Olympic Update: Throwin’ Down

This afternoon and evening was interspersed with various and sundry Winter Olympic viewing for me, and while watching, I discovered something which may seem incredibly obvious to anyone else but which I found fascinating. That was: in the Summer Olympics you can run, jump, throw, swim, shoot, or wrestle in a number of different fashions in order to achieve Olympic Gold; in the Winter Olympics, one way or another, all you’re doing is sliding around on ice.

Only the Good Retire Young

What a sad day for the scientific community. George C. Deutsch, the 24-year-old glimmering sign of hope for reasoned, intelligent debate on the issue of the meaning of the word “Theory,” has stepped down from his post as the NASA public affairs official most responsible for bringing much-needed Intelligent Design language into the lexicon of the Space Program.

Evidently, there was some flap about a degree in journalism which as it turns out he never actually had.? Big deal!? He wasn’t even doing any journalism!? Why in the world would you need a journalism degree for that?? And I think that his work for the Texas A&M Battalion more than proves he’s the man for the job, anyway.

McCain Gets Rough with Obama

Oooh!? Snap!

McCain gets all up in Obama’s grill, calling him a “junior Senator,” “disingenuous,”? and a “punk-ass bitch.”?? Well, OK, I made that last bit up.

But McCain decided that if he was going to get rough with someone, better to choose the “junior Senator,” and do so by mail.? It’s less painful that way.? And his reasoning for this little flame?? Well, Obama wanted to get a bill into committee and on the front burner, whereas McCain believes that the best way to get things done is to form a committee.

Now, I’m no senior Senator, goodness knows, so there’s a possiblity that I have the wrong impression.? Nevertheless, generally speaking I have always taken it as an article of faith that one can never be more assured that something is going to come to nothing as when a Senator tells me he is forming a committee.? In fact, from my perspective, it seems like he’s holding the hatch open whilst the rats jump off the ship.? He knows all about that.

Cracking Down on Minnesotans

You just cannot trust people from Minnesota, especially seniors, not to start importing drugs from Canada. These hell-on-wheels octogenarians have no respect for the rule of law, no concern for the welfare of drug companies, and if you get to close to them, they’ll whack you with thier steely canes of doom. So much the better, then, that US Customs is finally starting to crack down on these blue-haired ne’er-do-wells:

Charlotte Bystrom of Crane Lake, Minn., was expecting a package of six medications in mid-January. Instead, the 69-year-old got a letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection telling her the $600 shipment had been “intercepted.”

The letter gave her two options: She could voluntarily “abandon” the drugs and waive any rights to the property; or she could request that they be sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for testing and disposal. Either way, she wasn’t getting her medications back.

In fact, the situation keeps improving, with the Canadan drug cartel ~ known as a “pharmacy association” in the Great White Northern Satan ~ that deals with these miscreants reporting as much as 10 percent of thier illicit trade being stopped on the borders.

Your tax dollars at work: keeping kids off drugs.