Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

EVENT GUIDE FOR TIMES SQUARE 2009, NEW YEAR'S EVE IN TIMES SQUARE
Feel free to let your hair down--or up--git back and git down and partay like it is 2009.


For 104 years, Times Square has been the center of worldwide attention on New Year's Eve, ever since the owners of One Times Square began in 1904 to conduct rooftop celebrations to greet the New Year. The first Ball Lowering celebration occurred in 1907, and this tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year.



THE EVENT



4:00 p.m.

The Revelers

Revelers start arriving late in the afternoon on New Year's Eve. By approximately 4:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic. Revelers are directed by the NYPD to gather in separate viewing sections. As one section fills up, the revelers are directed by police to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers continue to fill the Times Square neighborhood along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park.



6:00 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies - Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The celebration begins with Univision host Raúl de Molina assisted by the actress Angelica Vale lighting and raising the brand new New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square. Raúl and Angelica will be joined by representative of the Philips Lighting Company to flip the giant switch which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:05 p.m. to 6:17 p.m.

Musical Performance by Parachute

The Times Square New Year’s Celebration gets started with a musical performance by Parachute from the Nivea Countdown Stage at Duffy Island in Times Square between 46th and 47th Streets.



6:17 p.m. to 6:19 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Practice Kiss

Two revelers will be featured on the Nivea Kiss and Be Kissed Platform located on Fence Island between 45th and 46th Streets practicing their best midnight kiss…3..2..1.., Kiss like a billion people are watching!



6:58 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Carson Daly

As we approach the New Year, Carson Daly will appear on the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.

7:10 p.m.

Times Square 2009 Hats, Balloons, Pom-Poms, Confetti Bags and Scarves

The Times Square Alliance sanitation crews clad in bright red uniforms begin to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the Times Square revelers for cheering in the New Year. Nivea is providing festive blue New Year’s Eve hats and blue balloons tied with silver mylar ribbons along with useful Nivea Lip Care product to keep our lips looking and feeling beautiful for that unforgettable kiss at midnight. 3 Musketeers is providing pom-poms to cheer in the New Year, confetti bags, and their delicious chocolate mini- bars. Pepsi is providing New Year’s Eve scarves to keep the revelers warm and happy.



7:25 p.m. to 7:35 p.m.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly: Musical Performance by Ludacris

Ludacris performs “Stand Up” and “One More Drink” on the Nivea Countdown Stage.



7:45 p.m. to 7:47 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Special Anniversary Kiss

Two revelers will be featured on the Nivea Kiss and Be Kissed Platform for a special anniversary kiss…3..2..1.., Kiss like a billion people are watching!



7:58 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Ryan Seacrest

As we approach the New Year, Ryan Seacrest will appear on the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.



8:45 p.m. to 8:47 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Welcome Home Kiss

Two revelers will be featured on the Nivea Kiss and Be Kissed Platform for a long overdue Welcome Home kiss…3..2..1.., Kiss like a billion people are watching!



8:58 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Surprise Guest

As we approach the New Year, a surprise guest will appear on the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers "Happy New Year", read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share her personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.



9:40 p.m. to 9:55 p.m.

Times Square Sing-Along Featuring the Liberty Bells

The USO’s Liberty Bells lead the annual Panasonic Sing-Along from the Nivea Countdown Stage. The Times Square revelers will join the Liberty Bells singing “America the Beautiful”, “Shout”, and “We Are Family”.

9:58 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper

As we approach the New Year, Anderson Cooper will appear on the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.



10:12 p.m. to 10:18 p.m.

ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Musical Performance by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift performs a medley of her hit songs on the Nivea Countdown Stage.



10:47 p.m. to 10:54 p.m.

ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Musical Performance by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie performs a medley of his hit songs on the Nivea Countdown Stage.



10:58 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina

As we approach the New Year, Raul de Molina will appear on the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.



11:11 p.m. to 11:13 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Practice Kiss

Two revelers will be featured on the Nivea Kiss and Be Kissed Platform practicing their best midnight kiss…3..2..1.., Kiss like a billion people are watching!



11:42 p.m. to 11:48 p.m.

ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Musical Performance by Jonas Brothers

Jonas Brothers perform a medley of their hit songs on the Nivea Countdown Stage.



11:55 p.m.

Pepsi Balloon Release

1,000 3-foot balloons featuring the words JOY, HOPE, and 2009 will gently drift down from setback roofs throughout Times Square onto the revelers below as they prepare to countdown the final seconds to the New Year. Pepsi is energizing the revelers by bringing back the big bouncing balloons that were last seen in 1999 as part of the 24-hour millennium celebration.



11:59 p.m.

The Sixty-Second Countdown

The Times Square 2009 Special Guest and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg push the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the final sixty-second countdown to the New Year at the Nivea Countdown Stage.



The New Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds. The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds. The Ball is covered with 2668 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.



12:00 a.m. -- New Year's Day

2009 Sign

At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2009” burst to life shining high above Times Square.



Times Square Confetti Release and Pyrotechnic Effects

The world-famous New Year's Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects.



12:15 a.m. - End of Show

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fred Armisen epitomizes SNL sketch comedy!

The writers with Saturday Night Live deserve a standing ovation. The opening skit satirizing the Board Games investigation was off the chain.
I can tell they read the transcripts and so I guess real life is more interesting than fiction.
I was surprised they had the balls to do the skit. I thought they'd back away because it is ongoing but thank goodness they didn't. It was the best sketch of the season, thus far.
Usually, at this point in the post, I would put up a clip of the discussed video but it is not on the NBC site. However, I will put this in it's place. Too bad if you missed the Blago cold open.
View the comedic genius of Fred Armisen.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fred Armisen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

I can't wait to see this concept on late night. Fred should be on often. He is a comedic genius and he's cute.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Political Soap Opera focuses on wrong players

Obama, Jackson are not the problem as Blagojevich pouts, acts out as if he weren't invited to the party.

Appreciating the Political Soap Opera means reading the indictment for yourself.
Go here: Federal Indictment

If you want just a taste of it, read this:
My mouth fell open when I read this! Blagojevich only wanted to smear Congressman Jackson's good name as he eyed a run for the White House himself!
Rod wanted to run for president in 2016--so he wanted the Senate seat for himself if he couldn't make money from it.
He said being Illinois governor was holding him back and he would rather be indicted as a seated Senator because he could get more out of it than if he was governor.
..."Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being “stuck” as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016;avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public
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office; facilitating his wife’s employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he
decide to leave public office...."
READ THE INDICTMENT FOR YOURSELF!
As close as November 3, the day before Barack was elected, Rod Blagojevich said he wanted to "keep it for himself" if nothing of value was offered to him.
In the earliest intercepted conversation about the Senate seat described in the affidavit, Blagojevich told Deputy Governor A on November 3 that if he is not going to get anything of value for the open seat, then he will take it for himself: “if . . . they’re not going to offer anything of any value, then I might just take it.” Later that day, speaking to Advisor A, Blagojevich said: “I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain.” He added later that the seat “is a [expletive] valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”
Apparently, Blagojevich was dangling the Senate seat out like a carrot, as he imagined he could be named the head of a private foundation or somewhere in and around The Presidency. He considered himself to be a "Free Agent"
Over the next couple of days – Election Day and the day after – Blagojevich was captured discussing with Deputy Governor A whether he could obtain a cabinet position, such as Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Department of Energy or various ambassadorships. In a conversation with Harris on November 4, Blagojevich analogized his situation to that of a sports agent shopping a potential free agent to the highest bidder. The day after the election, Harris allegedly suggested to Blagojevich that the President-elect could make him the head of a private foundation.
Later on November 5, Blagojevich said to Advisor A, “I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there,” the affidavit states.
Two days later, in a three-way call with Harris and Advisor B, a consultant in Washington, Blagojevich and the others allegedly discussed the prospect of a three-way deal for the Senate
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appointment involving an organization called “Change to Win,” which is affiliated with various
unions including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
On November 10, Blagojevich, his wife, Harris, Governor General Counsel, Advisor B and other Washington-based advisers participated at different times in a two-hour phone call in which they allegedly discussed, among other things, a deal involving the SEIU. Harris said they could work out a deal with the union and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with Blagojevich’s appointment of Senate Candidate 1, while Blagojevich would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future. Also during that call, Blagojevich agreed it was unlikely that the President-elect would name him Secretary of Health and Human Services or give him an ambassadorship because of all of the negative publicity surrounding him.
Rod Blagojevich has been under investigation almost the entire time he has been governor of Illinois.
Why would he think that the The 44th President of the U.S. would want him anywhere near him? What would give him this impression?
Keep in mind that all of the players knew about this long before we did. They are not surprised, we are.

Oh, so all of a sudden, we're surprized.

Please. Read the newspaper sometimes. Illinois isn't the only corrupt state in our Union. Everyone feigns so much surprise.
Why is it we all know what "pay to play politics" means?

Patrick Fitzgerald could gray your hair with the stories he could tell--if he could tell it.
Where do you think writers get info to make the mob movies?
Consultants
, of course and the rest they say they make up. What about the books alleged and proven mobsters have written? Where did they get that info? If we weren't so busy romanticizing crime and sociopathic behavior, much of this would not happen.
Kids nowadays seem to think being a gangster or hustler is good business. This is just grown people doing what they think they have to do. Everyone wants wealth and excessive wealth and they think that is a better way to it.
Not so. Ask Rod.
However, crime happens everyday. What I don't understand is the ease in which we want to write off the 44th President and the city from which he hails.
I had a friend call me last night screaming about the way Fixed News characterizes Barack. They have always done this.
"But why are they trying to implicate him in all of this," Toni said.
"I don't know. Maybe because it is their news station and they can do as they please or maybe because they are racists or both or neither--I don't know. I turn the news off after Wolfe Blitzer," I said.
Then she said something about they're going to gray his hair and I said running for president did that over time.
Then we changed the subject because we could not come up with a satisfactory answer.
We were stumped and saddened but used to corruption of some type being reported on the news.
The most shocking thing was the reading of the transcript by the feds yesterday. They said Rod was so overtly allegedly criminally involved that he threatened to pull a whole lotta other folk down with him in a very short period of time, so they had to stop him.
Now, that's the shameful part. The delusion of doing right. It's more shameful for Rod because he is a lawyer. He is expected to know the law whether he is a criminal attorney or not.
I guess that is why he was arrested at his home, like a gangster, one newsologist said. Or maybe he didn't want to cooperate with the fed's suggestions--I dunno.
People in Chicago said they feel bad about what happened, he seemed to start out helping those in need but they were ashamed their governor was arrested.
It is not mentioned if those same people were ashamed when other Illinois governors were arrested on corruption charges.
I guess because the national spotlight is on Chicago--in a good way--it just seems so sad to be knocked right down to the ground again.
Well, shit happens. The 44th still hails from Chicago and this scandal will go away soon. However, if behaviors aren't changed the outcomes will be the same and this scenario will be played out again and again.

Senate seat up for bid on e-Bay?

"Just bid $100,501 for Barack Obama's Senate seat on eBay, but I got outbid!"
-Tayzonday on Twitter
Why is a U.S. Senate seat up for bid on e-Bay?
Some say the bidding surpassed $10 million before it was pulled from the site!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Michelle Obama: World's Most Visible African-American Woman


"Michelle Has the Power to Change the Way African-Americans See Ourselves, Our Lives and Our Possibilities"

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Without even stepping into the White House, Michelle Obama has already accomplished a great deal in raising the profile of African-American women, Newsweek National Correspondent Allison Samuels writes in the December 1 cover, "The Meaning of Michelle" (on newsstands Monday, November 24). "When her husband raises his hand to take the oath of office, Michelle will become the world's most visible African- American woman," Samuels writes. "The new First Lady will have the chance to knock down ugly stereotypes about black women and educate the world about American black culture more generally. But perhaps more important -- even apart from what her husband can do -- Michelle has the power to change the way African-Americans see ourselves, our lives and our possibilities."

Michelle Obama challenges the typical stereotype of African-American women, including what is beautiful. Often, the standard of beauty for black women has meant fair skin, and dainty facial features, a limited scope that has had a profound effect on the self-esteem of many African-American women. Michelle Obama puts a new face on the standard of beauty. "Michelle is not only African-American, but brown. Real brown," Samuels writes. "In an era where beauty is often defined on television, in magazines and in movies as fair or white skin, long straight hair and keen features, Michelle looks nothing like the supermodels who rule the catwalks or the porcelain-faced actresses who hawk must-have cosmetics. Yet now she's going to grace the March cover of Vogue magazine -- the ultimate affirmation of beauty."

It remains to be seen what Michelle Obama will accomplish if she takes on substantial issues. "I'm hoping the whole "Mom-in-Chief" role will leave plenty of room for Michelle to tackle significant, meaty issues even if she's not clamoring for a West Wing office, Samuels writes. "But she'll have another dimension to worry about: if she focuses on the black community -- helping urban schools, say -- will her interests be viewed as too parochial? And while every First Lady -- and plenty of professional women -- walk the line between being confident and seeming like a bitch, African- American women are especially wary that being called 'strong' is just another word for 'angry'."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Holidays, love the Children!


"May you and yours have peace, love and blessings this entire holiday season!"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

President-Elect Obama names Eric Holder nation's top cop

Holder set to be nation's first black Attorney General when confirmed
President-Elect Barack Obama has selected Eric Holder as the first African American Attorney General, according to US media reports. Mr Holder, 57, whose appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate, was deputy attorney general for four years under Bill Clinton and co-chairman along with Caroline Kennedy of Mr Obama's vp search team.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Barack's campaign has made me a better human being

I really listened to Barack's campaign speech on Monday, the day before the Election.
and realized he was just telling us all along how to be more patriotic and how that would help us grow as people and as citizens of the United States.
He talked about simple, easy steps that can improve us as a people through practicing personal responsibility. This is a subject not often talked about these days let alone my candidates running for office but Barack talked about it all of the time.
Being responsible to self and children, keeping promises are all things we learned in school or at home but sometimes in a fast-paced, competitive world, we forget. Okay, I'll speak for myself--I forget.
Listening to Sen. Obama on the campaign trail has been delightful and educational and I have realized things about myself and Barack and Michelle and this country we live in that I had not known before.

Looking at all of the people who attended the rallies--just like I did-- is exciting. Imagine an exciting political rally. I was so excited by watching the campaign unfold that I started to blog about it, take photos and interview people.
I now have at least 100 videos related to ordinary people like me who are energized by the prospect of an Obama Administration.
To be frank, it gave me hope again that things would get better.
That hope came in handy as sometimes I didn't want to smile let alone ask questions of people. Sometimes I would say why bother because no one asked me to do this. I initially volunteered be cause I saw a need for a voice like mine, talking about how effective and enriching Barack's campaign was becoming.
Watching Barack and his staff and volunteers work so hard day in and out--in the face of disappointment and jubilation, rough waters and smooth sailing was inspirational. They worked hard until they got it done. To me, that is not only a quality I would want as a quality in myself but also my President.
Thanks, Barack for leading the way.
Photos: Presidential Candidate Barack Obama addresses supporters at a Vote for Change rally held in Highland, Indiana October 31, 2008 by Leslie Jones McCloud

Fraud alert for SSA

Social Security Inspector General Warns Public about Misleading Internet Websites that Appear to be Official Social Security Administration Site
Recently OIG has received complaints from Social Security applicants who believed that personal information they provided to the Social Security Administration had somehow been disclosed, without their permission, to claimant representative firms.
An Office of the Inspector General investigation revealed that instead, while the applicants believed they were visiting the Social Security Administration’s official website, they were instead visiting privately-owned websites designed so as to appear to be that of the Social Security Administration. As a result, some applicants provided personal information when the website operators later contacted them to offer representation.
Some of the misleading characteristics of these websites include: official-sounding website addresses; links which users could click on to (purportedly) apply for benefits; and the use of patriotic and/or governmental symbols, such as the American flag.
The Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General are concerned that some applicants who mistakenly visited these websites believed they were applying for benefits online with SSA. The Office of the Inspector General has taken action under Section 1140 of the Social Security Act to stop the owners of these and similar websites from misleading the public in this fashion.
“Any organization that uses misleading tactics such as these to victimize applicants for Social Security benefits will be dealt with swiftly, and to the full extent of the law,” said Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., Inspector General for the Social Security Administration.
To date, the operators of two websites have been contacted and agreed to alter their sites to eliminate confusion. Nevertheless, Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue urges the public to exercise caution online, and to provide personal information only through the Social Security Administration’s official website, www.socialsecurity.gov.
Anyone with knowledge of misleading websites such as those described in this advisory or any suspicious activity involving Social Security programs should contact the Office of the Inspector
General’s Fraud Hotline at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/oig/hotline/ or by phone at 1-800-269-0271. (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call the OIG TTY number at 1-866-501-2101.)
If a person has questions about Social Security benefits or programs, he or she should contact Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213 or visit Social Security’s official website at www.socialsecurity.gov. (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call Social Security's TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.)

As public servants, SSA employees are expected to maintain a high level of integrity when it comes to facilitating the business of the Social Security Administration. As such, SSA/OIG takes seriously any crimes involving SSA employees. For example, is an SSA employee selling Social Security Cards? Is an employee stealing checks from beneficiaries? If you believe an SSA employee is committing these or any other crime against the Social Security Administration, please contact the OIG Fraud Hotline.

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Scams Involving the Impersonation of an SSA Employee

We sometimes receive reports where individuals have been contacted by someone pretending to be an SSA employee. The intent of this type of call may be to steal your identity and/or money from your bank accounts. The caller generally asks you for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, your mother's maiden name, or your bank or financial account information.

The impersonator may state that "the SSA computers are down" or may refer to enrollment in the Medicare prescription drug program. The intent of this type of call may be to steal your identity and/or money from your bank accounts. You should not provide any of this information to these individuals.

It is possible that an SSA employee may contact you to follow-up on a previous application for SSA/Medicare Part D benefits or to follow-up on other business you initiated with SSA. If you are unsure as to the authenticity of someone who claims to be an SSA employee, please call SSA's toll-free number:

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Barack: The One



I think I did a great job!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

We Were There!


We were there to hear and see Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama speak to Hoosiers in Highland, Indiana at Wicker Park Halloween Night.


It was the greatest thing to be a part of because I was about 10 yards from the podium and got to shake the Candidate's hand.
He was so nice and personable to everyone.
Now I can post as many photos and video as I care to because they all belong to me and I hold the copyright.
Naah nah!
Go Obama! Vote Obama!




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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack, the "Great Unifier"

Barack Obama delivered an address in Sunrise, Florida and had his 30-minute commercial simultaneous because I saw the Florida address on CNN.com live.
I watched the commercial on MSNBC and heard Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman tell the truth.
Chris pulls no punches and does not bite his tongue.
Keith and he agreed.
The pride of the father who provides is how they both described Sen. Obama.
Barack Obama is the Great Unifier forever.
And soon, he'll be President of the United States.
Of course Fixed News had some stupid stuff on after the commercial.
Barack knocked it out of the park tonight.
Also, bother to check out some of Barack's videos on You Tube at barackobamadotcom.
Don't forget to go to Obama for America to figure out your taxable wages and to find out where to vote early. You don't have a lot of time left to do so.
I voted Obama/Biden.

Barack is Dedicated









"His Choice"

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Worst Thing Ever: You

Jewish-Americans for Obama

New tummy tuck proceedure makes you feel sexy

New Tummy Tuck Technique Increases Sensuality

ENCINITAS, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by San Diego fitness divas, Dr. Steve Laverson of Feel Beautiful Plastic Surgery in Encinitas and Carlsbad, CA developed a new abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) technique that creates a more sensuous, sculpted, fit appearance than traditional tummy tuck procedures. The operation incorporates advanced methods that shape surface contour to suggest a naturally trim, youthful, feminine torso.

Dr. Laverson refined his technique during the past several years, and found that women appreciate additional sculpture of their abdominal surface anatomy. "Most moms just want to feel sexy again after having children. This tummy tuck tightens the abdominal wall and removes excess skin like traditional techniques, but also controls surface contour and narrows the waist nicely. San Diego women live outdoors, are fitness devotees, and want to look good in swimsuits," said Laverson. Combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation or breast lift, the female silhouette is enhanced considerably in just one day, and results last for life.

According to Dr. Laverson, "this is a great investment for the post-partum woman who has lost her youthful shape and her feeling of femininity; nothing can take your nice new body away from you, regardless of stock prices or the real estate market. This is about feeling fit and feminine, and adds quality to life for moms everywhere."

Dr. Laverson published elements of his "fitness" abdominoplasty in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal in December 2006. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and has operated from Coastal San Diego offices for 15 yrs.

For more information contact: Dr. Steve Laverson at 760-753-6464 and feelbeautiful.com

New tummy tuck proceedure makes you feel sexy

New Tummy Tuck Technique Increases Sensuality

ENCINITAS, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by San Diego fitness divas, Dr. Steve Laverson of Feel Beautiful Plastic Surgery in Encinitas and Carlsbad, CA developed a new abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) technique that creates a more sensuous, sculpted, fit appearance than traditional tummy tuck procedures. The operation incorporates advanced methods that shape surface contour to suggest a naturally trim, youthful, feminine torso.

Dr. Laverson refined his technique during the past several years, and found that women appreciate additional sculpture of their abdominal surface anatomy. "Most moms just want to feel sexy again after having children. This tummy tuck tightens the abdominal wall and removes excess skin like traditional techniques, but also controls surface contour and narrows the waist nicely. San Diego women live outdoors, are fitness devotees, and want to look good in swimsuits," said Laverson. Combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation or breast lift, the female silhouette is enhanced considerably in just one day, and results last for life.

According to Dr. Laverson, "this is a great investment for the post-partum woman who has lost her youthful shape and her feeling of femininity; nothing can take your nice new body away from you, regardless of stock prices or the real estate market. This is about feeling fit and feminine, and adds quality to life for moms everywhere."

Dr. Laverson published elements of his "fitness" abdominoplasty in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal in December 2006. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and has operated from Coastal San Diego offices for 15 yrs.

For more information contact: Dr. Steve Laverson at 760-753-6464
Email: slaverson@feelbeautiful.com, and feelbeautiful.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nicolas Cage Gets Medieval, National Treasure III (finally) gets the green light

Nicolas Cage on the set of Knowing
while filming in in Australia



Galloping Into Theaters: Nicolas Cage will once again work with Gone in Sixty Seconds director Dominic Sena in Relativity Media's Season of the Witch. Story follows a fourteenth-century knight who must escort on horseback a girl suspected of being "the witch behind the Black Plague" to a distant monastery. The action-loving Sena was presumably hesitant until Cage convinced him that he "could put in some bitchin' horse chases." [HR]


National Treasure 3 is Officially a Go

Written by Stephanie Sanchez

It was certainly an all Disney, all the time kind of day here at IESB. The studios' preview and showcase of upcoming films was full of a lot of good information and surprises.

One surprise had producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Nicolas Cage on stage to talk about their favorite Disney franchise, “National Treasure.”
Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicolas Cage and Disney's Dick Cook confirmed that National Treasure 3 was currently in development.

Another installment of the popular history based franchise was expected but had not been officially announced.


No release date was given but rumors have it out during the holiday season of 2010.



Information gathered from Cagefactor, a group of individuals dedicated to the fannery of Nicolas Cage.Thanks Colleen!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Celebrate at Grant Park in Chicago Election Night Nov. 4

WASHINGTON--Barack Obama will celebrate election night in Chicago's Grant Park---providing scenic backdrops of the city--and near where demonstrators gathered during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

The Grant Park location is down the street from Obama's national campaign headquarters on Michigan Avenue.


Obama Campaign Announces Location for Election Night Event

CHICAGO - The Obama-Biden campaign today announced that the location for the Election Night event on Tuesday, November 4 will be Chicago's Grant Park on Hutchinson Field.

Grant Park is regularly used as an open-air venue for concerts, charity events and sporting activities such as the Chicago Marathon and Taste of Chicago.
Additional details will be announced as they become available.
This message is courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times and colunmist Lynn Sweet

Obama rally held noon Saturday at West Side High School

Pending a court ruling on the matter, anyone wanting to vote early can go to West Side High School at noon on Saturday and ride the shuttle to go vote, according to campaign staff at the Obama for President office in Gary.
There will be a rally held there on Saturday, with food and drink and lots of information on Democratic Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama and his running mate Vice-presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
For more information please call 219-886-2656.

West Side H.S. is located at 9th and Jerry St. near Ivanhoe School on the city's west side.

Descendents of slaves owned by McCain family will vote Obama

The descendants of slaves owned by ancestors of John McCain will vote for Barack Obama, it has emerged.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Thank you, Gen. Colin Powell for endorsing Barack Obama

"He (Obama) brings a fresh new set of ideas...we need a generational change in this country" ~Gen. Colin Powell

Thank you anchor Don Lemon, CNN for airing a segment concerning this so-called phenomena of hate- filled talk at Gov. Sarah Palin/Sen. John McCain rallies

comment found on youtube:
"last Saturday I went to 200 homes, after the first few i started a check mark on clip board. By the end of the day I had 21 out of 200 homes tell me directly to my face they wouldn't support a "nigger". Half of those asked me how could I as a white person how could I support a "nigger". Welcome to Indiana where we are one book burning away from being Kansas."
found on youtube after a search of "sarah palin angry crowd"

found under the search terms "sarah palin racism"


Non-racist whites, please talk to your more close-minded counterparts. It would be helpful.
Why?
How would you like to work with these kinds of people everyday, knowing all you have depends on keeping that job? That's how it feels to be black in America!
These people aren't just idiots, they are human resource managers, supervisors, publishers, managing editors, station managers, clerks, shift leaders etc. They are people who have the decision to hire you or not. What chance do you think a black person has to be hired by these types of people?

It's easy to call blacks lazy or welfare queens after not hiring them to work where these people rule. And it is also cruel beyond belief.


Do black people live near here? I'm not familiar with Noosetown, PA and don't intend to be.
These aren't young kids saying these things, these are adults. How many of them do you think have hired blacks in the past 10 years?

This is what blacks are up against every day. I have been losing this fight for more than 20 years. Most industries have a prototype or two or 50 of these people. They multiply and share their hate--with a flag in their hand or in their mouths, "I love this country" they lie and then turn around and say things like this.
Well, today I have a flag in one hand and nun chucks in another. And a couple of Chinese Throwing Stars too. And I know how to use both. And I can read.


Not all white people are like this thank the Lord but see what Sarah Palin draws to her rallies? How can blacks vote Republican this year?

(Ifn it wasn't for interracial dating and marriage, we would have had an all out race war long ago. Thank goodness for the swirl!)

She and John McCain preach hate from their podium and wonder why we need Black Liberation Theology in the world. They lift lines from White Supremacist rhetoric and repeat it during their speeches. That is the main reason these people show up. They like hearing how perfect whites are and how imperfect the rest of us are.

These racist people are why we need Black Liberation Theology in the world. These people sound like a version of Rev. Wright. I wish I could get them all together in one room and make them get along.

How would you like growing up with people saying these things to you? How would you like going to a job interview and talking with these people? (Knowing they ain't gonna hire you!)

A woman actually said she fears Barack Obama and "his wife" will favor blacks if he wins.
Why?
Because she knows whites tend to favor whites so why wouldn't the blacks do the same?
It is surprising how much blacks and whites have in common--the biggest difference is skin color and the treatment behind it.
Black people have been treated like the underdog, the bullied stepchild and the black sheep in this country since forever but yet a resiliency has kept us here and thriving.

And here these racists show their true colors, feelings indicating that they don't care for it.

We need Black Liberation Theology for blacks. It's not about preaching hate but how to stand up for yourself and not be discouraged by these types of people who are shown in this video.

These people are the reason blacks have looked for the federal government to intervene on behalf of blacks--to go to schools, to get a job to not get lynched or murdered or burned out of our homes, to live where we want--even around people like these. This is why they don't like federal government intervention.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Funniest Web comments ever!

After most of the previous 12 months covering Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency, it was interesting, instructive and, well, relaxing to follow John McCain for the last few days. The differences between the two are striking.
Read this first

Now read this:
"Funniest Web comments ever"
I think Obama has good reason to not print these schedules and people have to wait for him because if not, there would be greater risks from someone to try and assassinate him. Unfortunately, there are still bigots and haters out there who want to see him dead just because of his skin color. What a shame! And the author of this article wants to put the blame back on Obama for this? Can you blame the man for wanting to avoid the crazy people who want to take him down?

Posted by lrabbeth at 06:22 PM : Oct 09, 2008

It''s no wonder the airplane is smelly. It has people like you on it who haven''t washed their *** in days. You have the nerve to make a comment like that. What are you doing to remedy the problem? Go clean it up buster! While you''re at it wash your stinky ***.

Posted by swalgreen at 06:21 PM : Oct 09, 2008

What a tacky column. Just the basest form of journalism.

Posted by romdrom at 06:19 PM : Oct 09, 2008

Betcha that is the way the White house will be run IF that fool is elected.

Posted by leone911 at 06:18 PM : Oct 09, 2008

Remember when reporters covered the news?

You know, they went to a newsworthy event, covered it, and then filed their stories?

This jackhole is complaining that his steak tartar is poorly prepared, and that his ride on the candidate''s plane leaves on the candidate''s schedule and not on his own.

If he needs more time and a better smelling plane, why doesn''t he fly commercial to these events?

Posted by Gonzosghost at 06:15 PM : Oct 09, 2008

Have you given any thought to the idea that Obama may not want to print out schedules when he as daily death threats? Please think before you write and put another''s life at risk for your own convenience.

Posted by smith862 at 06:12 PM : Oct 09, 2008


And go here:

This morning, CBSnews.com posted a shocking first-person account of what it's like to travel with the Obama campaign, written by CBS' own Dean Reynolds. Reynolds points out what he calls the "striking" differences between how the Obama and McCain camps each treat the press corps. The Obama people are disorganized, unfriendly and fail to print the candidate's schedule in a satisfactory manner. Also, the plane smells.

How much does it cost you to shop?

Real help for real people II

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Rubes who comment on I-Report

Some of the comments I have received on my i-Reports have been downright mean and somewhat racist. It seems because I am black and will vote for Sen. Barack Obama, I am racist in action, stupid, uneducated, biased (against whom, I don't know) and need to get a life.
Hell, I am unemployed so I might have a bit of free time when the kids are in school.
What I find shocking is the tone--which is highly insulting--all because Sen. John McCain is losing.
Whose fault is it that McCain is losing and that I and several others are pointing it out?
The gall is unbelievable.
Not every comment is laced with stupidity and those posts inspire some posters who are obviously educated and refined to engage in conversations that are productive but overall, they are uneducated, unrefined-to-the-point-of-rube-ish-ness, racist, Neoconservative, comments. I don't ever want to meet some of these people because they would get the cussing of their lives!

Sushi dinner for the kids and I

I went to the bookstore this weekend to get my son some reading materials for class. There I saw a kit on sushi. We hunted down the needed materials and today had sushi for dinner.
The children loved it and I loved it because it was healthy and I didn't have to convince them to eat it.
It was fun to make too.
There is the seaweed wrap called nori ($1.98 at Super Wal-Mart) and then sticky rice or round grain rice (I made rice the regular way that I do it and it was sticky enough)and used tuna and other items like salad shrimp ($2), left-over $2 steak, onion, mushroom and bell pepper. It was really fun and it was nice to see the children eat without being coerced.
Now if someone can fix my Grind & Brew, I'll stop hand-wringing and fussing.
update: The Grind & Brew seems to be working fine.

Lawmakers steamed over ritzy AIG retreat after bailout

Days after it got a federal bailout, American International Group Inc. spent $440,000 on a posh California retreat for its executives, complete with spa treatments, banquets and golf outings, according to lawmakers investigating the company's meltdown.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Northwest Indiana responds to the 08 election, debate

During errands, I took my camera and asked a few questions

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Read this crap

downwithfedres wrote:
"This is why we have to crash the banks to force Obama to order his Electors to vote for McCain on Dec.15th,rendering the Nov.4th exercise meaningless."
in response to this crap:
"Volunteers supporting Barack Obama picked up hundreds of people at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and drug-rehab centers and drove them to a polling place yesterday on the last day that Ohioans could register and vote on the same day, almost no questions asked."
It seems the more right-wing you are the more terroristic sayings you are apt to utter. Financial terrorism from so-called Americans.
People are really struggling and hurting and a person actually writes this type of stuff. I guess the poor don't deserve help or a vote according to these people. God help them. In Indiana, ex-offenders have the right to vote.
Vote Obama.
Read more crap

Heirlooms, gold teeth --- desperate people sell it all

Low pay doesn't go very farDavid Goldmacher of Longwood listed his signed Denver Broncos helmet and Pachinko pinball machine to pay for his diabetes, heart and blood-pressure medication and medicine for his wife's injured back. Goldmacher, 42, lost his job as a state corrections officer in June. Although he was recently hired as a bus driver...

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Monday, October 06, 2008

No cold days in hell on the horizon

Change is a government that doesn't let deregulated industry take advantage of the people. True that.
Sen. John McCain was involved with the Keating 5 and allows his running mate to accuse Sen. Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists." A fellow board member and college professor held a coffee/meet and greet for him when he ran for Illinois State Senate. That is what really happened.
It seems McCain was closer to the fire than Obama. Obama was 8 when the Weathermen formed. John McCain was a grown man active in the Senate when he testified about his involvement in the Keating 5 Savings & Loan debacle (sound familiar?). If I were John and Sarah who is--wife to an anti-union, anti-American secessionist--I would keep my mouth shut! (before another skeleton fell out of it!)
Watch the video




Oh, and by the by, it will be a COLD DAY IN HELL before the American people allow McCain to tax their work site-provided health plan. What a lot of nerve. Imagine, you pay out of your check for the plan and then pay a tax in addition to that every time you get a check. Why is taking money out of an employee's check always the way to go for the Republicans? Imagine paying tax on a $12 to $19,000 health care plan. It costs enough just to insure the entire family. Work provided health care plans are expensive to the average person.
Guess what. John McCain wants to open the health care industry to more vigorous competition like his party did with banking. Can you believe this man? He really is out-of-touch.
What money will the everyday worker have to live on? Damn a $5,000 tax credit because that will go to the insurance company to pay on a $12-to-$19,000 individual health care plan. And you still have to pay the premiums. Why are McCain and Palin so eager to take money out of "Joe Six Pack's" paycheck? Don't they know how much he makes? I guess they want only for themselves to have nice things in this life. I guess we can wait or go without. That must be what it is: They think we should go without, while they have taxpayer-provided health care. McCain and Palin must think that they are better than "Joe Six Pack."
I agree with Obama, we can all have health care just as good as he has as a U.S. Senator.
Vote Obama.

Gary Indiana, "ground zero" in '08 election

On Nov. 4, Gary, Ind., could end up as ground zero of the political universe. Indiana was the firewall state in the 2008 Democratic primary season. Hillary Clinton won that battle, but lost the war.
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Sunday, October 05, 2008

32 salmonella illnesses reported in 12 states

The government is urging consumers to thoroughly cook frozen chicken dinners after 32 people in 12 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning.

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Minnesota: Salmonella linked to chicken - UPI.com

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Authorities in Minnesota say 14 people sickened by salmonellosis likely ate contaminated chicken Kiev and cordon bleu made by Milford Valley Farms.

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia hosts peace talks with Taliban

- In a groundbreaking meeting, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia recently hosted talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group, according to a source familiar with the talks.

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Obama clinches on Rove map (Politico)

Politico - With 30 days until Nov. 4, Karl Rove projects that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) would get at least 273 electoral votes – three more than are needed to win – if the presidential election were held today.

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European nations scramble to save failing banks

Governments across Europe scrambled to save failing banks Sunday, working largely on their own a day after leaders of the continent's four biggest economies called for tighter regulation and co-ordinated response to the global financial meltdown.

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CBS: Report shows GOP illegally purging voters in 19 states

Brad Friedman comments, "So CBS News has noticed. Where the hell are the Democrats, and why aren't they raising holy hell about all of this stuff everywhere & seem to have no clue that they are in a War on Democracy being waged by their GOP opponents."

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Analysis: Palin's words may backfire on McCain - Yahoo! News

By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign. And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain may come to regret.
"The romantic in me likes to think anything she says is irrelevant; that she's just rearranging the deck furniture on the Titanic." --Best comment ever! by "bixby1" found on Digg


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