Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Isn't this interesting.

A reader has brought to us the link to a site mentioned by Rush Limbaugh on today's show. The site, The Cholla Jumps, seems to be familiar with the good sheriff.

The site says this:

Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff's Office was informed, his [Sheriff Dupnik's] deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solvedw as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County. Amy Loughner is a Natural Resource specialist for the Pima County Parks and Recreation.

So what we may have here is a blustering liberal sheriff who dropped the ball -- with 20 people now shot, a congresswoman barely escaping death, a federal judge and a nine-year old little girl among the dead.

Because the sheriff is incompetent.

No wonder he's blaming talk radio, Rush Limbaugh specifically -- and Fox.

Because apparently, according to the Cholla Jumps, Sheriff Dupnik has a very, very big problem.

To wit: His office knew about Loughner -- they KNEW -- and told the victims of these threats that Loughner was "being well managed by the mental health system."

In a word: Wow.

Absolutely appalling.

Why is he still in this job?

He was the last surviving cast member of iconic show

David Nelson, who grew up in front of America in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died Jan. 11 in Century City, Calif., of complications from colon cancer. He was 74.

Nelson was the last surviving member of the Nelsons TV family: actor-bandleader Ozzie; his singing wife, Harriet Hilliard; and his teen-idol younger brother, Rick. The show, which originated on radio in 1952 as "Here Come the Nelsons," ran for 320 episodes from 1952 to 1966 as "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on ABC. On the radio show, the boys were portrayed by pros, but they persuaded their parents to allow them to play themselves for the smallscreen.

In the show's later years, David Nelson also directed some episodes. His film career included roles on 1957's "Peyton Place," 1959's "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," "The Big Circus" (for which he won critical acclaim as a homicidal trapeze artist) and "Day of the Outlaw," 1962's "The Big Show," l965's "Love and Kisses," 1978's "Up in Smoke" and 1990's "Cry-Baby."

He also starred with Hilliard in 1976's "Smash-Up on Interstate 5."

Smallscreen roles included "The Love Boat," "Hondo," and telepics "A Family for Joe," "Swing out Sweet Land" and "High School USA."

Nelson also had a career as a director and a producer. Besides directing eps of "Ozzie and Harriet" he helmed episodes of "O.K. Crackerby," "Adam-12" and "Ozzie's Girls." Feature credits included 1969's "Childish Things," 1982's "Death Screams," 1983's "Last Plane Out" and 1984's "A Rare Breed."

He produced "Ozzie's Girls," "Last Plane Out" and "Easy to Be Free."

In 2006, he was nommed for a TV Land Award for "Ozzie and Harriet" and received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Yvonne; four sons and a daughter; seven grandchildren; three nephews; Matthew, Gunnar and Sam; and a niece, Tracy.

#727: nina simone - backlash blues (1976, live in montreux)

if an alien or small and uninformed child came to you and said, “what is soulful?” you could play them certain nina simone songs and they’d nod and totally understand immediately. the absolutely only flaw here, though, is an otherwise wonderful mid-song drummer-appreciation speech that snubs david bowie: “like odetta said last night, if you don’t get loose now you better forget it. because you ain’t got much time. none of us do. i think the rolling stones say, ‘we’ve got five years.’”

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the central business district of Australia's third largest city was virtually desolate. Brisbane's traffic lights were rendered useless as streets usually jammed at this hour had fewer than a handful of cars driving through. Caf├ęs were empty and the power company Energex was gradually cutting off electricity in the center, transforming this city of 2 million into a ghost town.

Today Brisbane is preparing itself for a flood that's expected to ravage more of the city's downtown and suburbs this afternoon. The Brisbane city council says flood modeling estimates that nearly 20,000 homes and 3,500 commercial residences in 2,100 streets will be flooded, as the Brisbane River levels are expected to rise to 14.7 ft. (4.5 m) with the high tide by this afternoon. Five evacuation centers are operating in the city's center, as an estimated 6,500 people do not have family or friends to stay with.

Two-thirds of Queensland is now declared a disaster zone in the wake of floods that have inundated the region for the past three weeks. But things got worse on Monday, when flash floods hit the region and made their way to Brisbane. Ten people were confirmed dead overnight in the nearby town of Toowoomba, bringing the floods' death toll to 20, and 67 people are still missing in the region. This morning's respite from the rain is likely to bring bad news for those unaccounted for. "I think we're all going to be shocked by what they find in these towns that were hit by that tsunami yesterday," said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to Sky News this morning. Today will be "a potentially gruesome day for our emergency workers and a heartbreaking day for families who are still holding out hope. So, difficult times there," said Bligh. Temporary morgues are being set up west of Brisbane as health authorities expect the arrival of those killed in yesterday's flash flood.

Call it a knockout. Maybe refer to it as a one-two punch of dramatic goodness. Whatever boxing pun you choose, 'Lights Out' is exactly that -- lights out fantastic.

Picking up five years after heavyweight champ Patrick "Lights" Leary was knocked out in the last round and forced into retirement, we find Lights struggling with money, health and family issues, and possibly considering a comeback.

And who doesn't love a comeback? Stars Holt McCallany, Pablo Schreiber and Stacy Keach stepped in the ring to tell me about their new FX show (premieres Tues., Jan. 11, 10PM ET).

Left-winger on the Bench

Robbie Kruse compilation - goals, assists, & skills! Even from his time back at Brisbane Roar.

Best. Vid. Ever.

I <3 Robbie


Via Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin: Mark Kelly holds the hand of his hospitalized wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Quite a stir across the state tonight, lots of folks saw a big ball of fire streaking across the sky.
POTEAU, OK. (KTHV) -- Quite a stir across the state tonight, lots of folks saw a big ball of fire streaking across the sky.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says it was a meteor and likely hit near Poteau Mountain, Oklahoma.

We contacted amateur astronomer Steven Meeks who writes an astronomy blog on todaysthv.com, he says it was likely a meteor and since some people saw it burn a bit greenish -- it probably contained copper.

He also says it was probably no bigger than a pebble. According to affiliate KFSM, the meteor was also sighted in Greenwood, Jonesboro, Jackson, Miss., Biloxi, Miss., and the Florida Panhandle.

Everything we have heard over the last number of days has said the Nets were getting “indications” that Carmelo would sign there. The idea that Carmelo would sign with the Nets was never 100% concrete, although that hasn’t stopped the Nets, Nuggets and other teams from continual trade chatter. Original reports that Carmelo would only sign an extension with the Knicks haven’t changed.

Hold It Against Me (3:49)
Producers: Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
Writers: Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie McKee, Mathieu Jomphe
Publishers: Various
Jive Records

"Hold It Against Me," the hotly anticipated new Britney Spears single, inevitably arrived on the Web a day ahead of its scheduled release, with Spears writing on Twitter, "Don't #HOLDITAGAINSTME for coming out early." It's easy to see why the pop star didn't want to wait: with its throbbing bassline and pulsating kick drum, this Max Martin/Dr. Luke mind-meld is in a hurry to get where it's going. The track's balance between club-ready verses and a soaring pop chorus (which melodically recalls the verse from Dido's "Thank You" sampled in Eminem's "Stan") is more reminiscent of the Black Eyed Peas' recent hits than anything in Brit's formidable singles catalog. While lyrics like, "If I want your body now/Would you hold it against me?" don't earn points for originality, "Hold It Against Me" is a winner and a tantalizing teaser of Spears' forthcoming, still-untitled album, due in March.

Owen Hart's 'The Letter' is two minutes of gnarly, post-hardcore noise. It's all fists and fury; sort of like the late Canadian professional wrestler from which the borrow their name. Hart fell to his death while performing a stunt during a 1999 pay-per-view event. But this particular song comes from a place normally reserved for the deepest recesses of therapy, and we find it courageous that Owen Hart vocalist Timm Trust was able to go into a very dark place and lay the cards face up on the table.

This track is a pure case of music as therapy, and that's just another reason why Noisecreep is beyond stoked to premiere 'The Letter,' which appears on the upcoming 'Earth Control.'

"It is interesting how the truth may exist, but be just out of reach," vocalist Timm Trust told Noisecreep. "Or rather, the moment hasn't quite arrived when its greatest impact is felt. As children, we believe in things like Santa Claus, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy, and the loss of belief in such things signals the end of our childhood. Other truths hide a much darker and sinister representation of the world, and these truths do not care about the seemingly natural progression from childhood into adulthood."

The truths that Trust speaks of are difficult and incredibly personal, and perhaps that's why the song feels fueled by irrepressible emotional firepower. Painful, reprehensible experiences directly inspired the song.

Click More to download the song!

 Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that Britney Spears will be performing at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13th.

Wow! Wow! Wow!

We're shocked! We didn't expect her to do much promo for this new album!

This will be Spears' first "live" TV performance in years!

Right now there are no plans for her to open the show but we're told that "she's been rehearsing for weeks and it's gonna be a truly great performance!"

We can't wait!!!!

The Bucks game in Atlanta scheduled Tuesday night has been postponed due to severe weather conditions, according to the league.

The game will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. (Milwaukee time) March 15.

The Bucks are scheduled to fly back to Milwaukee later Tuesday and will play San Antonio at home on Wednesday night.

NEW YORK — Doctors now think that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords may have been shot in the front of the head, not the back.

After she was wounded last weekend, doctors said the bullet traveled the length of the left side of the congresswoman's brain, entering the back of the skull and exiting the front.

At a briefing Tuesday, Dr. Peter Rhee said it now looks like she was probably shot in the front, with the bullet going out the back, although they can't say for certain.

He said that's based on consultations with two specialists who came to Tucson, Ariz.

Also, Giffords is breathing on her own, said Dr. Michael Lemole, the chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center in Tucson.

Lemole said at a news conference that the congresswoman is still following simple commands, although she remains on a breathing tube to protect against complications such as pneumonia. She's alert and responding to doctors.

Earlier Tuesday Lemole told TODAY there were no significant changes in her condition overnight. "As frustrating as that may sound, that's a good thing," Lemole said.

When asked about swelling in her brain on the third day, Lemole said a CAT scan early Tuesday showed no increase in swelling, although he cautioned that it can sometimes take longer for the condition to peak. Nearly half of Giffords' skull was removed to alleviate any swelling.