Pop Culture-That McCartney Divorce, Naomi at it Again, Madonna's New Child

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In this Pop Culture update we've got two Presidents partying. An actual video of Dubya, drunk and the Bill Clinton bday party which never ends.

Naomi Campbell in trouble again, Madonna adopts a child, Ellen Barken cries a river, and McCartney's divorce papers.

You will never believe this guy's resume.

How Canada Dry got its name, blind items and media nuggets.

Pic of the Day
Fall Pic with pumpkins

Quote of the Day

On Drinking:
If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
-- Samuel Butler

I'm like old wine. They don't bring me out very often, but I'm well preserved.
-- Rose Kennedy, (1890-1995) family matriarch, on her 100th birthday, 1991

I envy people who drink -- at least they know what

Web Site Worth the Visit
Men In Coats

This is a link to a video of a couple of entertainers. They're kind of like the duo called "Men In Blue" in that they use simple props and a bit of silliness to bring a laugh. And yet, it's funny. And very creative.
Men In Coats

Cowboy's Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don't judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back,
you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody
else's dog around.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

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Ellen Barkin's Jewelry Issues

So Sad.

Barkin's ex-husband, Ron Perelman of Revlon fame, dumped Ellen before their prenuptial agreement kicked in at a higher level of settlement in the event of their divorce.

Well hey, Perelman doesn't have a really steady matrimonial record in that he did this very same thing to his former wives.

The wealthy do not live lives that us average folk could relate to in any way.

From Times Online:
Ellen Barkin THE actress Ellen Barkin proved last night that diamonds can still be a girl's best friend - even if she does not want them any more. The Sea of Love star was hoping to double the $20 million (£11 million) she received after her billionaire husband divorced her by auctioning her jewels.

Ron Perelman, a Revlon tycoon, had showered Barkin with gems during their five-year marriage, but she put them up for sale at Christie's, New York, saying that she could not bear to wear them any more

It would appear that Barkin doesn't have pleasant feelings about the lovely Perelman. Go with me here, Ellen, and understand I feel your pain. But you were a "trophy wife". Not that there's anything wrong with that.

But trophy wives often end up at the short end of the stick.
"I only know that my first husband, Gabriel, gave me jewellery, and I've kept it all. But that's different - we're still friends. Ronald Perelman's, I want to get rid of. Let somebody else try to put some good memories on those stones."



At her peak, this black female singer had it all. A lucrative career, fame, platinum albums and awards. What few people know, between scandal and marriages, she was involved with a few mob related guys in Las Vegas and they took very good care of her. It's been rumored, between concert tours and on going drama, she resided in a luxurious Las Vegas suite, paid for by one of her "goodfellas." Despite her many pitfalls, she has never had money problems because her "wiseguys" advice her on investments. It's a good reason they look after her, when you figure that out, you will know her identity.

  • Myriah Carey?
  • Mrs Kobe Bryant?
  • I'm thinking Whitney

    This famous talk show host doesn't SEEM like a player, but there's more to him than meets the eye. He appears to be a happily married man, but he does an inordinate amount of jewelry shopping at Barneys New York.

    And it's not all for his wife. He treats his wife to pricey gifts on special occasions, but even more frequently picks up expensive trinkets for a younger relative of his wife. The younger girl doesn't hesitate to return the jewelry for store credit - she'd rather pick out some designer clothes.

    Sometimes she even uses the talk show host's credit card. His wife be SHOCKED to learn how much money he's secretly lavishing on this pretty young member of her own family!

  • There's a short list of New York based famous talk show hosts:

    David Letterman (not married)
    Conan O'Brien (married, two kids, but is he famous enough?)
    Regis Philbin (really doesn't seem like a player)
    Maury Povich (but who'd want to be his mistress?)
    Montel Williams (is he based in New York?)


    WHICH wholesome Oscar-winning mom had too much to drink at a concert in Las Vegas? The actress held herself back in an elevator at the Four Seasons Hotel, but as soon as the doors opened, she spewed in the hallway, screened behind a phalanx of her friends and her bodyguard.

  • Reese?

    Bill Clinton’s 60th Birthday Party Continues for Months

    Bill Clinton’s birthday party has lasted for months and has been fraught with problems. Technically his birthday was in August 2006 but in late October there was yet another birthday bash to raise money for Hillary’s campaign.

    Okay, so I made that part up. Although I bet it’s true.

    Scuttlebutt has it that there were very few takers for the $10K and up tickets to Bill’s birthday bash, featuring the Rolling Stones.

    Now we learn that Ahmet Ertegun, famed founder of Atlantic records and crafter of the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Duke Ellington, to name a few, suffered a serious fall at Bill’s party.

    Record mogul Ahmet Ertegun - who signed the band in the early Seventies at a time of uncertainty for them - had been backstage as Mick Jagger and Co performed at Bill Clinton's 60th birthday party last Sunday in Manhattan.

    But just before they went onstage, the 83-year-old record label boss slipped and fell, badly injuring his head.

    Self-Confidence and a Most Amazing Resume

    A laugh passing by.

    Major investment banks received a resume from a Mr. Vayner and it was such a doozy the thing got passed around from bank to bank.

    Along with a printed copy of his resume, Vayner also sent a most intriguing video. Seems Vayner is an expert at multiple spots, is CEO of two companies, can lift 495 pound weights, break six bricks at Karate and, in his spare time, is an excellent ballroom dancer.

    From the
    Mr. Vayner identifies himself on his resume as a multi-sport professional athlete, the CEO of two companies, and an investment adviser. The video depicts him lifting a 495-pound weight, serving a tennis ball at 140 miles an hour, and ballroom dancing with a scantily clad female. Finally, Mr. Vayner emerges enrobed in a white karate suit and breaks six bricks in one fell swoop.

    Between athletic bits, Mr. Vayner takes the opportunity to opine on success. After being described in the opening lines of the video as "a model of personal success and development to everybody," Mr. Vayner says, "Failure cannot be considered an option." He adds: "To achieve success you must first conceive it and believe in it. Remember: impossible is nothing."

    After some investigation it was discovered that for all of his talents, Vayner has not even been certified by the SEC.

    Still, moxie is moxie and I’d have to at least give this guy a call.

    On Dining Out

    Some 83% of Americans eat out as often, or more, than they did two years ago. Even more amazing, the cost of dining out has increased by only 2%, half of the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

    When it comes to eating out in the United States, Texans do it the most, New Yorkers pay the most, and Italian is the country's favorite cuisine, a study showed Wednesday.

    Most Americans view service as the biggest problem when dining out. Almost a third of Americans go Italian, with 16% choosing American cuisine. Oriental cuisine, a combination of Chinese, Japanese and Thai food, comprised a full 25% of Americans’ choice for fine restaurant dining.

    Tiger Pigs

    In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

    Tiger with Pig Babies dressed as tigers

    The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

    After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaner pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork hops??
    Take a look........ you won't believe your eyes!!

    Media Nuggets

    Thanks to Anita at FreeRepublic:

  • Carlyle Group(!) may Purchase Tribune Co., [which owns: Baltimore Sun, LATimes, Chicago Tribune, Morning Call, Newsday, Daily Press, The Advocate, Greenwich Time, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant, 25 T.V. stations & the Cubs].

  • "I think war should be illegal...I'm basically a pacifist." says NBC's ace war "reporter" Richard Engel.

  • Mis-Reporting, Twisting The Truth by NYTimes, Newsweek & Bill Kristol - Pentagon Sets the Record Straight.

  • President's interest in Mark Steyn's "America Alone" book.

    Joan Rivers: Mel Gibson Should Die

    Everybody’s promoting something. Somewhere along the way, the truth gets in the way.


    Comedienne Joan Rivers says Mel Gibson deserves death for the anti-Semitic remarks he made during his July drunk driving arrest.

    "He is an anti-Semitic son of a bitch. He should (expletive) die!” she declared during an interview with Celebrity Week.

    About Gibson’s interview with Diane Sawyer of "Good Morning America,” which aired this week, Rivers said: "The hypocrisy is what I hate. You know it’s all about ratings and Diane Sawyer has them all when she’s married to a Jewish guy, Mike Nichols.

    It’s ridiculous because she’ll get great ratings and [Gibson] will be back in business.”

    Rivers, who was promoting her upcoming Bravo special, "Joan Rivers: Before Melissa Pulls the Plug,” also said she’s added a few Mel Gibson jokes to her stand-up routine, including: "His bumper sticker is ‘My other car is a gas chamber.’”

    Dubya Drunk

    There’s no proof, of course, that George W. Bush is actually drunk in this video, although that’s the assertion. I’d suggest he seems a bit in his cups but I am no expert on such things.

    Madonna's New Child

    It’s been a few weeks since Madonna went over to Malawi and found herself a new child. Since the flap, Madonna has been out and about and defending herself, including a stint with beloved Oprah.

    Sure the media had themselves a field day with this story. I suspect the father of this child knew full well that he was giving the child up for adoption but a frenzied media wanted more scoop to the story. Or maybe Madonna had to fork up a few more bucks to the Dad to get him to shut up.

    From the Daily Telegraph:
    Madge's human souvenir
    By Andrea Peyser

    NO WORD – yet – on whether Madonna plans to nail her brand-new bouncing boy to a crucifix, live, in concert.

    Madonna, the egomaniacal mother-of-the-century has topped even her most evolting self. She plans to remove a baby from the loving arms of his dirt-poor father, in one of the most desperate nations on earth.

    Madonna has travelled far beyond her bra-baring, intercourse-simulating, public girl-kissing, Jesus-emulating loser antics to grab attention – and flesh.

    The one-named wonder, who already has given birth to two kids by two daddies, one of whom she did not marry, has her heart set on taking a helpless Malawi child.

    Days ago, she is said to have lined up a number of African boys – tots hand-selected for her perusal. She picked out a one-year-old, David, to take home as a souvenir.

    Well guess what? The boy selected in this freakish slave auction is no AIDS orphan. He's got a biological father, plus a granny – but was placed in an orphanage after his mother died. His family loves him. They just can't afford him.

    If Madonna possessed a speck of sanity or shame, she would write a generous cheque.

    Instead, the boy's father says he is thrilled at the prospect of a wealthy American carting off his progeny.

    Madonna should nail herself on her crucifix – for real, this time.

    Malawi is making an exception to its law that forbids foreigners from adopting a baby – living proof that money talks.

    Madonna, who at 48 has more undeserved cash than probably sits in the Malawi treasury, agreed to pay big bucks for the transaction.

    In exchange for her human package, it's claimed that she will pour $3 million into a centre to help 1000 Malawi orphans. She'll also reportedly spend a million on a documentary about the plight of children there.

    Presumably, this plight does not include David's plight.

    But wait – will there be a catch?

    Will children educated at Madonna's new orphan centre and bin for rejected babies be taught a curriculum based on her pet religion, kabbala, as claimed?

    There is nothing that money can't buy, I suppose. That is, except talent and taste – and moral fibre.

    Stop this monster!

    It’s not that this little boy won’t have a much better life than he could possibly have in the dirt poor country of his birth. And I suppose that Madonna will employ plenty of Nannies to mind the child. Collectively, I suppose, we should shrug our shoulders and accept this rationale.

    Except it gets a bit old, these American celebrities adopting children for what I consider to be nothing more than publicity. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted two kids and now that Tom has, allegedly, one of his own that brings big bucks for pictures, what the hell happened to those kids?

    I am also reminded of pervert Michael Jackson, who also has two children by very questionable means. Yet we must sit back and say nothing because, well what’s the alternative?

    Speaking of Selfish Celebrities

    Okay, when is this bitch going to spend some time in jail?

    Because you can believe if thou or I kept punching and slapping people who angered us we’d be in jail hasta la vista.

    This is the THIRD case of Campbell assaulting someone in what is essentially a temper tantrum.

    Some time in jail would put an end to this.

    LONDON, England (CNN) -- Naomi Campbell has been arrested and questioned by police in London after a woman alleged the supermodel assaulted her.

    Campbell was taken to a central London station for questioning on Wednesday after the assault allegation.

    The Press Association said Campbell, who has appeared on the covers of Vogue and countless other fashion magazines, was released later on bail.

    Mccartney Divorce

    I continue to be amused at the Paul McCartney divorce as his estranged wife, Heather, continues to pummel the man in the press.

    Hey, it’s the prenup. Indeed, the non-celebrities sign prenuptial agreements than marry the celebrity. When it doesn’t work out, they carry on and bring it all in front of the public, that’s you and I, in hopes that the celebrity will relent and give them more than the prenup provides in an effort to shut them up.

    Heather McCartney is amusing us minions out here in la-la land with her tales of bad behavior by husband, Paul.

    What I know is that Paul McCartney was married to a woman for many years before she died from breast cancer. They had several kids who all seem fairly normal considering their circumstances.

    This Heather, frankly, seems a bit of a nut. Below, one portion of Heather McCartney’s response to Paul’s petition for divorce.

    From The Sun:
    11.2 On one occasion in Los Angeles in or about the end of October or beginning of November 2002, in the presence of others, the petitioner (who was drunk) loudly pointed out that the respondent was in a “bad mood”. (The respondent was unhappy because hostile comments had been made about her on the Barbara Walters show). When the petitioner and respondent got back to their house they began to argue about the petitioner’s behaviour towards the respondent. The petitioner grabbed the respondent by the neck and pushed her over a coffee table. He then went outside, and in his drunken state he fell down a hill, cutting his arm (which remains scarred to this day).

    Canada Dry-Well I Always Wondered

    It IS an unusual name for a product. Further, when this email passed into my ebox, I was surprised that Canada Dry soda is made in Texas!


    Why is a company headquartered in Texas and best known for liquid products such as ginger ale, club soda, and tonic water called "Canada Dry"?

    Canada Dry LogoThe "Canada" part is easy: The company was started by a Canadian pharmacist, John J. McLaughlin, who opened a small carbonated water plant in Toronto in 1890 and sold its output to area drugstores for use in fruit juices and other flavored beverages. Not until 1919, after McLaughlin had developed his own brand of beverage, did his company begin shipping product to the United States. Canada Dry essentially became a U.S. company after it was bought up by P.D. Saylor and Associates in 1923. Canada Dry's current owner, Texas-based Dr Pepper/Seven Up, bought the company from Norton Simon Inc. in 1982, then was itself acquired by UK-based Cadbury Schweppes in 1995.)

    The "dry" part of the name is easier to understand when one considers that the word "dry" has several different meanings other than "not wet,"
    particularly as related to the area of potables. "Dry" can mean "not sweet" (as in a "dry wine"), and it can also mean "made with only a small portion of a particular ingredient" (as in a "dry martini" made with only a minimal amount of vermouth). When John J. McLaughlin set out to concoct a new soft drink formula in the early 20th century, most ginger ales were much more dark, syrupy, and sweet than the product we're used to today. After much experimentation, he created a new, dry (i.e., less sweet) and light soda he dubbed Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale.

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