May 13th, 2009



  • 11:29 On my Barnes & Noble receipt: "A MEMBER WOULD HAVE SAVED 0.80." Now THERE'S an incentive to join! #
  • 15:35 I guess I sometimes give people too much credit. #
  • 18:29 We got to hear Hannity interview Carrie Prejean on the radio. #
  • 18:30 She's apparently some people's hero, a dumb answer at a beauty pageant, I guess. #
  • 18:30 Frankly, I'm surprised Hannity was willing to interview someone with a French last name. #
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Prejean and Postjean - I've written a few tweets on the Miss California debacle, but I figured it was too late for an entire post about it to be relevant. After all, she didn't win, and would presumably have been disqualified if she had. But that's before I heard Sean Hannity interviewing her last night, saying that she was a hero to a lot of conservatives. Really? They must be hard pressed for heroes if their choice is a beauty pageant contestant who can't string together a simple sentence. From the convoluted way she phrased her answer, I'm not sure how anyone could even tell she WAS being bigoted. Her answer was, "Well, I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there, but that's how I was raised, and that's how I think it should be between a man and a woman." If she thinks gay marriage should be illegal, then how would the United States be "a land where you can choose"? And the "in my family" almost seems like she's saying it's okay to be gay as long as you're not related to her, which is a disturbingly common opinion. Hannity praised her for giving an answer that wasn't politically correct, but I think he has that totally backwards. As stupidly phrased as her answer was, the sentiment is basically the same as what you hear from most politicians who aren't either self-admitted fundamentalists or liberals painted by their colleagues and the media as too radical. How many times have you heard something like, "I favor civil unions, but not gay marriage"? Somehow, fundamentalist Christians have managed to convince the political establishment that they (the fundamentalists) have a trademark on the word "marriage." I think things are slowly changing for the better, but for the time being, Prejean's answer essentially IS the safe one. I think there really isn't anything left to do with this story than to wait until Miss Prejean has her first lesbian affair, but I'll admit that the notion of "opposite marriage" sparks my sense of whimsy, as does the name "Prejean."

Shipshape and Bristol Fashion - So, first I heard that Bristol Palin came out as saying abstinence-only education doesn't work, and now I hear that she's become a spokesperson for it? Can anyone explain this to me? Considering that it has to do with the Palin family, probably not. I'm sure it will do wonders for little Tripp's self-esteem to be used as a negative example. Apparently he's a blessing, but she would have preferred having him at a different time. Sorry, but I don't think that's how reproduction works.

Persian Cowboy vs. Schizo Redneck - Okay, so I think this story really IS yesterday's news, but I didn't get a chance to watch Jian Ghomeshi interview Billy Bob Thornton until fairly recently. It's kind of sad that this is the first time I've heard of Jian doing anything in years, and he's just the straight man for a guy who pretends to be a schizophrenic because his ego isn't being properly stroked. Come on, the guy dated Angelina Jolie, so he's pretty much guaranteed to have some screws loose, right? The thing is, I'm actually in favor of nonsensical interviews, but I prefer it when someone acts whimsical out of a sense of fun, rather than because they're a self-absorbed jerk.

Simulated Obsolescence - While the official release date isn't until the beginning of next month, I've heard that at least one store is now stocking The Sims 3. I've actually had a desire to play The Sims 2 again, but I'm not, because I know it's more of a time devourer than the main enemy in Chrono Cross. But now I almost feel like I'd be playing an obsolete game if I DID get back into it. I guess I'm letting the power of advertising get to me, aren't I? But anyway, it kind of bothers me that The Sims 2 basically supplanted the first Sims, because it was an improved version of the same game, and the fact that you couldn't transfer Sims over meant that all the time you spent on the first game essentially came to naught. And I assume it's going to be the same way with The Sims 3, right?