Thursday, August 31, 2006

OK, now I am PISSED!

National Guardsman Brutally Attacked In Pierce County
UPDATED: 6:15 pm PDT August 30, 2006
PARKLAND, Wash. -- The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is searching for five people who allegedly attacked a uniformed National Guardsmen walking along 138th Street in Parkland Tuesday afternoon.
The soldier was walking to a convenience store when a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and the driver asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action.
The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.
“And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer. At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road,” Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
“This is something new for us, we have not had military people assaulted because they were in the military or somebody's opposition to a war or whatever,” Troyer said.
The driver is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, The vehicle's passengers are described as white males, 20-25 years old.

This is what happens when these ignorant, let's-have-a-dialogue, you-poor-misunderstood-terrorist, murderer, rapist etc. idiots are allowed to flourish unchallenged. Now it's OK to attack those who keep us safe? Trust me, this is just the beginning. How stupid can we get??? Here's the idea, Bad guys are BAD GUYS! You make war on the National Guard, or other military branch, or the cops or FBI, CIA? Well you damn sure better be friends with the bad guys because you're going to be in real close proximity in the future. All these damn turncoat anti-military protesters deserve neither safety or freedom. And guess which whiny assholes are going to want to have candlelight vigils and wring their hands over dead loved ones killed by the above mentioned misunderstood miscreants? Yeah, right. Wanna bet you'll see this on National News? No, because Cindy Sheehan farted in Texas this week and that's more important...
Dammit STOP being the silent majority.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

NBC apologizes; The shape of things to come

NBC Expresses Regret for Air-Crash SkitMonday, August 28, 2006 7:12 PM EDT The Associated PressBy LYNN ELBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC expressed regret Monday for an Emmy Awards comedy skit that included a mock plane crash and aired on the network the evening of a fatal Kentucky jetliner accident.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the many families who lost loved ones in the plane crash in Kentucky on Sunday, and to the entire community that has suffered this terrible loss," NBC said in a statement the day after the ceremony.
"In no way would we ever want to make light of this terrible tragedy," NBC said. "The filmed opening during the Emmy telecast was meant to spoof some of television's most well-known scenes. The timing was unfortunate, and we regret any unintentional pain it may have caused."

NBC felt it was better to apologize, but I don't. I'd bet even money this is the open door that leads to lawsuits against the networks for pain, suffering, emotional distress and desseminating offensive or distressing material. Think not? Where've you been the last 20 years? Watch this space for further developments.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Fly to your happy place!

Emmy Plane Crash Skit Called InsensitiveMonday, August 28, 2006 9:10 AM EDT The Associated Press By GARY GENTILE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was meant to be funny. But a fake plane crash during the opening Emmy awards skit made many cringe on Sunday — the same day 49 people died in a fiery plane crash in Kentucky.The skit, aired live at the start of NBC's Emmy telecast, brought a swift response from the general manager of NBC's Lexington, Ky., affiliate, WLEX."It was a live telecast. We were completely helpless," Tim Gilbert was quoted as saying on the Lexington Herald-Leader's Web site."By the time we began to react, it was over. At the station, we were as horrified as they were at home," Gilbert said.
The prerecorded opening segment began with Emmy host Conan O'Brien boarding a private plane to Los Angeles. Asked by a stewardess if he was nervous about hosting the show, O'Brien answered "Nervous? What could possibly go wrong?"The plane then shook and pitched violently, sending O'Brien out of his seat and seeking shelter in an overhead baggage compartment.The skit didn't show the plane crashing. Instead, it cut to O'Brien emerging from the ocean onto an island resembling the one in "Lost," where he meets a cast member.
The skit aired live on NBC just hours after a commuter jet in Kentucky crashed into a field and burst into flames, killing all aboard except a co-pilot.Gilbert said he plans to ask NBC for an apology."They could have killed the opening and it wouldn't have hurt the show at all," Gilbert said. "We wish somebody had thought this through. It's somewhere between ignorance and incompetence."

There's an acronym on the Internet that sums up this situation nicely. STFU. Why Dalt, you insensitive bastard! How dare you! Well kids, it's simple. First off, stuff happens. As long as there's gravity and we try to beat it, planes will crash. What about the other TV shows and movies that showed plane crashes that aired that night? Should we have "killed the opening" (nice word choice Gilbert, how insensitive) or maybe the entire show? What else should we have put in place? Happy waterfalls and meadows? Grow up! Bad things happen, but we face them and move on. The other point is, maybe the producers didn't know that a plane crashed. Is there a staff position that scours the news, looking to find stories that relate to the show about to be aired, ready to "kill" the potentially insensitive segments? No? Well, there should be. I have the right to never be offended, to never be exposed to reality. If the preceding sounds as questionable to you as it did to me, you can stop reading now. As for those of you who vehemently agree that you have the right to never be offended or troubled by reality, listen up. Find a tall building, at least say, ten stories, and fly away to your happy place. Just think happy thoughts and fly! Everything will be fine and you'll make everyone else around you happy too!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Katrina: The storm is over, the stupidity never ends

Updated: 12:39 a.m. ET Aug 25, 2006

BLUFFTON, S.C. - At 12:33 in the morning on Aug. 31, 2005, John Giljam, inventor and fabricator of the world's first unsinkable bus, tapped out an urgent e-mail to his customers across the United States.
A day earlier, Giljam had "placed a call to FEMA to see if our Hydra Terras can be used in time to save lives," he wrote. "I am awaiting a reply ... I ask you all to consider offering your vehicles and operators to save those in New Orleans if the call comes in that our machines could make a difference."

the rest of the story is here:

Let it suffice to say that this guy had a great, viable alternative to helicopter rescues, but absolutely no one he contacted "had the authority to authorize" their use. A year later..

In the end, the Giljams' failure to get any agency interested in the Hydra Terra during Katrina may be best explained by the fact that rescuers were drowning in a flood of phone calls, and simply did not have time to pay close attention to each one.
"We were getting thousands of phone calls a day and we were in the process of saving lives," Mark Smith, a public information officer at the governor's office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge, said recently. Still waiting on an answer Would authorities in Louisiana be interested today in studying Giljam's amphibious bus?

"If he's got something that works, we'd love to take a look," Smith said, adding a caveat: The Hydra Terra "would have to be not only good on land and water, but in really, really deep mud as well." (*NO ONE, including the government has a vehicle that can do that)

On March 22, the Giljams mailed the New Orleans Fire Department a prospectus for the Hydra Terra, a basic version of which retails at about $225,000. On May 10, they sent the specifications to the police department of Gulfport, Miss., then to FEMA.
The Giljams are still waiting for a response.

Crisises come and go, government arrogance and stupidity never ends.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's called the Law of Probability, stupid!!

Reuters Updated: 1:50 p.m. ET Aug 22, 2006MIAMI -
If you thought the sight of the great American jazz city New Orleans flooded to the eaves,ts people trapped in attics or cowering on rooftops was the nightmare hurricane scenario, think again.
Max Mayfield, director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, says theres plenty of potential for a storm worse than Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,339 people along the U.S. Gulf coast and caused some $80 billion in damage last August.
People think we have seen the worst. We haven't" Mayfield told Reuters in an interview at the fortress-like hurricane center in Florida.
"I think the day is coming. I think eventually we're going to have a very powerful hurricane in a major metropolitan area worse than what we saw in Katrina and it's going to be a megadisaster. With lots of lost lives," Mayfield said. "I don't know whether that's going to be this year or five years from now or a hundred years from now. But as long as we continue to develop the coastline like we are, we're setting up for disaster."

OK. What brilliant idiot thought this was news? This is math. Oh, and for you Al Gore-global-warming-will-kill-us-all-send-us-money goof balls, Listen up....

Kam-biu Liu, a geology professor at Louisiana State University, discovered ocean sand in core samples from inland lakes on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. From these samples, Liu concluded that extremely powerful hurricanes battered the Gulf Coast and dumped the sand into the lakes.
Liu thinks the core samples indicate that hurricanes that would be considered catastrophic by modern standards were regularly battering the Gulf Coast thousands of years ago.
From about 3,400 years ago to about 1,000 years ago, the Gulf Coast was hit repeatedly by very powerful hurricanes, Liu said. The frequency of hits increases by three to five times more than today.
The ancient Maya Indians who had their heyday in Mexico and Central America from about A.D. 250 to 900 had more than a passing familiarity with the tempests that regularly howled off the Atlantic. They called their god of storms Hurukan, and its likely that our term for the storms evolved from this name

Bigger, more frequent catastrophic storms 1700 years BEFORE the industrial age? Another proof that "global warming" is ja unk science-gimme money scam. As for the "send-me-government-money-or-donations-to-rebuild-because-I-choose-to-live-in-an-area-where -natural-disasters-occur-and-I-don't-buy-insurance" crowd, sorry about your luck. This also goes for folks who build along rivers, on slippery hillsides, or where the ground shakes, or where you can't build firebreaks because the little animals or bugs have more rights than you.

Food, medicine, temporary shelter, I'll donate to you, but rebuilding, that's your responsibility. And to you weaseling insurance companies shirking your responsibilities to the people who did pay you for protection, a pox, law suits and more government regulations to curb your trifling ways.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Build a spaceship so we can get off planet QUICK


LONDON - Turner Broadcasting is scouring more than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including old favorites Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, to edit out scenes that glamorize smoking.
The review was triggered by a complaint to British media regulator Ofcom by one viewer who took offence to two episodes of Tom and Jerry shown on the Boomerang channel, part of Turner Broadcasting which itself belongs to Time Warner Inc.
“We are going through the entire catalogue,” Yinka Akindele, spokeswoman for Turner in Europe, said on Monday.
“This is a voluntary step we’ve taken in light of the changing times,” she said, adding the painstaking review had been prompted by the Ofcom complaint.
The regulator’s latest news bulletin stated that a viewer, who was not identified, had complained about two smoking scenes on Tom and Jerry, saying they “were not appropriate in a cartoon aimed at children.”

First they edited out all the "violence" in cartoons and generations subsequent have become the most violent, killing anyone who "disses" them. Now what? Dammit, will you PC assholes hurry up and surrender to the cretins you've enabled so we can get on with the business of rooting them out and getting common sense back into the equation again. We founded this country on 'majority rules" and it worked great for over 190 years. Bring back common sense or pack your bags. The damn planet is no longer fit for intelligent beings!!!!!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Turn them in or bear their sin

From The Washington Post 8/11/06

It all began with a tip: In the aftermath of the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings on London's transit system, British authorities received a call from a worried member of the Muslim community, reporting general suspicions about an acquaintance.
From that vague but vital piece of information, according to a senior European intelligence official, British authorities opened the investigation into what they said turned out to be a well-coordinated and long-planned plot to bomb multiple transatlantic flights heading toward the United States -- an assault designed to rival the scope and lethality of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings.

Note to the peaceful followers of Islam and the moderate members of the Arab community:
THIS is how you deal with the radical members of your society. TELL someone! We'll take it from there. If you give up these monsterous murderers, the rest of us will stop painting your community with the brushes of suspicion and hatred. Until that time, your silence gives consent and you have yourselves to blame for whatever happens.