Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Car Crashes into Florida (of course) DMV Office

What I want to know is why Superman didn't fly around the world to make time go backwards and then step in front of the car to stop the accident? Why, Superman, WHY?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

For some reason this doesn't surprise me. Just more evidence of how totally unhinged the left has become in this country.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — A Fredericksburg man is facing several assault charges after police say he hunted down a group of Republicans and confronted them in their home over their beliefs.

Police said Andrew Stone, 23, recently went to a home in Fredericksburg at around 5:30 p.m. after he saw a name and nearby address on a Republican Web site.

Stone confronted three residents about their political viewpoints, police said. When he found out the residents supported the Republican-led war effort in Iraq, police say Stone became enraged.

Stone then hit the homeowner and his roommates several times as they tried to force him out of the door, police said.

Stone faces three counts of assault and battery.
Truly amazing. He sees a name and address, realizes there are Republicans nearby, so he hunts them down and attacks them.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Via Megan McArdle comes this news story, in which we learn that blind people are having trouble hearing hybrid cars coming:
The National Federation of the Blind, an advocacy group, says all hybrid vehicles should emit a sound while turned on and is calling on the auto industry to make changes. The group says the sound should be loud enough to be heard over the din of other ambient noise.
What strikes me, though, is the take of the typical smug, holier-than-thou environmentalist on such issues. Seve MacPete (I kid you not, that is his name) sniffs:
And if you could say anything about hybrid drivers, they are more aware of their surroundings than other drivers.
Ooh hoo, Mister MacPete, aren't you special. So unique. So aware. So much more attentive to the blind pedestrian, while the rest of us are too busy destroying the earth to be bothered with such things. Dude, get over yourself, driving a hybrid doesn't make you a better driver. And for the record, that blind pedestrian is emitting far less carbon dioxide on foot than you are in your little econo-box hybrid.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Big Dog

I met this Great Dane last weekend. Has anybody seen a dog this large before?

And for the record, the woman is pretty darn special to me as well. Out of respect for her privacy, that is all the info you get. (She helped me rotate the picture - thanks, Sweetie!)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, "Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get it started.

Her boyfriend asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"

The blonde says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a tiger."

Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.
He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a tiger."
He takes her hand and says, "Second, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then ......."

He sighed................

"Let's put all the Frosted Flakes back in the box......."

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Say What?

Here's a curious formulation from our local newspaper's website:
VIRGINIA BEACH - A car this morning plunged into an icy canal off Susan Constant Drive, near 62nd Street at the North End, trapping a woman driver inside.

Rescue workers pulled the woman out of the car more than an hour later. They administered CPR and took the woman to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 11:10 a.m.

Police did not identify the woman or release her condition. Neighbors said she was elderly and lived alone.
One wonders what further information could be released about the condition of a dead person.

Global Warming Petition

We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.
Signed, 15,000 Scientists

Saturday, February 03, 2007

My First Half Marathon

This morning I ran in the Norfolk Half Marathon, which started about 3 miles from my house and passed right by the house twice. It was cold and windy, but I think I did pretty well. There were 392 finishers, and I was 34th overall. In my age class, there were 41 finishers and I was second, good enough for an award. My time for the 13.1 miles was 1:31:30, just about 7 minutes per mile.

The race start was delayed slightly, but I was done and into the finisher's tent by 10 AM, where two kegs of beer awaited. So there I stood drinking beer in the morning with several hundred other individuals that had just run 13 miles. I had to come home and sober up before going grocery shopping this afternoon!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Global Warming

Radio talker and libertarian Neal Boortz has a lengthy list describing his skepticism about the new UN report on so-called man made global warming:
  • The United Nations is anti-American and anti-Capitalist. In short .. I don't trust them. Not a bit. The UN would eagerly engage in any enterprise that would weaken capitalist economies around the world.

  • Because after the fall of the Soviet Union and worldwide Communism many in the anti-capitalist movement moved to the environmental movement to continue pursuing their anti-free enterprise goals. Many of the loudest proponents of man-made global warming today are confirmed anti-capitalists.

  • Because the sun is warmer .. and all of these scientists don't seem to be willing to credit a warmer sun with any of the blame for global warming.

  • The polar ice caps on Mars are melting. How did our CO2 emissions get all the way to Mars?

  • It was warmer in the 1930s across the globe than it is right now.

  • It wasn't all that long ago that these very same scientists were warning us about "global cooling" and another approaching ice age?

  • How much has the earth warmed up in the last 100 years? One degree. Now that's frightening.

  • Because that famous "hockey stick" graph that purports to show a sudden warming of the earth in the last few decades is a fraud. It ignored previous warming periods ... left them off the graph altogether.

  • The infamous Kyoto accords exempt some of the world's biggest CO2 polluters, including China and India.

  • The Kyoto accords can easily be seen as nothing less than an attempt to hamstring the world's dominant capitalist economies.

  • Because many of these scientists who are sounding the global warming scare depend on grant money for their livelihood, and they know the grant money dries up when they stop preaching the global warming sermon.

  • Because global warming "activists" and scientists seek to punish those who have different viewpoints. If you are sure of your science you have no need to shout down or seek to punish those who disagree.

  • What happened to the Medieval Warm Period? In 1996 the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a chart showing climatic change over a period of 1000 years. This graph showed a Medieval warming period in which global temperatures were higher than they are today. In 2001 the IPCC issued another 1000 year graph in which the Medieval warming period was missing. Why?

  • Why has one scientist promoting the cause of man-made global warming been quoted as saying "we have to get rid of the medieval warming period?"

  • Why is the ice cap on the Antarctic getting thicker if the earth is getting warmer?

  • In the United State, the one country with the most accurate temperature measuring and reporting records, temperatures have risen by 0.3 degrees centigrade over the past 100 years. The UN estimate is twice that.

  • There are about 160,000 glaciers around the world. Most have never been visited or measured by man. The great majority of these glaciers are growing, not melting.

  • Side-looking radar interferometry shows that the ise mass in the West Antarctic is growing at a rate of over 26 gigatons a year. This reverses a melting trend that had persisted for the previous 6,000 years.

  • Rising sea levels? The sea levels have been rising since the last ice age ended. That was 12,000 years ago. Estimates are that in that time the sea level has risen by over 300 feet. The rise in our sea levels has been going on long before man started creating anything but natural CO2 emissions.

  • Like Antarctica, the interior of Greenland is gaining ice mass.

  • Over the past 3,000 years there have been five different extended periods when the earth was measurably warmer than it is today.

  • During the last 20 years -- a period of the highest carbon dioxide levels -- global temperatures have actually decreased. That's right ... decreased.

  • Why did a reporter from National Public Radio refuse to interview David Deming, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma studying global warming, after his testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unless Deming would state that global warming was being caused by man?

  • Why are global warming proponents insisting that the matter is settled and that no further scientific research is needed? Why are they afraid of additional information?

  • On July 24, 1974 Time Magazine published an article entitled "Another Ice Age?" Here's the first paragraph:
    "As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age."
  • Thursday, February 01, 2007

    The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, "Well, I'm off now, The Man should be here soon."

    Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale.

    Good morning, Ma'am", he said, "I've come to...'' Oh, no need to explain, "Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, "I've been expecting you."

    "Have you really?" said the photographer. "Well, that's good. Did you know babies are my specialty?"

    "Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat."

    After a moment she asked, blushing, "Well, where do we start?"

    "Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there."

    "Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry and me!"

    "Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results."

    "My, that's a lot!" gasped Mrs. Smith.

    "Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be in and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with that."

    "Don't I know it," said Mrs. Smith quietly.

    The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. "This was done on the top of a bus," he said.

    "Oh my God!" Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat.

    "And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with."

    "She was difficult?" asked Mrs. Smith.

    "Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look."

    "Four and five deep?" said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.

    "Yes", the photographer replied. "And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in."

    Mrs. Smith leaned forward. "Do you mean they actually chewed on your, uh... equipment?"

    "It's true, Ma'am, yes. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away."


    "Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big to be held in the hand very long."

    Mrs. Smith fainted
    Hat Tip: Suzie