Friday, March 28, 2008

Vid Of The Day: Darth Vader, Smartass

This just kills me. Brilliant. Not new but new to me.

Vid Of The Day: Lucky Bastard

Damn. Craziness from Reenie.


Scandals Given "-gate" Names

From Wikipedia. The suffix -gate derives from the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, which resulted in the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Since the Watergate scandal, the media has often referred to social or political scandals by adding the suffix "-gate" to one of the key words used to describe the scandal.

Widely recognized scandals with a "-gate" suffix name:

Attorneygate— controversy surrounding the dismissal of eight United States Attorneys allegedly for reasons of political ideology.

Baftagate— Controversy surrounding votes at the 1991 BAFTA television awards.

Bandargate — a political scandal in Bahrain surrounding attempts by government officials to rig the parliamentary elections and politically marginalize the Shia population.

Billygate — U.S. President Jimmy Carter's brother, Billy Carter, legally represented the Libyan government as a foreign agent.

Bertiegate — Controversy surrounding Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach of Ireland, receiving money from a speaking engagement while Minister for Finance.

Camillagate — tape of a telephone conversation between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Cheriegate — concerning Cherie Blair's association with Carole Caplin, and through her to the convicted fraudster Peter Foster.

Chinagate — China allegedly attempted to funnel campaign funds to the Democratic Party of the United States during the 1996 elections in exchange for atomic bomb plans.

Closetgate — The Los Angeles Times coined this term in reference to the controversy that erupted following the broadcast of the "South Park" episode, Trapped in the Closet, a satirical attack on the Church of Scientology and some of its famous adherents, such as Tom Cruise.

Coingate — the mishandling of Ohio government funds entrusted to Republican operatives, involving rare coin funds.

Fajitagate — In November 2002, three off-duty San Francisco police officers allegedly assaulted two civilians over a bag of steak fajitas (which were mistaken as drugs), leading to the arrest of the Chief of Police.

Filegate — The illegal possession and scrutiny of 300-900 FBI files by the Clinton Administration without the file's subject's permission.

Foleygate — in which senior Republican leadership allegedly covered-up instances of Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) exhanging sexually explicit instant messages with under-age pages.

Gerstmanngate — Scandal over the controversial firing of Gamespot employee
Jeff Gerstmann

Gonzalesgate - See Attorneygate.

Guttergate -- the leaking and reporting of private medical details of several Australian Football League players, including details of illicit drug use.

Hookergate — The US Cunningham Scandal in which defense contractors paid bribes to members of Congress and officials in the US Defense Department, in return for political favors in the form of federal contracts.

Irangate or Contragate (usually referred to as the Iran-Contra Affair) — The Reagan Administration sold weapons to Iran and diverted the proceeds to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

Iraqgate — A Finnish scandal involving the leaking of secret documents to Anneli Jäätteenmäki, which helped bring down Paavo Lipponen's government. Later, it also brought down Jäätteenmäki’s government.

Katrinagate (also "FEMAgate") — used by people who disapproved of government response to Hurricane Katrina.

Kazakhgate — scandal surrounding James Giffen, an American businessman and former advisor of Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, who paid $78 million in bribes to high-level Kazakhstani officials to secure the oil contracts for Western companies in the 1990s.

Kremlingate — The diversion of $4.8 billion in funds from the IMF to Russia by Bank Menatep, owned by Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Kobegate — Accusations of rape in a Colorado hotel against Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant that almost ruined his pro basketball career.

Macacagate — referring to the controversial speech by Virginia Senator George Allen on August 11, 2006; and its aftermath.

Marthagate — The 2002 investigation of television and magazine celebrity Martha Stewart for alleged insider trading, after selling 3,928 shares of ImClone Systems on December 27, 2001.

Miltiegate -
RuPaul and Milton Berle fight onstage at an MTV awards show.

Monicagate (or Lewinskygate, Tailgate, Sexgate or Zippergate) — named after Monica Lewinsky who had an "inappropriate relationship" with the then-US President Bill Clinton.

Muldergate — South African political scandal of the late 1970s in which funds were clandestinely diverted by defence minister Connie Mulder for overseas propaganda in support of the apartheid regime. The scandal brought about the downfall of B.J. Vorster.

Nipplegate — Justin Timberlake reveals Janet Jackson's nipple during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII. Called "teatgate" by Jon Stewart.

Paragate — allegations that many top officials of Colombia's president Alvaro Uribe's Administration are or were being involved with paramilitary groups bent on steering the government to fit their needs.

Plamegate (also "Leakgate", "CIA leak scandal", "Plame affair") — the revealing, by journalist Robert Novak, of the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. Former Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Lewis Libby, leaked this information to Novak in retaliation for her husband, Joseph C. Wilson, criticizing George W. Bush's justification for the invasion of Iraq. Some critics of the CIA leak grand jury investigation have referred to it as Nadagate.

Rathergate (also "Memogate") — Faxed copies of forged memos, that were presented on 60 Minutes in 2004, claimed President George W. Bush was derelict in his duty in the Texas Air National Guard in 1972.

Reutersgate — The controversy over Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj manipulating news photos with Photoshop.

Rinkagate — A 1976 scandal in which Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the UK Liberal Party, lost his position and his seat in Parliament after being accused of involvement in an unsuccessful attempt to murder an alleged former gay lover. Thorpe was eventually acquitted, but the scandal and an unrelated personal illness ended his career. "Rinka" refers to a Great Dane that was killed in the attack.

Skategate — An international sports scandal involving figure skating judging at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Shawinigate — A 1999 Canadian scandal involving then-Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's profiting from real estate deals in his home riding of Shawinigan, Quebec

Squidgygate/Dianagate — tape of a telephone conversation between Diana, Princess of Wales and a male friend.

Stallergate — accusations of cottaging (in an airport bathroom stall) by U.S. Senator Larry Craig.

Stormontgate — a British spy reveals himself to be spying on Sinn Féin.

Stepneygate — allegations of espionage in Formula 1 racing carried out by members of the McLaren team.

Spygate — 2007 National Football League scandal in which the New England Patriots were caught illegally videotaping signals in a September game against the New York Jets. Also known as Videogate.

Travelgate — the 1993 firings of White House Travel Office employees at the start of the Clinton administration.

Toiletgate — The allegations by Veslin Topalov, the challenger of Chess World Championship that Vladimir Kramink (reigning champion at that time) was using internet connection and computer analysis while visiting restroom frequently during their 2006 match in Elista, Kalmykia.

Troopergate — the allegations by two Arkansas state troopers that they arranged sexual liaisons for then-governor Bill Clinton.

Tunagate — a 1985 political scandal in Canada involving large quantities of possibly spoiled tuna which were sold to the public.

Vid Of The Day: Bacon

Good god almighty. No way in hell am I eating that. I'm sure it's tasty but I could feel my arteries clogging just watching it. I can't wait till Dr. Toni sees this.

A crazy vid from Scott S.


Cool Old People Of The Day

Fun fotos from The Courteous Chihuahua.

This one's not so cool...


10 Worst "American Idol" Performances Of All Time

A great list from Entertainment Weekly and Spinderfella.

The only "AI" season I watched was Season 6, and I lost interest after they cut Haley Scarnato. Yeah, she couldn't sing.. who cares?

Click an entry to witness each massacre.

10. MIKALAH GORDON, ''Love Will Lead You Back'' (Season 4)

9. NIKKI MCKIBBIN, ''Always Something There to Remind Me'' (Season 1)

8. JOSH GRACIN, ''Jive Talkin''' (Season 2)

7. HALEY "Hot Legs" SCARNATO, ''Turn the Beat Around'' (Season 6)

6. KEVIN COVAIS, ''Part-Time Lover'' (Season 5)

5. CARMEN RASMUSEN, ''Call Me'' (Season 2)

4. KRISTY LEE COOK, ''Eight Days a Week'' (Season 7)

3. JOHN STEVENS, ''Music of My Heart'' (Season 3)

2. SANJAYA MALAKAR, ''Bathwater'' (Season 6)

1. CAMILLE VELASCO, ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' (Season 3)


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