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He Called the President WHAT!?
I heard it myself. Today, MSNBC’s senior political analyst, Mark Halperin said President Barack Obama “acted like kind of a dick yesterday” while discussing politics on “Morning Joe.”.
Joe Scarborough seemed genuinely in a panic over Halperin’s language, as he scrunched his face and barked instructions to his control room, “Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can’t believe … I was joking. Don’t do that. Did we delay that? Did that work?”
(Scarborough earned his seven-second delay button, along with a knuckle rap from his bosses, back on November 10, 2008 when he dropped an F-bomb, live on the show. )
Mika Doesn’t Like the “D” Word
As soon as this morning’s “d” word was uttered, Mika Brzezinski recoiled in a full body cringe: her left arm went over her stomach, she turned her head away from Halperin and buried her face in her right hand, all within a split second moment of embarrassment and revulsion. Read the rest of this entry »
When The Bartender Might Be the Jackass
As soon as Roger Ebert began suffering a scorching backlash for tweeting “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive,” Facebook shut down his page over the stream of abusive comments. So it is with keen awareness of the personal risk that I add my own two cents: neither should bartenders.
updated*** We now know many of the details of this tragedy: Jackass star Ryan Dunn, 34, and his 30-year-old
stuntman production assistant, Zachary Hartwell, were killed around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning after Dunn’s Porsche 911 GT3 hit a guard rail on Pennsylvania’s Route 322 before careening off the road and into the woods where the car burst into flames.
Police said Dunn was driving 130 mph, as evidenced by the skid marks on the road. When they arrived at the scene, the Porsche was already fully engulfed in flames. Toxicology reports confirm Dunn’s blood alcohol level at 1.9, more than twice the legal limit.
Prior to the fatal crash, Dunn and Hartwell had spent about four hours with a small group of guy friends in a West Chester, Pa. bar, Barnaby’s of America. At some point, Dunn tweeted a photo (l) smoking and drinking with two
(unidentified) friends, the one on the right, Zachery Hartwell.
Published reports reveal conflicting eyewitness accounts, mostly anonymous, regarding the quantities of alcohol consumed by Dunn. At least one report in TMZ tallied two beers and three “girlie” shots, whatever that means. Someone else allegedly said Dunn was “wasted.”
The manager of Barnaby’s, Jim O’Brien, confirmed Dunn had been drinking adding, “He didn’t seem to be intoxicated at the time he left,” O’Brien said. “Ryan was not a hardcore drinker, at least not when he was here.”
Spoken more like a lawyer than a barkeep. I’m not really going out on a limb to say that this treasure of a local bar just outside Philadelphia, called Barnaby’s of America, is currently at very high risk for getting sued.
Pennsylvania is one of those states that has a dram shop law, named after the English dram, a small unit of whiskey or gin. Under Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop law, a business or individual who gives alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person is legally responsible for any damage that person has caused. The law is most commonly invoked after car crashes, although fist-fights and vandalism can also be a trigger.
The big question remains:
how much alcohol did Dunn consume that night and was he visibly intoxicated?
You see, Pennsylvania’s law doesn’t require a toxicology test or even a verification of the number of drinks consumed. The legal standard is whether someone is “visibly intoxicated,” showing apparent signs like bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and staggering.
The eyewitness reports could now become more important than ever, determining not the spin cycle of gossip but perhaps a valid court case of who, if anyone, is legally responsible for this tragic crash.
I, for one, will withhold judgment until we hear from witnesses without any conflicts of interest or perhaps placed under oath. In the meantime, don’t kill the messenger if someone else tries to explore who might share moral responsiblity as well.
The headline on the magazine’s website reads:
HELLO! exclusive: Mildred Baena, the housekeeper who had a child with Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks out for the first time
HELLO! then says that Baena has come out of weeks of hiding to “set the record straight” because of all the fictitious stories circulating in the media. This, they add, will be her first and only interview exclusively to HELLO! magazine.
My first question is: how much was she paid and why would she choose a British publication over an American one if she needed to separate fact from fiction.
Perhaps those fictitious stories included the widely published one that she had to pull her son out of school and deprive him of his middle school graduation to protect him from potential media exploitation. (Imagine those animals lying in wait to grab a photo of the illegitimate Schwarzenegger child and zap it around the world for all to see!) It turns out the likely reason the boy missed that special rite of passage was because his mother wanted to exploit him herself, selling that exclusive mother-son photo to HELLO! — presumably the highest bidder.
Photo: © David Schumacher
CALLING STEPHANOPOULOS AND OTHER WEINER SYMPATHIZERS
Well, if this batch of TMZ pictures isn’t the end of the road for NY Rep. Anthony Weiner, we’ll have to re-write the House Rules, the Articles of Impeachment and maybe the U.S. Constitution to offer us justice, domestic tranquility, and a common defense against exposure to any more narcissistic, self-possessed, self-absorbed, self-snapped photos of Anthony Weiner. I don’t know which tweet repulses me more: the original photo of his nipples or of the newest release where the naked congressman is seen using his penis as a towel hook in front of a mirror in the gym in the House of Representatives. If ever there was proof that all men are not created equal, it is an elected official who worships his own body as if it had served as Michelango’s model for the statue of David. Read the rest of this entry »
AN OPEN LETTER TO REP. ANTHONY WEINER
You are cordially invited to resign office as one of New York’s representative in Congress. I think I join a growing chorus of those who are sorry we got to see your nipples and grey underpants. We hope to forever wash your icky twit pix from our memory.
I’m sorry you turned out to be just another narcissistic buffoon with a zipper problem. I’m sorry for your constituents, I’m sorry for your great wife. What a great political team you two would have made: the Jew and the Muslim as the new power couple for the ages.
Sadly, that you have no impulse control makes you unfit for office, unfit to be the husband of the fantastic Huma, a woman whose very name means “bird which brings joy.” How pathetic that her beauty, her grace, her savvy and her joy wasn’t enough to distract you from your obsessive compulsive behavior on the internet.
Wake up Weiner: we’re sick of cads like you. If you need an engraved invitation to step down, I’ll call you from the printer’s and confirm the time of the announcement. Read the rest of this entry »