April, 2012

Band of Brothers: Levon Helm and Rick Danko, together again

By · Friday, April 27th, 2012 · 16 Comments »

This is so poignant: Levon Helm to be buried next to Rick Danko. After a private funeral, Levon Helm will be buried Friday in Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, The Band’s singer and bassist, who died in 1999. Whippersnappers may be a tad confused as to why these guys were so important, and why […]

In honor of Robin Gibb’s recovery from his coma

By · Monday, April 23rd, 2012 · 11 Comments »

It’s the Barry Gibb Talk Show: Earlier this week, I told my mother about the news report that Barry Gibb was at Robin’s bedside, singing to his comatose brother in an attempt to bring him around. We both instantly flashed on the Barry Gibb Talk Show, though of course we didn’t actually laugh. “Robin…look at […]

Doppler Dog

By · Saturday, April 21st, 2012 · 4 Comments »

YAY! I can run with my toy all the way to the end of my yard where I turn around and run back SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK past you to the other end of my yard where I turn again and run super fast SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK the other way to the end again squeak where […]

Levon Helm, 1940-2012

By · Friday, April 20th, 2012 · 4 Comments »

When The Last Waltz came out in 1978, I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Levon’s voice, Robbie Robertson’s guitar, Rick Danko’s 100% edible goodness. All those fantastic guest artists, the rock royalty of my youth. And it turned out that Martin Scorcese had a bit of a knack behind […]

The pimp vanishes

By · Thursday, April 19th, 2012 · 11 Comments »

I’ve just finished reading this morning’s New York Times story about the Secret Service scandal, and my head is reeling. Buried in the middle of the story is a remarkable sentence: Eventually, she lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. […]

How on earth does something like this happen?

By · Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 · 16 Comments »

There’s mind-boggling, and then there’s mind-boggling. The picture of the FGM cake and the Swedish culture minister, above, is boggling in the truest sense. All you can do at first is just look at it in gobsmacked wonderment. What the FUCK? What are these people thinking? How did this happen? And if you’re a woman, […]

Katie Roiphe is an anti-feminist twit and Tina Brown is a cynical hack

By · Monday, April 16th, 2012 · 9 Comments »

Shorter Katie Roiphe: Badly written fanfic that some people have read is my latest excuse to argue that Feminism Was A Mistake. Shorter Tina Brown: Please somebody buy this fucking magazine.

Mitt Romney and the dignity of work

By · Sunday, April 15th, 2012 · 40 Comments »

I wasn’t planning to return to the Hilary Rosen thing, but the unbridled hypocrisy from the Romney camp is too choice to ignore. Mitt Romney: Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside Home Or Lose Benefits: WASHINGTON — Poor women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child […]

Secret Service johns

By · Saturday, April 14th, 2012 · 5 Comments »

The Washington Post broke the story yesterday that nearly a dozen Secret Service agents and military officers have been removed from the President’s security detail in Colombia for misconduct involving prostitutes. The Post’s inside track was provided by Ron Kessler, who’s written a behind-the-scenes book about the Secret Service: Kessler said he was told that […]

Ann Romney is rich

By · Thursday, April 12th, 2012 · 98 Comments »

Extremely rich. She has servants and horses and car elevators, for chrissake. Wasn’t that the point Hilary Rosen was trying to make when she said that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life”? Yes, I believe it was, Batman. Rosen’s word choice was extremely poor, I grant you: taken out of context, […]