While we await the new season of Downton Abbey, we get a first look at the new footman played by Matt Milne, who is the nephew of the scheming O’Brien. He doesn’t fit in, even going so far as to serve improperly. “Alfred worked silver service at a hotel and tries to serve that way, which would never be done in a home. It really rattles Carson.” Also afoot, Thomas makes a pass at an unreceptive man. “Soliciting for immoral purposes was an imprisonable crime.” Are they one and the same?
Isaac Mizrahi is crisscrossing the country, talking to women about a new collection he’s working on that will be inspired by…the Chevy Malibu? While he’s not a big car person himself, he does share “Well . . . I will say that I did have my first sexual experience in a car, at the age of around 17. It wasn’t exactly embarrassing, but it was kind of momentous and life altering.”
Nine anti-gay preachers were arrested for protesting the festivities at Southern Decadence in New Orleans. It seems that New Orleans has a law about gathering on Bourbon Street to promote social, political or religious agendas between sunset and sunrise. Flashing your junk, however, is always appropriate.
In what has to be an incredibly telling moment in Charlotte, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tells a story of children being so bombarded by political ads in battleground states, that when a small child was asked what President Obama does, they responded “He approves this message.”
Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan, often called a gentle giant, has passed away at the age of 54, after suffering a heart attack in July.
Rep. Paul Ryan is either confused, or just a brazen liar. In a speech he claimed that “In 1980 under Jimmy Carter, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy. Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy.” In truth, there were 1.4 million bankruptcies last year, but only 43,694 were businesses, the rest were personal bankruptcies, and the number is falling each year President Obama is in office. For a numbers guy, he sure gets a lot of numbers wrong.
UFC champion Anderson Silva made a refreshing statement, saying that for years, based on his speech, people thought he was gay. “That probably wasn’t helped by the fact that until around the age of 14 he thought it was ‘normal’ to allow his sister to dress him up with girl’s clothes and play with dolls. ‘We would wear a dress, put on her shoes,’ the UFC champion tells Tatame with admirable frankness. ‘And because I am very vain about my appearance, and have a high voice, a lot of people were sure I was gay.’” But he showed absolutely no shame or even concern about it, which is a stark contrast to many folks in the UFC who have been explicitly homophobic.
Rep. Abs, aka Aaron Schock, walked away from an interview with Michaelangelo Signorile when asked to respond to all the rumors that he was gay, and his votes against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal were votes against his own group, “Those questions are completely ridiculous and inappropriate.” When he was asked to confirm that he wasn’t gay, he responded “I’ve said that before and I don’t think it’s worthy of further response. I think you can look it up.” And still no one asked if he liked his cameo in Political Animals.
While the Hugo Awards were being broadcast on Ustream, the signal abruptly cut out while Neil Gaiman was accepting his award for “The Doctor’s Wife” episode of Doctor Who. It seems the automated copyright infringement software decided that the clips played of the show were infringing, and cut the broadcast, even though the clips were provided by the BBC. We’d like to congratulate Neil, and also Jane Espenson, who picked up an award for Game of Thrones.
Evidently Gloria’s surprise pregnancy on Modern Family is going to inspire Claire and Phil to discuss him getting a vasectomy so they don’t have any surprises of their own. Evidently it’s pretty common, as is the idea of freezing the sperm first, because Julie Bowen says “is so common nowadays that my husband and I have received our neighbors’ bills from their sperm bank!”
When we look at things, we either see them as a whole, or as a collection of parts. It’s an important cognitive function that allows us to see mosaics or landscapes, but requires completely different processes. A new study says that when we look at men, we perceive the whole, but when we look at women, we see a collection of parts, which is part of the reason that women end up objectified so often.
Unification church founder Sun Myung Moon has died at the age of 92. The founder of a religion commonly known as the Moonies, he also had vast business holdings, including the conservative Washington Times. Officially, Moon, who was considered immortal didn’t die, he “ascended.”
Russell Crowe required the assistance of the Coast Guard to get back to shore after straying too far out on a kayaking trip off the coast of Long Island. He’s quick to stress it wasn’t a rescue, it was just a little help because they ran out of daylight.