Thursday, 29 November 2007

In Case You Missed It...Rush Limbaugh Declares Fred Thompson the Conservative in Last Night's Debate

With the disclaimer that he is not declaring his support for any particular candidate, radio's Rush Limbaugh, on his program today, characterized Senator Fred Thompson as the one truly consistent conservative presidential candidate on the dais in last night's CNN/YouTube Republican "debate".
It's nice to hear Senator Fred Thompson's name mentioned, since he has been all but blackballed from the presidential race by the American press.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Airbus (EADS) Gains Large Order from China


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Any Excuse for a Riot...

...will serve the "discontented youth" in Paris. Prime Minister Fillon calls it by its real name: crime.

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Senator Schumer Joins Senator Clinton in Shape-Shifting Club

1)Railed against Dubai ports deal, simply because it was President Bush's baby

2)Praises Abu Dhabi deal with CitiCorp

Inconsistent, or just insane?

The Mindless Fellowship of New York Senators Clinton and Schumer: just that dumb, or just plain diabolical? Their flip-flopping, shape-shifting and lack of logical reasoning is no mystery--it's the policy of opposing anything proposed by Republicans, whether-or-not the idea is intrinsically palatable to Democrats. It is blind obstructionism. Watch the Democrats predictably co-opt President Bush's initiatives the next time they infest the White House--and pretend they thought them up themselves! Are they afraid that people will see through them to their empty cores? No. As usual, they depend on the ignorance of their constituencies.

What possessed Chucky to lead the charge against one UAE proposal (Dubai ports deal, which I supported) for fake reasons, and to sanction another? Why ask? Feigning stances is his stock-in-trade.

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Saturday, 24 November 2007

M-J's Mini-Reviews of Fearnet Flicks

Drive-Thru: Really sickening--some parts are so gory and graphic that you may have to look away, but the humour and satire make it worthwhile (a send-up of well-off suburbanite American youth who speak the hip-hop ghetto patois is hilarious). As with Catacombs, the ending may infuriate you.

Another of their horror flicks is, like Catacombs, a Romanian effort and is ostensibly set in the French countryside. The star's surname is La France, though. It was so bad that I cannot at this time remember the title--I'll do a little recon and enter it here later. Again, the ending is so improbable, continuity-wise, that it is maddening.

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Dollar's Drop Adversely Affects Airbus


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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Airplane Size: the Sky's the Limit for Some

Megalomania looms large in the field of super-jumbo jets. Sir Richard Branson's own Virgin Airways already has eight A380s on order from Airbus, but is planning to order the A380-900 which are said to become available in 2015. These colossal cities in the sky will seat 900 people. "Ideally, we'd like Airbus to stretch them, because for the A380 to be really competitive it needs to be even bigger than it currently is," said Sir Richard of Virgin Airways. This sort of reasoning flies in the face of the zeitgeist, which involves planes being more efficient and having as small an environmental impact as possible while seating hundreds, as the Boeing Dreamliner exemplifies. An important factor to consider is the availability of landing space at airports--the choices of landing fields would be limited in the case of the Airbus A380-900. Another concern ought to be the great number of human lives at risk in the sky and on the ground.

Of course, it's a little different from public transportation when you are just desirous of a palace in the sky, as is Prince Walid bin Talal of Saudi Arabia.

Airbus announced lately that the Saudi billionaire had become the first V.I.P. customer for the A380 superjumbo jet, one of which costs just over $300 million.

Prince Walid bin Talal signed the contract for a new flying palace at a ceremony with senior Airbus executives at the Dubai air show. He expects to take delivery in 2010. Perhaps the plane will have a limited number of routes and therefore fewer needs for king-sized landing-strips.

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Friday, 16 November 2007

Who's Your Little Whozit?

That's Jerry Lewis' musical query in The Stooge.Jerry Lewis is in constant pain these days, and frequently talks about pain-management in order to help others. This hilarious and eccentric fellow is a great humanitarian and philanthropist, who has raised incalculable amounts for muscular dystrophy patients. God bless you, Jerry!

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The Paradigm Research Group, Stephen Bassett and the ET Ticket

M-J de M's original painting, Rouges de Mars: 8 X 10" Oil on Canvas Copyright M-J de M., 2007

Stephen Bassett, Executive Director of the Paradigm Research Group, was a guest on Coast-to-Coast a.m with George Noory last night.

Mr. Bassett cited the possibility that any day now, France or the United States may disclose UFO intelligence that has been closely guarded in order to prevent panic (and perhaps derisive cynicism) among their respective citizenries.

Here is a YouTube piece that I located by accident this morning, entitled, UFO over Southern Illinois (in Y2K).

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Thursday, 15 November 2007

Saggin' and Caggin'*

There's a distinction between "baggy pants" and trousers that are sagging under the underwear. Since when has it been all right to walk round in one's jockey shorts? That's where the hip-hop/"gangsta" emulators are wearing their trousers--hanging under what ought to be their private parts. Baggy pants, however, are explained and depicted below.
Here is a rap "song" I wrote last December 13th:

Wit my crotch at my knees

There's no ball squeeze

Though my bad ass does freeze

And the 'hos I want to please

Say I must have some fleas

I just cough and I wheeze

'Cause my ass it does freeze

So, it's cool, ya sees?

Wit my crotch at my knees

I'm the epitome of sleaze!

~~Copyright M-J de M. December 13th, 2006

*Caggin' is my husband's French slang for having a "pantload"!
It's Not the Bagginess of Hip-Hop Trousers that Offends, Butt...
...I mean but the low-hanging thereof. My photo shows elegant baggy or wide-legged trousers. Baggy pants, as in Oxford Bags, have been chic for decades in classic clothing. But, most people, when referring to the problem of low-sagging pants (trousers) just use the term, "baggy pants". That's really unfair, since what is being excoriated is the plumber's crack, a source of derision for all times. What people abhor is the hideous sagging lowdown pants/trousers style. It really amounts to indecent exposure--someone's underwear and opening showing in front, and whatever you wish to call it bared in the back--that's the issue.Click Here to View Newest Entries

Monday, 12 November 2007

Airbus Acquires Large Plane Order at Dubai Air-Show

Boeing lost a bit of business to Airbus at the Dubai Air-Show on Sunday, when Emirates chose Airbus' A350 over Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.
Emirates airlines also ordered 12 Boeing 777-300ERs.
Tim Clark, Emirates president, explaining the decision to choose the A350 over the 787, emphasized the larger size of the Airbus airplane as the major criterion.
The Boeing Dreamliner will have a smaller environmental foot-print than the Airbus A380, its super-jumbo jet counterpart, and will be able to land in more airports because of its reasonable size. The Emirates Air order of Airbus product is said to amount to, in USD equivalent twenty billion (another source, Gulf News, reports it as thirty-five billion).

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Honoring War Veterans

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Human Statue of Liberty with 18,000 Soldiers, Camp Dodge, Iowa; Col. Wm. Newman Commanding; Col. Rush Wells Directing; Photo by Mole & Thomas(Below) French Soldiers in Fort Formation: France, 1919

Historic Human Shield Formed at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan
Photograph Staged by Mole and Thomas

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Sunday, 11 November 2007

Minimalism: How Can Something So Empty Be So Full of Merde?


Clips from my art site, Beaux-Arts
There are plenty of outrages masquerading as art these days, because people are jaded and devoid of ideas; art students don't learn technique unless it involves cleverly scamming the public. This all goes on while most people are intimidated enough by the zeitgeist to keep mum lest they be perceived as "unsophisticated" by the perpetrators, who are just as intimidated....

Most contemporary "art" is nothing but bad crafts. Gimmickry and mimicry rule the day. An unwitting public believe that what they buy today will be worth something more tomorrow, even though they can't bear looking at the stuff.
-->M-J de M. - Apr 21, 2007 7:00 am (#4 of 6) Edited May 10, 2007 10:50 am
Even worse than the blank fields which pass for "paintings" are the snake-oil salesmen who have gimmicks:
-->M-J de M. - Apr 21, 2007 11:53 am (#5 of 6) Edited May 5, 2007 6:20 pm
My question to minimalists: How can something so empty be so full of...?
--> --> -->M-J de M. - May 31, 2007 8:34 pm (#6 of 6)
Yes, it's true: there's nothing new under the sun. Not even minimalism. Why, people have been known to do nothing since time immemorial!

Today's minimalist and "contemporary" artists are yesterday's con-artists.

The phony "sophisticates" claim that there's something to see in minimalism. They fool themselves, while trying to fool others, because they feel a need to conform to the zeitgeist. Intimidation is also involved, as it is dangerous to be a black sheep who doesn't follow the crowd. It's an empty conceit which celebrates a lack of ingenuity and substance--all while pretending there is some!

All Quotes Copyright M-J de M. 2007

¡Bravo! King Juan Carlos of Spain...

...tells Pres. Hugo Chavez to shut up. It's about time someone told him to clamp it.

From the Reuters piece by Manuel Farias and Pav Jordan:

"'Why don't you shut up?' the king shouted at Chavez, pointing a finger at the president when he tried to interrupt a speech by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
Zapatero was in the middle of a speech at the summit of mostly leftist leaders from Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Andorra, and was criticizing Chavez for calling former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a fascist."

¿Porqué no te callas?

Venezuela opposition marches against Chavez reform

Venezuela‘s Chavez calls for energy alliance

Chavez hits Latin summit, singing

Chavez steals show in Castro‘s Cuba

Fidel Castro meets with Venezuelan ally Chavez

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Saturday, 10 November 2007

Being on the Left Means Never Having to Read the News

I was listening to a webcast from a public radio station in the U.S., wherein the pontificators were lamenting "our leaders in Washington's hearts" when it came to Darfur and humane Immigration reform. Apparently, they'd never read that it was President Bush's initiative in Darfur which sparked interest in the problem, and that the late, unimplemented immigration bill--the one which was being lamented--was his brain-child. Were they disparaging their own do-nothing congress, where job number one is to thwart all ideas and actions because they come from a source to which their minds are not open? Doubtful. They never let the facts deter them from venting their all-consuming, mindless hatred of President Bush.
Here is a non-copyrighted press release from the White House, 2004:

For Immediate Release--Office of the Press Secretary; October 21, 2004

Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Darfur

The United States is working to reduce suffering from the Darfur crisis. With manpower and money, we continue to support the humanitarian efforts underway in order to avert an even greater loss of life in the region.
The United States leads the world in responding to the crisis in Darfur. We have provided over $300 million in aid to date for food, shelter, access to clean water, and basic health services for the 1.5 million displaced people of Darfur. Recognizing the severity of crisis, the United States has already exceeded its humanitarian aid pledge for 2005 and will provide additional assistance.
The United States has disaster specialists on the ground, is assisting UN organizations and their efforts, is funding dozens of NGOs that directly assist people in need, is funding human rights monitoring, and is engaging the Sudanese government to further improve humanitarian access to the region. This support, combined with that of other countries, has made it possible for at least some assistance to reach 90 percent of Darfur's displaced people.
Though there has been some progress in reducing the suffering and loss of life, the crisis in Darfur continues. The world community must work together to bring an end to the crisis while simultaneously supporting persons already displaced. We commend the African Union's efforts to stem the violence and call on the world to support their efforts. We also urge the international community to respond generously to fund the vital programs that support the victims in both Chad and Sudan. Only when the people of Darfur can safely return home will the job be done.
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Assisted Living: the Movie
Painful to watch, but difficult to look away.

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November 6th: Presidents of France and the United States

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Juliet Lac: War Child

To be released by a division of Random House on January 3rd, 2008: a woman's gripping story of escape from Vietnam, and her amazing survival when all around her death and chaos reigned. My friend, Juliet Lac has written an autobiography entitled, War Child.

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President Sarkozy in the United States

"Je veux reconquérir le coeur de l'Amérique et reconquérir le coeur de l'Amérique de façon durable", a déclaré le président français dans un toast, lors d'un dîner offert en son honneur par le président George Bush à la Maison Blanche.
"Nous sommes des amis, nous sommes des alliés depuis toujours et pour toujours", a-t-il ajouté. "Notre destin est commun, c'est celui de deux peuples libres qui croient dans la liberté, qui veulent la liberté et qui défendent la liberté."

Watch Rob Neppell interviewed: the October 17th, 2007 video from Fox Business Channel
The blogosphere and its influence is explained very well by expert and entrepreneur, Mr. Neppell.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2007

President Sarkozy Visiting Pres. Bush

Clip from the article:
"Bush, also eager for a fresh start in the relationship, will treat Sarkozy to a formal dinner at the White House on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he will lead Sarkozy on a tour of Mount Vernon, the home of the first U.S. president, George Washington, located just south of the U.S. capital.
The location will evoke the long history of the alliance between the two countries, serving as a reminder of France's support for the United States in the revolution against Britain.
With history setting the backdrop for the visit, the talks are expected to cover concerns about Iran's
nuclear program, the mission in Afghanistan, France's role within NATO, the push for Kosovo independence among other issues."

By Caren Bohan, Reuters - Tuesday, November 6 06:18 am

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Saturday, 3 November 2007

Mini-Review: La Banniére Étalée, by Erik Svane

Erik Svane is a prolific freelance writer who, though holding both Danish and American citizenships, has lived most of his life in Europe, especially France. In his poetic non-fiction book, La Banniére Étaléee (Éditions Underbahn 2005), Mr. Svane explains in historical terms the causes of the French resistance--to the United States and its policies. His is a frank and rare revelation of the complicity of the French press in Anti-Americanism which has existed in France for the past sixty years; Svane exposes the untruths propounded by same, and gives us the notion that perhaps Anti-Americanism isn't rampant in France after all. This is a fascinating book by a journalist with both feet on the ground--of at least three countries, while acutely observing the zeitgeist. Erik Svane's brilliant analysis of French perceptions and policies as they relate to France's oft-purported nemesis, America, is not to be missed by anyone who seeks to understand modern France, the United States, and the hope which they represent in today's world.
400 pages, in French, with preface by Professor Guy Millière
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Thursday, 1 November 2007

Denise Wheeler on "Schmoozing with Terrorists"

The new book, Schmoozing with Terrorists, by Aaron Klein, is discussed by Denise Wheeler in her Off the Bus opinion-piece.

Note: "Schmoozing" is a Yiddish term for gregarious, friendly verbal interaction.

Hint to Ms. Wheeler: your linked bio misspells "mantel", which is where you would like to put a certain medal. Of course, at Huffington Press, where I was surprised to find your balanced approach, this language/editing mistake is one of thousands.

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