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Jessica Alba’s Target Shopping Spree

Posted Thursday December 20, 2012 7:13 PM GMT

Picking up some toys for the lucky kids on her shopping list, Jessica Alba went to Target in Los Angeles on Thursday (December 20).

The “Sin City” star sported a black leather jacket, jeans, and heeled boots as she loaded up her substantial haul into her vehicle.

Enjoying the holiday traditions, Jessica recently tweeted a photo of herself with one of her favorite Christmas cards from a fellow actress with the caption, “So of course @mindykaling ur #Xmas card is the best ever -duh.”

In career news, soon you can see the 31-year-old reprise her graphic novel-based role of Nancy Callahan in the sequel, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”

Enjoy the pictures of Jessica Alba at Target in Los Angeles (December 20).

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Olivia Culpo PIGS OUT After Miss Universe Victory

Olivia Culpo
PIGS OUT
After Miss Universe Victory

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Moments after Miss USA Olivia Culpa emerged victorious in the Miss Universe pageant, she celebrated like a true beauty queen … by STUFFING HERSELF WITH ACTUAL FOOD!!!

Culpa had been on a strict diet for months leading up to the competition (probably why she KILLED IT in the swimsuit portion) … and afterward, she decided to treat herself to a mini room service feast.

The 20-year-old tells us … when she went back to her room at the Planet Hollywood hotel in Las Vegas … she “splurged” on the following meal:

– One giant portion of penne pasta with chicken and red sauce
– Some bread
– Half a cupcake

SPLUUUURGE!!!!!!

Culpa says she was HOPING to add some cookie dough ice cream to her food party, but it just didn’t happen. Bummer.

But there’s more … Olivia says she plans on eating a Reese’s peanut butter cup “tree” thing in the near future … because they have more peanut butter than the regular cups.

What a fatty.

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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30 Thoughts: NHL opts to play waiting game

The NHL doesn’t believe the NHL Players’ Association is truly ready to make a deal so barring a change, it’s just going to sit tight.

As we wait for this hockey lunacy to get sorted out, here is my best attempt at a bias-free blog on where things stand.

We have killed a lot of trees and wasted a ton of bandwidth arguing about the ongoing vote into the possibility of decertifying the NHL Players’ Association. I get mixed messages about how serious the players are about going down this road. There are some who really want to do it.  But there are others who want no part of it unless the NHL cancels the season.

Should that apocalyptically stupid scenario actually occur, the last three months will seem like a kiddie party compared to what happens next. The players and owners will really go for the jugular. But as one source said Wednesday: “We need an external push.”

A legal threat could be just that, as it was in the NBA one year ago. Another, of course, is the true deadline for cancelling the season. As of yet, the NHL refuses to reveal that information, although it’s probably around Jan. 15 at the latest.

I don’t believe either constituency supports a lost season. The players want to play and the owners do, too. But the biggest problem is that they don’t trust each other and the path is littered with poison.

As infuriating as all of this is, it’s better they’re not meeting. The breakdowns of the past two weeks are proof that the NHL and NHLPA should not be anywhere near each other unless they’re both serious about making a deal. You can blame who you want, be my guest. But the truth is this: the desire to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement was not 100 per cent there on either side. Collapses only make things worse, so it sounds like the NHL is making a change in strategy.

I don’t know if the league underestimated NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr or just received horrible intel on him. But it did not recognize two very important things.

First, Fehr’s idealogical beliefs are very strong. You may consider his CBA history lessons boring or irrelevant. But he doesn’t. More importantly, he convinced the players how much it mattered and they rallied behind him.

There’ve been times during this process when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s supporters have taken issue with my position that he has disrespected the players. That’s fair comment and those people are correct to point out that the players, especially on Twitter, have disrespected him, too. But the fact is that some of the NHL’s negotiating moves helped Fehr gain a greater buy-in. There is no doubt in my mind the vast majority of the players want to play. But some of Bettman’s decisions accomplished the reverse, pushing the NHLPA in the opposite direction. It was counter-productive.

The second thing the NHL missed was Fehr’s history of waiting until the last second to make deals. Whatever mistakes the league made in this process, it wanted to be playing by now. We’ve talked about the Proskauer Rose playbook and how this is all scripted by “the law firm that’s ruining sports.” But I really believe this has gone further than Bettman wanted it to, which is why he looks so frustrated. Now Fehr is controlling the tempo and has convinced his constituency that the owners will make final concessions at the end. A lot of players don’t like how long this is taking yet they seem to believe that.

Hence, the NHL’s change in strategy. It’s going to wait.

When Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg), Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto) and Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay) joined the fray two weeks ago, the NHL was upset its decision to raise the make-whole amount to $300 million wasn’t received well by the players. Again, everyone can argue who is right and who is wrong. But those owners really thought that was going to be a significant move towards getting an agreement done. It didn’t happen and, angrily, that offer was pulled from the table. 

I have had no correspondence with Bettman or deputy commissioner Bill Daly for this blog. However, after several conversations with other NHL executives, my opinion is if those two had reason to believe that putting the make-whole provision back on the table and moving in the players’ direction on contracting issues would lead to an NHLPA vote on their latest proposal, they’d be at the bargaining table immediately to find a way to do it. But they don’t believe that’s a possibility. What they see is a repeat of New York City, where these things are offered and the players say, “Thank you … and we’ll see what else there is.”

Bettman and Daly won’t take that risk. You can argue whether or not they are right or wrong to hold that position. But I think that’s where we are. The NHL doesn’t believe the NHLPA is truly ready to make a deal. So barring a change, it’s going to sit tight.

30 THOUGHTS

1. After hearing Kyle Turris’ reported thoughts about Finland, I thought he was joking, not trying to be harmful, and that he forgot two things. First, people don’t like it when you make fun of their countries, even if not meant maliciously. Second, right now, when it comes to hockey, people don’t have much of a sense of humour about anything.

2. Next apology? Evander Kane, who tweeted this photo early Wednesday morning. Oof. It’s a good thing people aren’t prone to overreacting on Twitter.

3. Winnipeg Jets teammate Ron Hainsey had a lot of interesting things to say about Kane. He’s a big fan. Hainsey believes Kane is a phenomenal talent, joking that “I can’t lift 230 [pounds] once and he does it over-and-over again as a warmup.” The thing, though, is Kane is 21 and impulsive and needs people around him to make sure he thinks things through. Clearly, that didn’t happen here. 

4. I really hate filling this with lockout-related items, so sorry in advance. But there’s some stuff to go over. Let’s look at some of the sticking points. In the aforementioned NYC negotiations, the NHLPA dropped a demand that, starting in Year 2 of the new CBA, its amount of the financial pie was protected from dropping below the previous season’s. But it did ask for a cap on escrow. I just can’t see the owners going for that at all, even with the 2012-13 schedule on the line.

5. I think the $300-million make-whole is back on the table if the NHL gets a 10-year agreement with an out after eight (as requested by the players).

6. We’ve heard Fehr’s arguments that 10 years is too long because too many players entering the league will be subject to a CBA they didn’t vote on. To me, the bigger question is what’s better for the players — that philosophy or business partners confident that they can sign a decent-sized contract with the NHL and not have to worry about another work stoppage?

7. NHL owners are going to have to move on the five-year max contracts (seven for your own free agents). I know I mentioned it last week, but the effects of Vincent Lecavalier on the Tampa sale and Ilya Kovalchuk on the continuing New Jersey situation have these guys totally spooked. Yes, it’s their own fault and they know it. That’s why they’ve got to go six and eight.

8. The one I’m really having trouble pinning down is the amnesty buyout. It’s very difficult to get a read on what’s going to happen here because word is the commissioner is absolutely against anything that doesn’t count against the salary cap. But you look at the possibility of a $60-million ceiling next season, see where some teams are and say, “This isn’t possible without one.”

9. One possibility: when Ken Hitchcock was hired by St. Louis, he was still owed about $1.3 million by Columbus. The Blues can’t pay him $1 and have the Blue Jackets cough up $1,299,999. There is a formula the league uses where the new team must pay market value, where you look at the salaries of other coaches with his level of experience.

10. So what if you tried that? Well, Wade Redden has played 994 NHL games. If you add up the combined 2011-12 salaries of active players within 50 games of that, you get $3,657,533. (Range: Lecavalier to Petr Sykora.) Redden’s current contract pays him $5 million for this year and next with a cap hit of $6.5 million. The New York Rangers should get stuck with the higher number so, if another team wants him, it must take a cap hit of $2,842,467 (ie. 6.5 million minus 3,657,533).

11. I have to tell you, nothing I’ve suggested in my career was dismissed as quickly as that and I’ve had some really bad ideas. The first two execs I asked shot it down so badly that I didn’t even ask a third. It was interesting because the first GM said, “No one would sign Redden at that number.” What’s key here are the words “at that number” — we’ll get to that later.

12. In the middle of the night, I thought of something else. As it stands now, the buyout for Redden is 67 per cent of his salary over double the term remaining, so the Rangers pay out $6.7 million during the next four years (assuming no change in the next CBA). What if you affected his cap hit the same way? Give New York a choice: $6.5 million on your cap for two years or $4.355 million for four. Do the math and $4,355,000 minus $3,657,533 is $697,467. Now Redden gets another shot.

13. One final note on Redden. It looks like the Rangers have all but guaranteed he is getting the buyout (if there is one) and the sense is there is going to be a lot of interest in him. Don’t know what the final salary will be. But if he’s willing to be reasonable — and you have to believe he will be — he’s going to have options. Lots of execs think he will be good value at a lower number.

14. I ran the same numbers on Scott Gomez. He has played 902 NHL games. The average salary in 2011-12 for players who’ve dressed for between 852 and 952 games was $3,124,656 (Range: Brad Richards to Jamal Mayers).

15. The second thing I suggested was what if teams who buy out a player can only carry 22 on their roster instead of 23? The execs liked it even less … can’t imagine that would thrill the NHLPA, either.

16. Anyway, if I was the commissioner, I’d be quietly polling my owners, asking how many of them would consider an amnesty buyout on their roster. I didn’t ask a ton of guys. But those I did talk to said the number might be lower than we think. Bettman can decide what’s an acceptable amount. However, for argument’s sake, if it’s 15, is it really worth cancelling the season for that?

17. Last thing on this topic. If I was a “have” financially, I’d be demanding it. What else are you getting in this CBA? The share is going down to 50/50 and anything you save there is going into revenue sharing. 

18. I get asked about the Olympics quite a bit. Nothing is nailed down and it might be done separately from this CBA, but it sounds like both sides want to make it work.

19. Fehr’s mentor, the late Marvin Miller, absolutely hated the idea of every player being made a free agent — a move threatened by the NHL’s anti-disclaimer legal brief. There’s a pretty famous story of former Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley saying baseball should do just that and Miller being relieved because he knew the other owners would never listen. Miller understood the perfect setup was similar to last summer in the NHL, when you had a few A-level guys — Shea Weber, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter — drive up the price for everyone. 

20. Seth Jones: crossover appeal — a Page Six mention! (courtesy Nirva Milord from the NHL office) His father is one of the 10 nicest people on the planet.

21. Last week, it was discovered a Boston Bruins fan made a tattoo out of a Tyler Seguin autograph. This happened to Ryan Miller in Buffalo, only it was a female and, I believe, her thigh. Miller wins.

22. I’m not a big fan of players being kept from the world juniors by their NHL teams. If the player makes it clear he doesn’t want to go, like Jason Spezza after three appearances, that’s one thing. But I’m really torn on Mika Zibanejad. If he was from Swift Current, not Stockholm, we’d be demanding a federal investigation.

23. Zibanejad is struggling with AHL Binghamton. He has just seven points in 16 games and, while plus/minus is a flawed stat, he has one of the worst numbers on a team with few negative players. You have to assume the Senators want him to make an NHL impact as soon as possible, especially since they will try to continue momentum from their surprising 2011-12. I can see their rationale. 

24. A lot of people were very surprised that Frankie Corrado and Derrick Pouliot did not make Team Canada. There are always debates and those two were this year’s hotly discussed omissions.

25. Make it four straight wins for the Portland Pirates, Phoenix’s AHL edition. The Coyotes have some blue-liners coming, too. We know about Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who scored major points by deciding to stay in the AHL rather than going for a more lucrative contract overseas. But there are more.

26. David Rundblad’s overall game has improved this season — and at an important time in his career. He is a 17th overall pick (2009) who has already been traded twice and needs to establish himself. He’ll never be a monster along the boards. But there is a noted difference in his willingness to compete in that area. A guy who always competed defensively, Mike Stone, is on pace for the best offensive numbers of his career.

27. Then there’s Brandon Gormley, who fell to 13th in the 2010 draft amid expectations he would go higher. There were questions about his strength after a poor pre-draft combine. But a few teams saw his skill level and believed that, once he filled out, he’d be just fine. Gormley’s still not where he’s going to be size-wise but it’s coming. And he’s got a great head for the game.

28. A number of coaches, executives and scouts going back to junior really praise Gormley’s ability to get his shot through. In an era of blocking, that’s a big deal. Plus, he has a real confidence at the opposing blue-line. He is willing to stand outside the zone to make a play while keeping the puck inside the line. I understand why the Coyotes are so excited about him.

29. At the NHL board of governors meeting two weeks ago, a young man named Jim Charshafian waited outside Proskauer Rose, trying to make contacts and handing out his resume. Charshafian worked for the AHL San Antonio Rampage last season and was looking for something new. It’s hard to get your foot in the door and not easy to cold call like that. Good luck.

30. As we approach Christmas and the Holiday season, I wanted to send the best to anyone financially affected by the lockout. There are thousands of part-time, full-time or laid-off employees whose situations are tougher than they’d want because of this outrageous battle. This is a hard time of year to feel that way. Hopefully, you get your wish — an end, and soon. 

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Harper says lockout dangerous business for NHL

The NHL is treading on dangerous territory with its second lengthy lockout in under a decade, Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned in a television interview Tuesday.

In an interview with TVA in Quebec on the 94th day of the lockout, Harper said the situation is disappointing all around.

Harper said that the league is risking its brand and relationship with sponsors as a result of the impasse.

Harper, an enthusiastic fan of the sport, said he’ll be turning his attention soon to Canada’s team at the world junior hockey championships in Russia.

In August, the prime minister said if the lockout were to occur, he hoped that Canadians would get enthusiastic about other hockey teams and leagues, including university, junior and women’s hockey.

U.S. President Barack Obama has also been asked about the NHL lockout at least twice since it began in September. Last week, Obama told a Minneapolis television station that the league and its players’ association should “do right by the fans.”

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Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan is by common consent one of the masterpieces of political theory. Yet its greatness is hard to pinpoint. It lies partly, again by common consent, in the quality of its prose. Even readers horrified by Hobbes’s authoritarian arguments thrill to the manner of their expression. It is a prose as utterly individual as that of his contemporaries Robert Burton, Sir Thomas Browne and Milton – and as hard to categorise. Its darts and flashes, compressions and difficulties can call to mind the metaphysical poets, his other contemporaries. Yet metaphysical inspiration was one of Hobbes’s targets, bent as he was on the subjection of political argument to the realism of the scientific revolution, the area of thought where his prior interest lay. Anyway, the attraction of his prose can explain only so much. The impact of the work, especially on the Continent, was largely indebted to his Latin translation of it. The year of the English edition, 1651, also produced Milton’s Latin vindication of the execution of Charles I in 1649, Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, another book whose literary properties dazzled readers shocked by its thesis. Hobbes was one of them. His own Latin deserved and commanded no such wonder.

more from Blair Worden at Literary Review here.

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Canadian Team of the Year: Women’s soccer

The Canadian women’s soccer team captivated the country with its bronze-medal win at the London Olympics, achieving something that transcended the sport.

That’s a major reason why they’ve been voted by the CBCSports.ca staff as the Canadian team of the year.

Prior to the London Olympics this past summer, it had been 76 years since Canada won a medal in a traditional team sport at the Summer Games.

To put that in perspective: in 1936 you could buy a loaf of bread for about eight cents, an average home cost $550 (the same price as your Studebaker car) and the BBC was just starting the first public broadcasts out of London.

That year, Canada’s basketball team, made up primarily of players from the successful Windsor Ford V-8s, lost 19-8 in the Olympic final to the United States, capturing a silver medal for their country.

Not a single member of that ’36 team was alive this summer to watch Canada’s women’s soccer team break the nearly century long curse, as they captured an Olympic bronze medal.

But those who did witness the women’s team win, saw a squad that captivated Canadians with their play and achieved something that has transcended their sport.

That’s a major reason why they’ve been voted by the CBCSports.ca staff as the Canadian team of the year.

Grown men cry

For head coach John Herdman and his team, it has taken some time but they’ve finally come around to the full gravity of what they’ve accomplished.

“It’s nice to get these accolades. When we’re in the Olympics we didn’t really get a sense of what we achieved. And I’m not talking about bronze medals. This has nothing to do with medals. I’m talking achieving something that makes Canadians feel great to be Canadian,” Herdman said.

“You can’t put it into words, the emotions that people back here felt when we won. But you know what you’ve done for a country.”

Since returning from England, Diana Matheson, who scored the bronze medal-winning goal in the dying moments against France, has seen first hand the impact that the win has had on Canadians.

“Getting stopped in the street, asked for a photo, being recognized, it’s no longer just little girls or soccer fans,” Matheson said. “I hear from grown men now about how they cried their eyes out when we won, about how great it made them feel.

“When we were in London I’m not sure we really knew what was going on here. But when we landed back in Canada, with all the media and all the people waiting for us, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen.”

TSN’s Luke Wileman, the man who called the play-by-play of the game, will be forever linked to the Matheson goal. His single-word cry of “Matheesssson!” as she calmly finished the ricocheted shot put an exclamation point on one of Canada’s great sporting moments.

“When I realized that would be the moment the team would win bronze, there was a great sense of pride in what they had managed to achieve. It was an incredible story after the controversial, heartbreaking way they lost to the United States [in the semifinals] a few days earlier,” Wileman said.

“It was fantastic to see how the performance from the team throughout the Olympics brought the nation together, and having the honour to call that moment in Canadian soccer history was such a privilege and one of the most special moments in my broadcasting career.”

Pressure on

Former national team player and assistant coach Andrea Neil was on hand for the disappointment of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, where Canada lost all three of its matches, and viewed this year as a holistic, cleansing moment for the squad.

“A lot of times, to find success you have to first go through struggles. And there is no doubt that at the World Cup we struggled,” Neil said. “But having said that, the beautiful success of last summer was not just a success on the field. It got people enraptured by the moment and it became a water cooler conversation.

“What makes it even more remarkable was it didn’t matter if it was men’s or women’s soccer — it was just a proud Canadian moment.”

Herdman said that, more than anything, that’s what the team set out to do.

“They felt like they had something left to prove after the World Cup,” Herdman  said. “This sounds corny but this team genuinely wanted to leave a legacy.”

With legacies come big expectations, and heading towards the next World Cup, one that Canada will host, the pressure will be on this team.

Herdman, for one, welcomes it.  

“I think the attitude now is ‘bring it on.’ I think that’s going to be the mindset from here on in. Forget your fears. We’ve shown we can do it now. We’ve broken through that barrier. So as far as the World Cup is concerned, bring it on.”

The star of the Olympic tournament and now a celebrity in her own right, Christine Sinclair (who was the pick of CBCSports.ca readers for Canadian athlete of the year, and the choice of Canadian sports media members as the Lou Marsh Award winner) shares the sentiment and adds that the team will not rest on its laurels.    

“As a team, and as a country, we still have a long way to go. We brought home an Olympic medal but the challenge is to do that consistently,” Sinclair said.

“We have a great opportunity coming in 2015 when we host the Women’s World Cup, and that will be an opportunity to change the game in an even bigger way.”

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Champ Rockhold calls Larkin attack ‘pretty amateur,’ eyes early 2013 for return

Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he never signed a bout agreement to fight Lorenz Larkin and never intended to fight at the promotion’s final event.

When officials announced the Jan. 12 event in early November, Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) said he informed officials that a wrist injury lingered and that he was unable to fight.

That’s why he’s particularly irritated by a series of verbal attacks from Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) regarding his willingness to compete.

“He was obviously misinformed to some extent,” Rockhold said. “I’ve been in that situation, but just to lash out at me, that’s pretty amateur.”

Larkin, who today addressed his grievances with MMAjunkie.com Radio, was twice scheduled to vie for the title before injuries interceded.

“I just feel like guys are acting like they haven’t paved any way for them to go to the UFC and a catastrophe could happen on Jan. 12, where [UFC President Dana White is] going to be like, ‘No. I didn’t like the way you fought, and you’re not going to come over,’” Larkin said.

Rockhold, however, said the UFC wasn’t a part of his decision. He noticed his injury eight weeks prior to a fight scheduled for a Nov. 3 event and announced his withdrawal two weeks later.

“Every time I would grip something, it would be a sharp pain,” he said. “I’d punch wrong, and it would make me want to cry.”

Rockhold saw multiple doctors and had several MRIs done on his wrist. Training never completely resumed.

Four weeks ago, he underwent a blood therapy called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to speed the healing process on what was diagnosed as a tear to his triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) and ligament sprain. He also spent three weeks in a hard cast, which was removed this past week.

“I don’t take steroids, so I don’t know if I can heal as fast as some of these guys,” Rockhold said. “I do things the way I know how.”

Strikeforce and broadcast partner Showtime dually announced the Jan. 12 event with three title fights: lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy, Rockhold vs. Larkin, and welterweight champ Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine.

Melendez earlier this month withdrew from the event, later titled “Strikeforce: Champions,” citing a nagging shoulder injury. News of Rockhold’s withdrawal became public over the weekend.

Rockhold believes the confusion over his status may stem from a conversation with Strikeforce officials following his first injury in which he gave a timeline for his readiness to fight.

“They never really got back to me, and they just thought I’d be ready, and I wasn’t able to get on it,” he said. “I don’t really know. I don’t really want to get into it, to tell you the truth. I wasn’t able to train.

“They announced the fight, and I immediately called and told them how I felt and now here we are. They wanted to make a date happen, and I know they want to get done with this thing probably as much as anybody else, and for some reason they have to put on a last card. Pushing this card hard, it seems like. I just wasn’t able to make the date at that time.”

Relations between Strikeforce parent Zuffa and Showtime steadily have deteriorated since a March meeting between UFC President Dana White and Showtime officials. White said he was “hands-off” with Strikeforce after his input on the look of the event was nixed.

Two Strikeforce events have been canceled due to high-profile injury withdrawals that prompted Showtime to decline low-wattage events.

With the promotion’s final event slated for January, Rockhold won’t defend the belt he won with a September 2011 decision over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. But he stressed that he didn’t withdraw from the event because he had designs on starting anew in the UFC once Strikeforce folded.

“That was not any part of my thought process,” Rockhold said. “I’m injured. I want to get paid. I want to shut Lorenz’s mouth. I’m not waiting in any shape or form for the UFC. You can never count on that happening. I’ve heard that in the past, and I’m not going to wait for that to happen.

“I have a lot of things I want to do in my life. This has set me back. I was going to buy a house, and now it looks like I’m going to wait until I’m more financially stable. I want to fight, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter who. Except at this point, after the talk, obviously I’m partial to fighting Lorenz.”

The feeling isn’t mutual for Larkin, who said he wants to move on.

Rockhold doesn’t hold that against the middleweight contender. He estimated he’ll be ready to return in three to four months after completely healing his wrist. He is unconcerned with the location of the next bout.

“I’d be completely happy with the UFC, but I just want to fight and get paid,” he said. “I want to be best in the world. Eventually, whether it’s here or there, I want those fights.”

For more on “Strikeforce: Champions,” stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young’ — PLUMMETS from Radio Charts After Newtown Massacre

Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young’
PLUMMETS from Charts
After Newtown Massacre

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Ke$ha‘s new hit “Die Young” has fallen on deaf ears … after radio stations around the country yanked the song from their rotation after the Newtown tragedy … TMZ has learned.

“Die Young” clocked in at #3 on the radio playlists on Friday (the day of the shooting) … reaching 167 million listeners nationwide, this according to Mediabase, a company that tracks radio airplay.

By Saturday , the day after the shooting … airplay dropped by 3 million listeners … a sign that stations were slowly pulling the song off the air.

By Monday … “Die Young” took a huge hit on the radio … dropping down to 148 million listeners … a 19 million drop from what had been a pretty steady rotation before the shooting.

One music expert tells us … a drop of this magnitude is extremely rare. The last time a song plummeted this quickly is when the Dixie Chicks were banned from country radio … after insulting President Bush.

We reached out to Ke$ha for comment — so far , no word back.

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Celebrity Hacker Christopher Chaney Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Posted Monday December 17, 2012 5:36 PM GMT

After hacking the email accounts of more than 50 celebrities, Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday (December 17).

Back in March, Chaney pleaded guilty to nine felony counts, including wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer.

His targets included Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, and Mila Kunis. Law enforcement finally caught up to the hacker in October 2011 as part of the FBI’s “Operation Hackerazzi” investigation.

Because of his actions, nude photos taken by Scarlett Johansson intended for then-husband Ryan Reynolds were leaked to the internet.

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UFC on FOX 5′s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan

Two fights have joined FX’s super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week’s UFC on FOX 5 event.

FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8′s main-card broadcast on FOX.

The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and featherweights Dennis Siver (20-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena and features a main event between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and top contender Nate Diaz.

Although FUEL TV carried past UFC on FOX prelims, they now head to the bigger FX. Other bouts part of next week’s three-hour broadcast, which follows additional prelims on Facebook, include heavyweights Brendan Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 15″ lightweight winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), “TUF 13″ runner-up Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. fellow lightweight Joe Proctor (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and lightweights Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

The full UFC on FOX 5 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
  • Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Mike Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
  • Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
  • Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3:30 p.m. ET)

  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
  • John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Mike Easton)

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Lindsay Lohan to Judge — My Spiritual Advisor Can Vouch For Me!!!

Lindsay Lohan to Judge
My Spiritual Advisor Can Vouch For Me!!!

EXCLUSIVE

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Lindsay Lohan
is DESPERATE to avoid jail time … so much so, she’s enlisted the help of her spiritual advisor to make sure that happens.

Sources close to LiLo tell TMZ … the actress is asking friends, family and her spiritual guru (yup, some people have those) to write letters on her behalf to the judge hearing her case.  Lindsay believes the letters will help prove jail is not the best option for her.

TMZ broke the story … Lindsay is currently facing up to 245 days in the slammer for her recent probation violation. Or the judge has the option to send her to counseling instead.

We’re told Lindsay is convinced a letter from the spiritual advisor will have the most impact. Specifically because he’s been helping her since 2008 — following her 2nd DUI arrest — and can vouch for the fact that LiLo has benefited from counseling in the past. When she shows up.

As we previously reported, Commissioner Jane Godfrey — who will arraign LiLo — isn’t big on jail regardless and often times chooses counseling over serving time.

A hearing is scheduled for January 25th.

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birds of paradise



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Sex, lies and slaughter



Basharat Peer interviews William Dalrymple about his new book in the Hindustan Times:

67787_475842595801110_207152332_nWilliam Dalrymple can be deceptive. He cultivates an image of nonchalance. It is rare to see him pontificate about the difficulties of research across languages, and the art of popular history in a social setting. He is most likely to speak about a hike or a trip to Istanbul. Then, a few years pass and he has produced another tome of meticulously researched history. Dalrymple’s gregarious exterior hides a disciplined writer, who disappears from public view for months, looking for unused manuscripts, finding the right translators, and typing for hours on a wooden desk in a hut in a corner of the garden of his house in Mehrauli. For his new book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42, Dalrymple worked in archives in Delhi, Lahore, and Kabul, and found the most important Afghan accounts of the first British-Afghan war in an old Kabul bookshop. Here are excerpts from an interview:

What made you write this book? 

There are a lot of books about Afghanistan, but few about Afghan history. What brought me to write this book was thinking about Afghan history after rereading Peter Hopkirk’s classic The Great Game. It is a bit dated and features a lot of “treacherous Orientals”. Return of a King is the first book about the first Afghan war using Afghan sources, telling the stories from an Afghan point of view as well. It is the defining conflict that the Afghans remember as the source of their independence that they alone in this region never succumbed to colonial rule. 18,000 soldiers of the East India Company marched into Afghanistan in 1839 and, according to legend, one man returns alive from this debacle. The British army is destroyed at the peak of the British Empire.

More here.

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The Kardashians Stroll Around Miami Before Heading to Work

Posted Saturday December 15, 2012 5:02 PM GMT

After a relaxing day out and about, the Kardashian sisters all headed to the DASH store in Miami on Saturday (December 15) to check up on their south Florida boutique.

Looking stunning in figure-hugging white dresses, Kim and Kourtney made their way past the mob of photographers, while Khloe followed closely behind in a tan and black ensemble.

In a new, recently released preview of their upcoming series “Kourtney and Kim Take Maimi,” the E! reality sisters get tough with their “dolls” after seeing their signature store in disarray.

Appalled at the appearance, Khloe says, “I am not having a good moment right now. This is not the way the store should look,” followed by Kourt saying, “This does not represent us well. I would rather close the store, everyone’s fired, and let’s move on…”

The newest Kardashian spin-off premieres on E! in January. Check out the preview below!

Enjoy the pictures of the Kardashian sisters out and about in Miami, FL (December 15).

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Makeup Artist — I Didn’t Steal Anything … I Was Set Up!

SJP’s Makeup Artist
I Didn’t Steal Anything …
I WAS SET UP

EXCLUSIVE

1215_sjp_makeup_artistSarah Jessica Parker‘s makeup artist — who was busted in Norway for allegedly stealing sunglasses — is telling friends she didn’t steal JACK … and the whole incident was set up so airport authorities could shake her down for a bribe.

Leslie Lopez is telling friends she was shocked when authorities randomly questioned her at the Oslo Airport gate on Wednesday. We’re told they asked permission to search her bag (which she allowed) and that’s when they told her they found a pair stolen sunglasses and accused her of shoplifting.

We’re told authorities accused then demanded she cough up a $1400 fine or else. Our sources say Lopez only had $700 in cash and offered that in an attempt to put the situation to rest. After some teeth pulling, we’re told they agreed.

We’re told Lopez believes the fact that her “fine” was negotiable proves it was a set up.

Lopez is also telling friends she had spent TONS of money on expensive goods from other airport stores before the “sunglasses incident” and claims to have the receipts (including one for lipstick she allegedly also stole) … so why would she need to steal sunglasses?

Sounds like a good question for Wynona.

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Jenni Rivera — Snoop, Gloria Estefan, Edward James Olmos to Attend Funeral

Jenni Rivera
Snoop, Estefan, Olmos
Expected to Attend Funeral

EXCLUSIVE

1215_Jenni-Rivera_funeral_gettyLatin music star Jenni Rivera will be laid to rest next week in Long Beach, CA … and TMZ has learned Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan and Edward James Olmos were invited to be in attendance.

Rivera’s camp tells TMZ … Jenni had very specific plans for how she wanted her funeral to go down. We’re told she wanted Vendela roses at the service, Bella Rosa roses to be buried with her, and she requested wanted butterflies released at the end of the service.

A public memorial will take place on Tuesday in Long Beach and a more private one on Wednesday.

As for the celebs invited to attend the private service on Wednesday … Snoop and Jenni were set to do a song together before her untimely passing, Estefan was a longtime friend of Rivera’s, and Olmos co-starred and produced her debut film, “Filly Brown.”

Rivera and six others died early Sunday morning when their plane crashed in Mexico. Rivera was 43.

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Robert Griffin III doesn’t take Redskins’ first-team reps

There have been promising reports about Robert Griffin III’s playing status all week, but the Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback remains a legitimate question mark for Week 15.

Jeremiah: NFL record-chasers

Redskins players told Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer that Griffin has been limited to individual drills this week with no first-team reps at all. Griffin, who’s nursing a sprained right knee, has thrown to receivers, but backup quarterback and fellow rookie Kirk Cousins has taken all the first-team reps.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Friday, via The Associated Press, that Griffin’s status will be announced Sunday, although he said he might tell his rookie quarterbacks about his decision Saturday night.

The Redskins officially listed Griffin as questionable to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He suffered a lateral collateral ligament sprain in his knee during last week’s overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.

It was reported Thursday that Griffin appeared “unencumbered” during the 20-minute window of practice open to the media. NFL Network producer Steve Dresner said Griffin looked much more stable throwing off his right foot.

Friday’s report from Glazer paints a more inconclusive picture. Cousins would start if Griffin can’t go.

Cousins said this week that he received some 140 text messages after he replaced Griffin and helped lead the Redskins past the Ravens. He responded to just two or three of the texts.

“I went 2 for 2,” he replied to his brother, via The Associated Press. “Let’s not get carried away.”

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Champ Rockhold calls Larkin attack ‘pretty amateur,’ eyes early 2013 for return

Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he never signed a bout agreement to fight Lorenz Larkin and never intended to fight at the promotion’s final event.

When officials announced the Jan. 12 event in early November, Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) said he informed officials that a wrist injury lingered and that he was unable to fight.

That’s why he’s particularly irritated by a series of verbal attacks from Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) regarding his willingness to compete.

“He was obviously misinformed to some extent,” Rockhold said. “I’ve been in that situation, but just to lash out at me, that’s pretty amateur.”

Larkin, who today addressed his grievances with MMAjunkie.com Radio, was twice scheduled to vie for the title before injuries interceded.

“I just feel like guys are acting like they haven’t paved any way for them to go to the UFC and a catastrophe could happen on Jan. 12, where [UFC President Dana White is] going to be like, ‘No. I didn’t like the way you fought, and you’re not going to come over,’” Larkin said.

Rockhold, however, said the UFC wasn’t a part of his decision. He noticed his injury eight weeks prior to a fight scheduled for a Nov. 3 event and announced his withdrawal two weeks later.

“Every time I would grip something, it would be a sharp pain,” he said. “I’d punch wrong, and it would make me want to cry.”

Rockhold saw multiple doctors and had several MRIs done on his wrist. Training never completely resumed.

Four weeks ago, he underwent a blood therapy called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to speed the healing process on what was diagnosed as a tear to his triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) and ligament sprain. He also spent three weeks in a hard cast, which was removed this past week.

“I don’t take steroids, so I don’t know if I can heal as fast as some of these guys,” Rockhold said. “I do things the way I know how.”

Strikeforce and broadcast partner Showtime dually announced the Jan. 12 event with three title fights: lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy, Rockhold vs. Larkin, and welterweight champ Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine.

Melendez earlier this month withdrew from the event, later titled “Strikeforce: Champions,” citing a nagging shoulder injury. News of Rockhold’s withdrawal became public over the weekend.

Rockhold believes the confusion over his status may stem from a conversation with Strikeforce officials following his first injury in which he gave a timeline for his readiness to fight.

“They never really got back to me, and they just thought I’d be ready, and I wasn’t able to get on it,” he said. “I don’t really know. I don’t really want to get into it, to tell you the truth. I wasn’t able to train.

“They announced the fight, and I immediately called and told them how I felt and now here we are. They wanted to make a date happen, and I know they want to get done with this thing probably as much as anybody else, and for some reason they have to put on a last card. Pushing this card hard, it seems like. I just wasn’t able to make the date at that time.”

Relations between Strikeforce parent Zuffa and Showtime steadily have deteriorated since a March meeting between UFC President Dana White and Showtime officials. White said he was “hands-off” with Strikeforce after his input on the look of the event was nixed.

Two Strikeforce events have been canceled due to high-profile injury withdrawals that prompted Showtime to decline low-wattage events.

With the promotion’s final event slated for January, Rockhold won’t defend the belt he won with a September 2011 decision over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. But he stressed that he didn’t withdraw from the event because he had designs on starting anew in the UFC once Strikeforce folded.

“That was not any part of my thought process,” Rockhold said. “I’m injured. I want to get paid. I want to shut Lorenz’s mouth. I’m not waiting in any shape or form for the UFC. You can never count on that happening. I’ve heard that in the past, and I’m not going to wait for that to happen.

“I have a lot of things I want to do in my life. This has set me back. I was going to buy a house, and now it looks like I’m going to wait until I’m more financially stable. I want to fight, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter who. Except at this point, after the talk, obviously I’m partial to fighting Lorenz.”

The feeling isn’t mutual for Larkin, who said he wants to move on.

Rockhold doesn’t hold that against the middleweight contender. He estimated he’ll be ready to return in three to four months after completely healing his wrist. He is unconcerned with the location of the next bout.

“I’d be completely happy with the UFC, but I just want to fight and get paid,” he said. “I want to be best in the world. Eventually, whether it’s here or there, I want those fights.”

For more on “Strikeforce: Champions,” stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Marilyn Manson — I Got SLASHED OPEN During Fight in Switzerland

Marilyn Manson
I Got SLASHED OPEN
During Fight in Switzerland

Breaking News

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Marilyn Manson says he needed 24 STITCHES to reattach his ear to his head … after he was GASHED UP in a bloody brawl in Switzerland. 

The details surrounding the incident are sketchy at best … with Manson tweeting, “I was hit by a glass table in a dangerous fight.”

He added, “I was however, the victor but had to have 24 stitches to keep my ear from becoming Van Goth.”

Manson — who performed at St. Jakob’s Hall in Basel earlier this week — also posted a photo of his messed up earlobe (see below).

We’re workin’ on the details. Stay tuned …

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Report Claims Nurse Suicide in Kate Middleton Case Triggered by Hospital Action

Nurse Suicide
Report: Hospital Criticism
May Have Triggered Suicide

Breaking News

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The nurse in the Kate Middleton hoax may have hanged herself in part because the hospital came down on her hard … this according to a new report.

The Daily Mail claims to have a source connected to the nurse’s family, who says in one of the suicide notes the woman, Jacintha Saldanha, is critical of the hospital for the treatment she received.  The story does not flesh out whether the treatment is connected to the hoax, but it appears to be the case, given one of the other suicide notes which reportedly describes how she tried to cope with the fallout due to the prank call.

So the question … did hospital management come down on the nurse hard?  A hospital spokesperson claims hospital management was supportive, but they are not privy to what she wrote in the notes.

As for the third note, the report claims the nurse laid out plans for her funeral.

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Little Girl to Charlie Sheen — I Don’t Watch ‘Anger Management’ … But Thanks for Fighting My Cancer!!!

Little Girl to Charlie Sheen
I Don’t Watch Your Show … But Thanks for Fighting My Cancer!!!

EXCLUSIVE

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The little girl with cancer who received a $75,000 donation check from Charlie Sheen tells TMZ … she’s never seen a single episode of “Anger Management” … but she’s still the actor’s biggest fan.

As we reported, Charlie and his stunt double Eddie Braun donated a combined $100,000 to 10-year-old Jasmine Faulk — the daughter of a Hermosa Beach police officer – after they caught wind of the girl’s dire situation from another cop. Charlie donated $75,000 and Eddie donated $25,000.

Now, Jasmine wants to publicly thank Charlie and Eddie for their overwhelming generosity, telling TMZ, “I think they have a great heart … They don’t even know me.”

As for “Anger Management” and “Two and a Half Men,” Jasmine says, “I don’t really watch those shows. I watch kids shows.”

… Probably better that way.

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Track Palin Divorce — I GET THE GUNS!

Track Palin Divorce
I GET THE GUNS!

EXCLUSIVE

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Sarah Palin
‘s son Track is loaded … TMZ has learned … saying goodbye to his marriage with his most prized possessions in hand … guns.

Track Palin and his soon-to-be ex-wife Britta filed divorce docs which tick off who gets what.

– 23-year-old Track — an Army reservist — gets the $30,000 Wells Fargo bank account, $500 in tools, and his $1,000 gun collection.

– 22-year-old Britta gets her $2,500 bank account and her $4,000 in jewelry. 

TMZ broke the story, the couple filed jointly for divorce in an Alaskan court … which means they have fully settled their property and custody issues, including child support for their 1-year-old daughter.

According to the doc, Track rakes in $42,800 a year — and has agreed to pay $642 a month in child support. Track and Britta have agreed to split any other child-related expenses, including medical and travel.

Britta gets physical custody, and will share legal custody with Track.

The sanctity of marriage.

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