TV-Review Lifetime's "Gay, Straight or Taken"; Superbowl 2007 Commercial Notes

Here's a TV show I've been wanting to watch and review and finally got around to it.

It's from Lifetime TV and it's got a real cute premise. The show is titled "Gay, Straight or Taken" and yes, a hetero female has to choose a possible future love connection from three guys which are, ahem, either gay, straight, or taken.

Some notes on the Superbowl 2007 commercials....funny, funny notes.

Pic of the Day
Just Dogs montage

Quote of the Day
On Golf

Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adpated for the purpose.
- Woodrow Wilson

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.
- Bob Hope

Golf has probably kept more people sane that psychiatrists.
- Harvey Penick

Golf is good for the soul. You get so mad at yourself, you forget to hate your enemies.
- Will Rogers

Euphoria is a perfectly excuted heroic shot.
- Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top.
- Pete Dye

Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.
- Harry Vardon

How has retirement affected my golf game? A lot more people beat me now.
- Dwight Eisenhower

Web Site Worth the Visit
Create Your Own M&M Personna

This is perfectly serious. Pick your color, pick your clothes, pick your personality and keep a candy company in business for eons.



We Can Dream Can't We?"

A Lady wrote a lot of letters to the White House complaining about the treatment of a captive insurgent (terrorist) being held in Guantanamo Bay.

She received back the following reply:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20016

Dear Concerned Citizen,

Thank you for your recent letter roundly criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Quaeda detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Our administration takes these matters seriously and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington.

You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like yourself, we are creating a new division of the Terrorist Retraining Program, to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers" program, or LARK for short. In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, we have decided to place one terrorist under your personal care.

Your personal detainee has been selected and scheduled for transportation under heavily armed guard to your residence next Monday.

Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (you can just call him Ahmed) is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your letter of complaint. It will likely be necessary for you to hire some assistant care-takers.

We will conduct weekly inspections to ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with those you so strongly recommended in your letter.

Although Ahmed is a sociopath and extremely violent, we hope that your sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will help him overcome these character flaws.

Perhaps you are correct in describing these problems as mere cultural differences. We understand that you plan to offer counseling and home schooling.

Your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or nail clippers. We advise that you do not ask him to demonstrate these skills at your next yoga group. He is also expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless (in your opinion) this might offend him.

Ahmed will not wish to interact with you or your daughters (except sexually), since he views females as a sub-human form of property.

This is a particularly sensitive subject for him and he has been known to show violent tendencies around women who fail to comply with the new dress code that he will recommend as more appropriate attire.

I'm sure you will come to enjoy the anonymity offered by the burka over time. Just remember that it is all part of "respecting his culture and his religious beliefs" -- wasn't that how you put it?

Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like you keep us informed of the proper way to do our job. You take good care of Ahmed - and remember, we'll be watching.

Good luck!

Cordially, your friend,

George W

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Superbowl 2007 Commercials

Well it's time for the Oscars and I'm just posting about this past year's bevy of Superbowl Commercials. In fact, CBS has a site devoted to the Superbowl commercials, CBS SUPERBOWL COMMERCIALS Web Site.

The only reason I am really bothering is I really loved the Snickers' commercial and to my dismay I discovered that Snickers pulled the ad.

First, my favorite commercial this year was the Blockbuster "mouse", heh, which was a REAL mouse used to run a computer. Well maybe you hadda be there...

Anyway, the Snickers commercial featured two car mechanics feasting on a snickers bar. I'm not sure how it came about but these two manly fellows ending up munching away contentedly on one snickers bar, each chewing happily on an end. At some point their mouths meet and they realize their faux-pas.

So these manly men, having consumed the entire candy bar until their manly mouths met, decide to do something "manly". At which point they tear out their chest hair, screaming at the brutal pain.

Snickers guys superbowl 2007.2.2007

Aw, come on folks. This commercial was beyond funny. Only the homosexual males amongst us got all offended and hey, I'll concur. The commercial probably was offensive to homosexuals and perhaps the company was right in pulling it. Well I don't think so but homosexuals eat candy bars too.

Still, the commercial played up to STEREOTYPES, folks, and in its own way it made great fun of homophobia, or stupid hetero men who fear that THEY may be homosexuals. Ah, but maybe yon average snickers eaters wouldn't get the nuance like The Wise I managed to catch the smirk as intended.

Let this Blog reflect the history of the snickers bar commercial which got pulled that Kaitlyn Mae will someday know that it DID happen.


TV REVIEW-Lifetime TV's "Gay, Straight or Taken":

I was immediately taken by the premise of Lifetime TV's latest offering of a straight woman charged with properly picking an available fellow from a trio of offerings in which one guy is "taken", another is "gay" and one, finally, is available. If the lady chooses the straight fellow, well I guess she goes on a date and lives happily every after.

Actually, it's not clear what happens when and if the girl chooses the fellow who is available but I do know the viewing audience can win money. I'm not sure how the viewing audience can win money except perhaps to vote on Lifetime's web site with THEIR instinct on who's straight, gay and available.

Here is Lifetime's Site for this show; check it out yourself and maybe join in.

I only watched one show in this series and it was interesting. My intrigue was cultivated as soon as the hype hit the airwaves. For I once got myself all involved with a fellow who was a homosexual and I didn't have a single clue. It was a long, long time ago and there was no great history made besides a bit of embarrassment on my part. I was interested in seeing how another heterosexual lady handled identifying the taken, the gay and the available.

It turned out that Stephanie, the hetero female featured on the night I watched was about as dumb as me. Although I didn't get a single one of her choices classified correctly while she got two right. I completely agreed with Stephanie with her choice of which of her three choices was gay and I agreed with her logic as well. We were both dead wrong.

Gay/Straight montage.2.2007

Gay/Straight montage 2.2.2007

The male contenders were:

...Damien, 30-artist
....Zach, 28, fitness model
...Ryan, 23, waiter/model

The ages of the fellows is fairly consistant with Stephanie falling somewhere between all of the ages offered. As for the jobs of the fellows trying to either win or fool Stephanie, their careers are similar enough to be essentially worthless in identifying who is gay, much less taken or available.

To help her find her man, the female contender can assign a task or participate in an activity with each of her fellows. Stephanie had Ryan dress her up, Damien attended a wine tasting with her and Zach was supposed to do some sort of flower arrangement. Zach did do something weird in that he had Stephanie lie down and he strew flowers over her body.

The female contender can also snoop through her male co-contenders' vehicles. She found that Zach drove a BMW and there was a Mariah Carey CD in the player. Damien had a pair of designer sunglasses in his car and she found a membership to Gold's gym in Ryan's car.

Based on this, Stephanie guessed that Ryan was gay because, as she said, every guy she's ever known to be a member of Gold's gym was gay. This has been my experience too. Stephanie did guess that Zach was taken as she could not imagine a single and available guy having a Mariah Carey CD in his car. By the process of elimination, Stephanie arrived at Damien being her fellow, or the one who was available.

Well it turned out that Damien was gay, hey we got to meet Damien's boyfriend. Zach was taken, goodness he was married and yes his wife did own that Mariah Carey CD. Young Ryan would have been Stephanie's love but Stephanie guess him to be gay and, allegedly, he is not.

I say "allegedly" as I still think Ryan's gay even if he says he's not. That Gold's Gym membership is a dead giveaway. It's my story and I'm sticking to it.

This was an enjoyable 1/2 hour show and with a little more hype could go far. As I understand Lifetime offers two new shows every Monday.

I'd recommend it.

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