Saturday, July 09, 2011

Hugh Grant on The News of the World Hacking Scandal

Surprisingly, actor Hugh Grant was one of the first to expose the News of the World hacking of celebrities phones.  This interview on British TV is very interesting and the confrontation between one of the reporters who did this is revealing of the motives of the News Corp organization.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Murdock Editor Will Be Arrested!

Former-News of the World Editor Andy Coulson will be arrested on Friday morning, according to The Guardian, over suspicions that he played a direct role in the phone hacking scandal that has brought down the paper. Phone hacking by the paper included a cell phone of a murdered girl and deleting messages left for her and her parents.  Amazing!

This scandal is growing by the moment and Murdock's closing the paper is a shabby attempt to distance himself and his media empire from the crimes.

Murdock's "News of the World" Folds!

Plagued with scandal and pending legal actions for hacking into the cell phones of celebrities and crime victims, Rupert Murdock's tabloid, News of the World is closing.  The best selling London daily will cease publication this Sunday.

From the LA Times:
Earlier this week, Britain was rocked by reports that a private investigator hired by the tabloid had illegally accessed – and deleted – voice mail messages on the phone of a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped and later found murdered.
That incident and many others including alleged hacking into military and government phones has brought a boycott of Murdock's papers in the UK. 

Murdock also owns Fox News as part of his News Corporation empire.

Political Fundraising. Obama Raking It In - GOP Trickling Down.

From the number of fundraising calls I get, I can tell you that President  Obama has his reelection campaign in full swing. Hardly a week goes by that I don't receive a letter or call from the campaign. Add to that the regular fundraising for the DNC and it's pretty easy to tell that the Democrats are cranking the cash machine at full speed.

Meanwhile, over at the GOP/Tea Party things are not so smooth. With a field of a dozen or so candidates it's hard for any one person to raise the massive amounts of cash needed to mount a campaign against an incumbent. The Republican front runner, Mitt Romney pulled in a cool $18 million in the first quarter, but the GOP itself is bogged down in $18.5 million in debt.

Add to that a recent poll that showed 60% of probable voters said they were entirely or somewhat comfortable with a Mormon candidate.  And that kind of information can only be disheartening to both Romney and Huntsman (the other Mormon presidential candidate).

I know it will be a tough election cycle and I am somewhat confident that President Obama will win reelection but I have to wonder what the GOP will pull from its bag of tricks to level the playing field?  One thing is certain, it won't be Sarah Palin!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Connecticut Adds Transgender Protections

From Raw Story:
Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation Wednesday that is designed to prevent discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The new law adds the phrase "gender identity or expression" to all existing state sex discrimination laws, making Connecticut the 15th state to specifically protect transgender people.

Video - Massive Haboob Engulfs Phoenix, AZ

Haboob is Arabic for Dust Storm. Amazing video.

More Crap from the Christian Right? Dangerous Gays!

This was too good to miss.  Found this on Joe.My.God.  Enjoy or fume.  Me, I did the latter.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fireworks at Fair Park - July 4, 2011

Had a great time last night except for the heat, but that comes with living in Texas.

Tried out my new iPhone and shot fireworks, enjoy!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Have a Bang Up 4th!

Fred Astaire with some 4th of July Fireworks as only he could do it!

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Fabulous Step Brothers with Foot Fireworks

ON sorry about the alliterate headline, but on July 4 back in 2001 the last surviving member of the tap dance sensation known as the Step Brothers passed away.  Luckily for us their magic has remained on film and now on the web.  OK the images are stereotypical,but get beynd that and enjoy their artistry and amazing energy.