Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bone Collectors

Victim Jaycee Dugard, age 11

Victim Jaycee Dugard, age 11


Posted by Bluedog89
As the search of Jaycee Dugard’s alleged captors’ backyard continues, authorities announced that a bone fragment has been found next door to suspect Phillip Garrido’s house. The announcement came as crime scene investigators scour every inch of Garrido’s property, including the tent-and-shed compound that hid Dugard for 18 years. Although the bone was found near Garrido’s backyard, he is alleged to have some ties to the property where the bone was located. Police at this time are not sure if the bone collected is human or animal, but the fragment will be tested as soon as possible to determine its origins.

Rumors are circulating the crime scene that two girls living in Garrido’s Antioch neighborhood were abducted in the late 1980s, prior to Dugard’s abduction in 1991. Police are also speculating that Garrido may be involved in several cases involving missing prostitutes. Sources refuse to comment further about any evidence tying Garrido to these crimes.

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Carrie Prejean Sues Pageant For Religious Discrimination

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean


Posted by Audiegrl
I should have entitled this diary ‘Prolonging her 15 minutes of fame‘…

As reported by Anthony McCartney at Huffington Post: Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean sued pageant officials Monday for libel, slander and religious discrimination, accusing them of telling her to stop mentioning God even before her controversial remarks against gay marriage.

Prejean sued California pageant executive director Keith Lewis and actress and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, who served as a co-director before resigning in protest of Prejean. She is also suing publicist Roger Neal, who handles press for Miss California USA and Lewis.

Prejean was fired in June by pageant officials who said she missed several scheduled appearances.

One interesting point of fact: She is not sueing Donald Trump, who owns Miss California USA’s parent organization and who in May refused to fire Prejean, a decision he reversed a month later. Even she knew better than to try that one.

Now there should be at least one reality show producer out there who would be interested in giving her a show. I know that her guest spot on the Fox and Friends show didn’t go that well (and this from a network that typically sets the bar pretty low for their on-air news readers). But why should the rest of us have to put up with news stories on her lawsuit, ad nauseam for the upcoming months? That seems like cruel and unusual punishment.

As Keith Olbermann often asks Sarah Palin, I’ll now ask the same of Ms. Prejean.

How can we miss you, if you won’t go away?

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44-D True Crime: Have Reality TV Shows Gone to Far?

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Posted by Audiegrl

I remember in 1992 when MTV’s “Real Word” series got started. It was fun to watch a group of young people try to get along with each other. Most of the shows contained at least two people that you just knew were going to clash. Great TV right? Well, nowadays you can pretty much count on in-house fighting, spitting, lots of cursing bleeps, contestants with criminal records, and lots and lots of hook-ups. The reality stars of the nineties, should be astounded at the so-called ‘Reality Stars’ that are being made in 2009. Many people who participate in one reality show, are often given the chance to participate in other reality shows on that network, or given their own shows ($$cha-ching$$). The new brand of reality star has their own agents, publicists, and fan clubs. They can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and if they do something really outrageous, they will be featured in a ‘Greatest Reality Star Moments’ type special. That was as far as they could go with their ’15 minutes of fame’. That is, until Ryan Jenkin’s came along.

Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore

Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore

Jenkins didn’t win is spot as reality TV’s most outrageous star by fighting or cussing, or spitting. He won that spot by killing his wife. (Or for legal reasons, I should say, allegedly killing his wife.) Ryan’s alleged actions have turned the world of reality TV on its ear. Ryan was involved in both VH1’s ‘Megan Wants a Millionaire” and “I Love Money 3“.

Police believe that Ms. Fiori was strangled in the early hours of August 14th. Security camera’s show Jenkins leaving the hotel later that morning by himself with a large suitcase. This is the same suitcase police would find in a dumpster containing the mutilated body of Ms. Fiore. Thinking that the removal of her fingers and teeth would deter investigators trying to identify the body, her killer forgot one important thing. Fiore was quickly identified by the serial numbers on her breast implants. At that point Jenkins became a person of interest and a suspect. Jenkins was a native of Canada, and many believed that he would flee there, because Canadian courts will not extradite people accused of capital crimes. After a week long international chase, Jenkins body was found hanging from a coat rack at a Canadian motel an apparent suicide.

It has been rumored that Jenkins used his marriage Fiore to gain US citizenship. But Jenkins was also going to be facing a judge for allegedly striking Fiore on the arm. It was discovered that Jenkins was convicted and did 16 months in Canada for beating another girlfriend. So he already had a record of domestic abuse when he was vetted for the two shows. That must have been some serious vetting, right? Not so much.

Cast of Megan Wants A Millionaire

Cast of Megan Wants A Millionaire

Right now VH1 and 51 Mind Entertainment, are trying their best to distance themselves from Jenkins and from each other. They immediately shelved the remaining ten episodes of ‘Megan Wants A Millionaire‘, word had it that Jenkins was one of the final two millionaire contestants. Which means that Jenkins would have been in every episode right to the end. When I said ‘shelved’ that is not giving them enough credit. They totally obliterated MWM from all commercials, their website, Itunes, ect. A week later they announced that they would also be shelving ‘I Love Money 3. Jenkins was featured in this series as well, and it was rumored that he actually WON. So once again, he would have been in every episode, right up to the end. So in this case, by shelving both shows, they get credit for doing the right thing.

What I really want ask is this? How can 51 Minds Entertainment (who produces the show for VH1), expect a different outcome when they don’t properly eliminate potential candidates who have a criminal record? In this country, most jobs are closed to you if you have a felony on your record. Why do they keep rewarding contestant’s bad behavior? Case in point, Megan Hauserman and Sharon Osborn got into a physical alteration on the reunion show of ‘Charm School 2“. Megan threatened to sue. So amazingly now she has her own ‘Megan Wants a Millionaire” show. Is that how you reward fighting on national TV? Giving the person their own show?

Yes, I know, in our culture outlandish behavior is always rewarded by 15 minutes of fame. And yes, I am guilty of watching them too. But America’s unhealthy addiction to watching damaged people make fools of themselves also has a price…

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After A Year of Sarah Palin, Alaska Wonders, “What the Hell Were We Thinking?”

Posted by Betham37
This was also posted at The Mudflats.  I felt it was really a very good article about how she duped everyone.  All she is, is a pretty face with nothing between the ears, in my opinion.  Regardless of what Taylor thinks, I believe that she’s digging a grave for herself.

She’s going to Asia to talk to an investors group.  Oh my, too bad MSM isn’t allowed in there to hear that speech.  But, I’m sure it will leak out.

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Five Myths About Health Care Around The World

Posted by Betham37
I found this very compelling about health care.  It’s too bad that more people don’t read this, specifically our Republican friends who think the Public Option is socialism.

I just pray that our President listens to Teddy and gets a good health care bill with the Public Option to sign.

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Secret Service: We’ll ‘Follow Up’ On Obama Death Prayers

Pastor Steven Anderson and gun-toter Chris Broughton

Pastor Steven Anderson and gun-toter Chris Broughton


Posted by Audiegrl

From TPMMuckraker: Asked about Pastor Steven Anderson and gun-toter Chris Broughton’s repeated wishes for President Barack Obama to die, Special Agent Darrin Blackford of the Secret Service sends along this statement:

“We are aware of the situation and appropriate follow up will be conducted.”

Broughton is the member of Anderson’s Faithful Word Baptist Church who brought an AR-15 rifle and a hand gun to an Obama event in Phoenix earlier this month. Anderson later confirmed to TPMmuckraker that just 24 hours before that show of arms-bearing, Broughton attended the pastor’s fiery sermon in which he prayed for “Obama to melt like a snail tonight” for being a “socialist devil, murderer, infanticide.”

Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona

Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona

And yesterday, Broughton and Anderson took their statements even further, with the pastor saying he’d like Obama to die of brain cancer like Ted Kennedy, and Broughton for the first time publicly saying that he, too, would like the president to be dead.

No word on what form the Secret Service’s follow up will take. And the agency would not comment on a CNN report that it interviewed Anderson.

I have a couple of questions about these events.

First, when are the Republican leader’s going to stand up against this thuggery and treason? Nobody disliked President Bush and his policies more than me. But never in my wildest-dreams did I pray for him to DIE. Come on now…that’s just beyond the pale.

Secondly, shouldn’t the IRS be involved with this Paster Anderson’s actions? Its obviously against the law to preach politics from the pulpit. Shouldn’t someone be looking into having the Faithful Word Baptist Church’s tax exempt status removed?

I am sick and tired of the MSM’s unsettling fascination with these crazies. Yes, I know, in our culture outlandish behavior is always rewarded by 15 minutes of fame. But someone has got to be the adult here, and say enough is enough.

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Andrew Sullivan slams Chris Wallace: “man crush” on Dick Cheney

Posted by GeoT

“Now look: there are softball interviews; and then there are interviews like this. It cannot be described as journalism in any fashion. Even as propaganda, which is its point, it doesn’t work – because it’s far too cloying and supportive of Cheney to be convincing to anyone outside the true-believers. When it comes to Cheney, one of the most incompetent vice-presidents in the country’s history, with a record of two grotesquely botched wars, war crimes and a crippling debt, Chris Wallace sounds like a teenage girl interviewing the Jonas Brothers”

From the Daily Dish @ The Atlantic

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