Urbin Report

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Color me not surprised...

Former CNN correspondent Lucia Newman has taken a job with Al-Jazerra.

Dave Marash, formerly of ABC News' "Nightline," also joined Al-Jazeera and will serve as their Washington anchor and reporter.

Following in the footsteps of Lord HeeHaw.

HT to Ace

When democrats ATTACK!

According to this news report, A Capitol police officer was physically assaulted by far left extremist democrat Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia while he was on duty.

The article also says that members are not required to pass through the metal detectors in government buildings. Why the Hell Not?

Hardly surprising, the far left democrat is playing the race card and claiming that she is harassed by white police officers.

"Pin the Molotov on the Cop Car"

What leftists teach their children...

First Steps Toward Artificial Gravity

From Slashdot:

"Have scientists been able to artificially generate a gravitational field? Researchers at the European Space Agency believe so. "Small acceleration sensors placed at different locations close to the spinning superconductor, which has to be accelerated for the effect to be noticeable, recorded an acceleration field outside the superconductor that appears to be produced by gravitomagnetism. This experiment is the gravitational analogue of Faraday's electromagnetic induction experiment in 1831." The effect is very small, so don't expect to see it used in spacecraft any time soon. But the effect is still many times larger than the predictions of Einstein's theories. "If confirmed, this would be a major breakthrough," says [Austrian researcher Martin] Tajmar. "It opens up a new means of investigating general relativity and it consequences in the quantum world.""

The campus that ran off a Nazi propagandist today welcomes one from the Taliban.

Open speech on Campus is generally a good thing. Some argue that Yale may be carrying it bit too far, and not being as open as they claim to be to all views.

Independent documentary film maker Evan Coyne Maloney was forced off the Yale campus by the administration for simply asking questions they don't want asked, let along answered.

French Anti-CPE "Demonstrations"

More of French Socialism reaping what it has sowed.

Profiling rears it's head...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Unrest in Redmond

Some Microsoft rank and filers are calling for executive heads to roll over the Vista delay.

The money quote on Vista.

"Vista - I wouldn't buy it with someone else's money. Then again what do I know, I've only been testing the dog for the last 2-3 yrs."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Looking back...2003

Some post from the past three years:

Left Wing Extremists wished for more US Military deaths:

"I have a confession: I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I'm not alone: A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have had identical feelings." -- Gary Kamiya Executive editor of the left wing Salon.com, reported in the Inside Politics column of the Washington Times, April 18, 2003

Our Friends the French:
U.S. forces discovered 51 Roland-2 missiles, made by a partnership of French and German arms manufacturers, in two military compounds at Baghdad International Airport. One of the missiles he examined was labeled 05-11 KND 2002, which he took to mean that the missile was manufactured last year. The charred remains of a more modern Roland-3 launcher was found just down the road from the arms cache. According to a mortar specialist with the same unit, radios used by many Iraqi military trucks brandished MADE IN FRANCE labels and looked brand new. RPG night sights stamped with the number 2002 and French labels also turned up.

Right of American Citizens
"The American citizens have a right to own firearms. It is no more unlimited than any other right that we have. The laws ought to concentrate that we pass on stopping criminals and children and others who shouldn't have guns from getting them. Licensing, registration, in my opinion are bad ideas and violations of that fundamental right." Senator Joe Liberman (D-Conn.)

You may go play video games if you wish.
Remember this: Walk away now and you walk away from your interest in history, your ability to tell a good story, your ability to translate dreams into reality; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, unimaginative first-person shooters, online quasi-historical strategy games, yet another multiplayer NFL game, violence-laden driving simulations, and mindless revisions of innumerable cute Japanese animations. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital gaming legacies of James Dunnigan, Steve Jackson, Gary Gygax, Marc Miller, Loren Wiseman, Frank Chadwick, Andrew Keith, William Keith, John Harshman, Professor Barker, and Richard Tucholka.

Turn your backs now and you snuff out the fragile candles of Board Gaming, Miniatures, Fantasy and Science Fiction Roleplaying, and when those flames flicker and expire, the light of the world is extinguished because the creative thought which has moved mankind through the decades leading to the millenium will wither and die on the vine of abandonment and neglect. -- John Kwon on the TML, tipping his hat to Elwood Blues.

You do learn some important lessons in school:
Same happened to me in 1976 as a high school junior. My draft dodging social studies teacher went on his Vietnam rant, unaware I was the daughter of a career Army aviator who had been killed in Vietnam (thus I had read everything possible on the war). When I offered my views, he called my father a babykiller, kicked me out of the classroom and had me sit in the library for the duration of the "unit". The experience was life-changing. I became even more "political" and went on to major in journalism and political science, work in my fields (despite censorship over conservative topics) and made me even more determined to fight the left. To me, you are one of the most credible commentators we have...keep up the great work! Sincerely, Laura, Atlanta

Homophobia from the left:
" Come on, come over here and make me, I dare you. . . . You little fruitcake. You little fruitcake. I said you are a fruitcake." -- Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (democrat-Calif.) to another member of Congress. So much for reasoned debate from the left. Why is it when every liberals get really mad, they accuse their foe of being gay?


Driving Star Trek off the air.

It's still true:
As the numbers of heat deaths climb, a final figure of close to 20,000 is being seen as not unrealistic - in other words, a humanitarian disaster.
Meanwhile, the death toll in Guantanamo Bay, which the French are in the habit of condemning with dainty disgust as barbaric, sweltering, fetid and inhuman, remains remarkably stable: None.

I called it:
IMNSHO, the democrats are in the same boat the Republicans were in in 1996.
They are not for a damn thing, they are only against the person in the White House.
That works well with the hardcore, extremist wing of the party, but it's not going to fly this time either with the centrist majority of voters.
My prediction is that as long as the democrats keep pushing Socialist Howard Dean, this country is looking a GW Bush Presidency to last to 2008.

Can't think outside the box.

A bizzare tip of the hat to Dune.

Dictators who support terrorists are supposed to be afraid. That's a major part of the plan.

Multiculturalism meet Little League baseball...

GWB and JFK have a lot in common.

I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning: it smells like... [sniff] freedom.
That, and lower violent crime rates.
-- Kim du Toit

Rev. Al Livin' Large!

Regaining "our culture of exploration."

First the Moon, then Mars.

About Bloody time too...

That wasn't very Christian of them...

Members of a "Christian Peacemaker Team" were rescued by US & British military forces, except the one that was tortured and killed by the Islamo-facists that kidnapped them.

Their parent organization said they were "released", which is pretty damn far from the truth.
Practitioners of rational thought will have to wonder if they are sharing the same reality as most of mankind.

Alan Moore on the movie version of his book V For Vendetta

The creator of V For Vendetta said in a recent interview:

"V for Vendetta" was specifically about things like fascism and anarchy.

Those words, "fascism" and "anarchy," occur nowhere in the film. It's been turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country. In my original story there had been a limited nuclear war, which had isolated Britain, caused a lot of chaos and a collapse of government, and a fascist totalitarian dictatorship had sprung up. Now, in the film, you've got a sinister group of right-wing figures — not fascists, but you know that they're bad guys — and what they have done is manufactured a bio-terror weapon in secret, so that they can fake a massive terrorist incident to get everybody on their side, so that they can pursue their right-wing agenda. It's a thwarted and frustrated and perhaps largely impotent American liberal fantasy of someone with American liberal values [standing up] against a state run by neo-conservatives — which is not what "V for Vendetta" was about. It was about fascism, it was about anarchy, it was about [England]. The intent of the film is nothing like the intent of the book as I wrote it. And if the Wachowski brothers had felt moved to protest the way things were going in America, then wouldn't it have been more direct to do what I'd done and set a risky political narrative sometime in the near future that was obviously talking about the things going on today?"

As Ace sums it up, "V For Vendetta Sucks, And the Wachowski Bros. Are Gutless Pussies Too"


Chuckaquiddick update. Democrat dirty tricks operative Lauren B. Weiner, a member of Senator Chuck Schumer's Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, pleaded guilty to identity theft charges.
From a Washington Post article:

An attorney for [Michael S. Steele, Maryland's lieutenant governor and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate] said the lieutenant governor is considering a civil suit against Weiner...

E. Mark Braden, who attended the hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, said a "statement of the offense" released yesterday contains several troubling details about the episode, including Weiner's use of a committee credit card to access Steele's report over the Internet.

The discovery process of a civil suit would allow Steele to learn more about what happened, Braden said. "I don't think the story is necessarily over," he said. "This answers some questions but not all questions. We'll have to see where we go from here. . . . This was a carefully calculated plan to steal private information."
According to the prosecutor's statement, which Weiner said was accurate, she used Steele's Social Security number to access his credit report on a Web site designed to let people view their reports.

Weiner pretended that she was Steele, even creating an e-mail address -- gopsteele@yahoo.com -- needed to obtain the report, the statement said. She also agreed to the "terms of service" on the site, which included a warning "not to impersonate another person."

HT to Ms. Malkin

A Civil Rights Victory in Kansas

The Kansas House voted to override democrat Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a concealed weapons bill, following a similar vote in the Senate on Wednesday.

RIP Buck Owens

Country legend Buck Owens passed away on Friday.
Buck was cool before being country was cool.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Three years

Three years ago today I started this blog.
As of now, I have no plans on stopping anytime soon.

If you, gentle reader, enjoy this thing of mine, please leave a comment.
Thanks for coming by.

Friday, March 24, 2006

French Socialism in action.

V is for Vendetta
V is for Vendetta,
originally uploaded by Krishna109.
Once again, France is the site for riots as it's economic underclass, created by it's Socialist policies, strikes out against a government that main strength seems to be excepting billion dollar bribes from a genocidial madman.

I should have seen this one coming...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Good luck, Beowulf.

This is too cool. There is a Websnark article on the Classic SF RPG Traveller.

Muir's on a roll...

It's not just us guys. The admin of the "Women with Weapons" pool on flickr is female.

Human Rights violations in Cuba!

Don't expect most of the left to be concerned or even aware of it, because it's not occuring ath Guantanamo.
According the the Contra Cost Times:

Three years after the harshest crackdown on dissent in decades, human-rights conditions in Cuba have deteriorated as authorities intensify a campaign to disrupt and intimidate the island's small opposition movement, according to dissidents, diplomats and political analysts. . . .

The attacks intensified after a speech by Castro last July in which he denounced opposition activists as U.S. government lackeys and praised supporters who two weeks earlier disrupted a dissident protest in Havana.

"The people, angrier than before over such shameless acts of treason, intervened with patriotic fervor and didn't allow a single mercenary to move," Castro said. "This is what will happen however many times as necessary when traitors and mercenaries go a millimeter beyond the point that our revolutionary people ... are prepared to permit."
But Sanchez and other activists say Cuban state security agents direct the pro-government attacks, which often occur in front of the homes or meeting places of dissidents, and participants include police dressed in civilian clothes.

Legistating in the name of Jesus

I fully expect the hordes of Secular Humanists to up in arms over this member of the Senate, who, on the Senate floor said:

"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures, because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."

Ok, I'm kidding, they will give this Senator a free pass.

For you photobuffs out there...

Printable lens hoods.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Comparing predictions

Glenn Reynolds responds to an email in part by comparing predictions of those on the extreme left with what actually happened:

* German politicians predicted: "Millions of people in Baghdad will be victims of bombs and rockets."

What happened: The antiwar Iraqi Body Count site lists an estimated 4,000-6,000 civilians and fighters were lost in the startup months of the War in Iraq.

* Ted Kennedy predicted:"A war on Saddam might also cause an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with an estimated 900,000 refugees, a pandemic and an environmental disaster as Saddam lit the oilfields on fire."

Actual Result: The oil fields were not set ablaze, no pandemic.

* The UN predicted... It is also likely that in the early stages there will be a large segment of the population requiring treatment for traumatic injuries, either directly conflict-induced or from the resulting devastation. Given the population outlined earlier, as many as 500,000 could require treatment to a greater or lesser degree as a result of direct or indirect injuries.

What happened: Again, the antiwar Iraqi Body Count site lists an estimated 4,000-6,000 civilians and fighters lost in the startup months of the War in Iraq.

* Ted Kennedy also predicted: "The U.S. could run through "battalions a day at a time" and that the fighting would look like "the last fifteen minutes of 'Private Ryan.'"

Actual Results: Although each fatality is a tragic loss for America, this is still one of most successful military campaigns the US has ever fought.

Go read the whole thing. It's worth the time.

An interesting twist in campus politics

According to the LA Times, exiting Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers received a standing ovation after he walked in and a standing ovation before he left. The people in the audience. Harvard undergraduate students. A row of students with red letters painted on their chests spelled out "Larry."

Who drove Summers out? Radical far-left extremist members of the faculty who were out of touch with the students.

The show of student loyalty has come as a surprise to many faculty members and administrators at Harvard, who grew to loathe Summers during a five-year tenure that brought a raw blast of politics to the 370-year-old institution.

Granddad's got the right idea too...

Check out today's Boondocks cartoon. If Huey did what his Grandfather suggests, it would probably do more to improve the world that whatever he's got in mind..

I think Damon's on the right track too...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

In the "Harsh but True" catagory...

Brian Whitaker writes:

It is a pity Brokeback Mountain isn't showing in the Arab world, because it resembles current reality there.

Read the whole thing.

The Bush Economy

Accord to this Reuters report, it's the best job market in five years for college graduates.

U.S. college graduates are facing the best job market since 2001, with business, computer, engineering, education and health care grads in highest demand, a report by an employment consulting firm showed on Monday.

"We are approaching full employment and some employers are already dreaming up perks to attract the best talent," said John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

In its annual outlook of entry-level jobs, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said strong job growth and falling unemployment makes this spring the hottest job market for America's 1.4 million college graduates since the dot-com collapse in 2001.

I'm with Zed on this one...

Monday, March 20, 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Just what is Air America putting on the air these days...

Expose the Left has some fine examples of what Air America Jock Mike Malloy is saying.

Not the brightest pirates in the Indian Ocean

The Virginia-Pilot has a story on some pirates who attempted to attack two US Navy warships in international waters off Somalia. One dozen pirates where capured while unlucky pirate #13 was killed. No one on either US Warship was hurt.
A Navy spokesman sums it up:

...their decision to take on Navy ships in a 30-foot fishing boat was "not too smart at all," said Cmdr. Jeff Breslau, a Fifth Fleet spokesman in Bahrain.

"If somebody shoots at us, they can pretty much expect to die because we will return fire," Breslau said by telephone.

HT to Jay Tea.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Charges being brought against democrat operative.

Lauren B. Weiner, a member of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who resigned in disgrace after being accused of fraudulently obtaining a credit report on Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has had federal charges brought against the matter.

The Washington Post, which buried the story on page B4 of Thursday's paper, reports that Steele's credit report was obtained with the illegal use of his Social Security number.

HT to NewsBusters, which points out:

It's not hard to imagine that this story getting a lot more play in the mainstream media had the victim been a Hillary, Obama, or Edwards. In light of the attention that the Claude Allen episode has gained, isn't a clear case of "dirty politics" worthy of a little ink? If this were a Republican "scandal," wouldn't this be front-page news coast to coast?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The silent killer in our streets...

Hybrid motor vehicles pose a safety hazard according to the Mercury News.

It's so quiet that pedestrians can't hear it when it's starting up or idling, and they often walk right into the path of the moving vehicle.
As hybrid sales skyrocket, there's a growing concern that the battery-gas powered vehicles pose a risk because they aren't as noisy as gas-powered engines. When idling, hybrids run on the quiet electric battery. Most, with the exception of GM and Honda hybrids, can also operate on the battery until the car reaches higher speeds, when the gas engine kicks in.

What follows is silence at locations where drivers are likely to tangle with pedestrians and bicyclists -- crosswalks, turning lanes and parking lots.

How to build PVC frame for photography backdrops.

Making Your Own Backdrops, Bluescreens and Greenscreens

Number 51

The 51st edition of the Carnival of Cordite

More Science news...a new easy to harvest source of stem cells

According to ABC News, Menstrual blood yields stem cells.

Japanese researchers have harvested stem cells from human menstrual blood, a medical conference has heard.

The researchers say these stem cells could be coaxed into forming specialised heart cells, which might one-day be used to treat failing or damaged hearts.
They were able to obtain about 30 times more stem cells from menstrual blood than from bone marrow, Miyoshi says.

The stem cells were then cultured in a way to induce them to become heart cells.

After five days about half of the cells contracted "spontaneously, rhythmical and synchronously, suggesting the presence of electrical communication" between the cells, Miyoshi says.

That is to say, they behaved like heart cells.

Nerd news


A seven ounce (not counting strap & *batteries*) Linux based computer designed be worn on a person's forearm.

Ok, you can run WINCE on it if you want...

From the article

The WWPC is based on an unspecified low-power embedded processor. It boots from 32MB of flash, and has 64MB of SDRAM. Storage can be expanded through an SD-card slot supporting cards up to 1GB.

Standard PC interfaces include WiFi, Bluetooth, and fast infrared networking, USB host and device ports, sound, built-in speakers, and a headphone jack. The device has a "daylight-readable" 2.8 x 2.2-inch touchscreen LCD, and also supports human interface devices such as microphones and headsets connected via USB or Bluetooth, the company says.

There is also a claim for a GPS feature.
Eurotech describes the WWPC as a "user-centric, ubiquitous computing" concept, suggesting that the device is not yet available in product form. The company did not respond to availability enquires by publication time.

A PSA...

If I'm logged on to some IM service at 2AM in the morning, and the account has been idle for 8 hours, I'm not responding to your repeated messages because I'm ignoring you.

I'm not responding because I'm asleep and forgot to log off the IM account.

What does your newspaper decide is "newsworthy?"

Bruce at mAss Backwards has a round up of stories, only one of which was covered by the left wing Boston Globe.

Guess which one...

Job opening on South Park

From Ann Althouse:

Isaac Hayes quits "South Park."
He's upset about they way it disrespects religion. His religion? Scientology.

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins."

The response from Matt Stone:

"This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem — and he's cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians."...

Stone told The AP he and co-creator Trey Parker "never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."

Well, Stone got the better of that exchange! Who has a better ear for hypocrisy than Stone?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A step in the right direction in Arizona

The Heartless Libertarian points out:

Arizona voters passed Prop 200, requiring voters to provide government issued ID (American government, not Mexican) showing an address which matched the address on the voter rolls in order to vote. The system got it's first test yesterday in a recall election and apparently worked quite well.

More states should enact this common sense law.

Damn Skippy...

Monday, March 13, 2006

A rare event...

They did it, so I'm pointing it out as a rare event, and giving credit for doing it.
CBS News ran a positive story on 60 Minutes about US troops clearing out Al Qaeda from the Iraqi town of Tal Afar and reestablishing order there.

HT to Ms. Malkin.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Racism rears its ugly head...

...at CNN. Their website today had a poll question asking:

Who would you rather have overseeing operations at U.S. ports?

Arab-based ports company

U.S.-based mafia

It seems that Italian-Americans are in season for slurs from major news organizations.
CNN is careful not to insult Muslims, but their sensitivity doesn't not extend to those Americans who ancestors came from Italy.

You didn't hear any rumors about some of the boys from Atlantic City heading down to Atlanta to provide "sensitivity training" with a baseball bat as a learning aide from me...

No wonder their ratings suck...

MSNMC is the rock bottom of Cable News networks. What is their solution?
While flipping channels I stopped on MSNBC, much in the same way a train wreck catches the eye.

They are actually broadcasting the "Weekends with Maury & Connie" show.

Punishing the law abiding...

The Massachusetts Legislature is leading the way in acting stupid once again.

Bruce at mAss Backwards points out that there is currently a bill under consideration to ban the legal ownership of machetes.

What's next? Bricks? Baseball bats? Lacrosse sticks? Steel toed boots?

Bruce nails this idioticy well:

Golly gee, what better way to deter CRIMINALS from using a potentially dangerous object in a violent and illegal manner than to ban that object's possession by NON-CRIMINALS.

Fucking morons.

These idiots honestly believe that an individual intent on hacking someone to death with a machete (an illegal activity, last I checked) will suddenly develop a new-found respect for law and order when told that owning a machete is against the law.

"Stuck on stupid" is an understatement.

A bit late...

...but here is Alphecca's March 7th Weekly Check on the Weekly Media Bias on firearms.

Jeff sums it up well...

Jeff Soyer of Alphecca nails it on the death of Slobodan Milosevic

Rest in Hell

Friday, March 10, 2006

Chuck fest...

I'm set for a night of raw, powerful entertainment! Hitting the discount DVD racks has provided some of the finest action movies of the late 1970!
Four films from the early days of Chuck Norris!

Good Guys Wear Black (his first with a very young Ann Archer)
A Force of One (Bonus action by Bill "Superfoot" Wallace")
The Octagon (Lee Van Cleef and Tadashi Yamashita)
An Eye For An Eye (with the one and only Mako!)

How many conservative theater majors do you know?

None come to mind. A major reason why the recent spat of Church burnings will disappear very quietly from the MSM.

Nine Baptists Churches were the targets of arson. The captured arsonists claim it was a "joke."

HT to Ace.

Government Censorship rears it's ugly head...

It's no surprise that the darling of the left, Hugo Chavez, is having his thugs crack down on anti-government websites, including blogs.

Mr. Reynolds has a small roundup.

Recently updated

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Differences within the party...

Strong supporter of victim disarmament policies, democrat Senator Hillary Clinton said Wednesday some Republicans are trying to create a "police state" to round up illegal immigrants. This is according to Devlin Barret of the AP, as reported by the Boston Globe.

While at the same time, democrat Gov. of Arizona Janet Napolitano has called out the National Guard to that states border with Mexico to stop illegal immigrants and curb related crimes.

It appears that the Governor of Arizona is doing what Mrs. Clinton is accusing the Republicans of trying to do.
Gov. Napolitano actions are the result of failed federal policy on the problem, one that has been in place longer than current President has been in power.
Senator Clinton could score big with those outside her normal base (the political center) by introducing a constructive plan to address the issues.
Instead, she's tossing raw meat to the extremists that make up her base.

Ya...Swamp gas...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

When she's right...

...she's right. Tammy Bruce on the Dutch plans to ban the burqa:

It is hostile, and should be considered the equivalent of having blacks walk around in leg-irons. And don't tell me it's okay because "the women want it that way." Yes, and we don't take seriously the insistence of battered women that they deserve it. Sure, some really believe they do, but that doesn't mean civilized society looks away and allows the brain-washed to dictate social policy.

Apartheid and Female Genital Mutilation were (are) also argued as "cultural" or "a religious practice." So what. Those are specious arguments used for years by oppressive tyrants looking for an excuse to justify their barbaric behavior.

Let's hope the Netherlands leads the way on this, allowing the European Union to actually do more than spout slogans about human rights and equality.

HT to Ed Driscoll

280 mph at half throttle...

Or 5mph on the 405 during rush hour...

Either way, the Acabion, a two passenger motorcycle with a streamlined body, looks cool and goes really fast.

More cool space news...

From Slashdot:

"Private aerospace firm SpaceX has revealed that it has secretly been working on a crew and cargo vehicle since late 2004. Development of the capsule, named Dragon, has so far been funded by SpaceX and its partners, which includes the Canadian company that built the robotic arm for the International Space Station. Dragon would be launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 and dock at the ISS with assistance of the robotic arm.

Waston and Holmes

Waston and Holmes
Waston and Holmes,
originally uploaded by earthdog.
Stormtrooper style! Damn good & funny costumes. I have a copy of a great collections of Sherlock Holmes/SciFi crossovers called "Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space", edited by the late Isaac Asimov. This picture would have fit right in.

Either way, just helping with your daily dose of surrealism with this cool picture I found on Flick.

Hotel Gitmo actually is prefered by some terrorists...

Ben Fox of the Associated Press reports that some residents of the terrorist detention center located at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba don't want to be released to return to their home countries.

The prisoners story is that they know they will not be tortured or killed by the Americans, but fear torture and death if returned to their home countries.

Now this is cool...

The rumored Blackstar system based on the XB-70. The industry rumors say it was based on the 1960's DYNASOAR program that was axed after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Two Oscar comments

First off, the Bjork/Dick Cheney joke was damn funny. Second, Ann Althouse points out how a lot of Hollywood politics are about "totally bullshitting."

Update from another Ann Althouse post:

"The Oscars is the one night of the year when you can see all your favorite stars without having to donate any money to the Democratic Party" -- that gets a very mild laugh and I think I see suppressed panic on Stewart's face.

Another update: Althouse strikes again:
Samuel Jackson tells us Hollywood is unafraid! Issue films change the world, don't you know? Montage time. "Call me Mr. Tibbs!" "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" A roomful of Hollywood prissily applauds itself. Stewart: "And none of those issues were ever a problem again."

Yet another update: It's official. The Academy is gutless. They list the producer of "The Message" in their memorial list, but not Theo Van Gogh.

Oh ya, it's hard to take a ganster rapper, who shows up to the Oscars in full blown hip hop costume, seriously when his name is Cedric.

Caught in the Act of double voting.

Tulsa's KOTV reports that democrat candidate Kathy Taylor for Tulsa Mayor voted twice in the 2000 Presidential election.
Their research shows state records in Florida and Oklahoma show the votes, one by absentee, the other in person, for the 2000 election.
The absentee ballot was found in the Broward County, Florida election records.

HT to LASunsett

This should not be a suprise to those who pay attention

Bruce from mAss Backwards reports on a poll that shows Police Chiefs think so-called "gun control" doesn't work:

The very foundations of the gun control movement were rocked today by the results of a survey taken by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP). In a nutshell, the survey shows that the nation's top law enforcement officers believe that average citizens can be trusted to responsibly own firearms; that criminals ignore gun control laws; and that concealed carry laws reduce crime.

These revelations come as a stark contrast to gun control movement propaganda that asserts that police officials feel that our streets would be safer if law-abiding citizens were disarmed.

Here are the numbers from the survey.
The following survey questions were posed by mail of 22,587 Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs in the United States. It represents a cross section of professional command officers involving every state. The survey was conducted for the 17th consecutive year by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.



3. Should any law-abiding citizen be able to purchase a firearm for sport or self-defense? YES 93.6%

4. Within the past year, has your agency been called upon to arrest anyone who has made a false statement on an application to purchase a firearm? NO 92.2%

5. Should anyone (such as a convicted felon) in violation of state or federal firearm possession laws, be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney and, if convicted, receive a maximum prison term? YES 89.7%

6. Do you believe law-abiding citizens should be limited to the purchase of no more than one firearm per month? NO 72.8%

7. Do you maintain that criminals currently are able to obtain basically any type of firearm by illegal means? YES 96.1%

8. Do you believe the application & training process to allow commerical airline pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit is too restrictive and burdensome? NO 53.6%

9. Will a national concealed handgun permit reduce rates of violent crime as recent studies in some states have already reflected? YES 63.1%

This is news that Sarah Brady and her paid operatives in congress (Feinstein & Schumer for example) don't want you to know.

Another House Ethics Scandal!

Two former aids of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) are accusing him ethics violations:

Two former aides to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have alleged that he repeatedly violated House ethics rules.

Deanna Maher, a former deputy chief of staff in Conyers's Detroit office, and Sydney Rooks, a former legal counsel in the district office, provided evidence for the allegations by sharing numerous letters, memorandums and copies of e-mails, handwritten notes and expense reports with The Hill.

In letters sent separately by each woman to the House ethics committee, the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office, they allege that Conyers demanded that aides work on several local and state campaigns and forced them to baby-sit and chauffeur his children. They also charge that some aides illegally used Conyers's congressional offices to enrich themselves...

...Among Maher's allegations:

• In 2002, Conyers's aides in D.C. were sent to Detroit to help his wife, Monica, win a state Senate seat. While she lost that election, she won a seat last year on the Detroit City Council.

• On June 2, 2003, Conyers forced Maher to spend a day campaigning for Keith Williams, who won a seat on the Wayne County Commission. She became fed up and drove off after going door to door to distribute campaign literature for a few blocks.

• Carol Patton, a legislative counsel on Conyers's personal staff, was hired in 2003 to help Williams and to help JoAnn Watson in her bid for Detroit City Council. Patton still works for Conyers and earns more than $44,000 per year, according to the 2005 House statement of disbursements.

• In a Dec. 22, 2004, letter, Maher said Conyers staffer Melody Light "conducts her law practice (charging legal fees) out of the congressional office. ... She has in effect hung out her shingle on [Conyers's] office door."

Maher and Rooks said that Conyers tasked staffers in his district office with taking care of his two young boys, John and Carl.

HT to Kim at Wizbang

Time to retire?

15 minute naps at the bench while court is in session?

Time for Justice Ginsburg to do the honorable thing and retire as soon as possible.

Clinton vs. Clinton

Ace points out a New York Post article that shows that Bill & Hillary around on opposite sides of the Dubai issue:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed yesterday that her husband never confided in her that he was advising Dubai leaders on how to ease opposition to the deal in Congress - where she's been one of its loudest critics.

The surprising turn came yesterday when the senator was asked if her husband had ever mentioned that he was helping officials in charge of the state-owned Dubai Ports World.

She said he hadn't - then quickly tried to take back the admission, saying, "That's . . . I mean, as far as I know, he supports my position and has said so publicly."

Bill Clinton has hailed Dubai as "a good ally to America [that is] trying to build a new Middle East, they really are" - all while agreeing that congressional critics have a legitimate gripe.

The former first lady has been among the most vocal congressional bashers of the Bush administration-backed $6.8 billion sale, a deal that includes commercial operations at New York's port and five other major U.S. harbors.

Ace then sums it up quite well:
She still doesn't believe it, and won't believe it until she sees Bill's DNA all over Dubai's blue dress.

Good question.

David Bertstein asks, ""Should being an active member of a racist, anti-gay, anti-semitic organization disqualify someone from serving on a state hate crimes commission?"

Seems like a simple question, with a logical answer that apparently doesn't apply in Illinois.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Convicted for attempted election fraud...

...which is a violation of the Civil Rights of legally registered voters!
According to to today's Washington Times Inside Politics Column:

The former Democratic Party chairman in East St. Louis, Ill., was sentenced yesterday to a year and nine months in federal prison for plotting to buy votes in the November 2004 election.
Charles Powell Jr., 62, also was fined $2,500. He plans to appeal.
U.S. District Court Judge G. Patrick Murphy decided against prosecutors' request for a 33-month prison sentence, citing the one-time city council member's public service, the Associated Press reports.
Prosecutors say votes were bought largely for $5 or $10 each, and many voters who accepted the money were also driven to polls in the city of about 31,000.
Five persons were convicted last summer in the scheme, which Powell was accused of orchestrating. Three of Powell's co-defendants were sentenced to prison, while a fourth got probation.