Friday, November 27, 2015

Hot Shot of the Day

Somebody asked about my favorite "type." After Scooter, this is pretty close. Ran first on 7/31/13.

Bacon Scented Underwear?

Can't make it up . . . "If you are hiking in the woods where bears are known to roam, please do not wear Bacon Scented Underwear without also carrying a firearm."

Bacon Scented Underwear for Men 
Item Number B-2015205

Lovers of naughty bits and breakfast rejoice -- introducing Bacon Scented Underwear! Marrying the ultimate in comfort and cured meat,J&D's Bacon Scented Underwear represents the gold standard of meat-scented luxury undergarments. It's like a hot frying pan in your pants.

Science tells us that 45% of Canadians prefer bacon to sex -- and now new generations of Canadians won't have to choose. Because with Bacon Scented Underwear, you won't know where breakfast ends and your lover starts.

Our legal team has advised us to post the following warnings:
  • If you have a large dog with razor sharp teeth, please do not fall asleep in J&D's Bacon Scented Underwear.
  • J&D's Bacon Scented Underwear is not recommended for people in the following professions: mail carriers, zookeepers, veterinarians, dog catchers and walkers, and circus performers (especially lion tamers).
  • If you are hiking in the woods where bears are known to roam, please do not wear Bacon Scented Underwear without also carrying a firearm.

Some notes about caring for your Bacon Scented Underwear:

We've stolen top-secret technology from NASA that allowed us to embed the smell of bacon into the ink of your Bacon Scented Underwear. Thanks NASA!

The smell of bacon will last through multiple wash cycles and wearings - depending on the number of wearings and (ahem) strength of your own scent, your underwear should continue to smell like bacon for up to 6 months or even a year.

When washing Bacon Scented Underwear, use unscented detergent, wash separately in warm water, and air or tumble dry.

"Spotlight" Excellent

'Spotlight' Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting -- and Democracy

Michael Winship | Senior writer, Former senior writing fellow, Demos. President, Writers Guild of America, East. Posted: 11/27/2015


Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys.
I never miss Citizen KaneAll the President's Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that's for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir).
If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight. The riveting account of the Boston Globe's investigative team exposingthe cover-up of widespread pedophilia in the city's Catholic Church -- and beyond -- stars a roster of big name talent that without ego works together seamlessly as an ensemble: Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci, to name just the top of the cast.
Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station AgentThe Visitor) and written by McCarthy and West Wing alum Josh Singer, it's a Hollywood movie that's really about something, the story of dedicated, scrupulous reporters going up against a seemingly indomitable institution and discovering a scandal beyond anything they imagined.
They started investigating in 2001 and by the end of 2002, the Globe's Spotlight team published nearly 600 stories about the Church and 249 priest and brothers in the Boston archdiocese had been publicly accused of sexual abuse. The archdiocese teetered at the edge of bankruptcy and in December, Bernard Cardinal Law, Boston's archbishop, resigned (although he was transferred to Rome's influential Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore).
What's more, the filmmakers note, "major abuse scandals" have been discovered in more than 100 other American towns and in another 100 places worldwide. In the words of producer Blye Pagon Faust, "Spotlight took on this institution that had power, money and resources, and showed people that nobody is untouchable."
Tom McCarthy was quick to add, "I was raised Catholic so I have great understanding, admiration and respect for the institution. This story is not about Church bashing. It's about asking 'How does something like this happen?' The Church performed, and in some cases continues to perform, acts of institutional evil not only as an abuser of kids but also through the cover-up of abuse. How could this abuse go on for decades without people standing up and saying something?"
The movie Spotlight is a celebration of investigative journalism and a reminder that it could be a dying art. "I'm extremely concerned with how little high-end investigative journalism is out there right now compared to what we had 15 years ago," McCarthy said. "I saw this movie as an opportunity to show by example: Here is the kind of impact that can happen when you have well-funded journalism done by experienced professionals. I mean, what could be more important than the fate of our children?"
When I asked McCarthy at a recent screening of the film whether Spotlight may be more of a eulogy than a love letter, he pointed out that among young people, the 1976 release of All the President's Men, the movie version of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book on the Watergate affair, spurred renewed interest in journalism as a career. He hopes Spotlight might have a similar effect.
We both noted that despite fewer investigative units at major metropolitan newspapers there are a number of independent, non-profit organizations doing great work like ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Investigative Reporting; such publications and websites as Mother JonesIn These Times andTruthout; and reporters like Lee Fang at The Intercept, David Sirota at International Business Times, Ari Berman at The Nation and Andy Kroll at National Journal, to name just a few. Not to mention recent work like Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Narayanswamy's exhaustive digdown at The Washington Post into four decades of campaign and charitable contributions to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Of course, contributing to the problem in this Internet age is the slashing of press revenues that fund in-depth investigating, plus the sheer glut of information and data unaccompanied by knowledge or wisdom. Tom McCarthy thinks the problem's especially critical at the state and local level, where money for investigative journalism is scarcest but where some of the worst corruption occurs in dark corners unilluminated by the kind of reporting that makes Spotlight so remarkable.
The slogan on the movie's poster is, "Break the story. Break the silence." Journalist Ben Bradlee, Jr., played in the film by John Slattery, told the Annenberg Media Center's NeonTommy blog, "The movie underscores the importance of investigative journalism in a democracy." And in a recent interview at Salon, Tom McCarthy said that this kind of reporting is, "so essential to a free and healthy press in our country. The fact that it is eroding should really be a great alarm to people, as much as the ice caps are eroding. We should be really a bit worried about the state of journalism, and not just for the journalists but for us, because that's who it will impact most."
He told another interviewer, "I want to ring the bell about how essential this kind of journalism is, because to me, these reporters are straight-up heroes."

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Funny, I always thought Joe was the gay one...

Joe Jonas Reveals Why He Won't Stay Silent On LGBT Issues
The more JoBros we've got on our side, the better.

Curtis M. Wong | Gay Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post | Posted: 11/24/2015

Nick Jonas has made no secret of his affinity for his gay fans, and now his older brother, Joe, is feeling the love, too.

Currently promoting "SWAAY," a disco-inspired EP by his "funk-pop" band, DNCE, the elder Jonas tells PrideSource that it's "flattering" when he gets hit on by gay men, and that he has no qualms when it comes to partying at gay clubs.

"I don't mind... if someone is nice," Joe Jonas tells PrideSource's Chris Azzopardi. "A lot of guys come out to the shows -- some gay guys as well -- and I love that. They rock out; they have fun. And I feel like the music is helping people express themselves in a way. I'm seeing people with glitter on their face, with the brightest colors. I love that we can encourage people to be themselves."

Jonas also told the publication that he's "accidentally" stumbled into gay bars, mostly in Europe. He's accompanied Nick to a gay bar, too, and had nothing but praise for the "really great" DJ that he met there.

"I just think we live in a world where obviously it's not a big deal -- it's fine -- and you can have fun wherever you go and make the best of it," he said. His goal for the new EP, he said, was to "reach out in my own way and really get people to feel comfortable."

"I hope now we can encourage other straight guys to have a voice as well," Jonas, who hasn't ruled out a Jonas Brothers reunion, said. "I care too much about my friends who are gay and fans who are gay to be quiet about it."

The only thing better than having one outspoken LGBT ally in the family... is having two! Way to go, Joe.

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Q&A: Joe Jonas On Gay Clubbin' With Nick, Flattering Advances & How a Jonas Brothers Reunion Could 'Easily Happen'
'I Definitely Really Don't Let Anything Hold Me Back These Days'

Nick Jonas isn't the only one going to gay clubs like a good ally - his older brother, Joe, enjoys a night out with the gays too. And the best part? Sometimes they even go together.

As if that wasn't enough, Joe is taking his new sound to the clubs with a disc drenched in the disco-funk sounds of the '70s. His latest post-Jonas Brothers endeavor, "SWAAY," features South Korean guitarist JinJoo, bassist / keyboardist Cole Whittle and drummer Jack Lawless. Collectively, they're known as DNCE.

We caught up with the band's frontman, Joe Jonas, to discuss his mission to "encourage people to be themselves," recent talks with Nick regarding a Jonas Brothers reunion and how he's "accidentally" wandered into gay clubs.

Why disco?

It's something I grew up listening to quite a bit; it was always played in the house. My dad grew up in the '70s and always really loved everything funk and disco, and it was the one style of music that all of us in DNCE loved. It helped us embody what this has become - this kind of disco-rock-pop stuff that we were able to brew up.

Considering the genre's ties to your childhood, do you get nostalgic performing this music?

Sometimes, yeah. I feel like when I perform these songs it's a new experience every time, because you're playing the same songs but seeing the reactions of different audiences. So sometimes it brings me back, but for right now it's kind of a whole new experience all over again.

Disco is obviously steeped in gay culture. Have you ever gotten down to some disco at a gay club?

I went to a gay club with Nick a few months ago - it was really fun! And actually, I was really impressed by the DJ - he played everything and was all over the map. His musicality was really great, and we just had a great time.

Was this your first time at a gay club?

Well... I've accidentally gone to gay clubs before! (Laughs) I think that's happened to a few people. But, you know, it was cool. We went out with some of our friends who are gay. I just think we live in a world where obviously it's not a big deal - it's fine - and you can have fun wherever you go and make the best of it.

How do you accidentally end up in a gay club?

(Laughs) Umm... being in Europe and not being able to read any of the signs and just stumbling into what you think is a regular club. You're like, "Oh, OK. Here we go."

At what point did you realize the club was gay?

Getting hit on by more men than you would usually get hit on by.

What is that experience like for you?

It's flattering. I don't mind... if someone is nice. And it's been cool to see at these concerts too. A lot of guys come out to the shows - some gay guys as well - and I love that. They rock out; they have fun. And I feel like the music is helping people express themselves in a way. I'm seeing people with glitter on their face, with the brightest colors. I love that we can encourage people to be themselves.

How does your experience with DNCE compare to Jonas Brothers?

The fan base is older now, and there are college kids and some adults, and it's cool to see that. I was in Toronto recently and I had a DJ gig after the show, and I would say 80 to 90 percent of the audience came to the DJ gig. It's cool to see that they're all down to hang - and that they're obviously old enough.

In 2014, Nick said he didn't feel Jonas Brothers did enough for their gay fans. What's your take on that?

Maybe it was just our age, but I would agree with Nick. We maybe didn't reach out as much as we probably could have. I hope now we can encourage other straight guys to have a voice as well. I care too much about my friends who are gay and fans who are gay to be quiet about it.

And now, having friends who are gay and touring in these different markets and seeing that DNCE has gay fans coming out to the shows, it's awesome. I just hope that with my new music - and like Nick - I'll be able to reach out in my own way and really get people to feel comfortable. That's what we're trying to do, especially with DNCE. It's like its own party, and we invite everybody.

How aware were you of a gay following while in Jonas Brothers?

We would see gay fans here and there come to shows, and we were always very happy to say hi, and (be) loving. It always made us happy. And like, you'd see a sign or two (laughs) that would say something kind of funny. I can't remember what they said off the top of my head - a lot of them were always making me laugh, and they were flattering too.

You recently tweeted a photo of you in a feather boa while in Texas. What's the story behind that?

(Laughs) Oh, wow, I don't even remember. But I'm definitely the risk-taker out of the brothers and have been for many years, and so I don't remember all the crazy and wacky things that I've done. I definitely really don't let anything hold me back these days.

Is that because there's less to hold you back?

Definitely, yeah. I feel like it's nice to be able to have a voice in the music industry but also be able to express that voice and not really feel shy about that or feel like you're not supposed to say this or say that. Obviously being in the situation that my brothers and I were in for so many years - we didn't have anyone in particular saying, "Don't do this, don't do that," but you just have that in the back of your head because you're a bit worried or nervous that you might say or do something that could set off fireworks.

You hear so many stories about child stars, and we see so many of them not make it. How did you survive those childhood years, and what advice would you give someone as young as you were?

Man, it's definitely difficult. The first thing is remembering that you're not crazy for thinking or doing the things you wanna do. It's really important to be your own artist and be creative, and if you wanna be a certain way or if there's a style of music you wanna go with, take that journey. It's difficult because you think you know everything, and then there are times you're told you know nothing, so I think you just have to learn and take time to understand who you are as a person and who you are as an artist. Soon enough, you'll start to realize it's OK to be you and to really be whoever you want to be. You'll see that people prefer that more than a cardboard cutout.

From your recent breakup with Gigi Hadid to your new blue hair - how do you handle the constant interest regarding every facet of your life?

It's pretty funny. I think I've learned to laugh it off when sometimes they like to create their own stories - even out of your hair. (Laughs)

Ha, is the blue hair not a story?

(Laughs) I don't think so! I just did it because I wanted to do it - there really wasn't a deeper meaning to any of it, which is why I think it's really funny. They make it something. I could be frustrated or I could be mad about that, but I just laugh it off. I've learned to handle it better over time. And it's never always been that easy; there are moments that have been difficult for me. I've read stuff or something I would say was taken out of context and that's tough, obviously, but as you get older you get better at it and you go, "I know the truth."

So having blue hair isn't the empowering post-breakup moment that the media is making it out to be?

I like having blue hair. I don't think I feel any different; it was just a spur-of-the-moment decision anyway. But I'm not gonna react or go after the press about it because I just find it funny.

Will you and Nick - and even your other brother, Kevin - ever do anything musically together again?

I would say so. Nick and I have a few ideas to work with other artists who we really like. There are a couple of artists out there that we think are really incredible that we'd like to work together with. And then, there's always down the road. We don't really ever wanna say never to anything just because there could be something that comes along our way that we might say, "You know, let's try working on this song together." It's tough to say that we'll never do it because who knows.

What would reunite you?

Time itself. Seeing where things will lead us. It's easy to say we're done and that we're never doing it again, but then we both look at each other and go, "We obviously get along." And who knows - years from now we could be like, "All right, let's make a record." It could easily happen.

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I'm thankful for so many things. I'm thankful for people with a sense of humor. I'm thankful that no matter what's happened, no matter how bad things look, while there's life there's hope. And most of all, I'm happy to be half of Scooter & Bubba! (If you got here only recently, The Amazing Adventures of Scooter & Bubba is about  best friends growing up together and becoming more than friends and bonding in every way.)

And for your viewing pleasure . . .

Artist-Illustrator J. C. Leyendecker

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