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09/22/2011

Troy Davis, Elizabeth Warren and Cat Records

Good morning!

The execution of Troy Davis is the hot topic of discussion this morning.   After 20 years and a day of last-minute appeals, Davis was executed in Georgia for the murder of an off-duty police officer in 1989.   Over the course of his legal fight, Davis convinced hundreds of thousands of people that he was an innocent man, but not a single court agreed.  Even in the death chamber, Davis maintained he did not kill Officer Mark MacPhail. "I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun," he told MacPhail's relatives.   At 11:08 p.m., Davis breathed his last breath.   His death set off a firestorm of outrage on Twitter under the hashtag #RIPTroyDavis.  Here's a sampling:\

MrNiceCreps: “With evidence, Casey Anthony is set free. Without it, Troy Davis gets the dealth penalty. Welcome to America"

blueskies "Forget economics, any country that implements the death penalty has got to be considered a developing nation."

Melshizzle "I'm confused...No murder weapon, no dna, 7 out of 9 witnesses changed their story...On what ground was he executed?"

Get more on this story from ABCNews.com.

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's take on class warfare has gone viral.   In the speech, Warren rebuts the charge that asking the rich to pay a little more in taxes is “class warfare” by pointing out that no one grew rich in America on their own.  

 

Rick Santorum is apparently not happy with his search results, although he might be happy that he's trending.   Santorum, who's running for President by the way, contacted Google because when people Google his name, the first result is not his personal website, but a fake definition of "santorum" - a sexual byproduct that is graphically described.   The site started after Santorum compared homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality in a 2003 interview.   That sparked anger among gay rights supporters, and enough bloggers linked to the site that it gets a higher ranking than Santorum's campaign site.  Santorum contacted Google about it, and suggested publicly that if he were a Democrat, Google would change it.  In a statement, Google explained that search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the Web. The company does not "remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of our webmaster guidelines.” 

About a month after announcing HP was getting out of the PC business, the HP board may be getting rid of CEO Leo Apotheker.  The board is considering replacing him with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, and investors seemed to like that idea.   The stock rose about 7 percent, and as we know 7 is a very good number.  HP's board is also reconsidering a spinoff or sale of the PC division. According to Bloomberg News, some board members think the plan wasn't thoroughly thought out.

The new ABC drama Revenge is trending after its series debut last night.  Emily VanCamp stars as the mysterious Emily Thorne - a wealthy, beautiful young woman out for payback against those who destroyed her dad.   It reminds me a bit of Dynasty from back in the day.  It's a show filled with glamor, beautiful people, sex, lies, greed and, of course, revenge.   Don't forget, the series premiere of Charlie's Angels is tonight at 8 on Channel 7.

A big brawl at a high school football game in Pennsylvania is among the most viewed videos on YouTube this morning. The fight broke out during Hickory's 43-7 over Sharon and forced an early end to the game last Friday.   Members of both teams have been suspended, and the schools could face additional penalties.

 

Another trending video is a massive dodgeball fight in Utah.  Around four thousand people went to war with 750 balls in Thanksgiving Point, Utah.

 

In keeping with the sports theme, we have the tail-gating grandma shotgunning beer at a Michigan football game.

 

And finally, the world's longest and shortest domestic cats.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Stewie, a Maine coon cat, is 48.5 inches long. He is owned by Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness.

 

The honor of shortest belongs to Fizz Girl, a 2-year-old female munchkin cat, who measured six inches from the floor to the shoulders.  She is owned by Tiffani Kjeldergaard of San Diego.

 

That's the trend!

 

Have a great day,

Bob

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