Doesn’t that assume that you have some talent?
I bet that most of you don’t have any idea who she is, or what her talent is.
No, she is not on American Idol, although that would have been my first guess. The LA Times explains why…
Rescued teen sailor Abby Sunderland has hired a talent agent and will use her public profile to “inspire others to follow their dreams,” her spokesman said.
Sunderland, 16, signed, head of an Australian-based public relations and talent management firm, to handle her business affairs. Mercer had been serving in a pro bono capacity as Sunderland’s spokesman for the last few weeks.
Public fascination over Sunderland’s aborted attempt to sail around the world by herself has raised her profile significantly, Mercer said in a statement released this week.
“Abby is very marketable,” he said. “She is popular across the world, has followed her dream, overcome challenges and survived. She is an inspiration.”
Why is she marketable? Is failure a selling point these days?
Mercer debunked media reports that Abby is on her way to personally thank her Australian rescuers. The teen is resting at home with her family and a new baby brother after a “huge few weeks,” Mercer said.
A future trip to Australia is possible, he said. Other than a media conference, Abby’s only public appearance since returning to her Thousand Oaks home was at a Fourth of July parade in Duarte, he said.
Sunderland was plucked from the Indian Ocean by a fishing vessel last month after her 40-foot-sloop Wild Eyes was hit by a giant wave and lost its mast. Supporters hailed the girl’s adventurous spirit, but detractors criticized her parents for allowing her to take the trip.
— Catherine Saillant
So, even after reading this, what is her talent? Getting lost? Having to be rescued by other sailors? I just don’t get it. The story is not fascinating, it is a sign of someone who was over her head. The message should be, Kids, don’t follow you dreams if they are going to get you killed.
May 13, 2010
I read this article the other night from our old friends at confluence. Only thing that shocked me about it was, get this, it’s a damn good piece. I never in a million years would have imagined they [confluicians] gave a fuck about black people. Let alone knew enough to talk about BP’s total destruction of the south east. Their new repping of Laura Bush and opposition to a third female member of the supreme court doesn’t really shock me though. You can take the poll tax off the stripper….but you can’t take the stripper off the poll.
And why hasn’t this video been commented on recently. Seem’s pretty appropriate no? BP making the place a little better.
BP’s gonna pull that commercial from the rotation, and Jason will put that in the fridge.
Oh and I voted “other” Blake Lively, what!
February 27, 2010
I’m attempting to unwind this evening after a long day of judging debates, and the rest of the room is watching a movie I’ve already seen, so I’ve decided to do an open-ended through the for sale / wanted classifieds of Craigslist for the SF Bay Area. The following are some fun opportunities of which you may be sorely missing…
Once in a life time opportunity to be apart of a Gentlemens Club – $250 (north beach / telegraph hill)
Date: 2010-02-27, 10:05PM PST
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Spring Beans – $2 (santa rosa)
Date: 2010-02-27, 10:05PM PST
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All seeds $40 for a seven pack. (Thai Passion is $60)
Larger and smaller packs available.
We currently have a variety of genetics available; however we specialize in rare sativas.
Super Sunny Sky (as called when sourced)
Oaxacan X Blue Dream
Super Silver Haze
Indica / Hybrids:
Lavender X James Brown
Also available –
Medicine at a discount: Flowers starting at $35 1/8th up to $55 1/8th.
Hash starting at $20 per gram up to $45 per gram
Shake (best you can call “shake”) at $130 oz.
- it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
free used dog bed (foster city)
Date: 2010-02-27, 10:18PM PST
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it its not there that means its gone.
Ill try and post when its gone but ill be gone. Dont bother tenants.
February 24, 2010
I know, I know Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but for me it’s lacked a certain style for the last decade or so. None of the newer attractions have really done much for me; I guess I like to rock it old school in Anaheim. But, after a 13 year hiatus, the folks of Disney have finally remembered what made this place so great: Captain EO. That’s right, according to this piece i read, Tuesday at Disneyland saw the triumphant return of the extremely popular Michael Jackson 3D attraction. I remember seeing this at an early age (during one of my first visits to D-Land) and thinking it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. It’s sad that it took the King of Pop’s death to get the folks of Disney motivated, but I’m glad they got motivated. Some may say that the technology is a bit antiquated, but those Avatar-lovers can suck it. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for quite a treat. Her’s a little snippet…(not in 3D, of course)
Holiday reflections, or, annoying things that people say (an offshoot of “that’s the shit that got me mad”)
November 26, 2009
It’s Thanksgiving day, and I’m at work. I always wondered about the people that had to work on major holidays, and now I can finally truly empathize; it sucks. It did, however, get me thinking about annoying things that people say, both during the holidays and in normal conversation. And since I am often annoyed with others’ abuse of the English language, perhaps this will become a new regular segment of mine.
“Happy Turkey Day”
I thought I’d start off with what I consider to be the most annoying Thanksgiving-related phrase. Who are these morons that must find their “own” (as if they haven’t heard a million simpletons before them use this same phrase), idiotic and childish way to wish someone a Happy Thanksgiving? Seriously, I want to know so that I might line them all up and push them in front of a train (I recognize that I have some friends who may choose to employ this terminology. I’m not saying that you are stupid, just that the words that come out of your mouth are often stupid). While the consumption of turkey has somehow become synonymous with a Thanksgiving meal, many households across the continent, and, interestingly enough, in the Netherlands (yes, it is a holiday only celebrated in the Western World, you god-damned cultural imperialists) don’t even prepare turkey for the meal. In fact, evidence seems to suggest that the primary meat served at the “original” Thanksgiving meal between early European settlers (not necessarily even Puritans from England, but I digress) and Native Americans (I don’t have the energy today to get into the fact that our tainted historical understanding of Thanksgiving may actually be a celebration of mass slaughter and theft – the cartoon at the top will have to suffice) was, in fact, venison. So perhaps “Happy Deer Day” would be more historically accurate. For more myths about this holiday, check out George Mason University’s History News Network.
Beyond the fact that the phrase over-generalizes the eating habits of, literally, millions of people, it distracts us from the set of values that the evolution of the holiday was designed to espouse. The act of giving thanks should be a humbling, thought provoking process. Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on the favorable things that we have in our lives, to recognize how blessed so many of us are to have the love of family and friends. And, perhaps more importantly, to think positive, hopeful thoughts about those living around the world who don’t have the good fortune to spend a day with those they love. Replacing the portion of the phrase that actually gives meaning to this reflective process is so typically American that it makes me sick. Sure, some of you out there actually possess some modicum of compassion and appreciation for the people who help shape your happy little lives, but, sadly, most of you are simply imbeciles who would much rather celebrate an excuse to stuff your fat faces (as if obesity isn’t already one of the largest problems in this country). Instead of pouring gravy into your veins, try going for a jog or eating some vegetables (and no, those green beans you’re having aren’t healthy when you mix them with two pounds of bacon bits). Too often Thanksgiving is used as an excuse to overindulge, when, in my opinion, the spirit of the holiday should be the exact opposite. Embrace and give thanks for what you have EVERY day. Show that appreciation by going out to lend a helping hand to those who may not live life in the easy fashion that must of us take for granted every day. Instead of just giving thanks, why not take the next step and actually give? At the barest of bare minimums, have the courtesy and intelligence to reference the holiday in a way that still allows the derivation of some greater moral meaning. Give the day some substance (a substance greater than the amorphous blob that will surely be camped in your stomach for days to come). Saying “Happy Turkey Day” just makes you sound ignorant. And that’s the shit that gets me mad.
September 24, 2009
Budget cuts in CA are no joke right now. Friends that I have that are working at public institutions have mandatory time off right now. People are being forced to work four day workweeks, in order to make the budget balance.
I thought that education was the key to a good life, but if you are a student and you can get the classes that you need to graduate, it become a catch-22. The classes that are the prereqs for other classes are filled and the ones that you need are not available because you don’t have the first one in the sequence.
(09-24) 15:47 PDT BERKELEY — Thousands of UC students marched through downtown Berkeley and the area around campus this afternoon, staging a sit-down protest and blocking traffic as part of a demonstration against cuts to the university budget and proposed fee increases.
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September 20, 2009
Kim K. is always looking to expand her brand. I really don’t know what it is, outside of attention seeking whore, but, if you include her family then we can include love them loving black athletes.
Kim Kakes was not the only piece of eye candy on stage. Holly Madison, the cast away chick from Hef was there too…
Stars honored with signature hot dogs at new Planet Hollywood eatery
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 | 12:19 p.m.
Scott Harrison/Special to the Sun
Being a celebrity in Las Vegas has its perks: Stars are immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds and given coveted keys to the Playboy Club. Others, meanwhile, are recognized in other ways. With namesake hot dogs, for example.
Pink’s Hot Dogs honored Holly Madison, Kim Kardashian, and Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown last night during the opening of its first Las Vegas location at Planet Hollywood. In return for the trio’s participation and patronage, the popular Hollywood-based hot doggery named three signature dogs in their honor.
“Peepshow” starlet Madison described her dog as “naked.”
Holly Madison was on hand to help open up Pink’s Hot Dogs Friday night at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
That is how you usually are, so why not have your hotdog the same way?
“It just has ketchup on it,” she said. The headliner walked the red carpet and posed for photos alongside Brown and Kardashian between her two Friday night showings of “Peepshow.”
Lucky for the public appearance-savvy star, her place of work, aka the revue stage, is just inside the casino on the mezzanine level.
Brown, who did a three-month stint with “Peepshow” when the show debuted earlier this year, didn’t have much time to chat with reporters last night – but she did have time to chow down on a double serving of dogs.
“I had two hot dogs!” she announced, sounding half proud and half horrified. It should be noted, however, that despite what was a not-quite-healthy dinner, the former Spice Girl still looked stunning last night, wearing a skin-tight ensemble.
While Brown lives in the U.K., both Kardashian and L.A. transplant Madison are fans of the Pink’s Hot Dogs location in Los Angeles.
Pink’s has been serving up hot dogs from the same location, on North La Brea Boulevard just off Melrose Avenue, since it opened in 1939.
“It’s good, when you’re done with the club and you’re in Hollywood and you want a hot dog,” Kardashian said, adding, “I think it’s very cool that they’re opening one up here in Vegas.”
The 28-year-old reality TV star said the flagship location is so popular, the line to get one of the signature dogs can be longer than the one to get into L.A. hotspots like The Roger Room or Mi-6.
“That line is hours long,” Kardashian complained.
Never one to be shy, the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star didn’t hold back with her demands last night.
She said she was hoping to snag “a free, like, cut the line pass” in return for her appearance.
“I’m hoping this will seal the deal for me,” she joked.
Kardashian’s namesake hot dog shares no resemblance to the well-endowed brunette, or the kind of hot dogs she fixes herself.
She and her sisters cut their hot dogs into small pieces and draw ketchup smiley faces on them at home. Meanwhile, the Kardashian dog at Pink’s Hot Dogs has no ketchup on it at all.
“Mine is a BLT hot dog with a little bit of guacamole on it,” she said, assuring. “It’s good, it’s really good.”
You are use to having things in your mouth aren’t you? That was mean. But, I don’t really have anything else to say? I just thought of something. Would Khloe, (since Ronin has her naked in the post below) eat here, since it’s meat and that probably led to some torture? (If you know what hot dogs are, you would agree with me)
In addition to Madison, Kardashian and Brown, Pink’s has also modeled hot dogs after a handful of other well-known personalities, including Martha Stewart (a 10-inch hot dog with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sour cream); Ozzy Ozbourne (a spicy Polish hot dog topped with nacho and American cheeses, grilled onions, guacamole, and chopped tomatoes); and Rosie O’Donnell (a 10-inch hot dog with mustard, onions, chili and sauerkraut).
What are they trying to say about Rosie?
L.A. times columnist Patt Morrison and L.A. Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dedamel have also been honored with namesake hot dogs: A veggie dog with guacamole, chopped tomatoes and chopped onions; and a 10-inch hot dog with guacamole, American and Swiss cheeses, fajita mix, and jalapeno, topped with tortilla chips, respectively.
Note: Pink’s Hot Dogs once operated hot dog carts inside Planet Hollywood, back when it was the Aladdin, but this weekend’s opening marks the first storefront in Las Vegas for the franchise.
Melissa Arseniuk writes about Las Vegas entertainment and celebrity events. She can be reached at 702-948-7823 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinks is tight…
September 13, 2009
In what is looking more like standard Kanye behavior, West rushed the stage to rip the mic away from country teen sensation Taylor Swift as she was accepting her VMA trophy for best female video. In a tasteless display of arrogance and lunacy, Kanye praised Beyonce’s video for “Single Ladies” and then stood awkwardly onstage for a moment as the crowd figured out how to react. Obvious I’ve got your video hook-up…
Sad Kanye…you couldn’t even just wait and make your complaints to the press afterward? Let the kid have her moment to shine. it’s not like Beyonce is gonna give you some action for big-upping her like that…
September 10, 2009
because it will make you look like a fool…
First, we blogged (jokingly) about Shawne Merriman and the fact that his name is “Lights Out” in regards to the initial reports that Tila Tequila had filed an assault charge against him. Upon further review of the evidence, we decided that she was full of….(you can add your own thoughts here)
We already blogged about how her twitter feed has contradicted some of her claims that she is making in the media. But, it goes beyond this. (It’s deeper than snacks, I mean rap.
If Tila Nguyen was really hurt or wanted to make sure that she was able to prosecute Shawne Merriman for abuse, she would just shut the hell up.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tequila to meet with district attorney
ESPN.com news services
Tila Tequila, the reality TV star who accused Shawne Merriman of domestic violence last weekend, said via her Twitter feed that she will meet with the San Diego County district attorney’s office on Friday.
Wednesday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department turned over its reports to the DA’s office. The DA will review them to decide if charges should be filed. Merriman, the San Diego Chargers‘ Pro Bowl linebacker, was arrested early Sunday after Tequila accused him of choking and throwing her to the ground while she was trying to leave his suburban San Diego home. Tequila signed a citizen’s arrest warrant accusing Merriman of battery and false imprisonment. Both are felonies. Tequila was hospitalized briefly and filed a citizen’s complaint against Merriman. No charges have been filed. Merriman contends he was protecting Tequila, who he says was drinking and intended to drive home. “At the time, I was concerned about her welfare given the intoxicated state she appeared to be in and I encouraged her to stay until safe transportation could be provided,” he said in a statement. Merriman also said in a statement that he wants to clear “his name” and “put this behind me so I can continue to focus on a successful season for the San Diego Chargers.”
Tequila, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, has denied Merriman’s claims that she was drunk at the time of the incident. San Diego County spokesman Paul Levikow said the DA’s office can reject the accusations, or can refer them to the San Diego City Attorney’s Office for consideration as misdemeanors. The tweet from Tequila’s account that said she would meet with the district attorney, which is verified by Twitter but is not guaranteed to have been written by her, was part of a string of tweets Thursday morning. She started by writing “I will never be a VICTIM of anything. So when someone lays a hand on me then lies. Its on.” She followed that up with more than 30 updates in the next hour, including accusing Merriman of lying in his statements to the media about her. “Damage control. Blame Tila. Make her look bad. Send it out to the media so they don’t [sic] believe her! Quick! Cover it up!,” she wrote, according to the Twitter feed. Tequila’s attorney, Alan Gutman, said earlier this week that Merriman is making personal attacks against Nguyen to spin coverage from his “illegal and indefensible actions.” “It is never justifiable to brutally assault, choke, strike and imprison a woman,” Gutman said in a statement Tuesday night. “Once the truth is fully revealed, Mr. Merriman’s fantastic story of how he was trying to keep Ms. Tequila safe will be completely discredited. No one, especially a woman, should ever have to endure what Mr. Merriman did to Tila Tequila.” Merriman and Tequila have exchanged charges and countercharges on their Twitter accounts. Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
Now, if you really needed to advertise the fact that you are simply MEETING the DA, then you reek of desperation. I bet that the DA doesn’t file charges in this case. If the paramedics found no bruising and she had to file/make a citizens arrest report to get action on her claim, then I am not holding my breath that the DA is going to think that moving on this case is a good use of his/her/office time.
I read a Salon article and the author’s reasons began to synthesize all my reasons in three statements.
One: your Twitter is not interesting or funny, and you are no better than people who tweet about their sandwiches.
Two: I have never read a good or funny Twitter from a celebrity, even if the celebrity is a person I otherwise enjoy.
Three: whatever utility Twitter might have as a small-scale personal diary or communication cloud is negated by Twitter’s tendency to clog up with @ replies and other nonsense.
I am not really even going to get into the fact that people actually follow celebs on Twitter and in the case of Perez Hilton, even called the cops for him. That in itself is a bigger problem.
If you could tweet that dude from the Black Eyed Peas mopped you up, you could call the police for yourself. Also, you deserve this for calling their manager a “fucking faggot”…. I was going to soften it up, but those are his words, not mine. SO, to get things in order, you called dude out his name, then he mops you up, and you got back to the room sniveling and tweet about the beatdown? That is some pure coward shit right there….
Back to Ms. Nguyen and Mr. Merriman. If he was smart, he would not engage in the Twitter warfare that is currently happening. This can not end well for the person doing the most talking, since their words can and will be used against them in a court of law.
While that is the shit that got me mad, I am also laughing at them having their open snit on the internet. That is so childish, I have to laugh. Working at a school, I don’t even see pettiness like that, and I work with tweens and teens.
We’ve all seen too many headlines about juries rewarding absurd compensation for people caught in stupid situations. The latest to cross my path came from Smyrna, TN. According to the Chatanoogan:
Jury Orders Ruby Tuesday To Pay $10 Million After Patron Served 19 Beers
posted August 29, 2009
A jury in Rutherford County has returned a $10,035,000 verdict against Ruby Tuesday, Inc., in a lawsuit arising from a 2005 incident at a Ruby Tuesday in Smyrna, Tn.
In August 2005, a Ruby Tuesday bartender served a patron the equivalent of 19 beers in a two-and-a-half-hour period, with no food, Chattanooga attorney Joe DeGaetano said.
The attorney said, “The extremely intoxicated patron then perpetrated a vicious and unprovoked attack on the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Dan Maddy. Mr. Maddy, an innocent customer, suffered severe lacerations to his face and chest as a result of the attack.
The proof at trial further showed that Ruby Tuesday’s chief risk management executive steadfastly maintained that the bartender who served the 19 beers to the obviously intoxicated patron did absolutely nothing wrong, and that the company never fired, suspended, or otherwise disciplined the bartender.”
The trial began on Tuesday. The verdict on compensatory damages came down on Thursday afternoon after the jury was out about three and a half hours. The verdict on punitive damages came down on Friday afternoon after the jury was out about two and a half hours.
The plaintiff’s lawyers were Mr. DeGaetano of the DeGaetano Law Firm and George Nolan of Leader, Bulso, Nolan & Burnstein, PLC, in Nashville.
It’s no secret that your boy E loves the sauce. Ask any members ofthe Too Old Crew and its extended family and you’ll be regaled with a litanny of “E acting a drunk fool” stories. I would, however, like to think that even I am not foolish enough to drink 19 beers at a Ruby Tuesdays and attack some random dude. Heck, I don’t think I could drink 19 beers in that span (or, much of any span) of time and still be standing. This dude apparently downed over an 18-pack in less than 3 hours. I would say that’s pretty darned impressive. What I still fail to understand is how this dude getting sauced up and beating some other guy down makes Ruby Tuesdays liable to the tune of 10 milli. I don’t know about any of you, but I would probably let some drunk fool one-time me for that kinda loot. This story also shows you how, with the right legal team, and an assemblage of morons in the jury box, you can strike it rich. So get out there, America, act a fool. And maybe, just maybe, you can convince a jury to put you on easy street for being in the right place at the right time.