America’s Most Dangerous Cities

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Forbes recently released its annual list of America’s most dangerous cities:

The Good News: Philadelphia beat out West Palm Beach, Orlando and Miami.  Really Florida?

The Bad News: We’re still on the list.

The list of bad ass cities as it stands for 2009:
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  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Memphis, TN
  3. Miami, FL
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Stockton, CA
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Little Rock, AR
  8. Charleston, SC
  9. Nashville, TN
  10. Baltimore, MD
  11. New Orleans, LA
  12. Baton Rouge, LA
  13. West Palm Beach, FL
  14. Charlotte, NC
  15. Philadelphia, PA

Good Ol’ Fashioned Lady Lovin’

nor21Is this really the best sometimes-hot, sometimes-lesbian Cynthia Nixon can do?  Her girlfriend looks like sHE could be her awkward looking 16 year-old son.  Click here to find out why her relationship is working with this chick-dude that resembles that kid in “The Sandlot” a.k.a. “The Great Hambino” and why…yours isn’t?

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Could easily be his bar mitvah.

Could easily be his bar mitvah.

Arlen Specter to Republicans: Right was Wrong, So I Left

av-phil.jpgThe Maalox is flowing at the RSCC’s headquarters. Fresh off Norm Coleman’s filing a last-ditch appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court (two justices of whom were on the canvassing board that signed off on Franken’s win in the first place), Senator Arlen Specter (?-PA) announced that he will be switching parties and running as a Democrat in 2010.  Here is an excerpt from a statement released by Specter’s office:

Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

Specter has long been considered among the most centrist Republicans in the Senate; it is no secret that he is pro-choice and has voted with Democrats on several issues including the recent economic stimulus package. Besides better representing the state of Pennsylvania, which voted for President Obama by an 11% margin in 2008, Specter’s foundational waffle gives the Democrats the chance for a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority, provided Al Franken is seated in Minnesota as expected.

Political insiders expect Specter will return his jowls to party leadership at the next meeting of the Republican caucus.

Political insiders expect Specter will return his jowls to party leadership at the next meeting of the Republican caucus.

Specter’s political life was believed to be in jeopardy recently, as polls showed him trailing former PA representative Pat Toomey, who has an enormous forehead, by double-digit margins.  This was the widely-expected consequence of a massive Democratic voter-registration drive in Pennsylvania, which left the state’s registered Republican base skewed much further to the right.

Atlantic City It Is! (Unless It Changes Again)

nor21Well boys! It’s a damn good thing Mexico didn’t work out!

My friends and I have spent nearly a month trying to decide where we are going for 4th of July.  After 32 drafts of excel spread sheets weighing the pros & cons of each destination, a couple of heated arguments, and THREE powerpoint presentations, we concluded that Mexico would be our ideal destination.  The Water Club in Atlantic City came in at 2nd place (really?).  Naturally, the prices shot up about $200 per person when it came time to book.

Everyone was bummed…bummed until we found out about a little something called SWINE FLU.  The World Health Organization announced that  there are 73 confirmed cases of this flu worldwide–but Mexico has gotten it the worst BY FAR.  Deaths are on the rise and are believed to caused by the virus.

“Sadly, 149 people have died, of which we are working to confirm if they are linked to the swine flu,” Mexico Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordoba Villalobos said. “The number of cases, unfortunately, will continue to increase.”

Schools in Mexico will be closed until end of May and airlines are allowing tourists to cancel their flights with no penalty.

Obama issued a statement that Americans should be concerned about this virus, but not alarmed.

Would not want to be caught in the middle of this.

Would not want to be caught in the middle of this.

Thank You For Being My Friend

nor21I know the moment may have passed here, but I wanted to weigh in on the iconic golden girl, Bea Arthur, who passed away this past Saturday at age 86.

Arthur (who played the role of Dorothy) and her comedic gal pals from the show “Golden Girls” provided me with nightly comedic relief during my high school and college years.  The chemistry among those ladies was truly unique.  It was the type of friendships women try to replicate all over the world.  I’ve even heard the wedding theme song sang at some weddings! (crazy!)

You will be sorely missed Bea.

Shady Pines, Ma! Shady Pines!

Shady Pines, Ma! Shady Pines!

Obama Disappoints, Sarkisian Destroys

nor21President Barack Obama broke his promise to the Armenians.  This man, who gave us hope, who gave us a reason to believe he will change things, just stood there and made his statement omitting the one word we have all been desperate to hear for 94 years– genocide.  Let’s call him names.  Let’s tell him how horrible we think he is.  Let’s face it, we had it SO much better when W was in office.  What?! No!

The real dunce in this whole thing is Armenia’s president Serj Sarkissian.  Agreeing to a roadmap with no road or map, right before Obama was set to make his statement.  He also did an interview with the WSJ at this perfect time saying Armenia does not ask the US to recognize the Armenian Genocide.  What an idiot.

President Obama let us down, yes.  He decided to describe the genocide in a way in which I had never heard it described…the Meds Yeghern, The Great Disaster.  This word means calamity and does not mean a systematic, planned genocidal campaign.  That said, I believe he is more sympathetic than some of the presidents we have seen in these past two decades.  He has three more years to live up to his promise.  Let’s make sure he does that by sending in a webfax and calling his office at 202-456-1111.

Tell me how you really feel...

Call me up and tell me how you really feel...

Sometimes I Wish I Were A Boy

nor21So I can post  inappropriate things like this and it wouldn’t be so weird.

http://thingsididlastnight.com/

Oh, burn.