Friday, July 26, 2013

The Woman Behind Paula Deen

For 22 years, Dora Charles was the queen of the Deen kitchens. She helped open the Lady & Sons, the restaurant here that made Ms. Deen’s career. She developed recipes, trained other cooks and made sure everything down to the collard greens tasted right.
“If it’s a Southern dish,” Ms. Deen once said, “you better not put it out unless it passes this woman’s tongue.” 

The money was not great. Mrs. Charles spent years making less than $10 an hour, even after Ms. Deen became a Food Network star. And there were tough moments. She said Ms. Deen used racial slurs.

Paula Deen used people like Dora Charles to work for almost nothing, help make her rich and used racial slurs to keep them "in their place".

Isn't that the definition of slavery?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini Dead at 51

This is a hard one for me. I knew Jim Gandolfini. He worked for me as a bouncer at the RUsty Screw Tavern in Rutgers University in the early 80s. I was there from 1976-1987. He always said he wanted to be an actor. We all called him "Buck". I never knew why. At least he got to realize his dream.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Jean Stapleton Dies at 90

Jean Stapleton Dies at 90
Jean Stapleton, the versatile actress who will forever be remembered for her long-running role as the dim-witted but deep-hearted Edith Bunker on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom All in the Family, died Friday at her home in New York City, her family confirms.

Stapleton, who was 90, passed away of natural causes.

Having already established a career during the 1950s and early '60s for playing nosy neighbor roles in such Broadway smashes as Damn Yankees, Funny Girl and Bells Are Ringing, in which she played the owner of the titular answering service, Stapleton entered the TV pantheon with her high-pitched comic voice (which was a gross exaggeration of her own), perfect timing (especially when Edith would be slow to catch on to something) and unrelenting love for her husband Archie Bunker (even while overlooking his bigotry, which she never shared).

Jean Stapleton Dies at 90| Death, All in the Family, Jean Stapleton

Friday, September 14, 2012

Romney Tells Gay War Veteran That He Has No Rights

This is the kind of ignorance and intolerance Mutt Rimney stands for. He tells a gay Vietnam war veteran that he does not deserve the same rights as a non-gay veteran. What branch of the service did Romney serve in? Oh, that's right - NONE!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Big Gulp" is safe!

So why is 7-Eleven and its king-size “Big Gulp” drinks exempt from this ban? What's to stop them from selling two 16 ounce drinks at the same price as a 32 ounce?

I find this hard to swallow...

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Tornadoes Touch Down In Brooklyn And Queens

A tornado ripped through a beach club in Queens on Saturday, one of several outbursts of severe weather across the New York region that flooded roads, felled power lines and forced the delay of the United States Open.
Severe weather across the New York region, including a tornado, flooded roads, felled power lines and caused delays in the United States Open. Send us your photos of the funnel cloud, or of the storm in your neighborhood.  A second tornado touched down in Canarsie, Brooklyn, the National Weather Service said.

New Yorkers were heard yelling at the tornadoes: "hey! I gotcha tornado right here! Is dat all you got?"

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mariah Carey in 'Serious Talks' To Be American Idol Judge

 Mariah Carey in 'Serious Talks' To Be American Idol Judge | Mariah Carey

C'mon!  Enough with the pop divas already.  Let's get some REAL judges:

1.  Jim Carrey - let's hear him say "it was pitchy" thru his butt.
2.  Don Rickles - "I've heard baby gorillas sing better, you hockey puck!"
3.  Lisa Lampanelli - "not bad for a #@$%! white guy!"
4.  David Letterman - "top 10 reasons why you suck!" 
5.  Joan Rivers - "can we talk?  my face is tighter than your voice!"
6.  Groucho Marx - "your singing stinks but if I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Peter O'Toole Retires

Peter O'Toole is retiring from show business, saying he no longer has the heart for it and that it's time to "chuck in the sponge."

O'Toole, who turns 80 on Aug. 2, said in a statement Tuesday that his career on stage and screen fulfilled him emotionally and financially, bringing "me together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits."

"However, it's my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one's stay," he said. "So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."

FILE - This March 19, 2008 file photo shows actor Peter O'Toole attending the world premiere of the second season of Showtime's "The Tudors", in New York. In a statement released Tuesday, July 10, 2012, the 79-year-old actor said he would retire from films and stage. “The heart of it has gone out of me,” he said, adding, “it won't come back.” O'Toole won acclaim as a Shakespearian actor before rocketing to fame in “Lawrence of Arabia.” His last of eight Oscar nominations was in 2007 for the film “Venus.” (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)