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Thursday, December 24, 2009

The stars among us


Adrian Grenier, who plays "Vincent Chase" on HBO's Golden Globe-nominated "Entourage," was hanging out on Nov. 19 at Keegan Ales and Nov. 20 at The Basement, both in Kingston. Local yokels, myself included, were wondering what his area connection was.

According to his HBO bio, he attended Bard College.


Or, as IMDB.com puts it, He "Was a stone-cold hippie bongo drum player while attending Bard College."

That might explain what the New York Post called his "bongo bonanza."

Season six is over, but you can catch the whole thing Monday starting at 11 a.m. on HBO2.

Drum roll.

UPDATE: The folks at the Kingston-based www.secondchange4me.com inform me that Grenier was at Savona's restaurant in Kingston on Dec. 13. No word if the bong drum was present.

Have you seen him anywhere?

UPDATE: Yes, you have

Reid: "NO," "YES"

Harry Reid, right, votes "no" on his hard-fought health care bill, right before he votes "yes." You can't quite hear it (other than the Senate's laughter), but his gestures speak for themselves.




Later in an interview, he said:

“To be honest, I’d like to say I was trying to be funny or create some bipartisanship. ... But I was just in dreamland, thinking about where we had come. Some said ‘oh bipartisanship or trying to be funny.’ It was neither quite frankly. It was just, I am bushed.”

“And I don’t mean George Bushed.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blondie finishes album; O'Reilly muses



Blondie recently finished recording its upcoming album in Woodstock, your friends at the Woodstock Film Festival announced today. The album is set for release next year.

It will feature originals, a few covers and guest musicians.

Blondie performs the holiday classic, "We Three Kings" which you can download for free.

From your friends at the Woodstock Film Festival:

The video (shot in Woodstock) somehow stirred up controversy when Fox News featured a clip on Bill O'Reilly's "Pinheads and Patriots."

"I mean damn! We even mentioned The Deity hisself in the song (as written)," emailed Blondie co-founder Crhis Stein. "Anyway thnx Fox. All i can say is "we accept you gabba gabba etc etc."

Not sure how singing a standard Christmas song can be unpatriotic but ironically, the Fox News segment also singled out Bob Dylan's "Christmas in the Heart," which features a cover of "Must Be Santa."

"This is the song my father wrote 50 years ago," emailed Woodstock's own Tim Moore. "Dylan picked it up and turned it into a madcap, loopy polka and party video."

The song can be downloaded on iTunes. Dylan's royalties go to charity.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Jersey Shore," redux

Alyssa Milano does Marlboro's Snooki, from MTV's "Jersey Shore":



And the "Jersey Shore" guys are in on the joke as well (the joke's them):



That's it. Fifteen minutes are up.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Dear City of Kingston



Since this is a snow emergency ticket from Dec. 9's snowstorm - the $100 kind - let it be known that this image doubles as Christmas presents for my family and friends, who are encouraged to print this image and use it as a Christmas tree decoration.

So what to do when there is a snowstorm in the city? Here are the rules:

Snow Emergency Parking Rules

Since you can't park on public streets, you are to use municipal parking lots.

Good luck getting your car on top of the ones filling up the lots.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Lights, 2009


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Snooki's wisdom

The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" stopped by the Jay Leno show recently to showcase their awesome intelligence. Among them was Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Marlboro (according to MTV and Leno), or Albany (according to Snooki on Leno). Since she got everything wrong in Leno's quiz, it's safe to assume she's from Marlboro.

Watch her shine:



Where did she learn that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi actually is Lionel Richie? "I Am A TV Junkie" says she went to Ulster County Community College.

Who's Snooki? The Poughkeepsie native (according to her site) is famous for getting punched in the face and for exacerbating Italian stereotypes.

The show is "reprehensible" according to the New York Post, the same paper that hired a prostitute to be a columnist.

She also has a fan page on Facebook.

It was only a matter of time

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Corrections of the Year

Craig Silverman's Regret the Error has compiled a list of notable corrections for 2009.

Some favorites (aside from the 9/11-911 snafu):

A photo caption on Tuesday’s Page A8 said a student was performing the Heimlich maneuver on a dummy. The student was actually playing around and pretending to choke the dummy.


Bear sighting: An item in the National Briefing in Sunday’s Section A said a bear wandered into a grocery story in Hayward, Wis., on Friday and headed for the beer cooler. It was Thursday.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Newspaper headlines from "The Simpsons"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Climate change challenged



If you want to know what's what when it comes to climate change, you should visit www.politifact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning arm of the St. Petersburg Times, a site where statements from the left and right get a reality check.

Also worth checking is the Obamameter, which has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress.

New York Post's new advice columnist

I've always wondered how some people get to be columnists. Usually you slave away at some paper, pay your dues and are rewarded for your hard work, if you have the chops.

Some other times, however, you just have to sleep with some governor to get one.



And said governor? He's a columnist too. So I guess I'm in good company.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Palin returns Shatner's favor

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Trouble in Toyland

Monday, December 7, 2009

Some corrections are priceless