Grace Lee Whitney, Better Known as Yeoman Janice Rand on Star Trek Has Died at 85, Rest in Peace

One of my childhood crushes has passed away, Rest in Peace Yeoman Janice Rand …

Actress Grace Lee Whitney, better known as  Yeoman Janice Rand of Star Trek fame, has passed away at the age of 85. She  died at her home on May 1st in Coarsegold, California.  Whitney played the short skirted Star Trek officer on the original Star Trek, who had a crush on James T. Kirk; however, was unceremoniously let go after only 8 episodes.  She was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1930. She was adopted by the Whitney family, and as a teenager, began her career in entertainment as a singer and dancer. Whitney was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict and had reportedly spent the last 35 years of her life helping others with addiction problems, including volunteering at women’s correctional facilities.

Grace Lee Whitney

April 1, 1930 – May 1, 2015, Rest in Peace

Later, Grace Lee Whitney returned for the movie franchise starting with 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” with a promotion to chief petty officer, then in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” and she was finally promoted to lieutenant in 1991’s “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

An actress who appeared in just eight episodes of the original “Star Trek” — but made harrowing allegations in a memoir of sexual assault during her tenure — has died at 85.

Grace Lee Whitney — better known as Captain Kirk’s sometime love interest, Yeoman Janice Rand — died of natural causes at her home in California, her son Jonathan Dweck told the Associated Press.

“Over time, she became appreciative of her short time on ‘Star Trek’ because she developed meaningful relationships with the fans, Leonard Nimoy and other cast members,” Dweck said.

In a 1998 book, Whitney said she had high hopes for the show. Born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1930, as NBC reported, she was raised by adoptive parents and in the middle of a divorce when she landed her part on a show she called her “Higher Power.”

Still, Whitney continued to appear on television, and returned as Rand in the first “Star Trek” film, later reprising her role in some of the sequels and TV series. She cited Nimoy as a crucial force in helping restart her career.

“The one person who really reached out to me after I was written out of ‘Star Trek’ was Leonard Nimoy,” she wrote. ” He was the only one who really knew how much I was hurting.”

Star Trek Season 1 – Episode 12, Miri

RIP Grace Lee Whitney, Star Trek’s Yeoman Janice Rand.

In her later years, Whitney worked as an advocate for people struggling with substance abuse. She credited her own recovery in some part to the Star Trek fans who supported her:

“When I told the fans I was an alcoholic, they all applauded. When I told them I had given myself to a higher power, they cheered again,” Ms. Whitney told The Bee’s Rick Bentley in 2013. “I’m in a great place because I’ve gone full circle.

Outside of Star Trek, the Ann Arbor, MI. native was in the Broadway musical Top Banana, and appeared in the 1954 movie version of the show. Her TV career included roles on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Real McCoys, The Outer Limits, Batman, and Bewitched. She also served as the inspiration for the Chicken of the Sea mermaid.

Daily Commentary – Monday, April 27, 2015 – I Was Surprised at the Bruce Jenner Interview Friday Night

  • Surprised that I appreciated Jenner’s honesty. I still don’t claim to understand it all but it must have been difficult for Jenner to speak out this way

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Daily Commentary – Friday, April 24, 2015 – Tonight is the Bruce Jenner Interview with Diane Sawyer

  • “The Interview” will certainly show a completely different side of Bruce Jenner than the Olympic champion we used to know

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19 Year Old ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Child Star Sawyer Sweeten Commits Suicide, RIP

HOW VERY SAD, ‘EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND’ CHILD STAR SAWYER SWEETEN COMMITS SUICIDE …

Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of the young twins, Geoffrey Barone, on Everybody Loves Raymond, has committed suicide. He was only 19 and just weeks away from his 20th birthday. Sawyer acted alongside his twin brother, Sullivan, who played Michael Barone and Madylin, who played older sister Ally Barone on the CBS comedy that ran from 1996 to 2005. Sawyer and his twin brother did not continue to act after the Raymond ended in 2005 According to Radar on Line, Sawyer Sweeten was visiting family in Texas and is believed to have shot himself on their front porch Thursday. Just terrible.

Madylin wrote on Facebook Thursday evening; “At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love. Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you.” Agreed.

RIP Sawyer Sweeten

Left to Right: Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten

Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of the young twins on Everybody Loves Raymond, has committed suicide, USA TODAY confirms.

“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” says his sister Madylin Sweeten, in a statement sent by Sawyer’s manager, Dino May.

“We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love.”

Sweeten played Geoffrey Baron on Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996-2005 on CBS. He acted alongside his twin brother, Sullivan, who played Michael Barone and Madylin, who played older sister Ally Barone. Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton played their parents.

Sweeten and his brother, from Brownwood, Texas, were only 16 months old when they first started on the show and ultimately appeared in 139 episodes.

Posted April 23, 2015 by
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kim Richards Arrested at Beverly Hills Hotel After Going on a Drunken Rampage & Kicking a Police Officer

REAL ARREST IN BEVERLY HILLS …

Kim Richards was arrested by police after she was asked to leave the Polo Lounge inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and instead became unruly. Instead of leaving, she locked herself in a bathroom. The police has to be called where the cops had to drag the housewife out of the bathroom. Richards, who has struggled with substance abuse, was reportedly belligerent, slurring her speech and reeked of booze. Richards was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, batter of a police officer and being drunk in public.

Kim Richards was arrested early Thursday morning after the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star went on a drunken rampage and locked herself inside a hotel bathroom. TMZ reports, Richards was asked to leave the Polo Lounge inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel after she got drunk and was “unruly,” but instead of doing so she locked herself inside a bathroom and refused to leave. The hotel then called the cops. Cops had to drag the housewife out of the bathroom.

Daily Commentary – Monday, April 13, 2015 – ABC Releases First Promo For The Diane Sawyer Interview with Bruce Jenner

  • Jenner will talk about his life and his reported sex change transition in the much anticipated interview set to air on April 24th

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Argentinian Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for 2013 Attack on Photographer

It looks like the Biebs can scratch Argentina off his world tour list …

Judge Alberto Julio Banos ordered the “immediate detention” for singer  Justin Bieber for the 2013 attack on photographer’ in Argentina.  The singer is accused of failing to respond to a court summons. Justin Bieber is accused of sending his bodyguards to attack photographer Diego Pesoa outside a Buenos Aires nightclub.  Under Argentine law, Bieber would face from one month to six years in prison if convicted on a charge of causing injuries. I think its fair to say that The Biebs wont be visiting Argentina any time soon.

An Argentine judge has issued an arrest warrant for Justin Bieber on Friday, saying the singer failed to respond to summons related to allegations he ordered bodyguards to attack a photographer in 2013.

Judge Alberto Julio Banos ordered the “immediate detention” of Bieber and bodyguards Hugo Alcides Hesny and Terrence Reche Smalls.

An email sent to a Bieber representative was not immediately returned.

Bieber is accused of sending the bodyguards to attack photographer Diego Pesoa outside a Buenos Aires nightclub. Bieber never returned to Argentina to respond to questions about the incident.

Under Argentine law, Bieber would face from one month to six years in prison if convicted on a charge of causing injuries.

Now if only we could get a judge in the United States to do the same.

Liberal Comedian Bill Maher Rips Deeply Stupid PC Liberals Like Media Matters … “Hey Media Matters Can I say One Thing to You, Shut the F*ck Up”

WOW, Uber-lib Bill Maher tells Media Matters to STFU …

What has happened lately to Bill Maher and his “fair & balanced” approach when it comes to criticizing liberals? During his most recent episode of HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ … the far Left liberal comedian ripped into “deeply stupid” PC liberals who cant take a joke and even went so far as to tell the far-LEFT Media Matters to “shut the f*ck up”. Go figure. Of course Maher’s idea of fair and balanced is mocking liberals 20% of the time on his show and conservatives 80%, up from 5% and 95%.

Maher said just like conservatives, liberals have crazies of their own they need to rein in. He brought up the controversy over the Economist cover on Latinos and how Media Matters covered it. The liberal media watchdog called it “a tired trope often used to confine the Hispanic community to oversimplified representation in the media.”

Maher reacted by telling Media Matters to “shut the f*ck up.”

He remarked, “How deeply stupid has the far-left become,” and said liberals just need to stop freaking out about every single little thing that doesn’t 100 percent conform to their worldview.

 (VIDEO WARNING: Strong language)

The Blaze:

Comedian Bill Maher went on a fiery diatribe against “deeply stupid” politically correct wing of liberalism on his show Friday, at one point telling far-left Media Matters to “shut the f*** up” with its fake outrage. Maher is very liberal himself and his comedic attacks are mostly aimed at Republicans and conservatives, but every now and then he goes after the left .

“Yes, we joke about everybody here. And that’s something a lot of liberals have forgotten how to do,” he added. “For folks who take such pride in their love of diversity, liberals increasingly seem to tolerate none in their own ranks. I don’t necessarily agree with Dolce and Gabbana, but what is the point of attacking people who are 95 percent on your side?”

He went on to mock celebrities like Courtney Love and Elton John who boycotted the brand over the comments.

But far-left Media Matters, a progressive media “watchdog,” got the brunt of Maher’s wrath for feigning outrage at an Economist cover that featured an American flag made of red peppers. Maher said the site claimed the cover “the sort of stereotype that ignores Latinos as a multifaceted community and relegates them to chili pepper consuming constituents.”

“Media Matters, can I say one thing to you? Shut the f*** up,” Maher said.

Charlie Sheen Rips Barack Obama for Filling Out f 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket

WINNING!!! YOU KNOW ITS BAD WHEN CHARLIE SHEEN CRITICIZES BARACK OBAMA ..

You know Barack Obama is a total political screw-up and joke f a president when Charlie Sheen become the voice of reason. Charlie Sheen sent this tweet on Thursday asking why Obama didn’t attend a funeral for soldiers but he could fill out a bracket. The tweet was in Ebonics of which as predictable as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Sheen was called a racist.  The economy still stinks in the US, record number of people are on food stamps, record number of Americans have left the work force, the Middle East is on fire, ISIS is growing and attacking innocents everywhere, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq are falling to terrorists … but Barack Obama has the time for bracketology.

Although, if it meant the difference between Barack Obama spending time on this terrible and foolish nuclear deal with Iran and the NCAA College Basketball brackets, I say let Obama pick as many brackets as he can until he gets it right.

Actor Harrison Ford Injured After Single Engine Plane Crashes on Golf Course in Mar Vista, California (VIDEO) (Update: Air Traffic Control Audio)

IT LOOKED LIKE A SCENE OUT OF INDIANA JONES, BUT THIS WAS MUCH MORE REAL …

Actor Harrison Ford was involved in a plane crash late this after noon when his single engine, Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR, vintage World War II training plane crash landed on a golf course in Mar Vista, California shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport. The 72-year-old actor, best known for his roles as Indiana Jones and Hans Solo of Star War movie fame, was reported conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital. The plane to crash about 2:20 p.m. (5:20 p.m. ET).

Actor Harrison Ford was “battered but OK” Thursday after his vintage World War II training plane crash landed on a California golf course, authorities and family members said.

The 72-year-old actor, who was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said. Sources said he sustained cuts to his head. There was no word on other injuries or what caused the plane to crash about 2:20 p.m. (5:20 p.m. ET). It appeared he was flying solo.

The plane, a single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR, crashed on the golf course shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport, said Patrick Jones, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. The pilot reported a loss of engine power, clipped the top of a tree and was trying to return to the airport, Jones said.

UPDATE I: TMZ – Plane Crashes:[Video Update: Paramedics Treat Harrison]. TMZ has video below of first responders and paramedics ate the scene of the plane crash aiding Harrison Ford.

A witness who was golfing at the time of the crash tells us she heard the engine sputter … and watched the plane do a “nose dive straight on the 8th hole tee box.”

The witness adds, “I was one of the first people to run from the hole toward the plane. 4 to 5 men pulled the pilot out of the plane.”

“They got him away from the plane. They were concerned it would catch on fire.”

“Two doctors were there – and they had a 1st aid box with them. He was conscious, talking a little — a HUGE cut on his head.”

UPDATE II: Harrison Ford’s son Ben Ford tweeted, ‘Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! … “He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”

UPDATE III: CNN is reporting that the plane crash at the golf course happened within a block away from houses in a residential neighborhood.

Actor Harrison Ford was “banged up” and hospitalized Thursday afternoon after a 1940s aircraft he was piloting crashed during a forced landing on a golf course, his publicist said.

“Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man,” Ben Ford tweeted.

Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Patrick Butler, who wouldn’t identify Ford as the patient, said the pilot suffered moderate trauma and was “alert and conscious” when he was taken to the hospital. He said the pilot, the only person on board, was in fair to moderate condition.

UPDATE IV: Harrison Ford Undergoing Surgery After Venice Plane Crash, Source Close to Family Says.

“We are bound by privacy laws to never discuss … the patient’s identity,” fire Assistant Chief Patrick Butler said.

But a source close to Ford’s family told KTLA: “He’s fine, has a few gashes.” The individual later said the actor was going into surgery for broken bones.

UPDATE V: Statement from publicist sent out about the crash:

A representative for Ford says, “Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon takeoff.” They added, “He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely.  The injuries sustained are not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”

The pilot was in fair-to-moderate condition when he was transported, not in critical condition as originally reported, according to Butler.

UPDATE VI: Harrison Ford and Air Traffic Control Audio prior to plane crash via TMZ.

Posted March 5, 2015 by
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