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Posted by daveintexas in Heroes, History.
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That was the message from the CO of the USS Ward, a WWI era destroyer, the first US warship to engage the Japanese Navy just hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

For years a debate raged, was there really a submarine?  Captain Outerbridge’s message said they engaged, but did not confirm a sinking.

The scene was recreated in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! (with Russian subtitles – bonus!)

I missed this story, just saw it while flipping channels on The Military Channel (one of Discovery’s spinoffs).  In 2002, the Hawaiian Undersea Research Lab went looking for something, something that previous magentic anomaly searches showed promise.  This is what they found.


Punny Business August 31, 2008

Posted by Pupster in Ducks, Philosophy, Websites.
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I heard a radio commercial for a new acid reflux medicine, and it got me to thinking about who in the hell comes up with product names, and how much are they getting paid? There has got to be some marketing firm in Manhattan, laughing their acifphex-s off all the way to the bank.

While looking around for more bad brand names, I came across this article at Bspcn.com: The 50 Best Pun Stores. Some are pretty clever, some not so much.  If nothing else, it will keep The Hostages in blog header pictures for a few days.

Weekend at Pintos

Weekend at Pintos

The 50 Best Pun Stores

Cool Facts about Sarah Palin August 31, 2008

Posted by Retired Geezer in News.
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Seems like amazing facts like these should be acknowledged.

I’ll start:

When Sarah Barracuda plays Basketball with Obama, Reverend Wright cries.

OK, I know it’s lame, that’s just to inspire you morons.

Well, that and to keep our streak alive.

Thanks Musli for the link to the *real* Sarah Palin Facts site.

Politico’s Hit Piece on Palin August 30, 2008

Posted by geoff in News, Politics.
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Hot Air linked to a Politico article, where “presidential scholars” are belittling Sarah Palin’s qualifications:

Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.

That’s a nasty little soundbite, even with the qualifier “appears to be” included. But just for chuckles, let’s have a look at the sources* they consulted to arrive at that indeterminate, but damning, conclusion:

  • Joel Goldstein: former National Vice President and regional President of the American Jewish Congress
  • Matthew Dallek: former speechwriter for Dick Gephart
  • David Kennedy: “I’m a very active Democrat . . . I’ve been a delegate to the national convention. I’ve actively supported several presidential candidacies.”
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Democrat, former LBJ aide. Married to Dick Goodwin, LBJ speechwriter

Of course, Politico didn’t bother to mention any of these affiliations. Just like they didn’t bother to get a contra viewpoint.

Nice work, gents.

*Stephen Hess of Brookings was also quoted, but didn’t say anything about Ms. Palin

UPDATE: Slublog points out that Goldstein and Kennedy are both Obama contributors

Plan Ahead on Game-day August 30, 2008

Posted by Pupster in Crime, Family, Food, Sports, Women Ranting.
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I take full responsibility;  I was unprepared for OSU’s first game of the college football season.  I am man enough to admit that I did not lay on the necessary supplies.  When Mrs. Pupster offered to go to the grocery store before the game started, I asked her to pick me up ‘some beer’.  Mrs. Pupster very rarely has a beer with me, but when she said “a beer sounds good, what kind should I get?” I let her pick whatever she wanted.  *SIGH*


Cincinnati Bengals Player Legally Changes His Name. Would You? August 29, 2008

Posted by Edward von Bear in Commenting Tips, Ducks, Entertainment, Food, Gardening, Heroes, History, Humor, Man Laws, News, Personal Experiences, Sex, Sports.
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Despite the fact he lives and plays in the hellhole known as Cincinnati (“We Make St. Louis Appear Habitable”), Chad Johnson, No. 85 in your Media Guide, is in the news again.

So, what did Chad do to get attention this week? Well, he had his last name legally changed to a Spanish version of his jersey number.

According to Miami radio station 790 The Ticket, which is in Johnson’s hometown, the receiver has legally changed his last name to “Ocho Cinco.” Johnson’s — sorry — Ocho Cinco’s reported name change has been rumored in NFL circles for weeks, and according to the station today, it’s official.

Johnson forewarned the public that a major surprise was coming during a recent interview with Chris McKendry on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

“A lot of people look at Chad Johnson and say he’s crazy and he does a lot of stuff, but I don’t think people really understand how smart I really am,” Johnson said. “So come Sept. 7, I believe when we play the Baltimore Ravens, I think that’s the game, there’s a surprise for everybody — for everybody. When I say something, it is what it is, just enjoy it. Because it’s going to last 16 weeks, plus some more.”

Could this be it? If the report is correct he should be able to wear his nickname on the back of his jersey without penalty, which he’s wanted to do for quite some time.

The media also would have to refer to him as Chad Ocho Cinco from this point on.

Well, I read this, and promptly went over to the greatest sports site going to steal their idea (is that a no-no now that they are a legally incorporated enterprise?) on how to handle this debacle: a commenter draft!

However, wacky names are no longer solely the providence of hippies, celebrities and the generally coke-addled, because you – yes you, generically named reader – get to pick an amusing sounding but totally nonsensical appellation. For life!

So, if you could legallychange your name, what would it be?
My picks?
Four Dollar Combo Choice
Washable Markers Myass
Eel Sashimi von Damnmywifeactuallyishornytonight
Ruger von Zombieslayer
Lord Eduardo von Hooraythedaughterisasleepandwhyarentyounekkid

What say you?

A Spudder! August 29, 2008

Posted by BrewFan in Humor, News, Politics.
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Our next Vice President is a Spudder! Who’d a thunk? I know she lives in Alaska now but we all know that you can take the girl outta the potato patch but you can’t take the potato patch outta the girl.

Oh, by the way, she is hot!

That is all.

And I Thought The Republicans Were The Boring Cheapskates August 29, 2008

Posted by Edward von Bear in Economics, Entertainment, Food, Humor, Movies, Politics.
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Well, it seems that the only hope, change, and arousal flowing through Denver this past week was at the Obama speech. It turns out the strip clubs, one venue that would attract politicians and their hangers on, didn’t do as well as expected.

Michelle Horning, a dancer at La Boheme, said business is slower this week than normal because there is a big lull in customers in the evenings during the political speeches.

She said last week was good when politicians’ advance teams were in town ahead of the convention.

I bet. But how will the strippers recoup their losses?

The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association show hits the Colorado Convention Center starting Wednesday.

“If the DNC is a bust, then the CEDIA will pick us up,” Horning said.

Business at another club, the Diamond Cabaret, has remained steady, employees said, despite several road closures due to protests that shut off the club’s valet parking.

Horning said exotic dancers from across the country, expecting large crowds because of the Democratic National Convention, contacted La Boheme in the past several weeks hoping to dance this week. Management turned them down, however, opting to let the club’s more tenured dancers take the stage.

Dancers and servers at the club are still hoping visiting Democrats will drop some cash at La Boheme, though.

Further proof that Democrats are good at spending other peoples’ money and not their own.

Teenage Texan Saves Horses, Shames Barack August 29, 2008

Posted by Michael in News.
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The Bureau of Land Management has a problem.  Herds of wild horses and burros can damage the environment from over-grazing, and need to be thinned.  So they capture some, and try to get people to adopt them, in order to avoid culling the herds.

Sarah, age 14, is one person who is up to the challenge.

LEWISVILLE – Petra, on first sight, was a decided mismatch for your average horse-crazed teenage girl.

The tough little mustang was dirty, angry, homesick and slightly prone to bite. The owner of the stable where she was taken to board was dubious.

“He said, ‘She stays in the stall. She’s going to hurt someone,’ ” said Petra’s new owner, Sarah Buchanan. “She looked really wild.”

But Sarah, at 14, is far past the dreamy “my little pony” stage of adolescent horse crushes. She had already adopted, tamed and trained two other wild mustangs, and was certain she could do the same with Petra.

Three months later, the sturdy little yearling mare follows Sarah with a doglike devotion, politely nuzzles visitors, patiently allows inspection of each hoof.

Sarah says:  “I can’t imagine my life without horses.”

Tonight, Barack Obama said:  “America, we are a better country than this.”

No, Barack, America is a better country than you.  You and Michelle will never understand its greatness, having been indoctrinated by Reverend Jeremiah Wright in the culture of victimhood.

The greatness of America is simple people with a passion.  Like Sarah.

Denton County teen has a talent for taming wild mustangs | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News

Meet Levi Forte, The Boxer George Foreman Feared August 28, 2008

Posted by Lipstick in Heroes, Personal Experiences, Travel.
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I met a wonderful man in Miami: “The Battling Bellman” and all-around good guy Levi Forte.

Levi is a retired heavyweight boxer who in 1969 went ten rounds with an in-his-prime George Foreman and lost by only one point. He has also been a bellman at the Fontainebleau Hotel for 44 years. So of course, I pestered him to tell me about himself.

At the end of the 1969 fight against Foreman, when the decision was not yet announced, Foreman muttered to Forte “I’m never fighting you again”. And he didn’t. But Levi Forte later gave some advice to Mohammad Ali before The Rumble in the Jungle: “He doesn’t have stamina, keep him punching and he’ll get tired”. Ali replied, “Heh, I’ll keep on the rope… and he’ll be the dope”.

Forte attended the Rumble in the Jungle and at one point during the fight, Ali looked at him and said “Now?”. Levi nodded and Ali kicked it in and knocked Foreman out.

Levi’s wife is writing a book on his years at the famous hotel and I asked him for a little celebrity dirt: Bob Hope was the cheapest celebrity he ever encountered. Bob and Levi had a ten dollar bet on a fight and Bob wouldn’t pay up until the hotel owner shamed him into it.

This is one of the reasons I love to travel — you meet such fascinating and wonderful people.

Business Attire August 28, 2008

Posted by daveintexas in Crime, Ducks, Gardening, News, Science, Sex, Technology, Travel.
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Kevlarchick occasionally refers to me as a “suit”.  Which I am.  As is Michael and a couple of you other lugs too, but when she calls me a “suit” she’s complimenting me, and when she calls you a “suit” she really means “asshole”.

I’m pretty sure that’s what she means.

Anyway, it’s Thursday afternoon and I feel like shit and I can’t sleep so I decided to post about one of my occasional forms of business wear, a dress shirt with French cuffs.  I like them cause you get to style a little with your cufflinks.  Normally the tie is the only thing in your “flashy” arsenal, so a little bling is fun, and it intimidates the hell out of the rest of the staff.

Here’s some of my favs:

The pair on the left is just a little color, and the ones on the right have that nautical theme goin.


Who ‘Arted? August 27, 2008

Posted by skinbad in Entertainment, Politics, Religion.
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I ran across the moveon Obama themed art contest and found it interesting. I know Michael and Cathy have a new house that needs decorating, so maybe this will help out. This was one of the winners and I think it’s pretty good.