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Keith Olbermann...NOT a newscaster...a partisan fraud hack

@ 11:30 PM (103 months, 15 days ago)


I just fired this off via email to the fraud.  It is doubtful the chicken fraud will respond.

Please be sure that Keith Olbermann reads this.
You are a total joke to refer to your partisan show as a "newscast" as you did tonight.  You looked ridiculous as Barbara Boxer's boy toy lobbing softballs to her.  You should have the honesty and integrity to announce your partisanship at the beginning of your "show" and specifically state that is is NOT a "newscast".
Olbermann feigning shock at being caught in another lie by Jay Leno
When you were a sportscaster at ESPN you did a nice job and I had respect for you.  You are getting worse and worse as time goes by to the point where you will soon be a parody.  Basically an Air America Rush Limbaugh wannabe.  You have an axe to grind, which is your right as an American, however your methodology is sinister, deceitful and wrong.
If you have any integrity left (doubtful), you may respond to this and have a dialogue with me and even try to justify what you are doing.


Iran test fires long-range missile called sagheb claimed to be radar evading and submarine launchable

@ 10:13 PM (103 months, 19 days ago)


Iran test fired a long-range, radar-evading missile on Sunday from a submarine in the Gulf as part of war games that began earlier this month, state television reported.

The missile was called Sagheb, which means Piercing (tongue?), but the report did not give the missile's range (6 feet?).

In reality a water plume from a super soaker

"Minutes ago it was launched from a submarine in the Persian Gulf and it hit the target (Tehran's only Taco Bell)," television reported.

Western nations have been watching developments in Iran's missile capabilities with concern amid a standoff over the country's nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at building atomic bombs. Iran says the program is only civilian.

A navy admiral, named only as Kouchaki, told state television the missile had been designed and produced in Iran.

"I insist that Harrison Ford play me in the movie version of 'Death of Iran'."

"It can be installed and launched by Iran's navy. It is a long-range missile, with a very high speed and destructive power. It is also radar evading," he said.

The Islamic Republic has three aging Kilo class diesel-electric Russian submarines (garbage buckets) and also builds midget submarines (sardine cans for burying dead frogmen). Military analysts say Iranian men often exaggerate their sexual abilities which Iranian women say don't equal battery less vibrators.

But they also say Iranian forces could, if pushed, cause havoc (from laughing at what jackasses Iranians are) in shipping lanes in the Gulf.


Dugg of Fromthedarkside.com in Emergency Room Below the Mason Dixon Line

@ 06:28 PM (103 months, 20 days ago)


Hopefully our conspiracy theorist friend is going to be ok.  I don't know whether posting while driving and riding while Mos was driving caused the crash.




Christiane Amanpour of CNN Has Been Having a Ten Year Affair with bin Laden

@ 01:48 AM (103 months, 22 days ago)


Christiane Amanpour has displayed a consistent pro terrorist agenda and now the reason is public.  CNN's resident bat seems to like sex in caves with dirty smelly bearded men on the sand.  Previously it was widely assumed she was a staunch lesbian in the Hillary Clinton mold.

The real question is why CNN only chose to present one side of the story.  Surely if someone anyone at CNN simply googled bin Laden they might accidently stumble onto something unflattering.  If they did look, they decided not to air it.







Iran Arming Tactical Nuclear Missiles Following North Korean System

@ 10:36 PM (103 months, 23 days ago)


It's good to know that Iran is running it's nuclear program in a sensible manner.  Clearly only the best and brightest are used to implement i.



Coincidence or Conspiracy?

@ 01:25 AM (103 months, 24 days ago)


Now that I have seen the anniversary photos, I realize that I have never seen EB and Calin the webmaster together at the same time.  Are my old dead eyes bad or is there a resemblence between them.  Could they be the SAME PERSON?

Calin's pic



Oh no, it was shalana millard


p.s.  none of this material is mine.  It was emailed to me by Dugg and Moss


United States Military Creating Middle East Photo Directory of islamo nazi muslim terrorists

@ 12:44 AM (103 months, 24 days ago)


As part of the President's new "why can't all those towelheads over there just be friends" policy, Soldiers are beginning to gather photos for the directory beginning with islamo nazi muslim terrorists.  The pictures are free, the directory will be free.  This will be way more comprehensive than the previous "deck of cards directory".



Photos taken by the Military have the be RIGHT THE FIRST TIME




Hey Mahmoud Ahmadinejad...August 22 is 3 Hours Away Here in EDT

@ 12:01 AM (103 months, 25 days ago)


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is proving himself to be a hot air filled wind bag liar liar pants on fire.


He has a few hours left to call his buddy Kim Jong Il and make up tomorrow's threat d'jour.  Hey Butthead...yeah you Mahmoud the world isn't a soup kitchen but you ARE a nazi.  Sweet dreams clown, your time is coming


American Hating shalana millard is a Taxpayer Paid United States Government Employee as Well as a Hypocrite

@ 10:44 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


shalana millard is a federal civil service employee who writes several subversive America hating blogs.  She must laugh herself silly editing the official INS newsletter containing pro United States material which she mocks in her America hating blogs.  It is offensive that my tax dollars pay her.  Her lack of respect for the duly elected officials of the United States is sickening.  Her blogs contain factually inaccurate information.

If you want to contact shalana millard at her "day job", you can do so like any other government employee:

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shalana millard has produced a body of America hating work: Here's one by shalana millard for the democratic underground, in which she perspicaciously points out that the only thing scarier than the possibility of the radical right having stolen the election through fraud is the possibility that everyone (i.e. more than half of the voting public) really is stupid enough actually to have voted for Bush.

shalana millard says that Americans that do not agree with her are "stupid". Read her thoughts on this subject:



Religious Truths - Dealing with islamo nazi muslim terrorists

@ 09:42 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


RELIGIOUS TRUTHS As we struggle to understand the surge in violence in the middle east, it is important for those of all faiths to recognize these Four Religious Truths:


1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's chosen people.

2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian World.

4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.





Illegal Aliens Love Life in the United States - Why Border Walls are Required

@ 01:06 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


Mark Twain on Politicians

@ 12:59 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


"Suppose you were an idiot ... And suppose you were a member of Congress... But I repeat myself."     

--Mark Twain

Who Says Control of Oil is a Stupid Goal

@ 12:54 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


HE WAS A frail old fellow, dressed in loose-fitting clothes, working in his garden and chopping potatoes. Less than a year before, in 1945, he was in command of one of the largest fleets that had ever been assembled by any nation. His name was Takeo Kurita, vice admiral of the former Imperial Japanese Navy.


A young U.S. naval officer named Thomas Moorer and his translator approached Kurita. They explained to the admiral that they were working for a historical study group, gathering information about the war that had recently ended for Japan on such unfavorable terms. They asked Kurita if he would agree to discuss his experiences. And so began a series of interviews of the former Japanese military commander by representatives of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, Naval Analysis Division.

“We Ran Out of Oil”

Kurita held nothing back. There were no state secrets any more. “What happened?” asked the American officer. “We ran out of oil,” replied Kurita, matter-of-factly.

Again and again during the interviews with Moorer and others, Kurita referred to a lack of fuel as the key reason that the Japanese forces were ground down to memories and ghosts. Kurita reflected on why his fleet was all but annihilated at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. Kurita explained that he brought his ships into that action without knowing whether there was sufficient fuel to bring them out of the zone of combat. Thus, Kurita’s ships sailed slowly to their fate, conceding the element of surprise to the vigilant Americans, because the Japanese commanders were attempting to conserve enough fuel to return home. And so, lacking surprise, many of Kurita’s ships never had the opportunity even to turn around before being sent to the bottom by U.S. submarines and air power, along a track of sorrow that covered several seas.

Kurita explained that during the Leyte Gulf battle, he deployed his ships on a dangerous night passage through the San Bernardino Strait. “I was low on fuel,” he said. Kurita’s fleet tankers had been sunk or dispersed. The only fuel available to the Japanese ships was whatever was in their own tanks. “Fuel was an important consideration, the basic one,” said Kurita. There was not enough fuel for his ships to sail around the adjacent landmasses, so they were forced by necessity to transit the relatively narrow straits.

Several months after the Japanese disaster at Leyte Gulf, in February 1945, forces of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps met with no naval resistance whatsoever during the invasion of Iwo Jima. The Japanese had simply conceded the sea and airspace around the island to the American attackers. The reason was that the Imperial Navy had elected to conserve fuel for the final defense of Japan.

By early 1945, almost all ships of the Japanese fleet had been deactivated. Powerful battleships, and even aircraft carriers, that had cost immense sums to construct before the war with the U.S. and during the early years of the conflict, were mere cold iron tied up to the pier for lack of fuel. Japan’s basic military decision-making process was not how to defend against American attacks on many fronts. Japan’s main effort was simply to struggle to preserve its dwindling levels of oil reserves.

Flying on Pine Needles

By mid-1944, Japan’s economy and its military were being starved of energy supplies, the consequence of an ever-tightening noose applied by U.S. and Allied air and naval forces. U.S. submarines sank hundreds of Japanese ships in this time frame, including critically needed tankers full of oil. The American submarine campaign against Japanese sea power all but cut off the sea lines of communication between Japan and its so-called “southern resource area.”


In desperation, Japanese war planners utilized every possible means to convert available resources into fuel substitutes. The Japanese manufactured alcohol from confiscated food supplies such as potatoes, sugar, and rice, thus forcing a direct competition between human stomachs and mechanical gas tanks. But alcohol has an energy content of about 65,000 Btu per gallon, whereas aviation gasoline delivers about 130,000 Btu per gallon. So on the best of days, Japanese aircraft took off with half the energy equivalent of their American counterparts in their fuel tanks. And aerial combat proved the disparity, with American aircraft utterly dominating the skies.

People in Japan were forced to tighten their belts even more when large amounts of garden vegetables began to be used for manufacturing lubricating oils. And even old rubber products such as tires and rain slickers were “distilled” to recover whatever oil could be had. But it was not enough.

By late 1944, the Japanese navy commenced a project to manufacture aviation fuel from pine tree roots. “Two hundred pine roots will keep an airplane in the sky for one hour,” said a Navy spokesman. The Japanese navy distributed over 36,000 kettles and stills, in which countless pine tree roots met their fate. Many a hillside of Japan was utterly denuded of trees. But each kettle or still could produce only about 4 gallons of raw product, and even that required significant treatment to upgrade to anything approaching usable fuel. Compounding the problem, each still required its own fuel supply, and this exacerbated an already severe fuel shortage in Japan. By one estimate, 400,000 Japanese worked full-time in order to support a dispersed, inefficient industrial base that could produce all of about 2,500 barrels of pine oil per day. In the end, a mere 3,000 barrels of “pine root” aviation fuel were ultimately delivered to the Japanese navy. And the pine derivative gummed up aviation engines after just a few hours of use. The entire project was a massive waste.

The Way to Lose a War

Many years later, the American naval officer Thomas Moorer had retired as a four-star admiral and chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. In an interview, the retired American Adm. Moorer reflected on the retired Japanese Adm. Kurita that he had met long before. “He had been in command of the entire fleet,” recalled Moorer, “and now here he was digging potatoes.”

“The lesson I learned,” said Moorer, “was never lose a war.” And the American admiral added, “The way to lose a war is to run out of oil”

Fidel Castro Released From Hospital

@ 12:37 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


Naturally he was driven home in airconditioned comfort, Cuban style.


Mos Nirvana Discovered

@ 12:35 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


This one is for you Mos:





Navy Master Chief Interviews

@ 12:27 PM (103 months, 26 days ago)


A young Navy Officer was in a bad car accident, but due to the heroics of the hospital staff the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear. Since he wasn't physically impaired he remained in the military and eventually became an Admiral. During his career he was always sensitive about his appearance.

One day the Admiral was interviewing three Master Chiefs for the Command Master Chief position. The first Master Chief was aAviation Navy type and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview  the Admiral asked him, "Do you notice anything different about me?" The Master Chief answered, "Why yes. I couldn't help but notice you  are missing your starboard ear, so I need to know whether this impacts  your hearing on that side." The Admiral got very angry at this lack of  tact and threw him out of his office.
 The next candidate, a Submarine Service Master Chief, when asked this same question, answered, "Well yes, you seem to be short one ear." The Admiral threw him out also.
The third interview was with an Surface Master Chief. He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the other  two Master Chiefs put together. The Admiral wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same question, "Do you notice anything different about  me?"

To his surprise the Surface Master Chief said, "Yes. You wear contact  lenses."

The Admiral was impressed and thought to himself, what an incredibly tactful Master Chief. "And how do you know that?" the Admiral asked.  The Surface Master Chief replied, "Well it's pretty hard to wear glasses with only one fucking ear."

Tipper Gore - How Did Al the Spaceman Land Such a Babe?

@ 02:14 AM (103 months, 26 days ago)


The only reasonable explanation is a drunken college frat party.




democrat left Supports Islamo-Nazi Extermination of Israel and Jews While at the Same Time "Claims" to Support Israel and Jews....Who is Lying to Who?

@ 08:17 PM (103 months, 27 days ago)


The left is slinging a lot of accusations of misdeeds by President Bush.  Despite the mudslinging there is no legal action of any type pending against President Bush.  Meanwhile President Clinton's permanent record is forever marred by the legal consequences of his misdeeds.  Isn't it strange that more airtime and writing space is given to bald accusations than final legal consequences.  Could it be that there is an agenda out there? 

The truth is that the Islamo-Nazi's love anything that might weaken President Bush.  Why...you might ask?  President Bush is the leading figure in stopping them in their tracks.  Luckily for them, the Islamo Nazi's have allies right here in the United States....the democrat left.

Let's put this all together.  Islamo-Nazi's hate Jews and vow to exterminate Jews.  The democrat left supports the Islamo-Nazi's and claims to support Israel and Jews.  How can the democrat left have it both ways...."We love Israel and the Jews we have just helped our Islamo-Nazi friends exterminate."

Presidents who do something wrong suffer the consequences.  Bill Clinton's 5 year suspension in Arkansas expired in January but he has not sought reinstatement.  Why hasn't he taken action to clean up this blot on his record? 

Clinton Disbarred From Supreme Court

By Anne Gearan

Associated Press Writer

Monday, Oct. 1, 2001; 10:48 a.m. EDT

WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court ordered former President Clinton disbarred from practicing law before the high court on Monday and gave him 40 days to contest the order.

The court did not explain its reasons, but Supreme Court disbarment often follows disbarment in lower courts.

In April, Clinton's Arkansas law license was suspended for five years and he paid a $25,000 fine. The original disbarment lawsuit was brought by a committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

There are no fines associated with the Supreme Court action. Most lawyers who are admitted to the Supreme Court bar never actually argue a case there, but the right to do so is considered an honor.

Clinton agreed to the Arkansas fine and suspension Jan. 19, the day before he left office, as part of an understanding with Independent Counsel Robert Ray to end the Monica Lewinsky investigation.


The agreement also satisfied the legal effort by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct to disbar Clinton for giving misleading testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

The Supreme Court followed its standard rules in the Clinton case, which include suspending Clinton from practice in the court and giving him 40 day to show why he should not be permanently disbarred.

President Bush Dissolves FEMA and Subcontracts New Orleans Cleanup to hezbollah - Ray Nagin goes into Hiding

@ 04:40 PM (103 months, 27 days ago)


President Bush may not be a good talker but can sometimes come up with some very logical strategerie.


To enter southern Lebanon these days, you drive down roads where traffic is directed by young men in gray Hezbollah civil defense corps T-shirts and past bulldozers from the Holy War Reconstruction Co. Days after guns fell silent, Hezbollah has emerged as the lead player in the cleanup of towns and villages in southern Lebanon. It has the volunteers, owns the equipment and has spent years burnishing its image as the champion of ordinary people, from poor tobacco farmers to doctors and lawyers, who see Hezbollah as much more than a militia.-Los Angeles Times

Upon reading this, the President compared hezbollah to FEMA and FEMA lost and was gone the same day.  The brilliant stroke was in bringing hezbollah to New Orleans.  At less than half the cost of FEMA doing virtually nothing, great strides have already been made in New Orleans.  hezbollah payments are being held in escrow pending work completion and hezbollah members leaving the United States without any damage of any kind anywhere.  hezbollah is only too glad to get the bucks.

One of the first things hezbollah has done is preventing Nagin from doing any further damage.  Negociations regarding hezbollah taking Nagin with them when they are finished are ongoing.


World Events Controlled by Secret Steak Cabal - Next Up Civil War in Cuba

@ 01:58 AM (103 months, 28 days ago)


Conspiracy theorists have been right all along.  Castro is dying a slow pudding eating death while the rulers are planning a Cuban Civil War behind the scenes.


These guys are so ruthless they even eat steak for dessert


Hugo Chavez Attends Appointment of Fidel Castro as New Jello Pudding Spokesman Replacing Bill Cosby

@ 12:45 AM (103 months, 29 days ago)


Dictator Chavez flew in for this momentous occasion.  Jello officials reasoned that since Cosby's image has been continually tarnished by casual sex, extramarital affairs and bastard children while Castro is recovering and eating pudding in bed. He even held up the day's paper in a picture for the press to show that he's really still alive.  Castro is just a more appealing person now and will increase pudding sales.

I will send you all the pudding you can eat mi amigo.

The amigos were also observed exchanging this "unknown device"


Cuban Castro Loyalists Kidnap Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah

@ 12:11 AM (104 months, 1 hour ago)


In a last ditch effort to gain yet more attention prior to bumping off and going straight to hell, Castro has had his henchmen kidnap Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and stash him at Gitmo of all places, complete with dog collar of course.



asmalldoseofreality Now Also Posting Elsewhere

@ 01:03 AM (104 months, 3 days ago)


For more of this insipid stuff you may want to take a look at http://asmalldoseofreality.blogspot.com/


Iran and North Korea Launch Simultaneous Nuclear Missile Attack Against EACH OTHER

@ 11:50 PM (104 months, 4 days ago)



Photo of French Presidential Candidate Segolene Royal in a Bikini Makes Hillary Look Like a Pig

@ 11:33 PM (104 months, 4 days ago)

Your author is reconsidering previously cancelled travel plans to France.



PARIS (Reuters) - Paparazzi photographs of Socialist presidential hopeful Segolene Royal in a turquoise bikini have raised eyebrows in France and underlined the spread of celebrity culture into France's traditionally sober political coverage.

This week's edition of celebrity magazine "Closer" included a cover picture of Royal on holiday in bathing suit, cap and sunglasses as part of a survey of "50 stars at the beach."

shalana millard Offers to Purchase Bloghi.com to Censor Conservatives

@ 12:43 AM (104 months, 5 days ago)


The Webmaster of Bloghi.com is considering an offer to purchase the site and name rights.  Part of the purchase price is cash and the other part is seller financing so the Webmaster will be the:

The Webmaster's advisors are presently performing due diligence to determine the credit worthiness of the purchaser.  Although the prospective purchaser has not made her plans public if the purchase goes through, Conservative who currently write on Bloghi.com are exploring other options.


McKinney handily defeated in Georgia vote - Loser Loses

@ 03:29 AM (104 months, 5 days ago)


Congresswoman was involved in scuffle, but she blames GOP

Associated Press
Published August 9, 2006

DECATUR, Ga. -- Cynthia McKinney, the fiery Georgia congresswoman known for her conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks and the scuffle she had earlier this year with a U.S. Capitol Police officer, lost a runoff election Tuesday for her district's Democratic nomination.

Attorney Hank Johnson, a former county commissioner, soundly defeated McKinney by more than 12,000 votes, winning 59 percent of the total vote. More than 70,000 votes were cast -- 9,000 more than in the primary three weeks ago.

Johnson, a political unknown three weeks ago, strode into the ballroom of his campaign party to shouts of, "Hank! Hank! Hank!"

"I'm here to serve you," Johnson told cheering supporters. "I'm going to make you proud. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve you."

The district is heavily Democratic, so Johnson is the favorite in November over Republican challenger Catherine Davis.

Meanwhile, there was no sign of McKinney at her campaign celebration for most of the night. At midnight, the media comprised most of the crowd still awaiting her arrival.  She was too busy filling out unemployment and welfare application.


Her campaign manager, John Evans, blamed the loss on the ABC -- Anybody But Cynthia -- strategy.  Why would that crazy eyed nutjob blame herself she is so out of touch with reality.

"I'm getting tired of being embarrassed. She's an embarrassment to the whole state," said Republican James Vining, a 72-year-old retired electronics repairman from Tucker, who crossed party lines Tuesday to vote for Johnson.


Leading up to the July 18 primary, McKinney had expected an easy return to Congress this year. Instead, she was upset for the second time in the past three primary elections.

Four years ago, McKinney lost to political newcomer Denise Majette, who was backed by an organized, well-funded Republican effort.

University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock said McKinney's political career has come to an end.

"She's history," Bullock said. "You don't get another chance to come back after losing two primaries. It's rare to come back after losing once."

At White Oak Hills Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, the precinct where McKinney votes, Tony Wilson cast a ballot for her with mixed feelings. "She's a radical, but she's ours," said Wilson, a 36-year-old software developer.

Still, Wilson said, McKinney's public image jeopardized her political future. "She makes us look bad," he said.


Alaska Pipeline Shutdown - Saudi Arabia - Corrosion, Corruption or Conspiracy

@ 11:34 PM (104 months, 7 days ago)


What convenient timing.  When was the corrosion discovered, who knew about it, when, who authorized the shutdown and immediate repair, does it have to be now and how much MORE money will the Saudis blackmail us for now?



Is this the next step in taking over the Arab's oil, selling it to the Japanese, Chinese, French, Russians, etc. for $300 a barrel while seizing all the flying carpets, solving America's dependence on oil for transportation?


What Happened at the Pentagon on 9 - 11

@ 11:09 AM (104 months, 7 days ago)


Quite a few people have taken an objective look at the facts and what they actually saw at the time.  Wasn't Castro behind the JFK assasination?

"Hunt the Boeing" Answers

by Paul Boutin and Patrick Di Justo

[UPDATE: Agence France-Presse story is here. Patrick and I were also on Toronto's International Connection radio show earlier.]

Paul Boutin is a freelance technology writer and former engineer in San Francisco. Patrick Di Justo is an astrophysics educator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City who writes for Wired magazine and Wired News.

To be clear: We believe that American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 because we know far too many friends and colleagues in Washington who saw the plane come in over the freeway - some right over their heads - and felt the earth shake as it disappeared into the Pentagon. And we think people who believe they can uncover the truth about anything by surfing the Web are deceiving themselves in a dangerous way.

But we couldn't help taking up the challenge anyway.

As lifelong propellerheads who firmly believe in asking questions, we found Hunt the Boeing an engaging puzzle, despite its tragic subject matter, but one full of obvious errors and misleading questions. Since many of our friends continue to ask us if we've seen the site, we decided to document our answers to it, which we wrote separately. As might be expected, Patrick focused on the math and science (you may remember his widely circulated napkin math on the WTC attack), while Paul picked apart the wording of the questions.

See the original site for photos that accompany the questions.

Question No 1

The first satellite image shows the section of the building that was hit by the Boeing. In the image below, the second ring of the building is also visible. It is clear that the aircraft only hit the first ring. The four interior rings remain intact. They were only fire-damaged after the initial explosion. Can you explain how a Boeing 757-200, weighing nearly 100 tons and travelling at a minimum speed of 250 miles an hour* only damaged the outside of the Pentagon?

Paul: The question and photos are misleading: Parts of the plane penetrated the ground floors of the second and third rings of the building. These photos show only their intact roofs. Eyewitnesses and news reporters have talked about the twelve-foot hole punched through the inside wall of the second ring by one of the plane’s engines.

More importantly, the question focuses on the plane’s size and weight, making it sound extraordinarily heavy, but leaves out the size and weight of the Pentagon – America’s largest office building with three times the floor space of the Empire State Building - as well as the difference in relative stiffness and energy absorption between a building and an airplane. Each side of the Pentagon contains over 100,000 tons of Potomac sand mixed into the steel-reinforced concrete under its limestome facade. There are nearly 10,000 concrete piles anchoring each side of the building. And in the wake of bombings in Oklahoma City and Saudi Arabia, that portion of the Pentagon had just been reinforced with a computationally modeled lattice of steel tubes designed to prevent it from collapsing after an explosion.

By contrast, the plane is only 100 tons of custom alloys stretched thin enough to fly. It’s not like a giant bullet; more like a giant racing bike. Even so, the plane knocked down 10,000 tons of building material - 100 times its own weight - in the crash and subsequent collapse. Another 57,000 tons of the Pentagon were damaged badly enough to be torn down. The Brobdingnagian scale of the Pentagon makes the total area of damage seem small, but it would hold several Silicon Valley office buildings, or an airport terminal.

Patrick: Watch the videotapes of the planes hitting the World Trade Center. They were traveling at approximately 400 mph, and they hit an aluminum and glass building. An entire plane went in, and hardly anything came out the other side, 208 feet away.

Here we have a plane traveling at nearly 250 mph (just over 1/2 the velocity of the WTC planes, meaning just over 1/4 of their kinetic energy), hitting the ground (which would absorb much of that energy), and only then sliding at a much slower speed into a steel-and-kevlar-reinforced concrete and brick building. Obviously, it's not going to go very far. Still, parts of the plane penetrated into the C ring.

Question No 2

The two photographs in question 2 show the building just after the attack. We may observe that the aircraft only hit the ground floor. The four upper floors collapsed towards 10.10 am. The building is 26 yards high. Can you explain how a Boeing 14.9 yards high, 51.7 yards long, with a wingspan of 41.6 yards and a cockpit 3.8 yards high, could crash into just the ground floor of this building?

Paul: Again the question contains incorrect facts in its setup: As reported in the New York Times, the plane struck between the first and second floors of the building. The high-res version of the photo shows a two story high hole in side of the building. Don't look where the fire truck is directing its water, but towards the center of the photo – two floors out of four are knocked out of the outside wall.

Patrick: The plane hit the ground first, then slid into the building. If the landing wheels were not down and locked, the full height of the plane would extend upwards into the second floor of the building, which is what happened.

Question No 3

The photograph above shows the lawn in front of the damaged building. You'll remember that the aircraft only hit the ground floor of the Pentagon's first ring. Can you find debris of a Boeing 757-200 in this photograph?

Paul: : Yet another leading question ("you'll remember..."), but one looking in the wrong place anyway. At 250 mph, the plane did not stop at the outside of the building. Security camera photos and eyewitness accounts from many credible people, including AP reporter Dave Winslow, agree that the plane completely disappeared into the building. If you’ve seen photos of airline crashes after the fire is out, they often look more like landfill sites than anything recognizable as having been an airplane.

But since the question more literally asks for a photo showing airliner debris on the lawn, here's one. Here's another.

Patrick: The Pentagon burned (or at least smoldered) for several days. Was this photograph taken on September 11? Or was it taken after the wreckage was moved away?

Question No 4

The photograph in question 4 shows a truck pouring sand over the lawn of the Pentagon. Behind it a bulldozer is seen spreading gravel over the turf. Can you explain why the Defence Secretary deemed it necessary to sand over the lawn, which was otherwise undamaged after the attack?

Patrick: My father was a construction engineer. He would only put a crane onto a grass lawn in an extreme emergency, and only after getting indemnified against damages. No, the first thing he would do is to lay down a pathway of steel plates, then cover them with gravel, to prevent his equipment from getting bogged down in the soft earth. When you see in that picture is a roadway being built to bring the heavy equipment across the lawn.

Paul: You don’t have to be a construction worker to recognize a road being built over the lawn, to support the vehicles dismantling the damaged building and hauling away debris. I can’t find any news reports (or people who remember any) about Donald Rumsfeld personally ordering this work done. I suspect the statement is false, and was added to make the activity seem more suspicious.

Question No 5

The photographs in Question 5 show representations of a Boeing 757-200 superimposed on the section of the building that was hit. Can you explain what happened to the wings of the aircraft and why they caused no damage?

Patrick: I'm not certain the models are to scale, and they're certainly not in the correct orientation. Since the plane hit the ground and skidded into the building, enough energy was lost by the initial impact and friction with the ground that the engines probably did not penetrate the building.

Paul: If you’re going to doctor evidence, do it right: Eyewitness accounts say the plane hit from 45 degrees to the side. Adjust the silhouettes properly, and fix the parallax effect in the second photo. The plane fits the impact area pretty well: Don't look at the collapsed upper floors, but at the wider swatch knocked out of the ground floor. I would expect the wings, being weaker than the building, to collapse on the way in. But with no previous crashes of the sort to guide us, we can't possibly predict what should have happened. If there's anything we learned that day, it's that we are poor judges of what is and isn't possible.

Question No 6

The quotations in Question 6 correspond to statements made by Arlington County Fire Chief, Ed Plaugher, at a press conference held by Assistant Defence Secretary, Victoria Clarke, on 12 September 2001, at the Pentagon.

When asked by a journalist: "Is there anything left of the aircraft at all?"

"First of all, the question about the aircraft, there are some small pieces of aircraft visible from the interior during this fire-fighting operation I'm talking about, but not large sections. In other words, there's no fuselage sections and that sort of thing."

"You know, I'd rather not comment on that. We have a lot of eyewitnesses that can give you better information about what actually happened with the aircraft as it approached. So we don't know. I don't know."

When asked by a journalist: "Where is the jet fuel?"

"We have what we believe is a puddle right there that the -- what we believe is to be the nose of the aircraft. So -"

Can you explain why the County Fire Chief could not tell reporters where the aircraft was?

Paul: Quoting people verbatim to make them sound like they are dissembling is an old journalists’ trick, as any Doonesbury reader knows. I think Chief Plaugher answered the question pretty well: There’s a puddle (of melted metal, not jet fuel – he’s not directly answering the reporter’s idiotic question) that was the nose, and a few small pieces visible, but no large sections.

Patrick: Are any government officials telling any journalists anything these days?

Question No 7

The two photographs in question 7 were taken just after the attack. They show the precise spot on the outer ring where the Boeing struck. Can you find the aircraft's point of impact?

Paul: The answer is front and center in the photo, maybe to make us think it can’t be that obvious: The two-story high impact hole (also seen in the photo for Question No 2) is immediately to the right of the fireman, partly hidden by the spray of water from the fire truck. Look at the second high-res photo and you can't miss it. Are we supposed to think it’s a two-story archway of some sort? See pre-crash photos or the surviving sides for comparison.

Patrick: In enlargement #1, the impact hole fits in the rectangle formed from pixel(1232,1088) to pixel(1492, 1545).

After that, I didn’t bother to look at enlargement #2.

Ned Lamont is a Political Hack and Will Lose in November

@ 03:34 AM (104 months, 7 days ago)


As a conservative, part of me finds it appropriate to see the democrats kill off their own.  In this particular case, they could hardly have found a less appealing candidate than Lamont.  November should be interesting.  A Republican Senator from Connecticut....sounds fine to me.


Who do You Know that Needs the New Anti-Stupidity Pill?

@ 12:09 AM (104 months, 9 days ago)


It will be interesting to see who gets the most votes as the person who could benefit the most from this.  If you want to list more than one person, go for it.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German scientist has been testing an "anti-stupidity" pill with encouraging results on mice and fruit flies, Bild newspaper reported Saturday.

It said Hans-Hilger Ropers, director at Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, has tested a pill thwarting hyperactivity in certain brain nerve cells, helping stabilize short-term memory and improve attentiveness.

"With mice and fruit flies we were able to eliminate the loss of short-term memory," Ropers, 62, is quoted saying in the German newspaper, which has dubbed it the "world's first anti-stupidity pill."

My first selection is:

1.  Cynthia McKinney

Quinnipiac University Poll Shows Lamont's Lead Shrinking - Howard Dean Turning Victory into Defeat yet Again

@ 12:03 AM (104 months, 9 days ago)


Uh oh.  Maybe the liberal democrats CAN'T buy Lamont into Lieberman's seat after all.  Leave it to the lefties to attempt to kill off one of their own that the public actually respects and who makes sense.  It looks like Connecticut voters are too smart for Howard Dean.  Imagine that.

HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, fighting for his political survival, appears to be cutting into challenger Ned Lamont's lead the day before Connecticut's Democratic primary election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

The poll shows Lamont, a wealthy Greenwich businessman, with a slight lead of 51 percent to 45 percent over Lieberman among likely Democratic voters heading into Tuesday's primary.



Last week's Quinnipiac poll showed Lamont leading 54 percent to 41 percent. Lamont also had a slight lead in Quinnipiac's July 20 poll.


World Opinion - Valueless......Moral Integrity - Priceless

@ 02:41 AM (104 months, 9 days ago)


Most teenagers read the Ayn Rand novels which flesh out the struggle individuals have with moral integrity.  Ms. Rand certainly never had all the answers, especially in her personal life.

In the back of everyone's mind is a conscience, in some closer to the front.  For those who try to ignore it, it does not go away, but is ignored but still nags.

I found this article ringing true for me:

World opinion" is worthless
By Dennis Prager
Tuesday, August 1, 2006




If you are ever morally confused about a major world issue, here is a rule that is almost never violated: Whenever you hear that "world opinion" holds a view, assume it is morally wrong.

And here is a related rule if your religious or national or ethnic group ever suffers horrific persecution: "World opinion" will never do a thing for you. Never.

"World opinion" has little or nothing to say about the world's greatest evils and regularly condemns those who fight evil.

The history of "world opinion" regarding the greatest mass murders and cruelties on the planet is one of relentless apathy.

Ask the 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Turks;

or the 6 million Ukrainians slaughtered by Stalin;

or the tens of millions of other Soviet citizens killed by Stalin's Soviet Union;

or the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their helpers throughout Europe;

or the 60 million Chinese butchered by Mao;

or the 2 million Cambodians murdered by Pol Pot;

or the millions killed and enslaved in Sudan;

or the Tutsis murdered in Rwanda's genocide;

or the millions starved to death and enslaved in North Korea;

or the million Tibetans killed by the Chinese;

or the million-plus Afghans put to death by Brezhnev's Soviet Union.

Ask any of these poor souls, or the hundreds of millions of others slaughtered, tortured, raped and enslaved in the last 100 years, if "world opinion" did anything for them.

On the other hand, we learn that "world opinion" is quite exercised over Israel's unintentional killing of a few hundred Lebanese civilians behind whom hides Hezbollah -- a terror group that intentionally sends missiles at Israeli cities and whose announced goals are the annihilation of Israel and the Islamicization of Lebanon. And, of course, "world opinion" was just livid at American abuses of some Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. In fact, "world opinion" is constantly upset with America and Israel, two of the most decent countries on earth, yet silent about the world's cruelest countries.

Why is this?

Here are four reasons:

First, television news.

It is difficult to overstate the damage done to the world by television news. Even when not driven by political bias -- an exceedingly rare occurrence globally -- television news presents a thoroughly distorted picture of the world. Because it is almost entirely dependent upon pictures, TV news is only capable of showing human suffering in, or caused by, free countries. So even if the BBC or CNN were interested in showing the suffering of millions of Sudanese blacks or North Koreans -- and they are not interested in so doing -- they cannot do it because reporters cannot visit Sudan or North Korea and video freely. Likewise, China's decimation and annexation of Tibet, one of the world's oldest ongoing civilizations, never made it to television.

Second, "world opinion" is shaped by the same lack of courage that shapes most individual human beings' behavior. This is another aspect of the problem of the distorted way news is presented. It takes courage to report the evil of evil regimes; it takes no courage to report on the flaws of decent societies. Reporters who went into Afghanistan without the Soviet Union's permission were killed. Reporters would risk their lives to get critical stories out of Tibet, North Korea and other areas where vicious regimes rule. But to report on America's bad deeds in Iraq (not to mention at home) or Israel's is relatively effortless, and you surely won't get killed. Indeed, you may well win a Pulitzer Prize.

Third, "world opinion" bends toward power. To cite the Israel example, "world opinion" far more fears alienating the largest producers of oil and 1 billion Muslims than it fears alienating tiny Israel and the world's 13 million Jews. And not only because of oil and numbers. When you offend Muslims, you risk getting a fatwa, having your editorial offices burned down or receiving death threats. Jews don't burn down their critics' offices, issue fatwas or send death threats, let alone act on such threats.

Fourth, those who don't fight evil condemn those who do. "World opinion" doesn't confront real evils, but it has a particular animus toward those who do -- most notably today America and Israel.

The moment one recognizes "world opinion" for what it is -- a statement of moral cowardice, one is longer enthralled by the term. That "world opinion" at this moment allegedly loathes America and Israel is a badge of honor to be worn proudly by those countries. It is when "world opinion" and its news media start liking you that you should wonder if you've lost your way.

What kind of person are you and what kind of person do you want to be?

Ruminations of General Norman Schwartzkopf re: Hezbollah and Israel

@ 02:09 AM (104 months, 9 days ago)


In a recent interview, General Norman Schwartzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward Hezbollah.


The General said, " I believe that forgiving Hezbollah is God's function. The Israeli's job is to arrange the meeting ."

What is a Weapon of Mass Destruction - WMD Anyway?

@ 01:09 AM (104 months, 10 days ago)

This is another one of those spin doctoring issues.  There are many definitions for example the one below.  Different people can interpret the same exact definition differently depending on their orientation. 

Isn't it a little simpler?  Say "something that can kill over 100 people".


weapon of mass destruction (WMD)

Weapon with the capacity to inflict death and destruction indiscriminately and on a massive scale. The term has been in currency since at least 1937, when it was used to describe massed formations of bomber aircraft. Today WMDs are nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons-frequently referred to collectively as NBC weapons. Efforts to control the spread of WMDs are enshrined in international agreements such as the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty of 1968, the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972, and the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. See nuclear weapon; chemical warfare; biological warfare.

For more information on weapon of mass destruction (WMD), visit Britannica.com.


ALLAH AKBAR!!¡± ... Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Still Dead

@ 11:14 PM (104 months, 10 days ago)


BREAKING NEWS !!!       

Muslim Heaven,   June 13, 2006


Al Qaeda leader "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi", killed by US Forces in Iraq

last week, has just met with the first of his 72 virgins that Allah promised!





Elian Gonzalez Sends 'Grandpa Fidel' Well Wishes on Recovery - Castro Nominated for Sainthood

@ 10:10 PM (104 months, 10 days ago)


Talk about your sweet feel good story:

HAVANA — Elian Gonzalez sent a note Sunday wishing a speedy recovery to "my dear grandpa Fidel".  "We send you this letter to let you know that we are worried about your health," Elian, now 12, wrote. "We hope for your speedy recovery and take the opportunity to wish you a happy birthday, may you have many more."

Little Gary Coleman also sent a note:  "I hope you die you tall man.  You are a height bigot.  If I wanted to I could grow a better beard than you."

Charles Barkley - Philosopher, Poet, Genius - the next President

@ 09:26 PM (104 months, 10 days ago)


"I really believe I was put on Earth to do more than play basketball and stockpile money," Barkley said. "I really want to help people improve their lives, and what's left is for me to decide how best to do that."

Unlike Bill Gates, Barkley is sincere and speaks the type of english those of us who arent technogeeks understand. 

Insidious terrorist Airport Infiltration

@ 01:43 AM (104 months, 11 days ago)


Prior to taking a flight anywhere, my team scours the airpport parking lots for signs of muslim islamist terrorist hate mongers.  This is one of the things they look for.


Another thing they look for are flying carpets tethered to light poles.  Can you believe a camel can go a month in an airport parking lot without water and is able to sneak out at the end without paying?

Another advantage of the camel is that it can lay on the sheets and towels which if worn into the airport could arouse suspicion.


SPCA Announces New Free Cat Adoption Program

@ 10:59 PM (104 months, 11 days ago)


Tired of PAYING the SPCA to take a cat off your hands?  Cats like this really DO need a home.


"Rescue me from the street preferably with a snow shovel and bury me in your back yard or feed me to your muslim gardener"


muslim islamist terrorists Discover Their Alleged Paradise is 'Different'

@ 10:55 PM (104 months, 11 days ago)





Castro is DEAD and has been since 1981 - Cuba is a CIA Outpost

@ 12:01 PM (104 months, 12 days ago)


I have been fervently watching the news wires waiting for the imminent bumping off of the bearded yahoo and then I ran across this:

Fidel Castro died in 1981, and was replaced by a look-alike CIA plant. The dictator ate tainted shellfish and died. CIA infiltrators wasted no time in covering this up, and installing an agent named Alexis Papagos to impersonate Castro, and run the country. This information comes  via Cuban national, Igor Davidovich Martinez.

Why, then, does the U.S. government maintain the embargo against Cuba? "The CIA is turning a great profit by selling contraband Cuban goods on the black market," says Martinez, "and they don't want to give that up." The CIA sees to it that the embargo stays.

What tipped Martinez off? Before 1981, the real Fidel Castro nearly always wore a military uniform. After that year, "Castro," really Alexis Papagos, appeared more often in civilian clothing.  

This prompted Martinez, and several others to start digging. Of those who discovered this deception, only Martinez remains alive.

The plot almost failed. A few people in 1981 heard of Castro's death, and began a rumor that he had died of syphilis, but the CIA quickly made those people, some of them Americans, Disappear. They needed the world to think that Castro was still alive.


Microsoft vs. Hackers vs. terrorists vs. abortions vs. Supreme Court

@ 11:00 PM (104 months, 13 days ago)


After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world's best-known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.  Microsoft also announced on line cut rate abortions and has dared the Supreme Court to try to stop it.  terrorists have been finding out that when they access the internet, Microsoft sends a beam through their keyboards and fries their brains.


On the drawing board for Microsoft is an online takeover of Wal-Mart.  The new Micro-Marts will be completely virtual with the exception of only accepting gold bullion

Castro Brothers Continue to Baffle Public - Che Guevera Overheard Laughing in Hell

@ 01:57 AM (104 months, 14 days ago)


Government tight-lipped over Castro; Cubans edgy - a fashion statement?

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's government stayed tight-lipped over ailing leader Fidel Castro on Wednesday, keeping nervous Cubans waiting for fresh word on his condition and for the brother to whom he handed power to appear in public. 

State-run media repeated a message from the previous night quoting the 79-year-old president, who stepped aside temporarily on Monday, saying his health was stable but that a verdict on his recovery from stomach surgery would take "many days." 

There was a small increase in police presence in poorer parts of Havana and communist neighbourhood groups said that "rapid response groups" used to put down riots in the past had been activated. 

Some Cubans with relatives in the security forces said military and other uniformed personnel had been mobilized in barracks and police stations as a precaution. 

"Our guns are oiled," said one neighbourhood organizer, Rolando Gomez, 75, in Havana's decaying downtown. The committees are usually unarmed. 

"We're putting the people's war into practice," he said. 

Castro has not been seen in public since July 26 and the scant information about his condition has sparked rumours among exiles in the United States that he could be dead or merely running a "dress rehearsal" for his succession. 

His defence minister brother Raul, 75, has not appeared in public since Castro handed him the reins of the ruling Communist Party, the post of commander in chief of the armed forces and president of the executive council of state. 

Castro's latest statement said he could give few details on his health due to the threat to Cuba from the U.S. "empire". 

Alton Towers Theme park calls off "Muslim Fun Day"

@ 01:36 AM (104 months, 14 days ago)

Due to lack of interest...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest theme park has called off the country's first "National Muslim Fun Day" because of lack of interest, the park said Wednesday.

Alton Towers in central England was to open on September 17 for Muslims -- with halal food, a strict dress code and prayer areas.

Music, gambling and alcohol were to be banned for the day and theme park rides such as "Ripsaw," "Corkscrew" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" all segregated by sex.

But the park said the event's organizers, Islamic Leisure, who rented the park for the day and were marketing the event, had called it off due to "insufficient ticket sales."


United Nations Give Up on Middle East, Israel, Lebanon, Hezbollah and Iran - Calls in Charles Barkley

@ 07:12 PM (104 months, 14 days ago)


Finally...some sanity.  Barkley will be headed over to kick some camel jockey butt tonight via non stop Gulfstream.


"I don’t create controversies. They’re there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention."

"These sand monkeys have been playing this game for a long time.  It's about time they try their crap with a big black man, namely me.  I'm gonna lay some whoopass on the wusses."


Charles Barkley - 2008 President

@ 03:00 PM (104 months, 14 days ago)


After serious consideration, asmalldoseofreality has determined to support Charles Barkley in the 2008 Presidential election.  Charles is the one man in the public eye in this  country unafraid to speak the truth.  Barkley makes sense.

Respectfully, Barry G.

"I don't care what people think. people are stupid."  "I love New York City; I've got a gun."  "You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black."

"I was a Republican until they lost their minds."  "(My underwear) don't even have sizes anymore, they just say 'HUGE.'"

Talk about a no spin zone.  Can you imagine the sand monkeys / camel jockeys dealing with Barkley....much less trying to outwit him in a debate?




Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejects U.N. Security Council deadline - Iran insists Tehran will pursue its nuclear program.

@ 10:39 PM (104 months, 15 days ago)


American liberals say that the United States and Israel are responsible for the problems in the middle east.  Do they read?

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution that would give his nation until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment.

Instead, Ahmadinejad insisted Tehran would pursue its nuclear program.

"My words are the words of the Iranian nation. Throughout Iran, there is one slogan: 'The Iranian nation considers the peaceful use of nuclear fuel production technology its right,'" Ahmadinejad said.

This clown needs his own Comedy Central show

The Security Council passed a resolution Monday calling for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by the end of August or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

Ahmadinejad said Iran will not give in to threats from the United Nations.

"If some think they can still speak with threatening language to the Iranian nation, they must know that they are badly mistaken," he said in a speech broadcast live on state-run television.

"Our nation has made its decision. We have passed the difficult stages. Today, the Iranian nation has acquired the nuclear technology."