Archive for February 9th, 2009

The Fear of Hope and Change

Update:  If only Bush had this years ago.  I think he would have been able to synergistically leverage the infrastructure’s paradigm and succeed where so many (other) evil ones have failed.

Evil Plan Generator.

He just wasn’t wired for successful follow-through with his evil-ness.

Mine read like this:

Congratulations on being the creator of a new Evil Plan ™!

Your objective is simple: World Domination.
Your motive is a little bit more complex: To show them all

Stage One

To begin your plan, you must first incinerate a town mascot. This will cause the world to wipe the sleep from their eyes, stunned by your arrival. Who is this evil genius? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good in classic black?

Stage Two

Next, you must desecrate the eiffel tower. This will all be done from a abandoned church, a mysterious place of unrivaled dark glory. Upon seeing this, the world will die in a way you just don’t want to think about, as countless hordes of evil clowns hasten to do your every bidding.

Stage Three

Finally, you must demonstrate your needlessly big weather machine, bringing about pain, suffering, the usual. Your name shall become synonymous with dear god no and no man will ever again dare call you names. Everyone will bow before your cunning intelligence, and the world will have no choice but to erect a gigantic statue of you.


Yes, let’s do choose hope over fear.

While President Bush was accused shortly after taking office in 2001 of “talking down the economy” – and for saying the economy was “slowing down” – Mr. Obama is using ever-heightening hyperbole to hammer home his message. But the strategy brings great risk for the “Yes, We Can” man, who just three weeks ago told America in his inaugural address that despite “a sapping of confidence across our land,” his election meant Americans had “chosen hope over fear.”

Source:  Times Online

One person’s hope is another person’s fear, and this is especially true from the standpoint of the conservatives out there.

“The danger for him is using the Jimmy Carter malaise rhetoric, particularly for Mr. Obama, who was elected because people thought he was the solution. There’s only so much negativity they will tolerate from him before they will feel betrayed,” Mr. Luntz said.

Ah, the media and their double-standard.  Let’s hope they start bashing on a more equal-opportunity footing.

Every president must walk a rhetorical tightrope when talking about the economy, a lesson Mr. Bush learned quickly, being bashed just after taking office for delivering somber news. The United States was just entering a mild recession – it had been in one, it turns out, for about nine months – and the new president said so.

Liberals went berserk.

“Every time we turn around, this guy is bad-mouthing the economy. Is that lifting our spirit or dumping on it in order to sell his tax cut?” liberal comentator Bill Press said on CNN. Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, in an article headlined “Thanks Ever So Much, President Poor-Mouth,” said, “Even if Bush turns out to be right in his predictions of gloom, that doesn’t mean he was right to make them.”


Yes, we need to punish him so that means we need to get to the truth.


At what point exactly did Congress grant itself the powers to enforce the law and judiciate  (preside over) the law as well as just craft it?  Honest question.


One of the stupider things I’ve heard of in a long time.  A jet pack powered by a big hose connected to a boat on the water.  Woo-hoo.


Messenger news:

MESSENGER reaches its orbital perihelion today and passes within 0.31 astronomical units (AU) of the Sun (one AU is nearly 150 million kilometers or 93 million miles). The mission’s imaging team is taking advantage of the probe’s proximity to the fiery sphere to continue their search for vulcanoids – small, rocky asteroids that have been postulated to circle the Sun in stable orbits inside the orbit of Mercury.

Messenger goes to a hot place… Mercury has about ten times the amount of solar radiation incident upon it as we do here at Earth.  It gets hot.  It’s nothing short of amazing to try to make an spacecraft that can survive a year in orbit around Mercury.  Our instrument design constraints were well within Earth norms, which speaks highly of the thermal shield and the ability to radiate heat away from the sunside.

MESSENGER Thermal Engineer Maintains Cool in Extreme Environs

The Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft will be assaulted by temperatures as high as 700°F as it orbits the planet closest to the Sun, and the only thing that will stand between its room-temperature science instruments and the blistering heat is a handmade ceramic-cloth quilt just one-quarter of an inch thick. Carl Jack Ercol, the man largely responsible for making sure that MESSENGER will be able to stand up to such harsh heat once imagined he’d make his living in a darker, much cooler environment: the coal mining industry. Read more about Ercol at http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/who_we_are/member_focus.html.

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