Tony Snow's Funeral: Rumor has it that the fine members of Westboro Baptist Church plan to show up at Tony Snow's funeral and hold a demonstration--this despite the fact that, as far as I know, the man never had any association with the gay rights movement, either for or against. A funeral service is to be held for Snow in Washington D. C., which the President will attend. That mens the Secret Service will be there, prepared to blow the Westboro folks away if they show up.
I can only hope that both things will come true--that the Westboro folks will show up and that the Secret Service will blow them away. I still haven't gotten over being pissed off that they even contemplated disrupting the funerals of those Amish children a few years ago. They are slime.
Proposed next cover of New Yorker magazine: I haven't seen the image, but it's apparently pretty bizarre--shows Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim, standing with Michelle Obama in the Oval Office, with a portrait of Osama bin Laden on the wal, and Michelle dressed up as some 70's radical type, complete with automatic weapon, and the flag burning in the background.
The New Yorker's explanation is that they wanted to satire the spin that is being lobbed at Obama. The thing is, most people know better than to believe the spin and the slanted hype, and we are not amused. I was rather stunned when I heard about the proposed cover. I asked Mark, "Don't they respect him at all?"
Jesse Jackson on the Apology Tour: Jesse, all I can say is, "If it was good enough for Dog Chapman, it's good enough for you. See how well you like being made to grovel." This is the result of Jackson making a derogatory comment about Barack Obama, to with, wanting to "cut off his nuts." That was a real eye-opener. In my book, for a man to say that about another man is...vicious, really appallingly vicious.
Dr. Michael DeBakey: Oh, shoot, I forgot to list Dr. DeBakey in my 'In Memoriam' post. I'd better add him. He was a truly great pioneer in the field of cardiac medicine, and he was still practicing medicine the day before he died. My friend Becky used to work at Methodist Hospital, the same hospital where DeBakey worked. She said he used to wear platform shoes all the time, probably to keep them broken in for surgery. After he had heart trouble of his own and had to start using a scooter, she said he would drive that thing at warp nine through the hallways, getting to wherever he was going. He was 99 years old.
Book News!: Naomi Novik's latest Temeraire book is out--in hardback!!! Hurray!
TV Stuff: I learned that, had Zach Addy of Bones not been the Gormogon apprentice (because of the writers' strike), they were planning for him to be the Gormogon's last victim before the Gormogon was caught. They will have Eric Millegan guest-star in several episodes during the upcoming season to make up for the six-eight ipisodes he couldn't get paid for. I like that. That's pretty darned considerate of the producer or whoever is allowing it. And yea! More Zach!
And that's all she wrote. :)