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Friday, October 22, 2021

I like women. Hell, I love ‘em. So I’m not usually wont to indulge in misogynistic thoughts.

But when I get driving directions — in map form, no less — that take me to the intended neighborhood, but neglect to give me the actual house address, without which I’m stuck in an unfamiliar cul-de-sac full of indistinguishable homesteads, the first thing that conjures up in my mind is: Typical female.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/22/2004 06:52pm
Category: General
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Yes, both John Kerry and George W. Bush are members of Yale’s Skull and Bones, a secret society if ever there was one. If you just found out about it, you’ve been asleep at the wheel.

So no matter who wins in November, the White House remains a cauldron of dark forces, right?

Uh, right. But not necessarily because of S&B:

Although conspiracy theorists have linked Skull and Bones to everything from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the Watergate scandal, [author Alexandra] Robbins dismissed the paranoia and said the society is mainly an alumni network bent on getting — and keeping — power.

“The only agenda for Skull and Bones is to get its members into positions of power and then to have those members hire other members. It’s a society of connections,” she said.

So calm down. It’s just a classic old-boys’ network. It’s not like they’re Masons, or even Stonecutters.

I always got a kick out of how Bush publicized his membership:

In his 1999 autobiography, Bush wrote: “My senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society so secret I can’t say anything more.”

But not so secret that you can’t mention it, even briefly, in a freakin’ book? What a dolt.

Not that this bi-partisan clubhousin’ sits well with everyone, particularly the churchgoers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/22/2004 04:57pm
Category: Politics
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I realize this is past tense, but I’m still amused by the wrath Eminem incurred from Michael Jackson over the “Just Lose It” video (and the ripple effects):

In the clip for “Just Lose It,” Eminem mocks several celebrities, including MC Hammer and Pee Wee Herman, but he saves his sharpest jabs for Jackson. Dressed as the entertainer, Eminem’s hair catches fire, as Jackson’s did during an accident while filming a Pepsi commercial. Later, his nose flies off, and is booted and squashed on a dance floor — a not-so-subtle reference to Jackson’s surgically tortured face.

But what has Jackson most upset are scenes featuring Eminem, in Jackson garb, sitting on the edge of a bed as young boys bounce on the mattress behind him. At one point in the song, Eminem raps, “Come on, little kiddie, on my lap.” Facing child-molestation charges, Jackson clearly isn’t in a mood to just laugh it off.

I’m wondering what would happen if Em and MJ ever came face-to-face. I’d like to think it would go down similar to the way Eddie Murphy imagined his hypothetical confrontation with Michael 17 years ago in Raw (which I just bought on DVD, woo-hoo).

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/22/2004 04:25pm
Category: Celebrity, Pop Culture
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