Ded from teh squee. Rachel says hi to me on video!

Millennia ago, back before the Interwebz, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, there was a particular classified ad in the Austin Chronicle miscellaneous section, the heading of which was I Danced on Stage with Bono! The person who had run the ad, and who had danced on stage with His Eminence, was desperately seeking photographs of this singular event in her life from anyone that might have been there.  It ran for, possibly, years. I remember my cronies in the back of the Half-Price Books on Guadalupe (for the uninitiated, the store that served as the backdrop for the scene with the Kennedy assassination buff in Slacker ) reading the classifieds and joking about it.

She still hasn’t found what she’s lookin’ for, heh.


Can’t she just go to another concert, like, with a camera this time?

yeah, for real.

I mean, man, I hope this chick has, like, other interests in life, ya know?

Dude. Word.

So, anyway, for most likely entirely unrelated reasons,  I thought of that when Athenae sent me this.

Pulling teeth

Finally got a post up about Episode 6 of Generation Kill.  And only a half-hour after Episode 7 started!  Loved the book and love this show but will not miss writing about it.

Friday morning rehab video: more dibby dabby!

No, not that kind of rehab!

Something to brighten up good neighbor PoliticalCat, whose bloggin’ hand’s been all stove up this week. Let’s hope it’s better by Caturday.

She’s on everyone’s short list, trust me

How’d I miss this?  Via yesterday’s NYTimes, apparently MSNBC has been reading the tea leaves, or the lesbo newsfan collective unconscious, or the blogs, or hey, maybe their ratings.   Looks like Rachel Maddow just might get that show that everyone keeps saying she oughta have already…

“At some point, I don’t know when, she should have a show,” said Phil Griffin, hours before he was promoted on Wednesday to president of MSNBC. “She’s on the short list. It’s a very short list. She’s at the top.”


“They know I would love to do it,” Ms. Maddow, 35, said over a recent lunch below 30 Rockefeller Plaza. “I’m going to let them decide what they want to do about me. I’m saying yes every time they ask me to be on television.”

Oh my.

Photo: Bess Greenberg/The New York Times

08 Pride Post #11: *FBIT

*Funny Because it’s True

This sketch is in high rotation on the  BGSS repeats but it never fails to make me guffaw.

And yeah, we’ll be revisiting Ms. McKinnon and Ms. Goldman later, as they are both FDITW contestants.

08 Pride Post #8: Lots to be GLAAD about tonight

Queer? Tired after a long week at work? Stayin’ home on Friday night? Grab the popcorn and margaritas, there’s an awards show on tonight!

The 19th Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards ceremonies will be aired at 7p.m. EST on BRAVO (we so own that channel, honey).

And yes, I said ceremoniES, four to be exact, via New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and South Florida. Held earlier in May and April, all four will be wrapped into one big broadcast that, according to GLAAD, promises to be:

“Fair. Accurate. Inclusive. And Impossibly Glam.”

That’s so gay….

Scheduled to appear are:

Judy Shepard will be receiving the Excellence in Media Award. Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) and Randy JacksonAmerican Idol) will present the Vito Russo Award to Brian Graden. Graham Norton will host. Guests include: Kevin Bacon; Kate Clinton; Alan Cumming; Loretta Devine (Dirty Laundry); Van Hansis (As the World Turns); Tim Gunn (Project Runway); Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU); Cheyenne Jackson (Altar Boyz); Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls); Kyra Sedgwick; Anthony Rapp (Rent) Jake Silbermann (As the World Turns); Barbara Walters; Eduardo Xol (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition); GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. (

Ivy Queen will receive a Special Recognition Award. Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz will present the Visibilidad Award to Wilson Cruz. Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, will present a Special Recognition Award to the social justice magazine The Intelligence Report. Jade Esteban Estrada will host the event, and platinum selling R&B singer Deborah Cox will perform. Guests include: TeresaRodriguezAqui y Ahora); Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye); Frank Cairo (Paparazzi TV); Craig Stevens (WSVN-TV); PabloPortillo, Alonso Espeleta (Pecados Ajenos); Judge David Young; Graciela Mori, Fernando CastellsIn Fraganti); ( (

Ellen DeGeneres will present the Vanguard Award to Janet Jackson. Sharon Stone will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Rufus Wainwright. Tom Ford will present the Pioneer Award posthumously to Herb Ritts and Cindy Crawford will accept on his behalf. Guests include: T.R. Knight; Garry Marshall; Neil Patrick Harris; Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel; Billy Baldwin, Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money); Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman (The L Word); Kathy Griffin; Sofia Vergara; Zoe Saldana; Adamo Ruggiero, Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation); Paul James (Greek); Brian Posehn, Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program);

Sharon Stone will receive the Vanguard Award. Focus Features CEO, James Schamus, will receive the Golden Gate Award. Jennifer Beals will present the Davidson/Valentini Award to Ilene Chaiken. Judith Light will present the Pioneer Award to David Mixner. Mayor Gavin Newsom will present a Special Recognition Award to Theater Rhinoceros. Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money) will host the event. Guests include: Jason Lewis; Rex Lee; Chad Allen; Alan Cumming; David Bromstad (Color Splash).

Return of the New Package

As some of you may have deduced from the widget on the right, the New Package blog is gearing back up again. Yeah, The Wire is over, but David Simon’s new HBO miniseries, Generation Kill, begins July 13. The seven-week series is based on embedded reporter Evan Wright’s book about the first 40 days of the Iraq invasion. Wright was embedded with The First Recon Battalion, one of the very first units spearheading the invasion, often isolated on their own behind enemy lines as they moved further into the country.

The NuPac blogging line-up this time around will be me, Ray, Racy, and Nancy, along with newcomer Alli.

So, give the show – and all of us – a shot. If you’ve read the NuPac before, you know we can bring it.

I always suspected Elizabeth Hasselbeck was a terrorist

Michelle does The View. Fist jabs all ’round. I don’t see a flag pin in the bunch. Why does The View hate America?

David Simon is a mensch

Simon’s commencement tribute to Ashley Morris.

The hunter becomes the game

From The Uptake, via Huffpo:

At the National Conference for Media Reform 2008, a producer for FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, Porter Barry, ambushes PBS’s Bill Moyers and peppers him with questions regarding his political affiliations and his “refusal” to appear on O’Reilly’s show. Moyers disputes FOX’s “facts” for the record and asks to interview someone at The O’Reilly Factor about Rupert Murdoch and the show’s coverage during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. The journalist crowd then reacts, chasing down Barry and intentionally giving him a dose of FOX-style bullying reportage.

Okay, the upfront outrageousness is the idea that O’Reilly and his “producers” can even imagine that they themselves, and what they create, are in the same sphere as Bill Moyers and his body of work. Of course, no one knows if they really think that though, so we are left instead with the facts as captured on video:

1) O’Reilly’s “producer” staging a “gotcha” ambush on Moyers at what they refer to as a “leftist” media event.

2) Their complete lack of contingency planning for the fact that Moyers’ journalism-fu is indeed strong; further, deliciously, that Faux News producers have no defenses upon finding themselves on the receiving end after Moyers turns their attack around.

“I’m sorry I touched your jacket…” Hee!