No matter how bad 2006 was for you, at least you didn't end up like this...
Andy Roddick's new year's resolution is to stop biting his nails. My new year's resolution is to not make any resolutions. I have enough problems! I hope you all have a fantastic new year with lots of health, wealth, shoes and general fabulosity!
What's in the cards for 2007?
By Anita Manning, USA TODAY
The new year promises an end to political divisiveness, a new shift toward cultural civility and a shoring up of America's image abroad, one prognosticator believes.
But the news isn't all good. In the latest issue of his Trends Journal, forecaster Gerald Celente predicts economic troubles in the year ahead. Celente's trends of 2007:
•Chinamerica. China is invigorated with a sense of entrepreneurship that is supported by its government, Celente says, while in the USA, such a spirit is on the decline. "America owned the 20th century," he writes, "but it won't own the 21st."
•Medical tourism. American consumers will be "globetrotting to find the best prices for the best medical care," seeking out overseas doctors to perform procedures not readily available or not covered by insurance. Celente calls this "medical outsourcing."
•Recession. Celente says the USA is "sliding into a long-term economic downtrend," influenced by high consumer debt and low incomes. Sectors that will be hit, he says, include retailing and restaurants.
•Shrinking middle class. The rich are getting super-rich, he says, while the average worker is working longer, commuting farther and bringing home less.
•Old-school cool. There is a discontent with the values of politics and pop culture, and the level of entertainment, fashion and food will make the good old days look even better. Consumers of all ages will demand higher quality.
•Internet politics. Starting in 2007, the presidential campaign will heat up on the Internet, offering choices to voters outside the traditional political parties. "The Internet candidate who motivates some 50% of the Internet generation to go to the polls could win the White House," Celente says.
•Technotribalism. Thanks to the Internet, people who share ideals and values will form associations and bonds that transcend borders, religions and political ideologies.
•Reunited States. Americans are tired of political rhetoric and will go for civility and healing in political discussions. Unless there is another terrorist attack, in which case "fear will again dominate the nation's psyche, sides will be taken and polarization will intensify."
•The not-so-ugly American. After a period in which Americans have been considered rude, arrogant, overweight and not all that bright, there will be a "global warming" trend toward the USA, which is respected for "what the country stands for and the opportunities it presents."
If you're looking for something cool to do to ring in '07, here's a list of celebrity-infested parties that won't suck.
Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
That 70s show and Yo Momma star Wilmer Valderrama will host for the third year in a row!
DJ AM and tattooed cutieTravis Barker will also be in the house. Tickets are $250 per person for the 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Open bar. Buy tickets at www.newyears.com.
Opium/Privé, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Dave Navarro, Kristin Cavallari and James Franco will host. Music by DJs Samantha Ronson, Irie and Vice. Tickets are $150 per person and include open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are available at www.newyears.com.
Setai, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach:
Hillary and Haylie Duff, Jessica Alba and The OC's Ben McKenzie will host this
DKNY Jeans bash. Music by DJs Steve Aoki, Exacta and M.O.S. Tickets start at $300 for general admission. If you're loaded like Scott Storch, you can sell out $6,500 for a VIP bungalow for 15 friends. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres. For tickets got to www.newyears.com.
I don't usually have much to say about Donald Trump. He's a financial role model for one percent of the population I guess. I don't care much about real estate or the stock market. He's rich, I'm not--we basically have nothing in common. But I am siding with Rosie O'Donnell in the wake of his vicious attack on her. Trump has no right calling O'Donnell a slob or making fun of her because she's a lesbian. That kind of behavor is inexcusable. Trump is a shallow person who literally only gives a damn about two things: himself and his money.
On Thursday Trump went off on O'Donnell on an L.A. show regarding her remarks about his near-firing of Miss USA Tara Conner.
"Maybe she wanted to put the crown back on Miss USA's head," the real-estate mogul said of the openly gay O'Donnell, who has four children with her partner, Kelli. "I think she's very attracted to Miss USA so she probably wanted to put the crown on her head herself."
Insult No. 2: "She is a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully."
Insult No. 3: "Ultimately, Rosie is a loser, and ultimately ("The View") will fail because of Rosie. ... Barbara (Walters) made a mistake and let me tell you something, Barbara's a good friend of mine. She cannot stand Rosie O'Donnell."
It all started when O'Donnell, co-host of the ABC morning talk show "The View," blasted Trump on Wednesday's show.
She said Trump's news conference with Conner, whose title was in jeopardy because of underage drinking, had annoyed her "on a multitude of levels" and that the twice-divorced Donald had no right to be a "moral compass" for the beauty queen.
"He inherited a lot of money," she said. "Wait a minute, and he's been bankrupt so many times where he didn't have to pay. ... I just think that this man is sort of like one of those, you know, snake oil salesmen in 'Little House on the Prairie.'"
Trump fired back later Wednesday in a TV interview, calling O'Donnell a "slob," among other insults. "I never went bankrupt, but she said I went bankrupt. So probably I'll sue her because it would be fun.
An amused O'Donnell talked about Trump's comments with her co-hosts on Thursday's edition of "The View."
"Wasn't that a fun night of viewing? ... Look who's here today: Kelli. I was afraid to leave her home in case somebody with a comb-over came and stole her from me," she said.
In an entry posted Wednesday night on her Web site, O'Donnell duplicated an excerpt on Trump's rocky financial history from his biography on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which is written by users. She wrote: "i will let you know if the donald sues me/or if kelli leaves me for one of his pals/don't u find him charming."
Walters, who created the "The View," and executive producer Bill Geddie are standing by O'Donnell — and Trump.
"Both Rosie and Donald are high-spirited, opinionated people. Donald has been a friend of `The View' for many years and Rosie, of course, is our enormously popular moderator. We cherish them both and hope the new year brings calm and peace," they said Wednesday in a statement.
Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, which includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, said Tuesday at a news conference that he would allow Conner to keep her title if she settled down and entered alcohol rehab.
Conner tearfully admitted drinking as a minor at New York nightclubs. She turned 21 a day before the news conference.
After screwing up the lines to Dolly Parton's hit "9 to 5," during filming of a tribute to Dolly Parton for the "Kennedy Center Honors," Jessica simpson begged for a second chance to sing the song. Well, she got it and what does she do? She wastes our time again!
Unhappy with her second taping of the song, she pulled out of the show, which will air Dec. 26 on CBS.
"She really wasn't happy with her performance and she did want it to be perfect for Dolly, who she idolizes," said Cindi Berger, a spokeswoman for Simpson.
"We appreciate the time and energy Ms. Simpson put into this event and respect the high standards she has for herself and that of the Kennedy Center Honors," George Stevens Jr., show producer told the press.