Daily archives: December 9th, 2009

Dem. Alan Grayson tells Cheney to ‘STFU’

If you can bear Chris Matthews spinning out loud, always trying to be the smartest guy in the room, enjoy Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida telling former Vice-President Dick Cheney to, "Shut the f*** up."

Yup. Enjoy.

“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”

I just want to keep some of these quotes accessible for our readers throughout the holiday season.

Here’s another great quote from the movie Elf:

(Phone Ringing) Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?

Enjoy the audio:

House Panel To Subpoena White House Gate-Crashers

From WTAE Pittsburgh:

Congress decided to subpoena the White House gate-crashers to testify about how they got into a state dinner without an invitation.

Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee voted Wednesday to authorize issuance of subpoenas to compel the attention-hungry couple to answer questions about the Nov. 24 incident.

The infamous pair said they would invoke their Fifth Amendment rights to refuse to answer questions.

Buddy the Elf: “I’m singing! I’m in a store and I’m singing!”

I think I’ve seen Elf three times so far this almost-holiday season, and I love it.

Every time I see it, I laugh harder.

Enjoy Buddy the Elf singing:

Buddy: "I’m singing. I’m in a store and I’m singing! I’m in a store and I’m singing!"
Gimbel’s Manager: "Hey! There’s no singing in the north pole."
Buddy: "Yes, there is!
Gimbel’s Manager: "No there’s not!"
Buddy: "We sing all the time!"
Gimbel’s Manager: "No there’s not!"
Buddy: "Especially when we make toys!"

Click on the button below to enjoy Buddy:

How Richard Cohen’s Healing Homosexuality Teaching Inspire Uganda’s Gay-Killing Law

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Rachel Maddow has been following reporting on the passage of Uganda’s hateful new legislation which essentially makes homosexuality a capital offense. In the video above, she shows a connection between self-proclaimed ex-gay Richard Cohen’s "pray the gay away" teachings and the new laws.

From Salon.com:

Last night, Rachel Maddow continued her "Uganda Be Kidding Me" segment by identifying an important source of inspiration for the country’s "gay-killing" legislation: Richard Cohen, a self-proclaimed "ex-gay" turned homosexual "healer." A staff member from his organization, the International Healing Foundation, traveled to Uganda in March to lead a "pray the gay away" event and, soon after, Cohen’s book, "Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality," was used as the primary teaching material for the anti-gay workshop that is directly credited with bringing about this disturbing measure.

Longtime Salon readers might recognize the name: Mark Benjamin wrote about Cohen in his four-part series on "curing" same-sex desires. Cohen also stirred up quite the media storm a few years back with an appearance on CNN in which he demonstrated two therapies for homosexuality: Beating a pillow with a tennis racket and screaming at his mother until he was red in the face ("Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Why did you do that to me?") and cuddling a fully grown gay man in an attempt to simulate a healthy father-son relationship. If there is anything to be learned from the segment, it’s that Richard Cohen is a very unwell man in need of therapy — just not the kind he thinks.

Read more here.

Very disturbing.

‘As the World Turns’ Turns No More

The last soap opera I watched consistently was "The Young and the Restless" back when I was in graduate school. I was hooked, and I’m glad I broke the habit.

Apparently, I’m not alone.

"As the World Turns" is going off the air.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Procter & Gamble, the company responsible for the phrase "soap operas," is out of the daytime drama business after 76 years now that CBS is making "As the World Turns" stop spinning.

The network announced the cancellation on Tuesday, the day "As the World Turns" broadcast its 13,661st episode. Its last episode will air next September, CBS said.

It’s the second daytime drama CBS has canceled in a year, after "Guiding Light." They were the last two produced by a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble, the company for which the term "soap operas" was created because it used the shows to hawk products like Ivory soap and Duz laundry detergent.

Daytime dramas have been fading as a genre for years with more women joining the work force and the increased number of channels offering alternatives like news, talk, reality and game shows. In tough economic times, paying casts, producers and writers proved prohibitive to networks when there were cheaper alternatives.

The cancellation will leave CBS with only two daytime dramas: "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and Beautiful." ABC has three soaps left and NBC one.

Through the years, actors Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey and James Earl Jones have appeared on "As the World Turns." The show follows families in the Illinois town of Oakdale.

I won’t miss it.