August 31, 2006

Volume 52 

1. MUSINGS Funny Signs
2. MUSINGS Dispelling Stereotypes - And They Said We Couldn't Swim
3. CELEBRITY Plastic Surgery
4. CELEBRITY Celebrity James Dean and Brad Pitt
5. CELEBRITY Teen Choice Awards
6. CELEBRITY Justin Timberlake
7. CELEBRITY Britney Spears
8. CELEBRITY Lindsay Lohan
9. CELEBRITY Tom Cruise Stoned By Redstone
10. CELEBRITY Bad Lyrics And Bad Role Models Bad For Your Kids
11. CELEBRITY Celebrity Product Endorsements Not Believed By Public
12. MUSIC Bob Dylan Slams Modern Music
13. MUSIC “Osama Bin 'Saving All His Love' for Whitney”
14. MUSIC Beyonce “Ring The Rihanna Alarm”
15. MUSIC SOHH Questions MTV
16. LEGAL FILE Anthony Pellicano
17. LEGAL FILE Madonna Lawsuit
18. SPORTS Soccer - England Names New Captain
19. SPORTS Tennis - Andre Agassi To Retire
20. LEGAL FILE Robert Mueller (FBI)
21. LEGAL FILE Freaky Judge Gets 4 Years
22. LEGAL FILE Homestead Properties And Cities Who Openly Violate US Law
23. TECHNOLOGY Hack A Mack
24. ECONOMICS The Penny Pt 2
25. SOCIAL Prussian Blue In GQ
26. SOCIAL Violence Is Not The Answer
27. SOCIAL September 11th
28. ASTRONOMY Asteroids
29. INTERNATIONAL NEWS "London Under Attack" documentary
30. INTERNATIONAL NEWS Jamaican Drug Bust: Operation Kingfish
31. INTERNATIONAL NEWS “Kabul To Deport Korean Christians” For Their Safety
32. SPIRITUAL You Can't Change People

UPDATE: 9-1-06 I updated the penny section correcting a typo error I just caught - it should have said a ".5 cent surplus" not a "5 cent surplus" (reportedly costs 1.5 cent to make each penny - a two penny would create the .5 cent surplus). I forgot to add the point/decimal.

MUSINGS Funny Signs

 

I read a funny sign in a Miami Beach shop window the other day that stated, “Shoplifters beware…of the crooks running the store.”  

MUSINGS Dispelling Stereotypes - And They Said We Couldn't Swim

Aquaman Aquanegro, Puffy, in St. Tropez skiing:

Speaking of Puffy, he's been saying stuff lately that has left many perplexed and questioning his sobriety…

Singer Cassie (left) and Proactiv spokesperson Puffy (right)

Puffy's Thoughts On Cassie

“He called her recent subpar performances "cute" and promised "to be with her until she gets it right." VC finds this quite amusing because we wonder if Cassie would've even made the band as bad as she sounds live. She makes Danity Kane sound like five Mariah Carey's.

To further lead VC to wonder what the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy has been puffing on, he also recently said that a track from Paris Hilton featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss was "one of the hottest tracks of the year." Yeah, that makes no sense to us either.” - Vibe Magazine

Puffy's Thoughts On Paris

“Diddy was stunned when he realized a new song featuring Jadakiss and Fat Joe is sung by socialite Paris Hilton. Diddy admitted to MTV that he wouldn’t normally listen to a Hilton track but was pleasantly surprised by her new record, Fighting Over Me.

“I thought, this is one of the hottest tracks of the year, then I looked at the credits and it was Paris Hilton.” First those Cassie comments, now this! Diddy gotta be on that stuff!” – Concrete Loop

CELEBRITY Plastic Surgery

 Dolly Parton once said, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap”:

Barbara Streisand - Read the sign (To Paris Hilton, that says Lasky not Lassie, it's spelled differently). I'll let her tell you what she had done, cause I can't tell with Babs draped in fabric. You've got to admit, she sure got the paparazzi good, who were waiting for a shot - no, not with a gun. I can't picture Streisand popping a cap...

Ashley Simpson (nose) - subtle:

Michael "I invented plastic surgery" Jackson - (nose, shin, um I mean chin). The mother of all nose jobs. Just teasing, but I prefer his old nose. I think his dad teasing him when he was growing up, calling him big nose, had an affect on him. But nonetheless, that man does seem to care for his children:

Janet Jackson (nose) – more subtle:

Cher - (every single thing!). However, she looks fabulous. Now that’s how you do plastic surgery. Cher looks all of five (years old). No tiger effect from the eyes/face being pulled back too far, no eye on her forehead. Hey, did I mention that some of these surgeons pull some of these celebrities' faces back too far. However, Cher is an example of plastic surgery with good results:

 

Madonna (a surgeon said in an article: face, chest, thighs, botox). Results are strong grounds for a malpractice suit. Still, the surgeon warned her vampires should not go out in sunlight:

Before (2002)                             After (Early 2006)

After a few months after the after

 In closing, I don't think there is anything wrong with plastic surgery. However, I do think there is something wrong with bad plastic surgery...and excessive plastic surgery.

CELEBRITY Celebrity James Dean and Brad Pitt

James Dean, not to be confused with Jimmy Dean (the sausage), and Brad Pitt look alike. They also have the same facial expressions.

Brad Pitt James Dean

Flashback Pics:

He totally looks like a Brad in that pic. It’s a Valley name. You expect to see someone with a surf board with that hair. He is totally having a Fabio moment in these pics:

Pitt Pilot

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt sure seem to be flying a lot, which isn't always the safest thing in the world. History has shown, little planes and celebrities don't always mix. They need to be careful.

Angelina In Trouble With Black Audiences Over Marianne Perl Role

She's got black lips and a black baby, but some black audiences are saying no to Angelina playing a black woman in the movie role of French black woman Marianne Perl, the widow of late journalist Daniel Perl.

I was wondering if they were gonna give Angelina a curly perm or dry wave like Puffy has to match Marianne's naturally curly hair.

Side bar: is it a requirement that if you sign with Badboy Records you have to get a dry wave. A lot of non-K-Fed white people are reading that and wondering, "What is she talking about?" Those are hair products and applications used by some members of black society. 

Regarding Angelina, I was wondering how they were gonna pull that off - or if it was gonna be a Cleopatra thing.

CELEBRITY Teen Choice Awards

Jason McElwain was the highlight of the show. Great speech, great kid.

Other than that, I found the show to be highly sexually suggestive for teen audiences. Host Dane Cook kept making double entendres, vulgar sexual jokes and crude sexual gestures. What was that? Did you not read the sign that said "Teen Choice."

Then again, some adult Hollywood stars probably saw the "Teen Choice" sign and thought, time to find a new girlfriend.

Is Hollywood that perverse that it can't even behave for a teen show. And they wonder why kids today have such issues about their self-image, sexuality, have low self-worth and act out the way they do.

The theme of the night was you must be a bikini clad bimbo (the three bikini clad girls in the hot tub by the stage), outrageous, promiscuous or you're not hot/popular. Nice thing to teach the kids, Hollywood.  

Nelly Furtado performed her track "Promiscuous Girl," that really:

a.) should not have been on the ballot at a teen awards show.

b.) should not have been performed at a teen awards show. 

K-Fed made his debut, and well, it didn't get rave reviews in papers or on blogs:

K-Fed Reviews

“You just knew K-Fed was doomed when the cameras caught him striking a pre-performance gangsta pose. He looked dangerous as he gazed with the menace of a deadbeat slacker now obsessed with rhyming couplets. (Well, as dangerous as anyone can look when his posse includes fifth graders.)

The song was called "Lose Control," not to be confused with "Lose Yourself," the Eminem hit that's clearly simmered in K-Fed's creative subconscious. He mumbled his rhymes, taking slow, high-knee steps like he was sneaking up on a bunny only he could see.

Then, mercifully, it was over. So now, some free advice for Kevin and Britney: stay away from television cameras. No, stay away from all cameras. They are destroying you both.

Britney & Kevin: The E! True Hollywood Story (Citytv, 8 tonight) provides ample background about the young couple. But it doesn't cover an idea that's become obvious: Britney and Kevin are outliers on the fame bell curve. They are anomalies who disprove the maxim that says all publicity is good publicity. The more we see of them, the less we care.” - thestar.com

Paula Abdul: I Feel Sorry for Britney Spears

"Britney Spears walked on stage at the Teen Choice Awards like she was headed to a Matt Lauer interview as she was again smacking her gum with cleavage popping.  But the former pop star did look good this time and she was only there to introduce her husband Kevin Federline.

Paula Abdul: I Feel Sorry for Britney Spears. Paula Abdul even gave her American Idol opinion and it wasn't her usual; 'you're a star.'  Abdul said she heard a little of Federline's song. But the American Idol judge said she had heard from others that it wasn't that good. She said, "The person I feel saddest for is Britney."

Then came Federline. Ugh. He's being ripped on the blogs for a performance that was indeed less than stellar. Need more proof?  TMZ has a poll noting that K-Fed made his live world debut at the Teen Choice Awards last night on FOX.

The poll is titled 'How Badly Did K-Fed Suck?' The short item says, "TMZ is still shaking its inanimate head at K-Fed's performance. Watch 30 seconds -- trust us, it's more than enough." - Tina Sims writes from Miami, National Ledger

K-Fed and singer Jessica Simpson:

...speaking of that, articles came out that Britney Spears wasn't so kind to Simpson back stage:

"Britney must really be tired of being pregnant like she says because at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards she bumped into fellow pop tart Jessica Simpson backstage and was rather rude. Jessica reportedly asked if she could give Britney's very pregnant belly a kiss. "He*l, no!" responded Spears, according to Us Weekly.

A witness adds: "Jessica was really insulted, but Britney refused to let her do it." Now I ask you, Is that any way to treat a fellow vapid buxom blond performer? – Post Chronicle

CELEBRITY Justin Timberlake

Timberlake said he’s bringing “Sexy Back” but Justin should have left sexy alone (after all, it wasn't bothering him).

Did Justin Diss Miami?

Did Justin “Michael Jackson Michael Jacksome Moves” Timberlake diss Miami in the following statement:

“The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, to air live on MTV on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m., will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The awards, which debuted in New York in 1984, have been held in Miami the last two years. "I think it's time for the Video Music Awards to come back to New York," Justin Timberlake said Monday. "I think, in my opinion, it lost a bit of its luster." - August 2, 2006, Associated Press

 

I hope that wasn’t a diss towards the city, because then I would have to say, he who does 20 year old Michael Jackson dance moves like they just came out yesterday is not in a position to talk about anything losing its “luster” or freshness.

 

Note to Justin: Michael Jackson called from the 80’s and said he wants his dance moves and hairstyle back, "Curly Sue".

The Bible says, let he who is sinless cast the first stone. Let's look into Justin's freshness factor, shall we.

Mick Jagger once said upon seeing Timberlake perform, "I've seen all his dance moves before." And Jagger was right.

Random thought hits Aisha (light bulb): Angelina Jolie and Mick Jagger have the same lips! 

Back to what I was talking writing about...I searched the net and with my trained eyes I put together these pics (ok, I was bored cause they shut down everything cause they thought the storm was coming).

Lets look at MJ and JT comparisons for freshness and newness. In the left corner column we have Michael years prior and in the right corner column we have Justin years after:

Michael Jackson v. Justin Jackson (what a coincidence):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin, back away from the Michael Jackson VHS tapes. Put the 1985 Victory Tour tapes down.

Maybe you're not bringing Sexy Back. Maybe you're just bringing Michael back.

- Aisha waiting on Justin to Moonwalk...and since little sister said she would beat her down if she wrote about JT in the Column again, also waiting for that beat down - but the joke was worth it for him saying that about Miami).

And his foot is still in his mouth...

Timberlake Slams Taylor Hicks

“People think he looks so normal, and he's so sweet and he's so earnest, but he can't carry a tune in a bucket." - Justin Timberlake

He has a stronger voice than you.

Timberlake Slams Rapper Kanye West

"Hicks isn't the only artist Timberlake has been bad-mouthing. During an interview with the LA Times, he was quoted "discrediting Kanye West's originality" when he said, "Kanye? Has he ever had a song that wasn't already a song before he did it?" He later claimed that the statement was meant to be a small joke, but we all know Mr. West ain't having it." – Nah Right

Timberlake Slams Spears

"Justin Timberlake slams Britney Spears in new song? Justin Timberlake says his new song “What Goes Around Comes Around,” is not a slam against his ex - Britney Spears.

He adds, "I get approached a lot about her and it's such a part of my life that is so long ago to me that I prefer not to talk about it anymore because it's giving it too much weight and it's always misconstrued."

On the other side, Justin Timberlake dissed Britney Spears in the Fashion Rocks magazine, a fall supplement to Vanity Fair.

“I dated Britney half my life, but I don’t know that person anymore. I’m not sure I knew her before. If I was writing an article about her, I would not be able to fight the urge to write every dirty thing about her.” – The Bosh

Timberlake Slams Lindsay Lohan

 

 

"Lindsay Lohan has been banned from a Justin Timberlake concert - because he doesn't want her ruining his image. The 'SexyBack' singer's management have reportedly turned down Lohan's request to be put on the VIP guest list for the Los Angeles showcase on Saturday night.

Lohan's professional reputation suffered a blow earlier this month when she was issued a letter from film producer James G. Robinson, calling her "irresponsible and unprofessional" after she didn't turn up for work on her new movie Georgia Rule.” -         Pr Inside

Apparently I Was Right Again

Remember back in the April 2006 Column I wondered out loud about why Janet Jackson's career was harmed by the Super Bowl incident and Justin's wasn't:

"Inasmuch as it has unquestionably affected Janet's career, Justin seems to have walked away unscathed. That I don't get. How come he didn't get the brunt of it and she did. While I'm not picking on him, one can't help but notice the double standard and question why. Was it sexism or racism or both." - Sound Off Column, April 29, 2006 - Volume 48 

Apparently, this month, Mr. Timberlake has amazingly concluded the same thing of it being due to sexism and racism:

"If you consider it 50/50 - I probably got 10 per cent of the blame and that says something about society. I think that America's harsher on women and I think that America's unfairly harsh on ethnic people." Timberlake tells MTV News he accepts he didn't deal with the aftermath of the breast-baring incident well and now he feels he shouldn't have been so quick to distance himself from the scandal - and from Jackson.

He adds, "I didn't handle it the best way I could have but you get your bumps and bruises from it and you learn." Contact Music August 8, 2006

Good timing though - not!

 

Timberlake Slammed For New Single 

Hey, last month I voiced my disapproval of his track as well. Put it this way, even though everyone’s slamming K-Fed's track as not being up to par, it still sounds better than Justin's Wack "Sexy Back." Not my kind of song. It's not the beat, it's what's over the beat (lyrics/vocals).

“Mcfly Label Timberlake's New Song A Joke - British pop act McFly have ridiculed heart-throb Justin Timberlake's new song and branded the singer "lazy". The cheeky boy band claim when they first heard Timberlake's single Sexy Back, they thought it was a joke. Bass player Dougie Poynter says, "What is going on with Justin's new song Sexy Back?

"I spent the first two days after hearing it laughing and when I found out it wasn't a joke I spent the next two crying in the room. Just because you know what Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz look like naked now, it gives you no right to be lazy, but please don't sue me, Justin." – Contact Music August 23, 2006

Timberlake Slammed By Blog

“Why Music Sucks: Diddy, Justin Timberlake And Paris Hilton"

Taylor Hicks isn't the only artist Timberlake has been bad-mouthing. During an interview with the LA Times, he was quoted "discrediting Kanye West's originality" when he said, "Kanye? Has he ever had a song that wasn't already a song before he did it?" He later claimed that the statement was meant to be a small joke, but we all know Mr. West ain't having it." - Hip Hop RnB Soul

CELEBRITY Britney Spears

Britney Spears @ the Teen Choice Awards looking like she's just happy to get out the house

Apparently I Was Right Again

In last month's Column I said Britney and K-Fed would be broke if they keep spending the way they do. This month K-Fed said he is broke:

"I'm almost broke. I don't get any money from my wife. "As a man, a male figure and a father, I wouldn't be happy sitting back and living off my wife's fortune. I have to provide for my family. "People gotta understand that I'm working, too. She's not the only one that's got things to do."- Contact Music

Spears and Federline's house

"Spears's Baby Bungle Inspires Baseball Team"

Britney...still looking like she's just happy to get out the house

“The Newark Bears, a minor league baseball team, are hosting a Britney Spears Baby Safety Night to spread the message about keeping babies safe in vehicles. The event was inspired by criticism drawn by the pop star when she was photographed with her baby son, Sean Preston, sitting on her lap as she drove, and later, in a car seat facing forward rather than facing backward, which some safety regulations say is best.

Fans attending tonight's game will receive information on baby car seat safety and a chance to win a free car seat from the American Automobile Association.” - Canada.com

Spears Baby Named Worst Dressed By Esquire Mag

Poor baby. That was wrong. It's his mom who did this. He’s such a little cutie pie, but he was voted worst dressed because of his mom’s taste in clothes. But you know what’s even scarier; Britney says she’s working on a clothing line for kids.

INFGoff.com; RAMEY PHOTO/ABACAUSA ; Polaris; PMCPhoto

 “Okay, now this is just wrong, y’all. It’s not the kid’s fault his parents buy his accessories at Pimps ‘R’ Us. The September issue of Esquire has named little Sean Preston Federline the “Worst Dressed Man in the World” on its annual best and worst dressed men list.

Regarding Britney Spears‘ less than stellar wardrobe choices for her son the magazine says that “being the offspring of a hyper fertile backup dancer and prematurely wilted flower is no excuse, but being 12 months almost is…As soon as you gain some dexterity, straighten out your hat.” – US Weekly

You know, some things people really shouldn’t admit in public. This is one of them:

 

“Britney Spears Is Having Cravings For Her Son's Baby Food”

“The 'Toxic' singer is eight months pregnant with her second child and has cravings for Sean Preston's organic baby food. Last month the 24-year-old singer was rushed to hospital, when she suffered false labour pains, seven months into her pregnancy."  – Music Rooms

Spears' Leaked Home Video Scaring Audiences

“Britney Spears: High or Just Stupid?"

In the video (which is a must see), Spears appears very spaced out. At one point she enters into a conversation about the possibility that Back to the Future and Time Travel are real. She ponders if time travelers are among us, but in secret. It's hilarious for all the right and wrong reasons.

So the new question is: Britney Spears: High or Just Stupid?”-  Slash Film

Do we have to pick just one?

Britney Spears Video Shows Troubled Celebrity

“The clip shows an unscripted Spears doing…well…nothing.  Britney simply rants, hits a table a few times and eats. It's really quite disturbing.

Our pals at TMZ, mainly Editor Harvey Levin, have this to say: I wonder if Lindsay Lohan has looked at the video and if it had an impact on her? Maybe all of us end up reflecting about our lives at the kitchen table. It just seems like this one is so much more of a train wreck than most. I've always rooted for Britney. What I love about her is that she is so unaffected by her stardom and wealth. As crazy as things got for her over the last year, I still thought she'd have a huge comeback. I still hope that, but now I am not so sure.'

Neither are we. Britney appears to be high out of her mind” – Post Chronicle

I saw the video and it's pretty out there. Federline had more sense in the video than she did. This means he’s got the brains in that family. Take what you will from that.

Britney looking like her mom in this pic.

Britney Spears Amateur Video: Huh?

“She is caught in an unscripted moment and at times sounds very 'off.' It is unclear when the tape was filmed but the former pop star basically sits and talks with K-Fed about nothing and her most used phrase is 'huh?'

Spears was lampooned just last night by the minor league baseball team the Newark Bears who hosted a Britney Spears Baby Safety Night in an effort to spread the message of keeping babies safe in vehicles.

This video will likely bring more Britney bashing.” – National Ledger


Time Travel

In a recent clip that's making the online rounds, Britney seemed, well, disoriented as she talked about life and got metaphysical.

"Have you ever seen Back to the Future?" Britney asked her husband.

"Mmhmm," came Kevin's wordless reply.

"Is that possible?" she asked, "To time travel?"

"No."

"Yes, it is Kevin."

Poor Britney. Even she would like to go back a few years, back to a happier time, before television showed that she had finally lost control. – The Star, Canada

Almost Tripped In Heels While Pregnant...Again

EXCLUSIVE: Trouble in Popoparadise?

Y'ALL BE HATIN'

Add another name to the list of people embarrassed by Kevin Federline's performance at the Teen Choice Awards - Britney Spears! Yes, the Britney we ran into yesterday (at the ritzy restaurant Chin Chin) was certainly in a foul mood, stomping out to her car without so much as a smile to the cameras - she'd actually worked herself into such a state that she nearly tripped over her heels!- X17 August 22, 2006

Britney: "I almost tripped again. Who put the street there!"

Britney: " 'I'm country,' was the ground there before cause I didn't notice it?"

Britney: "well, I almost tripped walking, maybe I won't trip if I run."

Kevin: "did she almost trip...again!?"

And the good bad publicity just keeps rolling in...

"Can Britney Spears Make It Into The Guinness Book Of Records? For her lovely burps?...

Britney Spears may be entering the Guinness Book of Records for her extremely loud burps.

Recent video footage of Britney circulating the internet featured the former pop princess eating and burping loudly…she impressed bosses at the book of records so much that they asked if they could record her.

Britney is hoping to be able to break the record for the loudest burp recorded…which is currently held by Londoner Paul Hunn who six years ago burped a 118.1 decibel burp. Hopefully Britney will not burp that loudly…" The Star

CELEBRITY Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan Photo and caption from PITNB

Kabbalah Cult Member Lindsay Lohan's On Set Conduct Slammed Again

Last month it was Morgan Creek, this month its a crew member from the movie Herbie:

“Herbie Fully Lohan: Report From the Set  - Lohan Fully Loaded

So I see that Ms. Lohan is refuting the accusations made against her. It sounds to me that her behavior is exactly the same inconsiderate **** she pulled on the Herbie production. She stayed out all night, and then the doctor announced that Ms Lohan had asthma the next day.

She played the exhaustion card a couple of times. Too tired from shooting to bear another day of shooting. She calls in sick one day and we find out she is across town shooting a day with her then-boyfriend on That 70's Show. Another day she has the "doctor" call in Ms Sickie's fake ailment, because she was shooting her own music video the night before.

Many mornings during the Herbie show were rescheduled according to the Puffy Face Report. The Princess was able to make the production [crew] recreate the desert race sets closer to the Four Seasons. She said she had signed on "to do a film in Los Angeles" and El Mirage was too hot and too far. She is a brat. One day she comes storming up the Team Payton driveway, followed by the producer.

It seems he had to insist that Lindsey play her off-screen lines for Michael Keaton. This common courtesy she could not afford her fellow actor. Funny she seemed to have no trouble with those other off- screen lines." – Herbie: Fully Loaded crew, World of Wonder

Lohan's conduct was slammed by another one of her colleagues co-workers...

 

"Macy Blasts Costar Lindsay Lohan's Lateness"

Veteran character actor William H. Macy says he respects Lindsay Lohan's talent, but not her behavior.

"You can't show up late," Macy, 56, told reporters Thursday at a Los Angeles on a junket promoting his new movie, Everyone's Hero. "It's very, very disrespectful."

Macy, who shares a scene with Lohan, 20, in the upcoming Emilio Estevez-directed drama Bobby, called the actress a "huge talent," but echoed the sentiments expressed in a letter sent to her recently by a studio chief who blasted her work ethic.

The letter came from James G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, which is producing Lohan's film Georgia Rule. Macy's wife, Felicity Huffman, also stars in the movie.

"I think what an actor has to realize (is that) when you show up an hour late, 150 people have been scrambling to cover for you," Macy told reporters Thursday. There is not an apology big enough in the world to have to make 150 people scramble. It's nothing but disrespect. And Lindsay Lohan is not the only one. A lot of actors show up late as if they're God's gift to the film. It's inexcusable, and they should have their **** kicked."

When asked about Lohan's work on Bobby, Macy paused and said, "She was pretty late." - Los Angeles Times

Lohan Slams Paris Hilton

She says, "I started getting prank calls from them on my voicemail. They'd be screaming and saying stuff that was said in the video." But it's Hilton who gets a verbal slap from loose-lipped Lohan - for her part in the footage.

The actress adds, "Obviously, she's very comfortable making videos" - a catty reference to the hotel heiress' controversial 1 Night In Paris sex tape.

Their last nightlife encounter, at New York's trendy Butter, almost ended in a fight after Hilton accused Lohan of trying to steal her on/off boyfriend Stavros Niarchos II. Lohan reveals, "She went off on this Stavros thing, grabbing my arm, saying, 'I can't believe you ******* called Stavros." - IMDB

Real nice Paris. Grabbing people by the arm – how abusive.

CELEBRITY Tom Cruise Stoned By Redstone

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise was given the boot from his 14 year studio home Paramount Pictures, by the company's owner Sumner Redstone. Smart move. Redstone rightfully sighted Cruise's "erratic" and inappropriate behavior. However, Tom's ever-talking lawyer Bert Fields called Sumner's conduct "disgusting."

Sumner Redstone

Oh shut up, Bert. Like if Redstone hadn’t said Cruise was cuckoo the rest of us wouldn’t have caught on. Like it was some big hidden secret. Like it took Jacques Cousteau to dig that little doozey up. Like it took Freud to make that analysis. Everybody knows now. 

What you need to do is stop encouraging your clients like Tom and Madonna in their cult lunacy, because they are sending the entertainment industry straight downhill in the sight of audiences, who have been commenting on it in droves. 

A quote from The Independent:

“There is no question that Cruise's strange behaviour has been a public relations disaster for him. As The New York Times put it, he has somehow managed to "morph into something no movie star can afford to be: a guy you wouldn't want to know". That translates into lower tickets sales.

Redstone believes that, were it not for Cruise's antics, Mission: Impossible III, released in May, would have made $100m to $150m more than it did. Even for Redstone that is a lot of change to lose, so he did what he does always, he protected his business." - The Independent UK

Paramount has signed one of Cruise's main Hollywood adversaries the week he was fired:

"Cruise Out Matt Stone Trey Parker In At Paramount"  

Paramount Pictures has announced the end to its 14-year-old relationship with Tom Cruise's production company because of his off-screen behavior but at the same time Matt Stone and Trey Parker sign a two picture deal with the company." - Variety 

CELEBRITY Bad Lyrics And Bad Role Models Bad For Your Kids

 

A new study has found that degrading lyrics cause kids to engage in sexual activity early. I’m not surprised. I wrote about it in my 2004 song “Why Did This Happen To Me” during the spoken word section. Hollywood makes music and movies that turn people on, stuff they're even getting cited for on major network television, and these kids are walking around like they are in heat as a result.

 

Hollywood’s music and movies are turning these kids on and they are acting it out carelessly and contracting diseases. According to a comedian I heard on BET once, contracting a far more serious and terrifying thing, ”Forget H.I.V. - K.I.D. is killing people everyday.” K.I.D. meaning kids, getting pregnant (I do love kids, but I thought the joke he made was hilarious).

 

What’s worse is the recent trend in the last couple years is they have these teenage girls not only believing that they have to have sex to be liked and be popular, but that they also have to be bi-sexual as well to please whomever they are dating, which is disturbing.

 

By the time a lot of these girls are 18 they’ve done so much harm to their self-esteem, mind and body that they not only feel twice their age, they look twice their age as well.

 

Someone –cough- Hollywood, via TV, music and film, sold them on what cool is and it is literally destroying them. The emotional damage that comes from engaging in sex too early and having numerous partners is long term and very detrimental.

 

While God can forgive, it also wreaks havoc spiritually. That’s a lot of emotional baggage and inner turmoil to be carrying around at such a young age. 

 

For example, as mentioned above, Nelly Furtado's song "Promiscuous Girl." This song was cited in a press article regarding this study.

 

I think Timbaland has a good ear for beats, but the words Ms. Furtado put over those beats that went to #1 guarantees innocent kids heard those degrading lyrics over and over again, as it was blasted in high rotation by many Hollywood outlets.

 

It's funny, after I wrote and copyrighted the first draft of this Column, two weeks later it was announced that Furtado's song "Promiscuous Girl" won the Teen Choice Award for best song. So, the kids are listening to music like this.

 

Like I said earlier in the Column, why was it even on the ballot. People are forgetting that these kids...are kids. It shouldn't be anything goes.

 

A recent controversy has erupted over teenage singer Cassie (shown above with Puffy), whose song “Me &U” is said to be about oral sex. She is widely being criticized all over the internet for this. First exposing Usher to orgies at 15, now this – Puffy, it’s time you had a long talk with God.

 

Sadly, in the Britney Spears world of pop garbage music, the dirtier you are, the more attention you get in the press. Never mind it takes away from the music and guarantees that history will forget these artists’ works.

 

Ironically, that press attention doesn’t always translate into record sales, as many an MTV artist don’t even go gold anymore (500,000 albums sold).

 

Teenage Fans Of Crude Music Have Sex Sooner, Study Finds

 

Lyrics treat women as objects, men as insatiable studs

 

Nelly Furtado singer of "Promiscuous Girl." [Photo Credit: Shaughn Butts, Edmonton Journal]

 

"Teens who listen to music with degrading sexual lyrics have sex sooner than teens who don't, a new study says.

 

The research, which will be published today in the August issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the first study to examine the relationship between what teens hear through their headphones and what they do in their bedrooms.

 

Among heavy listeners of sexually degrading music -- where men are "studs" and women are objects -- 51 per cent started having sex within two years, versus 29 per cent of those who listened to little or none of that type of music.

 

The authors analysed the music of 16 top artists and categorized as degrading any lyrics that "depicted sexually insatiable men pursuing women valued only as sex objects." They then assessed the sexual behaviour and music tastes of 1,461 U.S. adolescent participants, tracked through a series of telephone interviews over three years.

 

"Adolescents who listen to a lot of music containing these objectifying and limiting characterizations of sexuality progress more quickly in their sexual behaviour, regardless of their race or gender," the study concluded, emphasizing that there was no correlation found between behaviour and sexualized lyrics that were not degrading in tone.

 

Steven Martino, the study's lead author and a researcher for the Rand Corporation, a non-profit Pittsburgh-based think tank, said degrading lyrics teach boys that they should be relentless in pursuit of women and teach girls that they should view themselves as sex objects.

 

"We think that really lowers kids' inhibitions and makes them less thoughtful" about sexual decisions, he said, adding that the music may lead teens to make decisions they regret.

 

"There is good reason to believe that music may have an important influence on adolescents' sexual behaviour," the study says, noting that American teens between the ages of 15 and 18 listen to 1.5 to 2.5 hours of music a day, with a quarter of them listening to more than three hours.

 

The degrading songs are not the love songs of yesteryear.

 

"These types of portrayals objectify and degrade women in ways that are obvious, but do the same to men by depicting them as sex-driven studs whose individual desires are subsumed to their gender role," the authors noted.

 

The study mentioned the boy band 98 Degrees as a group whose lyrics are sexual but not degrading, while Ja Rule's Livin it Up was cited as an example of a song filled with four-letter words and derogatory references to women. No other artists were specifically identified, but researchers categorized them according to musical genre and assessed what percentage of each song catalogue contained sexually degrading lyrics.

 

Four acts categorized as "teen pop" and two labelled "country" contained no degrading lyrics at all, while 70 per cent of one rap artist's songs and 59 per cent of another's contained sexually degrading lyrics.

 

The authors state clearly that in their view "early activity is a significant problem in the United States." They note a recent survey that suggested most sexually experienced teens regretted they had not waited longer.

 

Natasha Ramsey, a 17-year-old from New Brunswick, New Jersey, said she and other teens sometimes listen to sexually explicit songs because they like the beat.

 

"I won't really realize that the person is talking about having sex or raping a girl," she said. Even so, the message "is being beaten into the teens' heads," she said."  – The Associated Press, August 07, 2006

 


 

"A study published today in the journal Pediatrics says teens who listen to music with sexually degrading lyrics start having sex earlier than teens who don't.

 

The following are lyrics from every song on Billboard magazine's current top 10 list.

 

1. Promiscuous Girl by Nelly Furtado
Promiscuous girl
You're teasing me
You know what I want
And I got what you need

2. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them

3. Me & U by Cassie
Baby, I'll love you all the way down
Get cha right where you like it,
I promise you'll like it

4. Deja Vu by Beyonce Knowles
Boy, I try to catch myself
But I'm out of control
Your sexiness is so appealing
I can't let it go oh!

5. London Bridge by Fergie
I'm such a lady but I'm dancing like a ho
Because you know what, I don't give a ****
So here we go!
How come every time you come around
My London London Bridge want to go down

6. Buttons
by The Pussy Cat Dolls
I'm telling you loosen up my buttons baby (Uh huh)
But you keep fronting (Uh)
Saying what you going do to me (Uh huh)
But I ain't seen nothing (Uh)

7. Goin Down by Yung Joc
B****** in the back
Black beamer coups
Girls like girls time to recruit
If ya got a problem say it to my face
We can knuckle up any time any place

8. Ain't No Other Man by Christina Aguilera
You got soul, you got class.
You got style with your bad ***- oh yeah!
Ain't no other man its true -- all right
Ain't no other man but you.
Do your thang honey!

9. Over My Head (CableCar) by The Fray
Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

10. Hips Don't Lie by Shakira
And I'm on tonight
You know my hips don't lie
And I'm starting to feel it's right
All the attraction, the tension
Don't you see baby, this is perfection

Lyrics were taken from www.azlyrics.com

CELEBRITY Celebrity Product Endorsements Not Believed By Public

All the hypocrisy in Hollywood is adding up to consumers not believing celebrity endorsements. I wrote about this months ago in the Column as well. Some celebrity endorsements just aren't believable. 

"A-list celebrity endorsements are failing to dazzle consumers. A recent consumer survey has shown that celebrity endorsements are one of the least trusted means of conveying product information, only just faring better than door-dropped leaflets. This is bad news for advertising agencies, which have been devoting increased energy to signing up everyone from bona fide A-list stars to Z-list reality show contestants to help sell products and services.

'Content A new survey published by the AccountAbility think tank and the National Consumer Council (NCC) questioned consumers over their shopping habits and how they judged manufacturers' products and ethnical responsibility.

Celebrity product endorsement fared particularly badly - an outcome that producers and marketers will need to take heed of at a time when their reliance on such methods of promotion is extremely strong; one-in-four advertisements currently features a celebrity, versus one-in-eight 10 years ago." – Food Business Review

MUSIC Bob Dylan Slams Modern Music

“Bob Dylan Rips Paris Hilton (And Every Other New Artist)"

On the day Paris Hilton released her first album that she said made her cry, Bob Dylan she a tear as well.  The legendary folk singer ripped into everyone (Paris included) and revealed that he believes that the quality of modern recordings is "atrocious," and even the songs on his new album sounded much better in the studio than on disc.

But Dylan wasn't finished. Noting the music industry's complaints that illegal downloading means people are getting their music for free, he said, "Well, why not? It ain't worth nothing anyway."

"You listen to these modern records, they're atrocious, they have sound all over them," he added. "There's no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like ... static."

Everyone's a critic - just ask Kevin Federline. In Dylan's defense for those of us old enough to recall the birth of rock and roll much of this is pure garbage and indeed just noise.” – National Ledger

His statements are correct. Most of what's on mainstream radio right now is garbage. You needn't be able to sing anymore and some of those who can sing are singing some pretty horrible songs with no life to them.

MUSIC “Osama Bin 'Saving All His Love' For Whitney”

 

Whitney Houston

 Osama

As if she didn't have enough to worry about. Now she's got Osama professing his feelings for her.

The first line in the proceeding article is kind of funny. Back in the November 2005 Column, under the FBI section of said Column, I joked that sending an attractive woman over there would make Osama come out (not out of the closet, I mean out of the cave). 

So that's all that was needed to catch Osama bin Laden - a good old honey trap? No need for air raids over Tora Bora and bunker-buster bombs. Just call Whitney Houston.

In one of the more bizarre stories to emerge from the war on terror, Kola Boof, a self-advertised former sex slave of the al-Qa'ida leader, claims in her book, Diary of a Lost Girl, that bin Laden was obsessed with the singer of I Will Always Love You.

In an excerpt to appear in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, Boof writes that bin Laden "told me Whitney was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen".

"He said that he had a paramount desire for her and although he claimed music was evil, he spoke of some day spending vast amounts of money to go to America and try to arrange a meeting," she writes.

Boof, born Naima Bint Harith, is a 37-year-old Sudanese poet and author who now lives in California. She has said previously that she was repeatedly raped and intimidated into cohabiting with bin Laden for six months in Morocco in 1996.

Her writings have led to a fatwa being issued against her. That hasn't stopped comedians having a shot at her, wondering if the fatwa has more to do with some of her other work, which included, until recently, a writing job on the US soap opera Days of our Lives.

But when it comes to bin Laden's obsession with Houston, Boof says she's not making it up. "He said he wanted to give her a mansion he owned in a suburb of Khartoum. He would say how beautiful she is, what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and by her husband - Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed." - The Australian

There was something written about Osama having some color issue with her, but liking her anyway, therefore he would make an exception (uh, please, don't do her any favors) but he isn't much lighter than she is, thank you very much. Especially after him bouncing around on a camel in the sun all day.

MUSIC Beyonce “Ring The Rihanna Alarm”

Rihanna (left) Beyonce (right).

People all over the internet and in the press have been speculating that 25 year old singer Beyonce's new song "Ring The Alarm" is about her boyfriend's rumored affair with 18 year old singer Rihanna, as he was publicly spotted in intimate settings with said singer. Rihanna is being called “Rihyonce” on the internet.

Left to right: Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyonce

 

It’s funny, the lyrics to the song "Ring The Alarm" that was released this month, reminds me of what I wrote in the Column in May 2006. I wrote about women making compromises in non-marriage relationships for men who are cheating on them because they give them expensive gifts and take them on expensive vacations: 

Christian women should really pay attention to this story. Getting used by a man who is cheating and not showing you any loyalty for all the compromises you've made against your beliefs, often happens when you put a man before your faith. 

God doesn't want you in some dysfunctional, promiscuous relationship with a man who doesn't appreciate you or treat you well. Treating you well is not cheating on you and being abusive, but takes you to expensive resorts, stores and furnishes you with expensive gifts.

That is never God's plan, but sometimes women get in too deep, don't know how to extricate themselves from bad non-marriage relationships and make concessions on conduct that really shouldn't fly, as it is not acceptable nor is it kind.

God wants you (women in general) to be with a good, decent man who will be loyal to you and treat you with kindness and sincerity . Women make drastic compromises for certain men, who at the end of the day are not worth what they end up putting you through. She has compromised so much for that camel man and yet his conduct isn't right. It gives a certain impression" - Sound Off Column May 31, 2006

And true to form Beyonce has shown herself to be quite materialistic, as "Ring The Alarm" released this month and currently being slammed all over the net by way more people than the number that signed that petition, is about a cheating boyfriend she stays with because he gives her expensive things. From a blog site:

"From Honorable Media - Lyrics (not transcribed by me) for “Ring The Alarm,” but yea - Rihanna - watch your back."

Ring the alarm
I been going too long
But I’ll be damned if I see another chick on your arm

She go be rockin’ chinchilla coats
If I let you go
She gone have the house by the coast (?)
If I let you go
She go take everything I own
If I let you go
I can’t let you go
Damned if I let you go

She gone rock them VVS stones
If I let you go
In the ‘Bach or the Rolls
If I let you go
She go pocket everything I caught (profit everything I bought?)
If I let you go
I can’t let you go
Damned if let you go

Above: captioned photo of Rihanna from YBAF blog reads, "Aye Bee, I'm already wearing your Chinchilla!" 

Beyonce reading? Judging by the lyrics to that song, one has to wonder - but do dust off those books

A cursory view of these lyrics beckons the question, would it kill you to use a little grammar every now and again, instead of perpetuating the stereotype that black people are illiterate.

 

Considering the illiterate lyrics you have written in "Ring The Alarm" and people complaining that you are misleading younger audiences into think the phrase "Deja Vu" from your previous single, means seeing hallucinations, which it does not and the fact that you do not write the music/beats on your songs, that is not songwriting.

Furthermore, what happened to the “Independent Woman” who can buy her own things. Now you’re singing about all his material things that you’re not gonna give up like his cars, homes, diamonds, fur coats. Jay-Z has brought out the worst in you.

Now you’re getting mad and screaming at the beat and everyone who will listen.

From other web sites:

“I've just read some comments and I agree that she stole Kelis' "Caught Out There" style and that screaming is not for everyone.” – Beauty 'n the Beat Blog

 

Considering she used to dress like and wear her hair like Kelis, I’m not surprised.

"Speaking of Rihanna, rumors are swirling that she was the inspiration behind Beyonce’s new single “Ring The Alarm.” On the track, Beyonce shouts: “Ring the Alarm! I’ve been doin’ this too long. But I’ll be damned if I see another chick on your arm.”

Some believe that the words are directed at Rihanna, who was rumored to be spending quality time with Beyonce’s boyfriend Jay-Z in New York while she was off filming Dreamgirls in L.A. It might be good timing on Beyonce’s part, as the Caribbean starlet plans to join Jay-Z on a 3-date tour of South Africa in October. - Vibe Magazine

Jay And Rihanna To Tour

Rihanna

Yea, and just to kill the rumors that something's going on with the two, Jay-Z is going on tour with Rihanna (didn't that negro say he retired):

Jay-Z, Rihanna to tour SA. Cape Town - Hip-hop heavyweight Jay-Z and sexy singer Rihanna will be jetting into South Africa this October for a three date tour. The two will be performing in Cape Town, Durban and finally in Johannesburg."

Yea, ok, just as long as nothing is going on, then. Why didn't you tour with Beyonce. Her career not hot enough for you anymore. 

Deja Vu Booo!

Seriously though, it is her worst work yet.

"Do It Over Says Fans"

 

Beyonce Knowles Beyonce Knowles has defended her racy new Deja Vu video amid a fan campaign aimed at prompting her to reshoot the steamy promo.

 

Fans are unhappy with the video, shot on location in Louisiana, because it features the sweating diva in provocative scenes with her real-life boyfriend, rap mogul Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter.

 

Conservative fans swamped the internet with concerns after they were outraged by one scene in which Beyonce crouches down by Jay-Z and fondles his belt. They claim the clip has sexual overtones.

 

But Knowles admits she's both amused and puzzled by the reaction the new video has caused - and she won't be changing a thing.

She says, "I'm an adult and I can only be responsible for myself but I thought it (video) was great."

 

But she has been hurt by some of the criticism leveled at her: "I'm a human being; I like for people to like what I do but I can't please everyone. You've gotta just set priorities." –Star Pulse

A few random news clippings:

Beyonce v Letoya

 

"Honorablemedia.com said on May 8, 2006: “Something tells me that Beyonce or S dot (or both – Bey-Z) will block her success, especially if Beyonce plans on releasing an album in September (meaning the single will drop in mid-summer).” - Honorable Media

 

Beeyawnce One Ups LeToya

 

As you know, LeToya Luckett’s self-titled CD was released yesterday (7/25) and is expected to do well on the strength of her hit “Torn”. Not to be outdone, LeToya’s former band member Beeyawnce (pronounced Bee-yawn-ce) pulled a catty move by making her album “B’Day” available for pre-order on iTunes, thereby undercutting LeToya’s sales.

 

Beeyawnce’s album was originally scheduled for release Sept. 5 but the pre-order was pushed up 2 months in advance. Beeyawnce just couldn’t resist giving the ex-Destiny’s Child member a virtual slap. – Sandra Rose web site

 

The Toilet?

 

She was a guest on a BBC radio show when the DJ told her that he thought her album was pronounced bidet. She responded:

 

"When I came up with the title, I wasn't thinking about a bidet. And if I had, I would have probably named it birthday, or just B." – Radio 1

 

Too Competitive

 

"Beyonce Knowles insists she feels "sick" with jealousy whenever she hears a great track by a rival artist. She says, "When I hear a great new record, especially when it's by someone that I respect and admire, then a part of me is like, 'Why didn't I think of that? Why didn't I make that record?' "It makes you sick but in a way it can be a great thing. It makes you want to go back to the lab and start writing again. Maybe it will inspire you to work a little harder." – Contact Music 

Yea work a little harder at jacking stuff...

Being too competitive and overly ambitious is not a good thing - just ask your two former bandmates whose careers you and your family destroyed to preserve yours. No, not the last two you just kicked to the curb when you went solo, the two before them, and don't forget the third member as well that got pushed out.

  

Beyonce Says She Stays Off Line?

 

RWD: Do you Google yourself?

 

Beyonce: Oh no, I stay off the Internet. I learnt that maybe seven years ago – don’t go on it.

 

RWD: But you have heard about the petition that ‘fans’ got together complaining that the video to Déjà Vu is too sexual?

 

Beyonce: It’s really amazing to me that 2000 kids – or who knows who they are – could get together like that. That’s the scary thing about the Internet." - RWD

I don't believe that. One, she knew and said the exact number of people who signed the petition against that lackluster song and video, when said news item blew up in the urban press. Two, she knew the contents of the petition, stating the names of the signers were made up, such as people using her family members' names. Three, this month, a site posted where a fan site owner said you said in an interview that you read his site. 

I think you visit artists web sites all the time and jack stuff from them for your own work - it shows in your pics, music and speech in press interviews. For one, you need to lay off the Kelis and Jennifer Lopez sites, among others, because they are coming through way too much in your projects to the point that audiences comment on it.

 

MUSIC SOHH Questions MTV

“SOHH, let's get to the matter at hand. Is MTV really music television? No, I am not referring to all of the youth oriented scripted reality shows that have replaced much of the landmark music related programming. I am referring to what one Janet Jackson fan describes as "MTV still being salty with Janet."

According to TMZ.com and a load of Janet Jackson fan sites, Janet has seemingly been black listed at MTV. *clutch the pearls* Fans allege that MTV has shown blatant lack of support to Miss Jackson, MTV's very first recipient of the MTV Icon Award, as she promotes her new album.

Apparently MTV has not premiered Janet's new video for "Call On Me" directed by Hype "Not Worth the Bullet" Williams nor have they made any announcements as to when it will begin to play on MTV. The video for "Call On Me" debuted on BET last Wednesday.

Janet's fans have flooded MTV's message boards however many of they comments were deleted by a MTV moderator due to Janet's fans calling them everything but a child of God.

I guess it does seem quite odd that Janet's video hasn't even broke ground at MTV. As you recall, MTV produced the famed half time show where Miss Jackson experienced a wardrobe malfunction. Allegedly they feel burnt by Damita Jo and they are like...

Having Janet only on BET is like punishment…Would MTV be this shady is that was Madonna? She’s had her fair share of run-ins with MTV and they play videos from her flopped album. – SOHH

When has MTV ever cared about black people anyway? We're only good when they can objectify us, degrade us, promote every negative stereotype of black culture and portray us in the worst light possible for their amusement.

 

Sorry to say, it is like Ice Cube said in his song "True To The Game" from his video I saw years ago regarding MTV:

 

"On MTV but they don't care.

They'll have a new ni*ger next year."

 

Black artists are disposable to them. White artists, no matter how poor the sales are, are not.

Tell me, really, how often do you see Aretha Franklin on MTV in any capacity, but every five minutes they are pulling Madonna out their butt. 

At least BET shows some variety and balance in their portrayals of black people. They also show blacks some loyalty (i.e. pulling the Eminem video making fun of Michael Jackson's nose in what was viewed as racially insensitive from a white artist, while MTV played that same video day and night).

Much like them welcoming Justin again with open arms, whose new song is subpar (black and white people are saying this about said song), while Janet, whose song and video are far better, was snubbed to the point her fans started complaining. They were both equally responsible for the Super Bowl Incident, so why weren't they both snubbed then. 

There's your proof right there. They've shown this bias time and time again. I don't know why anyone would be surprised at this. From negative cartoons inappropriately depicting black women as subhuman to handing out the least amount of awards to black artists and actors at their award shows. 

My mom watched the MTV Music Awards tonight and was shaking her head at how few black artists won anything. Some of the projects that won awards didn't even sell well or achieve critical acclaim, but won anyway.

Even the wedding reality shows that became their main programming staples were about white couples and families (The Newlyweds, The Barkers, Carmen and Dave), not black ones.

But that's MTV. It is what it is. Positive black portrayals need not apply.

While I really don't care about modern mainstream music per se, as most of it is garbage at this point in music history, I do care about race issues, inequality and how black people are portrayed.

I believe in being fair to blacks and whites and everything in between. Something MTV still hasn't learned.

LEGAL FILE Anthony Pellicano

 

Bernard Weintraub let rip on the Huffington Post web site regarding the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping case that affected him, naming Bert Fields and said attorney's his clients Tom Cruise and Madonna. Bert Fields employed the wiretapping private investigator more than anyone else (hmm I wonder why) whose horrible reign terrorized many in Hollywood and ironically Washington as well:

"The New Yorker's Funny Anthony Pellicano Story"

The current New Yorker had Ken Auletta's piece about Anthony Pellicano, or more specifically Bert Field and Michael Ovitz who are under a cloud in the scandal in which Anthony Pellicano was indicted, along with six associates, on charges that include wiretapping, racketeering, bribery and perjury. Anthony is a thug.

I confess that I'm an extremely minor footnote to this story, having been named as one of the numerous people whose backgrounds were illegally checked or phones were tapped. In my case, it came after Anita Busch and I were writing stories about the business failures of Michael Ovitz. I spoke to Ken Auletta while he was reporting his article. But I don't think I told him too many jokes.

But the article is really funny. For one thing, we have a portrait of Bert Fields, the toughest litigator in Hollywood for decades, a man who has represented Rupert Mudoch, Tom Cruise, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Madonna. Clearly Fields gets the job done. He has employed the disreputable Pellicano since 1989. That's a long time. In 1993, a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times exposed Pellicano's alleged mob links in Illinois and the way he physically intimidated people. Yet Fields, who claims he never lost a case in his life and has a steel-trap mind, told Auletta that "I'm not sure I read it."

Yet Fields and Ovitz are such pussycats here. They are shocked, shocked that their friend Anthony would have done all those terrible things that the prosecutors said he did. They had no idea that Anthony was a bad guy. And they are being victimized. Susan Estrich, a Fields loyalist, goes so far as to say that the Bush Administration may be going after Fields. What?

In the meantime we have a portrait of Fields being chauffeured in his Bentley to his home in Malibu from Century City to prepare a salad and take a 20-minute nap for what the Japanese call "wa time," or peacefulness or spirit, before returning to his office to behave, as one Fields client told Auletta, like "a pr**k."

And several miles away in Santa Monica, we have Ovitz, in some weird concrete bunker with exposed pipes and German art, letting his hair grow long and wearing jeans and sneakers without socks, babbling incoherently about Perry Mason, saying how Anthony Pellicano was not at all like Tony Soprano or the Corleones and he had no idea (unintentionally, do we not think of Howard Hughes?).

And he was so hurt -- Ovitz is always hurt and victimhood -- that his former partner, Ron Meyer, said nasty things about him. And then Ovitz tells Auletta, straight-faced apparently, that he should not have been as tough as he once was. And we are supposed to believe this bull?

It's all so bizarre. So delightful. Now, unfortunately, it's back to the Middle East. – Huffington Post, July 18, 2006 

LEGAL FILE Madonna Lawsuit

More details on the case in the next month's Column, where I will post the Supreme Court filing. But for now, here is a post I made a few days ago on the lawsuit page, that I have updated today:

Material Girls And Paris's CD flops, New Article About Madonna's Many Thefts

For new article about Madonna's many thefts, an updated, condensed one, please click here

Material Girls and Paris flops. Material Girls made $4,600,000 on its opening weekend, which is a major bomb for a widescreen release (it would be a bomb for certain indie films as well, actually), debuting at #9 on the Box Office Charts.

Then sales plummeted in the second week (as if the first week wasn't bad enough). Considering the film cost $20,000,000 to make, plus millions more in release prints, marketing and advertising, and that the theatres get roughly half of the $4,600,000 the film grossed, this movie is a total creative and financial failure. They will not even...break even. 

Preliminary reports from Hits Daily Double show that Paris' debut CD (Warner - Madonna's labelmate) will sell 75,000 the first week, which for a major label release that they spent millions on, had to do a video re-shoot for, bribe, um, hire journalists for reviews, make a zillion pricey promo appearances worldwide, with that huge, costly advertising push, is a big flop. They are not gonna make their money back off that atrocity of a record.

To put Paris' numbers in perspective, Christina Milian sold 56,000 during the first week and got dropped by her label for poor sales. But Milian, unlike Paris, has talent.

Christina Aguilera's CD released the week before, sold a moderate 320,000 copies in its first week, which her producer, Scott Storch, dropped her in favor of working with Paris (how does one choose Paris Hilton, who can't sing to save her life, over Christina Aguilera, who can sing very well).

CGS

I'm sure you've heard of CGI (Computer Generated Images) used in film. Well, clearly Storch has come up with CGS (Computer Generated Singing).

Paris "Autotune" Hilton with her producer Scott Storch

Make it worse, Hits Daily Double Chart estimates show Aguilera's CD is on course to sell more/place higher in its second week than Paris' CD will in its debut week (ouch!). Looks like somebody picked the wrong project to produce, which won't help his credibility as I wrote two months ago.

Make matters worse, Paris' CD, a major label release, totally bombed in the UK, selling 2,000 copies (double ouch!).

Also, news reports indicate both Warner Bros and Warner Music aren't having a good year, particularly the former, who have hit a big sales slump, which I write about further in the Column.

Thank you to all of you worldwide who participated in the boycott again. It is much appreciated and is a consolation in the face of what the Defendants have put me and my family through. God bless. 

AOL

Not to mention, this month AOL, owned by Warner Bros, trampled on the privacy of their customers in making public over 600,000 customers' personal identify data and search queries. I wrote in my lawsuit that they don't care about your privacy, as I was speaking from experience - they allowed their artist Madonna and her commissioned hacker full access to my computer when I was with AOL, which is how they nabbed a copy of my unreleased copyrights and illegally started using them, in addition to the released copyrights many people had already heard that they started using as well.

Said hacker further committed identity theft, trying to spend all the money in my account via my Visa Debit Card that was on file with AOL to pay for my monthly internet fees, the week I announced the pending release of my CD, to leave me and the CD marooned with no funds to promote it and press up copies.

And anytime I wrote something about Madonna stealing from me on the site, AOL would block me from getting online for several days at a time so I couldn't write anything else on the site about what she was doing. I have proof of all this.

"AP -- AOL's chief technology officer left the company and two other workers were fired in the aftermath of a privacy breach that involved the intentional release of more than 650,000 subscribers' Internet search terms.

Although AOL had substituted numeric IDs for the subscribers' user names, the search queries themselves contained Social Security numbers, medical conditions and other data that could be traced to an individual. In fact, The New York Times was able to trace user 4417749 to Thelma Arnold, 62, of Lilburn, Ga.

The data release is among a series of breaches involving sensitive information in recent months. Unlike those resulting from computer hacking or missing laptops, however, the AOL data had been intentionally released as part of a program to assist academic researchers.

AOL, a unit of Time Warner Inc., apologized two weeks ago for what it termed a mistake made by a company researcher who had failed to properly seek clearances before releasing three months' worth of search data. Though the information was meant for researchers, it was released to a public site and quickly circulated once a blogger discovered it." - NY Times

In last month's Column, I wrote about my belief that Paris and the Kabbalah cult run by Madonna, being behind the hack of Lindsay Lohan. This month, what I wrote previously was confirmed in several news outlets in that Spoofcard terminated Paris' account for hacking.

In my lawsuit last year I accused Madonna and the Kabbalah Center of invasion of privacy and hacking, among other things, and what happened to Lohan fits in perfectly with their standard mode of operation. They invade the privacy of their cult members (Fiona Davis case in London illustrates that), people who have something they want (copyrights, money ect) and those who publicly speak out against them.

"Paris Hilton was recently terminated from her SpoofCard account for allegedly breaking into unauthorized voice mail boxes. SpoofCard calling cards offer the ability to change what someone sees on their caller ID display when they receive a phone call.

In this case, Spoofcard told TMZ that it will cooperate with any law enforcement inquiry into possible violations of the Federal Stored Wire and Electronic Communications Act involving unauthorized access to voice mail boxes.

 

This cyber feud between the girls started last month, when Page Six ran an item that indicated the password to Lindsay's Blackberry had been leaked. Her rep told Page Six people were sending "disgusting and very mean messages that everyone thought were coming from Lindsay. They weren't. We now have her lawyers looking into it. Some people think Paris may have been involved because the wording of the messages sounds very familiar." - TMZ

A Kabbalah Center memo secretly obtained by Radar magazine last year, revealed the cults' practice and belief that they must get copyrights by any means necessary. And they do, even if it means felony hacking.

...All while Robert Mueller at the FBI looks the other way to celebrities breaking the law, twiddling his thumbs and trying to figure out where the on button is on his computer. As Newsweek wrote on August 21st of this month in an article that basically sums up my June and July columns about Mueller, why hasn't he been fired yet.

Newspaper Editor Busted For Wiretapping The Royal Family

One of the Defendants I accused in my lawsuit of wiretapping and illegally printing items from my already copyrighted works in the SUN NEWSPAPER, attributing it to Madonna along with verbatim items from several of our personal calls, is “NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD” and their paper THE SUN NEWSPAPER LTD UK. NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD owns the NEWS OF THE WORLD Newspaper whose editor got arrested two weeks ago for wiretapping the Royal Family, with a widening investigation looking into other people that they illegally wiretapped.

THE SUN NEWSPAPER LTD UK and NEWS OF THE WORLD are commonly referred to as “brother and sister newspapers” owned by the same company and both papers are run from the SAME OFFICE/BUILDING IN LONDON which is 1 Virginia Street, London E98 1NW. They share employees, management, reporters, scoops and online archives.

I filed a complaint with The Metropolitan Police in London in early October 2005 complaining about this same company on the issue of wiretapping and copyright infringement. I kept a copy of the complaint I filed. I provided the Met Police investigator with a link to the lawsuit on my web site for him to read it. My web site software confirms it was accessed and read by the Metropolitan Police in the UK back in October of 2005.

Ironically, a month later, in November 2005 they started investigating these same people for wiretapping the royal family and are widening the probe to see the full extent of who was wiretapped, according to AP news reports out of London. The news of the investigation was just made public this month.

Last year the Met Police officer/investigator told me that my case would have to be brought by the FBI in America because I am on US soil with my rights being violated in said place.

This is what I was referring to last month in the Column when I wrote this about Robert Mueller:

"As a European law enforcement officer/investigator I spoke to said to me in regards to the FBI (that's you) actually doing its job investigating the case of Madonna and co's criminal misconduct and actually bringing them to justice, "Don't hold your breath." You know, I have to say, it's a comforting thought (not really) to know that not only do people in this country think you don't and won't do what the taxpayers' pay you to do, which is preserve and bring about justice (read further in the Column for Frontpage Magazine article), it is the international consensus as well." - Sound Off Column, July 31, 2006

Ironically, much like how I found out my privacy was being invaded by the same company, they realized there was wiretapping when private, detailed items said over the phone by Prince William, his secretary and others, was being printed in the newspaper, which is quite sick.

That is an Anthony Pellicano tactic that he used many times in Hollywood against innocent people in the entertainment industry on behalf of Madonna's lawyer's famous clients. I'm not saying Pellicano did this to the Royal Family - I'm saying the newspaper clearly was inspired to use this more subtle tactic of printing things in the paper unattributed, from private intercepted calls and voice mails, from his handiwork.

"Royal 'Phone Tapping' Duo Charged

The investigation was prompted by complaints from Prince Charles' Clarence House office.

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A British tabloid editor and another man have been charged with snooping on other people's voice mail in a probe of wiretapping allegations that centered on Prince Charles' official residence, police have announced.

Clive Goodman, the royalty editor for the News of the World, and Glen Mulcaire, a 35-year-old suburban London resident, were released on bail after police charged each with eight counts of illegally intercepting phone messages and one count of conspiracy, London's Metropolitan Police said in a written statement.

Goodman and Mulcaire are scheduled to appear in court on those charges on August 16.

Goodman, 48, and Mulcaire were arrested on Tuesday as part of a police probe that started with Clarence House, the official residence of Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The charges against them span from January to May.

Scotland Yard announced Tuesday that it was looking into wiretapping allegations that could involve of a number of people, including "public figures beyond the Royal Household" -- a term that covers both members of the royal family and their staff.

The intercepts "may have potential security implications," police said." - CNN

This coupled with the FBI/DOJ letter I received last month, which stated the Minneapolis Division of the FBI found my personal identifying data was compromised via the internet/computer intrusion, connects the dots of what I already knew.

Future Boycott: Films "Valentines Day" And "Tonight He Comes"

There are two more films that they criminally ripped off from my copyrighted catalog that they are currently filming - "Valentine's Day" on Warner Bros and "Tonight He Comes" on Columbia/Sony Pictures, who have been defendants in the case since last December. Please boycott those films as well. Let them know what it feels like labor in vain on something, as they did to me in willfully stealing my work that I labored over all that time.

I'll remind you when the films are about to be released and update you on any other thefts that may occur. Thanks.

Madonna Called Crazy By One Of Guy Ritchie's Friends

You sure it wasn't more than just one friend who said that (LOL). Said friend's name probably got chanted over and over again in the Kabbalah Center, trying to work voodoo on the man for stating that against their "high priestess" - they got the high part right (Aisha suppressing laughter).

When will these zombies people learn that the chanting stuff and occultic garbage they are into at said center doesn't work.

"Guy Ritchie demanded an apology after one of his friends labelled Madonna "a bloody nutter".

 

While attending a premiere party, actor Danny Dyer criticised the singer's devotion to Kabbalah and complained about the amount she charges for concert tickets.

 

"I wouldn't pay £150 to watch Madonna, no way," he told guests. "I used to love her. She was the first person that ever made me hot, but she's over. She runs around in a leotard and she's like 50 and she's into all that Kabbalah **** which is weird. She's a bloody nutter." - Digital Spy

 

Ricky Leaves Out Madge

LOL@ that photo of Ricky Gervais spoofing Michael Jackson's album cover.

"The final scenes of the award winning 'Extras' by Ricky Gervias are almost in the can. No sign of Madonna though. The Queen of pop boasted at Live 8 last year that she would even sweep floors to appear in anything he penned. Unfortunately Madge, it's all gone eerily silent. - Metro UK

 

Madonna Takes Daughter To Gym

Feedback from Oh No They Didn't:

1. lourdes was so cute when she was little. i hope this is just an... awkward stage for her :-[ - iruleuruniverse

2. auughh we all hope - keenwit

3. I'm sure that's all it is. lol No one is cute during their awkward stage. - ssstephaniem

4. lol she has madonna's front teeth. - drstrangelove

5. lourdes is the spitting image of her mom she looks like a mini me. - saveyourself1st

6. there's always plastic surgery. - runawayhouse

7. i dont think she looks that bad, everyone looks rough after working out? - tearaways

8. Am I incredibly old-fashioned for thinking it's bizarre that a girl who is not yet ten years old is returning from the gym with her fitness-obsessed mother? - tournesoleil

9. She's Madonna's daughter, I think that's enough to screw with someone's head. Can't wait til she sees her mom's sex book. - trangelittlex

10. i was really hoping she would grow up to be model fab but when madge wont wax her eyebrows for her... i guess not - escapator

11. Lourdes is so very fug. And being a pre-teen is NOT an excuse. - quitequite

12. i have a feeling madge used doner eggs for rocco. rocco looks nothing like madonna.  - seltzer92

13. lourdes could be really hot when she gets older or really ugly..it's totally 50/50...i'm torn. - bikini_killl

14. I think Madonna is horrible looking. But my friend's mother recently met Lourdes at a birthday party, and said she was very well-behaved and polite. Seemed normal, she said. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that. - zizou_zizou

15. She's going to be such a slut. - juniper

16. That poor hairy kid... =(- keebs23

17. I thought Lourdes was cute, then I enlarged the picture. - ummstephie

18. Like mother, Like daughter. Lourdes is expected to be the world's biggest slut. - crazyfire..

19. how old is loudes? -  emotionalanna

20. She finally started waxing those scary eyebrows I see. - belladestino

21. Someone is very unfortunate looking. - kiss_

22. lourdes, wax and tweezers. tweezers and wax, lourdes. - kayteanese

Madonna Blasted By Feminist Author

Madonna has been blasted by leading feminist author Germaine Greer for abandoning her pledge to front the "future of feminism".

Greer says, "She used to call herself the 'future of feminism'. Then she got DIY religion, married an Englishman and crumbled before our eyes. She started telling us that all she wanted to be was a good wife and mother, even though she worked out strenuously every day that she was honed to breaking point."

Greer also takes offence to the star's extravagant stage shows - in particular the Confessions tour which saw Madonna descend onto the stage on a cross made of disco-mirror.

She adds, "Madonna's massive cross was supposed to be covered with diamonds and Swarovski crystals, which seems a bit excessive, especially as behind were projected images of African Aids orphans." - WENN

Madonna: My Husband Hates My Music

Madonna has admitted that her husband Guy Ritchie is not a fan of her music. In an extraordinary interview published in France, the pop queen also said that she misses her single days when she could go out alone.

She said: "I see myself as a chameleon. I can transform myself into an English country lady and, a second later, change my look to that of Olivia Newton John or Farrah Fawcett."

Last year Guy Ritchie appeared live on national television and could not remember what his wife’s full name was.

He made the faux pas on the Paris talk show "Everyone’s Talking about it", admitting that he could not recall that Madonna was christened Madonna Louise Ciccone.

"My children adore all that I do, they love dance music. My husband isn't a great fan," she admitted." - Daily Mail UK

Feedback from the internet:

1. He isn't the only one! - Ann C, Italy

2. On the evidence of her last 2 cd's he is not a bad judge! - Ian Webb, Juzanvigny, France

3. Wonder if she'll ever grow out of playing charades and just be herself? - Jules, London, UK

4. He's obviously a music lover.- Robert Drummond, Edinburgh

5. I'm sorry, she's no Olivia Newton John and certainly no English Lady, her husband seems to have more sense. - Aj, UK

6. Madonna is the best - if she has the guts to say what she said, it only shows how original and self centered she is.- Julia, Brazil

7. ... and he's not the only one. - Freddie, Northants

8. His films may be rubbish - but he knows about music.- Jacquie, Heathrow, UK

9. Why does she want to keep reinventing herself? Why is she not happy with just being herself?- M. Beattie, England

- Daily Mail UK

Yes, why does she keep trying to be other people. It's crazy. And why would any singer in their right mind "transform myself into an English country lady and, a second later, change my look to that of Olivia Newton John or Farrah Fawcett." That's called a split personality.

Madonna looking like Cruella Deville (such a cold, evil face):

"Madonna's diva demands overruled by health and safety"

"Madonna's demands for no air-conditioning has landed her in trouble with health and safety officials. After fans started wilting in the heat at her concert on Tuesday night, council officers at Wembley Arena bravely overruled the 47-year-old singer and immediately ordered the air conditioning be turned back on.

The decision was prompted after some fans started to faint, with temperatures hitting the high 90s Fahrenheit. And in an unprecedented move, Wembley chiefs have now put themselves on a collision course with the star by snubbing her air-conditioning demands for her next six shows.

Wembley Arena marketing manager Colin Roberts said: "A lot of people realise that 12,000 people in a confined space will generate a lot of heat, as well as the production itself and the lights.

"There's a health and safety issue with regards to the audience and that's why we will be reviewing the situation and her requirements."

The snub will infuriate Madonna, who is very prickly when to comes to the sensitive matter of her vocal chords. - Daily Mail 

1. I saw this popular music performer on the television recently, and could not imagine why anyone would want to pay to see her. - C Blackmore, Melksham England

2. The demands of these over indulged prima donnas are pathetic! Well done for standing up to her. - John Luty, Harrogate, Yorks.

3. Well done to Wembley Arena officials ! Madonna's request was absurd, especially considering this is the middle of summer. Plus at £160 a ticket, fans should be able to enjoy the show in comfort, not at fainting hot temperatures. - Dan, London UK

4. You know...maybe she needs to step back and take a few pointers from the real stars. A couple of years back we saw David Bowie in Ottawa. It was just before his tour went down to Florida where there was an unfortunate accident with a lighting guy, not Bowie's fault and then after that he was unwell with his heart condition and the tour stopped. The tickets were a fraction of what she is charging.

Really great opening/supporting act and then the man himself. On stage for about 3 hours. Just him, looking amazing, chatting about life, fatherhood, songwriting and singing, self-deprecating and funny, intelligent and incredibly entertaining. Old songs, new songs and ones in between. From what we could see there were no tantrums or demands. Even though the place is huge we really felt he was 'talking' to us. Now that's a star. Madonna doesn't even come close. - Carolyn, Ontario, Canada

5. Madonna is just someone in the celebrity world who thinks of new ways to be demanding! It is interesting that she is not like some of the other celebrities who are adopting orphan children and helping Hurricane Karina victims .This would be something to focus on rather than air conditioning for her concert or voice. She should donate or get on a telethon to help others. - Terry K, Manhattan Beach California

6. I don't get it. My family and I just spent four years living in the greater Phoenix area with constant air conditioning from April through November. Not once do I recall having a problem with my vocal chords or anyone else having that problem either. What gives? - Alison, Mukilteo, WA, USA

And in crazy cult news…

Kabbalah Lunatics Harass The Government With Their Nonsense

This is just pure lunacy. They told the UK government that Kabbalah water, meditation and chanting can clean up nuclear waste in rivers ect. It is clear nuclear waste is in that Kabbalah water and it is making them act crazy. These people are seriously crazy and a danger to the community with this and other nonsense they get up to:

Nuclear waste? Madonna has solution. Despite being told their ideas defy the laws of physics, the material girl and her film-maker husband believe Kabbalah fluid can be given magical powers.

Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie, have been lobbying the British Government and nuclear industry over a magic cleaning solution.

The couple, both followers of the Jewish spiritual movement Kabbalah, approached Downing Street, Whitehall and British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) promoting a scheme to clean up radioactive waste using a "mystical" liquid tested in a Russian lake.

"It was like a crank call ... the scientific mechanisms and principles were just bollocks, basically," one official said.

The Kabbalah Centre, which is based in California, believes water is a uniquely important substance that can be given magic healing powers through "meditations and the consciousness of sharing".

Madonna is said to have approached Downing Street, before being directed to the DTI. "She relentlessly pursued people," said a former DTI public servant. "She wanted to get this Russian scientist to explain this to civil servants."

But her campaign became bogged down by Whitehall bureaucracy. "It was a case of pass the parcel," the public servant said.

Ritchie, who directed Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, cold-called BNFL and wrote a series of letters accompanied by scientific papers. A panel of BNFL's best scientists was assigned to look at the proposal but could find no scientific basis for the claims.

The Kabbalah Centre, which is based in Los Angeles but has branches worldwide, was set up by Philip Berg, a former insurance salesman. One devotee has described how Berg leads chants of "Chernobyl" and the names of other nuclear power plants. Followers believe this helps "heal the problem of nuclear waste".

Undercover reporters who attended a Kabbalah Centre dinner in London described how Madonna and Ritchie were among guests who turned east towards Chernobyl and began shouting its name.

Some Kabbalah followers are even said to believe that nuclear waste is the cause of the AIDS epidemic.

Madonna has said: "According to science, we aren't going to have a planet in about 50 years at the rate we're going with nuclear waste.

"I can write the greatest songs and make the most fabulous films and be a fashion icon and conquer the world, but if there isn't a world to conquer, what's the point?" - The Sunday Times

Don't you mean you can steal songs, films and other musicians' styles. That's not conquering, that's called being a con. 

Kabbalah Cult Member Demi Moore - “What's Up Demi's Nose?

"What is up with Demi's nose? Even Lindsay is scared and feeling busted. So is this how Demi keeps up with the 20 year olds she parties with? Demi, Ashton, Bruce, LL and more are out for Rumor Willis' 18th Birthday Party. Looks like it was a big event.” – Pop Sugar

"Madonna And Ritchie To Renew Vows"

 

"Madonna and Guy Ritchie are planning to renew their vows in a simple ceremony at their home in Wiltshire, England, as soon as the pop queen finishes her Confessions tour this autumn. The golden couple spent last year fighting off rumors their marriage was in a mess - but their romantic gesture will prove the critics wrong, according to website Celebrity Week. A friend says, "They want to show the world how committed they are to each other. Because they've been living in Los Angeles, they've missed spending time in the English countryside with friends and family."- IMDB

 

Feedback from ONTD:

1. I give them 3 weeks till they announce their divorce. [info]missperfect7 

2. i give 'em a week before he chokes the ***** to death. [info]watagrlwants

 

3. Guy Ritchie always seems like he hates her. =/[info]vanillaink

 

4. madge really bores me.[info]slightly

           

5. Man, they're really trying to save this marriage huh?[info]aurosan

 

6. Nothing says impending celeb divorce like renewed vows.[info]mondragona

 

7. seriously![info]lovemyjtf

 

8. and choke on those 15 quid *blessed* water bottles straight from the Canadian holy water factory. [info]freeze_i_say

           

9. Madonna does anything to get the spotlight...Pathetic. Guy Ritchie should leave her and make another cool movie. [info]june_glasschild

10. you know what would be grrrrrreat! if madonna just blew out her knee big time, and couldn't move and then just lost her voice and was locked in her house and richie was a free man liberation is oh so nice. [info]watagrlwants

11. LOLOLOL NUMBER ONE SIGN THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET A DIVORCE: RENEWAL OF VOWS BEFORE YOUR TWENTY-YEAR MARK. [info]lisbonlovesjacq

 

12. DUDES! Dont they know that the renewal of vows before twenty years is disastrous? That and getting matching tattoos.Both the kiss of death. [info]irideshortbus-

 

"Rome 'Unites To Condemn Madonna'"

Religious leaders in Rome have united against the mock-crucifixion featured in US pop star Madonna's latest show. In the sequence, Madonna appears on a giant cross wearing a crown of thorns.

Father Manfredo Leone of Rome's Santa Maria Liberatrice church told Reuters news agency it was "disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative".

Muslim and Jewish leaders have also raised objections. Madonna performs in Rome on 6 August ahead of six further dates at London's Wembley Arena.

The 47-year-old received similar complaints during the American leg of her Confessions world tour, with one critic accusing her of "blatant insensitivity".   

"Being raised on a cross with a crown of thorns like a modern Christ is absurd," continued Father Leone. "Doing it in the cradle of Christianity comes close to blasphemy."

Mario Scialoja, head of Italy's Muslim League, told Reuters Madonna would "do better to go home", a sentiment echoed by a spokesman for Rome's Jewish community.

Madonna has invited controversy before, notably with her 1989 Like a Prayer video, which featured a black Christ-like figure and burning crosses, and a 1993 tour in which she simulated masturbation on stage."

Russian Church: Singer Madonna "Needs Spiritual Assistance"

 

Moscow, August 7, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has argued that U.S. pop singer Madonna "needs spiritual assistance" and advised Orthodox Christians against attending her concerts in Moscow.

 

"This is not the first year that this lady has been mixing singing about human passions with Christian symbols - crosses, statues of the Virgin, beads, and now it's self-crucifixion. This means the singer needs spiritual assistance," Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax.

 

Earlier, an Italian cardinal, Ersilio Tonini, accused Madonna of blasphemy and threatened that the Roman Catholic Church would excommunicate her for performances in which she wears a crown of thorns and hangs from a mirrored cross." - Interfax

 

"Madonna is Anal About Her Toilet"

"Here's yet another story proving the more rich and famous people are, the more insane they are. Madonna has turned into such a big germaphobe, that she insists her toilet seat be replaced with a brand new toilet seat every night of her current 'Confessions' world tour.

A source said: The seat has to be inspected by her people, then installed - with an unbroken seal - by plumbers before every gig." Of course the list of demands doesn't stop there.

She also requires three candles to protect her from negative vibes and mean-spiritedness, a relaxing foot spa complete with lavender and camomile body soak, plenty of Kabbalah water, and a love seat. Madonna, 47, also insists her dressing room is covered with white drapes and white roses - the symbolic colour of her Kabbalah faith."

You know what else will "protect" you? Being less crazy. You usually find people like this in straight jackets and padded cells complaining the voices in their heads are yelling too loud. But in Hollywood this is perfectly normal behavior." – IDLYITW

Teen Singer Lily Allen Slams Madonna As "The Most Over-rated Person In Pop History"

Singer/songwriter Lily Allen having topped the UK singles chart with Smile, is now celebrating her album Alright Still sitting at number three in the UK album charts.

Lily is no stranger to controversy. She branded Madonna "the most over-rated person in pop history," and also admitted to taking drugs from the age of thirteen. She says she loves getting hate mail.” - ITV

"Singer Michelle Heaton has branded Madonna an "idiot" over a recent fashion faux pas."

The Liberty X star has hit out at the 'Hung Up' singer for swimming in the sea wearing a t-shirt instead of a bikini.

Michelle fumed to Britain's OK! magazine: "Why would you go into the sea with shorts and a T-shirt on? She looked like a bloody idiot! "Either take your swimming costume or don't go in at all - even if you are the Queen of Pop!" Meanwhile, Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie are planning to adopt, her father-in-law has claimed." - Bang Showbiz

Material Girl's Money

"Did UNICEF shun Madonna’s money? - The Material Girl recently donated $3 million to Raising Malawi, which benefits children orphaned by AIDS, but she had originally tried to team up the charity with UNICEF, according to the source - who claims that the charity giant “got a little uncomfortable” about the organization.

“Raising Malawi has strong links to Kabbalah,” says the insider, “and I believe that UNICEF, in its eagerness to be as pure as Caesar’s wife, was uneasy with the idea or the pairing.”

Speaking of Kabbalah, Lindsay Lohan - who was spotted without her red-string bracelet - seems to have tied one on again. The bracelet is a trademark of the trendy religious movement.  . . ." - MSNBC

Kabbalah Sets Up Slave Shop in Africa

God have mercy on these kids. There is something very wrong with this story. The Kabbalah Center are infamous for using people as menial workers and slaves, not treating them like human beings. According to the Radar Magazine expose, Kabbalah cult slaves members were being paid less than $40 per month to cook, clean and do laundry round the clock. Basically, play fetch for the cults' leaders. 

Feedback from the internet:

1. Love the new trend in show biz babe. Donate millions (heh it's tax deductible ya know?) to the poor to off set your negative publicity. Posted at 6:54PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by William

2. Modonna who?? Isn't this that old lady that no one listen to anymore? Posted at 7:19PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by Nance

3. Didn't she do this "crucifixion" bit 20 years ago? I am the only person sick of "artists" using the "Christ as a statement" kind of artistic crutch? Not because it's 'blasphemy" but because it's BORING.

She should drop the props and just rely on the songs... or just enjoy an early retirement and let someone else get the airtime. Support your local musicians! Posted at 6:44PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by jd

4. What's with these rich Hollywood ******* anyway? Madonna! Give me a break! She buys this huge estate in England and develops some bogus English accent! Why didn't they give all this money years ago? Now, it's become in vogue and there all trying to out do each other. What a bunch of fake *****! I hope she chokes on a piece of baluga caviar in Bangladesh! Posted at 6:49PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by Bull

5. "Kaballa people are put on this earth to help people"??!! They are milking these idiot celebrities of their bucks, in exchange celebrities have their huge egos stroked by being told that they're here to help people....this bull confirms to them how "deserving" they are of living in mansions and ******** on the public. Madonna, you're an old hag. Shut your legs, our air is already polluted. We don't need to smell your fungus infested crotch, too. Posted at 8:11PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by lee

6. Madonna needs to say no, but she'll have her day with God and Jesus, anyone mocking Jesus' crucifixion like that...it's unspeakable, I always knew she was Satan's child, that woman always scared me, ppl just go too far and she's one of them. Posted at 8:28PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by candace

7. Given what has been happening lately, Madonna and NBC should be banned. And Madonna should make a formal apology to the Christian community. And Harvey Levin should make her.

Madonna is an anti-Catholic bigot. And NBC is showing it is anti-Catholic bigots as well. It is an insult to Catholics for Madonna to use Christian symbolism like that. She who has publicly criticized and insulted Christianity.

She doesn't even KNOW why she chose to use such symbolism. When asked, her response has been more or less that Jesus would not be upset with her. What an idiot she is.

If she is a follower of Kaballah and Judaism, and if her point is to bring attention to the AIDS and dying children, since she uses imagery of aids and dying children while hanging from the cross, with a crown of thorns, then why doesn't she strap herself onto a menorah? And hang a Star of David from her forehead instead?

According to her "One of the main precepts of Kabbalah is that we're put on this earth to help people. And your job is to figure out how you can help, and what it is that you can do."

She is obviously using Christian symbolism negatively, since she has bad-mouthed Christianity, instead of using something that she cares about, like Kaballah/Judaism. Posted at 7:02PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by about Mad Madge

8. look no one cares what she freely sings, dances, or writes in songs.. do your artistic thing.. but leave the crucifixion out of it or you will offend Madonna, and those you offend have the right to speak out against you..Posted at 8:47PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by dmumsie

9. Madonna is SO OVER. I feel sorry for her. Posted at 9:14PM on Aug 3rd 2006 by LK

10. Madonna is just doing all of this for one person. Madonna. That's all she cares about is being in the spotlight she will offend every religion known to man if it gets her picture in a magazine. Posted at 12:31AM on Aug 4th 2006 by Larry

11. interesting that TMZ and others in the media have NO problem with Madonna mocking the Catholic/Christian faith. Mel Gibson makes a drunken statement and it's on TMZ and the media every waking moment for the past few days and Madonna mocks what Catholics and Christians consider as their Lord and commits sacrilege and it's totally fine. interesting. hypocritical much? Posted at 12:34AM on Aug 4th 2006 by Mischa

12. What a crock! If she really wanted to help she would build the orphanage herself and not be "committed" to raising the money. She is doing this for her usual wanting attention.

Everyone is jealous of Angelina Jolie who did it out of her heart and not for the attention for herself but the suffering individuals.

Oprah also is building a school over there. Good for her. She does a lot of good things too.

"Madge" has plenty of money so she could afford a lot more than just her plastic surgical planted face in the media. You might know she has to have it affiliated with her beliefs. Gee..here we go again. Women are not even suppose to be studying Kabbalah.

Go take care of your own kids and protect your property there in England where you can now shoot trespassers. Posted at 6:58AM on Aug 4th 2006 by OriginalKat

"Madonna: Catholics, Jews And Muslims Against Her Show

(AGI) - Rome, Aug. 3 - Rome's Catholics, Jews and Muslims are united against pop star Madonna: she is accused for her parody of the crucifixion inserted in the "Confessions Tour" that will be put on stage at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Sunday night. Veronica Louise Ciccone - alias Madonna - during the show will put on stage a personal interpretation of Christ's passion not far from the Vatican. The performance sees the singer appear with a fake thorn crown. This performance was already criticised in the US and now the Roman Catholic world says that it is blasphemous. - AGI"             

Madonna Woos The Pope

(Sound Off Caption) The Pope to Madonna: "Talk to the hand!"

"In the latest twist, Madonna has invited the Pope to her Confessions tour, after the Catholic leader called for the singer to be "ex-communicated".

Benedict the 16th believes Madge's show is "blasphemous" because at one point she takes part in a mock crucifixion on a diamante-studded cross. The ever-controversial superstar has previously claimed that "Jesus would understand".

She performs in the Italian capital tomorrow, and Rome's Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders have united to condemn her on-stage antics." - The Mirror

"Russian Church Asks For Madonna Concert Boycott"  

The Russian Orthodox Church has advised its followers to boycott American pop diva Madonna's concert in the city on September 11.

This is not the first year this lady has been mixing singing about human passions with Christian symbols - crosses, statues of the Virgin, beads, and now it's self-crucifixion," deputy head of the Moscow Patriachate Foreign Relations department Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said." - Press Trust of India Moscow, August 6, 2006         

"Unicef Shuns Madonna's Donation"

 

UNICEF is possibly shunning the money Madonna recently donated for the betterment of orphaned kids.

According to newsweek.com, Madonna, who had recently donated $3 million to Raising Malawi, which helps children orphaned by AIDS, had initially tried to partner the charity with UNICEF. But a source said that the charity got a little uncomfortable with the organisation.

 

The source said: "Raising Malawi has strong links to Kabbalah, and I believe that UNICEF, in its eagerness to be as pure as Caesar's wife, was uneasy with the idea or the pairing." - New York, August 8, 2006

 

Paris' Global...Flop

 

You go girl, you flopped all over the world. Now how many lip-syncers can say they did that! You set a record – just not a good one. As your trademark phrase you jacked from hip hop audiences goes, you know, the people you called “nig*ers” on that tape and never apologized (learn from Eminem) goes “That’s hot.”

 

Paris Flops In America

 

"Paris Hilton's first album flops. “Paris sold just 75,000 copies in the US during its first week. With second week sales extrapolated to reach just 30,000 the new album described as a mix of R&B, pop and hip-hop has turned out to be an unmitigated flop.

 

Paris Hilton's music career is looking far from promising despite the expectations raised by the success of her first single Stars Are Blind.

 

Page Six, quoting data released by Soundscan, reports that her first album Paris, released on 22 Aug 2006, sold just 75,000 copies in the US during its first week, a far cry from the first weeks sales of 320,000 notched up by Christina Aguilera's third album Back to Basics.

 

With second week sales extrapolated to reach just 30,000 Hilton's new album described as a mix of R&B, pop and hip-hop is an unmitigated flop.

 

The promising Stars Are Blind single featured on the Album, which debuted at Number 18 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart last month has slid to the last but one position now. Hilton's label, in an attempt to revive the petering sales for Paris has rushed out her second single Turn It Up but that single isn't doing well either.

 

"The international outlook is not much better for her," one industry source told Page Six. "The international people are not inclined to do a big push since she can't back up the album with a tour. Obviously, she can't sing live."

 

According to the source Hilton was advised a year ago to train her voice, work with choreographers and learn an instrument to prepare for a limited tour, but "obviously she didn't listen." - Sawf News

 

Paris Flops In The UK...Selling 2000 Copies  

        

"Paris Hilton’s debut album 'Paris' has sold just 2000 copies in its first few days of release and is currently sitting at No 23 in the midweek charts.

 

It’s bound to come as a shock to the hotel heiress who tells US magazine 'Blender' this week, “People go crazy (when they hear it). They love it. Everyone’s like ‘Who’s this?’”

 

She adds, "I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it's so good." Meanwhile, it's not just poor record sales which have given the socialite-turned-singer more reason to cry - so have censors in India.

 

The video for Paris's single 'Stars Are Blind' has been banned on all TV stations for being too ‘raunchy’. Things aren’t exactly going to plan in Camp Paris at the moment, poor lamb" - MTV UK

 

Paris Flops In Australia...Selling 1,914 Copies

 

"Paris Hilton flops. DESPITE an avalanche of promotion, it looks like no one is buying Paris Hilton as a pop star.

Her self-titled debut album missed the top 20 this week, debuting at No. 24.

 

That's just 1,914 copies sold nationally. It's a similar story in Britain, where Paris limped into the chart at No. 29.

Now, that's not hot. - Herald Sun Australia

 

“Paris Hilton Celebrity CD "Paris" Headed For Certain Obscurity"

 

"It just goes to show.. just because you have the name doesn't mean you have the talent.  And Paris Hilton is learning yet another very public lesson -- celebrity isn't going to save her highly touted CD "Paris" from almost certain obscurity.” – Post Chronicle 

 

LOL! First of all, stop writing “Paris Hilton’s first album” – don’t encourage the lip-syncer to make another one.

"Paris Hilton's CD Is An Instant Tanker"

"Paris Hilton's career as a pop star is fizzling as quickly as one of her blink-and-you'll-miss-it relationships.

In its first week out of the gate, Hilton's first CD is being widely seen as a certified flop. "Paris," which features the single "Stars Are Blind," sold a lackluster 75,000 copies in the United States - a pittance compared to Christina Aguilera's first-week sales of 320,000, according to Soundscan.

And projected sales for next week are said to be a measly 30,000, which is a larger than normal second week drop.

"Paris" is languishing at the bottom of Billboard's Hot 100 - so Hilton's label rushed out her second single, "Turn It Up," which isn't doing very well either." - Media Gab

"Paris Hilton's Debut Album A Dud"

"Hotel heiress Paris Hilton's much-touted debut album Paris hit the floor with a huge thud since only 75,000 copies sold in the US in its first week, the New York Post reported. And the second week is not looking so good as 30,000 copies are projected to be sold." - Earth Times

"Nobody Buys The Paris Hilton Album"

Paris Hilton Album music flop. Paris Hilton has previously gone on record as saying that her musical talent is so powerful and enormous that she bursts into tears as soon as she even thinks about it. Sadly the same can't be said for anyone else.

For, despite being on a seemingly constant loop on all the music TV channels, the hype for the Paris Hilton single Stars Are Blind hasn't translated into album sales. This means that it's looking increasingly likely that Paris Hilton's musical career will flop badly, to the surprise of many. In other news today, the sky is blue and bears shit in the woods every now and again.

It's easy to laugh at Paris Hilton, isn't it? The way that she only ever mumbles about how hot various things are, the way that she piddles all over the interior of taxis" - Heckler Spray

Blog Disses Scott Storch and Paris Hilton

"Finally, rap whore producer Scott Storch has hooked up with self-proclaimed singer Paris Hilton for her second album. Although the trust fund baby’s currently promoting her first set, she’s already back in the studio working on her “passion.”

“This is my passion and what I love to do,” she told MTV. “I’ve wanted to do this forever, and now I’ve finally had it finished perfectly how I like it.”  -  Hip Hop RnB Soul

Yea, Paris needs to get a refund from all those producers, rappers, Autotune and the mix engineers (hey, I know you did what you could, but working with such lack of musical talent, there is only so much knob twiddling you can do) and use it for some voice lessons.

Cher's Son Slams Paris

"Washington, Aug 29: Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is reportedly angry with Cher's son for accusing her of sleeping with him - that left him worried he had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from her.

Last week, Elijah Blue Allman, son of Cher and Gregg Allman, went on the Howard Stern Show, making the claim that he had a fling with Hilton before she became famous, and that he was so concerned about having caught a disease that he went and scrubbed down his genitals with household cleaning product Tilex.

According to Contact Music quoting MSNBC's The Scoop, Hilton is "not happy" about his claims, even though he described Hilton as a "sweet girl."

Allman also claimed he had sex years ago with Hilton's reality show co-star and former best friend Nicole Richie, and insists the two are still friends." - ANI  

Paris Bitten By Aisha Hired Kinkajou

 

Ok, Ok I admit it. I paid the Kinkajou to bite her. -Aisha in Ace Ventura Mode- good boy, how about an encore. 

 

Ironically, no one on the internet seems to have any sympathy for Paris being bitten by the new national hero kinkajou. People are actually cheering on the little feller. He has become the Che Guevara of kinkajous due to biting. –Aisha sends kinkajou a beret and fatigues-

 

Paris Hilton was taken to hospital on Tuesday morning after her pet monkey gave her a good old bite on her arm. Hilton had been playing with her kinkajou called Babylove at 3am at her Hollywood home when he finally bit the heiress.

 

After being taken to a local hospital the wound was declared superficial and Hilton received a tetanus shot. Let’s hope she doesn’t abandon the monkey for having more sense then her.

 

A tetanus shot – can you say ouch! Those are longer than drug needles, aren’t they Paris?

 

A small sampling of internet feedback from Oh No They Didn’t:

 

1. I hope her animal gets tested! [info]aaameeting2006-08-10 10:45 pm UTC (link)

 

2. Even the kinkajous realize what a trashy whore she is. GO KINKAJOU. [info]no_urges2006-08-10 10:51 pm UTC (link)

 

3. maybe that's why you don't keep wild animals as pets? I hate her so bad.  [info]lizzie1272006-08-10 10:52 pm UTC (link)

 

4. TEAM KINKAJOU [info]goldigurl 2006-08-10 10:52 pm UTC (link)

5. Oh... and did the Kinkajou get any vaccinations from biting Hilton? IT should have been the one getting the protection, people!!! [info]goldigurl2006-08-10 10:54 pm UTC (link)

“Paris Hilton Enters The Guinness Book Of Records As The Most Pointless Celeb Ever..."

 

Paris Hilton is the most overrated celebrity in the world according to the latest Guinness Book Of World Records.

According to the annual publication Hilton is now the most famous person for no reason in a new poll.

 

According to Bang Showbiz a spokesman for the book says the ‘Stars Are Blind’ songstress received the accolade after topping many a magazine poll on the subject.

 

She beat of the likes of Britney and Tom Cruise to top the list.” - Entertainmentwise

"Paris Hilton: Most Overrated Person!"

Ms. Hilton has made it into the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records, but it may not be for a reason she'd particularly enjoy. While Britney Spears or Tom Cruise were probably somewhere close behind, Paris takes the crown for our favorite record ever -- Most Overrated Person.

A spokesperson for the book says it took its info from a number of magazine polls. Readers voted on their least favorite and most overrated celebrity and Hilton's name kept coming up on top." - TMZ

"Paris Hilton Most Overrated and Least Favorite Celebrity Says Guinness” – All Headlines

 

"Evangeline Lilly Slams Paris"

 

As if you needed another reason to love Evangeline Lilly, we just got another great one. Not only is she super hot, and Canadian, but Evangeline Lilly also hates Paris Hilton and her ilk. According to Sympatico, the Lost star would rather be relaxing in Hawaii or doing charity work, than partying and getting ****faced with Hollywood starlets.

 

I need to help people or I'd be no better than the Paris Hiltons of the world, waltzing around with their Louis Vuitton bags and their little dogs.

 

Those people couldn't give a rat's *** if somebody was starving in the street next to them. Hollywood is the Sodom and Gomorrah of today. It's a world I avoid because it's destroying our culture.

 

That's probably the best thing I've heard in a long time. And she is so right. The so-called "Paris Hiltons of the world" have absolutely nothing better to do with their time than go to parties, "record albums," and stick things up there noses (and other places). And I love that Evangeline actually said something about it.” - Egotastic

"Hilton Turned Down Pussycat Dolls Hit"

"Don't Cha Wish You Recorded It Paris Hilton - Paris Hilton has revealed she turned down the chance to record the international hit Don't Cha, before The Pussycat Dolls took the offer.

Paris insists she was only played a rough version of the track which was very different to the single released by the US girl band, but she still wishes she'd snapped it up.

The now turned singer regrettably said: "I think I did hear the song, but not in the format that we all came to know and love. If I'd heard that, of course I'd have jumped at the chance."

You know, she shouldn't be bragging about that cause:

a.) she can't sing

b) she would have jacked up that song

c) she can't sing

d) considering her album flopped she could have used the song

e) but she would have jacked it up cause she can't sing 

“Paris Hilton-itis Has Infected American College Students,” Says Professor"

 

When I read the title, ‘Paris Hilton-itis has Infected American College Students,” why did I think this article was gonna be about a new STD?:

Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse Professor and recent guest on ‘The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,’ says that campus culture is out of control. He offers tips on fixing the problem.

August 4, 2006 -- Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University professor and author of “Quick and Dirty Secrets of College Success,” states that American college students are now being infected with “Paris Hiltonitis.” He claims that the “disease” consists of symptoms related to an overwhelming sense of laziness and entitlement, along with excessive behavior in the form of long nights of partying and drinking. Dr. Watkins argues that this mentality is what creates the environment for situations such as the one at Duke University.

“We really need a revolution in parenting,” says Watkins, who has given advice in USA Today and the New York Times. “Our nation is raising a bunch of fat little Play Station addicts who can’t spell the word ‘NBA.’ Then, they wonder why 19-year-old kids at Duke are having parties with 27-year-old strippers and gallons of alcohol.”

Watkins has long fought against the ready acceptance of binge drinking on campuses. He argues that these habits lead to students becoming alcoholics or victims of crime. “We produce a lot of graduates, but we also produce a lot of future alcoholics, AIDS patients, rape victims and members of gamblers anonymous,” says Watkins, who was interviewed by Fox News recently on the same topic. “We need to stop allowing young people to believe that drinking till you puke every weekend is simply normal campus behavior. It’s not.”

Watkins offers these tips to parents to help their children avoid Paris Hiton-itis:

1) Teach them the concept of personal responsibility. The message should be clear: if you screw up, you are going to have to unscrew yourself.

2) Force them to get a job for 20 hours a week to earn their own money. This will make them more mature, teach them the value of hard work, keep them out of trouble and teach them to manage their time.

3) Teach them to be leaders, not followers. Most students on campus get involved in heavy drinking because they are following the crowd. Give them the courage to be different.

4) Teach them the dangers of alcohol. Show them videos of people killed, hurt or arrested under the influence, so they do not glamorize drinking.

5) Do not accept poor academic performance. This is your money, so you have a right to expect them to do a good job.

Critics Pan Hilton's So Called Album

The record is pure garbage. Worst album I’ve heard clips from all year. She can’t sing at all. If it was any good I would say so, but it is boring, lifeless, tacky and bad. This is what happens when people who cannot sing make records. It is insulting to musicians in general. Who are they really kidding with that.

She is insistent on saying she’s an actress, singer, writer ect…but the proof is in the pudding – if you do not do any of those things well, you are none of them:

Canada Review

“Hilton's debut CD a lesson in blandness. Just be fair, that's all we're asking," said the Warner Canada rep.” - Canada.com

Edmonton Sun Review

“Give it up Paris. CD proves that money can’t buy talent. We just can't be bothered to give a damn about anything Paris Hilton does. Not her condescending "reality'' TV show. Not her half-baked bid to become an actress. Not her boyfriend du jour, celebrity feud of the week, or attention-sucking antic of the month.

And certainly not her self-titled debut album - which is really just Hilton's latest underwhelming attempt to convince the world that she has some discernible skill, that there's actually some point to her pampered, unproductive existence.        

Nor is she the first to prove that no matter how much money you spend, talent is something you just can't buy.

But here's the thing: Talent is something you can rent. And that's precisely what Hilton does on this 11-track set of deliberately featherweight pop.

You've got star producers like Scott Storch behind the boards. You've got VIP guests like Jadakiss and Fat Joe on the mike. You've got a slew of background vocalists and session players.

All of them probably went home in free Jaguars, carrying platinum gift baskets full of solid gold moon rocks or something. And why not; they earned them by doing what they were hired to do:

1 - Supply catchy club-floor fillers like the bumping, grinding I Want You, the Grease-fuelled Turn it Up and the reggae-pop single Stars Are Blind, peppered with guitar-driven pop-rockers like Screwed and Nothing in This World.

2 - Do all the heavy musical lifting.

3 - Try to make Hilton sound like she could carry a tune in a bucket.

Trouble is, aside from a toy dog, daddy's credit cards and a cellphone, we doubt Paris has ever carried anything in her life. So despite her claims that she "worked really hard" on this CD - and we would love to know what Paris calls work - most of this sounds phoned in from the back of her limo.” – Edmonton Sun

“Money can't buy you class: and Paris Hilton is proof personified.

Author, actress, TV star, perfumier, jewellery designer, nightclub owner and model, it seems the vacant Barbie idolising multi millionheiress has already lost interest in these cash -creating projects and moved onto something else as her next career – manufactured pop totty.

It should be the perfect career move. Paris is a blank canvas who'd sell her soul for more hype, and has enough cash to ensure a steady stream of hitmakers help her manufacture tracks. Fickle, narcissitic and self-centered, she has all the traits for success - except for one thing: a decent voice.” – Megastar

Guardian Review

“the first review on Popjustice settles for the subtly barbed: "this album is almost making us think that someone somewhere has been listening to various successful and brilliant pop records and trying to copy them".

So why put herself through the humiliation? She doesn't need the money, she doesn't need the fame, she can't play, dance or even sing to any great effect.” – The Guardian UK

"Warner Music's Loss Narrows But Shares Fall"

Warner Music Group posted a narrower quarterly net loss on better-than-expected sales from the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Blunt and new dance act Gnarls Barkley.

But shares in the fourth-largest music company dropped more than 2% soon after Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. opened the quarterly earnings call repeating that Warner would not be pursuing a merger with EMI Group in the near future.

The New York based-company said its net loss for the third quarter ended June 30 was $14 million, or 10 cents a share, compared with a loss of $179 million, or $1.41 a share, a year earlier, which included management termination fees, debt redemption and other charges. – From Reuters, Los Angeles Times August 4, 2006

"Picture This: Warner Bros. Having A Rare Down Year"

"Not even Superman could prevent a crush of movie losses that has shaken the venerable Burbank studio and its affable leader.

The costly disaster movie "Poseidon," director M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy thriller "Lady in the Water," the computer-animated "The Ant Bully" and the urban drama "ATL" could lose more than $120 million combined for Warner and its financial partners, according to one person familiar with the films' finances.

"The price of failure is high," Horn said. "It's not just the financial cost. It's reading about it in the newspaper."

The gusher of red ink is especially painful for a studio so used to success. In 18 of the last 20 years, Warner has ranked among Hollywood's top three distributors in box-office revenue." - The Times

"AOL Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs Worldwide Within 6 Months"

"Warner Bros' AOL, AOhelL as my friend calls them, is downsizing due to declining sales :

Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Time Warner Inc.'s AOL Internet unit said it plans to eliminate 5,000 jobs, or about 26 percent of the workforce, as it fires employees and sheds businesses in Europe to help revive profit.

AOL Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Miller told employees in a Webcast the cuts will take effect within six months, John Buckley, a spokesman for Dulles, Virginia-based AOL, said in an interview. The company has a workforce of about 19,000.

AOL has announced about 7,000 job cuts since late last year to save money as its Web access service loses subscribers. Time Warner yesterday said it will offer AOL's e-mail and security software for free to high-speed Internet users early next month. Time Warner President Jeff Bewkes said AOL profit this year will be unchanged even as sales drop and will begin to grow in 2007.  - Times Online August 08, 2006

TV People Aren’t Too Keen On Rosie

"A new Gallup poll puts Diane Sawyer atop a popularity list of 17 TV news and talk personalities. Among people who expressed an opinion about her, 88 percent viewed Sawyer favorably, and 12 percent had a negative view.

ABC hopes Nielsen Media Research families feel some of those good vibes. "Good Morning America" has never topped NBC's "Today" show in the ratings since Sawyer began as a co-anchor in 1999.

Producers of "The View" may have some work to do: Rosie O'Donnell, who joins the daytime talk show's panel next month, is viewed unfavorably by 65 percent of people polled who have an opinion of her. – Seattle Post Intelligencer

- Aisha feigns surprise -

Meredith Calls The View A Joke

Meredith Viera Says "The View" Has Kind Of Become A "Joke"

"I feel very sad for everything that's happened and for everybody involved. I'm proud of the work we did there, but it's not a good time in the history of that show. It's hard to watch. It sort of became a joke," said Viera.

A bitter feud erupted between Jones and Barbara Walters after Jones left the show in July where accusations were thrown back and forth as to the real reason behind the diva's sudden departure and cut from the ABC network.

Shortly before Jones left, Walters announced that comedian and former talk show host, Rosie O' Donnel would be joining the women of "The View" as a regular." - All Headline News

I wrote about this story last month in that I didn't like how Star was treated as a black woman. Viera got a lovely send off and Star basically got unceremoniously chucked out after being told her job was secure, replete with a vulgar Rosie O'Donnell publicly cracking insensitive jokes about her and being plain nasty. Not a nice send off.

Rosie O’Donnell Putting Her Foot In Her Mouth Already

Rosie O'Donnell may soon realize what most ordinary schmos already know: It's unwise to blog about your employer. The soon-to-be "View" co-host posted one of her trademark punctuation-optional odes last Thursday after she caught a commercial plugging the new season of the gab-fest.

"i saw the new view promos /and found myself in the position /i loathe most /powerless," wrote Rosie. "it will be hard 4 me /2 not b /the boss /it is already /and we have only just begun."

But O'Donnell must have thought better of openly sharing her control issues, because the next day she took the "me" out of team by penning a paean to her new gig with Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

"i am excited about the view/like a new kid on the first day of school/hoping they all like me/that i fit in," she enthused, "cuz there is nothing better/then being a cast member."

When asked by "Access Hollywood" about her "powerless" post, O'Donnell explained, "I used to sort of be the star and the boss and in control and now I'm part of an ensemble. And to learn to work with a team and to learn to, you know, move myself in a different manner -- it's gonna be interesting and definitely a life lesson and I'm definitely looking forward to it."

Rosie then completed the meta circle by blogging about her "Access" chat, which included a question on whether she was "happy" Star Jones Reynolds was history: "b4 i could reply he added/ - i would have loved 2 c u 2 go at it/smiling/it would not have been fun for me/fighting everyday/life is 2 short." Even, it seems, for the rules of grammar. - MSN

SPORTS Soccer - England Names New Captain

John Terry

I can't believe they picked him over me (pick me and that's when England really would lose). Just kidding, but congrats to Terry.

Terry Succeeds Beckham as England skipper

“Chelsea skipper John Terry has been chosen by new head coach Steve McClaren to succeed David Beckham as England captain.

The 25-year-old Blues defender was immediately installed as the bookies' favourite for the captaincy after Beckham relinquished the position following England's second successive World Cup quarter-final exit.

Terry, who will lead out his country for the first time when McClaren's men take on European champions Greece at Old Trafford next Wednesday, told the Football Association's official website: "It is the ultimate honour to be the captain of your country.

"I am very proud to be given this great opportunity. It is an incredible challenge and one I am looking forward to very much. Choosing a captain is one of the most important decisions a coach has to make. I'm certain I've got the right man in John Terry. I'm convinced he will prove to be one of the best captains England has ever had."

The new England boss continued: "John has all the attributes an international captain needs: leadership, authority, courage, ability, tactical awareness and a total refusal to accept second-best. He has been an inspiration for Chelsea and is at his best in adversity.” – ITV

SPORTS Tennis – Andre Agassi To Retire

Andre Agassi

It is being said that tennis legend Andre Agassi is about to retire. He's had an excellent run, that’s for sure. I really do like the work he has done for charity. He's raised quite a lot of money. It is important to give back and he is a man that clearly understands that.

But before you go, I would like to post one of my favorite sports pics. Remember this...80's fashion at its finest:

Best Tennis Pic Ever: Pete Sampras (left) and Andre Agassi (right)

left to right: John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Pat McEnroe

LEGAL FILE Robert Mueller 

The following article published last week by Newsweek sums up my view listed in my June and July Columns regarding Mueller and the FBI's non-existent computer system:

1. The FBI's pending computer system and scrapped one should have been made with off the shelf products (I made reference to Windows, Word, Excel, PDF, Photoshop).
2. This way would have been cheaper
3. Companies in America use such built from preexisting software systems rather than from scratch.
4. The new computer system doesn't sound very feasible
5. Included an item about the head of the computer company behind the system (I wrote they should sell the CEO of the next company to the Taliban if he messes up).
6. Wrote that putting together a system of that nature should be that complicated.
7. Wrote that the average American knows this stuff.
8. Taxpayers' money is being wasted on an overpriced job
9. Poor management.
10. Questioned why he hasn't been fired yet (I previously questioned his tenure and wrote he should quit).

So, my view on the computer situation has been affirmed.

Some excerpts from the Newsweek article questioning why Mueller hasn't been fired yet. You know, Newsweek has a pretty high circulation (Aisha looks @ Mueller smirking):

"Dangerous Disgrace"

The FBI’s continued technological incompetence is putting America at risk. Should, God forbid, we be hit again by terrorists, historians will point an unforgiving finger at the computers of the FBI. The Washington Post reported on August 18, 2006 five years after 9/11 the FBI’s computer system is still not fixed. How can this be?

It’s an ugly story of poor management, contractor abuse and an agency that cannot electronically connect the dots—even though nearly everyone agreed in 2001 that developing that ability should be among the top priorities for the United States. It’s as if after Pearl Harbor President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered that ships and aircraft be built to fight the Japanese, only to discover that five years later the government had built none.

From the start, it was a rip-off. The contractor, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), assigned 200 people to a program that, according to a former employer, could easily have been handled by a dozen. Instead of adapting off-the-shelf software, which any computer consultant with half a brain (make that any person with half a brain) knows is the only way to go, the company decided to design a software system from scratch. Surprise! It didn’t work. If you’ve read even one of the 500,000 articles in the popular press about software development, it’s obvious that the first try never works.

The consultants would, naturally, have us believe that the FBI’s requirements were so complex and security-related that they needed their own system. This is a crock. Many businesses are larger and more complex than the FBI and they, too, have major security considerations. But this is how SAIC ballooned its contract from $14 million annually to $170 million.

After pulling the plug on Trilogy in January, 2005, the FBI started over with a different contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp. Its new system, called Sentinel, is said to be on budget and schedule, but at $305 million dollars it is many times more expensive than what a similar project would cost in the private sector. We’re told this system will work some day. Keep your finger crossed.

There’s enough blame to go around...Why wasn’t Mueller fired? – Newsweek, August 21, 2006 

UK “Police Hit Out At FBI Over Leaks"

"Anti-terror police in Britain have made an angry request to their US counterparts asking them to stop leaking details of this month's suspected bomb plot over fears that it could jeopardise the chances of a successful prosecution and hamper the gathering of evidence.

The British security services, MI5 and MI6, are understood to be dismayed that a number of sensitive details surrounding the alleged plot - including an FBI estimate that as many as 50 people were involved - were leaked to the media.

FBI sources confirmed to The Observer that the bureau had been ordered to stop briefing at the request of the British authorities. 'The shutters have come down,' a bureau source said. 'We have been told not to discuss the case any more.” - The Observer Guardian UK

What did you expect. Robert Mueller's butt is on the line. People are calling for his head. People want him out of there. He’s got commissions breathing down his neck like a drunken Paris Hilton at a party.

 

He needs some good publicity and talking too much about and taking too much credit for the UK arrests (that Time magazine piece) apparently is his way of getting it.

 

He’s been in office 5 years and hasn’t done anything substantial. No computer system. His field agents who do the work and make the big busts aren't being listened to by headquarters based on public documents. His staff is jumping ship. Yet amazingly, this rubbish is allowed to continue.

 

Maybe I oversimplify things too much, but I am of the belief when things don’t add up, something needs to be removed from the equation, pardon the pun.  

 

Speaking of that article in Time magazine Mueller did to boost his profile while spilling too much info:

 

“Struggling to hear, Townsend climbed under her desk to take notes on the upcoming sweep. She was so engrossed in the call that she forgot about her visitors until she looked up and could see several of them smiling at her amusing posture. FBI Director Robert Mueller joshed, "It's a good thing you're wearing pants!" – Time

 

You horndog.

 

FBI Prostitution Bust 

Kudos to the FBI excluding Robert Mueller on shutting down a prostitution ring. The headline on their web site read:

“31 Arrests in Major Prostitution Ring” – FBI 08/16/06

Um, but you missed one:

 

Paris Pot Hilton

Just thought I’d let you know…Oh yea that’s right, Mueller doesn’t arrest celebrity law breaking hookers.

Congress Proposes Bill To Address FBI Negligence  

Due to the Bulger case, Congress has proposed a bill to address criminal negligence on the part of the FBI. Any FBI employee that fails to report a crime or ignores it, will face 5 years in prison.

Too bad it won’t be retroactive *Aisha looks at Robert Mueller*.

More Computer System Follow Ups

Mueller basically threw the CEO of the computer company under the train over the whole computer fiasco. He really didn't seem like the type to go down alone.

But he is to blame. He was signing big checks like his name is Oprah (at least when she signs it it's her money and not the taxpayers). Dude was spending money like a rapper in a jewelry store. He signed off on that mess - he should get the blame.

On Tuesday of this week, tired of all the "criticism" he called for a demonstration to show he and the FBI are not technologically inept, but it is he and his actions that gave this perception:

1. Like actually saying you don't know about technology and it being recorded in a government meeting that is on the internet (Congress, Senate).

2. Independent government commissions saying you wasted millions on a computer system then scrapped it.

3. Going to Congress again asking for $500,000,000 more to replace the scrapped system.

4. Another government commission saying the new system in deficient with you "repeating the same mistakes" again that you made with the previous system.

5. Another commission, the 9/11 government commission, stating you are, "lagging behind promised improvements."

But now all of a sudden, this week Mueller says he has a computer system in place now, when an article in the Washington Post 5 weeks ago, endorsed by you, with quotes from you, stated the computer system won't be ready until 2009 with a temporary version of it to be set up in 2007.

How, in the space of 5 weeks did you get a computer system? While it can be done in a short space of time, I've written about stuff like that this summer, you keep contradicting yourself, which isn't comforting in light of the fact that so much taxpayer dollars keep being placed in your hands.

   

The FBI computer upgrade that wasn’t. $170 million bought an unusable system.

It was late 2003, and a contractor, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), had spent months writing 730,000 lines of computer code for the Virtual Case File (VCF), a networked system for tracking criminal cases that was designed to replace the bureau's antiquated paper files and, finally, shove J. Edgar Hoover's FBI into the 21st century.

It appeared to work beautifully. Until Azmi, now the FBI's technology chief, asked about the error rate. Software problem reports, or SPRs, numbered in the hundreds, Azmi recalled in an interview. The problems were multiplying as engineers continued to run tests. Scores of basic functions had yet to be analyzed.

Within a few days, Azmi said, he warned FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III that the $170 million system was in serious trouble. A year later, it was dead. The nation's premier law enforcement and counterterrorism agency, burdened with one of the government's most archaic computer systems, would have to start from scratch.

Failures of almost every kind.

But the problems were not the FBI's alone. Because of an open-ended contract with few safeguards, SAIC reaped more than $100 million as the project became bigger and more complicated, even though its software never worked properly. The company continued to meet the bureau's requests, accepting payments despite clear signs that the FBI's approach to the project was badly flawed, according to people who were involved in the project or later reviewed it for the government.

Lawmakers and experts have faulted the FBI for its part in the failed project. But less attention has been paid to the role that the contractor played in contributing to the problems.

"SAIC was at fault because of the usual contractor reluctance to tell the customer, 'You're screwed up. You don't know what you're doing. This project is going to fail because you're not managing your side of the equation,' " said Kay, who later became the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq. "There was no one to tell the government that they were asking the impossible. And they weren't going to get the impossible."

Mueller, whose inability to successfully implement VCF marks one of the low points of his nearly five-year tenure as FBI director, has accepted some of the blame. "I did not do the things I should have done to make sure that was a success," he told reporters last month.

SAIC, which declined three requests for comment, told Congress last year that it tried to warn the FBI that its "trial and error" approach to the project would not work but said that it perhaps was not forceful enough with the bureau.

Whoever is at fault, five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and more than $600 million later, agents still rely largely on the paper reports and file cabinets used since federal agents began chasing gangsters in the 1920s.

For SAIC, the contract was relatively minor. The firm, owned by 40,000 employee shareholders, is one of the nation's largest government contractors. The 2001 attacks were a boon to its fortunes, helping to boost its annual revenue, now more than $7 billion.

At the FBI, the impact of the attacks was equally significant but certainly less auspicious. As revelations emerged that the bureau had missed clues that could have revealed the plot, its image suffered. Its long-outdated information technology systems drew particular scrutiny.

"Prior to 9/11, the FBI did not have an adequate ability to know what it knew," a report by the staff of the Sept. 11 commission concluded. "The FBI's primary information management system, designed using 1980s technology already obsolete when installed in 1995, limited the Bureau's ability to share its information internally and externally."

The problems continued to hamper the bureau after the attacks as well: To transmit photographs of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers and other suspects to field offices, headquarters had to fax copies or send compact discs by mail, because the system would not allow them to e-mail a photo securely.

In the months after the terrorist attacks, overhauling the case-management system became one of the bureau's top priorities. Deadlines were moved up, requirements grew, and costs ballooned.

Along the way, the FBI made a fateful choice: It wanted SAIC to build the new software system from scratch rather than modifying commercially available, off-the-shelf software. Later, the company would say the FBI made that decision independently; FBI officials countered that SAIC pushed them into it.

The report observed that the rollout of the new case-management software had been poorly planned nearly from the beginning. Months after the program was supposed to be complete, it remained riddled with shortcomings:

    * Agents would not be able to take copies of their cases into the field for reference.

    * The program lacked common features, such as bookmarking or histories, that would help agents navigate through millions of files.

    * The system could not properly sort data.

    * Most important, the FBI planned to launch the new software all at once, with minimal testing beforehand. Doing so, the NRC team concluded, could cause "mission-disruptive failures" if the software did not work, because the FBI had no backup plan.

"That was a little bit horrifying," said Matt Blaze, a professor of computer science at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the review team. "A bunch of us were planning on committing a crime spree the day they switched over. If the new system didn't work, it would have just put the FBI out of business."

The NRC team found plenty of blame to go around, starting with the FBI itself.

"In essence, the FBI has left the task of defining and identifying its essential operational processes and its IT concept of operations to outsiders," the NRC researchers concluded. "The FBI lacks experienced IT program managers and contract managers, which has made it unable to deal aggressively or effectively with its contractors."

Daniel Guttman, a fellow at Johns Hopkins University who specializes in government contracting law, said: "This case just shows the government doesn't have a clue. Yet the legal fiction is that the government knows what it's doing and is capable of taking charge. The contractors are taking advantage of that legal fiction."

In the end, the FBI's failure to police the contractors would lead to disastrous results.

SAIC has consistently said that it was trying to meet the FBI's needs but that its efforts were undermined by the bureau's chronic indecision. Executive Vice President Arnold Punaro submitted testimony to Congress in February 2005 that cited 19 government personnel changes in three years that kept the program's direction in flux.

FBI officials, he said, took a "trial and error, 'we will know it when we see it' approach to development." Punaro said the company warned bureau officials that such a method would not work, but he acknowledged that SAIC did not do enough to get the FBI's attention.

In March, testifying before a House subcommittee, Mueller said that the FBI had experienced "a delay with the contractor" but that the problem had been "righted." He said he expected that "the last piece of Virtual Case File would be in by this summer."

The decision to kill VCF meant that the FBI's 30,000-plus employees, including more than 12,000 special agents, had to continue to rely on an "obsolete" information system that put them at "a severe disadvantage in performing their duties," according to the report by Fine, of the Justice Department.

"The urgent need within the FBI to create, organize, share and analyze investigative leads and case files on an ongoing basis remains unmet," Fine's office concluded.

Maureen Baginski, the FBI's former executive assistant director of intelligence, said the lack of a modern case-management system could hurt the bureau when time is of the essence. Agents and analysts need the new system, she said, to quickly make connections across cases -- especially when they are tackling complex challenges such as unraveling a terrorist plot.

Last year, FBI officials announced a replacement for VCF, named Sentinel, that is projected to cost $425 million and will not be fully operational until 2009. A temporary overlay version of the software, however, is planned for launch next year.

SAIC is not involved. FBI officials say they are awaiting an audit by a federal contracting agency before deciding whether to attempt to recoup costs from the company.

In a follow-up to its reviews, Fine's office warned in March that the FBI is at risk of repeating its mistakes with Sentinel because of management turnover and weak financial controls.

But no one really knows how much longer the bureau can afford to wait.

"We had information that could have stopped 9/11," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It was sitting there and was not acted upon. . . . I haven't seen them correct the problems. . . . We might be in the 22nd century before we get the 21st-century technology." - The Washington Post

Did you catch that line, "FBI officials say they are awaiting an audit by a federal contracting agency before deciding whether to attempt to recoup costs from the company."

Yea, Hoover Mueller you need to go get the people's money back that you squandered. $170,000,000 of the money you blew could build thousands of homes in Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans at $50,000 a pop. The next time you screw around with the people's money, you think about that.

People like my mother, who has paid taxes in this country for close to thirty years, at times working two jobs, only for a nasty piece of work like you to look the other way when crimes were being committed against us (our privacy invaded, mail illegally being opened and other items stolen, house broken into 4 more times after you were notified of the lawsuit, computers hacked, email accounts hacked, millions of dollars of copyrights criminally stolen, libel and defamation, while you sat on your overpaid butt and did nothing, though you knew exactly who was doing it and why).

None of this harassment, violation and stress that you had the ability to stop, but opting to employ criminal negligence, did not in favor of lawbreaking celebrity miscreants, helped the Guillain Barre Syndrome and chest problems she's struggling with, only aggravated it - all while not being able to retire yet, as both of us have to continue to work, because Madonna and co stole so much of my work and you willfully allowed it and her crazy conduct to continue for many months at our expense, after you were made aware of what was happening, you spineless coward.

You sat back and allowed those people to continue to violate us and break into our home 4 more times - a home with a poor little old lady struggling with illness. You are despicable.

And my father has struggled with neurological health issues of his own, where his doctors ordered him to avoid all stress - and here comes this Madonna rubbish, that has done nothing but anger, upset him and stress him out - all while you, the main person responsible for bringing about justice in such matters, criminally looked the other way.

You are an evil, unconscionable man and you deserve every bit of misfortune that comes your way in this life. You reap what you sow in life - the same thing you allowed in our lives, is what God will return to you and your family.

All this rubbish needs to stop. We have been victimized for too long now due to this criminal negligence and we did not deserve this. We are very hardworking, taxpaying, law abiding people, who constantly give to charity and help the less fortunate.

My family has a long, established track record of public service (for free) and we did not deserve to have our rights violated like we are dogs and criminally robbed of years of my labor via my intellectual property and my parents money they invested in my work.

"9/11 Panel Heads: FBI Lags On Promised Improvements"

Thomas Kean, left, chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, and Lee Hamilton, vice chair of the commission, say the FBI is lagging in its capability to penetrate terrorist groups.    

The chairmen of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks said Thursday that the FBI has moved too slowly to improve its ability to prevent future terrorist plots and is plagued by turnover in its senior ranks.

Former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, who led the landmark investigation into the government's response, and former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton, the 9/11 Commission's vice chairman, said in an interview with USA TODAY and Gannett News Service that the bureau is lagging in its capability to penetrate terrorist groups.

During deliberations for its final report, the commission came close to recommending that the FBI be split into two agencies, one for domestic intelligence and the other for traditional law enforcement, they said.

In the end, a divided commission recommended that the FBI improve its intelligence capabilities after agency officials promised to improve.

Two years later, "they are not even close to where they said they would be," Kean said.

Hamilton and Kean criticized high turnover rates among high-level agents and the slow pace in developing airport security to better detect explosives. They also said the FBI has not shown the ability to develop sources in its fight against terrorism.

The United Kingdom's domestic intelligence service, MI5, last week broke up an alleged plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic Ocean. MI5's investigation was aided by a tip from a member of the local Muslim community.

Hamilton and Kean are making a series of public appearances in connection with the publication of their book Without Precedent, an inside account of the 9/11 Commission." - USA Today, August 17, 2006

Now Historic Figures That The Now Derided Hoover Harassed

Former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover investigated and harassed people in violation of the Constitution and the U.S. Code.

He was in a lot of innocent people's business and for no greater cause, as the people he often tried to destroy simply did not deserve it and have gone down in history as legends, making Hoover look like a menace.

 

John Lennon

There’s a forthcoming documentary on how J Edgar Hoover was using the FBI to try to discredit and deport John Lennon, who is now one of the most acclaimed musicians of the last 100 years. Yea, that looks real good on Hoover now (sarcasm).

These things never stay quite long and when they come out they never look good. History is like that tenacious hound that knows there’s something buried and won’t stop until it uncovers it.

“The controversial documentary explores the government’s attempts at silencing Lennon as a proponent of humanitarian and anti-war causes, which included FBI surveillance, wiretapping and deportation proceedings.” – Lexpress

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey was another now legend that was being targeted for gaining too much influence in trying to uplift and empower people. They wanted to deport him as well. Yea, that looks really good on Hoover, since Garvey is now firmly in history as a world hero. An FBI memo: 

FBI Memo

J. Edgar Hoover to Special Agent Ridgely
Washington, D.C., October 11, 1919

MEMORANDUM FOR MR. RIDGELY.

I am transmitting herewith a communication which has come to my attention from the Panama Canal, Washington office, relative to the activities of Marcus Garvey. Garvey is a West-Indian negro and in addition to his activities in endeavoring to establish the Black Star Line Steamship Corporation he has also been particularly active among the radical elements in New York City in agitating the negro movement.

Unfortunately, however, he has not as yet violated any federal law whereby he could be proceeded against on the grounds of being an undesirable alien, from the point of view of deportation. It occurs to me, however, from the attached clipping that there might be some proceeding against him for fraud in connection with his Black Star Line propaganda and for this reason I am transmitting the communication to you for your appropriate attention.

The following is a brief statement of Marcus Gravey and his activities:

* Subject a native of the West Indies and one of the most prominent negro agitators in New York;
* He is a founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League;
* He is the promulgator of the Black Star Line and is the managing editor of the Negro World;
* He is an exceptionally fine orator, creating much excitement among the negroes through his steamship proposition;
* In his paper the "Negro World" the Soviet Russian Rule is upheld and there is open advocation of Bolshevism.

Respectfully,
J. E. Hoover

[Typewritten reference] JEH-GPO
DNA, RG 60, file 198940. TMS, recipient's copy.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Martin Luther King jr had a Hoover created and assigned task force dedicated to his destruction. They were called the “Martin Luther King Task Force.”

Can you believe it. This brilliant, benevolent man had a task force assigned to him! Because he was just this big old criminal troublemaker knocking off banks, running drugs, heading his own organized crime cartel, selling illegal visa cards and just wreaking havoc (he was none of those things).

A preacher who wanted peace and equality for all – had a crime task force investigating him with instructions to destroy him, because too many people were listening to his message of peace. What kind of wickedness is that.

 

Poster courtesy of the Princeton University web site [First Prize co-winner, Rachel Waychunas, grade 5, Sayen Elementary School, Hamilton]

It reminds me somewhat of Jesus when they came to arrest Him before crucifying Him. They brought all these sword carrying soldiers to arrest him, like Jesus was strapped, and He said to them, in modern translation “I’m not armed. What did you bring all these cops for?”

They’d never seen Him harm a soul. On the contrary, only heal people, help people and even pay His taxes, but they treated Him like a criminal and watched his every move, determining that because He was gaining so much influence, He must be killed.

However, when they got their wish they regretted it, as when He was killed, His message and legacy spread like wildfire. He became the Martyr to end all martyrs. He became the most famous person ever.  

Much like King’s death only intensified his message of peace and brotherhood and lead to greater changes that can undeniably be seen today. King is now seen as a martyr and Hoover a monster.

From King's disgraceful FBI file:

“King was the target of an intensive campaign by the FBI to neutralize him as an effective civil rights leader.” In the war against King “no holds were barred.”

This and other testimony describing this FBI counterintelligence campaign against King reached the public through the news media. As a consequence there was a regeneration of the widespread speculation on the possibility that the Bureau may have had something to do with King’s death and may not have done an impartial and thorough investigation of the assassination.”

I really wouldn’t want to be Hoover. Who wants to go down in history for having harassed future world heroes, invaded innocent people’s privacy, violating the laws he was sworn to uphold and creating an environment of fear and conspiracy among innocent citizens. For full Martin Luther King FBI file click the following link:

http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/king.htm

Is that how you treat people?

"Hackers, The FBI Needs You" 

Unless it is a well reformed hacker, you are begging for trouble:

"Appeal shows ‘desperate technical ineptness’, warns security expert. The FBI has called upon hackers to help it fight cybercrime.

Speaking at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Daniel Larkin from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appealed for hackers to lend their “expertise and input as we develop strategies to battle cybercrime in the 21st century”. 

US federal agencies have increasingly sought the help of the private sector as security threats grow ever more sophisticated.

Security consultants responded nervously to the FBI’s appeal. "It is not reassuring," Californian security consultant Tom Thomas told Cnet. "It confirms what we already suspect. There is great technical inadequacy, if not downright ineptness, at the FBI. Therefore they are seeking help from almost anyone." - VNU August 3, 2006

"Second FBI Official To Join Bank Of America"

Boy, Bank of America is becoming Bank of  FBI - with FBI employees steadily jumping ship. Mueller's policies sure don't help.

"An FBI official who will join Bank of America Corp. in October will be in charge of developing plans to keep the company running if outside events such as hurricanes or terrorist attacks disrupt operations.

Donna Bucello, who leads the FBI's U.S. Terrorist Screening Center, is the second FBI official to join Bank of America in recent months.

In May, the FBI's assistant director for criminal investigations was hired to head the bank's global security efforts. Chris Swecker leads the Charlotte-based bank's protective and investigative services." - Associated Press

LEGAL FILE Freaky Judge Gets 4 Years

Judge Donald "Penis Pump" Thompson

I wrote about this judge a few months ago in the Column in an article about judicial corruption. Last month he got 4 years in prison for his freaky conduct in masturbating while presiding over cases that he clearly was not paying attention to. They found semen under his desk on the carpet:

Judge Gets 4 Years for Exposing Himself

A former judge convicted of exposing himself while presiding over jury trials and accused of using a sexual device under his robe was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Donald Thompson had spent almost 23 years on the bench and had served as a state legislator before retiring from the court in 2004.

At his trial this summer, his former court reporter, Lisa Foster, testified that she saw Thompson expose himself at least 15 times during trial between 2001 and 2003. Prosecutors said he also used a device known as a penis pump during at least four trials in the same period.

Thompson, 59, was convicted last month of four felony courts of indecent exposure for incidents that took place in his Creek County courtroom.

Thompson, a married father of three grown children, testified that the penis pump was given to him as a joke by a longtime hunting and fishing buddy.

"It wasn't something I was hiding," he said. He said he may have absentmindedly squeezed the pump's handle during court cases but never used it to masturbate.

Foster told authorities that she saw Thompson use the device almost daily during the August 2003 murder trial of a man accused of shaking a toddler to death. A whooshing sound could be heard on Foster's audiotape of the trial. When jurors asked the judge about the sound, Thompson said he hadn't heard it but would listen for it.

Police built a case against the judge after a police officer testifying in a 2003 murder trial saw a piece of plastic tubing disappear under Thompson's robe. During a lunch break, officers took photographs of the pump under the desk.

Investigators later checked the carpet, Thompson's robes and the chair behind the bench and found semen, according to court records.

Judge C. Allen McCall was considering arguments on whether Thompson should be allowed to remain free pending appeal. Thompson was also ordered to pay a $40,000 fine. - Forbes, August, 8, 2006

And to think, this man was presiding over serious cases in U.S. Federal Court. And some of you wonder why I write about the court system the way I do.

He is only one of many getting up to mischief on the bench, while deciding cases where people could be put on death row, lose their homes, their children, their money and sadly, sometimes their life.

I read another case this month about a judge in New York who took a $100,000 bribe. And another who took a $100,000. Apparently, $100,000 is the price of selling out the Judiciary's name and public trust. 

Out of curiosity, is that the going price in Miami as well. Or if it's a major lawbreaking corporation as a defendant, do they pay more based on profits from their lawbreaking conduct or give the corrupted judge stock in their company to violate United Nations Laws, The U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Code, while everyone looks on disgusted. Just asking.

Once again, Congress needs to clean up the court system starting with these judges violating citizens' rights and their oaths of office. 

LEGAL FILE Homestead Properties And Cities Who Openly Violate US Law

Lawbreaking attorney, Richard Sarafan, of the crime law firm Genovese, Joblove and Battista. Any relation to the Genovese's of New York, because much like them, you don't follow the law.

Miami Shores is a quiet, lovely town in Miami, filled with nice residents, nice homes, nice shops, nice schools...and a code enforcement board straight from hell.

They've constantly cited, harassed and verbally abused citizens, in acts of what can only be called extortion, by placing "unenforceable lines" on their many, many Homestead properties. 

This small hand full of people on said Code Enforcement Board and the Village employees that work with them, treat the 10,000 citizens of Miami Shores like garbage.

The law firm giving them legal counsel and openly, arrogantly and blatantly violating U.S. law for said Village's Code Enforcement Board, is Genovese, Joblove and Battista, located in downtown Miami, in the Bank of America Tower. Said firm is run by John Genovese.

The main attorney from said disgusting law firm, is the vile Richard Sarafan. On thousands of occasions, he and said law firm have willfully violated U.S. Homestead law and the Florida Statutes, which states that "liens" are "unenforceable" against Homestead properties.

They have brought quite a few Miami Shores homeowners to financial ruination and bankruptcy.

For example, they sent a retired elderly couple (one of whom was visibly not in the best health) into bankruptcy, forcing them to pay a lien that Florida law says is "unenforceable" against their home. However, the Village Of Miami Shores under the direction of said law firm willfully broke the law and enforced it anyway.

A storm hit and damaged the patio area of the elderly couple's home. The insurance company, as many of them do, dragged their feet in paying out the claim - which sadly enabled the Village Of Miami Shores via Richard Sarafan to assess daily fees of $25 dollars on the poor couples home for not fixing the broken tiles and screen around their patio area fast enough after the storm.

You heartless beasts. 

The poor couple had to borrow money to pay off the huge sum that the fines had grown to or the Village would not remove the almost $10,000 lien they placed on the couple's property, sending them into bankruptcy in their retirement.

Said liens were unenforceable against this elderly couple's home of almost 30 years, which was unquestionably a Homestead property, but under the direction of Richard Sarafan and that disgusting law firm, they enforced it anyway, collecting thousands of dollars from this now bankrupt couple in willful actions Florida law says is illegal.

On another occasion, they verbally abused an 8 month pregnant woman to the point of tears in a room full of people with her lawyer standing right beside her, because she politely stated she didn't understand why she and her husband were cited $35,000 for putting up a beautiful little gazebo in their backyard.

Head of the Code Enforcement Board, Barry Asmus, then decided to verbally light up this poor pregnant woman for daring to question him. She started crying - which could have caused fetal distress - and she was carrying twins.

He nastily implied via his words, in front of a room full of residents, that she and her husband are stupid if they didn't understand the made up Miami Shores Village codes that are not rooted in the U.S. Code or the Constitution.

They have verbally abused and harassed scores of innocent citizens, in rooms full of people at code enforcement board meetings, out of sheer arrogance, because they felt they could. 

Richard Sarafan and said law firm of Genovese, Joblove and Battista also specialize in defamation and endangerment as well.

They have sent code enforcement officers such as the common-sense-challenged Anthony Flores onto innocent residents' properties, also known as trespassing, on one occasion terrifying an elderly resident when the brute decided to teach a family a lesson for disputing a citation by overly citing them again and shoving said paper citations under their front door.

The problem was, when the menace did it, he steadied himself on the front door to bend down and aggressively shove said citations under a door with very little room to do so. This caused the elderly woman on the other side of the door, who was home alone to think someone was burglarizing her home, as she heard the door rattling and saw the doorknob moving. His conduct was totally excessive, to put it mildly.

I have one question: has this man not heard of the U.S. Mail. For only a few dozen cents, the USPS will deliver said citations, eliminating the need for him to molest taxpaying residents' front doors.

These jerks have been featured on television, Channel 11 ABC, in Miami for this misconduct, and still, in open violation of U.S. law, continue to use strong-arm tactics, unlawful legal maneuvers, bullying, harassment, slander, libel, defamation and threats to extort huge sums of money out of innocent Miami Shores residents via concocting alleged code violations and attaching and enforcing exorbitant liens on taxpaying citizens' properties in violation of Homestead law.

Judge Federico Moreno - his cases show he's not a friend of the taxpayers, who pay his salary - opting to side with HMOs thus ruling against taxpaying citizens in need of proper health care, ruling in favor of law breaking local government municipalities and multi-billion dollar banks thus ruling against the taxpaying citizens and small business owners, and ruling in favor of his personal social interests.

With judges like Federico Moreno on their side (it's quite telling that on more than one occasion this judge has awarded in their favor against citizens whose rights were violated, in cases where the Village Of Miami Shores clearly violated U.S. law that said judge swore an oath before God to uphold, but is not), they continue to deliberately and recklessly break the law to the serious detriment of many, many taxpaying citizens.

Katherine Fernandez Rundle (left) attorney Richard Sarafan (right). Oh wait, my bad, that's not him.

Why you ask, has this foolishness that is in direct violation of U.S. law been allowed to continue at the taxpayers' expense? Well, the woman who is supposed to see to these matters, the state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, has not. 

Then again, Mrs. Fernandez Rundle is too busy bailing her little lawbreaking kids out of jail, to tend to city business that the people pay her salary to do. Her time is clearly more needed in answering her sons' pages, finding bail bondsmen and posting bail, than fulfilling her responsibility to the taxpayers.

To those of you reading this, do remember that when it's time to vote.

It's amazing how connected lawbreakers never get prosecuted.

Two of her kids are lawbreakers who’ve been arrested…and are free on bond. The first one, the charges were dropped for “lack of evidence” and the second one's case is pending. "Lack of evidence" seems to be a popular phrase in her office.

However, their faces are familiar to South Floridians, where they are regularly featured on the news…in handcuffs, yelling things like, "Do you know who my mommy is" well actually, he barked at cops "Do you know who you're dealing with." Yea, a spoiled, lawbreaking set of brats.

My question is, if she can't maintain law and order in her own household of a few people, how's she gonna do so for a city of roughly 10,000,000 people?

Katherine Fernandez Rundle

It is my prayer that God will either:

a.) light a fire under you to get you to do your job and fulfill your responsibility to the taxpayers as you should, which you are not doing now

-or-

b.) remove you from said job and give it to someone else who will do it properly.

Amen...and God is faithful, He does answer prayer. You have His word on it (the Bible is called "The Word").

Police Report: State Attorney's Son Belligerent After Arrest

Evan Rundle

Officers Say Evan Rundle Asked 'Do You know Who You're Dealing With?'

MIAMI -- A police report released Friday said that after he was arrested, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle's son banged his head against a window, made obscene gestures, spit, and repeatedly said, "Do you know who you're dealing with?"

Pinecrest police said Evan Carlos Rundle, was found intoxicated and stumbling around a Dodge Caravan parked at the Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 1 near Southwest 106th Street about 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to the arrest report, after Rundle was placed in the back of the patrol car, he became hostile, yelling and banging his head against the window.

The report said that Rundle's bad behavior continued after he was put in a holding cell at the station. Officers said he yelled, banged repeatedly against the door and made obscene gestures at a surveillance camera. Officers said that Rundle damaged the interior of the cell door by banging on it. They said he also spit on the cell walls, floor and door.

Rundle was charged with burglary of a conveyance and criminal mischief. He was booked into the Turner-Guilford-Knight Correctional Center.

It isn't the first time Rundle has been in trouble with the law.

In 2000, he was charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into the MAST (Maritime and Science Technology) Academy and tried to steal speakers from the auditorium.

Evan Rundle's twin brother, Justin, has also had his fair share of legal troubles, with a nearly fatal car wreck and drunk driving arrest in 2001, and a possession of marijuana charge in 2002. - Local10, March 3, 2006


Charge Against State Attorney's Son Is Dropped

Officials Cite Lack Of Evidence

MIAMI -- A trespassing charge against the son of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been dropped.

Officials said Monday that they dropped the charge against Justin Rundle because of a lack of evidence.

Justin Rundle was charged with trespassing in March outside Club Space in downtown Miami.

According to police, a bouncer at the nightclub asked Rundle, 22, to step aside after he refused to pay the cover charge. Police said they arrested Rundle when he would not leave after being warned.

Prosecutors in Polk County were appointed to handle the case, and a spokesman said Monday that charges have been dropped because "the evidence did not warrant further prosecution."

Rundle's attorney, Scott Fingerhut, had previously said in a statement that what happened was "a very unfortunate misunderstanding" and that his client "committed no crime."

It was a difficult month for the Rundle family, since on March 2, just two weeks prior to Justin Rundle's arrest at Club Space, his brother, Evan, had been arrested after police reported finding him intoxicated and stumbling at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 1.

According to the arrest report, after Evan Rundle was placed in the back of the patrol car, he became hostile, yelling and banging his head against the window. He was charged with burglary to conveyance and criminal mischief.

It isn't the first time both brothers have been in trouble with the law, however.

In 2000, Evan Rundle was charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into the MAST Academy and trying to steal speakers from the auditorium.

In August 2001, Justin Rundle was nearly killed when he drove his car off Killian Drive near Southwest 107th Avenue. Investigators said Justin Rundle, then 17, was driving drunk.

He was sentenced to six months of probation, fines and community service.

Almost a year after that incident, Justin Rundle was charged with possession of marijuana after police said they found the illegal drug and a pipe on him at Miami International Airport.

Rundle was boarding an American Airlines flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his mother and aunt.

He agreed to a plea deal in a pretrial diversion program. Under the deal, the misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge against Rundle was thrown out after he completed a rehabilitation program that included classes and community service. – Local 10, June 26, 2006


Son Of Katherine Fernandez Rundle Arrested

Katherine's other son Justin

The 22-year-old son of Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle was arrested early Wednesday morning by Pinecrest police. He was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

According to the arrest affidavit, Evan Rundle was attempting to hotwire a vehicle out side a shell gas station located at 10601 S. Dixie Hwy. The report also states he appeared to be intoxicated and was stumbling when police apprehended him.

Once in the police car Rundle allegedly began yelling loudly and banged his head against the rear passenger window. At the police station cops alleged that he continued to yell and make obscene gestures to the security cameras and repeatedly stated: "Do you know who you're dealing with?"

This is not the first time Evan has been in trouble with the law. Back in 2001, Rundle along with two other boys was arrested after breaking into Mast Academy in Key Biscayne and stealing a pair of speakers. At the time of the arrest police also found a small amount of Marijuana in the car. He plead guilty to those charges and was sentenced to probation and to perform community service.

In 2004 Rundle was arrested once again outside a Key West bar. Police cited the then 20-year-old outside Sloppy Joe's on Duval street for having a fake ID.

Katherine Fernandez-Rundle has yet to comment on her son's latest arrest. No other details have been released. Evan Rundle posted a $6,000 bond and was released.” - Sunbeam TV Corp.


Local State Attorney’s Son Arrested - Fernandez-Rundle’s Sons Have History Of Legal Trouble

The son of Miami-Dade County’s state attorney was arrested Tuesday and accused of trying to break into a minivan parked at a gas station.

Pinecrest police said Evan Carlos Rundle, son of Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, was found intoxicated and stumbling around a Dodge Caravan parked at the Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 1 near Southwest 106th Street around 6 a.m.

The gas station clerk told police it looked like Rundle, 22, was trying to hotwire the van.

According to the arrest report, after Rundle was placed in the back of the patrol car, he became hostile, yelling and banging his head against the window.

It isn’t the first time Rundle has been in trouble with the law.

In 2000, he was charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into the MAST Academy and tried to steal speakers from the auditorium.

His twin brother, Justin Rundle, has also had his fair share of legal troubles.

Justin Rundle was nearly killed when he drove his car off Killian Drive near Southwest 107th Avenue in August 2001. Investigators said Rundle, 17 at the time, was driving drunk.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Rundle’s blood-alcohol test showed a level that was twice the legal limit.

Justin Rundle was sentenced to six months of probation and required to pay fines and court costs. He was also given 65 hours of community service, but Rundle converted 40 of those hours into an additional fine of $400. His license was revoked for six months.

Then, almost one year later, Justin Rundle was charged with possession of marijuana. He was arrested after police said he was caught carrying marijuana and a pipe onto a plane at Miami International Airport.

Rundle was boarding an American Airlines flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his mother and aunt.

Evan Rundle was charged with burglary to conveyance and criminal mischief. He was booked into the Turner-Guilford-Knight Correctional Center.” - www.mustbme.com

In Closing

Between several of the local government officials and judges in Miami, whose case patterns and docket sheets show questionable activity, it is clear the city is badly in need of an Operation Greylord. Oh wait, Robert Mueller, who Newsweek said last week should be fired, is head of the FBI.

However, you as the taxpayer is up a creek without a paddle and open to your rights and property being criminally violated.

Look for a follow up on this story in a future Column...

TECHNOLOGY Hack A Mac

In response to Apple's commercials pitting the Mac (no, not the Big Mac) against Windows, a group who call themselves hackers security specialists, hacked into a Mac computer and filmed it for posterity.

I’m not surprised, as just about anything is hackable if the person knows what they are doing and is determined enough. Sad, but true.

ECONOMICS The Penny

Ah, the penny. About how much Paris Hilton's album made.

UPDATE: 9-1-06 I updated the penny section correcting a typo error I just caught - it should have said a ".5 cent surplus" not a "5 cent surplus" (reportedly costs 1.5 cent to make each penny - a two penny would create the .5 cent surplus). I forgot to add the point/decimal.

A follow up on last month’s Sound Off Column segment on the penny and the campaign to save it. As I wrote last month, it costs more to manufacture than its monetary value, it is best to eliminate or change it. There are campaigns for and against eliminating the penny.

For a compromise, the United States Treasury can keep the penny, but change its value to two pennies, as they have in Britain with the "2 pence" coin - and their dollar is strong. That would create .5 cent surplus per coin for the U.S. Treasury per "2 penny" minted (reportedly costs 1.5 cents to make each penny), while keeping the look and feel of the penny. Just pluralize it to "two penny" and on the streets they'd call it "2 p" as in Britain. They function with it just fine.

Alternatively, the U.S. Treasury could switch to inferior other materials to make the penny. I dunno, maybe wood...oh wait, termites - never mind. Seriously, they could change to cheaper materials to reduce overhead.

In closing, if any country who trades in money and not rocks would like to loan me one of their minting machines, please, email the site and I will send you my address (just kidding).

SOCIAL Prussian Blue In GQ

Teenage, bleached blonde, racist singing duo Prussian Blue were recently interviewed by GQ magazine. As usual the white supremacist indoctrinated teens were puppets for their mother's hateful, racist beliefs.

"Lamb and Lynx clamber out of April’s minivan and carry their gear into a local recording studio to work on their new album. It’s late September. Lynx is wearing a T-shirt that says NOBODY’S PERFECT…BUT ME!, and Lamb is in her tracksuit, the one that says BABY GIRL 88 PRO.

 

Mom found it at a local store and thought it would make a fun present, because the number 88 is code for “Heil Hitler” (H being the eighth letter of the alphabet). April has asked me not to reveal the name of the studio—the last time they recorded, she says, the engineer got death threats. “It’s unbelievable to me how intolerant these people are,” she says.

“Intolerant” teapot calling the kettle black. Does she know “baby girl” is a Negro term made popular by black producer Timbaland.

At this, Dresden, an adorable and good-natured child with a crown of wispy golden hair, totters over and gives me a big smile. “Did you know anti-Semitism is a disease?” April asks, smiling briefly before her face hardens. “Yeah,” she continues, “you catch it from Jews.”

And apparently idiocy is genetic in the Gaede household.

I’m Jewish myself—a fact April has already informed me she “kind of figured, from your nose”—but I manage a grin.

And he "kind of figured from" her statements that she’s a little nuts.

I have to wonder if she’s right. What if Prussian Blue does become the new Sex Pistols? Years from now, will I reread this story in my apartment in Tel Aviv (where April helpfully suggests I might like to live) and wish I’d never come to Bakersfield?

Correct me if I’m wrong, don’t they, Prussian Blue and their crazy momma April, say they are from German, Irish and Scottish decent (two of which I come from as well, so the proceeding is not a slur) yet they are telling a Jewish guy the typical racist, xenophobic “go back to” Israel? Clueless. Just clueless.

Somebody buy that family a map. Germany, Ireland and Scotland are not states in America. They are countries in Europe. Know where you really come from before you start telling other people where they came from and to go back there… 

She has no doubt that her daughters will marry genetically appropriate Aryan men and have plenty of beautiful white babies. Mothers just know these things. Still, as Erich Gliebe points out, only time will tell: “You don’t know where the girls are going to be when they turn 18,” he says. “People change.”

I hope one marries a Jew and the other a big black guy from Brooklyn.

SOCIAL Violence Is Not The Answer

Some people all over the world disagree with their respective countries and their policies and go out and commit crimes as a way of expressing said feelings. However, violence is not the answer.

Be productive. Go out and vote, join a good church, donate your time and or money to a good charity, do community service to help people in your area, where you can see a real difference being made right before your eyes in what you do, even if it is on a small scale.

Do something positive and constructive. Being murderous and destructive will not help humanity. Neither will turning on your own country or someone else's.

SOCIAL September 11th

Approximately 3,000 people died in the September 11th terrorist attacks - 13 of which were children. 16,000 victims in the ground portion of the attack survived it.

Flight attendants "were murdered" when the attackers commandeered the planes and later innocent men and women jumped from burning buildings, rather than being burned alive.

 

World Trade Center diagram (public domain)

Others fled to rooftops, but help could not reach them, as the thick, black smoke and heat grew so intense that no helicopter could get close enough for a rescue. Their remains were recently found on the rooftops of adjacent buildings that surrounded the WTC complex.

These people died terrifying deaths and it is an insult to their memory when people purport 9/11 to be an act of God. Do note, God is not a murderer.

Loss of life is loss of life. When civilians die it is sad. No good comes out of it.

The city must be vigilant in protecting landmarks, including hotels, from terrorism. The train and bus systems must be protected as well.

ASTRONOMY Asteroids

Scientists all over the world devote time to the study of this phenomena that is a real threat. Small asteroids have hit different parts of the earth, but nothing on modern record has really done serious damage.

However, with the environmental changes in our world and atmosphere, that could change. 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS "London Under Attack" documentary

A still from "London Under Attack"

I saw a great documentary this month called "London Under Attack." It really delved into the terrorist mindset, even including an interview with a Muslim man who is a specialist on Islam and Muslim culture. On camera, he directed the host of the documentary to terrorist and pro-Jihad web sites and translated it for viewers.

Some pretty sad stuff was written on those web sites, then translated into English. Men that are villains committing Jihad were being called heroes. Heroes don't deliberately kill men, women and worst of all, children.

The documentary also showed how the terrorist attacks in London affected Britons. In all of the viciousness of the attacks, the bombers also killed their own people. There was a story of a pretty, young Muslim woman who was in the vicinity of one of the buses in London that was blown up, who had now gone missing after the attacks, presumably killed by them.

Her Muslim father was on TV crying uncontrollably. I felt sorry for him, as his was the grief of a parent who lost a child. And by all appearances, she was a person just going to work.

Which brings me to my point - none of this makes sense. All these innocent people dying around the world via acts of Jihad, just isn't right. No one wins. Not Muslims - and not anyone else struck by this cruelty, over a cause the whole world will never embrace.

Peace is the only answer in the face of all this and to learn to agree to disagree.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS Jamaican Drug Bust: Operation Kingfish

Some good news out of Jamaica this month - the Police made a huge marijuana bust on the island, seizing 3,000 pounds of weed, that probably had rappers all over the world salivating then lamenting. Operation Kingfish, which has received help from Briton, has been largely successful.

Me personally, I'm tired of drug dealers all over the world using the islands in the Caribbean as transshipment ports. Drug kingpins don't care about the citizens of said islands of the Caribbean and the affect this kind of crime has had on each West Indian country. So, I'm glad progress is being made. God answers prayer.

"Reports are that the intelligence-driven operations, which took the officers to eight locations, also yielded several items, such as, passports, computers, computer-related documents, financial records and assorted sums of foreign currency.

The efforts of Operation Kingfish, which has been working in collaboration with narcotics detectives, the Special Anti-Crime Task Force, Mobile Reserve and Flying Squad sleuths over the past month, have paid rich dividends since Monday.

Between Monday and Tuesday, they managed to seize close to 3,000 pounds of compressed ganja in Cockpit, Clarendon, and Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. Five men, including a Bahamian national, were also arrested. The lawmen also seized a 40-foot fishing boat and a truck.

Initial police reports said 1,068 pounds of compressed ganja were found in Clarendon, while another 1,868 pounds of compressed ganja were discovered in an abandoned fishing vessel that was hidden in the mangroves in Old Harbour Bay.

Eleven luxury vehicles were seized and two persons arrested yesterday during a massive international counter-narcotics operation conducted in the Corporate Area and Manchester." - Jamaica Gleaner


"Operation Kingfish has made another massive ganja find which it says may be linked to the drug for guns trade between Jamaica and Haiti. Information Officer for Operation Kingfish, Inspector Steve Brown, told RJR News that police from the Narcotics Division assisted by members of the Jamaica Defense Force escorted a vessel containing some 44 bags of the drug off the coast of Old Harbour Bay to shore." – Radio Jamaica

INTERNATIONAL NEWS “Kabul To Deport Korean Christians” For Their Safety

Stories like these really make you appreciate freedom of religion, which many countries have, but still some don't observe:

"Afghanistan says it will deport hundreds of South Korean evangelical Christians amid fears for their safety. They have been accused by Islamic clerics of preaching Christianity. Afghanistan bans attempts to convert people to non-Islamic faiths.

 

Around 1,500 South Koreans arrived this week for a "peace festival", and education and entertainment programme.

 

Correspondents say that the Seoul government has repeatedly urged the Christians - among them 600 children - to return home, warning of the dangers they face at the hands of the radical Taleban movement.

 

A spokesman for the South Korean-based Institute of Asian Culture and Development (IACD) told AFP that they are only in the country to provide war-ravaged Afghanistan with medical, education and cultural programmes. He said they were in the capital and four other towns and cities.

 

"We are not against the policies of Afghanistan. We respect and we love Afghanistan," he said. In February several thousand people protested against the release of a man who converted to Christianity, demanding he face the death penalty. He was spirited out of the country.” - BBC

 

SPIRITUAL You Can't Change People

You can't change people. So many times we learn this the hard way in life. You see it happen between married people who try to change each other to the other's liking. Not to excuse bad habits, but changing a person isn't the easiest thing in the world and not everything is a bad habit.  

Some people change through good things happening to them and some people change through bad things happening to them. It is usually the latter. Others change through something called conscience. Yes, it actually works when you listen to it (your conscience)

Once again, you can't change people. You have to let them change themselves or better yet, let God change them through circumstances and His grace.

 

And people can change. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. God can change anyone - from the most staunch atheist to the most hardened criminal. I've seen it happen. Nothing is too difficult for God.

 

We learn as we grow and hopefully we become better people. We do so by the choices we consciously decide to make to do what is right.

 

We've all made mistakes (the Bible says so). Show me a man, other than Jesus, who said he hasn't and I can tell you that man is a liar.

 

However, with God there is forgiveness as long as you are alive and ask for it, no matter who you are. Never feel that you have fallen so low that Jesus will turn you away. He actually says in the Bible that any person who comes to Him spiritually, He will never turn away.

 

As the old phrase goes, it's not how you start, but how you finish.

 


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