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Saturday, March 05, 2005
I was never a Kirsty Alley fan. Not that I didn't like her, because she was alright as Rebecca on Cheers. I didn't like her show Veronica's Closet, and those friggin' Pier 1 commercials drove me insane. I didn't really care one way or the other for her. But I've got respect for her now after reading about her new show, Fat Actress, a show she pitched herself. It ain't easy living with a weight gain; its horrendous when your sack of cellulite is plastered on the weekly tabs making you look like a sure-hit target practice board for Stevie Wonder. I can't wait to see this show. It premieres Monday night on Showtime. This may be on my next list of favorite tv shows.
HOLD ON THERE, LOVEY
Isn't that a creepy picture? I wonder if Mummy is behind all this. After all, she wasn't even going to attend her own son's wedding.
Nine objections to Charles and Camilla union
The details of the objections and who filed them are not known but no marriage certificate can be issued until all sticking points have been dealt with.
The current objections focus on interpretations of the 1836 and 1949 Marriage Acts. These have generally been thought to ban members of the Royal Family from marrying in civil ceremonies.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Need a good book ... or four? I've just finished the Cork O'Connor series of murder mysteries by William Kent Kreuger. I am the slowest reader on earth, yet the stories had me buzzing through in a relatively short time. After four books, I've only got three complaints:
1) the rare but gooey marital bliss, which will be rectified in Mercy Falls due out this August,
2) putting a child in harms way, which, as a mother, can be jolting to read,
3) the very rare slight to Republicans. I have no problem when the characters express these views; its when Kreuger slips in his own views that bother me. But, hey, we conservatives are used to this. Don’t allow these few slips keep you from enjoying some good reading.
Here's the synopsis of the first book:
William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota's lake country and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.
What are you reading?
Thursday, March 03, 2005
LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
'STAR WARS' $2B PUSH
The final installment of the "Star Wars" saga doesn't hit theaters until May 19, but the film's marketing machine is already in hyperspace.
TODAY IN HISTORY
A big day in the USA. Florida becomes the 27th state of the US today in 1845. In 1931, the 'Star Spangled Banner' becomes the official US national anthem and Mount Rushmore is dedicated in 1933.
SOUND THE ALARM!
Why a trash can?
Call For A Major Blogswarm to Find the Killers
We should all put pressure on the Bush Administration to deny Adams entry to the country at least until the murderers of Robert McCartney are brought to justice. And since Gerry Adams was involved in the expulsion of the three members (two of whom are described as senior IRA), he clearly knows who killed Robert McCartney.
|In defense of the the Man Purse|
Ah, huh. Yeah. Right. What next, a man-ziere? Somebody puh-leeze set Write Winger straight!
IS CRACKED-POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK?
SOROS BLAMES SCAIFE FOR DOGGING HIM
LEFT-wing billionaire George Soros claims right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife is trying to smear him by posting an embarrassing story on the Internet. Soros is being sued for $6 million by a carpet installer who claims the investor's Labrador attacked him in 2004 when he came to work at Soros' Westchester estate. Yesterday, Cybercast News Service (www.CNSNews.com) posted a story claiming that Soros and his son, Gregory, acted negligently. Soros' rep, Michael Vachon, told PAGE SIX that Scaife funds the site through his Media Research Center and called the story a "smear attack" Scaife has launched against Soros. But CNS's Scott Hogenson denies there was any agenda, and sniffed: "Soros knows a thing or two about smear campaigns, having spent $23 million on them in the last election."
By the way, am I the last one to wonder if George Soros and Madeleine Not-At-Albright were separated at birth?
MEN MEN MEN MEN MEN MEN MEN MEN MEN!
IT'S kaput between Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards [most definitely NOT above], who is pregnant with their second child. Sources report Richards filed for divorce on the Left Coast yesterday. The duo met on the set of his show, "Spin City," in 2001 and married in June 2002. Reports of marital difficulties have been swirling for months, though their reps denied all to PAGE SIX. The couple, parents to 1-year-old daughter Sam, are expecting a second baby in June. Their reps did not return calls.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
HAPPY TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY!
On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico and became the Republic of Texas.
Life was never the same again.
RETURN OF THE NATIVE
[T]he U.S. Mint marked the return of the buffalo nickel yesterday after a 67-year absence.
The new nickel features a jazzed-up profile of Thomas Jefferson on one side and a bison standing on a clump of grass on the other side.It marks the return of the bison to the nickel for the first time since 1938, when the Mint changed the design from one depicting an American Indian on one side and a buffalo on the other.
The bison nickel is the third in a series of four nickels that are being introduced for the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition,both of which occurred during Jefferson's presidency.
SOME SATISFYING SNARK
THE DEVIL GOT INTO THE CREDITS
FOX'S "Stars Without Makeup" special that aired on Channel 5 last Thursday raised more than a few eyebrows among sharp-eyed viewers. "There were five or six credits at the end," observed an insider. "It was the regular credits, for producer, director, writer — except that every name was fake. No one wanted any retribution from celebrities or their agents, so they refused to use their real names." For example, the "writer" was credited as "Damien Thorn" — which happens to be the name of the devil spawn in the horror movie classic, "The Omen." In addition, our eagle-eyed insider added: "No Fox stars were used. It would have caused a revolt if they were." Instead, celebs like Cher, Melanie Griffith and Ryan O'Neal were featured. We also hear this may not be the last of the show that proudly billed itself as "unmasking" Oscar winners. The ratings were so good, we hear Fox may do it again. A rep for the network didn't return calls.
I'm glad Jacko is on trial ... finally ... but once again it's all about him. It's always about him. I suppose it's the nature of the judicial system beast, but let's not forget the alleged victims.
THE Jacko verdict: Guilty.
So say image experts, trial consultants and defense attorneys, who contend Michael Jackson is committing a fashion crime by bringing his flamboyant carnival-barker look to the courtroom.
[H]e's been going full-throttle with his trademark red armbands, military-style medallions, satin brocade vests and cherry lipstick.
Instead of looking like a guest at the Mad Hatter's tea party, Jackson should wear "something the average person can relate to a little."
His extreme fashion statements communicate a lack of respect for the court and for the gravity of the charges against him.
"Why does he need thick pancake makeup in a courtroom?" asked David Graeven of the firm Trial Behavior Consulting. "You don't want to communicate that you're hiding something."
The fluffy bob hairdo is a problem too, said McEvoy - not so much because it's effeminate, as because it obscures his eyes. His aviator shades present the same problem.
Here we go again with silly season bloviating. Yes yes yes, Her Royal C is powerful and intelligent and maybe even religious. But before anyone dubs her as “The Great and Wonderful Wizard,” don’t forget how her fabulous health care initiative in 1993 sufficiently angered voters enough to vote out the Dems and to vote in Republican control in 1994, still maintained today. And if you think socialized medicine is really the way to go, check out BRITAIN’S HEALTH CARE IS TO DIE FOR.
Hillary: A shot in the arm or the foot?
She is, in fact, religious. She is, in fact, one of America's best politicians. (The best one is her husband.) She understands the regional nature of America in all of its maddening diversity.
She's a diligent advocate for New York in the Senate. She's adept at making compromises. Even a few GOP zealots who tortured President Bill Clinton have taken a shine to her.
She sounds as mainstream as ham and eggs. Her recent suggestion that maybe Americans ought to find constructive ways to avoid abortions has won her some new friends. Her pragmatism on Iraq and her steadfastness on Israel have given her image an aura of levelheadedness. In some ways, she might even be superior to her husband.
"Bill Clinton has an almost pathological desire to please," one political operative told me. "She's a lot more steely."
But for all her hard work and mainstream values, she will face the challenge of a lifetime trying to live down her activist background. Every excess of the 1960s will be her burden to carry once the GOP strategists finish with her.
I'm not sure there's a politician alive who could do that.
Maybe Hillary can - but the odds are she can't. No, that's not fair. But the Democrats need to find another savior.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
THE SAGA CONTINUES ...
|Trace returns in Bogart Sleeps Here:|
"Death sentence. Poetry. Same fucking difference." ... Poetry was an alien language to him.
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SOUNDS MARXIST TO ME
A NEW BREED OF TAX TYRANT
JUSTICE Antonin Scalia cut to the heart of the case: "So you can always take from A and give to B if B pays more taxes?"
Amazingly enough, the answer he got was yes "if there are significantly more taxes." So Wesley Horton, an attorney for New London, Conn., told the Supreme Court last week.
If a majority of the court buys Horton's logic, the Supremes will create a beast of municipal taxation that could swallow whole neighborhoods across the nation.
SCROUNGING UP EACH & EVERY VOTE
|Sen.John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., take part in a news conference on voting reform legislation Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)|
THE FELON VOTE
IN the wake of their election defeat, Democrats have promised to mend their ways by emphasizing moral values. So, in their first major legislative initiative of the year, what are the party's two top senators offering? A bill to guarantee that millions of convicted murderers, rapists and armed robbers can vote.
This week, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry will officially introduce the Count Every Vote Act, which she claims is "critical to restoring America's faith in our voting system."
The researchers found that about 30 percent of felons vote when given the chance. So, if all 4.7 million of Mrs. Clinton's ex-cons are re-enfranchised, about 1.4 million will cast ballots, and about 1.2 million of those will be for Democrats.
Seattle Times reporters last month identified 129 felons in King and Pierce counties who had voted illegally in the Nov. 2 election in a race that Democrat Christine Gregoire won by, coincidentally, 129 votes. Extrapolating the illegal felon vote across the entire state, one can conclude that Gregoire owes her controversial victory to ex-cons who should not have voted but did.
In addition, post-sentence penalties are placed on criminals not only who have committed felonies but who have committed misdemeanors, including, under federal law, the right to own a gun. We doubt that Clinton and Kerry will be crusading to restore that right any time soon.
When people harm others, we learn something about them. Do we want someone who has committed multiple rapes helping determine how much money will be spent on social programs that help rape victims?
From Kauss Files:
If she's smart, Hillary doesn'twant Kerry out of the presidential race. Until January, 2008, he's her best friend--an easily-beatable foil who takes up precious media spaceother, more formidable challengers might otherwise make good use of.
SNAP OUT OF IT, BEN!
I have adored Ben Stein ever since I began reading his Ben Stein's Diary in The American Spectator back in early 90s. I wrote him a letter and he called me! I screened my calls back then (telemarketers) and the answering machine kicked in. “Hello, this is Ben Stein.” As though I wouldn’t recognize his voice anywhere. I wore that little tape recording out. I think what impressed me most of all was his utter devotion to his son, Mr. Tommy Perfect. So it pained me terribly to read his latest missive on Mr. Tommy Perfect, who now drives and has his own car. It sounds as though Ben is trying to be his son’s pal instead of his father. As to that policeman ... He did the Steins no favor at all, least of all Tommy. Read the whole thing.
Scared at 60
You know how crazy I am, so the following little drama will probably come as no surprise to you. Tommy yelled at me that he wanted to race along Olympic Boulevard west of Barrington, where the road was wide and deserted. I said it was fine, and we peeled out. I won by the next block. I should say, to be accurate, that Tommy's car did not make a peeling noise because it has four-wheel drive. Mine made a peeling noise. My wife was telling me I was insane.
Tommy wanted to race again. We did. Again, I peeled, and he didn’t. This time he got way ahead of me. Alas, moments later a police cruiser appeared behind him with its lights flashing. The car pulled Tommy over and I followed them. But the police, staring at me intently, motioned to me to stay in my car. They then went over to Tommy. Then they came to me. "We're just giving him a warning, because we know who you are and we like you," said a policeman. "But you should talk to your son. He refuses to admit he did anything wrong."
Monday, February 28, 2005
FOR ALL YOU STEPHEN KING AFICIONADOS
|To launch their second year, Hard Case Crime is publishing a|
New Book by Stephen King
Stephen King, master of surprise and strange twists, is taking his writing in a new direction: pulp fiction.
The Colorado Kid, a paperback with a lurid, 1940s-style cover featuring a languid brunette ... comes out in October from publisher Hard Case Crime.
The story: A man is found dead on an island off the coast of Maine. A local newspaperman and graduate student in forensics try to identify the man. The more they learn, the more baffling the mystery becomes. (The sexy brunette on the cover is a young newspaper intern learning the ropes.) Hat tip Rodger J!
CHRIS SANK LIKE A ROCK
|If you didn't watch the Oscars last night (we watched Carnivale), Jordan Golson has posted everything you'll want to know, including transcripts and video clips.|
Video of Chris Rock's monologue:
A lot of people like to bash Bush. I'm not gonna bash Bush here tonight. I saw Fahrenheit 9/11, I think Bush is a genius. I thought Bush did some things this year, you, nobody in this room could do.Nobody in this room could pull off ok? Cause Bush basically reapplied for his job this year.
He started a war, that's cool, support the troops, he started a war. Now just imagine you worked at the Gap.(Laughter) You're $70 trillion behind on your register, and then you start a war with the Banana Republic...(Laughter) 'cause you say they got toxic tank-tops over there.(Laughter) You have the war. People are dying. A thousand Gap employees dead, that's right, bleeding all over the khakis.(Laughter)You finally take over Banana Republic and find out, they never made tank-tops in the first place.(Laughter-Applause)
I watched the 13-minutes-plus video of Chris Rock and I thought he flopped. But that's just me. Over night ratings: 2005 30.1 RATING/43 SHARE
COUN$EL TO THE $TAR$
Wayne Rogers: From Actor To Super Investor
It took a tragedy not far removed from Wayne Rogers to wake him up when it came to money and how to handle it. According to an interview he gave to the Financial Intelligence Report, Wayne had first met Peter Falk when the two shared a room in New York City. Falk, an accomplished film, stage and television actor, later suffered a financial trauma not uncommon to many other celebrities.
In the 1970s while both the longtime friends were living and working in Hollywood, Peter Falk became a victim of fraud. Falk lost around $250,000 to a crooked business manager and he wasn’t alone. Bad investments had claimed the fortunes of many of Hollywood’s Elite.
These lessons on how celebrities had handled their money were a wake up call to Wayne. He began looking into the world of investing and started his financial empire by purchasing apartment buildings in foreclosure. Rogers started investing with a simple goal in mind. He wanted to hold on to his money and make it grow. He later moved on from real estate to stocks and bonds.
The lesson he teaches us is a simple one based on his original investing goal: Hold on to your money and make it grow!
Sunday, February 27, 2005
ALL THAT GLITTERS
|Will Chris Rock?|
ROCK SWEARS IT'S GOOD, CLEAN FUNNY
CHRIS Rock promised not to use curse words, but he insisted on creative control over his stand-up Oscar performance tonight. "He wanted autonomy and they gave it to him." ... But some of his jokes have leaked out, including this presidential zinger: "Bush is not stupid. All you people who say that are wrong. You can't be an idiot and get to be president. You gotta give the guy a little credit. Anyone that's smart enough to get that far has got to be just acting dumb."