Today’s Dish

Let’s start off with our favorite: Celebrity News.

More John Edwards drama.

Yup, John Edwards isn’t just a wife beater. He is a cancer-stricken-wife beater. Who cheated on his wife in the middle of a presidential campaign. Then knocked his mistress (whom he now plans on marrying) up and made a sex tape with her while she was pregnant. Then–and this is the worse–refused to admit paternity of his own child, and tried to make another guy admit paternity. And spent ungodly amounts of money covering up all of the lies. While talking about family values and “Two Americas.” You just can’t make this shit up.

A staffer whom I feel a great deal of sympathy for tells her story:

We put politicians where they don’t belong — on a stage and above us. We are starstruck when we should be sober about whether or not they are doing a good job. We demand perfection in their personal lives when all that should matter is if they are obeying the law and maintaining the public trust. We should use this scandal to bring all of our expectations for our leaders back to earth. Stop giving them a stage, confetti, and a theme song, and never forget that the faster they rise, the harder they fall.

That night during the Hope For Haiti Now telethon, Mary J. Blige sang a version of “Hard Times Come Again No More,” which is an old song written in 1854. It begins,

“Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count it’s many tears While we all sup sorrow with the poor

There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;

Oh, hard times come again no more”

We now know this Edwards’ mess is going to linger. It looks like there might be a criminal trial, a lawsuit over the sex tape, and a divorce argued in the pages of The National Enquirer. But we can still choose to be inspired because here’s what else still lingers: Haiti. They need us more than ever with the latest death toll climbing to 230,000.

Go to, buy “Hard Times Come Again No More” on iTunes, Rhapsody, or Napster — buy the entire album and let’s do some good. Let it be our inspiring reaction to this scandal’s storm. Play it loud and see the task that remains in front of us in Haiti and here in America. We were right to care even if John did so much wrong.

I’ve said before that I didn’t trust John Edwards the moment I first saw him back in 2004–via the scumbag detector in my loins. There was something about his eyes. They were empty, sort of dead. Looking at everything that’s come together about this scandal, I think its safe to say that John Edwards is a sociopath. All the tell tale signs are there. Its one thing to say that yes, a politician’s sex life bears no resemblance to their abilities as a public servant, and that’s the truth. I wish we were more like Europe- over there they don’t pay attention to their leaders’ personal lives and their governments appear to run more effectively for it. No one appears to be getting impeached for a few blowjobs. But as Wendy says:

There it was reminding me that I hadn’t paid attention to actions, character, and the signs that were everywhere in how John treated other people, how they tossed people aside. I never had the courage to question, not why Andrew Young did what he did before he admitted paternity, but what it showed about John that he continued to ask him to do the unthinkable.

I was actually very close to a sociopath once, and she had a lot of John Edwards characteristics. She cried a lot- remember Edwards hiding in the bathroom stall? She feigned caring and compassion for others and then tossed them aside when she got bored with them. Everything was always about her, and she stayed in and continues to stay in a dysfunctional relationship in order to garner more attention to herself.

Having an affair is one thing, but not even Elizabeth Edwards is the one who was wronged the most in this situation. She is clearly more talented than her husband and was trying to live out her ambitions through him when she knew his campaign was a facade. She should be given the sympathy she is due, but thinking she is anything other than in imperfect human being would be wrong. No, the  person who was wronged the most in this scandal was little Frances Quinn Hunter, who has to grow up living with who her father is and the burden he put on her by asking for her forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift; it is not obligatory. And Quinn shouldn’t have to give her father a gift when he never gave anything to her, other than a sperm donation. Every time anyone shakes their head for this story, it shouldn’t be for John Edwards. It should be for his children.

Confirmed: MJ had vitiligo.

For those who didn’t believe that Michael Jackson suffered from Vitiligo – a disease which causes depigmentation in patches of skin – you were wrong.

On Wednesday the Los Angeles County coroner released the King of Pop’s autopsy results, and among the findings was the fact that Jackson had vitiligo and had tattooed on black eyeliner and a “pink tattoo” near his lips to help hide the disorder.

Alec Baldwin was briefly hospitalized.

’30 Rock’ actor Alec Baldwin was rushed to a New York City hospital overnight after his daughter thought he was being unresponsive, according to various reports. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Baldwin and 14-year-old Ireland had been arguing, and she told 911 that he had threatened to take pills. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Blackwater employees hired prostitutes.

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips.

Surprise, surprise.

More surprises. A new Poll finds that most American are unhappy with the government.

Two-thirds of Americans are “dissatisfied” or downright “angry” about the way the federal government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. On average, the public estimates that 53 cents of every tax dollar they send to Washington is “wasted.”


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