Where Are They Now: Brigitte Bardot

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Sep 282007

At 73, Brigitte Bardot, the greying goddess.

Brigitte Bardot was never one for plastic surgery. She made it clear that her days as an international beauty ended when she made her last film in 1974. That might be a good thing.

Warning: This link contains graphic evidence of celebrity stupidity. Do not view with a full stomach.
The 15 Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgery Disasters You Will Ever See. This list of botched plastic surgeries includes Tara Reid, Gary Busey, Lil Kim, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson, Kenny Rogers, Tori Spelling, Hilary Duff, Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Vivica Fox, Melanie Griffith, Pete Burns
Jocelyn Wildenstein and Michael Jackson.

Democrats Plan Global Warming Swindle Tax

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Sep 272007

You knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. We have been spoon fed this dung for so long and now its’ time to swallow it. The Democrats are going to try to force us to pay for this scam. The ball is in motion. This stupid proposal would impact everything from the cost of electricity to heating your home. And to top it off, add to the cost of gasoline.

These corrupt politicians have to go. There is no doubt about it.

Plan Uses Taxes to Fight Climate Change.

Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won’t like _ a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.

“I’m trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it’s going to have a measure of pain that you’re not going to like,” Rep. John Dingell, who is marking his 52nd year in Congress, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Dingell will offer a “discussion draft” outlining his tax proposals on Thursday, the same day that President Bush holds a two-day conference to discuss voluntary efforts to combat climate change.

But Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that will craft climate legislation, is making it clear that he believes tackling global warming will require a lot more if it is to be taken seriously.

“This is going to cause pain,” he said, adding that he wants to make certain “the pain is shared in a way that is fair, proper, acceptable and accomplishes the basic purpose” of reducing greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.

Dingell said he’s not sure what the final climate package will include when the House takes it up for a vote. The taxes measures he’s proposing, in fact, will be taken up by another House committee. And the Senate is considering a market-based system that would set an economy-wide ceiling on the amount of carbon dioxide that would be allowed to be released.

Dingell says he hasn’t rule out such a so-called “cap-and-trade” system, either, but that at least for now he wants to float what he believes is a better idea. He will propose for discussion:

_A 50-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline and jet fuel, phased in over five years, on top of existing taxes.

_A tax on carbon, at $50 a ton, released from burning coal, petroleum or natural gas.

_Phaseout of the interest tax deduction on home mortgages for homes over 3,000 square feet. Owners would keep most of the deduction for homes at the lower end of the scale, but it would be eliminated entirely for homes of 4,200 feet or more.

He estimates that would affect 10 percent of homeowners. He says “it’s only fair” to tax those who buy large suburban houses and create urban sprawl. Historic and farm houses would be exempted.

Some of the revenue would be used to reduce payroll taxes, but most would go elsewhere including for highway construction, mass transit, paying for Social Security and health programs and to help the poor pay energy bills.

In the interview Wednesday, Dingell acknowledged he’s tackling some of the most sacred of political cows. He’s not sure if they will end up in the climate legislation, but he wants to open them for discussion.

“All my friends tell me you can’t do this, it’s going to be political poison,” said Dingell, 81, who has served longer in the House than any of his colleagues and heads one of the chamber’s most powerful committees.

Widely known for protecting the automakers who are so prominent in his state, the Michigan Democrat first raised the tax ideas this summer. Some people immediately suggested he was offering proposals he knows won’t pass to sidestep other issues such as automobile fuel economy increases.

Dingell rejects such criticism and said he wants to trigger “an intelligent discussion of the whole question.”

Many economists have long maintained that a carbon tax is a more-efficient, less-bureaucratic way to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide than a cap-and-trade system, which could be difficult to administer.

A carbon tax would impact everything from the cost of electricity to winter heating and add to the cost of gasoline and other motor fuels. But economists say a cap on carbon also would raise these costs as burning fossil fuels becomes more expensive.

Such tax proposals have gained little traction.

Rep. Pete Starke, D-Calif., has been trying unsuccessfully to get a carbon tax for 16 years. In the early 1990s the House passed a modest “BTU” tax on the heat content of fuels, only to have it die in the Senate. Dingell acknowledged that there are still people who blame the Democrats’ loss of Congress in 1994 on the ill-fated tax.

The federal 18.4-cent gasoline tax also has been a subject of discussion, but not about increasing it. As gasoline prices soared above $3 a gallon last year a chorus of lawmakers called for suspending the tax.

Tom Cruise Furious After A Crew Member Passed Wind During A Moment Of Silence.

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Sep 262007

All the humourless little man news that is fit to print!

Tom Cruise furious with gassy crew member.

Tom Cruise was left furious after a crew member on his latest film set passed wind during a minute’s silence.

The Hollywood actor – who is currently shooting World War II drama Valkyrie in Berlin – had paused filming to honour the anti-Nazi heroes portrayed in the movie when one employee decided to use the tribute to break wind.

Fellow star Christian Berkel – who plays anti-Hitler plotter Albrecht Mertz von Quirbheim – said, “The film’s director Bryan Singer, the screenplay writer Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise asked us all to observe a moment’s silence shortly before we started filming.”

A source on the set told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, “Fortunately the mystery gassy man didn’t completely ruin the touching gesture.

“Quite rightly, Tom is furious. We were filming at the Bendler Block in Germany where the anti-Nazis were executed.”

The source said Cruise decided to ask for the minute’s silence to show respect for the deceased and appease the German government, who only allowed the movie to be filmed if post-war Germany was shown in a positive light.

The source added, “So for somebody to pass wind in a situation like that is unforgivable.”

The silence was filmed and now Cruise and the producers will go through the footage to identify the culprit, who is likely to be fired.

On a lighter note: Tom Cruise ‘to build alien attack bunker’.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are planning to build a £5 million bunker under their Colorado home to protect them from alien attacks, reports claim.

A source close to Cruise – who is a leading Scientologist – said the actor is to erect a “self-contained underground system where up to 10 people can survive for years”.

The bunker will reportedly include a high-tech air-purification system and storage space for supplies and survival equipment.

Followers of Scientology are thought to believe that an evil galactic overlord named Xenu is planning to invade the planet in an act of revenge.

Library Fines Dead Woman For Overdue Book

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Sep 262007

Harrison Library Fines Dead Woman For Overdue Book.

Even the dead apparently have to pay the fines on their overdue books at one Westchester County library.

Elizabeth Schaper said she was charged a 50-cent late fee while turning in a book that her late mother had checked out of a Harrison Public Library branch.

“I was in shock,” Schaper said. “This has rocked me to my core.”

Schaper’s mother, Ethel Schaper, died at the age of 87 on Sept. 16 after suffering a massive stroke. A few days later, Schaper said she found a library book, “The Price of Silence,” by Camilla Trinchieri, that her mother had checked out from the library.

“My mother was an avid reader—she read an average of two books a week,” Schaper said. “She was a frequent patron of the library.”

Schaper said she returned the book last week, and was stunned when the man behind the library counter told her of the 50-cent fee.

“I told him that maybe he didn’t hear me right, that my mother had just died, otherwise I’m sure that she would have returned it on time,” Schaper said. “His only reply was that, ‘That will be 50 cents.”’

Connie Perrotta, a secretary for the director of the Harrison Public Library, confirmed the incident occurred but said that the library would have no comment.

Schaper said a couple days after the incident another library employee called to apologize and offered to return the fine she had paid.

Ahmadinejad Caught Off Guard By Wife Of Kidnapped Israeli Soldier

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Sep 262007

Wife of Kidnapped Israeli Soldier Confronts Ahmadinejad.

The wife of an Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hezbollah confronted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a news conference at the United Nations, urging him to use his influence over the guerrilla group to allow aid workers to see her husband.

In an exchange broadcast on Israeli radio stations Wednesday, Karnit Goldwasser accused the Iranian leader of responsibility for her husband’s capture.

“My name is Karnit and I’m the wife of Goldwasser that was kidnapped by Hezbollah to Lebanon more than a year ago and you’re responsible for this by your support. I’m asking how come you’re not allowing the Red Cross to go to visit them,” Goldwasser said at the Tuesday news conference.

Ahmadinejad ignored her, saying “next question.”

Goldwasser told Israeli Army Radio on Wednesday that Ahmadinejad was clearly caught off guard. “He was pretty surprised to find me there,” she said. “The distance between us was about two meters (yards),”

Goldwasser’s husband, Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser, and Eldad Regev were seized in a July 2006 Hezbollah cross-border raid, triggering a 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah did not comment on Tuesday’s incident at the U.N. In the past, Hezbollah has said the two soldiers are being treated “humanely,” but it has not provided any sign of life from the men and refused to allow the Red Cross to see them.

Ahmadinejad Thumbs His Nose At The U.N.

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Sep 262007

As if we needed more proof that the U.N. is worthless and weak, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood in front of the U.N. General Assembly and basically told them to kiss his ass. Ahmadinejad said his nation will ignore demands by the Security Council to halt uranium enrichment and in his opinion the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed.

Iran tells U.N.: Nuclear issue ‘closed’.

Iran’s defiant stance on its nuclear research program took center stage Tuesday at the opening of the General Assembly, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declaring the issue “closed” while leaders of France and Germany issued ominous warnings about his nation’s alleged weapons ambitions.

“In the last two years, abusing the Security Council, the arrogant powers have repeatedly accused Iran and even made military threats and imposed illegal sanctions against it,” Ahmadinejad said. “I officially announce that in our opinion the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed and has turned into an ordinary agency matter” between Iran and the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, he said.

The Iranian leader said his nation would ignore demands by the Security Council to halt uranium enrichment activities.

The bombing begins in five minutes.

Marcel Marceau R.I.P.

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Sep 262007

I consider Marcel Marceau to be one of the greatest Frenchmen of all time because he kept his opinions to himself. Here is his cameo appearance in the 1976 classic “Silent Movie”. Only Mel Brooks would make a silent movie where a mime talks.

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Hillarycare…. Do They Think We Are Nuts?

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Sep 242007

Nurse Ratched from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has become a popular metaphor for the corrupting influence of power and authority in bureaucracies.

Hillary’s similarities to Nurse Ratched are eerie.

Hillary Clinton and health care do not mix.

Putting Hillary in charge of the Democratic health-care plan for the election is a little like asking Mike Dukakis to be in charge of military photo ops. Dukakis, one might suppose, would tell candidates they should stay away from tanks, and if they ever get near one, to at least refuse the headgear. Clinton, for her part, has taken a similar tack, using the 1993 plan like a chart of troubled waters.

The problem is, even without the ludicrous headgear, the famous Dukakis photo would have been a disaster because it showed Dukakis in a tank. It wasn’t the headgear that was the problem, it was the nerdy candidate.

Likewise, a look at the Clinton plan suggests that the fundamental problem from 1993 is still with us: Hillary Clinton and health care do not mix.

Who’s On First?

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Sep 222007

This weekend’s entertainment: Abbott and Costello’s classic “Who’s on First“.

For those who are unfamiliar with them, Abbott is the guy on the right, Costello is on the left.

Columbia University: More Friendly To Ahmadinejad Than To The U.S. Military

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Sep 212007

Bill Kristol states the obvious.

Columbia University: Ahmadinejad Yes, ROTC No.

Meanwhile: As Columbia welcomes Ahmadinejad to campus, Columbia students who want to serve their country cannot enroll in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Columbia. Columbia students who want to enroll in ROTC must travel to other universities to fulfill their obligations. ROTC has been banned from the Columbia campus since 1969. In 2003, a majority of polled Columbia students supported reinstating ROTC on campus. But in 2005, when the Columbia faculty senate debated the issue, President Bollinger joined the opponents in defeating the effort to invite ROTC back on campus.

A perfect synecdoche for too much of American higher education: they are friendlier to Ahmadinejad than to the U.S. military.

More Food Violence: Man Assaults Wife With Onion

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Sep 212007

First Cheetos then Ice Cream now an Onion. When will the food violence end?

Des Moines police investigate attack by onion

A Des Moines man went to jail Wednesday afternoon for allegedly throwing an onion at his wife.

The police report begins: “(The victim) states her husband had been drinking and they got into an argument.”

James Izzolena, 54, of 3515 Sheridan Ave., was charged with domestic assault causing injury. Police said he became upset with his wife, Nicole Izzolena, 27, and tossed an onion at her, striking her in the back of the head.

She told police it made her head hurt. James Izzolena admitted throwing the onion, police said, but he claimed he did not intend to hit her with it. He was being held without bond pending a court appearance today.


Fat 50-Year-Old Mom Scoops Al-Qaida

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Sep 212007

Thank God that there are people like this out there. She is doing more to protect this country than most Democrats. And all the while cooking pasta!

S.C. mom scoops al-Qaida with its videos.

Once her son is off to school, Laura Mansfield settles in at her dining room table with her laptop and begins trolling Arabic-language message boards and chat rooms popular with jihadists.

Fluent in Arabic, the self-employed terror analyst often hacks into the sites, translates the material, puts it together and sends her analysis via a subscription service to intelligence agencies, law enforcement and academics.

Occasionally she comes across a gem, such as when she found a recent Osama bin Laden video — before al-Qaida had announced it.

“I realized, oh my gosh, I’m sitting here, I’m a fat 50-year-old mom and I’ve managed to scoop al-Qaida,” said Mansfield, who uses that name as a pseudonym because she receives death threats.

She sometimes spends 100 hours a week online, and she often finds items after word has begun spreading on the Arabic forums of an imminent release.

“It’s really important to understand what the jihadists think and how they’re planning on doing things,” she said. “They’re very vocal. They tell us what they’re going to do and then they go out and do it.”

Mansfield tips off her intelligence sources when she does find something new, part of an informal working relationship with the government.

“When I send them something, it’s welcome,” she said. “They thank me.”

There have been times when an impending video release has kept her from a planned shopping trip with her daughter.

“It gets really challenging when you’re trying to do that and cook spaghetti at the same time,” she said.

Ahmadinejad’s Apocalyptic Folly

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Sep 212007

Charles Krauthammer explains the urgency of dealing with Iran with crystal clear wisdom.

Before the Volcano Explodes.

On Sept. 6, something important happened in northern Syria. Problem is, no one knows exactly what. Except for those few who were involved, and they’re not saying.

We do know that Israel carried out an airstrike. How then do we know it was important? Because in Israel, where leaking is an art form, even the best informed don’t have a clue. They tell me they have never seen a better-kept secret.

Which suggests that whatever happened near Dayr az Zawr was no accidental intrusion into Syrian airspace, no dry run for an attack on Iran, no strike on some conventional target such as an Iranian Revolutionary Guard base or a weapons shipment on its way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Circumstantial evidence points to this being an attack on some nuclear facility provided by North Korea.

Three days earlier, a freighter flying the North Korean flag docked in the Syrian port city of Tartus with a shipment of “cement.” Long way to go for cement. Within days, a top State Department official warned that “there may have been contact between Syria and some secret suppliers for nuclear equipment.” Three days later, the Sept. 19 six-party meeting on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear facilities was suddenly postponed, officially by China, almost certainly at the behest of North Korea.

Apart from the usual suspects — Syria, Iran, Libya, and Russia — only two countries registered strong protests to the Israeli strike: Turkey and North Korea. Turkey we can understand. Its military may have permitted Israel an overflight corridor without ever having told the Islamist civilian government. But North Korea? What business is this of North Korea’s? Unless it was a North Korean facility being hit.

Which raises alarms for many reasons. First, it would undermine the whole North Korean disarmament process. Pyongyang might be selling its stuff to other rogue states, or perhaps just temporarily hiding it abroad while permitting ostentatious inspections back home.

Second, there are ominous implications for the Middle East. Syria has long had chemical weapons — on Monday, Jane’s Defence Weekly reported on an accident that killed dozens of Syrians and Iranians loading a nerve-gas warhead onto a Syrian missile — but Israel will not tolerate a nuclear Syria.

Tensions are already extremely high because of Iran’s headlong rush to go nuclear. In fending off sanctions and possible military action, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has chosen a radically aggressive campaign to assemble, deploy, flaunt, and partially activate Iran’s proxies in the Arab Middle East:

(1) Hamas launching rockets into Israeli towns and villages across the border from the Gaza Strip. Its intention is to invite an Israeli reaction, preferably a bloody and telegenic ground assault.

(2) Hezbollah heavily rearmed with Iranian rockets transshipped through Syria and preparing for the next round of fighting with Israel. The Third Lebanon War, now inevitable, awaits only Tehran’s order.

(3) Syria, Iran’s only Arab client state, building up forces across the Golan Heights frontier with Israel. And on Wednesday, yet another anti-Syrian member of Lebanon’s parliament is killed in a massive car bombing.

(4) The al-Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards training and equipping Shiite extremist militias in the use of the deadliest IEDs and rocketry against American and Iraqi troops. Iran is similarly helping the Taliban to attack NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Why is Iran doing this? Because it has its eye on a single prize: the bomb. It needs a bit more time, knowing that once it goes nuclear, it becomes the regional superpower and Persian Gulf hegemon.

Iran’s assets in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq are poised and ready. Ahmadinejad’s message is this: If anyone dares attack our nuclear facilities, we will fully activate our proxies, unleashing unrestrained destruction on Israel, moderate Arabs, Iraq, and U.S. interests — in addition to the usual, such as mining the Strait of Hormuz and causing an acute oil crisis and worldwide recession.

This is an extremely high-stakes game. The time window is narrow. In probably less than two years, Ahmadinejad will have the bomb.

The world is not quite ready to acquiesce. The new president of France has declared a nuclear Iran “unacceptable.” The French foreign minister warned that “it is necessary to prepare for the worst” — and “the worst, it’s war, sir.”

Which makes it all the more urgent that powerful sanctions be slapped on the Iranian regime. Sanctions will not stop Ahmadinejad. But there are others in the Iranian elite who might stop both him and the nuclear program before the volcano explodes. These rival elites may be radical but they are not suicidal. And they believe, with reason, that whatever damage Ahmadinejad’s apocalyptic folly may inflict upon the region and the world, on Crusader and Jew, on infidel and believer, the one certain result of such an eruption is Iran’s Islamic republic buried under the ash.