I was just watching CNN, and apparently at least one of the famed Blue Angels planes has crashed during an airshow in Beaufort South Carolina. Multiple houses are on fire. Let me just say, in a such a hectic week filled with so many tragedies...this sucks.
Here is a corroborating story from NBC news:
CNN reported that at least one plane crashed into a Beaufort, S.C., neighborhood. Several homes were reported to be on fire, according to CNN.A man who said he was a witness told CNN that he was watching the show and there were six planes, then one vanished before he saw a black plume of smoke. He said he had watched the show for about 30 minutes before the crash.
Posted by Dan at Saturday, April 21, 2007
I don't think I have to recap the whole Don Imus debacle as I'm sure even Paris Hilton could tell you every detail. What I am going to do, is try to extract a lesson. What Imus said was terrible. What other people say are worse. Comparisons between Don Imus's slip and rap music have been made from the start so I'm not going to get into that. The reason Imus lost his job, isn't just because of what he said this time. It is because of what hes been saying the entire time he's been on the air. He has made fun of a pointed fingers at everybody. He has made enemies everywhere he goes and nobody really liked him. That, is why when he screwed up, nobody had his back. And that is why he got canned.
End of moral lesson.
Posted by Dan at Friday, April 13, 2007
I was listening to the radio just now it said that the Governor of New Jersey John Corzine was in a serious car accident minutes ago. Apparently his motorcade was cut off by another driver and the Governor and a state trooper are injured and are being Medivac-ed out.
A spokesman said that his injuries are not life threatening.
Governor Jon Corzine was injured in an auto accident on the Garden State Parkway late this afternoon, his spokesman said.
"The governor sustained injuries. They were not life-threatening," said spokesman Anthony Coley.
Coley said there are reports that a trooper also was injured in the accident at about 5:45 p.m. near milepost 43 in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. The governor was traveling in a two-car motorcade.An administration official said Corzine suffered a broken leg and was taken from the scene by helicopter. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, an operator at the hospital said.
Posted by Dan at Thursday, April 12, 2007
Vice President Dick Cheney said the U.S. is committed to a diplomatic course to resolve a nuclear dispute with Iran and warned that "all options are still on the table'' to halt the country's atomic aspirations.
Shut up. Cheney may think, in his little twisted fantasy of a political situation, that "all options are still on the table" but that's like saying that Britney Spears could get in to politics. Possible, but highly unlikely. In reality, the Bush-Cheney administration is pinned up against a wall, by the angry mob of America brandishing torches and Baby Einstein DVDs. Short of handing out free chocolate popsicles to Congress, there is no way that it (being Democratic) would approve of going to war with Iran, or general bombardment of military targets. The Dems are too worried about how that would affect their upcoming presidential bid to do a stupid thing like that, and thank God!
Bombardment of military targets is a bad idea a) because it puts our fighter pilots in harms way and b) because it can be used by the government to turn the mostly moderate Iranian people against us
War is such a bad idea that it makes me puke thinking about it.
P.S sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been really busy
The last couple of posts I have made have mostly been on technology so I'm going to go back to politics for a little while.
So Mike McConnell got sworn in as intelligence director of the CIA and President Bush said that the American intelligence community must implement more reforms in order to meet the challenges of the war on terrorism.
That sounds like the pot calling the tea kettle black. Maybe before he pins his invasion of privacy woes on poor old Mike he should stop backing the PATRIOT ACT and wipe the smirk off of his face because he knows he can legally search someones house without a warrant and send them off to Guantanamo Bay at a whim, after labeling them enemy combatants.
Posted by Dan at Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Ok so you've heard the good, of how technology is going to influence politics, but what about the bad.
With the advent of e-voting machines without proper security, it becomes easier to rig elections and tamper with the evidence as there is no paper trail. It is easier for a politician to get into your living room than ever before, with internet, email, tv, telephone, and radio ads at their disposal. It will be easier for people with power, to stay in power, and personal battles between politicians including smear campaigns, will be wide spread.
So that my friends is a four part series on how Technology, will forever influence politics.
Yesterday, I went on a mission to find a Wii. I went to CompUSA, Best Buy, EB Games, Gamestop, Walmart, Tar-jey (Target for the uninformed), etc. etc. By the end of the day, I was on my last legs, and had almost given up hope for being able to throw my Wii-mote through a window because the wrist straps broke and then be able to sue Nintendo. Just kidding. The last store I visited EB Games, had a bored looking clerk, who looked like he knew what I was going to ask him before I even said it, and say "No, and I don't know when the next shipment is coming in you ignorant little twat," but he held his breath until I actually did ask him, and then replied "No, and I don't know when the next shipment is coming in." (He said the "ignorant little twat" part with his eyes...it's much more effective).
Being extremely frustrated I asked him if he knew where I could find one, and he replied "Sam's Club" before going back to his game of Guitar Hero. Seeing as there was a Sam's club right across from where I was, I figured, "what the hell" and decided to go check it out.
For those of you who don't know, Sam's Club is actually club. You have to have a membership to get into it, and when you do you get low prices on everything from stone crab to dish washer detergent, all in huge bulk quantities. Seeing as I didn't have a membership, I walked in and went to go sign up. A half hour, and 40 bucks later I had a nice shiny new Sams Club card, and went to go find a Wii.
How Sam's Club does it, is they have a little sign that says the product, and then under it they have these little pieces of paper with a scanner code on it, that you take to the cash register when you check out. Elated that there were little Wii slips left I took one and went over to the cash register to check out. Once I did, a woman came over to look at what slip I had and get my product. This is the part where I get pissed.
She said "Oh, we just sold the last one of those about a minute before you got here."
So the little slips don't correspond to a Wii in the inventory, and I got screwed.
So go get your Wii's and Sam's Club...they have lots of them....HIGH FIVE!
Technology will bring further political accountability, from the politician to his voters. With so many forms of contact, as well as a scrutinizing media, politicians will have no where to run. If they don't do what the voters want, they won't get elected anymore. In essence, technology will allow the people to run the country, as long as it is properly used.
Posted by Dan at Saturday, February 17, 2007
Today wha tI want to talk about, is something that has been sort of bothering me for the last couple of weeks.
How come an 18 year old, can be conscripted by the government, to take a rifle, and go kill people in a war that he might not eve agree with, but he can't have a beer at a local bar to
Some people might say that it is because alcohol is a dangerous substance for a growing mind, and that when you are 18 you are not responsible enough to know how to use properly.
Well let me tell you something. War is a much more dangerous substance for the growing mind, because you can get dead. Or you can be screwed up for life. And why would be sending 18 year olds to fight for us if they weren't responsible? That seems pretty irresponsible to me.
So either raise the draft age, or lower the drinking age. You can't have it both ways.
Posted by Dan at Friday, February 16, 2007