Sunday Tidbits

I’m blogging to explain to the superego side of my brain that I am quite busy with important stuff, thank you, and have no time to clean up the Xmas mess existing all over my house.
       
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So what’s the Sunday roundup today?

Well, first of all, J.‘s lovely Hanukkah menorah picture did not make it in time for Kevin’s holiday picture post as she was waiting (and waiting and waiting and waiting) for her Official Obama T-Shirt to arrive, thereby transforming the holiday into OBAMAKKAH!  So here it is in all its splendor!:

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I do think the inspired candle selection sets off the t-shirt brilliantly!

More after the fold.

I don’t know about you, but I almost hate to see movies in a theater anymore because you just know some jerk next to you or behind you just will not shut up the entire time!  Well, here’s a guy who decided to address the situation directly.  (Ed. note:  Rumproast.com does not advocate shooting fellow theater goers.  This post is intended as a joke.  Still. . . . . )

Next up:  working hard to re-brand itself as an inclusive national party (as opposed to an exclusive party based in the South?) the Republicans have reached out to people of color by sending out a CD to members of the Republican National Committee containing a parody song called “Barack the Magic Negro.”  The CD was sent by Republican strategist Chip Saltsman, evidently as part of his bid to win the chairmanship of the RNC.

Saltsman sent Republican National Committee members, who will choose the next chairman, a CD by conservative political satirist Paul Shanklin, “We HATE the USA.” It contains the controversial track, which was popular on conservative radio. Shanklin’s Web site promises “absolutely the best parodies in talk radio.”

After waiting nearly a day to issue a statement about this, and apparently prodded by the Politico’s note of this delay, presiding RNC Chair Mike Duncan came out with this response:

“The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party. I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.”

Politico is waiting to hear from Saltsman with a response.

Now you’re pardoned.  And now you’re not!  The Prez’ outgoing pardon/oops take it back non-pardon of Isaac Toussie received further notice yesterday when a photo surfaced of W. smiling and shaking hands with Isaac’s father Robert.  Who, we have learned, made a substantial donation to the RNC last April.  For the record Toussie the Younger pled guilty in 2001 to charges of lying to HUD in order to get mortgages for unqualified minority homebuyers.  Both Toussies face lawsuits in which they are accused of fleecing hundreds of blacks and Latinos who bought overpriced, shoddily built houses.

Finally, the PUMAs have decided to get serious about affecting deep and meaningful social change.  As we sit here staring at our monitors, these dedicated women are making lists and agendas to dissolve ACORN; make womanlynching a crime, dammit; start their own church, and not for any, heh heh, “tax” reasons, of course; re-write curriculum in all schools, in all states, to appropriately include the PUMA agenda on women’s rights and, well I could go on but I know you guys will want to continue this investigation on your own.  Ambitious agendas, all pioneered by Murphy’s challenge to “Tell me how, and be specific.”  Ummm, just maybe a little too ambitious for those who couldn’t get 20 people to come to their rally in a Metro area of 2.0 million in the middle of the Democratic National Convention, an event which brought thousands and thousands of politically minded people to town?

 

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“The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party.

These clueless bastards. That’s right, you wouldn’t be looking at your ass on a platter if only you’d been nice to the brown folks. We’re too stupid to notice or care that you’ve spent eight years fucking up everything you touched.
But hey, if they think they can a)Keep das Base supplied with their RDA of hate and b) Attract people who have been the traditional targets of das Base, I’m more than willing to watch them try.

Of course, the average ReThuglican knucklehead will interpret “Bring more people into our party,” as a call to throw a net over the nearest minority and drag him to the local GOP meeting. That’s why I’m buying a gun.

Aw, THANK YOU, Marindenver for that nice plug. : )

I’m with you re people thinking it’s OK to talk through a movie—and wanting to shut them up (though the only thing I’m packing at the movies these days is a snack). However, I just saw “Slumdog Millionaire” with the spouse and you could have heard a pin drop as soon as the movie started.

And WTF was the RNC thinking?! Oh wait…

I think HTP‘s comment says it all.

Good luck with the post-Christmas cleanup.

Ooops!  Our friends over at the “PAC” are all up for getting the ERA ratified in 2009 (??!!!), but one hasn’t been paying much attention for about 30 years:

goofsmom 12.28.08 at 2:02 pm

Hi Puma’s

  Just catching up… hate to admit but I am one of the ones that never knew ERA was not ratified…

  Where the Hel# has this story been? Why wasn’t it all over the press.

Heh.

Instead of trying to push curriculum changes in every public school in the country, they might want to start having an after school program for their dwindling hangers-on.

I want to educate our men that woman-baiting is a no go.

OK, I tried to read some of the PUMA postings and started to have flashbacks to when I was tolerated by the radical feminists in college. There’s nothing wrong with being a radical in college (at mine it was a prerequisite for graduating), except none of my friends were so dumb and once they hit 25 they GREW UP and stopped whining about/hating everything. F’rinstance, what in the bloody blue blazes is “Woman-baiting?” Is that like bear baiting or plain old baiting which is teasing to those of us with a life.
I’m not mocking (baiting) them for wanting to do something about the abuse of women. But Jesus Christ, I can’t believe they care since they’re so pig-ignorant about the topic.

Baiting women.  Diamonds, furs, a hefty bank balance used to be the bait used by men to get women on the hook.  I wonder what bait they are using now.  Raw meat?

Where the Hel# has this story been? Why wasn’t it all over the press.

Well, um, it WAS.  Way back then.  I guess not everyone read newspapers in those days.

Diamonds, furs (fake, of course) and a hefty bank balance (as long as it’s all in cash)still sound pretty good to me if anyone’s baiting! ;-).

Dear PUMAs:

We who have been actively involved in human rights and feminist issues for the last thirty years would appreciate it if you would try to catch the fuck up. Barring that, please STFU, because it’s just painful to watch you all lecture the rest of us on Feminism 101 as if you actually know what you’re talking about.

Kerry Reid
P.S. That 3/5ths rule in the constitution? No longer in effect. Just FYI.

I don’t know about you, but I almost hate to see movies in a theater anymore because you just know some jerk next to you or behind you just will not shut up the entire time!  Well, here’s a guy who decided to address the situation directly. (Ed. note:  Rumproast.com does not advocate shooting fellow theater goers.  This post is intended as a joke.  Still. . . . . )

Marin, like minds. I was going to post about this story when I got home.

Chris and I just got back from a daylong married couple date which included seeing Slumdog Millionaire. We moved once to avoid dealing with the teenage dipshit behind us who wouldn’t stop kicking Chris’ chair back and talking to his mother, only to end up close to a couple who talked through the entire movie, except for the times one of them was getting up to go to the bathroom, which occurred at a disturbing rate.

So, yes, I’m chewing through my tongue right now to avoid cheering on this particular crime.

So, yes, I’m chewing through

We who have been actively involved in human rights and feminist issues for the last thirty years would appreciate it if you would try to catch the fuck up. Barring that, please STFU, because it’s just painful to watch you all lecture the rest of us on Feminism 101 as if you actually know what you’re talking about.

Yeah, but Kerry, you didn’t come up with the term “woman-lynching.”

However, I just saw “Slumdog Millionaire” with the spouse and you could have heard a pin drop as soon as the movie started.

J., gack, I didn’t see your comment before I left mine.  Lucky you.  My only moment of peace was when the soundtrack (which was really great—as was the movie) got loud.

p.s. Sorry about not posting the pic.  Was going to throw it up on an open thread tonight (w/ another late pic), but it looks like marin has you covered.

I wonder what bait they are using now.

Hang an orange pantsuit from a rack at the Filene’s Basement at the Arsenal Mall in Watertown and you might catch yourself a Darragh Murphy!

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BTW, Darragh’s sending her flying monkeys to our pal Denise’s post about Harriet Christian at AOL’s Political Machine.  You guys may want to head over there to help her out.

Uh,oh!  I’m famous at the PAC again….roaster comments needed, lol.

murphy 12.28.08 at 5:48 pm

  UPDATE: AOL’s Political Ticker has picked up on the Harriet Christian for Senator story. Check it out HERE:

  http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/12/28/forget -caroline-harriet-for-ny-senator/

  Puma Comments NEEDED!

And remember to look for the “RunningDogLackey” brand when you shop for comments at AOL!

Thanks guys!

Where the Hel# has this story been? Why wasn’t it all over the press.

Wow. I hope to God this is spoof.

No, I take that back. Please God, let this be real and give these wanks a bigger microphone, amen:

Traitor women and organizations should be targeted and punished. No velvet gloves just because they are our gender. [Goes on to justify attack on Melissa Etheridge]

Yes! Burn the impure witchez!

A New press for women. The start-up can be internet based. But have it be entertaining so women will want to get on board. Dry recitations of fact turn people off.

Yeah! ‘Cos nothing like that exists now! Must fight temptation to send them a subscription to On Our Backs.

Make common cause with other organizations that are disaffected,such as LGBT who already have great activist strategies and run our own candidates.

Aaak! No! Back! Back to your pit of ignorance, clueless hell beasts! [Brandishes garlic, picture of Etheridge]

And remember to look for the “RunningDogLackey” brand when you shop for comments at AOL!

I knew it! ...

Leave it to the PUMAs to protest Caroline Kennedy’s political inexperience by backing a candidate who is one crazed outburst away from pushing a grocery cart full of aluminum cans and dead cats down Broadway, while arguing with parking meters.

You guys may want to head over there to help her out.

I posted a comment, but it’s yet to show up.  Perhaps I need to let it age.  Meanwhile I got distracted by the Celebrity “Oops” photos.  Did you know that celebrities in their most awkward moments look better than I do ever?

Umh, was this our first RumProwl?

pfinnert 12.27.08 at 10:37 pm

Can we inspire a mutiny…or at least badger Obama with the threats of one throughout his presidency…wouldn’t that be a nice slap in his face…no respect from us and at least the appearence of no respect from his own Secretary of State?

Oh no, Obama’d better watch out, the almighty puma movement is going to inspire a mutiny in the white house. And of course, when they (all 12 of them) write “bad” things about Obama, Hillary will take back everything she said and endorse them and the MSM will crucify the president elect, who will then waste away knowing that pumas don’t repect him. Seriously, it’ll break his heart.

Uhm, newsflash pumas, reality begs to differ…

AltHippo—Check your inbox and Junk Mail. AOL sends a follow-up confirmation link.

HELL yes Harriet, you’ve got my vote!

Well, that would be great, except for the fact that it’s a political appointment and, even if it wasn’t, jenniforhilarity lives in Texas.

As for the rest of it, more of the same PUMA Mad Libs plug ‘n’ play gibberish.  Icepick really isn’t bringing the legendary crazy yet, although I have no idea what “you were vajayjayed pre-brith” means…

I posted a comment, but it’s yet to show up.

Yours is up now but mine (under a nom de plume, of course) just don’t want to make an appearance.  Drat.

I would not call this an “official” RumProwl, maybe just a dress rehearsal.  Although, nice going on Harriet’s website too guys!

Umh, was this our first RumProwl?

I’m sure we’ve had a few in the past that I’m forgetting. I guess this weekend’s raid on the Harriet for Senate “endorsements” could count, although no one really lead the charge on that.

marindenver—Did you check YOUR inbox and Junk Mail for the comment confirmation link?

Just an FYI, you’ve got to confirm every comment via an email from AOL, just not your first one.

The amazing things is that our parodies (claracat) are nearly impossible to tell from the real PUMAs (sandi). Or is sandi one of us as well and we’ve become too insanely skilled at this?

My head hurts.

Does AOL permit links in comments? I’m half-tempted to post Jennifer’s TouTube URL and promote her as an alternate candidate.

Does AOL permit links in comments?

Much as I love that idea, I don’t think NY is going to suspend its residency requirements for Senators in this case.  Be pretty funny though.  And thanks for e-mail tips although the daughter was way ahead of me and pointed that out.

sandipuma 12.28.08 at 7:32 pm

  I went into aol and wrote 3 times. I think people are getting worried about pumas.I rather like that.

Sandi’s a PUMA.  Beware of Sandi.  I’m worried about her and pumas.

marindenver—Of course, my campaign would be doomed to failure, but I figured it would trip the PUMAs out…which is the best part of a healthy meal.

The funny thing is that I agree with the PUMAs that Caroline has been utterly craptacular out of the gate. Just dismal. Her response to being compared to J. Lo by that tool Ackerman was ridiculous:

I admire the journey J. Lo has traveled. I’ve been to a school in the Bronx near the house she grew up in and so I actually have a lot of admiration for her, and she looks pretty good. But in terms of public policy and how we spend our adults lives, I don’t think there is really much we have in common.

I think people are getting worried about pumas.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t ever seem to be their loved ones.

Kevin K: “I have no idea what “you were vajayjayed pre-brith” means…”

I suspect jenniforhillary is laboring under the misconception that male genitalia develop from female ur-genitalia in the mother’s womb. (Muller and Wolff must be spinning in their graves.)

She may be confused by the existence of the vagina masculina, or prostatic utricle, but homologous genital structures swing both ways.

Whatever, even if jenniforhillary were correct, I would still find it an unconvincing basis for choosing between two senatorial candidates who are apparently female. Unless she has a bombshell about Caroline Kennedy to drop in a later posting, of course. That could get messy.

Uh-oh. Now I see sandi beat jenni to the bombshell:

sandi 8:04PMDec 28th 2008

... Harriet is a real woman not Caroline. ...

The game’s up, Caroline. Drat. Those pesky PUMAs.

Oh Gawd, sockpoopets and a PUMA dating service:

sandi7:55PMDec 28th 2008

Heck now that i know Harriet is a puma i went and joined the pumapac.Good people and i found they have a lot of men pumas allso.Every race and religion. To me that is awesome just like Harriot.

The PUmen come in every race in religion but they all share one thing in common: The hots for krazee kastrating kittehs.

No worries, Kevin K.. What did you think of “Slumdog Millionaire”? 

Btw, for the record, I do NOT want Caroline Kennedy for anything regardless of whatever PUMAs think. I am also in a fowl mood because both the Giants and Jets lost today, though the Giants are still in the playoffs.

The funny thing is that I agree with the PUMAs that Caroline has been utterly craptacular out of the gate.

Me too, actually.  She comes off as someone who is really, really trying to convince herself that this is definitely what she wants to do no matter what her better self thinks of it.  And I hadn’t seen that J. Lo comment yet but OMG, claracat seems more grounded than Caroline.  Bottom line, there are a lot of well qualified candidates to fill Hill’s job and I don’t think Gov. Paterson is going to go with either Caroline or Harriet.  (By a strange coincidence, I actually have a cat named Clara.  Hmmmm.)

Strange, you can post links there, but no html really works in the comments section.

Just an FYI, you’ve got to confirm every comment via an email from AOL, just not your first one.

You can use the password they give you at the very end of the confirm message.

Assuming you want an AOL cookie latched onto your computer like a giant tick from hell.

HTP—I think more like bear-baiting.  I guess that happened when they put Our Girl on a stage for all those debates, then set those nasty, nasty men loose on her.  If it weren’t for the FCC, things could have gotten ugly.

Good Lord:

Pookie your right and before we know it BO will be ordering Bar-B-Q’s for every room.Oprah will be eating chicken untill it comes out of her ears.

What a fucking bitch.

What did you think of “Slumdog Millionaire”?

J., liked it quite a bit, though it was a hell of a lot darker than I thought it was going to be (not a bad thing ... just an observation). Had more of a “City of God” vibe than I was expecting. I try to avoid reading a lot of reviews of films before I go to see them these days because of having endured too many spoiler reviews. Would definitely make my top ten list for the year, although I don’t know if I saw enough films this year to compile that list.

Good Lord:

 

Pookie your right and before we know it BO will be ordering Bar-B-Q’s for every room.Oprah will be eating chicken untill it comes out of her ears.

What a fucking bitch.

She forgot the watermelon and the moonshine still in Rose Garden. 

Listen, I just heard my 95-year old Arkansan great aunt (who I always thought was racist) say she likes Michelle Obama a lot and thinks she was smart and a great mother and she was looking forward to having the family in the White House. 

The world it is a-changing; even though the pumas don’t seem to want to acknowledge it.  They’re too busy trying to outstupid each other.

These are the ones I would definitely rank from 2008:

The Wrestler
In Bruges
Man on Wire
The Bank Job


Most Overrated: WALL-E (snoozeville)
Most Underrated: The Incredible Hulk (not a great film or anything, but so much better than I was expecting)

Still need to see: Waltz with Bashir, Frost/Nixon, Milk, and Happy-Go-Lucky (really?!).

Anyone want to recommend anything else? Seemed like kind of a dud year, but because of the election didn’t pay a lot of attention.

Kevin, I liked “The Visitor” and “Frozen River” quite a lot (Melissa Leo was awesome in the latter), as well as “Milk” and “Man on Wire.” Just saw “Doubt” and that too is pretty good—Shanley opened it up from the stage version quite effectively and it’s really Amy Adams’ movie now, IMO, which is a great thing because I adore her. (“Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day,” which I went to see mostly for the clothes and set, was also enjoyable.)

And that’s about all this live-theater critic managed to catch on that demonic flickering-screen device this year. Wanted to see “In Bruges,” because I love Martin McDonagh’s plays.

She may be confused by the existence of the vagina masculina, or prostatic utricle, but homologous genital structures swing both ways.

My favorite favorite sentence!
But let’s not get our utricles in a lather over this.

Kerry, have you seen The Drowsy Chaperone?  This came through Denver a few weeks ago.  We have season tickets to the Performing Arts Center downtown so doubt if we would have gone otherwise due to lack of publicity about this totally delightful musical.  So glad we did - it was really a gem.

Marin, I missed “The Drowsy Chaperone” during its too-short run here in Chicago, but I have heard that it’s utterly charming. I really hope it either comes through again or that one of our fine regional houses in Chicago revives it soon! I just saw “Grey Gardens” at Northlight Theatre, and I really liked it (the second act, which follows the doc more closely, is better than the first, I think).

I don’t think Grey Gardens is coming here anytime soon, not on any of the schedules I saw.  Too bad as I would definitely like to see it!  Sweeney Todd was through here fairly recently which I had to be dragged to and honestly wish I had resisted!  Not as overtly bloody as it could have been - you can do a lot with red lighting and screeching musical effects - but on the whole just . . . ick.  My opinion, I know some people think it’s classic.

Drowsy Chaperone was great!  A truly unique show.  I am an unashamed “Man in Chair” myself so I definitely related to a day in the mind of a theater queen.  And Georgia Engel is touring in it and was a delight to see in live performance as the dithering matriarch (she played Ted Baxter’s girlfriend Georgette on the Mary Tyler Moore Show).

Here in Sacramento our Broadway series continues with Frost/Nixon (Frank Langella is touring as Nixon), Avenue Q, and a return engagement of The Lion King.

Allan, Georgia Engel was terrific!  We saw Avenue Q too (just as funny as when we got to see it on Broadway a couple of years ago).  I don’t think we have Frost/Nixon on the schedule though - I would luh-uh-uve to see Frank Langella!  He was teh hawt, hawt when I was younger and still pretty damnn hawt!  Daughter wants to know if there are any Rent-heads out there.  It’s coming here in a few months with Adam Paschal and Anthony Rapp and we’re totally psyched for it!

Daughter wants to know if there are any Rent-heads out there.

I saw it years and years ago on Broadway. Don’t think any of the “big” names like Diggs, Pascal or Rapp were in it then, though.  I enjoyed it, which is a lot coming from me since I’m not big on musicals.  I did work with a guy at the time who was totally addicted to all things Rent.  He listened to the soundtrack over and over on his Walkman and brought it up in conversations constantly

Nice guy, but there were a few times there when I wanted to kill him.  ;)

Man, it just occurred to me that Harriet Christian and the PUMAs are nuttier versions of Big Edie and Little Edie in Grey Gardens. Minus the warmth, charm, and hospitality of the Beale women, that is.

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