Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cool Clay mentions - May 2006


Fans post all these cool Clay mentions, then they float off into cyber space and get lost. So my brilliant idea for the day is to have a place to store them. Maybe not so brilliant when I realize how much time I'm going to be spending collecting them.

Chicago Tribune: White House Press Article
"As for the rumor that Snow might abolish the televised briefings, he gave no straight answer. But after last week's reportedly chaotic off-camera briefing and Tuesday's slick performance, I can't imagine he's even considering it. Like Bill Rancic and Clay Aiken before him, Tony Snow shines brightest with the cameras on."

Medialink Captures Top Honor for Video Excellence at SABRE Awards
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2006
The Amazon.com project involved a series of more than 20 video shoots produced over a 10-day period when celebrities, including Harrison Ford, Anna Kournikova and Clay Aiken, personally delivered orders to unsuspecting customers across the United States.

"Pyramid" - the game show
Category was "People on American Idol"
Clues - Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Clay Aiken

Saturday Night Live - intro skit
"Alternate Universe" happenings
Clay Aiken beats Ruben Studdard

Malaya Entertainment
Philippines May 15, 2006
"American Idol" is such a hit that even those who didn’t land in the top spot are assured of fame. That is, if they really have what it takes to make it big.

Take Clay Aiken, for instance. Aiken, who placed second behind Ruben Studdard in Season Two of "Idol," has far surpassed Studdard in album sales and fan base.

Fox Good Day Live in LA
Jillian Barberie to Katherine McPhee
"Well, I just want to remind you that even if you don't win, I look at Bo Bice, I look at Clay Aiken, these people, their careers are phenomenal. So, no matter what happens from here on in, you've already made it."

Forbes
People to Watch re:Chris Daughtry booted off
But even for the losers, life can be sweet: From previous seasons, also-ran Clay Aiken inked a deal with Sony BMG's RCA Music

MSNBC Scarborough Affair
"Idol Bias"
SCARBOROUGH: So why were they gunning for Elliott? Why do they select people that they want to knockout?

O‘NEIL: They just have their own biases, the same way that we do. And they‘re not necessarily based on reason, which is the problem. For example, the notorious year between Ruben and Clay, “Newsweek” magazine caught Simon saying, “We must stop him,” referring to Clay. “At all costs, we must stop him.”

Well, that‘s not your job, Simon. Your job is to critique his music.

SCARBOROUGH: And they did stop him.

Ruth Hilton, you know, why is it that these three judges can basically start gunning for a contestant and do whatever they can to try to knock him out of the winner‘s position?

RASMUSEN: They absolutely do. It doesn‘t matter if you‘re the best singer; it doesn‘t matter if you‘re the prettiest, if you have the most charisma. They are looking for someone who will make them the most money and who is different from the past years.

SCARBOROUGH: Tom O‘Neil, what do you think of that?

O‘NEIL: I think she‘s wrong on one point. Of the four winners that we have seen on “American Idol,” the one they have ruthlessly pushed out of the running, the one they ruthlessly pushed, Ruben is the only one who has not paid off on the pop charts. Clay has, of course.

So what does that tell us? That they‘re not necessarily right here. And now we‘re entering the finals, and my heart breaks for Katharine McPhee, because this is a terrific singer. And you just see that Simon doesn‘t like her, that he hates those big power ballads that are done on Broadway, the kind that Clay sang and she sang.

05/10/06 / UNICEF Spokesperson Clay Aiken visits Middlesex Middle School in CT
AND THE WINNERS ARE … STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, AND TEXAS WIN THE UNICEF KIDS HELPING KIDS® CHALLENGE

UNICEF Ambassador and 2005 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson Clay Aiken visits Middlesex Middle School in CT

In addition to having a donation from P&G made in their name, the top-winner - Middlesex Middle School - was visited by UNICEF Ambassador and 2005 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson Clay Aiken. Multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken served as the national Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson. Throughout October, the Raleigh, N.C. native and former teacher, encouraged kids to participate in the program.

Today’s announcement comes at the end of what has already been a historic record-breaking year for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program raised a record $5.1 million dollars this past year. Since its inception in 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised over $132 million to fund UNICEF's lifesaving work for the world's poorest and most vulnerable children.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Clay Aiken (runner-up, Season 2) — After a huge start to his post-"Idol" career, including a big-selling first album, a Christmas CD and several big tours, he's been quiet lately. His Web site, www.clayaiken.com, says he's working on a third album, but no details are given.

"You've Got Male".....author is Elizabeth Bevarly.
"But Andrew was agreeing with her that the music of Clay Aiken could, if people would just open their eyes and ears and hearts to it, bring peace and harmony to the entire planet."

North County Times Serving San Diego and Riverside Counties
But online communities still exist on the Web. By community, I mean people of similar interests who enjoy discussing issues with each other. They get to know each other well enough to mimic one another's writing styles and feel a sense of kinship. They can be organized around politics, religion, sports, or other lines.

I came in contact with one such group last year, while writing a obituary about a San Marcos resident, James Dale Leverton. A long-haul truck driver, Leverton in cyberspace was a bulwark of the ClayDawgs, (www.theclaydawgs.com), a Web site for male fans of singer Clay Aiken. There, Leverton was more than a fan; he was a friend to children and adults who were lonely.

After Leverton's death in a trucking accident, tributes began pouring in from fellow ClayDawgs. They also established a memorial fund in his name, with proceeds going to the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which helps autism and other developmental disabilities.

"Luann 3: Sixteen Isn't Pretty"
Author - Greg Evans (due out in Sept '06)
12 of the "Luann meets Clay" strips from 2004 are in this book, along with a full page drawing of Luann with Clay. And sharp-eyed Claymates will spot Clay's picture on the book's cover as well.

SEDAKA: 'I'M STILL THE TOPS'
Movie & Entertainment News © WENN.com All Rights Reserved
2006-05-07 22:43:29 -
"They don't realise that I had the top-selling record in the United States of 2004 - Solitaire by (American Idol runner-up) CLAY AIKEN and the top-selling record in the UK in 2005 - I wrote TONY CHRISTIE's IS THIS THE WAY TO AMARILLO?.

Teen People
June/July issue
One summer, three American Idol alum releases: Clay Aiken's untitled disc, Mario Vazquez's solo album and Josh Gracin's All About Y'all. What will Simon think?

Norwich Bulletin Norwich, Conn.
Local judges' verdicts
Judges split over who will get the boot

Elliott is now our Clay Aiken in this competition. His looks aren’t pop standard, but his personality and voice make him enjoyable to watch. He’s finally figuring out his style and has grown increasingly consistent in performance in the last few shows.

Unlike Clay, he hasn’t quite figured out how to be all of those things at once. Solve that, and he’s a solid contender for the top three.

28 Comments:

Anonymous Scorpio said...

Truth, please don't let his posts through. He is an evil person

May 17, 2006 4:46 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

God, it's great reading all those wonderful articles about Clay.

You know, he is just the epitome of class and integrity. He's strong, smart, articulate, has an amazing sense of humor.

You know what I like best about him, though? His ability to ignore assholes who think they can bring him down by spewing bullshit from one end to the other.

Oh, also, HE HATES PICKLES...especially purplepeckerheaded ones.

Thanks, truth, for taking the time to post these articles. Can't wait to read more.

May 17, 2006 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clay is totally amazing. Thank Truth for typing all this up for us.

May 17, 2006 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You know what I like best about him, though? His ability to ignore assholes who think they can bring him down by spewing bullshit from one end to the other."

Yes, I absolutely agree. They wallow in the cess pool ... he walks in the fresh air. They say the energy you put into the universe comes back to you tenfold. Food for thought.

The reality of Clay's impact on the universe (above and beyond the pleasure he gives through song) is the real, viable, positive effect he's had on so many lives. Children with disabilities that are now enrolled in inclusion programs, children that will benefit from UNICEF (this year, with Clay as the spokesman, the Trick or Treat campaign raised more money than ever before) ... how many lives tangibly, positively affected? Those are incredible accomplishments that few can lay claim to, and they are just a couple of the reasons why he has what those bottom dwellers will never have: love, love, love, and more love.

(It really is like an archetypal "good vs. evil" thing, isn't it?)

May 17, 2006 6:23 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Read at the top of the blog and see if you can wrap your pea brain around why your posts are deleted. Besides the fact that you are an asshole, that is.

May 17, 2006 6:27 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Whoops, sorry, he was gone before I even got done writing mine.

I was talking to purplepeckerhead, just in case anyone is wondering.

May 17, 2006 6:28 PM  
Blogger Oh Crap said...

Wow! That was refreshing, thank you Truth. These mentions put things into perspective. He keeps getting good press by media that counts and media who really know him. They ignore gnats just like Clay or they never heard of this particular species of gnats.

May 17, 2006 6:30 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

This was posted in the Operation Christmas Spirit thread at the ClayBoard....

Quote:
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TOYS FOR TOTS:

"Words can not express how we feel about what Clay Aiken fans have accomplished. Never before when we have had a Celebrity Spokesman for the Toys for Tots campaign has a fan base given of themselves on behalf of the Celebrity. We are truly thankful we were able to have Clay Aiken as our Spokesman, and are truly amazed at what his fans have accomplished. While the final results can not be calculated for some time, it is safe to say that Clay Aiken's fans have made a significant impact on our campaign this year. It is impossible to calculate the number of toys collected at the concert venues but we have received word that the TFT coordinators are overwhelmed by the generosity of Clay's fans. Thank you for sending our Marines to the concerts. You provided them with a "moment" to enjoy the Holiday Season, and quite an unexpected gift to all of them. They were thrilled to be able to see the concerts and were astonished that the fans thought of them. The toys donated literally counted in the thousands and we can not express enough our gratitude for all that Clay's fans have done. Thank you and Happy Holidays to all of you.

Major. B. Grein
VP, TFT
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May 17, 2006 6:33 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Let's just pretend we have an ignore button.

May 17, 2006 6:35 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Were any of you surprised that Clay's least favorite food is Mexican? I was.

That whole Toys for Tots thing was so cool. I went to JNT04 in Atlanta and there was a Yoooge outpouring of love and toys. The military guys seemed in shock...it was so joyful.

May 17, 2006 6:39 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

I forgot what food I picked but I know it wasn't Mexican. I think it was seafood.

I'm sure I got the latest one wrong too.

Jerry Lewis got it right when he used the term groundswell.

May 17, 2006 6:47 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Yes he did...I wonder if Clay had any idea how right Jerry was? He looked so young and tired that day...and kind of shell shocked when Jerry wanted to hug him. :)

I chose Thai food on the other poll and brussel sprouts on this one.

May 17, 2006 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Love said...

I was at JNT 04 in Atlanta too - and brought several toys with me. I loved seeing those big ole bins full of toys.

And I picked Thai and brussel sprouts too. Ha ha - maybe these polls are Clay's way of telling us we don't know as much about him as we like to think we do. (The right vegetable answer is prolly beets.)

May 17, 2006 7:05 PM  
Blogger Oh Crap said...

Hmmmmmm, A future blog coming. Now there's a freaking surprise.

May 17, 2006 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And by their fruit shall ye know them ..."

Faith
Inclusion
Charity
Service
Song
Humor
Joy
Love

vs.

Lies
Pornography
Slander
Ego
Ridicule
Bullying
Harrassment
Hate

You be the judge.

May 17, 2006 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was so much fun!! Great idea - Truth Rules.

Reading stuff about Clay just makes me smile.

Reading stuff about pickles just makes me grimace.

May 17, 2006 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiot - they didn't clap for anyone till Clive was finished talking. But hear what you want to you do anyways.

May 17, 2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Whoo hoo - I found where to eliminate the profile photos.

I'm going to start setting the comments to moderated overnight.

No more uglies while I sleep.

May 17, 2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Sure was a great picture of Clay on Clive's award. Didn't see Ruben or Bo's pictures...were they toward the bottom or something? Maybe they just had the highest sellers on there...Kelly, Carrie, Clay and Fantasia?

Purplepecker head is all puffed up tonight and, of course, he's full of shit...he just doesn't know when to leave well enough alone. Still thinks he can outsmart Adam and Leon and the crew.

Makes me laugh at how stupid he looks. Bwahaha!

May 17, 2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger rtm said...

WTG truth! I for one am very grateful.

It was very nice to see a great picture of Clay on that award they gave Clive. Ruben and Bo were on there......the women were all on the left and the men on the right.

May 17, 2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Thanks, rtm, I was so busy checking out Clay's pics, I must have missed the other boys.

That was a huge thing to hang on the wall!!!

May 17, 2006 10:38 PM  
Blogger rtm said...

You're welcome! I have to admit I didn't notice myself until I saw a screencap of it. I zoomed in on Clay when watching AI (I confess, I actually did watch it tonight....don't ask me what I think of their percentages!!) and didn't notice the others.

May 17, 2006 10:51 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

The clip they showed of the cds stacking had Clay's MOAM last. Not covered up by anyone else.

May 17, 2006 11:01 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

I did notice that, truth...I thought the same exact thing!!!

May 17, 2006 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see the positive energy here and the deletion of the darkness. You go Ladies! This is the best way to show our love for Clay. Show what he is all about so anyone stopping in here can see the real Clay Aiken. Thanks for not letting the pickle in.

May 18, 2006 2:53 AM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Found some very interesting questions posted to pickle that I'd love to see answered. Here are just a few of them.

In The Know said...
WANNA PLAY? WANNA ANSWER SOME
QUESTIONS - STRAIGHT UP; NO
SNARK - ARE YOU TOO "HIGH" FOR THAT? PROVE IT JOHN. PROVE IT.




Who gave you Lucas's phone # ?


You were fired because your naked
photos were on the internet; it
had nothing to do with Clay or Clay fans - remember the woman?
Me too. ;)

Who paid you in October 2005?

How MANY of your fans came to your
DVD release party at the View Bar?
Huh John. The truth is you were sitting in a corner by yourself - in a gay bar, no recognition whatsoever. Truth John.

Why did you return to the Quality
Inn on JAN 10th to obtain a cash
receipt for JAN 2nd?

Did you contact Groucho or did
he contact you? He too will fall.

Michelle A. - run = they are coming. Get out now.

Who gave you the Cafe Allegro documentation?

Diane Bubel didn't speak with you.
Fran Lewis didn't speak with you.

You are dealing with chaos John;
your fellowship with GJ&C and Clarus will fall with you. Do
they know the depth of your involvement - the LA connection?
DO THEY JOHN??

You will say I am an insane Claymate...LMFAO, do it !
You and I know the truth of it
though, don't we?

PROVE IT - you can't can you.

YOU HAVE NEVER MET CLAY IN YOUR LIFE - you only dream you have.

They are coming John.
Be prepared. Pack your bags.

1:22 AM

May 18, 2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Whoa!! Where was that posted?

May 18, 2006 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is NO WAY Clay or his fans are going to let that iliterate misspelling toad face take anything away from his career. By the way ASSHAT, if you lose your real estate license, IT'S YOUR OWN DAM FAULT.

Just a matter time before they take you and your cohorts OUT. Do you hear them coming?

May 20, 2006 8:59 AM  

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