Sunday, June 22, 2008

There Will Be Blood I drink your milkshake

I watched There Will Be Blood last night. It's not the best movie ever but it is certainly up there. I've never seen an actor as intense as Daniel Day Lewis.Paul Dano as the creepy slimy preacher was awesome too. The whole thing, the music, by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, was awesome, and the look and feel of the movie was just incredible.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Giant Super Bowl rings stolen!

Thieves broke into a jewelry company over the weekend and stole up to $2 million in gold, gems and other valuables, including Super Bowl rings made for New York Giants staff members, authorities said.

The thieves disabled the alarm system at E.A. Dion Inc., cut a hole in the roof and made off with a safe that weighed at least 1,000 pounds. The Super Bowl rings made by the company were to be given to the Giants staff members to commemorate the team’s win over the New England Patriots, team spokesman Pat Hanlon said.

The players and coaches had already received their rings last month. The staffers were to receive identical ones—white gold rings with the “NY” logo is set in diamonds and “World Champions” emblazoned in raised letters. They were designed by Tiffany and Co. and have a retail value at $25,000 each, the team said.

Kucinich introduces Bush impeachment resolution

Representative Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential candidate from Ohio, introduced a resolution to impeach President Bush into the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Most of the congressman's resolution deals with the Iraq war, contending that the president manufactured a false case for the war, violated U.S. and international law to invade Iraq, failed to provide troops with proper equipment and falsified casualty reports for political purposes.

Kucinich also charges that Bush has illegally detained without charge both U.S. citizens and "foreign captives" and violated numerous U.S. laws through the use of "signing statements" declaring his intention to do so.

Other articles address global warming, voting rights, Medicare, the response to Hurricane Katrina and failure to comply with congressional subpoenas.

Last year, Kucinich introduced a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. But in November when Republicans tried to force a debate on the move, the attempt failed. Democrats voted to send the resolution to the House Judiciary Committee, where committee chairman Rep. John Conyers has taken no action on it.

An earlier resolution to impeach Cheney has languished in the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties since May 2007.

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach two presidents -- Andrew Johnson, in 1868, and Bill Clinton, in 1999 -- but both were acquitted by the Senate and remained in office. No U.S. vice president has been impeached.

Kucinich dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president in January to focus on his re-election bid in Ohio. He handily won the Democratic primary in his district on March 4 and faces former State Representative Jim Trakas in the general election.

I would hate to see this become a thing we do with each and every president. I thought the impeachment of Clinton was the biggest historical embarrassment of this century- partisan squabbles are one thing, but the zillions of taxpayer dollars that went into that were quite another.

Still, for Presidents who mismanage the country as badly as I feel this one has, impeachment might be just the thing. I'm certainly angry about the economy, the dollar and the resulting price of oil.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sang Yoon and Father's Office

There is an article in today's USA Today about Sang Yoon, a South Korea-born chef whose beer-and-burger joint, Father's Office, has helped launched a casual-food craze in the fine-dining industry. I am all for this. I've dined at many five star restaurants and the tuxedos and white cloth and linen and all is nice, and impressive, but it's the awesome food I'm there for. Sang Yoon started Father's Office in a former biker bar and the menu is about craft beer and gourmet hamburgers. YES!

I think the world needs its fine dining. Keep the places with the tuxedos and the linen, but how about a few more restaurants like Sang Yoon's? Fun, good food, and pretentions checked outside.

Bullets, Helmets, Xanax and Prozac

Time magazine's cover story this week is a growing number of our troops are turning to some sort of "therapeutic" medication such as Ambien, Xanax and Prozac. Said Time, Data contained in the Army's fifth Mental Health Advisory Team report indicate that, according to an anonymous survey of U.S. troops taken last fall, about 12% of combat troops in Iraq and 17% of those in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills to help them cope. Escalating violence in Afghanistan and the more isolated mission have driven troops to rely more on medication there than in Iraq, military officials say.

I'm fine with giving our troops whatever they need to do their jobs. (I would of course prefer to prescribe peace).

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy (Pamela Lillian Isley) is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillainess who is primarily an enemy of Batman. Created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, she first appeared in Batman #181 (June 1966).

Poison Ivy is depicted as one of the world's most prominent eco-terrorists. She is obsessed with plants, botany, and environmentalism. She uses toxins from plants and her own bloodstream for her criminal activities, which are usually aimed at protecting the natural environment. She creates love potions that ensnare Batman, Superman, and other strong-willed individuals. Fellow villain Harley Quinn is her recurring partner-in-crime and possibly her only human friend.

The Elongated Man

The Elongated Man is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC universe. He is a reserve member of the Justice League. His first appearance was The Flash vol. 1, #112 (May 12, 1960). He was partially created by Julius Schwartz, who noted he only created the character because he didn't realize DC Comics had acquired Plastic Man in 1956.

The character has won and been nominated for several awards over the years, including winning the 1961 Alley Award for Best Supporting Character.

Tim Drake

Timothy "Tim" Drake is a fictional character, a comic book superhero from the DC Comics universe. As the third and current Robin in the Batman comics, he serves as Batman's sidekick, and a superhero in his own right. Tim Drake, who is to become the new Robin, first appears in a flashback in Batman #436 (August 1989). Drake first appears as a 13-year-old boy who has followed the adventures of Batman and Robin ever since witnessing the murder of the Flying Graysons when he was a child. This connects Drake to Dick Grayson, the first Robin, establishing a link that DC hoped would help readers accept this new Robin

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is a fictional comic book superhero, originally published by Fawcett Comics and later by DC Comics. Created in 1939 by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940). With a premise that taps adolescent fantasy, Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a youth who works as a radio news reporter and was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he is instantly struck by a magic lightning bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six mythical figures. Several friends and family members, most notably Marvel Family cohorts Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr., can share Billy's power and become "Marvels" themselves.

Hailed as "The World's Mightiest Mortal" in his adventures, Captain Marvel was nicknamed "The Big Red Cheese" by archvillain Doctor Sivana, an epithet later adopted by Captain Marvel's fans. Based on sales, Captain Marvel was the most popular superhero of the 1940s, as his Captain Marvel Adventures comic book series sold more copies than Superman and other competing superhero books during the mid-1940s. Captain Marvel was also the first comic book superhero to be adapted to film, in 1941 (The Adventures of Captain Marvel).

Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel-related comics in 1953, due in part to a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics alleging that Captain Marvel was an illegal infringement of Superman. In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters and returned them to publication, acquiring all rights to the characters by 1991.

Shazam

Shazam is a comic book character created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Comics. He is an ancient wizard (Whiz Comics #2 gives his age as 3,000 years) who gives young Billy Batson the power to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel. Because DC Comics has billed Captain Marvel's adventures under the name Shazam! since 1973, the superhero is often mistakenly referred to by his mentor's name. Shazam informs Billy that he has been using his powers for many centuries to fight the forces of evil, but that he is now old and not long for this world. He therefore passes along part of his power to Billy, who shouts his name — "SHAZAM!" — to transform into Captain Marvel. Although Shazam is killed—as prophesied—by a giant granite block falling upon him, Billy/Marvel can summon the ghost of Shazam for guidance by lighting a special brazier (a torch like apparatus) in Shazam's lair, the Rock of Eternity. More superheroes soon joined Marvel in carrying on the legacy of Shazam, including Marvel Family members Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Lieutenant Marvels. Also to be considered is the "Black Marvel family", currently consisting of Black Adam, Isis, and Osiris. When Billy first meets him, Shazam tells Billy that his name is an acronym for six Greco-Roman deities and heroes, and Judeo-Christian prophets. These deities empower him with certain attributes:

* The wisdom of Solomon;
* The strength of Hercules;
* The stamina of Atlas;
* The power of Zeus;
* The courage of Achilles; and
* The speed of Mercury.

In a story written by E. Nelson Bridwell for World's Finest Comics #262 (cover date April/May 1980) Shazam's origins are further explored. This gave him a back-story in which he was a young shepherd who becomes the Champion, one of the world's first superheroes in ancient Canaan over 5,000 years ago, by speaking the magic word "VLAREM!". Vlarem (an anagram of "Marvel") represented the following fictional gods who granted him power:
V for the strength of Voldar The Champion has incredible amounts of super strength, and is able to easily bend steel, punch through walls and lift massive objects.
L for the wisdom of Lumian As the Champion, Shazam has instant access to a vast amount of scholarly knowledge.
A for the speed of Arel By channeling Arel's speed, the Champion can fly and move at great speeds.
R for the power of Ribalvei Ribalvei's power, besides fueling the magic thunderbolt that transformed the Champion, also enhances the Champion's other physical and mental abilities, provides physical invulnerability and grants magic resistance against most magic spells and attacks as well as allowing for interdimensional travel.
E for the courage of Elbiam Like wisdom, this aspect is primarily psychological and gives the Champion superhuman amounts of inner strength on which to draw.
M for the stamina of Marzosh Using Marzosh's endurance, the Champion can withstand and survive most types of extreme physical assaults. Additionally, he does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe and can survive unaided in space when in his Champion form.

Shazam! was a half-hour live-action television program produced by Filmation (the animation studio's first such program), based upon DC Comics' superhero Captain Marvel. The show ran from 1974 to 1977 on CBS; from 1975 to 1977 it was known as The Shazam!/Isis Hour, and included The Secrets of Isis, about an Ancient Egyptian superheroine resurrected in the body of a schoolteacher, as the second half of the hour. Shazam! was brought back for reruns in 1980. Actor Michael Gray starred as young Billy Batson, while Captain Marvel was played first by Jackson Bostwick, and later by John Davey. (Actress Joanna Cameron appeared as Isis, and her alter-ego Andrea Thomas, on three episodes of Shazam!, and Davey likewise appeared as Captain Marvel in three episodes of Isis) Today it is considered to be one of the prime examples of camp.

Donna Troy

Donna Troy is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Universe. As Wonder Girl, she was one of the founding members of the Teen Titans. Over the years, her origin story has been changed several times, and she has battled evil under various different identities. Her ability to remember the different versions of herself has established her as a living link to the DC Multiverse. She served as Wonder Woman during the year-long absence of her sister Diana following Infinite Crisis.

Teen Titans

The Teen Titans, also known as The New Teen Titans, New Titans, or The Titans, is a DC Comics superhero team. The first incarnation of the group unofficially debuted in The Brave and the Bold #54 (July 1964), with the group making its first appearance under the name “The Teen Titans” in Brave and the Bold #60. As the group's name suggests, its membership is usually composed of teenaged superheroes. In the group's first adventure, the team was a junior Justice League of sorts, featuring Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West) and Aqualad, the sidekicks of Leaguers Batman, the Flash and Aquaman, respectively.

In its second appearance, the group branched out with the introduction of Wonder Girl, a character introduced for the group to serve as an analogue for Wonder Woman. In Donna Troy's wake, many additional new characters were introduced into the Titans team, many of which were not teenaged sidekicks to adult characters, most notably the college-aged heroes in the 1980 New Teen Titans revival Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Raven.

While only a modest success with its original incarnation, the series became a huge hit with its 1980s revival, under the stewardship of writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez. That year, the two relaunched Teen Titans as The New Teen Titans, aging the characters to young adulthood and featuring a level of complex storytelling and character exploration unheard of from DC Comics at the time. However, the departure of George Pérez from the book, the launch of a direct market-only Titans book, Marv Wolfman's own creative burnout (influenced partially by the departure of his longtime collaborator Perez), and editorial interference[citation needed] left the franchise decimated and the series was canceled in 1995 after 130 issues.

Since the cancellation of New Titans the concept has fluctuated in terms of success as creative teams have come and gone, though the most recent revival of the series has garnered both commercial and critical success. The animated television show, as well as the spin off comic, have also helped lead to a successful rejuvenation.

Wonder Girl

Cassandra "Cassie" Sandsmark, aka Wonder Girl, is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine. Created by John Byrne, and first appearing in Wonder Woman vol. 2 #105 (January 1996), she is the half-human daughter of Zeus. Cassandra Sandsmark initially appears as a supporting cast member in Wonder Woman. She later appears as part of an ensemble in Young Justice and Teen Titans. Without a series of her own, she has recently appeared in supporting roles in 52, Supergirl, and the relaunched Wonder Woman series. In September 2007, she appeared in the six-issue limited series Wonder Girl: Champion[1] written by J. Torres and illustrated by Sanford Greene. Cassandra is the second character to be called Wonder Girl; the first being Donna Troy. Cassandra is the daughter of Dr. Helena Sandsmark, (a noted archaeologist with whom Wonder Woman was working) and the Greek god Zeus.

Isis

Isis is a DC Comics superhero, as well as a separate goddess also living in the DC Universe. The superhero was originally the main character of The Secrets of Isis, a live-action American Saturday Morning television program that served as the second half of The Shazam!/Isis Hour. The character appeared in a several late 1970s DC Comics publications, and was reimagined and introduced into the DC Universe in 2006 as a counterpart for the Shazam!-derived character Black Adam. The goddess is depicted within the Wonder Woman comic book. Like the main character of the first half of the program, Captain Marvel, Isis also had roots in ancient Egyptian mythology. The Secrets of Isis starred Joanna Cameron as Andrea Thomas, a high school science teacher who gains the ability to call upon the powers of the goddess Isis after finding an Egyptian amulet during an archeological dig in Egypt (this is revealed during the opening credits only; no "origin episode" was ever produced). Fifteen episodes of The Secrets of Isis were produced for The Shazam! Isis Hour, and the character also appeared in three episodes of the Shazam! portion of the show. The Secrets of Isis was given its own timeslot in 1977, for which seven new episodes were broadcast alongside reruns from the first two seasons. "oh mighty Isis!"

Isis later appeared in animated form on Filmation's Tarzan and the Super 7 show in 1980, as part of a segment called The Freedom Force. She later had guest starred on The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!'s Hero High segment.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston and one of the three characters to be continuously published by DC Comics since the company's inception in 1944. Marston's wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and Olive Byrne, who lived with the couple in a polyamorous relationship, served as exemplars for the character and greatly influenced her creation. Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8, published in December 1941. She is a founding member of the Justice League.

In addition to comic books, the character has been in the media such as the famous 1975 to 1979 television adaptation starring Lynda Carter, as well as in animation like the Super Friends and Justice League animated series, including the recent Justice League: The New Frontier animated movie and a forthcoming animated feature due out soon.

Princess Diana is a member of a fictional tribe of Amazons, based on the Amazons of Greek mythology. Her name is reflective of the mythological character, Diana or Artemis. Her mother is Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. When Diana leaves the Amazons to travel to the world outside, she is known as both Wonder Woman, and as Princess Diana. As Wonder Woman, she was awarded several gifts by the Olympian gods, including the Lasso of Truth created from the Golden Girdle of Gaea and indestructible bracelets formed from the shield Aegis of Athena. For several years she was described in the splash page of each story, as "beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules."

Thor from Marvel Comics

Thor (often called The Mighty Thor) is a Marvel Comics superhero, based on the thunder god of Norse mythology. The superhero was created by editor Stan Lee and penciller Jack Kirby, who co-plotted, and scripter Larry Lieber, and first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962).

On a mission from his father, the omnipotent Lord of Asgard, Odin, Thor acted as a superhero while maintaining the secret identity of Dr. Donald Blake, an American physician with a partially disabled leg. Blake would transform by tapping his walking stick on the ground; the cane became the magical hammer Mjolnir and Blake transformed into Thor.

Thor often battled his evil adoptive brother Loki, a Marvel character adapted from the Norse god of mischief, and was a member of the superhero group the Avengers. Apart from this superhero Marvel featured a number of Thors (and similar characters) based on him.

The Destroyer

The Destroyer is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is an animated Asgardian suit of armor created by Odin and is a perennial foe of Thor. The Destroyer was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Journey into Mystery vol. 1, #118 (July 1965). The Destroyer is an enchanted suit of armor forged by Odin, and when it first appeared it was hinted that the Destroyer had been created as a weapon to face some dark menace from the stars. The Destroyer is used by Thor's arch-foe Loki on several occasions, and each time has actually come close to killing Thor. It is next salvaged by Karnilla and animated by Sif, who uses it to battle the Wrecker and Thor. At one stage Thor offers the armor to the World Devourer Galactus, in exchange for the release of Galactus' current Herald, Firelord. Galactus accepts, and the Destroyer acts as his Herald, detecting Counter-Earth for him and going on to battle the Fantastic Four until finally recaptured for reuse by Loki.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage, born Carl Lucas and also called Power Man, is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita, Sr., he first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972).

A streetwise youth, the man called "Lucas" was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. In exchange for parole, Lucas clandestinely underwent an experimental procedure, originally intended to generate immunity to all illness; instead, it inadvertently granted him titanium-hard skin and heavier, enhanced muscle, spawning a plot device and recurring gag in early comics of Cage accidentally destabilizing means of support, plowing through walls, and mangling criminals. After escaping Seagate Prison, he forged the identity of "Luke Cage" becoming a "hero for hire," a sort of super-enhanced private detective—although Cage commonly refused money, or simply received none, for cases gone awry (a fair portion, for the unlucky Cage). Later, he formed a business partnership with the martial arts hero known as Iron Fist. Through the groundbreaking series Power Man & Iron Fist, the two became one of the better-known superhero duos of the 1970s.

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is wholly or partially obscured. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. Up to four solar eclipses occur each year, but total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.

A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one. The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse. The next solar eclipse will occur on August 1, 2008, and will be a total eclipse.

In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

Pedro Martinez back from DL

It might be a little while before Pedro Martinez returns to his dominant old self. He took a big first step just by getting back on the mound, then went out and won.
The 36-year-old Martinez came off the disabled list to make his second 2008 start Tuesday night for the New York Mets in a 9-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants, more than two months after leaving his first start of the year April 1 with a hamstring injury. Martinez (1-0) even hit a pair of singles and drove in a run to help his cause and boost his line, which read: six innings, seven hits, three runs, three walks and three strikeouts on 109 pitches. He received a standing ovation when he walked off the mound after the sixth to finish his night, then was greeted with a hug from catcher Ramon Castro in the dugout. The pitcher sat down and was all smiles.

Joba Chamberlain Blows Up

Joba Chamberlain's first big league start was over almost as quickly as it began.
The star reliever got just seven outs in his much-ballyhooed move to the Yankees' rotation, coming out after he approached his pitch limit in the third inning. By then he'd walked four batters, given up a pair of runs and generally looked nothing like the shut-down reliever he has been. "I was mad at myself," Chamberlain said. "You know you've only got so many pitches and I didn't do a very good job of conserving those pitches." Roy Halladay held New York in check despite some control problems of his own, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Space Poo- Astronauts fix toilet

Residents aboard the international space station were getting ready to take on a new task Wednesday: plumbing. The space station's toilet broke two weeks ago. The problem — confined to the urine side of the commode — has forced the orbiting outpost's crew of an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts to flush manually with extra water several times a day. Space shuttle Discovery brought up a new pump for the testy toilet, as well as the space station's newest room, a $1 billion Japanese lab. The mundane task of installing the 35-pound pump and hoses was to fall to Oleg Kononenko, one of the two Russians, on Wednesday morning. The job was expected to last two hours.

Vincent Motorcycles

Vincent Motorcycles was a British manufacturer of motorcycles in the United Kingdom from 1928 to 1955. Their Black Shadow is one of the best known high performance motorcycles of the 1950s. In 1955 the company discontinued motorcycle production due to heavy financial losses. Vincent Motorcycles, "the makers of the world's fastest motorcycles", began with the purchase of HRD Motorcycles, less the factory premises, by Phil Vincent in 1928.

HRD was founded by the British (RFC) pilot, Howard Raymond Davies, who was shot down and captured by the Germans in 1917. Legend has it that it was while a prisoner of war that he conceived the idea of building his own motorcycle, and contemplated how he might achieve that. It was not until 1924 that Davies entered into partnership with E J Massey, trading as HRD Motors. Various models were produced, generally powered by JAP (J A Prestwich) engines.

Unfortunately, even though HRD motorcycles won races the company ran at a loss, and in January 1928 it went into voluntary liquidation. The company was initially bought by Ernest Humphries of OK-Supreme Motors for the factory space, and the HRD name, jigs, tools, patterns, and remaining components were subsequently offered for sale again.

1925 Harley Davidson JD



In 1925 if you wanted the best that Harley-Davidson had to offer it would cost you $335.00 whether or not you were planning on a side car outfit. That price would have bought you a new JD Model, 9,506 of which were built in 1925. It was also Harley's best seller by a factor of two.

For 1925 the entire Harley-Davidson line was fitted with new frames that lowered the rider by a full three inches, allowing smaller riders to handle the bike with greater ease. Other changes that made the '25s more comfortable for many riders included reshaped handlebars and repositioned gearshift lever. That lowered frame also allowed more rounded fuel tanks. An additional benefit of the revised frame was that wheels and tires could be wider, which in turn improved both ride and handling.

In the case of the JD, the frame was home to a 45-degree F-head V-Twin displacing 74 cid. That engine now had iron-alloy pistons. A Schebler Model H was the standard carburetor, while a Zenith or Schebler Deluxe were optional. Other modifications for the 1925s included improved headlight lenses that offered a broader beam.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Kim Cattrall sex and skin

Kim Cattrall, the co-star of new box office champ "Sex and the City," is back at HBO with another sex-themed comedy project set in New York. Cattrall is set to star in and executive produce an adaptation of the British comedy series "Sensitive Skin." She would play a middle-aged wife and mother who rediscovers her sexuality, and begins to question her place in the world and the choices she has made in life. The original series, which aired on BBC Two for two seasons, starred Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous") as a well-to-do ex-model working at an art gallery in London.
"Sensitive Skin" is the latest British format to make its way to HBO's development slate, following the comedy "Suburban Shootouts" and the prison drama "Bad Girls."
A year after "Sex and the City" ended its HBO run in 2004, Cattrall partnered with cable network on the documentary "Kim Cattrall: Sexual Intelligence," which she executive produced and starred in. She reprised her "Sex and the City" role of Samantha in the feature version of the series, which currently rules the North American box office after surprisingly strong opening-weekend sales of $56 million.
Cattrall recently starred in the ITV television movie "My Boy Jack" in her native England.

Tomatoes linked to salmonella outbreak

An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S health officials said Tuesday. Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes. At least 17 people in Texas and New Mexico have been hospitalized. None have died, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 30 people have become sick with the same Salmonella Saintpaul infection in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois and Indiana. CDC investigators are looking into whether tomatoes were culprits there, too. In Texas and New Mexico, raw large tomatoes — including Roma and red round tomatoes — were found to be a common factor in the 40 illnesses. But no farm, distributor or grocery chain has been identified as the main source.

Gina L. Gershon

Gina L. Gershon (born June 10, 1962) is an American film and television actress, known for her roles in the films Cocktail (1988), Showgirls (1995) and Bound (1996). Gershon is regarded as a gay icon due to her roles in movies such as Bound (in which she played a butch lesbian) and Showgirls (which is regarded as a camp classic). At the same time, her sultry good looks and frequent nude appearances in other films have also gained her a substantial heterosexual male fan base. She was ranked #51 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.

Dick Cheney is both dumb and evil.

Vice President Dick Cheney apologized for saying Monday that he has "Cheneys on both sides" of his family tree -- on his father's and mother's sides, going back to the 1600s -- and adding, "And we don't even live in West Virginia."

I don't live in West Virginia, and while I was there rafting once I heard far better incest jokes from locals.
(Q: "what's a west virginia girl say after sex?"
A: "get off me daddy, you're crushing my smokes")

But wow was I offended by Cheney.
Here's the line that offended me:
"You can say those things when you're not running for re-election."

So the George and Dick show "won" two contested elections, and then completely f*cked the economy with their massive tax break for the super rich (Hey George, that same strategy helped create a depression in the 1930s and f*cked the economy that your father inherited in 1988. Google Andrew Mellon, the guy who came up with it, and get back to me). They started an unwinnable war in Iraq and have managed to make America look even worse in the eyes of the world than we did before. (Again, George- those people in Iraq you're trying to pacify and unify with our wonderful democracy hate each other, and have hated each other since long before our democracy was born. they are in a religious war that goes to the very root of their religion. If you want their oil, take them over. If you want them to stop fighting, put another ruthless dictator in place. Democracy ain't gonna cut it over there).

Now, since they don't need our votes anymore (though since their win was in dispute in 2000, one might ask if they ever really needed any votes) they can go ahead and insult people.

arrrrgh! Idiots, and they're running our country!

Acrobat.com and Acrobat 9

Adobe released two new products on Monday: Acrobat.com and Acrobat 9. Adobe’s Webtop arsenal already includes the recently launched online version of PhotoShop and its online media player, Adobe TV. Acrobat.com is another big step towards bringing more desktop-like experiences to the Web. “It is our intent to blur a lot of the lines of the past,” says product manager Erik Larson. Acrobat.com is a combination of three recently launched online services: Adobe Brio (online meetings), Adobe Buzzword (online word processor), and Adobe Share (online file sharing). Thus with the public beta launch of Acrobat.com, Adobe is taking on Google Docs, Microsoft Office Live Workspace, WebEx, and GoTo Meeting—all at the same time.

Josh Hamilton is the Man

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who has made an inspiring comeback from drug and alcohol abuse, was chosen as the American League player of the month for May on Monday.
Hamilton became the first American League player to win the monthly award in April and May the same season. Hamilton went into a Monday night game against Cleveland hitting .328 with a major league-best 63 RBIs, 13 more than the next-closest player. He led the AL with 15 homers, 77 hits and 25 multihit games. Hamilton had eight homers and 29 RBIs in May, when the Rangers won 19 games for their winningest month since June 1983.

Last Round on the Underground

Police arrested 17 people and had to close six London Underground stations after a party involving thousands of revelers to mark the last day of drinking alcohol on the tube turned ugly. Six assaults were reported on underground rail staff and police. Several damaged trains had to be withdrawn from service on a night of mayhem that had been dubbed "Last Round on the Underground" by revelers. The festivities were at first good-natured with partygoers wearing fancy dress as they swigged beer and wine, dancing and singing in the railway carriages. But police moved in when the mood turned sour and fighting erupted, spoiling what officers had called "a fun event." The London transport ban on alcohol is designed to make buses, tubes and trains safer for the public but unions fear staff could be put in greater danger when they have to confront those breaking the ban.

Penguins Still Alive in Stanley Cup

The Detroit Red Wings' road to the Stanley Cup has another stop to make. Against all odds, the Pittsburgh Penguins stayed alive in the Stanley Cup finals with a 4-3 victory in Game 5 that ended on Petr Sykora's goal 9:57 into the third overtime Monday night.
With Jiri Hudler serving a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking, Sykora wound up in the right circle and ripped a drive past Chris Osgood to end the marathon that lasted 4 1/2 hours.

The series heads back to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Wednesday night.

Brigitte Bardot fined for racism, again

A Paris court on Tuesday convicted Brigitte Bardot of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France. The court also handed down a $23,325 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner. A leading French anti-racism group known as MRAP filed a lawsuit last year over a letter she sent to then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. The remarks were published in her foundation's quarterly journal.In the December 2006 letter to Sarkozy, now the president, Bardot said France is "tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts." She was referring to the Muslim feast of Aid el-Kebir, celebrated by slaughtering sheep. French anti-racism laws prevent inciting hatred and discrimination on racial or religious or racial grounds. Bardot, 73, had been convicted four times previously for inciting racial hatred.

SpiralFrog to offer EMI Music

SpiralFrog Inc., which operates an ad-supported, free music and video download Web site, said Monday it will soon begin offering content from Coldplay, Keith Urban and other recording artists as part of a new licensing deal with EMI Music. The EMI deal gives SpiralFrog users access to content from two of the four major recording companies. SpiralFrog inked a licensing deal with Universal Music Group prior to launching last September. The ad-supported service lets users in the U.S. and Canada download audio tracks and music videos for free. It pays labels and other rights holders with ad revenue. Visitors must register and log on to the site at least once every couple of months. Otherwise, the content locks up and can't be played. SpiralFrog downloads also are not compatible with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods. Tracks can be downloaded onto certain devices running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software.

Weber 2820 Smokey Mountain Cooker/Smoker


I guess that while I'm recommending things, let me give a shout out for our new
Weber 2820 Smokey Mountain Cooker/Smoker

I didn't think I would like smoked foods as much as I do, but OMG I love them. Mostly, though, I love the smell in the yard when we've got something outback smoking. It's like the best smell you've ever smelled when those hickory or mesquite chips are going full blast back there. MMmmmmmmm!

Click here to get one of your own at Amazon.
Weber 2820 Smokey Mountain Cooker/Smoker

Hurry and get yourself a deal!


Calphalon did away with their "hard anodized" set and replaced them with a newer set, so these are on sale (like 70% off)! You will never ever ever find a better deal in cookware.

I got this set for what I consider a steal. The price has been fluctuating a bit, and if you hit it at the right time you can get them for an outstanding price. Just like all the other hard anodized cookware I have bought from amazon, I LOVE these pans! I have now converted nearly all of my cookware to this line, and highly reccommend it to anyone who wants to become a better cook. If you read other reviews, people complain about sticking. YES, food does adhere to the pans while cooking, but when it is done, the food releases from the surface. If you burn the food, do like Emeril says, and use the knobs on your stove. It does take some time and patience to rid yourself of the habits of teflon pans, but the food is so much tastier - I have never made better gravy in my life than since I switched cookware. This is a great starter set, and has most of the pans that you'll need. I would say that the average cook could get around 75% of their cooking done with this set. Have some patience, and I am sure you'll be pleased with the results.


Click here to get it at Amazon, seriously, you will never get a better deal in cookware. Calphalon Set



* Set includes 2-1/2-quart covered shallow saucepan; 8-, 10-, and 12-inch open skillets; 3- and 7-quart covered chef's casseroles
* Heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum construction provides fast, even heating
* Riveted stainless-steel handles stay comfortably cool for stovetop cooking
* Casserole lids are domed to return moisture to pot; oven-safe
* Wash by hand recommended; metal utensil and broiler safe; lifetime warranty

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most influential and enduring designers of the 20th century, empowered women by reinventing pants as a sleek, elegant staple of the female wardrobe.

Saint Laurent, 71, died Sunday night at his Paris home after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, said Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent's close friend and business partner for four decades.

"Chanel gave women freedom," and Saint Laurent "gave them power," Berge said on France-Info radio. He called Saint Laurent a "true creator" who went beyond the aesthetic to make a social statement.

How is this Legal? NY to screw cigarette smokers

New Yorkers start paying the highest cigarette taxes in the nation Tuesday with the latest $1.25 spike per pack that officials expect to bring in $265 million a year. Convenience stores across the state and the smokers who will be paying the price are angry about the change, but health officials hail the tax increase as a success. Cigarette taxes will raise a total of $1.3 billion for the state budget in fiscal year 2008-2009, including the new tax. Smokers will be paying $2.75 per pack in state taxes, a jump from the previous tax of $1.50. Before the new tax, the average price of a pack of cigarettes was $5.82 statewide, and about $8 a pack in New York City, which levies its own taxes, Daines said. The new retail price for a pack in the city could now soar past $10 depending on the store.

Cars Getting Smaller- It's about time

General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

CEO Rick Wagoner said Tuesday before the automaker's annual meeting in Delaware the plants to be closed are in Oshawa, Ontario; Moraine, Ohio; Janesville, Wis.; and Toluca, Mexico. He also said the iconic Hummer brand may be discontinued.

Wagoner said the GM board has approved production of a new small Chevrolet car at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in mid-2010 and the Chevy Volt electric vehicle in Detroit.

Wagoner announced the moves in response to slumping sales of pickups and SUVs brought on by high oil prices. He said a market shift to smaller vehicles is permanent.

NBA Mock Draft

1. Chicago Bulls- Michael Beasley
College: Kansas State
Class: Freshman
Position: PF
Height: 6’9”
Weight: 235lbs

Accolades:
USA Basketball U-19 Team (07), USA Basketball Junior National Team (07), McDonald’s All-American – high school (07), McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (07), Second Team USA Today All-USA (07), USA Basketball U-18 Team (06), Second Team Parade All-American (06), Third Team USA Today All-USA (06).

2. Miami Heat Derrick Rose
College: Memphis
Class: Freshman 
Position: PG
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 190lbs

Accolades:
First Team USA Today All-USA – high school (07), First Team Parade All-American (07), McDonald’s All-American – high school (07), Illinois Mr. Basketball – Chicago Tribune – high school (07), All-State – Illinois – high school (07 & 06), Fourth Team Parade All-American – high school (06), Third Team Parade All-American – high school (05).

3. Minnesota Timberwolves O.J. Mayo
College: USC
Class: Freshman 
Position: PG/SG
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 200lbs

Accolades:
West Virginia Player of the Year – high school (07), EA Sports National High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year (07), McDonald’s All-American (07), First Team Parade All-American (07), First Team Parade All-American (06), Second Team Parade All-American (05), First Team USA Today All-USA Team (07, 06, 05), Mr. Basketball – Ohio – high school (06 & 05).

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Celtics and Lakers to Get it On Again in Finals

The Lakers and the Celtics have met a total of 10 times in the NBA finals, with Boston winning the first eight meetings, and Los Angeles the last two:
Year Champion Opponent Result
1958-59 Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers 4-0
1961-62 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
1962-63 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-2
1964-65 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-1
1965-66 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
1967-68 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-2
1968-69 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
1983-84 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2

2007-2008 Los Angeles Lakers

3 Ariza, Trevor SF 6-8 210 6/30/85 3 UCLA
24 Bryant, Kobe SG 6-6 220 8/23/78 11 None
17 Bynum, Andrew + C 7-0 275 10/27/87 2 None
5 Farmar, Jordan G 6-2 180 11/30/86 1 UCLA
2 Fisher, Derek PG 6-1 205 8/9/74 11 Arkansas-Little Rock
16 Gasol, Pau FC 7-0 260 7/6/80 6 None
11 Karl, Coby G 6-5 204 3/6/83 R Boise State
28 Mbenga, DJ C 7-0 255 12/30/80 3 None
31 Mihm, Chris FC 7-0 265 7/16/79 7 Texas
14 Newble, Ira GF 6-7 220 1/20/75 7 Miami (OH)
7 Odom, Lamar F 6-10 230 11/6/79 8 Rhode Island
10 Radmanovic, Vladimir PF 6-10 234 11/19/80 6 None
21 Turiaf, Ronny FC 6-10 249 1/13/83 2 Gonzaga
18 Vujacic, Sasha G 6-7 195 3/8/84 3 None
4 Walton, Luke SF 6-8 232 3/28/80 4 Arizona

2007-8 Boston Celtics

20 Allen, Ray SG 6-5 205 7/20/75 11 Connecticut
42 Allen, Tony + G 6-4 213 1/11/82 3 Oklahoma State
93 Brown, P.J. FC 6-11 239 10/14/69 14 Louisiana Tech
28 Cassell, Sam PG 6-3 185 11/18/69 14 Florida State
11 Davis, Glen FC 6-9 289 1/1/86 R LSU
5 Garnett, Kevin F 6-11 253 5/19/76 12 None
50 House, Eddie SG 6-1 175 5/14/78 7 Arizona State
43 Perkins, Kendrick C 6-10 280 11/10/84 4 None
34 Pierce, Paul GF 6-6 230 10/13/77 9 Kansas
66 Pollard, Scot C 6-11 265 2/12/75 10 Kansas
41 Posey, James GF 6-8 217 1/13/77 8 Xavier
0 Powe, Leon F 6-8 240 1/22/84 1 California
13 Pruitt, Gabe G 6-4 170 4/19/86 R USC
9 Rondo, Rajon G 6-1 171 2/22/86 1 Kentucky
44 Scalabrine, Brian FC 6-9 235 3/18/78 6 USC

Kimbo Slice Wins By an Ear

Did you watch the MMA on CBS last night?
Kimbo Slice (3-0) def. James Thompson (16-9).

Thompson had a good plan, get Slice on the ground and outwrestle him. He was clearly better at wrestling than Kimbo, but to his credit, Kimbo managed to get out of a couple of good holds and get back to slugging. When he finally popped that incredible cauliflower ear on Thompson's head, it was the grossest (and best) thing I have ever seen on network television.

Middleweights: Champion Robbie Lawler (15-4, 1 no-contest) vs. challenger Scott Smith (15-4, 1 NC)

This was a great fight that got stopped because Lawler accidently poked Smith in the eye. Both of these fighters seemed like good people, and the fight was a great back and forth, with Lawler dominating the first round and "hands of steel" Smith taking the fight to him in the second. The rematch will be great.

Gina Carano (6-0) def. Kaitlin Young (4-2)
How: TKO (doctor stoppage), 5:00 round two
This was a great fight, and as I've mentioned earlier on this blog, I am totally in love with Gina Carano. OMG what a fighter! Young was a gamer, but she got pounded and looked like hell at the end of the fight. Carano was clearly gassed, but still landed a lot of good punches.

Middleweights: Joey Villasenor (26-6) def. Phil Baroni (10-10)
How: TKO, 1:11 round one
Key moment: Baroni couldn’t stand and trade, long his bread and butter, with Villasenor.
The New York Badass got his ass handed to him by a very tough Joe Villasenor.

Heavyweights: Brett Rogers (7-0) def. Jon Murphy (4-3)
How: TKO, 1:01 round one
Murphy got clobbered by "the Grim" who I believe gave Kimbo some nasty words after the fight.

Now, I am very pleased that CBS is broadcasting these fights. The production was cheesy though, like a tractor pull meets world wrestling federation. I could have gone for some more gravitas and less sideshow barkers.