And Michelle Obama said not to raise your child to be an attorney or hedge fund manager:
"If your child misbehaves in school, don't cuss out the teacher. You know I'm right about that," he said, and with the audience laughing and clapping, shifted into a lecture about nutrition and the plague of early-onset diabetes, with comments unlikely to turn up in the next ad campaign from a certain fried chicken chain.
"We can't keep on feeding our children junk all day long, giving them no exercise," he said. "If folks are just letting kids drink eight sodas a day, which some parents do, or you know, eat a bag of potato chips for lunch, or Popeye's for breakfast – y'all have Popeye's, don't you, in Beaumont? I know some of y'all get that cold Popeye's out for breakfast. I know. That's why you're laughing. I caught you. You can't do that."(link)
"We don't need a world full of corporate attorneys and hedge-fund managers."She might have been talking about someone else though. I'm glad they've taken an interest in raising your child too. Shows they care.
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The shooting occurred around 3:15 p.m. at Central and Vernon avenues. Two of the victims ran away and were found wounded outside a nearby middle school, police said.
The gunman ran away after firing the shots, said police.
So the LA gangs are getting sick of not enough props in the news? They have to mimic the actions of goddamned white EmoDicklessAsshole to get more screen time?
These goddamned idiots critically wounded a 10-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl, a 12-year-old girl and a 49-year-old woman.
A 12-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and two men, ages 48 and 68, had minor injuries.
Ezequiel Cornejo, 23, a tire mechanic, said he heard about 10 gunshots just after neighborhood schools let out.
"After that I saw a little girl running, she was running back to the school, she was holding her arm," he said.
It was the second major outburst of street violence in the city in a week's span.
Gang-related shootings carried out in broad daylight in the city's northeast area on Feb. 21 led to a gunbattle in which police killed one gunman, wounded another and swarmed a neighborhood with heavily armed officers who captured a third suspect.
Police said the gunbattle involved members of a notorious gang entrenched in that area for decades.
And like typical gang-bangers - the only targets they hit were defenseless women and children! To accentuate just how stupid these f**cking pricks are, they merely WOUNDED the defenseless women and children!
The other interesting thing I'm gleaming off this gang report - is that the perps 'ran'. Have you ever been to LA? There was no car?
Hold on. No one runs. No one walks. I'm going to tell you that these "gangbangers" were children.
Oh, and I blame the rap music, GTA, and MySpace for this shooting...
Anyone want to take the over-under on this being another gun-free-zone success story?
During an interview on CNBC, Sam Zell says despite Wrigley Field being known worldwide, he didn’t get a discount because he wasn’t going to use the naming rights that the field represents.
Zell said he plans to sell the Cubs and Wrigley separately and in his own time frame. He also disclosed that Major League Baseball has approved “four or six” potential ownership groups and that any one of them would be fine.
The sale of the team has been delayed by Zell’s plan to sell the team and the stadium separately, and to have a state agency acquire and renovate Wrigley.Guess it's time to petition Wrigley to buy those rights?
“It’s absurd,” said state Sen. Steve Baddour (D-Methuen). “The last time I saw a toll taker carrying a gun was when Sonny got blown away in ‘The Godfather.’"First off, I can imagine why the Local 127 is fighting this change in policy. According to the article, employees were carry .38-caliber handguns to protect themselves while transporting cash from toll booths to a central holding facility. I can imagine this happens at all hours of the day, and there isn't exactly any support or other security. Granted, who wants to rob bags of change? But if you knew how much those tolls collected - it might be enough of a target for some stupid meth-head. That is, if they had enough money to get on the toll way in the first place.
NIU, City Council in Kirkwood, MO, The Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City and Tinley Park Mall in Illinois, or all the public school attacks, they had one thing in common: They took place in "gun-free zones."
The malls in Omaha and Salt Lake City were in states that let people carry concealed handguns, but private property owners are allowed to post signs that ban guns; those malls were among the few places in their states that chose such a ban.
In the Trolley Square attack, an off-duty police officer fortunately violated the ban and stopped the attack. The attack at Virginia Tech or the other public school attacks occur in some of the few areas within their states that people are not allowed to carry concealed handguns.
It is not just recent killings that are occurring in these gun-free zones. The Columbine High School shooting left 13 murdered in 1999; Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, had 23 who were fatally shot by a deranged man in 1991; and a McDonald's in Southern California had 21 people shot dead in 1984.
Nor are these horrible incidents limited to just gun-free zones in the U.S. In 1996, Martin Bryant killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Australia. In the last half-dozen years, European countries — including France, Germany and Switzerland — have experienced multiple-victim shootings. The worst in Germany resulted in 17 deaths; in Switzerland, one attack claimed the lives of 14 regional legislators.
These murderers aren't just picking their targets at random.
Even when attacks occur, having civilians with permitted concealed handguns limits the damage. A major factor in determining how many people are harmed by these killers is the amount of time that elapses between when the attack starts and someone is able to arrive on the scene with a gun.
In cases from the Colorado Springs church shooting last December, in which a parishioner who was given permission by the minister to carry her concealed gun into the church quickly stopped the murder, to an attack last year in downtown Memphis to the Appalachian Law School to high schools in such places as Pearl, Miss., concealed handgun permit holders have stopped attacks well before uniformed police could possibly have arrived. Just a few weeks ago, Israeli teachers stopped a terrorist attack at a school in their country.
Indeed, despite the fears being discussed about the risks of concealed handgun permit holders, I haven't found one of these multiple-victim public shootings where a permit holder has accidentally shot a bystander.
With about 5 million Americans currently with concealed handgun permits in the U.S., and with states starting to have right-to-carry laws for as long as 80 years, we have a lot of experience with these laws and one thing is very clear: Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. Those who lose their permits for any gun-related violation are measured in the hundredths or thousandths of a percentage point.
We also have a lot of experience with permitted concealed handguns in schools. Prior to the 1995 Safe School Zone Act, states with right-to-carry laws let teachers or others carry concealed handguns at school. There is not a single instance that I or others have found where this produced a single problem.
Though in a minority, a number of universities — from large public schools such as Colorado State and the University of Utah to small private schools such as Hamline in Minnesota — let students carry concealed handguns on school property.
Many more schools, from Dartmouth College to Boise State University, let professors carry concealed handguns. Again, with no evidence of problems.
Few know that Dylan Klebold, one of the two Columbine killers, was closely following Colorado legislation that would have let citizens carry a concealed handgun. Klebold strongly opposed the legislation and openly talked about it.
No wonder, as the bill being debated would have allowed permitted guns to be carried on school property. It is quite a coincidence that he attacked Columbine High School the very day the legislature was scheduled to vote on the bill.
With all the media coverage of the types of guns used and how the criminal obtained the gun, at some point the news media might begin to mention the one common feature of these attacks: They keep occurring in gun-free zones.
"No one destroys my dream. No one. I will test the theory that bullets speak louder than words... I will slay your children. I will shed the blood of the innocent."
Then he took a deep breath. Then another.
He made sure his handwritten note "do not resuscitate" was easy to find.
He took another deep breath.
"All this boils down down to an econopolitical confrontation. I cannot outvote, outspend, outtax or outincarcerate my enemies... but for a brief moment, I can outgun them."
He remembered applying for the liquor license at a meeting with the Tempe City Council. His restaurant, called The Haunted Castle, was going to be the perfect! A Halloween-themed goth bar which he knew would have attracted customers, musicians and actors.
The city council vote wasn't going to get him the license, but a "yes" there would have been almost as good as a rubber stamp to the Arizona State Liquor Board -- which has the real authority to grant or deny applications.
It was supposed to be easy. Everyone said it would be. His wife, his kid, everything was riding on that. One stupid vote. He knew that anyone can get a liquor license application approved. Except this time. My time. Those bastards on the Tempe City Council voted 6-1 against me after someone told them the damned nickname of the bar!
"The Patriots versus the Giants... do you see an ironic parallel? How many dollars will you lose? And all because you took my right to work, to own a business, from me."He clenched his fists. Kick-off coming up. It was time.
"Perhaps [web sites] will print up some cool t-shirts like 'I survived Super Bowl XLII.'"
He paused. He looked at the AR-15. Another deep breath. Then he saw his phone.
He dialed his parents. He crumpled up his note and stuffed it under his seat.
Shocked, they told him to turn himself in.
Havelock did turn himself in and was arrested and jailed without bail because Magistrate Judge Edward V. Ross said the letters contained the most "chilling words" he had ever seen.
He has been indicted on six counts of sending threatening communications, according to court documents filed Tuesday the 19th in federal court.
According to authorities, Havelock has no criminal history and no history of mental illness. In fact, a mental health evaluation conducted following his arrest found "no mental defects."
I have printed Kurt's name because he did not go through with it. He turned himself in. I wish this story had been reported more before the two shootings in Illinois. Perhaps this story would have helped prevent the other two.
The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average."
China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century.
In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950.
And remember the lost Arctic Sea ice that will kill the polar bears off? The ice that last fall had melted to its "lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past....
Well, that ice is back.
Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year.
One winter does not a climate make. It might be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming.
But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter's weather stories to wonder whether the alarmist are being a tad premature.
Labels: Star Wars at 30
In attendance of the WonderCon in San Francisco to promote the summer release, was Jolene Blalock (of Star Trek: Enterprise fame) and Casper Van Dien, the only cast member from the first movie appearing in the latest sequel (Van Dien wasn't in the low-budget, under-the-radar 2004 sequel Starship Trooper 2).
Van Dien, who upon entering the room was immediately swarmed by fans eager for autographs, was visibly charged by the enthusiastic reception, pumping his fists enthusiastically and shouting out catchphrases from the film... sorry I missed that part.
The 1997 movie Starship Troopers was a military satire, and clips from the new film showed more of the same -- heavy-hitting action shots intercut with cartoony army propaganda segments and lengthy shots of oversized, CGI bugs. The trailer is due on the web Feb. 25, and we'll post it as soon as it's released.Would you like to learn more?
Labels: Awards show
She also won worst screen couple for a scene in which she appears opposite herself in the tale about psychically linked siblings stalked by a serial killer.
I Know Who Killed Me, a total bomb with only $9m worldwide box office, won eight of nine Raspberries for which it was nominated, breaking a record of seven wins previously held by Showgirls and Battlefield Earth.
Let me repeat that. Let this sink in. I Know Who Killed Me is now officially WORSE than Showgirls AND Battlefield Earth. Therefore, I do believe, it is now the worst film in the modern era.
The following is a list of this year's Razzie winners:Worst Picture: I Know Who Killed Me
Ah, don't hold your breath - SuperAgent Drew Rosenhaus said Saturday he expects Berrian and fellow client Lance Briggs to enter free agency rather than sign a contract with the Bears.
This isn't a reward for Rex, it is punishment.
The only receiver left is Hester.
Cedric Benson will end up as the starting running back again.
The O-line now another year older and slower than last year.
Derrek Lee to the No. 4 hole and Aramis Ramirez to No. 5, it looks like Piniella has it backward. (wha? No? Hey, read the Masthead! It's called Blasphemes for a reason.) With Ramirez batting clean-up for most of last year, the Cubs ranked third among NL teams in RBIs from the No. 4 hole (122), and second in batting average (.312). Keep Ramirez batting fourth, where he’s performed well, and use Lee fifth.
Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Oh, it's Lou. Never mind. It'll change three more times by Wednesday.
Smith won the first Cadet Choice Movie Award, which was designed to honor the fictional character that best personifiesleadership qualities on the silver screen.
Smith's played an Army virologist Dr. Robert Neville, and is the lone survivor of a zombie-making virus that devastates Manhattan.
Nominated for his "value-based leadership," Smith locked down 27 percent of the cadets' 2,200 online votes.I haven't watched the newest version of this story. The last version I saw was The Omega Man... but if memory serves, didn't the guy who survives CREATE the virus that created the zombies in the first place?! So this exemplifies Values?
Runners-up included King Leonidas of "300," portrayed by, and John McClane of " ," portrayed by .
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The board didn't quite mean to do that, of course. In a 4-3 vote, the Board accepted a proposed curriculum that replaced all references to evolution with the phrase "the scientific theory of evolution." In so doing, the board inadvertently made evolution central to public school science education, and also, almost incidentally, mandated education on just what constitutes a "scientific theory." (linky-to-story in Wired)I love it when Creationists show short sighted and the inability to smell a trap by smart people. Apparently, the opposition only needed to put a brown paper bag on the floor, and the Creationists wouldn't have been able to escape it.
The White House ordered the satellite's destruction due to concerns that its onboard fuel supply could pose a toxic hazard if the craft re-entered over a populated area.
Yeeeeeeaaaaahhhhh..... so that's the cover story they're publishing.
I've been holding off discussing this until they confirmed that they hit it.
Couple things I've been thinking about why the trouble to shoot down that satellite:
Plot Concept: Set in the suburbs of Seattle during the mid-1970s the book follows a group of mostly middle class teenagers who over the summer contract a mysterious sexually transmitted disease known as "the Bug" or "the teen plague", which causes them to develop bizarre physical mutations, turning them into social outcasts. Several teens with the bug find seclusion at "The Pit", an encampment in the woods outside of town. Later some of the characters move to a tract house while its owners are on vacation. Burns has said that the mutations can be read as a metaphor for adolescence, sexual awakening and the transition into adulthood.
This sounds more like a cautionary tale about anal sex... what? Come on! Am I the only one...?
They're still putting the finishing touches on the documentary, which may first air on The History Channel before going to DVD.
You know, I'd typically say something about these 30-40 year old virgins for a cheap laugh... and their 501 Legion. But when they get together and march in formation - it is nothing short of evoking "holy Sh*t, Imperial Troops are marching on main street!" As far as hobbies go these guys are more intense than most nerds, especially since it requires sunlight and marching!
Documentaries about insane hobbyists are always quite good. Fast, Cheap and Out of Control is a great example.
Lucas employs the 501 Legion in promo stuff for his films, and for Celebration events. It is a nod from himself to the fans, and he takes this acknowledgment one step further now by funding a documentary about some of his most hard-core enthusiasts. It is classy and kind that he choose to back this documentary. Lucas never seems to be embarrassed by the most seemingly ridiculous of Star Wars fans, as they have bought him his Death Star. For the most part, he is allowing people to enjoy his work the way they want to; and that is cool.
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That’s the portrait of Jesus depicted by a British artist in a new, abridged version of the Bible illustrated in the “manga” style, the Japanese form of comic books.
The Manga Bible, created by Ajin-bayo Akinsiku, known as Siku, has earned rave reviews in the Christian community and has been endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is quoted in the book’s blurb as saying: “It will convey the shock and freshness of the Bible in a unique way.”
Northern Ill. University: Was the Killer Crazy, or the Campus Hopeless? Bracket this massacre as the work of a lunatic on drugs, and you miss the chance to consider the horrors of life in middle America.Ames granted that the killer, EmoDicklessAsshole, was a loser -- if we grade on a curve for the depressing Midwest: "Let's assume he's at least partly right: EmoDicklessAsshole probably was a loser, by the standards of Midwestern American winners." Ames trolled the message boards of college students looking for people trashing NIU, which he summarized: "What you find is an enormous amount of anger and regret -- the sort of regret you'd expect from a middle-aged Willy Loman looking back on a wasted life."
If you're wondering why [EmoDicklessAsshole] transferred out of NIU to the University of Illinois-Champaign last spring, this might help explain it; if you're wondering, as many bloggers have, why he'd come back and shoot up NIU rather than his current university, these sentiments are at least worth considering.Then Ames concluded by turning his attention to the broader Midwest:
[EmoDicklessAsshole]'s hometown, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is also revealing of the vast, flat middle of Middle America. Located on the edge of Chicago's hyper-busy O'Hare Airport, Elk Grove Village has a humble population of roughly 40,000 almost all-white middle-class citizens ...Unbelievable. It's the shiatty school and track houses and box stores in Elk Grove Village that made EmoDicklessAsshole kill 5 students now. Or maybe it was just because these people went to a crappy college in a dirty "farmer" town?
Scratching the surface of his life -- a very familiar, flat sort of American Hell -- makes his need for medications a bit more understandable, as is the case for the millions of Americans like him who take psychiatric medication. Indeed, someone who wouldn't turn to antidepressants would, in my opinion, be the sick one.
If we bracket his massacre as the work of an evil lunatic on drugs, we'll miss yet another opportunity to genuinely examine what life is like for most Americans today, who live in that terrifying gap between the official propaganda about a nation of happy fun-loving Number Ones, and the reality of mediocrity, petty malice, and a flat physical setting that reflects the malice and mediocrity of its town elders.
"Taxi" and torture: You tell meThought I'd share that with you to generate some comments this Monday morning.
By Roger Ebert
Letter to Roger from CPT Bruce, U.S. Army, El Paso, TX:
Roger Ebert writes: "Yet I know I will get the usual e-mails accusing me of partisanship, bias, only telling one side, etc. What is the other side? See this movie, and you tell me."
1. I am a Military Intelligence officer in the Army and a combat veteran of the Iraq Conflict.
2. I have personal experience with detainees and cases of detainee abuse.
3. I have served with and performed combat patrols with Army Interrogators.
4. I have the upmost respect for our intelligence Soldiers and Officers.
5. In all my time in the Army I have not once witnessed something immoral, unjust, or unlawful on behalf of an Army Interrogator.
6. I say this having the experience of working in a tightly controlled environment where I worked hand-in-hand with Interrogators who processed well over 400 detainees during a 12-month tour in Iraq.
Those are the facts, Roger.
What personal experience do you have with Army Interrogators in combat?
You cry for the weak and pity these terrorists as if you were their brother in arms. I'm not going to lecture you on bias, partisanship, or any other political matter, because it is evident that you are a liberal (you admitted it in your review on Gore's Documentary) and an apologist.
What I am going to tell you is that "the other side" of this story is entirely contradictory to the events you see in this movie. This is the same type of smear campaign presented by the NYT in their "War Torn" series, merely attacking veterans and Soldiers among other things. And you buy right into it.
I'll tell you what the "other side is." The other side is you putting on a vest of armor and seeing our Soldiers in action. Until then, you don't have the credibility to talk about what happens over there in Iraq/Afghanistan. You call on your critcs to "see this movie."
Well, Mr. Ebert, I call on you to get on over to the real thing: put your money where your mouth is, and stop preaching from the couch.
AURORA -- An explosive device detonated in a downtown Aurora building Saturday morning, damaging dozens of windows on two levels.
The force of the blast destroyed dozens of windows on the first two levels on the west side of the building.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions, Aurora Police, the Kane County Sheriff Department’s Bomb Squad, Aurora Fire Department Arson Investigators are conducting the investigation into the explosion.When the hell are we going to wake up and BAN the bomb already?! The answer is simple - if bombs weren't available to the public, this wouldn't happen. There is no reason why anyone who is not employed in law enforcement or building demolition needs a bomb. Isn't it enough that our men and women in uniform are being blown to bits by roadside bombs, now we're getting blown up at home? If we'd only stop glamorizing bombs in video games and movies this sort of senseless bombing would end!
Recycling is fantastic! You can still buy all the stuff you like (bottled water, beer, wine, organic iced tea, and cans of all varieties) and then when you’re done you just put it in a DIFFERENT bin than where you would throw your other garbage. And boom! Environment saved! Everyone feels great, it’s so easy!
This is important because all white feel guilty about producing waste. It doesn’t stop them from doing it, but they feel guilty about it. Deep down, they believe they should be like the Native Americans and use every part of the product or beast they have consumed. Though for many white people, this simply means putting plastic bags into a special drawer where they will accumulate until they are eventually used to carry some gym clothes or bathing suit. Ultimately this drawer will get full and only be emptied when the person moves to a new house. Advanced white recyclers will uses these grocery bags as garbage bags.
If you are in a situation where a white person produces an empty bottle, watch their actions. They will first say “where’s the recycling?” If you say “we don’t recycle,” prepare for some awkwardness. They will make a move to throw the bottle away, they will hesitate, and then ultimately throw the bottle away. But after they return look in their eyes. All they can see is the bottle lasting forever in a landfill, trapping small animals. It will eat at them for days, at this point you should say “I’m just kidding, the recycling is under the sink. Can you fish out that bottle?” And they will do it 100% of the time!
The best advice is that if you plan to deal with white people on regular basis either start recycling or purchase a large blue bin so that they can believe they are recycling.