Thursday, August 30, 2007

This lane is for terrorists only

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 3:31 PM

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By Al Gore

Let me start off by clearly stating that I, Al Gore, do not condone suicide bombings. I know that suicide bombings are very popular in certain parts of the world, but just because it’s popular doesn’t make it right. Take the “where’s the beef” tattoo I got in support of Walter Mondale in 1984. It seemed pretty cool at the time, but in the end, he only won Minnesota, and I could never look at my lower back the same way again. I haven’t worn low-rise jeans since.

That is why if you are going to be caught up in a fad — be it acid-wash jeans, razor scooters, or driving a pick-up truck full of dynamite near a Shiite shrine — at least try to be socially and environmentally conscious when you do it. That is why I have this suggestion for all the “cool” and “popular” suicide bombers out there: If you are going to car bomb, carpool.

Politics and clan affiliations are debatable; global warming theory isn’t. Every unnecessary car on the road bring us 14 minutes closer to the apocalypse, according to a study I did when I had the flu and drank a whole bottle of Dayquil. So who is the real victim of car bombings? The victims? I don’t think so. It’s our mother earth. And remember, there are millions of people in war torn countries, but only one earth.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cutting Edge Blade

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:09 PM

For those who haven't heard, Warner Home Video announced a few weeks ago that it's finally releasing the long-awaited Blade Runner comprehensive DVD set.

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As one of the first titles available in the then-spanking-new format, director Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi masterpiece has long been available on disc only in a bare-bones Director's Cut edition released in 1997. Now, after years of preparation, Scott and numerous others have put together Blade Runner: The Final Cut, which will include never-been-seen sequences, new visual effects (hardly needed, IMO), director commentary, and more.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be released December 18 in three different editions: a Two-Disc Special Edition, a Four-Disc Collector's Edition and a Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition. The Four- and Five-Disc sets will also include the original theatrical version (featuring Harrison Ford's noirish narration), the 1982 international version and the 1992 director's cut. The Five-Disc edition will also include the rare workprint version.

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Scary Kids breaking keyboards...

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Scary Kids Scaring Kids keyboard player recently talked to us about breaking his keyboard on stage at last year's Warped Tour - which was captured on video by an attendee.

Here's what he was talking about:

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Housing for the homeless = jail?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 3:54 PM

The number of homeless people in the Mecklenburg County jail increased by 24 percent, according to a July 26 count by the Homeless Services Network. The night's 609 homeless inmates made up more than one-fifth of the jail's population.

In its news release, the network also cited a recent study by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, which found that 41 percent of its most chronic offenders were homeless, commonly arrested for trespassing, public disturbance, or possession of alcohol.

We’ve heard a lot about the strain illegal immigrants put on local jails, particularly in Mecklenburg County. That’s one reason why Sheriff Jim Pendergraph’s taken pains to identify inmates here illegally so they can be deported.

Wouldn’t it be great if we put similar emphasis on addressing homeless folks, getting them off the streets and into supportive housing – the kind of housing that’s many studies indicate is actually cheaper for taxpayers than the cost of jail?

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Take a deep breath ...

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 10:17 AM

... if you're flying during the Labor Day weekend, 'cause Charlotte's airport is sure to be crowded. Orbitz Insider Travel is predicting only Chicago's O'Hare is going to be busier (via Travel Mole):

After O'Hare, the busiest airports you might to avoid if at all possible are, in order: Charlotte Douglas, Philadelphia International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, McCarran International, La Guardia Airport, Denver International, Los Angeles International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

New moon

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 2:47 PM

Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin wasn't too happy with people staying in their seats during their opening set at the Nickelback concert last Saturday.

After continued urges to the crowd went unnoticed, Scantlin dropped his pants...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Cure postponed

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2007 at 10:49 AM

The Cure has postponed its upcoming show at Charlotte Bobcats Arena (along with the rest of its fall tour) so the members can finish work on their new album.

All tickets for the postponed shows will be valid for the 2008 shows once they're rescheduled.

Here's what the announcement says:

With all apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment it may cause, we have made a decision to move the September/October 2007 North American Cure shows to April/May 2008. The schedule as it stands only gives us a couple of weeks to finish our new double album before we hit the road again, and we know this just isn’t enough time to complete the project to our genuine satisfaction.

We also want to create a new live show for North America, and incorporate new songs… and we need time and focus to do this. So although we can agree it is a great shame to move these dates – believe us we have been looking forward to them more than anyone! We honestly feel that in the bigger picture we are making the right decision.

All tickets held for all 2007 North American Cure shows will be valid for the re-scheduled 2008 shows, and of course anyone who seeks a refund will be able to get one. All refund/rescheduling details will be announced very soon.

Once again, our genuine apologies to anyone who is upset by this announcement - please be encouraged by our promise: The spring 2008 Cure shows will be even better than the fall 2007 ones would have been!!!

See you all soon…

Love

Robert, Simon, Jason and Porl – The Cure 23/8/07

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

My lungs are filled with courage

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 2:29 PM

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by Rudy Giuliani

You know, I hate talking about 9/11, but since you people in the media keep bringing it up ...

Yes, I spent more time at Ground Zero than all the other rescue workers combined. Yes, I dug through the rubble with my bare hands and saved countless women and babies. Yes, I did breathe in the toxic, asbestos-soaked air for many days. No, I am not going to get sick from a respiratory ailment, because, unlike all the other rescue workers at Ground Zero, I am Rudy Giuliani, and the alveoli of my lungs are lined with courage and leadership. No, I will not get cancer, because, having had it once already, cancer is now terrified of my body.

If you have any other 9/11 questions or comments, I will grudgingly participate in a lengthy and well-publicized discussion.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lucrative List

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 10:14 AM

The List, the new movie based on Charlotte author Robert Whitlow’s novel and filmed entirely in North Carolina, has scored with local audiences in its exclusive run at Ballantyne Village Theatre. In its opening weekend (Aug. 10-12), the film grossed $22,824, surpassing the venue’s previous record holder, the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine (which grossed $16,200 on its opening weekend). Over its first 10 days (through August 19), The List has grossed $35,679, according to www.boxofficemojo.com.

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The List is currently playing in this one location across the nation. It will also open this Friday at the AMC 24 Concord Mills and Aug. 31 at the Carmike 14 in Hickory.

For more info, go to www.TheList-TheMovie.com.

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Pride Firsts

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 8:25 AM

It looks like this weekend could be big for gay pride festivals in Charlotte. Organizers at Pride Charlotte are expecting record crowds. Meanwhile, the Triad is hosting its first festival ever.

More info:

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