Posted by: walnotes | December 9, 2008

Adam’s Block

44.  Adam’s Block

“If only San Francisco had some kind of organization that protected and served the citizens, ensuring public safety while preventing crime and violence. A sort of Policing-Based Force, if you will.”

Quoting:  mattymatt 12/4/08 3:07pm

Posted by: walnotes | December 8, 2008

Boston’s Hookah Hiccup



Boston's Hookah Hiccup

Boston's Hookah Hiccup



43.  Boston’s Hookah Hiccup

The bars are popular near college campuses, and offer tobacco in various flavors, including watermelon and chocolate chip. People use a hookah pipe — common in Asia and Africa — to inhale smoke filtered through water.

Swartz said the hookah is a serious health hazard, and its appeal to young people is alarming.

“It’s becoming sort of trendy and you can sit around with a group of people and share and it has sort of a social quality to it,” he said, adding it’s “viewed as though you’re being exposed to other cultures in a way that is fun and exciting.”

Posted by: walnotes | December 2, 2008

Gates Impressed By Obama


Gates Impressed By Obama

Gates Impressed By Obama

42.  Gates Impressed by Obama
“I was impressed by his reaching out to Adm. Mullen to come sit down and talk with him,” said Gates, referring to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “And he has made clear that he wants to have a regular dialogue with the chairman and the chiefs and the commanders.”
The situation in Iraq has changed, he said, pointing to the new security agreement with the Iraqis that calls for U.S. troops to be out of the cities by next June 30 and out of the country by Jan. 1, 2012.
Posted by: walnotes | November 21, 2008

Citigroup, It Could Happen



Citigroup, It Could Happen

Citigroup, It Could Happen



41.  Citigroup, It Could Happen

The current decline in the stock price is reflecting a series of fears related to loans and security values that cannot be actualized without a severe setback in the economy and a very rapid increase in interest rates, Bove said.

Citigroup has access to U.S. Federal Reserve funds, is working at insuring some of its debt and is reducing its balance sheet faster than any other company in the banking industry, said Bove, who believes these steps backstops the bank’s liabilities.

“It would take a Depression every bit as large and long as the 1930s debacle to shake this company’s viability,” Bove said.

Posted by: walnotes | November 17, 2008

Cuban Screwed By Americans


Cuban Screwed By Americans

Cuban Screwed By Americans



40.  Cuban Screwed By Americans

The SEC report alleges that in 2004 Cuban sold over 600,000 shares of internet search company after receiving confidential information.

Specifically,  the report alleges that the CEO of contacted Cuban on June 28 to inform him of an investment by an investment bank. The CEO stressed to Cuban that all information in the conversation was confidential, to which Cuban allegedly replied, “Well, now I’m screwed. I can’t sell.”

Posted by: walnotes | November 17, 2008

$25 Billion (Not?) For Fuel Efficient Vehicles




$25 Billion (Not?) For Fuel Efficient Vehicles

$25 Billion (Not?) For Fuel Efficient Vehicles



39.  $25 Billion (Not?) For Fuel Efficient Vehicles


The boy had already been declared brain dead, but some adherents of Jewish religious law say death occurs only when the heart and lungs stop functioning.

The family had asked a judge to prevent further tests for brain activity. The hospital argued that its “scarce resources” were being used “for the preservation of a deceased body.”

Posted by: walnotes | November 15, 2008

Which God, Which Century?



Which God, Which Century?

Which God, Which Century?



38.  Which God, Which Century?

Author and theologian Tom Harpur studied the works of three authors who have written about ancient Egyptian religion: Godfrey Higgins (1771-1834), Gerald Massey (1828-1907) and Alvin Boyd Kuhn (1880-1963). Harpur incorporated some of their findings into his book “Pagan Christ.” 


He argued that all of the essential ideas of both Judaism and Christianity came primarily from Egyptian religion. “[Author Gerald] Massey discovered nearly two hundred instances of immediate correspondence between the mythical Egyptian material and the allegedly historical Christian writings about Jesus. Horus indeed was the archetypal Pagan Christ.”

Posted by: walnotes | November 9, 2008

Fifteen Minutes and Counting



Fifteen Minutes and Counting

Fifteen Minutes and Counting



37.  Fifteen Minutes And Counting

Of course, there are always haters. Linda Mann, president of Mann Media, which books celebrities and fashionistas for TV, noted, “Her buzz is incredible. She has car-wreck appeal. You’re compelled to watch, hoping she’ll say the dumbest things possible. I’d propose a show combining her love of fashion and lack of brainpower—’Project Dumbway.'”

Posted by: walnotes | November 4, 2008

Obama Wins Popular Vote



Obama Wins Popular Vote

Obama Wins Popular Vote



36.  Obama Wins Popular Vote

Hundreds converged on polling precincts in Missouri, another crucial battleground state. Norma Storms, a 78-year-old resident of Raytown, said her driveway was filled with cars left by voters who couldn’t get into nearby parking lots.

“I have never seen anything like this in all my born days,” she said. “I am just astounded.”

In some places the wait was longer than two hours.

“Well, I think I feel somehow strong and energized to stand here even without food and water,” said Alexandria, Va., resident Ahmed Bowling, facing a very long line. “What matters is to cast my vote.”

Posted by: walnotes | October 30, 2008

Pit Bulls Shan’t Be VP Either



Pit Bulls Shan't Be VP Either

Pit Bulls Shan't Be VP Either



35.  Pit Bulls Shan’t Be VP Either

“When Sarah made the speech about a month and a half ago, where she said ‘The only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick,’ [Naegele] jumped on it. He contacted me and said, ‘Do a mask, you have free reign,'” recalled Cipra.;_ylt=Ao_M4gnmavbLGA8zuSYrTMR7vLYF?urn=nhl,117971

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