Thursday, March 1, 2012

Andrew Breitbart Death

News of Andrew Breitbart's death today is hitting the conservative community hard today.  The 43 year old conservative activist died last night, apparently of natural causes.  He was taking a walk near his home in L.A when he collapsed.  Paramedics were called but unable to revive him.


Breitbart was a conservative commentator and blogger at the center of several websites including breitbart.com, biggovernment.com and Breitbart.tv.


He was also the author of  Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! published in April of 2011.




Andrew Breitbart was an outspoken and passionate conservative activist who enjoyed life and lived what he believed.  The concluding passage of his book, which was posted on his website biggovernment.com today, says it all:


I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.
Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

Breitbart was behind the posting and exposing of then New York Representative Andrew Weiner's explicit photos posted on Twitter, which ultimately lead to his recognition.  He was also involved in the 2009 undercover video sting of Acorn and questionable counseling advice.


Andrew Breitbart leaves behind a wife and four children.





Sunday, October 2, 2011

TV Pitchman Don Lapre Found Dead

Incarcerated TV pitchman Don Lapre has been found dead in his prison cell.  The exact manner of his death has not been released but reports are he may have hanged himself in an apparent suicide.
 
Lapre was being held in federal prison in Florence, AZ..  U.S. Marshalls found his body in his cell about 8:30am Sunday morning.  He had been awaiting trial on charges of defrauding over 200,000 people out of nearly $52 million.  His trial was to begin on Tuesday.

Prosecutors had accused Lapre of selling worthless vitamins that did not live up to his claims.  His company, "The Greatest Vitamin In The World"  allegedly signed up over 200,000 people, promising them lucrative commission checks for selling vitamins and recruiting others to the business.  He was indicted by a grand jury on 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering in connection to his company.
 
Lapre was arrested on June 23rd in Tempe after failing to appear at his arraignment the day before.  He was found camping out in a locker room at Lifetime fitness.  He had been held without bond ever since.  Don Lapre was 47 years old.






 
 

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Diff'rent Strokes" Actor Gary Coleman Dies

Gary Coleman, the 'pint sized' child star of the 1970's sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes", has died.

Coleman who had suffered a brain hemorrhage, died at 12:05 PM MDT today at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, after being removed from life support with family and friends by his side. 

Coleman, who's life and later career on the D-list, was marred by medical and legal problems, including kidney disease (he had two kidney transplants in 1973 and 1974) which stunted his growth and a prolonged estrangement from his parents, played the wise-cracking Arnold Jackson on the '70's hit comedy, alongside child actors Todd Bridges and the late Dana Plato.  He was an immediate break-out star of the series and best known for his catch phrase "What'choo talkin' 'bout?"

After the show ended his stardom faded quickly and his adult life was filled with a lot of ups and downs.  In 1989 at the age of 21, his mother filed a court request trying to gain control of his $6 million fortune.  In 2003 he ran for Governor of California in the recall election that ousted Gray Davis, finishing in eighth place with over 12,000 votes.  He continued to get TV guest shots, small roles and celebrity endorsements but never regained the star status of his childhood.

In 2005 Coleman moved to Utah where he continued to have run-ins with the law, many involving disputes with his wife.  In 2008 he pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge involving an incident with a fan at a bowling alley.

Gary Coleman, who had been hospitalized twice this year after suffering seizures, was born on Feb. 8th, 1968 in Zion, Ill.  He was 42 years old.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Facebook Password Scam

Beware of the latest Facebook password scam!

McAffee, in a blog post is warning Facebook users of a new password scam. This is a potentially serious security threat which could allow hackers access to personal information on your computer including identity and banking information.

Facebook users are receiving an email telling them that their password has been reset and they need to click on an attachment to retrieve it. Once the attachment is opened it infects the users computer with a "password stealer" that can access usernames and passwords used on that computer including online banking information.

*WARNING: DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT AND DELETE THE EMAIL*

For more information and to see an example of what the scam email looks like,
visit the McAffee site here.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Masters Golf Tournament 2010

It's official. Tiger Woods will play in next months Masters golf tournament.

After laying low for several months following his Thanksgiving night car crash and the subsequent revelations of infidelity, Woods announced he will make his PGA return at next months Masters.


Woods return April 8th from a self-imposed exile is most likely a calculated move given that Augusta National Golf Club is know for its tight control of the news media and fans.

The big winners here are certainly the networks, ESPN and CBS, which are broadcasting the tournament, and stand to gain from what could be the highest television ratings of all time, for a golf tournament.

Known as the ultimate perfectionist, Woods faces many unknowns when he steps back on the golf course next month - including how he will handle the pressure and scrutiny, whether or not he'll be in top form or even if he will make the cut.


Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain. The PGA needs him out on the tour as TV ratings have been down 11% without his presence, compared to the same time period last year.