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November 16, 2010

Overnight Open Thread - Jazz Age Edition

Welcome to the 1920's

The war to end all wars is over and now the jazz is playing, the hems are rising, and demon rum has been banished. So knock three times and say 'Johnny says hi' at the back door of the joint. It's time to grab some giggle water, dance the charles all nite with your Sheba, and everything is gonna be Jake.

Silent Cal Silent No Longer
From footage of President Calvin Coolidge filmed in 1924. Note the use of a very primitive analog teleprompter.

GOP: "It’s the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas!"
Republicans picked up 20 state chambers and now enjoy more power at the state level than they've had since the 20's.


WTF? Janet Napolitano Hints That Muslim Women May Be Exempted From Full-Body Security Checks
Look either the veiled ladies get groped/scanned or I can promise you there will be a full-on insurrection by the flying public.


Richard Fernandez: Getting to the Right of the Boom
The biggest problem with our airport security is that it's focused on finding bombs instead of the bombers. Plus security at the airport is really only a last-ditch way of stopping bombs. In the long run the only solution is to get to the left of the boom:

The process of stopping the bomb before it was emplaced is called “left of the boom”. It is a term used to describe the process of going downstream of the IED emplacement process. According to the Washington Post it was “vernacular developed by the Army in 2003: that is, to attack the bombmaking construct well before IEDs are emplaced. That involves understanding the financiers, bombmaker cells, and other aspects of this, long before a bomb appears at the roadside.”

How Strong Is Your Computer Geek-Fu?
Well take the 2010 InfoWorld Geek IQ Test and find out. Warning - it's tough. And Windows-centric.


The Next Thing The TSA Will Start Checking
Tampon bombs:

"Gretchen I'm over at the TSA everyday screaming bloody murder over these tampon bombs and I'm going to give them a monthly visit until TSA has put in appropriate procedures to counter this growing tampon threat."

So What's Mel Gibson Packing?
Well after Oksana Grigorieva filed for a domestic violence restraining order in July this is what he surrendered to police:

-- A blue steel, semi-auto 9 millimeter Glock handgun
-- A blue steel, semi-auto 9 millimeter Beretta handgun
-- A blue steel, semi-auto 12 gauge Benelli shotgun
-- A blue steel, lever action Winchester rifle
-- A magazine for the Glock
-- A magazine for the Beretta
-- A speed loader for the Glock

Two of the Gosselin Kids Have Been Expelled From School
Apparently for acting out and 'rage issues'. They're now being homeschooled by their mother. Allow me to point out that if they had been adopted by wolves as I suggested, bad words and mocking other kids wouldn't be a problem today.


The Yahoo AoSHQ group. You know the way.

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