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S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s lies catching up to him?

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As previously reported by Fox News (www.tinyurl.com/m226qc), S.C. Govenor Sanford was reportedly seen in “in and out of” the infamous Bunny Ranch brothel in Carson City, Nevada “over the last several days.” Now a report from WYFF in Greenville, SC seems to indicate the Govenor was seen returning from the airport, not the trail. Read the full story below from WTFF.com. This seems to corroborate the siting of him at a location other than on the hiking trail.

http://www.wyff4.com/news/19837234/detail.html

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June 23, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, News, Newspaper, Politics, Television | 2 Comments

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November 15, 2008 Posted by | Animals, Barack Obama, Books, Cult, Current Events, Election 2008, Entertainment, Environment, Florida, Fun Stuff, Health, Helpful Resources, Humor, Iraq, John McCain, Letters to the Editor, Magazines, Military & War, Money, Movies, Music, News, News of the Wierd, Newspaper, Politics, Radio, Random, Religion, Rhode Island, Sarah Palin, Shopping, Sirius, Sirius Radio, Sports, Tampa Tribune, Television, Uncategorized, Utah, Utne, XM, XM Radio | Leave a comment

SNL Mark Wahlberg – Andy Samberg talk to animals video

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The report is Mark Wahlberg will apprear on SNL tonight (18 Oct) to confront Andy Semberg about the “talks to animals skit”.  Visit the link below to watch the original SNL skit and watch Wahlbergs reaction on the Jimmy Kimmel show.

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And this is the picture from the 18 Oct skit. Click the picture to visit the video gallery.

October 18, 2008 Posted by | Animals, Current Events, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Humor, Random, Television, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Charlton Heston has cold dead hands

Heroic Actor’s Most Controversial Role Came as Real-Life NRA Chief
By BUCK WUFF
April 6, 2008

Charlton Heston, who divided the Red Sea as Hollywood’s Moses and divided America as leader of the National Rifle Association, died at age 84 on Saturday night at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His wife said the first thing they had to do once he expired was to pry the shotgun from his cold, dead hands.

The accliamed actor, who was born, John Charlton Carter in Evanston, Ill., became known as much for his politics as his acting in his final decades in public life.

A towering figure in Hollywood, Heston defined his show business career portraying iconic and heroic figures, painting masterpieces as Michelangelo, racing chariots in “Ben-Hur” and defending the last vestiges of humanity in “Planet of the Apes.”

Offscreen, Heston was as fiercely outspoken as many of his characters. In the 1960s, he was a civil rights activist, marching alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Later in life, he saw gun advocacy as a natural extension of civil liberties  defiantly hoisting a rifle in the air at NRA rallies and vowing that his opponents would have to pry it away “from my cold dead hands.”

In August 2002, Heston announced publicly, with the same bravery that defined his life, that he had a neurological disorder consistent with Alzheimer’s disease.

“For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can’t part with you, which is why I won’t exclude you from this stage in my life,” he said.

King of the Epics

With his broad, 6’3″ physique, steely blue eyes and rich voice, Heston was not destined to play the common man. His movie career took off in 1952 when he starred as a circus manager in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and catapulted to the upper reaches of stardom four years later, when he delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage in the Cecil B. DeMille classic “The Ten Commandments.”

Through the late 1950s to the late 1960s, Heston hit his zenith, winning a best actor Oscar in the title role of “Ben-Hur” and delivering perhaps his finest performance opposite Sophia Loren in Anthony Mann’s epic “El Cid,” about the 11th century Spanish soldier who defends his homeland against the Moors.

In 1965, Heston came to movie theaters as both Michelangelo in “The Agony and the Ecstasy” and John the Baptist in “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

Still, it would be a mistake to say that the actor was typecast. He worked in a number of westerns and science fiction films, such as “Soylent Green” and “Planet of the Apes.”

Even before it was fashionable for celebrities to speak out, Heston asserted himself, serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1965 to 1971, and later, as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts and president of the Los Angeles Music Center.

In the 1960s, he was not only marching with King, but also visiting troops fighting in Vietnam. His service in the civil rights movement was honored when he was asked to appear as a narrator in the 1970 documentary “King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis.”

“That guy Heston has to watch it,” singer Frank Sinatra said, after Heston won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1977. “If he’s not careful, he’ll get actors a good name.”

In 1980, when fellow actor Ronald Reagan was elected president, Heston served on Reagan’s Task Force on the Arts and Humanities.

Later in life, as a leader of the NRA, he came under attack for his outspoken politics, and, on a few occasions, had trouble maintaining the composure that served him so well on movie sets.

In a 1998 interview with The Sunday Telegraph of London, he broadly attacked the “fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition; the feminists who preach that it is the divine duty for women to hate men, blacks who raise a militant fist with one hand while they seek preference with another, and New Age apologists for juvenile crime.”

Later on, after hearing unkind public remarks from George Clooney, the nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney, Heston fought back. “It’s funny how class can skip a generation, isn’t it?”

Still, his life’s work on-screen and off-screen left him with supporters who looked beyond the politics and saw a man deeply driven by his beliefs.

“Chuck has done so much for the cultural life of the country and for our town of Los Angeles,” actor Gregory Peck told ABC Radio in an interview in the late 1990s.

Many in Hollywood came to his defense after Michael Moore’s anti-gun documentary, “Bowling for Columbine,” in which the filmmaker looped a clip of Heston at an NRA rally holding up a rifle and declaring, “From my cold, dead hands.”

In the film, Moore hounds Heston for an interview and Heston eventually invites him into his home for a filmed chat, in which Moore confronts him, some say unfairly, about youths killed in gun-related violence.

The interview occurred before Heston publicly announced his struggle with Alzheimer’s, but the movie was released afterward, leading some to say Moore should have cut the ambush interview, which made Heston look vague and confused.

In 2003, Heston won the next of his impressive trophies, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A Career Honed From Pretend Games

Born Oct. 4, 1923, in Evanston, Ill., Charlton Carter was the son of a mill operator and a homemaker. His parents divorced when he was young and he adopted the last name of his stepfather, Chet Heston.

The family eventually relocated to rural St. Helens, Mich., where the closest theater was 25 miles away.

“All kids play pretend games,” Heston said. “And because of the isolated nature of my boyhood, I went on doing it longer than most kids.”

In high school, he started acting, earning a scholarship to Northwestern University in Chicago, where he studied drama alongside Tony Randall and Patricia Neal.

Struggling as a cash-strapped undergrad, Heston would later recall jumping the turnstile on the Chicago El and posing nude for art students for extra money. While still in school, he met Lydia Marie Clarke. They married in 1944.

During World War II, Heston served a three-year stint in the Air Force, mostly in the Aleutian Islands, rising to the rank of staff sergeant.

Upon his discharge from the military, he resumed his acting career, heading to New York and making his Broadway debut in 1948 in “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Heston and his wife, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2004, have two children, Lydia and Frasier.

With Frasier, a director, Heston established a production company, Agamemnon Films, which has released an animated version of “Ben-Hur” on DVD, and the video “Charlton Heston Presents the Bible.”

In later life, Heston had hip replacement surgery and fought prostate cancer, declaring himself cancer-free in 2001. Throughout it all, he continued to swim, play tennis and advocate for the NRA. In 2003, he stepped down as the organization’s president after serving for five years.

“For now, I’m not changing anything,” he said in a public statement about his illness. “I’ll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you’ll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.”

He ended his speech, appropriately, with a quote from Shakespeare: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

April 6, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Movies, News, Politics, Television | 14 Comments

Fox News Bigot John Gibson Mocks ‘Weirdo’ Heath Ledger’s Death

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Listen to the audio at Think Progress

Fox news John Gibson is a religious-right bigot. They need to fire his ass.

Opening his radio show with funeral music yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson callously mocked the death of actor Heath Ledger, calling him a “weirdo” with a “serious drug problem.”

Playing an audio clip of the iconic quote, “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s gay romance movie Brokeback Mountain, Gibson disdainfully quipped, “Well, he found out how to quit you.” Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger said, “We’re dead,” followed by his own, mocking “We’re dead” before playing the clip again.

Throughout the course of the show, Gibson continued to bring up Ledger’s death while discussing current events, jokingly claiming that current events may have caused him to commit suicide.

On yesterday’s drop in the stock market:

GIBSON: Maybe he had a serious position in the market.

TOM SULLIVAN: And possibly today, he looked at the window and said…

GIBSON: “Oh my God.”

SULLIVAN: His name’s not Keith Bledger, right?

GIBSON: He was depressed about yesterday’s downturn in the world stock markets.

On the Democratic debate in South Carolina:

GIBSON: Apparently Heath Ledger was suicidal and his friends saw it coming. I think he watched the Clinton-Obama debate last night. I think he was an Edwards guy, cause he saw his Edwards guy was just completely irrelevant.

In reality, New York City Police spokesman Paul J. Browne told the New York Times that there was “no obvious indication of suicide.”

You stay classy, John Gibson.

UPDATE: In 2006, when Brokeback Mountain was released, Gibson repeatedly made fun of the film, calling it “a gay agenda movie.”

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January 23, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Entertainment, Movies, News, Religion, Television | 3 Comments

Fox Business a failure in first months

Fox News, long known for it’s lying, and one-sided, right-wing reporting has thus far been a failure for Rupert Murdoch. The upstart Fox Business Network drew an estimated 6,000 average weekday viewers in its first few months on U.S. cable television, far behind entrenched rival CNBC, according to early ratings estimates obtained by Reuters.CNBC, which has been on the air for nearly two decades, brought in an estimated 283,000 viewers on an average weekday in the same period, according to results tabulated by Nielsen Media Research for clients.

The Fox numbers show that the network still is a long way from striking distance of CNBC, which is available to more households through deals with cable operators.

“The launch of any new cable network in this environment — the numbers are going to be very small starting out, regardless of whether it’s coming from a big media conglomerate or not,” said Brad Adgate, senior vice president of research at Horizon Media, who tracks media trends. Additionally, “the network is well known to be less than honest with their news reporting so how can viewers be expected to trust their business reporting.”

Fox Business is aiming for a wider audience of individual investors and small business owners, mixing plain talk on business news and economic data with personal finance tips.

Fox Business, part of News Corp, attracted a high of 9,000 viewers during business hours on an average weekday in the week of December 10. It had a low of 4,000 for the week of October 29.

While the daytime numbers appear low, Nielsen does not measure viewership outside people’s homes.

“All these corner offices of C-level executives are watching these business news channels, but they’re not getting recorded,” Adgate said.

At the same time, Fox Business saw audience numbers pick up during prime time, while CNBC has generally seen its viewership drop in the evening hours after financial markets close.

Fox Business prime time averaged 15,000 viewers in the nine weeks through the week of December 16, compared to 234,000 for CNBC. CNBC’s parent NBC Universal is majority-owned by General Electric Co.

A CNBC official declined to comment. A Fox executive was not immediately available for comment. Fox Executive Vice President Kevin Magee told Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz on Friday that the numbers are “absolutely no surprise” because the network is still in its early stages.

A Nielsen official did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

Murdoch, News Corp’s chairman and chief executive, said in October that he expects the Fox Business network to reach more than 40 million U.S. homes in 2008. The network launched in a little more than 30 million homes.

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Money, News, Television | Leave a comment

Patriots – Giants game most watched television broadcast in U.S. history

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is lifted in the air by his teammates Logan Mankins (70) and Russ Hochstein, left, after Brady threw a 65-yard touchdown to Randy Moss in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007. Brady broke the single-season record with his 50th touchdown pass and Moss broke the single season-record with his 23rd touchdown reception on the play.

By Sam Evans, Associated Pass Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.

The numbers are in and the preliminary ratings indicate the 29 December 2007 game between the Patriots and Giants was the most watched broadcast in U.S. television history.

Up to this point, the most watched program in U.S. television history was the M*A*S*H series finale: “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” which aired in 50.15 million households on 28 February, 1983 with a 77% share of the entire viewing audience. The M*A*S*H broadcast had 105.9 million total viewers. Since 2000, the most watched program was Super Bowl XLI Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears), which had 93.1 million million viewers on 4 February, 2007 .

Overnight ratings of the Patriots-Giants game show 53.2 million households watched the game. In addition, Nielsen Media Research is reporting overnight viewers totaled more than 107.3 million on the three networks broadcasting the game (NFL Network, NBC, CBS) and an 83% share of the total television viewing audience.

After weeks of insisting they wouldn’t cave in, NFL officials did just that Wednesday. As a result, all of America saw the Patriots’ make history. Saturday night’s game between New England and the New York Giants on the NFL Network, was also simulcast nationwide on CBS and NBC. It was the first time in NFL history the same game was broadcast on three separate networks at the same time.

The game itself also set several NFL records. Tom Brady and Randy Moss set single-season records for touchdown passes and TD catches, respectively, Saturday night when the New England Patriots stars combined on a 65-yard scoring pass play in the fourth quarter.

The play gave Brady 50 TD passes for the season, breaking Peyton Manning’s 2004 record of 49. Moss now has 23 catches, breaking the mark of Jerry Rice, who did it in 12 games during a strike-marred 1987 season.

The play and subsequent two-point conversion gave the Patriots a 31-28 fourth-quarter lead over the New York Giants and a record 582 points for the season. The old mark was 556 by the 1998 Vikings.

Brady and Moss earlier combined on a 4-yard touchdown pass. On the second one, Brady ran past safety James Butler, who seemed to reinjure a hamstring on the play. Moss caught the ball and trotted into the end zone. The New England Patriots finished the regular season 16-0 with a 38-35 win in East Rutherford, N.J.

December 29, 2007 Posted by | Current Events, News, Sports, Television | , , , | 7 Comments

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November 12, 2007 Posted by | Animals, Blogroll, Books, Current Events, Environment, Fun Stuff, Health, Helpful Resources, Humor, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, Military & War, Money, Movies, Music, News, News of the Wierd, Politics, Random, Religion, Rhode Island, Sports, Television, Utah | Leave a comment

John Madden funny Verizon Wireless commercials

Here are a couple of very funny commercials done by John Madden for Verizon Wireless. I had these up on YouTube but they took them down…bastards!  Click on each photo to view the video clip.

October 30, 2007 Posted by | Fun Stuff, Humor, Sports, Television | , , , | 4 Comments

11 year old from the CBS show Kid Nation says George Bush “not smart at all”

Kelsey from the CBS show Kid Nation recently said in an episode that George W. Bush was “not smart at all but he won the presidency two times in a row”. Click the picture to view the video.

Well Kelsey, you may only be 11 years old but you are a very smart girl and obviously have smart parents.

October 30, 2007 Posted by | Current Events, Fun Stuff, Humor, Iraq, Military & War, News, Politics, Television | Leave a comment