Monday, December 24, 2012

Senator Scrooge Refuses to Back Down

Senate Minority Leader Ebenezer J. Scrooge (R-Kentucky) today continues his refusal to support increased taxes on the rich without massive budget cuts.  Asked whether the middle class and the poor will suffer because of increased taxes and cuts to entitlement programs, Senator Scrooge responded, "Are there no prisons?  Are there no workhouses?" When asked about the potential of children dying of diseases or starvation due to his party's stonewalling of President Obama's economic policies, Scrooge replied, "Better that they be quick about it, so as to decrease the surplus population." On the subject of gun control, the senator proposed an assault weapons ban for anyone earning less than $250,000 per year.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Flying Saucers" Over Nevada Nuclear Test Site

Nevada Test Site, Operation Tumbler/Snapper, May 1,1952. This clip (in black-and-white) has been used as stock footage in many movies, and I've always wondered about the 4 or more "clouds" on the right side - I've seen many hours of footage from other nuclear tests but have never observed a similar phenomenon. They could be detection devices but they always had them on parachutes, and you can see that the objects are not descending as if on parachutes (see youtube video "Declassified Nuclear Test Film #18 on that subject). How does one explain the cloud-like appearance of the objects, unless the objects were much warmer than the surrounding air, similar to how contrails are created from jet engine exhaust... The streaks of smoke on the left side were left by small rockets, carrying scientific instruments, launched an instant before bomb detonation. If you stop the video randomly you can see other white objects moving so fast that they left streaks of light on the film negative. Others appear as white blobs, very similar in appearance to the group of stationary "clouds" easily visible on the right side of the screen. Of course, many of the "objects" can be attributed to normal wear-and-tear on the film print. Other people have posted videos on this alleged UFO event but this is the best quality footage available.

Monday, May 07, 2012

A Printer That Needs NO Electricity or Batteries!

Here's a wonderful new invention:

Totally portable and needs no power source! It's terrific for African Safaris, Antarctic expeditions, or any other place that lacks electricity.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Drunken Rant: What's the Point of Paying For Cable Anymore?

I'm sick of how cable/satellite TV has been ruined by so-called reality shows. It's bad enough that local free TV is chock-full of that reality garbage, but now virtually all cable channels consist all day marathons of that hokey shit. The History Channel, Discovery, and A & E used to be my favorite cable channels but now look at them: American (nose) Pickers, Ax Men, Swamp People, Storage Wars, ad nauseum. There are literally a hundred of them. All that junk is the same: greedy bastards bragging about how much money they are making - who cares? Or a group of Neandrethals acting-out for the camera, talking about how tough they supposedly are and having fake fights with fellow cast members - wake me when it's over. So what it amounts to is that I'm paying 40 bucks per month for ESPN, CNN and Turner Classic Movies..and 200 channels of fucking horse shit!  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Why Detroit Hates Small Electric Cars

Ever notice that most electric cars are large and overweight?  To be fair, not just in Detroit but in foreign automakers as well. We got all kinds of electric/gasoline/CNG hybrids from which to choose. Not by coincidence, these cars cost over $30,000. At the other extreme, there is the new Toyota ONE PASSENGER electric run-about (and it lacks doors to save weight). That's rather ridiculous - one passenger? You can't even take your girl for a spin! Not only that, but its top speed is only 37mph and has a scanty range of 31 miles.

The automakers mutter about the safety of tiny electric cars, yet they make the same size gas powered cars! What the world needs is a two-passenger, 50mph, 80 mile range electric with at least a bare minimum of comfort. The only problem is that this car would undercut the sales of low-price gas powered vehicles. Many people would rather pay $10,000 for the electric mini-car instead of $15-20,000 for a similar gas powered vehicle that has only slightly better performance and costs more to operate. Hopefully, the automakers will find some way to make some money off small electric vehicles. In China, small companies are making affordable two-passenger electric cars for a niche market, much to the displeasure of the large state-subsidized Chinese automakers.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Great Moments in TV History #7: Geraldo is Attacked by Nazi Skinhead

November 3, 1988: During an on-scuffle, a guest on The Geraldo Show clobbers host Geraldo Rivera with a chair.

Great Moments in TV History #6: Al Sharpton is Knocked on His Ass

From the Morton Downey Jr. Show in the late 80s. Congress on Racial Equality leader Roy Innes shoves Rev. Al and his chair ass-over-teakettle

Monday, February 27, 2012

Great Moments in TV History #5 - Reporter Forgets What Words Mean

Reporter for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles gets brain freeze (or adverse drug reaction) on-air, during 2011 Grammy Awards

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Great Moments in TV History #4: Washed-up Comic Talks Filthy on CNN

From 1998(?): During an interview, the CNN reporter insinuates to Andrew "Dice" Clay that he is attempting a comeback, which Clay takes exception to. When asked whether or not he currently owned and operated a gym, Clay goes ballistic (according to wikipedia, he did and still does own a gym).

Friday, January 20, 2012

Great Moments in TV History #3: Beauty Queen Explains American Ignorance

From the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant. Miss Teen South Carolina attempts to answer why 20% of Americans can't find the U.S. on a world map.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Great Moments in TV History #2: Jessica Savitch's Last Broadcast

In this TV clip from 1983, reporter Jessica Savitch looks and acts like she's high on drugs, and her boss at NBC seemed to think so too, since she was suspended from her job immediately after this broadcast. Three weeks later, she and her boyfriend were killed in a traffic accident.

Great Moments in TV History #1: Howard Cosell Loses Toupee

1973: At the end of a televised boxing match, losing boxer Scott LeDoux rants about the fight being rigged and then gets into a scuffle with his opponent Johnny Boudreau and his handlers, with sports announcer Howard Cosell getting his toupee knocked-off in the process.