Justin Beiber Bare Reveals Bare Chest At New York Concert

Bieber fever has gripped the majority of the preteen and teen female American populace for quite some years now. However, this boy crooner has also had more than his fair share of haters who have picked him apart on the basis of everything from his squeaky, girly voice to his effeminate looks and his nauseatingly manufactured persona.

Moreover, those who have been constantly dissing him for being stuck in little boy’s body, had a bigger bone to gnaw upon once he turned 18 but still was showing no signs of being manly in the least. However, a recent stunt that the Biebs pulled at a concert on New Year’s Eve has set tongues wagging all over the Grapevine. It seems that Justin Bieber, or the entire branding machinery of agents, record label and PR personnel behind him never meant for him bursting forth as beefcake material for his teeny bopper (read teeny Bieber) fans to swoon and scream even more.

In what is apparent as a page from the days of a young Mark Whalberg who was still sporting his “Marky Mark” persona back in 1991, Justin Bieber parted his shirt to reveal a set of abs above the band of his briefs peeking out from his jeans. The image akin to the one that Whalberg, who is now a sort of style mentor for the transitioning Bieber, made iconic more than two decades ago has become dubbed as “Justin Bieber bares chest at concert” all over popular media. Let’s see whether his abs get more ripped than his rapping!

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The Best Retailer Dress4Less

Although we are well into the Fall/Winter season, a helpful suggestion is always welcome and that is exactly what we have for you today! Wearing skirts in the winter is an arduous task, which elicits a wince at the very least. This year, however, you can keep warm while wearing skirts and look fashionable doing so with these Marcel Sweet socks. These over the knee socks feature simple and sometimes elaborate but cute feminine designs and patterns. Designed by one Amy Anderson, these above the knee socks eye-catching eyes and have recently been grabbing a lot of attention. With the designer continually producing new pieces and having recently launched the Fall 2010 collection, we expect that soon, designer socks might well become the hottest trend in 2011.

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Audrina Patridge Boyfriend

Boyfriend: Corey Bohan, according to rumors, a friend of Audrina Patridge’s! Well it seems that Miss Audrina has moved on pretty quickly from her break with Ryan Cabrera. Audrina was seen flirting with her ex-boyfriend, as she recently frolicked in the sand wearing a bikini scarce. Learn more about the reunion rumors and photos are here!

Meet Corey Bohan, Audrina Patridge of each week. It seems as though Patridge rolls through guys like it tight bikini. So who is it Bohan character? If his name sounds familiar it’s because he is Audrina like Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson … man kept in the background in case things do not work with others. And while you may think that Justin Bobby was its output per person, when things got rough, Bohan has seemingly replace it back to each burner.

And despite back to Bohan, after several other failed relationships, Patridge recently told MTV, that “It has always been my one true love.” Right … until the next guy comes!

It seems as though now Hills and all its counterfeits will not be done, Audrina loves what she can to live my “real” life from the public eye … for the most part. Rumor has it that Patridge hooked up to a new reality show proper, so it will be interesting to see how that all pans and, if it is a spin-off of her life in the hills.

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Jon Stewart "Rally To Restore Sanity"

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery– or at least that’s what Glenn Beck will be hoping for when he hears this news. Last Night, Jon Stewart declared the “Rally to Restore Sanity“: a peaceful walk on Washington for people who have better things to do than rally on Washington. Logically, Stewart’s march will have competition: the “March to Keep Fear Alive,” led by Stephen Colbert.

So who is invited to this march? According to the announcement, anyone who would otherwise not attend rallies on principle:

 We’re looking for the people who think shouting is maddening, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

 Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point. 

Stewart gave a bit more detail on tonight’s Daily Show, where he explained the significance of the date (“The Daily Show will be in Washington that week doing shows anyway”) and showed off some protest signs that his crew will give out to rally-goers, who he expects will be too busy to make their own.
Watch Stewart’s announcement on tonight’s Daily Show below:
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Dax Shepard

Actress Kristen Bell was mortified when she first brought fiance Dax Shepard home to meet the family after her aunt made an awkward joke about her love of masturbation.

Bell introduced Shepard to her relatives in November 2009 for America's Thanksgiving holiday, and the actor eventually proposed in January this year.

But the "Heroes" star was left speechless at a formal family dinner, when her "sweet" aunt tried to lighten the mood with a filthy joke. She recalls, "At Thanksgiving, which is about 15 people 10 of which were over 75 my sweet, sweet aunt... decided she was all of a sudden bit by a commy (comedienne) bug. And she says, 'I've got a joke!' And we all thought, 'OK, this is weird'."

And Bell was stunned when she heard what came next, "She looked at us and she said, 'What has two thumbs and loves to masturbate? This girl!' My cousins and I did not know what to do... You gotta know your audience it was not appropriate."
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Ines Sainz Pictures

Ines Sainz tweeted this picture, showing what she was wearing the day of the incident

Ines Sainz, an Azteca reporter and pictured above, is in the news after being harassed by members of the New York Jets at their practice facility.

Sainz is a former Miss Universe contestant and is known as the “hottest sports reporter in Mexico” so she’s no stranger to receiving attention for her looks and the somewhat provocative clothing she wears on the job. The Jets may have given her a little too much attention however.

Ines was at the Jets practice facility to do a story on Mark Sanchez when she was the subject of catcalls and stereotypically borish behavior. The controversy is something of a perfect storm, coming after the Jets were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks where America saw the team’s head coach Rex Ryan (and others) use a tremendous amount of blue language helping to contribute to the impression that the Jets are not a terribly professional organization.

Do you think Ines Sainz dresses too inappropriately? Here are more Sainz pictures so you can judge for yourself:

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Demi Moore Bush

The Demi Moore Bush photo is highly circulating on internet search engines. Daniel Tosh is Internet comic show’s host. He recently pokes fun at the far-famed actress of Hollywood, Demi Moore Bush.

The most known doll collector in the world, which Demi Guynes Kutcher professional known as Demi Moore, who has managed to pull in new viewers. The actress Demi was birthed on November 11, 1962 carries on being out. She is 47 years old nowadays. More recently, she was all over the web having a Mohawk hairstyle Foxy examine from time to time, a very special picture of her as the center of attention if it had been way back in the 1980s. One of the best paid actresses in Hollywood, Demi Moore is known as a symbol of Sex and she gave very warm and inviting postures to the cameramen. Gone are the days when ladies were in the opinion that is what men want. Now, they not only made all the habits, but they have also learned many more ways to do what is necessary.

The comedian Daniel Tosh has said such things about Demi Moore’s revealing picture which have many underlying meanings and the viewers have to decide themselves about actual meaning of Daniel’s comment. The comedian Daniel Tosh started the thought on Internet based comedy show intentionally gave illusions to the Web users regarding how they had find the genuine “Demi Moore Bush picture.” The idea was considered attractive by involving enormous viewers and through their comments; Daniel wanted to look for joy by searching some sticky and remarkable events.
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Faberge jewelry 2010

After nine decades in the dark, the mystic jewelry brand Fabergé is back in business with a stunning high-end Faberge jewelry collection.
Les Fabels de Faberge – Fire Bird Brooch

In 1872, Peter Carl Faberge took over his father’s jewelry workshop, which had been established in St. Petersburg in 1842. His technical mastery as a goldsmith put him on par with the world’s most renowned jewelers. He drew his inspiration from the art of earlier generations which he found in the well-stocked treasury of the Hermitage. As Supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia, Faberge is best known for his unique series of 50 jeweled Imperial Easter eggs dating from 1885-1916. His patrons included most of the world’s royalty and other wealthy clientele of his time.

The new House of Fabergé has the cooperation of two of Carl Peter’s great-granddaughters, and investment from a South African private equity firm. And it has just released the first high-end jewelry collection under the name of Fabergé for nearly 100 years. The aim is to reinterpret Fabergé’s work, not reproduce it.

Fabergé selected Parisian artist-jeweler Frederic Zaavy to create an initial collection of 100 items at his studio in Paris. The collection uses hundreds or thousands of tiny gems on each piece to create mosaic effects on rings, brooches, earrings and necklaces. The collection ranges from $58,000 to $8 million. Featured here is one of Tatiana Fabergé’s favorite pieces in the collection, a $335,000 Fire Bird Brooch.

Les Fabels de Faberge

Fabergé took a calculated risk to enter the jewelry market which has been badly hit in the recession, with a new management and design team. In a move that is completely modern, Fabergé has said they will not sell the jewelry through retail outlets. Instead they are using a different model, selling through an ornate website, a Geneva flagship store and 15 sales representatives willing to meet big spenders anywhere in the world. Fabergé may be a new line but it has the benefit of a name that is known everywhere and is synonymous with the upper echelons of luxury.

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Faberge Spider Brooch

Faberge Spider:All you guys ever write about Faberge is Spider. Okay, it’s true. Faberge But Spider is all that is on my mind right now. I hate to say that I will said, but you hear about Faberge Spider? Yes, that’s what I thought. “While we try to grasp our correspondent at the scene, we will make you into all the details on the violation history of Faberge Spider. You do not want to miss it. we have our journalists on the front lines in this story. This is truly epic. This is not like it, actually, as you know. “Indeed. It reminds me of that Paris Hilton’s time struggled with this grizzly bear.

It was reported, the first Wall St Journal, but we have some details are much juicier. Wow, this is so crazy. Spider Faberge? Why Faberge Spider? Because it is a hot search on the Internet right now. It makes you very cool. You’re one smooth operator. These paparazzi took pictures posted below, uncensored and in high definition. Definitely not to be missed.Faberge Spider. Oh yes. We have placed all the photos below, including those in fact doubles 1. If you do not want pictures leaked onlne, not pictures. It’s funny, search engines, like a child skulls: very flexible. (Check it out – it is scary, but true). Hmm, Spider Faberge? No, I do not think so. Some people just make the most outrageous things. Scandal? Not really, but judge for yourself. At such moments, I wonder: “What would Rodney Dangerfield do?

Julie Andrews - Sound Of Music

A family favorite, The Sound of Music, is coming to Blu-Ray disc this November.

Julie Andrews stars in the film, playing a nun, Maria, who leaves her convent and becomes a governess for The von Trapp family. Although Maria's journey begins rough, she ends up falling in love with the children - and their father. It's a musical masterpiece that has been and will be in families for years.

Miami Hurricanes Football On ESPN3

Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Miami Hurricanes: NCAA college football officially opens the tournament today with exciting games on the board with a total of 18 games. It’s a Thursday football fever. NFL preseason week four will be also ended tonight. What match are you going to watch?

One of the much awaited game tonight is the clash of Florida A&M VS Miami. Florida A&M will visit Miami tonight in Sun Life Stadium, MIAMI, FL. The game will start at 7:30 PM ET.

Miami Hurricanes will continue their road trip games with Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Clemson and will be back on their home against Florida State.

The Rattlers will be on Delaware State for the next two games and in a neutral location against Howard for the their fourh game.

In their game history, the Hurricanes have won seven straight over the Rattlers since losing in their first meeting in 1979.

Watch Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Miami Hurricanes live stream on ESPN3 and on your favorite sports channel and also online via Sopcast, Justin TV and other sports channel covering the game.
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T.I. & Tinny Arrested

T.I. and Tiny just pulled “A Paris.”

The honeymoon is over for newlywest rapper/actor T.I. and his wife — ex-R&B girl bander Tameka Cottle. The Atlanta couple were arrested in West Hollywood overnight on drug charges, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope.

In the words of the Divine Antoine Dodson:
LAPD officials say the arrests for possession of a controlled substance came late Wednesday night during a traffic stop. Officers pulled the pair over on Hollywood’s glitzy Sunshine Blvd. after they smelled what they thought was marijuana wafting from their Maybach. T.I. — whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr — and Cottle, a 36-year-old mother of three, were immediately booked at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Bail has been set at $10,000.

The arrest came at the end of what had been a blissful few weeks for one of hip-hop’s royal couples. After a more than seven year courtship that included a son, a miscarriage, and a reality show on BET, Tiny and T.I. tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Miami earlier this summer.

In March, T.I. — who joins Idris Elba in last weekend’s box office winner Takers — was released from a federal prison in Arkansas after serving several months for illegal firearms possession and possessing a gun as a convicted felon.
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Gulf Oil Explosion 2010- Mexico

I’m chalking it up to one of those strange coincidences in life. I do an enormous amount of reading for my job, and yesterday I found myself reading another column slamming alternative fuel vehicles on national news website. A $7,500 tax credit (gasp!)…another government-funded boondoggle (gasp!)…you know, the usual criticisms. Less than five minutes later, I found myself on my paper’s homepage clicking on breaking news alert about another oil platform exploding in the Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully, this time we were spared another massive oil slick.

Funny how critics of alternative fuel vehicles never talk about the massive subsidies that fuel (pun intended) our addiction to gasoline-powered vehicles. Such as the cost of keeping carrier battle groups steaming in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean to protecting the oil shipping lanes and guard oil reserves in the Middle East, the cost of the long and bloody wars we fight for oil, the cost of our alliances with despotic oil-producing regimes, the cost of keeping tens of thousands of troops deployed near oil fields around the globe, the national security costs associated with the fight against terror groups that have sprung up as a result of our meddling in the oil-rich Middle East, the cost of massive tax breaks given to oil companies, the human and economic cost of climate change resulting from the burning of fossil fuels that have led to stronger hurricanes and massive flooding, the cost of cleaning up oil spills, and the cost of lost jobs, ruined businesses, devastated ecosystems and shattered dreams in the wake recent oil spills.

My guess is that if you were somehow able to factor in the cost of all these subsidies over the life of a gasoline-powered vehicle, they would make a $7,500 tax credit look like a pretty wise investment of tax dollars.

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USC Schedule 2010

The USC Trojans will begin a new era without 10-year head coach Pete Carroll, 30 scholarships over the next 3 years and a shot at the Pac 10 conference title or a bowl this year as they open the 2010 season at the Hawaii Warriors tonight. Kick-off on ESPN is set for 11:05pm EST and USC has opened at online sportsbooks as a 21-point favorite in college football predictions for week 1 with a total of 51. Lane Kiffin will begin his new stint as the USC head coach. Kiffin was a top assistant for Carroll before striking out on his own at the Oakland Raiders and then last year with the Tennessee Volunteers. Kiffin faces the great coaching challenge of trying to motivate a team that, at the end of the day, has nothing to play for in 2010 college football odds. 
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Elizabeth Olsen’s Hollywood Debut

Younger Sis to Olsen Twins Has Been Hiding Right in Front of Us
Who is Elizabeth Olsen and where have those Olsen twins been hiding her? Well, it turns out that Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sis Elizabeth has been in the public eye from a young age, we just never paid her much attention. Which is odd, given how much she resembles her famous sisters. Now the 21-year-old is set to star in a movie and should gain public attention with her own success. Elizabeth Olsen Set to Star in Indie Flick. According to Reuters, Elizabeth Olsen (also known as Lizzie Olsen) has just finished shooting "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding," where she plays Jane Fonda's character's granddaughter, Zoe. During filming, Fonda noted on her blog that "when her face is seen on the screen in this movie it'll be hard for her not to do more films."
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FFXIV Open Beta has Begin

Square Enix will commence open beta testing of Final Fantasy XIV at 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.

The beta test of the new MMO was meant to begin on Tuesday, but was postponed when the Japanese gamemaker discovered “critical” bugs in the code.

Final Fantasy XIV, due out September 30 on PC and in March 2011 for PlayStation 3, is the company’s first foray into the MMO space since it launched Final Fantasy XI in 2002.

It will be interesting to see how Square Enix makes an MMO in the post-Warcraft world. FFXIV recently incurred the wrath of hardcore gamers when it came out that it would try discourage marathon game sessions by reducing the gains of players who stay online and grind for too long.

Remember that there was a similar outcry when folks learned of World of Warcraft’s rest system — a feature that gives people who take time off from the game twice the experience points. We learned to live with that.

The current beta test is for PC users only. Visit the official Final Fantasy XIV open beta website to sign up and start playing, and watch Game|Life for ongoing impressions of the game.

CMA Music Festival Live Streaming

CMA Music Festival: “Country’s Night to Rock” Takes on ABC Tonight – If you missed the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, this night is for you. ABC will going to air the scenes of the music festival held in Nashville, Tennessee. The show last June 10-13 packed with great singers and performers. CMA Music Festival:”Country’s Night to Rock” takes tonight on television on ABC. The show will be hosted by Tim McGraw with the performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band and more. Watch your favorite county music singers on TV with the stories behind the show and other fields.

If you are a Taylor Swift fan, you must not miss this as the event will special feature Taylor Swift’s New Single, “Mine.” This is a a TV preview of her upcoming album that soon to be release on October 25. 

Watch CMA Music Festival: “Country’s Night to Rock” at 8:00 PM ET. This show is a great one so don’t miss it. You can also have watch this online Internet TV. Just Google your TV.

West Memphis Three Trial Case


LITTLE ROCK, AR (WMC-TV) - Several big names were on hand in Little Rock Saturday to support the West Memphis 3.

Superstar Johnny Depp, Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines and Perl Jam's Eddie Vedder were just some of the celebrities who performed in front of 2000 supporters in Little Rock to raise money and awareness for the West Memphis 3.

"I'm here today because three innocent people are losing years of their life to a wrongful conviction," Maines said.

Before the concert, sitting in front of a poster with a picture of Damien Echols that read 'Innocent,' Maines, Vedder, Damien Echols' wife and the defense team told reporters about new evidence they hope will lead to a new trial for the West Memphis 3.

"We're really talking about the evidence that didn't exist at the time of the trial," attorney Dennis Riordan said.

Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley were convicted more than 17 years ago of the killing of three eight-year-old boys.

But Riordan announced Saturday that DNA evidence just came back last week indicating there was no sexual assault on three young boys. The defense says the boys were not mutilated in any way - a key piece of evidence for prosecutors.

"It makes me scared, because this could happen to any of us," Maines said.  "Because it is so blatant to me and so obvious that this is an injustice."

"It's a complex said," Vedder said.  "There are things we thought we knew ... in the past three years, it's really become solidified."

Vedder and Maines also gave a concert Saturday night at the Robinson Music Hall in Little Rock with special guest Johnny Depp.

US Open Nadal Rafael 2010

World number one Rafael Nadal made a powerful start in his determined bid to complete a career Grand Slam by winning a 7-6(4) 7-6(4) 6-3 slugfest against Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili at the US Open.

Showing more power than ever in his serve and looking comfortable on the fast Arthur Ashe center court, the 24-year-old Spaniard claimed the first two tiebreaks by 7-4.

Top seed Nadal, who topped 130 mph (210 kph) on his fastest serve, registered the first service break of the match when the 93rd-ranked Gabashvili netted an easy forehand in the seventh game.

Nadal then closed out the match with another break.

"My serve tonight worked well," said the eight-times Grand Slam winner, who needs a US Open title to complete a career grand slam. "Hopefully it will continue like this.

"My serve is not my best shot but I always try hard to keep improving and that's what I'm working on all the time."

Nadal, decked out in black with electric green shoes and accents on his shirt, served up seven aces and pounded in 67 per cent of his first serves in a match that lasted nearly three hours.

"I know if I want to have chances to win here ... I need to serve really, really well, so that's one of the things I am most focused on," said Nadal, winner of five French Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian Open.

Nadal, winner of this year's French and Wimbledon championships, will next meet Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, a straight sets 7-5 7-5 6-1 winner over Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark made short work of American wildcard Chelsey Gullickson, breezing into the second round with a 6-1 6-1 victory to close out Tuesday's programme.

Wozniacki, who has compiled a 14-1 record since Wimbledon and won four titles this season, had a light workout against Gullickson, a University of Georgia All-American playing in her first Grand Slam.

The 20-year-old Dane, runner-up to Belgian Kim Clijsters at last year's US championship, faced three break points in the match and never lost serve in the 61-minute rout.

"I love being back here, especially playing the night session," she said, despite having to wait until nearly midnight to begin her first-round match after a series of long contests on Arthur Ashe center court.

"A win is a win," said Wozniacki, aiming for her first Grand Slam title. "It doesn't really matter what time I get on.

"It's a great feeling. I was happy to be out there. I'm happy to be through to the second round."

Wozniacki advanced to a second-round match against Chang Kai-Chen of Taiwan, a straight sets 6-2 6-4 winner over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Brandon Spikes Sex Scandal

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Brandon Spikes has been embarrassed a lot by the sex tape video that has been launched on the interne including this sportsman naked. Brandon Spikes who is a linebacker for the Patriots nowadays has received a lot of tension and disgrace due to the Sextape that has been launched over the hole internet showing this great player naked having sexual interaction with a woman. Brandon Spikes Video has shocked many people including those who are close to him. He used to play with the Florida Gators before this team and now he is playing for the Patriots. The famous website Chatroulette has surfaced this Brandon Spikes video on their website and now the fans of man who used to like him have thrown him out of their minds.
The Patriots have given no comments on this story as they do not know about the whole truth. According to the whole story this video was kept with people who email the Deadspin news channel to have it for the price of

fifteen hundred dollars. On their refusal the Brandon Spikes video was posted on the internet by that person who embarrasses this great player. Some information has also risen that this video was shooted at the tie when Brandon was in college. According to some of the people it has not yet been proven that the person in the video is really Brandon who is playing for the patriots. Brandon used to be the star of his football team in his college and now he was recently he was drafted in the 2010 drafts by the Florida Gators and after them he was taken by the Patriots.

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America's Got Talent 2010

Is there any doubt Fighting Gravity will make the Top 10 of "America's Got Talent"? We don't think there is -- they got a standing ovation from the audience and heaps of praise from the judges. Curmudgeon judge Piers Morgan even called them original and fresh.In fact, conventional wisdom might say it'll come down to a final 2 fight between Fighting Gravity and 10-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho. Both acts are very talented and both are very different.What were your favorite semi-final acts? We thought this week's group wasn't as strong as it should have been, considering who was in it. We particularly hoped for more out of Murray the magician. Watch Fighting Gravity's performance below. "America's Got Talent" airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Follow Zap2it and Zap2it Andrea on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news.Photo credit: NBCVideo credit: Rickey.org

Obama's Speech- United State Of America Has Done Her Best In Iraq

In the rankings of artificial events created solely for public relations or marketing purposes, tonight's speech by President Obama on Iraq ranks just above the Golden Globe Awards and considerably below Mother's Day.

It bears all the hallmarks of these other events (some of which I believe were actually created by the Hallmark Card company): It takes an arbitrarily chosen day and then uses a combination of deception and hoopla to turn it into prime time television or an occasion that warrants sending flowers. In the case of the Obama administration, tonight's address may prove worthy of both.

This date was chosen by the president eighteen months ago. There is very little evidence that it relates to anything specific happening on the ground in Iraq. Rather it seems much more driven by election year politics than anything else. Certainly no one who is paying any attention to Iraq can conclude that something has transpired in that country in the past several months that warrants a change in the stance of our military in that country. In fact, despite absurd pronouncements by the man who presides over Iraq's non-functioning non-government, Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, that Iraq is now "its own master" and on an equal footing with the U.S., the political situation in the country is gradually metastasizing into something much more unsettled than it was when Obama took office. Indeed, civil war or a military coup -- and a choice between chaos or renewed autocracy -- seem like the next big decisions for the Iraqi body politic. 

Perhaps something can be learned from the other sham events with which our lives are increasingly filled. If you plan to watch the president's speech tonight, take a page out of the book of the Golden Globes and ... assuming you can't actually get Ricky Gervais to sit with you and offer live commentary on the proceedings ... do the other thing that sets that show's proceedings apart and drink as heavily as the assembled stars and starlets do while they wait for their essentially meaningless awards. Or, perhaps better still, if that doesn't suit you, instead of watching the solemn and insincere posturing, do what you do on that wonderful fake holiday in May and give your mother a call. I'm sure she'd like to know how you are doing.