Monday, November 29, 2010

I can't explain

Why I'm so obsessed with Queens performance at Live Aid.
I remember when Freddie died. I remember the day Freddie died.
It struck me hard, overly hard.
He was a character from my youth. He was a character from my first serious relationship...
He was a character from my first car.
I had an 8 track player installed in my first car to add to the simple AM radio that was already in that lovely 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
My first purchased 8 track was Queens Night at the Opera.
So Freddy was a sign of my youth I guess.
All I know was that when he died, I was devastated.
So many young people today have no clue who Freddy is, or the impact he had on music.
Freddy....I still love you man.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Drowning...They really can sing...and as soon as they perform close to me..I'm THERE BABY!!!!

Listen to the audience sing ...

Backstreet don't lip sync!!!

My Backstreet Boys


Video is most excellent

I do loves me some Vin Diesel

A sad farewell to a very talented man

Leslie Nielsen, the funnyman who Roger Ebert once referred to as the "Laurence Olivier of spoofs," has died of complications from pneumonia.

The news was reported on Canadian radio station CJOB Sunday. TMZ has confirmed the news.

Nielsen's nephew told CJOB that the actor had been in the hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for 12 days and that with family and friends by his side at 5:30pm Sunday "he just fell asleep and passed away."

The Canadian-born Nielsen came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s after performing in 150 live television dramas in New York. With a craggily handsome face, blond hair and 6-foot-2 height, he seemed ideal for a movie leading man.

Nielsen was indeed a lead actor for decades in Hollywood, appearing the 1956 sci-fi classic 'Forbidden Planet' as well as 'The Poseidon Adventure.' But his turn in 1980's classic comedy 'Airplane!' as a deadpan doctor on a doomed flight, changed his career forever as he switched gears to become one of Hollywood's top comic talents.

His turn as detective Frank Drebin in 'The Naked Gun' was a smash and was followed by two sequels. The role in the comedy actual was born in the short lived TV series 'Police Squad' which had followed on the heels of Nielsen's success in 'Airplane!'

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Freddie uses his cords

Michael Moores Blog...with facts and whistle blowers

Michael Moore and Whistleblower Wendell Potter on Olbermann Tonight: "We Knew as Much About Michael Moore as He Knows About Himself"

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


Tonight at 8:00 PM ET on Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC I will meet for the very first time the man the health industry sent to Michigan to, in his words, "spy" and do "reconnaissance" so they could try to defame me and my movie ("We knew as much about him probably as he knows about himself").

Tonight I'll get to talk to former Humana and CIGNA health insurance executive Wendell Potter, the man who has bravely come forward to expose not just the hundreds of thousands they spent trying to destroy "Sicko," but more importantly how they profit in the billions from a system that kills 45,000 Americans a year who are uninsured.

Actually, it turns out tonight won't be the FIRST time I meet Wendell. He wrote this morning on his blog that he flew to the little village where I lived in Michigan to attend a screening I was having for the people in the area. He even walked into the reception we had beforehand and got his picture taken with me. His blog reads, in part:

"I need to apologize to Moore for the role I played in the insurance industry's public relations attack campaign against him and "Sicko," which was about the increasingly unfair and dysfunctional U.S. health care system...[W]hile I was still working for the insurance industry, I traveled as an industry attend the official U.S. premiere of Sicko on June 16, 2007. Moore and I actually met that day, although he doesn't know it. (I didn't tell him who I was or who I worked for.) The picture accompanying this blog, taken at a pre-screening reception by another movie-goer, shows me on Moore's left and my son, Alex, on his right. Alex, who has always been a big fan of Moore's, traveled with me on the reconnaissance mission. Moore even autographed a "Sicko" poster for Alex. It's quite a memento."

If you're free tonight, tune in to Keith's show. I know I'm looking forward to meeting the man who ran over my "baby."

See you then,
Michael Moore

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And the most important facet for me.......

What the hell does a Krabby Patty taste like????

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oh the most lovely romantic movie...City of Angels.

The Backstreet Boys

"I Want It That Way"


You are my fire
The one desire
Believe when I say
I want it that way

But we are two worlds apart
Can't reach to your heart
When you say
That I want it that way

Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Am I your fire
Your one desire
Yes I know it's too late
But I want it that way


Now I can see that we're falling apart
From the way that it used to be, yeah
No matter the distance
I want you to know
That deep down inside of me...

You are my fire
The one desire
You are
You are, you are, you are

Don't wanna hear you say
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
(Don't wanna hear you say)
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
(Don't wanna hear you say it)
I want it that way
I want it that way

Undercover boss

'Undercover Boss' Don Fertman No Longer Subway Sandwich Virgin
By Lisa Johnson Mandell, Posted Nov 19th 2010 @ 1:51AMs It was a long road that led 'Undercover Boss' Don Fertman from singing as an orange Crayon in a pop band, to serving as the chief development officer of Subway, the 14 billion dollar sandwich empire with 33,000 stores in 93 countries.

That road included a pit stop in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, which is not uncommon for professional rock musicians. Oddly enough, however, until he went undercover, he'd never made a Subway sandwich -- ever.

Oh, he paid for his inexperience all right, thanks to a very serious and exacting sandwich artist by the name of Jessi, who is being touted as the toughest employee of all.

"Our fastest sandwich artists can make a sandwich, wrap it up and put it in the bag in 40-50 seconds," Fertman explains. "It took me a little longer. As a matter of fact, Jessi told me 'There's no such thing as a five-minute sandwich -- until now."

She eventually yanked Fertman, who was going by the name of John Wilson, off the sandwich line, and put him in his place, in back, washing dishes and emptying trash. She was completely overwhelmed when Fertman revealed himself as Subway's Chief Development Officer, and offered to pay for her college education, which, she'd confessed earlier, she was having troubles covering. He also promised to pay for a vacation for Jessi and her father, who had been parenting her single-handedly since her mother left.

A singer of Subway's praises
Twenty-nine years ago, when Fertman started with the company, he never believed he would go so far and fall so low. He first came in contact with the company performing the theme song 'It's a great day for a Subway,' in a rock band called The Crayons. "I was the orange Crayon," he says. "I dressed in orange, drove an orange VW and lived in Orange, Conn. Our band would tour the stores, and everyone would request our biggest hit, which was the Subway song."

When the band broke up, Fertman was offered a job selling Subway franchises. He's since worked his way up. His cover for the Undercover Boss gig was that he was competing on a reality show for a job, and another "contestant" was also followed around by a camera crew, so workers wouldn't be suspicious of Fertman. He says he loved almost every minute of it.

-- Find a job at Subway

A not-so-great employee
He didn't love holding up the line at an Auburn, Ala., store on game day. His supervisor, Sherri, who had been with Subway for 19 years, felt that Fertman was being a little bit too gregarious, and that his conversations with the customers were slowing him down. She had the perfect balance, and was later recognized for it by being offered $10,000 to star in a Subway customer service video and be flown out to the national conference in California, where she would also get a little R, R, and R --Rest, Relaxation and Retail.

Next, Fertman didn't exactly rise to his baking duties. Subways bake their own bread and cookies in special ovens, and, at a new store in Orlando's Science Center, Fertman proved he couldn't do either one well, let alone master both at the same time. His supervisor Efrain made it clear that he thought his grandmother could work faster. Fertman became so confused he locked himself in the walk-in freezer, and Efrain had to find him and let him out, but he was rewarded for his efforts.

At the end, Fertman gave Efrain $5,000 to donate to the foster program of his choice. It seems Efrain had been a foster child who was later adopted, and wanted to do the same thing for someone else. Efrain also got $1,000 to do something nice for his adoptive mother.

Fertman redeems himself
It was in church where Fertman had what was probably his most satisfying experience. There's actually a Subway shop in Buffalo, N.Y. that's based in a church building -- it's been there for five years. "Reverend Darius showed how Subway can be used for community outreach," Fertman says. "They provide job opportunities, interview experience, etc." as well as good, healthy food.

The manager, Duane, who showed Fertman how to make deliveries, confided that he was actually the pastor of a church in Niagra Falls. Later, Fertman waived the $15,000 franchise fee so Duane could start a Subway store in his own church. Fertman also gave him $20,000 for a scholarship fund for his four adopted children, and made him and Father Darius the stars of a community outreach video so other Subway franchisees could learn how to do more in their own communities.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

For those who can't appreciate

My obsession with Freddie.
Let me explain that when the news came thru that Freddie died...I was devastated.
I remember that day as clear as I remember today.
It was a time before famous people came out about being HIV positive.....or active...
Freddie was an anomaly...and when he died I was devastated.
He was a force of my youth.
And he was gone.
He was my first 8 track.
He was my first passion.
He was Freddie.
And he was gone
But I never let him go..and I still watch the videos till this day.
He was a force like no other in rock...and he proved it during Live Aid.
I loved you..and I still love you.

Ok...and now a pic of another vocal obsession

And believe me, my primary interest in him is vocal...he has the most lyrical and evocative voice in rock that I've heard in forever...
But OMG..he is also the most sexually hot and adorable fella.
Adam from Three Days Grace

Oh more Backstreet.....My obsession is surfacing

The Call

Hi its me whats up baby? im sorry listen im gonna be late tonight so dont stay up and wait for me ok?
Where are you?
what?? say... say that again
You're really dropping out, I think my battery must be low.
Listen if you can hear me we're going to this place nearby, all right? Gotta go.

Let me tell you the story
'Bout the call that changed my destiny
Me and my boys went out
Just to end up in misery
Was about to go home when
There she was standing in-front of me
And said "Hi, I got a little place nearby
Wanna go?"

I should've said no
Someone's waiting for me
Then I called my girl up and said

Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go

Now (?) is done, nothing's been won
I can't take it back, what's done is done
But one of her friends found out
That she wasn't my only one
And it eats me from inside
That she's not by my side
Just because I made that call, yeah

Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go


Lemme tell you the story
Bout the call that changed my destiny
Me and my boys went out
Just to end up in misery
Was about to go home when
There she was standing infront of me
And said "Hi, I got a little place nearby"
Gotta go...

Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go

Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go

Goo Goo Dolls


Could you whisper in my ear
The things you wanna feel
I'll give you anything
To feel it comin'

Do you wake up on your own
And wonder where you are
You live with all your faults

I wanna wake up where you are
I won't say anything at all
So why don't you slide

Yeah we're gonna let it, slide

Don't you love the life you killed
The priest is on the phone
Your father hit the wall
Your ma disowned you

Don't suppose I'll ever know
What it means to be a man
Something I can't change
I'll live around it


And I'll do anything you ever
Dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothing that fall
May put your arms around me
What you feel is what you are
And what you are is beautiful
May do you wanna get married
Or run away

And I'll do anything you ever
Dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothing that fall
May put your arms around me
What you feel is what you are
And what you are is beautiful
May do you wanna get married
Or run away

I don't care if anyone thinks I'm an ass..I adore The Backstreet Boys

Don't pretend you're sorry
I know you're not
You know you got the power
To make me weak inside
Girl you leave me breathless
But it's okay 'cause
You are my survival
Now hear me say
I can't imagine life
Without your love
Even forever don't seem
Like long enough

'Cause everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love

Maybe I'm a drifter
Late at night
'Cause I long for the safety
Of flowing freely
In your arms
I don't need another life line
It's not for me
'Cause only you can save me
Oh can't you see
I can't imagine life
Without your love
And even forever don't seem
Like long enough

'Cause everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love

Go on and pull me under
Cover me with dreams, yeah
Love me mouth to mouth now
You know I can't resist
'Cause you're the air
That I breathe

Everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
And baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning your love

Baby I can't help it
Keep me drowning
In your love
I keep drowning
In your love
Baby I can't help it
Can't help it no, no

'Cause everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This is the Fall Out Boy I love...


I just looked....the Hawk has a website...but none of the staff are shown.
When I frequented the Hawk, there was a definite following for the bar tenders and staff....

When I hear this song by Tom Petty....the memories

Takes me back to when I lived on Capital Hill in Wash DC....going up to the Hawk and Dove bar...
I was such a regular that I used to go into the back in the kitchen and pour my own
This song was always one I heard on the juke there....
I was so lonely in D.C.
I tried so hard to fit in with what was happening in the house full of singles I lived with..but I was so lonely.
Way more single ladies than men in D.C then...prolly still is now.

Love me some Tom Petty

Oh baby don't it feel like heaven right now
Don't it feel like something from a dream
Yeah I've never known nothing quite like this
Don't it feel like tonight might never be again
We know better than to try and pretend
Baby no one coulda ever told me 'bout this
I said yeah yeah

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Well yeah I might have chased a couple women around
All it ever got me was down
Then there were those that made me feel good
But never as good as I'm feeling right now
Baby you're the only one that's ever known how
To make me wanna live like I wanna live now
I said yeah yeah

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Oh don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you
Don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you
I'll be your bleedin' heart, I'll be your cryin' fool
Don't let this go too far
Don't let it get to you

These Lil guys hang out in my foyer every night

Medicine bag

Marc finally recharged it, he got his altar set up...I wore it today for the first time in forever, prayed too...and it made a difference.
I wasn't as drained as I have been..
This job is gonna kill I also pray to win power ball lol
Prayers on either subject would be greatly appreciated faithful.
This is a pic of a medicine bag, not mine tho...
Mind is plain black, with a black necklace so I can wear it to work.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

And my other favorite commercials...the new DirectTv ads

Oh and OMG...I adore the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials..

This commercial makes me laugh EVERY SINGLE TIME...LOL

IMHO Dubya is an effin liar anyway..but this is just more proof

Schroeder: Bush 'Not Telling Truth' AOL News (Nov. 11) -- Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says George W. Bush is "not telling the truth" in a passage from his newly released memoir in which he accuses Germany of breaking its promise to support the Iraq war.

In his book, Bush recounts an Oval Office meeting in January 2002 where he told Schroeder he intended to invade Iraq if all diplomatic efforts failed. He quotes Schroeder as agreeing with him, saying "what is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq."

"Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences," Bush quotes Schroeder as saying. "If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you."

President George W. Bush, left, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appear at a 2002 press conference in Berlin. In his new memoir, Bush said Schroeder violated his trust by coming out against the Iraq war in 2004.
More than a year later, Schroeder came out against the Iraq war, calling it an "adventure" based on incomplete data and false premises. It later became clear that he was right -- Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. intelligence data was faulty. But Schroeder's decision to oppose the war was largely seen as a bid to win re-election in 2004, at a time when public opinion in Germany and throughout Europe was strongly opposed to the Iraq invasion.

But Bush writes that Schroeder violated his trust. "I continued to work with Gerhard Schroeder on areas of mutual interest. But as someone who valued personal diplomacy, I put a high premium on trust," Bush writes in "Decision Points," which hit bookstores on Tuesday. "Once that trust was violated, it was hard to have a constructive relationship again."

The same day Bush's memoir came out, Schroeder disputed the former U.S. president's recollection of that Oval Office meeting. He confirmed that he told Bush that Germany would "stand reliably on the side of the U.S." -- but only if it was confirmed that Iraq was sheltering those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. That turned out not to be the case.

"But this link, as it became clear during 2002, was false and contrived," Schroeder said in a statement excerpted by the German news agency Deutsche Welle. "This goes for reasons [for the invasion] given by Bush and [Vice President Dick] Cheney too.

"As we know today, the Bush administration's reasons for the Iraq war were based on lies," said Schroeder's statement, which was also quoted by Agence France-Presse.

About Bush's memoir, Schroeder said, "Former American President Bush is not telling the truth."

Schroeder's aides also supported the former German chancellor's version of events. Dieter Kastrup, Schroeder's top foreign policy official, who was also at the 2002 Oval Office meeting, told The Daily Telegraph, "In no way did Schroeder express anything that could be understood by Bush as a charter to start a war against Iraq with German assistance."

Other German officials have also recalled their assessment of Bush during the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Sponsored Links"We noticed that the intellectual reach of the president of the most important nation at the time was exceptionally low," Uwe-Karsten Heye, who was Schroeder's spokesman at the time, told German news channel N24, according to the Telegraph. "For this reason, it was difficult to communicate with him. He had no idea what was happening in the world. He was so fixated on being a Texan. I think he knew every longhorn in Texas."

Schroeder isn't the first public figure whose feathers have been ruffled by Bush's new memoir. U.S. hip-hop artist Kanye West told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that he "didn't have the grounds" to call Bush a racist five years ago. West had said the then president's response to Hurricane Katrina showed he didn't care about black people. In his memoir, Bush called West's comment one of the low points of his presidency.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Oh I love me some Goo Goo Dolls....

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Goo Goo Dolls

Background information
Origin Buffalo, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, Pop rock
Years active 1985–present
Labels Metal Blade, Warner Bros.
John Rzeznik
Robby Takac
Mike Malinin
Past members
George Tutuska
The Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik and vocalist and bass guitarist Robby Takac. Since the end of 1994, Mike Malinin has held the lead position of the band's drummer, a position previously held by George Tutuska. Some of their most popular songs include Name from 1995's A Boy Named Goo, "Iris" and "Slide" from 1998's Dizzy Up The Girl, which produced five top-10 singles, and "Here Is Gone" and "Big Machine" from 2002's Gutterflower. Overall, the Goo Goo Dolls have 14 top-10 singles[1] and have sold nearly 9 million albums in the United States alone.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 Origins and early music (1985–1993)
1.2 Mainstream breakthrough and legal issues (1995–1997)
1.3 "Iris" and superstardom (1998–2005)
1.4 Let Love In (2006–2007)
1.5 Greatest Hits albums (2007–2008)
1.6 Something for the Rest of Us (2008–present)
2 Band members
2.1 Current members
2.2 Former members
2.3 Current touring musicians
2.4 Former touring musicians
3 Discography
4 Awards and nominations
5 References and notes
6 External links
6.1 Main sites
6.2 Interviews

[edit] History
[edit] Origins and early music (1985–1993)
The Goo Goo Dolls originally consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin.[3] The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.[4] "We were young and we were a garage band not trying to get a deal. We had a gig that night and needed a name. It's the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name" John stated. With Takac as their lead singer, the band released their first album, Goo Goo Dolls in 1987 on Mercenary Records, but was picked up in 1988 by Celluloid Records, a larger record company. The band released its second album, Jed, in 1989 after moving to Los Angeles.[5]

The band released its third album, Hold Me Up, in 1990 and featured Rzeznik as the lead vocalist on five tracks, including the single, "There You Are" -- as well their then concert favorite, Two Days in February. Despite being earlier dismissed as having a sound too similar to The Replacements, as well as being embraced by local college radio and punk scenes (including playing such venues as CBGB), the Goo Goo Dolls' third release had incorporated elements of heavy metal, pop rock, and punk rock. In 1991, the song "I'm Awake Now" was recorded for the soundtrack of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.

Superstar Car Wash, released in 1993, received significant media attention. The critical success and encouraging sales of their last album resulted in a larger budget from Metal Blade Records. The album was partially recorded in Metalworks Studio in Mississauga, Ontario, which is where Rush had produced multi-platinum albums.[6] "We Are the Normal" (the single for which Rzeznik asked frontman Paul Westerberg of The Replacements to write the lyrics), received a major push toward play on college and independent radio, while its video was displayed on MTV's 120 Minutes program. "Fallin' Down" made it onto the 1993 soundtrack of Pauly Shore's hit film Son in Law.

[edit] Mainstream breakthrough and legal issues (1995–1997)
Shortly after recording the band's fifth album A Boy Named Goo, George Tutuska left the band. The band moved forward from this December 31, 1994 incident, hiring Mike Malinin in 1995, and toured rigorously.

A Boy Named Goo sold modestly in this time; however, it was not until the release of the single "Name" that the band experienced any viable commercial success. A Boy Named Goo became the first album in Metal Blade history to achieve double-platinum status. This success, however, proved bittersweet, as the band found themselves in a legal battle with Metal Blade records. The band filed suit against Metal Blade, claiming they had not earned any royalties from their album’s sales, which was attributed to a "grossly unfair, one-sided and unenforceable contract" which had been signed by the band in 1987.[7] The two sides reached a settlement which had the band signed to the Metal Blade's distributing label, Warner Bros. Records, under which the band released their sixth album, Dizzy Up the Girl, in 1998.[8] The undisputed success of "Name" marked a fundamental change in the band’s sound toward a more polished, commercial direction. It was "Name" that had made the band popular and they were able to make a guest appearance on 90210 and even present an Award to Michael Jackson.

[edit] "Iris" and superstardom (1998–2005)
Rzeznik was approached to write a song for the City of Angels soundtrack, and the end product was "Iris". It is said that he wrote the lyrics in just under five minutes and composed it in about an hour's time. This song propelled the band to stardom, as it stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record breaking 18 weeks, and was nominated for three Grammys that year. According to interviews with Rzeznik, he was experiencing serious bouts of writer's block when he was approached, and was on the verge of quitting the band days before he wrote the song that would launch the band to worldwide fame.

"Iris" was included on the triple platinum Dizzy Up the Girl, and was among Top-Ten hits "Slide", "Black Balloon", "Broadway", and "Dizzy" from the same album. The new, polished sound garnered legions of new fans, many of whom had not followed the band before their mainstream success. Most of the Goo Goo Dolls concerts feature few, if any, songs the band wrote before 1995, reflecting the band’s more mainstream sound. Although the lyrics to "Black Balloon" are vague and unclear, as this is an essential aspect of Rzeznik's style of writing, the song, according to the lead singer himself, regards drug abuse and the emotional consequences of indulging in them. It is widely believed that the song was written for Robby Takac's wife who was once caught up in drug abuse but who has fully recovered today; both refuse to state who the song is written for or about. In 2001, the Goos released their first ever compilation CD, What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce. Next, Gutterflower (2002)—with dark lyrical undertones from Rzeznik's divorce—achieved gold certification, producing the hits "Here Is Gone", "Sympathy", and "Big Machine". On July 4, 2004, the band performed a free concert in their hometown of Buffalo, continuing through a deluge of rain that can be seen on the DVD released later that year. The DVD also contained a studio version of the Goo Goo Dolls' cover of "Give a Little Bit" by Supertramp. The single reached the top of the Adult Top 40 chart in 2005.
An animal trainer at a Washington County greyhound track has been charged with animal cruelty after at least 20 dogs were found dead Friday. Investigators were tipped by a local greyhound adoption group, who said trainer Ronald Williams had also brought in underweight dogs and offered them for adoption.

The investigation was started by the Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, which is responsible for the treatment of animals at Florida's dog and horse tracks.

It's unclear exactly how many dogs were found dead at Ebro Greyhound Park, which is not currently offering races.

Assistant General Manager Mark Hess says Williams' dogs were healthy during the season, which ended Sept. 25.

Hess says Williams continued to come to the track every day to let out two dogs for exercise and told other trainers he had only those two left.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Current financial aide to Haiti

So tell me, why are the Haitian people still living in tent cities?
What the hell is the problem there? Money is pouring in to Haiti like crazy, and the people are still living like animals in tent cities....if they are lucky.
Whats the problem here?

Foreign aid to Haiti
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1 Canadian aid to Haiti
2 US aid to Haiti
3 U.S. economic and development assistance
3.1 Peace Corps
3.2 Economic development
3.3 Democracy Development
4 Cuban Aid to Haiti
5 Venezuelan Aid to Haiti
6 References

[edit] Canadian aid to Haiti
Further information: Canada-Haiti relations
[edit] US aid to Haiti
The USA is the largest foreign source of relief aid to Haiti from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. USA, through USAID is giving more than $712 million in aid. However, this money is comprised by the donations of many non-governmental organizations such as World Vision and the Red Cross accumulated from different parts of the globe through various campaigns in support of Haiti.[1] In comparison, the EU and the 27 member-states alone are providing over 400 million euro, which is about $650 million dollars.[2] Following this logic, the EU seems to be the largest financial support given to the Haitian nation.

Also, a country by country Excel report can be seen here, where the EU countries are presented separately, and the US contribution is diminished to about 460 million dollars.[3]

. Country/organisation ISO country code Funding, committed and uncommitted,

. Others 639,381,379

. Private (individuals & organisations) 593,639,219 . United States US 466,879,506 . Canada CA 130,733,775 . World Bank (emergency grant) 82,107,356

. Japan JP 70,744,798

. Saudi Arabia SA 50,000,000

. Spain ES 47,664,745

. European Commission 43,290,043

. France FR 33,844,153

. United Kingdom GB 33,070,138

. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 27,976,462

. Norway NO 25,298,044

. Sweden SE 25,039,684 . Germany DE 21,645,022 . Brazil BR 16,884,782 . Denmark DK 16,288,032 . Australia AU 13,489,209 . China CN 10,813,535 . UN & agencies

. Italy IT 9,302,037 . Switzerland CH 8,932,039

. Finland FI 8,005,607

. Russian Federation RU 5,700,000 . Netherlands NL 5,050,504 . India IN 5,000,000

. United Arab Emirates AE 3,209,113 . Ghana GH 3,000,000

. Ireland IE 2,886,002 . Donors not specified 2,219,169

. Indonesia ID 1,700,000

. Czech Republic CZ 1,154,401

. Belgium BE 1,151,876

. Poland PL 1,089,466 . New Zealand NZ 1,000,000 . Morocco MA 1,000,000 . Guyana GY 1,000,000

. Estonia EE 1,000,000 . Luxembourg LU 722,900 486,000

. Greece GR 290,000 11,161,000

. Inter-American Development Bank 200,000 . South Africa

Cholera in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Haitian health officials are blaming the deaths of more than 100 people suffering from acute severe diarrhea and dehydration on an outbreak of cholera.

``For sure it is that,'' said a Ministry of Health official, who asked not to be identified because the government had yet to make an official announcement.

At least 1,000 people had been hospitalized in the lower Artibonite region in recent days, with the main hospital in St. Marc filled to capacity.

The conclusion of cholera was supported by diplomats at one foreign embassy. A report obtained by The Miami Herald stated that foreign health experts working with the Haitian government to identify the problem were ``99 percent sure it is cholera'' that caused severe diarrhea and vomiting in St. Marc, Mirebalais, Drouin and Marchand Dessalines. On Thursday, Haitian health specialists along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta continued to investigate the source of the outbreak while the government trucked in thousands of gallons of water.

South Florida-based Food for the Poor also announced that it was shipping in antibiotic, oral dehydration salts, water filtration units and other critically needed supplies to several cities and rural villages near the outbreak. So far, it had not reached Gonaives, the largest city in the Artibonite region.

The U.S. Embassy warned U.S. citizens that they should only drink bottled water, avoid undercooked or raw seafood and ``seek medical assistance if you develop acute, water diarrhea,'' it said.

Cholera is a contagious bacterial disease that affects the intestinal system. Symptoms include severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. It can cause death within four to 12 hours after symptoms begin if untreated. Spread through consumption of infected food and water, or feces, the disease is treated with fluids and antibiotics.

The disease outbreak is the country's first since January's 7.0 earthquake claimed more than 300,000 lives.

A spokeswoman with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the source of the outbreak is still being investigated.

``We have not received any confirmation on what is causing an increase of diarrhea in the lower Artibonite region,'' Jessica Duplessi, a spokeswoman with OCHA said. ``There has been an increase in cases of severe vomiting and diarrhea, which in particular is quite an epidemic in Haiti. We still don't know if it's coming from one central source or not. That is what the doctors and experts are trying to analyze.''

The Pan American Health Organization also warned against concluding too soon that cholera was the source of the outbreak.

``We just need confirmation of further investigation before we change the labeling and we have a precise diagnosis of the underlying cause,'' said Dr. Michel Thieren, senior program management officer with the PAHO Haiti Office. ``No one can say for sure. We are assisting with all sorts of rumors.''

He said PAHO officials and the ministry of health officials sent an evaluation mission to the area, and are awaiting the results of tests.

He said the joint PAHO/Ministry of Health evaluation mission received reports of 1,526 cases and 138 deaths of unconfirmed severe diarrhea. The numbers he said must be investigated and remain ``very questionable.''

The reports spurred interest among some of Haiti's candidates in the Nov. 28 presidential and legislative elections. Both presidential hopefuls Jude Célestin and Charles Henri Baker spent the day visiting rural communities impacted by the outbreak and said they went as concerned citizens.

``Every courtyard has at least three to four deaths,'' Célestin said in a statement, noting that he first heard the news Wednesday and traveled to the communities early Thursday morning. ``People told us they had their kids dying and they did not know what it was. They said the deaths came after the rain. In Drouin, the chief doctor told us they had more than 50 deaths.''

Baker said he was on a campaign tour in the region when he heard the news. He described a scene of people being laid out onto sidewalks, and children dying in the back of one of his campaign pickup trucks before it even reached the hospital.

``It's bad,'' Baker told The Herald by telephone, describing the emaciated look of people in the rural towns of Bac d'Aquin and Danash. ``They were just putting people on the side of the road. They look like skeletons.''

Baker said he was told that between 60 and 70 people had died from dehydration and diarrhea. In one town, he saw only one ambulance, and left one of the campaign trucks to transport sick residents.

``I don't even feel like campaigning anymore. It's unbelievable when they tell you the number of people who are sick,'' he said, describing the problem as ``pretty widespread at the moment.''

``I don't see anybody really taking charge . . . The government needs to be here, take some samples, run some tests and see if it is the water. We need confirmation, not hearsay. The urgency is to save the lives of those who are already sick.''

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