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McDonnell Trial: All In The Family

August 11, 2014

McDonnell Trial: All In The Family

Before he was Virginia’s Governor or Attorney General, Robert Francis McDonnell wrote a Masters Thesis at CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) University, now called Regent University. The thesis: “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade” (1989). It’s in the Regent U Library, but the Washington Post posted it online during the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial campaign.

On page 65 of the thesis (page 71 of the PDF) Mr. McConnell lists the “real enemies of the traditional family” as “materialism, irresponsibility, feminism, lust, and ultimately selfishness….” Well, the McDonnell corruption trial hasn’t involved feminism so far, anyway. On the other hand, the author of that thesis did acknowledge that his wife Maureen provided “expert clerical support” for the 94-page document ….

More:

“Focus on the Family,” Daliah Lithwick, Slate

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McDonnell Trial: The Soap Opera Defense

August 1, 2014

McDonnell Trial: The Soap Opera Defense

The former NFL cheerleader had feelings for the shady millionaire snake-oil salesman, who gave her gifts, favors, and cash in order to influence her husband, the state’s Governor. That’s the Exculpatory Soap Opera Theory introduced by the defense in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, and they’re sticking to it.

Political tragedy? Please. More like campy, middle-age melodrama.

More:

“Ex-First Couple’s Defense in Virginia: The State of Their Union,” Trip Gabriel, New York Times

“McDonnells pin acquittal hopes on bad marriage in Virginia trial,” Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times

“Testimony seems to back up ‘bimbo defense’ in McDonnell corruption trial,” Mark Holmberg, WTVR-TV News

“Trial of Virginia Ex-Governor and His Wife Is an Amazing Soap Opera,” Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel

“Star witness in Bob McDonnell corruption trial refutes ‘crush’ defense,” David Sherfinski, Washington Times

Related:

“10 gifts U.S. wants ex-Va. governor, wife to forfeit,” USA Today

“Virginia’s First Lady-elect Maureen McDonnell was a Former Redskins Cheerleader,” UltimateCheerleaders.com

“Of Course! Disgraced Gov. McDonnell Is Now Teaching At Liberty U,” karoli, Crooks & Liars

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Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

May 7, 2014

Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

 

“Where is Rob Ford? Brother, lawyer say he’s in rehab,” Kendra Mangione, CTV News

“Toronto crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford missing after flying to US,” RT.com

“Rob Ford declined to officially enter United States,” Robyn Doolittle and Greg McArthur, Globe and Mail

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Ex-Reality Star Returns to TV

February 23, 2014

Ex-Reality Star Returns to TV

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, failed sportscaster, ex-part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska and star of “reality” shows on TLC and Fox News, is back on the small screen in “Amazing America.” It’s on the Sportsman Channel, even though Mrs. Palin is a poor outdoorswoman.

More: 

“Former Reality Star Sarah Palin Returns To Television,” Ben Jacobs, Daily Beast

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Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014

February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple, 1928 - 2014

Shirley Temple Black, a former Meglin Kiddie whose mamma afflicted her with Mary Pickford’s hairdo, passed away yesterday. A Depression-era child laborer, she toiled in the film industry until she no longer resembled the effigies of her likeness sold to parents of millions of girl children. Divorced from John Agar, she married a decorated intelligence officer, raised a Republican family, hosted a TV show, and was U.S. Ambassador to a European country that no longer exists.

The artistic highlight of Mrs. Black’s career was, undoubtedly, her memorable pas de deux with master dancer/choreographer Bill Robinson:

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Celebrity Deportees

February 4, 2014

Celebrity Deportees

A citizen army of patriotic Americans has urged the Obama Administration to save our homeland from the invading northern alien and his dangerous foreign assault vehicle. Soon after Justin Bieber was arrested for drunken drag racing on the streets of Miami Beach, over 100,000 people signed a petition to deport the Labatt-crazed pop star back to his native Canada. The White House has said it will respond.

If Mr. Bieber is booted out of the States he’ll join a distinguished roster of celebrity deportees including: Marcus Garvey (deported in 1927), Emma Goldman (1919), Charles Ponzi (1934), Lucky Luciano (1946), Rosaura Revueltas (1954), Charlize Theron (1994) …. Wait a minute. Film stars Rosaura Revueltas and Charlize Theron are “Undesirable Aliens“? Get the government some glasses.

More:

“What It Would Take For Justin Bieber To Get Deported,” Matthew Bramlett, LAist

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Davos 2014

January 26, 2014

Davos 2014

It cost the 2,500 participants at the 2014 World Economic Forum meeting at Davos $40,000 each to attend, $20,000 for the ticket (“accreditation”) alone. But the billionaires and their pet politicians didn’t ignore the global crisis of economic inequality. They had millionaire rock stars and movie stars tell them all about it.

“Davos Wants You to Know It Really, Really Cares About Inequality,” Elias Groll, Foreign Policy blog

“Jetsetters ponder poverty gap over mulled wine,” Toby Manhire, New Zealand Herald

“Where is the Davos for the 99 percent?” John Aziz, The Week

“Davos 2014: from PMs and CEOs to Goldie Hawn, Matt Damon and Bono,” Simon Goodley, The Guardian

“The two Davoses: Short-term greed, long-term paranoia,” The Economist blog

“Pope Urges Davos Notables to Remember the Less Fortunate,” Michael J. de la Merced, New York Times blog

“Social Responsibility Weighs Heavy on Economic Chieftains at Davos,” Katrin Bebnnhold, New York Times blog

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Birthday

January 18, 2014

Birthday

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama Esq. celebrated her 50th birthday on Friday, January 17th by taking her new AARP card for a test drive (above) on Twitter.

Mrs. Obama shares her January 17th birth date with fellow Capricorn celebrities Aga Khan (1933), Al Capone (1899), Andy Kaufman (1949), Anton Chekhov (1860), Benjamin Franklin (1706), Betty White (1922), David Lloyd George (1863), Eartha Kitt (1927), Frederick the Wise of Saxony (1463), James Earl Jones (1931), Jim Carrey (1962),  Kid Rock (1971),  Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Mack Sennett (1880), Maury Povich (1939), Muhammad Ali (1942), Nevil Shute (1899), Newton Minow (1926),   Nicholas Katzenbach (1922),  Noah Beery (1884), Philip the Bold of Burgundy (1342 ), Pope Pius V (1504), Ronald Firbank (1886), Shabba Ranks (1966), Shari Lewis (1934),  Steve Harvey (1957),  Troy Donahue (1937), Vidal Sassoon (1928), and  Zooey Deschanel (1980).

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Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

October 30, 2013

Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

“As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions:

 First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.”

 — “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme,” Suzanne Somers, Wall Street Journal blog

“You might expect the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to pit its own expert against the Obama administration, seizing on this opportunity to argue for the dismantling of the program. And it did: Its blog The Experts delivered a blistering guest post by an ‘expert’ on health care: Suzanne Somers, the developer of the Suzanne Somers Toning System with ThighMaster Gold and ButtMaster, and the former Chrissy Snow of the sitcom Three’s Company.”

“The Somers commentary is appalling. But that’s not our concern.

 The issue is that a distinguished news organization has risked its reputation by calling this the work of an expert. With the publication of this piece, the Journal is a little less distinguished than it was the day before.”

“Wall Street Journal features the actress Suzanne Somers as an “expert” on health care,” -Paul Raeburn, Knight Science Journalism Tracker (MIT)

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Annette Funicello, 1942 — 2013

April 9, 2013

Original Mouseketeer and Baby Boomer crush Annette Funicello succumbed to complications from Multiple Sclerosis on Monday.

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