Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Paris Jackson Steals The Show!

Paris Jackson, wearing a black dress with white trim, turned a small patent-leather purse over in her hands as other family members spoke. And then a dramatic hush fell over the crowd as family members whispered that the little girl, whose lifetime of public exposure amounted to a small handful of paparazzi photographs, Paris-Michael wanted to say something.

She furtively emerged from the tight circle of family members, who rushed to lower the microphone to her level. And with her uncle Randy on one side and aunt Janet on the other, Jackson's little girl stood center stage.

"I just wanted to say," Paris began weakly.

"Speak up, sweetheart, speak up," Janet encouraged, sweeping the girl's long hair back. "And get close."

Paris put one hand behind her neck, another on the microphone, and began again.

"Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine," she said, her tiny voice cracking.

Rebbie and Marlon Jackson moved in closer to comfort their niece. She shut her eyes tight.

Then she wrapped her hands — little fingernails painted red — around the microphone and fought back tears as she continued: "And I just wanted to say I love him — so much."

She collapsed in tears into her aunt's arms.

"It's OK, baby. It's OK," Janet Jackson said as she held Paris close. Prince joined in on the hug.

And all at once, Jackson wasn't the larger-than-life King of Pop, or Wacko Jacko the tabloid freak. He was a doting father who had left three adoring young children behind.

He was "Daddy."

Those Muslims Are up In Arms, Again

What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists?

Turkish television station Kanal T hopes the answer is a ratings success as it prepares to launch a gameshow where spiritual guides from the four faiths will seek to convert a group of non-believers.

The prize for converts will be a pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen religion -- Mecca for Muslims, the Vatican for Christians, Jerusalem for Jews and Tibet for Buddhists.

But religious authorities in Muslim but secular Turkey are not amused by the twist on the popular reality game show format and the Religious Affairs Directorate is refusing to provide an imam for the show.

This is just a harmless bit of fun that doesn't disrespect anything at all. Just a sign of the times that people feel much more relaxed about religion and add it to things that a few years ago it wouldn't have done.

But, once again, the Muslims are up in arms. You aren't allowed to draw cartoons, you can't mimick their accents on Big Brother, you can't do this, you WONT do that.

Is Islam a cult or a religion, I can't tell these days.

The makers of "Penitents Compete" are unrepentant and reject claims that the show, scheduled to begin broadcasting in September, will cheapen religion.

"We are giving the biggest prize in the world, the gift of belief in God," Kanal T chief executive Seyhan Soylu told Reuters.

"We don't approve of anyone being an atheist. God is great and it doesn't matter which religion you believe in. The important thing is to believe," Soylu said.

Hear, Hear, well said that man.

A lot of these Muslim leaders and Imams need to lighten up a little and not jump on their high horse whing and moaning at the slightest mention of their religion.

Failing that, at least they should have the decency to stop their hook handed, one eyed preachers from standing outside Finsbury Mosque spouting out anti-British messages to young muslims and inciting racial hatred and suicide bombings on the London Underground.

You can't have everything your own way Mr Mohammed, that's just plain greedy.

Money Doesn't Grow On Trees

money tree
Money doesn't grow on trees, but a tree-care supervisor in New York City's Central Park found an old wallet inside a dead one.

The blue leather wallet had been stolen by a pickpocket 27 years ago. It was found in the hollow of a dying cherry tree. It was near where Ruth Bendik had hers swiped while she watched the New York City Marathon in 1982.

The 69-year-old Upper East Side resident says the only thing missing was $20 in cash. Her credit cards were still there. So were her student ID from Columbia University Teachers College and an employee ID from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The park worker says he found the wallet last week under five feet of compost. Police tracked down Bendik the next day.

How To Upset Your Main Sponsor

bernie ecclestone

When a sponsor comes forward who is willing to plough cash into your business it is traditional to take care of them. Corporate lunches, freebies etc etc.

So, when CVC, a Jewish investment Corporation, began their multi million pound sponsorship of Formula One I was expecting the usual.

Since CVC began their sponsorship though, Max Mosely who is one of the most senior men within the sport has been caught playing Nazi bondage games with a few hookers at his Surrey mansion and Bernie Ecclestone, the guru of Formula One, has now been praising Hitler for the way "he got things done".

His comments, in a newspaper interview, were a huge embarrassment to CVC, which invests money on behalf of Jewish funds. Sir Trevor Chinn, one of Britain's most prominent Jewish businessmen, is a senior adviser to CVC.

CVC took a controlling stake in F1 in 2006 when it bought Mr Ecclestone's family shareholding for a reported $1bn (£610m).

The affair is the latest scandal to engulf F1, with racing teams threatening to break away from the governing body recently.

Zak Brown, chief executive of motor sports agency JM, which represents the largest group of sponsors in the sport, said F1 was no stranger to controversy, but that when it came to matters of ethics the industry now needed to "clean itself up".

"Bernie often says things with shock value and an apology was needed. It has definitely made the news in the US," said Mr Brown who is working on sponsorship deals to take F1 to the US by 2011.

Nice one Bernie.