Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Landmark civil rights law in jeopardy?

U.S. Supreme Court conservatives today sharply criticized a central part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that is aimed at more than a dozen states with a history of racial discrimination.

It is the second major race case heard by the justices since Barack Obama became America's first black president.

The justices seemed split along conservative and liberal lines in considering a provision applying to all or parts of 16 states, mostly in the South. It requires them to get federal government approval before changing their voting procedures.

Congress adopted the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to make it easier for people of color to exercise their right to vote.

Congress extended it in 2006 for 25 years, with then-President George W. Bush signing it into law.

Last week the justices considered whether race still can be used as a factor for job promotions and hirings, an issue that could affect millions of employers nationwide.

Opponents of the voting rights law argue that the protections for minority voters are no longer needed after more than 40 years of progress, and they cite Obama's election as evidence of how America has changed since 1965.

Defenders of the measure say minority voters still face discrimination in some local elections.

The legal challenge was brought by a Texas municipal utility district. It says it should be exempt from the law and that it should be struck down.

The Associated Press is following the story.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Take the work out of moving

Spring is here, and ‘tis the season for moving. If you’re on the lookout for apartments for rent, take advantage of a free online resource. lists rental property available in communities all across the country. If you’re moving to a new area and you want to know what’s available, all you have to do is enter a zip code (or a city and state). Search results come up immediately. Single-family homes, condos, and townhomes are also listed.

The search also reveals other valuable information, such as demographics about the neighborhoods you’re targeting. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can also learn about schools and parks in the area.

If you own real estate and have rental property you’d like to list, is for you, too. List your property for free. At the upper right hand corner of the page, there’s a place for agents and owners to get started.

If you're looking for a place to rent -- or listing a place to rent -- take the work out of moving. Use National Relocation’s free resources to broaden your options.

Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties, become Democrat

This could be the political news of the day. The Washington Post is reporting that Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties and become a Democrat. The switch puts Democrats closer to 60-vote control in the U.S. Senate.

Specter is a 79-year-old veteran of five Senate terms, and one of only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress in a party made up largely of conservatives. Click here for details.


Supreme Court upholds FCC expletives policy

The Supreme Court today upheld a policy by the Federal Communications Commission that prohibits the use of curse words during live TV broadcasts. The vote was close, 5-4.

The high court’s decision, which argued broadcasters can be fined for even single curse words used on live TV, throws out a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in favor of a Fox Television-led challenge. The lower court had asked for a more detailed reasoning of the tougher stance on indecency.

Tthe court refused to pass judgment on whether the FCC's "fleeting expletives" policy is in line with First Amendment guarantees of free speech. The justices say a federal appeals court should weigh the constitutionality of the policy.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Upgrade your TV viewing experience

I can't imagine my life without my DVR (digital video recorder). My family and I are always on the go. We're often not at home when our favorite TV shows air.

I remember when I learned how to pause and rewind live TV. I thought it was so cool!
When my family made the move to Direct TV a while back, we quickly discovered that this satellite TV provider gave us a wider choice of programming than cable. I'm a news junkie, and I have access to all the major news networks. The local channels are included in our package at no extra charge.

My daughter's a big fan of reality television. She finds all of her shows on DirecTV -- programs like "Making the Band" and "Bad Girls Club". In fact, she keeps the DVR busy recording those shows. (I don't know how she can stand all that drama, but that's another post for another time.) While she's recording those programs, I make sure that I don't miss "Law and Order". I'm a huge fan of the entire franchise.

Direct T V is great for people who really value HD programming. We haven't invested in a plasma television set yet, but when we do, we know our viewing experience will get even better.

Hollywood and ISPs team up to deliver video over the Internet

DVD, DVR and VOD are old school. Now there's ZillionTV. The company, backed by several major Hollywood studios, is an ad-supported video-on-demand system in which commercials are tailored to viewers, who can't fast-forward through them.

ZillionTV enables viewers to choose the categories of advertising that are most interesting to them, and commercials fitting the bill are inserted into TV shows and movies that are streamed via broadband onto TV screens.

Content comes from Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox Television and Disney, all of which are invested in this startup. Forty other partners also supply content, and discussions are under way with Viacom and CBS. ZillionTV is promising 15,000 movie and TV titles by the end of 2009, when such TV shows as 30 Rock and Smallville and movies like The Dark Knight will be available on demand.

The system features a rewards program: The more commercials watched, the more points earned. Users wishing to avoid the ads can buy or rent content in a way similar to iTunes and Apple TV.

ZillionTV, however, is for streaming only. Purchased content is stored via Internet "lockers," not on a hard drive.

ZillionTV hopes to do for the set-top box market what Hulu has done for the PC. If you're like a lot of us, you're trying to keep up with the technology.

Hulu, if you're not familiar with it, is an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at and other online destination sites — all for free. The service is available only in the U.S.

Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from more than 130 content providers, including FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, and Warner Bros. Users can choose from more than 1000 current prime-time TV hits such as The Simpsons, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Office the morning after they air; classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The A Team; movies like Men in Black and The Karate Kid; and clips from popular shows of the past, such as Friends.

The backers of ZillionTV insist that they're offering a unique product. Once the service is operational, we'll get the opportunity to compare.

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Going for the gold

When the world is in economic turmoil, many investors turn their attention to precious metals, especially gold. For thousands of years, gold has been a way to measure value in virtually all cultures.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to invest in gold, and you don’t have to work on Wall Street. Take advantage of a free online resource that's available at Gold Coins Gain can quickly bring you up to speed if you want to buy gold coins.

When it comes to precious metals, the market never closes. Adding gold to your portfolio can give you a lot of flexibility. Should you decide to buy gold bullion, you’re bound to get a good return on your investment.

These days, the faltering economy has almost everyone wondering if they’re adequately prepared for retirement. You’re never too young to start planning ahead. When securing your individual retirement account, gold IRA is the way to go. It’s a smart move to back your IRA physically with gold coins. You can also use gold to guarantee a 401K rollover.

If you’re a novice when it comes to purchasing gold, the Gold Coins Gain offers plenty of support with its Free Gold Guide. With it, you learn when and how to get into the market, as well as what investments are right for you.

It’s no secret that the U.S. dollar has been declining in value for decades. During the recession, everyone is seeking some semblance of stability.

Remember: Gold is a currency. Gold is real money. It doesn't come off a printing press. Gold can be your ticket to security because gold is here to stay.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Quotes of the week

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.
~ Henry Steele Commager ~

There is no greater crime than to stand between a man and his development; to take any law or institution and put it around him like a collar, and fasten it there, so that as he grows and enlarges, he presses against it till he suffocates and dies.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

Saturday, April 25, 2009

ADT Home Security System

Earlier this month, someone tried to break into my brother-in-law’s home while he was away. Fortunately, the ADT Home Security System he had installed recently saved the day. The would-be intruders ran away. The attempted break-in happened while my brother-in-law made a quick trip to a nearby convenience store, so we think it was someone in the neighborhood who knew him.

When it comes to home security, it helps to have a reliable system. You want to feel safe when you’re at home, and you want your mind is at ease when you’re not. That’s where ADT Security comes in. ADT has a well established reputation for reliability and its state-of-the-art technology. It’s also affordable.

It’s easy to get the process started. Just fill out a form at An alarm specialist will get in touch with you, find out your needs and preferences, and put together a package that works for you.

Peace of mind. Round-the-clock protection. Cutting-edge technology. ADT offers it all, while keeping you, your family, and your valuables safe and secure.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The recession's effect on prepaid college tuition and scholarships

At a time when young people are making college choices, prepaid tuition programs may be in trouble. Prepaid tuition plans allow families to buy all or part of a public in-state education at present-day prices.

The value of the investment is guaranteed by the state to meet or exceed annual in-state public college tuition inflation (currently in the five to eight percent range). Plan costs can vary, depending on how close the student is to college.

This is an issue worth following. Details at

On the positive side, Matthew Keegan just wrote an article that gives students and parents more hope: Don’t Let The Recession Stop You From Seeking College Scholarships. Bottom line: Students need to be assertive and diligent in seeking college aid.

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Obama pledges protections for credit-card users

President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind proposed legislation that would place restrictions on fees credit card companies charge consumers. Obama is demanding that credit-card issuers “eliminate some of the abuse” in the industry, citing sudden rate increases.

The president is pressing for consumer protections that go beyond proposals being considered in Congress and rules issued last year by the Federal Reserve. Both the House and the Senate are pursuing bills to give consumers greater protections. Obama said his economic advisers will examine the various proposals and work with Congress and the industry, but he made clear he intends to sign a law.

As unemployment and unpaid credit-card bills rise, card issuers are under fire for policies that impose large late fees and boost interest rates on delinquent customers. Banks, reeling from the recession and credit crunch, say proposed restrictions will raise consumer costs, limit credit availability, and ultimately hurt more borrowers than they help.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

National Relocation - for people on the move

I hate moving. I really hate moving. My hands are more than full with my career and family. A few years ago, I decided that a move would be good for my family, but I dreaded the work ahead of me.

If you're like me, you want to find movers who are dependable, affordable, and who simplify the process for you.

National Relocation is for people on the move. If you're moving from one home to the next, just log on to the website and enter a few details about your needs. A short time later, you'll receive several moving quotes. Comparison shopping is always a good thing!

If you need to move special items -- such as vehicles, antiques, or pianos -- National Relocation will find just the right specialists for you. For instance, if you need to transport your car, click on the auto movers link, and get your moving quotes. Experts are also available to handle your commercial moving needs.

National Relocation works with local, long distance, national, and overseas moving companies. All are pre-screened licensed, and insured. Take the headache out of moving.

Discrimination claim appears to divide high court

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split today as it heard arguments on whether federal law bans discrimination against whites.

The case was brought by 20 white firefighters in New Haven, Conn. -- including one white Hispanic -- whose passing scores on a promotion test were thrown out because no blacks passed. Any eventual decision by the Supreme Court could decide the long-term fate of affirmative action in the United States.

Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared sympathetic to the suing firefighters, USA Today reported. Kennedy is often the swing vote on the nine-member court between the four justice liberal bloc and the four justice conservative bloc. From the bench, Kennedy said the city would have to show a compelling reason for throwing out the test results.

The 2003 exam was designed to select 15 candidates for captain and lieutenant. When no blacks and only one Hispanic scored a passing grade, the city decided not to use the results for promotions, saying it did not want exposure to suits from blacks and Hispanics.

A decision is expected later this year. New Haven is a racially mixed city. About 44 percent of its residents are White, 37 percent are Black, and 21 percent are Latino. CNN has more.

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Mailboxixchange for home and business

A few years ago, I decided to move several miles west to the suburbs. I wanted to be closer to my job. Once I lived in the new neighborhood for a few weeks, I started noticing little things – like how many of the homes had attractive and unique mailboxes. The mailboxes added a little extra “something” to the houses and their surroundings.

Mailboxixchange (pronounced Mail Exchange) offers an array of residential and commercial mailboxes. With the click of the mouse, you can find a mailbox that meets your needs. You’ll also find helpful product reviews.

If you own a home, you can find a wide assortment of single-unit boxes, post packages, mail slots, and column mailboxes. Curbside décor is also available.

Mailboxixchange offers an equally wide assortment of for commercial use. Check out the cluster boxes (great for apartments), pedestal drop boxes, letter boxes, and high-security drop boxes. If you’re not sure what commercial solution is right for you, customer service representatives are available by phone or live chat to assist you. They can even help if you have questions about postal service guidelines.

With more than 2,500 products available. Mailboxixchange is your marketplace on the Internet for mailboxes and curbside décor.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Seen and not heard": Is it due for a parenting comeback?

Research shows that nearly 70 percent of Americans believe that people are ruder now than they were 20 or 30 years ago, and that children are among the worst offenders.

A few years ago, the conservative child psychologist John Rosemond denounced in his syndicated column the increasing presence of "disruptive urchins" who "obviously have yet to have been taught the basic rudiments of public behavior."

According to Harvard University psychologist Dan Kindlon, most parents, would like their children to be polite, considerate and well behaved. But they're too tired, worn down by work and personally needy to take up the task of teaching them proper behavior at home.

Educators feel helpless, too. Nearly 8 in 10 teachers, according to a Public Agenda report, said their students were quick to remind them that they had rights or that their parents could sue if they were too harshly disciplined. More than half said they ended up being soft on discipline "because they can't count on parents or schools to support them."

Are we raising a generation of "kids gone wild"? Is there anything we can do about youngsters who belong to someone else? Leslie Pepper of Family Circle magazine explores the issue in an article about disciplining other people's kids.

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Supreme Court Ruling limits police authority to search vehicles

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to search the vehicle of someone they have arrested if the person is locked up in a patrol cruiser and poses no safety threat to officers.

The court's 5-4 decision today effectively limits the authority of police to search a vehicle immediately after the arrest of a suspect.

Justice John Paul Stevens said in the majority opinion that if a car's passenger compartment isn't within reach of a suspect who has been removed from the vehicle, then police have little reason to rush to a warrantless search.

The decision backs an Arizona high-court ruling in favor of Rodney Joseph Gant, who was handcuffed, seated in the back of a patrol car and under police supervision when Tucson, Ariz., police officers searched his car. They found cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Building empires to learn math

A game about ancient civilizations is helping some elementary- and middle-school students in Utah better understand basic and advanced math, practice problem-solving skills and learn ancient history. The students face hundreds of complex decisions in running their own virtual societies as part of a math game called Empire created by their teacher, Scott Laidlaw. As the Salt Lake Tribune reports, children are encouraged to focus on solving problems using mental strategies rather than paper and pencil.

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Learn which credit card is right for you

It’s easy to get a credit card when you’re in college. Both of my children discovered that. When they received their cards, they had the best intentions of only charging items when they could pay for them at the end of the month.

However, kids are kids. Both of them woke up one day to realize that they could only afford to pay the minimum balance. So it’s no surprise that they both experienced rude awakenings when they saw the finance charges and late pay penalties, and realized that they had to pay it. I am happy to say that they learned their lessons rather quickly.

Credit Cards Club is a great online resource for anyone who has, or wants to apply for, credit cards. The website offers ratings and reviews on virtually all the major credit cards. You can even find cards issued by specific banks.

If you have a good credit score, Credit Cards Club can identify cards with the lowest APR. In fact, major credit cards are listed in several categories. In addition to sorting by APR, cards are listed according to fees and rank.

Several informative articles are also on the site. If you need debt repair, advice is available. Do you have a low credit score, or are you seeking to rebuild your credit? Cards designed specifically for people with bad credit or no credit history are identified. I find the information on business credit cards and those that offer gas rewards especially helpful.

Learn about credit cards in an objective environment. Any visitor to the site will appreciate the tips and financial articles. All of the information is free. Visit Credit Cards Club, take your time clicking through the pages, and discover which cards are right for you.

Columbine anniversary, new website call attention to school shootings

Hundreds of people turned out in Colorado to quietly mark Monday's 10th anniversary of the slaying of 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School. Flags flew at half-staff over the school and dozens of mourners lay roses and carnations at a nearby memorial. About 70 people gathered outside the state Capitol to push for gun control, while lawmakers inside passed a resolution honoring the victims.

To coincide with the anniversary, a Washington state organization dedicated to the reduction of gun violence launched a new online tool to document the growing national epidemic of firearm use in schools and universities. The new site – - was unveiled today in Seattle by Washington Ceasefire, a group that advocates for safer schools.

The website, which includes reports starting in 1992, features maps and details of more than 500 incidents representing nearly every state in the country. Visitors to the site may access information according to a particular school or geography. Recent shooting incidents are highlighted and many of the incidents include links to external news stories reported at the time. The site includes a comments section and and a place where incidents may be reported.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Firstrade, an affordable resource for online investors

Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index is up 28.5 percent since March 9. The latest surge in share prices this rally could qualify as the start of a new bull market. It’s understandable that many investors may be skeptical. Still, it’s not unreasonable to consider that this market rally really could be the start of an upturn.

Now might be a good time to consider Firstrade, a leading discount online broker. Firstrade makes it easy for novice and seasoned investors to jump right into the trading process.

The company’s success with stock trading is well known in the industry. The firm offers a user-friendly website that is chock-full of information and tips for those who enjoy online trading. If you want to discuss investment-related topics in a secure environment with like-minded investors, you'll want to participate in Firstrade's online community.

Millions of people trade billions of shares of stock every day. Many of them take advantage of online trading. You can be one of them. Firstrade will get you started.

Recession may result in more traffic tickets

Keep an eye on your rear-view mirror. A recent study confirms what I felt in my gut -- that police are issuing more traffic citations during these tough economic times. Researchers have found statistical evidence that local governments use traffic citations to make up for revenue shortfalls.

A new study finds statistical evidence that local governments use traffic citations to make up for revenue shortfalls. The finding adds credence to something many drivers have long suspected: Safety isn't the only motive in traffic enforcement efforts. Since many municipalities retain the money generated by traffic fines, perhaps traffic enforcement also acts as a bit of a fundraiser. Details from ScienceDaily.

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Local searches made easy

I just came across a great local search engine - It’s such a good resource, I’ve already bookmarked it. It combines the resources of sites like,,, and boasts a database of over 16 million business listings that every zip code throughout the U.S.

In just one day, proved to be a valuable resource for me as I looked for businesses, services, and contact information in my city. It’s great if for people like me who spend a lot of time going to meetings and business lunches. I like the website because I can do essentially all of my searching for businesses and contact information on one online location. It’s like a local yellow pages, but it has a lot more perks. is easy to use. Let's say you're trying to locate a place in Chicago. Just type the name or the type of business or service in the “what” box, and enter the location in the “where” box. Use as many variables as you wish. You can enter a city, state, landmark, zip code, area code or airport code as the geographic location. is user-friendly. It has the ability to determine your current location, and provide business listings in your local area even if you don’t enter a specific location in the "where" box. also saves me a lot of time when I’m looking for restaurants. Today I located a number of local restaurants in the area that serve authentic Italian cuisine. I could also read reviews and get directions. Cool!

I was thrilled to find a link for coffee shops, and I’ve already bookmarked it. Now, no matter which neighborhood I’m in, I’ll be able to locate the places that sell the gourmet coffees and sweets I crave.

Geographically speaking, the most relevant businesses will be displayed first. When you need to do a local search, it doesn’t get any easier than this.

Supreme court justice opens up in a rare moment

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has served on the bench for some 18 years. The public seldom hears from him, except when he's announcing his majority opinions. Even then, his voice is often monotone.

Thomas is not known for letting down his guard in public. However, a group of high school students recently got the chance to see a side of the justice that is not so stoic. As the New York Times reports, "his answers and the remarks that preceded them provided a revealing look at Justice Thomas’s worldview these days."

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Fast facts about Clarence Thomas

Born 1948 in Savannah, GA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on October 30, 1989, to a seat vacated by Robert H. Bork; Confirmed by the Senate on March 6, 1990, and received commission on March 6, 1990. Service terminated on October 17, 1991, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on July 8, 1991, to a seat vacated by Thurgood Marshall; Confirmed by the Senate on October 15, 1991, and received commission on October 18, 1991.

Holy Cross College, B.A., 1971
Yale Law School, J.D., 1974

Professional Career:
Assistant attorney general, Jefferson City, Missouri, 1974-1977
Attorney, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977-1979
Legislative assistant, Senator John C. Danforth, Washington, DC, 1979-1981
Assistant secretary for civil rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1981-1982
Chairman, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1982-1990

Source: Federal Judicial Center

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Words of wisdom

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
~ Nietzsche ~

Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven.
~ Philipus A Paracelsus ~

Don´t ask what the world needs.
Rather ask – what makes you come alive?
Then go and do it!
Because what the world needs is people
who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurman ~

The Car Connection

For some time, my daughter has been saving up money to buy her first car. I admire her because she’s doing her research to find out which model would be the best for her.

She and I have been clicking through The, a great website to visit for car reviews. The site is full of news, information, and photos – perfect for someone who’s thinking about buying a car.

For instance, The Car Connection editors have read all of the competitive reviews for the 2009 Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX, which is a lot more powerful than its predecessor. Looking for something else? Perhaps the 2009 Hyundai Elantra – with its more distinctive design and added performance features – is more your speed. The website carries full reviews of both models.

When it comes to imports, the 2009 Honda continues to be a top seller in the U.S. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out the latest on the Honda Fit. It’s the automaker’s lowest priced model in America. carries plenty of photos of all models. The gallery gives you an opportunity to view vehicle features in detail. The Car Connection is considered an industry leader in anything automotive, keeping you up-to-date on the latest auto news and reviews. The editorial coverage and shopping guides contribute to the site’s consumer-friendly design.

Teachers need love, too

Ambreen Ishrat is a talented writer in Karachi, Pakistan, and creator of the web log her writings. She has worked as a teacher and a content and creative writer for an information technology (IT) firm. Armed with a master's degree with English literature, Ambreen also has put her skills to good use in journalism and editing. During a recent visit to Ambreen's site, I came across a charming post titled "My First Ever Love Letter." Take a break from your fast-paced day and relax with her writings.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Rock on with Ed Hardy fashions

If you’re a die-hard rock and roller, you’re probably familiar with the Ed Hardy line of fashion. If not, check out the line of clothing at Everything in the line bears the unmistakable imprint of Christian Audigier and legendary tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy.

The entire line – clothing, shoes, accessories – is definitely unconventional. At the same time, the Audigier/Hardy collaboration has led to a vintage look of high quality.

Ed Hardy is hot. The line is sold all over the world. Celebrities love it. Vibrant color, charisma, and edginess drive this signature line. Rock rebels and lovers of the punk look snatch up this apparel fast and often. When it comes to women, Ed Hardy has the uncanny ability to make them look sexy and edgy at the same time.

For households where rock and roll rule, Mom and Dad will find that there’s plenty to choose from, and they can outfit the kids, too. There’s even infant wear.

Christian Audigier was drawn to rock and roll style of fashion but quickly realized that he didn’t have the voice to live out this dream. But he more than made up for it by channeling his passion into his designs.

Several new items just came in. Check them out at

Solving the mysteries of the teenage years

Have you wondered why the teenage years are often tough on young people - and their parents? Recent research on the adolescent brain offers some eye-opening information.

Here's a report worth checking out:

The Teenage Brain: A Lesson in Understanding for Parents of Adolescents

If you're really into the science of young brains - if you secretly wonder if your child is an alien - you might want to visit to read the Frontline series Inside the Teenage Brain.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Auto insurance solutions for everyone

Maybe it’s me, but it seems as if the automobile insurance industry is much more competitive than it was 20 years ago. Or maybe it’s just that we now see more ads on TV. Each day seems to bring more creative ads.

Dozens of companies out there vying for your business. Several years ago, if I wanted to comparison shop for car insurance, I’d have to go from one company to another, filling out individual applications. Now there’s a website that gives me the option of filling out just one application:

Don’t let the cost of insurance become a burden to you. All fifty states require that drivers be insured. The mandated amount of coverage varies from state to state.

Most of us are on a tight budget these days, but we still need insure our vehicles. Find out what the minimum coverage is in your state, and then utilize American Car Quotes to shop around for the best rates.

Young drivers -- including students -- and those with poor driving records typically pay a higher premium, but that doesn’t mean that these motorists don’t have choices. American Car Quotes allows even high-risk motorists to shop for better deals. The site also offers tips to these drivers wishing to qualify for lower rates. If you're a veteran driver with a squeaky clean record, the very best opportunities are reserved for you.

Let the insurance companies come to you. Fill out one form. Representatives will gather the information, form a quote for you, and then contact you so that you can make an informed decision. It’s that easy.

Quote of the week

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen?

I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was.

"Light! Give me light!" was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.

~ Helen Keller ~

Website keeps you up-to-date on gaming

In the early 1990s, I bought my children their first GameBoy. My children were so excited! This groundbreaking handheld had a black and green screen and two action buttons. It worked with a simple cartridge. Today I’m looking back on those times while I check out ShopWiki’s Handheld Gaming Guide. I now realize just how far gaming technology has come. comes in great when you’re trying to make a decision on consoles or games. The Video Game Buying Guide brings you up to speed on the latest in gaming. It also offers options so that you get the best bang for your buck.

ShopWiki has revolutionized the way we shop for video game products. The site seeks out every store on the Internet in an effort to give you the best deals. This is a stop up from other sites, which only tell you about sites where the stores have paid for placements.

ShopWiki is your one-stop resource for everything associated with video games. That includes consoles, controllers, and various accessories.

As a young mother several years ago, I had a lot to learn about making wise decisions on video game purchases – things such as system compatibility and how to make sure the games you’re choosing are age appropriate. ShopWiki makes it easy for you by providing the answers to these and other important questions.

The site is designed for busy adults. With a few mouse clicks, you can easily comparison shop. Check out It gives you – the consumer – the advantage.

Teachers tell why they teach

A group of teachers in Georgia all agree on one thing -- that their students keep them in the classroom despite all the challenges that come with their jobs. In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one teacher writes:

When you believe that all students can learn and have the opportunity to prove it, a wonderful thing happens. You see a light come on, a face smiles, a quiet determination, a few tears -- from students, parents and even teachers.

To read what other teachers wrote, click here.

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ShopWiki, your online resource for video games and more

NBC Sports has announced that John Madden, a fixture in NFL broadcast booths for 30 years, has decided to retire. Madden wasn’t just a fixture in our homes during football season. I heard him virtually every day when my sons played video games. Those were the days when my kids and their consoles were almost joined at the hip!

When it comes to purchasing video game consoles, consider several things before you buy. The Video Game Buying Guide at offers many valuable tips when it comes to checking out system speed, compatibility, and design. And to optimize fun for you and your kids, don’t forget to consider the controllers and graphics capability. You’ll want the best system for your particular needs. When you’re buying your games, check to see if it’s for Windows or Mac.

ShopWiki actively seeks out every store on the Internet in a similar way that Google crawls every website on the ‘Net. Traditional shopping sites will only show you stores that have paid for placement. ShopWiki gives consumers like you the upper hand when it comes to shopping smart.

On the site, you’ll also find a Handheld Gaming Guide. Don’t miss this opportunity to come up to speed on the latest technology. After all, a lot has changed since the late 1980s, when GameBoy was introduced. Discover the difference between Nintendo DS and Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) by reviewing the DS vs. PSP Buying Guide.

My kids are wild about anything connected to the Xbox 360. With a few mouse clicks, I can find everything I need to know about the latest games and accessories.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Newly-released photos reveal despair after MLK assassination, the website of the defunct print magazine, has put online a series of previously unseen photographs taken following the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The series of 13 photographs includes pictures of the cleaning up of the blood outside the Memphis, Tennessee, motel room where King was shot and a photo of his colleagues gathered in his room following his death.

The website accompanied the black-and-white pictures with comments from the LIFE photographer, Henry Groskinsky, who shot the pictures.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Groskinsky ended up in King’s hotel room, where the civil rights leader’s associates including Andrew Young and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy Sr. were sadly assembled., a joint venture between Time Inc., which owns the LIFE archives, and the Getty Images photo service, went online on Tuesday.

The website features pictures from LIFE's historic collection and new photos from Getty.

The LIFE collection includes pictures from renowned photojournalists such as Gordon Parks, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, and W. Eugene Smith.

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