November 11, 2008

Taylor Swift Lyrics

Seemingly out of nowhere in 2006, Taylor Swift did what is becoming almost impossible to do in today's crumbling music industry: She sold more than 3 million copies of her first album. And the country-pop star did it all rather quietly, garnering a Grammy nomination for best new artist along the way.

Svelte and blond with a sculptured face the camera adores, the 16- year-old singer wasn't a teen dream manufactured by the Disney machine. She also wasn't packaged as a vampish pop tart, wailing suggestive songs that belied her years.

Her earnest but girlish vocals were ensconced in sympathetic arrangements that were more pop than country. But it was Swift's gift as a songwriter that pushed her ahead of the pack. She wrote about her bad luck with boys in detailed, sometimes touching lyrics that never felt too precious. In fact, Swift's songs are sturdy and universal enough to work in any musical context.

On Fearless, her hotly anticipated sophomore album, she basically sticks with what worked on the debut. She's 18 now. And although her maturation on the album is deliberately pitched to the country-pop crossover crowd, Swift's songs remain tightly crafted. The melodies may not always be immediate, but the tunes still worm their way into your head.

Lyrically, Swift is still boy-crazy. She achingly pines for the dreamy ones ("Love Story," "You Belong With Me," and the breezy title track) and dismisses the empty-headed ones ("Tell Me Why" and "White Horse"). She refreshingly eschews the role of diva wannabe and remains the down-to-earth girlfriend next door.

"The Best Day," an affecting ballad, is a lovely valentine to her family. Simple and understated, it's sure to be a hit with fans.

Taylor Swift Love Story Lyrics

We were both young
When I first saw you
I closed my eyes
And the flash back starts
I'm standing there
On a balcony in summer air

I see the lights
See the party the ballgowns
I see you make your way
Through the crowd
And say Hello
Little did I know

That you were Romeo
You were throwing pebbles
'Till my daddy said Stay away from Juliet
And I was crying on the staircase
Beggin' you Please don't go

And I said

Romeo take me
Somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting
All that's left to do is run
You be the Prince
And I'll be the Princes
It's a Love Story
Baby just say Yes

So I sneak out
To the garden to see you
We keep quiet
Cause were dead if they new
So close your eyes
Just keep this down for a little while

Cause you were Romeo
I was a Scarlett Letter
And my daddy said Stay away from Juliet
But you were everything to me
And I was beggin' you Please don't go

And I said

Romeo take me
Somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting
All that's left to do is run
You be the Prince
And I'll be the Princes
It's a Love Story
Baby just say Yes

Romeo save me
They're trying to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult
But it's real
Don't be afraid
We'll make it out of this mess
It's a Love Story
Baby just say Yes

I got tired of waiting
Wounderin' if you were ever comin' around
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town

And I said

Romeo save me
I've been feelin' so alone
I keep waiting for you
But you never come
Is this in my head?
I don't know what to think
He kneels to the ground
And pulls out a ring

And says

Marry me Juliet
You never have to be alone
I love you
And that's all I really know
I talked to your dad
Go pick out a white dress
It's a Love Story
Baby just say Yes

Cause we were both young
When I first saw you


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Tony Dow will exhibit at the Louvre

Tony Dow, who played their son Wally on "Leave It to Beaver," will exhibit a sculpture at the Louvre next month.

"Unknown Warrior" is a bronze work of a woman holding a shield.

Dow (pictured), who is 63, also has worked as a TV director. He is best known for playing the older brother of Beaver Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on "Leave It to Beaver," which ran from 1957 to 1963 on CBS and ABC. Dow has sculpted and painted since his teens.

"Having something shown at the Louvre is about as good as you can get," Dow told The Associated Press. But he discounted the "Beaver" connection in making it to the Paris museum: "I don't think they know anything about that at the Louvre."


San Francisco's Tim Lincecum Wins NL Cy Young Award

Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants won the Cy Young Award after the pitcher ranked second in the National League in victories and earned run average.

Lincecum went 18-5 last season with a 2.62 ERA and led Major League Baseball with 265 strikeouts.

``I have always taken pride in trying to strike people out,'' Lincecum said on a conference call with reporters. ``It's one of those things that get me fired up.''

The 24-year-old right-hander received 23 first-place votes and 137 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks was second with 73 points and Johan Santana of the New York Mets was third with 55.

Lincecum had a quarter of his team's victories as San Francisco finished last season with a 72-90 record. He's the second Giants pitcher to win the award as the league's best pitcher, following Mike McCormick in 1967.

The Giants selected Lincecum with the 10th pick in the 2006 draft. He went 7-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 starts in his rookie season.

Lincecum said he threw his changeup more this season, helping him get more groundballs and strikeouts.

``This year it came up as a good pitch for me,'' he said. ``I found a grip that I am comfortable with.''

First-Place Votes

Webb and Santana each received four first-place votes with Milwaukee's CC Sabathia getting the other first-place vote.

Webb, the 2006 Cy Young winner, was 22-7 and led the National League in victories. The right-hander's 3.30 ERA ranked 10th in the league.

Santana, a two-time Cy Young winner in the American League, led the NL in ERA at 2.53. He finished his first season in New York with a 16-7 record.

Sabathia went 11-2 with a NL-high seven complete games and three shutouts in his three months with the Milwaukee Brewers. He compiled a 1.65 ERA in 17 starts for Milwaukee after arriving from Cleveland in a July 7 trade. The left-hander won last year's AL Cy Young Award.

The AL Cy Young Award winner will be announced on Nov. 13.


Yellowstone Club files for bankruptcy

The Yellowstone Club, an exclusive mountain retreat for the ultra-rich, said it filed for bankruptcy Monday after failing to secure new financing — underscoring that even the elite can't escape the country's current economic troubles.

Spokesman Bill Keegan said the club filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court in Montana. The move came just two months after the club announced an ambitious expansion plan through a partnership with the Arizona-based Discovery Land Company.

The gated, millionaires-only club on 13,400 acres in Montana's Gallatin Mountains boasts a private ski hill and golf course. Opened in 1999, it counts former Vice President Dan Quayle and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates among its 340 members.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the club said it had been unable to secure financing arrangements with its creditors and bondholders. It plans to reorganize its finances and emerge from bankruptcy "as soon as possible," the statement said.

"We felt this step was necessary to address short-term liquidity constraints and preserve Yellowstone Club's long-term future," Yellowstone Club CEO Edra Blixseth said.

Monday's bankruptcy filing marked the latest in a string of shake-ups at the club. Its billionaire founders, Tim and Edra Blixseth, recently divorced, and in August the club settled a lawsuit brought by club member and cycling superstar Greg LeMond for $39.5 million.

LeMond and several co-plaintiffs had accused Tim Blixseth of trying to buy out their minority stake in the club for less than its true value.

After emerging from her divorce with control of the club, Edra Blixseth in September laid out plans to build 450 more houses and condos and new amenities including a luxury spa, golf clubhouse, baseball field and more ski runs.

Those plans are on hold pending resolution of the club's financial woes.

Keegan says the club has financing in place for day-to-day operations and plans to be open for the ski season. The club's estimated 600 winter employees still have jobs, but Keegan said layoffs were possible "down the road."

The tony club first ran into financial trouble when Tim Blixseth sought to expand even as the real estate market turned south.

Its problems grew after the Blixseths allegedly diverted money meant for the club to their own use, according to court documents. At roughly the same time, Tim Blixseth went on a property-buying spree in a bid to take the club concept global, with an enterprise called Yellowstone Club World.

Among his purchases were a chateau in France, a golf resort in Scotland, a villa in Mexico and an estate in the Caribbean.

Earlier this year, a deal to sell the club for a reported $455 million collapsed, leaving Tim and Edra Blixseth feuding over control of the enterprise. Since taking control, Edra Blixseth has moved to sell off some of the club's international properties to firm up the club's finances.

But Keegan said efforts to secure new financing stalled as credit markets tightened with the crisis gripping the nation's economy.

"The lending markets froze up so they could not structure a credit facility to their fashion," Keegan said. "They felt this was the best way to protect the members and protect the club and its future."


Serial Killer Arthur Shawcross Dead

A serial killer, who began his spree with murdering a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old in Watertown, is dead himself.

Arthur Shawcross died last night after he went into cardiac arrest.

Shawcross was convicted of murdering 11 women from 1988 to 1990, many of them prostitutes in the Rochester area.

He was serving a 250 year prison-sentence.

In 1972, Shawcross was convicted of the Watertown killings of 10-year-old Jack Owen Blake and 8-year-old Karen Ann Hill.

That year, Karen Anne Hill’s body was found beneath the Pearl Street Bridge.

At the time of his arrest, Shawcross also confessed to murdering Jack Blake, but he did not serve time for that killing.

Instead, Shawcross made a plea deal and was paroled 15 years later, moving to the Rochester area.

He was convicted of killing several prostitutes, a homeless woman and other innocent victims and sentenced to 250 years in prison, the maximum sentence.


Former Indians hurler Herb Score dies

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score, whose promising baseball career was marred by the injury he received when he was struck by a line drive, died on Tuesday at the age of 75, the team said.

The Indians said Score died at his home in Rocky River, Ohio. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Score joined an Indians' rotation that included future Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Early Wynn in 1955.

He earned Rookie of the Year honors that season, winning 16 games and striking out an American League-high 245.

The following season he won 20 games, led the AL with five shutouts and increased his strikeout total to 263.

But on May 7, 1957, a line drive off the bat of New York Yankees infielder Gil McDougald hit the 23-year-old pitcher in the right eye.

Score pitched through the 1962 season, joining the Chicago White Sox in 1960, but he was never the same.

"He was a great pitcher," former Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito told the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. "He had a chance at becoming as good a lefty as there ever was. He had that kind of stuff.

"He had hard knocks, but he never complained," Colavito added. "You had to respect him for that."

In 1963 Score became an Indians broadcaster, retiring in 1997.


Veterans Day 2008

Veterans Day ceremonies included the traditional laying of the wreath before the Tomb of the Unknowns, the rededication of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, and thousands of parades and commemorative observances in the United States and around the world.

November 11. Veterrans Day 2008. Millions nationwide and around the world participated in ceremonies commemorating the service of military veterans and the signing of the armistice that ended World War I on November 11, 1918. President Bush led the rededication ceremonies for the U.S.S.Intrepid in New York City. The "Fighting I" has been renovated and will serve as a museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air, And Space Museum, a part of the National Parks system.

President Bush addressed the gathering: "Veterans have inspired me. I was raised by a veteran. I appreciate the commitment to our country that the veterans have made."

Vice President Dick Cheney earlier laid a wreath before the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

President-Elect Barack Obama participated in placing a wreath in front of the bronze soldiers war memorial in Chicago with Tammy Duckworth, a war veteran who lost both her legs in combat in Iraq. Duckworth currently serves as the Illinois governor's veterans affairs director.

CNN reported on a special naturalization ceremony that goes on annually in San Diego aboard the U.S.S. Midway. Director of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff led the oath of allegiance for 132 servicemen representing 35 different countries to become American citizens. Since September 11, 2001, over 46,000 extranationals have become American citizens through military service.

The United States and many other nations around the world take pause on Veterans Day annually to honor the veterans of their armed forces. Originally observed on November 12 from 1919 to 1925, Congress passed a resolution in 1926 to officially move the Armistice Day to November 11. In 1935, Armistice Day became a legal holiday. Also known as Remembrance Day, the state and national holiday was known as Armistice Day in the U. S. until 1954, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law that the day be a holiday and commemorate the service of all veterans.

As America honored its veterans at home, future veterans carried out their duties around the world. The United States has military personnel in over 100 countries.

The United States is also engaged in two wars abroad. In Iraq, there are at present over 146,000 troops. President Bush announced in September that he would maintain the current troop strength through the new presidential transition. The incoming President Barack Obama promised on the campaign trail to bring the troops home, hopefully within 16 months of assuming the presidency.

The Iraq parliament, according to the Associated Press, has been deliberating on renewing the security pact agreement with the United States. The current agreement expires on December 31 and, sans Iraqi approval or an extended United Nations mandate, American forces would legally have to cease operations on New Year's Day, 2009. A current plan suggested by the U.S. that would extend the pact through to 2012 has been criticized as unacceptable in its current form.

In Afghanistan, the United States currently maintains a force of 31,000 troops. There have been indications of an increased resurgence in Taliban activity in Afghanistan and incoming President Obama says he would like to centralize the War on Terror there, shifting troops to that area of operations. Obama has long maintained that the War in Iraq was a mistake and a distraction from the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

According to CNN, there have been 4507 Coalition Forces troops killed in Iraq. There have been 4,193 American military personnel killed there since the war began in March 2003.

There have been 998 coalition deaths in Afghanistan, 621 of which are Americans.