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[15 Sep 2009|12:59pm]

What do you call somebody who doesn't consume dairy products?
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Hoping this isn't true... [01 May 2008|06:54pm]


On YOUR Dime: Congressmen Lease Luxury Cars

Little-Known But Exploited Loophole Allows Politicians To Drive, Maintain Expensive Cars, SUVs On Taxpayer Money

Rep. Charles Rangel: 'My Constituents Appreciate It'

Pablo Guzman
NEW YORK (CBS) ― You may not realize it, but members of the House of Representatives can lease a car and have it paid for by you -- the taxpayer. And it's not just the car, but gas, registration, insurance … the works.

And as CBS 2 HD found out, there's no limit on how much they can spend.

Congressman Charles Rangel was recently seen getting out of his Cadillac DeVille, which he leases for $774 per month. Then there was Congressman Jose Serrano, getting out of his Buick LaCrosse, which he leases for $317 per month. And how about this one: Congressman Gregory Meeks was recently seen waiting for Congressman John Conyers to step out of Meeks' Lexus LS460, which Meeks leases for $998 per month.

All those leases are picked up by taxpayers through a little-known program available only to members of the House of Representatives.

You can probably just imagine the kind of reaction CBS 2 HD got from everyday citizens outside Meeks' Jamaica, Queens office.

"They should all drive cheaper cars, why not?" Richard Candelario said. "I mean, you know, they're making the money. I mean, we shouldn't pay for their cars."

Members of the House who choose to lease through the program have had a great deal of leeway. Congressman Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn, for example, leases a 2008 Chevy impala for $219/month. Congressman Ed Towns of Brooklyn used to lease a Lincoln for $845 per month, but switched to a 2008 mini-SUV made by Lincoln, the MKX, which costs $715 per month.

Rangel spoke to CBS 2 HD by phone about the seemingly extravagant expenses being racked up on the taxpayers' dime:

CBS 2 HD: "How would you answer those people who say, 'Well, but it's taxpayer money. Instead of $700 a month, could you find something for, say, $300 a month?'"

Rangel: "I could probably find something for ... one of those red cars and then I think my constituents would say, 'With all the money that he gets, this is the respect he shows us?'"

Earlier, Rangel released a statement, further addressing the issue.

"When I'm in New York, my car is my office. I use it to conduct Congressional business. It really pleases me that (my constituents) appreciate driving in a comfortable car, especially the senior citizens," Rangel said.

"The car isn't just a vehicle for getting around; it's an important part of doing my job and my constituents appreciate it."

Taxpayers CBS 2 HD spoke with were not buying that rationale.

"I drive a Toyota RAV and I feel that he could drive a Toyota RAV and probably lease it for $200," taxpayer Cathy Kraut said.

Of the 42 Congressmen in New Jersey and New York about a dozen participate in the leasing program.

The U.S. Senate does not permit its members to lease cars with public money.

(© MMVIII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)



[03 Apr 2008|07:43am]
[ mood | awake ]

bruce willis lost his job as a spokesperson for seagram's whiskey when he was arrested for drunken driving.

source: http://videoeta.com/person/3

when walt disney began his career as a cartoonist (not in hollywood but in kansas city), he went bankrupt.
after that, he did better - creating an entire industry for animated films, not to mention the whole theme-park thing.

source: http://www.kclibrary.org/guides/localhistory/index.cfm?article=read&articleID=412

to settle star squabbles, posters for the movie outrageous fortune were reversed in different regions of america, so stars bette midler and shelly long shared separate but equal top billing.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outrageous_Fortune


[26 Dec 2007|08:23pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]


the above video, radiohead's high and dry was filmed here at Dick's - a local restaurant here in san leandro, ca (northern calif)....the band brought in their own cooks and paid the staff to all the shooting of video and of the food that was made to be done by someone else...louise (a waitress there) told me that the band and everyone involved w/the vshooting of the video were all english and EXTREMELY polite...the entire restaurant staff were allowed to watch, but not participate...

i get stoked where i go there to eat...

source: louise, the waitress


[12 Dec 2006|09:48pm]

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[06 Sep 2006|10:50pm]

[ mood | calm ]


A short commercial announcement here: if you're looking for another (at times maybe a bit more profound) community about questions, __questions can be worth a glance. ^_^

(Did you know that when one sneezes the speed of the exhaled air can be 200 m/s?)


[09 Jun 2006|01:07am]

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, noun
(NOO-muh-noh-UL-truh-MY-kruh-SKOP-ik-SIL-i-koh-VOL-kay-no-koh-NEE-o-sis, nyoo-)

A lung disease caused by inhaling fine particles of silica.

[From New Latin, from Greek pneumono- (lung) + Latin ultra- (beyond,
extremely) + Greek micro- (small) + -scopic (looking) + Latin silico
(like sand) + volcano + Greek konis (dust) + -osis (condition).]

Even though we have included the pronunciation of this word, we advise
caution lest you may have to avail the services of an otorhinolaryngologist
(a throat, nose, and ear specialist).

At 45 letters, it's the longest word in any English language dictionary.
It's a trophy word -- its only job is to serve as the longest word. In
day-to-day use, its nine-letter synonyms "silicosis" or "black lung" work
just as well, and the latter is more descriptive. Whatever you call it,
it is deadly. Here's the story of an incident:

And what's the shortest word in the English language? There are a number of
them: A, I, O, but we'll have to give it to I which is the skinniest as well.
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[12 Apr 2006|01:26pm]

I recently joined this community, and while reading the archives, came across this entry about Elayne Angel, a girl whose giant wings are currently the first and only tattoo to ever hold a registration from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Which, by the way, is just the design, not the actual idea of having wings tattooed on your back.

About 10 minutes ago, I found this page about her, recognized the wings, and read on.

Angel's first major tattoo was done by Bob Roberts, at Spotlight Tattoo in Los Angeles, in 1986. These are the much photographed black and gray angel wings for which she is so well known. The tattoo was done over four sessions, within a month, totaling 18 hours of work. (That Bob is fast!)

Insert the sound of me choking on my soda. In 2003, the year after our high school graduation, I was best friends with Bob's daughter, Ava, who did all five of my tattoos. Over the course of our friendship (which really only fizzled because we're both horrible at calling people to keep in touch, I could probably call her right now and things would be like nothing changed), I learned her father's tattoo shop is pretty well-known, and many famous people have gotten their tattoos done there and by Bob. It didn't quite hit me til now.

I almost want to go get another tattoo right now just so I can say "Hey, Bob, I found out you're the artist who tattooed the only trademarked tattoo!" He'd probably just glance at me over whatever he'd be working on at the time, and in that deep voice of his say "Yeah. Cool, huh?"

Nothing like a strange fact like that to make you wonder how your old best friend's doing. :P
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[11 Apr 2006|05:47pm]

St John's Wort is available in Ireland only by prescription. It's classified as a drug.
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[05 Apr 2006|01:44pm]

ok so i'm a little late, buuuut:

Today just after 1 o'clock, it will be, 1:02:03 on 4/5/6. Neat.
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Salty... [04 Apr 2006|09:06pm]

According to "Good Eats" on the Food Network, there's enough salt in the oceans to cover the continents 500 feet deep.
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[03 Apr 2006|05:50pm]
[ mood | awake ]

jell-o was invented in 1845 by peter cooper, who spent so workshop time tinkering with trains that he put his instant gelatin idea on a back shelf and never did anything with it.
jell-o was reinvented fifty years later and patented by a new yorker named pearl wait, who failed to sell it door to door.
wait's jell-o was such a flop that he sold the company for a few hundred dollars to orator woodward, who couldn't make a go of jell-o either. in 1899 he offered it to on of his employees for $35.
he was turned down.
by 1906 woodward's company was selling $1 million worth of jell-o a year. little more was heard from the guy who could have had all that for only $35.

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[24 Mar 2006|04:41pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

michael ovitz was the most powerful agent in hollywood when he left creative artists agency to work for disney as the studio's no. 2 boss. it took a year for ovitz to realize he didn't like being second to anyone and for disney to realize that ovitz wasn't worth what they were paying him. how much did the studio pay ovitz to hit the road? severance pay of $90 million.


Did you know? [18 Mar 2006|12:46am]

On St. Patrick's Day, Maryville, MO (where I live) celebrates by holding the world's shortest parade. At sundown, floats and parade watchers gather at a bar called the Outback and watch the parade. The procession goes all the way to another bar called the Palms- next door. The Guiness Book of World Records has officially marked the length of this parade as 117 feet.

[16 Mar 2006|05:33pm]
[ mood | amused ]

when movie star robert taylor was inder contract to MGM, he asked studio boss louis b. mayer for a raise. instead of giving him more money, mayer said, "if god had given me a son, i would want him to be exactly like you. it hurts me deeply that you've asked for money at a time like this." when a friend asked taylor if he'd gotten his raise, the actor said, "no, but i got a father."


before he became a movie star, comic w.c. fields toured the country in vaudeville. to make sure he didn't lose the money he made on the road, fields opened small bank accounts in the town he played along the way. eventually he had 700 of these small accounts but forgot where they were, losing over $1 million (at a time when $1 million meant something) because he couldn't remember where he put it.


[16 Mar 2006|05:23pm]
[ mood | amused ]

in 1997, an alabama high school principal made an executive decision to cancel the school prom. why? to prevent interracial couples from attending. he didn't want them to have a night to remember.
later, he had a night to remember when the school was set on fire.

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[09 Mar 2006|09:43pm]
[ mood | drunk ]

to keep the army and the rest of the french empire humming, napoleon often worked all day and night, and insisted that his staff keep up with his punishing work schedule.
one of his assistants said in admiration, "god made bonaparte, then rested."'
Another assistant replied in exhaustion, "god should have rested a little earlier."


[09 Mar 2006|03:47pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Did you know...

there are 333 squares on a roll of toilet paper

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the lawn boss [09 Mar 2006|10:04am]
[ mood | awake ]

generoso pope jr., who turned "the national enquirer" into america's most successful newspaper, reportedly measured the grass on the company lawn with a ruler to make sure it was cut precisely three inches high.


[02 Mar 2006|04:58pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

studio executive at WARNER BROTHERS inserted a clause in the movie star bette davis's contract that she had to make an appearance at the republican national convention - even though davis was a registered democrat.
davis's contract also prevented the star from getting divorced for three years unless the studio gave its permission.


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