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Friday, October 23, 2009

Dozens of Tickets Issued in Dallas for Not Speaking English

After it was revealed that a rookie officer, Gary Bromley, had issued a citation on Oct. 2nd to Ernestina Mondragon for being a non-English-speaking driver --- a bogus offense --- it has now been revealed that dozens of tickets have been written in Dallas for similar "crimes."

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Amazon stock price hits all-time high

Amazon stock price hits all-time high

The online retailer stuns Wall Street with explosive earnings, despite the weak economy.

It all depends

The repugican view of how things work

Term Limits Good, when Democrat's control congress.
Term Limits Bad, when Repug's control congress.

Filibuster is a necessary tool of democracy, when Repug's do it.
Filibuster is being "obstructionist", when Democrat's do it.

Special Prosecutor Statute Good, when Democrat is in the White House.
Special Prosecutor Statute Bad, when Repug is in the White House.

Polls mean something, when Repug numbers are up
Polls are "fixed", when Repug numbers are down.

Violating UN resolutions is justification for action, when they are our enemy.
Violating UN resolutions is only ignoring a bad resolution, when they are our ally.

Exit Strategy Good, when Democrat is Commander in Chief.
Exit Strategy Bad, when Repug is Commander in Chief.

Polls mean something, when Democrat numbers are down.
Polls are "fixed", when Democrat numbers are up.

"The courts have ruled", when they agree with the ruling.
The courts are "legislating from the bench", when they disagree with the ruling.

Over-site Good, when Democrat is in the White House.
Over-site Bad, when Repug is in the White House.

Deficit spending good, when Repugs do it.
Deficit spending bad, when Democrats do it.

Dismissing drug use Good, when a Repug does it.
Dismissing drug use Bad, when a Democrat does it.

Dismissing sex acts Good, when it's a Repug.
Dismissing sex acts Bad, when it's a Democrat.

Hypocrisy Good, when engaged in by a Repug.
Hypocrisy Bad, when engaged in by a Democrat.

Health Care Hell in America

Medical bankruptcies are an epidemic in the United States. Nearly 62 percent of all U.S. bankruptcies
in 2007 were due to health care costs - and 78 percent of medical bankrupt people had insurance.
~ Zaid Jilani, ( Link)

Who gives a fuck?
~ The repugican party

John McCain leads charge against Net neutrality

U.S. Sen. John McCain, r-Ariz, is leading a charge against “Net neutrality” favored by the Obama administration.

The issue comes to down to picking who oversees the flow and speed of information online -- the current market-based system, or a new one that includes government rules and regulations. McCain likes the former, while President Barack Obama wants to see some government rules on Internet access.

Net neutrality would place government rules and regulations on Internet and private providers so they would not be able to restrict, favor or disfavor online information, sites and sources based on their origination points. Net neutrality fans say it will keep a level playing field and put safeguarding rules on private providers.

Critics, including those in the Internet and telecom sectors, prefer to have the marketplace govern the Internet.

McCain has introduced legislation that would restrict Net neutrality efforts and has penned a columns this week citing worries about the government regulation, taxing and restricting the Internet. The Arizona senator also is concerned about Internet taxes being born from government rules.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to move forward with setting Net neutrality rules. McCain wants to block that.

“This government takeover of the Internet will stifle innovation, in turn slowing our economic turnaround and further depressing an already anemic job market,” McCain said in a prepared statement. “Outside of health care, the technology industry is the nation’s fastest-growing job market. Innovation and job growth in this sector of our economy is the key to America’s future prosperity.”

Net neutrality advocates worry about private industry picking winners and losers in how information is transmitted online.


In a blow to McPain's efforts:

The FCC voted unanimously Thursday to support an open Internet rule that would prevent telecom network operators from barring or blocking content based on the revenue it generates. The rule now goes to the public for comment until Jan. 14. A final rule is not expected until the spring of next year. The 5 - 0 vote came despite lobbying against the net neutrality rule by telecommunications service providers.

Worst snacks at the movies

Worst snacks at the movies

Choosing a healthier option can save you as much as 39 grams of fat.

Home improvement tips for fall

8 home improvement tips for fall

Implementing these cost-efficient fixes will prepare your home for chilly weather.

Stunning soccer goal from 95 yards out

Stunning soccer goal from 95 yards out

A college freshman accidentally scores the game-winner from the opposite end of the field.

Myths about Windows 7

7 big myths about Windows 7

Misinformation is swirling about Microsoft's newest operating system.

Ticket given for not speaking English

Ticket given for not speaking English

A rookie Dallas cop cites a woman for a nonexistent law during a routine stop.

Girls with boys' names may have an edge

Girls with boys' names may have an edge

Giving baby girls trendy, "masculine" names just might help boost their careers, study claims.

Valerie Jarrett: Obama is "committed to the public option"

It doesn't get any clearer than that. Jarrett not only defended and reaffirmed President Obama's support for the public option, but said "we're going to keep pushing until they very last moment" for it. In fact, those may be the strongest words yet from the White House during the end game.This country needs this people.

Hollywood Forcing You to Buy DVDs By Pulling This Stunt...

For those who like renting movies, Hollywood may soon have a message: Prepare to wait.

In an effort to push consumers toward buying more movies, some major film studios are considering a new policy that would block DVDs from being offered for rental until several weeks after going on sale.

Under the plan, new DVD releases would be available on a purchase-only basis for a few weeks, after which time companies such as Blockbuster Inc. and Netflix Inc. would be allowed to rent the DVDs to their customers. The move comes as the studios are grappling with sharply declining DVD revenue, which has long propped up the movie business.

Reed Hastings, chief executive of DVD-by-mail company Netflix, revealed that he had discussed delayed-rental proposals with several of his biggest suppliers. People close to the situation at several studios confirmed that such plans were under consideration and probably would take effect next year.

"The studios are wrestling with declines in DVD sales while the DVD rental market has been modestly growing," Hastings said on a conference call Thursday with analysts after Netflix reported impressive 24% revenue growth last quarter. "One of the mitigating steps some are considering is introducing a DVD retail sales-only window for a few weeks."

DVD sales have been hurt by the recession, which has caused tapped-out consumers to opt for cheaper rentals. But Hollywood studios prefer that consumers buy DVDs because that generates significantly higher profits than rentals.

20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. have all tried to impose a no-rental period of about a month on Redbox, the operator of kiosks that rent movies for $1 per night. Those studios believe Redbox's steeply discounted price undercuts DVD sales.

Redbox has responded by suing the studios, seeking to force them to sell it DVDs simultaneously with competitors. Meanwhile, the company is stocking its kiosks with DVDs it can't otherwise obtain by buying them from retailers.

Hollywood's concern about Redbox is heightened by the company's rapid growth. In the first six months of the year, Redbox's revenue soared 113%. Industrywide DVD sales, however, were down 13.5% in the same period, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, in part because consumers are embracing low-cost rental offerings.

There is also growing concern among studios with Netflix, which reported Thursday that subscribers increased 28% from last year to 11.1 million as of Sept. 30. Netflix and Redbox account for virtually all of this year's growth of about 9% in DVD rental revenue.

Studios considering the plan are betting that a sales-only window would push some consumers who currently rent DVDs into buying them, thus boosting profits.

"The studios might try to implement something like this to increase demand for sales," said Wade Holden, an analyst at SNL Kagan, "because they need to protect that revenue stream the best they can."

Such a move would undoubtedly decrease revenue for DVD rental companies. That might not only crimp the growth of Netflix and Redbox, but also further depress struggling rental chain Blockbuster, whose revenue fell 20% in the first half of the year.

Depending on the details, however, a sales-only window might not hurt the bottom line of major rental companies. To get them on board, studios probably would have to offer them a lower wholesale price than that paid by retailers, currently $18 for most standard DVDs and $25 for high-definition Blu-ray discs.

"If we can agree on low-enough pricing," observed Hastings, "delayed rental could potentially increase profits for everyone."

A universal delay for all rental companies might also end the ongoing dispute of three studios with Redbox. A company spokesman implied that Redbox would go along with a sales-only window if it wasn't singled out: "We must have a level playing field and the right to buy movies at the same time as any of our competitors," he said.

Whether consumers go along with it, however, may be another matter entirely.

Save the TaTas

Just a reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Both men and women need to check their breasts regularly.

Protesters breach security at BBC ahead of far-right leader appearance on TV politics show

Anti-fascist protesters broke into the BBC's west London headquarters on Thursday ahead of a white-supremacist party leader's appearance on a leading political debate show.

Women's robes, other items sold by Blair recalled because of fire risk

Highly flammable women's robes sold by Blair are now linked to nine deaths, and the company is expanding a recall to include more products imported from the Pakistani manufacturer.

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British Religious Artifacts Found In A River

A fresh mystery is gripping Britain's religious community: Just how did a treasure trove of rare medallions and coins collected by a former archbishop of Canterbury end up at the bottom of the River Wear?
The coins, medals, goblets and other religious items were found over the last few years by two divers, Gary and Trevor Bankhead.

British Religious Artifacts Found In A River

There's no God say 96% in web poll 'sting'

How do you say ... Oops!

A christian advertising campaign has proved an Almighty failure after its own survey declared: "God doesn't exist."

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This bring to mind this quote from President Thomas Jefferson "I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

Cities least touched by the recession

Cities least touched by the recession

America's strongest economies boast steady home prices and other key advantages.

Obama designates 200,000 acre habitat for polar bears

It's about time someone cares about the wildlife again instead of what Big Oil wants.
The Obama administration said Thursday it is designating more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Federal law prohibits agencies from taking actions that may adversely affect critical habitat and interfere with polar bear recovery.

Member of House GOP leadership says Rush and Glenn Beck speak for lots of Republicans


That's what we've been saying all along.

These morons just can't help themselves.

We Keep Finding Historically Significant Photos. Will Our Grandchildren?

Philip Bump posted this wonderful piece over at mediaite.com.

annefrankeOn July 22, 1941, a young girl watches from the window of her parent’s apartment as her neighbors – he in a top hat, she clutching a bouquet – leave for their honeymoon. The video was shot, of course, to capture a special moment in the lives of the neighbors. But it is significant now because of that little girl - Anne Frank, about a year before her family went into hiding.

See the video of the only known film of Anne Frank here.

A previously unknown photo of Abraham Lincoln arriving to give the Gettysburg Address.

For years, a photo of the crowd at the Gettyburg Address stagnated at the Library of Congress’ website, until an amateur Civil War historian stumbled across it and noticed a minute detail – what appeared to be a bearded man, wearing a stovepipe hat, arriving on horseback. The image above doesn’t provide as much detail as this slideshow zooming in on the scene, but the idea that one of only two photos of Lincoln on that day may have been discovered by the fortuitous combination of available historical documents and an interested observer speaks volumes.

Lost color photos of Hitler.

From the Telegraph’s write-up of this discovery:

A set of photographs showing the private side of Adolf Hitler have been published for the first time. The colour pictures come from the collection of Hugo Jaeger, Hitler’s personal photographer, who captured him on camera him from 1936 to the final days of his rule in 1945. Jaeger hid thousands of transparencies in a leather suitcase at the end of the war. The case was found by six US soldiers as they searched a house near Munich where he was staying but they were more interested in a bottle of cognac he had also slipped inside.

The accompanying 19-photo gallery shows the somewhat-dishevelled German leader, his apartment and his environs, capturing a ground-level view of life in World War II Germany. (You’ve probably also already seen the album of personal photos taken by officers at Auschwitz, now part of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.)

Teddy Roosevelt, heard and seen.

Two of the most interesting recent discoveries surround the 26th President of the United States.

First, recordings of his voice, captured through Thomas Edison’s wax cylinder system in 1919 and put online by UC Santa Barbara. Roosevelt’s voice is somewhat nasally, a bit high-pitched – but impressively articulate and accented as one might expect of an upper class, turn-of-the-century New Yorker. These are not the earliest examples of his voice, to be sure – but the vintage and recording method of these speeches is remarkable.

Perhaps the most stunning discovery, though, is this photo, taken during Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession through New York in 1865.

The boxed window shows the apartment of Roosevelt’s grandfather, Cornelius, near New York’s Union Square. The two tiny faces (which you can see better here) are supposedly Teddy and his brother Elliott (Eleanor Roosevelt’s father). The idea that a seven year-old future President was captured observing Lincoln’s 1865 funeral is stunning – and knocks the famous Clinton-Kennedy photo down a peg or two.

For historians, amateur and otherwise, these are exciting discoveries – and the future offers many more of similar provenance. Maybe.

The Anne Frank video was saved purely by chance. According to CNN, the honeymooning couple gave the footage to Frank’s father after the war, understanding how much he’d lost. It survived sixty intervening years, in remarkable quality – but that someone in 1941 had access to a personal camera to document important life moments was an exception itself.

Now, of course, everyone has a camera, video and still, and captures the world around for moments of far less significance. Every day, future leaders, Presidents, criminals, geniuses and inventors are being photographed and videotaped. But with this surfeit of recordings, many now deemed useless will be lost.

There’s another problem, one raised by the always-thoughtful (and polarizing) Internet guru Dave Winer following the recent death of his father. What happens, he asks, when the owner of content dies? How can his media last forever? Where is the company providing eternal online hosting?

Imagine if there were an easy way for digital media to be preserved indefinitely for nearly no cost. What gems might future hobbyists and historians uncover, digging through an infinitely large pile of images at a point when they become publicly available? Especially if the tagging systems of social networks like Facebook travel along with them?

The Second Dark Ages (that of pre-Internet information gathering) has come to an end. We’re discovering, every day, works of cultural art from a time before the possibility of cataloguing existed. We’ve yet to build a system to allow such discoveries more easily in the future – but it will come.

The picture you take on your iPhone today may be of the next Roosevelt or Lincoln – or, God forbid, the next Frank or Hitler. But we’ll only know if that picture can be re-considered in 100 years.

Proverbial Wisdom

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

~ Chinese Proverb

European Internet sinking fast under 3-strikes proposals

Things look bad for the European Internet: "3 strikes" (the entertainment industry's proposal for a law that requires ISPs to disconnect whole households if one member is accused -- without evidence or trial -- of three copyright infringements) is gaining currency. Efforts to make 3-strikes illegal are being thwarted by the European bureaucracy in the EC.

The Pirate Party, which holds a seat in the European Parliament, proposed legislation that said, essentially, that no one could be disconnected from the Internet without a fair trial. When the proposal when to the European Commission (a group of powerful, unelected bureaucrats who have been heavily lobbied by the entertainment industry), they rewrote it so that disconnection can take place without trial or other due process.

On the national level, France's Constitutional Court have approved the latest version of the French 3-strikes rule, HADOPI, which has created a kind of grudging, joke oversight by the courts (before your family's Internet connection is taken away, a judge gives the order 1-2 minutes' worth of review, and you aren't entitled to counsel and the rules of evidence don't apply -- the NYT called it similar to "traffic court"). Under this rule, there is now a national list of French people who are not allowed to be connected to the Internet; providing them with connectivity is a crime.

The only bright light is that this will play very badly in the national elections coming up in many European jurisdictions; the Swedes, in particular, are likely to kick the hell out of the MPs who voted for criminal sanctions for downloading and replace them with Pirate Party candidates, Greens, and members of other parties with a liberal stance on copyright.

Atheism 3.0 finds a little more room for religion

Bruce Sheiman doesn’t believe in God, but he does believe in religion.

Setting aside the question of whether God exists, it’s clear that the benefits of faith far outweigh its costs, he argues in his new book, An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity is Better Off With Religion than Without It.

“I don’t know if anybody is going to be able to convince me that God exists,” Sheiman said in an interview, “but they can convince me that religion has intrinsic value.”

The old atheists said there was no God. The so-called “New Atheists” said there was no God, and they were vocally vicious about it. Now, the new “New Atheists” — call it Atheism 3.0 — say there’s still no God, but maybe religion isn’t all that bad.

Faith provides meaning and purpose for millions of believers, inspires people to tend to each other and build communities, gives them a sense of union with a transcendent force, and provides numerous health benefits, Sheiman says. Moreover, the galvanizing force behind many achievements in Western civilization has been faith, Sheiman argues, while conceding that he limits his analysis, for the most part, to modern Western religion.

Atheism 3.0 finds a little more room for religion

Gee, I wonder why

Skippy posted this yesterday over at Skippy the Bush Kangaroo:

It turns out people hate it when you vote in favor of rapists

Thanks to c&l videocafe, we find the Rachel Maddow show pointing out how the repubbblican vote against Senator Franken's amendment was very bad publicity for the GOP.

The amendment in question is to the sept. of defense appropriations bill that would prevent the government from contracting w/Halliburton if Halliburton required employees to sign away their rights to sue if something nasty happens to them. Something nasty like, say, oh...rape.

Rachel enlightens us as to how bad this negative vote is for the repubbbs:
Maddow: one specific vote on one specific part of the giant legislation that funds the defense department is turning into a real political problem for 30 republican senators.

In Idaho, the "Lewiston Morning Tribune" called out its two senators in an editorial titled, "Senators Crapo and Risch cast an inexplicable vote."

In Mississippi, "The Clarion Ledger" editorialized, quote, "Senators Cochran and Wicker voted to protect corporations, not victims, and they should own up to that."

An opinion piece in the "Osawatomie Graphic" was titled simply, "Kansas senators are disappointing." In Tennessee, a "Crossville Chronicle" writers asked, "Whose side are our senators on?"

The "Athens Banner Herald" in Georgia headlined a letter quote, "Georgia senators embarrass state." and in Louisiana, a "Shreveport Times" writer asks, quote, "What exactly is sen. David Vitter's problem with women."

When republicans are getting called out in Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia, something big is going on politically. This all began when 30 senate republicans voted against an amendment by Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota.

The amendment said that the government shouldn't give defense contracts to companies if those companies prevent their employees who have been raped or discriminated against from suing in court.
Here's even more stories depicting the bad press the GOP has heaped upon itself.

c&lvideo cafe shows the Maddow clip which interviews Jamie Leigh Jones, the contractor who was drugged and gang-raped by her Halliburton co-workers, upon whose sad story the Franken amendment was based.

Unfortunately at this juncture, it looks like senator Dan Inouye will gut Senator Franken's amendement out of the bill:

Multiple sources have told the Huffington post that senator Dan Inouye, a longtime democrat from Hawaii, is considering removing or altering the provision, which was offered by Senator Al Franken (Democrat-Minnesota) and passed by the senate several weeks ago.

Inouye's office, sources say, has been lobbied by defense contractors adamant that the language of the Franken amendment would leave them overly exposed to lawsuits and at constant risk of having contracts dry up. The senate is considering taking out a provision known as the Title VII claim, which (if removed) would allow victims of assault or rape to bring suit against the individual perpetrator but not the contractor who employed him or her.

"The defense contractors have been storming his office," said a source with knowledge of the situation. "Inouye either will get the amendment taken out altogether, or water it down significantly. If they water it down, they will take out the Title VII claims. This means that in discrimination cases, they will still force you into a secret forced arbitration on KBR's (or other contractors') own terms -- with your chances of prevailing practically zero. The house seems to be very supportive of the original Franken amendment and all in line, but their hands are tied since it originated in the senate. And since Inouye runs the show on this bill, he can easily take it out to get republicans and the defense contractors off his back, which looks increasingly likely."
Bet senator Inouye's not gonna be popular in the islands (insert "lei" joke here).

Addendum: some commentors @ huffpo suggest:

Call senator Inouye's office tell him not to strip sen. Franken's anti-rape amendment! 202-224-3934/6747


It should go without saying or need for such an amendment - the fact that such an amendment is being considered (and some are trying to remove it) is proof that such an amendment is needed.

This is the sorry state we have been dragged down to by the repugican wingnuts. And they want to drag us down even further!

Call Inouye's office and all senator's offices and let them know we won't be drug any further down into the cesspool - LEAVE THE AMENDMENT ALONE!

How green is your pet?

It's time to wise up to the ecological pawprint of your furry friend – it may be doing more environmental damage than an SUV.

How green is your pet?

Washington takes aim at bank pay

Washington takes aim at bank pay

The Federal Reserve wants to be able to review and veto banks' pay policies to discourage recklessness.

Ways you can reduce work stress

Ways you can reduce work stress

These simple strategies can help you relieve the strain of your job without losing focus.

Baby boy gets free flights for life

Baby boy gets free flights for life

A midflight emergency turns into a cause for celebration as a baby is born 2,000 feet in the air.

Cop News

SC man drives 80 miles to give explosives to cops

Authorities say a South Carolina man's good intentions almost caused an explosive situation.

SC man drives 80 miles to give explosives to cops

NC gov says 20 violent criminals won't be freed

North Carolina's governor is saying that the Department of Correction wrongly gave inmates credit for good behavior and is refusing to release 20 of the state's violent offenders next week.
Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a news release that she questions whether the prisons agency had the authority to apply the credits to inmates serving life.

NC gov says 20 violent criminals won't be freed

It's not the White House War on Fox, stupid.

Here is an amazing video by Media Matters, taking a month by month look at the hate and lies pouring out of the GOP propaganda organ known as FOX News.Only a moron would call it the "White House's war of Fox" (Oh, wait, they are, never mind).
Stating facts is not a 'war' and being called for what you are isn't one either.
Give it up FauxNews - you're a fake 'news' (How I hate sullying the word to use it in the same sentence as Faux) network and a thoroughly integrated part of the repugican party ... deal with it!

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) humbles Hudson Institute dilettante over health care bankruptcies

You've been owned!

In what is quite possibly the best headline for this story ... the prize goes to Boing Boing:

Al Franken kicks eleventy-million kinds of ass in health-care hearing

And I Quote

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

~ Douglas Adams

Science News

From BBC-Science:

The greatest of all animal battles, "the humpback whale heat run", is filmed in its entirety for the first time by a BBC crew.

An undercover investigation by an environmental campaign group reveals the continuing trade in tiger skins in China.

The Pie is now in the Sky

Soupy Sales Dies

Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, has died. He was 83.

Sales died Thursday night at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, New York, said his former manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher. Sales had many health problems and entered the hospice last week, Usher said.

At the peak of his fame in the 1950s and '60s, Sales was one of the best-known faces in the nation, Usher said.

"If President Eisenhower would have walked down the street, no one would have recognized him as much as Soupy," Usher said.

At the same time, Sales retained an openness to fans that turned every restaurant meal into an endless autograph-signing session, Usher said.

"He was just good to people," said Usher, a former jazz music producer who managed Sales in the 1950s and now owns Detroit-based Marine Pollution Control.

Sales began his TV career in Cincinnati and Cleveland, then moved to Detroit, where he drew a large audience on WXYZ-TV. He moved to Los Angeles in 1961.

The comic's pie-throwing schtick became his trademark, and celebrities lined up to take one on the chin alongside Sales. During the early 1960s, stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Shirley MacLaine received their just desserts side-by-side with the comedian on his television show.

"I'll probably be remembered for the pies, and that's all right," Sales said in a 1985 interview.

Sales was born Milton Supman on Jan. 8, 1926, in Franklinton, North Carolina, where his was the only Jewish family in town. His parents, owners of a dry-goods store, sold sheets to the Ku Klux Klan. The family later moved to Huntington, West Viriginia.

His greatest success came in New York with "The Soupy Sales Show" — an ostensible children's show that had little to do with Captain Kangaroo and other kiddie fare. Sales' manic, improvisational style also attracted an older audience that responded to his envelope-pushing antics.

Sales, who was typically clad in a black sweater and oversized bow-tie, was once suspended for a week after telling his legion of tiny listeners to empty their mothers' purse and mail him all the pieces of green paper bearing pictures of the presidents.

The cast of "Saturday Night Live" later paid homage by asking their audience to send in their joints. His influence was also obvious in the Pee-Wee Herman character created by Paul Reubens.

Sales returned from the Navy after World War II and became a $20-a-week reporter at a West Virginia radio station. He jumped to a DJ gig, changed his name to Soupy Heinz and headed for Ohio.

His first pie to the face came in 1951, when the newly christened Soupy Sales was hosting a children's show in Cleveland. In Detroit, Sales' show garnered a national reputation as he honed his act — a barrage of sketches, gags and bad puns that played in the Motor City for seven years.

After moving to Los Angeles, he eventually became a fill-in host on "The Tonight Show."

He moved to New York in 1964 and debuted "The Soupy Sales Show," with co-star puppets White Fang (the meanest dog in the United States) and Black Tooth (the nicest dog in the United States). By the time his Big Apple run ended two years later, Sales had appeared on 5,370 live television programs — the most in the medium's history, he boasted. He had a pair of albums that hit the Billboard Top 10 in 1965; "Do the Mouse" sold 250,000 copies in New York alone.

Sales remained a familiar television face, first as a regular from 1968-75 on the game show "What's My Line?" and later appearing on everything from "The Mike Douglas Show" to "The Love Boat." He played himself in the 1998 movie "Holy Man," which starred Eddie Murphy.

He joined WNBC-AM as a disc jockey in 1985, a stint best remembered because Sales filled the hours between shock jocks Don Imus and Howard Stern.

Sales is survived by his wife, Trudy, and two sons, Hunt and Tony, a pair of musicians who backed David Bowie in the band Tin Machine.

Songs used at prison cause outrage

Songs used at prison cause outrage

Bands lead a charge to uncover how songs were used in Guantanamo Bay interrogations.

Unusual Holidays and Celebrations

Today is IPod Day.

Daily Almanac

Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2009.

There are 69 days left in the year.

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Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

What are you worrying about?
Set your concerns aside today, because this cloud you've been floating on isn't about to disappear anytime soon.
You can feel free to make plans based on what will surely be success -- speaking of the future, today will give you a clear glimpse of what your path will be.
It's not quite time to go down that road, but you will enjoy the sense of confirmation.
Today will be worry-free, offering a strong sense of relief.

Now, that's a relief.