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California National Bank

California National Bank is one of the nine banks seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Friday due to bank failure brought about by financial crisis. The other 8 banks that were shut are Bank USA, National Association, Phoenix, Arizona; California National Bank, Los Angeles, California; San Diego National Bank, San Diego, California; Pacific National Bank, San Francisco, California; Park National Bank, Chicago, Illinois; Community Bank of Lemont, Lemont, Illinois; North Houston Bank, Houston, Texas; Madisonville State Bank, Madisonville, Texas; and Citizens National Bank, Teague, Texas.The FDIC said U.S. Bank in Minneapolis agreed to assume the deposits and most of the assets of the banks. Deposits as of Sept. 30, totaled $15.4 billion.

California National BankThe nine banks had 153 offices, which will reopen as U.S. Bank branches on Saturday during their normal business hours. Depositors of the nine banks will automatically become depositors of U.S. Bank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage. Customers should continue to use their existing branches until U.S. Bank can fully integrate the deposit records of the nine failed banks.

Over the weekend, depositors of the nine banks can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the banks will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

For more information on California National Bank, please visit this FDIC URL:

Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle is a comedy-romance film released in 1993 by TriStar Pictures starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The movie is about a woman who hears a man speak about his deceased wife over the radio and desperately tries to meet him.

Watch Sleepless in Seattle Official Trailer:

It's Christmas Eve and radio talk show psychologist Marcia Fieldstone has asked her listening audience what they are wishing and dreaming of during this season of hope. A little boy, who is tuned in from Seattle calls in his wish, a new wife for his father who has been widowed for a year and a half. Meanwhile, all the way across the country, punching buttons on her car radio as she drives from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., Annie Reed hears Jonah and is immediately captivated by him and his selfless Christmas wish. Jonah and his dad are immediately besieged by countless letters from listeners reaching out to help, including thousands of marriage proposals from women across the country. Meanwhile, Annie becomes convinced that it is her destiny to meet Sam, Jonah's lovely dad. And as Annie sees it, there are just two minor problems. First, she is presently engaged to marry another man whom she does love. And, of course, Jonah's dad does not even know yet that he and Annie are made for each other.

Ghost Adventures Live - Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

The crew of Ghost Adventures Live, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, will lock themselves in West Virginia's Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which is particularly haunted. For seven hours, live, they'll investigate any paranormal activity. The show airs live on TV Channel at 8 p.m.-3 a.m. EST tonight, October 30th,

Watch Ghost Adventures Live at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was formerly known as the Weston State Hospital. The hospital's main building is one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the United States, and, as Weston Hospital Main Building, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. Originally intended as a place of rest and healing, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was anything but a sanctuary for the insane. It was a playground for despair, and the cries of tortured souls still resonate within its walls.

Bejeweled Blitz - How To Cheat In Bejeweled Blitz Legally

Bejeweled Blitz, made by PopCap Games, is a special version of the classic gem-swapping puzzler created just for Facebook. In Bejeweled Blitz, you can try out the new multiplier gems and speed bonuses. You can also compete against friends for bragging rights or cooperate with friends for the chance to win prizes.

Are you addicted to Bejeweled Blitz that getting the highest possible score is so tempting? Well, if you're fast enough, here's a video on how to cheat in Bejeweled Blitz legally:

From deax1121:
This shows me getting the highest possible medal on Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook applications by exploiting the timing window when the clock runs out (250k medal). To keep getting combos when the timer runs out, you need to select the next gem you want to swap before all the other gems are done falling. once you have the desired gem selected repeatably click the square that you want to swap. If you did it right, as soon as the gems on the screen all stop falling, your combo will go off and the gems will keep falling again, and if you're fast enough, you can keep clicking combos before the gems fall, keeping the timer from ending the game.

Croupier | Croupier movie


A croupier is an employee of a gambling casino who collects and pays bets and assists at the gaming tables.

Croupier, a movie released (limited) by Little Bird Films, Film4, Tatfilm GmbH, La Sept ARTE in April 21, 2000 and which starred Clive Owen, is about an aspiring author, working as a roulette dealer in his father's casino, and is convinced by his girlfriend to participate in a robbery scheme, which he ends up writing about for his book. The movie was filmed in London, England, United Kingdom and Germany.

Croupier - Clive Owen
Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who, suffering from a bad case of writer's block, takes a job as a croupier to support his art. Jack remains an observer, viewing the gamblers at his tables with the same cool detachment that he brings to the novel he begins to write about his on-the-job exploits. He never gambles yet, when a beautiful casino regular lures him into a dangerous but potentially lucrative caper, Jack is convinced the odds are with him. Little does he know that the temptations of the game will swallow him deeper than he could ever have anticipated.

poltroon | poltroon definition

poltroon | poltroon definition

Poltroon means a spiritless coward. Poltroon is also synonymous with the word craven which means lacking the least bit of courage, or contemptibly fainthearted.

World Series Schedule for 2009

If better weather conditions continue, the World Series schedule for 2009 hopefully will go on as originally planned. Game 1, played last Wednesday October 28th at New York Stadium between New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies is over, to which the latter won. Below are the next games to follow.

World Series schedule for 2009:

Game 2 – Thursday, October 29th in New York, will start at 7:57 pm, EST
Game 3 – Saturday, October 31st in Philadelphia, will start at 7:57 pm, EST
Game 4 – Sunday, November 1st in Philadelphia, will start at 8:20 pm, EST
Game 5, if necessary, will be played November 2nd in Philadelphia, at 7:57 EST
Games 6 & 7, if necessary, will be in New York, at 7:57 EST

World Series Schedule for 2009 - Game 1
Photo credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip / www.cbsnews.com
Photo: New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada tags out Philadelphia Phillies' Shane Victorino at home plate as Victorino tried to scored on a double to right field by Ryan Howard during the ninth inning.
The World Series this year is being broadcast by FOX.

Mooncalf - Mooncalf definition

Mooncalf is defined by Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary as a foolish or absentminded person. Another word for mooncalf is simpleton which means, a person lacking in common sense.

Here's a video of Bill O’Reilly on Fox News talking about the Word of the Day: Mooncalf.

Whale Wars - Paul Watson | Earthrace

Whale wars is a documentary-style reality television series which follows Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization established in 1977 whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. And now Sea Shepherd will no longer be a lone fighter against whaling because New Zealand’s Earthrace crew is set to join them in Antarctica.

Earthrace is an amazing powerboat that holds the record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe (60 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes), which was completed in June 2008. Considered as one of the most amazing vessels ever built, she is a wavepiercer, and can submarine up to 7m (23ft) underwater. She can travel over 13,000 nautical miles (over half way around the planet) on one tank of fuel, and she runs 100% biodiesel made from sustainable sources.

Earthrace's new mission is to work with Sea Shepherd on marine conservation. Her future projects include tackling illegal shark finning in Galapagos, bluefin tuna poachers in the Mediterranean, and disrupting Japanese Whale operations in Antarctica.

Below are photos of the Earthrace vessel as provided freely by their website.

Whale Wars - Earthrace
Whale Wars - Earthrace
Whale Wars - Earthrace
Awesome vessel!

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Trailers

The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I can't wait to see the movie which will hit the the big screen on November 20th. Based on the trailers, the movie's awesome and breathtaking, packed with more action and thriller. Watch The Twilight Saga: New Moon Trailers below:
Following Bella Swan's ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edward Cullen and his family abandon the town of Forks, Washington, in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year of high school, numb and alone, she discovers Edward's image comes to her whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks.

With the help of her childhood friend Jacob Black, Bella refurbishes an old motorbike to carry her on her adventures. Bella's frozen heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own.

When a chance encounter brings Bella face to face with a former nemesis, only the intervention of a pack of supernaturally large wolves saves her from a grisly fate, and the encounter makes it frighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns the secret of the Quileutes and Edward's true motivation for leaving her. She also faces the prospect of a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is a far cry from the one she'd hoped for.

Susan Finkelstein pics

Susan Finkelstein picture | World Series Tickets

Image Credit: AP Photo

Susan Finkelstein's pics is all over the net after this 43-year-old Philadelphia Phillies fan was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly offering sex in exchange for World Series Tickets.

In her Craigslist ad, Finkelstein described herself as a "diehard Phillies fan -- gorgeous tall buxom blonde -- in desperate need of two World Series Tickets." "I'm the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!" An undercover officer in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem saw the ad and responded by setting up a meeting with her. Susan Finkelstein told Inside Edition in defense against the charges of prostitution that she was only flirting, not engaging in prostitution.
"I was really looking for a way to get reduced World Series tickets … If I can flirt with someone and maybe get cheap tickets, more power to me."
Here's another Susan Finkelstein pic from Facebook:

Susan Finkelstein - World Series Tickets
Image credit: www.cbsnews.com

Watch the AP report of the interview with Bill Brennan, Susan Finkelstein's attorney:

A die-hard fan, indeed! Her intention might be honest but she has to prove it.

Escudero resigned from NPC | Escudero for President 2009 update

Here's an update on Escudero for President 2009.

Escudero resigned from NPC
Sen. Escudero resigned from NPC as he reportedly announced on Wednesday at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City. He explained in front of the media and supporters that he left the party to allow himself to decide on his own what position he should run for in 2010.

According to reports, Sen. Escudero met with Cojuangco on Tuesday night, after which he decided to leave the party. What made Escudero resign? Was it the thought that he will surely lose or that he don't have the support he needed? Well, here's an excerpt of the comment made by Ymmam:
The decision of Chiz to quit from NPC after he met with Danding is not at all surprising. No matter how public Danding would claim that "politics is thicker than blood," when asked whether he would throw his support to either or both of his nephews (Noynoy and Gibo), Danding could not simply set aside the thought and fact that one of his nephews will occupy Malacañang, soon! Danding has his own vested interest to pursue and fortune to protect.
It was just two weeks ago that Sen. Francis Escudero had expressed through an interview his desire to run for a higher position, that of presidency for the 2010 elections. And since he was a member of the NPC, it follows that he will most probably be the party's standard bearer.

The senator, however, stated that he will still run for a higher position, which is either the presidency or the vice-presidential post. Sen. Escudero has three more years left in the Senate. Even if he loses in May 2010, he will remain a senator until 2013.

World's Largest Pumpkin | World's Largest Jack-o-Lantern

The former record for world’s largest pumpkin was broken this year by Christy and Nick Harp of Jackson Township, Ohio. Nick and Christy Harp brought an Atlantic giant pumpkin weighing 1,725 pounds to the annual Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers weighoff last Saturday. The Jackson High School teacher won $2,500 and set the record. See the photo below of the world's largest pumpkin.

World's Largest Pumpkin
On the other hand, Scott Cully, 49 from Eugene is the current holder of Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest Jack-o-Lantern. In fact, he has set and broken that record five times in recent years, most recently two years ago when he carved what was then the world’s largest pumpkin, 1,689 pounds just outside Providence, Rhode Island.

When asked how he began doing it, this was what Cully said:
“I do this for fun. It keeps me in the pumpkin-growing community that I was a part of once, and that’s a blast.”

“I do this to show what can be done with pumpkins, especially for children. To really show that you can be creative, without any fancy training, without any fancy tools. That’s probably the most rewarding part of this for me, to see a kid who actually listens and takes it upon himself to carve a pumpkin. It doesn’t have to be a huge pumpkin, just any pumpkin.”
Scott Cully’s latest jack-o-lantern creation will be on display at the Fifth Street Public Market through Halloween.

World's Largest Jack-o-Lantern
Image credit: www.registerguard.com

Watch this awesome video of Scott Cully carving a Jack-o-Lantern here.

Andre Agassi - Crystal meth

Former tennis champ Andre Agassi, admitted in an autobiography that he used Crystal Meth (a methamphetamine in its crystalline form) in 1997 when his career was floundering. In his memoir , "Open: An Autobiography," Agassi, 39, admits to drug use as well as talking about his hair loss and doomed 1997-1999 marriage to actress Brooke Shields.

Andre Agassi had won the Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games, but didn't win a major in 1997, dropping to No. 141 in the rankings. He resuscitated his career in 1998, making the biggest one-year jump into the top 10 in the history of the ATP rankings. The next season, he won the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam, then added a second career U.S. Open title en route to finishing 1999 at No. 1. He went on to win three more Australian Open titles before retiring in 2006. He won more than $30 million in his career, and eight major singles titles. He is currently married to former Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf and they have two children.

In the photo: Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf during his 14th annual Grand Slam for Children charity event on September 26, 2009 at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas.

Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf
Excerpts from his book which comes out November 9, are being published this week in the London newspaper, as well as Sports Illustrated and People magazines.

Some facts about the Crystal Meth:

Crystal Meth sometimes called as ice, Tina, or glass is a highly addictive stimulant. Usually crystal meth is smoked in glass pipes, similar to how crack cocaine is used. It may be injected (either dry or dissolved in water), snorted, swallowed, or inserted into the anus or urethra. Some people take meth because of the long-lasting high that it gives. Methamphetamine causes numerous neurotransmitters to be released in the brain, producing a sense of euphoria that may last as long as 12 hours, depending on how the drug was taken.

Methamphetamine is popular as a stimulant. As a stimulant, methamphetamine improves concentration, energy, and alertness while decreasing appetite and fatigue.

Monica Arnold - Rocko Rapper

Monica Arnold - Rocko Rapper | Monica and Rocko

Monica Arnold, professionally known as Monica, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. With series of hit records, she was dubbed as one of the most successful of the new breed of urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid-to late 1990s. She was engaged to Rodney Hill, Jr., popularly known as Rocko Rapper. The couple have two children, Rodney III and Romello, who is named after Monica's younger brother.

Monica Arnold is gearing up for the drop of her latest album and her reality TV show "Still Standing" premiering October 27 on BET at 10PM. "Monica: Still Standing," is a docu-drama featuring Monica's life as she tries to balance family and work while dealing with trials, triumphs, and health challenges.

Billy Bell illness | Billy Bell - So You Think You Can Dance Season 6

Billy Bell's illness which is still undisclosed by his family, had caused this 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Loxahatchee Groves, Florida and a current New York’s prestigious Julliard School student to be forced out of the competition on So You Think You Can Dance. If Bell wasn't forced out, that Tuesday's episode (October 27th) will be his very first appearance in the Top 20 of the show’s 6th season.

 Billy Bell - So You Think You Can Dance Season 6
According to a report from The Palm Beach Post, Billy Bell had to drop out of the competition Monday after being hospitalized.
Although he was released from the hospital Monday and is no longer considered contagious, he was advised to drop out during his four- to six-week recovery period because, “when you have mono, your spleen is enlarged. If you dance, your spleen comes out from the bottom of your ribs – you obviously move your ribs – and you don’t want to do physical activity because you don’t want your spleen to rupture,” Bell said.
But despite this sad news, Bell is hoping he'll be able to apply again for So You Think You Can Dance and be there on its Season 7.

Brandon Dumlao, a 21-year-old hip-hop dancer from Concord, California, will fill the Top 20 slot left vacant by Bell’s departure.

Roxas-Sanchez Wedding Entourage

Roxas-Sanchez Wedding - Roxas-Sanchez Wedding Entourage

The Roxas-Sanchez Wedding entourage composed of political and business personalities witnessed the once-in-a-lifetime moment as Sen.Mar Roxas and broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez walked down the aisle today 3:00PM at Sto. Domingo Church in their Filipiniana-themed wedding.

The expected grand reception at the Araneta Coliseum will no longer be held as the couple had decided to give the reception money of 2.2 million to different organizations for the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng. According to reports, the couple donated to Caritas Philippines, P500,000; ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya, P500,000; GMA Kapuso Foundation, P500,000; Philippine National Red Cross - National Blood Service, P250,000; Philippine National Red Cross, for the account of typhoon Ondoy, P250,000; Igan Foundation, P100,000; and ABS-CBN Foundation Kapamilya Shower Na Project, P100,000.

Included in the Roxas-Sanchez Wedding Entourage:

Principal sponsors:
  • Chief Justice Reynato Puno
  • Former Senate President Jovito Salonga
  • Eugenio Lopez III
  • Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III
  • Jorge Araneta
  • Ms.Rosa Rosal
  • Helen Costales
  • Ruby Roxas
  • Cecilia Lazaro
  • Maria Fores
Best Man: Paolo Zaldarriaga, Roxas' 16-year-old son
Matron of Honor: Dang Cecilio-Palanca
Ring bearer: James A. Yap Jr. - Kris Aquino-Yap's son
Coin bearer: Miguel L. Sanchez
Bible bearer: Matthew C. Garcia

Best Wishes!

Kate wig - Kate Gosselin wig

Kate wig or Kate Gosselin wig for Halloween are selling out in New York stores, according to Wednesday's Today show. This spiky-blond Kate wig is cheekily dubbed "Eight Is Too Much" based on the reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” which became wildly popular.

Kate wig is at #3 next to Bernie Madoff (2nd) and Michael Jackson (1st) among the top 10 popular Halloween costumes this year as ranked by Examiner with the help of Kelly David, spokeswoman for Spirit Halloween.

Here's a close-up shot of Kate blond wigs which you could have for your Halloween costume:

Kate wig -  Kate Gosselin wig

Boondock Saints 2 release date | The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day trailer

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Boondock Saints 2 release date will be October 30th, 2009 in the US. The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is the highly-anticipated sequel to indie cult classic, "The Boondock Saints." The film is the continuation of the saga of fraternal twins, the MacManus brothers (played by Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). For the last 8 years, the two have been in deep hiding in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former lives or modern technologies. When word comes that a priest has been killed by sinister forces in the tough underworld of Boston, they return to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those who must now suffer the consequences.

Watch The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day trailer below:

This will be an awesome action movie to watch. The film is rated R for bloody violence, language and some nudity. So I think underage should not be allowed to view this film. If so, parental guidance is strictly advised.

H1N1 vaccine clinics

H1N1 vaccine clinics are now open in some parts of the world like British Columbia and Chicago. These H1N1 vaccines will be given with high priority to those who are at very high risk of flu complications.

In Chicago, six free H1N1 vaccine clinics will be opened to help combat the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, according to the city's health department. Health officials said free clinics will be set up at six City College locations (all except Harold Washington) to administer the two million doses of swine flu vaccine the city expects to get from the federal government. A first shipment of 16,000 nasal-spray vaccines arrived last week and is being administered to the most at-risk. The city expects weekly shipments of between 50,000 to 150,000 doses of the vaccine.

H1N1 vaccine clinics - Swine Flu Vaccine
In Vancouver, the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) had started its H1N1 vaccination clinics on Monday, giving free shots to priority high-risk groups, including people under 65 with chronic health issues, pregnant women, and people who live in remote or isolated communities, including first nations.

The second phase of the vaccination program starts next Monday (November 2), when the H1N1 flu shot will also be available to children six months to five years of age, people who work in health care, and people who are in contact at home or through home care services with infants and those who have compromised immune systems. People who are not at highest risk are requested to wait until mid-November to get immunized when BC receives its full orders of H1N1 vaccine.

But is there really a need for people to get these flu vaccine shots? I just wondered how intensely necessary it could be, because there are some reports saying that these vaccines are developed to depopulate the human race. Sounds scary. I think people should meditate deeper into their minds and think thoroughly, will these vaccines save them or will it cause them their lives.

Pacquiao vs Chiongbian for 2010

Roy Chiongbian | Pacquiao vs Chiongbian for 2010

Pacquiao vs Chiongbian for 2010. It is a public knowledge that popular boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is running for congressman of Sarangani province. His ultimate rival will be Businessman Roy Chiongbian. Chiongbian officially declared Friday his candidacy for the 2010 polls under the Sarangani Reconciliation and Reformation Organization (SARRO) Party, the local party founded by his late father, Rep. James L. Chiongbian and his mother, former Gov. Priscilla L. Chiongbian.

The Sarangani Reconciliation and Reformation Organization (Sarro) Party is allied with the the administration Lakas-Kampi Christian-Muslim Democrats Party.

Manny Pacquiao had previously attempted to defeat Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio for the first congressional district of South Cotabato in 2007 elections but failed.

Well, let's see if Pacquiao's popularity will beat Chiongbian in the 2010 polls.

Steve Phillips fired

Steve Phillips - Steve Phillips fired

Steve Phillips fired! - Yes, Steve Phillips has been fired by ESPN after having been involved in a sexual scandal with co-employee Brooke Hundley. Phillips previously had taken a leave of absence after details of his relationship emerged. In an official statement made by the network on October 25, 2009 during Game 6 of the ALCS:
"Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN," network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement. "His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways."
Well, it's sad. I think Phillips was fired not for what he did (his affair with Brooke Hundley) but because his stained image no longer conforms to the morals of ESPN.

Die Monster Die

All set for the Halloween night. Die Monster Die is a great classic horror movie that's excitingly thrilling. Bring on the family together before the TV and enjoy the bonding.

Die Monster Die tells the story of a wicked scientist who conducted experiments with a radioactive meteorite that can grow plants to enormous sizes. Things go awry and the meteorite turns him into a mutated monster that terrorizes his wife, his daughter, and her fiance.

Watch the trailer below:

If there is no available Die Monster Die movie online, you might as well go to your nearest video store for a copy.

Teodoro-Garcia tandem 2010

A possible Teodoro-Garcia tandem for 2010 presidential elections has been set up by the administration. After the final negotiations, the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party is expected to hold its national convention on Nov. 12 in Cebu to formalize the selection of Sec. Gilberto Teodoro and his running mate for the 2010 elections.

Gwendolyn Garcia | Teodoro-Garcia tandem 2010
There has been a rumor of possible Teodoro-Legarda tandem before, but since Legarda had already declared that she will still remain in the opposition despite her running for Vice-President, the tandem was not considered.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is the present and first woman governor of Cebu. Born October 12, 1955, she is commonly known as Gwen. She was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2007.

Loren Legarda for Vice-President 2010

Loren Legarda - Loren Legarda for Vice-President 2010

It's confirmed. Sen. Loren Legarda will run for Vice-President in the 2010 Presidential elections. Her running-mate is not yet confirmed, but recent reports revealed a possible Escudero-Legarda tandem. Sen. Legarda is running under a "pro-poor, pro-environment" platform.
"We all need a strong economy but it should be felt by every sector and every Filipino. No Filipino should die for lack of money for hospitalization or lack of medicine. No Filipino should die of hunger because they have no food. We should take care of the farmers and the fishermen. We should help feed the people who are feeding us," she said.
Sen. Legarda further told reporters that she will remain in the opposition even though she's running for Vice-President.

Steve Phillips ESPN scandal - Steve Phillips girlfriend picture

The Steve Phillips ESPN scandal is still circulating in the web ever since Phillips ex-girlfriend started harassing his family by sending a letter to his wife. With that, curious people's searched for Steve Phillips' girlfriend picture had not cooled down. Curiosity drives people to look for faces who are or have been involved particularly with sexual scandals. Below is a sweet image of a young Brooke Hundley, Steve Phillips' ex-girlfriend.

Brooke Hundley - Steve Phillips girlfriend picture
After the affair was revealed to the public, reports said that Steve Phillips in a statement filed for a leave of absence from work to fix things up. Here's what Phillips had to say:
"I am deeply sorry that I have put my family and colleagues through this. It is a personal matter that I will not comment on further. I have, however, asked for a leave of absence to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs."

Watch Flashpoint - Season 3 Episode 5 | Flashpoint - Season 3 Episode 4

On Flashpoint - Season 3 Episode 5: A talk show host is sure that a politician committed murder years ago and that killing him on live TV will get him the revenge he wants. The SRU team must try to stop the killing.

Watch Flashpoint - Season 3 Episode 5 on the URL below:


If you had missed Flashpoint - Season 3 Episode 4, here's the synopsis. Donald tries to prove that he is allowed to his kids by holding a lawyer hostage. The SRU team must prove that Donald is right and keep the ex-wife from having the kids.

Watch Flashpoint - Season 3 Episode 4 on the URL below:


Watch Flashpoint – Season 3 Episode 1 & 2

Did you missed Flashpoint – Season 3 Episode 1 & 2? You can still watch the two previous episodes by copying and pasting the following URL below on your browser.

On Flashpoint – Season 3 Episode 1: A wave of terrorist bombs shuts down the city, pushing Team One to the limit and putting one of their own on the line. Watch Flashpoint – Season 3 Episode 1 here: tinyurl.com/ycomuyg

On Flashpoint – Season 3 Episode 2: The SRU unit must rescue a woman from a delusional man who is insisting that she is his missing daughter. Watch Flashpoint – Season 3 Episode 2 here: snurl.com/tt4cg

Watch Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episodes 1 to 3

Watch Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episodes 1 to 3

To watch Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episodes 1 to 3, follow the URLs below by copying and pasting it on your browser.

Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episode 1 "The Road Ahead"
Kitty harbors a devastating secret that will rock the Walker family. Meanwhile, Nora and Holly begrudgingly team up to throw an elaborate engagement party for Justin and Rebecca, Tommy continues his personal spiritual journey in Mexico, and Sarah searches for new business prospects in France. Watch Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episode 1 below:

Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episode 2 "Breaking The News"
As Robert worries about news of his recent heart attack leaking to the press, Kitty struggles with an untold secret that will deeply affect their marriage and bring the Walker family together like never before. Meanwhile, Kevin and Scotty discuss the real possibility and challenge of surrogacy. Watch Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episode 2 below:

Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episode 3 "Almost Normal"
Kitty, Robert and Nora struggle to accept Kitty's cancer and to come to an agreement on the best possible treatment, but as they prepare to share the news with the entire family, a surprise visitor from afar makes the burden a bit easier to bear. Watch Brothers & Sisters – Season 4 Episode 3 below:

Watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 5

Watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 5

On Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 5 entitled "Gimme Some Truth": Mark finds himself on the defense while being questioned about the details of his flashforward during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, which will decide whether to continue funding Wedeck's team. Meanwhile, Janis wonders how her flashforward will affect her current romantic relationship, and Olivia receives an anonymous message relating to Mark's flashforward.

For the latest episode, watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 5 on the URL below. Just copy and paste it on your browser.


Watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 4

Watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 4

On Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 4 "Black Swan", Olivia struggles to accept Bryce's suggestion that a patient's flashforward holds the key to a correct diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, Demetri accuses Mark of waiting for the future he saw in his flashforward to come true without incident, while Mark feels Demetri is letting his fear of what he witnessed envelop his life. Nicole returns to work as Mark and Olivia's daughter's baby-sitter, and discloses her shocking future vision involving a murder. Copy the URL on your browser to watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 4 now:


Watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 3

Watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 3

On Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 3 "137 Sekunden": Mark and Janis travel to Germany to speak with an imprisoned Nazi who claims to have knowledge about the blackouts. An anonymous tip leads Demetri to believe his deepest fears about his future. Meanwhile, Aaron pleads with Mark to help him get the approval to have his daughter's body exhumed in order to re-test her DNA and confirm the identity of the remains.

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Watch Flash Forward – Season 1 Episode 1

On the season premiere of Flash Forward – season 1 episode 1 entitled, "No More Good Days": It's just another normal day in Los Angeles. FBI agent Mark Benford and his partner, Demetri Noh, are in the middle of a car chase monitored by their boss, Stanford Wedeck, and colleague Janis Hawk. Mark's wife, Dr. Olivia Benford, is in the middle of surgery, and Dr. Bryce Varley is weighing a potentially life-ending decision. Mark's friend, Aaron Stark, is working high above the ground on power lines, while Nicole Kirby -- baby-sitter to Mark and Olivia's daughter, Charlie -- is in the throes of passion with her boyfriend when suddenly, and without warning, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time.

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For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn't seem to exist. Everyone in the world will eventually begin chronicling what they saw in their flashforwards on a worldwide website -- the Mosaic Collective -- that will further draw people together. And some of the flashforwards just might help Mark and his colleagues piece together the cause of the blackout.

Knowing their fate will alter each person's life in one way or another, questions were asked: Can destiny be changed? And by changing just one destiny, what effect would that have on those of others? Don't miss the season premiere.

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Obama Family Portrait

The much-anticipated official Obama family portrait has been released by the White House through the White House's Flickr page just this week. The portrait of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia, second from left, and Sasha, was taken in the Green Room of the White House last September 1, 2009 by famed Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz. Here's the photo:

Official Obama Family Portrait
Well, just like any other family happy portraits. The shot was great.

Watch The Forgotten Season 1 Episodes 1-5

Here are The Forgotten Season 1 Episodes 1-5.

The Forgotten focuses on a team of dedicated amateurs, called "The Forgotten Network" who work on murder cases involving unidentified victims. After the police have given up, The Forgotten Network must first solve the puzzle of the victim's identity in order to help catch the killer. These are ordinary people solving extraordinary crimes, and their persistence and compassion put them on a personal and emotional journey to give names back to the deceased.

The Forgotten Season 1

The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot"

The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 1

Alex and the rest of The Forgotten Network are introduced as they try to solve the case of "Highway Jane," a young woman murdered and left in the woods. The group include Candace Butler (Michelle Borth), a confident, headstrong young woman who avoids the crushing boredom of her mundane job by helping to identify victims; Lindsey Drake (Heather Stephens), a resilient high school science teacher who volunteers as a form of penance for a crime committed by her husband; Walter Bailey (Bob Stephenson), a well-intentioned phone company employee and true-crime enthusiast whose zealousness can sometimes complicate investigations; Tyler Davies (Anthony Carrigan), a street smart medical school dropout and aspiring artist who is court-ordered to join the Network to satisfy his community service; and Grace Russell (Rochelle Aytes), a resourceful homicide detective with the Chicago Police, who is Alex's former protege and now his main link to the department. Watch The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 1 here:

The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 2 "Diamond Jane"

The Forgotten Network takes the case of a twenty something Jane Doe who was found strangled and dumped in an alley six weeks earlier. Who could she be and what is her name? Their investigation reveals an engagement ring, but where is her fiancé? Who killed her and why isn't anyone else looking for her? Watch The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 2 here:

The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 3 "Football John"

The case of a John Doe, left beaten on the street and ravaged by past injuries, leads The Forgotten Network into the world of professional football. But if this John Doe was a pro athlete, who was he? How is he unidentified? And why hasn't anyone been looking for him? To answer these questions, don't miss to watch The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 3 here:

The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 4 "Parachute Jane"

The Forgotten Network investigates a Jane Doe who appears to have died from an insulin overdose, but further developments lead the team to suspect foul play. If someone wanted her dead, what was the reason? Where is her family? And what is her name? The answers to these questions lead the team into the mysterious world of 'parachute kids'. Don't miss this exciting episode. Watch The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 4 here:

The Forgotten Season 1 Episodes 5 "River John"

The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 5
The Forgotten Network investigates the murder of a John Doe found shot to death in a drainage tunnel. Clues point towards the Doe having been on a search for someone, but for whom? As the mystery unravels, the team realize they've stumbled on a sinister plot involving betrayal, kidnapping and murder, and Alex begins to see his own story reflected in the victim's. Before the next episode to be aired on October 27 begins, watch The Forgotten Season 1 Episode 5 here:

Watch The Biggest Loser – Season 8 Episode 6

This week in The Biggest Loser Season 8 Episode 6 "806", the black and blue teams head to the beach to square off in a wild challenge that sends them digging for a buried treasure. The winning team will get a huge prize, that is tickets home to see their loved ones. But there’s also a surprise twist!

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One team of contestants goes home and has emotional reunions with loved ones, but is quickly faced with the challenges of continuing to eat healthy and work out back in their everyday lives. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the other team is determined to make the most of their time alone on campus in the hopes they can lose more weight than their opposing team. Also, contestants lend a hand at a food bank this week, and one contestant has an emotional breakthrough with trainer Jillian Michaels. And the team who made the most weight loss progress is revealed at the weigh-in before another player is sent packing.

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Watch NCIS: Los Angeles – Season 1 Episode 5

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1 Episode 5 entitled "Killshot": When a United States citizen of North Korean descent is murdered, the secrets to classified software are thought to be lost until NCIS uncovers a suspect from Director Vance's past. Watch NCIS: Los Angeles – Season 1 Episode 5 here:

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Watch Californication – Season 3 Episodes 1-3

Failed to watch Californication - Season 3 Episodes 1-3? Below are the episodes synopsis.

Californication – Season 3 Episode 1 "Wish You Were Here":
Following Karen's move to New York, Hank Moody does his best to raise daughter Becca by himself. But being a single dad isn't easy, especially with Becca starting to question his authority more than ever. To make matters worse, Becca's new best friend Chelsea has a fondness for sex, drugs and trouble.

Californication – Season 3 Episode 1After a run-in with Chelsea's straight-laced mother Felicia, a teacher at a local university, Hank reluctantly accepts a dinner invitation. Hank does his best to tolerate the various academics in attendance, including Felicia's stuffy hubby Stacy Koons, the Dean of the university. Things get a bit out of hand when Hank insists on having drinks with a teetotaling professor. Meanwhile, Charlie moves back in with soon-to-be-ex-wife Marcy as they sort out the details of their impending divorce. And on the employment front, Charlie sets up shop at a talent agency owned by fading super-agent Sue Collini. Watch Californication – Season 3 Episode 1 here:

Californication – Season 3 Episode 2 "The Land of Rape and Honey":
Newly anointed (and decidedly reluctant) professor Hank Moody grapples with teaching an undergrad creative writing course. A brutally honest assessment of a student's work lands Hank in hot water. In order to placate the Dean and maintain his position, Hank visits the student to make amends. Damage controlled, Hank ends up giving gorgeous and talented writing student Jackie a ride to her surprising place of employment. Meanwhile, Charlie overly concerns himself with roommate Marcy's dating life to disastrous results. Watch Californication – Season 3 Episode 2 here:

Californication – Season 3 Episode 2
Californication – Season 3 Episode 3 "Verities & Balderdash":
Hank and Becca attend the annual English Department Fall Mixer hosted by Dean Koons and wife Felicia. After flirtatious exchanges with student Jackie and Felicia, Hank finds himself consoling his jilted teacher's aide Jill the best way he knows how. Meanwhile, Becca and Chelsea sneak out to discuss life, love, and the finer points of psychedelic mushrooms. Charlie tries to coax Marcy into celebrating his first signing at the new agency, teen idol Rick Springfield. When Marcy passes, Charlie finds a modicum of comfort in the arms of his new boss, Sue Collini. Watch Californication – Season 3 Episode 3 here:

Californication – Season 3 Episode 3

Brooke Hundley pictures - Steve Phillips & Brooke Hundley pictures

Here are Brooke Hundley pictures. Brooke Hundley, the 22-year-old ESPN production assistant who was reportedly having an affair with Steve Phillips, the ESPN analyst and former New York Mets General Manager. The scandalous sexual affair was confirmed when Brooke Hundley sent Phillips' wife Marni Phillips a letter describing their relationship, including a birthmark Phillips has on his crotch, after Phillips ended their relationship.

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Below is Steve Phillips and Brooke Hundley picture:

Steve Phillips and Brooke Hundley pictures

This is what eventually happens when extra-marital affairs end. Once it's screwed, it's screwed and persons involved have to face the consequences, be it the shame. Brooke Hundley might have gotten very mad about the break-up so she took revenge and decided to spill it out to Phillip's wife. Or maybe, she couldn't get through with the relationship, that's why she's trying to win him back.

Somer Thompson body found

Somer Thompson - Somer Thompson body found

Somer Thompson body found in a landfill near Folkston, Georgia, where Orange Park’s garbage is dumped. Though the Clay County (FL) Sheriff Rick Beseler has confirmed that a body of a “young child” has been found at the Chesser Island Road Landfill here in Charlton County, the lawman has stated they have not yet confirmed the identity or even sex of the body, but they have notified the parents of Somer Thompson, the missing 7-year-old girl from Orange Park, Florida of the discovery.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said an autopsy will be performed Thursday morning in Savannah, Ga.

“We hope and pray that it’s not the body of Somer (Thompson), but the garbage that was in that area was collected from Orange Park,” Beseler said.

Seven-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared while walking home from school Monday afternoon. A massive search of Orange Park has been under way since Monday evening.
If the autopsy will confirm that the found body belongs to Somer Thompson, I guess nothing can be done to bring her back. What is important is to find out who did this grievous crime so that justice can be served the soonest time possible.

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Mobileye AWS (Advance Warning System)

Vehicular and road accidents are very rampant and considered as one of the serious problems in any parts of the world today. The leading causes of road accidents are rear-end accidents caused by driver inattention, lane departure and Run Off Road accidents, and rear-end accidents caused by insufficient distance keeping.

A computer chip and a tiny camera not much bigger than a dime is installed on the windshield behind a car's rear-view mirror. Mobileye AWS (Advance Warning System), an inexpensive hi-tech driver assistance system has the potential to lower accident rates and teach people how to be "smarter" drivers, according to Netherlands-based Mobileye Vision Technologies.

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The Mobileye AWS (Advance Warning System) is a driver assistance system for accident prevention and mitigation. AWS is based on a camera located on the vehicle’s front windshield that watches the road ahead. Mobileye AWS is the only automotive aftermarket system worldwide to include Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Headway Monitoring and Warning in one system. Mobileye AWS increases overall driving safety, improving driver alertness.

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I think Mobileye AWS (Advance Warning System) will greatly help reduce road accidents, but I don't know if it will help discipline drivers. Because of this advanced technology, drivers may tend to rely too much on the warning system, forgetting their natural driver instincts. What if they'll have to drive again a car without AWS?

Watch Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat overview:

Four Midwestern couples embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort's couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples.

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Watch Zombieland

Zombieland movie overview:

Two men have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a big wuss -- but when you're afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee is an AK-totin', zombie-slayin' badass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.
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Watch Cold Case – Season 7 Episode 4

In Cold Case - Season 7 Episode 4, entitled "Soul": The team delves into the 1970 murder of a musician who tried to keep his involvement with the Philadelphia Soul scene a secret from his strict preacher father for whom he was an organist. Meanwhile, Lilly meets her teenaged step-brother, Finn.

Cold Case – Season 7 Episode 4
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Orionid Meteor Showers October 2009

Orionid meteor showers for October 2009 will be occuring from October 17th to October 25th but will peak before sunrise on Wednesday October 21st. According to astronomer Anita Cochran, of the University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory, at its peak, Orionid meteor showers should produce 20 to 25 meteors an hour, which can be considered as a "relatively decent show".

Halley's Comet
Halley's Comet photo taken by W. Liller in Easter Island, March 6, 1986

If you'll miss the Wednesday peak, you still have the chance to view them several nights around the peak because the Orionids are currently being created by a broad stream of debris left behind from Halley's comet, which last buzzed the planet in 1986.

Halley's comet - Orionid meteor showers
Halley's comet streaks through the twilight sky on January 9, 1986,
in an image from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

So, no need for binoculars. For the best views, it is recommended that you go to a dark site away from city lights, then allow enough time for your eyes to adjust to seeing fainter objects in the sky. Also, dress warmly and enjoy the show.

Adam Jasinski picture

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Adam Jasinski picture
Adam Jasinski, 31, from Delray Beach, Florida, is the 2008 Big Brother $500,000 prize winner.

Surprisingly sad, Adam Jasinski has recently been arrested and charged with attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills in Massachusetts to a government witness. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller that is a popular street drug because of its euphoric effects.

More surprisingly, the $500,000 prize money he had won, he admittedly used to buy thousands of oxycodone pills and has been reselling them along the East Coast for the past several months.

Adam Jasinski faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on a charge of possession of oxycodone pills with intent to distribute.

Tsk, tsk, tsk. I think he had wasted that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of making his life better. Now, he might end up with nothing.