Thursday, January 31, 2008

I heard about this while listening to Frangela

on KTLK AM 1150: Al Gore endorses gay marriage.




If we can all reminisce about my musings during August of last year, I think we'll all understand why I really can't vote for anyone in the California primary now. At least John Edwards cared about poor people, and I'm poor. The remaining Democratic candidates are essentially the same person with different baggage. Ooh, and one is called "assertive" while the other is called "mean." I'll let you figure that one out on your own.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Where has Elijah gone?


And how did the photographer make him look tall?

Anyhoodle, the following article immediately made me think of Stephanie:
Shia LaBeouf Models the Latest in Cow Couture, on Towelroad via Defamer.

btw, Holes is on The Disney Channel right now. I know!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Canadians and Mondays



(Reference at 4:53.)

In case the video goes away, Russell Peters informs the Def Comedy Jam audience that some white guy (and his friends) in Boston calls black people "Mondays." Why? "'Cause nobody likes Mondays."

Which leads me to this article from Feministe: But some of my best friends are Canadian!, by Jill.

How about these racists stop coming up with labels like "urban" or "well-mannered" or "tall" to discriminate against black people, and instead use that wasted energy to better themselves and get a job?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Things I liked this week


Jokes that objectify women, by Matsu at media girl.

Let She Who Is Without Period Stains Throw The First Tampon, by Margaret Cho at The Huffington Post, via Feministing.

The Slut on Gossip Girl, by Jessica Wakeman at The Huffington Post, via Feministe.

Know Your Limit . . . For Rape?, by Cara at The Curvature, via Feministing.

Montana, nation's least-black state, confronts issues on MLK Day, by Rob Chaney at Billings Gazette, via Racialicious.

How would Chris Matthews sound if he talked to men like he talks to women?, by Hart Seely at Slate, via Feministing.

Also, I am now cross-posting my relevant musings at BlogHer.com, so tell your friends in China!

Happy reading!

Update 1/28/2008 - I forgot this one:

That fragile male ego, by media girl at media girl. including privilege, a poem for men who don't understand what we mean when we say they have it, by D. A. Clarke.

. . . privilege is being
smiled at all day by nice helpful women, it is
the way you pass judgment on their appearance with magisterial authority,
the way you face a judge of your own sex in court and
are over-represented in Congress and are not strip searched for a traffic ticket
or used as a dart board by your friendly mechanic, privilege
is seeing your bearded face reflected through the history texts
not only of your high school days but all your life, not being
relegated to a paragraph
every other chapter, the way you occupy
entire volumes of poetry and more than your share of the couch unchallenged,
it is your mouthing smug, atrocious insults at women
who blink and change the subject -- politely -- privilege
is how seldom the rapist's name appears in the papers
and the way you smirk over your PLAYBOY . . .

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

This reminds me of that South Park episode


when either Stan or Kyle goes the goth kids' table and asks them about death, since they've chosen "the dark side" to define their collective personality. But the goth kids don't really know about death; it's just a trend that they are following to be "different".

Warner Bros. Left With A Major 'Dark Knight' Marketing Problem, from Defamer.

And so, with two days to let the devastating news sink in, Variety now asks the inevitable question of what's to be done with Heath Ledger's final projects--the wrapped The Dark Knight, and Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus . . .

As we pointed out on Tuesday, The Dark Knight's focuses squarely and gruesomely on Ledger's chillingly effective performance as The Joker, providing an unwelcome creative predicament for WB's marketing czar . . .


I am not fully aware of the story being told in this latest installment of the Batman movies. But if I can tell anything from the poster featured in the Defamer article, The Dark Knight is supposed to be super creepy due in large part to Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker. Now the gang at Warner Bros. is faced with the fact that the grotesque, macabre nature of their original marketing plan can't begin to compare with the disturbing reality: a successful young actor dying of a self-induced drug overdose before that actor had even reached his peak.

That said, let's move on to my favorite comments.

JupiterSpaw says:

Nolan in post-production reintroduces secondary villain previously left on the cutting-room floor: The enigmatic Quantum Solace!


which is a reference to this latest casualty of the writers' strike: Producers Decide 'Bond 22' Not Catchy Enough, Decide To Go With 'Quantum of Solace'.

Now for more comments.

Her Royal Empress Dr. Bufflekins III, Esq. says:

Seems like a great opportunity for the project to scale back the Hollywood hard-on for marketing everything within an inch of its life until I can't imagine wanting to see it anymore . . .


BonnieGrrl makes way too much sense by saying:

This might sound crazy -- but why not just put Batman on all the posters again? Too simple?


To see what SteamyMcFirecrotch said to give me the most inappropriate of church giggles all day, you can click here.

FYI, the Batman featured above is George Clooney, circa 1997.

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Now I can't vote for anyone in the primary.


Kucinich Drops Out, The Nation via Yahoo! News. Emphases mine.

. . . [Dennis Kucinich] has been a forceful critic of the Bush Administration, opposing the Patriot Act and spearheading the motion to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. He is the only candidate to have voted against the Iraq War in 2003 and has voted against funding it ever since. Of all the serious candidates, only he and Governor Bill Richardson propose a full and immediate withdrawal from Iraq. And only Kucinich's plan sets aside funds for reparations. Moreover, Kucinich has used his presidential campaigns to champion issues like cutting the military budget and abolishing nuclear weapons; universal, single-payer healthcare; campaign finance reform; same-sex marriage and an end to the death penalty and the war on drugs. A vote for him would be a principled one [despite what my friends and associates have said]. But for reasons that have to do with the corrupting influence of money and media on national elections as well as with his campaign's shortcomings--such as its failure to organize a grassroots base of donors and web activists--a democratic mass movement has not coalesced around Kucinich's run for President.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"It's like a Gen-X 'Murder, She Wrote'."


You remember that Law & Order: CI episode I mentioned yesterday? Here's the episode's short thread on the TWoP Forums. It contains a few inappropriately humorous comments involving confusion:

That was Ethan Embry? What happened?


KFC references:

he still looked like "original recipe" Ethan Embry in [Sweet Home Alabama]


and telling observations:

Brad Renfro is police custody on both TV and in real life. He must have graduated from the Robert Downey, Jr. School of Method Acting.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

But I haven't gotten past Mr. Renfro yet



This is what greeted me on the Yahoo! front page this afternoon:

Heath Ledger found dead.

Shocked, I had to confirm this news with the most accurate source, Defamer:

Breaking: Heath Ledger is Dead. OMFG.


Then it was official.

In a twist of weirdness, this is the aforementioned episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that I'm watching on USA right now. Ethan Embry is in the episode too. Score! Though he needs to do some cardio. Ethan's still okay, right?

FYI, I was going to put up the opening scene of 10 Things in which Allison Janney calls Heath "kangaroo boy." Then the bleacher scene appeared. I'm still welling up. :(

Monday, January 21, 2008

My hands are clean, buddy.


Here is the selection of Barack Obama's recent speech at Dr. Martin Luther King's old church that had me yelling at Stephanie Miller and the people who called in to support her and Senator Obama's assertions, emphases mine:

For most of this country’s history, we in the African American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system and in our criminal justice system.

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.


Someone needs to watch Jesus Camp and Friends of God, because almost every person featured in those documentaries about crazy Evangelical Christians was white. I don't remember hearing about Black Friends of God. I don't remember the Congressional Black Caucus running on platforms of bigotry towards the LGBT community. I don't remember any black governors or senators pushing to build a fence along the US/Mexico border to keep those immigrants from "taking our jobs." I don't recall any black lawmakers even talking about Judaism, much less calling for the persecution of people who practice a certain religion, or suggesting that an elected member of Congress needs to prove his allegiance to America. I believe that the most notable people who are committed to keeping non-straight, non-American, non-Christian individuals out of the US are all white dudes. I would link, but do I really need to? I think not.

I wonder why I can't think of a bunch of black people in charge who are perpetrating institutionalized hatred and discrimination. Maybe if there were more black people running our government, more than six non-white current US Senators, or more than five black US Senators over the entire history of our country, maybe then we could get a real grasp on taking down other oppressed groups.

"They're not talking about me . . . right?"


(Reference appears at about 3:40. NSFW, as Michael found out.)

(Cross posted at BlogHer.com.)

I just finished watching Superbad this morning. I rented the movie with the impression that it wouldn't be as bad as I had made it out to be. I thought to myself, Maybe my friends are right. Maybe Superbad was "so funny". Maybe it was really a story about the relationship between two high school boys who are best friends. Maybe the message is actually about "respecting women."

Yeah, no. Not only do I stand behind everything I have ever said about Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Knocked Up and Superbad, I am now saying that I was being kind. The statement that I made on Feministe about last week's episode of Gossip Girl applies to Superbad as well: it was at best lazy writing and at worst both dangerous and insulting to their audience.

I could go into detail about how my assertions about the movie were correct: almost every female character was depicted as a potential sperm receptacle; every main character was a white male, and almost every supporting character was white; almost every person who speaks in the movie was white. But those realities only served to set up a context for my disgust.

Here is the premise of the movie: two teenage boys hatch a plan to acquire alcoholic beverages so that they can get two girls drunk and have sex with them.

Here is an excerpt from Section 261 of the California Penal code:

261. (a) Rape is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of the perpetrator, under any of the following circumstances:

  • (3) Where a person is prevented from resisting by any intoxicating or anesthetic substance, or any controlled substance, and this condition was known, or reasonably should have been known by the accused.


In case you haven't connected those dots yet, in California, where the movie was filmed, if you have sexual intercourse with someone you know is drunk, you can be charged with rape. Also, as I initially learned when I was leading the first-year Summer Orientation program at my university, it does not matter if you are drunk as well. If the person you have sex with is drunk, you can be charged with rape.

Even if that were not the law in California, WTF, dude? How are you going to make a mainstream movie about trying to get girls drunk so you can have sex with them? I don't care how the movie ended. I don't care that the two main characters realize that they love each other. I don't care how funny Seth Rogen thinks he is. I don't even care about the "vag-tastic" porn featured in the first scenes. I don't care that the writers created this script when they were thirteen; they are grown men now: have some perspective, idiots.

The entire time I was watching Superbad, two things were in my head. The first was certain friends of mine, all female, partially or wholly defended this movie after they saw it. These people also make up most of my readership, so, Hello friends! I have also listen to these same people make the following complaints:

  • Why can't I get respect from the people in charge who are mostly men?

  • Why isn't my female-dominated section of my industry taken seriously?

  • Why can't I be accurately represented in the media?

  • Why won't anyone hire me even though I'm obviously talented, experienced and eager?

  • Why aren't more women feminists?


These same people then called Superbad "hilarious" and "surprisingly sweet", because the movie had "jokes" and the two main characters were nice to their objects of prey in the final scene. However, having Michael Cera's character Evan raising a toast to "respecting women" while he's trying to hook up with a fallen-down drunk Becca was akin to D.W. Griffith inserting a clip of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech in the middle of Birth of a Nation. Both situations are ridiculous, and the latter is anachronistic.

Almost every verbal insult spewed in the movie involved attacking the other person's masculinity by accusing them of not having a penis, being a gay male, being a woman or being a vagina. The loathing of anything female became more palpable as we learned about Bill Hader's character's ex-wife, who was an actual whore when he married her. But it was Jonah Hill's "Seth" who took the cake by openly lusting for his best friend's mother; repeatedly calling Becca "a bitch" because she told their elementary school teacher about his penis drawings; and losing his mind when the adulterous stranger Seth was grinding on menstruated on his leg. The people who created this movie--the directors, the writers and the producers--clearly have a simultaneous hatred, fear and ignorance of women, quite possibly due to their respective painful adolescences. But I repeat: you all are grown men now. Don't just regurgitate your teenage fantasies on to the screen. Reflect on your thoughts and feelings with an adult mindset, then film them.

So to answer your questions, friends, this is part of the reason you are having trouble gaining success and respect. Misogyny is acceptable and encouraged in our media because it's "funny." Just because you personally can deconstruct a highly flawed movie like Superbad in your minds by separating stereotypical images from appropriate behavior in reality, does not mean that the rest of the movie's audience can. They can't even conceive of that notion. For many of the viewers--both men and women, both boys and girls--that movie is reality. To them, all girls dress like prostitutes and therefore should be ogled; girls are always naturally lubricated; girls are stupid enough to believe that a pre-pubescent teenage boy is really a 25-year old Hawaiian man with a singular name more unbelievable than Sting, and will then inexplicably have sex with said boy; girls love to get drunk, strip for you, and offer you "blow-Js"; and, if you fail to get a girl drunk to have sex with her and tell her this, she'll probably still be your girlfriend, even if you have no redeeming qualities.

The second thing I was constantly thinking about was American Pie. Same general premise, with the following notable exceptions:

  1. There is no significant impetus to get anyone's sexual partner intoxicated.

  2. The female characters do not need a male chaperon during their scenes. They can just talk to each other if they want. They also have distinct personalities and goals.

  3. The male characters in American Pie are way better looking than the male characters in Superbad. I mean, really. You can even leave Seann William Scott and Chris Klein out of the equation, and the comparison remains striking.

That ends my Superbad rant for now. Onto Barack Obama.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fried chicken tacos


Obama and the Latino Vote in the NY Times, by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, at Multiplicative Identity, via Feministe.


. . . There are many things to admire about the New York Times. A complex and nuanced understanding of the vast diversity of Latino America is not among those things.

In a story on page A1 of the Times yesterday, reporters Adam Nagourney and Jennifer Steinhauer stated that Latinos are not going to support Senator Barack Obama in his bid for the White House because, “in Obama’s pursuit of Latinos, race plays a role.” In other words, they said that Latinos would not vote for a black man, and backed it up with nothing other than a couple of anecdotal quotes from random Latinos in Los Angeles.

The sloppy, inaccurate story goes on for 32 agonizing paragraphs, using the terms “black” and “Latino” as though they were mutually exclusive – which they are not. Historians estimate that 95 percent of the African slave trade to the Americas took place in Latin America.

To this day, the vast majority of people in the African diaspora live south of the U.S. border, in Latin American countries from Brazil to Colombia to Cuba and, yes, even Mexico. The song "La Bamba," in fact, was brought to the Veracruz region of Mexico by Africans enslaved to the Spanish. The song likely has roots in the Bembe (Bantu) culture from what is now the Congo. This is only a stone's throw, geographically, from the Kenya of Obama's father's birth.

How quickly we forget in this country. How brutally we refuse to learn . . .

That's been bugging me too. What also has been chapping my hide is the incessant drumbeat of the mainstream media insisting that black people and women are also mutually exclusive voting blocs. After listening to the cable "news" outlets and reading the major national publications--all of which are owned by corporate oligarchies--one would come to the following conclusions about the 2008 Presidential election as well:

  • Older women are voting for Hillary Clinton because they felt sorry for her after she cried.
  • Older black people are voting for Hillary Clinton because they want Bill Clinton back in the White House, while younger black people are voting for Barack Obama because he's younger and he gives them hope.
  • Hispanic and Latino voters are all Spanish-speaking immigrants who live near the border of Mexico or in Spanish Harlem or in East LA, and they are all voting for Hillary Clinton because they don't like black Barack Obama.
  • White people all over the country tell pollsters they will vote for Barack Obama, but "will secretly vote for John McCain" or some other white candidate. Why? Because either they want to impress the person doing the poll and appear "open-minded" by voting for the black guy, or they don't know that in their hearts, they are really racists.
  • Barack Obama will never win the South because the South is where all racists live. No racists live anywhere else in the United States, no nonwhite people live in the South, and every white person in the South is a racist.
  • Americans are not concerned with any current events or issues like the illegal occupation of Iraq, health care, the current recession, education, the mortgage crisis or the rising cost of living. Americans are only voting for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, or for Barack Obama because he is black. Americans are only concerned with making the 2008 Presidential election a historical event because they could choose the first President who is not a white male.
  • There are only two people who can become President: Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. There are people running on the Republican side, but no one really cares about them because they are too old, too stupid, too racist, too Mormony, too lazy, too into 9/11, or too . . . wait, who are you again? Oh.
  • John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich do not exist. In the Democratic primaries, people are voting for Barack Obama because they don't like women, or they are voting for Hillary Clinton because they don't like black people. There are no white men in the Democratic party running for President, so they must vote for Senator Clinton or Senator Obama.


Happy voting! Also, watch the Congressional Black Caucus Democratic debate on Monday night!

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Here's what I've wanted to say to the writers



since they first went on strike. But not to the gentleman featured above, because he's old, and he looks like he needs a hug:

Fringe Theory - Why We Don't Need the Man
, by Angela Robinson, at AfterEllen.com.

We have the power now. We have the tools of creation and the means to distribute our work. We don't have to beg for scraps and try to cross over. We can make our own stuff and let them come over here if they want. In fact, let's break down this here and there crap and just make great, fun, moving, hilarious, intense, bold work. It'll work if we support each other and talk to each other, say on sites like this, right now. The gatekeepers are dying, slowly but surely, and now is the time for the artist to talk directly to the audience, without the middleman. And everybody can be an artist, not just the people on the panel, but each and every one of the people in the audience.


I keep wondering why the WGA members don't use all this free time to create their own network. I get StrikeTV, but seems like, "You almost got it people. Now keep going."

I think much of the problem is the sentiment that Brian Palmer expresses in his post on RaceWire, Writers Strike, But Hollywood Holds on to Shopworn Stereotypes. Latoya Peterson also discusses this in her Racialicious post, Notes on Fostering Activism - Bringing Our Voices to the Page, Stage, and Screen.

Most of the successful members of the WGA, and almost of the people running the WGA are white and male. They seem shocked and appalled that the AMPTP, another group almost entirely made up of white males, won't give them their four cents. This situation reminds me of something Ruby Dee talked about with Alicia Keys in their Iconoclasts special on Sundance Channel. She was recalling the Hollywood blacklisting of . . . a long time ago, and how the white actors were all distraught and causing themselves personal harm because they couldn't get work. But the black actors could never get work in Hollywood anyway because they were black. So the white actors (yes, all of them) moved out to New York and did theater with the black people, according to Ruby Dee. You'll have to watch the episode to feel the gravitas that Ruby Dee brings to that history lesson, because when I write about it, the story reads like I'm drunk.

Anyhoo, the point is that there need to be more nonwhite, nonmale people running the media. However, I'm not sure that Tyra is the answer:


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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Look, look, look!



Steve the Penguin
is now "In Stock" at Amazon.com! So order away!

Even more exciting is the SEARCH INSIDE!™ feature that is now available on Amazon. You can search inside the book, read the Table of Contents and peruse a short excerpt. Fun!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Big Update:

For those of you readers who are frustrated that the Steve the Penguin book is "temporarily out of stock" at Amazon.com, fear not! More copies are on the way.

You can also purchase individual autographed copies at The Official Steve the Penguin bookstore. It's the same book at the same price with a personalized note from me inside! Just type the message you would like inscribed in the Special Instructions box when you check out.

If you have any questions, leave a comment here, or send a email to mrjmedia [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

You know it's time for the Writers' Strike to end...


. . . when a description of tonight's episode of your new favorite show includes the phrase, "after a psychiatrist has been raped in a crack house," and your first thought is, "I've seen that one already."

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I don't know how many times


I watched The Client when I was thirteen years old. I was just fascinated by the film's young debut star. I even watched the movie in French on a cruise ship. So while the following news isn't exactly a shock to me, it's still sad (via Defamer):


TMZ is reporting that Brad Renfro, star of Apt Pupil and The Client, passed away earlier today at his Los Angeles home at the age of 25. The cause of death is still unknown.


With the teen idols of my youth slowly dropping like flies, I must insist that someone inform me on the status of Joshua Jackson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Josh Hartnett, anyone beginning with J. I'm pretty sure Mr. Gordon-Levitt is still alive and kicking. And Joey Lawrence is almost as dedicated to fame-whoring as Mr. Singing Bee is. So those three should be okay

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

I Remember!


Here's what was making me giggle yesterday: Adrian Grenier [Verbed] The [Noun] Out Of Our Commenters, from Defamer.

And subsequently the comments that follow this: Foxy Brown's Latest Victim Brilliantly Articulates Our Feelings About Celebrity, from Gawker.

Here's what's making me giggle, nay guffaw, right now: Frangela on KTLK AM 1150.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Sunshine and Rain



(I heart Psych.)


Things that made me upset this week:

The CW's views on the roles of young women in society, as featured on Wednesday episode of Gossip Girl (at 3:23).



If you can't see the video, of if The CW has snatched it off of YouTube, here's what the closeted attempted-rapist said to the recently-dethroned Queen B:

"You held a certain fascination when you were beautiful, delicate, and untouched. But now you’re like one of the Arabians my father used to own: Rode hard and put away wet. I don’t want you now and I don’t see why anyone else would."


As I told Carrie on South Dakota Dark, Chuck's pot needs to meet Blair's kettle.

Talk about "rode hard and put away wet." Or in his case, "put away in a gay closet." What Pandora's Box of STDs is that boy dragging around in his pants?


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What is wrong with Gloria Steinem?

. . . Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life, whether the question is who must be in the kitchen or who could be in the White House. This country is way down the list of countries electing women and, according to one study, it polarizes gender roles more than the average democracy.

That’s why the Iowa primary was following our historical pattern of making change. Black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot, and generally have ascended to positions of power, from the military to the boardroom, before any women (with the possible exception of obedient family members in the latter) . . .

. . . So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one? The reasons are as pervasive as the air we breathe: because sexism is still confused with nature as racism once was; because anything that affects males is seen as more serious than anything that affects “only” the female half of the human race; because children are still raised mostly by women (to put it mildly) so men especially tend to feel they are regressing to childhood when dealing with a powerful woman; because racism stereotyped black men as more “masculine” for so long that some white men find their presence to be masculinity-affirming (as long as there aren’t too many of them); and because there is still no “right” way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what . . .


No wonder so many progressive non-white women don't consider themselves feminists.

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I didn't know 30 Rock was on last night, and I missed it. :(

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Janet Jackson's video for her new single, "Feedback." I have been playing the song all day almost every day for the past month. But the video needs help. And more dancing.

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Things that made me happy this week:

My friend Chrissy saved this week's 30 Rock on her DVR, so now I can watch it this weekend.

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Psych is coming back tonight!

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I got a Hello Kitty calendar. It only took me a week to realize that I would need a new one for 2008.

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I'm sure some more good things happened, but I can't think of them at the moment.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Review #2: Penguin Boogaloo

It's my second review! Apparently someone is "fun and feisty." Thanks, Stephanie!

Big Pimpin', by Stephanie at Stephanie's Soap Box.

In other news, while you all are enjoying the ubiquitous Presidential Primary coverage, I turn your attention to the Tin Man and the blond woman with a penchant for pantsuits:

Monday, January 07, 2008

Last night on The L Word . . .



(The clip featured above is my favorite sequence from Season 4.)

How is it that Shane is completely self-destructive in every one of her relationships; Helena refuses to get herself out of jail by telling where she hid the money she stole from that scary gambler; Tina finally gave up men because she is fixated on Bette; a pushing-60 Phyllis thinks that she can do better than Joyce; yet Jenny is still the craziest person I have ever seen on TV? This includes the nutcases on every incarnation of the Law & Order franchise. And by "nutcases" I mean both "the police who investigate crime" and "the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders." Elliot and Olivia, I'm talking about you. Munch too. :)

If you missed the Season Five premiere, you can find the edited version here. For all the explicit behavior and conversation, you'll have to order Showtime from your cable provider.

Also, did y'all see the I Love New York 2 Reunion last night? "It" (scroll down to #4) is seriously giving Jenny a run for her money.

To my new readers, Welcome! Please leave comments!
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Saturday, January 05, 2008

It's my first review!

Steve The Penguin, by Veruca Salt at As humorous as your humerus.

How exciting!

The best part of my weekend:



The most ridiculous part of my weekend:

Bill Bennett Praises Obama For Not Acting Too Black, by Ken Layne at Wonkette.

"He has taught the black community you don’t have to act like Jesse Jackson, you don’t have to act like Al Sharpton."


Yes, this is the same Bill Bennett who said the following:

I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.


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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Big Announcement!


As some of you readers may know, I, Mahlena, have written my first book. It's called Steve the Penguin, just like this website. It's about Bianca Reagan Erin-Dempsey, the young, snarky pop culture enthusiast whom we all have come to love. The novel follows Bianca's journey home to the island of St. Thomas for her ten-year high school reunion. I'm self-publishing the book through the tiny company I started in 2007 called Mr. J Media. It's very exciting!

If you take a gander at the upper right corner of your screen, you can see that Steve the Penguin is now available from Amazon.com.

The book is also available at The Official Steve the Penguin Bookstore, which offers discounts for book clubs, and for bulk purchases of five (5) or more copies.

If you have any questions, or any marketing suggestions to offer, you can leave a comment here, or send an email to mrjmedia [at] gmail [dot] com.

Happy Reading!