Thursday, April 30, 2009
The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.
The Census Bureau will hire at least 300 county residents to start the "early census."This early census entails only mapping, verifying and updating addresses. The Census Bureau mails the actual census questionnaire in March 2010.Every residence in the county is entered into the census employees' GPS hand-held computers, he explained.Crew and class leaders warn students that any personal information they collect is strictly confidential and that it is a federal crime to divulge any of that information.Some training graduates said they are worried about standing in front of a stranger's house and aiming a GPS at the house."I was at a house in Camp Verde and the person came running out accusing me of being from ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,)" one lister, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
Just as Gordon Brown was gravely announcing that two more Britons had been diagnosed with the virus, one government figure, I can disclose, decided that the potential pandemic was a great opportunity for a joke.
In a bizarre attempt at humour, junior minister Sion Simon suggested that unlikely Britain's Got Talent singing sensation Susan Boyle is to blame.The MP for Birmingham Erdington, 40, posted his comment online on his Twitter page, writing: 'I'm not saying Susan Boyle caused swine flu. I'm just saying that nobody had swine flu, she sang on TV, people got swine flu.'For Simon, the minister for further education, was posting what he thought was a witty aside on the crisis just as it was confirmed a 12-year-old Devon girl had contracted the virus.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Memo to the White House: Not only was flying a Presidential jet for a photo-op Monday over downtown Manhattan in bad taste – it was unnecessary.
Anyone in the White House ever hear of Photoshop?You'd think the administration would've been tech-savvy enough to realize the merits of the computer software program – what with its constant Internet spin doctoring and the President's notorious BlackBerry infatuation.
The cost of flying one of Obama's official planes – a pimped-out Boeing 747 – along with an F-16 jet over the city cost upwards of $300,000 in taxpayer dollars.
Yankee Stadium fly over
President Obama and Vice President Biden publicly welcomed Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party Wednesday, calling him a man of "immense personal courage" and "unmatched integrity."
"Arlen Specter is one tough hombre," Obama said during a morning news conference Wednesday inside the White House.
"I don't expect Arlen to be a rubber stamp," he added.
The Obama administration is asking Congress to close the big gap in prison sentences for dealing crack versus powdered cocaine, a law that critics say is unfair to blacks."The administration believes Congress' goal should be to completely eliminate the disparity in prison sentences between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine," Breuer said in written testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
Federal law now has what lawyers call a "100-to-1" ratio for cocaine sentences, in which a person selling five grams of crack faces the same five-year mandatory minimum sentence as someone selling 500 grams of powder cocaine.Critics of the law say it unfairly punishes black offenders, pointing to statistics showing 82 percent of federal crack cocaine convicts were black, while nine percent were white.
The effects of Crack are similar to those of Cocaine, although since Crack is smoked, additional risks exist. General effects include constricted blood vessels and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, and with long term use, violence and paranoia are noted. Additional risks of smoking crack include respiratory problems such as shortness of breath, chest pains, lung trauma and bleeding. As with cocaine, crack is highly addictive. Evidence shows that when cocaine and crack are smoked (as opposed to other methods), there is increased risk of compulsive cocaine-seeking behavior.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
First you go to Jamaica, which is good. Then you get married, which is even better. Then after you've spent the best part of the week at a snazzy resort you ... hop on a plane and get back to East Tennessee in time for opening day of turkey season.
She did admit the turkey took a backseat to other things that week.
"That would definitely be marrying him," Rene said. "That had to be the highlight."
I think this woman is a gem and many a man would call her a "keeper." I think more women should be hunting and handling guns to shoot down old stereotypes.
Mazel tov, sweetie . . . oh, and nice bird!
My daughter is a senior at Notre Dame University, and I am embarrassed by the opposition to President Obama's speech and honorary degree. I consider him the most "pro-life" president of my lifetime. His domestic and foreign policy agenda and his outreach to all reasonable people in the world are more than inspiring. I suggest that my fellow Catholics remember that fewer abortions were performed during the Clinton years than during the Bush years. Also, please remember that President Obama is not pro-abortion. He is against the government telling a woman what she must do with her own body and future. I would think my anti-government friends would be against this as well. And why is it that Republicans would be the first to scream if their taxes were raised to support unwanted babies? Catholics are supposed to respect life. Show some respect for your president, who is currently trying to save the world from disaster in so many areas.
I simply cannot comment . . .
Gregory Grant, the president of the local chapter of the National Action Network, an advocacy group headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, saw in it an offensive stereotype in a city that already had its share of racial problems.
“We’re telling our young people to take the gold teeth out of your mouth and pull your pants up and be a responsible citizen, and then you paint one on the wall,” Mr. Grant said. “I immediately responded in a very violent, negative-type way.”He began hearing from others with similar concerns, and got in touch with officials from Rhodes College, where a group of students was overseeing the mural, which portrays a diverse group of the city’s residents, arguing that they might as well have painted a black child eating a watermelon . . .
Mr. Grant said, “I thought it was an artist’s rendition of what he thought an African-American in Memphis should look like.” Instead, he said, “This is a real live beautiful African-American woman.”By the time the 152-foot-by-58-foot mural was unveiled Sunday, Mr. Grant and his allies had become supporters. The lesson, he said, lay in taking the time to talk and listen. “This will help to heal some of the wounds that we’ve had all the way back to the ’50s and ’60s,” he said.
Indeed, it would be a mistake to assume that Ms. Simmons’s own gold tooth had anything to do with fashion. When she got dentures, she asked her dentist to add a gold tooth in memory of her father, who had one in the same location.
A White House official apologized Monday after a low-flying Boeing 747 spotted above the Manhattan skyline frightened workers and residents into evacuating buildings.The huge aircraft, which functions as Air Force One when the president is aboard, was taking part in a classified, government-sanctioned photo shoot, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
At least two people were treated for minor injuries at Jersey City Medical Center after falling during the rush to exit their buildings.
"Everybody panicked," said Daisy Cooper, a Merrill Lynch worker in Jersey City, who lost a nephew on 9/11. "Everybody was screaming and we all ran downstairs. I'm devastated...Everybody was running, we didn't know why we were running. We just knew it was a plane, there we go, 9/11 again."
A student attending Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida just informed me that he just took a final exam for his Introduction to Computer Applications for Business course a little over an hour ago. There were 27 questions on the exam, two of which were "bonus questions."He showed me his test online after the fact. The first of the two bonus questions asked the instructor's last name. Fair enough. But the second bonus question was religious in nature. It follows:Bonus Question 02 - What Book in the Bible describes the End Times (i.e. The Seven Seals, Tribulation, Armageddon, etc.)?
E. Genesus [sic]
G. MatthewAlthough this was a bonus question, it provides an unfair disadvantage to those students who are not of a religion where they might have been exposed to the Bible or to those who are not religious at all.
Monday, April 27, 2009
How do you film a movie set largely in the Vatican when the Holy See itself has banned you from shooting within its walls? If you are the producers of Angels and Demons, the prequel to the church-baiting worldwide blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, you send in cameramen posing as tourists to take more than 250,000 photographs and shoot hours of video footage.Angels and Demons director Ron Howard hinted in an interview in December on US TV show Shootout that his team had been forced into unusual measures by the ban. "We didn't shoot at the Vatican officially. But cameras can be made really small," he said.
The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed "Mexican" influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.
Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and "we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu," he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
"The Truth" by Painter Michael D'Antuono which will be unveiled on President Obama's 100th Day in Office at NYC's Union Square.
I'll try to offer prayers.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
" . . . When even Jesus was alive he was persecuted, and now he is worshipped by millions who understand the impact he had on the world”. I know that with my talent, drive, and looks, I will make a similar impact in the entertainment industry, and I also believe that there are millions of people who would trade seats with me tomorrow. I have the opportunity to make movies and TV shows, and how many people can say they live their dream for a living, and are becoming stars in the process. I wake up every day knowing that what I do affects the public and I will make a difference in their lives, and have the most amazing time doing it.
7-Above average, keep as a friend
She may be cute and somewhat sexy, but not someone that I would date on a regular scale. Many 7’s will come off fake and not genuine because they realize they aren’t as good as the top tier, and this makes them even less attractive because they act like they are trying too hard. They can have just as many “bad days” as “good days”, and they lack sexuality and consistency.
Example: Charlize Theron, Jessica Biel, Kerry Washington, Cameron Diaz, Bar Refaeli, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Beyonce, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez6 and under-Don’t bother
Not worth listing or discussing. Not even friend or date worthy.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Dimmick, Chuck P.
Born December 29, 1958 in Riverside, CA passed away suddenly on April 18, 2009 while attending a NASCAR race to watch his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. Chuck was the loving husband of Kristen and devoted father of Dillon. Chuck was the Director of Marketing for the Lund Cadillac Group. We are sure he would still want all to know that 0.9% financing is still available on all New 2008 Hummer H2's. A mass celebrating Chuck's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 24th at St. Patrick's Church - 10815 N. 84th St. Scottsdale, AZ. Arrangements handled by Hansen Desert Hill Mortuary 480-991-5800. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dillon Dimmick Donation Fund at any Bank of America.I especially like this tribute:
Chuck was a man of the highest Dodge Caliber. He was built Ford tough and Like a Rock he was strong as he could be. He was never out of his Honda Element. His Buick Regal demeanor only punctuated the pleasant Pontiac Vibe you felt around him. He was very Chevy Cavalier and sold cars with such Plymouth Fury. Customers said listening to him sell the car was like hearing a Hyundai Sonata.I remember one time when Chuck and I were over in Hyundai Santa Fe at this Ford Fiesta back in Oldsmobile 88, we were on Buick Park Avenue, standing under this Dodge Neon sign looking up at the Saturn Sky and, like a Rolls-Royce Phantom, out of the Dodge Shadow, came a Mercury Cougar. Quick as a Ford Ranger Chuck drew his Chevy Beretta and shot it. I said Chuck you are a true Isuzu Hombre and he replied well you are a hell of a Suzuki Sidekick.I will deeply miss him.
I am producing a movie on Ron Howards family. In the movie based on my research I say his father was a drug pusher and his mother is a prostitute and that Ron Howard engages in S&M. All of the portrayal of Ron Howard and his family in my movie and the prequel I am doing later will be highly negative. I will present the Howard family as something totally based on lies and question whether his parents really were his parents in the first place. I will also attack his fans for being foolish enough to be a fan of him considering his background. My hero will follow clues that prove this evidence.
- Boss Lady called the security company, who verified from the security codes used that L. was the last to leave the night before at 6:48 p.m. and M. was the first to arrive that morning.
- K. had not seen the chair in that position when she left through the lobby the night before. We recreated her leaving and, in fact, she would have run into the chair if it had been there.
- Look at the picture - if someone had placed the chair there to climb through the window, wouldn't they have placed the back of the chair against the ledge of the window, to better brace it?
- Nothing was disturbed on J.'s desk and if someone had climbed in, given the very small space of the window, the little silver summoning bell, that you can see in the picture, would have been pushed aside.
- No motion detectors in the lobby would mean if the chair was moved after L. left and threw the alarm, it would not trigger any alarm.
Even with all this attention, photographs from North Korea are still restricted and hard to come by. One way around that has been for photographers to peer inside from across the border, a pastime that has also spurred a level of curious tourism in both neighboring South Korea and China.
Merci a le Canuck for cettes photographes.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
One of the photos shows Karol Wojtyla, then the archbishop of Krakow, wearing a T-shirt, shorts and a red bandana scarf. An enormous fish is lying at his feet. Another photo depicts Wojtyla having a meal in front of his tent.
The photos were taken during a summer trip that the future pope took with his friends from the university. They slept in tents, went kayaking, fishing, contemplated nature and discussed such issues as love, responsibility and morality.
Seems the photographs will be used in an upcoming book on marriage. I am so buying it . . . I like to remember His Holiness as the vibrant and strong young man that he was.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Stonewall Library and Archives, a collection of gay-themed materials that was the subject of political controversy two years ago, celebrates its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.The library collection has moved from the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, which is slated to be torn down for development, into a city-owned building at 1300 Sunrise Blvd. The new site, which the library moved into in January, is also home to a small county branch library and ArtServe.
Library visitors must be 18 to access the circulating materials, which include ''nothing you are not going to see at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It's all gay-themed, nothing remotely objectionable,'' Rutland said.
Access to some of the adult research material is strictly monitored and requires signing up in advance to view it and explaining the purpose of viewing it.''It's a very long and byzantine process to get into the research archives,'' Rutland said.
A California man has signed papers to symbolically adopt and give his last name to his wife's two aborted children.Stan Musil said he filed the posthumous "adoption" on Monday as a way to support his wife, Lisa, and help her heal from the pain of having those abortions, Lisa Musil told FOXNews.com.
"He told me 'I love you and you are a part of me. Your babies are a part of you, and so that makes them a part of me also,'" she said.
“A fast-food restaurant on the corner can have a terrible impact on a child’s life,” he said. “Obesity, diabetes, hypertension — it’s a step toward a less healthy life.”
If a child has visible belly fat, Ms. Roth said, the child is probably overweight.Maybe stupidity breeds obesity.
The recession has reached the German sex industry, with many brothels offering specials to keep business pumping, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.“The market is dead anyway,” he told the paper. “When a student can get laid for €20 and get the whole shebang, prices are just tanking completely.”
White House stylista-in-training? Malia Obama is already showing off her stylish side with her array of hairstyles. Take a look at the 10-year-old's latest styles and the other fashions of the First Kids.
Malia tried out a a sleek, side-part ponytail for Bo's coming out party on the South Lawn of the White House last week...
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has offered to travel to Iran to help release a jailed Iranian-American journalist who was recently convicted of spying."If our voices are heard in Iran today, I would be anxious to travel with a delegation to Iran, if we are permitted, and make an appeal for her freedom," said the longtime civil rights activist, according to his Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Jackson, 67, was speaking Tuesday at a peace conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I'm glad I stayed true to myself.
"I was floored," Hilton told ABCNews.com Monday. "I haven't said this before, but to her credit, I applaud her for her honesty. However, she is not a politician, she's a hopeful Miss USA. Miss USA should represent everyone. Her answer alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families and their supporters."
Father Manuel Corral, a spokesman for the Mexican Bishops Conference, said Monday that priests in eight Mexican states have been threatened with harm or death, presumably by drug traffickers. Although the threats are anonymous, he said, most come via missives and third-party go-betweens when priests have attempted to turn members of their parishes away from the traffickers and use of drugs."It's always when the priests denounce violence, injustice and crime, or when we try to get our people to leave the narco-menudeo," or drug street sales, Corral said in an interview. A small number of priests have had to be transferred from their churches because of threats, but most traffickers remain discreet.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Miss California is not backing down from the answer regarding gay marriage she gave on Sunday night's Miss USA telecast.
Carrie Prejean told FOXNews.com that she had "no regrets" and was happy with the answer she gave when a Miss USA judge, the gossip blogger Perez Hilton, asked about her stance on same-sex marriage.
"I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman," she said on the live broadcast. "No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."
Blogger Perez Hilton was also enraged, calling Prejean a "stuipd b***h" in a video tirade he aired on his blog.
"It did cost me my crown," Prejean continued. "It is a very touchy subject and [Hilton] is a homosexual, and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would've wanted me to be more politically correct. But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything."
"I feel like I won," she said. "I feel like I'm the winner. I really do."
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Like a reality show set on the glorified soundstage at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the details of one family's life have captivated the country -- if not the world -- making the Obamas seem within reach, an ordinary family that just happens to be living an extraordinary existence.But these glimpses into the Obama household are far from spontaneous. Instead, they are part of a careful strategy that has helped bolster the new president's popularity and political clout -- even as he promotes some economic policies, such as bailouts for banks and automakers, that lack broad appeal.The White House, eager to cultivate an image-making media machinery that thrives on personality, has invited coverage from such outlets as television's "Access Hollywood" and "Extra." Aides dole out exclusives accordingly, acutely aware of the shelf life for cover stories in glamour and celebrity magazines.Administration officials have even weighed the economics of paparazzi photography, strategically releasing images of the family to diminish the monetary value of unauthorized pictures and give the White House control over how the family is portrayed. In return for access, celebrity news outlets must refuse to publish unauthorized pictures -- or risk being cut off by the White House.
The Environmental Protection Agency's decision to classify rising carbon-dioxide emissions as a hazard to human health is the latest twist in a debate that has raged for decades among politicians, scientists and industry: whether a natural component of the earth's atmosphere should be considered a pollutant.
The EPA's finding doesn't say carbon dioxide, or CO2, is by itself a pollutant -- it is, after all, a gas that humans exhale and plants inhale. Rather, it is the increasing concentrations of the gas that concern the agency.However, the EPA ruled that today's higher concentrations are the "unambiguous result of human emissions." Concentrations of carbon dioxide and other gases "are well above the natural range of atmospheric concentrations compared to the last 650,000 years," the agency said.Carbon-dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere have fluctuated wildly for millennia; at one point billions of years ago, it was the dominant gas in the atmosphere.
Each year on April 20th, at 4:20pm, people celebrate and smoke cannabis together. One of the biggest gathering spots in California, perhaps the biggest, is Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz. It's a large event for the whole community - a place where thousands of people can have a picnic, play with musical instruments, frisbees, kites, you name it, and just have fun. It's in a safe and relatively secluded location and problems are rare.
In an April 7th, 2009 message to students, UCSC's Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs writes that Four Twenty "diminishes UCSC’s reputation and draws negative attention to the campus" and then goes on to list numerous restrictions curtailing the ability for students to associate with their friends and move freely around campus. Students are vowing to defy UCSC's “no-guest” policy, while pointing out that UCSC is an open and public campus.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
BENJAMIN MACFARLAND III spent years dating women who had little interest in anything beyond sunbathing, horseback riding and going to clubs — an attitude that was far from unusual in Palm Beach, Fla., where his family has lived for four generations.
As a young man about town, Mr. Macfarland dated young women who approached him at social events, but no one seriously interested him.
Mr. Macfarland, a great-great-grandson of Ben Shibe, who, along with Connie Mack, was among the founders of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team.Given his own roots, he already knew that Ms. Matthews was a descendant of Henry Morrison Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil and master builder of Florida’s east coast.
They spent the evening talking about her plans (she was thinking of returning to Palm Beach) and he said that he saw in her someone who was “outspoken with a deeper insight into life than other women.”But the last thing she wanted was a new boyfriend. She had been trying to get out of a relationship in New York.In addition, Ms. Matthews said she had come to realize she had “no direction,” having seen earlier aspirations of careers in teaching or law go nowhere. “New York City can be brutal if you don’t know what you want,” she said. “I was completely lost and miserable.”
That night she and Mr. Macfarland drew close over dinner at her parents’ house, surrounded by 10 good friends. The party then continued at Whitehall, the old Flagler mansion and now the Flagler Museum, where the couple discovered they had the same sarcastic sense of humor, inherited from their fathers.
“Christina is lots of fun, yet can be shy,” said Tiffany Marks, a friend of Ms. Matthews. “But Benny has such charisma that he pulls her out of her shell.”After the party, they went out to lunch and dinner, attended charity functions and really seemed to click over a shared interest in movies, bike riding and walking along the beach.“Ben was a take-charge kind of guy who had so many business and philanthropic interests,” Ms. Matthews said. “It was intoxicating.”
Mr. Macfarland, 28, who had started a valet parking business while a student at Florida State University and three years ago opened a Palm Beach real estate firm bearing his name . . .
Mr. Macfarland was one of the first people she called. “I understood what she was going through and was there for her,” he said.
“Ben brought me an obit about his father, comforted me during teary nights and helped me follow my instincts,” she said.He said that during the next few weeks he also “encouraged her to move forward and try new things,” and she began thinking about a career in nonprofit work.Yet her parents, Jean and Will Matthews, had misgivings about her growing attachment to Mr. Macfarland. They “discouraged the relationship because I was grieving,” she recalled. “They said this is no time to fall in love.”
Her father said, “I told her time was on her side, and she should not get into a serious relationship or make any major decisions while she is grieving.”To assuage their anxiety, she went out with someone else, which caused tension between her and Mr. Macfarland.
“When I heard she had kissed someone else, I asked if she wanted to be exclusive or not,” he said.
“During Easter weekend we became a real couple,” he added. “I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.”
And when they became engaged last June, her father said that it was wonderful and brought out Champagne.
“When my mom and dad saw us cooking dinner in the kitchen, they got how we enjoy being together and understand the importance of family and coexisting,” said Ms. Matthews, who plans to go to graduate school in the fall and is now doing fund-raising for the Lord’s Place, a charity that helps homeless people in Palm Beach County.
“She needed someone strong by her side,” said Ms. Marks, the bride’s friend. “I don’t know if she would have gotten through a lot of it without Benny.”
And Bertram Martin III, a friend of Mr. Macfarland’s, said of the bride: “She keeps him in line.”