Thursday, December 27, 2007

Marissa Cooper Charged with D.U.I.!

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It's not a shock to me that Mischa Barton was booked on D.U.I. charges, but seriously girl you're not on the O.C. anymore! I thought the Marissa Cooper persona was dead and gone. Well at least it wasn't like episode 7 of season 1 when she overdosed on alcohol and anti-depressant pills, then ended up in a Tijuana alley. Barton was apparently driving recklessly and didn't signal when making a turn. The actress was charged with driving under the influence, possession of narcotics and driving without a valid license, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She's still being held on $10,000 bail. Dang, if this was Lindsay, she would be getting Starbucks by now! I wonder what kind of sentence will be handed down to her. Please don't think I'm making light of this story, it's a sad incident, but Hollywood is a revolving door, addicts go in and then they come out! Developing.....

Just in case you missed that episode...

Fergie and Josh Duhamel are Engaged

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Congratulations are in order! Fergie and her beau, Josh Duhamel have gotten engaged. Duhamel's publicist has confirmed the wonderful news. I think we all know Fergie's story, she was a Meth addict and an alcoholic, so she's definitely a role-model for Lohan and Winehouse. Hopefully, the couple can make it to the alter as so many don't! He seems like a nice guy, but Transformers sucked! I'm sure some won't agree, but my review says it all.

Pakistan's Former Prime Minister is Assassinated!

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I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and most definitely a Happy New Year. I have a feeling '08 will be filled with controversies, re-counts, and other crimes that have plagued our celebs and politicians! It means that I will have a plethora of things to give my opinion on.

Some sad news has occurred around the world, Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto died Thursday as Party security adviser says she was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle. The suicide bomber/assassin then blew himself up. Twenty other people were also killed during the explosion! It's news like this that makes me feel very fortunate and really appreciate America, even with all the injustices and horrid crimes that take place. People in other countries can't even have the freedom to express their political views nor be apart of a democracy. As the primaries are slowly among us, we need to really think of the kind of leader we want for this country. In the midst of an Iraq War that hasn't ceased and a justice system riddled with controversy, it's imperative that he or she is the best candidate and not the face of either party. I hope all of you reading this will vote and realize that we are truly blessed with many freedoms.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Jamie Lynn and the Long Road Ahead

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Jamie Lynn Spears is a topic I've steered away from. Usually on All Things Scorpia, I'm very opinionated and sarcastic, but to me this is a bigger and broader issue than most think. You know the notion that 16 yr old girls don't get pregnant is a sad assumption, in fact 41.9 births per 1,000 in 2006 were charted in the United States. Why do people think that celebrity puts you in a new category other than a higher tax bracket. Jamie plays a character on a television show, yes I know it's Nickelodeon, but when did we become so clueless? We know damn well there's no such thing as a perfect teen. The real question needs to be, what responsibility will Nickelodeon burden? Will they make a teen pregnancy campaign featuring their beloved Zoey, I mean Spears? Please keep in mind that Zoey is not Spears and vice versa. The new season has wrapped and will premier in February on the network. So a tough decision lies ahead for the channel.

It's crazy to me how we criticize people, but won't get our own households in order! I admire the fact that Jamie is willing to go through the most difficult process in life. I'm a mother and it's one of the most hardest, rewarding life-style changes you could ever imagine. She could have hid it from everyone and had an abortion or disappear and come back with twins! I'm not saying that her speaking out on her private life doesn't have anything to do with her sister getting all the shine. I mean seriously, being 16 and spoiled has never been better. I definitely think that our childhood has a lot to do with the person we are in present day. I'm sure everyone knows that the father is an alcoholic and the mother is an on-hold author on parenting, but the trailer park family from Louisiana has many other family secrets that I'm sure will rear its ugly head! I don't think that anyone would've prevented this. If young people want to have unprotected sex then that's just what they'll do, we can't stop them! The only powers parents have is the back-hand and communication skills. We can talk to them and tell them the consequences of their actions. We can use the back-hand when they talk back and be disrespectful, but locking them up in a room so they won't open their legs is not a solution. Parents these days want to text hello to their children or sit-down and talk when they have dinner at The Ivy. Who's to blame in the situation? In my honest opinion, magazine covers, videos, the idea that love is sex.... in other words the world we live in is full of holes and we can't fill them until the need for change is universal!

Estrorade: New Sit on the Bench Energy Drink!

You're probably wondering what the hell am I talking about! Tracy McGrady has to be one of the most whining, tender, multi-million dollar basketball players I've ever seen. This dude totally needs to be traded or reprimanded for refusing to take a MRI on his sore knee. He's said that taking the test may reveal something, well duh Tracy. We need to know the problem, so you can be repaired, like the tin man without a heart or the whining lion who needs courage. You pick and we'll play! The reason why Ko-baby and Allen " the truth" Iverson are worthy of the dollars is, because they're leaders and ballers, I mean at least A.I. anyway! Seriously, some of the WNBA players are tougher than you. Yao is better conditioned this year, but he needs a tough teammate that can be on the floor with him. Shaq and Kobe worked, because neither was really hurt and if they were, you'd never know it. The task was the playoffs and then the championship, they made all of the above a reality. Please take a look at the following commercial and you'll understand why Iverson is one of the realest basketball players on the hardwood to date. Tracy watch and learn......

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Video of the Day

This is the most outrageous thing I've seen on public transportation. I hope you have a good laugh, because I sure as hell did!

Italian Courts Change Boy's Name!

Now this story is a crazy one! A mother named her child Friday and even had him baptised by that name. Usually, in Italy a priest will not perform the baptism if your first name is not of Christian origin. Well, for whatever reason this priest wasn't opposed or just didn't care about his responsibility at the time. The boy was about five months old when a city hall clerk noticed that he had a different name. She then snitched to a tribunal who then took the issue to the higher courts. The tribunal said that they were saving the child from a life of taunting. The family appealed, but lost and so the end result for the boy...Gregory Friday Germano! The appeals court upheld the decision, because of a novel written by Daniel Defoe titled Robinson Crusoe. Also, superstitious Italians believe that Friday is an unlucky day. I mean seriously, is it really up to the tribunal to protect a child or the parents? The mother is so infuriated by the opinion of the court and even came out with this statement: "I really doubt this would have happened to the child of parents who are rich and famous," the boy's mother told Reuters, recalling that some famous Italians had given their children unorthodox names such as "Ocean" or "Chanel". So, socio-economic status does rule the world, just what I thought!

Jessica Simpson was a Total Distraction for Romo!

Photo by: LM Otero / AP

I really apologize for the lack of posting this week, but I was getting my other website up and running. So as you can tell by the picture, this post is about Ms. Simpson, who in my opinion still acts like a stupid Blonde chick. I mean she really does fit that stereotype. She's made millions using that persona and I think she's just not that interesting anymore. I'll tell you what was interesting though, how much Tony Romo struggled during the game against the Eagles, he only had a 22 percent quarterback rating and if you're not a sports fan, just know that it's not a good look! It became a celebrity football game. They panned to Jessica every time he made a bad throw or during timeouts. I'm like hello, it's a damn football game for goodness sakes. Tony had a similar performance when his ex, Carrie Underwood attended the game. Jessica was so irritating, jumping and having that famous valley girl look, you know the OMG face! I bet if you asked her how many minutes are in a quarter, she wouldn't have a clue! So Tony, my suggestion would be to leave the women in the parking lot and focus on the game buddy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Video of the Day

I saw this video while posting on my 80's blog. I figured my readers here at All Things Scorpia could enjoy this old-school clip.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Q&A with Ms. Abiola Abrams

Q: Abiola, who are you?

A: I hear you Scorpia-- who is this Abiola chick anyway? (smiles) I am a wayward goddess, and artsy, hip hop feminist superhero! (giggles) Ok, ok…. Real talk now. I am an opinionated cheerleader, hip hop feminist, fashion-loving, cultural critic, and TV big mouth.

Q: OKayyy.

A: I guess that the answer you’re looking for is that I am the host of THE BEST SHORTS on BET-J, an indie film show. I am an art filmmaker, and chick lit author who gives motivational talks. Dare, published by Simon & Schuster, is my first novel. Check it out! My book tour is called The Dare To Be B.A.D. Revolution, and I’m loving chilling at All Things Scorpia!

Q: What inspired your first novel Dare?

A: DARE is a smart, romantic, comedic story about finding true love and self-esteem. I was inspired by the crazy things that I see going on within the industry and the character Maya also goes through a painful breakup as I did just before writing this story.

Q: Why do you to call your virtual book tour the "Dare To Be Bad" Revolution?

A: My book release soiree is called Party Like a Book Star, and I’m really excited about my virtual tour called, as you said, the Dare to Be B.A.D. Revolution. B.A.D. means Beautiful and Daring. I want people to read this book and feel invincible. Maya’s best friend Athena in the novel Dare forces her to ask herself, What would you DARE to do if you knew you could not fail? That’s what the Dare to Be B.A.D. Tour, and Dare is all about.

Q: What's the plot?

A: Dare is the story of Maya, a sociologist with self esteem issues who goes undercover in the hip hop industry as a sexed up rapper named Jezebel and almost loses herself. It is a comedic portrayal of temptation and the entertainment industry. Dare also quotes almost every influential woman in hip hop from Roxanne Shante and Queen Latifah, to Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown to Wendy Williams and Kimora Lee Simmons. It is about learning to own and manage your personal power. I want us all to be strong, kick-ass goddess women! There are lots of goodies on my site to help us in that direction.

Q: What writers influence you?

A: Hmmm. I enjoy a wide variety of work from the literary works of Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor to the tell it like it is work of Terry McMillan. I am also a magazine junkie! I also enjoy hip hop author Heru Ptah and many of my peers like Jennifer Weiner, Black Artemis and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. There are exciting things happening in black and Latin women's writing right now! I am also classically inspired as you'll even find hints of The Wizard of Oz in Dare. In fact, the entire novel Dare is a chick lit retelling of Faust set in the hip hop world. Ohh—and there are secret shout outs to the writings of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker in the book. Email me if you find them!

Q: Any other influences, Abiola?

A; Surprisingly, I was influenced by the music of Nas and Jay-Z. I was inspired by the videos of Beyonce, Tupac’s poetry, and films like Moulin Rouge, Frida and Romeo + Juliet. I was inspired by everything from sex to spirituality. I am an artist, so I draw from my environment. It’s crazy when I am in creativity mode. I might wake up in the middle of the night and draw a mural on the wall.

Q: Tell us about your show, BETJ's The Best Shorts.

A: The Best Shorts is a short film show and competition created by my producers Sean Joell Johnson and Ralph Scott. Another executive producer on the show is Paxton Baker of BET. We have a really strong team over at BET J who believe that it is important to tell alternative stories and give emerging artists a voice. Each season we give away a combined $30,000 to a winner and a runner up. Although we are on Black Entertainment Television, people of all races come up to me daily and tell me how much they love the show. Oh—just an FYI, there is no more BET Jazz. It’s BET J. (smiles)

Q: What other projects do you have in the works, Abiola?

A: I want to get women of color more comfortable speaking about sex and sexuality. We have a history of being sexually exploited and now we can’t tell the difference between that and true pleasure, which we do have a right to, like anyone else. Look for some erotic themed film work coming up: It’s like sex education for my generation, the hip hop generation. Until we can be sexually honest, women of color will keep dying of AIDS.

Q: Wow. Anything else?

A: I am building a very exciting partnership with Tracey Cooper over there is amazing. In addition to my BET show, I will be hosting a daily online show called Planet Abiola that you can find on soon. Check my site or for updates. The blackplanet page is . This was fun. Continued success DJ Scorpia!

Here’s where to find more from Abiola Abrams & DARE:
Abiola Central:
Abiola on Myspace:
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1Abiola Abrams interview © 2007 Abiola Abrams, All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

" Singin' in the Rain" on Movies Rock

I watched all of the performances from Movies Rock 2007, but none moved me like Usher's performance. I think he was just on point with even the most smallest detail. Beyonce didn't even sing the whole song, so that was real boo for her! Everyone else was pretty good, but new father and husband was the best!

Suspended Doorman Returns to Work

I saw this story on Headline News tonight and it was so funny! A Manhattan doorman was suspended for bad breath! He's been working at the complex for 40 years. He was told by management not to return on Friday, because of Halitosis. Jonah Seeman was suspended twice for bad breath. Seeman says he stopped eating garlic and takes mouthwash and breath mints to work. It's a disease people, so if you haven't figured that out of the last 40 years then something is definitely wrong with you. The management over the building weren't taking calls, but sent the doorman a letter dated Nov. 21, stating: "We can no longer tolerate the fact that you have severe breath odor while on duty." Well, it helps to have a big mouth! Jonah went public and a day after he was suspended and calls weren't being returned, management now says he won't lose any money nor is his job at risk.

Alvin and the Chipmunks, Not So Much!

I went to the Alvin and the Chimpunks premier today. I anticipated updated dialogue, but still the same cuteness that the show possessed so many years ago, boy was I wrong! I understand that times have changed and technology has definitely upgraded, but this movie is just to mature for kids. I mean seriously, there wasn't one kid in the whole entire movie! It looked more like a music video with girls in bikinis, people drinking martinis, and big booty background singers, and then three little chipmunks dancing and singing. A dad brought his two kids and held his head in shame as he walked out before the movie ended. I wont give to many details of the movie, but just know it's not a good look! We were leaving the theatre and this lady was handing out posters and maybe 5 people took one. I hope your experience is better than mine, just had to put my opinion out there.

Friday, December 7, 2007

"Nothing Pre-Dated Christians"

The world is flat and nothing pre-dated Christians! Sherri Sheperd once again states false information yesterday on the View. Sherri you can't get out of this one sweetie. You can go on every talk show and try to cover it up with, brain farts, nervousness, but no one believes you now as if they did before. I hate when people speak before they think. She's always putting her Christianity front and center and that's fine if I'm watching TBN, but damn it's a talk-show. So my conclusion is that she just has bad comprehension skills, that's all! lol

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Vanessa was Nude and Now She's Being Sued!

I hope the title wasn't to corny! First nude pics, then rumors of Disney dumping the young adult idol and now a $150,000 suit! Who's not having the best year ever, Vanessa Hudgens! She's being sued by her former attorney, Brian Schall for unpaid commissions that the child star earned while under contract. Hudgens earned at least $5 million while under contract with Schall. She and her attorney tried to argue that Vanessa was only sixteen when the contract with Schall was signed and cited California's Family Code, which says "the contract of a minor is voidable before [age 18] or within a reasonable time afterward." The judge presiding over the case is allowing the suit to move forward, because she waited to late to deal with the situation. She was 18 yrs and 9 months when she tried to bamboozle some intelligent people and as you can see it didn't work. It kills me when stars try to act innocent when the isht hits the fan, she didn't have a problem when she posed nude! Anyway, we shall see what happens.

Willis and Cabrera Headed to Motown

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

The winter is looking pretty good for the MLB! The first blockbuster deal has been made and my favs Dontrell Willis and Miguel Cabrera are heading to the Detroit Tigers. In 2003, when Miguel was a youngster in the league, he won a World Series and now with the addition of the left-handed pitcher and slugger the Tigers are seeking the same success. The A-Rod deal, which I find preposterous is setting expectations very high for the MVP. The Yankees seem to think that with the new Yankee stadium revenues will make up for the big contract and that might be true, but will Alex fail in the post-season like he's done for the last two years. Until he can prove he's worthy of such a lucrative deal, I can't support the Yankees decision. Detroit Tigers will definitely be in the post-season next season and look for the Red Sox to be right with them. I can only hope that AT&T Uverse will offer the League pass. I put a call in to the company yesterday to demand the League passes be added and the rep was like, " ma'am we're working to make that happen, you aren't the only way that is frustrated with the lack of sports services!" I'm already excited about the '08 season! I'm just waiting on the Astros to make some kind of smart move, I can't be flying off to another city just to watch baseball.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

R.I.P. Pimp C

Chad Butler a.k.a." Pimp C" was found dead at the Mondrian Hotel located on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. He performed with Too Short on Saturday at the House of Blues. Pimp C was half of the dynamic down South duo, UGK. Their first mainstream hit was the summer anthem in 2000, " Big Pimpin" with Mr. Blueprint.

The hotel has finally released a statement:

"Mondrian received calls this morning from the family of Chad Butler inquiring about his whereabouts. Mr. Butler had checked into the hotel on 28 November and, according to the callers, was to have checked out yesterday. Security personnel went to Mr. Butler's room and found him in bed, apparently expired. A 911 call was placed at about 9:20 a.m. and paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced Mr. Butler dead."It's unclear how Butler, 33, died. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

On the radio here in Houston, the calls have been sad and uplifting. His partner " Bun B" is saddened by the news, but also thankful for the time he got to spend with Chad. My deepest sympathies goes out to the family. Wow, it's been such a crazy year!

R.I.P. Dr. Donda C. West

I'm not sure if I can post this, but someone who attended the funeral has forwarded me the obituary of Dr. Donda C. West. Again, my condolences go out to the family and I can't imagine what that void feels like, but someday I will. Please love people like you'll never see them again!

Jennifer Love Hewitt Loves Her Body

Jennifer Love Hewitt, the cute, sweet and sometimes naughty actress is firing back at media and bloggers for saying that she is fat. TMZ reported the story on their website on the 28th of November. Why is my response to the pics so delayed? I felt guilty for all the food I ate over the holidays, that's why! I don't understand the weight issue in Hollywood. I know that skinny is in, but who wants to look like Amy Winehouse and Mary-Kate Olsen. I think she looks healthy and absolutely gorgeous. Hewitt posted on her personal site that, " she's upset for all the girls out there that are struggling with their body image. You go girl! At least you're not some pill-popping, crack smoking, eat nothing but lettuce type of chick. If she gains another 10 pounds, then she's pregnant!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Is Hip-Hop to Blame for Sean Taylor's Death?

Good Morning to all my readers! I usually don't post about racial issues on this blog, unless it has to do with a big time controversy such as the Jena 6 event, notice I said an event, because the only time it becomes a major headline is when you have Politicians, Activists, and other high-profile individuals that come forth to defend the lives of people in that community.

Today, I'm compelled to speak out. I was listening to the local radio Hip-Hop show here in Houston, TX. Jason Whitlock, sports writer for the Kansas City Star blames hip-hop for the death of Sean Taylor. I beg to differ, jealousy and greed was behind that tragic crime. Yes, he did grow up in a community where sports existed to get out of the " hood" and a life of crime was a way of survival. Sean left his community behind, but not his fears and concerns of those who were once around him as a kid. Hip-Hop can't be the blame for every crime that involves a person of African descent in this country. Music in general is becoming more violent, over-hyped, and down right degrading. I want to point out a song from a different genre that involves crime against a person. Carrie Underwood has a song called " Before He Cheats" that talks about slashing the tires of her cheating boyfriend and taking a Louisville slugger to the headlights. Now in my opinion, that's not appropriate behavior for anyone. Yea it has a great beat and her voice is amazing, but the lyrics are very violent! I'm not making this a Black and White issue, it's about pointing out violence within a song. I'm sure Carrie was raised in a loving, Christian home, but somewhere along the line she discovered ways to punish her man if he doesn't act right. People get it mixed up, I know a lot of people of all races who were raised in those same type of homes, but outside variables factored in their life of crime. We all know what's right and wrong, but it's up to us to make wiser decisions on how to handle a situation. Most of the serial killers in this country have been educated and privileged. So what's the reason for their crimes? Do we blame heavy metal lyrics? Jimmy Hendrix was loved by all races, but his song " Hey Joe" was a song about Joe shooting his old lady and then going down to Mexico to escape. So it's up to you if shooting your old lady is the best way to solve her cheating on you with another man.

The bottom line is that crime exists in all communities. It's more prevalent in the Black communities most definitely, but that doesn't mean that music has to be the blame for all our crimes. Whitlock asked the question, " Does a Soulja Boy want an education?" Obviously Jason hasn't been paying attention, a lot of people in this country love that song! The most educated people have listened and danced to it. I guess he didn't watch the American Music Awards, Kimmel put Soulja Boy on a national stage. Now we can assume that it's because he loves the beat and enjoys the rhymes, but there will be people that say Jimmy was merely making fun of the Black community. I really don't listen to a lot of today's hip-hop, but that's my preference. I don't let my child listen to it, because sex and drugs are not something I want him to think is cool, but at the end of the day if he wants to partake in those behaviors then he will! We are in a generation of text messaging, Myspace, Paris look-a-likes , and the idea that having a million dollar home and a dubbed out car is the epitome of success.

In conclusion, Sean Taylor's death was committed by an individual that didn't want to get out of a life of crime, jealousy and greed took control of his respect for others. It's very sad what happened, but lets not make music as an excuse. How about celebrities in the entertainment industry go back to the " hood", educate and start funding some programs that will give these people some self-worth. Let them know that Soulja Boys can have an education! It's easy to look at things from a negative perspective when you're sitting in a leather recliner chilling by the fireplace in your nice home.

Two men and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the death of Taylor. Their intent was not to kill, but to steal. Apparently, they didn't expect anyone to be home, but Taylor was home due to a knee injury. I knew it wasn't going to take long before someone starts talking, because you know they bragged to some friends. The police sure know how to hold out on the info, at first everyone thought it was one suspect, that's why they were so adamant to say it was a burglary. The intent is to charge them with burglary and murder! I will definitely keep you posted.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Video of the Day

I just have one question, is this clip worse than Sheri thinking the world is flat? Kelly Pickler is truly an American Idol!

Player Shout-Out

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Lebron James is putting up some ridunculous stats this season. He already has four triple-doubles, but the "king" needs more than that! The Cavaliers still don't have any consistent perimeter shooters. Basically, Lebron James is the lone man out on the floor and management better make some moves soon. Unfortunately, Varejao won't be apart of the action this season. In my opinion, he was asking for to much. He is a good player, certainly not worth the upgrade he was looking for. So cheers to you Lebron for carrying the team on your shoulders!


Well I'll be damned, Lebron sprained his index finger during the first half of the Detroit game tonight. He returned to the bench suited up with his fingers wrapped. The Cavs lost, final score was 74-109! James is the number one offensive player in the league with an avg. of 31.7 points per game. I can only hope he heals up and gets the monkeys back on his shoulders.

Dancing with the Stars is Still Brewing with Drama!

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I had no intention of posting another DWTS story, but this one is good! I knew it wasn't just me that felt the fireworks. Everyone in America could feel the heat between Helio and Julianne, even his now ex-fiancee! Helio and Aliette Vazquez were together for almost six years and engaged for one. Apparently, the couple didn't want to confirm anything until after the show in fear that Helio could lose some votes. Maks's almost tearful commentary about Mel B. last night, made me do a double-take. I've never seen him so compassionate about anyone. He was Laila Ali's partner last season and the chemistry wasn't there, at least not for me! Maksim said, " I love Mel". Of course this doesn't mean in a romantic way, but aren't you secretly hoping so? This show is becoming a prime-time As the World Turns!

What's Your Opinion?

AP Photo/Marie Claire

I wasn't sure about the title of this post. I've backspaced so many damn times it's not even funny! I know it's sexy and expressive, but why do celebrity women pose naked on a magazine? I'm a mother and to me, exposing your pregnant belly is not a way to gain respect. In my opinion, it's an intimate delight that should be kept between mother and father. In the 90's Demi Moore did it and lets not forget Britney Spears a couple of years ago. I just don't see the point, maybe I'm just old-fashioned. Halle Berry will probably be the next hot celeb to expose their belly for the world to see. I mean don't get me wrong, a cute little Pea in the Pod outfit with a little belly exposure isn't that boo! It's the nakedness I have a problem with. Oh well keep up the good work ladies, I'm sure your boy or girl will be very proud. OMG, I just had a Marie Osmond moment, reports are surfacing that Britney is preggers with her third child! Please let this be one of those out there rumors that came from the mouth of a stoned party goer that met Brit in the hallway!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Safety for Redskins Dies in the Hospital After a Shooting

Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images

The NFL is mourning one of their star athletes today. Sean Taylor, a safety for the Washington Redskins died on Tuesday morning at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Taylor and his girlfriend had been victims of a burglary or robbery, authorities aren't sure just yet. The only concrete information the police have is the girlfriend's accounts of the crime. She said that the couple were awakened by noises and Taylor armed himself with a machete. A suspect forced their way into the bedroom and fired two shots, one unclaimed! What's more shocking is that eight days prior to this event, someone had entered Taylor's home and ravaged through his drawers. The suspect left a knife on his bed, my guess as a warning.

Taylor is no stranger to crime and league fines. He entered the league in 2004 as the fifth overall draft pick and shortly after that, he fired his agent. He skipped the mandatory rookie symposium and was fined $25,000! Later in that season, he was driving home from a party and was pulled over by the cops. They charged Taylor with drunk driving. In 2005, he was accused of brandishing a gun at a man during a fight. He pleaded no contest and received 18 months of probation. In 2006 during the playoffs, Taylor was fined $17,000 for spitting in the face of Buccaneers running back, Michael Pittman. It's really unfortunate when past behaviors can't be suppressed once a player gets in the league, but Taylor showed great improvement after the birth of his child, Jackie. He was like the Barry Bonds of the NFL! He rarely gave interviews, small inner circle, played hard on the field, sometimes to hard. Sean Taylor went to the Pro Bowl in 2006 despite those behaviors, because of his hard-hitting tactics on the field.

I sincerely send my condolences to the Taylor family. I can only hope that police can attain more evidence in order to arrest the perpetrator. I will definitely keep you posted. In my non-expert opinion, the suspect is probably someone he knows.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Barak Obama Inhaled, So What!

It's been a minute since I've posted anything political, so lets bring out the hats and bongs shall we! This video was made about a year ago when Obama first talked about his past drug use. Last Monday, Barak discussed his pass indiscretions with some high school students and of course he's coming under fire for doing so. In my opinion, Obama did the right thing! We're to busy trying to give this picture of perfection to our youths. Our kids aren't dumb nor blind, they listen to Pink and know about the current president's whiskey and Cocaine habit! I mean seriously, get the past out of the way! It's admirable of Rudy Guiliani to praise Barak for his honesty and I totally agree.

Barak is also looking to get some women voters from Mrs. Clinton. Ms. Oprah Winfrey will be on the campaign trail with the Illinois senator next month. Wow, what a platform he's going to have! Oprah can make 20 min segments just for Obama on her show everyday if she wants. We can only wait and see how Oprah's influence will help the former "420" member in his pursuit to the White House!

Dancing With the Stars Champion Is......

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I wanted to watch the finals before blogging my prediction. First of all, Marie Osmond had to be on something more than caffeine! I mean she was a hot mess, blurting words out and dismissing the judges comments. I think her partner was a little taken back by her behavior. She kept saying how she's one of the top doll designers in the world and that's the motivation behind the hideous doll routine they performed.

My favorite couple Mel and Maks were a little disappointing! There has been reports leaking that some of the Spice Girls were a little irritated with Melanie's practice schedule and they fear she may not be able to perform at her best for the tour. Oh goodness, stop whining already and enjoy the publicity you're getting from her being on the show. The girls clearly don't need any promoting across the pond, their tickets sold out in 38 seconds! So their first dance was the cha-cha and it looked more like a blah-blah, real shit!! The freestyle to Timbaland's " The Way I Are" was better, but the live band completely ruined it for me. They would've done better playing the damn CD and getting on with it! I know there's a little aggression in my words, but it's so justified.

Helio was all dimples and jagged teeth! I saved him for last, because I feel he'll be the last man standing. He will hold up that cheap, glittered disco ball that helps to catapult ones career and give us one last Colgate smile before heading to the race tracks!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Video of the Day

OMG is all I can say!

The Bachelor and DWTS

Carol Kaelson/ABC

I was going to write about the Bachelor, but it doesn't make sense to waste my writing energy on an idiot. Mel B and Maks should totally win DWTS, I mean seriously! Their chemistry is just undeniable and so fun to watch. I've never been so excited to watch a show, except for my beloved O.C.! Anywho, because that topic brings out so many emotions. Tonight is the results show and if Marie Osmond is still standing and not under those hot red lights, I'm going to throw my television against the wall! The last statement was so false, but the thought did cross my mind. My fingers are crossed and the right eyebrow is raised, so it better be good! Is it just me or does Mel and Maks make a hot couple?

I have a little energy left so let me just make a brief statement on the Bachelor. Brad Womack was a good-looking, funny, country, bar-owner that was in search of his partner in life, at least that's the bait from ABC. I watched the show mostly all season and my money had always been on DeAnna. She was beautiful, smart, funny, independent, and all the qualities that Mr. Womack was supposedly looking for. Last night, I was glued to the tube and elated when he sent bubbly Jenni on her way. I just new that DeAnna was the one and then he gets all choked up and punks out!! I will never watch the Bachelor again! I can't wait until the special tonight, where they can rip in to his a**! The next Bachelorette will be.....

Marie Osmond is in the finals, can you say REAL MAD! Kelly " the slut" from 90210 was kicked off last night after an amazing 30 cha-cha the night before. Mrs. Garth was the most improved and I felt she deserved a shot for the disco ball trophy. All of Marie Osmonds children probably voted a thousands time, she probably had a telethon working or was it sympathy that played a major role in the outcome? Her adopted 16 yr. old son entered rehab last week, she fainted 3 weeks ago from allergies resulting from the fires, and her 90-yr old dad passes away. You have to admit that it tugs at the heart of the American public! Congratulation to the finalists and I'm sure there's more drama coming our way.

"After the Final Rose" show last night was real good and Brad came off as a real jerk. I don't by the whole notion of not being in love justifies him walking away. I've seen other seasons where the man said, hey lets spend time together and see where we go from here. I'm like DeAnna, how could he just send her back home broken-hearted. I think the revelation of the studio flying DeAnna's dad spoke volumes. Brad said he wanted to ask permission from her father. Well, at the end of their segment when she said goodbye, he told her that she'll never know how much he misses her. Oh Brad please, just say that having 25 women drooling over you was a great way to get publicity and gain investors for that huge luxury hotel you're developing!

Lil Romeo Will Play College Ball for USC

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Lil Romeo will be the new star on the USC basketball team. Percy Jr. signed his national letter of intent on Monday at a news conference held at a swank nearby Beverly Hills hotel. He's a senior at Beverly Hills High School and is in the top 15 among point guards at preps schools around the nation. The 6 ft, 170 lb star averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 assists a game last season. I remember years ago when his father was cut from a couple of NBA team rosters. Hopefully, Romeo will have a different outcome. I think he's going the right route, his father wasn't able to attend a privileged school, so to see his son have the opportunity is very inspiring as long as he doesn't try to live vicariously through Romeo!

Californication Rip-Off

Wow, this is not a shocker! The Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing Showtime Networks over the name of their series, Californication which stars X Files star, David Duchovny. The series is the same name of the band's 1999 album which was widely successful. In my opinion, I agree with the band! I totally thought that the Red Hot Chili Peppers was involved with the show or was going to perform the intro or something in relation to that album. The band says that the show is, " inherently distinctive". Also to be noted is that one of the characters in the show is named "Dani California", which we all know is the popular song that was released in 2006. I will definitely keep you posted on this story.

Mary-Kate Olsen in the Hospital

AP Photo/Peter Kramer

Mary-Kate Olsen
was admitted to a Manhattan hospital today for a kidney infection. Her publicist, Nicole Caruso stated that the Full House alum will be released in a day or two. I hope she has a speedy recovery. Do you believe this story?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Video of the Day

I just had to make Esthero's "We R In Need of a Musical Revolution" the vid of the day. She's not mainstream, but this artist definitely should be! Here's the lyrics just in case your feet start tapping and you want to sing-a-long!

I'm so sick and tired
Of the shit on the radio
And MTV, they only play the same thing
No matter where I go
I see ashanti in the video
I want some thing more

We are in need of
A musical revolution
We are in need of

How can you make your way through the world today
When everybody is so angry
And what we hear affects our hearts
There's got to be a better way to communicate
So show your love not hate

We are in need of
A musical revolution
We're so tired of the same old
We are in need of
Some spiritual evolution
We're so tired of the same old

We are in need of love
We are in need of love

I'm calling, calling
I'm calling out, I'm calling you
I'm calling out
Doesn't anybody wanna do
Something new

I'm calling, calling, calling...

I'm so sick and tired
Of the shit on the radio

I'm calling all creators in the movement
It's time to offer a solution
To the dilution of what we love
And the greats would be so disappointed
Cause we've sold our souls for what we don't own anymore

We are in need of
Let's start a musical revolution
We're so tired of the same old
We are in need of some lyrical evolution
We're so tired of the same old, same old

I'm so sick and tired
Of the shit on the radio
And MTV, they only play the same thing
No matter where I go
I see ashanti in the video
I want some thing

'Cause I'm so sick and tired
Of the shit on the radio
And MTV, they only play the same thing
No matter where I go
I see Britney on my video screen
I want something more

Let's start a musical revolution
Something more
Let's start a musical revolution

Tell me why
A grown man can rape a little girl but we
Still hear his shit on the radio
A grown-ass man can videotape a little girl but we
Still see his mug up on our video screens

I want something more
I want something.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Barry Bonds

REUTERS/Kimberly White/Files (UNITED STATES)

Barry "big head" Bonds was indicted today on perjury and obstruction of justice charges! The charges have been long overdue in my opinion. Why did it take four years of tax payers money to bring Bonds down? I have an opinion, lets make all the dinero we can and then once the record is broken, we can string his butt up and hang him! Hey, honesty is the best key. I know that being arrogant and dominant can get you far in life sometimes, but he was just plain stupid!! Giambi talked like a crazy teen on a cell phone. Bonds was offered immunity during his testimony in the BALCO case, if he didn't commit perjury. It's amazing how powerful people feel invincible or untouchable. For example, Clinton never had sexual relations with Monica and Pete Rose never bet on baseball. I think once the evidence is presented, Barry will sit in jail for years or sing like a bird to be free. Remember Barry, " there's no crying in baseball!"

Amy Winehouse Booed at Concert!

AFP/File/Jeff Pachoud

I was hoping that Amy Winehouse was really getting her act together, especially after the overdose on Crack and Heroin that occurred months ago. It seems that my hopes have been crushed! The "Rehab" singer was a stumbling, mumbling, and drugged out mess on stage at her concert that was held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. The 13,000 plus fans booed and shouted obscenities to Amy as she gave a horrible performance. She became agitated with the angry crowd and shouted back, "Let me tell you something. First of all, if you're booing, you're a mug for buying a ticket". Wow, way to thank your fans! I can only pray that Mrs. Winehouse goes into rehab and stays there. Two addicts together never mix well!

NBA News

Rockets lost last night to the Lakers
Kobe had a sick block on Yao and McGrady's elbow is jacked up
Cavaliers were defeated by the Magic
Lebron scored 39 points, 14 dimes, and 13 rebounds
Unfortunately, no victory was found
Celtics stay undefeated
Marbury stops whining and returned to the Knicks
He got a $195,ooo kick
Dwayne Wade reignites the Heat
Still wasn't good enough as they fell to the Sonics feet
So check the records and be surprised, unlikely teams are on the rise

That's the poetic wrap-up from the NBA given to you by the one and only Ms. Scorpia!

Stayed tuned to get the NFL wrap-up, including Ricky Williams reinstatement!

Dragonball at a Theatre Near You

Justin Chatwin
James Marsters

Dragonball will be coming to a theatre near you! Wow, I have a feeling this one might be pretty good. Justin Chatwin will star as the leader, Goku and James Marsters will play green villain Piccolo. My son loves Dragonball and I can only hope that it'll stay true to the Manga roots. The film should be mostly authentic, but with a little American flare. Please don't hit us with Fantastic not so much! The 25 video games have sold more than 10 million units and one of the most popular shows on the Cartoon Network.

James Wong who directed Final Destination will be behind the lens and Stephen Chow from Kung Fu Hustle will be producing. Now we just have to sit back and see who will be casted for the other roles!! I'm really excited about this movie and for $10.00 a ticket, it better not disappoint.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Video of the Day

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Kanye West's Mother Dies in LA Hospital

Dr. Donda West, mother of famed rapper/producer Kanye died yesterday in a Los Angeles hospital. West was an English professor at Chicago State University until she resigned in 2004. She became Kanye's manager and CEO of his company, Super Good. A cause of death hasn't been confirmed and I'm sure details will remain private for awhile. Kanye had just arrived in London when he heard the shocking news and immediately boarded the plane back to Los Angeles. Dr. West was only 58 years old when she passed. I want to send my sincere condolences to Kanye and his family.

Live Your Life As If It Were Your Last.....

Ms. Scorpia
reports are surfacing that Kanye's mom died of complications stemming from a cosmetic surgical procedure.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tyra and the Vagina Episode

I love Tyra, but sometimes she really gets on my nerves. Did she really think that she was giving all the women around the world who suffer from horrible cramps some new remedies? I mean seriously girl, most of us started the menstrual cycle in our pre-teen years, so we've tried everything!!! This clip comes from her Vagina Episode that came on this week. She also had a doctor on that displayed a stuffed vagina to explain where everything is located. Tyra said, " pee doesn't come from the hole where the baby comes out!"

Sandra Oh Joins the Major Strike

I think by now people are aware that the writers' strike is in full force. The last time there was a big strike by writers was in 1988, the strike lasted from March 7- August 7. Wow, could you imagine 22 weeks without Letterman? I kind of understand the strike from an actor's point of view, they don't get any residuals from every download or video that is watched on the net, but damn technology is changing! Ellen's writers have put her on blast for still reporting to work. They wanted her to stand on the front line and support the Guild.

Bryant Family at Hannah Montana Concert

Clark Samuels/

"Ko-baby" took the family to the Hannah Montana concert at the famed arena in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Natalia and Gianna look so beautiful, the oldest looks just like her dad. I wonder how much the tickets were for the Bryant family!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Video of the Day

I totally had to replace the video of the day with this creative cosby show remix feat. Soulja Boy!

Finally! J.Lo Confirms

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Wow! I'm so shocked that Jennifer Lopez is pregnant, I mean there was no reason to suspect that she is expecting. The star didn't reveal how many months she is, but looking at the photo, I'd say a good 7 months. I'm happy for her especially since her latest album, Brave seriously flopped. Congrats J.Lo and Mark!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

2 Days of Detention for 2 Hugs!!


I haven't posted anything new in a minute. Fortunately, I have a partner in crime that posts some masterpieces! This story made me a little angry. Megan, who is an eighth grader was seen giving hugs to friends and was given two days in detention by the principal. See this is the kind of mess that pisses me off! We have lost total control of our schools. Respect no longer exists in schools, so administrators come up with these outrageous policies to regain a little power back. It's ok for kids to watch pornography on regular television, pay $2000 for a Hanna Montana concert ticket, dress up like a hooker to go to school, wear pants below their butts to show how thug they are, but kids can't give each other HUGS!!!!! I MEAN ARE YOU F****** KIDDING ME and you wonder why there isn't enough love going around. I understand that rules must be followed, but instead of keeping your eyes on the hugs, why don't you make sure that another Columbine won't occur!!!!!!!! That's the main reason why I created Crazy 80's, because people miss those carefree days of hula-hooping and Punky Brewster! I have to exit now, because I can go on all night about this!

Friday, November 2, 2007

For God's Sake, They're Bringing Back "Knight Rider"

As if you didn't need further evidence that Hollywood has run out of ideas ("The Bionic Woman," The Bratz movie, the Hot Wheels movie, so on and so forth), here comes the latest remake of an old TV show: "Knight Rider." Finally, an excuse to try to make that "whoosh" sound with your mouths again.

For those who weren't self-aware in the 80's, "Knight Rider" was a show about David Hasselhoff and his talking car. The show wasn't about much more than that. It was simply an excuse to show a black Trans Am driving really fast and jumping over stuff, with the help of a "Turbo Boost" button. Allegedly, they were supposed to be solving crimes on the show, but I never once saw David Hasselhoff fight anybody or do anything on the show that didn't involve showing his hairy chest and sleeping with women. He didn't even drive the car most of the time, because KITT was smarter than he was.

I personally believe that it was created solely to capitalize on the popularity of "The Dukes of Hazzard," which was a show about TWO guys in a Dodge Charger drove real fast and jumped over stuff. Whatever their intent was, it worked, because I was glued to my TV every week when Knight Rider came on. I enjoyed this show so much that I even watched "Turbo Teen" to get my "Knight Rider" fix, a cartoon about a kid that transformed into a talking car when he got wet.

Because the show was so deep and layered, and because there was such a demand for more Knight Rider after the failed "Knight Rider 2000," "Knight Rider 2010," and "Team Knight Rider" pilots, they've decided to bring it back. Hurrah for us. The lead role (the unnamed son of Michael Knight) is being filled by "All My Children" actor Justin Breuning. The abundance of testosterone in my body won't allow me to know who this person is. David Hasselhoff will be making appearances, because after all, nothing is as good as it could be if David Hasselhoff isn't in it, and this casting alone will make sure that the show has Germany's ever-crucial support.

Thanks to Hollywood's willingness to literally scrape the bottom of the barrel for ideas, we should go ahead and look forward to the following shows to be brought back: "The A-Team," "Airwolf," and "Nightboat, the Crime Solving Boat."

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Video of the Day

Happy Halloween Boys and Girls! I know, boo for me! I've been so busy, but hopefully Friday will be a free day. I thought instead of the traditional Thriller, we can have a little international flava!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Videos of the Day

It must be the "air quality" and "diet", not so much!

Dick Cheney nodding off during California Wildfire meeting! His representative laughed it off and said, he was "meditating"!

Kobe Bryant and the Bulls?

Steven Freeman/

OMG! I'm so tired of "Ko-baby", please Lakers just trade him to the Bulls and get it over with. The season starts Oct. 30 and Kobe still doesn't have a true home. Buss, owner of the Lakers is finally ready to hear offers for the whining superstar and the Bulls are the front-runners. The Lakers are asking for the following players: Deng, Gordon, Thomas, and Noah! Wow, talk about over-haul of the team! The only problem with that deal is Bryant wouldn't have any desires to play for them if they don't have enough players that can support the ball-hogger! They're the only team I can think of that has enough cap-space and players that can equal the value of Bryant. I can only assume that Gordon would have to give up that number in the trade. He still won't compare to the greatness of Jordan! Do you think it's possible for " Big Ben" and " Ko-baby" to co-exist?

NFL Sunday

(REUTERS/Marc Serota)

Since we're on the subject of sports, how about those 7-0 Pats. I would've continued with the Patriots in the Red Sox post, but I feel they need to shine all by themselves. It's NFL Sunday and what could be more exciting than watching the Pats beat the Redskins! Also, Giants and Dolphins will play across the pond in London! The commish of the NFL is trying to push mass marketing in order to expand the NFL to Europe over the next couple of years. How popular do you think the NFL will be in Europe?

The Chargers and Texans game should be a dramatic and exciting addition to the Sunday hoopla. I have to admit, the thought of a NFL game being played near the wildfires was a little scary. It took forever for the both teams to find out where they were going to play. I totally think Goodell's decision was solely based on dollar signs. I know that the fires have died down and all, but damn to play with so much going on is a bit distracting! Oh well the show must go on and I will definitely be watching.

Pedroia and Ellsbury are the Stars of the World Series!

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Oh wow, it seems like forever since I've blogged. It has been a crazy and busy week, so I had to wait until things settled down. Anyway, lets get down to baseball shall we! Boston Red Sox as you all know is my favorite team, so I am very excited to see them beating up on the Rockies. You guys may or may not remember the butt whooping they gave to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004, well it looks like Colorado better start packing up and go on a long vacation. The rookies Pedroia and Ellsbury have been the stars of the World Series, with batting averages of .357 and .417 respectively. Ellsbury in game 3 last night had two doubles and the 3rd inning looked like a clinic by the away team. Ortiz even with a bum knee was able to come up with a huge RBI in the 3rd after striking out in the 1st inning. So it seems that my fav team is running on all cylinders and Terry Francona is pulling out all strategies to ensure a victory in Colorado. Game 4 tonight is do or die time for the Rockies!

Monday, October 22, 2007

"Superman Returns" writers shown the door

The world is going to be shocked to discover that Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, the writers who tanked the Superman franchise before it even got off the ground by forgetting to write action and excitement into "Superman Returns," have opted not to write the sequel to 2006's historically bad celluloid turd, according to Variety. They also reported dancing in the streets, or at least in comic book stores, before ambulances were called to provide oxygen for the out-of-shape shut-ins who frequent these establishments.

The word is that Warner Bros. wants to start fresh with the next movie anyway, expressing complete surprise that fans didn't accept Superman being a baby daddy, not throwing a single punch, not doing anything "super," being portrayed as a stalker, and Lex Luthor not being a threat to anyone. Bryan Singer was reportedly pleased with how the movie turned out because Brandon Routh was "delicious."

Here's hoping this leads to a cleaning of house, starting with Bryan Singer, and followed by Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey, having their roles as Lois Lane and Lex Luthor being filled by actors who actually possess the qualities to perform those roles.

The Red Sox are Heading to the Big Dance!

AP Photo/ Bill Sikes

I couldn't even close my eyes tonight without hearing the cheers from the sell-out crowd at Fenway Park. The atmosphere was electric and I so wanted to be apart of it. I had to watch my Texans fall today to the Titans. The Texans were down 32-7 after 3 quarters and then Rosenfel orchestrated one of the greatest come-backs I've ever seen.

So I was very sad, but anxious for some renewed excitement. My Boston cap was on turned to the back and a Fanta soda was by my side. I was focused and ready, hands were clammy, face was turning red, stomach started hurting! This is the feeling of a dedicated Boston fan people, it's all a process! Anyway, so the Red Sox held on to a 1 pt lead going into the 7th.

At times during the inning I felt like I was watching a little league game, the errors and base-running was horrible! The Sox still stayed focused and tore it up in the 8th inning against Betancourt. Pedroia and Yooouki were on fire! The made-men weren't so fortunate this game, but Manny deserved a break. He has been the fuel that has ran the ship. Big Papi's knees have really messed up his swing and he's not the confident slugger that everyone is use to. Bean-town was wide awake after CoCo Crisp caught the ball in the outfield to end the game. He banged his knee into the green wall, but was able to hobble his way to meet the team.

So there it is ladies and gents, my take on the game and the emotions that come with it. So the same process will occur on Wed when the World Series kicks off. The Rockies beat the Red Sox 2 out of 3 games in the regular season. What the hell does that mean to me, NOTHING!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Video of the Day

If you don't want to be fried just jump!

Britney Does Drama!

Britney is having the worst week ever! She lost visitation rights with her two boys, because the former pop princess didn't obey the judges stipulations and now a photographer's foot was ran over by her car! I think it's a damn shame that she will go to Starbucks everyday for a freaking Latte, but won't do everything she can to handle all the requests by the judge. Well, I'm sure that the photog will go to the doctor and get his foot broken, then proceed to the nearest law firm and file a claim. Wow, talk about an overnight success, he'll never have to take a pic again!

It's True, Dumbledore is Gay!

I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but a lot of people are. J.K. Rowling revealed to the many fans and media at Carnegie Hall that the character Dumbledore is gay! Fans of the series have long speculated about his sexuality, because he has no close relationships with women in the books. When she gave the goods, the crowd gasped and applauded. She said that he was smitten with Gellert Grindelwald a long time ago in an earlier battle. So there you have it folks, all the rumors can now be put to rest!

Worker Suspended at Oprah's School in Africa

Oprah Winfrey has suspended a worker at her school in Johannesburg. The unknown worker was a dormitory parent at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. There are serious allegations against the employee, claiming misconduct between a child and an adult. Now how sad is this story! Everyone knows how important it is for Oprah to provide a safe and healthy school for these disadvantage girls. I know that Oprah will take these allegations very seriously and handle the situation accordingly.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Video of the Day

This dude is funny as hell! The other vids from Ced are a little to vulgar for some readers, so take caution when watching. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Silly String Can Help Our Troops!

Silly String, the stuff we use to play with as kids can help our troops survive. After months of frustration, a mother of a soldier in Iraq has found a company to ship about 80,000 cans of Silly String to the troops, who use the foamy substance to detect trip wires on bombs. The product is very expensive to ship, so it's awesome to hear that Capacity L.L.C. is going to make it happen. Now the only thing that makes me a little weary is how we expose our tools. I know it's news and all, but this is a worldwide problem, so to discover that something so " silly" can help will only make for a new discovery by the terrorists. Anywho, good for the mom and definitely a plus for all.

Deaths Caused by Staph Could Exceed Those Caused by A.I.D.S.

This is one instance that I will post verbatim about a topic. I think it's very important information and I want to make sure that my readers get the full 411!

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph "superbug," the government reported in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ. Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. Tuesdays report shows just how far one form of the staph germ has spread beyond its traditional hospital setting. The overall incidence rate was about 32 invasive infections per 100,000 people. That's an "astounding" figure, said an editorial in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, which published the study. Most drug-resistant staph cases are mild skin infections. But this study focused on invasive infections — those that enter the bloodstream or destroy flesh and can turn deadly. Researchers found that only about one-quarter involved hospitalized patients. However, more than half were in the health care system — people who had recently had surgery or were on kidney dialysis, for example. Open wounds and exposure to medical equipment are major ways the bug spreads.

In recent years, the resistant germ has become more common in hospitals and it has been spreading through prisons, gyms and locker rooms, and in poor urban neighborhoods.The new study offers the broadest look yet at the pervasiveness of the most severe infections caused by the bug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. These bacteria can be carried by healthy people, living on their skin or in their noses. An invasive form of the disease is being blamed for the death Monday of a 17-year-old Virginia high school senior. Doctors said the germ had spread to his kidneys, liver, lungs and muscles around his heart.

The researchers' estimates are extrapolated from 2005 surveillance data from nine mostly urban regions considered representative of the country. There were 5,287 invasive infections reported that year in people living in those regions, which would translate to an estimated 94,360 cases nationally, the researchers said.

Most cases were life-threatening bloodstream infections. However, about 10 percent involved so-called flesh-eating disease, according to the study led by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 988 reported deaths among infected people in the study, for a rate of 6.3 per 100,000. That would translate to 18,650 deaths annually, although the researchers don't know if MRSA was the cause in all cases.

If these deaths all were related to staph infections, the total would exceed other better-known causes of death including AIDS — which killed an estimated 17,011 Americans in 2005 — said Dr. Elizabeth Bancroft of the Los Angeles County Health Department, the editorial author. The results underscore the need for better prevention measures. That includes curbing the overuse of antibiotics and improving hand-washing and other hygiene procedures among hospital workers, said the CDC's Dr. Scott Fridkin, a study co-author. Some hospitals have drastically cut infections by first isolating new patients until they are screened for MRSA.

The bacteria don't respond to penicillin-related antibiotics once commonly used to treat them, partly because of overuse. They can be treated with other drugs but health officials worry that their overuse could cause the germ to become resistant to those, too. A survey earlier this year suggested that MRSA infections, including noninvasive mild forms, affect 46 out of every 1,000 U.S. hospital and nursing home patients — or as many as 5 percent. These patients are vulnerable because of open wounds and invasive medical equipment that can help the germ spread.

Dr. Buddy Creech, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said the JAMA study emphasizes the broad scope of the drug-resistant staph "epidemic," and highlights the need for a vaccine, which he called "the holy grail of staphylococcal research." The regions studied were: the Atlanta metropolitan area; Baltimore, Connecticut; Davidson County, Tenn.; the Denver metropolitan area; Monroe County, NY; the Portland, Ore. metropolitan area; Ramsey County, Minn.; and the San Francisco metropolitan area.

Ellen in Hot Water with Mutts and Moms

Ellen DeGeneres was all teared up on her talk-show yesterday, because of the controversy that surrounds her. Apparently when Ellen adopted a puppy from the agency Mutts and Moms, there was a clause in the contract that says, she can't give the puppy away to another household, she must return the puppy to the agency immediately. Well Mrs. Ellen's cats didn't get along with the Brussels Griffon mix, so she gave the puppy to her hairdresser and her daughters. Once the agency learned that she had given the puppy away without notifying them, they confiscated the dog from the hairdresser and her two daughters, leaving the young ones in tears. Ellen went on a whole spill about how she loves animals and just wanted the puppy to go to a nice family that would take care of it. She violated the rules in the contract and for that reason, she has to be held accountable for her actions. What kills me is that fans of the host are calling the agency with death threats. Hello people, she broke the rules. Remember the whole argument that celebs can't receive preferential treatment. I know it's a little extreme, but Ellen should have took Iggy back and then recommended that the puppy be placed with her friend.

Should the agency return the puppy?