Friday, December 28, 2007

Food For The New Year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 2:59 PM

If you plan to party hearty on New Year's Eve, make sure you do it right with good food to compliment all the bubbly. Here are just a few places making extra special meals to bring in the new year.

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• Table Restaurant will have a DJ after 10 p.m. and will host their guests to a midnight champagne toast.

Table Restaurant, 14835 John J. Delaney Drive. 704-369-5170.

• For something a little more hands on, head over to Sticky Fingers Rib House for a $29.99 rib sampler dinner-for-two special. The Matt Hill and Matt Walsh Blues Duo will begin playing at 6 p.m. at the Concord Mills Location.

Sticky Fingers Rib House, 12410 Johnston Road. 704-926-3441. 8021 Concord Mills Blvd. 704-979-RIBS.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Tiger convinct was held in low-security, country-club facilities

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 2:30 PM

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By Nancy Grace

Three young men, enjoying a trip to the zoo on Christmas day. Suddenly attacked by an escaped tiger. A case of random violence at the hands of a wild, unpredictable animal? Or further proof of the danger of LENIENT SENTENCING?

Sure, zookeepers say this tiger was secured in captivity. But a moat and a 20-foot wall apparently weren’t enough. The fact is, this tiger had a history of violence. It was responsible for the deaths of THOUSANDS of wild boar, roe deer and salmon. You cannot allow a vicious predator like this to frolic freely in a controlled habitat!

If this story isn’t an indictment of low-security country-club detention facilities, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS. This wild jungle cat needs to be BEHIND BARS, and since that was clearly not enough, those bars should have also been behind a second or third set of bars. There are few law enforcement problems that cannot be solved with more bars (although most of those can also be solved easily with a lot of yelling).

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Charlotte's Transit Plans

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 10:21 AM

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— Cartoon by Jim Hunt

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

N.C. comment period on gassing animals ends soon

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:46 AM

If you want to voice your opinion on banning gas chambers at N.C. animal shelters, now's the time.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will stop accepting public comments for the new proposed rules, which would continue to allow gas as a way of euthanizing animals at shelters around the state, on Dec. 31. More than 30 county and city shelters continue to use gas (Charlotte-Mecklenburg uses lethal injection), which many animal welfare advocates consider inhumane and cruel. (I have talked to people who feel it's the most humane method in some cases, particularly when euthanizing feral animals. But the method is also ripe for error.)

To read the proposed regs and comment, click here.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Tell me something I don’t know, Time magazine

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 1:09 PM

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By Vladmir Putin

I, Vladimir Putin, am Time’s Man of The Year!

Rightly so, as it has been quite a year for me. From impregnating women for the benefit of Russia’s national birthrate to photographing my powerful chest and perfectly shaped nipples in order to inspire our homeland with a sense of pride in their leader, I have done it all.

I am a little embarrassed by the competition. To become Man of the Year, I beat out JK Rowling, who is not a man. And I beat out Al Gore, who is also not a man. I would much rather have lost the award than win against such weaklings. I would rather have competed against members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Kung-Fu endowed Shaolin Monks, and the half beast/half men that roams the ice-mountains in Mongolia. I suppose I’ll have my chance to defeat those competitors next month when I enter the Best of the Best Street Fighting championships in Thailand.

Being Time’s Man of The Year is a nice vindication, though. Time has told me that my methods are working! The award tells me they approve of my sending nuclear materials to Iran. I will keep doing this.

Time Magazine has endorsed me! Time wants me to be an emperor! After all, who is more manly than I? (Note that this question is rhetorical, and if you actually have an answer you will be poisoned.)

Thank you, Time. Thank you for the award and for confirming that you love me, my politics and my dangerously sexy nipples.

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Happy Holidays!

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 12:40 PM

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Trailers From This Week's Reviewed Films

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 4:20 PM

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Monday, December 17, 2007

SEFCA Honors Country

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 3:17 PM

The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) named No Country for Old Men the Best Picture of 2007 in its 16th annual voting. A list of all the winners follows.

TOP 10

1. No Country for Old Men

2. There Will Be Blood

3. Atonement

4. Juno

5. Michael Clayton

6. Zodiac

7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

8. Gone Baby Gone

9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

10. Into the Wild

BEST ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

BEST ACTRESS

Julie Christie - Away from Her

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone

BEST DIRECTOR

Joel & Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Diablo Cody - Juno

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Joel & Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

No End in Sight

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Ratatouille

WYATT AWARD (named after the late SEFCA member Gene Wyatt, the prize seeks to honor one film each year that best embodies the essence of the South)

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Forty-six members representing nine states took part in this year's voting.

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Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men

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Malachi Green

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 10:50 AM

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Cartoon by Jim Hunt

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mission Accomplished, Drugs!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 3:16 PM

By George W. Bush

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A long time ago, America declared a war on drugs. It was a sneak attack. You know who America was like, kind of? Al-Qaeda. Remember when they were at war with us but we weren’t at war with them? Well, that’s how it was with us and drugs, except that drugs were playing the role of America and we were playing the role of al-Qaeda. This analogy may confuse you — if you are on drugs. It may seem like a stretch — if you’re out getting high.

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