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Friday, January 20, 2006

A Time Out From Politics

Crazy day this.

The hits just keep on coming.

Bush Rules Out Senate Run for First Lady

This is NOT an Onion piece:
STERLING, Va. - The Senate may be the place for some former first ladies, but President Bush on Thursday categorically ruled out a run for office by his wife, Laura Bush.

"She's not interested in running for office. She's interested in literacy," Bush said during an appearance at JK Moving & Storage.
He's got an interesting point there.

"She's not interested in (politics). She's interested in literacy."

Wink wink.
The topic came up as the president took questions from his audience after a speech on the economy.

*

"She's a great lady," the president said.

"She's not interested in running for office."

"I'm pretty certain, when I married her she didn't like politics or politicians," Bush said.
That still true, sir?

(Look how cute they were!)

Now...

I rarely jump into the Hollywood pool on this blog (I live here - hard to go to Ralph's without getting wet), but there are two stories worth mentioning today...courtesy of the Huffington Post.

First up, Paris Hilton:

Legal Papers Prove She's No Einstein - Heiress is geographically and verbally challenged

You're kidding:
(Jan. 19) -- TMZ has obtained a Paris Hilton deposition in which the heiress makes it painfully clear -- Greeks and geography are not her strong suits.

The deposition was taken last November, in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed by Zeta Graff against Ms. Hilton. Graff claims Hilton planted lies about her in the New York Post gossip column, Page Six.
Here we go:
In her deposition, Hilton is asked about a companion that night whose first name was Terry.

When asked if she knew his last name, Hilton replied: "It is like a weird Greek name. Like Douglas."
Classic Paris.
Hilton was also asked if she was aware that the article had been republished in various newspapers. Graff's lawyer, Paul Berra, asked, "Were there U.K. publications?" Hilton responded: "No... there is stuff in London."

Hilton's lawyer, Larry Stein, jumped in: "London is a U.K. publication." Her retort: "Right. U.K. Whatever."
Vintage Hilton.

(Right, U.K., Whatever. That was a Squeeze record, yeah?)
Hilton swore she never saw a republication of the article: "I was in Europe the whole summer, and all there is is like French -- I didn't see anything because I wasn't in America."
Uh...

Does she even "see stuff" when she's here?
Hilton testified on the night in question she did have a minor run-in with Graff, the former girlfriend of Hilton's then-boyfriend Paris Latsis.

Hilton stated, "I just said to her... she is old and should stay at home with her child instead of being at nightclubs with young people.

And just that -- I just - what else did I say? Just that she is not cute at all
."
You go girl!
She added that Graff had threatened Latsis:

"He said that she threatened to send Mexican people to come and beat the s..t out of him."
Like...the day-labor dudes who hang out in front of the Home Depot at Sunset & Western?!

Awesome:
Hilton testified that she too was scared: "He said that she was going to do voodoo on me. And I kind of do believe in that stuff a little bit, so I was a little bit scared about that..."
Enough.

This crap makes me crave real info.

"SO READ THE LATEST PIECE FROM PAUL KRUGMAN."

Thank you, Lord.

"DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT."

Speaking of voodoo...

Arianna has the latest on Tom Cruise and his efforts to get "his" episode of South Park off the air in the UK (which is near London, Paris):
The show, in which Nicole Kidman and Cruise's fellow Scientologist John Travolta are depicted attempting to coax an animated version of the actor out of a closet, caused controversy when broadcast in the U.S.

The cartoon Kidman tells Cruise, "Don't you think this has gone on long enough? It's time for you to come out of the closet. You're not fooling anyone"—referring to allegations about Cruise's sexuality.

According to The Register.co.uk, Paramount has agreed not to show the episode again, after Cruise complained.

A source tells the site, "Tom is famously very litigious and will go to great lengths to protect his reputation. Tom was said not to like the episode and Paramount just didn't dare risk showing it again. It's a shame that UK audiences will never see it because it's very funny."
On that note, check out this ol' Brandoland post for an old school Cruise emergency:
Maureen Bolstad, who was at the base for 17 years and left after a falling-out with the church, recalled a rainy night 15 years ago when a couple of dozen Scientologists scrambled to deal with "an all-hands situation" that kept them working through dawn.

The emergency, she said: planting a meadow of wildflowers for Cruise to romp through with his new love, Kidman.

"We were told that we needed to plant a field and that it was to help Tom impress Nicole," said Bolstad, who said she spent the night pulling up sod so the ground could be seeded in the morning.

The flowers eventually bloomed, Bolstad said, "but for some mysterious reason it wasn't considered acceptable by (Church prez) Mr. Miscavige.

So the project was rejected and they redid it."
I have no problem with that.

At all.

In fact...I wish I had a bunch of people who'd plant a field of flowers for me.

"YOU HAVE OPTIONS."

Right.

More later...

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