Thursday, January 29, 2009

Leave Jessica Alone!

Entertainment Tonight makes me want to scream! They just did a segment of Jessica Simpson showing every instance where she's talked about food on camera.

Like she's some kind of food addict. Because, you know, one photo of the girl in inflattering jeans and suddenly everyone is calling her fat.

Urgh! The press is soooo mean to Jessica and it pisses me off! She has never been arrested for drugs or alcohol, never flashed her cooter, and has never tried to be anything in public but an entertainer. She seems like a nice, pretty nondescript celebrity to me. So she can be ditzy; like I said, she's never tried to present herself as anything but a singer and actress. Last I checked, it was okay to not be a Mensa member in those jobs.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Point To Ponder

I came perilously close to purchasing an "I [heart] John Paul Stevens" trucker hat today.

What does that say about me?

(And what does it say that I bought the T-shirt instead?)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Us JPS Fans Have Smarts!

Jessica Liese had an excellent observation over on Justice John Paul Stevens's Facebook fan page:

I was very happy to see Justice Stevens administering the VP oath to Joe Biden. It was smooth like butter. Unlike certain other justices administering certain other oaths...

So true, so true.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Best News EVAH!

Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.

Now's my chance.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

TV Musings

So, I stayed home sick today because:

(a) My sinuses hurt and I keep sniffling and sneezing, and

(b) I didn't have anything pressing to do at work today in part because I'm leaving on my mini-break tonight, so

(c) so I didn't see the need to spread my coughing and sneezing germs to everyone in the office.

Anyway, the point if this post is that I'm watching daytime network television. I have two observations.

First, I'm so glad I got digital TV so I can choose between Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and Divorce Court.

Second, a soap opera character that has been around (and an adult) as long as I can remember should NOT be pregnant now, because I started watching soaps over twenty years ago. That's not an exaggeration. REVA IS TOO OLD TO HAVE A BABY!

Oscar Nominations

BORING!

I don't care, not a bit. Okay, maybe it would be fun to see Robert Downey, Jr. win an Oscar for "Tropic Thunder."

Thoughts

Sometimes when I read and hear the things other people say on politics and political figures, I find myself wondering whether they really know what goes on or whether they just don't care.

I have to remind myself that not everyone is lucky enough to study law and politics to the same degree that I was able to, and that not everyone who has forms the same opinions that I did. But it's hard.

I also wonder if I feel the way I feel on things because while I studying the Fourth Amendment, the President was authorizing warrantless wiretapping. While I was learning about habeas corpus, the President's solicitor general was arguing to the Supreme Court that it could be denied to detainees. While I took International Human Rights, the President had authorized torture of detainees. Did that temporal connection cause more of an impact to occur in my mind?

I can't help but wonder how others would feel if that happened to them. If, while they were learning and preparing for a career where they must stand up in public and pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States, the President did these things.

I keep hearing people say that we should have supported Bush because he was our leader. I agree to a point, but are we to turn our backs on his major faults? Doesn't that mean saying we don't care if he ignored our laws?

Yes, we should all get behind President Obama and support him now. But should he too ignore the laws I would hope that our support for his illegal decisions would also cease.

(Okay, I'm done talking about the past now. No more, I promise.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shh, Don't Tell

I hate to admit it, but Chief Justice Roberts is the front-runner for Justice McDreamy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Real Conversation While Watching Inauguration Coverage

(Keith Olbrermann says something about Ian McKellen being present at one of the balls.)

Me: What is with all these foreigners having a boner for America lately? It's my own country and I'm not that into it.

Dad: Who is Ian McKellen?

Me: Magneto.

Dad: Oh really? Magneto?

(Okay, so maybe it's not as funny as I thought. I was just amused that I could condense the great actor's body of work to "Magneto.")

Inaugural Ball Thoughts

Man, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are bringing sexy back to the White House!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Why Do I Doubt Myself?

You know, after about my tenth cookie, I was starting to think that my brilliant get-well plan of Oreos, milk, and Gossip Girl wasn't such a good idea.

But what do you know! My headache has definitely lessened! Whoo hoo!

Oh God, There's More

As much as I heart Faith Hill, this "America Song" is killing me.

SEAL AND BONO ARE NOT EVEN AMERICAN! WTF ARE THEY DOING SINGING "AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL"?

I mean really, we elect Barack Obama and suddenly all our sins against the world are forgiven? Shit, that was easy! (Let's hear what the Nicaraugans, Iranians, Guatamalans, Chileans, and Iraqis say about that.)

Wow. How Inspiring

I like how Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's idea of service is making a
video of fellow celebrities pledging to do stuff. Wow. Don't overdo yourselves there.

See, this is why Obama is not a "celebrity," because people care about what he says.

(This Oprah special is killing me. It is just a bunch of Hollywood types talking to each other.)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bis

Is anyone else getting tired of the recent TV storylines involving very attractive bisexual female characters? I know I am.

Now, I should admit that I don't watch a lot of television. But two shows I do watch (mainly because my parents Tivo them regularly so I can watch them when I visit) are House and Bones. And both of these shows have had recent bisexual plots. On House, Angela started up a relationship with a woman from her past, and on House "Thirteen" picked a woman at a bar and took her home for anonymous sex.

I don't have a problem with bisexual plots on principle, but I can't help but feel that these shows are exploiting the male fantasy about hot lesbians.

I can't recall any mainstream shows where major male characters are bi. And I can't recall many mainstream shows where lesbians aren't young, gorgeous women. Seriously, even Angela and "Thirteen"'s girlfriends are young and hot. I could take these bisexual plot devices much more seriously if the women cast looked more like average women.

It also annoys me that these characters aren't allowed to be lesbians--they're bi. Which means that writers can still use their characters to spark romantic interest between the women and male characters. On Bones Angela and Hodgens still have lingering involvement, and only a few episodes on House "Thirteen" made out with Foreman. That's why their lesbian activites feel exploititive to me. That, and because the scene where "Thirteen" searched her ex-lover's naked body for a spider bite was completely gratuitous.

I just wish that if the shows really wanted to feature lesbian characters that they would do so honestly, without employing hot bisexuals to appeal to male fantasies that they can have it all.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Congratulations

Kanye can consider himself one step closer to his goal.

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Thought

You know what I would really like? Just for a little while--a week maybe--I would like to live in a parallel universe where men's bodies and appearances were subjected to the same scrutiny and treatment that women get their entire lives. I wonder what that would be like.

I started thinking about this today when I was stopped at a stoplight in my car. I looked over and hanging from the coathook in the backseat of the truck next to me was a bag that must have come from some kind of erotic clothing store because it was just a close-up photo of a tight, tanned, waxed, woman's ass. And on the radio at that moment I heard the lyrics to Travis Tritt's T-R-O-U-B-L-E, where he tells an attractive woman he's been staring at that "the women gonna hate ya' reminding them of everything they're never gonna be."

Now generally I try not to take Travis Tritt songs as social commentary, but it had an impact. The woman in the song would apparently be hated because her physical attractiveness reminds the rest of us of what we will never BE. Not look like, but BE. Is there any clearer message that your worth as a woman depends on how hot you are? So it doesn't matter that I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry and magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate? That woman is everything I'll never be because she's hot and I'm not?

The song is no compliment to the beauty described in it either. The singer knows nothing about her--he just saw her walk into a bar. But he nevertheless thinks that she's accomplished something other women never will. It's no surprise it took a woman (Shania Twain) to write a song that reminds men that there's more to a woman than her pretty face
and hot body.

What if we as a society treated men that way? What if magazines, billboards, television, and movies constantly featured only gorgeous, buff men? What if the hit sitcom was a fat, lazy woman married to a cute, funny man? What if the hit comedy was a fat, gross, pot-smoking woman who gets the successful television producer guy to fall in love with her? WITHOUT getting a makeover first. What if at Christmas men got weight-loss booklets in their stocking or had a sibling suggest that the pants they just unwrapped should have been purchased in a smaller size so they'd be motivated to fit into them? (Both have happened to me, and trust me, it certainly doesn't make you feel good about yourself). What if women put pictures of half-naked men all over their cars? Would men who are less than perfect start to feel insecure? Would they start to look at other men and constantly wonder how they compare?

I just can't help but think that men have absolutely no idea how it feels to see a female figure that most women don't have set forth as the standard for EVERYTHING (success, self-worth, attractiveness). Especially in a culture that essentially tells us that our weight is the most important thing about us as women.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What If I'm NOT In It For Love? Huh?

In a fit of nostalgia for times gone by, I'm listening to Shania Twain's album "The Woman in Me." Man, this shit is GOOD.

Seriously, it's gotta be my favorite country album, and maybe my favorite album. Certainly top five.

It has me thinking, though, perhaps this album is why artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift (and country music in general) drive me crazy. I was turned onto country when pure gold like "The Woman in Me" was released. The song quality today can't even come close. I like my share of pop music, don't get me wrong, but not in my country. Country is supposed to sound like "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is Anymore."

But then again, Shania herself is party to blame. "Come On Over" was heavily pop-i-fied. *Sigh* It just makes me miss the good ol' days of early and mid '90s country music.

Priorities

My state's newest Senator is moving his office into the suite across the hall from my office's suite. They are still doing a lot of construction in there: the air smells like paint, I rode the elevator yesterday with an electrician who was installing "green" lights, etc. Despite this dishabille, in the desk/furniture-free reception area there is a big ol' Old Glory on a flag pole in there.

Because, you know, the Senator's office can't be void of a flag for ANY reason, including unhabitability.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Nerd Alert

I am reading Jane Robins's very interesting book, "The Trial of Queen Caroline," and I'm more than a little embarrassed to admit that I have a big ol' crush on Lord Henry Brougham. (Although Ms. Robins reports that he wasn't as dashing as his Thomas Lawrence portrait makes him look. Bummer.)