Monday, February 28, 2011

Iran's Afsharzadeh Says That New Olympic Logo Is Racist

It looks like Iran might be boycotting the Olympics in London after its President said that the current logo for the event is racist. According to Afsharzadeh, the new Olympic logo spells out the word "Zion".

Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games



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Reporter Mike Tobin Hit While Covering Wisconsin Protests

A reporter for Fox News was assaulted over the weekend while covering the protests in Wisconsin. Mike Tobin said that he was hit by a protester, but at the time that incident allegedly occurred - the camera was not on him.

Fox News Reporting: The Right, All Along. The Rise, Fall & Future of Conservatism



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Are We Watching A Repeat Of 2008?

Back in 2008, gas prices soared and not long after that the stock market tanked and the real estate market imploded. Are we watching a repeat of 2008 today?

Fisher Price Geotrax Gas 'N Go Station



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Jessica Tata Charged With Reckless Injury To A Child

Houston daycare owner Jessica Tata (22) was charged with reckless injury to a child today after a fire last week in Houston claimed the lives of four children. According to police, Tata left the children unattended when she left the home. In her absence, a fire broke out killing four and injuring three others.

Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot



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US Ratings For Oscars Down From Last Year

Fewer people watched the 2011 Oscars than in 2010, but the show was still a big ratings winner for ABC over the competition. ABC averaged slightly over 33 millions viewers during the live broadcast, with was more than double the audience of NBC and CBS combined.

80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards



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Grass Wildfires In Amarillo/Lubbock Lead To Death & Destruction

It was a long weekend in the Texas panhandle as grass wildfires in the Amarillo and Lubbock areas caused the death of one 5-year-old child and destroyed at least 60 homes. Dry conditions and winds as high as 60 miles per hour pushed these firestorms ahead faster than firefighters could extinguish them.

Texas Panhandle Frontier (Double Mountain Books--Classic Reissues of the American West)



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Today Show Interview: Charlie Sheen Sounded Like Narcissist On Speed

It is becoming common to hear something stupid coming out of Charlie Sheen's mouth each day. However, this morning Mr. Sheen appeared on GMA and the Today Show and filled whole segments with his narcissistic rants. In addition to thinking he is Gods gift to women, Charlie Sheen also sems to think he is a gift to us all.

Men at Work

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Fires Continue To Burn Near Amarillo Texas

It's been a tough couple of days for firefighters in Amarillo, Texas. Two huge fires have caused the evacuation of dozens of rural residents as firemen try to contain wildfires. These fires are being fueled by high winds and extremely dry conditions.

Wildfire: Season 3



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Protesters Allowed To Stay In Wisconsin Capitol Building

At first, Wisconsin police said they would end the two-week sit in at the State Capitol of Wisconsin. However, on Sunday they decided to allow the protesters to stay - because they have acted in a legal way. That said, police do want the protesters to leave soon - because the state capitol building is in dire need of cleaning.

Wisconsin Badgers 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt (Red, X-Large)



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Gas Prices Could Average $3.50 Per Gallon This Week

Where I live gas prices are not at $3.50 per gallon yet, but in many parts of the United States - that figure already seems low. That said, oil experts are predicting that by the end of this week - the average selling price for a gallon of gas will be at $3.50 per gallon. That is 21 cents higher than it is today.

Talkin' High Gas Price Blues



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Colin Firth's Speech At The Oscars Was Extremely Funny

I did not realize until Sunday night that in addition to being a great actor, Colin Firth is also a very funny man. As he stood up to accept his Oscar for Best-Actor at the 2011 Academy Awards, I found myself laughing at most of what he has to say.

The King's Speech



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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Little Rock Earthquake 4.7 Magnitude Sunday Night

About 11:15pm on Sunday night, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Little Rock, Arkansas area. Greenbrier, Guy and Twin Groves were within 10 miles of the epicenter of this quake - with Little Rock about 30 miles away.

Earthquakes and Earthquake History of Arkansas



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Wally Pfister Goes Political At 2011 Oscars

For the most part, I thought politics were not a big part of the 2011 Academy Awards. However, there was one person who injected his politics into the show and his name is Wally Pfister. Pfister took on a pro-union stand in the current fight in Wisconsin. He won the Oscar in 2011 for best Cinematographer for his work in the movie "Inception".

Inception (Two-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray]



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Best Picture Brings Attention To Stammering Issue

In the modern world it is referred to as stuttering, but the professional name is stammering. Sunday night, the best picture of 2011 went to a movie called "The Kings Speech". In the movie, the King of England was helped by a speech coach to stop stammering when he addressed his people back during the 1940's.

Beyond Stammering: The McGuire Programme for Getting Good at the Sport of Speaking



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Jill Clayburgh Honored In Death At Oscars

Along with many other famous people who died last year, actress Jill Clayburgh was honored on the 2011 Academy Awards. I use to love to watch Clayburgh in movies, especially in a low-budget film that was very good called "Semi-Tough". In that film she starred alongside Burt Reynolds and Chris Kristofferson.

An Unmarried Woman



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Kirk Douglas Might Be Old But He Can Still Deliver A Laugh

On the 2011 Oscars, long-time actor Kirk Douglas presented the award for the "Best Supporting Actress". While father time has taken much of Kirk's good looks and physical strength away, it was clear by the end of his appearance on the Academy Awards that he still knows how to make an audience laugh.

Ulysses



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Watch Video Of Space Shuttle Launch From Jet Aircraft

A man aboard a jet plane traveling over Florida the other day shot some of the most amazing video I have ever seen of a Space Shuttle blasting off. We have all watched Space Shuttle launches from the ground, but it looks completely different tens of thousands of feet in the air.

Fisher-Price Imaginext Space Shuttle and Tower



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Best Supporting Actress Drops F-Word During Oscar Acceptance Speech

Melissa Leo got caught up in the moment and used the F-Word during her acceptance speech at the 2011 Oscars. The show must have been on a delay, because the sound went off on our TV set when she spoke that word. However, it was pretty easy to read her lips and know what she said.

Frozen River



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Reality Sets In For Friends/Family Of Earthquake Victims In New Zealand

Almost a week after an earthquake shook Christchurch, New Zealand - thousands of residents are starting to realize that most of the missing are probably dead. With that in mind, tens of thousands of citizens are showing up at memorial services for the missing in order to express their grief.

Christchurch, N.Z.



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Will Wisconsin Be The Beginning Of The End For Unions?

Is Wisconsin the proving grounds for the beginning of the end of labor unions? While I believe that public unions will definitely be weakened by this states move to cripple collective bargaining rights for public sector employees. This same type of anti-union busting will not move to the private sector anytime soon.

There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America



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Will "The Kings Speech" Dominate The Oscars (2011)?

Hollywood insiders believe that "The Kings Speech" will dominate in wins at the Academy Awards tonight. I have not seen this movie yet, but it does look good from the previews that I have seen. The film is based on the true story of Queen Elizabeth's father who suffer with a terrible stammer for most of his life.

The King's Speech



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Young Girls Sing National Anthem At Basketball Game

People have poked fun at the US National Anthem (Star Spangled Banner) for a long time now and one famous singer even butchered the song at this years Superbowl game. However, in the video below - I was moved to tears just listening to a group of young girls singing that song in a very beautiful way before a Texas Tech basketball game.

The Star Spangled Banner



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Not Enough Room In Denver For President Bush & Julian Assange

When former President George W. Bush found out that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would be at the same event he was invited to this weekend in Denver, the former President canceled his trip. Bush said that he did not want to share the same stage with a man who has damaged the United States so much.

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy



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Jake Gyllenhaal To Replace Matt Damon In Future Bourne Movies?

Producers are in talks with Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Matt Damon in future Jason Bourne movies. So, what do you think? My opinion is that Damon is irreplaceable in that role and I do not see the character of Jason Bourne in the same way as I do agent 007 in James Bond movies.

The Jason Bourne Collection (The Bourne Identity / The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum)



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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Has Charlie Sheen Lost His Mind?

It's easy to laugh at the nonsense being put out daily in the media by Charlie Sheen, but I believe there are real mental health issues at play here. Yes, Sheen has abused drugs and alcohol for a long time now - but there seems to be other mental issues at play, as well.

Cadence



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President Comes Down Hard On Moammar Gadhafi

On Saturday, President Obama told Moammar Gadhafi that it was time for him to leave as leader of Libya. However, I doubt if anyone will have influence over him now. He has said that he will die in Libya and I expect that ending to occur in the near future.

Libya: From Colony to Independence (Oneworld Short Histories)



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The Last Airbender Rated Worst Movie Of 2011

On the night before the Oscars each year, the Razzie Award is presented to the worst movie of the year. In 2011, that honor went to a movie called "The Last Airbender". Fortunately, I have not seen that movie.

The Last Airbender



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Congressman David Wu Refuses To Resign Despite Mental Concerns

Calls from citizens of Oregon and major newspapers in the state for Congressman David Wu to resign have fallen on deaf ears. On Saturday, he refused to give up his job and said that he will fight on. Wu refused to discuss if he is receiving mental health treatment.

Broken Glass: A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness



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14-Month-Old Child Locked In Bank Safe

On Friday, a 14-month-old little girl wondered into a bank safe in Georgia just as the door was closed. That safe was on a time-lock and could not be opened for several hours. Fortunately, a locksmith was called and the child was freed earlier. The little girl suffered no physical injuries.

Metal Safe (colors may vary)

Watch video of another child who was rescued from a safe.



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Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) Weds New Bride Kayte Walsh

In an expense wedding, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) has married a much younger wife Kayte Walsh. Music and dancing were abundant at their reception where some of the favorite songs played were: Hotel California, Vogue and Poker Face.

Down Periscope



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Some Say The 2011 Oscars Will Be Boring

Sunday night, tens of millions of people will be tuning into the Academy Awards as they do each year. However, some TV critics are suggesting that this year's Oscars will be boring. Really, I thought they were boring every year!

30 Years of Academy Award Winners 1972-2002



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Friday, February 25, 2011

New Couple Alert: Chord Overstreet/Taylor Swift Dating?

It appears that country superstar Taylor Swift has a new boyfriend. Recently, Swift has been seen in public with Glee star Chord Overstreet. I must admit that I enjoy listening to Taylor Swift music much more than watching the TV show "Glee".

Speak Now



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Breast Milk Ice Cream Called Baby Gaga Goes On Sale In London

A store in London has started selling breast milk ice cream under the name "Baby Gaga". Several women donated their breast milk to the store (Icecreamists Restaurant). Store owners claim that this is the most organic ice cream in the world.

Milkies Milk-Saver Breast Milk Collector (1) BPA Free



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8-Year-Old Lincoln County North Carolina Boy Has Heart Attack

There is still to word on what caused an 8-year-old boy in N.C. to suffer a heart attack. During the school day, the child went to the nurses office, at his school, complaining that he did not feel well. While there, he went into cardiac arrest and EMS was notified. Late reports show him in critical condition in a Charlotte hospital.

The Cardiac Recovery Handbook: The Complete Guide to Life After Heart Attack or Heart Surgery, Second Edition



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Lincoln Nebraska Truck Filled With Nude People

Image the shock on a police officers face when he recently stopped a pickup truck in Nebraska only to find that everyone in that vehicle was nude. The truck contained four nude adults (2 male and 2 female) and when the police officer asked the couples where they were going they said "I think we are in trouble". No kidding! There is no law in Nebraska to prohibit driving or riding in a vehicle, nude. However, the driver was sited for DUI and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Real Highway Code - Road Signs, Hand Signals, Driving Behavior, Art Poster Print - 24x36



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Lexus RX 330 | RX 350 | RX 400H Recalled By Toyota

It wasn't that many years ago when Toyota was the one car company that did not have that many recalls. However - times have changed and this latest recall effecting over 2 million vehicles is due to the gas pedal getting stuck on the floor mats, once again. This new Toyota recall effects 2004 - 2007 Lexus RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h SUVs and 2006 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs.

Product Liability and Personal Injury Lawsuits in the Wake of Toyota: Understanding the Impact of the Toyota Recall Legislation (Aspatore Special Report)



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Who Is The Most Liked Person On Facebook (Eminem)

For a long time now, Lady Gaga has been the most liked person on Facebook. However, recently rap superstar Eminem has taken her place. It's not like either Lady Gaga or Eminem are hurting for fans considering Lady Gaga currently has 28,872,000 Facebook fans to Eminem's 28,883,000. Most entertainers would die to be liked by half that many Facebook fans.

Love The Way You Lie [Explicit]



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CBS Fires Charlie Harper (Sheen) Shuts Down Show

CBS television has decided to shut down production on Two and a Half Men effective immediately. This occurred after Charlie Sheen insulted one of the shows creators (Chuck Lorre). CBS finally did what they should have done long ago. Sadly, great actors Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones also now find themselves out of a job through no fault of their own.

Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season



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Cystic Fibrosis Drug VX-770 Showing Great Promise

Vertex Pharmaceuticals reported yesterday great results from their clinic trials for the cystic fibrosis drug VX-770. This new medication works to treat the underlying cause of the disease. This drug is exciting to doctors and researcher, because it treats the underlying problem of cystic fibrosis instead of just treating its symptoms.

Cystic Fibrosis: A Guide for Patient and Family



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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pouring Liquid Gold Into The Gas Tank

I bought gasoline on the way home for work tonight. After putting $10 worth of gas in my tank and seeing the gauge move only slightly, I joked with the attendant, at the convenience store, that what she was selling was really liquid Gold - instead of gas.

An Illustrated Guide To Gas Pumps: Identification And Price Guide (Illustrated Guide to Gas Pumps: Identification & Price Guide)



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Kaiwi Channel Earthquake Shakes Honolulu/Lanai

A 3.6 earthquake shook Hawaii this afternoon. The Kaiwi Channel tremor was felt in Honolulu and Lanai. No injuries were reported and only minor damage was witnessed in the area. The earthquake occurred at 2:12pm Hawaii time on Thursday.

Hawaii: A Novel



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Khalid Aldawsari Arrested In Plot To Assassinate Former President

A student legally studying in the United States was arrested on Thursday on charges of planning a terrorist attack to take the life of former President George W. Bush. Khalid Aldawsari was arrested by the FBI in Lubbock, Texas. Former President Bush and his wife Laura live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Decision Points



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Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert To Run For US Senate Seat?

The mayor of the City of Dallas has resigned and speculation has it that he will shortly announce his decision to run for the US Senate in the State of Texas. Leppert is only the latest candidate of what should be a wide open campaign. In Texas, the GOP winner is usually the general election champion as well.

Mayors of Dallas, Texas: Tom Leppert, Ron Kirk, John Henry Brown, J. Erik Jonsson, Jack Wilson Evans, Laura Miller, John Mcclannahan Crockett



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Will High Oil Prices Send US Back Into Recession?

As crude oil went up above $100 per barrel yesterday, I could not help but wonder if another recession is not that far behind? Remember back in 2008 when oil and gas prices increased everyday? I do and also remember that a bad recession including a meltdown in the real estate market and a stock market crash also followed those high oil and gas prices in 2008.

Stop The Hose Job - Enough Is Enough (With Gas Pump - Sticker / Decal (against high gas prices)



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JLO In Tears After Latest Idol Elimination Round

The new judges are proving not to have as hard of a heart as Simon as JLO broke down in tears after the latest elimination round on American Idol. What people watching at home sometimes forget is that even though JLO and the other judges are at the top of their game today, they too have been rejected many times in their own careers and they remember well how badly that felt.

J.Lo [Explicit]



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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

16-Year-Old Alexis “Lexi” Thompson Better Than Men At Golf

At the age of 16, Alexis Thompson is better at the game of golf than scores of men who have played for decades. In some ways, "Lexi" reminds me of Tiger Woods when he was young and before his moral failures took down a billion dollar career. In a recent tournament, Thompson beat 76 men in Coral Springs, Florida. This is one young lady you need to keep at eye on as she matures into an adult player.

Golf Week magazine, June 18, 2010-Alexis Thompson.



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Casey Abrams Illness Could Eliminate Him From Competition

While rehearsing for the top 24 on American Idol, Casey Abrams fell ill and was taken to the hospital. He is expected to remain hospitalized for one or two days. If he is not able to resume the competition, he will be eliminated from the show.

American Idol: The Untold Story



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Did Tiger Woods Need His Wife More Than He Thought?

Since Tiger Woods wife divorced him, he has played terrible golf on the PGA tour. Could it be that Tiger Woods needed his wife more than he first thought? Narcissistic athletes believe that the world revolves around them. However, few narcissists are successful without a stable partner at home. Why is that true? I don't know, but it does appear to be the case.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters



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Lindsay Lohan Will Get Jail Time If Plea Deal Accepted

A judge in California told Lindsay Lohan today that if she accepts a plea deal offered by the prosecution - she will spend time in jail. So goes another chapter in the dysfunctional life of Ms. Lohan who has battle substance abuse problems for years. Sources say that when Lohan and her attorney arrived in court today, they were shown surveillance video from the store where the alleged theft of jewelry occurred.

A Little More Personal (Raw)



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Crude Oil Over $100 Barrel In Wednesday Trading

It has been several years since crude oil on the open market has surpassed $100 per barrel. However, on Wednesday that price was breached. You must go back to 2008 to find a time when a barrel of oil cost more the $100. With civil war breaking out in the Middle East and economies around the world sluggish to flat because of recession - the timing for this increase in oil prices could not be worse.

Crude Oil Prices: As Determined by Opec and Market Fundamentals



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