Friday, May 27, 2011

Netanyahu's Speech to the Congress: One of the Best I have Ever Seen

Wow the end had me almost in tears. He was effusive in the praise for the US and laid out the exact course that Israel would accept for peace in the Middle East. Plus he handled the Code Pinko heckler like a true statesman. If she interrupted Ahmadinijoke's speech they would find her body in a mass grave years after Iran finally goes democratic. Watch the whole thing it is worth it.

It Seems Cain Might be a Viable Candidate

It is always cool to get in on the first movers on a trend. It seems Mr. Cain might be that trend.

Right now, only one third of Republican voters have heard of Cain. But among this group, 24 percent pick him as their first choice for the nomination. No other candidate performs that well--just 20 percent of the people who've heard of Romney pick him as their No. 1. For Palin, that number is 16 percent; Pawlenty, 13 percent. And Silver explains why this is important:

[T]his measure--a candidate's polling adjusted for name recognition--has a reasonably good track record. It would have identified winners like Michael Dukakis and John Kerry relatively early in the process, as well as Bill Clinton by the time he officially entered the race in November 1991. ...

I think the GOP candidate needs to be either Cain or Pawlenty or Obama wins by default. Romney and Palin cannot win by any stretch of the imagination. I also think Newt is flawed and will be picked apart as a nominee. It would be nuts though to have Cain win the Presidency without holding some other office beforehand. I think only a handful of Presidents pulled off that feat and most of them were Generals.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Next President of the United States: Herman Cain?

Well, this guy is slowly starting to move onto the political map and from what I see I might vote for him if given the chance.

The American Dream is under attack. In fact, a recent survey found 67% of the American People believe America is headed in the wrong direction. Sadly, this comes as no surprise to those of us who have watched an out-of-control federal government that spends recklessly, taxes too much and oversteps its Constitutional limits far too often.

Well let's look at the qualifications of this guy a little bit. He went to a historically black college, Morehouse College. From what I  read many black conservatives seem to come from historically black colleges. Next he went into the Navy where he was an actual steely eyed missile man. He then went into various executive jobs with Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, and Burger King so he understands the world of business as an insider.

Then he became President and CEO of Godfathers Pizza. In other words he has filled out a budget and made decisions that effected the livelihood of thousands of people. He physically made thousands of jobs and actually returned his company to prosperity when he was CEO. This is all much more then you could have said about our Community Organizer and Chief.

Plus he doesn't have the stench of something like Romneycare to muddy up the things he has done in the past. However, he hasn't held a national office so the rest of the field has that over him. But Cain can run as an outsider that can go in and clean up the mess that the other career politicians have stuck us with. He can understand budgeting and job creation because he had to do both as a CEO. In any case I would love to have a competent businessman running the country rather then a patrician ideologue any day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stalin Engineered the Roswell Crash? Too Far Fetched Even for Me

Now this is one far out claim Annie Jacobsen new book Area 51.

According to Annie Jacobsen, the reporter who authored "Area 51," the spaceship was actually a Soviet spy plane that came down during a storm. Jacobsen claims it was filled with bizarre, genetically engineered child-sized pilots. Then-Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was hoping, Jacobsen alleges, that the new cause widespread panic in the U.S.

Well the first problem I have with this is how they got the spy plane into the US in the first place. The plane would have come a very long way just to crash in New Mexico. First they would have to put it on a ship then cross the Pacific and maybe set into somewhere in Central or South America and unload the plane and fly it over the southern border with the US.

I guess it is possible but it would be logistically difficult for a "scare tactics" mission. Also wouldn't the Soviets want to crash it in a place a little more accessible then rural New Mexico if they want to create "widespread panic?" Maybe it was headed to LA or somewhere when it crashed?  

The story gets even stranger: The leader of the USSR had apparently been inspired by the 1938 radio adaptation radio broadcast of the HG Wells story "War of the Worlds," produced by Orson Welles. The broadcast triggered panic in some listeners who tuned in and mistook it for a real-life alien invasion. (Though later students of the episode claim that the media of Welles' day vastly exaggerated the scale of public alarm over the broadcast.)

This seems like an odd motivation to launch what may have been an act of war while Russia was still rearming and fixing their infrastructure. He could have gotten the same sort of thing by planting NKVD agents (the KGB wasn't around until 1954)  in some rural place and taking over a radio antenna.

They could then broadcast an alien attack and it might have been picked up by the wire service and rebroadcast. By the time the authorities went to the station the agents would have disappeared. Maybe they could have even staged an alien attack at the station with burn marks and dead bodies and such. It is still a lot of work from the USSR when it was still picking up the pieces from WW2 which had just ended a few years before. If Roswell happened in like 1957 instead of 1947 then the Soviets could have been better able to pull it off.

And those ET-looking aviators? They were scientific experiments created by the "Angel of Death," Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, for the USSR after the war. The flight was piloted remotely, according to accounts in the book, and was filled with a crew of "alien-like children."

This is the part that had me scratching my head. Josef Mengele was taken as a prisoner of war by the Americans and pretended to be another soldier so that he could be released in June 1945. He was then smuggled into Argentina by ODESSA. I'm not sure how the Soviets were able to get him to work with them during the 2 years they had from when the war ended and when Roswell happened.

I mean the Soviets had to get him from the Americans or grab him off the the farm he was working on in Bavaria in 1947. Then they would have to set up a state of the art lab with science that the probably would never have been able to create in 1947. Then he would have had him whip up the "alien-like children" in only two years. Even if they had all of his research (which the Americans were supposed to have taken) and the lab ready it would still be too quick a time table.

Still more puzzling is how Mengele was able to escape the Gulag and get to Argentina like he did in 1949. ODESSA was supposed to be good at getting Nazis out of Europe but I'm pretty sure they would have had all sorts of problems getting him out of the Gulag system. I don't remember hearing of them springing  any prominent Nazi's from the the hands of the Soviets let alone one of the most infamous ones.

However, if the Soviets used a man like Shiro Ishii from Unit 731 (who was the Japanese equivalent of Mengele) I would have been more apt to believe it. I mean the Soviets could have used easily utilized Japanese geneticists captured in Manchuria before they were tried in the Khabarovsk war crimes trials in 1949. However, Unit 731 was more interested in biological warfare and not genetics so that might be a hard sell also.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Details Emerge on the Bin Laden Mission

Wow, now I really can't wait for these events to be portrayed in a movie.

Adding exclusive new details to the account of the assault on bin Laden's hideout, officials described just how the SEAL raiders loudly ditched a foundering helicopter right outside bin Laden's door, ruining the plan for a surprise assault. That forced them to abandon plans to run a squeeze play on bin Laden — simultaneously entering the house stealthily from the roof and the ground floor.

It also seems like it was pilot error due to the warm conditions and not a malfunction that crashed the stealth chopper.

The plan unraveled as the first helicopter tried to hover over the compound. The Black Hawk skittered around uncontrollably in the heat-thinned air, forcing the pilot to land. As he did, the tail and rotor got caught on one of the compound's 12-foot walls. The pilot quickly buried the aircraft's nose in the dirt to keep it from tipping over, and the SEALs clambered out into an outer courtyard. 

Even though he clipped the wall that burying the nose in the dirt maneuver may have saved those SEALs lives. It was also cool to see how the SEALs had to call an audible right out of the block. They wanted to go in from the roof and the ground floor using stealth. Instead they ended up in front of the gate and had to go room-by-room to clear the house.

This is one thing out soldiers have over the Red Chinese, North Korea, and Iran. When things go bad they don't wait for orders from above for their next move but instead they adapt and get the job done.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Facebook/Google War: Facebook Stumbles out of the Gate

Now this is a ham-handed way of waging war against your hated rival.

In a twist seemingly out of a Hollywood thriller, Facebook hired a prominent public relations firm to try to plant stories harshly criticizing Google's privacy practices in leading news outlets. The efforts backfired when the firm approached a blogger who not only declined the assignment, but also went public with the offer.

The latest Silicon Valley drama has also evoked chatter of smear campaigns, secrecy and even Richard Nixon. It took the once-secret blogger known as Fake Steve Jobs to help sort it all out.

Wow Facebook as the Nixon Administration? I wonder if we are going to have a bungled break-in of the Googleplex in Mountain View California in order to dig up the sexual peccadilloes of Sergey Brin. I mean he is Russian so he must do some weird thing or another and Facebook must "unlike" that thing. The mental image of Mark Zuckerberg flashing the peace symbol above his head as he gets into a Facebook helicopter just came to mind as well.

German News Program Mistakes Star Trek Patch of Seal Team 6

Well they do seem pretty similar but the words at the top are a dead giveaway that it isn't an American symbol. Plus the Klingon Skull and the bat'leths should be a tip-off as well. What is weird is that this German program just needed to do a Google Search and they would have found the real logo.

This is the Trek Symbol:

This is the real Seal Team 6 logo:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Trends that Women Love but Men Hate: My Take

This article had me thinking a bit about what sort of make-up I like to see on a woman.

1. Heavy foundation and powders: 

I have to agree that a look of tons of powder on a woman's face looks unnaturally weird. I once saw a woman with her neck one color and her face another color. She looked awful and whoever sold her that make-up needs to be fired. I haven't seen too many women with her nose one color and her face another but that would looks freakish as well. I think some black women do this two toned face thing and it just isn't flattering at all. I really never understood why women don't like shiny skin. They look healthy like that rather than sickly when their face is all some matte color.

2. "Bumps"

I have to agree again. Gwen Stefani is normally super hot but her poofy hair made her look like an alien. The same goes for Snooki as well. I think she liked it because it made her look taller but a giant bubble growing out of a woman's head just looks stupid. Hell, I am a fan of the Betty Page strait bangs all the way so most poofy hair looks weird.

3. Neon Lipstick

I'm not a fan of shiny lipstick in general because my OCD is tripped thinking about the lipstick coming off on things. Neon lipstick just looks too 80s and should stay in that era along with Neon colored jackets. I like a retro look but very few things can come back from the 80s and look half-way decent today. I really think Neon in general is one of those things.

4. Too-thin brows:

Yeah a too plucked look is much worse then a woman with thick eyebrows. I have no idea why women pluck out all of their eyebrow hair and then paint it back on. It looks unnatural and is not flattering at all. Women should just embrace the eyebrows they are given. I mean as long as the woman doesn't have a uni-brow it is all good for most men.

5. Bold eye-shadow:

I like the look of a woman with very dark blended color around her eyes as long as it is black. Any other color just looks too weird and this especially goes for blue eye shadow. For some reason it makes me think of an 80 year old woman with pancake makeup trying to look 30 something. Or Tammy Faye Baker which is even worse.

6. Rosy cheeks:

I like a naturally rosy cheek quite a bit. But rouge just looks weird on a woman especially if she is very pale to begin with. You have this pale face that looks nice and there is this splotch of red out of nowhere. Rouge especially looks awful on Asian woman. You got this smooth, beautiful skin covered by a weird splotch of unrelated color. Just not a fan of rouge in general I guess.

7. Two-toned lips:

I think the only woman that this looks okay on are Hispanic women. I'm not sure why they look sexy with their lips like this but they just do. Any other women just look odd for the most part.

8. Glitter:

This I have the disagree with. I really like the look of body glitter on a woman. It is feminine and playful and sexy all at the same time. I guess as long as the woman doesn't look like a tree covered in tinsel then slather on the glitter I won't object at all.

Robert E. Lee's Sword to be Taken to New Appomattox Museum

Now this is a cool museum piece and I would love to go to Richmond to see it one day.

The 40 1/2-inch sword now sparkles, from the lion head on its pommel to the gilded relief on its steel sword. It has an ivory grip.
One side of the blade, in raised letters, reads: "Gen. Robert E. Lee CSA from a Marylander 1863."

The Lee admirer who had it commissioned in Paris by Louis-Francois Devisme is not known, Hancock said.

The other side of the blade reads: "Aide toi dieu l'aidera." Translated, it means, "Help yourself and God will help you."
The scabbard is made of blued steel.

I wonder who the Marylander was? I guess that is one of those mysteries that would only be solved if you went to Paris and checked the books of Louis-Francois Devisme. Here is a pic of Marse Robert's sword:

Monday, May 09, 2011

Playstation Network Down until May 31st?

Well, it must seriously suck if you want to play online games and all you have is a PS3.

Sony claims that its PlayStation Network online gaming service, which went down way back on April 20, may not be fully operational again until May 31. Sony had originally projected that some parts of the service would pop back online last week but had to delay that rollout due to further testing. With the network approaching its fourth week of downtime, several game developers have had to delay the release of downloadable game titles that rely on the online infrastructure for distribution.

Lucky thing huge titles like Battlefield 3 won't be coming out until the fall. In any case it might be a good idea to buy an Xbox360 if you want to get your fill of Black Ops or that new game Brink.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Justice Department Closes in on BCS

At last maybe we can get a Playoff system even if the Feds have to come in and take away their anti-trust exemption. Before anyone says the Justice Department has something better to do read this article.

The BCS is a financially underperforming system that costs mostly public colleges and universities hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue while directing tens of millions in student fees and taxpayer funds to third-party bowl games. The money alone makes it a concern for any taxpayer. Then there are the current corruption charges against the bowl business – the Fiesta Bowl is under fire for out-of-control spending and potentially illegal campaign contributions.

There is corruption throughout the system and if you have a public university in your state your tax money is being stolen by these Bowl robber barons. The system keeps a wildly profitable playoff system from being created simply to keep bowl commissioners in $800K a year jobs. I mean some schools are raising athletics fees simply to keep this corrupt system intact. If if it takes a Justice Department Subpoena to make changes then so be it.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Rashard Mendenhall: Idiot Truther and Bin Laden Apologist: Cut Him Now Steelers!

I think the league needs to discipline him and the Steelers definitely should think about cutting him for this comment.

Among Mendenhall’s posts, the day after the bin Laden news broke, was: “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…” He also tweeted on the Sept. 11 attacks: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

Yeah, we haven't heard Bin Laden's side Rashard. Um, do you want to support the part where Bin Laden wanted to recreate the Caliphate or just the part where he wanted to murder Jews, Christians, and other Muslims for his warped Jihad? Or do you just like the cut of the mans jib? I mean now we can never hear "his part of the story" Rashard because Navy Seals put a bullet into his head to avenge the death of 3000 people. I bet you are all broken up over that fact Rashard.

Plus, the truther BS is priceless. So how many structural engineering classes did you take at the University of Illinois Rashard? So you can be an authority on thousands of pounds of jet fuel pouring down elevator shafts and causing a fire hot enough to bend the steel? Oh you say fire doesn't melt steel? Then how is steel bent then? By magic?

The funniest part about all these idiot truthers is that Obama being elected is the end of the entire affair. If Bush and thousands of his closest conspirators did "fake 9/11" then political operatives in the White House would have blown the whistle the day after the election was over. I especially like how we got the Jihadists to go along with our whole charade too and claim responsibility for the whole thing. Bush sure is a persuasive guy.

If you say that Obama wouldn't blow the whistle to "spare the country" you have to be nuts. Political hacks like Rahmbo would love to do it because it would destroy the GOP for decades. I mean it wasn't them who did it right? It was evil Dick Chaney and Rumsfeld or whatever cast of nasties truthers can imagine. I mean the Dems would have the House and an filibuster-proof margin now if they dropped this bomb-shell in 2010. Instead they lost. So are you calling Obama a liar Rashard?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Some Backgound on Seal Team 6

Well, I guess many Americans will now be introduced to this group from their success in bagging Bin Laden.

The raid that killed Osama bin Laden will go down in history as the most important covert operation since 9/11, earning the elite Navy SEAL team that carried it out permanent bragging rights for finishing off the most-wanted terrorist on Earth.

It was a near-textbook operation, despite the near-failure of one of the helicopters carrying the raiders. They all made it into Osama bin Laden's high-walled compound in Pakistan, sliding down ropes in darkness, as they've done on so many raids hunting militants since al-Qaida declared war on the United States.

That helicopter failure is still kind of bugging me. I mean this is the one bad thing about the whole operation. You would figure they would have the best equipment and the best mechanics working on that equipment. Instead a mechanical failure nearly took out the men on that chopper. I hope someone will get dinged for not giving these guys the best equipment when they needed it the most.

The conspiracy theorist in me figures that was the payment for Pakistan for letting us overfly their territory and attack a building in one of their cities. Maybe they cut a deal with the Americans because they certainly didn't want to take out Bin Laden themselves and face reprisals or worse yet bungle it thus letting him escape. So they said give us one of your helicopters so we can reverse engineer it and we won't tip off Bin Laden that you are watching him. So Obama took the deal and it was all "Boom! Headshot!" after that.

How Did you Find Out about Bin Laden Getting a "Boom! Headshot?"

This is an interesting story on how the media is changing as we are going forward.

In an illustration of how the information world has changed, many people learned through media formats or devices that weren't available a decade ago that the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks had been killed.

"It just kind of spread like wildfire online," said Stephen Vujevica, a student at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. "It's amazing to see how social media played a part in it."

I found out on my Blackberry when I went to Yahoo to check the Yankees score. So I guess I was at least logged into the Smart phone angle. Most people I know found out on Twitter or Facebook. However, as soon as I read the Breaking News on Yahoo I tuned into the TV. So in my case New Media was my news flash but the traditional media was my information source.

Monday, May 02, 2011

A Look Inside the "Target Bin Laden" War Room

Wow the look on Obama's face is pretty harrowing. He looks like a man that bet his entire political future on one throw of the dice. I mean if those Seals were killed off or the CIA was wrong about who was living in that compound he can start writing his memoirs now. Also Hillary covering her mouth is pretty nuts too you can seriously see the tension in her face. However, Gates looks stoic in a been-here-done that manner. Even Biden has tension and concentration etched in his face.

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With Bin Laden Dead, Jihad Has Failed and Democracy has Won.

It seems that the Bin Laden Doctrine of violent Jihad to create Theocracies has given way to popular uprisings that create democracies.

It is a different Arab world that bin Laden leaves behind.

Popular uprisings led by youth groups have toppled the authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Similar movements are challenging the autocratic rulers of Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. And, significantly, the millions who participated in these uprisings have not used violence to press their demands. Their ultimate aim is not the creation of the Islamic theocracies that bin Laden preached, but free democracies.

I think a handful of kids have done more for the Muslim world than a million bomb belts and tens of thousands of dead infidels and martyrs. I mean they stood up to governments that have been dictatorships for centuries and if they are lucky will join the fraternity of democracies.

Their children's lives will be far better then they ever imagined. They get to worry about sending their kids to a top flight school or what mutual funds to invest in rather then being disappeared by the Secret Police or what picture they will use for their martyrdom photo.

Mark my words in 10 years people will be talking about the "Arab Tigers" and how they are changing the world with so many young people and so much new wealth. What a way to go for Bin Laden too. Cowering behind his wife while using her as a human shield in the dead of night. Now his whole movement is teetering on collapse. He will really be a footnote in history.

We Gave Bin Laden a Muslim Burial? Now that shows some Class

Well, I guess we can put ourselves on the same respect level as Saladin who let Christians have a wedding ceremony during the Siege of Kerak in 1183.

The officials said bin Laden was killed toward the end of the firefight, which took place overnight Monday in a building at a compound north of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. His body was put aboard the USS Carl Vinson and placed into the North Arabian Sea.

Traditional Islamic procedures for handling the remains were followed, the officials said, including washing the corpse, placing it in a white sheet. Preparations for at-sea burial began at 1:10 a.m. EDT Monday and were completed at 2 a.m. EDT, one official said.

That is exactly how we treat our enemies. With respect even though they did so much killing against us. Dignity in the face of depravity is a virtue.

Bin Laden is Now in the Dustbin of History. Literally!

Well you have to hand it to Obama. He carried out the mission and signed the papers and took the risks if we missed him and he bagged the big prize. Here is a great article on how it all went down.

Nestled in an affluent neighborhood, the compound was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet, topped with barbed wire. Two security gates guarded the only way in. A third-floor terrace was shielded by a seven-foot privacy wall. No phone lines or Internet cables ran to the property. The residents burned their garbage rather than put it out for collection. Intelligence officials believed the million-dollar compound was built five years ago to protect a major terrorist figure. The question was, who?

All I can say is Seal Team 6 is badass and they need to make a movie of their exploits. Also it would be nice to have the members of the team that went in lionized and made into celebrities. After all they killed America's most hated enemy and did not lose a single man in the process.