Paul Weller (former leader of The Jam and The Style Council) is celebrating 30 years in the music business with a new boxed set called Hit Parade, and a series of sold-out concerts in New York and Los Angeles. Weller was interviewed in Billboard Magazine, and he talks about his impressive career.
Another right-wing myth debunked: The "liberal" media. According to testimony from a top aide to VP Cheney, whenever the Administration wanted to "control [the] message" they arranged for Cheney to appear on Meet The Press with Tim Russert. Obviously, they felt an appearance with the "hard hitting journalist" was a great way to advance their agenda. But the media is all liberal, right?
Winona Ryder says she has seen an outline for a proposed sequel to the 80s classic Heathers, and it is brilliant. She, of course, would be the only cast member from the original to return since everyone else died in the movie. “I want him [Christian Slater] to come back as sort of the Obi-Wan. I’m excited about it.”
Even though she lost by the widest margin of any Republican in the country in her bid to become a Senator from Florida, that hasn't stopped Katherine Harris from schmoozing other Republicans during the State of the Union. The GOP embarrassment and 2000 election villain, was spotted on the floor of the house passing out business cards before the speech. Not sure what the cards were promoting. Political consulting? Lobbying?
Scott Baio is now shopping around a new tell-all book to publishers tentatively titled, BaioWatch: How I Dated and Loved Hollywood's Most Beautiful Women and Ended Up Alone. Baio has dated some A-listers like Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson (she was A-list at one time), but the funniest excerpt comes in the form of a proposition from Liza Manelli. She apparently said, "I really want your sperm. You're a talented, good-looking Italian guy. That's what I want my child to be." Ewww.
If I gave out awards for quote of the day, then CNN's Paul Begala would win today. While discussing the absolutely ridiculous response from VP Dick Cheney to a perfectly legitimate question about his gay daughter (the same kind of "gay" that his administration has been trying to discriminate against via a Constitutional Amendment), Begala said this, "...because we saw the real Dick Cheney, you know, a really remarkable, probably historic, combination of arrogance, incompetence and dishonesty...if he had any decency, he would simply resign." Nice. (To see a video of The Daily Show's Jon Stewart taking apart the Cheney interview check the bottom of this post)
Tom Delay wants to be president...of the conservative movement. He thinks the blogosphere is too dominated by liberals, and the "culture war" has not been fought hard enough. Yes, he sounds crazy enough to be a right-wing leader.
The only real show of merit this weekend is Saturday night at Sokol Underground. Ladyfinger (ne) is playing along with Paria, No Action, and The Stay Awake. Although I like Ladyfinger a lot, I am a little tired of them at the moment. I think I'll probably skip it. The Stay Awake is a band I haven't seen in a while, so maybe I could stop in early and bolt after they are done. I don't know.
Country music singer Toby Keith (who conservatives pointed to as a legitimate artist -- unlike Dixie Chicks -- because of his support for the Iraq war) now states that he always been against the Iraq War. WTF!? He also says he is a registered Democrat (yet he performed at Bush rallies throughout 2004). But he won't forgive the Dixie Chicks for being correct on the Iraq War -- he is still feuding with them.
Here is the Daily Show recap on Cheney's "truthfully" challenged media appearances: