Friday, October 29, 2010
Seattle investigators have discovered a cache of heavy explosives beneath a new cruise ship terminal. But don't worry, "Any kind of heat, shock and friction can cause these things to detonate."
Jim Barton, an underwater munitions expert, has a lot of less than reassuring and sort of disturbing things to say about the situation. While most of the pile is either empty casings or training rounds, heavy explosives have been found—and any number of heavy explosive rounds beneath a boat is a bad number. "It absolutely needs to come out. There's no excuse to leave it there. It's unwise to leave it there," says Barton. I feel like he's trying to tell us something. "It's dangerous. Its explosives, its munitions. They're designed to kill people and they're pretty much safe to be around if you don't disturb them." Ah, now you're making sense. But don't fret, future travelers—the Pentagon has deemed the port a must-clean area, and retrieval operations are underway.
1942: The Alaska Highway officially opens to military traffic.
Until the early 1940s, Alaska was a neglected U.S. territory. The Klondike gold rush of the 1880s and ’90s was a distant memory, and oil had not yet been discovered. There were a bunch of trees and rivers and snow, but nothing really worth exploiting, so the vast wilderness was pretty much left to the bears and the hardy few who lived on the frontier.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, coupled with their military incursions into the Aleutian Islands, changed things in an instant. Suddenly, Alaska became a potential Japanese invasion route to Canada and the Lower 48, so both governments agreed that the road would now be built.
A Canadian army observer remembers:
Those U.S. troops — I felt sorry for them to begin with — then was amazed at what they did. If you weren’t there, you just couldn’t understand it. I saw fellows so tired, they were ready to drop in their tracks. It was rush-rush-rush. Fellows were doing 18 to 20 hours a day on bulldozers. One was up to his neck in ice water repairing timbers in subzero weather. God, I admired them. Most were southerners — they’d never experienced cold like that. And in the summer, it was mosquitoes — like they’d eat you right there, or pack you away to eat at home.
In the end, the 1,500-mile highway, stretching from Dawson Creek in British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska, was completed in an astounding eight months. In many places, it was a “highway” in name only, instead resembling a glorified footpath with stretches of unpaved road, murderous switchbacks and no guard rails or shoulders
'You are swine and infidels' . . . secret insults at wedding blessing in paradise
It was meant to be one of the happiest days of their lives – a wedding blessing in paradise.
The couple chose an idyllic resort in the Maldives as the perfect place to renew their marriage vows and pledge everlasting love.
But their happiness has turned to humiliation after the wedding video was posted on YouTube and subtitles disclosed that their "Islamic blessing", which was conducted by a hotel employee in the native Dhivehi language, was in fact a stream of insults.
"You are swine. The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine. Your marriage is not a valid one," he intoned as the couple held up their hands in prayer, blissfully unaware of what was being said.
Dismissing them as pork-eating "infidels", the employee went on: "You are not the kind of people who can have a valid marriage. One of you is an infidel. The other too is an infidel and, we have reason to believe, an atheist who does not even believe in an infidel religion.
"You fornicate and make a lot of children. You drink and you eat pork. Most of the children that you have are marked with spots and blemishes."
Several other staff members were present at the ceremony but said nothing. One appeared to be stifling a laugh.
The "celebrant", identified as Hussein Didi, made reference to bestiality and "frequent fornication by homosexuals". Close inspection of the official-looking document in front of him reveals it to be a copy of the staff employment regulations.
October 28: Buster the dog sits on a motorcycle with a supporter of Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell before a rally in Dover, Delaware
October 23: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican 2010 Victory Fundraising Rally in Orlando, Florida
October 22: US President Barack Obama and actor/comedian Jamie Foxx exchange greetings at a Moving America Forward rally at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles
And the DoJ covered it up.
The US Civil Rights Commission has concluded in an extensive report that the strange decision to dismiss a case the Department of Justice had won by default against a New Black Panther Party activist for voter intimidation came after the involvement of political appointees. Furthermore, and most embarrassing, the 131-page report accuses the Department of Justice of attempting to cover up that involvement, and that the cover-up came from “high-level” officials in the DoJ. The USCRC concludes that the Civil Rights Division is “at war with its core mission”:
According to CNN, the former President is "addicted" to his tablet. Laura Bush says that he reads the Wall Street Journal on it first thing every morning. But his very favorite app? Well, let's just say it doesn't accept "nucular."
Yep, George W. Bush's favorite iPad app is Scrabble. We know his strategy, anyway: No Tile Left Behind.
France holds the world's standard for the kilogram weight. It's a cylinder-shaped object that has dictated all other kilogram weights for 130 years now. As it's made from platinum-iridium though, the US is concerned it's no longer accurate. Whoops?
Housed in France's International Bureau of Weights and Measures, the weight is actually the yardstick the ampere, mole and candela units are measured by. While the kilogram hasn't changed much over those 130 years, it's enough cause for concern that the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology has stated they're going to lodge a formal complaint at next year's General Conference on Weights and Measures.
ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2010) — Green tea does not protect against breast cancer. A study of data from approximately 54,000 women, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Breast Cancer Research, found no association between drinking green tea and breast cancer risk.
Law school graduates that never succeed in passing a bar exam have a very difficult 'first term.' Five to ten years out of law school, they lag well behind lawyers on every measure - earnings, employment stability, even marriage and divorce rates. Moreover, as a group, bar-failers fare worse than college graduates despite having left college with better-than-average grades. But after an initial adjustment period, they spring back and out-perform the average college graduate for the second half of their careers.
Charlie Cook moves Barney Frank’s seat from “likely Democratic” to “lean Democratic.” Plus this: “Remember, as of just a few weeks ago, this seat wasn’t even on the board.” Frank’s opponent, Sean Bielat. seems to be surging.
Politico need not reveal its source to reveal its source. Given the names, times and details provided, it clearly was the Clinton-Obama camp playing hardball the Chicago Way.
Yes, sure, Meek was a loyal, useful African American trooper all over the country in Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful fight against Obama for the Democrats’ presidential nomination in 2007-08.
But — nothing personal just business — if Meek won’t step aside voluntarily, get rid of him involuntarily. Leak word to the hungry press and hope enough of their readers give up on Meek and jump to Crist.
Reader C.J. Burch writes: “Don’t normal Americans get indicted for this type of thing?
The Democratic National Committee and the party’s private club in the nation’s capitol have been delinquent with tax payments on sixteen separate occasions over the last seven years, Pajamas Media has learned.
According to District of Columbia government records, since 2004 the Democrats’ main political committee and its National Democratic Club — an exclusive restaurant and hideaway on Capitol Hill where prominent Democrats and their guests dine — have been hit with fines and interest penalties in excess of $115,000 for failure to pay their property taxes on time.
They don’t pay taxes. They spend taxes.