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January 30, 2007

Tobacco-Addiction Center Found

A lot of money went into finding the part of the brain that controls the addictions of human beings. To my understanding, the research invold smokers who later had their brains scanned. Insula seemed to be the common denominator in the addiction after a smoker who had a stroke had his brain scanned. It seemed that after the stroke he no longer had the urge to smoke and this behavior was linked the insula that was damaged during the stroke.

This research has some very interesting follow-up questions. For example, are the insula responsible for the addiction of shoplifting or driving fast? Will it only be a matter of time before we can "cure" people of their sexual deviancy, homosexuality, liberalism or their preference of Coke over Pepsi? I can see this research spiraling out of control and being on the same ticket as stem cell research.

We are getting closer to Gattica everyday.

Arthur Quigle,
Scrap-Yard Worker
"What a great day for humanity. Pretty soon, none of our shitty behavior will be our fault."

Lacey Janson,
"If it's the brain that's responsible and not the nicotine, we all have some major-tobacco-company apologizing to do."

Omar Abbas,
Construction Worker
"Great! So could you hit that part with a board or pipe for me? Because I'm really needing a fix right now."

January 25, 2007

Sometimes all the planning in the world won't help

I needed something to cheer me up after t hat last post and what better way to do that than to see some insurgents meet Allah prematurely. These jackholes are using toy cars in the planning of an ambush of American soldiers. I prefer the execution of the plan, no pun intended.

I only wish that every mission these intellectually obtuse insurgents went on was a suicide mission.

Veteran killed over $5000

It's tax time again and that means headaches, frustration and dead sailors. I wish I could say that this sailor was killed in Iraq, gun in hand, going out in a blaze of glory- but it didn't go down that way for Terron Bush. Terron was shot just after he cashed his tax return. But the story is even more beweildering as police investigate the robbery.

The story is not very well written by and I actually had to write names down to get it straight. The short and skinny is that Terron had the mother of one of the gunmen who robbed him prepare his tax return. The gunman, along with his brother and his cousin, shot Terron and Terron's cousing who was with him. The ting that is most upsetting is that the gunman shot Terron in the gut AS he was handing over his money and then shot him 3 more times. Terron's cousin tried to get away but was shot in the back Jesse James style.

Aside from the ridiculousness of this crime and the cowardice of the teenagers involved is the disheartening fact that Terron was an Iraqi veteran. He served on an aircraft carrier and probably never saw any firefights, but I'm sure his family worried about his safety everyday. It is an insufferable tragedy he had to spend the last few moments of his life in his hometown wondering why his life was only worth $5000. He leaves a fiancee and a 4-month old daughter to fend for themselves now.


January 20, 2007

Hugh Heffner aims high

Airforce Sergent Michelle Manhart, mother of 2 and married, was recently portrayed in Playboy bearing it all- showing once again that Playboy staff can turn anything into an acceptable photographic opportunity given enough make-over resources. Manhart claims, "I didn't do anything wrong, so I didn't think it would be a major issue."

I heard this Playmate wannabe in an interview with that exemplory example of interbreeding, Soladad O'Brien, in which she tried toexcuse her other than honorable military behavior. When gien the reason the Air FOrce has relieved her of her duties while under investigation she said, "I don't -- don't feel that that's the view of the entire Air Force or the entire military in general."

Really? If she was familiar with the other military bimbos who were kicked out of the military for appearing in Playboy she might have thought twice about it. She is definately playing the ignorance of the rules card but her dimwitedness can best be summed up in her closing remarks to CNN:
You know, if they're going to undress me with their eyes, they're going to do it anyways, in my opinion.
And since they are going to be punching the clown to your layout why don't you just go ahead roll thier balls around in your mouth?

A swift boot out of the Air Force is in order as is a follow up interview with Chunky Asses magazine.

January 17, 2007

Burning Crusade makes me burning mad


The long awaited expansion pack to my online role playing game, World Of Warcraft, finally came out yesterday. I installed it and with great anticipation headed out to the zone where I would enter the Dark Portal, transported to place that hasn't been seen in 10,000 years.

There was only one problem, 80 Horde characters camping the portal so no Alliance characters, of which I am, could even get to the portal. In non-geek speak, a bunch of jackasses with nothing better to do hung around a choke point and killed people trying to get to the one area that would take them to the game they just paid $40 for. This is the moral equivalent of 20 people hanging out in front of a movie theatre and pushing the few random people who paid to the movie away from the entrance.

My server is a PvP server, player-vs-player, in which players can freely attack one another from opposing factions- the equivalent of the Orcs unloading of Aragon whenever they saw him. There are PvE, or player vs Entity, servers where players only fight computer generated characters (entities) unless they choose to fight a member of the opposite faction. PvE servers are more affectionately known as Care Bear servers. I only bring this up because there is really nothing Blizzard Entertainment can do when I sent in a complaint other than the stadard, "Figure it out" reply.

I eventually made it to the portal, crossed over and started my new journey in this new expansion pack. I was in the middle of my first quest when the game server crashed, apparently for the umpteenth time that day. I couldn't get that character out of there so I decided to play another character I had that had not passed through the portal into the unstable server. Now that server crashed. Basically, I was Mario, bouncing around in his world grabbing coins but not able to go into any of the secret areas, then, out of the blue, the game goes dark.

Not only did I pay $40 for this expansion pack but I also pay $15 a month to play the regular game. Basically, I was out $40.50 yesterday. So much for The Burning Crusade Beta.

January 11, 2007

Heavenly spectacle

No, I'm not talking about Pamela Anderson but of a spectacle that is really IN the heavens. Most of us can remember Comet Hale-Bop back in 1997. Anyone with a set of binoculars recieved a spectacular view as the comet came as close as 1.31 AU to our planet. An AU (astonomical unit) is equal to 93 million miles, the distance of earth from Sol. There are a few out there who actually saw Halley's Comet in 1996 (I was a Senior in High School) which passed a whopping .60 AU to us. This comet will be visible in 2062- I will be 93 years old; my youngest daughter will be 57. Very rarely do you get to see Halley's comet twice in a lifetime.

For the first time in 30 years the brightest comet is visible in the western sky. Comet McNaught can be see by the naked eye and brillantly with a set of field glasses just above the horizon as the sun sets. Viewers in teh northern hemisphere will have the best view until the comet passes behind the sun then the southern hemisphere will get their chance. FYI, a comet's tail always points towards the sun even when traveling towards the star. Gravity is a bitch.

Here is a great shot of Comet McNaught.

There is a bit of distressing news from the heavens, however. Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.

On 12 Jan 2007 there were 832 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids. But since George Bush had nothing to do with them the MSM did not see a reason to report them- unless one of them had actually hit us. I hear Pelosi is trying to gain support to see if the Bush administration had any information concerning the comet that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Into the lion's den

I have been reading Michael J. Totten's blog for some time now and I am always amazed at his first had accounts in the Middle East. Totten is a journalist who frequently travels through out Lebanon and Israel. In his latest epilogue he travels with another journalist escorted by 2 Lebanese men, who work for the Committee for UNSCR 1559, into Hezbollah territory. The article has pictures of damage from Israel's attack in July 2006, billboards in Christian and Hezbollah populated territories, and intriguing dialogue.

It is one of many articles Totten will write and I encourage you to read them all to gain insight into the local attitudes and perceptions that are hardly convered my the MSM.

So, this is our victory...

January 9, 2007

Poop, or get off the pooper

Ed Koch wrote a great piece that bears some mention on my blog. As this Iraq war drags on, and with 11 already dead this year, the surge of troops in Iraq (an extra 20,000) is a hot issue in Congress. I still stand by my post made earlier and we should give the Iraqi people no more than 6 months to figure out what they want to do. Koch takes the same approach sans troop surge. Here are some highlights.

I have supported the war in Iraq and believe that based on the information available to the president in 2003, he was right at the time of the invasion. However, now that we know the CIA information concerning WMD was totally wrong, it is folly to continue remaining in Iraq to prop up a government not supported by major sectors of the country now involved in a civil war of immense proportions, and unwilling to date to do what the U.S. government has heretofore demanded to bring equity and peace to Iraq.

The cruelty of the Iraqi military forces under Saddam Hussein before the U.S. invaded has not dissipated. It is evident every day in the execution-style killings taking place in Baghdad where Sunni and Shia neighborhood militias confront one another as they do throughout the nation. It is the height of folly to believe that we are obliged to prevent or settle the ongoing civil war or that we in fact could under any circumstances bring it to an end.

If they [Iraq] won't or can't do it now, they never will be capable of saving their country, and we can't save it.

January 8, 2007

Sometimes Darwin wins

What happens in suberbia when kids get bored? Watch this video with the sound turned up so you can hear what it sounds like when meat hits concrete.

Mankind's only hope is for these idiots to kill themselves before they kill someone else.

January 7, 2007

The last year on my computer

I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat
poop in the glue on envelopes because I now use a wet towel
with every envelope that needs sealing.

Also, now I scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason. I
no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny
Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive
the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for
participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking
out for me, and St. Theresa's novena has granted my every wish.

I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible
mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a
water buffalo on a hot day.

I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an email
to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

I no longer drink Coca Cola because I've learned that it can remove
toilet stains.

I no longer buy gasoline without taking a man along to watch the car so
a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these
products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans.

I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer. I
now know that I can't boil a cup water in the microwave anymore because
it will blow up in my face...disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be
pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a
perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually
Al Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our
American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a
number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda,
Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer have any sneakers -- but that will change once I receive my
free replacement pair from Nike.

I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have
their recipe.

Thanks to my many internet friends, I can't use anyone's toilet but
mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to
cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

And thanks to the great advice, I will never pick up $5.00 I dropped in
the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester
waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

If you don't send this post to at least 144,000 people in the next 70
minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM
this afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back,
causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it
actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's
ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician...

January 5, 2007

A brief history

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Flip that plan

With so many changes going on this morning it is almost mind numbing to think about, especially when you consider the implications of the change. Bush is bringing in his 2nd (3rd?) string to try and get something going in Iraq and it remionds me of that cup stacking trick only not as fast.

John Negroponte has been nominated as Rice's deputy and Vice Admiral Mike McConnell is slotted to take his Negroponte's place. Pearl Harbor is getting props in this shuffling also:
Mr Bush is expected to nominate Admiral William Fallon, the commander of US forces in the Pacific, to replace General John Abizaid, the head of US Central Command, who has overall authority over the American missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lieutenant General David Petraeus, who has been training the Iraqi army, is rumoured to take over from General George Casey, currently in charge of US forces there.

Big whoop.

I hope that this is the Bush Administration's last charge on the fight in Iraq. It is obvious that things aren't improving on a scale that allows Iraq to be run internally by its own citizens- partly to blame are the Iraqi citizens themselves. I understand they want us there to protect them, they tolerate our presence, they want us out of their country so that it looks like they are an independent state. I get it, the people over there get it. So freaking take charge and make it happen, Iraq.

The plan is to send in an additional ~30k troops to try and oust the insurgency one last time. This means more American's will die, more of my wife's online friends will lose their husbands to another deployment to the desert, and more money will be dumped into Iraq stabilization. It is the ultimate check mate. In my opinion, I just don't think that deploying more troops to that theatre is going to do any good. I do, however, think that we should give it one last try. I also think it should be a relatively short evaluation process, perhaps 6 or 8 months, to determine if the new leadership and execution of the new plan is working. If it isn't working then we need to throw in the towel, give the Iraqi people what's behind door number 2 and wish them well.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Never before in human history does this addage have more applicability than it does with the Iraqi people. We got Saddam Hussein out of power for you and for the good of the world. He was strung up by his neck and hanged until dead and I couldn't be happier about it. We had every right to go in there, despite what the antiwar folks say. He broke many, many UN resolutions and that gave us just cause to boot his ass out.

One issue that will always scar the good that we did in Iraq is the WMD debate. We know Saddam had them at one point for two reasons: 1) Bush has the receipt 2) Saddam gassed 5k Kurds in Northern Iraq. Of course the rest of the story is much more interesting. The United States gave Saddam the weapons to use against Iranian sympathizers, who happened to be Kurds living in Northern Iraq. Yes, he used WMD's against his own people, however, we turned a blind eye because they were aligned with Iran. Our hatered of Iran clouded our sensibilities and pushed us to put in an unstable, evil man. Once we realized how unstable this asshole was it was too late.

Anyway, getting back on point, there are probably only a few people who know the truth about the WMD's and where they are right now. I think the WMD's, along with Bin Laden, are in Iran. There have been some positive things about this war on terror in that Al Qaeda is just a shell of its former self. Plots have been foiled all over the world and I'm sure Bin Laden is wringing his hands wondering when he will be joining Saddam in Hell. It's just a matter of time, BL, and you will get yours.

With a new year comes resolutions and both the GOP and Dems have made big ones. But I would imagine other people, like terrorists, illegal aliens, child molesters, and crack dealers have made their resolutions also and it is going to take some solidarity with our politicians to combat a great many issues that followed us into this new year.