Friday, August 22, 2008

Men complete U.S. sweep

By special request.

BEIJING -- Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser completed an American sweep of the beach volleyball gold medals, beating Brazil in three sets on Friday.

It's not quite the same when the guys hug. But if it works for my lady works for us. We're here to please.
And I know Fritz loves it. Someday Fritz will figure out how to get that latch off the closet door.

It's always good to meet my fans. Thanks for reading.

Stem cells can be used to create limitless blood supplies: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Scientists from a US firm claim to have created a large number of red blood cells from human embryonic stem cells, opening up the prospect of having a limitless supply of blood for transfusions.
Mmmmm human farming. Nice. Soylent Corporation stocks set to rise on the news.

Officials say US, Iraq finish draft security deal

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi and U.S. negotiators have finished work on a draft security agreement that would see all American troops leave Iraqi cities by June 30 and the rest of the country by the end of 2011, Iraqi officials said Wednesday.
I'm sure the Democrats will take all the credit for getting us out.

Russia says troops will pull back by Friday

Russian forces in Georgia will withdraw to a buffer zone by Friday evening -- two weeks after the initial invasion -- according to the deputy chief of staff of Russia's armed forces.
"By the end of the 22nd, we will pull back to the checkpoints line," Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn said Thursday at a daily military briefing in Moscow, according to a translation by Russia Today TV station.
Wait, what? I thought they had already pulled back. It's unlikely they will pullback at all.

Fark Headline: Living with humans has taught dogs morals

Dogs are becoming more intelligent and are even learning morals from human contact, scientists claim.
They say the fact that dogs' play rarely escalates into a fight shows the animals abide by social rules.
I'm not sure about all that. But I can tell you my dogs have me trained pretty well to give them a cookie if they stare at me and make ruffing sounds while I watch TV.

Your dog wants to have an open and honest conversation about the ethical ramifications of subjugating another living being for one's personal amusement.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Grounded pilot, wife sue over 'no-fly' list

A Gulf War veteran and his wife say they've been unfairly placed on a federal list that limits their commercial flight access and threatens his job as a commercial pilot. To fight back, the couple, who are Muslim, filed a lawsuit today against a host of U.S. government agencies. "We don't know why they're on the list. They don't know why they're on the list. The government won't tell us why they're on the list," said Amy Foerster, an attorney with Saul Ewing, who is providing pro bono counsel and working with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the Schuylkill County couple on the case, which was filed in U.S. district court.
"My livelihood depends on getting off this list," Scherfen said. What list he is on and which government entity maintains it is unclear, Walczak said. The federal government has declined to acknowledge flight restrictions placed on the pilot.
It don't get more stupider than this.
Most of the time I would say the ACLU should butt out. But this is a good use of them.
If he's on a list, how did he get on it? And who maintains it?

Here's another.

SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- James Robinson is a retired Air National Guard brigadier general and a commercial pilot for a major airline who flies passenger planes around the country.
He has even been certified by the Transportation Security Administration to carry a weapon into the cockpit as part of the government's defense program should a terrorist try to commandeer a plane.
But there's one problem: James Robinson, the pilot, has difficulty even getting to his plane because his name is on the government's terrorist "watch list."
Somebody explain this to me.

Crude Oil Rises a Second Day on U.S. Gasoline Supply Forecast

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil rose for a second day before a weekly U.S. government report on stockpiles that may show gasoline supplies shrank for a fourth week in the world's largest energy user.
U.S comsumers consume less gasoline. Refiners respond by cutting production of gasoline. Wall Street considers it a shortage in supply, and raises crude oil prices. So am I the only one who notices this?
In your face Russia!

WARSAW, Poland - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Polish counterpart signed a deal Wednesday to build a U.S. missile defense base in Poland, an agreement that prompted an infuriated Russia to warn of a possible attack against the former Soviet satellite.
Rice dismissed blustery comments from Russian leaders who say Warsaw's hosting of 10 U.S. interceptor missiles just 115 miles from Russia's westernmost frontier opens the country up to attack.
Why would Russia think we want to attack it? What do they have that we need? Short of vodka and supermodels there is really nothing else there. Russians no longer are the Socialistic Communist threat to our way of life. If anything I see them starting a dictatorship again.

LeRoi Moore, saxophonist, dead, 46, ATV

LeRoi Moore, the versatile saxophonist whose signature staccato fused jazz and funk overtones onto the eclectic sound of the Dave Matthews Band, died Tuesday of complications from injuries he suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident, the band said. He was 46.
That's sad. Whether you like or dislike Dave Matthews Band, when we loose a musician of this caliber we are all worse for it.

McCain takes lead over Obama: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sharp turnaround, Republican John McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama's solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll.
The negative campaign is working...for now. You can't win a presidency by telling people how bad the other guy is going to be.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Update: Applegate calls double mastectomy a `tough' choice

"I'm going to have cute boobs 'til I'm 90, so there's that," she joked in the interview, which aired Tuesday. "I'll have the best boobs in the nursing home. I'll be the envy of all the ladies around the bridge table."
What a trooper. I'm guessing it would be a good thing to be tested for BRCA1 gene.

Hugs for everyone

The Olympic medal count has China leading in Gold medals but the USA is leading in total medals.

Everything you didn't know about fencing.

Or I'll just shoot you

An 85-year-old great-grandmother from Lake Lynn, Fayette County kept an alleged burglar at bay using a .22-caliber pistol.
We gotta chip in and get Leda a .45 with a laser sight.

With video goodness.

The Katz Lunch Counter Sit-ins, 50 years later

Fifty years ago today,TUESDAY the Katz Drug Store sit-in was one of the first civil rights protests in the nation. Executed by children — the youngest 6 and the eldest just 17 — it was arguably the boldest. It sparked other protests in Oklahoma City that lasted more than four years. The Katz sit-in was born from the question a child asked her mother.
A bold move for a child of 10.
With video goodness.

More pictures of the sit-in and history of the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma

Monday, August 18, 2008

This is MY special day, F@#% Off!

The wedding was on a Michigan beach, the reception was in an art gallery -- but a former Chicago couple's wedding night was spent in separate jail cells after both bride and groom got shocked by a police Taser and arrested at their raucous reception.
Andy Somora and Anna Pastuszwska's July 19 wedding reception in tiny Lakeside, Mich., is still the talk of the town after officers from 14 police departments swarmed the art gallery to quell a melee. The groom's father, uncle, aunt and cousin -- several of whom hail from Villa Park and La Grange Park -- also got arrested.
Classic! Double tasering! gotta love it.
Crazy kids!

Knights Templar 'Heirs' Sue Pope For Billions

All Things Considered, August 17, 2008 · A group of people claiming to be the heirs of the legendary Knights Templar are suing Pope Benedict XVI, seeking more than $150 billion for assets seized by the Catholic Church seven centuries ago.
They also want to restore the order's good name. Founded in 1119, the Knights Templar was a secretive order of Christian warriors who protected pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem during the Crusades. They fell out of favor years later, and members were accused of denying Christ, worshipping the devil and practicing sodomy. Many Templars were tortured and burned at the stake.
Good luck with that. Native Americans have proof the US government misappropriated their trust funds and are maybe going to get a mere 150 million dollars. I'm sure the Catholic Church's initial response is going to be, "who do we make the check out to?"

Pakistanis jubilant over Musharraf's resignation

MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistanis danced in the streets on Monday after beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation, with many ordinary people hoping his departure would bring improvement to their lives.
We shall see if it improves anything. Terrorism is that country's biggest concern right now.

Texas Schools Just Got Safer

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.
"We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."
Can you imagine their teacher in-service training?
Hostage is a random band nerd, do you shoot through the band nerd to kill the bad guy? Yes or No?
Hostage is the football team's star quarterback, do you shoot through the QB to kill the bad guy? Yes or No?

Tropical Storm Fay menaces Florida

EY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Store owners boarded up their windows but few Florida Keys residents appeared inclined to flee as Tropical Storm Fay strengthened on its way to the islands on Monday after killing more than 50 people in the Caribbean.
Menaces? Seriously I'm sure we could come up with something better than that.

Hot for Teacher, North Carolina style

A former Rocky Mount High School teacher was arrested Tuesday in connection with having sex with a student.
Kelly Bartz, 39, of the 1400 block of Lafayette Avenue was indicted by a Nash County grand jury on charges of sexual activity with a student by a teacher.
Now that school is back in session, I'm guessing we'll be seeing more and more of these stories.

Aafia Siddique Could Provide 'Treasure Trove' of Intelligence

When she was arrested in Afghanistan last month, Aafia Siddique allegedly had in her possession maps of New York, a list of potential targets that included the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the subway system and the animal disease center on Plum Island, detailed chemical, biological and radiological weapon information that has been seen only in a handful of terrorist cases, as well as a thumb drive packed with emails, ABC News has learned.
hat haul of information has led multiple government sources to describe Siddique, a 36 year-old MIT graduate, as a potential "treasure trove" of information on terrorist supporters, sympathizers or 'sleepers' in the United States and overseas.
A very bad, bad woman, helping people to do bad, bad things.
With video goodness.

Al Qaeda 'Associate' Arrested in Afghanistan After Shootout With Questioners

For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time

Imagine that America had no system of post-secondary education, and you were a member of a task force assigned to create one from scratch. One of your colleagues submits this proposal:
First, we will set up a single goal to represent educational success, which will take four years to achieve no matter what is being taught. We will attach an economic reward to it that seldom has anything to do with what has been learned. We will urge large numbers of people who do not possess adequate ability to try to achieve the goal, wait until they have spent a lot of time and money, and then deny it to them. We will stigmatize everyone who doesn't meet the goal. We will call the goal a "BA."
You would conclude that your colleague was cruel, not to say insane. But that's the system we have in place.
So there you have it. I really liked this article. I have more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry and no degree. But getting a job in today's market requires a degree. Forget the fact that a IT degree from 1986 would not in any way resemble an IT degree from 2006. Yet that's what they ask for.

I liked this post from Blur of Insanity as well.
Straight talk from people who are "calling them, like they see them."

White Americans No Longer a Majority by 2042

WASHINGTON (AP) -- White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.
So in 2042 white people can say things like, "it's just the tan man keeping the white man down." I can't wait to hear the angry hillbilly, country and western music that will come of this.

Spock's cousin blamed for causing massive oil spill

The captain of a tanker that hit a barge, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Mississippi River, testified Wednesday as the first witness at a Coast Guard inquiry to determine the cause and responsibility for the accident.
The tanker Tintomara needs six minutes to stop and reverse direction at full speed in open water — it hasn't been tested in other conditions — and as late as 2½ minutes before the July 23 collision, its instruments indicated it would safely pass the barge being pushed by the tug Mel Oliver, Capt. Jan Stefan Bjarve testified.
I'm guessing he had a troubled life living in Spock's shadow growing up. It's the classic under-achieving-sybling story.

Beer goggles theory proven true

A few stiff drinks really does make other people appear more attractive, according to researchers who say the alcohol makes us think about sex.
A test on drunk university students has scientifically proven what was common pub knowledge - that drinking improves the appearance of those around you.
Young people when they are liquored up think about sex? Na-uhn? No way! Are they sure?
Sometimes folklore is accepted as science, even when no one has done the scientific studies to prove it.