Friday, March 20, 2009

Digging for gold in Australia is the same as in America

AUSTRALIAN model Kristy Hinze will see her fairytale come true on Monday when she marries the "thoughtful and incredible" Texan entrepreneur Jim Clark.

The Sports Illustrated covergirl's life will change for ever when she walks down the aisle into the arms of a billionaire more than twice her age - he's 64 and she's 28 - who calls some of the most powerful and influential people in the world his friend.

Thoughtful and incredible? She missed the fact that he's rich! Do you think anyone told her that he's rich? I know it wouldn't matter to her, she's marrying him for his good looks, similarity in hobbies, money, love. Love is indeed blind, but it is not stupid.

Extreme Sheepherding!

This is awesome sauce! I love border collies, obviously I own one, and this is herding training at it's finest.

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NCAA Karate Championship

Where do these guys learn to play this dirty?
How much class is that to just walk away? His momma taught him right. I wonder if he'll go after the guys that shank him in the NBA next year?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Natasha Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress, dead, skiing, 45

Natasha Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the famed Redgrave acting family, died Wednesday after suffering injuries in a ski accident, according to a family statement. She was 45.

I guess skiing is dangerous. She was on a beginner's run. I feel bad for Liam.

She wanted to serve more than Uncle Sam wanted her too

Carol Haertlein Sells raised her hand Friday and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

It's the same oath thousands of Army officers have taken before Sells, but the Random Lake woman is different from most second lieutenants finishing Officer Candidate School.

She's being commissioned as a captain; she didn't go to Officer Candidate School; and she has grown children, including a son who is about to deploy on his second trip to Iraq.

Also: Sells is 58.

What a great story. Carol, Thank you for serving.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oscar Goldman???

I found a fun site through the Retro Thing website.
Its a collection of photos taken from his car while driving. It's part of his work, that is catching people in the moment.

Click the picture to see the gallery.

One day in 1989, Andrew Bush came up with the brilliant notion of attaching a camera to the passenger-side door of his car to snap photos of his fellow travelers enjoying the Los Angeles freeway system. He kept doing it until 1997, stopping either because his faithful chariot gave up the ghost or because the ominous flash pissed off the wrong guy piloting a rusty old El Camino.
Man (possibly someone in character) traveling northwest at 60 mph on U.S. Route 101 in the vicinity of Hollywood on a late Sunday afternoon in March 1991
That not just any man, it is Oscar Goldman!!! From the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman TV series. Actor Richard Anderson. John in my office named him right off. I managed to remember the TV series but not the actor's name or character from the series. And our office says he's driving a Rolls Royce.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Ummm, only thing missing is an axe.

I don't remember Faith Hill being in the Talking Heads

I took a screen shot of this. I saw the Faith Hill album come up on the Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (Special New Edition) (Live). I certainly don't remember Faith being in the Talking Heads but then again I'm no music historian.

The link.

'It's Taxpayer Money': Cuomo Will Subpoena AIG Over Bonuses

The hot seat is getting even hotter for AIG Chairman and CEO Edward Liddy. Not only has President Barack Obama called on his Treasury Secretary to do everything possible to block the bailed-out insurance company from doling out $165 million in bonuses, but now the New York Attorney General has announced that he will issue subpoenas immediately for the release of the names and job descriptions of those receiving bonuses.

Sweet. In the "olden days" the public would take care of the scumbags and snake oil salesmen that visited their towns and swindled the citizens. Perhaps this will happen again. Congress is rattling their sabers to write a bill that would include a tax on these "bonuses".

"If you don't return it on your own, we will do it for you," said Chuck Schumer of New York.

From the article:
"The bonuses were paid under legal contracts, part of a program that had been disclosed in advance filings that American International Group Inc. made with the government."

House and Senate Democrats were crafting separate bills to tax up to 100 percent of the big bonuses awarded by companies that were rescued by taxpayer money.

Separately, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., said the government should assert its rights as the owner of about 80 percent of AIG and sue to recover the bonuses.

In the House, Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, introduced a bill that would that would tax at 100 percent bonuses above $100,000 paid by companies that have received federal bailout money.
Doesn't this say something about the problem we had when the Congress RUSHED this bail-out bill through? Did anyone even really read the damn thing? If so why didn't they see the bonuses and say something then?

All the more reason this was a bad bill and should not have been passed. Let the strong survive. Heavy sigh.

St. Patrick's Day

“Well he was not a leprechaun who drank green beer or had a blarney stone or a pot of gold,” explains historian William Federer, who wrote St. Patrick: The Real History of His Life, From Tragedy to Triumph. “He was actually a missionary and he converted 120,000 druids from paganism to Christianity.”

Have a Happy Saint Paddy's Day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Oopsy - my bad

The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.

You just don't expect that when you are getting your flu vaccine. I'm pretty sure in today's corporate climate the person or persons responsible will get a raise, a grant to study viruses, and probably a bonus. Good work!

Bonuses? Did they even post a profit?

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Barney Frank charged Monday that a decision by financially strapped insurance giant AIG to pay millions in executive bonuses amounts to "rewarding incompetence."

Echoing outrage expressed on both sides of the political aisle in the wake of revelations that American International Group will pay roughly $165 million in bonuses, Frank said he believes it's time to shake up the company.

I have little or no confidence that Congress is doing the right thing. Barney Frank? Don't get me started. This is unconscienceable that AIG would be issuing bonuses after they took bail-out money to stay afloat. Someone please do something about this, PLEASE. Millionaires giving each other bonuses, I'm beginning to think perhaps there is a class war going on and no one told me to fight back? Where's my bonus, I sucked at running my finances last year, where do I get my check? This is getting ridiculous.