Sunday, October 19, 2008

'Joe the Plumber' Lashes Out at Media

NEW YORK (Oct. 19) - "Joe the Plumber" is lashing out at the media for analyzing his personal life since he suddenly became a focal point of the presidential race last week.

Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio, told Mike Huckabee on his Fox News talk show Saturday that he is upset by the attention and has been unable to work with reporters crowded on his front lawn.



Embarrassing Celebrity Commercial from Yesteryear

"Celebrity mug shots, sex tapes, embarrassing ads from the lean years -- they all turn up eventually. Many of today's stars cut their teeth shilling for Madison Avenue, and they surely never expected to see their efforts resurface outside of the occasional "Before They Were Famous" TV special. But thanks to the wonders of the Internet, their tampon ads and "tubular" hairstyles are preserved forever.

"Pop a Zima, and take a look at our gallery of some of the more embarrassing celebrity ads from yesteryear. They'll make you glad you aren't famous..."


Saturday, October 18, 2008

How Oprah Viewers Are Saving

Viewers Are Rallying

" 'It feels like a big wake up call," Oprah Winfrey said on a recent show, which focused on how Americans are getting creative in cutting back on spending.

"Winfrey and Dylan Ratigan, a business journalist from CNBC, explained the source of the financial crisis. "We borrowed too much money, more money than we could afford to pay back," Ratigan said.

"To help turn the trend, Oprah viewers shared frugal finance tips..."



by Gary Todd

"A lot has been said about this fight; thus far. The weight issue, the reach, the height, the gloves. The age old argument of 'a good big man will always beat a good little man.' I'm from the old school, it's what you have inside. If you have heart and the will to win, then you have a chance.

"The first question you have to ask is, why is De la Hoya fighting Pacquiao. Easy. He thinks it's the best option of him winning, and beating the best pound for pound fighter in the world right now. De la Hoya has made a career out of fighting fighters he thought he could beat. Paez, Rafael Ruelas, Chavez, Whitaker, Coley, Castillejo, Vargas, Campas, Sturm, Mayorga and Forbes. As I said, he knows the business of boxing, and everything he does is calculated. He thinks he can beat Pacquiao..."



Monday, October 13, 2008

Man eats 45 Pizzas

AP NEW YORK (Oct. 13) - Chowdown champ Joey Chestnut has done it again — this time proving he's a pizza powerhouse.

He downed 45 slices in 10 minutes Sunday to win the first Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship in New York's Times Square.

The 24-year-old from San Jose, Calif., says he fasted for more than a day to prepare. He folded and squeezed the slices to make them easier to swallow.

The 24-year-old rocketed to competitive-eating celebrity when he won Coney Island's July Fourth hot-dog eating contest in 2007. He took the title again this summer by gulping down 59 dogs in 10 minutes.
He won a contest in Tennessee last month by wolfing down 93 Krystal hamburgers in 8 minutes.

James Baldwin & Barack Obama

By Colm Tóibín

"It seemed important, as both men set about making their marks on the world, for them to establish before anything else that their stories began when their fathers died and that they set out alone without a father's shadow or a father's permission. James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, published in 1951, begins: "On the 29th of July, in 1943, my father died." Baldwin was almost nineteen at the time. Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, published in 1995, begins also with the death of his father: "A few months after my twenty-first birthday, a stranger called to give me the news."

"Both men quickly then established their own actual distance from their fathers, which made their grief sharper and more lonely, but also made clear to the reader that they had a right to speak with authority, to offer this version of themselves partly because they themselves, through force of will and a steely sense of character, had invented the voice they were now using, had not been trained by any other man to be the figure they had become.[1] "I had not known my father very well," Baldwin wrote.

"We got on badly, partly because we shared, in our different fashions, the vice of stubborn pride. When he was dead I realized that I had hardly ever spoken to him. When he had been dead a long time I began to wish I had.
Of his father, Barack Obama wrote:

"At the time of his death, my father remained a myth to me, both more and less than a man. He had left Hawaii back in 1963, when I was only two years old, so that as a child I knew him only through the stories that my mother and grandparents told..."