August 26, 2006

Laugh Break

Not since the days of Rich Little and Frank Gorshin has a comedian taken the art of impersonation to the level that Frank Caliendo has. He is probably best know for his John Madden impression. Video
Speaking of funny, the wife just purchased tickets to see Larry the Cable Guy. "Git her done !"

Phone Accessories Gone Bad.

Why would anyone need a thousand cell phones? Whether they are being resold as claimed, shipped overseas for nefarious reasons or being stockpiled by the Fifth Column here at home remains to be seen.
Story Here

August 24, 2006

Exposing theTruth

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."

Fortuately today in these troubling times we have people dedicated to keeping lies in check.
The Corruption of the Media

I have to admire the people that have the imagination and talent to put these little bits of thoughful entertainment together. After the first time I had to play it through frame by frame to get all the stuff that they included. Worth a look. Video

Decline in Liberalists

The Wall Street Journal reports that youth for the Democratic Party are getting harder to find. In the long term, liberal politics will decline because liberals refuse to multiply. The system relys to a certain extent on Political socialization , the process in which individuals throughout their childhood learn about the world around them and use this as the basis for the opinions they hold as adults. Parents essentially handing down their political culture to the next generation.
What I found interesting in the article is what it did not say. Lack of offspring may be true in the rainbow arm of the liberal establishment but surely the rest of them have not taken a Vow of Chastity. Perhaps the low birthrate figures is not an unwillingness or inability to breed but is due in part to the fact that since 1973, 47,000,000 potential voters (plus their descendants) have been intentionally taken out of the electorate pool.
I suspect that liberals have a larger propensity to abort thier offspring than conservatives and this would be a huge factor in their future survival. Eventually they may even go the way of the Dodo.

August 23, 2006

The Kofi Annon Armored Personal Carrier.

Reminesent of the Keystone Kops, is a scene of terrorists piling in what must be a loaner while their APC is in the shop.


Keystone Kops ( for the age challenged)

August 22, 2006

Middle School teacher burns U.S. flags in class

An astute reader in Texas recently sent me this article. Certainly there are better teaching methods.

Arithmaphobia hits the Whitehouse

An educator friend of mine alerted me to this very troubling event..

NEW YORK, NY - A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy
International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-Gebra is a problem for us," Gonzales said." They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "There are three sides to every triangle.'" When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes." White House aides told reporters that they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by our great president.

August 21, 2006

August 18, 2006

Water As Fuel.

Interesting, if true. Video

Here is the company featured in the video.

August 17, 2006

Bias in Education

Having recently returned to college, (maybe returned isn't the right description as my prior experience in the realm of higher education consisted of a year of welding at the local CC), I have come face to face with the reported bias that has gripped the ivory towers of academia.

A recent study concludes "Today's colleges and universities are not, to use the current buzzword, 'diverse' places. Quite the opposite: They are virtual one-party states, ideological monopolies, and badly unbalanced ecosystems. They are utterly flightless birds with only one wing to flap. They do not, when it comes to political and cultural ideas, look like America,". (Chow)
My personal expieience would seem to back up the study. The overt liberal brain washing has been primarily limited to the professors in the writing department although a more subtle and malicious, form can been found in other areas such as the humanities. Which would not be so disconcerting, but for the fact that many in the captive audiences are not able to discern where the class material stops and the indoctrination begins.
By and large the political sciences are staffed by a more conservative lot and the math department is well, full of mathematicians.

For your listening pleasure, the group that brought you the hit "Bush was Right", here is a preview to "Shut up and Teach".

Chow, Christopher. New Study Reveals Extreme Partisan Bias Among Faculty

August 11, 2006

Ray of Hope in the War with "Is...."

Early last year I had the task of writing a descriptive essay for a college composition course, and the topic I chose was the Veterans Memorial here in our little burg on the Cedar. I was taken aback by the fact that someone decided to add a memorial for the "War on Terror"
In part I wrote.
"The American flag flies in the center of the site. Around it, eight larger granite monuments are arranged in a circle like the spokes on a wheel. Each engraved with what has become a symbol of that particular war, or the inspiring words of one of the leaders of the day. As you make your way clockwise around the site, starting at the Civil War, you pass the seven major wars of the last 140 years.
The last spoke in the wheel seems to stand-alone. A monument un-tempered by time, dedicated to those that have given their lives in a battle that has yet to be decided, with an enemy that we are unwilling to name."
Yesterday, for the first time, I heard the President use the "I" word.

"The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation,"
Of course the CAIR organization had a tizzy over the presidents speech. Joe Malchow has the press release and a response here.

I realize that a president has to be somewhat tactful so as not to offend the sensibilities of the "Arab Street" we know how ugly that can get, but as I have said before, the administration has been terrible at framing its positions in such a way as to convince the American people that we are at war, with whom, and the stakes involved.
This is leap forward.

August 10, 2006

Why Isreal Fights

Courtesy of Poweline.

August 09, 2006

Feeding the Loons

For the folks that believe the X Files was a documentary, the Cedar River Rag today called upon the government to respond to new allegations that its version of events in the attacks on the World Trade Center are incorrect. Although the paper believes that debunking all conspiracies is a waste of time and money, this one somehow contains less bunk than the rest and merits government investigation.
The government spent $35 million on its report of the tragedy. At this point it is up to the historians to write the historical narrative of these times, and leave the loons to their vices.

There are a couple of things I am curious about though, that they surely should answer.
Is Bill Gates the head of the Department of Alien Technology?
Who really is running the world? ( I am looking for a new job and would make a heck of a benevolent despot. Where do I apply?)
What's up with all these pesky black helicopters?

Come on, fess up. We know the truth is out there.

August 06, 2006

Iditarod Legend Susan Butcher

Susan Butcher lost her battle to cancer Saturday at the age of 51.
A fierce competitor, Susan was a dominate force in Iditarod racing for 15 years. She was first to cross under the burled arch in Nome 4 times, placed 2nd 4 times, and won the race in three consecutivce years. A feat unmatched in the history of the race. Her performance lead to the saying "Alaska... Where men are men, and women win the Iditarod."
She also mushed a team of dogs to the top of Mt. Mckinley with the Father of the Iditarod, Joe Redington in 1979
She wasn't the first women to win the race. Her team was stomped by a moose and she was forced to withdraw, the year that Libby Riddels went on to earn that title. But her battles thoughout the 1980s and early 90's with nemisis and 5 time champion Rick Swenson were reminisent of Ali- Frazier, with fans on both sides debating who was the better musher.
I will always remember the year,Susan, after breaking trail thoughout the night with trailmate DeeDee Jonrowe, was met by reporters in the ghosttown of Iditarod. She was angry that the pack of men mushers, Swenson included, had laid back all the way and let the two women break trail. Swenson later grinningly replied, if they were in such a hurry to get to Iditarod that was their problem.
After winnng his 5th Iditarod Swnson proclaimed it would take 6 wins to better him now. A remark clearly aimed at Butcher.
So it went year after year, making some of the most memorable moments of the races storied history.
Susan gave up competitive mushing to dedicate herself to being a mom but she never gave up her love for her dogs and the race.
Alaskan musician Hobo Jim sings a song about Alaska entitled " Where Legends Are Born." Susan will be remembered as one of those legends.

Anchorage Daily News
Hobo Jim
Joe Redington Sr.

August 04, 2006

More Oshkosh.

Unfortuntely we were not the winners of this new Aviat Husky.
The Murphy Moose. A homebuit kit. It looks like a scaled version of
the De Havilland Beaver

L-19 Birddog New Cessna 172..... And its new panel.
182 on amphibs.
Bush Hawk

August 01, 2006

Awestruck in Oshkosh

The crew and I arrived late Friday morning and were greeted at by a pair of A -10 Thunderbolts burning up the sky over Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Living up to its motto as the worlds greatest avaiation celebration we were overwhelmed with the size and scope of all there was to see and do.

We spent the day on the flightline, filled with every type of plane imaginable, while we watched flight demonstrations of aircrafts from homebuilts to the B1 Bomber

The day ended with the daily airshow.

Saturday was a full day of wandering the exibits, the new aircraft of every manufacturer, and admiring the myriad of lovingly restored vintage warbirds. We finished the day with a trip to the EAA museum at Pioneer Field.

What was most impressive, besides how well the show was organized, was the work of the air traffic controllers. From the ground it looked like controlled chaos as the tower managed the hundreds of arrivals and departures at the same time that flight demonstrations and helicopter tours filled the skys.

We are already making plans for next years show and plan to see all that we missed this year.