Friday, August 31, 2007

"It's a me .... Al Qaeda!"

(CNN) -- A U.S. military plane carrying three U.S. senators and one member of the House of Representatives came under rocket fire Thursday night and had to make evasive maneuvers as it left Baghdad for Amman, Jordan.

On the C-130 flight were Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama; Mel Martinez, R-Florida; James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma; and Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Alabama.

"We were shot at by three rockets," Shelby said in a statement Friday. "It was dark as the dickens, and I was looking out the small window on the plane and I saw a shell. We saw them, they were popping, and we saw the flares."

The flares are part of the missile avoidance system aboard the C-130 aircraft. The heat from the flares are a countermeasure to attract rockets that have heat-seeking guidance systems.

Shelby added that the plane "started maneuvering, changing directions, shaking us all around, and then I saw another shell near the plane. It's a hostile area, it was a tough area, but the flight crew was very professional; they really did a tremendous job."

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hot Senator Sex

So Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has his proverbial tit in the ringer over this recent scandal of him allegedly attempting to engage in lewd acts in a public bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

I was watching this story vaguely here at work and frankly it didnt much seem to register enough to blog about it. Normally, the things in the news that make me want to blog either have to do with out-and-out outrage I feel over the issue or a high level of hypocrisy. At the beginning this story registered neither until I started reading more AP articles about the situation.

Sen. Larry Craig is a Republican, and while I tend to think they are all two-faced lying scum bags sucking the soul out of America - I normally like to give them the benefit of the doubt before I say that they are two faced lying scum bags sucking the soul out of America.

Senator Larry Craig's record:
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Oh and he liked chemical weapons so much he voted to keep them (not that that relates to this post) AND he did it before it was cool, way back in 1997.

At any rate his track record and party affiliation seems very anti-LGBT equality, which I'm sure helps this rank higher in the news (and on my radar for my blog).

Anyway it turns out that there have been questions about this Senator's sexuality since the 1980's and while I know there are openly gay senators (well one) and other gay senators still in various degrees of the closest - I feel sort of bad for old Senator Larry Craig. He must really be struggling with this sexual identification and at this age, he's probably been struggling for a very long time. And when different parts of your life are in conflict it can be a very difficult time.

I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, because I am not yet so jaded to think that 100% of the people who run for public office are no-good money grubbers. But then him and his office started offering explanations about how the cop was mistaken.
  • Police Officer: "The senator blocked his stall entrance with his bags and then tapped his right foot ..." (a signal from the other bathroom stall he might want sex)
  • Craig's Response: "At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions ..."
  • Police Officer: "The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area ..."
  • Craig's Response: "he (Sen. Craig) has a wide stance when going to the bathroom" and that was why his foot may have touched the officer's (foot).
  • Police Officer: " Craig's blue eyes were clearly visible through the crack in the door, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police Sgt. Dave Karsnia wrote in the report he filed on the June 11 incident. "Craig would look down at his hands, 'fidget' with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again,"
  • Craig's Response: "I dont recall these things happening ..."
  • Police Officer: "After Craig ran his hand underneath the partition wall three times, Karsnia held his police identification down by the floor so the senator could see it, the report said."With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, 'No!' "I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet,"
  • Craig's Response: "(I) reached down to the floor to pick up a piece of paper"
  • Craig's Initial Response: "Guilty as charged."
  • Craig's New Response: "The cops were wrong and I'm innocent."
Also Senator Craig showed the officer his business card and said, "... what do you think about that?". Which I would take he meant to imply I'm a US Senator and way above your pay grade for arresting - although I will still very much like to have hot man sex with you in this public bathroom.

I just cant get over the audacity some of these people have, the out-and-out bold faced lying. And while you can argue, as some of you I'm sure will, that we should give him the benefit of the doubt still, I say that in the court of public opinion he's all washed up.

Rack another big scandal up to the GOP. At this rate the democrats wont even have to show up and they'll probably win by a landslide.

Calvin and War

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

He deserves so much more...

I know, I know I've been posting a lot of "news" and "politics" stuff when I'm sure you're all dying to know more about my personal life, like which armpit I put the deodorant on first (left) or where I buy my socks. But it's just things like this that I cant pass up.

See the picture above? That's our glorious leader in all his, well ... glory, bestowing our nation's highest honor on Mr. George Tenet the then head of the CIA.

Such excellent service, such commendable patriotism, such enduring and never flinching resolve in the face of danger while running the agency responsible for all of our gee-whiz, gosh-golly, fantastic 'slam dunks' of intel and action we take against all those evil people in the world out to get us for our freedoms!

Oh wait ... I spoke too soon:

A summary of the 2005 report by the CIA inspector general was declassified under protest by agency Director Michael Hayden in response to a law passed by Congress earlier this month.

The report said top CIA officers "did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner" and it described a "systemic breakdown" in a watch list for tracking terrorism suspects who seek to enter the United States.
Oh but dont take my word for it, or in this case Randall Mikkelsen's word for it. Let's hear what Barbara Elias of the National Security Archive has to say about it:

"It's really pointing the finger at the CIA's executives..." which includes Tenet.
Tenet, that name's so familiar - oh right, I forgot he's the guy in the picture with the President ... the one getting our nation's highest honor bestowed upon him by the gentle and Jergened hands of our all-knowing and glorious, infallible leader.

Tenet resigned as CIA director in 2004 after serving for seven years. "Before 9/11 no agency did more to attack al Qaeda than the CIA," he said in a statement Tuesday.
And what's incredibly sad is that's probably absolutely true. Oh well, maybe we'll get him in Iran, no wait Syria, doh I mean Venezuela no wait ...

Link to the article

Monday, August 20, 2007

ROFLMAO!

Oh man I love this:
Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.

The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

'A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.'
This coming straight from the man that all Republicans fawn over and think of as the second coming of Christ. LOL. This is just too damn funny.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

More Ugh ...

FTA:

Pregerson,
by his record, is the most liberal judge on the panel, and he clearly thinks the government is just looking for a blank check for their secret program. But the other two judges aren't thrilled either. They seem perplexed that the government can't swear under oath that the Bush Administration isn't warrantlessly spying on domestic phone calls.

Read it, or let the government read it for you and tell you what you should think instead.

And if you doubt how under-handed this whole wiretapping thing is from the start just see what the Director of the FBI has to say about how they got Ashcroft to approve it while medicated and out-of-it after surgery.

Article

PDF of the notes from Representative Conyer's office.

Uh Oh - I dont like this, I dont like this AT ALL...

Feds Train Clergy To "Quell Dissent" During Martial Law

Shocking KSLA 12 news report confirms story we broke last year, Pastors to cite Romans 13 as reason for public to obey government orders, relinquish guns and be taken to camps during state of emergency.

A shocking KSLA news report has confirmed the story we first broke last year, that Clergy Response Teams are being trained by the federal government to "quell dissent" and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial law.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD

Home Media Magazine said total sales of Blu-ray discs, using a Sony Corp backed technology, totaled 1.6 million units from January 1 through July 1, compared with 795,000 HD-DVD discs sold in that period.

Why is this important? Well it's not. HD-DVD is outselling Blu-Ray in Europe and other areas globally. Everyone likens this to the VHS vs. BETAMAX battle, and it's really not. The formats are very similar and Sony has learned from its mistakes on how it tried to force BETAMAX and lock people into it.

And my theory is that Sony stands to make more money and over a longer term with its licensing of Blu-ray then it ever would with its Playstation unit. So by focusing on combining the two and then relaxing on certain key developers to really push killer games for their new box, you have a lot of people sitting with a $600 PS3 and not much to do with it. And if I was in that boat, I'd be scarfing up Blu-ray movies too to take advantage of the thing. I also wouldnt put it past Sony to be behind the help of the leaks of the recent encryption keys used on HD-DVD's to allow for them to be more easily pirated.

In the end, there will be both and since the market isnt huge for this type of content yet it will take a very long time for consumers to really decide which format will win out. And a word on companies like Blockbuster only offering one format over the other - you're really shooting yourself in the foot for absolutely no reason.

So whichever player you have go out and purchase your movies and dont worry about a year from now of not having any access to the format you so heavily invested in - none of these companies will allow you to come to a dead end and risk that bad PR.

Random shit I find annoying ...

  • Not knowing what that little cursor is called in the picture above when it has that little horizontal line on it and having no idea why it's used.
  • Going for a month using "it's" and "its" correctly and then one day completely forgetting which to use right.
  • "Save Password" prompts on websites (especially Hotmail). Man I hate this, they never work or stop working after 3 days or whenever the cookie tells it to expire. Stop doing this or change the option to read "Save Password for a random amount of time between 3 seconds and 3 days".
  • Buttons on devices you have to hold for a certain period of time for a function when you could easily double or triple tap the button instead.
  • Telephone menu options that either read WAY too much info about each option to select or just say "Main menu" and then stop.
  • People only having a sense of humor with their close circle of friends and find everything outside that circle horribly offensive and/or un-funny.
  • People who think I'm conversationally anal retentive because I like to sort my thoughts into list form.
  • jackrabbits
  • The different options of glue-type substances. Glue, paste, gel, rubber cement, etc. Who's the person that cant use one type?
  • Knowing that cold water is worse for you when you are overheated than warm water, but still being conditioned to the point where it seems like it tastes better.
  • People who store water in other old cartons or jugs without rinsing them enough first leaving you with left-over orange juice flavored water.
  • Not knowing the etymology of the word "snack"
  • Not being able to rate which is worse, hypocrisy or double-standards
  • Knowing you really should vaccuum but not being able to muster the interest enough to even get near the sweeper and spending way more energy avoiding even eye contact with it in some game of "if you look at me you have to use me".
  • Not being able to legally see my penis more during the day.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Global warming will step up after 2009

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming is forecast to set in with a vengeance after 2009, with at least half of the five following years expected to be hotter than 1998, the warmest year on record, scientists reported on Thursday.

Climate experts have long predicted a general warming trend over the 21st century spurred by the greenhouse effect, but this new study gets more specific about what is likely to happen in the decade that started in 2005.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Welcome to America

When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security ...

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