Happy Memorial Day!

I may be on the radio, but I don’t agree with a lot of stuff I hear on it anymore.

I was driving around a little this morning and heard an announcer say “What is there to celebrate? War?”

I have a feeling this guy was hugged enough as a child. I was. And I understand.

I understand what it is to be grateful to the people that protect you. That keep you from the evil in the world. The gatekeepers that ensure our country enjoys the freedom that allows me to write this statement disagreeing with people in our media.

There should be a day where we celebrate the sacrifice of the brave people that have gone off to war to protect the people and ideals on this country.

I don’t know about you, but I have to put out the flag.



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This time, she’s exposing her undies on purpose

YOU’LL soon be seeing more of this beauty queen in her lingerie.

Ms Jennifer Hawkins (right), 22, who was Miss Universe 2004, has just signed a three-year, six-figure modelling deal with an Australian lingerie label, Lovable Lingerie, reported the Daily Telegraph in Sydney yesterday.

This will not be the first time she will be seen in her undies.

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  • Two years ago, Ms Hawkins suffered a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during a fashion show.

    She was left wearing little more than a red G-string when the hem of her metallic lace dress got tangled in her stiletto heel, unravelled to the waist and dropped to the floor as she sashayed down a catwalk in Sydney.

    This time, she says she is well-prepared to appear in public in her underwear as the star of an advertising campaign for the lingerie label.

    ‘That (malfunction) worried me at the time and I was really embarrassed. But it just goes to show it’s those little things that make you stronger,’ she told the Telegraph.

    Indeed, it was that slip-up that helped her land the lucrative contract.

    The lingerie firm’s boss, Mr Michael Gazal, said that the way she handled the situation was ‘indicative of her natural personality and sense of fun. It’s a good fit with our brand’.

    Ms Hawkins has also contributed to the design of the collection, choosing colours and giving product advice.

    ‘They’re very cheeky and sexy but not too revealing,’ she told the Telegraph of the bras and panties.

    Of the upcoming lingerie billboard campaign, she said: ‘I’ve seen those massive billboards before and it’s going to be so exciting and a bit weird to see myself up there.’

    Source: http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4136,107314,00.html



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    Miss America and Country Star Brad Paisley Announce MADD’s Strides for Change Celebrity Virtual Walk Challenge

    DALLAS, TX (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) – Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry and award- winning country artist Brad Paisley have set the stage for Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) Strides for Change Celebrity Virtual WalkTeam challenge. Miss America recently joined Paisley at his Santa Barbara, Calif., concert to kick off the campaign in support of MADD.

    Dubbed the Walk of Fame, virtual teams have been formed by Berry, Paisley, country star Naomi Judd, and actor and TV personality Kelly Ripa. Web-based fans can get in step and support their favorite celebrity and a life-saving cause at the same time by joining a celebrity team online at http://www.stridesforchange.org

    Recounting the loss of a close friend in a drunk driving crash, Miss Berry said, “The fact remains that drunk driving is 100 percent preventable, yet it continues as a plague of human behavior that we as a society continue to tolerate.” Nearly 17,000 people are killed and a half a million others are injured annually in alcohol-related traffic crashes.

    Miss Berry promoted the celebrity challenge in Nashville, which will host its first ever Strides for Change 5K walk-aimed at raising awareness and money to save lives and prevent injuries due to drunk driving and underage drinking- on Saturday, June 24 at Centennial Park. Nissan North America, Inc., national presenting sponsor of Strides for Change, is helping MADD put on walks in 22 cities nationwide.

    A portion of the proceeds raised by the celebrity teams will go back to the MADD state office of their choice. Judd, a long time supporter of MADD, and Paisley, whose uncle was killed to a drunk driver, chose MADD Tennessee. Berry, who has been a five-year volunteer for her home state chose MADD Oklahoma, and Ripa is dividing her proceeds between New York where she lives and New Jersey where her sister, who survived a drunk driving crash, resides. The celebrity virtual walk team challenge runs through September.

    There are several ways the public can support MADD’s Strides for Change walks: (1) Support a celebrity virtual walker by joining their virtual team online; (2) If you live in a host city, you can register to walk or form a team; (3) If you are unable to make the walk, you can sign up to raise money as a virtual walker, anywhere and anytime; or (4) Give a one-time donation to the walks. Please visit the Strides for Change Web site at http://www.stridesforchange.org to register, donate or get more information.

    MADD’s mission is to fight drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. More than 300,000 lives have been saved since MADD’s founding in 1980. For more information, visit http://www.madd.org .

    The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to http://www.missamerica.org

    Source: http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=23883



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    Chechens Crown a Queen

    By Timur Aliyev
    Special to The Moscow Times

    Eduard Korniyenko / Reuters

    Dzhabrailova dancing onstage Saturday after being crowned Miss Chechnya.

    GROZNY — A 15-year-old high school student danced and baked her way to the title of Miss Chechnya on Saturday, beating out twin sisters for the grand prize of a sleek Toyota sedan.

    Zamira Dzhabrailova beat a total of 19 contestants to take the crown at the first beauty pageant held in Chechnya since 1988. The Chechen administration organized the pageant as part of its efforts to show that calm has returned to the war-scarred republic.

    “The vote was unanimous,” said Satsita Israilova, a pageant judge and director of Grozny Public Library. “We are happy about the choice, and we can proudly present our winner to all of Russia.”

    Dzhabrailova, a brunette with a broad smile, said she was excited about the opportunity to represent Chechnya at the Miss North Caucasus pageant later this year and, if she wins, the Miss Russia pageant.

    “I want to be a model,” said Dzhabrailova, who dances with a folk group, Vainakh.

    Wearing a flowing, yellow traditional Chechen dress, she celebrated her victory with a dance onstage at the Grozny Central Concert Hall.

    The first and second runners-up were 15-year-old fraternal twins Fatima and Dzhanora Khazuyeva, who each took home a Zhiguli. Both are also high school students.

    Zaira Dudayeva, 17, who placed fourth, also won a Zhiguli, while fifth-place finisher Kheda Dadayeva, 16, will go on a trip to Europe. Both are students at Chechnya State University.

    Ilona Chachayeva, a 22-year-old student in Moscow, won a VAZ-2107 for her sixth-place finish.

    Contestants had to demonstrate their ability to dance, read poetry and cook — by baking cakes — and they recorded videos for the judges in which they spoke about their lives. To show their poise, they also fielded general-knowledge questions from the judges.

    All the girls wore traditional Chechen costumes, and there was no swimsuit competition.

    Source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2006/05/29/017.html



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    Sharing An Inner Beauty

    Ailing Woman Enters Pageant
    May 28, 2006
    By JIM FARRELL, Courant Staff Writer

    MANCHESTER — After learning that she had a rare and potentially life-threatening lung disease, Gina Starks made an unusual decision.

    She entered a beauty pageant.

    “If someone famous had this disease, maybe some actress, everybody would know about it,” said Starks, a 28-year-old self-described stay-at-home mom from Manchester who two years ago first heard the ominous words “fibrosing mediastinitis.”

    She has never been in a beauty contest before, but when her first awareness-raising idea fizzled – Oprah didn’t write back – Starks signed up for the Mrs. Connecticut pageant that will be held in Hartford next month.

    “I’m searching for ways to get the word out,” she said, adding that she has learned that only 300-400 people nationally are currently diagnosed with her disease.

    Starks has a large, irregular-shaped calcified mass of scar tissue between her heart and right lung, which has been rendered nonfunctional because blood cannot reach it. The disorder was likely caused by an abnormal response to an infection.

    …more…



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    Diana Hayden on why she avoids parties and adores Rajeev Singh

    We are in love

    Indranil Roy

    Friday, May 26, 2006 18:14 IST

    Diana Hayden on why she avoids parties and adores Rajeev Singh

    What’s up?
    I’m leaving for Spain to co-host the Laureus sports awards. That’s actually the Oscars of sports, I’m extremely proud to represent India there.

    I was also the judge at the Miss Universe contest. For the first time, nine ex-Miss Universes were judging the contest. I’ve also bought a flat in Bandra, I’m doing up it’s interiors. So, yeah, life’s pretty cool.

    But you’re hardly doing any films.
    I’m being extremely careful about the roles I’ve had a terrible experience with my debut film Ab Bas.

    What went wrong?
    I had some reservations with the way it was marketed. If Ab Bas had been promoted differently, it would have been something else. I’m very very proud of my performance, I’m extremely proud of the reviews that I got.

    Are you cut out for Mumbai showbiz?
    After becoming Miss Universe in 1997, I concentrated on the commitments which are a part of the campaign. When I joined the film industry, I hardly knew anyone. It helps if you’re a part of a camp.

    Are you into television anymore?
    No, my contract to host the Biography programme on the National Geographic channel has come to an end. Right now, I’m not doing any more TV.

    Why aren’t you seen and heard more often?
    That’s because I may be a social person but I hate networking. I don’t party, I’d rather read a book.

    Are you still with (model-actor) Rajeev Singh?
    We’re very very happy to be together. It’s my private side, I’ve nothing to hide. He’s a fantastic guy and we are in love.

    What happened to your film Adaa?
    The last thing I know is that the producers were having some financial problems. Perhaps the project has been shelved.

    Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1031436&CatID=7



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    Diana Hayden on why she avoids parties and adores Rajeev Singh

    We are in love

    Indranil Roy

    Friday, May 26, 2006 18:14 IST

    Diana Hayden on why she avoids parties and adores Rajeev Singh

    What’s up?
    I’m leaving for Spain to co-host the Laureus sports awards. That’s actually the Oscars of sports, I’m extremely proud to represent India there.

    I was also the judge at the Miss Universe contest. For the first time, nine ex-Miss Universes were judging the contest. I’ve also bought a flat in Bandra, I’m doing up it’s interiors. So, yeah, life’s pretty cool.

    But you’re hardly doing any films.
    I’m being extremely careful about the roles I’ve had a terrible experience with my debut film Ab Bas.

    What went wrong?
    I had some reservations with the way it was marketed. If Ab Bas had been promoted differently, it would have been something else. I’m very very proud of my performance, I’m extremely proud of the reviews that I got.

    Are you cut out for Mumbai showbiz?
    After becoming Miss Universe in 1997, I concentrated on the commitments which are a part of the campaign. When I joined the film industry, I hardly knew anyone. It helps if you’re a part of a camp.

    Are you into television anymore?
    No, my contract to host the Biography programme on the National Geographic channel has come to an end. Right now, I’m not doing any more TV.

    Why aren’t you seen and heard more often?
    That’s because I may be a social person but I hate networking. I don’t party, I’d rather read a book.

    Are you still with (model-actor) Rajeev Singh?
    We’re very very happy to be together. It’s my private side, I’ve nothing to hide. He’s a fantastic guy and we are in love.

    What happened to your film Adaa?
    The last thing I know is that the producers were having some financial problems. Perhaps the project has been shelved.

    Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1031436&CatID=7



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    Mauj Brings Miss World 2006

    Mauj Brings Miss World 2006
    Techtree News Staff Email Print
    May 26, 2006

    Mauj Telecom has signed a deal with the Miss World Organisation, as its Exclusive Global Mobile Partner for the upcoming 56th Miss World 2006. According to the deal, Mauj will produce and distribute a range of Miss World-centric mobile content, through its partnership with over 50 operators and portals worldwide.

    The deal was cracked by TWI, a subsidiary of IMG Media, which is a division of IMG, one of the world’s premier Sports, Entertainment, and Media Company.

    <!–

    –>The Miss World mobile content will be available on 200 plus handsets from all leading manufacturers, and the content will include final and continental show highlights, contestant images and video profiles, audio and video ring tones, wallpapers, screensavers, themes, and a calendar application.

    The content will be created using footage and photographs from the last three Miss World finals, and also exclusive material from the contestants. Miss World 2006 will be held during a four-week period in September, wherein more than 100 of the world’s most beautiful young women will compete for the Miss World 2006 title. The Final will be held in Warsaw, on September 30, 2006.

    Mauj is also developing an exciting virtual reality application that will bring users closer to the experience of preparing for the Miss World contest.

    Miss World Final, the world’s largest live annual TV event, had successfully introduced phone and text voting in 2004. Mauj will help power the Miss World 2006 global vote, as the preferred SMS voting partner in a number of territories.

    Julia Morley, chairman, Miss World Organisation, said, “During the past 56 years, we have worked to ensure that Miss World remains at the cutting edge of new developments. In recent years, we have gone interactive, and our phone and text vote has been a massive success. We are delighted to be extending our stake for Miss World 2006, by sealing this global content deal with Mauj Telecom.”

    Dippak Khurana, regional head (India and Far East), Mauj Telecom, said, “The Miss World event is one of the most eagerly awaited and widely watched events in the world. Mobile content makes the experience more personal, and brings the event up close for millions of fans around the world. Mauj is extremely honoured to work with the Miss World Organisation, and TWI / IMG to bring this event to mobile consumers worldwide.”



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    Pageantry Perfume National Launch Tour Comes to the Bay Area With Jennifer Berry, Miss America 2006

    Press Release Source: Pageantry Perfume

    Pageantry Perfume National Launch Tour Comes to the Bay Area With Jennifer Berry, Miss America 2006
    Thursday May 25, 6:25 pm ET

    Portion of Proceeds Benefits Miss America Scholarship Fund

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire/ — Pageantry Perfume, developed specifically for the Miss America Scholarship Fund, began a 22-day launch tour May 9 in Los Angeles that culminates with Miss America’s visit to the Bay Area May 30 – 31. To help promote this new fragrance, created by Bob Aliano, master of other famous fragrances such as Giorgio of Beverly Hills, Red, and Hugo, Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry will be making special appearances at Longs Drugs, the current California exclusive retailer of Pageantry.

    The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. “The Miss America Organization is thrilled to partner with Pageantry Perfume. This partnership supports and broadens awareness of our scholarships that benefit so many young women across the country,” stated Art McMaster, CEO of the Miss America Organization.

    Jennifer Berry will begin her Bay Area tour by visiting UCSF Children’s Hospital on May 30th followed by a special appearance at Longs Drugs in San Ramon at 2455 San Ramon Valley Road from 2:00 to 3:30. On Wednesday, May 31st she will make special appearances at these East Bay Longs Drug stores:

        -- Danville at 3420 Camino Tassajara  Noon to 1:30
    -- Walnut Creek at 1123 Walnut Creek South California Blvd. 2:00 - 3:30
    -- Walnut Creek at 738 Bancroft Road 4:00 - 5:30

    The public is invited to meet Miss America, learn about the scholarship programs and to experience Pageantry Perfume. Jennifer Berry will autograph bottles of Pageantry, a one of a kind fragrance of soft fruits and florals, with notes of vanilla and amber, which retails at $34.99 for 3.4 Fl. ounces.

    For more information, please visit www.missamerica.org.

    For more information on Pageantry Perfume, please visit www.pageantryperfume.com.


    Source: Pageantry Perfume



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    Mama dearest

    By Gilbert Garcia Pop Music Critic
    May 25, 2006, 20:58

    Club chanteuse Kristine W raises the roof while raising 2 kids

    COME TO MAMA: Kristine W belts it out at Station 4,

    R&B, soul and pop may still have their own diva in-fights, but on the dance charts, there’s no denying what queer fave Kristine Weitz brings to the game. Performing as Kristine W, the sexy former Miss America contestant has to date banked a record nine consecutive number-one dance hits — beating out the seven consecutive chartings from both Janet Jackson and Madonna.

    Last year, when Patti LaBelle performed versions of her favorite songs for the “Classic Moments” album, Kristine W’s “Land of the Living” made the cut, with Weitz herself singing on the track. As the Las Vegas-based chanteuse readied for her upcoming Dallas gig on Friday at Station 4, she discussed her roles as a military booster and unlikely mommy figure.

    How did a Washington beauty queen end up being a gay icon? The gay community chose me. I went from being a big star in the pageant world to a successful Las Vegas performer. Then I went to Europe to pursue my original music and came back to discover I was a gay icon. I never planned on it happening, but it’s been a great marriage.

    You’ve described your life as that of a soccer mom by day, dance diva by night. How do you balance showbiz and raising two kids? I’m blessed to be surrounded by some very supportive people. You can’t raise balanced objective children without a lot of positive people around them. The showbiz part of my life was always second nature to me. And now I share that energy with my children.

    Do you bring your kids to your shows? I do — depending on the event. And when I feel it’s appropriate.

    Any good stories as a soccer mom on the road? I was playing a New Year’s Eve circuit party. From the DJ booth, my daughter Elizabeth said to me, “I’m glad that I’m not down there, because everyone is sweating too much!”
    Another time, at Kansas City Pride, I asked my son what he thought of my show. He said, “Mommy, you were great, and everyone was screaming your name. But did you know the lady next to me had a beard?”
    He was 4 at the time.

    You’ve been a big supporter of the U.S. military. And Memorial Day is just around the corner. If you could play a show for our men and women in uniform, what message would you convey to our closeted gay and lesbian troops? I think that the gay and lesbian troops should know that we are behind them and that they are always in our thoughts. They are our light to freedom and from prejudices of all kind. As for songs, I performed at the American Veterans Awards television special, and I was amazed at how “I’ll Be Your Light” [from Weitz’ self-titled 2003 album] resonated with everyone there.

    What’s next? I have a new single coming out that was produced by DJ-remixer Tony Moran. It should be a great summer hit. I also just returned from Los Angeles, where I was in the studio completing my new jazz album. And of course, you can expect me to be appearing across the country this summer — spending time with the fans that gave me all my hits.

    Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. May 26 at 12:30 a.m. $10 advance, $15 at door. 214-559-0650.



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