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Monthly Archives August 2008

ObamaNation: Jon Bon Jovi Opens Home to Barack Obama for $28,500 Admission

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is hosting a fundraiser on September 5th for Barack Obama in his New Jersey home. Admission to the rocker's home will be a whopping $28,500 a person, which benefits the Democratic National Convention. The political fundraiser will follow Jon Bon Jovi's performance at the Democratic National Convention, where he'll join the list of fellow Obama-backed performers Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend. Bon Jovi, who has been a longtime Democratic supporter, also supported John Kerry in 2004. PHOTO: AP
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New BFF Alert: John McCain and…Daddy Yankee?!

To the surprise of many reporters, instead of introducing his running mate, John McCain introduced his “special friend” Daddy Yankee (née Ramon Ayala) at Phoenix’s Central High School (his wife Cindy’s alma mater) on Monday. Boasting not only the Latino vote, Mccain, who met the "Gasolina" reggaeton singer a party for Time’s Most Influential People list, is showing his hip, young factor by being seen with the hip artist. “I’m here endorsing Sen. McCain,” said Daddy Yankee, who decided to endorse McCain after he supported the immigration reform bill. “I believe in his ideals to lead this nation...he’s been a fighter for the Hispanic community...he's been a fighter for the immigration issue...” “I just want to say thank you Daddy Yankee,” McCain added. PHOTO: AP
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The Cho Show: The Ethnic Kathy Griffin Show?

At first Blindie was skeptical of Margaret Cho's The Cho Show because we were already big fans of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List but after watching an episode we're starting to come around. Cho has filled her show with the same props as Griffin -her gays, her comedian friends, her parents, and a lot of inappropriate jokes but manages to trump the D-Lister with a few extras. Here is a short list of Cho Show extras that are quickly winning Blindie over: 1. Cho's hilarious impersonation of Koreans, including her parents. 2. Her parents are sub-titled every time they talk, even though they are speaking English! 2. Funner, cooler comedian friends like Bobby Lee, Wanda Sykes -and they're ethnic! 4. Her assistant on the show is Selene Luna, the diminutive "one-of-a-kind entertainer." 5. Sound bites like these: from her stylist "...even though you ain't Chinese, but no one knows the difference," and Cho describing her bikini wax as "a Fu Manchu." 6. Cho's parents passively pressuring her to have children by buying her a traditional Korean baby outfit -for a boy, no less! 7. Cho is tattooed and potty-mouthed and sometimes displays a "sister girl" attitude, a la Kimora Lee.
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Where In The World Is Michael Jackson? Somewhere Turning 50

Prince did it on June 7th, Madonna did it on August 16th, and Michael Jackson will be doing it on August 29th. The moonwalking, oxygen chamber sleeping, Peter Pan fan is turning 50 years old and will be releasing a compilation album in honor of the momentous occasion. The 18 track album titled King Of Pop was selected by British fans from a list of 50 songs on The Sun and GMTV websites. Jackson recently collaborated with Akon on the track "Hold My Hand," and even hung out with the rapper but left him "stunned" by odd behavior. Akon told UK tabloid Daily Star that the King of Pop greeted him in his pyjamas. “I was like, ‘Are you going out like that?’ He was in his pyjamas and I was waiting to see if he was going to change. He [then] grabs a scarf and puts it around his head, then he grabs the kids and puts a scarf around their heads, so I grab a scarf and put it around my head and off we go. Akon "stunned" by odd behavior from Michael Jackson? Hello, he's nicknamed "Wacko Jacko" by the British press. We're stunned Akon even got the opportunity to spend time with the singer and his children. British fans determining the lineup for a Michael Jackson birthday album? Again, he's nicknamed "Wacko Jacko" by the British press! We're the ones who nicknamed him the King of Pop here in the states so why do the Brits get to choose the lineup? PHOTO: AP
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Ga Ga: X-Men’s Afghani Mutant “Sooraya “Dust” Qadir

First introduced into the Marvel Comics X-Men series in issue #133, Sooraya Qadir is a mutant superhero that puts a powerful face to the often misunderstood Muslim women. Appropriately nicknamed "Dust" for her mutant abilities to turn into sand and conjure up dust storms, Qadir is a Sunni Muslim woman from Afghanistan who was sold into slavery and separated from her family. She was rescued by Wolverine and taken to Xavier's Institute where she learned to control her powers and became a member of the Hellions squad. Dust now appears regularly as one of the "New Mutants" or X-Men in training. When Qadir is reunited with her mother she explains her choice to wear an abaya and head covering (the head to toe, cloak-like garb often referred to as a burqa) as a personal choice: "I never wore it because of the Taliban, Mother. I like the modesty and protection it affords me from the eyes of men." Created by artist Ethan Van Sciver and writer Grant Morrison, Dust is a modern day superwoman that defies the usual uber-proportioned, sexually charged images that depict women in the overtly heterosexual male comic book world. Is there a hint of fetishism, objectification and victimization of the "exotic" eastern woman? Yes. But that is for another post.
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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: Does Obama Have A Prayer With The Evangelicals?

For better or worse, Evangelicals have enough clout to carry elections and Senator Barack Obama has kept no secrets in his attempt to court them. But is Obama's pandering another sign that he is drifting from his liberal base--or just a wasted effort to persuade a historically republican voter block? The answer to all these questions is an emphatic NO! Senator Obama speaks openly of his Christian faith (he is not a Muslim…for the millionth time already), and his recent appearances at the Saddleback & Compassion forums, provided thoughtful, nuanced, and deliberate answers on faith. Obama understands when it's appropriate to quote the Bible, has broad knowledge in religious theology, and speaks the language in Christian terms effectively. I admired his response, in particular, to our country’s greatest moral failure: “We still don’t abide by that basic precept of Matthew…that whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me.” The truth of his statement, especially when held to our last eight years under Bush (Katrina anyone?) could not have been more clear. But when it was McCain’s turn at Saddleback, he delivered robotic lines that fed to the cheers of the crowd. With the question, “At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?” McCain growled, “At the moment of conception.” I find his incessant reference to the audience as “My friends” to be ingratiating and insincere, like that of a used car salesman (he’s certainly no friend of mine...especially after these comments). (READ MORE)
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Ga Ga: Asian Actor Leonardo Nam Slims Down to Heartthrob Status

It took Blindie a few weeks to realize that the men in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 were by far more yummy than the four lead actresses. Case in point: Korean-Australian actor Leonardo Nam, who played Amber Tamblyn’s love, Brian McBrian. The Argentina-born, Australia-bred actor, who actually appeared in the first installment of the franchise, usually plays stoner, gamer types, like his characters in the first Sisterhood film and The Perfect Score with Scarlett Johansson. Nam’s physical transformation from slightly chubby gaming fanatic to leading heartthrob (complete with abs, pecs and an insanely chiseled face) caught Blindie by surprise. His character even took Tamblyn’s character’s virginity--talk about upgrading from smoking pot to sex pot! Up next for Nam: 2009’s He's Just Not That Into You with Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Barrymore.
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Monthly Archives August 2008

ObamaNation: Jon Bon Jovi Opens Home to Barack Obama for $28,500 Admission

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is hosting a fundraiser on September 5th for Barack Obama in his New Jersey home. Admission to the rocker's home will be a whopping $28,500 a person, which benefits the Democratic National Convention. The political fundraiser will follow Jon Bon Jovi's performance at the Democratic National Convention, where he'll join the list of fellow Obama-backed performers Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend. Bon Jovi, who has been a longtime Democratic supporter, also supported John Kerry in 2004. PHOTO: AP
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New BFF Alert: John McCain and…Daddy Yankee?!

To the surprise of many reporters, instead of introducing his running mate, John McCain introduced his “special friend” Daddy Yankee (née Ramon Ayala) at Phoenix’s Central High School (his wife Cindy’s alma mater) on Monday. Boasting not only the Latino vote, Mccain, who met the "Gasolina" reggaeton singer a party for Time’s Most Influential People list, is showing his hip, young factor by being seen with the hip artist. “I’m here endorsing Sen. McCain,” said Daddy Yankee, who decided to endorse McCain after he supported the immigration reform bill. “I believe in his ideals to lead this nation...he’s been a fighter for the Hispanic community...he's been a fighter for the immigration issue...” “I just want to say thank you Daddy Yankee,” McCain added. PHOTO: AP
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The Cho Show: The Ethnic Kathy Griffin Show?

At first Blindie was skeptical of Margaret Cho's The Cho Show because we were already big fans of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List but after watching an episode we're starting to come around. Cho has filled her show with the same props as Griffin -her gays, her comedian friends, her parents, and a lot of inappropriate jokes but manages to trump the D-Lister with a few extras. Here is a short list of Cho Show extras that are quickly winning Blindie over: 1. Cho's hilarious impersonation of Koreans, including her parents. 2. Her parents are sub-titled every time they talk, even though they are speaking English! 2. Funner, cooler comedian friends like Bobby Lee, Wanda Sykes -and they're ethnic! 4. Her assistant on the show is Selene Luna, the diminutive "one-of-a-kind entertainer." 5. Sound bites like these: from her stylist "...even though you ain't Chinese, but no one knows the difference," and Cho describing her bikini wax as "a Fu Manchu." 6. Cho's parents passively pressuring her to have children by buying her a traditional Korean baby outfit -for a boy, no less! 7. Cho is tattooed and potty-mouthed and sometimes displays a "sister girl" attitude, a la Kimora Lee.
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Where In The World Is Michael Jackson? Somewhere Turning 50

Prince did it on June 7th, Madonna did it on August 16th, and Michael Jackson will be doing it on August 29th. The moonwalking, oxygen chamber sleeping, Peter Pan fan is turning 50 years old and will be releasing a compilation album in honor of the momentous occasion. The 18 track album titled King Of Pop was selected by British fans from a list of 50 songs on The Sun and GMTV websites. Jackson recently collaborated with Akon on the track "Hold My Hand," and even hung out with the rapper but left him "stunned" by odd behavior. Akon told UK tabloid Daily Star that the King of Pop greeted him in his pyjamas. “I was like, ‘Are you going out like that?’ He was in his pyjamas and I was waiting to see if he was going to change. He [then] grabs a scarf and puts it around his head, then he grabs the kids and puts a scarf around their heads, so I grab a scarf and put it around my head and off we go. Akon "stunned" by odd behavior from Michael Jackson? Hello, he's nicknamed "Wacko Jacko" by the British press. We're stunned Akon even got the opportunity to spend time with the singer and his children. British fans determining the lineup for a Michael Jackson birthday album? Again, he's nicknamed "Wacko Jacko" by the British press! We're the ones who nicknamed him the King of Pop here in the states so why do the Brits get to choose the lineup? PHOTO: AP
Read More

Ga Ga: X-Men’s Afghani Mutant “Sooraya “Dust” Qadir

First introduced into the Marvel Comics X-Men series in issue #133, Sooraya Qadir is a mutant superhero that puts a powerful face to the often misunderstood Muslim women. Appropriately nicknamed "Dust" for her mutant abilities to turn into sand and conjure up dust storms, Qadir is a Sunni Muslim woman from Afghanistan who was sold into slavery and separated from her family. She was rescued by Wolverine and taken to Xavier's Institute where she learned to control her powers and became a member of the Hellions squad. Dust now appears regularly as one of the "New Mutants" or X-Men in training. When Qadir is reunited with her mother she explains her choice to wear an abaya and head covering (the head to toe, cloak-like garb often referred to as a burqa) as a personal choice: "I never wore it because of the Taliban, Mother. I like the modesty and protection it affords me from the eyes of men." Created by artist Ethan Van Sciver and writer Grant Morrison, Dust is a modern day superwoman that defies the usual uber-proportioned, sexually charged images that depict women in the overtly heterosexual male comic book world. Is there a hint of fetishism, objectification and victimization of the "exotic" eastern woman? Yes. But that is for another post.
Read More

Confessions of an ObamaVoter: Does Obama Have A Prayer With The Evangelicals?

For better or worse, Evangelicals have enough clout to carry elections and Senator Barack Obama has kept no secrets in his attempt to court them. But is Obama's pandering another sign that he is drifting from his liberal base--or just a wasted effort to persuade a historically republican voter block? The answer to all these questions is an emphatic NO! Senator Obama speaks openly of his Christian faith (he is not a Muslim…for the millionth time already), and his recent appearances at the Saddleback & Compassion forums, provided thoughtful, nuanced, and deliberate answers on faith. Obama understands when it's appropriate to quote the Bible, has broad knowledge in religious theology, and speaks the language in Christian terms effectively. I admired his response, in particular, to our country’s greatest moral failure: “We still don’t abide by that basic precept of Matthew…that whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me.” The truth of his statement, especially when held to our last eight years under Bush (Katrina anyone?) could not have been more clear. But when it was McCain’s turn at Saddleback, he delivered robotic lines that fed to the cheers of the crowd. With the question, “At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?” McCain growled, “At the moment of conception.” I find his incessant reference to the audience as “My friends” to be ingratiating and insincere, like that of a used car salesman (he’s certainly no friend of mine...especially after these comments). (READ MORE)
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Ga Ga: Asian Actor Leonardo Nam Slims Down to Heartthrob Status

It took Blindie a few weeks to realize that the men in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 were by far more yummy than the four lead actresses. Case in point: Korean-Australian actor Leonardo Nam, who played Amber Tamblyn’s love, Brian McBrian. The Argentina-born, Australia-bred actor, who actually appeared in the first installment of the franchise, usually plays stoner, gamer types, like his characters in the first Sisterhood film and The Perfect Score with Scarlett Johansson. Nam’s physical transformation from slightly chubby gaming fanatic to leading heartthrob (complete with abs, pecs and an insanely chiseled face) caught Blindie by surprise. His character even took Tamblyn’s character’s virginity--talk about upgrading from smoking pot to sex pot! Up next for Nam: 2009’s He's Just Not That Into You with Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Barrymore.
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