Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Now the "she said"

It looks like "Silent Partner," the booked penned by former New Jersey first lady Dina Matos McGreevey about her life as Jim McGreevey's wife, will actually sell a few copies:

[Oprah] Winfrey's production company confirmed yesterday former New Jersey First lady Dina Matos McGreevey will take a turn on the famous on-stage couch at "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to promote her forthcoming memoir, "Silent Partner."

A spokeswoman for the show declined to give a precise air date other than "later this spring." Matos McGreevey declined to comment yesterday.

Dina's book -- billed as "a story of a marriage that was anything but happily-ever-after, told by a strong and resilient woman who can, and finally will, speak for herself" -- is due out May 1. Sounds juicy!!!! If you feel like meeting her, or asking her a question, she she is scheduled to sign copies of the book and answer questions at Barnes & Noble on Route 22 in Springfield, New Jersey the same day.

We can't wait to read it!

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

A note to da bitches-n-ho's

Here's a random sign picture I took with my cell phone a few months ago. It's from a bar in DC. I'm sure you can guess what kind of bar I was in when I took snapped the pic.

So, who do you think they might "refuse entrance" to?

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Big salads

I just had a Caesar salad as part of my dinner. It was the closest thing I've ever had to a Big Salad.

It had the best croutons on it. The best. Ever. I could have eaten an entire bowl full.

The crouton really is a great invention (for lack of a better term). They make even a mediocre salad pretty fun.

So if you are going to do a salad for dinner, make sure to add the croutons.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Feeling some heat, McGreevey backs down (vaguely)

After yesterday's news reports (and commentary) concerning Jim McGreevey's revised lawsuit for divorce in which he seeks sole custody of the daughter he has with soon-to-be-ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey, it seems that McG might have felt a little heat and decided to do some damage control:

A day after the court filing was reported in The Star-Ledger, McGreevey called a reporter and said he wanted to "clarify" the intent.

"We tried to work towards an agreement," he said, referring to his estranged wife, Dina Matos McGreevey. "Now we turn to the judge to ask for the benefit of the court's wisdom in discerning the settlement."

The 49-year-old ex-governor declined to answer repeated questions about whether he wants full custody of his daughter.

He and his new attorney, Mat thew Piermatti, said the document was meant to be ambiguous.

"The language is intentionally vague," Piermatti said. "All options are open."

Not everyone is buying the "vague" excuse (also from the Star-Ledger):

Divorce-law experts yesterday said they were surprised that any lawyer would be imprecise, especially in an area as sensitive as child custody. "It's not normally what you do," said Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, former chairwoman of the family law sec tion of the American Bar Association and managing partner of Wolf Block Schorr and Solis-Cohen, a major Northeast firm with offices in Roseland. "You've got to be specific."

Gary Skoloff, who teaches family law at Seton Hall Law School, said McGreevey's revised lawsuit clearly includes a request for sole custody by the ex-governor. And Skoloff said it looks to him like McGreevey changed his tune late yesterday after a day of media commentary assailing him for seeking custody of his daughter.

"Nobody's intentionally vague when it comes to custody," Skoloff said. "You're not allowed to play with custody. Being intentionally vague is the worst thing you can do with custody in family court. When you mention custody, you leave it wide open, meaning there's no agreement on custody and you're asking for custody."

We're not buying vague either. Try again Jim.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Jim to Dina: I want custody!

Former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey recently dropped this divorce bombshell on his soon to be ex-wife, Dina Matos McGreevey:

Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has revised his divorce lawsuit against his estranged wife and is now seeking sole custody of the couple's 5-year-old daughter -- and child support.

The new documents make no mention of a "matrimonial settlement agreement" that McGreevey's original divorce filing said had resolved all issues of custody and support.
This doesn't sound like the amicable divorce Jim painted a picture of in his earlier complaint.

So why the change? Maybe it has to do with the fact that Jim has said that he and his partner, Mark O'Donnell, "plan to enter into a civil union after the divorce is finalized."

According to John Eory, a partner at the law firm Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville (and an instructor in divorce law somewhere), this may be helpful in Jim's plight for sole custody (via the Star-Ledger):
"If he's claiming he's better fit to be entrusted with the residential care of his child, I'm presuming he's prepared to go to the mat to do that," Eory said. He said McGreevey might argue that he can provide a "stable nuclear two-parent household ... (and) offer benefits to the child that she can't get in a single-parent home."
Because Jim McGreevey is our favorite New Jersey drama icon of the moment, in a way we want his divorce to be as tawdry as his past life. But we realize that at the center of all this is 5-year old Jacqueline. For her sake, we hope they can strike a deal.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

What We Learned From Oscar, '07

This one is pretty easy. This past Oscars simply boils down to one simple fact: single life is certainly agreeing with Ms. Witherspoon. In 12 months she went from nice and cute to smoking hot. Possibly a little on the skinny side, but I will let this slide for the time being. she has bangs which I normally loathe, but I will let this slide. Girl is looking goo-ood! Well done. Sorry, Ryan.

Oh yeah, there was also Martin Scorsese, Ellen's antics in the audience totally trumping her monologue, Diva Eddie Murphy, further proof anyone can win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and such a Pan's Lab upset, that I can't quite deal just yet.

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