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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

To The Bubba Police Officers in the Big Easy

This goes out to all the Bubbas on the police force for the City of New Orleans:

Just because the waters have receded, and the majority of the people have left town, and some tourists have returned, including the President of the United States....just because some construction contractors and their employees have come to New Orleans...just because the news reports on radio, television and in print are not all filled with news from New Orleans 24/7, does not mean the reporters have gone home or that they have moved on to say Pakistan or the next greatest natural disaster or the next attention getting news story.

Your town, New Orleans, will be in the headlines for a very long time. Think of it as your gumbo-jambalaya-bayou version of the War On Terror. The eyes, minds and hearts of the whole entire world will be stayed on your city for a very, very long time. Don't worry. The spotlight now shining on New Orleans will be off long before the War On Terror ends. Nevertheless, you, your co-workers, and your neighbors will be news for sometime to come.

Get used to it! No, you may not return to police business as usual. The abuse, the corruption, the graft, the corruption and the abuse on the same scale as before the storm is not acceptable. That does not mean we, the public, are willing to accept this abhorrent behavior on a grander scale than before.

It simply means we're fed up with cops who bully because they don't have enough fiber in their diet.

We'll Always Have Paris

I'm Not Sayin' She's a Golddigger...
    She's been branded a "hooker" by a pal of former fiance Paris Latsis for the way she treated him, but Paris Hilton, "The Simple Life" star who dumped the Greek shipping heir earlier this month, claims she "wasn't ready to get married."

    The socialite has angered her ex's friends by suggesting she would be keeping her engagement ring. She is quoted as saying: "Paris says I can keep the engagement ring. He says I earned it." Hilton's comment prompted one Latsis friends to attack the heiress, telling America's Us Weekly magazine: "How did she earn it? With sex. Like a hooker. It's a diss." The ring in question is a new, 24-carat emerald-cut diamond ring estimated to cost $2 million.

    She rejected Latsis' first engagement ring because the diamond was yellow, so another 24-carat emerald-cut diamond ring estimated to cost $US2 million had been ordered. Latsis proposed to Hilton at his Hollywood Hills mansion and presented her with a 24-carat yellow diamond engagement ring worth $6.5 million. "I like it," Hilton said of the first ring, "but it's yellow, and I'm like, I didn't want yellow for my engagement ring."(Is it me or is $6.5 million greater than $2 million? Paris, Honey, you're a dumby! The first ring was probably an antique. I can understand why he'd let you keep the second ring. You saved him about $4 million...DUH!)

    The couple first met as teenagers at a nightclub in Monaco and became romantically involved last December after reuniting at Latsis' birthday party.

    Since the break-up, Hilton has been rumoured to be dating Stavros Niarchos another Greek millionaire. She has been spotted on several occasions engaging in what observers describe as caressing, petting, or lovemaking with Stavros, whose family is worth a staggering $75 billion.

    Hilton is no longer as embarrassed as she once was by the sex tape made when she was 19 by then-boyfriend Rick Salomon. The tape first appeared on the Internet in 2003 and later landed in stores with the title, "1 Night in Paris."

    "I used to think it was so bad, but it's like, everyone has sex. I'm sure everyone has filmed a tape," she said.(No, Paris, Darling, everyone has not made a sex tape.)

    "I don't even really remember filming it. I was so out of it in that tape," she said, adding that her parents were "heartbroken and humiliated" by the incident. (I can not imagine why her parents would be "heartbroken and humiliated" by the incident.)

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They're Number Three and They're Proud
    Two Chinese astronauts blasted off Today, Wednesday from a base in China's desert northwest. Beijing joined the exclusive club of nations conducting space explorations. With this space mission, expected to last up to five days, the Chinese communist government is seen to declare its status as a rising world power as a result of recent technological triumphs along with its matching rapid economic growth. The 2003 flight, which carried one astronaut lasted just 21 1/2 hours. Space officials in China say they hope to land an unmanned probe on the moon by 2010. They plan to launch a space station.

    China has had a rocketry program since the 1950s and fired its first satellite into orbit in 1970. It regularly launches satellites for foreign clients aboard its giant Long March boosters.

    China is only the third country to launch a human into orbit on its own, after Russia and the United States.
Sufficient Force Was Applied.
    The New Orleans police officers involved in beating Robert Davis, a 64-year-old retired teacher, denied using excessive force. Davis' whose beating by New Orleans city police was caught on videotape pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of being drunk and resisting arrest.

    After viewing the video attorney for the officers Frank DeSalvo said, "I see an incident of a man trying to be brought under control who doesn't want to be brought under control."

    Davis says he had not been drinking before he was beaten by two police officers in a weekend confrontation taped by an Associated Press Television News crew. Joseph Bruno,lawyer for Robert Davis, said charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation were groundless and that they should be dropped. Bruno met briefly with city officials to discuss having the charges dismissed. They agreed to continue their talks.

    Davis was released on bond and a trial was set for Jan. 18 — a week after the scheduled start of the trial for the officers accused of beating him.
Loving Sisters
    Ashlee Simpson, who recently turned 21 says, "People always ask if there is competition but we are very different people and we just adore each other.

    "Both of us like each other's music. Jessica told me the other day that she listens to my CD every night before she goes on stage. That was cool."

    Jessica, 25, adds, "Ashlee, my mom and I are all best friends."

    Ashlee's latest single "Boyfriend" is emerging as the singer's fastest-rising hit to date. The video version of the track is the #1 most requested clip on MTV and was added into MTV's most powerful rotation Big Ten, marking her quickest jump to #1 yet.

    As a prelude to the coming tour, Ashlee performed on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 8, singing "Boyfriend" and "Catch Me When I Fall," a ballad she wrote after her controversial appearance on SNL a year ago. This time she actually sang.

    Ashlee prefers her music to have more of a rock edge than her pop star older sister Jessica. However both girls have respect for the other's style and tastes and wish the media would stop asking about rifts that never occur.
They're STILL Married--Really!
    Once again we must tell you Nick and Jessica are together. Gossip mongers keep saying it's over. But singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey keep saying it's not. "Nick and Jessica have not separated," Simpson's rep, Brad Cafarelli, insisted to E! Online. "Rumors to the contrary are simply not true."

    Executives at the online gambling site Nine.com said red flags were raised by a large number of suspicious wagers against the marriage lasting -- all coming from areas where the couple had either lived in the past or currently reside, MTV.com reported Friday.

    Rather than lose a bundle to bets based on "insider information," the site canceled all wagers on the couple.