Thursday, July 2, 2009

What does North Korea have against the Sea of Japan?

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea test-fired a fourth short-range missile off its east coast Thursday, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

South Korea's Defense Ministry had earlier confirmed three launches, but could not immediately be reached about the fourth reported missile.

The intelligence official, who could also not be named for security reasons, said the launches came as no surprise because North Korea had issued a warning to mariners to avoid an area in the Sea of Japan at certain times between June 24 and July 9 because of a "military firing exercise," according to a U.S. military communication about the warning provided to CNN.

At the rate they are firing on the Sea of Japan you would think the Sea of Japan would either capitulate and surrender. The United Nations is at this time drafting a strongly worded letter to North Korea asking them, if the UN gave them 100 billion dollars and enough food for the winter would North Korea please promise to dismantle their nuclear program again and not to launch any more missles until at least October.

Bacon, is there anything it can't do?

A little note, she also added later: The dress made her very attractive to men. Hmmm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Karl Malden, dead, 97, old age

Karl Malden, one of Hollywood's strongest and most versatile supporting actors, who won an Oscar playing his Broadway-originated role as Mitch in "A Streetcar Named Desire," died today. He was 97.

I'm guessing he didn't know about the whole "celebrities dying in three's thing".

News you can use

By Fritz (not our Fritz) Hahn, Washington Post
Last year, I convened a panel of friends and coworkers to taste and rate Caribbean beers. This time around, we took on domestic canned beers in search of the perfect brew for a holiday weekend cookout. We were looking for one with broad appeal, one that people could enjoy all day in the afternoon sun and one that was cheap. How cheap? My only rule was that each individual beer had cost less than $1, or no more than $6 a six-pack.

We are all pinching our pennies and advice on good cheap beer is always welcome. He even included a link to the test of Caribbean beers from last year. Nice work mate.

A clever ad campaign

The nothing to hid campaign from Air New Zealand.

There's even a blooper reel.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Welcome to the Suck

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Democrat Al Franken should be certified the winner of the state's long-running Senate race, paving the way for the former Saturday Night Live comedian to be seated after an almost eight-month fight.

The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining his Senate seat are dwindling, saying Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office.

Hopefully Al isn't going to Washington to be a mouthpiece for the liberal political agenda. Sadly the article is already lining him up with the Dem majority, like he is expected to vote with them. But then again...what on earth could motivate someone to join one of the most despised organizations? Money, I hope not. Power, I hope not. To Serve, I hope so. Only time will tell.

The Most Dangerous Sport: Cheerleading

Cheerleading safety efforts have led to modest reductions in the number of serious injuries in recent years, according to a new report about college and high school sports and cheerleading mishaps.

But cheerleading continues to cause more serious and deadly injuries by far than other sports.

Researchers have long known how dangerous cheerleading is, but records were poorly kept until recently. An update to the record-keeping system last year found that between 1982 and 2007, there were 103 fatal, disabling or serious injuries recorded among female high school athletes, with the vast majority (67) occurring in cheerleading. The next most dangerous sports: gymnastics (nine such injuries) and track (seven).

God bless their little daredevil hearts. Thank you for risking so much for so little.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Another Sotomayer decision overturned

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results, the court said Monday in a 5-4 decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.

When do we start hiring and promoting based on a man or woman's abilities and not the color of their skin?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Billy Mays, dead, 50, heart disease

DEVELOPING Noon Central Daylight Time: Television "pitchman" Billy Mays — who built his fame by appearing on commercials and infomercials promoting household products and gadgets — died Sunday.

Mays was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa, Fla., home at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry to Mays' residence and foul play is not suspected. Authorities said an autopsy should be complete by Monday afternoon.

Celebrities usually die in threes.
1 Farrah Fawcett
2 Michael Jackson
3 Billy

Looks like it was heart disease.