Friday, December 4, 2009

Ps from Paris...

What? You weren't surprised by my Paris confession photo?

Well. The truth is that I sent Bill several thoughts/meanderings prior to the photo, and he never spelled my name correctly. I confess. I have an unusual name and a more unusual spelling.

Finally, completely exasperated, I exclaimed "If you can't spell my name, could you call me something else?"

"Sure." Bill said, with his wise decisive tone.

And with that, I became 'Paris'.

Reid numbers continue to fall

Despite a TV ad campaign launched in October, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to be seen unfavorably by Nevada voters and runs behind the two top potential Republican challengers in a general election match-up, according to a Mason-Dixon poll conducted Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Former University of Nevada basketball star Danny Tarkanian, now a real estate businessman, leads Reid 48 percent to 42 percent with 10 percent undecided. Tarkanian polls higher among fellow Republicans than Reid does among Democrats, and leads Reid among independents by 50 percent to 37 percent with 13 percent undecided.

Sue Lowden, a former state GOP chairwoman who entered politics after a career as as television reporter and anchorwoman, leads Reid 51 percent to 41 percent with 8 percent undecided. She, too, does better among her fellow Republicans than Reid does among Democrats, and like Tarkanian, leads Reid among independents by 53 percent to 36 percent with 11 percent undecided.

Read more:

Student uncovers Jefferson letter

Thomas Jefferson

A graduate student at the University of Delaware makes the discovery of a lifetime when she stumbles across a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. Amanda Daddona, 22, discovered the signed letter in a box of papers in the university's library. "I just sat with it for a few minutes and looked it over and savored the moment," Daddona says.
Full Coverage »

Some ethics charges for Sanford dropped

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, left, and first lady Jenny Sanford, right, welcome guests at the Governor's Mansion in Columbia, S.C., for a Christmas Open House on Thursday. (Brett Flashnick/AP)

South Carolina's embattled governor, Mark Sanford, could yet face impeachment, but he got a lift this week when most ethics charges against him were dropped.

Read on:

Picture of the day

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed signs a declaration during the first underwater cabinet meeting in the Maldives on Oct. 17, ahead of the Copenhagen environmental summit in Denmark, which begins Monday. For Nasheed, the climate debate may add up to the very survival of his tropical Indian Ocean state.

Maldives Government/Reuters

Hmm, Tiger's into physics ... when reading, that is


A photo from Tiger Woods’ infamous crash reveals there was a book in the golfer’s car. Get a Grip on Physics by John Gribbin is pictured on the floor among the broken glass. It’s an interesting book to be reading. Gribbin is a prolific science writer from the UK, who has been publishing books since 1976.

Of course, this story would be more interesting if The End of the Affair by Graham Greene was found in the car.

Other suggestions for books that Tiger could have been reading include:

My Life by Bill Clinton
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Does anyone else see the irony of a book called Tiger’s New Swing?

If he were only alive to collect ...

... then Poe would be po' no mo'.

The rare Edgar Allan Poe book called Tamerlane put up for auction at Christie’s auction house in New York yesterday ended up going for $696,000. That’s a lot of money, and over two and a half times the amount of the previous record price for American literature. The previous amount was $250,000, and was for a copy of the same book, nearly 20 years ago.

GW update

Study: Slowdown in warming last year not permanent...

Rep. Issa: White House refusal to investigate 'Climategate' is 'unconscionable'...


Day Fourteen and Counting: Major U.S. Networks Still Silent...
Danish Speaker of Parliament: Climate Change 'Very Dangerous Claim'...
Denmark: not as green as you thought...

... dominated by walkers and

Copenhagen Prostitutes Offer Free Climate Summit Sex.....

Economist: The Climategate researchers are being “swiftboated”


Humans are "losing the battle against global warming," and it will kill you and everyone you hold dear, begins a calm, reasoned AP article

Glacier threatens capital city of Bolivia, sparking warnings that people may one day have to walk for their lives

(Hot Air)
Hey, nobody ever compared Bush to Hitler, says Democratic senator who was deaf, dumb and blind from 2001-2009

800,000 individual photos to make this picture of 1/2 of the Milky Way

The world's largest picture of the Milky Way was unveiled today in Chicago, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, measuring a whopping 120 feet across.

Just another friendly reminder that our entire lives are insignificant and that none of us will ever know one iota of the true mysteries of the universe that we live in.

The Empire State Building would only come to the second dark band. That is less than 1/2 way up. This in a city the size SLC

Opening of world's tallest tower marks end of Dubai era...

Would not want to be driving in Houston. They know nothing of snow. Dallas is bad in Snow. Houston will be bumper cars

Houston braces for about 2 inches of snow

Some in Houston area may even see half a foot of the white stuff

Houston this morning broke a record with the earliest snowfall ever recorded in the city's history.

One of the coolest Photos

In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope. The photographer made this image using a solar-filtered Takahashi 5-inch refracting telescope and a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera.

I always like candids. A lot to give up for …

Happy Family

Only Nixon could go to China, Only Clinton could cut Welfare – Still staggering what they are cutting from so many to assist so few.

Democrats win $400B in Medicare cuts

our plans, view our Medicare ...

The Senate also adopted an amendment that gives the government authority to eliminate co-payments for women's health screenings such as mammograms


They want to Kill Bambi

Sen. Schumer's Bill Provides Tax Incentives to Kill Bambi

Deer Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has introduced S. 2794, which provides tax incentives for the charitable donation of wild game meat:

Now the UN is investigating. Maybe NYT will now report this.

The United Nations will conduct its own investigation into e-mails leaked from a leading British climate science center that appear to show scientists' fudging data.

The Daily Show is consistently beating the Networks (and he was hard on Bush – and isn’t that what we want from our media: a level of suspicion and skepticism? )

JOHN STEWART Pictures ...

JON STEWART sees something familiar in Obama’s speech. “Jon Stewart seems to take the media job of holding the current administration accountable a bit more seriously these days than the, er, actual media. Stewart compares Barack Obama’s speech on Afghanistan with one given two years ago by that notorious warmonger George Bush, and finds … a lot of disturbing similarities.”

Paris revealed...

A magical 25th anniversary trip to Paris; a few photos sent to friends.
This photo suddenly appeared on Bill's blog, with the reassuring calming commitment from Bill that there weren't very many people who would see it, and "maybe only a couple of people who know you."
With this photo, I became "The Paris Correspondent".

Dems raised Hell when Bush claimed this for Sec of Defense and AG. Sort of quite now…

White House invokes separation of powers to block testimony of … social secretary


The GWers (Global Warmers) press on regardless

Gore says Copenhagen target not enough...

Schwarzenegger unveils dramatic climate change map which shows flooded San Francisco of the future...

Reminder from the AP: Global warming is coming so start buying stilts

From Ciara: This is a long story of 11 Moslems men on a flight and their behavior. Snoopes points out that different witnesses give different versions and can not verify every fact (normal for events happening all over a plane). Sounds like a dry run.

FWD:  This is unbelievable. The story below makes it all sound so nonchalant.

I got this email from my good friend Tedd Petruna, a diver at the NBL facility at NASA that I used to

work with. He happened to be on this same flight. In my opinion, the muslims are all getting very

brave now, since they have one of their own in the white Tedd's story below. 

PS...can you imagine - our own news media now are so politically correct that they are afraid to

report that these were all muslims...unbelievable. Thank God for people like Tedd Petruna.   

A. Gene Hackemack
979-251-2310 cell & home
8725 Hwy 290 W
Brenham TX   77833

Subject: Long story short....

One week ago, I went to Ohio on business and to see my father.  On Tuesday, November the 17th, I returned home.  If you read the papers the 18th

you may have seen a blurb where a AirTran flight was cancelled from Atlanta to Houston due to a man who refused to get off of his cell phone

before takeoff.  It was on Fox.  This was NOT what happened.

I was in 1st class coming home.  11 Muslim men got on the plane in full attire.  2 sat in 1st class and the rest peppered themselves throughout the

plane all the way to the back.  As the plane taxied to the runway the stewardesses gave the safety spiel we are all so familiar with.  At that time,

one of the men got on his cell and called one of his companions in the back and proceeded to talk on the phone in Arabic very loudly and very

aggressively.  This took the 1st stewardess out of the picture for she repeatedly told the man that cell phones were not permitted at the time.  He

ignored her as if she was not there.

The 2nd man who answered the phone did the same and this took out the 2nd stewardess.  In the back of the plane at this time, 2 younger Muslims,

one in the back, on the aisle, and one in front of him, window, began to show footage of a porno they had taped the night before, and were very

loud about it.  Now….they are only permitted to do this prior to Jihad.  If a Muslim man goes into a strip club, he has to view the woman via mirror

with his back to her.  (don’t ask me….I don’t make the rules, but I’ve studied this)  The 3rd stewardess informed them that they were not to have

electronic devices on at this time.  To which one of the men said “shut up infidel dog!”  She went to take the camcorder and he began to scream

in her face in Arabic.  At that exact moment, all 11 of them got up and started to walk thru the cabin.  This is where I had had enough!  I got up and

started to the back where I heard a voice behind me from another Texan twice my size say “I got your back.”  I grabbed the man who had been on

the phone by the arm and said “you WILL go sit down or you Will be thrown from this plane!”  As I “led” him around me to take his seat, the fellow

Texan grabbed him by the back of his neck and his waist and headed out with him.  I then grabbed the 2nd man and said, “You WILL do the same!” 

He protested but adrenaline was flowing now and he was going to go.  As I escorted him forward the plane doors open and 3 TSA agents and 4 police

officers entered.  Me and my new Texan friend were told to cease and desist for they had this under control.  I was happy to oblige actually.  There

was some commotion in the back, but within moments, all 11 were escorted off the plane.  They then unloaded their luggage.

We talked about the occurrence and were in disbelief that it had happened, when suddenly, the door open again and on walked all 11!!  Stone faced,

eyes front and robotic (the only way I can describe it).  The stewardess from the back had been in tears and when she saw this, she was having NONE

of it!  Being that I was up front, I heard and saw the whole ordeal.  She told the TSA agent there was NO WAY she was staying on the plane with these

men.  The agent told her they had searched them and were going to go through their luggage with a fine tooth comb and that they were allowed to

proceed to Houston .  The captain and co-captain came out and told the agent “we and our crew will not fly this plane!”  After a word or two, the entire

crew, luggage in tow, left the plane.  5 minutes later, the cabin door opened again and a whole new crew walked on.

Again…..this is where I had had enough!!!  I got up and asked “What the hell is going on!?!?”  I was told to take my seat.  They were sorry for the delay

and I would be home shortly.  I said “I’m getting off this plane”.  The stewardess sternly told me that she could not allow me to get off.  (now I’m mad!) 

I said “I am a grown man who bought this ticket, who’s time is mine with a family at home and I am going through that door, or I’m going through that

door with you under my arm!!  But I am going through that door!!”  And I heard a voice behind me say “so am I”.  Then everyone behind us started to

get up and say the same.  Within 2 minutes, I was walking off that plane where I was met with more agents who asked me to write a statement.  I had

5 hours to kill at this point so why the hell not.  Due to the amount of people who got off that flight, it was cancelled.  I was supposed to be in Houston

at 6pm.  I got here at 12:30am. 

Look up the date.  Flight 297 Atlanta to Houston . 

If this wasn’t a dry run, I don’t know what one is.  They wanted to see how TSA would handle it, how the crew would handle it, and how the passengers

would handle it. 

I’m telling this to you because I want you to know….The threat is real.  I saw it with my own eyes….

-Tedd Petruna