2012 Solar Eclipse

LA Times reports —What is the best time to watch this Sunday’s solar eclipse? Below is a list of times to view the evening astronomical show from a handful of places in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

The places with the best view will see a “ring of fire” eclipse, or an “annular” eclipse, in which the moon will appear to cross into the dead center of the sun, blocking almost all the light except for the sun’s outer fringes, creating a burning ring.

The best spots for viewing include the far northern edge of California, Arizona, southern Utah and New Mexico.

Closer to Southern California, viewers will see a partial, crescent-shaped eclipse, with the moon covering about 85% of the sun’s diameter — an impressive bite. Check out this NASA Google map to find locations wherever you live.

Location Start Partial Eclipse Start Annular Eclipse Max Eclipse End Annular Eclipse End Partial Eclipse % of sun diameter covered
Crescent City 5:07 pm 6:23 pm 6:26 pm 6:28 pm 7:35 pm 97%
Albuquerque, N.M. 6:29 7:33 7:35 7:38 8:36 97%
Redding 5:11 6:26 6:28 6:30 7:36 96%
Zion National Park 6:23 7:31 7:34 7:36 8:37 96%
Lake Tahoe 5:15 6:29 6:31 6:32 7:37 95%
Chico 5:13 6:28 6:30 6:31 7:37 95%
Eureka 5:09 6:25 6:27 6:29 7:36 95%
Grand Canyon 5:25 6:33 6:35 6:37 7:38 94%
Yosemite Village 5:18 6:33 7:39 92%
Sacramento 5:15 6:31 7:38 92%
Las Vegas 5:23 6:35 7:39 92%
San Francisco 5:15 6:32 7:39 90%
Monterey 5:18 6:34 7:41 88%
Palm Springs 5:26 6:38 7:42 86%
Lancaster 5:24 6:37 7:42 86%
Downtown L.A. 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Malibu 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Griffith Observatory 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Burbank 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Woodland Hills 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Chatsworth 5:24 6:37 7:42 85%
Santa Monica 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Alhambra 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Arcadia 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Rowland Heights 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Ontario 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Anaheim 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Oxnard 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Long Beach 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
Redondo Beach 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
Palos Verdes 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
Huntington Beach 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
San Diego 5:27 6:39 7:43 83%

“My Jail Sentence Was Pushed Back Because The Date Was Locked In. Step up Punk.” – Mayweather

Well damn, I am in VEGAS if Pacquiao is going to fight Mayweather. Do you think Pacquiao will step up & give us what we have all been anticipating…who do you think will WIN if they do end up fighting on May 5, 2012 in LAS VEGAS at the MGM Grand?

ESPN reports — Floyd Mayweather Jr. could not be any clearer about the opponent he wants to fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather wants Manny Pacquiao — at least, if you are to believe his tweets on Tuesday afternoon.

Several hours after tweeting a photo of a betting slip from a Las Vegas casino for a $400,000 win on Monday night’s Allstate BCS Championship Game, Mayweather sent out two tweets calling out and antagonizing Pacquiao.

“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” read Mayweather’s first tweet.

One minute later, Mayweather followed with this: “My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.”

Mayweather was due to report to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas last Friday to begin an 87-day sentence. He pleaded guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges, stemming from a hair-pulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with his ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children.

However, Mayweather’s attorney successfully argued that the sentence should be delayed until June 1 so he could fulfill a contractual obligation for a fight at the MGM Grand, which he estimated would pour more than $100 million into the ailing Las Vegas economy.

Leonard Ellerbe, one of Mayweather’s advisers, told ESPN.com that Mayweather was serious about calling out Pacquiao.

“You heard him,” Ellerbe said, noting that Mayweather is personally responsible for the content of the tweets sent from his verified account.

So Mayweather is now free until June 1 and intends to fight May 5. However, he is without a dance partner.

The two names most often mentioned as potential opponents are junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez — who is one division above Mayweather, the welterweight titlist — and lightweight Robert Guerrero, who is two divisions below.

Alvarez and Guerrero are being named as likely opponents because they would be fairly easy deals to make. They are both promoted by Golden Boy, which has served as Mayweather’s de facto promoter in recent years, promoting his last five bouts even though they do not have a formal promotional contract.

However, a fight between Mayweather and fellow welterweight champion and pound-for-pound star Pacquiao looms as the biggest fight in the sport — and likely the richest fight in boxing history. There seems to be no legitimate impediment to making the match for May 5, although Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, has not seemed interested.

When Mayweather was supposed to go to jail last week, Arum talked about Pacquiao fighting on May 5 to take the spot of Mayweather. The next day, when Mayweather’s sentence was delayed, Arum said Pacquiao would probably have to fight in June, blaming that on a cut Pacquiao suffered in his November majority decision win against Juan Manuel Marquez as the reason — even though a cut taking more than six months to heal is unheard of.

Arum is in the Philippines this week, meeting with Pacquiao to talk about his next opponent. But the list of possible opponents Arum cited did not include Mayweather. Rather, it includes a rematch with junior middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto, whom Pacquiao stopped in the 12th round of a 2009 welterweight title bout; Marquez, for a fourth time; or a fight with junior welterweight titleholders Lamont Peterson or Timothy Bradley Jr.

After Mayweather’s sentence was delayed, Arum said he was not interested in talking to Pacquiao about fighting Mayweather in May.

“We’re fighting in June, one of the four guys,” Arum told ESPN.com last week. “My mission is to go over to the Philippines and talk about these four guys. If Manny feels he wants to go in May, he will tell me. I want to make sure Manny’s cuts are healed. We won’t fall under this kind of pressure. June is much more likely for Manny’s fight, not May.”

Arum also said he was concerned that Mayweather might not be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a conviction hanging over his head and jail time slated for June.

“I don’t even know if Mayweather will be licensed before he serves his time,” Arum said.

Although Mayweather is likely to be ordered to a hearing before the commission because of his conviction before it will license him for a May 5 fight, it is likely the commission will license him. After all, the judge in Mayweather’s criminal case was swayed by the economic impact of a Mayweather fight on the Las Vegas economy as one of the reasons for the delay. It is hard to imagine the commission, all political appointees, denying Mayweather a license for a fight that would bring the local economy millions of dollars.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation – Nevada!

You might recall I posted a feature on @january004 not to long ago in support of her tremendous efforts to help this kids out. She sought out to raise money for the cutest little girl named MEMPHIS. Needless to say it was such a success that January has decided to participate in the Las Vegas Half Marathon on December 4th, 2011.

Hopefully you watched the video enough & it has inspired you to GIVE BACK. I ask that you please help my girl, @january004, & support the CANDLELIGHTERS CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION – in Nevada. It ONLY takes a few moments to help change KID that is FIGHTING for their lives.., so CLICK the DONATE link NOW!!! You can be the LIGHT at the END of the tunnel for these kids…so please DONATE even if it’s just a few BUCKS, it’s better than NOTING!!!

If you donate $50 or more you will qualify to enter a raffle 2 win a hair package @ Kai Salon by @LexBaybee or a 1 hour massage from nowNzen (in Nevada). DONATE NOW!!! <<<< click to DONATE!!!

A message from January to all the sponsors that supported the last 5k run (see below).

Hello to my wonderful sponsors,

A BIG Thank you to all you wonderful Angels, as promised here is an update of our special day with sweet little Memphis. Our 5k race team, the day was a huge success!!!

  • STS Team Memphis had 38 participants on our race team and we raised $5,810!!
  • Candlelighters (the overall event) had 2400 race participants and raised more than $150,000 total!!

 The best part of it all was….

Memphis was healthy enough to attend the race with us, so instead of running the 5k I decided to walk with her and her family! This was truly one of the best moments of my life!

For those of you that wanted to see me run you’ll still have your chance I’ve decided to run a marathon on DEC 4th  to raise more money for Memphis. 

Thank you all again. I could not have done it without your support and faith! You helped some very special children


Ray J Explains Altercation With Fabolous This Past Weekend

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Should The White House Start To Panic?

I couldn’t agree more with what James Carville said “For God’s sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisors that got us into this mess? It’s not working.”

LA Times reports — Is it time to panic at the White House? The whispers have begun to grow louder both inside and outside the Beltway that the answer is yes, and that President Obama’s West Wing is in need of a good old-fashioned shakeup.

The loudest voice to date is that of James Carville, the boisterous Democratic strategist who helped put Bill Clinton into the White House in 1992.

Writing at CNN.com, Carville said the results of special elections this week in New York and Nevada call for an urgent response from the president to change course.

“We are far past sending out talking points. Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations,” Carville wrote Thursday.

He outlined a three-point strategy that starts with firing “a lot of people.”

“For God’s sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisors that got us into this mess? It’s not working,” he said.

Reports Friday, though, indicate that some are pointing the finger at one of the newest figures in Obama’s inner circle: Chief of Staff Bill Daley. Politico says unnamed “critics inside and outside the West Wing are questioning whether he is the tough, competent manager needed to shake up the operation and propel Obama into the 2012 election year.”

Thursday night, the Huffington Post said “Democrats on the Hill and even in the White House are struggling with a mysterious emotion: They miss Rahm Emanuel.”

This kind of hand-wringing is to be expected given where the president’s poll numbers are. His evening speech to a joint session of Congress was viewed by more than 30 million Americans, but failed to jolt his approval rating. Gallup’s tracking poll showed no “bump” from the speech, and that his job rating is down to 39% as of Thursday.

And the jobs plan he announced, while well received during his campaign-style events in swing states, has yet to gain steam even with some Democrats in Congress.

His advocacy of “green jobs” also is under fire, with questions about whether his top aides pressured budget officials to fast-track a loan to now-defunct solar company Solyndra.

Obama has routinely resisted calls such as Carville’s to shake things up based on what he sees as short-term setbacks. At fundraising events Thursday night, he said he was confident he would weather the storms.

“If you need some inspiration, watch the Republican presidential debates,” he joked at one event.

“This is one of those times where all of you are going to have to be my ambassadors over the next several months, to make sure that people who I think continue to believe in change and continue to believe in hope are mobilized effectively in 2012,” he said at another. “If you’re there with me, then I’m confident that we’ll have an inauguration.”

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