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Monthly Archives: December 2011


Holly Valance

Holly Valance recreates famous pose by Sophia Loren in 1960 movie | Mail Online.

Sophia Loren

Stand up and say no to R.T.W.

via Four Concerns — Right to Work for Less is Wrong for Indiana – YouTube.

Statehouse capacity of 3,000 would limit protests | The Indianapolis Star |

Administration moves to cut off citizens’ access to Indiana Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS – In response to the Daniels’ administration announcement today that Hoosiers’ access would be limited to the Statehouse beginning Jan. 1, 2012, Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott issued the following statement:
“For generations Hoosiers have been welcomed to the Indiana Statehouse where they could speak directly to their elected representatives about legislative matters that impact their daily lives. But with this decision by the Daniels’ administration, it is the people’s house no more.

Hiding behind the State Police and conveniently contrived capacity concerns, those in control of the Statehouse are using this “policy” to shut out the voices of dissent and limit access to government to only those they favor.  Under this policy neither lobbyist nor no donor will be turned away – yet every day, taxpaying citizens will be.

This arrogant move is clearly aimed at working people who in 2011 went to the Statehouse to protest the anti-worker agenda being advanced there – and it is wrong. Our Constitution guarantees us the right to petition our government, and this limits that fundamental right.

That it is the official policy of this state that the people’s voices are mere noise is tragic. And that those setting Indiana’s legislative priorities feel they must isolate people’s representatives from the citizens they represent is testament to how unpopular the policies they are advancing are.”

The Indiana State AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) is a federation of 800 local unions across the state belonging to 50 International Unions. In total, the Indiana State AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Hoosiers.

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A US truck driver who won a Lamborghini supercar in a competition crashed it just six hours later.

David Dopp, 34, from Santaquin, near Salt Lake City, Utah, now plans to sell the £190,000 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster.

“Yeah, I got it on Saturday and I wrecked it on Saturday,” he told local reporters.

The father-of-six says he can’t afford the insurance or the taxes on the lime green convertible which he won in a contest run by a local chain of shops.

“That’s why rich people own them,” he said. “The poor people like me don’t. I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I’ve got a family to support.”

Mr Dopp was taking a friend for a spin in the car when he hit black ice while taking a corner at about 45mph.

The car went through a fence and came to rest in a field about 75ft from the road with damage to both front and back ends of the car, plus a punctured oil pan and tyre.

His wife Annette admitted: “My heart pretty much fell out. They said they were OK. Then came, you know, that feeling when your heart drops and you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh. What do we do now?'”

Police say the Lamborghini’s high-performance summer tires weren’t suited for icy conditions. Happily for Mr Dopp, he was insured.


via Man wins and crashes Lamborghini | Orange UK.

COOL church in Bavaria

A church built entirely of ice and snow has opened in Bavaria – a hundred years after locals first built a snow church as an act of protest.

The church at Mitterfirmiansreut, near the border with the Czech Republic, is more than 20 metres long with an 8 metre steeple and took 1,400 cubic metres (49,000 cubic feet) of snow to complete.

The structure was lit up blue with a blessing from local Dean Kajetan Steinbeisser.

But when the ancestors of today’s villagers built the first snow church in 1911, they were protesting because they didn’t have their own church there

via One cool church | Orange UK.


‘What’s the plan if Santa crashes?’ | Orange UK.

A council has been asked to reveal its plans for dealing with a crash landing by Santa’s present-laden sleigh.

The request was one of several bizarre uses this year of the Freedom of Information Act, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The applicant asked Cheltenham Borough Council who would rescue Santa, who would be responsible for rounding up the reindeer and which staff would get the job of clearing the crash site.

The request made the second spot on the Local Government Association’s list of the top 10 most bizarre Freedom of Information Requests in 2011.

The winner was a request to West Devon District Council about its preparations for helping soldiers defend against invasion by Napoleon’s marauding hordes.

Both Bristol and Leicester city councils were quizzed about their readiness for a zombie invasion, while Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service was asked about plans for alien attack.

Hampshire County Council was asked how many drawing pins it had – and what percentage were currently stuck in pin boards.

And Cornwall Council faced requests about privacy holes being found in public toilet cubicles and money paid to exorcists.

Peter Fleming, chairman of the LGA’s Improvement Board, said: “Councils are committed to transparency and accountability and put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that legitimate requests for information are met with full and comprehensive responses.

“However, as this list shows, some of the requests councils receive do not appear to relate very closely to the services they are focused on delivering every day of the year.”

AP Strange But True

Moved: 12/29/2011 04:35


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s a great day in South Carolina.

Or is it? There seems to be a difference of opinion on that.

South Carolina’s governor wants state agencies to answer their phone by saying it’s a great day in the state.

But two state lawmakers say state workers shouldn’t have to do that, unless it really IS a great day.

They’ve introduced a bill saying no state agency can force its employees to answer the phone with that greeting as long as state unemployment is 5 percent or higher, and as long as there are people in South Carolina without health insurance.

A spokesman for the Republican governor says she stands by the greeting. She thinks it could help change the mood of state government.


APIA, Samoa (AP) — Tomorrow is Friday, December 30th. But not in Samoa.

The South Pacific nation is skipping that day, and jumping right ahead to the 31st.

The government of Samoa decided it wants to be west of the international date line, rather than east.

That’s where the new day begins. It’s the line that separates one calendar day from the next and runs roughly north-to-south through the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The move is designed to put Samoa on the same calendar as its trading partners throughout the region.

By goverment decree, anyone in Samoa who is scheduled to work tomorrow will get paid for it — even though tomorrow will never happen.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When he was in the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter was known as a pretty funny guy.

And now that he’s out of politics, he has time to try out his material for a new audience.

Specter performed the other night at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia. He got laughs at the expense of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others. The targets of his jokes also included Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the crowd roared with approval at Specter’s jokes.

The longtime senator told the audience that he’s not exactly new at this. He said he’s “been in comedy now for 30 years.”

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 30, 2011) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation announced today that in 2011 it secured job commitments from 219 companies from across the country and around the world, an increase from 200 companies in 2010 and more than any other year on record.

“With our low-cost, fiscally sound business climate, Indiana continues to catch the attention and win the investment of more and more companies,” said Dan Hasler, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Driven by companies like Angie’s List, Canadian National Railway, R3 Composites and SS&C Technologies, Indiana welcomed commitments for 19,080 new jobs and $2.7 billion in capital investment in 2011. The new jobs, many of which have already been created and others companies expect to create over the next five years, pay an average hourly wage of $21.22, above the state’s current hourly wage of $19.17.

“This year’s results are a testament to the dedication and collaboration of people throughout the state,” said Hasler. “But there’s more hard work ahead in 2012 as Indiana continues to make job creating efforts our top priority.”

Non-automotive manufacturing represented the largest sector for new job commitments in 2011 with 5,223 new jobs projected. With 4,650 job commitments, the automotive-related manufacturing industry represented the second largest sector of new growth followed by the logistics sector with nearly 2,000 projected new jobs. Job commitments for other sectors include: business services (1,729), information technology (1,261) and life sciences (838).

Business consolidations were a trend in 2011 with 34 companies planning to move all or a portion of their operations to Indiana. Collectively, these projects accounted for 3,325 new job commitments and $165.6 million in capital investment.

This year the state’s economy continued to garner national accolades. Area Development magazine noted in September that Indiana is the best state for business in the Midwest and fifth best in the country and Chief Executive magazine rated Indiana sixth in its annual “Best & Worst States” survey.Site Selection magazine ranked the state sixth in the nation for its business climate and Indiana is one of only nine states to have triple-A credit ratings from all three reporting agencies: Standard & Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s.

About IEDC
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Dan Hasler serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit


Thornton Fractional high schools debate shredding of decades worth of student transcripts.

Another step closer to the world of the elimination of hard evidence of one’s existence.