March 8, 2005 - March 1, 2005
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
What About the Young Fools?
For all we say about Dan Rather, he never had what the new, young bucks have . . . namely, complete
media saturation. Having less viewers than Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough has the cable gig on
MSNBC -- Scarborough Country, 10:00 p.m.
weeknights -- a book deal -- Rome
Wasn't Burnt in a Day -- clever, no?;
a blog called, Congressman Joe; a website
called, Regular Joe or The Daily
Grind; another blog called, The Buzz;
and, if our ears did not deceive us yesterday morning, a radio gig -- The
Joe Scarborough Show!, complete with exclamation point.
Who is paying for all this stuff? Who is watching, listening, reading, and otherwise completely saturating
their minds with Joe Scarborough? Don't get us wrong, Congressman Scarborough is okay, but does his commentary
warrant all this? Who is this guy's agent?
Anyway, to the radio show . . .
We heard this coming in faintly on the AM radio yesterday. The story Regular Joe was
discussing was horrific. His guest's daughter has been missing since last September, kidnapped down in
Laredo, TX by drug lords or drug gangs, we weren't exactly sure who, but the man seemed to think the Mexican
government was involved and the response from U.S. agencies has been less than effective. And, there
has been little media coverage of the tale.
Supposedly, the guest had setup a website -- Laredo Missing -- but our research staff could not find it. What
they brought back was an article, published 2/2/2005 entitled, Reports: At
least 142 go missing at border. 142!? What the . . .
The guest seemed to be very familiar with the goings-on at the border and reported that many of these young
women are presented as gifts to the kingpins. What the guest hadn't thought to do was to contact
his Congressman. Regular Joe sprang to action. He knew the man's Congressman and was going to have the
kindly incumbent give the man a call and get to the bottom of all this. Regular Joe suggested that the
Congressman get down to the border and start throwing some people around.
We never thought of Congressmen as super-heros and evidently the victim of this unthinkable crime -- after
six months of doing his own research, travel, and discussions with the FBI, Border Patrol, and even
a trip or two to Mexico at his own expense -- had never thought to call his Congressman. That just
about sums up where most of us place Congressman on the "valuable resource" list.
Anyway, we thought you should know about all this exposure if, somehow, you missed it all.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Fool Like an Old Fool
Please, just go away. You're 73+
years-old. You're going to die soon. Go and repent of
all your sins. Enough. Bye-bye. See ya . . .
Friday, March 04, 2005
Scary Situations Created by Nuclear Weapons
You might remember, a little while
back, they were talking about a dropped Hydrogen bomb someplace
down South -- Savannah, GA, 1958.
Well, we were doing a little relocation research for HQ when we came upon a fine product -- Keyhole.
Keyhole is a mapping and satelite imagery service and provides high definition views of a number of locations
around the world with resolution down to 1 meter.
We certainly would encourage you to take a look at Keyhole -- you can get a 7-day free trial, but after that,
you've got to pay. The annual subscription seems well worth it to us . . .
Anyway, we came across a link from a Keyhole image that provided information on the possible location of
the Savannah Broken Arrow. This website also provided details on a
whole bunch more (the Savannah bomb is No. 12 on the list). We thought we'd pass it along to you before
your big weekend blowout so you can, along with us, be amazed at humanity's astounding ability
not to think about something.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Modern Love Letters
Wow. Running a blog is fun. People send us all kinds of stuff. Unfortunately, sometimes they lack the
nerve to bring things to your attention.
What we got was a letter from a 15-year old public school student that was delivered to his sweetheart
along with a copy of a magazine article with various sexual positions described -- his favorites dutifully
noted with the express hope of hooking up at some point and giving them a whirl.
We also had the reply which was in the affirmative.
We thought you should be able to read these little missives -- a kind of cultural artifact -- but concerns
by our reader over the propriety of releasing such personal information, even in the annonymous setting
provided here at InstaPunk, was just too much. So, we thought we'd honor the request to withhold the
letters and join in the hand-wringing -- "The harder question is what to do - if anything - about it -
for real - it's really horrible."
Yes, whatever it is . . .
An Old-Fashioned Exclusive Sexual Preference
Harvard developing multi-cultural immunities to "heteronormative" thinking -- HERE.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Return of the Face Guy
QUOTE. A lot of you may remember the guy
who led the charge to explore the so-called "Face"
on Mars. His name is Richard Hoagland, and he's been pretty
successfully slimed by NASA, and his own politicking, with regard to
his claims about the Red Planet.
But now he's back with a new astonishing assertion, this time about a
tiny Saturnian moon called Iapetus, which is incidentally famous for
being the final, mystical destination of Arthur C. Clark's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hoagland has
analyzed some recent photographs taken by the Cassini space probe and
believes that Clark must have been onto something because just like the
Face, Iapetus might be an artificial structure. In fact, he thinks it's
a geodesic dome, just like Buckminster
Fuller used to make. To prove
his point, Hoagland draws on the NASA pictures and outlines the
"anomalous" features. For example, here's what he sees when he looks at
the edge of Iapetus illuminated by Saturn:
Do you see it? Fortunately, he has lots of photographs to choose from.
Here's another view:
Hmmm. That one's actually a little eerie. He also finds it strange that
Iapetus has a perfectly straight mountain range aligned precisely on
its equator, which suggests to him the following comparison:
One thing you can say about Hoagland -- he knows how to attract
attention. But when we went googling
for all the excitement about his newest discovery, we found that most
of the astronomy dudes have gotten pretty blase, if not downright
nasty, about Hoagland's evidence. They don't seem to believe much of
what he says.
We feel kind of bad for him. The article he wrote on his website was
all long and lavishly illustrated and everything, and people still
don't seem to care. So we studied the materials
ourselves and came up with a "smoking gun"
that Hoagland unaccountably
Don't you think that about clinches it? We do, and we don't even own a
telescope. Help yourself to our discovery, Richard, and run with it as
far as you can.
There Isn't Any God (Wil.25.5)
We received an email with a reference to this brief
rebuttal to the pompous Usher's post over the weekend. Our headline link expands upon THIS.
If you don't do well with pictures, there are a bunch of words -- HERE.
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