Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tammy Banovac Stripped searched in wheel chair at Will Rogers World Airport

Now if the stress and rush of the Holiday season has gotten you down this should give you a little pick me up.

Her name is Tammy Banovac and if not already soon will be a national Star. If you think she has a great body your right because she posed in Playboy in 1997. So if your asking yourself, "what the hell is going on in this video?" The answer is Tammy Banovac is making a point and showing how incompetent the TSA is. If this video is not surreal enough for you she actually missed her flight that day because they would not let her through security. The following day Tammy Banovac came back to Will Rogers World Airport to encounter the very same treatment, yes you read that correctly.

The Transportation Security Administration is really embarrassing. This video is exactly the ammunition people need to complain about their civil liberties being violated. Listen I am the first to agree that I don't want to be illegally searched or profiled but when it comes to flying at 35,000 feet in the air I really don't mind a grope here or there. Obviously I am joking but I think you understand my point.

Who Is The Best Scrooge of All Time?

I wonder if Charles Dickens rolled over in his grave when he caught wind that his classic Christmas Carol had inspired Vanessa Williams to play “Ebony Scrooge” in “A Diva’s Christmas Carol” in 2000. Or maybe it was Tori Spelling playing Carol “Scroogette” Cartman in 2003’s “A Carol Christmas” that really agitated his old bones. Either way, there have been an astounding number of Scrooges portrayed in films over the years – some spot-on and some… well… not so good.

Personally, I’ve always imagined Scrooge to be a curmudgeonly Christophobic crank like Alastair Sim (1951), Seymour Hicks (1913, 1935), or George C. Scott (1984). Don’t get me wrong, I love Kelsey Grammer (2004), Henry Winkler (1979), and Patrick Stewart (1999) and all, but they just aren’t haggard enough, raspy enough, or cold-hearted enough to be a real Scrooge for me, in every sense of the world. I just can’t stop chuckling over my favorite episode of Frasier, recalling how The Fonz was so good at getting that dang juke box to work, or picturing Captain Jean-Luc Picard benevolently commanding the Starship Enterprise. (For the record, The Fonz could possibly be one of the worst Scrooges in living memory.)

That is not to say Scrooge needs to be completely conventional. One of my favorite Scrooges of all time is still Bill Murray (1988). He’s just convincingly sarcastic enough to pull it off. We all know someone who is, perhaps not downright cruel, but certainly self-absorbed, conceited, career-centric, and blinded by how one’s actions can affect others. Didn’t your heart just go out to poor Claire Phillips? Naturally, it didn’t hurt to have Carol Kane, John Glover and Bobcat Goldthwaite cameos either. The whole movie was just a delight in a world of Miracle on 34th Streets and It’s a Wonderful Lifes.

There’s no limit to how we can re-imagine Charles Dicken’s tale. Scrooge has been black, white, male, female. He’s even been by a computer animated Jim Carrey. Some imagine Scrooge’s voice to be a Walter Matthau, while others imagine Tim Curry. There’s quite a disparity there, wouldn’t you say? A Christmas Carol has been translated to Barbie, The Muppets, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Mister Magoo, and The Flintstones. Given all the possibilities, the question is not will there be another Scrooge in the future, but who will be the next Scrooge?

Readers: What do you think?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has the Political Joke of the Day

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has been known and admired for not mincing words. So we Honor her with giving us the Political Joke of the Day.

"In Washington, we know there's a huge difference between a prostitute and a politician. There are some things a prostitute won't do."

Sen. Claire McCaskill

Monday, November 29, 2010

WikiLeaks: Truthsayers or Foreign Terrorist Organization?

The latest release of documents from WikiLeaks is stirring up quite a controversy. “This is worse even than a physical attack on Americans, it's worse than a military attack,” New York House Representative Peter King says, calling for the federal government to prosecute the group and its founder, Julian Assange, for espionage. He adds, “They are engaged in terrorist activity. What they're doing is clearly aiding and abetting terrorist groups. Either we're serious about this or we're not."

King is not alone in his thinking. “We’re at war,” reminds Senator Lindsey Graham, “and the world is getting more dangerous by the day. People who do this are low on the food chain, as far as I’m concerned. If you can prosecute them, let’s try.”

"We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information," stated White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

When Julian Assange released his first set of documents, the world was listening. We understood that WikiLeaks exposed a weakness in our government’s Internet security. We also heard his point that America is engaged in disappointing rhetoric and deplorable actions behind the scenes. In Assange’s words, “Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington could not tell a lie. This document release reveals the contradictions between the U.S.'s public persona, and what it says behind closed doors.”

The latest release details how American foreign relations staff called Russia’s Vladimir Putin “The Alpha Dog,” France’s Nicolas Sarkozy “The Emperor With No Clothes,” North Korea’s Kim Jong-Ill “A Flabby Old Chap,” and said that Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai is “driven by paranoia.” We learn that Hillary Clinton has sent our diplomats overseas to collect secret information on foreign officials – such as credit card information, frequent flier numbers, and biometics. US missile strikes in Yemen have been exposed, despite a Yemeni government cover-up. There are stories of Afghani corruption, Israeli bluffing, North Korea and Iran bomb collaboration, and uranium fears in Pakistan.

At first, the stories seemed important, newsworthy, relevant. Digging up a story is good journalism, but revealing tens of thousands of documents all at once with wanton abandon is just reckless. Now Julian Assange seems to be the worst villain to America since Benedict Arnold. Are his motivations changing? Did he begin his crusade as a warning to U.S. officials to protect their classified documents more securely, to be aware that they can be held accountable for their actions, and to engage in sober discourse about the leaked documents? Yet, is he now simply obsessed with the cat-and-mouse game he’s playing? Has he moved from exposing the truth to infuriating as many prominent people as possible? Is he merely driven by the attention, riding high on a tide of egomania as the world’s self-appointed moral crusader?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The 9 Most Shocking WikiLeaks Secrets

The 9 Most Shocking WikiLeaks Secrets

When Wikileaks first released classified documents I though it was damaging but necessary to keep the government in check. Now with the continuation of these damaging illegally obtained classified documents being released it's no longer about the truth but about money I suppose. Do you think Julian Assange is out for the truth or what is his thinking behind these new documents being released?