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April 30, 2007

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Angelina Jolie and Brad PittBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are either breaking up or getting married. One or the other.

Rumors started making the rounds that they were breaking up when Angelia showed up single for her latest adoption. Apparently, this was necessary to finalize her adoption of 3-year-old Pax in Vietnam. They don’t allow unwed couples to adopt a child.

But since the adoption, she has filed papers to have Pax’s last name changed to Jolie-Pitt so that all the children have the same last name. So now there are rumors of marriage …. again.

Apparently, all is well in the Jolie-Pitt household (households). Tune in tomorrow for the next rumor.

Los Angeles (E! Online) – So much for the splitsville stories.

Further cementing her happily coupled status,
Angelina Jolie has filed a petition to officially change her newly adopted son’s last name to Jolie-Pitt, giving him the same surname as Maddox, Zahara and Shiloh.

Jolie filed the papers Apr. 16 in Santa Monica Superior Court. (View the court documents.)

When all is signed and stamped, the three-year-old’s name will be Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt. Jolie welcomed him to the fold last month, signing up as a single mom because the child’s native Vietnam does not allow unwedded couples to adopt.

But while she presented herself as a singleton for legal purposes, the move also fueled rumors of possible trouble in Brangelina land.

Then again, what move of theirs doesn’t? They’re either breaking up or getting married.

Instead,
Brad Pitt is expected to take action to adopt Pax, and he obviously has no qualms about sharing his name. Maddox and Zahara became Jolie-Pitts in January 2006 and Shiloh has been one since her birth May 27.

Jolie said in the months following Shiloh’s arrival that, while more biological additions remained a possibility for her and Pitt, they would be more likely to adopt before going the pregnancy route again. In March, she denied tabloid reports that had her and Pitt tying the knot in the Dominican Republic over the Easter holiday weekend.

The philanthropic couple have been splitting their time among Los Angeles, a new home in New Orleans, film sets and, of course, various goodwill destinations. Before traveling to Vietnam, Jolie visited Chad to meet with Sudanese refugees and subsequently ended up cutting a $100,000 check to build a new medical clinic in the war-torn nation.

Then, despite saying she wanted to take a few months off to be a stay-at-home mom to Pax and the rest of her brood, the Oscar winner signed up to star in the big-screen adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel Wanted. Filming was set to begin late this month.

Next up, the fruit of Pitt and Jolie’s recent creative labors, the Daniel Pearl biopic A Mighty Heart, which Jolie starred in and Pitt produced, will have its premiere May 16 at the
Cannes Film Festival, where it will screen out of competition.

This Weeks Soldier Was Suggested By Sunny Kay


Col. Cyril Richard “Rick” Rescorla
68 years old from New York City, New York
16th Air Assault Brigade, Parachute Regiment (England)
Platoon Leader of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) (U.S.)
September 11, 2001

Col. Rick Rescorla is a multiple time hero. In 1957 he enlisted in the British Army and began training as a paratrooper with The Parachute Regiment of the 16th Air Assault Brigade. He went on to serve with an intelligence unit in Cyprus, a paramilitary police inspector in the Northern Rhodesia Police (now the Zambia Police Service). When his military career ended in England he joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London. But he found the paperwork too boring and quite at the behest of a friend who encouraged him to join the United State Army. Which he did.

In 1963, Rescorla enlisted, with his friend, in the United States Army. After he completed basic training he attended officer training school and was assigned as a platoon leader in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

He was shipped to Vietnam and participated in the Battle of la Drang. While in Vietnam, he was given the nickname “Hard Core” by his men for his bravery in battle.

In 1968, Resorla became a U.S. citizen and continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1990 when he retired. In 1985 he joined a financial services firm, located in the World Trade Center, as security director.

In 1993, when the WTC was bombed, Rescorla was instrumental in evacuating people from the building. Afterwards, he enacted a policy in which all employees of the firm practiced evacuation drills every three months.

September 11, 2001. Rick Rescorla was supposed to be on vacation getting ready for his daughters wedding. Instead he was at work covering a shift for one of his deputies so that he could go on vacation. When American Airlines Flight 11 hit Tower 1, Rescorla ignored officials advice to stay put and opted instead to put his evacuation drills to use. While evacuating the 3,800 employees of his firm in Towers 2 and 5 he kept reminding them “be proud to be an American …everyone will be talking about you tomorrow” and sang God Bless America over his bullhorn. When Flight 175 struck Tower 2, Rescorla had already evacuated most of the employees from his firm as well as many others from other floors. He then went back in, despite being told he needed to evacuate himself. The last known words anyone heard him say were, “As soon as I make sure everyone else is out”. Tower 2 collapsed with Rick Rescorla last seen heading to the 10th floor looking for more people to help.

As a result of his actions that day, all but six employees of his firm made it out alive. One of those being him and three others being his deputies who followed him into Tower 2, Wesley Mercer, Jorge Velazquez, and Godwin Forde.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.

This falls under ‘WHAT were they thinking!!’

Remember ruggedly handsome Mickey Rourke? For some reason he didn’t seem like the type to be so vain that he’d have himself mummified in unsuccessful attempts to maintain his looks. Too bad. I would have thought his looks would have aged well. Instead, he looks like he belongs in a wax museum. Does his skin look raw to you or is it just me?

Mickey Rourke Plastic Surgery

And what about Kate Jackson? Charlie’s Angel Kate Jackson? Somehow her eyes have gotten slanted and her face is out of kilter.

Kate Jackson Plastic Surgery

Of course, there no ‘celebrity bad plastic surgery’ post without including Michael Jackson, Kind of Pop and Bad Plastic Surgery. His forays into plastic surgery have been chronicled throughout his life. He has gone from cute kid to monster-esque adult.

Michael Jackson Plastic Surgery

Photos from She Knows who has more photos/examples and more information.

hat tip to Dr. DiSaia Truth in Cosmetic Surgery Blog who explains what usually is behind ‘bad plastic surgery’.

Exerting Strength

April 23, 2007

There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington


This Weeks Solider Was Summited By Lt. Schneider


SSgt. Keith “Matt” Maupin
24 years old from Batavia, Ohio
Army Reserves 724th Transportation Company
MIA Since April 9, 2004


Strength, perseverance and determination is how you would describe the family of SSgt. Keith Maupin. Because even though their son has been missing now for almost three years, his parents still haven’t given up hope that he’s still alive. Said his father, Keith Maupin, “I’m saying it ain’t over till the fat lady sings and when she sings, I’m going to choke her. That’s what I say. They’re going to find Matt.” His mother, Carolyn, was quoted as saying, “We’re to keep our hope up. And praying until they can prove to us 100 percent either way. And that’s what I’m going to do. And I realize we only have a 50/50 chance here, but I’m not going the low road. I’m going the high road”

SSGt. Maupin, who was PFC. Maupin when he was capture and has since received two promotions, was reported MIA when his fuel convoy came under attack near the Baghdad International Airport. Along with Maupin was Sgt. Elmer Krause and seven employees of U.S. contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root. All of whom were either rescued or escaped. Seven days later, on April 16, Al-Jazeera aired a video tape of Maupin in which he was forced to admit that he was went to Iraq unwillingly. Then on June 28, 2004, Al-Jazerra reported that PFC. Maupin had been executed by a group calling themselves Persistent Power Against the Enemies of God and the Prophet. But no concrete proof has surfaced either way.

His parents have created a website called Yellow Ribbon Support Center if you would like to check it out. And while most in the media have forgotten Keith Maupin, Wednesday Hero hasn’t.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.

More about SSgt. Maupin: Where is Private First Class Keith Matthew Maupin?


Maj. William D. Chesarek, Jr.
Royal Air Force’s 847th Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force

Maj. William D. Chesarek, Jr. has done something no other U.S. service member has done since WWII. On March 21 of this year, Maj. Chesarek was awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross, by Queen Elizabeth, for saving lives and in recognition for his bravery during combat operations in Iraq. Maj. Chesark was assigned as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force’s 847th Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force in 2005 and was the pilot of the RAF’s Lynx Mk7 helicopter.

On the evening of June 10, 2006, Chesarek was providing radio communication relay for British ground troops conducting a company-sized search operation near Amarah, Iraq. Listening to radio transmissions, he overheard that a vehicle involved in the operation had became disabled and a crowd of insurgents was firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the company.

According to his award citation, “Chesarek elected to fly low over the area in an attempt to distract the crowd and if possible, to engage the insurgents.” Because the crowd was so close to the ground troops, instead of engaging his machine gun, he “opted instead to provide bold, harassing, very low level flight over the area in an attempt to disperse the crowd.”

You can read Maj. Chesarek’s story in it’s entirety here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.