Friday, July 13, 2007

Meet the Bobby Bonds of Whippets

Meet Wendy.
She was born with a genetic defect which has left her looking like the Incredible Hulk Bobby Barry Bonds of Hounds.
She weighs 4st4lb (60 pounds)- twice as much as she should - and has bulging neck muscles, burly shoulders and haunches like a baboon. And unlike ordinary whippets known for their lithe and narrow frame, this four-year-old pedigree doesn't just have a six-pack stomach, she has a 24-pack.
Caption for the above photo of a normal whippet next to Wendy.
"I thought they did steroid tests for these events. Damn."

Mark Cuban applies to buy Chicago Cubs

Add internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to the list of potential Chicago Cubs buyers.
Interested parties must submit an application to Major League Baseball to examine the team's finances. Cuban told the Chicago Tribune he sent in the application last week, although he wasn't sure of the date.
Tribune Co., which owns the team, announced in April it was selling itself for $8.2 billion to Chicago real estate mogul Sam Zell, who made the deal contingent on shedding non-core assets. That means the Cubs will go on the auction block at the end of the season — a decision Tribune chairman and CEO Dennis FitzSimons has conceded was difficult but one that "really makes sense for our shareholders."
The Cubs need something. Maybe it's new ownership. And maybe it will bring them some post season success. Mark Cuban likes winning. And he's not afraid to write a check to do it.

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Schools want sun shelters for hot kids

Principals of at least eight year-round Wake County schools, worried about how schoolchildren will cope with scorching summer heat, want to raise thousands of dollars to erect large canopies and shelters over playgrounds.
A handful of Wake schools have the shelters, which are more common in places such as Las Vegas. At least one has erected a 40-foot-by-60-foot shelter that covers the entire playground at a cost of $25,000. Even less extravagant shelters can still cost $7,500.
The pussy-fication of America has already begun.
First they put air conditioning in our schools. There were no air conditions at my schools, not until I got to University.
Second they have padded seats and tinted windows in school buses. Nope, not present when I went to school. And you know your grandparents didn't even HAVE buses. They walked to school, uphill....yeah you know the story....
And now this want to know why education cost for our kids has skyrocketed...because we are becoming a total comfort society. I fear what might happen if we had to defend ourselves like my grandparents did against Nazis and Fascists in a world war.

Ken Burns presents World War 2

At one location in the Los Angeles area yesterday, Ken Burns was speaking about his new documentary, The War, which further chronicles World War II and the struggles of the so-named Greatest Generation.
Burns, whose other famous works include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994) and Jazz (2001), described The War as a 61/2-year labour of love. The result is a 14-hour-plus landmark documentary that will debut on PBS on Sept. 23 -- that's 17 years to the day after Burns' The Civil War debuted.
I frickin' can't wait!!!! And I won't miss any like last time cause I have DVR. Yeah!

Spelling is not rocket science

he first NASA sign at launch pad 39A encouraging the next launch of space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center was misspelled and noticed by someone looking at the craft.
When the shuttle rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly Building Wednesday, a giant "Go Endeavour" sign was put on a fence in front of the craft.However, one item was missing from the sign: the "u" in Endeavour.
Ummmm. wow.

NKorea military wants talks with U.S.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's military proposed Friday holding direct talks with U.S. forces, an unusual plea amid recent progress on the nuclear standoff between the two countries. The North is expected to soon shut down its sole operating atomic reactor that generates plutonium for bombs in accord with a February agreement with the U.S. and other regional powers.
WTF? Over? Why can't the new media outlets spell out the word NORTH when referring to NORTH KOREA?
What do the attention whores want now? More food? Another 25 mealllion dollars? or what? what? You'll start producing plutonium again? Maybe we should put a couple of cruise missiles down the smoke stacks of their plants when they shut them down.

Al-Qaida works to plant U.S. operatives

Al-Qaida is stepping up its efforts to sneak terror operatives into the United States and has acquired most of the capabilities it needs to strike here, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment, The Associated Press has learned.
They've probably been here for a few years. Considering the boards are so porous.
So yeah, have a good summer! My prediction will game, NFL football game.
Isn't it ironic that this was the advert on the Yahoo page for this story?

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sooners Sanctioned

Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma will appeal the decision announced Wedenesday by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. OU President David L. Boren and Head Football Coach Bob Stoops released statements of reaction.
In case you missed yesterdays story. Here it is.
Oklahoma must erase its wins from the 2005 season and will lose two scholarships for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, the NCAA said Wednesday.
The penalties stem from a case involving two players, including the Sooners' starting quarterback, who were kicked off the team last August for being paid for work they had not performed at a Norman car dealership. The NCAA said Oklahoma was guilty of a "failure to monitor" the employment of the players.
Most of us in Sooner Land thought this issue was done and over.
So it came as quite a shock yesterday when it was announced.
I think the University did everything it could to punish the players involved and correct the issue.

David Blaine's Street Magic

I really liked this one. Thought I'd share it with you.

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Hey! God Bless America I say!!!
Oklahoma is getting soaked again this morning. Flooding in the low lying areas is already critical, and the ground is completely saturated so all the new rain becomes immediate flash flooding.
We had 4 inches of rain just this last Tuesday.

Lightning strikes reported by iPod users

Listen to an iPod during a storm and you may get more than electrifying tunes. A Canadian jogger suffered wishbone-shaped chest and neck burns, ruptured eardrums and a broken jaw when lightning traveled through his music player's wires.
Why does God hate iPod users?

Lady Bird Johnson, dead, natural causes, 94

AUSTIN, Texas - A quiet woman who once turned down a class valedictorian's medal because she feared public speaking, Lady Bird Johnson found herself pulled suddenly into the public eye as first lady when her husband Lyndon B. Johnson became president amid tragedy.
Lyndon Baines Johnson died in 1973.
The state of Texas mourns this day. I'm sure they will have a State funeral for her.

Ex-Marine tackles, lectures bank robber

A suspected bank robber was stopped when a former Marine knocked him down and held him until police arrived. Timothy Armstead was at a Washington Mutual Bank on Tuesday to find out how someone had stolen $100 from his account when a man wielding a fire extinguisher came in and demanded $2,000.
"I just told him it was a very stupid decision and now you get to spend 20 years of your life just for taking some money," Armstead said.
There are no Ex-Marines. Just former Marines. And once again. You never know when you'll run into a Marine. It's almost like we are old, overweight, ninjas or something.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

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The 4th of July stupidity videos have started to flow.
This is how forest fires get started and kids end up blind.
Roman Candle to the Eye

Porn star took former friend's name

A Houston woman is suing a former high school classmate who took her name and starred in pornographic movies. Kristen Syvette Wimberly, 25, is asking that Lara Madden and film distributor Vivid Entertainment Group stop using or publicizing her name, which Madden took as a stage name.
So yeah, that is funny. So news to you ladies out there. I've seen first hand the meanness young girls can do. So if you don't want your name used by a future porno actress I suggest you act civilly to all your friend in high school and college. Otherwise they may have the last laugh.

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London bomb plotters get life in prison

A judge on Wednesday sentenced four men to life in prison for attempting to bomb London's transit system in July 2005, just two weeks after suicide bombers killed 52 commuters in the city.
The story says it was an al-Qaida-inspired plot. So not funded or supported, these asshats wanna be in al-Qaida? Was this an initiation?
No death penalty in England. So we'll just have to be satisfied with those results. They can reach parole in 40 years. With all those cameras in England I wonder what it's like being filmed all the time?

AL wins the All-Star game, again

Ichiro Suzuki became the first player to hit an inside-the-park home run in an All-Star Game to spark the American League's 5-4 win over the National League on Tuesday night.
As for Bonds who didn't want to hit in the home run derby? 0-3. I think I will focus on saluting players that actually are talented, like Ichiro. He is the man. A new contract is in the works for him, getting him 20 million a year for the next five years in Seattle.
A more detailed report is here on ESPN.

Redneck Games

Rawni White (R) gets some help from an unidentified participate in the mudpit belly flop after being pulled in the pit at the 2007 Summer Redneck Games in East Dublin, Georgia.

The crowd stood at least six people deep Saturday for the most popular competition at the 12th annual Redneck Games — the Mud Pit Belly Flop. Spectators cheered as they got splattered with red Georgia clay, all the muddier thanks to scattered downpours throughout the afternoon.
You gotta know it's Redneck. Confederate battle flags, kids in cammo over-alls, mud bathing women with cigarettes. This might just be "THE VISUAL" definition of Redneck.

They're here, or at least on the way

Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here. The White House has convened an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday afternoon to deal with the new threat.
So we have at least until Thursday? So how did they get in? Illegally would be my first guess. But if they got in legally as say students, like last time, somebody's head need to roll.

Blackhawk crash survivor 'took shortcut'

A CREW member of the Black Hawk helicopter that crashed and killed two people last year has told an inquiry he disregarded evacuation procedures as he fought to save his life."My next image is seeing the tail rotor go past my window and at that point I thought we were in a little bit of trouble.''
Ya think? Quick thinking saved his life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Good work! Way go!

LONDON (AFP) - A female Muslim juror has been arrested in Britain after allegedly listening to an MP3 player under her hijab headscarf during a murder trial, police said Monday. The woman in her early 20s was spotted by a fellow juror listening to music as she was meant to be helping try the case of a pensioner accused of bludgeoning his wife to death after 50 years of marriage. She could now be charged with contempt of court and, if convicted, may be punished with an indefinite jail sentence and an unlimited fine.
I hope they hold her for several years. She's done a disservice to her religion, and to the British court system.

This should help relations with other Christians

Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.
I just don't see how this is anything but divisive. I think you would be looking for common ground in these times.

A snapshot of America

Here is a Pew snapshot of America. Some Highlights.
56% - Support Stem Cell Research
I support it. And I'm a Christian. I think there is a lot to learn and many cures will come from cell research.

38% - Americans Living Comfortably
I would have thought this was higher.
69% - Northeastern Flag Flyers
I can defend my fellow plains dwellers on this one. Flags are expensive. And typically only last one good thunderstorm before they start looking like rags. I have to buy a new one nearly every year.

49% - Intensely Patriotic Americans
I also fall into this block.
57% - Going to the Dogs… and Cats
Dogs > cats...always.
There are many more stats with links on this story. Where do you fit in?

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Tour de France has begun

WAREGEM, Belgium - Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara wore the leader's yellow jersey in Tuesday's third stage of the Tour de France, a trek taking the peleton from Belgium to France and favoring sprinters.
Pictured is Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland looks down while crossing the finish line after he fell.
The Favorites this year include:
Andreas Kloeden, of Germany
Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan
Levi Leipheimer of the U.S.
Cadel Evans of Australia
Alejandro Valverde of Spain

Volunteerism strong in the middle states not so much on the coasts

WASHINGTON - The spirit of volunteerism is thriving in the heartland, but not so much on the coasts. Midwesterners are more likely to volunteer their time than are people elsewhere in the United States, according to a government study being released Monday. The highest rates were in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, where more than four in 10 adults volunteered.
  • Short commutes to work, which provide more time to volunteer.
  • Home ownership, which promotes attachment to the community.
  • High education levels, which increase civic involvement.
  • High concentrations of nonprofit organizations providing opportunities to volunteer.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was followed at the top by Salt Lake City; Austin, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle.
Las Vegas had the lowest volunteer rate, 14.4 percent. It was joined at the bottom by Miami; New York; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Riverside, Calif.

Suck it coasties! Actually that is interesting. On the coasts owning a home is not nearly as prevalent as it is in the Central States (I hate the term Midwestern, Oklahoma and the other central states are either central southern or Central, not Midwestern). How many of you know someone in your local Rotary Club?

Dan Patrick to leave ESPN after 18 years

NEW YORK - Dan Patrick is leaving ESPN after 18 years, insisting there is no acrimony but saying he was beginning to take his job for granted.
Dan, you're an are supposed to take it a little for granted! I hope you find something fun to do. Thanks for the memories.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Nano-Robot Soccer?

ATLANTA - Exploding from the other end of the field, a silver robot glinted under the light of the cameras and burst toward the lone defender standing between it and the goal.
Rahel Straessle, of the robotics team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich is pictured.
I have two questions.
How much do the robots want to start on the Chicago Fire team this week?
Does Rahel need some help? She looks very.....technical.

Largest Marine deployment since Desert Storm leaving OKC next week

More than 100 Marines will leave for Iraq next week in what officials say is the largest deployment from Oklahoma City since Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s. Marine 1st Sgt. Scott Baker said 131 reservists with the Fox Battery of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division at the Armed Forces Reserve Center will fly to Riverside, Calif., on Monday or Tuesday, and head to the Anbar province in western Iraq.
This is my former unit. We didn't have the HIMARs when I was with them we had the M110A2 8 inch self propelled howitzers and then later they swapped them out for M198s. As many of you have read in previous posts my best friend, Master Sergeant Jason Rogers, was transferred to the 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines to fill out their unit. He was one of 30 Marines that volunteered for the deployment, which returned home in June of this year. Lance Corporal Trevor Roberts of Fox battery was killed on March 24th of this year during that deployment.
My wife's cousin Chris Cossey is a Corporal in this unit. We pray for his and all the Marines of Fox Battery's safe return.
You can read more about Fox Battery here. The lovely run of 2nd places were during my years with Oscar battery just before we were redesignated Fox.

The Summer of Love

A man and a woman shot at a west Oklahoma City intersection early Sunday morning managed to drive to a nearby store to get help from police.
You might ask, "a shooting, why is this news DD? This crap happens everyday."
That's a very fine observation my good reader.
Well while it might be true that shootings happen everyday where you live but they really don't in Oklahoma City. But this summer we have had quite a few. So I've named this summer, "The Summer of Love".
Just last week two police officers shot and killed a man they were seeking for a vandalism complaint.
Read that story here. With video goodness.

Once they had him in custody he attempted to elude police. And during the attempt to arrest him and he decided to try and take one of the cop's guns. So the other cop shot him dead. About 10-15 friends and "family" members had gathered and were trying to prevent the arrest.
From the police statement: It is now known that Ware had two outstanding Felony Oklahoma County Warrants. One (CF06005657) for Failure to Appear in a Attempted Aggravated Eluding a Police Officer, Possession of an Offensive Weapon while Committing a Felony, Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia case. The Second (CF03006197) for a Violation of Suspended Sentence in a Trafficking Cocaine, and Possession of CDS case. It is believed that the warrants are the reason Ware tried to escape officers and resisted arrest.
When the news crews came to interview people for their story, they were pleased to find the dead felon's sister. Who asked the cameras, "what am I supposed to tell my nephew? his daddy is dead."
Well I tell ya what you tell him. Tell him his "daddy" was a gun totting drug dealing felon. And he was shot dead because he was attempting to shoot a police officer dead.

U.S. working toward accord to end Korean War: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. strategists are exploring how to implement a peace accord to officially end the 1950-53 Korean War and hope to start discussions with North Korea as soon as year end, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Perhaps maybe the North Koreans would sign if we provide them with a few million bushels of wheat around Christmas time.

Frog in your moat? Better get used to it

Heavy rains and standing water weren't the only things last week's storms brought to the Coastal Bend, and the resulting frog and toad population boom likely is to continue, scientists say.
She's telling the truth. At the DDDN studios we have hundreds of toads hopping around the grounds. The frogs were a couple of weeks later but there are dozens of them too.

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