Congressman Snarks On Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Facelift’ On Dennis Miller Show

A Republcain (of course) from Texas (of course) snarked on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s appearance (of course) on the conservative-leaning Dennis Miller Show (of course).

Rep. Louie Gohmert was grousing about Speaker Of The House John Boehner with guest host Larry O’Connor, then threw Boehner a compliment by way of a sexist, ageist jab at Pelosi’s looks: "Well, let’s give [Boehner] credit. There’s no facelift with John Boehner. He is who he is."

Male politicians aren’t immune to  jokes about their appearance — think of the jokes about the size of President Obama’s ears or Governor Chris Christie’s girth. But this snark manages to be a one-two punch of both sexist and ageist, by accusing Pelosi of being a fancypants fake just because of perceived plastic surgery because she’s an older woman. By way of comparison, "pretty" male politicians like John Edwards might get teased about their good looks, but don’t get "facelift" jabs.  

Frankly, there many more important reasons to criticize Rep. Pelosi, as either a fake or a limosine liberal, than the way her face looks — but that default snark is the laziest one in the book.

Think Progress has audio of the Rep. Gohmert’s clip if you care to listen. 

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MONDAY FUNDAY: Tonight’s Top NYC Events

So it’s the first day of the work week and there are four more days to go. We get it. But why ruminate when you can start to make Mondays the best night of the week? This weekly column is devoted to finding the best events across NYC hosted by individuals and places that are doing amazing, crazy, wild, sexy things on Monday nights. And we’re here to honor them. Here are tonight’s top events.

Eat something fried & delicious:
Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah by honoring that beautiful fried potato pancake at the Fourth Annual Latke Festival at BAM. Chefs from favorite Brooklyn and New York restaurants – like Blue Ribbon, The Vanderbilt, Balaboosta, Veselka, and A Voce – will fry up and compete for the coveted top latke award. For a $55 ticket, you get to eat the winning latkes and jelly doughnuts from Dough, and drink beer, wine, coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company, and kombucha from Kombucha Brooklyn.  It’s Brooklyn, b%#%@. 6:30pm, $55 at BAM. For tickets, call BAM at 718-636-4100.

Hear something deep & brooding:
Get existential and transported to communist Russia at East Village red-swathed literary den KGB, where their longtime poetry night debuts aspiring and surprisingly prolific and lauded authors. Tonight marks the season finale of readings by Mark Strand, former Poet Laureate of the US, and published author Malachi Black. Damn. Grab one of KGB’s famous $7, big bottles of Baltika beer – that beloved Eastern European brand that’s hard to find anywhere but in this second-floor, Russian dive – and get ready for some brooding and wordy seduction. Poetry night starts at 7pm, every Monday. All the details here.

Watch something disturbing and sexual:
We all love a good confession, especially when it involves a half-naked, excessively good-looking human being confessing from the get-go that he’s, since the age of six, “enjoyed a rather delightful sexual relationship” with his father. Which brings us to tonight’s event: an autobiographical play by Cuban writer-director-producer Michelangelo Alasa called Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict. But since tickets are free – and this show is riddled with actors, smoke, smoking-hot actors, and incest – reservations are highly required and tickets are scarce. Show runs tonight and next Monday, 8pm, at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center. All the details here.

Be on the radio & meet sexpert Dr. Ruth:
NPR’S most puzzling show Ask Me Another” comes to Brooklyn’s beloved and intimate events space The Bell House, where the show will be live-taped – and you can be too. Get quizzed by the trivia-and-brainteasers-centric show’s host Ophira Eisenberg, meet tonight’s special guest & sexpert Dr. Ruth , and maybe even end up in the contestant’s chair, facing trivia games customized specifically for you. This show is so intimate, it’ll trick you into thinking you’re at a game night in your friend’s cramped and messy living room – until your buddy tells you the next day, “Hey! I heard you mess up on the radio!” Show starts at 7:30pm, $10, at The Bell House. All the details here.

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London Preview: ME London Hotel

With openings in Madrid and Barcelona, the ME by Melia imprint is making a sweep across Europe.Now here comes the UK version; in September, the West End will see the arrival of the new ME London, designed by the prolific Foster + Partners.

Built around a 11-story atrium, the ME features a 157 sleekly designed rooms and suites. But sleep will be the last thing considered here, with glamourous outposts of New York’s Asellina and STK (from The ONE Group), as well as rooftop bar Radio. ME…oh my.