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Gotta love Hulu for Dave Matthews Band

Ants Marching - my all-time favorite DMB song

Britain's Got Talent - Susan Boyle surprise!

Just like Paul Potts during the first season of Britain's Got Talent, Susan Boyle may be the surprise of this year's competition.

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Angie Harmon: I'm Not Racist Because I Disagree With Obama

Angie Harmon is not afraid to come out and say she doesn’t like how President Obama is handling the job — but she’s sick of having to defend herself from being deemed a racist.

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We are all entitled to our own opinions, but I would find it offensive for anyone to accuse me and others that do not like Obama's policies of being racist. It's like someone telling me that I have a problem with Obama because he's black if I voted for McCain in the last election.

And note that I did not even vote for Bush in 2000 and 2004 (I voted third-party instead).

Let's drop this race card nonsense.

Bush's answer to the crisis

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An alternative to Ticketmaster

Just in case if you are sick of excessive fees and Ticketmaster's effective monopoly, try out Brown Paper Tickets.

Letterman's Top Ten Signs Obama is Overconfident

Interestingly enough, it appears that this Top Ten episode is missing from CBS' July archives. Conservative critics point out Obama bias or maybe someone forgot to upload the clip. (link)

The Top Ten did not make it to air because Letterman ran out of time. Of course, folks are spinning this to whatever.

There should be no problem for Top Ten to make fun of our presidential candidates. We have seen it done to both Democratic and Republican contenders. If anyone felt the Obama episode was offensive, take a deep breath, then smack yourself for taking this too seriously.

Paris Hilton responds to McCain ad

This is so sweet!

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Oh yea, here's McCain with his ad that started it all:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/30/mccain.ad/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

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McCain campaign spokesperson Tucker Bounds used word of the video to take a stinging swipe at Obama. "Sounds like Paris is taking the 'All of the Above' energy approach that John McCain has advocated -- both alternatives and drilling. Perhaps the reality is that Paris has a more substantive energy plan than Barack Obama," Bounds said in a statement.

Waste of money for the Brangelina Twins

It is true that we all of us congratulate Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on being proud parents of new-born twins, a boy named Knox Leon and a girl called Vivienne Marcheline.

But the amount of money just to see photos of them is really, really ridiculous. How about $15 to $20 million dollars?

It would appear that the Hollywood couple have sold the rights for the first photo of their newly enlarged family to a U.S.-based magazine, which it did not name, and that the proceeds would go to charity.

Two magazines, People and OK! are also duking it out to get official first photographs of the twins themselves. The bidding could top $15 million.

Obviously, since both Pitt and Jolie are already multi-millionaires. The proceeds would go to the couple's charitable organizations: the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and the Make It Right Foundation. The latter is Pitt's group that's dedicated to rebuilding New Orleans.

Highly convenient.

Oh yes, the contract also stipulates that the magazines cannot use the moniker Brangelina, because they hate it.

Ha Ha, deal with it. The magazines are paying all those digits.

Still, a huge waste of money.

RIP: George Carlin, aged 71

Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday. He was 71.

Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

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One of the very few comics that basically did a lot of straight-talk about the demise of humanity and corruption-ridden society.

He will be missed very badly.

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Price is Right - douchebag

Bob Parker should just not give him the prize, then have security kicked him out of the building.

I'm Voting Republican (YouTube)

Priceless!

Woman employs wrong strategy in Price is Right

I feel so sorry for the woman, NOT!

Penn and Teller explain flag burning trick


More Magic Tricks at 5min.com

Just a reminder: JibJab reminds us what is news

Cancelled Las Vegas: Send Baby Socks to NBC

The campaign to save NBC's Las Vegas series is sending baby socks to Ben Silverman, head of NBC.

Why baby socks?

We chose baby booties as our campaign item because it represents the biggest cliffhanger Vegas ended on: Delinda's unborn baby. Baby booties are also cheap to purchase and can easily donated to charity.

If you wish to donate, click here!

Sign the petition!

Screw the PTC! End of Las Vegas series?

las_vegas.jpgThe first sad news is that the Parents Television Council (PTC) filed an indecency complaint with the FCC on the February 15th episode where it cited a scene on the fictional Montecito Casino's security monitors showing three women disrobing and running around the casino naked.

Of course if you look at the scene in question, the editors did a pretty good job blurring out the naughty parts. Also, the scene wasn't concentrated on the girls running around the casino naked; it was part of the plot designed to distract the main characters.

But the PTC doesn't care about that. All they care is that the "children are watching." Then tell those bloody children to go to sleep at 8pm instead of 9 or 10pm. Or tell the parents to change the bloody channel or filter it. Sheesh.

Besides the FCC complaint, they made their protest with the show's sponsors too. I really wish those sponsors can just say, "screw you PTC and leave us alone."

Unfortunately, the second piece of sad news is that NBC announced they were cancelling the five-year series.

This sucks. It's their fault for moving the show from Monday to Friday nights which is known for low-ratings. Of course, the final episode of the 5th season was a cliffhanger. We need to know what will happen to Danny and Delinda's pregnancy/baby, and if Cooper manages to keep the casino.

Fans of the show have created a web site - "Save Las Vegas: Operation Baby Booties" - and they're demanding a proper resolution for the series.

Series' creator, Gary Scott Thompson has also expressed his disappointment with the abrupt ending. In a Q&A with TV Guide he states: "The strike did us in. We had three more episodes to shoot for the season, which we didn't get done. And the 'To be continued ...' was actually supposed to be the first part of a two-parter. But that's as far as we got." When asked if he holds out any hope of being a able to deliver a real ending to the fans in some form; TV movie, direct to DVD, etc., he states "This is Las Vegas; there's always hope."

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It does kinda suck. I guess we could blame the writers' strike because the end result would hurt shows like Las Vegas which do pretty well, but not great in the ratings but come with decent plots and storylines.

They should have moved the show from Friday to either Monday or Tuesday. NBC is at fault for starting the countdown that would eventually end the series.

Perhaps another network can pick up the series.

Jon Stewart on the Iraq Movies

Falling Hillary

Watch Hillary fall all the way down...

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Idiocracy

Remember Office Space, directed by Mike Judge? It's the comedy movie where workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their snooty boss. To this day, we still joke about "TPS reports", "Bob and Bob", and "What's Happening?"

Well, it seems Judge created another film called Idiocracy. It was supposed to premiere back in September but somehow it ended up on the blacklist and got a very limited release. It's now available on DVD.

An average Joe (quite literally in fact) played by Luke Wilson working as an Army Librarian is tapped for an experiment in human hibernation along with a prostitute played indelibly by Maya Rudolph, whose work on SNL has yet to vindicate her appearance in actual film. Because of the predictable incompetence of the Army, our hibernatees are left in their pods for 500 years, to wake up and find that the world has changed into a haven for stupidity, where natural selection has reversed and stupidity is rewarded evolutionarily due to mass breeding by the uneducated.

You can find trailers and clips throughout the internet, and of course a bootleg copy somewhere on YouTube.

You would love the beginning of the film when the narrator does an overview on how the human race was destroyed. The smart people had a low birth rate because they focus so much on career and financial status. The idiotic folks have a high birth rate because they just love to do it. The smart folks die off, and the idiots just get dumber and dumber.

It's funny to see how our world just gets stupid. Things like proper speech are forgotten. It's a biting satire that rips into the culture of laziness and stupidity that America has created.

Oh yea, and Costco & a sports drink take over the world.

When Grand Central Stood Still

Over the Wire: Actor Heath Ledger found dead

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon is an apartment building in SoHo, NYC. A masseuse arrived at his apartment, and found the actor unconscious in his bedroom. Authorities were called when he did not respond to both the masseuse and housekeeper.

Ledger had recently separated from his wife, actress Michelle Williams. The couple have one daughter, Matilda, reports CBS station WCBS-TV in New York.

He is appearing in the next installment of the "Batman" movie opposite Christian Bale as the infamous "Joker" and was in the midst of filming "The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus."

Ledger was 28.

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Don't Tase Me - MC Hammer

Paul Potts - A Success Story

Paul Potts won Britain's Got Talent competition and the winner got to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.

His first album has sold over 2 million copies in the UK, and is #1 in fifteen different countries.

Guy sues NYC clubs "Ladies' Nights"

dancingclub.jpgRoy Den Hollander has decided to become a defender of all men in NYC by lodging a discrimination lawsuit against Lotus, China Club, and other clubs in the Big Apple for their "Ladies' Nights," which offer women free or discounted admission and drinks.

In his lawsuit, Hollander has sought to represent all men over age 21 whih had entered one of the nightclubs since June 21, 2004, and been subjected to policies that provide discounts to women of the same age. Such policies violate the Constitution.

Club lawyers have called the lawsuit frivolous.

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Is it really unfair for men to pay more for entering a dance club? Of course we want to have a good time, but it would be even better if a club had more ladies to mingle with or to ogle at. What can you do if you see more men than women? Leave, and find another club.

If you do not want to pay more, then I guess you're a cheapskate, and this does not make any real difference especially in a city like New York. So what if the lawsuit was successful, one result is that it will hurt couples because the guy would have to pay full price for two people, rather than one and one-half.

It could lead to the end of "Happy Hour" because that would discriminate folks who come to the clubs late at night. Or maybe it will get folks to start filing lawsuits against "early bird" specials at restaurants, or against "senior citizens" discounts.

Come on here, these are promotions designed to attract attendance (customers). It will not cause any undue emotional or mental strain.

It's a dumb lawsuit. I know the guy was trying to help, but I think he is going to hurt his chances with the ladies.

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Golden Compass: Heresy they cry

Christian groups are up in arms over a new children's film starring Nicole Kidman and based on an award-winning novel by British author Philip Pullman, accusing it of being anti-religious.

"The Golden Compass" is the film version of "The Northern Lights," the first book in Pullman's "Dark Materials" fantasy trilogy aimed at teenage readers.

The movie opens in theatres this Friday. It will be released in some 3,000 cinemas and only 60 have so far refused to screen it.

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It is kinda strange why most secular folks do not complain about the Left Behind series and their movies on the Christian eschatological viewpoint of the end of the world. There are the books plus three movies based on them. I have read the first book and watched the films and they were quite interesting. It does not make me into a religious fanatic but I have no problem looking at their viewpoint.

However, it seems ridiculous, even crazy, for these same groups to denounce the "Harry Potter" series of promoting witchcraft. It's the same thing with the "Lord of the Rings" series too. Even the movie, "The DaVinci Code" was criticized by the Catholic League for suggesting that Jesus Christ had a child by Mary Magdalene.

If you do not like it, then you do not have to watch it. By even suggesting there is some sort of controversy, it will encourage moviegoers to see these movies. Some would love to see an adventure/fantasy story with a traditional struggle between good and evil, that's the bottom line.

One good thing with "Harry Potter"...it actually got children and adults curious and got them back to reading. Witchcraft? Bah!

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The Most Effective Speed Bump

Yuck! Omarosa comes back to Apprentice

Why is she coming back? It would seem this wannabe 15-minutes in the spotlight woman will never disappear. I don't know why Donald Trump chose to bring her on the "Celebrity Apprentice" this season.

Does he really think she can be saved? Or is he bringing her on just to cause friction and enmity with the rest of the other apprentices? She doesn't even garner the criteria of being a celebrity. A network reality star is not a celebrity. You got your 15 minutes.

Also, according to Celebrity Magazine, she is coming out with a suit line for women. I can see it now. Enmity by Omarosa, guaranteed to cause hatred and attitude problems in the workplace.

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Bill Maher kicks out 9/11 Truthers from show

Woohoo!

DMB at Mountain View, CA

I visited Greg Szorc in Santa Clara, CA, and we saw DMB perform in Mountain View, CA on September 29. Awesome!

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Famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti dies

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It is with sad news that famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at his hometown in Modena early Thursday morning (5AM BST). He was 71. He had been in a tough battle with pancreatic cancer.

Pavarotti is survived by his wife, Nicoletta Mantovani, and a daughter, Alice, along with three grown daughters by his first wife, Adua Veroni, whom he divorced in 2000, and a granddaughter.

Pavarotti gave his last performance in an opera at the New York Metropolitan Opera on March 13, 2004 for which he received a 12-minute standing ovation for his role as the painter Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca.

In February 2006, at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Turin, he brought the house down with his trademark Nessun Dorma aria.

In a statement posted on his website during his farewell tour, Pavarotti said "I hope to be remembered as an opera singer. In other words, as a representative of an art form which has found its maximum expression in my country. And I also hope that my love of opera will always remain at the center of my life".

R.I.P.

Olbermann re-enacts Senator Craig Bathroom Scene

Doen't Olbermann have anything else better to do?

Keith goes ahead and re-enacts in "Dragnet" style of Senator Craig's public restroom encounter with an undercover police officer.

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I would bet as an encore, he can re-enact the death of Princess Diana by being one of the paparazzi chasing her car in Paris.

Jihad: The Musical (a satire or just plain offensive?)

While in the UK...

Supposedly following in the footsteps of "Springtime for Hitler," the hilarious musical-within-a-musical of "The Producers," comes "Jihad: The Musical." It premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

It tells the story of Sayeed, an Afghan peasant who is lured into training to be a suicide-bomber in a Western city. It doesn't show "respect" for fundamentalist ideas; it quite rightly pours acidic scorn on them.

It's not a Bush-Cheney hymn, or a Republican attack ad. It even makes fun of Fox News too.

Early reviews in the UK are mixed. Some do mention that the musical is trying to be satirical like what the Producers did with Hitler. Now it depends if people are going to laugh or take the musical too seriously. Attendance has been pretty full at their shows. It looks like the satire is against extremists and the exploitive media.

It is up to you to decide. Is it offensive or just plain dirty humour/satire?

You can watch the YouTube video of "I wanna be like Osama"

Over 155,000 hits

Winner of Britain's Got Talent: Paul Potts : in the USA

On the NBC Today Show at Rockefeller Center


Bush: I am not an expert

Lohan follows Hilton; Arrested for DUI this morning

lindsaylohan.jpgIt seems after Hilton fatigue, it's time for Lohan fatigue. Desperate to get into the headlines, Lindsay Lohan was arrested early this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and possession of narcotics.

During a pre-booking search, police say they found cocaine in one of her pants pocket. She went to the Santa Monica police station and paid the $25,000 to $30,000 bail.

Lohan crashed her Mercedes back in May and is already facing a drunken driving charge in Beverly Hills. She recently finished a second stint in rehab for substance abuse treatment. She was due to be back in court on August 24 to face those charges.

I expect MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski to start burning an effigy of Lohan later today.

TMZ reported that her blood alcohol content (BAC) was between .12 and .13, well over the .08 legal limit. Lohan refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the scene, but failed the field sobriety test. She did take the Breathalyzer at the police station.

Forget about community service or another stint at the substance abuse clinic. This clearly requires jail time. Hilton got 45 days (though shortened) for the suspended license, Lohan had the same thing plus being drunk and having cocaine in her possession. It is unknown if she was still wearing her alcohol detection ankle bracelet. She may have taken it off or just ignored the alarm when she passed the threshold level.

I am thinking at least 2 years and under 5 years jail time. I also expect companies that have endorsement deals with her will scrap them in the next few weeks. No movie roles either. The latest one "Poor Things" looks to have been pulled from production.

The next time I am going to write about her is when she gets sent to prison.

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The Smoking Gun - Lindsay Lohan Mug Shot

Fox News - Lindsay Lohan Busted Again for Cocaine, DUI

Mercury News - Lindsay Lohan arrested on DUI suspicion

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Conan O'Brien - iPhone

Isaiah Washington racism excuse

Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington whines that he was fired because he was black. Apparently, he told Newsweek that "someone heard the booming voice of a black man and got really scared and that was the beginning of the end for me."

Perhaps he was watching too many Samuel L. Jackson flicks.

So for some reason, he alleges that everyone was afraid of a 6-foot-1 black man who is not submissive and is not a plantation-raised person.

I wonder if someone from the NAACP told him to use that reasoning.

Of course he tried to make amends by expressing remorse and volunteering to enter a counseling program to understand how the confrontation got out of hand, he told Newsweek.

Yep, he wanted to blame someone else for his mistakes.

Sigh...

CNN - Ex-'Grey's' star: Racism a factor in axing


Paris Hilton's supposedly $1M post-jail interview cancelled

So Paris Hilton is going to be released on June 26 from jail and she is already trying to get one of the major news networks to do an exclusive post-jail interview.

Supposeduly, NBC was going to offer $1,000,000 dollars to Paris Hilton to appear on the Today's show. The hotel heirness even called ABC's Barbara Walters to do another interview with her.

TMZ.com reported that NBC cancelled the interview. It could be surmised that the $1 million fee brought about a huge uproar from the public and that it would show that Paris would be "getting away with it." For a C-list rated celebrity, why would she command such a high price? As such, the media networks know it could score an exclusive ratings hit with the interview but at the same time, it would garner protests and boycotts. The public would hate it, but they would still watch the interview.

I would consider the option that the interview would go right ahead. We need to see if Paris is still sincere after her short stay in jail. Another step in the right direction would be for her to donate her fee to charity. But I really doubt it. Her dad is already planning a huge party bash for her when she is released, so it would be going back to "business as usual."

After her big return to partying, I am guessing she would stay low for a while, or who knows...she makes a stupid mistake again.

Update 6/24/07

So Paris Hilton will appear on Larry King's soundstage. Also, despite statements of denial by Hilton reps, they were playing ABC and NBC against each other. The Hilton family told the Alphabet network that its rival was willing to cough up between $750,000 and $1 million so that Today coanchor Vieira could be the first to land Hilton. News of the big-ticket Q&A rankled network executives, journalists and ethicists, despite Peacock executives describing the expense as a licensing fee for photos and videos, not a payout.

They rich and they still want to exploit Paris. Nice family.

Britain's Got Talent: The Final

I am quite amazed with the contestants on this talent show. Honestly, I think Britain's Got Talent brings out the best and I think American Idol is the opposite.

Congrats to Paul Potts for winning the final!

Finalist Connie Talbot

Finalist Paul Potts

Finalist Bessy Cursons

Finalist Bar Wizzards

Finalist Damon Scott & Bubbles

Finalist Combat Breakers

The Winner is Announced!

Britain's Got Talent: Paul Potts reaches final

The guy from South Wales in the UK wins the semi-final in Britain's Got Talent.

Akon passes blame for crude stage sex act


Remember during a concert in Trinidad, Akon was pretty much dry-humping a 15-year-old fan on stage. Instead of apologising, he blames the girl's father and the Trinidad nightclub for letting an underage partygoer into the event. Verizon Wireless pulled its sponsorship of his concert tour with Gwen Stefani after the incident was publicised.

He even made a sassy song about it. He does not say sorry for his action. He blames the club and the girl's dad for it and trying to discredit his name.

Hey American Idol, you need a dose of Britain's Got Talent

A bit of opera can really be enlightening. This person works at Carphone Warehouse, btw.

Here's a very young inspiring singer.

Judge orders Paris Hilton back to JAIL!

parishilton_mugshot.jpgIt would seem that the Sheriff's office decided to re-assign Hilton to house arrest without telling the judge or the L.A. City Attorney.

In response, Attorney Rocky Delgadillo filed paperwork last night demanding a hearing before Judge Michael Sauer to determine why the Sheriff's Department allowed Paris to get out of jail when the judge had expressly ordered her to serve out her entire sentence.

The judge has agreed and ordered Paris Hitlon to show up at his Los Angeles courtoom. The hearing is scheduled for 9:00AM PDT. I wonder if she going to show up late. It is possible that Sauer can order Hilton back to jail.

So far, the Sheriff's Department continued to play the medical card.

L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich called Paris' release "a mockery of due process." He added, "You're dealing with a spoiled brat acting out to get her way instead of serving time as was adjudicated by the courts."

Whatever the case, Paris is really a poor, poor, POOR role model for girls. She is making a mockery of all celebrities and of our justice system.

Do you even know that Paris was planning a huge party once she gotten back at her home? One of her friends told OK! magazine about this. Of course, it was squashed by the Sheriff's department when they stated that she cannot hold parties or social gatherings while under house arrest. But it really shows that her released statement about "learning a great deal from this ordeal and the hope that others have learned from my mistakes" are complete rubbish.

NY Post - Poor Li'l Rich Paris is Free...For Now

Update 15:00 EST

Judge Sauer has ordered Paris Hilton back to jail in Lynwood! She will get credit for the 5 days already served.

A witness saw Paris "physically escorted" out of the courtroom by a female deputy, screaming "Mom, mom, mom!"

When the news broke about Paris going back to jail, there were cheers in the office.

But know this! The judge re-instated the 45-day sentence instead of the 23 days. So Paris must spend 40 days in the Lynwood jail.

Update 15:45 EST

Paris Hilton's lawyer will appealed the jail sentence either late today or Monday.

Sad Day for Justice - Paris Hilton Leaves Jail Early

parishilton_mugshot.jpgAre you FRAKKING kidding me?!?!?!?

Early today, Paris Hilton was released from a Los Angeles County jail because of an "unspecified medical condition" and will serve the remainder of her sentence in home confinement.

She spent ONLY THREE DAYS in her jail cell!

Lady Justice has been robbed and this pretty much solidifies the public's view that celebrities do get special treatment and they are indeed above the law.

Supposedly under the new agreement, Hilton will be confined to her home with an electronic ankle bracelet for 40 days. It was supposed to be 23 days if she stayed in jail for good behavior.

So what happened? When Paris Hilton was sentenced on May 4, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled that she would not be allowed any work release, furloughs, or use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail.

The L.A. Sheriff's Department refused to say what specific medical condition citing confidentiality agreement. (Read their official press release)

But wait!!! LA County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says that Paris was not released early -- she was reassigned! And still in custody technically. I guess whoever is watching her will get the chance to enjoy some gourmet cooked food.

But house arrest? That means she will get to live in her multi-million dollar mansion, enjoying gourmet foods, and watching shows and movies on her plasma television set.

Thank you L.A. Sheriffs! You have told us that for violating probation three times, you get house arrest. I hope you can give that privilege to anyone else who does the same thing as Paris. I guess if she commits armed robbery, she can get a cut of the money.

The View's Joy Behar: "This girl can get out of more things than David Copperfield."

Update 14:00 EST

Law enforcement sources suggest that Paris Hilton's medical condition was purely psychological and that she was in peril of having a nervous breakdown, and that's why she was released early in the morning.

Psychiatrist Charles Sophy visited Paris and said her mental state was fragile and she was at risk.

First, she can handle the cakewalk at fashion shows, getting herself wasted at parties throughout the night, but cannot handle a night in jail, especially a place suited for high-profile people and celebrities? How can this woman handle her father's business? It's probably true... those high-level socialites just cannot handle becoming a "criminal."

Update 17:00 EST

L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe claims that Paris' "reassignment" is a load of crap.

L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo: "Today I was extremely troubled to learn that the Sheriff's Department has decided to release Ms. Hilton from custody just three days after she was admitted to county jail.

My office was not advised of this action. We learned of it this morning through news reports, just like everyone else. Had we been provided with the proper notification, we would have opposed the decision on legal grounds."

Paris Hilton's Statement: "I want to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and staff of the Century Regional Detention Center for treating me fairly and professionally. I am going to serve the remaining 40 days of my sentence. I have learned a great deal from this ordeal and hope that others have learned from my mistakes."

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Washington Post - Paris Hilton is Released from L.A. Jail

CNN.com - The Marquee - Paris out of jail?!?

TMZ - Paris Hilton - Free Woman

CBS reconsiders decision to axe Jericho; Orders 8 Episodes

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On May 16, 2007, CBS announced its 2007-2008 primetime slate and Jericho was not on it. The network decided that it was not worth the fight to keep it for a second season.

Ever since that day, Jericho's fans have mounted a campaign to get the network to reconsider its decision. CBS has been deluged with calls and messages. This is pretty much the same tactic most fans would use to get a show back on the air. But as a special bonus, fans have been shipping nuts to the headquarters building in New York City.

Over 25 TONS of nuts have been sent to the network. That's about 50,000 THOUSAND POUNDS! The "nuts" factor came from an episode in Jericho where the main character, Jake, replied with "NUTS" when New Bern's commander asked him to surrender.

It's the same phrase used in World War II, when General MacAuliffe was asked to surrender at the Battle of Bulge, he simply replied "NUTS!"

So if you want to send bulk NUTS to CBS, go to NUTS ONLINE. They're helping in sending the bulk shipments. Visit http://www.nutsonline.com/gifts/jericho.html. It's looks to be offline right now, but you can use this site to place your order.

Or if you want to send them yourself, here are the addresses:

CBS Entertainment
7800 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2112
ATTN: Nina Tassler

CBS Television
51 West 52nd Street
NY, NY 10019
ATTN: Nina Tassler

From multiple sources, it seems that CBS is this close to sealing a deal to bring 'Jericho' back for at least eight episodes, possibly mid-season.

Update 6/7/07

Confirmed! CBS will order 8 mid-season epsiodes of Jericho!

June 6, 2007

To the Fans of Jericho:

Wow!

Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series. You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard.

As a result, CBS has ordered seven episodes of “Jericho” for mid-season next year. In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more “Jericho,” we will need more viewers.

A loyal and passionate community has clearly formed around the show. But that community needs to grow. It needs to grow on the CBS Television Network, as well as on the many digital platforms where we make the show available.

We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grass-roots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.

At this time, I cannot tell you the specific date or time period that “Jericho” will return to our schedule. However, in the interim, we are working on several initiatives to help introduce the show to new audiences. This includes re-broadcasting “Jericho” on CBS this summer, streaming episodes and clips from these episodes across the CBS Audience Network (online), releasing the first season DVD on September 25 and continuing the story of Jericho in the digital world until the new episodes return. We will let you know specifics when we have them so you can pass them on.

On behalf of everyone at CBS, thank you for expressing your support of “Jericho” in such an extraordinary manner. Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone. You made a difference.

Sincerely,

Nina Tassler

President, CBS Entertainment

P.S. Please stop sending us nuts :)

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Jericho Lives

Jericho Message Board

Showbuzz CBS - "Jericho" Might Make Midseason Return

CNN - 'Jericho' fans assail CBS with 25 tons of peanuts


CBS cancels Jericho; Replaced with Kiddie Reality Show

cbs_jericho.jpgCBS stated that they cancelled the nuclear apocalypse drama because it "lost a lot of steam." According to Kelly Kahl, CBS' chief scheduling executive, "I know we had loyal viewers... but the show sort of lost its engine and wasn't performing."

First of all, you put the show on midseason hiatus. I actually looked forward to seeing Jericho on Wednesday night. The same thing happened when NBC put "Heroes" on hiatus midseason too, but at least they still did well, and got renewed for next year.

It pretty much sucks cause the season finale is a cliffhanger and now with no second season, we can only imagine what happens next in our minds. It would seem CBS is shying away from serialised dramas and sticking with reality shows and shows that do not have sort of long-term storyline. I kinda thought Jericho did a good job trying to compete with Fox's 24 in terms of doing some sort of apocalyptic drama. At least I got something to watch on Monday and Wednesday of each week.

But really, it's CBS' fault for inserting the long hiatus in between. It is definitely obviously that viewers will get discouraged if there is such a long break.

So there are definitely petitions out there trying to save the show. You can sign up at PetitionOnline.com.

If you want to send actual letters to Kelly Kahl, send it to: CBS Television Network, 51 West 52nd Street, NY, NY 10019.

Now what really upsets me is their new reality idea for the fall. They want to create a "Lord of the Flies" show where a group of 8 to 15-year old kids try to create their own society. The name of show is tentatively titled "Kid Nation."

We dealt with "Survivor" and "Amazing Race." Now we get to see kids try to survive with adults? Wait...didn't we see that before? Remember the show "Jeremiah" where a plague killed every adult over the age of puberty back in 2002. It only went for two seasons.

Let's not keep on killing a dead horse. We know Fox's American Idol will lose interest. We will hopefully get tired of the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Let's stop with all this reality nonsense.

Bring back Jericho, or at least sell the show to Showtime or HBO. They will do a much better job with it.

No Sympathy for Paris Hilton

paris_hilton.jpgParis Hilton is going to jail.

(round of applause)

The party heiress told photographers gathered outside her home, "I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwanted and I don't deserve this."

Hilton's attorney, Howard Weitzman, promised an appeal. "She's been selectively targeted in my opinion to be prosecuted because of who she is."

Kathy Hilton, her mother, laments on the sentencing: "[The judge] made up his mind before he even came in today. If it were anyone else, this would've never had happened... And after all the money we spent!"

Apparently, trying to get out of a sticky mess with money does not always work.

Paris Hilton, just like every other socialite, relies on her publisher and assistants to handle all her chores and errands. So it would seem that she needed someone to read her the suspension of license notice or make sure her Bentley is full of gas.

Consider the facts:

FACT: On September 7, 2006, Paris Hilton was pulled over on a reckless driving charge and failed a field sobriety test. Like a responsible citizen aware that she had made a mistake, she pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to 36 months probation and required to enroll in an alcoholo education class.

FACT: On January 15, Paris was pulled over again and informed that she was driving on a suspended license. Police let her off with a warning, but required that she sign a document acknowledging that she understood her licensewas suspended and she was not supposed to drive.

FACT! On February 27 at 11 pm, Paris was pulled over again after authorities saw her car speeding with its headlights off. In her glove compartment, police found the document acknowledging she understood she wasn’t supposed to drive.

FACT!! Paris had been required to enroll in that alcohol education program by February 12, but as of April 17, she still had not.

Also, insulting Los Angeles Judge Michael Sauer by showing up for her probation violation hearing 20 MINUTES LATE does not help her case. I see it as affront to the state judicial system and her apparent disregard for the law.

So we will all look forward to June 5 where Paris will let go her partying clothes, don an orange jumpsuit and be confined to a 12-by-8 foot space. One hot meal per day plus two cold ones, no fancy gourmey caviar, sorry.

The police gave her so many warnings but she continued to flaunt it. The bottom line is that you committed a crime, so go to jail and deal with it.

Here's an amusing letter to the Governator by a Paris fan named Joshua.

May 5, 2007 (This is what Joshua told Paris)

To: The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

Let me first begin by saying that I grew up as a child enjoying all of your wonderful films. You really are the truly great action hero for our time. You are doing a great job in the great state of California.

I would like to bring a matter to your attention that you may or may not already be aware of due to the excessive media coverage this matter has received recently:

Paris Whitney Hilton is 26 year old American celebrity and socialite. She is an heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, as well as to the real estate fortune of her father Richard Hilton. She provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives. Hilton is notable for her leading roles on the FOX reality series The Simple Life and in the remake of the Vincent Price horror classic “House of Wax”. In addition to her work as an actress, she has achieved some recognition as a model, celebrity spokesperson, singer, and writer.

As most of America now knows, Ms. Hilton was just charged in a Los Angeles court with DUI and sentenced to 45 days in Century Regional Detention Facility in California beginning on or before June 5, 2007.

We, the American public who support Paris, are shocked, dismayed and appalled by how Paris has been the person to be used as an example that Drunk Driving is wrong. I do not support drunk driving or condone a person being spared from DUI charges. Paris should have been sober. But she shouldn’t go to jail, either. As depicted on Friday night’s episode “Nancy Grace” on Headline News (May 4, 2007), countless celebrities have been “slapped on the wrist” for similar incidents recently. Nick Nolte, Mel Gibson, Tracy Morgan, Wynonna Judd, to name a few, were arrested and never did a day in jail after their initial arrests for drunk driving /DUI /DWI charges. Rappers Busta Rhymes and Eve still walk free after both being arrested for the same charges as Ms. Hilton just this past week.

Singer/actress Brandy Norwood’s California Highway accident, although no proof of DUI was evidenced in her accident, resulted in the death of a young wife and mother in California, yet Brandy walks free as of today, never doing any time and a woman is now dead possibly due to her reckless driving.

Yet, Paris Hilton did not hurt, injure, or kill anyone or anything, and yet she must do jail time.

This letter, with all due respect to you, sir, is to ask you to please consider granting a pardon to Paris Hilton for her mistake, or at the very least to advocate for a pardon to be given to Ms. Hilton. Please allow her to her return to her career and life. Everyone makes mistakes. She didn’t hurt or kill anyone, and she has learned her lesson. She is sincere, apologetic, and full of regret for her actions as she explained tearfully to the Judge handling her case in court yesterday. She is distraught and understandably afraid to enter the prison system.

Paris Hilton's response on her blog:

Thank you Joshua
I just want to thank Joshua so much for his kind words of love and support. God Bless
Love Paris
This was written by one of my fans and great supporters and was posted on my myspace comments section. This is also my first blog with more to come. I love you all.

So if you are drunk or wasted and really want to help Paris Hilton, sign the petition.

However, if you are like me and many other people, sign the petition to keep Paris Hilton in jail.

So far the jailers are very much in front of the Hilton wannabe fans.


Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds at Radio City

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Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds performing at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, April 22, 2007

Awesome time! This was a three-show tour for the two musicians before the band summer tour.