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Saturday, March 01, 2003
Friday, February 28, 2003
More cheesecake photosBut I am only going to post a link to this one. It's simply not safe for work.
Too much cheesecake?A frequent visitor to Bill's Content (who shall remain nameless) suggested I am posting too much cheesecake recently. Any thoughts? Should I stop with the Happy Birthday announcements? Should I take down Page 3? Should I remove the rotating pics? I don't think, that I've been neglecting the writing of actual articles. I have been posting fewer brief comments/links to other sites because, lets face it, everyone has those. I've been reserving comment until I have something substantial to say about a subject. Also, I've been busy the past couple of weeks working on for-profit freelance gigs and the pics of pretty girls were meant to keep people coming back for more (which is exactly why British tabloids have Page 3 girls, come to think of it). Your thoughts, please ...
BTW: I have completed work on The Heinlein Society Newsletter. I have Adobe Acrobat files on my server, so anyone who is interested in looking or in joining this fine organization, click here.
Actress Maxine Bahns turned 32 on Friday, Feb. 28. She appeared in the movies "Cutaway" and "The Brothers McMullen." I didn't see either movie. However, I did see the movie "Quest for Fire," which starred Rae Dawn Chong, daughter of comedian Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong fame. Rae Dawn, who turned 42 on Friday, was naked throughout the entire movie. This was in 1981, when I, as a horny 18-year-old, thought this was a wonderful idea.
Also, it should go without saying that a bunch of butt-ugly people also had birthdays.
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Back in Blue
Kim Delany will return to NYPD Blue for May sweeps. The bad news is that NYPD Blue will be on hiatus during March and half of April April, not even repeats, which means there is no chance of seeing Charlotte Ross getting caught naked in the bathroom again, dammit..
Elizabeth Taylor (left), star of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and many other movies, turned 71 on Thursday, Feb. 27. Joanne Woodward (right), star of "The Sound and the Fury" and "Rachel, Rachel," turned 73.
Other people, who were far less attractive that Woodward and Taylor were in their starlet days, also had birthdays today.
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Anyone miss last night's NYPD Blue?If you did, you might want to check out my Page 3.
Gellar calls it quitsSarah Michelle Gellar has done what the forces of evil have not been able to do for seven seasons -- kill "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." No word yet on a possible Buffy spinoff and producer Joss Whedon is not even sure spin-off "Angel" will be back next season.
Actress Jennifer Grant, daughter of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, turned 37 on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Blues singer Erykah Badu turned 32. Some other people had birthdays, too.
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Dennis Miller on Leno"I would call the French scumbags, but that would be a disservice to bags filled with scum." The crowd roared.
The headline on the MSNBC Web page screamed: "Dennis Miller sides with Bush." Obviously, a pro-war celebrity is quite a novelty. We need to buy Miller's books and go see his act.
One of the perks of being a reporterA reporter got arrested after he knocked on someone's front door. I had a someone threaten to kick my ass if I didn't leave a school board meeting they were trying to close illegally. The whole incident made me locally famous ... for one news cycle. The competing newspaper editorialized against me and a radio station's morning DJ's made fun of me. Another reporter who agreed to not cover the meeting ended up apologizing to me. Of course, I was greeted with a round of applause when I walked into the newsroom the next morning. My boss told me to keep up the good work (this was several newspaper jobs ago).
One of my pet peeves is when legitimate news sources refuse to be interviewed. I am not talking about some poor schmuck who finds himself the subject of media scrutiny. I am talking about elected and appointed officials who decide that their agenda benefits from a lack of scrutiny. I once knocked on a city administrator's front door at midnight because he had a half dozen unanswered messages from me on his desk. He called my boss to complain. My boss told me to keep up the good work.
Rolling one's eyes at CommunismMedia Minded reviewed USA Today's article about complaints the media hasn't covered anti-war protests adequately, and says it was generally fair. He had this complaint:
Does this come as a surprise. Mention Communism in any debate and the liberals roll their eyes and bring up the ghost of Joe McCarthy and the communist with hunts of the 1950s.
The media may have been slow to react to anti-war protests, but once it did, it gave them fairly hands-off coverage. After all, very few news organizations have even made a cursory mention of the Stalinist roots of A.N.S.W.E.R. (something USA Today's story doesn't touch on, either).
McCarthy was no hero. Many of the people he went after were not communists and many of those who were had every right to be communists.
But anyone who mention this fact comes across looking like a Red baiter thanks to nearly fifty years of the movies, documentaries and television programing that portray the search for subvert communist influence as nothing but a communist witch hunt. The truth is a bit more complex.
It's called "burying the lead"I happened to catch Larry King's interview with Samantha Geimer, the now-grown woman who accused director Roman Polanski of statutory rape during a 1977 photo shoot in when she was 13 years old.
It was quite an eye opener.
I have interviewed many victims of rape, physical abuse and child sexual abuse. I have interviewed counselors and others who work with these victims, including police officers, judges, prosecutors and foster parents. I know that there is no one "right" way for women to react to a rape and no one way to recover from the crime.
I have never encountered any victim of rape who was so forgiving and sympathetic toward her rapist. It was almost as if Geimer and her attorney, Lawrence Silver, were serving as advocates for Polanski.
Don't judge Polanski's Oscar-nominated movie "The Piano" by what happened to me, Geimer said. She has written an op-ed piece (free registration required) that says the same thing. Polanski should not be prosecuted for fleeing (the statute of limitations has long run out on the original charges against him), the judge who tossed out the plea agreement was reacting to public pressure, Silver said. The original judge is conveniently dead, and cannot defend himself.
Geimer doesn't even hold a grudge.
KING: Maybe it's because of the years, but neither of you feel particularly angry at Roman Polanski.
Geimer only grudgingly described the incident as forcible. At one point she chuckled as she said the sex was pretty much a case of Polanski doing things to her, and not the other way around. The publicity after the incident was worse than the incident, she says.
Am I the only one who thinks it strange that someone who found the publicity worse than the rape itself would later write a bylined op-ed piece about the case for one of the nation's largest newspapers, and then appear on Larry King to discuss it all?
Geimer says that she said "no" repeatedly, but Polanski forced himself on her. She characterized the incident as a simply a case of bad judgement on Polanski's part.
That's hard to accept.
The photographs taken by Polanski displayed on the screen throughout the interview were of an obviously underage girl who somewhat resembled a young Tatum O'Neil. This girl was 13, and not a mature-looking 13, either.
This was not case of age confusion. If anything, looked young for her age. According to Geimer, Polanski took steps to get the girl alone. He gave her drugs. He knew what he was doing was wrong.
The question that ran through my mind throughout the interview was asked 53 minutes into the CNN program, and it came (not surprisingly) from a caller, not King, who is known tossing softballs: "[H]ave you received any remuneration for all this chaos that has created in your life?"
"There was a civil suit but that's confidential and I'm not allowed to talk about it," Geimer said.
There was a settlement," Silver said. "This was long after the flight (from prosecution)."
One of the following must be true:
Note to the LA Times: Did the editor(s) who decided to run her op-ed piece know she received a settlement stemming from the incident, and that settlement prevents her was revealing details, including the amount she received and if the conditions include her support for his return to the United States? If they did know about the settlement, and ran the piece anyway, why was there no full disclosure? If they didn't know, why didn't someone ask?
Monday, February 24, 2003
CGI scrip needed
I am looking for a cgi script that would let me rotate a jpeg on my site. If anyone knows of a good one, please email it to me. Thanks.
Welcome, Times Newspapers employees!
I can tell from my referal logs that I get frequent visitors from my former employer, Times Newspapers of Central Illinois. Too bad the company no longer has a Web site.
Birthday girls: Actress Tea Leoni, star of "Jurassic Park III" and "Deep Impact" and wife of "X-Files" star David Duchovny, will turn 37 on Tuesday, February 25. Rashida Jones, who plays the secretary on "Boston Public," will turn 27. She is the daughter of music producer Quincy Jones and model/"Mod Squad" actress Peggy Lipton. A bunch of unattractive people have birthdays Tuesday, too.
Just because there have been more pictures of partially-clothed girls than usual recently, that doesn't mean I have abandoned my journistic principles. My still under construction "Page 3" is just my attempt to honor one of the most time-honored practices of British tabloid journalism. It's simply a journalism lesson, honest. But OmbudsGod, using language once used to defend subcriptions to Playboy, suggests that this site thrives on cheesecake. Thanks for the link.
Happy Birthday, AbeAbe Vigoda, who played Fish on the classic televison show "Barney Miller" and the doomed Tessio in "The Godfather," turned 82 on Saturday, Feb. 24. Contrary to an erroneous report in "People" magazine, Abe is not dead.
Also: I assure you that if a young, pretty female celebrity was having a birthday today, it would be her picture in this post.
Sorry, Abe, but it's true.
Sunday, February 23, 2003
Every once in a while, I get a hit from a Google or Yahoo search for "buffy nude pics." Well, I have no nude pics of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star, Sarah Michelle Gellar. But I have run across the following pics of two of her co-stars, Alyson Hannigan (above, left) and Charisma Carpenter (above, right). Alyson portrays "Willow Rosenberg," the high school nerd turned powerful witch and a member of Buffy's "Scoobie Gang." Charisma plays Cordelia Chase, a stuck-up snob who became a real goodie-goodie when her character switched to the spin-off show "Angel." As we can see here, both actresses score high on the hubba-hubba meter.
Alas, this is the last season for Sarah (below, left) who has apparently decided she wants devote her energies to movie making, so this is the last season for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as we know it.. Some Buffy cast members may switch to "Angel," and others may appear on a new spinoff staring Eliza Dushku (below, right), a Slayer who turned evil, then sought redemption.