Friday, August 27, 2010

Sarah Palin

I wish she would just go away.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Island Lake Pictures

Here are some pictures that John took on a recent hike to Island Lake in Northeastern Nevada with his dog Freddie. Freddie on a footbridge, Island Lake, some wild flowers along the trail, and a view down to the parking lot from the trail.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mia Farrow contradicts Naomi Campbell in Charles Taylor trial

Things are not looking good for Naomi Campbell
Two witnesses in the trial of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor have said the model Naomi Campbell received diamonds from Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.

Campbell's former agent Carole White and the actor Mia Farrow – both of whom were present at a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela and attended by Taylor and Campbell – have given evidence in a court in the Hague today, some of which appeared to contradict the testimony given by the model last week.

Both White and Farrow said Campbell had been given diamonds while she was staying at Mandela's home in South Africa in September 1997.

Last week Campbell alleged that she had no idea who had sent her the "dirty looking stones" until breakfasting with Farrow and others the morning after.

So whom are we going to believe now that Carole White and Mia Farrow have both contradicted Campbell?

Then we have Jeremy Ratcliffe saying that contrary to Campbell's testimony, she did not give him any diamonds.

I have a feeling that we are going to get to the bottom of this very soon. It will be too bad if Naomi Campbell ends up getting charged with perjury.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Naomi Campbell admits receiving diamonds gift

On Thursday, August 5th, Naomi Campbell, the famous British model, admitted to receiving some “very small, dirty looking stones” Thursday as a gift from former Liberian President Charles Taylor in testimony at The Hague at Taylor's war crimes trial.

Ms. Campbell said she received the diamonds in 1997 after she had attended a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela and attended by Taylor. She said that two men knocked on her door while she was sleeping, and when she opened the door the men handed her a small bag of diamonds. She denied knowing that they were "blood diamonds."

Campbell said she "assumed" the diamonds came from Taylor. She testified that she gave the diamonds away to be auctioned for charity. But the person that she said she gave the diamonds to, Jeremy Ratcliffe, a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, has denied ever receiving the diamonds.

This is very interesting. Is Naomi Campbell trying to hide something? If she had really given the diamonds to Mr. Ratcliffe, don't you think he would remember that? Something is very fishy here. Somebody, and at this point we don't know who, is either lying or they are very mistaken. Hopefully the authorities can get to the bottom of this.

Meanwhile Taylor's war crimes trial continues. This entire story is very big news in Liberia, and you can hear various theories about what really might have happened.