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Ben Stein

Benjamin Jeremy Stein is an American writer, actor and commentator on political and economic issues. He began his career as a speechwriter for U. S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before entering the entertainment field as an actor and game show host. He is most well-known on screen as the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the host of Win Ben Stein's Money, as Dr. Arthur Neuman in The Mask and Son of the Mask. Stein co-wrote and starred in the 2008 documentary Expelled, which portrays intelligent design creationism as a scientifically valid alternative to Darwinian evolution and alleges a scientific conspiracy against those promoting intelligent design in laboratories and classrooms. Stein is the son of economist and writer Herbert Stein, who worked at the White House under President Nixon; as a character actor he is well known for his monotonous delivery. In comedy, he is known for his deadpan delivery. Stein was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Mildred, a homemaker, Herbert Stein, a writer and presidential adviser.

He grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland. Stein graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1962 along with classmate journalist Carl Bernstein. Actor Sylvester Stallone was a schoolmate at Montgomery Hills Junior High School, he went on to major in economics at Columbia University's Columbia College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the Philolexian Society. After graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating as valedictorian in June 1970, he was first a poverty lawyer in New Haven and Washington, D. C. before becoming a trial lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission. Stein's first teaching stint was as an adjunct professor, teaching about the political and social content of mass culture at American University in Washington, D. C, he subsequently taught classes at University of California, Santa Cruz on political and civil rights under the United States Constitution. At Pepperdine University Stein taught libel law and United States securities law and its ethical aspects.

He was a professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School, from about 1990 to 1997. Stein writes a regular column in the conservative magazines The American Newsmax, he has written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Barron's Magazine. He wrote a regular biweekly column for Yahoo! Finance online, with his last article dated August 7, 2009, his bestselling books include Yes, You Can Retire Comfortably, Can America Survive?, Yes, You Can Time the Market. In 2009, he published a collection of The Real Stars. Stein was fired from his position as a Sunday Business columnist at The New York Times in August 2009 due to a policy prohibiting writers from making product endorsements or advertising. Stein had become an advertising spokesman for credit information company Freescore.com, according to a Times statement, had assumed there would be no conflict provided that he did not discuss credit scoring in general or FreeScore.com itself in his column.

However, the publication felt that it would be inappropriate for him to write for them while he was involved in advertising, terminated his contract. Writing in The Spectator, Stein states his belief that the real reasons for his firing were budget cuts at the Times, his criticism of President Obama, pressure from those critical of Expelled, who "bamboozled some of the high pooh-bahs at the Times into thinking there was a conflict of interest". Stein began his political career as a speechwriter and lawyer for President Richard Nixon, for President Gerald Ford. On May 3, 1976, Time magazine speculated on the possibility of Stein having been Deep Throat. Stein responded over the years by not only denying he was Deep Throat, but by going further and accusing journalist Bob Woodward of falsifying the famous secret source. In the May 14–21, 1998 edition of the Philadelphia City Paper, Stein is quoted saying, "Oh, I don't think there was a Deep Throat; that was a fake. I think there were several different sources and some they just made up."

After Mark Felt's identity as Deep Throat was revealed, Stein stated that Richard Nixon would have prevented the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge if he had not been forced to resign. For his actions leading to that resignation, Stein said: If there is such a thing as karma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life or the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth, and Bob Woodward is right behind him, with Ben Bradlee bringing up the rear. Out of their smug arrogance and contempt, they hatched the worst nightmare imaginable: genocide. In 2005, Stein said in the American Spectator: Can anyone remember now what Nixon did, so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POWs, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Agency. Does anyone remember what he did, bad? Oh, now I remember, he lied. He was a politician. How remarkable.

He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could keep his agenda of peace going; that was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace, and he succeeded. That is his legacy, he was a peacemaker. He was a lying, con

Union Gap, Washington

Union Gap is a city in Yakima County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,047. Union Gap has become the retail hub for the entire Yakima Valley as a result of Valley Mall and other thriving businesses being located here. Part of the city is part of the Yakama Nation; the town is so named due to the small "gap" with which it shares its name, in the east-west ranging hill-line at 46.529N, 120.472W. Through this gap proceeds highways 97 & 82, Thorp road, the Yakima river, the Ahtanum creek; the city of Union Gap was named Yakima City and was incorporated on November 23, 1883. When bypassed by the Northern Pacific Railroad in December 1884, over 100 buildings were moved with rollers and horse teams to the nearby site of the depot; the new city was dubbed North Yakima. In 1918 North Yakima was changed to Yakima, the original town to the south was named Union Gap. Union Gap is located at 46°33′30″N 120°29′26″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.06 square miles, of which, 5.05 square miles is land and 0.01 square miles is water.

Liberty Bottleworks, a water bottle manufacturer, operates out of a plant in Union Gap that employs 18 people. As of the census of 2010, there were 6,047 people, 2,061 households, 1,420 families living in the city; the population density was 1,197.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,173 housing units at an average density of 430.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 62.9% White, 0.9% African American, 2.6% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 29.1% from other races, 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.2% of the population. There were 2,061 households of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.6% had a male householder with no wife present, 31.1% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.43.

The median age in the city was 32.7 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 50.5% male and 49.5% female. As of the 2000 census, there were 5,621 people, 2,070 households, 1,407 families living in the city; the population density was 1,117.7 people per square mile. There were 2,210 housing units at an average density of 439.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 72.19% White, 0.41% African American, 2.24% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 20.17% from other races, 4.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.57% of the population. There were 2,070 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 28.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $30,676, the median income for a family was $34,795. Males had a median income of $25,802 versus $23,393 for females; the per capita income for the city was $13,102. About 14.9% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over. City of Union Gap Web site History of Union Gap at HistoryLink Union Gap Tourism - the official tourism site for the City of Union Gap

Ada Perkins

Ada Cecille Perkins Flores was a Puerto Rican beauty queen who represented Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe 1978 pageant. In 1980, Puerto Rico was moved by the media news coverage of her death which resulted from the injuries sustained in an automobile accident in San Juan. Perkins, the oldest of three siblings, was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Oswald Evan Perkins from San Juan and Ada Flores Sanchez, she received her primary and secondary education at St. John's School in the Condado area and at the Academia Del Perpetuo Socorro in Miramar, she graduated from high school in 1977 and enrolled at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon where she was studying journalism. Perkins was a model who participated in television commercials for various companies, among them: "Chicklets Adams", "Texaco", "Salem cigarette" and for the "INDULAC". In 1978, she represented Puerto Rico in the Miss Teen International beauty pageant held in Oranjestad, Aruba. Perkins came in 3rd place. In May of that same year, Perkins represented the city of San Juan in the Miss Puerto Rico contest and won the title.

Miss Puerto Rico is the official national preliminary to the Miss Universe international pageant. Each year the event is held to select the representative from the island to the contest. In the inbox above, Perkins is pictured with the Miss Puerto Rico sash and crown which she was entitled to wear during her reign, she traveled to Acapulco, Mexico where she represented Puerto Rico in the first Miss Universe pageant hosted by that country. Margaret Gardiner from South Africa won the title of Miss Universe, held on July 21, 1978. In 1979, Perkins crowned her successor to the title, Audrey Teresa López in an event which included the presence of actor Erik Estrada. In 1980, she and her boyfriend, Luis A. Ballester were involved in an automobile accident which occurred while they were traveling to her home in Punta las Marias, San Juan, she died in Puerto Rico, as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. List of Puerto Ricans Irish immigration to Puerto Rico

Caleana nigrita

Caleana nigrita known as the small duck orchid or flying duck orchid is a species of orchid endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. It is the most common of the flying duck orchids and has the widest distribution of the Western Australian species, it has a single smooth leaf and is distinguished from the others by its labellum which has a hump in the middle and calli covering two thirds of its outer end. Its dull colouration makes it difficult to find in areas that are blackened by fire. Caleana nigrita has 10 -- 30 mm long and 7 -- 11 mm wide. One or two greenish-yellow and red flowers, 16–27 mm long and 9–16 mm wide are borne on a stalk 50–150 mm high; the dorsal sepal, lateral sepals and petals hang downwards with the dorsal sepal pressed against the column which has broad wings, forming a bucket-like shape. Two-thirds of the outer part of the labellum is covered with glossy black glands or calli and the labellum has a small hump at its centre. Flowering occurs from August to October.

The small duck orchid was first formally described in 1840 by John Lindley from an incomplete description by James Drummond in Edwards's Botanical Register. Drummond had given it the name Caleana nigrita and Lindley published his description in A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony. In 1972 Donald Blaxell changed the name to Paracaleana nigrita but the name change has not been accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families and in 1989 Mark Clements noted that none of the characters used to separate Paracaleana from Caleana is "sufficiently significant" to maintain two genera; the specific epithet is a Latin word meaning "blackened". Caleana nigrita is found in near-coastal areas between Eneabba and Esperance in the Swan Coastal Plain, WarrenAvon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest and Mallee biogeographic regions where it grows in woodland and shrubland. Caleana nigrita is classified as "not threatened" by the Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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John Carter (Roundhead)

Sir John Carter was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1660. He served in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War. Carter was the second son of Thomas Carter of Buckinghamshire, he is said to have been apprenticed to a linen-draper in London. During the Civil War he joined the Parliamentary army where he distinguished himself as a Parliamentary officer; as Lieutenant Colonel Carter, he was sent with forces from London to reinforce General Middleton and landed in Pembrokeshire in August 1644. After marching to join Middleton's army in Cardiganshire he accompanied him to North Wales, he was one of General Mytton's Commissioners to receive the surrender of Carnarvon Castle on 4 June 1646. He became one of the most powerful men in Denbighshire; the Committee of both Houses ordered him to continue as Governor of Conway Castle on 17 July 1647. He was appointed a Commissioner for pious uses for the use of the Corporation of Denbigh on 17 November 1648 and was Constable of Conway Castle from 23 June 1649 to 15 February 1661.

In 1649 he was appointed Sheriff of Caernarvonshire, was appointed a Commissioner of Sequestration in North Wales on 18 February 1650. He was Custos Rotulorum of Caernarvonshire from 1 May 1651 to 25 June 1656; as Governor of Conway, he received a commission from the Council of State on 18 August 1651 to raise a Troop of Horse. In 1654 Carter was admitted a capital burgess of Denbigh and was elected Member of Parliament for Denbighshire in the First Protectorate Parliament, he was Custos Rotulorum of Carnarvonshire from 4 July 1656 to September 1660. In 1656 he was re-elected MP for Denighshire in the Second Protectorate Parliament, he was knighted by Cromwell between 1656 and 1658. In 1659 he was re-elected MP for Denbighshire in the Third Protectorate Parliament. In 1660, Carter was elected Member of Parliament for Denbigh in the Convention Parliament, he was knighted on 7 June 1660 at Whitehall and was appointed Steward of the Manor of Denbigh in July 1660. He was ordered on 24 October 1660, with William Griffiths of Llyn and Griffith Bodwrda to see to the dismantling of Carnarvon Castle He was appointed Governor of the Fort and Garrison of Holyhead in November 1660.

In 1665 he was High Sheriff of Denbighshire. Carter was buried in St. George's Chapel, Denbigh. Carter married daughter and co-heir of David Holland of Kinmel; the country people considered him as a rapacious oppressor and petty tyrant, claimed that he forced the heiress of Kinmel to marry him. It was joked at the time that he betrayed his former trade by choosing the "best piece of Holland " in the County

Paradox Hotel

Paradox Hotel is the ninth studio album by the progressive rock band The Flower Kings, released on 4 April 2006. It is the band's fourth studio double-CD; this is the band's only studio album with the drummer Marcus Liliequist. While most of the band's other albums were based on compositions by Roine Stolt and Tomas Bodin, this album shows more songwriting participation by other members. Tomas Bodin - keyboards, vocals Hasse Bruniusson - marimba, percussion Hasse Fröberg - vocals, guitars Marcus Liliequist - drums, vocals Jonas Reingold - bass guitar, vocals Roine Stolt - vocals, guitars Andrés Valle - artwork