Posts Tagged ‘leaks’

Rightfully so…

Who can blame Bush?  I’d be pissed too.  Either Obama can’t hold his tongue or he needs to clean house of those who can’t take the job seriously.

Crap, normal people with Secret clearance are usually held to account, these folks ought to be as well.

From Drudge:

Tue Nov 11 2008 09:28:10 ET

Just hours after President Bush and President-elect Obama met in the Oval Office of the White House, details of their confidential conversation began leaking out to the press, igniting anger from the president, sources claim.

"Senator Obama would be wise to keep close counsel," a top Bush source warned.

"BUSH AND OBAMA AT ODDS OVER AID FOR AUTO INDUSTRY," splashed the NEW YORK TIMES in an exclusive Monday evening, quoting "people familiar with the discussion."

The two met at the White House in private, without staff.

"Bush indicated at the meeting that he might support some aid and a broader economic stimulus package if Obama and congressional Democrats dropped their opposition to a free-trade agreement with Colombia," claimed the TIMES.


The ASSOCIATED PRESS quickly followed with details of the conversation, citing "aides who described the discussion on grounds of anonymity, citing the private nature of the meeting."

Bush advisers view the leaks as an effort to undermine the president's remaining days in office.

"Senator Obama may not be familiar with a long-standing tradition of presidents holding their private conversations, private," a senior adviser explained to the DRUDGE REPORT.



And, who can blame this girl?  Good for you for sticking up for yourself.  More courage than a lot of us have – plus she hasn’t gotten a fair shake and is probably tired, too.  Poor kid.  I can’t see the grand design here.

And the damn nanny-state has to jump in where it’s pretty obviously not a case of “this is an easy way to ditch the kid”.  I don’t understand why authorities all the way around are incapable of using common sense.  To force that girl to do anything is cruel, even forcing her to “live”.

Girl, 13, Rejects Life-Saving Heart Transplant, Goes Home to Die

Tuesday , November 11, 2008

A 13-year-old girl is home with her family after convincing British authorities to allow her the right to refuse a heart transplant.

Hannah Jones tells the Daily Mirror she’s had enough of hospitals — where she spent much of the last eight years — and just wants to spend time with her parents, brother and sisters.

The newspaper is reporting in Tuesday’s editions that Hannah was about to be removed from her parents’ care by local authorities, who were insisting she agree to a heart transplant.

But the paper is quoting Hannah’s father as saying that his daughter convinced the authorities the operation wasn’t in her best interest.

Hannah was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4. It was later discovered she has cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart.

According to the Times of London, doctors have warned Hannah that a heart transplant is risky and that, even if it succeeded, the drugs used to prevent her body rejecting the new heart could prompt a recurrence of the leukemia.

Hannah’s mother Kirsty, an intensive care nurse, and her father Andrew, an auditor, say they respect their daughter’s wishes and are angry that the hospital brought the action.

(source:  http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,449912,00.html)


Mike Baker on the Democratic wins – Presidential and Congressional.   Titled:

Click Your Heels Three Times Fast and Say Hope and Change


More Democrats eat their own…

Ouroboros, redefined…


At least they’re keeping their sense of humor.  Norovirus at Grand Rapids’ Hope College.

Also nice that the article’s author caught it… the humor, that is.

The Facebook page offers T-shirts for sale that say “Norovirus ’08” on the front and “Victim — The college is not being quarantined … students are encouraged to remain calm” on the back.

And one commenter, jvh679 on the webnews page said:

I heard yesterday that this was Bush’s fault. Just thought I’d save someone the trouble.

Response by LordRamoth:

yeah, i heard that McCain planted the virus provided by Bush…

Then, by  Griff10:

At least Bush found his weapons of Mass destruction!

Don’t know how/why of it, but damn is it weird. Sorry, but it is.  The offspring of an unholy union of man/giraffe – every bit as terrifying as mixing an elephant with a pig.  Although… I was under the impression that it was only the women that did this stuff.neckked

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Addition to this post, not related: I promised months ago to post pictures of a hand plane (woodworking) that I refurbished.  It was rusted so bad that my estimate, based on a previous plane, was about 15 hours to get it cleaned up nicely.

Then I discovered… molasses.  Yes.  Molasses.  10:1 Water to molasses ratio.  Put the part in the tub of molasses, come back in a week to ten days and pull your part out.   I have heard 15 or 20:1, but molasses is cheap (Grandma’s Molasses was the etchant of choice here).

Cruel Wife, who is a metallurgical engineer says that the grain exposure in the steel is about what it would take for hydrochloric acid for 15 minutes.  Try it.  It will remove the rust from your rusty tools.  I have heard of car body parts being done this way.  And it is eco-friendly (no phosphoric acid to dilute).

Notice the grain in the steel.

Nope, no rust here.


Ok, so I wake up, scratch, yawn.   Wake up again, scratch.  Wake up again, open eyes, scratch, yawn, stretch, and leap out of bed all bright eyed and bushy-tailed.

Perhaps in another universe.

I drag my butt out of bed, stagger to the shower and for the millionth time wish my house was not so imbued with character (read:  a heap).  The pressure was low and I just gritted my teeth.  Could be worse.

Hop out of shower, suck in gut while passing the mirror, let gut out explosively going around corner, get dressed, and look around for my tools. Hammer is where the hammer always is, in the closet under the recyclables, the kid’s castoff toys, and the disposable scrubbing sponges.  Chop saw, in garage behind bandsaw.  Wedges… no wedges.  What does a guy have to do to get a doorframe built around here?  Kids underfoot, one of whom is competing for attention from my consciousness with a mixture of cuteness and Gilbert-Godrey-style annoying chatter.

Cruel Wife comes in with a serious look – “You need to come with me, NOW.”

Oh no.  Somebody has died.  Somebody cut off a body part.  Someone dug up the cat.  Somebody spontaneously changed genders.   Something BAD has to have happened.  Perhaps the worst has happened… the TV died?  Heavens, NO!

I’m led downstairs next to the furnace (fully expecting to see a lake of blood or animal body parts – damn you, Stephen King and HP Lovecraft!) where I am rewarded with the sight of water literally running down the wall, over the pipes, and running along the pipes to all corners of the basement, dripping on everything in sight.  It is worse than King or Lovecraft.  My soul drains slowly out of my body along with the blood in my head and tendrils of the dark space between realities creeps up my spine – my vision goes black and then red as a malignant consciousness displaces my own – we have plumbing issues.

I am an aerospace/research-type engineer.  I am not a plumber.  My dad was an electrician but that doesn’t help because I can’t even see electrons and therefore don’t believe in them.  They wouldn’t even help with leaking pipes, anyway.  Damn worthless electrons.  If I believed in them, that is.

Did I mention I’m not a plumber?  Well, the guy who IS a plumber says it’s going to be 1.5x normal pay to have him come out today.  But by shutting off our water it can wait until tomorrow at 9am and the cost will only be $27,000 for the repair instead of 1.5x that.  So we have no water other than containers filled by our surrogate grandparents (for our children).  What wonderful neighbors!  I wonder if they’ll still be so nice when they realize that we’re selling my son so we can afford the plumbing bill?

Now, I am researching PEX tubing and wondering if anyone has used it.  Compression fittings?  I can do compression fittings in my sleep.  The idea of doing the whole house in flexible tubing sounds really really attractive.  I do compression fittings for lasers and instruments that need heat removed all the time (peltier-cooled cameras, detectors, etc.)  They’re a snap.

And, as far as I know, PEX is:  cheaper, easier to install, less likely to freeze and crack, manifold runs to different places in the house, and won’t get pinhole leaks (ding ding ding ding!). I’ll let you all know what the plumber says tomorrow.  Beyond “well, this repair could get costly,” that is.

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