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Geriatric Brits to Invade North America

April 2, 2015

Geriatric Brits to Invade North America

The British pensioners known as the Rolling Stones will visit sports arenas in the United States and Canada this summer. The elderly musicians are reissuing their classic 20th century gramophone recording, Arthritic Sticky Fingers. It’s the one with the cover by Andy Warhol (see the model here).


The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

March 24, 2015

The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

A  few days back, Pope Francis told an interviewer that he misses being able to go out for a pizza. When His Holiness visited Naples, known for its pizza, Enzo Cacialle of Pizzeria Don Ernesto handcrafted a special Papal pie, jumped a street barricade, and handed the pizza to Pope Francis in the Popemobile:


Ted Cruz Declares Holy War

March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz Declares Holy War

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared his presidential candidacy Monday at Liberty University, invoking the Deity (who seems to have endorsed him), Jesus Christ, Rafael Cruz (his own preacher daddy), GOP saint Ronald Reagan and, oddly, Thomas Jefferson (who re-wrote the Bible, omitting the miracles of Jesus) and ultimate Big Government champ FDR.

Excerpts from Monday’s address by Mr. Cruz (links added):


The Pope Loves Pizza

March 14, 2015

The Pope Loves Pizza

Pope Francis observed the second anniversary of his election on Friday by predicting he won’t be pope for long, just “four or five years.”  He doesn’t mind being pope, he told Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa, but he misses his freedom:

“The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza.”

Attention American pizzaioli: His Holiness will visit the USA in September with stops in New York, Philadelphia, and DC, so clean out your ovens by the end of August.

There is speculation that Pope Francis has pizza on his mind since meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month, a year after she told him:

“Next time we will go into the piazza for a pizza.”

Frau Merkel, what a tease. She doesn’t call, doesn’t write ….


“Pope Francis just wants to get pizza like a normal person,” Chris Perez, New York Post


“Pope Francis’ popularity extends beyond Catholics,” David Masci, Pew Research Center


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Leonard Nimoy: “Zayn oder nit zayn? Ot vos s’iz di frage.”

March 2, 2015

Actor Leonard Nimoy (1931 — 2015) recites Hamlet’s soliloquy in Yiddish, his family’s first language, during a 2013 interview with Christa Whitney. From the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project.


Patricia Arquette Minds the Gap

February 24, 2015

Patricia Arquette Minds the Gap

When Patricia Arquette accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she had words of support for other working women (especially working moms): “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

While not everyone gave her performance (or her backstage chatter) rave reviews, Jesus smiled on it (okay, it’s Jared Leto). And so did  Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez:


Rudy Giuliani: ‘I’m not questioning his patriotism.’

February 22, 2015

Rudy Giuliani:'I’m not questioning his patriotism.'
One day Rudy Giuliani says: “… I do not believe that the president loves America.” The next day he says:”…I’m not questioning his patriotism.” Since “patriotism” means “love of country,” what’s that all about?

Simple. Mr. Giuliani, a serial adulterer, has a very complicated definition of “love.”


Do Not Pass Go, Lance Armstrong. Pay $10 Million.

February 19, 2015

Do Not Pass Go, Lance Armstrong. Pay $10 Million.

“Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been ordered to pay $10 million to a promotions company after an arbitration panel found he conducted an ‘unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy’ during his career.” —  Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times

Armstrong is also being sued by his whistle-blowing teammate Floyd Landis and the U.S. Government for defrauding the cycling team’s sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs.


Patty Hearst’s Dog Wins at Westminster

February 18, 2015

Patty Hearst's Dog Wins at Westminster

A dog co-owned by media heiress and former kidnap-victim-revolutionary-bank-robber-convicted-felon-movie-actress Patricia Hearst, now known as Patricia Hearst-Shaw, competed at the prestigious 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The purebred pooch, a Symbionese tiny Shih Tzu named Tania Rocket (formally GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power), won Best of Group in the Toy Category.  The hairy little rag-mop went on and competed for Best in Show, but lost to a beagle named Miss P.

Still, a good showing by Patty Hearst’s little Rocket. Westminster is the Super Bowl of dog shows.


B.B. King

February 9, 2015

B.B. King

B.B. King, interviewed by Joe Smith on on September 5, 1986, animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):



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