Friday, August 27, 2010

On The Internets 08.27.2010

  • Kudos to former President Jimmy Carter for securing the release of an American being held captive in North Korea. Mr. Carter went to the country as a private citizen, and was able to secure the release of the Christian activist.
  • The end of the prohibition against allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the US military is almost upon us. Popular opinion is beginning to reach a critical mass. According to a new CBS poll, nearly 75% of Americans support ending Don't Ask Don't Tell and allowing gays to serve. Among veterans and current service members that number is 61%.
  • Don't believe the spin coming from the right that Wall Street and the big banks somehow support Democrats in the upcoming election. Right now, top hedge fund managers from Wall Street are meeting in Greenwich to discuss helping the Republican party win control of Congress.
  • I've mentioned a few times on this site that the show Weeds has gone downhill or "jumped the shark." Perhaps the reason is that its star, Mary-Louise Parker, has never actually smoked weed. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, America's favorite pot-dealing MILF admits it's all an act. "I don’t do drugs, but I’m really suggestible. So I imagine if I did, that’s exactly what would happen. I’d be smoking all day long." Well, she is an actor, after all. And damn it if the photo of MLP they used for the article isn't the best photo of her ever.
  • Pop star M.I.A. is asking for help with her visa status from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The British/Sri Lankan artist caused some international controversy by criticizing the government of Sri Lanka. A few years ago, she was denied entry into the US to work. Now, she is married to an American, but the trouble has been passed on to her mother who was denied entry to visit her new grandchild. "They've singled me out. They said my mum would be fine if I just apologized to the Sri Lankan embassy. Which I'm not gonna do."
  • I just found out that Michael Been, former lead singer of 80s band The Call, has passed away. The Call's best known song is probably "When The Walls Came Down." Recently Been had been working as the sound engineer for his son's band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (one of my faves!!), and it was during a festival in Belgium that he passed away. RIP, buddy.

1 comment:

J. Marquis said...

Lord, I love me some Mary Louise Parker.