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Awkward press conference for Palin

Two hours before Thursday morning’s press conference at the Republican Governors Association — her first since the Republican presidential ticket lost last week — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was still scheduled to appear alone. Instead, she spoke with a row of fellow governors standing silently behind her.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told CNN producer Evan Glass that they all met at 9 a.m. — an hour-and-a-half before the press conference’s scheduled start time — and by then it had been “decided” that they’d all go out together.

An RGA official told CNN the reason for the change is a “long story.”

He said that when the governors were all at their private morning meeting, someone brought up the desire to get beyond what happened in the McCain campaign and look towards 2009 and 2010.

Then, this source said, Palin piped up and said she agreed that she didn’t want to talk about the past.

This source insists that it was then decided that the other governors in the meeting would go with her to her press conference as a “show of unity.”

The source admitted that it may not have been easy for some “big egos” to go in and stand behind her, but they knew they’d be doing so.

Not present: the conference host, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. A Florida GOP source tells CNN “he didn’t know about it,” because he wasn’t at the morning meeting.

In another shift, Palin — who had been slated to take questions for 20 minutes or so — took just four press queries.

Why did Texas Gov. Rick Perry cut it off so fast?

“We were running behind schedule,” insisted the GOP official.

Palin may not have wanted to talk about the past, but her speech was almost entirely about the McCain campaign; she included little in the way of detailed ideas about the way forward for Republicans, the theme of the panel.

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | News, Politics | , | Leave a comment

The Adrienne Bailon naked pictures was a publicity stu!!

Apparently Adrienne Bailon’s stolen nude photos weren’t stolen at all. Adrienne’s ex was behind the leak. Jonathon Jaxson and Bailon concocted the plan to “juice up” the stolen laptop story by circulating the nude photos.

“Adrienne’s tour with Cheetah Girls will be over December 22nd, so she is then free to pursue other projects and wanted to be seen as more adult and sexy,” Jaxson said. “So after the laptop was stolen we used it as an opportunity to drum up some publicity and start speculating about nude photos, but we never expected anything to get out.”

He also states that the photos weren’t even on her laptop. Jonathon is adamant that the scandalous photos of Bailon came from her phone. Odd. She is reportedly denying leaking the photos and has been crying about it for two days.

“Adrienne has been crying for two days straight, she’s on her Cheetah Girls tour right now so she has to explain to her fans and is totally distraught. Her career is in real jeopardy,” Jaxson said, adding that they aren’t exactly friends anymore and won’t be working together in the future.
This guy is the vermin of the publicity world. He is no longer in the PR career realm due to his lack of talent. So he has turned to selling out info in return for 15 minutes of fame. He was also the rep for the Backstreet Boys. This guy make Perez look like a saint.

Sure. We have a code. Kinda like pirates. Only instead of the hotness of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom we have a flamboyant mascot with a penchant for “Hello Kitty.”

I kinda figured it was so, It just didn’t make sense, I bet your wondering if that’s even here in the pictures now huh? The things people will do to the people who trust them for money..Aww well hopefully her sister in law slutty Kim K will give her some pointers on how to recover your career post full throttle action.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Entertaintment, News | , , , | Leave a comment

Anti gay blacklist

A movement is afoot to boycott (or “blacklist”) people working in the arts who donated to the Yes on 8 campaign.

Bud Schulberg – the writer of What Made Sammy Run? and On the Waterfront – once taught a writing class I attended. Schulberg, you may or may not know, was one of the few writers who actually testified to HUAC and gave up the names of other writers who had once belonged to the Communist party. The fifteen writers he named were put on the Hollywood blacklist. Schulberg later went on to work with Elia Kazan (another artist who named names) on On the Waterfront.

While Schulberg and Kazan went on to continue their careers, due to the blacklist and their naming names, many other writers, actors, and artists were prevented from working for fifteen years or more. However, both Schulberg and Kazan were in a bind: if they didn’t name names, their own careers would be over. And they were talented artists committed to creating stories that featured the plight of the working man. Yet they found themselves highly criticized for not having the backbone to stand up to HUAC.

After McCarthy’s downfall, HUAC itself was pronounced “unamerican” by Truman and was eventually made a mockery of in the sixties hearings of the Yippies and other sixties figures.

After the blacklist later ended, the tables turned: Kazan and Schulberg and others who had talked found themselves ostracized from Hollywood. When Kazan was awarded the lifetime achievement award in 1999, even then it still provoked much controversy.

A boycott of an organization is one thing. Organizations are political entities entirely persuadable by political pressure. Targeting individuals, however, is another matter. And I mention all this to say that I find the idea of a blacklist of individuals – for whatever reason – immensely distasteful. Persuade, cajole, bargain, complain, voice anger, write letters, “out,” call names, embarrass these people, yes, by all means. But I would caution anyone who wants to use a tool as drastic as a blacklist that attempts to damage a person’s career. Not only does it silence the response you need in order to create dialogue, and ultimately, another potential advocate. It also, as with all such political witch-hunting, tends to precipitate unfortunate results for everyone involved.

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Cast of millions puts on Calif. earthquake drill

Southern Californians dropped to the ground, covered their heads and held on to the furniture Thursday for a mock “Big One” — an earthquake drill billed as the largest in U.S. history and aimed at testing everyone from state leaders to students who donned fake blood to play victim.

Local television stations interrupted their regular programming to announce the drill and covered it as they would a major earthquake, though with continual reminders that the emergency wasn’t real. Firefighters with chain saws and shovels broke through facades searching for mock victims, wading in some instances through blinding clouds of manufactured smoke.

Sirens blared at Bishop Alemany High School, a San Fernando Valley campus badly damaged by a 1971 temblor and destroyed by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Spanish teacher Fiorella Linares, who had been checking homework, ordered her approximately 20 students to “cover,” and they dove under desks and grabbed onto the legs of chairs.

Some of the teens giggled and joked. “I’m dying,” one shouted in mock horror.

“Don’t laugh,” Linares scolded. “You have to think about what if this really happened.”

The exercise was based on a hypothetical magnitude-7.8 temblor rupturing the southern San Andreas Fault — an event that scientists call the feared “Big One.” Such a quake would cause 1,800 deaths and $200 billion in damage, researchers estimate.

Local governments, emergency responders, schools, hospitals, churches, businesses and residents were taking part. Organizers said some 5 million people had signed up to participate.

“We’re trying to make it a communal event,” U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, who helped create the crisis scenario, said before the event.

The minimum participation calls for people to dive for safety. Firefighters and other emergency responders are staging full-scale exercises complete with search-and-rescue missions and medical triaging of people posing as casualty victims.

Shortly before the fake quake struck, Alemany students lined up to receive makeup that would turn them into simulated quake victims. Fire Department workers applied fake blood, makeup and wax to create gruesome injuries.

Patricia Esguerra, 17, sported purple cheeks and a simulated gash on her forehead.

“It feels nasty but it’s for a good cause so I don’t mind,” said Esguerra, who lived through the devastating Northridge quake but remembers little about it.

The school’s football field was turned into a triage center, with students arriving with different colored wristbands indicating the severity of their mock injuries.

“It’s exciting. It’s better to be prepared. At the same time, it’s nerve-racking,” said 17-year-old Emily Loren whose head was bandaged and who had an IV attached to her arm. Firefighters took her from the area by stretcher.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived at the school in the late morning to survey the situation. He thanked the federal government for funding the drill and praised the various agencies who cooperated.

“The locals, the state and the federal government came together very quickly, unlike what we have seen at (Hurricane) Katrina, when it was going the other way,” Schwarzenegger said.

California is the most seismically active state in the Lower 48. Earlier this year, the USGS calculated the state faces a 46 percent chance of being hit by a 7.5 or larger quake in the next 30 years with the epicenter likely in Southern California.

Thursday’s mock quake was in a section of the San Andreas that has not popped in more than three centuries and scientists fear stress buildup could unleash a big quake in the near future.

Under the scenario, the southern San Andreas suddenly awakens near the Mexican border, sending shock waves marching toward Los Angeles and eventually stopping in the high desert. The 200-mile rupture would leave a path of destruction. Shaking would last three minutes.

Despite the known seismic risks, California has never been as organized as Japan, which holds an annual quake drill to mark the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, a magnitude-8.3 temblor in Tokyo that killed more than 140,000 people.

Interest in the statewide exercise was initially low, Jones said, but peaked after the state was jolted by a moderate quake this summer.

Though a far cry from the “Big One,” the July magnitude-5.4 temblor centered in the hills east of Los Angeles was the strongest to rattle a populated area of Southern California since the 1994 Northridge disaster. After the shaking stopped, 400 new people signed up for the drill, Jones said.

If such a quake like the one in the drill hit, scientists say, sections of freeways would collapse, water and gas pipes would burst and certain high-rise buildings and older structures would fall.

As dire as the simulated quake seems, it’s not the worst-case scenario, scientists say. The scenario, for instance, omits the presence of Santa Ana winds, which typically blow in the fall and have the ability to whip quake-sparked fires into infernos.

The drill coincides with an annual statewide preparedness event put on by the state. Besides rehearsing for natural disasters, the state in the past has responded to simulated terrorist attacks.

It’s not all doom and gloom. Scientists plan to follow up the drill with a rally in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

About Eforcity

They sell cheaply made items and mine where dead on arrival. After 6 emails 3 phone calls they still say they have not received the defective items back even thaw post office says it was delivered on July 30th! The law states any online purchase can be sent back for a FULL refund and looks like I will have to use the law to get my refund. I will never do business with them again and I recommend others to stay away. If I do not get my refund shortly I will file complaints with the BBB, Governor Office of Consumer Affairs, Attorney Generals office and the Federal Trade commission. Do some checking which I should have done and you will see they do not have a good rating.

I was pleased to get everything I had asked for and it all works great – at a great savings. I was a bit surprised that my charger, PS3 controller dock and dock for my blackjack all came in a large bag rather than a box, but the goods are all working properly and I’m happy – I saved money, and I guess inferior packing supplies helps pass the savings on to me – I will order again today since we need another PS3 dock!

Do not buy from a company that does not have a working telephone number as a means of contact!! I ordered a case from Eforcity.com to fit a new phone that was also arriving in the mail. I received the phone first and did not like it so I sent the phone back to the company and ordered a different model phone. While I was waiting for my case to arrive (which had been almost two weeks) so I could send it back, I went ahead and ordered the new case for the new phone. I used delivery confirmation to prevent companies from scamming me. After confirming that my package was received by DC, I waited to see a refund post to my account. 2 weeks went by and absolutely nothing. I emailed them asking where my refund was and they told me that they had NO RECORD THAT I EVER SENT ANYTHING BACK!! Are you kidding me? They ask me to provide a tracking number which I had perfectly in my hand. So now I am just waiting to see what lie they will try and tell this time and trust me I will post a follow-up review. This company is sneaky so don’t trust them! No number, no sale!

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Computer, Finance | , , , , | 1 Comment

Economic crisis can’t be solved overnight: Bush

On the eve of the crucial G-20 summit on the current financial crisis, US President George Bush acknowledged on Thursday that the global economic meltdown can’t be solved overnight and called for decisive action from governments around the world.

“This crisis did not develop overnight, and it will not be solved overnight. But our actions are having an impact,” Bush said while addressing the prestigious Manhattan Institute in New York on ‘Financial Markets and the World Economy’.

Bush, who is the host of the G-20 summit in Washington over the weekend, said in addition to addressing the current economic crisis it is also essential for the world leaders to make broader reforms to strengthen the global economy over the long term.

Arguing that nations must make their financial markets more transparent, like improving accounting rules for securities, the US president also emphasised on the need to ensure that markets, firms and financial products are properly regulated.

“By bringing greater stability to this large and important sector, we would reduce the risk to our overall financial system,” he said, and called for enhancing the integrity of the financial markets.

For example, authorities in every nation should take a fresh look at the rules governing market manipulation and fraud, and ensure that investors are properly protected, he said.

Observing that all these steps require decisive actions from the governments of the world, Bush said: “At the same time, we must recognise that government intervention is not a cure-all.”

Fed cuts rates by 0.5 percentage points

For example, some blame the crisis on insufficient regulation of the American mortgage market. But many European countries had much more extensive regulations and still experienced problems almost identical to our own, he said.

History has shown that the greater threat to economic prosperity is not too little government involvement in the market – but too much, Bush said, adding: “Our aim should not be more government – it should be smarter government.”

Making a case for free market in the wake of growing criticism against it, Bush said: “While reforms in the financial sector are essential, the long-term solution to today’s problems is sustained economic growth. And the surest path to that growth is free markets and free people.”

The crisis, Bush argued, is not a failure of the free market system. The answer was not to try to reinvent that system but to fix its problems, he said.
“It is to fix the problems we face, make the reforms we need, and move forward with the free market principles that have delivered prosperity and hope to people around the world,” Bush said.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Finance, News, Politics | , | 1 Comment

Police: No gunfire at Virginia Tech dorm 2 hours ago

Virginia Tech police say there were no gunshots fired near a residence hall on campus.

Authorities locked down a dorm Thursday afternoon after two people reported hearing something that sounded like gunfire. Police are still investigating.

A university spokesman said the sounds may have come from a construction site nearby.

Police from Virginia Tech and nearby departments searched every room of Pritchard Hall, a dorm on the Blacksburg campus that is home to 1,000 students. No one was allowed in or out of the dorm, but the entire campus was not locked down.

In 2007, 32 people were killed by a gunman on campus who later killed himself.

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Instead of Wikipedia – may I present…..CHICKAPEDIA

Chickipedia is the world’s largest web-based, women-based, wiki-based database of hot chicks on the planet. It is entirely user generated, making it the first female-only encyclopedia of the people, by the people, and for the people. All you have to do is have access to the internet, log on, go to our “Add New Chick” link, and voila—you can create a new article, or revise an existing one. Just be sure to do so within our guidelines or risk being spanked. Hard.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Computer, Entertaintment, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pregnant Man Thomas Beatie Is Pregnant Again

With the world abuzz of the news of his second pregnancy, Thomas Beatie tells the definitive story of his first pregnancy this Tuesday on Discovery Health. Discovery Health presents the only documentary featuring professional footage of Thomas and his wife, Nancy, through the final weeks of his first pregnancy, the landmark birth of their first child and their eventual return home. PREGNANT MAN premieres Tuesday, November 18, at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Discovery Health. In addition, an encore presentation of PREGNANT MAN will air the following day, Wednesday, November 19, at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

PREGNANT MAN provides the only all-access look inside the everyday household of America’s most unconventionally conventional family. Originally born female, Thomas, 34, underwent multiple medical treatments to biologically, socially and legally re-identify as a man. After marrying, the couple decided to start a family, but Nancy was unable to have children. Faced with this reality, Thomas made the unprecedented decision to suspend his testosterone treatments in hopes of becoming pregnant. Following successful artificial insemination, he gave birth to a healthy baby girl in June 2008.
Since announcing Thomas’ pregnancy on national television, the Beaties have become a worldwide media obsession. Seeking to satisfy an insatiable public curiosity, journalists from countless countries have requested interviews and pictures of the family. The Beaties have ignited nonstop conversation and interest among everyday people from all walks of life — some extremely supportive of the family, and others outraged at what they interpret as disregard for familial and societal norms.
In PREGNANT MAN, Thomas and Nancy welcome viewers into their idyllic suburban world in scenic Bend, Ore. Before Thomas’ pregnancy, the Beaties looked and acted just like any other married couple in the neighborhood — but once the world learned of Thomas’ news, their charming Pacific Northwest town became the center of a global media storm. Constantly pursued by the press, Thomas and Nancy are barely able to leave their house to go to work each morning. Meanwhile, their neighbors are left to ponder the couple next door that is both drastically different yet strikingly similar to them. PREGNANT MAN is an engrossing examination of family, gender and tolerance in America today.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Entertaintment, News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Who is Vince DeMentri?

Vince DeMentri was an anchorman and reporter for the NBC owned-and-operated television station WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There he was the anchor of NBC 10 News at 4 and the weekday edition of MyPHL News at Ten Powered by NBC 10. He is married to Pat James DeMentri, a morning show hostess for QVC, and has one daughter. DeMentri appeared in the 1998 film U.S. Marshals as a reporter.

DeMentri graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. He began his career as a sportscaster for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and worked for WOI-TV as a weekend anchor in 1989. He was later an investigative reporter for WDIV-TV in Detroit, Michigan and WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. DeMentri worked for WCBS-TV from 1993 to 2002. He joined WCAU in 2003. DeMentri has won several awards, including seven Emmys for investigative reporting and a National Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

On September 13, 2001, while covering the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, DeMentri was arrested for impersonating an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in order to pass a police barricade while dressed in an ATF hat and jacket. The charge was later reduced to trespassing and later dismissed.

In July 2006, NBC10 suspended DeMentri, presumably for an incident between him and Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. Schwartz had implored viewers not to act like Dementri in the wake of early July’s flooding: Dementri had waded into dangerously deep flood waters. According to witnesses, Dementri, apparently upset about the incident, arrived back at the station where he confronted Schwartz and an altercation occurred, necessitating intervention from Doug Kammerer.

Dementri was fired from NBC10 in August 2008 for alledgedly vandalizing a co-worker’s vehicle and stealing possessions from morning anchor Lori Delgado.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Entertaintment, News, Sports | , , , , | 1 Comment