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Friday, December 16, 2005

Clark Dark's Celebrity Round-Up

Here's Clark's report-news from the world of entertainment.
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has issued its own "worst-dressed" list — based on fur, not style. Number one on the list is Paris Hilton . Hilton has been named 2005's worst-dressed celebrity by the animal rights group. PETA cites the hotel heiress/reality TV star for wearing fur coats.
    Speaking of Paris... her former best bud, Nicole Richie announced she and and her fiance, Adam Goldstein,have called off their nine-month engagement. Guess that means the reported tiff between the Hilton sisters has come to an end, too. Despite the feud between Paris and Nicole, Nicky Hilton-sister of Paris, who apparently doesn't know blood is thicker than water, agreed to be a bridesmaid in Richie's now cancelled wedding.
    Call this item: "I love Jessica Simpson....really..I do....honest!" Jessica Simpson needs to start taking shots to boost her buttocks, according to rapper Ludacris, now self-proclaimed "booty expert". Simpson, who recently split from her husband Nick Lachey, made no secret of working hard on boosting her buttocks for her role in the recent Dukes of Hazzard movie, but Ludacris is not impressed by her efforts. The rapper told MTV's TRL, "Jessica Simpson is flawless except for one thing -I would get her a bunch of little butt shots. She needs the injections in the behind." Adding, "Okay, I take it back, she need a new man for Christmas. I'm a Jessica Simpson fan, don't take it the wrong way at all."
    Lou Rawls has sold more than 40 million albums and won three Grammys during a career spanning more than four decades. His hits include "Lean on Me" and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine." Lou Rawls is being treated for lung cancer. According to recent testimony given by his estranged wife in an annulment hearing, Rawls was diagnosed with brain cancer in May. The 70 year old singer is said to be trying to annul his two-year marriage in an attempt to protect hundreds of thousands of dollars of assets he says his wife has taken without his authorization. More later.
    All this talk of broken marriages and broken engagements leads at least one celebrity to say, "I have no wedding plans." That's what the beautiful Beyonce Knowles said in response to the question posed over the weekend about her rumored plans to marry music mogul/rapper Shawn Carter while she introduced her newest signature fragrance. Knowles will be featured in the February release of the remake of comedy classic "The Pink Panther," co-starring Steve Martin and Kevin Kline. Sometime in 2006, Beyonce will star in "Dreamgirls", a screen adaptation of the Broadway-musical smash inspired by the triumphs and tragedies of The Supremes.
I'm Clark Dark for YouThinkWhat
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WARNING: Unidentified Armed Law Enforcement Officers On Board

    WARNING: Unidentified Armed Law Enforcement Officers On Board This Flight-Obey Their Orders or Die!
This warning should be posted in airports across America. This notice should be visibly placed on all commercial aircraft so the flying public will know they are in danger of being killed by trigger-happy federally mandated areo-cowboys!

Following the wholesale murder of Rigoberto Alpizar, I have concluded our government as succeeded in selling us the "idea" of security to ward off the threat presented by terrorists. A nation of people who are afraid are easier to control--easier to manage than a nation of people who are not paralyzed with fear, able to think and able to question the actions of our officials. Our government knows very well how effective the shock and awe technique is against other countries (See modern example Iraq.) As citizens of this country we have been under the negative affects of the technique for nearly five years...and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

How does the public know these plain clothes law officers are indeed who they say they are? Anyone can get a phoney badge with authentic looking identification and board a plane with a real weapon claiming to be a federal air marshal!

The flying public needs to know how to properly conduct themselves when in the presence of skittish-hair-trigger-adrenaline filled armed fly-cops.

This is how the Associated Press reported a portion of the Alpizar murder story:

Some passengers, including John McAlhany, said they believe Alpizar was no threat to anyone.

McAlhany, a 44-year-old construction worker who was returning home from a fishing trip in Key West, said he was sitting in Seat 21C when he noticed a commotion a few rows back.

"I heard him saying to his wife, 'I've got to get off the plane,'" McAlhany said. "He bumped me, bumped a couple of stewardesses. He just wanted to get off the plane."

Alpizar ran up the aisle into the first-class cabin, where marshals chased him onto the jetway, McAlhany said.

McAlhany said he "absolutely never heard the word 'bomb' at all."


The federal marshalls' official version of what happened is contrived. It's a poorly concocted story. It's a tale one would not accept from a child.

I think the men who murdered Mr. Alpizar imagined they heard him utter the B-word just before they shot him to death.
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Mary (Meg) Gardner-Eyewitness to a Tragedy

We want to talk about Mary (Meg) Gardner. She had made a television appearance on an NBC6 television program in Miami early the morning of December 7. How fortuitous indeed that Mary (Meg) Gardner should be on the same flight as poor Mr. and Mrs. Alpizar. There were at least two recordings of her eyewitness account. The first occurred immediately after the event. In a telephone interview that she gave to Miami’s NBC 6 Mary sounded very factual and accurate. There was a lot she didn’t know, but what she did see and hear sounded like excellent eyewitness testimony.

For instance she heard the shooting and thought it occurred in the first class section of the plane and didn’t know if it had or not. She heard no threat of a bomb, but did hear the wife say her husband was bipolar. However by the time you get to her later account, an interview conducted by CNN, she has become an expert apologist for the air marshals.

American Airlines should offer her a job as a spokes person. She couldn’t say enough about how "cool, calm, professional and prompt" the airline’s personnel was in this bizarre situation.

According to Mary the marshals were totally justified. They did the right thing. Everything was very professional and coolly handled, which was clearly not apparent in her first account, where she described how she along with the other passengers had to crouch down, put their hands on their heads, wait for the police and were not permitted to even move. It was very tense and stressful. But later in her account to CNN Mary nearly said it was a walk in the park to get ice cream.
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