Finally. Whew. Amen. For a while there, I was beginning to wonder if John Kerry had any personality at all and I was finding it very hard to get excited about him at all. After all, the man doesn t really have facial expressions and that sort of monotone, shrill politico-speak voice of his was grating on my nerves. Not that I wasn t going to vote for him. But I just wasn t thrilled. And while I m still not thrilled, I must say that Kerry s remarks the other day when he didn t realize the microphones were still on gave me much hope. Calling the Bush administration liars and crooked was the best thing he has done so far in his campaign. And the White House goons had the audacity to ask for an apology. But he didn t. He didn t back down. Now, if he would just come on and use that as the theme of his campaign, maybe we ll be able to pull a Spain and get the current administration out. And speaking of Spain, kudos to the Memphis Grizzlies for their recognition of the tragedy. And to the people of Memphis for showing Pau so much support. On the day the news broke, I was afraid it was going to get the typical it didn t happen to us so let s not make a big deal out of it response. It initially got the grand total of about three minutes on the morning news show I was watching, sandwiched in between much more important news, like what Martha Stewart s aunt s lawn man s sister s pet groomer s 16-year-old babysitter best friend thinks about her conviction, a full and lengthy analysis of Donald The Comb-over Trump s reasons for firing people on his reality television show, and a report from the show s Hollywood gossip correspondent about a new line of towels and handbags embossed with the phrase I heart-symbol -here Botox. But as soon as it began to appear that the Madrid terror attacks might have been because of the war in Iraq, it certainly started getting much more coverage. And God bless the people of Spain, they took to the streets and then took their opposition to the war to the polls. But enough about politics. It has come to my attention that I have angered some people by calling the president names, and I believe everyone should love everyone and there should be peace on Earth and all that. So I am now going to try to be nice and not write about him. So there. Now. Did anyone else happen to catch Dateline NBC the other night? Liza Minelli and Lorna Luft, Judy Garland s daughters, especially Liza, what with the way she is in the news now as a mess even bigger than her mother, appearing on a nationally televised interview wearing sweatshirts? That s almost as bad as Sophia Coppella stumbling up the stairway to get her statue for best director at the Golden Globes wearing flats. They may have even been loafers. I couldn t even watch her on the Oscars for fear that she might have done the same thing. And how does Liza keep losing and gaining such giant amounts of weight? I can t lose three pounds to save my life no matter how many substances I ingest. And let me say that on the Dateline show, not only was Lorna Luft wearing a sweatshirt, but she was also wearing a necklace with an L shaped pendent on it. And it looked like fake diamonds. Kind of like one of the many of letter-shaped necklaces you might find in a truck stop, or in a bad catalog for the great unwashed. It was pretty scary. Almost as scary as . . . oops, I almost did it again. I was going to write something mean about the president. It s like a natural reflex. But since I am trying to love all of mankind, I won t do it. I ll just think nice thoughts about him when I can come up with some. In the meantime, here s a look at some of what s going on around town this week. Tonight s Third Thursdays: Art After Dark at The Dixon at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens features cheesecake, a watercolor demonstration, and a showing of the film Eat Drink Man Woman. The Grizzlies play Seattle tonight. Tonight s The Art of Good Taste at the Madison Hotel is a Memphis Brooks Museum of Art fund-raiser and features a four-course dinner and wines from Oregon. And Erykah Badu is in concert at Sam s Town.