Thursday

The Gardens of Midspring 2007; Miss Universe Review-Yes Including the Famous Fall;Crufts Dog Show

Here's an entry re the gardens of Serendipity Shore mid-spring 2007. For the roses and peonies bloom wildly and we've got plenty of pics.

Plus a review of two beauty pageants, one with dogs, really. Of course a dog wrote the review, yes she did.

The other has female human lovelies vying for Miss Universe.

Yes she fell down yet Miss USA STILL came in number five!

With pics of them all that you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.


Pic of the Day
Audacious dogs-chihuahua mates with big dog, bull dog scavanges in dog food bag




Quote of the Day
DISCRIMINATING AGAINST INTELLIGENCE

"Since Teddy Kennedy's 1965 Immigration Act, more than half of all legal immigrants have been unskilled, non-English-speaking Mexicans. America takes in roughly 1 million legal immigrants each year. Only about 30,000 of them have Ph.D.s. Why on earth would any rational immigration policy discriminate against immigrants with Ph.D.s in favor of unskilled, non-English-speaking immigrants?"
- Columnist Ann Coulter


Web Site Worth the Visit
The Blue Angels

Here's a site posted about the navy's famous Blue Angels, posted by a former Blue Angel. The opening pics of planes flying by the World Trade Center will take your breath away.

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RANDOM TIDBITS ON ANTS

Ants have six legs. Each leg has three joints.
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Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight.
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The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days.
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Red ants (found in the western United States) steal larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the red ants, who cannot do anything but fight.
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The jaws open and shut sideways like a pair of scissors. Adult ants cannot chew and swallow solid food. Instead they swallow the juice which they squeeze from pieces of food. They throw away the dry part that is left over.
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The common Black Ants and Wood Ants have no sting, but they can squirt a spray of formic acid. Some birds put ants in their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid which gets rid of the parasites.


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Miss Universe 2007

Heh. Donald Trump, aka "The Donald", can find publicity without even searching all that much. For if he isn't fighting very publicly with Rosie O'Donnell then his Miss USA is partying whilst high on cocaine and requires his forgiveness. Now we have Miss USA 2007 falling all over the place on national television and in front of a very unfriendly Mexican audience.

Before looking at the pics below, let me state right now, just exactly HOW it all happened. Because I've seen so many accounts about this incident, many, if not most, really WRONG.

Beyond Miss USA's treatment by the friendly Mexicans who all want to live with us illegally, this beauty contest was very ordinary with very ordinary beautiful women with very little brains. That's the crux of my review.

Miss USA was booed the very first time she was announced. This was during the "parade of nations" when the lovely ladies were introduced while wearing their country's costume. Miss USA was attired as some sort of rock and roller Elvis type, complete with big guitar.

The boos were not all that loud but I heard them plainly. I knew early on that the contest was being held in Mexico and my first thought when I heard the boos was that the catcalls were expressions of the recent bad feelings caused by all the talk about immigration due to the U.S. Senate activity on the matter. By the way, this year's Miss Universe contest featured so much crap about the host nation, Mexico, that it could also have been called a travel documentary. But make no mistake, there were folks in that audience booing Miss USA and they were likely Mexicans and my second thought as I listened was..."well this is going to make Americans really like them"...as regards the Mexicans, of course. I mean, they were booing our candidate! Us stupid peons who think that people should not just enter our country willy-nilly because they've never been able to craft a vibrant democracy their own sorry and corrupt selves were definitely going to be calmed by the sound of that same bunch of big-hatted ruffians booing our candidate.

Understand here that the booing began BEFORE Miss USA fell down. You can believe all the lies by pundits and such who weren't watching the thing as it happened or you can believe The Wise I who watched it all and even mentally wrote this post as I watched.

Finally it was time for the 10 finalists to walk in their evening gowns. THIS was when Miss USA fell down.

Even as I watched with my disbelieving eyes, Miss USA fell flat on her butt but she made such a graceful and amazing recovery that I almost thought I was seeing things. My mind raced with thoughts. I concentrated but could not ever remember another time when a contestant fell down like that during a beauty pageant. Ice skaters fall down. Dancers might fall down. Parade majorettes might drop their batons. All Miss USA was doing was walking down a damn runway for God's sake. A wild thought ran through my mind that The Donald might have to check THIS Miss USA for signs of drug use.

After the fall I thought for sure the woman would not make the top five. I mean, go with me here, this is a contest about poise and posture and when you fall down, SPLAT, well that throws out that poise and posture thing. But damn if Miss USA STILL didn't make the top five and never mind the mindless Mexican booing, this American thought that giving her entry into the top five was damn dumb.

Then, when the top five were given a question that they always answer stupidly, Miss USA was called for her question. THIS is when the booing and catcalls were loudest and most obvious.

Understand that when the first boos filled the air, I was angry. Miss USA did nothing to deserve it besides being Miss USA. The boos that followed her fall and subsequent entry into the top five did not anger me. In fact, I thought they were deserved. Come on...the woman FELL DOWN! I mean, what's the few jobs a beauty contestant has to do? Walk around in a bathing suit? Walk around in a native costume? Walk around in a gown? Here Miss USA failed the basic test of WALKING AROUND!

Sure I know that everyone slips once in a while, we all have, we've all been embarrassed. Yes my heart goes out to Rachel Smith. But she shouldn't hadda oughta been in the TOP FIVE because, read my lips....SHE FELL DOWN! If that doesn't eliminate you than what the hell....?

Thus as I've already written, I don't especially like the Mexicans. I don't much blame them for this righteous indignation.
Anyway, below some pics for yon reader's pleasure.

Miss USA falls down during 2007 Miss Universe contest


2007 Miss Universe montage-Miss Japan and Miss USA


Miss Universe 2007 montage-various


Top five finalists in order for 2007 Miss Universe contest


The Late May 2007 Gardens

The gardens are lovely here in Serendipity Shore in this year of our Lord 2007. There are some disappointments. A cherished Coreopsis bloomed wonderfully last year but was nowhere to be seen whilst other plantings were busy returning for the 2007 season. Some critter or another chewed up my climbing rose, separating the plant's base from its roots. Just damn.

Still and so, I remember four years ago when there were no gardens here on Serendipity Shore. For that was when husband and I moved here to the swamps of Delaware. Now various gardens and containers decorate the lot and disappointments aside, I'm very pleased with the results so far.

2007 garden montage with blooming peonies late May


2007 rose bloom montage late may 07


Jo-Ann On the 2007 Crufts Dog Show

I don't know much about Crufts except its some place in England. The British sure love their dogs; I even see their Queen walking all about with a dog or two under her arm. I also know that Animal Planet features the Crufts dog show every year and every year I watch it.

So this year I decided to do a review of the dog show but I'm going one better. For my DOG, Jo-Ann, agreed to provide some insightful commentary about the dog show. No, Jo-Ann can't type but she CAN dictate her thoughts to me. Below, Jo-Ann's commentary and below this, some wonderful pics of all things canine from the 2007 Crufts dog show.

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Greetings. Yes I am Jo-Ann, also known as "Lady Love" as so dubbed by my mistress. When my mistress asked me to provide my commentary on that stupid dog show she loves to watch I jumped and panted for the chance. I do, much like my mistress, have an opinion.

First, yon human ladies and gems, some of those creatures featured on those dog shows my mistress adores shouldn't oughta even be called dogs.

Understand that myself is a fine Belgian Malinois and if there was ever a canine whose picture should be under the word "DOG" in the dictionary it should be myself or, if desperate, another member of my breed. For I do what dogs do and I look like a dog. Duh.

Until recently I had a co-dog that was a dacshund and while I loved Cleetus in that matter of dogs sharing a home, come on, that silly little thing shouldn't have been allowed to be called a dog what with those tiny little legs that are more suited to a rat than a dog.

But I digress and my mistress is telling me to move on.

Well the Crufts show did feature a Belgian Malinois but forgive me, THAT example of my breed was also pitiful. Better than the dacshund mind you, but skinny as all get out. It makes me wonder if they aren't starving those dogs like the humans do when they are in beauty contests.

My mistress is nudging me now and telling me that it is I...who is too fat. Heh. Surely my mistress jests. I am in fine girlish form thank you, nothing like that skin and bones Malinois at Crufts.

So beyond my own breed example, goodness I've seen alleged dogs on that show that should be classified as lions or something else. Definitely not DOGS. HAVE THEY NO PRIDE?

Come on...what the hell is that Puli thing with all those dreadlocks? This so-called dog is better classified as a rap dancer.

And a Portuguese Water Dog? The thing has the tail of a lion!

How about those French poodles prancing around the ring in that silly haircut? And some of those little long-haired things without eyes I am convinced are really little motor toys operated by remote control by someone in the stands.

Okay, my mistress is shutting me down. Well, she asked for my comments....
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To all owners of Portuguese Water Dogs or French Poodles, I apologize. But it was the DOG making those disparaging comments. And she's got great big teeth. Complain to her.

2007 Crufts Best in Show Smiles by Trophy


2007 Crufts dog show misc. montage of mutts


2007 Crufts Best in Breed for Toy, Pastorial, and Working


2007 Crufts Best in Breed Terrier, Hound and Utility



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Wednesday

Editorial-Jimmy Carter IS the Worst President Ever-He Can't Give the Title Away

We've ranted, raved and in general made a nuisance of ourselves over ex-President Jimmy Carter but allow me one more rant. Because this benchmark for how not to govern actually accuses Bush of being the worst President ever! A title he holds solidly and only Saddamn himself could take it away.

Plus Hillary books tell us of more scandal that we should elect this witch to lead us and an intriguing update on the Wolfowitz story plus a pic of the woman behind it all.


Pic of the Day
Geico Cave men represent what liberals think of U.S.ARMY


Thanks to Grouchy Old Cripple for the Pic Above



Quote of the Day
THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY

"As president, (Jimmy) Carter managed to alienate nearly every major country in the world and did so without asserting American power in ways that might justify that alienation. No other president has crammed as many foreign policy debacles into a four-year period. The Sandinista takeover of Nicaragua and the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis are but two examples of many. Near the end of his term, it should be remembered, Mr. Carter's approval rating fell to 21%, the lowest in the history of polling."

- Author Mark Moyar in the Wall Street Journal, 5/22/07



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More Rants Than You Can Fit in Your Pants

And for a small fee I'll let this site use my slogan above. Then again the slogan would be perfect for Sandy Berger.

I've been told that I write possibly the best rants on the Internet. While I'll allow that this is a stretch, I rather like the idea of a site devoted to those who would rant eloquently. In fact, I might post my Jimmy Carter rant on this site so check it out.
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BRANDOM TIDBITS on Alligators and Crocodiles

An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. There are two living alligator species: the American Alligator and the Chinese Alligator.
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The Chinese alligator rarely exceeds 7 feet long, with 5 feet being a more common size.
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Crocodilia are living fossils from the Age of Reptiles, having survived on earth for over 200 million years.
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Alligator vs Crocodile

Alligators can be distinguished from the crocodiles and ghavial by their head shape and color. The alligators have a wider snout, and unlike the crocodiles, teeth in their lower snout do not protrude when their mouth is closed. In addition, adult alligators are black, while crocodiles are brownish or greenish in color.

The largest alligator ever recorded in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches long (5.3 meters). The largest alligator ever recorded measured 19 feet 2 inches (5.8 meters) and was found in Louisiana.

The alligator snapping turtle is an aquatic turtle with a sharp, hooked beak. This turtle spends most of its time in deep water. Its habitat includes sloughs and deep muddy pools of large rivers. Water pollution, habitat alteration, a reduction in egg-laying sites and over-harvesting have probably all had a part in causing the decline of this species. The species is listed rare by the Missouri Department of Conservation.


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More on Wolfowitz

Last week I wrote an editorial on Paul Wolfowitz for as I explained on the Blog post linked, his story re the World Bank, his Muslim girlfriend and the obvious scam to bring him down, oddly intrigued me.

There's now, as of today, more to this story.

Wolfowitz gal pal Ali RezaFirst, I've obtained a picture of this woman. I envisioned, silly me, a Mata Hari type, a dark and mysterious middle eastern female with sensuous lips and curved hips. Okay so my imagination ran away with me. Still, as I pondered in my Blog post, I couldn't understand why Paul Wolfowitz, a Jew, got so involved with a Muslim woman. As mean and petty as that muse might make me sound, I am perfectly serious. I am a Christian WASP and I'd avoid a Muslim man forever because until I see these people stop rioting over cartoons and/or fitting their children with suicide vests, I don't trust a one of them. So sue me and lock me up but it's my story and I'm sticking to it. Much less being a Jew for God's sake because Muslims haven't treated Jews very well now have they?

Now the new news on Wolfowitz. It would seem that after all of his suffering for this woman, the bitch up and dumped him!

From the NYPOST:
Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, was pushed out as president of the World Bank over a controversial pay and promotion package he arranged for his brunette girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza.

Sources say Riza, a brilliant feminist with a promising diplomatic career, was upset by all the publicity and the implication that she was getting ahead with the help of a powerful man. "She was furious about the embarrassment," said one source.

A couple of things here....while I've provided a perfectly legitimate link to this allegation, I personally am not convinced it's true. By reading the link closely, a reader ascertains that the assertion of a break-up of these two is based on very flimsy evidence.

Still, as my original cautiousness indicated, a Jew involved with a Muslim of any sort should watch his/her back. Who's to say that this Riza woman didn't orchestrate this whole thing behind Wolfowitz' back? Maybe she too was receiving the booty of United Nation funds in some form or fashion and she joined the cabal to bring Wolfowitz, who promised to clean up the World Bank, down.

I'm not sure what the truth is or am I sure that Wolfie and Riza are history. I have read that Wolfie seems to have problems with females in his life. He's separated from his wife and there have been others.

For now, I stick to my assertion that the whole story of Wolfowitz wouldn't have happened if Wolfie had not been so damn naive. He'd do well to mind that trouser snake problem he has as well.

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Those Clinton Books

From the Daily Mail:
Bill Clinton was ready to divorce Hillary to be with one of his lovers, according to a book out next month.

The marriage crisis is said to have ended with his wife talking him out of the move, telling a friend "there are worse things than infidelity".


Hillary standing on her own political cartoon


Just a little snort here about the recent release of a couple of books about those lovely Clintons and the endless shenanigans they engaged in to insure that HE, and now SHE, will get the top spot they so rightfully deserve.

For the Clintons know what is best for thee and me and please don't ever forget this.

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Jimmy Carter-the Worst President Ever

Do not believe for one minute that when former President Jimmy Carter uttered the words that George W. Bush is the worst president in our history that it was a mere slip of the tongue. It was not.

For Jimmy Carter has forever aligned himself with the dictators and despots of the planet. As such he is their mouthpiece, their megaphone to international legitimacy. Because an ex-president, no matter how dismal his presidency, has earned the right to speak and he will be quoted as if an expert.

About the only thing us peons out here in la-la land can do is continually, over and over without let up, tell the world what life was like under President James Carter. I, as expected, will never give up this holiest of charge. For I have a granddaughter and someday she will have children and in order for history to remain upright it is on us to keep the story of Jimmy Carter as leader right on course.

I was in my mid-20's when James Carter won the presidency and to my everlasting shame, I think I even voted for the man.

I had a job and also attended night school. I was a pretty young thing, my future shining before me; I was the female symbol of all that is right about America. I was even a dewy-eyed liberal so don't think I was the radical right-winger that I am today. I made love and not war. I wore flowers in my hair and marched bitterly against the Vietnam war. I'd suffered through some bad times with my country and when a mighty peace-loving Democrat was finally elected after the shame of Nixon and that nasty little war we lost, I considered it a bright day for America.

Heh.

We'll get in to the more general mistakes that Jimmy Carter made later. For now, let's talk about the two worst things any president can do to the United States of America that would bring this country down:

a)for the first time in our history, gasoline was scarce and gas lines made an appearance that we haven't seen since.
b)home interest rates rose to the high teens, effectively blocking the only thing American Middle Class can aspire to in terms of pride and ownership

No country in the history of the world has survived without a mighty and happy Middle Class citizenry. You can have wise leaders and brave warriors all over the place but without a peaceful citizenry all pursuing their own brand of happiness while carrying the country on their collective backs you have, well you have Mexico, just to throw out an example. Mexico has no Middle Class. They have the rich and they have the poor. There has never been an effective democracy in Mexico.

It is within the reach of every American to obtain gas to travel and work and it's also easily possible for even the poorest to buy a house. Take these two things away and boom, you destroy the country. It might take a while but eventually, without a vibrant Middle Class, the country goes the route of Mexico and who knows, Americans by droves will be fleeing to points south of the border that they may become illegal immigrants too.

Any president with a brain knows that keeping gas available and relatively cheap while keeping the road to home ownership open and easy is something that should be first on the presidential "todo" list. Jimmy Carter failed this test miserably.

I was fortunate enough, even at that young age, to already own my own home. It was a small thing, however, and once those interest rates began to soar to over 20% at one point, I knew I'd never sell the thing. All around me my friends who had been struggling to save up a down payment were sobbing that they could not, they simply could not, ever hope to own their own home.

As for the gas lines, I don't pretend to understand the dynamics of gasoline pricing and availability. I can say that since the great gas lines of the Carter era that while the price of gasoline has risen and at times fluctuated wildly, there has NEVER been gas lines since. I must assume that Carter did something to cause the gas lines although I don't know what. I'm thinking a collusion of sorts with the Arab oil holders to teach the Americans a lesson but this is just a guess.

The gas lines were a horror. Though I had a well-paying job, my nails were bitten down to nubs with the fear that I will not be able to get gasoline to get to work. AND I WAS in a carpool, thank goodness, but even at this I had to wait in gas lines for HOURS and with each passing minute I feared the gasoline would run dry and before I could gas up the "CLOSED" sign would be slapped on the pumps. Eventually localities across the fruited plains had to implement an "odd-even" license tag program. On odd-numbered days folks with license tags ending in odd numbers could gas up and the same for even numbers. Of course this caused the rise of weird crimes. Gasoline stations were often vandalized in the middle of the night and the theft of auto tags reached a new high.

So after failing these two simple presidential tasks, we also had a terrible economy. There were no new business start-ups, unemployment was high, I spent my nights in constant worry that I would lose my job. After several cutbacks at my company I ended up low man on the seniority totem pole. So if I couldn't get gas I would surely lose my job. My house was falling down around me but I couldn't sell it. I was one miserable American at the tender age of 24. No one should have to be so unhappy, uncertain and filled with fear at such a tender age when the vibrancy of life should have been laying bright and colorful before me.

After the gas lines, the interest rates and the fear of losing my job, I stopped being a liberal. I hated President Jimmy Carter so much the bile would rise in my throat at the thought of the man. In fact, ole Jimmah's approval rating fell to 21%, the lowest in the history of the planet. Please remember this when they complain about George Bush's approval rating.

Carter Worst President in History political cartoon


Oh but there's more. Jimmy Carter actually complained that Americans weren't optimistic enough. He even complained about the general sense of national doom and he created something called a "malaise" factor. This malaise factor actually measured how unhappy America was, can you imagine such a thing?

Because of the gas lines everyone got all concerned about conservation. Thus we didn't have Christmas lights due to the "need" to save electricity. Can you imagine a year with no gaily colored Christmas lights? Yet our President would get on TV and smile that buggy smile and ask us to curtail the Christmas lights for the sake of the country. But wait! On one national address or another, Carter mentioned that he liked to run a fire at Camp David but since it was summer, he had to turn the air conditioner on high to create enough chill to warrant a fire.

I'm not making this up! While we were all waiting in gas lines and doing without Christmas lights, this man was running an air conditioner on high so he could have a frigging fire in the fireplace?

The absolute worst episode in the Carter presidency was the Iran hostage crisis. Indeed the Iranians up and captured Americans in the Iranian embassy and held them captive for over 400 days. By the time this happened I was beaten and worn down. America had zero respect and credibility in the world. Our national psyche had been essentially conditioned to expect that our citizens can be captured by foreign countries and held hostage at will. There was far too little outrage over the incident. If such a thing happened today the national hue and cry would be deafening. President Carter taught us well how to expect nothing and be grateful for just a little.

Ronald Reagan won the election against Carter in a veritable landslide. The day of the Reagan inauguration Iran released our hostages. This was NOT a coincidence.

So everytime Jimmy Carter opens his evil mouth I am going to be his "killer rabbit" and tell the true story of his presidency. I was there. Let us not forget the pain and damage this man brought to this country.

Unfortunately for Mr. Carter, he didn't damage America's Middle Class enough to wipe us out. For we managed to kick him out of office with no regret. Now if we can only shut him up as an ex-President. This man has no right to criticize any president.

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Tuesday

True Crime-He Put Car in Front of Train to Kill Girlfriend; He Dies Instead

Memorial Day 2007 is past but True Crime continues on.

We've an update on the Spector trial, what a joke. Also, astronaut Lisa Nowak's boyfriend out at NASA, the "God Hates Fags" flyers, and the verdict on the plot to steal Coca-Cola's trade secrets.

Also, Lindsay Lohan in trouble to join Paris and the Cardinal Baseball player's Dad suing everybody on the road the day his son killed himself whilst driving drunk and high.

Finally, he put the car in front of the oncoming train to kill his girlfriend. Only HE ended up very dead.


Pic of the Day
Cups of Coffee with drawings in the cream top




Quote of the Day
Classic Quotes by Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) U.S. writer

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
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It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance.
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Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
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Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
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Nature provides exceptions to every rule.
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Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though in truth his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking.
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The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.



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Just in Time for Prime Hurrican Season

A web site replete with the history of hurricanes.

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About Mosquitos
Use Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets...Best thing ever used in Louisiana .. just wipe on & go..Great for Babies


Bob, a fisherman, takes one vitamin B-1 tablet a day April through October. He said it works. He was right. Hasn't had a mosquito bite in 33 years. Try it.
Every one he has talked into trying it works on them. Vitamin B-1(Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg.)

If you eat bananas, the mosquitos like you, - something about the banana oil as your body processes it. Stop eating bananas for the summer and the mosquitos will be much less interested.

This is going to floor you, but one of the best insect repellents someone found (who is in the woods every day), is Vick's Vaporub.

Plant marigolds around the yard, the flowers give off a smell that bugs do not like, so plant some in that garden also to help ward off bugs without using insecticides.

"Tough guy" Marines who spend a great deal of time "camping out" say that the very best mosquito repellent you can use is Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil mixed about half and half with alcohol.

One of the best natural insect repellents that I've discovered is made from the clear real vanilla. This is the pure Vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It works great for mosquitoes and ticks, don't know about other insects.

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Don't Know Whether to Laugh or Cry

Julius Funches saved this country a lot of money. Because if things had gone the way this fine fellow intended, his girlfriend would be dead while he'd be alive, on trial and lying through his teeth.

Dead body of smart fellow who tried to kill girlfriend by train


From Chicago Tribune.com:
A man tried to kill his girlfriend Monday by parking their car in front of a speeding Metrolink commuter train, but instead died when debris from the crash struck him after he had been ejected from the car, police said.

His girlfriend, who was in the car when the train slammed into the vehicle's passenger side, was seriously injured but is expected to survive.

As the story goes, Funches and his girlfriend were seen arguing inside his car. Suddenly Funches pulled around cars behind the closed railroad gates in front of him and parked the car directly on the railroad tracks in front of the oncoming train. Evidently Funches got out of the car, either by jumping himself or being thrown out upon impact by the train while he was trying to exit the car. Whatever the case, Funches was trying to escape from that big mean train while his befuddled girlfriend probably didn't know what to think and, as Funches likely hoped, would not react quickly enough to save herself.

Some metal and other evil stuff was thrown all about by the impact of the train on the car and Mr. Funches died from being sliced and diced. His girlfriend, meanwhile, was seriously injured but she wasn't jumping out of the car and exposing herself to all sorts of debris and the safety of the car evidently saved her life.

Now imagine that, as Funches intended, he managed to escape from the oncoming train but his girlfriend died. Imagine the defense going on here.
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"She was complaining about the pain, she was screaming about the pain. That's where we were going that day, to the hospital emergency room because Maria, she was in great pain."

"And what did you do when you came upon the cars waiting for the train to pass, Mr. Funches?"

"I thought I could make it around the train. I thought I had enough time. I went around the cars in front of me and tried to get over the railroad track. Only the car stalled on the track so I tried to get out and go around to help Maria out before the train hit us."

"And what about the witnesses who testified that they saw you arguing with Maria?"

"We were not arguing. She was screaming at me to go around the cars and try to make it past the train. I tried to tell her it was dangerous but she said she was going to die if we didn't get her to a hospital soon."
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Okay, the prosecution would probably test Maria's stomach and health to ascertain if Julius' story could possibly be true but I can see a long drawn out trial and possibly the fine Julius going off scot free via reasonable doubt.

Heh. Julius saved us a bunch of taxpayer bucks. We shouldn't laugh at his stupidity.

Talk About Arrogance

As covered on this Blog HERE, Cardinal baseball player Josh Hancock was beebopping down the road at excessive speed, was likely high on marijuana and he was chatting on a cell phone. Hancock slammed directly into a stalled car and a tow truck assisting without any attempt to slow down, much less stop. Subsequent tests revealed he was intoxicated at twice the legal limit and the fellow did not bother with such as a seatbelt.

From USA Today:
ST. LOUIS — The father of Josh Hancock filed suit Thursday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him.
The suit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court by Dean Hancock of Tupelo, Miss., does not specify damages. Mike Shannon's Restaurant, owned by the longtime Cardinals broadcaster who starred on three World Series teams in the 1960s, is a defendant in the case along with Shannon's daughter, Patricia Shannon Van Matre, the restaurant manager.

Other defendants include Eddie's Towing, the company whose flatbed tow truck was struck by Hancock's sport utility vehicle in the early hours of April 29; tow truck driver Jacob Edward Hargrove; and Justin Tolar, the driver whose stalled car on Interstate 64 was being assisted by Hargrove.

Sure we shrug and figure, hey, sue everybody, maybe something will stick.

For myself, I'm going to put this little blurb on this little Blog read by two or three people every day. Because this is audaciousness beyond audacious and it's the sort of society you get when lawyers get too much power.

A poor man with a stalled car is being sued by the father of that arrogant Josh Hancock who could have killed God knows how many innocent people as he drove around drunk beyond compare, chit-chatting on the cell phone and speeding. Except no innocent people died, thank God again. A very guilty Josh Hancock lost his life and hey, it's was almost ordained. Another fellow out earning a living aiding stranded motorists and he's being sued in this exercise in arrogance.

And of course the people at the bar who served Josh, well damn they forced the man to drink to much so let's haul them into court.

Yes it's one of those "sue everybody that might have money" lawsuits and in a country where such as outrage is no longer allowed, I suppose it's improper of me to suggest that Hancock's father should freaking be ashamed of himself. If that were my child I'd be too damned ashamed to garner the additional publicity this action will bring. Hey, Josh Hancock is dead and he almost killed himself. Thank God he didn't kill anyone else and move on, already.

It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Lindsay Lohan

What's really weird here is how this is Lohan's THIRD accident and the child is what? A little over 20 years old?

Allegedly the first two accidents weren't Lohan's fault. Indeed one accident was caused by Lohan's attempt to evade paparazzi via auto and the evasion caused a collision with the vehicle containing the celebrity photographers. This accident had California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signing a bill slapping huge penalties on paparazzi who break auto laws in their quest for celebrities' photos. Well this is why Princess Diana lost her life although only an idiot believes that the combination of a very drunk driver and speeds in excess of 90 mph weren't more responsible for Diana's death than photographers summoned by the Princess her own self. Still, the driver THOUGHT the paparazzi were after him so the logic isn't too far fetched.

All this being stipulated, I still can't shake the fact that it's not a good sign that a young woman has had so many accidents even though most were determined not to be her fault. A few bucks slipped hither and yon would make an innocent driver agree to take the blame in the event of an accident. Hey, I'm just saying...

This time Lohan might be joining Paris as both of these pretty much useless young women spend some time in jail.

From CNN.com:
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- Lindsay Lohan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday after her convertible struck a curb, and investigators found what they suspect is cocaine at the scene, police said.

Lohan, 20, and two other people were in her 2005 Mercedes SL-65 when it crashed on Sunset Boulevard around 5:30 a.m., Sgt. Mike Foxen said. It appeared Lohan was speeding, Lt. Mitch McCann said at an afternoon news conference.

I'm perfectly serious here. We monitor the movies and TV shows that our children watch by "PG"'s etc. I think it's time we just ban any entertainment vehicle performed or by any of these celebrities with dirty mouths, obvious addictions and total disregard for the law.

Yes, yon readers are pooh-poohing my notion but give Oprah or some other bigwig some time to think about my concept and watch it take off. Like...a total boycott of ANYTHING involving Lindsay Lohan, either her movies, books about her, magazines with her in it....all that sort of stuff. If the people with the power, ie US...really wanted to stop the adoration of these badly behaved celebrities...hey, cut 'em off at the bank. Soon enough they'll act right.

Remember you read this here first. I might not have the power to ban Lindsay Lohan from, say Kaitlyn Mae's life, I DO have the power to put Ms. Lohan down every chance I get and I'll do so very ostentatiously in front of Kaitlyn Mae. It's young girls like Kaitlyn will soon be, who really adore Lindsay Lohan. I'm going to be very judgemental here, horrors, and remind Kaitlyn what a total looser Lindsay Lohan is.

Maybe it'll work, maybe not. But I'm sure not going to sit by and agree that Lohan is sure a great heroine for my granddaughter to emulate. It IS somthing I can do and the world can't stop me.

NASA Kicks Out Nowak's Object of Affection

Astronaut Nowak Montage


From the Chicago Tribune:
NASA is cutting ties with Bill Oefelein, the astronaut at the center of a love triangle that turned violent earlier this year.

The space agency announced Friday that Oefelein, an experienced test pilot and fighter pilot for the Navy, will be sent back to the military effective June 1.

Okay, this is a "G" rated Blog but for the Lisa Nowak story I have to flirt with an "R" rating. For Bill Oefelein must have one dragging the ground for all the attractive, intelligent women so hot for his body and ready to kill for what he's got.

Evidently NASA has discovered the dangers of such large male members what with zero gravity and dangling things floating around in space. Surely this is why NASA's decided to let their own astronautical love machine return to the military, right?

Heh.

She Gets Eight Years for Trying to Steal the Coke Formula

It was the kind of below-the-radar True Crime that intrigues me. I covered this story HERE . There's even a court room drawing of the defendants in this linked post, such was my intrigue.

For Joya Williams and a couple of n'er do wells stole a bunch of confidential information from her employer, Coca-Cola, and offered the info for sale to, duh, Pepsi.

Joya Williams got herself in deep do-do when PEPSI reported the nefarious offer of unlaunched product info and other Coke confidential documentation to them. Which means, I muse, that should anyone ever offer Coke such secret info from Pepsi that Coke must return the favor.

From SFGATE.com:
A federal judge ignored a former Coca-Cola secretary's plea for mercy Wednesday and sentenced her to eight years in prison for conspiring to steal trade secrets from the world's largest beverage maker.

Eight years is one long time for this offense but these sorts of crimes are far removed from the average burglar type. It would seem that part of the reason Williams got such a stiff sentence is this is not the first time this fine lady has lied and deceived authorities. In addition, she and her cohorts in crime did everything to obstruct justice, waaaaay more than Scooter Libby ever did, in the investigation of this case.

Famous Dr. Lee Removed Evidence from Spector Crime Scene

If Phil Spector isn't busy making a complete idiot of himself as he defends himself and sinks deeper into the quicksand of guilt with his silly explanations of why he didn't do the crime, we also have Dr. Henry Lee, OJ's famous pathologist and crime consultant to the famous, removing evidence from a crime scene.

From WRAL.com:
— The judge in Phil Spector's murder trial ruled Wednesday that renowned forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee removed something from the scene where actress Lana Clarkson was shot and hid it from the prosecution.

The judge said, however, that he would not hold Lee in contempt because of conflicting accounts of what happened.

"If Dr. Lee has this object, he's to produce it forthwith," the judge said.

He said that of all the witnesses who had testified on the issue, the only one he found completely credible was attorney Sara Caplan, who said she saw Lee pick up a white object with a rough edge and place it in a vial during the defense search of the foyer of Spector's mansion.

Surely this Dr. Lee knows better but he must be desperate to keep demanding his big bucks from his wealthy, but guilty, clients.

If Spector walks away from this I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'm willing to sell.

Hate Crime Update

Here's a True Crime tale that was floating around about a week ago. It's intriguing in that a couple of adolescent girls were having a feud of some sort with a neighbor boy who is evidently a homosexual.

From Foxnews.com:
WOODSTOCK, Ill. — A pair of 16-year-old girls face hate crime charges after they allegedly handed out anti-gay fliers targeting a classmate at their northern Illinois high school.

The girls were arrested May 11 after handing out fliers in the parking lot of Crystal Lake South High School that depict a male student kissing another boy and contain hateful language about gays.

Officials say the fliers targeted a male classmate, who is also a neighbor of the girls. The two girls had apparently been feuding with the boy.

So the duo print up fliers showing this boy kissing another boy and distribute them all about. The fliers included some nasty biblical comments about homosexuality.

I don't especially like hate crimes or any notion that crimes should be prosecuted and punishments meted out based on how someone "feels" when they do the crime. This, however, comes close to what the concept of hate crime is all about. Although I still thinks it's a crock.

Many conservative types, including myself for a time, jumped on this case as a prime example of the quashing of freedom of speech. Plenty of folks think homosexuality to be a biblical abomination as their religion teaches this. Do not even think I'm going to go there, I am merely stating fact here. Right or wrong, you're taught what your religion teaches and such as repeating the teaching should not result in being thrown in jail.

But it turns out that these young ladies, at least one of them anyway, has quite a criminal history for females so young. The act of putting out that flier was just a bit of nastiness that they didn't need to indulge themselves in. The adolescent with the troubling history with the law has been placed in a juvenile detention facility, the other teenager was placed under house arrest.

Ending With a Smile

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay smiled a bright happy smile when picked up on the bogus charges the Dems were able to convince a corrupt Texas attorney to charge him with. Delay's logic was to not allow the opposition to get a typical "perp pic", a dark pic featuring an obviously guilty and gloomy human being posing for a pic they don't want to pose for. So when I came across this article of cool perp pics from across the fruited plains on the Smoking Gun web site, I copied one such perp pic and encourage yon reader to check in for a smile at the many other interesting perp pics Americans have posed for and happily provided for our curious selves.

Perp smiles brightly for camera


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Friday

Pop Culture-Bill Clinton the Emu and International Lover

We have Bill Clinton the big bird and Bill Clinton the International Lover.

You read the above right, check it out.

Plus a really depressing movie that might make you kill yourself, some blind item fun and a couple of celebrity pics that will surely cause a giggle or two.


Memorial day graphic for 2007


Pic of the Day
Computer Easy Chair invention needed




Quote of the Day
Classic Quotes by Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) American actor

I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.
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I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine.
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I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.
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I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.
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If I blow my nose, it gets written all over the world.
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If I get married, I want to be very married.
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My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.
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Web Site Worth the Visit
MILTON BERLE JOKES

Popular scuttlebutt has it that Milton Berle was a pro at stealing the jokes of others. Whatever the case, his or stolen, here's a site that has a compilation of Milton Berle jokes.

ABOVE SITE HERE



TIDBITS
+------------------- Bizarre Inventions -------------------+

In the 1980's, French women Dominique Peignoux, Yvette Guys and Francoise Dekan marketed a musical napkin that was placed inside a baby's diaper and played "When the Saints Go Marching In" as soon as it became wet.

William A. Calderwood of Peoria, Arizona patented helium filled furniture that would float to the ceiling when not in use to allow extra floor space and be pulled back down by a rope as needed.

It was in 1966 that America's Thomas J. Bayard invented a vibrating toilet seat, acting on the belief that physical stimulation of the buttocks is effective in relieving constipation.

James Moreau developed a brassiere in 1988 which surrounds the breasts with water, so that a buoyant force provides improved and independent support for each breast. A transparent version is suggested for those who wish to make a fashion statement.

In 1984, Inventor Timothy Zell developed a method of growing unicorns that are of higher intelligence and physical attributes, They are also said to be useful as a guard animal. What you may not want to know is the method involves surgical alteration of a one-week old goat, so that its two horn buds will grow together.


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Bill Clinton Scuttlebutt

Actually the following is not rumor. For Bill Clinton, the emu, really IS dead. The dispute now is whether the cops tasered Bill Clinton or did they mishandle him while loading him into a truck to take him to a shelter.

From the News Observer
CHAPEL HILL - Bill Clinton, a 6-foot emu on the run nearly a week, died Thursday after Carrboro police captured him outside a nursing home.
The cause of the flightless bird's death was in dispute: The manager of the Orange County Animal Shelter said police Tasered him. But a police spokesman said officers didn't use a Taser stun gun or tranquilizers. He said the bird injured himself as police tried to load him into a truck to take him to the shelter.
"My guess is it did something to its neck," Capt. J.G. Booker said.
Bill Clinton's flight was the latest and most spectacular of a string of Triangle-area emu escapes that ended in death.

On to the HUMAN Bill Clinton, it's almost as if this rumor is too good to be true. Belinda Stronach is a female politico that those prone to idle speculation, such as myself, would quickly wonder if this powerful Canadian woman wouldn't be just the sort of woman America's favorite horn dog, Bill Clinton, wouldn't try to hook up with. Hillary's loyal and faithful spouse has been in Ms. Stronach's company from time to time. This is not unusual in that Bill Clinton is a former President and former Presidents visit powerful types across the planet. Still, I've read hints before that Mr. Clinton and this Ms. Stronach are a "couple" of sorts.

Well I never met a juicy rumor I didn't share but beyond my love of gossip, that's all the proof there is...speculation.

From the Firstpost.com:
Belinda from Canada, rumored to be hot and heavy with Bill Clinton


As potential girlfriends go, Belinda Stronach would rank as a true catch. She is single, youngish (she just turned 40), attractive, wealthy, impeccably well-connected and politically ambitious - glamorous in every respect. Two years ago, Time magazine listed her as one of the 100 most powerful people on the planet. The tabloids cut to the chase: they called her the "blonde bombshell" or "Bubba's blonde."

Bubba, of course, is Bill Clinton. He has been photographed with Stronach (right) several times. The sightings seem to be getting more frequent

But really, would anybody be surprised?

A Cinema "Must See"

I have a theory about suicide that is quite unpopular. For I believe that if an individual is REALLY bent on ending their life they will find a way to do it. Very few people, save the Middle East kooks and their personal vests of lovely bombs, want to end their lives. The will to keep on living is stronger than any of our most basic instincts and so far, few of us, no matter how desperate our circumstances, want to die.

Thus, so I figure, perhaps it's best to not try too hard to stop a suicide given the law of survival of the fittest. For the "fittest" amongst us do not end our own lives. To spend time, angst and resources on a large scale to stop a potential suicide is actually interfering with nature's most reasonable rule...the fittest will live on to reproduce.

This is not to say, as I read yon reader's mind, that we all do not have times when bleakness leads us to moments of unreasonableness when dying is more appealing than slugging on. It's this sudden and short-term urge to possibly end our life that others in a society have a moral obligation to struggle to prevent. The more normal will get over it and attempt suicide no more.

Whatever the case, putting out a movie about suicide, well who on earth is this going to appeal to? Further, I kind of agree with critics who say that given the right time and frame of mind, this movie, if viewed by a suicidal person, could propel them to do an act they'd never do without a cinematic impetus.

However, even dark and socially worthless movies like this simply can't be banned given the law of free speech and all that.

From Breakpoint.ord:
A new film begins with a young man cleaning up his apartment, putting on a good shirt, and killing himself in the bathroom.

And it’s all downhill from there.

As its title suggests, the film Wristcutters: A Love Story presents an utterly bleak view of life—and a not very inspiring view of the afterlife, either.

Stone Phillips Gone

This tidbit was so juicy when I read it on a gossip newsgroup. This link was provided but when I click in I don't get much of anything. Still I think the premise is true.

First, what the hell's with a name like "Stone"? I mean who names a little boy baby such a thing and why? Second, Dateline's Stone Phillips has always made me want to hit him through the TV screen. He's a narrator for God's sake but you'd think the man was reciting Shakespeare with his sonorous voice and drop-dead serious tone as he narrates various and sundry Dateline stories.

Now I understand that NBC is cleaning house and the handsome and mostly talentless Stone Phillips is amongst those thrown over the bow.

I hope so.

Celine and Elvis

Well I thought it was an impersonator singing with Celine during the recent "Idol Gives Back" episode. Now I am to understand that through the magic of smoke, mirrors and modern technology, the image of Elvis singing with Celine Dion was made possible.

Frankly I was very moved by the presentation and below, a Youtube embed that is a very good capture of this brand of modern music magic.



"Cherry Baby"

Many years ago, when I was a younger and fresher woman, my husband, then an online male friend, sent me a tape of music of his favorite songs. One very prominant tune was called "Cherry Baby" and through the years I've played that tape so much that the thing eventually broke.

Again, thanks to the magic of modern technology, husband now surfs the net and finds these Youtube presentations of those favored songs and he sends them along to me. So I share this with yon readers, thinking perhaps there are some out there who too remember these "garage band" favorites from the 60's.

Enjoy.



BLIND ITEM FUN

From: NY DAILY NEWS/BEN WIDDICOMBE 5/17

ASKED

Which jet-setting married celeb has finally been banned from that Los Angeles hotel where he is infamous for hitting on male masseurs? No one wanted to handle his flabby back and wait for the inevitable come on.

GUESSED
  • Travolta?

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    BLIND ITEM FUN

    From: JANET CHARLTON 05/15

    ASKED
    Our intentions aren't cruel, but we have to point out that this sweet actress is headed for heartbreak. After a series of disappointing relationships, she found happiness with her handsome new guy, but would she still be smiling if she found out he used to be a Gay for Pay escort? He didn't trade sex for money- he traded it for FAME. His "clients" include the editor of a top celebrity magazine. Recently he started choosing famous girlfriends who can boost his career. They can't help falling for him because he's so darn hot.

    GUESSED
  • Selma Blair and model Matt Felker
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    From: ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER 05/18

    ASKED
    OK, it's been awhile since I had a fill in the blank Four For Friday, but this one lends itself to the format perfectly. The night before this recent awards show #1_________________(female pop star although also one horrible movie) went to dinner with #2__________________(aging, but classy country star), her husband #3_________________(non celebrity, but give it a shot), and #4 _________________(extremely popular male country singer) from the band #5_____________________. (think two letters from an extreme adult activity) At dinner they had about 5 bottles of wine and #1 was well on her way to being plastered. They decided to hit the casino for a little gambling after dinner and things got much worse from there. #4 only drinks tequila so he and #1 were taking shot after shot after shot. Needless to say, #1 was a MESS within about an hour, but she didn't stop. She stayed out until 2AM and more or less had to be carried up to her room by the end of the night. She was late for the dress rehearsal the next day and was so hungover by the time showtime came around she could barely make it through her performance with #2. Everyone wondered why she was so hard to hear during the performance and it was because she was insanely hungover from the night before and "didn't feel up to performing" at all.

    GUESSED
    #1: Kelly Clarkson
    #2: Reba McEntire
    #3: Narvel Blackstock
    #4:
    #5:

    Snarky Celebrity Pic of the Week

    A pic featuring the many sins of Melanie Griffith


    Top Choices for Hillary's Campaign Theme Song

    Yes Hillary Clinton is soliciting suggestions for a campaign theme song. As is Hillary's wont, her solicitations must come from her own selected offerings. However some fine write-in responses were submitted. Heh, FreeRepublic and other conservative sites began their own song solicitations for Hillary's campaign but we'll be nice.

    Round One Winners:

    Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
    Rock This Country! - Shania Twain
    Beautiful Day - U2
    Get Ready - The Temptations
    I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth

    Top Write-In Suggestions:

    Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
    Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
    You and I - Celine Dion
    The Best - Tina Turner

    Ending With a Smile

    Paris Hilton mercy political cartoon


    More Gossip/Speculation HERE

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  • Thursday

    TV-Bachelor 07, Dancing With Stars-WINNERS!

    Along with the final of American Idol, this past week featured the final of ABC's Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor.

    So who can dance the best? Who did Andy choose to marry?


    Pic of the Day
    Dog prays before expected meal




    Quote of the Day
    Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action;
    rather it is timing; it waits on the right time to act,
    for the right principles and in the right way."
    - Fulton J. Sheen



    Web Site Worth the Visit
    Songs of the Sixties

    I was a dewy-eyed liberal and protest songs were the music du jour. Check out this site which will take you back to a confusing and changing decade.

    Featured Web Site HERE




    TIDBITS

    Did I read that sign right?
    TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW.

    In a Laundromat:
    AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT.

    In a London department store:
    BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

    In an office:
    WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.

    In an office:
    AFTER TEA BREAK, STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD.

    Outside a secondhand shop:
    WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A
    WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

    Notice in health food shop window:
    CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

    Spotted in a safari park: (I sure hope so):
    ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR.

    Seen during a conference:
    FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAYCARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR.

    Notice in a farmer's field:
    THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

    Message on a leaflet:
    IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS.

    On a repair shop door:
    WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK.)


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    Dancing With the Stars 2007 WINNER!

    All contestants Dance With Stars 2007


    The winner was, as yon reader likely knows by now, young Apolo Ohno. A not surprising winner as, duh, this Olympic athlete was the best dancer of the lot.

    On the last evening of competition, 5/21/07, each couple performed two dances each. Each couple did a free style routine, an appropriate choice given the creativity allowed by this dance. For their second dance, each couple was charged with choosing a particular dance that they performed in a past show this contest season and re-doing it again exactly as before. The logic being, I must assume, to allow the viewer to see how much the contenders have improved in their dancing skills.

    Montage of Dance Stars 2007 winner-Apolo Ohno


    Apolo and his partner chose a Rumba performance danced to the tune of "Midnight Train to Georgia". As always, Apolo had fine moves although the judges were a bit rough on this winner. One declared the dance was "over-performed" and elder wise man Len stated the performance "lacked romance". Apolo came back for his freestyle routine and wowed this viewer with a performance that included some modern moves along with those learned along the way.

    Montage of Dance with Stars 2007 second place-Joey Fatone, parents, wife and Joey


    Joey Fatone has come a long way during this competition. For one thing, he's lost a bunch of weight, something that would please most of us.

    Joey and his partner performed a Cha-Cha for their repeat dance. Joey did a great flip for a fellow who's not all that small. I couldn't help but mentally note that though Joey dances very well, he's just built too big and clunky to ever be believable as a professional dancer.

    The judges declared the Cha-Cha just didn't look like a Cha-Cha and elder Len said the performance was "too theatric".

    Montage of Dance Stars 2007 third place, Laila Ali, including fiance, sister, mother and famous Dad


    Laila performed a Paso Doble for her and her partner's repeat dance. This is a dance I'll never quite understand and I often wonder they bother with a dance no one even knows about all that much. Laila is pretty and Laila worked hard during this competition. I was impressed with how this self-admitted big woman handled herself so well. She even declared during a pre-dance vignette, that she's a big woman and she's not going to be tossed hither and yon as if light as a feather. Which was fine with her as she didn't have all that much trust that he so charged would manage to catch her. Heh.

    Anyway, Laila got voted off first thus she finished in third place. Laila professed to be "pissed" with the result but she shouldn't be. This year's competition was particularly rough on the women. Women were voted off that show long before men who were far worse were left standing and still in the competition. For Laila to have made it up to the top three is a major compliment to her dancing skills. IF this year's contest hadn't been so damn skewed against female contenders Laila likely would have came in second.

    Neither Joey Fatone or Laila could have beat Apolo as this is a kid born to dance. Or ice skate, as the case and occasion may be.

    DANCING WITH STARS POST LINKS

    OPENING NIGHT
    Quick Step and Rumba Night
    Ten Down to Nine
    Nine Down to Eight
    Eight to Seven
    Seven Down to Six
    An old-hand Sent Home
    Joey, Laila, Apolo or Ian?
    The WINNER Dancing With the Stars 2007

    The Bachelor 2007-"An Officer and a Gentleman"-Andy Baldwin-Finds His Life's Mate

    And her name is Tessa.

    Bachelor top fifteen receive roses 07


    Okay, so I've smirked my way through this reality series and allow me to note that this is not any sort of show I'd follow through the weeks save the show followed ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and what with American Idol in full bloom, I was in a frame of mind that allowed reality shows, even stupid ones, to occupy my mind.

    Yes I think the concept of a Bachelor seeking a female for an eventual real or intimated permanent relationship to be a bit dumb. Reality shows are, by their very nature, very "staged" affairs. In other words, much of the "reality" us idiots out here in la-la land witness is more acting than real.

    But okay, I understand this and in most cases, the politeness and stiff solliquies given by partcipants to lone cameras does give off some notion of how the contender feels. With the Bachelor premise, I get the distinct feeling that the politeness and soft words are nowhere near the reality any situation involving a single male cavalierly picking and choosing his "choices" out of a couple of dozen women would bring. In the real world where I live, half of those women would throw down the gauntlet and slam the door on their way out. The other half would be scratching each others eyeballs to shreds either literally or verbally.

    Yet I follow the "competition" and I either giggle and/or marvel at this convoluted presentation of normal human behavior.

    Montage of Bachelor finale 2007 featuring Baldwin's parents and final two women


    Give me credit, like most other female viewers I had one I disliked intensely and thank goodness Andy Baldwin, this year's Bachelor and "catch" extraordinaire, took my advice. Heh.

    For that Bevon woman was a total dingbat not to mention her penchant for constant tears. At times I wanted to reach into the darkness of the TV world and punch that woman's lights out. Add to this the fact that she'd been married before although I suppose this is allowed as she was a legal entrant on the series.

    In the last night of the competition both women were taken to meet Andy's family. To my complete surprise, I discover that Bevon is, gasp, a sex therapist? Heh. Andy's parents live deep in the heart of conservative Pennsylvania Dutch country. This little revelation had to be a shocker although why am I not surprised that the constantly emoting Bevon is a sex therapist?

    Andy's grandfather pointedly asked both Bevon and Tessa about their religious affiliation. Evidently this was important, at least to the grandfather. Got to hell if Bevon didn't say she'd been raised in some off-the-wall religion called "bahai" if I'm even remotely spelling this right.

    This so-called religion sounds like some kooky far eastern religious type of thing that hippies of my era adopted and raised their children in. It's nuts and hey, it's probably why her name is Bevon for God's sake.

    No I didn't like Bevon but Andy did obliquely suggest to his parents, in proper terms of course, that Bevon set off electrical sparks in him that Tessa did not. Well gosh, the ever-crying kookoid is a SEX THERAPIST for God's sake. A self-proclaimed sex therapist mind you because Bevon's explanation as to her career was very vague and peppered with terms that obsfucated rather than explained.

    Montage of winner and loser of Bachelor 2007 from the finale.  Andy proposes marriage to winning lady.


    So yes I'm glad ole Andy chose Tessa but truth be told, I'm a bit ashamed of Tessa for putting her pride aside to find a fellow in this manner. Yeah, I know it's showbiz but this is just not how it's done.

    BACHELOR 2007 LINKS-Officer and Gentleman

    Let the Roses Begin
    Wiggly Jiggly Boob Night
    Down to Nine
    Three More Gone; Down to Six
    Three Left...On to the Folks
    Tessa or Bevon?
    THE WINNER BACHELOR 2007 AND ANDY BALDWIN'S NEXT WIFE

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    Wednesday

    TV-American Idol 07 WINNER!

    ELIMINATED THE NIGHT OF 5/2/07:
    Blake Lewis....Jordin Sparks is the American Idol for 2007!


    Below was written BEFORE the elimination show of 5/23/07 was aired.


    This post will be posted immediately after the American Idol for 2007 is announced on Wednesday 5/23/07.

    With pics found nowhere else on the Internet and a look back at the 2007 competition.


    Pic of the Day
    Man camouflaged sleeps on couch




    Quote of the Day
    Classic Quotes by James Monroe (1758-1831) American president

    Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
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    The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
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    The American continents ... are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. (From the Monroe Doctrine)
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    If America wants concessions, she must fight for them. We must purchase our power with our blood.
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    It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.
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    The American Idol for 2007

    Reminder that this post is written BEFORE the final elimination on the night of 5/23/07. I predict the winner will be Jordin Sparks but if not her, than, heh, let me predict right now that Blake Lewis will win.

    Below a pic of the top twelve females from this year of our Lord 2007 and below this, a pic of the top twelve males. I also remind that at the bottom of this post is a comprehensive list of links to reviews of each night of competition this year should yon reader wish to re-visit and reminisce.

    AI 2007 top twelve girls montage


    AI 2007 Top Twleve Boys montage


    But now we are down to Blake and Jordin and this final top two not only does NOT suprise me, I consider it a healthy ending to a contest that, despite all attempts to discredit it, has grown to become a major American Pop Culture event. This year we had a cabal that tried to push male contender Sanjaya over the top to win this thing but it did not work. The effort, spearheaded by shock jock Howard Stern, failed although for a while it was amusing.

    See, America is a country set in its ways and the way we vote on American Idol is not unlike how we handle our politicians and eventually our vote for the lot of them. When the final vote is far off and distant, we tend to cast a busy eye on the ongoing events then move on to our own busy lives quickly. A few of us tend to get in the contest early on and wrap ourselves in the journey knee deep. So early on Stern was able to coerce his rather significant listening audience to tilt the call-in vote for Sanjaya even though while Sanjaya was a personable young man, he was no American Idol and even Sanjaya knew this. But as the countdown to the final vote loomed closer, more regular joes began to phone in a vote and here in the U S of A there really is no shock jock or celebrity with so much power as to congeal our national will to one personal end. Soon enough Sanjaya was kicked off although he made it to the top ten, which he did not deserve. Here's a lesson in the effectiveness of common goals, sort of like a pop culture political party. If Rush Limbaugh were of a mind, and I know he's not, but if Rush Limbaugh were to push an American Idol contender I'm quite sure he could cajole his listeners to push the buttons for a choice of Rush himself, no matter his logic. Eventually, however, even mighty Rush Limbaugh and his twenty million listeners could not overpower a country with almost 300 citizens, not counting the illegals and the gazillion who vote five or six times.

    Montage Blake Lewis from AI 2007 Final Night of competition


    On the final night of competition, Tuesday 5/22/07, the two finalists sang three songs. One was the contender's favorite tune, one was a song each had not sung at any time during the competition. Finally each sang 2007's song specifically written for the competition, an expected slow,sweet and sappy tune titled "This Is My Now".

    For his favorite tune, Blake sang Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name". This is a tune he sang on Bon Jovi night, natch, and Blakes version of this tune was nothing less than a spectacular display of his amazing talent. As the judges have expressed many times, Blake does not bring amazing or unmatched vocals to the contest. He DOES bring an incredible and diverse amount of talent to the contestant table.

    For his "virgin" tune, in a sense, Blake sang a tune by Maroon 5 called "She Will Be Loved". I am totally unfamiliar with the song and the group but I was impressed that Blake picked a song that wasn't too way out or borderline hip-hop. Finally Blake sang this year's signature tune and let's move on.l For "This Is My Now" was not anything Blake Lewis would sing well and Jordin simply blew him out of the water when SHE sang the same song.

    If God is in his heaven and logic reigns, Blake Lewis will come in second in this year's competition. Blake Lewis is not the best SINGER in the 2007 competition, but he IS the best performer on many levels. A solid second place in the 2007 American Idol will launch Blake on to a stellar career as a singer and performer. I'd softly suggest that Blake Lewis will fare much better in a second place position that his main competition, Jordin Sparks, could ever do.

    Montage of Jordin Sparks from AI 2007 final night of competition


    Jordin Sparks sang a Christine Aguillara tune "Thanks for Making Me A Fighter", again a tune I didn't know. Of course young Jordin did a smashing job and for her favorite tune Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing", Jordin didn't give Blake a flash of daylight toward complete victory. It was when Jordin launched into the 2007 American Idol signature tune "This Is My Now" that any doubt that Jordin knocked it out of the park was dispelled.

    Again, this is all written BEFORE either Jordin or Blake was eliminated. I firmly believe Jordin will win but the winner will be posted proudly and loudly at the top of this Blog post, even if it is Blake Lewis.

    PREDICTIONS FOR TOP THREE WINNERS, in order indicated-
    Jordin Sparks
    Blake Lewis
    Melinda Doolittle

    Below, the WINNER OF AMERICAN IDOL 2007:
    Jordin Sparks



    AMERICAN IDOL 2007 LINKS
    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
    Andy Williams Special
    Jennifer Lopez Night
    Martina McBride Night
    Down to Top Five as Idol "Gives Back"
    Down to FOUR in 2007
    From Three to Two-Blake, Melinda or Jordin?
    American Idol 2007 WINNER!


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