Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NY Turns Down Burress' Request for Work Release

Giants Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress has come up short in his bid for work release during his two-year prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub, prison officials said Tuesday.

The state Department of Correctional Services said the nature of his November 2008 crime merited denying his request for a work furlough, which would have let him spend some portion of his time free and working.

"The serious and negative impact illegal guns have on the community coupled with (the) dangerous nature of the weapon discharging in a public place renders him unsuitable for work release," the agency said.

Burress' lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Tuesday.

The request was Burress' second since he started serving his sentence last September. He can appeal the decision but otherwise can't reapply for a work furlough until next June.

For now, the wide receiver remains in protective custody, because of his notoriety, at a prison in the central New York community of Oneida.

Burress, 33, pleaded guilty last year to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

The case began when Burress went to the Latin Quarter nightclub with a .40-caliber gun tucked into the waistband of his track pants. He later said he was concerned for his safety because a teammate had been held up at gunpoint days before.

The weapon slipped down Burress' leg and fired, injuring his right thigh. Prosecutors said the bullet narrowly missed a security guard.

The gun wasn't licensed in New York or New Jersey, where Burress was living, and his Florida concealed-weapons permit had expired. He also failed to report the incident to authorities.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has ruled that Burress would be reinstated and eligible to sign with a team upon the completion of his sentence.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese has said the team will keep its options open with Burress, who caught the winning touchdown for the Giants over the New England Patriots in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl. And some current members of the team seem ready to welcome him back.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Get Paid to Write sites

This is an extensive list of how writers can get paid, I could have just posted links, but I thought I would put a brief explanation about each one so you the reader wouldn't have to click through each and every one. This way you can get a summarized Idea what each one is about, this way you can find the ones that best fit your goals.


With 451, they offer writers a nice free form way of writing, you may write on any topic that you have an interest in, However they do state that you have strong writing skills and a unique point of view. This is not to say that they will not accept amateur writers but rather this will help them match advertisers to your style and way of writing.

How you make money: It works like this, they only want you to solely focused on your writing so they offer you full support to make sure your blog is successful, they pay you 40% of the advertisement that your blog generates. They also handle things like advertising the sites in their network, by attracting advertisers to your blog.They also handle the building and maintaining the blog server. in short here is what they offer.


About is a site where you can really show off your writing skills. They offer 3 types of opportunities, and they are Guide, Writer, or Video Producer.

Guides- create articles to help many people seeking answers to an array of topics, you can work on a flexible schedule set your own hours. the compensation plan includes a base monthly payment combined with incentives from page-view growth, also a chance to take part of a Guide-focused PR program.

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Academia Research

With Academia Research is more like seeking a writing job, once you register you can look for jobs that are listed, once you find a job there will be a list of requirements for that job that need to be done such as research and deadlines to meet.You are payed for each job completed, also each job will pay different from one job to the next.

Once you have registered you will have to go through a writing test process, once that is complete you will gain access to the jobs that are advertised.


With Affsphere, all you have to do is sign up , go to your email and confirm, after that is said and done, your ready to start writing. Then set up your profile, and your resource box, write your article, and then post it. You are open to write on any subject, just make sure the content is original. They also offer an affiliate link to promote their site.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

President Obama's religion: does your president's faith matter?

A Pew Research Center survey showed that nearly 20 percent of Americans believe that President Obama is a Muslim (he is not), and only one-third of Americans believe he is a Christian (he is).

Once upon a time, President Obama was criticized for his association with controversial Chicago Christian Pastor Jeremiah Wright (note: not a Muslim). Wright married the president and his wife Michelle and baptized their two daughters, but Obama later distanced himself from Wright when the pastor's aggressive, politically-charged sermons became political fodder.

After he won the election and moved to Washington, Obama admitted that, having learned a lesson from the Wright debacle, he hoped to worship privately:

"We were pretty affected by what happened at Trinity and the controversy surrounding Reverend Wright. That was deeply disturbing to us, and it was disappointing for us personally. It made us very sensitive to the fact that as president, the church we attend can end up being interpreted as speaking for us at all times."

Last October, the Washington Post's religion reporter at the time, Jacqueline L. Salmon, wrote a story about Obama's decision to worship privately at Camp David with Navy Chaplain Carey Cash. According to Salmon's reporting, "The White House declined to make Cash available for interviews, saying it wished to keep the president's religious worship at Camp David private."

The White House may be now regretting that decision to keep Obama's spiritual life out of the public eye.

Chris Cillizza Thursday reported, "Religion humanizes a president for many people, allows them to identify on a very basic level with the most powerful man in the world. For a president whose detractors have scored political points by painting him as aloof and uncaring, religion could be a bridge by which he connects to the average person. "

And in an age of Internet rumors and empowered bloggers, the Pew study shows that most Americans don't understand some basic facts of Obama's life, including his spirituality. Although President Bush also worshiped privately, the public expressed little doubt about the importance of his religious beliefs.

Do you care about your president's religious beliefs? Why do you think so many Americans believe (falsely) that Obama is Muslim? (See Colin Powell's important take on this question.) Why do you think that only one in three Americans know that President Obama is Christian?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

LeBron James says he's "taking mental notes of everyone taking shots" at him

It's official: just as we previously hoped for, LeBron James has crossed over to the Dark Side, announcing via Twitter that he's "taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me ... and I mean everyone!"

In other words, smack-talkers beware. Vengeance will be his. Likely starting with the guy who invented Comic Sans font.

Thing is, if the once happy-go-lucky James embarks on a 2010-11 payback tour -- as Chris Bosh has suggested -- he won't be the first athlete fueled by Haterade. Far from it. In fact, without naysayers, doubters and straight-up player haters, sports stars ranging from Clinton Portis to Michael Jordan to Tim Tebow -- yes, even our beloved football savior! -- probably wouldn't be motivated to get out of bed in the morning, let alone crush their sporting enemies underfoot.

All of which is why I'm proposing a new front office position: official hate coordinator.

Look, it's time to bring real and imagined slings and arrows in house. In fact, it's overdue. Back when bulletin board material was clipped out of newspapers and posted on actual bulletin boards, athletes in need of adolescent, me-against-the-disrespecting-world motivation could reasonably expect to stay on top of whom was saying what about them, and then plan in-game comeuppances accordingly. Indeed, insult-hungry jocks even had the time and luxury to make up slights, as Jordan famously did with unsuspecting chew toy LaBradford Smith.

No longer.

In the here and now, there's Twitter. Sports talk radio. Satellite sports talk radio. Online message boards. 'Round-the-clock sports news. YouTube parody videos. In short, way too much stuff to effectively monitor without becoming utterly exhausted. James says he's taking "mental notes;" given the sheer scope and volume of anti-LeBron sentiment, I hope he has a backup hard drive somewhere.

That's where the hate coordinator comes in. Surfing the web, plugged into social media, trained in reading body language and able to listen to three podcasts at once, my proposed position will take the hard work out of self-fire-stoking, producing concise, comprehensive, team-approved Enemies Lists so that talents such as James can spend less time hunting for put-downs and more time, er, practicing basketball or something.