Bachmann Channels WorldNetDaily Craziness

Ken AshfordDisasters, Election 20123 Comments

A few days ago, I mocked Joseph Farah, editor and owner of World Net Daily, for his ridiculous stance that God is trying to get our attention by sending an earthquake and a tornado.  That's right.  God, who could, if he wanted, make the clouds form the words "Yo! Listen up!" decided to get our attention by setting off some … Read More

The Saddest Casualty of Irene

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The Bartonsville Covered Bridge was a wooden covered bridge in the village of Bartonsville, Vermont. It was built in 1870 by Sanford Granger. The bridge was a lattice truss style with a 151 foot span across the Williams River.  

Irene Post-Mortem

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The talk this morning seems to be, "Well, it wasn't as bad as predicted for NYC and other areas.  So did local officials over react?" Facepalm. First of all, the North Carolina coast saw some heavy damage, and so did Vermont.  So if NYC and other areas in between managed to go relatively unscathed, then it was only a matter … Read More

Fox News Makes Stuff Up, Part 294

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media10 Comments

Fox News says: President Obama has declared Aug. 26 — which marks the 91st anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote — to be "Women's Equality Day."  Wrong.  Congress decided that August 26th is Women’s Equality Day.  In 1971.  Obama is merely following in the path of past presidents. UPDATE:  Oh dear.  The ankle-biter over at Patterico … Read More

Irene Update

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The latest NOAA discussion notes that Hurricane Irene has weakened slightly, which is (quite obviously) good news. However, the important word is "slightly".  For the next 12-24 hours, it probably won't change much in strength (either way) which means it will still have maximum winds as high as 105 mph.  Nothing to sneeze at. By comparison, the Great New England … Read More

Current Projections Put Irene On A Direct Path to NYC

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Direct hit on Sunday, it looks like. It will have weakened some, but sustained winds of 50 mph and more are certainly possible, with gusts as high as 100 mph.  Don't expect any flights to/from NYC that day. Then there's the storm search which could bring waters right into the heart of Manhatten. Just saying.

A Different Idea — How To Fix The Housing Mess

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Problem:  The housing market is still a drag on the economy.  But policymakers say we don't want to simply force the banks to eat homeowners' debts, because doing that would undermine the industry. They also don't want to have the government simply eat the losses, because it'd be a political problem — the feds would be "telling the people who are … Read More

God Is Threatening To Kill Us

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Joseph Farah, owner and operator of WorldNewsDaily: Many Americans are scratching their heads today wondering what in the world is going on with a rare earthquake hitting the East Coast to be followed by a hurricane a few days later. It reminds us that our world can change very quickly. Things don't always stay the same. I'm going to go … Read More

How Animals Reacted To The Earthquake

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An interesting press release from the Smithsonian National Zoo on how animals reacted (and foretold) the earthquake.  The winning earthquake predictor appears to be the red ruffed lemurs. Great Apes The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time. About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an … Read More

Best. Engagement. Photos. Ever.

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

The couple told their photographer (link below) that they wanted to put their personalities into the photos, and do something a little quirky. Mission accomplished. The photo series is quite large, so it is below the fold.