"Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers." Words difficult to read and difficult to contemplate, particularly since they were written before September 11. While most of us worry about what we don't know, Gary Hart is burdened by what he does know--he co-chaired the commission on national security that delivered this warning in 1999. Now the former senator is moving on, just as he did after quitting the 1988 presidential campaign. In a revelatory Playboy Interview by Craig Vetter, Hart presses ahead with a plan to fight terrorism. He attributes our inability to act prior to the September 11 attacks to a decades-old "resistance to government" and argues for making homeland security the mission of the National Guard. In Afghanistan, Special Forces were the first U.S. troops on the ground, the cutting edge of the modern army. This month we take you behind the lines for a fascinating glimpse of the grueling tests faced by Navy Seals recruits during Hell Week in Stealth Force, by former Seal Mick Haven. A neo-Nazi, a Taliban and an ecoterrorist walk into a bar--and get along. A joke, right? Perhaps not. They share fascist ideology, a hatred of globalism and a desire to bring down the U.S. Michael Reynolds has tracked international and homegrown ideologues for years. In Virtual Reich, illustrated by Phil Hale, Reynolds documents the dangerous networking among the forces of intolerance. Scary stuff. The lunatic fringe is in great need of a trim. Now.
"We only roast the ones we love" is the motto of the New York Friars Club, which paid tribute to Hef with the raunchiest night in the Friars' history. A censored version was broadcast on Comedy Central, and Hef, the Friars and the television network donated $550,000 to the World Trade Center relief fund as a result.
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Because it was Valentine's Day. "For the first time in years I was single. I didn't get roses or a single card, so I went looking for comfort. Rebound boy was a guy who bartended with me. We flirted constantly between slugging shots. I was dumped from a longtime affair and grabbed the first penis I could find. He didn't argue about being rebound guy (maybe he didn't realize that's what he was). I used him for sex and for some masculine attention. I didn't last long. I think he felt kind of manipulated. But I don't think anyone should feel sorry for the guy. He got some good action." --L.L., Miami
Darla Haun's website touts her as the New Millennium Woman, and, being new millennium men, we were pleased to find that she dresses the part. You are certain to have seen the So Cal native on shows such as Baywatch, Silk Stalkings, Dave's World, Ellen, Party of Five and Sunset Beach. These days, as her bleary-eyed fans are aware, Haun is a habitual Tonight Show guest (21 appearances and counting) and the host of Inside DirectTV. Darla's sexy looks and brilliant smile led to modeling gigs that helped pay for her tuition at Cal State University, where she initially planned on following her father's footsteps into dentistry. She graduated cum laude with a degree in theater arts and picked up roles in movies like Sight Unseen and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. "I'd like to make a positive difference in people's lives," she says. When she's not raising our pulses on-screen, Darla raises her own by playing volleyball, skating and white-water rafting. The actress also volunteers at Meals on Wheels. More, please.
It often seems as if no one makes movies for grown-ups anymore. Then, every December, distributors seeking positions on critics' top 10 lists and Oscar nominations finally offer us mature entertainment, which happily spills over into January.
The Brotherhood of the Wolf The wolf-like creature that is terrorizing the countryside in 18th century France may not be imaginary. This bizarre French mélange of historical fiction, myth and monster movie has to be seen to be disbelieved. [rating]2 bunnies[/rating]
The defining point between the ages of the New Economy and the New Patriotism is an odd time to celebrate one of the most popular of all antiwar movies, but it's hard to ignore the Five Star Collection DVD (Fox, $27) of Robert Altman's seminal 1970 satire MASH. This new two-disc edition of the countercultural landmark affords an Altman commentary and multiple behind-the-scenes and historical documentaries, though the primary draw remains the film itself, which is presented here in its original wide-screen aspect ratio (2.35 to 1). In his breakthrough film, Altman introduces the battery of techniques that gave birth to the adjective Altmanesque, including improvisational performances (which, at first, don't sit well with stars Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland), multilayered dialogue and sound effects and long-lens shots of bustling wide-screen action. This bitingly funny and unapologetically irreverent film never looked better than it does on this disc. However, after seeing it, reverent viewers may want an apology.
Those of you who long for a time when law and order were under siege from the dark forces of left-wing secular humanism will rejoice to see that Inspector Harry Callahan's entire oeuvre is spiffed up and available on DVD (Warner). Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool in sparkling digital transfers have gone ahead and made our day. Yours, too, if you're feeling lucky, punk.
"There are a lot of films that have informed my cinematic language," says director Baz Luhrmann(Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge). "In fact, the National Film Institute in London had a festival where many of them played, including Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Lola Montès, Sunrise, Cabaret and The Blue Angel. On my nightstand, I have a lot of DVDs--the Indian film Lagaan, Being John Malkovich, which I think is terrific, and Tears of the Black Tiger. DVDs have changed how we see movies. They allow us to have a deepened relationship with each film. That's what I tried to do with the DVD of Moulin Rouge."
Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape (Maverick), Me'Shell Ndegéocello's fourth CD, marks an advance for the singer-bassist. As the title suggests, Me'Shell is after more than a hit record. The grooves are as deep and rich as her previous efforts, but the lyrics have a throughtful, biting sociopolitical slant. The voices of poets and activists are sampled throughout, adding layers of intensity to the funk arrangements.
Don't know much about Biology Department: But they do know their history. Ben E. King(Stand by Me) followed former Master Class teachers Mary Wilson and Isaac Hayes into the classroom at a Harlem school that is preserving history and culture through music. Reeling and Rocking: Snoop Dogg has another movie lined up--Lady T and Mojo Slim. He'll play a small-time crook who falls for a cop's daughter. ... Gillian Grisman, daughter of mandolin player David, has made a documentary about her father's collaboration with Jerry Garcia. It's in theaters around the country this month. ... Save the Last Dance is being turned into a Fox-TV series. Newsbreaks:American Bandstand will celebrate its 50th anniversary this spring with an ABC special hosted by--who else--Dick Clark. ... Music Maker helps American roots musicians with medical and living expenses by selling their CDs of country, blues and mountain music. Go to musicmaker. org for more information. ... Leon Russell's record label expects to release about 15 CDs a year, including his own CD of ballads and standards, Moonlight and Love Songs, in collaboration with a big band. Look for a 30-city tour. ... Tony Toni Tone founder Raphael Saadiq's new solo CD, with special guests D'Angelo, T-Boz, Ronald Isley and Angie Stone, is called Instant Vintage.
Welcome to the world's most unusual school, Counterterrorism University. It is a pleasure to see you here today, and I wish you luck as you investigate one of the toughest subjects you will ever have to deal with.
My new girlfriend wants me to go down on her, but I've never done it before (none of my previous girlfriends liked getting head). I'm a little nervous about it, because I want her to enjoy the experience. Are there any special techniques you could let me in on?--R.N., Honolulu, Hawaii
This past summer Francis Coppola released Apocalypse Now Redux. The director restored several of the film's missing scenes, including a long interlude between Martin Sheen's character and a widow on a French plantation, and an odd bit of business involving Playmates who trade sexual favors for helicopter fuel. In December, the History Channel aired the documentary The XY Factor, which examined how the Vietnam war affected sex, both overseas and at home.
The war on drugs staggers on. Since 1980, the number of people locked in jails and prisons has quadrupled, breaking the 2 million mark last year. A lawmaker in Louisiana observed that things had become so bad his state had "half the population in prison and the other half watching them."
"Dick, we already read all your e-mails." --Attorney General John Ashcroft, joking with House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R--Tex.). Armey had told Ashcroft he didn't want new antiterrorism legislation to be so broad that it gave agents the power to read his e-mails.
It was the first week of May 1945, the final spring for Hitler. Mussolini's corpse was strung up by its heels in front of an Italian gas station. The Führer's gunshot skull smoldered at the feet of Soviet soldiers in the ashes of Berlin. It appeared that fascism was dead. But like plutonium or viral pathogens, truly evil ideas have a significant half-life and a strong capacity for transfiguration.
Technology can appear cold and sterile, but we have the antidote: Cyber Girls, our newest way to celebrate female beauty. Cyber Girls bring warmth to the coldest, most clinical monitor. Nearly 50 years ago, Hef created the blueprint of modern beauty when he unveiled the Playmate. Our Cyber Girls represent the same commitment to beauty, personality and authenticity, all cut to fit your screen. Cyber Girls exist in a dramatically new medium, but they still must meet the rigors of Playboy's unmatched photographic professionalism. Best of all, in this era of instant gratification, there are 52 Cyber Girls per year. A Cyber Girl is unveiled on cyber.playboy.com every week. Members of the Cyber Club choose the Cyber Girl of the Month. The democratically selected winner is then brought back to the studio to be shot for photos and video. Cyber Girls are drawn from worldwide searches that result in thousands of applications and test shoots per year. The first Cyber Girl, Stephanie Heinrich, was crowned in September 2000. She went on to become Miss October 2001. Leaf through these pages and you'll agree, the man who made the Bunny hop is now making the mouse bop. Consider this a boot-up call.
Before they came, I went about my business in pond muck, slurry, roiling soups of particulate matter and anaerobic nits and scooters. I'd been alone for somewhere between 250 million and 260 million years. I'd forgotten the exact date. Our prime had been the Devonian, and we'd been old news by the Permian. We'd become a joke by the Triassic and fish food by the Cretaceous. The Cenozoic had dragged by like the era it was. At some point, I'd looked around and everyone else was gone. I was still there, the spirit of a fish in the shape of a man. I breaststroked back and forth, parting underwater meadows with taloned mitts. I watched species come and go. I glided a lot, vain about my swimming, and not as fluid with my stroking as I would have liked to have been. I suffered from negative buoyancy. I was out of my element.
You can afford one $1500 suit for work but not five? No worries. It's not the clothes that make the man, it's the accessories. So flaunt your personality with belts, socks, ties, glasses and shoes. Remember, your watch says more about you than your résumé does. This feature is three-way, just the way we like it.
Anka Romensky is proud to have become a U.S. citizen several months ago. "I was born in Ukraine and emigrated to Florida 10 years ago because my parents wanted a better life for us," she says. "I'm family oriented and just spent five weeks visiting relatives in Ukraine." This tall drink of vodka (she's 5'10") took a break from studying business and marketing in college to get a full-time job as a model. "I have a real estate license and work as an agent as a hobby," admits the self-proclaimed workaholic. "Sometimes I'll have three bookings a day and I'm still not satisfied. I've also started taking acting classes and was in a movie, the comedy Jungle Juice. I play a hotel worker who tries to make sure that the guests are always drinking and having a good time." So how does the real Anka tie one on? "I get a table with a bunch of girlfriends at one of the hot South Beach clubs and we get wild until five in the morning," she says. "We'll get a bottle of champagne, spray people and get up on the tables and dance all night. Then we'll get into our swimsuits and go to the beach and sleep in the sun." When she's not painting the town red, the 21-year-old enjoys traveling the world and playing music on her keyboard at home. "I studied piano for five years and I used to compose," she says. "Music helps me relax."
Since World War II with the formation of the Scouts and Raiders, then the Naval Combat Demolition Units and finally the Underwater Demolition Teams, U.S. Navy frogmen have set the standard for Special Operations Forces. This tradition continued in Korea and in Vietnam, when President John F. Kennedy commissioned the first Seal teams in 1962.
You've finessed her from the club to your couch and on to the first kiss. But as you batter her with your tongue while building a battle plan for getting her into bed, she debates whether to switch soaps. What went wrong? your lackluster technique cooled this hot club girl and cost you crucial points toward closing the deal.
As Valentine's Day nears, millions of men face a difficult choice: whether to send a dozen red roses or a dozen white roses. Flowers, men understand, cannot fail to express a certain mild effort and thoughtfulness. This is the pleasure of the conformist gift. Through generations, men have sent flowers on special occasions as automatically as we've worn safety goggles when welding. In both instances, our objective is to avoid being injured by the sparks carelessness can cause.
The most successful rider in AMA Supercross history, 30-year-old Jeremy McGrath has banged bars with the best riders and left dust on their goggles. During his 13-year career, as a professional rider, he has won seven 250 Supercross championships, set numerous racing records and racked up three times as many wins as any other rider in the sport. McGrath is also the first racer to turn his triple-jump stunts into serious cash, landing paychecks from sport sponsors such as Mazda/Yamaha, Troy Lee Designs and Spy Optic and mainstream brands such as Bud Light hoping to milk his X-treme sport street cred. He has developed a signature shoe for Vans, OK'd a series of McGrath racing figures for Mattel, completed voice-over work for the cartoon Max Steel, appeared in a commercial for 1-800-Collect with Alyssa Milano and, of course, created a video game. We asked McGrath how to run the perfect race, start to finish. Here's what he told us:
You can tell she's looking at you. You lock eyes. She comes over and starts talking. Eventually, you head back to her place, where she does the private pole dance until dawn Yeah, right--keep dreaming. Guys have to make the first move in bars, so knew what you're getting into. Read the defense. Adjust the pass accordingly--an icy snob may morph into someone more hungry and approachable with the onset of midnight. But remember, nothing good happens after 12. If you're waiting for last call to pair up, you're in for a sloppy, regrettable ride. And that's if you get lucky and ignore her Adam's apple. Here's a lineup of women you're likely to meet on a typical night out. Missing from the picture, of course, is Quickie Girl--the one who fucks you in the bathroom while her boyfriend buys rounds at the bar. If you don't know who we're talking about, perhaps you should consider why everyone always gives you their drink orders.
The most noticeable difference between Dedee Pfeiffer and her older sister, Michelle, is Dedee's unapologetic pedal-to-the-metal lifestyle. "I'm the wild Pfeiffer," she says. "Michelle is smart, cautious and shy, whereas I'm wild and outrageous and talk before I think. I'm always flashing people at bars--not my breasts, but my tattoos. My family and friends know I'm a freak, but society really doesn't. I'll try almost anything once--not everything, but pretty much." When we caught Dedee on the phone, she had finished shooting the final episode of the TV series For Your Love and was busy ripping apart her kitchen. "As soon as I hang up, I'm going to prime," she says, laughing. "I bought the cabinets, hung them myself and will prime and paint them. About two o'clock in the morning I'll put down the paintbrush or drill because I get so tired that I know I'm going to hurt myself."
How often do you see a preppie morph into an international film star? "I went to an upper-crust boys' school where most students became professionals--doctors or lawyers," says Australian Hugh Jackman. "A career in the arts or in sports may seem terribly glamorous, but for most people it's not going to happen."
Below is a list of retailers and manufacturers you can contact for information on where to find this month's merchandise. To buy the apparel and equipment shown on pages 19--22, 24, 30, 39--40, 76--81, 108--110, 114--115 and 159, check the listings below to find the stores nearest you.
You're no slouch. You have bottles of Jack, Jim and Jose in your liquor cabinet. What you probably don't have is Martí Auténtico, a lime-and-mint-flavored rum. Mix it with club soda and a squeeze of fresh lime, and you have a mojito--one of Hemingway's favorite cocktails. Or how about a numbered and signed bottle of Midleton 26-year-old Irish whiskey that's aged in bourbon, sherry and port casks? It comes in a lockable wooden chest for good reason--it's $600. We've also rounded up Auchentoshan Three Wood, a Lowland single-malt scotch that derives its rich taste from being matured in bourbon, Oloroso sherry and Pedro Jimenez sherry casks; Hussong's reposado tequila (it's 100 percent agave); the curiously named 3, a vodka that gets its smoothness from soy; and Quintessential, a 90-proof English gin that is distilled and filtered five times.
Sleepers: The German Connection --Why do Osama Bin Laden's operatives find the country so useful? our reporter snuck into Germany's Muslim Community for the dope on clueless cops, hot glocks, dutch ecstasy--and an Afghan stripper. By Yaron Svoray