Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama says US prisons tough enough for detainees

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama forcefully defended his plans to close the Guantanamo detention camp Thursday and said some of the terror suspects held there would be brought to top-security prisons in the United States despite fierce opposition in Congress.

He spoke one day after the Senate voted resoundingly to deny him money to close the prison, and he decried "fear-mongering" that he said had led to such opposition.

Oh, I'm sure our prisons are tough enough. The question is do you want terrorists, bent on our destruction, recruiting the harden and not so harden criminals in our prisons? I'm pretty sure I like the fact that they are outside the United States, isolated from the world.

I can't think of a single reason to bring them here. Will it be cheaper to keep them here? Not likely. So why do it? Principle?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Runners to your marks, ready....

TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile Wednesday with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S. bases in the Middle East.

Iran's nuclear and missile programs have alarmed Israel, and the country's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pressed Obama to step up pressure on Tehran when the two met in Washington on Monday. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for Israel's elimination, and the Jewish state has not ruled out a military strike to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat.

That image at left is not photoshopped, well not much anyway.

I wonder if Iran realizes that Israel could nuke them, just about any time they want to.

And the (arms) race is now on in the Middle East.

Oil Industry Marketing Campaign for Summer 2009: Screwing you, it's what we do.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Get used to the new rules of supply and demand in Gasoline World. The world where up is down and down is up.

Average gasoline prices in Georgia are up 29 cents a gallon, so far, since May 1.

But supplies are up, nationwide. And demand is down, overall.

"We're going to see higher gasoline prices as the summer goes through," said Oil Industry Expert Tex Pitfield on Tuesday. Pitfield is most recently President and CEO of Saraguay Petroleum Corporation of Atlanta and is a consultant.

Oil companies in 2008: "Demand is up, so we've regretfully had to raise prices." In 2009: "Demand is down, so we've regretfully had to raise prices"

I wish I worked in an industry where I could write my own rules.

If you need one of these eating in your car is not your first problem

BeltzBib™ is designed to protect clothing from stains and spills while you or your passengers are eating in your vehicle. Simply attach BeltzBib™ to your vehicle's shoulder harness; place your food in the pouch of BeltzBib™ and continue your journey without worrying about stains and spills. When you are finished eating, remove BeltzBib™ from the shoulder harness, roll BeltzBib™ up and secure it with the attached Velcro fitting.

First thing I need to say, I've seen people eat in my cars and I should have had these on hand for that. But I think you should probably rethink your life style and food choices if you think you NEED these in your car.

Rasberry Crazy Ants pwn Texas

A destructive menace is heading west on I.H. 10 with San Antonio in its sites. It's the crazy Raspberry ant that was first spotted in Houston in 2002. No one knows where it came from or how to control it but it reproduces faster than any insect experts have ever seen.

"It's a potential ecological disaster, displacing everything in front of it, other insects. Some people think getting rid of insects is good but it's not good for the environment. Insects play a vital role. When you destroy insects you destroy the food for birds and other animals that depend on these insect populations. It could affect our food supply, reducing the crop yield by 30 - 40 percent."

Are you suggesting we don't kill them?
But how much damage will they cause if they aren't killed?

"At the time there were about 500 ants, the next year there were millions. Now they number in the billions. They've already done millions of dollars worth of damage to chemical plants most of those are not willing to talk. They've gotten into circuit boards they've shut valves on pipe lines they've shorted out units. If we don't do something...they could actually devastate the entire coastline of the Southern U.S.." said Raspberry.

They invaded Rex William's back yard last year. They were so bad, the William's family couldn't go in the backyard...the ants would swarm up their legs. Over the counter products don't kill them. He had to call in the professionals.

And they are immune to the over the counter incecticides, AWESOME! And there is nothing we can do to stop them? AWESOME! They will kill fire ants so its not all bad news.

I for one would like to welcome our new Ant Overlords.

I'm bored, I'm going to go home

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A Hillsboro man who told officers he left jury duty because he was bored made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Grant Faber walked away from jury duty earlier this month, police said. A Washington County judge then issued a warrant for Faber's arrest when he didn't return from lunch break.

I wonder if he thinks this visit to the courthouse is more stimulating?

Vick heading for home confinement

RICHMOND, Va. – A person familiar with the release details said suspended NFL star Michael Vick left a Kansas prison Wednesday for home confinement in Virginia, the latest step on a journey that he hopes will lead to his return to the NFL.

Vick had been serving a 23-month sentence for financing a dogfighting ring. He will spend the last two months of the term on electronic monitoring at his five-bedroom home in Hampton, Va.

Vick said in a letter to DDDN he looked forward to getting a puppy.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

No more Life

I just found out that on May 4th, NBC canceled one of my favorite TV shows. Life. That's just great. A great show with a real story and good actors and they cancel it. If this show was on the USA network it would have a healthy 5 season run ahead of it.

Why do I bother to watch TV at all?

According to Damien Lewis is not working and Sarah Shari is shooting a movie.

Lingerie Football...FTW

Seriously? Lingerie Football League? Oh hell why not. This is AMERICA by God.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

Vice President Joe Biden, well-known for his verbal gaffes, may have finally outdone himself, divulging potentially classified information meant to save the life of a sitting vice president.

According to a report, while recently attending the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, an annual event where powerful politicians and media elite get a chance to cozy up to one another, Biden told his dinnermates about the existence of a secret bunker under the old U.S. Naval Observatory, which is now the home of the vice president.

I wonder if we could get him to give us some launch codes or perhaps the encryption key to some sensitive documents if we invited him to donuts and coffee at a locksmith's shop?

Mark my words, he will not be the vice president on the second Obama ticket.

Good work Joe.

Not as bad as we may have been told

WASHINGTON – America's moms and dads are getting a good scolding: Your kids are lagging behind students all around the world.

The White House says so, with concern bordering on alarm. So do institutions such as the Gates Foundation, citing performance tests, graduation rates and other benchmarks.

But don't measure for dunce caps just yet.

I think it is universally accepted that America could do a better job. But let's not throw the parents or the teachers or the students under the proverbial bus.

Sri Lanka says war over, rebel leader killed

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka declared Monday it had crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels, killing their chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, and ending his three-decade quest for an independent homeland for minority Tamils.

State television broke into its regular programming to announce Prabhakaran's death, and the government information department sent a text message to cell phones across the country confirming he was killed along with top deputies, Soosai and Pottu Amman.

It's difficult to say what will become of the Tamil Tigers. They were battling the government of Sri Lanka for a separate home land. That doesn't seem to work. To me it would make better sense to elect your own people to the political parties and try to get concessions through the governmental processes.