|In my opinion, the real winner of last evening's Oscars was Anne Hathaway. Adorable, beautiful, funny, splendid, engaging. Anne's all grown up. She's the whole package.|
Monday, February 28, 2011
Scarlett, who has the most perfect lips and perfect figure in Hollywood, should take a moment to reflect. Then she should immediately fire her stylist.
The REAL winner from last nights Oscar fashion is Helen Mirren.
She looks spectacular. You've got to give it to Helen for bringing her spectacular 60-something body to that dress.
I love the color (gun metal gray, except if your from MSNBC, at which point I'd soften the reference to guns and say platinum gray). It's ruched (ruffled/pleated and gathered in all the right places) and it works perfectly with her silver hair and silver/diamond accessories.
Helen is flawless.
GEORGE WILL: TRAIN MANIA.
“Generations hence, when the river of time has worn this presidency’s importance to a small, smooth pebble in the stream of history, people will still marvel that its defining trait was a mania for high-speed rail projects. This disorder illuminates the progressive mind. . . . To progressives, the best thing about railroads is that people riding them are not in automobiles, which are subversive of the deference on which progressivism depends. Automobiles go hither and yon, wherever and whenever the driver desires, without timetables. Automobiles encourage people to think they—unsupervised, untutored, and unscripted—are masters of their fates. The automobile encourages people in delusions of adequacy, which make them resistant to government by experts who know what choices people should make.”
Plus this: “The average intercity auto trip today uses less energy per passenger mile than the average Amtrak train.”
Jan Schroers and his team have developed novel metal alloys that can be blow molded into virtually any shape.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2011) — Imagine a material that's stronger than steel, but just as versatile as plastic, able to take on a seemingly endless variety of forms. For decades, materials scientists have been trying to come up with just such an ideal substance, one that could be molded into complex shapes with the same ease and low expense as plastic but without sacrificing the strength and durability of metal.
"These alloys look like ordinary metal but can be blow molded just as cheaply and as easily as plastic," Schroers said. So far the team has created a number of complex shapes-including seamless metallic bottles, watch cases, miniature resonators and biomedical implants-that can be molded in less than a minute and are twice as strong as typical steel.
For the second time in as many days, Egyptian armed force stormed the 5th century old St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, 110 kilometers from Cairo. Live ammunition was fired, wounding two monks and six Coptic monastery workers. Several sources confirmed the army's use of RPG ammunition. Four people have been arrested including three monks and a Coptic lawyer who was at the monastery investigating [the previous day's] army attack.
Monk Aksios Ava Bishoy told activist Nader Shoukry of Freecopts the armed forces stormed the main entrance gate to the monastery in the morning using five tanks, armored vehicles and a bulldozer to demolish the fence built by the monastery last month to protect themselves and the monastery from the lawlessness which prevailed in Egypt during the January 25 Uprising.
"When we tried to address them, the army fired live bullets, wounding Father Feltaows in the leg and Father Barnabas in the abdomen," said Monk Ava Bishoy. "Six Coptic workers in the monastery were also injured, some with serious injuries to the chest." …
Father Hemanot Ava Bishoy said the army fired live ammunition and RPGs continuously for 30 minutes, which hit part of the ancient fence inside the monastery. "The army was shocked to see the monks standing there praying 'Lord have mercy' without running away. This is what really upset them," he said. "As the soldiers were demolishing the gate and the fence they were chanting 'Allahu Akbar' and 'Victory, Victory'."
He also added that the army prevented the monastery's car from taking the injured to hospital.
Last week, a study published in the British medical journal The Lancet found that worldwide obesity rates have increased significantly over the past three decades. By far, the greatest increase was in the Pacific islands. In the world's fattest country -- Nauru -- the average body mass index (BMI) is now an off-the-charts 35.03 for women and 33.85 for men. (Above 30 is generally considered obese.) The Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, French Polynesia, and Palau aren't far behind. Several Caribbean islands-- including Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and St. Kitts and Nevis -- are also in the obese category. Of the 13 countries with average BMIs over 30, only Kuwait and Egypt (where just the women average over 30) aren't islands. So why are island countries so obese?
A great example of why public employees should not be unionized. Police are to enforce the law equally, not take sides.
L.A. Police Union Urges Members to 'Stand in Solidarity' With SEIU and MoveOn.org
Wisconsin Democrat Threatens Life of Female Republican
By Charlie Sykes, Newsradio 620 WTMJ
Last week, we heard that State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) had been busted in a prostitution sting:
State Rep. Gordon Hintz was issued a municipal citation in Appleton earlier this month for violating a city sexual misconduct ordinance.
Last Friday.... after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: "You are F***king dead!"
I fondly remember going down a Pa mountainside in a yellow VW Bus after white watering. Brakes went out. The red head drove and I shifted. Don’t think the girls in the back ever knew.
As previously reported, the VW Microbus Concept is returning, though this time called the VW Bulli. The new concept rolled out in Geneva, looking similar to the original Microbus Concept from 2001, but a bit
How to Automatically Download TV Shows as Soon as They’ve Aired (or Turn Your PC into a TiVo)
Greece holiday: Ionian Island hopping
On a hop around the Ionian Sea, John Gimlette finds that the reality is every bit as good as the myth.
Shipwreck Bay in Zakynthos Photo:
Boats moored in the port of Gaios, on the island of Paxos
DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Obama Flies Personal Trainer from Chicago to White House Every Week.
“With a schedule as hectic as President Obama’s it must be hard to stick to a training regimen without help — but why does he insist on having his old trainer fly out from Chicago to D.C. regularly when Obama and his wife exhort the rest of us to drive less? And in a recession?”
Title: Walker to Senate Democrats: One Day Left to Save the State $165 million
Madison-One component of Governor Walker's budget repair bill is debt refinancing, which will save taxpayers $165 million in fiscal year 2011. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, if Senate Democrats refuse to return to Wisconsin and cast their votes in the next day the option to refinance a portion of the state's debt will be off the table.
THE “NEW CIVILITY” (CONT’D): Wisconsin Democrat To Republican Colleague: “You Are F***ing Dead.”
Advanced Degrees Add Up to Lower Blood Pressure
ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2011) — Freshmen on the eve of finals and graduate students staring down a thesis committee may not feel this way, but the privilege of obtaining an advanced education correlates with decades of lower blood pressure, according to a study led by a public health researcher at Brown University. The benefit appears to be greater for women than for men.
Controlling just for age, Loucks and his co-authors found that women who completed 17 years of schooling or more had systolic blood pressure readings that were, on average, 3.26 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) lower than women who did not finish high school. Women who went to college, but did not pursue graduate studies, had a 2 mmHg benefit compared to less educated women. For men, going to graduate school versus not finishing high school made a 2.26 mmHg difference, with a lesser benefit for going to college.
Even after controlling for influences such as smoking, drinking, obesity and blood pressure medication, the benefit persisted, although at a lower level (graduate school gave a benefit of 2.86 mmHg for women and 1.25 mmHg for men).
This undated photo released by the British Metropolitan Police shows Rajib Karim who was found guilty Monday Feb. 28, 2011 at Woolwich Crown Court in London of plotting to blow up a plane while working as a computer specialist with British Airways. A jury has convicted a former British Airways computer specialist of plotting with U.S.-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to blow up an airplane. Rajib Karim, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi man, was convicted of four counts of engaging in preparation for terrorist attacks. He had already pleaded guilty to three terrorism offenses. AP provides access to this publicly distributed HANDOUT photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image.
Last living US WWI vet dies in W. Va. at age 110
In a May 26, 2008 file photo Frank Buckles receives an American flag during Memorial Day activities at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Frank Buckles was repeatedly rejected by military recruiters and got into uniform at 16 after lying about his age. He would later become the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I.
Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said. He was 110.
Herman Cain Wins Tea Party Straw Poll
According to CNN, Herman Cain, the dynamic and possible 2012 candidate, won the the American Policy Summit's presidential live straw poll on Sunday held by the Tea Party Patriots conference.
Capturing 22% of the 1600 votes cast, Cain, the conservative talk show host and former Godfather's Pizza chief executive, won handily. Second was Gov. Tim Pawlenty with 16% who was also there.
1,500 Teachers Paid to Do Union Business While Missing Class
In New York City's funny math, you get only one teacher for the price of two.
The Department of Education pays about 1,500 teachers for time they spend on union activities -- and pays other teachers to replace them in the classroom.
'Ba Ba Black Sheep' Called Racist
Black sheep are on the endangered species list as some children in north Queensland learn to sing Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep.
The English nursery rhyme may have survived for 200-plus years but political correctness could finally put it out to pasture.
Some schools in Britain have banned the song for being racist
A molecular model of Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol.
Markedly Higher Vitamin D Intake Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk, Researchers Say
ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha have reported that markedly higher intake of vitamin D is needed to reach blood levels that can prevent or markedly cut the incidence of breast cancer and several other major diseases than had been originally thought.
“We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4000-8000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases -- breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes," said Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. "I was surprised to find that the intakes required to maintain vitamin D status for disease prevention were so high -- much higher than the minimal intake of vitamin D of 400 IU/day that was needed to defeat rickets in the 20th century."
BOEHNER RIPS BID to regulate Internet. “In a speech to religious broadcasters that received a sustained ovation at his conclusion, he said free expression is under attack by a power structure in Washington populated with regulators who have never set foot inside a radio station or a television studio.”
Despite the differences in rhetoric, killing public sector unions is a nonpartisan policy in the United States. While Republicans are more explicit about their goal, and want to move faster, Democrats and Republicans are both taking steps that will soon reduce the public sector union movement to a shadow of its current self.
Look at Rahm Emanuel, newly elected mayor of Chicago. Chicago is a dark blue city in a deep blue state; Emanuel is a career Democratic pol who served as chief of staff to the most liberal American president elected in many years. And what is Emmanuel doing? The mayor-elect was cagey on the subject during the campaign, but massive tax increases are off the table, and so are big bailouts from Washington DC. According to Time magazine, the campaign has spoken cryptically about saving $110 million from reducing “outdated and duplicative work processes to focus on front-line service delivery.” Translate that out of bureaucratic Newspeak and it means getting more work done with fewer people: layoffs.
Look at New York, the classically blue state where I live, home to liberal lions like Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Fiorello LaGuardia and Mario Cuomo. Here our new governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking major concessions and threatening layoffs against the public sector unions, vowing to balance the state’s budget with spending cuts.
and what she use to look like