Saw this picture on Twitter and just had to post it. I’ve previously mentioned that I’m fluent in three “languages“, but apparently I forgot one!
After the disaster that this year’s Olympics seemed to be, I was terribly disturbed that my normal television viewing schedule was interrupted. I mean really… I’m sure that some of America’s favorite TV shows would have done quite well against the Olympics… which were rebroadcast hours after they actually happened.
I’m definitely ready for regular TV to come back!
You may remember that I posted a bunch of drinking games during the Presidential debates. Well, the folks over at E! have come up with their own drinking game for tonight’s Golden Globes. You probably won’t need any alcohol to pee your pants because the Globes are being hosted (again!) by the hilarious Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but in case you’re sipping a cocktail (or two) tonight and don’t have to work tomorrow, here is the official E! drinking game. (For the record, TIME also has it’s own version… but that’s some hardcore drinking.)Take one sip if: -You get physically upset at any point during the show because you aren’t BFFs with Amy and Tina. -You witness a good photo bomb from someone not realizing they’re on TV. -Someone gets played off. -Someone is noticeably drunk. -Someone jokes about not being able to joke about 12 Years a Slave. -Someone mentions the nudity on Girls. -Netflix shout-out! -Amy Poehler does a bit about her faux-rival Julia Louis-Dreyfus. -From the podium, a winner tells their kids to go to bed. -A person cries from the podium. -Someone mentions Harvey Weinstein (this one is adapted from Fey and Poehler’s very own drinking game). Take two sips if: -Someone tries to joke about 12 Years a Slave and it doesn’t work. -Jennifer Lawrence says something charming. -A winner is absent. -Someone jokes about the nudity/vulgarity of Wolf of Wall Street. -Someone jokes about the nudity/vulgarity of Girls. -There’s just a voice talking, à la Her. Take three sips if:
-Breaking Bad wins any awards. It’s predicted, but it’s also cause for celebration! -Someone tries to joke about 12 Years a Slave and it somehow works. -Someone trips on their way to the stage. -Someone in the audience is a punchline and they don’t look happy about it. (Never forget.) Finish your bottle if: -Tina and Amy sing a song about boobs…but this time, from outer space.
There’s a humerous but extremely helpful story on boston.com this morning using the characters from eight television shows to explain the effects of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). You can check out the article here, but I thought I’d list them out for you in case you didn’t want to travel to another website.Show: Breaking Bad Character: Walter White (played by Brian Cranston) Problem: pre-existing condition (cancer) Obamacare point explained: White could no longer be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or could find coverage at a more affordable rate. Additionally, Walter’s son also has cerebral palsy, a costly condition over the course of a person’s life. Lifetime caps on insurance payments for chronic conditions are also going away. Show: Modern Family Character: Haley Dunphy (played by Sarah Hyland) Problem: young adult without coverage Obamacare point explained: Probably the provision that most people are familiar with, especially parents, young adults can be covered under their parents insurance plans until the age of 26. Prior to passage of the ACA, young adults had one of the lowest rates of insurance of all age groups. Show: Shameless Character(s): The Gallaghers Problem: unable to afford coverage, no employer sponsored insurance Obamacare point explained: Without employer sponsored insurance, the Gallaghers would be unable to afford health insurance. The Gallaghers would have two potential solutions – the show is set in Illinois which is expanding eligibility for Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty limit. If the Gallaghers happen to make more than that as a family, they may be eligible for subsidies to purchase insurance on the exchanges. If the Gallaghers lived in a state that wasn’t expanding Medicaid, they may also have been eligible for a waiver to the individual mandate. Show: The Newsroom Character(s): the entire cast Problem: higher premium costs, no out of pocket costs for preventative services Obamacare point explained: With any legislation, there will be winners and losers. People with employer-sponsored insurance will likely pay higher premiums as insurers have to cope with covering other individuals with pre-existing conditions and the removal of lifetime caps. No one really knows how high those premiums will be, but even without the ACA, premiums would have risen as health care costs continue to grow. The good news? The cast would benefit from having preventative services covered with no out of pocket costs. Show: 2 Broke Girls Character: Max Black and Caroline Channing (played by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) Problem: small business employer, individual mandate Obamacare point explained: This one is actually a mixed bag. The law clearly stipulates that employers with more than 50 full time employees must provide health insurance. Since the girls work at a diner with less than 50 employees, their employer isn’t required to purchase coverage. Depending on their income, they may be eligible for Medicaid or for subsidies to purchase insurance on the exchanges. If their employer happened to already be covering their insurance (like the cast of The Newsroom) they would benefit from having preventative services covered with no out of pocket costs, but their premiums would likely increase. They could also chose to forgo insurance coverage and face the individual mandate penalty. Show: The Workaholics Character(s): entire cast Problem: small business employer, individual mandate Obamacare point explained: The cast of the Workaholics will likely face the same problems as the 2 Broke Girls, at least for next year. In 2015, the Affordable Care Act requires employers with more than 50 full time employees to offer insurance coverage or pay a penalty. It’s not clear what employers will do, as the cost of the penalty may end up being less than the cost of providing insurance for their employees. Regardless, the cast would be uncovered for 2014 and would need to purchase coverage on the individual insurance exchanges (where they may be eligibile for subsidies) or face the penalty of the individual mandate. Show: Hot in Cleveland Character: Elka Ostrovsky (played by Betty White) Problem: Medicare Part D “donut hole” Obamacare point explained: Medicare beneficiaries are one of the clear winners with the Affordable Care Act. Beneficiaries will see increased services in areas of preventative care with no out of pocked costs and a free annual wellness visit. The law also slowly closes the Medicare Part D “donut hole”- passed by the Bush administration, the donut hole is a gap in prescription drug coverage that has left seniors paying full price for their drugs at certain spending levels. Show: House of Cards Character: Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) Problem: health insurance marketplaces Obamacare point explained: The Affordable Care Act requires Congress and staff to purchase insurance through the health insurance marketplaces. But of course, nothing in Washington is ever that simple or easy, as the government will likely pick up the tab for members of Congress. The fate of congressional staffers rests in the hands of individual lawmakers.
I posted some of the following on Facebook yesterday but I’m going to add a little bit here.
here’s my take on the Duck Dynasty guy’s comments:
1) are we really surprised that he’s a homophobe?
2) there have always been and will always be closed minded people out there who don’t like another group of people for whatever reason, whether it be for religious reasons or otherwise. they must carry the burden of being wrong for the rest of their lives. unfortunately, learning to ignore the bigoted musings of one man or woman is the burden the rest of us must carry.
But ultimately I’m not really sure why this is a controversy. So some guy with a show on A&E thinks homosexuality is wrong… what’s the big deal? Why is that so controversial? It’s certainly not a new sentiment, people have been saying this for years. Nor is the Duck Dynasty guy a true celebrity, or even worse, a political figure/force. What concerns me more is the fact that the majority of Congressman probably agree with him, and they actually have some political power in this country and therefore the ability to do real damage. Let’s not forget that it wasn’t that long ago that a President pushed DOMA through Congress and another President finally affirmed that same sex marriage should be legal.
In addition, to all those people out there claiming that the Duck Dynasty guy’s First Amendment rights are being violated – I suggest you read up on the First Amendment. But if you’re too lazy to do that yourself, the text of the First Amendment is posted for you below.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
As you will see, the First Amendment clearly states that Congress shall make no law that curbs your freedom of speech. Even though in common day we’ve come to understand the First Amendment as a free pass to say whatever we want, the First Amendment does not in fact provide us carte blanche to mouth off. And I’m no constitutional lawyer, but the First Amendment also says nothing of private organizations, of which A&E is one.
There’s been a lot in the new recently about the decision to hire Jenny McCarthy to replace Elizabeth Hasselback on “The View”. I cant say that I’m particularly sad to see Hasselback go, as I was never a fan of her conservative “values” but the hiring of Jenny McCarthy – as has been pointed out by many – amounts to a public health nightmare.
For those of you who don’t know, McCarthy is a staunch believer that vaccines caused her son to have autism. Furthermore, she is an outspoken advocate for not vaccinating children and both encourages and supports parents who choose not to do so. McCarthy is a strong supporter of UK physician Andrew Wakefield, who published a study in 1998 showing that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine causes autism. That very study has been discredited as a fraud, and follow up studies have disproved Wakefield’s claim. Despite evidence to the contrary, McCarthy still contends that her son became autistic due to vaccines. It’s also not clear if her son was ever autistic to begin with, but McCarthy also claims to have cured him through special diets.
Here’s the thing. It’s perfectly fine for Jenny McCarthy to have some nut-job opinion about vaccines causing autism – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The problem here is that people – unfortunately – listen to celebrities. Hiring McCarthy to the “The View” gives her a platform to spread her misinformation to the general public, much like it gave Hasselback a platform to openly speak about her conservative viewpoints and her longing for the return of the Bush-era. Love her or hate her, Hasselback represented one of the remaining conservative voices on daytime television, but at least she didn’t pretend to be a doctor or scientist.
The truth is that vaccines save lives. In fact, vaccines will remain one of the greatest scientific and medical revolutions the world has ever seen, saving the lives of countless children and adults and reducing the burden of disease and disability. The number of children in the United States who get sick from polio, diphtheria, measles, chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable illnesses is almost negligible. Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide and tremendous public health efforts are underway to eradicate the last remaining hot zones for polio. We sometimes forget these diseases even exists, and it’s getting so that the latest generation of doctors haven’t even seen some of these illness, illnesses that used to be common and sometimes kill. One only need to recall Franklin D. Roosevelt to know how disabling these diseases can be even when they don’t kill. Furthermore, vaccines not only prevent those who receive it from getting sick, but society in general benefits from what is known as “herd immunity” – the idea that once enough people in a population are vaccinated, those who do not develop immunity will also be protected, therefore protecting the larger population as a whole.
Allowing McCarthy to spread her anti-vaccine message on a heavily watched daytime show targeted to mothers is dangerous to the health of our nation’s children. James Poniewozik of TIME probably said it best. He noted in his blog, “For a show even remotely about news–and a career newswoman like Walters–to legitimize McCarthy’s dangerous anti-science because she will probably get crazy attention and ratings is irresponsible and shameful. Because persuading parents that needed vaccines cause autism isn’t just a zany, oh-no-she-didn’t opinion. It’s wrong … And the fear of vaccines doesn’t just potentially harm the children whose parents forego vaccination, but other kids as well, by threatening the ‘herd immunity’ that we rely on to protect the larger population from disease.”
Never call a bitch a bitch. Us bitches hate that.
-Sigourney Weaver as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish in “Political Animals”
I will fully admit – I have not watched Two and a Half Men in a VERY long time, long before Charlie Sheen “left” the show. But my general impression of the show from the few episodes I had seen in the past was that Angus T. Jones’s comments about the show weren’t really that far off…
What do you all think? Is Two and a Half Men trash and should viewers stop watching or is there some redeeming value to the show? Was Angus T. Jones wrong to slam the show he is on and essentially bite the hand that feeds him? Do you think he really needed to apologize?
Spoiler alert – if you are a fan and have not yet watched this past Sunday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you may want to stop reading. But you still should anyway…
For all the fans of the RHOA out there – I’m not a fan of Kenya Moore. I quite frankly find her annoying, obnoxious, and self-centered. And while I’m not exactly on Team Cynthia – I’m kinda waiting for her to cut a b*tch and put Ms Moore in her place. I half expected Cynthia to turn to Kenya during both the Jet Girl casting and the ladies power lunch, pull a Bon Qui Qui on her and say “don’t interrupt, rude!” And I cannot wait for Ms NeNe Leakes to put girlfriend in her place where she belong – on the curb.
I have to say, I never thought I would miss having Sheree on the show so much. And then this happened on the Twatter, and I wished Sheree would check Kenya…
For those of you who have never seen the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous – well you’re missing out and this picture will mean nothing to you. And also, you should go out immediately and watch some Absolutely Fabulous (or AbFab for those in the know). There have been a few pictures floating around the internets with Patsie and Edina and the Olympics… but I quite like this one.
So as many of you know, the Olympics start today. There’s been a lot going on in England this year, and the Olympics are sure to cap off a stellar 2012 for the United Kingdom. Of course there’s been crazy press about there not being enough security forces for the games, and Grindr crashing as all of the athletes (who are supposedly not all gay… ahem) arrived in London this week.
On a lighter note, a friend posted a great drinking game for the opening ceremonies on Facebook, and I thought I would share. And lastly, a great someecard that is all too true about the United States and politics. Hope everyone enjoys the opening ceremonies tonight and the next few days of the 2012 Olympic Games.