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November 21, 2008

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Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* What a luscious bundle of contradictions, doubts, and friskiness Helen Mirren is. She's too much woman -- but in the best kind of way.

* More from Ron Paul.

* The best camcorders of 2008.

* Lesbians are more than twice as likely as straight women to get fat. Given the shape that many of today's straight women are in, that's saying a lot.

* Genes are even more complex than you thought they were.

* The only known audio recording of Virginia Woolf.

* Does fashion goddess Heidi Klum owe Hindus an apology?

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at November 21, 2008




Comments
Given the shape that many of today's straight women are in, that's saying a lot.

Heh.

Posted by: T. AKA RIcky Raw on November 21, 2008 1:38 AM



Helen Mirren in the Long Good Friday. It's getting on to thirty years since she played that rough-me-up-a-bit, groomed-older-woman-role...and she's still doing it!

Women such as Mirren can take comfort in the fact that, if they had children, they'd still cop a few sneers from those determined to sneer. I can think of a recent example.

Oh, and The Long Good Friday...Don't think it's one of those brutality-chic Brit affairs directed by a Guy Ritchie or a Neil Jordan. It's a fair dinkum gangster flick in the grand tradition. Even got Eddie Constantine!

Posted by: Robert Townshend on November 21, 2008 2:05 AM



Best quote from the lesbian article:

"The results of these studies indicate that lesbian women have a better body image than do heterosexual women."

Yes, they have a better body image, but they're twice as fat.

So, when they die of a heart attack or diabetes, at least they can be comforted by their "better body image."

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on November 21, 2008 7:38 AM



she looks..um...heidi-ous!

she should apologize to people in general.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 21, 2008 9:08 AM



Helen Mirren could teach a lot of women in their teens, twenties and thirties a thing or two about true sexiness. And no, Heidi Klum doesen't owe anyone anything. I've about had it with everyone being "offended" over everything, because, approximately 95% of the time, no one is actually offended or insulted. It's just a power play, designed to stifle free speech and exercise domination. Besides, it was a really clever costume...

Posted by: Tschafer on November 21, 2008 9:15 AM



Michael,

I seldom venture to tell you what to do with your blog, because you are a far better judge of that than I am, but...

Steve Sailer published an amazing bit yesterday about an administrator at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario that I think you should put up on top the list.

This administrator has established a thought police force to spy on students in public areas, including dormitories, to enforce PC in everyday speech and social interactions.

I'm seldom one to encourage political action, but this bit is so crazy that I think that it needs to be highlighted.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on November 21, 2008 9:44 AM



free speech? If she were a house they'd condemn her.

If she were a car you'd need to pay money to haul her away.

If she were a supertanker the somalis wouldnt hijack her. Black comedians wouldnt tell yo mama jokes about her from good taste.

LArry flint would move the supreme court to strike her down...from bad taste.

God would take an avtar simply to smite her down...and god usually never takes an avtar.

Her that picture is the one single artifact for the defense , in support of human sacrifice.

I could go on....

Posted by: Ramesh on November 21, 2008 9:59 AM



@SThomas,
I think you've misstated the results of the UMichigan/CDC health behaviors survey. Lesbians are not "twice as fat". Rather, overweight and obesity are twice as prevalent as in hetero- women.
Are you truly concerned re: deaths from diabetes and heart disease, or are you concerned because they don't meet your pleasure-to-view standards? Does their satisfaction with their own body image concern you, or would you prefer they be in anguish?

In other health behaviors surveys, lesbians are found to have more drinking, smoking, prevalence of depression than straight women. Perhaps the underlying common cause is increased stress in their lives.

Posted by: jz on November 21, 2008 12:31 PM



Heidi Klum: slum slut of the celebrity age. No brains. No talent. No body. No good. The perfect symbol of Western decadence. Move over, Madonna.

Posted by: Bob Grier on November 21, 2008 12:54 PM



If she were sodom and gommorrah god would be like fire and brimstone.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 21, 2008 1:26 PM



Klum may be all that and more, but she still doesn't own anyone any sort of PC apology for a damned costume, and personally, as a Costumed-American, I am DEEPLY OFFENDED that anyone thinks that she does. And hey, quit holding back, Ramesh - tell us how you REALLY feel...

Posted by: Tschafer on November 21, 2008 2:51 PM



OK, jz,

"Lesbians in Anguish!" would be a great title for a porno movie.

If you figure that twice as many lesbians are obese, what do you figure that means on average? Do the math.

"In other health behaviors surveys, lesbians are found to have more drinking, smoking, prevalence of depression than straight women. Perhaps the underlying common cause is increased stress in their lives."

I think that it's more likely that being lesbian makes a woman sick. This is also true for gay men. The cause of the "oppression" that they are fighting against so fiercely is... the fact that being gay is a decidedly self-destruction thing to be.

Remember those tens of thousands who killed themselves through their sexual behavior? No? Here, I'll jog your memory. AIDS.

Gay people spend a lot of time blaming the rest of the world for something that is innate to being gay.

Being gay is a psychological disorder, most often resulting from sexual abuse or incest. You can give me all the BS about my bigotry you want, but I'm speaking from experience. I tend to believe what's in front of my eyes.

When God made penises and vaginas, He was probably trying to give us a hint... you know... about what to do with them.

Who will be the first to scream: "Bigot!" I can hardly wait! Excelsior!

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on November 21, 2008 2:56 PM



"Klum may be all that and more, but she still doesn't own anyone any sort of PC apology for a damned costume, and personally, as a Costumed-American, I am DEEPLY OFFENDED that anyone thinks that she does. And hey, quit holding back, Ramesh - tell us how you REALLY feel..."

Indianshould plan a moon mission ...just to deposit klum on it.

I demand an apology from her on behalf of decency and mom's mango soufflé.

In a snobby french restaurant, the waiter would tilt his nose up , let his shaggy moustache droop and twitch his cheeks up slightly...at klum.

If you wear a costume I demand an apology from YOU too.

you can optionally, write it on the back of a check with a one followed by seven zeros.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 21, 2008 4:52 PM



"When God made penises and vaginas, He was probably trying to give us a hint... you know... about what to do with them."

God Didn't make penises and vaginas. the Devil did. God made us all like anatomically incorrect action figures suitable for two year olds. The devil gave us naughty parts and then made us eat them.We've been trying to fill that hole.....in our hearts(get your mind out of the gutter , will you!) ever since.

What's the matter with this guy?!

Posted by: Ramesh on November 21, 2008 5:01 PM



Ramesh,
Actually, I hope that India does launch a moon mission - we don't seem to be going back anytime soon, and I'd like to see another free country get there before China, especially one that brews a beer as good as Kingfisher. And incidentally, I will never apologize for my costume, but I will express my regards to your mom's mango souffle - sounds pretty good right now. And on that civilized note, I'll take my leave of this highly intellectual discussion.

Posted by: Tschafer on November 21, 2008 10:15 PM



T schafer

When was the last time you actually read the news.

google search on chandrayaan.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 22, 2008 3:55 AM






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