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July 27, 2012

Overnight Open Thread

It feels good when you Christen a Navy ship that has a good name. USS Somerset, Named For Pennsylvania 9/11 Crash Site, Set For Christening Tomorrow.

The bow stem of the Somerset was made with steel from the bucket of a coal-mining crane called a Marion 7500 walking dragline. It was the larger of two draglines near the crash site, and mining company employees hoisted a big American flag from its boom, more than 150 feet in the air, to honor Flight 93’s passengers and crew.

David Beamer, the father of Todd Beamer, will be there and said the following.
“On that day in Somerset County, 40 free people had an opportunity to fight back. ... That ship represents in the days going forward, a defense for our country, a defense for our values, a defense for our freedom.”

Well said.


Dangerous Artistry

Odd Jobs: Burlesque Danger Artist With Fire Pasties. One would think that she would fully think the process out before setting fire to her boobehs but it sounds like she's got it all worked out now.

It took a few performances to get it right. The first time she tried it, she says, she used 70 percent rubbing alcohol, and her pasties burned out “as soon as I started shaking.” She had to re-light her breasts several times during the act, which the audience enjoyed but she found “cheesy.” The second time, she used something a little stronger: lighter fluid. “The difference between 70 percent rubbing alcohol and lighter fluid is massive,” Kay says. “I had flames coming off … that were so huge, everyone in the first few rows had to duck.” She ended up with a blister burn on her stomach that left a scar—a permanent reminder of just how perilous her profession really is.

She eventually learned that the best way to set your breasts on fire is with 100 percent rubbing alcohol. “They light well and they stay lit without engulfing the whole stage in flames,” she says. Even so, if you’re in Los Angeles this week and decide to check out her show, you might want to watch from the back.

Pretty much related, here is what happens when Aviation Meets Burlesque. I can't stop laughing. Probably slightly NSFW.

History Of Wooing Women

With music. Pretty funny what happens around 2000 with the lyrics.

Americans Want A Nanny

Stories like this one On How Hard It Is To Dump Your Bank tells me that too many Americans want to have their hand held for them as they go through life. I've changed banks a few times and yes, it can be a bit time consuming but it really isn't that hard and do you really need legislation passed to then force banks to do the transfers for you? And they want it done for free. What a surprise. Would you trust a free service with one as important has setting up your paycheck deposits? One would think that with personal finances, you would want to control the process anyway.

Doggeh Video

Extreme Dogsled Racing.

Romney and Britain

Seriously. Does anyone give a rat's ass that the Brits are "offended" at Romney's remarks? The same folks that are saying this is a problem for Romney seem to have been strangely silent when Obama did far worse. There was that time he tried to call the Falkland Islands Malvinas but instead said Maldives (which was an apparent attempt to try to court favor with Argentina to the detriment of Britain). How about that time he gave Gordon Brown US Region only DVDs? Or how about when Obama sent the bust of Winston Churchill back to the UK(evidently Team Obama is Trying to Deny They Did This Today.)? Or when Obama screwed up the toast to the Queen of England.

Helicopter Action

Bonus footage: 2 Apaches Kill A Platoon Of Taliban. And of course youtube pulls the video because it's too violent but the video lives on at the link.
h/t Theo Spark

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