Tracy Morgan’s Family Found Out About His Kidney Transplant On The Interweb

On February 3, 2011, in Celeb, Television, by admin

Imagine finding out your brother had life-threatening surgery while you are trying to get your Twilight gossip on. According to a RadarOnline interview with his brother and mother, Tracy Morgan never told his family about his kidney transplant …they had to read about it on the internet. “I’ve been with him at his home, and he didn’t let me know anything,” James Morgan claims.

Imagine finding out your brother had life-threatening surgery while you are trying to get your Twilight gossip on. According to a RadarOnline interview with his brother and mother, Tracy Morgan never told his family about his kidney transplant…they had to read about it on the internet. “I’ve been with him at his home, and he didn’t let me know anything,” James Morgan claims. “It was his choice, but he could have got me checked to see if I was compatible. If he would have asked, of course I would have done it. He’s my brother.” We’re not saying you have to tell your family everything, but if you’re going to have someone else’s organ put in your body, maybe shoot them an email?

Even Tracy’s mother found out about her son’s transplant from the gossip sites before the 30 Rock star would confirm he had undergone the operation. “He didn’t tell me about anything,” Tracy’s mother Alice Warden says. “We never discussed it. He didn’t bring it up to me. Someone came and told me they saw it on the Internet, so I was just as shocked.” As if that wasn’t strange enough, apparently the family has never heard of Tanisha Hall, Morgan’s donor and ex-girlfriend whom the actor thanked on the SAG red carpet. “God bless her, that’s all I can say about that. She must really have a genuine love for him, even though they’re not together anymore,” James says. As if their annual reunion wasn’t awkward enough, now the family newsletter has basically be replaced by TheFABLife. Not that we mind it, but still: communication, people!

[Photo: WENN]

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Matt Damon On The Hard Part About A New Baby

On February 3, 2011, in Celeb, by admin

With four kids in the house, actor Matt Damon is a seasoned pro when it comes to fatherhood. But the Oscar-winner, who welcomed daughter Stella with his wife Luciana in October, admits that bringing home a new baby is always a challenge. “Each new baby is different but what gets harder is the fact that you have the other kids now,” says Matt.

Matt Damon On The Hard Part About A New Baby

With four kids in the house, actor Matt Damon is a seasoned pro when it comes to fatherhood. But the Oscar-winner, who welcomed daughter Stella with his wife Luciana in October, admits that bringing home a new baby is always a challenge.

“Each new baby is different but what gets harder is the fact that you have the other kids now,” says Matt. “It is less that you are intimidated by having another baby, and more that you want to make sure you are not giving any of the other kids short shrift because you feel like you are on paternity leave.”

The True Grit star adds that he’s a bit nervous that his stepdaughter Alexia is about to enter her teenage years.

“Like any father, I’m concerned a little about her [Alexia] becoming a teenager… because I know just what teenage boys are thinking. Luckily, she is a terrific kid and the best you can hope for is that you are raising someone who has a lot of self-esteem and a lot of common sense.”

Matt and Luciana are also parents to Isabella, 4, and Gia, 2.

Photos: Bauer Griffin

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WikiLeaks: How US political invective turned on ‘anti-American’ Julian Assange – The Guardian

On February 3, 2011, in Latest News, by admin

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to the media. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA As the cables rolled out day by day, an ugly, and in many ways deranged, backlash took place in the US

Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to the media. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

As the cables rolled out day by day, an ugly, and in many ways deranged, backlash took place in the US. A vengeful chorus came mostly from Republicans. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, darling of the unhinged right, denounced Julian Assange‘s “sick, un-American espionage” and came close to inciting his assassination: “Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaida and Taliban leaders? … He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.”

But it was Senator Joe Lieberman, Senate homeland security committee chairman, a foreign policy hawk and maverick Democrat, who was the most practical attack dog. Lieberman described the leak in apocalyptic terms as “an outrageous, reckless and despicable action that will undermine the ability of our government and our partners to keep our people safe and to work together to defend our vital interests”.

He stopped short of denouncing Assange as a “terrorist” but said: “It’s a terrible thing that WikiLeaks did. I hope we are doing everything we can to shut down their website.”

Contrary to the bloodcurdling claims made in public about the crimes of WikiLeaks, senior state department officials appeared to have concluded by mid-January that the WikiLeaks controversy had caused little real and lasting damage to American diplomacy. Reuters news agency reported on 19 January 2011 that in private briefings to Congress, top US diplomats admitted the fallout from the release of thousands of private diplomatic cables across the globe had not been especially bad.

One congressional official briefed on the reviews told Reuters that the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations had seriously damaged American interests in order to bolster legal efforts to shut down the WikiLeaks website and bring charges against the leakers. “I think they want to present the toughest front they can muster,” the officials said.

The tacit retraction of Hillary Clinton’s lurid claim that the release of the WikiLeaks cables had been an attack on the entire international community followed the equally low-key admission that Assange did not in fact have “blood on his hands” from the release of the earlier Iraq and Afghan war logs.

That may have been thanks to the learning curve imposed on Assange by his mainstream partners. Assange eventually agreed to make extensive redactions in what he published on the Wikileaks site, to prevent reprisals against individuals. But his initial attitude had been very different.

Declan Walsh, the Guardian’s Islamabad correspondent, recalls one tense evening: “We went out to a Moorish restaurant, Moro, with the two German reporters. David Leigh broached the problem again with Julian. The response floored me. ‘Well, they’re informants,’ he said. ‘So, if they get killed, they’ve got it coming to them. They deserve it.’ There was, for a moment, silence around the table. I think everyone was struck by what a callous thing that was to say.”

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