breakdown of the middle ground.

Random 25

(Bringing coast to coast  highlights Facebook style)

1. CNN reporting on President Obama talking about Jessica Simpson. I don’t care what the context, how out of the real meaning it was or wasn’t explained. Having the President mention in an interview that she’s (may or may not be) in (whatever sort of) weight battle—that’s hilarious! Sorry Jessica…

2. Califnoria prison inmates may get out of jail-JUST BECAUSE THE JAILS ARE TOO CROWDED!?! I am not cool with this at all!!


3. Nadya Suleman, mom to the 8babies-has royally pissed off her own mom! You know I’m not that surprised… If you hadn’t already heard about how the newborns mother already has six kids, isn’t married, and her kids are all the products of sperm donations from a buddy (a really good buddy I’d guess!), or that she lives with all her kids at her PARENTS HOUSE-then you have to read this about how peeved her mother is about her bringing 8 more kids into the world and into their cramped and kinda dirty, home.

4. Seven Pounds movie style organ donor recipients’ reunion. Darn-that kind of, pretty much, spoiled that movie for you…A Passaic County church in New Jersey was a reunion location this past Sunday for an interesting bunch. Five people who received organs from a 25-year-old shooting victim, met for the first time at the scene of their donors demise. The family members of Dennis John Malloosseril, who was shot and killed Nov. 23 when attempting to intervene during a violent marital dispute on church property, were joined at his memorial service by the people his heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas saved.

5.Chris Brown being charged with assault changes. I’m not saying I don’t believe it, it’s just really surprising him and Rihanna were messing up my Borders just a couple months ago so happily and to hear that he’s involved in an assault is just really shocking…And you think you know your customers (lol that’s a joke. Not funny? Okay never mind…)

6. Three guys. Biking from LA to Florida. (Thanks youtube-now my best friend is getting hailed on somewhere between here and San Diego and he totally missed Desperate Housewives!)

“After watching Zeitgiest Addendum and learning about The Venus Project, we were inspired to sell of our belongings, leave our comfortable apartments behind and head out on a bicycle trip from Los Angeles, California, to Venus, Florida. The concept is simple: if society transitioned from a monetary system to one that is resource based, every human being’s standard of living would be dramatically enhanced. As we travel to the doorstep of The Venus Project, we plan to tell as many people about this project as will listen. Venus, here we come!”


7. Ew.


Zipp Lamp by Camilla Waldal and Janne Helen Bulling

8. Shepard Fairey being arrested in Boston last Friday night on graffiti charges. Why we care? Because he’s the dude that created the famous red, white and blue Obama Hope poster-who the Associated Press is suing-and who he’s suing right back. Yeah…that guy…totally was inconveniently arrested on the way to debut an exhibit (so far Feb. is just not this month!)

9.  Cool.


Nottage Design.

10. Last week a kitty cam went viral. A kitty cam hosted by the non-profit animal organization called Found Aminals ( had crazy huge success with their online live kitten camera feed in promotion of their upcoming adoption availability.

Within days the Huffington Post and People Weekly Online came a knocking to talk up the live stream that was boasting more than several hundred active viewers at any given minute of the day. As cool as I think this is because one of my friends works for this non-profit I’ll tell you what I told her-cat people would be inside with their cats watching cats on the internet-dog people are outside with their DOG (hence why the puppy cam was not nearly as successful…)

11. Courage Campaign’s “Fidelity” video. Watch it. Fight the tears (it’s a very moving video!!) and hopefully join with them as I have in an important effort to fight the Supreme Court appeal by Ken Starr to divorce 18,000 California couples.

12. Google’s street view is kind of unsettling, but fascinating none the less. In artists in Pittsburg teamed up with Google and took to staging street view areas.

Now that’s awesome:

13. Thirteen is just as good a number as 25. So I’m randomly going to stop here. Gotta keep ’em coming back for more!

–Posted by Maggie Barnes


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weird, wacky, but true. news from coast to coast part 1

Jan. 28, 2009

–“The Postmaster General asked a Congressional Panel to “end the requirement that the post office deliver mail six days a week,” according to NY1. The U.S.P.S. had a billion dollar deficit last year, because people are sending emails instead of old fashion mail. I know what you’re thinking its going to be Saturday that they cut because they already have short hours that day. But no…they’ve had their eye on Tuesday actually…

–The House of Representatives accepted President Obama’s $819 billion stimulus package. Zero Republicans supported it. Where’s their bipartisan spirit? It’s not just Democrats and Liberals being hit by America’s financial woes, I know plenty of Midwestern Republicans that don’t have any money either.

–Prius owners throughout the LA metro area are silently weeping…the City Council’s transportation committee, in response to the budget issues, is looking at ending the free parking program for hybrid owners.

–Tommy Gunn, AVN’s Male Performer (in the Adult industry) of the Year in 2007, has made use of the same “same technology that was seen in films like Beowulf, Journey to the Center of the Earth and most recently My Bloody Valentine 3D to bring us three dimensional porn.” To create “Cummin’ at You 3D,” the first ever “adult interactive DVD shot in stereoscopic 3D.” Dream Works Animation was apart of this genius endeavor. Personally there are some things I don’t want cumming at me in 3D or real life! Eww.

Jan. 29, 2009

Recently Heath and Deborah Campbell of NYC had their children removed from their home because of safety issues. Well, when you purposely name your children Adolf HItler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, we gotta wonder what is going on in that household.

–Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Congress passed President Obama’s stimulus bill. $1.5 billion of that money will go directly to the states. Illinois is in line to receive about $105 million. What’s your state getting?

–In Houston, Cinco Ranch High has seen an increase in counterfeit bills through food service. Fake $20 and $50 have been passed through lunch-line registers in at least five district campuses, officials are reporting. The U.S. Secret Service has been contacted. It’s not just the in the schools though, places are over for the past six months have been receiving Monopoly worth money. It’s beginning to be a problem…Well Texas you’re getting back our former President this month, and we all know how good George W. was with money…hahaha burn!

Jan.30, 2009

Today was the first Car Free Day in California. 60 bicyclists got the memo. The rest of LA wonders, if I have a friend with me on a two seat-er bike, or a pull a child on one of those attachments-am I qualified for the car pool lane? Car Free Fridays the last Friday of the month-shhh past it on.

–Only in Cali would a school district opt for producing a clothing line verses a PTA bake sale to earn money. Clothes brought to you in part by the Beverly Hills Unified School District are predicted to be a big hit in Asia because what Asians love 90210?? Interesting…

–The LA Times is cutting the state and local news section and mixing it with the front. I agree with Curbed LA’s comments: “If something happens in Chatsworth, do people in San Pedro care? In other words, in a city that can span 50 miles from top to bottom and in a region that’s much larger than that, how does one be local, useful and relevant to the wider audience?” My answer: Nope.

–Condoleezza is coming! Condoleezza is coming! According to the Stanford Report campus newsletter, Condoleezza Rice is returning to the Bay area to teach Political science at Stanford University. Somehow I’d never have expected that. But next time I’m in town to give my support to the Pride festivities I’m going to give her a huge shout out because we know that colorful area must be super excited to have that Republican back in town…hahaha!

–Speaking of conservatives…Apparently some back stock interviews have revealed that some Pro-Prop 8 groups like the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who aim to do their best to eliminate all marriages they don’t approve of, were quoted saying, “no one expects these religious adherents or their ministers to be required actually to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies…” I don’t think the campaign commercials got that note because those commercials totally made it seem like gays were going to be knocking down the church doors to get hitched and everyone was going to freak out!

–Since Monday everyone has been talking about the lady that had a LITTER OF CHILDREN. And how her and her husband live with their OTHER  SIX KIDS,  at the woman’s parents house. While her dad is giving statements to the Associated Press about the “other” huge house they have that the media’s never going to find-all I can think about is, she had six kids (all under the age of 8), in her twenties, lives with her folks, and her and her husband really thought it was a great idea to spend with extra money on fertility treatments? REALLY?? They couldn’t think of anything else to spend that kinda money on? Hate to state the obvious…

–A Newark Valley High School teacher in upstate NY was previously warned by his principal not contact one of his 16 year old female students. John M. Puglisi, 29 didn’t listen. And now the social studies teacher is being sued on one count of “using a cell phone in an effort to engage someone younger than 18 in sexual activity.” He Sex text the girl messages like “naked pictures please” and “these are so hot give me some more baby”

(Maggie’s fake )Update: Prior to the lawsuit the distraught girl was heard on her cell phone saying “Oh hell no! He still didn’t pass me!?”

–Doesn’t Chanel make a pancake scented perfume? A mysterious maple syrup smell has been passing through parts of New York like Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens all month. Tuesday night the smell was all over Hell’s Kitchen and the eastern part of NJ, and even the Bronx.  Pass the Chanel No.30 (Pancake Lover) and call me when its breakfast!

That is so weird! Why does it smell like maple syrup everywhere??? Look it up-past smellings: October 2005, March 2006, November 2006, November 2007, May 2008 and January 5, 2009. That’s so crazy!

–                                                                                                      –Posted by Maggie Barnes

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West Coast to East Coast—this is your BICOASTAL mini-news update

Dec. 6thThe Washington D.C. Council is allowing bars to serve alcohol on Inauguration night until 5 A.M.

Dec. 6thI didn’t expect to get TB with my bus pass this week… In D.C. a MetroAccess press release admitted today that one of their drivers tested positive for tuberculosis. The driver was removed from duty in Oct. but over 700 people may have been exposed to airborne disease.

Dec. 7th Bullets for peas please! At the request of area residents, Compton’s annual Gifts for Guns program, orchestrated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will be giving $100 supermarket gift cards to those who surrender firearms. Mac and Cheese never killed anyone.

Source: © 2008 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

Dec. 8th Borders (yay!) offers free 3-8 day shipping. Barnes and Noble (boo!) promises free 3-day delivery. But of traditional in store business- is backed up like nobodies business! So keep placing those orders and cross you fingers that the Amazon Santa Claus makes it on time. In other news, coal recipients won’t be complaining.

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Dec. 8th Dear vendors in California—IOU payment.


The State of California

p.s Send valium—a depression may be coming!

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa spent the day Washington D.C. asking the new State Legislature for federal money from their special budget.

Dec.8thPuppies: saver of lives and great Christmas present! Three year old Jaylynn Thorpe of Halifax County, Virginia spent days lost in the woods after wandering away from his babysitter. When he was found the youngster claimed that the two puppies he’d taken with him, had kept him warm. (What kind of babysitter loses a kid and two dogs??)

Dec. 10thIn NYC, man fakes AIDS test to get laid by his girlfriend…this is a new low…The HIV positive Queens resident is facing police charges.

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Dec. 11thThe “Notorious” Bettie Page dies of Pneumonia. Age 85.

Dec. 12thEww. Bathing in the kitchen sink at KFC. Again, eww.

“Three Anderson, California KFC employees are out of a job, after posing for provocative photos in the restaurant’s kitchen sink.”


Dec.12thAuto Bailout a no go. I guess no one wanted to roll with it. haha. Funny? No..?

—Maggie Barnes

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Britney Spears + tree lights = Happy Holidays from coast to coast!

This week Ms. Spears was on hand at not one, but two holiday Christmas lighting extravaganzas. There she illustrated why LA people are so different from New Yorkers. (Because no one already knew that or anything…)

New York’s lighting event occurred first (much like everything else with that time difference of theirs!) Britney wore black, was near newscasters and there was (wait for it….!) an ACTUAL tree there.


Credit : Doug Meszler / WENN


Fast forward to Los Angeles on the 4th and she brings out the white coat and is surrounded by an actor, a football coach, and California’s own-trying-to-be-green Mayor, and (the kicker folks!) a FAKE tree. Because that’s just how we roll ladies and gentlemen. As if people didn’t think California was full of enough fake things! A lovely silver metal frame with 11,000 LED spheres, with changing digital colors, will now start a potential California traditional.


Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images


New York I see your same colored display of lights through the month of December, and raise you a “lighting show” with video and sound that will run at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm daily through December 31.

Check mate.

—Maggie Barnes

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