Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Few Links For You

Apple posts what must be a couple of hundred movie trailers as part of their Quicktime page. Pretty much everything that's showing now or that's coming up in the next few months can be previewed here.

Clay Jackson is chief photographer for the Danville, Kentucky's Advocate-Messenger, and this is his photo blog. Really great photojournalism.

Live streaming camera views of Canada's Confederation Bridge, which (at 8 miles in length) is the longest bridge over waters that freeze in the world. When there's ice beneath the bridge, the video is exceptional.

News Of The Weird - Proof that true stories are weirder than made-up stories.

The Official Rules for Calling Shotgun in a vehicle.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Ben Stein Nails It

Former presidential advisor and actor Ben Stein noticed that during the recent Academy Awards there wasn't a single word of support for our troops serving in harm's way. There was also no remembrance of those who have been killed fighting for freedom around the world. Seems pretty typical of the elite, smarter-than-everyone-else Hollywood celebs.

Stein also noted howe so many in Hollywood seem concerned about falling box-office revenue. "Stop spitting in the face of Americans and maybe we will go to the movies," he said. Fantastic!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Reality Of Iraq Not What's Reported In News

Here's a fantastic report on how the media's reports on Iraq bear no resemblance to the reality of those there. One great quote from a soldier stationed in Baghdad...

"The only people who seem to have lost both their grip on reality and their nerve are the western media".
Thank heaven for other sources of news and information in this world besides the mainstream media.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Kia To Build Auto Plant Near LaGrange

A 2,000+ acre tract of land between LaGrange and West Point will be home to Kia Motors' first U.S. production plant. It will also be the first foreign auto company to choose Georgia for a manufacturing facility. According to my parents, people in my hometown are ecstatic. This will be an economic boon to the city and the region.

Friday, March 10, 2006

More Public School Idiocy

Chicago Public Schools require blind students to pass the drivers' education written exam in order to graduate. To quote one blind student, having to take the course "brought me down, because it reminds me of something I can't do." Common sense should lead to an appropriate alternative for disabled students who will never be able to operate a motor vehicle. Or just make the drivers ed course an elective.

Tooth Bling?

One of the hot new fads among middle and high school kids now is called "grillz" - gold, platinum or silver tooth coverings that are custom-made to slip over the teeth. As one teenager puts it, "The rappers, when they started wearing them, we started wearing them. And the first thing girls look at is your mouth." Modeling your life based on rappers. Great. What wonderful role models

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I guess Richard Kiel from the James Bond movies would be a hit today with his Grillz!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Homeland Security Alerted When Retired Couple Pays Credit Card Bill

A retired schoolteacher and his wife in Rhode Island decided to pay off their MasterCard, which had a balance over $6,000. The credit card company alerted Homeland Security, because... paying off your full balance apparently is seen as a threat?!?

Monday, March 06, 2006

Adam Sandler Movie Cited In Federal Court Order

A Texas bankruptcy judge has cited the Adam Sandler movie "Billy Madison" in a court order dismissing a request from a defendant.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

25 Worst Moments In American History

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has posted this list, compiled from reader suggestions. What do you all think?

The 25 Worst Moments In American History

1804: Aaron Burr kills one of the greatest figures in American history, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel.

1814: British forces burn down the White House during the War of 1812.

1838: The Trail of Tears. 4000 Cherokees die during a forced relocation to the West.

1857: The Dred Scott Decision. The Supreme Court essentially rules that black people are nothing more than property like a chair or couch.

1861: The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the beginning engagement of the Civil War.

1862: The battle of Antietam was the single bloodiest day in American history with 25,000 soldiers killed, wounded, or missing.

1865: Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. One of our greatest Presidents, if not our greatest President, was murdered soon after the beginning of his second term.

1900: A hurricane strikes Galveston, Texas killing 6000 in the worst disaster in American history.

1917: The Zimmerman Telegraph. Germany's Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann sends a telegram to Mexico encouraging them to attack the United States. The British intercepted the telegram and sent it to the United States where it led to America's entry into WW1.

1918: The influenza pandemic begins at Fort Riley, Kansas. By the time it was over, 25% of the US population would become sick and by some estimates, well over half a million Americans died as result.

1929: A massive drop in value of the stock market helped trigger the Great Depression which lasted until the increased economic activity spurred by WW2 got us going back in the right direction.

1941: Pearl Harbor. "A date which will live in infamy" indeed.

1942: The US government came to the conclusion that interning Japanese-American citizens was the best of a number of bad options. Roughly a hundred thousand Japanese-Americans ended up in camps.

1949: The Soviet Union tests an atomic bomb. For the next 50 years, Americans fear the Cold War will end in a nuclear holocaust.

1950: As American and Rok forces appear poised to finish off the Norks and reunite Korea, a Chinese offensive caught them completely by surprise and drove them back, nearly into the sea before they regrouped, pushed back, and managed to fight them to a stalemate.

1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion. Kennedy's decision to go forward with the invasion and then deny them air support doomed the entire enterprise to failure. Today, 44 years later, Fidel Castro, a diehard enemy of the United States, is still in power.

1963: In an event that scarred the American psyche and produced countless conspiracy theories, John F. Kennedy is assassinated.

1968: The Tet Offensive was a crushing defeat for North Vietnamese forces but was incorrectly portrayed as a huge victory for them by the American media. This was a key event in destroying the American public's support for the war.

1968: America's greatest civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, is assassinated.

1973: The Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision leads to the legalization of abortion nation wide and the deaths of countless millions of innocent children.

1974: Richard Nixon resigns after being disgraced by Watergate, a scandal which shook American faith in the government.

1975: After the Democrats in Congress cut off aid and promised air support, South Vietnam was doomed. When Saigon actually fell, that symbolized what a disaster the Vietnam War turned out to be.

1977: Jimmy Carter hands over control of the Panama Canal to Panama mainly because they asked for it.

1995: Oklahoma City Bombing. 168 people die as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is destroyed by domestic terrorists.

2001: 9/11. Terrorist madmen attack the Twin Towers and Pentagon, kill nearly 3000 Americans, and set off a war on terrorism.