Saturday, February 24, 2007

---Iran's Nukes, The News, NASA, and Other Stories 

Just to narrow it down a little----
I am not the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby....

In another completely unexpected turn of events...
My Way News - Report on Iran: Nuclear Work Ongoing
ElBaradei’s report to the IAEA makes it clear that Iran has not slowed its efforts to procure nuclear weapons technology---and has in fact expanded its program. Moreover, the inflammatory rhetoric from Iranian leaders continues unabated. History, as usual, is repeating itself---again.

My Way News - Iraqi Insurgents Use 2nd 'Dirty' Bomb
Faced with the horrific specter of peace for the people of Iraq in the wake of recent crackdowns, insurgents have begun strapping their improvised explosives to chlorine tanks is a desperate effort to increase civilian casualties.

FOXNews.com - Internet Buzzing Over Mystery Weapon Found in Iraq - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News
Everybody’s playing “what’s that weapon” with Michael Yon’s photos of unidentified weapons found in 2005 in a cache in Mosul. One appears to be a crude, homemade rocket launcher, another could be some kind of sub-munition from a cluster bomb. Everything was destroyed by U.S. forces, and they don’t appear to have been widely deployed against Americans in Iraq since then, so it probably doesn’t really matter.

My Way News - Co-Inventor of the TV Remote Dies
Quick! Name the inventors of:
-Integrated circuits
-Microwave ovens
-Ethernet, WiFi, the computer mouse
-The TV remote

But I’ll bet you know which “pop star” shaved her head last week, and who gets the dead playmate’s baby, and the more technically savvy among you can probably even name the NASA. mission specialist who went bozo recently and tried to kill somebody.

Well, anyway, Richard Alder, a contributor to the development of the television remote control, has died at 93.

At least one political cartoonist thinks all of the lurid sensationalism lately may actually prove beneficial.

Think about it! All the terrorist leaders can do is convince their wacked young people to blow themselves up. But in a world where Darfur only makes a “blip” on the proverbial “radar screen” every three or four months, Americans recently devoted all of their televised “news” resources to a live feed of the “Anna Nicole” courtroom for at least thirty minutes before anything was scheduled to happen!

Be very afraid!!!

SPACE.com -- NASA Has Plan for Unstable Astronauts
Just in case another astronaut goobers out and starts opening airlocks in space or anything, NASA has made plans---evidently involving lots of duct tape.

Now, if they just had some idea of what to do about their managers ....

Spacewalkers to tread lightly amid dangers - Space News - MSNBC.com
James Oberg has some observations---in historical context---about the recent EVA to free an antenna on the Progress freighter which failed to retract on docking with ISS and jammed under a hand rail.


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Thursday, February 15, 2007

---Astronaut Trouble, MRO Problems, Superbowl Ads, Cable TV, Rowboat Recklessness 

Making the news.....
My Way News [AP] - Astronaut Charged With Kidnap Attempt FL Today Space: "Astronaut freed for now, but charged with attempted murder"
In a manned spaceflight program which has come to be almost completely dominated by public relations considerations, this must have been the horror story of a lifetime. NASA responded by issuing “statements” and “reviewing procedures”:
My Way News - NASA to Review Screening Process NASA - Statement Regarding the Status of Lisa Nowak
The press, for its part, went into full “Runaway Bride” mode, blithering vacuously 24-hours a day for a seeming eternity, with headlines such as “Diaper Drive” and “Astronaut Love Triangle”.....
FOXNews.com - NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak Charged With Attempted Murder
The torture didn’t stop, of course, but only found a new target for completely fact-free speculation:
FOXNews.com - Anna Nicole Smith Is Dead, Her Lawyer Says

Law Would Ban IPods When Crossing Street
By the way, this isn’t nearly as funny as it should be. This NY state senator is apparently completely serious.

SPACE.com -- Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Glitch Disrupts Data Flow to Earth
The MRO, which has been returning some of the most spectacular images of Mars ever seen (HiRISE PSP Imaging), has started to experience electronic problems, including increasing noise in the HiRise camera systems.

What I watched during the Superbowl
Coca-Cola - Audio/Video Center - Advertising
Yes, we actually FF’ed through the silly game and watched the commercials later. My personal favorite was a hilarious spoof by the Coca-Cola Co. of the infamous, hyper-violent street racing video game “Grand Theft Auto”.

My Way News - Wrestling Tops Cable Ratings Again
I...just don’t quite know what to say about this. This is a “sport” which has finally admitted that it is largely fictitious, and it has probably increased in popularity as a result. Sort of explains a lot about the Clinton administration, though.....

...also on Cable....
How is Mary the Mediatrix of all Graces? - Catholic Answers Forums Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces
Continuing my sincere effort to understand what Roman Catholics---or at least their leadership----actually believe, I came across this forum and a reference from EWTN. Having arrogated to themselves the authority (by brutalizing the the interpretation of Matthew 16:18-20) to arrogate to themselves the authority to write new scriptures, they continue to heap up whole libraries of these elaborate fantasies---“Mary” is the “Neck”?!. The principle qualification for the Roman Catholic priesthood is evidently a complete immunity to embarrassment.
It has occurred to me that both Julius Caesar and Benedict XVI have been Pontifex Maximus at Rome. Unlike the mythology in the Roman era, however, the new stuff isn’t even particularly entertaining.

My Way News - NYC Ticket Says Man Ran Light in Rowboat
Worse, he apparently did so with an aluminum rowboat which never left his yard.


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Friday, February 02, 2007

---Cartoon Terror, Iran/Iraq , U.S. Politics, Nobel Prize, and Other Stories 

CN goes “viral”
FOXNews.com [AP]- 'Suspicious Packages' That Paralyzed Boston Part of Cartoon Network Marketing Campaign
Cartoon Network, purveyors of some of the most grossly perverted material currently to be witnessed on cable TV, shows what other depths the “Adult Swim” mentality can reach. Two have been arrested, so far, in a scheme to market one of the late-night animated cartoons by placing flashing signs of one of the characters---making an obscene gesture---in locations which would typify a terrorist's strategy for attacking key transportation routes in a major metropolitan area, and without notifying the civil authorities of the “campaign”. Turner Broadcasting claims
it notified law enforcement in various cities of the signs several weeks ago, and CN posted a televised apology. Boston officials are contemplating further criminal charges, and want Turner to pay the estimated $750k in costs for the near-paralysis of the city.

Telegraph | News | N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing
Having mastered nuclear weapons technology, NK is purportedly helping its little friends in the Middle East duplicate the effort. NK has, of course, vigorously denied this.

DESTROYED - NOT By MICHELLE MALKIN - Opedcolumnists - New York Post Online Edition : Video version: posted at 8:56 am on January 22, 2007
Malkin has been touring Iraq in person, taking photos of the largely intact mosques which the AP has recently reported to have been destroyed by politically-favorable sectarian violence. The mystery source which the AP has used for a lot of these lurid stories of Iraqi violence has been identified as an actual person, but just in case, the AP has stopped citing sources by name.

FOXNews.com[AP] - Senior Iranian Dissident Cleric Slams Ahmadinejad on Nuclear Diplomacy
The Iranian president is meeting increasing opposition to his incomprehensible policies of international brinksmanship from the people most likely to be able to stop him----other Iranians.

Another DVR Moment....
My Way News[AP] - Clinton: U.S. Out of Iraq by January '09
Former two-term co-President and hyper-intelligent international beauty Hillary Clinton has demanded that U.S. officially-President Bush end the Iraqi engagement before he completes his term. Later, in a horrifying pre-nightmare rendition of what would happen if she were actually allowed exectuive authority, Clinton swore up-and-down that if she were President in 2002, we would never have sent troops to Iraq, which as a U.S. Senator she voted to approve.
Later, Clinton had her very own, very presidential open-mike moment while trying to remember the National Anthem: YouTube - Hillary Clinton Sings National Anthem

FOXNews.com - Eye on '08: Biden Comes Out Swinging Against His Democratic Opponents
Still later, Democratic Senator Joseph Biden---in a moment of unusal candor that he probably wishes he had foreshortened a bit---stated that Hillary's alleged Iraq policy concepts “baffle me”. He also had way too much to say about Senator Barack Obama's presidential bid, and has been trying to explain away his comments ever since.

FOXNews.com[AP] - Al Gore Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Climate Change Efforts
Yep...about what we've learned to expect from the Nobel committee.

FOXNews.com[AP] - Kerry Blasts Foreign Policy, Says U.S. Has Become 'International Pariah'
It's campaign season again, and overt treason is politically fashionable, especially if it encourages the nation's enemies to kill and injure its citizens. It's all about leadership, dummies.


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----Photos From the Other Edge 

The local Sam’s™ outlet had a few Segways™ for sale over the holidays. For some reason, I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the warning label from the display model on the cell phone camera....

It's that other rotten little dog---Trudi, just back from her backyard enforcement role as the Trud-i-Nator, inquiring as to why the doggie door suddenly stopped working.


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