Sunday, August 10, 2008

sunday, 10th august 2008

Comic Mac Dead at 50

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

By Jeffrey Jolson and AP

(Hollywood Today)

8/09/08 —

Chicago comic Bernie Mac died early Saturday morning from complications due to pneumonia, his publicist confirmed.

Mac, 50, had been hospitalized for about a week at Northwestern Hospital, according to his spokeswoman.

A few years ago, Mac disclosed that he suffered from sarcoidosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in tissue, most often in the lungs.

The comic born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough could cut an imposing figure.

He stood six-foot-three, was built like a fullback and carried himself with a bouncer’s reticence.

But perhaps the strongest weapon in the Chicago comedian’s arsenal was that voice, that amalgam of thought and a delivery that could rise like a tidal wave, outpace a Gatling gun and remained, to his last days, loud and unapologetic.

He wasn’t scared, he told us time and again, to tell anyone what he thought, to say what others were afraid to say.

That fearlessness wasn’t always welcome, considering Mac didn’t get his big break until his 30s.

His family thanks everyone for the well wishes and concern.”

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

By Jody Babydol Gibson


(Hollywood Today)

8/8/08 —

This week the scandal of the year reared its ugly head when Democratic hopeful Senator John Edwards admitted publicly that the he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he did not love her.

Edwards also denied he was the father of Hunter’s baby girl, Frances Quinn, although the one-time Democratic Presidential candidate said he has not taken a paternity test.

Yet- that is.

Those “tabloid lies” as he calls them may have now become tabloid truths.

Clearly, Edwards is not the first in a long line of government officials who have fallen from grace;

we are still mumbling over former Attorney General Elliot Spitzer who earlier this year was forced to resign as Governor of New York due to an extra marital sexual liaison with a prostitute.

We can’t help but wonder- do men in government feel they are above the law?

In his own words Edwards admits “I began to feel that I was something special”;

perhaps the word special can be construed as “privileged” especially coming from the man who threw us all in a tizzy when flying in for his $400 haircut.

But Edwards did not break the law albeit a moral one.

Or is he being hit below the belt.

We are not privy to the marital woes of John and Elizabeth Edwards;

nor do we have access to the skeletons in their marital closet.

It is no secret Elizabeth’s brave battle as a cancer survivor is enough of a cross to bare;

but how do we know the way in which they chose to deal with it?

It is not implausible to assume that her unfortunate health issues have left a very handsome young John Edwards without any intimacy or sexual outlet whatsoever.

Other men having been in a similar situation have actually received permission from their wives who understood the pain and loneliness of supporting a loved one without the love,

and it is not unusual for an understanding wife who realizes the hardships involved to allow her husband the affair as long as its carried out in a discreet fashion keeping it far from their personal lives at home.

You know the saying- “don’t judge a man until you’ve walked in his shoes.”

Given the fact that might even mean the dawn of John Edwards’ political career, perhaps his walk includes a very heavy load…One hopes not, but how could one foresee this?

Jody Babydol Gibson’s recently authored book “Secrets of a Hollywood Super Madam” caused headlines around the world.

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