Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The History Of High Heels...From Paris

"The origin of the high heel goes back many centuries in history. The first precursors of stiletto heels were discovered in a tomb of Tebas in Old Egypt, and date from 1000 BC. These heels possibly provided a high social status to those who wore them."

"U'll Be Bock"... From Paris

Okay.  Seriously Arnold.  Is it too much to ask that you  not be so creepy right now?  We'll all feel so much better if you say yes to this simple request.   

Seriously Arnold.  I think what you were trying to say with your odd daliances with your odd selection of "gropped" up women and vulnerable house maids is that you have a teeny, convertible sports car!

Seriously Arnold.  It's time to think seriously about someone other than your over developed ego. 

Gabrielle Giffords doing well after surgery

Doctors used a hard plastic implant to repair a hole in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ skull on Wednesday, the latest milestone in her recovery from an assassination attempt and a procedure that experts say will improve her quality of life.

A gunman shot her in the head more than four months ago in Tucson, Ariz., and doctors had to remove a portion of her skull to relieve pressure on her brain.

Top Ten Ballads according to Rolling Stone readers

1. Stairway to Heaven--Led Zeppelin
2. Something--The Beatles
3. Wild Horses--The Rolling Stones
4. November Rain--Guns N Roses
5. Let It Be--The Beatles
6. Purple Rain--Prince
7. Wish You Were Here--Pink Floyd
8. Let's Get It On--Marvin Gaye
9. Black--Pearl Jam
10. Freebird--Lynyrd Skynyrd

They withhold money from your paycheck to pay people like this

From the Wash Times:

A key senator has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate how people who live their lives role-playing as “adult babies” are able to get taxpayer-funded disability payments - after one of them was featured on a recent reality TV episode wearing diapers, feeding from a bottle and using an adult-sized crib he built.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and the Senate’s top waste-watcher, asked the agency’s inspector general to look into 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr. and his roommate, Sandra Dias, who acts as his “mother,” saying it’s not clear why they are collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead of working.

“Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,” Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O'Carroll Jr.

She must have a great personality

The mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegitimate child has been named as his former housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena.

Best photoshopped Situation Room images

Superheroes of the USA.

The 60s caused priests to abuse children, not celibacy

Really? How could anyone in their right mind pay for this study?

A new report claims that "social factors" — not forced celibacy — caused the upswing in abuse by Catholic priests in the sixties and seventies. But not everyone is convinced.

This is NOT a painting

This is what it is ...

What you're looking at isn't a painting. It's not a Photoshop job or an artist's rendering. It's a photograph, taken byNational Geographic's Frans Lanting, that captures the camel thorn trees of Namib-Naukluft Park at the most perfect moment imaginable.

Click the image to biggie size for the full effect. That orange backdrop? That's a dune reflecting Namibia's rising sun. And while the trees themselves look like etchings of a dream, they're a very real part of one of the country's largest national parks. It's beautiful, it's serene, it's surreal. And it's still almost impossible to believe that the only paintbrush used was nature's. [National Geographic via The High Definite]

Need a new T-shirt?

Take lemons and make lemonade!

Obama Campaign Selling Official Birth Certificate Shirts

Americans are trying to face the important issues to this country, but the Obama campaign only seems interested in perpetuating Silly Season. These carnival barkers are now selling limited edition "Made in the USA" tee shirts featuring images of the president's birth certificate on the back.

Air Force One executes a missed approach, lands safely after go-around

(Bad weather is making fund-raising travel really dangerous.)

Air Force One executed a missed approach on its first attempt to land today at Bradley Field in Connecticut, circling the airport before making a successful landing on the second try.

The FAA said visibility was “below the minimum,” meaning the pilots couldn’t see the runway from the altitude required for landing due to thick cloud cover. They were coming in to Runway 6 on instrument approach.

Michigan man still on food stamps despite winning $2M

The entitlement mindset is hard to break apparently.

A man who won $2 million on a Michigan lottery show has told a TV station that he still uses food stamps.

Leroy Fick of Bay County admitted he still swipes the electronic card at stores, nearly a year after winning a jackpot on "Make Me Rich!" He told WNEM-TV in Saginaw that more than half the prize went to taxes.

Fick says the Department of Human Services told him he could continue to use the card, which is paid with tax dollars. He told WNEM: "If you're going to ... try to make me feel bad, you aren't going to do it."

Real life Tower of Terror--elevator falls three floors in NYC

22 people in elevator.

Nearly two dozen people have been injured in an elevator accident Wednesday morning in Chelsea.

The FDNY said 21 people have been taken to Bellevue and Beth Israel Hospitals to be evaluated for neck and back injuries. One person was not hospitalized.

White House using 'Chicago Way' tactics again

A Boston Herald reporter is being denied full access to Obama's Boston fund-raiser today. The Herald ran a front page op-ed by Mitt Romney and the White House minions are upset with the paper now. Petty. Vindictive. Unworthy of the office.

Study: Third of hospital ERs have closed over past 20 years

From 1990 to 2009, the number of hospital emergency departments in non-rural areas in the USA declined by 27%, according to a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.

They found that the number of emergency departments dropped from 2,446 to 1,779 — an average of 89 closings per year. The figure included only non-rural locations since those in rural areas generally receive special funding from federal sources.

ERs shut down were more likely to:

•Have low profit margins;

•Serve patient below the poverty level;

•Serve patients with poorer forms of insurance, including Medicaid;

•Be in for-profit hospitals;

•Be in more competitive markets.

Fire the Clown! (And they don't mean Al Franken.)

McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald .

More than 550 health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald's Corp. asking the maker of Happy Meals to stop marketing junk food to kids and retire Ronald McDonald.

The letter, slated to run in the form of full-page ads in six metropolitan newspapers around the country on Wednesday, acknowledges that "the contributors to today's (health) epidemic are manifold and a broad societal response is required. But marketing can no longer be ignored as a significant part of this massive problem."