Thursday, January 3, 2013

More love for JR than JWoww

In a recap of those who passed during 2012, the NYT Sunday Magazine pointed out that the "Who shot JR?" episode was watched by 83 million US TV viewers.

The M*A*S*H finale had 106 million viewer and the Cheers finale had 93 million.  By contrast, the Friends finale had 53 million and the Sopranos finale had 12 million viewers.  Not sure how many the Jersey Shore group were able to pull in, but I'm guessing it didn't make the grade.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Meme creators

 Surrounded by supporters at a gathering in south Everett, Wash., Republican John Koster celebrates early reports of an overwhelming lead in the primary election Tuesday night Aug. 7, 2012.
Now, in addition to "a legitimate rape" and "binders full of women" and a rape that results in a fertilized embryo "is something that God intended to happen", you can add "the rape thing" to the Republican candidate lexicon.

Here's the full quote from John Koster, Republican candidate for Congress from Washington:

"Incest is so rare, I mean, it's so rare," he said. "But the rape thing-- you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption, and she doesn't regret it."

He added, "On the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime -- how does that make it better? You know what I mean?"

I understand why some women are pro-life.  I just don't see how they can bring themselves to vote for any of the pro-life candidates.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Attack dogs

Conservative Author,

Regardless of your politics, all of us need to tune out the hateful attack dogs that view themselves as the spokespeople for one side or another.

Ann Coulter, is one of many who seem to relish their role as attack dog and attention-seeker. After the recent Presidential debate she attempted to mock President Obama by tweeting that she approved of "Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard."

A Special Olympics athlete, John Franklin Stephens, published an open letter to Coulter, asking about her use of the "R-word," demonstrating all the thoughtfulness and intelligence that her response did not.

Regardless of your opinion of the the debate or the two candidates, when confronted with someone like Coulter, all of us need to turn the channel, change the radio station and stop buying her books.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Williard Costanza Romney

Costanza:  It's not a lie if you believe it

Romney:  It's not a lie if I never believed in it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Look out! You're a spokesperson for homophobia!

In 2010, Thomas Privitere and Brian Edwards of Montclair, N.J sent out this photo to announce their engagement.
The couple's original engagement photo, shot in 2010 on the Brooklyn waterfront.

Two years later it was used without their permission to attack a candidate for the Colorado state senate in this ad:

The engagement photo of Brian Edwards, left, and Thomas Privitere, as adapted for political use.

Now the couple is suing.  Let's hope they win or else there may be a picture of you on FaceBook that will be adapted to support a cause that is in direct opposition to your beliefs.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Truth in Advertising

Here's an ad for a dating website that features women over 35, typically single mothers.


Cougar Life Billboard

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Grey's Anatomy (but not yellow)

Shonda Rhimes, creator and showrunner for Grey's Anatomy, has been pushing boundaries on the show for eight seasons.  She's written prominent roles for African-Americans, hired a gay actor to portray one of the original central characters and presented healthy same-sex relationships as part of everyday life. 
However, I've always been disappointed that on a show set in Seattle and set among doctors, there has been one Asian-American character on the show in 8 years.

Asians are the largest minority group in Seattle at 14%, outnumbering African-Americans there by nearly 2 to 1.   Asians are also well represented in the field of medicine, accounting for over 22% of med school students (see link below).  Meanwhile, 3 of the 8 original primary cast members were African-American, like Rhimes, yet there could only be one Asian. 

Rhimes is also the creator and executive producer of Private Practice, which is set in Los Angeles, which is 11% Asian.  On that show, two of the eight original primary cast members were African-American, zero were Asian American.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Congrats to Seal

Congratulations to Seal, who has moved on from his breakup with Heidi Klum.  He's currently linked with Delta Goodrem, an Australian singer-songwriter and actress.  (She's currently a judge on The Voice Australia.).

I'm happy for him, but either he's not really over Heidi Klum (and who would blame him) or he's really got a certain type (and who would blame him).

Original version

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Katniss Everdeen vs. Jennifer Lawrence

The most striking thing about all the coverage of the Hunger Games and all the publicity around it is how much better Jennifer Lawrence looks as Katniss (with no makeup and "natural" brown hair) than she does as herself (with dark eye makeup and several different colored highlights in her hair).

What do you think?  Are you on Team Katniss or Team Jennifer?  Leave a comment with your vote.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Shocked! Shocked, I tell you!!

It's come out that the Saints, led by their defense coordinator, were offering bounties for inflicting injuries to the other team's payers. 

If you believe in crime and punishment, then you have to agree that the NFL should punish this to the full extent.  It's a violation of the CBA, yada yada yada.

But is it common practice?  Many current and former players have gone on the record to say it is.

Is it a surprise to anyone who watch football?  No.  Every week, coaches and players will say their game plan was to "be physical" or "make the other side pay for running the ball" or "make the wode receivers feel it on routes across the middle" 

What else could they have been talking about?  Was there a way to tackle people while being non-physical?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sarah Palin - already striking back

The upcoming HBO movie, "Game Change", adapted from the book of the same name by Time's Mark Halperin and John Heilemann of New York Magazine, is already causing quite a stir. 

So much so, that Tim Crawford, the treasurer of the political action committee SarahPAC, facilitated A conference call with reporters where they trotted out Sarah's supporters to refute the movie (despite the fact none of them had seen any of it).

Two highlights for me:  Jason Recher, who handled vice presidential road operations for the McCain-Palin campaign, called Palin "one of the most engaged public servants I'd ever observed."  This is the same women who resigned from her position as Governor eighteen months before the end of her FIRST term.

Even more amusing:  From Meg Stapleton, a former spokesperson for Palin:  "They mock Gov. Palin, you mock Gov. Palin, as weak and unable to cope and press forward . . .  And yet look with your own eyes at what she and her family have endured and inspired over the last few years. Any lesser man would have hanged himself by now. So who's weak?"

Umm . . sounds like the spokesperson is saying Palin was, in fact, "unable to cope" but that's only because of what "she and her family have endured".

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vince Vaughn - moody indie actor?

Vince Vaughn still evokes memories of a young, fast-talking "Swinger" overrunning with confidence, or the motor-mouthed goofball from Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball.  But over the last few years, in plain sight, he's revealing an inner indie actor.

The Break-up, Couples Retreat, The Dilemma - For better or worse, these were not vehicles for telling jokes, they were about diving into real relationships.

The Break-up tried to genuinely portray what happens when two people care for one another, but aren't right for each other.  How does that manifest itself?  How do they react after they've made that realization?  How does it change them?

The question behind The Dilemma was, do you tell your buddy that his wife is cheating on him when it will hurt him and you?  What if it wasn't entirely the wife's fault?  What if the buddy was also a little less than faithful?

In each case, the movies presented a fairly realistic examination of relationships and offered some jokes to help the medicine go down, much like a typical indie film.  Try and picture it:  replace Jennifer Aniston with Catherine Keener or replace Kevin James with Paul Giamatti.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Eli Manning - Most Overrated Player Award

There are lots of different ways in which a player can be overrated.  In Eli's case, it's giving him all the credit for playing on a team with a wonderful defense.

Why did the Giants win?  For the most part it's because their defense had Tom Brady and the Patriots offense out of sync all day.  Three of their nine drives did not result in a first down.

Key stat:  The Patriots didn't score over the last 26 minutes of the game.

So who gets the MVP trophy?  Eli, of course.

Other key stats:  The Pats average starting field position: their 16 yard line.  They started inside their 10 yard line on 3 of 9 drives.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Prince Fielder knows what he's doing

This, ahem, pudgy kid grew up to sign a $214 million contract as a professional athlete.  Unbelievable.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Problem with College Football . . .

is they rely so much on human voters who have ridiculous biases and are either lazy or illogical.

Case in point, Craig James and his most recent AP ballot:

- Boise State is #24.  The same team that beat his #11 team, Georgia by 2 TD's in Atlanta.  Their only loss came on a missed field goal, and he ranked them behind a 4 loss Missouri team and a 5 loss Texas team.

- That said, he doesn't seem to know the Big 12 that well either.  He's got Oklahoma 9 spots below Kansas State.  This is the same team that lost to OU by 41 points at home.

- Va Tech is #4, having scored 3 points in a 20 point loss to the only top 25 team they faced.  I guess their best win is Ga Tech, though it's hard to choose.  Stanford is six spots back, despite also having just one loss, though in the much tougher Pac-12 and with a win over his #7 team, USC.  (Yes, Stanford beat USC, has one fewer loss and is three spots behind USC.)

The face of idiocy in college football

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

550,000 Chinese can't be wrong . . .

It's so obvious a statement as to be meaningless, but you can't overstate how important the Chinese markets are.

"In 2010, (Audi) sold 227,938 vehicles in China, more than double the number in the United States."
But it's easy to write that off since Audi is an import and not nearly as popular in the US as Mercedes or BMW.  Right?  How about this one:

"In 2010, Buick sold over 550,000 cars in China, more than triple its sales in the United States."

On the one hand, the relative size of the Chinese market compared to the US market is mindblowing.  On the other hand, Buick must have an amazing marketing team to convince 550,000 Chinese to buy a Buick last year. ;-)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nick Saban: #1 at the bank

Saban's Crimson Tide may have lost the most recent "Game of the Century" against LSU, but he's still a winner at the bank.  He makes about $6 million a year.

To provide some context, that's about $5.5 million more than the COMBINED salaries of the Governor of Alabama, the Mayor of Birmingham and the President of the University.

He's paid about 13% more then the 2nd highest paid coach, Mack Brown, and 26% more than the 3rd highest paid coach, Bob Stoops.

The craziest part to me is that he's making that in Birmingham, Alabama.  Can you imagine how hard it would be to spend that in Birmingham?  It would be like Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions.

Friday, November 4, 2011

What the 1% doesn't want you to see.

Why are people camping out in Zuccotti Park?  This graph should help explain it.

Frankly, the issue isn't the top 1% (which earned at least $343k in 2009), it's the top 0.1%, who can spend millions to bankroll elections across the country (like the Koch brothers) or who can give $2.5M to one Governor, as Bob & Doylene Perry (of Perry Homes Houston) has given to Rick Perry over the years.  The issue is people at the very top buying influence and contributing big dollars to get even bigger dollars back in tax breaks, subsidies and regulations.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kim Kardashian - Fun Divorce Facts

It looks like the marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries is now over after 72 days.  Here are some fun facts:

- Her 20.5 carat engagement ring cost $2M.  Humphries made $2.9M last year, so he "only" spent a little over 8 months salary on the ring, as opposed to the traditional 2 months salary.  ;-)

- They made $12M to $15M from E! for the two separate 2 hour specials.  In contrast, it cost about $15M to make each of the last three Oscar winners for Best Picture: "The King's Speech", "The Hurt Locker" and "Slumdog Millionaire".  On the other hand, "The King's Speech and "Slumdog" both sold around $400 million in tickets.

- Roughly 4.5 million people watched the four-hour, two episode TV special, 'Kim's Fairytale Wedding.'  It's amazing that 4.5 million people spent 4 hours of their life on this, on the other hand, "Dancing with the Stars" usually gets over 15 million viewers a week.

- Her 1st marriage, to a music producer, lasted four years, or about 18 times as long.

Humphries and Kardashian kiss on the red carpet of the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Two more odd facts:
- She celebrated her 14th birthday at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch

- Her name is searched on Google about 9-10 million times per month.

More on the ring and other info:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

That's My Story and I'm Sticking To It

Near the end of Sunday's Steelers/Patriots game, Troy Polamalu slapped a loose ball into the endzone, which was revealed after to game to be against the rules.

When asked about the play after the game, Polamalu said, "Whatever is going to get me in trouble, I'm saying the opposite."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Who is the 1% or the 0.01%?

Regardless of what you think of the Occupy Wall Street movement, you can't but shake your head at the growing income disparity, even at the very top.
Thirty years ago, the hurdle to join the top 0.01% was about 10 times the hurdle to join the top 1%. 

Now, the 0.01% hurdle is about 30 times higher.

Another way to say this:  On a list of 100,000, the distance between being #100 and being #1000 is now three times farther.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Scariest flight ever

Imagine checking in and seeing this . . .  Apparently he was on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Phoenix, which can be pretty hot, s0 that might explain it.

Acceptable airline attire.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Putting a price on HIGH SCHOOL football

There's been a lot of talk about college football as a billion dollar industry and paying athletes, in the wake of investigations or other alleged activites at Ohio State, Miami, South Carolina and USC, along with the $180k price tag offered for Cam Newton (by his own father).

Perhaps we need to start a conversation about paying HIGH SCHOOL football players.  Here's some startling information about the dollars behind the upcoming game between Southlake Carroll and Allen H.S. in Texas from Fortune/CNN/Money:

What Polygamists and Same Sex Couples Have in Common . . .

If you haven't seen "Sister Wives", it's a show about a polygamous family; Kody Brown and his four sister-wives and sixteen kids between them.

The current plot line centers around an urgent move to Nevada as they operate under the threat of an investigation by local law enforcement for violating the law prohibiting polygamy. 
They are loving, adults who have freely chosen to live in a family arrangement that works for them.  While the concept of polygamy and the Mormon religion is not usually associated with open mindedness or progressive views. In discussing their current situation, they sound like they could just as easily be LGBT leaders talking about same-sex marriage or the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

They want to live their lives in peace, without pressure to live a lie to conform to others beliefs. 

As the Kody Brown said, "People have changed, but the laws haven't changed".

Friday, September 2, 2011

Seperated at Birth? Leo and Blake

The plot was confusing enough, but I was also distracted throughout the movie "Inception" because I kept seeing Blake Shelton everytime Leo was on screen.  What do you think?  Could they be long-lost brothers?