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Monday, January 10, 2011

Rod Stewart turns 66, MUSIC VIDEO Maggie May 1971

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Birth name Roderick David Stewart
Born 10 January 1945 (1945-01-10) (age 66)
North London,[1] England
Genres Rock, Pop rock, Folk rock, Blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, Blues rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica
Years active 1964–present
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Stewart's 1971 solo album Every Picture Tells a Story made him a household name when the B-side of his minor hit "Reason to Believe", "Maggie May", started receiving radio play. The album and the single hit number one in both the US and the UK simultaneously, a chart first, in September. A loss of innocence tale set off by a striking mandolin part (by Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne), "Maggie May" was also named in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, which is one of three songs by him to appear on that list.

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Pima County Sheriff Knew About Death Threats By Arizona Suspect

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RPT-Arizona suspect had made death threats-sheriff


Sun Jan 9, 2011

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Jan 8 (Reuters) - The suspect in Saturday's shooting rampage in which a U.S. congresswoman was critically wounded was unstable and had been known to make death threats in the past, the local sheriff said.
The FBI is investigating whether the man is the same person who posted a rambling Internet manifesto accusing the government of mind control and demanding a new currency.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, of Tucson, was taken into custody moments after the shooting at a political meeting held by Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a supermarket parking lot. Six people died and Giffords had a critical head wound. [ID:nN08246649]

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, where the shooting happened, told reporters the suspect had a troubled past. "All I can tell you is that this person may have a mental issue," Dupnik said.

Dupnik said there had been earlier contact between Loughner and law enforcement after he had made death threats, although they had not been against Giffords. He said the authorities believe he may not have been working alone.
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon grants death row inmate Richard Clay clemency


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Gov. Nixon commutes sentence of death row inmate
BY REBECCA BERG post-dispatch.com  
Monday, January 10, 2011

Gov. Jay Nixon has spared death row inmate Richard Clay from execution, ordering him instead to spend life in prison without parole.
Clay was scheduled to die just after midnight on Wednesday for the 1994 for-hire murder of Randy Martindale in Missouri's Bootheel.
In a statement released by the governor's office this afternoon, Nixon said that Clay's "involvement in this crime is clear."
"Having looked at this matter in its entirety and after significant thought and counsel, I have concluded, however, to exercise my constitutional authority and commute Richard Clay's sentence to life without the possibility of parole," Nixon said.
Clay's attorney, Jennifer Herndon, said she was surprised and pleased that the governor made his decision with more than a day remaining until the scheduled execution.
"What we desperately needed was more time," Herndon said. "We wanted to stop the execution, so we got what we wanted from Gov. Nixon."
After the state Supreme Court ruled last week against a stay of execution for Clay, an intervention by the governor was Clay's only remaining option.
Attorney General Chris Koster released a statement supporting the governor's decision, calling it "difficult."
"I am confident that Gov. Nixon gave this case careful consideration and I respect his decision," Koster said.
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Jim Croce would have been 68 today - MUSIC VIDEO Time In A Bottle (1973)


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James Joseph "Jim" Croce (pronounced /ˈkroʊtʃi/;[2] January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released six studio albums and eleven singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
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Jim Croce
Birth name James Joseph Croce
Born January 10, 1943, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA(1943-01-10)
Died September 20, 1973 (aged 30), Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA(1973-09-20)
Genres Folk
Folk rock

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Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Vocals[1]
Years active 1960–1973


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Secretary of the Treasury.Geithner Says U.S. Insolvent: "Failure to raise the limit would precipitate a default by the United States."

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Timothy Franz Geithner (pronounced /ˈɡaɪtnər/; born August 18, 1961) is an American economist, banker, and civil servant. He is the 75th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury, serving under President Barack Obama. He was previously the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Geithner's position includes a large role in directing the Federal Government's spending on the financial crisis of 2007–2010, including allocation of $350 billion of funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) enacted during the previous administration. At the end of his first year in office, he continued to deal with multiple high visibility issues, including administration efforts to restructure the regulation of the nation's financial system,[2] attempts to spur recovery of both the mortgage market and the automobile industry, demands for protectionism, President Obama's tax changes, and negotiations with foreign governments on approaches to worldwide financial issues.[3][4]
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Geithner Says U.S. Insolvent









Michael S. Rozeff
LewRockwell.com
January 10, 2011

The U.S. government is insolvent. Who says so? Timothy F. Geithner, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

Geithner sent a letter to Congress on Jan. 6, 2011 asking for the debt limit to be raised. If it is not raised, he warned, the U.S. will default on its debt. In his words:

Never in our history has Congress failed to increase the debt limit when necessary. Failure to raise the limit would precipitate a default by the United States.”

He didn’t say that the government will be inconvenienced. He didn’t say that the government would be forced to muddle through by delaying payments, raising taxes, and cutting non-obligatory programs and services. He said the government will default. This means that the government doesn’t have enough cash to pay its obligations to the many and sundry persons to whom it owes cash unless Congress authorizes an issue of even more debt.

After the government issues the new debt, its overall debt will be even higher than before. Unless its obligations that require cash payments are reduced, or unless it finds new sources of revenue, or unless the interest rates that it pays decline, the same situation will surely occur again and occur even faster because its overall debt will have risen. It will run short of cash to pay its obligations.
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Timothy Geitner (Secretary of the US Treasury) writes Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader) telling him we need more on the credit card or the US will default on it's loans. January 6. 2011 http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/....
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Pat Benatar turns 58 - Love is a Battlefield MUSIC VIDEO

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Bob Giraldi directs Pat Benatar in her highest charting single 
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Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski January 10, 1953) is an American singer and four time Grammy winner. She had considerable commercial success particularly in the United States. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including "Love Is a Battlefield", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "We Belong" and "Heartbreaker". Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV.
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Ford Motor Co. plans to add 7,000 workers in U.S. over the next two years


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Ford Filling 7,000 Jobs In U.S.
by Mark Memmott NPR


Ford Motor Co. plans to add "more than 7,000 workers in the U.S. over the next two years," the Associated Press writes.
According to The Detroit News, "that includes 4,000 blue-collar jobs and 750 salaried positions in 2011, plus another 2,500 factory jobs in 2012" and is "fresh evidence of the U.S. auto industry's recovery.
The Detroit Free Press notes that "Ford has announced 1,800 jobs for [its] Louisville plant, where the Ford Escape SUV is built, and about 1,000 jobs to build the Ford Explorer at the company's Chicago assembly plant."
As Morning Edition has reported, "U.S. automakers had a strong finish to 2010. December sales were up for every car company except Toyota. The good news has automakers revising their 2011 forecasts up."
Ford also announced that it is "recruiting salaried engineers specializing in batteries, system controls, software and energy storage to work on electric vehicles in Detroit and eight other cities including Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Raleigh and Durham, N.C.; and San Jose, Calif."

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Father Of 9 Year Old Murder Victim In Tucson Does Not Want Restrictions Of Freedoms! VIDEO


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Journalists urged caution after Ft. Hood, now race to blame Palin after Arizona shootings


On November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at a troop readiness center in Ft. Hood, Texas, killing 13 people.  Within hours of the killings, the world knew that Hasan reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before he began shooting, visited websites associated with Islamist violence, wrote Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings, considered U.S. forces his enemy, opposed American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as wars on Islam, and told a neighbor shortly before the shootings that he was going "to do good work for God."  There was ample evidence, in other words, that the Ft. Hood attack was an act of Islamist violence.
Nevertheless, public officials, journalists, and commentators were quick to caution that the public should not "jump to conclusions" about Hasan's motive.  CNN, in particular, became a forum for repeated warnings that the subject should be discussed with particular care.
"The important thing is for everyone not to jump to conclusions," said retired Gen. Wesley Clark on CNN the night of the shootings.
"We cannot jump to conclusions," said CNN's Jane Velez-Mitchell that same evening. "We have to make sure that we do not jump to any conclusions whatsoever."
"I'm on Pentagon chat room," said former CIA operative Robert Baer on CNN, also the night of the shooting.  "Right now, there's messages going back and forth, saying do not jump to the conclusion this had anything to do with Islam."
The next day, President Obama underscored the rapidly-forming conventional wisdom when he told the country, "I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts."  In the days that followed, CNN jouralists and guests repeatedly echoed the president's remarks.
"We can't jump to conclusions," Army Gen. George Casey said on CNN November 8.  The next day, political analyst Mark Halperin urged a "transparent" investigation into the shootings "so the American people don't jump to conclusions."  And when Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that the Ft. Hood attack was terrorism, CNN's John Roberts was quick to intervene.  "Now, President Obama has asked people to be very cautious here and to not jump to conclusions," Roberts said to Hoekstra.  "By saying that you believe this is an act of terror, are you jumping to a conclusion?"
Fast forward a little more than a year, to January 8, 2011.  In Tucson, Arizona, a 22 year-old man named Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a political event, gravely wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing a federal judge and five others, and wounding 18.  In the hours after the attack, little was known about Loughner beyond some bizarre and largely incomprehensible YouTube postings that, if anything, suggested he was mentally ill.  Yet the network that had shown such caution in discussing the Ft. Hood shootings openly discussed the possibility that Loughner was inspired to violence by…Sarah Palin.  Although there is no evidence that Loughner was in any way influenced by Palin, CNN was filled with speculation about the former Alaska governor.

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Missouri Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, introduces bill for new nuclear power site permit

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The Fulton Sun

Riddle offers bill to foster nuclear power site permit

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, has introduced legislation that allows Ameren Missouri to recover costs of obtaining an early site permit for a second reactor at the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant.
Riddle represents the Callaway County area near Reform where the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant is located.
Freshman Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, has introduced identical legislation, known as Senate Bill 50, in the Missouri Senate.
Offering identical legislation in both houses of the Missouri General Assembly will give a good reading on how each body views various features of the proposal.
As she begins her second two-year term as a state representative, Riddle learned she has been appointed to the Missouri House Utilities Committee, which will hear the proposed Callaway plant legislation. Riddle rounded up 29 co-sponsors of the legislation, including the chairman and vice chairman of the Utilities Committee, along with nine other members of the committee.
Riddle said she was pleased she was appointed to the Utilities Committee and to the Missouri House Ethics Committee.
Riddle also has been named as the Missouri House majority assistant floor leader, the fourth-highest leadership position in the Missouri House.
Riddle’s proposed nuclear site permit legislation, known as House Bill 124, would allow a utility building a nuclear reactor to recover expenditures for the permit only after the permit is obtained and the recovery costs could be spread over a period of up to 20 years to decrease the impact on rate payers.
Under the proposed legislation, a company receiving an early site permit for a nuclear reactor from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is required to submit reports to the Missouri Public Service Commission every six months. The reports must document the work completed and costs incurred up to that point toward the acquisition of the early site permit as well as the amount of work remaining.
If the cost of the early site permit is expected to exceed $40 million, the company must include an explanation in its reports as to why expenditures beyond the amount are prudent.
Ameren Missouri and a consortium of other Missouri utilities have joined together to support an early site permit at the Callaway plant. The other utilities include Kansas City Power & Light, Empire District Electric, Associated Electric Cooperatives, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.
Riddle’s bill would allow other electric companies that also incur expenses toward the early site permit to recover their costs through rates and charges.
Under the bill any electric company that has recovered costs from rate payers relating to an early site permit must refund its rate payers up to the amount collected if the early site permit is sold or transferred.
Gov. Jay Nixon has endorsed the move for an early site permit at the Callaway plant. Nixon said the early site permit does not change the initiative-passed measure that prohibits private utilities from charging customers for building a nuclear plant while it is under construction.
Opponents of the proposal already have started television commercials in opposition to the proposed legislation.
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Facebook denies shutdown rumor started by satirical online website


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Facebook denies shutdown rumors

A rumor Facebook was shutting down wafted over the Web, forcing the hugely popular social network to deny it had any intention of closing.
The rumor was started by a satirical online website whose other news flashes include such items as "Alien Spaceships to Attack Earth in 2011" and "George Clooney Running for President."
As unlikely as it would seem that the social network with more than 500 million members would shut down, the rumor spread rapidly on Twitter and on Facebook itself.
Facebook denied it was shutting down in a statement posted on... Facebook.
"We didn't get the memo about shutting down, so we'll keep working away like always. We aren't going anywhere; we're just getting started," it said.

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Automotive Technology Dazzles at Consumer Electronics Show, New Showplace for Car Tech


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Car tech dazzles at Consumer Electronics Show

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Automakers are taking a drive into the future at the Consumer Electronics Show. The annual event is traditionally a showplace for mobile phones, computers and television sets but car makers are grabbing a lot of attention this year with the latest in automotive technology and a glimpse at what's to come.
US automaker Ford even chose Las Vegas over next week's Detroit Auto Show to reveal its first all-electric car, the Focus Electric, which can get up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a single battery charge and goes on sale this year. 

Test rides in the two-seater bubble-like EN-V, which was making its debut in the United States after first being shown at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, were a popular diversion among CES attendees.


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Liberals Jockey to Ride Arizona Shooting to further Anti Free Speech and Gun Control Agenda


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Pima County Sheriff Sets Off Debate on Price of Free Speech

January 09, 2011

Heightened and "vitriolic" political rhetoric is being blamed by some for the kind of violence that landed Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in intensive care following a mass casualty shooting on Saturday, but others say a blame game is hardly appropriate or useful right now.

Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik sparked much of the debate during a press conference Saturday evening in which he blamed talk radio and television for a decline in America.

"I think the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what (we) see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that this has not become the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in. And I think it's time that we do the soul-searching," the sheriff said.

On Sunday, Dupnik didn't back down.

"I think we're the tombstone of the United States of America," Dupnik said of The Granite State, which a day earlier he called the “Mecca” of hatred and bigotry. "To try to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week has impact on people, especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with."

"The sheriff out there in Tucson, I think he's got it right," Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the assistant minority whip, told "Fox News Sunday." "Words do have consequences. And I think that we have to really -- this is nothing new. I've been saying this for a long time now."

"I think the sheriff was right," added Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation."

"Bob, when you and I grew up, we grew up listening to essentially three major news outlets: NBC, ABC, and of course, CBS. We listened to people like Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid, and Huntley-Brinkley, and they saw their job as to inform us of the facts and we would make a conclusion," Hoyer said. "Far too many broadcasts now and so many outlets have the intent of inciting, and inciting people to opposition, to anger, to thinking the other side is less than moral. And I think that is a context in which somebody who is mentally unbalanced can somehow feel justified in taking this kind of action. And I think we need to all take cognizance of that and be aware that what we say can, in fact, have consequences."

Others suggested that the shooting that left six dead and 14 wounded is a one-off that can't be attributed to any logical explanation or current events.

"Our politics takes place in the halls of Congress and at the ballot box. It doesn't happen at a barrel of a gun. This is clearly an isolated incident," Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told Fox News.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who appeared with Clyburn, said she is not aware that alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner is tied to a political movement or engaged in a politically motivated act.

"You know, his favorite books are 'the Communist Manifesto' and 'Mein Kampf.' I think it's important that we recognize that this is an individual that had -- that has mental challenges, and we need to act appropriately in dealing with him and making sure that justice prevails here," she said.

Still, blame seems to be pouring out from all kinds of sources. FBI Director Robert Mueller said in a Sunday press conference that the "ubiquitous nature of the Internet" has made hateful information "much more readily available to individuals than it was eight or 10 or 15 years ago and that absolutely presents a challenge to us particularly as it relates to lone wolfs."

Mueller added that investigators are looking through Loughner's computer for indications of possible motives.

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Carolyn McCarthy readies gun control bill

POLITICO.
By SHIRA TOEPLITZ | 1/9/11

One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday targeting the high-capacity ammunition the gunman used.
McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband was gunned down and her son seriously injured in a shooting in 1993 on a Long Island commuter train.

“My staff is working on looking at the different legislation fixes that we might be able to do and we might be able to introduce as early as tomorrow,” McCarthy told POLITICO in a Sunday afternoon phone interview.
Gun control activists cried it was time to reform weapons laws in the United States, almost immediately after a gunman killed six and injured 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Arizona on Saturday.
Many said that people with a history of mental instability, like the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, should not be able to buy a gun — and no one should be able to buy stockpiles of ammunition used by the 22-year-old assailant.
McCarthy said she plans to confer with House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to see “if we can work something through” in the coming week.
McCarthy’s spokesman confirmed the legislation will target the high-capacity ammunition clips the Arizona gunman allegedly used in the shooting, but neither he or the congresswoman offered any further details.
“Again, we need to look at how this is going to work, to protect people, certainly citizens, and we have to look at what I can pass,” McCarthy said. “I don’t want to give the NRA – excuse the pun – the ammunition to come at me either.”
Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, told CNN that he also plans to take legislative action. He will introduce a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a federal official, including a member of Congress.
In 2008 President George W. Bush signed a law expanding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which registered gun dealers use, to include more comprehensive reporting of mental health records. Under the current law, it is illegal for anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution” to purchase a firearm, according to the FBI’s website.
However, Loughner did not fall into either of those categories, according to Josh Horwitz, the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.



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Just For Fun VIDEO CLASSIC - Pat Paulsen Editorials (Smothers Brothers Comedy Hr,1967/68)


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Patrick Layton "Pat" Paulsen (July 6, 1927 – April 24, 1997) was an American comedian and satirist notable for his roles on several of the Smothers Brothers TV shows, and for his campaigns for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996, which had primarily comedic rather than political objectives, although his campaigns generated some protest votes for him.
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Excerpted from the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a trio of hilarious editorials by the immortal Patrick Layton Paulsen. The topics were as relevant then as they are today: social security, gun control and health care. Pat Paulsen may have left us, but you can still vote for him!
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Court ruling opens the door to more nudity on TV..."nudity itself is not per se indecent."


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Bottoms up!

Court ruling opens the door to more nudity

http://www.nypost.com
January 7, 2011

Call it full moon rising -- soon, there could be bare butts all over the boob tube. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the $1.21 million worth of fines that the FCC levied against ABC after alleging that the network violated broadcast indecency standards for daring to show actress Charlotte Ross' naked behind during a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue."
When overthrowing the fine, the court cited the FCC's own declaration that "nudity itself is not per se indecent." It also reiterated that the FCC's context-based indecency test is "unconstitutionally vague," as previously determined by the court when the FCC demanded fines from Fox when profanities were aired during the 2006 Billboard Music Awards.
BEHIND THE TIMES: A ruling for ABC to pay $1.21 million in fines for a butt shot of Charlotte Ross (left) on 'NYPD Blue' was overthrown.
BEHIND THE TIMES: A ruling for ABC to pay $1.21 million in fines for a butt shot of Charlotte Ross (left) on "NYPD Blue" was overthrown.
The result of the latest ruling is that "because networks know that they won't be fined for [showing bare buns on screen], they know that it is another tool in the arsenal to engage viewers," says Lawrence Meyers, editor of "Inside the TV Writer's Room" and "Picket Fences" story editor.
In essence, the ruling "gives television producers and networks more freedom to do it if they wish," he says, noting that "because network ratings are in severe decline and have been for a number of years, they may try to pull out all the stops and say, 'Let's throw in as much nudity and swear words as we can out there,' instead of focusing on playing great content, which they have not been doing."


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The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America VIDEO plus 2 Free E-BOOKS pdf


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the deliberate dumbing down of america

Book download #1:
http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/DDDoA.sml.pdf

Book download #2:
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Charlotte Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms.

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http://www.americandeception.com

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~Ronald Reagan, 40th president of U.S.

USA vs. US: http://www.gemworld.com/USAvsUS.htm
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YouTube Video by:
NealF   November 16, 2010 

This video was originally created to be part of an art exhibit for Exposed the Art Project http://www.exposedtheartproject.org , a multimedia collaboration raising awareness of social issues. The group decided that the message in the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America shouldn't be put on hold. So here it is. The other artists of Exposed the Art Project are: painters Barry Gross and Viktor Safonkin, and photographers Adela Holmes and Presscott McDonald. We picked four themes for our premier—Social Commentary, Spirituality, Metamorphosis and Time and Chance. This is my contribution for Social Commentary.

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NEW TECH TOY For 2011 - Razer Switchblade (hand-held PC gaming ): NEW 256GB MINI USB flash drive

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CES 2011: What's New in PC Components


James Mulroy James Mulroy Sun Jan 9, 2011

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn't just all tablet, cameras, and laptops; there's plenty of news for the PC component geek, too, ranging from tiny flash drives that pack a lot of heat to the hand-held gaming console. If you're a speed fiend, CES has something for you too, like the World's first DDR4 RAM. There are a ton of other components at CES 2011 that could make your life and home seem more like the future, so sit back and try to resist the urge to get out that credit card.

Gaming
The Razer Switchblade is a 7-inch capacitative multitouch computer of sorts that is a littler smaller than a netbook but a lot more powerful. It features a programmable keyboard. It also features an as-yet unreleased Intel Atom processor, and runs Windows 7 with a custom Razer user interface overlay. It also comes with a 128GB SSD, Wi-Fi, 3G, and more. The Switchblade is still a prototype but they hinted that it may be priced in the netbook range.

Processors
Microsoft announced that it plans to support System-on-a-Chip architectures in its next version of Windows, hinting a the tablet market. Although this doesn't mean a lot right now, it could mean some changes to future versions of Windows. SoC architecture can allow a small system--like a tablet--run faster and more efficiently than other architectures because there is typically less lag time between components. Microsoft is working with NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, and Qualcomm on this project.
Another popular item at CES this year are the Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs. Our exclusive testing shows that, well, they're fast. Asus has revealed that it has updated motherboards and laptops that fully support the new Intel chips. Asus says that their P8P67 and P8H67 series motherboards, and the laptops in the G, K, N, and VX7 series will be able to support the Sandy Bridge CPUs. According to Asus, the new processors will allow laptops to handle eight-way multitasking.
Also new at CES are AMD's Fusion processors, which are finally shipping after years of demonstrations. These processors include an on-board graphics chipsets, and are geared toward low-end laptops and netbooks, and small desktops.

Memory
CES is booming this year with new sorts of speedy memory and storage devices to fill your needs. This year Samsung introduced the World's first DDR4 RAM. Many people are still stuck using DDR2, so this is quite the achievement. Samsung's DDR4 memory modules feature 30-nanometer chips that run at more than twice the speed of current DDR3 modules, and also use less power. The DDR4 module can achieve a data throughput of 2.133Gbps, and the company says that it could eventually reach speeds of 4Gbps.

Storage
If you're looking for a lot of punch for a little bowl, then Lexar has the package for you: The Echo MX, about the size of a standard flash drive, and the ZX, so tiny that you might lose it, both feature up to 128GB memory. The MC offers read speeds between 28MB/s and 32MB/s and write speeds ranging from 10MB/s to 17MB/s. The ZX features 28MB/s read and between 10MB/s and 15MB/s write.
If 128GB flash isn't enough for you, then you can pick up a Victorinox Secure SSD 256GB USB flash drive. It comes in the form of a Swiss Army knife and features what the company calls the World's smallest solid-state drive. It supports double the read speed and triple the write speed of other fast USB drives, and secure data encryption.
And if 256GB storage still isn't enough for you, you might need Rocstor's 750GB HDD 3.0 hard drive. Rocstor's new USB 3.0 hard drives feature either a 64GB SSD or up to 750GB of storage using a traditional hard drive.
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