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April 23: What's Jen Clicking on Between Newscasts?

An Octomom tidbit I couldn't pass up: Nadya Suleman was a stripper, and her name was Angelina. I'm not kidding.

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    I really couldn't make this stuff up.  And I apologize for writing about Nadya Suleman, I really do.  But come on, really?  In Touch magazine is reporting, in a story called What Octomom Doesn't Want You to Know, that "after talking to numerous sources, In Touch can exclusively reveal that the Octomom was a stripper, who used the alias “Angelina,” for at least a year in her early 20s."

    I point this out because Suleman says it's "crazy" to say she's got a sort of Single White Female thing going for Angelina Jolie.

    Nadya Suleman and Angelina Jolie

    The story quotes a stripper named Sage (who didn't want to give her real  name) who says in 1999 and 2000, she and Nadya performed on amateur night in stripping contests, and at bachelor parties together.

    The story, which has been picked up all over the place (I first saw it on MSNBC's site,) also quotes a limo driver, Luis Ceballo, who used to drive the strippers to their parties:

    According to Luis, Nadya “always said she wanted to be really famous” and believed that someday, she would be. What’s more, Nadya wasn’t as innocent back then as she lets on. While she reportedly insists she had “never even kissed a boy” when she entered the stripping contest, Luis tells In Touch that Nadya was actually very worldly. And Sage adds, “She was overly flirty with the guys we performed for.”

    Now, I missed the part where Suleman admitted a few weeks ago that she'd danced topless ... once ... in a club.  Perez Hilton is also running the story about "Angelina's" stripping days ... and has, as always, a ton of comments:

    Swirled Confections says: Before the surgery, I think Nadya was an "alright" looking woman. Fairly attractive. She was a stripper….so what. If she was a prostitute (porn star) or regular old street walker, then you'd have a story Perez.Neeeeeeeeeeeext….——>
    Miiawmiiaw says: This woman disgusts me, she got pregnant of 8 babies just to be famous ! you don't use babies!
    Tshore1023 says: Octo-mom is such a sleazebucket. If you listen to her, she says nothing, she just rambles and rambles and thinks she can talk her way out of anything. Angelina?!? HA She wishes! She is an F list version of an A++++ woman! Shame on her for wanting to CA$H in on innocent children!

    Okay, I'm done with that.  I have one other sort of related story (in the women who do things that make them seem very kooky department) that I sort of accidentally ran across today and wondered why it was news.  Lorena Bobbit.  Remember her?

    Just watch the video to the left for a preview of the show.

    The woman famous for chopping off her husband's parts (or .. just ... part?) while he slept is on Oprah today.  There's a little bit of a preview on The Huffington Post this morning, which says:

    ...In case you don't recall some of the finer details, they are as follows: After severing John Bobbitt's penis, she went for a drive with the penis in tow and proceeded to throw it out the window into a field. All this before she stopped to call 911.
    The penis was eventually found, put on ice, and successfully reunited surgically with Mr. Bobbitt.

    AH, memories.  Oprah will be doing flashbacks with other '90s newsmakers, including Tonya Harding, in her "Where Are They Now" episode today. 

    I'm intentionally ignoring all the stories about bank bailouts and torture that are in the news today because there just isn't enough room (or time, for me) to write about it fairly.  But we are coming up on Barack Obama's 100th day in office and I want to direct you toward the Time Magazine story posted today and specifically the photos posted along with it .. check them out here.  Callie Shell, the photographer, does a beautiful job. 

    Here's one that's a favorite of White House official photographer Pete Souza.

    Photographers get such insight to the presidency, because unlike the rest of the world, they're always there, especially the "official" White House photographer, and they tend to be forgotten once the President has a comfort level with them.  A story in the Washington Post this week profiles Souza, and his stories are great:

    Souza said he usually is too busy worrying about getting his shot to listen to his subjects. But he writes of hearing a snippet of unforgettable conversation at a stalled nuclear summit between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986. Gorbachev said: "I don't know what else I could have done." Reagan responded: "You could have said, ‘Yes.'"

    What a great job!  He is the ultimate journalist, too, shooting with an unbiased eye.  In case you missed the name dropping in that last quote, Souza was Ronald Reagan's official photographer for five years, too.

    Editor's Note: The important thing is, nude dancing is back on the Sunset Strip.

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