Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Morning Blog

France and England have decided to commit attack helicopters to the war in Libya. Which is great because obviously, the US can't pursue further military action without congressional approval. Right? Right? That's what the law says, right? Sigh...Anyways, it's interesting because the helicopters they've committed seem to be operating outside of the control of NATO. I think this represents a pretty clear escalation. I'm guessing that France and the UK are trying to increase their involvement without having to worry about the rules NATO accepted when joining the fight.

The End(s) of the World: I guess that when he was doing his calculations, he forgot to carry the 2. Our very own doomsday prophet has looked over his figures and determined that the world will end on October, 21st. He realized that a "merciful and compassionate God" would make the apocalypse a quick affair rather than spread it out over five months. Naturally, this same "merciful and compassionate God" will then send the majority of humanity to suffer for eternity in Hell but that's neither here nor there.

I think the headline is enough: Liger Cubs Nursed by Dog. If that's not a sign of the end times, I don't know what is.

Well, I guess this qualifies as well.


Here's another place where some might be found.

Can't say that it matches up with my personal experiences but then I've always maintained that Pittsburgh is about a year out of step with the fashions of the rest of the country. Anyways, violent crime rates nationally have fallen considerably. It was assumed that crimes like burglary would increase as a result of the recession. Frankly, I'm not surprised that it's gone down. After all, what are you going to steal? One important note:

As the percentage of people behind bars has decreased in the past few years, violent crime rates have fallen as well. For those who believed that higher incarceration rates inevitably led to less crime, “this would also be the last time to expect a crime decline,” he said.

Just something to consider when you think about the Supreme Courts decision that California must do something about prison overcrowding.

Something else I find counter-intuitive: Pittsburgh is one of the nations safest cities for pedestrians. Considering that most Pittsburghers consider jaywalking to be less of a right and more of a polished art form, I can't help but find that a bit surprising.

Not something I would ever expect to say but unbelievably, the Weather Channel got interesting.

This is interesting as well: Because of redistricting, Rep. Dennis Kucinich might be compelled to become a sort of political hobo. It's like the "Grapes of Wrath" for bureaucrats.

Not to be outdone by the Democrats in the field of political carpetbagging, Rudy Giuliani has headed South to offer his political acumen to the Peruvians.

There's a bill in the Pennsylvania house that would make sexting between teens a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Now I know that teens shouldn't sext. It's a bit tawdry to say the least. However, I know absolutely that they shouldn't be imprisoned and put on sex offender lists for it. So even though I think that it shouldn't be the concern of the legislature at all, I welcome this as a small step towards rationality. Seriously, considering the fact that very real crimes are being committed against children, the whole sexting brouhaha is simply absurd.

Looks as though Pakistan will have some more 'splainin' to do. If these allegations are correct, than there's really no way we can't designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism. I would imagine that the Indians would demand it.

2012 Watch: Here's the bling and blather edition. I think the strangest thing about Gingrich and his enormous jewelry bill is that he even attempts to defend it as normal. Half a million dollars worth of normal to be exact. I can only imagine that he'll fight back against this by pointing out that he has an everyday car just like any other Working Joe.

Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard is none too impressed with the current Republican field:

But I'd bet he's wrong. In fact, I hereby offer this bet: I'll buy Ed the kind of steak dinner a man of his stature deserves, if the nominee a) comes from the current field and b) goes on to beat President Obama. And I'll include in the current field (since they seem very likely to run) Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman, in addition of course to Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnson.

Personally, I think that Obama could be beatable. But by one of these people? Puh-leaze. For crying out loud, one of the so-called "serious contenders" is a pizza man.

As far as Palin goes, the flame-out continues. Just more meaningless news about a meaningless person.

Meanwhile, our President wanders round England. Fun fact I learned from this link: FDR fed the Queens mother hot dogs!

In which Peter Fonda says something very, very strange. It's great that he's spending time with the grandkids and all but still...

O, what a tangled web they weave!

Totally ignoring the lessons of movies like "The Terminator", scientists have made robots capable of developing their own language. Anyone know how to say "mechanical overlord" in beep-boop?

"Ice Road Truckers", Africa Edition.

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