Sunday, August 1, 2010
The orange-jumpsuited ordeal is nearly over for Lindsay Lohan. Less than two weeks into her 90-day jail sentence, she is expected to be released this weekend and given 24 hours to check herself into rehab for 90 more days. The 24-year-old was booked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California, on July 20 for repeatedly violating the terms of her probation for a drunk-driving arrest. Her next stop is likely to be the Costa Mesa branch of Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, where she will receive treatment by court order. The facility has reportedly undergone a $220,000 upgrade ahead of her arrival, according to TMZ.
Talk about hitting ‘em where it hurts. On Fox News Sunday, the ever-spirited former governor of Alaska lambasted President Obama for his lack of "cojones" on immigration reform, insisting that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer possess the, er, mettle to secure America's border. More specifically, Palin criticized the President for suing the state of Arizona in an attempt to block its controversial new SB1070 immigration law, which would allow law enforcement officials to demand proof of citizenship from suspected illegal immigrants and would allow police to detain anyone they suspect is in America illegally. “If our own President will not enforce a federal law, more power to Jan Brewer and 44 other states who are in line to help support Jan Brewer in state laws, state efforts, to do what our President won’t do,” she said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some BP gas station owners in the United States want to drop the BP name and return to the Amoco brand to recover business hit by public anger over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.
Being Hugh Hefner: His love for blonds, Viagra and morality - NY Daily News
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The yacht vs. the pickup truck
Democrats are now the party of perceived privilege, and GOP is the party of the people
DEMOCRAT JOHN Kerry sets sail in a $7 million yacht built in New Zealand. Republican Scott Brown hits the campaign trail in a GMC pickup truck with 200,000 miles on it.
One of the best books I have read in years. Often made me stop and just reflect over what I had read.
"Now 9 influential American Muslim scholars have come together in a YouTube video to repudiate the militants’ message."
"The 9 represent a diversity of theological schools within Islam, and several of them have large followings among American Muslim youths. The video is one indication that American Muslim leaders are increasingly engaging the war of ideas being waged within Islam."
Kent Couch (L) and John Freis (R) race over the plains of Oregon between their 70-mile journey from Bend to Paulina. Famed cluster balloonist Kent Couch is awaiting confirmation of a Guinness World Record hat trick. Fifty-year old Kent believes that he and his colleague John Freis, 59, may be the first men to compete in a cluster balloon race, as well as the first men to launch their cluster balloons simultaneously from the ground. In addition and most importantly, Kent believes that he may have broken the world altitude record of 18, 235 ft set by Englishman Mike Howard in 2001
Ken Follett's latest book is Fall of Giants. To be published in September, it is the first installment in a trilogy about the 20th century. Talk show host Hugh Hewitt says that Fall of Giants "delivers a deeply interesting story about the lives and societies first shattered and then remade by the Great War" and "the easiest, most enjoyable 984 pages I have read in a long time".
"Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate readers all over the world. His last book was the long-awaited sequel, World Without end, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett. He has sold more than 100 million copies of his books."
Today is the anniversary of Jerry Garcia's birth and an appropriate occasion to remember his contribution to American popular music. Garcia made his mark as a musician and songwriter with the Grateful Dead, but at heart he remained an unreconstructed devotee of folk, bluegrass and country music. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of folk music in particular. Garcia's devotion to traditional American music was the source of the Dead's commercial breakthrough with the beautiful Workingman's Dead and American Beauty albums in 1970 .
Garcia's work with the Dead on electric guitar is well known; less so is his work with mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. Garcia had a long friendship with Grisman dating back to 1964 based on their mutual love of bluegrass music. Garcia recruited Grisman to make a key instrumental contribution to American Beauty. In the mid-1970's Garcia joined forces with Grisman in the bluegrass ensemble Old and In the Way.
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TORONTO – Canadian archeologists have found a ship abandoned more than 150 years ago in the quest for the fabled Northwest Passage and which was lost in the search for the doomed expedition of Sir John Franklin, the head of the team said Wednesday.
Marc-Andre Bernier, Parks Canada's head of underwater archaeology, said the HMS Investigator, abandoned in the ice in 1853, was found in shallow water in Mercy Bay along the northern coast of Banks Island in Canada's western Arctic.
"The ship is standing upright in very good condition. It's standing in about 11 meters (36 feet) of water," he said. "This is definitely of the utmost importance. This is the ship that sailed the last leg of the Northwest Passage."
Forbes, The Ten Richest Presidents:
Who were the nation's 10 richest presidents? Here's our best assessment taking into account a number of factors, including absolute wealth in office (some nearly went bust afterward) and, to help adjust for two centuries of both inflation and economic growth, comparative wealth within the economy of their times.
- George Washington
- Herbert Hoover
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Kennedy
- Andrew Jackson
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Zachary Taylor
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Lyndon Johnson
- James Madison
Chris Tucker Owes $15.2m in Taxes
TMZ reports that actor Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) owes back taxes of $11.6 million to the IRS and $3.6 million to California, caused in part by bad real estate investments. Other celebrity tax troubles:
A 3-D radar image, using false colour, of the undersea river channel where it enters the Black Sea from the Bosphorus Strait. Photo: University of Leeds
Researchers working in the Black Sea have found currents of water 350 times greater than the River Thames flowing along the sea bed, carving out channels much like a river on the land.
The undersea river, which is up to 115ft deep in places, even has rapids and waterfalls much like its terrestrial equivalents.
Drinking red wine 'can help you live longer and healthier life', scientists claim
American researchers found that a plant extract contained in the skin of red grapes helps protect the body against ageing.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo, New York, writing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, said they wanted to study its effect on humans.
They concluded that their findings indicated consuming resveratrol could help reduce the development of type 2 diabetes, ageing, heart disease and strokes.
Dr Dandona and his team used 20 participants where half were given a natural supplement containing 40 milligrams of resveratol while the other volunteers received an identical pill containing no active ingredient.
Participants took the pill once a day for six weeks. Blood samples were collected as the start of the trial and at week one, three and six.
The results showed that resveratrol suppressed molecules known to cause inflammation in the body.
Jesinta Campbell wearing the outfit she hopes will help her win Miss Universe
Miss Australia's national costume is a 'travesty'
An outlandish outfit designed to represent Australia at the Miss Universe beauty contest has been branded "a national joke" and "a travesty".
These numbers are very bad. (Note for future reference that the gov’t’s original numbers are always on the optimistic side.)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The recession was deeper than the government previously thought.
The Commerce Department, in revisions issued Friday, estimates the economy shrank 2.6 percent last year -- the steepest drop since 1946. That's worse than the 2.4 percent decline originally estimated.
The economy's plunge underscores why the unemployment rate surged to 10.1 percent in October, a 26-year high.
The revisions in gross domestic product, or GDP, now show zero growth in 2008. That compares with a 0.4 percent gain previously estimated.The economy also grew less in 2007 (1.9 percent) than earlier thought (2.1 percent).
America’s recession is exposing societal fault lines, as various groups fight over increasingly smaller pieces of the pie. Tensions are particularly flaring between government workers and employees of private businesses.
David Walker, the U.S. comptroller appointed by President Bill Clinton who continued in the role under George Bush, on Friday gave a bracing indictment of the pension and salary benefits being rewarded to government workers at the federal, state and local level. Walker said that public sector workers are growing prosperous on the back of private sector workers.
“There is a huge gap. State and local plans on average … are much more lucrative than typical plans for employees. State and local government employees, on average, have greater job security than people in the private sector. And state and local government employees, in the middle of government, in many cases make more money than their private sector counterparts,” Walker said during a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. According to Pew numbers provided by the Chamber, the budget gap to cover state employees’ benefits totals $1 trillion.
Chicago: Where Criminals No Longer Fear the Police
What level of depravity has a city reached when a uniformed police officer is no safer from a street robbery than anyone else?
It’s a shame that the public has to be reminded of this from time to time, but any cop can testify to this inescapable fact of police work: Where there is no punishment for criminal behavior, crime will flourish.
Nowhere has this been demonstrated with greater clarity lately than in Chicago, where the Sun-Times has taken notice and sounded the alarm. In a three-part series that concluded Tuesday, reporters Mark Konkol and Frank Main examined the violent incidents that occurred over a single weekend in Chicago two years ago. During that 59-hour period, from April 18 -20, 2008, forty people were shot in the city, seven of them fatally. Stop and consider that for a moment: one city, one weekend, seven people murdered, and 33 others shot but still alive.
“Folks in the real world don’t blame Bush for decisions made by Democrats—in control of the House, Senate, and White House—in the last two years.”
10 reasons the Dems are toast in November at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-07-30/bush-blame-democratic-strategy-wont-win-midterms/?cid=bs:archive8