The 'Day the Music Died' didn't kill music - it lived and grew bigger

The music didn't really die on Feb. 3, 1959, the day a four-seat airplane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) crashed into a cornfield eight miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa.

Five years and six days later, the Beatles, who learned their craft from Buddy Holly records and whose name is a shoutout to Holly's Crickets, played the Ed Sullivan show.

No, the music lived. It just got bigger than anyone in 1959 could have imagined.

Still, that plane crash deeply affected a rock 'n' roll world that in 1959 was still in early adolescence.

The term "rock 'n' roll" itself had only come into widespread use about three years earlier, though it had floated around the blues world at least since the 1920s as a thinly camouflaged synonym for fun under the sheets. When you're young, you don't think about death.

Feb. 3, 2009 is the 50th anniversary of the day musicians Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash.

Before Feb. 3, 1959, rock 'n' roll's idea of a loss was Elvis Presley going into the Army or Little Richard announcing he was going to sing only for he Lord. John Lennon later would remarks that rock 'n' roll died when Elvis went into the Army.

On this one, John was wrong. There's a widespread popular myth that after Elvis' induction and the Buddy Holly plane crash, the enemies of rock 'n' roll smashed it into harmless little pieces. By this myth, traditionalists in the music, entertainment and radio games got together and conspired to replace the wild, raw power of Elvis, Buddy and Little Richard with the harmless likes of Fabian and Frankie Avalon, pretty boys with minimal talent.

Thus yanking the teeth and the bite out of this dangerous, subversive intruder. Without question there were traditionalists who wanted to see that happen, and even many fans believed rock 'n' roll was another fad, like goldfish swallowing, whose inevitable expiration date was coming up fast.

They too were wrong. The music and the seeds it planted in those 1958-1964 years, between Elvis and the Beatles, will stand with any six years in rock 'n' roll history. Motown started then, with artists like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Temptations.

That was Roy Orbison's peak. You had the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons at their best. Phil Spector was producing, Stax and Muscle Shoals were gearing up. The Shirelles were singing. So were Del Shannon and Arthur Alexander and James Brown and Gene Pitney.

Small companies produced hundreds of great singles, from Maxine Brown's "All In My Mind" to Kathy Young's "A Thousand Stars" to the Capris' classic "There's a Moon Out Tonight" and the Edsels' immortal "Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong."

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Buddy Holly Remembered 50 Years After His Death

On February 3, 1959, a small plane crashed in a corn field in Iowa, killing three rock and roll stars - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as "The Big Bopper".

The 50th anniversary of that tragic event is being observed by rock fans around the world, but especially in Clear Lake, Iowa - the scene of their last performance, where a large concert is planned, and in Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

Charles Hardin Holly, known to his family and friends as Buddy, was only 22 years old when he died, but he had by that time created a guitar-driven rock and roll style that would live on among rock bands around the world.

In only a few years, the Lubbock native created hit songs that are still played today - classics like "That'll be the Day," inspired by a line John Wayne spoke in the western movie "The Searchers".

Holly rocked his fans with songs like "Peggy Sue" and "Maybe Baby" and then soothed them with ballads like "Everyday".

The song marked the first use in pop music of a celesta - an instrument mainly associated with classical music performances.

Fans say Holly's music still relevant

Holly's style and musical experimentation appealed to many up-and-coming musicians, especially in Britain, where he has many fans even among people born long after his death.

Among the British visitors to Lubbock for the 50th anniversary of Holly's death are Phil and Caroline Jenkins.

"The Beatles and the Rolling Stones - they all credit Buddy as being a major influence," Jenkins said. "It seems that you get more in England than you do here. He is bigger there than he is here. You know, he is bigger there than he is here. Lots of people here we talk to go, 'Who?' They don't know the name."

Jessica Camacho helps run the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, which is holding panel discussions and special events to commemorate Holly's death.

Camacho is only 26 years old, but she says she recognizes the importance of Holly - not only to her hometown, but also to the world of music.

"I don't know how many younger people realize what kind of influence Buddy Holly had even on the music that they hear today that they love. I think his influence was far reaching," Camacho said.

Friend says Holly strove for recognition

There are still many people living here in Lubbock who knew Buddy Holly well. Among them is former musician and disc jockey Jack Neal, who was Buddy Holly's first musical partner on a local radio show. He sat in on jam sessions with Holly and a young rock singer from Memphis, Tennessee named Elvis Presley, just months before Elvis went on to become a legend himself.

"I truly believe that if Buddy had still been living, he would have been as big as Elvis, if not bigger, because of the two different styles of people that they were," Neal said.

Neal knew Buddy Holly as a close friend as well as an artist, and he misses him still. He recalls one of his last conversations with him, not long before he died.

"He was in town and we were at one of the drive-ins and it was just before he left to go on that last tour and he said he wanted people to know Buddy Holly," Neal recalled. "He wanted them to know the name. He said the money was nice, but he wanted people to know the name. And so that was his goal and that is exactly what he did."

The fatal plane crash in Iowa was commemorated in 1973 by singer/songwriter Don McLean in his hit song, "American Pie," which spoke of "the day the music died." But most Buddy Holly fans say his music never died and that it lives on in the rock and roll he helped create.

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Fidelity Layoffs 2009!

Now Fidelity Layoffs for 2009! Who will get their jobs cut in the new Fidelity Layoffs of 2009? Jobs in FMR Co. investment unit says reports.

The layoffs for 2009 are not additional. These are part of cuts, 3000 total, announced in fall 2008. That 2008 announcement said 1,300 would be laid off in November 2008 and 1700 in the first part of 2009.

Some reports say that FMR has about 500 analysts and one specific report
says the “positions at FMR Co. will be eliminated this week.”

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Super Bowl game interrupted by snippets of pornography

London, Feb 3 (ANI): US viewers catching the Super Bowl match on TV were given a rude shock when the game was interrupted by snippets of pornography.

The porn flick, which showed a woman performing a sex act on a man, had come on for 10 seconds during a Tucson television station's broadcast, which KVOA TV said was viewed by those who receive the channel through a cable provider.

When the NBC feed of the Super Bowl was transmitted from KVOA to local cable providers and through over-the-air antennas, there was no pornographic material, the Daily Express quoted station general manager Gary Nielsen, as saying.

The station said that it was dismayed and disappointed that some customers and their families were subjected to the material, and would carry out an investigation.

KVOA will continue to investigate what happened to our clean signal and make sure our viewers get answers, it stated.

A spokeswoman for cable company Comcast confirmed that the standard feed was interrupted during the Super Bowl, but she said its high definition feed was not.

As per reports, the Tucson media received calls from irate viewers about the pornographic material, and Joel Hilander of Tucson said that he and his young children saw the clip.

I couldn't believe it. And I couldn't believe that my children were watching it either, he said. (ANI)

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(Millard) Fuller, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity, dies

Source: Yahoo

ATLANTA – Millard Fuller, the millionaire entrepreneur who gave it all away to help found the Christian house-building charity Habitat for Humanity, died Tuesday. He was 74.

Fuller died about 3 a.m. after being taken to a hospital emergency room, according to his wife, Linda. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Linda Fuller, in a telephone interview from the couple's home in Americus, said her husband was complaining of chest pains, headache and difficulty swallowing.

The couple was to have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August with a 100-house "blitz build" across the globe, she said.

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Charles Nenner

Charles Nenner is just another one of those pundits who tell us that they can divine the future. Sometimes they're right of course (the Sun will rise in the East tomorrow) and sometimes they're wrong (economists have predicted 11 of the past 3 recessions). Charles Nenner's luck seems to be in at the moment as some of his recent predictions have turned out to be right on the money.

Charles Nenner's system is based on economic cycles, complex mathematical equations, and determinism, which is to say he believes that he has a system he believes can predict the trends and price points in various markets in advance. This sounds crazy, except he has been remarkably (frighteningly?) accurate in some of his predictions.

So what is Nenner predicting now?

Right now, he is calling for a year end rally, with more to go, roughly to mid-Dec. His price target on the Dow is around 14,300.

- In terms of 2008, he predicts a tough February and March, and a very volatile year overall, with 3 to 4 roughly 15% corrections. He believes 2008 will be a very difficult year to make money in.

It's going to be a difficult year to make money in? Good grief, people are calling Charles Nenner a seer for stating that? Here's the background on Charles Nenner:
Charles Nenner, President and CEO, founded Cycle Forecaster, Inc. He is also a medical doctor, and a former chess champion of Holland. He speaks seven languages. The Company publishes, via the Internet, a research letter regarding various financial markets, stocks, and economic indicators. His daily newsletter is one of the most influential newsletters on Wall Street. His clients include some of the biggest and wealthiest investment firms, hedge funds, re-insurers, capital pools and individuals in the world. The newsletter covers several markets, including the Nikkei, S&P, Nasdaq, Gold, Bonds, Bunds, Oil, etc, as well as individual stocks and economic indicators. His work utilizes a unique algorithm that he developed early in his career. It factors in multiple cycle movements, and includes the Elliot Wave theory as a foundation. He is able, from his historical research, to identify and quantify the cycle turns for all markets. The basic thesis to Cycle Forecaster is that human interpretation of events and trends does not change over time. Therefore, detailed past analyses - going back many decades – in combination with the Elliot Wave analysis, Gann analysis, oscillator analysis, and other analyses, can lead to predictive postures for current and future investment decisions.

Hmm, might all be worthwhile, could indeed be the greatest financial analyst of our time. There's always one niggle I have though with people like this:

Charles Nenner has been the talk of Wall Street in 2006 with his 'triple call' on the market. Market experts have been paying attention to his calls a lot longer though. If you would like more information on his fee-based services, or want to learn more about him generally, please contact us.

So, er, why is he selling his advice? Why isn't he keeping quiet about it and trading on his own account? He'll make vastly more money that way: on the assumption that his forecasts about the future are indeed correct.

He spent several years at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. He also created his own Broker-Dealer firm, which traded based on the research he generated. what happened to that (unnamed) broker dealer then? Did it, trading upon his unique advice, make a fortune? Or did it close because it wasn't making a fortune? Which is why Charles Nenner is selling advice, not following his own investment tips?

Hey, you make up your own mind here.
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Doodle for Google, Obama doodles

Everybody doodles. Everybody Googles.

That's why Google is getting such a ride with its Doodle for Google contest, inviting schoolkids throughout the country to submit a doodle, with a 50-word essay, holding out the prize of displaying that doodle on Google for a day.

The winner also gets a trip to Google's Mountainview, Calif., campus. the 'Googleplex', a personal computer, a T-shirt, and, oh, a $10,000 college scholarship and $25,000.00 toward the computer lab at their school.

Which got us to thinking.

What if Congress authorized a Doodle for Obama: Every day, the best doodle for the president is displayed on the White House Web-site, the winner gets a scholarship, money for their computer lab. Economic stimulus in a daily dose.

Even Obama doodles.

(He may be getting the kids a Doodle, too.)

The president said, during his weekend pre-game Super Bowl interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, that there is little time for "the inconsequential'' around the White House. He'll spend the afternoon going through a gauntlet of several TV interviews in the Oval Office today, however, making a sales pitch for the economic stimulus.

Time to doodle in between. Sort of like this posting.


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Iran Launches Indigenous Satellite

Iran joined the select group of spacefaring nations today when it announced the launch of a domestically-produced satellite, Omid ("Hope"), aboard its Safir-2 rocket and that it was "successfully set into orbit." This coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution that overthrew the Shah, and on the heels of President Obama's announcement of a new era of detente with Iran. This is Iran's second satellite, after Russia launched the Sina-1 in 2005.

In the recent book, The Inheritance by David Sanger, Washington Post correspondent, which deals with the legacy inherited by President Obama from the Bush administration, he opens with the Iran issue and how it was handled by the Bush team. Coming soon after their intelligence failures with Iraq, they were far more circumspect and cautious than they perhaps would have been otherwise. Far from harbouring active regime-change fantasies, the book reveals that the administration sat on compelling evidence that Iran was likely pursuing an active weaponization program (pp 64-69, "The Laptop of Death") that was broken by the New York Times in 2005, and was even shared with the IAEA earlier that year. Even so, the National Intelligence Estimate of 2007 showed that the design program for an atom bomb had been suspended ("Project 111") even as the civilian enrichment program continued. The author also reveals how skilfully Iran exploited American concerns post-Iraq and undermined the new Bush strategy to involve the other powers like Russia, China, and the Europeans by playing one against the other.

Iran's new launch comes after last August's launch of a similar rocket capable of carrying a satellite to orbit. The Omid is positioned as a data processing and television transmission satellite, although concerns of dual-use technology and the potential for the combination rocket to be converted to carry a warhead will likely raise fears around the world.

President Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying, "Iran's presence in space with the aim of expanding monotheism, peace and justice has now been officially recorded in history."

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University of Cambridge Down Plays Shoe Incident

This afternoon the Premier Minister of China Wen Jiabao was thrown a shoe while addressing the audience at the University of Cambridge. The incident happened almost in the same manner as it was in Iraq when a reporter threw his shoes at then-President George W. Bush in December. However, the matter was handled in a more civil and calm way in London compared to the swift and near-violent way of handling in Iraq.
The University of Cambridge downplays the incident in its release focusing on Jiabao's speech rather than the shoe incident. However, the the incident has made the top news around the world.
According to AP "the shoe-throwing came at the end of Wen's a three-day visit to Britain that was dogged by demonstrations over human rights and Chinese policy in Tibet. Wen returned to Beijing Tuesday." Not many details are known yet, but some have written that the incident with Wen Jiabao is related to Tibet and that it was a Tibet rights protester that threw his shoe on Wen Jiabao.
Here is what Univerity of Cambridge has release.
Premier Wen Jiabao of The People’s Republic of China made the trip from London to the University of Cambridge this afternoon despite the snowstorm to give the prestigious Rede Lecture at West Road Concert Hall.
He spoke to a packed and receptive international audience of more than 500 staff and students about the history of development in China, the challenges ahead and the present financial crisis. The lecture was entitled: "See China in the Light of Her Development".
He then responded to questions from the audience.
His lecture was briefly interrupted by a member of the audience who was removed from the lecture by University Proctors and has subsequently been arrested by Police on suspicion of breach of the peace and attempted assault.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alison Richard, said: "We were much honoured that Premier Wen gave the Rede Lecture this afternoon, and I was delighted to accept his gift of the China Digital Library, in recognition of the University's 800th Anniversary.
"I deeply regret that a single member of the audience this afternoon failed to show the respect for our speaker that is customary at Cambridge. This university is a place for considered argument and debate, not for shoe-throwing."
Based on Materials from University of Cambridge, AP and YouTube.

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Kobe Bryant set point record at M.S.G.

Last night, Kobe Bryant broke the record for points scored in a N.B.A. game at Madison Square Garden when he torched the N.Y. Knicks for 61 points. Bryant hit on 19 of 31 shots from the field including 3 of 6 from three point range. He also made all 20 free throws. He broke ex-Knick Bernard King's record of 60 points. King, the former Knick, held the previous Garden record of 60 points set on Christmas Day 1984. Michael Jordan's 55 points on March 28, 1995, were the most by an opposing player.

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Denny’s Free Grand Slam Breakfast

Haven’t been to a Denny’s in awhile… but if you don’t mind the potential busy restaurant and wait, Denny’s giving a free Grand Slam breakfast per customer, from 6 AM to 2 PM on Tuesday, 2/3/09 (today).

If you don’t want to wait, speak with the manager and request for a rain check coupon, which will enable you to come back at another time to get your free Grand Slam at a more convenient time of your choosing. Each Denny’s should have 500 of these Grand Slam rain check coupons.

To entice you further, each customer that orders a free Grand Slam will receive a coupon book with more freebies with purchases. Each restaurant should have 1,000 of these coupon books.

Estimated customers taking advantage of this deal is expected to be about two million. You can search for a nearest location at Just an FYI to all that may not have seen the Super Bowl ad.

For the nutritional conscious: A Grand Slam is about 795 calories, 50 grams of fat (14 grams of saturated fat), 460 milligram of cholesterol, 2273 milligram of sodium, 65 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 34 grams of protein.

Yum. A healthy jog/walk with the pals after breakfast certainly wouldn’t hurt.


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Christian Bale Freaks Out on Terminator Salvation Set

Christian Bale lost it on the set of Terminator: Salvation when the director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, walked into his scene twice by messing with his lights. Christian Bale ripped into him and used the f*ck word 40 times in less than 4 minutes. I really thought Christian Bale was going to kill someone.

I'm guessing Christian Bale was having a tough day and wanted to get the scene over with, but it's obvious that he's a little tightly wound and was ready to tear this guy to shreds. Still, I think he's hot, and this only makes me imagine him as an aggressive lover...

Take a listen to Christian Bale ripping this guy a new one.


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Google Earth 5.0 Out, Adds Oceans, Mars And Time Travel

Google Earth has been improved to offer quite a few fancy new features recently and has just undergone another major update, this time adding 'Google Ocean' to its expanding world coverage.

This allows you to take a 3D-rendered tour of the seas with videos from the BBC and National Geographic and facts about the ocean included, allowing you to check out underwater mountains, famous shipwrecks, diving sites and other marine activity and expeditions.

If you find anything interesting you can use the touring feature to record your exploits and send to a friend, adding a soundtrack or narration if you wish, to personalise the journey.


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Judd Gregg Will Destroy the Commerce Department from the Inside

Looks like Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire (the We Vote First So You Have to Pretend We're Important State) is President Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary, that thankless job that Bill Richardson scandaled his way out of.

Gregg is well-qualified to lead the Commerce Department, in that he once tried to abolish the Commerce Department...

President Obama’s new candidate to run the Commerce Department voted in favor of abolishing the agency as a member of the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor in 1995.

Gregg also fought President Bill Clinton’s efforts to increase funding for the Commerce Department to administer the 2000 census. Indeed, Gregg’s commitment to basic functions of the department has been questioned at times.

"He was generally pretty harsh on them and not really interested in their programs, especially the commerce side of things," said a Democratic appropriations aide.

Um, maybe he left that part off his resume?

[E]ven some Republicans are surprised by Gregg’s apparent enthusiasm for the job. "I guess if you can’t destroy it, go be in charge of it," said a Senate Republican aide.

Which, incidentally, was Barack Obama's rationale for forging his birth certificate and covering up his secret Muslim terrorist roots in order to run for president of the United States.

So they do have that in common.


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Bipartisan Action Item of the Day: Tell your Senators tax cheat Tom Daschle must withdraw his name from consideration

UPDATE: One of us here has today off and is committed to calling every US Senator, Governor, and emailing ALL Members of Congress to tell them all that Tom Daschle is unfit to serve as Health and Human Services Secretary. Yes, only Senators will vote on the confirmation, but here’s our thought process: some of these Members of Congress don’t get much attention. When 6 people call them out on something in a day, they panic, since most days their phones rarely ring. The same is true for Governors. If they start getting tons of calls today making them aware of today being the anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment, and how shameful it is a limousine tax cheat like Daschle is being considered for Cabinet appointment on today of all days, the Governors and Members of Congress are sure to put calls into their respective Senators too. THOSE calls will carry more weight than all of us calling the Senators directly. Whoever’s answering the phone in the Senators’ offices are sure to pay attention when the Governors’ offices start calling to tell them “people are burning up the phones upset about Daschle”. ESPECIALLY Governors facing re-election in 2010.

If we can talk to 100 Senators and 50 Governors’ offices today and tell them Daschle must resign, can you make a few calls yourself and report back on this thread what response you get and who you talked to?

If you are visiting from other sites, can you encourage your readers to do the same thing? This is a bipartisan call to action as a tax cheat is something neither Democrats nor Republicans want in charge of billions of dollars of Health and Human Services stimulus spending.

Daschle has no moral authority and has proven he can’t be trusted with money. So, Sally needs to go!


Tom Daschle needs to withdraw his name from consideration to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary.

The more that’s revealed about his deliberate decision to not pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes on his chauffeur-driven limousine, the angrier we get that this smug bush-league Sally Jesse Raphael impersonator thinks the 16 Amendment does not apply to him.

That’s important because today is February 3rd, the day the 16th Amendment was ratified all the way back in 1913.

We know Daschle’s slow on the uptake, but he’s probably heard of income tax by now, and as a former Majority Leader in the Senate, he should know better than to cheat the IRS when he’s been raking in millions the last several years cashing in on all of his Washington connections.

This is not an instance of someone not knowing what the law is. Here in Chicago, City ordinances governing parking are bizarre and surreal in the extreme. If you are not from Chicagoland, you would not know you aren’t allowed to park on certain streets odd days of the week, but only during Cubs night games — or that your car can be moved to anywhere in the City, at any time, without your knowledge or permission, if the City just feels like it. Every day, dozens of tourists and family members visiting Chicago residents receive City-issued heart attacks, thinking their cars were stolen in Wrigleyville, only to find the Mayor’s transportation office had their vehicles towed to a parking lot somewhere on the Southside, just because, or so botanists can inspect tree limbs and squirrel nests on your street (true story, that honestly happened to one of us, and that was the exact reason the City gave for moving the car: to look at squirrel nests in branches overhead).

So, sometimes in life your car’s towed because of unpredictable squirrel nests wholly out of your control, and completely nuts.

Daschle’s a nut, but his taxes are a completely different matter because he knew full well what the law was, but chose not to follow it.

This New York Times piece breaks things down even further, clearly showing Daschle deliberately broke the law and continued to do so even after considerations began for him to join Obama’s Cabinet.

June 2008: Daschle admits he was aware he owed taxes on his chauffeur-driven limousine and told his accountant to “investigate it”.

June - November 2008: Daschle and his accountant investigate his tax matters, but decide not to do anything about them and don’t pay a cent to the IRS.

November 2008: Obama’s transition team discovers unrelated tax issues that Daschle owed money for. So, not only did Daschle not pay his limousine’s taxes, but he cheated in other ways to (on which the media’s not reporting).

It appears Daschle intended to keep ALL of his tax problems quiet until the Obama team called him on some of it. Then, and only then, did Daschle admit he received the equivalent of $255,000 in income from a large corporation to fund his personal limousine service.

November - December 2008: Daschle admits to the Obama team that he owes the IRS a lot of money (more than three years’ salary for the average American family).

January 2, 2009: Daschle reluctantly pays $140,000 in back taxes, while acknowledging he owes more, but at this moment is refusing to pay it.

As bad as Tim Geithner’s tax problems were with the money he owed the IRS from his “self-employment” and other issues, Daschle’s are much, much worse — especially considering Daschle’s past experience as Majority Leader. That means he should be judged by a HIGHER STANDARD than those without such legislative experience (not allowed to skate over unpaid taxes because of his past glories).

Considering today is the anniversary of the 16th Amendment’s ratification, the day the federal government was first allowed to set and collect income tax, all 100 US Senators need calls, emails, and faxes to remind them of this day in history — and express to them that tax cheats like Daschle should be punished, not rewarded with cushy Cabinet positions to further pad out their resumes.

Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 Call and ask to be connected to your Senators today!

If you don’t know who represents you in Congress, here is a link where you can put in your zip code and find out.

Here’s the complete email and fax list for all Members of Congress (and state governors too). Call everyone, and tell them Tom Daschle is not morally capable of being the Secretary of Health and Human Services if he can’t be bothered to pay his own taxes.


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VH1 - Flavor of Love : Leilene


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Film Review: Mad Cow Sacred Cow

Mad Cow Sacred Cow depicts the personal journey of filmmaker Anand Ramayya, a self-professed meat eating Hindu. Ramayya and his crew travel from his in-law's small cattle operation nestled in the heart of the Canadian prairies to the bovine-dodging traffic chaos of India, where the cow is still holding its own as a sacred animal. Clocking in at 53 minutes this tightly edited documentary illustrates the impending plight of both cow and small farmer from opposite sides of the world.

Ramayya's connection to both sides of the globe is very personal. His short interviews with Canadian cattle ranchers shows how consolidation in the beef industry is making it difficult for small operators to survive.

Small Farm from KarmaFilm on Vimeo.
Small Farm from KarmaFilm on Vimeo.

In India Ramayya talks with world-renowned scientist Vandana Shiva about the changing perception of the cow in her country. Once revered, the cow is now in danger of losing it's standing, partially due to the industrialization of India's food system.

The Cow in India from KarmaFilm on Vimeo.
The Cow in India from KarmaFilm on Vimeo.
Mad Cow Sacred Cow is worth a look for the personal story as well. Ramayya is a poster boy for a generation of people born to immigrant families in North America, distanced from their ancestral heritage, but increasingly curious about what their parents left behind.

Watch the broadcast premiere on CBC Newsworld’s “The Lens” on Feb 3rd, 2009, 10:00 PM EST.

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The Trailer:

Mad Cow Sacred Cow Trailer from KarmaFilm on Vimeo.
Mad Cow Sacred Cow Trailer from KarmaFilm on Vimeo.


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Madworld is an imaginative third-person action game exclusively for Wii and was produced by Atsushi Inaba. MadWorld has a unique black and white style depicting an incredibly sharp backdrop that straddles graphic novels and 3D worlds. As players battle opponents, they must master the use of various weapons and items found within their environment, such as chainsaws and street signs, while entertaining sports commentary adds to the third-person gameplay. With its irreverent humor and over-the-top violence, MadWorld will deliver a unique core gaming experience currently missing on the Wii system.
From a third-person perspective, the player controls Jack, a mechanic with a chainsaw on his arm, as he competes in a violent television show. Control is handled through the Wii Remote and Nunchuk attachment, with the Remote controlling his weapon and the Nunchuk moving Jack. Most attacks are performed using the “B” button and accelerometer. Furthermore, MadWorld will not make use of the Wii Remote’s infrared sensor, as its developers found it unnecessary to pinpoint movements on the screen in order to attack. Players perform brutal melee attacks on enemies using objects found throughout the environment, such as impaling an enemy’s head with a caution sign.

Jack is just an everyday citizen, who gets dropped headfirst into the terror of Death Watch, a brutal game created by a bunch of vindictive terrorists, known only as ‘The Organisation’. On the streets of Varrigan City, there is no choice – attack first, think later. Jack’s number one priority is to stay alive, but in order for this to become a long-term option, he must battle his way to the nerve-centre of The Organisation and uncover the real motive behind this modern-day gladiator’s arena. Along the way he’ll face the pressure of gruesomely hilarious mini-games that will push him to his limits and confront monstrous bosses, for whom mercy isn’t an option.
Always over-the-top and outrageously funny, MadWorld features eye-popping graphics that suck you into the maelstrom of madness and leave you begging for more. Think of a slick monochromatic graphic novel, transport it to an interactive 3D world, add a riot of sound and a huge weapons collection, and you’re just about there. No object is without its bone-splintering possibilities: street signs, dumpsters, tyres – your survival will depend on being inventive and ruthless in equal measure.
Making innovative use of Wii’s motion-sensing capabilities, MadWorld employs the versatility of both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk to deliver ferocious finishing moves in a whole variety of macabre ways. Although Jack is very much on a one-man mission, you can also share the experience with your friends, by getting together for some special party games. There’s no cuddly toy for the winner here though.
The game will feature extreme, over-the-top violence, but designer Shigenori Nishikawa intends it to be seen in a comical light despite the dark tone of the game. For example, in a minigame called “Man Darts”, players must hit enemies onto a giant dartboard with a baseball bat to score points. However, because of the intended level of violence PlatinumGames is unsure of whether or not the game will ultimately be released in Japan, stating “In certain markets there are a lot of limitations on the amount of violence you can show, so we definitely have the Western market much more in mind”.
MadWorld will feature ultra-stylized graphics that use a limited color palette of high contrast black and white with red blood, partially inspired by Frank Miller’s Sin City graphic novels. It will also have a multi-player mode, where two people, one controlling Jack and the other controlling Kojack. Certain minigames will be playable in this mode, such as “Man Darts”. In MadWorld, Varrigan City has become a target for a group of terrorists known as “The Organizers”. The Organizers have taken over the city and transformed it into the setting for a game show called Death Watch, where the city’s citizens are being forced to fight for their lives against mysterious enemies, for a prize of 100 million dollars.

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Bonnaroo 2009 Lineup Announced

CLICK HERE to be taken to Bonnaroo Tickets.
We can officially confirm that what you see below is indeed the lineup for Bonnaroo 2009…

For all that was last week’s Coachella lineup extravaganza, the lineup announcement for this year’s edition of the Bonnaroo Music Festival came without a hitch - almost anti-climatic of sorts. But that’s not to say the acts scheduled to descend on Manchester, Tennessee between June 11 and 14, 2009 can be described in the same way because well, as evident below, that’s certainly not the case at all.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Phish, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, and Wilco will head this year’s festival, while David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Al Green, Paul Oakenfold, The Mars Volta, The Decemberists, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among other acts of note.
Four-day passes will go on sale beginning Saturday, February 7th via A limited number of general admission tickets will be available for purchase starting at $224.50 plus applicable fees. After these tickets are sold out, tickets will continue to be sold for $234.50 and finally $249.50. Tickets will only be available at each price range while supplies last.

The final lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days, meaning more artists will be added in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to keep checking back to our Bonnaroo Outlook page for all the latest news.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Band Of Horses
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross


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The Silver Palm, where Tony reveals himself as an "egg slut", is open tonight for a viewing party. Note that they're normally closed on Mondays. If you go say hola to owner David Gevercer for me and save room for his wife Jacqueline's apple pie with bacon fat crust. And have drinks at his adjoining bar Matchbox.

Below is a video clip of Burt's. I've posted the pop-up commentary. For Lost fans it's an enhanced preview. Note too that Burt's is closed tonight, Monday, and tomorrow, but open again for lunch on Wednesday. Call ahead and cash only.
Looking forward to everyone seeing the premiere. I'd love to know: What did you think of the show?

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Miley Cyrus Black Prius!

Miley Cyrus says her mom's black Porsche -- which she inherited around her 16th birthday -- was driving her crazy.

So she ditched it for a new set of wheels.

Look back on Miley Cyrus' most scandalous moments!

"I didn't like it 'cause it was bad for the environment, and it was too big," she says in a new video on her Web site. "My dad surprised me last night with a black Prius."

See Miley Cyrus and other stars' adorable baby photos

She likes it better because it's "good for the environment, and it's adorable!"

Her first item of decor: "I'm gonna get Hello Kitty floor mats!"

See photos of Miley Cyrus and other stars pigging out on fast food

Cyrus, who turned 16 in November and recently obtained her driver's license, had been longing for her dream car for some time.

See which celebs can't get enough of Miley Cyrus

Last August, she told Radio Disney that she wanted a car that was "big enough for all my friends and to scare all the cars away from me. I'm a good driver but it's everyone else that I'm worried about!"


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Former Miss America host Gary Collins was busted again for DUI.
The 70 year-old actor/host was arrested just south of Montecito by the California Highway Patrol at 9:16 pm on Saturday. Law enforcement sources said that Collins resisted a field sobriety test, but was given a blood alcohol test.

He was then brought to the Santa Barbara County Jail where he was booked and released.

This is the third time Collins has gotten in trouble for drinking and driving. A year ago he pled no contest to DUI in a crash that killed the other driver, who was making an illegal left turn. And in 2002 he was found not guilty of DUI in Mississippi.

Collins is now on 4 years probation. A jail sentence is more or less given if he was driving drunk again.

Aside from his 8 year stint on Miss America, Collins was a former host of Hour Magazine and The Home Show, and also appeared in series such as The Sixth Sense and Born Free.


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Small earthquake shakes central New Jersey

Authorities say a small earthquake has struck central New Jersey, rattling windows and alarming residents of several communities.

Won-Young Kim, a seismologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., says a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 was recorded at 10:34 p.m. Monday, centered in the Morris County communities of Rockaway, Dover and Morris Plains.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Quakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3 are the smallest that can generally be felt by people.

Police say the quake triggered a flood of 911 calls, with residents reporting a sound like an explosion and houses shaking.

Kim says small earthquakes are not unusual in that area of New Jersey.


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Indaba Music on Colbert Report Tonight

Following up Lawrence Lessig’s remix-tastic appearance on the Colbert Report earlier in January, Indaba Music’s Dan Zaccagnino will be chatting with Stephen tonight about Indaba’s remix and online collaboration community. If you’re looking to create your own Colbert remix or just listen to some more, head over to the page on Indaba Music that is hosting CC licensed audio samples from the show.

The Colbert Report airs on Comedy Central at 11:30pm / 10:30c but will be available tomorrow to watch online.


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