Considering how many drugs have been ingested by Iggy Pop over the years, it is amazing he is still standing. He is also the only original member of the Stooges who is now still alive.

Stooges’ drummer Scott Asheton recently died, age 64. His guitarist brother Ron died of a heart attack in 2009. The original bass player Dave Alexander died in 1975.

Without Iggy and the Stooges, I don’t think there would have been punk.

One of my favorite songs ever is “The Passenger.” Although you have to admit that the drum into to “Lust for Life” is indelible.

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One of my favorite chefs has died, at the age of 66. A particularly unusual kind of chef.

If you were living or spending a lot of time in Britain between 1996 and 1999, as I was, you had to have known about Two Fat Ladies. Starring Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson, the show was unabashedly about their love of food and their flagrantly un-PC take on foodies and preciousness. They tooled around the country in a Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle with a sidecar, and they could have enticed even a size 0 twiglet to scarf down their goodies. I’d have taken a meal with those two any time, and enjoyed every single cream-laden calorie.

Clarissa had been a barrister before the show took off. Doubtless it would have had a longer run, but Jennifer died in 1999 when she was 71 from lung cancer while they were shooting the fourth series.

So raise a toast to her incomparable joie de vivre.

“Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost,” said a spokesperson. “Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always, by so many of us.”


If you want a thrilling trip on the wayback machine, watch this. It’s comedian David Brenner’s first of what would become regular appearances on The Tonight Show:

In fact, David appeared more times—158, actually—than anyone else ever did on Tonight.

It’s not hard to see why Johnny loved him. David, who died at 78, was one of those comedians who was never vulgar, never crass, never hateful—just funny. He was old-school. He was endlessly inventive. He used his brain to create comedy, not schtick or easy put-downs. He just seemed ageless.

And he asked for his tombstone to read: “If this is supposed to be a joke — then I don’t get it!”


This was a total shock—the incomparably talented L’Wren Scott, designer, muse, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, cool, soigné, a beloved friend to many—was found hanging yesterday, an alleged suicide. She was only 49.

L’Wren was adopted by a Mormon couple and grew up in Utah as Luann Bambrough until her height (nearly 6’4”), long limbs, and beauty brought her to the attention of the fashion business.

L'Wren Scott pictured in 1993 with her adoptive parents Lula and Ivan. She credited their strict Mormon upbringing with giving her a strong work ethic

She was a successful model and even more successful stylist to the stars before she started her own company. Women loved her figure-flattering clothes, and she recently designed a line for Banana Republic.

L'Wren, who had already established herself as a fashion model in Paris, pictured in 1989 with one of her sister Jan's children

According to reports, her company was failing and millions of dollars in debt, which may be why she cancelled her last collection, citing production delays. But even a failed business—no surprise in such a fickle and difficult line of work—is no reason to hang yourself from a door with a scarf. She could have sold her apartment and paid off the debts and then some. Clearly, she was not in her right mind.

All that is known is that Mick and the Stones were on tour in Australia when this happened. They’ve been a couple since 2001 and a spokesman said Mick was completely shocked and devastated.

It just goes to show—you’d look at this amazingly talented couple who so clearly seemed to adore each other….you think of their creative success….you think of all the press and adulation…the beautiful homes and adoring friends and family…but nothing matters when the dark clouds swirl too thickly for you to think of your future with any happiness. 

What a sad, tragic shame for such a seemingly fairy-tale life.


Having gone through over a week of hell with a really bad virus or flu that the flu shot didn’t cover or some heinous something, I am still tired and cranky. Luckily for me, my trusty source of hilarity to deal with the crankies—aka Michele Bachmann—did not disappoint.

While doing an interview with radio host Lars Larson during CPAC (yeah, I know I’m a little behind), Minnesota’s favorite loon was lamenting how Arizona governor Jan Brewer let down the faithful when she vetoed the hate-the-gays bill.

“There’s nothing about gays in there. But the gay community decided to make this their measure,” Bachmann said. “I think the thing that is getting a little tiresome, the gay community, they have so bullied the American people, and they’ve so intimidated politicians. The politicians fear them, so that they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere.”

Got that? Maybe she should tell that to Matthew Shepherd’s parents.

“I was sorry that she made the decision, and it’s because I believe that tolerance is a two-way street and we need to respect everyone’s rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” this pathological liar went on. “Right now, there’s a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it’s against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Um, whose rights are you respecting here, sweetie-pie? The rights of the oppressed or the rights of the Christian majority to undermine the Consitution?

Please, don’t answer.

That would involve critical thinking skills.



Oh, Flip Wilson, how I miss ya!

But I’m hoping other comedians do the smackdown this heinous person named Mike Maggio. A judge in Arkansas, he was lame enough to post as “geauxjudge” on a fan site for Louisiana State University, and was, mercifully, exposed by political blogger Matt Campbell on his Blue Hog Report blog.

Not only is Magic Mike a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigoted, uneducated cretin, he presides over divorce cases. I bet every lawyer in Arkansas is in hog heaven right about now, as there are – and should be – a lot of cases that should be overturned or amended because Magic Mike’s big mouth revealed him to be a woman-hater who is utterly without scruples.

And he was also dumb enough to reveal private details about the adoption of Charlize Theron’s son, and her lawyers are now on the case. For Magic Mike to be disbarred can’t come soon enough.

It is unbelievable that such a hateful man could rule on the futures of some many women and children whose sole crime was to have the man of the house be a cheating scumbag. It is even more unbelievable that he thought he was so inviolate that he was running for the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

After being outed, Magic Mike withdrew from the race and offered one of those yeah-right apologies.

The only apology he should offer is to all the women he has wronged, and to resign from his position and never ever practice law in any form ever again.



What’s going on in the Crimea and Ukraine is scary. Americans are confused and anxious and need good, hard, clear-cut facts to help them understand the situation (assuming, of course, that the huddled masses even give a fig or know where Sebastopol is on a map).

Enter that great diplomat, Senator John McCain. He offered a blistering criticism of President Obama—based on an essay our president once wrote.

When he was in college.

In 1983.

Read this and weep (and thanks, Daily Kos, for the title of my blog today!):


Not long ago our favorite Minnesota loon, Michele Bachmann, told the world that—despite having run for president—Americans aren’t “ready” for a female in charge at the White House.

Um…maybe they weren’t ready to have a Minnesota loon in the White House, but let’s not go there, shall we?

Still, Bill O’Reilly found that statement too juicy to ignore, so he had Kirsten Powers and Kate Obenshain on his show, and asked them, “There’s got to be some downside to having a woman president, right?”

Their silence was deafening.

When they did get over their shock, and called Bill out on his misogynistic flippancy, I just wish they had asked Bill to pose this unbelievably stupid question to Germany’s Angela Merkel.

Or Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Or Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla.

Or Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff.

Or Malawi’s Joyce Banda.

Or South Korea’s Park Geun-hye.