Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dinner in the Subway.

This is I think, the Moscow Subway...which is a good thing. I suspect trying this in New York at rush hour would get you stabbed.

Lego Celebs.

Very Cool.

Corpse Found Sitting in Front of Television for 42 Years.

Detectives in Croatia have a little explaining to do. A woman by the name Hedviga Golik was reported as missing way back in 1966 when neighbors lost all sign of her.

Apparently, no one thought to look in her apartment until yesterday. In order to establish who owned the long dormant apartment, cops finally entered and discovered the missing woman sitting in a chair in front of a black & white television. She had been sitting there for 42 years!

A police spokesman said: "So far, we have no idea how it is possible that someone officially reported missing so long ago was not found before in the same apartment she used to live in.
"When officers went there, they said it was like stepping into a place frozen in time.

"The cup she had been drinking tea from was still on a table next to the chair she had been sitting in and the house was full of things no one had seen for decades. Nothing had been disturbed for decades, even though there were more than a few cobwebs in there."

No word yet on whether she was disappointed with the American Idol results.

World's Largest Tidal Turbine.

It's a pretty cool idea to harness tides and use them as a power source. Probably going to be a little hard on the fish though.

The Truth About High Gas Prices.

Why is gasoline so damn expensive? The mainstream media has rounded up the usual suspects. They demonize oil companies (for excessive profits), lambaste environmentalists (for blocking domestic drilling and refining), and sock it to speculators (for fear mongering over supply). Simply put, the current crisis is a speculative bubble whose impact to American consumers is exacerbated by domestic economic conditions. I fully expect crude oil will trade below $80 a barrel in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, let’s tackle this one myth at a time.

I Was Afraid This Might Happen.

The Onion Reports:

Obama, Clinton, McCain Join Forces To Form Nightmare Ticket

WASHINGTON—Presidential hopefuls John McCain (R-AZ), Barack Obama (D-IL), and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) announced Monday their plans to form what many Beltway observers have already dubbed the "2008 Nightmare Ticket," a calculated move that political analysts say offers voters the worst of both worlds.

After nearly a year of verbal attacks and negative campaign ads, the nominees announced that, for the good of the country, they were willing to push their differences to the forefront and grant the American people the ticket they've been dreading all along.

"No other ticket is capable of rallying this nation around a clearer, more unified message of chaos and hopelessness," the candidates said in unison from three separate podiums, each adorned with its own American flag arrangement and personal message. "Together, we will lead this nation into the future—a future where absolute deadlock over even the most minute decisions and total inefficiency on matters of the war, the economy, and the environment will launch a bold new age of confusion and social decay. For America, the only choice is [indecipherable]!"
The candidates said they had not yet decided who would fill the offices of president, vice president, and a new post the nominees are calling "the middle president." They did, however, confirm that each would choose his or her own full cabinet, would be able to veto any bills the others sign into law, and would reserve the right to cast the tie-breaking, tie-making, and tie-rebreaking votes in the Senate.

Glass Houses.

An email compares the environmental footprint of the homes of Al Gore and George Bush with W's home coming off as the "green" one. But is it true? Snopes has the score.

As Glen Reynolds likes to say about global warming: I'll believe it's a crisis when the people who say it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis.

What Went Wrong?

The exclusive story of Hillary's fall, as told by the high-level advisors, staffers, fundraisers, and on-the-ground organizers who lived it.

Common Sense.

When advanced economies admit ever larger numbers of unskilled workers (plus a chain of relatives through "family reunification"), they are importing poverty. The President says this is to do "the jobs Americans won't do". For the sake of argument, take him at his word. So why won't Americans do them? Because they're a great way to ensure you live in poverty. So we import foreigners to be our poor people. Can we import just the right number to ensure that poverty doesn't "grow"? Unlikely.

There are arguments to be made both for and against immigration, but you can't be in favor of mass unskilled immigration and then pledge to fight the "war on poverty". It's like spooning out a bathtub with a thimble while leaving the faucets running.

For Greg Dorner.

Robin's Army of Darkness Archive.

Can low European birth rates can be tied to their living arrangements?

Tom Maguire wonders if suburban sprawl is the only thing propping up America's birthrate.

MythBusters Hack Go-Kart in Extreme Electric vs. Gas Test.

Adam and Jamie tear apart a perfectly good gasoline-powered go-kart and transform it into a tire-smoking machine that's fast—and clean.

This Should Frustrate the Pinko, Leftard, America-Hating, Defeatists...

...we are winning in Iraq! My Muslim co-worker who hates Republicans and George Bush goes on and on about how we need to cut and run from Iraq. He states that it is impossible to win. I say, he hopes it is impossible for us to win. I asked him why do Muslims who are far more conservative and traditionalists side with the Liberals. After all, Muslims are anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, even farther to the right than American conservatives on Gay issues. For example, we don't call for their death. They are in the dark ages on women's rights, etc. He claimed it was fiscal issues. LOL

My theory is that Islamists are very bright indeed. They understand that the Liberal Left of the West is our Achilles heal and is what will weaken us. They can smell the blood as we are destroying ourselves from within making the conditions ripe for their agenda of a global caliphate.

Here is the good news of our impending victory in Iraq-

Even Polygamists Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty.

I've avoided commenting too much on this case. I honestly don't know too much about the legal issues involved and what I do know tends to put me in the awkward position of siding of siding with the polygamists. We have what appears to be an overzealous state once again smashing in the door and carting off people whose values don't match very well with mainstream American society. See Ruby Ridge and Waco for bloodier examples of this. As Glen Reynolds says, "On the upside, at least they didn't burn everyone to death, like Janet Reno".

That's not to say there weren't real crimes being committed at the Yearning For Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas. There may well have been. I have no idea, and neither do you. What we do have is the argument from the state which seems to have more holes than Swiss cheese.

I find polygamy abhorrent and this particular sect to be more than a little creepy. Nevertheless anyone who cares about civil liberties should find the actions of the government in this case profoundly disturbing.