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Saturday, 8 August 2009

Helicopter carrying six collides with plane over Hudson River

A tour helicopter hit a small plane and both crashed outside Hoboken, New Jersey with debris falling into the Hudson River, police reported on Saturday.

There was no immediate report on casualties. CNN said the helicopter had six people aboard.

Search and rescue crews were in the area, which is just across the Hudson from New York City. Fox TV said one survivor had been pulled from the river.
Helicopter carrying six collides with plane over Hudson River
The helicopter was operated by Liberty Tours, local media said.

In January, a US Airways jet with more than 150 people on board crashed into the frigid Hudson River off Manhattan after apparently hitting a flock of geese. All aboard survived.

How does Criss Angel walk on water?

How does Criss Angel walk on water?

Criss Angel wore shoes when he walked on water across one length of a swimming pool. One disbeliever swam under the water to see how Criss Angel walked on water. People thought there was something under his feet for him to step on. Criss Angel discarded his shoes and he carried on walking on water until he reached the other end of the pool.

Criss Angel appeared to concentrate hard as he placed one foot slowly over another foot as he walked on water. There did not seem to be any support under his feet. The lower half of his trouser legs became wet as some water splashed onto them. His shoes did not do the trick as even after he dropped his shoes into the pool, he continued walking on water until he reached the side of the pool.

If people suspected that Criss Angel was suspended from above by invisible wires, or that the video taping was faked, these allegations were not visible in the YouTube video.

Maybe, just maybe, Criss Angel used a nylon or steel cable that was strung across to walk on the support. His weight did depress his shoes and they were seen getting wet.

Holograms You Can Touch.

PopSci: “Tokyo Scientists Create Touchable Hologram.” “Using ultrasonic waves to provide the resistance and tactile presence, the hologram simulates the sensation of rain drops or a small ball, all without interfering with the projected 3-D image. A couple of Wiimotes provide the tracking, and the programing provides the fun.”

ReadWriteWeb: “Prepare Yourselves: Augmented Reality Hype on the Rise.” “Augmented reality — or the addition of a layer to the world before your eyes (aka the “real world”) using technology — is the next big tech trend. Already making its debut in everything from mobile apps to kids toys, ‘AR’ will clearly soon be talked about by everyone the way they used to talk about “social media” and “Web 2.0″ before that. While augmented reality has its uses — although many of them just involve oohing and aahing at nifty apps — this trend is already in danger of being over-hyped, even though it has barely gotten off the ground.”


Work & Career

Demand for Skilled Labor
Often going without notice in the government's standard employment data, employers are begging for qualified applicants for certain occupations. Most of the jobs involve skills that take years to attain. Employers are looking for people who have acquired exact skills, first through education, often just high school and vocational training, and then by honing it on the job. This list includes:

* Experienced Welders
* Critical Care Nurse
* Special Education Teachers
* Geotechnical Engineers, trained in geology and engineering
* Respiratory Therapists
* Electrical Lineman, skilled in stringing high-voltage wires
* Special Education Teachers
* Civil Engineers


Economic Suicide and the ABC's of Deprssion

The 'pump' part of the government orchastrated 'pump and dump' is almost over. The stock market 'dump' is getting close at hand.

The following article is by Ty Andros

Many analysts are calling an end to the recession. No way, we are only in a countertrend bounce in economic activity before the next leg DOWN. One has to look no further than the incredible bounces of 50% or more in markets halfway to the lows from 1929 to 1933, or in post-bubble Japan since 1989 to see the parallels. The social welfare states of the G7 and their spawn known as FIAT currency and credit financial systems have just masked the unfolding death of their economies. As public serpents, er...servants implement their plans for MISERY SPREAD WIDELY, also known as SOCIALISM, which forces more and more desperate voters into their grasp.


I saw a Palin quote on several news website headlines, but did not read the stories. But the words were very emotional: "Obama's Health Bill Is Going to Kill My Baby." Anne Althouse has put the quote into the context of her statement and it appears that Palin is raising a legitimate issue. The end-of-life issue and the health care bill need to be debated, but a number of commentators or news sites don't want to debate it so they just stereotype Palin.

Norse God Of Thunder

Chris Hemsworth is playing God in his next film “Thor”. This movie will be the first major project for the Australian actor as the film will entertain the American audience as well. The actor is currently not very popular in United States but this movie is an important project to boost up his career.

The biggest project of Hemsworth’s career will release in May of 2011. He is in lead role as Thor, Norse god of thunder in this movie. The director of this movie ‘Thor’, is Kenneth Brannagh. In this movie, Natalie Portman is playing Jane Foster. Rumors circulate that Jessica Biel and Samuel L. Jackson will also appeared in this movie.

Previously, Chris Hemsworth played Kim Hyde in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away”. He was also starred in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ in which he played Geogre Kirk, Captain James T. Kirk’s father. The character Captain James T.Kirk was played by Chris Pine.

the Woods’, which is a Joss Whedon-penned thriller. He will also a part of the remake of ‘Red Dawn’, a classic film released back in 1984. More...

Catherine Bosley Wet T Shirt Contest

Catherine Bosley wet t-shirt contest was a scandal and controversial news for Catherine Bosley in 2003. Catherine Bosley joined in a wet t-shirt contest while in the vacation in Key West, Florida. Catherine Bosley wet T-Shirt contest scandal makes her decided to vacant her job at WKBN (CBS)-TV. Catherine Bosley wet pictures (photos), videos were post in the internet but still she manage to continue her job at WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. more...

Joaquin Phoenix Letterman

What’s Joaquin Phoenix up to lately? Well, he is still crazy as he raps in the dress room and buys a cape! We don’t know what he is up to but you can watch this video of him in the Letterman show. It is funny and outrageous so go watch it:


Friday, 7 August 2009

GI Joe Movie Review:

With the recent release of the new action movie “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” moviegoers may be wondering if it is worth going to watch or not. And although I think it looks really good from the trailers I’ve seen, some people might just have different opinions.

According to newsok.com, the movie is loosely based on the Real American Hero action figure line that was originally introduced in 1983. But apparently, the Joes no longer just represent the American military, but they are also a secret NATO organization.

The movie sees Army buddies Duke, who’s played by Channing Tatum and Ripcord, who’s played by Marlon Wayans, join forces with the elite military unit called GI Joe, which is apparently led by General Hawk, who is played by Dennis Quaid.

The film tries to explain the connections between the characters by flashbacks along the way. And the characters don’t seem to gain much depth throughout the film. One review has said that the movie is full of action to start, but does wear thin in the last hour.

Lady Gaga Hermaphrodite Picture Ignites Internet Rumor

Lady Gaga is known for a lot of things. For instance, she is known for being a talented singer-songwriter and an enormously entertaining performer. She is also known for having a killer pair of legs. But now she is starting to become known for something a little bit more controversial.
Lady Gaga Hermaphrodite Picture Ignites Internet Rumor
Now there is a rumor floating around the blogosphere that Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite. And the lady Gaga hermaphrodite picture is fueling the rumors and speculation. Indeed, the Lady Gaga hermaphrodite picture has got some people thinking that Lady Gaga actually is a hermaphrodite; the Lady Gaga hermaphrodite picture is causing some to believe that Lady Gaga was born with both male and female genitalia.

As the Inquisitr notes, the Lady Gaga hermaphrodite picture does show something rather suspicious between her legs - something that might indicate that Lady Gaga could be a hermaphrodite. The Lady Gaga hermaphrodite picture was taken from a video shot at the Glastonbury festival in England, and, according to the Inquisitr, the source video confirms that the Lady Gaga hermaphrodite picture has not been doctored.

Michael Crabtree going down a dangerous path

In a nation that often seems to lack the principle historically required from its great and just people, it is reassuring to see that, once again, a select few are willing to stand up and fight for what is righteous.

First, on Wednesday, we learned that Paula Abdul, our modern-day John Adams, is walking away from American Idol after the show refused to pay her more than $5 million per season. Then, one day later, Michael Crabtree, the San Francisco 49ers' recent first-round pick and a sure-handed, slow-afoot J.J Stokes impersonator, insisted he is more than willing to skip the entire season and re-enter the draft should San Francisco not meet his demands -- believed to be in the range of $23 million guaranteed.

For those of you who automatically pooh-pooh the so-called greed of folks like Abdul and Crabtree, I say -- Have you no decency? This, my friends, is not greed. Not indulgence. Not covetousness. Not selfishness and not piggishness.

No, this is just plain old stupidity.

Twins Acquire Carl Pavano

The Twins deepened their rotation today, acquiring Carl Pavano from the Indians for a player to be named later, according to a team press release. Pavano, 33, has allowed 150 hits in 125.2 innings, posting a respectable 88K/23BB ratio.

His base salary is just $1.5MM, but in addition to the $500k remaining on his contract, Pavano stands to earn a lot through incentives. If he makes 10 more starts and averages 6.0 IP per outing, he'll make another $1.75 in bonuses. We heard yesterday that the Indians expect to lose $16MM this year, but they'll receive some relief if the Twins are paying the rest of Pavano's contract.

Heidi Montag’s Playboy Cover Revealed

Spencer Pratt hams it up for the cameras and shows off his wife Heidi Montag’s latest magazine cover, the September 2009 issue of Playboy.

The Hills couple pimped out the latest Playboy issue on the red carpet at the special screening of G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday (August 6) in Los Angeles.

Patients First health care rallies

Rally for Real Health Care Reform

Do you want bureaucrats and politicians making your health care decisions?

Make sure your voice is heard against a Washington takeover of your family’s health care, and support real health care choices for every American.

**Bring your family and friends out to the Patients First Tour in Denver and Colorado Springs. We’ll have free food and free t-shirts for the family and top-notch speakers including patients, physicians, Jeff Crank, AFP Colorado State Director and Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute.

Mel Martinez surprises with resignation

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, a native Cuban and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced that he will step down from his Senate seat to pursue a career in the private sector, shocking his Senate colleagues and adding a new twist in the race to replace him.

Martinez, 62, has long insisted that he wouldn’t resign before his term ends in 2011, when he had already planned to retire. But citing personal reasons, the Florida Republican told supporters in Orlando, that he will be resigning after Gov. Charlie Crist names his successor.

“My priorities have always been my faith, my family and my country and at this stage in my life, and after nearly twelve years of public service in Florida and Washington, it’s time I return to Florida and my family,” Martinez said.

He added that he was not pressured to step down before his term expired.

“This is a free country. I did this on my own free will. There’s no reason – this is just my desire to move on and get on with the rest of my life,” Martinez said.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/25913.html#ixzz0NWnlkJOZ

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Actor Tom Sizemore arrested

Actor Tom Sizemore has been arrested in downtown Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence, the Los Angeles Police Department said today.

Officers with LAPD’s Rampart Division went to the 100 block of Beaudry Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday responding to a domestic violence call. Sizemore remained in jail today in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Over the last few years, Sizemore, 47, has developed a troubled history with the law. In August 2003 he was convicted of misdemeanor charges of physically abusing and harassing his ex-girlfriend, the former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss. Read More...

Patriots trade for Derrick Burgess

The Patriots just announced via their Twitter feed that they have traded for Oakland defensive end Derrick Burgess and released veteran offensive lineman Al Johnson.

The team said the deal was made for "undisclosed draft considerations."

The 6-2, 260-pound Burgess will likely be an outside linebacker and situational pass rusher in the Patriots' 3-4 defense.

A veteran of eight NFL seasons, Burgess has 47 career sacks. He led the NFL in sacks in 2005 during his first season in Oakland (16) to make his first Pro Bowl. He made it back-to-back appearances in 2006, when had he 11 sacks.

Burgess started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles (2001-2004) before going to Oakland as a free agent in 2005.

The 30-year-old Burgess, who is in the final year of a five-year deal, carries a $2 million base salary for 2009.

He had been boycotting Raiders training camp to try to force the Raiders to give him a new deal, release him or trade him.

John Hughes, Dies at 59

John Hughes, the director and screenwriter who helped define a young generation with his ’80s films “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink,” has died.

The cause was a heart attack, according to a statement from the publicists Paul Bloch and Michelle Bega.

Mr. Hughes first began as a screenwriter, gaining notoriety for his screenplay for “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” which became a popular franchise. Read More..

Cash for clunkers recall

Dealers are suspending their "Cash for Clunkers" program and asking some customers to bring back the.. Read More..

Group of Dealers

Group of Dealers Launch Private Auto

Stimulus Program

As senators prepare to vote on whether to

add $2 billion to the ballyhooed "Cash for

Clunkers" program, some of the nation's

largest dealerships have created a private

stimulus package of their own, offering from

$500 to $4,500 in incentives on top of the

federal program. Read more..

Why is Windows so expensive?

The question "Why is Windows so expensive?"

has a pretty simple answer: because people

are willing to pay for it.

There is also a slightly more complex answer

to the question as to why Windows is so

expensive so here it is.

In a market economy the price of an item is

determined by the interplay of the supply

and the demand for it. There are other forms

of economy possible than the market one:

indeed, parts of our own economy are not in

fact parts of the market economy. However,

computer operating systems are indeed, with

a couple of provisos, part of that market

economy. Read more..

Obama Health Care Logo

The Obama health care logo or

symbol has a design that some aren’t so

happy about.

Some critics are wondering if Obama’s Health

Care reform should start with reform of the

logo. What do you think? Read More..

COD WaW Map Pack 3 Release

COD WaW Map Pack 3 is due out today and fans of the game for both the Sony PS3 and the Xbox 360 are now wondering what time the new map pack will be available. There are high expectations that the release time will be early and it is Xbox 360 users who have the highest expectations. Read More..

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Vernon Forrest - dead

Former boxing champion and U.S. Olympian Vernon Forrest
was shot and killed in an attempted carjacking in the Mechanicsville
community, a police spokesperson said.

Lt. Keith Meadows with the Atlanta police department told WSB Radio,
Forrest was putting air in the tires of his Jaguar around 11 p.m.
Saturday at a gas station on White Hall St. at McDaniel St.
Investigators said at least two men jumped out of a red Chevrolet
Monte Carlo and tried to steal Forrest's car. The boxer had a gun and
started running after the suspects.

More on George Sodini

GeorgeSodini.com is George Sodini’s online diary website preparing for LA Fitness Shooting.

August 3:

“Total effort needed. Tomorrow is the big day. Unfortunately I talked to my neighbor today, who is very positive and upbeat. I need to remain focused and absorbed COMPLETELY.

“Last time I tried this, in January, I chickened out.”

Read More..

George Sodini Named As LA Fitness Shooter

The gunman in Wednesday night's deadly shooting at the LA Fitness in Collier Township, Pennsylvania has been identified as George Sodini of Scott Township, PA. It appears as if George Sodini plotted the deadly LA Fitness attack in an online diary. Read More..

The human dog hybrid

The human dog hybrid story seems to be circulating once again. This happens every few months, the announcement that someone, somewhere, has been cross-breeding and creating a human dog hybrid. As an example:

In addition to releasing limited information about their new genetic creation, scientists released several image stills of the human dog hybrid (a genetic mammalian female) nursing several offspring. This raises questions and concerns about how long the Chinese hybrid program has been in existence. Read More..

Consumer Reports swine flu survival kit prepares consumers for potentially tough flu season

As the U.S. prepares for a possible second wave of H1N1 or swine flu, as well as for the annual scourge of seasonal flu and colds, a new report from Consumer Reports helps households prepare for, prevent, and treat cold and flu symptoms safely and effectively, including recommendations for what to pack in an emergency kit for a flu outbreak. The report is available in the September 2009 issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org. Read More..

The Trial of the Champion

The Trial of the Champion is the new 5-Man instance introduced with Patch 3.2. All the items dropped by the bosses here are epic (ilvl 200 in normal mode and ilvl 213 in heroic mode).
* Heroic Mode (ilvl 213)
* Normal Mode (ilvl 200)
ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
213 Axe Melee.DPS Two-Hand Edge of Ruin
213 Dagger Spell Main Hand Spectral Kris
213 Gun Phys.DPS Ranged True-aim Long Rifle
213 Mace Phys.DPS One-Hand Aledar’s Battlestar
213 Mace Spell MP5 Main Hand Mariel’s Sorrow
213 Polearm Phys.DPS Two-Hand Marrowstrike
213 Sword Tank One-Hand Peacekeeper Blade
213 Plate Melee.DPS Feet Plated Greaves of Providence
213 Plate Melee.DPS Legs Legplates of Relentless Onslaught
213 Plate Melee.DPS Shoulder Majestic Silversmith Shoulderplates
213 Plate Melee.DPS Wrist Vambraces of Unholy Command
213 Plate Spell MP5 Hands Gauntlets of Revelation
213 Plate Spell MP5 Legs Legplates of the Argent Armistice
213 Plate Spell Waist Trueheart Girdle
213 Plate Tank Head Helm of the Crestfallen Challenger
213 Plate Tank Shoulder Regal Aurous Shoulderplates
213 Mail Phys.DPS Chest Chestguard of the Ravenous Fiend
213 Mail Phys.DPS Hands Gloves of the Dark Exile
213 Mail Phys.DPS Shoulder Pauldrons of Concealed Loathing
213 Mail Spell Hit Shoulder Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale
213 Mail Spell MP5 Waist Girdle of the Dauntless Conqueror
213 Leather Phys.DPS Feet Treads of Dismal Fortune
213 Leather Phys.DPS Head Mask of Distant Memory
213 Leather Phys.DPS Wrist Armbands of the Wary Lookout
213 Leather Spell Hit Feet Barkhide Treads
213 Leather Spell Hands Gloves of Dismal Fortune
213 Leather Spell Legs Leggings of the Snowy Bramble
213 Cloth Spell Hit Feet Boots of the Crackling Flame
213 Cloth Spell Hit Head Gaze of the Unknown
213 Cloth Spell Chest Embrace of Madness
213 Back Spell Hit Back Kurisu’s Indecision
213 Finger Spell Hit Finger Sinner’s Confession
213 Finger Tank Finger Mark of the Relentless
213 Neck Phys.DPS Neck Ancient Pendant of Arathor
213 Neck Spell MP5 Neck Symbol of Redemption
213 Neck Tank Neck The Warlord’s Depravity

Read More..

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Obama Appears to Be a Narcissist

Sam Vaknin is considered by many as the world's renowned expert on Narcissism. He is the author of the book, "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited". He states that after spending over a thousand hours of watching and analyzing tapes and videos of Barack Hussein Obama, examining his body language, his gestures and speeches that Obama demonstrates that he suffers from NPD, or 'narcissistic personality disorder'. Narcissists are people who project a grandiose but false image of themselves. They can be and often are, dangerous people.Read More...

Clash of the Gods

SERIES PREMIERE Clash of the Gods, 10 p.m., History. Want to know the backstory of Zeus and the other Greek gods and goddesses? This show will examine them one at a time, like those old Time Life books. And apparently Z sure didn't get along with his dad.Read More...

WoW Patch 3.2 Release Date and Patch Notes

Although the date was not made official by Blizzard, a bunch of inside sources claim that the Patch 3.2 is coming today in the US. Also Blizzard didn’t announce the official WoW 3.2 Patch Notes, but they can’t be too different from the WoW Patch 3.2 PTR Patch Notes. Read More...

Recap: Cash for clunkers car list

Are you still unsure as to what vehicles qualify for the Cash for Clunkers program? The list keeps being updated daily, so its a good idea to check out this full list of eligible vehicles that we have found for you.

As reported from Edmunds, the list of vehicles is based on the current requirements needed for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act, or CARS as its now more commonly known.

The list shows all the vehicles that have a a combined MPG of 18 mpg or less and also vehicles that have a current average national trade-in True Value Market price of $4,500 or less.

Check out the vehicle eligiblity list here to see if your car meets the requirements. We also have a separate article for you to read here, which helps you determine if you qualify or not.

More Cash for Clunkers news

Playing the coupon game

Playing the coupon game will help save money on groceries each week by using a grocery list and pinching your pennies.By clipping coupons and matching them to weekly store specials you could save a lot in your unavoidable grocery bill. A member can save up to 35% to 90%, which is of great relief in this recession period.

The Grocery Game is a website offer that was first established by Teri Gault for members in Southern California. Presently the popularity of the game has increased and It has expanded to stores in 48 states. Read More..

Saved by the Bell' cast members say no to Screech

The "Saved by the Bell" gang's all here - but wait a minute, where's Screech?

Bayside High's lovable geek, played by Dustin Diamond, was notably absent from the cast's photo reunion on the cover of People magazine, released earlier this week.

Was it because of his upcoming tell-all book? His gross-out sex tape scandal? His "Celebrity Fit Club" meltdowns and financial troubles?

Read more

Demi Moore Twitter Picture Exceeds 800K Views

Top Twitter user Ashton Kutcher isn’t just giving Twitter props in the mainstream media: he’s also inadvertently marketing Twitpic (Twitpic), the popular Twitter (Twitter) photo posting service. Read More...

Monday, 3 August 2009

When Robert Pattinson romped with another man in the art film Little Ashes, it was seriously hot. We’re not sure if the same can be said about Ewan McGregor and Jim Carey, though. The pair have gone gay in their new comedy I Love You Phillip Morris, playing two men who meet and fall in love in prison. How romantic. Not. Have a look at this clip and then tell us what you think of their new flick – would you go to cinema to watch it?more...

Tamiflu-resistant swine flu found on US-Mexico border

A strain of swine flu that is resistant to treatment with the drug Tamiflu has been discovered near the US-Mexican border, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Monday.

"We have found resistance to Tamiflu on the border. We have observed some cases, few to be sure, in El Paso and close to McAllen, Texas," said Maria Teresa Cerqueira, head of the local PAHO office.

Cases of A(H1N1) that were resistant to the anti-viral medicine have now been found in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong and Japan.

Experts gathered in La Jolla, California on Monday to discuss the response to the outbreak, said the resistance was likely due to overuse of antivirals like Tamiflu.

"In the United States Tamiflu is sold with a prescription, but in Mexico and Canada it is sold freely and taken at the first sneeze. Then, when it is really needed, it doesn't work," said Cerqueira.

Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, has said it expects a 0.5 percent rate of case resistance based on clinical trials.more...

Lil Wayne was shot

Yet another rumor claiming “Lil Wayne was shot” at a Virgina airport following his concert last night is totally untrue. For some reason many of these fake celebrities deaths make headlines on low level blogs just to see if they are able to circulate the web…SUCCESS!

According to some web aficionados, if you hear about a celebrity death on Sunday evening or Monday morning it’s probably not true. These leaks tend to occur at the beginning of the week when most people return to work and get back on their computers.more...

denny hamlin

Like the Babe at Wrigley, Hamlin called his shot. Like Joe Willie before the Super Bowl, Hamlin told everyone he would win.

When Hamlin talks, you better listen. The man means business. And this race, the best Pocono event in years, meant a little more.

Hamlin earned his first victory of the season Monday at Pocono in one of the most emotional moments of his career, only a few days after his grandmother passed away.

Tears flowed as Hamlin sat in Victory Lane when the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 was over. He found it difficult to speak afterward.

"We've come close in a lot races this year and come up short," Hamlin said as the TV cameras rolled. "But we had some angels with us today."

Angels and total confidence.

Hamlin never doubted he could take the checkered flag in the No. 11 Toyota. He walked in the media center Friday morning and said, "I expect to win this race."

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tiger woods fart video

Tiger Woods was caught on tape passing gas at the 18th hole during the 2009 Buick Open. He's standing next to his caddy and they both crack up afterwards like a couple of kids.

The Tiger Woods fart video is getting more attention than his win of the 2009 Buick Open.

I know that this article does not qualify as late-breaking news but you gotta admit it is funny and a nice break from a boring work filled Monday.

Tiger Woods Fart Video - Watch the video of the Tiger Woods fart at the Buick Open on Sunday on the 18th hole. Update- I keep trying to post videos below but the PGA has been making Youtube take the videos down so unfortunately the video may not play but I will continue to search for new ones.more...

Model Naomi Sims dead at 61

The first African American model to grace the cover of ‘Ladies Home Journal’ has died of cancer at age 61. She has also been dubbed the first African American 'supermodel.'

She was born in Mississippi and grew up as a foster child in Pittsburgh. Sims modeled in the late 1960s, and according to her Web site, appeared on the cover of 'Life' magazine in 1969.

She mingled with the likes of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, but in 1976 focused on a line of beauty products for African American women called the Naomi Sims Collection. She has also written five books on health, beauty, and success for the African American woman.

According to Newser, early on in her career she said, “It’s ‘in’ to use me… and maybe some people do it when they don’t really like me. But even if they are prejudiced, they have to be tactful if they want a good picture.”more...

postal regulatory commission

WASHINGTON — The neighborhood post office is facing major changes as postal officials consider closings or consolidating services at hundreds of locations across the United States.

The Postal Service has been struggling with a sharp decline in mail volume as people and businesses switch to e-mail both for personal contact and bill paying. The agency is facing a nearly $7 billion potential loss this fiscal year despite a 2-cent increase in the price of stamps in May, cuts in staff and removal of collection boxes.

Post officials sent a list of nearly 700 potential candidates for closing or consolidation to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for review. More may be added, but the current list of candidates can be viewed at the commission's Web site, http://www.prc.gov

Some of the offices could be closed while others could have some of their functions consolidated with other offices. For example, in some cases preparing mail for delivery may be shifted from Office A to nearby Office B, but the first office might still offer such services as selling stamps and mailing parcels and letters. In other cases one of the offices might be closed.

Postal Vice President Jordan Small told a congressional subcommittee that local managers will study activities of approximately 3,200 stations and branches across the country and consider factors such as customer access, service standards, cost savings, impact on employees, environmental impact, real estate values and long-term Postal Service needs.

No changes are expected before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30. There are 32,741 post offices.

"We anticipate that out of these 3,200 stations and branches, under 1,000 offices could be considered as viable candidates to study further," Small said.

In addition to the switch of business to the Internet, the recession has hurt the post office by reducing advertising mail. Last year's high gas prices also siphoned millions of dollars from its coffers.

Just last week the Government Accountability Office added the Postal Service to its list of troubled agencies, saying serious and significant structural financial challenges face the agency.

"Every major postal policy, from employee pay, to days of delivery, to the closing of postal facilities must be on the table. Without major change, the day will soon come when the Postal Service will be unable to pay its bills," GAO said.

Congress is considering a bill to change the way the post office funds its retiree health benefits over the next two years that could save it $2 billion annually.

The post office also filed a petition with the independent Postal Regulatory Commission indicating that managers are looking at closing many post offices to save money.

In addition, Postmaster General John Potter has asked Congress for permission to reduce mail deliveries from six days a week to five.

Last year, mail volume fell by 9.5 billion pieces to a total of 203 billion pieces. It is expected to fall by 28 billion pieces this year to a total of 175 billion pieces.

tatum o neal photos, ryan hits on his own daughter!

"Ryan O'Neal Hit on Daughter Tatum at Farrah Fawcett's Funeral," the magazine has in a headline. Listen to this quote, "I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me," Ryan tells the September issue of Vanity Fair. "I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me--Tatum!' Oh the Humanity! Vanity Fair provides more.

cash for clunkers bill

Finally, some members of Congress are speaking out against a no-questions-asked extension of the Cash for Clunkers bill.

Now it’s up to the U.S. Senate to slow things down and pass a better measure than the U.S. House approved last week.

The House decided to pour $2 billion into the program with the same overly attractive — and taxpayer-costly — $4,500 reward to motorists trading in an older, low-mileage vehicle.

The better decision would be to keep the clunkers program rolling, with less of a benefit — around $2,000 a vehicle.

Of course, some Republicans say they want to kill the whole thing right now, that the original $1 billion invested in the plan was enough money.

Yes, it was a large sum. And spending another $2 billion would be yet another expense our grandkids will have to pay off.

However, that cost could be be worthwhile — if Congress changes the rules and puts a more restrictive deal in front of vehicle owners.

Many will still come forward to pay for a new car, that will get more mileage and pollute less. Both are good things.

But the next stage of “Cash for Clunkers” definitely should not offer excessive amounts of taxpayer dollars to woo people to take those new vehicles off the showroom floors. Source

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FLAGSTAFF - Cardinals receiver Early Doucet suffered a sprained left shoulder while making a diving grab of a pass thrown by Matt Leinart on Monday morning.

The Cardinals said Doucet will undergo an MRI exam.

Doucet, a third-round pick in 2008, struggled through his rookie season, hindered by a hamstring injury suffered at training camp.

He is competing to climb the depth chart enough to be active on Sundays. It's a difficult task because the Cardinals have four established receivers ahead of Doucet: Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban.