[A new paper] in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one’s risk of dying, even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers. Turns out I’m … Continue reading Drinkers outlive teetotalers
More deep thoughts from Larry King: My theory of the day… the only people who show up for class reunions are those who have aged well. Am I right!? less than a minute ago via web It’s a full moon tonight. Do you think that affects people’s behavior? 3:21 PM Aug 24th via web
The iconic Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta is ditching its ’60s origins to catch up to the 2010s. That fan-shaped floor tile dating back to the hotel’s 1967 opening, gone. The giant front desk preferred when cash payments ruled, out of here. And that original 18,000-pound canopy over the elevators, history. To match competitors that … Continue reading Score one for sameness
My disdain for Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin is more personal than partisan. I don’t care for Keith Olbermann or Alan Grayson, either. Why should I apologize for disliking preening demagogues and opportunistic dolts? I don’t hate conservatives or progressives — just pompous assholes and conspiratorial whack jobs. If we really want to restore America’s … Continue reading In defense of personal attacks
Self-appointed culture warrior Bill O’Reilly got his start reviewing porn: But the one that really caught our eye was a piece in which O’Reilly watches the classic porno The Devil in Miss Jones and immediately thereafter goes out for sandwiches with the film’s director, Gerard Damiano. As totally awesome as that is, it gets even … Continue reading Two thumbs up for ‘Dirty Prancing’
Self-conscious dick jokes: It is hard to read encomiums to Apatow without the sense that his champions are desperate to bear witness to a comic filmmaker who is both popular and worthy of their attention during an age of dreck. They strain to wring relevance out of Apatow’s pro-family message. (Who in America is against … Continue reading The secret of Judd Apatow’s success
Might as well milk this fifth anniversary thing with a Sunday-appropriate flashback, first posted on 8/28/05. For the record, Bishop Eddie Long remains a “respected” religious leader in the community. WWJD, Part II? Buy a Bentley! That’s what Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta did with the proceeds from a charity, aptly named for himself. Seemingly … Continue reading Would Jesus fly coach?
Glenn Beck is such a pompous tool. You must watch. (I’m not endorsing Media Matters; I can’t find the video anywhere else.) Related Articles Egomania on an unhealthy scale (washingtonmonthly.com)
More from the Malcontent’s first week, excerpted from a Scientology newsletter intended for one of the cult’s members: Your Progress to OT (Arbitraries Cancelled!) “The announcement of the Golden Age of Tech marked a watershed in our application of the tech. It placed into all our org Academies the ability to train perfect auditors at … Continue reading Scientology gibberish
On Aug. 24, 2005, I reminisced about forgotten transgendered icon Renee Richards: I don’t hold any special torch for the former Richard Raskind; I just think it was fascinating to live in a time when women didn’t want to play against women who used to be men — quite the controversy back when Richards joined … Continue reading The Malcontent at 5
Beck said in a recent broadcast that he did not intentionally choose the “I Have a Dream” anniversary for his rally – but that he believes the coincidence is “divine providence.” Overproduced, hackneyed patriotism, crocodile tears from Beck and lots of empty platitudes from Coach Palin should make for a heckuva weekend in D.C. Related … Continue reading American flag golf shirts going fast
Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay. Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter’s questions, he said, because, now in private life, … Continue reading GOP honcho known to be gay comes out
Any “journalist” who asks a political candidate their opinion of Snooki should never be allowed to ask a question again.
You can’t write a political autobiography without “courage” or “lead” in the title. Pretty arrogant to call yourself courageous, don’t you think?
Someone is paying Bristol Palin $14,000 to speak about single motherhood. When it comes to exploiting conservative pocketbooks, no one can touch the Palin gals.