Friday, August 17, 2007

2 Vick co-defendants enter guilty pleas

RICHMOND, Va. - Two of Michael Vick's alleged cohorts in a dogfighting enterprise entered guilty pleas Friday, leaving the Atlanta Falcons quarterback on his own to cut a deal or face trial on federal charges.
With his NFL career in jeopardy and a superseding indictment adding more charges in the works, Vick and his lawyers have been talking with federal prosecutors about a possible plea agreement. But there was no indication Friday at U.S. District Court that Vick would enter a plea before any new charges are filed, perhaps as early as next week.
Time's running out dog-killer.
My prediction: Vick cuts a deal to some reduced charges. 2 and a half years in prison. Gets cut by Atlanta. Comes back in the 2010 season a fat and slower version of himself today only to find no teams are desperate enough to pick him up.

Food Prices on the Rise

The Labor Department's most recent inflation data showed that U.S. food prices rose by 4.1 percent for the 12 months ending in June, but a deeper look at the numbers reveals that the price of milk, eggs and other essentials in the American diet are actually rising by double digits.
Half the nation's families earn below the median family income of about $56,000.
Half. REALLY? Half of all families are below the MEDIAN? Hmmmm. Then HALF are above the MEDIAN. Hmmmm. That's fine reporting there sir.

Bikini Friday

Have a good weekend.

Today's Weather

Brought to you by 93x girl, Claudia

Hurricane Dean is picking up speed and still out in the Caribbean.

3 rescue workers killed at Utah mine

HUNTINGTON, Utah - The search for six miners missing deep underground was abruptly halted after a second cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured at least six others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach them.
It was a devastating turn for the families of the six men trapped in the Aug. 6 collapse at the Crandall Canyon mine and for the relatives of those trying to rescue them. It's not known if the trapped miners are alive.
This story just gets worse by the day.

AFI, 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time

AFI, the American Film Institute has named it's top 100 films. Dropping from number 2 to number 3 is Casablanca.
If you don't want to futz with the AFI site.
WCBS gives you a nice slide show here.
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning." comes in at number 30.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Report: Testosterone Patch Improves Sexual Desire in Women

Women with low libidos appear to get a boost in sexual desire through the use of testosterone patch treatment, according to new research.
Two randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trials found that post-menopausal women suffering from a lack of sexual desire experienced “significant” improvements in the frequency of “satisfying” sexual activity and desire, as well as a decrease in sexual distress through the use of low-dose, transdermal testosterone patches.
See! Like I've always said, the more you do it, the more you'll want it. Seriously I said that. So there is like two ways for women to get testosterone. One is a patch. Use your imagination for the other.

Man Reveals Legend of Mystery Visitor to Edgar Allan Poe's Grave

BALTIMORE — The legend was almost too good to be true.
For decades, a mysterious figure dressed in black, his features cloaked by a wide-brimmed hat and scarf, crept into a churchyard to lay three roses and a bottle of cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.
Now, a 92-year-old man who led the fight to preserve the historic site says the visitor was his creation.
"We did it, myself and my tour guides," said Sam Porpora. "It was a promotional idea. We made it up, never dreaming it would go worldwide."
True or not true? Who knows.

Video Funny of the Day!


This made me just about spill my coffee, this morning.

Services planned for oldest female U.S. Marine veteran

OWASSO, Oklahoma — Maye Ryan, who was in the first class of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve, has died. She was 97.
Ryan, who was reportedly the oldest female Marine veteran in the nation, died Monday night at the Baptist Village, where she had lived for the last 14 years.
She joined the Marine Corps in 1943 and was assigned as a typist in Mojave, Calif., where she served for 32 months. She was discharged as a corporal.
Thank you for your service Maye. Give Chesty a big hug for us all.

Today's Weather

Brought to you by IGN's Jessica Uberuaga

Erin has moved ashore in Texas, too.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Tropical Storm Erin made landfall Thursday morning and brought rain to the Texas Gulf Coast even as it was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Countrywide borrows $11.5B from 40 banks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Countrywide Financial Corp. (CFC.N), the largest U.S. mortgage lender, said on Thursday it is drawing down an entire $11.5 billion credit facility to bolster its liquidity as a shortage of credit weighs on the mortgage industry.
The drawdown shows how strains of tighter liquidity have spread beyond subprime lenders to larger companies that made predominantly higher-quality loans.
A reporter on NPR last night described Countrywide as "on the verge of bankruptcy".
So if they go under do I still have to pay for my house? Genius!

Is Jason Grunstra’s the answer to some women’s dreams -- or just to those who want to see them naked?
Jason Grunstra's "eureka" moment did not occur while sitting under an apple tree like Newton — nor while flying a kite in the rain, like Franklin. Then again, Grunstra wasn't busy discovering the law of gravity or the conductivity of electricity. Grunstra's "discovery" was this: Americans are obsessed with breasts.
Appropriately enough, his eureka moment came in Las Vegas, at a bachelor party, in the company of strippers.
One of the strippers had recently gotten breast implants. Another was sad because she could not afford them. So Grunstra did what any gentlemen would do — he started raising cash for the flat-chested one.
The guy is just trying to help out. Give the genius guy a break. Besides remember that story a few months ago? Women with breast implants are more likely to commit suicide. So actually he's identifying women who need help. Isn't that sweet?
Video goodness inside the Yahoo! News People of the Web link.

Afghan, U.S. forces assault al Qaeda in Tora Bora

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan air and ground forces pounded al Qaeda militants for a second day on Thursday in the Tora Bora mountains close to the Pakistan border where Osama bin Laden once fled in the wake of the 2001 invasion.
I wish you all luck, and success on your hunting.

Major League Umps Call More Strikes for Pitchers of Same Race

Major League Baseball umpires are more likely to call strikes for pitchers of the same race or ethnicity, a new study finds.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin analyzed every pitch from the 2004 through 2006 major league seasons to explore whether racial discrimination factored into umpires’ decisions to call a pitch a strike or a ball.
First, it's the University of Texas. We'll have to check their cypherin'.
Second, Welllll isn't that interesting racist.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Video tribute to one of the greatest movies EVAR

Cool Hand Luke.
Arguably one of the best movies ever made.
The list of quotes from this movie are legendary.
Strother Martin as "Captain": What we got here is... failure to communicate.

Seriously, somebody stop the bullshit

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. At least 175 people were slaughtered on Tuesday and more than 200 wounded when four suicide truck bombs targeted people from an ancient religious sect in northern Iraq, officials said.
This is what happens when people who have never fired a gun, are asked to write the caption to a photograph from a war zone.
So were our troops throwing the bullets instead of loading them in their rifles?

NBA referee pleads guilty to two charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee accused of betting on games he officiated, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two charges, including conspiracy to defraud the National Basketball Association.
Donaghy faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud conspiracy relating to defrauding the NBA and up to five years for conspiracy to transmit bets and wagers, U.S. District Court Judge Carol Amon said in a hearing in Brooklyn federal court.
So no mention of the guys who approached him. No pursuit of those guys? Good work Stern. Good work FBI. Let us know when you catch those guys.

Hot for Teacher, Virginia (is for lovers) style

A former area cheerleading coach has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor. Tammie Fleming, 37, was arrested last Wednesday.
Powhatan authorities say worked at Dominion Cheer and Tumble on Sommerville Court in Midlothian as a cheerleading coach when she had an intimate relationship with a 17-year old student.
With school starting this next week the Hot For Teacher posts should increase.

Nifong Complains About State Bar's Handling of Ethics Case

RALEIGH, N.C. — When former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong mailed in his law license last week, he also included a note bemoaning "the fundamental unfairness" of the North Carolina State Bar's handling of his ethics case.
Today's definition of Ironic, brought to you by Mike Nifong and the letters S,T,F, and U.

Today's Weather

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Immigration divides Romney and Giuliani

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney accuses former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani of making his city a haven for illegal immigrants. Giuliani denies it, insisting he cracked down on lawlessness of every kind.
It's the first real clash between two leading Republican candidates who are vulnerable on immigration, a volatile issue that infuriates Republican conservatives who hold sway over primary elections.
All of a sudden these guys are "tough" on immigration. Even though Giuliani invited the undocumented to come to NYC in 1994. And Romney's lawn was maintained by illegal immigrants.

Adios Yangtze River Dolphin

The Yangtze River dolphin, one of the world's rarest mammals, is no more, a victim of China's breakneck economic growth and competition for food with one of the world's most common large mammals - human beings.
"We can say that the animal is functionally extinct," says August Pfluger, head of the Zurich-based Foundation, which in December co-sponsored a six-week, 2,000-mile (3,500-km) survey of the Yangtze without finding a single remaining member of the critically endangered species. The dolphin, one of only four exclusively freshwater species in the world, may have the unhappy distinction of being the first aquatic mammal to go extinct in more than half a century - and the first large mammal driven into oblivion by environmental degradation.
China has long been a huge poluter and now after the 3 gorges project, you can expect other species to be extinct.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

TV you might want to watch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Posing naked for a publicity photo for her offbeat Showtime comedy series "Weeds" was no big deal for Mary-Louise Parker. It was the snake that bothered her.
Ummm. Mary-Louise is 43 and smokin' hot. I don't have Showtime but I'm looking forward to the DVD release of the show.

46 million cell phone batteries may be faulty

HELSINKI, Finland - Nokia warned Tuesday that up to 46 million batteries used in some of the company's cell phones could be faulty and pose a risk of overheating.
The advisory applies to batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006, the world's largest mobile phone maker said. Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. of Japan is one of several suppliers that have together made some 300 million BL-5C batteries.
Like you needed another reason to hate the cell phone you have.
Check your batteries folks.

Today's Weather

Brought to you by 93x girl, Malloy Martini

Hurricane Flossie heads for Hawaii

HONOLULU - Hurricane Flossie was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday but stayed on course to brush the Big Island, where schools were closed and residents were urged to stock up on food and water.
It's not the first time they've used that name. Typhoon Flossie brushed China and hit Korea in 1964.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Adios Dog Killer

Two NFL sources said that commissioner Roger Goodell likely will announce this week or next the suspension of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for the 2007 season.
We'll see if this is true. With Leather is running this story.

Adios Karl

Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, marking a turning point for the Bush presidency.

This guy has something to say about the "rules of war"

Meet Marcus Luttrell, the sole surviving SEAL after his team's ambush in Afghanistan who was shot multiple times and crawled miles (fighting the whole way) to safety. He'd like to say a thing or two about the "rules of war."

Just a quick note

I'm enrolling my son this morning and this afternoon we are moving to new offices at work. So posts will be slow today and maybe tomorrow.
I'll be back at it when the office slows down and I'm back to my daily routine.
mmmmmm. danielle......