Monday, January 31, 2011

Lewinsky, Kaczynski, Challengeski

The Washington Post runs a weekly contest in its Style section called the 'Style Invitational.'

The requirements this week were to use the two words 'Lewinsky' (the Intern) and 'Kaczynski' (the Unabomber) in the same limerick. 




Third place:

There once was a girl named Lewinsky
Who played on a flute like Stravinsky
'Twas 'Hail to the Chief'
On this flute made of beef
That stole the front page from Kaczynski.

Second place:

Said Clinton to young Ms. Lewinsky,
We don't want to leave clues like Kaczynski,
Since you made such a mess,
Use the hem of your dress
And please wipe that stuff off your chinsky.

And the winning entry:

Lewinsky and Clinton have shown
What Kaczynski must surely have known,
That an intern is better
Than a bomb in a letter,
When deciding how best to be blown.

Hat tip to my friend, Geary Ultimate Maxima Cheesestone.

Missoula Children's Theater Calls for Beheading of Sarah Palin

Looks like the evil Right wing and Tea Party are at it again... I mean what is it about Sarah Palin that they fear so much? She's neither running for political office nor is she in political office yet for some reason, they are willing to show their true, violent way of thinking just to let everyone know how much they hate her. Really though... can anyone tell me what it is about her?

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It looks like the 'civility' piously demanded by elitist moonbats in the wake of the Tucson Massacre has made it to Montana, where a citizen reacts to what he saw onstage at the Missoula Children's Theater:


Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because 'no one would miss her' but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this 'uncivil tone' about another human being.


We are in the midst of a crisis that took place in Tucson where many started pointing fingers at that horrible right wing with all their hatred and targeting and standing for the second amendment and on and on and on. So, here we are in a lovely play with beautiful voices serenading us and we have to hear that it is okay to call for the killing of Sarah Palin because we don't like her and no one would miss her. Unbelievable.


As the Wall Street Journal points out, Missoula is hardly the only place the infantile yet condescending artsy-fartsy community indulges in inappropriate attacks on its perceived enemies in the culture war. The lectures we've been receiving from moonbats about civility in political discourse are like having to listen to a sty full of pigs grunt through dripping mouthfuls of slop about the need for better table manners.


hang sarah palin



On tips from J and Lyle.
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Emphatic opinions of the undereducated.

Let's face it- it's not easy being an ideologist- especially when you don't have all your facts straight. I'm a pretty spiritual person but I don't consider myself to be particularly religious. I recognize that organized religion is flawed and I get it that it's all written by men even if they insist that it at least includes the word of God. Of course, Islam insists that all of the Qur'an is the word of God and I'm in no position to refute that assertion.

That said, much of what I've read and heard rings true and I believe it. Of course, much of what I've heard and read sounds like it was written by someone or some group of people who did it "for the good of the people" and I take that with a grain of salt. Geniuses like Bill Maher would call me a "cherry picker" for having this belief and would ridicule me for not being a "true believer". Of course, half a breath later, he and people like him would ridicule me for being a "true believer" and for swallowing the story hook line and sinker. It's like there's a pattern in there somewhere. I wish I could see it.

Anyway, I was reading a blog this morning and thought I'd comment on a recent post. I'd link to the blog but I don't want to be accused of stealing bandwidth as has happened in the past. I'd comment directly on the post but I've been asked to promise not to post there anymore.

Catherine Beyer writes: Luciferianism hard to Distinguish from Satanism.
Catherine Beyer I periodically have received requests to cover Luciferianism on this site, particularly to show how it is different from Satanism.  The problem is that sources on Luciferianism are not terribly abundant, and often what I find, quite frankly, does describe traits that seem very much in line with Satanism.
If anyone knows of good sources for Luciferianism, particularly how it is separate from Satanism, I'd welcome the suggestions.
That's the problem. There must be 5,000 varieties of Christians. Can anyone tell me the difference between a Presbyterian and a Congregationalist?  Members of both groups are absolutely convinced that their religion is the correct one. And the same is true with devil worshippers. They all think their religion is the true one.
Beyer points us to a site about Luciferianism: The Society of Lucifer.
We Luciferians know that Luciferianism is not Satanism, but because of the confusion in our path we have allowed Satanism to creep in to pollute our path.  What I call Neo-Luciferianism mixes Satanism with Luciferianism, and I refer to the type promoted by Michael Ford. Many Satanists, and near all Christians, think Luciferianism is Satanism, and we have done little to counter that false idea.  I have written at length on this blog about the differences between Satanism and the Luciferian paths, but we need to create a clear boundary between the two paths, or be hijacked as another obscure Satanist path.
Indeed we do.
So, here we go again, I guess. Libs and other ideologists latch onto the idea of 100% participation with zeal and vigor. They do this glibly and blindly because I suspect it's just too much effort for them to deal in the facts and the truth.

"Members of both groups are absolutely convinced that their religion is the correct one. And the same is true with devil worshippers. They all think their religion is the true one."

The truth is that most religious people are not blind followers. Most are not convinced that their religion is the only correct religion. Furthermore, people without any belief in religion or God have little to no understanding of what people who believe in religion or God actually believe. Of course, they don't let that stop them. Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but it sounds an awful lot like classic forms of bigotry.

Stereotypes are a big timesaver but bigotry is just blind hatred. There's a reasonable explanation for this type of behavior and I'll explain it in a future post.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Beer dispenser fills cups from the bottom.

I like beer as much as the next guy but I sure don't like waiting on line for it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pretty Amazing Weapon

It's called, officially, the "XM25 Counter DefiladeTarget Engagement System." Let's say you were approaching an enemy hidden behind a wall or around a corner of a building, about 200 yards away. This grenade launcher will laser measure the exact distance to the target, and then you can program the grenade at what distance to detonate. Fire above the guy behind the wall, have the grenade go off 5 feet past him, and... problem solved. Amazing piece of technology to keep us ahead of the bad guys.

Video here

BTW, Defilade is defined as: "the arrangement of defensive fortifications to protect against enemy fire."

O’Reilly talks about what’s his name who got fired at MSNBC without mentioning what’s his name’s name

O’Reilly talks about what’s his name who got fired at MSNBC without mentioning what’s his name’s name: "

Bill O’Reilly took a few minutes to ruminate about The Olbermann Incident without mentioning his former competitor by name. Not once. And from Olbermann’s point of view, that’s probably the worst insult O’Reilly could have delivered.

“They took one of their guys out and then they’re moving everybody else around. Doesn’t matter who he is or why they took him out,” O’Reilly said. “[I] don’t want to get involved with any of that personal stuff.”

When he says they’re moving everybody else around, we’re pretty sure he means like deck chairs on the Titanic.

O’Reilly noted that MSNBC was ranked 28th overall in cable ratings, which he said demonstrated failure, especially considering the fact the network has the resources of NBC behind it.

“Sure, look — we know the double standard, but it is and we’ve accepted the double standard, Bernie and I have because we can’t do anything about it,” O’Reilly said. “Bernie left CBS. I left CBS. Now we are here at Fox News. But let me ask you this: When you read in the print press about all of this garbage and that’s what it is, this network with NBC’s resources behind it to be ranked 28th is a disgrace. That’s a failure. Now they could squeeze out a few million dollars of profit, I guess, but it’s a failure. But the Fox News Channel is a colossal success – colossal success. You never read that. I very rarely read that.”

Source: Daily Caller"

Pictures inside North Korea


 
A lot more pics with commentary here:

Found it over at the J-Walk blog:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Idiot liberals ... always doing good for the community


LANCASTER (AP) — It may sound like a bird-brained idea, but the mayor of Lancaster wants to brighten up the Mojave Desert city by broadcasting recorded bird songs.

R. Rex Parris proposed the idea during his State of the City talk on Monday.

The Antelope Valley Press says Parris wants to play the bird chatter from loudspeakers on Lancaster Boulevard. The mayor says there’s science to show that listening to birdsong makes people happier. More here:

See, this is the problem with idiot libs.  They want to inflict their ideas upon you ... whether you like it or not.  They always try to back up their actions by saying "science shows this is better for you" -- or some other such bullshit.  The bottom line?  Libs are always telling others what to do and when to do it. It's beyond their ability to leave other people alone.  They think they're such geniuses that they need to be in charge of everyone and everything.

It's also worth noting that they don't give a nanosecond of thought to squandering your money on whatever little pet project they dream up (today.)

I think they sent her up the bomb


A "Black Widow" suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources.

The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that struck Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Monday, intended to detonate a suicide belt near Red Square on New Year's Eve in an attack that could have killed hundreds.

Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house. More here:

Yes, what a shame.  I sure hope she didn't kill any of her innocent "friends."

Sheesh. Not Evil Just Wrong is Wrong.

If you're not familiar with Not Evil Just Wrong, they're the outfit that went after Al Gore and his oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" movie. I still give them props for that endeavor but this latest message from them severely erodes their credibility in my eyes.

This is the email I received:


EXCLUSIVE

SUNDANCE KID, ROBERT REDFORD EXPOSED AS HYPOCRITE

A new short film exposes Robert Redford campaigning against building eco-houses whilst quietly selling lots for luxury vacation homes.

Los Angeles, CA - AS THE Sundance Film Festival closes, its founder, Robert Redford, is accused of hypocrisy for opposing an eco-village near his property whilst quietly selling $2 million lots in the Sundance Preserve for luxury vacation homes.

Redford is one of the main opponents of a plan by the Pacific Union College to build an eco-village in Angwin California. The college says it needs the funds because of a dire financial situation.

The village is close to Redford’s vineyard in the Napa Valley. However whilst publicly opposing this development “to preserve the rural heritage” Redford has been quietly selling development lots in the Sundance Preserve for $2 million. These lots are intended for vacation homes close to Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort.

The double standard is revealed in a short film Robert Redford Hypocrite which has just been released.

Film director Ann McElhinney said the film is not criticising Redford for selling his property.

"It is great that in a recession Mr Redford can find so many buyers. I am delighted that those houses will be built, creating jobs and vitality in a remote area but it is shocking that Mr Redford would deny others similar opportunities to make a profit and create jobs."

The film’s co-director Phelim McAleer said the film was highlighting the double standards of so many celebrities and environmentalists.

"This is just another example of environmental elites telling the rest of us how and where we must live and what we are not allowed to do, but thinking that those rules don’t apply to themselves. Robert Redford has shown himself to be a hypocrite - plain and simple," said McAleer.

The film - released on YouTube - also shows how Redford has campaigned against "dirty fuels" and wants to end the use of oil whilst promoting flying by doing lucrative voice overs for a series of United Airlines commercials.

"Again Robert Redford has shown he has an appalling double standard. The rest of us must stop flying because of the environment but these restrictions don’t apply to him. He is somehow different," said McElhinney.

Robert Redford Hypocrite was produced and directed by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. They previously produced Not Evil Just Wrong, a documentary which took a sceptical look at Global Warming hysteria.

The duo also recently produced James Cameron Hypocrite which looks at the double standards of Avatar director James Cameron.

For interviews please contact:
media@noteviljustwrong.com
202 290 9481
I did a little research on this because it sounded like a heavily biased report mostly due to the lack of hard facts in their argument. Well, I went to the Angwin Eco-Village website to see if there was more information and here's the plan they have in mind.


That's some "village" if you ask me.

The developer's website doesn't have much to say about it except that it plans "275 housing units and a 105-unit retirement/assisted living center on 30.1 acres of new development". I mean it's awfully coy to call that an "eco village" when it's actually high-density housing. Of course this isn't covered in this short film.

Like it or not, large, expensive homes do more to preserve "the rural heritage" of an area than high-density housing does.

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Rachel Maddow is the worst kind of coward and gutless, sniveling worm.



"Having nothing to do with her politics, she is a gutless coward and I’ll tell you why. Because everybody knew what the situation was with Olbermann at MSNBC. We used to work there. Tom Bowman, who’s our producer, Elisha who’s one of our producers, they both worked with me at MSNBC. They left there to come with me, by the way, don’t look for any of Olbermann’s producers to go any place with him. However, so we all know people, we still know everybody who’s at MSNBC. So, everybody knew what was going on with Keith. Everybody knew what was going to happen to him. For this woman, who owed her job to him, she’s live there with Bill Maher, a lot of people watch that terribly influential program, not to offer a defense of Olbermann, in spite of what you think about Olbermann, is unconscionable.

It’s like when I got fired, Sean Hannity, who works for Fox, was defending me, and I didn’t think I should be defended, but that’s irrelevant. He works for Fox, he was defending me getting fired by MSNBC. Mike Francesca and Chris Russo nearly lost their jobs ’cause they worked for CBS, along with me, defended me on CBS. They told them to stop doing it, they refused. No, she’s awful. She’s the worst kind of coward and gutless, sniveling worm. Oh God, horrible."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

But why the wig?

If you tell someone to stop pushing, the next step is NOT to jump off the swing at its highest point.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

‘Sputnik Moment?’ Obama Doesn’t Get It


President Obama declared last night that we are now in the midst of a “Sputnik moment.” Trouble is Obama doesn’t have a world-view or a grasp of history to understand what that really means.


Sputnik grew out of the profound belief that the Soviet Union had shot ahead of us in the space race and that this was a direct challenge to American supremacy. As the Washington Times points out, this was not some abstract exercise in education investment. It grew out of a belief that (a) the Soviet Union presented a serious threat to the American way of life, (b) technological prowess, no, superiority, was an essential component of national greatness and (c) America was #1 and should remain #1. it is pretty easy to believe that if Obama had been in politics in 1957, he would not have embraced any of those beliefs. Indeed, today, he finds it hard to call our “enemies” enemies, does not believe that America is “exceptional” any more than Great Britain or Greece is “exceptional,” nor does he believe in the notion of national greatness.



Obama using the “Sputnik moment” line is more about advancing his domestic spending agenda than it is about meeting America’s global challenges. Like the Soviet satellite named Sputnik, Obama’s ideas need to be shot out into space.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

It's not very obvious and a normal guy might not notice it right away but once you see it, you can't unsee it.

It's the ultimate photobomb.





For the answer, click HERE.

Tuesday "Taste?"

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not afraid to try new foods. I am no Andrew Zimmern - I am not going to eat a bug or a guinea pig, no matter how expertly prepared. But I am not afraid of offal, or some other odd part of an animal that usually gets tossed.
About six months ago I decided I wanted to taste Haggis, a Scottish delicacy. Being of Scotch descent, and loving Scotch whisky, it seemed like a perfect fit.
So after some research, I found a company that makes (almost) traditional Haggis in the US. It is made with the same spices and recipe as used in Scotland but the meat mixture is a bit different. It turns out that our government forbids the importation or use of animal lungs for human consumption. Thanks, food police. Lungs might taste good - it's not like the sheep are chain-smoking.
It's quite expensive, and the size upon delivery is disappointing, but so goes the pursuit of odd foods.
January 25th is "Robbie Burns Day", the traditional day to prepare Haggis, so that was my plan.
I prepared the appropriate accompaniments, tatties and bashed neeps, which I cooked at home. The Beaner did not want the Haggis cooked at home due to some irrational smell fears (actually it was forbidden). So, the Haggis was cooked at work. The only things I changed - I didn't put nutmeg in the tatties, and I used Yukon gold potatoes instead of regular Russets.
The Haggis was boiled as per directions, and was hot much quicker than the hour proscribed.
The Klown was invited but had prior commitments. So it was up to me, my boss "K", and our boss "BJ" to savor the meal.
Consensus - it was delicious. No overt smell, very mild almost nutty flavor, and not reeking of anything livery or organ meat type odors. It's an odd texture, not as solid as a sausage, but holds together - maybe like scrapple or liver mush. Combined with mashed potatoes and buttery turnips - what's not to like?
I shall have it again, and I am no longer afraid of another "weird" food. Neither should you be.

In all honesty, there was one contrarian. "K"'s dog Gracie wanted no part of the Haggis, and she will eat absolutely ANYTHING.

HERETIC! BLASPHEMER! WITCH!

Just give us a little more of your freedom (and money)


LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Lawmakers in at least two states are looking to pull the plug on texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners, claiming their diverted attention borders on disaster.

After targeting drivers who paid more attention to their phone calls and text messages than the road, lawmakers in Arkansas and New York are now looking to crack down on pedestrians equally distracted by their own electronic gadgets.

Lawmakers in both states have proposed restrictions on using cellphones and music players such as iPods by people running and walking on the street or sidewalk. The apparent message: Distracted pedestrians are dangerous. More here:

Yes ... I think the American people are waking up to this nonsense.  That's right, dumbasses, we're coming for you.  One by one at election time we're disposing of you like used Kleenex.   Say goodbye, freedom-stealing shitstains.

Monday, January 24, 2011

bookofjoe: "Two roads to courage" — Tyler Riewer's birthday present

bookofjoe: "Two roads to courage" — Tyler Riewer's birthday present:

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More pictures HERE.

Hey, Dippy McDipshit, get a clue, willya


Ok, I can't take it anymore, the time has come.  As much as I'd prefer to ignore these "dumbasses of the future," I'd better go ahead and get this over with.

The other day I'm in the grocery store and I hear some guy next to me start talking "should I get the 2% or the skim?" So I turn to see who the hell is asking me stupid questions and he's looking at a package of cottage cheese or sour cream or something ... and he totally ignores the fact that I had turned to respond to him and continues his conversation with his wife (or boyfriend, or whatever.)

And it occurred to me that this was part of the "charm" of the whole thing for him.  You see, he was in the process of "educating" the masses. For FAR too long we've taken for granted that when someone starts talking and we're the only one in range of their voice, they're probably talking to us and looking for a response.  And, if you're an aware person you will give them the courtesy of a response.

Not any longer though cuz "ha, dumbass ... you were WRONG to assume ... in your FACE."

Anyway, yes, it continued on and on for every little item in the area ... CRUCIAL conversation doncha know. Hey, dumbass, better call the President while you're at it and give him the weather report for the DC area. Because your being on the phone and inflicting yourself on society is the MOST important thing in the whole world. Never mind all that "manners stuff" your parents tried to teach you, it's all out the window now because the world revolves around you.  Hey, why take the grocery list with you when you can leave it at home and use technology to make things easier on yourself.  You know, if by "easier on yourself" you mean make a phone call instead of glancing at the list ... I tell ya, geniuses can really exploit technology can't they?

I can see that I'm going to have to do something about this whole situation because the problem seems to be growing. When I first saw it I thought that only total morons would participate and that peer pressure would contain any possible "outbreak." Obviously, I was wrong. I have severely underestimated the idiot-percentage of the population. I forgot something else too ... libs idiots don't suffer the emotion of humiliation ... so even if their peers tried to pressure them, it doesn't work on the socially unaware.

Ok, I'm taking suggestions. Send this around to your friends and let's see if we can't get some good ideas ... cuz I gotta tell ya ... the only thing that's jumping to mind right now is spraying their ass with water when they aren't looking and then hiding the water gun real quick. It's obvious that won't work but that's my line of thinking right now.

Hey ... In your FACE stupid Americans.


Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online. Early morning TV viewers in China knew it would be played an hour or two beforehand. At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19, about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie “Battle on Shangganling Mountain.”

The film depicts a group of “People’s Volunteer Army” soldiers who are first hemmed in at Shanganling (or Triangle Hill) and then, when reinforcements arrive, take up their rifles and counterattack the U.S. military “jackals.”

The movie and the tune are widely known among Chinese, and the song has been a leading piece of anti-American propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for decades. More here:

I wonder why this guy felt it was a good choice.   This was a great chance to develop better relations with the peoples of our two countries.  I don't get it.

I do see why he'd think Americans are stupid though because they've been behaving as if they were stupid for generations.  We've broken our country and we're in debt to the Chinese up to our eyeballs?  And for what?  For greedy  Democratics socialist pigs, that's what.

Perhaps these next few elections and policy changes will serve to change the perception of America in the world.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Michelle Obama=Blackie O - LMA O


Comedienne Joan Rivers revealed she once ditched a joke about First Lady Michelle Obama from her stand-up routine - because she feared she'd be accused of racism.

Recalling the wisecrack to shock Jock Howard Stern, the comedy legend said: "We used to have Jackie O now we have Blackie O!" More here:

Yes, further in the article Ms Rivers says it was a compliment and Robin Quivers took her to task.  Listen, it's not a compliment unless you can stretch your brain like a liberal to accommodate "new facts." Never the less -- it's pretty funny.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Olbermann Fired

Sometimes even Libs know "enough is enough."
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/21/keith-olbermann-leaving-msnbc/

Gaaaa, the "tragic event that happened"

This is not the hooker mentioned in the story.  It's a random hooker that shows up when you google "hooker" on the tubes ... and it appears that a tragic event is possible.

A tourist says he was traumatized when Las Vegas police threatened to arrest him after he complained about an act of prostitution in his hotel room.

Hubert Blackman of New York City filed a lawsuit this month against a Las Vegas company he identified as Las Vegas Exclusive Personals. The lawsuit says the business operates on Paradise Road.

Blackman, a college student, said in an interview Thursday that he was on vacation and staying at the Stratosphere on Dec. 17 when he called Las Vegas Exclusive Personals to arrange for a stripper to come to his room and dance for him.

Blackman said the woman, who appeared to be in her mid 20s, stripped and performed a lap dance for $155 and a sex act for another $120.

He said that the next morning, he called Las Vegas Exclusive Personals to demand his money back, saying he was dissatisfied because the entertainer didn't stay for the promised one hour and left after a half hour.

Blackman said he also told the company he was incapable of making an informed agreement with the stripper because he was drunk at the time.

Dissatisfied when Las Vegas Exclusive Personals didn't arrange for a refund, Blackman said he contacted Metro Police and was told he faced arrest for such conduct and was advised to contact the Better Business Bureau.

Instead, after returning home he filed suit in federal court in New York, charging "An escort did an illegal sexual act on me during her paid service to me'' and "I almost had gotten arrested."

Blackman said he now needs medical treatment for a mental condition related to the incident.

In the suit, which he filed without an attorney, Blackman said: "I would like the court to close the business. I also would like to get my $275 payment back and a $1.8 million verdict for the tragic event that happened." More here:

Ha ha "the tragic event that happened."  The more I say it the funnier it gets.  I'm going to overuse this so prepare yourselves.

Iron Man Shrugged.

A superhero movie based on the comic book character Iron Man. In this sequel, Tony Stark faces an enemy who has built his own version of the Iron Man suit, as well as a douchey rival weapons manufacturer.
The Subtext
Iron Man is the ultimate objectivist hero, fighting for private property rights against the vulturelike thieves known as "the government." In other words, Ayn Rand's wet dream.


We're legitimately sorry for that mental image.
In Rand's 1,200-page love letter to capitalism, Atlas Shrugged, you have a protagonist named Francisco d'Anconia, a brilliant businessman who runs his inherited family business. D'Anconia deliberately maintains an image as a worthless playboy in order to avoid the growing culture of government theft depicted in Rand's novel.

The protagonist of the Iron Man series is Tony Stark, a brilliant businessman who has also inherited his father's business. Until the end of the first Iron Man film, Stark deliberately maintains an image as a worthless playboy in order to hide his superhero identity.


Man, no one could have called that.
Then in Rand's novel we have Hank Rearden, another protagonist who got super-rich by inventing a valuable metal alloy whose formula he continues to keep secret. The government, sensing the metal's usefulness, tries to forcibly take the rights to Rearden's alloy away from him.
Stark also gains massive amounts power by inventing, among other things, a gold-titanium alloy for use in the Iron Man suit, whose design he continues to keep a secret. The government, sensing its usefulness, tries to take the rights to Stark's suit.


"My God, Stevens. Think of how many rednecks we could trick into believing in aliens with that thing."

In Atlas Shrugged, Rearden is hauled into court for breaking government regulations relating to his steel company. He gives a wildly popular speech in court about his property rights, telling his accusers: "I am fighting for my property!" He humiliates his opponents by winning over the crowd and concludes by telling them: "I work for nothing but my own profit."
In Iron Man 2, Stark is hauled into a Senate hearing, during which a senator demands he hand over his designs.
Stark responds by giving a wildly popular speech about his property rights, telling his accusers: "You want my property? You can't have it!" He humiliates his opponents by winning over the crowd and concludes by telling them: "I will serve this great nation at the pleasure of myself."
The bad guys, too, are uncannily similar. Atlas Shrugged's government lobbyist cozies up to the government in lieu of actual talent. Iron Man 2's main antagonist keeps trying to steal Stark's work with the help of substantial government contracts. There's also Iron Man's other nemesis in the film, Ivan Vanko, who is Russian. You know what else comes from Russia? Communism, that's what.

Plus, in a documentary on the DVD for the first film, Iron Man co-creator Stan Lee flat out says that he created a capitalist, commie-fighting, industrialist, weapon-manufacturing superhero as a way to deliberately antagonize hippie-leaning comic book fans. Anti-military sentiment was high back in the 60s, and Lee wanted to challenge himself by creating a character he could force them to like.


So many good things have come from fucking with comic book nerds.
The result is that Iron Man 2 would be identical to Atlas Shrugged, if only it contained no humor and concluded with the bad guys unanimously standing down after Stark gave a 25 minute speech.



"Your fancy orating touched my ticker."

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These are tweeners - not big not skinny

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Haiku

Get Fuzzy

From the comic "Get Fuzzy." But technically, shouldn't it start "ichi, ni, san, shi?"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Adblock Plus blocked Google images

All of a sudden (a few weeks back) I started having trouble with Google image searches.  The results of a search would only be one screen/page of images with no scrolling and no buttons for "next page" or anything like that.  It returned one screen of images and that was it.  The problem was intermittent.  Weird huh?  Yes.

So I decided to Google the problem but didn't find much except the standard "delete your cookies and cache, check recent added programs, blah blah blah.-- no help.  I flailed.  I deleted my cache and cookies, nothing.I Signed in and out of Google, went through my settings, made sure I was holding my mouth right, etc etc.

Anyway, I decided to check my add-ons for Firefox and I found Adblock Plus which is sort of new and I disabled it.  Then I reloaded Firefox and ... BEHOLD ... the image search worked fine.  Could it just be an accident and the admittedly intermittent problem still exists?  Well, you can stay tuned if you want but I'm guessing the problem is fixed.  Why?  Because .... "AFTER" I disabled Adblock Plus the search image results returned to normal, "THERFORE" it was "BECAUSE OF" Adblock Plus that I was suffering so.

Adblock threw a party and caused image search to fail
Klown was there and he began to flail
The search was on and he began to swing
You should have heard those knocked out websurfers sing
Let's Rock -- everybody let's rock
All the hoppage is grateful to the Klown
Cuz their underwear is no longer brown

Hey, HEY, LAMA! ... How 'bout makin' a little effort


The House of Representatives will vote on repealing Obama's kazillion-dollar health care bill today.  If you want to you can click here to send an email to your Representative urging him/her to vote for repeal.  Or, you can sit on your ass and do nothing but bitch ... thanks for the team effort.

Yeah, yeah, I know, it has no chance of passing in the Senate (or of Obama signing it.)  Go ahead and email your rep anyway, these reps need to understand, we weren't joking in the election and we intend to follow up and we're watching them.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday Taste of the "Town"


After a slight respite, possibly followed by another, here's my latest review.

PAPI’S “TEXICAN” GRILL
LITTLE RIVER, SC


FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
This has to be the twentieth iteration of this particular location. It’s been everything from an Australian themed pub (The Down Under) to a fish place (Duffy’s Seafood Shack – previously reviewed at another locale.)

SERVICE:
Very attentive, nice (and she was cute, except for the 20 tattoos). We sat at the bar. No weird music or anything crazy.

CHEESEBURGER & FRIES:
EK claimed that it was quite good – it looked a bit dry to me, but I’m a medium-rare kind of guy. Large applications of ketchup – as usual – probably helped. The size of the burger was good, I thought.

OTHER FOOD:
I had “the” Carnitas tacos – 3 soft tacos filled with pork, served with pico de gallo, guac, cheese, and onions. Yum. The best part was the sauce I got with them – a sort of creamy/jalapeno/cilantro mixture that was incredible. We actually ordered some to go, and I believe Mrs. EK was going to try to replicate the recipe.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:
It’s an odd place – squeaky floors, squeaky doors, and a very disparate customer group. All in all, I liked it, but I won’t be a regular.

WTF? EVENT:
First time I’ve seen Sharon (Zip it, Wombat) in months. She is still a hottie!

President of China visits Washington


Ha ha - the Taiwanese mocked the visit from Chinese President Hu. Good one. I love how Hu thought Obama was the valet upon his arrival -- and also like the Clinton booty count. Lots of stuff in this one -- might have to watch it a couple of times to see all the jokes.

Found it at here:

Father of Our Country Boxed Away

Remember when a symbol representing the name of Jesus Christ had to be covered so that Comrade Obama could speak at Catholic Georgetown? Something similar happened yesterday during the MLK festivities. Via Free North Carolina:

The annual MLK observance at the state house in Columbia SC had an interesting twist this year. The event is held on the north side steps of the statehouse. Prominent at that location is a large bronze statue of George Washington. This year, the NAACP constructed a 'box' to conceal the Father of His Country from view so that participants would not be offended by his presence.


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It would be nice to think that MLK Day is all about striving toward a colorblind society. In reality, it is political correctness day, which means it represents the opposite. If the dream were about people being judged by the content of their character, would they blot out the one person in our national history whose character was beyond reproach?



The real dream appears to be to tear down America, and replace it with a race-based society in which the 'victims' always get to be on top, regardless of merit, based on the color of their skin. Progress has been made. Is anyone clueless enough to think Barack Obama would be in office if both his parents had been white?



On a tip from X101ABNDevil. Hat tip: Alternative Right.

UimPi.net - Original Aquarium






More Pictures Here.

Parachutist handles snake



Most fascinating perhaps is the tipping point where you can actually start to hear 109,933 crazed fans screaming as this expert paratrooper — who hasn’t missed a target in more than 800 career jumps — comes in and sticks the landing at the 3-yard-line. More here:

The first minute or two made me dizzy. What the HELL is he doing? Prolly steering, letting out flags ... turning on smoke etc -- SHEESH! What a snake handling.

Compliments of my friend Hector.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Do You Know What Today Is?

It's Betty White's birthday !!!!

Sad News

On Saturday, January 15th, Royal Marshall, the longtime producer and sidekick of Neal Boortz died of a heart attack at his home. He was 43. I really enjoyed his contributions to the program.
Details here.

MISINTERPRETATION?????




“I think it’s subject to misinterpretation,” spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told Fox News Radio when speaking about the poster. “We decided out of extreme caution to take it down.”

The poster was promoting a conference called “FBI Raids and Grand Jury Subpoenas: Know Your Rights and Defend Our Communities.” The keynote speaker is Hatem Abudayyeh, identified by CAIR as an activist and Palestinian community leader whose home was allegedly raided by federal agents in September.

The conference is scheduled for Feb. 9 at the East Side Cultural Center in Oakland.
Hooper conceded the poster “crosses the line,” but refused to renounce the artwork and blamed critics for fomenting what he called a manufactured controversy.

By Todd Starnes

Published January 13, 2011
FoxNews.com

After you see the poster how is it misinterpreted, or a manufactured controversy?

Her most recent book.

I was doing a search for some barracuda attack that jan was talking about being on the news and came across this idiotic headline:
"Palin’s Persecution Complex Culminates with “Blood Libel” Accusation"

Persecution complex? It's not a complex if you're actually being persecuted and it's obvious to anyone thinking clearly that she is the lightning rod for anyone left of center. Of course this blatant contortion of the truth coerced me into reading the article.

Well, here's the first major paragraph:

"This gaffe -- demonstrating both an ignorance of religious history and language -- tops a disastrous week: her crosshairs map has been Exhibit A in the discussion of the use of gun-related imagery in political rhetoric. But her PR has been woefully inadequate in explaining the map away as "surveyors symbols." Her TLC show will not be renewed by TLC, her chances for a successful run at the presidency have been downgraded, and even Barbara Walters expressed "feeling a bit sorry for her." Palin, however, has remained aloof and cocooned in Wasilla, while hired minions wipe her Facebook page constantly so that negative comments do not show up. So how is Barracuda Barbie a.k.a. Queen Esther shaping her response? The persecution meme."

No persecution here. This writer does nothing but insult and disparage Mrs. Palin and then ends it with "the persecution meme". Just to save you the trouble of googling the word, the common definition is "The term Internet meme is a phrase used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet, much like an esoteric inside joke." Another definition which might be the one Ms. Butler intended to use is, "Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another." Either way, she used a contemporary buzzword to sound cool instead of using the correct word. I'm not sure what the word is myself, but I certainly know that Libs will iterate the same thought or idea incessantly in hopes that people will eventually accept it as the truth. What Mrs. Palin is doing is the opposite of that. The truth is the author proved herself wrong with her own paragraph.

I didn't bother reading further because I'd like to go skiing at some point today but there's a photo of the author of the article and a short paragraph biography of her credentials:



I thought the wording "Her most recent book" was a bit dodgy so I did some googling. It turns out that "her most recent book" is her first actual book. According to Amazon.com, the rest are html documents and there is one paperback which she co-authored with two other writers. I love it when Libs try to slip one past us. Clearly her choice of words was used to indicate that she's a prolific author. She is not.

Here is a link to a search for "Anthea Butler" on amazon.com if you're interested.

Also, here is a link to the original article by Ms. Butler if you're interested.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

What? The NAACP is a "special interest group?"


SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While attending a meeting for business leaders in Sanford, Governor Paul LePage spoke out about why he would not attend Martin Luther King ceremonies on the upcoming holiday.

LePage has declined invitations from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The organization has already expressed its displeasure with the governor's plans to not attend the events.

"They are a special interest. End of story...and I'm not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it," said LePage.

LePage has an adopted son who is from Jamaica.

When a reporter from another television station asked LePage if his non-participation is more than one instance, and rather a pattern, he replied, "Tell 'em to kiss my butt. If they want to play the race card, come to dinner and my son will talk to them." More here:

Yes, the NAACP is just another special interest group (not that there's anything wrong with special interest groups.)  I like how they DEMAND attention from public officials as if they're ENTITLED.  I wondered how long these morons were going to get away with their scam.  They remind me of the "Congressional Black Caucus" (all leftist asshats.)

Hey ... NAACP ... this governor has got your number.  Go ahead and go to dinner at his house, jackasses.  Advancement of colored people my ass ... more like "give us money and publicity when we ask or we're going to arrange a little, erm, protest ... capisce?"  Yes, we need money to pay our staff and drive around in big SUV's keep up appearances.

One other thing ... here he is kicking the asses of jourrrrnalists and the NAACP .... a  rare thing for a politician to do ... aka, a nice "positive" thing, wouldn't you agree?  I notice how they left out the fact that he's a Republican.  We wouldn't want people to know that a Republican did this ... they might get the wrong idea ... so we'll just forget to mention it.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

States' rights? Secret ballots? Yeah, we don't McThink so.


WASHINGTON – The National Labor Relations Board on Friday threatened to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah over constitutional amendments guaranteeing workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections.

The agency's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said the amendments conflict with federal law, which gives employers the option of recognizing a union if a majority of workers sign cards that support unionizing.

The amendments, approved Nov. 2, have taken effect in South Dakota and Utah, and will do so soon in Arizona and South Carolina.

Business and anti-union groups sought the amendments, arguing that such secrecy is necessary to protect workers against union intimidation. They are concerned that Congress might enact legislation requiring employers to allow the "card check" process for forming unions instead of secret ballot elections. More here:

And every day it becomes more clear that we have to give the federal government a beating (election wise) that it will never ... ever forget.  We whipped its ass in the last election but it's still flailing away at our  freedom.  The states defeated Cap & Trade but the federal government is going ahead anyway through the EPA and the regulatory process.  You know why?  Because they don't give a damn, that's why.  You morons are out there voting with abandon and they just can't have that ... unless you agree with them.

LMAO -- the "Democratics" ... they are the FARTHEST thing from "democratic" as they can get.  Ohhhh, the irony.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The next "Global Warming"


Strained by rising demand and battered by bad weather, the global food supply chain is stretched to the limit, sending prices soaring and sparking concerns about a repeat of food riots last seen three years ago.

Signs of the strain can be found from Australia to Argentina, Canada to Russia.

On Friday, Tunisia's president fled the country after trying to quell deadly riots in the North African country by slashing prices on food staples.

"We are entering a danger territory," Abdolreza Abbassian, chief economist at the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said last week. More here:

Yep, now that global warming has been shown to be a fraud, here comes the next fraud right behind it.   How many trillions can we waste on this problem?

Government and lawyers - our friends


Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said.

That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their "Feed a Friend" effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.

"We don't really know what they want, we just think that they don't want us down there feeding people," said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9. More here:

I like it when government steps in to lend its genius in situations such as this.  I mean, what would we DO without the government controlling our every breath?  I can guarantee the government here has a problem with one of two things:
1 - They need to be consistent in the application of their kazillion regulations so they aren't sued.
2 - See item #1.

That's right -- lawyers are stopping the homeless from being fed for free.  But you know what?  Lawyers don't care ... they're only looking out for the public good ... and to ensure that everyone is treated equally ... right?

Good manners in the age of WikiLeaks.

A Lib friend of mine on facebook posted this article and I though it was an interesting read. Feel free to comment.

In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin. It’s a useful analogy: isn’t Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’s organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? In the film, the district attorney, Harvey Dent, an obsessive vigilante who is corrupted and himself commits murders, is killed by Batman. Batman and his friend police commissioner Gordon realise that the city’s morale would suffer if Dent’s murders were made public, so plot to preserve his image by holding Batman responsible for the killings. The film’s take-home message is that lying is necessary to sustain public morale: only a lie can redeem us. No wonder the only figure of truth in the film is the Joker, its supreme villain. He makes it clear that his attacks on Gotham City will stop when Batman takes off his mask and reveals his true identity; to prevent this disclosure and protect Batman, Dent tells the press that he is Batman – another lie. In order to entrap the Joker, Gordon fakes his own death – yet another lie.

The Joker wants to disclose the truth beneath the mask, convinced that this will destroy the social order. What shall we call him? A terrorist? The Dark Knight is effectively a new version of those classic westerns Fort Apache and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which show that, in order to civilise the Wild West, the lie has to be elevated into truth: civilisation, in other words, must be grounded on a lie. The film has been extraordinarily popular. The question is why, at this precise moment, is there this renewed need for a lie to maintain the social system?
 Complete article HERE.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Surprisingly, the Left thinks Palin can do no right.

From Newser:

Sarah Palin had an opportunity to recalibrate her image and appear more like presidential material in the wake of the Tucson shootings—but she blew it, argues Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast. It was unfair for liberal detractors to link Palin to the shootings and she had a right to be angry, Kurtz writes, but she could have chosen to speak to the country in a "calmer, more inclusive way" instead of fueling the fire with her "blood libel" remarks.

Palin's video escalated her war with the press and "continued her us-versus-them approach to political discourse," Kurtz writes. Hitting back at critics instead of trying to respond with a unifying message seems like "the response of someone who wants to stoke her base and further her lucrative career as a culture warrior—not someone who is plotting to run for president," he concludes.

Remarkable. It's almost as if no matter what Mrs. Palin does, the Left criticizes her. It's as if there's a pattern there... somewhere.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

If Chris Farley Played Drums

Ignore the mediocre guitar player (with the fake Strat) and the gold jackets. This drummer is off any chart. Note, however, that he keeps perfect time (a la Keith Moon?) If I ever have a wedding, I might just hire these guys.


WATCH OUT FOR THE WIND'oh

Be the sheepdog.

In the Crosshairs
Mike Piccione, Editor

Hey Gunners,

The Arizona tragedy illustrates there is so much wrong with the human condition. People can use objects to harm others. Ever since man realized he could take the life of another man we have been killing each other for benefit or revenge. Frequently we justify these actions on a disagreement of another's belief system.

What is so sad now is that people are using this tragic shooting as an opportunity to raise funds to help their political prospects or fill their organizational coffers. Yes, guns kill. That is what they are designed to do. Many are specifically designed to kill people. Murder existed long before guns were made and it exists in places where guns are outlawed. Guns take lives and guns save lives.

Someday there may be a world that doesn't need guns. Someday there may be a world where you don't need to protect yourself from someone that intends you harm. Until the human condition allows us to live in peace, we are dependent upon the sheepdog.

Be the sheepdog. Protect those that can't protect themselves. To those that want to harm others either for profit or for philosophy-to the best of our ability we won't let you. To those that would disarm the sheepdog, remember the wolves are out there and they will find you. You can't negotiate with them. You can only die. Life is precious; never deny anyone the opportunity to ensure their self preservation or the protection of the innocent.

Live better tomorrow than you did today,

Mike Piccione
Editor, Guns & Patriots

This reminds me of a recent article I read regarding proper herd management for sheep. The author talked about having two different types of dogs to help him with the sheep. One was a Border Collie and it helped him move the sheep around the pastures. The other was a pair of Maremma Sheepdogs. The Maremma is a white dog with a black nose and blends in well with the herd- looking very much like the sheep it protects. According to the author, "The dogs live with the herd and stay with the herd. They don't respond to commands and they distrust strangers. They think and act like sheep except that if they feel that you're threatening the flock, they'll tear your throat out. No, really."

Monday, January 10, 2011

VIOLENT RHETORIC ON SARAH PALIN FROM NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST CHARLES BLOW: “She’s like the omino…

VIOLENT RHETORIC ON SARAH PALIN FROM NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST CHARLES BLOW: “She’s like the ominous blob in the horror films: the more you shoot at it, the bigger and stronger it becomes.” Ann Althouse commented in December, “If a conservative columnist had come up with that image to describe a liberal politician, liberals would gasp and scold about the violence seething in the conservative brain.”

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Stop stealing my money and liberty ... no, really

Hey, look ... the guy (Jared Loughner) that shot that congresswoman has a youtube video. (And a myspace page, apparently.)

BTW - Boehner's response "an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve."

I'd have said it differently ... "An attack by an insane person cannot be predicted or justified on one person who is constantly voting to steal your private property (money) and your liberty is an attack by an insane person on ALL persons who are trying to steal your private property and liberty."

I'll bet John Lennon would have said "An attack on one musician is an attack on all musicians ... especially if the attacker is insane"  Yes, that would have been VERY profound, wouldn't you say?  I like it when everyone tries to out-profound each other ... especially when the persons being profound are INFUCKINGSANE Democratics.

More here:

Republicans hold up crucifix to vampires?

The Republicans in the House of Representatives held up a crucifix read the constitution aloud to some vampires the Democratics the other day and the vampires Democratics went berserk.


You can watch your intellectual betters the dumbass lefties recoil in horror in the comments on the Huffington Post blog. Did anyone notice if any house Democratics rose to read a passage? Did any ask? Just asking.

Another note to myself: It appeared to me that Boehner did not rehearse his part. I guess he felt he didn't need to because ??? I'm still calling him a moron. He doesn't deserve to be speaker. As far as I'm concerned he's just one of the old Republicans who participated in the fall of America.

He's got a lot to prove to me. This was a step in the right direction but I doubt he'll keep it up ... I think he's just acting.

13 Year Old Flag Boy Gets Parade and Apology






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Friday, January 7, 2011

Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin

During an appearance on last night's (Wednesday, January 5) edition of the "Anderson Cooper 360°" show, legendary rocker Ted Nugent gave his opinion of Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008."[Palin's] coming from the street, she's coming from the we-the-people rank-and-file, she makes sense when she talks, she says all the right things, she's sincere, she's knowledgeable, she's articulate, she's damn good-looking, plus she kills moose. How can you go wrong?!" Nugent gushed. However, when Cooper pressed the rocker on whether Palin would make a good president, Nugent balked. "It's too early to tell," Ted replied. "Right now, if we had a vote, I couldn't vote for Sarah Palin. And I love her. I love her madly, and I respect her."

I was a Ted Nugent fan before I knew I was a conservative. Crazy guitar riffs and correct politicalness are a winning combo. And on this topic, Ms Palin's electability, I agree whole-heartedly. But what "journalist" uses "gushed" and "balked?" I can't imagine the Motor City Madman "gushing."

Our Intellectual Better.

Moonbat Messiah Puts His Clothes On Wrong: "
This guy is now in control of our healthcare system. Let's hope he's at least got his shoes on the correct feet.


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Cut him some slack — maybe Michelle helped him dress.
Expect this to be relentlessly referenced by the MSM just as they did with GW Bush when he was President. Also expect myriad snarky comments about what a moron he is.

Hummmm

Subject: 2011


An examination of the calendar for 2011 reveals that Groundhog Day
and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

Ironic, isn't it?


One event involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of limited intelligence for prognostication.



The other involves a groundhog.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Well, This Makes a Lot More Sense Than Vaccination Being the Cause. UPDATE!

May 21, 2010-

Surprisingly, all the scientific evidence to which Jenny McCarthy had access didn't indicate any logical cause for autism in children. Of course, she didn't let that stop her from zealously broadcasting that she was 100% sure that vaccinations cause autism in children.

The issue I have with this sort of opinion- particularly coming from someone with the access to a very large and easily influenced audience- is that it can cause parents to decide not to have their children vaccinated.

This might be fine for them, but by not getting their children vaccinated, they're increasing the risk to my children. Fortunately, my children attend a school where vaccination is not mandatory, but if your children are not vaccinated, they aren't welcome to attend.

With the rate of diagnosis for autism being 1 in 110 children in recent history, it just didn't make any sense that vaccines would be the cause. Children have been receiving vaccinations for decades but it's only recently that such high incidences of autism have been showing up.

Some of you might argue that this is due to better diagnostic methods and doctors who are better educated than their colleagues were in the past. I would argue that due to its popularity, autism is being over-diagnosed. However, accurate diagnosis is not the point of this post.

Well, leave it to the scientists to come up with a reasonable and logical explanation:

(Newser) – Scientists have a new lead in the search for the causes autism. Research presented this week provides strong evidence of a link between infertility treatments and the disorder. A Harvard study has discovered that treatment with Clomid and other ovulation-stimulating drugs doubles a woman's risk of giving birth to an autistic child, with a higher risk the longer the woman took the drugs. A second Israeli study has found a tie between in vitro fertilization and autism.

The Harvard study controlled for the women's age at the time of pregnancy—a known factor in autism—but had no access to information about premature birth, whether the children were twins or triplets, or their birth weights, all additional factors in autism. "This study is addressing a really important question but we need more data," a scientist tells Time.

January 5, 2011 UPDATE

(CNN) -- A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an "elaborate fraud" that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.

Actress Jenny McCarthy, founder of Generation Rescue and whose son also has autism, declined to comment on Wednesday's developments, but has previously supported Wakefield.

"It is our most sincere belief that Dr. Wakefield and parents of children with autism around the world are being subjected to a remarkable media campaign engineered by vaccine manufacturers reporting on the retraction," she said after the Lancet retraction.

Deer said Wakefield "chiseled" the data before him, "falsifying medical histories of children and essentially concocting a picture, which was the picture he was contracted to find by lawyers hoping to sue vaccine manufacturers and to create a vaccine scare."
 Why is the truth always a "conspiracy" with these people? Maybe Ms. McCarthy should stick to sophmoric comedy and taking her clothes off.

 Complete article HERE.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Amazingly well-timed photos of ISS silhouetted against moon, sun

Amazingly well-timed photos of ISS silhouetted against moon, sun: "
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Both these remarkable images were captured from the ground by French astrophotographer Thierry Legault.



The first, showing the ISS passing in front of the full moon, was taken from Avranches, France, at 21:34 UTC on December 20, 2010. The space station, of course, is much closer to the camera than the moon is, and is moving at 7.5 km/s relative to the ground, the upshot of which is that this photograph was only possible for the 0.55 seconds it took the ISS to pass in front of the moon. Monsieur Legault knew that, in advance, planned for it, and got the shot.



The second, even more remarkable photograph, shows a double partial eclipse of the sun, most obviously by the moon, to lower left, but also, again, by the ISS. The small dark spot to lower right is a sun spot larger than the Earth itself. This photograph was only possible for a 0.86 second window at 9:09 UTC on January 4th, 2011, from Muscat, Oman. Again, Legault carefully planned to be in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, and got the shot.



M. Legault's website is absolutely chock-a-block with stunning astrophotography and is well worth the click. Just be prepared to spend some time gawking. [via Neatorama]



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