Friday, June 3, 2011

Marion Cotillard Wins Again ...From Paris

Marion Cotillard, one of the greatest actresses of our time, had a baby two weeks prior to this photo?  WOW!  She wins again!

"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."

Paris Responds To Jack...From Paris

Dear Jack:

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

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

Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama of the United States

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)

( - 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.

Poll: More than 9 in 10 Americans continue to believe in God


Worth repeating.

The Rich

Billionaire tears down $43.5m Hamptons house because he didn't have 'enough ocean views'


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

The Double Dip Presidency

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.

From George Leong at Wall Street Pit:

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.
From Simon Nguyen at Yahoo Business News:
The U.S. could face a double-dip recession in 2011. After a promising start to the year, the U.S. economy is once again facing strong headwinds. Recent economic data paint a much different picture than the one put forward by most economists. The biggest development has been the S&P downgrade of U.S. credit outlook. Although such a move has been expected for quite some time, the timing of this announcement is particularly worrisome.

Be careful giving your Social Security number to IRS

Taxpayer ID Theft Has Increased 400% in 2 Years; IRS Apologizes to 3 Victims
The 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.

1/2 of last month’s new jobs were at McDonalds.

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

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens on Capitol Hill on June 3, 2011, during a Republican news conference to respond to the May unemployment report. (Associated Press)(Associated Press)

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. ObamaCongress 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.

Roughly three-quarters of the House voted to put Mr. Obama on notice that he must explain himself or else face future consequences, possibly including having funds for the war cut off.

“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.

Michelle Obama hypes icon switch: Bye food pyramid, hello food plate

While I applaud the goals of the anti-childhood obesity campaign, I think our bowling ball of a Surgeon General should be kept back on Air Force One on these photo-op tours. Kids are confused enough already without that mixed signal.

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.

Re-populating Redheads?...From Paris

"People for the Immediate Repopulation of Redheads (or PIRR, pronounced 'purr') is a reaction group to the steadily decreasing number of gingers in the United States. Scientists estimate that only about 6 percent or less of the U.S. population are redheaded, a frightfully low number for one of, nay, the most, beautiful type of people.

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...

Blaming Pretty Girls ...From Paris

"It's long been said that pretty women are hard on men's hearts -- country musicians can attest to 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."

Half of Last Month's New Jobs Came from a Single Employer — McDonald's

...Note to college kids: get your burger-flipping skills sharpened--the Golden Arches may offer the only jobs available in an Obama-run economy.

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.

Christsino makes a point about Low-Carb Diets

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:

Low-Carb, Higher-Fat Diets Add No Arterial Health Risks to Obese People Seeking to Lose Weight
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.

Leftist want to take away your free internet.

Docs Show FCC Coordinated 'Net Neutrality' Effort with Left-Wing Group...

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:

Beautiful People, Easier To Read?...From Paris

"The personalities of beautiful people are easier to read than those of individuals with less physical appeal, according to psychology researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Volunteers talked briefly in small groups, then completed surveys about the others' looks and traits (including extroversion, agreeableness, emotional stability, and conscientiousness), as well as about their own character. The first impressions made of people tended to agree with their self-assessments much more when they were considered good-looking. Even those whose appearance wasn't widely admired still gained this advantage with people who liked their looks. The researchers posit that people are more motivated to get to know those whom they find attractive."

'Gunsmoke' Lawman Arness Dies at 88

CBS spokesman confirms James Arness, best known for his role on hit series 'Gunsmoke,' has died at 88

Not a lot of respect or admiration here

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.

Uh-oh, not a cool or smart idea

No female writer is my equal says VS Naipaul

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.

Photo of the day

In a picture released June 2, a new government-made housing project (r.) is seen from the top of Las Mayas slum in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 24. Despite being in power for 12 years, President Hugo Chavez has failed to fix Venezuela's housing shortfall -- currently at 2 million units. That, say critics, demonstrates the failure of socialism in Venezuela. Not surprisingly, Chavez has sought to take the initiative with a new 'Grand Housing Mission' -- his eighth such construction plan -- aiming to build 2 million new units by 2017 with funds available from higher global oil prices.

How about a shaker full of gunpowder?

MI6 Hacked Al Qaeda Website, Swapping Bomb Recipes With Cupcake Recipes

MI6 Hacked Al Qaeda Website, Swapping Bomb Recipes With Cupcake Recipes

Just imagine the look of surprise on an al Qaeda member's face when they thought they were loading a tutorial on how to "make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom" but actually got...a recipe for mojito cupcakes. Famed British intelligence agency MI6 hacked the first English-language Jihadist online... More »

Very ironic headline

Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian Dead at 83 with No Assistance.

Gay Pride flag at Fed

You would think they would be busy enough spending money we don't have, but they are making an effort to be politically correct too. Figures.

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.”

Shipley's is giving 'em out free today for National Donut Day

National Donut Day 2011

News of the really, truly, exceptionally bizarre ...

Blagojevich Says He Wanted To Join Search For Bin Laden


You knew this comparison was coming

Blaming the victims.

Muslim Gets Wrist Slap for Multiple Rapes

Shoot a punk who sticks a gun in your face while you're trying to run a business and you can get in serious trouble. Other crimes are not taken as seriously:

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.

Advice for women from a leading leftist

Arianna Huffington's tip for success: 'Women should sleep their way to the top'

Founder and editor of The Huffington Post says women need to redefine what success is in the workplace

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michael ramirez

This is how they think


“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.

There is a certain moment when you just say Oh….!

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:


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."

Queenie, the world's only water skiing elephant, dies aged 59 at theme park where she retired

Queenie the water skiing elephant has died aged 59

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.

Only in DC would this make sense.

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 Promise

  • Pelosi Flashback: Obamacare Will Create 400,000 Jobs Almost Immediately!

  • Biden Flashback: 'We're Going to Be Creating Between 250,000 and 500,000 jobs a Month!'

  • The Liberal Religion

    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.

    Obama and the Jews

    “Mysteriously, the Office of the President has requested that a video of a Jewish singing group performing at the White House be removed from the web.”

    Obama Economy. (They play with the numbers, but notice the last paragraph.)

    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.”

    ANOTHER UPDATE: “Chronic unemployment continues to rise, and continues to comprise a greater part of the unemployed as well.”

    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.”

    Would a Navy Seal do this? Damn straight they would.

    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.'

    Weiner picture sent to wrong woman.

    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

    AP Graphics

    Senator Pressures FDA to Finish Long-Awaited Sunscreen Label Rules

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    DailyBrisk questioned whether he could run a B&B last week. Cain must be paying attention.

    Herman Cain: Obama Couldn’t Run a Pizza Joint

    Weiner hard up to give firm answers.

    LA Times editorial: Does anyone actually believe Weiner’s story?

    Weiner: I’m done providing non-answers to you all

    New strategy: silence.

    Unemployment 9.1%. ($2 trillion for this?)

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Employers hired far fewer workers than expected in May and the jobless rate rose to 9.1

    Job growth slows to 54,000 in May, rate up to 9.1%

    ...Here they go with 'unexpectedly' again.

    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%.