Daily Archives: January 16, 2012

BREAKING: 80% of Americans Think Economy Is “Poor”

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Eight in ten Americans believe the economy is in poor shape, according to the latest CNN/ORC International Poll.

The poll showed a dramatic drop in those who said economic conditions are “very poor,” from 51% in November to 38% today.

Meanwhile, Pres. Obama’s approval rating is largely unchanged since mid-December, with 47% now approving of how Pres. Obama is handling his job.

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29 People Still Missing from Costa Concordia

Twenty-nine people are still unaccounted for from Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, Italian coast guard chief Marco Brusco said in a television interview.

Still missing are four crew members and twenty-five passengers. Authorities earlier said sixteen people were missing.

The ship hit rocks Friday night off Italy’s western coast, killing at least six people.

Rescue efforts resumed earlier Monday after being temporarily suspended when the partially sunken vessel began to move, officials said.


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Huntsman Throws Support to Romney

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Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman today announced he is suspending his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination and will endorse front-runner Mitt Romney.

While Mr. Huntsman hasn’t had much support in conservative South Carolina, which holds its primary Saturday, his decision to pull out could give a cushion of votes for Mr. Romney, who is facing competition there from Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Romney, bolstered by a huge war chest and a wave of momentum after wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, is hoping for a knockout blow if he finishes first in the Palmetto State. South Carolina has picked the winner of every GOP Presidential nomination since 1980.

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Pop Five: Words That Will Make You Sound Stupid If You Mispronounce Them


Incorrect pronunciation: off-ten

Correct pronunciation: off-en

My mom has a field day with this one. She insists that she had an elementary school teacher who smacked students’ hands when they erroneously pronounced the “T” in often. I don’t know why, but the “T” is silent in this one. (The same goes for the word “soften.”) This is the only word on the list that is not pronounced phonetically, though, so it all gets easier from here.


4. Athlete (and Biathlon, Triathlon, Decathlon, etc.)

Incorrect pronunciation: ath-a-leet

Correct pronunciation: ath-leet

There is no vowel between the “H” and the “L” in any word derived from “athlete.” Please stop adding one.


3. Espresso

Incorrect pronunciation: ex-presso

Correct pronunciation: es-presso

Since there has been a coffee shop on every street corner for at least a decade, you should have mastered this years ago. The word “espresso” is pronounced the way it is spelled. There is no “x” in it.


2. Nuclear

Incorrect pronunciation: nuke-you-ler

Correct pronunciation: new-clee-er

Remember those days not so long ago when everyone thought very little about the intelligence of the President of the United States? When you’re a man fixated on nuclear weapons, but you can’t pronounce the word “nuclear,” things do not look good for you. Nuclear is phonetic.

1. Sherbet

Incorrect pronunciation: sher-bert

Correct pronunciation: sher-bet

There is only one “R” in “sherbet,” no matter how many times you and the people around you pronounce it incorrectly.

Via PrimerMagazine.


Are there any words you’d like to add to the list?

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On This Day…

In 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

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Costa Concordia Death Toll Rising

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At least two more bodies have been found aboard the Costa Concordia, bringing the number of dead in the ship’s grounding to at least five.

The 4,200-passenger ship, owned by Genoa-based Costa Cruises, ran aground Friday night on a sand bank off the island of Giglio.

The captain has been arrested and faces multiple charges of manslaughter.

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Legislator Who Wants Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients Arrested for DUI

A Georgia Republican who wants welfare recipients subject to drug tests failed one himself after he ran a red light on Friday morning. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story on State Representative Kip Smith (R):

Smith, whose given name is John Andrew Smith, first told the officer he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages.

“I asked him again, and he stated he had consumed a single beer at Hal’s. I noticed also that Mr. Smith’s eyes were watery, and I asked him to exit the vehicle, which he did,” Kramer said in the report.

Smith told the officer he’d had the beer 45 minutes earlier, and the officer asked him to blow into a hand-held “intoximeter”. The officer said the lawmaker refused, stating he would prefer to go to a clinic or the hospital to get tested.

The officer said Smith finally agreed to blow into the device. The report stated that Smith blew a .091., which is above the legal limit of .08.

Rep. Smith is a sponsor of Georgia House Bill 464, which would require random drug testing for public assistance recipients. In response, State Rep. Scott Holcomb introduced a bill that would require state lawmakers to undergo random drug testing.

Random drug tests for recipients of public assistance are very likely to be found unconstitutional.

Via ThinkProgress.

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