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She is so beautiful....
She is so beautiful....
"Beatle Paul McCartney has been seen slow-dancing with former supermodel
Christie Brinkley at a James Taylor concert in the The Hamptons. They were both
on vacation in The Hamptons and ran into each other at the concert. However,
Billy Joel, Brinkley's second husband, told Extra that he doubt they would
become an item. "
"“American Idol” Season Six winner Jordin Sparks, the show’s youngest winner
ever, has signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records, becoming the first “Idol” winner
to join the label group."
"The 25-year-old actress, who is currently dating Justin Timberlake, “loves” the
former ‘Friends’ star and wishes they were friends. Jessica told Cosmopolitan
magazine: “I understand being sexy, men love you, that’s great. But what’s
really important is that women want to hang out with you. “That’s what I love
about Jennifer Aniston - I watch her films and I think I love her. I really want
to be her friend! I want to play those roles so women will think that about me
too. It’s about not taking yourself too seriously."
"Posh Spice is going to be telling Americans how to dress. Victoria Beckham,
known for her style-setting ways more than anything else, has signed a deal with
HarperEntertainment to publish 'That Extra Half Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything
in Between.' The 'handbag-size style guide' will help women 'learn how to dress
for special occasions, shop for everyday wear and where to look for it, define
the accessory look for you,' as well as 'helpful hints for the holidays, making
the most of your wardrobe and how to feel confident and great every time you
leave the house.' Is she planning a diet book next? This woman is no fashion
"Ryan Phillippe hasn't exactly offered a warm welcome to ex Reese Witherspoon's
off-again, on-again guy, Jake Gyllenhaal, according to Us mag. 'Ryan is pissed
about Jake,' a Phillippe insider says, adding that Phillippe told Witherspoon,
'he didn't want 'that guy' around their kids and then made some crude Brokeback
Mountain remark.' However, a Gyllenhaal source told the mag that 'Reese doesn't
have Jake spend the night when the kids are around.' Phillippe is rumored to be
dating Aussie actress Abbie Cornish again. 'They have been hanging out since
June,' says a source. The pair were spotted in LA's Franklin Canyon Park on
"Wednesday night, Madden went to celebrate the first anniversary of the Village
Pourhouse on Third Avenue, and all was well until a party promoter wanted to
take a picture of him with a cute young woman. Our spy reports, “He said he
couldn’t, as Nicole gave him strict orders not to take pictures with other
celebrities or girls for rumor purposes.”"
"Sources connected to her divorce case tell us, Wasser is about to resign as
Spears’ attorney. The disso-queen, who has repped scores of stars including
Angelina Jolie and Nick Lachey, sealed the deal on the divorce late last month.
Now that the divorce is done, Wasser is done. We’re told Wasser has put Spears
in touch with other lawyers who could help the singer in her ongoing custody
battle with Fed-Ex, but Spears has become so reliant on Wasser she doesn’t like
any of the alternatives. There’s probably good reason — with Spears flipping out
before our eyes, it’s pretty amazing Wasser was able to get a 50/50 custody
split in the settlement."
"While Lindsay Lohan enjoyed some outdoor activities at her Utah rehab facility,
her parents finally reached a divorce settlement. According to Us Weekly,
Michael and Dina Lohan’s divorce will be final in 60 days, with child custody to
be determined September 6."
"Hilary Duff, who was left heartbroken after Joel Madden and Nicole Richie
started dating shortly after her relationship with Madden ended, acted mature
when she found out her ex and his new love are expecting a baby. “After they
appeared on Good Morning America, Hilary breezily texted Joel congratulations on
the pregnancy, and Joel warmly responded,” a source tells Us Weekly."
"LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 17, 2007) — Will Britney Spears be making her
musical comeback on the stage of the MTV Music Video Awards? According to a
comment made today by magician Criss Angel, it's looking more and more
"LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 17, 2007) – Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s oldest
daughter Rumer may have spent some Hollywood nights hanging with Lindsay Lohan
and pals, but when Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush paid a visit to the set of
Rumer’s new film, he found a very grounded 19-year-old who is very aware – and
very cautious – of the Hollywood spotlight."
"Amy Winehouse has pulled out of this weekend's V Festival and is heading
back to rehab. A statement released by the singer's record label yesterday
confirmed the 23-year-old has also cancelled all scheduled performances for the
rest of August."
"The 22-year-old pop star was dragged 50 yards down Oxford Street in a Habitat
shopping bag, then bundled into a car which sped off into the night. The singer
had spent the night at Soho nightclub Punk with about 10 friends. Despite being
advised to rest after suffering from sinusitis and strep throat, forcing her to
pull out of several European dates. Allen cancelled a handful of festival
appearances due to her 'illness' she even posted her doctor's note online to
prove it. The group left the club, walked about 50 yards to a building under
renovation and re-emerged with Lily in the bag, thwarting waiting paparazzi. "
"I continue to find the ease with which she has sacrificed her principles on everything of importance, the makeover from radical feminist to soft-focused mother and devoted wife, from V-sign-waving peacenik to hawkish warmonger, all a little chilling even for my slightly cynical tastes."
"U.S. forces claimed success on Saturday in establishing their influence
and denying al Qaeda fighters control of Iraq’s Diyala River valley, one of the
main targets of an American offensive over the past several months. “We
influence the entire Diyala River valley,” Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Poppas,
commander of U.S. forces in the valley north of the town of Baquba, told
journalists in a video conference. “We have forces throughout the Diyala valley
in key critical nodes. We cross any line of communications, deny the enemy any
freedom of movement. Everything they do is watched,” he said. The Diyala River,
which joins the Tigris near Baghdad, is one of the three main fertile areas of
northern and western Iraq, alongside the Euphrates and the Tigris itself."
"Newsom is best known nationally for openly defying California state law in
2004 by directing clerks at City Hall to sanction same-sex unions. According to
the Chronicle, Newsom's flaunting of the law made him a pariah within the
Democratic Party. Some observers credit President Bush's re-election and the
passage of constitutional amendments banning gay marriage in 11 states that same
year on a backlash triggered by Newsom's lawlessness. Why would Hillary seek the
support of a Democratic pariah?"
"Casscells watched as a half-dozen Gitmo prisoners went through the 45-minute
procedure. They were strapped into 'restraint chairs' and a L/jo-inch soft
rubber tube was fed through their noses. (Prisoners may request a local
anesthetic to ease the discomfort.) The patients ingest a tasteless high-protein
mix, and guards watch them for an hour to make sure they do not self-induce
vomiting. 'Nobody kicked or screamed,' Casscells says. Other Gitmo doctors
agree: There are seven doctors at Gitmo, and according to Casscells, none has
objected to the forced feedings.'"
"Yesterday in South Carolina, Rudy Giuliani promised he could and would 'end
illegal immigration.' But we got video of him back in 1996 saying that's just
not possible and you've just got to accept that."
"Democratic presidential candidates expressed strong dissatisfaction with
China's policies on a variety of issues Wednesday while speaking at the Iowa
Federation of Labor. Chris Dodd, who has called China 'an adversary' because
they take American manufacturing jobs, called for a suspension of imported toys
and food due to health safety concerns. Both Chris Dodd and John Edwards accused
China of currency manipulation, while Bill Richardson and Joe Biden advocate
raising tariffs on Chinese imports as a penalty for what they consider unfair
trading practices. Attacking China on trade plays well with labor groups, many
of whom view the country as a negative economic force that lowers wages and
labor standards while taking jobs previously held by Americans."
"The story Russ Buettner of the New York Times has filed this morning can
best be described as good old fashioned, get down into the weeds, read public
records journalism. Buettner has determined that between September 17, and
December 16, 2001 Rudy Giuliani spent a total of 29 hours at Ground Zero. His
time at Ground Zero "
"A South Carolina defense contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to bilking the
Pentagon out of $20.5 million over nearly 10 years by adding hundreds of
thousands of dollars to the cost of shipping spare parts such as metal washers
and lamps. The parts were bound for key military installations, including those
in Iraq and Afghanistan. In one instance, in 2006, the government paid C&D
Distributors $998,798 in transportation costs for shipping two 19-cent washers.
Charlene Corley, 47, co-owner of C&amp;amp;D Distributors, used the
money to pay for luxury homes, cars, plastic surgery and jewelry, according to
court documents. 'It is a troubling case because the fraud took place during a
time of war,' said Kevin McDonald, the first assistant U.S. attorney for the
District of South Carolina. The $20 million 'that could have gone to assist our
military was diverted and used in a fraudulent manner for excessive personal
"The well-known artist [Lars Vilks] took his pictures to galleries in Värmland
and Bohuslän. Both however refused to show the drawings on the grounds that the
security risk was too great.But now two groups - the Secular Muslims in Sweden
(Semus) network and the magazine Minaret - have taken a joint decision to
exhibit the sketches…While he himself considers the drawings to be tasteless,
[Semus spokesman Hooman] Anvari is adamant that they should be put on
display.“Our intention is to create a nuanced debate around freedom of speech,
religious freedom and democracy. These issues tend to cause polarization if they
are not tackled in the right way,” he said."
"In case you haven’t heard, the Republicans don’t even want to wait until
Election Day to steal 20 electoral votes this cycle. The CA GOP’s law firm,
cloaked behind the admirable-sounding name Californians for Equal
Representation, is sponsoring a ballot initiative called the Presidential
Election Reform Act. If passed, it would apportion 53 of CA’s 55 electoral votes
based on the ballots in individual congressional districts rather than
winner-take-all for the whole state, thus throwing a bonus Ohioful of electoral
votes to the Republican candidate without him winning a single additional
"As pundits assess the various campaign strategies aimed at Iowa and New
Hampshire, few American voters are committed to these states first in the nation
status. Just 21% believe that Iowa should always have the first Presidential
caucus and just 22% believe New Hampshire should always have the first
Presidential Primary. Men are more comfortable than women with allowing these
states to retain their special status, but solid pluralities are opposed. "
"Michigan could hold a statewide primary on Jan 15, if a deal reached this
morning by top Republicans and Democrats in the state passes muster with state
legislators. Michigan political sources say that Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Sen.
Carl Levin are very close to a deal with House Speaker Andy Dillon (D) and
Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R). It's not clear whether the state parties
are on board, yet, but if the legislature decides to pass a bill changing the
primary date, and then Gov. Granholm signs it, there's not much dissidents can
"No wonder, then, that Diebold Election Systems has decided to steal a page
from the playbook of that paragon of corporate responsibility Philip Morris (aka
the Altria Group): Diebold will erase its sorry history with a simple name
change! Henceforth, when reaching for an example of mind-boggling incompetence,
please say “Premier” rather than “Diebold,” because Diebold Election Systems is
now Premier Election Systems. "
"“I can imagine, of course, with what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan,
there’s a big shortage,” Reed said. “At least, I would imagine so.” The form
letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and
resubmit an application, or buy his own medal. After waiting 55 years, however,
Reed decided to pay $42 for his own Purple Heart and accompanying ribbon — plus
state sales taxes — at a military surplus store."
"Jeb Koogler, a staunch liberal at The Moderate Voice, has defended Hugo Chavez
for a long time. He thought that Chavez intended to help the poor and
downtrodden and made excuses for his tough tactics as a necessary interlude
towards a better society. He disregarded Chavez' authoritarian impulses as
unimportant in the long run. Now Koogler says he can remain silent no more --
and wonders why his colleagues on the Left haven't made the same decision:"
"A day after the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, Sen. Patty Murray joined other
Senate Democrats to accuse the Bush administration of failing to maintain the
country's bridges. And she had a dynamite anecdote: 'I have learned of a bridge
where school buses have to stop and let all of the children out and pick them up
on the other side because of weight restrictions.' The Hill reports that the
anecdote was quickly repeated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: 'The
children have to walk across the bridge!' he declared in outrage."
"As a presidential candidate, Democrat John Edwards has regularly attacked
subprime lenders, particularly those that have filed foreclosure suits against
victims of Hurricane Katrina. But as an investor, Mr. Edwards has ties to
lenders foreclosing on Katrina victims. The Wall Street Journal has identified
34 New Orleans homes whose owners have faced foreclosure suits from
subprime-lending units of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Mr. Edwards has about
$16 million invested in Fortress funds, according to a campaign aide who
confirmed a more general Federal Election Commission report. Mr. Edwards worked
for Fortress, a publicly held private-equity fund, from late 2005 through 2006."
"With the U.S. Congressional majority increasingly antsy to get out of
Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki's bold incursion into Tikrit — a city once pampered by
Saddam, its favorite son — underlined the prime minister's determination to save
his paralyzed government from collapse and prevent further disillusionment in
Washington. The sharp alteration of political course — a willingness to travel
to the belly of the Sunni beast and talk with former enemies — suggested a new
flexibility from the hardline religious Shiite. 'There is more uniting us than
dividing us,' he told sheiks in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad. 'We do not
want to allow al-Qaeda and the militias to exist for our coming generations.
Fighting terrorism gives us a way to unite.'"
"Fourth - and not like they listen to me anyway - but unless there is a serious
slowdown in the economy, the Fed should not lower interest rates right now. That
would simply bail-out a lot of people who got us into this mess. And frankly,
they need for the market to hand them their hat (as it were). Sometimes the only
way to learn a lesson is to swallow the bitter pill called 'responsibility.'
Lowering rates just isn't the answer."
"CHENEY: I don't, Tim. It was–and it's been talked about since then. But the
fact of the matter is, the only way you could have done that would be to go to
Baghdad and occupy Iraq. If we'd done that, the U.S. would have been all alone.
We would not have had the support of the coalition, especially of the Arab
nations that fought alongside us in Kuwait. None of them ever set foot inside
Iraq. Conversations I had with leaders in the region afterwards -- they all
supported the decision that was made not to go to Baghdad. They were concerned
that we not get into a position where we shifted instead of being the leader of
an international coalition to roll back Iraqi aggression to one in which we were
an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world
taking down governments. So I think we got it right, so suppose it's one of
those things that'll be debated for some time. But I thought the decision was
sound at the time, and I do today. [Meet the Press, 8/27/00]"
"This week every single Democrat candidate participated in a first ever
homosexual sponsored debate carried live on a homosexual television network.
...So far this political season we have had Frosty the Snowman asking questions
over YouTube and now the 'Gay Debates' to see just which candidate is willing to
grant the most favor to a lifestyle which historical Christianity calls sinful.
What's next? The Cross Dresser Debates? Or perhaps the NAMBLA (North American
Man/Boy Lovers Association) Debates? Or here's one for the ages -- The
Bestiality Debates. Not possible? That's what I thought about our leaders
attending a debate sponsored by homosexuals twenty years ago."
"The World Health Organization’s Dr. Michal Krzyzanowski told the BBC that due
to the cities in China’s poor air quality, people attending the 2008 Olympic
Games could face serious health problems, such as severe asthma attacks. Dr.
Michal Krzyzanowski told the BBC that “All of the cities are pretty highly
polluted by European standards, but even by the standards of Asia, Chinese
cities are pretty highly polluted. The main problem in Chinese cities is air
pollution, small particles which are suspended in the air and penetrate deep
into the lungs.”"
"Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani
has asked people to leave his children out of the presidential debate. His
children, who have not shown any support to their father during his campaign,
have so far hunted Giuliani on many of his campaign stops. Yesterday, in New
Hampshire, Giuliani responded to a question about his children’s lack of support
by saying “I love my family very, very much and will do anything for them. There
are complexities in every family in America. The best thing I can say is kind
of, ‘leave my family alone, just like I’ll leave your family alone. ”"
"Last night, during efforts to rescue mine workers from the Crandall Canyon
Mine, a seismic jolt occurred, which took the lives of three rescue workers and
injured 6 others."