Virginia Tech Killings Report Issued: But Why Do These People Look So Happy?

The Washington Post reports that President Bush received a copy of The Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D. C..  Pictured here from the left are, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, the President, and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

But why on earth are these people looking so happy about it?  Gross.

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My Articles for Monday, June 11, 2007

 

Quoted: The Pentagon’s Gay Smart Bomb Well, Maybe Not So Smart… And from Andrew Sullivan at Atlantic Magazine: “Yes, the military was seriously considering a project for a bomb that could turn enemy soldiers gay, and thereby presumably make them a less lethal foe. This was in 1994. And we wonder why the top brass couldn’t cope with openly gay servicemembers?”

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Quoted: A newly redeemed Paris Hilton piously whispers, “I’m not the same person I was. I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that.

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“Teddy Pendergrass: In My Time”

This is the story of Teddy Pendergrass, who rose through the ranks of the Philadelphia music scene in the 1960s and eventually became the drummer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Pendergrass stepped to the front of the Blue Notes as lead singer on hits like If You Don’t Know Me By Now and became a star in his own right with his 1977 solo album, Teddy Pendergrass.

Onstage, he was a dynamic force of sultry sexuality who became famous for his “ladies only” shows where he’d be showered with panties thrown from the audience. That changed on March 18, 1982, when he crashed his Rolls-Royce on Lincoln Drive in Philadelphia.

“The truth of the matter is at the very beginning of your experience, things are very different than what you knew two days ago and it is quite devastating,” said Pendergrass of the accident. “The honest answer is that some people don’t want to deal with it. This is a life altering injury that will change your views, your emotional views, your economical views. It changes everything so when you make a decision to live (with the injury) that means you have to make a decision to say, ‘Well, I’m going to have a road ahead of me but I’m willing to deal with it while I can and make the best of where I am,’ ” he said.

Photographs and music video are included.

[tags: Teddy Pendergrass, In My Time, music, video, music video, disabilities, celebrities]

 

“Homelessness as a State of Mind”

For years, Johnny Five lived not on the streets but below them, in the dark underworld beneath an abandoned train station in the Bronx. He had to crawl in the dirt at the edge of a concrete platform to get in and out. This is the heart-wrenching story of Johnny’s attempt to emerge from the world of the homeless, which in the end he could not do. Photographs and video are included.

[tags: homeless, cities, city streets, urban streets, poverty, photography, video]

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Ring, Ring, Ring: It’s God Calling Paris

A newly redeemed Paris Hilton piously whispers, “I’m not the same person I was.  I used to act dumb.  It was an act.  I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute.  It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me.  I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that.  I have been thinking that I want to do different things when I am out of here.  I have become much more spiritual.  God has given me this new chance.”

She said she would like to help in the fields of breast cancer, her grandmother had breast cancer or multiple sclerosis.  Her father’s mother suffers from that disease.  She thought she might get toy companies to build a kind of Paris Hilton playhouse, where sick children might come (Oh Michael Jackson…Are you listening?) and the toy companies could donate toys.

She has had a person whom she described as a spiritual adviser who said, “My spirit or soul did not like the way I was being seen and that is why I was sent to jail.”

God,” she said, “has released me.”

She is reading newspapers, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and books like The Secret, The Power of Now and absolutely, absolutely of course…The Bible.  And finally, Paris devoutly assures the world, “I will never again have a drink and drive.”

Right.  Right to all that.  Yep.

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My Articles for Sunday, June 10, 2007

We are the World, We are the Children (1985): Live Aid, 1985

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In 1980, The Village People starred in the motion picture musical “Can’t Stop the Music.” One reviewer of the film wrote: “This movie is amazing. Rarely in the history of mankind have we seen a movie so incredibly awful that it becomes a must-see film.” In 1981, the movie won Razzie Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay.

My shameless pride gives you three scenes from this dizzy disco era film. Videos and vintage photographs are included. This is lots of fun!!

[tags: The Village People, movies, gay, gay pride, music, YouTube]

Paris Hilton said Saturday she was “learning and growing” from her time behind bars and will not appeal her 45-day jail sentence for a probation violation in a reckless driving case. Photographs are included with this article.

[tags: Paris Hilton, celebrities, Hollywood, jail, jail sentence, celebrity news, photography]

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Paris Hilton’s Immaculate Conception: “I’m Learning and Growing from This”

And I Also Have a Wonderful Bridge to Sell in Brooklyn….

Paris Hilton’s Immaculate Conception

Paris Hilton said Saturday she was “learning and growing” from her time behind bars and will not appeal her 45-day jail sentence for a probation violation in a reckless driving case. The hotel heiress was at a maximum-security detention center, where she was believed to have undergone medical and psychiatric evaluations to determine the best jail to keep her in.

Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done,” Hilton said in a statement released by her lawyer, Richard A. Hutton. “During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience.”

Today’s edition of the The Washington Post has a much more extensive report of Paris Hilton’s Immaculate Conception, which you can read Here.

Deja Vu:

Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol

Nobody has to guess
That Baby can’t be blessed
Till she sees finally that she’s like all the rest
With her fog, her amphetamine and her pearls.

She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl.

“Just Like A Woman,” by Bob Dylan, c. 1966
Album: Blonde on Blonde

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Judge Orders Paris Hilton Back to the Slammer

Today, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ordered that Paris Hilton be returned to jail, and Ms. Hilton was taken from the courtroom screaming and crying.  “It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Hilton.

Earlier, Hilton had been seen sobbing after she was placed into a black-and-white patrol car at her Hollywood mansion while appearing to be in handcuffs.  The patrol car then sped away from her home with lights flashing as news helicopters pursued, broadcasting live television coverage.

The car that was carrying her disappeared into the courthouse’s underground parking lot, avoiding a swarm of news media, and her parents then arrived.  When Hilton finally was escorted by police deputies into the actual courtroom, she was disheveled, without makeup, hair askew and face red with tears.

In the hearing, Judge Sauer based his ruling upon arguments presented by the City Attorney.  The City Attorney’s complaint stated that the county sheriff did not have the right to reassign her to electronically monitored home detention after Hilton had spent only three days in jail for violating probation in her reckless driving case.

The frenzy had begun early yesterday, when sheriff’s officials released Hilton because of an undisclosed “alleged” medical condition and sent her home to stay at her Hollywood mansion under house arrest.  She had been in jail for only three days.  The decision by Sheriff Lee Baca to move Hilton angered prosecutors and Judge Sauer, who had clearly spelled out during the initial sentencing that Hilton was not allowed to serve house detention.

I at no time condoned the actions of the sheriff and at no time told him I approved the actions,” Judge Sauer stated.  “At no time did I approve the defendant being released from custody to her home.”  A fuming Judge Sauer said that despite promises to the contrary, the sheriff had not provided any medical evidence in support of Hilton’s reassignment to home arrest.

The news about Ms. Hilton dominated news coverage today.  At CNN, the news was breaking during the cable news network’s daily CNN International news hour.  The Paris Hilton story led the show after one commercial break, coming even before updates on the G8 Summit and Italy’s Rendition Trial.

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