H Is Orange 4/22/10 Viper Room

Posted in Music with tags , , , on April 26, 2010 by blondenews

Check out video snippets from the H Is Orange show at the Viper Room on Thursday 4/22/10. Links to them on vimeo below. (One is really short; I meant to take a photo and realized I had the setting on video, so it’s just a quickie.)

http://vimeo.com/11252481
http://vimeo.com/11252614

http://vimeo.com/1125248

And here are some still photos for you as well.

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Who ever thought this was a good idea?

Posted in Random philosophical thoughts on April 19, 2010 by blondenews

Mansard roofs.

Formal shorts.

An NHL team in Tampa Bay.

Vegetables in cans.

Droopy jeans falling off your butt.

Huge SUVs for little women to drive (badly).

Overalls (except for farming use).

George Clooney as Batman. (He wears a MASK, people!)

A pineapple diet.

Running on hard pavement.

Not using the decimal system.

Meatless meatballs. (?)

A paper dress.

The $2 bill.

Peep toe boots.

Singers as actors. And vice-versa. (With occasional exceptions.)

An actor as governor of California.

Acoustic ceilings (a/k/a popcorn celings)

ON THE OTHER HAND…WHOEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD WORK?

An actor as president.

Fried ice cream.

An NHL team in Dallas.

Raw fish wrapped in rice and seaweed

A phone that’s also a computer (sort of).

Shoes with articulated toes.

Celebrities learning ballroom dancing in front of a live audience.

An actor as president.

Communicating with strangers, 140 characters at a time.

A Brit teaching Americans how to eat better (in school & out).

PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN, and note part 1 or part 2!

Favorite You Tube video of the day

Posted in Television with tags on April 16, 2010 by blondenews

I love Deadwood, so I’ll watch anything mildly related. This is a pretty funny take on pancakes and Deadwood. Need I mention, strong language!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f31PLcCXD0U

HBO’s True Blood Season 3 New Cast Primer

Posted in Television, True Blood HBO with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by blondenews

Are you having trouble keeping up with all the cast additions to True Blood for Season 3, which begins on June 13th? Me, too! Not having read the Charlaine Harris’ series of books which the HBO series is based on, I’m learning a lot of new character names, relations and creature types.

I’ve grouped them by their, um, humanity? Life force status? Type? Well, I’ve grouped them into Vampires, Weres, (Shape) Shifters or Possible Shifters, and Humans, although that last group should probably be labeled “human until we find out otherwise.”

Possible spoilers ahead, although nothing you won’t know already if you’ve been reading the casting notices and announcements, or if you’ve read the books. So, phew, here goes.

Please alert me if you spot any incorrect info, or if I owe you a picture credit or something. I aim to please. And credit.

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V A M P I R E S

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Those pale, human-sucking (or True Blood-sucking) dead-but-alive creatures we’ve come to love. And lust.

We’ve established through Seasons 1 and 2 that Vampires do not age, and their appearance is fixed at the age they were when “turned.” They can be “one night old” (as Eric Northman described Jessica right after she was turned) or several thousand years old (a la Godric).

They cannot be exposed to daylight, are sensitive to silver (although garlic is just annoying), must nourish themselves with human blood (or for “mainstreamers,” a synthetic substitute – True Blood) and most live in “nests” or groups of vampires. They govern themselves through a feudal system led by Kings, Queens and Sheriffs.
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DENIS O’HARE, Russell Edgington

Edgington is the Vampire King of Mississippi. This characer will be a series regular introduced fairly early in seasons 3.

Denis O’Hare has been in a gazillion productions in both film and television. Some of the more recent credits include Milk, Duplicity, Quarantine, Charlie Wilson’s War, Baby Mama and ten episodes of Brothers & Sisters. Won 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor for his performance as Mason Marzac in Richard Greenberg’s play “Take Me Out.”

IMDB link O’Hare

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THEO ALEXANDER, Talbot

Talbot is an “intensely beautiful” vampire, and boyfriend of Russell Edgington – see above – the vampire king of Mississippi. He is said to have an acerbic sense of humor and excellent culinary skills, despite Vampire’s known lack of inherent talent in that department (or use for the edible result).  Theo Alexander has revealed that he will have a romantic storyline on True Blood. TV Guide Magazine reports that Talbot will cheat on Russell with either Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Jason (Ryan Kwanten) or Sam (Sam Trammell).

“Talbot loves Russell immensely because he’s his maker, but like any marriage it has its ups and downs,” Alexander explained. “One thing we have a huge fight over is that I always have to stay home. Sometimes I have to straighten him out and take drastic measures to save the marriage. ” Alexander also refused to reveal why Russell and Talbot arrive in Louisiana but said: “[As royalty] we have ties to all kingdoms.”

Theo Alexander, born in Greece, has starred in “Chuck,” “CSI: NY” and “Pushing Daisies.” Upcoming projects include “Love and Let Die” and “Losing Control.”

IMDB Link Alexander

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JAMES FRAIN, Franklin Mott

Franklin Mott is Tara’s over-protective tall, dark and handsome vampire squeeze who seems to have an “immediate and torrid” connection to Tara. Possibly seen with Tara in Season 3 behind-the-scenes teaser #3.

I hear that in the books, Franklin is basically a sugar daddy to Tara but who knows if Alan Ball will follow that lead or blaze his own path with this character.

James Frain looks familiar if you’ve been following “The Tudors” on SHO, as he plays the pivotal role of Thomas Cromwell. He also had recurring roles on Invasion (as Eli) and 24 (as Paul Raines).

IMDB Link Frain

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W E R E W O L V E S

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Again, as I haven’t read the books, the concept of “Weres” is new to me. I hear that  only Weres that were born wolves, not bitten and turned, can turn into a full Werewolf and change at will. They cannot touch silver while in were form. I also see some references to Were-wolves, Were-foxes and Were-panthers? I guess we’ll find out all the intricacies as we get into it.

In general, it seems that Weres are stronger than humans, but not stronger than Vampires (?) and they age like humans.  Of course, important to some is the fact that werewolves change shape quickly, so clothes ARE going to be destroyed in the process.  Hello, nude scenes. Fully clothes pics followed – let your imaginations run wild.

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JOE MANGANIELLO, Alcide Herveaux

Alcide Herveaux is the Were that will help Sookie find out who kidnapped Bill. In the books, Alcide was a love interest of Sookie. Whether this will be followed in the HBO series remains to be seen. Alcide and his father, Jackson, own a surveying business in Shreveport called Herveaux and Son.

Joe Manganiello is best know as Brad on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and also  played Owen Morello for 13 episodes of  One Tree Hill. He has appeared on other series including CSI, ER and Scrubs, and he played Flash Thompson in Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3. Or perhaps you saw that episode of Vegas, “Urban Legend,” where he wakes up in a tub of ice without his kidney. It’s a classic.

IMDB link Manganielllo

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GRANT BOWLER, Cooter

Cooter is the leader of the biker gang. (I originally wrote this as “bike gang” which doesn’t sound nearly as intimidating!)

Grant Bowler‘s face is familiar from Ugly Betty where he plays the dashing but dasterdly Connor Owens, the man who charmed even Wilhelmina. He was also Captain Gault on Lost. He definitely gets around. He’ll be building up the frequently flyer miles in 2010, shooting Ugly Betty on the east coast and True Blood on the west. So if you see someone that looks like him at LAX or JFK, chances are….

IMDB link Bowler

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Photo Credit: Jeff Lorch

LINDSAY PULSIPHER, Crystal Norris

Crystal Norris is described as a mysterious and hauntingly beautiful young barefoot, sundress-wearing woman who shares an electric connection with Jason before vanishing into the forest. In the books, she’s a were-panther, so she’s classified with the weres here. Alan Ball, what say you?

Lindsay Pulsipher is best known from ABC Family’s short-lived drama The Middleman. She also played the love interest, Rose, on A&E’s Patrick Swayze drama The Beast.

IMDB link Pulsipher

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VINCENT WARD, Hollis

Hollis is a werewolf who owns a bar where lycanthropes gather.  I’m sure Eric Northman is fine with that. He’ll stick to Vampires and Fangbangers.

Ward has appeared in multiple episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and The Starter Wife.

IMDB link Ward

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GRAINGER HINES, Colonel John Flood

Colonel John Flood wolf pack leader; male in his 50s or 60s who is self-assured, dressed like a golfer with a military haircut. He will not respond the way Sookie and Alcide expect to recent events. This character will be introduced in Episode 5, “Trouble“.

Grainger Hines has appeared in movies, stage and TV dating back to 1972.
IMDB link Hines

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GREGORY SPORLEDER, Calvin Norris

In the books, Calvin Norris was a were-panther. He will be a strong recurring character, introduced  in Episode 2, “Beautifully Broken” where we will see him upset when the police arrive with a warrant to search his rundown trailer.

You may recognize Gregory Sporleder from his appearances in films such as  Black Hawk Down, The Rock and TV shows Monk and The Mentalist.

IMDB link Sporleder

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MARK CASIMIR DYNIEWICZ, Character Name Unknown

The character will be a werewolf and appear in episode four, which is entitled “9 Crimes.”
Dyniewicz’s TV and movie roles have ranged from “Drunk strip club patron” to “henchman” to “businessman.”

IMDB link Dyniewicz

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S H A P E S H I F T E R S  (& Possible Shifters)

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Shapeshifters are supernatural creatures who can “shift” from human into other forms. Some forms are either to achieve. Their base body temperature is hotter than humans but they age, as humans do. We’ve already met Sam Merlotte and learned that he was adopted and later abandoned by his adopted family because of his tendency to shift. Sam most often shifts into a dog  because “people like dogs,” although in a pinch he can manage other forms if he has a “template” to follow. We’ll see what the other shifters have in store. Although Shifters and Weres seem to be similar, they don’t seem to like each other much.
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Marshall Allman, Tommy Mickens

Tommy Mickens is Sam Merlotte’s younger biological brother, son of Joe Lee and Melinda Mickens.

Marshall Allman previously appeared on Prison Break as younger brother LJ and on a ton of TV shows and movies in the last 8 years. 

IMDB link Allman

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J. SMITH-CAMERON, Melinda Mickens

Sam’s estranged mother, Melinda Mickens, is a dirt poor, hungover woman who lives in a shanty. Described as a “possible shifter.”

Tony-nominated actress J. Smith-Cameron will play Melinda.  In addition to her many Broadway roles, Cameron has appeared on Law & Order, Six Degrees, and K Street.

IMDB link Smith-Cameron

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COOPER HUCKABEE, Joe Lee Mickens

Joe Lee Mickens is husband to Melinda and Sam’s estranged dad.

Cooper Huckabee was been appearing in film and TV before you were born, ya’ young whippersnapper. Check his IMDB for my many character roles.

IMDB link Huckabee

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BRIT MORGAN, Debbie Pelt

Debbie Pelt is Alcide’s psycho ex-girlfriend who doesn’t like Sookie much. Miss Bookie tells us in the books she shifted into a lynx, so we’ll assume that’ll happen on the series also.

Brit Morgan (not to be confused with Britt Morgan who’s a former porn star) is best known from ABC Family’s short-lived drama The Middleman.

IMDB link Morgan

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FAIRIES

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Photo Credit: Pal Nanasi

LARA PULVER, Claudine

British actress Lara Pulver has been tapped to play Claudine — the fairy godmother to Anna Paquin’s Bon Temps heroine Sookie. According to the books, Claudine lives among the humans of Bon Temps as Claudine Crane before she reveals herself to Sookie as her fairy godmother. Fans may have actually gotten a very quick glimpse of the character in the first episode of Season One, when Sookie is caught in a vicious brawl outside of Merlotte’s with a group of drug-dealing vampire hunters, the Rattrays. In a rumored deleted scene, Claudine briefly appears and causes the chain Sookie throws at her assailant to wrap around his neck.
However, Bill (Stephen Moyer) catches a sniff of Claudine and she flees.

Lara is best known for her role as Isbaella in the BBC’s “Robin Hood” series.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3091498/

And, last but not least (well, maybe least, sort of)…

H U M A N S (Or those assumed to be human until proven different)

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Do I need to put a description of humans? Well, on True Blood they mostly live in Louisianna, although we also travel into the past to meet Eric Northman’s Viking father, Ulfrick.

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KEVIN ALEJANDRO, Jesus Velazquez

Jesus Velazquez is a nursing facility worker taking care of Lafayette’s mother, and will have some kind of romantic connection with Lafayette.

You remember those hypnotic eyes of Kevin Alejandro as Detective Nate Moretta on the critically acclaimed cop drama Southland and as Rudolpho on a four-episode arc on Showtime’s Weeds.

IMDB link Alejandro

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Steve Granitz © WireImage.com

ALFRE WOODARD, Ruby Jean Reynolds

Ruby Jean Reynolds is the mother  of Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) and aunt of Tara (Rutina Wesley).  Wait, what happened to Lafayette’s “I swear on my mother’s grave…”??

Alfre Woodard recently joined TNT’s dramedy pilot Delta Blues in a co-starring role opposite Jason Lee. You’ve seen her in movie and TV roles since 1978, including recent roles asDr. Sophia Jordan on Three Rivers and Betty Applewhite on Desperate Housewives.

IMDB link Woodard

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Photo by Berman Fenelus

SHANNON LUCIO, Caroline Compton

Shannon will play Bill Compton’s wife, Caroline Compton, from his human days. We saw this character in a flashback scene ruminating on how Bill never got to return to his human family after being “turned” by Lorena. Caroline was played by another actress in that brief view in season 1, but this will be a more significant role.

Why does Shannon Lucio look familiar? She played the receptionist at the mysterious GATE corp in Prison Break who turned out to be a fed.

IMDB link Shannon Lucio

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Photo by Nicholas Padron

DAWN OLIVIERI, Janice Herveaux

Janice Herveaux, the sister of werewolf Alcide. Although sister to a werewolf, she was human in the books. She’s described as a tough-as-nails biker chick who’s somewhat protective of her younger brother. She is also into horoscopes and psychics.

Dawn Olivieri, an Aquarius, has had several roles over past 4 years, the most memorable being Lydia on Heroes.

IMDB link Olivieri and Link to her official website

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LAUREN BOWLES, Holly

Holly, a thirtysomething mother of two, becomes a waitres at Merlott’s who creeps out Arlene with her oddly prescient observations. Holly is a major character in the books, in which she is a practicing Wiccan and also hooks up with Hoyt. Holly will be a recurring role in five episodes of the upcoming season, with an option to continue as a regular on Season 4.

Lauren Bowles’ recent TV gigs include guest spots on ABC’s “Private Practice” and CBS’ Cold Case.”

IMDB link Bowles

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HANS TESTER, Ulfrick Northman

Ulfrick Northman, Eric’s father, is a battle-scarred Swedish Viking King, seen in a flashback to 900 A.D. Though they have a good relationship, there is some tension between father and son, because Ulfrick wants Eric to learn responsibility and behave in a manner befitting royalty. Ulfrick makes his debut in episode 5 of Season 3, “Trouble.”

Hans Tester has had sporadic acting and crew roles in TV and film, including most recently roles in Better Off Ted, Nip/Tuck and The Informant.

IMDB link Tester

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MELISSA RAUCH, Summer

Summer is a love interest for Hoyt.

Melissa Rauch has done lots of  recent roles on TV, including recurring role as Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory and Tina on Kath and Kim.

IMDB link Rauch and Link to her official website

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NATASHA ALAM, Yvetta

Yvetta is a dancer at Fangtasia who becomes Eric’s lover. As far as we know, she’s human.

Natasha Alam is likely to be a much-hated actress starting sometime after June 13th, because she gets to do sex scenes with Alexander Skarsgard. Well, you take the good, you take the bad, girl.

IMDB link Alam

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C.C. SHEFFIELD, Missy

Missy appears in episode 1 of season3, called “Pack of Wolves.”  Other character information is unknown.

C.C. Sheffield has a few credits in movies and TV, including The Dinner Party and According to Jim and has some others upcoming in 2010.
She also is a member of and sings in the band “LE REV.”

IMDB link Sheffield

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GREG DANIEL, Character name unknown

Character info is unknown.

Gregg Daniel has had many roles on the big and small screen since 1990 including Pump Up The Volume, Knots Landing, The West Wing and Spider-Man 3.

IMDB link Daniel

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SHANNON WELLS, Character name unknown

No character info available.

Shannon Wells has made appearances on various TV programs including Mad Men, Ghost Whisperer and Scrubs.

IMDB link Wells

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DON SWAYZE, Gus

Gus, character info unknown, appears in several episodes.

Don Swayze has credits in on a number of television series, including parts in “Carnivàle” and “Criminal Minds.” Yes, he is the brother of Patrick Swayze.

IMDB Link Swayze

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REBECCA TILNEY, Dr. Sekuler

Dr. Sekuler appears in one episode of Season 3 – “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.” This doctor gives Tara some dire news at the hospital.

Rebeccca Tilney is a character actor who has appeared in many popular shows, including Lost, Heroes, Dirty Sexy Money and Cold Case as well as movies including Terminator 3 and Domestic Disturbance.

IMDB link Tilney

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SEAN MICHAEL GUESS,  Homer

Homer appears in one episode of Season 3, “What Do You Know About Love.”

Sean Michael Guess has appeared in movies and on TV sporadically since 1993.

IMDB link Guess

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Photo Credit: Bjoern Kommerell

MICHAEL STEGER, Tony

Steger, who plays Navid Shirazi on “90210,” will play a gay prostitute named Tony, who gets picked up by Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) – the vampire King of Mississippi. The guest appearance may turn into a recurring role for Steger during “True Blood’s” fourth season, although reportedly there are no plans for him to leave “90210.”

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1555161/

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Those are all the new characters I’ve heard about as of 4/11. I’ll try to add new ones as they come up.

And then, of course, there are the regulars. Here’s the new Seasons 3 cast photo. What a beauty! Eric looks ready to attack us all. Mmmmm….

True Blood Season 3 Cast

News Wed 3/24/10

Posted in Quick News updates, Television on March 24, 2010 by blondenews

Portugal is in credit trouble. I feel your pain, Portugal. And I love your language. But not as much as when it’s spoken in Brazil.

Car bomb exploded in Colombia. 6 killed, 42 wounded. Awful.

Another snowboarder dies. This one at Mt. Hood in OR. What is going on? In uplifting action sports news, Dave Mirra is released from hospital after surviving scary bacterial meningitis scare. He’s a man now, but still the Miracle Boy.

Ann Coulter needs to go home. To her home, as in, her house. And stay there. Permanently. Enough with the anti-Islam hate speech. She suggested that Muslims should not be allowed to fly in the US. When asked rationally by a Muslim student what transportation they should take, she suggested “take a camel.” Clearly Ann is desperate for attention. Check out her “I’m so sexy” black low-cut dress and boots. And her “I’m still Rapunzel even tho’ I’m over 40 and not at all sexy” hair. Get a life, Ann. Preferably one that lacks on-air presence.

Two of those celebutards from “Jersey Shore’ got a BOOK DEAL?! What is happening to our society, people? Only you can stop the madness. Do not buy this book. Reject online gossip sites that talk about the Kardashians. Forget the name Paris (except the city).

Using the “n” word because you disagree with health care policy? House members threatened because of their votes? Really, have we come to this? Is this the freedom our forefathers fought and died for? You are allowed to have a difference of opinion. That does not entitle you to lose your decency or civility. Racism and hate solve nothing.

Navy Seal Adam Brown’s body greeted by 500 people on return to US. That’s patriotism, people. That’s decency.

On a happier note:

Patton Oswalt-penned “Firefly” comic comes out June 2nd.

HBO’s “True Blood” Season 2 releases on DVD 5/25 (Happy Birthday to me). “True Blood” Season 3 returns June 13th (Happy Belated Birthday to me). First “True Blood” Season 3 teaser, released this past Sunday, features bloody, brawling Eric Northman. Happy dreams to females everywhere. More teasers coming weekly after each season 2 re-broadcast. (Check your local HBO listings for Sunday.)

Rumors that Rachel Maddow will run for Senate are apparently unfounded. That’s too bad, but honestly, she’s probably too good for them. Better she’s able to objectively evaluate and report and challenge the lies and exaggerations many politicans spout. That’s all too rare these days.

News from a blonde girl

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by blondenews

I’m well-informed. I read a lot of news every day. But not just boring political news. I read fashion blogs. I read celebrity tweets. I love sports. Well, not the traditional American sports but hockey, tennis, soccer, action sports. I love houses. I love movies, books and TV. I wish there was a news website that had all the news I’m interested in, but I haven’t found it, so I decided to write one.  It’ll be a little of this, a little of that, a little humor, a little outrage, a lot of me. Hopefully there are others out there who will enjoy reading and commenting.

Quick Thoughts…

Posted in Quick News updates, Television with tags , , , on March 24, 2010 by blondenews

OBAMACARE! I’m so proud of our president for getting Health Care Reform passed, I could just burst. Honestly, I cannot anyone who has looked rationally at where our health care in this country is today and what the plan will change, and not think it’s a great moment for us all. I am startled and horrified by the level of sour grapes and outright lack of respect the Republican party has shown this president. Yeah, it’s not fun being in the minority, is it? Well Democrats slogged down that dry, dirt road the last 8 years and they didn’t like it either, but they didn’t lose their dignity or their humanity in the process. I consider myself an independent but when it comes to health care reform, I’m all about it.

DANCING WITH THE STARS 2010 – If Kate G doesn’t get voted off first, I’ll eat my hat. Or my tiara. Or some sequins or fringe. Something.  And hopefully Jake will follow shortly after. (Despite some obvious attempt by the judges to give him undeserved higher scores.) What was with those low scores for Aiden?  Other than not moving his hips his first week out, and dancing immediately after a CURRENT Pussycat Doll who spends her career being choreographed?  Granted, I’m biased toward Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska’s celebrities every season because I take class from them and they’re talented and generous and just overall spectacular people. But COME ON… This is the one form of dance I feel qualified to judge and I was perplexed by some of the scoring, to say the least. Texters of America, it’s up to you.

JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION: I’m not sure why it took a charming British chef to take on this country’s horrible eating habits, but thank god he has. I can’t wait to see him win over the folks in WV and the rest of the country with what is truly an inspirational effort. How he kept his cool in that radio interview in the first episode, I’ll never know. Clearly he has a cooler head than me. Bless you, Jamie, for wanting to help and daring to try. Well do I remember that the food in my HS cafeteria was so bad, my friends and I ordered subs from a deli across the street every day and made them deliver (cuz we couldn’t leave school grounds). Here’s a link to his petition to save cooking skills and improve school food: www.jamiesfoodrevolution.com/petition