It's A Good Thing Sammy Sosa isn't a Bunny Named Buster

It’s been quite a news week.

1. Buster Baxter. Hot on the stiletto heels of Georgy-Porgy’s inauguration and Disheveled State of the DisUnion Address, the radical right strikes again, this time lashing out at Buster Baxter, a children’s cartoon on PBS. The episode entitled “Sugartime,” in which the characters visit a syrup factory in Vermont, came under fire because Buster and his family are “exposed” to a lesbian couple and their child. When introduced to the child, who shows Buster pictures of her mother and her lesbian partner, Buster replies “That’s a lot of moms!”

To quote the Chicago Tribune columnist Maureen Ryan:

“The number of lesbian mothers in the episode — there are actually four in total, heading two different families that live near each other in Vermont — prompted “very serious concerns” by new Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who said last week that government money should not have gone toward the making of that particular episode of “Buster.” Some funding for the 4-month-old show, which is a live-action compilation of travel footage interspersed with short animated segments starring the talkative rabbit, comes in the form of Department of Education grants.

PBS officials said last week that they will not distribute the episode in question, “Sugartime!,” to the public television network’s 349 member stations. However the station that produces “Buster,” Boston’s WGBH, will make “Sugartime!” available to PBS stations, and so far 18 stations have said they plan to air it, according to the Baltimore Sun. WGBH was scheduled to show the episode on Wednesday. “

As it turns out, WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate is planning on showing “Sugartime.” Email your thank-yous to WTTW for having the bravery to stand up to our archaic “administration” here.

2. Sammy Sosa. I am a Cubs fan, and I was a Sammy Sosa fan. Note the word “was” in that sentence. There is something to be said for his contributions to the team over the years, but in the last year or two, he has shown just how immature and pig-headed a 36 year old man can be. To walk out on his team like he did the last day of the 2004 season is simply disgraceful. Sure, nobody else wanted to be there either, but the rest of them stayed.

So Sammy is off to Baltimore to play for the Orioles. Good riddance. See ya. Have a nice time. Good luck.

He had overstayed his welcome by, oh, 3-4 years anyway.

3. Martha Stewart. She’s getting out of jail soon. And just in time, she’s been signed to the next go-around of “The Apprentice.” That’s right folks, Martha wants you to work for her. Housewives (desperate or not) are lining up in droves already.

The Tribune, God love ’em, had a poll today on their website asking readers what Martha’s catch phrase would be (akin to The Donald’s “You’re Fired”). Here are some examples of what readers suggested. Can you think of any good ones?

You are unacceptable! Farewell!

Find another place to frost your cupcakes honey cause your (sic) DONE!!

You’re fired…then glazed… and then hand-painted with a delicate pattern of tiny pink roses.

Sorry…you’ve been tasted, basted and now you’re terminated!

Your muffins are BURNED.

You’re about as good as microwaved eggs!

I think it would be a Good Thing for you to work elsewhere.

Don’t let my beautiful French doors impact upon your posterior as you leave. (my personal favorite)

You’re a souffle that has just fallen.

You’re cooked! (with some lovely broccoli florets and a fine Chardonnay.)

You’re flambeed!