Monday, February 15, 2010

Homage to Hitchcock?

Lehane's book was stupendous; if 'Shutter Island" is half the movie that the book was, this will be a terrific release. Can't wait til Friday

Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island is Leonardo DiCaprio's fourth collaboration with Martin Scorsese

Picture of the day

People walk outside Rome's Colosseum during a snow storm. A rare snow fell in Rome on Friday. The last time the city saw snow was in 2005 and the last significant accumulation was in 1986, when eight inches fell.

Happiest and unhappiest cities in America

Wouldn't you know it, Colorado has #1 -- health, fitness, exercise cited, not Rockie Mountain high
Happiest Cities In America

Magic carpets in Vegas

And you thought they were created by Timothy Leary after a very, very bad acid trip

casino carpet

Yea!!!!!! A weason to live -- Bawbawa WaaWaa gives up Oscar specials

Pay no attention to those sounds of suicidal florists who are panicing over the pending lack of work

Oscar season will say goodbye to one of its most time-honored traditions after this year, as Barbara Walters has announced that she will no longer host her annual Oscar special. "I think I'm sick of them," Walters said on The View today. {Not as sick as we are of seeing these cliched, tired interviews of celebrities in front of tables of bouquets meant to dazzle our senses of sight and smell. Do I seem cynical?] "I feel I've been there, done that. 29 years is enough." For nearly three decades, Walters' interviews with nominees have been a staple of awards season, but Walters said she thought that waiting until next year to end on the special's 30th anniversary would be "cliché," adding, "I felt it was enough."

Sounds like a new movie with Seth Rogen

If you're pregnant, we want to talk to you again and again and again and

Would you let a researcher analyze your vaginal fluid, toenail clippings, and breast milk? For months, scientists have been dispatching door-to-door emissaries across the country to recruit pregnant women willing to do just that. With several hundred participants so far, the National Children's Study aims to enroll 100,000 pregnant women in 105 countries, then monitor their babies until they turn 21 in the largest long-term study of children’s health yet. The study—which was authorized by Congress in 2000 and is projected to cost about $6.7 billion—will examine how environment, genes, and other factors affect children's health, addressing questions on subjects from ranging from asthma to autism.

In honor of President's Day ...

You may be surprised at the #1 most well-read president ...
HP Main - Pres Reads

... but what will truly amaze you are the comments from average Joes and Josephines about the presidents on the list. After you view the gallery, read the conclusion of the story and take note of some of the brazen comments. They are very amusing.

Westminster dog show or Olympics: which is more interesting?

CSM tries to make the case that an Irish Setter is much more attractive than Lindsey Vonn
Basset hounds Gladiator, left, and his cousin Lola, touch noses in the lobby of
the Pennsylvania Hotel, Sunday, in New York.

Garlic, wine, berries and butter...From Paris

So many health tips. So little time. Should I gnaw on sticks of rhubarb, or chew a stick of butter? Lick garlic or sip green tea? Chocolate and berries seem the perfect solution. Add a glass of wine, and you'll be cancer free for all time!

Worse than you think, cont

The Unemployment Crisis

Pundits are just beginning to realize the magnitude of the unemployment issue. Don Peck has an important story that explains:

The unemployment rate hit 10 percent in October, and there are good reasons to believe that by 2011, 2012, even 2014, it will have declined only a little. Late last year, the average duration of unemployment surpassed six months, the first time that has happened since 1948, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking that number. As of this writing, for every open job in the U.S., six people are actively looking for work. All of these figures understate the magnitude of the jobs crisis.

That’s because the underemployment rate is really 17.4 percent. As Peck notes, the long-term consequences are quite devastating. (”If it persists much longer, this era of high joblessness will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults—and quite possibly those of the children behind them as well.”)

In November, 19.4 percent of all men in their prime working years, 25 to 54, did not have jobs, the highest figure since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the statistic in 1948. At the time of this writing, it looks possible that within the next few months, for the first time in U.S. history, women will hold a majority of the country’s jobs.

Good News for all: Bon Appétit

Red wine and dark chocolate cancer killers

Red grapes and dark chocolate join blueberries, garlic, soy, and teas as ingredients that starve cancer while feeding bodies, Angiogenesis Foundation head William Li said at a prestigious TED Conference.


From Kyle

Mikulski Too?

Welcome to Senator Barbara A. Mikulski's Virtual Office

This blogger has it from "an impeccable source" that Maryland's Barbara Mikulski will announce her retirement from the Senate in the next few days. We'll see. A stampede for the exits does seem to be developing.Welcome to Senator Barbara A. Mikulski's Virtual Office

Favorite canine stars from movies and TV

Media Products | Movies | Beethoven

1 of 26

BEETHOVEN (St. Bernard)
The Beethoven movies

Actor | Authors | Directors | Producers | RolesClass | Media Products | Movies | Turner & Hooch | Individual | Tom Hanks

2 of 26

HOOCH (Mutt)
Turner & Hooch

Actor | Authors | RolesClass | Individual | Elizabeth Taylor

3 of 26

LASSIE (Rough Collie)
The Lassie TV show and movies

He has been the Dean of my Law School.

Starr to Take the Helm at Baylor


Texas Tribune reports he may be named president of the Baptist university this week.

So how did the Global Warming Fraud work? 2 new examples.

RussiaGateEven when global warming alarmists base claims on scientific measurements, they've often had their finger on the scale. Russian think tank investigators evaluated thousands of documents and e-mails leaked from the East Anglia research center and concluded readings from the coldest regions of their nation had been omitted, driving average temperatures up about half a degree.


U.S.Gate – The U.S. National Climate Data Center has been manipulating weather data too, say computer expert E. Michael Smith and meteorologist Joesph D'Aleo. Forty years ago there were 6,000 surface-temperature measuring stations, but only 1,500 by 1990, which coincides with what global warming alarmists say was a record temperature increase. Most of the deleted stations were in colder regions, just as in the Russian case, resulting in misleading higher average temperatures.

Post Valentines

“it looks like phasers”

Video of Airborne Laser Destroying a Ballistic Missile

At last, the Missile Defense Agency Airborne Laser has killed an actual ballistic missile in mid-air. The best part: They recorded it in video. This is not Star Wars pew-pew. It actually looks like the Enterprise's phasers.

It gets worse and worse

Amy Bishop.

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

The Rush to the Door picks up speed

Evan Bayh to retire

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

Well said from London

Time to take a long, cool look



We first posted on Christopher Monckton's challenge to Al Gore and the manmade global warming brigade on December 21st 2006 - more than three years ago.

A year later, in December 2007, we posted that growing numbers of scientists were skeptical about global warming.

In January 2008 we interviewed Ken Tapping of the Canadian Space Agency, who revealed that solar magnetic energy levels were so low we would face an ice age if they continued.

In 2009 and 2010 we linked to reports from Philip Foster and Richard North, who showed that the global warming figures didn't add up - unless you were making money in cap and trade.

A few days ago, a key IPCC scientist admitted that there had been no statistically significant global warming for the last 15 years.

He also suggested that the Medieval Warm Period - when Frenchmen enjoyed drinking English wine and Parliament first met - might have been warmer than today without adverse effects - unless, as noted, you count Parliament and English wine as negatives.

Politicians have been keen to exploit the crisis by raising taxes and giving the money to their cronies. It's time to take a long, cool look at all of them, and vote accordingly.

Why was this person out in society?

Alleged Ala. killer was suspect in attempted bombing of Harvard professor. “Amy Bishop and her husband, James Anderson, were questioned after a package containing two bombs was sent to the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, a professor and doctor at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. It was the second startling revelation in two days about the past of Bishop, who is accused of fatally shooting three colleagues and wounding three others Friday afternoon at a faculty meeting on the University of Alabama’s Huntsville, Ala. campus.”

It is all over. Someone tell the Dems.


Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995

Data for vital 'hockey stick graph' has gone missing

  • There has been no global warming since 1995
  • Warming periods have happened before - but NOT due to man-made changes

Read more:

If The Tree of Global Warming Fell In The Living Rooms of The American Press And No One Reported It Would It Make A Sound?