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31 January, 2009

Ghosts of War

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 18:15

Photographer Sergei Larenkov has re-shot WWII photographs, matching the original perspectives, and then blended between the two to provide a haunting result.


Britain’s Demise

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is also grammatical.

And yes, I put an apostrophe in the article title on purpose.

Today I Shook Hands With Astronauts

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Not just any astronauts, either. I shook hands with Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford and Capt. Eugene “Gene” Cernan of Apollo X. Cernan later commanded Apollo XVII and was the last man to make footprints on the moon. He’s ridden the Saturn V twice. Flown to the moon twice.

Want to look at two of the fastest men alive? Apollo X set the record, 24,791 mph, on the return flight from the moon.

Cernan, Left and Stafford, Right

Cernan, Left and Stafford, Right

I told them it was a deep honor for me to meet them, and thanked them for what they did for mankind, the country – and me, since I grew up watching their exploits. Cernan remarked that he’s amazed that there’s a whole generation of adults in their 30’s and 40’s who were born after Neil set foot on the moon. When some younger folks tell him they watched him on the moon he thinks, “Yeah, maybe if your dad held you up to the TV screen as a baby.”

They were at the Charles M Schulz Museum for the opening of To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA.

I hope I look half as sharp as Cernan when I’m about to turn 75. Stafford is already 78, the old-timer. Wow.

I also go to meet Lt. Chesser, the frogman, and Capt. Smiley, the helicopter pilot, on the Apollo X Recovery mission, and Jamye Flowers Coplin, who was Gordo Cooper’s secretary, the one who had the big Snoopy Plush as the astronauts were heading off to board their spacecraft.

No, she doesn’t know where that Snoopy went. She suspects it went home to be a kid’s toy.

30 January, 2009

A Song in Your Heart

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And another one in your computer.

Impressed? Well, check these out.


You just knew there’d be more. Lots more.

I Remember the Stone Age

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Do you?

This was about one year before I started working in computers. Yes, I actually used a 300-baud acoustic modem.

29 January, 2009

California Continues March Toward Third World Status

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We tax businesses out of the state, export our pollution, and now we’re making it even harder to buy gas!

Trader Joe’s

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Here’s what you can do with a mobile phone camera, a computer, and some creativity.

My New Favorite Congressman

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is John Carter (not of Mars, but of Texas), author of the Rangel Rule legislation.

Carter, a former longtime Texas judge, today introduced the Rangel Rule Act of 2009, HR 735, which would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from charging penalties and interest on back taxes against U.S. citizens. Under the proposed law, any taxpayer who wrote “Rangel Rule” on their return when paying back taxes would be immune from penalties and interest.

Gobal Warming Exemption for Hawaiians

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Remember the Annointed One scolding us during the campaign?

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

Well, it doesn’t apply to Him.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

I remember the grief Nixon got for building a fire and turning up the air conditioning in the summer. Why do I suspect that He won’t get any such razzing?

28 January, 2009

Clinton: Still Clueless After All These Years

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Bubba is floored because he can’t get away with this.

Go watch the video first. I’ll wait.


OK, Bill, here are a few reasons why George can get away with that and you can’t:

  1. It rings true. People aren’t used to hearing truth from you.
  2. Bush has never been accused of rape.
  3. Bush was never impeached for hanky-panky with the help.
  4. Bush’s staff never had to worry about “bimbo eruptions”.
  5. Mrs. Bush doesn’t throw dishes.

Nice one about the dogs, though.

Guilty as charged

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Berkeley Brain-Free Zone

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 18:11

Not wanting Obama’s presidency to be the funniest thing in the news, the City of Berkeley pipes up with this.

Berkeley’s public library will face a showdown with the city’s Peace and Justice Commission tonight over whether a service contract for the book check-out system violates the city’s nuclear-free ordinance.

Can I get some “bailout” money

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to pay for my travel expenses? This sounds like a great idea, but I’m a little broke.

People…. Get mad,,,,,, get angry,,,, get involved!!! They survival of this country may depend on citizen action to regain control of our out-of-control government!!!! I’m not counting on President Obama to solve our problems. He was the third highest recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the last 10 years behind Chris Dodd(D) and John Kerry(D), and he was only in the senate for 4 years. Fannie and Freddie have received many billions of dollars of “bail-out” money and are wanting/needing more.

Anybody want to join me for a taxpayer march on Washington???


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I really had no interest in seeing this film. After reading this interview, forwarded to me by a friend, I may just have to check it out.

Why Babies Sleep Like Babies

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They’re tired.

Improving the Classics

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with Zombies.

Read the Bill

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Before the bill comes due.

The Wall Street Journal points out that it’s really just a 40-year wish list.

Add the roughly $20 billion for business tax cuts, and by our estimate only $90 billion out of $825 billion, or about 12 cents of every $1, is for something that can plausibly be considered a growth stimulus.


Apparently now that if you want to read the bill you need this honkin’ PDF.

Will Obama be the Nasty Tall Man?

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Michael Medved, wanting to have his cake and eat it too, wonders if The One might emulate the Nasty Little Man’s political failure without doing his concomitant damage to the country.

Good luck with that. I fear that The Messiah is just Jimmy without the funny accent, and in a nicer suit.


There is, ironcially, the possibility of a Willie Horton scenario.

27 January, 2009

Go ahead.

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Write your own punch line.

Too Perfect

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Looks like I won’t have much Obamedy competition from the late-night shows.

On Sunday night, while doing my cardio, I caught what appeared to be rebroadcast of an episode of Larry King LIve.  King asked The View’s Joy Behar why comedians didn’t make fun of the new president.  The comedienne replied that this prez was just too perfect.*

It is. It’s all just too perfect.

How many will Pelosi have to make sure aren’t born

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in order to pay for this?

W Obamedy

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Apparently Bush also thinks the Obama administration is funny.

Staying in bed doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lazy.

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For this young woman it was a lot of work, I’m sure.

26 January, 2009

A Vestige of Old England

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There are those who still know how to write a complaint letter.

Shame on the Netherlands

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Pat Condell ignores Geert’s call for banning the Koran, but puts the whole stupid trial in context.

I loved these lines:

Stupidity in action is always pretty funny.

The truth is sometimes offensive, there’s no doubt about that, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

Shame on the Netherlands indeed.

25 January, 2009

How long has it been since Dodd promised to release his mortgage docs?

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This long.

White House of the Gifted

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I keep telling you, this is going to be the funniest administration ever. To help keep track, I’m adding a new tag to the blog: Obamedy. It’s the first item in the new “Tag Faves” box over there on the right, so you’ll always be up to date on the latest D.C. Knee Slapper.

A Family Tradition

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The apples apparently didn’t fall far from the Booth tree.

Did I say parody-proof?

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I have to admit that so far the Obama presidency is working out better than I hoped: I’m spending a lot of time in hysterics. If you can listen to this “poetry” without laughing out loud, check your pulse.

This morning on KSFO Officer Vic had a version of the poem read by the Text To Speech robots he sometimes uses in commercials. I was laughing so hard it was difficult to drive. If he posts it on line I will link it here.


She’s in danger of being replaced by software.

More Update, and bumped:

It’s a rare poem that can be improved so much by rearranging the words. “Someone is trying to make noise, somewhere.”

Piling On:

Maybe she’s competing with the Vogons.

24 January, 2009

More Dishonesty from Creationists

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 17:09

The creationists in Texas had a Plan B. We already know how it works in the press: If someone says something stupid, dishonest, or both the “R” is always by their name. “D” only shows up for good things. But, sheesh. These dishonest, idiotic Texas Republicans need to be taken to the wood shed.For clarity, I have put every bald-faced lie in bold type.

There are many, many gaps that don’t link species changing and evolving into another species, so we want our students to get all of the science, and we want them to have great, open discussions and learning to respect each other’s opinions,” said Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, a former science teacher.
She scoffed at claims that social conservatives on the 15-member board were just trying to find another way to expose students to creationism — the belief that life, Earth and the universe were created by a supreme being.
This isn’t about religion. I don’t know how many times we have to say it before people accept it,” she said. “It’s about science. We want to stick to the science.
Also added to the proposed standards by board Chairman Don McLeroy, R-Bryan, is an amendment that directs science teachers and students to “describe the sufficiency or insufficiency of common ancestry to explain the sudden appearance, stasis and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record.”

So evolution may be OK, but common ancestry is dubious? Are they kidding? That’s like saying that gravity may be a valid theory, but things don’t fall down.

This is about religion, period. There is absolutely no science being done anywhere which doesn’t comport with evolution, which is just another name for common ancestry. These so-called Christians better bone up on the Ten Commandments – especially that fine print about “bearing false witness”.

The professional liars at the so-called Discovery Institute are rubbing their hands with glee:

“We view this as one step back, two steps forward,” said John West, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Seattle that disputes the theory of evolution. “The board unfortunately failed to reinstate specific language requiring coverage of strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories. But, in the area of evolution, it significantly improved the standards by adopting a series of amendments to make sure that students have to analyze and evaluate the major parts of evolutionary theory.”

Poor kids in Texas. And poor conservatives.

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