Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Five years ago, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Gregory Mueller invented a way to refine the jawline and eliminate a double chin without incisions, often without anesthesia and virtually no recovery time. Now, doctors around the country are using his technique of making a series of punctures in the ligaments along the side of the jawline, then inserting a system of sutures using a fiber optic rod under the neck. The sutures are sewn together, permanently tightening the area. “We just tie it in a knot and it lifts the skin and muscle underneath,” he says. “The results are natural appearing.”
Downtime: Three to five days
The WikiLeaks documents are a total crack up when discussing the Mid-East. It reads like a Jerry Lewis movie. This is what they tell us.
1) Israel, despite denials, is supporting (albeit it after the fact) Iranian dissenters
2) Iran, despite denials, is support Iraqi dissenters.
3) Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Nations despite denials, are urging the US to attack Iran to stop them from getting a Nuclear weapon.
4) Hezbollah is illegally using Ambulances and Medical Shipments to smuggle arms in from Iran.
5) Iran accuses America of releasing these documents on purpose to embarrass Iran.
6) The United States is attacking “terrorists”, but accidentally civilians in Yemen.
7) 7. Yemen is taking credit and/or blame for US attacks on its civilians.
8) 8. Rich Saudi Arabians are still funding Al Queda which we are actively fighting in Yemen, Somalia and Afganistan.
9) 9. Syria arms Hezbollah, and lies about it.
Of these issues:
1, 2, and 7 are embarrassing but not illegal
3. would be an act of war and an act of “terrorism” as defined by the United States
4, and 9 are illegal but we all know Hezbollah and Syria lie
5 is silly
6 is an illegal act of war – but we don’t care because we are doing it.
8 is disgusting, but we kowtow to Saudi Arabia anyway so no one carsTo quote Suzanne, the place is a giant Cluster F. No new news.
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be an Obama Democrat."
"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."
The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican."
"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"
"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tell it to Jon Kyl. Like virtually every other Senate Republican, he is hell-bent on reducing the deficit. And like virtually every other Senate Republican, he wants to begin by extending the Bush tax cuts, even for millionaires, thus boosting the deficit by close to $4 trillion over the next 10 years. But Kyl doesn’t stop there. In recent months, he’s bludgeoned the White House into promising to increase the amount the U.S. spends on modernizing its nuclear arsenal by at least $14 billion over the next decade. (According to a report in last week’s Times, the actual cost could prove far higher). Is that a wise use of money given that many nuclear experts say the U.S. can assure the reliability of its arsenal without this infusion of cash? Has Kyl proposed cutting any other programs—or, heaven forbid, raising any taxes—to pay for this new expenditure? Has he explained why Washington can afford to build new nuclear-weapons labs but can’t afford to extend unemployment benefits over the Christmas holiday? Of course not.
But here’s the twist. It now appears that Kyl may not get his money after all. The nuclear-modernization windfall was essentially a payment by the Obama administration to win Kyl’s support for ratifying the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty it negotiated with Russia. Kyl, however, is now signaling that the money is not enough, and that he will block a ratification vote this year, which will likely kill the treaty. It’s a revealing move, which illustrates that Kyl’s foreign-policy views rest on the same basic principle as his budgetary ones: A complete unwillingness to make hard choices between competing priorities.
Kyl, like most Republican senators, supports an all-out counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan. Preventing the Taliban from retaking power, he believes, is worth all the blood and treasure the U.S. is expending there, if not more. But he’s also sympathetic to military action—by Israel or even the United States—against Iran. Iran’s assistance, as it happens, is crucial to our ability to salvage something in Afghanistan. It was Tehran’s help, in fact, that helped the U.S. overthrow the Taliban and install Hamid Karzai in the first place. Is Kyl worried that going to war with Iran (even if Israel struck, the Iranians would surely blame us) will destroy our chances of winning the war on Iran’s eastern border? Who knows? He doesn’t do tradeoffs.
Now he’s set to sink the START treaty because, he says, the Obama administration is still not ponying up enough for nuclear modernization. But there’s a reason that Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Brent Scowcroft, and most of the Republican—not to mention Democratic—foreign-policy establishment is begging for ratification. Because killing the treaty will wreck America’s relations with Russia at a time when we need Moscow’s help to get supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and when we’re hoping the Russians will apply pressure on Iran to halt their nuclear program. Is Kyl more concerned about maintaining America’s nuclear stockpile than preventing Iran from developing one? Would he rather build new weapons labs than keep the Taliban from power? We’ll never know because Kyl doesn’t think like that. In foreign policy, as in fiscal policy, he and most of his fellow Republican leaders want everything and its opposite. They don’t have a clue how to govern in an era in which money and power are massively constrained. Ain’t that “new seriousness” grand?
Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast, is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. His new book is The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
Monday, November 22, 2010
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Back in the olden days, before the BCS (Bowl Championship Series), Terry Donahue was the very successful coach of the UCLA football team. For a while he held the record for the longest streak of New Year’s Bowls (when that meant something), UCLA had the longest streak of non-shut-outs in the nation and we kicked ass in football (we won the Rose Bowl in 1982, 1983, 1985 and the Fiesta, Cotton, Freedom and Aloha in 84, 85, 86, 87).
But Terry was an old-style gentleman who didn’t run up the score. This was fine when the Rose Bowl was the goal. But with the BCS introduction, polls meant more. And running up the score helped immensely. Suddenly, UCLA’s style was dated. We were still winning, but by not running up the score, we didn’t get ranked high. And not getting ranked high, meant that we didn’t get good recruits.
Good recruits went to K-State. The year that Terry was up by over 12 points with 1:30 to play, we took a knee 3 times, running around in the back field to wear out the clock. We were nice. K-State up by 69 – 3 called a time out with 2 seconds left in the game to set up a 56 yard field goal so they scored more than 70. UCLA now languishes with crap recruits – and Nick Saban has won 2 national championships. Being an asshole is totally rewarded in college football now. Sportsmanship is dated and a loser's game.
Now on to Barack. Obama plays nice. Essentially he takes a knee – while the Republicans are running up the score.
Take this asinine discussion about the “need for military tribunals”. Look at this Fox Opening Statement (repeated endlessly by dip-shit Republicans in New York). According to them, the 20 year sentence was a near-acquittal.
You would assume that the Gitmo Tribunals had better results. You would be wrong. Four tribunals trials were held, and NONE PRODUCED A SENTENCE THAT WAS THIS LONG. This “near acquittal” is the LONGEST SENTENCE yet handed down!!!!
But, the Repulbicans run up the score. Call it a near-acquittal loudly and long enough and people listen. The Republicans don’t want the country to do well, they want to run the country - and the way to win (just like the football polls) is to run up the score. It is all about the perception.
Fine, fight back. Dirty, and hard. Bill Clinton knew how to play politics, but Barack Obama is a gentleman. And in politics, like football, he is a losing anachronism. Do I want an asshole for a coach or President? No. But better an asshole than a loser for me.
So did Barak come out and call bullshit on them. No. He got the win and took a knee - fat, happy and dumb. He is brilliant - but dumb as a box lead weights.
And yes, UCLA lost last night to Washington – and will probably not go to a bowl AGAIN.
Surprise, not an excuse for me to post pictures of half nakid young men. No, I really do like Hollister Jeans.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
12. Tom Hardy
The pansexual "Inception" star haunts our dreams
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
So I got a pleasant slap on the side of my head about my message yesterday. Yeah Yeah, I have had an amazing life – so I will shut up a little (not a lot!).
I was going through my memories last night and there are so many I can’t even stand it. To list them is bragging. But there were some moment for me that transcend the personal and move into the spiritual (in the Buddhist sense).
Watching a giraffes at watering hole in Africa at Sunset with Eddie and Lynn on her 50th Birthday.
Entering a covenant of marriage with Eddie in that magical window of 2008 when everything looked faboo.
Seeing Paris reflected in my mom and Nick’s face.
Watching Monks at Sunrise in Luang Prabang.
Saying good-bye to Zela and Mark.
So there you go. My life has been great. I know it and appreciate. But I still want a neck lift.