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Africa July 31, 2009

Posted by composmentis in Entertainment, Music.

An exceptional production and highly enjoyable.  It also doesn’t hurt that this is perhaps the best looking choir I’ve ever seen.  The way they create the thunderstorm in the beginning is pretty cool.

 Hope you enjoy it.

Crime Fighters In Japan Are Creative And Crazy July 30, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ducks, Economics, Family, Gardening, Handblogging, Heroes, Humor, Man Laws, Music, Politics, Sex, Sports, Travel.

Maybe I should reconsider letting my hair fall out naturally and just go for the rug.

Here To Fall July 30, 2009

Posted by Michael in Sports.

Fantastic aerobatics display.

It gets pretty elaborate about half way through when there are four planes involved.

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Cash for Clunkers Takes Effect. Maybe. July 29, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.

The Obama administration has started promoting their deals with the auto industry, trying to convince the public that they know what they’re doing:

In a speech on the economy, Obama defended the decision for the government to extend GM and Chrysler roughly $64 billion in direct aid and facilitate their bankruptcies this spring.

Obama’s comments in Raleigh, North Carolina, came as his administration released preliminary figures showing dealers sold more than 16,000 vehicles in the first days of a government-sponsored program aimed at spurring auto sales and lifting U.S. automakers financially.

So the Cash-for-Clunkers program seems to be moving some product. Does that mean that the administration is now firing on all cylinders? Not really – I don’t think anybody is surprised that if you subsidize auto purchases with a $1 billion pot of taxpayer money, sales will increase. The only question is: how cost-effective is this going to be? Edmunds has a guess:

Edmunds.com says that the $1 billion program will actually only add 50,000 new vehicle sales that might not have materialized if the Clunkers program wasn’t enacted.

$20,000/sale, though hopefully they won’t spend the entire $1 billion if they can’t use it (har).

Mattress Dominoes World Record Attempt July 29, 2009

Posted by Michael in Sports.

Did you know there was such a thing as mattress dominoes?

Me neither.

The scary thing is that you can search YouTube for “mattress dominoes” and there are a bunch of videos.

Why was I not informed?  Why has no one invited me to be on a team?  I feel left out.

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Trampoline Dunks July 29, 2009

Posted by Michael in Sports.

How do you get the idea in your head, some morning over coffee, that you are going to be an awesome trampoline dunker.  Shit like this just does not occur to me.

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l Love Fashion July 28, 2009

Posted by Michael in Entertainment.

I know I have often made fun of the world of high fashion in the past, but I have changed my mind.

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IT GETS BETTER — below the break.  I promise.


How Not To Handle A Firearm July 28, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Commenting Tips, Economics, Family, Food, Handblogging, Heroes, Humor, Law, Lurkers, Philosophy, Politics, Sex, Sitemeter, Sports.
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Yeah, you might want to check that out before heading out to the firing line. Just a thought

BREAKING NEWS!! July 28, 2009

Posted by harrison in News.

Here is proof that President Obama was not born in the United States.

The View From My (Truck) Window July 28, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Gardening, Man Laws, Philosophy, Politics, Technology.

Not the best iPhone pic but this caught my attention on the way in this morning.




103 yesterday.  I think I found out what’s causing it.

Do Red States Do More Volunteer Work? July 28, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.

Kind of.

You see, the Corporation for National and Community Service just came out its report on volunteerism in America, where they estimate the number of hours of community service provided by each state. Since conservatives and liberals like to argue about who is more generous, I thought I’d plot the hours of community service vs. the % of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008. For all 50 states, of course.


The cloud of data wasn’t very informative until I highlighted the Southern states, who were bringing down the Red state community service hours. As you can see, if you ignore those states (TX, OK, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, KY, TN, MO, AR and NC), there’s a pretty definite trend of increasing volunteerism with increasing conservatism (if you can count voting for McCain as conservatism).

So why are the southern states so chintzy? I’m guessing it’s due to low income levels: the people who are charitable are the people who can afford to be charitable.

Kudos, BTW, to Washington, Oregon, Maine, Vermont, and Maryland for being well above the Blue state trendline. And of course, to Utah, who blew away everybody with more than 80 hours per capita volunteer work.

Golf Doesn’t Suck Just This One Time July 27, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ducks, Family, Food, Gardening, Heroes, Sports.

Yeah. I had never heard of Leif Olson until I called the phone number for the sports blogs. But this is great!