CNN Heroes Tribute

CNN gives awards to real life people that make a difference. Nice to see not another awards show for celebrities. You'll be tearing up at their stories. Of course, the only pictures from the show are of celebrites.

Hugh Jackman

Cameron Diaz has had some face work done...the cheeks give it away (you can tell better when she isn't smiling)

Here's a photo of one of the heroes. She drives food across the border to Mexico.

Happy Nippy Day!

Sheesh Nips, buy a better bra.

The Cruises and the Beckham spent Thanksgiving together, trotting out in public.


Madonna Coincidentally Touring In Miami Day Before Thanksgiving

And guess who was in Miami, spending Thanksgiving with his family?

That ex-wife must've been rolling her eyes at the thought of Madonna extending her stay in Miami after her concert so that Alex could run over to her house after spending the day with his ex and children.


No More Rosie Specials

Did you catch any of Rosie Live? It was very odd.

Alec Baldwin talking into Rosie's cleavage and turning her on. Jane what's her face (from 30 Rock) doing a striptease to tell the audience what crap they get (this was on the same day that Oprah had her non-Favorite Things show). I wasn't against them giving the audience anything, but the striptease was uncomfortable. They were going for a retro-style variety show, I could almost see Goldie Hawn doing a similar striptease 30 years ago, but it just didn't work.

Weirdest moment- Rosie and Gloria Estefan singing about eating.
1 in 8 Americans goes hungry.

The Wednesday night show attracted just 5 million viewers, down even from the previous week's low-rated Knight Rider. The night was dominated by an ABC televised interview with Barack and Michelle Obama by O'Donnell's View nemesis Barbara Walters.

Photo, Source: People

Walmart Employee Killed By Shoppers

(photo not of Walmart)

This is disgusting.

A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday when "out-of-control" shoppers desperate for bargains broke down the doors at a 5 a.m. sale. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers shouted angrily and kept shopping when store officials said they were closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.

At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Shoppers stepped over the man on the ground and streamed into the store. When told to leave, they complained that they had been in line since Thursday morning.

Source: AP

No Oprah Screaming Show This Year

Oprah, perhaps not thinking it is appropriate to scream about luxury gifts, didn't have a Favorite Things show this year.

The audience had a look of disappointment when Oprah said the show was going to be about meaningful gifts. Nice idea, but Opie you could've done that a few years ago and really made a statement. I'm partially thinking Oprah was part of the problem. Encouraging people to buy frozen croissants that get shipped to you overnight. C'mon.

I imagine the retail stores are freaking out this year after hearing Oprah isn't encouraging mass shopping like she does every year.

That red blazer was not flattering.

Download free Christmas music for 48 hours only. See, Oprah does love you.

Bailout Now in the Trillions

The bailout will cost more than the total combined costs in today's dollars of the Marshall Plan, the Louisiana Purchase, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the entire historical budget of NASA, including the moon landing, according to data compiled by Bianco Research.


What Should I Blog About...

I am not showing the video of Sarah Palin talking to a camera while turkeys are killed in the background. I've seen a video still, but haven't watched the video.

Not much I want to blog about today. Here, look at this picture of a cute baby hippo. Before Sarah Palin kills it.

Photo: AP

Can't He Leave Office Now?

Bush, before the official group photo of the 16th summit of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC, in Lima, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008.

Photo: AP

American Music Awards- I Don't Care

I think a few years ago I actually blogged the AMA's as they were happening. Now, I don't think I can get through the show.

Here's Annie Lennox receiving a special award of merit. And that's all I'm blogging about the show!

Photo: Reuters

24 Is Back...For Two Hours

To keep us still interested in 24, which didn't air this year due to the writer's strike, there is a 2-hour movie airing tonight. I am confused as to where we last saw Jack, but we learn that he is now in Africa, allegedly trying to avoid a subpoena for torture.

Knowing what we think we know about torture in politics today, it seems unlikely that under Daniel's administration they would try and track down Jack Bauer for torture, but whatevs.

There is such a cross-over of character actors on tv shows, that I am unsure as to which ones we've seen before on 24 (such as the president-elect's husband), and whether they are good or bad.

Jon Voight and the lady who was Matt Damon's mom in Ocean's 12 join the cast.

Full Monty's Robert Carlyle has a small part on the show.

Summary- it was ok. It had the obligatory Jack kills someone with just his legs routine. But the African child army story line was a bit long and "Blood Diamond"-like.

Worth Renting

It's from producer Judd Apatow, so watch if you like his other stuff. Somewhat juvenile, so of course I was laughing. Billy Baldwin has a funny, small part (how can you not laugh when he says, with a straight face playing a tv character from a CSI-type show, "dicksicle"?)

Twilight Makes Big Bucks at Box Office

I should know more about the Twilight movie, since it seems hyped. But all I know is that it is based on a book about vampires, and the book takes place in Washington State. Maybe that's all to know, really.

The movie is estimated to have made over $70 million this weekend. I guess someone's making money during this recession.


Hemingway Home

As a crazy animal lover, I found myself running around the grounds of the Hemingway Home in Key West, trying to take pictures of the cats as if they were celebrities and I was a stalkerazzi. A summary of the visit to the house known for having as many as 60 cats, some with six toes.

Before we walked in the house, I saw a very skinny cat. I asked the tour guide "What's wrong with that cat?" Old age.
Here's Rags, the skinny cat, on the bed.

Being that they're cats, they don't give two craps that you're there. They just keep going about their day.
Charlie Chaplin.

Although sometimes they will pose for you.
Ok, don't remember this ones name and if I did you would think I was crazy cat lady for sure.

I grilled the tour guide on inbreeding, questions he seemed to have been asked many times before. Each female has one litter, then is fixed. I forget how they prevent inbreeding (bring in outside tomcats?) They want to keep the bloodline of Hemingway's original 6-toed cat going.
Here's one with the extra toe.

A shout out to the Hemingway Home.

Then we continued our Hemingway theme for the day by having a drink at the Original Sloppy Joe's where Hemingway and his pals drank back in the day. Also, for you Parrotheads- the first place Buffet played.

Daily Show & Colbert Report Week in Review

Auto Workers Don't Make $70 Per Hour

On my drive home I was listening to Mike Malloy and someone called in blaming the unions for the auto collapse, and said auto workers make over $100,000 a year. Malloy laughed at the guy for blaming the unions, and didn't seem to know much about the $70/hr claim (he was probably stunned- since it seems obviously ridiculous).

When I got home I see this on Daily Kos:

But then what's the source of that $70 hourly figure? It didn't come out of thin air. Analysts came up with it by including the cost of all employer-provided benefits--namely, health insurance and pensions--and then dividing by the number of workers. The result, they found, was that benefits for Big Three cost about $42 per hour, per employee. Add that to the wages--again, $24 per hour--and you get the $70 figure. Voila.

Except ... notice something weird about this calculation? It's not as if each active worker is getting health benefits and pensions worth $42 per hour. That would come to nearly twice his or her wages. (Talk about gold-plated coverage!) Instead, each active worker is getting benefits equal only to a fraction of that--probably around $10 per hour, according to estimates from the International Motor Vehicle Program. The number only gets to $70 an hour if you include the cost of benefits for retirees--in other words, the cost of benefits for other people.

No Bush = Change

People will criticize Obama for just about anything.

Every media outlet I have seen has had some remark about Obama's picks for his administration not being change. "Picking Clinton people, how is this change?"

1) Obama never said change meant Washington outsiders.
2) Change obviously means change from the pathetic policies of the Bush administration (duh!).
3) Clinton had a successful administration (minus his personal problems) so why not bring in some of those people with experience?
4) Obama is still in charge, regardless of who has experience with Clinton.

I heard some people say the Daschle pick was good because it wasn't a Clinton person, and then I read somewhere else that it was "another familiar face".

Did you think he was bringing in the Harlem Globetrotters to run his administration?

Ted Stevens Concedes

On his birthday yesterday, 85 year old convicted felon/senator Ted "series of tubes" Stevens, found out that he didn't win his Alaska Senate seat. Today he conceded.

Which is more surprising- that Ted didn't drag this out to a recount, or that it was a close race where one candidate was a felon?

Back From Vacation

I was cruisin' from Miami to Mexico last week. Will post some pics soon (I know- who doesn't love other people's vacation photos?). If there are some gems involving Rick Springfield or soap actors, I'll post.

What happened while I was gone?

Hillary might be Secretary of State. Looks like there's some vetting of Bill's potential shady buddies before Hill gets the job.

Top Chef started. Good thing they rerun it all the time (like right now as I type this).

Oprah and Rob Lowe almost lose their homes. Rob Lowe can afford a home near Oprah? Oh, and thousands of non-famous people did lose their home.

To Be A Fly On The Wall

The Obamas met with Bushes today at the White House. I love that it wasn't long ago that Obama was mentioning Bush policies while campaigning. And now they meet up. What do you say to someone who used you as a reason for people to vote for them?

Obama: "No really, I got it from here. You can leave now."

Obama: "You see, there's this thing called the constitution..."

I have to wonder- does Bush have idea how much we don't like him? He seems clueless. And those people cheering around the world on November 4? Yes, happy that Obama won. Also- happy to get rid of you, W.

This body language is great.

Thank you Michelle for not wearing Mamie Eisenhower clothes.

Britney and Justin at Madonna's Concert

First Britney was on stage during Human Nature.

Justin came on stage later, for 4 Minutes.

Photos, source: People

Obama Family Going To Try and Get a Shelter Dog! Yeah!

One of the Obama girls is allergic, so the Obamas are going to try and get a dog from a shelter that she is not allegic to. President-elect Obama answered the very pressing question (well, to us animal lovers) at a press conference today.

I'm sure somewhere in the country there is the perfect dog for them at a shelter.

Thank you Obama for mentioning the word "shelter".

This is Shelter Awareness Week.

Why Not Watch It Again

Oprah About Crapped Herself

Yesterday Oprah discussed the election, and in her words she was unleashed.

She even had the multi-screens. Does she think she's in the Situation Room?

She discussed that guy who she was seen with at Chicago's Grant Park on November 4:

Although she arrived with Gayle and Stedman, Oprah says she ended up crying on someone else's shoulder. "Friends called me around the country and said, 'Who was with you?' I said, 'I don't know him, but he was very nice to me,'" Oprah says. "At one point I was just sobbing on his shoulder, mascara everywhere."

"Thank you, Mr. Man, for letting me cry on your shoulder."

He will be on Oprah's show Friday.

Letterman After the Election


North Carolina's electoral votes will go to Obama, bringing his total to 364.

Still waiting for Missouri, and one of Nebraska's electoral votes. (Nebraska divides theirs up). Per the AP:

The victory in North Carolina adds yet another solidly red state to Obama's column. His success in the Tar Heel State, as well as his wins in Indiana and Virginia, are a remarkable achievement. No Democratic candidate has won North Carolina since Jimmy Carter in 1976; Indiana and Virginia last voted for a Democrat in 1964.

Obama is winning states that Bill Clinton didn't win. I think Howard Dean gets some credit for this with his 50 state plan. Don't just campaign in dem states. There are liberals in repub states just waiting to come out of the repub closet. And it looks like they did.

President-elect Obama today, talking with world leaders.

Will Bush Pardon Ted Stevens OR Will Sarah Palin Be the Senator?

I don't want to keep talking about she who makes smart people cringe. But there are a few more things to mention.

Someone mentioned the possibility of Bush pardoning Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens. Let's face it- those Bush pardons are going to be interesting. You know Cheney is looking for a pre-emptive pardon. Or can Bush pre-emptively pardon himself?

Rachel Maddow just made this point- since re-elected (for reals- Alaska re-elected him) Senator Ted Stevens will likely be in jail soon, it is up to the state's governor to replace his senate seat.

So Palin would find Stevens replacement. Palin could step down as governor and the lieutenant governor would become governor and name Palin as Stevens replacement.

Palin would be a Senator and then try and run for President.

It's funny how last night they were talking about Palin in 2012. How is it that someone with a disapproval rating in the 60's be considered for 2012? AND- everyone says she was a drag on the ticket and a big reason McCain lost. Only could a republican with an approval rating in the 30's think of running for president. Something tells me this is more about the press wanting it to happen.

More about the Disasta from Alaska:
-According to Newsweek she spent more than that $150,000 on clothes.
An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

-Fox News is reporting all sorts of dirt, including that she had to be reminded that Africa was a continent:

President-Elect Barack Obama and Family

Obama looked tired and/or perhaps sad that his Grandma "Toot" couldn't see that moment. His speech was great as always.

Hug like they mean it, but not too much like Al and Tipper. Remember that?

The media is trying to make something out of Michelle's Narciso Rodriguez dress and analyze if people love it or hate it.
I LOVE that they wore red (not obligatory dem blue). And I like that she didn't wear what we would think of as traditional first lady clothes (think- Laura Bush or Hillary). I don't care for the fabric in the middle too much but overall it is a nice bright frock.

Here it is on the runway, looks a little different. Obviously she wore a sweater, but the top part is different.

Can I Borrow Your Hat?

I'd put it on and skip down the street.

Now I know what to make everyone for Christmas.

This guy with spirit is watching the results from Kenya.

The Not Happy Election Results

What. The. F.
Prop 8 passes.

Michelle Bachman gets re-elected. She's the crazy congresswoman who wants to know who is Anti-American in congress. I say she should start with the Alaskan Governor's husband. Yeah, I know he's on a snowmobile and not in congress. But I'm curious what Ms. Bachman would find out.

Al Franken is in a close race with the crazy incumbent senator. Al is behind, but it looks headed for a recount. You're good enough! Smart enough! And gosh...what was the rest of that SNL skit?

Election Shout Out- Don't You Just Want to Hug the 30% in Alabama and Kansas?

Who are these people? Very red states but about a third vote dem. Wonder if their friends know.

Election Shout Out- Virginia! Indiana!!!

Not only is it surprising that they voted democrat, but for a black democrat. Huge.

Election Shout Out- North Carolina, Missouri Too Close To Call

Neither state has announced which candidate gets their electoral votes. North Carolina and Missouri are known to be republican states in the past. Even if they eventually go to McCain, the fact that they were close is progress.

Montana was 50-47 for McCain. That's pretty close for what I think would be considered a traditionally very red state.

North Carolina gets an extra big shout out for getting rid of Senator Elizabeth Dole (R) and her "Godless" claims against her opponent. Now she has to hang out with her hubby, Mr. Viagra himself. Good luck to ya Lizzie

Yes We Can


I was flipping thru the channels, making dinner, not really focused on the tv and then I see everyone freaking out.

Obama. President.

It must've been when Florida turned blue. And with the west coast projections.
Althought the concierge in my building told me around 7pm that McCain was planning a speech.

Thanks For Playing!


Joaquin Phoenix Says He's Quitting Acting

After watching We Own the Night I can see why.

Joaquin wants to focus on singing. Not sure if he's serious, or just seeing if anyone cares.