January 31, 2009
It took four years for Google to address the "Google bomb" that was lobbed at former President Bush.The main question I think most of us are left with is: Public Fister?
But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama.
Four years versus a few days ... Some Googlers are asking why.
January 27, 2009
The prosecutor said the defendant was compliant after the outburst and was taken into custody without further incident.
After lunch, Fraser dismissed the jury, telling them McGowan would have to get a new lawyer and that his trial would be delayed.
The judge scheduled a status conference for Feb. 9 and raised the defendant's bail from $250,000 to $1 million, finding he is a danger to the community.
Lawson said McGowan originally became upset last week when he claimed one of the jurors saw him in shackles as he entered the courtroom. Fraser dismissed all jurors who saw the defendant in shackles, the prosecutor said.
"The judge had been very fair," Lawson said. "All jurors who saw it were dismissed."
Fraser had also denied McGowan's attempt to represent himself, saying the request was untimely, Lawson said.
The prosecutor said the defendant had previously wiped human feces on himself and was examined by doctors to ensure he was mentally competent to stand trial.
McGowan is charged with kidnapping for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and other counts and could face assault charges in connection with the attack on his attorney and jury, Lawson said.
The prosecutor said the defendant hit a man with a rock in a sock as the victim came out of his home to investigate a commotion on Oct. 17, 2007.
January 25, 2009
Stephen Fuller, director of the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, said that sectors such as hospitality are small fry compared to government itself, which accounts for some 33 percent of the D.C. area economy.Yeah, and when they start rolling out the Five Year Plans, well, that'll be just peachy.
Fortunately, he noted, Obama has got that angle covered, too.
“Having a new administration — and certainly one that will bolster the role of the federal government in the economy — couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said. “It’s pretty good medicine.”
I'm guessing Mr. Fuller isn't exactly a conservative.
Brady Boyd, who succeeded Haggard as senior pastor of the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, told The Associated Press that the man came forward to church officials in late 2006 shortly after a Denver male prostitute claimed to have had a three-year cash-for-sex relationship with Haggard.
Boyd said an "overwhelming pool of evidence" pointed to an "inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship" that "went on for a long period of time ... it wasn't a one-time act." Boyd said the man was in his early 20s at the time. He said he was certain the man was of legal age when it began.
Reached Friday night, Haggard declined to comment and said all interviews would have to be arranged through a publicist for HBO, which is airing a documentary about him this month.
Boyd said the church reached a legal settlement to pay the man for counseling and college tuition, with one condition being that none of the parties involved discuss the matter publicly.
Boyd said a Colorado Springs TV station reached him Thursday to say the young man was planning to provide a detailed report of his relationship with Haggard to the station. Boyd said the church preferred to keep the matter private, but it was the man's decision to go public.
January 22, 2009
The first family settled into their new lives in the White House on Thursday as President Barack Obama won an important personal victory: He gets to keep his BlackBerry.Welcome to the next four years of your lives, boys and girls!
January 20, 2009
Remember kids, dissent is the highest form of patriotism!
January 18, 2009
"This is a moment of history, having the first person of color/biracial president, so we want the T-shirt," said Sara Raley, an assistant professor of sociology at McDaniel College who recently taught a class on consumer behavior. "That's who we are as Americans. It's like it doesn't count if you don't get the T-shirt."Oh well. I guess it'll all be worth it when we all get our free unicorns.
January 17, 2009
Small photos are glued onto the acrylic nail and not just of the future commander in chief. His wife Michelle and the whole first family fit as well.And I'm sure it's not at all tacky!
"He's a family man," Temeka said. "So that when you look at that nail people are always excited to see the family on it."
This kind of Obama handy work takes time, about ten minutes for each nail. And the price tag for all ten fingers looking presidental? $55.
January 15, 2009
January 12, 2009
"RuPaul is back, and better than ever," says Barbato. "RuPaul first took the world by storm when Clinton was in the White House. Now, in the new Obama era, the time is right for RuPaul to reign supreme once again."I bet our president-elect is thrilled about that. I'm sure an invite to stay overnight in the Lincoln Bedroom is forthcoming. Or, at the very least, a Rose Garden ceremony marking RuPaul's return to, uh, supremacy.
(Okay, probably not.)
January 07, 2009
“We’re trying to give the audience a flavor of what the event is like, from the event,” [QVC vice president Doug] Rose said. “We will try to give them a sense of the electricity in the air.”You know, my birthday is only a couple of months away. Please don't get me any of that stuff.
Among the items QVC has been selling since the election are a Barack Obama stamp collection, with stamps from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Grenada, St. Vincent and The Grenadines ($38.8 . One set has an Obama-Biden half dollar coin and a 1939 stamp depicting George Washington taking the first oath of office ($23.75). An Obama throw blanket is marked down from $41 to $36.84.
Several products are set to debut within the next few weeks. For $200, a shopper can have a coin set with each of the 44 presidents on a South Dakota quarter. A gold presidential pocket watch with Obama’s image will sell for $90. A coin and stamp set commemorating Martin Luther King Day and Obama’s inauguration is $20. And QVC will also sell a portfolio of newspaper front pages from inauguration day.
January 05, 2009
Some of the brand impostors at the mall in Nanjing, east of Shanghai, include a McDonalds look-a-like burger bar called McDnoald’s, a Starbucks-style coffee shop called Bucksstar Coffee, and a wannabe Pizza Hut called Pizza Huh.I don't think I'd want to eat at Pizza Huh. It just sounds like they're kind of non-committal about the idea of actually serving you a pizza.
Anyway, you can see pictures of some of the storefronts at the link.
January 02, 2009
Too much thinking could make you fat, according to a new study.Well, a diet consisting mainly of bacon and alcohol probably isn't helping matters, either.
Researchers found the stress of thinking caused overeating with heavy thinkers seeking out more calories.
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