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Friday, March 16, 2007
- Greek audiences liked 300.
Greek audiences showed notable fervor for Zack Snyder's violent adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel about the battle of Thermopylae. "300" set a record for best Greek opening with $3.1 million at 138.In other news, the sky is blue and the grass is green.
- Does this mean that people will learn what really happened in the Civil War?
A panel of Georgia lawmakers signed off Thursday on a plan to create a Confederate heritage month, even as legislative leaders reacted coolly to a push to apologize for the state's role in slavery.
Sen. Jeff Mullis' bill would dub April as Confederate History and Heritage Month to honor the memory of the Confederacy and "all those millions of its citizens of various races and ethnic groups and religions who contributed in sundry and myriad ways to the cause of Southern Independence."
I'm not holding my breath.
- Rep. Waxman needs to read the Constitution again.
A new plan proposed in Congress would establish that every American is a "citizen-lobbyist" and force executive branch officials to record and publish all contacts with them, virtually eliminating the free exchange of ideas needed for open representative government, say critics.A similar plan was defeated in the Senate. We can only hope this plan has the same fate.
- May 14th is the 400th anniversary of the settlement at Jamestown. Sad that this is happening now.
Tour guides at the American birthplace of Jamestown, Va., are being prevented from explaining Christian history and are under orders to refer to items such as the Ten Commandments and Lord's Prayer only as "religious" in nature.In case you were wondering, Jamestown had 2 purposes- to make money for the Virginia Company and to spread the Gospel (according to the first Virginia charter).
- I can't wait to hear what The Donald has to say about this.
Rosie O'Donnell, hosting ABC's popular "The View" morning show, came to the defense of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed today, suggesting the government elicited a false confession from the 9/11 mastermind by using torture, robbing him of his humanity and treating him like an animal.She has completely lost her mind. Fortunately for her, that's a feature and not a bug to the wonderful world of daytime tv. There's a little part of me that hopes she gets her own gig. It'll be like watching a trainwreck daily. (No, I won't actually watch it... duh...)
- It was just the right thing to do, and she shouldn't expect her landlord to have a change of heart, but... it would be nice.
A tenant in court defending herself from a civil complaint by her landlord suddenly had to shift gears. La Tina Osborne, a pediatric nurse, was speaking when she noticed that the plaintiff, Genevieve Zumuda, 77, appeared stricken. ...Osborne placed Zumuda on the floor and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A court clerk assisted. Someone went for help, and paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator to regain a heartbeat. Zumuda was taken to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, where she was in stable condition Wednesday.Like I said, it was the right thing to do. I'm glad Ms. Zumuda is doing ok.
- Pete Rose finally 'fessed up.
Pete Rose revealed Wednesday that he bet on the Reds "every night" while he was manager of the team and that the Dowd Report was correct when it said he did so.Yeah, it was wrong, but it's not like he was throwing games. He wanted his guys to win. Hey, Bud... can he get in now?
- Izzy's back.
Jason Isringhausen made his first game appearance since hip surgery last year, pitching a scoreless inning Thursday for the Cardinals against the Dodgers. The closer allowed the Dodgers to load the bases with no outs in the first, then escaped trouble.For some reason, I don't think my grandma's going to be happy about this.
- Coach K gets to watch the rest of the tournament from his livingroom.
It's significance is even larger considering the Rams (28-6) handed the Mike Krzyzewski-coached Blue Devils (22-11) their first first-round loss since 1996. The loss also ended the sixth-seeded Blue Devils' string of Sweet 16 appearances at nine. It was the longest active streak and second-longest behind North Carolina's 13-year run.I'm not a Duke fan. I'm not even a basketball fan. But... dang... it's Coach K. Everybody loves Coach K (even if they can't pronounce his name).
- Evidently, the Penguins have a thing for teenaged players.
Having an NHL star for an older brother isn't always the easiest thing (just ask Brett Lindros), but with every game and shift, Jordan Staal is making a name for himself.
In this week's Facing Off, the 18-year-old Penguins rookie gives his take on the Chris Simon suspension, tells us which of the four Staal brothers is the best NHL player and explains what it's like riding shotgun with Sid the Kid.
The Penguins also have Sid the Kid (age 19). As for Jordan, I guess it's literally in his blood. His big brother, Eric plays in the NHL, and his other big brother, Marc, plays for the OHL. And there's another one still at home. Geez...
- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama don't think homosexual behavior is immoral. Then again, Hill has to deal with Bill (different story-B) all the time, so her standards are a little on the low side.
Senators Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) responded on Thursday to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace's comments that homosexual behavior is "immoral," but only after they were criticized for failing to do so by a homosexual advocacy group.Oh, so they're just pandering again. N'er mind. Nothing new here.
- Not only did Harry not get passage of his Iraqi Surrender Ammendment, he didn't even get plurality.
A Democratic proposal (the Reid resolution) to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq within 120 days -- with the goal of redeploying all but a few combat forces by March 31, 2008 - was defeated 50-48. That was 12 votes short of the 60 needed for passage.Mitch McConnell (Minority Leader and deliverer of the dreaded "Mitchslap") chose to focus on the Dems bad politics instead of questioning their patriotism. Drat.
- Funny how Armitage's name hasn't been mentioned at all in Plame's testimony.
"It was a terrible irony that administration officials were the ones who destroyed my cover," she told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.She also claims that the "cocktail crowd" in DC didn't know where she worked. Time to not pay attention to House Committee hearings... again...
- Oh, dreams of what could have been...
The New York senator and former first lady was on a list of possible running mates for 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, according to an upcoming book by top Kerry strategist Bob Shrum.
But Clinton was quickly ruled out because quiet polling found she was too polarizing, Shrum writes.
Lurch wasn't polarizing enough? Having her in the '04 race would have been so much fun... In '08, not so much.
- I love Glenn Beck.
She is like the stereotypical -- excuse the expression, but this is the way to -- she's the stereotypical bitch, you know what I mean? She's that stereotypical, nagging, [unintelligible], you know what I mean? And she doesn't have to be saying -- she could be saying happy things, but after four years, don't you think every man in America will go insane?He's got a point, you know. Her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard.
- Once again, science catches up with common sense.
The man-of-steel mentality, often associated with military men and those in other high-risk occupations, can boost and speed up a guy’s recovery from a serious and/or traumatic injury possibly.No... having a healthy dose of self-confidence can help men heal faster? Who knew? I mean, besides everyone.
- Laughter makes you a nicer person?
A good laugh may not only lift your mood, but can make you more cooperative and altruistic towards strangers, according to a new study.Who pays for these studies?
- Well, this explains our "need" for vitamin suppliments.
Fewer than a third of American adults eat the amount of fruits and vegetables the government recommends, a trend that's remained steady for more than a decade, health officials said Thursday.They probably blame McDonald's. Personally, I blame lazy folks who won't pick up an apple or some carrot sticks when a doughnut and some Pringles are nearby. (No, I don't always get all my fruits and veggies. I try, though.)
- Is the Yellowstone caldera about to blow its... um... top?
Though the Yellowstone system is active and expected to eventually blow its top, scientists don’t think it will erupt any time soon. Yet significant activity continues beneath the surface. And the activity has been increasing lately, scientists have discovered.There are some sites (no, I'm not going to link them) that are warning that Yellowstone is going to blow any day now and destroy most of the US. Oh, yip...
- Pluto is no longer a planet, but it's still getting a lot of press.
Telescopes all over the southwestern United States will turn toward Pluto as it meanders Sunday across the face of a star in the constellation Sagittarius. The observations could help researchers better understand the dwarf planet's atmosphere.Some people would say Pluto isn't worth studying. I'm of the opinion that we want some of these guys to be staring off into space instead of messing with stuff down here. It's just safer this way.
- Can you say, "malpractice"? I knew you could.
A German belly dancer has been awarded £12,000 compensation after a plastic surgeon accidentally sucked away one of her buttocks.
- Oh, for the love of Pete... another kid?
But now Johnny Soto and his son are poised to throw yet another monkey wrench into the surreal soap opera of Anna Nicole Smith's life and post mortem. According to Soto, his son is the result of a torrid love affair between himself and the 42DD femme fatale in early 2001, while Smith was vacationing at Paradise Valley's Sanctuary Resort and Spa. He has the birth certificate and other documents to prove it.At first, it sounded totally bogus. Why would she give the baby to the father? Then I remembered what one of her friends said- ANS wanted a blond-haired, blue-eyed baby that looked like her and Daniel. Little Marshall... um... doesn't. This is just insane...
- He just wanted to go to Vienna. Is that so wrong?
A flight was delayed for several hours after a tiny bird flew into the cockpit of the plane and refused to leave.
- Even the local imam thought this one was goofy.
The Three Little Pigs have earned a reprieve after they were ditched from a children's show to avoid offending Muslims. Organisers of the Kirklees Primary Music Festival changed the traditional tale to Three Little Puppies, reports the Telegraph.
- At first, this seems sweet, until you read how stupid the elder Ghineas were. At least the grandson is getting this right.
Three generations of a Romanian family had their weddings on the same day.They claimed "they never had time to go to the registry office before. Uh-huh... that's why the middle Ghinea has 6 kids... he had time to do something.
- This "non-judgemental" post-abortion e-card business is... let's see... T2 used "disturbing" to describe it.
Greeting card companies may not - yet - offer products to send to someone after an abortion, but a California-based organization that offers a "non-judgmental" talk line service for women in that position are hoping to fill the gap in the market.Sick... twisted... wrong...