Friday, September 21, 2012

To Hell with Rally Monkeys

I present the Rally Monkees:

Wake up sleepy Gene!
Oh what can it mean
To a daydream Brewliever
And an NL MVP?

Space Shuttle on Tour

This is a pretty cool photo.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The "Who Me" Fart Bomb

I LOVE this:
Who Me was a top secret sulfurous stench weapon developed by the American Office of Strategic Services during World War II to be used by the French Resistance against German officers. Who Me smelled strongly of fecal matter, and was issued in pocket atomizers intended to be unobtrusively sprayed on a German officer, humiliating him and, by extension, demoralizing the occupying German forces.
Interestingly, French Resistance was already getting stunning results from a "whoever smelt it, dealt it" whisper campaign.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Talk Like a Yooper Day 2012

Yes, yes, I know, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up that Talk Like a Yooper Day is December 2nd this year. So get your road pops ready.  And if this...

 ...doesn't occur that day with this guy, start the impeachment process.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

2012 Milwaukee Brewers Review, a Touch Early

Let's review. Your Brewers lost an elite power hitter in the off season. Their other one was mired in controversy. The one they hired didn't hit for the first two months. Their all star 2nd baseman didn't hit until mid-July. They were decimated by injury at catcher, short, first, and pitcher. The bullpen was so bad that if it had just been average, they'd have 10 extra wins. This all led them to trade away a Cy Young Award winning pitcher. Yet this team is still in contention. Even if it ends with the regular season, what they are doing right now is pretty damn special. Appreciate it, fans, and have hope for '13. But hold onto that hope of a late September baseball fan - this might not end badly.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Re-Elect The President in '80!

I just love Obama's new campaign buttons.

"The People Who Did This Will Hear All of Us Soon"

In light of events, this is required viewing today.

Welcome to 1979

Our diplomatic interests were attacked in the Middle East yesterday as we impotently watch. The economy is stagnant. President Obama, killer bunny rabbit is on line one. He says, "get your paddle ready."

And it gets even worse as Libyans drag the corpse of Ambassador Christopher Stevens through the streets.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Caution: Hard Hat Area

If I'm going to start dabbling here again, I think this joint needs a renovation. Please bear with the current ugly theme. It won't last long.

Pre-9/11 Intel

This article, which actually covers another piece that is actually more of a political cudgel, indicates that there was intel in the months leading up to 9/11 that an attack was imminent. I'm not really interested in the political game being played with this, but the raw history of it. And from the raw history, I have no doubt that there were warnings.

Now, why do I say this? First, when there are historic attacks like this, there are almost always subtle and not so subtle warnings. Now, when we look back on them, we say, how could people have missed that? But the fact is that these events destroy old realities and create all new realities. When we view them from our new reality, yeah, they seem obvious. But if you let yourself revert to old mindsets and perceptions of the world as they were in that old reality, you find that the pieces don't fit so nicely. It is often the attack or the disaster that changes the focal length of what is going on and everything becomes clear.

Secondly, and this dogs me to this day, early that summer, I read an article that discussed the growing terror threat. It said that intelligence agencies were worried that terrorists were going to be changing their tactics, and I believe it had used some examples from the then recent years as examples of how that was happening. And it discussed some of the tactics terrorists might use, and I found it frightening and mind blowing. And one of those tactics was using airplanes as weapons. So this was, at least at some level below the public consciousness, out there well in advance of 9/11. I was so taken aback by the article that it was something I would have blogged about, but this was the pre-blog days when only a few people like Sean Hackbarth and Glenn Reynolds were doing what would later be known as blogging.

The article had already receded in my mind a bit by September 10th, 2001, but it shot to the forefront of my mind that next day. Unfortunately, I was never able to find it back, and I used all of my web research skills. But it had been out there. It was as though it vaguely predicted the attack, in a way. But here's the catch - the most important information needed to stop an attack - who was going to do it, when they would, what would they attack, and what with - that was all still a mystery until the morning of 9-11-01. And even then, we wouldn't really who did it for a while.

So while it is fun, and rather easy, to play political gotcha games in stories of intel, it is a disservice to the history. Hindsight is indeed 20-20, but the present is all too often some damn murky water.