Mitsubishi Heavy to supply wings for Boeing's next-generation jet
Japan's biggest heavy machinery maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said it would build a plant to manufacture wings for Boeing's next-generation 7E7 Dreamliner jet, scheduled for launch in 2008.
"By making wings for Boeing's jets, we would like to upgrade our technology and boost sales in our aerospace business," a Mitsubishi spokesman said.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
OpEd by Dr. Martin L. Fackler
I served as a combat surgeon in DaNang, (U.S. Naval Support Hospital) from Dec. 10, 1967, through Dec. 11, 1968. While there, I evaluated and treated hundreds of severely wounded combatants.Found via Tom McMahon.
During my year in DaNang, a few combatants urged me to verify small abrasions as "wounds" so they could get a Purple Heart. Each freely admitted trying to acquire Purple Hearts as rapidly as possible to take advantage of the policy allowing those with three Purple Hearts to apply to leave Vietnam early. I refused them. But some went shopping for another opinion. Unfortunately, we had some antiwar physicians in Vietnam who were happy to become accomplices in these frauds. Most with valid Purple Hearts didn't need to apply to leave Vietnam: The seriousness of their wounds demanded it.
Lt. John Kerry's collecting three Purple Hearts within 100 days — all for wounds too minor to require hospitalization — recalls the distasteful memories of having to deal with those few miscreants in DaNang.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
I took this photo on my commute home tonight. I drove past a row of a few tractors like this one hauling tobacco, which is used for cigar wrappers, from the shade fields to a drying barn. I drove past them, pulled onto a side street, hopped out of my car and waited for one to catch up with me.
These leaves are treated better than most agricultural products. They are treated with kid gloves so as to preserve each leaf as damage free as possible, so as to improve the yield and texture of the number of cigar wrappers able to be made out of each wrapper.
Monday, August 23, 2004
[W]hy is there no comedy on comedian.blogspot.com?It has been a long time since I set up this blog, and my audience has grown quite a bit over the intervening few years, so I shouldn't be surprised that some readers don't know that the name of this blog is actually based on the name of a comic book character. I answered Andrew thus:
The only comedy here is the spectacle & folly of the [political] world.The Watchmen is available from amazon.com.
The name of this blog, "The Comedian," was chosen as an homage to one of the characters in DC's "The Watchmen."
The following is adapted from an online summary:As the Comedian, Edward Blake is deliberately amoral. As Dr. Manhattan puts it, "Blake's different. He understands perfectly... and he doesn't care."
Basically, the Comedian feels that life is a joke, so why worry?
Rorschach [another hero] admires Comedian for his worldview; his forceful, uncompromising personality and the fact he didn't care if people liked him on not. Rorschach also commented that the Comedian understood where the world was going and what was happening to society.
The Comedian is a hero people either love or hate.
There are many good reasons to view him with suspicion. He was in Dallas when Kennedy was shot. He killed Woodward and Bernstein before they broke the Watergate story. He has a very cynical world view and really doesn't care about much of anything (or anyone) other than himself.
Telling quote from the series: "Once you figure out what a joke everything is, being the Comedian's the only thing that makes sense."
Anyway, it seems even Kerry knew way back in the early 1970's that his own writings could damage his political career, so he tried to close the barn door after the horse already got out and went to town as the star of an anti-American parade.
The bestselling author said that while Regnery declined to stop printing "Unfit," it offered to republish Kerry's 1971 book "The New Soldier," which chronicles the top Democrat's anti-war protests with a group bankrolled by Jane Fonda.
Kerry has declined to have "New Solidier" republished over the years and reportedly bought up most of the available copies in 1972, after his opponent in a congressional race used it to paint him as anti-American.
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Friday, August 20, 2004
Thursday, August 19, 2004
One of the inconvenient facts for the foes of the Bush tax cuts is that the percentage of total taxes paid by the rich rose after the economic stimulus plan was put into effect.
But the Left continues to work as best it can around these facts. The Kerry-Edwards campaign is now touting a new study by the Congressional Budget Office which purportedly finds that last year’s tax cut was tilted to the rich. There’s just one problem with this class-warfare whine: It just isn’t true.
Those who argue that the Bush tax cuts were a “give-away” to the rich assume that incomes grow at a constant rate, regardless of how heavily they are taxed. That is the fallacy of the recent CBO study. The report concedes: “Our analysis does not account for incomes changing in response to the tax cuts.” It’s like assuming that you’re not going to take off any weight if you stop eating hot fudge sundaes with whipped cream and cherries on top. This is the same whimsical logic that compelled the tax accountants on Capitol Hill to famously estimate that a 100 percent income-tax rate would bring in billions of dollars in federal revenue.
Bear Drinks 36 Beers and Passes Out
Yes, from the New York Times
"BAKER LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- Rain-eeeeer .... Bear? When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby -- dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer."
The moose is truly loose, 54,000 cans of Moosehead lager have gone missing on their way to Mexico.
The tractor-trailor load of Moosehead beer hasn't arrived at its destination and police across Canada are looking for the driver – and the beer.
Police were alerted after the truck failed to turn up Monday at a depot in Toronto.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
The U.S. Olympic Committee essentially adopted America's pro beach-volleyball league whole. All four U.S. pairs at the Games -- two women's teams and two men's -- play on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour. The Olympic team leader, Al Lau, is an AVP executive.And I thought NBC was just appealing to the American desire to see "women in bikinis".
If all four teams advance through the medal rounds, NBC and its cable networks could broadcast as many as 30 beach-volleyball matches, giving the league -- in which the network owns a small stake -- a huge boost.
Months ago I applied for a Google AdSense account and was turned down.
A few days ago I received a mailing, that is, a physical piece of paper sent through snail-mail, telling me that I could get a credit towards my AdWords campaign if I sign up for AdSense using the email address I use for AdWords.
Great, I thought,I'll take Google up on its offer, make a quick $25.00, and maybe make some more money running ads on this blog.
It turns out that I cannot set up an AdSense account using that email address because I tried once and was disallowed. Turns out my blog is a mere "personal website." Funny, I see a lot of other "personal websites" running AdSense ads.
Amazing. A company that soon hopes to raise tens of billions of dollars in a stock offering can't design a direct mail campaign that doesn't solicit people it won't allow to use its services. Or, alternatively, one that doesn't at least make it look like people it has solicited have a chance to do business with them.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering an array of perks, discounts and other enticements to hundreds of thousands of anti-Bush protesters in a bid to stave off riots when the GOP convention begins in Manhattan in 12 days.Satire
If they accept the terms of Bloomberg's offer, demonstrators must promise to obey city laws and regulations and pick up a powder-blue button that labels them "Peaceful Political Activists." Bloomberg's rewards program for well-behaved convention disrupters includes, according to Newsday, "a unique package" of discounts on hotels, restaurants, plays — even cut-rate entry to the Museum of Sex - and is open to anarchists as well.
Not a bad concept, but it could use a bit more to make it effective.
1) Add a stick to go with the discounts carrot: Enhanced criminal penalties & sentencing guidelines for protestors who sign up but still break the law.
2) Since a button is too easily removable, the discounts will only be offered to protestors who willingly accept a light blue "Peaceful Protestor" face tattoo.
3) To track the success of Mayor Bloomberg's plan, a small "Peaceful Protestor" registration number will be tattooed on each participants forearm.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
The left rear suspension failed on two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive Vues undergoing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Dynamic Rollover Testing. According to Brian Bachman, a Saturn spokesman, the failure took place when the test vehicle was making a corrective maneuver to the right at 45 mph. The left rear wheel "tucked under" the vehicle. NHTSA also has had one report of a similar suspension failure on a 2003 Saturn Vue. The complaint says that the left rear wheel "bent underneath the vehicle," resulting in a rollover. This prevented the vehicles from completing the rollover test.Well, it certainly prevented the vehicle from completing the rollover test successfully.
General Motors Corp. has recalled all Saturn Vue's.
He covers mostly stories that aren't getting enough media play that should get more coverage.
Monday, August 09, 2004
"The state's also cleaning up voter rolls,'' he said. "It'll be much more difficult to pull the hanky-panky stuff."
High-placed Democrats are too busy these days trying to keep themselves out of jail, or engaging in damage control for political allies, to get the vote out, Eisenstein [a Purdue University Calumet associate professor of political science] said.
One of [Ambassador Alan Keyes] great-grandfathers was a preacher; the other, a slave.I suppose it is possible that any paper so openly pro-abortion and pro-gay might not understand the workings of this, but I pretty much doubt that Alan Keyes only has two great-grandfathers.
And as for Ambassador Keyes opponent, how much can you trust a guy whose name rhymes with "Iraq Osama?"
So, have you seen the light? Are you working at a cooperative yet?To which I replied:
Power to the people!
The scariest part is that they ALL seem to have taken the blue pill and/or drunk the Kool-Aid. The whole damn town may as well be wearing purple Nike's.Is there a lesson in this? Perhaps. Maybe the lesson is that people who choose to live in such beautiful surroundings display a streak of utopianism that is immune to reality. Or it could just be that really smart people had the brains to choose substance over style.
The Fliberals are out of control. There's a jackass out there who wants to give 16 year olds the vote, and the city wants to give non-citizens the vote, too.
Listening to the local news out there makes NPR seem centrist.
Forget City of Evil, I think they have an entire region of evil.
That said, the natural beauty really is beautiful.
Just like it is around Ithaca, the City of Evil.
Either way, it was a beautiful place to visit, but I definitely wouldn't want to live there.
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Note to the Commedian:
These anarchists people who talk "about anarchism, communism and creating the world we want to live in from decentralized autonomous communities."
like to drink "bottled water and non-corporate soda" which can also be called "organic sodas".
I would join then, but unfortunately, I live in a democratic capitalist centralized linked community where I have to work during the day to pay other people to do stuff for me.
I may be fuzzy on my forms of government, but I think we are in the area of going so far to the left or right that you come back on the other side...