Screaming Paris Hilton Going Back to Jail

Spoiled little brat!  I’m sick and tired of these bratty kids whining and crying over having to be responsible for their actions.  Suck it up, girlfriend!
Heiress Receives Full Term After House Arrest Mishap
By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP
LOS ANGELES (June
9) – She was taken handcuffed and crying from her home. She was
escorted into court disheveled, without makeup, hair askew and face red
with tears.

Crying out for her mother when she was ordered back to jail, Paris Hilton ‘s cool, glamorous image evaporated Friday as she gave the impression of a little girl lost in a merciless legal system.

“It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Hilton. “Mom!” she called out to Kathy Hilton, who also was in tears.

The 26-year-old hotel heiress tried to move toward her parents but was
steered away by two sheriff’s deputies, who held her by each arm and
hustled her from the courtroom.

Superior Court Judge
Michael T. Sauer was apparently unmoved by the pleas of Hilton’s
lawyers to send her back to home confinement because of an unspecified
medical condition. He ordered Hilton returned to a Los Angeles County
jail to serve the rest of her 45-day sentence for violating probation
in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

The judge gave no explanation
for his ruling. But his comments showed he was affronted by county
Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision to set aside his instructions and release
Hilton after three days in jail to finish her time in the luxury of her
Hollywood Hills home.

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50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio

Gee!  Can anyone say “fairness doctrine’?  It’s nice when your government decides what is offensive, fair, extremist, etc..

First they take your guns.  Then they take your voice.  It’s all downhill from there. 

Remember, the term “Political Correctness” originated in the former Soviet Union. 

50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio – New York Times

MOSCOW, April 21 — At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.”

In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.

How would they know what constituted positive news?

“When we talk of death, violence or poverty, for example, this is not positive,” said one editor at the station who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution. “If the stock market is up, that is positive. The weather can also be positive.”

In a darkening media landscape, radio news had been a rare bright spot. Now, the implementation of the “50 percent positive” rule at the Russian News Service leaves an increasingly small number of news outlets that are not managed by the Kremlin, directly or through the state national gas company, Gazprom, a major owner of media assets.

The three national television networks are already state controlled, though small-circulation newspapers generally remain independent.

This month alone, a bank loyal to President Vladimir V. Putin tightened its control of an independent television station, Parliament passed a measure banning “extremism” in politics and prosecutors have gone after individuals who post critical comments on Web chat rooms.

Parliament is also considering extending state control to Internet sites that report news, reflecting the growing importance of Web news as the country becomes more affluent and growing numbers of middle-class Russians acquire computers.

On Tuesday, the police raided the Educated Media Foundation, a nongovernmental group sponsored by United States and European donors that helps foster an independent news media. The police carried away documents and computers that were used as servers for the Web sites of similar groups. That brought down a Web site run by the Glasnost Defense Foundation, a media rights group, which published bulletins on violations of press freedoms.

“Russia is dropping off the list of countries that respect press freedoms,” said Boris Timoshenko, a spokesman for the foundation. “We have propaganda, not information.”

With this new campaign, seemingly aimed at tying up the loose ends before a parliamentary election in the fall that is being carefully stage-managed by the Kremlin, censorship rules in Russia have reached their most restrictive since the breakup of the Soviet Union, media watchdog groups say.

“This is not the U.S.S.R., when every print or broadcasting outlet was preliminarily censored,” Masha Lipman, a researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said in a telephone interview.

Instead, the tactic has been to impose state ownership on media companies and replace editors with those who are supporters of Mr. Putin — or offer a generally more upbeat report on developments in Russia these days.

The new censorship rules are often passed in vaguely worded measures and decrees that are ostensibly intended to protect the public.

Late last year, for example, the prosecutor general and the interior minister appeared before Parliament to ask deputies to draft legislation banning the distribution on the Web of “extremist” content — a catch phrase, critics say, for information about opponents of Mr. Putin.

Armed Miss America 1944 stops intruder

You go, Grandma!! 

Armed Miss America 1944 stops intruder – Peculiar Postings – MSNBC.com

WAYNESBURG, Ky. – Miss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle’s tires and stop an intruder.

Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man on her farm in south-central Kentucky last week after she saw her dog run into a storage building where thieves had previously made off with old farm equipment.

Ramey said the man told her he would leave. “I said, ‘Oh, no you won’t,’ and I shot their tires so they couldn’t leave,” Ramey said.She had to balance on her walker as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.

“I didn’t even think twice. I just went and did it,” she said. “If they’d even dared come close to me, they’d be 6 feet under by now.”

Ramey then flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911.

Curtis Parrish of Ohio was charged with misdemeanor trespassing, Deputy Dan Gilliam said. The man’s hometown wasn’t immediately available. Three other people were questioned but were not arrested.

After winning the pageant with her singing, dancing and comedic talents, Ramey sold war bonds, and her picture adorned a B-17 that made missions over Germany in World War II, according to the Miss America Web site.

Ramey lived in Cincinnati for several years and was instrumental in helping rejuvenate Over-the-Rhine historic buildings. She returned to Kentucky in 1990 to live on her farm.

“I’m trying to live a quiet, peaceful life and stay out of trouble, and all it is, is one thing after another,” she said.

Sanjaya Malaker: See Ya!!

All I can say is this is finally over!! Read it and get on with life. 

You-know-who finally gets boot on ‘Idol’ – CNN.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Sanjaya Malakar, the under-talented but unflappable singer who horrified and captivated millions in his improbable “American Idol” run, was finally voted off the show Wednesday night.

When the result was announced, Malakar wiped away tears and got a big hug from LaKisha Jones, the next lowest vote-getter.

“I’m fine,” he told Ryan Seacrest. “It was an amazing experience.” (Watch Sanjaya get the boot Video)

“I can promise you: We won’t soon forget you,” Seacrest replied. Malakar then performed one last song, “Something To Talk About.” Putting his own twist on the song, the 17-year-old known for his pretty looks and ever-changing hairstyles ad-libbed: “Let’s give them something to talk about … other than hair.”

On Tuesday night’s show, Simon Cowell had slammed his performance as “utterly horrendous.” And for once, the notoriously mean judge was vindicated.

“I’m beginning to sense something here,” a grinning Cowell said when Malakar wound up in the bottom three. (Watch Cowell extract himself from hot water over an eye-rolling reaction Video)

Ex-classmates say gunman was bullied – Massacre at Virginia Tech

Ex-classmates say gunman was bullied – Massacre at Virginia Tech – MSNBC.com

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Long before he killed 32 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Cho Seung-Hui was bullied by fellow high school students who mocked his shyness and the strange way he talked, former classmates said.

Cho, 23, a senior English major at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, killed 32 people in two attacks before taking his own life Monday. He sent a large multi-media package outlining his grievances against religion and the wealthy to NBC News, but police said Thursday that the material added little to their investigation.

The text, photographs and video in the package bristle with hatred toward unspecified people whom Cho, a South Korean immigrant, accused of having wronged him, adding to a portrait of a solitary man who rarely, if ever, managed normal social interactions.

Chris Davids, a Virginia Tech student who graduated with Cho from Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., in 2003, recalled that Cho almost never opened his mouth and would ignore attempts to strike up a conversation.

Once, in an English class, the teacher had the students read aloud and, when it was Cho’s turn, he just looked down in silence, Davids recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. Finally, after the teacher threatened to give him a failing grade for participation, Cho started to read in a strange, deep voice that sounded “like he had something in his mouth,” Davids said.

“As soon as he started reading, the whole class started laughing and pointing and saying, ‘Go back to China,’” Davids said.

Ex-Duke Players Ponder D.A. Lawsuit

It looks like the Duke boys are looking to cash in.  In a world of frivolous lawsuits, I can’t blame them.  Hell, everybody else cashed in, from Networks to race hustlers.  Why shouldn’t the actual victims get paid? 

Ex-Duke Players Ponder D.A. Lawsuit, Cleared Of Sex Assault Charges, 3 Former Students Not Ruling Out Civil Suit Against Mike Nifong – CBS News

(CBS/AP) Despite an apology from the prosecutor who pursued rape charges against their clients, the lawyers for three exonerated former Duke lacrosse players were weighing a lawsuit against him, and legal experts said their case could have merit.

Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong’s issued a carefully worded apology to the players on Thursday, but it may not have been enough to prevent the former players from suing him.

So far, attorneys for David Evans, Reade Seligmann, and Collin Finnerty have not said whether they plan a civil action against Nifong. But they have not ruled it out.

Prosecutors generally have immunity for what they do inside the courtroom, but experts said that protection probably doesn’t cover some of Nifong’s more questionable actions in his handling of the case — such as calling the lacrosse players “a bunch of hooligans” in one of several interviews deemed unethical by the state bar.

“I think their chances of success suing Mr. Nifong are reasonably good, despite what we call prosecutorial immunity,” said John Banzhaf, a professor at the George Washington University School of Law.

On Wednesday, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper threw out the case against the three young men, pronounced them innocent and delivered a withering attack on Nifong, portraying him as a “rogue” prosecutor guilty of “overreaching.” Cooper said Nifong rushed the case, failed to verify the accuser’s allegations and pressed on despite the warning signs.

‘Tiny Bubbles’ singer Don Ho dies at 76

In Memory of Don Ho. Rest in Peace Bruddha.

‘Tiny Bubbles’ singer Don Ho dies at 76 – Yahoo! News

HONOLULU – Legendary crooner

Don Ho, who entertained tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses and singing the catchy signature tune “Tiny Bubbles,” has died. He was 76.

He died Saturday morning of heart failure, publicist Donna Jung said.

Ho had suffered with heart problems for the past several years, and had a pacemaker installed last fall. In 2005, he underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Thailand.

Promoter Tom Moffatt said he attended Ho’s final show Thursday and Ho received a standing ovation. Afterward, Ho reminisced about his many years in Waikiki and talked about how Judy Garland sang with him one night.

“Don was in great spirits,” he said. “He was fine.”

Ho entertained Hollywood’s biggest stars and thousands of tourists for four decades. For many, no trip to Hawaii was complete without seeing his Waikiki show — a mix of songs, jokes, double entendres, Hawaii history and audience participation.

Shows usually started and ended with the same song, “Tiny Bubbles.” Ho mostly hummed the song’s swaying melody as the audience enthusiastically took over the familiar lyrics: “Tiny bubbles/in the wine/make me happy/make me feel fine.”

“I hate that song,” he often joked to the crowd. He said he performed it twice because “people my age can’t remember if we did it or not.”

Imus, the Internet and Intellectual Elitism: My Week in Review

It’s been an odd and interesting week for the media. My week began with this story in my mailbox. In it, Charles Cooper, of CNET News, reviews Andrew Keen’s new book ‘ The Culture of the Amateur’. The tome appears to be a cautionary tale on the evils of citizen journalism to western civilization as we know it.

While the book does not debut until June, some excerpts make it clear that Keen is not so keen on today’s blogging landscape. In fact, he sees the situation as quite bleak. We bloggers, apparently, are collectively corrupting and confusing popular opinion about everything from politics, to commerce, to arts and culture”. Keen, being a good cultural elitist, also ensures that he covers the omnipresent danger to our youth…”These days, kids can’t tell the difference between credible news by objective professional journalists and what they read on joeshmoe.blogspot.com.”

Not really knowing or caring what some Brit mucky muck thought about my sins on the internet, I rattled off a nice little rant to my wife over the story and got on with my day. Then the Imus story broke.

Don, in the crotchety, faux coolness that only he has, took a big fat bite of some shoe leather. He is a cagey veteran at putting his foot in his mouth. I think Imus can probably differentiate shoe brands by taste at this point. Well, the media feeding frenzy was on at that point, party people. Every media personality had to trot out with their two cents. From racism to rap, the entire mainstream media collectively swam in the sewer that is Don Imus’ mouth for nearly a week. And their efforts did not go unrewarded. Political and economic pressures cost Don Imus not one but two jobs.

(Author’s note: I’ve intentionally omitted any links to the Imus story. Because honestly, I fear that if one more page gets indexed with the keywords Imus, Sharpton or Jackson, the internet may implode under the collective weight of their ignorance.)

Then the irony hit me this morning before my first cup of coffee. My weekly visit to the “O’Reilly Radar” rewarded me with a gift. Tim O’Reilly and other bloggers have produced a “Draft Bloggers Code of Conduct“. This movement was initiated partly in response to a rather heated and nasty exchange among several site operators. So, when confronted with an unpleasant situation, what did bloggers do. They contacted the parties, acted as mediators and proposed a solution. Nobody was fired. Nobody was boycotted. The offending parties were dealt with in a professional and appropriate manner. And in the spirit of democracy, the Code of Conduct is open source, so all parties can contribute to the discourse. No monopoly of opinion in the blogosphere, folks.

So, I have come full circle.

Given the events of the past week, which group is actually ‘corrupting and confusing popular opinion‘? Can I truly say that giving a media bullhorn to panderers and race hustlers constitutes ‘credible news by objective professional journalists‘?

I’ll certainly give Mr. Keen’s book a read when it is released. For now I’ll simply posit that perhaps the opinions of the populace aren’t necessarily ‘popular’ with his crowd. But I’ll take an objective citizen journalist over an elitist with an agenda and a microphone any day.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: MS Walk in Maryland.

OK. I’m asking anybody and everybody to put up or shut up. If you live in and around the Maryland area, PLEASE click this link and pledge to walk in the MS walk-a-thon. I, my wife and my children are planning on walking and we hope to see a big crowd with us. I’ll be placing this on several sites. So even if you can’t make any of the walks, please do what you can to give and keep this post bumped up for more folks see it.

It’s easy to sit back and point at what others don’t do. Sometimes you need to ask yourself that question. I know I do. Thanks to all for whatever you can do.

Thanks Again,

Chin

Another small favor…If you sign up, shoot me an e-mail to chin@houseofchin.com to let me know where you heard about it and which location you will be walking. I’d like to report on our success (hopefully, come on team).

LIKE YOU REALLY CARE: Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

In memoriam o Kurt Vonnegut, I searched for a personal anecdote from someone who actually met the man. Obituaries are such a cold litany of one’s life. This post was perfect in that this gentleman probably knew Vonnegut as well as his closest ‘friends’. Thanks for the post, Arlo.

LIKE YOU REALLY CARE: Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

When I was a marketing intern at Steppenwolf (which seems like ancient history now), they were mounting a mediocre stage adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five.

The afternoon of opening night, I was standing out front smoking a cigarette wearing this alarmingly bright green blazer that I found at a thrift store a few years prior. Two drags into my cigarette, out walks Kurt Vonnegut. He’s standing three feet away from me. He removes his pack of unfiltered Pall Malls from his inside pocket and brings one to his mouth. I whip out my Zippo and light it for him.

“Did you win the Masters?”

It takes me a second, but I realize he’s asking me about my blazer. I reply, “No, but this is an original Arnold Palmer.” I open the blazer to reveal Arnold Palmer’s embroidered signature on the inside pocket. Kurt Vonnegut snickered.

For the next five minutes, he and I made smalltalk about golf. He seemed to enjoy watching golf but not necessarily playing it. I talked about the lessons I took when I was in junior high school and how bad I was.

The conversation was abruptly interrupted when Martha Lavey, the Artistic Director of Steppenwolf, came out of the theater with some of Vonnegut’s handlers. One handler said, “Okay, we’re going to dinner now,” in an effort to hurry him away from the oddly dressed intern. So we thanked each other for the time and said our goodbyes.

I learned the next day that Vonnegut was sheepish all day. He avoided conversations with anyone wanting to blow smoke up his ass. He sat in corners. I also learned that he really only seemed interested in two random conversations that day: the conversation with me and a conversation with a janitor about the Bears.

The greatest celebrity encounter of my life was meeting Arlo Guthrie. Obviously. Making Kurt Vonnegut laugh is a very close second.