February 5th, 2010


Wow...So He Was The Best Choice, Huh?

For the primaries, I grabbed a Republican ballot.  So I can honestly say I had nothing whatsoever to do with this.

Good news -- the D's candidate for gov has been decided.  Hynes conceded, so Pat Quinn is the nominee.  Poor guy is really taking a beating for his tax proposals and association with former gov Blago.  So he could really use some good news.

Too bad.

The winner of the D's nod for lite gov is Scott Lee Cohen, who got a major push from Dick Mell, one of the major cogs in the Illinois political Machine.  He beat out five other candidates, four of them state legislators (Mell's endorsement and stumping makes me automatically suspicious).  He's a millionaire, and made his money as a pawnbroker.  He invested $2 mil of his own money in his campaign.  Although, just two months ago, his ex-wife was claiming that he owed her 9 months child support, totaling $54,000 for their four kids.

She sought an order of protection against him in 2005.  Happened after Cohen got picked up by the fuzz for domestic battery.  Court filings for the divorce have his wife claiming he tried to force her to have sex and that he was on the juice.  He admits that last one, that he was taking steroids.  The formerly happy couple are making joint television appearances trying to do some damage control to all this.  She says he isn't like that anymore.

The official line from the party is they are waiting to see how the situation evolves before deciding whether or not to ask him to resign the nomination.  Thank you for being so ethical.  What's smacking your spouse around when you're trying to retain political control of the state?

It Is So Hard To Get Promoted On The Job

Akbar Zib is a Pakistani diplomat who has quite a distinguished record.  However, when he was proposed to be the Pakistan ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, he was soundly rejected.  Just recently, he was proposed as Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia.  Once again, shot down in flames.

Has nothing to do with his record of service.

Has everything to do with his name.  "Akbar Zib" is Arabic for "biggest dick."  Presumably, they are referring to the sexual connotation.  Here in Illinois, calling a politician "biggest dick" means something a bit different.

So, if you're going to have a kid, please name him or her something dignified, will you?
Peter G

Perversity Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

So, everyone got that Olympic fever yet?!?  I'm not much of a sports fan (I can't stand ice skating, as I don't think it's a real sport.  It's athletic, but not a real sport.  You know who wins a race because someone crosses the finish line first.  You know who wins basketball because someone scores more points than the other.  You know who wins ice skating because a bunch of people with agendas tell you who wins.  That is a problem for me.  Oh, and that covers gymnastics and diving, too), but it's pretty much the only time we Americans can see curling on TV.  There are some inspirational stories, like Apolo Ohno going for a record number of wins.  There's interesting movie trivia -- did you know that Frozone in The Incredibles is actually modeled on speed skater Shani Davis?

And then there's the "...wat?" moments.

Since I don't pay much attention to sports, I didn't hear until today that there was controversy about an American athlete, Lindsey Vonn.  I know she's a skier, and I know she's cute.  That was pretty much it.  So I hear people talking at work about how some people are protesting her appearance on the cover of the current Sports Illustrated as being exploitative.

You know, the same Sport Illustrated that has a yearly issue with nearly naked or truly naked but strategically covered, painted, and airbrushed women with swimwear.  Nope, that's not what everyone's saying is exploitative, the skier on the cover is.

So I decided to check out the controversy.  You can see the cover here.  It's a mock action shot.  Because, you know, if you try to take a picture of an actual skier in action in this pose, all you'll get is a blur.

Apparently, some people are looking at the downhill racing pose Vonn is in and are saying it is sexually suggestive.  As opposed to, say, the pure and wholesome clothes worn by the girls doing gymnastics.  Remember that picture of the celebratory hug by the female beach volleyball players?  The attention that garnered was taken completely out of context, but there was nothing they could do.  If people are determined to to see something sexual, you could dress a woman in a burka and they'll still see it (when I was in high school, one kid got around the school rules of no cheesecake photos on his locker door by putting up pictures of women in bras and panties from a Sears catalog.  I had to give him an E for Effort).  This also ignores that sports and sex are pretty much intertwined.  Cheerleaders at games.  Danica Patrick.  Fitness competitions that are less about athletic stamina and more about modeling.  This seems relatively harmless to me, and is certainly plausible to say is a sporty shot instead of cheesecake.  Why focus on this?

Besides...maybe I've just seen too much porn and run into too much Rule 34, but I don't really think this is all that sexy.  Is she cute?  Yes.  Is she pretty?  Absolutely.  But something that inspires the same feelings in me that Kylie Minogue and Jessica Alba do?  Nope.  Not even close.  If we want to see women in poses that excite our sexual imaginations, we know where to find them.  And a celebrity puff piece about a skier is not the first stop on the train.

There's real exploitation out there, folks.  Focus on the real problems, will ya?