Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Plays of the Year

Yesterday, I caught ESPN's "Plays of the Year" and for the most part it was a complete tease. Remember the Simpson's episode when Homer calls a sports betting service that charges by the minute, and... the.... announcer.... talks... really.... slowly? That's kind of how the ESPN program went. All I wanted to see were the "Plays of the Year," as advertised. I didn't want to see Tiger Woods talking about his father. I didn't want to see a repeat of a segment from last year about a Pop Warner football league for developmently disabled kids. I wanted to see THE PLAYS OF THE YEAR.

Finally, after 45 minutes of fluff, and endless promises that they would be "right back" with the meat and potatos they got to the good stuff.

Media Matters, on the other hand, doesn't waste the adience's time. They've provided a short, quickly and easilly read list of the most outrageous wingnut comments of 2006. The big winner:

William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: "Well, look, there are people in Hollywood, not all of them, but there are some people who are nothing more than harlots. They will do anything for the buck. They wouldn't care. If you asked them to sodomize their own mother in a movie, they would do so, and they would do it with a smile on their face." [2/9/06]

Bill Donohue, of course, is a repeat winner. The mighty moralist, and member of the religious right (Our Beeeeeest Friends (TM)) won last year for saying:

Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It‘s not a secret, OK? And I‘m not afraid to say it. That‘s why they hate this movie. It‘s about Jesus Christ, and it‘s about truth. It‘s about the messiah.

Hollywood likes anal sex. They like to see the public square without nativity scenes. I like families. I like children. They like abortions. I believe in traditional values and restraint. They believe in libertinism. We have nothing in common

As for the rest of the list, it's pretty good. You really should go and review some of the nonsense spewed this year in the name of Republican politics. One surpirse: Everyone's [*] favorite president wasn't included for telling America that a vote for a Deomocrat was a vote for a terrorist. That line should go down in history as one of the most disgusting comments by an American president ever.

[*] All 30 percent of you.

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