*Star Jones has been going through a lot lately and it’s finally catching up with her it seems.
The former “The View” host nearly had a meltdown at the Bridgehampton Polo Club on Saturday when a security guard blocked her from stepping over a low fence.
She was joined by an entourage of about 10-12 people and sat in the Blue Star Jet VIP area. A source said Jones is typically treated well at the venue.
But when a handful of her guests and herself hopped over a low fence separating the VIP area and the rest of the field, she had a bit of a run-in with security.
According to the New York Daily News, the guard finally caught on to the fact that the polo partyers were getting into the VIP area via the wrong entrance. He told Jones she was “not allowed to step over the fence” and would have to go around it. That’s when she became “snarky,” with the guard, telling him he couldn’t speak to her that way. “I’ll step over if I want to!” she said. More than one source heard Jones bellow, becoming “livid.”
The uncomfortable guard, who was in his mid-20s, “didn’t really know what to do,” says our initial source, but stood his ground. “Sorry ma’am,” the insider says he politely replied, with Jones forced to walk around to the proper entrance.
Sources say that’s not the only time she showed her true colors Saturday. Although she seemed in a good mood around friends and celebs like Beth Stern, with whom she happily posed for a photo, she “snubbed” less-well-known polo fanciers.
A spokesman for Star Jones said the Daily News story is “100% inaccurate” and that the television personality had “a pleasurable day.”
*Once upon a time people walked everywhere and carried whatever they needed in their arms or on their backs. But that wasn’t good enough…
OK. No problem. Someone figured out how to make a wheel which led to a wheel barrel. At the same time someone figured out how to train animals to perform tasks on command. When combined these two developments allowed people to go farther and faster than before, and carry bigger things and more stuff. Sure we had to subdue some other species in the process. But it was all done in the name of progress. Still that wasn’t good enough…
OK. No problem. Some figured out how to use steam to power engines. With the advent of the steamboat people could go father and faster than before, and could carry bigger things and more stuff. Sure we had to sacrifice forests in the process. But it was all done in the name of progress. Unfortunately to take advantage of the steamboat you had to be near a waterway. So that wasn’t good enough…
OK. No problem. Someone else figured out how to use coal to power engines. With the emergence of railroads people could go farther and faster than before, and could carry bigger things and more stuff. Sure we had to pillage fossil fuel deposits, destroy ecosystems and pollute the environment. But it was all done in the name of progress. Only that still wasn’t good enough…
OK. No problem. Someone figured out how to use oil to power the internal combustion engine. With the invention of cars, trucks, airplanes, and more powerful boats and trains, people could go farther and faster than before, and carry bigger things and more stuff. Sure we had to again pillage fossil fuels, destroy even more ecosystems, cause that much more harm to the environment. In addition because most of the oil was in south western Asia and northern Africa, we had to meddle in their political affairs and open up a new era of hostile diplomatic relationships with these countries. But it was all done in the name of progress. Yet that still wasn’t good enough…
OK. No problem. Someone figured out how to use nuclear energy to create electricity and power machines. And now we’re going to draw the line? Yes immediate death via a nuclear meltdown is a more imminent threat (and more concrete with the each day’s news from Japan) compared to pollution. Nevertheless we have to think of nuclear power the same way we think of all other energies: a reasonable risk in which the positives outweigh the negatives.
Unless all of a sudden folks are willing to revert back to walking everywhere.
Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Buildings burn following an 8.9 earthquake in Yamada, Japan on March 11, 2011
*The death toll from Japan’s magnitude 8.9 earthquake that triggered a devastating 30-foot tsunami could rise to more than 1,300, government officials said.
Most of the victims drowned, with about 200 to 300 bodies found along the water in Sendai, the closest major city to the quake’s epicenter off the coast of Honshu. The quake struck Friday at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time, and by Saturday morning, thousands of homes were destroyed and public transportation was down, as well as power and cellphones.
Although many lost their lives, countless other lives were saved by Japan’s disaster preparedness and strict construction codes, and the economy was largely spared because the earthquake struck far from Japan’s industrial heartland.
Rescuers are still struggling to search for people in the rubble-as well as three passenger trains that have gone missing-and thousands of people are stranded on rooftops throughout the coastal cities.
QB Vince Young talks with a member of the Titans training staff
*We guess Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young has gone back over to the weird side.
Sunday, Young, who injured his right thumb late in the third quarter in the Titans’ 19-16 overtime loss to to the Washington Redskins, and was replaced by rookie Rusty Smith, left for the locker room but returned to the sideline and had the thumb taped and re-taped in an effort to return. He even tried a glove, but coach Jeff Fisher stuck with Smith.
Apparently that’s what set Young off. After the game he walked toward the tunnel and suddenly tossed his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands.
A few minutes later he walked past reporters already dressed, ignoring their questions and his old college teammate, Michael Griffin, who tried to talk to him. Three hours after the game, Young wrote on Twitter that he was fine and apologized to his teammates. He then tweeted, “Just want to play.”
Fisher said Young has a torn flexor tendon in his right thumb and may need season-ending surgery. Either way, Fisher says Smith now is Tennessee’s starter after the fifth-year veteran’s latest meltdown that has Young’s future with this franchise in question in a season he needed to prove he could be their franchise quarterback.
“He threw half his uniform in the stands. I think clearly that is no way to respond, and so we have some things that we have to sort out with him,” Fisher said of Young. “He may need surgery. And if that’s the case, he’s done for the year.”