Things We’d Rather Do Than Think About the Chris Wallace-Rush Limbaugh Interview

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Fox’s Chris Wallace Conducts Sycophantic, Softball Interview With Rush Limbaugh [Think Progress]

Last night’s Madmen made me feel things I haven’t felt before.

Sympathy for Pete.

Sympathy for Roger.

Sympathy and Schadenfreude for Don.

A feeling of happiness I don’t have kids like Roger’s Daughter.

Food TJ/

In honor of halloween (only 20 kids this year so I have a lot of extra chocolate, not good.)

Can I also mention how much I hate switching back and forth for Daylight Savings Time? I nearly passed out watching Mad Men last night and then found myself up way too damn early.

My sleep cycle is going to be fucked for at least 2 weeks.

I simply have to threadjack, for the love of God, look at this story about a tea-bagger rally that took place in my neck of the woods, look at the man in ye olde colonial garb and the tri-corned hat and all, and dig his name, just get the name, someone is punking someone, and I wish I knew who was doing who here:

The name is given differently in the text of the story:

“Manly Rash?” Is his wife’s name “Feminine Itch?” Is this Sasha Baron-Cohen?

Dear lord, he really does call himself “Manly Rash.”


I love the sign that says “Don’t I have a say?”

Uuuum… yeah… you had your say on November 2nd 2008. And you lost. And we won. Now it’s our turn to govern. You know… Democracy and all?

@Serolf Divad: Someone else was quoted saying that they believe in “rugged individulism,” which shows that they have at least read the back cover of their copy of Atlas Shrugged.

Manly Rash. Manly Rash. Does that come from being too close to an Oily Taint? For the love of God, what the fuck is he thinking? It is, apparently, for real. Manly Rash? I guess “Painful Rectal Itch” had been done.


Someone else was quoted saying that they believe in “rugged individulism,” which shows that they have at least read the back cover of their copy of Atlas Shrugged.

And haven’t spent enough time trying to survive as an ordinary person in Somalia.

Trivia TJ – Who made that poll? Marni Nixon was my singing teacher!

TJ: Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales, apparently separated from birth, judging by their love for “I don’t recall.”

@ManchuCandidate: Good. All thirty of the Pro-Rape Senators should be hounded by rape survivors wherever they go, holding pictures of Jamie Leigh Jones and a picture of the shed her KBR coworkers locked her up in after they gang raped her.

@RomeGirl: That would be the jesus-christ-i-can’t-think-of-a-question-so-let’s-go-absurd poll. Start with My Fair Lady, and you gotta squeeze Marni in there somewhere.


Dede Scozzafava is apparently “The Bride of Judas”.

Oh my god that is precious!

@SanFranLefty: The Rape Senators should have no rest. In fact, they should be sodomized with their their own severed limbs. By Halliburton mercenaries.

@nojo: Your realize that Benedick is even now planning your “coming out” party. Marni Nixon was the nail in the coffin.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: I’m wondering if “Scozzafava” means something in Italian, like maybe “you look at me that way again and I’ll shove this pot of fava beans up your ass.”

@Mistress Cynica: I think I learned about Marni from Mad magazine, the indispensable guide to American pop culture growing up.


Hm. Maybe the Great Gazoogle will know. BRB.

ADD: Nothing for the full name, but apparently “Scozza” means “Scotland” in Italian.

@Mistress Cynica: I’m so glad I didn’t have to be the one to point this out.

@nojo: Mad Magazine. Yes, darling. Of course. You used to read it for the articles. I know.

@Mistress Cynica:

You’re right. Knowing who Marni Nixon is makes you gay automatically.

Top or bottom, Noj? I know some nice boys your age but I have to know which side of the bed you’re on to set you up right.

@Benedick: Marni Nixon was a frequent guest on the Merv Griffin show. Oh wait — Merv is gay.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: I went to the Sondheim 75th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. I dare you to follow that one up.

Random fact from that concert: I’ve never stood in such a long line for the mens’ bathroom, ever.

@Dodgerblue: @Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Doesn’t a fondness for Sondheim automatically qualify you as a bondage top?

@Benedick: If Audra McDonald is into that, yes. Because she was in it, I was one of the few people who went to see “The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny” in L.A.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Just spent the last ten minutes looking up a clever geometric shape, only I can’t remember the name of the one I want, so I’ll have to let it pass.


GASP. I did not know about that. I love Mahagonny. Tell me next time if there’s some Weill on and I’ll go with you if you want.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Deal. I’m a big fan. Patti Lupone was also in Mahagonny, which is not as weird as you might think given some of the slapstick-y scenes in the piece.

@Dodgerblue: You’re one of the few people in the world who has seen The Rise and Fall.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Just kidding. Jesus. Settle down.

I once played Baby Face in Happy End in London. Loved everything about it. Apart from the stupid ending. That Mahogonny was recorded by PBS. Patty LuPone is in it, too. I will leave it at that.

@nojo: I think it’s called a pucker.


OMG, I was a Policeman in a production of Happy End at South Coast Repertory waaayyyy back in the day. Barbara Damashek directed.

And I like the ending, very Brecht-ty, even though he hated the play.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Was that the Feingold translation? (excuse us all while we have a reunion) We did the first production in Oxord that then moved to London. Beautiful score. I don’t care for the ending. Is that story true about Helen Weigel making it up on the first night? I find it hard to believe but that’s what I was told. I was, might I add, very cute.

Personally I prefer Weill’s American shows and his American music. His masterpiece might well be Lady in the Dark but it’s saddled with a very intractable book and a gigantic cast. Still, surprising they haven’t done it at Encores.

@Benedick: Lady — had Danny Kaye with the Russian names song, yes?

@ManchuCandidate: I’m not down with the sympathy for Pete yet, certainly not as like I did when Peggy (aka Pee Wee?!) dropped the bomb on him last season. I’m loving Trudy more and more though. It’s becoming increasingly clear that she, Joan, Bert and Mona are the only grown-ups on the show.

Oh, and Carla! Can’t forget Carla. Didn’t you just love it when she sat down on the sofa with Betty and lit a cigarette? That scene was so, so telling about how quickly things changed and walls came down both historically and in the moment when people were shocked by the news.

Do you read the recaps on the TLo blog? They do a great job with it.

@Dodgerblue: Tchaikovski!. Indeed. And Gertrude Lawrence.

@ManchuCandidate: @Jamie Sommers: Came home sick and just watched on i-Tunes. My very earliest memory is of the Kennedy assassination, specifically my grandmother and the maid watching the TV reports together, both crying. That scene gave me chills, it was so dead-on. I’m liking Trudi more and more, but my heart belongs to Joan. They will have to go pretty far to top the scene of her breaking the vase over hubby’s head. I’m so glad I got this on iTunes so I can watch repeatedly.

@Jamie Sommers: We jettisoned that tier of cable, so Ma Nabisco and I are pretending that the season didn’t happen until I can buy it or grab it via torrent. I may follow Cyn over to iTunes, just so y’all don’t tip me off any more!

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Yes, I almost forgot. We’ll have to rip out their livers first. Thanks for reminding me.

@Just Nabisco: I think I axed Mrs RML to add the Outdoor Channel and Versus to our package for the hunting shows. Never had HBO in my life to date.

run down and exhausted, so much so I put off a chance to deer hunting at least a day

@Just Nabisco: I think you can also catch it on AMC’s website.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: @Benedick

This was in the early nineties, so I’m a bit hazy on which translation we used, but that does sound familiar. It was a great deal of fun, all told. I actually met Lee Meriweather, as her husband Marshall was playing the Salvation Army guy…you know, the one who sings “The Liqueur Dealer”. She didn’t like the second act, so’d she come back and bum cigarettes from the supers after her husband’s number.

I miss that, sometimes. The theatre, I mean.

@Just Nabisco: I’m with you – still plodding through Season 1 on Netflix.

@Benedick: Never seen it live, just a recording, but I have read it (auf Deutsch, natuerlich).

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