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Memorial Day

31 May

I hope everyone had I great memorial day and remembered the real purpose of it rather than thinking of it as just a day off.

-Ash

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Dakota Fanning: Hollywood vs Highschool

31 May

She may have started out a child actress, but Dakota Fanning hasn’t given up one quintessential part of her teenage years: the prom.

Dakota attends a school in L.A where she is a Varsity cheerleader. She calls herself lucky to be able to go to a Hollywood school without being treated differently.

“I’ve been able to have a really great experience and it’s almost over. I can’t believe it!” she says.

Which is the biggest problem?

15 May

Child Abuse

Trash

Comment if you like ūüôā

Cool App for iPad

17 Apr

SO I was browsing iPad apps and I found a cool one…..

  • It has tons of Yoga poses to help my feel better
  • For Example if I typed in stomach ache than i would get 6 or 7 poses to help me
  • There are hundreds of poses for anger, head ache, leg pain, arm pain and more!
  • Go check it out now!
  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iyoga108/id364758749?mt=8

If you like it download it I promise. It helps me so much! (It also saves tons of time and gets updated for more and more poses.)

_ROSIEROSIERED_

Olympics.

15 Feb

So before I post what I have to say I need to apologize for no posting its a record 2 weeks I am truly sorry. Now I will post lots today.

OLYMPICS!

  • “We are the world” did you like it or not? I prefer the one with Michael Jackson. Did you know that one was made 2 days after I was born? So comment what you thought of it and I am happy they made it for Haiti so I downloaded it.
  • Figure Skating it blew me away. They also had record for the highest score ever. If you recorded it and haven’t got a chance to watch it…I recommend you do!
  • The man that died. It was sad. But what he was doing was¬†definitely¬†dangerous.
  • Opening Ceremony did you see the mistake of 3 torches instead of 4. Personally it made me laugh. But I like the part with the snowboarder as the named the previous locations. What did you think?

Happy Watching Tonight ūüôā

-offcialashleytisdale

Kristen and Ashley T.

Pakistan court orders men’s ears, noses hacked off

23 Dec

AllCredits to: CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A court in Lahore, Pakistan, has ordered that two men have their noses and ears chopped off, after the two were convicted of doing the same to a young woman.

The anti-terrorism court also ordered that brothers Ammanat Ali, 29, and Sher Mohammed, 27, spend life in prison and pay 700,000 rupees ($8,300) in compensation to the victim, Punjab province chief prosecutor Chaudary Mohammed Jahangir said Tuesday.

The sentence was handed down Monday in accordance with Islamic law and the country’s anti-terror laws, the prosecutor said.

The woman and her family had rejected an offer of marriage from Sher Mohammed, the officer who investigated the case said.

The two men attacked the woman, Fazeelat Bibi, 22, on September 28, in the village of Zafarkey, southwest of Lahore, Inspector Hakim Ali said. Along with their cousin Mohammed Ali and two other men, they hid, stopped Bibi on her way home from work, and strangled her with a wire, the officer said.

When they thought she was dead, they cut off her nose and ears, Ali said.

They mutilated her “to set an example,” prosecutor Jahangir said.

Mohammed Ali, the cousin, was also arrested, while the two other men allegedly involved in the attack have not been, the inspector said.

The brothers were tried under anti-terror laws because the incident “created tyranny” in the district, Inspector Ali said.

The high court must confirm the sentence before it is carried out, and a doctor must determine that they can survive the punishment.

The high court has suspended similar sentences in the past.

Heated debate again over ‘War on Christmas’ claims

18 Dec

All credit goes to CNN! (link at the end)

-Rosierosiered (Rosie)

(CNN) — Americans are in a war that pits the politically correct against Christmas carolers, some say. They say it’s a battle that plays out in the halls of Congress, retail stores and public schools across the country, and it’s one that’s been raging for years.

Republican Rep. Henry Brown of South Carolina introduced a resolution this month asking that the House express support for the use of Christmas symbols and traditions and frown on any attempt to ban references to the holiday.

“Each year, I could see a diminishing value of the spiritual part of Christmas,” Brown said. “It would seem like another group would go from the Christmas spirit to the holiday spirit.”

“What I’m afraid of — if we don’t bring some kind of closure to this continuous change, then in 20 years it will almost be completely different from what we see today … and so we would lose the whole emphasis of what the very early beginnings of Christmas was all about.”

So far, the resolution has one Democrat and 72 Republicans as co-sponsors. The¬†House hasn’t taken it up, but the chamber adopted similar resolutions in the past.

Barry Lynn, an ordained minister and executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, isn’t keen on the prospect of congressional action. Read More

Texas lawmaker calls for shake-up after prisoner’s escape

2 Dec

Copied From: CNN

By Thomas G. Watkins, CNN

(CNN) — The man who oversees Texas’ criminal justice system called Wednesday for a shake-up as authorities searched for a prisoner in a wheelchair who escaped on foot Monday from two armed guards as he was being transferred between prisons.

“I just think enough’s enough,” said state Sen. John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston who is chairman of the state Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee.

“We need a complete shake-up of the leadership of our prison system and/or an outside review by third parties,” he said of the escape of Arcade Comeaux Jr., 49. “We just can’t have security breaches of this nature.”

The 6-foot, 200-pound Comeaux was serving a life sentence for aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A van containing him and two correctional officers left the Estelle prison in Huntsville about 5:45 a.m. Monday, bound for the Stiles prison in Beaumont, where Comeaux was being reassigned, said Michelle Lyons, director of public information for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville, in a written statement.

Comeaux was shackled and in a wheelchair, “which he had claimed was needed for mobility,” Lyons said.

About 45 minutes into the trip, as they were driving through Conroe, 40 minutes north of Houston, the prisoner pulled out a pistol and ordered the guards to drive south to Baytown, east of Houston. There, he took one of the guards’ gray uniforms, handcuffed the officers together and left them in the rear of the van, Lyon’s statement said.

He fired once during the incident but hit no one, an official said.

Comeaux fled at about 9 a.m., leaving his weapon but taking the officers’ two semiautomatic pistols and a 12-gauge shotgun, Lyons said.

Law enforcement officers found the unharmed officers an hour later.

Comeaux was being transferred to Beaumont so he would be near John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, for treatment of the supposed paralysis he had suffered during a reported stroke, Whitmire said.

“There’s a theory working that he staged the whole thing,” the senator said. “He’s a con; he’s a manipulator, and he’s outfoxing the people who are charged with the responsibility of keeping him securely incarcerated.”

John Moriarty, inspector general of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said that such lapses are highly unusual in theTexas penal system.

“We have no open gun investigations other than this one,” he said. “The last one was several years ago.”

Meanwhile, $16,000 in reward money has been offered for information leading to Comeaux’s rearrest, and more than 100 investigators are searching for the escapee, focusing on the Houston area, where he grew up and has relatives.

Among them is Comeaux’s mother, Joyce Comeaux.

“I’m trying to find out what the heck happened,” she said from her home in Houston. “How did my son come in contact with a gun inside the prison? I know he didn’t leave and go shopping. I’m looking at a corrupt system here.”

She added, “How did a young man who’s shackled overpower two guards with a gun?”

The mother of 11, of whom Arcade was her third, said she was concerned that her son is possibly being set up to be killed.

“My husband is devastated, as I am,” she said.

“His record is bad, and I admit that. I’m not hiding that.”

She said she hopes he returns to his parents’ house “so that I can talk to him, give him a good meal, a good bath, and send him back where he come from.”

Whitmire said previous discussions of contraband in the prisons had centered on cigarettes and cell phones, but Monday’s escape has upped the ante.

“Now we see that weapons have entered our prisons,” he said.

He said the guards had failed to pat down Comeaux while he was in his wheelchair and before they began the trip.

“Sure enough, he has a firearm,” he said. “The question is, are there others? I think you have to assume that there are until you find out differently.”

This year, more than 900 cell phones have been confiscated from the 112 locations that house the state’s 158,000 prisoners.

“I want the director to come forward and tell us what it’s going to take” to solve the problem, Whitmire said.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston, who has been in the job since 2005, did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

Comeaux’s criminal record dates back more than three decades. In 1979, he received three 10-year sentences for rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child and burglary of a building with the intent to commit theft, all in Harris County.

He was released on mandatory supervision in 1983, but he was returned to prison in 1984 after being convicted of indecency with a child and sentenced to 20 years.

In June 1991, he was released on mandatory supervision but returned as a violator four months later. Paroled in December 1993, he was returned as a parole violator a year later. In February 1996, he was again paroled but was returned to prison in June 1998 with a life sentence for aggravated sexual assault.

Though he had been in prison ever since, his criminal record didn’t end. In July 1999, he used his wheelchair to pin his wife against a wall during a contact visit and stabbed her 17 times with a homemade knife, Moriarty said. He also stabbed another prison visitor who tried to intervene; both victims survived.

For that, Comeaux was convicted on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and received two additional life sentences.

I will post 2 more articles

-OfficialAshleyTisdale

Statistics!

19 Nov

Twitter (from http://sampadswain.com/2009/03/interesting-twitter-statistics-facts/)

  • 1,382% year-over-year growth in February 2009.
  • Total unique visitors grew from 475,000 in February 2008 to¬†¬†seven million¬†80,00,000 (Eight million) last month.
  • Twitter is the fastest growing member community site for the month of February.
  • Zimbio (240%) and¬†Facebook (228%) were the second and third-fastest growing online communities.
  • Twitter is not just for kids: In February 2009, adults ages 35-49 had the largest representation on Twitter ‚Äď almost 3 million unique visitors from this age group (almost 42% of the entire audience).
  • 62% of the audience access Twitter from work only, while only 35% access it only from home.
  • It‚Äôs all about mobile: In January 2009, 735,000 unique visitors accessed Twitter via their mobile device.
  • The average unique visitor went to Twitter 14 times during the month.
  • They spent an average of 7 minutes on the site.
  • In Q4 2008, 812,000 unique users sent or received Twitter text messages (viaAT&T or¬†Verizon cell phones).
  • The average tweet per person for the quarter was nearly 240.

 

Market Share (from http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/credit-card-industry-facts-personal-debt-statistics-1276.php)


Top 15 U.S. general purpose card issuers based on outstandings as of June 30, 2009
1.  Chase Р$165.87 bil.
2.  Bank of America Р$150.82 bil.
3.  Citi Р$102.54 bil.
4.  American Express Р$78.16 bil.
5.  Capital One Р$55.46 bil.
6.  Discover Р$48.90 bil.
7.  Wells Fargo Р$30.89 bil.
8.  HSBC Р$26.09 bil.
9.  U.S. Bank Р$20.17 bil.
10. USAA Savings – $12.96 bil.
11. Barclays – $10.67 bil.
12. Target – $7.78 bil.
13. GE Money – $7.17 bil.
14. PNC Bank – $5.08 bil.
15. First Nat’l Nebraska Р$4.32 bil.
(Source: Nilson Report, August 2009)

Cool Facts

 

76% of American commuters drive to work alone. – The Week Magazine, 6/6/08

* 55% of all deaths caused by firearms in the United States are suicides. – San Diego Union, 7/1/08

* 2.4% of all Americans are in the criminal justice system somehow. 7,200,000 Americans are now either behind bars, on probation, or on parole. – The Week Magazine, 6/27/08

* Americans throw out 27% of the 350,000,000 pounds of food they buy each year. – New York Times, 5/18/08

* 70% of all trees cut for use as Christmas trees are whisked to departing trucks by helicopter. – The Week Magazine, 12/28/07


* 23% of all the psychiatrists in the country are in the New York City metro area. – The Week Magazine, 5/19/06


* 30% of Americans don’t know what year the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington took place. – Yahoo! News, 8/9/06

More Facts
  • There are 318,979,564,000 ways of playing the first four turns in a game of chess. There are 169,518,829,100,544,000,000,000,000,000 ways of playing the first ten turns of a game of chess
  • In the year 10,000 B.C., there were only 5 million people on earth. In 8,000 B.C., this figure had risen to only 8 million.
  • Currently there are more than 6,000,000,000 people on earth.¬†Around 1900 there were only 1,600,000,000 people.
  • The average American spends 18% of his or her income on transportation, and only 13% on food
  • The total number of different bridge hands possible is roughly 54,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
  • The typical person breathes 370,000 cubic metres of air in their lifetime.
  • Thirteen percent of the world’s population lives in deserts, which account for about one-third of the Earth’s land surface.
  • Over 85% of the world’s population lives north of the Equator
  • In 1985, NASA estimated that the probability of an accident occurring to the space shuttle was 1 in 100,000. However, on January 28, 1986, only the 25th shuttle launch,¬†Challenger exploded after take-off, killing all seven astronauts aboard, and on February 1, 2003, the 113rd mission,¬†Columbia exploded on re-entry, again killing all seven astronauts. Earlier estimates by other groups had estimated the probability as being closer to 1 in 100, a probability that seems more reasonable
  • In a study of 3,000 people that made New Year’s resolutions in 2007, only 12% stuck to them. The resolution with the greatest chance of success was “to enjoy life more”
  • The chances of winning a lottery in which six numbers are drawn from 49 is 1 in 13,983,816
  • For every 100,000 girls, 223 will become doctors and 17,475 will become nurses
  • 100 people a year choke to death on ball-point pens.
  • One’s lifetime risk of dying due to living with a smoker is 1 in 4,200. Getting struck by lightning over the course of a lifetime is more likely, with odds of 1 in 3,000
  • Over 50% of people that win the lottery jackpot return to work

 

From: http://www.sentex.net/~ajy/facts/statistics.html

 

Thanks,

Lili

I thought this was interesting.

 

 

Woman leaves $40,000 at Md. shrine for safekeeping

19 Nov

Copied from: Yahoo News

Originally from Associate Press

By DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press Writer ‚Äst52¬†mins¬†ago

HAGERSTOWN, Md. ‚Äď A woman quietly left $40,000 worth of rare U.S. coins near a¬†Catholic shrine¬†for safekeeping so the¬†Virgin Marycould watch over her life savings while she was out of town, and apparently it worked: The money was returned to her when she got back a week later.

Operators of the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes nearEmmitsburg thought they had been blessed with a big donation when a groundskeeper found the two plastic freezer bags filled with gold and silver while raking leaves.

But Shrine Director William Tronolone said the woman approached him after a noon Mass Sunday, six days after the discovery, to ask whether anyone had found some coins she had hidden beneath fallen leaves at the site on the campus of Mount St. Mary’s University.

“I said, ‘Why did you leave it there?’ And she said, ‘Well, I had to go away and I was afraid to leave it and I wanted the Blessed Mother to watch over it for me ‚ÄĒ and evidently she did because you found it,'” Tronolone said.

By then, university officials had had the coins appraised, notified police and placed the money in a safe while awaiting word from investigators.

Tronolone refused to identify the woman. He said she had been out of town about a week.

After the school’s security director returned the coins Monday, he accompanied the woman to her bank and persuaded her to put them in her¬†safe deposit box, Tronolone said.

The shrine, about 50 miles northwest of Baltimore, features a replica of the grotto in Lourdes, France, where Catholics believe Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared to a French schoolgirl named Bernadette several times, beginning in 1858. The Emmitsburg replica draws more than 200,000 visitors annually, Tronolone said.

Grotto visitors often leave anonymous donations, including a $3,000 cash gift two weeks ago.

“Up here at the grotto, you get a lot of people that are very, very faithful,” Tronolone said, “and they do things you and I would never even attempt to do.”

 

Thanks,

Kristen