TOTUS poaches FOX TV for staff….

HOUSE SPOILER ALERT, if you didnlt watch last night go no further!

DAMMIT!! THIS is why Kutner killed himself last night in HOUSE!

Video courtesy of spoenk

Ben Smith:

[For House fans who missed last night’s episode: Spoiler alert!]

How about that.

Kal Penn, the actor who was a remarkably diligent, oddly well-informed campaigner for Obama, killed his character on “House” last night so the actor could take a White House job, EW.com reports.

Penn:

I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the president and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.

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April 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment, Music, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Update: Josh Friedman Interview….Message to FOX from TSCC Fans….

UPDATE: i09 has just put up a great Interview with Josh Friedman, go read the whole thing

A lot of sites have praised last Friday’s episode as the best of the series, and proof that T:SCC is up there with the best genre TV shows. How much does that kind of critical buzz count with the network?

Obviously the critical praise doesn’t hurt in our fight to get renewed – I do think there’s a pride of ownership for networks as there would be for anyone – but ultimately it’s almost always a numbers game. How those numbers are calculated these days is anyone’s guess. When you’re on the bubble (if I can be optimistic enough to say that) any little bit helps. The writers room voted “Adam Raised a Cain” as their second favorite episode of the year (the finale was voted #1 but that could have a lot to do with the fact that their boss had written it)….

Don’t cancel TSCC!!!!

Creations  of SchmackProductions:

What does it mean to be a Connor? Your life dedicated to survival from machines before they’re even created. One word really: tragedy.

Music by Johnny Cash, clips from TSCC season 1 and 2, T1, and T2

April 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Music, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

Market Mover Wednesday: Restoring the Uptick Rule…

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Airtime:
Tues. Apr. 7 2009 | 12:18 PM ET

Short-selling restrictions are on the way as the SEC prepares to roll out several proposals, with Martin Weiss, Weiss Research CEO; and CNBC’s Ron Insana & Bob Pisani.

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April 7, 2009. Tags: , , . Finance, Uncategorized, Wall St. Comments off.

Tax Day Tea Party: South Carolina…

Courtesy of LukeAmerica2020:

This is how we party in South Carolina.

Join us for one of our Tax Day Tea Parties for 2009. We have six loacations around the state: Charleston, Columbia, Isle of Palms, Myrtle Beach, Simpsonville, and York. Together we will make a difference.

Many will stand together … across our great nation … with one voice. We’ve had enough!

Our site: http://www.CommonSense2020.comm

or

Visit: http://www.TaxDayTeaParty.com

April 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Twofer Tuesday: Trek Style….

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April 7, 2009. Tags: , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Star Trek. Comments off.

Pimco’s El-Erian on Markets and New Normal..

Midday Market Update; DOW down 205 to 7770, S&P down 20 to 815 and NAS down 46 to 1506….

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April 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Labor Department, Politics, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 1 comment.

NL West Preview…D-backs Dugout…

Baseball is finally back :0)

Courtesy of whgavs

Courtesy of AZDbacksFan:

D-backs Dugout is a weekly web based show hosted by Arizona Diamondbacks play by play broadcaster Daron Sutton. On this week’s show, we highlight future superstar Justin Upton. Check out new episodes every Wednesday on dbacks.com/dugout.


April 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Stimulus Unemployment Benefits Update: TX, FL, AL, LA, Miss, SC, VA…

Updates on stimulus unemployment benefits…to get an idea how widely the amounts vary from state to state this line in an AP piece jumped out at me:  The highest weekly unemployment compensation is $584 in New Jersey, $362 in Michigan and $240 in Arizona…(It’s a crap shoot, and God willing your cost of living will match up with your benefit amount)

The $25.00 a week unemployment boost is available to EVERYONE, Congress mandated it, but it is temporary and when funding runs out, it is gone. The only variant on that benefit is how quickly states get the funds out..

TX: (Chron.com)

Congress made sure some money is directly available for citizens without waiting for governmental decisions. Among other things:

• • Most Texans’ paychecks will be a little fatter starting this month as the Making Work Pay tax credit kicks in and employers reduce their payroll tax withholdings by about $13 a week.

• • Texas’ jobless are now receiving an extra $25 a week in their benefits as mandated by Congress, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

• • Food stamp recipients soon will get about $38 a month more to spend on necessities, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Update on the expansion of unemployment benefits which would require changes to state law:

FL: (Sun-Sentinel):

For Florida’s jobless residents, unemployment compensation is a lifesaver. But if the state doesn’t act soon, unemployed residents who exhaust their jobless benefits may be out of luck.  Florida is eligible to receive $777 million in federal money that would provide 20 more weeks of jobless benefits, in addition to the 59-week maximum now allowed. Those who have exhausted their benefits but have not yet found a job would qualify, as well as those just recently laid off…

…”We’re waiting to see what the federal government is going to do,” said Sen. Rudy Garcia, R-Hialeah, whose commerce committee has proposed a general bill addressing unemployment compensation.

There are a handful of other bills, but none extends benefits for Florida’s unemployed who have exhausted benefits and still don’t have a new job….

…Unemployed workers who receive 26 weeks of regular benefits are entitled to 33 weeks of emergency benefits under Obama’s stimulus package, a cash infusion geared to jump-start the U.S. economy….The maximum weekly jobless check is $275 plus $25 extra as part of the stimulus….

FL-Orlando Sentinel advises the legislature NOT take the money, follow linky for the number on what it will cost the state to expand benefits:

….House GOP leaders are happy for Florida to accept nearly $2.2 billion from Washington to cover the temporary cost of boosting weekly jobless benefits by $25 and adding as many as 20 weeks to the normal 26 weeks workers can collect them.

But they’re justifiably balking at taking another $443 million — about two months worth of payments from Florida’s unemployment-compensation trust fund — in return for permanently changing the way the state calculates benefits and permanently expanding eligibility….

NY: A commenter asks about NYS, NY has a very high benefit level, go to their site HERE for more info…

ME: (Mainebiz):

The governor is pushing a bill that would change the way Maine triggers its extended unemployment benefits, a measure that could bring as much as $38 million in federal funds to pay for up to 13 weeks of additional benefits for jobless Mainers.

The bill requires the creation of a fund of about $500,000 to pay for unemployment benefits of public and tribal employees, people who are prohibited from receiving benefit extensions via the federal economic recovery act. Creating that fund triggers federal stimulus money that would be directed to private sector employees who lost their jobs, according to Capital News Service.

VA: (Fredericksburg.com):

–Tomorrow,(4/8) the General Assembly will vote whether to let Virginia accept an additional $125 million for unemployment insurance benefits from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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April 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics. 1 comment.

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