June 25th, 2009

#1607: What a shame it wasn't Obama who went missing.

John Kerry really takes the cake, but in the process he once again demonstrates how frightened Democrats are of Sarah Palin: they are scared green to the point of needing to change their underwear.

They would love for some kind of scandal to take out Sarah Palin, wouldn't they? If she just disappeared, that would make them happy.

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WTF is this? We had to get rid of CFCs because they supposedly damaged the ozone layer (which, by the way, is BS) and now we can't use HFCs because they cause global warming?

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Ann Coulter on Obama's tepid reactions to the voter riots in Iran.

Just in case you need any more proof that the mullahs are evil, Iranian police murder a young man and then attempt to charge his parents $3,000 for the bullet they used to kill him.

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Ethiopia has the Ark of the Covenant. So they say. It's supposed to be made of acacia wood, as I recall; can we get a sample for carbon dating? God knows the last thing you want to do is open it!

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Look: when the guy has to use a teleprompter to give a press conference, of course the questions are planted.

At least some reporters are starting to notice this stuff.

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I never "got" Transformers, not even a little bit. That series came out when I was in high school, anyway, so when the movie hit the screens (whenever the hell it was) I didn't care.

So now there's a sequel, and apparently it's terrible. The review I just linked to is a masterpiece of irony.

Fortunately I still have no interest in seeing either the first movie or its sequel, so I don't care how bad the movie is.

I don't know--giant robots just never appealed to me, despite the fact that I'm a big anime fan. The one exception to this rule was Gundam W.

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More beastly hot weather today. *sigh*

Thanks to an unusually cool and wet spring the corn will not be "knee-high by the 4th of July" for the first time in many years. I'm not sure what this will do to the price of food, but it can't be good.

Hmm: vanishingly low sunspot count for two years, higher commodity prices--we've seen this before, haven't we?

#1608: That doesn't add up.

Cosmic rays come from supernovae. That part makes sense.

This one does not:
Helder and team looked at the leftovers from a supernova called RCW 86 with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. The star exploded about 8200 light-years away in AD 185, and was recorded by Chinese astronomers.
If the star is 8200 light-years away from us, and it exploded in 185 AD, that means the light from the explosion hasn't reached us yet. It's only been 1,824 years since 185 AD.

Now what the writer meant is that the light from the explosion, which happened 8200 light-years away, arrived here in 185 AD. But in order for that to happen the star in question had to have exploded 8015 BC.

Worst part? It was written by a staff writer for Space.com. *sigh*

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Incidentally, Congress will be exempted from participation in ObamaCare. They'll continue to have the same super-excellent health coverage they've always had.

So while you're sitting in the waiting room for five hours in order to have a broken bone set, just remember that your Congressman doesn't have to wait. I'm sure that'll dull the pain of the injury.

At least it'll make you so mad you forget about the pain.