It’s a really good thing that Ryan is great looking, because I agree with the anchors-what are they going to get footage of for multiple episodes? Seems he has a little bit of trouble in the communication department!! I can’t really see this show taking off. I’ve seen shows with more meat that weren’t successful, so I just don’t think this will be a winner for them. Let’s hope he doesn’t quit his day job of being a swimmer!!! Sheesh!!!
Former Miami police spokesman lets his body do the talking – U.S. News. This HAS to be one of the most UNCOMFORTABLE interviews a news reporter has to do!!! Hats off to this former police man for being so comfortable with his body that at 60 years old, he is okay with posing nude for students. But yikes-I was uncomfortable just watching this reporter stand in front of his naked body doing this segment!!
F-bomb anchor: Watching viral clip ‘was gut-wrenching’ – TODAY Entertainment. So we’ve all seen the poor news anchor who on his first day live on air, drops a couple of cuss words. Is this really such a big deal? Isn’t there a delay that the station could’ve used to bleep it out? We never would’ve known what he said if they’d used the bleep to cover it. Then, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Sure, his boss was rightly pissed, but since it could’ve been hidden, why not give the guy a break and cut him some slack? I dropped an accidental f-bomb yesterday when I picked up my six-year old daughter and three neighbor kids from the bus stop, and the crazy lady who walks in our subdivision almost got hit by the school bus and several cars. Why can’t this stupid woman use the damn sidewalk for the love of God????
As I sit and flip channels back and forth watching the news coverage of Watertown Massachusetts and the terrorist standoff, I started thinking of all the major events in history that she has been witness to (although at six isn’t capable of understanding the enormity of it all). The list is as follows:
- 2007 – Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
- 2007 – George W. Bush orders a troop surge which substantially increases the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and ultimately leads to reductions in casualties and major victories for coalition and Iraqi forces, against the insurgency.
- 2007 – A South Korean student shoots and kills 32 other students and professors in the Virginia Tech massacre before killing himself. It stands as the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history until 2012 and spurs a series of debates on gun control and journalism ethics.
- 2007 – The I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapses, killing 13 people. The bridge collapse brings to national attention the need to rehabilitate the aging U.S. infrastructure system.
- 2007 – The late-2000s recession officially begins in December.
- 2008 – The Super Tuesday tornado outbreak kills over 60 people and produces $1 billion in damage across Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama.
- 2008 – A student kills 5, injures 21, and then kills himself in the Northern Illinois University shooting. After this incident, calls are made for more focus on mental health services and interest grows substantially in the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.
- 2008 – Hurricane Ike kills 100 people along the Texas coast, produces $31 billion in damage, and contributes to rising oil prices.
- 2008 – U.S. oil prices hit a record $147 per barrel in the wake of—among other factors—international tensions and the falling U.S. dollar vs. the Euro.
- 2008 – Global financial crisis in September 2008 begins as the stock market crashes. In response, U.S. President George W. Bush signs the revised Emergency Economic Stabilization Act into law to create a 700 billion dollar Treasury fund to purchase failing bank assets.
- 2008 – U.S. presidential election, 2008; Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States.
- 2009 – Barack Hussein Obama II is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. He is also the first African-American to hold the office.
- 2009 – U.S. President Barack Obama obtains Congressional approval for the $787 billion stimulus package, the largest since President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- 2009 – Pop icon Michael Jackson dies, creating the largest public mourning for an entertainer since the death of Elvis Presley.
- 2009 – Nidal Malik Hasan kills 12 servicemen and injures 31 in the Fort Hood shooting
- 2010 – The Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico explodes, sending millions of gallons of oil into the sea. The spill becomes the worst oil spill in American history.
- 2010 – A surge of suicides among gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals occur in the country. This sparks a campaign for equal rights for sexual minorities and helps to pass the Matthew Shepard Act, which would criminalize discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, or disability.
- 2011 – U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords is targeted in an assassination attempt, when a gunman went on a shooting spree, critically injuring Giffords, killing federal judge John Roll and five other people, and wounding at least 13 others, at a “Congress on Your Corner” event Giffords was hosting in suburban Tucson, Arizona.
- 2011 – A series of tornadoes cause heavy damage in the South, Alabama being the hardest hit. 344 people are killed in the deadliest natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Katrina.
- 2011 – Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and mastermind of the September 11 attacks, is killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by sailors from the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
- 2011 – Flooding devastates the Mississippi River valley causing $2 to $4 billion in damage.
- 2011 – A tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, killing 154 and injuring 1,000, making it the deadliest single U.S. tornado since the advent of modern weather forecasting
- 2011 – STS-135: The Space Shuttle Atlantis touches down at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, ending the 30 year shuttle program, which began with the launch of shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981.
- 2011 – Hurricane Irene strikes the Atlantic coast causing heavy flooding from North Carolina to eastern Canada, killing 49 and causing over $13 billion in damage.
- 2011 – In response to continuing economic stagnation, the populist Occupy Wall Street protest movement begins when activists camp themselves in Zuccotti Park in New York City.
- 2012 – A gunman kills 12 and injures 58 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
- 2012 – Hurricane Sandy devastates the Northeast Coast, killing over 100 people.. Extreme damage is found on coastal regions of New York and New Jersey.
- 2012 – President Barack Obama is re-elected over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the presidential election.
- 2012 – A gunman kills 26, including 20 children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
- 2013 – Christopher Dorner murders three people in Southern California, starting the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. His spree ends in Big Bear Lake, California where he barricades himself in a cabin, kills a second officer, before committing suicide.
- 2013 – Terrorists attack the Boston Marathon by detonating two bombs at the finishing line of the race, killing three and injuring 183 runners and spectators
- 2013 – Four days after the Boston Marathon, the FBI and Boston Police Department shot and killed the first (older brother) known as suspect #1, and track the younger brother (suspect #2) to a covered boat in a person’s backyard where he was eventually apprehended and taken into custody.
I was just reading about the new Facebook Home app that’s available, and it got me thinking. When we already have Facebook, and for that matter, every other social media application available to us, why do we need yet another way to log in to Facebook in a way so similar to regular Facebook? Are we now so dependent on having to the second updates on our friends and family that we can’t possibly stand to go even a few minutes without knowing their every move and thought at every second they’re having them? When do we ever get any work done? or homework? Or real life conversations with real life human beings?
When you go out to dinner these days, you’ll see people at a table not conversing over dinner, but sitting on their phones texting and scanning the social media sites for information about what their friends and family are busy doing. People seem to want to know about what’s happening in people’s lives, but not by discussing it with them. They’d rather view the images on a computer or phone, and just text a message or write a comment under a picture. I miss real communication with real people. I wish we could go back to that some days.
First of all, let me start by saying I am completely PRO gun. With that said, I don’t quite understand why the NRA and other gun owners are so opposed to expanded background checks. You can still purchase weapons, and if you have nothing to hide, why would you oppose an expanded background check?
As a nation, we need to be proactive in doing all we can to prevent guns falling into the wrong hands. I don’t see a problem with making it more difficult for straw purchasers to buy weapons to hand over to those who aren’t allowed by law to possess a weapon. Why wouldn’t any law abiding citizen think this is a smart move?
And considering how many children have been lost to gun violence (as well as adults) in the past ten years, I would think any parent, aunt, uncle, cousin or sibling would WANT to ensure as many safeguards are in place as possible to prevent any further mass shootings at a school or movie theater or public location. The nutjobs who are gaining access to weapons through family members homes, or who are allowed to own weapons even though they’re not mentally stable enough to keep a job is something we need to put the brakes on.
We must make some changes as soon as possible because we just can’t keep going on the way we have been. Too much blood has been shed, and too many families have been torn apart. When mass shootings happen, it doesn’t just happen to the victims and their families-it affects all of us, no matter how close or far away we are from the incident.
So I’m trying to do all of my blogs for blog check day today, and I discover a problem. BIG FAT SHOCK. The only allowed types of files allowed for WordPress are: jpg, jpeg, png and gif (for image type files), and pdf, doc, ppt and odt (for document files), pptx, docx, pps and ppsx (for presentation files) and finally, xls and xlsx (for spreadsheets).
In order to upload sound clips (as required by the teacher) you apparently need something called a “space upgrade” which costs $20 for 10 GB. Sorry, but since I’m an unemployed full time college student living off financial aid, this is NOT going to happen. Just so you know!