Texas Love Advice
Plus Some Occasional Comments on the
State of the Popular Culture
L-R: Michael Mazocco, Wendy
R. Williams, Armistead Johnson
Photo Credit: Stephen Mosher
Goes On: Last night,
David Letterman stunned his audience by announcing
that he has been the victim of a blackmail scheme
- another CBS employee had demanded that Letterman
give him $2,000,000 or this blackmailer would tell
the world that the married Letterman had had affairs
with CBS staffers. Instead, according to Letterman's
statement, he had gone to the Manhattan DA and the
alleged extorter has been arrested. Now isn't this
a tasty bit for all late show hosts and just the
thing to give Letterman a needed dose of "bad-boy"
in his competition with the younger Conan O'Brien?
But many kudos to Letterman for handling a bad situation
in the correct way - not trying to sweep it under
the carpet but simply stating what happened. Unfortunately
for Letterman's family this scandal won't simply
ride out a news cycle or two - there will be a trial
which will keep us all titillated for months to
God Bless Sarah Palin:
I (and every other columnist, talk show host and
water- cooler-standee) am simply giddy with glee.
Sarah Palin has "written" a book titled
Going Rogue which will be released on November
17, 2009 just in time to be enjoyed with the other
turkey. Let's hope the ghost writer (read "real"
writer) Lynn Vincent has left in enough Palinese
(strange form of English spoken by our darling Sarah)
to gas up my column and keep it running until Christmas.
Alaska must be feeling
pretty small to an ex-governor who is addicted to
shopping at Saks. Just how long do you think it
will take for Sarah to pick up her family and decamp
for California? I know LA is filled with pseudo
liberals, but the great state of California has
also been home to whack jobs like Amy
Semple McPherson and Howard
Hughes. California is also a strong hold of
the NRA plus there is always the lure of conservative
Republican Orange County where the spirit of "I
got mine, see you get yours" reigns.
Beat Goes On: Manson Family member and convicted
murderer Susan Atkins has died in prison. And famed
film director Roman Polanski, whose pregnant wife
Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family, has
been arrested in Switzerland on an outstanding warrant
for for raping a thirteen-year-old girl in Los Angeles
and then skipping bail and fleeing to France.
This is the saga
that never ends.
The terminally ill Atkins (brain cancer) was recently
denied humanitarian parole so she could die in freedom.
But even the most kind hearted soul might reason
that a person who could stab a crying pleading pregnant
woman to death should never be paroled.
As for Polanski, this is a much
more complicated case. He says he did not know that
the girls in his hot tub was thirteen (huh?) and
the victim who is now the forty-five- year-old mother
of three, wants no part of this criminal case and
the ensuing questions as to just what was a thirteen
year old girl doing alone with a group of adults
at Jack Nichoson's house in the first place and
whatever was her mother thinking? And according
to the HBO documentary (Roman
Polanski: Wanted and Desired), the now-deceased
media-hungry judge in the case, seems to have had
seriously compromised objectivity.
These two cases are on opposite
sides in public opinion. There is no controversy
surrounding the sentencing of any of the Manson
Family - simply throw them in prison, lock the door
and throw away the key. The Polanski case, however,
is a hot potato that seemingly no one wants to deal
with - much better to just forget it every happened.
But now that the "helpful" Swiss have
arrested Pollanski, something will have to be done.
Hopefully cool heads will reign and the case of
fugitive film director Roman Polanski will finally
The Beat Goes
has been a surreal week in the news:
Makenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) has
revealed that she had a long-term sexual relationship
with her father, John Phillips of the sixties band,
The Mamas and Pappas (MSNBC.com).
Kevin Federline is hauling his oversized mid section
to TV's Celebrity Fit Club, proving once
again that being a stay-at-home mamma (or pappa)
isn't good for anyone's girlish figure (MSNBC.com).
Renegade Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been
figuratively wandering the tri-state area in search
of a place to pitch his tent (bnd.com
). And out in the wilds, the coyotes are "doing
the wild thing" with the wolves, resuling in
a new breed - the coywolf (also MSNBC.com).
I think it's time for all of us to go outside and
howl at the moon.
Antonio Banderas and Justin
Shrek the Third Movie Premiere - London
June 11, 2007
Solarpix / PR Photos
From time to time, I run some whacky photo from
across the pond - hats that need to be watered,
bizarre dead animals in glass cases at the museum.
Check out this old photo of Antonio Banderas riding
piggy on Justin Timberlake's back. Does having a
culture that dates back to Romans (as opposed to
our feeble attempts which began in 1492) made London
and anyone who visits a tad bit daft? Just think
about it. This is a town where Amy Winehouse, Madonna
and Queen Elizabeth can all feel comfortably at
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