Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Russia and Georgia at war... in beach volleyball

A truce may have been called in South Ossetia - but tell that to Russia and Georgia’s women’s beach volleyball players.
Hours after their countries had declared an uneasy ceasefire in the disputed border region, the two sides extended hostilities dressed only in bikinis in a hot and humid Olympic arena.
Wouldn't it be nice if all our wars were solved by women in bikinis?

Debunking three 'truths' about offshore drilling

An Editorial
THE NATURAL Resources Defense Council Action Fund has taken out full-page ads in this newspaper and others to decry offshore drilling for oil as "George W. Bush's Gasoline Price Elixir" that is "100% Snake Oil." The environmental group calls on supporters "to stop the giveaway of our coasts."
There are three "truths" masquerading as fact among drilling opponents that need to be challenged.
I disagree with the writer. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge needs to be open to drilling.

Today's drilling leaves a small footprint

Good news for the Chicago Fire, bad for the US Olympic Team

BEIJING - Promise Isaac and Victor Obinna scored Wednesday to lead Nigeria over 10-man United States 2-1, earning a place in the quarterfinals of the Olympic soccer tournament and eliminating the Americans.
Brian McBride said he'd be playing as soon as the US was done with the Olympics.

Medal Count so far

China is in the lead.

In other news: Aquaman's alias has been discovered. Michael Phelps today admitted that he is indeed, Aquaman. He refused to answer such questions as, "Why are you the most worthless superhero of the Justice League?" and others.
Picture is my new favorite Gymnast, Alicia Sacramone.
Alicia is such a trooper.

Crime-ridden Arkansas town expands 24-hour curfew

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. - Officers armed with military rifles have been stopping and questioning passers-by in a neighborhood plagued by violence that's been under a 24-hour curfew for a week.
On Tuesday, the Helena-West Helena City Council voted 9-0 to allow police to expand that program into any area of the city, despite a warning from a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas that the police stops were unconstitutional.
Sounds like a town that needs to step up to the plate and help the police. I don't tolerate thugs or drug dealers in my neighborhood and they shouldn't either.

Angry man burns barber's over porn

A furious customer burned down a barber's shop in Italy - after spotting a picture of his girlfriend in a hard-core porn calendar on the wall.
Nestore Monaldo, 30, 'went crazy' and torched the entire salon when the barber refused to take down the photo, said police in Frosinone, Lazio.
Check out the caption for the picture!!! What porn may look like

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I love beach volleyball

Ana Paula Conelly of Brazil hugs her teammate Larissa Franca after winning their women's preliminary round beach volleyball match against Russia at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 11, 2008.
Now that's a hug.

Olympic child singing star revealed as fake, fireworks too

BEIJING (AFP) - The little girl who starred at the Olympic opening ceremony was miming and only put on stage because the real singer was not considered attractive enough, the show's musical director has revealed.
The girl whose voice was actually heard by the 91,000 capacity crowd at the Olympic stadium during the spectacular ceremony was in fact seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, who has a chubby face and uneven teeth.
The face behind the mask of Communist China is quickly being revealed.
Fake fireworks and lipsyncing performers, seems like China is more like America than they'd like to think.

Georgia says bombing continues after Russian order

TBILISI, Georgia - Russia ordered a halt to military action in Georgia on Tuesday, after five days of air and land attacks that sent Georgia's army into headlong retreat and left towns, military bases and homes in the U.S. ally smoldering. Georgia insisted that Russian forces were still bombing and shelling.
Despite the pledge by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russia launched an offensive Tuesday in the only part of Abkhazia still under Georgian control. An Associated Press reporter saw 135 Russian military vehicles driving through Georgia en route to Abkhazia's Kodori Gorge — and Georgian officials said their troops in the gorge were under Russian attack.
Like we wouldn't know they haven't stopped.

All Americans are advised to leave Georgia.
Not that Georgia, the other one.
Great headline for this story on

Russian President Medvedev orders halt to military action in Georgia while Putin drinks glass of water
We know who's calling the shots.

US, allies weigh punishment for Russia

WASHINGTON - Scrambling to find ways to punish Russia for its invasion of pro-Western Georgia, the United States and its allies are considering expelling Moscow from an exclusive club of powerful nations and canceling an upcoming joint NATO-Russia military exercise, Bush administration officials said Tuesday.
This ought to be interesting.

That's kinda interesting

The entire road system for Georgia on Maps.Google.Com is gone. Pig Lipstick blog site found and reported that little gem.

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As pointed out on their comment section, that is indeed interesting. The break away republics of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbijan all have their roads removed.
Looking around, Israel doesn't have any marked roads either. Neither does North or South Korea. Bolivia, Argentina, Guyana, Suriname and Guyane in South America are with our marked roads.

I almost felt like crying

Diary shows Tojo resisted surrender till end

TOKYO - Japanese World War II leader Hideki Tojo wanted to keep fighting even after U.S. atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, accusing surrender proponents of being "frightened," a newly released diary reveals.
Tojo, executed in 1948 after being convicted of war crimes by the Allies, was prime minister during much of the war. The notes buttress other evidence that Tojo was fiercely opposed to surrender despite the hopelessness of Japan's war effort.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Russia opens 2nd front in Georgia, seizing towns

GORI, Georgia - Russian armored vehicles rolled deep into western Georgia on Monday, quickly seizing several towns and a military base and slicing open a damaging second front in Russia's battle with Georgia. Other Russian forces captured the key central city of Gori.
The invasions of Gori and the towns of Senaki, Zugdidi and Kurga came despite a top Russian general's claim earlier Monday that Russia had no plans to enter Georgian territory. By taking Gori, which sits on Georgia's only east-west highway, Russia has the potential to effectively cut the country in half.
Bummer about them not being members of NATO. I wonder what we would have done if they were?

Pictured: Georgian soldiers sit atop a tank as it makes its way along a street in Gori, Georgia, near the breakaway province of South Ossetia, Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. Georgia's Defense Ministry said that Russian armor on Monday seized a military base in western Georgia, opening a second front in the conflict over the breakaway province of South Ossetia.
Reactive armor, cool!

It's good to be the king

President Bush talks with Misty May Treanor, left and Kerri Walsh as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
There are some really nice photos of the President with the softball team. Apparently they had a really good time together.

Iconic stone arch collapses in southern Utah park

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah - One of the largest and most photographed arches in Arches National Park has collapsed.
Dammit! I've got to get all these parks before global warming claims another stone monument.

Isaac Hayes, 65, dead, treadmill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Isaac Hayes, the bald headed, baritone-voiced soul crooner who laid the groundwork for disco and whose "Theme From Shaft" won both Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday afternoon after he collapsed near a treadmill, authorities said. He was 65.
This really sucks.
Today the world is a lot less cool.

Bernie Mac, 50, dead, pneumonia

Los Angeles (E! Online) - Hollywood woke up this morning to the news that actor-comedian Bernie Mac has passed away due to complications from pneumonia. He was 50.
He was well regarded by his colleagues and he will be missed.
Echoing John Travolta and Kelly Preston: "The world is a little less funning today."