November 17, 2009

Actor Jocelyn Quivrin dies

Actor Jocelyn Quivrin dies

French actor Jocelyn Quivrin, known for films like Lol or 99 francs, died last night in a road accident, local media reported. Quivrin, 30, lost control of his sport car at the tunnel entrance of Saint-Cloud, near Paris, because the road was wet, which resulted in crashed into a concrete ramp and caught fire. Despite his youth, Quivrin had already participated in some thirty films.

September 24, 2009

Eggs florentine recipe

Eggs florentine recipe

1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, cooked & drained
1 (11 oz.) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
4 eggs
1 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. minced dry onion
1 tsp. mustard
1/2 c. croutons

Combine spinach and 1/2 of the soup. Spoon into individual casseroles. Spread evenly on bottom and up sides. Break 1 egg into each casserole. Bake in 350 degree oven 20-25 minutes or until eggs are set. In pan heat and stir remaining soup, milk, onion and mustard. Spoon over eggs. Garnish with croutons.

Bon appetit!

Corpus Delicti

Corpus delicti

Corpus delicti
(plural: corpora delicti) (Latin: "body of crime") is a term from Western jurisprudence which refers to the principle that it must be proven that a crime has occurred before a person can be convicted of committing the crime. For example, a person cannot be tried for larceny unless it can be proven that property has been stolen. Likewise, in order for a person to be tried for arson it must be proven that a criminal act resulted in the burning of a property. Black's Law Dictionary (6th ed.) defines "corpus delicti" as: "the fact of a crime having been actually committed."

In the Anglo-American legal system, the concept has its outgrowth in several principles. Many jurisdictions hold as a legal rule that a defendant's out-of-court confession, alone, is not sufficient evidence to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. See, e.g., Wong Sun v. United States, 371 U.S. 471, 497 n.14, 83 S.Ct. 407, 9 L.Ed.2d 441 (1963)(citing to corpus delicti rule and stating: "For the history and development of the corroboration requirement, see 7 Wigmore, Evidence [3d ed. 1940], §§ 2070-2071; Note, Proof of the Corpus Delicti Aliunde the Defendant's Confession, 103 U. of Pa. L. Rev. 638-649 [1955]. For the present scope and application of the rule, see 2 Underhill, Criminal Evidence [5th ed. 1956], §§ 402-403. For a comprehensive collection of cases, see Annot., 45 A. L. R.2d 1316 [1956].") A corollary to this rule is that an accused cannot be convicted solely upon the testimony of an accomplice. Some jurisdictions also hold that without first showing independent corroboration that a crime happened, the prosecution may not introduce evidence of the defendant's statement.

Specific Offenses

General- All corpus delicti requires at a minimum: 1) The occurrence of the specific injury; and 2) some criminal agency as the source of the injury. For example:

* Homicide - 1. An individual has died; and 2. By a criminal act.

* Larceny - 1. Property missing; and 2. Because it was stolen


Evidence in the case of British serial killer John George Haigh indicated that he decided to destroy the bodies of his victims with acid because he had the mistaken belief that, in the absence of a corpse, murder could not be proven because there was no corpus delicti. Haigh had misinterpreted the Latin word corpus as a literal body rather than a figurative one.

August 18, 2009

True Blood 2x10 New World in My View

Robert Novak has died

The journalist Bob Novak, a famous political columnist and defined by his colleagues as a "legend", died at 78 years after fighting for a year against a brain tumor, CNN reported today. Novak, married with two children, died at his home in Washington.

Robert Novak was born in 1931 in Joliet, in the state of Illinois. He began his journalistic career in politics in 1957 as a reporter for the Associated Press and then the daily Wall Street Journal.

Rest in Peace.

The most famous vampire

Entertainment Weekly is the magazine that shows a list of 20 most famous vampire in the world, including Robert Pattinson and Stephen Moyer:

1. Lestat, Interview With the Vampire

2. Christopher Lee’s Dracula

3. Bela Lugosi’s Dracula

4. Edward Cullen, Twilight

5. Bill and Eric, True Blood

6. Asa Vajda, 1960’s Black Sunday

7. Angel

8. Mr. Barlow, Salem’s Lot

9. Schuyler Van Alen, Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series

10. Gary Oldman’s Dracula

11. Klaus Kinski’s Dracula

12. Zoey Redbird, P.C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series

13. Jean-Claude, Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series

14. David, 1987’s The Lost Boys

15. Miriam Blaylock and Sarah Roberts, 1983’s The Hunger

16. Blade, the Blade trilogy

17. Eli, 2008’s Let the Right One In

18. Countess Bathory, 1971’s Daughters of Darkness

19. Selene, the Underworld trilogy

20. Caleb and Mae, 1987’s Near Dark

Which is your favorite vampire? I love Lestat!

July 12, 2009

Latoya Jackson knows who killed Michael Jackson

Two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson, the conjecture about the causes of his death had happened to the tributes to the King of Pop. If this week claimed that the police did not rule out the hypothesis of murder and investigating all medical Jackson, this Sunday Latoya Jackson throws more fuel on the fire and sensational claims in two British newspapers, the News of the World and The Mail on Sunday, his brother was murdered and that she knows who the murderers.

In the News of the World, that the whole page entitled "I know who killed my Michael," Latoya says that several persons responsible for the disappearance of his brother and that reason was "a conspiracy to take money from Michael". Their statements are known two days after the police chief of Los Angeles admitted that the murder was one of the research, something that has no doubt Latoya. "There was a conspiracy. I think it was all for the money. Michael was worth over 1,000 million dollars in assets for broadcast rights of music and someone killed him for that. Worth more dead than alive," says the singer's older sister, who no names at any time about who might be murderers.

Latoya says that this "group of people" stole $ 2 million in cash and jewelry from many of his brother's house, which he hooked to drugs, it isolated from family and friends to feel alone and vulnerable " and that forced him to work to exhaustion to keep making money.

Michael, according to the testimony of Latoya, did not want to give the series of 50 concerts that were to have begun Monday in London. "Less than a month ago, I said I thought Michael was going to die before the actions of London because he was surrounded by people who did not harbor the best intentions in his heart," said Latoya, who describes his brother as a person " very docile, quiet and loving, which people use ". "I never thought that Michael lived until an old man," says the interviewee, believe that Michael Jackson was "the single person most of the world" and that "sooner or later it was something terrible to happen."

In interviews reveal other details such as the singer did not die in his bed, but on the doctor who was living with, Conrad Murray, who accused of disappearing from the hospital he was transferred to the singer when she began to ask questions. "He just mumble something and said something like 'Michael did not, sorry." Something was not right. I thought it was strange, "he says.

Latoya says that it was he who insisted that he did a second autopsy after seeing the corpse that had puncture marks on her neck and arms, "and predicted that knowing the final results will be a shock for all world. It also says that he hopes is a testament to his brother after 2002 in which Michael Jackson hopes that their children live with Diana Ross. Latoya says that it will never cease to live with her biological mother, Debbie Rowe, which was accused of being part of the type of people who "stood for Michael because he was interested in her money."

Latoya is confident that the children remain with Jackson and offers some details of how to react to the death of his father. According to his story, the children did not stop mourn until they were able to spend 30 minutes next to the body of his father and was able to dismiss him. Paris will put a collar around one of his hands, after which, according to Latoya, "said Dad had to work too hard."

July 1, 2009

Farrah Fawcett funeral photos

Farrah Fawcet died on Thursday, victim of anus's cancer . The blonde actress will always be remembered for his role in Charlie's Angels. Here you can find all photos of her last performance: her funeral.

She was a beautiful actress who is always in our hearts. Rest in peace.

June 29, 2009

Latest news: the death of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
weighed only 51 kilos, was partially dissolved pill in the stomach and had several broken ribs, according to leaked details of the autopsy to the sensationalist newspaper The Sun. As reported today by the British newspaper, to the first post mortem examination carried Jackson's body after his sudden death last Thursday, the body of the king of pop was almost a skeleton and was very deteriorated.

Jackson, whose remains were submitted over the weekend to a second autopsy requested by his family, had not eaten anything and only had pills in his stomach.

As a result of efforts to revive the singer, 50, had fractured ribs and four of needle puncture on the heart to supply the body with adrenaline. In addition, Jackson had been almost bald, and in fact wore a wig, says the British newspaper.

The coroners have also found bruises on the knees and shins of the singer and in the back, which could be the aftermath of a recent fall. Also, the body of the king of pop was packed with surgical scars caused by at least 13 cosmetic surgeries. The family and supporters of Michael is horrified when they realize the terrible state in which it was, "the newspaper said a source close to the vicinity of the star.

The Sun published details of an autopsy after the medical staff of Michael Jackson, Conrad Murray, was last weekend and released under suspicion after three hours of questioning to which he put to the Police. The spokesman for the doctor, Miranda Sevcik, said that Murray answered "all of the questions," performed by actors who work to elucidate the reasons for the singer's death, which the doctor was an eyewitness. According to the sensationalist British newspaper, the Jackson family is preparing a multimillion-dollar claim against the physician.

May 6, 2009

David Ogden Stiers is gay

Lies and fairy tales
yes, it's gay, so what?

The popular actor David Ogden Stiers has openly said that he' s gay, and he is proud of it.

He has admitted his sexual orientation to the blog "Gossip Boy". Also, David has produced fear tell it that being gay closes many doors.

David Ogden Stiers (born October 31, 1942) is an actor, voice actor, and musician, noted for his role in the television sitcom M * A * S * H as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and the science fiction drama The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy. A connoisseur of classical music, Stiers has been a guest conductor for over 50 Orchestras in North America and maintained a position as associate conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He has also conducted for the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Really, are we interested in this story? Viva sexual freedom!

March 10, 2009

Easter pictures

Happy Easter!!

Lies and Fairy Tales

Lies and Fairy Tales
Lies and Fairy Tales

Lies and Fairy Tales

Lies and Fairy Tales

Lies and Fairy Tales

Lies and Fairy Tales

Lies and Fairy Tales

Lies and Fairy Tales

March 6, 2009

Rihanna and Chris Brown get married?

Lies and Fairy Tales

According to Star Magazine, the couple would have been to resolve their differences and ended up expressing his eternal love. The magazine says that Rihanna Chris Brown confessed: "I can not live without you."

The singer, excited, apologized, begged him to forgive and to finish so emotional that Rihanna was asked to marry him. And so say the media, forgave him and accepted the proposal.

The couple have secretly married last weekend at the mansion Diddy, an island located in Miami, ignoring the advice that friends and family gave Rihanna.

Chris Brown was arrested on February 8 and released on bail of $ 50,000. He is accused of assault and criminal threats to the singer. His appearance before the Superior Court of Los Angeles has been delayed until April 6.

February 27, 2009

Gisele Bündchen get married!

The lucky man has been the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 31. The wedding was held last Thursday in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. Only friends and family closest to the couple went to the wedding.
Gisele Bündchen, 28, was outfitted by Dolce & Gabbana, as were her three dogs.

Congratulations for the couple!

February 20, 2009

'Deadly Creatures' a creepy adventure for the Wii

Bugs are frowned upon in computer software, especially video games. But in the case of THQ video game Deadly Creatures, they're the main attraction.

The adventure for the Nintendo Wii features an interesting story told through the eyes of two unusual lead "characters": a scorpion and a tarantula. As they navigate the desert, they witness the action of two men — voiced by actors Dennis Hopper and Billy Bob Thornton — search for treasure in a landscape littered with dangerous animals and insects.

Players hear bits of conversation as they traverse a small tunnel, or watch key moments while perched on a ledge. The method is very clever and unique.

The game breaks down into 10 levels, five for each creature. While the tarantula is quick and nimble, the scorpion is both bigger and stronger. Attacks are handled using a combination of remote and nunchuk flourishes and well-timed button presses. Taking advantage of its agility, the tarantula can pounce on foes, for example. The scorpion, meanwhile, can deliver tail stings and whips.

Level objectives are pretty straightforward, with directives such as "find your way to the surface." Creatures will climb up walls, slip inside small crevices and even walk upside down on ceilings to reach their destination. The variety of objects keeps you engaged in this very large world, such as sneakers to crawl through or a broken-down truck to trek across.

Overall, the tarantula is a more interesting creature to control. Because you can't string together strikes as easily, you're forced to think more strategically about how best to vanquish enemy creatures. The scorpion, on the other hand, can dish out hits more quickly. Therefore, it's easy to just flail and press buttons frantically to beat down opponents.

Foes ranging from wolf spiders and black widows to gila monsters and rattlesnakes lurk in the wilderness. Yet your greatest nemesis is the perspective. The game's camera stalks your every move, yet struggles to keep pace when the action picks up. As a result, you're left viewing battles from awkward angles, blinded to approaching threats. Prepare to consistently press down on the remote's directional pad to center your view.

Don't be scared off by the creepy-crawly critters that adorn the box art for Deadly Creatures. Despite some noticeable flaws, this adventure offers plenty to embrace.

Source: USA Today

Nintendo DSi

Yesterday morning Nintendo of America announced that the latest evolution of its DS portable, the DSi, was due to hit stateside on April 5 of this year, priced at $169.99 MSRP. The device is the next system upgrade in the line of DS handhelds, and not a successor to the DS itself (much like the GBA SP or Micro releases for Game Boy Advance), though it promises to bring even more technology to the Big N's innovative pocket platform. Adding in two cameras, internal memory for music, pictures, and downloadable software, a SD port for additional memory, a new front end inspired by the Wii's channel system, and a pair of slightly larger screens, the DSi hopes to bring new lift into the already impressive DS hardware.

Where the real question comes in though, is in some of the changes and sacrifices the hardware asks players to make, and with that we hear the questioning cries of Nintendo fans everywhere as they shout "Should I, or should I not drop the cash and upgrade to DSi?"

Well, we're here to help. Yes the DSi is a bit pricey, and for those of you still catching up on your backlog of awesome Advance titles (or strumming away with Guitar Hero On Tour) the GBA slot has been removed, but there are benefits to the upgrade as well, and therein lies the rub. In order to make sense of it all, the IGN Nintendo Team has jotted down its own personal take on the system in a more personal editor-by-editor format.

Read more!

Source: IGN

February 19, 2009

Robert Pattinson To Present At Academy Awards

If this latest report is to be believed, Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony will welcome a new and welcome face for many a young fan. Sure, you’ll get your Brad and Angelina fix this weekend (both are nominated of course) but who cares about the world’s most famous couple this side of Barack and Michelle when Robert Pattinson is involved.

Yes, HitFix claims they have confirmed the recent rumors that “Twilight” star Pattinson will indeed present an award at the Oscars. The report doesn’t indicate what award Pattinson will present nor whether his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart will be by his side as he bestows a statuette to a lucky winner.

The decision to add Pattinson to the roster of presenters can’t be considered much of a surprise. It’s no secret that the Oscar telecast has been a ratings-challenged affair in recent years. And this year’s ceremony — without a blockbuster like “Titanic” (or even “The Dark Knight”) in competition for the major awards — could use all the help it can. Hugh Jackman will host the proceedings and that certainly establishes a different vibe than the usual stand-up host. But with the addition of Pattinson the Oscar producers are clearly hoping to draw in a younger crowd.

Source: MTV

February 10, 2009

Rihanna postpones Malaysian show amid attack case

Singer Rihanna has postponed her scheduled February 13 concert in Malaysia, a concert promoter said on Tuesday, following reports she was attacked by boyfriend and singer Chris Brown this past weekend. Los Angeles police investigators have identified Rihanna as the victim in Sunday's attack. Brown has been arrested and charged with making criminal threats and Rihanna is cooperating with detectives, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Source: Washintong Post

Americans for Prosperity starts a no stimulus petition drive

A group calling themselves, "Americans for Prosperity" has started a so-called no stimulus petition drive concerning the proposed economic stimulus package. Does this group involve concerned Americans in all financial categories or does it simply reflect the "haves" striving to hold down the "have not’s?"

Last month nearly 600,000 Americans lost their jobs, bring us a whopping three-and-a-half million loses during this recession. A recession, some have yet to even acknowledge.

I have a hard time watching John McCain (and others) urging everyone to run online and sign a silly petition. I don’t remember him doing that when Bush blindly announced the first bailout plan, Sure we all squawked when the CEO’s arrived in private jets and even giggled when they were asked if they couldn’t have “jet pooled” But I don’t remember any call for Americans to sign a petition!

And there were plenty of talks about how Bush’s invasion has set our Country into a spiral of debt. If ever there had been a need for Americans to ban together, it was then. But again, no petition was circulated and promoted by members of Congress!

In a time where Congress needs to come together, they seem bent on staying apart. One could argue they are simply setting the stage for their next election. On the other side, one could argue they are truly standing by what they think is right. But a petition, does anyone seriously believe that would have any impact?

And where was this group during the first bailout? Oh that’s right; it was mainly a bailout for the rich. So, maybe, just maybe if people promoting this petition were to lose one of their 7 (or was it 9) homes, they might be able to understand the need the average American. Remember, the idea here is to stimulate the economy which will in turn, help us all.

Source: Examiner

2PAC - All eyez on me

['Pac talking]
Big Syke, Newt, Hank
Beugard, Big Sur (yeah)
Y'all know how this shit go (y'know)
{All Eyez On Me}
Motherfuckin O.G.
Roll up in the club and shit (is that right?)
{All Eyez On Me}
{All Eyez On Me}
But you know what?

I bet you got it twisted you don't know who to trust
So many playa hating niggaz tryin to sound like us
Say they ready for the funk, but I don't think they knowin
Straight to the depths of hell is where those cowards goin
Well are you still down nigga? Holla when you see me
And let these devils be sorry for the day they finally freed me
I got a caravan of niggaz every time we ride (every time we ride)
Hittin motherfuckers up when we pass by (when we pass by)
Until I die; live the life of a boss playa
Cause even when I'm high, fuck with me and get crossed later
The futures in my eyes, cause all I want is cash and thangs
A five-double-oh - Benz flauntin flashy rings, uhh
Bitches pursue me like a dream
Been know to disappear before your eyes just like a dope fiend
It seems - my main thang was to be major paid
The game sharper than a motherfuckin razor blade
Say money bring bitches, bitches bring lies
One nigga's gettin jealous, and motherfuckers died
Depend on me like the first and fifteenth
They might hold me for a second, but these punks won't get me
We got foe niggaz, and lowriders, in ski masks
screamin Thug Life every time they pass {All Eyez On Me}

[Chorus One: 2Pac]

Live the life of a thug nigga, until the day I die
live the life of a boss playa {All Eyez On Me}
cause even gettin high.. ..{All Eyez On Me}
Live the life of a thug nigga, until the day I die
live the life of a boss playa, cause even gettin high..

Heeyyy, to my nigga 'Pac..
So much trouble in the world, nigga
Can't nobody feel your pain
The world's changin everyday, times moving faaast
My girl said I need a raise, how long will she last?
I'm caught between my woman, and my pistol, and my chips
Triple beam, got some smokers on, whistle as I dip
I'm lost in the land with no plan, livin life flawless
Crime boss, contraband, let me toss this
Needy hookers got a lot of nerve, let my bucket swerve
I'm takin off from the curb
The nervousness neglect make me pack a tec
Devoted to servin this, Moet and paaayyy-checks
Like Akai satellite nigga I'm forever ballin
It ain't right parasites triggers and fleas crawlin
Sucker duck and get busted, no emotion
My devotion is handlin my business nigga keep on coastin
Where you goin I been there came back as lonely homie
Steady flowin against the grain niggaz STILL don't know me
It's about the money in this rap shit, this crap shit
It ain't funny niggaz don't even know how to act - shit!
What can I do, what can I say, is there another way?
Blunts and gin all day, twenty-fo' parlay
My little homie G, can't you see, I'm busta free
Niggaz can't stand me - all eyes on me!

[Chorus Two: 2Pac]

I live the life of a thug nigga, until the day I die
Live the life as a boss playa {All Eyez On Me}
cause even gettin high {All Eyez On Me}
I live the life of a thug nigga, until the day I die
live the life as a boss playa {All Eyez On Me}
cause even gettin high

The feds is watchin, niggaz plottin to get me
Will I survive, will I die? Come on let's picture the possibility
Givin me charges, lawyers makin a grip
I told the judge I was raised wrong, and that's why I blaze shit
Was hyper as a kid, cold as a teenager
On my mobile callin big shots on the scene major
Packing hundreds in my drawers; fuck the law
Bitches I fuck with a passion, I'm livin rough and raw
Catchin cases at a fast rate, ballin in the fast lane
Hustle til the mornin, never stopped until the cash came
Live my life as a thug nigga, until the day I die
Live my life as a boss playa, cause even gettin high
these niggaz got me tossin shit
I put the top down, now it's time to floss my shit
Keep your head up nigga, make these motherfuckers suffer
Up in the Benz burnin rubber
The money is mandatory, the hoes is fully strapped
This criminal lifestyle, equipped with the bulletproof vest
Make sure your eyes is on the meal ticket
Get your money motherfucker let's get rich and we'll kick it
All eyes on me!

[Chorus Three: 2Pac]

I live the life as a thug nigga, until the day I die
Live the life as a boss playa {All Eyez On Me}
cause even gettin high.. ..{All Eyez On Me}
I live the life as a thug nigga, until the day I die
Live the life as a boss playa {All Eyez On Me}
cause even gettin high.. ..{All Eyez On Me}

['Pac talking]
Pay attention my niggaz
See how that shit go? Nigga walk up in this motherfucker
and it be like "bing!"
Cops.. bitches.. everymotherfuckinbody
Live my life as a thug nigga, until the day I die
Live my life as a boss playa, cause even gettin high
I got bustas hoes and police watchin a nigga y'know?
I live my life as a thug nigga, until the day I die
Livin life as a boss playa, cause even gettin high
{All Eyez On Me}
Hehehe.. it's like what they think?
I'm walkin around with some ki's in my pocket or somethin?
{All Eyez On Me}
They think I'm goin back to jail, they REALLY on that dope
Live my life as a thug nigga, until the day I die
Live my life as a boss playa
I know y'all watchin, I know y'all got me in the scopes
Live my life as a thug nigga, until the day I die
Live my life as a boss playa, cause even gettin high
I know y'all know this is Thug Life baayy-bay
Y'all got me under surveillance huh?
{All Eyez On Me}
But I'm knowin

Source: Quedeletras

Blink 182 back together!

Blink-182 are back together, the reunion confirmed after the Grammys. The reunion of Blink-182 for 2009 was broke by David Kennedy earlier this weekend with word of a new album for 2009.

Thursday night, David Kennedy told fans that even as A&A is about to put out a new album for 2009, so too is Blink-182 to everyone’s surprise.

“I’m trying to write a statement about how Angels is all good while Blink is coming back”.

Asked if no A&A album would be released in replacement for Blink-182, Kennedy added

“No sir. … It will be a good creative year and I want to make sure that comes across.”

And just to make sure it was super clear, another fan said, hey is Blink-182 reuniting?

“Yeah, putting out a record.”

The three appeared this Sunday as presenters at the Grammy Awards. Now after the awards show , Blink-182 issued the following official statement Sunday evening from Los Angeles:

“Hi. We’re blink-182. This past week there’ve been a lot of questions about the current status of the band, and we wanted you to hear it straight from us. To put it simply, We’re back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years deep in our legacy.

“Summer 2009. Thanks and get ready…”

2009 is going to be a great year!

Source: Lalate News

Alex Rodriguez admits drug use

Already the highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez wanted to prove himself one of the greatest. Instead, he wound up atop another list: the highest-profile player to confess to cheating in baseball’s steroids era.

The All-Star third baseman, responding to a weekend Sports Illustrated report that he flunked a drug test, told ESPN on Monday he used banned substances while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 to justify his 10-year, $252 million contract.

“Back then, it was a different culture,” Rodriguez said. “It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive, and I wanted to prove to everyone that, you know, I was worth, you know — and being one of the greatest players of all time.”

He said he didn’t do it before that and quit during spring training in 2003, before the first of three American League MVP seasons, because “I’ve proved to myself and to everyone that I don’t need any of that.” He was traded to the New York Yankees before the 2004 season and said he hasn’t used banned substances since.

The admission came two days after Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site that Rodriguez was among 104 names on a list of players who tested positive for steroids in 2003, when testing was intended to determine the extent of steroid use in baseball. The results weren’t subject to discipline and were supposed to remain anonymous.

“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day,” Rodriguez said.

“And I did take a banned substance and, you know, for that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful. And although it was the culture back then and Major League Baseball overall was very — I just feel that — You know, I’m just sorry. I’m sorry for that time. I’m sorry to fans. I’m sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn’t until then that I ever thought about substance of any kind.”

Rodriguez said part of the reason he started using drugs was the heat in Texas.

“Can I have an edge just to get out there and play every day?” he said to himself. “You basically end up trusting the wrong people. You end up, you know, not being very careful about what you’re ingesting.”

Though Rodriguez said he experimented with a number of substances, he never provided details.

“It was such a loosey-goosey era. I’m guilty for a lot of things. I’m guilty for being negligent, naive, not asking all the right questions,” Rodriguez said. “And to be quite honest, I don’t know exactly what substance I was guilty of using.”

Owner feels ‘betrayed’

SI reported Rodriguez tested positive for Primobolan and testosterone.

He said he stopped using during spring training 2003, when he sustained a neck injury. It was just as baseball started its drug-testing survey.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks said the admission caught him by surprise.

“I feel personally betrayed. I feel deceived by Alex,” Hicks said in a conference call. “He assured me that he had far too much respect for his own body to ever do that to himself. … I certainly don’t believe that if he’s now admitting that he started using when he came to the Texas Rangers, why should I believe that it didn’t start before he came to the Texas Rangers?”

During those three seasons, Rodriguez averaged 161.7 games, 52 homers, 131.7 RBIs and a .615 slugging percentage. In the other 10 full seasons of his career, he averaged 149.2 games, 39.2 homers, 119 RBIs, and a .574 slugging percentage, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“This is three years I’m not proud of,” Rodriguez said.

The 33-year-old Rodriguez ranks 12th on the career list with 553 homers, including 52, 57 and 47 in his three seasons with the Rangers. He is 209 behind Barry Bonds’ record 762.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who sits on the House committee that brought Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and other baseball players to Capitol Hill in recent years, favored a congressional hearing with Rodriguez.

“It would be good perhaps for us to sit down and talk to him,” Cummings said in a telephone interview. “I would think that he would want to cooperate with us so that the Congress would have the information it may need.”

Rodriguez’s admission was in stark contrast to the denials of Bonds and of Clemens, Rodriguez’s former Yankees teammate.

Bonds, a seven-time MVP, is scheduled for trial next month on charges that he lied when he told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. Another federal grand jury is considering whether to indict seven-time AL Cy Young Award winner Clemens on charges he lied when he told a congressional committee last year that he never used steroids or human growth hormone.

Questions remain

Rather than hold a news conference, as Giambi and Pettitte did for their confessionals, Rodriguez chose the controlled setting of an interview with ESPN, one of Major League Baseball’s television partners.

The interview left open many questions:
  • From whom did Rodriguez obtain drugs?
  • How did he pay for them?
  • Did anyone help him obtain them?
“You have nutritionists, you have doctors, you have trainers. That’s the right question today: Where did you get it? We’re in the era of BALCO,” Rodriguez said. “There’s many things that you can take that are banned substances. I mean, there’s things that have been removed from GNC today that would trigger a positive test.”

Monday’s ESPN interview directly contradicted a December 2007 interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” when Rodriguez said “No” when asked if he had ever used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing substance.

“I wasn’t even being truthful with myself,” he said Monday. “Today, I’m here to tell the truth.”

In his 2008 book, “Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and The Battle to Save Baseball,” Jose Canseco claimed he introduced Rodriguez to a steroids dealer. Canseco, who has admitted using steroids, subsequently said he had no knowledge of any drug use by Rodriguez.

“They are looking in the wrong places,” Canseco said in a text message to The Associated Press. “This is a 25-year cover-up. The true criminals are Gene Orza, (union head) Donald Fehr and (commissioner) Bud (Selig). Investigate them, and you will have all the answers.”

SI said that Orza, the union’s chief operating officer, tipped off three players in September 2004 that they would be tested. Orza repeatedly has denied that he tipped off players, saying he merely reminded them late in the season that if they had not yet been tested, baseball’s drug agreement required them to be tested by the end of the regular season.

Source: Ledger Enquirer

February 9, 2009

Flowers for Valentine`s Day

The Rose is the best flower for Valentine's Day! It's so lovely! You can find it in many colors and shapes, but for the day of love, I recommend the red rose.