Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Social Science At Its Best

Study: Tolerance Can Lower Gay Kids' Suicide Risk

by Joseph Shapiro

All Things Considered, December 29, 2008 · Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of suicide attempts — and some other health and mental health problems, including substance abuse. A new study suggests that parental acceptance, and even neutrality, with regard to a child's sexual orientation could have a big impact in reducing this rate.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the gay, lesbian and bisexual young adults and teens at the highest risk of attempting suicide and having some other health problems are ones who reported a high level of rejection by their families as a result of their sexual orientation.

"A little bit of change in rejecting behavior, being a little bit more accepting," says lead researcher Caitlin Ryan, "can make a significant difference in the child's health and mental health."

Ryan, director of Adolescent Health Initiatives at the Cesar Chavez Institute at San Francisco State University, and her researchers conducted lengthy interviews with more than 200 gay, lesbian and bisexual young adults. Ryan tried to judge whether, as adolescents, they had faced low, moderate or high levels of rejection from their families.

They found that kids who, by Ryan's measure, experienced high levels of rejection were nearly 8.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide. They were nearly six times more likely to report high levels of depression and almost 3.5 times more likely to use illegal drugs or engage in unprotected sex. That was compared with adolescents whose families may have felt uncomfortable with a gay kid, but were neutral or only mildly rejecting.

Acceptance Can Go A Long Way

Because the level of rejection is hard to measure, Ryan looked at things like whether the parents tried to get their children to change their sexual orientation, or tried to stop them from being with other gay kids.

"Parents thought that by trying to change them, that would make them happy. But actually it put their children at great risk," Ryan says. "When we shared that with parents, they were shocked."

The study shows that just a little bit of acceptance can go a long way. That's what has other health researchers excited about Ryan's work, says Effie Malley, a senior prevention specialist at the federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center in Newton, Mass.

Malley has done her own research and released another study this month that shows that gay teens have very high rates of suicide attempts. She says parents matter — and so do peers, teachers and society in general.

"What I'd like to see down the road," she says, "is that parents and people who work with families counseling them would really take to heart Ryan and her co-authors' research about not trying to change who the parents are or their beliefs, but just to help them to recognize the words they use and the actions that are harmful to their kids and to stop using those behaviors."

Mom Becomes An Advocate

Leonor Holmstrom of Los Angeles is a parent who has faced her own worries about having a gay child. She's an elegant 64-year-old with bright red lipstick and a ready laugh. She and her husband John went to Santa Rosa, Calif., Christmas week to visit their daughter Juliana, her partner and their two young children at a modest house tucked into a cul-de-sac, with colorful plastic toys across the small front lawn.

Fifteen years ago, after Juliana told her mother she was gay, Holmstrom figured she'd never have these grandchildren to spend Christmas with.

"I really didn't want her to be gay," Holmstrom says. At first, Holmstrom tried to hide that her daughter was gay from family and friends. Her church taught that homosexuality was a sin. She had a couple of friends who were gay whose lives, she says, were "disastrous." Mainly, she worried about her daughter's future.

At first, her daughter did suffer. She dropped out of college, dealt with depression and lived in poverty. But Holmstrom reached out to Juliana, who returned to college and then graduate school. Today, Holmstrom is close to her daughter, her daughter's partner and their family.

Now Holmstrom works as an advocate with PFLAG en Espanol, a group she helped start. She works with other Mexican-American and Latino parents of gay kids. The new research shows that gay males — particularly Latino males — report the highest levels of family rejection.

"I did a lot of things that I tell the mothers don't do, because I did them — and my daughter suffered because I did them," Holmstrom says. "She was acting like normal for her. And I think that's very damaging for a kid, because she's feeling one thing and you're telling her, 'Your feelings don't count or they're not right.' "

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

At the movies.

Every Christmas we go to Jason's parents and they have a whole new batch of "must see" movies on DVD for us to view. I thought I'd give them each a little review over the holiday weeks so that you know what to put in your Netflix rental queue during those cold S.A.D. months!

Let's start with this little gem.

Guys, if you haven't seen this yet you are in for a TREAT! You see, Matthew McCornholehey just can't commit!!! He can't do it! Maybe he's been hurt by his possibly African American fiancee' dying years ago? Maybe not. I don't want to spoil it. But dang it all if that grown man doesn't live with his PARENTS!!!! AND his dad is a football commenter! His parents are ready for some private Cialis moments so they hire Sarah "Tell us how old you are by stomping your leg" Broderick to get that boy oh you tea of the house! That's her job by the way. A professional get men to move out of their parents house-isiologist.

The funny thing is she accidentally falls in love with him! Oh don't worry.....he finds out her real ways and makes a big dinner to trick his parents and My Friend Flicka and really gives it to them. Kind of a waste of what looked like a gourmet dinner if you ask me but that's none of my business.

Anyway, I won't spoil the ending but let's just say you should get your hankies ready because I think a certain blond surfer boy MIGHT just finally let down his guard and let her in.

BONUS FEATURE: You see Terry Bradshaw's bare buttocks for a full 30 seconds. If THAT doesn't reel you in I guess you just hate film.

Stay tuned for a review of National Treasure 2! Guess what. Speaking of National Treasures, Nick Cage has still got it!

Can you dig it?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Charlie Bit My Finger

I know this shit is everywhere, but it's still awesome. and it could be Riff and Brendan as toddlers.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Photo Gallery

Here are some band pictures I took with my phone in 2008:


Red Red Meat

Randy Newman

Okkervil River

Headache City

Bon Iver

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Follow-up post!

While Googling potential images for the preceding post, I came across this little gem...

Happy Chrismakwanzukah!

This may be the best holiday song performance...ever.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Village Voice Worst Lyrics 2008 Competition

No RHCP Album Leaves The Title Wide Open......

ODB Bracket

1. The Killers “Human”
Lyrical line: Are we human / or are we dancer?

2. Weezer “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”
Lyrical line: You try to play it cool like you just don’t care / But soon I’ll be playin’ in your underwear.

3. Nickelback “Something In Your Mouth”
Lyrical line: You look so much cuter with something in your mouth.

4. Lady GaGa “Boys Boys Boys”
Lyrical line: Love it when you call me ‘Legs’ / In the morning buy me eggs.

5. The Streets “Alleged Legends”
Lyrical line: Do what you think’s right and you will feel all right / ‘Cause when you’re bad you will feel sad / That’s the religion I live by.

6. Usher “Trading Places”
Lyrical line: Skip dinner and gon’ rent a movie / You order Chinese food right before you do me.

7. Nas “My President Is Black”
Lyrical line: She ain’t a politician / Honey’s a pole-i-tician.

8. T-Pain “Therapy”
Lyrical line: I don’t need your sex / I’ll masturbate.

Bono Bracket

1. Lil Wayne “Dr. Carter”
Lyrical line: Swagger tighter than a yeast infection / Fly go hard like geese erection.

2. Metallica “Broken, Beat & Scarred”
Lyrical line: What don’t kill you make you more strong.

3. Kate Nash “Mariella”
Lyrical line: If I want to think / I’ll think with my head.

4. Katy Perry “Hot N Cold”
Lyrical line: You change your mind like a girl changes clothes / You PMS like a bitch / I would know.

5. Ne-Yo “So You Can Cry”
Lyrical line: I won’t attend your pity party / I’d rather go have calamari.

6. Lucinda Williams “Honey Bee”
Lyrical line: I’m so glad you stung me / Now I’ve got your honey / All over my tummy.

7. The Game “My Life”
Lyrical line: Hated on so much / Passion of Christ need a sequel.

8. Pharrell on Common’s “Announcement”
Lyrical line: My dick is like a Blow Pop, baby.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


How many of the (loosely defined) celebrities that Eva & I saw in L.A. can you name?

Bonus questions:

Which one did I go to high school with?
Where did we see the guy holding the CD?
Which guy was I too stoned to recognize?

Not pictured: our gracious hosts. Or Amy Brenneman, who was very pretty and nice.

Monday, December 15, 2008

I hate it when Pitchfork makes me laugh, but this one got me. Its from their 20 worst album covers of 2008 piece.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Simo's Soapbox

The papers keep talking about the "Shockingly Low" Blago approval rating of 8%. That means that 8 out of every 100 Illinois people actually of approve of the job he's doing as of this week? That seems shockingly high to me!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A price we can afford

Based on more bored perusal of the gov'ts case, I believe we can get rid of Blago for a lousy $250,000, probably less if we bargain hard.

In the documents, among many other wonderful things he says he 'does not want to be Governor for the next two years.”' and "... that he is interested in making $250,000" [a year].

That is just 2 cents for every person in illinois, for each year we pay him not to be the governor!

Round up to only adult taxpayers and it's probably still under a dime. After a year or so, he'll likely be in jail ... and we'll get the use of that dime back.

So he wants out, and his price isn't bleeping bad. Totally worth it.

My Competition

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blago Gone WILD

Some fave snippets from the 78-page Blago indictment:

90. Later on November 3, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH spoke with Advisor A.
By this time, media reports indicated that Senate Candidate 1, an advisor to the President-elect, was interested in the Senate seat if it became vacant, and was likely to be supported by the President-elect. During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated, “unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], shit, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH later stated, “I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I’m saying. And if I don’t get what I want and I’m not satisfied with it, then I’ll just take the Senate seat myself.” Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that the Senate seat “is a fucking valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”

92. On November 4, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH spoke with JOHN HARRIS
regarding the potential vacant Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that the “trick ... is how do you conduct indirectly...a negotiation” for the Senate seat. Thereafter, ROD BLAGOJEVICH analogized his situation to that of a sports agent shopping a potential free agent to various teams, stating “how much are you offering, [President-elect]? What are you offering, [Senate Candidate 2]?...Can always go to...[Senate Candidate 3].” Later ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that he will make a decision on the Senate seat “in good faith...but it is not coming for free...It’s got to be good stuff for the people of Illinois and good for me.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH states “[President-elect], you want it? Fine. But, its got to be good or I could always take [the Senate seat].”

96. On November 5, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with Advisor A about
the Senate seat. During the phone call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that the President-elect can remove somebody from a foundation and give the spot to ROD BLAGOJEVICH. In regards to the Senate seat, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”

101 c. ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another
consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.”

104. On November 11, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS
about the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH suggested starting a 501(c)(4)organization (a non-profit organization that may engage in political activity and lobbying) and getting “his (believed to be the President-elect’s) friend Warren Buffett or some of those guys to help us on something like that.” HARRIS asked, “what, for you?” ROD BLAGOJEVICH replied, “yeah.” Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that if he appoints Senate Candidate 4 to the Senate seat and, thereafter, it appears that ROD BLAGOJEVICH might get impeached, he could “count on [Senate Candidate 4], if things got hot, to give [the Senate seat] up and let me parachute over there.” HARRIS said, “you can count on [Senate Candidate 4] to do that.” Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”

and last, but not least:

73. In another call between ROD BLAGOJEVICH and Deputy Governor A that occurred a short time later on November 3, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH and Deputy Governor A discussed an editorial from the Chicago Tribune regarding the endorsement of Michael Madigan and calling for a committee to consider impeaching ROD BLAGOJEVICH. During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife can be heard in the background telling ROD BLAGOJEVICH to tell Deputy Governor A “to hold up that fucking Cubs shit. . . fuck them.”

Monday, December 8, 2008

DB of the Year, local edition

I mean sure print is dead, but the Tribune papers could be doing ok - they just don't make enough to cover all the money borrowed to pay the over-inflated price(s).

Update: Why it was a bad deal from the beginning.

Taking pleasure in others misfortune

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Battle of the Network D-Bags

Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay for copyright infringement. This would indicate he has a point:

Do Chrissy and Gwynnie listen to a lot of Satriani? Did he absorb the melody while browsing in a Limited Express? Is it possible that it's a coincidence (one that includes a 4-bar melodic phrase captured in its entirety, including key and tempo)?

And did he steal that jacket from the touring company of Les Miz?

Whaddya think? Best answer wins a kick in the yarblockos.

Friday, December 5, 2008

pursuant to the goat

Crescent, this will put our comments in the proper context....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Jerry Lewis Goat.

This goat sounds like a cantankerous old man and/or Jerry Lewis and it's making me laugh so hard that I LITERALLY had to step away from my desk. The ending is a dud but man....I can't take it when that goat starts a bleating.

Best Essay Ever

This essay was written by an 8th grader in Pittsburgh in the spring of
2004. The assignment was to pick an endangered species, and explain why
it's important to save it. The typos and formatting are preserved from
the original.

Richard XXXXXXXX Draft 2

I shouldn't do shit. I don't care about them they all
could die and it won't affect my life. I know a lot about them
but I don't need to think about them. They're just a waste of
time koalas are stupid they don't help me with shit so why
should I help them. If they all die there will be more room for
the panthers and all the other hard animals. Koalas are weak a
pit will get rid of their whole fucking family. That's why I
don't like koalas.
Koalas have sharp claws but they are weak. They all small
and fat and they be climing trees. I hope a storm just come
while theyjust chilling up in the tree thinking they is hard and
they're will all just fall off. They just break they neck and
shit. When they fall they claws are going to fall off and they
going to be crying like some little bitches.
Koalas aren't hard they some little bitches. They start
climbing up the tree soon as they see a deer from like 50feet
away. They stupid as hell they should put their brain in their
pouch and put the kid in they ten they're be able to think
better. They try to be in the fucking kangaroo family. They weak
as hell, talking bout they got a pouch a kangaroo so they their
cousins and shit. Kangaroo's have some big ass legs and whot do
a koala got? Some little ass legs, they tails is little and weak
as fuck kangaroo's got a big ass long tail that can kill a
fucking koala.
If a koala goes in the water it won't be able to breathe
with its little short ass. It'd fucking drown soon aas it take
one step into the water. While they at the river trying to get
something to drink a bear could just come to him and snatch its
ass up. It doesn't know protection because they don't have
protection. What they little ass going to do? It can't scratch
him. The bear will beat his fucking ass.
The important think about koalas is that just don't care
about tem and let them die by all the other animals in
Australia. They're not important just let nature do what it do
and kill them. Koalas do not have a place in this world there's
not enough room for all the bitches in this world. So let all
the koalas that's in the zoos and shit. Let them go and put them
back with their family. If you let them all go they won't
nothing except for that's what they was put in this world for.
Now you know why koalas aren't important. They have
nothing to do except for sitting around in the trees. It's like
they just was like they was sent have to die. Koalas don't do
nothing to help anybody. Thre would be just one more relative of
the kangaroo that will be six feet under. Now you know why
koalas are not important because there are dumb.

For David

Give it on up for Homelessville

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blowing Bongs in Antiquity

2700 Year Old Weed Stash Found

The Story

Do you have a favorite?

Simo's Self-Appointed Celebrity Mix

This past week I watched The China Syndrome on cable. For those who haven't seen it, its an excellent film about a nuclear reactor and associated issues from back in the seventies. Jack Lemon's performance is wonderfully over-the-top Jack Lemonish! I got a shock when I saw Michael Douglas, it was kind of like looking into a time warped mirror. MD has been an oft cited part of my brother Paul's CM since Wall Street, but I now have to add the seventies version to my own CM.

Any of the rest of you have any self-appointed CM elements we don't yet know about?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

900,000 Letters

Long Beach friends Kevin and Craig have organized a letter writing campaign
aimed at Howard Ahamanson, who contributed $900,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign. The idea is to send 900,000 letters to the home of Ahamanson decrying his funding of the proposition. You'll find a sample letter at the link below. If you like, feel free to cut and paste this message and link and e=mail it to all of your contacts and ask them to forward the email to all of their contacts.

Find A Sample Letter Here

If the link is ganked, try cutting and pasting:

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Twits the night before Thanksgiving

Special guest = dj alvysinger (aka the sweet dance).

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Food Pyramid.

So the main kid in this is one of my good friends (Eva and D he's the Levon guy from karoke). He's the kid having the nightmare in the beginning. It's his birthday and even though none of you know him I think we can all learn a little something from this educational video.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

dum dum dum dum dum dum dum ... duuuummm

(poster by chris)

Uke Galactica! Coming Dec 6th - barely two weeks!!

Get Bruce

Eva and I have often wondered why Bruce Campbell never "made it" as a leading man - he's funny, handsome, charismatic...

Perhaps this recent quote of his illustrates part of the problem:

''All right, you think you're all so smart?'' said Campbell. Then he challenged [the audience] to play studio exec as he pitched one of his past projects. ''I'm Frank Marshall,'' he began. ''I've produced all of Steven Spielberg's movies. Interested? Okay, I've got a book written by Michael Crichton. I'm going to get John Patrick Shanley, the Academy Award-winning writer of Moonstruck, to adapt it. It'll be shot by Allen Daviau, who did E.T. Will you make this movie? Well, congratulations! You just made Congo.''

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Worst Band Ever?

From Miles Raymer's blog at the Reader:

"Brokencyde is quite possibly the worst band in the world. I literally can't find a single thing about these guys that anyone could find appealing. Actually I can't find a single thing about them that doesn't make me want to send them to jail for the rest of their lives. Combining the most misogynist elements of hip-hop with the most misogynist elements of emo is just one of their crimes--there's no calculating the damage they've done to the very concept of music.

I just went to their MySpace and discovered that they have 46 pages of photos of scene girls in various states of undress with "Brokencyde" Sharpied on their bodies. That's like discovering a pile of dead kittens two stories high, except that kittens don't usually die from their own bad judgment."

I actually think the part with the guy screaming is kind of hilarious. Maybe it's me.

Douchebag HOF Nominee

Billy Corgan as the Sun God at the Smashing Pumpkins 20th Anniversary show.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Hostage Crisis

The lack of activity on LE over the last few days has prompted me to tell the story of the Lighter Hostage Crisis. Enjoy.

Last January, I stole Paul & Liza's red lighter, and sent them the following missive:


To which they responded:

To which I replied:

And they concluded with:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Newest SNL Character to Imitate Arianna Huffington!

Pretty funny video of the new cast member doing Arianna.

Band Photos Revisited

Swedish dance bands, anyone?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Camile Paglia Jumps The Shark. AGAIN.

"I like Sarah Palin, and I've heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is -- and quite frankly, I think the people who don't see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn't speak the King's English -- big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns -- that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World."

Better Than The Original

Genius Alert

NSFW. At all.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lake Effect Poll

In case you missed it, this was the Reader cover the day after the election. Lake Effectors, how does it strike you? I had an angry kneejerk reaction when I first saw it-it seemed needlessly negative and cynical, especially the morning after the election.

Eva's Dream Pt. 2

Monday, November 10, 2008

Health Beat

Vitamin supplements don't work.
Switch to bacon.

Baptize first, ask questions later

They just can't help themselves; they care too much. My favorite line, but by no means the only good one, is this:

"The Mormon church contends that the baptism offer can be rejected by the intended recipient in the afterlife."

But wait, there's more: The LDS will give you a 10% larger planet as your celestial reward, should you in any way be unsatisfied with your undesired, postmortem souljacking. GUARANTEED!
Convert now, proxies are waiting, salvation not guaranteed, disallowed by law in all sane nations and states.

Do yourself a favor

Click here

A Taste of What's to Come

AP: Obama Crafting Plan To Shut Down Gitmo

President-Elect Obama and his team are drawing up plans under which terrorism suspects at Gitmo would either be released, shipped to the U.S. for criminal trials, or face trial at a new kind of court "designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases," AP reports.

More Japan Inspired Cat Video

This is Maru, he lives in Japan. He likes boxes.

Happy Monday!!

Bad band photos.

Remake, Remodel

Not okay. I have 10 jillion dollars that says they change the ending.

If you haven't seen the original, you should.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another Reason to Love Obama

from a tape of Obama debate prep obtained by Newsweek

Obama continues: "When you have to be cheerful all the time and try to perform and act like [the tape is unclear; Obama appears to be poking fun at his opponents], I'm sure that some of it has to do with nerves or anxiety and not having done this before, I'm sure. And in my own head, you know, there's--I don't consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. When you're going into something thinking, 'This is not my best ...' I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me ... answer it.' Instead of being appropriately [the tape is garbled]. So when Brian Williams is asking me about what's a personal thing that you've done [that's green], and I say, you know, 'Well, I planted a bunch of trees.' And he says, 'I'm talking about personal.' What I'm thinking in my head is, 'Well, the truth is, Brian, we can't solve global warming because I f---ing changed light bulbs in my house. It's because of something collective'."

posted by Shanghai Shecky

Photos from Grant Park, Election Night

Our finest moment? Sure felt like it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election dispatch from Gary, IN

The Hitmaker ... in the field. He may look like he's not working hard, but he just got 2 guys to come to the poll. They may have been drunk.

To Get You Through

Obama is Beautiful World!

From the Beachwood Reporter:

One Day More!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Another Entry for the Outrage Scrapbook

Having just completed several hours of phone banking, I have a few things to convey to the residents of the great state of Colorado.

First off, if you support John McCain, fine. Alternately, if you're a certifiable moron who is still undecided, there's little I can do now to remedy this condition.

However, if you are a registered Democrat and avowed supporter of Barack Obama and you yell at me and berate me when I call, saying you have received "lots" or "10" or "12" calls asking for your vote and to never call again, I do have a response:

1. Be glad your vote means something. You can get pissed at the unpaid volunteers who are hustling to get you to the polls or you can be thankful that you live in a state that grants you the power to affect the outcome of an historic election.

2. If you really think receiving a dozen phone calls is too onerous a burden for a democratic citizen to bear, you probably shouldn't be one.

3. Fuck you very much.


I also have him winning one of the electoral votes in Nebraska (they split, but you can't do it on this map) for a total of 326. You heard it here.

I also say NBC calls it at 9:41 Chicago time. Drinks after the Obama speech anyone?

Lake Effect Poll: Who is going to the Obama rally tomorrow?

Notes from the Club, Or Tales from Obama's NYC HQS

Some of you may recall hearing about the night I spent getting sloshed on free apple martinis at Jay Z's club as a Nation intern "covering" the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC. Really my friend Carmina, another intern, and I used our press passes to get into one of the only RNC parties we could-- one hosted by a Republican African-American politician from Maryland whose name I, predictably, cannot recall. Carmina, in between dancing to Crazy, went around the dance floor asking a lot of people, "You're black-- why are you a Republican?" To which they tended to respond, "I'm not really."

Yesterday my mother and I went to the nearest of three downtown Obama phone bank centers. There were the velvet ropes. Instead of bouncers there were two smiling, bearded guys wearing flannel, one with a ski vest, but there was no mistaking. After signing in so that the campaign could "tell Jay Z and Beyonce how many people showed up" to the space they had "generously donated," my mom and I split up (She got the billiards room upstairs.), and I made my calls from one of ten white leather couches (accidentally across from a girl I went to college with). In another room some guys watched the Jets game, and every half hour or so a server with a plate full of wings stepped awkwardly over us, as he tried to make his way to a paying table.

How's that for full circle?

Courtesy of BA's Blog
I know, Halloween is over, but this helps me hold on just a bit longer

Insane Costumes From Around The World

#s 18 and 26 my faves
Wow, all the acts delivered incredible performances at The Lake Effect Halloween Rock & Roll Masquerade. I've heard that the show was well documented and will send things around as I receive them. I was able to get this one myself and think that EKM and Mizz Magee will get a kick out of it. Great Job everyone!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Will Trade Sex for Obama

From the Beachwood Reporter, which evidently came from Division Street:

October 31, 2008 ·

The best of Craigslist ads seeking tickets to the Obama rally in Grant Park on Tuesday, as determined by Division Street Labs.

1. I can be your date to the Obama rally - $1 (Chicago)
Reply to: sale-898645459@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-29, 6:38PM CDT
I would love to go to the Obama rally!! Have an extra ticket or just need someone to go with you? I would love to go! let me know….maybe it could turn into more than one night with me you and Obama. haha. who knows right??

2. Victoria Secret Gift Card for Obama guest ticket - $75 (Chicago)
Reply to: sale-899916928@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 6:02PM CDT
If anyone wants a victoria secret gift card for their Guest Ticket, PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!!

3. Smart, Beautiful, Funny Girl Needs Obama Ticket - $1 (Chicago)
Reply to: sale-900169948@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 10:20PM CDT
Looking for a fellow Obama supporter who has a ticket to the rally Tuesday. I want to go, hang out, have a drink and have fun.
This pic is current.

4. OBAMA RALLY TICKETS FOR SALE!!!!! $10 Trillion Dollars! - $10 (Uptown)
Reply to: sale-899881700@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 5:32PM CDT
Hi, I can’t go to the rally so I am selling my ticket for 10 trillion dollars. Meet me at the Wilson Red Line. The money will be given to cover the United States public debt bill. Thank you.

5. Blackhawk Ticket for Obama Grat Park Rally Guest Pass - $1 (Chicago, IL)
Reply to: sale-900056525@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 8:16PM CDT
Will exchange 1 Blackhawk Ticket, 12 rows off ice, for 1 guest pass to Obama Rally. If you have two guest passes, I will give you a pair of Blackhawks tickets.

6. Looking For Frumpy, Nerdy Girl to go to Obama - $1 (Chicagoland)
Reply to: sale-899926298@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 6:11PM CDT
I’m looking for a frumpy and/or nerdy girl to go as my +1 to the Obama event. Short girls preferred. Must not be evil. Do you fit these requirements?
I am average, at best.

7. Looking for a SUPER HOT CHICK to take to Obama event with me - $1 (Chicago)
Reply to: sale-899798993@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 4:22PM CDT
Looking for a super hot chick to be my date to the Obama event. I have no problem pulling hot girls in general so since I have Obama tickets you have to be not just hot but like super model hot, or if you look like Eva Longoria. Wanna be my date to Obama?

8. Obama Rally Ticket Trade — Whatever Your Heart Desires from CA - $1 (Los Angeles, CA)
Reply to: sale-899567662@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 1:36PM CDT
I’m flying in Sunday from LA for the election and would absolutely love to be someone’s +1 at the rally. I think it’s shameful and very un-Obama like to sell your ticket to the highest bidder, and it’s even more lame to try to hold a girl hostage for a ticket so you can get a date. So how about this for a trade: if there’s something from LA/CA that you have a craving for or can’t get out in Chicago, I’ll personally transport it all 2000 miles to you. Sprinkles cupcakes? See’s candy? Local beer? A cold and probably soggy Double-Double from In-N-Out? If it’s a reasonable (and hopefully legal) request, name it and its yours.

9. Trade Massage or Apple Computer Help for 2 Obama Tickets (rogers park)
Reply to: sale-897911042@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-29, 9:32AM CDT
My partner and I are willing to trade a professional massage and/or apple computer HELP for 2 tickets to the Obama Rally on the 4th in Grant Park.
She is a licensed Massage Therapist, and I am a Mac specialist [ . . . ] She makes house visits all around the city, and works at a salon [ . . . ] we both have references.

10. WANTED: Take me to Obama rally! - $1 (Chicago)
Reply to: sale-898392257@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-29, 3:33PM CDT
I would LOVE to go to the rally. Take me as your guest!
Let’s barter! What can you get in exchange? Some ideas of things I could do. After all, money’s boring, right?? (oh and I’m an intern, and have been volunteering for Barack so I don’t have much money haha)
-write you a poem
-take you to a rock concert
-a penny I found from 1908
-mention you on the radio/newspaper as one of the coolest people ever
-a feeling like you’ve done a great deed for many years to come
-me (classically trained singer) singing for you or your event for free
-a free piano lesson
-the secret on where to get a pound of deli turkey for only $2.99
-A personal weight training and diet consultation (with a certified scientician*)

Let me know!

*certified by me and I have the fake document I could whip up in PS paint to prove it!

11. If you’re a hot chick & have 1 extra Obama ticket. how bout a dinner? - $1 (Chicago)
Reply to: sale-897977114@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-29, 10:54AM CDT
I am willing to take out a pretty & intellectual chick to dinner in exchange for going and usnig your extra Obama ticket.
How about that? sounds like a win/win/win to me.
-Obama in ‘08
oh, i’m easy on the eyes too, you will like. I just know it!

12. I will custom hand paint your furniture for 2 Obama Tickets - $1 (Riverside, IL)
Reply to: sale-900198758@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 10:59PM CDT
I will paint your furniture for free in exchange for 2 Obama Tickets for my husband and myself! Value up to $500.

13. Will provide math tutoring for Obama guest ticket - $1
Reply to: sale-900220210@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 11:32PM CDT
I am offering my services as a math tutor for two 1-hour sessions in exchange for being your guest at the Obama election night celebration in Grant Park. Sessions can be in-person or on the phone. In-person sessions must be arranged at a mutually agreed-upon location.
I am willing to tutor any level of math from elementary, algebra, geometry, trig, statistics, probability, combinatorics, calculus, real analysis and even financial accounting.

Bonus CraigsList . . .
1. Parking for Obama Rally - $250 (Downtown)
Reply to: sale-899298487@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-30, 10:42AM CDT
Indoor, heated, private parking space available for the Obama Rally on November 4th, 2008. Located at Randolph and Michigan, across the street from Millennium Park. Offer good for entire day.

Reply to: sale-898559679@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-10-29, 5:29PM CDT
Sorry people, nobody can offer meeting the band in exchange for Obama rally tickets. Someone just made it up. NPR should really check their sources.

Finally, a blast from the past. Seems tickets for Obama’s convention speech in Denver were even harder to come by.

1. I will give you a KIDNEY for 2 OBAMA Tickets for tonights speech!
Date: 2008-08-28, 11:35AM MDT
Are you in need of an extra kidney? Know of someone who needs one? I have 2 good kidneys which is a little excessive. Ill give you one of them for two tickets to tonight’s speech. I live in Denver and tried to get tickets the minute they were announced. Somehow the first come first serve registration did not work since I was put on the waitlist.
So, I need two tickets for me and my girlfriend. I have an extra kidney. You take said organ, I take 2 tickets for this historic speech.

Craigslist Scolding re: Obama Ticket Tactics

Biche found this on Craigslist:

Obama tickets = Yes we can ... profit from this - $1 (Your conscience)
Reply to: [?]
Date: 2008-10-31, 10:44AM CDT

I could not possibly be more disgusted with my fellow human beings and Chicagoans than I am right now.


In good faith, you were given the opportunity to come together in (hopefully) celebration of a new era of hope in America, and the first thought to cross your polluted mind was "How can I convert this good will into cash/ass/drugs?"


Yes, yes ... I know. "Capitalism!" you'll say. "Supply and Demand!" you'll stammer. The truth is, these are the same weak arguments and excuses that have lead our nation to the verge of collapse.


True change will require each of us to take responsibility, to stop making the same mistakes, and to selflessly commit ourselves to working towards a better America. Senator Obama is only one man, and he would be the first to tell you that he cannot fix our nation on his own.

Real change will require each of us to choose a departure from the greed and selfishness of the past. These ticket sales, misguided profiteers, are an awful beginning.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Judging Alvy?

Here is a list of the Illinois Bar Association's recommendations on which judges should/shouldn't be retained. Why not print it out and bring it with you into the voting booth?

Uke Cabaret poster designer and man about town Chris P's band Mean Ohio will become the 60's Garage Rock kings The Sonics at the Halloween show on Friday. The Sonics' tunes make an excellent Halloween Soundtrack- Rough and ready, hard and fast, with fuzzed out guitars and horns. The subject matter is appropriately macabre with songs about drinking strychnine for kicks, witches, psychopaths, and Satan. This track, Strychnine, is from their 1965 debut album Here are The Sonics .


Monday, October 27, 2008

The Goldhead Pyramid-Top Queen Biopic

Steven Soderbergh taps Guided By Voices to score 3D Cleopatra musical...


For his next directing effort, Steven Soderbergh is plotting a 3-D live-action rock ‘n’ roll musical about Cleopatra.

He is courting Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the Egyptian queen and Hugh Jackman to play her lover, Marc Antony.

The $30 million “Cleo” will be shopped for financing and distribution within the next two weeks. Greg Jacobs is producing with Casey Silver.

The music has been written by the indie rock band Guided by Voices, and the script is by James Greer, a former bass player for the band and an author.

First Lady?

Cindy McCain Claims She's Just Like Any Other Female Human

Saturday, October 25, 2008


A new low. It gets AMAZING around 2:40.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Our Very Own Feminist Political Theorist on the Radio!

Listen to ekm take on the Mormon journalism establishment on Utah Public Radio! Dr. M discusses Sarah Palin's debate performance. The last ten seconds are a gem.
Scroll down to Oct. 3rd.

Took The Words Right Outta My Mouth

“I look at these people and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention? To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it? To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked."

- Author David Sedaris, on undecided voters

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A little paino, too!

I wonder if Joey Tempest saw this coming?

Greatest Living American

I Hope This Brightens Your Day As Much As It Did Mine

Miss Louisiana loses crown

Lindsey Evans, Miss Louisiana Teen USA, is about a pound lighter, because she just lost her crown.

We just got an advance copy of a statement that will be released from Paula Miles, President of RPM, sponsor of the LA. pageant.

"Lindsey Evans has been part of an organization that believes in opportunities when earned and consequences when warranted. Due to recent circumstances, Lindsey has been relieved of her duties as Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2008 effective immediately."

Evans was arrested this weekend after she and a group of friends allegedly tried to dine-and-dash -- all over a $46.07 bill. Problem -- the pageant queen left her purse at the scene of the crime. She went back to retrieve it, and was busted when cops found pot in the purse.

Here's the insult to injury. She only had 10 days left on her reign. But pageant officials didn't have the patience to wait.

Keep Those Donations Coming!

GOP spent $150,000 in donations on Palin's look

By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer

Oct 22nd, 2008 | WASHINGTON -- John McCain's presidential campaign said thousands of dollars worth of clothing purchased by the Republican Party for running mate Sarah Palin will go to a "charitable purpose" after the campaign.

The Republican National Committee spent about $150,000 on clothing, hair styling, makeup and other "campaign accessories" in September for the McCain campaign after Palin, the governor of Alaska, joined the ticket.

The expenses include $75,062 spent at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis Minn., and $41,850 in St. Louis in early September. The committee also reported spending $4,100 for makeup and hair consulting. The expenses were first reported by

"With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses," said McCain spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt, who has been traveling with Palin. "It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

In 2007, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards sparked Internet derision and jokes from late-night TV comics after his campaign for the party's nomination paid for two $400 haircuts by a stylist from Beverly Hills, Calif. His campaign said the bill was paid by the campaign by mistake and that Edwards would reimburse the campaign.

The RNC has been helping the McCain campaign financially now that McCain is locked into spending only $84 million for the fall campaign under his agreement to accept public financing. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, chose not to participate in the public system and raised a whopping $150 million in September.

The RNC is allowed to spend up to $19 million in "coordinated expenses" with the campaign. In September, it spent a a total of $4.4 million. The clothing and styling was part of that, but most was spent on postage for campaign mailings.

Federal campaign finance law prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal use, but it defines personal use as any expense "that would exist irrespective of the candidate's campaign or duties as a federal officeholder."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

The End of an Era. A Terrible, Nasty Tasting Era.

MillerCoors Ends Production of Zima

Oct 20th, 2008 | MILWAUKEE

The joint venture between SABMiller's U.S. unit and Molson Coors Brewing Co. told distributors in a letter Monday that production of the malt liquor beverage was discontinued as of Oct. 10.

Chief Marketing Officer Andy England says the decision was due to weakness in the "malternative" segment and declining consumer interest.

He says distributors can get remaining Zima inventories most likely through December.

Distributors are being asked to put products from alcoholic energy brand Sparks on retail store shelves to make up for Zima's absence.

The brand came to the joint venture from Molson Coors, maker of Coors Light and Keystone.

Highlights from Michigan City

Simo and Tony B. took MC Turf 1 by storm on Saturday, knocking on 168 doors in all. Our mission, as imparted to us by the campaign office folks, was primarily to make sure that Obama supporters know that they can vote early and to inform them with the details of where and when. It was a glorious Fall day with big color from the trees,
and to our(slight) surprise, Michigan City's a pretty friendly place. Even the Johnny Mac fans were, if not nice, not much worse than a little crabby.

TB: Sure you get the 40 year old woman who says (brags?): 'Nope, I've never voted ever. Not since [before] I was 18!'

Huh? But on the flipside you get a 70 yr old who (slowly) states that she '... wanted to vote for Obama since before he even decided to run'. You and me both, sister.

Certainly the best canvassing experience I've had, and a pretty easy 4 hours. But I can see why it's a battleground state. These people are all over the map, though to their credit they all seem to get along ok.

P.s. They need people next weekend, too ..."

Thursday, October 16, 2008