Saturday, December 31, 2005

a blog of note

I wish i saw this 5 months ago!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Bush Signs Bill That Creates New Dollar Coins

WASHINGTON -- New dollar coins featuring all 37 of the nation's dead presidents will start rolling out of the U.S. Mint in 2007.

President George W. Bush signed the bill into law Thursday.

The front of the new coins will depict former presidents, but not those who are living or have been dead for less than two years. The backs of the coins will show the Statue of Liberty. Four coins a year will be issued, in the presidents' order of service.

Congress hopes the coins will be a big money raiser for the government -- like the 50-state quarter program. There'll be an accompanying $10 gold piece for collectors, featuring former first ladies. Lawmakers also hope the new coins will spur interest in the Sacagawea dollars, which have been little-used.

Look, I know I'm the only person in America who likes $1 coins, except for the sacajawea. they tarnished too easily. The only way these things will take off is to force their use; stop making paper dollars. Bring back the $2 bill and there you go.

Media Reform Information Center

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media" -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world's largest media corporation.

Sunday, December 25, 2005


Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas and ofcourse,

Friday, December 23, 2005

This Christmas remember,

Can the T-100 be far behind?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Every year, there's that one guy who over does it

i found what i want for Christmas

Monday, December 19, 2005

More outsourcing and subcontracting for TSA

The Transportation Security Administration has turned to ManTech International Corp. of Fairfax to help it develop an expanded program to screen noncitizens applying to U.S. flight schools.

The training provided to noncitizens at flight schools has come under scrutiny since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Several of the hijackers trained at flight schools in Florida and other states. Zacarias Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty to conspiring with al Qaeda but denied being part of the Sept. 11 plot, trained at a Minnesota flight school.

The TSA took over the screening program from the Justice Department in 2004 and expanded screening requirements to include aircraft under 12,500 pounds. The original program covered aircraft above that weight and began in February 2003, said Kathleen Vasconcelos, a spokeswoman with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. "Within this last year, the TSA has made some amendments, so now there are three types of training that would require validation for airplanes weighing less than 12,500 pounds: initial student pilot training, multi-engine training and instrument training," Vasconcelos said.

What is Scientology?

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Bacon Alarm Clock

Thursday, December 15, 2005

chick fight

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Need a new table?

The Pledge

but honestly i wouldn't object if they took out "Under God", since after all it was added after the pledge was started. It's meant to indoctrinate kids to the country, not the church.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Lemieux doubts Penguins staying in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Penguins owner-captain Mario Lemieux said he is doubtful that the team will remain in Pittsburgh after its Mellon Arena lease expires in 2007, citing a lack of progress on a new arena.

The Penguins are projecting a $7 million loss this season, a figure that assumes the team will draw near-capacity crowds and advance to the second round of the playoffs.

"I think we're really running out of time," Lemieux said Saturday. "We probably ran out of time already. It's been unfortunate that the city and the county haven't been willing to work with us over the last two or three years."

Lemieux has said for several years that the Penguins would not be able to survive in Pittsburgh without a new arena. Mellon Arena is the oldest and smallest arena in the National Hockey League.

The lease allows the team to solicit offers for the franchise beginning in June 2006. Kansas City is among the cities that have expressed interest in the team.

"We'll sit down with everybody and understand what's at stake for our investment and what's best for the franchise" when the board of directors is scheduled to meet this week, Lemieux said."

this is why i live in NY

sure it gets cold, but Jesus!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Richard Pryor: DEAD!

Friday, December 09, 2005

US Soccer

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The TSA Reorganization Act of 2005

TSA reorg bill pushes business, tech improvements

BY Michael Arnone
Published on Dec. 7, 2005

Republican leaders on the House Homeland Security Committee introduced a bill today that would restructure the Transportation Security Administration to make the agency more business-savvy and encourage its use of new security technologies.

The TSA Reorganization Act of 2005 intends to improve airline security, reduce passengers’ travel frustrations and cut wasteful spending, said bill sponsor Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), chairman of the committee’s Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity Subcommittee.

Lungren and other GOP members on the committee submitted the bill two days after a blistering report from the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the nonprofit successor to the federal 9/11 Commission.

The report gave the Homeland Security Department, which includes TSA, a grade of F for improving airline passenger screening programs because of the privacy and performance problems with Secure Flight, TSA’s pre-screening program. Baggage and cargo screening received a D, and explosives detection at passenger screening checkpoints got a C.

“Things are far from perfect. This goes a long way to make things less imperfect,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the full committee, who spoke with Lungren at a press conference

Hmmm.....I just wonder what group TSA employees will be totally ignored in this reorg. Oh that's right, Inspectors! it never gets better...

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Physics Behind Four Amazing Demonstrations

Friday, December 02, 2005

oh really?

What does a terrorist look like?

Belgian Kamikaze' Shocks a Nation
Local Woman Dies in Failed Attack Against U.S. Troops in Iraq

MONCEAU-SUR-SAMBRE, Belgium (Dec. 1) - How could a young woman turn from Belgian baker's assistant to Baghdad suicide bomber?

Belgium has been shocked by revelations that Muriel Degauque, an unassuming woman who grew up near the rust belt city of Charleroi, had entered Iraq from Syria and detonated explosives strapped to her body in a failed attack against U.S. troops.

The 38-year-old woman's mother, Liliane Degauque, told local TV networks that her daughter was "so nice'' - but began to change when she married an Algerian man and turned to Islamic fundamentalism.

The case underscored the growing reach of international terrorism.

"It is the first time that we see that a Western woman, a Belgian, marrying a radical Muslim, and is converted up to the point of becoming a jihad fighter,'' federal police director Glenn Audenaert said.

There's a lesson to be learned here.