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Is Jon Gosselin “Speed Dating?”

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From Life & Style Magazine:

Sparks were flying as Jon Gosselin chatted with a clubgoer — pictured here — who was just one of the many women he partied with at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., on Aug. 18. With his girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, nowhere in sight, Jon made sure there was a steady flow of women and booze at his VIP table. An eyewitness tells Life & Style, “Jon went to Scorpion Bar and Shrine, where he ordered bottles of Grey Goose. He only allowed girls over to his table the whole night, and there were a lot of them.”

Jon took a break from his typical jeans-and-T-shirt look, opting for a black sports jacket, button-down shirt and slicked-back hair. He gladly signed autographs but refused to pose for pictures. The witness overheard him saying he was there with Hailey’s uncle and a bodyguard. “It’s a very sexy, dark kind of nightclub after 11 o’clock. It’s Asian-themed, so there’s a lot of red and couches everywhere. He had a blast,” says the eyewitness. Jon stayed until 1 a.m., when the club closed.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Humor?, Reality TV | , , | Comments Off on Is Jon Gosselin “Speed Dating?”

My Ed Hardy-ish New Shoes & More of Mini-Snark’s Artwork!!

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I’m 47 years old. Why do I like shoes like these? I’m a casual dresser but I wouldn’t be caught dead in Ed Hardy. I don’t wear pink and I don’t like (in fact, I despise) the Grateful Dead. Why did I buy these shoes? Maybe they won’t feel right when I try to wear them and then I’ll have to take them back to Payless Shoes. Meanwhile, I still bought these shoes. Why? Somebody tell me they are not awul? Hey, they don’t have skulls!! I bought my daughter these shoes:

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She got 4 pairs of shoes!! Not bad for the start of school!!  She hasn’t had Mary Janes in a few years and I want her to be able to dress nicer if she wants to. I swear, she tried on every damn shoe in the place. She’s between kid and woman. It’s confusing. She can wear a 7 1/2 womens’ but a 6 girls’ is too big? I don’t know how the stupid numbers work so I just had her try on, walk, try on, walk, try on, walk. It was kinda fun.

Here’s the criteria:

  • No laces. Don’t ask.

  • Nothing to pink or “girlie” but also not too dark, Spiderman-y or “Boy-ee.”

  • No Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, HSM, or anything Disney tween related. “iCarly” is ok. If we could find shoes with Kirby on them she’d be the happiest kid in the world.

  • No “funny tongues.”

Time for more of Mini-Snarky’s artwork:

Kirby with gun

Kirby with gun

Kirby with Mike

Kirby with Mike

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Kirby's Entrance

Kirby with a Cookie

Kirby with a Cookie

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Kirby with a dog

Kirby with a dog

Fighter Kirby

Fighter Kirby

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Advertising, Artwork, Ed Hardy | | Comments Off on My Ed Hardy-ish New Shoes & More of Mini-Snark’s Artwork!!

Dolphins shouldn’t splash, shame, shame dolphin!!!

The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago is the zoo I grew up going to. Usually with school or some other group because I don’t remember ever going with my family. On my last trip to San Diego we went to Sea World. During the Dolphin Show, a “volunteer” came to the stairway podium and totally slipped and tripped on the way up. That was not part of the show but she was.

When you go where water is splashing you’re supposed to take careful steps. It’s slippery. I know that, you know that, my kid knows that. I believe there are even signs that say “slippery when wet” (no, not the ones above my bed) but this stupid lady was obviously not paying attention. I hope she doesn’t win this suit.

Woman Sues Splashing Dolphin

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A woman is suing a Chicago-area zoo for a 2008 fall near a dolphin exhibit, accusing zookeepers of encouraging the mammals to splash water and then failing to protect spectators from wet surfaces, local media reported on Thursday.

In her suit filed earlier this week, Allecyn Edwards said she was injured while walking near an exhibit at Brookfield Zoo, where a group of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins were performing, media said.

Officials “recklessly and willfully trained and encouraged the dolphins to throw water at the spectators in the stands, making the floor wet and slippery,” but failed to post warning signs or lay down protective mats or strips, the suit said, according to the reports.

Edwards is demanding more than $50,000 for lost wages, medical expenses and emotional trauma from the Chicago Zoological Society and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, which operate the zoo in Chicago’s southwest suburbs.

The suit was filed in Illinois’ Circuit Court of Cook County.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Greed, Humor?, Law and Order | | Comments Off on Dolphins shouldn’t splash, shame, shame dolphin!!!

Paul Peterson on the “Ocomom Special”

The Fox Special “Unseen Footage”

“The California Department of Labor levied four citations and fines to RadarOnLine for the single night of March 17th 2009 when the first two octuplets came home with Nadya, their faces covered to protect the exclusive provisions of a contract entered into guaranteeing exclusivity to RadarOnLine. The first two babies were then subjected to video taping well after the two narrow hourly windows permitted under California Law. RadarOnLine, operating in a “pay for play” environment and not as a legitimate member of a Free Press, had not obtained the required “Permit to Employ Minors” and the Labor Department correctly ruled that the premature infants were, in fact, contracted employees in every sense of the word.

Eleven years ago my wife and I literally wrote and passed the law that governs the use of Premature Infants in the world of entertainment in California. My wife, Rana Platz-Petersen, is both a Registered Nurse and the Business Representative of Studio First Aid, Local 767, IATSE, the union which supplies all medical personnel, including Baby Nurses, in the eleven western States on signatory productions. Briefly, premature infants are not permitted to be employed until they are Full Term, at Full Birth Weight, plus fifteen days, and released for employment by a licensed pediatrician by a signed certification, and the infants are then eligible to apply for a Work Permit.

Furthermore, to protect these especially fragile new-borns, the Law requires one Registered Nurse and one state-credentialed welfare worker for every three babies up to the age of six weeks, and one studio teacher/welfare worker and one registered nurse for every ten infants from six weeks to six months old. These rules are readily available to anyone concerned about the welfare of infants exposed to the entertainment industry in California on the Department of Labor’s website.

On January 1st 2000 the much misunderstood Coogan Law, which only exists in California, was amended through the efforts of dozens of former kid stars who belong to the foundation my wife and I created in 1990, A Minor Consideration with the full cooperation of the theatrical unions and the largest producer’s association, the AMPTP. The new Coogan Law was expanded to cover all minors in Entertainment, changed the antiquated rules that permitted parents to literally own the income of their children, so that minors could actually own the fruits of their own labor, and a percentage of their separate income would be set-aside in a Coogan Account and available to these children on their 18th birthday.

It was with full awareness of the rules governing the California work place that I watched last night’s telecast of the “Unseen Footage” on the Fox Network. I was appalled by the chaotic atmosphere captured by the ever-present RadarOnLine film crew. A commercial enterprise is underway in the Suleman household in direct violation of the California child labor laws involving all fourteen children. The images and sounds of last night’s broadcast will never go away. Never. Worse, even more such images are forthcoming.

Even more chilling for me is the awareness that other children working in states outside California are being subjected to similar exposure that will, I promise you, have life-long consequences. Most of the children employed in so-called reality shows do not have California’s protections, which last night we observed in the breech, and it is a national disgrace that children employed in entertainment are exempt from federal child labor laws and have been since 1938 with the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

I am ashamed by the Industry that raised me. I am ashamed of the national media that is now trafficking in the images of children who are incapable of providing Informed Consent and do not have the power to disobey.

My wife and I have played by the rules, even passing meaningful legislation at great personal and professional cost. Today is a day of reckoning. Surely someone on Capitol Hill or living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue watched last night’s broadcast. I am pleading with you to fix this, for if you cannot protect the most visible children in the world from what we saw last night then everything else you have to say from Health Care to the National Debt is meaningless because your silence means that the promise of childhood in America is dead.”

Sincerely,
Paul Petersen,
Founder and President,
A Minor Consideration

8/21/2009

August 22, 2009 Posted by | A Minor Consideration, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Paul Peterson, Politics, Reality TV | , , , , , | Comments Off on Paul Peterson on the “Ocomom Special”

Brad Pitt is killin “natzies”

I can’t wait to see this movie. Unfortunately, it’s not appropriate for my child so I won’t get to see it until it comes ON DEMAND. I just love how Brad says, “Killin’ naytzies.”

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Movies | Comments Off on Brad Pitt is killin “natzies”

Arrest warrant issued for ex-husband in model’s slaying

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/20/california.model.death/

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for the ex-husband of a former swimsuit model whose nude body was found over the weekend, Orange County police said Thursday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Ryan Alexander Jenkins, wanted in the death of ex-wife Jasmine Fiore.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Ryan Alexander Jenkins, wanted in the death of ex-wife Jasmine Fiore.

The body of Jasmine Fiore, 28, was found Saturday stuffed into a suitcase inside a Dumpster behind an apartment complex in Buena Park, just outside Anaheim in Orange County. Her teeth had been extracted and her fingers removed.

Fiore lived in Los Angeles and was last seen alive Friday in San Diego at a poker game with her ex-husband, Ryan Alexander Jenkins, a reality TV contestant.

“We believe he has crossed into Canada,” U.S. Marshals Chief Inspector Thomas Hession told reporters. “He needs to understand that he is now officially wanted. We won’t stop looking for him.”

Prosecutors requested bail be set at $10 million.

Wednesday night, officers from the Blaine Police Department in northern Washington recovered a black 2003 BMW X5 SUV outfitted with a boat trailer and a boat belonging to Jenkins in Point Robert, just south of the Canadian border, said Buena Park, California, Chief of Police Tom Monson.

“It’s now our belief that he has now crossed the border on foot,” he said, adding that authorities were working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to find him.

Monson appealed to the public for help in locating a white 2007 Mercedes Benz CLS550 with paper license tags also linked to the suspect.

Hession cautioned anyone who might be considering helping the suspect flee that doing so would leave them open to charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive.

“Ryan Jenkins is an animal,” said Robert Hasman, a family friend who said Fiore had been his girlfriend for 2 1/2 years. Video Watch Hasman speak out »

“What he has done to Jasmine is unspeakable. It’s just not right.” He described her as “a beautiful person who was a very caring individual and a lot of the information that you are seeing in the news is not true.”

He would not specify to what he was referring.

Buena Park Police Lt. Steve Holliday said Fiore’s fingers and teeth had been removed. Asked whether that was done to keep her body from being identified, he said, “It can be inferred that way.”

“It appears to be a gruesome attempt to conceal her identity,” concurred Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in an interview with CNN’s “Larry King Live.” Jenkins is the sole suspect in the killing, authorities said. “There is no indication that anybody else might be involved,” he said.

Jenkins is believed to be armed, Rackauckas said. “There’s a handgun missing from his apartment, which is the last place he was before he fled,” he said.

Jenkins matched the description of a man seen driving a boat Wednesday in Blaine Marina off northwest Washington, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said.

Blaine, Washington, borders Canada.

Authorities searched the area and found Jenkins’ black SUV with an empty boat trailer at the Blaine Marina, police said.

Jenkins reported Fiore missing Saturday night to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, authorities said.

The body was identified as Fiore on Monday. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, a preliminary coroner’s report indicates she was strangled.

Jenkins, who appeared on VH1 shows “Megan Wants a Millionaire” and “I Love Money 3,” is from Calgary, Alberta.

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Jenkins and Fiore reportedly had been married a few weeks before getting the union annulled.

In a statement, VH1 said it has postponed any airings of “Megan Wants a Millionaire” because of the “tragic situation.”

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Death, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV, Ryan Jenkins | , | Comments Off on Arrest warrant issued for ex-husband in model’s slaying

“Megan wants a Millionaire” — Not a Murder Suspect

Who could have seen this coming? The skankiest and most selfish of the VH1 skanks gets her own show to find a millionaire. I cannot see any actual “millionaire” wanting to be on this show. I also have a problem with Antonio Sabato, Jr. needing a show to find love but that’s another post.

I could only stomach a little of this show. The guys are so creepy is scary. Turns out that the guy who “won” (is getting Megan really winning) is the creepiest of all.

From VH1 website:

VH1’s Official Statement On
Megan
Wants A Millionaire

Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.

Articles on Examiner:

http://www.examiner.com/x-16211-Salt-Lake-City-TV-Examiner~y2009m8d19-Jasmine-Fiore-The-Saga-Continues

VH1 pulled the remaining episodes of “Megan Wants A Millionaire” from their schedule on Wednesday in response to the winner of the show being named a prime suspect in the murder case of Jasmine Fiore.

http://www.examiner.com/x-20383-Pittsburgh-Reality-TV-Examiner~y2009m8d19-Ryan-Jenkins-of-Megan-Wants-a-Millionaire-no-stranger-to-violence-against-women

As previously reported, suitor Ryan Jenkins of Megan Wants a Millionaire is a person of interest in the murder of former swimsuit model, Jasmine Fiore. Though the police have still been unable to locate Fiore, new information has come to light about Jenkins’ violent history with women and his relationship with Ms. Fiore.

Jenkins met Fiore in Las Vegas in March after Megan Wants a Millionaire finished filming. The couple married on March 18, 2009 after knowing each other for only a few short days. As many whirlwind Vegas relationships are prone to do, the relationship quickly soured and Fiore had the marriage annulled in May. After the annullment, Fiore headed to Mexico to film VH1’s I Love Money 3, but upon his return he worked hard to romance himself back into Fiore’s good graces.

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:

VH1 Can’t Run Fast Enough From Reality Show Contestant

VH1 has gone all Ladies of River City on us, yanking “Megan Wants a Millionaire” off its schedule and all mentions of the reality series off its Web site — this in the wake of news that police want to question one of the show’s contestants about the murder of a former swimsuit model.

Police said Wednesday they are seeking Ryan Jenkins, 32, to ask what he may know about the death of Jasmine Fiore, 28. She had what the Associated Press is calling a “stormy relationship” with Jenkins, who may be hightailing it to his native Canada, the cops say.

On Saturday night, Jenkins reported Fiore missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Jenkins was one of the “millionaires” on the VH1 reality series that the Viacom cable network wants to make perfectly clear was not — repeat not — a show it actually created, which means VH1 grants itself Skankitude Immunity.

Here, we’ll let them say it in their own words:

Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on “Megan Wants a Millionaire” — an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1.

But wait — it gets better:

This show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.

Fiore married Jenkins in Las Vegas in March, but had the marriage annulled weeks later, the AP reported.

Fiore’s nude body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a trash bin in Orange County on Saturday. Officials say she may have been strangled; she was last seen alive with Jenkins at a poker game in San Diego.

Lt. Gary Worral told the AP that Jenkins was still missing: “At this point, he’s merely a person of interest, simply because of the auspiciousness of his disappearance. We can’t find him.

Jenkins, who, depending on your source of information, is either an architect, real estate developer or investment banker from Calgary, appeared in three episodes of “Megan.” The show claimed Jenkins had a couple of million dollars in the bank.

Before it got all prissy, VH1 described “Megan Wants a Millionaire” thusly:

Blonde bombshell and “celebreality” vixen, Megan Hauserman is looking for love — but not with any average Joe. Megan has her eye, mind and heart set on one type of man . . . a millionaire! Unfortunately, Megan’s had her heart broken by Bret Michaels in “Rock of Love 2” and lost out on the million dollar check in “I Love Money.” But now she’s back with vengeance to find both love and money with the goal of becoming the ultimate trophy wife. . . . One by one, Megan will eliminate the guys who can’t shell out the dough, until the ultimate millionaire is left.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081903870.html?hpid=artsliving

On its Web site, fans of “Megan Wants a Millionaire” have left comments under VH1’s statement conveying all blame for the show to production house 51 Minds. Including our fave from one outraged viewer:

At least they could tell us who she picked!! Was this guy eliminated before they pulled the plug? Maybe he was the one she picked. She seemed to like him a whole lot.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Death, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , | Comments Off on “Megan wants a Millionaire” — Not a Murder Suspect

More from Scott Wampler and the Comedy Examiner

The following is written in direct response to some of the criticisms that have been leveled at writers covering the “Jon & Kate + Failure” situation, particularly that everyone seems to be going easy on Kate Gosselin.  This article will focus primarily on the feedback that the Comedy Examiner has received, but the ideas presented herein could be applied to any other writer who’s been accused of painting Jon as the “villain”.  Read on…

http://www.examiner.com/x-15166-Dallas-Comedy-Examiner~y2009m8d19-Comedy-Examiner-Responds-Jon–Kate–Equal-Bashing-by-popular-demand

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Gosselin, Gossip, Greed | | Comments Off on More from Scott Wampler and the Comedy Examiner

Happy Birthday, Abbey Road

Kara Kovalchik
Happy Anniversary, Abbey Road!
by Kara Kovalchik – August 10, 2009 – 12:02 PM

genius-issueThe cover of the final Beatles studio album has become so iconic that thousands of entities have incorporated it for their own use (including the second issue of mental_floss).

The original photograph was snapped on August 8, 1969—40 years ago this past Saturday. As one of many tourists who has attempted to re-create that photo (darn, that’s a busy street!), I present a few interesting behind-the-scenes fact about the Abbey Road cover shoot.

Paul McCartney had the original concept for the cover, and had sketched out four stickmen walking over the “zebra crossing” (the name given to the stripe marks on roads indicating pedestrian crossings in England) just outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain Macmillan was hired to capture McCartney’s vision on film. Macmillan climbed a ladder that perched him about ten feet above the fabled street. A police officer held the traffic back while Macmillan squeezed off a few shots of the Beatles crossing the street in one direction. Some traffic was allowed to pass for a short time, and then Macmillan photographed the group crossing the street in the opposite direction. He took a total of six photographs during the shoot, and it was number five – which featured all the band members’ legs in a perfect “V” formation- that was ultimately chosen for the cover.

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When the rumor that Paul McCartney had actually died in a 1966 car crash started spreading, conspiracy theorists had a field day with the Abbey Road cover. It was rife with clues, according to them. For example, Paul was barefoot, which is the way corpses were buried at the time in England. (In actuality, Paul had turned up at the photo shoot wearing sandals, but had kicked them off after the first two takes.) Also, the Volkswagen behind George bears the license plate number “28IF” – obviously meaning Paul would be 28 years old if he had lived. (At the time of the photo shoot, Paul McCartney would have been or was 27 years of age.)

abbey-rd2After the road-crossing photo was finished, Iain Macmillan set off to find a good “Abbey Road” street marker sign to use for the back cover of the album. He found it at the junction of Alexandra Road and started taking photos of the sign. Much to his chagrin, while he was busy shooting an oblivious woman in a blue dress walked right in front of his viewfinder. While reviewing his shots later that day, however, he decided that the “blue dress” photo was the most interesting of the bunch, and he ended up using it in the final composition.

In a somewhat revolutionary move for that time, the front of the album cover did not mention the band’s name or the album title. That decision came from John Kosh, who was the creative director for Apple Records at the time. Kosh was already well known in the London avant-garde art scene when the Beatles hired him, and his argument for the “photo only” album cover was that they were the most famous band in the world and there was no need to clutter the photograph with text. EMI Records protested at first, saying they’d never sell any records that didn’t indicate who the artist was, but the Beatles supported Kosh’s vision, and in the end, they were right.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Beatles, Confessions of a TV-Holic, Mental Floss, Songs, The Beatles | , | Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Abbey Road

TMZ: Jon & Kate Plus Aggravation

http://www.tmz.com/2009/08/19/jon-and-kate-plus-8-divorce-money/

Posted Aug 19th 2009 2:00AM by TMZ Staff

We’re told TLC is not happy with Jon Gosselin, but Jonnie boy may not care, because he has his sights set on a new show.

We’re told Jon is in talks with a major production company — Endomol — to appear in a show called “Divorced Dad’s Club.” We told the show chronicles the lives of famous divorced fathers. We’re told producers talked to Jon, but he’s concerned about his TLC contract.

But Jon may still have a shot at the new show, because we’re told TLC is not happy with his conduct lately on “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” We’re told they fired off a letter to him, claiming he was in violation of the morals clause of his contract, partly because he’s been seen going in and out of bars and drinking.

We’re told Kate is actually pulling up the slack Jon has created. She now has the kids more than 60% of the time and is increasingly involved — even when she doesn’t have physical custody — because she’s concerned for the children’s welfare, emotionally and financially.

We’re told all the money they made last season from “Jon & Kate Plus 8” went into a joint account. Jon and Kate each took a cut, but Jon spent his share. Kate put a big chunk of the money into a college fund for the kids, so not much was left over.

As for this season, sources say a judge gave Kate control of the family finances because she was deemed the more responsible party. Jon gets limited access to the account for basic stuff, and we’re told he’s not happy about it. Kate’s people say Jon is making money on the side by selling pictures and stories of him and the kids to the tabloids.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/08/19/jon-and-kate-plus-8-divorce-money/

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Couples, Ed Hardy, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , , | Comments Off on TMZ: Jon & Kate Plus Aggravation