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June 25, 2009

BREAKING NEWS...

Posted: 06:28 PM ET

t1home_michael_jackson_05_giWe're following the latest news concerning Michael Jackson being hospitalized. Multiple sources are reporting various stories. CNN & The Larry King Live blog can confirm he has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

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Farrah Fawcett on LKL

Posted: 04:15 PM ET

Farrah Fawcett was Larry's guest in 1994.  Here are a few highlights from that show, and we'll be playing more on tonight's LKL.

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Larry Remembers Farrah Fawcett

Posted: 03:27 PM ET

We will be looking back at the life of Farrah Fawcett tonight on LKL.  Below are Larry's thoughts on Farrah and her career.

Farrah Fawcett's career spanned four decades, and she reinvented herself several times during her career.  Of course, what she'll be most remembered for is that extraordinary show, "Charlie's Angels."  Even though all the actresses in that show were good, she was clearly the star.Farrah-TS

She'll also be remembered for that poster.  There's never been one like it, and there will probably never be another that comes close to getting the attention it did.  The hair, the face, the bathing suit, the angle, she shot.  It is the poster of all posters.

Of course she was very pretty, but I'd also say she was a good actress.  One of the problems with actors and actresses when they're attractive is it's hard to judge how good they are at their craft.  Brad Pitt is very good looking, and he's also a great actor, but it's hard for people to make that judgment about him because his looks are so distracting.  I think the same was probably true of Farrah.

This story is going to get a lot of play today.  We're doing it tonight of course.  She became such a large figure I think, in part, because of when she launched her career.  TV had much more impact back in the '70's than it does today.  "Charlie's Angels" got huge numbers every week - nothing really dominates the television landscape like that today.  Maybe "American Idol" comes close, but now there are so many channels and so many more shows it's hard for anything to get the audience, or amount of attention, that "Charlie's Angels" got.  Farrah was a major tv star when the medium was clearly dominant and there weren't enough channels to water down viewing levels.

One thing I really admire about Farrah is the way she was able to reinvent herself, and you can argue she did it a couple of times.  Her career started with "Charlie's Angels," then there was "Burning Bed," where she went from bombshell to serious actress, and most recently in the way she dealt with her cancer so publicly.   It's hard to revinent yourself like she did, and you really have to admire her for it.

I had Farrah on my show once.  You'll see clips of it tonight, and there are also some clips posted on our blog.  It was 1994, so I don't remember much, but I do remember it was a fun interview.  I can honestly say I didn't know her that well.  We had several nice conversations the last few years about her coming on the show when she got better, but unfortunately, that didn't happen.  I'm sad today because she fought the good fight, and I really admire the way she did it in the public eye, giving strength to others in the same position.

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Breaking News: Farrah Fawcett dead at 62

Posted: 01:09 PM ET

Farrah Fawcett, the blonde-maned actress whose best-selling poster and "Charlie's Angels" stardom made her one of the most famous faces in the world, has died. She was 62.

Fawcett, who checked into a Los Angeles, California, hospital in early April, had been battling anal cancer on and off for three years.

Ryan O'Neal, Fawcett's romantic partner since the mid-1980s, recently told People magazine that the sex symbol was declining.

"She stays in bed now. The doctors see that she is comfortable. Farrah is on IVs, but some of that is for nourishment. The treatment has pretty much ended," he said in a story posted May 7.

Fawcett's cancer journey has been documented in a television special partly shot by the actress. Fawcett began shooting "Farrah's Story," by taking a camera to a doctor's appointment. Eventually, the film expanded to include trips overseas in hopes of treating the cancer.

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Why Men Cheat – his version

Posted: 07:51 AM ET

(The Frisky) So, let's talk infidelity. Many ladies want to know why it is men cheat.

And here's what you want to hear, straight from the talk-hole of the testosterone enabled: men cheat because we are faithless, miserable dogs.

We are backstabbing, silver tongued two-faces who stalk any smooth pair of getaway sticks in a short black cocktail dress that happens to saunter into our lusty field of vision.

Men are horny wolves in fluffy sheep's clothing who delight in looking into your eyes and lying. Breaking hearts is our middle name. Why, at any given moment, while you're gabbing to your girlfriends about flowers purchased, omelettes made, sweet words whispered, we're picturing the nearest woman under the age of 25 in a sheer bikini, riding a mechanical bull.

We are just hopelessly addicted to that "new car smell." We love to make you miserable in our pursuit of total hotness, your fickle happiness not our concern.

And that's just part of it. If you want to blame someone for our cheating ways, blame evolution! We are hardwired to hunt, and to share our wicked cool genetic code with a world that demands that we do! The universe conspires to compel us to pursue that which retreats.

See, we cheat because we're cavemen, and our half-gorilla brains demand we spread as much of our seed over as much fertile ground as possible to make sure that our little caveboys have the chance to grow up and do likewise. And we do this quickly, mind you, because you never know when a woolly mammoth will shish kabob us on one of their mighty tusks. It's not our fault. It's biology, genetics, science! How can you question science? Without it, the curling iron would never have been invented!

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Preventive Care is a Sick Idea

Posted: 12:07 AM ET

David Harsanyi via Reason.com

art.gloves.operation.giDespite the extraordinary energy exerted in trying to delay the inevitable, the inconvenient fact is we all die.

So it is no surprise that "preventive" health care, that game-changing fix to policy trotted out relentlessly by both Democrats and Republicans, is so appealing. And like many cure-alls, it's a myth.

Surely, for some, preventive health care is worthwhile. And no one is stopping you from eating an apple. But unless policy changes have the power to stop the Grim Reaper—rather than only postpone his arrival—it will make health care more expensive.

Let's begin with the morbidly obvious. The longer people hang around the longer they utilize the health care system. End-of-life care is often the most expensive. Old folks just love doctors. (I know I plan to unleash septuagenarian fury on physicians regularly.) As studies on Medicare have proved, easy availability to services at the tail end of life translates into lots of needless services.

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LKL Show Note:  Elizabeth Edwards will join Larry on Thursday to discuss health care

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June 24, 2009

Court could take Jon & Kate's 8 off their hit TLC series

Posted: 11:43 PM ET
By Olivia Barker, USA TODAY

art.jon.kate.giIn the Jon-minus-Kate legal equation, it's the remaining eight whom some experts worry about most.

"I'm really sad to think their custody might be part of what we're observing on day-to-day basis," says Mary Cushing Doherty, a family law attorney in Norristown, Pa., located in Montgomery County, where Kate Gosselin filed for divorce Monday.

The question for the court could be whether it's "in the best interest of these children to have their lives on TV as children of divorce — is that way too much emotional baggage for any minor to have in their lives as children of divorced parents on TV? I think so." This means the court could order that the children no longer can participate on TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, which returns with new episodes Aug. 3. The network suspended filming on its top-rated program Tuesday to allow the Gosselin family to "regroup."

Even if the parents reach a private custody agreement, there's still a chance "the long arm of the law will reach in and say, 'I think these kids need a child advocate because people have not been looking out for their best interests,' " Doherty says.

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Should the courts order 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' off the air?

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South Carolina governor admits extramarital affair (LKL WEDNESDAY DISCUSSION THREAD)

Posted: 02:51 PM ET

art_mark_sanford_gi(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, just back from a secret trip to Argentina unknown to his staff or his wife, admitted Wednesday he has carried on an extramarital affair. "I've been unfaithful to my wife," Sanford told a news conference in Columbia, the state capital. "I developed a relationship with what started as a dear, dear friend from Argentina."

His voice choking at times, Sanford apologized to his wife and four sons, his staff and supporters, and said he would resign immediately as head of the Republican Governors Association. The affair was discovered five months ago, Sanford said.

What do you think?  Sound off.  We'll be discussing this on the show tonight.

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Republicans in the wilderness

Posted: 04:07 AM ET

By Thomas Sowell via World Net Daily

A Gallup poll last week showed that far more Americans describe themselves as "conservatives" than as "liberals." Yet Republicans have been clobbered by the Democrats in both the 2008 elections and the 2006 elections.

In a country with more conservatives than liberals, it is puzzling – in fact, amazing – that we have the furthest left president of the United States in history, as well as the furthest left speaker of the House of Representatives.

Republicans, especially, need to think about what this means. If you lose when the other guy has all the high cards, there is not much you can do about it. But, when you have the high cards and still keep taking a beating, then you need to rethink how you are playing the game.

The current intramural fighting among Republicans does not necessarily mean any fundamental rethinking of their policies or tactics. These tussles among different segments of the Republican Party may be nothing more than a long-standing jockeying for position between the liberal and conservative wings of that party.

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The stakes in all this are far higher than which element becomes dominant in which party or which party wins more elections. Both the domestic and the foreign policy directions of the current administration in Washington are leading this country into dangerous waters, from which we may or may not be able to return.

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City Workers Ordered to Wear Underwear

Posted: 03:21 AM ET

From Kevin Underhill's 'Lowering the Bar' Blog

Thinking about a vacation?  Be sure to consider Brooksville, Florida (pop. 8,000).  In addition to everything else Brooksville has to offer - three city parks, a nine-hole golf course, and "an excellent library" - Brooksville can now assure visitors that each and every one of its city employees will be wearing underwear while on duty.

The city council of Brooksville, located about 45 miles north of Tampa, voted recently to overhaul its personnel policies, and as part of that it approved a new dress code.  After consulting with "a number of sources," city officials and attorneys came up with a series of guidelines that they hope will improve the government's "public image."  Some idea of the government's current public image might be gleaned from what they felt it necessary to have the new code deal with:

  • underwear is now required;
  • employees must use deodorant;
  • no halter tops or Spandex at work;
  • no skirts worn "below the waistline";
  • no other clothing that may be "distracting, offensive or revealing";
  • only ears may be visibly pierced; and, perhaps most disturbingly,
  • all cuts or wounds must now be covered.

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