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polo-playing socialite and aspiring reality TV stars crashed White House state dinner[Not on the List]

November 26, 2009

The US Secret Service is investigating how two White House gatecrashers beat several layers of security to attend a state dinner with President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, boasted of turning up to the event on their joint Facebook page with the message “honored to be at the White House for the state dinner in honor of India with President Obama and our First Lady!”

Sporting a black dinner jacket and a flowing red and gold sari respectively, the couple posted photos posing with Vice President Joe Biden, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and even three uniformed marines.

An official White House guest list, which did not include the Salahis, read like a who’s who of the US security establishment. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were among those invited.

Other notables included film director Steven Spielberg, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, socialite Jhumpa Lahiri and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra.

“Initial findings identified a Secret Service checkpoint which did not follow proper procedures to ensure that the two individuals named… were on the invited guest list,” Donovan said.

He emphasized that the couples “went through magnetometers and other levels of security, as did all guests attending the dinner.”

The Washington Post described the couple as polo-playing socialites and aspiring reality TV stars from nearby northern Virginia.

The pairs’ other Facebook photos showed a penchant for posing with the rich and famous, with past shots appearing to show them with polo-loving Prince Charles, President Obama, former president Bill Clinton, former presidential candidate John McCain, television stars Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Michaele Salahi’s photos show her as a former Washington Redskins’ cheerleader and posing in a skimpy dress for the cover of a local style magazine.

Former White House homeland security advisor Frances Fragos Townsend said the couple could now face jail for lying to officials.

“If you lie to a federal official, either secret service or the social secretary, if they lied their way to get in, and it seems they would have had to have done that, that’s a federal felony,” she told CNN.

source AFP
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Pic of the Day

November 23, 2009

Holy wardrobe malfunction! So this is what happens on Sunday Night Football?I’m starting to believe those swirling rumors….

posted by Missinfo

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YouTube’s Top Money Makers Are Record Labels

November 21, 2009

Music videos from Sony and Universal on YouTube have more advertising sold against them than any other group, according to analysis from TubeMogul.Below is an approximation of the daily share of YouTube’s monetized views based on the number of videos that carry ads in YouTube’s daily top 100 most-viewed.

This is why Sony, Universal, and YouTube are teaming up to launch Vevo, the big web music video site, December 8th. According to TubeMogul, 3.94% of YouTube’s daily views come from the two labels.

This also shows how broad YouTube’s base of publishers is, since only two represent more than 1% of the daily share of monetized views.

Sillicon Alley Insider

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The Levi Jonhston Photos are out…

November 21, 2009

Here’s your first peek at the Levi Johnston photo spread that just went up on Playgirl.com There’s 20 photos in all and, as we said none show the whole package, so to speak. One more picture inside.

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An American Finds Love in Paris

November 21, 2009

J’adore,c’est vraiment excellent….Its beautiful, Paris is still the coolest city to live in, once there you truly appreciate “life”, you have this sense of being part of a real human world as opposed to other individualistic big cities( NYC, London…)

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50 Cent On The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien

November 18, 2009

With the album hitting store shelves this week, 50 stopped by The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien Wednesday (Nov 18th) for an interview and to perform his smash hit single “Baby By Me” off his new album “Before I Self Destruct”.I went aghast when he talked about his new fragance ” Power by 50″ best single encapsulated by “The Smell of Success” ! Meanwhile , Conan help him out to sell his 37 Ba Megamansion in Connecticut and do some little branding..

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More Arts correspond with higher graduation rates[wealth culture]

November 18, 2009
First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Denver High School

A new study by the Center for Arts Education has found that schools that have increased access to arts education programs also have higher graduation rates.Well, its kinda make sense, Arts has always been known to open minds, motivate for challenging opportunities.Listen Richard Kessler, CAE’s Executive Director, and Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy proving their point.Meanwhile, a study was published earlier this year out of Cambridge University coming to much the same conclusion in Britain. Focusing on math, science and reading — especially in the Test Test Test! framework that Arne Duncan espouses — and excluding the arts can have really detrimental effects on kids, emotionally and intellectually.This is what is needed to make the change we need to make – solid data to support the correlation between art activity and academic outcomes. Put this study together with the Cambridge study, do more and argue, argue, argue for the requisite funding.

Read the report here.

Source Leonard Lopate Show WNYC