Monday, August 20, 2012

One of America's first sets of famous multiples said no to freebies

No they did not do it, too: Reflecting back on their childhoods, Baltimore's famous Henn quads, born in 1947, say the family didn't want to forever live off the generosity of others.  Their dad "turned all that down, because we just want to be a normal family."



Yet another family in Kate's shoes is going on record saying they wanted something different for their multiples. (Other families have also shunned Kate's choices, including the Headricks.)

In 1947, three boys and one girl were born to a young World War II vet and his British wife who had recently made their home together in the United States. Hard to believe today, but the public was just as curious about the four babies as the much higher-order multiples that made news decades later. 

Publicity and freebies naturally followed, but Dad Charles only accepted a few select offerings and instead worked two jobs to support the family. He taught the children "if you want something, find a way to work and pay for it. That's the way we were brought up."


The Henn family in 2000.
As for the Gosselins, the quads say it's all about the money: "You know, I think they're after the money, versus we at the time didn't care about that. We just wanted to be normal."

The children went on to be just that, normal, well-adjusted adults with successful careers, including real estate, teaching, photography and serving in Vietnam. The only girl, Joan, even coached the University of Arkansas women's basketball and then helped special needs children until her death from cancer in 2000. 

Good job, Mr. and Mrs. Henn.

1295 sediments (sic) from readers:

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Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Just try to tell me again you would do it too, Kate.

I give you EXHIBIT A. THE HENN FAMILY.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Let's Throw Tomatoes please email me ASAP to claim your DVDs or they will be forfeited to someone else. Thanks!

fidosmommy said...

Kate works at least 2 jobs, according to her. She types a little bit, pushes Send, and pokes at her phone to ask someone, anyone, to send her something fabulous that she wants very badly. That's hard work when you do it 7 days a week, 8 hours a day. Why, it will wear a person out, it will.

I bet Mr. Henn wasn't nearly as savvy as our li'l Katie. He probably just sold insurance and
ran a mill or something. How sad he never learned how to do it the Gosselin way.

franky said...

Coming from Canada I have to say the reason I am so against the 8's exploitation is because as a young one I knew I had a right to privacy. Maybe because I am fremch...but at age 45..I grew up knowing we children should be protected..and we pass that on.

Example: My dd at age 10 was in the ruelle.
(nice bak alley with people on balconies watching)

Anyhoo..some guy on a bike stopped beside her, took out a camera and tried to take her picture

She immidiatedly pulled a full hand in front of her face and yelled u don't have the right to take my picture..
2 neighbours cornered him and asked him why he eas taking pix of young children.

Long story short..we.
or atleast my family teach our kids to be private ..Dionne influence? This blog makes me thinl so...think I will poll neigjbouts.

Ok..taking my soap box away...for now..lol

franky said...

Or maybe it is mt Montagnais heritage that belei ed a photo trapped a part of your soul forever..hum..gonna ask dd why she blocked her face...at the time she thought pediphile( big city kids have to ne aware, especially after a froend was attacked)

oing to ask hwr what she would do now and wjy

PiggyPie_ said...

It seems that many of us were brought to the internet because we needed to confirm that what we were all seeing on J+K+8 wasn't normal.

DeddieDowner4 said...

I wonder what kind of futures the G kids will have, What kind of adult relationships, jobs, etc. For any boy, the first female influence you have in your life is his mother. By watching her a son would learn how a woman is supposed to treat you, what is expected of you in a relationship, etc. What kind of women will J,C, and A marry? Women just like Grifty who will berate them at every turn? I hope they get lots of psychological therapy. Lord knows, they'll need it.

I think the girls will grow up with serious body image issues, and maybe some eating disorders. The sense of entitlement that Grifty has instilled in them will carry into adulthood, which will be a big slap in the face when they get to the real world.

Think of most of the child stars who have had difficulties as adults - Leif Garret, the cast of Different Strokes, the kid from the 6th sense was popped for a DUI. Problems with the law, drug problems, prison time, divorce, and sadly, suicide.

It saddens me that Grifty seems not to care. All she wants if fame for HERSELF. SHE wants a talkshow. SHE wants a dating show, in which she can get away from the ATMs for weeks at a time. SHE wants the crew back. SHE wants free stuff. What lesson is she teaching the kids? That the boys are alwasy icky and their hands are dirty (look at the face one boy gace when he was excluded from helping with the flag pie at the beach.) That is a nanosecond of what goes on 24 hours a day at that prison known as the Gosselin home.

Time marches on, and soon the kids will be grown and off to college, if there is any money left in the Grifty Hooker Shoe Account, sorry.... I meant college fund. If she doesn't lose the house to foreclosure, Grifty will be all alone in that big house, day after day. The kids will be glad to be free and never want to come back. What will she do? One person living in a hge house with all the upkeep for not just the house but the land. What happens when there is a Nor'Easter and she is trapped in the house with 3 feet of snow outside. With nobody to shovel the long driveway so she can run out to Starbucks and Target? Most people, when the kids are grown, downsize. Grifty will hold onto that house by her fake fingernails until her last breath. Anyone see the movie Grey Gardens? Its a'comin Grifty, give it time.

Thank you God for my mediocre life.

franky said...

deddiedowner,

standing ovation..clap clap clap..
whisle...h- to the yes....praise be to you....THANK-YOU!!!!"

franky said...

You summed up my sediments exactly=)

butterfly said...

"Publicity and freebies naturally followed, but Dad Charles only accepted a few select offerings and instead worked two jobs to support the family. He taught the children "if you want something, find a way to work and pay for it. That's the way we were brought up.""
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That is what I am talking about- work for what you want and PAY for it. I like that guy!!
I hope all the sheeple read this article so they will drop the spiel "you're just jellus and you would do the same." OBVIOUSLY not all people would do the same, sheeple- so give it the F*&$ up already. Kate is nothing but greedy and lazy.

Anonymous said...

Love Dad Charles, he wasn't their "friend"', he was their father. Westbrooke

koop dedoo said...

I'm the one who posted the link to this article yesterday.

I just called my mother, who has lived around Baltimore her entire life, and asked her if she remembered this family from out and about around town. She remembers the annual birthday newspaper stories, but she does not remember ever having seen them or heard of them otherwise. My grandparents lived just a few miles from Catonsville, and my Mom was even a lifeguard at a public pool in Catonsville (where the Henn's lived) during the mid 1950's, and she does not remember them at all.

Apparently, they just looked like an average family with children who were allowed to be individuals.

Also, on the last thread, someone asked if our families gave us grief over reading about Khate. I feel a little guilty about reading about the washed up, untalented Khate, and I do try to minimize my browser if I hear one of the kids coming. They don't harass me about it, my middle son will ask, "how's your Gosselin snark today?"

And this community is so much fun - it has become more than just Gosselin snark!

JudyK said...

Grifty works "for other corporations" out of state...really!

Love how she acts like she's the only one on the planet getting up early to get kids ready for school. I despise her.

butterfly said...

testing

butterfly said...

Mandy,
your link was for school text books. I can't believe Becoming a Master Student is in its 14th Edition- Loved that book- changed my life!! :D

Choleric Kreider said...

Ha on the Ted Gibson avatar Butterfly.

Once A Viewer said...

Yes, kudos to the Henns!

Hate Kate's complaing about school- she picked the school and was awarof the time commitment/early rising, expensive suplies and fees...but she doesit willingly for 'her' kids. Ugh.

As for 50 Shades, I find it a bit disturbing how popular it is and the fact that young kids ( tweens?) will be reading it. I'm all for free consensual choices in a relationship etc but I don't like the thought that young impressionable girls are going to think this is the norm. I know autoerotic asphyxiation is pretty common in middle schools....I think it degrades women- although as I said, I have not read it.

Mandy said...

Ha ha, Butterfly. :) I tutor high school students, and was working with one last night. Feeling a little sleep deprived... That link was not so shocking! :)

Here is the correct link. It's REALLY good!

http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/08/16/50-shades-of-grey-pedophilia-hiding-in-plain-sight-letter-from-a-reader/

Kate is a twit said...

Thanks to @admin 4 raffle where I won DVD of FW. I need more DVDs 4 movie nite. Supply was running lo. So perfect!! :)


Admin-What a surprise to see I won-I will be contacting you.

Thanks, Twittering for graciously rescinding your win, also thanks for the idea of donating to local library. I will definitely do that after I watch.

JudyK said...

Butterfly, love your Ted Gibson avatar, but love the profile even more! LOL.

Ugh, Adm, really on the Shoedazzle ad...that's a Kim Kardashian company. Just UGH.

butterfly said...

Mandy,
Are you recommending 'How to Be a Master Student' to high school students? Kudos to you! I was serious when I said that book changed my life. I had that in my very first college class, College Success 101. It taught to me think differently. I remember there was motivational poster on wall, too, "To know your limitations is to know limitations" - and a light bulb switched on in my head. I have been unstoppable ever since. No negative attitudes for me. Anyway, I just wanted to share my story about that book, so you could know that it does help.

OrangeCrusher1 said...

Even her tweets reflect the nothingness; the continuing saga of getting up early to get ready for school, followed 12 hours later by the early bedtime version. We get it, the paychecks are going back to school. Who cares? I will say I also wonder how the younger ones will ever develop individually with her 6-pack mentality? Good luck kids.

butterfly said...

JudyK,
Thanks, I just added my profile. I was inspired by everyone on the board. You guys are so creative and funny I thought I would give it a shot. :)

Kate is a twit said...

butterfly--I just looked at your profile. I can't stop laughing! Great job!

Mandy said...

Butterfly, no. That link was a blunder, but you are right. That book is amazing. I first came across when one of my kids who struggled with reading comprehension was in high school. It changed his life, and since then I recommend it to both high school students and the occasional college student that I work with.

Ha! I got curious about your avatar when Judy mentioned it, and she is right. You are hilarious!

Dmasy said...

Butterfly...very snarky profile. My first laugh of the day.

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Unknown said...

Totally off topic but thanks to Admin for reminding me that library might want my DVD collection. Cleaning house and have movies that I just won't watch again.

Boston Bonnie - attempting Google account

Once A Viewer said...

This is getting funnier and crazier, blue by blue!

Btw, I filled out a survey to Google on how 'easy' it was to set up an account etc!! I think some of it depends on the security settings on your comp. Mainly my ineptitude though!

TLC stinks said...

Just testing a new avatar of Stevie. Hope this one is clearer. Such fun.

koop dedoo said...

Butterfly, your profile is great!

Tucker's Mom said...

Morning all. I'm catching up from the last of the previous thread. Lots of great comments after I shut down the computer last night!
Georgia Pacific response to KateGate--wow, I'm impressed that they got right on a response to the backlash. The response may have been skirting sending her free toilet paper, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that what Kate got was more coupons. QN just fell for the grift. Kate is very good at it and yes, companies will continue to fall for her rhetoric. 8 kids, single mom, blah blah blah. Oh, you poor dear, here's a hand out.
It's sickening that Kate takes (love how take is an anagram of Kate, btw) while others continue to need. Why should she have received a wad of coupons instead of truly needy moms?
Because she can; it's her nature.
The Agassi/Graff kids-- great to know that the parents are not continuing the insane cycle of pressuring children to be an extension of themselves.
I saw Molly Ringwald appear on the Today Show a few times last week. She was promoting her new fictional book. When asked about letting her young daughter into showbiz, she was clear that the answer is no. Her daughter won't get her support until she graduates college.
This from one of the most successful and famous young girl actresses of my time anyway. You can not think of John Hughes and not think of Molly.

Sue Buddy said...

Morning all,

For early morning readers who may have missed my article posted last night: Kate Gosselin One Year Later

Rhymes with Witch said...

Sue Buddy – great article. More examples of not so great parenting. Sigh.

http://www.ecanadanow.com/science/2012/08/19/honey-boo-boo-moms-08-mug-shot-for-theft-of-child-support/

BTW, I did not watch the video. The story is disturbing enough:

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/08/boys-crying-odd-life-timothy-green-inconsolable

Miss Marple said...

Just wondering if the company who gave Kate the free beach house rental has responded to any of the criticism?

Rhymes with Witch. said...

P.S. No idea where the parenting link came from in my post.

Once A Viewer said...

Thanks Sue. You succinctly put into words the crux of Kate's recent actions and and mindset. She really is contemptible. Cries poor yet brags all the time. Stoops to the lowest level of begging when she doesn't need to, yet holds herself as higher and mightier than the mediocre masses.

Yikes, what a piece of work. I wish she & the kids would watch ( and absorb) The Farmer's Wife next 'beloved' movie night.

Rhymes with Witch said...

Back to school supplies for a minute. I was just talking to a friend whose son went to kindergarten and her daughter starts next week. She said that the kindergarteners do not buy any of their” own” supplies so that they learn how to share the ones supplied in the classroom.

Rhymes with Witch said...

Dammit - the kindergarten link opens to the same site that the parenting link did. No clue. This has never happened before...........

Will check in with my resident expert when he gets back.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

I am also one of those who stopped reading 50 Shades about halfway through. I actually found the terrible, terrible writing to be more of a distraction than anything else, but i also share concerns about the message it may be sending about what women want. And boy was I teased for being "prude" for not sticking it out lol. I'll take prude thanks!

In contrast, I am reading The Horse Whisperer for the first time, and the writing is so far and away above 50 Shades I don't even know when I wasted five minutes on 50. I love that movie and I never got around to reading the book. I don't read much since I read so much at work, but this has been a wonderful journey. There is a beautiful passage where the author is describing the history of horses and their tenuous relationship with man, and next thing I knew tears were streaming down my face. It was just so beautifully written. And for anyone who is a mother of a daughter, or a daughter, this book does a wonderful job of exploring that delicate time when a daughter is transitioning from childhood to womanhood. Highly recommend.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Yes please donate books to your library if you don't need them.

Lately my M-O is to search for great books at flea markets and garage sales and buy them for a song, enjoy them myself, and then when I'm done give them to the library. They love to have them and I don't like a bunch of books kicking around. Win-win.

Dmasy said...

Sue Buddy...Thank you.

Admin...I read a few pages of 50 Shades while standing in a book store. Topic was unappealing to me, but more than that, the writing was so awkward. I could not understand all the hype. I flipped to another 2 pages deeper into the book...giving it a chance. Worse. The dialogue was horrible. Anyway, I totally agree with you.

If I am giving my time to a book, I expect it to have some quality.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

I'm not a book snob, I will read pop culture books and not expect the writing to be like Moby Dick. But I don't think it's unreasonable to expect they at least write better than I could! loll

I also tried to read the Twilight books and found the same problem with the writing to be really lackluster. There are so many good writers out there, there's just no reason for this. If I'm reading a book I could have written, something is wrong. I bet a good writer could have written 50 so the writing was decent and it still would have been a hit. But as it is now it's just painful.

Let's throw tomatoes said...

I'm checking in and see that that there is a new thread about honest hard working people who don't sell out their kids for money. Kate doesn't care and will never change!

I have not commented in a few days because my best, best, childhood friend has passed away. She lost her battle against ovarian cancer. We met in elementary school and have been friends ever since. I have been in tears and remembering what a great person she was! As a matter of fact her life story is one reason that keeps me on this Kate Gooselin saga, because she dealt with her life , her hardships the complete opposite of Kate.

I haven't read the comments yet, but what's up with all the blue and new avatars?

BTW, Admin. is their anyway you can donate my prize to , maybe a women's shelter, it seems like an inspiring documentary.

I don't know when I will be returning but you guys don't need any help in TRYING to keep Kate honest! You guys are great!

PatK said...

I'm changing my profile pic to the BBB. If someone else is already using it, I'll try to make note of it and change back.

Karen said...

I keep thinking back to the McCaughey septuplets. You never hear much about them...only yearly updates. How is it that this family of 8 with HOM was able to live peacefully, out of the public eye, and even thrive? Maybe Kate can take lessons from them? I think their faith is/was much stronger than Kate's which not only kept the couple together but also kept the kids grounded.

Jane said...

Let's throw tomatoes said... 46
I'm checking in and see that that there is a new thread about honest hard working people who don't sell out their kids for money. Kate doesn't care and will never change!

I have not commented in a few days because my best, best, childhood friend has passed away. She lost her battle against ovarian cancer.

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So very sorry : ( Like you, I lost my best friend to ovarian cancer over a year ago. It's a terrible, terrible illness and one that's often found, sadly, in its later stages. Education is important - here are the symptoms: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/DS00293/DSECTION=symptoms

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Westbrooke yes, dad Charles was the bad guy and said no to his kids. No we're not moving to a fancy house, no we're not accepting all that money or all those toys or that trip.

As a result, we have four happy successful adults who today recognize all the good choices he made for them, who make a difference in their community by teaching, helping special needs kids, coaching kids. What a great story of the end result of the choices you make as a parent. This is the finish line, and Charles Henn can cross it with two arms proudly raised.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Let's Throw would you like me to try to find a women's shelter that would be interested in the DVDs?

The library may be an easier choice and I do know my local library will take it.

Dmasy said...

Tomatoes...sorry for your friend's family and for you. Come back when you are ready. Something silly will be waiting here for you.

Kristine (OG in Black) said...

DeddieDowner4 said...

"Anyone see the movie Grey Gardens? Its a'comin Grifty, give it time."
__________________________________________________

Well yes... I certainly have, and I love it Deb!

"50 SHADES OF GREY GARDENS" is more like it, in Katie's sad little world.

Speaking of world- the globe Fidosmommy is using, is absolutely rich. I'm working on my new avatar and I.D. Just need to find a great big box of Franzia wine to download, and I'm good. I tried googling a set of breast implants yesterday- but Kate must have already been using them.

What was done to 'Permanent Name' (et al) happened to me years ago... Classic Ancient Sheeple Game. How old are these folks? I mean, really! I sure hope our Auntie remembered to pick up those two grapes at the store-- or we're all screwed.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

" OBVIOUSLY not all people would do the same, sheeple- so give it the F*&$ up already.

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I don't know why it's so hard for them to grasp that some parents (I daresay MOST) believe that the value of teaching your child to work hard for what they want, far outweighs the immediate benefit of being able to stock up on free toilet paper, cupcakes and Lorax tshirts.

Henn was dedicated to teaching his children VALUES, and the result shows.

Call Me Crazy said...

Tucker's Mom said ... 34

QN just fell for the grift.
___________________________

That really says it all, doesn't it? Some of these companies handing her freebies have no idea what a scam artist this poor, poor mother of 8 is. As more stories come out about her grifting ways, more companies will avoid her. QN releasing that statement trying to cover their butts sends a loud and clear message to other companies to not be similarly duped. It has been happening gradually, but it is happening. Tick tock, Kate.

Tucker's Mom said...

JoyinVirginia said... 174
*****
Bringing this over from the last thread to say big thumbs up to Tervis tumblers in lieu of disposable cups. I have one in hand whenever I'm home and even away--they sell one with a different size screw on top to use instead of repeated plastic water bottles.

Tomatoes--I'm so sorry for your loss. There must be a whole in your heart, but what a blessing to have had the honor of having your friend for so long. What a gift.
Hugs.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Pity Party this is from the last thread but I LOVE that your school made all the supplies community property. That solves the problem of my glue is better than yours because it has the cow on it. That way parents who can't afford brand name won't put their kids in a position to be picked on.

Just have a supply closet or shelf and when supplies are needed kids come, get what they need, and return them when they are done. Genius.

Once A Viewer said...

Tomatoes: So very sorry. RIP to your dear friend. I hope the good memories prevail.

Call Me Crazy said...

Tomatoes, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can take comfort in all the great memories you have of time shared with your friend. I wish you peace.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Back to the coupon thing why not tell them, oh thanks Quilted Northern but I see so many people on Facebook would really love those coupons, please do donate them to a giveaway or something.

The sheer greed. Even over a stinking coupon.

In a way a coupon is worse, because now we're just talking about Kate being greedy over just a few bucks! Does she really need just a few bucks???

JudyK said...

Let's throw tomatoes, very sad to hear you lost your best friend to ovarian cancer. I lost my sister-in-law in April to pancreatic cancer and know how hard it is on friends and family.

Will look forward to seeing you around here again when you are able. Hugs.

Jane said...

Call Me Crazy said... 55

QN releasing that statement trying to cover their butts sends a loud and clear message to other companies to not be similarly duped. It has been happening gradually, but it is happening. Tick tock, Kate.

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It also shows how powerful social media as well as email and phone calls can be. If we (and I mean a communal we) had remained silent or simply grumbled on this blog about Kate's grifting, QN would never have issued a statement. It was the universal outrage that made them take notice.

Kate is a twit said...

Let's throw tomatoes==

My sincere condolences on the loss of your friend.

Kristine (OG in Black) said...

I'm so sorry Tomatoes, my sympathy goes out to you.

Admin... Donating items to a shelter is a wonderful thing to do. My mother always gave our clothing to the Battered Women's Shelter, here in Los Angeles. Hearing the stories Greedy/Grifty? Gosselin told several days ago, made me relieved to hear that she was able to overcome such a difficult situation.

Kate has no idea how fortunate she really is, for the blessings she has received. If things had turned out differently for her, would she tell a shelter they "Don't know HOW to help her?" Seriously-- would the sense of entitlement still exist, if she were emotionally and/or physically beaten down? Maybe I'm over-thinking the psycholgy of it, but it's just a thought.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...


People used to ask Andre all the time about his love for tennis, and he would always say, "I hate tennis." He called it the loneliest sport possible. He appreciated how much he got from playing tennis, but still he hated it.

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Interesting! That's what Todd eluded to too. Sure he said there were times when he enjoyed himself and the attention, but he also said he had a lot of struggles with, do I really like being a quarterback or is it just something I'm good at? Because he was good at it. The poor kid was so entrenched in football he was having trouble knowing if he even liked it. And of course his dad was known as a tyrant and no one wanted to upset him so they went along with it.

His parents eventually got divorced and his dad transferred him to a new school that had a good football program and he didn't want to go. His mom tried to stop it in court but lost. What a concept, just let the kids go to the school he is used to. His mom sounds like a lovely woman who tried really hard to stop this but couldn't. So familiar.

There are so many parallels to the Gosselins. Kate is so convinced that the children love filming, love the lifestyle of public exposure, love acting and performing and movie making. Do they really love it or is it all they really know? Do they really love it or do they just want to please HER? She should really ask herself these questions.

Todd obviously felt extremely unfulfilled despite having everything. He turned to drugs, partying to fill the void, became a vile person who cursed out his coaches, and his career was over within a matter of a few years. Done.

And yet I get the sense that is what he wanted. He angrily said in the documentary he can't stand when people say he threw it all away. He said it was MINE to throw away and my business to do that, not yours.

I think Todd was actively throwing it away and good for him.

Sweet Tart said...

Mr. and Mrs. Henn have my respect for the way they raised their family. The silver lining to my originally being a fan of J&K+8, is that it ultimately made me aware of how wrong it is to film children for a reality show. The only exception would be for a one-time special perhaps, or maybe annual updates of an unusual family. But I am 100% against the filming of minors for a weekly (or otherwise regular, frequent) reality tv show. It is wrong to sign away your child's privacy.

The Henns didn't make a huge deal about the fact they unexpectedly had four babies to feed and care for. Mr. Henn got down to the business of providing for his family, and I'm sure his wife was often run ragged herself. However, reading this little blurb about them, I would guess they probably had friends and family who loved them and helped out where they could - and they graciously accepted that help, instead of fussing when things weren't perfectly matched.

Dwindle said...


Let's throw tomatoes said... 46
I'm checking in and see that that there is a new thread about honest hard working people who don't sell out their kids for money. Kate doesn't care and will never change!

I have not commented in a few days because my best, best, childhood friend has passed away. She lost her battle against ovarian cancer. We met in elementary school and have been friends ever since. I have been in tears and remembering what a great person she was! As a matter of fact her life story is one reason that keeps me on this Kate Gooselin saga, because she dealt with her life , her hardships the complete opposite of Kate.

I haven't read the comments yet, but what's up with all the blue and new avatars?
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Throw, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend; what a huge hole in your heart and in your life. Hugs to you dear, take care of yourself. As far as all the blue names and avatars, for some reason we all went a little crazy on Sunday and decided that opening google accounts to log in with, would protect us from drive by trolls who post crap using OUR names! They can still try to use our names, but now many of us are in blue and easily identifiable as regulars. And then the avatars just got fun.

Since you are just easing back into it, Throw, I want to give a shout out to several folks who broke a sweat trying to work out the google account stuff. You might see 'new' names but they are mostly the regulars who had to change names to get the google account. For example Pink Straightjacket is now Jazzy. And our dear Remona might have had to take to her fainting couch for a day coz she wore herself out trying to get the google thing working and also with her hilarious recounting of it all for us!!!! I have always enjoyed Remona's posts but I never knew she was so drop-dead funny!!

Tucker's Mom said...

“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.”
-Calvin Coolidge

This *could* be the power of Kate's (clears throat, eh hem) 100K+ followers, but Kate the professed (opportunistic) Christian chooses the latter.
Kate could have said "wow, I'm so grateful for all of these leftover coupons, but I'm going to donate them to a shelter, or do a give-away contest on my blog/Twitter"
"Please support QN by buying their products so that they in return can continue their good works for the community and the world".
It's mind-boggling that Kate never thinks this way.
That, to me, is win-win.
(toots own horn a bit here) DH and I went to Costco last weekend with our rebate (2% or so with Costco AmEx) check toward our purchases. We used a good portion of that rebate (free money!!!!!!!!) for food donations to our local soup kitchen. We bought some pricier things like canned meats, because that's what the kitchen said is really lacking in donations. So, we got tuna, chicken, garbonzos for proteins and puddings just for fun.
They were again grateful that we think of the needy that they feed, and that feels better than anything we could have bought for us.
Plus it's a tax donation, so how could I lose?

Dwindle said...

Jane said... 62

It also shows how powerful social media as well as email and phone calls can be. If we (and I mean a communal we) had remained silent or simply grumbled on this blog about Kate's grifting, QN would never have issued a statement. It was the universal outrage that made them take notice.

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I have often thought that not taking any notice at all would be the better course, but i can see now where outrage worked for the best.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Tucker's Mom it IS a win-win for her in so many ways but she doesn't think big picture.

If she gets a reputation for being generous and creating buzz for products even MORE products will contact her with various offers. Her greedy self could skim some off the top while still giving back, no one would know. But thus far she has a reputation for products and companies being forced to issue press releases about how they want nothing to do with her. Not exactly ideal for what she wants to accomplish.

Permanent Name in Blue said...

Tomatoes,

My sympathies on the loss of your friend. What a devastation to lose a peer... I hope your memories of the good times of your lives together may be of some comfort to you.

You'll be in my thoughts

Sweet Tart said...

"In contrast, I am reading The Horse Whisperer for the first time, and the writing is so far and away above 50 Shades I don't even know when I wasted five minutes on 50."

Admin, I read The Horse Whisperer a number of years ago, and loved it as well. Fairly recently, I rented a little documentary film about Buck Brannaman, the real life horse whisperer. His early life was brutal. His mother died when he was quite young, and his father physically abused him and his brother. Buck and his brother were an act that toured around, doing roping. At some point, the boys were taken from their father and placed in a foster home, where they both thrived.

Twittering And Twattering said...

Kate tweeted...

@CJWhodunit @end yep, I'm doing it too to a degree.. But specific lists are coming home with brands and types- that gets me!


What does she mean -- "coming home with" - school hasn't started yet. This sounds like lists are being sent home with kids (in backpacks).

xxxxx
@Kateplusmy8 someone at your school just said yours start Sep 8. Gee, I think most could get acclimated in way less time than this!


Where does this stuff come from? Their school starts THIS Thursday!

Permanent Name in Blue said...

Does anyone remember that book by OJ Simpson that Judith Regan was going to publish?

Public sentiment squashed that book and led to her firing.

Who in the world names a book "If I Had Done It"???? I've always wondered if she really, truly thought that book would see the light of day.

They should have fired her just for being stupid. And him....... well, he ultimately found the place where he belongs.

Karma usually wins in the end.

Sweet Tart said...

Dear Let's Throw Tomatoes - I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to your friend's family, and to all who miss your dear friend very much.

Barbara M. said...

I recently read the comments on an article in a gossip site on the Gosselins, and one lady explained why she is a former fan - while Jon and Kate Plus Eight was on the air, she wrote directly to Kate saying that she would like to buy all eight kids Christmas gifts and asking Kate for suggestions. Apparently Kate wrote back, asking her to send a gift card for Target instead.
It makes me wonder just how much in gifts and freebies the Gosselins receiver over the years, not just from corporations like Lane Furniture but also from individuals. Even before the tups were born, Kate (and Jon) went on a non-stop begging spree, and Kate has never stopped.
If Kate has stashed away several million, as we suspect, it has to be in part because the Gosselins got so many freebies which they would otherwise have had to buy.

Kate is a twit said...

Kate can't even bother to tweet and promote the Special Olympics fundraiser she is participating in. It's a little over 2 weeks away, and all she tweeted to the woman promoting it is "I'm ready!".

Kate once said she has an addiction to giving back. What she should have said is that she has an addiction to people giving back to HER.

chesterctymom said...

Reading about her vacation made me laugh...the company "randomly" picked her family to stay for free...but of course she had to brag how they were big Gosselin fans...would have respected the company much more if they gifted an family that really could not afford a vacation...

Sweet Tart said...

Yes, I have thought that several times re O.J. Simpson - he may have been aquitted by that jury years ago, but he was guilty of murder. He knew it, the public knew it, and even the jury knew it. His life, as he knew it, was over. Never again respected by his former peers in the football world, and the only people who would associate with him were lowlifes.

I do believe in karma. Kate is living it right now, in her cold, tasteless McMansion, with its never-ending maintenance costs. She is an aging, bleached blond with no talent beyond grifting. She will eventually lose that house. The sad thing is - I feel sure those children will receive little to no money for all the work they did during the filming years. I would not put it past Kate to spend their trust fund, justifying it by saying it was for their welfare (maybe that's where their private school tuition is coming from). They will turn 18, and those trust accounts with be empty. Greedy mother will have spent it all and still be grasping for more.

Kate is a twit said...

Did the size of the thread column just change? I refreshed the page, and now the column is much wider.

Tucker's Mom said...

It makes me wonder just how much in gifts and freebies the Gosselins receiver over the years, not just from corporations like Lane Furniture but also from individuals. Even before the tups were born, Kate (and Jon) went on a non-stop begging spree, and Kate has never stopped.
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The list is a mile long. No one will ever know just how much J+K, now Kate have received over the years. But if you think about how high profile their family was in PA, and then across the country and now the world, it must add up.
Just think of those in other countries who are behind in the Gosselin saga and still think they're struggling!
We know that the kids were duped into filming Christmas on Not Christmas, but for Kate, Christmas has been non-stop since the tups were born.
Midnight, however, is approaching, but I think people and companies will continue to donate things like vacations for the sake of the kids.

Sue Buddy said...

Kate is a twit said... 80
Did the size of the thread column just change? I refreshed the page, and now the column is much wider.
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No, it changed! Glad you mentioned it. I've been trying to resize through my options! Thought I was losing my marbles.

Tucker's Mom said...

chesterctymom said... 78
Reading about her vacation made me laugh...the company "randomly" picked her family to stay for free...but of course she had to brag how they were big Gosselin fans...would have respected the company much more if they gifted an family that really could not afford a vacation...
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You know, we called it here long ago. The kids won't see a vacation unless someone else is paying.
That said, I have to admit that I'm glad the kids got a beach vacation this year. They deserve it, no doubt, and if a company has to step in and do what Kate will not, well then, OK.

Call Me Crazy said...

Admin said ...

And yet I get the sense that is what he wanted. He angrily said in the documentary he can't stand when people say he threw it all away. He said it was MINE to throw away and my business to do that, not yours.
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This may really shed a great deal of light on why some very gifted/talented people "throw it all away." How many times have we seen athletes/actors, etc., spiraling out of control with drugs, or illegal or risky behavior, and wondered how in the world they could risk it all. It never occurred to me that they could be doing so because they felt like prisoners to their own talents.

Dwindle said...

Sue Buddy said... 82
Kate is a twit said... 80
Did the size of the thread column just change? I refreshed the page, and now the column is much wider.
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No, it changed! Glad you mentioned it. I've been trying to resize through my options! Thought I was losing my marbles.
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I thought I was having a stroke or something! and even though my computer is telling me i am at 100%, the font is teeny tiny! I was going to run a virus scan, but I am glad to see at least that I am NOT having a CVA!

Dwindle said...

Tucker's Mom said... 81
It makes me wonder just how much in gifts and freebies the Gosselins receiver over the years, not just from corporations like Lane Furniture but also from individuals. Even before the tups were born, Kate (and Jon) went on a non-stop begging spree, and Kate has never stopped.
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The list is a mile long. No one will ever know just how much J+K, now Kate have received over the years. But if you think about how high profile their family was in PA, and then across the country and now the world, it must add up.
Just think of those in other countries who are behind in the Gosselin saga and still think they're struggling!
We know that the kids were duped into filming Christmas on Not Christmas, but for Kate, Christmas has been non-stop since the tups were born.
Midnight, however, is approaching, but I think people and companies will continue to donate things like vacations for the sake of the kids
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Well, when you lie about how much your children wipe their butts just to get free toilet paper, and then the company has to issue a statement aplogizing to the public, I would say you are running out of things to beg for. I agree that they will keep getting stuff for the sake of the kids, UNTIL the kids start having very public problems and diva-behavior of their own. It is coming and soon. It will start small; one G kid doing some bullying, another dressing like their mother, another with tatoos, bad grades, smoking a joint, drinking party at a friend's, rumors of entitled attitudes or lazy work ethic, cheating on tests, speeding tickets, DUIs, ... and worse. It's coming so soon, I'm afraid. And I didnt even count the one or two that will runaway from home and want to live with Jon and the court mess that Kate will move heaven and earth to hide.

Miss Marple said...

Tucker's mom I so admire people like you who only think about giving to others! So thoughtful. I'm sure the soup kitchen appreciated your generosity. When you say "soup kitchen" is that thru a church or your community? I'm asking because I don't hear that term used around here.

anger issues kate said...

Tomatoes: sorry about your friend. You take care, and come back, when your ready.

Anonymous This Time, but I'm a Regular Here said...

Here's a real life example of a kid trying to break free from a mother's vise grip...

When I was a freshman in college I hated the school - it was out-of-state and I had wanted desperately to go to the state university where all my friends went. My mom chose my school for the 'exclusivity and name factor'.

I asked at Christmas break to not go back. Got nowhere - I 'had' to go back and graduate from THAT school.

I hated it. Was desperately unhappy, felt extremely out of place...

Like Todd, I felt I had no options. But I did! I quit going to class. Simple. Easy. And it provided me with a GPA of 1.89. YAY! My mom wouldn't pay any more tuition "if I was going to squander my gifts".

Finally, I got my way.

Sadly, my little venture which I felt forced to do had years long ramifications re my self esteem.

I'm really smart but I failed on purpose. How does one reconcile that? I failed on purpose to achieve my larger goals, but... I still failed.

I took some time to think about whether I'd 'really failed', as in it wasn't like I tried to do the work and was not able. Was it 'failure' if I just quit going to class?

I went on 6 months later to enter the school of my choice, paying for every $ of the tuition myself, got a BS degree with a 4.0 GPA, went on for a masters degree (BS), and then a second masters degree (MBA). I entered a doctoral program before I finally saw that I was studying just to prove something, not because I needed the degree for a career.

In my dottage, I still cannot forgive my mom for forcing me to go to a school of her choosing; I blame her for making me fail on purpose just to get out of there. Except that real blame should attach to me, right?

The bottom line in this story is that the first school was simply NOT a good match. I saw that. My friends and relatives saw that, but she couldn't. She had to be able to say her daughter went to "Prestige College".

Backfired. LOL. It left me with a lifetime of shame and guilt for deliberately failing as a way to get out. I think the three degrees were my way of trying to regain my dignity.

Sometimes I wonder what mothers do to their kids!

She is long since gone, but continues to affect me. While she taught me a gracious way of life, and all the manners in the world, I caved and chose the chicken way out. I suppose I could have stuck it out... but I was so deperately unhappy.

I wonder if the G kids will feel this way someday. Especially the boys.

SeeSaw said...

I read 50 Shades just to see what all of the fuss was about. I agree it was badly written and I don't really shock that easily, but I'm sure that's the draw. I disagree that it's pedophilia as it's pretty clear everyone is an adult, so not sure where that's coming from.
Right now I'm rereading Anna Karenina (thank you Kindle free books) and am enjoying it a lot more than I did long, long ago in school. Affairs, infidelity, "bastard" child, etc., all without the "gory" details.

Permanent Name in Blue said...

Hey, what's with the wider column? Is it blogger gremlins or did Admin change the format?

Blogger continues to amaze - and sometimes not in a good way - ha ha...

Sassy Lassy said...

Well done, Mr. and Mrs. Henn.

You raised a beautiful, well adjusted family without feeding off of people.

Shame on you, grifter/Kate. Your decisions stink, you lack scruples and you have no dignity.

No amount of positive affirmation is going to wash off all the yuck that goes into being YOU.

Learn from

Tucker's Mom said...

Miss Marple--Here's a blurb from the website. We give to the soup kitchen and thrift store.

"Is someone you know in need of food, clothing, or overnight shelter? The Christ House soup kitchen, food pantry, overnight shelter, and thrift shop can help. Christ House also provides limited assistance to individuals having trouble paying for rent, medicines, or other necessities."

They really, really appreciate everything and do a great service for the needy. I'm also thinking of volunteering (with my church) at another local shelter for dinner service once or twice a month. That should be interesting ;-)

Sassy Lassy said...

Ooops! Pressed Publish too early...

Message to Kate continued:

Learn from the Henns & countless other large families.

You're a joke & a gigantic puke.

Annoyed (AKA Amy2) said...

Tomatoes: I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers tonight.

The Gosselinbook. Here it is the 21st of August and no word on when the book will come out. The last I heard/read was it was coming out in August. Well, there are 10 days left in the month. I'm beginning to wonder that I've been snookered once again by people who are going to tell what's really going on and don't produce anything. Remember the Red Cross picture that never materialized.

Going back to work now, breaks over.


Dwindle said...

Tucker's Mom said... 68
“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.”
-Calvin Coolidge
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You go ahead and toot your own horn all you want, as far as I am concerned. One thing I have become more aware of from reading this blog is how many little things most of us do routinely to give back, for charity, for non profits, etc. I dont even think we realize it, we just do it as a matter of course.

At my house, we buy things at thrift stores like Goodwill all the time for the animal rescue and for the church nursery and church kitchen. At my sister's church, the youth group was doing a paint makeover at the area Senior Center and my sister decided to take pounds of lunch meat, cheese, breads, potato salad and lemonade for the kids. Boy was it well received. A few weeks ago I saw bean bag chairs on sale for a wicked low price and bought 2 of them for the public library's youth reading section. A happily flustered librarian is worth her weight in gold, I'll tell you.

How many of us over the years have driven neighbors to the grocery store, or doctors appointments, or did some cooking for someone who is ill, or took in some neighbor kids for a day or more when something happened in the home?

A few years ago a residential home for profoundly mentally disabled children had to evacuated due to a gas leak. This organization is well loved and respected in my area. You never saw such outpouring of offers of assistance from individuals.

A senior center one town over was surprised this summer by an individual resident, who arrived with a car loaded down with cases of bottled water. He just wanted to donate. I myself have passed out so much bottled water this summer to road workers, traffic cops... I just never gave any of this any thought before coming to this blog and being exposed to someone like Kate Gosselin whose entire way of life is begging and taking and demanding.

Dwindle said...

I must apologize; I mistakenly said earlier that the former Pink Straightjacket was now Jazzy. I was wrong, she is now the awesome and amazing SASSY LASSY. My bad.

DebbieDowner4 said...

I remember the McCaughey and Dilley Septuplets. I have a great amount of respect for each family; The Dilleys did an annual Good Housekeeping issue at Christmastime, and that was it...no reality show or commercials. The McCaugheys did a few Dateline follow-up shows, but not much more. Each family was "given" a house from the community (not sure of the exact details, but the community outreach was very generous). The Dilleys sold the house and moved into a smaller one with ONE bathroom. They said they were happy, and it encouraged time management, etc. There was a story about a dentist offering Bobbie McCaughey free dental work, since her teeth were a bit crooked and stained. She turned it down.

That is why we have respect for people like that.

Just like that bully in Arizona who harassed the woman at the Chick-fil-A drive thru. He got fired, she was sweet as can be and is getting endless praise.

Google images the McCaughey kids. One pic is of a birthday party. Each child has his or her own cake, which look homemade. No one for all-all for one cupcake for them. Kate has millions and buys a cupcake for her 6 kids, Bobbie M is a regular "mediocre" person who makes birthday cakes for her kids.

Sad.....Grifty, you are a pathetic person.

And I apologize for all the typos in my post this morning. It was shortly after 5am, and the coffee didn't kick in yet. Now, after a large Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla iced coffee my hands are a'shakin'

(okay Dunkins.....I gave you a shout out.....I hearby demand you overnight me a year's supply of free coffee. Pronto. You should know that when you know how to help me you should be running at all times.) *claps hands* AND DON'T FORGET THE PIZZA!!!

JoyinVirginia said...

Let's throw tomatos, so sorry about your friend.

The avatars are so clever, love them all! I am impressed with everyones creativity.

What first brought me to this blog was the very few minutes I had watched of j&k&8. Older dd came home from college, and raved about this show we had to watch, it was about this cute couple and their adorable 8 kids. So it came on, dh and I wanted to see what she was talking about. One of the infamous couch scenes was on, and Ms Kreider was berating Jon about something. My very patient dh was offended, turned off TV, and said he thought Jon should leave her, Ms Kreider was so insulting and ridiculing Jon. Dd said that J&K were cute and teased each other all the time. Dh told her that was not teasing, that was contempt, and no one should put up with that from their spouse.
To answer a question from prior thread, I rarely talk about Ms Kreider with real life friends. Dh thinks most reality shows are worthless and isn't interested. Older dd who was such a huge fan lost interest as the kids got older and not as cute, she liked the antics of the adorable babies and toddlers. A friend who used to be a big fan and I still talk about Ms Kreider on occasion, she also liked the cute little kiss and Jon, got disgusted when Ms Kreider was so nasty to him. When Ms Kreider was on dwts she and I were on a Free Tony crusade!
Anyone want to go to the beach?

Maggie said...

I wonder if Kate writes to those individuals and companies that give or send her freebies handwritten thank you notes. I can't imagine being given a week's use of a vacation home and receiving a twitter "thanks". Or all her twitter friends that send her family stuff do they ever receive a hand written thank you note.

If not, shame on her big time.

wayward said...

Karen said... 48
I keep thinking back to the McCaughey septuplets. You never hear much about them...only yearly updates. How is it that this family of 8 with HOM was able to live peacefully, out of the public eye, and even thrive? Maybe Kate can take lessons from them? I think their faith is/was much stronger than Kate's which not only kept the couple together but also kept the kids grounded.
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You are correct.

The Henn family above, the Dilleys, the Macaugheys, the Harris family, the Hayes and all the other familes of HOM all lightly dabbled in the spotlight. A book or two here, a Campbell soup commercial for the Macaugheys, a short lived tv show of the Hayes family (showing that they are completely normal) an Extreme Home Makeover for the Harris'. The other 99% of the time they live or lived a life of privacy and anonymity. They went about the business of raising their kids like any other American citizen would.

It was so very odd then, when Jon & Kate had the tups and thrust themselves into the limelight, demanding that everything be done for them/handed to them. "We have 8 kids to raise! We have *8* kids! Society created these fertility drugs-Pay our electric bill!! GIMME TARGET CARDS!!!!!!!! NOWWWWW!!!

What has been the most disturbing to me is how they perfected begging and panhandling to an art, making it almost elegant. Kate is still pulling it off to this very day. Kate is a beggar. It doesn't matter if she sits on the side of the road with a cup & a piece of cardboard that says "Please give to a reality show veteran" or if she sits on twitter, begging with her ipad. She can put all the lipstick she wants on that pig-it's still begging.

Then there's the psychological aspect they wove into their begging. While they were begging for this and that, at the same time they were claiming to be supporting their kids on their own, with no help. "Gimmee, gimmee, our house is bursting at the seams!! We do it all on our own". No, they did not. If they would have worked as hard at starting businesses to sustain themselves as they did to NOT support their own kids and not lift a finger to do it, they would both be legitimate and long term millionaires.

Speaking of making begging look elegant, Kate has managed to sanitize, what IMO is verbal and psychological abuse. She has been shown on TV being downright mean and cruel to her kids. She would slap Jon, then call it a "lovetap." No one said a word, because I guess if the kid is perfectly groomed, wearing Gymboree and they are being verbally attacked in a $1.2 mansion, that really isn't abuse. If you hit another adult with an open hand but call it a lovetap, you're taken at your word. But I'd bet the farm that if Honey Boo Boo's mother said some of the same things to her kids that Kate did or slapped that guy from Deliverance she lives with, CPS would be there in a heartbeat. Quick action was taken on the Teen Mom who hit her boyfriend and was shown being neglectful of her daughter. But everyone looked away at Kate's abuse of Jon and the harsh and irrational way she treated her kids. Further feeding Kate's already bloated sense of entitlement and belief that she doesn't have to play by the same set of rules as the mediocre people.

Anonymous said...

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said... 50
Westbrooke yes, dad Charles was the bad guy and said no to his kids. No we're not moving to a fancy house, no we're not accepting all that money or all those toys or that trip.

As a result, we have four happy successful adults who today recognize all the good choices he made for them, who make a difference in their community by teaching, helping special needs kids, coaching kids. What a great story of the end result of the choices you make as a parent. This is the finish line, and Charles Henn can cross it with two arms proudly raised.

Amen Admin Amen! There were so so so many chances that this could have been positive but IMO at every turn the choice was fame over children. You will never get the image out of my head of those toddlers playing with cameras inches from their little faces and the "do overs" to simply get on a school bus. Or for that matter being left alone in the yard with crew and "helpers". I will never get over the lies of TLC about hours they were filming. I have a complete disdain for anything called reality. I have said it before, reality television wouldn't want the standard family, they want freaks or people willing to embarass themselves . . . I am of the firm opinion that it is an illness to do that to yourself or your family and my outrage was while adults are adults and can make this decision for themselves, the children are nothing more than victims. I really believe that. Westbrooke

Sassy Lassy said...

Dwindle said... 97

I must apologize; I mistakenly said earlier that the former Pink Straightjacket was now Jazzy. I was wrong, she is now the awesome and amazing SASSY LASSY. My bad.

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No worries, Dwindle. No harm done at all.

And might I add that you're pretty awesome, amazing, and FREAKIN' FUN :o)

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Call Me Crazy, something to ponder right? Why else would people who have it all ever fall but for feeling that way? Or at least for some reason feeling they didn't want it. Will we see sabatoge from the Gosselin kids soon?

What's Next? said...

Wayward 101, You nailed it! I was thinking the same thing. Kate got away with things that June (Honey Boo Boo's mom) never could and I believe it is because they state they are rednecks and Kate presents herself as classy (her definition, not mine).

Perfect example of this is Nancy Grace and actually the whole news media. Outside of Jodie and Kevin, child exploitation was not mentioned in the media concerning the G8, not even when Jon was on and there was all this talk about him wanting the children off the show. No, it was all about Kate struggling to support 8 children and the show being that support. Now comes Honey Boo Boo and the other Toddlers and Tiaras girls and now it's child exploitation. Perhaps Honey Boo Boo's family is struggling financially and the show is helping them out, but you will never hear that used as justification like you do with Kate.

Personally, I think all the above cases are child exploitation. I'm just saying the media picks and chooses how to portray each story. Looks like Karma may be coming to TLC, too.

Sassy Lassy said...

Let's throw tomatoes said... 46

I'm checking in and see that that there is a new thread about honest hard working people who don't sell out their kids for money. Kate doesn't care and will never change!

I have not commented in a few days because my best, best, childhood friend has passed away. She lost her battle against ovarian cancer. We met in elementary school and have been friends ever since. I have been in tears and remembering what a great person she was! As a matter of fact her life story is one reason that keeps me on this Kate Gooselin saga, because she dealt with her life , her hardships the complete opposite of Kate.

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Oh Tomatoes, how sad to read that you lost your
dear childhood friend. God rest her beloved soul.

I'm so so sorry for your loss. Our dear friends
are so important in our lives, aren't they?
Judging by your tears, it is more than obvious that she was a wonderful human being, and a good friend to you.

As sad as it is to see her go, she is no longer suffering. Always remember the good times you had with her, continue to live on happily for her- and do it well, in her honor.

She'll be o.k.
and so will you.

Love,
Sassy (Pink)

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

I think the sad truth is that it's easier to call white trash, crude and crass people child exploiters. It was harder for the media to call a pretty young mother and eight gorgeous and adorable kids child exploiters. It was just too easy on the eyes. It took the media forever to get past the facade.

butterfly said...

Let's Throw- My condolences.

PatK- Great avatar!!

wayward said...

What's Next? said... 105
...."Personally, I think all the above cases are child exploitation. I'm just saying the media picks and chooses how to portray each story. Looks like Karma may be coming to TLC, too."
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You nailed it too!

We have all scratched our heads as to why the media never called Kate out. I still can't get the visual of Anderson Cooper, distingished journalist, having to sit there and listen to Kate talk about how she sat by the phone when the kids were at Jons (barf, spare me). He sat there! And listened that drek! Politely! Why??? He sure didn't hold back on the pageant moms though, didn't he get up and leave in disgust? There is NO difference between a pageant mom and Kate, except what Kate did to her kids for years was WAY more invasive and exploitive.

Kate has gotten a pass for way too long, that's why we were so looking forward to GosselinBook coming out. Finally, Kate gets what she has coming to her, and she & her pricey lawyers couldn't threaten, bully or slither out of it like she usually does. Unless she already has. It's Aug. 21 and not a peep. Until Robert tells us something different, I'm guessing he's working out a $$ deal with Kate to squash the book. I don't see any way in hell she lets it be released, no matter how much it would cost her.

chefsummer said...

I didn't know what happen to the screen lol I'm glad it's not just me.

Call Me Crazy said...

Anonymous This Time -

Thank you for sharing your very personal story. I hope you can let go of the shame and guilt you say you still carry around because of failing on purpose. People choose many ways to rebel. When your wishes were not being heard, you were forced into finding a way to rebel that would ensure that your wishes were heard.

I think you owe it to yourself to feel proud of your accomplishments. You could have easily sunk into self pity, which could have become extremely destructive, but instead you went on to excel in school and earn your degrees on your terms. I see that as a triumph.

Instead of seeing yourself as a "chicken," I hope you will be kind to yourself. You faced an excruciatingly difficult situation, and you found a way to solve it. You should feel proud of that.

So many situations like yours could be prevented if all parents could just do two simple things: listen to and respect their children. This doesn't mean parents have to agree with everything their children do, but it does lay the groundwork for a healthy, trusting relationship.

Mel said...

Northern Quilt's tweet to Kate. Doesn't sound like they were just sending her coupons. That sounds like they're sending actual tp.

If they were sending "leftover" coupons, wouldn't they just send them in printable form via email?

And if they DID have leftover coupons, why not donate them to the needy instead of millionaire?

@QuiltedNorthern
@Kateplusmy8 Sounds like you could use a few more rolls...Send us a DM with your mailing address and we’d be happy to share :)

She's come undone said...

Annoyed, I agree with you. I have said for a while now that this whole book thing wasn't going to happen. Once again, Kate skates away free and clear. I believe he caved to threats from her lawyer and/or took money to shut up. I'm not looking for that book to happen.

Still in black because my iPad won't let me post in blue (or maybe it's just me hells bells of course it's just me! - lol). In any case I have to use my laptop or desktop to post in blue. Sometimes, it's just too much trouble.

Call Me Crazy said...

Admin, I think we will absolutely see sabotage from at least some of the children at some point. And that sabotage could take many different forms. Just as in the situation Anonymous This Time described, when people feel they are not in control of a situation, they will do whatever it takes to empower themselves to gain at least some control of their destiny. It is human nature.

Taken to its most horrific level, it reminds me of stories I have seen and read about POWs in "work camps" in WWII. These men, despite being brutalized and starved and tortured and humiliated and degraded, somehow found the strength to sabotage the projects they were forced to work on. They did this as a way to hold on to their dignity and give themselves a sense of purpose. Survivors have said this was the biggest reason they survived.

I read this blog for so many reasons, but a very big reason is because it helps me see things in ways I had not thought of before. I love that.

PatK said...

She's come undone said... 113

Still in black because my iPad won't let me post in blue (or maybe it's just me hells bells of course it's just me! - lol). In any case I have to use my laptop or desktop to post in blue. Sometimes, it's just too much trouble.


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Have you logged in to your account on your iPad? I know I've had to make sure I was logged in thru both the PC and my iPad!

White Organza said...

I don't believe this! White Oraganza is finally blue! And for the life of me, I have no frigging idea what I did differently from the past five days...

Mel said...

Here's Quilted Northern's response to another blogger. Another fairly distancing answer that means nothing. They're not sorry at all about donating to Grifty, IMO.

Meg Fligg said...

Hi xxx. It's Meg Fligg from Georgia-Pacific, the maker of Quilted Northern. I saw your blog and wanted to let you know we support many non-profits with both product donations and cash. Please read more here: http://www.gp.com/aboutus/wherewestand/gp_issue8.html

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 404-652-4188. Thanks


This particular blogger said in part (bolding is mine):
And just so you know, I've met the Gosselin children and they are delightful, percocious and want and lack for nothing.

I saw that you were giving free toilet paper away to Ms.Kate Gosselin. I'm wondering if instead you might be willing to NOT donate TP to a person who is able to send her children to an elite private school at the cost of $100,000 a year, travel to NYC on a standing hair appt with a designer hairdresser, and fly all over the country to run marathons, 1/2 marathons and even a few 5k's and instead donate TP to an inner city youth program for children living way below the poverty line in Reading, PA that could really use the help. I don't begrudge your willingness to share, but I do question your reasoning about giving to those who truly don't need it, but ignoring the rest of society that lives within such tough economic circumstances.

Good blog article.
cocalicocountry

fidosmommy said...

while Jon and Kate Plus Eight was on the air, she wrote directly to Kate saying that she would like to buy all eight kids Christmas gifts and asking Kate for suggestions. Apparently Kate wrote back, asking her to send a gift card for Target instead.
It makes me wonder just how much in gifts and freebies the Gosselins receiver over the years, not just from corporations like Lane Furniture but also from individuals

********
In the episode of their fake Christmas, Kate was sitting in the living room, gifts were spilling out of a fence she had set up around the tree and she was telling the camera about how the kids got so many gifts from viewers. She was talking about "how much they love us".

Miss Marple said...

Georgia Pacific does do a lot for the communities and giving back. I appreciate that. Just because they gave some coupons to grify, doesn't diminish everything else that they do in my eyes.

Kelly H. said...

I agree that GP does wonderful things as do many companies who fall for Katie's sob story. I just wish these companies would open their eyes and do their research before sending her any more freebies.

SaraMRN2010 said...

{{Tomatoe's}} I am sorry for your loss. Losing a best friend is like losing a family member. I hope you have wonderful memories of your friend....

Mel said...

Georgia Pacific does do a lot for the communities and giving back. I appreciate that. Just because they gave some coupons to grify, doesn't diminish everything else that they do in my eyes.

No, it doesn't diminish what they already do. And they probably do a lot, as most big companies who have a corporate giving policy do. And good for them.

If they choose to send Grifty Millionaire tp, fine. Own it. Don't lie about it. Or imply that they did less then they did. Own what they chose to do.

Don't try to say that they sent a few leftover coupons when it appears that product was sent.

It's the lying that makes my crazy with Grifty, and now she's conned yet some more people and another company into lying to cover her grifting tracks.

She contaminates everything she touches.

AuntieAnn said...

Miss Marple @ 119 - I agree. It appears as if they were blindsided by this incident. Could be the person in charge of donations, etc hadn't the faintest idea who Kate Gosselin is. Which is kind of funny in and of itself. At any rate, they know now.

If they didn't know who she was, Kate lied again. She said they LOVED her family.

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What's Next? said... 105

Perfect example of this is Nancy Grace and actually the whole news media. Outside of Jodie and Kevin, child exploitation was not mentioned in the media concerning the G8, not even when Jon was on and there was all this talk about him wanting the children off the show. No, it was all about Kate struggling to support 8 children and the show being that support.
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I too thought NG's outrage was misplaced during the Gosselin divorce hoopla. She sat there and screamed at Jon without a mention of his exploited children. I thought she was all for protecting children but apparently only when it serves her purpose.

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Tomatoes - Please accept my condolences in the loss of your dear friend.

White Organza said...

White Organza

WTH?! I'm not blue anymore?!!

Dwindle said...

White Organza said... 116
I don't believe this! White Oraganza is finally blue! And for the life of me, I have no frigging idea what I did differently from the past five days...
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YAY!!!!!

AuntieAnn said...

Am I mistaken? Did she say it was QN that were fans of her family or Relax by the Beach?

Dwindle said...

White Organza said... 124
White Organza

WTH?! I'm not blue anymore?!!
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Yes, you are!!! It's all good from my side!

Rhymes with Witch said...

Testing.

Rhymes with Witch said...

He, heh. The avatar is in the works.

Tomaots, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Rhymes with Witch said...

That should say Tomatoes.

Once A Viewer said...

I agree the Gosselins got a lot of private gifts and donations from individual and companies that we will never know about. I recall reading Just Want You to Know (I think) and she mentioned a lady bought the kids shoes every year- never heard about that before. Another sent hooded animal towels. A couple of examples. And I know she liked to tell people about giftcards!

Glad so many are turning blue and sorry, but it was difficult! I am not the only one, I guess. My son did it, though, in under 30 seconds, unraveling my feeble attempts !

AuntieAnn said...

What a dilemna it is for you
Can't figure out if you're black or blue
The problem is slight, but to our delight
Your Organza will always be White

Dwindle said...

wayward said... 101

What has been the most disturbing to me is how they perfected begging and panhandling to an art, making it almost elegant. Kate is still pulling it off to this very day. Kate is a beggar. It doesn't matter if she sits on the side of the road with a cup & a piece of cardboard that says "Please give to a reality show veteran" or if she sits on twitter, begging with her ipad. She can put all the lipstick she wants on that pig-it's still begging.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

In honor of the brilliant wayward and her brilliant post, I am changing my avatar. Wayward, this is for you. WELL PUT!!!!!!!!!

NJGal51 said...

Tomatoes - So sorry to hear about your friend.

As far as Tervis tumblers go, I've got a couple of them (GO METS!!) but can only use them at home and not on the fly. It seems whenever I drink with the lid on I spill it all over myself (and this is sitting in a chair at home and not driving). I don't know if it's just me or if it's the width of the little lip piece. I use one of the Copco travel mugs. It looks like a take out cup but is heavy duty, dishwasher safe, plastic and I don't spill.

Dwindle said...

AuntieAnn said... 132
What a dilemna it is for you
Can't figure out if you're black or blue
The problem is slight, but to our delight
Your Organza will always be White
LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL


applauding....!

AuntieAnn said...

I'm sorry NJGal but I just got a visual of you sitting comfortably, all nice and clean in your chair and slopping coffee all over yourself. And sputtering some nasty words about the mug you're using.

I can't quit laughing.

AuntieAnn said...

Oh why thank you Dwindle. (taking a bow)

AuntieAnn said...

I have some simple Dollar Store thick plastic travel mugs with a ripple rubber grip that resemble the take-out cups at Starbucks and Tim Horton's. They work like a charm and keep your coffee hot.
I have to wonder how much money Kate throws away on her disposable cups. She really doesn't have a clue about saving.
My dad used to say watch your pennies and the dollars will take of themselves.

NJGal51 said...

AuntieAnn@136 - As a Jersey girl I can really turn the air blue. I hate to admit it but I tend to sound like Mona Lisa Vito (My Cousin Vinny).

njay said...

http://www.limelife.com/blog-entry/Todd-Bridges-and-Corey-Feldman-Supporting-Bill-to-Protect-Child-Actors/139153.html

http://www.limelife.com/blog-entry/Corey-Feldman-Says-Pedophelia-is-Rampant-in-Hollywood/137261.html

I thought these articles might be interesting to some.

Great avitars and comments. Great laughs everyday. Thanks

Call Me Crazy said...

NJGal51 said... 139

As a Jersey girl I can really turn the air blue. I hate to admit it but I tend to sound like Mona Lisa Vito (My Cousin Vinny).
__________________________

"Is that ALL, Miss Vito?"

"NO. Thairz Mahw!"

Ha, Ha, fellow Jersey Girl! Love that movie, and love your avatar!

KAT said...

Just curious....what other corporations does Kate do work for, besides CC? NQ says THEY have no formal relationship with her....Is this Kate trying to make herself sound important again? She says she does work for other corp....WTF...

fidosmommy said...

I just watched a Law and Order SVU episode
(guest starring Marlo Thomas and Cindy Williams)
which had an interesting ending.

Seems a mother faked her daughter's leukemia
diagnosis in order to receive donations. When the Assistant DA discovered it was a ruse to put out donation cans and plead great need when there was no need, the DA charged her with a crime, complete with promises of jail time. There were other things involved too, but the ADA was talking about the deception in particular.

Interesting, I thought.

mamaK said...

I think she also meant the rock and roll people. She just did an interview where she referred to them as her sponsor, so they must be paying for her trips. In Kate's eyes, that's employment, you know.

Sheeple Herder said...

I have joined the ranks of the blue people!
Thanks to whoever shared the puppy cam link. I've had a great time watching those pups!

Remona Blue said...

Dwindle said... 67
''....I want to give a shout out to several folks who broke a sweat trying to work out the google account stuff.''.........''And our dear Remona might have had to take to her fainting couch for a day coz she wore herself out trying to get the google thing working and also with her hilarious recounting of it all for us!!!! I have always enjoyed Remona's posts but I never knew she was so drop-dead funny!!''
~~~~~
Let's Throw Tomatoes,I join the others in saying that I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Dwindle...thanks for the shout out....I sure worked hard for my Remona Blue!! For years and years, people have told me how funny I am, and for the life of me, I don't know why!! Maybe it's just the quirky way my mind works? I just say what I'm thinking, and people laugh. My oldest told me that my startled look when people laugh at something I said, makes what I said even more funny. Whatever the reason, I am what I am, and way way too old to try to change, or to want to change!!
What's Next? said... 105
''......I'm just saying the media picks and chooses how to portray each story. Looks like Karma may be coming to TLC, too.''
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I agree with those that say Kate got away with things that Honey Boo Boo's mom never could, but disagree that it is because they state they are rednecks.

I think that Kate's behavior was 'allowed' because Jon was so passive...(and I don't say passive in a mean way) I believe that Jon loved Kate and put up with her treatment of him because he found the path of least resistance to Kate made his life a tiny bit more tolerable...and he really loved and enjoyed taking care of the kids. I think that when he said that he stuffed his feelings down till they exploded in his bad behavior once he left Kate, was exactly what happened.

I don't think it was the 'media' that controlled the way each story was told, I think it was TLC that controlled all the 'poor Kate, trying to support 8 kids all alone' story. TLC sure crushed Jon, and it wasn't because Jon was bad and Kate was good. It was because Jon didn't want the kids filmed, and Kate would do ANYTHING to see that they were! I think that is the Karma TLC is about to face.

fidosmommy said...

I just watched a Law and Order SVU episode
(guest starring Marlo Thomas and Cindy Williams)
which had an interesting ending.

Seems a mother faked her daughter's leukemia
diagnosis in order to receive donations. When the Assistant DA discovered it was a ruse to put out donation cans and plead great need when there was no need, the DA charged her with a crime, complete with promises of jail time. There were other things involved too, but the ADA was talking about the deception in particular.

Yes, I know this is scripted TV, but it's still
interesting, I thought.

wayward said...

Dwindle said... 133
wayward said... 101

What has been the most disturbing to me is how they perfected begging and panhandling to an art, making it almost elegant. Kate is still pulling it off to this very day. Kate is a beggar. It doesn't matter if she sits on the side of the road with a cup & a piece of cardboard that says "Please give to a reality show veteran" or if she sits on twitter, begging with her ipad. She can put all the lipstick she wants on that pig-it's still begging.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

In honor of the brilliant wayward and her brilliant post, I am changing my avatar. Wayward, this is for you. WELL PUT!!!!!!!!!
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Aww {{blushing}} thanks Dwindle!! I love your new avatar! All the avatars are so funny and "the blues" are doing a great job keeping the drawbridge up around the moat.... lol!

Heading off now to student orientation night. I'm not sure why I bother trying to educate and help the next generation succeed when I could simply pretend to run in marathons and beg for toilet paper and CoffeeMate for a living ;)

Anne said...

Just seeing if I am blue...

njay said...


Remona Blue said

I don't think it was the 'media' that controlled the way each story was told, I think it was TLC that controlled all the 'poor Kate, trying to support 8 kids all alone' story. TLC sure crushed Jon, and it wasn't because Jon was bad and Kate was good. It was because Jon didn't want the kids filmed, and Kate would do ANYTHING to see that they were! I think that is the Karma TLC is about to face.

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YAY!!!!!!!! WELL SAID!!!

fidosmommy said...

Well, I guess my Law and Order story was so
fascinating and important I had to send it twice.
Sorry.

wayward said...

Call Me Crazy said... 141
NJGal51 said... 139

As a Jersey girl I can really turn the air blue. I hate to admit it but I tend to sound like Mona Lisa Vito (My Cousin Vinny).
__________________________

"Is that ALL, Miss Vito?"

"NO. Thairz Mahw!"

Ha, Ha, fellow Jersey Girl! Love that movie, and love your avatar!
_______________________________

My co-teacher is from Lawnng Eyeland. I'm stopping at Starbucks before I get to school tonight to get her a couwwffee. Love her to death, she shoots from the hip, says it like it is and says it with flair!

Anne said...

Did anyone take the Skyjump avatar yet?

Once A Viewer said...

Wow, there are endless avatars appearing and all so funny! I would love to be a fly on the wall when Kate sees them!

Well, since fidosmommy shared her TV show,(I love SVU) I will share my new book, fresh from Amazon (I give them way too much business)

January First, true story of a schizophrenic child. It's relevant to mention since people are saying the child is not schizophrenic and the parents are trying to make money off her less-severe diagnosis of autism. I saw a special on this girl, and I want to read her story, written by her dad.

LaLaLandNomore said...

Kate will beg for their needs and then spend her money anyway she pleases. It's disgusting, really. Every food pantry I know about locally needs TP for donation, along with other toiletries. If you can't buy your own food, then it's tough to buy TP. I don't know anyone who uses donated TP and takes beach front vacations, do you? It's just "over the top" grifting. Really, the Gosselins have used the fact that they have 8 kids for the purpose of their own greed since they came to be. Not a pretty story.
Tomatoes, sorry for your loss.

Miss Marple said...

The Five on Fox is going to be talking about Toddlers & Tiaras next. FYI. Exploitation

Miss Marple said...

They just showed a clip of Honey Boo Boo on Fox. How hideous.

Jane said...

wayward said...
My co-teacher is from Lawnng Eyeland. I'm stopping at Starbucks before I get to school tonight to get her a couwwffee. Love her to death, she shoots from the hip, says it like it is and says it with flair!

__________

Hahaha!! You nailed it : )

Parent In Lancaster County said...

zorbaugh
@Kateplusmy8 Can you speak to a center for homeless youth in York pa


This is so funny. What would she speak about? How to grift instead of work? Would she ask that a basket be passed for her love offerings?

This guy is mass tweeting for a shout-out to a youth development center. I guess he figured since Kate is somewhat local, he's ask her to speak there. Apparently he's not familiar with Kate and her non-existent charity work!

khater said...

Is she serious? the amount of waste this hag creates makes me sick (talking about he CC "blog")

1) How does renting or buying a movie save money on BACK TO SCHOOL LOL omg...

2) disposable everything - hey Khate, buy a one time purchase REUSEABLE coffee cup. They are like $10.

And instead of restaurant supply stores and target sandwich bags buy reuseable BPA free containers. I have had some for years. I bet I would have spent way more than the $15 they cost me 5 years ago...just saying.

Not to mention - cost is not limited to money. What about the cost of your waste to our environment tyvm.

KAT said...

What in Gods name are you talking about???? Kate "addicted" to charity work........Ha Ha HA

AuntieAnn said...

NJGal & Call me Crazy - I love My Cousin Vinny! Mona Lisa was such a genius. I think she's the only person I've ever seen put Joe Pesci in his place. Well, his character anyway. I love that guy too, but he scared the hell out of me in Casino and Goodfellas.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Anne - GOLD STAR for your avatar! Kate was absolutely, outrageously RUDE to those people. The best part was when that guy threw her off the Sky Jump. I so wanted to be him at that moment.

njay said...

I have just pulled out my broccoli and it is yellow. It doesn't smell bad or have mold but it is yellow. Is it safe to eat for a broccoli and potato cream soup?

White Organza said...

Just unveiling my avatar...

Winsomeone said...

They burn yellow when the little florets are opening..like small flowers.

Winsomeone said...

Should be turn, not burn.

Wowser said...

Did anyone see this interview after Australia? The interviewer asks Kate if the kids "are anxious to get back to work" and Kate completely misses it. NOTHING has changed with this woman...not her interviews or what she says in them..even 2 years later. (I realize I am not blue...bit I am legit..lol)


http://www.google.com/search?q=kate+gosslin+rude+to+sky+jump+worker&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

CS said...

Let's throw tomatoes said... 46

I am so sorry for your loss. I too, lost my dear friend of 33 years in November. I miss her every day!
I hope that this will comfort you.
"I'll see you again."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7IbQyG9PL4

May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Hug's..

Wowser said...

Never saw this one either where tony dovolani walks out of an interview with Kate and she talks about Ted Gibson

http://www.google.com/search?q=kate+gosselin+is+rude&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#q=kate+gosselin+is+rude&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ei=UxM0UNrIGJDO0QHgnIG4Cw&ved=0CDIQ_AUoAg&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=b0e68c2987d8d8a2&biw=768&bih=928

JudyK said...

SueBuddy...I am over 100 posts behind, but JUST WOW did you ever hit the nail on the head!!! Best yet, and I didn't think you could get any better!

Tried to respond to you on Gather, but they screwed up my password by showing my REAL NAME and not my screenname, so I'll praise you here instead!

Samantha said...
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readerlady said...

I've been away from the computer all day, dealing with life stuff. Nothing major, just trips to the library and the car wash and the grocery store and the vet. You know, mediocre stuff. I haven't had time to read all the comments, but wanted to weigh in before I forgot what I wanted to say. Those senior moments are coming more and more frequently, LOL.

Interesting about Todd Marinovich. Those of you who are old like me and also baseball fans will remember the name of Jimmy Piersall. He was a famous, and very good player for the Red Sox and Indians, as well as a few other teams. Unfortunately, he was better known for his many blow-ups, antics and dust-ups. Anyway, his career included a full-blown mental breakdown. His book "Fear Strikes Out" details the abuse and pressure he received from his father. It was made into a movie starring Anthony Perkins as Jimmy and Karl Malden (in a very rare "bad guy" role). Check it out. There are so many parallels.

Mandy, thanks for that link on shades of grey. I haven't read the book. I'd heard it was very badly written and I have a low tolerance for that. Interesting take on it, if true. Anyone here read it and agree? Disagree?

Admin, I agree, the Twilight books are very badly written. Did you read/hear about the big dust-up about a year ago when Stephen King criticized the books? He was talking about the Harry Potter phenomenon and Twilight and said basically that J.K. Rowling deserved her success because she knew how to write and he couldn't understand how the Twilight books became so popular because they were so simplistic and poorly written. The Twi-hards wanted to hold King book burnings! Sheesh!

Tomatoes -- So sorry for the death of your friend. It's hard to lose someone who's been such a big part of your life. She's at peace now, and I hope you'll find comfort in all your memories of her.

Dwindle -- Did you send that big black spider my way? Last night Dulcie kept trying to climb on my head while I was reading in bed. I finally turned around and there was a HUGE wolf spider on the wall about an inch above my head. You probably heard my scream all the way up to your house.

angie said...

Tomatoes, please accept my sympathy for the loss of your long time friend. My grade school friend is battling Bladder Cancer right now. I fear for her.I seem to be surrounded by people with cancer right now, even my poor cat.


Well, I haven'turned blue, but I have tried. Will work on it over the weekend, Honest Injun, but something about this computer just doesnot want to cooperate. So please hang in there with me.

As for Kate and her complaining, I would rather hear she read her kids a story at night instead of the angst about waking them up,keeping them up and then her being"so tired" as she is such a Saint. If school doesn't start until Monday, why doesn't she just wake them up early on Sat/Sun and let them have this week? She is such a biotch to them. I fear for the 6,I truly do, as someone mentioned, she kept them all together to start school at the same time, even though some were more advanced, very bad move on her part. Now that they are in the 2nd grade and some probably are 3rd grade material, then you have problems with a bored child in school.Not good. She needs to let them be individuals and stop her crap, feeding them little portions, dressing them alike,making them pose like they are all the same height. She is a major Beotch and she will never change.

Remember Grey Gardens? They owned their house and that is how they were able to live there in the decay, etc., But Katie G has major mortgages and she shouldn't have a mortgage with all of that money she had/has. She will screw everything up,no doubt, she will come out of that house broke. Karma is a biotch!

Parent In Lancaster County said...

"If school doesn't start until Monday, why doesn't she just wake them up early on Sat/Sun and let them have this week?"
__________

It starts this Thursday.

"Well, I haven'turned blue, but I have tried."

_________

I have tried, too. Google is fighting with my existing gmail account and password and the whole thing now is all screwed up. I feel so...inadequate (and stupid)!

angie said...

As for Kate as the Blogher convention, I'll bet the only reason she went was to GRIFT. She never went to any of the major speaker's events. She never stayed with CC, she went out and around with her bodyguard (say where is he?)and took everything for 9 people (probably 9 Lorax DVDs also in addition to the shirts) but she screwed up big time with the QN stuff. I hope her septic system goes haywire. Our old house had to be worked on because the previous owners had done that exact thing (used too thick tp)and we had major $$$$ go into that ground (I am talking $2000.00 plus)as our yard overflowed with what was in the septic tank...so if Kate grifted too many coupons, she will pay a price for QN. Know something? No one buys that thick tp when you can get a good single ply for your toilet. Especially if you have children in the house. Or does she count out how many sheets each child can use on each visit to the bathroom?

angie said...

Oh My.....look at me, I'm blue!!!!!

fidosmommy said...

Wowser, all I'm getting on those links is the Google page with lots of choices about Kate. Are there specific places you can link us to,
please? Thanks.

Linda said...

Let's throw tomatoes, I am so sorry to about the loss of your friend. Eight years ago, I lost my best friend of over 40 years. I miss her every day, but have lots of memories of the times we had. Hugs to you.

Rhymes with Witch said...

When the NY Post decides you're salacious, you're truly toast.

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/end_this_now_gNDaX6PEO1QUZbLtrdz5CN

Title of article:

End this now!
Exploited children should not be a reality-TV staple

Once A Viewer said...

readerlady said... 172
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Re: Fifty Shades...

"The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight fan fiction originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name 'Snowqueen's Icedragon"\. The piece featured characters named after Stephenie Meyer's characters in Twilight, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan."

I'm not going to bother, one, as it's likely not well-written, and two, doesn't interest me; Twilight did not either & I think it is poorly written as well. I did read the first book of it.

fidosmommy said...

Angie, I think CC mentioned that Kate was there
as a photo op for bloggers. They could go by the CC booth and get their picture taken with her and get whatever CC was handing out. That is the reason she went in that red bandage dress and her heels.

Whoopee, right?

fidosmommy said...
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Remona Blue said...

Parent In Lancaster County said... 174
''.....I have tried, too. Google is fighting with my existing gmail account and password and the whole thing now is all screwed up. I feel so...inadequate (and stupid)!''
~~~~~~~~~~~
Trust me, NO ONE could be more messed up than I was. Did you read the mess I made? ALERTS from Google that I was being hacked. Frozen regular email. Forced to change my password. It was freaking exhausting!!! But I did it, and I know that if anyone as clueless as I am can do it....so can you!!

I will tell you how I finally turned blue. First, I went to my regular email, and unclicked stay signed in. Then I signed out, and clicked on the x to totally remove my regular email from the window. Then I went to the top right of 15 min. and clicked sign in. That took me to a form to make a new/additional gmail. I made sure that I unclicked stay signed in on that one, too. I created Remona Blue, and presto...I was blue. I really think the problem is having that stay signed in box checked and having to totally shut one email down in order to use the other.

I have since discovered that I must totally sign out of my regular email when I want to post on 15 minutes, and sign out of Remona in order to sign in again to my regular email.

There may be a way to have both emails at once, but out of fear of messing up, I've not tried that.

Does any of that help, or does my lack of computer speak confuse (or irritate?) you? You won't hurt my feelings if you tell me that I just typed a bunch of useless gibberish!!

fidosmommy said...

Did Kate mention on Twitter that she was reading
50 Shades of Grey? If she did, it is my hope her tween followers didn't go out and get the book to read for an English assignment. You know, if Kate's reading it then it's something I automatically want to read.
Oh my!

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Yes Kate once mentioned on Twitter a short while back she was reading 50 Shades. Remember when for about two weeks she would mention she was reading, never to mention reading again? Someone finally asked and she said 50 Shades. Then everyone like me who has read it or attempted to read it wondered why it took her longer than 3 days to get through it. It's that kind of book.

As far as I know that's the only thing Kate has ever said she's read, other than post it notes. Big surprise.

Audible Click said...

I read the first two of the Twilight trilogy but gave up when I realized I was hoping Bella would be murdered by someone, anyone.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Once, don't bother with 50. I read the first Twilight as well and for as poorly as that was written, 50 shades is 50 times worse if you can believe it.

Twilight and 50 Shades have almost the same sort of plot the entire book. Do I love him, does he love me? What is he? Is he a vampire, is he some kind of sadist? Like, omg, this goes on for 400 pages.

YAWWWNNNN! Back to The Horse Whisperer!

Once A Viewer said...

I hope Mady and Cara don't read it. They will be very confused, living with Kate and her relationships with people...

One point that worries me.Isn't the main female character a student and virgin when she meets this weird man?

Once A Viewer said...

Admin:
Thanks, I won't ! 50 Shades does echo Twilight, doesn't it?


I loved The Horse Whisperer! ( book & film)

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Ohh I have a recommendation for this who have OWN.

A reality show called Million Dollar Neighborhood about how a town deep in debt pulls together to get out. Things like garage sales, getting rid of things they don't need even cars, downsizing, boosting their businesses. It has great ideas and I love stories about people getting back on their feet through their own hard work. Every week they vote on who did the best that week, not just money wise but in terms of ideas, positive attitude, leadership, and they get $10,000.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...


I read the first two of the Twilight trilogy but gave up when I realized I was hoping Bella would be murdered by someone, anyone.

&&&

It took you two books to get there? I must be more violent than you. The moment she like, stepped into my life I wanted that drip strung up high.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

A friendly reminder now that school is starting to the locals of our long-standing request to not reveal times of bus pickups, days off and not days off, etc. Unless it's relevant, like Kate is lying about something, working the kids on school days, etc. You know the difference.

Kate is a twit said...

wayward said... 152

My co-teacher is from Lawnng Eyeland
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wayward-I live on LI, and I believe the correct pronunciation is Lawn Guyland.

All those lawn guys working around here probably don't realize that LI was named after them!

White Organza said...

Hang in there, Parent in Lancaster! If it hadn't been for Remona Blue's example, -a paragon of perseverance if you ask me since she couldn't even post her name in black, before-, I would have let the whole Blogger's mess at my first try. (So thank you, Remona, by the way! And since I'm in my "Oscars thanks", Marie, I wouldn't have an avatar if it wasn't for the step by step you publish yesterday!)

TLC stinks said...

Whoever started the avatars, thx!

Once A Viewer said...

What are these books so popular with young people?? I never saw anything like the Twilight fans- real fanatics! They are the cause IMO in the drawn -out and really low treatment of KS.
Did you read about those T-shirts? Incredible.

And now 50 Shades the highest paperback seller ever or something? Why?

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

Once I've wondered that myself.

I wonder if this thing goes in cycles. I think for awhile people had been reading so much more "challenging" fiction like Oprah book club selections and the like, and maybe people just wanted pure bubble gum crap. Like how once in awhile you just want a big cheeseburger.

SeeSaw said...

Once - yes, she's a college student days away from graduation and a virgin. I read the first book and was unimpressed. I don't shock easily but I can see the attraction as the sex is kind of interesting at first but then gets really repetitive. The female character actually becomes a pretty willing participant so I don't get all of the freaking out over the book

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

I didn't find it that shocking either after the initial shock wore off. It's not like I'm not aware this stuff exists. I don't buy the pedophilia argument whatsoever, that's the biggest stretch I've ever heard--she is a consenting adult and half the book is devoted to how this is all with her consent. Let's be clear, pedophilia involves a child, period. If you're going to say she is being unduly influenced, then you're really talking about rape, but that's not pedophilia if it's an adult. Now is it a nasty, nasty book? Sure is.

SeeSaw said...

Admin - I agree. It was a waste of time but I had to see what all of the fuss was about. So many good books out there that I'm always sorry when I waste my reading time on crap.
I also read the first Twilight book. I get the attraction for teen girls, but I was just bored by the whole thing.

Griftopia said...

NJGal51 said... 139
AuntieAnn@136 - As a Jersey girl I can really turn the air blue. I hate to admit it but I tend to sound like Mona Lisa Vito (My Cousin Vinny).

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I'm a Jersey Girl, too!! Don't have the accent (blame it on too many years living in CA as an adult, followed by my nomadic travels as a Navy wife) -- but I actually DO have a cousin Vinnie. Whenever I mention 'my cousin Vinnie' to friends, I get the littany of quotes from the movie: "You shot a Deeeyaa???" "Yooots???", etc. etc. lol. Not for nothin', but Marissa Tomei did an excellent job portraying the accent of a certain segment of NJ -- unlike that damned Joe Piscopo, who has an entire nation convinced that we actually say we're from "Joisy." I attended school from elementary through undergrad in NJ (Go Scarlet Knights!), and NOBODY from New Jersey says "Joisy" -- that is a Brooklyn accent at best -- but it's NOT Jersey. Even my most Jerseylicious-ish cousins in Jersey City pronounce it "Jehzzzy," NOT "Joisy." Sorry for the OT -- but I'm very protective of my very misunderstood and misrepresented home state.

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