Friday, June 3, 2011
"A mere two weeks after giving birth to her first child, son, Marcel, Marion Cotillard is showing off her post-baby body in a pair of short shorts -- and she couldn't look better!
The 'Inception' star was in Paris, shooting her forthcoming Dior campaign, wearing a pair of black pleated shorts, a see through white blouse and some killer four-inch booties. Talk about a high stylin' mama on the go. We would have never guessed that just weeks ago the Oscar winner, 35, was nine months pregnant. Cotillard's petit copain, Guillaume Canet, is one lucky fellow. Catch Cotillard, Woody Allen's newest muse, on the silver screen in 'Midnight in Paris."
Thanks for your thoughtful comment on DailyBrisk. In my opinion, cookie-cutter predictable furniture is 'out' and one of a kind heirloom finds are 'in'.
I'm also predicting that shades of cream and gray will be accented with shades of purple.
A website you may enjoy is http://www.hollisandknight.com/
PS I may know the owner--just a little--through a few careful purchases (shhh--don't tell Mr Paris!)
The owner doesn't know about 'Paris' or DailyBrisk, so promise this will be our secret.
This is the tipping point. It is hard to describe how important this is. You may want to remember the date.
China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills
President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of China toast during the State Dinner in State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
(CNSNews.com) - China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011, the most recent month reported by the U.S. Treasury.
Hedge fund boss David Tepper will reportedly build another house on the six-acre Long Island lot that's twice as large as the original 6,165 square footer. Mr Tepper was allegedly irked that he couldn't see the ocean from every room of the estate, so he decided to build another one from the ground up
Basketball season is winding down (go Mavs!) so I am dropping the moniker 'Air Ball Presidency' to describe the Obama Regime and will now call it the Double Dip Presidency. It seems to fit, and I like to talk about ice cream during summer months.
What makes the situation that much worse is the fact that housing is now officially in a double-dip recession, with prices in 12 of the 20 markets selling below their 2006 low prices, according to the Case-Shiller 20-city Index.
Taxpayer ID Theft Has Increased 400% in 2 Years; IRS Apologizes to 3 VictimsThe House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform yesterday held a hearing on IRS E-File and Identity Theft. Jim White (Director of Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office) testified at the hearing, Status of IRS Initiatives to Help Victimized Taxpayers (GAO-11-721T):
My testimony today will cover (1) when IRS detects identity theft-based refund and employment fraud, (2) the steps IRS has taken to resolve, detect, and prevent innocent taxpayers’ identity theft-related problems, (3) constraints that hinder IRS’s ability to address these issues, and (4) the potential for more rigorous screening to prevent refund or employment fraud now and in the future. ...
The number of tax-related identity theft incidents (primarily refund or employment fraud attempts) identified by IRS has grown:
- 51,702 incidents in 2008
- 169,087 incidents in 2009
- 248,357 incidents in 2010.
MCJOBS: As disappointing as last month’s employment report was, half of last month’s jobs came from a single employer, McDonald’s. “That is hardly the sign of a healthy economy.”
UPDATE: Various readers note that McDonald’s got an ObamaCare waiver. So give everyone an ObamaCare waiver, and watch employment skyrocket!
Bipartisan Congress rebuffs Obama on Libya mission
Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.
In two votes — on competing resolutions that amounted to legislative lectures of Mr. Obama — Congress escalated the brewing constitutional clash over whether he ignored the founding document’s grant of war powers by sending U.S. troops to aid in enforcing a no-fly zone and naval blockade of Libya.
“He has a chance to get this right. If he doesn’t, Congress will exercise its constitutional authority and make it right,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, the Ohio Republican who wrote the resolution that passed, 268-145, and sets a two-week deadline for the president to deliver the information the House is seeking.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new food guidelines on Thursday--with the federal government switching from the "food pyramid" long used to help figure out how to eat balanced meals to the simpler "food plate" icon. The new website is ChooseMyPlate.Gov Mrs. Obama is involved promoting the new plate icon because it folds into her "Let's Move" anti-childhood obesity campaign.
Since the redheaded trait is a recessive one, in many couples there's only a one in four chance that their child will be redheaded, if at all! PIRR proposes that...
But a new study says one-on-one contact with an attractive female might also be harmful to men's health, raising stress hormones to dangerously high levels.
And when men are in the presence of a beautiful stranger they view as "out of their league," the risks are even higher, with cortisol levels rising so high that heart attacks and strokes become real possibilities, the Spanish researchers found.
"This is another case of hard science proving the obvious," Toronto-based psychiatrist Irvin Wolkoff, who was not involved with the study, quipped to CTV's Canada AM."
McDonald’s ran a big hiring day on April 19 — after the Labor Department’s April survey for the payrolls report was conducted — in which 62,000 jobs were added. That’s not a net number, of course, and seasonal adjustment will reduce the Hamburglar impact on payrolls. (In simpler terms — restaurants always staff up for the summer; the Labor Department makes allowance for this effect.) Morgan Stanley estimates McDonald’s hiring will boost the overall number by 25,000 to 30,000. The Labor Department won’t detail an exact McDonald’s figure — they won’t identify any company they survey — but there will be data in the report to give a rough estimate.
If Morgan Stanley is correct, about half of last month's job growth came from the venerable fast-food chain. That is hardly the sign of a healthy economy.
Getting into shape does not necessarily translate to a mega diet fix – it could be as simple as making smart swaps of some foods & selecting healthful snacks in order to lose weight fast .
Here is the original post:
ScienceDaily (June 2, 2011) — Overweight and obese people looking to drop some pounds and considering one of the popular low-carbohydrate diets, along with moderate exercise, need not worry that the higher proportion of fat in such a program compared to a low-fat, high-carb diet may harm their arteries, suggests a pair of new studies by heart and vascular researchers at Johns Hopkins.
Documents made public yesterday by Judicial Watch describe extensive collusion by Federal Communications Commission officials with a left-wing advocacy group in a campaign to expand government regulation of the Internet.
Free Press is the most vocal of a number of far-left and liberal advocacy groups that for nearly a decade have pushed numerous proposals for vastly increasing government regulation of the Internet.
The evidence of coordination between FCC Democrats and Free Press uncovered by Judicial Watch includes:
- Emails between former Free Press president John Silver and Democratic FCC Commissioner Michael Copps from October 2010, coordinating "how we'd like to proceed during these next three months on NN [net neutrality]."
- Documents summarizing a phone call between Silver and Copps in which, before an FCC vote on the proposal in November 2010, Silver "emphasized that a strong net neutrality rule is critical to preserving the Internet as a vibrant forum for speech, commerce, innovation and cultural expression."
- Correspondence between FCC Special Counsel David Tannenbaum and Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott coordinating speakers for a taxpayer-funded series of FCC "internet workshops" that were intended to generate public support for the proposal.
In April 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC did not have the legal authority to regulate the Internet. Despite this ruling, in December the FCC voted 3-2, along party lines, to begin the Net Neutrality regulation process anyway.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/2011/06/conn-carroll-documents-show-fcc-coordinated-net-neutrality-effort-outside#ixzz1OEuJlGKc
President Obama gives Toledo, Ohio, diners an upbeat report on auto industry jobs in their city — but the latest government report paints a far different picture, with hiring numbers at their worst in eight months, and an unemployment rate topping 9.1 percent.
VS Naipaul has stirred up a hornets’ nest. The Nobel laureate said on Tuesday evening there is no female author whom he considers his equal, while speaking at the Royal Geographic Society. He was asked if he considered any woman writer his literary match and replied: “I don’t think so.” When pressed about Jane Austen, he added that he “couldn’t possibly share her sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world”.
The Guardian has the whole story.
I’m sure within 24 hours there will be some very firm rebuttals from the ladies of literature.
Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, is asking the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank to remove the rainbow flag flying below the American flag outside of the building, calling its presence “a serious deficiency of judgment by your organization, one not limited to social issues.”
A Libyan student who sexually assaulted seven girls and women in Melbourne has been jailed for more than five years.
Almahde Ahmad Atagore, 28, had been in Australia only a month and was having trouble adapting to the Australian culture when he committed the attacks, a court heard.
Atagore, who is a Muslim, was upset and sexually aroused at the way women in Australia dressed and behaved, the Victorian County Court heard [Tuesday].
Between August and September last year Atagore, who was in Australia on a Libyan government scholarship, embarked on a string of sexual assaults over four days in Mentone and at Flinders Street railway station.
His youngest victim was just 13.
Founder and editor of The Huffington Post says women need to redefine what success is in the workplace
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1OE1T1IRQ
SOLICITOR GENERAL: GO JOHN GALT!
“President Obama’s solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn’t like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.”
Gay softball league limit on straight players OK'd
A gay softball organization can keep its rule limiting the number of heterosexual players on each team, but allegations by three players who say they were disqualified from a tournament because they weren't gay enough can proceed to trial, a federal judge said.
A leopard leaps onto a Jeep for his big close up. Sergey Kotelnikov was shocked when this overly camera-friendly young leopard jumped onto the roof of his vehicle in Namibia, close to the border with Botswana. Sergey Ivanov, who snapped the photo from an adjacent Jeep, said: "My friend was scared. I was frightened, too, even though I was on the roof of the other car, as you expect it to begin attacking. But we soon relaxed when we realised that this big kitten was just playing."
The talented elephant, famous for her tricks in the 50s and 60s, was put to sleep in Valdosta, Georgia after her health seriously deteriorated. Archive footage shows her when she was a youngster attached to two giant skis with a trainer alongside as a boat pulled her through the water.
Alarm Sounded Over U.S. Foreign AidReutersReport by Congress' research arm reveals U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid to countries — such as China, Mexico and Egypt — that are lending billions to the U.S.
The New York Times story announcing the appointment of Jill Abramson to succeed Bill Keller as the top dog at the Times. I read the story and was amused by Abramson's expression of delight: "In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth."
That is an incredibly rich quote. The Times serves as the perfect stand-in for liberalism, not just supposed journalistic excellence. It is a substitute religion that comes in several forms.
UNEXPECTEDLY! May Unemployment Rate Up To 9.1 Percent.
UPDATE: Jeff Carter on what it means: “The effects of the crony capitalism economy are being seen in unemployment numbers. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, huge unchecked runaway bureaucracy. It has created ‘The Great Uncertainty’. We are seeing people get frustrated and drop out of the work force. If you are a history major, check out charts from 1937-40. They might repeat themselves.”
The workforce level in May 2011 is still more than 500,000 fewer people than a year ago, when the Obama administration tried selling its ‘Recovery Summer’ campaign.”
Did a Pork-Coated Bullet Kill Bin Laden?
Did a pork-coated bullet kill Bin Laden? Yes, says firm who claim its pig fat gun oil is bought by U.S. military personnel
Was Osama bin Laden shot with a bullet soaked in pork fat, denying him a place in paradise?
Yes, if one rather shady website, that peddles gun oil containing liquefied pig fat, is to be believed.
The makers of Silver Bullet Gun Oil claim it contains 13 per cent USDA liquefied pig fat thus making the product 'a highly effective counter-Islamic terrorist force multiplier.'
Seattle student: Weiner photo meant for porn star.
The young woman who was sent a lewd photo from the Twitter account of Rep. Anthony Weiner says she doesn’t think the New York Democrat was hacked, but that he may have been trying to send it to a porn star with a similar name.
In California Dems are pushing transgender “rights” to cross dress at work without addressing the budget. In DC it is suntan lotion instead of a budget.
With US Facing Severe Debt Crisis, Dem Senator Focused on Suntan Lotion Labels
Senator Pressures FDA to Finish Long-Awaited Sunscreen Label Rules
New strategy: silence.
Job growth decelerated sharply in May, the Labor Department said Friday. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 54,000, much lower than the 125,000 gain expected by Wall Street economists. This is the smallest increase in nonfarm payroll since September. The unemployment rate ticked higher 9.1% in May from 9.0% in the previous month. Economists forecast the unemployment rate to fall to 8.9%.