Space Balloon Built and Launched by Berkeley Academics Goes About How You’d Expect

Want to know what happens when Berkeley professors and their students participate in the design and launch of a balloon intended to study gamma rays in space from 25 miles above the earth?

If there’s a better metaphor for the “drawing board vs. reality” aspect of Berkeley politics, I have yet to see it:

Full story here.

Hey, Look at That: Arizona Law Working Before it Even Goes Into Effect

Wow, that was fast. Opponents of the law are pointing to this as evidence of how awful the law is, and proponents are pointing to this as evidence that the law will do what it was intended to do, which is get illegals out of the state:

Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.

“Nobody wants to pick us up,” Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.

Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

SEIU is behind many of the protests. Gee, you’d think “big labor” in the US would welcome these kinds of laws that get rid of “under the table” labor, wouldn’t you? I guess the votes illegals provide Democrats, and ultimately the favors Democrats provide big labor, outweigh the union jobs (and subsequent dues payments) they cost big labor.

Nancy Pelosi Makes the Cover of ‘What She Might Look Like After You’ve Had 14 Vodka Tonics’ Magazine

Alright, the real name of the magazine is Capitol File, but still, I hope Nancy’s plastic surgeon takes the credit that should instead go to CFs Photoshop guy who obviously put in a long night’s work:

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From the Washington Examiner:

If you haven’t managed to score a copy of the May/June 2010 edition of Capitol File magazine (typically flanked on every table or bathroom at any D.C. social function) you’ll notice the cover girl Nancy Pelosi looking particularly young.

Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique in Waldorf, Md., said although he believes Pelosi has had work done (specifically Botox of the frown lines, fat injections, a mini face-lift), the image is not the product of additional plastic surgery.

Yeah, no kidding. Liz Taylor’s White Diamonds ad was less digitally enhanced than this.

I think this is the same Photoshopper who did Michelle Obama’s Good Housekeeping cover, except he had to use a little more hard drive space for Nancy’s picture.

Oh well, regardless, Rahm seems to dig the natural version:

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(h/t JammieWearingFool)

Larry ‘You Kids Get Offa My Shawn!’ King Jokes About Moose Shooting at Palin’s Helicopter

Remember when the left was in a tizzy because Sarah Palin’s PAC had bullseyes on the districts the GOP was targeting in 2010? Such an image promoting gun violence, even metaphorically, was just terrible, they said.

Nobody on that side will say a word though about Larry “you kids get off my Shawn!” King joking with Michael Moore about the moose shooting back at Palin’s helecopter:

KING: … Sarah Palin, why is she so polarizing?

MOORE: Well, first of all, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her standing up for what she believes in. And a lot of people like what she believes in. And, fortunately, the majority of the country doesn’t like what she believes in.

KING: How do you explain the phenomenon?

MOORE: Because we’re a big country. If you got 309 million people, it’s very possible that there’s a good 100 million that are going to want to, you know, shoot moose from a helicopter or whatever else that they think that’s cool that she does.

KING: You think 100 million people want to shoot moose from a-?

MOORE: I think they find that pretty hot that she’s doing that.

KING: I think that there’s 100 million moose who’d like to shoot up to the helicopter.

Imagine if Glenn Beck made a similar “joke” about animals shooting at Nancy Pelosi (not that it would happen, because hooved animals rarely harm their own).

But apparently Larry finds it pretty hot, too — because he wants Palin to pose for Playboy.

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“Imajerkinov, Alaska, hello…”

Maybe a Theatric Border Ritual Like Pakistan and India Perform Would Get Frisco on Board With the Arizona Law

What do you think? Something like this is bound to get more of the Arizona-hating San Francisco libs interested in tighter border security.

The Wagah Border Ritual is a sort of “International political struggle” meets “Greenwich Village dinner theater” played out at a border gate. Michael Palin calls it “carefully choreographed contempt” — I think we need something similar at the US/Mexico border (the ritual at the US/Canada border would be the same, except on ice):

It’s important to remember that people attempting to cross the India/Pakistan border illegally, as entertaining as this is, are shot on sight. But we won’t tell the left that part until they’re on board with the new border show.

Obama vs. Obama — Episode XXXVI

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President Obama at the West Virginia coal miners memorial, 4/25/10:

Day after day, they would burrow into the coal, the fruits of their labor, what we so often take for granted: the electricity that lights up convention center; that lights up our church, or our home, our school, our office; the energy that powers our country; the energy that powers the world.

Candidate Obama, 1/17/08:

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

Update: And for an even more recent example:

The irony of President Barack Obama visiting Beckley, West Virginia, Sunday to read a eulogy at the memorial service for those who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine accident, has not been lost on some White House aides. “If we had our way we’d be mourning the mining industry, not miners,” says a White House aide. “As an environmental issue, we want the majority of these mining related industries just to go away.”

Bolivian President Who Believes the Science is Settled on Climate Change Warns that Eating Chicken Will Make Men Gay and Bald

Now I’m even more inclined to believe that Evo Morales has a firm grip on his climate science. Based on his obvious expertise in other science disciplines, who are we to doubt him?

President of Bolivia Evo Morales, who is considered a champion of gay rights in Latin America, angered gay-friendly organizations last week after stating that eating genetically modified chicken leads to both homosexuality and baldness in men.

Morales made his comments during a recent climate summit in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

“The chicken we eat is loaded with feminine hormones. For this reason, eating this chicken leads to disorders in men,” Morales said. “In Europe, all men are bald, and it’s because of what they eat. You don’t see bald men among the indigenous peoples.”
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The climate summit in Cochabamba ended with a call for the creation of a “climate court to sue countries and businesses that do not meet their goals for reducing carbon emissions.”

Well, why don’t we just make the consumption of genetically modified chicken mandatory? Eventually, we’ll all turn gay, no kids will be born, and the population that’s causing all this climate change will dwindle and eventually die off. Earth saved!