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What was the most engaging and entertaining news story in the pop culture world this past year? According to the Associated Press members, the Late Night battle between Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno took top honors. I would have to agree. I think Conan ended up both the better man and the winner when all was said and done. He came out looking like the injured party and still got his own show on TBS.

December 7th is the day we remember the events of Pearl Harbor, the attack which officially drew the United States into WWII. I strongly believe in keeping these memories and memorial services going, not to foster and anti-Japanese sentiment, but to help us all remember what the price of freedom and the need for vigilance.

She is suing financial company E-Trade for $100 million for using her name in its latest commercial about a boyfriend-stealing “milkaholic” baby. Now, I am HUGE fan of the E-Trade baby commercials LOVE THEM and when I saw this commercial not once did I ever even think of Lindsay Lohan, did you?

Lohan filed the lawsuit Monday, which claims the ad violated the star’s rights under New York state civil-rights law.

“Many celebrities are known by one name only, and E-Trade is using that knowledge to profit,” Lohan’s lawyer, Stephanie Ovadia, said in a statement to the New York Post. “They’re using her name as a parody of her life. Why didn’t they use the name Susan? This is a subliminal message. Everybody’s talking about it and saying it’s Lindsay Lohan.”

Everybody? Really? Who? When? I am a social media fanatic and I haven’t seen this talked abut on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc…not YET – it will be now I’m sure.

The spokesperson for Grey Group, which produced the “milkaholic” commercial, said that they “just used a popular baby name that happened to be the name of someone on the account team.”

In the lawsuit, Lohan is seeking an injunction to force the spot off the air.

I suppose she needed to do something to get media attention.

I know some people who live in Hawaii and they are miffed about the recent tsunami warning that came over the weekend after the huge earthquake that hit Chile. I say it’s better to be over prepared than not t be prepared at all. This morning I read an article about this same thought:

Scientists acknowledged they overstated the threat but many defended their actions, saying they took the proper steps and learned the lessons of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami that killed thousands of people who didn’t get enough warning.

“It’s a key point to remember that we cannot under-warn. Failure to warn is not an option for us,” said Dai Lin Wang, an oceanographer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. “We cannot have a situation that we thought was no problem and then it’s devastating. That just cannot happen.”

Hundreds of thousands of people fled shorelines for higher ground Saturday in a panic that circled the Pacific Rim after scientists warned 53 nations and territories that a tsunami had been generated by the massive Chilean quake.

It was the largest-scale evacuation in Hawaii in years, if not decades. Emergency sirens blared throughout the day, the Navy moved ships out of Pearl Harbor, and residents hoarded gasoline, food and water in anticipation of a major disaster. Some supermarkets even placed limits on items like Spam because of the panic buying.

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