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May 21, 2009



ABC News - At a news conference on Capitol Hill, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., argued the 240 detainees being held at a U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay are being treated well. "Anyone, any detainee over 55 has an opportunity to have a colonoscopy," Inhofe told reporters, "Now none of them take 'em up on it because once they explain what it is none of them want to do it. but nonetheless its an opportunity that they have."


Electronic Freedom Foundation
- It's not often that you get former presidential candidates from the Green Party and the Libertarian Party to agree on legislation, but Bob Barr and Ralph Nader have done just that -- jointly supporting the Right-To-Repair Act of 2009. This aptly named bill would allow independent repair shops to compete for the business now guaranteed only to dealer-controlled establishments. This is important because car manufacturers now severely limit the number of repair shops that are allowed to have the tools, diagnostic codes and updated repair information essential to being able to repair late-model cars (which are heavily dependent on computers for performance and repair). By thus unfairly limiting the universe of repair shops able to diagnose and repair late-model cars to only those repair shops that are connected with their dealers, the manufacturers dramatically limit consumer choice and significantly increase the costs to those car owners (by some 34 percent, according to a study preformed for the Automotive After Market Industry Association by Lang Research).


If you can't trust graduates
of the Naval Academy, whom can you trust? According to the Washington Times, "Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all ceremonial swords and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama."


Smoking Gun
- In an opinion peppered with golf references and a quote from "Caddyshack" star Bill Murray, a federal magistrate has recommended the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Rudolph Giuliani's son over his booting from Duke University's varsity golf team. In a lawsuit filed last year, Andrew Giuliani, 23, claimed that the North Carolina school breached a contract when it dropped him from the golf team in early-2008. The school (and coach Orrin Daniel Vincent III) countered by saying that Giuliani was bounced for a variety of boorish acts, including assaulting a teammate, defying coaches, and violating "both the rules and the spirit of the game of golf." In an opinion issued yesterday, Magistrate Judge Wallace W. Dixon sided with Duke in its bid for a judgment against Giuliani.

Zarko Vujovic - I am an engineer, so I admire the way Ikea consistently uses a small set of fastening systems, all suitable for untrained labor. Ikea has even invented this tiny plastic device to protect customers from smashing their fingers with tack hammers. A pinch opens a small crevice in this utensil, and it neatly grips any small nail. Place it against a wall, tap the nailhead, and the nail goes in quite straight. Remove it and you are ready to safely hang a picture. The ergonomics are brilliant, the understanding of process is good, the operative results are excellent, and many innocent fingers go unsmashed. A real triumph of Swedish design. Best of all, this plastic utensil is so cheap that it's as free as hotel matches. In fact, if you venture into Ikea and talk knowledgeably about Ikea things you have built, and then ask for them for fasteners, they will commonly hand them over for free.

Sun, UK - While computer nerds are obviously good at IT, what we didn't realise is that they're good at "it" too. An anonymous study of 2,000 British men and women concluded that out of all jobs, computer geeks make the best lovers. They were found to be the most selfless in the sack, the most adventurous and more likely to use love gadgets. Seventy-eight per cent of techies that were questioned also claimed that sex toys were part of their love life. . . Eighty-two per cent of IT workers also claimed to consider their partners sexual needs above there own, the highest result from all of those asked. . . Those participants who worked in the fitness industry were found to be least likely to use sex toys, with just three in ten using them regularly.
And they were also found to be the most selfish lovers too. When asked whether they considered their partner's needs above their own, only 41 per cent said yes, the lowest score of all.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re:"Rudolph Giuliani's son ", the turd never falls far from the ass.

May 21, 2009 5:52 PM  
Blogger USNA Ancient said...


If you can't trust graduates of the Naval Academy ... "

jeez ... I hope this is reported on as a sarcastic item ... quoting or using "the washington times" [and I'm old enough to remember "The Evening Star" when it was respectable [i.e., pre rev. moon] ... oh, hell, I even remember "The News" and even "The Times Herald"] as a source or even a reference ... in fact, for anything other than lining a bird cage or paper training a puppy ... assuming you have absolutely no respect for the bird or the puppy ... is way beyond the pale.

May 22, 2009 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Anyone, any detainee over 55 has an opportunity to have a colonoscopy," Inhofe told reporters, "Now none of them take 'em up on it because once they explain what it is none of them want to do it. but nonetheless its an opportunity that they have." "

Big surprise, the prisoners are held without legal representation, they are water boarded and sleep deprived, then they are offered a colonoscopy. I bet the prisoners think it's just another round of torture that the US captors were hoping they would volunteer for. If I was held under such circumstances I too would be very wary of medical procedures offered by my captors. Somehow I think in those circumstances, one would understandably fear that in going in for a colonoscopy, one might come out horribly maimed.

May 22, 2009 12:25 PM  

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