While I don’t doubt there is a lot of plastic garbage floating in the ocean, the claims of the great pacific gyre garbage patch is something that keeps changing and I have yet to see one photo of it. Which screams eco-BS. A few months back there were alarmist articles claiming it was the size of a continent. Here you see it described as being as big as a couple European countries.
I’m wondering if this won’t be the next big “eco-crisis” now that AGW is becoming unpopular and the greens have their people in positions of power now.
This is what the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac collapse has wrought. Lots of people in the government deserve to be punished for the crisis they created.
Obama sure is a class act. Remember when he gave those crappy gifts to the queen and Prime Minister Brown? Guess what he donated to the exclusive private school his daughters go to?
Each year, Sidwell Friends, the tony school where the Obamas have enrolled their daughters, holds a fundraising auction.
The auctions raise big money as parents try to outdo each other both in bidding and prizes donated. This year, eyebrows have been raised — as evidenced by the news report headlined “Obamas prove stingy with school auction.”
When the children of presidents attend Sidwell Friends, expectations for the auction run high. When Chelsea Clinton was a student, her father agreed to play a round of golf with the highest bidder, while Chelsea herself offered babysitting services. Chelsea continues to raise money for the auction by donating lunches and dinners for high bidders. What have the Obamas donated? Why, signed pictures of themselves, of course! The winning bidders will receive a copy of Rolling Stone signed by President Obama and an autographed copy of Michelle Obama’s Vogue cover.
The “donation gap” has not gone unnoticed. “There were expectations that they might donate something more personal, like the Clintons did … Lots of people were disappointed,” said an auction source.
What cheap egotist.
Tomorrow he has yet another press conference during prime time, which he seems to do a lot. It costs the networks millions in ad revenue when he does it. Fox finally said no mas. My guess is, they will have better ratings tomorrow.
Tonight was “Rat Pack Standards Night”. Which is some of my favorite music. Oddly enough, the mentor they chose was Jamie Foxx. I thought they were crazy, even though he does know a lot about music. As it turns out, he did a great job. I didn’t think this kind of music was his bag, but he seemed to know how to coax great performances out of each idol.
Each Idol didn’t go for a high energy song, but a couple of them made the song high energy. Every singer turned in such a great performance, none of them really deserve to go home tomorrow. But someone will, obviously.
The only person who was a disappointment tonight was Simon. He was obviously trying to hurt the chances of a few people to give his favorites a chance. That was not cool. He did that last week with Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai even though they both turned in good performances. This week he seemed to want to kill the chances of Allison. The only remaining girl on stage.
First up was Kris Allen. He did one of his best performances ever. A very soulful and heartfelt version of “The Way You Look Tonight”. Jamie Foxx was so impressed with his rehearsal he said he wanted to cut an album with him. Chris Daughtry (Season 5) said “Just finished my workout and watching Idol…I think Kris Allen is the SHIZNIT-O-BAM!!!” on Twitter. The judges loved it except Simon who said it was OK, but Kris is boring. Again, I think he’s trying to handicap some singers because they are all good and Simon seems dead set on Adam winning. Kris has been really proving himself an extremely skilled performer in the last couple of weeks. He’s a contender.
Allison Iraheta came out next doing “Someone To Watch Over Me”, another slow song. She did an extremely good job with it as she always does. Simon dissed her for some reason. Again, I think he’s trying to decide who will be in the finale. But the fans may be the ones to decide that unless Simon fixes the vote now that Nigel’s gone.
It’s hard to say. But I was shocked that Anoop was voted off after such a great performance last week.
Matt sang “My Funny Valentine”, another slow song (standards don’t have to be slow people!). A tough song. He did well but the other judges were not 100% sold except Simon praised it a lot. I think he sees Matt as a weaker contender so he wants him to beat out the other two so Danny and Adam beat him can have the finale to themselves. We’ll see if that works.
Danny Gokey brought the energy and swagger, doing a very R&B version of “Come Rain or Come Shine” in a kind of raspy voice. I liked it a lot. Kara was smitten by it. Simon was also really impressed because it was his best performance. Gokey is probably the only one who could beat Adam, though I don’t think he will.
Finally, in the Pimp spot Adam Lambert. He did a very Broadway version of “Feeling Good” which is a long I love, but it has been done to death on American Idol. I like Adam but I think they are really over hyping him. He is not as amazing as they are pimping him. He is a real showboat, like a glam rocker from the 70s. They may appeal to these judges who are around my age and grew up with Bowie, Mack Bolan and Queen, but I am not sure if he’s really that original. He seems more like a throwback to that time. I prefer Kris and Danny and Allison, but I concede that Adam is really good and he seems to really rev up the audience. I just wonder if all that transparent pimping will backfire. It seems like they are stacking the deck for him big time. Still, he never turns in a bad performance.
My guesses for the bottom two: Matt and Allison. I think Allison should be in the final three but the fact is, Kris is really turning into a contender, so she probably won’t make it that far. Thanks especially to Simon.
UPDATE: Wow, what a surprise. Not only did Taylor Hicks perform a song from his new CD, but Adam was in the bottom 2! There seemed to be a strange look in Paula’s eyes after Taylor’s performance, which I thought was good. The music suited his style much more. For some reason, tough, Paula looked wary of him. It was strange. Maybe it was my imagination. Randy seemed ok, Simon looked like he was trying to be behave,. But they gave him a standing ovation, and the crowd loved him.
Anyway, what I said about the judges risking a backlash by over trying Adam seemed to come true. And because it was a final 5 week they made one of the people, Adam in this case, pick which side was the winning side. Unlike Taylor, who did the smart thing and sat down and refused to pick sides, Adam picked the side he thought were the winners. Oops! It may be a fluke, but I think they better not hype him so much, or the audience pay pick someone else as the idol this year. Not that he won’t get a CD deal anyway. I personally think either Allison or Danny deserve to be idols. Adam does too. But like they said, they all deserve to win this year but only one can.
And I have to say, Matt’s swan song was extremely good. One of the best performances of any Idol being sent home.
While the MSM is awash with stories about what a stunning, flawless first 100 days Obama has had and how he’s more popular than Jesus and Allah combined, the polls tell a different story than what they are spinning. Oops.
President Obama’s media cheerleaders are hailing how loved he is. But at the 100-day mark of his presidency, Mr. Obama is the second-least-popular president in 40 years.
According to Gallup’s April survey, Americans have a lower approval of Mr. Obama at this point than all but one president since Gallup began tracking this in 1969. The only new president less popular was Bill Clinton, who got off to a notoriously bad start after trying to force homosexuals on the military and a federal raid in Waco, Texas, that killed 86. Mr. Obama’s current approval rating of 56 percent is only one tick higher than the 55-percent approval Mr. Clinton had during those crises.
He’s become a very polarizing president, even more so than Bush. And as he spends us into bankruptcy, the public reaction during harsh economic times will not be ncie at all. He may year for the love Bush felt from the lefties.
The thing that grates is how big of a fraud he is. A lot of people haven’t caught on yet, but many people have. Here’s an example of what I mean:
Not only is almost everything he promises an insult, it’s a meaningless insult. I’d sau pitchforks may become more valuable than gold in the next few years as they will be in higher demand.
It seems the Obama administration provides us with a daily outrage each day. You would think even the clueless morons he has working for him would have some sensitivity about New Yorkers and 9/11, but maybe they all believe it was an inside job with no actual planes involved.
In any event, they decided to do some photo ops of a low flying Air Force One over Manhattan without telling anyone. The plane was being followed by two fighter jets.
At the end of the day, after people were evacuated from buildings and the mayor of NY had a screaming match at Obama’s peons, the story comes out that Obama is “furious” over the stunt.
Imagine, a photo op and he’s not even in it!
Thanks to Amritas, I found out about this website that explains “Marvel Time” how the years have passed in Marvel Continuity. In American comics like DC and Marvel, the books have lasted 50-70 years, but the characters remain young. They do this by employing tricks to keep continuity of stories while trying to make it seem like time has passed by slowly.
By all rights, Peter Parker should be an old man like The problem with American Comics continuity is it doesn’t work and it leads to the books becoming dull because no real change happens, except an occasional shift in creative direction. In my opinion, if you want to make a licensed world that can run a long time, you need to employ the continuity technique the Simpsons use. Make each story stand on its own, and refer to past events when you need to, but don’t try to make the whole thing fit together perfectly, because iut can’t.
Many times they tried to get too serious about continuity and it blew up in their faces.
DC has favored the retcon method of revamping the whole universe every 15 years or so. This also has problems, as it depends on the creative teams, and usually they don’t keep it together. It would be better if both lines had a core mythology and they stuck to that as the basis. Unfortunately, with so many diverse hands writing the books, the histories of each character has become a confused jumble.
An editor’s job is to keep a book on track and the writers from doing too much “scope creep”, but the editors in comics have done a generally poor job of that over the years. Mainly because many of them don’t even understand what they need to do.
Mainstream comics needs to get it’s sense of purpose back and a clear vision of their books, if they every want to restore strength to the market place.
Some people are keeping score. I thought about keeping a chart myself, because it seemed like every day there was something ridiculous. What have I liked so far in the Obama administration? Well, if he actually manages to convince credit card companies to drop all their ridiculous tactics, I would approve of that. But it would more than likely result in less people being able to get credit cards or good rates.
I really wanted to give the guy a chance but from the get go he has either done everything wrong, badly or done something I really disagree with. If he lets congress go ahead and investigate the “torture” methods of the CIA and indict people to testify, there is going to be a huge rift in this country and the Dems will be seriously damaged for decades.
I don’t have anything against the Democrats per se. But I think it’s time the extreme lefties are gone from the party for good. Maybe Obama will seal their doom, unwittingly. All I know is, if he continues on the path he is going, he will be the most hated president in history because he will be the clown that ruined the US for good.