journal was doing more for the cause than all the closeted celebrities and public figures. Don’t we have to have the conversation before we can end the conversation?
Not sure, but I’d like to ask Jennie Finch about it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Refreshing Honesty

Campbell Brown recently stepped down from CNN and her final words were so refreshingly honest that I had to share them and think we should all applaud her and hope more people in the future will do the same when faced with a similar predicament.

"Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN's "Campbell Brown". To be clear: this is my decision, and one that I have been thinking about for some time. As for why, I could have said, that I am stepping down to spend more time with my children (which I truly want to do). Or that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities (which I also truly want to do). But I have never had much tolerance for others' spin, so I can't imagine trying to stomach my own. The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else.
My plan right now is to help CNN through any transition, and then to enjoy, for the very first time, the nightly ritual of "Good Night Moon" and good night kisses with my two little boys. I wish my CNN colleagues all the best. And as long as bedtime doesn't conflict with primetime, I will be watching and pulling for them."

It's true that Brown got killed in the ratings. On a rough estimate O'Reilly averaged 2.5 million viewers a night, 1 million for Olbermann, 500,000 for Nancy Grace and 300,000 for Brown. Her show's tagline was "No Bull, No Bias" but the rating show viewers want bull and bias. But at least she took the high road on the way out.

Song of the Week

"Hold You" - Gyptian
I'm hoping this will be the first song of the week that no one has ever heard of before.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Another Reason For LeBron To Come To New York

The Knicks don't have Delonte West.
According to scurrilous internet rumors West is banging LeBron's mom, Gloria James.
Apparently this has been going on for a while but LeBron didn't find out until the middle of the Celtics series.
The team discord may have resulted in the Cavs losing.
I don't believe this story one bit, but it should at least be part of the Knicks pitch to LeBron.
We promise no one on the team will fuck your mother.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yes, He Really Said That

A few years ago an e-mail made its way around the internet telling the supposed story of a news anchorwoman who questioned the weatherman about his snow forecast that never came true thusly: “what happened to the 8 inches you promised me last night?”
Unfortunately that is an urban legend but now we have something better.
After reporter Catherine Shreves of WGNO in New Orleans did a story on the G-Shot, a shot given to women to enlarge their G-Spot, anchor Michael Hill asked the question everyone was probably wondering: