Saturday, January 31, 2009

VIDEO: Obama's Pick - Da Steelers!

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Well, the cards really are stacked against the Cardinals now. President Obama went out on a limb today and said he's rooting for the Steelers. Here's the video:

Watch The Movie Trailer For Ice Spiders - One Very Cheesy Movie On Sci-Fi Channel Tonight

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I just caught a little bit of one of the cheesiest, yet in a strange way, entertaining movies I've seen in a while. It's Ice Spiders starring Patrick Muldoon, Vanessa Williams. Here's the official movie trailer from a couple of years ago.

VIDEO: Coke Zero To Feature "Mean Joe Green" Influenced Ad Starring Troy Polamalu

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Remember the Mean Joe Green Coke ad from 1980? (If you don't, you can see it below) Well, Coke is running a similar ad during tomorrow's Super Bowl for Coke Zero. Here's the scoop from CinemaBlend.com:

"Coke Zero Puts A Twist On Mean Joe Greene Ad For Super Bowl During tomorrow’s Super Bowl event on NBC, we’ll get to see the new Coke Zero ad entitled “Mean Troy,” which is a take on the classic Coca-Cola ad that aired in 1980 featuring Mean Joe Greene. From what we’re hearing, the new version, which features Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu has a surprise ending."

Here's the original Coke commercial featuring Mean Joe Green:



Here's another video I found online that showcases the first 12 seconds of the new Coke Zero ad as well as some behind-the-scenes footage:

Friday, January 30, 2009

VIDEO: Jenny Lee - Addicted to Plastic Surgery - 37 Procedures Before Age 30!

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I just caught a little bit of the E's special on Plastic Surgery. It was featuring both the good and bad. One of the people featured was Jenny Lee. I found her story interesting because she was a pretty lady before the surgery.

Jenny has now had Botox, cheek implants, three nose jobs, three lip implants, two boob jobs, three breast lifts and liposuction on her arms, hips, thighs, stomach and knees. At one point in her life, she maxed out all of her credit cards in order to pay for her surgeries. I found this video from a while back from the Insider featuring Jenny and her obsession. She's had 37 procedures before the age of 30. Wouldn't it be easier to just use a product like this...

The Super Bowl Is A Gold Mine For Cash4Gold

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....Or at least that's what Cash4Gold is hoping, right? Cash4Gold will be the first direct-response advertiser to claim one of the coveted and extremely expensive 30-second Super Bowl ads. They cost around $3 million dollars each. Rather than going with their standard hard-sell ads, they'll be going the humorous route with an ad featuring MC Hammer. As this article from the New York Times states, Cash4Gold's inclusion in the Super Bowl is raising some eyebrows among advertising executives:

"In another sign of the (troubled) times, Cash4Gold, a company that pays money for jewelry and other valuables, is buying commercial time for the Super Bowl that might be the first spot in the game from what is known as a direct-response advertiser.

The buy, reported on Thursday by USA Today, raised eyebrows among some who follow the advertising industry, wondering whether the recession was reducing demand for Super Bowl spots among mainstay brands.

“The Super Bowl advertising ranks are usually filled with the big boys of marketing: Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo,” an article on the Web site of the trade publication Advertising Age began. “And now: Cash4Gold?”

A spokesman for the NBC Sports unit of NBC, which is overseeing ad sales for Super Bowl XLIII, demurred.

“The Super Bowl obviously is the best way to reach a mass audience,” said the spokesman, Brian Walker, and Cash4Gold “saw value in it for their business needs, much in the way the Pepsis and Anheuser-Busches did.”

Even so, Cash4Gold is not running one of its regular commercials, which specialize in hard-sell tactics like repetition of a toll-free telephone number.

Rather, the company worked with two mainstream agencies to create a humorous spot — with a Web address (Cash4Gold.com) in place of the toll-free number — that would not seem out of place with Super Bowl spiels from blue-chip brands like Pepsi-Cola or Bud Light.

“We definitely wanted to do a commercial with a creative concept worthy of the Super Bowl,” said Steve Netzley, chief executive at Euro RSCG Edge in Carlsbad, Calif., part of the Euro RSCG Worldwide division of Havas. His agency worked on the spot with another Havas agency, Arnold Worldwide, and a director, Bryan Buckley, who has directed Super Bowl spots for advertisers like E*Trade and Monster.com.

The Cash4Gold commercial features Ed McMahon and the rapper MC Hammer in a can-you-top-this competition to sell gold memorabilia and other valuables through Cash4Gold.com. The spot even borrows a page from the Super Bowl ad playbook of major marketers by ending with a mildly naughty punch line.

“We absolutely changed up everything for the Super Bowl,” said Jeff Aronson, chief executive at Cash4Gold in Pompano Beach, Fla., part of Albar Precious Metal Refining, to help the company reach more consumers who may be receptive to its message as a result of the bad economy.

To be sure, many Super Bowl advertisers intend to run commercials looking just like those that have appeared during boom times. Many spots on Sunday will be filled with Super Bowl ad staples like celebrities, special effects, anthropomorphic animals and surprise endings.

“It’s a conundrum,” said Gary Carr, senior vice president for national broadcast at a New York media agency, TargetCast TCM.

“Some boards of directors are saying, ‘Let’s not do something so high-profile’ like advertise on the Super Bowl,” Mr. Carr said, yet “the world hasn’t come to an end and people still have to sell beer and cars.”

“Companies have to look inside their hearts and minds and do what they feel is right,” he added."

To read more from this article, go to this page on NYTimes.com.

VIDEO: Dr. Helen Fisher - Chemistry.com's Chief Scientific Advisor Appearing on 20/20 Tonight

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Do you know how we choose our mates? That statement sounds like I'm talking about animals doesn't it? Tonight on 20/20, Chemistry.com's Chief Scientific Advisor and Biological Anthropologist will be talking about how exactly we choose our mates. Dr. Fisher was on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet back in April of last year, and she did a little analyzing of Geraldo. It was a pretty entertaining piece, so I'm sure tonight's 20/20 feature might be worth watching. If you're not familiar with Chemistry.com, here's how the site describes it's service:

"Dating, serious relationships and even marriage...here the online personals process begins with the Chemistry Profile, which helps us to get to know you on a deeper personal level. Once we have your results, we use the latest research of world-renowned biological anthropologist, Dr. Helen Fisher, to predict which single men or women you'll have relationship and dating chemistry with. Take online personals to the next level with Chemistry.com."

If you're interested in testing the service out, they're offering a 7-day free trial, so why not give it a look if you're single. Here's that interview I told you about with Geraldo and Dr. Fisher:

Taylor Swift and Madonna Announce Their 2009 Tour Dates

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In addition to big concert news from Phish today, two of music's hottest blondes announced their tour dates for 2009 today as well. Both Taylor Swift and Madonna announced their 2009 schedules. Here's Taylor's schedule for 2009:

April 23: Evansville, Ind.

April 24: Jonesboro, Ark.

April 25: St. Louis

April 30: Charleston, S.C.

May 1: Jacksonville, Fla.

May 2: Biloxi, Miss.

May 14: Spokane, Wash.

May 15: Seattle

May 16: Portland, Ore.

May 17: Yakima, Wash.

May 21: Phoenix

May 22: Los Angeles

May 23: Las Vegas

May 24: San Diego

May 26: Salt Lake City

June 4: Enterprise, Ala.

June 11: Baltimore

June 12: Greensboro, N.C.

June 24: Oshkosh, Wis.

June 25: Caddott, Wis.

July 8: Calgary, Alberta

July 10: Craven, Saskatchewan

July 11: Winnipeg, Manitoba

July 16: Twin Lakes, Wis.

July 17: Columbus, Ohio

July 18: Charleston, W.Va.

July 23: Cheyenne, Wyo.

July 24: Rapid City, S.D.

July 25: Minot, N.D.

Aug. 7: Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Aug. 9: Omaha, Neb.

Aug. 27: New York City

Aug. 28: Uncasville, Conn.

Aug. 29: University Park, Pa.

Aug. 30: Louisville, Ky.

Sept. 4: Greenville, S.C.

Sept. 5: Charlotte, N.C.

Sept. 10: Lafayette, La.

Sept. 11: Bossier City, La.

Sept. 12: Birmingham, Ala.

Sept. 25: Dallas

Sept. 26: Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 27: Tulsa, Okla.

Oct. 1: Cleveland

Oct. 2: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Oct. 3: Pittsburgh

Oct. 8: Indianapolis

Oct. 9: Chicago

Oct. 10: Minneapolis-St. Paul

As far as Madonna goes, here's the details of her 2009 tour stops from AccessHollywood.com:

"In more tour news, Madonna will resume her “Sticky & Sweet” tour this summer across the Atlantic in the U.K. and Europe, the music trade mag also reported.

Madge will kick off part two of her record-breaking show in London at the O2 Arena on July 4. The singer will also visit the Manchester (U.K.) Evening News Arena, along with multiple stops in cities the pop star has never played or has not visited in many years.

“Sticky & Sweet” is already the top-grossing tour ever by a female or solo artist, and the additional 80 tour dates are expected to catapult Madonna’s tour into the top five grossing tours of all time."

The Super Broker Shuffle Commercial - I Can Only Imagine The Shame Their Families Feel

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This is obviously an attempt to do a commercial similar to the Chicago Bear's famous Super Bowl Shuffle song, but holy cow is this bad. And, this was a real commercial. I don't even know what else to say besides, just watch:

VIDEO: Hard-To-Get PHISH Tickets Are Now Available

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Have you ever seen PHISH in concert? They're definitely worth however much you end up paying to see them. Going to a Phish concert is similar to going to a Grateful Dead concert. It's a throwback to the hippie concerts of the 60's and 70's. This is Phish's first concert tour in five years, so the demand is/has already been tremendous today. I found tickets available though at RazorGator.com for 14 of their shows. And, RazorGator has a promotion going on from now until the end of February: $10 Off Any RazorGator Purchase over $100 with code take10off.

If you're wondering what it'll be like at a Phish concert, just take a look at this video of them performing my favorite Phish song, Bouncing Around the Room:

New Dating Site Hooks Up Football Fans Just In Time For Super Bowl Parties

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Here's a pretty cool idea for a dating site. Singleonthenet.com has launched Single Football Lovers on the Net. The site aims to help connect singles who are football fans. It's perfect timing for the launch considering we're only a couple of days away from the biggest football fan day of the year: The Super Bowl.

I'm sure they're are a ton of guys out there right now that have been invited to a Super Bowl party, and they're searching through their little black books frantically trying to find the perfect date for the game. This site might be a good place to start. It definitely would be nice to go on a date with someone who at least knows that it's called a touchdown when a team scores and not a goal. Anyway, you can check the site out at www.footballlovers.singleonthenet.com.

Sellout.Woot - It's Woot, But Only For Yahoo!

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If you're familiar with Woot.com, then you'll probably want to checkout sellout.woot.com. On your way there, you're going to first encounter this:



Don't worry, you're heading to the right place. Once there, here's what you'll find. A Yahoo! Shopping page with the featured Woot.com offer of the moment. So, why would you want to go here rather than Woot.com. One reason may be because you'll also be able to capitalize on a lot of other offers from Yahoo.com. Other than that, they're featuring the same product as Woot.com. To me, it's a clever marketing tool though. The sellout.woot.com intermediate page pictured above definitely peaks your curiosity, and reveals that it's actually woot who's responsible.

A lot of sites like Woot have popped up lately. My favorite and one that I personally visit every day is Dillyeo.com. I featured an article about Dillyeo a few days back. They're all great if you're looking for the best deal on the net for a particular product. It's more whether you give a woot or you're just looking for a dillyeo.

UPDATE: Angela Suleman - Mother of the Octuplets - Already Had Six Children!

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This is a followup to the story I featured a few days back about the woman who had octuplets (eight children at once). It turns out she already had six kids before that. With the octuplets, Angela Suleman, now has 14 children. Here's the new details:

"Angela Suleman, the woman's mom, has spoken out to give everyone a better understanding of her daughter's life with her children - and how she ended up being pregnant with eight children.

Suleman explains that her daughter had eight embryos implanted last year and "they all happened to take". Angela was given the option of eliminating embryos to reduce the number of children she would bare, but Angela says her daughter refused.

The grandmother of 14 said of the octuplets: "I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful."

But Angela knows the challenges that lie ahead for her daughter - and raising 14 children is no easy task: "It's going to be difficult."

The mother of 14 has yet to come forward and tell the world her story. Her marital status is unknown."

The above story is from the PostChronicle.com.

What are your thoughts on her having eight more babies after already having six?

Wing Bowl 2009 Happening In Philly Right Now

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Wing Bowl 17 started this morning at 5:30am in Philadelphia, PA. Among Buffalo Wing enthusiasts, the Wing Bowl is just as exciting at the Super Bowl. I'm a huge wing fan, but I can't imagine eating as many wings as these guys eat at one sitting. I can only imagine how bad their heartburn is after the competition. Here's the scoop from AssociatedContent.com:

"Wing Bowl 17 is coming to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wing Bowl 17 will pit some of the best wing eaters in the world against each other to decide the 2009 Wing Bowl Champion. The competition will all come down to the final 27 contestants, all of which would love to own the title of Wing Bowl Champion, and who all bring their own unique eating styles to the competition. When Wing Bowl 17 gets underway on Friday morning, thousands of fans will get to watch as the new Wing Champion is crowned.

Wing Bowl 17 is set to take place at 5:30am on Friday, January 30th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The competition will take place at the Wachovia Center, where a sold out crowd will have the chance to watch a new competitor take over the title. This year's competition had a couple of rule changes, including limiting the field of competitors to only amateur contestants, allowing for there to be a changing of the guard in the title holder. According to the Wing Bowl web-site, only 3 different people had won over the past 8 years, and this was felt to be a good way to get some new blood into the battle.

The Wing Bowl is definitely a competition of over-eaters, and you have to be a fan of wings in order to get anything out of a competition like this. In the world of eating competitions though, it is quite serious business, with people competing who have trained on how to eat their wings the fastest, and seeing how many they can do in a specific period of time. It will be a challenge for new-comers to live up to the feats that have been accomplished in the past, and it will be interesting to see whether a brand new name can live up to the billing of Wing Bowl Champion."

To continue reading about the Wing Bowl, go to this page on AssociatedContent.com.

VIDEO: Stuff White People Like - Like What?

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Stuff White People Like is the name of a blog by Christian Lander, and he's now written a book based on the blog called Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions. Below is an interview Christian did with CNN today talking about his website and the book. Speaking of the book, here's the description via Amazon:

"They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.

They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. They’re also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They’re organic, ironic, and do not own TVs.

You know who they are: They’re white people. And they’re here, and you’re gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here’s a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

PHOTO: The Olsen Twins To Appear On Oprah Friday, January 30, 2009

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The Olsen Twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley will be on with Oprah tomorrow. Here's a little preview from Oprah.com of what to expect on the show:

"Mary-Kate and Ashley's latest venture is a coffee table book called Influence. When the twins were approached by the publisher, Mary-Kate says they weren't sure where it would take them. "We didn't want it to be about ourselves," Mary-Kate says.

Instead, Mary-Kate and Ashley interviewed 20 of their personal idols. "Instead of looking to us and how we've gotten to the place we are today, it's looking to those people that we look up to that have inspired not just us, but so many other people," Ashley says.

The book features interviews with famous fashion designers, artists and photographers, including Christian Louboutin, Lauren Hutton, Bob Colacello, Terry Richardson and Jack Pierson. "We'd run into them and just say, 'Oh yeah, by the way, we're doing a book. Do you mind sitting down with us?'" Mary-Kate says.

Although the twins are regularly asked for interviews, Ashley says she became shy when it came to turning the tables on their icons. "I felt very strange and awkward being on the other side," Ashley says.

The most nerve-racking interview she says was with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. "I was nervous because it was the day before his fashion show, and we're going into the House of Chanel and he's putting all of his looks together, and I felt like we were kind of in the way, " Ashley says. "But he was so welcoming."

To read more about tomorrow's interview on Oprah, go to this page on Oprah.com.

PHOTO: Is Kendall Beard A Top Ten Candidate for American Idol?

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Judging by the buzz on the Internet, she just might be. We got a brief look at her tonight on the last episode of American Idol 8 auditions. Next week, it's off to Hollywood where the real auditions begin. If you'd like to learn a little bit more about Kendall, here's an excerpt from KTRE.com in Lufkin and Nacogdoches:

"Mum" is still the word in the Beard household, out of respect for Kendall's wishes and her contractual agreements with the show, however, the buzz on the web is that 23 year old could be a contender for the Top 50.

The Top 50 will be whittled down to 36 by the producers this month, and in February, the Top 36 will compete live in the semi-finals after being revealed in "the chair" episode in February. Fans of Lufkinite Kendall Beard are hoping she's in that final number.

Kendall's style has been described as a powerful blend of modern rock and roll, a touch of rhythm and blues and a pinch of country. Click here song clips for an example of Kendall Beard's music at CD Baby.

On Kendall's MySpace Music page, the 23 year old is quoted as saying she had a love for music at an early age. "As long as I can remember, I have had an interest in entertaining." The website goes on to say Kendall grew up spending many weekends performing at various venues in Texas, such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and The Johnny High Country Music Review. "My parents would pick me up from school and we would travel all weekend to different county fairs and country oprys and we would return just in time to be back at school Monday morning."

Article source: KTRE.com

More American Idol News: Anoop "Dog" Desai - David Osmond - Katrina Bikini Girl - Joanna Pacitti

Kendall Beard CD Update: Release Scheduled for March 14, 2009.

More Kendall Beard Pics:

The Bacon Bomb - Bacon Explosion Recipe Is The Bomb

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Attention Bacon Lovers - This recipe is the bomb! It's called Bacon Explosion, and it's all the rave in Kansas City. Here's the juicy details from KansasCity.com:

"Two local barbecue-lovin’ guys have found themselves the toast of the bacon world thanks to a recipe calling for just two main ingredients: bacon (two pounds of it) and Italian sausage (two pounds of that). The sausage is wrapped in a basket-weaved blanket of bacon, and for good measure there’s even more bacon inside. Sweet KC-style sauce, too.

Then you smoke it. In a backyard smoker.

Aaron Chronister and Jason Day, who compete in barbecue circles as Burnt Finger BBQ, call this meat missile “Bacon Explosion.” And explode it has: first online (it helps that Chronister is an Internet marketer), then Wednesday on the cover of The New York Times’ food section (headline: “Take Bacon. Add Sausage. Blog”), then online some more.

Anyone doubt that Kansas City is the barbecue capital of the world?

All told, Chronister and Day say the Bacon Explosion recipe on their site, www.bbqaddicts.com., has attracted 510,000 page views since it was posted just before Christmas; 90,000 alone on Wednesday.

Now, thanks to the Times story, the bacon buds are bound for New York, where they’ll smoke their sausage Friday morning in Times Square. That’ll be on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” show. Then they’ll head south to Tampa, Fla., to do some Super Bowl tailgating Sunday on another Fox channel. Two book publishers e-mailed Wednesday and want to talk."

To read more about the Bacon Explosion, go to this page on KansasCity.com.

Wagyu Steak Is Among The Guests At Tonight's Cocktail Party At The White House

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At tonight's cocktail party at the White House, President and Mrs. Obama will be hosting Six House Democrats, six House Republicans, six Senate Democrats, six Senate Republicans and the star of the night just might be the Wagyu Steak. Here's the scoop from ABCNews.com:

"Here's the list of President Obama's invited guests to the White House cocktail party tonight -- essentially the bipartisan bicameral leadership of the House and Senate.

Six House Democrats, six House Republicans, six Senate Democrats, six Senate Republicans. Their spouses are invited as well.

Hors d'œuvres -- chicken curry, wagyu steak -- will be served in addition to drinks.

President Obama, it should be noted, is not a particularly big drinker, though he has been known to enjoy a vodka martini time and again.

In addition to the congressional leaders below, several senior White House staffers will be in attendance, including press secretary Robert Gibbs, senior adviser David Axelrod, senior adviser Pete Rouse, and deputy chief of staff Mona Sutphen.

The party will come after the House passes the president's stimulus package with almost no Republican support, which could make for some interesting cocktail party chatter."

Here's who's coming to this American royalty dinner:

House Democrats:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-SC
Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.. Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

House Republicans:

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, D-Va.
Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., Chair of the House Republican Conference
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, Secretary of the House Republican Conference
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee

Senate Democrats:

Sen. President Pro-Tem Robert Byrd, D-WV
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Secretary of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Senate Republicans:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Chair of the Senate Republican Conference
Sen. John Thune, R-SD, Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
Sen. Jon Ensign, R-Nev., Chair of the Senate Policy Committee

PHOTO: Cartier Roadster Watch - Delicious Colors - Devilish Prices

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The color of this Cartier Roadster watch is "walnut burl." Such is the case with the new line of Cartier Roadster watches. They're all deliciously colored and devilishly priced. Here's some details about the line from Cartierblog.com:

"This Limited Edition Roadster watch has wood grain accents n the bracelet entitled “walnut burl”. The same color accents grace the dial and are complemented by ivory Roman numerals. The dial on this Cartier watch also includes luminescent steel sword shaped hands, and the Cartier logo at the 12 o’clock marker.

The entire Limited Edition Cartier Roadster watch is adorned in 18k pink gold and comes complete with two interchangeable bracelets, including an alligator strap. The deployment buckle also continues the 18K pink gold look and the movement goes above and beyond with a mechanical movement, 330 feet of water resistance, and an automatic winding Cartier calibre 3110. This watch is also available in 18K white gold."

For more information on Cartier watches, visit CartierBlog.com, and to buy this or another Cartier watch, go to this page on Amazon.

And, if you'd like to buy a Cartier watch that costs as much as a nice car, check this one out.

VIDEO: Federer, The Great, Advances To Aussie Open Final After Blowing Roddick Off The Court

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I've been a fan of Andy Roddick's for years now, but I've come to the conclusion after last night's loss to Roger Federer at the Australian Open, he'll never be #1 in the world again. In my opinion, this was Andy's best opportunity to win a Grand Slam. He was more fit, focused and determined than ever before, yet he was beaten fairly easily by Roger Federer, arguably the best player to ever pick up a tennis racket. Andy's like Phil Mickelson.

If Tiger wasn't in the picture, there's no telling how many majors he would have already won. It's the same for Andy. Without Roger Federer, Andy probably would have already won at least three or four majors already. Here's the details of the match from ESPN:

CafeMom Member Pretending To Be A Mother Steals Clothes From Her Employer

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This is one of those articles that makes you go "Huh?"

According to this article on DailyRecord.com:

"A 24-year-old law school student who worked as a nanny for a township family this summer was arrested on theft charges last week for sending $850 worth of her employer’s children’s clothes to an expectant mother in Texas, police said.

Donna Crowe of Wyckoff allegedly sent the clothes from her employer’s storage this summer to a woman in Cypress, Texas, she met through CafeMom.com, an advice and social networking site for mothers.

Police uncovered the theft while investigating Crowe’s interactions on the Web site because Crowe had established a CafeMom account pretending to be the mother of her employer’s children.

Crowe reportedly posted pictures of the boys she was watching, claiming they were her own, and of the interior and exterior of her employer’s home, police said. She also posted pictures of a man and a woman, claiming she was the woman and the man was her husband. Police don’t know who those people were, but said Crowe does not look like the woman she claimed to be."

To keep reading this strange story, go to this page on DailyRecord.com.

Fed Up With Sprint? Leave Before January 31st With No Cancellation Fees

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I currently have Sprint as my cell phone provider. I used to like them, but ever since I upgraded to the new Instinct phone, I have been disappointed every step of the way. That's why this article caught my attention. If you want to cancel your Sprint contract and go with someone else, you can cancel before January 31, 2009 and pay no cancellation fees. Obviously, you've only got a couple of days left to do this, but if you've been thinking of switching, now's the perfect time. Here's an excerpt from the article from IntoMobile.com:

"Sprint recently upped their administrative fee to $0.75, which gave Sprint customers a chance to cancel their contracts sans ETF until January 1. Apparently, Sprint’s bottom line dictated that they up their admin fee again - this time, to $0.99. Sprint customers now have until January 31 to cancel their Sprint contract without incurring an ETF. If you’ve been considering a switch to a new carrier, now would be a good time to cancel that Sprint contract!"

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

PHOTO: Meet America's Cheapest Family

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Meet the cheapest family in America... at least that's what they're calling themselves. I have to give them credit. They've done a fantastic job of marketing themselves.

Steve and Annette Economides are the names of the mom and dad, and they've wrote a book called America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams - Wow, what a title. But you know what, with company's downsizing, houses being lost to foreclosures and the state of our economy right now, maybe we all need to pick up a copy of their book. I just checked Amazon, and it's only $11.01 for the paperback. Even rich families like us can afford that, right? :)

Inès de la Fressange Steals The Show At Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion Show

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Who says models have to weigh 70 pounds and be under 20 years old? Not Jean-Paul Gaultier. The biggest attraction at one of his fashion shows recently wasn't Kanye West and Kylie Minogue, but rather 51-year old model Ines de la Fressange who strutted her stuff to the utter delight of the crowd. Here's the scoop from The Wall Street Journal:

"As always, this week’s Paris couture shows have been the stomping ground for stick-thin models with high cheek bones and clenched jaws.

But Jean-Paul Gaultier is not one to abide by rules. Despite the presence of singers Kanye West and Kylie Minogue, it was the former French supermodel Inès de la Fressange who stole the show.

As the voluptuous 51-year-old strutted down the runway, the crowd cheered this one-time French queen of the catwalk. Clearly moved, she turned to wave at old friends and slipped off a cream jacket in front of the cameras.

Mr. Gaultier, also caught up in the moment, chased the former supermodel down the runway and practically wrestled her to the ground during the final moments of the show catching her just before she fell.

Fashion models “are not just 14-year-olds,” Mr. Gaultier said later. “There are no [age] barriers to beauty.” The French designer explained that the curvy Ms. de la Fressange embodied the sexuality demanded his raunchy Spanish themed show, which also featured high-waisted pinstripe pants for women, suspenders and elbow-length gloves."

To continue reading this article, go to this page on WSJ.com.

Former President George Bush, Sr. Tells Offensive Joke And Bill Clinton Is Flabbergasted

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Here's a priceless moment between George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton. At an event they were both attending and speaking at, Bush Sr. tells an offensive joke and gets a favorable response from the crowd. Bill Clinton comes up later and his reaction is pretty funny. Watch and see:

Is Michelle Obama Pregnant?

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Wow! What a headline. According to gossip extraordinaire Perez Hilton, there's an unconfirmed rumor going around that first lady Michelle Obama is pregnant. I haven't been able to confirm this either, so for now, it's just a rumor.

According to Wowowow, her baby bump was showing election night. JFK, Jr. was just a baby when he was walking around the White House. It might be pretty cool.

The reason I don't think this is true is because of #36 on the list below. And, that's just one of the fifty things about Mrs. Obama that Telegraph.co.uk featured in a recent article called 50 Things You Didn't Know About Michelle Obama. Here they are:

1. Her nickname is "Miche" (pronounced "Meesh").
2. Her husband calls her "My Rock".
3. Her father worked the swing shift in the boiler room at Chicago's water purification plant.
4. She grew up with her older brother, Craig, and parents in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. She shared the living room with her brother, which was separated by a room divider.
5. She and her brother both skipped a year at school - second grade.
6. As a girl, she loved her "Easy-Bake Oven", a toy cooker.
7. Michelle was student council treasurer in high school.
8. Growing up, she practised playing the piano so much that she had to be told to stop.
9. Although a great athlete, she shied away from competitive sports because, her big brother says, "she hated losing".
10. Her father died of complications from multiple sclerosis when she was in her 20s.
11. Michelle attended only public schools while growing up in Chicago.
12. She was assigned Barack's mentor when he came to her Chicago firm for a summer job.
13. Her first impression of Barack wasn't great; after seeing a photo of him in the law firm directory she decided he had a big nose.
14. She declined Barack's first invitations to go out on a date, saying it would be inappropriate.
15. Her father and brother had always said you could tell a lot about some one's character on the court, so before agreeing to date Barack, she asked her brother to take him on on the basketball court.
16. Her university dissertation was entitled, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."
17. Barack proposed at a Chicago restaurant and the ring arrived on a tray with the dessert.
18. Their first dance at their wedding was to "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole.
19. Santita Jackson, Jesse Jackson's daughter and Michelle's high school classmate, sang at the wedding.
20. She works out "like a gladiator," according to friends.
21. She hates tights - too "painful."
22. At the Democratic National Convention in 2004, moments before her husband went on stage to give his speech, she said: "Just don't screw it up, buddy!"
23. She watches reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show.
24. For breakfast she likes fruit, eggs and bacon.
25. When she got to Princeton she said the tutors weren't teaching French correctly.
26. She refused to accompany her husband for walks in the cold Chicago winters.
27. She is the former associate dean at the University of Chicago.
28. On their first date Barack took her to see Do The Right Thing, a Spike Lee movie set in Harlem.
29. Her brother, Craig Robinson, is the basketball coach at Oregon State University.
30. At Princeton, Michelle majored in sociology. She got her law degree from Harvard.
31. She worked for Chicago's Mayor Daley in the city's office of planning and development.
32. She uses a webcam to stay in touch with Barack while separated.
33. She cooks shrimp linguine - her husband's favourite meal.
34. Michelle wrote her own stump speech during the campaign and delivered it without notes.
35. Michelle made Barack promise to quit smoking if he stood for president.
36. She plans not to have any more children.
37. She graduated from high school second in her year.
38. She cut back from her six-figure salary with the University of Chicago hospital system to help her husband with his campaign.
39. Michelle makes Barack do the dishes.
40. As vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Centre, Michelle supervised a five hundred per cent increase of volunteerism in the hospital.
41. She was on the board of six major organisations, including the prestigious Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Tree House Foods; and Vice President, Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
42. She routinely drew audiences of 1,000-plus supporters, even when she was campaigning on her own, on the trail
43. Her inauguration dress was designed by Cuban-American designer, Isabel Toledo. Her green gloves were J Crew and her shoes by Jimmy Choo.
44. After her husband's election to the US Senate, Michelle decided to stay in Chicago with their daughters instead of relocating to Washington, DC.
45. Her great-great-grandfather, Jim Robinson, was a slave in South Carolina before the Civil War.
46. Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama are the only First Ladies to receive master's degrees.
47. Less than 24 hours after the inaugural balls, replicas of Mrs Obama's dress were being drawn up – they will be available for sale within weeks, ranging in price from $99 to $400.
48. At 5 ft 11ins, she is tied with Eleanor Roosevelt for tallest First Lady.
49. Her secret service codename is "Renaissance".
50. She has committed each episode of The Brady Bunch to memory.

Source: 50 things you didn't know about Michelle Obama from Telegraph.co.uk

Terry McAulay Will Referee The Super Bowl For The Second Time

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It's rare when referee's get any attention except when they've done something wrong, so this is refreshing to see. Terry McAulay will be the referee for Sunday's Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. This will be his second time as Super Bowl referee. Terry also was the referee for the 2005 Super Bowl between New England and Philadelphia.

Congrats Terry!

Photo courtesy: Moogie.info

PHOTO UPDATE To Jessica Simpson Is She Fat - Full Photo Collection of Jessica's Chili Cookoff Performance

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I found the full collection of Jessica Simpson photos from the Chili Cookoff performance that has everybody asking, "Has Jessica Simpson Gotten Fat?" Well, I'll let you be the judge...



She definitely wasn't fat when she shot this video for her first country single Come on Over...

Billy Powell, Lynyrd Skynyrd Keyboardist, Passed Away This Morning

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Today is a sad day for longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd fans. Keyboardist Billy Powell died early this morning in his Florida home. Here's the story from MTV.com:

Powell called 911 about 12:55 a.m. Wednesday saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m., said Orange Park Police Lieutenant Mark Cornett told AP. Powell, 56, reportedly had a history of heart problems, and a heart attack is the suspected cause of death. No autopsy will be performed because Powell's cardiologist will sign the death certificate, Cornett said.

The band, based in Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1966 and took its name from a gym teacher they disliked: Leonard Skinner. Powell joined the group around 1972, the year before they released their first album, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd.

The band, of course, went on to become one of the biggest-ever Southern rock groups, and is best known for its hit "Free Bird," which opens with Powell's piano flourishes. Skynyrd's other classics include "What's Your Name," "Gimme Three Steps" and "Sweet Home Alabama," which was a top-10 single in 1974.

A plane crash on October 20, 1977 — which killed singer Ronnie Van Zandt, guitarist Steve Gaines and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, among others — decimated the band, although its members have continued through the years as the Rossington-Collins Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Powell survived the crash.

Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

80's Rock Videos posted a live performance of Free Bird in remembrance of Billy.

Doga - Yoga With Your Dog

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This isn't something that's necessarily making news right now, but I found this video today, and it's both creepy and interesting at the same time. I have a yellow lab who's about to be nine years old, so I can definitely see how this would be beneficial to a dog, but it's still quite creepy to watch these people with their dogs.

The Ten Sexiest Super Bowl Commercial Babes of All-Time - Kitana Baker, Tanya Ballinger, Adriana Lima and More

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Manofest has come out with the Ten Sexiest Super Bowl Commercial Babes of All-Time. I put all of them together in this one playlist. Here are the commercials you'll see:

10. Danica Patrick (GoDaddy.com)
9. Carmen Electra (Ice Breakers Gum)
8. Farrah Fawcett (Noxema)
7. Candice Michelle (Go Daddy)
6. Britney Spears (Pepsi)
5. Jessica Simpson (Pizza Hut)
4. Cindy Crawford (Pepsi)
3. Kitana Baker & Tanya Ballinger (Miller Lite)
2. Ali Landry (Doritos)
1. Adriana Lima (Victoria's Secret)



If you missed it yesterday, here's Peta's sexy ad that was too sexy for this year's Super Bowl. And, if you really like Super Bowl commercials, you should surf on over to The Best Super Commercials of All-Time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Katy Perry's Gonna Keep On Kissing - Celibate Claim Was A Joke

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Katy Perry clarified today that her celibate claim was just a joke. According to Katy, "I am not going to be celibate. That was a joke and any fine journalist would have got that."

She went on to say that she would "rather die" than be celibate.

Want A Free Diet Dr. Pepper With No Strings Attached?

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If you do, go to FreeDietDrPepper.com. There's no catch except you had better hurry. Here's what the small print says at the bottom of the page:

*OPEN TO FIRST 2,000,000 TO REGISTER 1/26/09-3/31/09. MUST BE 13 OR OLDER. LIMIT ONE PER PERSON. COUPON GOOD FOR ONE 2 LITER OR 20 OZ. DIET DR PEPPER (UP TO $1.59) AND EXPIRES 6/30/09.

I've already said it a couple of times today, but did you pick up your free Dillyeo $10 gift card. If not, you've only got about an hour left to pick one up. Go get yours now.

VIDEO: Randy Jackson With Journey Performing Be Good To Yourself Live In Concert

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American Idol was in Jacksonville, FL, the hometown of Randy Jackson tonight. Here's a video I found of Randy performing with Journey on the song Be Good To Yourself from their 1986 Raised on Radio album. Randy makes his first big appearance in the video around .54 seconds into the video. You gotta love his hair and outfit. You go dog!



Did you know that Randy was also the bassist for the Divinyls' when they had their massive hit I Touch Myself?

Watch The Peta Super Bowl Ad You Won't See On TV

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Here's Peta's sexy Super Bowl ad that was rejected. If you'd like to watch some of the great Super Bowl commercials from the past couple of years, this site that has them all.



Peta's known for making videos that are too sexy for TV. Here's a collection of all of their videos that were too hot for TV to handle.

PHOTO: Ervin Lupoe Kills His Wife And Family And Then Himself

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This is so sad it's almost unbelievable... From LATimes.com:

"A man who had recently been laid off from a local hospital opened fire at his Wilmington home today, killing his five young children as well as his wife, police said.

The gunman then took his own life, according to authorities. Police said the children were an 8-year-old girl, twin 5-year-old girls and twin 2-year-old boys. LAPD Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner said police found notes inside the house in which the gunman referred to "work-related issues."

"In these tough economic times, there are other options," Garner said. "In my 32 years, I've never seen anything like this."

Police discovered the bodies after a bizarre series of events this morning that included, authorities said, the gunman faxing a letter to KABC Channel 7 shortly before killing himself. Someone, possibly the gunman, called the LAPD about 8:20 a.m. saying, "I just returned home, and my whole family has been shot," according to Garner."

To finish reading this horrific story, go to this page on LATimes.com.

Click this link to read the complete suicide note that Ervin left.

Sarah Palin Creates A SarahPAC With America

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Sarah Palin doesn't want you to forget her. In fact, she's started SarahPAC. What is SarahPAC? Here's how the homepage of SarahPAC.com describes Sarah's Official PAC:

"Dedicated to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.

SarahPAC believes America's best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination.

SarahPAC believes energy independence is a cornerstone of the economic security and progress that every American family wants and deserves.

SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals. Join us today!"

It's hard for me to look at her now without thinking about this skit from SNL featuring Tina Fey from FunnyVideooftheDay.net:

REMINDER: Dillyeo's $10 Free Gift Card Offer Ends Tonight At Midnight

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Hey everyone,

Just a reminder about Dillyeo's free $10 gift card offer that ends tonight at midnight. For those of you who aren't familiar with Dillyeo, it's a really cool website that features one product every day.

They guarantee that the price for that product is the lowest price anywhere on the internet. And, today only, they are giving away a $10 gift card to be used on the site.

They limit it to one per household. And, this isn't like the majority of "free" offers that require you to complete twenty different offers and jump through hoops before you get it. It's just free. Get yours here.

Prison Inmate Says He Has Clues About The Whereabouts of Jennifer Kesse

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Jennifer Kesse has been missing for over three years now, but maybe a convicted prisoner can shed some light on where she is. From CNN.com:

For three years, family, friends and her college sorority sisters have been looking for Jennifer Kesse, wondering what happened to her.

Jennifer Kesse would be 26 now. She has been missing since January 24, 2006.

Last week, on the third anniversary of Kesse's disappearance, an inmate in a Florida prison said he might have the answer.

David Russ, a convicted killer being held at the Seminole County Jail, spoke last week with the missing woman's father, Drew Kesse, claiming he had information that could lead to a break in the case.

Details are being withheld from the public. In a jailhouse phone call with CNN, Russ hinted he'd eavesdropped on other inmates. He also was outspoken about his skepticism toward investigators.

"The investigators have messed this case up from the beginning and cannot be trusted," he said. That's why he asked to speak directly with the missing woman's father, he said.

To continue reading this article, go to this page on CNN.com.

PHOTO: Tania Zaetta - Actress Accused of Having Sex With Soldiers on Base Gets Apology

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For Bollywood actress Tania Zaetta, an apology was long-overdue... Here's the scoop from FoxNews.com:

"Australia's military chief personally apologized to a London-based entertainer for falsely accusing her of having sex with elite special forces soldiers while on a concert tour at a military base in Afghanistan, AFP reported.

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston met with Tania Zaetta and her family Tuesday to apologize for naming her in the baseless defense briefing note, which was leaked to the press and landed the 38-year-old on the cover of many tabloids.

"There was no substance to the allegations," Houston said in a statement. "Ms. Zaetta gave her time and her talent to entertain our forces serving in Afghanistan and she deserves our praise and our thanks. I have also made clear to Ms Zaetta that she is welcome to again join a Forces Entertainment Tour in the near future."

Late last year Australia's defense department and Zaetta reached an agreement to compensate her for "an unacceptable breach of privacy" in relation to "false allegations," the statement said,

Zaetta, who is of Australian and Italian heritage, has been featured in a number of Bollywood productions in recent years, including a Charlie's Angels-style movie called, "Mr Black, Mr White," AFP reported."

PHOTO: Cristina Warthen, Stanford Law School Call Girl, Guilty Of Tax Evasion

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Things aren't looking too good for Cristina Warthen, the Stanford Law School Grad who paid her way through law school as a professional escort and married David Warthen, the founder of AskJeeves.com, now Ask.com. According to LATimes.com:

"A Stanford law school graduate who allegedly boasted online that she paid off her student loans by working as a high-priced call girl pleaded guilty Monday to tax evasion and agreed to pay $313,134 in penalties.

Cristina Warthen, 35, who went by the name Brazil and advertised on a website called TouchofBrazil, traveled across the country to provide her services from 2001 to 2003, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors in Northern California. She now lives in Los Angeles.

Formerly known as Cristina Schultz, Warthen married Ask Jeeves founder David Warthen. In 2004, he sought to intervene in the case and said the money she received was a gift from him.

Cristina Warthen was indicted on one count of tax evasion based on her activities in 2003. U.S. Atty. Joseph Russoniello charged that she received $133,000 that year from her escort business and owed $25,424 in back taxes.

In pleading guilty, Warthen agreed to pay $313,134 -- the amount she received through her illegal enterprise, said Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Arlette Lee."

Wow, David probably should have Asked Jeeves opinion before marrying Cristina...

FedEx Cargo Plane Crashes In Texas

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From the ChicagoTribune.com:

A FedEx cargo plane crashed after veering off the runway in Lubbock, Texas, around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Although the FedEx plane caught on fire, the plane's two crew members walked away after the crash.

James Loomis, the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport director, said the crew extinguished the fire quickly.

The cargo plane, a ATR-42 twin-turboprop aircraft, landed in a freezing mist, but Loomis said the weather was not a factor in this crash.

Petals and Paws, The Naked Ladies Pet Calendar Is Making Noise Today

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Don't worry folks, this isn't some type of porn calendar or anything like that. Last year, some of North Carolina's most respected businesswomen sat around the conference table to the left here and posed for pictures for a new calendar to benefit the Wayne County Humane Society. Here's an excerpt from an article on MSN.com on how the Petals and Paws Calendar is doing:

"It was December 2007, and 15 of Goldsboro, North Carolina's most respected businesswomen sat around a conference table, each of them naked from the waist up. "What?" photographer Vanessa Woodlock remembers saying when she was asked to take their semi nude pictures.

Goldsboro may not exactly be Mayberry, but it is a small Bible Belt city, and Andy Griffith himself did teach choir at the local high school after he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. So despite their purpose -- a calendar to benefit the local animal shelter that featured community leaders hiding their naughty bits behind their beloved pets -- these risque photos caused a bit of a stir.

When the Petals & Paws calendar debuted last May, 1,000 of the 3,000 copies were snapped up immediately. At press time the WCHS had grossed $25,500, with sales ongoing both locally and online at www.goldsboro-wchs.org. Along with other fund-raising efforts, the calendar has helped the humane society get three-quarters of the way to its $150,000 goal. The all-volunteer staff is still working to raise the rest of the money, but that didn't stop the new shelter from opening on August 16. Landscaped with crape myrtle trees and outfitted with spacious pens and brightly lit visiting rooms where potential owners can bond with pets, the new Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center is a far cry from the depressing pound it once was.

Though it's unlikely they'd ever have to pose half-nude again, you get the sense that the women of Goldsboro would do whatever is necessary to protect their four-legged friends. Said Barkley, who agreed to the project despite worries that her recent heart-surgery scar would show, "I'd have run naked in the streets to give a shelter animal one more day of life so someone could adopt him."

As a plus, most of the models were happy with their photos, and their husbands found the whole thing a hoot. "We probably sold 30 or 40 calendars to friends and relatives," says Bob Crenshaw, co-owner of the local health-food store, whose wife, Susan, is Miss October '09. "When people see the opening shot, where the girls are topless, they all say, 'I wish I'd been there!"

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Why Should The U.S. Care About The Azores?

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I just walked by a co-workers office, and he asked me if I had heard of the Azores. I said I knew it was an island, but I didn't know much more about it. Apparently, a lot of people don't know much about them. But, according to this article from OJornal.com, we should know more about them:

"Rep. Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) said his two-day trip to the Azores this week was probably the most productive ever. On Monday and Tuesday, he met with numerous Azorean officials to further strengthen the cooperation efforts being developed between Massachusetts and the Portuguese archipelago.

The legislator also hand-delivered to President Carlos César of the Regional Government of Azores an official copy of the "state sister" protocol signed by César and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick last August.

"It was a continuation of the goals we started last year," Rep. Rodrigues said. "We don't want this protocol and sister agreement to sit idle. We want to continually work one step at a time to move the ball forward to continue to develop a strong economic, cultural and academic relationship with the Azores."

Rep. Rodrigues was accompanied on this trip by his legislative aide Pedro Amaral and Dr. Frank Sousa, director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth.

The group met with Andre Bradford, secretary of the presidency of the Regional Government, and discussed the establishment of a center in the Azores to study climate change.

In addition to UMass Dartmouth and the University Azores, two other European and a New Jersey universities are interested in taking part in the project, said Rep. Rodrigues.

"We have this vision of a location where scientists around the world studying global warming and climate change can convene meetings once or twice a year to come together to discuss their scientific research," he said. "We'd like that to be located somewhere in the Azores because it makes the most sense. It's half way between North America and Europe."

To continue reading the rest of this article, go to this page on OJornal.com.

PHOTO: Who Is Ali Campoverdi And What Does She Have To Do With President Obama?

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Ali Campoverdi's no Monica Lewinsky... Who is she?

Her full name is Alejandra Campoverdi, and she is the girlfriend of Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau. Her current job is assistant for a deputy chief of staff to the president. Looks like Obama's done more than just redecorate the halls of the White House. He's actually stocking it with hotties now.

Here's an interesting article about Ali along with some more photos.

VIDEO: Roddick's In And Djokovic Is Out At Australian Open

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Could this be Andy Roddick's time at the Australian Open? Last night, he was leading Novak Djokovic 2 sets to 1 when Novak succumbed to the 95+ degree temperatures and quit. It's not the way the defending champ wanted to end his title defense, but for Roddick fans like myself, it's fine with me. Here's the highlights:

Not Again... Grant Haas Says Ted Haggard Performed Sex Acts In Front Of Him

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This is one of those stories you knew wasn't over. Disgraced mega-church leader Ted Haggard is dealing with more inappropriate sexual allegations this morning. According to this article from the AP:

"A young man who formerly attended New Life Church says that then-pastor Ted Haggard performed a sex act in front of him in a hotel room in 2006 and sent him explicit text messages.

His hidden relationship with Haggard, the man said, was followed by a period of isolation, struggles with drinking, drugs and suicide attempts.

Those latest allegations against Haggard, once an influential national evangelical leader, were reported Monday night by KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, which interviewed the man, now 25.

In a statement earlier Monday, Haggard apologized for his "inappropriate relationship" with the former church volunteer, but said it did not involve physical contact.

The newly disclosed relationship added a chapter to Haggard's dramatic fall, which began in November 2006 when a Denver male prostitute alleged a cash-for-sex relationship with Haggard.

Haggard confessed to undisclosed "sexual immorality" and resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of New Life Church.

The latest revelations involve Grant Haas, who told the TV station that he met Haggard in 2005 when he was 22. He said he told Haggard that he had been kicked out of a Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for his "struggles with homosexuality."

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