Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mama Don't Preach

(Image via Gawker)

I actually held back on posting this rumor about Gov. Sarah Palin -- you know the one, where she pretended to be pregnant to cover up for the fact that her 16-year-old got knocked up -- because I thought it was so over-the-top (READ: great!) that it couldn't possibly be true. Well, I bring it up now because while it may still be a rumor, I now hear that EVERY major news agency has a team of reporters on it (they don't want to be National Enquirer-ed again). The fact that the daughter was mysteriously home-schooled during four months around this time, plus Palin was in Texas "in labor" yet still flew home to Alaska "in time" to give birth, is only adding fuel to the fire. Al Hunt is said to have asked Lindsey Graham, a closeted key member of McCain's vice presidential search team, a basic question about Palin last night and Graham didn't know the answer, raising questions about how thoroughly she was vetted. Fasten your seat belts, kids.

Regarding Palin's daughter, here's the best blog comment EVER:
wow, if she just turns out to be fat, you're all assholes.

Mr. Pink Nose Strikes Again!

Why would Larry want to sit on the bed or the floor when the top of my portable TV is available in the bedroom?

In Larry's defense, however, I must tell you this. Like most cats, Larry is obsessed with getting inside bags. But when Michael bought this cat toy version of the experience -- PETCO's Cat Sack with catnip -- I assumed, like most self-respecting felines, Larry would want nothing to do with it. Boy was I wrong. The animal print outside is just a facade for a full-fledged rattling plastic bag inside, and Lar LOVES diving into it every chance he gets. He loves it ever more if you pick it up and swing it around with him inside it. Does he get scared or exciting? Naw, you just see him inside there grooming himself like it's a day on the kitchen chair! The point is, sometimes my little critter's willing to go along with the program. But only sometimes ...

UPDATE: Here's my boy in his favorite toy. Is that a face or what???

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Quote of the Day

"We can save everybody this time."
-- Jackie Clarkson, the president of the New Orleans City Council, talking about the Hurricane Gustav evacuation, which she said was proceeding more smoothly than any she had seen before.

The Ticket for America

McCain's advisers said Friday that McCain was well aware that Palin would be criticized for her lack of foreign policy experience, but that he viewed her as exceptionally talented and intelligent and that he felt she would be able to be educated quickly. "'She's going to learn national security at the foot of the master for the next four years, and most doctors think that he'll be around at least that long,'' said Charlie Black, one of McCain's top advisers.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Barracuda in the House

CORRECTION: I may have spoken too soon about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's credentials:

Palin was a star at a young age in Alaska -- a member of the Wasilla basketball team that won the state championship (her aggressive style won her the nickname "Sarah Barracuda") in 1982 and Miss Wasilla two years later.

7th Avenue Heartache

Just saw this heartbreaker on a phone booth out on 7th Avenue ... can anyone spare a dime quarter?

White House or Bust!

Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'? A female vice presidential choice who is anti-women? I think that'll really sway all of those disgruntled female Clinton supporters. Way to get some good advice, Mr. McCain!

Karen Walker for Veep?

Jawnny sure called this one! I'm feeling a lot better about Obama's chances of winning this thing now that McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. I really don't think America is ready to elect someone who's been governor for less than two years to be a heartbeat away the presidency when that heartbeat belongs to a cancer-surviving 93-year-old man. Although in her defense, Palin's obviously an amazing multitasker (how else would she have found time to run for governor when she was shooting out babies right and left?). Still, I am getting a kick out of Obama camp's blasting her for having "zero experience" on a range of topics. Somehow this reasoning smacks of the pot calling the kettle (half-) black ...

Better Late Than Never

Photos from Monday night's former champions gala at the U.S. Open keep trickling in. I can assure you, though, that if I had seen these of Marat Safin and Roger Federer -- both looking very dapper -- I'd have posted them on Tuesday ...

Leinart's Last Stand?

It seems like only yesterday Matt Leinart was football's Next Big Thing. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was the No. 10 pick in the 2006 draft (Arizona Cardinals), and his well-publicized "hanging out" with the likes of Paris Hilton, Kristin Cavallari and Nick Lachey only fueled his pretty-boy, Hollywood image. Then a love child by an ex in 2006 (pre-Tom Brady!) and some embarrassing Internet photos followed by a season-ending injury in 2007 threw Leinart's charmed career a few unexpected twists. It didn't help much that stats show that in 17 career starts - the equivalent of a full season -- he has thrown only 13 TDs. Is 2008 this former Trojan man's last stand in Arizona? If so, perhaps modeling is more his speed.

Let the Fur Fly!

File this under GREATEST PHOTO OF ALL TIME. God, could they just make the show about these two and not have those annoying new "characters"? I cannot wait for Shannen's next arrest. Note to Lindsay, Paris and Nicole: you're free to go back to the secretarial pool now.

We Have a Wiener Winner!

Meet 6-foot, 180-pound personal trainer Benjamin, the L.A. winner of the UnderGear/Instinct magazine "Model Star" contest. Benjamin will join Carlos from San Francisco in NYC for the grand finale on Oct. 10 at Splash along the winners from their online contest. Since it's an underwear contest I'm guessing you wanna see him -- and Carlos -- in skivvies, huh? Those are after the jump. ----->

Your Love Is King

Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night in Denver was one for the ages, but you don't need me to tell you that. But what the hell was up with that song at the end, "Only in America" by Brooks & Dunn?(!!!!!) It was so ridiculously out of place that it transcended being contrived and transparent (was it irony?). Let's be honest here: We all know there was only one song that should have come on at the epic closing moment, but I guess they couldn't get the rights to "Smooth Operator." You know how persnickety that Sade can be.

Night at the Open

It's nights like tonight that remind me why I dreamed of living in New York ever since I was a small child. Michael and I went out to the U.S. Open and saw Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal blow their opponents off the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The place is overpriced, overcrowded and completely electric. Just like the city I proudly call home.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Not the Onion

Sioux City All A-Gaga Over New Olive Garden

From my brother Bill:
This is pretty hilarious. "One reason for his excitement is the ample parking available." And note the pointed reference to the manager as a "bachelor."

In Sioux City's defense, I'm guessing this one is different.

Print Media

Sporting Goods: Eli Manning

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has never been much of a looker. But after seeing this nice photo spread in the new issue of Access DirecTV magazine, I'm starting to think he may well grow into his looks after all. (Winning the Super Bowl for the Giants didn't hurt his attractiveness either.) A couple more pics of him and his even-more-famous brother Peyton after the jump. ----->

Somewhere, Clara Peller's Proud

(click photo for maximum beefiness)

Jake Gyllenhaal, Zac Efron and John Mayer answer the question, Where's the beef?

Birthday Boy

Brody Jenner celebrated his 25th birthday last week at the LG Villa Cabo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Stroller Alert

Andy Roddick -- quickly becoming a distant former U.S. Open champion at Monday's 40th anniversary of the open professional era ceremony -- is starting to look like a hot (youngish) daddy. (I hope Brooklyn's ready ...)

Quote of the Day

"There is the old saying that just because you're paranoid doesn’t mean there's not somebody after you." -- Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University.


It's matches like this -- Tommy Haas of Germany's 6-7 (3), 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 victory yesterday over Richard Gasquet of France -- that keep me coming back to the U.S. Open year after year. (We're going to tomorrow's Night Session!) That Haas is an elder statesman at 30(!) -- and totally hot -- only made me cheer for him more. (Some of you may recall that Tommy was involved in a match three years ago that led to my starting this blog ...)

Afternoon Delight: Ronnie Kroell

Hot damn! I just knew they could do better than that INSTINCT cover shot ...

'Intervention' with Kristin Chenoweth

This is hilarious! Actress Kristin Chemoweth sings about the virtues of gays getting off tina. (The best friend is classic -- SO ANDRA from "Boy Meets Boy"!!!)

Music Box: Duffy vs. Weller

With concert tickets in hand for the upcoming Paul Weller show and feelers out for the Duffy on, it wasn't hard for me to shell out my $9.25 for the new issue of Q magazine with my two faves on the cover together. (There's also a BRILLIANT piece on the history and making of The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl classic "Fairytale of New York" that is a must-read.) While the cover photo hints at what's to come, I'm still thinking if a picture's worth a thousand words then there must be some serious outtakes somewhere that we're not seeing. Now I'm not saying Duffy's a fool, but Weller sure didn't suffer her very kindly in this tag-team interview. The poor, defenseless Welsh girl! And I say girl because of my absolute horror when I realized that not only was she born two years after The Jam disbanded, her first "memory" of Paul was listening to "You Do Something to Me" in a friend's car -- a song from his THIRD solo album (I'm still getting used to The Style Council being done ...) that she didn't even hear until she was in college (ouch!). But if you're a Weller fan, you won't want to miss his razor sharp tongue in action:

Duffy: (When asked about having a '60 influence) "... I never sat down with that in mind. I've just got to take it on the chin. Y'know, I am Dusty Springfield and, yes, I made a '60s record.
Weller: You don't sound anything like Dusty. (Pause) No offense.
Duffy: Well ... (flush of uncertainty), it's not my intention.
Weller: Just cos your name begins with a D and ends in a Y. They're just getting the three letters in between mixed up, that's all.
Duffy: I know. And I talk to people in all different countries and they're like, "You made a Dusty Springfield record." And it takes it toll, y'know?

Not nearly as much as this interview, I'm guessing. (More like The Bitch Council -- meow!)

Nonetheless, I still love my Duffy (I think Paul does too if you read between the lines). Her new single is the charmingly low-key "Stepping Stone," which you can watch below. Now I gotta get back to finding those concert tickets ...

'Take it all or leave me alone, I will never be your stepping stone ...'

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David Beckham: Frontwards and Backwards

England vs. Czech Republic

The Bulge Report

Is it any wonder English soccer player Stevie Gerrard can't keep his hands out of his pants? Of course, he can't resist showing off his ass either ...

This man has a big reason to smile ...
(Via FamousMaleForums)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Up-Hill Battle

Limited oratory skills aside (the problem was never her platform, it's that she's Bill without the charm), Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to have knocked one out of the park for her rival Barack Obama tonight in Denver. Did anyone check to see if she had her fingers crossed?

She even said the "g" word!

Kraft Dinner With Tuna Sauce

I swear, this is the greatest thing ever. (And my mom's not even the least bit white trash.)

Out of Touch

Did you notice that Barack Obama's such an elitist that he couldn't even be bothered coming to his own convention last night? Instead, he appeared via satellite from (what I'm sure was) some foreign country where he was undoubtedly drinking wine (whatever kind goes with arugula). Do we really want a foreigner in our White House?

Queens for a Day

A slew of familiar faces were out in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., yesterday to attend the 8th Annual USTA Serves OPENing Gala fundraiser at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Based on the photos, I think it's safe to say blondes definitely have more fun ...

Chris Evert and Boris Becker
Maria Sharapova and Ilie Nastase
Anna Wintour and Martha Stewart
(Via WireImage)

My Favorite Motelier

Be sure to catch my interview with Martha Davis of the Motels on Towleroad today. Michael and I seeing her in concert this Saturday night and cannot wait!!!