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Friday, May 30, 2008

Wake Me Up When It's November

I just ate half a big box of Junior Mints, kind of a Friday treat.

And then I popped over to Damn Good Vintage, a new (to me) favorite blog to see some really fine vintage clothing and read some very wise political posts. That's a mix that works for me.

And then I saw her post.

I think I am going to throw up.

(In case you are not sure what you are looking at, this would be the President of the United States of America giving a shoulder massage to the Chancellor of Germany. You can read the rest of the story at Julie's blog.)


Of course, I should be immune to all of this embarrassing, bizarre behaviour because I check in with Jon Stewart regularly.

But this image is really beyond the pale, don't you think?

Below is a little Daily Show in case that wasn't enough. I'm off to get some Pepto-Bismol.

I'm debating whether or not I should read Scott Mc Clellan's book, but I'm pretty sure it's like the Daily Show but without the laughs.


msHedgehog May 30, 2008 at 3:59 PM  

Eewwww, poor Angie. Her face is a picture.

msHedgehog May 30, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

Actually that must be what my face looked like when that man decided to stick his bottom out like a page 3 girl in high heels, wave his front foot in the air, and rub it up and down my leg as though he'd found a nice scratchy tree. It was early in my tango career and I've never forgotten it. Then he hissed "ganchos, ganchos!" in my ear. I didn't know what "ganchos" meant, he certainly wasn't leading it, and it was all I could manage not to reply "**** off!"

tangobaby May 30, 2008 at 4:15 PM  

I know, it's so horrible. I used to have a boss who liked to hug me. Well, he only tried it once.

But this poor thing has to worry that if she rebuffs The Shrub, then her country will be invaded.

We are SOoooo sorry, Germany! It's not our fault!

tangobaby May 30, 2008 at 4:26 PM  

Dear Ms. Hedgehog,

About the gancho guy, I have to say that your story is really funny. I'm just glad for your sake that you didn't have to dance with him for eight years.

I hope next time you will reply "**** off!" (and then maybe post his photo on your blog.)

Malevito May 30, 2008 at 6:06 PM  

Hi guys, how are you?

I just had to reply to Ms. Hedgehog about the itchy footed guy. Next time someone hisses "ganchos, ganchos!" in your ear (god forbid) I'd step back and give him a good right hook, then a left.

Ick. There is a reason lustradas are never done by men to women, and this guy demonstrates why.

As far as the shrub incident, I remember back when it happened, it made a tiny blip in the (U.S.) media but I guess was soon forgotten. And yet I always thought it was a far more condemning foreign policy incident than when his dad puked in Japan, and yet that incident made a lot more waves in its time. I'm sure at least bush senior never intended to ralph on the Prime Minister. But the shoulder massage thing shows an incredible ignorance of appropriateness and an appalling lack of respect for a woman--any woman--let alone a nation's leading politician. Just another bit of evidence upon a heaping Everest of reasons that this man isn't fit to represent a group of howler monkeys, much less a country.

And while we're at it, f*** Scott McClellan as well. I think Colbert said it well regarding little Scotty's decision to speak out against his former colleagues-- "That took balls...ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO." I honestly don't know why this is creating the kind of stir that it seems to be creating. What, we're supposed to think he's got news for us when it's taken him this long to realize what the rest of us already knew?

Sorry, I'll get off my high horse now...

Christian Cagigal May 30, 2008 at 9:54 PM  

We're almost there people. Just hang on. It's almost over.....unless he does something else stupid....


P May 31, 2008 at 12:00 AM  

What an ass. It's all so incredibly horrifying.

But I'm glad you had some Junior Mints. Somehow that must make things somewhat less bleak.

FogBay June 1, 2008 at 10:07 PM  

How does he still manage a 28% approval rating? Seriously, at this point supporting Bush has to be seen as a character flaw.

Can I just absentee vote now and then be placed in a doctor-induced coma until January? Or better yet, have him placed in stasis until January - I really don't want to miss the playoffs.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan June 2, 2008 at 7:22 AM  

I've seen it all now. I looked at these and have seen enough... stomach churning.
But thanks for sharing ;)
Tell me if this:
is not a frosty look, a look that only the Queen could give. For once, I really admired her.

Uncle Beefy June 3, 2008 at 10:17 AM  

I still cannot believe that this ever happened?!?! What the? I mean who does that? Yes...I too would say "Sorry!" to Germany.

tangobaby June 3, 2008 at 1:04 PM  

Hi Malevito,

I won't comment on the gancho guy again but thank you for chiming in on that.

As for the shoulder massage thing, I never heard about it when it first happened, so it must have been a very short blip (not that I am the litmus test of what makes news). I do agree with you entirely that his gesture could not have been more inappropriate or uncalled for. It's really astonishing that anyone might even try such a thing, but then I don't know anyone who suffers from such an acute lack of judgement and manners.

Scott McClellan: Colbert calls it again. I guess somehow I always felt sorry for him because he didn't seem like as much of a hack (Ari Fleischer), a polished puppet (Tony Snow), or a creepy Stepford cheerleader (Dana what's her name). But then I have to remind myself that no one made McClellan take that job against his will, or keep it for so long.

You can stay on your high horse. I like you that way... ;-)

PS. I just rewatched Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006, and not only is it just as great now, but still so sadly true and relevant. *sigh*

Hi Christian,

OF COURSE he will do something stupid! How can he NOT?

Hi p,

Unfortunately, I was very happy-go-lucky, chowing down on my Junior Mints BEFORE I saw the post. And then not even Junior Mints could keep me from feeling nauseous.

I want you to know that I almost bought Peppermint Patties this time because of you, but at the last minute I chickened out.

Hi FogBay,

I'm wondering if 28% is even a fiction. Although there are so many areas of the country that are so different from the Bay Area in their thinking that it's hard for us to even imagine.

Hi TheElementary,

I'm sorry to upset your tummy too, and make you relive this again. I will for sure check out your link. It's too bad that he is impervious to any kind of reprobation. So f**king clueless.

Hi Uncle Beefy,

Actually, I really meant to apologize to the entire world, but do it one country at a time.