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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Immediately before midnight a leap second -- the first for three years -- will be added to atomic clocks around the world by official timekeepers. The Earth's erratic rotation meant an extra second needed to be added. The difference between atomic time and Earth time has now built up to the point where it needs to be corrected, so this New Year's Eve we will experience a rare 61 second minute at the very end of 2008 and revelers... will have an extra second to celebrate. CNN report HERE
The $38 million Holmby Hills shack in the posh 90210 has seven bedrooms, 13 baths, 12 fireplaces, a screening room and, of course, a cellar for Jesus juice. For sleepovers, there's a guest house, swimming pool and garden. The deal for $100k a month rent was inked several weeks ago under a heavy-duty confidentiality agreement. Michael already has slept there. more HERE
An adult film actress was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison for tax evasion. The U.S. Magistrate also ordered Janine M. James, 40, to live in a residential community corrections center for up to six months after her release from prison and to serve one year of supervised release. Known in the adult film world as Janine Lindemulder, James pleaded guilty last summer to intentionally failing to pay her income taxes. During her sentencing in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon, the Assistant U.S. Attorney said James currently owes $294,000 in back taxes. James, who first appeared in Penthouse magazine as the Pet of the Month in 1987 and later appeared in more than 50 adult films, was given until March 10, 2009 to report to prison. James was arrested following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. Between 2000 and 2006, during a period in which she owed $200,000 in federal income taxes, James spent more than $750,000, investigators alleged. She is married to custom motorcycle builder Jesse James. more HERE
I, of course, remember her for our scenes together in that adult film classic "Blondage".
For those of you at a loss as to how to see out the old year and break in the new, here is a suggestion: How about watching someone, blindfolded and wearing earplugs, move continuously in one space for 24 hours? In response to the continuing U.S. led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, choreographer Miguel Gutierrez (above) has invited artists from across the country to perform freedom of information 2008: a 24 hour performance/protest/ritual of continuous movement improvisation performed while blindfolded and ear-plugged, which is intended as a contemplative act of solidarity with those displaced by armed conflict. This action takes place over the last 24 hours of 2008, from midnight to midnight of December 31st. It ends with the ringing in of the New Year. Each artist will perform the action in her/his respective state and during the 24 hours that correspond to December 31st in his or her time zone. Freedom of Information 2008 involves staying in one room for the duration of the event. Moving continuously for 24 hours throughout the space of her/his choosing in a sensory-deprived state, the performer meditates on the dislocation and disorientation of those who do not have the basic right of being safe for the duration of a single day, who instead must be continuously on the move because of the threat of violence; including those fighting in the wars. New York Times report HERE various city video links HERE
The best sports match of the year? That's easy...it was the sexy mud battle between brunettes and blondes! The conditions were certainly testing, but both teams of stunning girls managed to show off their talents in this hotly fought contest. In the end it was the blondes who scraped a victory, one curling an excellent free-kick into the net right at the death, leaving the keeper writhing around in the mud and dreaming of a hot shower. you don't want to miss THIS video
This should surprise no one. USA Today’s list of most exposed celebrities features Britney Spears in the number one spot, with Angelina Jolie coming in second and Jennifer Aniston in third place. Because nobody else on the planet had gotten more mileage out of a four-year-old love triangle than those two- but Britney’s mental breakdown and comeback story is more recent. see USA Today's Celebrity Heat IndexHERE
According to Gizmodo.com, Apple misrepresented the reasons behind the Macworld Jobs keynote cancellation. Allegedly, the real cause is his rapidly declining health. In fact, it may be even worse than imagined: Steve's health is rapidly declining. Apple is choosing to remove the hype factor strategically vs. letting the hype destroy Apple when the inevitable news comes later this spring. This strategic loss will be less of a bang with investors. This is why Macworld is a no-go. No more Steve means no more hype. Saying they are no longer needing Macworld is the cover designed by the worldwide "loyalty" department. Los Angeles Times report HERE
And we should rememeber Steve Jobs didn't attend the first MacWorld Expo.
This former hugely popular B-list television star who now appears in, basically, absolutely nothing, and happens to be married with children has never had what one would describe as a quiet sex life despite what her image was when she was younger. Well, at this point things are getting out of hand. Seems that she and her husband have always done swinging in a very exclusive club where anonymity is guaranteed. But now, she is branching out and with branching out comes the loss of anonymity. In fact, she is seriously looking for work because of a situation she got herself into about six months ago that involved several men at once. One of the men threatened to expose everything and forced her to pay 'hush money'. She would turn the guy over to the cops for extortion but feels the aftermath would be more than any attempt at a comeback could take. Meanwhile she needs to make money to keep paying out all the hush money...
HONOLULU, Hawaii - President-elect Barack Obama paid tribute to his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, whom Obama called "Toot," one of the central figures in his life, in a private church service, before scattering her ashes in the Pacific Ocean. She died just days before he was elected President. more HERE
Right about now, you might be wondering, Why the heck would anyone need a gas powered blender? Well, It's kinda like that famous saying... If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand. Take The Daiquiri Whacker to the beach, and you will wonder how you ever got by without one! get yours HERE
Supermodel Eva Herzigova strikes a series of eye-popping poses in a provocative new advert for Dom Pérignon's new 1996 Rosé Vintage champagne. Herzigova barely conceals her famous figure in the saucy photos. more HERE more pics HERE
Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth on Saturday to a healthy 7 lb., 7 oz., baby boy in Palmer, Alaska. The baby's name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston and he was born at 5:30 a.m. Bristol Palin is currently residing in Wasilla and completing her high-school diploma through correspondence courses.
Bidding for the baby photos began at $100,000. People magazine won out in the end, but In Touch was the only other weekly to make serious bids. The price didn't soar immediately, but the drug-related arrest of (baby daddy) Levi Johnston's mother, however, caused the price tag for the photos to go up. As for how much teen parents Bristol and Levi made from the deal — most estimates hover around the $300,000 range. story w/video HERE
...why bother with high school? ...looks as if Bristol can make a decent living from her promiscuity...
...say what you will...her ankles look great in pumps!
From the mind of our Pal, Will Durst: Okay. Just so you know: the Top Ten Comedic News Stories of the Year are as different from the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of the Year as a tarantula infested banana tree is from a small paper bag of locking quarter- inch steel washers painted blue. Other stuff might have had a bigger impact on America and the World, such as an African American guy whose middle name is Hussein winning the Presidency of the United States. But so far, Mister Agent of Change is about as funny as over the counter ear drops. You can't mock hope right now. Too much like kicking small whimpering furry things with big eyes. Oh, he's bound to loosen up after a few weeks getting kicked around on Pennsylvania Avenue, but until then, here are the stories from 08 that were most filled with humorosityness.
10. Proposition 8. Organized religion goes out of its way to guarantee that gays will not be burdened with the right to be as miserable as the rest of us. 9. New York Governor and Emperor's Club member, Eliot Spitzer. Flies a hooker from New York to DC, because as we all know, there aren't enough hookers in DC. (535 that I can think of offhand) Gives her 4 grand and puts her up at the Mayflower Hotel. Now, that's a liberal. A conservative will try to get it for free in an airport men's room stall. Demonstrating fiscal responsibility. 8. Joe Biden. Has potential to fill gaffe gap being vacated by George Bush. Inserts foot in mouth so often, he should invest in mint- flavored shoelaces. 7. National Political Conventions. James Dobson's Focus on the Family called for a storm of biblical proportions to disrupt outdoor acceptance speech of Barack Obama on last day of the Democratic Convention. Hurricane Gustav slammed into New Orleans canceling first day of Republican Convention. Proving that either God has a sense of humor or be extremely careful what you ask for. 6. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Gives a bad name to people with bad names. Something about the Springfield Capitol makes it work like a halfway house in reverse. Economy is so bad, Hair Helmet probably offered free shipping with Barack's Senate seat. 5. The Primaries. 1: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee raises hand at a New Hampshire Presidential Debate when asked, "who doesn't believe in evolution?" In May, he explains he is still campaigning because "at this point, its survival of the fittest." 2: In Philadelphia, Senator Hillary Clinton says "in this race, I am Rocky Balboa." Obviously forgetting that in first movie, Rocky loses.. To a black guy. 4. President George W. Bush. Lame duck, but a good ducker. International community furious at Muntadhar al Zaidi. Not for trying to hit the President with his size 10s, but because. 1: his aim was bad, and 2: he wasn't a centipede. 3. Senator John McCain runs worst campaign ever. That includes New Coke, France in 39 and Cloris Leachman on Dancing With the Stars. Doesn't know how many houses he has. Should do what I do. Every time I get 4 houses, I trade them in for a hotel. 2. The Economy. When everybody in America knows the name of the Secretary of the Treasury, that's not good. Line of the year courtesy of an anonymous Wall Street broker: "This is worse than a divorce. I'm worth half what I was. and I'm still married." 1. Governor Sarah Palin. For those destined to go cold turkey on Bush, she is like a dose of methadone. And she's sticking around. How you going to keep them down in Juneau after they've seen Neiman- Marcus?
Political comic, Will Durst, who writes sometimes, expects an even better list in 2009. official website HERE CD available HERE
Lil Wayne - Bus search in Arizona found nearly a QP of pot, coke, Ecstasy, cash and a gun. Charges still pending. Lil Wayne’s ’07 New York bus bust charges are also still pending.
Snoop Dogg - The Dogfather received a ticket in New York for pot possession and his bus was stopped and searched in Texas. Two ounces were confiscated and two associates busted.
The All-NFL Drug Bust Team - Kevin Faulk, Shaun Ellis, Santonio Holmes, Jameel Cook, Ed Johnson Derrick Martin and Willie Andrews were all arrested for marijuana. Matt Jones was caught with coke.
Andy Dick - In a particularly embarassing drunken incident, the comedian was arrested for pulling down a woman's top (sexual battery) and also charged with possessing pot and Xanax. He pled guilty to misdeamor drug and battery charges and was sentenced to three years' probation and required to wear an alcohol monitor for a year.
Amy Winehouse - Arrested for smoking crack on a video that was widely circulated on the Internet, the charge was quickly dropped. The retro-soul singer spent time in rehab (yes, yes, yes!) and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil was sent back to jail after failing a drug test.
Ron “Tater Salad” White - The Blue Collar was nabbed with three grams of weed and a pipe in Vero Beach, Florida after getting off a private plane. A pilot fired by White tipped off the police. Charges still pending.
Joakim Noah - Caught with an open container in Gainesville, Florida, the Chicago Bull also had a joint in his pocket and was charged with two misdemeanors. He paid a $200 fine.
Juvenile - En route to New Orleans, the rapper was stopped and searched in Mississippi. Police found a small amount of marijuana. Fortunately for Juvenile, Mississippi is a decrim state.
Aaron Carter - Speeding though Texas to Florida, police pulled over the pop star and found less than two ounces of weed. He spent the night in jail.
J. Holiday - Police charged the R&B singer with speeding and marijuana possession shortly after his show at the University of Maryland Eastern Shores.
Two men were ticketed by the cops in Chicago last night for trying to "make whoopee" in a public park. One of the men is an actor in Blue Man Group; his name is Darren Stephens (Bewitched??Hello??). The other guy's name is Michael Pressler and he's an assistant principal at Maine East High School. Wiki says the high school's color is blue and their mascot is the Blue Demon. Don't you love it when these things write themselves? Who could make stuff like this up? The Blue Man was caught sucking on the assistant principal's pole on a park bench at a lakefront park on Chicago's North Side at around 5:45pm. They were arrested and charged with getting it on while on Chicago Park property. Spokesperson's for the Men in Blue state that Darren never worked for them... story is HERE
...on a SIDE NOTE... 5:45pm...isn't it still LIGHT OUTSIDE?
It's always a shame when two lifelong friends fight over money. It's even worse when they're dead. TMZ.com reports that the estate of keyboardist Merl Saunders is suing the estate of Jerry Garcia over a CD of a live performance of theirs that was released in 2004. According to a federal lawsuit filed yesterday, Saunders' estate claims it has equal rights to the music, but didn't find out about the CD until after it was released. Saunders' estate wants in excess of $100,000.
Neither Saunders nor Garcia could be reached for comment because they're both dead.
Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics is getting into the adult toy business. Dave worked with the Jimmyjane.com company to create a $1,400 vibrator with a satin finish and a band of 28 diamonds around it. The vibrator also has a guitar pick attached to it with the lyrics from his song "Let's Do It Again" written on it. When you drop 1400 large on this "gem", you can also download the song for free. There is also a less expensive version... more HERE Let's Do It Again video HERE
Last week during the final segment of her series on how the economy is affecting Americans, entitled "American Moxie: How We Get By" NPR reporter Ketzel Levine finished off by announcing to listeners that she herself had lost her job as part of the sweeping layoffs that hit NPR earlier this month. My name is Ketzel Levine. I'm a senior correspondent for National Public Radio — and as a direct result of the current economic crisis, I have been been laid off from my job. I was told almost two weeks ago, but it's only today that I'm sane enough to tell you. I've been spending most of my time careening around the five stages of grief — doing each of them a disservice, I might add. But I figure there'll be time enough later to revisit each one at least a few more times. NPR morning programming director said, "...it was kind of eerie...The whole concept that one person in the story would lead to another, and then it would all end with her, was not something any of us anticipated." You can listen to the entire piece HERE
Yep, it's a refurb but AT&T is knocking off an extra $50 to get the prices of these phones down to $49 and $149 through the 31st. First, refurbs were dropped to just $99 and $199 for 8GB and 16GB iPhones, respectively. And now the voice of Vito Corleone is ringing in our heads, “Make them an offer they can’t refuse…” From now until December 31, 2008, AT&T is taking an additional $50 off the refurbished iPhones. They must have a ton of refurbs in stock from the mad exchanges and returns from earlier this year. Oh, and one more thing to sweeten the deal (as if it wasn’t cavity-inducing enough): 2-day priority shipping is also free, an unusual offer during the holiday season. Is there really any excuse not to pick one of these up if you had been holding off on it? Hell, just go ahead and add a family line you don’t need! HERE is the AT&T link.
Alex Comfort's 1972 classic, "The Joy of Sex" (left), has been updated to adapt to changing scientific knowledge and cultural attitudes. "The Joy of Sex" -- its name evoking the best-selling cookbook with gastronomical subtitles like "appetizers" and "main courses" and "sauces and pickles" -- moved sex out of the porn shop and onto the bedside table. The book sold 8 million copies, according to the publishers, helping to fuel America's "sexual revolution." ABC News report HERE available HERE
American bebop, hard bop and post bop jazz trumpeter, Freddie Hubbard, famous for his contribution to the early-sixties Blue Note sound, has died at the age of 70 after succumbing to complications from a heart attack he suffered last month. Hubbard played on more than 300 recordings, and collaborated with jazz legends including Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. obit HERE
The Happy Hour Chandelier is a 20 minutes performance in which a Dancing Angel is hanging (up side down) from the ceiling above her audience surrounded by a beautifully designed chandelier. While hanging through the chandelier she dances and pours flutes of champagne to the crowd beneath her. more HERE
How JFK's daughter flubbed the audition to become the next Senator Kennedy New York Daily News editorialist, Michael Goodwin believes Caroline Kennedy's bid for Hillary Clinton's vacant Senate seat is all but over... read it HERE
The first big wave of change in the new Obama administration, a roughly $850 billion economic stimulus package, has brought out a swarm of Minnesota officials, businesses and special interest groups vying for a chunk of the nationwide infrastructure buildup. Read it HERE ...included is several million dollars to make it snow in Minnesota
warfarin and simvastatin (Zocor): increased risk of bleeding problems like bleeding ulcers, rectal bleeding, and easy bruising; also increases the possibility of statin side effects like muscle pain and muscle tissue death. (Statin-related pain is a serious problem; here are seven reasons not to dismiss it.)
niacin and either atorvastatin (Lipitor) or simvastatin (Zocor): increased risk of muscle pain or muscle tissue death
lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil) and potassium: increased risk of hyperkalemia, a dangerous elevation of potassium that can lead to heart attacks or even death
ginkgo and aspirin: increased risk of bleeding problems
garlic pills and warfarin: increased risk of bleeding problems
The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a swarm of small earthquakes of magnitude 3.5 and smaller is occurring beneath Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. more HERE learn about the Yellowstone Caldera HERE
North Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested a department patrol officer accused of exposing himself and trying to coerce women into performing sexual activities in order to get out of traffic tickets. it only gets better...read HERE
Speed cameras may be the devil’s technology that impugn our basic human rights, but Maryland high school students show how they can be used for fun and profit revenge. Students duplicate license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that "mimic" those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed camera, the parent said. The victim then receives a citation in the mail days later. video report HERE
Legendary hot-dog gobbler Takeru Kobayashi's fall from face-stuffing stardom continued Friday when he left the world fruitcake eating record on the table. Kobayashi, who lost the last two Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contests on Coney Island, blamed the density of the dessert and cherries that stuck to his molars. To break the record, Kobayashi had to eat at least 4 pounds and 14 ounces in 10 minutes. By 7 mintes and 38 seconds, the six-time winner of the ESPN-broadcast hot dog contest was only midway through his fourth pound and seemed headed for defeat. more HERE
Easy to use - just take "it" out (penis) ... insert in pissonitall and "GO". Fits all size males. In most cars there is a hole below the drivers feet carpet, just put the pissonitall tube into the hole or into a container, and GO. Keep pissonitall below your car seat, handy to use whenever you need relief. get yours HERE
SAFETY GUIDE LINES FOR RAILRIDING Railriding will prove to be one of the safest sports you can do if you follow a few simple guide lines.
Never ride on any track without getting permission of the owner. Abandoned or "only used very little" is not a reason to be on any track. It isagainst the law and you could get hurt.
When Railriding on any tracks - respect wildlife, no littering and no smoking. Smoky The Bear will appreciate it.
Railriders must not exceed 10 mph. Problems and obstructions on the track can be hazardous to your safety. You are there to enjoy the scenery, not to set speed records.
Stop at all crossings. Autos have the right of way and you don't stand a chance if you're hit by one. See picture below.
Safety flags must be used at all highway crossings. A person from the lead railrider will dismount and flag all following members in the group across the roads and then rejoin the lead railrider. See picture below.
Lights must be used in front and back if riding at night.
Position flag must be present at all times fixed to the Railrider. This is either a regular type street bike flag that flies a few feet above the rider, or like the picture below, a larger one.
All Railriders must have brakes.
No alcohol allowed on the Railriders or used anywhere on the ride.
Singer-songwriter-producer Delaney Bramlett, who penned such classic rock songs as "Let it Rain" and worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has died. He was 69. Bramlett died Saturday as a result of complications from gallbladder surgery. Born in Mississippi, Bramlett enjoyed a career in the music business that spanned 50 years. With his then-wife Bonnie Lynn, he created the Southern blues-rock band Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The group opened for Blind Faith, which featured British guitarist Clapton, in 1969. He is perhaps best known for standards such as "Superstar," co-written with Leon Russell, which was recorded by Usher, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, The Carpenters and most recently, Sonic Youth, in a version featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the movie "Juno." He co-wrote "Let it Rain" with Clapton, who also recorded it, and "Never Ending Song of Love," which was recorded by more than 100 artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam. During his career, he performed, co-wrote or recorded with stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, the Everly Brothers and Mac Davis. He also produced artists including Etta James and Elvin Bishop. He recently released an album, "A New Kind of Blues," on independent label Magnolia Gold Records. obit HERE official website HERE
Allergan Inc, the maker of Botox, said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its eyelash-thickening drug Latisse. The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatroprost, the same ingredient that is in Allergan's glaucoma treatment Lumigan. Patients taking Lumigan found a side effect of the drug to be eyelash growth, prompting Allergan to study it for the new use. Latisse is a once-daily prescription treatment that is applied to the base of the upper eyelash with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator. Once treatment is stopped, eyelashes will gradually return to where they were prior to treatment. Reuters report HERE