Petraeus’s Iraq Proposal Causes Problems for Campaigns

April 9, 2008

Both parties are going to have problems with Iraq. Democrats want to leave but the top general says it would create a catastrophe. GOP wants to draw down, but the top general says we have to go slow and be patient.


Top 10 Scariest Movies without the Gore

October 29, 2007

Top 10 scariest movies in chronological order by Sharon Eberson:

“PSYCHO” (1960) — Alfred Hitchcock was a master of building suspense, but he didn’t shy from blood-and-guts horror, with “Psycho” a prime example of both. It helps that the movie is in black and white so that there’s still much left to the imagination — such as the shower-curtain shadow of knife-wielding Anthony Perkins behind unsuspecting Janet Leigh, perhaps the most iconic scary movie moment ever. The late Leigh said she never liked showers after that, and who could blame her?

“WAIT UNTIL DARK” (1967) — Audrey Hepburn is a blind woman terrorized in her apartment by, would you believe, Alan Arkin (winner of Best Supporting Actor last year for the comedy “Little Miss Sunshine”). Amid a haunting score by Henry Mancini, Arkin’s back-from-the-dead lunge is a heart-stopping moment.

“ROSEMARY’S BABY” (1968) — John Cassavetes is in on it from the start, leading a pregnant Mia Farrow down the path to the harrowing discovery about the child she is carrying. Her rape by Satan or approaching the baby carriage in anticipation of what’s inside it … take your pick.

“JAWS” (1975) — Bravo picked Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” as No. 1 in its “100 Scariest Movie Moments,” and we were thinking decapitation by shark and munched-on swimmers aren’t what we had in mind. But the first sight of the great white shark did contribute to less-crowded beaches for the rest of the summer.

“CARRIE” (1976) — On a prom night gone terribly wrong, when a misfit girl gets her telekinetic juices flowing, Sissy Spacek’s Carrie unleashes hell on John Travolta and the rest of her classmates. It’s the end, though, when a hand suddenly reaches out from her grave, that had audiences setting high-jump records.

“THE OMEN” (1976) — Almost as awful as children in peril are perilous children, such as little Damien the Antichrist. Almost as bad as what he does to his mother (a wide-eyed Lee Remick) is the appearance of Billie Whitelaw’s Mrs. Baylock in Remick’s hospital room to finish what Damien started. (Note: Mia Farrow played Mrs. Baylock in the 2006 remake.)

“ALIEN” (1979) — Bet you thought we were going to go with the alien bursting through actor John Hurt’s chest (a scene voted No. 2 on Bravo cable network’s “100 Scariest Movie Moments”). Nope. We pick the moment when Jones the cat’s screech breaks a silence filled with the expectation of confronting an alien, startling even the steadfast Ripley.

“THE SHINING” (1980) — Jack Nicholson terrorizing his family in a secluded hotel, as written by Stephen King? Priceless. Post-Gazette horror maven Allan Walton’s favorite scares: Jack’s Johnny approaching his wife (Shelley Duvall) from behind as she reads his “all work and no play” prose, or the twin girls.

“MISERY” (1990) — Oscar winner Kathy Bates standing over a horrified James Caan with a sledgehammer. Enough said.

“THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT” (1999) — Three student filmmakers in the deep, dark woods tracking a scary legend … hand-held camera angles, spooky lighting, declarations of terror … it’s down to two students and the end (of the movie) is near … one is facing into the corner, the camera is yanked and goes dead …

Shooter in Wisconsin Kills Self?

October 10, 2007

After killing six people in a rampage driven by jealousy over his girlfriend dating another guy, a deputy sheriff was found with gun shot wounds – one to the side of his head and two under his chin. How on earth could a man pull off shooting himself three times in the head?

Some wonder whether he was killed by someone else, perhaps other deputies.

USA Today

Putin and Sarkozy Agree on Iran?

October 10, 2007

Russia’s Putin and France’s Sarkozy met in Moscow to discuss how to address nuclear proliferation in Iran. They two seem to have agreed that they will pursue a resolution via the United Nations. Other than that statement, not much progress. Could lead to giving Iran more time to pursue to development of what the United States fears is a nuclear weapon.

Bloomberg Report

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Yogurt Murders Reexamined

October 8, 2007

On December 6, 1991, firefighters responded to a fire at the “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt” shop in North Austin. Inside, they found the burned bodies of four young women – Sarah Harbison, 15; Jennifer Harbison, 17; Eliza Thomas, 17; and Amy Ayers, 13, pictured below.

Young Girls Murdered

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered the Travis County district court to retry the case, some sixteen years after the murders.

So what happened? Mack White in his blog describes his review of the autopsy reports:

Sarah Harbison’s nude body was found gagged and with her hands bound behind her back with a pair of panties. Her body was severely charred, and there was an abrasion in the upper portion of the vulva and the vagina. She had been shot through the back of the head. A .22 lead bullet was recovered from her brain.

Jennifer Harbison’s nude body was not bound, but her body was found with her hands behind her back. Her body was severely charred, and she had been shot through the back of the head. A .22 lead bullet was recovered from her brain.

Eliza Thomas’ nude body was gagged and her hands bound behind her back with a brassiere. Her body was severely charred, and she had been shot through the back of the head. A .22 lead bullet was recovered from her brain.

Amy Ayers’s nude body was found with “a sock-like cloth material wrapped around her neck with a half hitch in the back.” Her body was not severely charred, but covered in second and “very early” third degree burns over 25 to 30 percent of its surface. She had been shot through the back of the head with the same .22 caliber gun used on the other girls, but the bullet did not enter the brain. However, a second gunshot of a caliber not specified in the report caused severe damage to the brain. This bullet exited the right lateral cheek and jaw area. No mention is made in the report whether or not this second bullet was recovered from the crime scene. Moebius contends that the damage caused by this bullet is consistent with that of a police-issue .38 caliber pistol.

Romney Tries to Woo Evangelicals

October 8, 2007

Many evangelical Christians believe that the LDS Church (the Mormons) is a cult. They do not believe that Mormons are Christian. Yet Romney, a Mormon, is working overtime trying to convince them to support him were he to receive the nomination (as opposed to their recent statements that they would not support someone like Giuliani).


Huckabee Surprise in Iowa

October 8, 2007

Giuliani appears to be dead in Iowa. McCain is an afterthought. Thompson? Health concerns cause worries among voters. And Romney has problems with perceived flip flops. So who next? Perhaps surprisingly, the real deal to Iowa appears to be Huckabee. He comes across as being “real,” down to earth and, well, likeable.

He just does not have any money.

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8th Graders in Houston Have Sex in School

October 8, 2007

A new low – two 8th graders in Houston were caught having sex in a science lab during the class. The teacher had stepped out briefly when the two decided to go at it. The school has said that it “disciplined” the children appropriately. The school advised parents of other children in the class about a week after the incident.

Media Matters Misrepresents Limbaugh on Phony Soldiers

October 4, 2007

The Left appears to be anxious to find a sacrificial lamb to counter their gaffe in attacking General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us.” While Democratic leaders did not widely criticize for this affront to a dedicated soldier’s character, clearly they were embarrassed.

Enter Media Matters, an organization that “monitors” right-wing talk in a supposed effort to bring responsibility to the media.

On September 26, 2007, Rush Limbaugh mentioned “phony soldiers” who criticize the war in Iraq. It was in connection with a conversation with radio listeners. And according to the transcript, the caller opines about the media: “What’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers out that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.” Rush responds, “The phony soldiers.”

So who was Rush referring to when he made the reference to “phony soldiers”? Later on in the show, Rush gave an example of a phony soldier who reported atrocities in Iraq, though it later was discovered that the fellow was never in Iraq. And there are several other examples of phony soldiers providing information against the U.S. military.

But in the end, Media Matters’s claim that “Limbaugh boldly stated that any troops who call for a withdrawal of troops in Iraq are ‘phony soldiers'” is 100% off base. It’s false. Shame on Media Matters for attempting to “clear the air waves” by misrepresenting the words and opinions of those with whom it disagrees.

Freedom to Grunt in the Gym?

November 2, 2006

This is a mountain out of a mole hill. A fitness club prohibits grunting while exercising inside. The rule is posted…and obviously so. In fact, there’s even a lunk alarm (see the illustration below from a similar gym).

Argibay, a member of the gym, paid his dues. But when he went down to squat he grunted. And not just once, but twice. The alarm went off and he was warned by Al
Argibay, a corrections officer who learned first-hand “no grunting” means exactly that. Carol Palazzolo,
the gym manager, talked to Al the Grunter and warned him that he could not grunt. Now the story diverges.

He says that he was escorted out the police, though he was a good person/patron. She says that he became upset, swore and began to yell. So she called the police and had him escorted out of the gym.

So…the question is whether you have a fundamental right to grunt at a gym? Can you sue for your right to exercise loudly? What about a grunt-free environment? Silly, I know, but really…if you want your to grunt then maybe you should workout where people do not care. This is hardly an issue to be fighting about.