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Teen Media Idols: Drunk, Naked, Pregnant, Unashamed (We Have Pictures!)

January 3, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

This is meant to reflect deep concern for the shallowness of some of America’s culture and to indicate great concern for our youth.

We don’t have enage daughters so we try not to pass judgment on those youngsters and their offspring — or their parents. But sometimes, it is darned near impossible to resist commenting upon the morals and antics of our young people in our extremely permissive society.

Last night, Britney Spears was removed from her home by police and emergency workers following a three hour stand-off with the father of her children, Kevin Federline.
 
Reporters said she was handcuffed and in an ambulance when she arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.  The incident concerned cutody for the couple’s sons, 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James.

Police and hospital officials said Miss Spears was under the influence of something which they did not disclose or discuss.

Five days before Christmas, the sixteen year old star of “Zoey 101” Miss Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney’s sister, announced that she was pregnant with the child of her boyfriend one Casey Aldridge.

Jamie Lynn Spears

Jamie who needs a condom and a lecture.

“I was in complete and total shock and so was he,” gushed the younger Miss Spears.

Well: here’s a newsflash. Every sixteen year old knows if you have unprotected sex there are consequences. 

The TV show the 16 year old stars in has become the most popular TV show for girls between the ages of and 8 and 12.

The mother of the Spears youngsters is Lynn, already a grandmother to Britney’s young sons.

Said Lynn: “I didn’t believe it because Jamie Lynn’s always been so conscientious. She’s never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby.”

Grow up grandma.

Jamie Lynne’s future on TV could be in danger, at least for a short time, and her mom’s book on parenting has been “shelved” by her publisher.

Todd Wiliamson/WireImage.com
Jamie Lynne Spears and Casey Aldridge

The parenting book was to have been published by a Christian book company.
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Lindsay Lohan is another “star” who has questionable appeal as a “role model.”  She is only a photogropher’s model and her looks won’t last especially if she continues to abuse drugs and alcohol.

The actress has been in and out of rehab after two arrests last year on drunken driving and cocaine charges.  Early in 2008 she posed nude in a Marilyn Monroe look-alike spread.
 

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Today another teen heart throb entered the “News About My Sex Life” arena.  Nineteen year old actress Vanessa Hudgens discussed what she called the “traumatic” scandal concerning her nude photos appearing all over the internet.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images)

Another news flash: in our digital age one had better not pose for porn lest it become for sale on the open and world-wide media circus. Only a few Chinese who are subject to tight state internet and other media restrictions will miss out on seeing Miss Hudgens “in the buff.”

Maybe all this titillation from teen girls is just to gain more media attention?  One wonders….

I remember when the worst thing a sixteen year old could do would earn him or her some time after school or a delayed shot at getting a drivers license.  Even at 19 my friends thought drinking three beers was a dangerous sport of epic proportions.

One wonders what the sons and daughters of drama queens Hudgens and Spears can possibly do to shock their parents in 16 years from now…..

I guess it is hard to find a virgin in today’s America above the age of, say, 10?  And parenting has become, well, as permissive, “tolerant,” accepting and understanding as it can get.  Bill Clinton must be delighted.

Is this what we really want?

Related:
Britney Spears in Tears

 Teen Sex and Exploitation (Again) – Who is Using Who?
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Heath Ledger, President Bush, The Addicted and Our Medical Professionals

Britney Spears: “Dangerous to Herself”

Britney Spears’ 16 Year Old Sister is Pregnant

Alcohol, Drugs, Bizarre Behavior: Pop Star Spears In Trouble

Lindsay Lohan Finds Her Way In A.A., Drinks Life From the Bottle

Britney Spears: Decline Repeatedly Noted Before

Britney Spears: Two More Weeks In Hospital
(February 4, 2008)

Naked Media Dolls Part II: Lohan Re-Creates Marilyn Monroe Photo Moment

High Prescription Drug Use and Abuse in Colleges

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse: Alarming Facts

Study finds 1 in 4 US teens has a STD

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Nearly four months after a nude photo of High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens hit the Internet, the 19-year-old actress has issued fans another mea culpa … well, sort of.

In the latest issue of Seventeen magazine, Hudgens said she’s not sorry for taking the risqué picture, which she repeatedly called “private,” but sorry instead for getting caught.

“It’s very unfortunate, because with the Internet these days, you don’t have a personal life,” she told the magazine for its February cover story. “Nothing is private: Everyone knows everything, and they can find out everything about you. You’re not as safe as you think you are, and you have to be aware of the people you’re around. It was something that was meant to be private, and even though it isn’t anymore, I’d still like to keep it as private as I can.”

Hudgens’ remarks to the magazine somewhat contradict an earlier statement issued days after the leak by her management, in which she apologized to her fans and said she felt embarrassment and “regret [at] having ever taken these photos.”

Although she recently admitted to Seventeen that the incident was “traumatic” and made her “extremely upset,” she said she’s “much better now” thanks in large part to her “family, friends, and fans, who supported me all along the way.”

Specifically, she singled out her mother to the magazine as particularly supportive.

“I was just open with her, and she was just so cute. She was like, ‘Well, everyone can be naked if they want to,’ ” Hudgens told Seventeen. “My parents are very supportive of me. And they know I’m a teenager, and yes, kids do stupid things sometimes.”

According to the article, Hudgens found out about the photo leak while out of the country. She claims the distance made her better equipped to deal with the resulting fallout.

“I found out from my manager,” she revealed. “We heard some story was going to break in the tabloids, and I was like, ‘What?!?’ A few days later, the picture came out while I was on vacation in Australia. Thank God I wasn’t home. It would have sucked if I was at home. So I got to be away from L.A. for about a millisecond. But when I came back, it got kind of crazy.

“I hope all my fans can learn from my mistake and make smart decisions,” she concluded.

— Shawn Adler (MTV.com)

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Leadership Lessons from the Movies: “Fail Safe”

November 17, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
November 18, 2007

“Fail Safe” is the major motion picture that gives one of the best depictions of the awesome might the United States and Soviet Union arrayed against each other; and how the mistakes of men and machines could cause the President of the United States to destroy one of his own cites with nuclear weapons.

The film was released in the autumn of 1964, just about a year after the death of President John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson was president and the war in Vietnam was ramping up as U.S. troops began to arrive in greater numbers. But the big issue of the day was the standing nuclear forces of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. and the tensions of the Cold War.

“Fail Safe” was directed by the master Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The film portrays a fictional Cold War nuclear crisis, and the US President’s attempt to end it.

“Fail Safe” features Henry Fonda as President, Walter Matthau as Professor Groteschele (a kind of mastermind of nuclear war) and a youthful Larry Hagman as the president’s Russian language translator (14 years before he starred as “J.R.” in “Dallas.”)

The core of the film is the great tension leaders sometimes find themselves under. In the film, a U.S. Air Force colonel loses his cool and orders others to disobey the president. The president is dealing by the “hot line” phone with a mercurial and distrustful Soviet leader, and U.S.A.F. pilots and air crews carry out their nuclear attack mission to the letter: even after the president tells them the attack order was mistakenly generated – because they were trained that Russians would attempt to mimic the president’s voice.

The film’s scenario features an errant aircraft probably from the Soviet Union that puts the U.S. airborne nuclear arsenal moving toward “hold” or “fail-safe” locations to await final attack orders. The original perceived “threat” to the U.S. is proven to be no threat at all, and recall orders are issued to the American bombers. However, due to a technical failure, the attack code (rather than the recall order) is transmitted to Group Six, which consists of six Vindicator supersonic bombers.

B-58 Hustler

B-58s like this one were the “actors” portraying
“Vindicator” bombers in “Fail Safe.” 
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Colonel Grady, the head of the group, tries to contact mission control in Omaha to verify the fail-safe order (called Positive Check), but due to Soviet radio jamming, Grady cannot hear Omaha. Concluding that the fail-safe order and the radio jamming could only mean nuclear war, Grady commands the Group Six crew towards Moscow, their intended target for the day. At this point, a series of disastrous fail-safe orders come into play: the bomber crews are trained that upon receiving an attack code on the fail-safe box, there is virtually no way to supersede it; they are trained to ignore all communicated orders, on the assumption that once an attack is directed, any attempts to stop it must be Soviet trickery.

At meetings in Omaha, the Pentagon, and in the fallout shelter of the White House, American politicians, military leaders  and scholars debate the implications of the attack. Professor Groeteschele suggests the United States follow this accidental attack with a full-scale attack to force the Soviets to surrender. The move shows the heightened tensions and differences of character of many kinds of men. In this film you’ll find men ready to go to nuclear war and you’ll find men trying their hardest to end the mess peacefully and without nukes exploding.

If you see “Fail Safe” in your cable TV directory or find it on the internet, you’ll have an opportunity to see a chilling and thrilling nail biter worth every second of your time.

This is the 22nd essay in our series “Leadership Ideas from the Movies,” a series our readers have responded to very positively. Thank you for the feedback!

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Leadership Lessons of the Movies: You’ll Never guess Which One (Number Twenty-One)

Leadership Lessons from The movies (You’ll Never Guess which One) ( Number Twenty)
http://peace-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2007/03/leadership-lessons-from-movies-youll_22.html

Leadership Lessons From the Movies: You’ll Never Guess Which One (Number Nineteen)
http://peace-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2007/03/leadership-lessons-from-movies-youll_20.html

Leadership Lessons of the Movies: You’ll Never Guess Which One, Number Eighteen