Thursday, December 21, 2006

Good timing

Just in time for Christmas. From National Geographic I found outt there is a virgin birth expected at Christmas. Maybe not what you expect from a virgin birth, but still pretty exciting.

That's because the virgin in question is Flora the Komodo dragon, a giant lizard at Chester Zoo in England that has laid fertile eggs despite never having had a mate.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New way to get through the holidays

Are you dreading all the forth coming holiday celebrations? I have found a way to get out of it. Let me tell you about....hibernation. Other creatures have been doing it for millions of years, why can't we?

Now we can.

A man who went missing in western Japan survived in near-freezing weather without food and water for over three weeks by falling into a state similar to hibernation, doctors said.

Mitsutaka Uchikoshi had almost no pulse, his organs had all but shut down and his body temperature was 71 degrees Fahrenheit or about 21.6 Celsius when he was discovered on Rokko mountain in late October, said doctors who treated him at the nearby Kobe City General Hospital. He had been missing for 24 days.

I'm kind of curious on how I'll figure out how to snap out of it though. I don't want to miss new year' eve after all. It's going to take one hell of an alarm clock.

Another one bites the dust...

From the WaPo comes this gem:

Henry A. "Hank" Crumpton, the chief of the State Department's counterterrorism office and a key strategist in the war in Afghanistan, will announce today that he is leaving government...

So why is he leaving? To spend more time with his family of course.

[He]decided to leave for "unexpected, unplanned and compelling family reasons," including family health issues and financial obligations for higher education for his children,

Wow, what an original idea. I wonder how long until we hear about the investigation or indictment.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

What a waste

You may have read in the news recently about the highest ranking woman killed so far in Iraq. Something you probably didn't hear about was the "mission" she was involved in when it happened.

Marine Maj. Megan McClung, a public affairs officer who became the highest-ranking woman killed in Iraq when she died two weeks ago, had been escorting Oliver North and a FOX News crew through Ramadi just moments before a roadside bomb took her life, a military spokesman told E&P on Monday.

Oliver North, right wing radio hack wanted to see Iraq and report on it. Couldn't do it without a military escort though. I wonder if the "it isn't as bad as the media makes it out to be" line is something he will be using again any time soon.

Many journalists go out without any military escort, even in dangerous areas.

Not Ollie though...he's too important.

Michelle Malkin now plans on going over as well. She needs to prove that the AP falsified a story. I wonder how many escorts she is going to get, or if she will even leave the green zone.

Hannity and O'Reilly were there last week. Anyone see any stories yet about their experiences?

Bah. I can't continue this, I'm getting too angry to remain coherent.

Government pulling an Enron?

This article is about our deficit and is pretty bleak. The government released a report showing the deficit at an unimaginable $247.7 billion. But is actually much worse.

The federal deficit for 2006 would have been 81 percent higher than the $247.7 billion that was reported two months ago if the government had to use the same accounting methods as private companies.

Apparently this is some weird accounting thing about reporting stuff different ways. Corporations and big companies aren't allowed to use the same method the government used because it is misleading to investors. Go figure.

The real deficit? $449.5 billion. I think I'm going to go cry now.