ALMA Awards strips Charlie Sheen of ‘Two and a half Men’ Best Actor award

January 28, 2010

Sheen likely has this to say to ALMA: From my cold, dead hands!

Charlie Sheen’s problems continue, and this time he’s being asked to return an award.

The American Latino Media Arts Awards, back in 2003, awarded Sheen (real name: Carlos Irwin Estévez) with the Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series for his role as the hard-drinking, womanizing jingle writer Charlie Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a half Men.

Now, ALMA wants the award back and is giving Sheen until February 6 to return the hardware.

“In light of his recent arrest regarding heavy drinking and allegedly assaulting his wife and treating her disrespectfully, we’ve come to conclude that Mr. Sheen hasn’t really been acting on Two and a half Men,” said ALMA Awards executive producer Janet Murguía in a statement. “Charlie Harper is actually Charlie Sheen. The pure essence of acting is to pretend to be somebody you’re not, and Sheen is proving to us that his on-screen character is merely an extension of who he is in real life.”

Sheen has four Emmy nominations for the 2.5 Men role along with two Golden Globe nominations. He has never won. One must assume that he’s never won for the exact same reasons ALMA wants their award back.

On Christmas day, Sheen was arrested following an alcohol-fueled argument with his wife, Brooke Mueller. She claims he assaulted her and held a knife to her throat, which Sheen denies. The actor also had a very stormy marriage with Denise Richards.

Ponderings From Pluto sincerely hopes Charlie (right) and Brooke (left) can work through their differences

Neither Sheen, nor his agent, could be reached for comment. He is currently taping the final episodes of the season.

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Proposed Bush Presidential Library moving to South Texas’ Coastal Bend College

January 27, 2010

Saying he’s tired of dealing with the “whining liberal Methodist ministers” at Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, former president George W. Bush has decided to move his proposed presidential library elsewhere.

Bush has chosen to move his library about 370 miles south to Beeville, a town about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles northwest of the Gulf Coast city Corpus Christi.

The former president had planned to build his library at SMU, his wife Laura’s alma mater. But there have been protests from Methodist clergy that it would send the wrong message to allow the polarizing president to have his library at SMU.

Facing potential lawsuits and protests, Bush has chosen to move his library to Beeville’s Coastal Bend College.

CBC is a two-year community college that was formerly known as Bee County College. While Bee County is predominantly Hispanic, the county does have a prominent Republican presence that Bush feels comfortable with.

“I considered other colleges like UTEP [University of Texas-El Paso], Lamar [a university in Beaumont] and UTA [University of Texas-Arlington], but none of them seemed very interested, either,” Bush said in an interview with Ponderings From Pluto. “The folks at CBC seemed thrilled at being the home location of a presidential library, so it seemed like a good fit.”

Construction on the George W. Bush Presidential Library will include his favorite books, various papers, artifacts and DVD recordings of his speeches along with a dartboard Bush had made from an image of the face of his late critic, columnist Molly Ivins.

“Some of the books haven’t even been colored in yet,” Bush joked.

Construction on the college is set to begin in late spring with completion done around Summer 2011.


Judge orders Kwame Kilpatrick to listen to ‘The Dave Ramsey Show’

January 14, 2010

Frustrated with disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s insistence he can only afford to pay six dollars a month in restitution to the Motor City despite a $120,000 per year salary, a federal judge has ordered the former mayor into financial counseling.

Now, Kilpatrick is being ordered to listen to The Dave Ramsey Show every day.

Ramsey is fond of saying “debt is dumb” on his show, along with preaching against the use of credit cards and leasing automobiles (which he calls “fleecing”).

Kilpatrick has been shown in recent final records to spend $782 on four separate car washes (including detailing), $2,676 on maid services and $485 at Chick-fil-A (a popular fast food chicken sandwich restaurant in Texas).

Prosecutors recently requesting in Detroit that Kilpatrick’s probation for obstruction of justice be revoked argue that he and his wife spent around $700,000 over a one-year period on lavish items while claiming they had no money left over to pay the million dollars in restitution Kilpatrick owes to the city.

With that, District Court judge Samuel Silverstein issued the following ruling:

“Kwame Kilpatrick has failed time and time again to live within his means. So instead of sending him to jail, where he already has been, I am ordering him to listen to the Dave Ramsey show. He will do this for a period of six months and will work on a budget to cut expenses and increase his restitution payments.”

The judge further added that if Kilpatrick fails to do this within six months, he’ll go to jail again and will have his wages garnished by 30 percent.

Kilpatrick will also be ordered to take notes on each show and submit them to his probation officer to prove he’s been listening. He will also have to call the show once a month.