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With all the bad news, and news given to people who have done nothing more than be pathetic examples of humanity, it’s about time to show that there are inspirational people and things out there.

update:

1)  added some negative crap that couldn’t be ignored (bottom)

2)  plugged in some Obama-toons that were sent to me (below that)

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THIS is the definition of a hero, and many thanks to MailOnSunday.UK for reporting on this.  Go there and find the rest of the article.

Think about it:

A man who creeps into enemy territory, and for FOUR DAYS avoids mortar fire to do hand-drawn sketches of enemy fortifications, troops, and camp layouts – he is a hero.

Astonishingly, Private Smith’s courageous role with the 7th London Battalion has remained a secret to all but his closest family for almost 90 years. He was never decorated and died in 1974 aged 83.

Man are we soft.  He had to be scared.  He had to be in fear of getting caught all the time.  He did it time and time again.

A Tree He Drew - That Was Pivotal

The article goes on:

The Pictures and Diary of a Wartime Artist was compiled by the soldier’s great-nephew Dave Mason. It includes sketches, observation notes and extracts from Private Smith’s wartime diary.

Mr Mason, 62, of Woodford Green, Essex, said yesterday: ‘I was amazed when I read the diary to find out how much he had been involved in the Great War.

‘He talks of his friends and how most of them were killed, of the narrow escapes he had, but at the same time he is very conservative about the German soldiers he killed.

‘Len, like most of his generation, was a humble man who did not boast or revel in what he had been through during the war. He always said, ‘I would rather have a WC than a VC’.’

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Perseverence and hard work pay off, as the SpaceX team has shown.  Proving that space is not necessarily blocked to commercial ventures tethered to NASA.  Below is the release put out by the head at SpaceX, ELON MUSK (CEO AND CTO):

A week spent reviewing data has confirmed that the flight went really well, including the coast and restart. The mood here at SpaceX is just ecstatic! This is the culmination of six years of hard work by a very talented team. It is also a great relief for me, who led the overall design of the rocket (not a role I expected to have when starting the company). I felt a little sheepish receiving the AIAA award for the most outstanding contribution to the field of space transportation two weeks before this flight.

Orbit was achieved with the first burn terminating at 330.5 km altitude and 8.99 degree inclination. The goal for initial insertion was a 330 km altitude and a 9.0 degree inclination, so this was right on target! Accuracy far exceeded our expectations, particularly given that this was the first time Falcon 1 reached orbit.

The primary purpose of the second burn was to test the restart capability and then burn as long as possible. The upper stage coasted for 43.5 minutes and then burned for 6.8 seconds, which is 4 seconds longer than needed to circularize. Most of the burn was actually done sideways to avoid creating a highly elliptical orbit, hence a change in inclination to 9.3 degrees. The final orbit, confirmed by US Space Command, was 621 km by 643 km.

Liftoff of Falcon 1, Flight 4 from the Kwajalein Atoll on September 28, 2008 (UTC).

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Elsewhere, on a project more personal to me… MESSENGER passed Mercury on it’s second flyby, and returned this as one of the first images for this stage.  Click the images for the BIG BIG BIG versions. Captions and information comes directly from Johns Hopkins Laboratory APL news updates.

Picture taken by the Wide Angle Camera (WAC), part of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) instrument, about 90 minutes after MESSENGER's closest approach to Mercury, when the spacecraft was at a distance of about 27,000 kilometers (about 17,000 miles).

This WAC image is one of 11 viewed through different narrow-band color filters, the set of which will enable detailed color studies of this newly imaged area. In addition, the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) acquired a high-resolution mosaic of most of this thin crescent view of Mercury at a resolution better than 0.5 kilometers/pixel (0.3 miles/pixel) that will enable the MESSENGER team to explore this newly imaged region of Mercury’s surface in more detail. Images acquired during the flyby are currently still being transmitted to Earth, and the MESSENGER team is busy examining each of the 1223 as it arrives

This WAC image is one of 11 viewed through different narrow-band color filters, the set of which will enable detailed color studies of this newly imaged area. In addition, the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) acquired a high-resolution mosaic of most of this thin crescent view of Mercury at a resolution better than 0.5 kilometers/pixel (0.3 miles/pixel) that will enable the MESSENGER team to explore this newly imaged region of Mercury’s surface in more detail. Images acquired during the flyby are currently still being transmitted to Earth, and the MESSENGER team is busy examining each of the 1223 as it arrives

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I have to post this… I have to.  As an example of the worst examples of human beings.

After AIG was bailed out, they sent the executives to a resort because, the poor dears, they were stressed out and uncomfortable.

Goddamnit, isn’t anybody going to pounce on these jackasses and kick the living shit out of them? (click it for larger version)  We’re talking about nearly half a million dollars for these shits.


Smoking Gun’s full report on it.

Poor dears… instead of using this for their bathroom breaks:

They’ll have to use this instead:

If the worst should happen they’ll resort to tens or (gasp) even fives.  Bastards.

Note:  I have no idea who to attribute those pics to – they were on a BB and unattributed – if you own ’em, claim ’em, please.

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O’Bama razzing – careful lest we break his paper-thin skin.

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You could be spam-bombed like myself today.  In the 30’s and counting in the last 20 minutes.  Bills, undeliverables, and viruses – oh my!  You’d think that maybe perhaps they’d think “Hey, if we send him a clogged colon’s worth of badly speled and grammar horible emales… maybe he might get suspicious”… but no, they just keep a-sending them out there, presumably because my IQ drops over the course of the day and I’ll slip up and open one or answer one.

Note:  “clogged colon”… see McGoo, everything does ultimately reduce to the ol’ poop chute in the final analysis.  Your axiom is correct.

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You could be in a bad spot that coulda been worse, like on a sudden-drop plane. Qantas Passengers Suffer Broken Bones During In-Flight Altitude Drop, Emergency Landing.

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Or, you could just be grateful for the escapism represented by a game you pre-ordered (like myself)… Far Cry 2 for example.

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You could be related to an asshole like this guy, who saw bad finances to be the perfect reason for killing himself and his entire family.

Oh yeah, that’s honorable, you creep.

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You could be one of us non-baby-boomer taxpayers who not only have our own portfolio hit, but will soon have to foot the bill for so many others at retirement age.  Down $2 Trillion dollars.  Nice.

More than half the people surveyed in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll said they worry that they will have to work longer because the value of their retirement savings has declined.

Well, the way I see it, my retirement plan at this rate will be… death.  I will get to retire when I’m dead, to pay everyone else off for their damned sob stories on top of my own.  Such is the price of life in a quasi-socialist state that can’t even do that correctly.

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You could read this and have an aneurysm.

Lehman’s Fuld: Where was our bailout?

I want to chew nails when I read some pinhead like this whine about not getting a bailout.  How about the thousands and thousands of small businesses that have and will fail because they can’t get a line of credit to do daily business?

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But there is JUSTICE in the world.  Not complete justice, but when the Ex-CEO of Lehman Brothers is attacked and knocked out cold on a gym treadmill, you have to smile.

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Or you could read this…

I’m not even going to comment on this other than to say “Tell me what YOU don’t like about anything in this article.”

Pressured to Take More Risk, Fannie Reached Tipping Point

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You could be frightened.  Damn, if this is “lifelike”… I don’t want to see the failed attempts.  With all due respect to families of deceased everywhere, I think they could take some lessons from morticians, who by and large do a damn good job.

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Did you know that race is a factor in this election?  Emphasis mine…

Marian Wright Edelman, President and founder, Children’s Defense Fund:

In a high-stakes election like this I think we’re going to see many intense discussions among the campaigns about a number of issues. The fact that Barack Obama is now the Democratic party nominee for President of the U.S. demonstrates how far our country has come in terms of race. But, despite great progress over the past forty years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, peril still remains to snuff out the hopes and dreams and lives of millions of children

Got that?  If he wins, it’s progress, if he loses it’s snuffing hopes and dreams and lives of millions of children.  So **** yeah, race is a factor.  Cripes.

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You could be self-righteous (righteously so) and wonder why these questions aren’t asked of reporters.

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