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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....
  • Army takes spotlight at Arena Bowl

    06/12/2006 5:31:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 197+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Pfc. Carl N. Hudson
    LAS VEGAS (Army News Service, June 12, 2006) – Members of Las Vegas's 6th Recruiting Brigade celebrated the Army’s 231st birthday a few days early at the Arena Football League’s Arena Bowl June 10. In pre-game festivities, 48 newly enlisted Soldiers were sworn into the Army by U.S. Army Accessions Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp. “Our mission is recruiting, and today we’re here to help educate and create awareness about the opportunities the Army offers,” said Col. Stephen Wilkins, commander of the 6th Recruiting Brigade. “It’s a good reminder to the public of the freedoms and democracy that we...
  • Black History Month: Many made history outside spotlight (Feb is Black History Month)

    02/02/2006 3:33:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 406+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 2, 2006 | Spc. Chris Stephens
    Gen. Benjamin O. Davis pins the Distinguished Flying Cross on his son, Lt. Col. Benjamin Davis Jr. U.S. Air Force photo Printer-friendly version CAMP STANLEY, Korea (Army News Service, Feb. 2, 2006) -- We have all heard the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington. No doubt each of these people deserves a place in history. They each fought for a cause and ultimately changed the face of our nation. But, I want to take a look at some African-Americans who don’t receive headlines like those above. These people have...
  • Chavez now in the international spotlight

    08/24/2005 4:08:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 620+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/24/05 | Ian James - AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A call for the U.S. to assassinate Hugo Chavez is playing into the Venezuelan leader's political hands, bolstering his claim that Washington wants to kill him, putting him in the international limelight and probably boosting his popularity at home. Chavez supporters said Wednesday the suggestion by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson that the United States should "take him out" gave credence to Chavez's warnings that the U.S. government is searching for ways to overthrow his leftist regime. "If anyone had a doubt, now they no longer do," said Maritza Uzcategui, a 50-year-old nurse and Chavez supporter. "He's...
  • McGreevey avoids spotlight after scandal

    07/31/2005 1:50:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 422+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/05 | John Curran - AP
    RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) - A year after his life imploded in scandal, former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey lives in self-imposed exile, avoiding the limelight he spent a lifetime chasing. Separated from the wife he betrayed, McGreevey lives modestly in a one-bedroom apartment. He takes his 3-year-old daughter out for bacon and eggs after Sunday church services, walks to a corner newsstand for coffee and newspapers and stops to chat when passers-by recognize him. It's a long way from the stately governor's mansion and the spotlight that shone on his soul-baring confession. With wife Dina Matos McGreevey at his...
  • Some Questions for Sen. Schumer - (this is really FUNNY!We should send Chuckie a copy of it!)

    07/19/2005 5:21:44 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 82 replies · 2,651+ views
    Sen. Chuck (I’m outraged again—get me a camera) Schumer (D.-N.Y.) is one busy little bee. Problem is, he’s not busy about the Senate’s business. On a recent day, he was seen whipping up a mob to have Karl Rove, Deputy White House Chief of Staff, hanged from the Senate’s yardarm for disclosing “classified” information that was available on a Google search at the time of the alleged disclosure. His next outrage was directed at Michael Chertoff, Director of Homeland Security. In a Senate floor diatribe, A.K.A., “speech,” Schumer told Chertoff he ought to consider resigning for having the unmitigated gall...
  • Sen. Clinton's financing in the spotlight

    05/08/2005 12:37:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,067+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/8/05 | Paul Chavez - AP
    LOS ANGELES - Campaign donations made more than four years ago at a celebrity-studded Hollywood gala have led to a federal criminal trial against a former finance director for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that could hamper her future campaigns. The trial set to open Tuesday focuses on a lavish August 2000 political party at a tony Brentwood estate that drew dozens of A-list guests and performers, including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Diana Ross and Muhammad Ali. Clinton hasn't been linked to charges that the cost of the event was vastly underreported, but Republicans will be watching for any ammunition...
  • Baltimore Mayor in Spotlight Over Remarks (O'Malley)

    02/11/2005 2:31:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,010+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/05 | Brian Witte and Tom Stuckey - AP
    BALTIMORE - Mayor Martin O'Malley, a charismatic white man elected twice in a predominantly black city, is a Democrat with a future — a rising star nationally, and perhaps the party's best bet to take back the governor's mansion in Maryland in 2006. And that clearly worries the Republicans. Demonstrating that the GOP already has O'Malley in the crosshairs, a Republican official was fired Tuesday by GOP Gov. Robert Ehrlich for spreading rumors on the Internet that the 42-year-old mayor had an extramarital affair with a TV reporter. On the same day, Republican officials pounced on O'Malley after he drew...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....09-29-04....Idaho ~ "The Gem State"

    09/29/2004 12:05:24 AM PDT · by Mama_Bear · 120 replies · 5,754+ views
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997. Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • 'Scientific American' Shines Spotlight On SC Dig (Topper Site - TV Tonight)

    07/20/2004 3:03:17 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 4,153+ views
    The ^ | 7-20-2004 | Doug Nye
    ‘Scientific American’ shines spotlight on S.C. dig By DOUG NYETelevision Editor Posted on Tue, Jul. 20, 2004 About 12,000 years ago, the first people to journey to the American continents did so by crossing the Bering land bridge from Asia. At least, that’s what archaeologists have long believed. But tonight’s edition of “Scientific American Frontiers” examines five archaeological sites that could prove that humans walked this land much earlier. Among the digs spotlighted is USC’s Topper excavation site in Allendale County, supervised by archaeologist Albert C. Goodyear, director of the Allendale Paleo-Indian Expedition of the S.C. Institute of Archaeology and...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day...02-06-04....WVNan's West Virginia

    02/06/2004 12:24:03 AM PST · by Mama_Bear · 300 replies · 1,199+ views
    WVNan, Mama_Bear
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997. Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...

    01/08/2004 12:25:22 PM PST · by MrBallroom · 31 replies · 894+ views
    The American Partisan ^ | January 8, 2004 | Timothy Rollins
    LOTTO LOSERS by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Publisher January 8, 2004 With the turn of events the last couple of days regarding the MegaMillions winner in Ohio, this was simply too good to pass up. Then as a bonus, the richest loser in America made the papers again with yet another case of men behaving badly.We begin with America's idiot of the moment, and I'm not thinking of Mr. Britney Spears (aka Jason Alexander of Kenwood, Louisiana), but rather 40-year-old Elecia Battle (right) of Cleveland. For the unfamiliar, here's what happened: Last weekend, there was a single winner of the...
  • "Material Girl" Madonna endorses Democratic candidate Wesley Clark

    12/16/2003 9:07:41 PM PST · by yonif · 66 replies · 559+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue Dec 16 2003 | AFP
    Former vice president Al Gore (news - web sites) may be supporting Howard Dean (news - web sites), but retired army general Wesley Clark (news - web sites) has support in his quest for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination from ... Madonna (news - web sites). The Material Girl on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind the retired four-star general, one of nine Democrats seeking to replace George W. Bush in the November 2004 election. "I endorse him because I think he's a great guy," the pop superstar said on CNN Tuesday. "I think he's a natural born leader." Madonna...
  • Madonna's book: Zillions printed, 8,000 sold.

    09/24/2003 10:05:35 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 20 replies · 467+ views
    BBC On-Line ^ | Wednesday, 24 September, 2003 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UKMadonna book sells 8,000 copies This was Madonna's first attempt at children's fiction Madonna's children's book The English Roses has sold just over 8,000 copies in its first week in the UK. The book, launched amid a blaze of publicity, made it to number 17 in the national book chart, according to data company Nielsen Bookscan. It was the second bestselling children's book of the week, behind JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book. This week the top-selling book in the UK, David Beckham's autobiography My Side, sold 103,508 copies. Madonna's book,...
  • Madonna's Author Act Stranger Than Fiction (“middle-aged serial slurper” role-plays as actual mom)

    09/30/2003 11:14:31 AM PDT · by dead · 17 replies · 490+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2003 | Andrea Peyser
    <p>The middle-aged serial slurper came to Midtown yesterday clad in an early Halloween costume - dowdy tweed suit and bushy hair - to role-play the part of an actual mom.</p> <p>We've seen this gal tied up, beaten down, with cones protruding from her bosom, and naked so frequently, it is to yawn. But Madonna's new, prissy act, unveiled on Fifth Avenue, was downright weird.</p>
  • 'Apples' is a bruise on Madonna's new career

    11/10/2003 10:39:06 AM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-10-2003 | Deirdre Donahue
    Poor Madonna (news - web sites). In her new career as a writer of children's books, lightning has not struck twice. Her first effort, The English Roses, had skeptical critics baying with praise at how effectively she examines the subtle but cruel ways girls exclude those they envy or pity. The book has been translated into 37 languages, and it has been on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list since Sept. 22. Its highest rank was No. 7. In the second of Madonna's expected five books, Mr. Peabody's Apples, illustrated by Loren Long, the pop star and mother turns her...
  • Maverick Madge in fistfight with Warner Bros

    11/16/2003 3:08:18 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 318+ views
    Times India ^ | 10/31/03
    LONDON: "Material Girl" Madonna is said to be gearing up for a fistfight with Warner Bros Records over differences about where her Maverick Records is heading. According to PeopleNews , a reason for the impending parting of the ways may be attributed to a rumour that Time Warner is lining up to sell off the Warner Music Group. Tension seems to be brewing, as renegotiations between the two warring parties is virtually non-existent, sources close to the disgruntled Warner executives, say. Others are even predicting "a nuclear lawsuit," with the big guns of parent company Time Warner lining up for...
  • MADONNA'S 2nd children's book "Mr Peabody's Apples" tops NYT best sellers list (BARF alert)

    11/27/2003 8:41:26 AM PST · by yankeedame · 7 replies · 394+ views
    News.Com. AU ^ | staff writer
    Madonna's bestseller November 26, 2003 MADONNA'S second children's book Mr Peabody's Apples is on top of the New York Times best sellers list for children this week. The queen of pop has topped the book chart just eight weeks after her last number one with The English Roses. Children are loving Madonna's tales. As funny as it may sound, Madonna has kept The Cat In The Hat from going number one in the book world. The Cat In The Hat is being propelled by the movie starring Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston. Madonna's career as an author couldn't...

    12/15/2003 4:15:01 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 24 replies · 421+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | December 12, 2003 | Laura Dempsey
    Nobody ever says, "Madonna who?" She's part of our culture, an American success story who's maintained a media presence for 20 years now, re-inventing herself with every prevailing wind, while never, ever giving the impression she's doing anything other than what she wants to do. We are by turns impressed, embarrassed, shocked and amazed by Madonna's antics, but we're rarely surprised anymore. Madonna, the dancer from Detroit, set out to become famous and succeeded beyond anybody's but her own wildest dreams. She's 45, and shows no signs of slowing down or relinquishing her place in the spotlight; in fact, she's...
  • Material Girl covers [Weasel] Clark with praise

    12/17/2003 12:55:43 PM PST · by freedom44 · 58 replies · 509+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/17/03 | CNN
    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --The Material Girl has stepped onto the political stage and endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark. "I think he has a good handle on foreign policy, I think he's good with people, and I think he has a heart and a consciousness," pop singer Madonna said. "He's interested in spirituality -- I mean, those things mean a lot to me." The singer and children's book author met Clark a few weeks ago for over an hour. In an interview recorded last week with CNN's Denise Quan, Madonna said they discussed his becoming president. The singer told...
  • Shines Spotlight on Iranian Net Censorship

    12/11/2003 6:37:03 PM PST · by forty_years · 149+ views ^ | December 11, 2003 | Andrew Jaffee
    The website has helped to turn some of the UN World Summit on the Information Society's focus to Iran's censorship of the Internet. According to the BBC, "hundreds" of Iranian Internet users have been posting comments on complaining about Iranian government censorship of more than 10,000 websites. Pro-democracy Iranians and their supporters are hoping to pressure UN technology summit delegates into lobbying Iran's government to loosen its Net censorship. The BBC claims that in spite of government censorship, Iranian blogs were instrumental in rapidly spreading word about the UN summit and recent moves by the authorities to restrict...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day...11-22,23-03...Week in Review

    11/22/2003 12:10:48 AM PST · by Mama_Bear · 78 replies · 404+ views
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997. Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....10-17-03...Louisiana - "Come as you are, leave different."

    10/17/2003 5:18:53 AM PDT · by Mama_Bear · 254 replies · 2,506+ views
    <p>Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.</p>
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....10-03-03....New Mexico ~ "The Land of Enchantment"

    10/03/2003 5:06:27 AM PDT · by Mama_Bear · 163 replies · 3,855+ views
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....09-05-03...."Tennessee ~ America at its Best"

    09/05/2003 5:51:20 AM PDT · by Mama_Bear · 326 replies · 1,914+ views
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • CA: Spotlight about to get even hotter

    08/10/2003 10:26:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 191+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/10/03 | Phil Yost - Opinion
    <p>One of the candidates to replace Gov. Gray Davis appeared on NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS and Page One of USA Today and the New York Times on Friday.</p> <p>I don't have to tell you who it was.</p> <p>Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't have the air time or front pages all to himself. But ever since he stunned everyone, including his political tag-team partner Richard Riordan, by deciding to run, the recall race has been all about Arnold.</p>
  • CA: Recall puts anti-tax rebel in spotlight (Ted Costa)

    07/04/2003 10:54:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 305+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/4/03 | Patrick May
    <p>SACRAMENTO - As the slightly wacky anti-tax warrior of California politics, Ted Costa has played the bad boy of Sacramento politics for two decades, relatively unknown and swiping from the sidelines of power as he tried to thwart tax-and-spend politicians.</p> <p>Today, Costa has come in from the fringe.</p>
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....05-03,04-03....Week in Review

    05/03/2003 6:54:22 AM PDT · by Mama_Bear · 230 replies · 395+ views
    Billie and Mama_Bear
    A Few of FR's Finest...........Every Day FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues; salute and support our military and our leaders; tell a few jokes; learn a new word; write poetry; pray for those in need; and congratulate those who are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which we can express ourselves. Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997. I can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars...

    03/20/2003 1:47:57 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 277+ views
    "FReepranslation" by "AmericanInTokyo" (Iraq War: Day One)Summary from original Asian sources (as of 16:45 Eastern Time)Just took a brief tour of a number of reputable Japanese, Korean and English news websites, looking for any threatening action or threats made by communist North Korea in response to the ongoing Iraq conflict.Asian news sources viewed were (from Korea): Choson Ilbo Daily, Hanguk Ilbo Daily, Dong-A Ilbo Daily, YTN TV, KBS TV, Yonghap News, Yahoo News Korea and (from Japan): Kyodo News, Yomiuri News, Mainichi News, Sankei News, Nikkan Fuji, TBS TV, NTV TV, Fuji TV, Yahoo Japan News.Summary report below.
  • CA: Spotlight on an appalling death

    02/12/2003 9:53:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 213+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 2/12/03 | Opinion
    <p>ANGELO Marinda didn't live to see his first birthday. He died the day after Christmas, allegedly shaken to death by his own father.</p> <p>San Mateo County Juvenile Court Judge Marta Diaz is determined to find out why the army of professionals assigned to watch over Angelo during his short life -- doctors, social workers, police, therapists, foster parents, attorneys and the judge herself -- failed to keep him out of danger. She has taken the unusual step of launching her own investigation. Her vigorous public pursuit of answers is a positive response to a tragic story.</p>
  • Attack plans of 9-11-01 well known since 1997.

    01/09/2003 9:36:26 AM PST · by John Gobin Shaw · 45 replies · 7,890+ views
    Author-John Gobin Shaw ^ | January 8, 2003 | John Gobin Shaw
    The attack plans of 9-11-01 were well known since 1997. Many people were given precise, accurate details of those attacks. The warnings were derided and ignored.