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August 02, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (2 Aug 2013)

So what happened to us having Al Queda on the run? Here are some good thoughts about that, the embassy closures and most importantly Benghazi (and why it matters).

What happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 — and the chaotic, shameful cover-up that has followed — provided an enticing blueprint for Islamic jihadists. If you can’t hit America in a dramatic way on its own soil, hit symbolic government targets abroad, like embassies, that are lightly guarded, and watch the U.S. government go weak in the knees and scramble to respond. The Benghazi terrorist assault and its aftermath have made the United States look vulnerable and weak: There is just no other way to put it. So, too, has the State Department announcement that our embassies and consulates will be closed on August 4.

Amelia Earhart 2.0

Damn, she already has a co-pilot. Distant relative of Amelia Earhart plans two-week trip around the world. Hopefully this one goes better than the last one.

Point Blank Range

I'm sure most of us think of the term "point blank range" and think of it being just a few feet or so. In reality, it can mean to be over a 100 yards.

Point Blank Range simply means: a distance at which the shooter does not need to compensate for gravity by adjusting the elevation of their weapon.

Due to the velocity of the projectiles, some weapons and ammunition have a point blank range of over 100 yards (91m). Due to recoil, some cannons can shoot over 1000 yards without elevation compensation; therefore they have a point blank range of over 1000 yards (914m).

Vivaldi Tribute

By a 14 year old girl. On electric guitar.

Execution Drug Shortage

Texas prison system running out of execution drug. I don't see the problem here. If there are no drugs, there are plenty of other ways to carry out an execution. A bullet is probably cheaper and a noose is environmentally green. If the Wendy Davis types say it is inhumane, they can pound sand. They were just fine with abortions occurring past 20 weeks via some pretty medieval means. This is only a little bit later and actually more humane than late term abortion techniques.

Weather Trivia

I hadn't heard of this one before. Ronald Reagan's Near Brush With Weather-Induced Death: The August 1st, 1983 Microburst.

a violent blast of cold air crashed down from a thunderstorm’s clouds above Andrews Air Force Base. As the so-called microburst slammed into the ground and fanned out in all directions, the wind speed was clocked at 149 mph (at the time, the highest-ever measured wind speed by an anemometer).
Just six minutes before this wind gust was measured, Air Force One had landed at Andrews, with President Ronald Reagan aboard. His timing was extraordinarily fortunate.

Very fortunate as it became readily apparent 2 years later when Delta 191 crashed in Dallas, TX due to a microburst.

While we're on the topic of weather, last week there was some chatter talking about the North Pole web cam now sitting in a pool of water from the melting polar ice caps. Well, there is just a tiny problem. It is located 300NM from the North Pole. Ooops. Close enough for government work I guess.

Lone Survivor Beards

Marky Mark seems to be a bit beard challenged. The Seven Amazing Movie-Star Beards You Meet In The Lone Survivor Trailer. I hope this movie lives up to the book but really, a lot of these beards kinda suck on the manliness scale.

The Dark Side Of Guppies

And you thought dolphins were bad. Male Guppies Use Penis Claws To Rape Females. No word yet from Whoopi if this is considered rape-rape.

Pron Sex vs Real Sex

Don't worry, it is SFW.

Stopping Dead People From Receiving Benefits

It is pretty sad that we need a bill to prevent payments to deceased people. In related news, USDA paid $36M to dead people. Maybe by the end of this century they'll tackle dead people voting.

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