Friday

TV-the American Dreams, "Wedding Bells" and a Movie Review of "Poseidon"

We've got a couple of new TV shows we're looking at on this Blog post. First, the new reality series called "The American Dream".

Next, we're reviewing Fox's newest comedy entry "The Wedding Bells".

Also, a movie review of the TWO movies depicting the sinking of the mighty ship known as the Poseidon.

Hint...the newer version "POSEIDON" not as good as the older "The Poseidon Adventure", even with newer and improved special effects of our day.


Pic of the Day
the cola wars




Quote of the Day

Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote:

"The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked.
Sure," said the young boy confidently. "It means carrying a child."



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An April Fool's Day Joke

In 1998, on April Fool's Day, Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc. ), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow up release revealing that although the Left Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands
of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested the 'right handed' version. "


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Review: Fox's "Wedding Bells"

I see no need to provide a list of the various stars and supporting stars in the new series on Fox TV-"The Wedding Bells". A link to Fox's site for the show, however, is provided HERE. Go look them up yourself.

We begin with my assertion right here on this Blog read by two or three people every damn day....I'll not watch this show again.

Which means, in no way, that the show is not worthy or that others wouldn't enjoy it. I will also assert that I am likely the target demographic for this show, ie a middle-aged middle-class American woman with a bevy of female relatives in my surround all looking or hoping for a marriage and/or wedding in the near future.

This show bored me to tears and folks, I am still crying though I finished my review three days ago.

The show's premise is about a group of sisters who inherit their parents' "Wedding Palace" and the sibling trio join up to revive their parents' wedding business. They hire a bunch of help to include a consultant to help the business end of the endeavor plus various chefs, singers and office managers that all are part of the ongoing drama of people getting married along with the people helping people get married.

Fox's Wedding Bells Montage of Sisters


Thus the story line can be replenished every week with a new batch of brides and grooms, all with their own stories and fresh drama as the new weddings unfold. The plot line is bolstered by the steady permanent cast whose foibles and quirks are already known by the viewers with the team's interaction with the bridal customers providing new and hip tales of the heart.

I reviewed this show on the evening of March 23, 2007. On this night there were three weddings in process. One involved an older woman all set to marry a much younger man. The older bride admitted handily that she was marrying her groom for the sex and the sex alone. Another bride had already left her groom standing at the altar but they were scheduled to try it again. Her groom was bitter about the abandonment and cast dark hints that on this try HE might leave the bride standing alone in front of the crowd. Finally there were a set of twins planning a wedding and frankly I don't know what that was all about.

At some point the young groom of the older bride got all involved with one of the wedding planner sisters, a plot line that made no sense to me. Surely, go with me here, but surely one of the first rules of running a bridal consultancy business such as this one, would be, surely.....DO NOT MESS AROUND WITH THE BRIDE OR GROOM IN A ROMANTIC MANNER!

Right?

Yet on this first show we have one of the sisters kissing this young groom of the older bride? Is the viewer to assume that the rest of the series will have some variation or another on this theme? While I can readily buy that a pretty young woman serving as a bridal consultant for happy couples might fall for a groom-to-be, I would think such an event would be rare. Hey, that pretty young woman could find a gazillion guys that would be interested in her. For sure she doesn't need some young fellow so stupid that he's marrying a female twice his age just so she can have steady sex.

The three sisters as well as the office help, all seem to have personal issues that intrude on their business. It's a hackneyed concept that David Kelly, creator of Ali McBeal and this series, thinks us dopey females are going to adore. Said hackneyed concept being the plight of a bevy of confused and lonely women forced to make a living providing brides the happiest day of their life while coping with their own brand of misery.

Well hey, it might work. It just won't work with me. The whole show seemed too forced, too contrived.

This show got a fine boost as a follow-up to Fox's mighty "American Idol" series. If it doesn't survive it will be because the show's demographic, which would be women like me, turned their noses up at the absurdity of the show's premise.

DISCLAIMER: Movie Reviews

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.


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"POSEIDON"

One of my favorite movies during that short era when I actually went to a movie theater and watched such things was "The Poseidon Adventure". On a side note, the movie's theme song "The Morning After" by Maureen McGovern is one of my favorite tunes. So on a cold March afternoon I fired up the DVR and watched the modern version of The Poseidon Adventure, titled "Poseidon".

The cast list for "Poseidon", detailed HERE, includes:
Josh Lucas
Kurt Russell
Richard Dreyfuss
Emmy Rossum
Andre Braugher

The cast list for the 1972 version, detailed HERE, includes:
Gene Hackman ... Rev. Frank Scott
Ernest Borgnine ... Det. Lt. Mike Rogo
Red Buttons ... James Martin
Carol Lynley ... Nonnie Parry
Roddy McDowall ... Acres
Stella Stevens ... Linda Rogo
Shelley Winters ... Belle Rosen
Jack Albertson ... Manny Rosen
Pamela Sue Martin ... Susan Shelby

Movie poseidon star montage


I am working from an ageing memory as regards the 1972 version of the film but two scenes remain in my mind even almost 35 years after seeing it. One is the image of many forlorn survivors of the ship's capsize marching without a sense of purpose DOWNWARDS. The cast of this movie had determined that the direction to survival would be what had been the bottom of the boat which was, according to the expressed logic, then sticking out above the water as the boat had essentially turned over completely after hit by the rogue wave. The cast of the 72 movie tried to convince the weary survivors going the wrong direction to certain doom to turn around but they marched doggedly on by, deeper into the coffin the boat would become for those who didn't make it to the top.

Another scene I recall fondly from the 72 movie is the death of Shelly Winters as she volunteered to swim underwater and turn a valve or some such necessary action for the group's survival. Shelly Winters is a rather obese actress but like the character she played in "The Poseidon Adventure", she was once ravishing and beautiful. Winters' did succeed in doing what was required to save the group but the strain of the long underwater swim caused a heart already taxed by too much fat to stop its steady beat. The loss of the Winters' character in the first Poseidon movie was a heartbreaker as the audience had learned to love the character.

As for the more modern version of this story, it's title was shortened to just the name of the boat..."Poseidon".

Movie Poseidon beginning and end


It was okay. Had I not seen "The Poseidon Adventure" so long ago, I doubt the movie "Poseidon" would stand out in my mind as nothing more than an okay movie about a big ship tragedy and the struggle of a handful of survivors to get to safety and eventual rescue.

Sure, that was essentially the premise of the first version of this ship's hapless fate but the newer version of the tale is mostly special effects and make no mistake, the effects were good. Even the vision of the huge wave bearing down on the tiny ship was dramatic and awe-inspiring. The little group of survivors struggled to get clear of odds so overwhelming at times I was tempted to switch off the TV as I believed there is just no way this group can survive THIS obstacle. Said obstacles included being locked into tiny rooms with but one firmly locked hatch, being stuck in air vents or trapped behind screens with no hope of escape.

I recall these sorts of things cropped up in the earlier version of the movie but nothing like the more modern version. The obstacles and hurdles the modern group had to clear to get to freedom tested my sense of disbelief greatly. But I knew that in the end they would all be rescued so I watched to see which of a the beloved few would die as one always does. I also watched to see how many challenges the group would encounter and the movie effects and plot line that would somehow set them free.

Sure "Poseidon" is a movie worth watching. Go on and rent the DVD. I'm thinking males around the ages of 12 to 16 would love this movie. There's not a lot of sex or bad language, it's an adventure, the special effects are great.

It will never hold a candle to the nuance and drama of its predecessor.

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Zsa Zsa's Husband Sues Bill O'Reilly

You can't make this up folks. Now we have a potential father of Anna Nicole's baby actually suing someone for declaring that he is NOT the father of the child.

From CNN.com:
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Prince Frederic von Anhalt has sued Fox and Bill O'Reilly after the talk show host called him a fraud for claiming he could be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby.

Von Anhalt, who is married to Zsa Zsa Gabor, filed the defamation suit seeking at least $10 million in damages Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

So this Prince husband of Zsa Zsa is suing Bill O'Reilly for declaring that he could not be the father of Anna's baby Dannie Lynn?

Heh. Well this is a trial I'll sit and watch.

Leprechaun Gives Florida's Speeders Their Tickets

I came across this story and was totally floored.

From the Orlando Sentinel:
Leprechaun catches speedersSpeeding drivers in Orange County today may spot a leprechaun dancing on the side of the road but instead of finding his lucky pot of gold, expect to find a hefty speeding ticket.

Deputy Richard Lockman of the Orange County Sheriff's Office has stopped more than 50 drivers who were exceeding the speed limit, which is 45 mph in the area of University Boulevard west of State Road 417. The fastest driver stopped so far was going 72 mph.

I think the notion of dressing up as a character to hand out speeding tickets to be a bit stupid. At least that was my first reaction thus I saved the link and copied the picture for inclusion in my Blog's Pop Culture compilation.

Why is that I think speeders won't be amused by getting their speeding ticket from a leprechaun as opposed to, say, a regular traffic cop? In fact, I think the ha-ha of giving out tickets while dressed as a character to be a bit cruel and totally unnecessary.

Still I want to note this weird action in the event such a notion catches on across the fruited plains when suddenly we'll be getting our traffic tickets from such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and other characters. Sooner of later somebody, could be Santa Claus, who knows, is going to get run over by an angry speeder.


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TV-Apprentice LA and Dancing With the Stars 2007

****We're keeping up with the Apprentice LA and here's the latest on the task undertaken on Sunday 3/25/07.

Also, stay here for we've got pics, comments, sarcasm and wit regarding the latest "Dancing With the Stars" round from 3/27/07.


Pic of the Day
Austrailia's point of view




Quote of the Day
I hate saying "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride."
I like to put it into perspective by thinking, "Always a pallbearer, never a corpse."
-- Laura Kightlinger


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Dear Abby:

My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the beginning. And, when I confront him, he denies everything. What's worse, everyone knows that he cheats on me. It is so humiliating.

Also, since he lost his job six years ago, he hasn't even looked for a new one. All he does all day is smoke cigars, cruise around hobnobbing with his buddies while I have to work to pay the bills.

Since our daughter went away to college he doesn't even pretend to like me and hints that I may be a lesbian. What should I do?

Signed: Clueless

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Dear Clueless:

Grow up and dump him. Good grief, woman, you don't need him anymore. You're a United States Senator from New York. Act like one!


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"Dancing With the Stars" 2007-Mambo for the Females; Quick Step for the Fellows

I am to understand that the Mambo involves syncopated footwork and a little bit of Charleston. The Quick Step, on the other hand, also involves syncopated footwork but should include fast turns and swivels.

It's been said that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Armed with a little bit of knowledge about the Mambo and the Quick Step, neither of which I have ever danced, I continue on to judge the dancing the evening of 3/26/07 and on to the elimination round on 3/27/07.

Two evenings of dancing scores from the judges are combined with audience votes and the dance team with the lowest scores is eliminated. I am not at all sure if this scoring methodology will continue throughout the contest but for now, the contenders have had a chance to dance the Mambo, Quick Step, Cha-Cha and Foxtrot before the audience voted the first dance team off.

For the record, this missive is written AFTER the elimination round and I can right up front here note that Paulina Porizkova was the first celebrity voted off. Former Miss U.S.A. Shandi Finnessey was in the bottom two. The most intriguing fact about this information is that the two most gorgeous females on this year's contest were in the bottom two of the judges' scores and audience voting in the first elimination round.

Well sure they evidently didn't dance all that well but how many times have beautiful women won or achieved far better rewards than that which entitled based simply upon supreme looks? Also, both Shandi and Paulina are not just attractive women, they are stunningly gorgeous women.

3.27.07 Dance Stars Montage Gibbons and Ali


Let us move on to a team by team critique by mine own fine self now armed with a little bit of knowledge.

Apolo is a young man, a former Olympic gold medal winner. He's handsome with a positive personality and a beaming smile. He also dances quite well. Apolo, whose last name really is OHNO,sported some spiffy tails as he danced a fine Quick Step with his partner. I noticed a bit of a dance misstep in that it seemed that Ohno almost slid down to a fall. The judges too noted this misstep. Apolo scored 26 out of 30 points for the night. Add to this score the 21 points earned in the prior dance round and Apolo and his partner had a score of 47 points out of a possible 60.

Speaking of the former beauty queen, Shandi danced a Mambo with her partner and someone needs to tell Shandi that no matter how beautiful she thinks she is, she has to MOVE when she's on that dance floor. For that's all I noted when Shandi danced...she hardly moved! The judges declared that Shandi performed badly and that the choreography was "difficult". The way Shandi acts when she's on the dance floor, she only need show us her pretty face and exquisite legs and we will be bowled over by the beauty. Shandi received a score of 39 out of a possible 60 points and goodness, on neither night did she and her partner score above a possible 20 points out of 30.

6'7" Clyde Drexler came up next and somehow this fellow got his long legs to move around the floor for a Quick Step. Clyde and his partner danced to the tune of "Your Love Lifted Me Higher" and the sounds of this familiar and upbeat tune helped this duo survive. Because Clyde and his partner both scored lower than Shandi AND Paulina during the first two dance rounds, yet Clyde was not in the bottom two. This is fine with me because I really like Clyde.

It was Leeza Gibbons' 50th birthday the night of the Mambo. Let me say that I am a bit older than 50 but even when I was 50 I'd have given my firstborn to look as good as Leeza. Leeza made a great improvement over her first performance. Her first score from the judges was 15 while she scored a 21 for her Mambo. She deserved those extra points for looking so great at age 50.

The judges complained that Ian Ziering had what they called "elbow" issues and goodness, I never even watch a dancer's elbows during a performance. It seemed that Ian's partner had to keep pushing Ian's arm up throughout their Quick Step and the judge's evidently caught this action. Even with that, Ian and his partner have scored an impressive 21 points the first round and 22 for the second round. Their combined total was 43 out of a possible 60.

I know poor Paulina got voted off but I'm not sure she deserved it. For one thing, she was a real sweetheart about having to dance the Mambo, amusingly referring to her "inner Latina". The song Paulina and her partner danced to was the famous rollicking "La Bamba", which I would have thought could have saved Paulina. The judge's were a bit testy and in general were not kind to Paula. Paula and her partner scored a total of 40 points out of a possible 60, certainly not the lowest of the scores. Alas, the American public voted Paulina out.

3.27.07 montage Ratzenberger, Cyrus, Apolo


After the first dance round I would have soundly predicted that Billy Ray Cyrus would be the first voted off the show. In fact, Billy Ray Cyrus showed the most improvement, topping his paltry score of 13 points on his first round with a fine 21 points for the second round.

During one of the pre-performance vignettes, Billy Ray's kids were shown attending one of his practice dance sessions. This added a pleasant dimension to Billy Ray's character, softening that hard-living country-western image he might have to overcome.

Billy Ray and his partner danced to, heh, Rush Limbaugh's infamous global warming parody song..."Burning Ring of Fire". This provided me with the biggest laugh so far of the series. While I thought Cyrus performed well, his dance moves seemed a bit childish to me.

Everytime I see Heather Mills I can't quite get my mind around the notion that of all the females on the planet, Paul McCartney married her.

It's not that she's unattractive or anything but she's not all that.... Also, her behavior post-separation has really been appalling and I think this makes Heather even uglier.

That being said, let me bow my head right now and declare that Heather performed a wonderful Mambo and dear Lord she shook those boobs of hers like a pro. I whisper softly here that it has been rumored far and wide that Heather used to be a stripper. I have no proof of this, understand, but I've read it often enough.

In addition, there's no way that Heather doesn't deserve some great kudos for dancing so well with an artificial leg. It's no matter if she used to take off her clothes for a living or that she's behaving like poor white trash with beloved Beatle McCartney. This woman dances fluidly with an artificial leg and this takes talent. The judges raved about Heather's performance and she and her partner received a combined total of 42 points out of a possible 60 for the first two rounds.

John Ratzenberger is most widely known as Norm's bar buddy in the long-running series "Cheers". This is a fellow that's not all that young and he was also a contender that I thought would get booted off right quick. In fact, the judges praised his Quick Step to the tune of "The Lady is a Tramp". I thought John displayed fine footwork and moved quite a bit for an older fellow. For sure he moved around a lot more than Miss U.S.A. Shandi Finnessey. John and his partner scored a total of 38 points out of a possible 60.

Laila Ali's Dad is Mohammad Ali and I remember this boxer well. Mohammad used to tell the world, proudly and with no humility at all the following..."I am the Greatest". This infamous saying was all the rage during Mohammad's boxing heyday. Mohammad's birth name was Cassius Clay.

Laila, like her Dad, is the greatest. This gal can dance. She's big-boned, she's sexy, she's no shrinking violet. In fact, Ali and her partner received the highest scores for both nights combined, a total of 50 points out of a possible 60. I consider Ali a real contender to win this thing.

I've been hearing whispers that Joey Fatone is the odds on favorite to win this year's contest. Fatone is a member of the singing group "NSync".

I'll not nominate Joey over Apolo but I'll allow that Fatone does seem to have a natural dance talent. First, he's not a small man. Which is not a requirement to win the contest and, indeed, large people do quite well as contestants on this show. Apolo is a big smaller and younger and I think he has the edge over all the male contenders entered this year.

All that so stated, I was very impressed by Fatone's footwork and wasn't surprised when a judge declared him to be "light on your feet". Joey wore a dashing outfit and had a big "J" on the tail of his tux. Joe and his partner got a standing ovation as well as a total of 48 points combined score for the first two rounds.

Keep an eye on Laila Ali, Joey Fatone and Apolo Ohno for this year's top three. Clyde Drexler could make an inroad as the friendliest and most personable.


DANCE WITH STARS TOP TEN 2007
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Ian Ziering
Billy Ray Cyrus
Leeza Gibbons
Joey Fatone
Laila Ali
John Ratzenberger
Shandi Finnessey
Clyde Drexler
Heather Mills
Apolo Anton Ohno

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OPENING NIGHT
Quick Step and Rumba Night

Using the "Ad Walker", Apprentice team Kinetic Loses a Big One

I would turn out that the "Ad Walker" is some sort of device that one straps over their torso to wear whilst walking around. The front of the device has some sort of television type of screen that would allow the portable salesperson to show a potential customer detail on what is then being sold. In addition, there is a handy slot to swipe credit cards for ordering.


In this year's Apprentice LA task, teams Arrow and Kinetic were charged with selling season passes to Universal Studios. The Ad Walker device was perfect for a sales setting such as an amusement park. This is EXACTLY the setting that this new technology to sell people stuff was designed to enhance.

Angie, the Olympic athlete, was project manager for Kinetic. Arrow was headed by James.

An interesting sub-story to this task is the budding romance between Tim and Nicole. Which was, due to Nicole being sent packing to team Kinetic, a bit tortured and tested. As this task ended, the viewer is left wondering if Nicole will throw Tim over the bow very soon.

Apprentice 2007 Montage universal task


James had to pick an Arrow team mate to send over to Kinetic, which had lost quite a few of its members. James chose to send Nicole and Tim didn't protest a bit. Thus Nicole worked with the Kinetic team and Nicole made a fatal suggestion to her new team on how to sell season passes: Nicole suggested that the Kinetic team sell the tickets whilst wearing roller skates.

The Arrow team, on the other hand, then mostly male and most aggressive sales people, set up a kiosk on the Universal Park entry.

The result was that Arrrow sold a total of $31,366.65 and Kinetic weighed in with a total sales amount of $24,440.37. Which means, of course, that team Arrow won this week's task.

It would be Angie, the project manager for this task, who would be sent home for this Universal Studios task. Although Kinetic newcomer Nicole did make the roller skating suggestion and Nicole could have been fired for this bad idea. In the end, since Angie was the PM, she got the boot.

Trump seems to be a bit obsessed with Nicole and Tim's romance or perhaps he's just acting as if he is to elevate the drama of this romance in the series. At any rate, Trump kept asking Nicole in the boardroom if she loved Tim, did he love her...very personal type of stuff, frankly.

Trump then advised Nicole, yes Donald Trump, world expert on romance and love, gave advice to Nicole and what he told Nicole was a bit over the top. For The Donald told Nicole to drop Tim like a heavy rock for failing to defend her and not trying to keep her on his team. After Angie was fired, Nicole asked permission to go on the Kinetic premises so she could have a heart-to-heart with Tim. The Donald gave her permission and the show ended on this note.

The viewing audience was left in mystery as to what Nicole would say to Tim. We must wait until the next task to find out I must suppose.

Apprentice 2007 Montage universal task


Frankly Donald's suggestion to Nicole is a bit dangerous. Advising lovers on ANY action is a dangerous thing in that if the advice doesn't work or makes things worse, then it's YOUR fault. Not that Donald Trump would suffer any pain from a peon apprentice would-be. Still, it seemed unbecoming to have someone of Donald Trump's stature all involved in a little flirtation.

Except the man IS trying to boost his ratings.

APPRENTICE 2007 LA LINKS
First Show 1/7/07
Swimsuit Task 1/14/07
Michelle Quits 1/21/07
Pollo Loco
The Honey of a Task
Priceline Trips and Language
Marketing the Lexis
The Soap Opera Task
Universal Studios Task

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TV-HOT OFF THE PRESSES-Idol 2007-First Elimination from the Top Ten

ELIMINATED THE NIGHT OF 3/28/07:
IN the bottom Three: NOTE...SANJAYA NOT IN BOTTOM THREE

Phil Stacey
Haley Scarnato
Chris Sligh

..........ELIMINATED-CHRIS SLIGH


Below was written BEFORE the elimination show of 3/28/07 was aired.

Once again we'll have the Idol from the Top Ten eliminated posted on this Blog within minutes of the end of the elimination show.

Let us all hope Sanjaya gets the nod.

Also, some pics and comments on the GREASE final and winners.


Pic of the Day
Manly Men Montage




Quote of the Day
On fire drills:
In elementary school, in case of fire you have To line up quietly in single-file from the smallest to tallest.
What is the logic? Do tall people burn slower?"
- Warren Hutcherson



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Doesn't It Piss You Off, When..???

1. There's a car alarm nearby that goes on for hours and the owner is nowhere to be found?

2. You buy an answering machine so you won't miss any calls, and then everyone hangs up when they hear the machine answer? ( LEAVE A MESSAGE YOU MORONS )

3. There's a cop car in sight and everyone thinks they have to drive 10-15 mph slower than the speed limit?

4. You're reading a magazine and all those annoying little subscription cards keep falling out?

5. You tell someone that a door is locked and they try to open it anyway, like it'll magically open for them and not you.

6. Someone says, "well, to make a long story short" and then they go on telling it for another 15 minutes.

7. A friend or family member says "Yuck! This is awful!!" and then tells you to try some.

8. You have to inform five different sales people in the same store that you're just looking around. (REALLY PISSES ME OFF)

9. You rub on hand cream and can't turn the bathroom doorknob to get out.

10. A waiter or waitress is not around at any time other than right after you put food in your mouth.

11. Your tire gauge lets half the air in your tire when all you want is a pressure reading.

12. The dog in your neighborhood that barks at EVERYTHING.

13. The power goes out, and you discover every flashlight you have has dead batteries.

14. Someone gets in the express lane at the supermarket and writes a check.

15. The elevator stops at every floor and nobody gets on.

16. You almost ALWAYS back up your computer files but the week you don't, your hard drive crashes and you lose everything.


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Gwen Stefani Night at American Idol 2007 Top Ten

Frankly I couldn't name a song that Gwen Stefani sings if you held a gun to my head. Which means nothing as nobody consulted me at any rate. It was Stefani who helped the top ten contenders for the American Idol crown for 2007 on the night of 3/27/07. The following night one of the top ten was eliminated. Let me emphasize again, the following was written BEFORE the elimination round.

We begin with Lakisha Jones, who gave a spectacular performance as always. Lakisha wore a colorful dress like a few of the other female contenders and Simon remarked how Lakisha looked younger and gave a great vocal.

Next up, Chris Sligh. Chris sang "Everything She Does Is Magic" and now I must rant.

THE SOUND WENT OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF CHRIS' SONG! Further, the sound kept going up and down, in and out, throughout this entire show and myself would think that the sound people would have tested the sound then tested it some more. For what's more important than steady sound during a SINGING COMPETITION? I would fire whoever is in charge of sound for this series, hand to God. And I don't think it was my TV as the same thing happened on the other TV. If I was Chris I'd be in a permanent funk.

As for Chris' performance, not so good. And yet Chris committed another mortal sin of the American Idol contestant: he ADMITTED HE DID BADLY.

I know that at least one of this year's contenders reads this Blog. Spread the word please...NEVER, EVER, admit you performed poorly! Demur. Be coy. Blink your eyes, blush and act like you have no idea what Randy means by "pitchy". Whatever the hell the contender says won't erase the criticism. It's out there, floating around in the air waves across the fruited plains. Don't legitimize criticism by owning up to it.

Gina Glocksen performed "I'll Stand By You" and this was a great song for Gina and she performed it well. Gina still sports her Goth look but it appears that she toned it down somewhat now that she's in the top ten. Hey, Gina, pay no attention to what your stylist tells you, listen to this female viewer....WEAR MORE LIPSTICK!

In a singing competition the lips are a focal point. I thought Gina looked very washed out the night of Gwen Stefani. She definitely needs more color.

Simon was very pleased with Gina's performance and declared it her best so far during the competition.

Okay, Sanjaya. Frankly I am getting very amused by the Sanjaya saga as are the judges. Simon declared that it's no use for the judges to critique his performance. Scuttlebutt has it that Howard Stern, NOT the one who killed Anna Nicole and her son, is recruiting his listeners over the pay-for-radio air waves to force Sanjaya on through to who knows, perhaps victory. The way I see it, if Stern can pull this off, more power to the man. It will be on the AI producers to figure out a better way to keep this sort of vote rigging from happening. If Sanjaya should actually win this contest, well the laugh will be on us all, won't it?

I have no idea what the hell Sanjaya sang on Gwen Stefani night as I was too busy giggling all night over the kid's hair. What the hell...? Sanjaya had a mohawk type of do and as Simon remarked, evidently the fellow did not have a mirror in his dressing room.

3.28.07 montage Sanjaya Mohawk, Gwen Stefani


Haley Scarnato wins the prize of being the prettiest and sexiest female of those in the top ten of American Idol 2007. Haley is nowhere near the best singer and in fact can't even hold a candle to likes of Lakisha, Melinda and Jordin. Haley performed "I See Your True Colors" and my notes reflect anger and rage at her pitchiness and terrible vocal performance. But Haley is pretty and sexy and this fact will carry her for a while.

Phil Stacey performed "Every Breath You Take" and let me state right now that Phil needs to ditch that goofy hat. I suspect he's growing his hair back under that hat but whatever the case, I think singing whilst sporting a silly knit cap to be a bit dumb.

Beyond the hat, Phil gave a very good performance. I had before considered Stacey a lackluster sort of performer but as he sang this song I was surprised, and pleased, at what Stacey did with his voice. The judges were just as impressed.

Melinda Doolittle sang "Heaven Knows" and here I must share an observation. For it is now, when the would-be idols are winnowed down to ten, that middle America sits up and takes notice of the singers. Which also means, I must hope, that shock radio jocks will lose their ability to brainwash their brain dead listeners. As such, and this is all anecdotal, but as such most people who discuss this year's AI competition have mostly been pointing to Melissa Doolittle as their favorite.

This song was in the lower octave of Melinda's range but still she did it well. The judges remarked that as always Melinda is a consummate performer. Simon said he hated Melinda's outfit and frankly I thought it looked like something from The Jetsons.

My personal male favorite, Blake Edwards, sang "Love Song" by Cure. I never heard of the song; never heard of the group. Which is fine because Blake was, as usual, wonderful with his vocals.

The judges had some unusual remarks about Blake that I thought intriguing. Paula called Blake a "dark horse", a horse racing term which refers to a contender normally considered as not likely to win but might sneak through anyway. Simon, on the other hand, referred to Blake as the "front running guy". Randy remarked that Blake had better watch his tendency to stay in what Randy called the "Chris Daughtry Zone".

Some comments here: What on earth did Paula mean when she called Blake a dark horse? All along this guy has been considered a front runner. Did Paula mean that one of the females would surely win the thing but that Blake could sneak through as the winner? I think Simon's right when he crowns Blake as the front running guy and all true, perhaps, that Blake has to beat out the FEMALES in this year's competition as he is already the top of the male contingent of the 2007 American Idol would-bes.

As for Randy's remark about this so-called "Chris Daughtry" zone, I do remember Chris Daughtry from last year's competition I believe but could be wrong. At any rate, Chris was a hard-core rocker type of fellow and he did make his voice do all sorts of things. Chris Daughtry appealed to a subset of American Idol afficiandos and as I understand it, Chris has gone on to a rewarding musical career. Blake appeals to a larger group of AI viewers, I would argue, and does NOT fall into a Chris Daughtry classification. Thus I disagree with Randy but not by much.

3.28.07montage Lakisha, Melinda


My female personal fave, Jordin Sparks, belted out a tune and I must comment on Jordin's ponytail and what I would call a "Happy Days" retro 50's outfit. Jordin looked cute as 17-year-old Jordin is very cute. She gave a great performance and it is my hope that Jordin stays true to herself. With tenacity and hope, I believe Jordin could win this thing.

Chris Richardson sang a tune titled "Don't Speak". I considered the performance ho-hum although it was a fine delivery. At this point in the contest the competition is so tough that even great performances are relegated to mediocrity when they are anything but.

BEST PERFORMANCE-Blake Edwards
BEST DRESS-Haley Scarnato
BEST SONG CHOICE FOR VOICE-Phil Stacey
WORST PERFORMANCE-Sanjaya, as always
BIGGEST SURPRISE OF NIGHT-Gina Glocksen
MY GUESS AS TO NEXT ELIMINATION-Sanjaya, if not-Haley Scarnato

Below, the TOP NINE American Idol Finals for 2007:
Gina Glocksen
Haley Scarnato
Jordin Sparks
Lakisha Jones
Melinda Doolittle
Stephanie Edwards
Blake Lewis
Chris Richardson
Phil Stacey
Sanjaya Malakar




Seattle and Minneapolis 1/16/07 and 1/17/07
Birmingham 1/30/07
San Antonio 2/6/07
The Top 24 2/12/2007
First Four Eliminated
3/1/07-Down to 16
The Top Twelve
Diana Ross and the Top Twelve
British Invasion
Gwen Stefani Tribute

"You're the One That I Want"

The search for a new Sandy and Danny to star in the musical "Grease" is over and some pic montages below show the top four and the winners.

This was an interesting contest but it didn't receive much hype and seems to have been followed by a small cult of people. Myself only tuned in once in a while. That being said, there's only so many contest one can have to find stars for a musical. And then it would have to be a well-known musical like "Grease".

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True Crime-Will the Group of Creeps Who Tortured a 6 Year Old Boy ALL Get the Death Penalty?

The verdict is in for the guy who got caught making love to a dead deer.

We've got some True Crime involving canines, including a lovely women who sicced her dogs on a saleswoman and get this, that California arsonist might have started the fire that killed five firemen to free his dog!

Also, what's going on with Houdini? Could he have been poisoned?

Finally, those creeps that tortured and murdered a six year old boy. Big question here...will they ALL get the death penalty?


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Quote of the Day
FAMOUS LAST WORDS

"In our private lives, we are seeing a revolution in productivity and quality. But in government bureaucracies, we are trapped in a circa 1965 pre-information-age system of decay, inconvenience and ineffectiveness."

- Newt Gingrich, Winning the Future, 3/19/07


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+--------------- Bizarre Presidential Facts ---------------+

Abraham Lincoln did not write the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope. In fact, he worked on that address for two weeks.

It was Cicero, not President John F. Kennedy, who first said words to the effect of, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Some scholars believe Andrew Jackson was born at sea in 1755, not 1767, and thus was not eligible to be president of the U.S. However, at least two states, North Carolina and South Carolina, claim his birth place, about a mile apart.

In 1824, Andrew Jackson received more popular votes than John Adams, yet lost the election. The vote was so close that neither candidate received a majority of the electoral votes. The decision then went to the House of Representatives, which elected Adams.

Zachary Taylor, twelfth president of the U.S., did not vote until he was sixty-two. He did not even vote in his own election.

President Ulysses S. Grant was once arrested during his term of office. He was convicted of exceeding the Washington speed limit on his horse and was fined $20


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A Loving Family That Tortures and Kills Together

Just when you think you've come across the worst this country has to offer, you come across a group of people even worse than anything you've seen.

For Christopher Barrios was a mere six years old when he was choked to death.

From CNN.com:
SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) --Edenfield A convicted child molester and his father took turns sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy while the molester's mother watched, then they choked the boy to death, according to an indictment issued Wednesday.

So this lovely family spent some "quality" time with Christopher before tossing his body alongside the road as if a bag of trash.

The bigger question I have with this case that while the prosecutor declares that he is going after the death penalty for all three of these low-lifes, I must wonder, will he really?

Which is not to say that all three of these cretins don't deserve a nice long needle but how often is more than one person put to death for the murder of one individual?

Man Gets Probation for Having Sex With Dead Deer

This Blog is so on the cutting edge that the story of the fellow in trouble for having sex with a dead deer has already been covered HERE. In my Blog post I discussed this pervert's defense against charges of animal cruelty levied against him at the time. Said defense being that since the deer was already dead when he made love to his object of desire, it wasn't, technically mind you, animal cruelty.

From Yahoo.com:
SUPERIOR, Wis. - A 20-year-old man received probation after he was convicted of having sexual contact with a dead deer. The sentence also requires Bryan James Hathaway to be evaluated as a sex offender and treated at the Institute for Psychological and Sexual Health in Duluth, Minn.

Now we learn that this same fellow must now be treated for his sexual disorders as his punishment. We also learn, and this is the most important tidbit of the story above, that Mr. Hathaway had been arrested before. THAT arrest was for, get this, KILLING a horse, specifically so he could have sex with it. We must then logically wonder if he killed the deer for the same reason. This factoid was ommitted in the article I used for the original post. I should think that killing animals to have sex with them would for sure be considered animal cruelty.

Frankly I wonder why, at times like this, society even bothers to try and rehabilitate these types of perverts. Given time this is a fellow who will soon be murdering HUMANS and for the same reason he murders animals.

Pizza Boxes Replace Milk Cartons

One of my jobs when I once upon a time processed payroll for various organizations was to notify the state's department of welfare of every new hire. This way, a fellow's Social Security number was fed into a database of those behind on child support and if there was a match then boom, right then and there I could attach the fellow's paycheck. The same rule for females too. If they were behind on court-ordered child support then their paychecks were also attached.

Folks, you make 'em, you take care of them. If the parents of children do not support then it will be on you and I. Thus we should be cheering on any attempt to find these deadbeats and make them pay up. The notion of putting the faces of these child support deadbeats on pizza boxes, hey, it's okay with me.

From Cnews.com:
Customers at some suburban pizza parlors are getting something extra with their pepperoni and mushrooms - wanted posters for parents accused of failing to pay child support.

Now we all know lawyers are scuzzbuckets but get a load of this guy below, quoted from the link provided above.
An attorney who focuses on fathers' rights cases called the tactic "horrible."

"It's just a way of shaming people," said Maury Beaulier, whose firm is in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Many circumstances can cause people to get behind in support payments, but that doesn't make them deadbeats, he said.

See, ladies and gems, you don't get just a little "behind" in your child support payments to get your picture on the pizza box. These are folks who have totally walked away from their obligation to support their children. They are not your buddy Joe who got behind a week or two with the support payments. Any "shame" these deadbeat dads get heaped on them is well deserved.

And pay no mind to those suggesting that the children of these deadbeat dads will be upset at the notion of their beloved father's picture on the pizza box. I once had a deadbeat dad. Almost all you hear is the complaints of the custodial parent. Life is so much better if both parents do what they are supposed to do for the children they brought into the world. I'd wager that children of deadbeat parents would much rather have their parents' picture on a pizza box that would result in resumption of child support than have their deadbeat parent get off scot free.

Dogs and Crime

At least two relatives of Raymond Oyler have told investigators that Oyler had mentioned a plan to set fires to cause a distraction that would allow him to break into the local pound and retrieve his pet pit bull. The pit bull was taken from Oyler for attacking a woman and her dog.

From CBS2:
Oyler arsonistAP) RIVERSIDE, Calif. A man charged with setting a wildfire that killed five federal firefighters wanted to light the mountain on fire as a diversion to free his family's impounded pit bull, a relative of the suspect told investigators, according to a published report.

But of course the lovely Oyler, whose fires killed five fire fighters, has an attorney. The attorney laughs off Oyler's family's story and considers the investigators' queries about the dog story as "humorous".

Yeah, a shark of an attorney would think the horrific burning death of five innocent men to be humorous so long as his precious client isn't caught doing what everyone knows he did. Oyler couldn't control his dog, his dog got taken away, so of course Oyler set a mountain on fire that killed five people.

Let's hope that lawyer is laughing with his client all the way to the death chamber. Man, this is so funny I am rolling on the floor laughing.

Another Fine Dog Owner

From TBO.com:
LAKELAND - When a saleswoman rang her doorbell, Amber Gilbert didn't slam the door in her face. She commanded her dogs to attack the woman, according to an affidavit released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

Gilbert, 32, is accused of setting her dogs on Sennie Yeager, a Tampa woman who was selling cleaning products door-to-door in Lakeland on Friday, the affidavit states.

According to the story linked above, the door-to-door salesperson was walking away when the fine dog owner Amber Gilbert sicced her dogs on the retreating women. Indeed. This dog owner actually opened her door and sent the dogs after the saleswoman. As, understand, the dogs weren't already outside or somehow escaped by their owner out the door as sometimes happens. No. The dogs were deliberately sicced on a helpless human being with her back to the attacking dogs.

An intriguing fact is the breed of dogs sent to attack the hapless saleswomen. One is a Belgian Malinois like my own fine dog breed. The other dog is a German Shepherd, a dog related to the Malinois, also referred to as a "Belgian" shepherd. Neither of these dogs are especially vicious and it's rare that they attack another human. These are dogs used by police forces and for sure can be trained to attack a human. They are big dogs and have great big teeth. Easily they could tear apart a human being but such attacks, unless provoked, are rare. Even though these two dogs attacked the sales person, evidently on command from their owner because these are simply not the sorts of dogs that go around attacking human beings, the two of them only inflicted one bite wound on their victim.

All of which tells me that this nut dog owner had to have trained these dogs to specifically attack people. I cannot imagine my Belgian Malinois attacking and biting another human being even if I commanded her to. She wouldn't have the slightest idea of what I am asking her to do. I have no doubt that she would spring to my defense should a human being ever attack ME as these are very protective dogs and I'd argue they'd kill anyone who would try and harm their beloved owners. But to just out and out attack another human upon command? They'd have to be TRAINED to do that, it's simply not part of this breed's inner nature.

Some fine examples of humans who should not be allowed to own dogs.

From the Electronic In-Box

This came across my email box. While it's intriguing and a bit funny, I've no proof any of it is true. I offer the following for True Crime buffs across the fruited plains.

+------------------- Bizarre Criminals --------------------+

In September 1992, robbers in Las Vegas held up a van thought to contain gambling chips, only to find that it was carrying potato chips instead.

In 1998, a guard was caught smuggling a wad of money in his underpants out of a bank in Atlanta when a tiny security-dye capsule exploded, blowing a hole in his trousers.

In 1998, a would-be Texas grocery store robber went to the trouble of disguising his face with a balaclava but forgot to remove from his breast pocket a laminated badge which bore his name, place of employment and position within the company - an oversight spotted by at least a dozen witnesses.

A 1975 raid on the Royal Bank of Scotland in Rothesay degenerated into farce when, on the way in, the three would-be raiders got stuck in the bank's revolving doors and had to be helped free by the staff. Undeterred, they returned a few minutes later and announced that it was a robbery. The staff thought it was a practical joke and refused to pay up. While one of the men vaulted the counter and twisted his ankle on landing, the other two made their escape,
only to get trapped in the revolving doors again.

Houdini to be Exhumed

Indeed the very term "Houdini" can be used as a euphemism for suddenly disappearing whilst leaving no clue. Now we are to understand that descendents of the famous disappearing magician are exhuming his body to check for possible poisoning.

From Guardian.uk:
Now, 81 years after a death that had been attributed variously at the time to peritonitis from a ruptured appendix, caused by a forceful blow to the stomach, or foul play, relatives of Houdini are pressing for the exhumation of his body to try to ascertain the causes of his death.

In reading the above article I discover that Houdini used to attend seances and the like in disguise and often exposed the Mediums conducting the things as the charletons they were. The current notion is that Houdini could have been murdered by a "spiritualist" who resented his intrusion on a good, money-making venture and then killed him with arsenic poison.

I don't believe any of this for a single second. I am on the lookout for a movie coming out soon about Houdini. Already as I noted in reading the article linked above, there is a new book coming out on Houdini. Such as exhuming long dead bodies under a flimsy pretext of possible murder is often a PR technique and I'm thinking this is the case here.

Although, who knows? I understand that arsenic remains in the body for ages so perhaps they'll find some in Houdini's remains.

I am very skeptical, however.

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TV-Review Miss USA 2007 and the Movie "Prime"

NOTE-a reader has informed me that the former Miss USA is Tara CONNER. I'll not change my original entry but know that the surname REID is incorrect. Not at all sure where I got that name. Regrets.

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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Quote of the Day
A CANDIDATE TRULY FULL OF HOT AIR

"More and more Democrats are becoming convinced Mr. Gore is running for president -- by not running for president. . . . This fall, many Gore aides are convinced he will win the Nobel Peace Prize for this global warming crusade. 'If that happens, you can bet the roof will come off in terms of pressure from the Democratic base for him to run,' predicts Rich Galen, a former GOP consultant who now writes Mullings.com."

- John Fund, Political Diary, 3/19/07



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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.


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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.

Tara Reid, boob display usa2007


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.

Gown montage miss usa 2007


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 USA 2007 winner montage.


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.


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Review: "PRIME"

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.

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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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First Review of 2007's "Dancing With the Stars"

This freshly in.

We've got pics of ALL the contenders in this year's "Dancing With the Stars", including a female boxer, a 6'7" former basketball player and a legless Paul McCartney ex-Heather Mills.

Also, Guest Writer Michelle works over her issues with God's sense of humor.


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Sinkhole




Quote of the Day
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
-Anonymous

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
-Ann Landers


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TIDBITS

+--------------------- BIZARRE TRIVIA ---------------------+

It was the custom among men in Rome, when swearing to tell the truth, to place one's right hand on one's testicles. The English word "testimony" is related to this custom.

Coffee is the world's second largest item of international commerce. Petroleum is the first.

Percentage of Americans that want to change their bodies in some way: 75% Percentage of Americans that would want to change their intelligence: 13%

Americans eat almost one million tons of potato chips each year.

The can opener was invented forty-four years after canned food.

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"Dancing With the Stars" 2007 Premieres

Bookmark this site for it is ABC's official web site for this reality series.

I did, on the evening of 3/19/07, tune in to see the eleven contenders for the dance title. I would also see the female contestants dance the Fox Trot and the male contestants dance the Cha-Cha.

I must say, yon ladies and gems, that this year's almost-a-dozen list of contenders is very interesting. We've got female boxers, dancers with one leg, Olympic athletes and beauty contest winners. Let's move on with a first time review of the contenders, peppered with, as always, my amusing and insightful commentary. Insert wink here.

All contestants Dance With Stars 2007


Ian Ziering is an actor. He starred in "90210" or so the quick sound byte informs. I'd never heard of him but it's no matter. The question is...CAN HE DANCE? Ian danced the cha-cha to the weirdest song I'd ever pick for a cha-cha. The tune was "Boney Maroney" and I've no idea how to spell that. For sure I wouldn't call Ian a natural. The judges declared he needed more hips for the dance. I say he needs more talent and a better song. Ian and his partner scored 21 points out of a possible 30, which was one of the highest scores of the evening. Which shows what I know.

Paulina Porizkova is a super model of some sort and the lady is beautiful. Paulina definitely wore the prettiest dress of the night by my own judgment. Paulina and her partner danced the Fox Trot to a tune titled "It's Too Darn Hot" and Paulina seemed to float across the dance floor. The judges declared Paulina "classy" and she scored 19 points for her dance performance.

Billy Ray Cyrus is a country singer and someone should softly suggest to the man that he stick to country singing. Billy and his partner scored 13 points out of a possible 30. I predict he won't last long.

Leeza Gibbons calls herself a talk show hostess and proudly declared that she is the oldest woman in the contest. Leeza danced to "Strangers in the Night" and I thought she did well. She and her partner scored a mere 15 out of 30 possible points, however.

Joey Fatone, a member of the music group Nsync, suffered a wardrobe malfunction as he cha-cha'd to a Beegees disco tune. Fatone's microphone battery pack evidently became loose as he and his partner danced around the floor in a very rollicking cha-cha. I thought he danced very well for a rather large fellow and he handled that swinging battery pack like a pro. Joey got 24 points, the highest score of the evening.

She's a professional boxer and yes I do mean SHE. Laila Ali is the daughter of professional boxer, Mohammad Ali and she's very pretty and very talented. Ali and her partner danced to the tune "How Sweet It Is" and I thought she did a helluva job. The judges declared her "fantastic" and Laila scored 23 points out of a possible 30. She's definitely a contender to win this.

John Ratzenberger is most well known as Norm's postman drinking buddy on the hit show "Cheers". Ratzenberger also narrates a series called "Made in America" which I watch often on the Travel channel. John informed us he was the oldest dancer of all contenders this year. I was surprised at how chubby this fellow has become after his Cheers' stint.

John and his partner danced to the tune "Chain of Fools". He wasn't bad but I don't think he'll last long. The judges were surprised he was so good. Ratzenberger received 17 points.

Dance with stars montage 3.20.07


Miss USA 2004 was next up and I declare Shandi Finnessey as definitely the prettiest of all the female contenders. Shandi Fox-Trotted to "Power of Love". The judges said she needs to work on her footwork. Shandi and her partner were awarded 19 out of 30 points.

Clyde Drexler is a member of the NBA Hall of Fame and is very, very tall. Indeed Clyde walks this planet encased in a 6'7" frame and I was ready as all get out to watch someone this tall cut the rug. I thought Clyde showed absolutely amazing footwork, the choreography was top notch and I have an odd detail in my notes: I declare Clyde to be a "good interviewer". Goes to personality I assert, and can win the fellow plenty of votes, so affable he was. Clyde received 16 points for his and his partner's dance performance.

Heh. So okay, Heather Mills is prime and ready for all sorts of jokes. First, she's Paul McCartney's estranged spouse. Second, she has an artificial leg and come on....she's entering a dance contest! The jokes are all lined up for the telling.

But okay, we'll be serious. I imagine that dancing with an artificial leg has to be difficult. Oddly, the judges complained about Heather's use of her HANDS of all things. Heather received 18 out of 30 possible votes and I think she'll be around a while but she'll never win this thing.

He's beloved by young females across the planet. I remember Olympic athlete Apolo Anton Ohno well from having watched some Olympic competition or another. Ohno is coupled with an 18-year -old professional partner and this factoid intrigues. This makes Ohno and his partner and impossibly cute couple and this fact is bound to bring Apolo audience votes. Ohno and his partner danced to the tune "Let's Hear It For the Boys" and Apolo received an impressive 21 points for his and his partner's performance. I think Ohno is a real contender for winning this thing.

Thus we have the beginning 11 for the 2007 dancing contest "Dancing With the Stars". For now I'm watching Apolo Ohno and Laila Ali closely.

Ian Ziering
Paulina Porizkova
Billy Ray Cyrus
Leeza Gibbons
Joey Fatone
Laila Ali
John Ratzenberger
Shandi Finnessey
Clyde Drexler
Heather Mills
Apolo Anton Ohno


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Sense of Humor

Sometimes it's my own sense of humor that tickles my fancy and sometimes it's someone else's.

All week, it's been the Powers-That-Be's sense of humor: One morning I left the house to find a clear road and went my merry way. When I returned, those dreaded orange and white hurdles were in the roadway. "Road closed," the sign said. I slowed and stopped, confused. The rule-follower in me wanted to turn around, but my house was beyond those hurdles. While I pondered on the side of the road, another car went around them. Ah! I followed, and made it home. The closure was at the intersection, fifty feet from my house.

Now the road is closed every day, but only in the daytime. Each occasion to venture out of the house is now rather like being a rat in a maze, where they keep moving the cheese. Is it this way? Nope, dead end. How about this way? Nope, another dead end.

Thursday night, it was God's sense of humor: The days have been sunny here and Thursday decided to cloud over. Gray skies and grumbling clouds covered our area, and I watched eagerly for signs of rain. I wanted a thunderstorm, so I could sit in my window seat and watch.

By late afternoon, the sky was incredibly dark and it looked like I could touch the clouds if I just stood on tiptoe. Surely it would rain!

I did household chores and some computer gaming while I waited. And waited. And waited. (Here's where God's sense of humor comes in.)

God's sense of humor


At last, the first raindrops splattered on the dusty pavement outside. I ran to the Fox Room to sit in my new window seat... And realized the sun had set. It was dark outside!

I sat in my window anyway, and did see some lightning, but though I heard the drops hit the window, I never did see it rain.

And I remember a Friday night when it was my sense of humor: I needed to call Harry because the guy with him needed to call his wife for a personal crisis. So I got out the hotel list and looked up the number. (They were in Germany.) Holiday Inn. Cool. I dialed the very-long number and heard the odd buzz of the European phone ringing.

"Gluten Morgan," she said, along with a lot of other stuff I couldn't come close to pronouncing. (I'm sure these two aren't right, either, but that's what my American ears heard.)

"Hi," I wisely offered. "I need to speak with my husband. Do you speak English?"

"Yes?" she said, clearly, with an accent, and with the question mark. Still, I was overjoyed to understand the word.

"Oh, good. My husband's name is Harry Hakala H A K A L A. Can I speak with him?"

There followed a very long silence which probably cost me more than a gallon of gas. Then, hesitantly, "Is he not in your room?"

Michelle

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