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Balloon boy parents gets… a token slap on the wrist.

December 24, 2009 1 comment

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The parents who carried out the balloon boy hoax were sentenced to jail Wednesday and given strict probation conditions that forbid them from earning any money from the spectacle for four years.

Richard Heene was sentenced to 90 days in jail, including 60 days of work release that will let him pursue his job as a construction contractor while serving his time. His wife, Mayumi, was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

90 days?  That’s it?  And he gets to do his regular job for most of it?!  Ridiculous.

So exactly who is responsible for the cost of all the man power and resources that were uselessly expended in chasing that balloon, dealing with the legal proceedings, and even televising every last minute of this nonsense?  For God’s sake… if you’re not going to seriously punish these people, then at least BILL THEM!!!

And they’re not allowed to “earn money from the spectacle for four years”… wtf.  Were it up to me, these people would not EVER be allowed to earn one thin dime out of this hoax.

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Slingers

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

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This show just can’t come quick enough!

Slingers is the sci-fi show that doesn’t exist yet. However, the sizzle reel for it was all over the internet a few days ago.

It stars Sean Pertwee, Adrian Bower, Tom Mison, Margo Stilley, Haruka Abe, GUN and JUNIOR.

Steve Barron directs and Mike Sizemore is the man who wrote it. Here is a quick synopsis.

Slingers is set in the year 2960 A.D., following mankind’s first interplanetary war. Humanity is now clustered into a finite, but still vast section of the universe known as Enclosed Space. Humanity won the war with an aggressive alien enemy, but at a cost. The way back to Earth is now cut off by an impassable barrier – a side effect of the blast that finally pushed the enemy back.

The show takes its name from a group of people thrown together on board an experimental spacecraft that is capable of Slinging itself to any point in space. In theory it’s the only craft capable of getting home. In reality the crew are using it to carry out a series of high tech heists and get even with those who are now exploiting their positions in the post war hierarchy.

Dominic ‘DM’ Monroe, a special ops war veteran becomes the de facto leader of this small team of thieves who rail against the decision by military command to just ‘stay where they are and make the best of it’. They’re determined to get home and if that means breaking a few rules and picking up a lot of enemies along the way then so be it.

 

Just by this preview video alone, I can tell that I will absolutely LOVE this show.  I’m sold.

How about you?

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Sanity

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took aim Monday at tarmac horror stories, ordering airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes to disembark after three hours.

With its new regulations, the Transportation Department sent an unequivocal message on the eve of the busy holiday travel season: Don’t hold travelers hostage to delayed flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines operating domestic flights will be able only to keep passengers on board for three hours before they must be allowed to disembark a delayed flight. The regulation provides exceptions only for safety or security or if air traffic control advises the pilot in command that returning to the terminal would disrupt airport operations.

We give credit where credit is due.  Thanks to the Obama administration for enforcing this most common sense of measures.  And to the airlines that are upset that this is forced upon them… What the hell do you expect?  This isn’t rocket science.  Don’t schedule planes that are always late in a way that they’re always going to be late.  You’ve got a plane load of pissed off people.  Do you think they’re going to want to fly your airline again?  You’ve been doing this about a hundred years, so I’m pretty damn sure by now, you can have a pretty good estimate of how long you’ll be stuck on the ground.

99 times out of a hundred I’m against government restrictions on private businesses.  But the airlines have taken it upon themselves to not allow people to leave the aircraft when it is safe to do so.  If I was looking at a 4 hour delay to go somewhere, I’d almost always want to just get off the damn plane and stay home.  Keep my airfare, it isn’t worth it.

40 Hottest Female Athletes of the Decade

December 18, 2009 1 comment

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With the 2000’s winding down, the end of the aughts, or whatever you want to call it, this is a time where we can look back at the last ten years and see how much we’ve packed into this decade. It’s been a lot.

One thing that I keep coming back to is how this decade has been a renaissance of hot female athletes. Back in the ’90s, we had to do things like try to convince ourselves that Mia Hamm was hot, or talk ourselves into Tara Lipinski. But in the 2000s, we were spoiled.

 

I checked out this article mainly because it was eye candy… but it got me to wondering why you don’t see more women in some sports.  It truth, the popularity of some sports would probably rise to even greater heights if they were to have more specially televised “Ladies Only” events… but done really seriously.  (The last thing we need is another GLOW.)  How about… Nascar: Kitten Cup Series… or how about something that’s already established, like the ASP Surf Girl contents.  Seriously… put them on TV.  I’ll watch it.

Also, I have to ask one important question about the article…

Is it weird that I find the boxer chicks sexier than the others???

Tools

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

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President Obama warmed up for this afternoon’s health care meeting by visiting a suburban Home Depot to tout his proposal for tax breaks to property owners who make their houses more energy efficient — a topic he dubbed surprisingly "sexy."

"Here’s what’s sexy about it," Obama told employees and company officials. "Saving money."

I’m sorry, but this sounds like a disturbing version of a Geico commercial.  Just as nonsensical as saying, "You know what’s sexy about tacos?  Eating them!"

But what do you expect from the leader of the political party that just likes to redefine words as it suits their political agenda.

Guilty Pleasure

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

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The Tyne and Wear woman whose raucous lovemaking was described as "murder" and "unnatural" by neighbours has admitted breaching an ASBO ordering her to turn down the volume.

Caroline Cartwright, 48, was hauled before magistrates back in April for five breaches of a noise abatement order which required her to cut the decibels while making merry with husband Steve.

Wow… No word from Steve, apparently he’s pretty darn deaf by now.

The matter finally ended in Newcastle Crown Court, where Cartwright appealed the ASBO on the grounds she is "unable to control her vocalisation during lovemaking, and any attempt at restricting her behaviour is a breach of her human rights".

Recorder Jeremy Freedman disagreed, and said of the Cartwrights’ sexual performance: "It was clearly of a very disturbing nature and it was also compounded by the duration – this was not a one-off, it went on for hours at a time. It is further compounded by the frequency of the episode, virtually every night."

Ahh there we go… it’s a breach of her human rights.  Too bad she wants to restrict the human right of her neighbors of kicking her ass in public.

Lost In The Mail

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

UPS girl The U.S. Postal Service turns out to have more tax delinquents in its ranks than any other federal agency or department, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS statistics from 2008 detailing the amount of money federal workers failed to pay the government in taxes showed postal service employees owed $297.93 million — nearly 10 percent of the $3.04 billion owed by federal employees and retirees from dozens of agencies.

The only problem with this story is the US Post Office is a private company that was formed as a special monopoly.

Therefore they shouldn’t be counted as a "Federal agency."

The Treasury Department owed $6.99 million. But the treasury actually boasted the best rate of all the departments, with only .98 percent of its employees labeled as tax delinquents. Inside the treasury, the IRS had a rate of .76 percent. Perhaps accounting for the low rate at the IRS is the fact that IRS employees can be fired for failing to pay taxes.

The weird part about this is that $6.98 million of the Treasury Department’s bill was owed by one Timothy Geitner.