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16 DAYS 21 HOURS 3 MINUTES… Not that I’m counting.

It’s moving 111,600 mph (very roughly) to catch up to a planet moving 107,000 mph (mean orbital velocity – it changes a lot).  Not sure how fast that planet is moving at the moment, but whatever it is, it’s fast.  Mercury is aptly named.  Earth is plodding along at 67,760 (again, very roughly), we’re positively pokey.

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Twenty tons of mayo on the highway.

Where’s the bacon, lettuce, tomato, and bread trucks when you really need them?

At least it wasn’t thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

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Not optimal.

Don’t mind me folks.  Just not running optimally well the last few days.

Hope to be of more value this week.

I will say this  – went to “Build A Bear” with my kids yesterday…  one of the other fathers turned to me and said “Gee, they sure have some racket going here, don’t they?”

And how, brother… and how.

Haven’t even bothered to look at the Academy Awards.  Stopped caring a long time ago.  Once, I recall people caring.

At some point the actors and actresses that were showing up were a lot like an eight year old that says something clever at a dinner party and gets a roomful of laughs.  Then, devouring the attention, they begin repeating themselves in a doomed attempt to get still more attention using the same lines and behavior, and after a while become really quite odd as their neediness consumes all the good spirits in the room.  And these man-child and women-child stars are left still rather clueless as to the source of any value that their work may have had, but continue on, under the false belief that it was some amazing virtue that is inherent in the makeup of their being.

Yes, there are some actors and actresses that I think are absolutely amazing, but those are one in ten thousand, and the rest ought to know better.

I’ve heard all the ridiculous reasons for the hosts they’ve picked and the material they’ve allowed over the years, and trying to keep it relevant to the younger crowd and fresh is about as lame a reason for putting on a classless show as I can think of.  Where’s the dignity and sense of decorum?   At what point did being devoid of class become synonymous with entertainment?

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I Admit I was Curious…

Update:

MESSENGER status per JHU/APL… as of just a few minute ago.  It’s going to be EPIC.  Huge amount of propellant is going to be expended to get the orbit right (66% – down – down – down – —> 9.5%) .  There’s not a huge amount left over.  Choices range between “Oops, bye bye, where the hell are we going NOW?”, “Where’s the champagne?”, and “Ok we’re there but we aren’t where we want to be because we are where we don’t want to be, exactly, and who’s got my goddamned cigarettes?”.

So far the DSM’s have been beawesome, so I’m pretty confident they’ll do just fine.  These are the guys you should be thinking of when you think “Rockit Scientist”.   There’s not a lot of room for error.

Mission Elapsed Time
August 3, 2004

DAYS: 2397  Hrs: 10  Min: 43  Secs: 11

Mercury Orbit Insertion
March 18, 2011
12:45 a.m. UTC

Days: 20  Hrs:  08  Min: 46  Secs: 15

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I was curious as an adult to see what breast milk tasted like (oooh, taboo topic!) and might have had that opportunity after the kids were born.

To quote Aggie Sith:  “Stop judging me!”

But this is just exceedingly… odd.

A specialist ice cream parlor plans to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat.  – http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110224/od_nm/us_breastmilk_icecream

“Free Range Treat” is where you sample directly from the tap, folks.  Ice cream is just ice cream.  Of course, running around tapping breasts for a sample is kind of frowned on in our society – “women are not like maple trees” they say.

Here’s where I would make some snarky remark about “milk jugs” but Cruel Wife would chastise me for that terminology so I won’t.

So at McGoo’s request, here is a Poll.

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More Libyan unrest could prompt NATO involvement.

I firmly believe that NATO should be looking to itself and insisting that if the world wants a world government they should damn well crank up the UN and do something.  I don’t really want that and I know they don’t have the collective guts to do it.   But I really think NATO should stick within it’s member borders and look at threats that could actually harm them.

Libya doesn’t fall in the same category as Russia.

The first NATO Secretary General, Lord Ismay, famously stated the organization’s goal was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”.

I’ll settle for keeping the French down, watching Russia, and dealing with the internal takeover by those insisting that the West become annexed to Islam/Sharia-based countries.

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If ever I needed an endorsement to help me decide about Obama… this is it.  On Drudge…


GADDAFI: 'OBAMA IS FRIEND'

 

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Is that right, all you Wisconsin Democrats who love rules when you win but when you lose you get pissy and take your ball thwaight home?

Well, you go right ahead and take that ball home but we’re gonna pop it first.

Yes I hate the dart in the foreground. I'll play with it tonight. It was late last night when I did this.

 

Two words come to mind: Finesse and Elegant.

Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to make Democrats hiding out in Illinois come back to Wisconsin to pick up their paychecks.

The Senate Committee on Organization voted on a 3-2 party line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against, to change Senate rules so that senators who miss two consecutive floor days can no longer have their paychecks dropped automatically into their bank accounts. The vote was taken by paper ballot, which allowed Democrats to cast their votes from out-of-state.

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I notice that the UN suddenly ditches as soon as someone figures out the latest instance of corruption.  Remember Oil for Food?

As the body count rises from the brutal repression of revolt in Libya, the United Nations is abruptly cutting some of its intimate ties with members of the ruling family of despot Muammar al-Qaddafi.

In response to a question from Fox News, a spokesman for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the U.N.’s flagship anti-poverty agency, revealed that his organization had just terminated the appointment of Qaddafi’s daughter Aisha as a National UNDP Goodwill Ambassador For Libya, “following the recent events.”

What are you willing to bet that the only poverty that program really addressed was the bottom line in members’ wallets?

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Ok, go have fun with Obama debating Obama.

Saw the reference to it in the Patriot Post.

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Aw geez… those of you in Christchurch have heartfelt sympathies of many many people around the world.

May as many people as possible be saved.

If you haven’t heard, those who are around the world, you can go to youtube and find for yourself many examples of ordinary people doing heroic things to help those in need.

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Benghazi (Libya) doctor asks on the news, speaking of the killings of innocent protestors, why the world is not listening.

It is much like the community that sadly witnesses a woman that time and time again chooses abusive men to live with.   For whatever reason she doesn’t think she can do better or self-deludes herself into thinking that the long string of violent men actually love her and her children.

The people of the community are left witnessing this slow-moving and perpetual train-wreck.  And their hearts do go out to her yet she does nothing to effect a real change.

This is what we’ve seen in the Muslim world, only it’s a mite more serious and honestly, it is worse for the “community”.

Of all the nations in the world the US has been one of the most vilified in middle east and north Africa because of our association with Israel.  Much of the western world (read: Europe) likes to gripe about Americans like a bunch of vicious catty schoolgirls – calling a singled-out girl a slut and disparaging her clothing while secretly wishing they could keep their friends, act like the very slut they are excoriating, and wear her clothes.

But, of all the nations in the world it has been the US that has done the most to help the most people, using Federal dollars and a great deal of charitable giving.  We have spent many many lives trying to help the world fix it’s own problems.

So let’s look at the Muslim world again.  They despise Israel and loathe the US.   The US doesn’t float Israel nor does Israel have huge natural resources, yet for some reason they are far more successful in giving their population a decent life.  The Palestinians have done an awful lot to put themselves in the situation they are in with Israel.  And for some reason, years of griping about Israel’s awful behavior has evolved not one whit while these countries perpetrate horrible atrocities amongst their own.  And in a bizarre twist of wretched humor, a cleric in the US wants to install Sharia law here.  Well why wouldn’t anyone want that here?  It’s been working so very well over there.

The events of Iran years ago led to a religious leadership after the Shah was sent packing.  Egypt could go any which way but no one is willing to bet that it doesn’t land on the side of religious leadership.  Saudi Arabia is well-known for draconian tactics against individuals who do not toe the line.  Bahrain has been peaceful enough but you can see the results of one religious faction ruling over a much larger different faction – when things get tough, firing on unarmed people is an option they’re willing to seize rather quickly.  Iraq quite obviously only worked well when it had a vicious leader in charge.  Afghanistan shows no signs of getting their act together even now.  Libya has been willing to shoot their own citizens when they try to express themselves as well.

The US has witnessed the people of the middle east devour each other for years – killings, tortures, stonings, floggings, honor killings, domestic violence.  And yes, it does bother us.  We can’t help but flinch when we hear of women with acid thrown in their faces, or with their noses cut off, or a woman in an adulterous relationship (or a rape victim) getting 100 lashes.  No, we can’t help but feel for the people in oppressed societies because we just can’t imagine how hard that must be.  And yes it does anger us when some of the worst elements of these societies come to our soil to kill innocent people here.

But we keep witnessing the woman go back and choose another abusive man time and time again.  In some scenarios she’ll start using drugs.  In others he makes them.  In still others, children are abused horribly by both sides.  But the common theme is there, it is a willing choice that is made repeatedly.

Why are we not listening?  Oh, we are listening – we are most certainly listening.   But why act when the woman refuses to see that she’s an integral part of the problem?

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And oddly, there are those in the community that will fight with extreme ferocity to defend that woman’s right to keep right on bringing in men who are a danger to her, her family, and her community… students heckling an Iraq vet?  I don’t deny their right to disagree with him, but mock and disrespect him?  Yes, I have problems with that.

Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.

“Racist!” some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.

Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.

“It doesn’t matter how you feel about the war. It doesn’t matter how you feel about fighting,” said Maschek. “There are bad men out there plotting to kill you.”

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A high school teacher in Little Rock has resigned after school officials learned she pleaded guilty in November to a prostitution charge.

McClellan High School algebra teacher Solona Islam, who had been put on paid administrative leave, told Fox16.com she resigned because she didn’t want to have the school district involved in her personal matters.

To be blunt:  She was spreading her legs for men who paid her money, and she resigned because she didn’t want her school getting involved in her personal matters?

Hey, prostitution is not a personal matter, lady.  Certainly not when you’re doing that job and the job of teaching someone’s kids.

Islam said she was desperate for money and originally thought she was just going to work for a dating service.

Someone that stupid is not someone I would want teaching my kids anyway.  “Thought she was going to work for a dating service”… yeah.   You mean the guy with the funky hat didn’t tip you off?

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But “it’s for the children” and “if we can save just one child it’ll be worth it”.

I’m sorry, but no.  Not all people are worth it.  They just aren’t.  These kids and their families can’t be bothered to get to school yet they can be bothered to have reminder calls that there is school, a GPS tracker, and a 3-times-a-day “coach”?

I’m sorry, not all people are equal and not everyone is worth it.  If you can’t give enough of a rat’s ass to show up for school, you are going to care enough to learn… what?  What are you going to care enough to learn?  You certainly aren’t going to do it osmotically.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/19/california-school-district-uses-gps-students-cutting-class

As part of a volunteer six-week pilot program, the Anaheim Union High School District is outfitting seventh and eighth grade students with more than three unexcused absences this school year with handheld GPS devices, the OC Register reported.

The students then get an automated phone call every school day reminding them to get to school on time and are required to ender a code that tracks their location during their departure for school, arrival at school, lunch period, departure from school and at 8 p.m, the paper reported.

They also get assigned a coach who checks in with them at least three times a day and helps ensure they get to class on time.

In exchange for their participation, students avoid other consequences like continuation school or prosecution, the Register reported.

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