Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you


Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.


Okay, I give!


I wasn’t going to do it.  Nope.  Not give it the time of day. But come on, people, this Britney Spears stuff is bullshit.

I sit here watching Nancy Grace (I know, I know) and she’s going ‘in depth’ on this latest Brit-Brit news.  *sigh*

As far as I am concerned, there are no excuses here.  If she is mentally ill, well, in my opinion, she’s done it to herself with the lifestyle she’s led.  She’s done this in spite of the fact she has beautiful children she has done a terrible disservice to.  As far as the Papparazzi goes, yeah, they’re obnoxious, but she didn’t have to call them and let them know where she was going to be, either.  And people, PLEASE, stop with the Princess Di comparisons.  That goes all over me to hear that.

And Lynne Spears writing a child-rearing book?  Seriously?  Hello?!  Do I have to even write the reasons this is so ridiculous?

Tragedy?  Well, yes, because what she’s done to herself, what her family allowed to happen to her, the feeding of her perpetual need for any attention, the worse the better, and the fact that her babies don’t deserve to be dragged through this crap.   They didn’t ask for this.  If anyone needs compassion or sympathy, it’s those two little boys. 

And speaking of innocent children and the mistreatment there of, What the hell?  The toddler thrown off a bridge into freeway traffic last week, the four children thrown off a bridge into a river, the baby in Houston found on the side of a road…not to mention the countless others we don’t hear about.

How can people who do this heinous business have the ability to reproduce?  How fair is it that they can, and Mr. Man and I can’t? 

It breaks my heart.


Peekers


hpdhcover1.jpgWell, Publisher’s Lunch had a bit in it today about the leak of the newest installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. According to this article, there have been numerous leaks reported, but all them have turned out to be fakes, or Fan Fiction. It seems that this time, some spoiled sport has really done it, and posted a full copy of J.K. Rowling’s conclusion to Harry’s story on the Internet. A hard to read copy, featuring photographs of the books pages, but enough to provide massive spoilers. There are various theories on how this could have happened, and whether this is a legitimate copy of the book or not.

Scholastic released this (Thanks to MuggleNet.com):

PRESS RELEASE:
Scholastic has recently learned that some individuals have received copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows through the mail , beginning on Tuesday, July 17th, as a result of a breach of the on-sale agreement by the distributor, Levy Home Entertainment, and shipments made by DeepDiscount.com, a customer of that distributor. We are taking immediate legal action against DeepDiscount.com and Levy Home Entertainment. The number of copies shipped is around one one-hundredth of one percent of the total U.S. copies to go on sale at 12:01 am on July 21st.

We are also making a direct appeal to the Harry Potter fans who bought their books from DeepDiscount.com and may receive copies early requesting that they keep the packages hidden until midnight on July 21st.

Scholastic is especially grateful to the other retailers and distributors for their careful attention to keeping the books secure until the release time and for planning thousands of spectacular midnight parties where fans will celebrate together. And we ask everyone, especially the media, to preserve the fun and excitement for fans everywhere.

The fans themselves have made it abundantly clear that they are looking forward to going to the midnight parties, receiving their very own copy of the book and finally getting to read the book they have so anxiously awaited.

The TorrentFreak blogger makes this remark:

Die-hard fans of the series will undoubtedly rush to grab a copy of the torrent for themselves.

Maybe some will. But not this fan.

When I first discovered the Harry Potter magic, I did so as a skeptic. And, I admit, as a jealous unpublished writer who thought, “Yeah, yeah. Another down on their luck writer ‘all of a sudden’ makes it big. Whoo hoo. Hype-hype-hype.” Bad form, I readily admit. (Maybe I shouldn’t be so forthcoming, it isn’t attractive! 🙂 )

So one day, I settled myself into a cushy Barnes and Noble chair and opened Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. BAM! Page one got me, and by the time it was time for me to rouse myself and go back to work, I had to buy the book so I could take it with me and finish it! J.K. Rowling had cast a spell over me with Harry Potter and his adventures. As far as I’m concerned, she’s earned every bit off acclaim she’s received.

Fan that I am, I WILL NOT be rushing to the websites that have the leaked pages. First of all, I respect the author and her wishes. She’s released this statement:

We are almost there! As launch night looms, let’s all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’d like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of the plot for all those who are looking forward to reading the book at the same time on publication day. In a very short time you will know EVERYTHING!

Another reason– I don’t WANT the surprise ruined. I’ve never understood why some people take so much pleasure in spoiling surprises. At Christmas, I do everything I can not to find out what gifts may be coming my way. (I’ve always suspected Brother was a peeker. Don’t tell him I said so. But I think he was.) I don’t want the ending to movies sprung on me before I see the show. I don’t want to have a ‘fortune teller’ lay the rest of my life out before me.

The suspense, the anticipation, all those excited feelings are all part of it for me. I want to open up Deathly Hallows and read for myself how the journey turns out. I don’t want it spoiled for me.

What do the people who post these Harry Potter spoilers want to get out of this? What’s in it for them? Yay, you’re first, you know the ending before anyone else, and get to spoil it for millions of others. And this makes you. . . what? Popular? Big Man on the Internet? What?

No one can force people to read the spoilers. But what’s to stop other mean-spirited spoilers from blabbing it out before someone can cover their ears?

All I can do is my part, I guess. I’m waiting eagerly until the 21st, so we can read it for ourselves.


Pet Food Poisoning intentional?


It’s been in the headlines that the recent poisoning of pet food could be intentional.  This article implies that melamine makes food tests register that the product has more protein than it really does.

Perhaps the shysters should be fed a steady diet of their own product, hmmm? 677.gif


Hall of Shame #2


As if the whole Anna Nicole thing wasn’t obscene enough, there is already a TV Movie in the works.

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Ooooh, this guy’s proud to be a baby Daddy!   Give me a break.  Animals often show more discretion.

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Well, they finally buried James Brown.  Maybe.

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Well, kids will be kids.  I guess.  Stupid kids, sometimes.

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Shame on the woman who stole that baby in Lubbock!  Can you imagine!  Thank goodness the baby was found and is back home.


Hall of Shame #1


Welcome to the Hall of Shame. I just can’t stand it anymore. So many stupid people, so little time.

1. Remember when Angelina Jolie was raked over the coals for appearing cool and stand-offish at the Golden Globes? How the day after Ryan Seacrest and others blasted her in the press for not answering his questions? Well, at the time, I thought she didn’t appear cool, only distracted, as if she hadn’t heard what he said. The video of her made me think she would have rather been somewhere else, but was committed to that appearance and was making the best of it. And you know what? I was RIGHT. It turns out that her mother was in her final stages of her battle with cancer. It has been reported that her mother died this week, confirming that she wasn’t intentionally rude to the nitwit interviewer. Poor Angelina. I’ve been there, I’ve felt the pain of trying to go on with life when one you love is dying. You can’t hardly focus, yet a lot of other people expect you to.

So, shame on Ryan Seacrest who criticized Angelina when in reality, he didn’t have a clue. And shame on the paparazzi who won’t get out of the family’s face even long enough to let them grieve.

2. Shame on the anti-war protesters who defaced the Capitol building this last week. You don’t agree with the war? Fine. Protest. Whatever. But you should be ashamed of yourselves for defacing the Capitol.

3. Shame on the Cartoon Network, nitwits that they are. Did you hear about how they installed those little blinking boxes at major locations in Boston, setting of a terror scare? (click here for entire article.)

Peter Berdovsky, 27, of Arlington, and Sean Stevens, 28, of Charlestown, were arrested Wednesday night on one felony charge of placing a hoax device and one charge of disorderly conduct each, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

In a news release announcing Stevens’ arrest, she said the men worked together to place the devices. At an earlier news conference she said Berdovsky had been hired to place the devices.

Highways, bridges and a section of the Charles River were shut down and bomb squads were sent in before authorities declared the devices were harmless.

Kudos though, to the citizens who noticed something that COULD have been real, and taking action.

That’s all for this time. But you can bet, there’ll be a LOT more to come in this category.