Friday, January 8, 2010

Pakistan Blames Militants for Karachi Blast

Pakistani officials say at least eight suspected militants have been killed in an explosion at their safehouse in the commercial center of Karachi.

Investigators say the suspected militants accidentally detonated the explosives Friday, destroying the safehouse.

Okay, so if a Islamic fascist accidentally kills himself and a few of his buddies, does he still get the 72 virgins? What's the fascination with virgins anyway?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Possibly the most clever tutorial EVER

In the guise of a news story about a 24 year old teacher's aide who's nude picture is causing a stir, Brian Taff makes a news story a demonstration of the technology the station spent tens of thousands on and in the end a tutorial on how to comment on stories posted to their news website.

This might possibly be the most clever attention grabbing tutorial EVAR!

BANGOR, Pa. - January 7, 2010 -- An eastern Pennsylvania teacher's aide has resigned after a nude photo of her circulated among students.

School board member Ron Angle says the aide left her phone unattended at a social function outside of school when someone found the phone and sent out the photo.

There are two "video stories" to see, the second actually looks like a news report. The first is just a technology demonstration.

And finally, our local news does this as well. Since when does the opinion of some random viewers equal news? Are the reporters completely unable to write a news story now? Is it really necessary that they share some viewer's comments as part of the story? This is exactly why local news on broadcast television is in trouble.

Teachers all over Pennsylvania are deleting nude pictures of themselves from their phones as we speak. And before you ask, NO, they never show the teacher's aide in any of the stories.

Cold Iguanas Free-Fall From Trees

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Record lows across South Florida are literally freezing the invasive iguana in its tracks.

Kamikaze iguanas, plummeting from their treetop perches, have long been a Floridian urban legend. On Wednesday morning, Local 10 caught the free-falling lizard on tape.

Round them up and exterminate them. As the Ron Magill of Miami Metrozoo suggests...
While the lizards' comatose state provides a perfect opportunity to reign in the invasive species, Magill had a warning.

"I knew of a gentleman who was collecting them off the street and throwing them in the back of his station wagon, and all of a sudden these things are coming alive, crawling on his back and almost caused a wreck," Magill said.
Video after the jump.

Cellphones may protect brain from Alzheimer's, make cheese easier to find

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A study in mice suggests using cellphones may help prevent some of the brain-wasting effects of Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

After long-term exposure to electromagnetic waves such as those used in cell phones, mice genetically altered to develop Alzheimer's performed as well on memory and thinking skill tests as healthy mice, the researchers wrote in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

This actually makes pretty good sense if you think about it. Since cell phones cause tumors, the tumors build up and keep the brain uh, making the brain juices more fluid, which in turn helps you remember where you put the cheese in your refrigerator and where you are as you wander through the maze of crap you have accumulated in your house during your old age. Uh, yeah that's it.

In the war of dogs vs. cats, clear winner: dogs

LOS ANGELES – Cats. Dogs. Those can be fighting words in some circles.

Cats are "nasty, stinking creatures," says Mark David of Warrensburg, Mo. And dogs? They're noisy, disruptive and "lick you and themselves," counters Sanford Reikes of Louisville, Ky.

Clearly, there are dog people and there are cat people. But it's not much of a contest: 74 percent of people like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.

Cats win the dislike vote handily, according to an Associated poll. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was just 2 percent.

This just confirms what I've been saying all along. I think Joseph puts a lid on this one with the following quote from the article...

Joseph Moreus, 61, of Westminster, Calif., understands why dogs come out on top.

"They have more personality. They are loyal," he said. "Cats are all about cats but dogs are interested in pleasing their owners. Cats don't care if they please you or not."

I know this is the kind of hard hitting journalism you come here to get. Have a good day.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Randy Johnson retired

SAN FRANCISCO – Randy Johnson looked so awkward on the mound early in his career, that shaggy hair dangling down his neck as he fired a blazing fastball in every direction but the strike zone.

Now, after 22 major league seasons, The Big Unit is walking away from baseball as one of the game's greatest pitchers.

The 6-foot-10 Johnson announced his retirement on a conference call Tuesday, a decision that had been expected from the overpowering left-hander who reached 300 wins last June.

You know, I never really thought about the duel meaning of the pitcher's name and nickname before today. His name might very well be added to the Hall of Great Duel Meaning Names. Which houses only the most awesome names. His name will be written along side some of the other greats like, Haywood Jablome, Mike Hunt, Dick Hertz, and you know the others. Yeah, and he'll probably be in that other Hall of Fame too when it's all over.

SS Bob Barker

LOS ANGELES – Five million dollars for an anti-whaling ship? Bob Barker says the price is right.

Barker donated that amount to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which named its new 1,200-ton anti-whaling ship The Bob Barker.

The ship had its first confrontation with whalers on Tuesday when it joined two other Sea Shepherd vessels aiming to stop a Japanese whaling mission near Antarctica.

"He (Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson) said he thought he could put the Japanese whaling fleet out of business if he had $5 million," Barker recalled. "I said, 'I think you do have the skills to do that, and I have $5 million, so let's get it on,' so that's what we did."

I'm not sure I have a strong position on whaling. I can see the concerns of both sides of the issue. I'm sure some whaling is fine. But hunting a species to extinction is stupid. I'm sure native communities in Alaska should be allowed to hunt, as they only do it to keep their culture alive. I know the Japanese have cultural concerns about whaling as well. But commercial whaling should not be allowed without some regulation, primarily because man, by nature, is a greedy animal and will allow economic concerns to overrule good judgment nearly every time.

Bob isn't like other celebrities, he puts his money where his mouth is.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, duel atomic bomb survivor, dead, cancer, 93

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, has died at age 93.

Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip for his shipbuilding company on Aug. 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city.

He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, about 300 kilometers (190 miles) to the southwest, which suffered a second U.S. atomic bomb attack three days later.

The mayor of Nagasaki said "a precious storyteller has been lost," in a message posted on the city's Web site Wednesday. Yamaguchi died Monday morning of stomach cancer, the mass circulation Mainichi, Asahi and Yomiuri newspapers reported.

He is one tough old bird for sure. I could see a movie about this guy's life. It would not likely be a comedy, but I'm sure it would be very interesting to see what mainland Japan was like during the war and the hardships the Japanese went through.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

OU recruits already have the anti-Texass on full


While future Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell was representing the crimson and cream in Saturday’s Under Armour All-America Bowl on ESPN, eight other Sooners were doing the same on FOX Sports during the 2010 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

In fact, OU’s players were so impressive — particularly the four starting offensive linemen for the West — they received their own group sideline interview. Using RDK’s advanced video capture techniques (i.e., recording the screen), we’ve brought the interview straight to the Intertubes.

Video after the jump.
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Global Cooling

BEIJING (AFP) – Planes were grounded and thousands of schools were forced to close as the heaviest snow in over six decades blanketed Beijing and Seoul on Monday, with temperatures plummeting across much of Asia.

One person was killed and at least two others were missing in the mountains of central Japan after heavy snow.

With temperatures falling in several Asian countries, Indian officials said over 40 people had died in a cold snap that has gripped parts of the north and prompted authorities to shut thousands of schools and dole out firewood.

After watching a record blizzard smack the studios of DDDN, I'm beginning to wonder when the famed climatologists will start telling us the sky is falling because we over corrected when trying to mess with Mother Nature and now we are all going to die in a winter wonderland.

Don't they know no one messes with Mother Nature.

This commercial ran back in the 1970s when the climatologist were telling us we were on the verge of a NEW ICE AGE!

A Cherokee to the Redskins?

ASHBURN, Va. – Jim Zorn was fired by the Washington Redskins early Monday, the first step in yet another team overhaul under owner Dan Snyder.

Former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is considered the favorite to replace Zorn. The new coach, Snyder and Allen will have a monumental task to rebuild a team with many roster deficiencies and major questions at offensive line, quarterback and running back.

Is it possible that the Redskins could take Sam Bradford (a Cherokee tribal member) in the NFL Draft? I wonder how Sam feels about that? There has been several attacks and lawsuits over the years attempting to get the name Redskins removed from the team.

If they do manage to get Sam Bradford they better spend some money to protect him. Not that I think he is fragile, but Sam has proven he is excellent when well protected in the pocket. It worked for him in each of his most prolific years, first at Putnam City North as a Junior and then at OU when he won the Heisman Trophy.