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Just in case July 31, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, Finger paints.
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there are any of you who read my moron-blog who don’t read AceofSpadesHQ,

I got a new gig.

I know, I doubt there’s anyone who reads this who doesn’t also frequent AoS.  But I like to be thorough.

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Bad week for traffic helicopters July 30, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.
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I heard about this one all the way on my drive to Dallas this morning.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

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A Channel 4 Fox helicopter managed a controlled crash in Grand Prairie today, near Dallas.  The pilot, and two traffic reporters from KVIL-FM and KRLD-AM radio escaped with minor injuries.

Word is, they lost engine power, and pilot Curtis Crump was on his game, and successfully managed an autorotation landing, saving their lives.

I’m no pilot, but I am told autorotation is an emergency procedure practiced by helicopter pilots in the event of a loss of power emergency.  Essentially you use the downward drop of the airframe to spin the rotor, and then kick in the pitch to the blades “bite” the air, and slow your descent.

Curtis practiced well.

Have they found Life Magazine’s “kissing sailor”? July 29, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, History.
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Another sailor has come forward, making a total of 10 men to claim “I kissed that nurse in New York“.  A Texan, Glenn McDuffie, 80. 

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The photo, taken by Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, is one of the more famous images in the early days following the end of the war.  Taken on August 14, 1945, VJ Day, it shows a jubilant sailor and New Yorkers celebrating the news of the wars end.

And of course, McDuffie, or some other sailor taking advantage of the moment to steal a kiss from a pretty nurse.

McDuffie claimed he held his left hand at an angle so the photographer could see her face, and he’s the only one of the claimants who has offered an explanation for it.

Maybe it was him.

Dead birds briefly shut down 3 DC metro stations July 29, 2007

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For those of you in Lampasas, “Metro” is DC’s name for their subway system.

Dozens of dead birds at 3 train stations forced authorities to shut them down while hazmat teams investigated.  The birds appear to have died after ingesting a “industrial pest poison” wrongly or mistakenly spread by a contractor outside 6 stations.  It’s not clear to me (at least from the article) what pest was being treated, but I’d guess rats.  Most birds are protected (migratory, anyway, which in Texas includes those goddam grackles that I would LOVE to see accidentally poisoned, but I digress).

Overreaction?  I don’t think so.  Need to rule out some public threat, possible terrorism, hell, avian flu for that matter. 

Cities take on gangs with lawsuits July 29, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.
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In an attempt to curtail violence, cities like Ft. Worth Texas and San Francisco filing suits asking judges for injunctions against gang members to prevent them from loitering, possessing weapons, drinking in public and generally giving police the authority to disrupt gang activity before it escalates into violence.

Kevin Rousseau, assistant Tarrant County prosecutor says it’s another tool for law enforcement, a proactive approach.

Unsurprisingly, the ACLU and other critics say it goes too far.  “It’s difficult to determine if they are gang members or people meeting together to discuss issues” says lawyer Peter Bebring.

Peter, it’s not that difficult.  All a cop has to do is ask if the group has designated a moderator, and if so, move on.

The article states this legal technique has been used since the 1980s, starting in Los Angeles where serious gangs create serious gang problems.  The injunctions make it possible for lawmakers to assess a misdemeanor for violations, including up to a year in jail.

I read this as stiff penalties for miscreant behavior by really bad people.  If the bar gets set lower for a recidivist, I don’t think I have a problem with that.

So far the courts haven’t had a problem with it either.

Saturday afternoon projects July 28, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, History.
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Ugly old light fixture on back porch.

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Replace with Hunter ceiling fan.

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Didn’t even lectrocute myself or nuthin.

I think I will go nap in the pool now.  Yes.

Minister tells court “marijuana is a sacrament” July 28, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.
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The right reverend Craig X. Rubin appeared in court facing state drug charges, for distributing dope to members of his Temple 420 Church.  He claimed it was protected under federal law as a religious observance.  Judge Mary Strobel disagreed.

Rubin, who is defending himself, says his church believes marijuana is the Tree of Life mentioned in the Bible.

I’m no Lutheran, but I was pretty sure I could research this myself, so I grabbed a concordance and started my search.  I couldn’t find anything in the OT, but I did come across a reference in the book of Tobit.

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Asshole doctor running late for his flight phones in bomb threat to make plane return to gate July 27, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, drama.
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Kou Wei Chiu admitted to authorities he used a pay phone at Seattle’s SEATAC airport to claim a bomb was on the flight that he had missed, to force them to return so he could still make his trip.  He got to the gate too late to board, so he called 911 and made the threat.

He called 3 times, thinking the first two calls had no effect.  After the third call he saw the plane return.

His counsel explains:

His lawyer said Thursday that Chiu is eager to return to his family.

This stupid prick was willing to concede he might have upset the passengers, although I doubt the pilot would have allowed a panic to start by stating the actual reason for the turnaround.

More NASA drama July 27, 2007

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Sabotage and drunk astronauts.

A computer scheduled for delivery to the international money pit space station was found with wiring that was deliberately cut.  No information on who or why.

And a report by Aviation Week & Space Technology that released findings from an internal investigation that flight surgeons stated astronauts were too impaired to go to launch, but doesn’t say who or when.

A panel reviewing astronaut health issues in the wake of the Lisa Nowak arrest has found that on at least two occasions astronauts were allowed to fly after flight surgeons and other astronauts warned they were so intoxicated that they posed a flight-safety risk.

So I’m thinking, this will be a, what do they call it, a bad week for NASA.

Whose Price is Right Anyway? July 26, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, drama, History.
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It seems as thought Drew Carey’s price was right.

Rosie has been edged out by Drew Carey.  49 year old DC (I did not know he was older than me, I swear) is the new host of “The Price is Right”.

I also didn’t know The Price is Right was still on until I’d saw a story a couple of years ago that said “now in his late 70s, Barker still hosting The Price is Right”.

My bad.

For those of you who lament the demise of Television (the Vast Wasteland, cr. Newton Minow), you might peruse the archives of “The Price is Right” and “The Gong Show”.

Peoples been embarrassing themselves on the public airwaves for a long long time.

Anyway, Drew ain’t gonna gay it up.

He’s gonna crewcut it up.

He’ll do fine I suppose.  He’s a fairly entertaining guy, and works well in front of a live audience.  He’ll certainly be a lot funnier than Rosie, although I admit the bar isn’t set very high with that.  His work on Whose Line is it Anyway was decent.

An aside, I’ve seen the Brit version of that show, and while entertaining, didn’t seem to be significantly more entertaining than the American version.  But that seems to be the point I hear often when comparing the (usually first) Brit version of a comedy to the American version (I hear it all the time about The Office).  When did this become established folklore, that the English version of something is better than the American version? 

I can tell you from personal experience that rule did not hold true for cheeseburgers, or for that matter cuisine in general.

I suspect it’s just entertainment sniping, a shot at the business that sees something successful running in Britain and decides to take it to the Colonies and make more money with it.

It is a business after all.  At least, I think it is.