Monday, April 23, 2018

The Lyrica Made Him Gay

Sometimes it’s just too obvious….

Over there to England, Scott Purdy, ta23-year-old man, claimed that he was turned gay after his doctor prescribed the painkiller Pregbalin, also known as Lyrica.

Purdy appeared on the British TV show This Morning and told the hosts the story of how he began taking the drug after an injury and lost all attraction to his girlfriend and found himself attracted to men; when he stopped taking the drug, his attraction came back.

The show invited Dr. Ranj Singh on to discuss Purdy’s story, and when asked if painkillers can turn someone gay, Singh, who is gay himself, said what we all already know:
“In very simple terms, I’m going to say no.”
But Singh wasn’t quite done:
“I’m going to be as pragmatic about this as I can. First and foremost, I think it’s great that you’re happy. I think that’s the most important thing here. For a small proportion of people, you can get alteration in your sexual function,” he explained. “And that could be your desire or your ability to achieve an erection or have an orgasm. Most people tend to get loss of libido but some people tend to get the opposite where they have heightened sexual desire.”
And then he dropped the bomb:
“Either way, what it probably does, is allow you to be able to express what is already there. All it has done is allow you to be your true self, which is okay, because these feelings were probably already there…If you’re happy that’s a good thing.”
In other words, you’re queer, dear.

PS Interestingly enough, Purdy’s own parents say they always believed he was bisexual and know that he’d had a sexual relationship with another man long before taking Lyrica.

Oh, Scott, come on out already.

photo credit Tom Maddick

Things To Think About ....

By now you’ve all heard about the shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee, where another alleged deranged gunman opened fire yesterday and killed four people.

And so, you know about James Shaw Jr., who arrived at the restaurant just moments before the gunman entered and started shooting; how Shaw’s instincts took over and he literally grabbed the barrel of the assault weapon, burning his hands in the process, to stop the man from killing more people.

James Shaw is African American.

Think about James Shaw at that Starbucks in Philadelphia; he would have been unable to help because he would have been arrested for sitting while black.

Think about the fact that it was a black man who stopped a white man with a gun after the white man killed four black people and how our so-called president hasn’t said one word about the incident, or about Shaw. Why is that do you suppose?

Think about the fact that the GOP and the NRA say all it takes to stop a madman with a gun is a good man with a gun, yet James Shaw stopped the gunman with his bare hands.

Just things to think about.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

It's Snarkurday!

Halle Berry was a presenter at the GLAAD Media Awards last week and thought that the best time to declare that her role as Catwoman in 2004’s Catwoman deserves another “goddamn chance.”

And she thinks it does because … Black Panther:
“Each story builds on the next. It’s like that old saying goes: behind every Black Panther is a great black Catwoman! You know, I’ve gotten a really bad rap for this role, and I think Catwoman deserves another goddamn chance, don’t you?”
To recap, Oscar-winner … Oscar winner …Halle starred in a version of Catwoman that had almost nothing to do with DC Comics character and everything to do with glamour. It was a fashion show with Halle as the hero and Sharon Stone keeping her legs closed as the villain … and it bombed.

Oscar winner Halle Berry the Razzie for her role and showed up to accept it with her Oscar. In her acceptance speech, she referred to the film as:
“A godawful piece of shit.”
And now she wants you to demand a remake. Gurl bye.
As if anyone asked him … Karl Lagerfeld decided to flap his wrinkled puss about the #MeToo movement and proved why he is called Kunty Karl:
“I’m fed up with it. I don’t even eat pig [in France the movement is known as #BalanceTonPorc] What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses.”
But Kunty Karl didn’t stop there about #MeToo and said that some of the models who complained about abuse should join a nunnery. 

I think Karl should join a monastery and take a vow of silence… and a vow to never be photographed again.
It might just be a coinky-dink, but right after marrying her boyfriend of one month, Chris Fischer, Amy Schumer fired her longtime PR rep and manager, Carrie Byalick.

Is it because Byalick pressured Amy into doing Snatched, which added another nail to the coffin of Goldie Hawn’s career...

Or is it because Byalick once dated Chris Fischer and it was just too uncomfortable?

Or is it because Carrie still had feelings for him?

Or is it because Amy was insecure or jealous?

Or is it because Carrie warned Amy about Chris and she didn’t want to hear it?

Or is it because … oh, who cares.
Flashback … in the spring of 2005, all of the Desperate Housewives did a Vanity Fair cover shoot and it turned into the cover shoot from hell.  The story goes that there was tension between them all, starting because Teri Hatcher was pissed about not getting first pick at the outfits and not being in the middle of the picture.

Seriously. Now, in 2018, Eva Longoria appears to still have beef about the cover shoot. She was on Jimmy Kimmel to talk about her upcoming role in the Overboard reboot, her pregnancy and her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but all Jimmy cared about was “the grudge.”

He asked if there was a chance of a Desperate Housewives reboot since every other show from the 1990s has been rebooted and Eva said that she doesn’t really want to go back to TV—her film career is booming, I guess with the reboot of a Goldie Hawn film—and maybe she doesn’t like all the girls:
Jimmy: You guys all hate each other now, right?
Eva: No! Felicity Huffman and Marcia are going to be at my star ceremony. Felicity’s giving a speech. We’re very good friends.
Jimmy: All of you?
Eva: No, but 99 percent of us are.
I guess Teri Hatcher is the One Percent.
And it goes on ... last year, Michael Anello, one of Mariah Carey’s ex-bodyguards, threatened to sue Mimi for $750,000 for not paying invoices and sexually harassing him by bouncing around him in see-through lingerie. That lawsuit hasn’t been filed yet, but Mimi’s lawyers got a new legal threat from Stella Bulochnikov, her ex-manager.

Stella and Mimi broke up last year ALLEGEDLY because Stella she couldn’t Mimi’s special brand of crazy—possibly as a result of her bipolar disorder. But now it appears that Mimi is the one who quit Stella, and Stella is now suing for breach of contract and … wait for it … it’s totally Mimi … sexual harassment. Yup, just like Michael Anello, Stella says Mariah would often prance around her employees suggestiuvely while nearly nude.

But, to be nice, let Mimi’s lawyers know that a lawsuit is coming, giving them a chance to settle and save us all from stories of Mimi’s antics. But, not to be nice, Stella is also spilling the tea that Mimi never took her meds for her bipolar disorder and ALLEGEDLY had a substance abuse problem.

Mimi’s rep, of course, says Stella is lying:
“If this frivolous and baseless claim is filed, we will defend against it vigorously and successfully.”
Still, there are two ex-Mimi handlers who claim she’s a hooker with a multi-million-dollar record deal ... and if more, and more, and more, Mimi employees come out to sue because she showed them her ladybits, every court in the land will be tied up for decades.
Who to believe … with her diminished role on Good Morning America, co-anchor Lara Spencer is desperate to make it appear that her absence from the show is by choice, but is it?

ABC has revamped the show, focusing on George StephanopoulosMichael Strahan and Robib Roberts by overhauling their other anchors’ schedules … like promoting Amy Robach to 20/20 and by cutting back Spencer’s airtime from five days a week to three.

Spencer’s team was you to believe that Spencer made the choice to “cut back” her GMA time so she could “to focus on her lifestyle brand” … buying garage sale stuff and rehabbing it. But GMA sources say Spencer is being sidelined because …
“Lara’s good at her job, but it’s not like the [ratings] are affected when she’s not on [the show].”
And rumor has it that the staff at GMA couldn’t be more pleased at Spencer’s disappearing act:
“Staff are relieved that Lara’s schedule is being cut back. She treats staff badly, she yells at people and she makes a lot of extra work for people.”
Extra work? Like helping her clean out her office?
So, Khloe Kardastrophe gave birth to her cheating boyfriend’s baby, and ironically named the True. Seriously … as in, ...
“Yes, it’s true my boyfriend cheated on me with nearly every woman he met while I was pregnant with his baby.”
And, maybe there is something to the story that Khloe mother, That Woman, is working overtime to get Khloe away from Cheating Baby Daddy so the child can be called True Kardastrophe, and then be spun off into its own E! show and throw some more coins in the Devil’s handbag.

Just sayin’.

PS Looking at those photos of Khloe from 2007, left, and today, right, I wonder who True looks like and if we’ll ever really see a True Kardastrophe?
Maybe there’s hope … though I am not one to feel joy at sad news, but still … John Cena and Nikki Bella have broken off their engagement, and they broke up completely.

Apparently, John felt that after his first marriage ended in divorce, he didn’t want to remarry and didn’t want children. But he and Nikki were together for almost six years and perhaps she wore him down. And he asked her, and she said, ‘Yes,’ and then he said, ‘Hold up’ just a few weeks before the wedding.

Um, John, you know, if you need someone to console, or help you get over Nikki, I am here for you. And, um, yeah, I don’t want marriage and I don’t want children, so, yeah, there’s that, too.

Just sayin’.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

I Didn't Say It ...

Rachel Maddow, on Michael Cohen’s disclosure that Sean Hannity was his third, previously undisclosed client.

“In court today we got the name of Cohen’s third client made public and honestly, don’t even ask me to tell you what it means … This is like: Every day you get up, you take a shower, you get dressed, you go out to the driveway to start the car. Every day it’s the same, you do this every single day of your life. Except today you got in the car, you put the key into the dashboard, you went to turn it to start the engine like you do every day and today the engine didn’t start and instead terrifying circus music started playing and the hood flew up and clowns and monkeys and elephants flew out instead. What? It’s who? Go ahead and make sense of that why don’t you.”

It's Maddow’s lucky day!
James Comey, on _____’s fitness to be president:

“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it — that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.”

Think on that, ______ supporters, and if you can say with a straight, honest face, that if Barack Obama had said or done even one of those things you’d have no issue, you’re deceiving yourself.
I mean, y’all went mad over Barack’s tan suit.
Take a seat.
Madonna, on her new beauty regimen … a ‘butt’ mask:

“It’s kind of a no-brainer. You can take any face mask and try it on your behind. Skin is skin. I think people would want the skin on their butt to be smooth, glowing, and hydrated. I mean, I know I do. There are certain special people that get to see our butt and you want it to look its finest.”

Okay so she uses a face mask on her ass; still, it begs the question, “Butterface?”
Stephen Colbert, on the news that Sean Hannity had been revealed as Michael Cohen’s mystery third client:

“Cohen only has two other clients and all he does for them is pay off mistresses. Which raises the obvious question – who does Sean Hannity have sex with?”

Himself, no doubt.
Patti LuPone, on movie actors doing theater:

“I don’t necessarily need to see film actors on stage, because they can’t. Not in my country they can’t. Can I just say, Uma Thurman in The Parisian Woman, anybody see it? Holy shit! I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I’m not sure there is a stigma anymore (about film actors doing theater), perhaps there should be. You want those people to come to the stage for the right reason and that is to honor the stage, honor the theatre and not be in for themselves, and I’m not saying that Uma was. It’s hard work, so I want you to understand that I have nothing against Uma Thurman.”

Oh Patti, I love you. You have zero f&ks to give! And, I imagine that when the time comes to nominate actors for Tony’s Patti will be all, “Not Uma!!!!!!”
Corey Lewandowski, former ______ lapdog, on James Comey to Fox News:

“This is the same Jim Comey who was in charge of the Boston bombing at the time where we had a terrorist attack in Boston. This is man who failed time and time and time again, when he was the head of the FBI, to protect American citizens and now he wants to say that the president of the United States, a duly-elected president, is a mob boss? Look, Jim Comey has no credibility and he lost his credibility when lied under oath before Congress.”

Listen up: This Is A Lie. The Boston Marathon bombing took place on April 15th, 2013 when James Comey was a private citizen; he wasn’t appointed FBI director, by President Obama, until September 2013.
This is a _____ lapdog lying again for _____.
John Fugelsang, on the news that Sean Hannity is Michael Cohen’s mystery client:

“Sean Hannity reminds you: Michael Cohen wasn’t his lawyer. But he still expects attorney-client privilege. And he has nothing to hide. But he ordered Michael Cohen not to reveal him. And he defended Michael Cohen all week. But now Michael Cohen’s a liar. And that’s why Hillary Clinton must be stopped.”

Seriously; these are the facts.
Ridiculous, right?

Thursday, April 19, 2018


So last week I told y’all that Carlos gave me a cold for my birthday, right? Well, by Monday I was so congested and my throat so sore, I couldn’t speak … and Carlos said:
“Yep, there’s my gift now.”
I whispered that he should be very afraid when the voice comes back.
In good LGBT news … this year, for the first time probably ever, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year. And it’s mostly because those in the GOP have learned that being anti-LGBT doesn’t pay.

LGBT activists tracked about 120 proposed bills that were seen as threats to their civil rights and not one of them has been enacted as many sessions now wind down.

A key factor in the shift: In the GOP-led states where these types of bills surface, moderate GOP lawmakers and business leaders are wary of losing conventions, sporting events and corporate headquarters because of their anti-LGBT—mostly anti-trans ‘Bathroom Bills.

The only two anti-LGBT bills still active are the attempts to curtail adoption rights in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Seriously? Oklahoma and Kansas? Wake up and get with the rest of us in the 21st century.
So, this past week, rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for “Damn,” becoming the first hip hop artist to win the music Pulitzer. And, while that is cool news, one asshat, by the name of Geraldo Rivera, who never missed an opportunity to kiss his own ass, took some credit for the honor because in one of Lamar’s songs, he used a Rivera quote.

And so, Rivera Tweeted this mess:
Congratulations @kendricklamar a extraordinary talent on winning the #Pulitzer. Proud to have played a small, indirect role in inspiring such extraordinary creativity.”
Funny thing is that the quote Lamar sampled on his album was Jerry Rivers Geraldo Rivera saying:
“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years.”
Snap. Geraldo has no idea that his stupidity, and ignorance, were sampled.

Take a seat, grandpa.
Last month, when Dick’s Sporting Goods said it would no longer sell modern sporting rifles at its stores following the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high School a lot of folks wondered what would happen to the unsold firearms in its inventory.

Wonder no more: while, normally, a retailer might return unsold merchandise to the manufacturer., in this case Dick’s Sporting Goods has decided to destroy them:
“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change. We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”
I love learning new words and then trying them out on people and this week was a great week for a new one. I first heard the word when former CIA director John O. Brennan tweeted at _____:
“Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey.”
So, what is a “kakistocracy”? Searches for the kakistocracy surged to the top of Merriam-Webster, who issued a short explainer:

Kakistos is Greek for “worst,” so kakistocracy means government by the worst people.

Yup, it works.

Kakistocracy; use it.
When you lie about everything it’s easy to get caught … like last when White House Press Secretary Liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders Tweeted that photo of the Situation Room following the military strike on Syria with _____ and his minions, including So-Not-Gay Veep Mike Pence and said:
“Last night the President put our adversaries on notice: when he draws a red line he enforces it.”
Trouble was, the night of the bombing Mike Pence was in Peru so how could he be in the two places at once; Huckleberry was instantly called out, again, as a liar by Walter Shaub:
“Fascinating tweet in which Sarah Sanders reveals that Mike Pence was simultaneously in Peru and Washington. If this new capability doesn’t scare our enemies, nothing will. #QuantumEntanglementMike
Huckleberry then qualified her first lie:
“As I said, the President put our adversaries on notice that he enforces red lines with the strike on Syria Friday night. The photo was taken Thursday in the Situation Room during Syria briefing.”
“As I said” is what Huckleberry says when she’s fixing a lie.

Remember when _____ created a commission to investigate the voting “fraud” of the last election because his tiny ego refused to believe more people voted for Hillary? And he asked Kansas Secretary of State, and Republican, Kris Kobach to look into voter fraud and Kobach basically found nothing?

Kobach should’a looked in his own backyard because this week he was held in contempt of court for repeatedly skirting court orders related to a blocked state voter registration law.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ripped Kobach, a proponent of stricter voting laws, a new asshole for failing to send postcards notifying thousands of voters of their registration. Those voters had previously been blocked from registering under a Kansas state law by Kobach because they were not able to provide proof of citizenship during registration. 

Judge Robinson blocked that law during the 2016 election:
"Kansans have come to expect these postcards to confirm their registration status, and Defendant [Kobach] ensured the Court on the record that they had been sent prior to the 2016 general election. They were not, and the fact that he sent a different notice to those voters does not wholly remove the contempt, nor does his attempt to resend postcards eighteen months after the election and five months after Plaintiffs notified him of the issue."
As part of the contempt ruling, Robinson ordered Kobach to pay the attorney’s fees of the plaintiff in the case, the American Civil Liberties Union.

Yup, another fraud, cheat and liar on the _____ team.

What to do … what to do … oh yeah ….

I gotta a quick joke for you: what is the difference between a garbanzo bean and a chickpea?

Give up?
_____ never had a garbanzo bean on his face.
Now …there’s a new show on Bravo, a kind of riff on the Real Housewives franchises … which is saying a lot because all shows on Bravo are kind of a riff on the Housewives … but this one is called Southern Charm: New Orleans.

It’s about a bunch of wannabees in the Big Easy acting like fools on camera, but… seeing one of the promos for the show, I was suddenly struck by one abs-oh-so-lutley ripped Jon Moody, who never misses a chance to take his shirt off.

Thank the goddess.

Moody is a well-known, and well-respected artist and I have already asked to sit with him.

No, not for him. I wanna sit in his studio and watch him paint when he’s dressed like this …

Just sayin’.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Architecture Wednesday: Warm Wooden Garden Home

I picked this house because I love the exterior; I love the wood and the clean straight lines … and then you go inside, and it’s filled with light and just looks so peaceful.

The house, in Poznan, Poland is one level, making it easier to connect with the gardens and the several decks surrounding the home. The expansive glass walls bring in all that natural light to the interior where there are light white walls, but wooden floors and wooden ceilngs to bring some of that warmth indoors.

And at night, with the lights on, the house becomes even more stunning, with the light shining through the yard.

Serene and peaceful, small and simple, I think I’m in love.