Monday, December 24, 2007

For Christmas, a few little presents from the world of news

I want to wish each and everyone one of you a happy holidays, merry Christmas, super-duper Kwanzaa or whatever it is you're celebrating as the year comes to a close. As a little gift to you, here are a few news stories worth checking out.

You bet he is...

JACKSON, Miss. — He's a 19-year-old pipe layer; a deer-hunting, dirt-bike-riding former high school class president who still lives in his tiny Mississippi hometown. So why are the paparazzi hot on his trail?

Because Casey Aldridge is an expectant father — and the mother is 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears.

You know what else he might be? A criminal. Let's do the math, she is 16 and he's 19. Under Louisiana law, where Spears lives, it is a misdemeanor for someone age 17 to 19 to have consensual sex with someone age 15 to 17 if the difference between their ages is more than two years.

But that isn't what drew me to the story, it was the lead. Read it again. That reporter was certainly grinning when he wrote that one.

Oh well, I guess you can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can't take the trailer park out of the girl. This poor family. They had hit the Disney jackpot, and now they are a laughing stock. I just hope Brit and her sister can find a way to normal, no one deserves this.

AP: Jamie Lynn Spears' Baby's Father Is in Hiding

Top Ten List Horn O' Plenty

I love a top ten list. Pretty much any top ten list. Top Ten Most Disgusting Things my Dogs have Eaten. (Regurgitated cat poop comes in at number four.) Top Ten Uses for WD-40. (Dissolves dried manure from work boots is an appropriate number two on the list.)

Any top ten list is probably going to grab my attention. David Letterman had people like me in mind when he turned the top ten list into comedy genius. I used to plan my entire evening around the Letterman Top Ten. I was obsessed. But after successfully completing a ten-step program, I'm better now.

So, if you love a top ten list, Time Magazine has the Top 50 Top Ten Lists of 2007. Movies, songs, news stories, inventions, games, scandals, quotes, TV ads, and much more, everything you could want from a list of lists. It is a cornucopia of list fun.

BTW... I can't believe Britney Spears' disastrous half naked train wreck at the MTV music awards only made number 6 on the Top Ten Most Awkward Moments list. I don't even like the girl and that was really hard to watch. Top 50, Top Ten Lists

Exit: Stage Left

The wife and I love the awards shows. Ok, she has loved them for longer than I have. I am late to the awards party as it were, but when you get married, your spouse leads you to discover new things, and for me, it is the celebrity lovefest that is the red carpet and awards shows. But my most favorite part of the big awards shows is the "Bring Out Your Dead" section. All those great clips and "I didn't know he/she had died" moments. If you can't wait for the Golden Globes, here is a slideshow from

Hey...I didn't know that Ingmar Bergman had passed.


adam brown said...
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The T-Dude said...

For those of you who might be interested, that was some spam posting about a diet. Pay no attention to the spammer behind the comment.

Patti said...

Love the Time lists! The perfect place to find out how much of the world I missed this year and to be pleased with the occasional item I read, heard, or watched.

I think you are letting the Spears family off easy. At least Brit had the sense to distance herself from the tween idol scene before her antics. I am having a hard time explaining to by 8 year old why Zoey 101 is in the press. The best thing about the scandal is when I told my 12 year old son about Jamie (who he previously saw as the "good Spear") his reaction was -- "That's stupid. Why did she do that?" There just may be hope for public school sex ed.

Jim said...

I still can't believe they are delaying the child rearing book Mama Spears had written... I mean everyone's life can be used as an example of how to live. Or in this case, how NOT to live.

barb michelen said...
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The T-Dude said...

Patti -- We've just been honest with our girls. You know, that's what 16 year old sluts get, so don't be one.

Jim -- What's the title of that book? "Zen and the Art of Trailer Park Livin'"

A note to all, I may be forced to go back to the verification crap. So far, I've had two spam comments on this posting alone. If they keep up, everyone is going to have to type a few random letters before they comment, I hope you don't mind.

Jim said...

Have you heard the latest gossip on the Baby-Lynn Spears pregnancy? It is proffered that the 18 year old is just a cover for a possibly much older gentleman who worked with Baby-Lynn Spears who is afraid of going to jail.

More and more twisted.

The T-Dude said...

Jim - No way! Oh man, I don't even want to think about that one. Some hot shot actor or a slimy producer?