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1 Dec

From today’s Boston Globe:
Danielle Calo, the 19-year-old Ohio State University student who made headlines when she claimed Nick Lachey hit on her while at a high school football game in Columbus, Ohio, in September, told the syndicated TV show Extra that she doesn’t think she’s the reason Lachey and Jessica Simpson broke up. ”There’s no way I had that much of an effect on their marriage. No way,” she said of the breakup of the glam couple.

I love that she thought — for even a second — that it could possibly have been her fault they broke up. Maybe I’m just out of the gossip loop, but I’ll bet all he really did was just look in her direction or say “Hi.” (She claims he told her, “I’m not going to lie to you. I think you’re really hot and I want to hook up with you,” and then they French kissed for an hour in his hotel room. Puh. Leeze. Nick’s not the smartest guy, but he isn’t that stupid sounding.)


1 Dec

A bit of self-promotion: If you’re interested, the new issue of SAM has been posted online. As you can see, this is the issue that includes my afore-mentioned interview with Jason Lee, star of (among other things) My Name Is Earl, which is one of the funniest shows on TV these days — and apparently moving to Thursdays at 9 p.m. in January.

To read the story, go to, click on “Current Issue,” and wait for the PDF to download. Enjoy!

What’s Next? ‘Holiday Candlesticks?’

1 Dec

There’s been a bit of controversy here in Boston this week because city officials had the nerve — the sheer audacity — to call a giant tree erected on Boston Common a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.” Imagine that: government folks wanting to be fair to everyone. I mean, have you ever heard of anything so wrong?

But seriously … In an interview with Fox Television (sigh), Reverend Jerry Fallwell said, “There’s been a concerted effort to steal Christmas.” And Donnie Hatt, the Canadian who grew the tree, told a Canadian newspaper that “If they decide it should be a holiday tree, I’ll tell them to send it back. If it was a holiday tree, you might as well put it up at Easter.”

Now, I might be Jewish, but I love Christmas as much as the next person (maybe you’ve heard me mention something about it). Still, despite being really bothered by both the tone and message of folks like Fallwell and Hatt, I have to say that I think on some level, they’re right. Christmas is the only one of the December holidays that is associated with a tree. There’s no reason for the city’s tree to be inclusive of Hanukkah, for example. It’s a misguided attempt to be P.C. and all-inclusive. I can see officials deciding next week to erect “holiday candlesticks” instead of a “menorah,” and that would be totally wrong on so many levels.

The city should just call their tree a “Christmas tree,” even if it has no religious decoration on it. (Most people will do so anyway.) I would bet that no Jewish person in Boston would ask for a representation of Hanukkah to be added to the tree. For the record, I’m not asking for either of these things, but if Mayor Menino and co. really wanted to be fair, they’d either not have a tree at all (which, of course, would never fly), or they’d also put up a similarly large menorah, and something representative of Kwanzaa and any other holidays, in the same place. And maybe in addition to tomorrow’s tree lighting ceremony, they’d even have lighting ceremonies for all those other festive symbols (yes, one for every night of Hanukkah). My guess is City Councilor Mike Ross would support something like that. After all, as any smart politician should know, when it comes to religion and pleasing the public, it’s all or nothing — and the general populace is too smart not to know what a “holiday tree” really is.

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