Friday, September 28, 2007


What follows is my current top ten favorites. It changes often but most are always on my list:

1 – Spending time with Noelle alone

2 – Going to a Broadway Musical

3 – A Solo Cross country trip

4 - Spending the day alone singing Streisand and Show tunes

5 – Laughing

6 – Walking or lying on a deserted beach in Hawaii – preferably alone

7 – A good margarita

8 – Edna Bitely

9 – Reading a really good book

10 – A satisfying BM

The above are not necessarily in order. Please tell me yours.....

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Democratic presidential  hopefuls debate
Democratic presidential hopefuls debate

Get informed - watch the Democrats Debate in Dartmouth - click the photo to watch the debate.


For all you Rosie fans, here is an interesting photograph I found while skulking around the web. It's of Ro's alter ego Dawn Budge.

What is on her mind? Ya never know because Dawn is out there.

Perhaps she is looking to convert some gays - you know - another roll on the zebra print rug (it was zebra, right).

That or she is just looking for a good pedicure... Who knows!!!


I hear the boys are extras from the episode she shot last week. I believe it has a Gay Pride parade theme.


I saw this Family Circus at and it really gave me a I snagged it. I hope he doesn't mind.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I have always been blessed with good friends and a wonderful family.... but the support and affection I have received from a special new group of you (and you know who you are) has been overwhelming.

I sincerely, from my heart, appreciate all the well wishes on my BRIEF journey to re-employment.

Thanks again



The alarm clock woke me at 6am today and the sun was already shining through my window, warming my room.

Another day, positive and new

After making coffee I go to the front door, unlock and open it gingerly, trying not to wake Fettit. The rush of air from opening the door makes the air vent in his bedroom make a flapping noise and it always sets him straight up in bed.

I reach for the paper, and turn to close the door when two cactus wrens catch my attention with their loud vocals. They too recognize the beauty of this Arizona morning.

Opening the paper I see the headline, “President to receive French Medal.” My interest piqued, I start to read the article, “French President Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to present President Albert Gore the “Officier de la Legion d'Honneur,” or “Legion of Honor,” for his dedication to global human rights and environmental consciousness. The article is accompanied by a photograph of the president sitting at his desk In the Oval Office.

Instantly I flash back to nearly seven years before when the presidential election was held and all the chaos that surrounded it. Then Vice President Gore was in a fight to save himself from the unscrupulous tactics of his opponent, Governor George W. Bush, the merit less son of the former president who had little political experience and less than an eighth grade grasp of the English language.

Governor Bush was in the fight of his life and was calling in every favor he could and was bending every possible rule in order to hang on to his slight lead in the state of Florida. He knew that if every vote were to be counted he did not have a chance. His opportunity to be President of the United States would be dashed.

There were vote recounts taking place all over the state and he and his legal team were trying to thwart the efforts of local election officials by stopping them. It worked temporarily when the Bush friendly Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, in an obvious partisan move, ordered the recounts stopped. Soon after the Florida Supreme Court reversed the secretary’s decision, ruling against Mr. Bush. Undaunted, he pushed on to the United States Supreme Court, certain in his conviction that his father’s friends would help him prevail and the court would see things in his favor.

He was wrong. In American politics, every vote counts and therefore, all the votes need to be counted - so said the U.S. Supreme Court.

Soon after, it was announced that Vice President Al Gore had been elected President of the United States. He won with a majority of the American popular vote and the Electoral College. We would have at least four more years of continued peace and prosperity - the nation was optimistic.

I was blasted back to reality by Fettit’s entrance to the living room. He mumbled something as he passed on his way toward the kitchen in search of his first cup of coffee.

“President Gore is receiving France’s highest honor today in Paris,” I call after him. Again, he mumbled something incoherent. “What,” I shouted to him? He returned to the living room, stopped and just looked at me. “I can’t even have my first cup of coffee before you start,” he snarled at me.

He isn’t a morning person.

I decide to leave him alone and eventually he picks up the paper, turns a few pages, and asks, “Did you see on page 5 that George Bush is opening a Popeye’s in Crawford, TX? Junior, that is, not the former president.” There isn’t a picture, thankfully, but it mentions his new wife bought it for him. I still can’t believe he married Katherine Harris. The irony!”

That brings an enormous smile to my face. I’m thinking how much he deserves his fate. First he tries to steal the presidential election and then he was removed as Texas governor through a recall election. Later he was convicted of misappropriation of funds and manipulating (rigging) government contracts and served five years in prison.

His house of cards started crumbling after Hurricane Alberto, a deadly Category 5, devastated the Texas coast and caused $120 billion dollars in damage to the Galveston and Houston area. Nearly 2 million people were left homeless from the hurricane and the subsequent flooding.
Criticized for his lack of response, the people of Texas grew increasingly dissatisfied with his constant inaction and organized to remove him from office and it was only after he left office that his criminal ways were discovered.

“Well, I hope the two of em are very happy together and they’ve saved some of their parents’ money. The Popeye’s will close within a year. He has never been successful in any of his endeavors,” I respond.

“And on page six,” Fettit continues, “is an article on Dick Cheney. Remember him? He was Junior’s running mate in 2000 and Secretary of the Defense under his father?

“Yeah, what’s it say about him,” I somewhat disinterested ask.

Fettit starts laughing. “It says he is dead. He died in a condominium owned by a known male prostitute.”

“No way”, now I start to laugh, “get serious, what does it really say.”


“Does it show a picture of the guy? Is he cute, “I ask in the middle of my laughter.

“No, you freak, but it does say they believe he died of a heart attack induced by the use of Viagra and amyl nitrates.”

“He dies sniffing poppers and having sex with some hot male whore, and you are calling me a freak,” I taunt.

We both continue laughing and just then I hear the alarm go off. It wakes me up. The sun is already shining through my window, warming my room.

It’s another day.

Monday, September 24, 2007


My baby's turn 25 today. I love ya both so much

Love you,



Hillary Clinton unveiled the third part of her plan to ensure that all Americans have affordable, quality health insurance. Building on her proposals to rein in costs and to insist on value and quality, her American Health Choices Plan will secure, simplify and ensure choice in health coverage for all Americans. This Plan covers every American - finally addressing the needs of the 47 million uninsured and the tens of millions of workers with coverage who fear they could be one pink slip away from losing their health coverage - with no overall increase in health spending or taxes. For those with health insurance, the plan builds on the current system to give businesses and their employees greater choice of health plans - including keeping the one they have - while lowering cost and improving quality. Specifically, the American Health Choices Plan will:


The American Health Choices Plan gives Americans the choice to preserve their existing coverage, while offering new choices to those with insurance, to the 47 million people in the United States without insurance, and the tens of millions more at risk of losing coverage.

• The Same Choice of Health Plan Options that Members of Congress Receive: Americans can keep their existing coverage or access the same menu of quality private insurance options that their Members of Congress receive through a new Health Choices Menu, established without any new bureaucracy as part of the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP). In addition to the broad array of private options that Americans can choose from, they will be offered the choice of a public plan option similar to Medicare.
• A Guarantee of Quality Coverage: The new array of choices offered in the Menu will provide benefits at least as good as the typical plan offered to Members of Congress, which includes mental health parity and usually dental coverage.


Americans who are satisfied with the coverage they have today can keep it, while benefiting from lower premiums and higher quality.

• Reducing Costs: By removing hidden taxes, stressing prevention and a focus on efficiency and modernization, the plan will improve quality and lower costs.
• Strengthening Security: The plan ensures that job loss or family illnesses will never lead to a loss of coverage or exorbitant costs.
• End to Unfair Health Insurance Discrimination: By creating a level-playing field of insurance rules across states and markets, the plan ensures that no American is denied coverage, refused renewal, unfairly priced out of the market, or forced to pay excessive insurance company premiums.


Relying on consumers or the government alone to fix the system has unintended consequences, like scaled-back coverage or limited choices. This plan ensures that all who benefit from the system share in the responsibility to fix its shortcomings.

• Insurance and Drug Companies: insurance companies will end discrimination based on pre-existing conditions or expectations of illness and ensure high value for every premium dollar; while drug companies will offer fair prices and accurate information.
• Individuals: will be required to get and keep insurance in a system where insurance is affordable and accessible.
• Providers: will work collaboratively with patients and businesses to deliver high-quality, affordable care.
• Employers: will help financing the system; large employers will be expected to provide health insurance or contribute to the cost of coverage: small businesses will receive a tax credit to continue or begin to offer coverage.
• Government: will ensure that health insurance is always affordable and never a crushing burden on any family and will implement reforms to improve quality and lower cost.


Senator Clinton’s plan will:

• Provide Tax Relief to Ensure Affordability: Working families will receive a refundable tax credit to help them afford high-quality health coverage.
• Limit Premium Payments to a Percentage of Income: The refundable tax credit will be designed to prevent premiums from exceeding a percentage of family income, while maintaining consumer price consciousness in choosing health plans.
• Create a New Small Business Tax Credit: To make it easier-not harder-for small businesses to create new jobs with health coverage, a new health care tax credit for small businesses will provide an incentive for job-based coverage.
• Strengthen Medicaid and CHIP: The Plan will fix the holes in the safety net to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive affordable, quality care.
• Launch a Retiree Health Legacy Initiative: A new tax credit for qualifying private and public retiree health plans will offset a significant portion of catastrophic expenditures, so long as savings are dedicated to workers and competitiveness.


• Most Savings Come Through Lowering Spending Due to Quality and Modernization: Over half the savings come from the public savings generated from Senator Clinton’s broader agenda to modernize the heath systems and reduce wasteful health spending.
• A Net Tax Cut for American Taxpayers: The plan offers tens of millions of Americans a new tax credit to make premiums affordable-which more than offsets the increased revenues from the Plan’s provisions to limit the employer tax exclusion for health care and discontinue portions of the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000. Thus, the plan provides a net tax cut for American taxpayers.
• Making the Employer Tax Exclusion for Health Care Fairer: The plan protects the current exclusion from taxes of employer-provided health premiums, but limits the exclusion for the high-end portion of very generous plans for those making over $250,000.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


I think that RANTING all the time is taking its toll on me. I told a couple of reader-friends that I needed to lighten the mood a bit but I couldn't think of anything fun that motivated me. Today at lunch I told Fettit I wanted to stop complaining about King George (and his illegal war) and the circus surrounding the Jena 6 has gotten to me as well – I cannot imagine people treating each other so savagely – hanging nooses and what not.

So a couple of hours ago I happened upon something so FABULOUS I couldn’t pass it up.

Here in this country we have southern whites mistreating their black brothers (and vice versa), red states versus blue states, and the conservative Christians hating the gays.

In New Zealand they either love the gays or they are just trying to make some money off of em. I prefer to think it is the former.

Read the following

Air New Zealand Paints the Sky Pink with Its First Themed North American Flight

Airline Planning San Francisco to Sydney Party in the Sky with “Pink Flight”

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attention passengers, Air New Zealand is now boarding rows one through FABULOUS. Today, the airline officially announced its first North American “Pink Flight,” in celebration of the 2008 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Departing on a Boeing 777 from San Francisco International Airport on February 26, 2008, the Pink Flight will sweep its passengers away in style from one side of the Pacific to the other, lavishing upon them everything from pink drinks to drag queens.
For more than 300 glamorous gays (and any other fun-loving friends) who buy tickets, the party will start long before the final boarding call. Pink Flight passengers are encouraged to show up at the airport in their most extravagant Mardi Gras costumes, and Air New Zealand will throw a “Get-Onboard-Girlfriend!” going away bash at the departure gate.
Once onboard, the Pink Flight will boast a full program of entertainment – such as live performances, on-board music, contests and screenings of classic gay-themed films on Air New Zealand’s digital in-flight entertainment system (IFE). Because it is an overnight flight, there will also be a period of scheduled “Beauty Sleep.” Additionally, passengers will enjoy pink-themed food, cocktails, goodie bags and a “Party Party Wake-Up” before landing.
“Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most spectacular costume events in the world, so we feel it’s only fitting to offer a flight that truly embodies the spirit of the celebration in an unforgettable way,” said Roger Poulton, Air New Zealand’s vice president – the Americas. “Air New Zealand takes pride in our gay-friendliness and sense of fun, so this Pink Flight will be a blast for everyone involved!”
Along with the announcement of the flight, Air New Zealand is also launching today a special micro site for the Pink Flight,, where visitors can book their spot.
Earlier this year, Air New Zealand operated its first-ever Pink Flight, which flew from Auckland to Sydney for the 2007 Mardi Gras. The flight, which featured similar themed activities, was a resounding success and scored international media attention.
As the national airline of New Zealand, Air New Zealand reflects the country’s diversity-embracing nature. New Zealand has a long history of liberal social reform and is also widely recognized as a friendly vacation destination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. New Zealand voted the world’s first transgender person into a national office when Georgina Beyer was elected to Parliament in 1999, and same-sex civil unions were recognized as an institution in New Zealand in 2004.
For more information about Air New Zealand’s Pink Flight, or to purchase a ticket, visit


I am opposed to the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq and I believe that those associated with sending our young men and women to war should be tried at the Hague as war criminals.........

But I support our troops... just as All Americans do... even those that oppose this war!

I hope you enjoy this video I made.


Friday, September 21, 2007


Over the course of writing this blog, which is not very long, I have written about race and racial incidents several times. Each time I heard back from several people, wonderful and intelligent people, that my views are possibly extreme and that racism in the south is not more prevalent than in the north.

I am going to stick with my core belief and respectfully disagree.

The Jena 6 situation is an example of the hatred and racism that exists in southern America, but it isn't isolated.

Two weeks ago a noose was found hanging in a tree outside the Nymburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland. I guess it is just another innocent prank.

Last night…last night in Alexandria, LA., two admitted ku klux klan kard karrying krackers, were arrested for suspicion of DUI, among other things, after they were seen driving around town with two nooses hanging from the back of their pickup truck. Alexandria was the staging area for the Jena 6 protest yesterday which drew an estimated 15,000 demonstrators. Is this a coincidence?

Hell no! It was a message to the blacks. They may as well have been yelling from their pick up, “Stay in your place N***gers or we are going to kill you.”

At no time have I ever heard (and I may be wrong) of a lynching of a black person in the north. Northern whites may be racist, racist meaning they don’t want their daughter marrying a black man or racist meaning they don’t want blacks living next door, but their racism isn’t rooted in hatred as much as it is fear – fear of the unknown. Fear and ignorance are not the same as hatred and violence.

Southern racists hate black people so vehemently they would prefer them dead, “The only good n***ger is a DEAD n***ger.”

I cannot imagine what life is like as a black American regardless of the area of the country, but I would imagine in the south there is a fear instilled in you at a very early age. Can I sit under that tree? Can I walk into that barber shop? I better not look at that white girl.

Yeah, my view of the southern America isn’t going to change any time soon. I’ve been through there enough to know it is not a place where I would find too many like minded white people.

I've been criticized by a few for being "anti-southern" and have been told that things are not as bad as I think they are. Tell that to Mychal Bell!


I think I need to give Matt credit on the blog as a "Contributing Editor" since he is now emailing and instant messaging me suggestions for Blog Content.

Matt just "IMed" me the link to this NYDAILYNEWS.COM article..... The picture looks like she is swearing under oath that she is not a lesbian......

Hillary Clinton officially declared she's not a lesbian - not that there's anything wrong with that.

During an interview with The Advocate to be published next week, Sean Kennedy, the gay magazine's news and features editor, asked the presidential candidate, "How do you respond to the occasional rumor that you're a lesbian?"

"People say a lot of things about me, so I really don't pay any attention to it," Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) replied.

"It's not true, but it is something that I have no control over. People will say what they want to say."

Kennedy told the Daily News he's convinced. "I 100% believe she's a straight, heterosexual woman," he said.

'GOD' Responds to Legislator's Lawsuit

The following CNN article was sent to me from my friend Matt. I think that Senator Chambers looks like God.

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- A legislator who filed a lawsuit against God has gotten something he might not have expected: a response.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha said he sued God last week to make a point about frivolous lawsuits.

One of two court filings from "God" came Wednesday under otherworldly circumstances, according to John Friend, clerk of the Douglas County District Court in Omaha.

"This one miraculously appeared on the counter. It just all of a sudden was here -- poof!" Friend said.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha sued God last week, seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty for making terroristic threats, inspiring fear and causing "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."

Chambers, a self-proclaimed agnostic who often criticizes Christians, said his filing was triggered by a federal lawsuit he considers frivolous. He said he's trying to make the point that anybody can sue anybody.

Not so, says "God." His response argues that the defendant is immune from some earthly laws and the court lacks jurisdiction.

It adds that blaming God for human oppression and suffering misses an important point.

"I created man and woman with free will and next to the promise of immortal life, free will is my greatest gift to you," according to the response, as read by Friend.

There was no contact information on the filing, although St. Michael the Archangel is listed as a witness, Friend said.

A second response from "God" disputing Chambers' allegations lists a phone number for a Corpus Christi law office. A message left for that office was not immediately returned Thursday.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


This morning I went on my first job interview in my quest towards re-employment. I don't normally get too excited about interviewing and am rarely intimidated by interviewers.

When I arrive, the first thing the receptionist did was hand me a form to complete and sign authorizing them to do a background check.

It was not a big deal until I got about half way through and the form was asking for my birth date. Suddenly I was gripped with anxiety. I'm 46 and like being this age (much more so than 25) but I wasn't certain I wanted to write down my birth year - 1961. I didn't know what to do.

Employers know they cannot ask for a person's age. By law they can ask if you are over 17 and younger than 70 years old. In this case, the form stated the birth date was simply for verification purposes, but it certainly could be easily used to find out an applicant's age. It really bothered me - here was a back-handed way of asking someone's age.

I am nearing an age that potential employers could start discriminating against me. I know I am not there yet but I am getting close, and sticking to my principles (the few I have) are meaning more and more to me and I certainly do not want someone over-stepping their bounds, actually breaking the law, by asking my age.

Intentionally, I completed the rest of the form, left the birth date blank, and returned it to the receptionist. She immediately brought "my omission" to my attention so I had to tell her that I purposely left it blank because it is against the law to ask for it. Instantly she was clearly upset. "But we require it," she sternly commanded.

I could feel the blood rush to my face and as I told her that I would discuss it with my interviewer and if I was offered a position I would gladly give my birth date at that time. I also told her that if it prevented me for being hired, then "let the chips fall for where they may," and if it isn't meant to be, well so be it."

Perhaps I should not have made a big deal about it, but I just couldn't let them get away with it. I was willing to not get the job if necessary, but hoped that after talking with my interviewer and explaining the situation she would understand. If not - oh well.

Several minutes later I was greeted by my interviewer and she showed me into the conference room. We were joined by one of her employees and they immediately put me at ease and for the next hour and 20 minutes we had a very pleasant exchange.

About an hour into the interview I had to clear the air about what had previously happened, so I told them. Immediately the employee put me at ease and took the blame for the situation because she wasn't sure if I was suppose to complete the form or not. The interviewer then comforted her by taking the blame for not having toldher that I didn't need to complete the form.

I was relieved that were understand, and I explained more they were apologetic over the entire situation.


Sometimes my mouth can get me in trouble, and sometimes standing up for what is right, even legal, can close doors and ears. I was happy to see this wasn't the case

I'm 99.99% certain I will receive an offer for the position either today or tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Yesterday at around 9am, I heard helicopters overhead and heard a siren so I came into the main part of the house and asked Fettit what all the fuss was about. He said there was a car accident around the corner so I went back to what I was doing.

An hour later I returned to the living room and looked out the window and noticed a couple of police cars blocking the street directly in front of the house. I turned on the television to discover that a policeman had been senselessly shot three times and had been transported to the hospital.

Since then the policeman has passed away, there has been a parade of police vehicles passing by, and stopping in front of the house, and every news van in the city has camped a block away for the continual live shot.

People, complete strangers to the fallen officer, are leaving floral tributes and cards - one veteran even left his purple heart. The US flag now waves over the site, next to an Arizona State flag and the flag of the City of Phoenix.

The mourners never knew the slain officer but they crowd around and shed tears as if he was a long lost brother.

This reaction happens every time a policeman or fireman dies in the line of duty. Every nut job crawls out from under a rock and the media pounces on them for ratings. It always helps ratings to interview the wackos...

Some crazy-eyed loony-tune, tears streaming down her cheeks, rambling on about the bravery and heroism of a man she had never set eyes upon or heard of previously. And she is just one of dozens just like her.

As I write this I can see the glare of the bright lights from the local news stations, and the helicopters continue to circle the solemn carnival. Each will open their news with it daily, aiming for a new angle. That is, until the next grand drama presents itself.

The make-shift shrine in less than a block from my house but I would never walk over there and I don't understand the draw, or need, for people to become part of the circus surrounding the tragic event. Looking to feed off the drama of the tragedy.

Go home and be thankful it isn't your son, daughter, father, mother, etc.

Show your support in an appropriate way like lighting a candle at church, saying a prayer for his wife and two young sons or making a donation in his honor.

May he rest in peace and may God keep watch over his family! (Amen)


I found this article on the Air America web site and completely agree with it. It is quite long but clearly I believe it is worth it or else I wouldn't have posted it.

In Re The Recently Tasered Andrew Meyer: The First Amendment Canary In The Coal Mine Is On Life Support
By Lionel on September 19, 2007 - 10:48am

Rosa Parks. Lenny Bruce. George Carlin and his seven dirty words. Andrew Meyer?! Hardly.

No, the U of F student Andrew Meyer will not go down in history as a great civil rights leader or First Amendment advocate. The news anent Mr. Meyer has changed in every direction imaginable. He's been called a nut, a 9/11 conspiracy freak, you name it. Here's the latest.

And while the transcript of the event shows that there was plenty of blame to go around, the truth remains that an unarmed young man was manhandled by a group of heavily-armed and ostensibly well-trained law enforcement personnel, wrestled to the ground and shocked via Taser. And why? This last aspect must be questioned; was this necessary? He was down, subdued and, though loud and obstreperous, under control. Why was he tackled and arrested? Why was a Taser and its 50,000 volts administered? He was rude, loud and certainly not deferential to a man who basically abandoned his party during the 2004 "race." Meyer was angry and wanted an answer as to why the invited speaker, John Kerry, seemed to capitulate and not fight the Bush machine. Certainly not dulcet-toned, Meyer was angry. Angry. As were and are many of us. As Andy was pleading with the campus bulls to "not taze me, Bro," it reminded me of Cheswick screaming desperately for McMurphy to help him in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

What frightens me and should concern you is the nonchalance that some people have for the various free speech implications here. Meyer was at a political lecture at a university and was loud, excited and agitated – the reactions that are ofttimes exhibited at universities during political debate and speech. What better place to be loud, excited and agitated than a university? What many of you centered in on was his rudeness as though that warrants physical extraction and electric shock. Have you ever seen the British Parliament?

But just look around. Look at these cases and our reactions to unpleasant or unwelcome speech.

Larry Craig. Sen. Larry Craig now famously toe-tapped and pleaded guilty to nothing and so many people fail to realize that he has a First Amendment right to proposition any adult anywhere for anything sexual. Period. Even the dreaded ACLU has filed an amicus brief in his attempt to withdraw his guilty plea to the disorderly conduct misdemeanor charge. This sounds like a modern day Miranda warning: You have the right to tap feet whilst in a men's room stall; you have the right to be gay. Some of my very liberal and progressive friends have smugly asserted that since they knew what Craig was up to, he's guilty. Of what?

Kathy Griffin. The heavily-Botoxed and surgically-altered comedienne Kathy Griffin won an Emmy for her eponymous television show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." While accepting her award, the always appropriate and classy Griffin, who has repeatedly stated that she'll do anything for publicity, said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now." And publicity she got in spades. Many people objected vehemently to this, as is their right. My good friend (sincerely) Bill Donohue and the Catholic League were incensed as were many. But who's Kathie Griffin? Is she to be censored, censured, what? She's a loud-mouth. Fine. So is our producer Al Goldpaint.

The Dixie Chicks. You remember that beaut. Embarrassed that Dubya was from Texas (and what Texan wouldn't be even though he's from Connecticut), Natalie Maines expressed this idea in the UK and was subjected to death threats and the like. Remember the O'Reillys harping on the fact that you can't criticize (a) the commander-in-chief (b) while we're at war (c) in another country. What?! Nobody seemed to notice or care.

Laura Ingraham's "Shut Up and Sing." Everyone's favorite conservative termagant, now caviling about smut in the media (I know, she's bored), wrote in this tour de force that entertainers should just do that: entertain. Unless you're Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Bruce Willis, Bo Derek (I kid you not), Schwarzenegger et al.

Patriot Act, Warrantless Surveillance. Must I even remind you of this? Didn't think so. But we looked the other way, apparently too busy with other stuff. Ho hum.

Media Matters for America, Daily Kos and the Blogosphere. Bill O swears that Media Matters is liberal, lefty, media elitist, secular progressive (whatever the hell that means) and un-American and dangerous when it cites with specificity his own words. Go figure. The Daily Kos is likewise dangerous because it dares to remain the antithesis of Bill. Anti-Bill, anti-Neanderthal, un-American. Remember when he verbally manhandled Jeremy Glick whose father was killed on 9/11? Mr. Big Shot/Tough Guy called for Glick's mic to be turned off. Here's the transcript. No one batted an eye.

Cindy Sheehan. She was being used and exploited so say the Bush acolytes. How could she dare question this noble war and our brave commander-in-chief? Remember when she was arrested for wearing an antiwar T-Shirt in the House gallery last year? Big deal, right? on Petraeus. This brazen attack on responsible dissent will go down in history as one of the most egregious examples of stifling free and alternative speech. Lie after lie ensued therefrom. The counterfeit conservatives claimed that MoveOn received a "liberal" discount from the grey lady. Never happened. They then demanded that Hillary distance herself from the ad. Why? Then through some attempted apotheosis, Peaches was elevated to demigod status and was named a latter day Julius Caesar. He was off limits, so the cons said. They demanded that a general was not subject to criticism during a time of war. When else would the public comment on a general? Not a peep from the masses.

Rosie O'Donnell and "The View." Everyone from Bill O to the entire Faux News crew called for her head. How dare she question in any way anything this administration does or says about anything or anyone. How dare she question 9/11 official accounts. Speaking of "The View," did you hear that its new host Sherri Shepherd isn't convinced that Mother Earth isn't flat. I swear. Read.

Bill Maher. Tsk tsk, Bill. Now you've blasted everyone who questions the official account of 9/11 as a nutcase. Not every 9/11 Truthseeker believes in the controlled demolition theories advanced by some. You know better than that. So, Bill, are you saying you have no questions about the alleged facts? Or do you still sting from being spanked when you suggested that the terrorists were courageous? I supported your thoughts and right to express them and in fact agreed with you in many respects. You're what the Truthseekers call a "Gatekeeper." (Translation: shill.)

Sally Field. Her comments about mothers and war were expurgated Sunday night. Why? Come on, Junior! She was on the Faux network. Need I say any more.

Beware of the erosion of our First Amendment and, more importantly, its spirit. And it won't be necessarily from the government against whom the Bill of Rights protects us. What frightens me more is our casual disinterest in the importance of unfettered speech, expression and our nonchalance when we, not the government, but when we look the other way when limitations are endorsed.

As I've always said, our First Amendment rights will never be taken away; they'll be given away. By us.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


University of Florida student, Andrew Myers, was wrestled to the ground and tasered yesterday after making a lengthy statement and asking Senator John Kerry a question.

Watch the video....

I'M MAD AS HELL. What happened to free speech?

I will now ask my law enforcement expert, I'n sure each jurisdiction has their own policy but in general what is the policy for the use of the taser?




1 - To end the War in Iraq

2 - To achieve universal, affordable healthcare

3 - To create good jobs for middle-class Americnas with the right investments in modern infrastructure and in new clean, energy-efficient technologies that reduce or dependence on foreign oil and combat global warming.

4 - To provide world-class education, from universal pre-kindergarten to affordable college for all.

5 - To promote 21st century scientific innovation, including stem cell research.

6 - To return to fiscal responsibility, move back toward a balanced budget, and safeguard Social Security and Meidcare for future generations.

7 - To restore competence and end cronyism in government, with a president who cares about and works for Americans who have been invisible in this Administration.

8 - To combat terrorism, strengthen our military, and care for out veterans.

9 - To restores America's standing in the world nad repair our alliances.

10 - To build a more tolerant, united America, working to achieve big goals again, with a President who's Ready for Change, and Ready to Lead from day one.


Monday, September 17, 2007


Champagne and Caviar Wishes to You BIG BRO

And may you never be more than three rows behind First Class (unless its an exit row)

Love ya KQ


This came to me courtesy my friend Matt in New York. Way to go Chu-Chu!!

This is the first I've seen this list. I hope it hasn't circled the world before getting to me!

1) 1/20/09: End of an Error?

2) That's OK, I Wasn't Using My Civil Liberties Anyway

3) Let's Fix Democracy in This Country First

4) If You Want a Nation Ruled By Religion, Move to Iran

5) Bush. Like a Rock. Only Dumber.

6) If You Can Read This, You're Not Our President

7) Of Course It Hurts: You're Getting Screwed by an Elephant

8) Hey Bush Supporters: Embarrassed Yet?

9) George Bush: Creating the Terrorists Our Kids Will Have to Fight

10) Impeachment: It's Not Just for sex Anymore

11) America: One Nation, Under Surveillance

12) They Call Him "W" So He Can Spell It

13) Whose God Do You Kill For?

14) Bush Never Exhaled

15) Jail to the Chief

16) No, Seriously, Why Did We Invade Iraq?

17) Bush: God's Way of Proving Intelligent Design has flaws.

18) Bad President! No Banana.

19) We Need a President Who's Fluent In At Least One Language

20) We're Making Enemies Faster Than We Can Kill Them

21) Is It Vietnam Yet?

22) Bush Doesn't Care About White People, Either

23) Where Are We Going? And Why Are We In This Hand basket?

24) You Elected Him. You Deserve Him.

25) Impeach Cheney First

26) Pray For Impeachment

27) The Republican Party: Our Bridge to the 11th Century

28) What Part of "Bush Lied" Don't You Understand?

29) One Nation Under Clod

30) 2004: Embarrassed 2005: Horrified 2006: Terrified

31) At Least Nixon Resigned

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Has everyone seen the video where that scary mascara covered, young man (Chris Crocker) cries and yells at everyone to "Leave Britney alone?" He posted it on YouTube after Britney Spears' awkward performance at the VMAs last Sunday. I nearly posted the original Chris Crocker video because I thought he was so demented, I mean, please... I love Barbra but I would never cry and scream over a bad performance because

A - Barbra has never given a bad performance and
B - Well... okay...I total lied. They just talk about Barbra on one of those trashy entertainment shows like ET or Extra and my tear ducts go into overdrive.

But I wouldn't scream at people about her... oh wait... well that is not entirely true either.

I'm certain I wouldn't put a video on the internet of myself looking like a complete mess and screaming at people...NOW THAT IS TRUE!

anyway... look at Seth Green's take on the Chris Crocker video, oh yeah.. he plugs his new show too.


Talk About An Experience!

During my latest visit to New York I went to see Fantasia in The Color Purple. It was the most perfect performance I have ever seen on the Great White Way.

She sang her showstopper at this year’s Tony Awards. The video is good, but seeing her sing the song in context, with her amazing acting skills, is priceless. If you can get to New York before she ends her run in January 2008 do so.

I cannot rave enough about Fantasia’s performance as Miss Celie.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


I just received the strangest telephone call. I still can’t wrap my head around it but the conversation that followed was both bizarre and intriguing and I couldn’t wait to write about it before I forgot what was said.

It was close to 10pm and my brother and his partner had just left after an enjoyable evening of good food, wine and Lisa Lampanelli, when my telephone rang. I rarely answer the phone this late, but I thought I recognized the number within the Los Angeles area code so I answered.

When I picked up and said, “Hello,’ the person on the other end of the line started talking so fast that I could barely understand him. I hesitated and he said something unintelligible and then “are you there? Did I wake you?”

I didn’t recognize the voice but I said, “No, I’m here, just getting ready to hit the sack. What’s up?”

“What’s up? What’s up? He went for it,” he excitedly exclaimed. “Can you fucking believe it? He completely trusts me and has agreed to do the show.”

At this point I was sure I didn’t know the voice or person, but decided to play along so I asked, “Who went for what?”

“George! George Fuckin W. Bush, you idiot, that’s who,” the stranger replied. “The show is a go. It took me a long time to get him to commit, but I told him that people would see him as just another average Joe, who eats, drinks, shits and cries, just like them, but what I think convinced him was when I told him he would come out of it favorably and that it would add to his approval rating. Once I said that he didn’t skip a beat. He wants to start as soon as possible, possibly as soon as October 1st. He has agreed to initially let us film for six weeks and then if all goes well he has agreed to a total of six months. Do you think you can get a crew together immediately? Can we can have the White House set up by the first of October? We may even get a time slot and get on the air for November sweeps. Can you say Cha-ching?”

Not certain what to say, I told him it would be tight but it might me doable. “Sounds fantastic, so what’s the plan though, what are you thinking,” I asked?

“Well, he is not immediately telling Condi Rice but needs our assurance that we not show her with her girlfriend. ‘You know how adamant we have been against the gays.’ I was taken aback by that but tried not to show my surprise. He also doesn’t think that Cheney would approve, and since he isn’t around much anymore, he isn’t going to tell him either. I told him we would start getting the White House wired and cameras mounted on the walls ASAP. It will need to be done in the evening and initially he is telling his staff the cameras and the crew are for a documentary to be shown at his presidential library once he leaves office.”

“He really loves the idea and he is such a nice guy. He is a bit of a ham though, ya know? Laura was apprehensive but the president was able to convince her. She doesn’t want the American people to know her little secret so I have assured him that we will have it put in the contract that she will not be filmed with a cigarette in her hand, or anyone smoking near her.”

“He also said that his elderly parents would have to be shown respect. He doesn’t want his mother portrayed as a boozing, over powering, ball busting shrew, and he was adamant that she never be filmed without her teeth.

He also asked that his father not be filmed with Bill Clinton. He told me, off the record, that his dad and Bill spend far too much time together and although he isn’t jealous, he isn’t comfortable with their closeness.”

“And what about the twins, “ I asked, attempting to choke back a chuckle.

“He didn’t seem too concerned about little Barbara at all, he told me she is never around. I guess she spends all of her time in Amsterdam, hanging out in cafes. He told me she is a chip off the ol block. As for Jenna… well… she is going to be a problem. You know she is engaged, right?”

“Yeah,” I laughed.

“What no one knows is that she is 6 months pregnant and is showing.”

I started to laugh.

“Stop laughing…the president has insisted that we not film her, or if that isn't possible, we must agree that we show her only from the chest up. Laura is a little embarrassed but not the president. He loves his girls and he even hinted around that he got a couple of co-eds knocked up at Yale but that his dad had it all taken care of and hushed up. Just like his DUI and drug problems,” he added.

At this point, I could hardly control myself. I had my hand covering the receiver and I was laughing my ass off.

“Call me in the morning so we can discuss this some more, okay” he asked. “We have a lot to get done in a very short amount of time. I want to get this started without the media catching wind.”

“I’ll call ya tomorrow,” I promised. “And don’t worry about the media. I’m sure we can get in and out of the White House without them ever catching on…night.”

I then hung up the phone and wondered what had just happened.


For the past few years there have been rumblings regarding illegal immigrants, the number currently in this country, those still flowing into this country, and how they are taking jobs from hard working Americans.

Illegal immigrants are the kissing cousins of gay marriage – a diversionary issue used to get the public to focus on something other than the Bush administration’s failure in Iraq. No government agency has a genuine interest in finding a solution to the current illegal immigration problem. King George just does not want the public thinking about the billions in tax payer monies that his friends are stealing (or the thousands of innocent lives lost) in this war.

To fuel the bait and switch agenda, this week, Julie Myers, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testified before a Senate committee, that it would cost $94 billion dollars to detain and remove the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. 94 BILLION! That figure does not include the expenses associated with finding them and having their cases adjudicated. The $94 million dollar figure is to house them and return them to their countries of origin.

I think we can find a better way of spending $94 billion!

The problem existed seven years ago when King George was running for president the first time, but we never heard him mention it. Seven years ago he and his father’s friends only mentioned Bill Clinton’s Monica indiscretion (every five minutes), keeping the people on their toes – outraged! He never mentioned the millions of people streaming across our border, and he was the governor of the largest border state - Texas

In 2004 the republicans won elections by instilling fear in the American public. Instead of running on issues that truly effect the electorate like health care, education and the economy, they claimed that the terrorists were at our door, queers were trying to steal the religious sacrament of marriage, and Mexicans were the enemy too because they were taking away jobs from honest, God fearing Americans.

Today, again, they are still trying to keep the public’s attention diverted from the blood running down the streets of Baghdad by talking about the Mexicans swimming across the Rio Grande , and also, but less so, the queers trying to infiltrate the institution of marriage.

Adding to the fear are ill-conceived reports stating that the majority of those crossing from Mexico are dangerous felons and drug traffickers.

There are even websites like that try to manipulate the truth regarding the illegal immigrant problem, and further scare the American public by showing innocent Americans who are victims of crimes committed by Mexicans.
According to “On Immigration and Crime,” a U.S. Department of Justice study published in 2001, illegal immigration does not lead to more crime; but shows that the majority of immigrants commit fewer crimes than the rest of the population. While there are bad eggs in every walk of life, those that live quiet, law abiding lives and whose only crime is wanting a better life for themselves and their family are far greater than those committing crimes.
My take on the situation is this: If I was born poor in Mexico and lived a few hundred miles from the United States border, and I was supporting my family on $5 a day, and I knew that just a few hours north my cousin was making $5 or more an hour, I too would be crawling through the desert under the cover of darkness to give my family a better standard of living. Who doesn’t want more for their family?

In America we appreciate a success story and we applaud those that come from meager beginnings and triumph over their situation. I think the same should be true of all people.

These hardworking people want the American dream so they risk their lives to get here and then they take the menial jobs that no American will do.

In the early 1900s, Irish and Italian immigrants came to this country (many illegally) and performed low level manual jobs that others were not willing to do. Eventually they worked their way up the socio-economic scale. Today they would not take a job landscaping in the 115 degree heat for $5 an hour.

In the middle of the 20th century the same is true of black Americas. In the shadow of slavery, and continued oppression, blacks started out doing the jobs no one else wanted to do, making no money in return. They too through the generations have worked their way into the American middle class and would not clean house for $7 an hour.

As a rule, illegal immigrants do not take jobs away from Americans. We would not do the type of work, for the low pay, that they are willing to do. Of course, there are a few exceptions, but I don’t know anyone willing to spend eight or more hours, hunched over picking strawberries for less than minimum wage.
In an April 16, 2006 article in the Winston-Salem Journal, Jim Johnson, the director of the Kenan Institute's Urban Investment Strategies Center - part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that what some people tend to forget is the indirect effect that the Hispanic worker has had on consumer prices.
“If everyone without proper immigration visas were deported, U.S. consumers would have to prepare to pay more for such ordinary goods as food and housing. For example, the construction industry in North Carolina would pay about $1 billion more in labor costs without the Hispanic worker, according to the study.”
"The next time you go to a restaurant and see a Hispanic busing the tables, just put an extra $20 on the table, because that's how much more your meal will cost," Johnson said. "If you play it to its logical conclusion, then it ought to be illegal to buy it (goods produced with illegal labor). It's a hot good."
With all of this said, I agree that we do need to stop, or slow, the flow of individuals crossing our borders illegally - not because of some irrational fear of Mexicans and their desire to take our jobs, but because of national security concerns.

We need to be aware of who is getting into our country and who is trying to harm us. If the uneducated, entering the country for economic purposes, get through the border with ease, you can be assured that those with more sinister purposes are also sneaking in undetected.

The biggest issue that needs to be addressed is border security - not illegal immigrants. Border security is now “Homeland Security” and therefore needs to be taken seriously.

This is how we should be approaching the problem, not by scaring the American public into believing that a multi-cultural society is bad and not by instilling fear and targeting a particular group.

Do we need to work on a solution for the 12 million hardworking individuals who came to this country to better their lives? YES.

Should we spend hundred of billions of dollars to locate them and return them to their homelands? NO

Should we find a way to lessen the influx of illegal immigrants? YES.

Do we need to secure our borders – ABSOLUTELY.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Republican Attempt to Steal California's Votes

Karl Rove may have resigned as the President’s chief strategist, but the dirty and secretive tricks that have characterized the Republican Party in recent years are still here to stay. Leading California Republicans are promoting a dishonest initiative that steals electoral votes from California, a democratic state. Republicans attempting to steal votes in a major election? This smells all too familiar.

The initiative, crafted by a lawyer for the California Republican Party and member of the group misleadingly called "Californians for Equal Representation,” proposes to divide California's electoral votes based on results in each congressional district, rather than award the entire 55 electoral votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote. Proposed for the California ballot in June 2008, where voter turn-out is extremely low, this initiative would essentially give the next Republican presidential candidate as many as 19 additional votes--almost equal to all the electoral votes from Ohio and nearly all from Florida!

For many voters, this initiative upon first glance seems logical and fair. However, in the context of the rest of the country, where large red states in particular would still award their electoral votes to the candidate who won the popular vote, this ballot initiative is completely imbalanced and undemocratic. There is no way this initiative would create a more fair and balanced voting system in our country, unless it was uniformly adopted by ALL states.

This initiative shines a glaring spotlight on Republican hypocrisy. Republicans want to continue the same winner-take-all system in other big states that they consistently win, like Texas and Indiana. However, they want Democrats to share the electoral votes in California, a big blue state with the country’s most electoral votes. Democrats have been carrying California in recent elections. Even if Democrats were to win the state in 2008, Republicans would still get a substantial number of electoral votes under this new law.

If passed, this initiative would make a democratic victory in any major election extremely difficult. We can not let the Republican Party pull the wool over our eyes and steal yet another election.

Please visit Californians for Fair Election Reform to sign a petition in support of rejecting the GOPs California electoral power grab:

And visit the Courage Campaign’s web site to sign their petition and learn more about this important issue.

(This entry was written by Barbra Streisand and is posted on

Thursday, September 13, 2007


The Advocate magazine asked it's readers to name the Top 40 (coinciding with their 40th year anniversary) favorite gay heroes. The following list is the Top 40 "OUT" heroes in the fields of entertainment, sports, academia, artist, activists, etc.

40 - Barbara Gittings - Activist
39 - Roberta Achtenberg - former Asst Secretary for HUD
38 - John Amaaechi - NBA Player
37 - Tim Gill - Cofounder of Quark software company
36 - Leonard Matlovich - Celebrated Vietnam War Veteran
35 - Audre Lorde - Activist, Poet
34 - Bayard Rustin - Civil Rights Leader
33 - Elizabeth Birsch - Former Executive Director of The Human Rights Campaign
32 - Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon - 1st Gay Couple in the US granted a Marriage License
31 - Randy Shilts - Writer
30 - Indigo Girls - Rockers
29 - John Waters - Filmmaker
28 - CLive Jones - Activist
27 - Malcolm Boyd - Television and Movie Producer
26 - Pedro Zamora - AIDS Activist and Real World San Francisco cast member
25 - Tony Kushner - Stage and Screen Writer
24 - Tammy Bladwin - Congresswoman
23 - Harry Hay - Mattachine Society and Radical Faery Co founder
22 - Armistead Maupin - Writer
21 - Mark Bingham - September 11th Hero
20 - Rita Mae Brown - Activist
19 - k.d. lang - Entertainer
18 - Larry Kramer - Writer and Activist
17 - Betty Berzon - Psychotherapist
16 - Ian McKellen - Actor
15 - V. Gene Robinson - First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop
14 - Mel White - Writer/Speechwriter, Dean of the Dallas Cathedral of Hope
13 - Greg Louganis - Olympic Gold Metal Winning Diver
12 - Troy Perry - Founder of the Metropolitan Community Church
11 - Martina Navratilova - Tennis Champion
10 - Rosie O'Donnell - Entertainer/Philanthropist
9 - Margarethe Cammermeyer - Highest Ranking "Out" Military Official
8 - Elton John - Entertainer
7 - Harvey Fierstein - Actor/Writer
6 - Billie Jean King - Tennis Champion
5 - Melissa Etheridge - Singer/Songwriter
4 - Matthew Shepard - College Student
3 - Harvey Milk - San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member
2 - Barney Frank - Congressman
1- Ellen DeGeneres - Entertainer

Your Thoughts? Your Picks?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


As some of you know I met Wonder Robbie at the end of August when I was in New York City. The guy just puts a smile on my face so after countless heavy posts, its time to lighten up.

The song he is singing is from the Broadway show Wicked - the back story about the witches from the Wizard of Oz - Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba). I saw the show in Philadelphia over Labor Day. I would recommend it to everyone (even though I wasn't crazy about the actress/singer playing the role of Elphaba - she was the understudy.) I enjoy the music and it is one of the few CDs in my car.

and well, who doesn't want to be Pop-you-u-ler?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Tonight on The David Letterman Show Dave asked the audience if anyone had bought the new Rosie O'Donnell book (Celebrity Detox). No one clapped (the book doesn't come out until October 9th).

He then went on to say that the book contained three chapters on Bush.... and one on the President.

I laughed out loud. I hope not to offend my lesbian readers but funny is funny! I like gay humor.

You know.. like the OLDIE But GOODIE:

How many gays does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Two - One to screw it in and the other to say "Fabulous!"

I like humor that is pointed at a group and then exaggerates the hell out of the stereotypes associated with that group. Most humor is that way to some degree but in this age of political correctness we feel like we aren't evolved if we laugh at jokes that target a particular group, whether it be lesbians, gays, latins, blacks, jews, blondes, polish, etc, etc.

Growing up my mother's best friend was polish. She told the funniest "polack" jokes. We loved Chuchi (sp) Connie and her jokes and they didn't turn us into "polack bashers."

Over Labor Day weekend I was in a bar in Philadelphia. It was a very mixed bar. There were latins, blacks, gays, asians, you name it. On the television was a video of a comedian I had never seen - Lisa Lampanelli - and she is called "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean" because no one is safe from her jokes and there are few limits.

She claims to have a black boyfriend and loves black men, but lovingly trashes them along with everyone else. She picked out a asian man, a hispanic man, a black man, a jewish man and two guys she called fags throughout the night. No one was off limits, not even handicapped people, as she made comments to each of them playing to the typical age old stereotypes.

She was hilarious.

The next day I went to and purchased the video and had it shipped to my house. This past Friday we had guests over for drinks and I played the video for them. We all laughed our asses off, but it got me wondering.

Can we laugh at ourselves and the litany of stereotypes associated with each of us?

The group of friends I had over were slightly representative of the groups she tore into on the video. We had white, latin, gay and functionally handicapped (although everyone just thinks he is drunk). No one was offended by Lisa's routine.

I often hear black comedians making black jokes and hispanic comedians making fun of their latin families. God knows gay comics make gay jokes, but what about a white woman making black, latino, asian, gay, handicapped and geriatric jokes? Do we find it funny or do we look at this type of humor with disdain because it isn't politically correct. Have we lost our senses of humor? Or is it just not funny and hurts us?

A few nights before watching the Lisa Lampanelli video in Philadelphia my brother told me about seeing an Australian comedian in Scotland named Pam Ann. She dresses up in an flight attendant's uniform and makes airline and flight attendant jokes and she is beloved around the world by airline industry employees... okay, by the gays and flight attendants. I watched her myself and she was funny... funny making fun of people.

I challenge everyone to rent Lisa Lampanelli's "Take It Like A Man" video. Its irreverent and that's what we need these days - hell don't rent it, buy it (I think it was only $15) or are we so politically correct we Can't Laugh at Ourselves?

As a comedian, I'm hoping Rosie can laugh at herself and see the humor in David Letterman's joke.


It appears there are leaks from Rosie O'Donnell's new book "Celebrity Detox" and that she may actually have come to her senses regarding Barbara Walters.

Below is from today's New York Times, Page Six:

September 11, 2007 -- JUST when Barbara Walters thought she was rid of Rosie O'Donnell, the out-of-control comic is about to plunge "The View" into another mess.

In an upcoming book on her tumultuous year on "The View," Rosie calls Walters "tired" and says the legendary TV personality ought to hang it up.

"Rosie sent me the book with a note telling me how much she loved me," Walters told "Extra" yesterday on the set of "The View."

"I have read the book - and I would like to concentrate on the love that she sent."

The quote - which appeared to have been carefully crafted - was classic, understated Walters.

The newswoman, who has mastered the ropes of international diplomacy over many years, did not say directly what she thought of the new book - called "Celebrity Detox."

But in her attempt to sidestep the controversy, she left little doubt that her so-called friendship with O'Donnell is over.

And for good reason.

In the book, Rosie says:

"And Barbara. At some point, a person gets tired. It's inevitable.

"Barbara Walters is almost twice my age . . . at some point it becomes necessary to step back.

"Everyone has to go. Going is part of the gig."

O'Donnell is 45. Walters is 77, according to her biography.

"Barbara is trying to focus on the love," a spokesman for Walters said yesterday.

"Barbara was saying, 'Rosie wrote the book, I read it and she sent me love notes with the book.' "

The book's vitriolic content was revealed first on Page Six yesterday.

It was supposed to be a big day for Walters and "The View" as they announced the long-delayed hiring of a new co-host, actress Sherri Shepherd. She replaces Star Jones, who left more than a year ago.

But the news of Rosie's slash-and-burn book on the show was a wet blanket on the set.

"And I would be less-than-honest if I were to say that there is no trouble between Barbara and I," O'Donnell writes. "I mean, our differences are obvious."

O'Donnell tells the story about people in "The View" audience sometimes yelling "I love you, Rosie," during a commercial break - "and Barbara politely tells them in a schoolteacher tone, 'It is impolite to say I love you to one person when there are four us up here.'

"There are many rules I don't understand," O'Donnell writes.

Stories of O'Donnell's run-ins with Walters reached a head after Rosie's very public spat with Donald Trump over Trump's giving Miss USA, Tara Conner, a second chance after she admitted to boozing and partying.

O'Donnell called Trump a "pimp" and mocked his challenged hairstyle; he, in turn, called O'Donnell a "fat pig," among other choice names.

O'Donnell then accused Walters of supporting Trump behind her back.

"Rosie loves and adores Barbara and always will," O'Donnell's publicist, Cindi Berger, told The Post yesterday.

Well I think it is about time. Rosie has defended Barbara Walters for far too long.

Barbara Walter's says she created "The View" so women of different generations could get together and talk about issues. There are flaws in her concept. First, being the "Queen of the Politically Correct," Barbara never gives her opinion. Claiming that she is a journalist she cannot (will not) give her opinion. Secondly, she cringes and apologizes for those who do. She shies away from the very concept she created. During Ro's feud with The Dumptruck at no time did Barbara TRULY stand up for her and God forbid she should stand up for her numerous episodes with Elizabitch.

As co-creator of "The View" Barbara Walters, along with Bill Geddes, owns the show and pulls the purse strings; therefore,when Rosie was negotiating to extend her contract to stay, although she denies it, it was Barbara Walters who would not give her the $10,000,000 she correctly requested. Additionally, at no time have I ever heard Barbara thank Rosie for the tons of money that Rosie made her (by increasing the ratings by nearly 20%).

Rosie, staying true to herself, and believing in loyalty, has never come out and say it publicly (at least I don't think) how hurt she is by Barbara Walter's actions over the past year. Maybe "Celebrity Detox" will detail her true feelings. I guess we will have to wait until October 9th.

Monday, September 10, 2007


In the late fall of 2000, and the winter and spring of 2001, the United States was more divided than it had probably been since the Civil War. The presidential election had just taken place and the ambiguous outcome, and subsequent Supreme Court ruling, left many feeling like their votes did not count. Sworn into office was a president who many believed was not elected by an American majority.

Suddenly, depending on which side you were on, red was bad and blue was good or red was good and blue was bad. The outcome of the election polarized the country.

Going into the fall of 2001 the fervor had diminished only slightly. Democrats were still not happy, but perhaps resigned, with the outcome of the election that gave George Bush the presidency, and the division was still palpable.

Then in New York City, on a near cloudless September 11th, at 8:46 in the morning that all changed. Two American owned airplanes, hijacked by Islamic militants, struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3000 innocent civilians, and after the country shook off the shock and dust, we were a nation united.

In every town and city across this vast land neighbors started talking to each other. There were candlelight vigils and marches of solidarity. In an instant all the dividers disappeared. It did not matter if you were a democrat or republican, red, blue, purple or green. Race, religion, sexual orientation, pro-life, anti-abortion, it did not matter. We were united in a belief and we stood together. We were Americans and for the first time in at least a generation, we were unified.

That is now all a distant memory. Six years later we all mourn the passing of those innocent and heroic, but as a people, and as a country, we are more divided then we were after the 2000 presidential election.

Promising to bring to justice those responsible for the attacks, King George started searching for Osama Bin Laden - the man he knew to be responsible. Soon after our military unseated the extremist Muslim Taliban government in Afghanistan and continued the search for Bin Laden – who continues to elude us.

Have we not located and brought to justice this man because his ragtag organization has more intelligence gathering capabilities than those of the United States government, or was our government simply not invested in the search because unbeknownst to the American public, King George, and his band of merry men, was preoccupied? He had other more important concerns – he was already plotting the invasion of oil wealthy Iraq - a country that had little real interest in harming the United States and definitely did not have the capability in any way to do so.

Today the government issues terror alerts to help us understand the threats to our very existence. These same terror alerts are manipulated to keep the public frightened and serve their political purposes. Airport lines snake through terminals as travelers are frisked for oversized shampoo bottles, and shoes removed and inspected for bombs.

There are more unanswered questions then there were six years ago, and the glowing halos of the stewarding politicos of the day have been dimmed. We no longer blindly see them as American heroes but as flawed manipulators of our history and history will no doubt be unkind to them, and with good reason.

America is a divided nation yet again. We are back to red state versus blue state, Christian versus Jew and Muslin. Black and white again fight. The straights hate the gays and God forbid you are an immigrant, either legal or illegal…Except for one day - September 11th.

Together we remember and mourn as Americans. We continually see the images in our heads and our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of those that were lost. For one day we put aside our differences and together we recall the tragic events of that day and we extend our deepest sympathies and love.

And then unfortunately, it is back to business as usual...



Watch and let me know what you think!