Monthly Archives: February 2009

Mardi Gras Began On Feb. 27,1827!

There was a lot of violence at this year’s Mardi Gras! People seem to forget that this is more than just one humongous party!It is actually the celebration of the beginning of Lent!But,this isn’t the first time that this carnival has seen violent behavior.That,unfortunately,is a part of the long history of Mardi Gras! Here’s more from History.com:

On this day in 1827, a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

The celebration of Carnival–or the weeks between Twelfth Night on January 6 and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian period of Lent–spread from Rome across Europe and later to the Americas. Nowhere in the United States is Carnival celebrated as grandly as in New Orleans, famous for its over-the-top parades and parties for Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday), the last day of the Carnival season.

Though early French settlers brought the tradition of Mardi Gras to Louisiana at the end of the 17th century, Spanish governors of the province later banned the celebrations. After Louisiana became part of the United States in 1803, New Orleanians managed to convince the city council to lift the ban on wearing masks and partying in the streets. The city’s new Mardi Gras tradition began in 1827 when the group of students, inspired by their experiences studying in Paris, donned masks and jester costumes and staged their own Fat Tuesday festivities.

The parties grew more and more popular, and in 1833 a rich plantation owner named Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville raised money to fund an official Mardi Gras celebration. After rowdy revelers began to get violent during the 1850s, a secret society called the Mistick Krewe of Comus staged the first large-scale, well-organized Mardi Gras parade in 1857.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Rita Hayworth:The Love Goddess!

Rita Hayworth is known as one of America’s greatest stars.Of Spanish-Irish & English descent,Rita Hayworth was a flamenco dancer & one of the biggest musical stars of the 1940’s! Not only that,she also was one of the most requested wartime pinup girls!Even though she was known for her beautiful red hair,she was actually a natural brunette! And this shy beauty was once married to a prince,like Grace Kelly!Here’s more on the American “love goddess” from Wikipedia:

“Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987), was an American actress who attained fame during the 1940s not only as one of the era’s top musical stars, but also as the era’s defining sex symbol, most notably in the 1946 film Gilda. She is listed as one of American Film Institute’s (AFI) Greatest Stars of All Time.

Margarita Carmen Cansino, better known as Rita Hayworth, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Spanish flamenco dancer Eduardo Cansino (Sr.) and English/Irish-American Ziegfeld girl Volga Hayworth.Hayworth was on stage by the age of six as a member of The Cansinos, a famous family of Spanish dancers working in vaudeville. Also, her father had performed in a dancing duo with his sister, and later revived the duo with his daughter Rita as his dancing partner, performing in nightclubs in California and the Foreign Club in Tijuana, Mexico. At age sixteen, she attracted the attention of film producers as part of “The Dancing Cansinos” and was signed by Fox Studios in 1935.

After her option was not renewed by Fox, Rita Cansino freelanced at minor film studios before signing with Columbia Pictures in 1937.In 1937, Margarita Carmen Cansino became Rita Hayworth. After two more years of minor roles, she gave an impressive performance in Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (1939), as part of an ensemble cast headed by Cary Grant. Her sensitive portrayal of a disillusioned wife sparked the interest of other studios. Between assignments at Columbia Pictures, she was borrowed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer for George Cukor’s Susan and God (1940) with Joan Crawford and Warner Brothers for Raoul Walsh’s The Strawberry Blonde (1941) with James Cagney.

While on loan to Fox Studios for Rouben Mamoulian’s Blood and Sand (1941) starring Tyrone Power, Hayworth achieved stardom with her sizzling performance as the amoral and seductive Doña Sol des Muire. This Technicolor film forever branded her as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful redheads. Gene Tierney was originally intended for the role but was dropped by Darryl F. Zanuck when she eloped with Oleg Cassini. Carole Landis was the next choice for the role, but refused to dye her blonde hair red and was replaced by Rita Hayworth prior to filming. Fox then borrowed Hayworth from Columbia and dyed her dark brown hair auburn which soon became her best remembered feature. Her stardom was solidified when she made the cover of Time Magazine as Fred Astaire’s new dancing partner in You’ll Never Get Rich (1941).

Rita left her film career in 1948 to marry Prince Aly Khan, the son of the Aga Khan, the leader of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam. Initially Hayworth and Prince Aly had trysts at the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans. The couple moved to Europe, causing a media frenzy. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, in writing and directing 1954’s The Barefoot Contessa, was said to have based his title character, Maria Vargas (played on film by Ava Gardner), on Hayworth’s life and her marriage to Aly Khan.After the marriage collapsed in 1951, Hayworth returned to America with great fanfare to film a string of hit films.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Salma Hayek:La Chica Bonita!!!

Salma Hayek is the stuff of dreams! She is the Rita Hayworth of our times. A undeniably beautiful,sexy,& classy femme fatale! I’m sure she has left a lot of broken hearts in her path. But,not anymore! She has captured the heart of the French billionaire who fathered her baby girl. Here’s more from Vogue:

“ONE of fashion’s most famous on-off relationships took a happy turn on St Valentine’s Day when actress Salma Hayek married her fashion mogul beau, Francois-Henri Pinault. What started as a rumour this weekend became official this morning as the French magazine owned by the Pinault family, Le Point, announced the nuptials.

The report confirms Hayek and Pinault were married on Saturday, in the City Hall of the Sixth Arrondissement, in central Paris. The Mayor of the borough, Jean-Pierre Lecoq, subsequently confirmed the report to French news agency Agence France-Presse.

The couple initially confirmed their engagement in March 2007 when the Mexican actress-producer also confirmed she was expecting her first child. Their daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault, arrived in September 2007 – but in July 2008 they announced the engagement was off.

US magazine People reported that recent trips Hayek made to Paris, towards the end of last year may have revived the relationship – and that public displays of affection at the Dubai Film Festival fuelled rumours that the marriage could be back on.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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David Brooks Calls Bobby Jindal’s Response “An Unmitigated Disaster”!

David Brooks does not mince words,that’s for sure! He sure let Bobby Jindal have it for delivering that weak response to President Obama’s magnificent speech! And this is something that both democrats & republicans seems to agree on.Except for Sean Hannity who said( on his Feb. 25 show tonight) that he thought Bobby Jindal’s speech was great! Hannity claims he doesn’t understand all of the criticism.You can always depend on Sean Hannity to continue to be dishonest! He seems to be allergic to the truth because he sure stays the hell away from it! Here’s Bobby Jindal’s “response” to President Obama’s address. Despite Sean Hannity & Rush Limbaugh’s claims that the criticism is unwarranted,you will see why most folks agree with David Brooks. Jindal’s speech is shockingly bad.

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Nadya Suleman Can Do Porn If All Else Fails!

Nadya Suleman remains the subject of an ongoing national debate. Since she’s receiving so much attention,people are looking for ways to get a piece of the action.And I guess the porn company,Vivid Entertainment,figures they’ll reap a substantial profit if they can get Nadya Suleman to accept their $1 million dollar offer.Here’s more from NBC Los Angeles:

” Warning, you may be disgusted by this story.

Nadya “OctoMom” Suleman has been offered $1 million to make a pornographic movie by Vivid Entertainment.

The deal also includes health insurance for Suleman’s swollen family.

“Nadya obviously needs income to assure that her children are secure so we are offering her up to $1 million to act in one movie,” said Steven Hirsch, co-chairman of Vivid. “We’ve had many single mothers work with us over the years and their income from Vivid has been very helpful to them. We would schedule production so that the movie could be shot in less than a week.”

A Vivid spokesman said they hope she receives the offer in the mail today.

The story was first reported on TMZ.com, where they had a copy of the letter Vivid sent to Suleman.

In the letter, Hirsch points out that OctoMom would join the Vivid-Celeb imprint line, which has featured stars such as Pam Anderson, Kim Kardashian and former Miss USA and NBC daytime star Kelly McCarty.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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President Obama’s Assurance:”America Will Emerge Stronger Than Before”!

For all of those who needed to hear uplifting words from President Obama,you got them tonight! Really,I didn’t need our president to paint a brighter picture of America’s future for me in his State of the Union address. All I’m expecting to hear is honesty,whether it is brutal or not. But, apparently there are many out there who are looking for more optimism.Why everyone is worried about how grim President Obama sounds is puzzling to me. If the situation is dire, then I’d rather be told that directly.

But, he did try to encourage those who were worried that he has been too gloomy about the current state of affairs!Here’s more on President Obama’s speech from the Times Online:

“Laying out an extraordinarily ambitious agenda that Republicans and some economists have said is unattainable, Mr Obama called for kick-starting the economy through massive stimulus spending, while expanding health coverage, reforming education and creating new sources of alternative energy — simultaneously cutting the ballooning federal budget deficit in half within four years.

“The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at last the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care; the schools that aren’t preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit. That is our responsibility.”

Tomorrow Mr Obama will release details of his budget for the coming fiscal year, and in referring to it last night he made clear his determination to place the blame for the economic crisis on the Bush Administration.

He said the budget “reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited – a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession. Given these realities, everyone in this chamber — Democrats and Republicans — will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars.“

In a clear reference to Republican opposition to the massive government intervention Mr Obama believes is needed to halt the economic crisis, he added: “But that does not mean we can afford to ignore our long-term challenges. I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity.”

He vowed, among other cost-cutting measures, to end waste and fraud on money spent in Iraq and to reform the Pentagon “so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use.”

Again, in a remark aimed at Republicans, he said: “I know that we haven’t agreed on every issue thus far, and there are surely times in the future when we will part ways. But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months.

New polls released yesterday showed that Mr Obama has overwhelming support for the way he has tried to tackle the economic crisis, with congressional Republicans’ approval ratings at barely 30 per cent.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

What I am most concerned about is not the tone of President Obama’s speeches. But the fact that,bipartisanship is a huge issue! I mean,you’ve got Michael Steele threatening to punish the three Republican senators who voted for the stimulus. Here’s more from The Huffington Post:

“During an appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday, Michael Steele told the host that he was “open to” punishing Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Arlen Specter for their votes on the stimulus package, by withholding RNC monies for their re-election bids.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

And then you’ve got Mitt Romney sending checks to those who voted against the stimulus,as reported by the L.A. Times:

“But anytime you see these guys like Romney, and more recently Gov. Sarah Palin, create their own PACs to support like-minded politicians (and their own political forays), they’re also creating a financial means to accumulate owsies from those fellow party members they help for use down the road.

Then Sen. Hillary Clinton sent a last-minute e-mail fundraising blast to her vast donor lists just before Nov. 4 to round up funds for Democratic candidates like Mark Begich, who won the Alaska Senate seat and will forever feel fondly toward the current secretary of State.

Today, as ABC’s perceptive Rick Klein notes, Romney’s PAC — Free and Strong America — donated $1,000 each to 11 Republican congressmen targeted in a retaliatory ad campaign by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for voting against President Obama’s economic stimulus bill. Romney praised the Republicans as “standing up for fiscal responsibility and saying no to spending abuse.”

This as the president, speaking to the nation’s governors gathered at the White House, was suggesting that opposition to parts of his spending bill was politically motivated. “There’s going to be ample time for campaigns down the road,” The Ticket quoted him as saying earlier today.

So opposition to the spending bill is politically motivated. As opposed to opposition to the opposition to the spending bill, which surely is pure-minded, well-meaning and just plain OK.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

Yes, “America will emerge stronger than before“, but only if we all pull America up by it’s bootstraps. That’s going to take a whole lot of manpower. Both Republicans & Democrats have to be willing to come together for the good of the country. Pledge allegiance to America instead of your party, Mitt Romney, Gov.Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele,Rush Limbaugh,etc…

Stop being the party of oppositon & try to become the party of solutions instead.

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The Scrumptious George Clooney Is Using His Celebrity Status To Shed Light On The Crisis In Darfur!

George Clooney is such an elegant gentleman & a fine actor! But,he is also a philanthropist & an activist.Clooney is not just another superficial,shallow thespian who can only function if they have a script in their hand. George Clooney realizes just how important his celebrity status is.And he is using it to shed light on the crisis in Darfur,which proves to me that his inner self is just as lovely as his outward appearance! I wish there were more actors like him! Here’s more from The Christian Science Monitor:

“After touring Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad last week, Hollywood heartthrob and two-time “sexiest man alive” George Clooney met separately with both President Obama and Vice President Biden on Monday night.

Mr. Clooney says he urged the two to seize the opportunity for Darfur peace that he says could arise with the International Criminal Court’s decision next week on whether to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on war crimes charges. (Read Monitor Africa Bureau Chief Scott Baldauf’s story on Mr. Bashir’s efforts to gain diplomatic support.)

Clooney then told reporters that Mr. Obama would appoint high-level, full-time envoy to Darfur.

Later, Clooney appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live, pointing out that he’d worked with Obama on Darfur three years ago and that Mr. Biden “has been very vocal on the issue.”

Clooney said of his conversations with Obama and Biden: “Basically, we were just talking about coming back from Chad and right on the border of Darfur. And we were talking about there’s a moment coming up relatively soon – probably by the middle of next week – where the International Criminal Court is going to indict the president of Sudan for war crimes, which has never happened before – a sitting president.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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