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  • Britney Spears....er no?

    Posted by Otis Day

    So Lady Gaga originally wrote "Telephone" for Britney Spears.  She turned it down...and now this demo hits the web of Britney's demo of Telephone.  I don't think this is real.  Doesn't sound enough like Britney for me...too much Auto-tune(which is destroying music, by the way).  You listen and tell me if I'm wrong.  Britney er no?

  • Shake up in Alabama.

    Posted by Otis Day
    Tim James is running for Govenor as a Republican in Alabama.  His new ad says if he's elected, Alabama will only give the drivers license exam in English.  He says "This is Alabama...we speak English.  If you want to live here, learn it."  Here's the ad.  Thoughts?

    My biggest problem with the ad is that he keeps walking while he's talking for no apparent reason.    Here's the full story from yahoo.com

    'This is Alabama; we speak English,' governor candidate says

    • Wed Apr 28, 1:00 pm ET

    Amid a national debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he's elected, he'll give the state driver's license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure.

    "This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad. "If you want to live here, learn it."

    It's not clear how James thinks the change would save the state money. Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic says  Alabama could actually lose billions of dollars in federal funding if it enacts the measure, and he points to an Alabama political blog that runs down the legal history for why the exams are in multiple languages.

    James says he's been attacked by the left for the ad, singling out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. A writer on her blog called the ad "just plain mean" and argued it was simply pandering to the candidate's conservative base.

    "I have come under attack and under assault by a very interesting group of far-left reporters," he said Monday, according to the Birmingham News. He said English exams are a public safety issue, to ensure drivers can read signs. Exams are currently given in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese, according to AOL News.

    — Liz Goodwin is a national affairs writer for Yahoo! News.

  • Here's why Radio is in trouble....GREED!

    Posted by Otis Day

    Washington Post


    Commentary: Don't tread on radio for record labels' problems


    By Gordon H. Smith
    Monday, April 26, 2010

    It's the Washington way: Get legislation introduced that benefits a special interest, identify a "face" for your industry, mount a pricey lobbying campaign, and hope the bill passes before the American people notice. The Performance Rights Act, aggressively supported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is one example. If passed, local radio stations such as D.C. mainstays WHUR-FM and WKYS-FM -- and thousands of other stations across America -- would be required to pay additional fees for every song broadcast.

     
    Supporters tell a woeful tale of a once-famed musician struggling to make ends meet, clinging to the hope of legislation that would reverse decades of injustice and secure a financially sound future for recording artists across America. But in this case, local radio stations -- the musicians' greatest and longest-serving promotional partner -- would be responsible for signing checks worth hundreds of millions of dollars, instead of the record label executives who have systematically abused artists for decades. In fact, 50 percent of the proceeds from this new fee on radio stations would be funneled directly into the coffers of the record labels.

     
    With 50 percent in the labels' pocket, the remaining money would be divvied up by SoundExchange, an organization launched by the RIAA to collect and dispense royalty payments to artists. The disbursement would be split 45 percent for the featured artist and 5 percent for the background musicians -- if SoundExchange can locate them. But given media reports that SoundExchange had trouble finding the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the location loophole seems to be a rather big "if."

     
    It's unfortunate that the Internet has destroyed the business model of the record labels. No longer are music fans buying an entire album of songs to get the one track they enjoy. Instead, for a mere 99 cents or $1.29, they can download a single song through iTunes. Record label revenues have been cut in half over the past decade as a result. But that is not the fault of radio, which continues to build and nurture the careers of countless artists through free radio airplay.


    The record label claim that this legislation is about "fairness to artists" is dubious. D.C. native Herb Feemster of Peaches & Herb" fame -- as well as artists ranging from Benny Goodman to Pink Floyd to Cher -- had to file lawsuits against their record labels to recoup unpaid royalties.


    Contrast the record label exploitation of artists with that of radio stations that advance the careers of musicians with free airplay and concert promotions. With a growing audience of 239 million weekly listeners, free and local radio remains an unparalleled promotional platform for music, generating untold billions in album and concert sales and merchandising opportunities.


    No one disputes the need for artists to be paid for their work. But like every other business in America, those payments should come from their employer, the record label, not from the local radio stations that have propelled their careers to stardom.


    If this bill becomes law, hometown radio stations across America would be forced to cut jobs and reduce the public service and charitable work that is the hallmark of local broadcasting. Many stations will switch from music to all-talk stations to avoid paying onerous new fees.


    And that would hurt artists much more than it would help them.

     
    Gordon Smith is president and chief executive of the National Association of Broadcasters. He previously served as a two-term senator from Oregon.

  • Taylor Swift handing out free hugs

    Posted by Otis Day

     

    Taylor Swift Grants College Boys' Wish For A Hug

    Posted Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:21pm PDT by Joe Lynch

    Taylor Swift just might be the sweetest celebrity on earth, at least when it comes to her treatment of fans. Monday, Swift swung by an Alabama university to fulfill the dreams of two students who had been petitioning for months to get a hug from her. And hug them Taylor did, but she didn't stop at treating each of the boys to a good squeeze and a smooch on the cheek: She stayed around to put on a surprise live performance for both guys and all the students who showed up to witness the event.

    Before you demand your own hug from the 20-year-old country megastar, take note: A friendly squeeze from Swift doesn't come easily. Auburn University students Michael Wekall and Ryan Leander began their quest back in January via their website AHugFromTaylorSwift.com.

    When their ambitions came to her attention last month, the country sweetheart responded via a YouTube clip wherein she challenged the two boys to "start with the basic good deed: helping a little old lady across the street" if they really wanted some love from her.

    The eager college boys wasted no time making a video that showed them and their friends helping scores of elderly folks cross the street. "You blew my mind," Taylor told them in a follow-up video response: "I have to admit, my band and I watched it like 4 million times."

    The "Fearless" fanboys upped the ante for their next video, performing 13 good deeds that revolved around Taylor's lucky number 13, such as filling up a stranger's tank with $13 of gas, picking up trash on Auburn's 13th Street, and giving 13 roses to the old lady they walked across the street.

    Finally, at the start of the school week, Michael and Ryan's dreams came true when the four-time Grammy winner stopped by their college to make good on her promise. The event kicked off with the do-gooders leading an enthusiastic crowd through a massive karaoke sing-along to "You Belong to Me."

    Taylor interrupted their performance of her hit single via video-chat broadcast on a screen in the auditorium. She teased the boys a bit before delivering on her promise. "I really wish I was there," she told them, then paused thoughtfully. "I have an idea." Moments later, the blond pop star was escorted into the room by Auburn's tiger mascot to appreciative earsplitting screams from the student body.

    Wearing a T-shirt that read "A HUG for Ryan & Michael," she hugged the boys and planted a kiss on each of their cheeks. "I can't believe how far you've taken this," she told them. "It was so much fun going back and forth with you guys."

    Ever the sweetheart, Taylor didn't stop there-she gave Mike and Ryan front-row seats to one of her concerts, and then brought out her band to treat everyone in the room to an impromptu live performance.

    Photos courtesy of Auburn University

  • Thank a Cop

    Posted by Otis Day

    This makes me want to thank every single Police Officer I see.  Sometimes we forget what can happen.  Because we don't live this way, it's easily blown off as part of their job.  Until you watch a video.  This is real time....no editing.  It all happens so fast.  And to think that a new study only has Police Officers as the number 5 most stressful job.  Wow!  Can you imagine more stress than this?

  • Bret Michaels has massive brain hemorage

    Posted by Otis Day

    Bret Michaels on stage

    Sad news from the world of Rock 'n Roll. 

    Bret Michaels Suffers Massive Brain Hemmorhage

    Access Hollywood

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Two weeks removed from an emergency appendectomy, Bret Michaels was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night where it was discovered the rocker had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, a rep for the rocker confirmed to Access Hollywood.

    The 47-year-old "Rock of Love" and "Celebrity Apprentice" reality star is currently listed in critical condition.

    "After several CAT scans, MRIs and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation," a source close to the situation told People.

    In addition, Bret's rep told Access, "We will have no additional information until further testing is done."

    Earlier this week, Bret hit up his blog with a light-hearted and encouraging update on his recovery, following his appendectomy on April 12 in San Antonio, Texas.

    "I've been spending my time in the hospital watching 'Modern Family.' It is the best new comedy out there," he wrote on his personal blog on April 17. "And yes there are hot nurses taking care of me, in case you were curious. I mean, come on, every man has the nurse fantasy don't they?"

    While he was in good spirits, Bret also revealed just how serious his condition was before the surgery.

    "I have played concerts with broken bones, extremely low blood sugars, the flu, colds, and all kinds of things before. I tend to try to perform at all costs. But, I knew I was really sick this time when I started throwing up that morning and didn't stop all day. I just didn't realize how bad it was," he continued. "After the [surgery], they told me that if I had gone onstage like I wanted to, it likely would have ruptured and I could have died. Not good."

  • Volcano Footage from Above the crater

    Posted by Otis Day

    Sometimes I think that this 2012 stuff may be for real.  Tsunami's, earthquakes, Volcano's, that stupid Filet 'O Fish song.  Seriously....this could be the beginning of the end.  Or this could just be payback for all those times when I was younger and I would take a Brach's candy without dropping a dime in.  Karma sucks

  • Tax Day...yippie!

    Posted by Otis Day

    I just finished reading the Federal Tax code.  Well, actually...that's not really possible.  It's over 7 million words.  Seriously....why are we so wordy as a nation?  The tax codes printed out are over 70,000 pages.  In 1914 it was about 400 pages total. 

    We also didn't used to have this April 15th deadline.  You paid quarterly.  And Disney made propraganda films for federal taxes.  Have you seen this?

    5 Surprising Tax Facts

    1. No need to dread April 15
    If more of the folks around you waiting to mail in their 1040s look cheerier than usual, they may have good reason to smile. The Tax Policy Center reports that roughly 47% of Americans will pay no federal income tax for the tax year 2009. Recent tax cuts for both wealthy and non-wealthy Americans in recent years have helped reduce the number of checks owed to Uncle Sam. (If you're in this camp, know that you still need to file your return, especially if you expect any money back.)

    2. A free ride for big corporations
    Surprsingly, many huge American companies pay no taxes to the U.S. government. In 2008, General Electric (NYSE: GE) owed no U.S. taxes, despite ringing up $10.3 billion in pre-tax income. (The complicated explanation involves the huge losses its GE Capital division posted in the U.S., which offset the gobs of money the company made elsewhere.) Meanwhile, ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) reported a negative figure for U.S. income taxes in its 2009 10-K annual report. However, the company still paid $15 billion in total taxes worldwide, and says that it did pay income tax in 2009, despite the accounting figures.

    Many big U.S. companies with foreign operations can shield their income from U.S. taxation in exchange for paying taxes abroad. The government is looking into tightening these loopholes. But in some cases, as with Ford Motor (NYSE: F) and Citigroup (NYSE: C), companies' big losses in past years can allow them to reduce taxes in future years.

    3. The tax so nice, you pay it twice
    Many taxpayers don't realize that investors in dividend stocks experience double taxation. Sure, AT&T (NYSE: T) and Altria (NYSE: MO) may tempt investors with hefty dividend yields above 6%. But the companies have already paid tax on the earnings that they use to pay their dividends -- after which you pay taxes on that same dividend when it gets handed over to you.

    4. And only half as interesting
    At more than 7 million words, our tax code is now more than four times as long as Leo Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace. The IRS's official taxpayer advocate, Nina Olson, has estimated that we taxpayers spend nearly $200 billion annually complying with income tax requirements.

    5. Rich people say, "Tax us more!"
    More than 700 wealthy Americans support the Obama administration's plan to roll back tax cuts they received over the past decade, in order to reduce our deficit. These folks have pledged to donate the tax breaks they enjoy in 2010, while pushing for the breaks to be removed in 2011. Their project, Responsible Wealth, is supported by folks like Bill Gates, Sr. -- you know, the father of that guy who co-founded a little company called Microsoft.

    Whether you share these tidbits with your fellow 1040 filers, or keep them to yourself, congratulations -- you're now a more informed taxpayer. And for more surprising and occasionally fascinating tidbits, and a bunch of money-saving tips, drop by our Foolish Tax Center.

  • Jamie Oliver changed my life

    Posted by Otis Day

    jamie olvier

    Okay...that may be a bit extreme...but "Food Revolution's" Jamie Oliver has opened my eyes up a little bit about what I'm putting in my and my kids bodies. 

    I've started watching video's of him online and expanding my home cooking ability.  Like Jamie says....you're going to eat 3 times a day, every day...don't you want to know and own what it is you're putting in your body?  That really hit me.  I think about all the times I let my kids have Chicken nuggets and fries...and then think I'm going healthy by steaming some vegatables up and forcing them to eat a bowl.  So I bought a few kitchen tools...and stop saying, "Yeah I'm gonna eat better one day soon" and started doing it. 

    Last night we made the home made chicken nuggets he made on Oprah a few weeks ago. 

    Not the healthiest meal...but if you're gonna feed them nuggets...shouldn't you know and own whats in them?  Flour, eggs, bread crumbs, a little rosemary, garlic, chicken, and some salt and pepper.  Took 20 minutes total...and we all loved it.

    home made chicken on the pan

    You don't have to go super fancy either....we went with recycled paper plates and some steamed veggies(They fought me on the veggies...but with a promise of a snack they get to pick later, you can do anything.)

    Chicken on the plate with some veggies

    Here's video proof that the kids were cool with taking away their processed chicken nuggest in the shape of stars and fish or whatever.