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Thursday, August 07, 2008



Tornado Chasing:

Tailcam Video Of A380 Takeoff

Its called "Blue Beauty" and worth the time to watch.

March Of Shame:

Walk Of No Shame:

I haven't said anything about this before but the groundswell of grassroot support is staggering.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


Today is Thursday, August 7, the 220th day of 2008.
There are 146 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • On August. 7, 1942, U.S. and allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
On this date:
  • In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
  • In 1789, the U.S. War Department was established by Congress.
  • In 1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence as one member of the Hatfield clan was mortally wounded by three McCoy brothers, who ended up being slain in turn.
  • In 1927, the Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada was dedicated during ceremonies attended by Prince Edward of Wales, Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes.
  • In 1947, the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago; all six crew members reached land safely.
  • In 1959, the United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.
  • In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
  • In 1974, French stuntman Philippe Petit repeatedly walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.
  • In 1987, the presidents of five Central American nations, meeting in Guatemala City, signed an 11-point agreement designed to bring peace to their region.
  • In 1993, the public got its first glimpse inside Buckingham Palace as people were given the opportunity to tour the London home of Queen Elizabeth II. (Proceeds were earmarked to help repair fire damage at Windsor Castle.)
Ten years ago:
  • Terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration, in a follow-up to the probe of the 1996 explosion that destroyed TWA Flight 800, ordered the inspection of Boeing 747 fuel tanks.
Five years ago:
  • A bombing outside the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad killed 19 people.
  • An Indonesian court sentenced Amrozi bin Nurhasyim to death in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.
  • West African peacekeepers entered Liberia's rebel-besieged capital; President Charles Taylor picked vice president Moses Blah as his successor.
One year ago:
  • San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit home run Number 756 to break Hank Aaron's storied record with one out in the fifth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals, who ended up winning, 8-6.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Writer-producer Stan Freberg is 82.
  • Rhythm-and-blues singer Herb Reed (The Platters) is 80.
  • Bluesman Magic Slim is 71.
  • Actress Verna Bloom is 69.
  • Humorist Garrison Keillor is 66.
  • Singer B.J. Thomas is 66.
  • Singer Lana Cantrell is 65.
  • Actor John Glover is 64.
  • Actor David Rasche is 64.
  • Rhythm-and-blues singer Harold Hudson is 59.
  • Country singer Rodney Crowell is 58.
  • Actress Caroline Aaron is 56.
  • Actor Wayne Knight is 53.
  • Rock singer Bruce Dickinson is 50.
  • Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 50.
  • Actor David Duchovny is 48.
  • Country musician Michael Mahler (Wild Horses) is 47.
  • Actor Harold Perrineau is 45.
  • Jazz musician Marcus Roberts is 45.
  • Country singer Raul Malo is 43.
  • Actress Charlotte Lewis is 41.
  • Actress Sydney Penny is 37.
  • Actress Charlize Theron is 33.
Thought for Today:
"Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor."
Arnold Toynbee, English historian (1889-1975).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



I know, the Games don't start until 8/8/08. But that is what the date is on the other side of the IDL. Or will be a few hours after this post goes live. Its simple to calculate. Start with the square root of negative one. Divide that by pi. Add 6 and subtract the sun's declination and right ascension. Factor in the numerical value of you first pets name.....
No. Wait. Those are the instructions from last years 1040 form.

How many years (and $$) to convict a man for being Osama bin Laden's driver? Definitely a desirable high profile target in the "War on Terror". For this he's probably going to get a life sentence. I wonder if those Secret Service Agents assigned to protect the President are taking note? They might be subject to a similar fate if "fearless leader" is ever brought to justice.

Greyhound Bus, in Canada, is scraping their latest ad campaign extrolling the pleasure of traveling the country.via their vehicles. I wonder if they are going to change their logo also? May I suggest the "headless horseman".

Two sides of the coin:
Afghan roadside bomb incidents hit four-year peak

Iraq Roadside Bomb Attacks Drop to Record Low, U.S. Army Says

Obviouly the University of Texas did not calculate in the "dumb blonde" factor.

An interesting quiz of your science-current events knowledge.

Look out Colonel Steve Austin. Science is rapidly catching up to science fiction.

So, you thought that the debate over Pluto's classification within our solar system was resolved? Not quite so. And its fun to read scientists discuss/debate their positions on a subject. No emotion, just logic of varying criterial parameters.

I am a sane, rational, intelligent person. So why do I want to break both this kids legs and arms? And wrap my putter around his neck? Okay he deserves congratulations but I doubt he followed the tradition of buying the clubhouse a round of drinks.

What was it that I was saying about the crowd at Sturgis being the demographic that McCain is seeking?

Now this is funny. In Elgin, IL, a Chicago suburb, a carwash advertises "The Best Hand Job In Town". Which is perfectly legal. But the reporter covering the story hems and haws throughout the article without ever actually reporting what the sign said.

Ever wonder about what ever became of those
t-shirts that the New England Patriots had made before the Super Bowl and before the New York Giants altered that reality.?

In the Forbes Survey of the 10 Fastest Dying Cities In America, the heart of the "rust-belt", Ohio, has four listings. Ummm. I guess "Congratulations!" are NOT in order.

Is there one person out there who didn't think this was eventually going to happen?
"How did it happen, mum?"
"Well he was swallowing a bunch of fairies..."
The above image is the new first-class mail postage stamp. Grap some if you can. They are going to be a collectors item. Can you see why?
hint:How many original colonies were there?

Thanks for stopping over.
Hope to see y'all again real, real soon.

"Let's all be careful out there!"