Hold The Phone, Paris! Did you see the movie, Pledge This? Well, not too many other people did either. See, it was a vehicle of that noted actress and producer Paris Hilton. It was only released in 25 theatres nationwide and now the investor who sunk over $8 million into the project want’s his money back.(see NY Post Story Here) Seems that he thinks that Paris didn’t do enough of promotion. But, her attornies say that she is the “single busiest person on the planet.” Actress? That’s for you to judge. But, executive producer?
Let’s let Paris tell us what an executive producer does: “I’m not sure what a producer does, but-I don’t know. Help get cool people into the cast.” And finally, in another part of the testimony, a lawyer was asking questions about her phone bills. Paris was flummoxed. She said she’s never seen a phone bill before. When asked who does see her phone bills, she answered, “I don’t know. Like, I’m assuming whoever pays my bills. I never ask about that stuff.” Somewhere, the Ghost of Marie Antoinette may or may not be whispering in Paris’ ear, “let them eat cake.”
On This Date In History: From someone a bit more notable and less forgetable than Paris Hilton…You may recognize this snake from the HBO Miniseries “John Adams”. This was actually the first political cartoon to appear in American newspapers. It was constructed by Benjamin Franklin and the pieces of the snake represent each of the colonies or sections of the colonies. There was a superstition that a snake cut into pieces would re-unite after sunset. It went along with Franklin’s editorial referring to the “disunited state” of the colonies and how they were better off united.
Here’s the rub….this cartoon first appeared in the Philadelphia Gazette on this date in 1754. That is well before the colonists were talking separation from the crown. Nope, this was done in relation to the French and Indian War and the debate on whether the colonists would join in the fight against the French and their Indian allies. It showed up again in 1765 when the issue of the Stamp Act arose. Newspapers reprinted the cartoon though there were different interpretations of what it meant. Many colonists opposed to the Stamp Act associated the image with eternity, vigilance, and prudence. Those who were loyal to the King saw the cartoon with more biblical traditions, such as those of guile, deceit, and treachery. Franklin was opposed to the use of the cartoon at that time but it showed up in publications nearly every week for over a year.
Printed without permission!! Had the legal establishment been what it is today, Franklin may have sued. But I guess he was a pretty big hitter himself.
Weather Bottom Line: The situation on Friday was interesting. A derecho or something similar came across the plains toward the Ohio Valley. It’s orientation was such that it ran across a warm front with the jet stream to the north. The jet should have kept it going. I had thought that it would run out of steam when it got to the Appalacian Mountains. That part was correct. But, it is very interesting. When you look at the storm reports, there were 23 tornado reports and 176 wind reports. They stretched from Missouri to Eastern Kentucky. I believe every county in Southern Missouri was under either a t’storm or tornado warning at one time during the day. There was a report of 106 mph winds in Carbondale, IL. Most of the counties in South Central and South East Kentucky were under some type of warning. Yet, when you look at the damage reports above, you see a gap along the Ohio River from Louisville to the southeast. Very odd. We had a couple of inches of rain and minor flooding…but the wind damage was east and west. I suspect this will make a good graduate student thesis in the future.
After a front moves out early Saturday, a secondary cold front comes down later on Saturday…may trigger some showers or scattered t’storms but nothing overly rambunctious. The deepest moisture should get kicked east before it gets here. Cooler air will filter in on Sunday as high pressure builds in with highs on Mother’s Day in the 60′s and some sunshine. Right now, don’t etch it in stone, but late next week there is some inkling of something worthwhile in the t’storm department. Should be dry at least through the first couple of days of the week.