In last night’s final presidential debate, “Joe The Plumber” was mentioned by the candidates NINE times. You know what that means? Joe The Plumber is famous! More famously than Joe Six-Pack even! So who the hell IS Joe The Plumber, besides an obviously perfect name for a stock porn character? Well, turns out Joe The Plumber is, in fact, a real dude by the name of Joe Wurzelbacher. Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, the reason why he was discussed so frequently during the debate is because Joe plans to open his own plumbing business. McCain alleges that under Obama’s tax plan, Joe’s taxes would be raised because his small business could make more than $250,000; Obama says that his desire isn’t to punish successful small business owners like Joe, it’s that he wants to spread the wealth and allow other people to succeed as well. Whatever — you can decide how you feel about their tax plans when you go to vote on November 4th. More important, however, is what Joe The Plumber is going to do with his newfound fame! Acting as his imaginary agent/manager, I have some ideas… Keep reading »
On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the nation’s first family planning clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Women waited on line to get information on birth control. Nine days later Sanger was arrested for violating the Comstock obscenity laws, which made it illegal to send any contraceptive devices and birth control information through the mail and banned the distribution of information on abortion for educational purposes. Unfortunately, the clinic was closed, but that didn’t stop the birth control movement. She later opened clinics, known as “Mothers’ Health Centers,” in Manhattan and the Bronx, which later became branches of Planned Parenthood of New York City. The American Medical Association didn’t recognize birth control as an essential health service until 1937, but Sanger had championed the benefits for two decades prior. [Planned Parenthood] Keep reading »
As you’re probably aware from the flood of pink that has taken over the world, it’s October, aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t think this is some Hallmark-style holiday that only exists in the overly commercialized country we live in. Oh, no. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is worldwide. We poked around the internet a bit and found some awesome ads from other countries supporting the cause. Keep reading to see how the Netherlands, India, and Malaysia promote breast cancer awareness. The video above is from Australia. Keep reading »
Kevin Smith, auteur/director of such classics as the New Jersey Trilogy, “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy,” and “Mallrats,” has made a new flick, but how would you know? He can’t even tell you about it! “Zack and Miri Make A Porno” has been banned from advertising in 15 major newspapers and both network and cable channels. The LA Dodgers asked to even have the trailer stopped from airing during their games! Now, the movie is left solely to advertise in print, but it’s still a battleground. Weinstein Co., the film’s distributors, were puzzled when the Motion Picture Association of America called their ads “highly sexually suggestive and not suitable for general audiences.” What could be so offensive about 2D ads with no nudity, four letter words or defaced religious characters? Keep reading »
Heidi-ho! (Get it?) So, in 10 minutes or so, the season finale of “Project Runway” starts. Couple o’ things you should know — I am popping my live-blogging cherry tonight, I’m drinking a glass of wine, and may be temporarily detained paying for the burrito I just ordered. BUT during the commercials, I’m planning on flipping over to the Presidential Debate for little POLITICAL INTERLUDES so that not a second of your precious time is wasted. Oh, and listen up, if you are watching the show with me, please, oh please, contribute to the convo with your comments! It will be fun and make me feel like less of a crazy person, talking to herself. Awesome.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This obviously did not go as planned. We had some server cacheing problems. If it makes you feel better, I was so panicked trying to get this to work, my burrito went cold. Next time we will, uh, have the kinks worked out of this whole “live blogging” thing. And yes. LEANNE WON! (Sorry West Coasters…) Keep reading »
What, did you think I was going to live blog the debate? I’m Tivoing that nonsense so I can fast forward through the boring bits. Anyhoo, YES, I am going to give my first shot at livvvvveblogging by logging on giving away all the dirty details as they happen on the “Project Runway” season finale this evening. So, be sure to be reading The Frisky starting tonight at 9pm EST. In the meantime, who do you think is going to win the whole shebang? Keep reading »