Miley, don’t take your love to town…

We really don’t want to know what the hell this is for…

I just want to say that I really really really really REALLY tried to avoid Miley Ray Cyrus’ Scapulagate. I mean, I pretty much viewed it as a tempest in a Disney Princess Tea Pot coordinated by the Disney people, Vanity Fair, her publicist, and her be-mulleted dad.

Even the disapproving fish-lip pursings of outrage junkie Michelle Malkin (who is probably kicking herself for not holding her fire for Selena Gomez, star of Disney’s Carmelita Reconquista) couldn’t get me off the couch.

And then along came The Virgin Ben.

V-Ben and I go quite a-ways back. Maybe not back to the last time someone handled his pee-pee (that would be his bris) but far enough to bestow upon him the humiliating nickname that will follow him to his grave….providing the internets live forever and ever and never leave us like they promised before they went off to war.

Anyway, it appears that Hannah Mileytana has broken Ben’s Achey Fahklumpty Heart:

What is the leading breeding ground for tomorrow’s role models of degradation and promiscuity?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition?
American Apparel ads?
Lynne Cheney’s All-American Brazilian & Piercing Emporiums?
The Stacy’s Mom video?

The Disney Channel.

Fuck! That was gonna be my next guess. And to think of all that money I spent to get Friday night Cinemax when I could have been watching Disney on basic cable.

On Monday, news broke that Vanity Fair was planning on running "discreet" and "artistic" photos from a topless shoot with pre-teen and tween hero Miley Cyrus. The photos include a shot of Cyrus, barebacked, clutching a sheet to her bosom — a shot no less pedophilic than the infamous Brooke Shields jeans ads of 1980.

Okay. In 1980- I was (carry the three) twenty-five years old and Ben was not even an aspiring zygote, and even I don’t remember those ads. I’m beginning to think that someone has been hitting something pretty hard at Harvard and it hasn’t been the books.

Cyrus’ fan base is largely young girls, who sell out her concerts, buy her clothing line, and sit rapt before their televisions. Now, they’re being taught by a teen superstar, her father, and a willing media, that inappropriate behavior is no barrier to happiness or satisfaction.

Not that a little discipline at the Lil’ Lolitas for Moroni Academy couldn’t beat that out of them. (more…)

Color me (insane and) homophobic

Oh, my. Oh, my. Oh. my. god. Where do you even begin in this fact-free screed from South Carolinian Nancy Morgan, editor of

Personally, I cringe when I see two guys swapping spit. Or when half naked transsexuals flaunt their sexuality in public places. I always wonder what they’re celebrating. A lifestyle that takes 20 years off your life? A dangerous, deadly and costly way of life that effectively undermines traditional families? The fact that gays and lesbians experience twice the partner abuse of straight couples? No, they’re celebrating their empowerment, leaving all other Americans to pay the social and financial costs involved. After all, they’ve got rights.

I’ve got rights, too. I have the right to pick my nose in public and wave it in someone else’s face (unless they’re gay or black – then it would be a hate crime). Good manners and a decent upbringing keep me from exercising this right. I also have the right to object when someone shoves their personal sexual habits in my face and demand that I not only tolerate it, but endorse it. That’s just plain rude. Hey, I’m still trying to figure out why weenie waggers are arrested while half nude trans-sexuals sporting fake organs have the right to wave them in public.

Gays are portrayed as victims of an unfeeling society. As such, they have been granted special rights not available to other Americans. The right not to be offended, the right to automatic respect, and the right to offend any person or group that dares to object. Imagine the outcry if Christians were granted these same rights.

What do you make of her unhinged obsession with transsexuals and “weenies”? (more…)

Gall Bladder Surgery patient

I found your blog as I was searching for info on gall bladder surgery. I have never been on a blog before so this is all new to me. I am having it done next week. I was wondering if you had the same issues that I have been having, before your surgery, and if they have dissipated.

For years, I have been bloated. I am uncomfortable from the first morsel of food I take in in the morning. My stomach sticks out like a balloon. It is quite embarrassing. I recently went through a series of colonics to see if it would help. It helped momentarily but I am back to feeling the same. After the first one, I was able to eat a full meal for the first time in many years.

You would think that I am thin but I am actually about 30 lbs over weight. Did you find it easier to lose weight after the surgery???

Thanks for any info you can provide.  JP (more…)

Late Nite FDL: Froomkin. Enough Said.

edward-r-murrow.jpgOne of the few mainstream journalists whose output is always worth the reading is the Washington Post‘s Dan Froomkin. And he’s just getting better:

It wasn’t just his wistful words about magic wands that made President Bush’s talk about lowering gas prices at his press conference yesterday feel particularly unrealistic. His most practical suggestion was to go back in time to 2002 and get Congress to allow oil drilling in the Alaskan wilderness — although even had that happened, those oil fields likely wouldn’t yet be producing a drop.

Bush’s repeated mention of magic wands — i.e., "if there was a magic wand to wave, I’d be waving it, of course" — was a reprise of his comments two years ago, the last time gas prices were a major domestic issue.

And then, as now, Bush was neither talking — nor being asked about — two hugely significant factors that he could actually do something about: the war in Iraq and the value of the dollar.

And it gets even better from there.

As of this blog post, I officially declare him One Of Us, in addition to being the Spiritual Heir of Edward R. Murrow (see picture). I hope this won’t hurt his career.

Okay, people, talk amongst yerselves. Off-topic is the topic, though if you wanna talk about the Froomeister, that’s cool too.

Those Pastoral Ties

hagee-and-mccain.thumbnail.jpg"As a nation, America is under the curse of God, even now."

Pastor John Hagee

I have to admit that I’m officially baffled by why whatever it is Jeremiah Wright thinks — and not what John Hagee thinks — is a big stinking deal.

Because my churchgoing experience — and one I think I share with most other churchgoers — is that the church community has always been more important than the pastor, and is the reason we have chosen to attend a given church. The pastors do their thing, and we usually agree, but sometimes disagree. But we attend because of the church, not the pastor. And it has been that way for me since I was young.

I belonged to a small Methodist church in Idaho Falls when I was a kid. One of our more memorable pastors was a fellow named Willis Ludlow, a very liberal man who even in the mid-1960s railed against the Vietnam War from the pulpit. This infuriated my father, the Goldwater Republican, and the rides home from church were often dominated by his grumbling. But we still attended every Sunday because it was our church.

I realize that things are different at a number of churches, especially those that specialize in charismatic fundamentalist rhetoric (and it’s particularly so at churches that revolve around a narrow theological center, such as Christian Identity). But I don’t think that fits the description of Trinity United Church of Christ. It’s a huge church representing a significant mainstream black community. And leading pastors like Wright are significant figures within those communities, but they typically are not the reasons people like Obama attend them. They attend because of the community.

Maybe Hillary Clinton and John McCain would have walked out if they had heard incendiary rhetoric from the pulpit, as they claim. But a lot of people in fact stay put in such situations, because they understand that they’re not always going to agree with their pastor. For many churchgoers, the pastor is up there to make them think, not necessarily to say things they agree with.

Of course, some folks seem to believe a pastor is there to tell them what to think. But that probably reveals more about them than anything that might be said about people who believe otherwise. (more…)

Digging a Hole Big Enough For Two

Can John McCain read a graph?

If your restaurant revenues looked like this, you’d change the menu.

If your business sales looked like this, you’d close your doors.

If your NBA basketball team ‘s attendance looked like this, you’d move to another city. (Sorry, Dave!)

But if you’re John McCain and this was a chart of President Bush’s approval ratings during his second term, you say "Elect me, and I’ll give you four more years of the same!"


I’ve got some bad news for you, Senator — it IS a chart of Bush’s second term approval ratings, compiled by Oh, there have been a couple "Broder bumps" in there, but the general direction is clear.

Keep on embracing Bush, though, as the economy heads south, the military continues to break, and the rule of law once championed by this country continues to be abused. Bush is digging himself a hole big enough for the both of you.

Hey, Hillary- Check the Oil, Will Ya?

First, it was Hillary Clinton slugging down a shot of Crown Royal in Pennsylvania to prove “she isn’t an elitist” as well as relate her Annie Oakley-esque past, for the benefit of the local hunting community.

Now this: Hillary is gonna “fill ‘er up!”

The New York senator was commuting to work in South Bend, Indiana, on Wednesday and planned to pump gas at a gas station to draw attention to her plan to suspend the gas tax on consumers and businesses.

“We will pay for it by imposing a windfall profits tax on the big oil companies,” she said on Tuesday. “They sure can afford it. This is a big difference in this race. My opponent opposes giving consumers a break from the gas tax but I believe the American people are being squeezed pretty hard.”


We're delivering truth to Liddy Dole's office on Friday – Stop the racist NCGOP ad

On Friday morning I’m heading to Senator Elizabeth Dole’s Raleigh office with a delegation of NC bloggers and concerned citizens to deliver a petition requesting that the U.S. Senator put a stop to the color arousal/racist ad floated by the NC GOP and its head Linda Daves. John McCain has already said he can do nothing about it. Dole doesn’t even give a damn:

Dole said in an interview she didn’t want to get involved.

“I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I’m just not going to get into refereeing a third party political ad that has nothing to do with my race,” she said.

Four television stations have accepted the NCGOP ad: WCTI in New Bern, WECT in Wilmington, WLOS in Asheville and WXII in Winston-Salem.

We are asking perpetually no-show-in-NC Senator Dole to send a letter to Linda Daves. It’s below the fold. (more…)

Is A Rockefeller/Hoyer FISA Immunity Deal Imminent?

According to the ACLU, there is rumor of a backroom deal being brokered by Jay Rockefeller on FISA that will include retroactive immunity. I’ve heard from several sources that Steny Hoyer is doing the dirty work on the House side, and some say it will be attached to the new supplemental.

There doesn’t seem to be any greater priority for this administration than to get Dick Cheney and the other criminals in the Bush administration retroactive immunity for themselves and their teleco cohorts on their way out the door. Much fear mongering, ads and robocalls in the districts of freshmen House Democrats, and lookie here — Trent Lott crawls out from under his slimy rock:

AT&T is among charter clients of Breaux Lott Leadership Group, a firm established by former Senate heavyweights John Breaux (D-La.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.). Their sons are also involved in the family business.

The telecom giant has given BLLG the mission to back the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

And how much is that worth? So glad you asked:

Breaux-Lott’s top-paying clients during the first three months of the year include AT&T ($150,000 for help on FISA legislation); the Association of American Railroads ($150,000 for a tax cut on infrastructure investments); and the Plains Exploration and Production Company ($150,000 for work on offshore oil and gas issues).

Predictably, the Blue Dogs are top targets to flip on the Hoyer/Rockefeller deal.

In case anyone is wondering why this might be a really bad idea, Babak Pasdar’s column in the Seattle PI provides a nice refresher.