Saturday, December 31, 2011

'I'm not going to be ignored!': When fans become dangerous


It may be a campy cult classic, but many celebrities have had fans with fatal attractions. Kate tweeted this today: FYI-getting a lot of emails thinking I'm ignoring/forgetting u all. I'm doing my best 2 read&respond.Pls b patient w/ this busy girl!XO2all

Uh oh. Has she thought about the many other celebs who have experienced serious, sometimes even deadly problems with their fans? Here are just a few.

1. John Lennon's death. Mark David Chapman got John Lennon's autograph and shook Sean Lennon's hand (Sean was five at the time) just before he shot and killed the singer in 1980.

2. Selena's death. Yolanda Saldívar was president of Selena's fan club and worked her way up to managing Selena's clothing stores. Selena's designer quit because of Saldivar, calling her "possessive." When Salvdivar was accused of embezzling money, she fatally shot Selena in 1995.

3. Jodi Foster's stalker. In 1980, Ronald Reagan was almost killed by John Hinckley Jr., Jodi Foster's stalker. Foster spoke with Hinckley on the phone a few times when he called. "Over the past seven months I've left you dozens of poems, letters and love messages in the faint hope that you could develop an interest in me," Hinckley wrote in a letter to Foster just before the shooting. Foster has had at least two other stalkers since Hinckley.

4. Rebecca Schaefer's death. Robert John Bardo wrote letters to Schaefer for three years, showed up on the set of My Sister Sam, and sleuthed out Schaefer's private address through DMV records before shooting her at her front door. (After her death, the CA DMV changed its privacy laws).


5. Michael Douglas's stalker. Speaking of Fatal Attraction, fantasy became reality when an obsessed fan fell in love with Douglas and decided that his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones had to go. Dawnette Knight wrote in one of her letters, "She will be dead before she'll be able to blink an eye. Michael can finally be happy with his kids when the bitch is dead.'"

6. Sheryl Crow's stalker. One of her fans said that the singer was his "spiritual twin" and said they were "spiritually connected." Ambrose Kappos was arrested in 2003 after hopping into Crow's limo.

7. Gweneth Paltrow. Dante Michael Soiu showed up at her parents' house numerous times (where she often stayed), and sent the actress countless packages and letters. The FBI had to get involved. “I am more than a fan,” he said in one letter. “I have formed a soul union with you.” He was convicted in 2000.

Maybe it's time Kate get off Twitter.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

'Our long national nightmare is finally over'


Kate is making a few Year in Review lists this week, and it's not pretty.


Said MSN TV of the Kate Plus 8 cancellation: "It was just the back-to-school treat many incredulous viewers across the nation were hoping for, incredulous that Kate Gosselin had stretched her 15 seconds out so long."


And David Hiltbrand of The Philadelphia Inquirer had this to say: "Certainly, we can all celebrate the fact that a pair of ruthless despots were deposed in 2011: Moammar Gadhafi and Kate Gosselin."

Ouch! 


http://tv.msn.com/tv/year-in-review/year-in-reality-tv/?photoidx=5

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/27/3339278/dave-on-demand-the-television.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, December 23, 2011

Kate’s Top Ten Worst Moments of 2011

In our second annual recap of a year of sediment, Kate astounded us once again with her often pathetic, sometimes hysterical-ish, and usually atrocious behavior. From a 'naked' Red Cross photo, to her twit-rageous Twitter account, to some of the worst insults she's ever thrown at Jon, here is our year in review.

10. No shirt, no shoes, no service: Kate's naked Red Cross photo. When the Red Cross sent out blankets to a variety of local celebs to get them to support home fire relief, most of them graciously donned them and submitted modest and appropriate photos for the Red Cross web site. Kate, however, decided to wear a low cut top and snuggle up on her couch barefoot wrapped tightly in the blanket, giving the photo the appearance of her being naked underneath. In the charity's biggest scandal since they told the Dixie Chicks to F off, the Red Cross had to waste time they should have spent helping people in need to ask Kate to choose a different photo. And after a few days of stubbornly holding out, Kate actually complied--although the come hither photo remains on her personal web site.

9. You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. Kate's trashy birthday in NYC. If the Sarah Palin camping trip was 2010's fleecing, this surely was 2011's. Kate just about lost the last of her flock after the episode "Kate's Night Out" aired, a bizarre departure from the typical family fare. The episode featured BFF (though not for long) Jamie surprising Kate with a trip to NYC for her birthday. They drank for about two days straight, there was some foot licking involved and awkward techno dancing ("You got a problem???" one Jersey Shore-sounding NYC clubber asks Kate. Ha.), Kate spills to a complete stranger/planted extra/Steve lookalike about her divorce, Jamie and Kate share a bed so they could wake up hung over together, there may have been a tiger, a baby and a missing tooth involved at some point, and worst of all, the kids cried their eyes out when Kate left home for this. The only redeeming factor was when Jamie called Kate a princess and said it's always about Kate's world. Oh, there will be more calling out to come from this BFF, hold onto your organic hats.

8. Occupy Stupidity. In an embarrassingly desperate attempt to keep the ailing Kate Plus 8 off life support, by order of the Queen, Kate decrees to her fans that must henceforth go forward and make Save Kate + 8 signs, display them to all the townships in the kingdom and take photos documenting it. The prize for the best sign: an autographed I Just Want You to Know, appraised at about six cents. No, this really happened. In response, we made our own Don't Watch signs here, and the two winners, Dwindle and Fade2black, both donated their Target gift cards to charity. Kate's show was cancelled the very next day. Heh.

7. Travel is 'knowlege'. Sort of. The twit joins Twitter. Psychology graduate theses will one day be written based solely on this account. If ever there was solid proof what her non-fans been saying all along about the extent of this woman's narcissism, poor parenting, and mental illness, her tweets were it. Actually, turns out, we were understating it. Thanks, Twitter.

6. Jon and Kate editor arrested for child porn. As were most people with their heads on halfway straight, Jon was shocked and dismayed that someone busted on multiple counts of child pornography was an editor for Jon and Kate Plus 8 and very likely had access to thousands of hours of footage of his kids. Jon, who said he had met Blankinship, was consulting an attorney as to how to proceed. As for Kate, she was just concerned about her own liability: Why, she didn't even know the guy! Well, he sure knew your kids.

5. Sorry officer, I was leading in the Indianpolis 500, but I think I took a wrong turn! Kate's four traffic tickets. If ever Kate was given the benefit of the doubt, it was on this one. It wasn't until Kate was caught going 88 mph in a 65 zone (one of four tickets in two years), incidentally, just hours after Joy Behar suggested she try lesbianism--and then Kate actually joked about speeding, we called foul. As for flipping to the other side, we don't think the lesbians want her.

4. Losing! Kate's therapist sues for unpaid earnings, and wins. Someone finally took this grifter to court, and actually won! You see Ms. Lafair expected to get paid for services rendered--silly Sylvia--but must have forgotten this is Kate we're talking about--she even grifts paper towels. Instead of just quietly settling the dispute, Kate publicly fought her tooth and French-tipped nail--and lost when the judge ordered her to pay up her $10,000 debt. Because no never means no, Kate appealed of course, and it was then that Lafair realized she would be fighting this woman until they were both cutting coupons for Depends, and for her own sanity, dropped the suit. Poor LaFair never knew what hit her.


3. Beep-beep, beep-beep, yeah! Kate buys an Audi sports car. Although she spent the bulk of the year still trying to convince us she is two food stamps away from living in a shack, telling us the savings for the kids are "not even close to what they'll need," and tweeting that she can't even afford gymnastics for them, Kate's spending habits when it comes to herself have been anything but frugal and protective of the children's hard-earned money. From lavish trips to NYC to Australia to the Kentucky Derby to Las Vegas, to the mother of all purchases, an Audi sports car--a car she hid from the public for months until a pap outed her, Kate's biggest lies this year have been about her the kids' finances.

2. Kate insults the backbone of America: God Bless the Mediocre! Kate thought she was just dissing Jon again like she always does, snarking on his 9-5 job out of the public eye and saying he was content with "mediocre" for the kids, but that she wants more than that for them. But really she ended up giving the finger to all the hard-working moms and dads everywhere who work their butts off at the best jobs they can get to support their families as best they can. It was so insulting that even idiot Sherri Shepherd, one of Kate's last remaining celeb sheeple, was like, WTF, girlfriend! And finally jumped ship.

Kate's behavior was so atrocious this year we just couldn't narrow it down to a top 10. So before we reveal number one, here are a few incidents that were a strong runner's up:
  • Kids? Yawn!!! Kate tweets that the kids' field trip was "dull."
  • Freebies from the teenies. Kate accepts countless birthday and Christmas gifts from her young fans, including food, encourages them to send more, rarely manages to thank them, and never once suggests they donate to charity instead or perhaps save their money for college. Half the purpose of her twitter account seems to be to grift from those less fortunate than her, from Starbucks to cereal to iPads.
  • Let the orphans eat cake. Kate leaves the kids yet again, this time to go run a marathon in Las Vegas. And gives the kids a cake! Not an "I miss you" cake or an "I love you cake," but a "Go Mommy Go" cake. Yummy, I love the flavor of narcissism. Hope they didn't choke.
  • Pulitzer Krize: Hello, who is this?--You called me.--No you called us! Reading Eagle exposes the real order of how it all went down. Turns out, when Kate was pregnant with the sextuplets she called up the Reading Eagle first to ask them to cover the story. We always thought the spotlight wasn't dumped in Kate's lap as she likes to pretend, but rather she sought it out. Thanks to the Reading Eagle, our suspicions were confirmed.
  • Who's your Daddy? We're all for all kinds of families, but this was ridiculous. Kate said when the cameras are off the crew are like dads to the kids, helping them, playing games with them, etc.  Later on, she retweeted a tweet about how Jon "ruined" the family but she "healed it." When Jon and Kate editor Bill Blankinship was arrested last October, her daddies comment just got that much creepier, didn't it?
  • Crikey??? Australia Zoo Auction. Australia's favorite child exploiter Terry Irwin got Kate to fly Down Under again and donate a lunch with fans to the financially troubled zoo. But the actual amount the item sold for has turned into the biggest coverup since the JFK assassination. And a perfect example of why that zoo will fail, and soon.
  • Silent Night, Holy child exploiter. Kate interrupts a peaceful and reflective candlelight Christmas Eve service to take a picture of the kids with their candles and post it on her Twitter account.
And finally--drumroll please! Kate's worst moment of 2011 was ...

1. Who moved my boobyguards's pizza!!!: The RV trip from hell. It's bad enough to spend two weeks with Kate in a cramped RV that broke down every ten miles (Jon, did you cut the brakes?). Even worse when Kate chooses her "boyfriend" over her own kids. When Kate yelled at Jamie, Ashley, and the kids for eating Steve's pizza, touching it with bare hands, and gasp, having an HD TV in their RV, a knock down drag out ensued. Jamie called Kate childish and said "it's all about him, isn't it?", the nanny quit, and it was so bad Anderson Cooper even put it on his RidicuList. No one has ever been more deserving. "Middle-aged bodyguards can get pretty cranky if their routine is thrown off. You know lunch, juice box, binky, nap," Anderson said.


As for the best moment of 2011? Kate and Steve's romantic date at the Kentucky Derby, partners, inspiring this favorite photoshop of y'alls, our most popular post of the year.

http://www.realitytvkids.com/2011/05/two-bits-to-get-yalls-purdy-picture.html

Here's wishing everyone a great new year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Local photographer captures photos of Kate at Target

Up and coming Berks County photographer Shawn Rutkowski ran into Kate at Target the other day and whipped out his camera. The young artist captured a softer, gentler side of Kate we don't see that often as she shopped for paper towels, storage containers and feminine products. Shawn is graciously letting us post the photos here.






Thanks, Shawn, for sharing your work with us. You can check out more of Shawn's stunning photos at his web site, especially more of his awesome portraits. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kate accepts many Christmas gifts from fans

Kateplusmy8 Kate Gosselin
Just opened last weeks mail..Thanku Leigh & thanku Colleen for Christmas gifts! Wow!Haven't opened so theres surprises on the day!Very kind!
This just keeps happening. Is this ethical? We sure don't think so.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Audrina Patridge says reality T.V. takes a toll on relationships because 'your mindset is to create good TV'

Love vs. Money


Although Kate has always downplayed the role of the show in the disintegration of her marriage, there's no question that reality T.V. is stressful on relationships.




Audrina Patridge, 26, one of Tony's kinder, gentler DWTS partners and star of The Hills, took a break from seven years of filming this year, and says now things in her personal life are more balanced as a result:  "It's hard on relationships, so after the show, Corey and I really worked on what was going on with us. We spent time together. I took five to six months off to just relax. With seven straight years of filming, I didn't really get time to organize my house or do things for myself, so I just took some time off. I moved to the beach." 


http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20551720,00.html

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No follow-up specials for Kate Plus 8?

Kate tweeted today that she doesn't think any specials are going to happen.

 Kate Gosselin 

@ 
XXXX don't think there are going to b any ....:(



Although a network rep told People last August, "TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future," Kate doesn't sound very hopeful. Who put the kibosh on this one? Jon? TLC? The fiasco with Bill Blankinship?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Kate completes Las Vegas marathon in 4:59:21


Congrats to all the finishers, celebs and the just mediocre alike.



http://blogs.babble.com/famecrawler/2011/12/05/kate-gosselin-runs-her-first-marathon-photos/

Live now: Kate runs Las Vegas marathon for the 'nonbelievers'

Kate starts the full Rock 'n' Roll Marathon tonight


twitter.com/kateplusmy8

As for her shirt we say: HUH??? Kate, who has said many times this marathon is about showing her kids she is determined and she doesn't care about people who don't like her, is now apparently running this marathon for her "haters."

twitter.com/kateplusmy8
Kate also had a cake made up for her kids left behind at home, that was naturally, all about her.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Las Vegas marathon prep

Kate's gearing up to run the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Las Vegas on Sunday. Based on what she's tweeted about her training and preparations, will she make it?



Kate also did a little pre-marathon manicure:
Me&my girls all did this 2our nails..In case I 4get how many miles I'm running..lol. It's now gone beyond mental prep! http://img.ly/b5Dh 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kate on Access Hollywood




Monday, November 28, 2011

'Real Housewives' airs marriage counseling of reality star who committed suicide in August

Despite the pleas of Russell Armstrong's family, Bravo has been including him extensively in the past few episodes of 'Beverly Hills'


Footage that Bravo wouldn't keep confidential, even despite the requests of the Armstrongs, includes 5-year-old Kennedy Armstrong's last birthday party with her father, and Russell and Taylor's attempts to save their marriage in therapy.





Ronald Richards, the family's attorney, said last August that “everyone on Russell’s side wants Bravo to edit him out and any characters affiliated with him this season.  It would be bad taste for all three of Russell’s children to air scenes of their father who is dead."
Austin Kelsoe, Russell's nephew, also said, "I think, in my opinion, Russell should be edited out, in respect to Taylor and the family. In my personal opinion, Bravo should take the high road and do what they think is the right thing to do."

As for Bravo's response, in September they implied that insider reports that the counseling sessions would not be cut out were wrong. A rep told Radaronline“The producers and Bravo are in the process of re-editing the entire series.  As a result, any report regarding the content of upcoming episodes is mere speculation.”

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey of the year again goes to Kate, especially for the way she's relentlessly trashed Jon almost every chance she got this year. 




Diana Mercer, who has been practicing divorce law as both an attorney and mediator since 1988 (she has handled an astounding 4,000 divorces), wrote an excellent article published last year explaining why Jon and Kate need to call a truce. What she had to say a year ago stil rings true today: 

The best predictor of how kids do post-divorce is the amount of conflict between the parents. It takes two to tango. Kate's finger-pointing is a bigger problem than whatever Jon is up to. If he can't be father of the year, then it's up to her to figure out how to work with that -- and vice versa. She picked him to be the dad of those 8 kids, and now she's got to deal with her decision, and insulting Jon and refusing to resolve the ongoing conflict is no solution. For Kate to deny her role in their poor ongoing relationship is naïve and immature....And for her to speak publicly about her disappointment with Jon is damaging to the kids. While they're still little, they know they're ½ Mommy and ½ Daddy. By hearing that "Daddy is bad" they hear that they're bad, too. When they're old enough, they'll see what Mom said about Dad and form their own opinions. Kate's strategy of "I'm good; he's bad" will likely backfire on her in the long run. And what is she teaching them about how adults should handle relationships? What it means to be married, and to be parents?

http://www.realitytvkids.com/2010/12/divorce-expert-kate-and-jon-havent-read.html

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kate's first blog at Couponcabin.com

"The money I save means my kids get more gifts and more gifts for them means I get more smiles and hugs on Christmas morning. And that, in itself, is the perfect gift for me!"


Kate's new job blogging officially begins today with her first post about Black Friday shopping.

http://www.couponcabin.com/blog/post/kates-black-friday-tips/




Saturday, November 19, 2011

Child molester and kidnapper helped cast children in 'Super 8' and other films starring kids

Paramount Pictures admits they did not background check Jason James Murphy. He was a registered sex offender once featured on America's Most Wanted, but used an alias while working with child actors in California.


Super 8 (2011) was cast by a child molester
"It's shocking and it's devastating, not just as a filmmaker but as a father and someone who is entrusted to make sure that everyone I work with, especially children, are safe." ~ J.J. Abrams, director and producer, Super 8.
  • Murphy also helped to cast children in The Three Stooges, Bad News Bears, The School of Rock and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. He sent an email to Abrams Artists Agency on Wednesday  "looking for 12-year-olds for a USC student film."
  • In 1996, he molested and then abducted an 8-year-old boy from his elementary school and flew with him to New York City. A prosecutor described Murphy in court papers as "obsessed" with the boy and cited a police interview in which a female friend said Murphy "was in love with" the child and had talked openly of taking him to live in London or Australia. Murphy pleaded guilty to child molestation and kidnapping charges and was given the maximum prison sentence of five years under state law by a judge who called him "a sick young man." Later after he was caught trying to contact the victim, he was given an additional five months. 
  • He registered as a sex offender in California, but never registered his alias "Jason James."
  • California law prohibits sex offenders whose victims were younger than 16 from "working directly and in an unaccompanied setting with minor children on more than an incidental and occasional basis or have supervision or disciplinary power over minor children." 
  • Paramount Pictures said it would change its screening process. "Moving forward, we … will also conduct background checks on all freelance employees, full time and part time, who work with minors on our productions."
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-fi-ct-casting-director-20111118,0,3505723.story

Friday, November 18, 2011

Is there hope for TLC in their new show about Southwest Airlines?

After a string of outrageously exploitive reality shows, many about children, TLC ventures into a tried and true concept--Southwest Airlines.

Will this be something actually worth watching?

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-11-17/travel/travel_southwest-reality-series_1_tlc-air-travel-holiday-travel-rush?_s=PM:TRAVEL

A&E's similar Airline reality show, which aired six years ago, was one of the best reality shows to ever be produced. It provided an honest look into a typical day at a busy airline. And the compassion and patience employees showed passengers even in very uncomfortable situations, endeared them to viewers.

In this clip, employees calmly deal with a drunk passenger, a passenger playing the race card, and a passenger with body odor. If only all reality shows could be so sensitive to their subjects:



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kate and Steve at the Australia zoo and Brisbane airport



Hmm......

Monday, November 14, 2011

Kate at Australia Zoo for Steve Irwin Day

Terri Irwin, Bindi and Robert introduced Kate, who was dressed in khaki and fed a croc, as part of the opening ceremonies for Steve Irwin Day, today (Tuesday morning, Aussie time). Later, Kate put her hands in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater the zoo's celeb walk.





Kate spoke briefly about her trip to Australia in January, and about Mady wanting to be a veterinarian.

Watch the live streaming: http://www.steveirwinday.org/events/live/

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kate at Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner


Twitter.com

Kate took to the, um, podium today in Brisbane, Australia at the Gala Dinner and auction. No word yet on how much lunch with Kate this Monday went for.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Red Cross posts different, more modest photo of Kate

After a two day stand-off, Kate has at last complied with the Red Cross's request to choose a different photo.

Now move on now and let this organization do its good work.

General Custer's new photo:




Donate now to the Red Cross here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nine Red Cross celebrities minus Kate

The Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter revealed its Philly Home Fire Campaign's celebrity supporters, but just as they warned, Kate's barefoot, low-cut photo didn't make the cut. The Red Cross asked her two days ago to "choose a different photo." But so far, Kate has not publicly responded to the request or changed her photo on her web site.

Kate's "F.U." photo she refuses to take down from her web site:



The other celebs who managed to shoot an appropriate photo:


Donate now to the Red Cross here.

Kate in Chicago

Kate showed up on WGN this morning to promote her new gig on couponcabin, UMM, dot.com. Or, couponcabin.com.


Kudos to the reporters who finally asked some tough questions, including, "Do you ever think about, 20-25 years down the road where your kids are grown up and they may look at this experience from old tapes and not think of it as favorably?"

http://www.wgntv.com/videogallery/65990531/News/Kate-Gosselin-joins-Morning-News

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Red Cross: We asked Kate 'to choose a different photo to post on her website and are awaiting her response'

Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to email us regarding [Kate Gosselin]. I can understand your/their concern, but I would like to make a few things very clear.

First, Kate was NOT paid or compensated in any way for the photo. Kate is a supporter of the Red Cross on her own and this is her way of showing her support. It is not the choice I would have made, however, we had nothing to do with the pose or the choice she made. She is also in NO way a spokesperson for us.

We have since asked her to choose a different photo to post on her website and are awaiting her response.

Kate is one of dozens of local and national celebrities with Philadelphia area ties who have agreed to don a Red Cross blanket to show their support. Among the others are Bill Cosby and Kevin Bacon. 

All I can ask is that you and your family to continue to support the Red Cross because of the wonderful work we do and the hundreds of thousands of people we help every year recover from what is often the worst moment of their lives, not because Kate Gosselin or any other celebrity showed their support for us.  

Thanks for your time and consideration. Have a great day.

Sincerely, Dave [Schrader]
Director of Communications 
American Red Cross Southeastern PA Chapter

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Red Cross didn't approve this one!

The Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter said they had nothing to do with Kate's recent, insensitive photo on her web site, in which she is barefoot and wearing a low cut top that blends in with a Red Cross blanket given to victims of disasters. The organization, which leans very conservative, has been getting a lot of complaints.

kateplusmy8.com

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, a conservative Republican who once worked on Elizabeth Dole's campaign for president, is the current chairman of the American Red Cross.  Thanks to Gather's Sue Buddy for giving the local chapter a call. 

Donate to the Southeastern PA's chapter here. They have lots of options, from local disaster relief, to aid to Africa. 

Knocked up for reality T.V.



The Duggars announced this morning mom Michelle, 45, is pregnant with baby number twenty. But after their last child Josie was born premature with severe health problems (and the perfect opportunity to craft several episodes around the drama), is this new life and the high risk pregnancy that comes with it something they sincerely want, or is it really to keep interest alive in their show?

20 kids and counting! Michelle Duggar announces she's pregnant again

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Halloween as a social skill building activity

Kate deprived her children of more than just treats when she chose to skip Halloween this year




Kate admitted in a recent blog post that the sextuplets missed out on Halloween due to "schedule" conflicts (Kate was having the time of her life on The View's Halloween special that morning) and a snowstorm (that occurred a full two days before the holiday and had all melted away by then). At least the twins were able to go trick-or-treating with some friends. Kate thinks she made up for Halloween the next day by hiding discounted candy around the basement and having the children find it. But is this enough?


Not by a long shot, according to Dr. Polly Blake Dunn, Ph.D., a Licensed Psychologist specializing in child psychology. Halloween is a great time to build a child's social skills. Here are some of her tips:




  • Encourage your kids to make eye contact with people handing out candy and friends and neighbors that they might see on Halloween night.  The earlier our children get the hang of this important social skill, the better.
  • Remind your children not to run off to the next house, but say thank you as they leave. Who doesn’t want to say thank you to someone who has just handed them a piece of candy? Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget this step when there is more candy waiting for you right next door. This might take several reminders, but learning how and when to express gratitude is important.
  • It’s important to teach our children that they aren’t always going to get what they want.  Make sure they know that they should still say thank you, even if they don’t like what they were given.  
  • Teach patience. One of the hardest parts of Halloween for kids is waiting!  First, they have to wait until the last day of the tenth month for Halloween to finally arrive. Then, they have to wait until nighttime for the fun to really begin.  Once the trick-or-treating is underway, they have to wait behind other children who might have gotten to their neighbor’s door first.  And finally, they have to wait until they get home to really get a good look at their loot (not to mention eating all of those yummy treats)!  Remind your children ahead of time that they will probably have to be patient.
And one from Realitytvkids.com:
  • Encourage fun and silliness! It's important for kids to know there is a time and a place to just let loose, dress up as something scary or funny and not be embarrassed, hang out with friends and have a great time while still being safe. Work hard, but play hard, too.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kate speaks at Penn State Fayette campus

Kate is scheduled to speak at a satellite campus of Penn State today at noon. The free event in Uniontown will be about "resilience, determination, tenacity, strength!" according to Kate.

The sextuplets were born at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center.

http://www.fe.psu.edu/32433.htm

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jon: I'm 'freaked out by this'

Jon is looking into legal action over show editor arrested for child pornography


Jon says he met Bill Blankinship, arrested October 21, several times. Jon, who has already consulted a lawyer, is trying to find out what footage the ex-employee may have possessed of the children's, and expressed concern about the revealing footage Blankinship had access to. "The cameraman definitely shot the kids getting ready for bed, being showered and being changed,” Jon said.


Figure 8 headquarters
Figure 8 Films, based in North Carolina where the Blankinship arrest took place and where Jon and Kate have vacationed several times and even looked for properties once, is a small company that lists only fifteen employees currently. Its offices are located in Carrboro.



http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/11/jon-gosselin-jon-kate-plus-8-editor-arrested-sexual-exploit-minor

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Discussion Thread: Kate on The View 10/31/11


Kate's off in NYC for Halloween to appear on The View. Will the ladies treat her with kid gloves? Or will they dare question her about the recent arrest of Bill Blankinship, a writer and editor for her show, on charges of child pornography, as well as their tirade against her just last month after she called Jon "mediocre"?


video

(Video, September 2011: Whoopi Goldberg, who once so desperately tried to convince the other ladies of The View Kate is an "angry bitch" who should be voted off DWTS, has finally brought them around that Kate needs to be voted off. As in, this planet.)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Figure 8 calls arrest of Jon and Kate Plus 8 editor for child porn 'shocking'

In a brief statement, Figure 8 (the company that produced Jon and Kate) says Blankinship, who was contracted by them, has been fired, and [thankfully] never had direct contact with any of TLC's 'talent'


Blankinship, 56, was contracted by Figure 8 Films to edit Jon and Kate Plus 8 and other reality shows about children. He was arrested October 21 and charged with 10 counts of 2nd-degree distribution of child pornography.

According to IMDB.com, Blankinship was involved in some form in the following 23 episodes of Jon and Kate Plus 8:


  1. Girls Day Out (29 June 2008) - Editor  
  2. Sextuplets' 4th Birthday (7 July 2008) - Editor  
  3. Wild Horses (11 August 2008) - Editor  
  4. Leis & Luaus (10 November 2008) - on-line editor , Editor  
  5. Twins Are Mommy for a Day (8 December 2008) - Editor  
  6. All You Wanted to Know (19 January 2009) - on-line editor , Editor  
  7. The Big Move (2 February 2009) - on-line editor  
  8. Home Sweet Home (16 February 2009) - Editor  
  9. Bye Old House (2 March 2009) - on-line editor  
  10. Slopes, Sleds and Sesame (16 March 2009) - on-line editor , Editor  
  11. Family Outing (23 March 2009) - on-line editor , Editor  
  12. B-Ball & More (23 March 2009) - on-line editor  
  13. Turning 5 & The Future! (25 May 2009) - Editor  
  14. Bam! 100th Episode (8 June 2009) - on-line editor , Editor  
  15. Jon & Kate Plus 8: The First 10 Years (29 June 2009) - on-line editor  
  16. Renovations & Vacations (3 August 2009) - Editor  
  17. Camping Out (3 August 2009) - on-line editor  
  18. Beach and Kitchen Reveal (10 August 2009) - on-line editor  
  19. Battleship & Barber (17 August 2009) - on-line editor , Editor  
  20. Dude Ranch and Dress Up (31 August 2009) - on-line editor  
  21. Movie & a Catch (14 September 2009) - on-line editor  
  22. Farm to Table (21 September 2009) - on-line editor  
  23. Gymnastics and Baseball (16 November 2009) - on-line editor  

Friday, October 28, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Former Jon and Kate Plus 8 writer and editor arrested for child pornography

Blankinship's mug shot
A large bust in North Carolina included the arrest of William Johnson Blankinship, credited by TLC as Bill Blankinship, who is listed as a writer, editor and on-line editor for Jon and Kate Plus 8 from 2007-2009 and an on-line editor for Kate Plus 8 from 2010-2011.

Blankinship also worked on 19 Kids and Counting, Sister Wives and Table for 12, three other TLC shows about children.

According to authorities, "Operation Spyglass" resulted in the arrest of 24 men over five months on felony charges ranging from the possession and distribution of child pornography to indecent liberties with a minor. Several of the men will be charged with felonies and could face prison time.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/10/28/1600197/child-porn-effort-snares-25.html

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kate gets caught parking in the fire lane again

Will it take someone to die because they couldn't get emergency treatment for Kate to get out of the fire lane? What is this, the fourth time? Won't someone please just tow her?

infdaily.com


Meanwhile Kate is scheduled to be interviewed Thursday (10/27) by SiriusXM Satellite Radio's What's Worth Watching, the authority on what you should be watching on TV every night. LIVE Thursdays @ 2pm Eastern on Howard 101.

http://www.jonhein.com

Monday, October 24, 2011

Study: Young girls who watch reality TV value physical appearance more, and lying, bullying and gossiping

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

However interestingly, the study by the Girl Scout Research Institute also suggests girls who watch reality TV view themselves as leaders and role models and say reality TV exposes them to new perspectives.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/Relationships/Reality-TV-induces-real-life-drama/Article1-760008.aspx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kate admits she was 'stressed' on Old Navy trip with twins

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In response to some depressing photos of Kate upset at her kids again, Kate tweeted this:

Lies again! Old navy pics were taken on SUNDAY before fam photo shoot.stressed 2b styling Fam of 9 1hr before pics?Yes! Good try INF daily!


Regardless when the photos were taken, it's sad to see Kate take stress out on her children, If her obligations when it comes to staying relevant, including professional photo shoots, are too stressful for her to handle, then don't do them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kate and the kids' (working) fall photo shoot and more grifting

http://www.infdaily.com/2011/10/exclusive-pics-kate-gosselin-the-kids-pose-for-fall-family-portrait.html

Although the show is cancelled, Kate is still putting the kids to work--this time at elaborate professional photo shoots for her blog. The kids spent their Sunday last weekend going to church (allegedly) and then sitting for photos. Kate tweeted she was up at 7 a.m. that day and was moving "full force" all day.

Despite having just participated in what was surely an expensive photo shoot, Kate accepted another free cereal freebie today, even tweeting what kind of cereal she preferred, instead of asking the cereal company to please donate to those really in need.

http://www.steveirwinday.org/?p=gala-dinner
In other news, Kate is slated to attend "Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner" on November 12 in Brisbane, Australia, where "LUNCH WITH KATE GOSSELIN, STAR OF KATE PLUS 8 A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and 9 friends to dine with Kate Gosselin at the multi-award winning Chalk Hotel in Brisbane, plus a signed copy of her book" will be auctioned off.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Kate's gross recipes vs. our yummy ones


Kate's Monday recipes she's been posting on her blog often seem not only unhealthy, but at times, well, gross. What are your favorite delicious, (relatively) healthy recipes?

Here's one of ours:

Not-my-original-idea Simple Fall Supper in One Pan (compiled over the years from a variety of recipes and chefs):

Main ingredients: Chicken, zucchini, yams, fresh uncooked spinach, dried cranberries.

1. Saute chicken with a little salt and pepper, olive oil, big squeeze of real lemon and chopped garlic. If using chicken on the bone, it'll have to be roasted to finish cooking thoroughly. If using skinless boneless, cook at slightly lower temperature to prevent drying out.
2. Chop into bite-sized green and yellow zucchini, throw in the pan next to the chicken with more garlic, a little salt and pepper, and if you have it fresh thyme or whatever herb you have on hand.
3. Peel yams and chop into bite-sized. Add a sprinkling of brown sugar if you want to really bring out the sweet flavor. Throw in some more thyme and saute with zucchini.
4. Combine uncooked spinach and dried cranberries with favorite salad dressing, or make a simple vinaigrette of extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon and a bit of brown sugar.

All done, plate it up! Salad can be served on the side, or yummier still, place chicken and veggies directly on top of salad and dress all together. Slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. For variety, try subbing out the chicken for salmon or other favorite fish, poached egg, or whole wheat pasta. Or if you eat meat, steak strips.