Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Everyone Knows Alcohol is Better on Ice."


I wish I could take credit for this quote!

It belongs to Leonard Barokas, producer of the "Kent & Alan in the Morning Show" on Star-101.5 FM, Seattle.

http://www.star1015.com/

We were listening to the program while en-route to Vancouver and the story de jour was the Canadian Women's Hockey Team and the Post-Game-Celebration-on-Ice-Show.

I mean it's not like they ... See Morestripped off their jerseys and skated around in their sports bras.

Although who knows whats could have happened after a few more champagne funnel chug-a-lugs?

Apparently, the IOC hasn't heard that "...girls just wanna have fun..."

Here's the laest from CTV:
 
http://www.ctvolympics.ca/hockey/news/newsid=53546.html

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ignoring the Jihadist in the Living Room

"What really is it that draws a young person being raised in the United States to want to go and be at a camp in Yemen and then come back to the United States with the idea of committing harm within the United States?"--Janet Napolitano, US DHS Chief.

Hmm.  I wonder...

Here's the full article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/21/AR2010022102829.html

Unfortunately our government's willingness to ignor the religious-political ideology that motivates our terrorist enemies isn't confined to our DHS Chief. 

Several weeks back Diana West wrote a scathing article about the US Army's official report on the Ft. Hood massacre.  Or more appropriately, what the report didn't say:

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/1234/Fort-Hood-Report-Says-Nothing-Wilders-Says-It-All.aspx

And where will all this head-in-the-sand attitude towards Islam lead us?  Geert Wilders trial in the Netherlands serves as an example of what's in store for us:

http://www.steynonline.com/content/view/2861/101/

War's One Constant


Victor Davis Hanson (VDH) on the eternal constant of war--killing the enemy:
http://victorhanson.com/articles/hanson021910.html

Unlike the Spartans, depicted above doing what they did best, we seem to have forgetten this necessary ingregient to ensure victory.

On the otherhand, our enemies seem to be doing a bang-up job slaughtering their fellow Muslims. From Ralph Peters' colum in the NY Post

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/killing_muslims_F654zSShSZlA5LnLIFkJKL

And the Platinum Medal (for Insanity) goes to...

Pulshenko says "nyet!"

The Russian figure skater awarded himself an Olympic Medal:

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/In-Plushenko-s-mind-and-website-he-s-the-plat?urn=oly,221408

Monday, February 22, 2010

Quote of the Day # 5


This one's about the A-10 "Warthog," arbuably the best tank-busting aircraft ever made.

Comrade Karla found this:

"The A-10 Warthog is neither a fighter, nor a bomber. Rather, it exists in a nether world of hypermasculine studliness, approached only by Leatherman tools and Skoal chewing tobacco."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Implementing the Change in Hope&Change--



The Obama Administration announced another name change a few days ago as part of it's "Hope & Change" policy.  Like "Overseas Contingency Opeartions" and "man-caused disasters," this one is for Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Now it will be "Operation New Dawn."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/02/exclusive-war-in-iraq-to-be-given-new-name.html 

Comrade Karla suggested Operation Dawn of the Dead  (hence the photo).

The Heresy Trial of Geert Wilders



I agree with Comrade Karla's comment:

Unbelievable quote of the week, if not the year:


“It is irrelevant whether Wilders’s witnesses might prove Wilders’s observations to be correct. What’s relevant is that his observations are illegal.”


http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/02/18/the-absurd-trial-of-geert-wilders/ 

Local Altar Boy Wins His First Olympic Medal


I found out last night while attending mass at St. Theresa's that J.R. Celski is a former altar boy from the church.

Here's the story, dated 15 Feb, of him and Apollo Ohno winning their bronze and silver medals, respectively:

http://speedskating.teamusa.org/news/article/32097

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Clinton May See the Light at the End of the Centrifuge


Apparently Hillary Clinton has had a sudden epiphany about Iran:


Clinton: "Evidence Is Accumulating" That Iran Is Seeking Nuclear Weapons. ABC World News (2/14, story 3, 0:20, Harris, 8.2M) ...reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "opened her trip to the Middle East" on Sunday "by asking Arab countries to put diplomatic pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions. She told a gathering Qatar that Iran's actions have left the world little choice but to take action." The AP (2/15, Burns) says that Clinton, "on a quick visit to Persian Gulf allies Qatar and Saudi Arabia, told a forum on US-Muslim relations that Iran has not lived up to its nuclear obligations and has rebuffed US and international efforts to engage in serious talks. She said Iran has a right to nuclear power, but only if shown unequivocally it is to be used just for peaceful purposes." On whether Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, Clinton said, "The evidence is accumulating that that is exactly what they are trying to do."

Comrade Karla:  Oh, so they were not doing this before?


In a related story and "revelation:"
 
Clinton Warns Iran Becoming "Military Dictatorship." Remarks on Iran made by Secretary Clinton Monday during a visit to Qatar are receiving significant media coverage, with most reports casting them as a deliberate step to increase international support for sanctions. ABC World News (2/15, story 5, 0:20, Sawyer, 8.2M)...said that Clinton is "stepping up the heat on Iran," declaring Iran is "moving toward a military dictatorship." She also said the Revolutionary Guard "has gained so much power it has in effect replaced the government."

Comrade Karla again:  "Becoming" a military dictatorship? Where have these people been?!
 
My guess would be, too busy trying to ram-rod Obamacare down the American peoples' throats.

Another Disturbance in the Force...

...as Senator Bayh suddenly quits Congress:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1134

Mount St. Helens Climber Found Dead

A break in the weather allowed a rescue helo to fly into Mount St. Helen's Crater.  Unfortunately this turned into a recovery mission:

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=285165

The Polar Bears Ate Professor Jones' Homework...


One of the reasons why the raw data at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit can't be found, is because Professor Phil Jones can't find his paperwork in the mess-that-passes-for-his-office:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html

Some of the comments triggered by this story:

The only people left who buy it are true-believing leftists and politicians...

I was in the office of a Harvard classics prof once, it was an absolute train wreck. He said that he and a couple of his grad students spent the whole weekend cleaning it.


It won't matter...AGW is a faith-based initiative, so I don't expect actual scientific evidence (or lack thereof) to shift the true believers, which would seem to include an awful lot of our political leaders and science community (who should know better). Sort of like a doctor advocating the use of leeches.

Mark Steyn rolls-in on this:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MTllMjRhYzI5NzY3ZTBjYmZhMDI1OGUyZTQ0Mzg0M2E=

The (New) Ten Commandments...


...courtesy of Victor Davis Hanson:

http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/hanson021110.html

Monday, February 15, 2010

Climber Falls into Mount St. Helen's Crater


This incident kept both day and nightshift busy here at WA Emergency Management:


A helicopter from NAS (Naval Air Station) Whidbey Island made a rescue attempt this evening but had to turn back due to darkness and bad weather.  They'll fly another mission tomorrow morning.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!


Some folks are still shovelling snow from the winter storms that hit the Mid-Atlantic and even the southern states.
Meanwhile as to the origins of today's "Hallmark Holiday":

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowpacolypse--The Sequel

Today another snowstorm hit the Mid-Atlantic states still buried under the snow left by last week's storm. This one-two punch broke several winter records:
In an e-mail to friends, I speculated on when the jihadi websites will claim the the snowstorm was due to a malfunction of some American-Israeli weapon.

Olympic Security Service "...Knows Nussing..." Sees "Nussing"


On 28 January, a 15-year old girl was beaten unconscious at the Westlake Center Transit Tunnel. The guards, from Olympic Security Service adhered to their mission statement of observing and reporting. The security video finally emerged, which I saw on FOX's Hannity:

I believe Michelle Malkin coined the phrase "Cult of Passivity." It's outrageous to see such bovine passiveness extending to security services.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Norsemen vs Pirates

(Image from Fury of the Norsmen by Metagaming, 1981)
I'm glad the Danes are on our side! The other day a Danish special ops team stormed aboard a ship in the process of being taken over by Somali pirates:

"Snowmaggedon" Hits "The Other Washington"

(Image of snowplows attempting to clear I-70, taken from the Washington Post)

Yesterday several Mid-Atlantic states were hit by a powerful snowstorm, paralyzing our nation's capital and several other cities.

Some would argue Washington DC was already paralyzed without the all the snow, but that's a different matter all together.

Here's today's weather woes, right from the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local.html?hpid=topnews

Several of my friends on Facebook live within the affected areas and are hunkering down for the weekend. One said he was now looking for a "Donner Party movie."

Friday, February 5, 2010

Swapping One Addiction for Another...


Good news for Chocoholics everywhere! Peru is making plans to satisfy their cravings by switching from one cash crop to another:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1957708,00.html

So will the cacao plantation owners be called "Chocolate Lords?"

A Phallus By Any Other Name...

Apparently a Pakistani ambassador is too endowed to be posted in Arab speaking countries:

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/02/03/ambassador_at_very_large

From Comrade Karla:

We need to find some FSOs (Foreign Service Officers)/Ambassadors with similar names.

From Comrade Karla's dad:

Same thing happened when that Roman Emperor wanted to send that emissary named Bigus Dickus to Egypt.

Which provided me inspiration for this post's picture, from Monty Python's Life of Brian:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python's_Life_of_Brian

And if Mr Akbar Zeb is feeling a bit down for not getting any posting, maybe this little ditty will cheer him up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1loyjm4SOa0