Archive | May, 2011

Representatives Gone Wild: Social Media & the New York Congressmen Who Should Avoid Them

31 May

Obviously, I’m nothing more than a depraved mind, cloaked beneath the façade of the cultured and well-rounded Christian woman I pretend to be on the daily, because this Anthony Weiner story had me tickled pink (snickers) for most of the weekend and again, much of today. As reported by People.com:

A New York congressman says a lewd photo sent to a college student from his Twitter account was posted by a hacker – and he’s hired a lawyer to investigate, his office said Tuesday.

The kerfuffle, which some tabloid press is calling “Weinergate,” kicked off Friday when a photo of a man’s bulging crotch in boxer briefs appeared in Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter stream.

The Tweet was addressed to college student Gennette Cordova, 21, of Seattle – but the image was visible to all of Weiner’s 40,000 followers.

The post was swiftly deleted, and the New York Democrat soon Tweeted that his account had been hacked. “More Weiner Jokes for all my guests,” he Tweeted.

Cordova denied that she had ever met Weiner, much less had a relationship with him as some bloggers intimated. (The photo was first reported by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart’s biggovernment.com.)

“I have never met Congressman Weiner, though I am a fan,” she told the New York Daily News over the weekend. “I’ve never been to New York or to D.C.”

Cordova also addressed the fact she once Tweeted, “I wonder what my boyfriend @RepWeiner is up to,” explaining that it was a joke.

“I have seen myself labeled as the ‘Femme Fatale of Weinergate,’ ‘Anthony Weiner’s 21-year-old coed mistress’ and ‘the self-proclaimed girlfriend of Anthony Weiner,'” she told the Daily News in the statement. “All of this is so outlandish that I don’t know whether to be pissed off or amused.”

Frankly (giggles), I’m pretty sure this is a total non-story, and likely some perv’s idea of a humorous prank to play on a United States Congressman with an equally humorous last name; OR…it could very well be the GOP’s riposte to the Christopher Lee (also a Congressman from New York) Craigslist conundrum…Hmm.

At any rate, although through no fault of his own, I’d hope that with a last name like Weiner, Anthony will do everything in his power going forward to keep his privates (or reprobate privates disguised as his) out of the press!

I’m also going to need his twitter handlers to be more vigilant!  Sheesh.

Yes, Technology WILL Be The End of Us Silly Head!

24 May

Okay, I’ll admit it…with the frequency in which software and technology developers churn out their “new and improved, must have” products (here’s looking at the Apple iPad Irish Twins), it kind of is a good idea for a major retailer like Best Buy to create programs that give us consumers a few of our pennies back when it comes time to upgrade to the latest and greatest.

Still, you guys know me!  I am absolutely tripping at the (hilarious, but demonstrable) buffoonery of Best Buy’s latest Buy Back Program commercial.  Specifically, the heavily caricatured Mad Black Woman.  I mean, why does she have to be that upset over a BlackBerry Torch?  To me, the only thing she has a right to be angry about is whatever that is that’s taken up residence atop her head and isn’t paying rent!

Just Sayin’

2011 Euro-Tour: O’bama Wows on The Emerald Isle

23 May

It was a day of photo-ops, t-shirt sales and pint upon pints of libations; yet the scene wasn’t that of an ultimate Euro rave, but instead the result of The Leader of The Free World returning home to his roots, so to speak.

Relishing a superstar ovation, President and First Lady Obama were warmly welcomed and embraced in Ireland while visiting the island nation as part of The POTUS’s six-day, four-country European tour. His itinerary will also include visits to England, France and Poland.

In Dublin today, Obama spoke to a crowd of nearly 25,000 people in what was described as a “campaign styled” speech, to praise the long-standing relationship that Ireland has cultivated with The United States, and stated further that his travel to the country was designed to “reaffirm those bonds of affection.”

And although it is understood that the President’s European excursion will serve as an international platform to express his views and cement his position on the global economy, the uproarious Arab Spring and to (no doubt) strategically execute a bit of intercontinental campaigning in preparation for 2012, to the Irish people, today’s stop-through by the President seemed more about familial comraderie than politics.

Visiting Moneygall (a village just between Dublin and Limerick, determined to be the likely birthplace of the president’s great-great-great grandfather before his migration to America in 1850) The Obamas briefly dropped by a pub to converse with residents and partake of the local brew.

“[Guinness] tastes so much better here than it does in the States. You’re keeping all the best stuff here.”

But amidst the good time, revelry and hearty swigging, Mr. Obama pulled out a wad of cash and left the pub owner and patrons with some humorous, yet politically significant parting words:

“I just want you to know the president pays his bar tab.”

With the POTUS exhibiting such strong feelings about satisfying a tavern debt, one has to wonder if in the months to come and with an election on the horizon, the president will be focusing just as intently and working with effective leaders on ways to repair the global economy and rectify our own national financial woes?

Drop it, That’s NOT Hot!

22 May

…Here we go again!

While the promotional tactic of correlating brand names with popular music is not a new one, it once again seems that some of the advertising execs and marketing geniuses of the world have decided that the quickest and most effective way to establish brand recognition is to associate their client’s product with admittedly popular, but suggestive lyrics from the Hip-Hop genre.

Within the past decade for instance, it was first Pepsi and Ludacris, then Fergie, The Black Eyed Peas’ front woman and Dr. Pepper.  Now, Sun Drop (yeah, I had to look up what that was too) has commissioned for their commercials with the help of one of Snoop Dogg’s biggest hits, the behind-popping and dropping services of a young woman who by all accounts looks as though she is perfecting her moves for her Spring Break trip to Cabo San Lucas next year.

But while the sheer idiocy of associating dropping it with a carbonated beverage in this commercial is sort of humorous to watch, the message that is being conveyed is, at least for me, a bit disconcerting.  It is certainly one thing to push the envelope in order to draw ones attention to an advertised product, albeit in a shocking and buffoonish way, but to then encourage consumers to send in videos of themselves booty-quaking it (though not seen above in the edited version) while drinking a refreshing can of Sun Drop Soda hardly seems a responsible marketing strategy to endorse.  And when my elementary school-aged kids are watching the Harry Potter Weekend Marathon on ABC Family when this idiotic commercial airs and I am left to explain how inappropriate making it clap as an entertainment mechanism is (especially in relation to soda, for Jeebus’ sake), Sun Drop…we have a problem!

Let’s just say that Sun Drop and their manufacturers, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group don’t ever have to concern themselves with my patronage.

Caption This: Caught Up In The Rapture?

22 May

Seeing as how I didn’t post yesterday, did you miss me? Were you concerned?

Well don’t fret, that’s just a little Anita Baker playing in the background and this is just me air-drying the kids’ clothes after they ran through the neighbor’s sprinklers!

The End of The World Is Saturday? Wait, What About My Hair Appointment?

20 May

Okay, Okay. There is nothing funny about getting left behind after The Rapture or forgoing “Glory” for a fresh doobie wrap, but the idea that the End of Days has been accurately calculated by Christians, religious zealots and prophetic believers, when The Bible clearly states that only God knows when the finale of humanity will occur (the unabridged version can actually be found in Matthew 24:36) seems more than a little presumptuous, don’tcha think?  But admittedly, with wars, rumors of wars, an uncivilized civilization and more times than not, the vile intentions of mankind, it’s really not difficult to see why those known as the religious extreme would yearn for the end of the world and a celestial do-over.

Still, for as much repenting, forgiving, penance and The Lord’s Prayer incanting that will be offered up between now and tomorrow, there are still those too worried about the almighty dollar to be concerned with eternal damnation.  While trolling the net today, I came across everything from websites advertising End of The World Sales to Judgment Day Craigslist posts.  And though I was wholly amused by some atheists affording believers the opportunity to “Go with God” unencumbered by offering to buy their worldly possessions and the plethora of discounted “Darn, I Slept Through Judgment Day” tees, just know that tonight I’ll be saying a little prayer or two and cancelling my hair appointment…you know, just in case.

The WINNING Ingredient: Ashton Kutcher?

19 May

Nope, you’re not being Punk’d; Charlie’s out and Ashton’s officially in!

Months after going toe-to-toe with the most obstinate warlock on television and being verbally molliwopped in the media by said necromancer, the suits over at CBS finally decided to put the self-proclaimed descendant of Adonis (and those of us who’ve suffered through his viral rants for the last several months) out of his misery and exact a do-over of sorts on the set of their mega show, “Two and a Half Men”.

Well, wait.  A do-over would imply that Kutcher is coming in as the new and improved Charlie Francis Harper, complete with younger features and taller countenance.  Yeah, no. I don’t think any of the TAAHM faithful would appreciate or even accept that bait and switch.  So what exactly do Chuck Lorre and the writers have planned for Ashton and the gang, and how do they plan to seamlessly write-out Charlie?  No one seems to know for sure except Lorre, and if he remains this tight-lipped until the season premiere, I am sure the anticipation alone will drive another season of record setting viewership for the CBS hit series.

But in the case of television switcheroo’s, this matter with an ousted Sheen in favor of a newer (sometimes, fresher) face really got me to thinking about some other sitcom/primetime swaps that were everything from spot on, to WTH!?!?!?  Do you agree with my list?

  1. Fresh Prince of Bel Air – With the birth of Little Nicky, Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert, then Daphne Maxwell Reid) returned in the 4th Season not only with a new attitude, but a completely new look. Will Smith and company weren’t even subtle about the switch in actresses, as evidenced by Jeff’s declaration, “[Mrs. Banks] ever since you had that baby, there’s something different about you” before being customarily launched out the front door by Uncle Phil.
  2. My Wife & Kids – In the premiere season, Michael and Jay’s eldest daughter Claire (Jazz Raycole) was a pretty coffee-colored beauty. Come season two, while still beautiful, Claire (Jennifer Freeman) was more coffee con leche. I blame puberty.
  3.  CSI – I don’t care what was going on in “real life;”  the idea of killing off Warwick Brown (Gary Dourdan) from Vegas’ Crime Scene Investigators Unit had me weeping, penning letters to the writers and rocking back and forth while balled up in the fetal position.  What a travesty to write out such a scrumptious piece of eye candy beloved character; travesty, I say!
  4. Girlfriends  – I was literally glued to my television set when Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Toni (Jill Marie Jones) fell out after Joan missed Toni’s custody hearing; so much so that I didn’t think I was going to survive waiting through reruns and four months for the Season 7 premiere.  Then came the writer’s strike.  Then came word that Jones would not be reprising her role as Toni Childs Garrett.  Then came the sucky story lines, and Girlfriends was never the same.
  5. Family Matters – In probably the rudest television sitcom ejection I have ever witnessed, the Family Matters writers to this day, should be ashamed at their lazy dismissal of Jaimee Foxworth.  I mean, we all watched Judy prance up the stairs of the Winslow Residence one day, and she never came down again.  Not a replacement, not a storyline communicating that she’d been sent off to boarding school or Madame Deveraux’s  School for Wayward Girls, just gone without a trace! Her disappearance from the show was a real Milk Carton moment! SMH
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