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A Luxxerious Afternoon of Botox & Bites

Malcolm Mitchelle displays his bruschetta appetizer, while Dr. Hakki displays his appetizer, breast implants. Photo credit: David Phillipich.

“The days of Greta Van Susteren taking time to recover are over.”

Spoken like a true plastic surgeon, these are the words of Dr. Ayman Hakki, who opened up his Luxxery Medical Boutique Wednesday afternoon in Waldorf, Md. to old and new patients who wanted treatments or just a closer look at the latest in plastics. In his thoughts above on the latest plastic trends involving journalists, he’s referring to FNC’s Van Susteren going under the knife in 2002 year for a blepharoplasty or eye-lift that landed her on the cover of People. She had a month off before starting her job at FNC and began with a polished face. The event, “Botox & Bites,” featured chef Malcolm Mitchell preparing delectable tuna tartare. Mitchell appeared in season eight of the Food Network’s reality show “Star.”

A party like this is on some level surreal. It isn’t easy mustering an appetite amid before and after pictures of boob jobs, busts of breasts and actual silicon patties scattered around the office. At one point an implant was being tossed around like a water balloon. That was reason enough for the distraction of Mitchell, who created an array of Food Network-quality hors d’ oeuvres like the tartare along with bruschetta and salmon on endive.

The Hakki’s themselves have all the makings of a reality show. “Can you believe she’s 58 years old?” asks Hakki, beaming at his wife, Hiba, who is COO of the company. Without a shred of makeup, the wife does look a decade younger. Their daughter, Dannia, their publicist, says she has never had any work done, but would in a heartbeat if she noticed forehead lines. We’d name the show “Keeping Up With the Luxxerians.”

Midway through the afternoon, Hakki sat down with FishbowlDC for a grilling on journos and plastic surgery. With a Luxxerious clinic in Georgetown as well as Waldorf, he has treated many Washington area journalists. Of course it’s hush-hush — he never specifically discusses his clientele.

But he has opinions and a good eye for detecting who has had work and who has not. Hakki says the biggest trend among journalists involves taking fat from say, your love handles or any other part of your body where you don’t want it, and putting it in the middle of your face. “More people are doing mid-face fat transfer along with liposculpture with a side of Botox fillers and peaks,” he said. “With age, the first thing is mid-face central emptiness which makes people look haggard. This is mid-face harvesting a person’s own fat, letting it decant, transferring multiple layers very minute almost beads of pearl fat lobules in order to fill out the central face.”

In English, this is a non-surgical face lift. The cost ranges from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the extent of the service. Getting Botox or fillers is far cheaper — the range is $300 to $700.

Hakki uses Kim Kardashian, who attended the past two White House Correspondents’ Dinners, as an example of what you want if you get work done. “When I look at Kim Kardashian I feel that she looks much better and has a fuller mid-face,” he said. He points to a combo of “filling first and lifting last.” He says he watches many TV journos such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper and assesses whether they’ve had any work done. “I can assure you that he has not had Botox on his forehead,” he said, not realizing Cooper had a show on the subject the other day and admitted as much. He said he prefers for his forehead to have lines. But, Hakki added, “I can assure you that Joe Biden had Botox before the debate with Sarah Palin. I was thinking ‘Oh Joe! No. No.’ I thought he was overdone centrally and underdone peripherally. It gave him a pull that almost looked like a leer that wasn’t attractive.”

He points to Kenny Rogers‘ eyelids as another example of what not to do. “You can tell Kenny Rogers had his eyelids done,” he said. “His mom was like why Kenny why Kenny?” The problem, says Hakki, is they addressed the bags without looking at the rest of the face.

Gone are the days when people have to worry about looking like Joan Rivers, he said. But fears loom large and he’s heard them all. Hakki sees success in the moment in which your own mother sits down with you for Thanksgiving dinner and can’t tell you’ve had anything done, but knows you look good.

Hakki says there’s always an emotional component to his work. For example, if a patient ever says she wants to remove her frown lines because her husband doesn’t like them, he refuses to do anything. “If the patient says they are doing it for someone else I won’t do it,” he says.

Oh, come on. Can’t he be convinced? What if they want it for themselves and someone else? He smiles a big Hakki smile, but he’s dead serious. “If they mention another person before themselves, I won’t do it.”

See Hakki’s wife after the jump…

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Deutsch or Douche? Donny Calls Chris Hayes ‘Weenie’

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes made a boo-boo during his show “Up!” on Memorial Day in which he said he feels “uncomfortable” about using the word “hero” to describe Americans who have gone to war.

“I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’ because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war,” Hayes said in his characteristic otherworldly lingo. Immediately he faced backlash from the Drudge Report and other conservative news sites, who plastered his words out there for all to see.

Hayes didn’t instantly back down. “Sure this won’t stop the twitter hate, but ask people to watch this and see if we were being insufficiently respectful,” he tweeted with a link to a video of the segment in question. Shortly thereafter, Hayes apologized.

“[I]n seeking to discuss the civilian-military divide and the social distance between those who fight and those who don’t, I ended up reinforcing it, conforming to a stereotype of a removed pundit whose views are not anchored in the very real and very wrenching experience of this long decade of war,” Hayes said in his written apology. “And for that I am truly sorry.”

Cue up fellow MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch who wasn’t having it. This morning on “Today” Deutch along with TV personality Star Jones and NBC medical news editor Nancy Snyderman discussed Hayes’ comments (TVNewser). “I’m repulsed,” Deutsch said. “I hope he doesn’t get more viewers as a result of this. To say that… and by the way, this guy is like — if you’ve see what he looks like — he looks like a weenie. And to sit there where these guys are risking their lives, they are heroes: beginning, middle, end of story. I don’t know what the other side of this argument is.”


We’re all about redemption in the Fishbowl. We hope Hayes will think before he insults war heroes on Memorial Day. And probably think before he drinks; coffee, that is. Hayes looks so wired all the time we’d swear there’s an IV of caffeine serum coming straight out of his right forearm.

Carry on, Hazy.

Bold Birthday Wishes for Tucker Carlson

Today is The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson‘s birthday. So we figured we’d take this opportunity to get others around town and beyond to help us wish him a happy birthday. At left is a photograph of what is apparently a red Daily Caller thong on the door to Carlson’s former office. We have no idea what it is doing there or why Carlson would leave it hanging on the doorknob. Photo credit: Anonymous.

Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel: “Tucker, in honor of your birthday I have decided to refrain from telling Betsy Rothstein about the time in college that you wore a euro style banana hammock speedo on the beach in Nicaragua. Your secret is safe with me.  Happy birthday, Neil”


Raptor Strategies’ David Bass offers a poem:

From motorcycle to moped
From bow-tie to lengthy Foulard
As Tucker slouches toward middle age
His latest change is not hard

Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher: “I was going to get him a black velvet painting of Barack Obama Greco-Roman wrestling with The New Black Panthers, but I thought, ‘Does he really need another one?’”

Former Daily Caller online editor and writer Jeff Winkler, a D.C. refugee who is living and writing in Arkansas: “Since my former boss looks to be between the ages of 14 and 40, I don’t know whether to offer him a gentlemenly handshake or a ribbon-adorned pony. But considering that he once slashed me across the face with his fly rod, my B-day gift — sent courteous of the USPS — is a collection of photos from my recent nude escapade involving archery, yoga and bobbing for apples. And I’d like to promise him that we’ll meet up again in the near future, but that always seems to be taken as a threat. Regardless, I wish Tucker the best in the coming years. If Washington D.C. had any sense, it would follow North Korea’s example and build ‘towers to his immortality.’”

MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Willie Geist: “Happy Birthday to my all-time favorite ‘bow-tyin’ white boy’!”

FBDC’s Peter Ogburn: “My wish is that he gets ANYTHING but a gun.” (Peter was once mildly threatened by Carlson. He’s slowly getting over the PTSD from that experience.)

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “Tucker, my wish for you on your birthday is that, if you ever turn me into a puppet, just make it a skinny, buff puppet.” (See relevant link here in which The Daily Caller turns a Capitol Hill press secretary into a puppet.)

The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash: “Back in the early 90s, when all things were possible and there was still dew on the world, I remember a young, reckless Tucker peering out of his cloud of smoke (he used to rip through two packs a day on the principle that ‘clear lungs are for pussies’)  while pronouncing, ‘I hope I die before I get old.’  He often spoke in song lyrics back then. It was part of his whole rock’n'roll lifestyle.  Now that he is old, however, I trust he’ll choose life, as his Wham! sweatshirt implored  (again with the rock’n'roll – but Andrew Ridgely was his hero).  If not, and he follows through on his original threat, I’ll be here for his family, his dogs,  and his bamboo fly rod, the last of which he should really think about willing me.  Now that you’re a senior citizen, Tucker, time to get serious about estate planning. Remember that in our increasingly accelerated world, 43 is the new 80. Happy birthday, old friend.”

D.C. TV Types to Sing Against Child Abuse

The national non-profit organization Childhelp is hosting it’s fifth annual Capitol CAREaoke event tonight. Childhelp puts on the fundraiser, which features media figures performing karaoke to raise money for child abuse prevention and treatment.

Big names include CNN’s Brianna Keilar, FNC’s Shannon Bream (photo at right) and SportsNet’s Michael Jenkins (who tweeted that he’d singing Bel Biv Devoe’s 1990 classic “poison”) are scheduled to perform. ABC7 anchor Rebecca Cooper and Washington Capitals announcer Wes Johnson will emcee the event.

Jordin Sparks is billed as a special guest and will also perform.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will be awarded as Congressional Champions for Children.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building.

Human Events to Lure Readers With Free Empanadas

In conjunction with its re-launch on Monday, April 16, Human Events newspaper is trying a new gimmick to snag readers: free food. They will sponsor popular food truck DC Empanadas with free coffee, breakfast, and lunch for all patrons. The food truck will be solely distributing food and beverages on behalf of Human Events for the duration of the day, likely at Capitol South metro station in the morning and Farragut Square for lunch.

Check @HumanEvents on Twitter on Monday for exact locations.

Human Events, the cornerstone publication of The Human Events Group, is promising a “dynamic new look, increased editorial horsepower, and broader distribution” on Capitol Hill and around Washington, DC.

Sarah Palin Reacts to Whitney Houston’s Death

Celebrity Q and A’s Colin Drummond catches up with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over the weekend outside Washington’s Matisse restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue. Palin appeared on Fox News Sunday the following morning.

“Happy Birthday Sarah Palin!” Colin called out to her. Those accompanying her repeatedly asked who he was with. When he asked her to react to news of Whitney Houston‘s death, that broke that evening, she stopped and expressed her condolences.

You’re Being Dragged a Long Way Backward Thanks to The Washington Post, Baby!

WaPo recently launched a new blog called “She The People” headed up by Melinda Henneberger with the tagline “The world as women see it.” God, I hope not.

I realize men have no idea how women think, but vaginas can’t make this much of a difference between what happens in the mind of the opposite sex. If they do, women don’t think about the economy or jobs, but about the questions no one else does, like “Would we love Tim Tebow if he were Muslim?” and almost obsessively about Republican Presidential candidates…and not much else.

Do women care that deeply about candidate’s spouses and ex-spouses? “She The People” bloggers do since they write about them more than the National Enquirer.

They do take a slight break from time to time to kiss up to first lady Michelle Obama almost as much as The Hill‘s Amie Parnes, so there’s that.

Aside from staying lock-step with the Post’s predominately liberal blog bias (sure, there’s exceptions), this is a painful blog to read. I hope women think about things beyond this. To steal a catch phrase, you’ve come a long way, baby, but this blog ain’t helping the cause.

Meghan McCain Deserves ‘Emoticon’ of Ridicule

Emoticons are annoying little characters people usually insert into text messages and emails, like the smiley face :-) , the winking smiley face ;-) , the winking smiley face with its tongue sticking out ;-p and so on. What it is not is anything having to do with privacy. But don’t tell that to MSBNC’s newest contributor Meghan McCain.

On “Now with Alex Wagner” today, the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said she thought President Obama and his family deserved “an emoticon of privacy” in regards to revelations in NYT’s Jodi Kantor‘s new book The Obamas.

McCain, known for her, shall we say, “creative” use of language more than her ability to, you know, like, think, immediately took to Twitter to explain herself: “Thanks everyone, was talking quickly and said ModiCOM instead of ModiCUM this morning – thanks for obsessing over my every waking word. ;-)

Nice try, Megs, but you said it twice and you said it clearly. While trying to cover it up shows at least some cognitive awareness that she’s building a reputation as a clown, she seems to forget that this is the Internet Age. Where people used to forget, the Internet doesn’t. The video of her latest fumble (at least as of this writing, who knows what she’ll do between now and when this is published) went viral faster that Gwyneth Paltrow in “Contagion.”

Twitter lit up with ridicule. Here are the highlights:

Slate’s Dave Weigel added, “Meghan McCain reporting that Jack Lew will take over as White House chef.”

Mike Flynn, Editor-In-Chief of BigGovernment, harkened back to another MSNBCer’s greatest his with, “Resist We Much the ‘Emoticon of Privacy’ #MeghanMcCainFail”

Townhall,com columnist Derek Hunter gave props to McCain’s ability to continually top herself by tweeting, “Every time I think @McCainBlogette has found her floor of stupid, she opens her mouth and out comes a shovel.”

Pajamas Media’s Stephen Green (VodkaPundit), added, “I have now watched @McCainBlogette‘s ‘emoticon’ video more times than I’ve watched Godfather I & II combined.”


Tucker Calls Interviewer a ‘Moron’ and a ‘Parasite’

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson is often magnetically pulled to the oddest people in a crowd. Manchester is no exception.

Late last week, interviewed him about Libertarianism, Ron Paul and 9-11 being an inside job. Carlson, who thinks 9-11 conspiracy theories are ludicrous, engaged with male blogger types who looked like they could stand a few sprays of deodorant. They baited him by claiming the government caused 9-11. “I hate that 9-11 crap,” Carlson says, at one point giving his interviewer and his camera the hand. When the interviewer suggested that Tucker believes family members of the victims are “less than adults” for wanting information being withheld by the government, Tucker lashed out, saying, “I would say parasites like you make it much worse for them. …It’s filthy to say things like that with no evidence.” He then calls his interviewer a “moron” for continuing to bring up the topic. Somehow they ended on a friendly note. (Meanwhile, Daily Caller reporter Alex Pappas can be seen in the foreground, watching on and laughing.) View here.

Next Up: Capital, a New York-based website that writes about how things work in NYC except when they’re in New Hampshire, also trailed Carlson over the weekend for a block or two down Main Street and came up with a story that moved through a goofy assortment of topics: 1. Carlson hanging out with Hasidic men who were there to rally against anti-Zionism and Israel. 2. Carlson refusing to let the reporters tape him while interviewing him about Attorney Gen. Eric Holder. “Are you kidding?” he says initially in response to him declining to be taped. 3. They ask how The Daily Caller is doing and bring up Politico Keach Hagey‘s recent story that mentioned “growing pains.” He replied, “It’s really good. I mean, if you can’t make a site work in the age of Obama, you should probably go do something else.”

Photo credit: Capital New York

D. Shuster Wants to Shake Things Up

A new radio show is launching in Washington this weekend and David Shuster is host.

Whoa! That D. Shuster?

The show debuts this weekend from Noon to 3 p.m. on 1480 AM otherwise known as We Act Radio DC. Among D.’s guests will be Roll Call‘s Paul Singer. D. says he will continue his duties as a fill-in for Keith Olbermann on Current TV.

In other D. Shuster news that he won’t SHUT UP about (we’re totally kidding, D.), he’s launching a new website that he claims will be “amazing” and “shake things up.” Watch out Politico CLICK. “I’ve been working with a few friends on a new journalism venture that we are beginning to roll out on FB, twitter, and via a radio show I’m hosting each Saturday in DC starting this weekend,” he told FishbowlDC. “We aren’t doing a full pr blitz just yet… that will come later in the spring. The website we launch in a few months will be pretty amazing and should shake things up.”

We cannot wait.

UPDATE: Why is Shuster jumping into this new radio show? Find out…

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