It was interesting listening to Wolfe Blitzer discussing the (now) late Vickie Lynn Hogan's silicon breast implants this afternoon on CNN. (Ah, that would be Anna Nicole Smith to those of us not familiar with her real name--or breasts.)
Smith in recent months claimed a major portion of cable network channel's news with the birth of her daughter, father unknown, who lost her brother three days after her birth. Anna's newborn is now motherless as well.
But did you hear about the pipe bombs found in a Los Angeles aqueduct that supplies water to millions of people in Southern California that were discovered near a valve when the water level was lowered? Probably not.
While Smith's death at age 39 was sudden and unexpected, it was nice to absorb all the attention she so richly deserves now being heaped on her in the news. Among her accolades were those of Hugh Hefner who said, "I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally," leaving us to only imagine the source of Hef's fondness for Anna.
Others who will miss Smith, besides her new born daughter, of course, will include members of the mainstream media who found her a valuable distraction from real news and certain people in congress who insert little known provisions into laws passed late at night as we sleep. Provisions like the Patriot Act's reauthorization last year that changed the existing law to allow the attorney general (in this case, Alberto Gonzales) to appoint replacement U.S. Attorneys for an indefinite period of time whenever vacancies occur (as are now being forced upon unsuspecting government appointees by the Bush administration).
Condolences to the Smith family. With her loss, the layer between fluff and real news just got a little shallower, just like that L.A. aqueduct with the pipe bombs you likely won't hear about on the news.
(Note: Dada would like to lay to rest all rumors that Anna Nicole Smith will be laid to rest in Silicon Valley--just not true!)