(via TPM) You know, it’s hard out here for a snark. You want to give Palin a rest, just for a day. Just for a damn moment. Then the Air Force comes out with their shiny new surveillance device, an all-seeing Super Drone, tells us that they got the idea from watching reality TV:
The Air Force placed a contractor on the set of a reality TV show to learn how to pick out the interesting scenes shot from cameras simultaneously recording the action in a house.
To cap it all, they claim their Gorgon Drone will be able to “see everything!”
Russia from Alaska reference, rimshot, pause for reflection on how much better Strange would have covered this echt Strangey story, if he were not instead devoting all his energies to recovering from his own experiment in flying on instruments. Recuperate like crazy, Strange! What with the new Congress convening, we’ll need all hands!
And of course, front and center, repeal of Obamacare, even though Repubs admit it has no chance of passing.
And then, once they don’t pass repeal, they will pass their own health care reform act that is essentially just like, um, Obamacare. Without the, you know, mandate. Which the Pubs were actually all for in the days before they weren’t.
And the upcoming, probably endless, hearings being proposed by ex-car thief Darrell Issa to root out all the corrupt corruption in Obama’s corruption filled corrupt administration should just act as a background sideshow. Which we can turn to for amusement while watching the Repubs pretend to deal with the deficit.
Get your front seats now, folks. It’s going to be three ring circus here soon.
Since the nice round number 2000 didn’t pan out as a hallmark of the apocalypse, many professional and hobbyist worrywarts set their sights on 2012 as the year the world ends based on the Mayan calendar. Not to be outdone, a fringe Christian group predicts the world will end on May 21, 2011.
Bollocks, I say. (And so did Jesus, by the way.) But while healthy skepticism is warranted when kooks with pinwheeling eyes foretell the end of the world, actual scientific evidence is another matter:
Robert Frost wondered if the world would end in fire or ice. Maybe it’ll be in a giant hairball.
Who knew From Russia with Love villain Donald Grant was the good twin? Another thing I didn’t realize: Robert Shaw was a bad-ass in 1963. I’ve seen From Russia with Love before, but I had no idea Grant was Captain Quint from Jaws.
This really happened. One year, right after Christmas, my mom decided to drive herself, my little sister and me up to North Carolina to see snow. As native Floridians, my sister and I had never seen snow before. We complained bitterly about this fact, especially during the holidays when all the TV specials featured snowmen, sleigh rides, etc.
This was a very long time ago, back when people drove ugly green station wagons with fake wood paneling. Anyhoo, we had a little dog—a poodle mix of some sort. He was a kind of goldish color, so we named him Butterscotch. But we all called him Scotch.
We couldn’t take Scotch with us since we were staying with dog-phobic relatives in North Carolina. So my mom asked her younger sister to housesit and watch after Scotch. Auntie agreed to do this for us and promised to take good care of our beloved pet: