Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Patrick Schwarzenegger Loves Family & Stands by Dad

Here's what Arnold's son, Patrick, has to say about this morning's news that his father has finally admitted fathering a 10-year old child from a member of their house help:

some days you feel like shit, some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit, yet i love my family till death do us apart. #familyless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

This is after the separation. Also, this 10-year old child was born even before Arnold ran for Governor of California.

Afternoon Tickler

AFTERNOON Booze is now replaced by Afternoon Tickler. Someone made a convincing point regarding booze in the afternoon. Thanks.

Moving on...

MR. & MRS. SMITH: Uninspired Choice. Oprah's final guests are finally revealed. I am not a big Oprah fan. I follow her book club. Since it's already down to the last 10 episodes or so, the Oprah Show producers revealed that Mr. and Mrs Smith will be their final guests. Really? Of course, it's her show and she will end it the way she wants it to end. But I was thinking how about getting OJ Simpson to confess or why not invite the newlywed royals or perhaps invite the other Mr. and Mrs. Smith instead and their United Colors of Benetton poster kids. It's a sure dud.    
Best friends forever. Photograph: Jon Kent/SWNS.com/SWNS.com
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. Alison Slavin and Sam Davies have been the best of friends  for almost  20 years  now. Funnily, the two often joked in the past that they are sisters and as it turns out, they really are. 

SAY NO TO BULLYING. Say goodbye to Facebook bullies. France's Ministry of Education has stepped up its campaign against bullying in schools. The Ministry in partnership with Facebook announced that it will shutdown a pupil's Facebook account if proven that it was used to bully someone.  

I CAN'T WAIT TILL I GROW UP. Watch this PSA from across the pond and be riveted by its message. WARNING: THIS IS HIGHLY GRAPHIC IN NATURE. Shock value in FULL MODE.

BEWITCHED. BOTHERED. BEWILDERED. Finally, watch this video of spontaneous singing strangers promoting British theater.  

The History Channel presents Life After People on DVD

Bill Maher: How UnChristian Some Christians Are

Maher being Maher.
BILL MAHER has a knack for saying only the brilliant and striking points about religion. And yes, he's a comedian and political satirist. Maher is a staunch supporter of the legalization of marijuana and same sex-marriage. He also serves as board member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA.  
I had a Bill Maher-like university professor of Sociology of Religion (who was also my thesis adviser) during my intellectually tumultuous university days. This professor always relied on shock value and somehow in-your-face provocative approach that always made me laugh inside. Not that the class was barred from laughing but it was just that I think I was the only one who felt it was utterly comical and outrageous.
Back to Maher, last May 13 he wrote a scathing but spot-on piece on his blog criticizing Christians and their unbecoming acts. Here's a snippet:

Not to put too fine a point on it, but non-violence was kind 
of Jesus’ trademark. Kind of his big thing. 
To not follow that part of it is like joining Greenpeace 
and hating whales. I mean there’s interpreting 
and then there’s just ignoring. It’s just ignoring 
if you’re for torture. As are more evangelical 
Christians than any other religion.” READ MORE

This guy also serves as advisory board member of Project Reason, a not-for profit organization devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society.

NOTE: Make Google useful if you don't know the man or catch his show on HBO, "Real Time with Bill Maher."

Deal of the Day
Writer's Market 2011