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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Break out the bubbly

Slobberdan Theneedledick Slobodan Milosevic has passed on.

My only gripe is that the UN dicked around for so long that he was never convicted of his crimes. But then, Milosevic's trial was the perfect example of why the UN shouldn't be trusted with any task harder than picking their noses.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Surgery results

The Raging Mrs came through just fine. In the words of her doctor, "Everything was the way I said it was, was where is was supposed to be, and everything happened the way it was supposed to happen." So that's good. Now it's a matter of keeping her from doing anything stupid while she heals.

That's harder than it sounds, when you have a wife who's used to being able to do anything short of benchpressing a car. But we'll make it happen.

Couple of things I've been mulling over while I've been here - The Dubai Ports World deal. All the congresscritters are up in arms, and now the deal has been blocked. But where were the congresscritters when a state owned company from CHINA took over the Long Beach port?

Hmmmmmmm......

(crickets chirping)

That's what I thought. The DP World Port Snort is nothing but political grandstanding during an election year, and the damage from our congresscritters being dumbassed fucksticks is going to be seen down the road. Instead of well thought out debate, we got hysterical shrieking from both sides of the isles. The congresscritters have shown once again that they aren't worth a squirt of piss in the wind.

Jay Bennish - the Colorado teacher who went on a forty-minute unhinged, loonyville, Leftard rant in a classroom. While he was supposed to be teaching.

He was suspended while the school district tried to cover their ass see if he broke any rules. It seems that everything is peachy, because he just got reinstated. I guess once the district found out that they couldn't lose any money by keeping him, they decided that having a complete and total leftist nutjob teaching in a school, passing out wildly biased partisan bullshit as "facts", and torturing his students with unhinged, unintelligent rants about how Bush is Hitler and America is the worst country in the world is just peachy keen!

What a crock of shit.

Bennish is just another example of an over-privileged loser indoctrinated by other over-privileged losers, who have never had to work a real job for one fucking day of their lives, who run around chanting "Down with the man! Stop the oppression!" when they've never come close to actually SEEING the man, and who would run from trying to stop REAL oppression just as fast as their little greasy feet could take them. Notice how the worthless little asscannons practically give people like Mao and Che and Castro a tongue-bath, and those are some of the people with the worst human rights records in the world! But to a brain-dead fucktard like a liberal, they're just hunky dory, man! It's AMERICA that's the problem, man! Yeah, man! Pass the dope, man!

Fuck it. Just another reason why school vouchers should be implemented IMMEDIATELY!

GAO. That's all for now. I'll post later when I can.

The Washington Post is cutting jobs...

...partly due to the high costs [of] covering the Iraq war.

Editor and Publisher

Thursday, March 09, 2006

What's wrong with this picture?




Welcome to Enceladus (EN sell odd us). It's a 300 mile diameter moon orbiting Saturn and the brightest planetary body in the solar system. That's because it is completely covered with snow. And not just some cruddy Vermont refreeze. This is fresh, clean, highly reflective powder.

Today the media, new and old, was flooded with headlines from JPL announcing that Cassini had discovered "Potential Liquid Water" on Enceladus. They had a breathless podcast. Drudge linked it. Rush chatted it up. Glenny thought it was "very cool." Although I was exposed to a number of different types of water as a chemist (heavy-, distilled-, waste-, gaseous-, etc.), I never discovered any potential-water. But that's not the worst of it.

You see, the image above was made in 1982 by Voyager 2. That's 24 year old news. At that time, NASA knew that Enceladus was spewing snow. They knew from the huge linear fissures that it was geologically active. They knew that another moon named Dione perturbed its orbit, subjecting it to tidal movement. They knew these tides were causing elastic deformation in the ice pack. And internal heating. And they figured it was probably melting some of that ice.

So where's the news? It's right
here.

In the spring of 2008, scientists will get another chance to look at Enceladus when Cassini flies within 350 kilometers (approximately 220 miles), but much work remains after Cassini's four-year prime mission is over.


Enceladus has just become an anti-discovery, welfare entitlement for an army of aeronautical engineers, planetary scientists, and < hirp > astro-biologists. This was a great mission, but it's time to move on before they start making the Shuttle Program look good.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Blog Post of the Day

Blaming the Media, by the Opinionated Bastard who compares media coverage of the Rodney King trial to coverage of recent events in Iraq.
There are moral consequences to standing at the sidelines as well as moral cost of taking action.

There are also moral consequences to cheerleading violence. I see the media cheerleading failure, cheerleading terrorism, and cheerleading civil war. It disgusts me.
It disgusts me, too. Why can't they just give me the news - tell me what's going on without trying to tell me what to think? Why do they feel the need to make shit up? Is there not enough happening in the world?

Best Editorial: Ben Stein's "Missed Tributes."
The brave guy in Hollywood will be the one who says that this is a fabulously great country where we treat gays, blacks, and everyone else as equal. The courageous writer in Hollywood will be the one who says the oil companies do their best in a very hostile world to bring us energy cheaply and efficiently and with a minimum of corruption. The producer who really has guts will be the one who says that Wall Street, despite its flaws, has done the best job of democratizing wealth ever in the history of mankind.

No doubt the men and women who came to the Oscars in gowns that cost more than an Army Sergeant makes in a year, in limousines with champagne in the back seat, think they are working class heroes to attack America — which has made it all possible for them. They are not. They would be heroes if they said that Moslem extremists are the worst threat to human decency since Hitler and Stalin. But someone might yell at them or even attack them with a knife if they said that, so they never will.

San Antonio

ain't too bad a place. The first thing I noticed is the smell. I don't know if it's mesquite or what, but it's this fresh, kinda pine scent. It's rather nice.

The Raging Mrs. is going under the knife on Friday. Normally, this would scare the shit out of both of us, but after two months of her captivity in a wheelchair, it was more of a relief than anything else. If there's anyone out there who prays, could you spare a few seconds for my wife? I have all faith in the doctor, but there is a reason why doctors practice medicine.

One other thing - go check out this letter by a man named Jim March. It is one of the best anti-guncontrol letters I've read in a while. Well stated, articulate, and backed up by tons of fact filled links. I found it while reading Random Nuclear Strikes.

That's it for now. By the way, I've finally joined the modern age, and purchaced a laptop computer with WiFi capabilities. It's not the fastest, most shiniest piece of electronic equipment you've ever seen, but it's the best computer I've ever owned, so I'm not complaining. And the wife will be thrilled to have all of my "crap" (as she calls it) off the home computer. Graphics, army crap and all that. She'll have that computer to herself, and she's singing Hallelujia.

I'll keep you all updated. I'll hopefully be meeting with a few people from this area, including a few bloggers you might know. If I meet people, I'll do my best to post pictures.

Oh, that's another thing that came under the "Let's make the wife feel better and buy her something" fund. A digital camera. Kodak Easyshare or something like that. She picked it out, and it's HER camera. I get a dirty look from her if I even glance in the camera's direction. Ah well, I have all my fancy gizmos, she deserves her own. But since we have it here, I may just be able to get a few pictures from it.

If she doesn't bite my fingers off for touching it.

"sneaky stupid crazy like a fox bushmchitler roadrunner"

Scintillating BDS stuff here.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Haw x 2

The Rachel Corrie Pancake Breakfast

Haw

IMAO: please pray for george clooney

On The Road Again

The Raging Mrs. and I are headed out today. We'll be gone for about a week. I've emailed the people who emailed me, so hopefully I'll have a chance to meet a couple of folks.

I may be able to post on the road, I may not. We'll find out. If not, I'll see ya all next week.