May 31, 2007

Divorce

Or so says David Frum:

It's Divorce

That's what has happened between President Bush and his party over this immigration bill. And if they insist on pursuing it, I fear it is what will happen between the Senate GOP leadership and the party base as well. The issue has already all but killed the McCain candidacy.

While I may not be quite ready for divorce court, I'm well on my way to filing for a legal separation.

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May 30, 2007

One More

One more story to add to the ever growing list, seemingly neverending list.

Michelle Malkin reports on a woman in Malaysia who converted to Christianity, and was taken to court over it. She lost.

Can you imagine the outrage if it were reversed and it had been a Christian woman who had wanted to covert to Islam? Yeah, me too. But since it's not, I assume the silence from the usual suspects will once again be deafening.

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It Can Happen Here

An article on what chain migration has wrought in Europe.

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May 29, 2007

Mmmm!

I just got my Penzeys order; Turkish Bay Leaves, Ceylon Cinnamon, Calif. Sweet Basil, and Turkish Oregeno.

It smells so good!!

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I'm Sure Elisabeth Is Crushed

Rosie O'Donnell said she may never speak to Elisabeth Hasselbeck again following their now-infamous confrontation on "The View" on Wednesday.

Hey, and Rosie is doing it for free! Because goodness knows, it's something you'd be willing to pay for!

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30 Second Rule

The things they do studies on!


Dropped a tasty sandwich on the kitchen floor? According to new research, you have at least 30 seconds before bacteria from the ground latch onto the bread. That’s longer than the so-called “5-second rule” that grew out of previous experiments in which food was dropped onto tiles contaminated with e-coli. In the new study, two students tested food that had been on the ground at their college’s snack bar and dining hall for five seconds to five minutes. Wet foods, such as apple slices, picked up bacteria in about 30 seconds. Dry foods, such as Skittles candies, could be left for more than one minute. “The five-second rule should probably be renamed,” said Molly Goettsche, a student at Connecticut College. “You actually have a little more time.”

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May 28, 2007

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'At World's End'

I've seen it twice and since my comments here don't work terribly well, I'd like to invite you to come discuss the movie over on my Live Journal, where the comment do work!

I do accept anonymous comments, so you don't need an LJ account to comment. Just sign your comment if you would so everyone knows who they are replying to :)

And yes, the link leads you to a spoiler full post, so don't click if you don't want to be spoiled!

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May 25, 2007

'At World's End'

My report from the theater!

I LOVED it!!

Well, I suck at movie reviews, so don't expect much. It looked amazing. Truly. It was much darker than the first one, but that was to be expected considering number two. It made me cry, several times. And you must stay through the credits. Seriously. It's way more than the usual gag scene they do. I've read 'official' types of reviews that said it was confusing. No idea why they found it confusing -- Nin and I had no trouble following the story. It was fun, and sad, a great adventure. Some of the fight scenes near the end were spectacular. And an terrific score as well.

Can't wait to see it again tomorrow!

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Ow!

Woke up in the middle of the night to realize I've wrecked my neck. Not a totally unusual occurence, but ARGH! It hurts [whimper] Worse, it's on the left side as opposed to the usual right side, and being left handed, that sucks. Every time I move my shoulder, it hurts. Not that not moving my shoulder feels much better. Not looking forward to sitting in a movie seat for three hours feeling like this.

/whine

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May 24, 2007

Don't Eat & Read.

This made me choke on my pizza:

Mark Steyn screaming from my nether regions...

You want context? Well, here you go then.

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In Where I Do One Of My 'Angry' Posts

For those of you not in fandom circles, Joss Whedon posted on a website about the honor killing of Dua Khalil. Now this is a good thing. It is. Having a big name Hollywood liberal bringing attention the subject is a nice change and can only help bring awareness on the issue. Those of you who've read my blog for the last five years know that the plight of women under radical Islam is one of my 'issues'. But the overall response on the web to his post irritates the hell out of me. Most act like this is some new thing. Because Joss brought it up, it's now an approved issue to care about. Where have these people been!?!? Can they actually have been totally unaware that this sort of violence against women is commonplace? It's incredibly frustrating. and it points out once again how out of touch with real women's issues the western feminist establishment is. If they'd been doing their job, this issue would be common knowledge, not a huge surprise to so many.

Why aren't there demands for sanctions against countries that practice 'gender apartheid'? I'm sure many of you remember what happened to South Africa in the old apartheid days. Where's the same outrage on behalf of a whole society of subjugated women? The Left is always telling us how much they care about women, but I see precious little proof of that. They're the ones that run big media, and if they wanted to publicize the plight of these womenit, they could. They have the megaphone. They just aren't interested in using it.

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Watch Out, World...

... CrankyBeach hath been given permission to cross-post here at Ith's place.

(I did promise there would be no lizard soap operas over here, so if you enjoy that sort of thing, you'll have to go to my place.)

For your consideration and perusal, here is my most recent political rant. Such as it was. Enjoy. :)

For Once, I Had The Camera Handy...

... and without a picture, this bumper sticker can't be done descriptive justice.

How can you coexist with people who would just as soon chop off your head as look at you, because you're an infidel?

How about we start demanding that others coexist with US? How about for once the onus is on somebody besides us?

I am just so bloody sick and tired of always being told that I have to understand and respect and accommodate other people's beliefs and feelings. Nobody ever suggests that perhaps they (whoever "they" are in any instance) could meet me halfway.

Reminds me of my ex-husbands somehow.

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May 23, 2007

Help Wanted

I'm thinking I need a co-blogger here at A&C. Despite my best efforts, I only seem to post a few days a week. That might change in the future, but right now, I seem to be in a funk. If you think you and I might be a good fit, please drop me an email with your particulars.

edithna AT yahoo.com

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May 21, 2007

'Pygmies'

Apparently, according to Bob Bechel, that's what those of us who dare disagree with our betters on D.C. on 'Immigration Reform' are. Isn't that nice? Said it right on FNC this morning. What a sweetheart, huh?

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't 'pygmy' one of those code words that are supposed to be racial slurs? So one can assume that if the lovely Mr. Bechel weren't a part of the Dem machine, we'd be hearing screams of outrage from the Jesse's and Al's of the world, demanding apologies and firings.

But he is a Dem, so I'm pretty sure we won't be hearing anything from those fine upstanding gentlemen.

Just remember you're a pygmy whenever the Dems start bleating about raising the tone of discourse in politics.

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May 17, 2007

Livid

I am livid over this illegal amnesty travesty that was announced today! Let me tell you, the RNC isn't getting another dime from me till they get a spine, and no candidate who supports this travesty is getting my support, let alone my vote!

I'm sick and tired of the elected officials that I supported acting like a bunch of Democrats.

Camel, meet straw

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May 16, 2007

Bitchin' Lasagna

This weekend, I made a big batch of stew, and a big batch of lasagna to replenish our freezer. I'd never made lasagna with béchamel sauce (with or without a lavender) before, and wanted to try making one, so I did! I went through dozens of recipes, picking and choosing the bits I liked, and came up with the following. April gave it her stamp of approval, telling me it was really awful, and she'd eat mine for me.

This recipe makes a lot of lasagna (two pans), and I still have sauce left over!

Ith's Bitchin' Lasagna

Bolognese Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces bacon or pancetta, diced
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
3/4 cup diced carrots
3/4 cup diced celery
2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pound ground beef or ground veal
1/2 pound pork sausage, removed from the casings, or ground pork
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes and their juice
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomato sauce OR two tins of tomato paste with 8 ounces of water and 8 ounces of red wine (what I used since I didn't have the sauce)
1 cup beef or chicken stock or broth
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until browned and the fat is rendered, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the beef and sausages, and cook, stirring, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring, to deglaze the pan and remove any browned bits sticking to the bottom of the pan, and until half of the liquid is evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and their juices, the tomato sauce, beef broth, and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan, until the sauce is thickened and flavorful, about 1 1/2 hours. Add the cream, butter, and parsley, stir well, and simmer for 2 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm until ready to serve.

Parmesan Bechamel Sauce:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
8 cups milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups grated Parmesan

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, to make a light roux, about 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, slowly add the milk and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until thickened, 5 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, and Parmesan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the bechamel until ready to assemble the lasagna.

Extra Bits:
1 Container of Ricotta Cheese
Lots of Parmigiano cheese
Whatever sort of lasagna pasta you want

Assembly
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Assemble the lasagna, beginning with a layer of sauce, a sprinkling of grated Parmigiano, a layer of pasta, dollops of ricotta, a layer of béchamel, a layer of sauce, a sprinkling of grated Parmigiano etc. until all sauce and pasta are used up. The top layer should be pasta with béchamel over it. Top the lasagna with grated Parmigiano and bake in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes, until the edges are browned and the sauces are bubbling. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

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Time To Choose

Excerpt from a speech Joe Lieberman gave today. Full text here.


Now is not the time for reflexive partisanship and pandering to public opinion. Now is the time for the kind of patriotism and principle America’s voters have always honored.

I ask you to plead with every member of Congress you can in the days and weeks ahead —

Do not surrender to hopelessness.

Do not succumb to defeat.

Do not give in to fear.

Rise above the political pressures of the moment to do what is right for America.

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Oh, Those Brave Dems

Saw this over at NRO:

DEMOCRATS TO CHANGE 185 YEAR-OLD HOUSE RULE TO ALLOW TAX HIKES WITHOUT HAVING TO VOTE

May 16, 2007

In a stunning move, House Democrats today revealed they will attempt to rewrite House rules that have gone unchanged since 1822 in order to make it possible to increase taxes and government spending without having to vote and be held accountable. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today vowed Republicans will use every available means to fight this unprecedented change.

“This is an astonishing attempt by the majority leadership to duck accountability for tax-and-spend policies the American people do not want,” Boehner said. “The majority leadership is gutting House rules that have been in place for 185 years so they can raise taxes and increase government spending without a vote. House Republicans will use every tool available to fight this abuse of power.”

Last November, House Democratic leaders promised the most open, ethical Congress in history:

“[W]e promised the American people that we would have the most honest and most open government and we will.” (Nancy Pelosi press stakeout, December 6, 2006)

“We intend to have a Rules Committee ... that gives opposition voices and alternative proposals the ability to be heard and considered on the floor of the House.” (Steny Hoyer in CongressDaily PM, December 5, 2006)

The rules House Democrats are seeking to change have not been changed since 1822.
Republicans have already achieved significant legislative successes on the House floor with 11 consecutive “motion-to-recommit” victories that exposed flaws and substantively improved weaknesses in underlying Democrat bills. But rather than living by the same rules which have guided the House of Representatives for 185 years, Democrats are proposing to change the rules in order to game the system and raise taxes and increase spending without a House vote. What are House Democrats afraid of?

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May 15, 2007

Tonight's Debate

Tried to make a few notes tonight.

Thank god FOX is doing this one!

Brownback just lost me with bio fuels. (not that he ever really have me, but he had a remote chance)

"Congress spends money like John Edwards at a beauty shop" !! LOL

"Rudy McRomney "

They have commercials?!? Well, since I DVRed it, and am a few minutes to behind, it doesn't really matter.

"I'm going to give you another 30 seconds to actually answer my question." Zing!

McCain trying to convince me he wants to protect the borders? Uh huh. Sure.

I won't vote for anyone in the primary that supports amnesty or any stealth amnesty. Just say NO!

Rudy seems to be doing much better this time around.

Argh, temporary worker program. NO! McCain is doing ZERO to convince me to support him. ZERO!

This Ron Paul dude -- if he's run as a Libertarian (at least that's what I though I heard) why is he running as a Republican and why is he in this debate?

If Romney is telling the truth, about not giving a special pathway to illegals I'm warming to him.

Ron Paul is a doofus.

Go Rudy!

McCain looks very old tonight.

I'll admit, I have trouble telling the second tier candidates apart.

But honestly, are we under any illusions that terrorists are going to treat our prisoners well no matter how we treat theirs?

Jack Bauer made it into a debate.

I liked a lot of what Tancredo said - if only he were more mainstream, more electable.

Romney and Gulianni seemed to do the best overall.

Overall, no one won my support tonight. I guess there will be many more debates to watch before February.

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Fond Memories

We've had something of a 'Christy' marathon the last two nights, and it's been great. You know, sometimes, you watch a show after not seeing it for many years, and you end up wondering why you loved it so much back then. Not so with 'Christy' -- I'm falling in love with it all over again. Now I remember why I was heartbroken when CBS canceled it in favour of 'Touched By An Angel'. I wish Catherine Marshall had written a sequel, or that they'd do a follow up movie that reconnected with the characters ten years later. I want to meet Christy and Neil's children, and see where the schoolchildren ended up, and find out if David found someone else to love. But mostly, I just to visit with them all one more time.

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May 14, 2007

The Fecklessness of American Feminism

Excellent article: The Subjection of Islamic Women
And the fecklessness of American feminism.

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May 12, 2007

Something Has Changed

Check out this report from the 6th Marines.

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May 11, 2007

'The Story'

Sharing some favourite music! I love Brandi Carlile, and come to discover she has a new album out. This song, 'The Story", I heard last month and loved. I was on Amazon tonight and found they had the video on their website. So you can go listen!

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We Won't Hold Our Breath

An exceprt from a larger VDH piece:


....These workers belong to no European-style union, operate under no 35-hour work week protocols, enjoy no lifetime employment. They are the world’s most industrious laborers and we should be upset that high gas falls upon them inordinately.

As Americans we should all take a pledge: that we promise to use one toilet paper square, to turn up the thermostat to 75 degrees this summer, and to borrow to buy a Prius, when Al Gore and John Edwards move back down to, say, 3,000 square feet, when Sheryl Crow vows never to ride in a private jet, and when Ms. David promises to stay away from energy-burning commercial jets to Europe.

Right now I worry more about how Hector Rosales is going to pay the extra cost for his 1983 Ford 150 to get to north Fresno to mow lawns than Laurie David Gulfstreaming to her Martha Vineyard’s second home, while on break from her LA enclave.

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May 9, 2007

VDH on the Ft. Dix Plot

The Fort Dix arrests raise the same-old/same-old script.

X-numbers of jihadists are caught trying to plot assassination, or to attack an airliner, or to take out a mall. They all will deny it.

Someone like CAIR will jump in, perhaps with the ACLU, alleging improper this and that; and the public after privately sighing relief and a few guarded grumbles along the politically incorrect lines of “Who in the hell let these people in this country?” will return to its normal state of amnesia.

And as long as these plots are not successful — or for that matter others like the recent Saudi effort to blow up an oil field, or those uncovered in Britain promising more killing — then we can have our hot-house arguments over whether we are really in a “war against terror” as we put scare quotes on anything associated with the notion of an Islamic threat.

But, if just one time, one of these plots succeeds and reaches a magnitude of 9/11 then the media will revert to form — suddenly dropping the “Bush took away our civil liberties” for “Bush didn’t do enough to protect us.”

And then, of course, the irony of it all can be seen in the profile of the suspects: Islamic terrorists from the former Yugoslavia, on whose behalf the U.S. bombed a European Christian country; illegal aliens at a time when those who object to the immigration crisis are considered nativists; a former resident of Jordan, a country showered with U.S. aid. At some point, we see how insidious are the effect of Middle East ingratitude, and how the envy and hatred of that region permeates its expatriates, the more so the United States has tried to help them.

— Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

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May 8, 2007

We Win, They Lose

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The 'Heartland' Is In

The Realignment of America The native-born are leaving "hip" cities for the heartland.

Very interesting article and well worth a click through to read IMHO.

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Ewwww! Icky Girl Cooties!

British TV standards are deteriorating because the BBC is "run by women", astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has said.

Because you know us wimmins only want to watch the girly cooking shows.

"I used to watch Doctor Who and Star Trek, but they went PC - making women commanders, that kind of thing. I stopped watching."

Real tragedy, that.

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May 5, 2007

Quote

Boobies are bipartisan!
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May 4, 2007

This Is Stupid!!

I can't access half the internet.

I can't get to Live Journal -- I'm in total withdrawal. I don't know if there is some sort of internet blockage between me and it, but the connection keeps timing out LJ, on National Review Online, on the Chicago Tribune, but for example, works for Yahoo, my own website, and fanfiction.net. So I basically can't get to the websites where I spend most of my time. Not being able to read The Corner is particularly hard.

I wish I knew why/what was going on.

ARGH!!!

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May 3, 2007

LCA 10

This is an absolutely awesome event, and I can't recommend it highly enough:

Jon Cassar has promised an all 24 Sunday. He is going to get as many cast members as he can from all 6 seasons to show.

April 29, 2007

MPICA® is pleased to announce that registration for "Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 10!"
October 5-7, 2007 in Los Angeles is now open.

Our recipient charities will be the Actors Fund of Canada and the Stroke Association of Southern California.

To register, please go to the LCA 10 page for links to the registration page and hotel reservation information.

Please check the web site for more information on the auction and other featured weekend activities.

Our preliminary guest list is:

Ellen Dubin "Jeri Slate" The Collector/"Giggerota" LEXX
Ryan Scott Greene - "Brandon" Queer As Folk/Nikita/Mutant X
David Fury - Writer/Co-Executive Producer Buffy/Angel/Lost/24
Howard Gordon, Executive Producer 24
Barclay Hope "Col. Lionel Pendergast" Stargate: SG1/"Peter Axon" Psi Factor
Gregory Itzin - "President Charles Logan" 24
Steven L. Sears - Writer/Producer Xena: Warrior Princess/Sheena

All guest appearances are subject to professional commitments.

Please stay tuned for further announcements.

Regards,

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501c Non-Profit Organization 31-1588233
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Tonight's Grey's

Tonight was the two hour spin off episode.

In the extended entry for spoilers...


I like the cast they assembled for the spin off. I could see watching these people every week. Though, I admit, I really will miss Addison on Grey's. I really felt for Addison, totally being able to relate to the dried up barren thing. Though, I could totally deal with having a hot guy like the one she had kiss her to prove she isn't. Bu that's why it's TV and not RL! I so want Addison's car, and her wardrobe, and really want that bag!!

I was afraid the preview I saw with Thatcher hitting Meredith would ended up meaning what it did. I really did like Susan too.

Izzie and George? God, I feel so bad for Calllie. Can no one in this show be faithful?

Burke and Christina.? I love how bizarre their relationship is, and how it works anyway. I hold out hope that they can get it right.

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This Is What I Call Feminisim

So after watching the debate, I haven't really come away with any new insights into who I might support. But if Fred Thompson were in the race? That might change. I just read this article by him, and this is what I want to hear from our leaders.


America, Saving Muslim Women’s Lives

....The next time I’m reminded of the suffering women endure in too many radicalized Muslim cultures, or apathy toward their plight back here at home, I’m going to conjure up the image of 40 or 50 thousand Muslim mothers smiling into the faces of healthy babies. You might try the same — and remember, while you’re doing it, that these babies would not be alive today if it were not for the U.S. and Coalition soldiers.

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Gilmore Girls -- The End

The CW canceled it today. I admit, I have mixed feelings at this point.

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Good For OK

House sends sweeping immigration reform bill to governor’s desk

Since the Federal government doesn't seem interested in doing its job.

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May 2, 2007

DVR Boost

Getting a DVR bump


TV's most DVRed shows include “House,” “Lost” and “The Office,” according to Nielsen Media Research,

Last week, Nielsen unveiled its “timeshifted” viewership figures for the week ending April 8, revealing the shows making the biggest viewership gains in digital video recorder playback, a group that includes established hits and several underdogs that probably appreciate the boost.

Fox's “House” (starring Hugh Laurie, above) added 2.74 million viewers in playback, adding to the show's 19.02 million live viewers. ABC's “Lost” added 2.47 million, up from 10.83 million live.

In terms of pure percentages, no show could touch NBC's “The Office,” which got a 31 percent boost, going from 5.77 million to 7.59 million after the addition of playback viewers. “Lost” was up by 22.8 percent, followed in percentage terms by “24” (19.4 percent) and “Prison Break” (18.3 percent).

According to Nielsen, DVRs are now in between 15 and 17 percent of the nation's TV households.

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Random Observation

I could not get over how many multiple child familes I saw in Disneyland last week. Lots and lots of people with 3 to 4 little ones. Is there some sort of baby boom in progress, I wonder?

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May 1, 2007

Glossy Political Mailers

With Ith's kind permission... here is my belated guest blog post.

A couple of organizations I've never heard of, Citizens for Public Water and Monterey FLOW, assure us that a publicly-owned desalination plant is the answer to all of our water woes. In their six-page glossy full-color mailer, they claim that they are "working together to ensure that water remains affordable for all county residents."

Well... I haven't the time or the energy to dig deep and study this one, but one sentence jumps out:

Growth . . . will occur in accordance with existing and new land-use policies.

Hmm. What "new" land use policies might those turn out to be? The mailer is mysteriously silent on this point.

I confess I am torn. As a lifelong resident and survivor of several past water shortages with rationing, I do want our local water supply to be safe and plentiful. But on the other hand... if there is a new source of water brought online (i.e. a desalination plant) I suspect we will find out very quickly what those "new" land use policies would be. All together, now, one-two-three: More development! More traffic! More bodies! More McMansions! Hurrah!

Water. At what price?

Discuss amongst yourselves. I have work to do.

Cross-posted at Coffee with CrankyBeach

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