Afternoon Adventures

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The Comissar is at it again with proof of Karl Rove’s insidious crimes against humanity.

Basil’s filled with heartache at the senseless lack of email etiquette.

Ace has some thoughts on the utility of surveillance cameras, and other good stuff, just keep scrolling.

Dan over at Searchlight Crusade finds some more media bias w.r.t. Iraq- this time it’s the space program.

Some of my previous posts have indicated I’m not a big fan of continuing to launch the aging space fleet, but it’s worth pointing out that Iraq is set to get a new constitution in the same timespan that it took to “repair” the shuttle program. Saddam was in power on Feb 1, 2003, when Columbia disintegrated over Texas. In the next two-three weeks, the Iraqis should have their constitution and will vote on it several weeks after that. NASA still hasn’t “fixed” the shuttle. Much of the nation’s brainpower couldn’t fix the Humpty-Dumpty shuttle in the time that Chimpy McHalliburton turned Iraq around. But who’s going to say that, in the MSM?

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  • Filed in: Misc at 2:45 pm on Friday, July 29, 2005 TrackBack Speak Up

    Lefties Lose Lunch

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    OK. Stop right there. What’s that? Make up your mind right now, before the jump. Got it?

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    PT presents AA2:

    U.S. Muslims issue fatwa against terrorism:

    The fatwa was part of efforts by U.S. Muslims to counter perceived links between Islam and terrorism and avert any negative backlash after this month’s bombings by suspected Islamic extremists in London and Egypt.

    Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said it was the first time Muslims in North America had issued an anti-terrorism edict, although they had repeatedly condemned such acts of violence.

    Mr. Hooper and CAIR have something of a mixed record on the terrorism thing. Daniel Pipes and LGF. N.B. Daniel and Pipes are two links; each letter in LGF is a separate entry. Let’s hope CAIR has turned over a new leaf, seen the light, changed its spots, etc. Certainly the other groups involved in the fatwa each have their own particular histories with regard to terrorism- hopefully this is new beginning.

    Update 7/29-

    From the has much more on the fatwa, going so far as to call it a fake:

    In fact, the fatwa is bogus. Nowhere does it condemn the Islamic extremism ideology that has spawned Islamic terrorism. It does not renounce nor even acknowledge the existence of an Islamic jihadist culture that has permeated mosques and young Muslims around the world. It does not renounce Jihad let alone admit that it has been used to justify Islamic terrorist acts. It does not condemn by name any Islamic group or leader. In short, it is a fake fatwa designed merely to deceive the American public into believing that these groups are moderate. In fact, officials of both organizations have been directly linked to and associated with Islamic terrorist groups and Islamic extremist organizations. One of them is an unindicted co-conspirator in a current terrorist case; another previous member was a financier to Al-Qaeda.

    Gateway Pundit has the scoop on a prevented terrorist attack on Moscow. GP notes that 150 were arrested in what looks like the most massive terrorist attack yet foiled. Keep in mind that this is the USSR Russia and we may not be getting the full picture. At any rate, foiled terrorists = good.

    On the RINO front, Glenstapundit apologizes for forgetting to post the Carnival of the Vanities, but he has yet to note a RINO carnival. Shame! Apparently he did note it, in microprint at the end of a long list of other, less Raging carnivals. This isn’t over yet, Glenstapundit!

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  • Filed in: Misc at 3:18 pm on Thursday, July 28, 2005 TrackBack Speak Up

    Hubris at NASA

    Shuttle Grounded Again:

    NASA said Wednesday it is grounding future shuttle flights because foam debris that brought down Columbia is still a risk — and might have doomed Discovery if the big chunk of broken insulation had come off just a bit earlier and slammed into the spacecraft.

    A large chunk of foam flew off Discovery’s external fuel tank just two minutes after liftoff Tuesday morning. Shuttle managers do not believe it hit the shuttle, posing a threat to the seven astronauts when they return to Earth. But they plan a closer inspection of the spacecraft to be sure.

    “You have to admit when you’re wrong. We were wrong,” said shuttle program manager Bill Parsons. “We need to do some work here, and so we’re telling you right now, that the … foam should not have come off. It came off. We’ve got to go do something about that.”

    The loss of a chunk of debris, a vexing problem NASA thought had been fixed, represents a tremendous setback to a space program that has spent 2 1/2 years and over $1 billion trying to make the 20-year-old shuttles safe to fly.

    The shuttle’s had an excellent run, but it’s time to put the old birds out to the big aviary in the sky.

    The space shuttle’s design was approved by Richard Nixon. Much of the basic science of achieving orbital lift has been hashed out. Private enterprise is taking over in manned flight. The newer ventures don’t have the complexity and overhead that the 40 year old design currently orbiting overhead bears.

    Is this the failure or end of NASA? No, not as long as the entreprenurial spirit that was embodied by the Mars Rover projects endures. Now’s the time for NASA to stretch its collective brain and take humanity to the next level- a new and better TANG, ways to survive off this beautiful blue rock, and warp drives.

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  • Filed in: Technology at 9:28 pm on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 TrackBack Speak Up

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    The Art of the Blog spots an amazing scientific study about human attractions.

    Bin Laden wants to poison your cocaine? The Jawa Report, via registration protected NY Post, sez yes. Fatal mistake for Bin Laden- such an act would turn even the leftiest of Hollywood and the entertainers against him, and we all know there’s no greater force on earth than actors and washed up rock-n-rollers, baybee!

    Llama Butchers, a.k.a. quiz central, has a fun geek quiz. My results:

    My computer geek score is greater than 73% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

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  • Filed in: Misc at 4:38 pm on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 TrackBack Speak Up

    Pass the Rogan Josh!

    Curry spice found to fight cancer:

    A study published in the upcoming issue of Cancer magazine related that curcumin, a chemical pigment in turmeric, helped stop the spread of breast cancer tumor cells to the lungs of mice.

    Now doctors have launched clinical tests to see if it works on humans, said Bharat Aggarwal of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who led the study.

    Earlier studies suggest that people who eat diets rich in turmeric have lower rates of breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer, Aggarwal said.

    He noted that many cancers are 10 times rarer on the Indian subcontinent than in the West.

    The breakthrough came as no surprise to the owner of an Indian restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Abu Syed told the Daily News: “We already knew that Indian food tastes good. But it is good to hear it can help with cancer, too. It is one more reason to eat plenty of it.”

    Mmmm. Naan. Samosas. Yum. *drool*

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    RINO Roundup

    The RINO roundup this week comes courtesy of Countertop Chronicles. CTC has loads of posts on topics from guns to terrorism to the Supreme Court and the First Amendment. Great reading. What are you waiting for? Click, already!

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  • Filed in: Misc at 9:00 am on Monday, July 25, 2005 TrackBack Speak Up

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    NASA to launch, hell, high water not considered:

    NASA plans to launch the first space shuttle flight in 2 1/2 years, even if it is plagued by the same fuel gauge problem that halted the previous countdown two weeks ago, officials said Sunday.

    Discovery is set to lift off Tuesday at 10:39 a.m., the same time Columbia took off on its doomed mission in 2003.

    Deputy shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said the fuel gauge problem has been a vexing one — engineers still don’t know exactly what caused it — and he’s repeatedly asked himself, “Are we taking care enough to do it right?”

    “Based on the last 10 days’ worth of effort, the huge number of people and the tremendous number of hours that have been spent in testing and analysis, I think that we’re coming to the right place,” he said.

    At an evening news conference, Hale and other NASA officials found themselves defending the decision to launch with a fuel gauge failure. They stressed that they will proceed with a liftoff only if the problem is well understood and involves the gauges in question — anything else will result in a postponement.

    I’m knocking on a lumberyard full of wood here, but as Dave Barry would say ‘this needs to bode better’- cause it doesn’t bode well. If NASA just wings Discovery up there and anything seriously bad happens, NASA should be taken out of the manned spaceflight game for good. Git er done and duct tape isn’t good enough.

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  • Filed in: Technology at 12:39 am on Monday, July 25, 2005 TrackBack Speak Up

    Three Good Reads

    Why Rhetoric Matters by Jeff Goldstein.
    Supreme Court Nominee has sense of humor, according to Will of Willisms.
    And last, but not least, what would the Army do if they couldn’t razz the Air Force? John at Argghh! doesn’t want to find out.

    Update: Jayson Blair’s new employer? First, let me say I’m shocked- to the full Andy Sullivan level of gobsmacking vile-ity- to hear that a journalist, be he military or MSM, would ever re-use quotes from unnamed sources.
    To find out more, I IMed a veteran news agency director not named Eason Jordan. Transcript below:

    PT: Hey, EJ my man- what’s the deal with this quote-gate the military’s trying to pull?
    EJ: Totally.
    PT: So, what’s your take?
    EJ: Major bummer. Mean people suck. I hate people who make up lies and foist them on an unwitting public.
    PT: Uhhh OK, thanks EJ. I mean DR, uh

    So there you have it folks. It’s obvious that the military is pulling the wool over our eyes. Thankfully we have the fifth column fourth estate watching out for our interests. Pop some popcorn, folks, it’ll be interesting seeing Don Rumsfeld get out of this one!

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  • Filed in: Misc, Politics, War on Terror at 9:03 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2005 TrackBack Speak Up

    Kerry Demands Roberts Documents

    Kerry Seeks Release of Roberts Documents:

    Democratic Sen. John Kerry urged the White House on Friday to release “in their entirety” all documents and memos from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ tenure in two Republican administrations.

    “We cannot do our duty if either Judge Roberts or the Bush administration hides elements of his professional record,” said the Massachusetts senator who was his party’s presidential candidate last year.

    Democratic officials also said Friday they want access to all material regarding Roberts at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Roberts served in the White House counsel’s office from 1982-1986. He was principal deputy solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

    The Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., holds an unknown number of documents relating to Roberts, arranged by subject matter. While material in some subjects are designated on the library’s Web site as available to the public, most is not.

    Wow. This is hilarious. Last year, there was some kind of presidential election, and a certain Democratic candidate would not release his military records “in their entirety”. As we found out in 2005, after Kerry lost, those records showed the “intellectual” Kerry’s academic prowess to be equal to or slightly below that of Chimpy McHitler- something that would have disintegrated the Kerry campaign had it come out in September. Big John wouldn’t even release his wife Ta-Ray-Za’s tax returns when he was running for the presidency. Now he’s demanding every document Roberts sniffed from two Republican administrations? I’m sure George Bush is going to get right on that for ya…

    Update: Hungry? Basil’s got a great brunch today.

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