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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
MISD Invites Parents to Informative Presentation: ‘What is the Choking Game?’ 1/20/10

MISD News Release
January 20, 2010

Midland, Texas - Midland ISD invites parents to attend an informative presentation, “What Is the Choking Game?” at 6p.m., Monday, January 25, at Rusk Elementary, 2601 Wedgewood St. Andy Sustaita, education consultant for the Region 18 Education Service Center, will present. Parents will learn what warning signs to look for, and what they need to know to prevent their children from participating in the dangerous “game.”

Sustaita said he has presented information about the choking game in a dozen area school districts. He
uses a video as well as a recording of a 9-1-1 call to help parents understand the problem. “It’s such an
eye-opener for parents because they don’t know what it is. They need to get the facts,” he said. “It’s not a
game at all. It’s extremely risky.”

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I guess it’s pretty obvious now that General” Larry Platt and his song, “Pants on the Ground,” is this generation’s William Hung cover of “She Bangs.”
Although it’s not by choice, the song has been stuck in my head for days after watching him audition with it on American Idol. It didn’t help matters once video of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre leading his own rendition of the song after beating the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday started floating around.
Platt and his song Pants on the Ground just won’t go away (yet at least), so no wonder the producers of The View felt it would be a good idea to invite Platt to perform his “hit” on yesterday’s show.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010
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The nation's 42d and 43d presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, have arrived at the White House to meet with No. 44, President Barack Obama. The reunion in the Oval Office begins momentarily, and the trio will appear in the Rose Garden afterward to discuss the Bush-Clinton collaboration on behalf of Haiti earthquake relief.
Make that Clinton-Bush. The 42d president gets top billing on the fund they've set up, dubbed the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Here's the website:
It's Bush's first visitbush-clinton-er-clinton-bush-h.html to the White House since last Jan. 20, inaugur

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Friday, January 15, 2010
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Sandra Bullock stays classic in a black fringe corseted Alberta Ferretti cocktail dress at the 2010 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday (January 15) in Hollywood, Calif.
The 45-year-old actress is nominated for Best Actress for her work in The Blind Side. She’s up against Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia).

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Oklahoma Earthquake: USGS Confirms 4.0 Rattler Hits the "Sooner State"

JONES, OK - The USGS confirmed that a 4.0 magnitude Oklahoma earthquake ratttled parts of the "Sooner State" just after 9 a.m. Friday morning.

They reported that the earthquake hit around 9:18 a.m. Friday about 3 miles northeast of Jones, OK.

No major damage or injuries had been reported.

Ryan Dragg says he was jolted by the quake where he works on the ninth floor of the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He says he and a co-worker briefly left the building.

"We got jolted up here. We looked at each other and said, let's go outside," Dragg said. "I don't know proper protocol for earthquakes in Oklahoma."

A 2.8 magnitude quake was also recorded in the area at 11:16 p.m. Sunday and a 3.3 quake was recorded at 4:05 a.m. Thursday.

Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine carried a cover story titled "Getting Hosed." Over a cartoon of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill Maher (who looked more like Robin Williams), "investigative humorist" Gene Weingarten, calling himself an "unapologetic, unreconstructed New Deal liberal," resolved to absorb 24 hours straight of punditry on TV, radio, and the Internet, and disdained Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, but also Keith Olbermann. In an online chat, Weingarten said this about conservatives: "I continue to believe that far right wing conservatives are either intelligent, rich people protecting their self interest, or poor, misguided, deluded fools who have been conned by the first group into working against their best interests."

Weingarten selected Valentine’s Day for his experiment, and the hot issue of that day was Jane Fonda dropping a C-word in promoting "The Vagina Monologues."

    Clearly, Rush and Bill are courageously willing to address this shocking and distasteful subject even at the risk of driving their audiences into multi-orgasmic rapture.

    Limbaugh joyfully eviscerates Fonda and moves quickly on to other things, but O'Reilly is in high dudgeon and is all over this reprehensible event. He's morally outraged, and seems to want to wring all he can get out of it, as though it were, say, a luffa sponge.

    As someone in the broadcasting business, he says, he doesn't want to become "the scold police," but he wonders just the same if someone ought to call the FCC and demand punishment. (Later at night, on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," he will devote an entire segment to the issue, practically sputtering in exasperation when he can't persuade his guest, lawyer Anita Kay, to agree with him that heads must roll... B-b-but "this is the most vile word in the lexicon of obscenity!" O'Reilly protests. Laughing, Kay basically tells him to calm down and grow up, that the average 12-year-old girl has heard this word, and it's no big deal. It's my favorite moment of the day. (Anita Kay, the cure for the common scold.)

    Weingarten found himself liking Rush as much as he hated Bill, despite declaring himself a fervent liberal:

    The peril of listening to Limbaugh and O'Reilly at the same time is that you tend to compare them, and these are dangerous waters for an unapologetic, unreconstructed New Deal liberal like me. The comparison makes you actually like Rush. He's funny; O'Reilly is not. Limbaugh teases and baits his political adversaries; O'Reilly sneers and snarls at them. Limbaugh is mock-heroic; O'Reilly is self-righteous. So, when Limbaugh speculates that the Democrats in the House committee went after Roger Clemens because liberals hate cherished American institutions such as churches, the Boy Scouts and baseball, you know he's sorta kidding. When O'Reilly says liberals who oppose torture of prisoners just don't care how many people will die in a terrorist attack, you know he's as serious as an aneurysm.

But Weingarten goes looking for a reason to dislike Limbaugh:

    It's complicated, but here it is: There's something real about all this palaver all around me; in its own overheated, perfervid way, it's inspiring. You can't get away from that. Unfettered discourse is the sign of a robust democracy. It's a genuine war of ideas out there, being fought by highly committed people who care about the world. And I am no conscientious objector. I'm not a witling. I have opinions. There are timeless truths; there are friends and there are enemies; there is right and there is wrong, and, by God, Rush is wrong. To admire Rush in any way is to consort with the enemy. It's treachery. It's siding with them.

    I focus on Rush once again and finally notice something. A toehold.

    Limbaugh mocks Obama mercilessly for what he sees as the thinness of his message and the mooing, unquestioning devotion of his supporters. That's all fair game, and Limbaugh prosecutes it with bite, flair and humor. But there's this, this . . . thing he sometimes does -- how did I not notice it before? -- when he pronounces the candidate's last name. He lowers his voice a register and booms it out from his chest, drawing out each syllable. I'd taken it as just a theatrical embellishment, but now I see it for what it is. Rush is reducing Obama's name to an African tribal chant.

    "O-bahh-mahh." He makes it sound like: Booga booga. Yo' Mama.

    Now, that's ugly.

    I'm right. I know I'm right. I'm so right.

    I lean back in my chair, at peace again.

    At war, again.

    Rush sucks.

But Weingarten also found Keith Olbermann’s shtick to be dramatically over the top as he described a scrape between President Bush and the Democrats over NSA electronic surveillance and whether telecom companies will get legal immunity:

    Olbermann begins strongly, addressing himself directly to Bush that he's only protecting his cronies, the powerful telecoms. Yay!

    Now he compares the bill Bush wanted to other bad laws, including the Alien and Sedition Acts, which I actually think might be just a little over the . . .

    Uh, now he's comparing it to . . . slavery.

    Now he's addressing Bush directly, and he's . . . oh, God.

    "If you believe in the seamless mutuality of government and big business, come out and say it! There is a dictionary definition, one word that describes that toxic blend. You're a fascist! Get them to print you a T-shirt with FASCIST on it!"

    Now he's, he's . . .

    ". . . and if there's one thing we know about Big Brother, Mr. Bush, it is that he is -- you are -- a liar!"

    I've already checked the thesaurus, so I know there's no help there.

    "You are a liar, Mr. Bush. And after showing some skill at it, you have ceased to even be a very good liar!"


    "You said that the lives of countless Americans depend on you getting your way. This is crap! And you sling it with an audacity and a speed unrivaled by even the greatest political felons of our history!"

    I mute it.

    Silence again.

    I send an e-mail to a friend who I know is online. This is what it says:

    o s, s brtu dytpmh [rtdpm/

    I realize I had my hands on the wrong position on the keyboard. I have to resend it. It says: "I am a very strong person," more of a plea than a statement of fact.

On Monday, Weingarten consented to a chat session online at When asked about how awful the experiment was, he replied:

    The whole thing was painful, including the writing. The only joy I got was hiding a secret, nasty, double-entendred luffa sponge joke in there, about Bill O'Reilly, and in coming up with the expression "a tempest in a crock pot." And then even this small joy was dashed when I discovered the expression had already been used four times on the Web.

    Wait, one more thing. I felt I had reached something of a valuable insight when I explained the fundamental difference betweeen Limbaugh and O'Reilly. [He requoted the aneurysm passage above.]

He later added:

    I like Mr. Obama's opinions.

    Actually, I like Mr. Limbaugh's opinions, too.

    I suggest liberals listen to Limbaugh from time to time. He's funny, and when we're weak on an issue, he gets us good.

    O'Reilly is just a mean 'ol hypocrite.

Unsurprisingly, Weingarten is a huge fan of the Newsy Giggle Twins on Comedy Central:

    Vienna, Va.: Gene, Did you hear any of the right wingnuts bash Stewart and Colbert? I tend to think that the wingnuts are very, very afraid of those two.

    Gene Weingarten: Very shrewd question.

    I think Colbert and Stewart are the most influential political voices right now. And I think they are untouchable by the right.

    I hope they are helping to raise a generation of kids who are skeptical of the raging right. Actually, I think the Bush administration has helped this along, too.

A liberal from Potomac, Maryland said he differed with Weingarten on Olbermann:

    ...I appreciate Olbermann's ability to work up outrage over a genuinely outrageous issue (as opposed to a campaign-manufactured "outrage" prompt), whereas it seems to just irk you. Now that you've recovered from your ordeal, have your feelings on his tirade changed?

    Gene Weingarten: No, we are not in the same boat. You are sunk in partisanship, and therefore adrift, unable to tweeze reason from hype. It's not your fault.

    I found Olbermann just as over the top and outrageous as most of the right wingers. There is no excuse for taking what is essentially a matter of political disagreement over an issue that is, on some level, debatable, and start talking about fascism, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and slavery.

The very next exchange was this:

    Washington, D.C.: I appreciated the part of your piece on Keith Olbermann. I used to be a great fan of his show, but it has continued to devolve into the kind of ranting to which it was meant to be an antidote. Step back from the dark side, Keith!

    Gene Weingarten: He has no shame.

    AND it has helped his ratings.

    Which underscores that...

    He has no shame.

Weingarten recommended to a conservative questioner that he try Randi Rhodes if he wanted to sample liberal talk radio:

    Prince William, Va.: As part of the small conservative minority among your minions, I appreciated the distinctions you drew between Limbaugh and O'Reilly. Is there someone like Rush from your end of the spectrum that you would recommend to us right wingers, and someone like O'Reilly that we should feel free to ignore?

    Gene Weingarten: I'd totally ignore Olbermann.

    Sure, listen to Randi Rhodes.

Finally, whatever good will Weingarten may have gained with conservative readers by seeing some skill and entertainment value in Rush Limbaugh crumbled with this answer:

    Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.: I'm an extreme liberal, and I watch Fox news and their associated commentators. Simply, I want to know what the opposition is saying. And they have changed my views. I used to think conservatives were misguided. Now I think they're evil.

    Gene Weingarten: I continue to believe that far right wing conservatives are either intelligent, rich people protecting their self interest, or poor, misguided, deluded fools who have been conned by the first group into working against their best interests.

I don't think that answer was meant for giggles.

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WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–A Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit failed to test whether its pain reliever Tylenol was chemically contaminated despite receiving a heightened number of consumer complaints in 2008 that the pills smelled musty, according to a report by U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors.
In 2008, J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare received more than 70 musty odor complaints for Tylenol Arthritis Caplets. However, the company didn’t conduct a formal investigation at the time even though more than eight of the complaints suggested the pills caused gastrointestinal problems in patients, the FDA report says.
The report says the company did physically examine whether the moldy odor originated from the presence of microorganisms and concluded it didn’t.
McNeil spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs said the company has received the FDA report and “is actively working in consultation with the FDA to address their concerns.” She said the company wouldn’t answer other questions at this time.
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 Oklahoma Earthquake

Quakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3 are generally the smallest felt by people.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma falls in what's called the Stable Continental Region.

The following Oklahoma Earthquake is an excerpt from the USGS website about earthquakes that happen in the region:

"Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York - Philadelphia - Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. The earthquakes that do occur strike anywhere at irregular intervals. "

According to the USGS, the first ever earthquake felt in the state was recorded in 1918, producing a series of shocks, with only minor effects of.Oklahoma Earthquake

Oklahoma last had a quake of magnitude 4.0 or greater on April 28, 1998, when one hit about 10 miles north of Lawton.

(The Associated Press & KSAX Eyewitness News)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010
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lamb with human face

A sheep gave birth to a human-faced lamb that officials believe was the result of a relationship between the ewe and a man.

Multiple Internet news organizations are reporting that the lamb was born in a Turkish village. It was dead at birth. A veterinarian was the first person to notice that the lamb's snout resembled a human face.

Village locals burned the goat's body before biologists had a chance to study the rare mutation.

Courier-Mail: Sheep Gives Birth to Human-Faced Lamb
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Lovie Smith And The Tennessee Job

UPDATE: Looks like Cutcliffe got the job.
Did you know that back in 2008 Tennessee reached out to Lovie Smith to gauge his interest in their head-coach opening? (Smith coached there in 1993 and 1994.)
Well, it was quickly rebuked.
But here the Volunteers stand looking for a coach again in early 2010, so might they reach out to Smith again?
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk makes a compelling case on why it should be revisited:
Frankly, it might be in everyone’s best interests for Smith to pursue the opportunity, unless he has no interest in leading a college program. The Bears undoubtedly would have cleaned house at Halas Hall but for the buyout obligations to Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo. With Smith’s ability to stick around for 2011 riding on the performance of quarterback Jay Cutler and mounting uncertainty regarding a work stoppage after next season, heading to Knoxville makes plenty of sense, especially if his compensation from the Volunteers would be enhanced by a partial buyout from the Bears.

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Haitian Relief Efforts

Correntians, I'd like to make a request. Please take a moment and help the Haitian people, in this dire hour of their need. There are many charitable organizations mobilizing right now, and you can help in those efforts. My first choice: Doctors Without Borders, who report that three of their hospitals in Haiti have been destroyed. There's also these easy steps you can take to aid in the relief efforts:

"Thhaitian relief effortse U.S. State Department Operations Center set up the following number for Americans seeking information about relatives in Haiti: (888) 407-4747. The department cautioned that because of heavy volume, some callers may hear a recording. The State Department said those interested in helping immediately may text 'HAITI' to '90999' and a donation of $10 will be made automatically to the Red Cross for relief efforts. The donation will be charged to your cellphone bill. The department also suggested contacting agencies such as the Red Cross or Mercy Corps to help with relief efforts."
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debra medina

By Stephen Raines
debra-medinaDebra Medina, a registered nurse and Republican activist from Wharton County, comes to the campaign for Governor of the State of Texas with a non-traditional perspective on politics. With polls showing her between 3 and 7 percent, she would have to pull off one of the greatest surges ever to overtake her opponents, both seasoned with multiple victories statewide representing the Republican Party.
In a season where political ads in the Republican primary have attempted to establish who should be allowed to carry the mantle of true conservatism, Medina definitely draws the position for furthest to the right on the political spectrum. A vote for Medina really boils down to opposition to the 20 year record of statewide office for Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and a vote for the values Medina represents and the change she hopes to bring to the Republican Party.
To understand Medina’s candidacy, you need to know her history with the Republican Party. Two years ago at the State Convention of the Republican Party, Medina challenged Tina Benkiser for the chair of the party, advocating for greater adherence to the party platform and a push for a platform similar to the policies of Congressman Ron Paul her political mentor. Benkiser won the election after a remarkable amount of drama on the convention floor.
Medina later sued the State Republican Party over operation of the state convention. Regardless of the outcome of the suit, the possible scenario of Medina winning the nomination for governor of the political party she filed suit against would be highly improbable. Imagine the next administration at Texas Tech hiring Mike Leach as chancellor.
While a victory in the election looks improbable, Medina continues to press on vibrantly and charismatically with stops across the state. As mentioned before, her political views mirror those of Ron Paul, with staunch libertarian positions on taxes, health care, border security, gun control and a very firm position against abortion and end-of-life decision making authority.
She promises to end the revised franchise tax, which she calls the business margins tax.
On spending, she promotes eliminating some state agencies as a way to lower state spending overall.
Apparently, she views Governor Perry’s administration and the Texas Legislature as not thrift enough in spending.
The central theme of her campaign rhetoric is reform and more specifically reform of the party. Here are some new rules (taken from her website) for the Republican Party.
The Republican Party of Texas should adopt:
** A rule that adds to the content of the “Application for Place on the Primary Ballot” the requirement that the candidate signs the following pledges:
  • “I solemnly swear or affirm on my honor to support or do no harm to Pro-Life Legislation and oppose intrusions of the Federal Government upon the authority of the citizens of Texas to determine the legal limits of the State with regards to Life.”
  • “I solemnly swear or affirm on my honor to support the adoption of zero-based budgeting for all items included in the State of Texas’ bi-annual budget, limit government spending, and stop encumbering future generations with debt.”
  • “I solemnly swear or affirm on my honor to support or do no harm to private property rights in Texas by working to eliminate property taxes and strengthening protections against eminent domain seizures.”
  • “I solemnly swear or affirm on my honor to support or do no harm to Texas’ State Sovereignty, reserved under the 10th Amendment, with the understanding that Texas will retain its sovereignty, freedom and independence and every power, jurisdiction and right which is not expressly delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, and oppose mandates beyond the scope of federal authority.”
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What do you all think about the debate

More than anything you never get to the real bottom of the issue when you're limited by just a few seconds by answering the question so what I'm hoping is that this will encourage Texas citizens to seek the fact and make sure they get them all because it is difficult for the candidates to expand on every detail," said Benona Love, also a Perry supporter.
Perry is seeking an unprecedented third term as Texas governor.

For the first Texas Republican Gubernatorial debate, we caught up with one group who organized a "watch party."
They got together to see how the three candidates answered questions about policies like illegal immigration.  They said while all three have conservative values, they attack the issues differently.
"So when you see them talk for themselves you know it's from their mouth and not another person's point of view," said Saul Caballero, a Perry supporter.

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According to the Fox Memphis, "Memphis Police are searching for a possible suspect in Wednesday's death of Memphis musician Jay Reatard at his Cooper-Young home. Officers were called to the 900-block of Meda around 3:30am and found 29-year old Jimmy Lindsey, Jr., also known as Jay Reatard, dead on arrival. The Homicide Bureau is handling this as an ongoing investigation."
Reatard was a prolific musician, who came into the national scenes after the 2006 release of his album Blood Visions. His latest album Watch Me Fall was released in late 2009. On the album's release, Magnet Magazine wrote: "It’s a collection of songs by a man no longer able to hold it all together and unwilling to even care. And it’s his tightest, catchiest record yet."

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One man was killed and two others wounded in a gunfight outside the Brooklyn bash hosted by actor Jamie Hector – who played drug dealer Marlo Stanfield on the former hit show.
Hector, 33, a Brooklyn native, was at the party for some time but it was not clear whether he was still there when the shooting started.
A baby shower for Hector’s wife ended in a deadly gun battle in East Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY, just after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Hector said in a statement released Monday that his " heartfelt prayers and condolences" went out to the victims' families.
"I would like to make it clear that the shooting incident [Sunday] did not take place at my home, nor did it involve me, my wife, nor any of the invited guests," the actor said.
The Wire, set in Baltimore, is famous for its gritty realism and for using a generally little-known cast whose members appear at home in their roles.

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Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh slammed by Keith Olbermann for Haiti comments

By Andrea Reiher


January 14, 2010 7:30 AM
keith-olbermann.jpgKeith Olbermann does not hold back on "Countdown" when addressing Pat Robertson's and Rush Limbaugh's comments regarding the devastation in Haiti.

In case you haven't heard, televangelist Pat Robertson has said that the Haitian people have bad things happen to them because they made a pact with the Devil in exchange with getting the French out of their country many years ago.

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh has been spouting all sorts of ludicrous vitriol regarding President Obama using this tragedy to curry favor with the Black community and also taking him to task for holding a press conference the day after the earthquake but not the day after the failed bombing in Detroit. Limbaugh also has said, "We already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax." What does that even mean?

Keith Olbermann takes them both to task for their heartless, callous comments regarding this tragedy and ends with, "Mr. Robertson, Mr. Limbaugh, your lives are not worth those of the lowest, meanest, poorest of those victims still lying under the rubble in Haiti tonight ... You inspire only stupidity and hatred."

We wonder what the Republicans who were calling for Harry Reid's resignation would say about Conservative voice Rush Limbaugh's comments?
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I was planning on putting up about a half dozen rips to honor the man, the legend, Teddy Pendergrass, who passed away tonight at Bryn Mawr Hospital not five miles from where I sit, but instead I'll just put up two favorites and leave it to you to go and cop Love TKO, Close the Door and others to help pay for the flowers at the man's funeral.

It wasn't long ago that I was standing outside a bar on Baltimore Avenue with a man in his seventies who was telling me about his short-lived doo-wop career in the early 60s in Philly. Somehow the subject came to Mister Teddy P, and the man said something to the effect of "he used to be a drummer, but once Harold Melvin found out he could sing, the man turned into the hugest asshole you ever did see."

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"American Idol" got a little silly tonight with its "pants on the ground" -- and we loved it.

This might possibly be the funniest thing we've ever seen on "American Idol." Normally we are simply annoyed by the bad auditions but how can you not love a 62 year-old man named General Larry Platt dancing while he sings his song "Pants on the Ground?"

The judges were going bananas and Larry, bless his heart, was going 110% while basically repeating "Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground."

We predict it debuts at #12 on the Nielsen Soundscan singles charts in a couple weeks. Also, if Larry is not back to perform for the finale in May, we are going to be severely disappointed.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Hiati adn Earthquak

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Haiti's presidential palace and numerous other government buildings in the country's capital Port-au-Prince collapsed after the tremor. A hospital was also flattened, with reports that patients were buried under the rubble.

Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Raymond Alcide Joseph, told CNN: "My country is facing a major catastrophe."

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Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in the capital of Port-au-Prince, told US colleagues before phone service failed that "there must be thousands of people dead," according to a spokeswoman for the aid group, Sara Fajardo.

"He reported that it was just total disaster and chaos, that there were clouds of dust surrounding Port-au-Prince," Fajardo said from the group's offices in Maryland.
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Witnesses said that as night fell, survivors were trying to pull people out of piles of concrete and twisted metal.

Joseph Guyler Delva, a Reuters reporter in Port-au-Prince, said he had seen dozens of casulaties.

"I saw people under the rubble, and people killed."

A journalist with Haitian television station Haitipal, interviewed by telephone from Port-au-Prince, told the station that public buildings across the capital had been destroyed. The UN peacekeeping HQ was also flattened and "large numbers" of staff were missing.

"The presidential palace, the finance ministry, the ministry of public works, the ministry of communication and culture," were all affected by the quake, the reporter said, adding that the parliament building and a cathedral in the capital were also crumbling.

Don Blakeman, an analyst at the USGS in Golden, Colorado, said such a strong quake carried the potential for widespread damage.

"I think we are going to see substantial damage and casualties," he said.

The earthquake's size and proximity to populated Port-Au-Prince likely caused widespread casualties and structural damage, added quake expert Tom Jordan at the University of Southern California.

"It's going to be a real killer," he said.

A local doctor said the death toll would be in the hundreds.

President Barack Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Haiti and that the United States stands ready to help the island nation.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is sending disaster response teams to the island.

USAID said in a statement it would be sending teams including up to 72 people, six search and rescue dogs and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment.

France was also preparing to urgently dispatch aid to the island Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said.

The earthquake is the strongest ever to hit Haiti.

Minor earthquakes are common in the Caribbean, but there has not been a major one in Haiti in 16 years.
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The country of about 9 million people, most of them desperately poor, has struggled with political instability and has no real construction standards.
haiti and earthquakeIn November 2008, following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60 percent of the buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.

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