What with last year's Miss USA, Tara Reid, and all the hoopla around that winner's almost demise, I just had to tune in for this year's Miss USA pageant.
I must say that Trump has overhauled the matronly concept of a beauty pageant without going into sleaze.
It's hip, happening, and we've got lots of pics you'll see nowhere else on the Internet.
Also, a review of the movie "PRIME" starring Meryl Streep. It's got a clever and laughable plot yet Streep brings an element of fine acting to this tale of a Psychologist whose patient is having an affair with her son.
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A first grade teacher had twenty-five students in her class and she presented each child in her class the first half of A well known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the Proverb.It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading these keep in mind that These are first graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is classic!
1. Don't change horses.................until they stop running.
2. Strike while the.........................bug is close.
3. It's always darkest before.........Daylight Saving Time.
4. Never underestimate the power of ........ Termites.
5. You can lead a horse to water but ........ How?
6. Don't bite the hand that ........... Looks dirty.
7. No news is......................................impossible.
8. A miss is as good as a ............................... Mr.
9. You can't teach an old dog new .............. Math.
10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll .......stink in the morning.
11. Love all, trust...................................... Me.
12. The pen is mightier than the ................... Pigs.
13. An idle mind is......................the best way to relax.
14. Where there's smoke there's ..............pollution.
15. Happy the bride who.....................gets all the presents.
16. A penny saved is .....................not much
17. Two's company, three's ......... The Musketeers.
18. Don't put off till tomorrow what .......... You put on to go to bed.
19. Laugh & the whole world laughs with you cry and... you have to blow your nose.
20. There are none so blind as ...........Stevie Wonder.
21. Children should be seen and not ......spanked or grounded.
22. If at first you don't succeed ................ Get new batteries.
23. You get out of something only what you ...... See in the picture on the box.
24. When the blind lead the blind ............... Get out of the way.
And the WINNER and last one!
25. Better late than.......................pregnant.
Miss USA 2007-Trump Brings the Beauty Pagent Back from the Dark Ages
Goodness knows The Donald had plenty of publicity build-up from the Tara Reid kerfluffle. Not that Mr. Trump didn't know this as the saga of Tara Reid and her total lack of self-control was played out for the audience a couple of times during the Miss U.S.A's 2007 competition. Hey, it's good drama, it's a Lifetime story of the decades, it's the stuff that makes Oprah's audiences cry.
If time permits, they also tune into the Miss U.S.A. pagent, 2007.
I salute Trump and the creative team behind the Miss U.S.A. contest as presented upon my television the evening of 3/23/07. For the show was edgy, hip, and modern. The contest unabashedly presents the contenders as sexy women and apologizes to no one for this. I admire the honesty and thank God there was no bother with a talent contest. These young beauties are meant to represent the prettiest, healthiest and best about female America. They don't need to be able to tap dance.
It was announced early on in the show that this year's event designer was Givenchy. Well I didn't even know that the contest HAD a designer but I have some fashion critique for Givenchy, as is my wont.
Some miscellaneous notes I jotted as I watched the contest unfold:
-Jerry Springer as a judge? And just what are his qualifications for this? He's the host of a raunchy daytime talk show!
-I enjoyed the backstage vignettes of the competition and suggest that this sort of thing makes the contestants more human and vulnerable, less of a plastic, joyless icon beauty contestants are often deemed to be.
-The winner, Rachel Smith of Tennessee, is a mere 21 years old. Remember Tara Reid, Rachel, and try to behave for at least the first year.
-Someone tell designer Givenchy that evening gowns don't need a ton of beading on the top to be pretty, not to mention comfortable.
-I noticed the top five were given a chance to recite some nonsense that was obviously pre-written. The top five were also given unexpected questions compiled by the judges so the element of quick-wit was tested. The bit allowing each of the top five spout a little pre-written story was nice, I've decided. For what could be more nerve-wracking that trying to find the proper and politically correct words to answer a question under the glare of the lights and the pressure of the contest?
-By the time a beauty contest gets down to the top five I put a lot of weight on how the finalists handle unrehearsed questions. The top five of most beauty contests usually answer these questions so badly they make me laugh. Then I feel a bit mean because I don't know that I would do any better.
Still when it's time for the finalists to answer some questions impromptu, we know they are exceptionally pretty and look good in a bathing suit. It's the questions and responses that sort the beauty contender wheat from the chaff.
For instance, Miss Nevada was asked who was her personal hero. She gave a good answer in that her brother, a member of the Air Force, was her hero. Miss Nevada missed her chance to sound all patriotic and American by waxing on about the troops and the sacrifices they make for our liberty. I do hope it was nerves that had her bypassing this bit and not political correctness.
Miss Tennessee was the winner of the 2007 competition but the answer to her surprise question was handled with a verve and a smile but it was just dumb as all get out. Rachel was asked what man she would most like to be given a chance to be. The woman answered WILL SMITH!
Come on....Will Smith? But oh dear Lord, Rachel went on and on about how wonderful Will Smith is, how he single-handedly saved the world and cured cancer. I mean...Will Smith? I like Will Smith and everything but is he really the one man Miss U.S.A. would choose to be if she could? Sad.
Miss Kansas might have hurt herself by her firm answer that NO, not everyone deserves a second chance. Given the prior flap about Tara Reid this could have hurt Miss Kansas who Donald Trump likely expected to exclaim that of course EVERYONE deserves a second chance. This contestant did stipulate that certain crimes are just too heinous to warrant another chance.
Wow, I am glad Miss Rhode Island didn't win because her answer was so stupid, and frightening, that it boggles the mind. She was asked that if given the chance to ban ANYTHING, what would it be. Now myself would ban CANCER, given that the question didn't limit the choices or require common sense behind the answer. Or I might ban disease, poverty....stuff like this.
What does this bimbo want to ban? Driving while talking on the cell phone! She also rambled on and in one of her inane comments she actually iterated just why her cell phone and driving ban would NOT work. Miss Rhode Island smirked that she's even seen people SHAVING while driving. Well right there don't we have to ban SHAVING AND DRIVING? Because a ban on cell phone talk and driving holds no halt for such as shaving, eating and/or plucking eyebrows while driving. The point being, heh, that people should shut up and drive and the government will spend the rest of eternity trying to ban the stupid things that people do but they do it anyway.
I shouldn't be surprised that Miss California, who wore a gown that resembled something Morticia of the Adams family would adore, missed such a softball question as "Should women be allowed to use their looks to get ahead?" So here's Miss California then in the top five of the Miss U.S.A. contest of 2007 and isn't this sort of using one's looks to get ahead? Miss California missed this irony where she could have went on about scholarships and chances afforded beauty contestants and instead, heh, went on about being beautiful on the inside. Go on. Beauty contest winners simply are not known for their great INNER beauty and they seldom cultivate this aspect of their selves because why should they?
Still and so, I enjoyed this year's Miss U.S.A. pagent and would watch it again. Kudos to Donald Trump for this man is a PR genius, let us not ever take it away from the man.
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I never see a first-run movie so any movie reviews I do are likely older ones. But if you're looking to rent a DVD for the weekend, or just want a new perspective on a movie you remember fondly, or not-so-fondly, read on.
A movie reviewer, Chris Hewett, describes it like this:
Meryl Streep elevates sitcom to prime movie material
Hewett accurately reflects the content of the movie "Prime", starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman. For this film could easily have devolved into a formulaic situation comedy, indeed in some parts it did.
The main plot line in the movie "Prime" is of a psychiatrist, Streep, who has a female patient, Thurman. The patient is undergoing a life crisis and seeks professional psychological help to help put her life back on the track she'd like to travel. Uma's character tells Streep the psychiatrist that she's almost 40 and wants to have a child before her biological clock runs out. Streep's psychiatrist is a caring doctor, concerned with her patient, even a bit fond of her patient.
At some point, Thurman's character meets the son of Streep, played by Bryan Greenberg. Greenberg's character is a mere 23 years of age, is a budding artist and has a mother who is a psychiatrist then treating the object of his lust, Uma's character.
At some point Streep's psychiatrist realizes that the young man her patient describes eagerly during their mental therapy sessions is, in fact, her own son. This causes Streep great angst as one might imagine.
Here is where the plot line deviates from believability for a shrink with a patient dating one's child is a bit too close for comfort and I'd think a violation of medical ethics. Streep does seek advice from another psychiatrist and is advised to continue with the therapy of Uma whilst hoping that the patient's affair with the shrink's son is just a passing thing.
The situation comedy here revolves around the shrink suffering through mental counseling sessions with a patient who talks unabashedly about the shrink's son, including all manner of sexual detail that a mother should never have to hear about her own son. Streep struggles as Thurman giggles on about Streep's son's beautiful penis and how she'd like to knit a nice cap for it.
Streep has to keep this all quiet and there were times when it got really silly, such as the time Uma and Bryan were in a store where Streep and her husband were as well. Soon Streep and husband were rolling under store furniture in an effort not to be seen, all while Streep's husband questions all this weird behavior.
At some point Streep simply has to reveal to her patient that her new love is, in fact, her son. At this point Streep stops being Uma's shrink and becomes her son's concerned mother. For Uma is 37 years old while Streep's son is only 23. Streep knows her patient wants babies and a future. Streep wants the best for her son, as do all mothers, and is not sure that making a baby with this older woman is where her son should be going.
All the anguish is eventually resolved as these things usually are. In fact, all the characters DO live happily ever after.
I watched the entire DVD of this movie and was greatly entertained. Meryl Streep is known world-wide as a great actress, and she is. It was Streep's acting that kept this film from being another Carmen Diaz chick flick.
Streep really should stick to acting and stay away from Alar in apples.
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