‘Star Trek’ star Shatner sells kidney stone

LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Going maybe where no other actor has gone before, “Star Trek” star William Shatner has sold a piece of his body for charity. Shatner, famed for playing Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series, sold his kidney stone to … Continue reading “‘Star Trek’ star Shatner sells kidney stone”

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Going maybe where no other actor has gone before, “Star Trek” star William Shatner has sold a piece of his body for charity.

Shatner, famed for playing Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series, sold his kidney stone to online casino GoldenPalace.Com for $25,000. The money will be donated by Shatner to Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the poor.

But Shatner said it wasn’t easy parting with a kidney stone, even if it had already left his body. He also said he would never sell unless he had visitation rights.

“When I was contacted about selling my kidney stone to GoldenPalace.Com for an original price of $15,000 I turned it down, knowing that my tunics from Star Trek have commanded more than $100,000,” Shatner said, adding that he countered by offering to sell the ring-sized stone for $25,000.

By privately selling his kidney stone, Shatner gave up an offer to sell it at auction on television. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel interviewed Shatner about his painful stone on Nov. 14 and immediately called it “the ultimate Star Trek collectible” and offered to sell it on his show.

Kimmel claimed to be bitterly disappointed at being denied a chance to hold the first televised kidney stone auction.

“I feel like a part of my own body has been stolen — and there is no T.J. Hooker sight to answer my cry for help,” Kimmel told Reuters, referring to the cop character Shatner played on television.

GoldenPalace.Com plans to send the stone on tour with a collection of other unusual items.

A spokesman for Shatner said he didn’t know if the Emmy Award-winning actor would consider selling any other body parts.

“We are very pleased to own this piece of TV history and to be able to help a worthy charity like Habitat For Humanity,” said GoldenPalace.Com Chief Executive Officer Richard Rowe.

Gary Coleman- The Saddest Man in the World

This is so depressing. Hey, Gary…I’ll be your friend and I don’t want anything from you. That is unless you are a complete and incorrigible asshole…in that case, I’ll be your friend but you need to pay me upfront so I feel okay dealing with your shit…if you are cool though…no problem. I’m short too, not as short as you, but I know how it is…and I promise to never make you say that thing from Different Strokes.

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By Sandy Cohen, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The honeymoon is over for Gary Coleman and his new bride.
The 40-year-old actor and his 22-year-old wife, Shannon Price, are set to appear on TV’s Divorce Court on May 1 and 2. The couple wed in August after meeting on the set of the 2006 comedy Church Ball.

Among the problems the pair discusses with Judge Lynn Toler are Coleman’s anger and intimacy issues. Coleman and Price agree they have “ugly” monthly fights.

“If he doesn’t get his way, he throws a temper tantrum like a five-year-old does,” Price says, according to a transcript of the show provided to The Associated Press. “He like stomps the floor and yells, ‘Meehhhh,’ and starts throwing stuff around. He bashes his head in the wall, too.”

Coleman says he gets frustrated because “the male is always the bad guy.”

“When I try to state my case or explain things to her or try to get her to understand my point of view,” Coleman says, “my point of view doesn’t matter.”

Price also complains that Coleman has no friends and inexplicably disappears from home in the middle of the night. When Toler presses him, Coleman admits he is negative.

“I don’t have any friends and don’t have any intention of making any,” he says. “People will stab you in the back, mistreat you, talk about me behind your back, steal from you. And they’re not really your friends. (They’re) only there because you’re a celebrity or because they want to get something from you.”

Coleman went on to describe the couple’s private life as “mediocre.”

“It’s not her fault,” he says. “I always feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders every day I get up. … There are days I don’t even want to get up.”

Divorce Court is a syndicated show on which couples appear to settle real divorce cases. The show’s judge resolves issues such as alimony and asset division, and her decisions are legally binding.

Dolly Parton Helps Eagle Return to Wild

Dolly Parton visited the woods overlooking Douglas Lake near the Great Smoky Mountains in designer buckskins and 4-inch heels. But she knew she wasn’t the star of this show. It was a young American bald eagle.

The eagle was blown from its nest several weeks ago in Florida. On Thursday, it was returned to the wild by the American Eagle Foundation, which is based at the 62-year-old singer’s Dollywood theme park.

Some 90 eagles have been released from the same spot since the 1990s. But this marked the first time that their country music benefactor had seen it in person.

Before she helped open the cage and watched the bird soar away, Parton named it ”Liberty.”

”I thought that sounded better than Baldy,” she said.

Dolly Parton Helps Eagle Return to Wild

Who is the President of Iran?

Check out this interesting piece by our friend Paul Dylan!
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You were intrigued after his recent US tour, Columbia University address, Daily Show appearance and Saturday Night Live Digital Short and now you find yourself wondering about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Who is he, really?
Here Are 10 Surprising Facts About The President Of Iran:

1.
He is Not The Leader of Iran
In Iran, the elected President is not the head of State. That honor goes to the Supreme Leader (currently Ali Khamenei), who is elected by the so-called “Assembly of Experts”. The office of President was merely a figurehead role until 1989, when the office merged with that of Prime Minister. Today the President does have significant governmental influence, but only the Supreme Leader controls the Armed Forces, declares war (or peace), or pardons convicts.
2.
Oliver Stone is Planning a Biopic – and Ahmadinejad Himself Has Authorized It
No word yet on who will play the President, but hopefully Fred Armisen is considered
3.
He is Very, Very Smart
Ahmadinejad has a PhD in transportation engineering. On his entrance exams to the Iranian University system, he placed 132nd out of over 400,000 applicants. There has been no official record released of how he scored on History questions relating to the Holocaust.
4.
He May Have Been Involved in the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979
Shortly after his election in 2005, former hostages came forward and told members of the press that they remembered Ahmadinejad as one of their interrogators. The CIA insists that this claim is false.
5.
He Has a Blog: Ahmadinejad.ir

It has only been updated once in 2007, but it does accept comments (which don’t appear to be moderated). Click the link in the blog’s the upper right-hand corner to translate to English.
6.
He’s an Activist for Women’s Rights
At least when it comes to the right to watch soccer matches… Earlier this year, Ahmadinejad issued a Presidential proclamation that would allow women into sports stadiums for the first time since the Islamic revolution of 1979. The decision was quickly revoked, however, by Ahmadinejad’s boss, the Supreme Leader.
7.
He Sleeps on the Floor, Brings His Lunch to Work and Forgoes His Presidential Salary
He also still lives in the same small apartment he lived in before his election. This son of a blacksmith works hard to cultivate an image of humility and piety. In an interview on Fox News, he said that each morning in the mirror he says the following: “Remember, you are no more than a small servant, ahead of you today is the heavy responsibility, and that is to serve the Iranian nation.”
8.
He Was a Paramilitary Commando
He was a member of the elite Special Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard during the Iran-Iraq war, 1980-1984. There is evidence that he may have been involved in political assassination attempts on the Ayatollah’s enemies.
9.
He’s Not Particularly Popular in Iran
He is often criticized for focusing too much attention on disputes with the west and not enough time dealing with Iran’s fumbling economy. He’s unpopular with the religious right for being too lenient with regard to women. Even members of the Iranian parliament have accused Ahmadinejad of fueling religious wars with comments he’s made against Christianity and Judaism. During a December 2006 speech, students at a university in Tehran protested by setting fire to his photograph, throwing hand-made bombs at him and shouting “Death to the Dictator.”
10.
He Drives a 1977 Peugeot
A Peugeot? You would think the President of Iran would be driving something more along the lines of a BMW, or something…

Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq

Angelina Jolie has travelled to Iraq to highlight the plight of the country’s refugees.

The ‘Tomb Raider’ star – who is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador – met with 1,200 refugees camped out in makeshift shelters near the war-torn nation’s border with Syria on Tuesday (28.08.07).

She said: “I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw attention to the humanitarian crisis and to urge governments to increase their support for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners.

“My sole purpose in both countries is to highlight the plight of those uprooted by the war in Iraq.”

The 32-year-old actress also witnessed dozens of Iraqis crossing the border into Syria to escape the fighting in their homeland.

She also met privately with US troops and other foreign forces deployed in the region during her trip.

On Monday (27.08.07), Angelina flew from New York to Syria before travelling to the Syrian capital of Damascus to visit Iraqi refugees in their homes.

She said: “It is absolutely essential that the ongoing debate abut Iraq’s future includes plans for addressing the enormous humanitarian consequences these people face.”