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New Zealand earthquake: Rescuers work through night…..

From the BBC…..

Many parts of Christchurch were left in ruins after the quake

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Rescuers are toiling overnight in New Zealand to reach scores of trapped people after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake which has claimed at least 65 lives.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says more than 100 people are feared buried in collapsed buildings in the city.

The disaster struck at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) on Tuesday lunchtime when Christchurch was at its busiest.

It is the South Island city’s second tremor in six months, and the country’s worst natural disaster in 80 years.

Districts deluged

The mayor has declared a state of emergency and ordered the city centre’s evacuation.

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We paid a very heavy price here”

John KeyPrime Minister

On a cold and wet night, emergency teams have been toiling under floodlights to reach survivors, as relatives keep vigil outside.

Rescue teams with sniffer dogs have been fanning out across Christchurch.

A series of aftershocks, some as big as magnitude 5, have rattled the stricken city of nearly 400,000 people.

Many power and telephone lines are knocked out, while burst water mains have deluged whole districts.

Up to 30 people were feared trapped inside the flattened Pyne Gould Guinness building, where screams have been heard from the ruins…..


This from Politicaldaog101…..


February 23, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Tsunami/Earthquakes, Updates | | Leave a comment

Women’s Fitness Magazines Are Bullshit….

From Jezebel…..

They promise to tone, transform, fix, and whittle your body, but all women’s fitness magazines really do is help you lose all that flabby self-esteem you’ve spent years accumulating. How are they bullshit? Let us count the ways.

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This from Politicaldog101….

February 9, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Health, Media, Sports, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Year!……2011!

To all those out there…..

Happy New Year!

May you have the best of the New Year…

May you be Healthy, Wealthy and Wise…..


May you keep coming back here to the


And Enjoy!…..

The Dog


January 1, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Projections, Updates | | Leave a comment

Did Thandie Newton Out Mariah Carey’s Pregnancy on The View?




Today, Thandie Newton visited The View to promote Tyler Perry‘s For Colored Girls. After Joy Behar noted that Newton was cast after Mariah Careysubject of rampant pregnancy speculation—dropped out, Newton explained why: “[Carey] is pregnant.” Oops? Video inside.

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Denise Richards Met Charlie Sheen’s Hooker: Report…..


Charlie Sheen Denise Richards Hooker Prostitute


Charlie Sheen was hospitalized Tuesday after he was found naked and drunk in his NYC hotel room. He had been partying with a prostitute, authorities told the New York Post, and the still-unidentified woman told police he was yelling and throwing furniture.

Life & Style reports that police found a prostitute screaming from inside the closet of the hotel room while Sheen was passed out on the bed.

“She was fearing for her life and was naked,” a source told the magazine.

Just hours before, the woman reportedly met Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards over dinner Monday night, Life & Style also reports. Richards had been staying in a separate room of Sheen’s suite with the couple’s two young girls, Lola and Sam, according to the New York Post.

“Good morning!! Getting ready .. Heading to do Howard Stern this am!! Hmm what could he possibly ask this time?!?!” Richardstweeted Tuesday morning.

According to People, Richards, who is promoting her new Spike TV Series ‘Blue Mountain State,’ didn’t tell Stern much about the incident other than, “It’s been a very eventful trip.”

This is not the first time Sheen has reportedly been caught with hookers…..



October 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Misión cumplida: All 33 miners pulled to safety……

Thank Goodness for the people who made it out…

And …

The people that made it possible for that miracle…

In a mesmerizing story of grit, endurance and triumph, the 33 men who had been stuck underground since their gold and copper mine collapsed on Aug. 5 were hoisted to the surface, one by one, in a rescue celebrated across Chile and watched on live television worldwide. At 8:55 p.m. Eastern time, the last of the miners, Luis Urzua, the stoic foreman, was lifted from purgatory, capping off a flawless operation that lasted less than a day.

“I was with God, and I was with the devil,” Sepulveda, the second man freed from the mine, said upon reaching freedom. “They both fought for me. God won.”

Sepulveda then bounded into a field hospital, hugging journalists, nurses and rescue personnel and saying “Thank you, thank you” to anyone within earshot. Stopping for a moment to talk, the 40-year-old told The Washington Post that he never doubted that he would be extricated from the 2,000-foot-deep hole that he and the others called home for 10 weeks.

“We always knew that we would be rescued,” he said. “We never lost faith.”


October 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | | Leave a comment

Your Underwear Is A Window To Your Sexy Soul……



Your Underwear Is A Window To Your Sexy Soul


In 10 Things I Hate About You, we were told that black underwear means you plan on having sex. A new survey kind of confirms it. Among other sweeping generalizations!

We’re sort of confused about this poll, since the Daily Mail describes it thusly, and it’s the Daily Mail doing the describing: “Expert Donna Dawson drew up her list after a poll for laundry experts Dr Beckmann found almost three quarters of women now opt for ‘nude’ underwear – which means they have ‘nothing to hide’.” More details on “the poll for laundry experts Dr. Beckmann” were not forthcoming, nor did we learn in what, exactly, Dawson herself specialized. Something that allows her to give authoritative pronouncements on what different undies mean, apparently…….




October 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Health, Media, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Woodstock for Conservatives: Dick Cheney Is Back….


Five heart attacks ….

Shooting people ….

And still a die hard Conservative….

Dick Cheney is back…..

A little thinner…

But it’s him….


The Cheneys are celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary, and their well-scripted exchanges included a story about how their big yellow Labrador, who was named Dave for no particular reason, disrupted a meeting with the president and top aides at Camp David by chasing President Bush’s dog, Barney, who yipped and yapped at people and sometimes bit.
“Dave thought Barney was an evil squirrel and went after him,” Lynne explained. The vice president ended the chase by handing a sweet roll to Dave, and they thought the crisis had passed. But when they returned to their cabin, there was a knock on the door and they were informed that until further notice, Dave was barred from Laurel Cabin, which is the main meeting hall at Camp David.
The Bakersfield conference is like the Aspen Ideas Festival or Woodstock for conservatives. Headliners included Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Karl Rove and Sarah Palin as the wrap-up speaker. Three thousand American flags dotted the fairgrounds in honor of the 9/11 victims, a symbol of how much the GOP defines itself around 9/11. Lynn Cheney asked her husband to describe what it was like in the White House that day, which he did as the crowd of several thousand listened attentively.
He related how the Secret Service grabbed him by the back of his belt and shirt collar to propel him through a tunnel and into the President’s Emergency Operations Center under the White House. He talked about issuing the order to shoot down one of the hijacked planes, not realizing at first that it was the hero passengers on Flight 93 who had crashed the plane.
He recalled how he and Lynn had later flown from the South Lawn in a helicopter, the only time someone other than the president had done that. Everyone was concerned about the threat level, and the country’s two top elected officials had to be kept apart in the event of another attack.
Three o’clock in the morning is worry time, Lynne said. “What do you worry about?”


October 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Government, Health, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | | Leave a comment

2012….Democrats…The party of Grass?

Democrats’ Secret Weapon in 2012: Marijuana?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Democratic strategists “are studying a California marijuana-legalization initiative to see if similar ballot measures could energize young, liberal voters in swing states for the 2012 presidential election.”

“Democratic strategists liken the marijuana effort to the 2004 ballot drives to ban gay marriage in Ohio and 10 other states. Whether those measures helped then-President George W. Bush win that year remains a point of debate, as turnout was high even in states without the issue on the ballot. But many conservatives say the measure drove thousands to the polls in Ohio, the election’s central battleground, where Mr. Bush won by just two percentage points, or about 118,000 votes.”

“Now, some Democratic strategists say marijuana legalization could do the same for their party.”


October 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Health, Media, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Strasburg…The National’s pitching wonder…Makes the SI cover….

The question is …..

Can he keep it going?

Can he carry the team?

Stephen Strasburg is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, at least for everyone not in the Chicago market. This is, I believe, the first time a member of the Nats has been the primary subject of an SI cover. (UPDATE: Svlurga writes in to say that Ryan Zimmerman appeared onthe fold-out portion of this cover. My bad.)

It’s also only the second time a D.C. pro athlete has been featured on SI’s cover since this blog began in 2006.

In those five years, I believe this is the sixth time a D.C. athlete has been featured, though it’s certainly possible I’ve missed some.

But let’s put to lie this notion of an SI cover jinx, at least as far as D.C. athletes are concerned.


June 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments