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Your tax dollars at work: Brilliance in Homeland Security.

Airline captain on terror ‘watch list’

James Robinson is a retired Air National Guard brigadier general and a commercial pilot for a major airline who flies passenger planes around the country…He has even been certified by the Transportation Security Administration to carry a weapon into the cockpit as part of the government’s defense program should a terrorist try to commandeer a plane.

But there’s one problem: James Robinson, the pilot, has difficulty even getting to his plane because his name is on the government’s terrorist “watch list.”

That means he can’t use an airport kiosk to check in; he can’t do it online; he can’t do it curbside. Instead, like thousands of Americans whose names match a name or alias used by a suspected terrorist on the list, he must go to the ticket counter and have an agent verify that he is James Robinson, the pilot, and not James Robinson, the terrorist.

August 19, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | | Comments Off on Your tax dollars at work: Brilliance in Homeland Security.

Getting his game face on

More at Yahoo! Chinese go to extremes over Games

Accupuncture flags

Accupuncture flags

Reports of Chinese sports fans going to extremes to support the Olympics have been popping up in Chinese newspapers and websites since the start of the Games on August 8, making stunts like shaving five Olympic rings into your hair look tame.

Wen Shengchu, 58, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, stuck 200 acupuncture pins bearing flags into his head.

August 19, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | | Comments Off on Getting his game face on

Stand up, dude!

Body kept upright for 3 days

A Puerto Rican man has been granted his last wish – to remain standing, even after death.

Special embalming treatment was used on the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina to keep him on his feet for his three-day wake.

Dressed in a Yankees baseball cap and sunglasses, Pantoja was mourned by relatives while propped upright in his mother’s living room.

His brother Carlos told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper: “He wanted to be happy, standing.”

August 19, 2008 Posted by | Strange | , | Comments Off on Stand up, dude!

Need to dress for dinner? here ya go…


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The better to bite you with, my dear…

Link to Mutated fish

The better to bite you...

The better to bite you...

Days before a conference on water quality began in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., last week, residents say a strange fish with two mouths was found at the nearby lake.

The deformed fish, which residents say children had caught off the dock at Lake Athabasca, has since been turned over to park wardens at Wood Buffalo National Park. Some residents, including officials from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, took photographs of the fish over the weekend.

August 19, 2008 Posted by | animals, Strange | | Comments Off on The better to bite you with, my dear…

Woo-woo rock


There was a lot of excitement recently in the “Woo-woo” community over a carved rock, found in the vicinity of Rozwell, New Mexico, that was deemed to be of extraterrestrial manufacture. According to one university geologist interviewed by Linda Howe, it would be impossible to carve it with any human tools. Why she chose a university geologist, and not a stone carver or artist, to ask that question is unclear. In any case there is an artist in the Pacific Northwest who begs to differ with the professor and has the rocks to prove his point.

Alien Carving? Nope.

Alien Carving? Nope.

I am an artist in the Pacific NW who works with glass and occasionally stone. These are some examples of carvings I’ve done since seeing photos of the Roswell Rock. People who I show them to often respond – “but do they spin under a magnet?” The answer is yes. Most of my latest pieces have been carefully chosen for that purpose. There has to be a correct ratio between the weight of the rock and the pull of the magnet. Clockwise and counterclockwise rotation is all about shape – the ones that are too symmetrical have no interest in spinning, they are better off somewhat lopsided.

–Ron Branch

August 19, 2008 Posted by | Art for sure, Dumb Stuff, Put-ons | | Comments Off on Woo-woo rock