Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hurricanes: One More Thing You Probably Cannot Blame On Global Warming

Soil samples from the Grande Playa lagoon in Puerto Rico have given US scientists insight into the last 5,000 years of Atlantic hurricanes. The samples suggest that recent devastating storms may not necessarily be linked to global warming.

Hurricanes... regularly struck the lagoon between 5,450 and 3,650 years ago. This period of intense hurricane activity was interrupted only briefly by a 150 year respite. After that period, there were only few hurricanes -- until about 2,550 years ago, when an interval characterized by a relatively high number of strong hurricanes began, continuing until the next quite phase, which began about 1,050 years ago. But during the last 300 years, the lagoon has once more been exposed to a higher number of violent hurricanes -- just as the unpleasant storms have been multiplying elsewhere as well.
Haha! Take that hippies.

Just one more example of the lunacy and premature jumping-to-conclusions that the wacko-environmental leftists are capable of, slapped around a bit by actual science.

Read Franziska Badenschier's whole article from Spiegel Online here.

Btw... it is raining like a sonofabitch here. Sheesh!

Monday, May 28, 2007

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
--John McCrae
"Canadian poet John McCrae was a medical officer in both the Boer War and World War I. A year into the latter war he published in Punch magazine, on December 8, 1915, the sole work by which he would be remembered. This poem commemorates the deaths of thousands of young men who died in Flanders during the grueling battles there. It created a great sensation, and was used widely as a recruiting tool, inspiring other young men to join the Army. Legend has it that he was inspired by seeing the blood-red poppies blooming in the fields where many friends had died. In 1918 McCrae died at the age of 46, in the way most men died during that war, not from a bullet or bomb, but from disease: pneumonia, in his case." (Source)

This Memorial Day, I hope everyone takes a moment to remember those who came before us and fought and died for us and those who will come after us and will do the same. They are truly heroes.

(Picture from Kristie Shureen Photography, in Sydney, Australia. Nice, eh?)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bush Derangement Syndrome

The acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency -- nay -- the very existence of George W. Bush.

Google it. Or just click the title for Wikipedia's definition. Or click here to read the original article.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

John Edwards sure does love his hair

Wow, this dude sure does love his hair. Some random Slate sponsored "art" project has posted this video of Democrat Presidential Candidate John Edwards primping in preparation for a tv spot. It's pretty classy. And yes, that is a compact he's holding. (The first minute or two are the worthwhile part.)

In other, related news, here is a pretty good transcript from 22 May's Rush Limbaugh Show regarding McCain, Edwards, Hillary, and some femi-nazis. For more on "Saint" John McCain's recent meltdown that Rush mentions, check it out here on Power Line.

What do you think of all this? Edwards' hypocrisies (i.e.: 29,000 sq. ft. house), McCain's meltdown (droppin' the F-bomb on fellow Senators), etc? Doesn't give me too much confidence in either party's congressional / future presidential leadership.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

OpinionJournal's 'Best of the Web' for 16 May 2007

The editors over at do a great job of pulling together a great sampling of news, reviews, and quips from across the Interweb with their "Best of the Web Today" column, and today's entry is no different.

I would like to focus on one portion in specific, although it is all quite enlightening. The fourth topic down the list talks about the death of Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell, and the unbridled hate that he inspired in the liberal left.

Here is just one of the examples of the irrational hatred that littered the internet today:
"tzs," on Marcotte's blog: "If Mr. Falwell had not used his life to spew hatred at anyone who did not fit his narrow-minded, bigoted idea of who was a True God-fearing American™, one might feel more willing to refrain from stating what an absolutely putrid little excrescence of vomit he was. But I'm being polite, so I won't say that. R.I.P., and after watching Falwell I know know why the Romans threw the Christians to the lions."
WTF? Did Mr Falwell stab this dude's puppy with a screwdriver? Falwell was a relatively polarizing public figure, but, I mean, c'mon, was there some personal conflict here that was left unresolved since college? I don't think so, based on the wealth of similar mindless comments listed.

This is just one more example of how the "enlightened" and "open" and "caring" and "nonjudgmental" liberal Democrat party and their apparent base are really just a bunch of hate mongering hypocrites.

Definitely check out what Porn-Icon Larry Flynt had to say though.

Redunkulous Bugatti Veyron @ 253 mph!

Ever wonder just how fast your car can go?

I did.

Until I looked it up in the manual. My 2005 v-6 Mustang will go 113 mph before the computer tells it "no". I still do wonder just how fast it could actually go without computer intervention, but there are good mechanical and legal reasons for me to not explore that.

But that's just a 210 horsepower Ford.

The folks over at British TV show Top Gear decided to find out just how fast a 1001 hp Bugatti Veyron would go. How's 253 mph grab ya? Check out the video.

How friggin' awesome was that, eh? Not bad for $1.3 Million.

I think I'll stick with my 'stang.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Obama's got a Hemi!

After Barack "the Magic Negro" Obama berates Detroit auto makers for not keeping up in the fuel efficient tic-tac economy car race, the truth comes out: Obama's got a Hemi!

Thanks Detroit Free Press for reporting this story and Jalopnik for picking up this story.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Republican Debate News

Socially conservative Republicans wonder why they are loosing ground in the U.S. political arena...
When moderator Chris Matthews asked who doesn't believe in evolution, three Republicans raised their hands -- Messrs. Huckabee, Brownback and Tancredo.
This was the last line in the article "Social Issues Prominent In Republican Debate" By Jackie Calmes in the May 4, 2007 Wall Street Journal.

Honestly, kids, lets get with the freakin' program. It's one thing to say that you don't believe that we are descended from chimps, that is a reasonable and arguable point. For a serious presidential candidate to flatly state that he does not believe in evolution is down right dumb.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Zen Stone... I want one!

Check out this super cute and pretty tiny new mp3 player coming out from Creative.

It's called the Zen Stone. It's a 1GB, flash based mp3/wma player, and it only costs $40. You can't beat that with a stick. There's six color choices, too, but black is the only one yet available from the Creative Store.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Redneck Boat Dry Dock

Geez we're a bunch of frickin' rednecks around here.

To make a long story short, one guy bought a boat trailer with no title, and in order to get it re-titled, it needs to be weighed.

However, there is another guy's boat on the trailer, and no water to put it in. Herein lies the problem.

The solution lies in an overhead track crane, some straps, and a few bumbling fools. Viola, instant (temporary) redneck dry dock.

"Bush left the mayonnaise in the sun, kids died" doesn't rhyme.

LOL... but seriously...

This article at the American Thinker site is kinda long, kinda wanders, and kinda rambles its way through a bunch of items that end up telling us what we already know: that the mainstream media sucks.

But, it is a good read with some interesting observations, like:
Designed to shock a jaded public, freak porn occupies so much of the daily news cycle that, other than the weather and traffic reports, I'm not sure the modern news media serves any real purpose anymore. It's merely sordid entertainment.
Mac Johnson ends the piece very well when he says, "Screw it. I'm going fishing."

My sentiments exactly.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Funny or Die: Will Farrell meets his landlord

So... there's this video site called Funny or Die that was created by Will Farrell and company... and it's fantastic. It's mostly user created content with some "pro" stuff (if you can consider it that) thrown in for inspiration, good measure, whatever.

Below is the first video that the site put up. Will Farrell meets his landlord.
The Landlord
Two words: Child Profanity.

This Donkey Ain't Big Enough


Think their egos might get in the way? Just a little?

Cartoon by Ronny Gordon, published at