The country awoke this morning to headlines about The Sperminator.  Yes, all those rumors of Ahnold’s womanizing ways were affirmed today when the news broke that the former actor turned governor turned actor again not only cheated on his wife, Maria Shriver, with a member of their “household staff”, but fathered a child by the former employee as well.

The alleged affair took place “over a decade ago” before Schwarzenegger ran for public office.  According to today’s reports, the revelation that this had happened is what led to the super-couple’s split, reported just days ago.

My initial reaction was to point out what pig Arnold was/is.  My boyfriend accused me of hypocrisy about the hypocrite.  “Shouldn’t this be between Arnold and his family/ies?” he asked.  “How is this any different from Bill Clinton getting a blowjob from Monica? ”

“The difference,” I answered “was that he’s one of them” – meaning a Republican, known for their holier-than-thou attitudes concerning religion, morality and “family values.”  But, as David pointed out to me, Arnold was not one of them. Yes, he was a Republican, but one of the dying breed who didn’t seem to preach morality, who was good on climate issues, and seemed to be amenable to gay rights and on the right side of some other social issues as well.

“The other difference,” I offered, “was that he fathered a child with another woman, whom he kept employing while living a lie for all these years.”

“But shouldn’t that be between them? What business is it of ours?” was David’s final question to me on the matter.

And he’s right. But it truly makes me sick that although rumors were swirling about Arnold’s womanizing and infidelity, and as Gawker today pointed out by going there… and there, the story was already there… but nobody followed up on it.  And yet Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of NY as soon as the story broke of his penchant for high priced call girls.  Just sayin…

But hey, anything can happen in Hollywood, right?  A former B-movie actor can get elected president, and a former steroid-using bodybuilder turned actor Austrian man can get elected governor of California.

And still, actors, musicians, and artists of any form get criticized for speaking out on issues about which they are passionate.  (OK, I know it’s only RWNJ’s who do the criticizing, but it’s just another example of hypocrisy from the right.)

And there’s the old adage about a leopard not being able to change its spots… Have a look (and be sure to watch the second to last scene… the one with the carrot):

This morning, actor Steven Weber appeared on my show.  I met Steven almost 20 years ago when I lived in Los Angeles, and was producer of the Mark & Brian radio show.  We reconnected a few years ago after I became a fan of his Huffington Post ramblings, and finally contacted him via the twitter.  I did ask him about the thought of pissing off a good portion of the American people by voicing his liberal, socialist, communist, activist thoughts … and he admitted that doing so was probably not very smart, and that he should stick to speaking the words written for him by others, like Aaron Sorkin.

I told him he was wrong…  I believe it’s the right and responsibility of all Americans to speak out! Being famous doesn’t make it any less so.

Today’s show was plagues by technical gremlins…. but I made it through the conversation with Steven, a news report from Ellen Ratner at the Talk Radio News Service and, in the second hour, my weekly visit with Gotta Laff from The Political Carnival.

Laffy brought us these stories to talk about today:

Federal Elections Commission official: “I hate it when people lie to us… Maybe we should not be so trusting.”

New York’s 26th congressional district race moves to “Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic”

Chihuahua pees on backpack, causes NY bomb scare

Report: Shirley Sherrod heading back to USDA for new job

High school student challenges Michele Bachmann to debate on U.S. Constitution

PhotOh! Craigslist: “Rapture on May 21st? I would like your stuff”

VIDEO- Condoleezza Rice: “Don [Rumsfeld] doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”