PRrag John Guilfoil's Blog Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:50:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 59320433 FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Fri, 25 Jan 2008 23:59:06 +0000 In Vegas

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Breaking News: Anna Nicole Smith found dead Thu, 08 Feb 2007 21:36:14 +0000 Former playboy playmate-turned television star, Anna Nicole Smith, was found unconscious in her hotel room and has been pronounced dead, according to CNN. This comes just five months after the sudden death of her son, Daniel Wayne Smith.

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Breaking News: Donald Rumsfeld to step down. Wed, 08 Nov 2006 18:05:13 +0000 This just in from CNN:

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down, sources tell CNN.

No doubt pressured by yesterday’s dramatic swing in the balance of power, sources have told CNN that embattled Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, will resign. Fox News also confirmed the report but said Rumsfeld gave no prior indication or reason for his departure. The Fox article said Eric Ruff, the Pentagon press secretary, met with the Secretary today and was given no indication of his intentions.

Rumsfeld has been the target of many anti-war critics who attributed many of the perceived problems with the war in Iraq to his leadership. referred to him as “one of the architects of the increasingly unpopular Iraq war.”

MSNBC reported Robert Gates, former CIA director, will take Rumsfeld’s place upon his departure.

Rumsfeld’s image problems have been going on for some time now, and he has not been able to portray himself in the light desired by the veteran Republican. He was an easy target for Democrats and anti-war candidates. When the bullseye was painted on his head, everything from Abu Ghraib to his usage of a mechanical means to sign over 1,000 condolence letters to families of killed soldiers, contributed to his downfall.

President Bush had previously said Rumsfeld would serve out his term regardless of what happened on election day.

It may not have been completely his choice, but it was Rumsfeld’s time to go.

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Senate: Not. So. Fast. Wed, 08 Nov 2006 06:42:17 +0000 All of a sudden, there is a real chance for the Democrats to takeover the senate.

As of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Democrats need three more seats for a majority control.

In Missouri, Claire McCaskill came back from the (almost) dead to take the lead over incumbent Republican Jim Talent. CNN has the Democrat up 49 percent to 48 percent.

In Montana, Jon Tester has held the lead over Conrad Burns since the first returns came in. You may remember Senator Burns from his of off-the-cuff remarks about Hispanics, Middle Easterners, Asians and fire fighters.

And the third, and most exciting race so far, Virginia. Republican sailor turned Democratic Senate contender, James Webb, holds a lead over Senator George Allen that is so small, that if I were a Virginian and voted, I might have tipped the balance.

Elsewhere, Herald Ford does appear to have lost his bid in Tennessee.

The night is over and these three races remain undecided. Democrats have to win all three to take over.

Joseph Lieberman will in all likelihood caucus with his old party, and Bernard Sanders, an independent from Vermont, has already said he would work with the Democrats.

And if you’re in Connecticut’s 5th District with Representative Elect Murphy, remember, you heard it here first when declared this district “in play” in June.

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CNN: Democrats will pick up 15 House seats, giving them control of the House. Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:18:35 +0000 Aided by at least party switches in two seats in Florida, all three in Indiana, two in New Hampshire, two in New York and more, Democrats will take over majority control of the United States House of Representatives.

With key victories in blue-base states as well as in the south and Republican strongholds, CNN projects the Democratic party will gain at least the 15 seats needed for the majority.

Two Connecticut House elections remain a tossup at this hour, according to CNN.

Several Senate seats remain up for grabs as well. Jim Talent is likely to win in Missouri. The incumbent holds a fairly strong lead over Claire McCaskill. In Montana, Democrat Jon Tester took an early lead over Conrad Burns. Virginia remains too close to call.

The most closely watched race remains, and will remain the rest of the night, the Tennessee Senate election, where Republican Bob Corker has maintained a lead over Democrat Harold Ford, but it is too close to call.

Democrats have been projected to take over seats in Ohio, Rhode Island, where a liberal Republican in Lincoln Chafee was unseated and Pennsylvania, where Rick Santorum lost definitively.

A Democratic takeover in the Senate is unlikely.

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Chris Murphy wins CT 5th District Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:11:09 +0000 From News Channel 8 (New Haven, Conn.)

Representative Nancy Johnson has taken the podium at her campaign headquarters, thanking her family and her staff for their support through the years.

CNN has projected State Senator Chris Murphy will win in the 5th Conn. Congressional district, part of a projected Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives.

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Cause determined in Cory Lidle crash Fri, 03 Nov 2006 20:27:07 +0000 This just in from CNN:

The National Transportation Safety Board blames a stiff wind for the plane crash in New York last month that killed Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, The Associated Press reports.

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Murder charges filed in CA wildfire Thu, 02 Nov 2006 19:27:56 +0000 This just in from CNN:

— Murder and arson charges have been recommended against 36-year-old Raymond Lee Oyler in the fire that killed five U.S. Forest Service
firefighters in Southern California, Sheriff Neil Lingle said.

My heart isn’t exactly bleeding for this guy. But here is yet another example of a group of people, in this case Forest Service Firefighters, that run towards the smoke and ash trying to save lives and homes. It takes a certain breed. Sadly, it also takes a certain breed to set these deadly fires.

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Google buys YouTube Tue, 10 Oct 2006 02:57:39 +0000 As predicted in my article, The Data War, one of the big two has made a major move for the amazingly popular video site, YouTube. In a $1.65 billion deal, Google has purchased the public video sharing service, making its founders (who are in their 20s) very, very rich.

This deal also gives Google a pivotal coup in its competition with Microsoft and News Corp.

News Corp’s MySpace, the number one social networking website in the world, moved away from YouTube’s services this summer when it started its own video uploading and embedding service, indicating it was not looking to make a move on YouTube. Another possibility was for Microsoft to strike a deal and move toward video services on Facebook, which Microsoft struck an advertising deal with in August. Facebook is already one of the top internet photograph sharing websites.

The billion-dollar deal means Google sees great revenue possibilities in YouTube, as they were willing to pay a huge premium in making their largest acquisition in company history.

YouTube has risen to icon status in the Internet sub-culture, and its corporate status has been rising since inking content deals with CBS and Sony earlier.

Money remains the motivating factor. Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, said in a press conference that YouTube would be just the first in a “video revolution” and a series of investments Google would make in an effort to increase their attractiveness to potential investors.

What can you count on? Short, 10-second advertisements before video clips, more text-based advertising and advertising targeted to video categories.

All in an effort to make money on what’s free.

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Spinach that kills: Poor Popeye… Fri, 15 Sep 2006 17:08:38 +0000 Courtesy of FlickrE. coli, the deadly bacteria usually found in raw, processed meats, has appeared in, of all things, bagged spinach. At press time, 10 states had reported E. coli cases already, with more outbreaks possible.

Stores have begun to systematically purge their shelves of the leafy green vegetable after federal health officials said simply: “don’t eat bagged spinach.”

Officials also warn that washing the produce will not remove the bacteria. One death has already been reported in Wisconsin, which has reported 19 other cases of E. coli among its residents, 11 of which were reported in Milwaukee. Elsewhere, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, California and Ohio have reported possible outbreaks.

There are nearly 75,000 cases of E. coli infection per year in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most adults are able to recover from exposure, which results in bowel problems, within one week. Children and senior citizens fare worse. The bacteria cause over 50 deaths per year nationally.

According to a CNN article, the tainted spinach may have been grown in California. A probable cause for the outbreak is exposure to animal manure, where E. coli is commonly found. Farmers are not supposed to use manure to fertilize products like spinach, which are commonly eaten raw.

Children now have an excuse not to eat their veggies.

Parents: push the apples; they’re still safe…for now.

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