State Sen. Dave Schultheis restated his opposition to a bill requiring HIV tests for pregnant women by claiming that infected babies would cause families to “see the negative consequences of that promiscuity.”
The police have been having a rough PR year, haven't they? From the shooting of an innocent, handcuffed man on the BART to a truly new era of videotaping and internet sharing, bad police officers are finally starting to get the audience they deserve. Here's a video that's just been released of a police officer losing his $@#! on a girl who's already in police custody, kicking her and punching her in the face. Sick!
tephen King has weighed in on Stephenie Meyer and has basically said “Good plot, shitty writing.”
Twilight fans, who insist on calling themselves “Twihards”, have responded saying that Stephen King is jealous of Stephenie Meyer’s talent and success. To put it in perspective, this is the fandom that decided to remake Bella’s womb, complete with twisted mutant fetus, in felt. These people really are, collectively, nuts.
(Twilight is an awful suckfest, more awful and soulless than anything I can think of in my lifetime. For real. A-W-F-U-L.)
Hollywood is filled with plenty of rags to riches stories. Jim Carey worked as a janitor, Demi Moore was a debt collector, Brad Pitt used to wear a chicken suit while handing out fliers and Sharon Stone worked (works?) at a McDonald's.
But some actors' beginnings can be attributed to not hard work, but sheer chance or accident. Such as...
Literally meaning "Fat Tuesday," Mardi Gras is the culmination of a weeks-long Carnival season that ends on Ash Wednesday. While impromptu foot and horseback parades had been a regular New Orleans occurrence for decades, it was in 1857 that the first "krewe" — private groups with semi-mythological namesakes that organize thematic parades — was established. This 1879 picture details a parade by Rex, an all-male krewe whose leader is known as the "King of Carnival." The Krewe of Rex established the official Mardi Gras colors of green, gold, and purple.
Since I've had the last week off due to reading week, I felt it would be a good time to relax and have fun. I also wanted to practice inking, so I decided I would redraw a bunch of video game characters from my past that I'm familiar with. Gotta draw SOMETHING, right?
The girls, both 16, worked as hookers and recruited at least five other teens from Phoenix area high schools, police said. Jazmine Finley and Tatiana Tye have been arrested and face numerous charges of child prostitution, authorities announced on Monday.
Yes, only at the S.S. will you find the first single from Tinted Windows, the new supergroup featuring Taylor Hanson, James Iha, Adam Schlesinger and Bun E. Carlos.
It's called "Kind of a Girl," and will be featured on the Windows' self-titled debut album, dropping on April 21st.
The initial spark for Tinted Windows occurred in the mid-Nineties, when Taylor and Adam (from Fountains of Wayne) first crossed paths. "Ever since we met, Taylor and I had talked about trying to do something together," says Adam, who has also worked closely with Iha over the years. The trio eventually bonded over power-pop, rock and New Wave. "We talked about everything from the Buzzcocks to the Knack," says Iha. "And, of course, Cheap Trick." On a whim they invited Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos into the mix, and he said yes!
There are many serious issues here and abroad that deserve more attention and non-profit advocates have taken to the airwaves to solicit contributions and raise awareness.
Unfortunately, some of them miss the mark and give us incredibly creepy videos that make us want to hide from the moving image forever, or create a cult classic that has lost its weight and power due to some unfortunate casting or strange music choices.
The Obama administration, siding with former President George W. Bush, is trying to kill a lawsuit that seeks to recover what could be millions of missing White House e-mails in a stunning reversal of Obama's rhetoric about Bush secrecy on the campaign trail.
Nobody expected the number-one-with-a-bullet rise of the music videogame—least of all the music industry. Armed with little more than crappy graphics, plastic guitars, and epic hooks, play-along titles like Guitar Hero and Rock Band have become an industry in their own right, raking in more than $2.3 billion over the past three years. Album sales fell 19 percent this past holiday season, but the thrill isn't gone—it just moved to a different platform.
The success of these games is good news for the music biz. They're breathing new life into old bands (Weezer, anyone?) and helping popularize new ones. They're even becoming a significant distribution outlet for new releases. So the record labels ought to be ecstatic, right? Nope. They're whining over licensing fees.
A little more than a month after the first family's move to the White House, reports of strange happenings have continued to surface, with Sasha Obama confirming Tuesday that she had once again been visited by the eerie specter of the Bush twins.
Sasha, who was playing in the East Wing of the executive mansion so as not to disturb her busy father, reported seeing the former first twins while riding her Big Wheel tricycle down the Cross Hall corridor. The frightening apparitions, the 7-year-old said, emerged out of thin air and were dressed in identical outfits consisting of spaghetti strap tank tops and denim skirts.
The story SF Weekly broke on Friday is true: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will announce legislation on Monday to legalize marijuana and earn perhaps $1 billion annually by taxing it.
Quintin Mecke, Ammiano's press secretary, confirmed to SF Weekly
that the assemblyman's 10 a.m. Monday press conference regarding "new
legislation related to the state's fiscal crisis" will broach the
subject of reaping untold -- and much-needed -- wealth from the state's
No. 1 cash crop.
In the late '90s, pop-culture historian Bill Geerhart had a little too much time on his hands and a surfeit of stamps. So, for his own entertainment, the then-unemployed thirtysomething launched a letter-writing campaign to some of the most powerful and infamous figures in the country, posing as a curious 10-year-old named Billy.
To his surprise, replies soon started pouring in. Everyone from Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (on tree-fort diplomacy) to Oprah Winfrey, Mister Rogers, Janet Reno, and members of the Supreme Court had words of wisdom for Billy. ("I like the Egg McMuffin," wrote Justice Clarence Thomas when asked about his favorite McDonald's food. "Actually, I like almost everything there.") Responding to Billy's idea for a "Hustler for kids," Larry Flynt wrote back encouraging the fourth grader to "Hang in there. You'll be 18 before you know it."
A few weeks ago, a guy moved into the apartment across from me. I know little about him apart from the fact that he owns cane furniture as I saw the delivery guys carry it up. I bumped into him on the stairs once and he said hello but I cannot be friends with someone that owns cane furniture so I pretended I had a turtle to feed or something.
Last week when I checked my mailbox, I found that my new neighbour had left me a note stating that he was having a party and to let him know if the noise was too loud.
The problem I have with the note is not that he was having a party and didn't invite me, it was that he selected a vibrant background of balloons, effectively stating that his party was going to be vibrant and possibly have balloons and that I couldn't come.
I love climbing and slaughtering collosi or tearing people limb from limb, channeling the anger from being tricked by Ares into slaughtering my innocent family as much as the next virtual escapist, but I’m always interested in games that present an experience far enough removed from the usual thing to be looked thought of not as a mere game but as a more artistic extension and expression of something as abstract as human dreams. Not to say that tearing someone’s arms off, impaling them against a door and then kicking them to open said door isn’t something we’ve all dreamed of, but something a bit more scaled back as the ability to fly is a nice diversion as well, and more today’s subject.
It's amazing just how many things that have happened in this world, from JFK's murder to the siege on David Koresh in Waco, that just don't seem to really hold up to actual scrutiny. I'm no 911-truther, but even then... why does the government not release the gas station videos showing the plane hitting the pentagon? Why were all of the documents needed to identify the terrorists found within 24 hours? Why would terrorists on a suicide mission pack clothes and copies of prayers they had memories and said every day of their lives? It's better not to look into it, I think.