Rocket Science is Cool again!

spacex_grasshopperEven if Rockets & Space Exploration isn’t your thing, you’ve got to admit, the SpaceX Grasshopper is pretty cool.  Grasshopper is a 10-story, reusable launch vehicle designed to return to a launchpad for a vertical landing, instead of burning up upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere.  In a recent test, which was about a minute long at the company’s facilities in McGregor, Texas, The rocket fires up its engines, blasts off, and then hovers in the air – swaying from side to side before returning to the launch pad and landing.  Checkout the video.  A reusable system could mean big savings in developing and operating rockets. The closest example of a reusable launch system is the retired space shuttle fleet, spacecraft that were only partially reused after a tedious months-long overhaul.  Another cool thing is that this isn’t NASA.  By that I mean Government and all the red tape, fraud, waste and abuse that goes with it.  This is an excellent example of a free-market economy both creating jobs, contributing to society and I’m sure, making a $hit-load of cash from their contracts.  SpaceX, good on ya…

UPDATE – 10/14/13 – A new video shows Grasshopper, SpaceX’s re-usable rocket, setting a height record for that model, soaring 744 meters above the arid landscape of Texas.

The Villainous VooDoo is an Obama Clown too!

As you may have heard, an as-of-yet unnamed rodeo clown thought he would have a little fun at our illustrious leader’s expense and wear an Obama mask during a performance at the Missouri State fair.  Missouri Fair Obama MaskNow everyone from the fair’s officials, the governor, the lieutenant governor, to a U.S. Senator have all condemned the act and the rodeo clown was permanently banned from participating at the venue in the future.  There are even reports that a Civil Rights / DOJ investigation is being called for.  What bull$hit.  For what?  Exercising his constitutional right to wear an Obama mask?  Friends, it does not matter what he said or did while he was wearing that mask.  If that were true, every late night talk-show host would be facing similar accusations.  VooDoo friend Glenn Beck responded to those in “positions of power” who expressed outrage over an Obama mask at a Missouri rodeo, saying President Obama is not God or the prophet Mohammed, and the people have a right to mock him.  Well said.  I’ve got my Obama mask on right now!

Bad Kitty…

Friends, if you’re going to live as a recluse/hoarder with a small army of marauding cats, be sure you have plenty of cat food and an automated feeder available in case of your death.  Otherwise you could end up like Janet Veal, a British citizen and recluse who apparently died in her flat without adequate provisions for the troops.  KittyThis lady’s cats had been feeding on her for approximately 3 months, according to the coroner.  “Certain parts of Mrs. Veal’s body were missing and had… effectively been gnawed and eaten away by the animals,” Coroner Keith Wiseman said in Southampton Coroner’s Court.  Damn!  Kinda makes you wonder if your cat is just hanging around, waiting for you to die so he can ring the dinner bell.  “…No more crappy dry food, tonight I’ll dine on your ass!…”  You just never know what they are thinking as they watch you sleep in the night…  Sweet dreams… <insert best Vincent Price laugh>

Dude, the cops have Facebook?

Friends, just like my previous post about the woman that hid the dead body of her boyfriend in her own freezer, This a$$hole deserves special mention.  Facebook_Gas_SiphonIt seems Mr. Baker needed some fuel but instead of zipping on down to the local gas station, he decided it would be much more convenient and a whole lot cooler to siphon it from a Kentucky (there’s your first clue) police cruiser.  Now, Mr. Baker thought this act of defiance was so cool that he decided to not only have his accomplice photograph the moment but post it on facebook as well.  Of course, the dumb-ass was arrested and charged with “theft by unlawful taking”?  WTF?  Anyway, Mr. Baker will now live in infamy as the “stupid-ass, facebook posting, Kentucky police cruiser gas siphoning, idiot next door.”  Mr. Baker, here’s your sign…

At last, Honesty…

Friends, a couple years back, my Wife and I were inching along in the typical Southern California traffic when I saw a panhandler with his sign.  It read: “…all I want is a beer…”  I thought what genius!, what honesty!.  At that moment, I observed someone a few cars up from me actually hand this guy a beer!  Of course!  Just like any well documented business plan, the panhandler’s sign was direct and to the point.  Good for him!  Fast forward to present day.  Panhandling_BoobsI ran across a  woman in Florida panhandling for… wait for it… BOOBS!  Now I can relate to panhandling for change, a meal or an insignificant amount of money or even a beer, but a major cosmetic surgery procedure?  Get a fu(k!ng job!  Christ!  Ok, ok, I will be the first to admit that boobs is on my list of desirable attributes a woman should have but to stand on a street corner with sign that reads “…not homeless, need boobs…”  It seems that this fund raising technique is gaining popularity because as the article points out, other women from Akron, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona have made signs of their own.  I think I’ll make up a sign of my own: “…not homeless, just a lazy bastard…” or what about: “…not homeless, need cock enlargement…”  Wait!, I got it!, “…not homeless, just want to continue to burden society…”  Tina, here’s your sign…

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