Professional comic and actress, formerly a host on Air America Radio, and formerly cute.
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo was planning to speak at Providence College in Rhode Island on Wednesday, but college officials denied the request (link). Instead, he'll be speaking at a VFW hall and in front of the college's gates.
One reason given for the rejection is that the group that invited him - Youth for Western Civilization (link) - is not accredited. However, they're actually open about the real reason:
Just as important, [PC spokeswoman Pat Vieira] said, were Bishop Thomas J. Tobin's views on immigration and how immigrants -- whether here legally or illegally -- should be treated, which contrast sharply with Tancredo's... "The Bishop of Providence ... is a member of the College's Board of Trustees," Vieira said in a written statement. "If a similar request to host a speaker on this topic is made in a future semester, the College will encourage and facilitate a format that allows for multiple points of view to be expressed."
The school - home to such notable alumni as Janeane Garofalo and Chris Dodd - is a private institution run by the Dominicans. The president's email isn't listed, but if you want to send a polite suggestion try bbartoli *at* providence.edu and chaberle *at* providence.edu.
Point out to them that Tancredo wants to treat illegal aliens better than Tobin. Tancredo wants them to return home and press for reforms in their own countries. Tobin is engaging in false compassion and what he supports would lead to even more people dying in the desert and a host of other negative impacts.
UPDATE: Tobin clarifies here that he had no role in preventing the appearance. "Nonetheless... Bishop Tobin fully supports the decision of the administration regarding this matter." He's being disingenuous: PC did what he wanted them to do; it wasn't necessary for him to take an active role. There's an after-action report here. At the PC gates, protesters wore multi-colored masks as a sign of their diversity, and then, after fifteen minutes of silence, turned their backs on him. At the VFW protest (link), they chanted "Tom Tancredo, out of our state, we don’t want your racist hate" and "racist, sexist, anti-gay, Tom Tancredo go away". (For those wondering, the average mental and emotional age of the protesters was 5 years old).
Lots of people are trying to tap into the tea parties market, but almost all of those in the tea party-supporter way: selling t-shirts, trying to get their lounge singer career going, trying to prevent their nearly unwatched internet video channel from completely failing, and so on.
I will give $1,000,000 (ZWD) to the first person who - without clicking the link or having foreknowledge of the event in any way - can identify the non-entity celebrity who's holding up the following sign or either of the other two nobodies who are at the same table as her.
Stumped? Click here.
Consider this clip from the aged punk's show before answering:
Is he putting some of the profits from the show aside in order to get her the treatment she obviously needs?
If his viewers get tired of JG, perhaps he could show bum fights or make fun of the retarded instead.
With "hard, up-to-the-second facts," that is! Or, so sayeth a Guardianista named Paul Carr:
Last month, the Boston affiliate of America's Fox TV network ran a news item about a new craze sweeping cyber space...
...as Fox's breathless reporter put it, "to catalogue the details of their lives on web pages created for them, by them ... just blah-blah-blogging".
Incredible. I wonder what burgeoning technological trend Rupert Murdoch's news machine will uncover next?
There's little doubt that if Howard Dean were a Republican, he'd be announcing his withdrawal from the presidential race this week, as details from a recent Dean rally - so ripe with racism it would make a Ku Klux Klansman blush - have begun seeping into print.
For those of you who have never heard of a "blog" before, I'll try to offer the following explanation. This explanation will be very simplified, which I'll correct at the end.
First of all, a blog is a specific type of a website. A blog allows the blog's owner to act as a bit of a non-professional journalist or pundit.
Is the ghost of Sen. Joe McCarthy alive and well in Hollywood? That is certainly on the minds of many outspoken liberals in Tinsel-town these days. The latest conspiracy theory focuses on the just-announced axing by ABC of very vocal anti-Iraq war activist Janeane Garofalo's new sitcom, ''Slice o' Life...''
This article checks in with various anti-war celebs to find out what they're doing since they recently disappeared from sight.
It's all pretty good, but:
But Mike Farrell, star of television's "MASH" and organizer of "Artists United to Win Without War," told Reuters that those who joined the loyal opposition in Hollywood had not been silenced and
ABC television is being threatened with a boycott of the network and its advertisers if it airs a show starring outspoken war critic Janeane Garofalo, reports MSNBC columnist Jeannette Walls.
The network is said to be flooded with messages from supporters of the war in Iraq, who are complaining about a sitcom now in development.
O'REILLY: If you are wrong... and if the United States - and they will, this is going to happen - goes in, liberates Iraq [with] people in the street, American flags, hugging our soldiers... you gonna apologize to George W. Bush?
DailyPundit (dailypundit.com/archives/008267.php), CrooowBlog (tvh.blogspot.com/2003_02_23_tvh_archive.html#89848367), and The Blog from the Core (weblog.theviewfromthecore.com/001356.html) link to this story (hollywoodinvestigator.com/2002/garofalo.htm) about a decade-old interview with Janeane Garofalo:
Via LGF (link right) the full text of the celeb letter of support to Saddam is here.
The cumulative number of months that these people haven't worked is probably well into the 4 figures, as they say in Hollywood. And, how did these has-beens find out about the letter? Is there a celebrity mailing list? Did they put up a poster at the unemployment office?
You might ask, who cares what some celebrities think? Well, unfortunately, celebrities do have an influence on society.