August 31, 2007

"Alright, who left their cell phone on?"
— Gabriel Malor

Over at Gizmodo, there's a gif of lighting striking a plane taking off from Osaka. As the fellow says, this happens all the time; the lighting just passes around the plane.

He asks a question that I've always wondered about:

Now, can anyone explain to this ignorant (me) person how 100 trillion (million million) watts can hit a plane and nothing happens to the electronics inside, while my cell can wreak havoc emitting just a few microwaves?

I'm sure someone here knows, so, what gives?

(Oh, and yeah, I'm sure that gif is a zillion years old. Don't start with me. It's late.)

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The Scandi penis museum
— Purple Avenger

Damn scandis again. I don't know if Icelanders really qualify as proper scandis, but I don't really care. Its cold, its north, they eat weird stuff, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and call'em scandis.

So these weirdo scandis got a freaking penis museum up there. I guess there's not much to do in the land of the midnight sun when it goes dark for 6 months, so they sit around stuffing and mounting penises...all kinds of penises.

So...lets say you're some randy congressman who has a hankering to see what some genuine polar bear cock looks like, but you're not into the whole getting mauled to death and eaten thing. Here you go. They got one. The bear ain't good enough? Bear cock ain't hot enough to wax your skis eh? No problemo - they got some monstrous whale cock too.

According to Walking the Berkshires,

The Icelandic Phallological Museum contains a collection of over one hundred and fifty penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland.

H/T TigerHawk

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Chavez's phony hostage negotiation
— Purple Avenger

We see this story here where comrade Chavez is in Colombia to "help broker" a deal to get some FARC held hostages "released" in exchange for hundreds of FARC rebels.

... The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is holding 45 hostages, including soldiers, politicians and the three U.S. contractors abducted more than four years ago. In return for releasing them, the FARC wants hundreds of guerrillas to be freed, including two commanders in U.S. prisons.

Success by Chavez in mediating a humanitarian swap could expand his influence and improve his image in the region, but it's a risky move -- he is stepping squarely into Colombia's civil conflict and generating optimism among the families of those long held captive by rebels. Seldom has Chavez involved himself so directly with the internal affairs of another nation...

Of course anyone who has followed events along the border has known for quite a while the real situation is that comrade Chavez instituted what amounts to a defacto low intensity war with Colombia using the FARC as proxies. He's been arming them and supplying them with across the border havens from which to launch their attacks. He knows the Colombians, being significantly weaker militarily, are loathe to chase the FARC across the border or attack their havens for fear of giving him the excuse he wants to start carving off large chunks of Colombia for himself.

This whole deal smacks of being a 100% stage managed affair for the idiots in the world press. The smart money says that the "hostages" were likely snatched on Hugo's orders in anticipation of such a spectacle so he can demonstrate his "stature", "influence", and overall premier grade world leader cred for the idiots in the MSM...who appear to be swallowing his bullshit hook line and sinker.

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Wikipedia. It's Like The World Book Encyclopedia. With People in your Living Room at Night Scribbling Corrections While You Sleep
— Dave In Texas

Dutch Royals (they still have those? Isn't that a brand of cigars?) caught correcting scandalous factoids in their Wikipedia account by latest greatest Wiki "Sandy Berger" tracking feature online.

Prince Johan and Princess Mabel.

Mabel?

I'll bet scandis think "Mabel" is hot shit.

Anyway, the kids gettin their story straight online, which I suppose kids had best be ready to do nowadays.

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Movies De Palma Should Have Made [Vinnie]
— Open Blog

Redacted: The true story of U.N. "peacekeepers" who rape and murder the people they're supposed to protect.

Redacted: The true story of how Stalin engineered the Ukrainian famine and how the New York Times lied about it.

Redacted: How the U.N. dragged its feet while American soldiers were dying in Mogadishu.

Redacted: How the Boston area Hobo disappearances are tied to the Boston area Valu-Rite Vodka shortage.

Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments.

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Chupacabra?
— Open Blog

-Sinistar @doubleplusundead

Hardly, says I. A Texas woman thinks she has chupacabra attacking her farm animals, I think she has feral Mexican Hairless Dogs, or a mutt with that breed, or a close relative. Look at the skin tone of the dog in the article, and the one in the Wiki page, note the shape of the ears. Its similar, and keep in mind, the 'chupacabra' has been dead awhile, plus it could be older, which may explain the wrinkles and ears sitting down on the head.

I don't know why, but I like the whole dog breeding/show thing. I've always liked seeing the different breeds, and learning what the purpose of the breed was or what it was naturally made to do, so I had a pretty strong idea of what this thing was immediately.

Crossposted at doubleplusundead.

Found at Hotair Headlines.

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Time to move the Global Warming goal posts again! [Dogstar]
— Open Blog

Hey, it's been a while since we checked in with the Global Warming eco-kids. They've taken some hits lately- the IPCC dropped the "hockey stick" graph and NASA was forced to recalculate all post-2000 US temperature data. The results- they lost two of their best talking points.

However, they still had their A-1, die-hard fallback position- "There's a CONSENSUS of scientists!!!"

Well, sorry to be the party pooper, kiddos, but you just lost your ace in the hole...
more...

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Brian De Palma…Jackass
— DrewM.

As Ace bloged about a few weeks ago, Hollywood is gearing up to release a torrent of anti-Iraq War movies.

Well, an early entry is Redacted by Brian De Palma. It took awhile for the director of movies such as Carrie, Scarface, and The Untouchables to find something about the war that got his creative juices flowing but alas he did. Not surprisingly what he found was a crime that puts American soldiers in the worst possible light:

When I read about the Mahmudiyah incident in Iraq 2006 - five US soldiers raped a local girl, killed her and her family and later tried to disguise it as an insurgent attack - I knew I had a story.

Now what happened at Mahmudiyah was a crime of almost unimaginable horror. It’s also one that has been thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. Those involved (with the exception of one defendant who is still awaiting trial) have been tried and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 5 to 100 years.

Apparently De Palma couldn’t find any stories that interested him of American heroes, men who gave their lives to save their fellow Americans or who try and make the life of Iraqi children a little better. I doubt he even bothered to look for them.

Of course it could just be because De Palma only has one trick when it comes to war movies. Remember his Casualties of War?

a film based, we are told, on an actual event. A five-man patrol of American soldiers in Vietnam kidnapped a young woman from her village, forced her to march with them, and then raped her and killed her.

Apparently when De Palma looks at an America serviceman all he sees is the face of a killer. Perhaps he should look at this video of American soldiers who rescued handicapped Iraqi orphans from appalling conditions.

Now, I’d like to say De Palma is a talentless hack but that’s clearly not the case. He’s just a typical lefty pining for the day when the evil Americans will leave Iraq to the sweet ministrations of al Qaeda, left over Bathists and Shiite Militias.

Alas, Mr. De Palma’s choice of topics says far more about him than it does our military or the nature of war.

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Brian De Palma…Jackass
— DrewM

As Ace bloged about a few weeks ago, Hollywood is gearing up to release a torrent of anti-Iraq War movies.

Well, an early entry is Redacted by Brian De Palma. It took awhile for the director of movies such as Carrie, Scarface, and The Untouchables to find something about the war that got his creative juices flowing but alas he did. Not surprisingly what he found was a crime that puts American soldiers in the worst possible light:

When I read about the Mahmudiyah incident in Iraq 2006 - five US soldiers raped a local girl, killed her and her family and later tried to disguise it as an insurgent attack - I knew I had a story.

Now what happened at Mahmudiyah was a crime of almost unimaginable horror. It’s also one that has been thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. Those involved (with the exception of one defendant who is still awaiting trial) have been tried and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 5 to 100 years.

Apparently De Palma couldn’t find any stories that interested him of American heroes, men who gave their lives to save their fellow Americans or who try and make the life of Iraqi children a little better. I doubt he even bothered to look for them.

Of course it could just be because De Palma only has one trick when it comes to war movies. Remember his Casualties of War?

a film based, we are told, on an actual event. A five-man patrol of American soldiers in Vietnam kidnapped a young woman from her village, forced her to march with them, and then raped her and killed her.

Apparently when De Palma looks at an America serviceman all he sees is the face of a killer. Perhaps he should look at this video of American soldiers who rescued handicapped Iraqi orphans from appalling conditions.

Now, I’d like to say De Palma is a talentless hack but that’s clearly not the case. He’s just a typical lefty pining for the day when the evil Americans will leave Iraq to the sweet ministrations of al Qaeda, left over Bathists and Shiite Militias.

Alas, Mr. De Palma’s choice of topics says far more about him than it does our military or the nature of war.

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No More Battlestar on iTunes?
— Gabriel Malor

NBC-Universal and Apple were unable to come to an agreement about the pricing of TV shows on iTunes. iTunes will stop selling new shows from NBC-Universal starting in September.

NBC wanted "more than double the wholesale price” for new TV episodes. Apple was unwilling to agree to that since it would bring the price to iTunes consumers of downloading an episode to $4.99.

Also, Apple's statement claims:

Since NBC would withdraw their shows in the middle of the television season, Apple has decided to not offer NBC TV shows for the upcoming television season beginning in September.

This seems more like Apple trying to punish NBC than anything else. Why not sell half a season before the contract is up?

Why is this important? Because the best show on television will no longer be available on iTunes. Frak!

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Happy Weekend! (And Open Blog)
— Ace

Sorry for not blogging today. I had to do non-blog-work all night last night and just couldn't get motivated to write another post about Larry Craig.

I see my minions have been busy. Thank you, Minions.

I'm just wishing everyone a happy weekend as it's a holiday weekend, not because I intend to take it off. Though I won't be around tonight.

So, Open Blog.

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Democratic Fundraiser Turns Himself In
— Gabriel Malor

Norman Hsu, Democrat fundraiser extraordinaire, turned himself in to authorities in San Mateo. Bail was set at $2 million and Hsu briefly saw the inside of a jail cell. He was back on the street in minutes.

He's hired James Brosnahan, a stellar defense attorney based in San Fransisco. Brosnahan is known most recently for unsuccessfully defending John Walker Lindh.

Other Democrats have followed Clinton's lead in giving away Hsu's donations:

Hsu was involved in state and local politics as well. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer donated $62,000, the amount he got from Hsu, to charity. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who received $1,000, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who received $1,250, also were turning their money over to charity, their aides said.

I knew this guy was big, but I didn't realize just how connected he was to Democrats at all levels of government.

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Nifong Is Held in (More) Contempt
— Gabriel Malor

Mike Nifong has been sentenced to one day in jail for lying to the court. Nifong had claimed in court that he gave the lacrosse defense team all the documents related to the DNA evidence.

Notice that Nifong is getting punished for lying to the court, not for lying to the defendants.

h/t to Paulitics.

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Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa
— Gabriel Malor

Yesterday an Iowa district court ruled that the state must allow same-sex marriage (PDF of the court’s opinion) under the Iowa Constitution’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. It also struck down Iowa’s 2006 law establishing that marriage could only exist between a man and a woman.

The state plans to appeal the ruling to Iowa’s Supreme Court. Proponents of Iowa’s 2006 marriage law will seek to get around the ruling by amending the state constitution.

Complaints about judicial activists overruling laws which were actually approved by a majority of Iowans began about five seconds after the holding was announced.

A quick summary of the opinion’s treatment of Due Process and Equal Protection is in the extended entry. more...

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Successful Prank
— LauraW.

My faith in the ingenuity of today's youth has been restored.

Thanks to Pajama Momma.

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Internet Bullshitter Angers Shaolin Monks
— LauraW.

It's not nice to talk trash about Kung Fu masters.

The Internet user, calling themselves “Five Minutes Every Day,” said on an online forum last week that a Japanese ninja came to Shaolin, asked for a fight and many monks failed to beat him, the newspaper said.

“The facts that the monks could not defeat a Japanese ninja showed that they were named as kung fu masters in vain,” the Internet user was quoted as saying in the post.

The Shaolin temple monks issued a statement of condemnation and are demanding an apology to the entire Chinese nation.

Can't help but notice how much publicity is being paid to just one forum-dork.

Virtually all of the blog-dorks who visit this moronblog can come up with much better slurs against the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Masters.

Maybe. I think.

Wouldn't want to turn it into a competition or anything.

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John Warner Not Running
— Ace

Not good news though, because Virginia is trending Democratic, Mark Warner could run from his seat, and I think I was told that John Warner's preferred protege is a RINO in his mold.

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Jack M's RedEye Bleg
— Jack M.

I hate having to do this, but I'm going to ask you morons for a favor. I'm going to try to harness your retard strength, much like the Avengers tried to focus the power of the Hulk.

I have been reliably informed that my future bride, Fox News' Ms. Suzanne Sena, made mention of me last night on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Further, I have been told that she discussed our trip to Baskin Robbins that I blogged about in this post. She did so with discretion, of course, which is yet another of her admirable qualities.

Unfortunately, the video of this magic moment does not yet appear on RedEye Recap, and my usual source for video clips, the great and merciful Allahpundit, appears not to have captured this particular segment.

So I am firing up the batsignal and calling upon y'all to help me. If you find it, and could post a link to it in the comments, that would be great.

It would also earn you an invitation to the future wedding ceremonies, which will, of course, feature an open bar stocked with Val U Rite Vodka. I look out for those who look out for me.

THE MOST IMPORTANT UPDATE ON ANY STORY IN AoS HISTORY!

Courtesy of my new favorite commenter, Red Eye Recap, I now have the footage in which the world's best ombudsman, Andrew Levy, uses his sharp investigative skills on Fox News' Ms. Suzanne Sena.

The Result? Magic.

Special Thanks to Andrew Levy for the mentions both of me and of the site. I got a big kick out of it, and I hope all you regular readers who are in on the running joke did too.

And Suzanne? I have a very special post in the works for you. I promise it won't be mean. I won't promise that it doesn't involve another trip to Baskin Robbins.

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South Carolina 2 Indicted For Carrying Explosives
— Ace

Just on FoxNews.

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Freakin' Hippies
— LauraW.

You hate 'em, right?
Always popping off about Freedom and Choice while also constantly telling others what they should or cannot do with their own property.

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities erected an 8-foot chain-link fence to separate tree-sitting protesters occupying a University of California oak grove from more than 72,000 football fans expected to descend on campus Saturday.

They're perched in trees playing guitar. Opposing progress, in favor of the non revenue-producing chiggers and squirrels. As usual.

A small group has been roosting in the grove since December to protest the planned removal of dozens of trees to make way for a $125 million athletic center. The university has sent e-mails to fans asking them to be tolerant of the tree sitters even as some Cal backers complain that delaying the new facility is hurting the success of the school's football program.

If the university wishes to be indulgent, so be it. Don't evict the protestors. Let the trees stand, and let the silly children stay up in the trees as long as they wish.

But definitely kill the trees. We have the technology. The County Extension Office can provide helpful hints on which soil or bark applications will work for this situation.

The trees' demise will inexorably lead to the protestors abandoning their cause as lost, but more importantly will yield sweet news video of weeping, defeated hippies climbing down from dead trees.

'Must-see TV.'

Bonus video below the jump. more...

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