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June 8, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

WANTED: BETTER GOSSIP MONGERS....Clearly, the big question on everyone's mind in l'Affaire Paris is: What was the alleged medical problem that got her sprung from jail yesterday? Well, it's now been a full 24 hours since we first heard about this and the gossip industry still hasn't delivered the goods. What's wrong with these people? This is a sad day for journalism.

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She was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

FIRST!!!

Posted by: yep on June 8, 2007 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

I think poor Paris's 15 minute timer was running down to zero.

Posted by: bigcat on June 8, 2007 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Paris-ite.

Prison officials were afraid that her crab lice would infect the other prisoners.

(but seriously; what ever happened to "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime"? - - same for effing Scooter.)

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on June 8, 2007 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

She was probably going through cocaine withdrawls. She wasn't eating and she was really, really cold in a cell in Los Angeles...in Summer.

Posted by: adlsad on June 8, 2007 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

It was the work of Al-Qaeda!

Posted by: Glenn on June 8, 2007 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Leaking lacrimal glands?

Posted by: ursus on June 8, 2007 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

If reliable information were forthcoming in a timely fashion (as opposed to rumors that are wrong half the time) the whole thing would be much less interesting (and, for the networks, profitable). It's the whole "tease" business.

I must say that the U.S. may be heading down the toilet politically, intellectually, economically etc., but we do mindless feeding frenzies better than anyone else in the world.

Posted by: jimBOB on June 8, 2007 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

According to a reader email posted at WWTDD.com:

"My friend's brother (who works with [Sheriff Lee] Baca's assistant sheriffs) told me that Paris was released due to a severe, "stress-induced" herpes outbreak. He also said that he heard that the blisters had apparently spread to her anus and had taken on abcess-like features that required more serious medical attention. Thus, after taking into account jail overcrowding, the increasing liability that Paris presents, and Paris's lesions, all things weighed in favor of her being put on home confinement."

I know that's about five degrees to the source, but I'd very much like to believe it's true.

Posted by: TR on June 8, 2007 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps no one in the gossip business can spell chlamydia.

Posted by: Roger Ailes on June 8, 2007 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

I think poor Paris's 15 minute timer was running down to zero.

As Bogart said: "We'll always have Paris."

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

I heard some hours ago on the radio, that it was from her being suicidal. Didn't anyone else hear that? PS, the official who let her go early got in trouble, so I heard also.

Posted by: Neil B. on June 8, 2007 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

I've just lost a lot of respect for The Enquirer.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on June 8, 2007 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

I heard some hours ago on the radio, that it was from her being suicidal.

That's what I heard yesterday. Like every prisoner isn't suicidally depressed. That's what prison is all about. That, and the gang rapes.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

45 days is a long sentence for Paris Hilton? I'd say 6 words is a long sentence for Paris Hilton.

Posted by: lampwick on June 8, 2007 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

"It isn't wise to keep a person in jail with her problem over an extended period of time and let the problem get worse," Baca told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

Diagnosis: Nymphomania.

Posted by: editor on June 8, 2007 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

acute case of hypo-penisia.

Posted by: gregor on June 8, 2007 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

She had sex with that runaway TB guy.

Posted by: Spirit on June 8, 2007 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Take heart, oh ye of little faith.

The editor of The New York Times issued a memo today retiring the following headline:

CONGRESSMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO BRIBERY

Seems its been used too frequently lately.

Posted by: typesize on June 8, 2007 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Be patient...the MSM is still in negotiations with a prison guard. Once they reach an amount acceptible to each side....the scoop will be told.

Posted by: jerri on June 8, 2007 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

What is it with Sheriff Baca anyway? First, Mel Gibson. Now this. The judge was understandably pissed. The Sheriff ignored his order. Baca didn't even tell the judge before releasing her. I wonder how much longer Baca's career is gonna last?

Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience on June 8, 2007 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Cintra Wilson says in Salon it was "the 'medical condition' of galloping emotional feebleness brought on by advanced, drug-resistant wealth."

Posted by: Editer on June 8, 2007 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

You're not reading the right sites, Kevin. So far I've heard: 1) on the verge of a nervous breakdown 2) wasn't eating anything 3) herpes outbreak brought about by nervous breakdown 4) lying doctors and the sherrifs who abet them.

Posted by: ogged on June 8, 2007 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

COULD CLAUSTROPHOBIA BE PARIS HILTON'S MEDICAL ISSUE?

Close Friend Suggests Exclusively to E! Online That Cause of
"Medical Issues" May Be Claustrophobia

Los Angeles, June 8, 2007 – E! Online's Planet Gossip co-host Tina Dirmann has learned exclusively from a close friend of Paris Hilton that the heiress considers herself claustrophobic.

The friend explained to Dirmann Paris' fear of enclosed spaces often throws her into a panic.

"It's not surprising to me that she was melting down because she was cooped up in a tiny cell 23 hours a day. When I heard that, I knew that would happen. I know her well enough to know she must have been flipping out. That's what happens to her. She can't breath, her heart races and she feels like she's going to pass out! I knew it would be bad for her."

Paris' friend continued to say he was even on a shopping trip out with Paris two years ago when she began melting down.

"We were in the store, and she just starting saying, 'I've got to get out of here. I'm going to nose dive!' Her hands were shaking and she said she felt dizzy, like she was going to black out or something."

Afterward, the friend said Paris told him she is very afraid of enclosed spaces, and it sometimes causes her to "freak out" when she feels too closed in.


Posted by: Neal on June 8, 2007 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

I heard she needed her stomach pumped.

Posted by: Rod Stewart on June 8, 2007 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Even though I really am attracted to Ms. Hilton and appreciate her advocacy for having fun and being hot (she is the Mae West of our time, who also spent some time in stir), I do not think she deserves special treatment.

I think the lesson from this story is that many women and men are subjected to arbitrary jail time that in no way enhances the public's safety. That is a waste of limited resources.

Posted by: Brojo on June 8, 2007 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

No, that was me.

Posted by: David Bowie on June 8, 2007 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

I got a sick thrill seeing those pictures of her bawling her eyes out in the back of the cop car.

Posted by: Old Hat on June 8, 2007 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

Reports are that she was shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable fashion. I would suspect she was experiencing clinically significant distress and impairment in functioning. Ruling out effects of a drug or medication, it could be panic, anxiety, intense fear.
My guess is panic attack.

Posted by: consider wisely always on June 8, 2007 at 6:11 PM | PERMALINK

I got my stomach pumped, too.

Posted by: Lil' Kim on June 8, 2007 at 6:11 PM | PERMALINK

Surely it was a visable pimple.

Posted by: Rula Lenska on June 8, 2007 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

Me, too!

Posted by: Elton John on June 8, 2007 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

Reports are that she was shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable fashion.

Yep, that's coke withdrawal.

C'mon, folks. I normally distrust Occam's Razor when it comes to human behavior--people do things for really, really strange reasons--but there are times when it's appropriate to deploy. This is one such time.

Posted by: Pete on June 8, 2007 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder how much longer Baca's career is gonna last?
Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience on June 8, 2007 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Probably pretty long. He seems to have a pretty good grasp on who REALLY runs things in this town, and he knows how to keep them happy.

Now maybe that pisses off the other 299,999,999 Americans out there. But they don't butter his toast. They just write angry emails.

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on June 8, 2007 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

Seems if it was a general medical condition she would have sought treatment at a medical facility once sent home by the sheriff.
Makes you wonder if it isn't substance withdrawal causing clinically significant distress.

I would think Histrionic Personality Disorder could be a factor--the DSM IV describes a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, begining in early adulthood.
Interactions with others are often characterized by inappropriately sexually seductive or provocative behavior. Consistent use of physical appearance to draw attention to self. A style of speech excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail. Show of self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion....

Posted by: consider wisely always on June 8, 2007 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

editor: ,i>"Diagnosis: Nymphomania."

I think you misheard the good sheriff. He said "BIMBO-mania".

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on June 8, 2007 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

Dudes,

C'mon. she's not going to jail - this is America for Christ's sake! She's rich and famous, and rich/famous people don't go to jail unless they need street cred.

She's going to a medical facility to determine what type of facility best allows her to serve out her time. She'll wind up in some treatment facility or something - but not jail. Jail is for poor people.

Posted by: A different Matt on June 8, 2007 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

My last theory>> 1) Spoiled-itis.
With a bit of post traumatic stress in response to the severe stressor of jail, coupled with separation anxiety in response to being forced to be away from family and significant people.

2) Great acting?

Posted by: consider wisely always on June 8, 2007 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

My bad -- it's the mainstream media that's clearly suffering from "BIMBO-mania", given today's nonsensically nonstop coverage.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on June 8, 2007 at 6:49 PM | PERMALINK

I assumed that the sheriff received enough money to build a new house. Besides being wealthy and attractive has this yound lady accomplished anything??

Posted by: JL on June 8, 2007 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

brojo: "[Paris Hilton] is the Mae West of our time, who also spent some time in stir ..."

At least Mae West had genuine talent, and wrote her own material.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on June 8, 2007 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK

I was home from work today and shocked by the amount of attention the media spent on her saga, and I thought of the many, many trembling, shocked, emotionally distressed or medically compromised individuals jailed ------
and anonymously remaining in their miserable cells.

Posted by: consider wisely always on June 8, 2007 at 6:55 PM | PERMALINK

JL: "Besides being wealthy and attractive has this [young] lady accomplished anything?"

She starred in her own online amateur porn video. Does that count?

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on June 8, 2007 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

While I was getting online I saw the headlines about "hysterical heiress" etc. and was congratulating Kevin Drum on avoiding this meaningless sideshow while still irritated at his avoidance of most things Israel, avoiding Lebanon as much as possible (it took him a week to recognize that Israel had invaded Lebanon) and we haven't heard a peep about the latest there, or the G8+ meeting, or Bush and climate change, or bush and Russia until today.

Better one hit late than never.

Oh, well!

I guess I have to mark Kevin down a notch further.

Posted by: notthere on June 8, 2007 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

Paris has accomplished showing women how to be sensual, sexual and proud. That is why I compare her to Mae West. That may also be why she is being made an example of and publicly humiliated. Amanda Marcotte made an interesting analysis about sluttiness, saying those deemed sluts have had two more sexual partners than those making the determination.

I had to spend an afternoon in my county's jail for an unpaid registration ticket many years ago. It was a Friday and they kept bringing in drunks. In the movie 'To Have and Have Not' Walter Brennan played a drunk who asked everyone he met if a dead bee could still sting. That afternoon a drunkard who looked just like Walter Brennan was put in my cell and he asked everyone if they knew the joke about elephants putting out duck fires.

Posted by: Brojo on June 8, 2007 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK

it took him a week to recognize that Israel had invaded Lebanon

Preferable to most so-called progressive bloggers who cheered on the slaughter. I pretty much stopped reading blogs altogether that month.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

those deemed sluts have had two more sexual partners than those making the determination.

Thanks for the compliment, but I have had nowhere near 998 sex partners.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 7:27 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

Doesn't surprise me how all tight all these elitist California liberals are.

The disease was probably one of these liberal madeup diseases that everyone has today, like lactose intolerance or attention deficent syndrome.

Posted by: egbert on June 8, 2007 at 7:30 PM | PERMALINK

Of course it's coke withdrawal, duh. That doesn't mean she doesn't have one or two or three personality disorders and so forth to go along with it.

Joe Klein's conscience: What is it with Sheriff Baca anyway? First, Mel Gibson. Now this.

The dude likes making excuses for alcoholics and addicts. I wonder why that could be.

Brojo: Paris has accomplished showing women how to be sensual, sexual and proud.

Gulp. One of our finest critics of the self-absorbed, hyperdramatic and uselessly wealthy turns on a dime when he sees one who's really fuckable? Brojo/Hostile, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by: shortstop on June 8, 2007 at 7:30 PM | PERMALINK

Cats and Tits and Tennis...

A little something for everyone....

Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on June 8, 2007 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

Gulp. One of our finest critics of the self-absorbed, hyperdramatic and uselessly wealthy turns on a dime when he sees one who's really fuckable? Brojo/Hostile, we hardly knew ye.

I don't understand how anyone can find her attractive/fuckable in any aesthetic sense, even after factoring out imbecility, personality disorders, drug-addiction, and STDs. YMMV, of course.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

Ok--adjustment disorder, rapid onset, with mixed anxiety and depressed mood.
Marked distress--in excess of what would be expected from exposure to the stressor.

Posted by: consider wisely always on June 8, 2007 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

My attraction to Paris is probably genetic. I doubt it is phermone based. I do not know anything about Ms. Hilton's politics. That might be a turn off, but I do not inform my desire on ideology.


Posted by: Brojo on June 8, 2007 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

Imminent Death Syndrome, no doubt.

Posted by: Will on June 8, 2007 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

Disputo: I don't understand how anyone can find her attractive/fuckable in any aesthetic sense, even after factoring out imbecility, personality disorders, drug-addiction, and STDs. YMMV, of course.


I'm in 100% agreement with you here. I can drive to the local mall and in 5 minutes find (not fuck) 10 girls more attractive than that. Plus, who wants sloppy second (thousands)!!

Posted by: bigcat on June 8, 2007 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

Brojo -- "...That is why I compare her to Mae West...."

Better check the comparison. Mae West had wit, charm, sex appeal, intelligence, and a strong streak of independence.

Paris fails on all counts. There is nothing appealing about her whatsoever.

Unless I missed the humor, it says more about your judgement in women.

She's not being made an example of. She had her lice3nse suspended for driving drunk and got caught twice more without a license. What would happen to a regular joe? The regular jail even has cells away from the hoi poloi for people such as her -- celebrity. I don't undersstand why.

This woman has done nothing for society except indulge herself, and perform in front of cameras because 1) she needs the attention, and 2) there are enough morons to soak it up.

Posted by: notthere on June 8, 2007 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

Besides being wealthy and attractive has this [young] lady accomplished anything?

She has established once and for all that celebrity and accomplishment are completely unrelated concepts. That should count for something.

Posted by: ogmb on June 8, 2007 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry I even visited your site today. Have you not had enough of this woman yet?

Posted by: PAULQX on June 8, 2007 at 9:09 PM | PERMALINK

After a few days of house-arrest, Paris Hilton was ordered back to jail today to serve out the rest of her 45 days in custody in solitary but secure confinement.

After 1 year in theater and 2 weeks of shore leave, my brother flew back to war-torn Iraq today to serve out the next 3 months of his stop-loss extension, dodging roadside bombs in convoys and taking mortar fire on base.

Guess which one has me concerned, and which one I couldn't care less about.

Posted by: Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law on June 8, 2007 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

I feel sorry for Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law's brother and for Paris Hilton.

So, sue me.

The hauling her back into court in patrol car was a bit much, no?

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on June 8, 2007 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

Our country is in debt up to it's eyeballs, the Mddle East is in flames, the climate is warming and storms are becoming more severe, we have a retarded president and a pathologically insane vice president and all the media wants to talk about is an anorexic, over-indulged, low IQ blonde bimbo who can't stay out of jail. Pathetic.

I think I'm moving to Antarctica.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on June 8, 2007 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

Clinton did it too!

Posted by: Kenji on June 8, 2007 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

She's a one day distraction from the real things wrong in a country misled by the Bush/Cheney misadministration.

Posted by: consider wisely always on June 8, 2007 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

She was suffering from extreme skankiness.

Posted by: no one on June 8, 2007 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK

egbert: "Ah, Kevin."

STFU, chickenhawk. Nobody cares what you have to say.

The Conservative Deflator: "I think I'm moving to Antarctica."

Well, you can't, because the research stations can only accept a set number of people in their facilities for short periods of time, and you sound like you'd be in for the long-term.

There is, however, ample space available for you to take up residence in the nearby Falkland Islands -- just be careful to avoid the 25-year-old Argentinian minefields, left over from the war.

And also, we'd miss you.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on June 8, 2007 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK

Hello Donald. How are you faring? How is SGT. Correa's Mother holding up?

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on June 8, 2007 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

csa: a one day distraction
we wish it was only one day.

My vote for the medical condition is it was the sherriff's headache.

Posted by: thersites on June 8, 2007 at 10:39 PM | PERMALINK

that was cwa, of course.

It's called preview, I think. I should try it.

Posted by: thersites on June 8, 2007 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with Brojo and disagree with Notthere.

Notthere, you state: "She's not being made an example of. She had her lice3nse suspended for driving drunk and got caught twice more without a license. What would happen to a regular joe? The regular jail even has cells away from the hoi poloi for people such as her -- celebrity. I don't undersstand why."

Two comments,

First. Actually, she is being made an example of. For what she did, violating probation by driving with a suspended license, she was given a 45 day sentance (shortened to 23 days). This is a much harsher punishment than normal people would receive, becasue normal people, for a non-violent parole violation, would only receive about an 8-10 day sentance. Also, this particular judge ordered, "no work furlough, work release, electronic monitoring.'' Again, this is much different a normal person would get in the same situation - especially in Los Angeles where prisons are overcrowded. Usually, in areas with overcrowded prisons, judges often use alternative means (again, with only non-violent offenses) to alleviate the prison load. So here, it seems that Paris Hilton's fame worked against her, the Judge did not like her, and gave her a harsher sentance.

Of course, the problem with giving her a harsher sentance is that she is going to appeal, and use the advantages she has (wealth, good lawyers, connections, etc.) to commute the sentance. Therefore, we just end up with a situation that becomes a farce and a circus - which this situation devolved into. Now, I believe that if she was just given a normal sentance, this whole thing would not have blown up.

Second. Regarding her having a single cell. Well, it is not "hoi polloi." She is isolated for her protection because she is someone that people will actually try to hurt. Prisons often isolate prisoners if there is a danger to their lives. And actually, far from being "hoi polloi," she is isolated 23 hours a day. Personally, I would rather be in a regular cell (if I ever went to prison).

You also state, "This woman has done nothing for society except indulge herself, and perform in front of cameras because 1) she needs the attention, and 2) there are enough morons to soak it up."

I agree with you on this. And it is unfortunate that she has a fan base and people pay her money to attend events. I simply can not understand it. However, being a rich, obnoxious, bitchy, media whore is not a crime in, and of, itself. As much as I do not care for Miss Hilton, I do think that she received a harsher sentance than she deserved. And because of this, this whole minor incident became a farce. However, by her actions and the way she handled herself regarding this situation, I think the more severe punishment will be the general hatred and contempt that most Americans feel towards her.

Posted by: adlsad on June 8, 2007 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

From the Washington Post: And then when Sauer remanded her to custody, Hilton went a little nuts. After sobbing for mom, the 26-year-old multimillionaire could be heard shrieking in the hallway as she was carted away to the clink.

I was a public defender in Philadelphia for a few years. Some of my clients were led off sobbing and shrieking. I felt a lot worse for them (and they were generally guilty of a lot worse than DUI) than I feel for Paris Hilton.

Posted by: David Siegel on June 8, 2007 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK

Lionel Hutz,

Godspeed on your Brother, may he (and the rest of his unit, and all the troops in Iraq) return safely.

Posted by: adlsad on June 8, 2007 at 10:50 PM | PERMALINK

Of course, the problem with giving her a harsher sentance [sic] is that she is going to appeal, and use the advantages she has (wealth, good lawyers, connections, etc.) to commute the sentance [sic].

Too bad she didn't use those advantages--wealth, connections--etc. to hire someone to drive her around instead of sending a big fuck-you-I'll-do-what-I-want message by getting caught twice driving on a suspended license.

I know a judge who deals with this type of case regularly. His comment today, "I'd probably be a little more lenient with someone who gets caught driving to work on a suspended license. I don't have much sympathy for someone who can afford 20 chauffeurs but thinks it's more fun to ignore the terms of her parole."

Posted by: shortstop on June 8, 2007 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

BTW, "hoi polloi" means the general populace or the great unwashed, not the societal elite. Common mistake.

Posted by: shortstop on June 8, 2007 at 11:02 PM | PERMALINK

Shortstop,

I agree with you completely. While I did think the sentance was a bit harsh, Miss Hilton was a millionaire heiress before she went to jail, and she will be a millionaire heiress when she leaves jail (even if she had the original 45-day sentance). Most of us are not that lucky. And even a small jail sentance can hurt many of us regarding careers, travel, etc.

I think that in this case, the judge, quite understandably, wanted to use this situation to state that we are all equal under the law and to not violate court orders. And he issued a harsher sentance which is legitimate and he can do. Whether Paris Hilton will get the message remains to be seen.

And thank you for correcting the "hoi polloi" reference. For some reason, I always thought it meant elite.

Posted by: adlsad on June 8, 2007 at 11:28 PM | PERMALINK

This is a much harsher punishment than normal people would receive, becasue normal people, for a non-violent parole violation, would only receive about an 8-10 day sentance.

She violated the terms of her parole on three separate occasions. That would give 24-30 days, using your assumption about "normal" parole violators (which is offbase, but I don't care to look up to argue).

She is isolated for her protection because she is someone that people will actually try to hurt. Prisons often isolate prisoners if there is a danger to their lives.

Prisons isolate the rich and famous for their protection. They throw weak unknowns in with the wolves to be raped and infected with HIV.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 11:44 PM | PERMALINK

RE: "hoi polloi" Just a bit more. This is Greek literally translated as "the many." So when someone says "the hoi polloi", they are in effect saying, "the the many."

Posted by: LJ on June 9, 2007 at 12:16 AM | PERMALINK

ah! the puerile carping! the utterly transparent (and blatant!) class envy! the potty-mouthed innuendos and the neanderthal sexual (not to mention grossly sexist) slurs!

the only phenomenon more repellent than 24/7 all-Paris all-the-time media coverage is the mob-mentality glee at the misfortunes of a very clever, bold, extraordinarily successful young woman who happens to have the disease of alcoholism -- and whom none of you gutter snipes have the remotest possibility of ever meeting.

shame on you and your rotten little judgmental pea (or is that piss?) brains.

Posted by: teknozen on June 9, 2007 at 12:38 AM | PERMALINK

I would have no objection to Paris Hilton serving her sentence in her own Hollywood Hills home...

...as long as she was restricted to staying in her walk-in closet.

Posted by: Bruce A. on June 9, 2007 at 1:12 AM | PERMALINK

"extraordinarily successful young woman"? At being a rich brat heiress with no class, nymphomania, and raving egotism, perhaps.

Also, you'd think a 26-year old would be able to show a little more class than hysterics, whining "it's not FAIR!" and screaming for Mommy.

Of course, considering how Mommy reacted, we know who she learned the behavior from.

Feh. Never-ending lawsuits on both of them.

Posted by: grumpy realist on June 9, 2007 at 1:52 AM | PERMALINK

If Paris Hilton suffers from claustrophobia, there's at least one easy solution: bunking down with the general prison population.

Posted by: Enclosed Spaces on June 9, 2007 at 2:31 AM | PERMALINK

Blue Girl: "Hello Donald. How are you faring? How is SGT. Correa's Mother holding up?"

Thank you for asking.

Both parents are holding up, but devastated, of course. They've decided that their son is to be buried in their family's hometown of Lingayen, Philippines, where Richard was born and where they still maintain a residence.

Richard had just recently obtained his American citizenship -- a prerequisite to joining the U.S. Army's Delta Force -- and was so proud to serve his adopted country as a member of the military.

All in all, it's just an inexplicable loss of a distinguished and accomplished young man.

On a related note, my 19-year-old nephew will probably be deployed to Iraq before the summer is out. All jocularity aside, I've been somewhat depressed, and almost consumed with a horrible sense of foreboding that I try to suppress.

I am now more committed than ever to doing whatever I can to help to bring this horrific and damaging war to an end, so that our people can come home to hearth and family.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on June 9, 2007 at 2:31 AM | PERMALINK

Donald,

Saw mention of your neighbor's loss on Blue Girl's site. I've been in and out here for the last few weeks due to the loss of my brother (unrelated to Iraq/Afghanistan), so missed your earlier post.

Your nephew and all his compadres in the war zone have my best wishes. My good friend, who just got back from Baghdad, is headed back for his third tour (Afghanistan), this time for a year and a half.

Life sucks when you've got an idiot for a dictator.

Posted by: bigcat on June 9, 2007 at 2:41 AM | PERMALINK

Donald From Hawaii,

I have never met you, but I know that you are a frequent poster here. I do not know the appropriate response to your post, but I will try anyway. I just want to wish a safe return for your nephew (and by extension, all of our forces in Iraq).

Posted by: adlsad on June 9, 2007 at 2:52 AM | PERMALINK

Paris Hilton doesn't like jail. I guess that crying makes a medical condition.

In Canada, a Conservative cabinet minister, an old lady named Flora Macdonald, got another old lady friend from Kingston, Ontario, sprung from hard time for murder! It turns out they were both white glove ladies and the murderess simply found jail unacceptable. The wrong sort of people and all that. The Conservatives were the Canadian equivalent of the Reagan Admin.

Maybe Flora will turn up to comfort Paris.

Posted by: Bob M on June 9, 2007 at 8:05 AM | PERMALINK

Joe Klein's Conscience said upthread that the Sheriff was going to be in trouble. Suggest you learn more about the position of the LA County Sheriff - It is a very powerful, elected, position. This is no Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney situation.

He has far more power in the jail system than some hack judge who is still doing traffic after spending 25 years on the bench. The Judge probably got pissed at Paris and her mother, but, he also is playing to the cameras.

Yes, Paris is all the despicable things mentioned by many - However, as alisad has stated, these are not crimes. Let us not have the penal system run by FAUX News polls.

However, in truth, I really don't care much about the life of the twit, Paris - Now, can we get back to the loss of our 3,500 troops in Iraq?

Posted by: thethirdPaul on June 9, 2007 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

I assumed there was no real foot problem. It was just a pretext to get her out of jail.

Posted by: ET on June 9, 2007 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

Thinking of you, your family and your neighbor's family, Donald.

...as long as she was restricted to staying in her walk-in closet.

But that's a 40x50-foot room!

Posted by: shortstop on June 9, 2007 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK
First. Actually, she is being made an example of. For what she did, violating probation by driving with a suspended license, she was given a 45 day sentance (shortened to 23 days). This is a much harsher punishment than normal people would receive, becasue normal people, for a non-violent parole violation, would only receive about an 8-10 day sentance. Also, this particular judge ordered, "no work furlough, work release, electronic monitoring." Again, this is much different a normal person would get in the same situation
Not here in Colorado. I watched 3 men get far heavier sentences for the exact same crime: 6 months, 6 months and 2 years. Paris originally got 45 days (with 22 off for "good behavior"). The men I watched getting 6 months were on their first conviction for "driving under restraint" (the CO term for driving with a suspended license). The man getting 2 years, well, it was his second conviction for that offense.

Her sentencing in January put her on 36 months probation. She could have had it reduced to 24 months probation if she performed 40 hours of community service, instead she chose not to.

If the judge was "mean" as some folks pretend, he could have sentenced her to the remainder of her probationary period: in jail until January 2010.

Posted by: Peter on June 9, 2007 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

Donald, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Gregory on June 9, 2007 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

It's a good bet that it was some kind of withdrawal syndrome--being cut off either from a substance or from the wealth&celebrity protective bubble she usually inhabits, maybe from both.

Posted by: Lynn Lightfoot on June 9, 2007 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

Baca is right, LA County Jail is hell on earth and overcrowded insanely so, my hunch is she might have to be put on 40 mg of methadone for an undisclosed even to authorities opiate addiction vicodin/oxycontin and if so she really is in Double hell.I'm proud of Baca and that judge is out of line.

Posted by: Jerry Butler on June 9, 2007 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

The Sheriff is an avid Scientologist who has a history of pampering celebs—including giving Mel Gibson a uniform and special “Reserve” status—perhaps to pursue Baca's “religion’s” Hollyweird agenda.

Whoever said Hollyweird is “a Sargasso of the Imagination” [Nathaniel West?] could not have foreseen how deep into the Tar Pits of the Soul this LA Basin of squalid hype and nepotism has oozed. Hilton is a symptom of a city and a culture gone terribly wrong.

Posted by: daveinboca on June 9, 2007 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

Never mind that if *I* had to spend 45 days in jail, by the time I got out, I would no longer have a job, I would have a hard time getting a new job, and I'd probably lose my house, and maybe my family.

Paris-ite Hilton does not face these hardships. She could spend 6 months in jail, and then when she gets out, her mansion, her trust fund, her maids and servants, her jewelry, her expensive cars, her parties, her friends, would all still be there.

If I were a judge, I would routinely hand out much longer sentences to the independently wealthy. For that very reason. They don't stand a chance of "losing it all".

Posted by: bungholio on June 9, 2007 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: Mark on June 9, 2007 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

daveinboca,

Good points, er, but, but, but, why would Elmore Leonard have left there to find far more fertile ground on which to expound in Florida, boca one?

Posted by: thethirdPaul on June 10, 2007 at 9:20 AM | PERMALINK

It is entirely possible to develop a physical manifestation (rash) from a psychological condition (severe mental stress). Also, rapid withdrawal from some antidepressants will cause psychsis (effexor comes to mind) and possibly hallucinations even in relatively normal people.

Posted by: Merg on June 10, 2007 at 10:25 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, Bruce A.,

Ms. Hilton is indeed an extraordinarily successful young woman.

Not only is she the star of a highly-rated (and often amusingly irreverent) reality TV series, she is also a best-selling author and hit recording/video artist. Additionally, she has leveraged her "brand" with highly profitable products including a perfume. Beyond those conventional media and marketing coups, she is utterly unparallel -- and unprecedented -- in very knowingly elevating the cottage industry of celebrity for celebrity's sake into a gigantic revenue stream.

Paris, on her own, has evolved far beyond drawing on her family's money and pulls down many millions of dollars a year being Paris. There exists a surfeit of rich young women whose fiduciary skills are limited to giving daddy's plastic a major workout on Rodeo Drive. Ms. Hilton is entirely a breed apart from the run-of-the-mill party girls with whom you so small-mindedly insist on stereotyping her.

Merg, bless his/her level-headedness, very correctly comments that disrupting a medication routine may indeed have dire consequences. It is a truism that highly talented (yes, who else but Paris has so profitably exploited dumb-blondness? What, Bruce A. have you accomplished lately?) often struggle with psychological challenges and substance abuse issues. Nothing remarkable there.

As to crying for mommy when being dragged from her house back to jail, one wonders how good you, Bruce A., would look under the media microscope under similar circumstances. Myself, I seriously doubt I would go with cold Samurai detachment, and furthermore suspect from your attitude that you might very well be a bit of a bitch yourself.

Additionally, kudos to Paris for her plea to the media to take the focus off of her and onto people dying in Iraq and Afghanistan -- in short, something that matters and has consequences in the reality-based community.

Posted by: teknozen on June 11, 2007 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't it obvious? Paris spent three days alone with nothing but her thoughts. And, having gazed for far too long into that abyss, she's gone the way of Nietzsche.

Posted by: Everett Volk on June 11, 2007 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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