By I. B. Somebody
Rumor on a Queer Ledger
Humor with a Gay Edger
A Legend in my Own Grime
May 11, 2009
I couldn’t believe it when the CBS Evening News reported last night that Blue Cross and Blue Shield have retroactively canceled hundreds of health insurance policies while the patients were in the middle of treatment. Retroactively! Back several months! Even when the premiums were made on time. What kind of a world are we living in?
A reminder: Stamps are now 44 cents, as of today.
Since I cannot stand Donald Trump, I seldom watch Celebrity Apprentice, but last night nothing else interesting was on at seven, so I managed to tolerate the first hour before switching to Desperate Housewives. If it weren’t for Joan Rivers, whom I love, the Apprentice would’ve been a total bust this season. I just don’t understand the appeal of watching people suck up to such an unappealing, talentless smuck as Donald Trump.
Christine Aguileria, after having taken time off to take care of her baby, plans to star in a new movie being written specifically for her, Burlesque. In case you can’t figure it out, the “comtemporary” musical will be about a “dancer with a big voice.” But it’ll be awhile before we see it. Filming doesn’t even begin until January 2010.
May 10, 2009
Former Vice President Dick Cheney showed up on Face the Nation Sunday morning to defend the Bush Administration’s legacy of deceit and persecution. Do we really have to listen to these bold-faced lies any longer? Watching this man rationalize was like listening to Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann defend the “Jewish solution.” Chilling and shameful. Never again!
On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Mayer, the always funny politically incorrect host said Cheney believes Republicans should remain true to their core principles: gay bashing, war-mongering, and torture. And don’t even get me started on how Cheney doesn’t have the moral guts to speak out in favor of his own lesbian daughter’s civil rights . . ..
It’s with a heavy heart I note the recent passing of an old friend, Kirk L. Bjornsgaard, a writer buddy from the legendary oblong table of Tulsa’s Crossroads Writers critique group of which I was lucky enough to be a member from 2000 to 2006. Kirk gave my first book, The Happy Campers a glowing review and I’ll never forget it. He spent the last few years as acquisitions Editor for Regional Studies, University of Oklahoma Press in Oklahoma City. Ironically, his first novel just hit the shelves, Confessions of a Former Rock Queen . Check it out. It’s not what you think. He enjoyed surprising people.
May 9, 2009
The Huffington Post reports Sarah Palin telephoned Carrie Prejean, Miss California, to offer encouragement for her anti gay views, but it happened before the beauty queen’s (Prejean’s, not Palin’s) topless photos appeared on the Internet. The Post also published an article about how Palin has refused to accept Obama’s stimulus package to help poor Alaskans winterize their homes. The governor, whose approval rating has plummeted in recent polls, said she didn’t want to add to the national debt. How big of her. Good luck selling that to her constituents, who have the highest energy bills in the nation.
Tonight’s Saturday Night Live with host Justin Timberlake was the lamest thing I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s like the writers were on vacation and the cast had to wing it. Not funny save but for a few minor tidbits here and there.
At this evening’s annual Washington DC comedy-fest, the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, First lady Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless fuchsia gown and a bold necklace. Her husband noted that she was helping to bridge divides in the nation, including "the right to bare arms."
The host for the evening, Wanda Sykes, the nations’s premier black lesbian comedian, quipped, "It's funny to me that photographers have never caught you smoking," she said to the president, "But they always catch you with your shirt off. I know you're into this transparency thing, but I don't need to see your nipples."