Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Andrew Klavan

On the methodology of "SHUT UP".

A five minute Pajamas video well articulated and worth a watch.

If you have a few bucks Pajamas is where to spend it for better media.

However, if you have only five minutes, read this Scipio piece. Instapundit linked to it as well. He maintains the lesson apparent all around us convincingly until the end. A fine job and terribly true.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Clapton

Happy Birthday Mr. Clapton.

I have enjoyed his work so thoroughly that it almost seems as if it was the fabric behind the whole landscape of---er---whatever---insert silly homage here---better yet...Adam has a thorough post...I think Alfred had a thought as well.

Scientology

Greta Van Susteren and John Coale.

Make of the above link what you will, I post it without comment. I link here to my earlier grievance over her interview last week, and am now going to grab that transcript.

Update:

I have not noticed a transcript yet. Here is the video. Is it not embedding? Click on that link to view. I will try to get it to work. It's not like Fox would make sure that Blogger would embed successfully, right? Who uses blogger? Only Stoopid Fox viewers no?:



I can't tell. It may be my computer not recognizing whatever flash doohickey.

I updated the below post by saying I now don't believe the gentleman meant that hundreds of thousands are dying down Mexico way. He is clearly nervous. They implicate Connecticut and there are no tough questions from Greta.

As I said below, if you can't Fisk this one on your own don't prepare your next meal. It's the government's responsibility to stop by and see that you are prosperous and not perishing in a natural disaster.

Apocolypse Meow

Those are some sick fluffy critters.

I think my favorite may end up being "Packy" but it's tough to tell through the language barrier.

CSOne

via Boingboing

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Oven Setting

DamnitAll!!

RatFartsPukePilesMiasmaPussAndFilthyPossumArmpits!!!...With Turds!!!!


I forgot to set my oven on "clean" and leave all the lights on this evening...

Oh well.

http://www.earthhour.org/home/

Kenya is on board however. What the hell do they do, pretend they were just about to have and use electricity and then feign a second thought out there in the countryside? (Yes, I see they mention the capital. Went for the cheap shot so there)

Crap behind the outhouse and give gravity a break?

Delay another round of cholera tests for Obama's brother by an extra hour?

Speaking of which it seems that rich sonofabitch president is letting us pay for his illegal aunt to live in public housing after all the spending he has thrown down the hole. Maybe she will turn the lights off for an hour, that thieving no good leech of a Kenyan who is stealing money from me and every other honest working American.

Unbelievable. You would think that lying sack of crap could throw a couple of bucks at his relatives. No. He will lecture us on our responsibilities to "spread the wealth around".

I will steal the article below in it's entirety. It's what Barack would want me to do, spread the informational wealth around...

Notice that she asked a reporter to "stop wasting her time". That is rich. Me and the ol' Auntie both hate reporters I suspect. She sounds real busy...

Notice they don't have a single quote from anyone who could assert that she has grounds to stay. Yet they are compelled to struggle with providing an "angle" or illusion that such may be the case. She does not work. She is a leeching sack of crap. How shameless is that sack of shit Obama that he couldn't throw a few bucks to get her into an apartment for the proceedings?

Defend that. Someone who supports that man or this administration should come forth in the comments and defend that man and his tacky grubbing shamelessness. Pony up more than "it would be bad publicity for him to help her" because he is letting us pay for that worthless illegal bitch.

Where did she sneak in from?

Oh yeah. Kenya, Africa.

What does she provide our nation?

Oh! That's right, nothing. She doesn't work. She does nothing but take money for housing and food in exchange for providing nothing to this society like a filthy lamprey. If you say "health counseling" you go straight to hell without passing go.

Does Obama feel uncomfortable about this?

Nope. His actions tell.

What does Obama think of his grandmother?

He felt she was a "typical white woman". I agree. She worked hard and took responsibility for a child that was abandoned by a worthless Kenyan and raised him well enough to become President of the United States of America. God Bless "typical white women".

Has Obama helped his relatives when times were rough?

Not in these instances.

Does that make HIM typical?

He is undeniably a typical lying sack of shit politician...and he has no shame.

God Damn the reporters and editors of the news media.

If you are an Obama supporter and you don't get douche chills and shame shivers you are garbage AND I don't question your patriotism.

If you support him and have no pangs over this and the litany of other embarrasments in his administration there is no question as to your patriotism.

To sum up SCREW ILLEGALS. MAY THE LIBERALS WHO CARRY THEIR WATER ROT IN HELL. AN HOUR OF LIGHTS OUT IS QUASI RELIGIOUS PENANCE IN THE CHATECISM OF THE HYPER JUDGEMENTAL RELIGION OF THE SUICIDE CULT WHICH IS PISSING AWAY THE GIFTS OF WESTERN ENLIGHTENMENT (THAT PSYCHO SELF DESTRUCTIVE CULT IS ALSO KNOWN AS WESTERN "PROGRESSIVISM"--GIVING MONEY TO ISLAMIC LUNATICS AND LETTING THEM GO IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AFTER THEY HAD BEEN PICKED UP IN FOREIGN TERRORIST CAMPS AND BATTLEFIELDS BECAUSE WE ARE AFRAID THEIR OWN NATIONS WILL HARM THEM SAYS IT ALL REGARDING "PROGRESSIVES")

I apologize for any errors. I will touch this post up tomorrow if need be---God Bless America. I respect the office of the President of the United States of America. I wish to God B. Hussein did as well.

Back in Boston, Obama's aunt fighting deportation

President Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan immigrant who ignited controversy last year for living in the United States illegally, has returned to her quiet apartment in a Boston public housing project to prepare for an April 1 deportation hearing that will be closed to the public.

Zeituni Onyango, a tall, frail-looking woman in her late 50s who walks with a cane, had fled Boston to stay with relatives in Cleveland last fall after media attention erupted over her case. She was spotted at Obama's inaugural festivities in January and, according to neighbors, returned to Boston a few weeks ago for her third attempt to fight removal from the United States. She had been living in the country illegally since she was ordered deported in 2004.

Now the woman Obama called "Auntie Zeituni" and described as a kindly woman who kissed him on both cheeks and guided him during his trip to Kenya 20 years ago, is in a national spotlight, where her case is seen as a test of the Obama administration's commitment to enforcing immigration laws. Critics, outraged that she is living in taxpayer-funded public housing while thousands of citizens and legal immigrants are on waiting lists, are scrutinizing the case for political favoritism. Others caution that she may have legitimate grounds to stay in the United States.

"The case is unusual in American history because it's a relative of the president involved in immigration matters," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. "It really does present the White House with an opportunity or a minefield. If they follow through on a decision that she should go home, that would actually raise the president's credibility enormously on immigration enforcement."

Obama has said that he has not had any involvement in the case and that it should run its ordinary course, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

Onyango's fate will play out behind closed doors before Judge Leonard Shapiro in Boston. Onyango's lawyer, Margaret Wong of Ohio, successfully argued to reopen her case in December and have the proceedings closed to the public, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts.

Onyango declined two requests for interviews in recent days, and told a reporter to stop wasting her time.

"I'm not happy," Onyango said, bundled up in a parka against the spring chill as she went to pick up her mail.

Wong has not responded to repeated requests for comment. But her spokesman told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in January that Onyango would present new evidence to back an asylum claim. Onyango has lost several attempts to fight deportation, said immigration court spokeswoman Elaine Komis. In 2003, a judge ordered her to leave the country, and she lost on appeal. She tried again, but an immigration judge ordered her deported in October 2004. Komis would not confirm whether Onyango had sought asylum before now because, she said, asylum cases are confidential.

Shapiro, an immigration judge since 1990, rejected 68 percent of asylum requests from 2002 to 2007, higher than the state and national averages, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Asylum seekers must show that they fear persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a social group.

Still, immigration lawyers said she has a chance because she managed to get a hearing.

Onyango is a half-sister of the president's late father, Barack Obama Sr., who was absent most of Obama's life and who died in a car accident in 1982. The president met his aunt during a trip to Kenya in 1988 and included her in his 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father," but has said he was unaware of her immigration issues.

Onyango, then a computer programmer, served as a translator, storyteller, and guide during his Kenya trip. She shared stories about his father's struggles and her own. She said Obama's father helped her get out of an abusive marriage when she was jobless and had no money.

She came to the United States in 2000 to find work and to seek a better life. Though she was ordered deported in 2004, she remained in the United States undetected until just before Election Day.

Aida Ramos, a neighbor, said Onyango is a humble, independent woman who suffers from back problems and is upset about the media attention over her case. She said Onyango quietly helps her neighbors, from counseling them on child-rearing to health issues.

"She's a very nice lady who wants to live her life," said Ramos. "Because she's Obama's aunt she's getting all this attention she didn't even want."

© Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

Here's a Thought

What do these two words evoke, when placed together?

Male Democrat

Journalists

I have mentioned Crichton and his Gell-Mann Amnesia effect before.

Hayek agrees:

CHITESTER: Do you find journalism generally to be superficial?

HAYEK: It’s always dangerous to generalize because there are some exceedingly good men among them to whom it does not apply. But in terms of numbers, yes.

CHITESTER: And the basic corrupting element is, as you said, the desire to appeal, to try to second-guess what’s going to be accepted or not.

HAYEK: And it’s a necessity to pretend to be competent on every subject, some of which they really do not understand. They are under that necessity, I regret; I’m sorry for them. But to pretend to understand all the things you write about, and habitually to write about things you do not understand, is a very corrupting thing.

Journalists are full of crap and arrogant and have nauseatingly high tolerances for sloughing off and rationalizing away and discounting shame. That is essential to enable them to navigate and succeed in the social environs they have created. They are proud of those qualities.

Link via The Corner

Friday, March 27, 2009

Greta

I listened to a painful interview by Greta. It was not the interview which involved Newt.

It involved using Mexico to abuse the civil rights of Americans, and it was beyond shame. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans die from weapons bought illegally over the borders from the U.S.A.? Numbers are difficult however? Smuggled "from the south" too and difficult those numbers?

I look forward to the transcript...we can begin writing the university angle now, however---

"Save Mexicans---Castrate Yourself!!"

"'Civil Rights' or an oppressive construct demanding ownership of the third world?"

That'll work well for the "progressives". My only hope is that the insanity of those who voted for Obama will shiver off like a fever and...er...I guess their hope is sanity's despair.

As for Greta, how can I resent forever a woman who loves yachts, and Trumpys to boot?



1948 61' Trumpy Classic Motoryacht


She must love history and have a grounded sensibility, no?

Did I say grounded?

She's on Fox so she must be a Republican. Her husband advised Palin, right?

I must conclude that American 2nd amendmant rights are killing poor innocent Mexican campesinos. That and yacht owners love the water because they love freedom...

Update:

I will acknowledge that this gentleman seems nervous as he carries the new administration's line. He did NOT, in my opinion, intend to say that hundreds of thousands of people were dying. I heard this over the radio before I posted. He seems to fumble over "hundreds--thousands".

He does say that "90 to 95" percent of the "traceable" guns are "traced" back to the states. Need I fisk that?

Let me know if you can spot the gap in reasoning...better yet watch the interview and provide some scrutiny yourself. Greta would not ask a tough question...

Update again:

I can't seem to find the Fox transcript. It was on March 27, 2009. They implicate Connecticut in the silly "Mexico's violence is America's shame" groundwork.

Kim du Toit

Mr. du Toit forgives John Hinckley. (If you are unfamiliar with Mr. du Toit you are lacking in patriotism...well, maybe that's a little harsh...if you don't know of Mr. du Toit you have missed quite a bit. Buy a gun and ammo as an act of contrition.)

It's rather touching, really, I am tempted to go all other cheek and send along a similar note. From the comments over at FMFT.net:

Helicopter Friday



Some RC Video



Notice that this crazy creepy mom watching her son from a helicopter is not a racist because she states that she has nothing against black people. Both the chopper and the hot tub are fantastic. The mom has to go though...



Lastly here is some helicopter and ball of light U.F.O. savory goodness, which is not embeding well.

Rome

I have been invoking the notion of the end of the Roman Empire often of late.

Where is all the money going?

If you as an ancient Roman had an inside track and knew it was about to collapse, wouldn't you feel you had a duty to your family to steal as much as you could, while rationalizing it as anything other than theft? That is if you were of the ilk that efforted your way into the political class. Wouldn't the others in the political class have had the same sense and would there not be a race to plunder the Empire as effectively possible in vile self-interest while you lied and lied and lied?

Less than one billion dollars put two remote control vehicles on Mars:

"NASA spent $800 million to build and launch Spirit and Opportunity to Mars. They landed about three weeks apart in January 2004, on opposite sides of the planet. Both were designed for 90-day missions but are still operating more than four years later."

The "Big Dig" was over 30 billion (here I see now 22 billion. I have read 35 billion. I will leave the link to the google search so it will change over time. I feel confident stating "over 30 billion" but take it as you see fit) and it leaks and is deadly.

“BOSTON – More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys. The bill includes $5.8 million for the planning and design of a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. The funding may also help support an endowment for the institute.”

The Kennedys. How could anyone have ever thrown a lever for Ted? Ever. I can see not voting before I can respect that one. That last quote can be found at the must read Belmont club, read the rest, Fernandez is excellent.

Any way I would have expected Rome to be invoked a lot earlier. I noticed today Dave Kopel here:

"The congressional majority's handling of the 'stimulus' -- particularly in forcing votes before the conference report could even be read -- evoked the last days of the Roman Republic, with a legislature abdicating governing responsibility to an all-powerful executive. At the least, the rank and file of both parties should insist on proper legislative procedures when the budget is considered, so that every legislator (or his staff) has time to read the budget before every vote."

So mild. Where is the rage? They have pissed away our currency! What DON'T WE KNOW?

What don't we know that makes this seem a reasonable course to those involved? They are in full "print up the money and run boys! This is not a drill! Fuck the people, it's everyone for themselves after this!" mode.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

U.S. Currency

Baby boomers.

U.S. Currency
.

Talk about leaving it all to the children.

CarMD

This is loooong overdue. I remember the difficulties Tommy had with software and the proprietary nature of the diagnostic systems, so I wonder how well it really works, but KitUp is giving it the thumbs up.

CarMD

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Time





Along with Grace Meghan this weekend saw the arrival of Ace and Quinn!!!

Lemme see if I can post some shots. (they are now above)

Grace will receive updated photos, they are on Paddy's camera.

Babies and puppies! A beautiful spring.

Quinn you will recognize from the Northlands and Ace has fur of spun gold.

Spring Time

Grace Meghan has arrived and happily so, soft and pretty as a dream!! Her name was revealed today, and she comes home today to boot!

Congratulations again Paddy and Laura!



Friday, March 20, 2009

For Thought

and without comment, other than to say I love his name. Thaddeus McCotter:



via Jawa Report h/t director blue

Tea Time!

Care to step out for some tea? (via Haha.nu)

Now follow the path.

Haha also links to some Rob Hefferan art. It is lovely stuff.

Helicopter Friday

Carter copters!

I want one...

the second video doesn't end all that smoothly, however.





Adam also sent along this link to a stirring Gene Marshall song sung to the whirlybirds.

Happy Birthday!!!


This little missy was born at 8:25 on this first day of spring! She is 8 pounds and 11 ounces and 20 and one quarter inches long!

Congratulations Paddy and Laura!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gitmo

Detainees to be released in the U.S.A?

Who has confidence that this administration would admit they did so? Who has confidence that this administration would track them upon release?

Who has any confidence whatsoever any longer?

Can that Coon save us?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Le Banlieues

It's a rather natural case of a "lock psychological jumped. "

Those peace loving muslim youths! Quick! Feed them your daughters! Allow them sharia!! Anything to keep the burnt out vehicles au minimum chaque matin!

No Pasaran mentioned the article, which is decipherable within allowances for the google translation. The pattern is clear. No neighborhood or city is complete without large populations of them. You are not truly modern and progressive if you don't throw your own civilization down the crapper to make a statement!

Thank God we can rest assured that the West has that covered.

Uh Oh. I think I must have meant to invoke Allah in that last sentence.

Mr. Kelly


Mr. Kelly sent this on St. Paddy's day and it looks somewhat tilt-shift like.

That is a HUGE Tonka toy!!

Very cool. I don't know yet where that was taken. He reminds me of one of those Fraggle Rock Doozers a little.

http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/doozer2.jpg

http://www.lestelevores.com/images/fiches/67-Doozers.jpg

That's a compliment Dave. Check out an example of the hot chicks who dig Fraggle Rock:

http://media.80stees.com/images/products/Fraggle_Rock_Wembly_Green-T.jpg

Tilt Shift Video

Another great one over at Boingboing:


Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Here are some lovely photos over at Smashing magazine:

3. Sky
The sky is reflected in a drop of water. Beautiful scenery.

Mind-Blowing Photos - : Sky

10. Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth
Could this be the best self-shot ever? It’s truly out of this world.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth

27. Two ways at looking at a fish

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

and many more over at http://pixdaus.com/

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Irish Day

Hmm...I think I heard a bad word in there somewhere...I also suspect some of them had been drinking! The camera wanders on occasion, so make no mind of that:


video

Cafe Nine had some nice music as always:

video

St. Patrick's Day 2009






These photos include a friend, a stripper and a family that looked soooo Irish I could not help but take a snapshot. Several photos were not included. So don't ask.

Clearly

Harris is from "The Post"

Monday, March 16, 2009

Yes

I agree. God Bless America, she looks like she had a good time on the range there.

First is a video showing some of the fun the fine folks of OK engage in, and second is a video of Evan Sayet exploring the mindset of modern liberals. His model of a loathed wife is particularly apt, I think.

Both via Director Blue



Children's Book

via FMFT

Horses%20childrens%20books%20bubble%20squeak%20ponies.jpg

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Yid With Lid

Worth a look.

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/

Diamond Heist

Interesting article.

Requests Are Being Taken

Tigers and dolphins?

Communist threats recast through a handsome incompetent?

Space aliens passing glowing gas, and terrorists stealing and stockpiling the same?

I encourage dialogue with dignity and restraint, so suggest a matter to pursue and it will be done.

What about this blog is good, and what less so?

Please respond in the comments.

Can You Say ACORN?

How about La Raza?

National Day Laborer Organizer Network?

Absolutely disgusting.

Our new administration has a lot of payments to return in kind and erasing the border is on the agenda along with so much else.

It's going to be a long ugly trainwreck, but everyone knew this would happen...

No investigation into campaign contributions or congressional pork corruption or, well, pretty much anything else from that coward Holder. However let's go after Arpaio for trying to shore up the borders down there where kidnapping is skyrocketing etc., etc. This is traitorous, doing the bidding of La Raza et. al. for helping with the election. And yes, I mentioned La Raza twice even though it is not in this article:

An Arizona sherriff's office is under investigation after activists alleged it violated the civil rights of illegal immigrants.

Tiger Meets Dolphin

Interesting photos of a dolphin and a tiger fascinated by one another:

That Evil America

Thanks to the MSM this will see little attention, via No Pasaran:

"An increasing number of Iraqi detainees are refusing to leave detention centres despite being eligible for release because they want to complete studies begun behind bars, a US general said on Sunday.

"In the last three or four months we have begun seeing detainees asking to stay in detention, usually to complete their studies," Major General Douglas Stone told a news conference in Baghdad.

The US military offers a wide range of educational programmes to the 23,000 or so detainees -- adults and juveniles -- being held at its two detention facilities, Camp Cropper near Baghdad's international airport and Camp Bucca near the southern port city of Basra.

Some parents of juvenile detainees, too, have asked that their children remain behind bars so they can continue their schooling, said Stone, the commanding general for US detainee operations in Iraq."

We all know the rules. Anything which portrays Western Culture or the United States in particular in a negative light will get relentless magnification and be used as propaganda. Anything positive will be shoved to the back so they can claim they gave it due regard but they hope no one will notice.

Soviet Economy

This is where the Democrats have been struggling to take us for so, so long. (via Samizdata)

"the government’s share of output and expenditure has now surged to more than 60% in some areas of England and over 70% elsewhere.

Experts believe the recession will tighten the state’s grip still further as benefit handouts soar and Labour directs public sector organisations to create jobs to soak up unemployment.

In the northeast of England the state is expected to be responsible for 66.4% of the economy this year, up from 58.7% when a similar study was carried out four years ago. When Labour came to power, the figure was 53.8%.

The northwest has seen a similarly relentless advance by the state, according to the research commissioned by The Sunday Times from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

“Labour has failed to encourage private sector investment across the country. Instead of supporting enterprise and small businesses, Gordon Brown has used the public sector to cover up his failures,” said Theresa May, the shadow work and pensions secretary.

The CEBR reached its estimates for 2008-9 by applying the 6.68% state spending increase announced in November’s prebudget report evenly across the country, although in practice some regions will receive more than others.

Across the whole of the UK, 49% of the economy will consist of state spending, while in Wales, the figure will be 71.6% – up from 59% in 2004-5. Nowhere in mainland Britain, however, comes close to Northern Ireland, where the state is responsible for 77.6% of spending, despite the supposed resurgence of the economy after the end of the Troubles.

Even in southern England, the government’s share of spending is growing relentlessly. In the southeast, it has gone up from 33% to 36% of the economy in four years.

The state now looms far larger in many parts of Britain than it did in former Soviet satellite states such as Hungary and Slovakia as they emerged from communism in the 1990s, when state spending accounted for about 60% of their economies."


Friday, March 13, 2009

Why?

Why are they calling this cat ugly?

It has feelings too. Now we need workshops and therapy and new laws to protect and advocate--er, advoCAT for justice.

Don't disenfranchise. We are all guilty. We must all be counted. We are all ugly cats.

Now we need homely reparations and cat reparations on top of all of the other grievance agendas.

Truly a setback for us all.

***This post fulfills whatever liberal content quota which may or may not be in effect for this time frame now or retroactively for any time period whatsoever, henceforth and on into perpetuity***

Awww...

A new little niece is arriving any minute (well, soon anyhow).

Maybe a pretty little pink Daisy would be a nice gift:

pink%20Daisy%20BB%20Gun.jpg

via Alphecca

Obviously we would have to help her to shoot it for the first couple of years. Sheesh.

More Helicopter Friday

That unfortunate gentleman who slipped and fell over Niagra Falls this week was clearly too shaken up to cooperate with his rescue.

A seven year old boy lived after the boat he was in capsized and spilled him over the falls in 1960.

A man was unharmed after he went over without protection several years ago.

I was unaware of Robert Overacker but this is some last photo:

Robert Overcracker rides a jetski over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls to help promote awareness for the homeless. His parachute did not open and Robert ended up promoting better parachutes. He plunged to his death and his body was never recovered. An Egyptian tourist captured this amazing image.

The ultimate  daredevil .... Robert Overacker, 39, fell to his death at Niagara Falls in  1995 when his parachute failed to open as he drove a jetski over the edge.



They forced this week's subject towards rescue with rotor wash.

Man survives 60 meters plunge into Niagara Falls and then fights off rescuers

from AP Photo by AP

Man survives 60 meters plunge into Niagara Falls and then fights off rescuers

©Julia Nawrocki / MyNews.CTV.ca

My favorite water fall daring image involves the Devil's pool and Victoria falls. I have mentioned it before.





Which reminds me of the photographer I noticed again recently George Seinmetz. Wow!





Nixon

Nixon showed his buddy Jackie Gleason space aliens in boxes.

It's a fact.

So there.

Carry on now...

Helicopter Friday









Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Don't Worry

I bet the Chinese have a copy of the recipe. We would just need to steal it back. That raises some unfortunate doubts. There is more over at armscontrolwonk. (Aerogels have been mentioned here before) From Slashdot via Instapundit:

"The US and the UK are trying to refurbish the aging W76 warheads that tip Trident missiles to prolong their life and ensure they are safe and reliable but plans have been put on hold because US scientists have forgotten how to manufacture a mysterious but very hazardous component of the warhead codenamed Fogbank. 'NNSA had lost knowledge of how to manufacture the material because it had kept few records of the process when the material was made in the 1980s, and almost all staff with expertise on production had retired or left the agency,' says the report by a US congressional committee. Fogbank is thought by some weapons experts to be a foam used between the fission and fusion stages of the thermonuclear bomb on the Trident Missile and US officials say that manufacturing Fogbank requires a solvent cleaning agent which is 'extremely flammable' and 'explosive,' and that the process involves dealing with 'toxic materials' hazardous to workers. 'This is like James Bond destroying his instructions as soon as he has read them,' says John Ainslie, the co-ordinator of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, adding that 'perhaps the plans for making Fogbank were so secret that no copies were kept.' Thomas D'Agostino, administrator or the US National Nuclear Security Administration, told a congressional committee that the administration was spending 'a lot of money' trying to make 'Fogbank' at Y-12, but 'we're not out of the woods yet.'"



via acw a mention of fogbank by an individual at a public meeting who worked on it. He mentions some difficulties and I did not know this about our explosives manufacturing and China:

"On the plastics, that are used to bind, say,
the TATB together, that's no longer made. Nobody
makes it. And the TATB itself, the precursor that you
need to make that explosive molecule can't be
manufactured in this country because of environmental
problems. You have to get -- you have to get the raw
material from China these days. How would that work
out?"

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Oh My God

Alf is on.

No kidding.

Some ugly Tanner truth:



iew.

Add that to Permanent Midnight (Although just the knowledge of his problems might finally explain what was going on with "Alf.") and you get a Ben Stiller connection.

Carry on...

Feeding Your Horse

Plutonium. I have had the pleasure of ministering medicine to cats this weekend.

Here are some tips for making certain your ponies have enough plutonium nutrients.

I am reminded of "Radium Girls", so close by.

"3. Plutonium tastes a bit like jellybeans, but if the horse objects, you can mix with a little molasses to mask the taste. You can also just add plutonium to a small amount of molasses, apple sauce or other tasty treat to include it in your horse's diet...

* Most horses will receive an adequate dose of plutonium if living in close proximity to a nuclear power plant, or just generally in Russia.
"

Hungry?

I sure am.

Food porn.

Quinn the Malamute

There's gonna be a new malamute in town. Peace be upon Keno.

Quinn is getting a visit from the folks who will provide home. He is a cutey, no?

Alfred

links to a very cool group of illustrations which lend scope to the notion of big money.

It's something of a douche chill what with the news of late.

Obama Economic Stimulus

Update:

I see that there is a new commemorative 442 paying tribute to the second amendment and the Heller decision. The fact that Heller split 5/4 says all anyone needs to know about the state of our society. That said the J frame is a classic and this is a lovely little piece of history.



SAF Commemorative Model 442 Engraving Closeup



Hmmm...

That Obama feller would like it if we stepped up our spending.

The Smith and Wesson .38 Airweight. The "+p" is something of a gimmick, but a nice gimmick.

I suggest every lady and gent have one.

I am only suggesting. I'm a poor pacifist.

Jimmy

Jimmy has a way of making a person thirsty no matter what time of day.

Beer Hopscotch.

Barry, W, and the Marines

This speaks volumes.

God Bless the Marines.



from Roger Kimbal via that Instapundit feller

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ghandi Wants You To Keep Your Guns!

This HotAir video I saw over at "Fun Turns to Tragedy" and it is amusing and quite well done.

I did not know Ghandi was such a second amendment type guru!!

‘‘Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.’’

— Mahatma Ghandi, "Gandhi, An Autobiography", page 446 An Indian gun owner writes on the history here.

That well spoken gentleman also posts the "Parable of the Sheep". I encourage you to bookmark his blog.

The many arms of Vishnu takes on a whole knew meaning.

John Allison

Gives a fine talk to the Ayn Rand Center on today's financial mayhem. Well worth watching.

via Samizdata

Most Painful

Terry Gross interview ever.

So often I find myself thinking that while I am enjoying the interview I resent the relentless liberal political fog that pervades.

Nothing but empathy for Ms. Gross in this instance however. She was admirable.

Gene Simmons is...well. Nothing need be said if you listen.

I'm sorry, my mistake. Chaim Witz. I won't attempt to pronounce it through my gentile gob.

The Erim.net link I noticed in the comments over at Althouse. Althouse links to an article in the NYtimes that is just as painful to read. The responses are even worse. I poked through the Althouse comments just to see if I had gone insane. (Actually the Althouse comments are often a good read, but seeing so many comments onboard made me fear I was being gaslighted)

Judith Warner is as bad as Chaim Witz in her own way. I have a vague feeling I may have linked to her tripe before.

John Podhoretz cited her as "America's most embarrassing online columnist".

Her material would be merely embarrassing were it on her own blog. That it is coming out of the NYTimes megaphone is truly a testament to the lack of merit in contemporary Western society.

Update: Ugh! The vomitous circle is now complete. Ms. Gross interviews Ms. Warner on the release of her book "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety".

How perfect. She was "a former special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris".

I won't listen. Folks like Ms. Warner gave us "Moms" parking spaces at supermarkets.

I will suggest, but not confirm, that I intentionally park in those spaces.

(The Japanese like to incorporate the term "maru" into the names of their maritime vessels. The notion of a circle implies a safe and complete journey out onto the sea and back to shore. This "vomit circle" is now complete.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Make Yourself Read

what "we" voted for...interesting links all over.

What did anyone ever expect from BabyBoomers?

You couldn't give them the world.

Update: More of our eminent Sec. of State's verbal jewels here.

That Clinton girl is all class and humility.

connectivity

should post much soon...like this evening and tomorrow...

I lost all of my thumbdrive bookmarks today during a firefox update...rats.

Oh well, that's the fun of roaming.

So, if you do have magnetic orientation, and then someone ducktapes a strong magnet on you...is that like fingernails on a chalkboard, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, or whiskey-spins?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

More Soon

No connectivity.

Again.

I have some photos and need to catch up on 2 helicopter Fridays.

And there must be all sorts of silly garbage I am missing out there which needs to be passed along...

More soon.