Jul 8, 2011

(Maybe the Last) Harry Potter Deathly Hollows Movie is out...

Rupert & Emma at Movie Opening
Big stars attend, first reviews show it'll be a blockbuster!   More from MTV.. including video.

Debuted in London Thursday, hits NY Monday and the rest of the world can see it after that.



 Great Big Crying Pictures from London daily Mail!!!




Rowling Hints at More Potter
J.K Rowling sure knows how to get a rise out of her fans. At a packed premier of the final Harry Potter film in Trafalgar Square, the author said that though she had no immediate plans to bring the wizard back, she would "never say never." The hint was greeted with deafening cheers. "It is my baby and if I want to bring it out to play again I will," she added.

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Casey Anthony to be out for Good Behavior and Time Served in toddler murder case.  While cleared of charges of killing and abusing her daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony was convicted of lying to investigators and sentenced Thursday to four years. But she was given credit for the time she has already served and her good behavior, and a court official said she would be released Wednesday.

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 Mexican national and convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. has been executed by lethal injection in Texas.   The Obama administration and international leaders had asked for a reprieve.   What makes Leal's conviction unusual is that he was not informed about his right to contact the Mexican consulate upon his arrest -- a right guaranteed under a binding international treaty.  Leal, 38, was convicted of raping Adria Sauceda, a 16-year-old girl in San Antonio, and then strangling and bludgeoning her.    Leal's final words included: "I am sorry for everything I have done."

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GOP shows flexibility, Obama aims for higher cuts (AP)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, speaks to reporters during a pen and pad on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)President Barack Obama said he and congressional leaders had "a very constructive meeting" on resolving budget issues Thursday morning and said they will reconvene again at the White House on Sunday after their staffs have met.

Obama said that "parties are still far apart on a wide range of issues," but "the parties came here in a spirit of compromise."  For more information... http://www.politico.com

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In Two Years of Economic Recovery, Women Lost Jobs, Men Found Them
During the sluggish two-year recovery from the Great Recession, men have gained 768,000 jobs while women have lost 218,000 jobs. This new gender gap in employment trends represents a sharp turnabout from the recession itself, when men lost more than twice as many jobs as women. The current recovery is the first since 1970 in which women have lost jobs while men have gained them. Read more

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Majority Sees U.S. Leadership in Space as Essential
Nearly six-in-ten say it is essential that the U.S. continue to be a world leader in space exploration and a majority say the shuttle program has been a good investment for the country. Read more

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 Fox News fires back at arch critic Media Matters... wages IRS campaign against its most vocal media critic.  More from Politico.

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Rupert Murdoch's decision to shutter News of the World is a way of sacrificing something he doesn’t care about to save what he does care about, including Rebekah Brooks, left, a former News of the World editor and now his prized News International editor in London., Rex Features / AP Photo
The Murdoch Empire at Risk
In shuttering the scandal-scarred News of the World, Rupert Murdoch tossed out a property he doesn't care about in the hopes of saving the ones he does—not to mention his top executives. The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz on how the mess will damage News Corp.  Read it at The Daily Beast

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Noticed that the right wing media is being 

vewwy quiet about this scandal?



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A MUST READ ESSAY... 
THE MEDIA SELLOUT OF AMERICA

Will Bunch: Murdoch's American Sins: Less Sensational, But More Dangerous
If you are outraged tonight by what the Rupert Murdoch empire was up to in Great Britain all these years -- and you should be -- than you should be doubly outraged by what they've pulled off here.    Huffington Post


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 Whoops!  Envelope of suspicious white powder sent to Wichita right-to-life center

WICHITA — Authorities investigate a suspicious white powder mailed to an organization that offers crisis-pregnancy counseling on alternatives to abortion.


About a half-dozen employees of A Better Choice were evacuated after an employee cut open an envelope received in the mail and discovered the white powder inside.   The center's location used to be occupied by Central Women's Services, which provided abortions and was a focal point of the 1991 demonstrations known as the "Summer of Mercy." Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue purchased the building in 2006.    Read more

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Portugal Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Decriminalizing Drugs

America's 40 year war on drugs is proof of failure. Portugal is an example of an alternative. It is time for an exit strategy from our longest, costliest war!  More from ALTERNET...


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Joke:  NEW TEXAN DIARY


June 14th
Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I'm turning into a sun worshipper.

June 30th:
Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing the lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10th:
The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least, it's kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th:
Fell asleep by the community pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

July 20th:
I missed Lomita (my cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got to the hot car at noon, Lomita had died and the car now smells like Kibbles and Sh**ts. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat. Good ol' Mr. Sun strikes again.

July 25th:
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30th:
Been sleeping outside on the patio for 3 nights now, $225,000 house and I can't even go inside. Lomita is the lucky one. Why did I ever come here?

Aug. 4th:
Its 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85. I hate this stupid state.

Aug. 8th:
If another wise a*s cracks, 'Hot enough for you today?' I'm going to strangle him. By the time I get to work, the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

Aug. 9th:
Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and when I sat on the seats in the car, I thought my a*s was on fire. My skin melted to the seat. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and butt . . . Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried butt, and baked cat.

 Aug 10th:
The weather report might as well be a recording. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do anything for 2 months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this state? Water rationing will be next, so my $1700 worth of cactus will just dry up and blow over. Even the cactus can't live in this heat.

Aug. 14th:
Welcome to HELL! Temperature got to 115 today. Cactus are dead. Forgot to crack the window and blew the windshield out of the car. The installer came to fix it and guess what he asked me??? "Hot enough for you today?" My sister had to spend $1,500 to bail me out of jail.  What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?? Will write later to let you know how the trial goes. 

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