'Thursday Tirade' is sponsored by the letter 'P'.
P is for pretentious.
I seem to have a love-hate relationship with The Food Network Channel. More notably, with a few of it's stars:
Giada De Laurentiis.
We're perfectly aware she was born in Rome as she reminds us every opportunity she gets. However, she was RAISED in America and the only accent she has is the one that she CREATES for herself in her over-annunciations:
'PanceTTa' with an over pronounced 't' sound.
Then, to really drive it home--she makes an excuse to keep saying the word over and over...
For example: 'So, here I've grated a cup of fresh moozerellllaahh. Can you see how good that moozerellllaahh is? This is really fresh moozerellllaahh. So, now I'm going to take the moozerellllaahh and in the pasta I'm going to add in the moozerellllaahh and let the moozerellllaahh melt in the pasta now with the moozerelllaahh in it to give the pasta that fresh moozerelllaahh taste.'
Um, after the first time, just say 'cheese'--we are cerebrally equipped. We get it.
I also follow her on 'Twitter'.
Why? Apparently I'm a masochist.
In one of her tweets she writes that she feels as if she should apologize for her many typos.
There are no typos--her punctuation, spelling--perfect.
Then she goes on to say; 'Remember, English is my SECOND language'.
Get over yourself.
Even her tweets are pretentious.
But, Ed likes her
Then there's Ina Garten.
Yes, we get it. You live in The Hamptons. You have glamorous and rich friends.
Yes, we get it. You cook with a lot of salmon to show those of us who make 'Hamburger Helper' what kitchen losers we really are.
And yes, you can afford the 'best' ingredients--we get that, too:
'Make sure you only use good vanilla'.
'Make sure to use the best cocoa'.
'Make sure you only use fresh herbs picked straight from the garden'.
Hey, Ina--make sure to pick up your local grocers special on 'Hamburger Helper'--2 for $3.00.
Make sure to use only the best water.
But, Ed likes her
And in an unrelated Food Network rant, I now bring you the letters A and C for animal cruelty.
I read on-line this morning that Jon Gosselin of 'Jon and Kate Plus
He's sending them back to the breeders from whence they came.
He claims that he's doing this because 'Kate doesn't take care of the dogs when she's here'.
I don't know if this is true or not. I'm obviously not there to refute or verify those claims but the only things that seem to be clear here are this:
Neither Jon NOR Kate have properly taught those kids how to behave around animals. I have seen the little ones pull, push and tug on those dogs and any other animal they come in contact with.
And by 'little ones', I mean FIVE year olds, not one or two year olds.
I've seen them get taken to petting zoos etc., where the establishments are the ones having to tell these
Back to Shoka and Nala--the dogs in question. The kids did not ask for these dogs--their parents, in an episode last year, simply announced one day that they were 'adding to their family' and getting the kids TWO dogs, which were already picked out and named by Jon and Kate--giving the kids no responsibility or choices in the matter.
However, I feel very strongly that it's not too late to teach them how to care for these dogs.
Again, the youngest are five--certainly old enough to not only be taught right and wrong, but to also be given chores such as feeding, watering and bathing their furry family members.
Their two oldest kids (twin girls Cara and Mady) are ten for crying out loud!
In addition to it not being too late to teach these kids how to love and care for pets--especially ones they've had for well over a year--give them some responsibilities.
It'll help make them better and more compassionate citizens and Shoka and Nala will give nothing but unconditional love in return.
Through Jon's statement about giving the dogs back to the breeder (and what will happen to them then???), it seems he is trying punish Kate.
In the end, though--it's only Shoka and Nala who are, sadly, being punished.
Sad, wrong and disgusting.