KISS' Gene Simmons has done very well for himself and he isn't ashamed of it. Furthermore he believes that the less fortunate should be more grateful for how the rich are supporting the economy. During an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Simmons said,. "The one percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes . . . The one percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job." Simmons also hared his thoughts on his extreme self-confidence. He explained, "You know how I spell shameless? P-r-o-u-d . . . People often confuse, at least in my estimation, my pride and self-confidence with arrogance. Because they are not used to people who have an in-your-face, ‘take it or leave it/this is how I am’ point of view. I’m more like an animal in the jungle that urinates on the ground and doesn’t ask your permission. ‘This is me, this is my territory.’ It’s simply defining who I am and what I stand for." He added, "Others simply hold their opinions to themselves and never say who they are you. You will always know who I am . . . You don’t have to like it; that’s OK if you don’t." Despite his wealth and me first mindset, Simmons did share that he had an appreciation for the smaller things in life. He said, "It’s a good thing to take note of the small pleasures in life. If you can appreciate them, you have it figured out . . . It’s true I can buy planes, mansions and all that stuff. But if you don’t appreciate getting up in the morning and having a muffin with jam on it , just smear it on there, with some cream cheese! and coffee, and some quiet time . . . if you don’t appreciate the little stuff, you won’t appreciate the big. I’m what’s considered rich. But if you don’t appreciate the pennies, you can’t appreciate the dollars."
Ian Somerhalder appears to be romancing former Twilight actress Nikki Reed. According to Celebuzz, the pair spent the entire weekend together around L.A. Ian and Nikki were photographed out on a jog on Saturday (July 19th) before she attended an event at The Grove shopping center. They were also seen engaging in a little PDA while shopping at a farmers' market on Sunday (July 20th.) One photo shows the Vampire Diaries star with his arm around Reed and Nikki can be seen feeding a sample to her rumored beau in another shot. 26-year-old Reed filed for divorce from Paul McDonald in May. She was linked to Derek Hough for a brief time after the split. Ian hasn't had any high-profile relationships following his break-up with co-star Nina Dobrev. Nina was also rumored to have had a short-lived fling with Hough. The Photos: http://celeb.bz/1mwztlQ and http://celeb.bz/UmRyfc
State Representative Joel Kretz was pressed into firefighting service when the Carlton Complex Firestorm threatened the community of Brewster.
Kretz says the town and its major employer, Gebbers Farms, should be credited for stopping the fire ...
Firefighters on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire are getting some help in the form of light rain this morning and more is forecast for today and tomorrow.
At over 10-thousand acres burned the fire continues to grow but at a much slower rate according to fire spokesman, Mick Mueller.
He reported late yesterday on the Southern flank of the fire burning on the West side of the Tumwater Canyon ...
Fire managers report good progress on the Carlton Complex Fire front. Firefighter received some help from the heavens overnight with light rain helping to subdue the fire behavior.
The size of the fire remains at about 243-thousand acres burned but
Jessica Paine with Incident Command says containment has increased to 16 percent as crews work to anchor lines along the fire's northern flank in the Libby Creek area. .
Meanwhile the fire southern aspect in the Antoine Creek area North of Manson has been contained . .
Over 2-thousand firefighters including National Guard troops are doing the ground work with air support.
About 7-thousand PUD customers are still without power extending north from Pateros to Winthrop.
The fire's structural toll has not changed with 150 homes confirmed lost in the blaze.
Here's a link to the fire blog
**Highway 20 remains closed from MP 210 to MP 223
**Evacuation Levels reduced in Loup Loup Ski area as the fire burned passed the area with out damaging any structures.