This is awesome. . . June 16, 2007Posted by Administrator in Blogging, MSM.
. . .in a world where the basic mantra of the MSM is, “If it bleeds, it leads”, this story is utterly heartwarming.
Girl, 5, stumbles from woods to delight rescuers
MOMENCE, Illinois (AP) — A 5-year-old girl who was feared drowned with her grandfather on a boating trip startled searchers Friday when she emerged from the woods — naked, scratched and holding raspberries.
Crews had pulled her grandfather’s body from the Kankakee River in eastern Illinois just hours earlier.
“People were like, ‘Who’s that little girl? That can’t be her, can it?”‘ Kankakee Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said. “I went up to her [and] asked, ‘How you doing? What’s your name?”‘
When authorities told Hannah Klamecki’s family — already grieving the loss of her grandfather — that she was alive, the home erupted in screaming. (Watch Hannah’s dad relive the moment he heard the news )
Hannah was taken to a hospital as a precaution. She slept with her parents and a teddy bear at her side before being released. Cradling the bear, she spoke freely of her ordeal Friday evening.
“I was scared last night when everybody was gone,” she said. “I went searching all over the world to look for the cottage [where her grandparents live].”
Hannah had scratches on her face and body and thick dirt under her nails. She had poison ivy rashes on her legs and couldn’t walk because splinters and thorns cut her feet.
Hannah and her grandfather, David Klamecki, 62, were last seen Wednesday evening on the river near Momence, about 45 miles south of Chicago.
Authorities believe the river current swept the girl away from a small island where she and her grandfather had stopped to swim and to the shore of the mainland where she eventually was found.
She told searchers she was wearing floats on her arms and pulled herself from the water with a branch.
“That’s a tough little girl, I tell you,” McCabe said.
Hannah said she had taken off her bathing suit because it was muddy and itchy, friends of the family said.
She was also a bit dehydrated and “very, very tired,” said Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee spokesman Carl Maronich.
On Friday morning, searchers found her grandfather’s body near the island, which is close to a part of the river locals call “Whirlpool Bend” because of strong currents from the union of the river and two tributaries.
The surrounding area is wilderness with no homes, and populated only by coyotes and deer, Momence Fire Chief Dave Horn said.
Richard Wehrle, a friend and neighbor of David Klamecki, said the area is notoriously treacherous.
“Anybody who knows that river knows that that’s the deadliest part of the river,” Wehrle said.
The girl’s footprints were still visible on the island beach. Searchers believed she had drowned and were scouring the area with a team of divers, sonar equipment and a helicopter.
Hannah appeared just before 10:30 a.m., in an area about three-quarters of a mile from where she’s believed to have reached the shore, McCabe said.
The girl was reunited with her parents, who were waiting with family and friends at the grandparents’ home.
Hannah calmly sat in a rescue vehicle when her parents saw her for the first time, her father said.
“She didn’t say much,” Mike Klamecki said. “She was eating her banana looking at us. We were jumping around like maniacs.”
. . .the system in no way condones common sense.
Every once in a while, there are collisions between various aggrieved peoples, which make the suffering they must endure all the more terrible. For instance, a few years ago Native Americans in Washington State (members of one of the highest-ranking Approved Victim Groups) decided they wanted to revive the ancient sacred mystical ancestral tradition of going out in a power boat with echo locators and lots of high-tech gear to kill a whale.
This presented the sensitive people in western Washington with an apparently insoluble conundrum: If the local media complained about the murder of our cetacean brethren suckling at the breast of Gaia, they would be imposing their Dead White European Male Cultural Hegemony on the bleeding wounds of suffering Native Americans! The depths of pain that could well up in the Native American community made strong editorial writers and TV pundits blanch with terror. But if the Manufacturers of Culture in Seattle media didn’t complain, they would be letting Free Willy die at the hands of evil predatory Homo sapiens who have been raping Gaia for eons. The high-pitched cry of pain from the Green Community would be audible to our mammalian animal companions for miles. We would once again have failed to act while our Mother Earth was taken one step closer to extinction by the defiling disease that is humanity!
At last, after much deliberation in closed-door sessions, the hierarchy of values was clarified by the arbiters of correct sensitivity: Native Americans trump Euro-Americans, but whales trump all humans. Accordingly, media reports were filled with cries of anguish from the Green Community on behalf of outraged whales, but there was a moratorium on reports about Native Americans outraged over chardonnay-sipping Euro-American TV pundits telling Native Americans how to run their lives. Instead, Euro-American critics of Native American environmental destruction would only be reviled for their cultural imperialism and insensitivity when they were white sports fishermen complaining that Indian gill netters were indiscriminately denuding the rivers of all fish. For as everyone knows, people who hunt and fish for sport are a form of life lower than Neanderthals, murdering Mother Earth for the sheer pleasure of killing. No one cares what they think. Problem solved.
City of Seattle may ban microwave popcorn
10:36 AM PDT on Thursday, June 14, 2007
SEATTLE – At Seattle City Hall there are rules.
No weapons, no animals, no loitering, no alcohol, no lying down, no smoking, no music, no fighting, no trespassing.
Could the next thing be no microwave popcorn?
“It can be a significant problem in the future,” says Seattle Facilities Director Pedro Vasquez.
The City Facilities Department has just issued a memo to all City employees.
SUBJECT: Burnt microwave popcorn.
The Justice Center has been evacuated eight times in three years, forcing the evacuation of more than 400 people. If the problem continues, it will result in a ban of all microwave popcorn.
How has it happened so many times?
“I really don’t know, I can’t answer that question for you,” says Yolande Williams, City Court Administrator. (Of course she can’t. She’s a government employee-ed.)
The biggest offenders are at the Justice Center, but overheated popcorn has also forced evacuations at the Municipal Tower.
Popcorn is not the easiest thing to cook. Who knows if it’s really two, two-and-a-half or three minutes? An unsupervised bag can destroy productivity for all your co-workers.
But just the mention of a possible ban at city offices gets a number of responses.
“Perhaps what would happen is there’d be an underground market for microwave popcorn, people would sneak the microwaves into their offices, they’d do illicit popping,” says Frank Video, a staff member for the Seattle City Council.
Is it possible that if popcorn is outlawed, only the outlaws will have popcorn?
“You know, it’s not something that we have talked about in that much detail yet,” says Vasquez.
A spokesman for Mayor Greg Nickels says the Mayor does not eat popcorn.
The City just wants employees to follow this simple rule: Listen to the pop to know when to stop.
The Facilities director admits even his wife has burned a bag or two.
“She hit the popcorn button that had an automatic time associated with it and the popcorn still burned,” says Vasquez, who says even though it happened at his home, he did not ban popcorn.
Popcorn experts tell us the rule is very simple: When the popping slows to one or two seconds between pops, stop the microwave.
That’s your common sense tip of the day.
Problem is, no one in leadership in the Soviet of Seattle has any common sense. It’s an unknown concept anymore. And this lack of common sense, as illustrated first by incompetent city workers who torch popcorn bags, then further by automatic alarm systems that crap their pants at the drop of a burnt match, to developmentally challenged administrators whose response to this absolutely trifling annoyance is predictably knee jerk; The Big Stick:”Thou Shalt Not Cook Popcorn;” all of this shows a leadership convinced that people are imbeciles. And given who they are and who they work with, I guess I can’t be surprised.
But it does tend to be exceedingly annoying to those of us who CAN count to ten and keep breathing at the same time when these incompetent trolls proceed to legislate as though the entire state shares their minus-70 IQ. In this state, you are assumed incapable of:
Riding a motorcycle intelligently(MUST wear a helmet)
Determining when kids cannot be out of car seats (could be as old as 16 in this idiot state before you can finally sit like the Big People. I want you to imagine your HS freshman in a booster seat. See how well that will fly in Baltimore)
Talking and driving at the same time.
I like this last one, save for the lying legislator language. See, if you get pulled over for speeding AND were yakking on your cellphone at the same time, you will get a $101 ticket for the phone violation. It’s called a “secondary violation”, one that by itself should not result in getting a ticket.
But they’re lying bastards.
See, about 7 years ago, the Soviet passed a mandatory seatbelt law, but promised that it would always and forever be a secondary violation. You could never get cited for no seat belt alone.
Horsefeathers. 4 years ago, they started nailing people all over for not wearing a seat belt. You watch. The same thing will happen with the cell phones within 5 years.
So, the idiocy of the Soviet entrenches tendencies towards idiocy in its population.
Plus c’a change, plus c’e la meme chose.
Frickin’ Simmons does it AGAIN!!!!! June 7, 2007Posted by Administrator in Humor, Sports.
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Money quote (there are many. read the whole thing):
And that’s why I’m excited for the Finals: Not only do we get LeBron playing in his first Finals, not only do we get an all-star flop-off between Ginobili and Anderson Varejao, not only do we get the biggest coaching mismatch since Norman Dale dismantled the coach from South Bend Central, not only do we get extended details of the Longoria-Parker wedding and LeBron’s girlfriend’s pregnancy, not only do we get Drew Gooden’s vertebeard and David Wesley doling out chest bumps in a five-button suit … but we get the Spurs quietly submitting their audition tape for the “Best Playoff Team of the Decade” discussion.
He picks the Spurs in 5 over BronBron and the Cavs. Much as I loved seeing James dismantle Detroit and have his coming out party, the Cavs are overmatched. I was having trouble with all the CleveLove I’ve been reading (see the BigLead for an example), as I felt that LeBron, awesome as he is, is facing way too much talent in the Spurs, coupled with the fact that Greg Popovich as a coach appears to know what he is doing. Nice to see Simmons put some sanity in the Webospheric Punch Bowl.
Rick Moran needs your help June 4, 2007Posted by Administrator in Blogging.
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. . .the guy is an EXCELLENT writer, and he needs donations to keep doing what he does well.
We need to step up here; the world will be a poorer place if RightWingNutHouse has to shut down.
Cavs/Pistons summed up in one picture UPDATED June 2, 2007Posted by Administrator in Sports.
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Note: LeBron for Cleveland is driving to the hoop. For the Pistons, Chauncey Billups (#1) in the background is out of position, Rasheed Wallace (36) is flat on his feet, making no challenge to James’ drive. The look on his face suggests “Ain’t no way I’m getting up there and challenging this brute, only to get myself smacked to the floor.” Meanwhile, Tayshaun Prince (22), an otherwise indomitable defender, appears to be reaching for his wallet. One problem; Prince’s wallet cannot be in his uniform. Perhaps Prince was anticipating the need for quick cab fare out of Cleveland once James gets done mopping the floor with the Pistons.
James, in the end, terrified the Pistons. Corporately, the team was probably suffering terrible flashbacks to the early ’90s, as Jordan and the Bulls completed their ascension to the Eastern throne, knocking Detroit out of it.
Maybe this is proof that Jung was right: There are archetypes; and in this case the archetype is one of a Monstrous Eastern NBA Juggernaut, designed specifically to reduce Detroit Piston ballclubs to pools of quivering jelly for years on end. Jordan was the first incarnation of this archetype; LeBron James may well be the second.
UPDATE: Nods to Rick Moran for linking to this post. It forced me to take another look at this picture, and I realized and was quite shocked to discover that this shot was taken at the Palace of Auburn Hills. In other words, LeBron owned the Pistons in their own house, and here is the evidence to prove it.
More apologetic niftiness June 1, 2007Posted by Administrator in Apologetics.
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The hubris of the scientific skeptic is that he imagines his particular field of interest is the source and summit of wisdom when, in comparison to the matters discussed by Scripture, it is a small hobby–legitimate in its way and certainly important in its proper sphere–but ultimately not the Final Question. God is pleased with science well done as he is pleased with all human things well done. God enlightens the scientific intellect as he enlightens many other forms of intellectual pursuit. But the notion that if God does not answer our trivia questions about the composition of the earth’s mantle or the age of the universe to our satisfaction, then he is failing some test–that’s just silly.
I’m telling you, the man is gold. Over and over I have said to these materialist reductionists that their’s is a decidedly arid cosmology, where truth is found only in what we can directly sense and then test scientifically.