S Koreans offered prizes to shun prostitutes
The South Korean Government is handing out gifts for office workers who promise not to visit brothels this holiday season.
The Ministry of Gender Equality is offering to pay companies whose employees pledge not to buy sex after what are typically alcohol-soaked, year-end parties.
"If you promise yourself to make it a healthy night out at the end of the year and if you recommend this to others, we are giving lots of prizes," the ministry said in an Internet posting.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Keeping Track...The Colbert Report
For all those who are tracking important numbers on John Hall...he's appeared on the Colbert Report THREE times since being elected...this last one was a brief little flash of him in the audience while at Harvard. Of course, many of us are still waiting for John Hall's appearance on the Daily Show...sure someone out there has already offered to help John Hall write a book that will soar up the charts, so look for that event to come to a Cable TV near you soon. Sure once Jon sees this MAJOR press coverage that The Colbert Report is getting on this and other blogs, that he'll LEAP at the chance to feature John Hall prominently on The Daily Show, and that is truthiness.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
I never gave the issue much thought, choosing instead to turn into the Daily Show, and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, and maintaining my various assorted politically oriented blogs...until this morning when I was checking on my blog statistics over on Ad Brite...IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I found out that those who advertise on Washington Scandal have also advertised on Perez Hilton's blog! As we all do, I decided to do some COMPARISONS between Washington Scandal that has a lot of original political commentary, and Perez Hilton's blog.
Perez Hilton (some probably phooney, or from friends) 230
Washington Scandal 270
Daily Traffic Winner....WASHINGTON SCANDAL
Unique Visitors (This one is telling...someone is maybe running a scam?)
Perez Hilton 20
Washington Scandal 160
Hmmmm.....any one notice some oddity going on? Perez Hilton has only 20 Unique Visitors on this particular daily shot of statistics, but 230 site visits which translates to 11 page views per visitor! Would not take very many PALS to create and illusion now would it? What if those same visitors are also doing some extra clicking...not saying it is so, but musing outloud here.
Bottom line, Washington Scandal wins the Unique Visitors competition hands down.
Now, things get FUZZY from here on out, which is why maybe advertisers need to take a closer look at Perez Hilton's site.
With only 20 unique visitors a day, this blog has an incredible Alexa rank of 1,133!
Meanwhile, Washington Scandal with 160 unique visitors has an Alexa Rank of only 5,929,231. HELLO, someone needs a V-8! Let's now look at one more thing.
Perez Hilton is commanding $700.00 a week for 20 visitors a DAY! Now advertisers, if you do some basic math, you are paying this person who is being SUED $5.00 a visitor to his blog...unless you are selling doggy bags to Paris Hilton and her friends on a regular basis, that's a very pricy per visitor amount to be shelling out.
Now, the weekly rate for Washington Scandal on the other hand is currently $35.00 with a monthly rate of $150. Now, 160 UNIGUE VISITORS a day for seven days is 1120 UNIGUE VISITORS a week. In short, cost per visitor to advertise on Washington Scandal is around 3.1 CENTS.
The numbers tell the TALE! Think about it advertisers...do you really want to be giving Perez Hilton $5.00 a visitor? Or is this just one of those games the A list folks play? Is it actually Paris and her friends funding this farce of a blog? We will never know, but serious business people should know a joke when they see one.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Reports show that chocolate is good for...well, JUST ABOUT EVERY THING. Your heart, your mood, even your blood pressure...so LAST MINUTE SHOPPERS, not to worry. Go to your nearest mall, and find the Godiva Display and load up a box for every one on your list, and two for yourself. As they say, "Chocolate is to DIE FOR", so give the gift everyone loves to consume.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Hybrid marijuana plant found in Mexico
By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer 9 minutes ago
LAZARO CARDENAS, Mexico - Soldiers trying to seize control of one Mexico's top drug-producing regions found the countryside teeming with a new hybrid marijuana plant that can be cultivated year-round and cannot be killed with herbicides.
Soldiers fanned out across some of the new fields Tuesday, pulling up plants by the root and burning them, as helicopter gunships clattered overhead to give them cover from a raging drug war in the western state of Michoacan. The plants' roots survive if they are doused with herbicide, said army Gen. Manuel Garcia.
"These plants have been genetically improved," he told a handful of journalists allowed to accompany soldiers on a daylong raid of some 70 marijuana fields. "Before we could cut the plant and destroy it, but this plant will come back to life unless it's taken out by the roots."
The new plants, known as "Colombians," mature in about two months and can be planted at any time of year, meaning authorities will no longer be able to time raids to coincide with twice-yearly harvests.
The hybrid first appeared in Mexico two years ago but has become the plant of choice for drug traffickers Michoacan, a remote mountainous region that lends to itself to drug production.
Yields are so high that traffickers can now produce as much marijuana on a plot the size of a football field as they used to harvest in 10 to 12 acres. That makes for smaller, harder-to-detect fields, though some discovered Tuesday had sophisticated irrigation systems with sprinklers, pumps and thousands of yards of tubing.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Now, before a lot of you go jumping all over me for suggesting we LEGALIZE pot, and perhaps other drugs, consider this...the LARGEST CASH COW FOR TERRORISTS is the movement and sale of ILLEGAL DRUGS. You are not going to stop them from growing, harvesting and selling these illegal drugs, but if our drugs were HOME GROWN, we could CUT THEM OUT OF THE MARKET, wipe out their major source of funds...a few hundred serious fields of poppies and herb plants, and the Taliban is in deep shit as their sources for cash go dry. You cannot deny this reality, as it has been discussed on the news, commercials have been made suggesting we are supporting terrorists when we get high...well, people are going to get high even if the moral majority hates that reality. However, given a choice, they'd buy their bud locally.
Cash value of pot crops is highlighted in report
By Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
6:21 PM PST, December 17, 2006
SACRAMENTO -- For years, activists in the marijuana legalization movement have claimed that cannabis is America's biggest cash crop. Now they're citing government statistics to prove it.
A report to be released Monday by a marijuana public policy analyst contends that the market value of pot produced in the United States exceeds $35 billion -- far more than the crop value of such heartland staples as corn, soybeans and hay.
California is responsible for more than one-third of the cannabis harvest, with an estimated production of $13.8 billion that exceeds the value of the state's grapes, vegetables and hay combined -- and marijuana is the top cash crop in a dozen states, the report states.
Friday, December 15, 2006
SINGAPORE: A man arrested for secretly filming under a teenage girl's skirt was barred from using cameras for a year by a Singapore court, a paper said on Thursday.
The 20-year-old Singaporean was arrested in November last year after he was caught filming under the 17-year-old girl's skirt with a digital camera and his camera phone on an escalator, the Straits Times daily reported.
Dubbed "the upskirt voyeur" by the paper, the man escaped a jail term but was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered by the court to stay away from all types of cameras, including camera phones for a year.
At least eight men in Singapore -- including teachers, an engineer, and a doctor -- have been jailed for similar offences in the last year, the report said.
Well, Donald Trump had best be sending his JET, or at the very least inviting me to be on his hit TV Show, "The Apprentice". I mean just my mentioning him and his show here on this blog is and endorsement of MASSIVE PROPORTIONS...forget Tiger Woods, the Porgie has just given the Donald a plug! Anyway, back to profits discussions. Forget quarters here folks, and forget that 400 percent GROWTH...we are talking record shattering performance here, profit growth never before seen in the entire history of MANKIND! We here at Almost The News have just approved an Ad Sense campaign that gives us profit growth of over TEN THOUSAND PERCENT! We have jumped past quarters, no fifty cent pieces, but serious real DOLLAR BILLS, and not just singles either! We have fives, tens, even a TWENTY DOLLAR BILL! MY GAWD, we have enough to BUY BEER AND FREAKING PIZZA!
IF this keeps up, we may be able to attract the quality players to this blog...that's right, I AM TALKING PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER as an advertiser, or imagine, could it be that BUDWEISER (My home town brew) would put and ad on our site...imagine that, a Budweiser LINK! Their Banner right there for all the world to see! Godiva, I have got to have Godiva! Imagine CRAFTSMAN...I could get some free POWER TOOLS, be just like Tim The Toolman! I'd give a free BANNER FOR LIFE to Tesla Motors if they could toss me one of their Roadsters...convertible only though! Martha Stewart, she's doing houses NOW...I could move out of my refrigerator BOX into a real HOME! She gets a BANNER AD, I get one of those homes she has built by someone else with her name on them! I'd not keep it though, would sell the home, and fulfill my dream of owning a DOUBLE WIDE in a first rate trailer park!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
December 13th, 2006
Athletes at the London Olympics should be not banned for taking recreational drugs, the Sports Minister said today.
Richard Caborn stunned MPs by suggesting cannabis should be removed from the list of banned substances for competitors.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
'Truthiness' is the word of the year
POSTED: 10:48 a.m. EST, December 9, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (AP) -- After 12 months of naked partisanship on Capitol Hill, on cable TV and in the blogosphere, the word of the year for 2006 is ... "truthiness."
The word -- if one can call it that -- best summed up 2006, according to an online survey by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.
"Truthiness" was credited to Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, who defined it as "truth that comes from the gut, not books."
Other Top 10 finishers included "war," "insurgent," "sectarian" and "corruption." But "truthiness" won 5-to-1, Morse said.
Colbert -- who once derided the folks at Springfield-based Merriam-Webster as the "word police" and a bunch of "wordinistas" -- was pleased.
"Though I'm no fan of reference books and their fact-based agendas, I am a fan of anyone who chooses to honor me," he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
Saturday, December 9, 2006
As we prepare for the 110th Congress, and the coronation of Nancy (my husband shops for me) Pelosi, as Speakeress of The House it seems appropriate to create a tongue in cheek blog about and for women in Washington politics and the title Washington Rag sheet just seemed to much of a red state title, and we all know, Bush is out (or is that Cheney?) and Hilliary is in, so welcome to, "The Washington Clitorial" where the news and views are hopefully all in the pink.
Friday, December 8, 2006
Peeping Maxwell Night Vision Goggles
My Little Pony Glue Factory
Bump 'em..Hump 'em Robots
Play Do Bling Factory
Road Kill Racoon with Action Maggots
Easy Bake Meth Lab
Lawn Dart Tag
Honka Trucks for White Trash Kids
Mary-Kate's Binge and Purge Game
Junior Electrician Home Appliance Repair Kit
Fortune in fat
A Norwegian businessman is looking to earn money on the fat of the land, and create fuel in the USA
Lauri Venøy wants to use the product created from liposuction to develop bio-diesel.
Bio-diesel can be produced from plant oils and/or animal fat, and the Norwegian sees the scheme as a renewable energy source, newspaper Dagens Nærinsgliv reports.
More than sixty percent of Americans are overweight and the Norwegian's firm in Miami, Florida is in the process of signing an agreement with US hospital giant Jackson Memorial. This deal would give Venøy & Co. around 11,500 liters of human fat a week from liposuction operations, which is enough to produce about 10,000 liters of bio-diesel.
"Maybe we should urge people to eat more so we can create more raw material for fuel," Venøy said.
In Norway bio-diesel is primarily produced from fish oils and used fryer fat.
Maybe it is time for some of these DAMN CHRISTIANS to take responsibility for their own lives, and their own children, rather than trying to stop the rest of us from living and enjoying our lives. If you don't want your children seeing NAKED SNOW MEN, keep them the hell out of Spencer's Gifts! If you don't want your children seeing Penthouse, then keep it in a better hiding place than under your bed. We were born naked, and there is nothing wrong with adults buying the gag gift of naked Christmas ornaments. Wondering here if the moron Thompson will now try to close down my blog?
Spencer Gifts blinks in battle over 'pornaments'
Products disappear from website when criminal complaint sought
Posted: December 8, 2006
5:00 p.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A photograph of a "pornament" that News4Jax.com fogged in order to be able to show it on television
Pornographic ornaments, apparently similar to those used in the Clinton White House, have disappeared from a novelty company's website, and are being pulled from its stores, after a Miami, Fla., lawyer warned the company that displaying those items where children can see them is illegal in many states.
The "pornaments," featuring various snowman, elf and Santa characters in sexually explicit poses, no longer are available on the website of Spencer Gifts, and Florida lawyer Jack Thompson told WND that he's working to make sure the company faces criminal charges in any state where they continue to appear in stores and where state laws are similar to Florida's.
The "pornaments" graphically depict anal intercourse between a snowman and a bare-breasted "snowwoman," sexual intercourse between reindeer, a naked elf with a gigantic, erect penis, a bare-breasted female elf, and so on, Thompson reported in a letter to authorities.
Those are similar, he said, to the ones former FBI Agent Gary Aldrich described in his book, "Unlimited Access," about security lapses during the Clinton tenure in the White House. That book recounts the placement of pornographic tree ornaments on the official Clinton White House tree, Thompson said.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Testing Yourself Online and, Maybe, on the Set
By STUART ELLIOTT
This blogger has STRIPPED out the avertisers links in this article from the NY Times.
THE promotional contest, a Madison Avenue mainstay, is being freshened for a new generation through an increasingly popular marketing tactic known as user-generated content.
Advertisers like Chipotle, Converse, General Motors and MasterCard have been gaining attention by inviting consumers to use the new video technologies to create commercials.
For instance, more than 1,000 entries have been submitted to the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo in a “Crash the Super Bowl” contest to create a commercial for Doritos snack chips. The winning spot is scheduled to appear during Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4.
Not only are advertisers wooing consumers into creating commercials, so too are the television networks that run them. The CW network is teaming with one advertiser, the Sunkist line of sodas sold by Cadbury Schweppes, to ask viewers of the series “One Tree Hill” to create video entries in a contest with an unusual grand prize: a role in an episode for the creator of the winning spot, filmed on location in the winner’s hometown.
The entrants are being asked to upload their video clips to a special Web site (cwtv.com/sunkist). In a wrinkle that is typical of promotions involving user-generated content, consumers, whether or not they enter the contest, will be able to vote online for their favorite submissions.
“This is 360-degree marketing,” said Bill Morningstar, executive vice president for national sales at CW, owned by CBS and Time Warner. “It starts on air, extends online and has the ultimate grass-roots layer, the show coming to the hometown.”
Flatulence Forces Plane to Land
By Associated Press
December 5, 2006, 9:12 PM EST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It is considered polite to light a match after passing gas. Not while on a plane.
An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Monday morning after a passenger lit a match to disguise the scent of flatulence, authorities said.
The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville after several passengers reported smelling burning sulfur from the matches, said Lynne Lowrance, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. All 99 passengers and five crew members were taken off and screened while the plane was searched and luggage was screened.
The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a "body odor," Lowrance said. She had an unspecified medical condition, authorities said.
"It's humorous in a way but you feel sorry for the individual, as well," she said. "It's unusual that someone would go to those measures to cover it up."
The flight took off again, but the woman was not allowed back on the plane. The woman, who was not identified, was not charged in the incident.
Monday, December 4, 2006
Have Camera Phone? Yahoo and Reuters Want You to Work for Their News Service
By SAUL HANSELL
Published: December 4, 2006
Hoping to turn the millions of people with digital cameras and camera phones into photojournalists, Yahoo and Reuters are introducing a new effort to showcase photographs and video of news events submitted by the public.
Starting tomorrow, the photos and videos submitted will be placed throughout Reuters.com and Yahoo News, the most popular news Web site in the United States, according to comScore MediaMetrix. Reuters said that it would also start to distribute some of the submissions next year to the thousands of print, online and broadcast media outlets that subscribe to its news service. Reuters said it hoped to develop a service devoted entirely to user-submitted photographs and video.
“There is an ongoing demand for interesting and iconic images,” said Chris Ahearn, the president of the Reuters media group. He said the agency had always bought newsworthy pictures from individuals and part-time contributors known as stringers.
“This is looking out and saying, ‘What if everybody in the world were my stringers?’ ” Mr. Ahearn said. How about PAYING THOSE STRINGERS YOU CHEAP BASTARD.
The project is among the most ambitious efforts in what has become known as citizen journalism, attempts by bloggers, start-up local news sites and by global news organizations like CNN and the BBC to see if readers can also become reporters. Reporters WITHOUT PAY should be added here.
Sunday, December 3, 2006
So, it it with some humor I read today that she's BACKING out of her appearance at the Billboard Awards because she finds some of the jokes portray some of her friends in a BAD LIGHT...WELL EXCUSE ME, maybe then Paris needs to GET A CLUE. I do not keep tabs on her, but I could recount one sad news story after another about her and her friends. Seem to recall the story about her STUFF found in an abandoned storage facility and her suing to get it back, there was the story about her and her friends hitting a car and driving off after a night of party at some club, or her latest antics with Brittany, the two of them showing up at clubs without their panties on. With these kinds of news stories, how can Paris be upset at a few jokes that might portray her friends in a negative light...does the truth hurt? I only hope that one day she wakes up, realizes what she's been gifted with, starts doing some good in this world, instead of thinking everything in the world revolves around her.
Hilton Quits Billboard Awards Over Jokes
By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Sunday, December 3, 2006; 2:12 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Paris Hilton won't joke about her peeps. The hotel heiress canceled an appearance at next week's Billboard Music Awards because she didn't like the jokes written for her, according to a spokesman.
"It is my understanding that some satirical references ridiculed some of her peers," her spokesman, Elliot Mintz, said in a statement. "Paris did not want to say anything that could appear hurtful or embarrassing about people she knows."
Saturday, December 2, 2006
It is with a heavy heart that I interupt our fun on this blog...no jokes today, no fun, no product previews. Instead, today I honor my/our beloved Dinero Boo, the best cat, the best feline friend a family could ever have.
Dinero Boo October 11th, 1995-December 2nd, 2006
Friday, December 1, 2006
Friday, December 1, 2006
Reach Out NOW To an Iraq Soldier Mom! Her SON Has BEEN HIT With and IED
NEWS FLASH...Just in from Gather.
I am a member on www.gather.com a site for people to meet and share their thoughts, argue politics, and make new friends. One of these new friends could USE SOME FRIENDLY WORDS and prayers. If you read this, pass the link along, and click on THIS LINK to read her post, which I am posting below, and to leave her words of strength. This post is being put up in all my blogs, hope you will include it in yours...the Mother of a soldier needs our strength.
he was hit
by adele L.
December 01, 2006 12:07 AM EST
I got a phone call at midnight, from my daughter, telling me my son was hit and injured in Iraq. I was sound asleep. I heard ,Wayland had been hit by an IUD. ?????? What I don't understand, I said. She continued to try to explain it to me. I finally woke up enough to understand what she was saying ..... my son was hurt.
He was hit by an IED.
He is in Germany now in a hospital.
He was in a vehicle and was tossled around.
more to come.............
Thursday, November 30, 2006
PLAY HOOKIE...That's right, call in sick, fake a cough, whisper hoarsely into the phone that you ARE DYING! Not to worry, every one (almost) is doing it. What choice do we have? Let's be serious, our children, friends and family are counting on us to deliver the goods on Christmas, and sometimes getting those hard to find toys and gifts require some serious standing on line time. So, feeling pressured, need a few additional hours to take care of the real business of the season...TAKE THE DAY OFF, use up one of your sick days, tell them one of your children is vomiting all over the living room rug.
Holiday season rings in the phony absences
POSTED: 11:43 a.m. EST, November 29, 2006
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- One in three workers has called in sick when they're not in the past year, and the end-of-year holiday season brings a rash of phony absences, experts and studies say.
Harried workers are juggling shopping, holiday preparations and family obligations this time of year, on top of perhaps having run out of the year's legitimate vacation days, they say. And the mornings after holiday parties don't help.
"We do know just anecdotally in dealing with employers that there certainly is a higher rate ... associated with holidays, catching up on shopping, or spending time with family and friends," said Jennifer Sullivan, spokeswoman for CareerBuilder.com, which conducts an annual survey of employee absenteeism. "You do see a higher incidence."
The firm's survey, released this week, showed that 32 percent of workers said they called in sick when they felt fine at least once in the last year, and one in 10 said they did so three times or more.
Women were more likely to take a sick day when they are not sick than men, by 37 to 26 percent, the survey said.
BLah, blah, blah, blah, Killing Innocent People, blah, blah
Accelerate, accelerate, yeah, accelerate, Right man for the job, accelerate.
Freedom Building, Democracy,,,,,,, accelerate, unify.
No graceful withdraw. (verse Cut and Run...is this bipartisanship in action?)
Blah, blah, unify, killing innocent people, terrorist
Respect our borders, stay out of our internal affairs
accelerate, accelerate, unify, accelerate
no trilateral talk was planned...denial
duck, duck, duck....accelerate, accelerate, unify, Sadr, Sadr, duck, duck, duck
accelerate, accelerate, right man for job
Write Iranian President, Mr. NUKE HEAD
If this were not so funny, I'd cry. It is pretty pathetic when American Diplomacy has been reduced to threatening a leader of a foreign country with the loss of his IPod and upper shelf alcohol! What's next, cutting off M TV? Maybe take away his Game Boy? It's time to fire Condi Rice, and bring back Colin Powell, except he would not even consider returning to work for this administration short of the impeachment of both Bush and Cheney.
U.S. Aims to Ban iPod Sales to North Korea
WASHINGTON (Nov. 29) - The Bush administration wants North Korea's attention, so like a scolding parent it's trying to make it tougher for that country's eccentric leader to buy iPods, plasma televisions and Segway electric scooters.
The U.S. government's first-ever effort to use trade sanctions to personally aggravate a foreign president expressly targets items believed to be favored by Kim Jong Il or presented by him as gifts to the roughly 600 loyalist families who run the communist government.
Kim, who engineered a secret nuclear weapons program, has other options for obtaining the high-end consumer electronics and other items he wants.
But the list of proposed luxury sanctions, obtained by The Associated Press, aims to make Kim's swanky life harder: No more cognac, Rolex watches, cigarettes, artwork, expensive cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles or even personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis.
The new ban would extend even to music and sports equipment. The 5-foot-3 Kim is an enthusiastic basketball fan; then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presented him with a ball signed by Michael Jordan during a rare diplomatic trip in 2000.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Anyway, lets get to this NEWS FLASH!
For the regular followers of "Almost The News"...I think we have two...monumental news was reported last week when our blog went into the BLACK profit wise. Now, I know some of you were skeptics, not overly impressed with our bottom line profits from our Ad Sense program. You missed the point of the post, the fact of the matter was, we were/are in the BLACK. OK, I admit it was not that big of a feat, but you take your wins where you can get them.
Well NAYSAYERS, put on your dancing shoes, someone call the Wall Street Journal, as this time around, BIG NEWS. In one week, "Almost The News" has seen a unprecedented 1900 percent JUMP IN PROFITS! We are no longer talking pennies here, or in the case of last week, ONE PENNY. NO WAY, we are talking BIG TIME here, the real McCoy...we are up to nickles and dimes folks! That's right, our total profits are up to TWENTY CENTS! This doesn't seem like much UNLESS you look at it in percentages, but as a percentage, this is larger than the new James Bond Movie, bigger than the TomKat wedding, even bigger than that time I thought I had got my finger slammed in the car door, but found out I was wrong....BOY, that was a big relief that day.
So, don't focus in on the 20 cents, that's not news worthy...instead, I want press releases all over the world announcing our blog's 1900 percent jump in PROFITS! Get out the wine, it's time to PARTY. By the way READERS...yes, talking to the two of you....start clicking on our advertisers, say hello to them....better YET, buy something. Today it's nickles and dimes, but tomorrow it's QUARTERS BABY.
Advertisers and investors, where are you? The lines are open. Tiffany, call me, and Godiva you know I love you babes, so send me some chocolates. Tesla Motors, that is a great electric car you have, lets talk! Bergdorf's!... got to have BERGIE on my blog.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Saying Goodbye...You Were The Greatest Mom!
This is a picture of Boo (Deniro) with two of his pals. He's in the foreground and beside him with the gold eyes is Shadow Dancer. Directly behind him guarding the vacuum sweeper is Snowball (Shadow's Mom). They both are going to miss The Booster, and so shall we.
This post will always be open to those wishing to leave a greeting to Boo, as he was always a friendly type, and will love knowing folks are stopping by to occasionally say hello. All cats are special, it's just that some are more special than we really ever knew. Our Boo was one of those cats that was special, and his absence is one that will take awhile to get over. We loved you BOO! Good bye dear son.
Updated: 10:59 PM EST
Subdivision Bans Wreath With Peace Sign
Homeowner Defies Board, Faces About $1000 in Fines
By ROBERT WELLER, AP
DENVER (Nov. 26) - A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.
"Somebody could put up signs that say drop bombs on Iraq. If you let one go up you have to let them all go up," he said in a telephone interview Sunday.
Lisa Jensen said she wasn't thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, "Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing."
Jensen, a past association president, calculates the fines will cost her about $1,000, and doubts they will be able to make her pay. But she said she's not going to take it down until after Christmas.
"Now that it has come to this I feel I can't get bullied," she said. "What if they don't like my Santa Claus."
The association in this 200-home subdivision 270 miles southwest of Denver has sent a letter to her saying that residents were offended by the sign and the board "will not allow signs, flags etc. that can be considered divisive."
The subdivision's rules say no signs, billboards or advertising are permitted without the consent of the architectural control committee.
Kearns ordered the committee to require Jensen to remove the wreath, but members refused after concluding that it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn't say anything. Kearns fired all five committee members.
11/26/06 20:50 EST
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Greenhouse gas may not be very sexy, but a group of self-proclaimed "ecobabes" in Sonoma County found a unique way to bring out global warming's naughty side -- posing for a pinup calendar.
The 12 female environmentalists were photographed -- fully clothed, for the most part -- in an effort to raise money for the Climate Protection Campaign of Sonoma County and seduce the public into reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Seems that Cannondale has presented George Bush with a very pricey (over $5000) custom built 2007 Cannondale Moutain Bike before they were even released into the stores....HOW CONVENIENT. If you are against the Bush Administration policies in Iraq, join the Million Clicks (or links) Boycott of Cannondale, demand that they take their bike back!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Buddhist monk cuts off penis and renounces refix
Wed Nov 22, 6:23 AM ET
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai Buddhist monk cut off his penis with a machete because he had an erection during meditation and declined to have it reattached, saying he had renounced all earthly cares, a doctor and a newspaper said on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old monk, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, allowed medical staff at Maharaj hospital, 780 km (480 miles) south of Bangkok to dress his wound, but refused reattachment, hospital chief Prawing Euanontouch said.
"We cleaned up the wound, gave him some stitches, but he declined to have it reattached because he said he had abandoned everything," Prawing told Reuters by telephone.
Prawing declined to comment on the monk's erection, which Bangkok-based Kom Chad Luk tabloid reported on its Web site.
Speaking of Spam, what is it that people have against this meat delicacy of unknown origins? You've not lived until you've had a fried Spam sandwich on homemade seven grain bread with sliced Roma Tomatoes, fresh Boston Lettuce, and topped off with a generous dollop of spiced up Dill Mayo. A must have menu treat for any camping trip, and really easy to prepare.
Group scraps attempt to smoke biggest joint
Wed Nov 22, 9:29 AM ET
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A plan to roll and smoke the world's largest joint was cancelled at short notice in Amsterdam when the organizers realized they could be breaking the law.
"We have now read the small print and realize there could be problems," Thijs Verheij, one of the organizers, was quoted as saying by ANP news agency after consulting Dutch drugs laws.
The group had wanted to roll a five-foot-long pure-weed joint, stuffed with more than a pound of marijuana and containing no tobacco, and smoke it in a bar.
It had initially thought the attempt would be legal if 100 people each brought along the five grams of the drug tolerated by Dutch authorities for personal use.
"Unfortunately it looks like this will not be possible," Verheij said. The attempt had been planned for Wednesday.
A police spokesman said: "We would definitely have investigated this. If you make a single joint with half a kilo of cannabis in it, it would cross the line."
Verheij said the group had hoped to beat a record set with a joint containing 100 grams of marijuana.
Just in time for Christmas, I happened to click on one of our "Almost The News" Ad Sense links, and what before my eyes should appear? Why a little Green Devil with a recipe for good cheer. OK, at 50, soon to be 51 I have not actually tried Absinthe, but have been wanting too, even went so far as to check out a few sites that ship it...however, nothing quite captured my attention until I found this site! Imagine making your own, and if you hurry, it can be done just in time for a Christmas Eve Night taste from the past. Green Devil is not one of our patrons, but their web site is so tastefully done that I had to give them a plug, and a link on our side bar...give them a click, and if you do, make sure to tell them that "Almost The News" says hello. Also, for certain readers here in my CLOSE circle of friends, even family, you are ALWAYS saying I am so hard to shop for...can we say CLUE?
First, in real life, versus my cyberspace reality here on Blogger, I am named after the forest of Robin hood fame. Seriously, even as an old stoner I can't make this stuff up...OK, unlike Bill Clinton, I did inhale. Secondly, my better half, the Goddess of Letters is actually a NATIVE New Yorker, raised on the Upper West Side. So, when I stumbled across this video on www.youtube.com of a guy from England running around New York dressed up like Robin hood, and giving away FREE MONEY, just had to share it.
It's one of those things that could only be done in New York...well, unless it was filmed in Los Angeles, or San Francisco, even Chicago, maybe Kansas City, perhaps Louisville, and having been born in St. Louis, have to give them a nod as well. OK, it could have been a stunt in any of those cities, but it wasn't! It happened here, almost in my own backyard...OK, not my backyard, but about 40 miles from my back yard, but that's close compared to say Festering Wound, Arkansas or Aching Corn, Iowa. You can find out more about this merry band of folks at www.moderndayrobinhood.com
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
From childhood when we are denied that candy bar while grocery shopping, to being turned down the first time we asked someone out on a date, we have experienced, lived through it, and grown used to it. Rejection makes success all that more rewarding, provides us a backdrop for life's successes as we move into adulthood. How many fledgling writers, comedians, artists, and YES, even bloggers have known the bitter yet sweet despair of rejection? How many of us have reveled in that momentary desire to seek out revenge on the freaking numb nut, under educated, buffoon who has dared voice a negative thought about our body of creative works, how many of us have mumbled those famous words, "What do they know any way?"
For all of us who have been told no, for all of us who have excitedly opened up a letter only to find a politely worded thanks, but no thanks, we offer you this video in the hopes it will make you laugh at yourself, and the world. I leave you with these words of wisdom that were shared early on in my own artistic career...Don't take rejection so seriously, it's only one person's opinion of your work."
Let's look at the numbers. Cost of putting the blog on http://www.blogger.com/ ? Nothing, zip, nada, or as we say in the industry, a FREEBIE. Laptop...borrowed. Office Space...who are we kidding here, I'm working at the coffee table in my living room while watching CNN...shhh, don't let that get around. Salaries and other compensations...none, we all work for nothing because we love what we do. So, start up costs for this blogging dynamo...NOTHING! Are you beginning to see it would NOT TAKE MUCH for us to move into the black? So, how much have we made so far in this venture?
Total earnings $0.01
With this incredible, even meteoric rise into profitability, thinking we should open up another bottle of wine while we wait for the investors to beat a path to our door. Today, a penny, tomorrow two, and then three...the world is our oyster, the universe waiting for our rising star.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Live in Washington, DC? Get Out Tomorrow and HELP THE HOMELESS
Comedy Central has heard the voices (we hear them all the time), listening to the huddled masses sitting in front of their silver screens...give us our video's, let us put "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" on our blogs! Unlike in Washington, the people have spoken, and Comedy Central has listened, and DELIVERED. There is a GOD, and can I have a praise Jesus from the congregation?
Comedy Central to Syndicate 'MotherLoad'
By Ed Oswald, BetaNews
November 16, 2006, 2:48 PM
Comedy Central plans to follow in the footsteps of YouTube by allowing its users to syndicate videos found in its "MotherLoad" video service. The changes, coming later this month, will be introduced along with a redesign of the company's Web site.
In many ways, this is also a victory for Adobe as yet another major content provider switches to the Flash video format. Once an also-ran in multimedia, the technology has quickly turned into the format of choice for its cross-compatibility with a variety of platforms.
Much of that success can be attributed to YouTube, which was one of the first sites to make heavy use of Flash as a format for streaming media.
Comedy Central executives told Reuters that those advantages were one of the reasons they selected the technology. Also, the syndication of videos was also a popular request. Grabbed videos will still contain advertising, although details are not yet finalized.
On You Tube, we are launching our personal channel, Comedy Decentralized...the link to follow. We also are forming a group on You Tube called, "The Daily Show Annex" where any one who has created an audition tape for the "Daily Show is welcome to share it with the world. We'll be featuring the best submissions along with other humorous Video from You Tube on Comedy Decentralized.
WATCH THIS SPACE for fast breaking developments.