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January 17, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (17 Jan 2014)

Man, Keith Koffler nails it. The root of Obama's imperious Presidency.

Obama is, for a politician, a relative loner who doesn’t want to be bugged by members of Congress. Of either Party.

He has no famous chums in Congress. He has few relationships of any sort with lawmakers. Really what he wants to do is make his decisions in the Oval Office, have a few meetings, give some speeches on college campuses and high schools, and play golf. And then send Jay Carney out to talk about how Republicans are intransigent, politically motivated hacks who don’t even wear deodorant.

h/t Michael Ramirez


Olympic Committee

U.S. hockey player forced to remove Constitution from her goalie mask by the International Olympic Committee. I'm sure if it said We The Lesbians it would've been just fine.

British NFL Commentary

Oh please, please, please replace Chris Collingsworth with this bloke.

Bathrooms

No longer will kids in California have to figure out which one is the girls bathroom and which one is the boys bathroom. In California, girls can use urinals in the boys room. As long as they feel like they are a boy that day. Vice versa for the boys. Maybe we can finally answer if the ladies room is really a wondrous room with couches and stuff. Or maybe even find the cure for baldness (as per Richard Jeni's syllogism bit).

Further, since "men are going bald, and they are from the planet earth," and "women aren't losing any hair," it is clear that "women have, indeed, come from some other planet."

Richard went on to say that since men were forbidden from the ladies room that it was obvious the cure for baldness was in the ladies room.

Smart Starlet

They don't make Hollywood starlets like they used to.

They began talking about radio control for torpedoes. The idea itself was not new, but her concept of "frequency hopping" was. Lamarr brought up the idea of radio control. Antheil's contribution was to suggest the device by which synchronization could be achieved. He proposed that rapid changes in radio frequencies could be coordinated the way he had coordinated the sixteen synchronized player pianos in his Ballet Méanique. The analogy was complete in his mind: By the time the two applied for a patent on a "Secret Communication System," on June 10, 1941, the invention used slotted paper rolls similar to player-piano rolls to synchronize the frequency changes in transmitter and receiver, and it even called for exactly eighty-eight frequencies, the number of keys on a piano.

Moon Names

Full moon names of 2014. Full beaver moon?

Someday they'll have an Ewok moon. Someday.

Sex Ed

Um, you know over half of the stuff on this sex ed poster for 13 year olds wouldn't make the cut for a PG-13 movie so why do they think it's OK to teach it?

Insane Ukranians

Worst Fighters Of All Time

The Five Worst Fighter Of All Time.

A short, squat, and unattractive aircraft, the Buffalo entered service in the same year as the Mitsubishi A6M Zero and the Bf-109, two overwhelmingly superior aircraft. Although the Buffalos operated by the Finnish Air Force did well against the Soviets in the early days of the “continuation war,” Buffalo pilots serving in Commonwealth and Dutch air forces in Southeast Asia were massacred by Japanese fliers in Zeros and Oscars. To add to its least desirable characteristics, the Buffalo performed poorly in the high temperatures common in the tropics.

Marine Corps pilots referred to the Buffalo as—you guessed it—a “flying coffin” in the wake of the Battle of Midway, where the aircraft performed disastrously against the Japanese. It was quickly replaced in U.S. service by its far more effective counterpart, the Grumman F4F Wildcat.

Top Employee Award

In China, one company awarded their top employee a night with a pron star.

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