Heidi Montag debuted the Playboy cover that made her half a million dollars on the red carpet of the “G.I. Joe” premiere last night. The soon-to-hit-newsstands September issue of the magazine features “The Hills” star dressed in a white bikini, covered in mud with the bunny symbol traced on her stomach. This is the first of two issues upon which she’ll grace the front page. She did the shoot as a wedding present for the Spence.
Of course, since we’re talking about Speidi, there’s drama. Montag claims that inside the fold of the magazine, she held onto her good Christian values and refrained from posing completely nude. But other sources say she totally got nakey. So we’ll just have to wait a few more days until the official release to find out who’s telling the truth. [NY Post]
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Poor, poor Paula Abdul. Her time with “American Idol” has been over for barely 24 hours and the media could not wait to move on. The big announcement that Posh Spice will be making a guest-judge appearance is completely overshadowing the sadness of the Abdul-“Idol” split. I can’t help but give into the media frenzy and be super excited about Posh’s appearance, since it’s going to be totally awesome. Alas, it’s only temporary—for a single show. So I wonder, Who are they going to replace Paula with permanently? I guess there’s the chance that the judging panel will shrink down to three with Kara DioGuardi being the only lady in the pack. But I want someone new! Here’s who I think would make snug fits on the “American Idol” season nine judging panel. Keep reading »
We thought this might be the case—Lisa Ling had no idea her agency sent out an email blast yesterday about speaking engagements for the fall. Here’s what she wrote us a little while ago:
Someone emailed me your blog—I am apoplectic and embarrassed by this. I NEVER even suggested that my agency put this out. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
Thanks for the clarification, Lisa. And we hope you and your family are having a joyful reunion. Keep reading »
Lisa Ling’s speaking agency sure didn’t waste a second. Yesterday evening, not 24 hours after Lisa’s tearful reunion with her sister, Laura, one of the two journalists imprisoned in North Korea who Bill Clinton somehow managed to bring home, the email above popped into my inbox. I do a lot of programming at my college, and usually when I get a message about a speaker my gut response is, “Wow, that would be amazing.” But yesterday my reaction was more like, “Soon, much?”
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Last weekend, my friend (one of those types who’s an encyclopedia of random knowledge) dropped an interesting fact on me. She said that women who are on Medicaid, the government-issued insurance plan for people who can’t nearly afford medical care, are not covered if they would like to have an abortion. As someone who’s pro-choice, this kind of shocked me. First, because it feels a little bit Big Brother. And second, because if someone qualifies for the program they almost certainly will have a hard time coming up with the quarter-million dollars it takes to financially support a child through age 17. And they may be looking for other options than having a baby.
I had to get to the bottom of this. So I put in a call to my home county’s Medicaid office and after chit-chatting with some well-versed people on the subject in New York state, I’ve got some deplorable facts to report about abortion coverage. Err, termination coverage. The first thing I learned is that Medicaid workers don’t like the word “abortion.” Keep reading »