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  • Chris Rock’s Oscar Monologue Review: Scathing and (Mostly) Effective (Barf Alert!)

    02/29/2016 3:48:19 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 47 replies
    Jamestown Sun ^ | 2/29/2016 | Maureen Ryan
    LOS ANGELES - Despite repeated protests about its lack of diversity over the years, Hollywood does a fine job of engaging in repetitive amnesia about its pervasive and longstanding biases. Chris Rock, in other words, was in a target-rich environment on Sunday, and he didn't waste the opportunity. Rock's scathing and generally well-crafted monologue at Sunday's Academy Awards recalled the episode of "Black-ish" that aired on the same network just a few days ago. Rock's opening minutes were entertaining, but they made an array of serious points. "Is Hollywood racist?" he asked at the mid-point of his withering monologue,...
  • Chris Rock’s schizophrenic Oscar monologue: Slaps Jada Smith, calls Hollywood racist, bashes cops

    02/29/2016 6:36:38 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 51 replies
    Biz PAC ^ | 2/29/2016 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Comedian Chris Rock gave what has to be both the most monotonous and racially-charged Academy Award monologue in its entire history — it was 10 minutes of nothing but one #OscarsSoWhite joke after another. Then for the cherry on top, he shouted out “Black lives matter!” at the end. Rock hit the audience right out of the starting gate. “Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that montage,” he said. “Hey, well, I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the white People’s Choice Awards. You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job....
  • Oscars Ratings: Return Of Chris Rock Sees Show Hit 8-Year Low

    02/29/2016 6:27:30 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 61 replies ^ | 2/29/16 | Dominic Patten
    Chris Rock came out swinging in one of the best opening monologues in years and took on the diversity controversy from the get-go at the 88th Academy Awards. Last night also saw Brie Lawson win Best Actress, Leonardo DiCaprio snag Best Actor in his fifth nomination, Alejandro G. Iñárritu was named Best Director and Spotlight won Best Picture. With all that, the Oscars themselves had a not such a great night with a 23.1/37 in metered market results. That’s down 6% from the 24.6/39 that the ceremony got last year in early results from the 56 markets across the country....
  • Danica Patrick in spotlight at Daytona (Bud Shoot-out Sat. Nite, Duals Thu./500 next Sunday)

    02/16/2012 2:29:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies ^ | 2/16/12 | Jenna Fryer - AP
    Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP) -- The buildup for Danica Patrick's first Daytona 500 began in earnest at Thursday's annual media day, where auto racing's sweetheart was saddled with a full schedule of commitments. Patrick was shuffled from interview to interview, answering questions and shooting promotions for her first full season in NASCAR. She couldn't even find solitude in the bathroom:
  • Huge NYC Union March Set to Spotlight Occupy Wall Street Protest

    10/04/2011 4:39:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 54 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Oct 4, 2011 | Mike Hall
    New York area union members will join an expected several thousand labor activists and supporters tomorrow in a Wall Street march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.The grassroots-grown protest is now in its third week, with a diverse array of people from across the country camping out in the heart of the financial district to demand Wall Street is held accountable for the schemes and reckless games that led to the nation’s economic collapse.The mostly young Occupy Wall Street protesters are “speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have...
  • Spotlight back on healthcare law (unexpected rise in insurance premiums - RATS to blame)

    09/28/2011 4:27:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/27/11 | Julian Pecquet and Sam Baker
    Spotlight back on healthcare lawBy Julian Pecquet and Sam Baker - 09/27/11 09:00 PM ET Health insurance premiums surged 9 percent in 2011, according to a report released Tuesday that raised new doubts about President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. Republicans seized on the annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey, arguing it flew in the face of Obama’s campaign promise that healthcare reform would lead to lower insurance costs. Instead, the Senate Republican Policy Committee calculated, average family premiums have increased by $2,213 so far under the administration. The report was released a day after the Department of Justice decided against asking...
  • Father Of 9/11 Victim: Obama "Putting Too Much Spotlight On Himself"

    05/05/2011 12:19:23 PM PDT · by library user · 35 replies
    RCP ^ | May 5, 2011
    ~ EXCERPT ~ David Beamer, father of 9/11 victim Todd Beamer on FOX News: "I feel some chagrin now, though, about how the rest of it has been handled. And frankly it started May Day, 2011 when the president announced what had happened. The excessive use of the personal pronoun that he used in his remarks, I really felt that was the beginning of the Commander-in-Chief putting too much spotlight on himself, taking too much credit for what the remarkable Americans had done.
  • Obama to put spotlight on energy (What happened to JOBS, the laser-like focus, Mr. Pres__ent?)

    03/30/2011 10:18:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will on Wednesday seek to wrest the political debate from turmoil in the Middle East, to a related topic -- cutting America's thirst for foreign oil. Obama will make a speech at Georgetown University in Washington to outline his plan to forge energy security for the United States, launching a string of events designed to drum up support for a key piece of his agenda. Since his State of the Union address in January, Obama has hammered away at the themes of education and job creation, yet events in the Arab world, and after...
  • Virginia Commonwealth University participates in Earth Hour, turns out the lights

    03/26/2010 8:56:15 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 25 replies · 590+ views
    VCU Virginia Commonwealth University ^ | 26 March 2010 | VCU Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Dining Services Earth Hour Event: On Saturday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. Shafer Court Dining Center and Jonah’s will take part in Earth Hour — the world’s largest climate change event. By simply turning out all nonessential lighting for one hour, Dining Services will join tens of millions of concerned citizens through...out the world in calling for action to save the planet. The locations will remain open, but with limited lighting during this hour. For more information about the VCU event, contact
  • CA: Illegal immigrants again in the budget spotlight

    07/10/2009 8:53:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,273+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/10/09 | Anna Gorman and Teresa Watanabe
    As California lawmakers struggle with a budget gap that has now grown to $26.3 billion, one of the hottest topics for many taxpayers is the cost to the state of illegal immigrants. The question of whether taxpayers should provide services to illegal residents became a major political issue in California's last deep recession, culminating in the ballot fight over Proposition 187 in 1994. That history could repeat itself in the current downturn, as activists opposed to illegal immigration have launched a campaign for an initiative that would, among other things, cut off welfare payments to the U.S.-born children of illegal...
  • New Foreign Affairs chair shirks spotlight (Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., succeeding Tom Lantos)

    05/19/2008 12:30:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 54+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/19/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    Rep. Howard Berman keeps a big Thermos behind his desk. That way, he never has to ask anyone to fetch coffee for him. The new House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman also picks up his own dry cleaning and drives his own car. It is a self-sufficiency that Berman has carefully nurtured over his 13 terms in Congress. Now that he has ascended to one of the most influential posts on Capitol Hill, succeeding the late Chairman Tom Lantos, he still rejects the trappings of power, and prefers to keep operating as a behind-the-scenes player. He even barred an Associated Press...
  • Huckabee Faces Old Queries in New Spotlight (nonprofit Action America)

    12/15/2007 6:57:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 113+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/15/07 | Leslie Wayne
    When Mike Huckabee became lieutenant governor of Arkansas in 1993, he complained of being burdened by college tuition bills for his son, the expenses of two residences — one in Texarkana and the other in Little Rock — and the cost of commuting between the two. With an annual salary of $25,452, he said he was falling short in covering the bills. “It was costing me money to be lieutenant governor,” Mr. Huckabee recalled in a 1997 newspaper interview. To bridge the gap between his income and his expenses, Mr. Huckabee and a few close political advisers came up with...
  • Spotlight: Stone Age Potters (Malaysia)

    04/23/2007 3:09:50 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 498+ views
    NST ^ | 4-23-2007 | Santha Oorjitham
    SpotLight: Stone Age Potters By : SANTHA OORJITHAM Bukit Tengkorak in Sabah’s southeastern Semporna peninsula was a pottery hub for the region 3,000 years ago. — Pictures courtesy of the Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Malaysia aims to become an ICT hub and an education hub, among others. But 3,000 years ago, it was a pottery-making hub, pre-historians tell SANTHA OORJITHAM. A clay stove found at Bukit Tengkorak archaeological site, in a style still used today. KAMPUNG Tampi-Tampi villagers today don’t think twice about using clay from the foot of Bukit Tengkorak and nearby areas in...
  • McCain: Keep 2008 spotlight off gossip

    03/09/2007 5:19:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 756+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/07 | Mike Baker - ap
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain (news, bio, voting record), who remarried one month after his 1980 divorce, said Friday that the personal lives of White House hopefuls shouldn't become an issue in the 2008 campaign. "I would like to see this campaign conducted on past record and ambition for the future," McCain told reporters after a fundraising luncheon in Charlotte, N.C. "I would hope that gossip — or, quote, 'family issues' — would not enter into this campaign." McCain's call to keep personal lives private came the same week that chief rival Rudy Giuliani asked for privacy...
  • US-Russia tensions in spotlight at Munich security conference

    02/09/2007 9:38:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 479+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/9/07 | Nick Coleman
    MUNICH (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin is expected to assert a Russian view of global security sharply at odds with that of the United States, when he speaks at a security conference. Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the key speakers at the Munich Conference on Security Policy, an annual high-level gathering that examines current thinking on conflicts worldwide. The conference, which began with a speech on Friday by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and concludes on Sunday, will also see one of the first speeches abroad from new US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali...
  • America Supports You: Armed Forces Bowl to Spotlight Troops

    12/22/2006 12:52:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 248+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Carmen L. Burgess
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2006 – Members of the U.S. military will be honored during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be held Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas. The University of Tulsa and the University of Utah will square off for the fourth annual Armed Forces Bowl that will be aired at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN television and ESPN Radio to over 200 stations in 44 states. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, a Fort Worth native, will flip the coin at the start of the game and administer the oath of enlistment to recruits from each...
  • U.N. is back in the global spotlight

    09/17/2006 9:41:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 303+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/06 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - World leaders gathering for their annual meeting this week will find a new buzz: The United Nations is back in the global spotlight after securing a cease-fire in Lebanon, trying to revive the Middle East peace process and pressing Sudan to allow U.N. peacekeepers into conflict-wracked Darfur. Plenty of other hot-button issues are on the agenda as well, including Iran's nuclear program, the presidential runoff in Congo, reuniting war-divided Ivory Coast and Cyprus, and deciding the future of Kosovo. After several years of unrelenting attacks on the United Nations — for corruption, mismanagement and inaction — recent...
  • Marines rescue three hostages, uncover weapons caches in Operation Spotlight

    07/27/2006 4:37:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 439+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Brian Reimers
    FUHUYLAT, Iraq (July 24, 2006) -- Marines from 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, rescued three hostages and uncovered a large weapons cache, including a fully-assembled vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, during Operation Spotlight. The intelligence-driven operation was conducted alongside Iraqi Army soldiers from 2nd and 4th Brigades, 1st Iraqi Army Division. The three hostages were personal assistants of Dr. Rafa Hayid Chiad Al-Isawi, an Iraqi government official in Baghdad. They were held by al-Qaeda insurgents for 27 days. “We are extremely pleased we were able to recover these Iraqi citizens,” said Col. Larry D. Nicholson, Regimental Combat Team 5’s commanding officer....
  • Nuture Takes The Spotlight

    06/25/2006 6:13:14 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 2,429+ views
    Science News ^ | 6-25-2006 | Christen Brownlee
    Nurture Takes the SpotlightDecoding the environment's role in development and disease Christen Brownlee Identical twin sisters Elizabeth and Eleanor (not their real names) say that when they entered the world on November 19, 1939—Elizabeth first, then Eleanor 8 minutes later—their mother was rather shocked. She'd been expecting just one baby, not two. But that day, she made a vow: The girls would always be treated the same, so that there would be no competition between them. POSTER CHILDREN. Illustrating how epigenetics can control physical traits, the slimmer and browner of these mice, carrying a gene called agouti, were born to...
  • Military justice under spotlight in Hamdania case - 'Pendleton 8' - 7 Marines, 1 Navy Corpsman

    06/25/2006 9:53:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 965+ views
    North County Times ^ | 6/25/06 | Teri Figueroa and Willian Finn Bennett
    The military justice system is taking center stage now that murder and kidnapping charges have been filed against seven Camp Pendleton-based Marines and a Navy corpsman in the alleged premeditated abduction and slaying of an unarmed Iraqi man. The case against the Kilo Company members from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment is one of the most serious to arise out of the U.S. presence in Iraq, and military officials are taking the first procedural steps toward a possible court-martial for the accused. In many respects, the military's system of justice works the way it does in the civilian world....