The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Well good for them

The Russians are worried about our defense technology.

That, of course, would be one reason for our having it, but never mind.  If they can't remember what happened the last time they decided to get into a spending race with us, I'm happy to let them go on not remembering.

"The question is will we copy the Americans' 40-year experience and create a (Northrop) B-2 analog ... or will we go down a new, ultramodern technology route, looking to the horizon and create a machine able to penetrate air defenses and carry out a strike on any aggressor," he said.

"He" being Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.  Hee, hee.  Chuckle. Ha, ha. 'Scuse me. Haw, haw, haw! Snort! Cough! Wheeze! Ha, ha -- Sorry.  I was just thinking about what a wonderful stalking horse the B2 was, how many, many USD it cost, and how great it would be if the Russians decided to a) emulate that project or, b) leapfrog it and create something even less necessary and even more expensive. Chuckle.

Meanwhile, guess where the slowing Chinese economy is now causing problems?  We buy rare earth elements from them, they buy ... arn.  Yep, arn, or as it's pronounced in the Midwest, Iron. Or rather, they used to. Oh, how sad I am for the plight of poor Rio Tinto.

Denial State University Expands Overseas

There are no lions or tigers or fruitbats or hippopotamuses or ...

Somehow, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has infiltrated the UK!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Another Joe Lieberman

So the great patriot and clear-thinking exponent of small government and, oh, hell, a bunch of other stuff, Ron Paul, says he will “probably vote” in the election, but it's not clear for whom.  He will not, he says, endorse the Romney / Ryan ticket (or at least that's what he's saying now, if you believe a Fox News reporter.)

Come on, Ron. Stage a write-in or a last-minute third-party effort or something.  Pull away as much of the knuckle-dragging vote as you can. Name that Akin moron as your VP.  Go out by doing something of service to your country, finally. Hell, if Ralph Nader can do it, so can you.

Atlas stumbled.

Oh, and just for fun, guess the name of the yacht on which Mitt held a party for big donors: "Cracker Bay." I'm not kidding, unless this article is.