Very interesting video compilation of various conservative commentators on the report issued by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this month regarding risks of right wing extremists:
What is particularly interesting is the last 10-15 seconds of the report.Â This is the part almost no one seems to be reporting when expressing their false outrage over this report:
. . . this is an element of the story which has largely gone unreported.Â There are two assessments.Â One looks at right wing groups as you mentioned, and a second focuses on left wing groups.Â Significantly, both were requested by the Bush administration, but not finished until President Bush left office.
But of course, that’s the kind of information entertainers like O’Reilly and Limbaugh wouldn’t want you to hear.
He is one of the greatest performers ever, wouldn’t you agree?Â This is 211 seconds of heaven wrapped up in a sexy black spycoat and wintry fur…
I hear he is huge in Germany, although all the video I’ve seen him makes me think he’s really the same size as all the other people there.Â Therefore, either everyone in Germany is huge, or Hasselhoff is the same size in Germany as when he is in the US.
To me, this leaves no doubt that she believes some Congress-critters are anti-American, and that with investigation Americans could find out who these critters are.
Cue up an interview last week on Hannity and Colmes in which she was asked about this, and she claims she never said it – it is an urban legend.Â Responding to a quote read by Alan Colmes taken word-for-word from the above-viewable video, she says Actually, that’s not what I said at all.Â Actually that’s not what I said.Â It’s an urban legend that was created.Â That isn’t what I said at all. (about 15 seconds in)
I didn’t say the media needs to investigate Congress-critters and find the anti-Americans!
Whatever.Â I get that we all sometimes say things we don’t mean, have a slip of the tongue/brain and say something wrong, or say things we shouldn’t have (e.g., Obama’s 57 states or McCain’s my fellow prisoners).Â But let’s at least ask that she own up to what she said and at least apologize or stand behind her suggestion that President-elect Obama and some Congress-critters are anti-American.Â The first two times I ever listened to Rush Limbaugh, he did the exact same thing and wouldn’t stand behind the comments he made when his listeners called him out on them just 2-3 minutes later.Â I realized then that he doesn’t really believe what he says, and now I know the same about Rep. Bachmann.
So long, we have failed to talk lasers here on the Blahg.Â If you’ve been around long, you know it’s one of our favorite topics.Â But what is happening in the laser world?Â What goes on when the Blahg doesn’t mention lasers?Â If someone puts out news on a laser, and the Blahg doesn’t cover it, does it deserve to be mounted on the head of a friggin’ shark?Â Well yes.Â Yes it does.Â Every laser deserves a shark of its own.
That out of the way, what good news to we have?Â Well, how about a guide to building your own laser cutter?Â Would you be interested in getting a knife made of focused light?Â And what if it was less than $50?
This project demonstrates a simple hack to create a large format laser cutter utilizing all the scrap electronics you may have lying around. If you have a broken scanner or two, the cost can be just about 30 dollars for the entire project.
I totally need to build one of these, even if it isn’t actually a hand-held laser knife.Â It sounds cool enough that it could go in to The Best of Instructables book, although it looks like it didn’t make the first volume.Â Maybe volume 2?
So we’ll try to get you up date on the coolest or most useless new laser news in the coming days.Â And as always, we’ll watch for news of advances on the friggin’ shark front.
The wifey-person and I just finished watching Weird Al on the Biography channel.Â I know there are folks who don’t like Weird Al.Â Of course, I’m not much of one to care what others think, so I’ll go ahead and post about him anyway.Â Every time I think about Weird Al, I think about this, one of his two finest videos:
Although Yankovic traditionally secures permission from the artists he parodies (even though this is not legally required), and was told by his record label that Coolio had given permission, Coolio later claimed that he had not given such permission. This created a minor controversy, as speculation surfaced that Coolio had actually given permission but later claimed he had not in the fear that allowing the parody would not be seen as “cool”, or that Yankovic’s record label had lied to Yankovic in the hopes that the song would become popular.
During the show, one of Weird Al’s cohorts mentioned that pretty much every artist Weird Al contacts now is willing to let him create parody works.Â Nearly everyone says yes, although Prince is apparently the perpetual holdout.Â I wonder why that is.
And while I’m sure you don’t actually care what his other best video is, I’m going with The Saga Begins.
But I must say, some of his latest songs and videos are quite good, too.
I recently finished reading Alan Moore’s Watchmenagain.Â It is, quite simply, one of the best graphic novels ever written, I think.Â The art is well done.Â The story is thoughtful.Â This is one of the graphic novels that made people recognize long-form comic as legitimate novel rather than just another comic format.Â I had read this in college, then forgotten about it for a long time.Â In the past year or two, I’ve started seeing it on bookshelves again (or possibly it was always there and I just started noticing it there), and decided last month to order it from Amazon.
While doing other random surfing this week, I stumbled on mention of a Watchmen trailer that was out.Â I didn’t even realize this graphic novel was being made into a movie, but it is.Â So naturally, I had to track the trailer down.Â You can get the official, hi-res, widescreen trailer from the official movie site, but I have a soft-spot for Rorschach, and liked this fan-made trailer enough to use it instead:
No compromises.Â Not even in the face of Armaggedon.Â Not much longer to wait.Â I look forward to seeing this.