Dispatches from the traveling circus

GULFPORT, Miss. — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says a new ABC television series is evidence that the entertainment industry harbors anti-Christian bias.

Gingrich is criticizing the comedy-drama “GCB,” which has also been called “Good Christian Belles.”

But Gingrich is referring to the series by the name of the 2009 novel that inspired it, “Good Christian Bitches.”

The series began airing last Sunday. ABC’s website describes the series as a “funny, sassy and heartwarming drama.”

The former House speaker says no network would run a show with such a title if the word “Muslim” were used in place of “Christian.”

Is Newt proposing a fatwa against ABC? And could his campaign be any sillier?

‘They say children are a blessing but mine are holy terrors’

Musings from a real-life Doyle Harcavy (retired columnist for the Arlen Bystander):

I suppose the people around your pools in Arizona have the same kind of discussions these days! The folks who go to Florida love the water. And those who choose Arizona like the dry desert air.

God save us from gay geeks with crappy musical taste

Masochist that I am, I have nonetheless managed to avoid “Glee.” A troublemaking friend, mindful of my disdain for musicals and gay cliches, directed me to this clip just to get my reaction. Expletives deleted.


I’m embarrassed for us all.

It’s pronounced learnd

From The Learning Channel, which brought us the Sarah Palin reality show, comes this latest exercise in pointless tedium:

Watch Extreme Couponing: Midnight MadnessSunday, Jan. 29 @ 10/9c to see four couponers battle crowds to get the best savings on Black Friday.

Extreme Couponing follows savvy shoppers as they plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings.

Witness amazing shopping skills and shocking stockpiles of merchandise, as everyday people go to extremes in pursuit of extraordinary deals.

 America 2012.

Offensively bad, not offensively offensive

It’s a shame the gay indignation councils will receive credit for the cancellation of a clearly horrible sitcom. 

I doubt many, if any, transgendered people were that bothered by “Work It” — after all, it is a broad “comedy,” much like drag shows. (For those overly sensitive types, including the token straight guy who works for a local gay publication, I’m aware not all transgendered people are drag queens.)  

It’s the indignation councils who pose the greater threat. If we were disabled they’d demand people call us handicapped. 

I’d prefer not to be symbolized by a queen coiled up in fetal position screaming “shame” at passersby.  

Happy Charles Nelson Taylor Day

Better stock up on booze and confetti because we’re only hours away from the gayest date on the calendar, Jan. 13, the day flamboyant game show mainstays Rip Taylor and the late Charles Nelson Reilly were born.