DBTV: No Girls Allowed! An Interview w/ SKINNY BASTARD’s Rory Freedman

June 9, 2009

Skinny Bitch and friend of The Discerning Brute, Rory Freedman has done it again. But this time, she’s going for the family jewels! I had some time to call up this savvy bitch on Skype and get the scoop on everything from erectile dysfunction and ‘whack & sniff’ testing, to prostate health and the hundreds of buff vegan athletes. If you’re a guy that doesn’t want a gut to be your rite of passage, then check this out. Skinny Bastard will knock your jock-strap off with hard-hitting truths and no-nonsense advice. Say goodbye to that beer-gut and hello to hard-bodied handsomeness. Your heart, your brain, and your libido will thank you.

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Ethical Star-Fucking & International Meat-Shunning

September 8, 2008

Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC chairman1. If you care about global warming, you should consider eating less meat. At least that’s what top UN climate scientist says.  Yesterday, the BBC released yet another article quoting the UN’s top climate scientist, Rajendra Pachauri, who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climhttps://i2.wp.com/reporting.journalism.ku.edu/spring06/bradford-utsler/media/globe.jpgate Change (IPCC). Dr. Pachauri will make a speech tonight in London. “The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that direct emissions from meat production account for about 18% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions,” he told BBC News, “So I want to highlight the fact that among options for mitigating climate change, changing diets is something one should consider.”

2. Ethical Star-Fucking: Want to have lunch with Alicia Silverstone? Girlie Girl Chloe Jo announces that Item Photoon CharityBuzz from September 3-18th, you can bid on unique celebrity experiences, rare memorabilia, and compelling special merchandise online to raise funds for the animals, to advocate for their protection, and to save lives. Support Farm Sanctuary and make a bid! You can shop for the most unusual and special items and gifts – everything from yoga classes to once-in-a-lifetime celebrity one-on-ones, all while giving to the animals!  And some things you were going to buy anyway, like yoga and dinner. Right?  May as well have your money supporting a wonderful cause! How about a private lunch with Item PhotoKristen Bell Item Photoon the lot of “Heroes” or a visit to the set of Forest Whitaker’s latest movie and lunch with the star himself, or a gourmet cooking class in Los Angeles with “Skinny Bitch” Rory Freedman and Spork Foods?  How about a shopping spree for the ladies in your life at Funky Lala Boutique, as your own celebrity stylist teaches you what styles look good on you, and what to be wearing this season or Joan Jett VIP Concert Tickets with Hotel & Airfare for Two? Need a laugh? Meet Fred Willard (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman) or Paul Reubend (Pee Wee Item PhotoHerman!) Perhaps a Long Distance Reiki Animal Communication Session or a luxe, organic faux fur throw from Loyale? Over 70 items NOW available for the bidding, as you’ll see there is definitely something for everyone!


City of Angels

June 12, 2008

I always thought of LA as a big, dirty strip-mall that extended for miles in every direction. Now, however – after visiting for a few days with an amazing tour guide, I think of LA as a big, dirty strip mall with tons of vegan joints for miles in every direction. I arrived in LA with a suitcase and a big bag of Dr. Cow’s Tree Nut Cheese to share with the west coast.

Here’s some highlights:

Vegan Spot

Vegan Spot, Silver Lake
3206 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Vegan Spot had some yummy sandwiches. I had the “Cheesy Roast Beef” and Zoe had the “Philly Cheese Steak”. They thin-slice seitan, and smother it in onions and melted-vegan cheeses. It was pretty scrumptious.

Wine and Cheese

We headed over to a wine and cheese party where we ate copious amounts of Dr. Cow’s Tree Nut Cheese with the likes of Skinny Bitch: Rory Freedman, Emily Deschanel, Ari Solomon of Scent of Scandal, Karen Dawn and Paula the pitbul of Thanking the Monkey, among other amazing veggies!

Vegan Beer, Dr Cow Cheese, and Olvera St Market

Good Micro Brew & Grill
3725 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Casa de Sousa
213 703 5236
634 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Located on historical Olvera Street)

We shared some Pinkus organic vegan beer over Hemp-Nut and Blue Manna Dr. Cow’s Tree Nut Cheese at Good Micro Brew & Grill. This appeared to be their only known vegan beer – and lucky for us – it’s a really delicious, light German beer. The Germans don’t use Fish Bladder (AKA isinglass) in their beer. Thanks Germany! This places serves meat but they have some decent veg options like the orange tofu. Ana loved the cheese! She works with Guayaki Yerba Mate, and gave me mate and a gourd!

Then we visited the historic Mexican district of Olvera Street and had vegan Mexican-chocolate lattes at Casa de Sousa, a vegetarian Mexican cafe!


Fresh Friday Finds

May 23, 2008

1. Watch Ellen today. Yesterday she confronted John MCcain(who couldn’t even make eye-contact with her)and rumor has it she may reveal something quite excting (watch out Oprah…)! Special guest and friend of DB, Rory Freedman (Skinny Bitch, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch) will be her guest.

Ellen DeGeneres Logo

2. For those that missed it, Oprah is vegan (for at least 3 weeks). All I have to say is wow…

3. Sign this petition to help call for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary, and help end whaling!

Stop Whaling - A Better World for Animals and People

3. Don’t Teese Yourself! Ok, fine – Teese yourself. It melts!Teese Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

4. DB reader, MOR is a former employee of Whole Foods. He calls attention to Wholefoods’ not-so-socially-progressive policies. Read Wholefoods Breaks Their Promise.

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5. Fujimori is being tried for Human Rights Violations in Peru. He is the first head of state to be extradited to his home country to stand trial for human rights violations. Praxis Institute for Social Justice invites you to visit their bilingual liveblog and follow current developments in the ongoing human rights trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.

“Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori served from 1990-2000 and is suspected of committing innumerable human rights violations during his decade in office. These allegations have been documented by the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in its Final Report, published in 2003, and the trial against the former president marks the fulfillment of one of the TRC’s most important recommendations for preventing future human rights violations by the state.”

For more info:

6. Non-leather belts can be more than a hemp braid – thank god.

City Belt by Vegetarian Shoes - Black

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7. On Tuesday, the USDA made it official, implementing a no-downer policy for cattle in the United States. Read the article HERE. ‘Downers’ are animals too sick or injured to walk or stand, and are typically left to suffer – as veterinary care and euthanasia cost more than most farmers will make on the body of the animal – making it economically undesirable, and ethically disgusting.

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7. Cruelty-free, vegan colognes (thanks Peta2):

Abercrombie & Fitch and Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch
Mesmerize Cologne Spray by Avon
California North for Men and O2XYGEN for Men by California North
Number Six by Caswell-Massey
Eau Dynamisante and Eau Tranquility by Clarins
Chemistry by Clinique
360° for Men and Perry Ellis m by Perry Ellis
Tommy for Men by Tommy Hilfiger
Aramis and Lauder Intuition for Men Cologne Spray by Estée Lauder
OP Juice by OP
REGENCY™Cologne by Merle Norman

8. RECIPE!

Joshua’s Vegan Baked Mac & Jeeeeze Casserole

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Block Silken Tofu
  • 1 Block “Follow your Heart” Cheddar style vegan cheese (or Teese!)
  • 2 Tbs “Earth Balance” or other vegan margerine
  • 3 Tbs Nutritional yeast (more to taste if desired)
  • 1 Tbs sugar or other sweetner
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan milk (soy, almond, rice, etc make sure it’s plain and not “vanilla” falvored)
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs (make your own by putting crisp toast in a blender)
  • 1 – 2 cups of elbow pasta

Directions:
Boil pasta. Combine all ingredients aside from bread crumbs and pasta in a blender or food processor. Mix the “cheese sauce” with the boiled pasta. place in casserole dish, and top with breadcrumbs. Bake on 350 for 15 – 20 minutes.

Tip – for a cheesier dish, shred additional vegan cheese over the bread crumbs before baking.


GALActic

May 18, 2008

The Farm Sanctuary Gala was amazing! Being with so many compassionate, wonderful people in one room was inspiring. I met my president, Dennis Kucinich, got felt up by Skinny Bitch: Rory Freedman, and ate amazing pastries from Vegan Treats!

Farm Sanctuary Gala 2008

Top Down: Joshua Katcher, Dennis Kucinich, Rory Freedman,
vegan treats cakes, Kevin Nealon, Melissa Fornabaio, Lisa Edelstein
Russell Simmons, Chloe Jo Berman (Girlie Girl Army), Jeremy Davis

I had the pleasure of producing a video for the Gala:

Thanks to Kaight Shop for my hot organic blazer and organic green shirt by Turk & Taylor! I also wore an organic tie by John Patrick Organic, thrift pants, and NOVOCAS Dennis Brown shoes. If you haven’t been to Kaight in the LES, definitely check it out. There is a nice sized organic menswear section!

Kaight Shop


Fresh Friday Finds

May 15, 2008

1. There is still time to come out and support Farm Sanctuary’s life-saving efforts! Hang out withhttps://i0.wp.com/annansi.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/Russell-Simmons-pic.jpgDennis Kucinich Russell Simmons, Dennis Kucinich, yours truly, and other animal and eco advocates, celebs, designers, and all the ethically fabulous people at the 2008 Gala, hosted by Heather Mills.

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Emily Deschanel, Christine Ebersole, Lisa Edelstein, Susie Essman, Rory Freedman, Dennis Kucinich, Swoosie Kurtz, Vanessa Marcil, Peter Max, Kevin Nealon, Dan Piraro, Eric Roberts, Ally Sheedy, Russell Simmons, Hal Sparks, Loretta Swit, True and Keisha Whitaker, Persia White, and, many more…to be announced!

Tickets are $400 per person.
To purchase tickets, donate and learn more, or to find out about sponsorship and advertising opportunities and make product donations and auction contributions to support the event, please contact us at 607-583-2225 ext.221 or gala@farmsanctuary.org

2. Lazy Activist? Help Animals Every Time You IM!

3. Joshua’s Vegan Ricotta (for Stuffed Shells, Manicotti, or Lasagna)

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package jumbo shells / manicotti (can be used in Lasagna also)
  • 1 large jar/ 2 cans of organic, vegan red sauce or marinara
  • 1 block silken tofu
  • 1 block “follow your heart” Monterey-Jack vegan cheese
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbs Basil
  • 1 Tbs Sugar or other sweetner
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • (add spinach or mushroom to the mixture if desired)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, use like ricotta to stuff shells or manicotti, or layer in lasagna.
  2. Pour a 1/4 inch layer of red sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. Stuff shells/manicotti with the mixture using a teaspoon. Arrange the stuffed pasta on top of the sauce, side by side. Pour remaining sauce over the pasta. the sauce should come up to just about the top of the pasta.

Tip – For a cheesier dish, shred additional vegan cheese to melt over the top while baking, (make sure to cover with foil or pyrex lid so it melts) if desired.

4. If you are a homo in California, you can now legally get married! Read the NYT article. The court’s 4-to-3 decision striking down state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman makes California only the second state, after Massachusetts, to allow same-sex marriages.

5. Good news for forests!

Environmental Investigation Agency Applauds U.S. Congress for Passing World’s First Ban on Import of Illegally Logged Wood. Read the full article here.

“WASHINGTON, May 15 — The United States Congress today passed landmark legislation to address the global illegal logging crisis. The U.S. is the first country in the world to prohibit the import of illegally-harvested wood and wood products.”

6. Organic Skinnies and Chinos from Loomstate:

LOOMSTATE at Barney’s


THANKING THE MONKEY

February 14, 2008

Thanking the MonkeyIf you are a Discerning Brute, like I am – knowing what the hell is going on in this crazy world we live in, and pursuing knowledge, intelligence and understanding in order to navigate through it (lightly!) is crucial. That is why I am recommending Karen Dawn’s (of Dawnwatch) new book Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals.

I am reading it right now (got a proof at the press lunch) and it’s full of my favorite celebrities, features art and cartoons by the likes of the legendary Sue Coe, Anthony Freda and Dan Pirraro (of Bizarro), and reveals jaw-dropping information that you absolutely must know about!

The release of this book marks a milestone concerning the position of non-human animals in our culture. Where others have been prohibitively academic and heavy-handed, Dawn’s approach retorts with conversational humor and easy-to-understand philosophy, but doesn’t compromise at all when it comes to thorough research and honesty about everything from circuses to slaughterhouses.

With glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and incredible endorsements from Gloria Steinem, Bill Maher, Anthony Kiedis, Emily Deschanel, Paul Haggis, JM Coetzee, Matthew Scully, Rory Freedman, Persia White, Bruce Greenwood and many more – it is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the position of animals in our society and wants to consider themselves ethically fabulous.

WATCH THE VIDEO:
I produced this video for Karen and spoke with a bunch of really intelligent celebs about the book:

BUY THE BOOK:
Harper Collins retail price $19.95
To buy a signed copy in advance, for just $14.95 plus shipping (USA only from this website, sorry) please use the “Buy Now” button below. It will take you to a Paypal page, but those without Paypal accounts can choose a regular credit card option. Shipping is $4.95 for one copy, $1.95 for each additional copy up to five, and free for all copies after five. The on sale date, when books will be in stores, is March 24th, 2008. Signed copies will be shipped in March.

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