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Celebrity Scandals and Controversies

Celebrities are people we look up to and admire from a distance. We place them on a pedestal and assume they can do no wrong. But this myth is shattered each year as we see our favorite celebrities go bad and do things that make us blush or make us angry.

When they do go bad and make mistakes, the media is there to capture every detail, and perhaps even exaggerate some details (yes, our celebrity gossip magazines sometimes exaggerate the mishaps of our all powerful celebrities!).

Would there be a Britney Spears panty scandal if there were no paparazzi waiting at her car door to capture the moment? If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody’s around, does it make a sound?

Quite often they are human moments that we all do, and would be just as guilty of if we had a photographer watching our every move. But some moments are inexcusable and offensive no matter how you look at it.

Here’s our list of top ten scandals and blunders by celebrities for 2006

Top 10 Celebrity Scandals & Blunders

  1. Michael Richards for being racist. We all loved him as Kramer on Seinfeld, but what was Michael Richards thinking when he verbally attacked people in the crowd of a comedy club, using the word nigger several times!
  2. Britney Spears for flashing. With her career in a downward spiral, and her mothering skills being questioned, the pop princess has been photographed wearing no panties several times this year.
  3. O.J. Simpson for being vulgar. The man that may or may not have murdered his former wife and her lover was set to profit from a book called “If I did it”, which talked about what he would have done if he did commit the murder. This may have won the award for the most distasteful book ever published if it went to print!
  4. Tara Conner becomes miss wild USA. It was definitely a year of bad girls in 2006. Miss USA nearly lost her crown for behaving badly, but the New York real estate developer Donald Trump forgave her. Tara Conner says she will now be the best Miss USA ever!
  5. President George W. Bush for not listening to the people. Bush has been voted the greatest villain and the greatest saint for 2006 so he is both loved and hated. We think if he did more for the environment and world peace, he may be taken off some of the villain lists.
  6. Lindsay Lohan for her partying ways. After several much talked about faintings, falling down stairs, and hospital admissions, the actress has booked herself into Alcoholics Anonymous.
  7. Mel Gibson for falling off the wagon. A DUI charge and an alleged anti-Semitic tirade upset the powerful Jews in the entertainment industry who called for a boycott of the actor. All has now been forgiven with the release of his new movie “Apocalypto” which has been a hit.
  8. Nicole Richie goes wild and gets very thin. It was a wild year for the adopted daughter of Lionel Richie which included being arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol). She also reportedly weighs just 85 pounds.
  9. Keith Urban goes into rehab after marrying Nicole Kidman. Not long after the “wedding of the year” in Sydney, Australia, the country music star booked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse.
  10. Thomas Kinkade for “ritual territory marking”. His face may not be known to many, but his paintings or prints hang on the walls of millions of Americans. He dubs himself the “painter of light” and is into patriotism and Christianity, but stands accused of unchristian like behavior by owners of art galleries selling his work.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity Controversies, hollywood Controversies | , , | Leave a comment

A glance at the Historic Boxing Controversies

Boxing’s scoring system is subjective by nature. Throw in some incompetence, not to mention corruption, and the stage is set for controversy. Here are a few examples (in chronological order):

1. London, 1908: Australia’s Reginald “Snowy” Baker, who won Silver at middleweight, was the only non-British boxer to win a medal. Baker, believing that the referee was not impartial, protested his loss in the finals to John Douglas. Sour grapes? Hardly. The referee was Douglas’ father!

2. Amsterdam, 1928: Controversial decisions led to brawls among spectators watching the fights. One such brawl came after a disputed decision went against American flyweight Hyman Miller in the first-round. The U.S. boxing team considered withdrawing from the Games but was talked out of it by Douglas MacArthur, who was – at that time – President of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

3. Berlin, 1936: Lightweight Thomas Hamilton-Brown of South Africa, after losing a first-round split decision, went on an eating binge. No big deal, right? Wrong! It was discovered that one of the judges had reversed his scores and Brown was actually the winner … but he was unable to make weight for his next bout and was disqualified!

4. Los Angeles, 1984
At the 1984 Games, Evander Holyfield represented the United States in the light heavyweight division. In the second round of his semi-final match with Kevin Barry, Holyfield was disqualified. Referee Gligorije Novicic called for a “break”, which instructs the fighters to stop punching. Holyfield, apparently, did not hear the call and threw a punch which dropped Barry to the canvas. When Barry was unable to continue, Holyfield was disqualified. A disappointed Holyfield was awarded the bronze medal.

How bad was this decision? Bad enough that the referee later apologized for being out of position when he made the “break” call. Bad enough that Gold medalist Anton Josipovic of Yugoslavia pulled Holyfield to the top of the podium to join him during the medal ceremony.

5. Seoul, 1988
Roy Jones Jr. was a very successful amateur boxer, compiling a record of 121-13. At the 1988 Games, he represented the United States in the light middleweight division. Jones won every round in dominant fashion to reach the finals. The final was no different as Jones outlanded his South Korean opponent Park Si-Hun 86-32. Unfortunately, the judges were either pressured, coerced or bribed to favor the local fighter and awarded Park an indefensible 3- 2 decision. One judge admitted the decision was a mistake and all three judges ended up being suspended.

How bad was this decision? Park reportedly congratulated Jones after the bout and admitted that the decision was wrong. The decision was bad enough that, despite winning only a Silver Medal, Jones was awarded the Val Barker Trophy as Games’ most outstanding and stylistic boxer.

The IOC – despite investigating and concluding that three of the judges were wined and dined by Korean officials – allowed the decision to stand.

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Sports Controversy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan Controversy

Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan Controversy New Delhi, Oct 21: Shah Rukh Khan has at last broken his mum. The Bollywood Badshah has come out with his version at last about the much-hyped tiff he had with co-actor Salman Khan.

The ‘fight’ occurred at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party, where an irate Salman Khan rubbed King Khan the wrong way, leading to an icy silence between them since. The incident divided the Mumbai film industry into two camps, with Shah Rukh and Salman supporters coming out to support their favourites.

It also put some actors in a fix, as taking the side of one spelled coldness to another. The cold war seems to have stretched longer, if Shah Rukh’s words are to be taken into account.

“It’s ok. There is not much common between us, we think differently, we speak differently. We have spent a good time together. But with time, that fact has got blurred,” Shah Rukh told a national daily.

When asked about any chance of their coming together anytime soon, he added, “We are happy in our worlds. If we come together it is good. If we don’t it’s even better. We are not friends, but it doesn’t imply we are enemies,” Khan said.

Before SRK’s statements, Salman had agreed about the coldness, too. He had said, “Yes there is a problem. But it is no big deal. Problems do occur in everybody’s lives. If after eighteen years of friendship something happens then it does not mean a lot.”

But SRK hit hard when he commented on the most eligible, but hotheaded bachelor of Bollywood, “I think like a father, while Salman thinks like a child!”

The silence has been broken, but not the ice. These words promise more division in Bollywood, and the ‘diplomatic ones’ (spell Aamir Khan) are going to have a hard time balancing their friendship.

October 29, 2008 Posted by | bollywood controversies | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Controversy of the Anti gravity UFOs

Antigravity UFO over house.Ufologists quickly realized that UFO propulsion systems based on earthly technologies were not compatible with the stories and pictures being presented. A UFO shown hovering over a house could not have had a jet propulsion system. Otherwise, the house would be blown to bits and explode in flames. The propulsion system could not have been nuclear. Otherwise, the occupants of the house and car would be fried with radiation. Click on the image to see an enlargement.

Many people have described their experiences with UFOs as having been directly under the spacecraft and being “beamed” aboard for a joy ride into space and back again. Notice the disturbance in the air below the UFO in the picture. It is apparently preparing to beam someone aboard from inside the house. This can only be done if the spacecraft has a propulsion system and internal environment that does not harm humans who are very close to the machine. The antigravity concept was universally accepted by Ufologists as the propulsion system used by UFOs.

Engineers are said by Ufologists to be working on antigravity flying saucers at Area 51 by using reverse engineering techniques on captured UFOs. Reverse engineering is simply dissecting the propulsion system on the alien craft to learn what each component does. Other Ufologists claim in their books and videos that the US government has already developed antigravity military spacecraft fighters that use laser weapon technologies. The fighters are said to be stationed on the far side of the Moon where they cannot be seen from Earth. The plan is to take over the world with a one-world government system controlled by the United States. Actually, this sounds like a great idea except it is all nonsense.

Antigravity implies that the craft can hover near the ground and fly into space and beyond. A magnetic field technology as presently used on high speed trains is not considered to be antigravity. A helicopter is not an antigravity machine. A satellite in orbit is not an example of the antigravity concept.

The antigravity alien spacecraft never existed and will never exist. The photographs like the one above are fakes. The personal testimonies are all lies. An antigravity machine will never be built. Any money spent on antigravity research is totally wasted. The technology is impossible. It violates many of the basic laws of science as observed throughout the universe. Gravity is everywhere. It cannot be canceled. It cannot be nullified. Don’t be duped by this nonsense.

The History Channel television network continues the brainwashing of children with programs sponsored by paid advertisers. The programs promote the foundational claim made by ufologists that the United States government, military and NASA continue to cover-up the facts surrounding actual sightings and capture of alien spacecraft. They accuse the President Richard Nixon administration of a massive cover-up of UFOs, even though the Richard Nixon administration couldn’t even cover-up a little break in of the offices of the Democrats. President Jimmy Carter was so unstable that he claimed to have seen a UFO himself. Carter tried to disclose the concealed information, but found none. President Ronald Regan also claimed to have personally seen two UFOs, but none of the other people aboard the same airplane have come forward to support the claim. Even in the most powerful office in the world, President Regan could not produce one fact that alien UFO’s ever existed. Presidents Carter and Regan wanted desperately to prove that UFOs existed, but they could not.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Science, UFO Controversies | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

History and Controversy of the Twelve-String Guitar

There are a lot of controversies as regards to the history of the Twelve-string guitar. The first theory says that it has been developed by Italian luthiers laboring in the guitar workshops in companies like Oscar Schmidt, Harmony and Regal in New York and Chicago. It is substantiated by the fact that one of the famous twelve-string guitars has a strong Italian connection. As per the other theory states that it arrived in the U.S from Mexico as Latin America has a long history of double-course variants of the standard six-string guitars.

Regardless of who invented the twelve-string guitar, it is considered as one of the novelty instrument invented. Other than the occasional custom ordered 12-string guitars, the more prestigious makers like Martin and Gibson consider making of these 12-string guitar to the low-end builders. This is clearly an indication that their buyers were from the poorer end of the social level.

The popularity of the twelve-string guitar can be traced out from the early recordings, where the blues musicians in Georgia and Mexican tejano musicians in Texas used them. It appears that the first musicians to take up the 12-srting guitars were street performers. The extra volume that the double strings added increased the popularity of these guitars. It is said that the volume is so intense that a busker could work without any other musicians and still assure full and rich sound.

The twelve-string guitar gained immense popularity when it was first exploited by one of the best early players, the Atlanta guitarist Blind Willie McTell. McTell was a well-known and accomplished guitarist of his time. Atlanta being the center for the Piedmont blues, a ragtime-based guitar style where complex finger picking and driving bass is needed to invest in its kind of music. And this is how the use of the 12-string guitar gained its momentum.

The 12-string guitar also became popular after the “Leadbelly”. Hudy William Ledbetter was an American folk and blues musician. He was known as the king of the twelve-string guitar, famous for his clear and forceful singing and his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar. He is best known as Leadbelly or Lead Belly. The topic of Leadbelly covers a wide range of subjects, including gospel songs, blues songs about women, liquor and racism. It also includes songs about cowboys, prison, workers, sailors, and many more. This is how the 12-string guitar came into popularity in a big way.

After Leadbelly, even the use of the twelve-string guitar was reduced drastically. It was like musicians express the mourning by refraining from playing the instrument. A few guitarists like Dick Rosmini, Fred Gerlach, and Pete Seeger, kept the twelve-string tradition alive.

And soon the use of the banjo has outnumbered the use of the 12-string guitar, but in 1963 a record came out that knocked the banjo off its place. It was a record by Pete Seeger called “We shall overcome” and the musician used the power of 12-string and novelty to draw the attention of the people as he was selling songs of justice and freedom. The extra volume and full sound of the twelve-string guitar made it perfect for leading and they were the important part of the civil rights movement.

October 16, 2008 Posted by | music controversy | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Controversy over the Dead Alien at New Mexico

Roswell Alien SpacecraftMac Brazel worked as a foreman on the J. B. Foster Ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, when he discovered a strange object on the ranch in July 1947. The object had crashed on the hillside. The debris included sheet foil material and a round dish-shaped object. Personnel from the Roswell Army Air Field, later renamed Walker Air Force Base, had been looking for their test vehicle. They knew it had landed in the vicinity of the Foster Ranch. Army personnel went to the ranch where Brazel showed them the crash site. Brazel had been taking material from the crash site and storing it at the ranch. He had shown pieces around town and given some pieces to friends as souvenirs. He was not very cooperative with the Army personnel so they took him to the base where he was detained for three days. The Army got most of the parts back from the crashed experimental package and released Brazel. This photograph is claimed to have been taken at the crash site, but it is most likely a fake. No official photographs are known to exist.

The wreckage was certainly not that of an extraterrestrial spacecraft. A real spacecraft would have had some sort of nuclear power reactor and the radiation at the crash site would have killed everyone who approached. The Army personnel weren’t concerned because they knew precisely how their experiment was made. It was harmless and had a small battery power source for the instruments.

Speculation about the vehicle was headline news in the media. Rumors began circulating that the craft was from outer space and contain the dead body of an alien. The media frenzy attracted many wild stories. Suddenly everyone was a witness to the crash of a flying saucer. Over the years the myth grew and grew until people began claiming a dead alien was taken from the crash site to the base. New stories have expanded to claim that Brazel found three dead aliens at the site and showed the bodies to friends.

All of this talk about a flying saucer crashing at Roswell is pure nonsense. The Roswell Army Air Field was used for tests related to the Army’s military projects. They were testing instruments to measure the atmosphere, weather balloons, airplane components and weapon systems. The military confirmed that the object was a weather balloon with a radar reflector that the military used to keep a radar lock on the experimental package as it returned to Earth.

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Science, UFO Controversies | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Area 51 Alien Capture Controversey

Area 51 Alein CaptureArea 51 is a highly restricted area near Groom Dry Lake and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Ufologists, a fancy name given themselves by the UFO fanatics, simply go ballistic over the secrecy at this military base. They are especially annoyed at the signs along the fence warning that deadly force will be used against anyone crossing the fence. As a security measure, snoopy people are forced to keep moving along the dirt road near the base. The road, Route 375, has been nicknamed the Extraterrestrial Highway by Ufologists. Click on the image to see an enlargement.

The Ufologists claim alien spacecraft have been seen arriving at and leaving the very long airstrip on Groom Dry Lake. Claims are also made that the aliens are working alongside of US military personnel. Other claims are made that military personnel are trying to duplicate flying saucer technologies by reverse engineering the equipment found in captured UFOs. This stuff is far out.

The media likes to raise speculation about what is going on at Area 51 by showing documentary UFO programs. The implication by the media is that the operations at Area 51 are not simply normal military operations.

Books and videos are sold to dupe Ufologists into believing that many pictures of UFOs show real alien spacecraft. They also claim that aliens are living in our society disguised as humans. They give hints for detecting extraterrestrial aliens among us that are disguised as neighbors, friends and relatives. The Ufologists have a difficult time separating fact from fiction and myths. The movie Men-In-Black is just a movie, folks. It is fiction. It is make-believe entertainment. There are no Men-In-Black government agents that keep the aliens’ population under control.

The fact is there are no aliens at Area 51 or anywhere else on Earth or in the universe. Area 51 is used to conduct the most top secret flight test operations for the US military. This site was used to test many aircraft before they were revealed to the public. These include the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 spy plane, F-117 stealth fighter and the B-2 stealth bomber. Other configurations were probably tested as well, but we don’t know about them because they were never placed into production. Evidentially they never performed to expectation and the program was scrapped. Some of the airplanes in these canceled programs were a saucer shaped.

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Historic Controversies, Science, UFO Controversies | Leave a comment

Piltdown Man and the British Museum

Piltdown Man of EnglandThe Piltdown Man has been proven to be a fake and a hoax. The bone fragments, flint tools and the bone implements were found at two other sites. The skull parts that turned out to be those of a modern man were found at one site. The jaw was from an ape skeleton found at a nearby site. Charles Dawson found the first cranial fragments of the Piltdown Man at the fossil dig site in 1908. He was only an amateur archaeologist. The fragments were given to the British Museum of Natural History where the skull was assembled. The finding was announced to the public. The media were elated at the find. This was the “missing link” of evolution that was so desperately needed to support the theory of evolution. Significant support was also given because the missing link was found in England.

Piltdown Man was displayed at the British Museum of Natural History. The British paleoanthropology community readily accepted the ideas that the fossil remains were that of a humanoid linking modern man to the apes. Very little, if any, critical analysis was given the findings until many years later.

Evolution —- redefined . . . . . . . . . . song by Geoff Moore

This song is a spoof on evolution. It starts as background sound
in a high school hallway. Don’t quit early. This song rocks.

In 1953, Piltdown Man was declared a hoax. The skull fragments, upon close examination, were obviously those of a modern man. The fragments were carved and stained. The teeth in the ape jaw had been filed down to more closely match the teeth of a man. Everyone had been duped and the search was on for the perpetrator, but none could be solidly proven. Perhaps two or more people collaborated in the scheme. Multiple witnesses and testimonies led others to be less suspecting and more easily duped. People simply tend to drop their guard and go with the prevailing opinion. The prime suspects in the Piltdown Man hoax are:

Martin A. C. Hilton is the prime suspect. He was the curator of zoology at the British Museum at the time. Years later a trunk with Hilton’s initials was found in the attic of the museum. Inside were bone fragments that had been carved and stained in the very same manner as those used to create Piltdown Man.

Arthur Smith Woodward was Keeper of Geology at the British Museum. He could have been attracted by the possibility of attention the finding would draw.

Charles Dawson was most likely selected as the fall guy by the perpetrators, and for many good reasons. He was only an amateur who could have easily been duped by the fossils planted at the sites. He became highly motivated after finding the first cranial piece.

Grafton Elliot Smith authored a paper on the discovery in 1913. His motives are simply not strong enough to list him a prime suspect.

W. J. Solass was a professor of geology at Oxford University. He may have conspired with the hoax leader.

Arthur Conan Doyle was the creator of Sherlock Holmes and could have pulled the stunt to test the investigatory expertise of scientists at the British Museum. They certainly failed the test. Doyle was most likely not involved. Otherwise, the cranial fragments would have had much better preparation.

Tielhard de Chardin was a theologian and scientist who accompanied Dawson to the dig sites. Chardin is less likely to have been the perpetrator because he probably did not support the theory of evolution.

This was an inside job by staff members of the British Museum. Martin A. C. Hilton was the ring leader, and he prepared the fake specimens. Arthur Smith Woodward was most likely his accomplice. The museum staff had ready access to source materials, controlled the “discovered” artifacts, prepared Piltdown Man for display, limited the access by outsiders and prevented a close examination. Charles Dawson was the fall guy who would be given the blame if the hoax ever came to light.

The media are always accomplices in these frauds and hoaxes. They continue to protect the British Museum and use Dawson as the scapegoat. The media simply cannot resist the chance to run a headline story that will sell lots of papers or gain lots of television viewers. They also tend to strongly support the false theory of evolution. Now the Internet is jumping on the bandwagon with thousands of websites promoting all kinds of frauds and hoaxes for monetary gain.

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Historic Controversies | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Controversy of the Rabbit Hole on Mars

Rabbit Hole On MarsThe Jet Propulsion Laboratory division of NASA believes they have finally proven that evolution is true. An unsubstantiated comment made by one of the mission leaders about the first photos received back from the May 25, 2008 mission, “Oh, isn’t it wonderful. We landed right in front of a rabbit hole. Oh, this is the most exciting time in history. Charles Darwin was not a nut case. Evolution is true. God bless our mission. Oops, I didn’t mean to say God bless.” Click the image to see an enlargement.

The Real Story

NASA wastes billions of dollars trying to find life beyond earth. The success rate is ZERO. All of their efforts have been and will continue to be a total failure. They could have spent the money for missions that would benefit us, but no. They insist on the unrelenting search to prove the false Theory of Evolution.

Schizophrenia is defined as a mental illness in which one keeps doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. The sufferer has hallucinations, delusions and a failure to separate false mental thoughts from reality. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a severe case of mass schizophrenia.

What next? Well, we can expect the lies to begin coming from the mission leaders. If they can’t find life on Mars, they will simply make up some lies that they have. This is posted May 26, 2008. Let’s see how long it takes for them to come forth with the first lie. Stay tuned.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Historic Controversies, Science | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The History of the Brett Favre Controversy

The Brett Favre Controversy is hitting the airwaves after his interview with Greta on her show – On the Record. Being one who is old enough to remember watching the Ice Bowl as a boy, and often would call Brett, Bart – by mistake through the years, I thought I would throw out a few thoughts.

There are always two sides to every story, and perhaps that is what makes this controversy so interesting. The story tellers from each side of it, Brett Favre and the Packer Organization, are usually honest and straightforward in their communication – so from my perspective there isn’t a rat hiding somewhere, it boils down to a conflict of values. Values?

Watching football through the 1960s and 1970s it was rare that a good player would change teams. Once they were established, they stuck with the organization that they found a home with.

As the years went by, things begin to change. Players begin to simply display what is common in our culture – looking out for #1. Loyalty to a company or an organization become less of a value or priority. I’m not condoning or condemning this, just observing. I can see both sides of the coin: Players should factor loyalty into their decisions; Organizations should treat their key people with respect and reward appropriately. Of course the salary cap impacted all these dealings and decisions.

Honestly, I am more old school. Before we cheese heads condemn Brett Favre if our fears of him playing for another team materialize, we should also remember Reggie White. When he first left the Eagles I questioned his loyalty factor – how, after being an Eagle all those years, could he put on another jersey? As time went on though, I embraced his role with the Packers, and loved watching him play. Subtly my values were changing with the societal swing – Reggie followed his heart and it worked out for him, the Packers, and the fans.

The Brett Favre controversy is simply exposing the value shift that has transpired and become very accepted in our culture. Look out for #1. Players are looking for the most money or the best place for them; and organizations are trading and drafting with the consideration of individual players being overshadowed by the win-loss/profit margin – simply the way business is done now.

It seems the Packer organization has moved without Brett. I will still be a Packer fan. Brett changed his mind and now wants to play, the Packers should let him, he has earned it. If they don’t want to start him, let him find another team to help. I will still be a Brett Favre fan.

When I heard about the Brett Favre controversy, initially I was disturbed. Now? I’ve decided I don’t have to choose. I am a Packer Fan – always have been, and always will be. I mean a REAL fan – I wore green & gold living near Chicago through the 80’s when the Bears were beating us up! I’ve also become a Brett Favre fan. He is fun to watch. I hope he plays next season. I hope he plays for the Packers. If he plays for another team, I will be cheering him on, and now have 2 team to cheer for. (Unless of course it is the Bears- every man has his limits.)

October 4, 2008 Posted by | Sports Controversy | , , , , | Leave a comment