Archive February, 2008

“American Idol.”

29 February, 07:03, by admin

The voting public cut loose Alaina Whitaker, Jason Yeager, Robbie Carrico and Alexandrea Lushington, trimming the number of contestants to 16 Thursday night.

Whitaker, a 16-year-old from Tulsa, Okla., let out a sob after she heard the result.

“Sorry, this is so embarrassing,” she told host Ryan Seacrest, who consoled her with a hug.

The other “Idol” female contestants gathered on stage to lend moral support to Whitaker as she gave a final performance of “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Several contestants wiped away tears.

“You are a gifted, bright young talent. … This is the start of an amazing career from you,” said judge Paula Abdul, who gave Whitaker a standing ovation.

Simon Cowell wasn’t surprised by Yeager’s exit.

“Your problem – quite simply – is that you don’t stand out in the crowd at the moment,” the cranky judge told Yeager, a 28-year-old single dad from Grand Prairie, Texas.

Cowell told Carrico, who sang Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded,” that his rocker act “just never ever felt real.” Carrico, 26, from Melbourne, Fla., was part of the pop group Boyz N Girlz United.

Lushington, a 17-year-old Douglasville, Ga., resident (and a snappy dresser and favorite of judge Randy Jackson’s), displayed a lack of confidence Wednesday, acting sheepish and uncomfortable onstage, following her cover of Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now.” Jackson said the ’70s song didn’t suit her youthful style.

A standout this week was 17-year-old David Archuleta, who sang a soulful cover of “Imagine.”

Brooke White, 24, also scored a glowing review from Cowell for her bare-bones performance of “You’re So Vain.”

Cowell joked he thought the song was about him.

“American Idol,” now running three times a week, will return to a twice-weekly schedule March 11 for the elimination of the final dozen. The decision-making finale will be held in May.

Losing Weight Woes

28 February, 23:17, by admin

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Chantix Works

28 February, 23:06, by admin

Well I am still on the Chantix to help me to quit smoking and It works great . I may not be completely quit, but I am only smoking about 1/10th of what I was and I know in my heart that I will completely quit that disgusting habit that I have had for over 40 years. I don’t see why the govt still lets the tobacco industry survive, It is no good to anyone except the growers and the distributors, and the manufacturers of these little killers. I know it’s the money the govt gets from the tobacco industry that keeps them going, but it has to stop somewhere.. Tobacco Kills and has no other value other than that of a legal murderer.

Asbestos Exposure

28 February, 22:42, by admin

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John Lewis dropped his support for Hillary Rodham Clinton

28 February, 00:56, by admin

Civil rights leader John Lewis dropped his support for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid Wednesday in favor of Barack Obama. Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Atlanta, is the most prominent black leader to defect from Clinton’s campaign in the face of near-unanimous black support for Obama in recent voting.

He also is a superdelegate who gets a vote at this summer’s national convention in Denver.

In a written statement, Lewis said Obama’s campaign “represents the beginning of a new movement in American political history” and that he wants “to be on the side of the people.”

“After taking some time for serious reflection on this issue, I have decided that when I cast my vote as a superdelegate at the Democratic convention, it is my duty … to express the will of the people,” the statement said.

Lewis’ endorsement had been a coveted prize among the Democratic candidates thanks to his standing as one of the most prominent civil rights leaders of the 1960s.

“John Lewis is an American hero and a giant of the civil rights movement, and I am deeply honored to have his support,” Obama said in a statement.

Clinton, questioned about Lewis during a satellite interview with Houston television station KTRK, said: “I understand he’s been under tremendous pressure. He’s been my friend. He will always be my friend. At the end of the day it’s not about who is supporting us, it’s about what we’re presenting, what our positions are, what our experiences and qualifications are and I think that voters are going to decide.”

Lewis first announced his Clinton endorsement in October and has appeared on her behalf on television and at events across the country, at one point accusing Obama supporters of trying to fan the flames of race against her. Clinton has frequently cited his support in trying to establish her credentials among minority voters, saying she saw her campaign as a continuation of his work.

But Lewis came under intense pressure to get behind Obama after his constituents supported the Illinois senator roughly 3-to-1 in Georgia’s Feb. 5 primary, and about 90 percent of black voters statewide voted for Obama, according to exit polls. The support among black voters nationwide to Obama’s candidacy mirrors Lewis’ Georgia district.

His change of heart follows a similar move by Rep. David Scott, a black Democrat who represents a neighboring district. It also comes a week after the Rev. Markel Hutchins, a young Atlanta minister, announced he would challenge Lewis in the Democratic congressional primary this summer.

Hutchins, 30, has seized on Lewis’ waffling in the presidential contest as evidence that the 68-year-old congressman is out of touch.

“Today’s announcement by Representative Lewis was clearly prompted by political expediency,” Hutchins said Wednesday. “It is time for a change. It is time to send somebody to Congress who is actually willing to represent the district.”

Earlier this month, Lewis’ office disputed media reports that he said he would switch candidates, or was at least reconsidering. But until Wednesday. Lewis refused to answer questions clarifying his position.

He said Wednesday afternoon he had called former President Clinton and Sen. Clinton but had not reached them.

Lewis’ announcement comes on the same day as another superdelegate, Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, endorsed Obama, citing the presidential hopeful’s record on trade.

The Obama campaign also said more than 1 million people have contributed to the campaign – a threshold crossed on Wednesday. Many donors have given $25 or $50, he said. The average donation is a little more than $100.

“We have funded this campaign at the grass-roots level,” campaign manager David Plouffe told reporters on a conference call. “It’s really built on the backs of the American people who are getting involved in this campaign. Most of the people giving us money are also volunteering.”

Dorgan said Obama has supported key trade issues. “He and I feel the same way. We both believe in trade and plenty of it. We just insist it that it be fair to our country – the rules be fair.”

NAFTA, the free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, is unpopular with blue-collar workers whose votes are critical in the Democratic primary Tuesday in Ohio.

Obama has won 11 straight primaries and caucuses since Super Tuesday, increased his advantage in the all-important delegate count and has attracted the support of his congressional colleagues. On Tuesday, he secured the endorsement of one-time presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut.

Clinton has been endorsed by 13 of her Senate colleagues, Obama 10.

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28 February, 00:54, by admin

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Police Reviewing Alleged Spears Drugging

28 February, 00:53, by admin

Los Angeles police say they are looking into allegations that someone drugged Britney Spears but have not decided whether to open a formal investigation.

Police Capt. Kyle Jackon said in a statement Wednesday that the allegations “are being considered” by the Robbery-Homicide unit to determine if laws have been violated.

Jackson says no suspect has been identified.

Spears’ mother claimed in recent court papers that the pop star’s sometime companion Sam Lutfi drugged Spears and tried to take control of her life. Those claims led to a restraining order against Lutfi.

Spears is currently under a court-ordered conservatorship.

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28 February, 00:24, by admin

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Nascar Rain Delay a joke

27 February, 01:31, by admin

How many track workers does it take to deem a surface worthy of racing? The world may never know.

When one track official was asked 30 minutes into the scheduled time of the Auto Club 500 whether the 2-mile track formerly known as California Speedway was still leaking water through the seams — a problem referred to as “weeping” — in Turns 3 and 4, he answered, “The track still isn’t dry enough to tell.”

Two hours later, after safety crews spread speedy dry to soak up liquid from Michael Waltrip’s loose oil line, the race was finally under way, but the racetrack was still in no condition for competition.

Denny Hamlin initially proved that point on Lap 15, when he careened into the wall in Turn 3.

“I think we can get out there, but I think there’s 42 other drivers that will agree that we shouldn’t be racing on that track right now,” Hamlin said. “I hit a slick spot and my car took off.

“You can see it on television — right at the seams — it’s seeping a lot of water. I hit a wet spot and I’m not going to be the last one.”

Casey Mears was the next casualty. He hit the weepers six laps later coming out of Turn 1 and bounced off the wall in Turn 2, collecting Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Reed Sorenson. Sam Hornish Jr. saw smoke, but could not slow down fast enough before sliding underneath the back end of Mears’ car and flipping it over.

“We just got loose and the issue I kept having was as we crossed that bottom seam, getting in and out of one and then also into three and four, if you weren’t quite low enough, it was a little wet,” Mears said.

“The track is still seeping a good bit of water. I don’t know if that is why I got loose in (Turn 1) but in (Turns 3 and 4), it was still pretty wet. I had hit it a couple of times and in the center of (Turns 1 and 2), I hit that a couple of times. It is kind of hard to see. I don’t know if that is what sent me around. I was trying to save it.”

Mears said once his car caught fire, “It seems like it takes an eternity” before the rescue crews arrived. But Mears’ judgment was clouded by the severity of the situation as workers were dispatched to the scene immediately. Once the smoke cleared, his early point deficit sunk in. Mears was running third in last week’s Daytona 500 before he wrecked with six laps remaining and finished 35th. As a result, he was scored 42nd following the first race of the season.

“Now we are pretty bad in the points,” Mears said. “We have to rally back here.”

NASCAR red-flagged the race after the wreck on Lap 22, and track workers addressed the issue by drilling grooves into the racetrack to alleviate the weepers in Turns 3 and 4 — a problem that had wreaked havoc with the surface all weekend.

NASCAR spokesperson Kerry Tharp indicated the weepers were discovered during the first red flag.

“That’s when we asked people from the track to come make some notches in the track to let the water drain off. When we started the race, we had communication with the drivers through our radio scans and with the feedback we were getting from them, we were confident that the track was ready to race.

“We had so much rain in those particular areas of the track, there just wasn’t any where for it to go. It was seeping up. When we had the red flag, it was brought to our attention that those were out there and needed to be corrected. That’s why we held it up as long as we needed to because we had to make sure it was right.”

Two-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, who surveyed the problem when it first arose on Friday along with teammate Jeff Gordon, said the water continued to rise over the asphalt in the first paving lane in all four corners.

Oscar losing viewers, smallest since 74

27 February, 01:16, by admin

The math is simple: three nights of “American Idol” beats one night of the Academy Awards.

Fox dominated the television ratings again behind its hit competition, which was seen by roughly 29 million people on both Tuesday and Wednesday last week. A special Thursday edition had more than 23 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Meanwhile, ABC didn’t get quite the usual boost from the Academy Awards. The 32 million people who watched Sunday’s show was the smallest Oscars audience since Nielsen began keeping those records in 1974.

The traditional Barbara Walters interview special had fewer than 12 million viewers, Nielsen said.

The cable network Spike counterprogrammed the Oscars with an original Steven Seagal movie, “Urban Justice.” Its 1.7 million viewers, mostly men, represented Spike’s biggest audience for an original movie.

ABC, which finished second in the ratings behind Fox last week, may have done better if not for the horrid performance of some of its new original shows. “October Road,” “Cashmere Mafia” and “Carpoolers” each got fewer than 5 million viewers – or fewer than Univision’s audience for the telenovela “Al Diablo Con Guapos” on four separate nights.

Fox averaged 15 million prime-time viewers last week (8.6 rating, 14 share), while ABC had 9.9 million (6.1, 10). CBS had 7.9 million (5.1, 8), NBC 7.2 million (4.6, 7), the CW 2.4 million (1.6, 2), My Network TV 1.2 million (0.8, 1) and ION Television 530,000 (0.4, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision averaged 3.9 million (1.9 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 1.2 million (0.6, 1), TeleFutura 690,000 (0.4, 1) and Azteca 150,000 (0.1, 0).

NBC’s “Nightly News” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 9.6 million viewers (6.5 rating, 12 share). ABC’s “World News” had 9.2 million viewers (6.2, 12) and the “CBS Evening News” 7.1 million (4.7, 9).

A ratings point represents 1,128,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 112.8 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

Numbers

27 February, 01:12, by admin

I have been playing the numbers game so long, and not winning that I think I could have paid myself a million dollars already, trying to win a million. I know it’s a luck of the draw game and the odds are astronomical but if you don’t play you cant win. I am beginning to think that winning just is not in the game plan for me. We just had a 275 million lottery that a Iron worker in Portal Ga won. It was the largest payout to one person in the Ga Lottery history. I can only try to imagine what being that wealthy would be like. I know I could do a lot of good with it and help out a lot of people. I know I would not be greedy with it and all my family would get to help enjoy the proceeds of a big jackpot like that. Oh well time to wake from my dream and get back to reality of me still buying tickets to see if I can win anything.

10 injured and 4 captured in Georgia

27 February, 00:45, by admin

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Dang Georgia weather

27 February, 00:21, by admin

Yesterday it was beautiful and about 67 degree, today has been cold and I think we reached our high temp around midnight for the high today, its been a cold and blustery day in good old Ga. I think the high for tomorrow will be around 40 . I’m thinking Florida may not be so bad this time of year.

Proud of your Religion

23 February, 02:27, by admin

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American Idol Again

20 February, 13:29, by admin

The show is running and I have already got the winner for you. This young man is out of Australia and lives in Buckhead Georgia now, and this dude can sing.He has been the Front man for a couple of bands Down Under, and he can sing. Michael Johns is the man of the hour in my opinion. This guy sang Queen’s song Bohemian Rhapodsy in the Atlanta auditions and brought Freddie Mercury almost back alive. I missed it last year but I got it this year, if the people have any taste of music and hearing somebody actually singing and not that gangsta rap shit that so many no talent thugs are making millions on, this guy will make it big. He has a soulful voice that is smooth and if needed a bit raspy to show the true feeling making a song work. Check him out on You Tube.
Ladies and gentlemen, Michael Johns

Hilton Head

17 February, 03:16, by admin

Spring time is just around the corner and it would be great to be in beautiful Hilton Head when all the flowers are blooming and the Island comes alive with its native beauty. You can stay in Hilton Head for much cheaper than you may think. Stay in a rental and not a cramped hotel . With Hilton Head rentals you have the privacy of home and comfort that you just cant get in a hotel. I have used this type of service before, I stayed at Sea Island and the difference between a rental and a hotel is as different as night and day. Enjoy your vacations and live them the way you are supposed to, in comfort and pleasurable!

Loving Nature

17 February, 02:02, by admin

Today I got to give my Rhino a good work out and see what its limitations are. I got drive for over 3 hours and only covered a little over 7 miles. I went thru some bottomless mud pits and hills that almost fell of their selves. If the name Sherman tank was not already taken I might have to call it that. But for now I guess the name Rhino will do. I have it figured out that if the tires are touching something the thing is going to go..

Join and Save

16 February, 04:52, by admin

Well love to save money where we can and in today’s economy it seems to be we better save every time we can. I just had a tile walk in shower installed in the guest bath as part of a remodel job. I am always looking for a savings on the things I buy. Direct Buy is the leading members only showroom and home design center that offers merchandise at manufacturer direct prices. You have to pay a small membership to join but you can save lots by being a member.I saved over 50% on my material compared to my local home improvement chain. Put some jingle in your pocket and keep smiling.

Ruth’s Chris Prime Steak

16 February, 04:42, by admin

Tonight I went to Ruth’s Chris steak House Famed to be the best in Atlanta. Well if you don’t know anything about steak and don’t know how to cook one and you eat there, this may be true for you. At Best I found it to be mediocre. The service was terrible and the food expensive. They brag about searing the steak @ 1800 degree Fahrenheit to retain the natural juices. I haver a gas grill that reaches 700 + Fahrenheit and I can make a better steak than they can. They use PRIME cuts of meat which is great but it seem that the CHOICE I get at Kroger is just as good.

I will give credit where it’s due. I ordered the blue crab lump cakes for appetizer and they were delicious. The Baked potato was great, but he Cream Brule’ was the Star of the evening. It was served with fresh berries and the glaze on top was perfect , not too light and not too dark. I will visit again for some of the other fare they offer but mainly for the dessert.

I can’t believe it.

15 February, 00:31, by admin

I just can’t believe that I got passed over on that job promotion for another employee with less experience and only a fair performance record. What is wrong with this picture? If this company had the right software the would be no second guessing of who’s right for the job promotion. I they had performance reviews they would have known that the right person for the job got the promotion. Don’t let this happen in your company and having mad employees, with Halogen Software.com you know you are headed in the right direction to grow as you should.