Does the woman to the left look familiar? She should: Ashley Massaro was a finalist in the 50th Anniversary Playmate search, then a Cyber Girl of the Week in 2004, under the pseudonym Mackenzie Ryan. Since her appearance in playboy Ashley has taken the crown in the WWE's RAW Diva Search, won the first-ever Bra & Panties Gauntlet match and become a SmackDown! diva. For all her hard work, we honor her with the cover pictorial, Star Struck. "She was really thrilled with the experience," says Senior Contributing Photographer Arny Freytag, who shot the spread. "She's being featured here, whereas in the ring, she's one of many characters in a bigger show." Freytag admires his subject's tone and definition. "But her best feature by far," he says, "is that beautiful face."
In my 25 years of enjoying your magazine, I have never stared so long at a cover as I did with January's shot of Pam Anderson (The Passion of Pain). What man, given a real shot, wouldn't want her, and what woman doesn't crave the power she projects? Some of us will never tire of her.
Your interview with "I". Boone Pick-ens (Playboy Inlemieu; January) certainly displays his skills as a booster, but for those without much experience in the oil industry, a little history is useful. As a corporate raider, Pickens did force oil companies to stop wasting money. But he also pressured companies like Unocal and Phillips Petroleum to raise their debt-to-cash-flow ratio, using the borrowed money to pay off sharehold-
Jimmy Breslin puts a human lace on the hypocrisy that is U.S. immigration policy (The Immigration Mess, January). For more than a decade we have worked to integrate the North American market, with great success. At the same time, we have sought to prevent the integration of labor. To finesse this contradiction we dramatically increase our presence on the U.S.-Mexico border. Although this has had no detectable effect on the rate of undocumented in-migration, it has reduced the rate of out-migration. Having run the gauntlet, migrants hunker down and stay longer. As a result, the rate of out-migration has dropped by half. I cannot decide which is more absurd— building a 700-mile fence along a 2,000-mile border or spending billions of public dollars to increase the size of America's undocumented population. Douglas Massey Princeton, New Jersey Massey, a professor at Princeton, is author of Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Age oj Economic Integration.
I enjoyed Neil Cohen's article about discovering a letter J.D. Salinger wrote to an old girlfriend (Love, Jerry, December). I also possess a letter from Salinger, written after my friend Mick and I visited him in 1974. We both liked Holden Caulfield and could relate to him, so one day we decided to drive up
Percentage of Americans who think federal agencies have intruded on privacy rights during terrorism investigations: 66 Percentage who oppose congressional hearings on how the Bush administration has handled surveillance and other terrorism-related issues: 45
The U.K.'s department of internal affairs, the Home Office, settled out of court with 198 arrested heroin addicts who had claimed that jailing them "cold turkey" amounted to assault and a violation of human rights. Each prisoner and former inmate was paid; some received as much as $9,500.
A survey by Golf Digest and Golf for Women found that 31% of their female readers would abstain from sex for one year for an opportunity to play Augusta National, which does not admit women as members of the club.
Based on government estimates of U.S. marijuana production and a producer price of about $1,600 a pound, the total value of all the pot grown annually has been calculated to be just less than $36 billion. Here is how marijuana compares with the country's top three legal cash crops:
Commercial delivery services like UPS and FedEx pay through the nose for making stops in New York City, with an average of 7,000 parking tickets slapped on their vehicles every day. In 2005 delivery companies paid more than $102 million in fines to the city.
(Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson) Quentin Taran-tino and Robert Rodriguez unleash a 1970s-style double feature. Russell stars in Tarantino's "Death Proof" as a psychotic stunt-man, and Rodriguez's zombie flick "Planet Terror" has McGowan as a pissed-off amputee sporting a machine gun for a leg.
(Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Jenna Fischer) Expect mighty laughs with Ferrell and Heder playing rival champion figure skaters whose brawling gets them banned from men's singles competition. Years later the disgraced duo bury the hatchet and exploit a loophole that lets them compete again—by skating as a pair.
(Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Gina Torres) Directing again for the first time since 2003's Head of State, Rock also co-wrote and stars in this romantic-comedy twist on 1972's CWoe in the Afternoon. He plays a married dad who fantasizes about other women when Washington, an old pal's sexy mistress, tests his willpower.
(Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies) In director Werner Herzog's gripping fact-based movie, Bale plays a gung-ho Vietnam-era pilot who is gunned down over Laos. He is captured by the Viet-cong, masterminds an escape with his fellow prisoners and tries to survive a trek through dangerous Southeast Asian jungles.
random gunshot wounds Cate Blanchett, who's vacationing in Morocco with husband Brad Pitt; Moroccan cops go after the shepherd boy who fired the shot. Circumstance forces the couple's nanny to take their two young kids to Mexico for a wedding, and in Tokyo a deaf-mute
Now that Charmed has cast its final spell, Rose McGowan is free to return to racier on-screen antics, as when she lost her blouse in Going All the Way (pictured). In this month's Grindhouse she plays a gun-wielding gal who takes on a zombie army.
the lovely Alicia Claus, graced November's Women of Video Games 2006 pictorial, and she looks just as good in action as a gun-toting, spell-casting agent of death. The game's visuals are a great mix of sexuality and destruction, but unfortunately, its repetitive gameplay and aiming difficulties left us somewhat
premise of the Def Jam games is that you can brawl as hip-hop stars (this time including the Game, Ludacris and Big Boi). This gorgeous next-gen version takes that one step further by integrating music into each showdown. Time your attacks to the music track that's playing and you'll be able to, say, roast your foe
home-theater showpiece and painstakingly balanced one-on-one brawler, this martial-arts epic awed us with its HD graphics and 5.1 surround sound that are even fiercer than the 17-strong cast of assorted kung fu misfits. If you've ever wanted to see masked Mexican wrestlers slam doe-eyed, crane-kicking Asian
wheel of a souped-up motorbike or buggy in this beautifully dirty off-road adventure that fetishizes no-holds-barred mud racing. Cutoffs and crashes are just as important as speed and strategy, and the PS3's power provides near-photorealistic vehicles and tracks with real-time cinematic destruction.
RECENT INVENTIONS such as pivoting heads and multiple blades have proved to be mercifully forgiving when you're groggy and in a rush. Still, proponents of the double-edge safety razor are more loyal than Cubs fans. Although their method requires more care, it offers less irritation and longer blade life. With a razor, brush, stand and bowl, the Merkur Futur Shaving Set puts a 21st century face on early 20th century technology ($200, nashvilleknifeshop.com).
TIME WILL TELL if this vixen of a motorcar will shock the establishment or go the way of the Studebaker, but we like what we've seen so far. The 2008 Tesla Roadster is a zero-emission electric supercar
AQUA BOMB n: An MK-84 bomb that has been emptied of its explosives and recast as a six-foot-eight-inch, 10-gallon fish tank. Crafted by MotoArt ($3,950, motoart.com), this playful piece of home furnishing comes with a built-in pump filter for the fishies, lighting to illuminate the tank and a storage compartment for your fish food and whatnot. It's the perfect home for your piranha. Seven powder-coated colors are available, so matching the drapes will not be a problem. If this doesn't work as a conversation starter, you're dating the wrong women.
DIGITAL SLR cameras give you superb image quality. Unfortunately, they're also expensive and bulky. N ikon tackles both problems with its6.1-mega-pixel D40 ($600, nikonusa.com), which comes with a 3x zoom lens. At just over a
NOPE, YOU'RE NOT seeing things: Nike's new Sumo2 driver ($480, nikegolf.com) has a square head. It's the Dolph Lundgren of golf clubs. (Work with us here.) Without our getting into Physics 101, the oddly shaped head offers added stability and doesn't twist as much as other drivers when you swing, so even shots from the heel or toe fly straight and far. The design adheres to USGA size limits, making it legal in tournament play.
CHESS AS WE know it developed in Europe in the 15th century, evolving from Asian origins. Back then, royalty played with pieces carved by artisans. Celebrate the tradition with the Chess Scalloped set ($2,285, zontikgames .com). With an inlaid-leather playing surface and a leather-bound plinth, it's an instant classic. The pieces are fashioned in the timeless Staunton pattern, the same one used in the landmark world-championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in 1972. When not in use, the pieces rest comfortably in the plinth's suede-lined interior.
THERE ARE TWO kinds of grillers: gas guy and charcoal guy. Each is certain the other is an idiot. Here's a grill that can make both of them happy. The Fuego 01 (from $3,500, fuegoliving.com) has the sharp looks of a high-end indoor range but is made for the great outdoors, with a retractable lid and weatherproof knobs. Ample prep areas help keep things civilized, and a thermostat on the grilling surface tells you when to throw your meat onto the fire. Most important, though, Fuego allows you to switch from gas to charcoal grilling on the fly, proving the only real idiots are absolutists.
I am a guy who has a female friend with whom I feel very comfortable. She is engaged, but I find her attractive and often masturbate while thinking about her. I'd like to tell her what 1 do, though I'm not sure why, because no good can come of it. I think about this a lot. Should I tell her?—W.R., Los Angeles, California
Jonathan Raban's article "We're Watching You" (January) brings to light some of the core issues we as a country will have to deal with in the new century. To avert a terrorist threat, most of us would gladly allow some dimin-ishment of our personal privacy. The promise of safety is difficult to ignore. But locked in a new kind of war whose rules remain vague, our government is making decisions that set us on a slippery slope. Systems like Echelon have been indispensable to our national security, but when the eyes of such systems are turned on American households, we as citizens are right to take notice. That gaze most certainly keeps us safer, but at what cost? Who will watch the watcher? We stand at a fulcrum between security and freedom. Weighting freedom too heavily puts us in physical jeopardy; overweighting safety may nullify the very freedom we hold dear. Finding bal-
The analogy Stephen Van Eck draws between conservatism and radical Islam in January's "Reader Response" is logically flawed at best. Let's agree that conservatives are at the forefront of the battle with radical Islam and that liberals, in large part, want nothing to do with this fight. Now let's project a victory for Muhammad's warriors and assume conservatives are either wiped out or rendered powerless. Islam is not just a religion. It makes no pretense of separating church and state. Since in strict Muslim societies playboy is banned, how long do you suppose
Concerning the letters in December's "Reader Response": Yes, God loves everyone. That does not mean, however, he approves of everyone's sins. I am a fundamentalist and a Republican, and I feel that advocating the killing of gays and abortion doctors should be punished to the full extent of the law. But let me also point out that laws protecting your readers' right to trash religious fundamentalists are the same laws that protect hatemongers.
Washington, D.C.—President Bush added a signing statement to the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, asserting the right to bypass federal law protecting the privacy of Americans' mail. Several laws, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, make it a crime to open mail without judicial approval (though exceptions for suspected bombs already exist). Many observers believe Bush's signing statement means he has already begun or intends to begin warrantless mail snooping. Even Republicans—including Senator Susan Collins, who sponsored the original bill—have called on Bush to clarify his intent. As ACLU lawyer Ann Beeson puts it, "The question is, What does the signing statement mean? Why has he suddenly put this in writing if this isn't a change in policy?"
Philadelphia—A woman jailed for three weeks on drug charges while a freshman at Bryn Mawr College settled a lawsuit against the city for $180,000. The problem with the charges? The woman, Janet Lee, was arrested for carrying ordinary flour, albeit in condoms. At Bryn Mawr, an all-female school, flour-filled condoms are popular as a funny twist on stress-relieving Koosh balls, and Lee, apparently unaware that drug mules sometimes use condoms to transport contraband, attempted to board a flight home with a few of them. A baggage screener saw the condoms in Lee's carry-on luggage and called in city police. Officers claimed their field test showed the flour to be a mix of opium and cocaine. "Under the circumstances, something went terribly wrong," says Lee's lawyer, Jeffrey Ibrahim, who can't understand how the tests could have been so flawed and why it took so long for the mistake to be corrected. In settling the case, the city admitted no wrongdoing.
corvallis. OREGON-Scientists at Oregon State University are attempting to flip off biological switches that cause homosexuality in sheep. The project, initiated by the federal Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho and funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to help sheep farmers for whom the eight percent of rams who mount other rams represent a serious economic blow. After determining that "male-oriented rams aren't
I^F They call it Oz because it's a magical faraway land and because Aussie sounds like Ozzie, especially when you've been drinking. On the Sandbelt around Melbourne you'll discover stellar courses as well as some of down under's best beaches, bars and beauties. PLAYING: Eighty years aqo Dr. Alister MacKenzie left the United
"9 The Hawaiian Islands boast no shortage of killer golf resorts worth the long trip—Princeville on Kauai, Manele Bay on Lanai, Mauna Kea on the Big Island. But for an all-around good time, Wailea, on the islana of Maui, delivers the right mix of play on and off the course. Here's the lei of the land.... PLAYING: Wailea is a community full of resorts outside Kihei, on the island's southern coast. You'll want to play three courses: Wailea's Gold, Emerald and Old Blue (waileagolf.com), each a visual treat with tropical vegetation and sea vistas, all in the shadow of Maui's famous volcano, Haleakala. The Gold course is the standard: 7,078 yards, home to the annual Champions Tour Skins Game. Rugged and undulating, it is the toughest Wailea course —a true test of skill and intellect. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed both this course and the Emerald, a scenic track that borders the Gold and is marked by wider, easier-to-hit fairways. The Blue, Arthur Jack Snyder's baby at the foot of
7 A visit to golf's cradle is a necessary pilgrimage. The sport was born in the Kingdom of Fife, and you can still play on the very turf where it all began centuries ago. PLAYING:The Old Course in St. Andrews (www.standrews.org .uk) is the most important course on earth. Reserve tee times online (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the Old Course Hotel, but keep in mind the course is booked months in advance. The daily ballot, a tee-time lottery, is a better bet. Phone 01334-466666 the day before you want to play and cross your fingers. Golf travel firms can arrange tee times but may double the £1 25 greens fee (about $250). Your best chance to walk the hallowed turf? Arrive at sunup and be willing to split your foursome—the starter can often get singles and twosomes out early. When you do get on, be prepared For the 17th hole, the best tee shot in golf: the feared Road Hole. This is no place to wuss out. Smack your drive over the corner of the Old Course Hotel. And if you make bogey, remember what Ben Crenshaw said: "The reason the Road Hole is the greatest par four in the world is because it's a par five." Lest you prove you're a dumb Yank who thinks there's only one course in Scotland, you also need to play the adjacent New Course, opened in 1 895, which is slightly easier to get onto. Seven miles away is Kingsbarns (kingsbarns .com), a Kyle Phillips design that may be the best Scottish course of the 21 st century, and just across the Firth of Tay lies historic Car-noustie (carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk), site of this year's British Open. STAYING: The Old Course Hotel looms at the corner of the Road Hole (with shatterproof windows on that side), yet it's a bit of an eyesore. Save your pounds for homier Macdonald Rusacks (from $300, macdonald-hotels.co.uk), a Victorian throwback overlooking the 18th hole, or the delightfully tacky
Clobal warming is no joke: Meteorologists are predicting that 2007 will be the hottest year on this blue marble since th% dinos. The summer is apt to be brutal, and unless you mix drinks at a tiki bar, you can't go to work in a Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts. Not that you would anyway. You have style and class, i which means while your colleagues are sweating through their stuffy "all-season" jackets, you stay cool in a summer suit. Men's designers are now pairing lightweight fabrics like cotton, silk and
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No wonder Hollywood casting directors tap the Playmate talent pool so frequently; it is as deep as it is alluring. Recently a special connection has been established with CBS's runaway hit t.'.SV; Miami. The show has featured appearances by Centerfold after Centerfold, including Qiana Chase, Jillian Grace, Marketa Janska, Monica Leigh, Amanda Paige, Christi Shake and Alison Waite.
How does a just God allow bad things to happen to good people? We guess He gets cranking on His more perfect creations (like all-natural model MISS MARTINA), loses track of time and lets a few things slide. Cut the Guy a break.
What happens at the Playboy Mansion stays at the Mansion, but what you do in your limousine on the way home from the party is fair game—particularly if you invite paparazzi in for a look, as NICKY and PARIS HILTON did.
Earlier this year gossip pages reported that KIM KARDASHIAN was shopping a sex tape to adult DVD publishers. (The leading man? Ex-boyfriend Ray |, brother of R&B singer Brandy.) At press time the tale was looking like an unfounded rumor. Damn.
Your car knows a lot about itself. Problem is, the two of you aren't really on speaking terms (and that damn cmkck kngink light seriously lacks nuance). Now instead of paying $150 for a crooked mechanic to tell you it's your alternator when it's just your wiper fluid, you can get a CarMI) ($90, carmd.com) and plug il into your car's diagnostic-port (if your car is a 1996 or later). It'll kibitz with your car's brain and immediately tell you how severe things are in general. Afterward hook the CarMI) up lo your I'C to get a full report on what's going on with your darling, from basic statistics to diagnoses of serious problems.
Once, a man's grooming regimen comprised a bar of Dial, a can of Barbasol and the cool brutality of Aqua Velva. Now arusanal grooming options are abundant. Elemis (timetospa.com) began in the IK. with gentle, botanically derived spa products and later branched out with a line specifically for men. The Deep Cleanse Facial Wash (S28) and recently released Daily Moisture Boost (S45) are fantastic for everyday use, and the fine Energising Skin Scrub ($46) and Post Shave Recovery Mask
Your choices in literature say as much about you as your choices in design. Now you can say something about both at once with the Self Shelf ($30, fnebox.com). This clever optical illusion makes it look as though you're holding up your books with mind power alone. Of course, the title of the brilliant work on the bottom slyly gives it away: It's not a book at all but a shelf holding the rest of them up.
Whatever your stance on global warming, we all dig a lower electric bill. A Skystream 3.7 windmill (S9.000 to SI2,000 installed, skystreamenergy .com) in your backyard could save half your kilowatt-hours each month. Simple lo operate and maintain, the generator hooks directly into your electrical system. When it makes more power than your house needs (say, at four a.m.), your meter will run backward as you upload power to the grid (if you live in one of the more than 35 states where that's allowed).
When he wasn't singing, dancing, acting, playing musical instruments, doing stand-up, drinking with the Rat Pack or bedding beautiful women, Sammy Davis Jr. was taking photographs. "Sammy never went anywhere without a camera," says Butt Boyar, Davis's longtime friend and the author of the new coffee-table book Photo Irs Sammy Duvis, Jr. (S50, ReganBooks). From Bogie to Bacall, James Dean to Dean Martin. Sammy captured them all on film. No one else could've gotten away with photographing Sinatra in his I'Js.
Tanqueray's new Rangpur gin ($22, in liquor stores) is made with rare Rangpur limes (Citrus x limonia Osbeck), strange and juicy orange-colored spheres grown in India. Unlike any other gin we've ever tried, it is a touch sweet and citrusy, best served in the sun over ice, with a dash of tonic or cranberry if you like. Do not mix it with vermouth. For a Rangpur dirty martini, pour two shots ol chilled Tanqueray Rangpur into a cocktail glass, then drop in a naked woman named Olive.
When New York was down and dirty—like, before Starbucks—locals took their coffee in classic blue-and-white "Greek" cups. Even if the burned deli swill that came in them looked and tasted like the nearby Kast River, it cost little and furthered New York's reputation as the city that never sleeps. Those paper cups are quickly disappearing, but Exceptionl.ab, Inc. has immortalized them in reusable ceramic ($12, wearehappyto serveyou.com). Smart, huh? Fuhgeddaboudit!
Peerflix (peerflix.com) is a smart new alternative to DVD rent-by-mail services. You list the DVDs you want, along with ones you own but don't want anymore. When someone requests one of yours, print a postage-paid mailer on regular paper, tape it up and send. That earns you credits you can use to order DVDs on your want list. Discs you get are yours to keep, and you can cash out at any time. Very clever.