Friday, February 12, 2010

Irony, defined

Robert Redford tonight will receive the USC School of Theatre's inaugural Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists, honoring not only the actor's career but his social activism. 

Ummmm. Uh, yeah. Okay. Seriously?

Global Warming? Uh, No.

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma forecaster is predicting an unusual weather phenomenon — snow on the ground in all 50 states at the same time.

Patrick Marsh, who works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory, says a winter storm passing through the southern U.S. Thursday and early Friday is predicted to leave measureable snowfall in the Deep South, including parts of the Florida Panhandle.

We had another dusting yesterday at the DDDN Studios in beautiful Norman Oklahoma. That storm is the one that dumped on Dallas, and is heading across the south today.

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- A University of Oklahoma student is taking an extra interest in this week's snow storms in the south and northeast and is working to document the events in a very unique way.
Patrick Marsh said it's likely by the end of the week snow will be on the ground in all 50 states.

Global warming...Sure whatever. The weather kooks are saying global warming is causing all this snow. Really? So with that logic I can spend all my money and I'll get richer?

Just think...4 more months and it will be summer again.

Walter Fredrick Morrison, Iventor of the Frisbee, dead, 90, old age and cancer

SALT LAKE CITY — Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died. He was 90.

"That simple little toy has permeated every continent in every country, as many homes have Frisbees as any other device ever invented," McIff said. "How would you get through your youth without learning to throw a Frisbee?"

Morrison sold the production and manufacturing rights to his "Pluto Platter" in 1957. The plastic flying disc was later renamed the "Frisbee," with sales surpassing 200 million discs. It is now a staple at beaches and college campuses across the country and spawned sports like Frisbee golf and the team sport Ultimate.

Loved by hippies college students pretty much everyone the Frisbee has brought fun into millions of people's lives. How many toys can you say did that?

My Cub Scouts thought Ultimate was the greatest game ever invented. We played it at every opportunity.

Fritz is probably beside himself today. He is a member of the Professional Frisbee Tossing League. He and similarly minded people use the amazing flying platters to play a game very similar to golf, except with out all the bathing and grooming and expensive clothes.

Our sympathies here at DDDN are with the Morrison family.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Marines exchange fire as battle looms

NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines and Taliban insurgents exchanged gunfire Thursday on the outskirts of Marjah, a southern militant stronghold where American and Afghan forces are expected to launch a major attack in the coming days.

To the north, a U.S.-Afghan force led by the U.S. Army's 5th Stryker Brigade linked up with Marines on Thursday, closing off a Taliban escape route to the nearby major city of Lashkar Gah.

Marines said the Taliban defenders were apparently trying to draw the Americans into a bigger fight before the U.S. was ready to launch the main attack.

"They're trying to draw us in," said Capt. Joshua Winfrey, 30, of Tulsa, Okla., commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines.

Through much of the day, insurgents repeatedly fired rockets and mortars at the American and Afghan units poised in foxholes around the town, 380 miles (about 610 kilometers) southwest of Kabul.

"I am not surprised at all that this is taking place," said the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Brian Christmas. "We are touching their trigger-line," referring to the outer rim of the Taliban defenses.

I'm surprised the Taliban are choosing to have a stand up fight. I can guess this will be the most booby trapped, IED laden fight the Marines will ever experience in their history.

The Taliban will get to enjoy one of our new toys though...
I hope they like it.
Semper Fi, my brothers.

Clip courtesy of Wally Beddoe, CPL USMC 81-85 who blogs on USMC81.

I guess someone at the AP liked Wally's or my take on "THE BREACHER".

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

First lady: President Obama had 'phenomenal year'
WASHINGTON – First lady Michelle Obama says President Barack Obama "has done a phenomenal job," but that people have a right to criticize him.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," she said getting things accomplished in heavily politicized Washington is "a constant struggle."

I think Michelle should take a stance for all women all over America and just tell her husband the truth. "You stunk it up this year buddy, try harder next year."

Wives all over America, do what she's doing, telling their husbands 'what they want to hear'. 
"I love your cooking."
"You are a good dancer"
"I don't mind picking up after you."
"You're the best lover I've ever had."
"Juan does a great job on the shrubs and cleaning the pool."

Wouldn't it be refreshing if the 1st Lady would start an initiative of Honesty in the Home. She could call it HNH and have a press conference and call on all the other '1st Ladies' out there to live honestly.

Trust me when I say this, most men want to know the TRUTH. No matter how much it hurts. No matter how unfeeling it may seem. Be honest with your man.

I recently watched The Invention of Lying. What a refreshing movie! After the first scene between Anna and Mark, I told my wife, "I could live in that world."
I tell you this, Washington, DC is the opposite of this movie and the world it portrays. Washington is the town of lies. And when one person does come forward with the truth, they stone them like the proverbial adulterous woman.
Live your life differently. Tell the truth, always, with every word out of your mouth. At first people will think you are rude, uncaring, hurtful, but you are only being HONEST. 

How refreshing the universe would be. Imagine, you've been sucking down coffee all morning and you walk up to colleague. He responds with, "Dude, your breath could knock a bulldog off a gut wagon." You would politely apologize and grab a breath mint until you can go brush your teeth. Everyone is happy. You aren't offending people any longer. It's magical.

Imagine your friend has a pimple on their forehead that looks like a third eyeball. It's distracting and simply gross. If you let them walk around looking like they have a small pox infection, what kind of friend are you? As a friend you point it out and say, "Wow, you should get to the bathroom and get that thing taken care of/see a doctor." They are now aware of the offending white head.

There would be no more, "Do I look fat in these pants?" You know you look fat, why does anyone need to hear a lie to make them feel better? "Of course you do dear. Don't worry about it." Boom. You don't have to worry about it any longer, and in the back of your mind you know its time to get to the gym. After a few sessions, you feel better about yourself, your husband likes what he sees, its a win win.

With the recent 100th anniversary of Scouting, Boy Scouts in America should all remember our oaths, to obey the Scout Law. And as you remember the first tenant is...
A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
You ladies are honor bound as well...

The Girl Scout Law's first line rings true...
I will do my best to be honest and fair,

It was good for us when we were young boys and girls and it is good for us now as adults. Lets all show Washington DC how it's done.

Monday, February 8, 2010

YES! Beer once again good for you

If you downed one too many while watching the Super Bowl, here's at least one reason to hold your head high: Drinking beer can be good for your health.

But seriously, a new analysis of 100 commercial beers shows the hoppy beverage is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for bone health.

Though past research has suggested beer is chock full of silicon, little was known about how silicon levels varied with the type of beer and malting process used. So a pair of researchers took one for the team and ran chemical analyses on beer's raw ingredients. They also picked up 100 commercial beers from the grocery store and measured the silicon content.

While the researchers are not recommending gulping beer to meet your silicon intake needs, their study does add to others on the potential health benefits of this cold beverage.

I knew it all along. Great for bones, maybe not so great for the stuff between the bones.

A Warning on Mixing Herbs and Medicine

Researchers are warning that popular herbs and supplements, including St. John’s wort and even garlic and ginger, do not mix well with common heart drugs and can also be dangerous for patients taking statins, blood thinners and blood pressure medications.

St. John’s wort raises blood pressure and heart rate, and garlic and ginger increase the risk of bleeding in patients on blood thinners, the researchers said. Even grapefruit juice can be risky, increasing the effects of calcium-channel blockers and statins, they said.

The study did not mention dried swine penis, nor did it mention tea tree oil, nor did it mention eye of newt, and no mention of extract of alligator toe nail. So Fritz will not have to change anything in his daily regimen to prevent the flu. Fritz and his common law wife are also happy his all natural Viagra replacement consisting of powdered bat wing and ground fresh water mussel shells and oil of pine nuts were not mentioned in the article. So bully for you Josh. Live healthy my friend. I will continue to chant the 1980s mantra of "better living through chemistry".

Have a Coke (TM), Have some Pancreatic Cancer Too

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who drink two or more sweetened soft drinks a week have a much higher risk of pancreatic cancer, an unusual but deadly cancer, researchers reported on Monday.
People who drank mostly fruit juice instead of sodas did not have the same risk, the study of 60,000 people in Singapore found.

Ummm. That kinda sucks. Good thing I don't drink 6 of these a day anymore.

Embrace your shortness

Carrie Underwood at the Super Bowl XLIV. She sang the National Anthem. Expertly, I might add.

Look at those shoes! WTH? Carrie honey, embrace your height challenged cuteness. It's okay to be short, no need to hurt yourself with very sexy...but ill advised shoes.

There were some funny tweets last night about Carrie breaking up with Tony Romo, something about her telling him she'd be in the Super Bowl before Tony. Hehehehe.

Carrie picture from

The Who rocked last night as well. I enjoyed that very much. Some of my daughter's clueless friends did not appreciate how great The Who were. A brief Facebook discussion broke out. Basically her friend did not think The Who were in the top 10 rock bands of all time. I'm sure her list was not anywhere close to our list which was, in no particular order...
  • The Beatles
  • Led Zepplin
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • Van Halen
  • U2
  • Metalica
  • Rush
  • Pink Floyd
  • Queen
Honorable Mention... Bob Marley and the Whalers, Jimi Hendrix, Eagles.

But what do you expect from an 18 year old who's musical education is, to put it nicely, lacking.

The Super Bowl commercials were pretty good in the first half.

I'd have to say the Betty White/Ab Vigoda Snickers advert was probably my favorite.

"That's not what your girlfriend says!" Classic