Tuesday, May 30, 2006

How could anyone vote for this lady?

Have ya heard about Hillary Clinton’s latest brilliant idea? She says that the maximum speed limit should be 55 MPH around the country. Doesn’t matter what kind of highway, large or small, between big cities or within them. Everyone should only be allowed to drive 55.

The reason for this? To save gas. Haha, ridiculous.

First of all, let me say that I am in favor of not raising speed limits and maybe even lowering them. I hardly ever drive over the speed limit, mostly to save on gas and be safer.

However, I have several problems with her statement. First, does she realize how many lives the slower speed limit would save? Oh, but nevermind that, she’s only worried about the gas.

Secondly, if she really wants to save gas, how about she give up her plane? Oh, but she’s a member of congress, she has to get places, right? Give me a damn break.

It just seems ridiculous that she can stand up there on her damn high horse flying in her plane, telling us minions that we should drive slower to save gas.

I hate that woman, and she certainly will not be getting my vote in ‘08.

Monday, May 22, 2006

DNC secretly wanted Nagin out

From Drudge:



The Democratic National Committee (DNC) secretly placed political operatives in the city of New Orleans to work against the reelection efforts of incumbent Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision himself to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA), sources reveal.

Dean came to the decision to back the white challenger, over the African-American incumbent Nagin, despite concerns amongst senior black officials in the Party that the DNC should stay neutral.

The DNC teams actively worked to defeat Nagin under the auspice of the committee’s voting rights program.

The party’s field efforts also coincided with a national effort by Democrat contributors to support Landrieu.

Landrieu had outraised Nagin by a wide margin - $3.3 million to $541,980.

Preliminary campaign finance reports indicate many of Landrieu’s contributions came from out of state white Democrat leaders and financiers, including a $1,000 contribution from Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-NE) PAC.

The defeat of Mitch Landrieu is the latest setback for Dean’s often criticized field operation.

In his victory speech late Saturday night, Nagin praised President Bush.

“You and I have probably been the most vilified politicians in the country. But I want to thank you for moving that promise that you made in Jackson Square forward,” Nagin said.


Interesting. Nagin sure is an idiot. But at least he acknowledges that Bush has actually done something since the storm...no one else will.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

SkypeOut Now Free

Skype is a free service used to call other people around the country and around the world. Well, it's free to call from your computer to another person's computer. Before now you were charged if you called a land line or cell phone.

Well that has now changed. You can now call a landline or cellphone anywhere in America for free from your computer (at least until the end of the year).


Monday, May 08, 2006

"We Will Never Forget"

A least I know I won't.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Homer thinks there's a liberal media

While watching the Simpsons tonight, I heard this:

"I'm Kent Brockman, coming to you live from the storm. My coffee cup lid is gone, long gone!"

Then a stop sign flies in and lodges itself in Kent's head.

Homer, laying on the couch watching this on TV says "Heh, heh, take that liberal media."

There, ya see Tony, there is a liberal media. Homer proves it. Haha.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Just doesn't make sense, does it?

I applaud Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) for what he did and said on friday. Well, partly anyways. He admitted he has a drug problem and said he will be entering the Mayo Clinic. For this I applaud him. However, there are just too many holes in this story.

At the press conference, Kennedy said he does not remember any part of the early Thursday morning accident, even though he told reporters earlier he had not asked for special treatment when police found him. Interesting.

"I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police, or being cited for three driving infractions. That's not how I want to live my life, and it's not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island."

He went on to say: "I am deeply concerned about my reaction to the medication.... I know that I need help."

So, either he had a bad reaction to the medicine, which cause all of this OR he's addicted to the drugs, but took them anyways. This is where the problem is, he's somewhere in between. On one hand he says that it was just an accident, but on the other hand he says he has a drug problem. If that is the case, which he says, then he surely was not just sleep driving as he claims. He knew he had a problem, yet got in the car anyways. This is all presuming he wasn't drinking, which it seems is not true. His story is just full of conflictions.

This begs the other question, even if he was not given a DWI for the presence of alcohol, why has he not been given a DUI? He was under the influence, whether that was drugs or alcohol. From my understanding, anyone else would have at least been cited for Driving Under the Influence (even if it was just prescriptions).

Reports are saying that Kennedy was seen at a Washington bar before the crash.

Anyways, it would just be nice if this story got the same lip service as the Cheney accident, although this seems far worse to me. Cheney's I could see being an accident. Even if he was sleep driving, clearly he knew he had a problem and did nothing about it before this happened.

Oh well, such is life with a liberal media.

Posted in: Patrick Kennedy, Cheney, Drunk driving, DWI

Some numbers that make me happy

Bush's approval rating is up to 38% according to the latest Fox Poll.

Thirty-six percent approve of the job Democrats in Congress are doing and 49 percent disapprove. Republicans rate about the same: 35 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove. The democrats have lost ground and the republicans have gained ground in this area over the last couple of months.

The economy created 138,000 new jobs in April. While this number is lower than expected, it actually may be a good thing. The dow rose 138 points on friday because of speculation that slowing job creation may cause the feds to stop raising interest rates.

The Dow closed at a 6 year high friday, and is about 150 points away from an all time high.

All these positive economic numbers despite skyrocketing gas prices. Amazing.

Unemployment is at 4.8%. Pretty much anyone who wants a job can get a job.

A recent poll found that around the world, Fox is the most trusted name in news. 11 percent of Americans named Fox News - more than any other news source in the U.S. when asked which news source they trusted most.

Posted in: Bush, Fox News, 138,000, Economy, Approval Rating, Fox News

Friday, May 05, 2006

Kennedy driving drunk?

Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), son of Ted Kennedy, drove to work at 2:45 AM Thursday morning, claiming he was racing to vote on the floor of Congress. He drove to the Capital and ended up crashing into a barrier. Witnesses said he did not have his headlights on and seemed to be stumbling quite a bit when he got out of his car.

Police said they saw the car swerve before the accident, and it appeared that Kennedy was intoxicated. When questioned, Kennedy told police he was late for a vote, even though the final vote of the night took place six hours earlier. Reportedly, the police officers smelt alcohol on his breath.

Here's the interesting part of all of this. Apparently, just as he was about to be given a breathalizer test, capital police came in and said they would take it from there. They then drove Kennedy home without giving a breathalizer test. Preferential treatment? I think so.

Kennedy later stated that he was taking "prescribed" amounts of Phenergan and Ambien. Apparently this is what led him to drive this way.

Kennedy said "At no time before the incident did I consume any alcohol."

Ya know, I can understand why people were upset that Cheney did not get a breathalizer test. He probably did have a beer or two. But, in my eyes, this situation is far worse. Anyone else in America would have been given a breathalizer when presumably driving drunk. But not Kennedy.

The democratic blogs should be outraged, right? I seem to recall them being very upset that Cheney was not given a breathalizer after he shot a man in the face. Instead he went home, presumably to sleep off the alcohol...or so the democratic blogs think. However, I'll bet they won't be writing about this one too much.

Just interesting how life works, isn't it?

Posted in: Kennedy, drunk driving, democrat

Starting a new site

Thanks to Tony from Bush the Idiot for coming up with the name for my new science site. Despite the fact that I don't like the blog name, or some of his views, I do sometimes agree with him and he is usually fair. Head on over there for a look at what he thinks.

In case any of you don't know, I am studying to become a high school science teacher and have an abiding love for science. I like nothing more than sharing how awesome science is with other people (even though they usually don't care).

So, if you have any interest in science, please stop by my new site: The Scientific Report. I only have one post up now, but I hope to start really getting it going in the next week or two.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Science Blog

So, I'm finally ready to create a science blog. It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time now, but I'm finally going to get it done. The only problem is that I need a good name.

Every address I type into blogger is already taken. I'm thinking something along the lines of sciencedaily, scienceman, interestingscience, etc. But I just can't find anything good.

So I'm looking for some help. If anyone has any good ideas post a comment and let me know. Thanks in advance for your help.

Your prize for helping me? Nothing but praise and a link to your site/blog if I don't already have it up.

Now this is what I'm talkin about

Once again, I'm a couple days late on this, but better late than never.

Democratic senator Joe Biden of the foreign relations committee, has proposed dividing Iraq into three seperate regions, with a central government in Baghdad. In an op-ed piece, he wrote that the idea "is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group ... room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests."

I don't necessarily agree with this plan, but at least it's an idea. So much from the democrats lately, all we hear is more rhetoric. Bash Bush, say he's doing a bad job, but provide no solid ideas. Or provide ideas that Bush is pretty much already doing. Thus, I applaud the dems (or at least biden) for trying.

He also said this though: President Bush "must direct the military to design a plan for withdrawing and redeploying our troops from Iraq by 2008 (while providing for a small but effective residual force to combat terrorists and keep the neighbors honest)."

Why would you ever say this? It's clear that the terrorists are just waiting us out. Hell, they've TOLD US that this is their plan. They know that eventually we will (we actually already have in general) lose our resolve. Luckily Bush hasn't given in as easy as the rest of the country. So, why would we play right into their plan? Even if it is our plan to mostly move out by then, we certainly shouldn't be saying it outright.

Anyways, props to the dems for finally giving an idea. Maybe next they can try an idea that will actually work!

Posted in: Biden, Bush, Iraq, Politics

If only Clinton would have done something...

maybe we wouldn't be in this situation now. The situation I am illuding to is the standoff with Iran.

From Newsmax:
A secret 1995 agreement between the Clinton administration and then-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin was supposed to halt the transfer of nuclear technology and military equipment to Iran.
But when the Russians continued to help build Iran's premier nuclear facility at Bushehr, the White House refused to impose sanctions.
Under the accord hammered out by Chernomyrdin and then-Vice President Al Gore, Russia had agreed to end all weapons sales to Iran by Dec. 31, 1999.
But after uncovering the confidential arrangement, the New York Times reported that the deal "essentially exempted Russia from American sanctions on arms deliveries to Iran [and] emboldened Moscow to ignore other agreements, particularly on sales of missile and nuclear technology to Iran."
"It was one more of these strange deals that Gore and Chernomyrdin had that were kept from people," complained Gordon C. Oehler, who directed the Nonproliferation Center of the Central Intelligence Agency until he retired in 1998.
Oehler told the Times: "If this had been disclosed to Congress, the committees would have gone berserk, absolutely. But the larger problem is, if you have these under-the-table deals that give the Russians permission to do these things, it gives the signal that it's O.K. to do other things."
Within a few years the Russians reportedly had 600 scientists working at the Bushehr nuclear plant.

If only he had actually done something. Seems to be a theme from the Clinton years.

Posted in: Clinton, Iran, Bush, Russia

Oh, the HORROR

Haha, I like this:

Although I laugh at this picture, I think it personifies the feelings of the illegals marching through the streets. I just can't comprehend how they think they can march through our streets, stopping traffic, demanding their rights. I think I turn against them more and more everytime I see crap like this. Polls seem to indicate the rest of the nation agrees with me. Who do they think they are to threaten America?

Posted in: Immigration Reform, Bush

Nanotubes are awesome

First of all, let me tell you that nanotubes are awesome. This picture shows how you can wrap nanotubes around each other to make an extremely strong "rope."

Each of the rods you see represents a bond between two carbon atoms. Carbon is freakin fantastic. I won't get in to the properties that make carbon so awesome, but this awesome element can be seen all around you in many forms. Carbon is the basis for our life. Carbon is found in the CO2 that you breath out which is necessary for photosynthesis to make O2 for you to breath in. Diamonds, one of the hardest substances known to man (behind nanotubes), are made from pure carbon (well hopefully). Carbon forms in to tiny sheets that give graphite its phenomenal and unique lubricant properties. Anyways, enough about my love of carbon (can you tell I like science?).

So, back to nanotubes. Here's some properties:
- Composed purely of carbon
- Are tiny tubes about 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. Nanotubes are named for their size. They are on the order of the nano magnitude (1 nanometer=ten to the negative nine meters (meaning one billionth of a meter))
- Consist of interlinking and rolled up hexagon carbon structures
- Were discovered in 1991
- Have the potential for use as minuscule wires or in ultrasmall electronic devices, optics, construction, etc.
- Efficient conductors of heat
- Are difficult to make
- IBM announced this month that they have made an electronic circuit out of nanotubes

Anyways, the list could go on, but back to the main purpose of this post. Nanotubes can act as "thermal velcro" to reduce computer chip heating. This is a big problem as computer chips have gotten big, more powerful, and faster. They simply heat up too much, lowering their capacity to do work. As I said above, nanotubes are efficient conductors of heat.

From ScienceDaily:

Engineers have created carpets made of tiny cylinders called carbon nanotubes to enhance the flow of heat at a critical point where computer chips connect to cooling devices called heat sinks, promising to help keep future chips from overheating.
Researchers are trying to develop new types of "thermal interface materials" that conduct heat more efficiently than conventional materials, improving overall performance and helping to meet cooling needs of future chips that will produce more heat than current microprocessors. The materials, which are sandwiched between silicon chips and the metal heat sinks, fill gaps and irregularities between the chip and metal surfaces to enhance heat flow between the two.
Purdue University researchers have made several new thermal interface materials with carbon nanotubes, including a Velcro-like nanocarpet.
"The bottom line is the performance that we see with nanotubes is significantly better than comparable state-of-the-art commercial materials," said Timothy Fisher, an associate professor of mechanical engineering who is leading the research. "Carbon nanotubes have excellent heat-conduction properties, and our ability to fabricate them in a controlled manner has been instrumental in realizing this application."

Posted in: Nanotubes, Computer, IBM

Hubble turns 16

Happy birthday dear friend. Oh how thee have long brought the world fantastic images of unforeseen places. How thee have advanced knowledge of scientists and explorers around the world. Oh how it is too sad that you will be decommissioned in 2007 due to Bush's push to return to the moon. We will miss thee.

OK, enough of that. On to this:

To celebrate the NASA-ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s 16 years of success, the two space agencies are releasing a mosaic image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82). It is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82, a galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flame-like plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions.
Located 12 million light-years away, M82 appears high in the northern spring sky in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. It is also called the "Cigar Galaxy" because of the elongated elliptical shape produced by the tilt of its starry disk relative to our line of sight.

See the top 25 images taken by the Hubble here.

Posted in: Bush, Hubble Space Telescope