Saturday, August 30, 2008

HOT Vice President Picks for the USA: (I Don't Know - I Think She's Kinda HOT)

...yeah, I think she's kinda HOT
(Taken at the Alaska Airmen's Trade Show in Anchorage, Alaska in May 2008)
tennis anyone?
Always Coca-Cola
CNN) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's choice for his running mate, is a pioneering figure in her state with a strong reputation as a political outsider
Palin, a Republican, is in her first term as governor. She is the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state's top political job.
Palin, 44, married her high school boyfriend, Todd Palin, in 1988. He's an oil production operator on Alaska's North Slope.
They have five children, including a son who enlisted in the Army last year.
Sarah Palin catapulted to top post in Alaska government after a stint in local politics. She was mayor and a City Council member of the small town of Wasilla, Alaska, and was chairman of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska's oil and gas resources, in 2003 and 2004.
The conservative Palin defeated two so-called political insiders for the governor's job, incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary and former Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles in the 2006 general election. Palin made her name in part for backing tough ethical standards for politicians. During the first legislation session after her election, her administration passed a state ethics law overhaul
· Professional career: Television sports reporter, 1987-89; co-owner, commercial fishing operation, 1988-2007; owner, snow machine, watercraft and all-terrain vehicle business, 1994-97; chairwoman, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003-2004.
· Born: February 11, 1964, Sandpoint, Idaho
· Education: B.S., University of Idaho, 1987 · Elected offices: Wasilla, Alaska, City Council member, 1992-1996

w/ Verner Wilson
...yeah, she's kinda HOT for a "barracuda"
She has been named chair of the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee. That panel is focused on legislation to ensure federal policies take state priorities into account in agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management.
She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and practices two of Alaska's popular pastimes -- fishing and hunting.
She graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982 and received a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.
Best of August Roses, John French
"Julian Denver Foxx"

Friday, August 29, 2008

“the American Promise" _ Obama Promises He Can Deliver Change

Denver, Colo. — Barack Obama urged Americans today to believe that he had the capability to deliver on the promise of change to the nation and the world that attracted millions to his historic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In becoming the first African-American, major-party presidential nominee, the Illinois senator also called for a politically united nation to confront the economic and national security problems that await the next president in January.

“America, our work will not be easy,” Obama told an audience of roughly 84,000 at Invesco Field at Mile High as the Democratic National Convention in Denver came to a close. “The challenges we face require tough choices, and Democrats, as well as Republicans, will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past.”

In accepting the nomination, Obama symbolically ended a grueling, 19-month nominating campaign that was first stamped by his decisive win in Iowa’s leadoff nominating caucuses in January .

And with just 68 days until the election, Obama launched a full-throated attack of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. Obama painted his rival as an ally of President Bush on key economic and national security issues.Obama said McCain, who is scheduled to accept the GOP nomination in St. Paul next week, is to be respected for his military service. The Arizona senator is a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war.

Obama’s campaign moved the convention’s final day from the Pepsi Center arena to the football stadium to allow thousands more people to attend.

“I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring,” he said.Obama, son of an African father and white Midwestern mother, is the black nominee of a major political party.

The significance of Obama’s landmark nomination was punctuated by his acceptance speech given on the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s iconic “I have a dream speech” in 1965. The timing was a coincidence, considering the convention had been scheduled for months, before the nominee was decided.Obama invoked the moment as a reminder of what he called “the American promise.”

“At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise – that American promise – and in the words of Scripture, 'Hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.’

”Cedar Rapids Democrat Dale Todd, an early supporter of Obama in Iowa, described the speech as groundbreaking. “It established for the Democratic Party a new culture of political leadership,” he said. “How we govern as a country and how we are seen in the world’s eye will be fundamentally different from here out.”

Des Moines Democrat Jerry Crawford, who was a leading supporter of Hillary Clinton, described the speech as politically savvy. “It was plain spoken, policy driven and had a lot of great lines,” Crawford said.

“Obama knows what is coming at him next week and he wisely threw the first punch.” Ames delegate Stephanie Imhoff said the speech had people of all ages around her in the stadium in tears. Obama’s call to Americans to join together was most meaningful point he made, she said.
By THOMAS BEAUMONT • August 28, 2008

DENVER - AUGUST 28: Democratic U.S. Vice-Presidential nominee Joe Biden (D-DE) (2nd-R), Democratic U.S. Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd-L), Malia Obama (L), Jill Biden (R) and Michelle Obama (3rd-L) stand on stage after Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High at the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC)
DENVER - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) stand on stage delegates after he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High at the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (C) stands with his wife Michelle (R) with children Malia (3rd R) and Sasha (2nd R) and with vice presidential nominee Joe Biden (2nd L) and wife Jill (L) and. at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado August 28, 2008.

Best of August Roses, John French

What's Going On???...

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gustav, which has killed at least 60 people in the Caribbean, struck Jamaica with near hurricane-force winds on Thursday and was on a path to reach New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico oil fields as a potentially.
"To be as simple as possible, I just want to play football ... That's what it comes down to. I know what's on the table, I know what's on the line. I put a lot of work in this and I want to play."
Chargers LB Shawne Merriman decides to play rather than have surgery on 2 torn knee ligaments
'Remarkable' cell-switching research holds promise
By Karen KaplanLos Angeles Times
Article Launched: 08/28/2008 01:31:46 AM PDT

Using a cocktail of proteins inserted directly into the bodies of diabetic mice, researchers have converted normal pancreas cells into insulin-producing cells using a procedure that could pave the way for treating intractable diseases and injuries using the patient's own abundant store of healthy tissue.
The Harvard University scientists activated a trio of dormant genes that commanded the cells to transform themselves, much like loading a new operating system onto a computer.
Within 10 days, the pancreas cells ceased their normal function - making gut enzymes to digest food - and instead produced insulin to regulate blood sugar, according to a study online Wednesday in the journal Nature. Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the study's senior author, said the same approach could be used to generate motor neurons for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, make cardiac muscle cells for heart attack victims or create other crucial cells that can repair damage wrought by a range of illnesses.

Indonesia doubles size of Sumatra national park
Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers are to get a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens.Speaking in Jakarta, head of WWF in Indonesia, Mubariq Ahmad says a four-year-old national park on the island will be more than doubled to 86,000 hectares.The conservation group says 60 to 80 elephants and about 50 tigers are believed to live in the area now to be covered by the park.

1 day ago: US actor Brad Pitt gestures as he signs autographs upon his arrival for the screening of the movie "Burn After Reading" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen during the 65th Venice International Film Festival at the Venice Lido, on August 27, 2008. "Burn After Reading" is presented out of competition.

- Duchovny has entered a rehabilitation facility for sex addiction, his representatives said Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. Duchovny, 48, plays a sex-obsessed character on the Showtime series "Californication," which earned Emmy nods for casting and cinematography. The show's second season begins Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps helps a girl as she swims at the YMCA of Greater New York in New York Aug. 28, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Michael Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medalist, teamed with Visa Inc., a Worldwide Olympic Partner, on Thursday to present a Play Every Day jump-start grant to the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) of Greater New York.
The funds will help the YMCA expand participation in its 2nd Grade Swim program, purchase new swimming equipment, and also support aquatic facility expansions in Brooklyn and Queens.

The announcement is a continuation of Visa and its family of Olympic athletes ongoing commitment to the Partnership for Play Every Day, an effort to raise national awareness and support for increasing and improving the spaces where America's youth can play.

2 days ago: US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) watches Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) deliver her speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Billings, Montana, August 26, 2008.

Best of August Roses, John French

Crucified frog has Pope hopping mad

By Philip Pullella in Rome

August 28, 2008 09:04pm
Article from: Reuters
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A MODERN art sculpture portraying a crucified green frog holding a beer mug and an egg that Pope Benedict has condemned as blasphemous may have its days numbered.

The board of the Museion museum in the northern city of Bolzano were meeting on Thursday to choose whether to side with the pope and other opponents of the frog or with proponents who say it should be defended as a work of art.

The wooden sculpture by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger depicts a frog about 1.3m high nailed to brown cross and holding a beer mug in one outstretched hand and an egg in another. Called Zuerst die Fuesse, (Feet First), it wears a green loin cloth and is nailed through the hands and the feet in the manner of Jesus Christ. Its green tongue hangs out of its mouth.

Kippenberger's work has been shown at the Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery in London and at the Venice Biennale, and retrospectives are planned in Los Angeles and New York. Museum officials in the northern bi-lingual Alto Adige region near the Austrian border said the artist, who died in 1997, considered it a self-portrait illustrating human angst. Pope Benedict, who is German himself and was recently on holiday not far from Bolzano, obviously did not agree. The Vatican wrote a letter of support in the pope's name to Franz Pahl, president of the regional government who opposed the sculpture.

"Surely this is not a work of art but a blashphemy and a disgusting piece of trash that upsets many people," Mr Pahl said as the museum board was meeting. The Vatican letter said that the work "wounds the religious sentiments of so many people who see in the cross the symbol of God's love".

Mr Pahl, whose province is heavily Catholic, was so outraged by the sculpture of the pop-eyed amphibian that he went on a hunger strike to demand its removal and had to be taken to hospital during the summer. The museum then moved the statue out of its foyer and into a less trafficked area on the third floor. But Pahl's opposition was unflagging and he has threatened to resign as regional president unless it is removed altogether.

Art experts defend the work. "Art must always be free and the artist should not have any restrictions on freedom of expression," Claudio Strinati, a superindendent for Rome's state museums, told an Italian newspaper on Thursday.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Rocky Mountain Way Megyn Kelly ...

Rocky Mountain Way Megyn Kelly

"Well he's tellin' us this And he's tellin' us that Changes it every day Say's it doesn't matter Bases are loaded and Casey's at bat Playin' it play by play Time to change the batter And we don't need the ladies Crying 'cuz the storie's sad, uh huh Rocky Moutain Way Is better than the way we had Hey, hey, hey, hey"

--- On Mon, 8/25/08, John French <> wrote:

From: John French <>
Subject: Rocky Mountain Way Megyn Kelly ...
Date: Monday, August 25, 2008, 10:04 AM

Hi Megyn,

You make me wanna fly out to Colorado you are so magnetically gorgeously beautiful and so SMOKING RED HOT today = A++++++++++++

Did you cut and color your hair?

Best of the Roses, Giovanni French "Julian Denver Foxx"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

inside the arena…

RON EDMONDS/Associated Press
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JAE C. HONG/Associated Press

"August 26th, 2008 10:33 PM Eastern
inside the arena…

by Greta Van Susteren
President Clinton is two boxes over from the Fox box."

Her remarks came late in the convention’s second night, following a video narrated by her daughter Chelsea and chronicling her rise in politics. Chelsea then took the mainstage at the Pepsi Center in Denver saying, “I’m very proud to introduce my hero and mother, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Best of August Roses, John French

The Power of a Good Cover ...

[Reminder] Wednesday 27th August :: LE GUN Private View and launch of Issue #4

--- On Tue, 8/26/08, LE GUN news <> wrote:
From: LE GUN news <>
Subject: [Reminder] Wednesday 27th August :: LE GUN Private View and launch of Issue #4
To: "John French" <>
Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 4:35 AM

trans You are invited to the launch of the narrative art publication LE GUN #4 and a new exhibition and temporary arts club, LE GUN 'THE FAMILY' on Wednesday 27th August, from 5pm.
'Dear patrons, please charge your glasses and drink heartily, for tomorrow you may die'

Exhibition venue
Club Row, Rochelle School
Arnold Circus, Shoreditch,
London E2 7ES

Opening Times
Daily 12 till 6pm (27th Aug — 5th Sept)

drawing by Will Sweeney

LE GUN #4 promises a rich and slippery harvest of pictures and words, a catch that includes Polish artist-crustacean Andrzej Klimowski, Will Sweeney, creator of 'Tales of Green Fuzz', visionary draughtsman Paul Noble, and writing from beat generation expert Barry Miles and dandy of the underworld Sebastian Horsley, as well as fresh fruit from young novelist Richard Milward, grubby texts from Iain Sinclair and the 'Hunter S Thompson of Hartlepool', Michael Smith.
The exhibition will feature the collective's large scale drawings, forming a physical embodiment of the work found on the pages of LE GUN. These drawings, some up to 10m in length, are collaborative, narrative panoramas that link together to tell a curious tale...
LE GUN 'THE FAMILY' will also feature a 'salon wall' of works by artists working with LE GUN, and our cardboard-constructed 'arts club' installation that will host a wonderful, eccentric bar created by The Dog & Wardrobe plus performance and screening area.
The exhibition will run for just over one week and in that time a number of events such as music nights and short film screenings will be programmed, creating a temporary arts club. Highlights include screening the 'Essentials' programme of seminal short film curated by the Independent Cinema Office. This will coincide with Soup Session, hosted by Jessica Antwi-Boasiako.


After the exhibition Private View at Rochelle School a motley parade will be making its way round the corner to Cargo, led by the Trans-Siberian Marching Band...
Thus will ensue a spectacular afterparty until the early hours, with live entertainments from the bands Agaskodo Teliverek and Beggars, plus the charming disk jockeys cum U-boat commandants Nervous Steven and Rough Trade's finest Mr Phil Adams. Its a fiver to get in but if you come to the exhibition first you will get in for free; hope to see you there...

studio: +44 (0)20 8985 6756
press contact: Hannah at Trolley (+44 (0)207 729 6591)
LE GUN 'THE FAMILY' exhibition
is commissioned by NOMAD
supported by
A Foundation

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