Thursday, 29 November 2007
In Case You Missed It...Rush Limbaugh Declares Fred Thompson the Conservative in Last Night's Debate
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
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.
Saturday, 24 November 2007
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.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
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.
Friday, 16 November 2007
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).
Thursday, 15 November 2007
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
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).
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
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Clips from my art site, Beaux-Arts
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: http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2004-06-03-hamartist_x.htm
-->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...?
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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
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
Saturday, 10 November 2007
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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Wednesday, 7 November 2007
"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."
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
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
Saturday, 3 November 2007
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.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
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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