Friday, August 29, 2008

Mystery 'iPhone Girl' generating Internet intrigue

HONG KONG - Who is the "iPhone Girl"?
Pictures of an Asian factory worker found on a new iPhone sold to a British customer have generated keen discussion on the Internet about her identity — and her fate.
I still worry about Communism infecting the world.
But when you see a young woman from a Communist country who is apparently as normal and similar as anyone in your Capitalist country, you get a warm feeling. Then you hear the circumstances of why you get to see her and then you get lump in your throat wondering if she is in a concentration camp now for stepping outside the lines.
Apparently she is going to keep her job and her anonymity. If we could get our metaphorical hands on her here in America, within the hour she'd be scheduled on every talk show, have a "shoe deal", and her own record deal, all for being an intriquing internet icon and a woman of the moment.
Ain't America great?!?!

World Peace, is it achievable?

Is world peace possible? Everyone, well nearly everyone, wants it. I am not counting the Islamic Facists or any other facists for that matter. There are lots of organizations that strive for world peace. You hear around the water cooler everyday concerns about China and after a 20 year hiatus, Russia is apparently threatening another arms race. (I don't know what they are going to race us with)
Are China and Russia bent on our complete and utter destruction?
Penn and Teller present World Peace from their hit Showtime TV show Bullshit!
Here it is from the magic of YouTube.
30 minute run time in three parts. Language not safe for work. Butter on Teller's naked bum.

So the next time you hear someone running off at the mouth about how China wants us wiped from the face of the earth, ask them a simple question.
How long would China last if we stop trading with them?
Who would buy the goods that fuel their growth and economy?
You don't even have to mention that if we wanted to block their ports and trade with others and bomb their cities, there would be very little they could do about it.
The answer is easy, it would be an exact model of North Korea except on a scale 50+ times larger. That would not be good for any country.

Speculation over, McCain veep turns to Alaska governor

DENVER - John McCain kept his vice presidential pick a closely guarded secret hours before the high-stakes announcement Friday as top prospects seemed to drop away and speculation moved to darkhorse candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
This is soooooooooooooo awesome.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wear your college colors day Friday August 29th

Wear your college colors wherever you are on Friday, August 29, 2008 for the fourth annual College Colors Day celebration!
College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promote the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging people across America to wear apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day of August 29th.
That's pretty funny. Everyone around here knows, no one from Oklahoma State ever graduated from a people medical school. I wonder if veterinarians dress like that to birth cows?

I miss it alot.

Pen is truly mightier than the sword

A 13-year-old California boy who was stabbed with a ball-point pen during a fight over the weekend has died from his wounds, officials in Williams confirmed Wednesday. Edgar Ibarra, who is from Williams, died at UC Davis Medical Center Tuesday evening, officials said.
Ibarra was allegedly in a fight with a 13-year-old neighbor and classmate at Williams Junior High School, who is accused of stabbing him with a pen.
This is a horrible thing. I'm sure Kalifornia will now move to out law all ball-point pens.

Kalifornia Activist Proposes Wealth Tax and Probably Unconstitutional Exit Tax

Earlier this month, a California activist began gathering signatures to put a state wealth tax on the ballot. The measure would impose a new 35% income surtax (in addition to federal taxes and the existing 10.3% top state rate), and penalize people who leave the state by seizing 55% of assets exceeding $20 million. The money raised would be used to eliminate the state's budget deficit and for purchasing controlling shares in large corporations.
Good luck with that Exit Tax. That will get thrown out about a week after they pass the legislation IF they get it on a ballot and if it passes. Who is this activist?

"The McCauley-Rooker Wealth Tax and Oceans Preservation Act." It's named after Bradley Rooker, the vice president of a Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 105 in Glendora, and Paul McCauley, the union's CPA from Santa Monica.

Another look at the absolutely this assinine attempt. They should be billed for paper and time of the civil servants of Kalifornia who have to handle this crap.
I'll be completely surprised if one of these guy's house doesn't mysteriously burn down in the next few months.

Nagin runs home from DNC to oversee the Gustav plans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - National Guard troops stand ready, batteries and water bottles sold briskly, and one small-town mayor spent a sleepless night worrying. The New Orleans area watched as a storm marched across the Caribbean on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's third anniversary.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin left the Democratic National Convention in Denver to return home for the preparations. Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency to lay the groundwork for federal assistance, and put 3,000 National Guard troops on standby.
Unlike last time when he claimed the levies were blown up, blamed Bush Administration for causing the hurricane.
He's still running off at the mouth. Read on.
Remember kids, playing with firearms is fun!!!111

This made me chuckle.
This is a fun link too.

Evacuation could begin Friday

Emergency planners say a phased evacuation of South Louisiana may start Friday as they watch Gustav's track.
"I am very concerned about it," says Tab Troxler, Director of Emergency Preparedness in St. Charles Parish. He adds that an evacuation this time could be the largest ever.
"Katrina went pretty well with the evacuation... but there really were not that many parishes in South Louisiana actually calling for any kind of mandatory evacuation," Troxler told WWL First News.
Let's see if those dumbasses actually evacuate or just sit their with their hands out.
Keep that in mind...Katrina went pretty well.

Introducing Fortune Cookies to China

Are fortune cookies Chinese?
Clearly not. They are arguably more American (by way of Japan), judging by the way that people in China react to fortune cookies — with a mixture of confusion and amusement.

THank you Japan.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Maybe someday

College Football starts this weekend

You may have missed this picture of the USC song girl cheering at the wrong time, from the Rose Bowl a couple of years ago. Then again if you see as much of the interwebs as me...its common place.

A review of the season with Joe Schad.

Heismann watch

Lou is a crazy man. Ohio State? How can you give the greatest prize in college football to a player from a team in an underrated division playing push over teams.

Lou, Lee and Kirk discuss the Big Televen.

Fark headline: Firefighters returning from fighting a blaze discover their firehouse resembles rain on your wedding day

De QUEEN, Ark. -- Firefighters were right on top of this blaze.
"We told them the fire department has a fire. SWEPCO said 'Yeah, the fire department has a fire.' The dispatcher told them, 'No it's the fire station on fire!'" Pruitt said.
That's a great tagline. Irony is sometimes cruelly ironic.

How about some conformity for the teachers

Brooksville, Florida - The Hernando County school district has proposed tightening the dress code for teachers.
District officials say it's a way of having a consistent dress code across all schools. Over the summer, the school district delayed a plan to have all students wear a school uniform such as collared shirts and khakis until January. District officials say as they discussed the idea complaints came in about what teachers are wearing.
As an educator for 34 years, Sheryl Scrivens (pictured) has taken pride in the way she dresses for work. "Individuals look at teachers as professionals. We want people to see us as professionals so we have to dress professionally," says Scrivens.
Good for them.
I loved this quote from one of the commenters on this story.

"Imagine how Deborah Lafave would have looked had she been forced to wear a frumpy uniform."

Bad-Ass Cockapoo

A 15-pound cocker spaniel-poodle mix named Pawlee scared off a mother bear and her two cubs Sunday morning after they strayed into his owners' back yard.
As my son would say, "pwned".

Statisten fordern 11 Millionen Dollar von Tom Cuise nach einem Unfall

BERLIN (Reuters) - Twelve movie extras are seeking $11 million in damages from Tom Cruise and his production company after suffering broken bones, cuts and bruises in the filming of World War Two picture "Valkyrie" in Berlin last year.
The extras were injured on August 19, 2007, when the side panel of a period German army truck burst open as it drove around a corner in central Berlin.
If you don't think movie making is dangerous stuff you were wrong.

The German government initially banned the production from shooting on location at the Berlin site where the plot was hatched and the conspirators executed.
It later changed its mind after months of national debate that focused in part on membership of the Scientologist spiritual movement, of which Cruise is a member.
Germany does not recognize Scientology as a religion and regard it as a cult masquerading as a church to make money -- a view rejected by Scientologists.
Those crafty Germermans. Americans have been saying it's a cult for years, but no one seems to care here in America.

You know it's going to be a good day, when...

You know it's going to be a good day when the day traditionally called "hump day" has lots of pictures of lingerie on Yahoo News.

One for the ladies. You all are married to one, sadly some of us are not as good looking as this one.

Immigration! Immigration!

LAUREL, Miss. - A day after the largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history, Elizabeth Alegria was too scared to send her son to school and worried about when she'd see her husband again.
Nearly 600 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were detained, creating panic among dozens of families in this small southern Mississippi town.
And because it's liberal week at the Associated press we have to have a human interest story and focus on the poor and unfortunate. What we should be focusing on:
1) How Howard Industries employed nearly 600 illegal immigrants?
2) Did any of them pay any taxes?
3) What was the cost of the education, police and fire, and medical care of that many illegal immigrants?
4) Nine of the workers were under the age of 18?

"We have kids without dads and pregnant mothers who got their husbands taken away," said Velez's son, Robert, youth pastor at the church. "It was like a horror story. They got handled like they were criminals."
Criminals? It's definately illegal so perhaps they got what was coming to them. What did you expect ICE to do? Ask them nicely to pack up and go home?

In a statement to the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper, Howard Industries said the company "runs every check allowed to ascertain the immigration status of all applicants for its jobs."
We will almost assuredly here how the company CAN'T hire Americans for these jobs.
Just so no one gets the wrong idea, I'm all for immigration. Heck our country depends on LEGAL immigration. I have good friends who immigrated here from Germany, LEGALLY. So I know it's possible to do it LEGALLY.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tom Brokaw asks some tough questions of Speaker of the House Pelosi on this week's "Meet the Press"

Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw asked Nancy Pelosi about her 14% approval rating and her failure to end the war and her position energy policies in America.

Pelosi's interview starts at 13:00 minutes in to the show.
I think Tom asked some tough questions and Pelosi looked very uncomfortable at times. There was certainly a lot of stammering and studdering.
You decide.
Why is it always someone else's fault?

REP. PELOSI: Well, that's not--that is, that is the marketplace. The fact is, the supply of natural gas is so big, and you do need a transition if you're going to go from fossil fuels, as you say, you can't do it overnight, but you must transition.
Not that anyone actually cares...but natural gas is a fossil fuel.
You'd think the people holding the highest seat in the House of Representatives and responsible for forming the Energy Policy for the entire United States of America would know which fuels were fossil fuels and which weren't.

Transcript here

Electoral Map Fun!

Ahhh, things were so much simpler in 1984.
How might the candidates win on Nov. 4? Create and test your electoral vote scenarios here.
You can test you're own theories about how the states will vote.
The swing states in the map after the jump are in gray.
McCain must win Colorado, Ohio and Florida (leading today by 4%) to be president. He could trade Pennsylvania for Ohio, but that is an unlikely outcome.

The wussification of America continues

The fighting started this week when Coach Wilfred Vidro refused a directive by league officials to replace 9-year-old pitcher Jericho Scott, whose pitching they say is so hard, fast and accurate that it might frighten or discourage other players.
Vidro said Saturday, “There’s no such thing as any kid pitching too hard. ... Let him play and your kid is going to get better,” he said.
What.the.hell? Throwing hard is a DESIRED trait in a pitcher.
My son's team was allowed to "play down" one fall. We were told by the league that the other teams were "playing up". But the fact was we were down. I had two kids that threw rockets. One is a pitcher on the local high school team. He threw in the high sixties back then, on a little league sized field.
One of the coaches of the other team said they wouldn't take the field if "he pitched". "He throws too hard." He also was very accurate so their concern he would hit the kids was unfounded. They walked off the field in protest. I was very angry. But surprisingly that day I kept my head. We won by forfeit. We never played in that league again.
Vidro's arguement was the same one I had to their team.

Fark headline: Researchers estimate that "supersede" is the most often mispelled word in the English langague

GLASGOW, Scotland, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Collins Dictionaries of Britain said its researchers have estimated that the most commonly misspelled word in the English language is "supersede."
Spelling iz harde. Harder then it luks.

Beauty Pageant Winner Arrested for Attacking Woman

Frostburg police say the current Miss Washington County has been arrested on charges of breaking into her ex-boyfriend's home in Frostburg and hitting another woman.
Twenty-two-year-old Christie Ganoe of Cumberland has been charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree burglary.
Guess what her platform was? Bullying. Classic.

It's back

Rural Kanpur is fighting its most frightening scourge — a mystery disease that has left a long line of bodies in its trail and doesn’t seem anywhere finished.
What started from one village two weeks ago has now spread to 350 and has so far claimed 160 lives. Thousands more are bed-ridden. On an average, 15 to 20 people have been dying every day; Saturday saw the highest toll in a day: 24.
I'm pretty sure I've seen this movie. Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman.
I hope they find out what it is.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Democratic National Convention, With leadership like this how could they loose?

DENVER - A cancer-fighting Sen. Edward M. Kennedy prepared to attend, and possibly speak, at the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. Howard Dean (L, in case you didn't recognize him), chairman of the Democratic National Committee, bangs the gavel as he poses with CBS News anchor Katie Couric in the Pepsi Center before the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 24, 2008.

Today the Democratic National Convention begins. It will be remarkable in the fact that no other party in history, has allowed this many former presidential hopefuls to address their crowd of delegates.
You can watch the tone of news reports this week turn decidedly anti-McCain. I've already noticed it in three stories this morning.
You can also watch it apparently turn against certain broadcasting companies. Good work Denver, stay classy.

Joe Biden is Obama's choice for Vice President. That one leaked out in the wee wee hours of Saturday morning. So not a terrible big shocker considering Obama and Joe were seen at Sonic late Friday night sharing some onion rings. Everyone in the Red States knows what that means. All the major news outlets covered this news like Japan had invaded China again or like a very pretty co-ed came up missing in Aruba.
And if you didn't think that was a carefully chosen selection,
a) you have a short memory
b) you don't follow presidential politics
c) you never heard of Joe before yesterday
d) you are just like 92% of Americans and they could care less until election day
e) you don't watch the news
In any event read on, talk about reaching across the aisle.

Warning Spoilers!!!!111
If you read further I may ruin the ending of the Democratic National Convention for you. So you've been duly warned. Proceed no further.

Michelle Obama is going to give a speech. And most of the delegates won't understand half the words she uses. Dictionaries will be on everyone's chairs. The delegates will still cheer when the applause lights come on.

Hillary is going to give up all her delegates and give a speech on party unity. Secretly she knows Obama can't win and is going to be setting the stage for her run for president in 2012. Look for the key phrase in her speech, "envelopes can be found in the pews, give what you can."

Today is the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech. Lots of people will reference that.

Obama will ACCEPT his party's nomination for President. I KNOW! I didn't expect that either.

On the last day, Obama will give a really long speech. It's going to be really, really, good. Very motivating. And if you add up the cost of all the things he's going to promise to do. It will cost 356 Trillion dollars. Don't worry though, he's just going to raise taxes on all the RICH people to pay for it. And he'll gut the military and rape the defense budgets and still come up short. He'll say something like, "we'll show those Brits how to tax people!" If you aren't rich* you have nothing to fear. Unless you work for a small business who will have to lay off workers due to the higher taxes. But don't worry health care will be FREE**. You'll only have to wait two weeks for that emergency appendectomy.

At the end a bunch of balloons and confetti will fall from the ceiling and a really, really upbeat song will play. Everyone will cheer! Then everyone will leave the convention with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts and they will have party unity for about 17 minutes.

*If you make over 100,000 dollars a year you are rich. I know! You, like myself, thought with that level of salary you were just a middle class schmoe. But you're not, welcome to Change We Can Live With or whatever the slogan is this week.
**If you are rich you'll still be able to pay for immediate service from doctors outside the national health care plan. You're rich, or you are until the taxes catch up with you.

Welcome Home Boys, Russian Troops Greeted at Arrival

Sailors aboard the first ship to head home after the fighting were greeted by these burly Black Sea beauties.
I really can't say much to this. The tag line on the story just about covers it.

That's confidence for ya

DOVER, Del. - Sen. Joe Biden will pursue two campaigns at once this fall: his race for the White House as Barack Obama's running mate and his quest for re-election to the Senate.
Like my dad always told me, Never hedge your bets.
And dad always said, don't use the rent money at the track.
He was also fond of saying, "pull my finger".
I wonder if Joe ever asked his kids to pull his finger?

I'll have a #1, #3 and hold the lead please

Six people were wounded early Sunday in a shooting outside of a mobile late-night food stand in Oklahoma City, police Sgt. Mike Klika said.
The shooting occurred about 3:50 a.m. outside of BoBo's Chicken, a food stand at NE 23 and N Hood Street, Klika said.
Like my dad always told me, the only people out after 2am are criminals, drunks and cops. And today, you can add "people ordering chicken at BoBo's".
3.5 of the 4 in those demographics are apparently armed. I don't those odds after 2am. Where a bullet proof vest, deploy your fire team and make sure you remember to get extra honey.