Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fools: RNC lists Phone-sex Hotline

Wrong number: RNC lists phone-sex hotline

"Typo"? "Freudian slip"?

The best thing the Republican Party can say about this week is, it's nearly over.

First came news that the Republican National Committee paid $1,946 for a gathering at a sex-themed Hollywood club, which a group of young Republicans had visited without RNC approval. The money is to be paid back.

Now it turns out the RNC inadvertently listed a phone-sex number on a fundraising letter sent to potential donors. People who tried to call the committee were instead offered "live, one-on-one talk with a nasty girl" for $2.99 a minute.

CEO Pay Fell Less Than 1 Percent in 2009

Despite a near financial catastrophe, CEO barely dropped. The rest of us saw our tough going even tougher. It was like there was no near collapse of the economy for corporate America. We thank that fraud in the White House, along with the big business pawns in Washington, for this obscenity:

The median compensation for chief executives of 200 major U.S. companies fell marginally to $6.95 million in 2009, the Wall Street Journal said, citing an analysis by Hay Group management consultancy.

The median value of salaries, bonuses, long-term incentives, and grants of stock and stock options for the chief executives fell 0.9 percent, the Journal said.

It was only the third time since 1989 that total direct compensation has fallen for U.S. chief executives, the newspaper said.

In March, Reuters reported that U.S. consumer, financial and technology companies slashed bonuses for their chief executives by more than half in 2009, as companies moved to more closely tie executive pay to performance.
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Actor Fired for Refusing to do Sex Scene on ABC Show

The people who control the entertainment industry are little more than pimps. So it shouldn't be any surprise:

Neal McDonough is a marvelous actor who elevates every role he plays, whether it's in Band of Brothers or Desperate Housewives. So when he was suddenly replaced with David James Elliott 3 days into the filming on ABC's new series Scoundrels earlier this week, there had to be a story behind the story. The move was officially explained as a casting change. But, in fact, McDonough was sacked because of his refusal to do some heated love scenes with babelicious star (and Botox pitchwoman) Virginia Madsen. The reason? He's a family man and a Catholic, and he's always made it clear that he won't do sex scenes. And ABC knew that. Because he also didn't get into action with Nicolette Sheridan on the network's Desperate Housewives when he played her psycho husband during Season 5.