Donating to a charity will make you feel good about yourself and will help your community, country or planet. And if you make that donation before 2008 ends, it will also help your financial situation because you’ll be able to write off the donation on your taxes in 2009. If you don’t have a favorite charity already, here are some suggestions:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides patient care for children afflicted with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and researches these diseases.
The World Wildlife Fund aims to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and wildlife worldwide. But if you’d like to give locally, check out Animal Charities of America, which is a nonprofit federation that pre-screens high quality national charities working to protect animals.
The National Veterans Foundation brings awareness to the needs of America’s veterans. It also provides veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.
The Natural Resources Defense Council works to restore Earth’s air, land and water and defends endangered natural places.
If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation now, you can also make an in-kind donation or volunteer your time. Keep reading »
A New York Post TV critic has a real problem with the women on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” But we think Linda Stasi, the critic, should cut these women some slack, especially Gretchen Rossi. After all, we really can’t expect much from these saline/silicon-inflated women. I’ll make my case, after the jump. Keep reading »
It’s Christmas Eve. Dinner is ready, the house is decorated, and the lights are aglow with holiday magic. You are about to relax in the recliner with some eggnog and watch “A Christmas Story” when you get a call from your brother. He has decided to bring his new girlfriend and he forgot to get her a present — would you mind? Or maybe you are heading out to a party and realize you forgot to get the host a gift. Maybe things have been so crazy, you forgot you have three nephews, not two. Whatever the reason, you need a gift, you need it now, and all that’s open is Walgreen’s, Bob’s Liquor, and Safeway. Take a deep breath, down the eggnog, and grab your keys. You’ve heard of last-minute gifts? Here are some last last-minute gifts that don’t seem so, well, last minute. Keep reading »
Atlanta-based quartet Gringo Star released their debut album All Y’all last month, and it’s a good thing they did because our iPod needed an injection of “Big Beat/Psychedelic/Southern Rock” music, as they classify their sound on MySpace. We’re not really sure what that means, but we’re fans of it. Not only will their jangly music charm your ears, but the guys were nice enough to provide you with a playlist so large we had to break it into two installments. After the jump, Gringo Star’s favorite tunes vol. 1… Keep reading »
This year has been sort of a Debbie Downer. From the stock market slump, to the shocking death of Heath Ledger, to the lame duck President’s reversal of medical rights last week, things have been looking pretty glum. But I’m ready for a clean slate! So, for those of you who are with me and SO over ye ole ’08, here are 10 things to look forward to in 2009:
1. Going To Bed With Jimmy Fallon: The former “Saturday Night Live” star will get his own late night show in Spring ’09. He’s taking over Conan’s slot and the giant ginger is moving on down into Jay Leno’s time.
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Before I went Christmas shopping yesterday, I didn’t have a single present. I walked down the street going into every store, hoping and praying that when I went inside I would have a eureka moment. But I wasn’t stressed out. In every shop there was a feeling of desperation as people grabbed every item in sight, hoping that it would work for their mom, dad, sister, brother, or someone on their list. I felt like we were all in it together, and now you can have the same feeling! Above is a feed of what everyone on Twitter is saying about last-minute Christmas shopping. It’s fun to read what preparations are going down in these final days before the holiday. If you’re on Twitter and include the phrase “last minute christmas shopping” in what you write, your tweets will be added, too. Because, you know, holidays are about togetherness, and we want to know whether you’re feeling stressed because you can’t find anything for your sister, or if you’re elated because you got your dad last BlackBerry Storm in stock.
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MTV plans to launch 16 new reality shows over the next four-and-a-half months, in an effort to retain its young and flighty audience. Recent ratings show a 23 percent drop in the network’s core demographic of 12- to 34-year-olds. The new series will be in the same vein as “The Hills,” a slightly scripted success story at MTV, but will avoid the backbiting and bitchery themes of most reality shows nowadays. Instead, the shows will focus on young people accomplishing their goals and proving themselves. Gee, that sounds like “Made” to me, but hopefully MTV won’t actually interfere in the lives of these young people. But then again, is watching someone fail also entertaining? MTV probably doesn’t think so. Brian Graden, president of entertainment at MTV Networks music channels and president of Logo, said these new themes are in step with the Obama generation. If Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” video is any indication, the Obama generation also enjoys music videos. Take a look at MTV’s programming for today and you’d discover music videos only air for two hours, from 5 am to 7 am. The rest of the programming is the fluff the network (and its audience) is trying to escape. After the jump find out some of what MTV has planned for your viewing pleasure. Keep reading »
The Duggar family welcomed their 18th child (with a J name!) last week, a girl named Jordyn-Grace. Since then, they’ve been making the talk show rounds and the amount of fawning and praising and congratulating going on is enough to make me want to throw up. Yes, babies are cute. You will not find a person who loves babies more than me. But one woman, popping out 18 children, when there are so many babies and children that need to be adopted, is DISGUSTING. Michelle Duggar has every right to do what she wants with her body — Roe V. Wade goes both ways — but I also have the right to think it’s gross. As a friend of mine just said, “It’s a vagina, not a clown car!” It’s also selfish. By all means, if you can afford to have 18 children and provide a good life for them, blah, blah, blah, God’s will, GREAT — but couldn’t a fraction of those 18 be the children in orphanages also brought into this world thanks to God’s will? Keep reading »
Along with adults in Santa hats and Scientology, fury over women breastfeeding in public and in photos is something I just don’t understand. The latest breast feeding scandal comes courtesy of Facebook, which removed photos of mothers nursing their babies from their personal pages. More than 58,000 people have joined a Facebook group called “Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!” to protest the censorship of the photos. “Whether there’s a nipple exposed or not, female breasts, specifically in the context of breast-feeding, should not be considered obscene,” says Stephanie Muir, one of the group’s administrators. I completely agree — feeding and nourishing a child through breastfeeding is one of the most natural things on earth and just because the body part she uses to do so has been sexualized in other ways by society, doesn’t mean the act of nursing is sexual or obscene. Hey Facebook, why don’t you spend a little more time dealing with all the pro-rape “flair” on your site instead? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »