Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Sad Sacks

Merrily called this a ''Sack Race," but upon further examination I note that the third sack from the left appears to be John Kerry, so I changed the name.


Michael Copps
If I asked my fifth graders to list government (any government) actions that would, by everything holy, demand armed resistence, students would be marked down a grade for failing to mention this possibility.

... a proposal made last week by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps ..  suggested that broadcasters be subject to a new "public values test" every four years. ... Copps had suggested that the test would make a broadcaster's license renewal contingent upon proof that they meet a prospective set of federal criteria. [...]


As for Mr. Copps ...

Education as an elective

American students still
relatively stupid uneducated

After a decade of intensive efforts to improve its schools, the United States posted these results in a new global survey of 15-year-old student achievement: average in reading, average in science and slightly below average in math.
As sarcastic as I can be

Unless the parents are fully committed to seeing that their kids are educated, a $million spent per student won't make a difference.  Do you think Orientals are born smarter? JFC, smell the farging sake!!

ASIDE  - from Tim W.
A Marine was retired from the Corps due to wounds he received in battle.  He found work as a high school history teacher.  On his first day- still in a  full chest cast covered by his shirt- he found he had the toughest group of  teenagers in the school as his pupils.  He walked into the classroom and  opened the window.  The resulting breeze began to flap his tie around a bit, so he grabbed a staple gun and nailed it to his chest.

He didn't have a bit of trouble the entire school year.

Bother you? Not me.

... and where's my vibrator?

I like my caption better


Extrapolate This
Flying a R/C plane in New York, over the Brooklyn and Verazano
Bridge, around Downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty

How long before congress decides to ban the sale of RC model anything?


One of the Obama kids will pop up
with one in about 20 years.

This is one brilliant guy

bril·liant  (brlynt)
1. My thoughts validated by someone else

President Obama’s effort to replicate President Bill Clinton’s presidency-saving first-term triangulation has begun, now that he has agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for all brackets ... [Triangulation tougher for Obama ...]

Space Games?

Thinking out loud here boss

X-37B automated spaceship returns to Earth after 8 month first flight
Since this is a test run of the shuttle, it is not really known exactly what it is supposed to do. According to my Source, some have feared that the X-37B could be used for the “weaponisation of space”, but that doesn’t seem to be on the agenda.

Three Russian Satellites Crash Into Pacific Ocean
A recent mission to send three satellites into space as part of Russia's Glonass project, a navigation network that is supposed to rival GPS, failed after a programming error reportedly caused the booster rocket carrying the satellites to go off course.

Long March 3B rocket crashes
Xichang Space Launch Complex
August 19, 1997
 Loral engineers hurry to retrieve nose cone carrying US encryption codes, find it missing.

TraitorsShortly later  ...

  • US rocket carrying satellite crashes
  • Another US rocket carrying satellite crashes
  • US Satellite missing from the heavens

Okay, I recreated those headlines from memory, but they are essentially correct. FWIW

Fred Upton, a Dim Bulb

Fred Upton, worse than just a dim bulb
Feeling heat, lawmaker sees light on incandescents

Fred Upton - a dim bulb
Still, [CFLs] were slow to catch on, prompting industry, environmentalists and lawmakers to team up and give consumers a push. Mr. Upton joined Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat, to co-sponsor legislation to phase out incandescent bulbs beginning in 2012. Upton flips a switch on CFL bulbs
I've often thought that a book which identified and profiled the legislator who "flipped the switch" on, say the top 100  worst pieces of legislation during the twentieth century,  would be a best seller. Like who introduced the Social Security act?  Who was the bonehead who suggested that DDT should be banned?  Whose  brilliant idea was it to criminalize our flush toilets?  What idiot sponsored the bill that outlawed the incandescent light bulb?  What nitwit ...  wait! That last was Rep, Fred Upton (R MI).  YOU BASTID!

I propose that Mr. Upton is a good Tea Party target in 2012.  Not because he fails some ideological purity test of my concoction; because he's clearly an unprincipled opportunist (can you say Charlie Crist?). 
Three years after he led the charge to require consumers to ditch their comfortable old incandescent lights in favor of those twisty CFL bulbs, Rep. Fred Upton now wants to be the man to help undo that law as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

That about-face is not unique among lawmakers looking to atone for stances they've taken over the past decade as they seek to gain top posts in a decidedly more conservative Republican Congress, but his reversal underscores how intent the GOP is on proving it has broken with past practices.
As bad as they are, the Pelosis, Waxmans, and Boxers are principled when it come to politics.  Those principles happen to be the same held by Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, but they are unwavering and unapologetic about that.  Weasels like Fred Upton make me sick.