Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lovely Latinas: Move over Cote, Alice is also in the house

Meet Alice Braga Moraes.  From Santiago, Chile, Alice is a Brazilian actress.

Alice Braga Moraes  (Alice Braga)

April 15, 1983 (age 31)
São Paulo, Brazil

Alice Braga Moraes[1] (born April 15, 1983) is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in 2002's highly acclaimed City of God and as Karina in 2005's Lower City. She has also starred in many Hollywood movies such as I Am Legend (2007), Repo Men, Predators (both 2010), The Rite (2011) and most recently Elysium (2013).

Alice Braga Moraes was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She was raised in a Catholic family.[2] Her exposure to the world of acting came at an early age. Both her mother, Ana Braga, and aunt, Sônia Braga,[3] are actresses, and Braga often accompanied them to film sets. She began her career by appearing in school plays and commercials. Her first commercial was for yoghurt when she was eight years old. As a teenager she began pursuing roles in television and movies. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.

In 1998, Braga debuted in a Portuguese-language short called Trampolim, and then returned to her schooling. Her big break came in 2002 when she was cast as Angélica in the critically acclaimed film City of God, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. She took more time off and attended university while appearing in a pair of well-regarded South American films—2005’s Lower City and 2006’s Only God Knows—and in the popular Brazilian television program Carandiru, Outras Historias. Braga made her English-language debut in 2006 with a starring role with Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, and Catalina Sandino Moreno in Journey to the End of Night, which premiered at the 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. In 2007, Braga was cast in the Will Smith blockbuster I Am Legend and the drama Crossing Over, which stars Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd.[4] She also appeared in the 2008 David Mamet film Redbelt alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor.[5] Braga portrayed Beth in the science-fiction film Repo Men.[6] She starred as Isabelle in Antal Nimrod's Predators,[7] which was shot and produced by Troublemaker Studios and Robert Rodriguez.[8] In 2013, Braga appeared as Frey Santiago in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium.[9]

Braga is set to star in the drama series Queen of the South, produced by USA Network, an adaptation of Arturo Perez-Reverte's best-selling novel La Reina del Sur. This marks Braga's first big U.S. television role. Her previous small-screen credits were two parts in a non-English series.[10]

Cote de Pablo

María José de Pablo Fernández, better known as Cote de Pablo, is a Chilean-American actress and recording artist. Born in Santiago, Chile, she moved to the United States at the age of ten, where she studied acting.

Born: Nov 12, 1979 (age 35) · Santiago, Chile
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Cote de Pablo is primarily known for her portrayal of Ziva David, an Israeli Mossad officer turned NCIS agent, in the police procedural drama NCIS. She had sent in a videotape audition while waiting for The Mambo Kings to move forward and was asked to fly to Los Angeles for a screen test two days after it was cancelled.[5][11] Network executives arranged for her to act alongside series regular Michael Weatherly to test for chemistry during her second audition; he went offscript by brushing her hair back and commenting, "You remind me of Salma Hayek." De Pablo's response to Weatherly was to stay in character, and she "dismissed him completely." Afterwards, producer Donald Bellisario met with her as she was waiting for a cab to take her back to the airport, telling her she had landed the part.[11][12]

De Pablo described the character as "someone completely different from anyone else on the show because she's been around men all her life; she's used to men of authority. She's not afraid of men."[13]

Both Beautiful----both talented actresses.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Charles Krauthammer: We Could Be Looking at the Collapse of American Liberalism

In one of his finest moments on the O'Reilly Factor, (where Mr. O'Reilly remained silent long enough for Mr. Krauthammer to complete his sentence), Krauthammer said:

“We have not just ObamaCare unraveling, not just the Obama Administration unraveling, not just the Democrat’s majority in the Senate, but we could be looking at the collapse of American liberalism”

If you want to skip O’Reilly’s TPM, go to 3:15 where Mr. Krauthammer actually posits that the Republican Party can unite and are uniting in a common cause.

That the liberal progressive Democrats did completely invest themselves, (against the will of the people, and the Republican Party), we can only hope that Mr. Krauthammer is the Nostradamus of the 21st Century.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We Are Such a Safer World Under Obama

With the national exposure of the NSA spying program, and tapping the phones of our allies, this conversation took place on the Morning Joe Show.  You can watch the whole segment or skip to 8:47 to hear Joe mock the entire crew of the show.......

The look on every one of these liberal pundits was they had zero rebuttal.

Monday, October 28, 2013

49ers 2013 Mid-Season Evaluation

After scoring a total of ten points in the Niner’s two losses, (against Seattle and the Colts), the 6-2 Niners are now averaging almost 35 points per game during their five-game winning steak.  (34.8 to be exact)

However, not one team that the Niners defeated in this streak is over .500, (with Arizona at 4-4, and the rest under water).  After a well deserved bye week, the Niners will play  a possible 5-3 team (in Candlestick) against the Carolina Panthers.  The Panthers play at home against a fading Atlanta Falcons team, (currently at 2-5), while the Niners rest. It would be a serious mistake to take the Panthers lightly.

It gets a little tougher the next two weeks, as the Niners go on the road, first into New Orleans, (6-1 and could be 8-1 when they meet), and then into Washington against an unpredictable Redskins team, (currently at 2-5)  The game against the Saints could certainly be a prelude to a playoff game, even perhaps an NFC Championship game.

After the road trip, the Niners play their final four out of five games against teams under .500, (Rams, @Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and @Arizona), with THE BIG ONE coming in week #14, December 8th,  against our rival Seahawks at Candlestick.  This one will most likely decide the division leader, home field advantage, and of course bragging rights.  Bottom line---no one wants to see our Niners having to play back up in Seattle AGAIN THIS YEAR, so this is a must win for the Red and Gold.

The Forty Niners are approaching a bit of an internal dilemma these next few weeks, with players coming off the DL, (wide receivers Manningham and Crabtree, CB Eric Wright, and possibly Aldon Smith sometime soon---see link)

This means some players will have to come off the roster.  Rumors of letting Anthony Dixon go, bothers me, since he is a quality player, including special teams play.  We’ll see how the management does over the next few weeks.

Overall, after the disastrous 1-2 start, the 6-2 Niners have had a pretty good first half of the season with the running game now in full throttle, and Colin Kaepernick leading the NFC in QB ratings., (#3 in the entire league)  It looks like they’re improving on both sides of the ball each week, and even the special teams have been solid.  If they can remain healthy by December 8th, perhaps they can get some payback from the Seahawks, and set the future going into the playoffs.

Bonus question for real 49er fans: Does anyone know who McLeod Bethel-Thompson is?

Answer: Bethel-Thompson is our third string quarterback (currently inactive) behind Colt McCoy.  Bethel-Thompson was picked up on Oct. 9th when he was released by the Vikings and reportedly played well in pre-season.  See the full story here.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sorry Mr. Krauthammer---We Disagree

I watched the special on Charles Krauthammer this morning, (with Bret Baier)

The interview with Dr. Krauthammer was a great/inspiring life story about overcoming a tragic freak accident, and not really missing a beat in charging ahead with life’s challenges. His story only solidifies my admiration for the man, (and his transition from a staunch liberal to a fairly right-wing Conservative).  And, it would be ungenerous to not mention his latest book being released: Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics


I still have one argument with Dr. Krauthammer’s assessment/supposition of the ObamaCare debate. Krauthammer asserts that the “maneuver” by the Conservative right, (specifically Ted Cruz, and mostly Tea Party Republicans)---to completely defund ObamaCare---was a flawed strategy.  But his argument is based on the fact that the program had no chance of being defunded with only one legislative branch controlled by Republicans.  All true.  But here’s my rebuttal to Mr. Krauthammer:

#1): Where would the over-all awareness to the general public, and, more importantly, the voters, on the state of ObamaCare---which was officially starting its enrollment process, be without Ted Cruz’s 21-hour “filibuster”/information clinic?  What would have happened if Cruz or the Tea Party wing of the House NEVER ATTEMPTED to both repeal, and then defund this government take-over of the health insurance industry?  Would the liberal media, (even in their editorials), have written ANYTHING, but positive glorifying attributes about the unfolding nightmare?  Would the national coverage have been the same without Ted Cruz’s “campaign spectacle” exploiting this federal government grab?  Would the media ever have dared to report that millions are losing their current health care plans?  The answer is a resounding NO.

#2): (and this is admittedly awesome hindsight). Given how the events unfolded, (the disastrous roll-out, and website debacles), didn’t it become prudent that Democrats were put ON THE RECORD*, (as always by Harry Reid’s Do Nothing Senate), that they rejected every appropriation sent to the Senate during the partial “shutdown”, and debt ceiling “crisis”?  With several Senate Democrats now coming on board to delay the individual mandate, the bill sent to the Senate originally last July, and most recently just before the shutdown, that would have kept the government OPEN and RUNNING---Democrats are now on record for not compromising on one simple provision that is now becoming inevitable.  The liberal media will NEVER ADMIT to these facts, that President Obama, (who proclaimed from the start---”I will not negotiate with hostage-takers”) and Harry’s Senate were steadfast on denying any compromise offered by Republicans---INCLUDING DELAYING THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

* In the political world, putting an opponent “on the record”, (actual votes on legislation), carries far more weight than what ever rhetoric comes from the opponent, (or the liberal media’s echo-chamber/biased reporting).  When this next election cycle approaches, (2014 mid-terms), all the rhetorical ads and “proclamations”, made by the liberal Democrats, can be defeated by one Republican ad stating how the opponent VOTED ON THE RECORD.

I would submit that had Senator Cruz, (with no help from his RINO-BELTWAY Republican “colleagues”) and the House Republicans NOT PROVIDED the forum for national media attention, or the consistent House legislation sent to the Senate and summarily rejected, the table would never have been set, (to put Democrats on the record), and worse, ObamaCare would have limped in with little fanfare, far less scrutiny, and the American Public would have been subjected to an endless display of glorification by this impending disaster.   IT, (THE CRUZ-MISSLE) WAS NEVER ABOUT SERIOUSLY/LEGISLATIVELY REPEALING OBAMACARE.  Both Ted Cruz and House Republicans always knew it could never happen with Obama’s veto power.  However, it was about raising the goal post---read awareness---so more Americans would see the travesty that is ObamaCare.  In this premise, Mr. Krauthammer, it was a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

(editor's note: the author reserves the right to revise and extend/edit this post at any time---it's MY BLOG. However, if any changes are significant or changes factual context, I will note the changes at the bottom of the post)  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Glitch in the Software

Bones: “Dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor not a software repairman!"

Spock: "Jim, I think Khan has infiltrated the system".

Scotty: "And you can expect only impulse power for a few light-years Jim"

Captain Kirk: "This wasn't in the Kobayashi Maru"

Spock: “The Kobayashi Maru didn’t have liberal progressive Democrats, Jim“.

Bones: “Is that a disease?  Maybe I can help”

Khan: [quoting from Melville's Moby Dick] To the last, I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!  “And, I will release ObamaCare into your computer systems, that you will never resolve, even if you re-write 5 million codes”.

Bones: “Never mind”.

That's right folks---FIVE MILLION CODES need to be re-written because some one decided in the days just before its release that maybe it wouldn't be a good idea to allow prospective buyers to SHOP FIRST.

The first question Issa should ask Sebelius next week, is why some one in the administration decided to block the feature to SHOP FIRST, before signing up and providing your personal history from cradle to grave. Of course, we all know the answer, the government didn't want to scare off their lemmings with STICKER SHOCK, before they could LOCK IN your personal information that THEY NOW OWN FOR ETERNITY.

Sadly, the rising cost of health care premiums, (which politifact confirms), isn't the only liability of the Affordable Health Care Act.  Its roll-out has been an unmitigated nightmare.  And this is only the beginning.

Beam me up, Scotty, and get the engines into warp drive asap!

Update: Please read all of Allahpundit's "Quotes of the Day" to get a full description of this health care disaster.

Update #2: Liberal media pundits at each-others throats over O'Care roll-out. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Immigration Reform & And What the Media Won't Report

In an article written by Paul Bremmer at NewsBusters on the current conflicts of the Immigration bill being considered in the Senate, an interesting point about "trust in the media" became a major part of this story.  It seems that during a session on NPR, the question was brought up about how poorly Congress is rated as an institution, and, (as this mostly liberal panel submitted as fact), if Congress can't pass this Immigration Reform Bill "with bi-partisan support", it will further affirm why Congress has such a poor rating.

Enter: Charles Krauthammer, who also happened to be on the NPR Panel:

Charles Krauthammer brilliantly and effortlessly raised an issue on last Friday’s Inside Washington that is near and dear to our hearts here at NewsBusters. It came during a discussion of the immigration reform effort now underway in both houses of Congress. Panelists Evan Thomas and Nina Totenberg agreed that if immigration reform fails to pass, given that many in both parties support it, it would be a sad commentary on Congress. 
This prompted moderator Gordon Peterson to confront Krauthammer with some new Gallup poll data about Americans’ confidence in certain institutions, including Congress: “Congress ranks last out of 16 [institutions]. A 10 percent approval rating – 10 percent! The lowest level of confidence Gallup has ever polled. The lowest for any institution on record.” [Video below. MP3 audio here.] 
Krauthammer responded with a simple question: “And what's the confidence in journalists?” Peterson, who is a journalist himself, could only chuckle, “Uh, I didn’t mention that.” Off-camera, Thomas and fellow panelist Mark Shields could be heard muttering that confidence in journalists was around 25 percent. To which Krauthammer quipped, “Saddam Hussein is somewhere in between, I’ll bet.”

Low and behold, the 25% was a bit generous:

The Gallup poll in question actually measures confidence in television news and newspapers separately. In this year’s poll, released on June 13, Americans’ confidence in those two institutions happened to be the same: 23 percent. That means they were tied for 11th place among the 16 institutions asked about in the poll.

But, what I'd like to opine about, (for the remainder of this post) is why the media is held in such low esteem with the liberal media's narratives (mis-information and omissions) specifically on the Immigration legislation before us.  To properly preface this, we must include the quotes from two other panelist in this story, Evan Thomas and Nina Totenberg:

EVAN THOMAS: This is a real test of functional government. If they can’t get this done, when you really have a lot of Republican momentum as well as Democratic, when you have labor and the chamber of commerce, when you have all these forces in alignment and they can't get it done. That's a time when Americans ought to be really worried about Congress. 

NINA TOTENBERG: Well, it is one of these situations of the tail wagging the dog. The smallest part of the base – in the Republican party it's probably, I don’t know, a third of the base or 40 percent of the base – is now wagging the whole dog. And if we can't get this done, as Evan says, when everybody seems to want to do it, it doesn't speak well for us.

Here's a perfect illustration of Krauthammer's point----the liberal media's assertion/narrative that "everybody's on board" with this Senate legislation on immigration.  Everybody doesn't want to "do it".

What Totenberg and the liberal media won’t tell you, (the American public), is that just like the backroom deals with the Insurance industry and the Big Pharmaceutical companies that took place with Obama and the Democrats, (before one page of legislation was written in the “Affordable Health Care Act”---ObamaCare), the FOUR DEMOCRATS in the Gang of 8---during the mark-up of the bill---told the FOUR REPUBLICANS that “this was already a done deal”, meaning they, the Democrats, had already solidified commitments with---ready for this--- BIG BUSINESS & LABOR UNIONS, AKA SPECIAL INTEREST.  Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions exposed this on the Senate Floor more than two weeks ago, and the story was written in the Daily Caller, but you, (the American public), won’t hear this from Nina Totenberg, the NPR, or anyone else in the liberal media.

Further, Senator Sessions wrote an op-ed in the LA Times about the deficiencies in this bill.  The Times also included a poll asking readers: “Do you agree with Sen. Sessions on immigration?”  The results were stunningly and overwhelmingly YES 83% to 17% NO’s.

What the liberal media won’t tell you, (the American public), is that Marco Rubio, (along with Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Jeff Flake) all had to know in advance that Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, and company had already made their beds with the devil---the special interest that are in total control of this legislation.  Now, the question must be asked, how, and why are Marco Rubio and these three other RINO’s also involved?  Does anyone smell a “cornhusker kick-back”?  Again, we have to go back to what Mr. Evan Thomas said:

"This is a real test of functional government. If they can’t get this done, when you really have a lot of Republican momentum as well as Democratic, when you have labor and the chamber of commerce, when you have all these forces in alignment and they can't get it done. That's a time when Americans ought to be really worried about Congress."

Evan Thomas couldn’t be more wrong.  As Krauthammer has asserted, when the MEDIA can't/won't report the truth about what's going on with this legislation, and instead produces its own false narratives, I would submit it is NOT CONGRESS we should be worried about.  We should be worried about the continued practices of the LIBERAL MEDIA, who lie to Americans on a daily basis.  For the sake of this Country's future, please read the links provided in this post, (Sessions at the Times, and in the Daily Caller).  Write your representatives in both the House and the Senate.  Tell them that Americans will not submit to another round of ObamaCare tactics----pack of lies and backroom deals, (or the showcase of phony amendments), under the guise of Immigration Reform.  And let every one of this GANG OF EIGHT understand that they will choke on this fatally flawed legislation at the polls.  And don't expect the "trustful" liberal media to inform you that this legislation IS A DISASTER IN THE MAKING.  As Krauthammer asserted, you might have gotten a more truthful reporting from Saddam Hussein.