WILL "OVER THERE" COME OVER HERE?
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2nd R) and his wife Laureen (R) greet evacuees from Lebanon, after they arrived in a Canadian military plane in Ottawa July 21, 2006. Harper took a surprise decision to use his Canadian military plane to fly to Cyprus to pick up Canadians evacuated from Lebanon. REUTERS/Dave Chan (CANADA)
As I was gathering blog fodder this morning, Israeli troops took control of border village. We knew this was going to happen, yet it hit me like a thud. I've seen the video footage of those crazed terrorists who have no fear of death, who have been raised to hate all who do not believe as they do. TW Dave believes COMING SOON: AMERICAN JIHAD: The Israelis are massing troops on the border of Lebanon in preparation for a ground invasion. If they invade, look for Hezbollah to start attacking around the globe, especially here in the United States.
One of the first stories I collected was the following frightening scenario playing out up North. The writer calls for a re-evaluation of this idiotic policy.
Convenient Canadians: What in heaven's name are 50,000 Canadians doing in Lebanon? … [T]here are twice as many Canadians in Lebanon as there are Canadians in the army. Are they all in Lebanon for a visit? Hardly.
Most are dual-citizenship Canadians who've chosen to return to the motherland to live as Lebanese -- until trouble strikes and then they want the Canadian government to rescue them, not the Lebanese government.
8 Spook 86 is In Praise of Detention Camps: The first waves of western "evacuees" from Lebanon have begun arriving in the United States and Europe, raising serious--and legitimate--questions about how many Hizballah operatives might be in their midst.
8 A map showing the Islamic Terrorist Network In America
8 Here's a list of Islamic Centers. Is there one near you? I printed the list of the ones in NY State; it’s 22 pages long. The centers are everywhere, including Big Flats, which is 10 minutes from me. An Islamic Center is not synonymous with Islamic Terrorist Network. They are not interchangable terms -- at least not yet. But, still, you should know if one is near you.
88 Here's a map I charted showing the locations, by counties, of the Islamic Centers in NYS. I can't vouched for its accuracy, but it's close.
Click the picture below to learn more about the movie Rush talked about.
Yowza, wasn't Peter Cook a girlie-man when he was young! And with a coke bust under his belt to boot. How utterly 80s. There are conflicting stories in the National Enquirer and the NY Post about whether or not Cook did jail time for his coke bust. If he had done hard time -- in prison -- he definitely would have been some bubba's bitch. Wonder if Christie ever snorted?
8 From the NY Post ... CHRISTIE HUBBY'S '82 DRUG BUST: In the latest humiliation for the supermodel mom, court papers obtained by The Post reveal two-timing playboy Peter Cook was busted for selling a gram of coke to an undercover cop in 1982 - and served two months in 1983 in a Suffolk County jail.
Brinkley's estranged husband was "dealing fairly extensively in the Southampton and Bridgehampton areas," the narcotics officer who caught him said in a probation officer's report.
8 From the National Enquirer ... COCAINE SECRET BEHIND CHRISTIE BRINKLEY DIVORCE: The ENQUIRER has discovered that Cook was 23 at the time of his arrest on November 10, 1982. He was busted for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover cop. The incident occurred at a Long Island, N.Y., highway rest stop. A source familiar with the case said the incident occurred at the "East Bound" rest station at Exit 52 of the Long Island Expressway (L.I.E.). Said the source: "The L.I.E. rest stop was said to be a meeting place for gay men seeking anonymous sex.
8 You just know that Hollywood is itchin' to do this story. Now it's H'wood's affair: Casting has already begun for the film version of the latest Christie Brinkley divorce saga — at least in the minds of some Hollywood producers.
8 Not to be outdone, Her Royal C has her time in the Hamptons, too. CASH HAMPTONS: SEN. Hillary Clinton is barnstorming the Hamptons this weekend to fill her campaign coffers with the help of her hubby, Bill. Last night, Michael Recanati co-hosted a dinner in East Hampton with Ira Statfeld at $4,200 per head, the max under federal law. Today's brunch thrown by Lisa Perry in Sag Harbor costs $2,000. Tonight, the ex-president joins Hillary at the East Hampton home of Michele and Bill Nuti, where Jon Bon Jovi will perform. Tickets are $300, but $1,000 will get you a backstage pass. If some of these names don't ring a bell, there's an explanation. As one Dem said, "Every time you think she's hit up everybody she could find, she comes up with new people."
ALGORE MUGS FOR CAMERA
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INTERBLOGATORY GRAB BAG THURSDAY
"Down here in Crawford we call this July" ;~)
8 gag snicker gak Brother Algore, "POP IDOL"?
8 Cindy Adams reports (link timed out by Friday): ISRAEL. Friends just back say that, unlike flights out of Lebanon, their plane home had many empty seats. They say Tel Aviv restaurants are packed. Beaches in Herzliya are mobbed. Malls everywhere are crowded. The airport, normal. No untoward sense of urgency. For this moment anyhow, it's business as usual. Israelis, having always lived under siege, go on with their lives. Tourists still exist but with an itinerary change. Instead of going north toward Tiberias and Haifa, it's south to the Dead Sea and Eilat. In the words of one who returned Sunday: "It was surreal. We watched all this destruction on TV on CNN and then calmly discussed where we were having dinner that night."
8 Language Log finds the MSM is full of "shit."
8 This place is very near my home. Rattlesnakes close rest area: Timber rattlesnakes are classified by New York state as a threatened species, Corneau said. "It is against the law to go looking for them, harass them, search for them, gather them or pick them up," he said.
8 I hope Jake didn’t cry (sniff sniff): Lance Teases Jake at the ESPY Awards
8 For you high-brows out there: Cat Haiku and Dog Haiku
8 Man, I wish I could sing like the Scottish lass, Sandi Thom, "with flowers in my hair."
8 And finally … Sitting at work and wondering whatinthehell Baby Suri, spawn of TomKat, looks like? Yeah, me neither. But if you are, ShowBuzz has the next best thing: Simulated Suri! As in click’n’drag pieces of Katie’s head and Tom’s head and make your own version of Baby Suri. Frankly, I had more fun putting Katie’s chin on Tom’s face. Whatthehell, it kills time.
WHILE WE'RE ON THE TOPIC OF SLEAZY HUSBANDS
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Reader Brooklyn Boy brought up
the subject of Slick "kiss it" Willy
while commenting on
Christie Brinkley's sleazoid husband,
Peter the Pr^ck, and his penchant for
sweet young willing thangs.
Seems like as good a time as any
to post this classic ad
by John Hawkins.
MILKING THIS STORY FOR ALL THE PR IT'S WORTH
Well, well, well. Why am I not surprised that Peter the Pr^ck has had other adolescent conquests. First we heard about Diana Bianchi (a.k.a. the slut), today it's Samantha Cole, and the similarities between the two are amazing.
I WAS CHRISTIE CAD'S LOLITA #1: "I laugh at this, because our story is exactly the same," Cole told The Post, referring to bombshell news that Cook, 47, seduced 19-year-old budding singer Diana Bianchi last year at his Southampton firm.
Weirder still is that Cole's mother, a cop, worked in the Southampton Village Police Department with Bianchi's stepdad, Police Officer Brian Platt. And Cole's cousin went to high school with Bianchi. "Someone said to me yesterday that he was trying to recreate me or something," Cole said.
Cole revealed that, at one point, Cook proposed marriage to her in a last-ditch bid to win her back after she broke up with him in 1996. When she refused, Cook - who was by then dating Brinkley - got engaged to the "Uptown Girl" a month later.
Back to Bianchi. Y'know what they say: peel an onion.It seems as though the slut's PR people will have a more difficult job transforming her into an innocent victim now that we learn that she was two-timing her boyfriend while turning tricks with Christie's sleazoid husband.
EMOTIONAL WIPEOUT AS GAL BETRAYS SURF DUDE: Bianchi, 19, eventually quit her $50-an-hour job at Cook's firm - and it only made Keckeisen more suspicious. Despite the fact that she was unemployed, Bianchi was still able to make the sizeable monthly car payments on her Nissan Maxima - which Cook had provided the down payment for - and never seemed short of cash. Keckeisen quickly reasoned that Cook was providing the cash.
THE OLDER HE GETS, THE BETTER HE WRITES
"If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes." Mickey Spillane
It was sad news indeed to hear that Mickey Spillane had died. Rodger posted an excerpt from Vengeance Is Mine!, and Pat has never forgotten the ending to I The Jury: where Mike Hammer's new girlfriend does a striptease to try to distract him from the fact that he's figured out that …
I've never read Mickey Spillane -- not yet -- but he does figure into one of my stories about a refreshingly old-fashioned librarian who goes strictly By The Book:
“What are you going to do, Officer Rooney, haul me off to jail?”
He had to suppress a smile as her choice of words caught him off guard. “You've been rapping knuckles for decades and nobody has ever turned into a psychopathic killer yet, least of all me.”
“Mickey Spillane, wasn't it,” she declared rather smugly.
“You've got some memory, Miss Emily. I The Jury. Boy, that takes me back. That Mickey Spillane sure can write. It’s been a long time since I read one of his books. Too long.” Rooney sighed
"Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book." Mickey Spillane
There is no better description of William "Kent" Krueger's Cork O'Connor series than that. Krueger is one of those writers who "the older he gets, the better he writes." Beginning with the first book, Iron Lake, I've read every one in the series. Krueger was apprehensive about the ending in the 5th book, Mercy Falls. I think he described it as "risky." In my opinion the risk paid off. I loved it and told him so. So when he offered me an ARC copy (advanced reader's copy) of his latest, Copper River (due out next month), I jumped at the chance. It arrived on Monday and I, the world's slowest reader, finished it last night.
I hate coming to the end of Krueger's books. They're that good. But don't take my word; click on the links to read excerpts. Krueger can't crank 'em out fast enough for me.
AS THE CLINTONS SOWED, SO SHALL WE REAP
Reminds me of that old joke, which is apropos in more ways than one: He sowed his wild oats and prayed for crop failure. Of all the times we needed crop failure.
The Democrats' blame game: When Bill Clinton dealt with Yasser Arafat not as the terrorist he was but as a legitimate leader he was not, the second intifada against Israel was born. Indeed, the Clinton approach to Middle East affairs is not one Democrats can be proud of. This approach nearly always strengthened the hand of the Islamists and the various Arab dictators, usually at the expense of American interests.
The fact is that Israel and the United States have been paying the price of the Clinton administration's foolishness in trusting Yasser Arafat since.
There was a Pro-Israel Rally yesterday in NYC, and Her Royal C was there trawling for votes. The woman who will do anything to be president claims she loves Jews. Forget about that anti-Semitic streak in her; she'll only deny it. I suppose she was just being nice when she kissed Suha Arafat, right after Mrs. Arafat accused Israel of poisoning Palestinians. So, I shouldn't assume that Hillary Clinton feels the same way about the Jews as Suha Arafat does, right? There are no ties that bind the two women, right?
Still ... Questions continue to swirl around Her Royal C
88 Pam at Atlas Shrugs was at that rally yesterday, and then she was on Rush, too! (The fast talker:)
YOU SAY LOLITA, I SAY SLUT
If you think I'm not being hard enough on Peter the Pr^ck because I seem to focus on the slut, well, you may have a point. Time to correct that misconception. For starters, Christie Brinkley's husband should be strung up by his genitalia -- in public. I have zero tolerance for screwing around. I also have mixed feelings about the slut's sexual harrassment suit. While I'd love to see the bastard lose, the slut seemed to be a willing participant from the beginning. Kinda hard to then say that she put out only because she feared for her job.
I focus on the slut because she had the power from the beginning to say no. And she didn't. But she was so young! BFD. She was old enough to know right from wrong, and she chose wrong. I call her a slut because she is. She's not some Lolita, which implies a pubescent innocence; she's a slut. She engaged in a sexual relationship with a man knowing he was married, which makes her a home-wrecker, too. This married man not only gave her a job, he also showered her with lavish gifts, all for the purpose of sex with her, and that's one definition of a slut: "A woman prostitute." Sound harsh? Oh boo-hoo.
About that job ... I was floored when I read that she earned $50 PER HOUR! That = $2,000/wk which = $104,000/year. She basically did secretarial work. Fifty bucks per hour is more than Nurse G makes, more than Nurse G's husband makes as a corrections officer with about 12-15 years experience, and even more than their combined salaries.
Right now the media focus is on rehabilitating her image -- from home-wrecker to victim -- primarily, I believe, for this potential lawsuit. I'm not giving the sleazy husband a pass, but at the same time I don't want to see her morphed into some unsuspecting sweet young thang, either.
PETER WOOED ME & BEDDED ME, BUT I WAS JUST A TOOL IN HIS SICK GAME: They soon began sleeping together - although, she said, "We were not out dating [in public]. We didn't do anything like that." Still, "I felt uncomfortable," the teen admitted. "I had never been with anyone who was married. I was always on the right track. This was all new to me."
Eventually, the strain of sneaking around with Cook got to be too much, Bianchi said, and she broke up with him in April.
"I guess . . . there's a lot of other girls in this position right now, and it's not a good place to be," Bianchi said.
"We were all tools of his little game, I guess," the petite brunette said.
Bianchi said she now believes that Cook - despite the sweet words he whispered to her during their relationship - had been interested in getting only one thing from her: sex.
when pressed on when she began reciprocating Cook's advances, Bianchi paused.
"I don't like these questions," she said.
She then left Tacopina's office to confer with the other lawyer, Arnold, for several minutes.
Before she returned, Tacopina confirmed that Bianchi and Cook had a sexual relationship, which spanned about one year.
But the lawyer also said, "I'm just not going to let her" answer questions about how many times she slept with Cook, where it occurred and other circumstances of the trysts.
Still, Tacopina did say Cook began plying her with gifts of cash totaling up to $1,500 per month - on top of her eventually $50-per-hour salary - as well as paying for her new Nissan Maxima and "jewelry all the time."
She always had the power to say no and she didn't.
"War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides... there isn't going to be any war."
I'm not delving into the war and all its intricacies as there are far better minds than mine for that. Spook 86, Mac Ranger and AJ Strata, with their top notch sources, all do an excellent job. But occasionally I will link to articles/posts.
I know there are people out there who hate Bush with such intensity that it reduces them to foaming at the mouth. I know there are Bush-hating bloggers out there whom I picture pounding away furiously, ruining countless keyboards in the process. And yet it still dumbfounds me when I read something like this.
About This New War: [Bush] likes this. Bombs going off in the Middle East is music to the Bush Administration’s ears. Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al long for instability in the Arab world. And now they’re just kicking back to see how far this thing can go. Hell, if they’re lucky, Iran or Syria will make a wrong move and send the entire region off the precipice and into total warfare. For them, this is a game, like Risk. Only real children are getting shot full of schrapnel.
8 If nothing else, it provides a nice segue into Aaron's THESE PEOPLE ARE INSANE
8 Mac Ranger calls it. BDS - "It's Bush's Fault"!: You can see what is happening here and its simple. It's just more of the same/lame Bush Derangment Sydrome which has by now gone into endless re-runs. Of course it's not the thugs in Hamas or Hizbullah, or those "innocents in Lebonnon" who have been waging war - kidnapping and slaughering men, women and children, or blowing up school buses - no, they are not to be blamed.
8 For all of those pacifist pussies who believe that we can always talk our way out of wars, Mark Steyn spells out why the blah-blah-blah approach never works. (Take that, Jimmy Carter!): It's easy to fly in a guy in a suit to hold a meeting. Half the fellows inside the Beltway have Middle East "peace plans" named after them. Bush flew in himself a year or two back to announce his "road map." Before that it was Cheney, who flew in with the Cheney plan, which was a plan to open up a road map back to the last plan, which would get us back to "Tenet," which would get us back to "Mitchell," which would get us back to "Wye River," which would get us back to "Oslo," which would get us back to Kansas.
How likely is it that any of those bespoke Palestinian "moderates" who've been permanent fixtures on CNN and BBC Middle East discussion panels for 30 years have any meaningful sway over a population of unemployed uneducated teenage boys raised by a death cult?
8 This seems as good a time as any to remind fellow NY-ers that Her Royal C does have a challenger ... or two.
THE SUPER MODEL, THE SLEAZE & THE SLUT
Who'd ever have thought that I would stick up for that Kerry-lovin' Christie Brinkley? However, when it comes to cheatin' no-good low-life husbands, politics takes a back seat, sister.
UPDATE: (lots of details here) on the Christie Brinkley/Hubby #4 marriage meltdown: The caddish Cook would bizarrely leave wads of cash stashed in random spots around Southampton - sometimes hidden under rocks - for Bianchi to find after he told her where they were via e-mail, sources said. … The lawyer said Cook openly talked to Bianchi "about wanting to leave" Brinkley …
In a move too rich for words ... Teen's on brink of suing him: Peter Cook, 47, caused "substantial and irreparable harm" when he showered aspiring singer Diana Bianchi, 19, with luxurious gifts - including a Nissan Maxima - and then seduced her behind Brinkley's back, the lawyer said. "It amounts to preying on an innocent, young and naive girl who would otherwise have no attraction to a 50-year-old man," lawyer Joseph Tacopina said. "He offered her money, a job, career advancement. And when he got her comfortable, he made his real intentions known."
Oh puh-leeze! You want me to believe that this slut didn't know what this peter was up to? Like she was helpless in the face of all those "gifts"? Btw, it's legal term is prostitution.
Another couple in trouble? Cindy Adams reports (link will be timed out by Tuesday) that CAROLINE KENNEDY She and hubby Ed Schlossberg have separate ways. … "The Schlossbergs always lived separate lives. Ed's not keen on charity functions. He's rarely at her ballets and municipal art things. As for her attending his events, it's debatable what this poet philosopher does, although he's in demand. He works with museum directors programming interactive installations.
"They're married 20 years. The separate ways even extend to parenting. Like for their son's little league football games, either Caroline showed or Ed did.
"No pending divorce. The Schlossberg stuff is just a wisp of a rumor."
In other, much more important news …
8 Umbrellas seem to be big enough – some are almost too big – so a Folding Twin Umbrella seems a bit too big. How does anyone walk around the things? Oh well, at least you can share with a friend and it’s only $19.95.
8 Heads up all you winos! Grape crop looks good so far: "If Mother Nature cooperates with a hot and dry summer, it could be one of the greatest vintages ever," said John Ingle, owner of Heron Hill Winery near Hammondsport on Keuka Lake.
IS THIS A YOLK?
While I did photoshop that picture, apparently this marketing idea is fer'real. My version looks like a carton of cyclops, so CBS had better be certain that their logo is placed well. They should also consider the possibility of customers not buying eggs which display shows they don't like. I mean, I'd never buy any eggs which had WEST WING stamped on them. (I know, it's been canceled and it was NBC. Hmmmm: WEST WING, chicken?) I loved Showtime's DEAD LIKE ME, but would you like to see that on your breakfast? Okay, so maybe I would, but you get the picture.
CBS’s Egg-regious Marketing Strategy: According to the press release: “Beginning this September, CBS will be the inaugural major corporation to advertise on over 35 million eggs marked by EggFusion, a company which specializes in delivering freshness and traceability coding to consumers by placing laser coded expiration dates on eggs sold by grocers.” I wish I were joking. The eggs will be stamped with logos from different CBS shows, along with a slogan and, helpfully, an expiration date (I’m assuming for the egg, not for the show).
h/t Dlisted, who adds: I sincerely want to know what thet smoking over there. Because how anyone can be eggited over this idea is beyond me.
I guess it must be legit if the NY Slimes is reporting it ;~)
Check Inside Your Refrigerator: George Schweitzer, president of the CBS marketing group, said he was hoping to generate some laughter in American kitchens. “We’ve gone through every possible sad takeoff on shelling and scrambling and frying,” he said, adding, “It’s a great way to reach people in an unexpected form.”
Newspapers, magazines and Web sites are so crowded with ads for entertainment programming that CBS was ready to try something different, Mr. Schweitzer said. The best thing about the egg concept was its intrusiveness. “You can’t avoid it,” he said. He liked the idea so much that he arranged for CBS to be the only advertiser this fall to use the new etching technology.
STAR WARS IN THE HAMPTONS?
Oooooooo, this Christie Brinkley/Hubby-#4 marriage meltdown is getting interesting. We needed something juicy to divert our attention from this hellish heat (90s) and oppressive humidity (70%+) , and this story has it all. Aging (nicely) clueless super model with a husband stuck in mid-life crisis. Sweet young thang, who's either scheming and slutty or stupid and slutty -- but definitely slutty -- and her cop father.
8 Although I do believe that this story belongs to the National Enquirer, I've gotta start with the NY Post since I ripped off their front page. ... CHRISTIE HUBBY 'DATED' GIRL,19: Initially, Brinkley couldn't believe that her blue-eyed, hunky husband was dating Bianchi, who was in a cap and gown just last year, the family friend said. But, the friend said, the cover girl figured out a way to go through his e-mails. That's when she found e-mails the pair had exchanged.
8 The juiciest part can be found in the National Enquirer. What I would have given to have been a fly on that wall! ... CHRISTIE BRINKLEY CATCHES HUSBAND CHEATING WITH TEENAGER!: "The girl’s stepdad is a local cop in Southampton (N.Y.) and he initially went to Cook and told him to end the romance," a source told The ENQUIRER. "But nothing happened and then the stepfather found out where Christie and Peter were going to be at an event."
"He went up to both of them and said right in front of Christie, ‘If I were not worried about getting my pension, you’d be a dead man.’ He added, ‘Stop dating my daughter.’"
The next day, Christie threw Peter out of the house, according to the source.
8 Oh, puh-leeeze! Adultery "frowned upon" in the Hamptons? Give me a major break already. Only when it goes public! (Love the title:) ... Pushed to the Brink: "People have been talking about trouble in the marriage for a year. The rumor was it was somebody in his office," Couri Hay, society editor of Hamptons Magazine, told the Daily News. "He will lose a certain amount of credibility in this town. Adultery, especially with this kind of age difference, is frowned upon in Southampton."
Will this become Star Wars in the Hamptons? Will the philandering Peter learn to never put in writing, especially e-mails, what he doesn't want the world to know? Will the slut continue her brazen ways? What will the slut's cop father do next? Will the once-clueless Christie give the philandering Peter a 2nd chance? Personally, I hope she screws him to the wall, or at least zaps him in his badoobies. Whatever she decides, may the force be with her!