I have long maintained that some of the more interesting parts to a news story are the reactions of the readers to the content. For example, pompous singing millionaire Lauryn Hill actually had the stones to say this:
‘I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them,’ Hill said before U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo. ‘I had an economic system imposed on me.’
It reeks of stupidity on so many levels, I won’t waste time debunking it. But I must share this reaction, from Nim in London:
Sorry love but your nothing special, as we’ll all slaves to a system which has been imposed on us
And when Pat Smith, who lost her son Sean Smith at Benghazi, spoke to Jake Tapper about Hillary Clinton, one of the commenters replied back with:
Don’t worry, when it hits the fan, the press won’t escape the wrath. There are many of us watching the corruption by these pressitutes.
See if you can piece together the lurid tale, known as Syncgate, from the following players: the Marine Corps Band, the White House, the Marine Headquarters PAO, and Beyonce. I, for one, am somewhat burned out on the whole gate moniker. But it is catchy and reeks of scandal and scandal sells.
I have not quite mapped out my life enough to know what I’ll be doing after I retire from the Navy. As far as retirement planning goes, Clint Eastwood is my hero.It would be great to be 105 and still making films, Eastwood said. Chuckling, he called such a hope the ultimate optimism.
When I was stationed at Gitmo, Bill O’Reilly came down to visit us. There we were, sitting ’round the breakfast table, me macking my usual scrambled eggs and pineapple. (I went through dozens of pounds of just those two foods during that deployment.) As Bill walked by, I did a double-take in the galley. But I did not say anything. I don’t worship celebrity, despite poking at it here in the blog.
Beware, this story of Mr. O’Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, is on the sordid side. I had better tell a joke to lighten the mood:
Did you hear I was marrying an Irish girl?
Although, I suppose it would work better this way:
Did you hear that newsman is divorcing an Irish girl?
I am not entirely sure who Brody Jenner is. I assume he is the respected, prized progeny of one Bruce Jenner- former Olympic athlete, current Kardashian. Why exactly Brodes has his last name tattooed in gothic letters down his ribcage is beyond me. Perhaps he has a challenge in remembering who he is? Do I see a NavyOne tattoo in my future? Can I hyperlink it to this site?
Erlinda Elemen worked for Sharon Stone as a nanny. And the Filipina was ordered by the actress not to read the Bible in Stone’s home. Ah, such tolerance.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel ruled that Elemen’s lawyers had provided enough evidence to support her allegations of harassment, failure to prevent harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.
In our ongoing postings of name-that-tattoo, we have Chris Brown, a classy pop singer. Who was caught by the paparazzi shirtless and grabbing his crotch. But the story was the F-16 he has tattooed on his stomach. This thing:
Mr. Hugh Grant is a father again; it is painted all over the news. This gossipy tidbit itself does not interest me at all, rather I am curious of the mother’s provenance. A lady (one presumes) named Tinglan Hong. Old Ting Ting (her college nick-nick, per the article) had already given birth to Tabitha Xaio Xi Grant and now Tab has a brother named Felix Chang Hong Grant. (No one has ventured to ask the happy couple if they would consider naming their offspring, Land. At least some acreage would then accompany the beaming baby. Land Grant, get it?) A picture of the happy (the mother more so than the other) couple:
Hugh Grant has second child with Tinglan Hong
But the point of this post is to share this nourishing fact: that Hugh Grant’s real name is Hugh John Mungo Grant. Mungo? What the. . .
The next time Brad Pitt tries to lecture me (through some media forum) about ecology and being green and all that, please remind me to remind him that he rides an Ecosse Titanium Series XX bike, the most expensive motorcycle in the world. One made out of titanium. That costs more than a Lamborghini. So I just don’t want to hear the green bizness outta him. (Not that I begrudge him buying anything he wants.)
Co-founder of Water.org and StrikeWithMe.org, Matt Damon, is going on strike. In a press conference, the Academy Award winner announced to a room full of surprised and testy reporters that he will not go to the bathroom until everyone in the world has fair access to clean toilets.
U.S. actor Randy Quaid will have to deal with “Hollywood star-whackers.”
Canadian immigration officials have denied Quaid’s request for permanent resident status in Canada, a Canadian government official confirmed late Saturday, Jan. 26, according to a Jan. 27 USA Today report.
According to the paper, a Canadian government official speaking anonymously confirmed that Quaid’s request was denied, but that Quaid can appeal the decision to the federal court.
Two stars are in the news due to hospitalization. Neither is particularly newsworthy, but certain facts about each surprised me. Burt Reynolds is in the ICU for flu-like symptoms. And the article revealed that he once was part of the Gunsmoke cast. Really? News to me. The British singer Morrissey was also hospitalized, due to a stomach ailment. His singing is grating, but according to this blurb, he has a song titled: Irish Blood, English Heart. Hmm, is that saying what I think it is? I wonder if he had the nerve to put that tune out during the troubles. . .
Those of you with your ear to the media-stone have already seen this gem.
But in the off-off chance that you haven’t heard of it: I am a bit drained. I’m now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out. I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment, added Django Unchained and Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ah, Leo is here to save us. Flying around the world in his Learjet saving the environment. Of course, surely he can see the irony in his statement?