Archive for the ‘Fark’ Category
Fark Headline: “Obama plans to bring back all the troops from Iraq by August 2010… except for the 50,000 he is leaving there forever. Change you can believe in!”
Straight from CNN: “President Obama told congressional leaders Thursday he’s planning to pull all combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010, according to three congressional officials.
Under this scenario, all combat troops will be withdrawn within 19 months of Obama’s January inauguration, three months longer than his promise on the campaign trail.
In a meeting at the White House Thursday evening, Obama also told lawmakers that he plans to keep a range of 35,000 to 50,000 support troops on the ground in Iraq after combat troops are out, the officials said.
All U.S. troops have to be out of Iraq by December 31, 2011, under an agreement the Bush administration signed with the Iraqi government last year.
White House officials confirmed the president will deliver a speech about Iraq to troops at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Friday, his first visit to a military base since being sworn into office.
The officials refused to comment on the details of Obama’s plan.
While liberals may be frustrated that Obama is not keeping his campaign promise to the letter, the president could win credit from lawmakers in both parties for giving military commanders more time and flexibility to finish the mission.
What may turn out to be more controversial is the number of noncombat troops that will remain in Iraq under Obama’s plan.
Military officials have stressed that residual, noncombat forces would focus on supplies and logistics to protect U.S. interests in the region. But senior Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have expressed concern over such a large number of troops staying in Iraq after combat forces have left.
One source familiar with the discussion told CNN that Democratic lawmakers complained in private to the president about the remaining troops just as they have in public.
Fark Headline: “Man partied and had sex with lots of women at work. Which might be cool if he wasn’t working at the morgue”
Straight from Cincinnati.com: “On many nights over 16 years, Kenneth Douglas engaged in his own personal macabre workplace party.
He often brought drugs or alcohol to work and sometimes had sex with women.
At least three of those women were dead, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Thursday.
But if Douglas is to be believed, he could have had sex with as many as “over a hundred” bodies in the 16 years he worked as night attendant at the Hamilton County morgue.
“I am sure there are more (victims). I’m certain of it,” Deters said Thursday in announcing new indictments against Douglas.
“This guy’s just a pig. I can’t explain why someone would do something like this. … This is off-the-charts weird.”
Fark Headline – Brett Favre retirement announcement an error, just like his decision to play another year
Not to worry, it appears that the hostage situation in Green Bay continues…
Straight from the Chicago Tribune: “On Thursday, the Packers’ official Web site briefly reported he was retiring, but the page under the breaking news section was live for only a few minutes.
“There’s nothing to it,” Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb told the Associated Press. “People who handle our Web site had set up a dummy page in the event he was to retire. They were asked to take down that page.” Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Favre, in his annual rite of winter, had not made up his mind whether to return for his 18th season.”
Straight from the New York Post: “February 21, 2008 — The black Columbia University professor who last fall found a hangman’s noose pinned to her office door plagiarized the work of another faculty member and two students, according to a school investigation released yesterday. The plagiarism probe was already under way last year when a 4-foot twine noose was discovered on the door of psychology and education professor Madonna Constantine’s office, officials at the university’s Teachers College said.
They said they disciplined Constantine for stealing other people’s work for articles she published in academic journals.
They cited two dozen instances of plagiarism over the past five years that were substantiated in an 18-month investigation by a Manhattan law firm.
Teachers College spokesman Joe Levine would not say how Constantine was punished, but college officials said her position is secure.
In a statement e-mailed to Bloomberg News Service yesterday, Constantine said she was the victim of a racist conspiracy.
The school accused her of plagiarism because of the “structural racism that pervades this institution,” she charged. “As one of only two tenured black women full professors at Teachers College, it pains me to conclude that I have been specifically and systematically targeted.”
Constantine said she would appeal to a faculty committee.
Cops have not been able to identify a suspect in the noose incident. They have not ruled out people close to Constantine or others who might have had an ax to grind with her.
After the October incident, cops were rebuffed – by Constantine herself – in their efforts to catch the person behind the alleged hate crime.
The professor was one of several faculty members who objected to the idea of posting surveillance cameras in her hallway, according to sources familiar with the campus investigation.”
Let me get this straight… Constantine was found to have committed two dozen instances of plagiarism over a five year period, and she has to gall to say that she was investigated and punished because of a “racist conspiracy?” How convenient was it that the noose showed up on her door right after the investigation started? Then she stifles the police investigation into who hung the noose on the door?
In my opinion, this “supposed” hate crime is an out-right hoax, and this professor is a pathetic leech on the ass of academia. Two dozen instances of plagiarism, a hate crime hoax and “her position is secure?” That’s the beauty of the race card at work.
Fark Headline – Man participating in the Richard Petty Driving Experience has a Dale Earnhardt Experience
Straight from the Miami Herald: “A 60-year-old man has died after crashing a car at a NASCAR racing ride for amateurs at Daytona International Speedway.The Richard Petty Driving Experience said Robert Boswell of Apopka had completed his third lap at 125 mph when he began driving erratically. He slumped over and crashed the car into a concrete retaining wall Sunday. He died later at a hospital.
Police said the accident is still under investigation.
Speedway officials said this was the first Richard Petty Driving Experience death at Daytona. Participants pay from $135 to more than $2,000 to ride or drive a NASCAR-type car.”
Fark Headline – Hillary promises that unlike her rivals, HER health plan will be universal. Even if she has to automatically enroll the reluctant and garnish their wages to pay for it
Straight from the Associated Press: “WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans. The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed on ABC’s “This Week,” she said: “I think there are a number of mechanisms” that are possible, including “going after people’s wages, automatic enrollment.”"
Straight from the Green Bay Press Gazette: “A Sheboygan County judge on Wednesday overruled a jury’s guilty verdict, acquitting a previously convicted sex offender accused of trying to lure a 9-year-old Sheboygan girl into a park shelter, officials said this morning.
Judge Timothy Van Akkeren overturned the verdict after a daylong jury trial, saying the shelter was not a “secluded place” as required by state statute, said Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco.
Mitchell D. Pask, 44, had been charged with felony child enticement, a charge that requires prosecutors to prove he attempted to cause the girl to enter a secluded place with intent to have sexual contact. Pask, of 1014-C Erie Ave., faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
DeCecco, promising an appeal this morning, said he was “stunned, just absolutely stunned” by the ruling.
“You get that lift when (the jury) comes back with guilty, and you say, ‘Good, we’ve got another sex offender off the streets,’ and then minutes later you’re told the case is being dismissed,” he said. “I’ve done this for 18 years now. Not only has it never happened to me personally — a judge dismissing after a guilty verdict — I’ve never heard of it being done.”
According to a criminal complaint, Pask approached the 9-year-old while she was with friends at Worker’s Park on June 8, saying, “Look at those sexy little salty girls.” He repeatedly offered the girl candy while gesturing she should follow him toward the area of the shelter and the shelter’s bathroom, but she refused.
The jury, which earlier traveled to the park, found Pask guilty after about 30 minutes of deliberations. But Van Akkeren then overturned the verdict, saying the jury could not have determined the shelter was a secluded place as required by statute.”
Fark Headline – Over 50 tunnels have been found under the U.S.-Mexico border, proving once and for all that Bugs Bunny has gotten out of control in his quest to reach Albuquerque
Straight from KTRE: “Mexican officials discover another drug tunnel in border city of Tijuana
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Police in Tijuana, Mexico, have discovered a narrow tunnel under the border into the US.
Officials say it was used to smuggle drugs and possibly undocumented migrants.
More than 50 tunnels have been discovered under the US-Mexico border. Increased border surveillance following 9-11 is thought to have prompted drug smugglers to go underground to avoid detection.”
Fark Headline – Remember that Mickey Mouse look-alike on Hamas TV? Producers killed the character off by having him beaten to death by an Israeli official
Straight from the Salt Lake Tribune: “GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children’s television program was beaten to death in the show’s final episode Friday.
In the final skit, “Farfour” was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a “terrorist.”
“Farfour was martyred while defending his land,” said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed “by the killers of children,” she added.
The weekly show, featuring a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice, had attracted worldwide attention because the character urged Palestinian children to fight Israel. It was broadcast on Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV.
Station officials said Friday that Farfour was taken off the air to make room for new programs. Station manager Mohammed Bilal said he did not know what would be shown instead.
Israeli officials have denounced the program, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” as incendiary and outrageous. The program was also opposed by the state-run Palestinian Broadcasting Corp., which is controlled by Fatah, Hamas’ rival.”
Here’s video of a graduation ceremony at a Hamas Kindergarten:
Fark Headline – A moment of silence, please. The last Iwo Jima flag raiser has passed away. Your watch is over, sir. And thank you.
Lindberg died Sunday at Fairview Southdale hospital in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, said John Pose, director of the Morris Nilsen Funeral Home in Richfield, which is handling Lindberg’s funeral.
Lindberg spent decades explaining that it was his patrol, not the one captured in the famous Associated Press photograph by Joe Rosenthal, that raised the first flag as U.S. forces fought to take the Japanese island.
In the late morning of Feb. 23, 1945, Lindberg fired his flame-thrower into enemy pillboxes at the base of Mount Suribachi and then joined five other Marines fighting their way to the top. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery.
“Two of our men found this big, long pipe there,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2003. “We tied the flag to it, took it to the highest spot we could find and we raised it.
“Down below, the troops started to cheer, the ship’s whistles went off, it was just something that you would never forget,” he said. “It didn’t last too long, because the enemy started coming out of the caves.”
The moment was captured by Sgt. Lou Lowery, a photographer from the Marine Corps’ Leatherneck magazine. It was the first time a foreign flag flew on Japanese soil, according to the book “Flags of Our Fathers,” by James Bradley with Ron Powers. Bradley’s father, Navy Corpsman John Bradley, was one of the men in the famous photo of the second flag-raising.
“We thought it would be a slaughterhouse up on Suribachi,” Lindberg said in the book. “I still don’t understand why we were not attacked.”
Three of the men in the first raising never saw their photos. They were among the more than 6,800 U.S. servicemen killed in the five-week battle for the island.
By Lindberg’s account, his commander ordered the first flag replaced and safeguarded because he worried someone would take it as a souvenir. Lindberg was back in combat when six men raised the second, larger flag about four hours later.Rosenthal’s photo of the second flag-raising became one of the most enduring images of the war and the model for the U.S. Marine Corps memorial in Washington.
Rosenthal, who died last year, always denied accusations that he staged the photo, and he never claimed it depicted the first raising of a flag over the island.
Lindberg was shot through the arm on March 1 and evacuated.
There remained lingering disputes over the identity of at least one man in the first flag-raising. A California veteran of Iwo Jima, Raymond Jacobs, has said he believes he is the man with a radio on his back who had usually been identified as Pfc. Gene Marshall, a radio operator with the 5th Marine Division who died in 1987. The other men involved in the raising all have died.
Last year’s film “Flags of Our Fathers,” based on the book, features a character named Lindberg played by Alessandro Mastrobuono, according to the Internet Movie Database.
After his discharge in January 1946, Lindberg — no relation to Charles Lindbergh the aviator — went home to Grand Forks, N.D. He moved to Richfield in 1951 and became an electrician.
No one, he said, believed him when he said he raised the first flag at Iwo Jima. “I was called a liar,” he said. In 1954, Lindberg was invited to Washington for the dedication of the Marine memorial. It carried the names of the second group of flag-raisers, but not the first.
He spent his final years trying to raise awareness of the first flag-raising, speaking to veterans groups and at schools. He sold autographed copies of Lowery’s photos through catalogs.
A back room in his neat house was filled with souvenirs of the battle, including a huge mural based on one of Lowery’s photos. Prints of the photos were kept handy for visitors, and Lindberg’s Silver Star and Purple Heart were in little boxes on a side table.The Minnesota Legislature passed a resolution in Lindberg’s honor in 1995. His face appears on a huge mural in Long Prairie of the battle for Iwo Jima, and his likeness is etched into the black granite walls of Soldiers Field in Rochester.”
Naturally, I’ve selected several of the choice comments from the Fark thread:
“What is with the hushed respectful tone for this guy? I am sure he was a dick back in 1940whatever when he served, just like all my high school classmates who joined the military are dicks now.” – elpepe55
“You’re a dick now, and you never served.” – iKill
“Yes, this man is a hero because he burned to death the horrible enemy whose cloth on a stick has different bits of color than our cloth on a stick.” – elpepe55
“elpepe, they were yellow dogs, the scum of the earth if you read your history. and they would have gladly cut off yor head and shoved it up your pacifist ass, given the chance.” – billybobtoo
“And they had slanty eyes!! Good thing we nuked the bastards.” – elpepe55
“To all you people belittling this guys death, let me say this:
Without those marines, and without those army soldiers, as well as those brave navy personel, you people would not have the right to post what you are saying here on Fark.com. You would be tracked down and jailed under the order of the Third Reich, or under Japanese tolitarianism.So before being a jagoff, think of what all those soldiers died for. They died to protect your freedom which it seems alot of you don’t deserve, but being that it is your Right, all we can ask is that you atleast feign respect for what they did for you..” – God
“Jesus Christ, Do my ears decieve me or do I hear a bunch of Communist twinkle toe mother Farkers bad mouthing the brave men who gave their lives for the privilege of voicing the horse shiat that i’m reading. You maggots don’t deserve to walk in the shadow of those heroes. You have the right to disagree, but you have absolutely no common sense, patriotism or class if you insult the fine men and women who gave their lives for the cause of freedom!” – RabidCanary
“This thread has become a liberal out-house, parked right on top of this fine man’s memory. So f*cking typical.” – Mighty_Dog
“You’re right — but it doesn’t really affect my point, which is: it’s ridiculous to glorify this man or any other “war hero” whose primary heroic contribution has been to kill and maim people who are different from us.” – elpepe55
“Well, if by “different” you mean thinking it’s their divine right to kill 10 million Chinese and occupy Korea, Malaysia, Burma, Siam, Philippines, etc., then I guess yes, sometimes it is acceptable to kill people who are “different”, and why I consider those who fought the Japanese on Iwo Jima to be heroes, and heroes to 100′s of millions of people all throughout the Pacific.” – ItHurtsWhenIDoThis
“You still need to break from the American-centric viewpoint. We are slaughtering innocent Iraqi civilians right now much like the Japanese murdered the Chinese in the 30s, yet I think it’s a safe assumption that you do not think current U.S. troops are anything less than heroes themselves, do you?” – elpepe55“(v) Pacifism. The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to the taking of life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists whose real though unadmitted motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration of totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States. Moreover they do not as a rule condemn violence as such, but only violence used in defence of western countries. The Russians, unlike the British, are not blamed for defending themselves by warlike means, and indeed all pacifist propaganda of this type avoids mention of Russia or China. It is not claimed, again, that the Indians should abjure violence in their struggle against the British. Pacifist literature abounds with equivocal remarks which, if they mean anything, appear to mean that statesmen of the type of Hitler are preferable to those of the type of Churchill, and that violence is perhaps excusable if it is violent enough. After the fall of France, the French pacifists, faced by a real choice which their English colleagues have not had to make, mostly went over to the Nazis, and in England there appears to have been some small overlap of membership between the Peace Pledge Union and the Blackshirts. Pacifist writers have written in praise of Carlyle, one of the intellectual fathers of Fascism. All in all it is difficult not to feel that pacifism, as it appears among a section of the intelligentsia, is secretly inspired by an admiration for power and successful cruelty. The mistake was made of pinning this emotion to Hitler, but it could easily be retransfered.” – George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism
Fark Headline – Iranian naval forces tried to capture an Australian navy boarding team just before the British incident. What the Aussies did is… different
Straight from the Sydney Morning Herald: “The Australian Defence Force says up to five Iranian gunboats tried to capture Australian sailors in the Persian Gulf in December 2004.
A defence spokesman told reporters the four-hour confrontation occurred after Australian navy personnel boarded a grounded cargo ship in the gulf.
Commodore Steve Gilmore said the incident began when Australian soldiers were leaving the cargo vessel, which was located near the Iraq-Iran maritime border.
He said an Iranian Revolutionary Guard gunboat moved close by and its armed personnel made “very overt gestures”.
The boarding party commander ordered the Australians to reboard the cargo ship.
“He got his boarding party back on to the ship and established a very credible and appropriate defensive position,” Commodore Gilmore told reporters in Canberra.
The BBC reported earlier today that Iranian naval forces tried to capture the boarding team, but were repelled in the face of machine guns and “highly colourful language”.”
Straight from Boston.com: “Shortly before landing, Bob Hayden and a flight attendant had agreed on a signal: When she waved the plastic handcuffs, he would discreetly leave his seat and restrain an unruly passenger who had frightened some of the 150 people on board a Minneapolis-to-Boston flight Saturday night with erratic behavior.
Hayden, a 65-year-old former police commander, had enlisted a gray-haired gentleman sitting next to him to assist. The man turned out to be a former US Marine.
“I had looked around the plane for help, and all the younger guys had averted their eyes. When I asked the guy next to me if he was up to it, all he said was, ‘Retired captain. USMC.’ I said, ‘You’ll do,’ ” Hayden recalled. “So, basically, a couple of grandfathers took care of the situation.”
Hayden said the unruly man’s behavior upset some passengers. One told Hayden the man had said, “Your lives are going to change today forever,” as he shouted and refused to take his seat before takeoff and at various times during the nearly three-hour flight. He said that at one point the man lay on his back and was screaming, moaning, and thrashing on the floor.
“Some people were crying,” Hayden said. “I thought it might be a diversion. I kept scanning the back of the plane to see if anyone was going to rush forward. The flight attendants did a great job, literally surrounding the two guys who were making all the noise. I told one of the flight attendants I was a retired police officer and would be willing to assist, so we agreed on a signal.”
When the captain announced preparations for landing, the man jumped up shouting, the flight attendant held up the handcuffs, and Hayden and the Marine came bounding down the aisle. Hayden said he and the retired Marine, whose name he never got, received an ovation from fellow passengers, and “some free air miles.”
Hayden’s wife of 42 years, Katie, who was also on the flight, was less impressed. Even as her husband struggled with the agitated passenger, she barely looked up from “The Richest Man in Babylon,” the book she was reading.
“The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading,” Katie Hayden said. “Bob’s been shot at. He’s been stabbed. He’s taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody’s neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn’t know how the book would end.”
Fark Headline – J. K. Rowling begging readers not to reveal plot of final Harry Potter book. This way, nobody will find out Harry dies at the end
Straight from Yahoo News: “”We’re a little under three months away, now, and the first distant rumblings of the weirdness that usually precedes a Harry Potter publication can be heard on the horizon,” Rowling wrote on her Web site Monday.”I want the readers who have, in many instances, grown up with Harry, to embark on the last adventure they will share with him without knowing where they are they going.”
The author’s comments came in response to an April 28 editorial by a leading Potter fan site, http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org, which noted that it had been receiving “spoiler” e-mails — and expected many more — alleging advance knowledge of the book’s contents.”
Fark Headline – Last week, my platoon’s lead vehicle was hit by an IED. It killed the gunner, SPC Robert Dixon, who was married with two children. He was my friend
Straight from TwinCities.com: “On Sunday, the Humvee in which Pfc. Dixon was riding as a gunner was hit by an improvised bomb. He died of his wounds at the age of 28, family members said Tuesday. He was three months into his tour.
His wife, Rusty Rose-Dixon, said she knew his job as a cavalry scout was dangerous and they had discussed what would happen if he were hurt or killed.
“They do scary things. They raid. They’re what goes in before the infantry gets called,” she said.
The two were married about 1½ years ago. He moved to Minneapolis in fall 2004 after divorcing his first wife, who then lived in Gladwin, Mich., with their child, Logan.The fate of Logan, 3, and a second child born after Dixon’s divorce – Michael, now 2 – prompted Dixon to enlist in July 2005. He was assigned to the Army’s 1st Squadron, Fourth Cavalry Regiment in the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kan.”
Here are my favorite Fark comments in the thread regarding this story:
“Sad. Died for Oil and America’s illegal war of aggression. I wonder how many innocent civilians he helped to kill while out there. Don’t see many posts for them around here, 655,000 and rising, all a direct result of the USA’s actions.” – golo606
I assume you support the tribal militias and foreign fighters who kill scores of civilians everyday here?
What do you think is going to happen when we leave here? You think the Sunni’s and Shias are gonna run through fields of flowers and hugging and laughing?
If you really cared for the innocent civilians of Iraq, you would pray to god that we stay here until Iraqi security is good enough to protect their people from your brothers in Jihad.” – Iraqistan Man
“Dispite what hardcore librals would have you belive, this man nor any others in Iraq did not die in vain. Saddam has been taken out of power, Iraq has a democratic constitution, they are well on their way to a stable government and a self supporting security force. They have their problems sure, but things don’t get better overnight. I have many friends serving in Iraq, I would if I could, and I take personal offense from anyone who says their there for nothing.” – Kimpak
“I have friends over there, all of them Marines that say we’re “kicking the enemys ass every damned day”. All of them re-upped at the end of their tours. You tell them they’re doing this for oil or what they’re doing is illegal and they’ll likely kick your ass too.
In fact, when the day comes that our troops do come home I hope like hell some of the dedicated take it upon themselves to get even with the institutions that stabbed them in the back and invested in their defeat.” – Triaxis
“So my Sister in law and 2 year old neice and 4 year old nephew came over to the states space-a to spend some time with the family. The kids were typically rambunctious and were running all over the terminal while waiting a day to get on a flight. There were alot of soldiers on their way back to the states also waiting and my sis described how the kids antics would light up the soldiers weary faces.
One she got a flight it was in a plane where you sit in jump seats facing in towards the cargo. The cargo on this particular flight was 15 flag-draped caskets. My nephew, possibly mimicing what his dad does, stopped and saluted the flags on the way aboard. One the soldiers broke down.” – Model_Citizen
Straight from the Middle East Times: “RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Hamas-run television channel has defied a Palestinian government request to axe a controversial children’s cartoon in which a Mickey Mouse look-alike urges resistance against Israel.
A senior official working for Al Aqsa (Jerusalem) television in the Gaza Strip said that the program – “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” – would air as normal this Friday in defiance of information minister Mustafa Barghouti.
“The program will continue and it will be broadcast tomorrow at 4.00 pm [1300 GMT]. Mustafa Barghouti misunderstood the issue,” said the official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
Earlier, the information ministry in the West Bank city of Ramallah said: “A politically-oriented children’s television program was withdrawn by the Al Aqsa TV station today following a request by the ministry of information.”
Barghouti said that the program adopted a “mistaken approach” to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation and that it was wrong to use children’s programs to convey political messages.
In the program, the Mickey Mouse look-alike named Farfur and a little girl urge resistance against Israel and the United States – along with stressing the importance of daily prayers and drinking milk.”
Fark Headline – Hot-air-balloon enthusiast makes Darth Vader helmet balloon. The dork is strong with this one
Straight from SciFi.com: “If there’s a dorkier combo out there than Star Wars obsession and being a hot air balloon hobbyist, I’m not aware of it. But hey, don’t be ashamed of your passions. No, blow them up to gigantic size so the whole world can see! That’s what Benoit Lambert did, creating this absolutely incredible Darth Vader head hot air balloon.
This seriously accurate recreation of Darth Vader’s helmet is also a fully-functioning hot-air balloon, allowing the passenger to soar in the clouds while really confusing people on the ground. Can you imagine a giant Darth Vader head floating by over your house? I’m not really sure what the appropriate reaction would be to seeing such a thing. Confusion? Awe? Fear?”
Straight from the Tennessean: “Al Gore Jr. received more than $500,000 in royalties from the owners of zinc mines who held mineral leases on his farm near Carthage, Tenn. Now the mines have a new owner and are scheduled to reopen later this year.
Before the mines closed in 2003, they emitted thousands of pounds of toxic substances and several times, the water discharged from the mines into nearby rivers had levels of toxins above what was legal.”
Straight from Tampa Bay’s 10: “Tampa, Florida – Pit bulls, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Dobermans are among the breeds that would be banned under a proposal before the Hillsborough county commission. The goal is to cut down on the number of dog bites in the county.Last month, a toddler was critically injured after his grandmother allowed him to get too close to her 3 Pit Bull mixes as they were eating. 20-month old Ian Keo screamed when he got tangled up in the dogs’ chains. Then one of the dogs attacked. Ian suffered critical bites to his neck and head.”
Straight from Free Republic: “Framed against a brilliant setting sun that splashed puddles of light across the ocean on a warm winter evening, Saturday’s quiet ceremony on the lawn of the South Mesa Senior Noncommissioned Officers Club stood in stark contrast to that cold, noisy day when the Battle of Iwo Jima began.The annual Iwo Jima Commemorative Sunset Memorial at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base —- on the 62nd anniversary of a strategic, bloody World War II battle that dragged on for more than a month —- was over in half an hour.
There was barely time for the crowd of 600 people, including 100 veterans of the historic conflict, to hear the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer and a few short remarks, and witness the laying of a wreath at the base’s Iwo Jima Monument.
On the wreath were two simple words: “We remember.”
It’s nice, said local Iwo Jima Memorial Committee chairman Joe Garza afterward, that a pair of contemporary movies —- “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” —- have reminded Americans of the sacrifices 6,825 people made. But Garza said there will always be a need for ceremonies long after the memories of the films fade, to call attention to the conflict that extended from Feb. 19 to March 26 of 1945.
“It’s important that we remember them,” he said. “We want to keep their spirits alive.”"
There are plenty of excellent quotes in that article from the men that survived the vicious fighting on Iwo Jima that were also in attendance for the 62nd anniversary memorial. I suggest you read it in it’s entirety. There are also several photos (two of which I’ve pasted into this post).
As usual, whenever an important anniversary like this rolls around, whether it’s the beach landings on D-Day, or the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the history revisionist moonbats are in full force at the Fark thread for said anniversary, displaying their rampant asshattery for all to admire. Here are a few gems that I saw posted for this anniversary:
“What a trivial piece of Americana. Did I say trivial, I meant Fascist.” – WildMonkey
“Yay! An island! I feel more American! The “Greatest Generation” is nonsense. I doubt somehow that they’re better than any others, just older.” – mikebdoss
“None of the Axis powers in WWII had any intention of invading and subjugating the United States. It could be argued that our freedoms have not really been put in jeopardy since the Civil war. A lot of brave men went out to further American foreign policy, support American allies and seek revenge for a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, nothing more.” – Chirping_Cricket
“No they suffered because they chose to suffer. Stop acting like the US is the only friggin free country in the world. We have an all VOLUNTEER army for a reason. If you feel so obligated to ‘cherish’ these lost soles, then ENLIST biatch, else STFU. I sure as hell won’t be weeping over your dead ass.” – spyyder
If you wish to subject yourself to more of this moronic banter, you can read the comment thread for yourself.
Revisionist history, it’s what’s being taught at colleges today.