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Sunday, July 31, 2005

New Addition

Filed under: | Admin

Before I get to the real news today, allow me to point out that this is the first time I have posted in every single day of a month! Didn’t take much, but I did it.
Now, to the news. Notice the tab which reads B.A.S.S. No, it’s not a fishing page, but rather a small shrine.
Aren’t you a little curious as to what’s there? Well what are you waiting for? Go there and check it out!

Is There Hope for France?

Filed under: | Axis of Weasels

In a word: Oui. These words of hope come not from a French politician, but from a businessman who sees that the 35-hour work week, the 90% unemployment compensation, the generous social services provided to French citizens, and the loss of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to London, are starting to add up:

“We have narrowed and stunted ourselves and we paint ourselves as losers, and no one wants to be among the losers. It’s time we opened our eyes wide, took an icy shower and looked reality in the face: we are in decline, going down a slippery slope.
“The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry has reminded us of our [public] debt and the fact that we are living beyond our means. We knew the figures, yet no government for the last 20 years has wanted to draw a conclusion from them. The figures that attest to our decline are known to all….
“In the global economy we give the impression of being a Gaulois village, but unlike those in Astérix, it doesn’t make us laugh and it will raise even less of a smile among our children and grandchildren in 20 years’ time.”

The first step in combating a problem is acknowledging that a problem exists. Hopefully, the French public can be persuaded as well…before it is taken over by outside forces.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Red Lectroids’ Home Planet Discovered!

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

There is a Tenth Planet in our solar system! Its discovery was announced yesterday. Located approximately 97 AU from the Sun (9.021 BILLION MILES!), it’s bigger than Pluto! A name has been proposed to the International Astronomical Union, but will not be announced until the IAU renders its decision.
Nevertheless, this is good news for the workers at Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey…they can finally GO HOME! The following comment was obtained by Yoyodyne’s CEO, Dr. Emilio Lizardo:

“Laugh-a while you can-a, Monkey Boy!”

This is also a disturbing development for the current inhabitants of the Tenth Planet, one of whom, Dr. John Parker, is a distinguished member of the Banzai Institute. His reaction to the news:

“The situation is explosive!”

75 Years of Twinkies…For THIS?

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

In 1995, two very bored college students decided to see if Twinkies were as good as their reputation. See the results.
What a way to observe the 75th anniversary of an American Classic!

Entire Archives Now Here!

Filed under: | Admin

Well folks, I finally got it done! All my archives on my old Earthlink site have been ported over here, so that other site is no longer necessary! Sadly, stories from December 2004 to just before January 20, 2005 were lost, because this domain was on another server. A database failure caused the loss of those particular posts, and it led directly to my purchase of Expression Engine. A good decision which came at some cost.
But at last, it’s done! Whew!

Saddam’s Grandstanding IV

Filed under: | War on Terror

Did I not say Saddam was figuring out how to bulls**t the world?
Word has it the Ace of Spades was punched by some guy as he was leaving the courtroom 2 days ago after the conclusion of his latest hearing. The identity of the man was not known, nor was it known if Saddam was injured in the incident. Portions of the hearing (but not the altercation) were televised on Iraqi TV. Consequently, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the man who hit Saddam was a Ba’athist running dog lackey!
In a related matter, the barrister for the Eight of Spades threatened to quit the case as a result of this event. Please DO! Who are we to stop you from making you and your client complete a**es of yourselves?

Better Luck Next Time

Filed under: | Personal

Well, that interview went really well back on Wednesday…Lots of philosophical “What-If” questions.  The guy seemed impressed, but I felt bad for him ‘cause his right hand was broken and I had to shake his left hand, “Doppelgänger”-style!
But last night, I got a call from the recruiter. I didn’t get the position I applied for…it went to someone with more claims experience, which to me means it went to the internal candidate. The recruiter did say that the interviewer was indeed impressed with my presentation and that he would keep me on his short list for future openings.

Sooner or later I’ll get that next opening. Sigh…Back to work.

Friday, July 29, 2005

San Diego to ACLU: STFU!

Filed under: | News

Ah, here’s something that I’ve been following for a short bit.
The ACLU went apes**t back in 1989 when some atheist didn’t like the cross sitting on top of Mount Soledad as part of a War Memorial…something that’s been there since 1954! So they filed suit and over the years, the ACLU and the City of San Diego went back and forth on this issue.
Until last Tuesday when San Diegans approved Proposition A by a 3-to-1 margin, which would transfer ownership of the Memorial to the Federal Government.
Of course this isn’t over yet. Not by a long shot. The ACLU wants to invalidate Proposition A’s results and demand the original builders of the memorial, the Mount Soledad Memorial Association, to take the cross down. The Association wants to make sure it gets its money back from the City when the transfer is completed. This is all contingent on whether the Feds accept the Memorial and turn it into a National Monument. As it is, I’ve already got a headache just writing about this….

RUN DICK RUN!...

Filed under: | Axis of Donks

...if only to see if that old bag Helen Thomas actually has the guts to do what she says she’s gonna do! From The Drudge Report ‘cause one never knows how long his Flashes stay in place:

Veteran wire reporter Helen Thomas is vowing to ‘kill herself’ if Dick Cheney announces he is running for president.
The newspaper HILL first reported the startling claim on Thursday.
“The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I’ll kill myself,” she told the HILL. “All we need is one more liar.”
Thomas added, “I think he’d like to run, but it would be a sad day for the country if he does.”

Fortunately, we have in Dick Cheney a Vice President who doesnt make snap decisions to fulfill the wildest fantasies of many Americans, but rather what’s good for the country.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Filed under: | Personal

I’d like to take a moment to wish my mother a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Today, she is 67.
Here is one of the good pix I got from her analog (read: non-digital or FILM) camera when we went to see Mount Rushmore on Memorial Day 2002:

God Bless You Mom! I love you!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

30 Years Ago: Apollo-Soyuz

Filed under: | History

Man, I almost forgot about this!

Thirty years ago this month, the USA and CCCP conducted the Apollo-Союз Test Project, when Astronauts and Cosmonauts joined together to show the world that it ain’t all about blowing each other up and that together, Humanity can explore the universe.
This mission was partly inspired by the 1968 motion picture “Marooned,” about a stranded American Apollo mission and its rescue by a Soviet spacecraft. It was also the debut of the Hewlett-Packard HP-65 programmable calculator in space, as a backup for the Apollo main computer.
I even managed to find a picture taken ten years ago at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum…with an analog camera no less!
Here are the Heroes who pulled this mission off and pioneered the international cooperation which endures today aboard the International Space Station:

(L-R: Donald “Deke” Slayton, Thomas Stafford (American Commander), Vance Brand, Alexei Leonov (Soviet Commander), Valery Kubasov.)

An amazing feat…even thirty years later.

Extreme Proliferation

Filed under: | International

HA! Thought I was talking about nuclear proliferation? Not this time!
I first heard this on Derb Radio (NRO) and then a Lizardoid posted about it as well, so I decided to take a look for myself.
I must say, while I remember Methuselah as the oldest person who ever lived, I don’t recall right off hand if the Bible has a “most prolific” man (at least, not without doing a little digging). But there is one mentioned in historical records with at least 1000 children!...and he certainly isn’t of the Biblical persuasion.
LONG STORY SHORT: Guys, if you’re gonna get married, stick with just ONE wife! You’ll do a lot better in the long run and you won’t run out of money so fast.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

NASA Grounds Shuttle Fleet Again

Filed under: | News

Here it is, Discovery hasn’t even been in orbit for 2 days and now, NASA has to ground the shuttles again because they still can’t keep the external tank foam insulation from falling off during launch!
When will they figure out that you can only do so much with spacecraft which were constructed in the 1970s and 1980s using technology that dates back to the MOON LANDINGS!
I tell ya…they’re playing with fire. I don’t want to see NASA stand for Not Another Seven Astronauts!” Congress has got to get up off their ass and fund a new spacecraft to take the shuttle’s place.

Nerves

Filed under: | Personal

I have an interview at 1300 MST for another position where I work, doing Quality Assurance monitoring. Of course I am nervous! This is actually take 2 for the 2nd interview…there was a communications error by the recruiter. Hey it happens.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Caption Contest #2

Filed under: | Humor

OK people! Time to put your imagination to work once again. This time, the subject is Señor La Vida Loca himself, Ricky Martin!
Hey…wasn’t he “involved” in that payola scandal Sony just admitted to?
But I digress. Get to work!

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