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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Who is Pete King?

Pete King is a corporation that make profits off the losses of others. While most businesses are struggling to take care of their employees, Pete King - Arizona and Nevada construction companies - has hired and abused illegal aliens. They’ve undercut the competition, driven down the quality of the industry, and cost us jobs.

In these tough times, we have to stand by the values that make our country strong – hard work, playing by the rules and taking responsibility for your actions. That’s how we turn this economy around. So when Pete King cheats the system to get ahead, it hurts us all.

Pete King:

  • Has hired illegal aliens to do drywall work, at times for less than $4 an hour.
  • Has not paid required federal income or payroll taxes for all their employees.
  • Has not paid benefits or overtime for all their employees.
  • Refused to provide safety equipment and adequate training to all of their employees.
  • Has had 2 workers killed and numerous others injured in job site accidents over the past ten years.*
  • Has over 150 OSHA violations.*
  • Has been fined over $80,000 by the federal government for labor law violations.*/**

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Who is Jason Bryant Acuña?

Who is Jason Bryant Acuña? ,[1] The World knows his as "Wee-Man", is an American TV host and actor. He is one of the stars of Jackass on MTV and the host of NESN's skateboarding show 54321. Acuña has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism and is 4 ft 0.5 in (1.23 m) tall. He is also a professional skateboarder. Born May 16, 1973 in Pisa, Italy, Acuña grew up in Torrance, California and attended North High School.

He was the subscription manager for the skateboard magazine Big Brother. His association with that magazine led him to become involved with the Jackass television series in 2001. Acuña's Jackass antics include skating as an Oompa-Loompa, kicking himself in the head (a feat accomplished with the aid of his dwarfen proportions), dressing as a king while rolling Johnny Knoxville down a staircase in a red carpet, doing deep-knee bends while holding NBA star Shaquille O'Neal on his back, and having Preston Lacy ask someone to help him with his bags, only to have Wee-Man pop out, causing Preston to give chase. His first appearance was on Jackass season 1 episode 2 where he dressed up as a reindeer doing a stunt along with Johnny Knoxville wearing a Santa Claus outfit.

In 2007, Acuña starred in the reality TV series Armed and Famous and in July 2007, Acuña appeared on TV as a host of MTV's Scarred Live.

Acuña appeared on the first season of NBC's Celebrity Circus. In the fourth week of competition, he became the first contestant to receive a perfect score (a 10 point average). Acuña ended the season in third place.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Who is Rita Frances Dove?

Who is Rita Frances Dove? The world of poetry recognizes her as Rita Dove. Dove is an American poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1993, the first African American to be appointed, and received a second special appointment in 1999.[1] Dove is the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Dove was born 28 August 1952 in Akron, Ohio to Ray Dove, the first African American chemist to work in the U.S. tire industry (as research chemist at Goodyear), and Elvira Hord, who achieved honors in high school and would share her passion for reading with her daughter.[2] In 1970 Dove graduated from Buchtel High School as a Presidential Scholar, making her one of the 100 top American high school graduates that year. Later, Dove graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Miami University in 1973 and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1977. In 1974 she held a Fulbright Scholarship from Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany.

Dove taught creative writing at Arizona State University from 1981 to 1989. She received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, and in 1993, at age 40, she was named Poet Laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress, an office she held from 1993 to 1995 as the youngest person, and as the first and to date only African American. Gwendolyn Brooks had been the last Consultant in Poetry in 1985-86, prior to U.S. Congress' action renaming the position Poet Laureate.

Rita Dove served as Special Bicentennial Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress in 1999/2000, along with Louise Glück and W. S. Merwin. In 2004 then-governor Mark Warner of Virginia appointed her to a two-year position as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth. In her public posts, Dove concentrated on spreading the word about poetry and increasing public awareness of the benefits of literature. As Poet Laureate, she also brought together writers to explore the African diaspora through the eyes of its artists. Since 1989 she has been teaching at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English.

Dove’s work cannot be confined to a specific era or school in contemporary literature; her wide-ranging topics and the precise poetic language with which she captures complex emotions defy easy categorization. Her most famous work to date is Thomas and Beulah, published by Carnegie-Mellon University Press in 1986, a collection of poems loosely based on the lives of her maternal grandparents, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. She has published nine volumes of poetry, a book of short stories (Fifth Sunday, 1985), a collection of essays (The Poet's World, 1995), and a novel Through the Ivory Gate (1992).

In 1994 she published a play The Darker Face of the Earth; revised stage version 1996), which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon in 1996 (first European production: Royal National Theatre, London, 1999). She collaborated with composer John Williams on the song cycle "Seven for Luck" (first performance: Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, 1998, conducted by the composer). For "America's Millennium", the White House's 1999/2000 New Year's celebration, Ms. Dove contributed — in a live reading at the Lincoln Memorial, accompanied by John Williams's music — a poem to Steven Spielberg's documentary The Unfinished Journey. Dove's latest collection of poetry, Sonata Mulattica,
was published in April 2009.

Besides her Pulitzer Prize, she has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them 22 honorary doctorates, the 1996 National Humanities Medal / Charles Frankel Prize, the 3rd Annual Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities in 1997[3], and most recently, the 2006 Commonwealth Award of Distinguished Service in Literature, the 2008 Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal and the 2009 Premio Capri (Italy). From 1994-2000 she was a senator (member of the governing board) of the national academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and she is currently a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Dove lives in Charlottesville with her husband, the German-born writer Fred Viebahn. They have one daughter, Aviva Dove-Viebahn (born 1983).

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Who is Liv Rundgren ?

Liv Rundgren Tyler[1]? Liv Tyler is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler, and Bebe Buell, model and singer. Tyler began a career in modeling at the age of 14, but after less than a year she decided to focus on acting. She made her film debut in the 1994 film Silent Fall. She then appeared in supporting roles in Empire Records (1995), Heavy (1996), and That Thing You Do! (1996). Tyler later achieved critical recognition in the leading role Stealing Beauty (1996). She followed this by starring in supporting roles including Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Cookie's Fortune (1999).

Tyler achieved international recognition as a result of her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in the The Lord of the Rings films. She has appeared in an eclectic range of films, including the 2004 comedy Jersey Girl, the indie film Lonesome Jim (2005), the drama Reign Over Me (2007) and big-budget studio films such as Armageddon (1998), The Strangers (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008).

Since 2003, Tyler has served as a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for the United States, and as a spokesperson for Givenchy's line of perfume and cosmetics. Tyler married musician Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog in 2003; they have one son, Milo, born December 14, 2004. The couple announced their separation in May 2008.

Tyler was born July 1, 1977 Liv Rundgren[1] at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, New York.[2] She is the first-born daughter of Bebe Buell, a model, singer, and former Playboy Playmate (Miss November 1974), and Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith.[3] Her mother named her after Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann after seeing Ullmann on the cover of the March 5, 1977, issue of TV Guide.[2][4] She has three half-siblings: Mia Tyler (born 1978),[5] Chelsea Anna Tallarico (born 1989), and Taj Monroe Tallarico (born 1992).[6] Her maternal grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, founded the Protocol School of Washington.[7]

At birth, Buell claimed that rock star Todd Rundgren was Tyler's biological father.[1] Tyler discovered her true parentage at age nine.[1][4] She discovered that she was Steven Tyler's daughter after meeting him and noticing a resemblance she shared with his other daughter, Mia.[1][8] When she asked her mother about the similarity, the secret was revealed.[1][8] The truth about Tyler's paternity did not become public until five years later, in 1991, when she changed her name from Rundgren to Tyler, but kept the former as a middle name.[1][3] Buell's alleged reason for the initial decision was that Steven was too heavily addicted to drugs at the time of her birth.[3] Since learning the truth about her paternity, Tyler and Steven have developed a close relationship.[1] They have also worked together professionally, once when she appeared in Aerosmith's music video for "Crazy" in 1993 and again when Aerosmith performed many of the songs in the film Armageddon (1998), in which Tyler starred.[1]

Tyler attended the Congressional School of Virginia, Breakwater School and Waynflete School in Portland, Maine,[9][10][11] before returning to New York City with her mother at the age of 12.[1][4] She went to York Preparatory in New York City for junior high and high school, after her mother researched the school to accommodate Tyler's attention-deficit disorder.[12] She graduated in 1995 and left to continue her acting career.[1][4] When asked about the way she spent her early life, Tyler said: "For me, I didn’t get much of a childhood in my teen years because I’ve been working since I was 14. But that also kept me out of trouble. When everybody was doing acid and partying like crazy, I was at work on a movie in Tuscany ... having my own fun, of course, but it was a different kind of thing. I have no regrets. I love the way my life has gone."[13]

At the age of 14, Tyler received her first modeling job with assistance of Paulina Porizkova who took photos of her that ended up in Interview magazine.[1][4] She later starred in television commercials.[1][4] However, she became bored with her modeling career less than a year after it started, and decided to go into acting.[4] She never took acting lessons.[14] Tyler first became known to television audiences when she starred alongside Alicia Silverstone in the music video for Aerosmith's 1993 song "Crazy".[1]

Tyler made her feature film debut in Silent Fall in 1994, where she played the older sister of an autistic boy.[15] In 1995, she starred in the comedy drama Empire Records.[16] Tyler has described Empire Records as "one of the best experiences" she has ever had.[17] Soon after, she landed a supporting role in James Mangold's 1996 drama Heavy as Callie, a naive young waitress. The film received favorable reviews;[18] critic Janet Maslin noted: "Ms. Tyler ... gives a charmingly ingenuous performance, betraying no self-consciousness about her lush good looks."[19]

The breakthrough role in Tyler's career came in Stealing Beauty (1996), in which she played Lucy Harmon, an innocent, romantic teenager who travels to Italy intent on losing her virginity. The film received generally mixed reviews,[20] but every film critic complimented Tyler's performance; Variety wrote: "Tyler is the perfect accomplice. At times sweetly awkward, at others composed and serene, the actress appears to respond effortlessly and intuitively to the camera, creating a rich sense of what Lucy is about that often is not explicit in the dialogue."[21] Empire noted, "Liv Tyler (here radiantly resembling a ganglier young Ava Gardner) with a rare opportunity to enamour, a break she capitalises on with composure."[22] The film was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Bertolucci chose Tyler for the role after meeting with a number of young girls in Los Angeles, including Tyler's music video co-star Alicia Silverstone. But Bertolucci claimed "there was something missing in all of them".[23] He later admitted that what he saw in Tyler was a gravitas he described as "a New York aura".[23] During promotion of the film, Tyler admitted she wanted to separate herself from the character during production; "I tried my damnedest not to think of my own situation. But at one point, after a take, I just started to cry and cry. I remembered when I found out about my dad and how we just stared at each other from head to toe taking in every nook and cranny."[23]

She later appeared in That Thing You Do! (1996), a movie about the story of a fictional one-hit wonder rock band called The Wonders, following their whirlwind rise to the top of the pop charts, and just as quickly, their plunge back to obscurity.[24] The film was written and directed by Tom Hanks.[25] It grossed over $25 million worldwide,[26] and was met with favorable reviews.[27] The following year, she appeared in Inventing the Abbotts in 1997, in which she played Pamela the daughter of Will Patton and Barbara Williams' characters.[28] The movie is based on a short story by Sue Miller.[29] Entertainment Weekly declared Tyler's performance as "lovely and pliant".[30] That same year, Tyler was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People.[31]

Tyler next appeared in Armageddon (1998), where she played the daughter of Bruce Willis' character and love interest of Ben Affleck's character. The film generated mostly critical reviews,[32] but was a box office success earning $553 million worldwide.[26] The movie included the songs "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "What Kind of Love Are You On" by Aerosmith.[33] In a 2001 interview with The Guardian, she admitted that she turned down the role in Armageddon; "I really didn't want to do it at first and I turned it down a couple of times, but the biggest reason I changed my mind was because I was scared of it. I wanted to try it for that very reason. I mean, I'm not really in this to do amazing things in my career - I just want it to be special when I make a movie."[10]

She was then cast in the drama Onegin (1999), a film based on the 19th century Russian novel by Alexander Pushkin, in which she portrayed Tatyana Larina and co-starred with Ralph Fiennes.[34] Tyler was required to master an English accent, though Stephen Holden of the New York Times felt that her approximation of an English accent was "inert".[35] The film was critically and financially unsuccessful.[26][36] That same year, she appeared in the historical comedy film Plunkett & Macleane.[37][38]

She later appeared in two films directed by Robert Altman, Cookie's Fortune (1999) and Dr. T & the Women (2000).[1][34] In Cookie's Fortune, she was part of an ensemble cast that included Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Chris O'Donnell, and Patricia Neal.[39] Her performance well received amongst critics; wrote: "This is the first time in which Tyler's acting is a match for her beauty (she's always been a bit forlorn). Altman helps her find some snap, but a relaxed, silly snap, as in the cartoon sound she makes when she takes a midday swig of bourbon. The lazy geniality of the movie is summed up by the way Emma [Tyler's character] saunters off to take a swim with her cowboy hat and pint of Wild Turkey."[40] Entertainment Weekly also noted that Tyler is "sweetly gruff as the tomboy troublemaker".[41] In the romantic comedy, Dr. T & the Women, she played Marilyn, a gynecologist patient of Richard Gere's character, who is the lesbian lover of his daughter, played by Kate Hudson.[42]

In 2001, Tyler played the object of infatuation for three men (Matt Dillon, John Goodman and Paul Reiser) in the black comedy One Night at McCool's.[43] In discussion of the role, she said: "This was definitely the first part where I had to be so physically aware and have people so aware of me physically. Maybe it's not hard for anybody else, but it is a bit for me. I mean I love my body and I feel very comfortable in my skin, but this was tough."[44] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote: "Tyler, a true beauty, gives the role a valiant try, but her range is too limited to play this amalgam of female perfection."[45]

2001 marked a significant turning point in Tyler's career, when she starred in the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Peter Jackson. She depicted the elf princess Arwen Undómiel.[44][46] The film is based on the similarly titled first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The filmmakers approached Tyler after seeing her performance in Plunkett & Macleane.[47] She learned to speak the fictitious Elvish language that was created by Tolkien.[48] The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening weekend takings and was the second highest-grossing film of 2001.[49][50] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Tyler's performance was "lovely and earnest".[51]

A year later, Tyler again starred as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the second installment of the series. The film, like the first, received favorable reviews.[52] Tyler spent months before filming learning swordfighting, to be used during the concluding battle scenes in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,[53] though her scenes from the battle were removed after the script was changed.[53] The film was an enormous box office success, earning over $926 million worldwide,[54] out grossing its predecessor, which earned over $871 million.[26] In 2003, the third and last installment of the series, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was released.[55]

Following the success of The Lord of the Rings, she appeared opposite her Armageddon co-star Ben Affleck in writer-director Kevin Smith's romantic comedy Jersey Girl (2004), playing a woman who re-opens a widowed father's heart to love, played by Affleck.[56] In an interview with MTV News, Tyler confessed that she felt "scared and vulnerable" while filming Jersey Girl, adding "I was so used to those other elements of the character [Arwen]. On The Lord of the Rings, a lot of things were done in post-production, whereas this was really just about me and Ben sitting there, just shooting off dialogue."[57] However, she reiterated that doing Jersey Girl was what she wanted to do.[57]

In 2005 she appeared in Steve Buscemi's independent drama Lonesome Jim, where she was cast alongside Casey Affleck, as a single mother and nurse who reconnects with an old fling who has returned to their small town of Indiana after a failed run as a novelist in New York.[57] The film was screened at a special presentation at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.[58] Tyler's next appearance in film was in a supporting role as an insightful therapist who tries to help a once-successful dentist (Adam Sandler) cope with the loss of his family during the events of the September 11th attacks in Reign Over Me (2007).[59][60]

In 2008 she starred in the horror-thriller The Strangers with Scott Speedman, a film about a young couple who are terrorized one night by three masked assailants in their remote country house.[61][62] Although the film garnered a mixed reception among critics,[63] it was a box office success.[26] In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she noted that The Strangers was the most challenging role of her career. "It was as far as I could push myself in every way: physically, emotionally, mentally."[17]

She appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008), in which she played Dr. Betty Ross, the love interest of the title-character, played by Edward Norton.[64] Tyler was attracted to the love story in the script, and was a fan of the television show.[65] She said filming the part was "very physical, which was fun",[66] and compared her performance to "a deer caught in the headlights".[67] The Incredible Hulk was a box office success, earning over $262 million worldwide.[26] The Washington Post, in review of the film, wrote: "Tyler gives Betty an appropriately angelic nimbus of ethereal gentleness as the one Beauty who can tame the Beast ... during their most pivotal encounters."[68]

Tyler dated actor Joaquin Phoenix from 1995 to November 1998;[69] the couple met on the set of Inventing the Abbotts.[1] In 1998, she began dating British musician Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog.[1] Tyler and Langdon became engaged in February 2001,[70] and got married in Barbados on March 25, 2003.[71] On December 14, 2004, she gave birth to a son, Milo William Langdon.[72] On May 8, 2008, the couple confirmed through representatives that they would be separating but remain friends.[73] In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Tyler revealed that her separation from Langdon led her to move to Los Angeles part time, explaining that it was hard to be in the New York home they shared.[74]

Tyler is an active supporter of the charitable United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States in 2003.[75][76] In November 2004, she hosted the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake in New York City.[76] Tyler also served as spokesperson for the 2004 Givenchy Mother's Day promotion, in support of UNICEF's Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) campaign.[76]

Since 2004, she has donated to the Women's Cancer Research Fund to support innovative research, education, and outreach directed at the development of more effective approaches to the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all women's cancers.[77] In October 2007, Tyler, along with her mother, Bebe Buell and her grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, helped launch the Emergen-C Pink energy drink, in which the event was in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.[78]

She is good friends with designer Stella McCartney,[5] model Helena Christensen and actresses Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow.[5][14][17] Tyler has also stated that she is a vegan.[79] In 2003, she became the spokesperson for Givenchy perfume and cosmetics;[80][81] in 2005 the brand named a rose after her, which was used in one of its fragrances.[82] In 2009, Tyler signed on for two more years as Givenchy spokesperson.[74]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Silent Fall Sylvie Warden
1995 Heavy Callie
Empire Records Corey Mason
1996 Stealing Beauty Lucy Harmon Nominated – YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film

That Thing You Do! Faye Dolan
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Pamela Abbott
U Turn Girl in Bus Station Cameo appearance

1998 Armageddon Grace Stamper Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo Shared with Ben Affleck

1999 Plunkett & Macleane Lady Rebecca Gibson
Cookie's Fortune Emma Duvall
Onegin Tatyana Larina Russian Guild of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Actress

2000 Dr. T & the Women Marilyn
2001 One Night at McCool's Jewel
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Arwen Undómiel Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast

2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Arwen Undómiel Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Arwen Undómiel Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble

2004 Jersey Girl Maya
2005 Lonesome Jim Anika
2007 Reign Over Me Dr. Angela Oakhurst
2008 The Strangers Kristen McKay Scream Awards for Best Horror Actress
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller

The Incredible Hulk Betty Ross
Smother Clare Cooper

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