What’s that you say? You didn’t sign up for the “London” time feed with your cable provider?? Don’t worry, in its infinite wisdom (sarcasm), instead of providing a LIVE showing of the opening ceremonies, NBC is providing a tape-delayed broadcast at the following times:
Eastern Time: 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Pacific Time: 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Central Time: 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
AND in what can only be seen as a desperate attempt to boost their tv ratings, neither the Opening Ceremony nor the Closing Ceremony will be available through NBC online. Fortunately that is not the case for the actual sporting events as those will be live-streamed.
Honestly I really don’t want to dwell here too long as I am thoroughly aggravated with the entire process at this point and have simply taking to praying every day that Obama is re-elected. On the bright side, if Romney and his crackpot campaign team continue with their stellar campaign moves (sarcasm) then there is an excellent chance my prayers will be answered.
In addition to maintaining this cloak and dagger routine with regard to his taxes, offshore accounts, “retro-active retirement” from Bain and destroying countless files from his limited time as Governor of Massachusetts, he also royally “pissed off” the British government with a few snippy comments about the state of the Olympic games. Specifically he told NBC Nightly News that there were some “disconcerting” signs that London may not be ready for the games.
“The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” he said. (telegraph)
He then went on to wonder whether the people of London would “come together and celebrate the Olympic moment,” adding, “That’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin.” (latimes)
For argument’s sake let’s say he made a fairly astute observation, unfortunately for him he said it publicly and to the press no less. Geez dude. This was an instance where your usual bland political commentary is needed. You don’t get any points whatsoever for speaking frankly in a situation like this especially since all you manged to do was insult your host. What a douche.
1. The Jacksons
I don’t really know what’s going on and frankly I don’t care. From the headlines it appears to be a big a*s mess. Katherine Jackson was supposedly missing for a few days but depending upon which source you believe she was either (a) “resting” at her daughter Rebbie’s house and not answering her cell phone per doctor’s orders, OR (b) being held against her will by Randy, Jermaine, Janet and Rebbie and managed to have an incoherent, possibly “coded” phone call with her 34 yr old grandson Trent Jackson a.k.a. “TJ” (Tito’s son) who became alarmed at his grandmother’s “condition.”
Also, apparently Janet, Randy and Jermaine got into a confrontation with Prince, Paris (not sure about Blanket) and TJ at the Calabasas estate where the kids live. There is a great deal of speculation regarding what the argument was about but given the basic facts of the situation – teenagers on twitter, a family with a looooong history of drama and lots of money at play, it’s not surprising that a confrontation occurred. Sigh.
In any event, a judge has now suspended Katherine’s guardianship of Michael’s three kids and their Uncle Trent currently has temporary guardianship. (TulsaWorld)
2. Off screen Twilight Drama
This is even more ridiculous than the Jackson family drama with regard to the plethora of headlines. Kristen Stewart (Twilight fame) cheated on long term boyfriend 26 year old Robert Pattinson (also of Twilight fame) with her Snow White director, Rupert Sanders. The 22 year old Stewart issued a public apology:
“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” (huffpo)
Umm yeah, “Rob” was like “fuck that” and has since packed his ish and moved out of the home they shared. Sanders, 41, is currently married to British Vogue model Liberty Ross, and the couple have two children. #damnshame
1. Eric Dane a.k.a. Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan is leaving Grey’s Anatomy.
Seriously I am shedding a tear right now. Look at that picture, he is “Mmmmm-mmmm gooooood”!! Quick recap: season 8 ended with a plane crash and the death of Meredith’s sister “Lexie” (played by Chyler Leigh) as well as the departure of “Teddy” (played by Kim Raver). Owen “fired” Teddy so she would be forced to accept a position at a military hospital that she was going to turn down. Ain’t love grand? ANYway, I will be super sad to see McSteamy leave unless it means I get to see more “shirt off” acting then umm YES!
On another note re Lexie’s departure, watching Meredith be all weepy and tortured for however many episodes will not be fun. I REALLY hope they let her go ‘head and accidentally get pregnant. Please Shonda??
2. Love and Hip Hop Atlanta
All I can say is that I’m sorry and my BFF is to blame. It’s like she introduced me to crack and even though my rational mind knows it is THE WORST THING EVER there is this little addictive node in my brain that won’t let me cut it loose. Hopefully I will be able to wean myself off this nightmare train wreck after the 1st season ends and never return. Pray for me.
I’m not doing a full recap of this week’s episode, I just need to point out a few things:
(1) The kiss between Benzino & Karlie was “EWWWWWWW”
(3) Lil Scrappy took his furniture out of his “baby momma” house. Why is this an issue you ask? Because it’s TRIFLING! True “ballers” don’t handle ish that way. He was supposed to be like “naw naw shorty you keep that, cause you and the baby need something to sit on, I’ll cop some new ish.” Now she has to spend more money on new furniture. Granted, she will probably do better stylistically but still that is a trifling a*s move. It is official, my “hood” crush on that tatted up fool is OVAH!
(5) and introducing Wacka Flocka Flame‘s mother and manager…
Okay okay, I’m done. My head hurts. If you REALLY want to a full recap, click here.
“EAT MOR CHIKIN’” SOMEWHERE ELSE…
Soooooo by now I assume most of you are beyond aware of the drama with Chick-fil-A. I was supposed to mention this last week but got sidetracked by the tragedy in Colorado.
Recap: President Dan Cathy (son of company founder S. Truett Cathy) conducted an interview with the Baptist Press where he acknowledged that he is “guilty as charged” with respect to his franchise’s support of “traditional marriage.” Continuing…
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that…we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
Then in another interview he elaborated…
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.” (huffpo)
Alrighty then. Hey, it’s a free country and of course Cathy is entitled to his opinion and in return other highly opinionated folks get to voice their thoughts as well AND you know what else they get to do? They get to decide to not eat at Chick-fil-A so that their dollars don’t turn into profits for your company which will then be given to anti-gay marriage groups. They also get to decide to pull their merchandise from your stores (Jim Henson company) AND they also get to decide whether or not they want Chick-fil-A stores in their cities (Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago). So Mr. Cathy do you still think sharing your opinion was a good PR move?
Why the heads of successful corporations insist on sharing their personal, likely unpopular and potentially highly controversial beliefs with the world and think that there will not be consequences is mind-boggling. Stay focused on what you do best son and stay the hell away from the press. Real stupid yo, real stupid.
Oh yeah and if you are still planing to patronize the chain that’s cool, do you playa. I just want to share a little more info wit’cha:
“According to the nutritional information on the chain’s website, a fairly typical meal — a deluxe chicken sandwich with medium waffle fries, a medium Coke and a fudge brownie — contains about enough calories and fat to support a Tunisian village for a week. That is: 1,450 calories, 59 grams of fat, 1,945 milligrams of sodium and 95 grams of sugar.” (latimes)
Mmm mmm cancer, diabetes and heart disease!!
And of course there’s “the funny” backlash. Meet “Chaz The Intolerant Chick-Fil-A Chicken”:
I don’t know about you but I’m gonna make this a “tolerance” weekend. I’ve heard its good for the soul. YAAAAAY TOLERANCE!