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Friday, June 24, 2005

Ogling Miss Daisy

Not to steal Libertydog's "Girl Friday" schtick or anything, but I happened across a photo from the cover of this month's GQ:

Jessica Simpson on GQ (GQ Photo) Posted by Hello

Let's be perfectly honest here: Jessica Simpson is sheltered, naive, and a bit dense. But she has surprisingly good comedic timing, she loves her country, and she's just about the hottest hottie that ever hottied. So the new Daisy Duke is thus immortalized here at The Zoo.

In other news, the controversy over Karl Rove's recent (and largely accurate) statement about liberal appologists seems to have stirred my hibernating political animal. Might he come out of his wintery den to maul a few tiny and frightened leftists? Could be.

Could be.



Tuesday, June 21, 2005

BPCP Update

The Blogosphere Political Compass Project has been updated. Go to the BPCP permalink page for a complete list of participants and links to their sites.

BPCP Graph for June 2005 Posted by Hello

New to the project in June 2005:

238 Buckley F. Williams of The Nose on Your Face (6, 1.5)
239 Carol Lee Susman of For the Curious (-0.8, -1.1)
240 Some Soldier's Mom of Some Soldier's Mom (-0.6, -2.3)
241 Two Dogs of Mean Ol' Meany (8.1, 2.6)
242 rjschwarz or rjschwarz.com (5, -0.9)
243 David Aitken of Life's Better Ideas (5.6, -2.7)
244 David of Third World Country (2.1, 0.1)
245 Cerebus of The Gates of Hell (-2.9, 0.4)
246 rgcombs of Combs Spouts Off (8.9, -2.7)
247 C. Diddy of Intermittent Stream (2.1, 1.9)
248 GoNavy25 of The Underscore (3, 2.3)
249 Jim Hartline of Dr. Hartline (7.5, 2.7)
250 Sarah Beth of Reclaim Your Brain (6.6, -2.7)
251 Lil Bobo of Bastard Art and Commerce (5.5, -7.5)



Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Moving On

I'm always skeptical when I hear NASA talking about how they're "moving forward" with this project or that. They are a government agency plagued with bureaucracy (as most are), on-schedule with promises but late and over-budget with delivery. Don't get me wrong, they have done great things in the past and have come up with an occasional wonder in the present. But NASA's manned spaceflight program has been more than a little anemic and frustrating for as long as I can remember. The last moon landing happened when I was three, and nothing very exciting (besides two horrible disasters) has happened since.

Maybe that's changing. Discovery Channel today reports that NASA is expiditing the design competition for the new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV); they're looking to award the contract in 2006 as opposed to 2008, which should have the actual spacecraft flying by 2012 or so. Not too bad if they follow through.

Early Lockheed-Martin CEV Design Posted by Hello

For those who want the quick-and-dirty explanation: The new CEV will serve as a base model for at least three new spacecraft. One design will ferry crews to and from the International Space Station. Another will return Americans (and multinational crews sooner or later, one presumes) to the moon between 2015 and 2020. And yet another will eventually bring people to Mars ... though I imagine that craft will be very different from the other two.

Geek stuff for sure. But cool geek stuff.



Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Who's Dumb Now, Smart Guy?

Here's a CNN article detailing John Kerry's recently-released college grades, along with President Bush's. It's obvious now why Kerry didn't want them made public during the election: They show that, grades-wise, he is no smarter than George W. Bush. For someone who basically ran his campaign on an "I'm not the dumb redneck" platform, maintaining airs of intellectual superiority was critical. But it turns out that he, like the president, was an average student (although both were students at a notoriously tough university ... being "average" at Yale would probably put you on the honor roll at most state schools).

Anyway, one more liberal myth laid to rest. Either President Bush isn't quite the dummy they like to make him out to be, or Senator Kerry is. One or the other, kids ... you can't have it both ways. The truth is that neither are dumb - you don't get into Yale at all if you are - but I look forward to watching the hardline Bush-haters now try to justify their support of a candidate no brighter than the man they loathe so much. The facts here were obvious to many of us from the very beginning; it's the ethical contortions of the willfully ignorant that have been and will continue to be interesting.