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  • Jackson Asks to Meet Academy President Over Grammy Cuts

    01/27/2012 12:03:15 PM PST · by don-o · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2012 | JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR.
    The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson has demanded a meeting with the head of the Recording Academy to talk about deep cuts to Grammy Award categories this year that some musicians have complained discriminate against certain ethnic groups. With the awards ceremony two weeks away, Mr. Jackson expressed his dismay over the cutbacks in a letter to Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and raised the possibility of protests. ----- On Thursday night Mr. Jackson told The Associated Press that he wanted “cooperation, not confrontation” with the recording academy, but he also said he...
  • Amazing time-lapse video: Aurora Borealis at Tromvik Norway (12 hours ago)

    01/22/2012 9:27:58 PM PST · by bd476 · 26 replies
    Vimeo Video ^ | January 22, 2012 | Helge Mortensen
    This is astonishing beauty. One has to believe in God when seeing such splendor! Here's another time-lapse video of the aurora borealis from tonight in Norway: Aurora Time lapse from Kattfjorden (Norway) Here is the photographer who got these beautiful shots: Helge Mortensen Tromsø, Norway arcticshooter.blogspot.com/ I mostly shoot the aurora borealis/Northern lights in the winter season. In the summer I really enjoy the midnight sun and the incredible light you get. I take all kind of pictures but my sweet spot is landscapes that includes the ocean. I do bracketed shots if it benefits the image. But I...
  • Miss Bikini International 2011

    01/20/2012 3:23:07 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 71 replies · 3+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 20, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Never heard of 'Miss Bikini International', son...? Sorry to say, but your life up to this point is  going to seem like a total waste of time... Miss Bikini Mongolia Miss Bikini Bahamas Miss Bikini International 2011 finalists More/video/links at Reaganite Republican _______________________________________________ Xinhua   Missology   Bangkok Post   Missbikiniinernational
  • Biggest Small Navy in the World...

    01/17/2012 1:18:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 17, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Brit Phil Warren took 63 years to build this incredible fleet of 432 ships in exacting 1:300 scale- and check this out: every last one of them is built entirely from matchsticks and matchboxes. The amazing collection includes nearly 370 American and  60 British RN ships. Mr Warren started the first one in post-war 1948 when just a lad of 17, and the only tools utilized in their impeccable construction are razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper. Balsa wood glue keeps it all together.. and that's it.  More than 650,000 used matchsticks and boxes were used to create the fleet (must know every...
  • This is Just WRONG...

    01/15/2012 8:24:54 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    WRONG WRONG WRONG! Lambanana by Taro Chiezo
  • Say 'Dzien Dobry' to Miss Poland 2011 Rozalia Mancewicz!

    01/13/2012 12:48:22 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 36 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 13, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Plotek.pl     ________________________________________________ More/video/links at Reaganite Republican
  • My Granddaughter is in a photo contest

    01/07/2012 11:56:40 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 46 replies
    FAcebook ^ | 7 January 2012 | Jeff Head
    My granddaughter, Rayna, (10 months) is in a photo contest on Facebhook. She is a little baby, but the cutest little grandaughter you ever saw (of course, I am extremely biased). Here is the photo submitted: If you are so inclined, go to the following site on Facebook and "Like" it. PHOTOGRAPHER'S SITE CONDUCTING THE CONTEST-LIKE THIS SITE Then go to this site and click on the picture of my granddaughter, Rayna. You vote by making a comment on the picture. So please, add a comment that you are voting for her, or how cute she is or some such....
  • Curves of Wonder- from Down Under! Miss Australia 2011 is Scherri-Lee Biggs

    01/06/2012 4:34:53 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 6, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    I always kind of liked the Aussies, more like us Americans than our close British cousins, really. Big V-8 cars... Christian... wide open spaces... surfing, beautiful blondes... good people down there! Especially this one... No bad 'biggs' or 'down undah' jokes in a  Crocodile Dundee accent, please... respect the young (20) lady- she's a guest here! Video/more at Reaganite Republican
  • Pic:A bit of Grandma love..

    01/04/2012 6:46:54 AM PST · by sussex · 1 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 04/01/12 | The Aged P
    A Bit Of Grandma Love always helps at the end of a long walk…
  • ALBANIA... Chock Full of Surprises: Miss Albania 2011 is Xhesika Berberi

    12/30/2011 2:23:19 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 30, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Not quite what I expected, either... wowzers! Xhesika Berberi Xhesika Berberi Another surprise: they don't hate us there, either Xhesika sports her Dubya hat Video/more at Reaganite Republican Argophilia   Missology   MissUniverse.com   FanPixgown pics 
  • Crossing the Delaware, More Accurately

    12/25/2011 3:37:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 Dec 2011 | COREY KILGANNON
    There are few images as enduring in American history as the one of General George Washington standing tall, next to the Stars and Stripes, in a rowboat gliding past mini-icebergs as he leads his troops across the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 to start a surprise attack on Hessian forces during the Battle of Trenton. In his 1851 portrait, “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” among the best-known of American paintings, the artist, Emanuel Leutze, did not shy away from imbuing the scene with a dose of glory, inspiration and heroism. He also did not let the facts get in the...
  • Have We Forgotten...?

    12/22/2011 9:09:59 AM PST · by RetSignman · 28 replies
    My thoughts | Dec. 22, 2011 | RetSignman
    As I worked on this painting, I almost called it complete dozens of time but something told me I couldn't quit. I kept looking at His eyes until, finally, I knew I could stop. To me, it was how I envisioned how He may be looking at, not just our country, but the world. The sorrow and disappointment as He witnesses frenzied crowds scrambling for gifts who are unaware or forgetting that He was the truest of all gifts given to us by His Father. The sadness of He and His Father might feel as they witness that children are...
  • "My guitar gently weeps."

    12/17/2011 4:14:38 PM PST · by freemike · 28 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/17/11 | Jellytoast
    My son with his Ukulele doing what he likes to do. I guess ukuleles are the rage now. Hope you enjoy it. song
  • New art work added to my blog.

    12/17/2011 4:04:03 PM PST · by freemike · 29 replies
    michael lekites art ^ | 12/17/11 | freemike
    Have some new stuff on my artblog. Hope you enjoy! Here's the link. michaellekites
  • Help for a tech-challenged mom! (Vanity)

    12/15/2011 5:57:44 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 22 replies
    I am trying to take short videos with my Nikon Coolpix, to help my son improve his running form. Well, taking the video is no problem and neither it is downloading it into my PC. Now my problems begin! I've tried to watch the video with Windows Player and Real Player, but both say they cannot open a .mov video. It recommends to download Apple Application Support. I googled it, found it and tried to download it, to no avail! Here is my question, is there any other way to change the format of a .mov file into a format...
  • CARTOON: Iconoclasm

    12/15/2011 11:54:16 AM PST · by daletoons · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 12-15-11 | Dale
    As we wave goodbye to the little bottle of sunshine known as the incandescent light bulb and prepare to submit to the government mandate to illuminate our lives with Compact Fluorescence, some reflection is in order. Aside from energy savings, the CFL is inferior in every way. They're slow to come on and give off a sickly glow, flooding your room with that Leningrad ambience. If you break one, forget about it, seal off the room and call in a Hazmat team. But what about the good ol' light bulb's status as an icon? The cartoon community is being robbed...
  • Pic of the Day: The $600,000 toad statue your tax dollars paid for and you will never see in person

    12/14/2011 9:34:08 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Yes. Taxpayers paid $600,000 for this toad and fairy girl statue. It sets in the lobby of the restricted DoD Mark Center building in Alexandria, VA and can only be viewed by about 2000 employees. That comes to $300 an employee for the pleasure of enjoying this art piece. As an added plus, it reportedly makes a gurgling sound. Oh, that noise may be coming from the taxpayers who paid for this pork toad.
  • Proposed S. Korean Towers Resemble Exploding World Trade Center

    12/11/2011 9:07:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 09, 2011 | OHN ROSENTHAL
    Proposed S. Korean Towers Resemble Exploding World Trade Center [Pic in URL] Not coincidental. DEC 9, 2011 BY JOHN ROSENTHAL The unveiling of pictures of planned luxury residential towers scheduled to be built in Seoul, South Korea, has sparked instant controversy. The reason is obvious. The towers, which include a so-called “cloud” feature connecting them around the 27th floors, clearly resemble the World Trade Towers in the process of collapsing following the 9/11 attacks. The designers of the towers, Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, have responded to the controversy by quickly publishing an apology in English. “It was not our intention...
  • Proposed S. Korean Towers Resemble Exploding World Trade Center

    12/11/2011 2:33:05 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 9, 2011 | JOHN ROSENTHAL
    The unveiling of pictures of planned luxury residential towers scheduled to be built in Seoul, South Korea, has sparked instant controversy. The reason is obvious. The towers, which include a so-called “cloud” feature connecting them around the 27th floors, clearly resemble the World Trade Towers in the process of collapsing following the 9/11 attacks.The designers of the towers, Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, have responded to the controversy by quickly publishing an apology in English. “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.”They did...
  • American Airlines runway dancers at O'Hare

    12/03/2011 2:21:26 AM PST · by Lockbox · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11-28-11 | taylorgaw
    Per the video uploader: I assume that this was part of a commercial filming. This dance backed my flight up for 2 hours. The band is playing Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line"
  • "Stonewall" Jackson - before the war.

    11/30/2011 6:07:54 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 6 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/30/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • PHOTOGRAPHY Enthusiasts, Hobbyists, and Professionals: Assistance need

    11/29/2011 11:52:55 PM PST · by This Just In · 27 replies
    November 29, 2011 | This Just In
    Good evening, I am looking for advice/recommendations concerning memory cards. I own a Lumix FZ40. I am currently using a SanDisk 4GB card. I find that the read/write is rather slow, esp. when trying to shoot video. As a matter of fact, I never use my video option due to the poor performance of the memory. Would you provide any suggestions/recommendations? What number class should I consider? Thank you for your time. TJK
  • Mackay's Mighty Small Circus

    11/29/2011 5:43:44 AM PST · by moneyrunner
    The Virginian ^ | 11/29/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Mackay's Mighty Small Circus

    11/29/2011 5:43:29 AM PST · by moneyrunner
    The Virginian ^ | 11/29/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Free samples at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

    11/28/2011 6:06:04 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 66 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/28/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Butchart Gardens

    11/28/2011 5:19:33 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 11/26/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized

    11/26/2011 4:10:07 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 3 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | Nov. 14, 2011 | Alexander Tsiaras
    Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.)
  • Red Rock Canyon

    11/23/2011 5:04:11 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 13 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/23/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Self Portrait

    11/22/2011 7:26:00 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 2 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/22/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Inside Fort Sumpter

    11/22/2011 4:29:18 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 11 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/16/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Longhorn drive in Ft. Worth

    11/21/2011 6:31:01 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 6 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/21/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • The Outer Banks

    11/17/2011 6:22:13 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 14 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/16/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Liberty Belle

    11/11/2011 6:27:39 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 5 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/10/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • SURFER BREAKS WORLD RECORD RIDING 90 FOOT WAVE!

    11/11/2011 12:12:09 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 23 replies
    CleanTV.com ^ | 11-11-11 | CleanTV.com
    This may be the first nonpolitical post I've made but this was just too cool not to share: Despite the fact that one wrong move could put Garrett into an early watery grave, crushed by mega tons of water, he appeared to calm and in control, even as he traversed down the most dangerous part of the wave to set a new world record, surfing a 90 foot wave!
  • Whale nearly swallows kayaker and surfer

    11/11/2011 12:47:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 21 replies
    CleanTV.com ^ | 11-11-11 | CleanTV.com
    A whale nearly swallowed two people on a kayak and a woman on a surfboard. The humpback whale lunged from out of nowhere just several feet away, forcing thousands of anchovies to the surface, with sea gulls swarming around the scene in search of breakfast. Barbara Roettger filmed the epic near-miss event near Santa Cruz, California where recently a sailboat collided with another humpback whale and at least one kayaker capsized. Oh, and for the record, humpback whales typically are about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons. That’s a whopping 2000 pounds for every foot of whale. Short be...
  • Soft-Core Academic Analysis

    11/01/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 31, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Here’s the thing about academic research: At its best, it reaffirms the obvious but at a much greater cost than casual observation entails. “A number of studies have found style of clothing and extent of nudity to be important markers of sexualization,” Erin Hatton and Mary Nell Trautner of the University of Buffalo wrote in a paper which appeared in Sexuality & Culture. A number of people outside the academy have noticed the same trend, merely by walking down the street. Nevertheless, the sociologists from Buffalo sought to break new ground. “A number of journalists and scholars have pointed to...
  • The Question of Longing

    10/31/2011 7:39:01 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 31 replies
    self | 10/31/2011 | Revolting cat!
    I am putting together a photo album. One consisting of my own photographs taken by the DSLR camera I own. I've already created one album, paying ~ $42 for a book of 26 pages (13 sheets) of my color photographs. Expensive, but worth it. (The service, which I selected after thorough online investigation, was Adoramapix. I am not associated with them, and seeing the results I do recommend them, but if you know of a service that is less costly and as good, please do let us know.) The theme and title of my second photo album is to be...
  • KNOW YOUR ENEMY! 'Miss Russia 2011' Natalia Gantimurova

    10/28/2011 10:16:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 28, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    What a great place to initiate some recon...  the Ruskies' most vital and abundant resource: And this one's a potential threat to US security interests all by her sexy little self, boys- Miss Russia 2011  Natalia Gantimurova is studying advanced English in Moscow and already earned a college degree in 'International Relations'- wonder what she's planning to do with all that. Good thing then we've got such an emotionally-detached metrosexual/eunuch of a president these days, if Bubba was still in office he'd fork over anything this one asked for in five minutes (best keep Hillary and her 'reset button' away too,...
  • Japan marks 6 months since earthquake, tsunami

    10/28/2011 8:39:37 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | September 15, 2011 | Staff
    TOKYO (AP) -- Last Sunday was the six-month anniversary of the day the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan's northeast coast. Some 20,000 people are dead or missing. More than 800,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed. The disaster crippled businesses, roads and infrastructure. The Japanese Red Cross Society estimates that 400,000 people were displaced. Half a year later, there are physical signs of progress. Much of the debris has been cleared away or at least organized into big piles. In the port city of Kesennuma, many of the boats carried inland by the tsunami have been removed. Most evacuees...
  • Wake Up America - Jon McNaughton (Powerful Art!)

    10/27/2011 6:22:59 PM PDT · by freemike · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/27/11 | freemike
    This is a great painting! Saw it first at Breitbart! Very powerful and captures so well what Obama is doing to America today! Enjoy! youtube
  • Conservative blogger seeking inexpensive place to stay Chicago May 2012 NATO and G8 summits

    10/26/2011 11:14:09 AM PDT · by el marco · 10 replies
    I have never been to Illinois before, but NATO and G8 summits, to take place between May 15-22 are calling my name. My blog is totally self-funded, and I don't have a real job, and not collecting any government anything needless to say, so I need to do all my work on a limited budget. All I really need is internet access and a place to work quietly, and since I'm not a grungy liberal, to shower and sleep (a couch would do in a pinch.) A place with easy access to where these events will take place is strongly...
  • The Last Supper – The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci

    10/24/2011 8:56:37 AM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 24/10/11 | The Aged P
    The Last Supper is one of the most famous of Leonardo’s pictures. Commissioned by da Vinci’s patron, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, it was painted on a wall inside the convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan in the 1490s. The Last Supper had always been a popular subject for devotional painting but Leonardo’s interpretation lifted the image to a higher plane in terms of art.
  • Model Hair

    10/20/2011 6:18:30 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 17 replies
    The Virginian | 10/20/2011 | moneyrunner
    Since there was such an interest in model's teeth, I thought I would do an overview of model's hair. Ever notice that the hair in fashion magazines never resembles what you actually see in reality? Imagine what it takes to maintain these hairstyles for anything except a photo shoot with a stylist off-camera.
  • Obscure Old UK Blogger Skirmishes With Top UK Media Film Critic Over Palin…..

    10/20/2011 10:14:02 AM PDT · by sussex · 1 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 20/10/11 | The Aged P
    "Why am I creepy? I’m hardly pro Palin, if that’s your insinuation."
  • Buck teeth models ... and stylish stubble.

    10/19/2011 7:53:55 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 40 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/19/2011 | Moneyrunner
    <p>I was leafing through one of those high end glossy magazines - the kind that sell expensive clothing, jewellery and watches - and noticed a strange pattern. Most of the female models, the ones who were smiling (or pouting) had buck teeth.</p>
  • Authors Clamor to Join “Occupy Writers” List

    10/18/2011 2:25:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Publishers Weekly Genreville Blog ^ | October 18, 2011 | Rose Fox
    The statement on OccupyWriters.com is simple: We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world. Scroll down and you’ll see dozens of names, in strict alphabetical order with no concern for genre or fame. But unlike the wikis, Meetups, and other collectively compiled resources of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together, this list is maintained by a tiny handful of people. “Some people have asked us why we don’t automate the list,” says OW founder Jeff Sharlet. “Ask ‘Henry Kissinger,’ ‘Herman Melville,’ and the ghost of Howard Zinn,...
  • True Colors?

    10/16/2011 7:18:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Suckers On Parade Blog ^ | 10/15/11 | Diogenes Sarcastica
    uncredited for obvious reasons.
  • New Updates to Art Blog

    10/16/2011 4:48:40 PM PDT · by freemike · 4 replies
    michael lekites art ^ | 10/16/11 | freemike
    Several new updates on my art blog. Hope you enjoy them. Check out some of my page links to the side as I've updated those as well! Thanks so much for stopping by! michaellekites
  • "Nobody's Shalom" / A modern Parable of The Good Samaritan

    10/16/2011 12:09:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/16/11 | Julian Dulce Vida
    "Nobody's Shalom" - World Premiere Laemmle Sunset 5 Hollywood California Written and Directed by Jullian Dulce Vida Academy Qualified for Live Action short category Oscar race 2008
  • Shepard Fairey, L.A. Street Artist, Designs Party Invite for Occupy Wall Street

    10/14/2011 3:39:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    L A Weekly ^ | Oct.ober 14, 2011 | Simone Wilson
    A West Coast legend does his part. ​Yup. This just happened. Right after receiving the victorious news from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that Occupy Wall Street doesn't have to move out of Zuccotti Park after all, protest organizers learned they'd been blessed with a Shepard Fairey original. An East Coast art-blog editor who's been keeping up with the artistic aspects of OWS (and oh, there are many -- in L.A. too!) told WNYC radio of Fairey's "Occupation Party" invite: "I think it's really great that it's an upward looking positive image, as well as it tries to tie...