66.67% of Arkanssouri poll respondents agree Jon Runyan is a StudMuffin.
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WARNING! This is not underwear! Do not attempt to put in pants!
Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But, we've never lost an astronaut in flight; we've never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we've forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle; but they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. We mourn their loss as a nation together.
For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we're thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, 'Give me a challenge and I'll meet it with joy.' They had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.
We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.
And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them...
There's a coincidence today. On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, 'He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.' Well, today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'
- Ronald Reagan.
It is a very diverse place, you see. You'll notice in my left column I've joined the silly diversion Blog: Hot or Not. It gives me random blogs to rate on a scale of one to ten.
If you were forced to attend church as a child, you'll know where I'm coming from. I remember when I was a lad way back when, being made to be in a small room filled with the other stink children of similar age. Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. Sit down. On your knees. Suck. Swallow, and you were fucked if you didn't swallow. Sometimes quite literally. Despite these unpleasantries, I turned out quite normal. Well, after the lawsuit, and after pissing my settlement away on booze and scratchers lottery tickets. And of course the sex change operation. And that unfortunate incident with the border collie. Other than that, perfectly normal.
For a long time I didn't like paisley. Then I realized that my dislike was based in the fact that most paisley comes in pastels. That, and when my fashion sense was in it's formative stage, Prince was doing purple and lavendar froo-froo paisley all over the place and looked like a feminine clown because of it.
. . . now that the HPD can get nekkid.
I liked the seat and handlebars from the old exercise bike better, so I switched them out. The contraption now looks like the creature from the movie Leviathan.
I believe most Americans, deep in their hearts, know that Flight 93 was probably shot down. The evening of 9/11/01 I commented to one friend on the phone that yes, it probably was shot down and it was probably a good thing that we don't KNOW it was shot down.
Debris from the wreckage was found scattered over an 8-mile area, and a 1,000-pound section of an engine fan was found more than a mile from the crash site [ my emphasis] . This is consistent with an external explosion that separated a half ton section of one of the engines and tore open a portion of the passenger cabin and cargo hold.
. . . to make me interested in this year's Super Bowl. Had Pittsburgh won, it would have been the most interesting combination of the final four. But with the Patriots win, it's the least interesting.
The bike couldn't be repaired. I spent Saturday going through flea markets trying to find a new one. Finally got a bare-bones one for $7.50 at one of those "perpetual yard sales" that are really flea markets just outside of town. It had 14.8 miles on it. The speedometer and odometer actually work on this one, so I can now count miles instead of songs.
They seem totally unaware that if the reporters don't have superscript capability, this is going to show up in print as the Ford Synus.
I had found a way to get around my unwillingness to go walking when it's too damn cold (or too hot, for that matter.) I picked up a stationary bike at a yard sale and put it in my bedroom. I put on my headphones and blasted "Enter Sandman" or "Rock You Like A Hurricane."
"A woman is suing a doctor who operated on her, accusing him of leaving a 4-inch metal instrument inside her uterus. "
Yes, that's right -- shrieking frogs.
Here's a headline for you:
Old Hippie by The Bellamy Brothers.
And for that matter, his FRONT end?
One of my old college friends used to refer to Martin Luther King Jr. as "Martin Lucifer Coon." Apparently, he's now a weatherman in Las Vegas. Or at least he used to be.
Why am I wishing Betty White a happy birthday, you ask? Doesn't she seem to be SO not my style?
Note to London:
New blog here.
Killing off The 308 Voice today. It was a good idea, but I misunderestimated how difficult it would be to keep up with campus news from over a hundred miles away.
We learn here that the Pentagon recognizes that homosexuality is a largely chemical, not moral, issue:
Most bizarre among the plans was one for the development of an
"aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually
irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among
troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the
These were going to be my birthday present to myself.
You've heard of DWB - Driving While Black. Now there's a new one, BDIB - Being Diabetic In Boston.
This is a seperate issue from whether or not hate-crime and biased-crime laws are equivalent to criminalizing thought.
and where the highway patrol equals phone sex.
So what are they? And why were they wrapped in tarps and thrown down a well? Is this the equivalent of an extraterrestrial Baby Jessica? Is the Roswell mystery solved?
Take a look at your house by entering your address here.
It seems there is a problem in Boston.
If I ran CBS, he'd be clearing out his office and be expected to be out of the building by noon.
. . . One State, Two State.
. . . should not be Cheech & Chong.
"A little pirate radio station, every now and then, is a good thing?"
Sometimes the majority (75% to 25% in this case) is just wrong.
It told me the first Melvin pic didn't go through and to do it again, so I did.
. . . so there won't be any of this "begin at Episode 4" nonsense. I shall begin where one SHOULD begin, at the beginning.
. . . but I can't help noticing Miss Beazley is kind of ugly.
. . . those who warn us that a toilet brush is "not for personal hygiene."
They'll say it's "unnatural."
Are we sure it was Baseball Hall of Fame balloting and not Unbearable Hotness of Baseball Players balloting?
Here is an excerpt from this story (emphasis mine, not theirs):
An Indian helicopter dropping food and water over the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been attacked by tribesmen using bows and arrows.
There were fears that the endangered tribal groups had been wiped out when massive waves struck their islands.
But the authorities say the attack is a sign that they have survived.
Here is my current Webpage of the Moment.
Maybe then cars might last longer than seven years. But they might cost 400 million dollars.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi reportedly arrested in Iraq
Updated: 2005-01-04 14:37
Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, whom the US occupation authorities declared to be the "target number one" in Iraq, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources.
Al-Zarqawi, leader of the terrorist group Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad, was recently appointed the director of the Al-Qaeda organisation in Iraq.
The newspaper's correspondent in Baghdad points out that a report on the seizure of the terrorist, on whom the US put a bounty of US$10 million, was also reported by Iraqi Kurdistan radio, which at one time had been the first to announce the arrest of Saddam Hussein.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was captured in Iraq, said Tuesday's Al Bayan, a daily newspaper of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
There have been no official reports about the arrest of the terrorist. Al-Zarqawi, 38, a Jordanian, whose real name is Ahmad al-Khalayleh, aims to turn Iraq into a "new Afghanistan".
According to Arab press data, Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad group has divided Iraq into several emirates. The group's independent subdivisions at a strength of 50 to 500 militants operate in the cities of Al-Falluja, Al-Qaim, Diala, and Samarra.
The personnel of the group is on the whole 1,500-strong and includes Iraqis and citizens of Arab and Islamic countries. There are demolition experts and missilemen among them.
The group has depots of weapons and explosives in various parts of the country. It intends to frustrate the upcoming parliamentary elections that are scheduled for the end of this month. Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad threatens to do away with Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and members of the interim government.
Tue Jan 04 2005 11:18:47 ET
U.S. military and intelligence sources are denying print and broadcast reports that terrorist Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi has been arrested in Iraq, MSNBC reported Tuesday.
MSNBC said senior U.S. military and intelligence sources told it the reports are not true. A newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, al-Bayane, reported in its Tuesday edition that the Jordanian-born terrorist had been arrested in Baqouba, Iraq. Iraqi Kurdistan radio also reported the arrest of al-Zarqawi.
The U.S. military in December said al-Zarqawi likely is in the Baghdad area.
Hey, W. Is it really a good idea to put Slick Willie that close to Bangkok?
But then, aren't ALL tattoos lickable to some degree?
More people have noticed little ol' attention whore me.
But unfortunately, his cuteness cannot overcome his reprehensible viewpoints on Americans and Objectivists.