Posted by: joha5 | May 9, 2011

On Perfect Days and Really Stupid Bees

It is an incredibly gorgeous day here in Washington, D.C.  Perfect blue skies, a few fluffy white clouds, and a ridiculously pretty chorus of songbirds at every window. All the trees have got their spring leaves on; the sun’s coming down through them and making them glow the most perfect, synthetic greens, pinks, purples and whites that have no place being outside of a Crayola box.  On days like today, there is simply nothing better than to take my book and a glass of orange juice into the backyard and to lose myself in a book for hours.  However, there is a problem…

…the bees are back, what with it being spring and all, and they’re as dumb as ever. All I want to do is sit outside but when all day it’s like there are crazy people running around my house, tapping on all the windows and really aggressively mumbling all the “z” words they can think of. Which, for crazy people, is probably a lot. Everytime I look up, there’s an inch long, yellow-striped, thick-legged little bundle of nightmares bonking themselves headfirst into my windows and glass table like there is a prize at stake. I know that they are bees and that they – most likely – don’t have the critical thinking skills or sensitive rationale that I do but even still, don’t you think that even the dumbest bee would get bored with whacking its disgusting little face into the glass over and over and over again in exactly the same spot?! If I were a bee this wouldn’t even be a question.  A dozen whacks and if nothing miraculously changes then I am flying myself right back to the hive and I would just hope no other bee witnessed my whole embarrassing ordeal.

This is what happens to me if I spend too much time reading in the backyard. The only difference is that I have nicer teeth.

Maybe the bigger problem is that I just don’t like bees. I understand, they’re good for us, and they produce our food, and they’re a vital part of our environment,  blah blah blah; but it doesn’t mean I have to like them. I am pretty sure that they don’t like me either. That whole thing everybody always tells me about “don’t bother them and they won’t bother you” is the purest lie I could ever be told.  Bees chase me, people.  I don’t kill them or attack them or tease them or assault them or even so much as hurl an insult at them.  But if I walk past a bee, that stripy idiot gets the big idea from his evil little brain to go directly for me every damn time. The reactions are always the same as well.  I shriek and run – women and children be damned – yelling “BEE BEE BEE BEE BEE” like it’s the first time I’ve ever seen one and I’ve just got to tell the world of my discovery. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were just the cute little jellybeans with wings that little kids’ coloring books make them out to be.  But they are not.  It’s their sound, their random flight patterns, and the fact that they are hellbent on destruction that bothers me the most…oh, that and their awful pipe-cleaner legs.  Who has legs like that?!  

Why can't all bees act like Jerry Seinfeld? They would be a lot more tolerable if they did.

So, whatever bees – rub your striped torso’s and nasty legs on my flowers or fence or soy beans or whatever it is you do in your spare time…just keep the hell away from me. Oh, and by the way, to all of the bees in my backyard right now: come get your idiot cousin – he’s leaving pollen and bee faceprints all over my windows.

Posted by: joha5 | April 12, 2011

How Influential was ‘Scream’ on Hollywood Horror?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly fifteen years since Wes Craven’s “Scream” hit theaters in 1996. While the slasher flick can easily be considered a Hollywood horror classic, it was released at a time when it seemed like the genre had little left to give audiences. Saturated with an unending string of sequels to movies like Halloween”, “Friday the 13th”, and Craven’s own “Nightmare on Elm Street”, slasher movies had long since faded as bankable Hollywood fare.

In fact, at the time of “Scream’s” release, the genre was essentially confined to the realm of straight-to-video releases. Keep in mind that the mid-’90s were the days when warehouse-sized video rental stores had shelves lined with bulky VHS tapes. Video rentals and Cable TV arguably helped to keep the slasher genre alive after the luster of big-screen scares had faded for most movie-goers.

One of the most iconic images from the 'Scream' series is - of course - the Scream mask.

Amid this atmosphere of darkened living rooms where fans huddled around VCRs to watch late-night classics, “Scream” was set to change things. The perfect spark to reignite Hollywood horror would end up being a film that poked fun at the slasher genre as much as it delivered on genre-perfect staples. Self-referential to an almost surreal degree, “Scream” worked as both horror and parody, reminding movie-goers what made the genre popular in the first place.

Now that Craven and his original cast have returned to the series after 10 years with “Scream 4”, it’s worth gauging just how influential the original really was. The 1996 film’s blockbuster success not only paved the way for a glorious resurrection of a genre once thought outdated, it spawned a fair share of unabashed imitators.

Hollywood not only re-embraced the genre, it actively sought to capitalize on “Scream’s” success by getting the film’s writer, Kevin Williamson, to adapt the novel “I Know What You Did Last Summer”. Released less than a year after “Scream,” the movie had big studio investment and a cast of hot young stars which included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr. Like “Scream,” it was a box office hit, grossing over $100 million.

The less successful “Urban Legend” was released in 1998, hewing pretty close to its predecessors’ formula. The movie had an ensemble cast of young actors including Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Tara Reid, and others. “Urban Legend’s” director Jamie Blanks would go on to film “Valentine” a few years later in 2001 with Denise Richards, Katherine Heigl, and David Boreanaz.

While spawning a line of new slasher movies headlined by star-studded casts, “Scream” was also a green light for older franchises to make a comeback. “Halloween,” which provided much of the inspiration for “Scream,” would get a reboot with help from no less than Kevin Williamson with 1998’s “Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later”. Although Williamson was uncredited for his work on the script, he likely helped make “H20” the highest grossing of the “Halloween” series at the time.

The were returns from classic villains Freddy and Jason in “Jason X” and “Freddy vs. Jason”. There would also be brand new sequels in the “Childs Play” series starting in 1998 with “Bride of Chucky”. Eventually, Hollywood opted for big-budget remakes of the originals themselves over more sequels, with remakes of “Psycho”, “Halloween”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Friday the 13th”, and most recently “Nightmare on Elm Street”.” With Hollywood now banking on the same series “Scream” both parodied and paid homage to, the genre has definitely come full circle.

Barrymore was touted as the main lead in Scream. Who knew she would be dead within the first 15 minutes of the film?!

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I don’t really care for Valentine’s Day…but then again I don’t not care for it either.  However, the fact remains that it seems to be an extremely divisive day.  Single, partnered, gay, straight, or whatever…something about February 14th elicits this extremely visceral reaction from anybody you ask.   

When I was younger Valentine’s Day was definitely less about love and affection and more about feeling a sense of validation that you were liked.  I was well-liked in school but nobody ever had a crush on me so I never got those secret Valentine’s Day cards informing me that somebody had a crush on me.  I never got that extra candy in the paper bag that was attached to my desk.  What I did get were the generic cards that you could buy from CVS – 40 for two bucks or something – with cartoon characters that hadn’t been cool in 30 years (think Yogi Bear, the Jetsons, or the Flinstones).  I don’t remember exactly but I am pretty sure that if you were going to give a Valentine to somebody then you had to give one to everybody in your class.  As a result I remember getting really resentful Valentines from guys in my class like “Happy Valentines Day or whatever, Jon”.  Really they should have just written “I’m only doing this because I have to.”

If you can look me in the eyes and tell me that you have never seen one of these then I will call you a liar.

You would think this would have scarred me in some way but, strangely, it didn’t.  I got excited to give a Valentine and some candy to everybody in my class.  For me, it was genuinely fun.  I didn’t care if I got some begrudging cards from guys in my class who were mandated to give me one.  I mean, it would have been nice for them to put in a little bit more effort but whatever…Valentines Day was more for me and for doing something nice for the people who I shared my days with. 

As I got older, the game changed a little bit.  We used to have a flower sale at my high school where for a dollar or two you would write a note and on Valentines Day the organizers would put all of the notes that people sent you in your mailbox.  Once you got those notes you would go to the front of the school, show them how many notes you got and then you would redeem one flower for each note.  The intended purpose was to raise money for some charity but its real purpose was just to make the vast majority of the high school feel sad and lonely.  For a school that promoted equity throughout the student body there was absolutely nothing equitable about the Valentines Day flower event.  There was always a handful of students who would receive an insane amount of flowers – 20, 30, 40 – and they would parade around school all day acting as if it was a huge burden for them to carry all of these flowers as they marched to and from class when really the only burden involved was the one they were putting on the rest of the student body who had to witness this spectacle.  Even if you received a couple of flowers – or even a handful – seeing these people still made you feel like you were worthless because the school had inadvertently discovered a way to measure popularity (at least to high school students) and they had created a number of despots with a Machiavellian approach to Valentines Day flowers.  It was absolutely absurd.

I was one of those people who got one – or maybe two – flowers each year.  Sure, I felt a tinge of jealousy when I saw these people who looked like flower Sherpas but it didn’t take me long to realize how silly the whole thing was.  Granted, I probably came to this conclusion because of my jealousy and not in spite of it.  Whatever.  Who cares.

Flower Sherpas: I'm not (that) jealous.

Eventually all of these silly escapades stopped and along with that went any significance that the day once held.  It wasn’t that the day was void of meaning it was just that I stopped caring so much about it.  I stopped using it as a benchmark for my (lack of ) popularity and my love life.  It stopped serving as a reminder that I was single or that I was with somebody.  It just kind of became this day that was nice to have but that lost all intrinsic meaning…that is, if it ever had one in the first place.  That’s why this past Monday it was so interesting to watch people take Valentines Day so seriously in either a good or a bad way.  I can’t understand why people would ever be sad on Valentines Day and conversely I can’t understand how people could be elated by Valentines Day either.  After all, it’s just a day. 

Whether you think Valentines Day is a day to renew your commitment to your partner or whether you think it is over-commercialized and gaudy, it is just a day where it is nice to reflect for a few fleeting moments on those that you have in your life and those that you love.  Sure, I got a couple of cards and a few chocolates but those on their own are just that: cards and chocolates.  What made Valentines Day good for me this year and every year preceding this one is doing something nice for those people in my life that I love dearly.  And even if you don’t send cards or chocolates or flowers (I typically don’t), Valentines Day serves its purpose to me by just making us think about just how lucky we are to have all of the people in lives that we do…and that is nothing to be sad about.

Posted by: joha5 | February 8, 2011

The Economic Case for Inclusive Immigration Reform

I would love nothing more than to take credit for this piece.  As much as I would like to, however, I am equally as proud to share this piece on my blog.  This was written by Steve Ralls, the Communications Director at an organization that I passionately believe in and support: Immigration Equality (please go to their website at  Even if this article doesn’t change your mind about the injustices that are taking place around our great country, then I hope that – at the very least – it will make you aware of this little known and publicized issue that is gaining more and more momentum on the national stage.  Thank you, Steve, for your amazing article and please keep up the good work at Immigration Equality.  For the rest of you, enjoy.


In the State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress, once again, to tackle the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. In his first remarks on the topic since the Senate voted down the DREAM Act — which would have provided young people a path to citizenship in return for service in our armed forces or obtaining a degree at a college or university in the United States — the President laid out the case for fixing a woefully broken system that hasn’t been reformed in decades.

It is no accident that the President included immigration as part of a speech that focused heavily on boosting our country’s economy. The two are inextricably linked, and smart reform can be part of the plan to put the U.S. further ahead on the road to economic progress. No matter where you fall on the issue of immigration, there is no denying that our immigration policy impacts our workforce, tax base and businesses, too.

In his remarks, President Obama specifically noted the absurdity of continuing to force talented young people, who are educated and trained in the United States, to leave the country once their education is complete. “As soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us,” the President said. “It makes no sense.”

He’s right, of course. But there’s another piece of the immigration puzzle that makes no sense, either.

Current immigration laws are forcing some American citizens to quit their jobs, sell their homes and leave their own country. That’s right: American citizens. More than 36,000 of them, who happen to be lesbian and gay and have a partner from another country, face the unimaginable choice of leaving their country — and their jobs — behind, or tearing their families apart.

Last year, Immigration Equality worked with Steve Orner, an American citizen whose Indonesian partner lost his work visa when the economy went south and his employer started laying off workers. Steve’s partner, who is a structural engineer specializing in infrastructure projects, received his PhD in engineering right here in the United States. His degree was even funded by government scholarships. Our country recognized the extraordinary contribution he could make… but because of discriminatory immigration laws, he was turned away. Steve has now quit his job in the U.S., and the two are in the process of reuniting in Canada, where both of them will have their skills welcomed, and their relationship recognized.

In California, Judy Rickard took early retirement from her job so she could be with her partner, who is British, year-round. The two could only remain together in the U.S. six months each year, and that made it impossible to keep her job in place and her family intact.

A similar scenario plays out, all around the country, every day. In Vermont, Michael Upton, who has worked with injured veterans at a local VA facility, was forced to confront the same choice after falling in love with a partner from abroad. In Minnesota, a small business owner faces the possibility of shuttering her business — which generates approximately $1 million in tax revenue — because her partner cannot live here in the U.S. with her.

All of these stories — and the thousands of others like them — would be a thing of the past if Congress would simply amend immigration laws to grant lesbian and gay Americans the ability — as their straight neighbors have long had — to sponsor their life partners for residency here in the United Sates.

The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), which would end the double standard some couples face under our current system, would allow Steve to remain in the U.S., and his partner to be part of rebuilding our infrastructure. It would allow Judy and Michael the opportunity to keep their full-time jobs, too. And it would give every employer a key tool they need to recruit and retain a skilled, talented workforce that is, increasingly, forced to take their talents abroad.

It’s no wonder that a growing list of Fortune 500 companies, including industry leaders like Pfizer, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Nike and others, have signed onto a business coalition urging Congress to pass UAFA. Including this simple — but enormously important — provision in comprehensive immigration reform would help numerous businesses, both big and small. Currently, 59% of OECD countries — our main international competitors — offer the same for lesbian and gay couples. It is past time for the United States to do so as well.

The President was right to call on Congress to cross partisan lines and address immigration reform. Doing so makes good sense for businesses, families and the economy. But that reform must include UAFA, too, so that American businesses can retain American workers and have a key advantage in the race to remain competitive.

Just as it makes no sense to train workers in our own country and then force them to leave, it also makes no sense to force American citizens, and American workers, outside of the American workforce, either. It’s time, as President Obama said on Tuesday night, to “stop expelling talented, responsible people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business, who could be further enriching this nation.”

That includes lesbian and gay workers, too.

Posted by: joha5 | January 27, 2011

Walking the Walk: Ambam the Gorilla Strolls on Hind Legs

A gorilla has achieved fame for walking upright on his hind legs like a human at a British animal park.  Ambam, a Western lowland gorilla, was filmed strolling about his enclosure by animal researcher Johanna Watson.  She posted the clip on YouTube where it has been viewed by more than 250,000 people.

Ambam, a 21-year-old silverback, is part of a bachelor group of the critically endangered animals at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, which is run by an international conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation.  Gorilla keeper Phil Ridges said Ambam, who now weighs 485 pounds, had been hand-reared at another animal park when he was a one-year-old for several months because he was ill.  He said the human-like walking style seemed to run in the family.

“Ambam’s father Bitam used to display the same behavior if he had handfuls of food to carry,” Ridges said in a statement. “Ambam also has a full sister, Tamba, and a half-sister … who also sometimes stand and walk in the same way.

“All gorillas can do it to some extent but we haven’t got any who do it like Ambam and he is quite a celebrity at the park,” he added. “We think he might use it to get a height advantage to look over the wall when keepers come to feed him and standing up can also help him in looking for food generally in his enclosure as it gives him a better vantage point.”  Ridges added that Ambam could also carry more food if his hands were freed from walking and it also meant “he doesn’t get his hands wet when it is raining.”

Genius, missing link, or homeless man in a gorilla costume? You decide.

It seems clear to me that Ambam is either a genius, the missing link, or a homeless man in a gorilla costume.  Any way you slice it, you have to give this gorilla respect.

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Posted by: joha5 | January 24, 2011

Bane: A Prologue to ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

The Riddler. Hugo Strange. Deadshot. Killer Croc. What do these iconic Batman villains all have in common? None of them are going to be played by Tom Hardy in “The Dark Knight Rises”, contrary to persistent rumors.  Instead, Hardy, who was Christopher Nolan’s first new hire for his last Batman movie’s cast, is on board for Bane — and to say that I’m pumped about this casting is nothing short of an understatement, if you’ll forgive the pun.

Tom Hardy will be playing Bane in the upcoming Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises"

First appearing in the pages of “Batman: Vengeance of Bane” in the early 1990s, the Caped Crusader’s heavily muscled rival is also one of his fiercest foes: as a prisoner, he was forced to become a test subject for Venom, a drug that enhanced his physical strength to superhuman levels. The catch is that Bane has to constantly inject himself with Venom or else risk some severe side-effects. Making matters worse, Bane isn’t just an unstoppable physical force; he’s also a serious mental threat, with wits that are as formidable as his muscles.

In the DC Universe, Bane remains best known for deciphering Batman’s secret identity and subsequently breaking the costumed vigilante’s back, rendering Gotham’s greatest hero a paraplegic. Naturally, not even paralysis can keep Bats off his feet for long, and he eventually provided Bane with the proper dose of justice he deserved.

Bane in all of his glory

Exactly how Nolan and Hardy deal with Bane remains to be seen, though it’s a safe bet that the character’s intelligence will be featured much more prominently than it was in “Batman & Robin,” his laughable first appearance on the silver screen. It’ll be interesting to see how Nolan deals with Bane’s Venom-infused strength, too. Will it physically alter his body as is the case in the comics? Will it simply yield a psychological effect? Nolan’s sensibilities lead us to think it’s the latter, but the man does love his curveballs: perhaps he’ll find a way to ground Bane’s power in reality.

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Paul, the German octopus famous for correctly predicting each of Germany’s 2010 World Cup matches, will got his own permanent memorial three months after his death.

The memorial corner was unveiled earlier today at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen in western Germany.  Dubbed “Paul’s Corner,” the centerpiece of the memorial is – get this! – the octopus oracle’s gold-leaf covered urn containing Paul’s cremated remains.  Paul died aged 2-1/2 on October 26th.

An image of the 'Paul the Octopus Memorial' from the front.

He became an international sensation this summer after he correctly predicted each of Germany’s World Cup matches — including their two losses. Paul also correctly tipped Spain to defeat Netherlands in the final.

During the height of Paul’s popularity, scores of reporters and photographers crowded around the octopus’ tank when he made his predictions. The picks were also broadcast on live television in Germany and across parts of Europe.

The mystic mollusc would foresee the winner of the soccer match by choosing a mussel from two transparent boxes adorned with the competitors’ flags. The mussel from the box that Paul chose was considered his prediction.

An image of the 'Paul the Octopus Memorial' from the back. Notice the urn. RIP San Pablo.

Following the World Cup, marketers seized on Paul’s popularity. The octopus was cast in an advert for a German supermarket and promoted England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup.

An American-produced documentary about Paul is in the works.

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Posted by: joha5 | January 19, 2011

What’s in a Handshake?

Body language is absolutely fascinating to me. In fact, I often rely more on a person’s body language than I do on their words. In many ways I think we all do.  I consider myself a keen observer of people and as a consequence of this one of my favorite pastimes is people watching.

This may sound strange – or maybe it will sound normal – but I can happily spend an hour or two sitting in a cafe or bar and watching people interact with each other. I like to posit about their history, who they are, how long they have known each other for, where they have come from, and what exactly their story could be.  I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a voyeur, but I’m definitely an observer.

There are many things that I notice and pick up on when I people watch but the one thing I notice most about people is the way in which they greet one another or how it is they actually meet. Through out my career and my personal life I’ve shaken a lot of hands. Maybe not as many as your average politician but a lot of hands. Some hands I liked and some I didn’t – but I shook them anyway. A handshake says a lot about a person, their personality and the way in which they view you and potentially the dynamics of the relationship they intend to form with you.

Good Handshake.

There a lot of variables to consider when you’re weighing up a handshake but there are three major elements that I take note of when I first meet someone. Is it a strong handshake or weak? How is the person’s hand positioned – is it palm up, palm down or is the hand extended directly at you? I don’t like a palm down shake, it tells me this person is attempting to assert their dominance. Palm up is a little weak for me, it reminds me of a dog bearing its belly in submission.

Do they make eye contact? I like eye contact. Eye contact is good.

Grip – full or partial? I always notice the partial grip. You know the one I’m talking about, the half-hearted ‘ only hold your fingers’ grip? Yuck!  I’m never sure if this is an indication of fragility or if it is just an accident.  Either way, I’m far from fragile and I’d definitely rather not just shake your fingers so I’d just rather not partake in that kind of handshake at all if I can help it.  

Bad Handshake.

It’s actually quite funny how much a handshake actually establishes my opinion of people.  I’m not saying it is the only thing but it certainly serves as a foundation to build from.  Plus, if I don’t have the time or the energy to invest in somebody or really getting to know them the handshake is the main thing I have to go off of.  I may not always be right but I definitely trust my instincts and, if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I can always rely on my first impression of a person within minutes of meeting them…

…and it starts with their handshake.

Posted by: joha5 | January 17, 2011

Elementary, My Dear (Jeopardy Supercomputer) Watson

Perhaps you have read the news that in February, for the first time ever, a computer will compete on Jeopardy!  You might remember when an IBM computer beat chess world champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match in 1997. IBM’s latest challenge was to build upon that feat by taking technology to an even more difficult and complex level – building a computer that processes natural language, complete with humor, irony and sarcasm, as well as nuances, regionalisms and slang.

Stupid Watson. If he was any more complex I would fall in love with him.

Having apparently met that challenge, Watson will compete against Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on February 14 through the 16, 2011.  The computer, named Watson after IBM’s founder, was developed by technologists and researchers from around the world.  While its debut on Jeopardy! will make a big splash, the goal of the technology is ultimately to forge more advanced communication between humans and computers. This goal undoubtedly will harvest scientific and societal benefits in fields ranging from healthcare to customer service.

However, I cannot help wondering what practical applications Watson might offer if ever the technology became available at the consumer level.  How long before the next software release coming out of Redmond, Washington, will include Microsoft Irony, an application to detect, interpret, even insert rhetorical nuances in interpersonal and corporate communications?  Could Watson displace humor columnists and bloggers? Will we turn on our televisions and see Watson sitting behind Andy Rooney’s desk on 60 Minutes?  Personally, I am hoping Watson will be smart–and courageous–enough to tell Jeopardy! clue-writers to put the periods and commas inside the quotation marks, where they belong.

Whether it was controversial on purpose or by accident, Sarah Palin released yet another web video that got everybody talking.  Her now infamous ‘blood libel’ comment was the one that really seemed to stir the pot but she made plenty of other declarations which I thought were just as controversial – if not more so.  

The one that truly stood out to me was when she stated that ‘acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own…They begin and end with the criminals who commit them’.  Palin’s above manifesto is clear: only the individuals who commit a crime should be held responsible for their wrongs. She even goes on to denounce “collectively” holding others responsible for the conduct of criminals. 

This got me thinking about the duplicity that seems to encompass and define Sarah Palin.  If this is truly her philosophy – does anybody really know what she actually stands for? – how in the world could she have opposed the proposed construction of the Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan?  It seems clear to me that the builders of the Mosque had nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorists.  It was the terrorists who committed an act of “monstrous criminality,” not the law-abiding Muslim-American citizens who just wanted to “exercise their first amendment rights,” the exact type of rights she specifically defended in her new video.

Liberty and Duplicity: DO NOT MIX.

Sarah Palin and her cohorts are always willing to engage the public ad nauseam through cable news networks and social media platforms.  Two things seem clear to me after her latest journey through the public sphere.  The first is that she doesn’t have a critical thought in her brain and that her only purpose is to serve as a talking head in order to ‘mobilize’ people who are sympathetic to whatever her cause célèbre is that day.  The second is that Sarah Palin absolutely cannot have it both ways.  It’s either “individual responsibility” meaning that we only punish those who commit the crimes or it is “collective guilt” so we can punish Americans for the wrongs to which they have no connection. Which is it going to be? Or is there an exception to her views based on the race or religion of the American?

There is a larger question at play here.  Why does the media so insanely and frantically follow Sarah Palin and give her the life-blood that she needs to survive?  To me, Sarah Palin is like Lindsay Lohan without the intelligence and much like Lindsay, the media loves to follow Sarah every step as we watch her self-destruct.

Essentially, Palin is one step above a cast member on Jersey Shore  – no offense intended to “The Situation”.  In fact, I think the cast members on Jersey Shore should welcome Sarah to the show because she would make them look smarter. I would love to see Sarah Palin play a game of Scrabble against Snooki.  I’ll give you one guess as to who I am putting my money on.

A picture is worth a thousand words. This one is worth a million.

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