Archive for June 23rd, 2008

Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody was nominated to be America's first four-star female general.

CNN: America’s first female four-star general has been nominated, the Pentagon announced Monday.

President Bush nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to serve as head of the Army’s supply arm.

By law women are excluded from combat jobs, the typical path to four-star rank in the military.

“This is an historic occasion for the Department of Defense and I am proud to nominate Lt. Gen. Ann Dunwoody for a fourth star,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates. “Her 33 years of service, highlighted by extraordinary leadership and devotion to duty, make her exceptionally qualified for this senior position.”

The Senate must approve the nomination.

Dunwoody, a native of New York, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1975 after her graduation from the State University of New York in Cortland. She also holds graduate degrees in national resource strategy and logistics management.

She became the Army‘s top-ranking woman in 2005 when she received her third star and became deputy chief of staff for Army logistics.

It was comedian George Carlin’s Seven Words routine (i.e. the seven words the FCC forbids to be said over the airwaves) that cemented Carlin’s counterculture genius. Foul-mouthed and unapologetic, he was one of the greats, and will be sorely missed. Check out the bit that got him famous…

It was comedian George Carlin’s Seven Words routine (i.e. the seven words the FCC forbids to be said over the airwaves) that cemented Carlin’s counterculture genius. Foul-mouthed and unapologetic, he was one of the greats, and will be sorely missed. Check out the bit that got him famous…

CNN: Zimbabwe’s opposition presidential candidate took refuge Monday at the Dutch Embassy, a day after rampant violence forced him to bail out of this week’s runoff election.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice slammed the Zimbabwean government for what she called a “continuing campaign of violence against its own people.”

“Yet another vicious assault on the opposition and its supporters for exercising their right to assemble and their right to free speech has reinforced that it is impossible for there to be a free, fair or peaceful election in Zimbabwe on June 27,” Rice said in a statement.

Morgan Tsvangirai dropped out of Friday’s presidential runoff against incumbent Robert Mugabe after youth militias loyal to Mugabe attacked a political rally at a stadium in Harare. Tsvangirai said vote rigging and violence made a fair election impossible.

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CNN: Don’t get Jason Mraz talking about his avocado farm. You’ll never get around to speaking about his music.

Jason Mraz isn’t just a singer and songwriter — he’s also a proud avocado farmer.

When the San Diego singer-songwriter was in Los Angeles promoting his new album, “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things,” he couldn’t hide his excitement about his five-acre orchard.

“I do sell my avocados,” he told CNN. “I mean, they don’t have a sticker on them that say that these are from the Mraz Farms, but I moved into an area that all of us are avocado farmers. My trees are 25-30 years old and, two or three times a year, [workers] come through and they pick ’em all. Believe me, our kitchen is just like decked out with them. We’re constantly washing them, we’re eating them and we’re giving them to all our friends.”

Mraz says he makes a great guacamole. But he’s even prouder of his “Chocomole” — a healthy chocolate mousse made with avocados.

He says the creamy texture of the avocados will trick your tastebuds into thinking it’s a traditional dessert.

“You will freak when you try this chocolate mousse. There’s no sugar in it, there’s no soy products in it, there’s no tofu. You’re just eating a raw chocolate mousse,” he said.

All around the world, vegans are salivating. Here’s the recipe — straight from the secret recipe file in Jason’s avocado-shaped noggin.

Mraz’s Chocomole Recipe:

Note: This will make a huge bowl big enough for a family of four. You’ll want to share this with friends.

Mash up 5 ripened avocados

Add 1 – 2 cups of chopped or blended dates

1 soft cup of raw cacao

1 easy cup of raw carob powder

1 tbsp. vanilla

Add a few long pours of agave nectar to sweeten to liking

Then add half cups of cocoa and keep adding until chocolate taste is right. Careful not to overdo it — if you add too much, it can get bitter.

You will love.

Enjoy,
Jason

Yet another viral video catching on this week that gives some pretty startling figures on just how much we’re spending on the war in Iraq, and just how it could be utilized at home, if only we brought our troops home.

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I heart Phil DeFranco. Check out his latest vlog.And while you’re at it, check me out… http://fishbowlamerica.com.Later, haterz

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Just in case anyone was wondering where the hell Matt the dancing world traveler was… its now the web’s latest viral video.

God, I miss Chris Crocker.

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A brilliant video from JedReport.com on the clear flip-flopping on how John McCain and company have handled Michelle Obama’s patriotism. Faux News has largely jumped on her gaffe, sizing her up as an angst-filled, angry black woman.

Only a handful out commentators, notably MSNBC’s Dan Abrams has sought to point out that McCain himself has made similar statements in the past, yet conservative media outlets have jumped on statements by Michelle Obama completely out of context.

Check out this great smash-up video, “The Glass House of McCain.”

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