March 31, 2007

A Bridge to Reality for Rosie

Have you seen the clip of Rossie O'Donnell spouting off her 9/11 Truther tinfoil hat nonsense on The View? You really should watch it. It's kind of amusing to witness a mouthpiece of the far left melt down and make a complete ass of themselves.

Charles Johnson provides a pointer to a Popular Mechanics smack-down of the once mildly funny now overwhelmingly pathetic O'Donnell. If you can't bear to watch it here's part of what she had to say:

“I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics that World Trade Center tower 7—building 7, which collapsed in on itself—it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center 7. World Trade
1 and 2 got hit by planes—7, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.”
Popular Mechanics responded:
The North and South Towers of the World Trade Center weren’t knocked down by planes—they both stood for more than a half-hour after the impacts. But the crashes destroyed support columns and ignited infernos that ultimately weakened—not melted—the steel structures until the towers could no longer support their own weights (NIST offers a primer here). Ms. O’Donnell fundamentally misstates the case with her use of the word “melting”: Evidence currently points to WTC7 also collapsing because fires weakened its ravaged steel structure.
During her rant of The View, Rosie suggested that they bring in some physics experts to discuss her fantasy. I don't think that's necessary. I think with just a few photos we can pretty much prove that Rosie is full of it.

Here are two photos of the fire resulting from the crash of a gasoline tanker on I95 in Bridgeport, CT.
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Now a gasoline truck carries significantly less fuel than a commercial airliner. And I'm sure gasoline and jet fuel probably burn at different temperatures. But for the purposes of this demonstration, those facts don't really matter. They are details of scale.

Now the structure where this accident occurred was a just opened newly rebuilt section of bridge. A bridge that it took them a long - long time to build. There was a layer of asphalt. A layer of concrete. All supported by some brand new shiny steel beams.

Here are a couple of photos of what happened of what the gasoline fire did to the bridge.
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Any questions Rosie?

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March 26, 2007

Victory. Sweet Sweet Victory

I have won the Weekend Caption Contest™ at Wizbang!

With thanks to the hosts, sponsors and judges I urge you to follow the link and be awed by my brilliance.

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March 22, 2007

The Sailing Photo Post

A long time ago (last August) I wrote a post about a trip I took sailing up the coast of Maine with a friend on his 25 foot boat. At the time, I couldn't find the photos from the trip so I filled in with images I could find on the intertubes. (I reproduced the original post in the extended entry.) I recently found some of the photos and have managed to scan a few to share. I am still missing at least one roll's worth of photos. Everything form Hurricane and Monhegan Islands which is very sad. Some of the ones that I scanned I can't place specifically where they fall in the story.

I believe this photo was taken at Green Island. That's us with the blue awning rigged from a blue nylon tarp and some flexible tent poles. (click all to enlarge)

Here's a couple of shots of Jane's Will ghosting along in very light air with yours truly at the helm. These were taken as we made out way around Vinalhaven.


I'm not sure which harbor on which island this is but I would like to live there.


These next few shots were all taken in or around Pulpit Harbor. We had to check out the tourist cruise boat out of Camden that came in for the night. We got a good look at her at anchor but had a tough time keeping up with her under full sail. I don't need to say much about the sunset.


These shots were taken at our final overnight stop at Darmiscove Island. In the first you can just sort of see me down below making lunch. The building in the second shot was once a Cost Guard Rescue Station. Then there's a picture of Philip - he who owned the boat. And lastly a picture of a very young scruffy looking sailor wishing the trip wasn't going to end. Ever.



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An Apple a Day

So now we know who it was that took Apple's iPod version of their famous 1984 ad and turned it into an anti-Hillary YouTube hit that has now been viewed more than 2 million times.

A lot has been written about the ad. If it would have any impact on the campaign. Did Obamma know about the ad before it appeared on YouTube? And a lot of breathless speculation and hype the role of YouTube in the 08 election and how "This Changes Everything." And truly YouTube may have an impact on the election as anyone with the ability to lash together a political video seeks their get 15 minutes of fame by making the YouTube video that brings down candidate X.

The one player that has been missing in this entire story is Apple Inc.

Apple has a reputation of being a fierce defender of its brand and its intellectual property. And yet when someone alters their landmark ad. The ad that launched the Macintosh brand. When they even go so far as to manipulate Apple's logo. Apple says nothing? No letter from Apple's lawyers to YouTube demanding the video be taken down?

The Board of Directors of Apple tilts very clearly to the left. Far enough to the left that it includes The Al Goreacle. And yet when their ad is taken, their logo manipulated, in an attack against a fellow traveler they said nothing.

I know, I know. The whole ad thing falls under fair use and there really isn't anything Apple could have actually done legally. But if Steve Jobs was backing Hillary, you can bet they would have at least done the cease and desist letter. Does this mean that Hillary lacks support among the moneyed left of Silicon Valey?

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March 15, 2007

Harry Reid is a Spineless Lying Sack of Shit

Dirty Harry spoke in the Senate today as the Democrats lost another round Let's Pretend We're the French™. He said he does not think we should spill another drop of American blood in Iraq. This is complete and utter bullshit spouted by a politician without the courage to take action based on what he claims to believe.

If you truly don't think we should spill another drop of blood, Harry, why are pushing legislation that set's a time table six months to a year out? Do you honestly believe that the moment you pass this legislation that the terrorists will stop targeting Americans? Do you think that once you announce our surrender that the military can just kick back, relax and work on their tans?

Of course not. The truth is Harry, you don't give a damn about the troops. To you they are pawns on the chessboard of party politics. You would sacrifice them and our national security for the sake of your party's and most importantly your political power.

If you truly don't think we should spill another drop of blood, Harry, cut the crap and put forth legislation that ends our involvement in Iraq immediately. But you don't have the guts to do that do you?

You are spineless, dishonest, despicable, and dangerous.

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March 12, 2007

The Overwhelming Self Importance of Chuck

Senator Chuck Hagel held a press conference today to announce that he is not going make an announcement about becoming a candidate for the Republican nomination. It is unclear if there will be another announcement when the senator decides where he will dining this evening.

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March 11, 2007

They've Got Serious Problems

How do can you tell how bad things are for the slate of Democrats vying for the nomination? When Dennis "No Strings" Kuchinich makes the most sense you know things are bad.

“If you want to be the President of the United States, you can’t be afraid to deal with people with whom you disagree politically,” Kucinich said. “No one is further removed from Fox’s political philosophy than I am, but fear should not dictate decisions that affect hundreds of millions of Americans and billions of others around the world who are starving for real leadership.”

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March 10, 2007


I took time out from filling a dumpster with the contents of the garage and shed to bring the boy to a classmate's birthday party. It's at one of those kid's arcade and party places - think Chuck E Cheese without the giant animatronic mouse.

I lasted about four minutes in the place before I went out in search of a decent cup of coffee. I strapped on the iPod and the first thing that played was one of the podcasts I did a while back. I wasn't aware that iTunes had decided to start syncing them to the iPod again. I'll have to fix that. Normally I would skip to the next track fairly quickly, but I decided to listen. It wasn't half bad. It wasn't half good either.

Some time ago I wrote a long post recounting a trip with a friend sailing up the coast of Maine in a 25 foot boat. I was disappointed at the time that I could not find the pictures from the trip. Aside from the cleansing feeling of unloading a lot of unnecessary stuff from our lives I found the photos in a box in the shed. I'll scan the better ones and post them soon.

The girl child is performing in the school talent show today. She's singing a song from High School Musical. My wife is there to see it live. I'll have to wait for the DVD. If I can get her permission, I'll post that too.

I'm sitting on a bench outside the the arcade having my coffee, listening to music and typing away on the Treo. It's an older Treo PDA from the days before Palm bought Handspring. No Phone. No wireless. I'll have to sync to the laptop with a wire to post this. It's so old fashion, but I like a little antiquity in my life.

There's a tattoo parlor across the street and I can't help but wonder what I would get for a tattoo and where I would put it. I would probably have to go real old-school and get an anchor and chain on my arm. But then the chances of me ever getting a tattoo are very, very slim. I don't drink nearly enough.

I do feel kind of bad about all of the stuff I am dumping this weekend. Some of it is perfectly good stuff that other people could probably use. I could donate at least half of it if not more. Do some good and get a tax deduction. But I just don't have the time and the resources to do that. I need for this stuff to be gone as quickly and simply as possible. I did put a few things out on the curb for whoever wants them. So far we've given away three bicycles, a nice computer desk and a file cabinet. There's still a couple of strollers, a wicker shelf and a small dog house waiting for a home. But If they are not taken they will be tossed.

It takes a considerable act of will to put aside sentiment and charity and focus on what you need to do for yourself. But sometimes it has to be done.

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What Would Macklin Do

That Scooter Libby was charged with perjury and obstruction for lying in the investigation of something that wasn't even a crime in the first place, is bullshit. The special prosecutor needed to prosecute someone for something and Libby was the one. Libby was the one because he lied to cover his ass for something he didn't even do, and even if he had it wasn't a crime in the first place.

(Remember we know that it was Richard Armitage who leaked Plame's identity to Robert Novak, and obviously Novak who published it. If revealing her identity were a crime, they should have been charged but they weren't)

Now everyone on the left is screaming that Cheney should resign or be impeached. That's more than a bit of an over-reach. It's downright foolish. Everyone on the right is saying that Bush should pardon Libby and the sooner the better.

If I were Bush here's what I would do. Not only would I not pardon Libby, I would make a very public statement as to why. Remind everyone that I told my administration to cooperate fully and honestly with the investigation when it began. And point out that if Libby didn't do that, he's on his own with whatever the justice system decides to do with him. I would show everyone what it means to principle ahead of politics. And that would be my last word on the matter.

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March 09, 2007

What Would Macklin Do

If I were in charge of Fox News... Don't laugh I have a degree in journalism - I saw it in a box in the garage just the other day.

If I were in charge of Fox News, this is what I would do in response to the nutroots push to boycott the upcoming debate I was hosting with the Nevada Democratic Party.

First, I would put a podium on stage for every announced and invited candidate clearly labeled with their name. That podium would be there whether the candidate showed or not.

Second, I would instruct the host/moderator (I'd probably go with Brit Hume but the temptation to use O'Rielly or Hannity just to piss them off even more would be hard to resist) to open the debate by highlighting the candidates who chose not to appear and why.

Third, the first question put to the candidates who came would be a real softball opportunity for them to beat up on the empty Podiums with lofty answers about freedom of speech and bipartisanship and uniting vs dividing. Fourth, every question would be written so as to give the debating candidates a chance to beat up on the no shows. That's what I would do. For Starters. UPDATE: It seems the Nevada Democrats have decided to back out of the debate all together. So my plan is pretty much useless. But as they say no plan ever survives first contact with the enemy. So Plan B. A prime time national special on the debate that wasn't. Hosted by Hume but with O'Rielly and Hannity as guests. Instead of their typical backdrop, use a stage with several empty podiums. Hume and guests would discuss the implications of one of the major political parties choosing to boycott one of the major news networks. And what are the potential issues with someone taking part in that boycott being elected president. Don't even bother interviewing the nutroots bloggers behind it, just read their words on the air, that should be indictment enough.

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Progressive for Thee But Not For Me

On the radio tonight, I heard New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg express a common sentiment in politics. He was commenting on the new state budget proposal and while he was delighted with all of the state money the city would be getting for education, he was not happy about "all of the money they would be taking from us and using upstate."

I've heard this sort of thing before from mayors, from governors and from members of Congress who complain about how much money the people they represent pay in taxes that gets sent somewhere else in the state or the nation. Here's the thing whiners - it's called progressive taxation. Which you happen to love when you're doing it to us. The wealthier the city, district or state the more they are going to pay in taxes.

When Mayor Mike was advancing a plan for a property tax refund, he was not going to give a refund to anyone who owned property. The property tax refund you got, if you got one, was based on your income. The larger your income, the smaller your property tax refund. Very progressive.

I'm sure the members of the city council who represent Uptown were busily griping about how much of their taxes were being sent downtown.

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March 06, 2007

Sticks and Stones

I just took the trash out and it's still too damn cold to write bout the Holy Church of Global Warming. So Anne Coulter it is.

At CPAC last year Anne Coulter made some comments identifying a certain portion of the world population as Rag Heads. There was great controversy and outrage.

So what did CPAC do? They invited her back.

What did Coulter do? Exactly what every expected her to do. She said something deliberately designed to inflame. And it turns out she's really good at that. This years high explosive from the conservative bomb thrower was to use the word faggot in a joke about a Democratic candidate.

I'm not going to even bother to go out and find the quote or link to the video of the speech. Just look around. If you visit more than a dozen political blogs - from either side of the political aisle you'll find all the quotes and links you need. The bottom line is, the joke wasn't all that funny. But it didn't need to be.

Whether it was her intent or not, Coulter has exposed the namby pamby pandering to political correctness of liberals and conservatives alike. I find it hard to believe that so many people have skins as thin as they pretend to have. And the only thing more pathetic than the faux outrage of the left is the rights reflexive need to prove that they are even more outraged than the left.

The bad lady said an umpleasant word. We must be outraged. We must distance ourselves. We must denounce or call for denouncement. I get the sense that we are but one small step from burning and embassy.

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I Can't Get No...

It's too damned cold to write about The Holy Church of Global Warming, so Scooter Libby it is.

It must be really special to be a special prosecutor. I mean It's a high profile job and you get do such big important things.

Things like convicting a relatively minor official for lying about something he didn't do that wasn't even a crime to begin with.

That's what I call job satisfaction.

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Tomorrow The World

I have written before that I view Global Warming as an attempt to control the planet rather than save it. Recent revelations about the energy consumption at the estate of the movements most visible and vocal spokesman make that view even more clear.

The arguments made in counter of the charges of hypocrisy leveled at former Vice President Al Gore amount to a clear declaration of "Do as I say not as I do."

While traveling around the world calling for the rest of us to make sacrifices to save the planet, Gore makes none. He justifies this by pointing out that he buys carbon offsets an invests in "Green Technology." This hardly represents a sacrifice for Gore as he makes these investments and buys his carbon offsets through a company he helped found and sits on the board of directors.

Leaving that little exta twist aside, how many of us can afford to reduce our carbon footprint by purchasing offsets? Most of us who Gore and the rest of the Global Warming crowd are urging to reduce are carbon footprint are having a hard enough time paying for the damned carbon to begin with.

If Al Gore was truly interested in saving the planet he would not be using 20 times the energy of an average American home. He would be leading by example. But saving the world is less important than ruling it.

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March 02, 2007

Love The Environment

Hate the environmentalist.

This post started out as a comment at Trying to Grok but I decided I wanted to post it here. Sarah was commenting on a defense of The Al Goracle from ThinkProgress.

The quote that bothered me the most was

There is no meaningful debate within the scientific community, so the right-wing busies itself with talk about how much electricity Al Gore’s house uses — and even then they distort the truth.
If you defend overwhelming hypocrisy with overwhelming hypocrisy does that make it OK? Is it like a double negative?

Since when has been acceptable to question and debate the Consensus of the Holy Church of Global Warming? Since when is it OK to be a Global Warming Denier?

The environmentalists don't want debate. They don't want to be questioned on anything. What they want is obedience. They want you to live your live according to their rules and in manner they deem acceptable. You see they know the right way because they are smarter than you. And if in order to convince the world to live according to their wishes, a few Global Warming Evangelists have to ignore those rules, you are not too question.

It would be best if you didn't even notice. Because if you did you might point out everyone that the Environmental Emperors have no clothes.

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