Archive for October 2nd, 2004

Hilary Clinton Action Figure

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The testosterone at the Thursday Night Debate lay over the set thick enough to cut with a bayonet. For those already tiring of the Macho Yale Mano
a Mano, or wanting to fast-forward to Hilary-Jeb just for fun, we are
pleased to announce that as of next month you will be able to purchase
a fully-functional HILARY CLINTON ACTION FIGURE.

The makers’ website, herobuilders.com, says the Hilary
Clinton doll comes with a navy blue suit and shoes. The figure is also
wearing a light blue blouse and lily white underwear, at least as purchased.
Available November 1.

Also available from the same site: Bush in Bagdad Action
Figure, the Governator Action Figure, Gay American Action Figure and
Fully Articulated Jesus Action Figure. $19.95 each.

Can This Be True?

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We
almost spilled our coffee this morning upon reading the following paragraph,
buried near the end of a long
story in the Boston Globe
titled "Nuclear threat expected to
pose a major challenge.":

At least twice since the Sept. 11 attacks, US intelligence officials
believed, terrorists had smuggled a nuclear device into the United
States, once in New York City and later along the Potomac River near
Washington, D.C. A senior Bush administration official who asked not
to be identified said that before the information was determined to
be unfounded, he considered calling his wife and telling her to take
the children and head for the Virginia mountains.

Can this be true? US officials were convinced that terrorists
had possession of a functional nuclear device INSIDE THE UNITED STATES
and they didn’t say anything to anyone??!! That it got to the point that
officials were contacting family members and telling them to get out
of Dodge? Shouldn’t we be paying a bit more attention? Where was the
mainstream media on this one?

Here is a previous
Dowbrigade posting
on the inevitability
of a nuclear incident

from the Boston
Globe

Hurricanes Blow Back NASA Plans

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 – NASA has abandoned plans to resume
flying the space shuttle next March because of the impact of four hurricanes
on space
agency centers and work schedules, officials said Friday.

The remaining three space shuttles have been grounded since the Columbia
and its crew of seven was destroyed upon re-entry from space on Feb.
1, 2003. Accident investigators attributed the disaster to an undetected
breach in one of the shuttle’s wings at launching and a lax safety culture
at NASA, and they stipulated 15 recommended reforms that must be carried
out before the fleet flies again.

NASA officials said they had met 5 of the 15 recommendations and would resume
flights only when the benchmarks were met, not because of a time schedule

from the New
York Times