Lindsay Lohan in Big Trouble

I am really worried about this beautiful young lady. I was watching Inside Edition last night and they had pictures of her puking outside a nightclub she'd been partying at right before she crashed her car and got a DUI. At this point I can't even remember any shows or movies that Lindsay Lohan has been in. She is famous for her partying, but it looks like it is catching up with her, which I know from personal experience that it always will. Come on, Lindsay, get a grip. Those people in the clubs and bars don't care about you, they just like free entertainment. Don't offer it to them at the cost of your life.

Open Letter to Cindy Sheehan

I posted yesterday about Cindy Sheehan giving up the fight to end the war in Iraq and to have George W. Bush impeached. I am sure the passing of the bill to increase the war effort fund and not date set to bring home any troops was a big factor in her decision. She said she was done and was packing up her things and going home. Now this morning I find this open letter to Cindy from the Democratic Underground

in which David Allen, the administrator, practically begs her not to quit. He goes on to say that he feels as if things said on the Democratic Underground forum were to real reason for her decision. I just found the forum so I couldn't say if that's true or not, but I wanted to post this anyway. His letter is a good one and the comments are very interesting.  Check it out.

Jordin Sparks is Not Fat!

I posted about this on my entertainment blog but I am so mad that I decided to post about it here too! A blonde bimbo from Fox News is calling our new American Idol, Jordin Sparks, obese! Can you believe this crap? You can see the YouTube video by clicking on the link to my other blog. The audacity of this woman is beyond me. Jordin, darling, I am sorry there are such idiots in the world. Please take nothing she says to heart. What a bitch.

Will Smoking Finally Become Illegal?

I smoke cigarettes. I like cigarettes. I don't smoke a lot, probably 6 cigarettes a day. And it is my business, my body, my health. I understand the concerns about second hand smoke, but I picture some asshole that is puffing away, blowing smoke in your face, not a lady like me who never smokes in public, not even in the car. I smoke at my desk. Ok, I lied. If I go to a bar and drink, I smoke. That's the only time I smoke somewhere other than at home.

And speaking of homes, in a press release from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three out of four U.S. households do not allow smoking anywhere and any time in the home, according to a study in this week’s issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. I respect that. But with the news last week that the government is considering controlling the nicotine in cigarettes, I am beginning to picture myself trying to buy a pack of Virginia Slims in a back alley from a, perish the thought, "cigarette dealer."

Everyday Hero Warren Autrey

On Deal or No Deal last night the contestant was a man named Warren Autrey. Though he really screwed up by not taking the deal and walking away with $300,000, Warren Autrey is a hero extraordinaire. He saw a man fall off the subway platform onto the tracks as the train was coming. He jumped on the track and rolled the man and himself in the center, wrapped his body around the other man and laid there for 40 minutes as the train passed over them. No one was hurt, and he saved the man's life.  What an amazing example of real heroism. It is so good to learn that there are still REAL heroes out there.

Movie Sunday

I don't know what was up yesterday, but I lucked out and found two movies on regular TV and enjoyed the heck out of both of them. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and National Treasure were both on basic TV channels. I have cable, but this was a whole lot better offering than anything cable had yesterday.

Keep it up, network TV! You are getting the idea now. I think this is the way it should be. There are millions of people who can't afford cable and they should enjoy the same entertainment options that everyone else has. Maybe this would help cut down on the crime rate. Does that sound crazy to you? Oh well, I thought about going out to a bar yesterday but by the time I had enjoyed these two movies, the mood had passed. Not that I do anything criminal when I go out, but you get the jist of what I'm saying.

Paris Hilton "Traumatized" Over Jail Sentence

When this little brat makes CNN breaking news, something is wrong, or it is a slow news day. The story is that Paris is traumatized over her upcoming 45 day jail sentence, so distraught in fact that she can't show up in court to defend herself. Maybe if she'd been distraught about getting behind the wheel of a car after getting drunk she wouldn't be in this predicament. Paris needs to take a page from Martha Stewart's book and do her jail time with panache and stop whining.

Top Five Celebrity Faux Paus

1. Alec Baldwin calling his daughter a pig. (no competition for #1 there!)
2. Everything Britney Spears has done.
3. Goldie Hawn letting herself be photographed without makeup. (believe me, it was bad, so bad I refused to post the picture here.)
4. Rosie O'Donnell's filthy slam of Donald Trump. (she's just nasty.)
5. Simon Cowell rolling his eyes when a contestant said his nose was stopped up when he was singing because he was upset about the Virginia Tech massacre. (on second thought, that DOES compete with Alec Baldwin.)

Prisoner's Last Meal Pizza for Homeless

I got chill bumps when I read this article at CNN.Com. Tennessee inmate Philip Workman was convicted of killing Memphis Police Lt. Ronald Oliver in 1981. He was killed by lethal injection today. His request for a last meal was that a vegetarian pizza be delivered to a homeless person in Nashville. Maybe prisoners find spirituality and compassion only when the last bell tolls, but it's better than not finding it at all. Rest in peace, Philip Workman.

When You Don't Know What To Do...

When you are at a loss at what to do about a relationship, a personal problem, or some other issue that is not work related, I have discovered that the best solution is to concentrate and things you CAN do something about. I read on a leadership blog a few weeks ago that we spend too much time concentrating on our weaknesses and how we need to change them rather than concentrating on our strengths and making the best of them. I liked that. I am good at working, writing, blogging, so that is what I am going to concentrate on for the next few months while I stop running from myself and trying to 'fix" me. I am ok.

Last Night's American Idol

There are only four contestants left and last night REALLY showed who was strong and who was weak. Blake made the mistake of doing that be bop stuff with both songs he sang, and also by picking a song that no one recognized. I think he is going home tonight.

Lakisha, I do believe, is going with him. She really didn't shine, not like Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle did. I think Jordan is going to be our next American Idol. And it is not so much that her voice is better than Melinda's, they both are great singers, it's her personality and charm. Melinda is missing something innate that a star requires and she seems to dang old and goody two shoes.  The songs were great from all the contestants. I love the Bee Gees and am looking forward to seeing Barry perform tonight.

A Different Kind of Preacher

I have been working on the spiritual side of me this weekend, feeling really good about that too. But I wanted to turn you on to a different kind of preacher/pastor/evangelist/whatever you want to call him. Ed Young is SO different from your typical run of the mill Christian television evangelist. He is NOT full of bull, he tells it like it is, he is young, smart, hip, not a robot, not a wise ass, not telling you that you need religion or you are going to hell, he doesn't have a bouffant hairdo either!

As Conglomerates Go

Microsoft is like the spoiled rich kid whose sleep is haunted by visions of being bigger and more powerful than Google. With each new acquisition Google makes, Microsoft goes to bat with acquisition efforts of their own. In this article from THE AGE, seems Microsoft is having another go at acquiring Yahoo. From that article, "The New York Post reported on Friday that Microsoft has asked Yahoo to enter formal negotiations for an acquisition that could be worth $US50 billion ($60.8 billion). Yahoo's market capitalisation was about $US38 billion yesterday." Just give away more free stuff, Microsoft! :)

American Idol's Final Four

I wasn't surprised when Chris Richardson went home last night. I have been expecting that. His voice was not as strong as the rest of the contestants that are left, and he didn't have that certain something, that oomph, that defines an American Idol. But I was kind of surprised to see Phil Stacey go home. He has a hell of a voice. I would bet you he already has contracts waiting to be signed. Now it's down to the final four, and only one guy in the bunch, Blake. I have loved Blake since the beginning, but I don't think he is going to win. There is Jordin, Lakisha and Melinda Doolittle to contend with, and that's a hunk of hunk of talent.

Boom! Boom! Out Go the Lights

Last night we had terrible storms in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Rain fell out of the sky in sheets, the wind was up to 90 mph in some areas. It was around 7:30, I had the TV on waiting for American Idol, a weather bulletin on, my poor little scared dog at me feet as I read a book. Then the electricity went out.

I was calm. It wasn't dark yet, that was one good thing. And my battery backup kept the TV on for probably another 15 minutes or so. I had candles and lit them. I was kind of worried that the electricity could actually stay off for a good long time, maybe even overnight. But you know what? I wasn't scared. What was there to be scared of?

However, one thing that crossed my mind was that if my ex had still been living with me, all I would have heard was a bunch of cursing because he couldn't get online. It gave me one more reason not to miss him.  Thank you Mother Nature.

Tommy Hilfiger Sets the Record Straight

This shows how out of touch I am with what's going on in pop culture. I didn't even know about the decade old email and rumor that Tommy Hilfiger had said something derogatory about Mexicans, blacks, and Asians wearing his clothes until I saw him on Oprah yesterday. He was there to dispel the rumor.

Oprah read what has been an email that has spread like wildfire for years until it has been accepted as the truth. In the email, people were saying that Mr. Hilfiger was on her show and said something to the tune of "if he had known that Asians, Mexicans, and blacks were going to be wearing his clothes, he wouldn't have made them so appealing." The email went on to say that after this statement, Oprah kicked him off her show.

The fact is, he had never been on her show before, and so therefore could never have been kicked off. He swears he didn't say that either. He said that he has spent millions of dollars having the rumor investigated, and the source led to a college campus, but he was never able to pin down the person who started it.

Wow. I can't believe I am just now hearing about this. But I am glad that it is straightened out. However, I never cease to be amazed at the cruelty of people and how someone would have started a rumor like that in the first place.

The Mess Going on at Digg

If you haven't heard about it, here is the skinny. After the government passed a bill that would increase the royalties for music downloads, which is threatening to put Internet radio stations out of business, some wise guys found a code that could bypass paying for music and the code started appearing on Digg stories. Digg immediately began deleting the stories with the code.

However, they caught so much flack about it that here, in their official statement, they have said that even if it puts them out of business, they will no longer delete stories that appear with the code.

I don't know about you, but if Digg were mine, I be damned if I'd let people push me around like that. You have got to do what you think is right, and if they felt having that code displayed on their site was wrong, they shouldn't have succumbed to the pressure.

Anti-Depressants Cause Suicidal Thoughts In Young People

In an article from CNN News, there is now scientific proof that people under the age of 24 often have suicidal thoughts in the first few months of taking anti-depressants. That's scary shit. You go to the doctor because you are depressed and one of the side effects is suicidal thoughts? WTF? The study says that this does not affect older individuals. I think if I were a young depressed person I'd rather be depressed than deal with thoughts of killing myself. Jeez.

My Views on Marriage

I woke up this morning realizing that I will never marry again. I've tried it more than once, more than twice, and I am not good at it. I like living alone, having no one to answer to, worry about, argue with; no one to build up those small resentments against me or me against them, the resentments that slowly but surely erode a relationship. Life is in the details, they say, and I agree. It's usually not the big stuff that destroys a marriage. But rather those hairline fractures, those little annoyances, quirks, faults, and defects that finally put the nail in the coffin of that thing we can marriage.Breaking up hurts too much, I will not risk marriage again.