The Signif Weighs In

Via email: When I look at the Wii Fit, I’m not thinking “This will get me fit.”

I’m thinking, “The cat will sit on that.”

And “It looks like a cooler lid.”

But “This will get me fit?”… Not so much.

Note from Jacki: The Wii Fit video‘s kind of funny, but the concept’s not bad. If it helps make our kids less fat, I’m game.

American Idol: Neil Diamond?

Is it just me or are the themes particularly crappy this season? Nothing against the mentors who have been successful in their own right, but if you’re looking for the next big pop star, why are you having the contestants sing show tunes and Neil Diamond classics?

Jason Castro #1: Sounds good to me. Melodic. Typical but totally acceptable.

David Cook #1: Oh good. He gets to rock it out. I love the rasp in his voice. Love it!

Brooke #1: I’m tone deaf, but she sounds lousy to me. Flat. And stressed out. I’m no believer anymore. Except in her hair product. Whatever she uses is working.

Archuleta #1: I wouldn’t be surprised if he forgot the lyrics on one of his songs tonight. He doesn’t look like he’s having fun with Sweet Caroline. We’ll see how the second pans out. Nothing special for me on the first.

Syesha #1: She’s a pretty girl. Oh wait, she’s singing. Hang on. Um. Little screechy?

Wow. Paula needs an intervention. She’s judging singing that hasn’t happened yet. Someone needs to tell her the little voices in her head are not contestants.

Castro #2: I kind of like his voice. I think an album of his soft stuff would sell just fine. The song’s eh, but I do like his tone.

Cook #2: Now I’m convinced it’s the songs. David’s solid. He always is. But the material is really bland and kind of cheesy. If it were actual cheese, it’d be American – the least exciting of all the dairy. I’m glad the judges dug it tho.

Brooke #2: She sounds much better this time around. But maybe that means two songs is too much for her. And what does that say? How can you hold down a concert if you can’t remember more than one tune? If you’re not lip-syncing, that is.

Archuleta #2: How exactly does one manage to take the edge out of “America?” Seriously. His voice is great, but where’s the teenager? He’s 17 going on 40.

Syesha #2: She really does look particularly good tonight, but she’s off pitch. I know b/c someone who knows just walked in and told me.

So who goes home? Brooke, maybe. Jason’s still got the fan base. I’m guessing they’re not going to let him leave just yet.

Laying It Out

I’ve got a bunch of stuff top of mind today so in no particular order:

1. Eliot Spitzer’s prostitute is now suing Girls Gone Wild’s Joe Francis for more than $10 million claiming illegal use of her name and image:

In the lawsuit, filed on Monday in federal court in Miami, Ashley Alexandra Dupre contends that she was 17 and not old enough to sign a legally binding contract when she appeared partially nude in video footage filmed in 2003 by members of Francis’ Mantra Films production company in Miami Beach.

On a spring break vacation at the time, Dupre was also drunk when told to sign a video “release” form, according to the complaint, which seeks damages in excess of $10 million from Francis and his co-defendants.

She was 17, not 12. She reportedly produced a fake I.D. and insisted she was of age. She also allegedly jumped on the bus voluntarily knowing full well what it was and what being on it entailed. And she stayed on said bus for a week. Not one drunken night. A week. Once you’ve admittedly made a living getting paid for sex, you sort of lose the benefit of the doubt in any scenario where you’ve signed off on 7 days worth of promiscuous behavior. I’ve got no sympathy.

2. I’m also sort of bothered by this whole Miley Cyrus Vanity Fair debacle, but not for the obvious reasons. Who reads Vanity Fair? Certainly not Miley Cyrus fans. She’s 15 and being marketed much older to an adult audience. Not only did she and her parents know exactly what they were getting into when they agreed to the feature, but they all gave the okay during too:

“Miley’s parents and/or minders were on the set all day,” the magazine said. “Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley.”

Sorry you didn’t think it through and anticipate the backlash of touting your teenager as a sex symbol, but now that you’re embarrassed, take some responsibility for your own poor judgment. Blaming the magazine or the photographer is disingenuous and reprehensible.

3. Back to politics for a second. Either hold candidates accountable for everything that anyone they’ve ever known has ever said (ridiculous, right?) or just stop. You know whom Reverend Wright speaks for? Reverend Wright. Period. No one can control what comes out of his mouth except him, and that’s who – and only who – should be to blame if you’ve got issue with it. I heard North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley used the word “pansy” while introducing Senator Clinton in Raleigh this morning:

The Governor formally expressed his support saying that there was “nothing I love more than a strong powerful woman.” Easley concluded his remarks saying Clinton — “makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy”

Now “pansy” is officially defined as “disparaging and offensive” slang. And yet Clinton – who was there in person – reportedly ignored its use. That’s fine by me. Why dignify ignorance with acknowledgment? BUT then her campaign should just stop wasting our time going after Obama for Reverend Wright’s thoughts and opinions. They’re his. Not Obama’s. And if you presume otherwise, then by the Clinton Campaign Transitive Property of Affiliation, Clinton’s just condoned the use of the word pansy. You want to go there? Really? I didn’t think so.

Her people should stop with the double standards once and for all. Pointing them out is getting downright exhausting.

Straight Talk Express

I thought Florida Governor Charlie Crist was gay. Not openly gay, but everyone kind of knows it gay. In fact, I thought it was so well known that it was the usual reason given as for why Crist wouldn’t be McCain’s pick for VP.

Well, color me baffled because according to Bloomberg, Crist’s not only straight, but married.

p.s. For the record, I have no real info as to Christ’s sexual preference nor do I care one way or the other. However, I do find it interesting that a man often rumored to be gay – and recently rumored to be a possible national Republican candidate – is (accidentally?) photographed and captioned as married.

UPDATE: She’s Carol Rome. Captions have been corrected.

Don’t Buy It

Gas station owners claim they’re not price gouging, but it’s tough to believe when the numbers keep ticking up seemingly arbitrarily. There is an Exxon station nearby that drives me batty. The guy was the first I’ve seen in the city to charge more than $4/gallon. The Chevron station less than a block away was still in the high 3’s when the Exxon thief took the leap. And before you say perhaps the Exxon supply prices were higher and the station owner had no choice, another Exxon in the city less than a mile away was still under $4. I know because I walked by them both in the same hour on the same day.

Something’s surely out of whack all the way through the chain because NPR just told me oil hit is shockingly close to $120/barrel, but when a station owner exacerbates the situation by blatantly inflating prices, he fuels speculation that our current gas crisis is one part supply and demand and two parts pure greed.

Sunday Funny

I crack me up.

We should totally try to make “Private Plane McCain” happen.

Know the flick?
Gretchen: That is so fetch!
Regina: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!


“Slideshows are a little much unless someone’s dating you, voting for you, or in it with you.”

Games We Play

I’ve been playing around with the site today just to see if I can’t change it up a bit. If you hate the little slideshow, tell me and I’ll quash it.

Meanwhile. the poem of the week has been updated and is now available for your perusal. Also, don’t forget to check out John’s Sunday column in the Living section of The Huffington Post.

I’ll give you a little teaser (cause I’m in a generous mood). Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never… well, they might…hurt me.

Have a great weekend. I will be filling time sans signif. He has an inexplicable obsession with the NFL draft.

Flickr Friday

Morning. This is really cool. Patrick Ruffini – clever dude and all-around online smartie – has been keeping track of the 2008 presidential campaign websites. They’re compiled together in one giant Flickr set. Here’s a screenshot of his screenshots (how meta!):

Geek Chic

I am running around today but will certainly try to get some heartier content up here later.

In the meantime, check out a couple of new Americablog contributions here and here. I’m particularly pleased with the second.

Internet dork transformation complete.

image courtesy of (no, i didn’t make that up)