Archive for December, 2012

LimbaughRushAngryWho should join our Rogue’s Gallery of Disgraced Celebrities of the Year?  While 2012 delivered no towering Tiger Woods sized scandal, there was Celebrity Disgrace aplenty as this handy slideshow reminds us…

Blog favorite Memphis Earlene weighed in- on her own fabulous blog- on the Paula&Petraeus scandal, which brought such memorable supporting players as the Kelley Girl twins.

Lance Armstrong fell from golden-bicycle glory, playboy Prince Harry bared all, Lindsay Lohan continued to be Lindsay Lohan.  Justin Bieber among other young stars took some hits and threw some punches.gty_petraeus_kelley_kb_121115_wg

harryimagesTo me, however, 2012’s biggest ‘fall’ and loudest thud was the GOP elephant running up against reality.  Leading the charge toward their own tone-deaf destruction with his over-the-top attacks on college student Sandra Fluke was foul-mouthed fulminator RUSH LIMBAUGH.

Rush is my own choice for DISGRACED CELEBRITY OF 2012.  But let us not ‘rush’ to judgement.  Feel free to weigh in with your own ‘winners’…

And three cheers to celebrities like BEN AFFLECK (alas, not running for MA Senate!) who’ve used their fame this year to promote more than just their starry and sometimes sorry selves.

(photos abc.com, deathandtaxesmag.com, eyecandy.com, googleimages)

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Caitlin McCarthyCaitlin McCarthy’s post SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD is reprinted below, after a DES update.  Caitlin received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.  An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series FREE SKATE with choreographer Michael Masionis. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.

UPDATE: Caitlin received a supportive TWEET from star SUZANNE SOMERS:

DES, the monster fake drug hormone was a tragedy for women”

Watch this blog for upcoming updates on the DES trial.

DES (Diethylstilbestrol): The Story with No End

It appears that US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) will be named Secretary of State.jkimages

As many longtime readers of this site know, Senator Kerry worked jointly with Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) on obtaining an apology for the DES drug disaster from the FDA. The grassroots campaign for this apology started right here with a post by DES Daughter Caitlin McCarthy.

On February 22, 2011, Senator Kerry and Senator Brown received a 3-page response from the FDA, per their joint letter about a DES apology. The FDA’s letter did not contain an official apology from the federal government for the DES drug disaster. However, it acknowledged the devastating health consequences of DES, explained FDA initiatives to prevent future drug disasters, and talked about DES as a “tragedy” for the first time in 40 years.

But the DES story is far from over.

On for January 7, 2013 at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston, the historic DES breast cancer trial will begin. It’s just two lawyers for the plaintiffs and about 20 lawyers representing the chemical companies in the court room (including Eli Lilly). If you can be there in person to show your support for the plaintiffs, please do so. Currently, the trial is anticipated to last 3-4 weeks. The hearings will likely begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until 4:30 p.m. each day, with lunch in between. The courthouse is at:

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts — Bostonjknknown

1 Courthouse Way

Boston, Massachusetts 02210

If you want any more information or feel you could help the case in any way, please call Aaron Levine’s office Toll Free at: 1-888-868-5380.

Note there was already good news for the plaintiffs this past week: The Court has allowed the plaintiffs to proceed to trial on negligent failure to warn; and Eli Lilly’s other summary judgment motion on product identification was denied, allowing the plaintiffs to go forward in this historic DES breast cancer trial.

Caitlin McCarthy plans on writing about the DES breast cancer trial for this site. Until then, click ‘continue reading’ below to read her blog post that kickstarted the DES apology effort with the Senators and attracted worldwide attention. (more…)

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IMG_2722Erin Lynn Violette is a recent graduate from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program in Creative Writing. She currently lives in Hollywood with her husband Ryan, and their spirited dog Abbey.

Miss Pamela: Writing Experience With Pamela Des Barres By Erin Lynn Violette

Miss Pamela: a signed photo for Erin

Miss Pamela: a signed photo for Erin

Who’d have thought a girl like me, who loves music and writing, would be sitting in one of Pamela Des Barres’ writing workshops in her Los Angeles home? This was more than I could have hoped for.

I was excited to see how this workshop would go. Clearly Ms. Des Barres has her writing merit with four books under her belt– including I’M WITH THE BAND and LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER: BACKSTAGE SECRETS OF ROCK MUSES AND SUPERGROUPIES– and countless writing credits in the online and magazine arenas.

Erin and Pamela

Erin and Pamela

What drew me to her (and I’m sure draws many people to her) is the love of music. My love for music is rivaled only by my love to write, and Miss Pamela (as she likes to be called) offers a little of both in her fabulous writing workshops.

The workshop was for two nights, three hours each night. I arrived a little early the first night with a bottle of wine, Christmas cookies, and chips (which were my husband Ryan’s contribution, although he wasn’t taking part). Miss Pamela’s workshops are for ladies only.

images-1Upon arriving there was a very appreciated handwritten sign letting us know that we were at the correct doorstep, and when Miss Pamela opened the door she was gracious and explained how she was making some last minute preparations for us.

Her living room, where the workshops were conducted, was a warm space decorated with a plush leopard print sofa, and a few wicker chairs. Her walls were covered in art, some of it created by her long time friend and Captain Beefheart’s cousin, Victor. A picture of Jesus glowed from under her dining room table, and Elvis and James Dean were present in the form of memorabilia everywhere- still dearly loved by this one-time groupie.

Her absolute favorites you ask? They are still Elvis, and James Dean. In fact Miss Pamela still gives writing workshops in James Deans’ hometown in Fairmount, IN. She added Mickey Mouse to her list of favorites, and expressed praise and love for the genius that is Bob Dylan.

“He is our bard,” she cooed. “Our modern day Shakespeare, he’s it. I met with him once. He told me he liked my book. He read it cover to cover, and he said ‘you’re a real good writer.'” She places both hands to her heart. “‘OK I can die now,’ I thought.” (more…)

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UnknownLITOTES is a former contributor to Wonkette and current commentator-at-large for our blog. Many thanks to LITOTES for his analysis of border-crossing millionaire mystery man John McAfee


He made his wad in security software, then drifted down a ditzy hippie path into yoga and elixirs, with (unlike Steve Jobs) nary an iPhone to show for it.

Unknown-1My first thought was “bath salts casualty”, analogous to the long-ago psychedelic musical acid casualties.  I am willing to cut many breaks to Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, and similar crew, may they RIP.  But someone who invents a virus scare to sell more anti-virus software, not so much.

Then again, maybe there’s something else in the mix: security software folks have a long history of being asocial, anti-social, or downright paranoid.  And their kind of paranoia seems to involve, let us say, an incomplete model of The Other.  Other people are there to be deceived, to get them before they get you, and, if young and female, to be made use of.

So McAfee, who the NYT calls “a priapic 67-year-old, with an improbable mop of blond-highlighted hair and a rotating group of young girlfriends”, had the right job in the past, and is now going crazy on his own time.  Selling guns to such a one is some state’s big mistake.

(photos: news.cnet.com, radaronline.com)

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