Barilla pasta President Guido Barilla set off a LGBT firestorm this week when he made comments on a radio show about never wanting to use a same-sex couple or a gay family in their advertising. Apparently, their advertising represents a traditional or classic family.pasta5

After people freaked, Guido Barilla tried to ‘apologize’. He doesn’t have a problem with gay people or gay marriage, just that: “In its advertising, Barilla represents the family — because it’s what welcomes everyone.”. 

Is this guy from Italy or 19th Century Italy?

pasat4Beyond the whatever moment of his statements, doesn’t this guy want to sell pasta?

So he only wants to represent traditional families? What exactly does that even mean?  In their commercials a guy spying on a woman as she’s cooking and two people who just met eating pasta à la Lady and the Tramp style. I guess creepy and trite represents traditional for Barilla.

According to this guy only sacral families suit their core values; the rest can still eat their pasta or try another brand.  Let’s see, going to guess many will go with, try another brand.

They should send this guy out more often for interviews, he’s a great salesman.

I wonder if pasta tastes as good with your foot in your mouth?pasta7

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Faux Ode to Breaking Bad

bb1Are you the viewer drawn toward us?

To begin, take warning, we are far different from what you suppose;

Do you suppose you will find in Walter White ideal?

Do you think it so easy to have become a Pinkman?

Do you think the familiarity of Hank would be unalloy’d satisfaction?

Do you look toward the Skyler when death is on the breath of life?

Do you see no further than a pink teddy bear façade, a smooth and tolerant manner?

Do you suppose money advancement toward a real heroic man would last?

Do you suggest the whities could have been tightier?

Have you no thought, O dreamer, that actions have consequences, this is all illusion breaking into bad?


With a little contravention of Walt Whitman I say adieu to Breaking Bad. Like any good morality play, the lessons were many. I bet you can easily figure out what each character personified.

 Breaking Bad reinforced that two wrongs or many, many wrongs don’t make a right.

All actions have consequences, good and bad.

Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons still doesn’t make it right, right?


While we will miss the show, the cast is brilliant and already on the move:
Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, X-Files, Family Guy, Seinfeld – ‘Hey Denty!’)
Anna Gunn (Deadwood, ER, Six Feet Under, Seinfeld)
Aaron Paul (X-Files, Big Love, Bones, Family Guy)
Dean Norris (Under The Dome, X-Files, Lost, Castle)
Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk,
Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks,
Laura Fraser, Jesse Plemons


Creating, writing, directing, and producing the AMC drama series Breaking Bad was a masterstroke from Vince Gilligan, X-Files (Note the cast).

Hard to believe it and Heisenberg will soon go gently into TV history.

So long.


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Goodbye Dexter

dexter4Dexter is sort of the Jiminy Cricket of this millennium.


Dexter let his conscience (or Harry as his conscience) be his guide, but it was telling him to kill people. It’s an ambiguous thing, the conscience, depending on who owns it. Dexter Morgan is both hero and villain, the grey area of this show is everything. Dexter is doing all the wrong things, but for what he feels are the right reasons.

The world not only accepted a serial killer warmly into their homes, but also embraced him, worried about him, felt his pain. Why?  Maybe in some strange way his Dark Passenger made people feel a little safer in a world where bad guys often seem to win, where sometimes the police themselves are the bad guys, and where justice can seem elusive.

No spoilers. I liked the ending of the series. To me, it harkened back to the early days of Dexter. So much has happened, so much has changed and yet in the end, nothing changed.

Various macabre cast & gory guests include: dexter3

Michael C. Hall,
Jennifer Carpenter,
James Remar, Desmond Harrington,
Julie Benz, David Zayas, C.S. Lee, Aimee Garcia,Geoff Pierson, Mos Def,
Yvonne Strahovski, Erik King,
John Lithgow, Lauren Vélez,
Keith Carradine, Colin Hanks,
Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits,
Sean Patrick Flanery, JoBeth Williams,

Peter Weller, Julia Stiles.

I can’t wait to see what Michael C. Hall does next, his acting has changed a lot since his days on Six Feet Under and even the early days of Dexter.  As he said to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, he believes actually playing the part has changed him.

So the world moves on to the next show, the next news story, and we have only blood-splattered memories…

I hope people see the point of Dexter, he’s a representation of what can be done to children, to people if they are not treated with dignity and respect…if they are damaged.

Remember the Monsters?

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We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful someone will come and light the way.

The world has lost all its power. No cell phones, no computers, no cars, planes, TV, no electricity.

15 years after a worldwide blackout people struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic America.

This is an amazing sci-fi dystopian world and I can’t wait for the next season to start tomorrow.

rev1I won’t give too many spoilers if you haven’t watched Season 1 yet (why?).  Season 2 should be wild.  So much has happened since we first met our heroes, villains and those in between.  We have found out what caused the blackout, what could fix the problem, but as we know, nothing is ever that simple where power and Power are concerned.

There are some who never want the power to return so they can keep their Power, their supremacy.

I was unsure if this show would catch on, after all, people have become such slaves to technology.  But it’s a hit. Obviously we’re gravitating to dystopian worlds because on some level we realize we’re already living in one. rev3

Just as we want to believe we are trying to make our world better with technology, on some level we realize it’s moving too quickly without any idea of where it is going or what can go wrong.

I would highly recommend this show, the cast is outstanding, fast-paced, but watchable, action-packed, and the plot intriguing.rev2

Awesome cast: Billy Burke (Twilight movies, I know, people need to work, Monk, 24, Rizzoli & Isles)
Tracy Spiridakou (Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Psych, Supernatural)
Elizabeth Mitchell (V, Lost, ER, House MD, Boston Legal, Santa Clause 2&3)
Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Once Upon A Time, Criminal Minds, Bones)
Zak Orth (Vicky Christina Barcelona, Romeo & Juliet)
David Lyons (ER, Sea Patrol, Safe Haven), Colm Feore  &
Daniella Alonso, J.D. Pardo, Tim Guinee, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips.

Turns out this REVOLUTION will not be televised.

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  I love Saturday Night Live and despite it’s many downs, but I believe there are more ups so I stay with it.Image

There are so many things to love:

Landshark, mrbill1
Two Wild and Crazy Guys,
The Church Lady,
Beep in a Box, Ed Grimley,
Canteen Boy, Spinal Tap,
Mary Katherine Gallagher,
Father Guido Sarducci,
Matt Foley, Goth Talk,
Sarah Palin, Pat,
Celebrity Jeopardy!,
Sprockets, Wayne’s World,
Stuart Smalley,
Larry the Lobster,
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer,
Mr. Peepers, Weekend Update,
Samurai Tailor, More Cowbell,
Toonces the Driving Cat,
The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise,
Synchronized Swimming,
Chippendale’s Auditions,
Schweddy Balls,
Chronicles of Narnia (Lazy Sunday) –
I could go on and on, believe me, I could, but there’s a special place in my mind for Mr. Bill.

Mr. Bill is the clay figurine clown created by Walter Williams (sent to SNL as a Super-8 reel  as part of SNL’s request for home movies) to parody children’s shows. First aired in 1976, 2 years later Williams became a writer on SNL and yahoo, more Mr. Bill.

As a funny, both strange and amusing side note, Mr. Hands, the man seen only as a pair of hands, but who does most of the damage to poor Mr. Bill was played by Vance DeGeneres, the older brother of Ellen DeGeneres, he was also a correspondent on The Daily Show years ago.

Over the years Mr. Bill has been used to advertise products, as answers in shows, in skits, movies, games, teaching about the environment and in anti-drug campaigns – he pops up everywhere.  But always with the same pattern. Things start off well for Mr. Bill and those unfortunate enough to be around him like Sally and Spot. That doesn’t last long. Things go badly for Mr. Bill when Sluggo and Mr. Hands show up. Mr. Bill suffers terrible humiliations that escalate quickly to his ultimate demise with his shrieking in a high-pitched voice, “Ohhhh noooooooooooooo…” . ImageIs it wrong to think it’s funny? Perhaps. Is it funny? Yes. Very much yes.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth  (Harper Collins)   

OK, now this dystopian (or for some Utopian I suppose) novel is more like it.

You love or hate the characters, they feel full and rich, so much so they literally leap out of the pages at you.


The plot is fascinating, the ideas exciting, and the whole book gallops along joyously pulling you along for the stunning ride.

I disliked putting it down and as soon as it was over I wanted to read the next one, Insurgent.

Now I have. Was not disappointed, the second book delivers and maybe even goes beyond. Intriguing characters, fast-paced action, lots of backstory juicies and an utterly compelling plot.

Now I’m droolingly awaiting the 3rd in the series, Allegiant due out October 22, 2013. More, more more.

divergent6The movie looks promising, out in March 2014.

The only decision now, fight the crowds to go on opening day or wait until the next day.

So many difficult choices.

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“What you call ‘love’ was invented by guys like me. To sell Nylons.” – Don Draper

I was ready to say goodbye to Don Draper.
I would miss his greasy hair and blackened lungs.
I would miss watching the slow destruction of his life.

I was ready to say a groovy goodbye to mini skirts,
pillbox hats and Easy Baked at the office by noon.

I was prepared to let them go, Peggy, Joan, Megan,
Henry, Ted, together until the avocado-colored end.

I was all set to say a plastic farewell à la mode
to Betty with Eugene, Sally and Bobby – how quickly they grow.

I was primed to Etch-A-Sketch a copasetic goodbye.
Knowing Roger would keep having heart attacks but never die.

Goodbye to drinking, smoking, mulah-making masters.
Farewell to the scorecard-needing affairs.
Goodbye to not letting women or minorities get ahead.
Farewell to that big, big hair.

I was ready to say goodbye to those Mad, Mad Men
When AMC pulled a fast one to jerk their skinny tie along,
deciding to bogart seasons until Spring 2014 and Spring 2015.
So now I don’t have to say goodbye, so Aloha Don!