Dec 31, 2007

Top Stories of 2007

Wow today is freaking just flying by!! I just blogged like 2 hours ago when we had 6 hours to go until the new year and now its already after 8!! So we have less then 4 hours to go here in the Central time zone. I found some news stories on the site so I am going to share them and then later on I might write my own most remembered stories of the year.
Well crap I might not be able to list them b/c the darn thing won't let me copy/paste them..they are short little paragraphs, so I might just write it stupid....

Ok I couldn't copy/paste so I sat here and typed it all up in the wordpad so here are the top stories of the year. I apologize lol for all the mispells Im sure there is, kids comign in and out and hubby interrupting so I lost track and I am sure there are mistakes but there are the stories. Im making my comments at the end of them in another color.

Jan 2007-
In the old days, US presidential campaigning began about a year before the election. But thats been history for quite some time, and in this hectic, fast-paced 2008 campaign season, its been full speed ahead since the beginning of 2007. The first of the year also saw Rep. nancy Pelosi of California become the first female speaker of the House of Reps as Democrats took control of both chambers of Congress.

So many people running in the race, its hard to keep up with them all!!

Feb. 5, 2007
NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak is arrested after allegedly trying to subdue a romantic rival with pepper spray and abduct her from a parking lot at an Orlando, FL airport. Nowak had driven from TX to FL, where she confronted Air Force Capt Colleen Shipman. Both women were romantically linked to astronaut Bill Oefelein.
NASA fired Nowak on March 8. Navy Cmdr. Oefelein left the astronaut corps in June. He told investigators that he and Nowak had been involved in a sexual relationship that he ended in Jan. She pleaded not guilty March 22 to charges of attempted kidnapping with intent to inflict bodily harm, battery and burglary of a vehicle using a weapon. Her trial is set for April 2008

Did you all hear about this one??? I thought it was the nuttiest thing..the lady drove from freaking TX to FL and wore a diaper or diapers so that she would save time by not having to freaking stop and go to the bathroom!!!! Yea ok..SHE NEEDS HELP!!!!!!

Feb 9, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith, a former topless dancer, model, Playboy Playmate of the Year, billionaires wife and reality Tv star, dies of an accidental drug overdose in a Hollywood FL hotel room at age 39. After months of circuslike, televised court proceedings involving custody of both her body and her orphaned daughter Dannielynn, Smith's notoriety seemed larger than ever.
Meanwhile, the spotlight continued to shine on pop star Britney Spears who bombed in an attempted comeback at the MTV Music Video Awards and was embroiled in a contentious child-custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Fefderline. hotel heiress Paris Hilton remained in the limelight as well, spending three weeks in jail after pleading no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving.

It was a shock to me and I am sure others out there to when the news came that she had died. The person that I feel for the most is her daughter. I know that she left other loved ones behind, but I feel for her daughter b/c she won't get to know her mom and spend all the mom and daughter times together. At least she has her dad...thank goodness shes Larry's little girl and I know that hes taking really really good care of her. They are just to sweet cuties together. Rest In Peace Anna

April 16, 2007
During the early morning hours of April 15, a gunman goes on a rampage on the Virgina Tech campus. By the time he finished, 32 people were dead before he turned the gun on himself. In the days that followed, video messages photographs and violent writings revealed a disturbing portrait of Cho Seung-Hui, the English major accused of the killing spree.

I remember this day, it was all over the news, so horrifying. I didn't realize that it was on my daughter's birthday!! I guess that I just forgot about it but goodness that was such a tragedy. Why do people like that person go on a freaking rampage like that?? WHY??? Is it something in there genes a disorder or what? I wish that I knew the answers as I am sure others do to. If only we would of been warned and someone could of stepped up and prevented the tragedy!

May 3, 2007
The disappearance of the British girl Madeline McCann on May 3 makes headlines around the world. Her parents have said she disappeared from their hotel room at a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal while they dined in a nearby restaurant. Kate McCann and her husband, Gerry, embarked on a high profile campaign to highlight theire daughter's plight traveling throughout Europe and Africa. But the child has still not been found.

I don't konw about this one, I heard about it but didn't really keep up with it that good. If it was a ltitle girl that disappeared, then WHY was she left alone in a hotel while the parents were off eating???? Maybe its just me, but something does NOT sound right here!!!

July 21, 2007
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" the final book in J.K. Rowlings seven volume series about a youthful wizard, arrives in bookstores-and fans anxious hands-at midnight in London and around the globe. Ten days later, it had sold 11.5 million copies in the US, according to the book publisher.

Ok so lets see...the last of the HP books...yea I remember being at Hastings during the evening before the book came out at midnite that night and there was people there dressed up like each of the characters. A bunch of Harry's roaming around and some others to and was cool looking. Then she had to go and ruin it and be a butt by telling a young fan that Dunbledore was gay!!! I can't stand her for saying that to a child!!! That in my eyes, was just inappropriate.

Aug. 2007
Mattel CEO apologizes as the company is forced to recall millions of toys made in China for the second time in two weeks. It is teh largest recall in recent months involving Chinese products, which have come under scrutiny worldwide for containing potentially dangerous high levels of chemicals and toxins.
Dog food, shrimp and even toothpaste were among the other goverment recalls of Chinese-made products. Experts have called for US companies to better police the products they bring in and its a monumental task. Chinese imported goods have become so pervasive in the US marketplace, its nearly impossible for American consumer to escape their reach.

I can't believe and still don't understand how our companies over here can buy all there items from Chinese companies and not freaking check the products better...what does that tell us about our own US companies over here? Tells me that they apparently don't look over there products to good that they get from over there. Wouldn't you want to inspect them before we buy them and have them shipped over here and put on the US shelves for all of us to buy??? STUPID!

Aug. 1 2007
Rush hour ends in disaster after a bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses and kills 13 people. As the bridge crumpled, cars and chunks of concrete plunged into the waters below as other drivers slammed to a halt to avoid the drop. Investigators continue to look for the cause of the structural collapse.

This is just absolutely horrifying that those people died over a bridge collapsing! I can't believe that things like that are happening worldwide not just here. Sad and I think that we need to spend more money and fix the bridges and make sure they are up to code or else close them down so that something like this doesn't happen again!

Aug. 7 2007
Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's major league home-run record with a shot into the right-center seats off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik at San Francisco. but his achievements on the field-he ended the season with a total of 762 homers - have long been shadowed by a drug use allegations. In Nov., a federal grand jury indicted Bonds with perjury and obstruction of justice and accused him of testing positive for performance enhancing steroids.
Bonds, 43, repeatedly denied he had knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs during his Dec 2003 testimoney in an investigation that focused on a Sand Francisco-area laboratory.

I don't really keep up with sports or baseball and so I don't know what exactly is going on with the player but I will say this, if he did do the drugs, shame on him! He has a ton of people and kids mostly Im sure looking up to him and then this bs comes out about him...what a shame!!

Aug 27, 2007
An airport restroom, foot tapping and hand signals are placed in teh spotlight when the June arrest of Sen Larry Craig becomes public. The US senator from Idaho was arrested by a plainclothes police officer investigating complaints of lewd behavior in an airport mens room. The officer said Craig peered through a crack in a restroom stall door for two minutes and made gestures suggesting to the officer he wanted to engage in "lewd conduct" Craig said the officer misinterpreted his actions, and continues a legal fight against the charges.

Ok so I heard this story ALL over the news and had to laugh..I know its sad and embarassing Im sure for his family, can't even imagine but what the hell was he doing??? What the hell was he thinking!!!??? Don't you just go in the restroom to do one thing and then get out...What a ding bat!

Aug 27, 2007
NFL star quarterback Michael Vick accepts a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleads guilty in court to a federal dog fighting conspiracy charge. In court documents, Vick admitted to buying pit bulls and a property in Smithfield, Virginia where the dog fighting venture took place. He also admitted that he and other co defendants participated in the killing of six to eight dogs that did not fight well.

Now with this story I can't stand that guy and any of the other people involved. I don't like it when people hurt animals, ANY animals must less these idiots that think apparently that they are all that, to go and have dogs fight each other until they die???!!!! What the HELL were they thinking??? What the hell kind of excitement can you get out of dogs fighting each other and killing each other??? SICK MEN!!! I heard that he (the Vick dude) got 2 years ... I hope that I heard right and I HOPE that he goes to prison b/c he deserves it for what he did and buying the dogs...SHAMEFUL!

Aug 31, 2007
President Bush's longtime political adviser Karl Rove, known t Bush as "the architect" and considered by some to be "Bush's brain" leaves the White House amid tributes from senior aides and scorn from some Democrats. Even some Repubilcans were weary of their political guru, tying his failed domestic plans to the president's warning popularity. Four days earlier Attourney Gen Alberto Gonzales resigned. Although Bush had long stood by Gonzales, many lawmakers in both parties called on him to quit after the firing of several US attorneys in 2006- terminations alleged to have been politcally motivated. Rove left after White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten asked staffers to resign before Labor Day or commit to serving through the end of Bush's term. Another aide, Dan Bartlett, who oversaw the press office, left earlier.

I think that Bush is losing his touch. How many people in his administration total has left him this year??? They can't even stay with him for his upcoming last year in office?? Why did they leave him before his term as pres was over?? To many questions out there about all those people leaving him. I think that there is something going on there and they didn't and don't want to be a part of so they think/thoght that getting out early would be the smart move..hmm wander what is going on that we don't know about or will we ever know????

Sept. 2007
Sparked by a huge fuel price increase imposed by teh military goverment, thousands of people-man of them monks-protest in Myanmar. Video smuggled out of the country showed unarmed protestors being beaten by the military regiments security forces, and one man, believed to be a Japanese journalist, was shot and killed at close range. Myanmars military junta said in mid Oct that it has detained more then 2,900 people during the crackdown. many of them are believed to remain in custody.

Sad and could of been avoided!

Sept 2007
The US commander in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, tells a joint congressional hearing the 30,000 additional tropps deployed to Iraq in Jan could come home by next July but that further US withdrawals would be "premature". President Bush ordered teh deployment to pacify Baghdad and surrounding provinces. Petraueus said the campaign had largely met its military goals, reducing sectarian killings by more than 50 percent nationawide and by more than 80 percent in Baghdad. On Sept 16, a shootout in Iraq involving personnel from the private US security firm Blackwater resulted in the deaths of Iraqi civilians, sparking an outcry among Iraqi leaders on a debate over the accountability of contractors.

I have to say this, I stand by our military, don't get me wrong. BUT I totally disagree with the war over there in Iraq with us over there. I think that we need all of our troops back over here in our own country protecting and working over here. I don't think that were wanted over there and that we need to be over there simply b/c thats not our country, its theres so let them run it as they please and be done with it. Just my opinion.

Sept 20, 2007
Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets of a small town of Jena, Louisiana, to protest how authorities handled the cases of six black teens accused of beating a white student in Dec 2006. The incident was a culmination of fights between blacks and whites. Many said they were angry that the students, dubbed the "Jena 6", were being treated more harshly than three white students who hung nooses from an oak tree on Jena High School property. The white students were suspended from school but did not face criminal chrages. The protestors said they should have been charged with a hate crime.

Now I didn't really hear to much about this story and keep up with it but from the little that I typed about it...sad and horrible. What the hell are these people thinking!?

Sept 25, 2007
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells the UN General Assembly that Irans nuclear issues is "now closed". But US and other Western powers disagree. The UN Security Council has repeatedly demanded Iran suspend enrichment of uranium and has imposed limited sanctions on Tehran for refusing to comply. In Oct, the Bush administration imposed stiff sanctions against Iran and declared its Revolutionary Guard a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction. The Iranian goverment contents its nuclear program is aimed only toward providing nuclear power. Meanwhile,tensions over North Korea's nuclear program eased when Pyongyang agreed to begin disabling its nuclear weapons facilities.

Another thing where i think that Bush needs to "BUTT OUT" or one of these days hes going to piss off the WRONG person and put this country in more whats the more fear then what we are already in!!!! Does he just not realize that its not up to him if they do the nuclear things...what in the world makes him freaking think that if he sits there and says stop that and shut it all down that anyone that isn't in this country is going to freaking listen to him and do what he says. Hes not anyone to them...they dont' care what he says to them, in one ear and out the other so before he opens his mouth to much he needs to step back and leave it alone. Of course I don't want them doing the nuclear BS but hell what can we do?? Do we really believe them when they said that they shut it down and stopped or whatever? How can we just believe him? We can't because this world is full of lies and liars and Im sure they are one of them b/c of the way that they act and talk. But who knows, but yea Bush just needs to watch his mouth and quit acting like what he says matters to them b/c it doesn't , the only people that listen to him is OUR country not any of the ohter countries..they don't have to..hes just another man that is telling them things they don't want to hear and one of these days they are going to get tired of hearing him tell them to stop. What gives him that right to run his mouth to them?? Just my opinion.

Oct 2007
Nearly two dozen wind whipped wildfires sweep across southern CA in late Oct, forcing nearly a million people from homes near LA, San Diego and San Bernardino and leaving 14 people dead. At least two of the fires were started intentionally and two more have suspicious origins, according to Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger. more than a thousand homes were destroyed.

Fires also destroyed dozens of villages in Greece and killed at least 51 people and the prime minister suggested teh blazes might have been deliberately set by political extremists ahead of national elections.

I remember all the fires. It was horrible. Sad tht all those people lost there homes, I feel for them and hope that htey all have safe places and a roof over there heads.

Oct 12, 2007
For their work to raise awareness about global warming, former US VP Al Gore and the UN Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change are awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel caps a series of prestigious awards for Gore, including two Oscars this year for the documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth" which he introduced on a worldwide tour publicizing the dangers of global warming.

Way to go Al Gore!! I think that hes an awesome man that is not only trying to make a difference but is making a difference and getting the word out...what a pres he would be...he would put Bush to shame!!!! At least he has a head on his shoulders and he is generally a good person and the best thing about him, hes a very smart and inteligent man b/c hes NOT running for pres!!! Hes to smart to get in there and try to take care of all the crap that Bush has put us in...

Nov 27, 2007
America's mayors, metting to address problems brought on by spikes in foreclosures rates say the country's mortgage meltdown will take a heavy toll on home prices in 2008, with an average 7 percent decline and $1.2 trillion in lost property values. Earlier in the month an online marketer of foreclosure properties reported a 30 percent increase in filings during the third quarter of 2007 and said the number of filings was nearly double from a year ago. Foreclosures are expected to continue to increase as many of the adjustable rate mortgages written in 2004 and 2005 reset causing interest rates and mortgage payments to rise. Some consumer advocates predict that more than 2 million homeowners are in danger of losing there homes over the next couple of years.

Now I think that this is just totally and utterly ridiculous!!! I think that everyone out there that owns a home and stays on top of there payments, and even soem others, lets just say all homeowners or most...shouldn't have to pay higher payments b/c of how the world is revolving shouldn't matter what goes up and down, they should have a set payment and that should be it period the end. Shouldn't been aloud to go up in the first place, if anything, go down after you make a year or two of on time and non late payments or something. It said that 2 million will lose there homes in the upcoming years!!! Then do something to make that NOT happen...DUH!

Dec 27, 2007
Former Pakastani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination caps a year of unrest in Pakistan. Bhutto also was the target of an Oct 2007 attack upon her return home after eight years of self imposed exile. In Nov 2007, Pakistans president Gen Pervez Musharraf, declared a state of emergency he said was necessary to secure the contry from extremists. Critics accused him of using it to keep his grip on power. By Novembers end, Musharraf stepped down as teh country's military leader and was sworn in for the third presidential term- as a civilian. Paraliamentary elections were scheduled for Jan 2008. Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif who spent seven years abroad in exile and also returned to Pakistan this year, said his party will boycott the elections in the wake of Bhutto's killing.

I don't know much about this story either, hadn't been watching to much news or tv in the past week or so. I have to say though its sad and I am sorry that they did that to her. Its sad the kind of world that its turned into. All the violence all over the world. So sad...what happened to all the good stories? I don't hear them, just the sad and devastating and violent ones. I guess when I was a kid/teen I just didn't listen to much news b/c I honestly don't remember all the horrible stories and things happening back then in the 80's and early 90's like the ones going on today.

So thats it...the top stories of 2007....I started this about an hour ago and just now getting done with it..needless to wrists are TIRED!

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