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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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At Whit's End: Take that, Joe Jonas!

By Whitney Schulte

November 14, 2008 | We all know millions of teen girls all over the country are "in love" with the unstoppable trio The Jonas Brothers. Well ladies, Joe Jonas was back on the market for a split second, amid a slew of drama from his ex.

Joe Jonas and country crooner Taylor Swift dated only for a few months, and split in early October. Almost one month later, Swift cannot let it go. But, Jonas reportedly broke up with Swift via phone, (a 27-second phone call at that) so who can blame her for being so upset?

The first we heard directly from either of the two celeb teens was an entry Ms. Swift posted on her blog in October. Swift said, "I just got back from a 5 show run on the road. Now I'm sitting in my kitchen. . . . on the counter. Eating cool whip. And trying to think of things to do with my free time. Other than talking to my cat and making playlists of sad songs. Sad songs are awesome, by the way."

On a new video posted on Swift's MySpace on Nov. 11, she holds up a Joe Jonas doll and says, "This one even comes with a phone so he can break up with other dolls." Clearly, someone is a little bitter about the way the relationship ended.

Now that Joe Jonas is dating actress Camilla Belle, Swift found it only fair to take yet another jab at the JoBro while walking the red carpet for the 2008 Country Music Awards. "They've been together since we broke up," Swift said."That's why we broke up -- because he met her."

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is saying that Swift is "treading dangerously close to Aniston territory." (Sidenote: Aniston, not-so-affectionately referred to by Hilton as MANiston, has been dubbed as VERY desperate by the blogger.)

Joe Jonas released a statement through the Jonas Brothers' official blog today saying, "I never cheated on a girlfriend. It might make someone feel better to assume or imply I have been unfaithful but it is simply not true. Maybe there were reasons for a breakup. Maybe the heart moved on. Perhaps feelings changed. I am truly saddened that anything would potentially cause you to think less of me."

He also goes on to imply that the phone call Swift keeps referring to was ended by the country cutie herself. He says, "A phone call can be pretty short when someone else ends the call. The only difference in this conversation was that I shared something the other person did not want to hear."

In true Taylor Swift fashion, she comes back at him telling a reporter from Blender magazine, "I've had a lot of guys complain about either things that I say about them in songs or things I say about them in the press. I think it's kinda fun to call out your ex-boyfriends. Why do this if you're not going to get the opportunity to always have the last word. It's so much fun."

Oh well, if Swift can't hang on to Joe Jonas himself, at least she has one consolation prize. She is on track to sell a projected 600,000 copies of her just released sophomore album. That's almost 100,000 copies more than the Jonas Brothers' last album. Take that, Joe Jonas!


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