Whatchadoing here? Oscar coverage has already begun!





“The John Wilson Orchestra: That’s Entertainment! A Celebration of the MGM Musicals”

Only a few hours left ’til “Oscar”:  Popcorn ready?

“Junior Mints”?


Even if it’s too late to adjust your Oscar pool, why shouldn’t we be curious about Nate Silver’s picks for the 85th Academy Awards this Sunday?

Possibly the best-known statistics guru out there, Silver vaulted to geek fame after his impressive predictions during the last two U.S. presidential elections where he hardly called a race incorrectly. Now, the New York Times blogger and author is turning his hand to the Oscars — something he’s done in the past, but this year, he’s hoping to improve upon his 75% success. In the 2009 and ’11 Oscars, he went nine for twelve across the six major categories of Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actor.

(MORE: Prediction: I Will Irritate Nate Silver)

The good news is that, even for us, we can just about get our heads around Silver’s model. As he notes in his FiveThirtyEight blog…

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The 85th Oscars – The Academy Awards




February 24, 2013

7 pm EST  – 4 pm PST

ABC Television Network


A Prayer for Seth MacFarlane, comic and host of tonight’s Oscars


Heavenly Father,
I praise you for being always present in my life. I never want you to leave me and I am confident that you are always with me. According to Exodus 33:14 NJKV Your Presence was with Moses. I thank you that Your Presence will go with me, and that you give me rest…even when turmoil surrounds me. I thank you for peace and tranquility in my workplace environment. I carry Your Presence into the marketplace and when I arrive Your peace rests there.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,


Today in history, February 24


This Just In

Ahead of annual, routine military exercises between South Korea and the United States, North Korea issued its usual caustic objections Saturday.

Though customary, the stark posturing by the North stands in the shadow of an underground nuclear test two weeks ago, which was preceded by the launch of a long-range missile capable of transporting a warhead.

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This Just In

In another plea for congressional action, President Barack Obama on Saturday warned of the pitfalls should a series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts go into effect late next week.

The president faulted Republicans for not acting and urged lawmakers to avert the crisis by drawing up a deficit-reduction plan that has both spending cuts and revenue.

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has gotten a lot of grief lately, and for good reason. His speculation about whether Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel received secret payments from North Korea was the kind of unsubstantiated smear that takes your breath away. But in all the ballyhoo over Cruz something else seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle: the extent to which the unsubstantiated smear has become stock in trade for Tea Party senators.

Take, for example, Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson. Earlier this month he gave a speech in which he set out to “describe” what “patriots,” “people who like freedom,” and “people who like this country” are “up against” these days. The answer: “liberals, progressives, Democrats, whatever they call themselves nowadays, Socialists, Marxists.”

That’s right, Senator Johnson. Having determined that the term “liberal” is too freighted with negative connotations, there are a lot of us Democrats calling ourselves Marxists…

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Bell Book Candle

Is the name of the game
And this generation of Republicans
All play the same.
No matter the game
Debt ceiling
Bush tax cuts
All are levers
As tools for hostage takers
To terrorize the poor and defenseless.
They represent the 1%
Not the 47% or the 99%
Do Not Apply
Say the signs
If you are not a member
Of the 1% or a corporate CEO
Mitt and Marie Antoinette
Are their ideal leaders.
The GOP will trash our economy
Their economy is safe
Protected by police, military and
Soon domestic drones
From the likes of you and me.

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