Archive for December 28th, 2007

Republicans REALLY Hate The Media

First Dubya tries to run the press over with a tractor, and now this:

John posted a story from The Huckster’s hunting trip earlier this week, and now details of a disturbing incident that occurred that day are starting to come out. Apparently, Huckabee was asked by one of the reporters following him that day why he didn’t invite Dick Cheney along for the hunting trip and he joked, because he wanted to “survive all the way through this.” But, near the end of the hunt, as a pheasant got up and flew toward the onlooking reporters, Huckabee and his fellow hunters turned toward them, aimed and fired their guns right over their heads — a cardinal sin of hunting.

Photo and more via The Washington Post:

Around 9:30 a.m., before the rest of the candidates were set to spend the day crisscrossing the Hawkeye State, Huckabee took an hour and a half to hunt pheasant in Osceola, about an hour’s drive from Des Moines.

…Flanked by about a dozen reporters, he wore a microphone from CNN as he went shooting, with Dude, his 3-year-old bird dog, and Chip Saltzman, his campaign manager, at his side.

In the first 30 minutes, Huckabee, Saltzman and a friend shot three birds. Their last shot flew over the heads of reporters, one of whom cried out: “Oh my God! Oh my God! Don’t shoot. This is traumatizing.” Read on…

As someone who almost lost a close family member in a hunting accident, this kind of mindless and ignorant behavior enrages me. In what can only be considered a huge gaffe by Huckabee, abandoning proper safety procedures and putting the lives of others at risk — just to show off in front of reporters — shows a profound lack of judgment on his part. This man wants to be our president and have control over our nuclear weapons. Don’t we get enough of this kind of behavior from our current president?

I mean, how can you not think that there’s some kind of barely concealed undercurrent of hostility there? Maybe that’s why the press is so in the tank for the Republicans – they literally fear for their lives.

(h/t LS)

1 comment December 28th, 2007 at 10:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Huckabee,Media,Wankers

Photo Of The Day

From the Daily Mail:

After weeks of freezing temperatures, a thick coating of icicles has completely transformed the landmark South Haven [MI] lighthouse.

The structure, which was built in 1903, and its access gantry have become a dramatic ice sculpture – which has been growing as decidedly chilly temperatures hover below zero.

Standing on a promontary, the lighthouse attracts visitors from across the world but is frequently subjected to extreme weather conditions.

The high level gantry was built in a desperate bid to keep access to the site open even when the lower deck was frosted over.

But even that plan failed to work this year as thick frost coated the whole structure.


(h/t the shadowy and mysterious Codename V.)

December 28th, 2007 at 10:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness

Sperm In Engineering

Who knew sperm were so useful? I mean for… other things:

Scientists have taken the first steps in reproducing the biological engine that powers a sperm’s tail and modified it for use in nano-sized devices.

The tiny biological machine is something like a car engine that uses fuel to generate motion.

Only this machine — composed of 10 carefully arranged enzymes — runs on natural sugars, using them to produce an high-energy molecule called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP for short.

In the case of sperm, ATP energizes the tail. But it could also be used in nanorobots that do everything from activate drug-delivery pumps to manufacture missing enzymes necessary for healthy bodily functions.

“We’re taking what sperm have already figured out how to do and using it for a nanotechnology application,” said Alex Travis, assistant professor of reproductive biology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY.


So far, they have attached three of the 10 enzymes — two that are next to each other and one from the middle of the sequence. When attached, the enzymes activate and perform their normal function. If the scientists can get all 10 enzymes to work in sequence, they’ll have their biological engine. Blood glucose naturally present in the body would be used as fuel.

Of course, the nightmare scenario would be if a whole bunch of these little machines were combined into an unstoppable futuristic killer robot, sent back in time by the machines to destroy the leader of the human rebellion. It would be called… well, I think you know what it’d be called.

2 comments December 28th, 2007 at 09:16pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Technology,Weirdness

Comment(s) Of The Year

Alas, not on my own blog, or even on any political blog at all. No, the best comments of the year are on today’s Blue Screen (NY Daily News Giants football blog). Ralph wrote a post arguing that the Giants should rest their starters at halftime to reduce the risk of injuries heading into the playoffs, even though it would give the Patriots a free shot at capping off their undefeated season.

A commenter named Craig Lynn took offense… at length. Repeatedly. Check it out, it’s quite remarkable.

December 28th, 2007 at 05:45pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Sports

Quote Of The Year

Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden on pitcher Jesus Colome’s abcess:

It was a pretty serious situation. I pray for his buttocks and his family.

I only just saw it today, but it’s my new favorite.

More great 2007 sports quotes here as well, plus bonus snarky commentary!

December 28th, 2007 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Sports

Friday Quote & Panda Blogging

This week’s quote is from Payback, the underrated Mel Gibson remake of Lee Marvin’s Point Blank.

I’m told that you’re the man to see for expensive horizontal refreshment.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s pandas…


December 28th, 2007 at 07:05am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Monday Media Blogging

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