Jan 26, 2012

Contrasting Arizona....a study in visual emotions

Andy Rooneyisms...a good read

If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:
They're written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......

I've learned
.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I've learned
.... That when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned
.... That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day.
I've learned
.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I've learned
.... That being kind is more important than being right.
I've learned
.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I've learned
.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
I've learned
.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I've learned
.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I've learned
.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I've learned
.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned
.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned
.... That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned
.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned.... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned
.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I 've learned
.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned
.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned
.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I've learned
.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I've learned
.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I've learned
... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
I've learned
.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I've learned
.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I've learned
.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I've learned
.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I've learned
..... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I've learned
..... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
I've learned
.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
I've learned
.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

--from an email

Jan 24, 2012

OH shit, Whats this Iran-Strait of Hormuz shit? Bullshit or prelude to war?

Tensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would “definitely” close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil.

Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament's foreign affairs and national security committee, issued the warning in respone to a decision by the European Union on Monday to impose an oil embargo on Iran over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

“The pressure of sanctions is designed to try and make sure that Iran takes seriously our request to come to the table,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

However, with Washington’s decision to deploy a second carrier strike group in the Gulf, the EU’s attempt to pressure Iran economically could greatly increase the likelihood of all-out war in the region.

More on the story....

US Sends Carrier group Abe Lincoln thru Hormuz and Brits send more to increase pressure on Iran.   More on this story...

Jan 22, 2012

Newt doesn't hate the media, Newt LOVES the Media

Newt Gingrich hates the media, right? He unloaded on John King at the Charleston debate for raising this issue of his ex-wife's allegations, blasting the "destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media". In Myrtle Beach, he slapped Juan Williams down for asking a race-based question.
And the media despises Newt, right? He's so sarcastic and condescending towards us, brands us as elite liberals and uses us to whip up the Republican base.

Actually, wrong and wrong.

Iran calms down a bit after threats over Hormuz

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Saturday it considered the likely return of U.S. warships to the Gulf part of routine activity, backing away from previous warnings to Washington not to re-enter the area.

The statement may be seen as an effort to reduce tensions after Washington said it would respond if Iran made good on a threat to block the Strait of Hormuz - the vital shipping lane for oil exports from the Gulf.

"U.S. warships and military forces have been in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East region for many years and their decision in relation to the dispatch of a new warship is not a new issue and it should be interpreted as part of their permanent presence," Revolutionary Guard Deputy Commander Hossein Salami told the official IRNA news agency.

The apparently conciliatory comments may be a response to the European Union and Washington's rejection of Iran's declaration it was close to resuming negotiations with world powers and with the Pentagon saying it did not expect any challenge to its warships.

Jan 15, 2012

The Mexican Drug Wars

-- From CNN

For most of us, Mexico is reduced several times a week to a sickening barrage of horror flick headlines. Thirty-five bodies left on the freeway during rush-hour in a major tourist city. A person's face sewn onto a soccer ball. Bodies found stuffed in barrels of acid. Heads sent rolling onto busy nightclub dance floors.

What could explain such savagery?

Traffickers don't have a political or religious ideology like al Qaeda.

The answer, some experts say, is a number. Something like $39 billion.

Read the story....

VIDEO: Mitt Romney, serial killer

Jan 6, 2012

US, Iran, Israel: Military Enemies Play Footsie

Tension in the oil shipping lanes of the Gulf looks set to intensify amid indications that Iran, Israel and the US will hold military exercises designed to test weaponry and tactics.

As the US and European Union press ahead with oil sanctions on Iran, Tehran’s defence minister announced on Friday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps will hold large-scale exercises in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf next month.

On this story

IN Iran

The drills will be the “greatest naval war games” to be conducted by the Iranian military’s elite corps, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, said in remarks published by the semi-official Fars news agency. The exercises, called “the Great Prophet”, will take place in February and will be more extensive than Iranian naval manoeuvres in the Sea of Oman that ended this week.

The Iranian announcement came as it emerged that the US and Israel are gearing up for a major missile defence exercise in the next few weeks. The drill, called “Austere Challenge 12”, is designed to improve defence systems and co-operation between the US and Israeli forces.

According to an Israeli official cited by the Associated Press, the drill will test multiple Israeli and US air defence systems against incoming missiles and rockets.

Israel has deployed the “Arrow” system, which was jointly developed and funded with the US and is designed to intercept Iranian missiles in the stratosphere, far from Israel.

The announcements of the exercises are the latest indication of mounting tensions between Iran, Israel and the west over its nuclear programme. The EU is set to impose sanctions on oil imports from Iran on January 30 while the US is set to impose petroleum-related banking sanctions on Iran from June of this year.

Most defence experts believe it is highly unlikely that Iran will act on a threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s major sea lanes for the oil trade. However, many experts are concerned that the amount of military activity in the region could lead to an incident that triggers a conflict.

From Financial Times.

Jan 1, 2012

New autopilot will make another 9/11 impossible

  How 'autoland' will work
  A hijack-proof piloting system for airliners is being developed to prevent  terrorists repeating the 9/11 outrages.
  The mechanism is designed to make it impossible to crash the aircraft into  air or land targets - and enable the plane to be flown by remote control  from the ground in the event of an emergency.
  Scientists at aircraft giant Boeing are testing the tamper-proof autopilot  system which uses state-of-the-art computer and satellite technology.
  It will be activated by the pilot flicking a simple switch or by pressure  sensors fitted to the cockpit door that will respond to any excessive force  as terrorists try to break into the flight deck.
  Once triggered, no one on board will be able to deactivate the system.  Currently, all autopilots are manually switched on and off at the discretion  of pilots.
  The so-called 'uninterruptible autopilot system' - patented secretly by  Boeing in the US last week - will connect ground controllers and security  services with the aircraft using radio waves and global satellite  positioning systems.
  After it has been activated, the aircraft will be capable of remote digital  control from the ground, enabling operators to fly it like a sophisticated  model plane, maneuvering it vertically and laterally.
  A threatened airliner could be flown to a secure military base or a  commercial airport, where it would touch down using existing landing aids  known as 'autoland function'.
  After it had landed, the aircraft's built-in auto brake would bring the  plane safely to a halt on the runway.
  Boeing insiders say the new anti-hijack kit could be fitted to airliners all  over the world, including those in the UK, within the next three years.
  The latest move to combat airline terrorists follows The Mail on Sunday's  disclosure three weeks ago that scientists in Britain and Germany are  developing a passenger-monitoring device.
  This will use tiny cameras linked to specialist computers to record every  twitch, blink, facial expression or suspicious movement made on board  flights in order to identify potential terrorists.
  A Boeing spokesman said : "We are constantly studying ways we can enhance  the safety, security and efficiency of the world's airline fleet.
  "There is a need in the industry for a technique that conclusively prevents  unauthorized persons gaining access to the controls and threatening the
  safety of passengers.
  "Once this system is initiated, no one on board is capable of controlling  the flight, making it useless for anyone to threaten violence in order to  gain control."
  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-439820/New-autopilot-make-9-11-impossible.html  New autopilot will make another 9/11 impossible | Mail Online
  http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-autopilot-would-seize-back  -control-from-hijackers-210923/  Boeing autopilot would seize back control
  from hijackers