‘The Eagle Has Landed’: 42 Years On

History was made 42 years ago today, as Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the moon. It’s also my son’s 16th birthday, which means that my car insurance will very soon cost about as much as a moon shot, so I think that’s a fitting tribute.

Out of all of the moon landing video, animations and footage of various news anchors covering the touch-down, one of my favorite pieces of tape is simply the view from a small window in the Eagle.

Here’s about ten minutes worth of video and audio leading up to the landing. To this day I get chills when they still haven’t landed and somebody from Mission Control reminds them that they have “30 seconds” of fuel left before plunging to the surface. They landed with just a few seconds worth of fuel remaining — no pressure:

Reagan Assassination Attempt: 30 Years Ago Today

Thirty years ago today I was a freshman in high school. I remember being at track practice when somebody came outside to say that Reagan had been shot.

You’ve seen the news video before, but below is a recently released audio of the Secret Service chatter during and subsequent to the assassination attempt. At about 40 seconds in you can hear one Secret Service member say “Rawhide is okay” — they didn’t realize Reagan had been shot, let alone very close to fatally:

Meanwhile, the attorney for John Hinckley Jr. is seeking more freedom for his client. Those opposed include several psychiatrists and Jodie Foster.

Roseanne Barr Still Off Meds

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Alternate title: Idiot former celebrity and alleged comedian manages to briefly draw attention to herself again:

Many of the Palestinian people are jewish and became christian after Israel stole their land and homes. They were dark skinned, and so driven out of their homes by a cheney-ized Judeo Christian Bushite America. the jewish american socialists are sending a flotilla from america to break the blockade of the anti-semitic zionists in Gaza! Zionists are German. weird hybrid. In order to defeat euro socialism, Hitler leveraged the rich jewish industrialists against the working class jews.

The Russian accounts say that the last trains to Auschwitz were first class, as that is all the leverage left to the jewish oligarchs within the ‘reich’, (other than the jews like Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler at the top). The scientists of the Reich successfully created a mutant human–a hybrid of Jewish mentality and German Resolve, the Zionist– He who broke the back of the labor movements and socialism,— which is the goal of National Socialism—(different word for the American Southern Confederacy-the one Anne Coulter loves).

“I don’t like the term lunatic so I call myself a mentally unstable goddess!”

How’s this for a talk show idea: “The Roseanne & Helen Thomas Show”?

Obama Finally Takes Action: Proclaims Friday ‘Kamehameha Day’

Today, Obama wants us to celebrate “Kamehameha Day” and urges “all Americans to celebrate the rich heritage of Hawaii with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Where are my Don Ho records and Hawaii Five-O DVDs?

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging the nation to celebrate Kamehameha (kah-MAY-hah-may-hah) Day along with Hawaii.

The nation’s first Hawaii-born president signed a statement Thursday proclaiming June 11, 2010, Kamehameha Day in honor of “King Kamehameha the Great,” who unified the Hawaiian Islands under one government.

The statement calls on “all Americans to celebrate the rich heritage of Hawaii with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Obama’s proclamation says King Kamehameha’s legacy is preserved in Ke Kanawai Mamalahoe, or “the Law of the Splintered Paddle.”

The English translation of the “Law of the Splintered Paddle” is this:

O my people,
Honor thy god;
respect alike [the rights of] men great and humble;
See to it that our aged, our women, and our children
Lie down to sleep by the roadside
Without fear of harm.
Disobey, and die.

Sounds about like the rainbows, gumdrops & unicorns world the current administration is trying to constuct. “Everybody be happy and safe! And if you’re not happy and safe, we’ll kill you!”

Does that sum up the kum bah yah bunch that’s in charge now, or what? They believe you should be able to sleep by the roadside without fear of harm, and I believe that if you sleep by the roadside, you’re a f@#$%&g moron.

What Took So Long? Publishing Company Puts Warning Label on Constitution, Declaration

Fox News has a story about a small printing company called Wilder Publications that has been putting the following disclaimer on copies of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents:

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If you can’t read the disclaimer, it says “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”

A glance at the company’s website makes it apparent it’s a dink operation, but still, parents might also want to discuss with their children what asshats run Wilder Publishing before reading the disclaimer.

Actually, given the way things have been going, I can’t believe the disclaimer thing took so long.

Happy Memorial Day

We’re off soon to our local Memorial Day parade, but I wanted to send some words of appreciation to those who serve, have served, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may remain free.

I have a new post at Michelle’s site, partly about my cousin who was killed in Vietnam, but mostly in appreciation of all service members past and present.

Have a good day and don’t forget to honor our heroes!

Denny’s Grand Irish Slam

I’m of Irish descent, and as such am used to the traditional references about the Irish so this kind of stuff rolls off my back. But what I do find amazing is that ad agencies continue to fail to thoroughly think through some “jokes” they use in their ads.

Maybe the fact that we Irish are traditionally thick-skinned and don’t organize a boycott every time somebody steps on a shamrock is the reason we’re not considered “off limits” when it comes to mockery from Madison Avenue, but not this time:

Left with egg on its face, Denny’s has apologized for its commercial joking about the Irish Potato Famine.

The spot, promoting an all-you-can-eat french fries and pancakes offer, drew plenty of complaints and threats of protests by Irish Americans, saying it made light of the 19th century famine that left more than a million people dead.

Can you imagine an ad joking about a deadly famine in Africa ever making it on air?

But Irish-Americans don’t have a self-proclaimed “leader” like other groups do (not since Irish civil rights leader Shamus O’Sharpton was killed attempting to hijack a Guinness truck), so often the insults fall by the wayside.

A group of my Irish friends and I who are tired of the perpetuation of Irish stereotypes had planned a protest at the local Denny’s but ended up stopping off at the bar on the way and never quite made it.

Naked Truth About the Kennedys, Part 4,139 (Update: So Much for TMZ’s ‘Photo Experts’?)

The website TMZ is running a photo they claim has been examined and ruled authentic. The picture purports to have been taken in the mid 1950’s and shows JFK on a boat with a bunch of naked chicks:

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This part of the story oozes just enough Kennedy class to make me believe that the picture could be authentic:

The photo was allegedly taken during a two-week sailing trip in the Mediterranean that Kennedy, then a senator, took with his brother Ted and another senator. At the time of the trip, Kennedy’s pregnant wife Jackie was in hospital giving birth.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

And to think that, when my wife was in labor, I got yelled at just for leaving the delivery room to go to the bathroom!

Update: The photo in question might be from a 1967 Playboy shoot. If that’s the case, this picture will remain the most infamous Kennedy beach photo.

So Obamacare Dems Want to Talk About Teddy Roosevelt?

nullIn these waning hours as the Senate approaches a test vote for something they know is so popular that the vote will take place in the middle of the night just days before Christmas, the names of two Teddys keep coming up: Teddy Kennedy and Teddy Roosevelt.

President Obama loves to invoke historic Republicans in an effort to find common ground with the right. Obama has tried to equate himself with Abraham Lincoln, and now Democrats are continually talking about “the struggle for health reform Theodore Roosevelt started almost 100 years ago” in their quest for Obamacare. Joe Biden did the same in an op-ed in the New York Times today.

While it’s true that Theodore Roosevelt supported a version of national health insurance as part of his platform as a Progressive Party candidate (he wasn’t a Republican when this became part of his platform), the Democrats are managing to cherry-pick Roosevelt’s beliefs. Roosevelt was a “moderate” by most standards of the day, but glance at Teddy’s core beliefs and you’ll find much more to frighten liberals with than to attract them.

It’s also important to note that, with government health insurance as part of his platform, Roosevelt lost the election, getting only 27% of the vote. Clearly the notion of government-run health care was about as popular back then as it is now.

But if Democrats really want to talk about Teddy Roosevelt, let’s do it.

Here are some quotes from Teddy Roosevelt, along with the accompanying personality traits that may give Democrats the runs. Maybe Republicans should also remind Dems of these things if they’re so eager to talk about Theodore Roosevelt:

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Vicious streak of nationalism — a nut-case tea partier if I ever saw one: “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”

On the same “transparency” that brings about 1 a.m. votes on bills nobody has had time to read: “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”

Anti-NEA Bible-thumping Jesus freak: “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” (Paging Senator Al Franken)

Your problems are your fault: “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

Anti nanny-state: “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”

On legislation for the sake of legislating: “It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.”

Godlessness (and ergo a secular government) and business don’t mix: “The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian charity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us.”

Not a friend of Congress: “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not guilty.'”

Gun nut, possible ACORN slander: “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

Gun nut II: “I want to see you shoot the way you shout.”

And finally, a chilling reminder from Theodore Roosevelt for those who peddle “social values” in this country, including health care, while appeasing those who desire to bring down our very nation: “There are such ‘social values’ today in Europe, America and Australia only because during those thousand years, the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do — that is, to beat back the Moslem invader.”

Ack! Still want to talk about Teddy Roosevelt, Obamacare pushers?