Sunday, July 31, 2005

I have one word to tell you, just one word. Neutrons

Neutrons are my friends, and they should be yours too!

In the United States, we derive about 21% of our power generation capacity from a source of abundant energy that pollutes very little in comparison to the amount of power generated. That energy source is nuclear energy. More electricity is generated from Nuclear energy than any other source except coal in this country. This energy source is NOT subject to the price of oil, nor is it subject to embargoes, drought or lack of wind. The volume of toxic waste generated by this energy source is a small fraction of the next cleanest source (Natural Gas) and orders of magnitude less than coal. Coal, even so called "clean" coal, is the filthiest, most polluting, most TOXIC form of energy on the planet. And here is a little surprise for you, did you know that your average coal fired power plant releases more radiation into the environment in a year than Three Mile Island ever did? Not to mention the sulfur, mercury, and CO2 it releases. Here is a breakdown of what percentage of your power comes from what energy source (1998 numbers, sorry don't have access to later numbers in which NG increases it's market share) from the EIA-DOE website:

With all it has going for it, why is Nuclear power so underutilized in this country? France gets over 70% of it's energy from Nuclear power, surely we are more technologically advanced than a bunch of snail eaters. Well, it all comes down to perception. The Russians crapped in everybody's wheaties when they built those unsafe monstrosities and then let one catch fire and blow up. Sure, we've had nuclear accidents here in the states too, there was the famous TMI unit 2 that almost melted down. I need to stress here, ALMOST, but it was brought under control and shut down without releasing significant amounts of radiation and without harming anyone. Then there was the government operated research reactor in the 50's that killed it's operators, all three of them, but it didn't melt down. It was running full blast but was still stable when the relief crew found the bodies. One of the control rods blew out, driven by a steam bubble, and impaled one of the operators that was trying to manually withdraw it. It was a one-of-a-kind research reactor and the rods often stuck in the hole and had to be manually withdrawn, the operator accidentally pulled the rod out too far and the instantaneous steam bubble generated shot the rod out of the hole. The other two guys died of radiation exposure when they entered the reactor chamber trying to shut it down. Chernobyl DID melt down, and because the Russians never gave a damn about safety, it was all about plutonium production after all, the power generated was just a byproduct, there was no containment system AT ALL. And of course there was that stupid Jane Fonda flick that came out about the same time TMI has it's problems. What was that movie called, was it "The Pepsi Syndrome" or something like that? I forget....

Anyway, the "environmentalists" just went apeshit. Never mind that Nuclear Power still had the best safety record of ANY power generation system, not counting Chernobyl AND the best environmental record even when INCLUDING Chernobyl. Facts and logic have nothing to do with perception you understand. As a result, not a single new reactor has been completed in this country since the early 1980's. Reactors don't run forever. They have a finite lifespan before they need to be shut down. We are entering the time period when a number of the oldest reactors must be shuttered. That number will only increase as time goes on. Are we making plans to replace them? No we are not. In an interesting twist of fate, the environmentalists got exactly what they wanted, and now realize they screwed up and are now clamoring for MORE nuclear power. These flippin liberals could not find their arse with both hands and a road map! For once, I agree with them, Nuclear power is the only logical choice. "renewable" sources cannot come CLOSE to supplying the power needs of the 21'st century, sure we should use what we can of them, but anyone who thinks wind power alone can supply our energy needs just hasn't looked at the numbers.

But what about all that nuclear waste that is deadly for thousands of years?
Well, does anybody in the audience know how long Mercury is deadly for? Anyone? Did I hear FOREVER? Your Right! Come to the head of the class! Guess what the biggest producer of mercury is! Anyone? Did I hear Coal fired power plants? You are a WINNER!

The simple fact is that in actual volume, High Level Nuclear waste from Civilian Reactors is miniscule compared to the tons of pollution generated by your average coal fired plant. So the question is what to do with it? Well, the DOE has designed casks that are expected to survive for nearly 10,000 years. These casks can survive being run over by a speeding locomotive or an 18-wheeler combined with a deisel fuel fire for several hours. These things are as indestructable as current technology can make them. The DOE has found a mountain in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a desert in the middle of the least populated state in the union no less, to bury this stuff in. It's not like we're going to have tourists coming to visit the place by the thousands. So what exactly is the problem? It certainly beats letting it rain down on your back yard tomatoes doesn't it? BUT NOOOOOO! The Nevada State government is raising nine kinds of hell and has been for years. Thankfully, it would appear that they have finally lost the war, and soon Yucca Mountain will be in business, only 20 years behind schedule...

If Congress really wants to do something useful, they should make it easier and cheaper to build new nuclear power plants. A lot of companies and investors lost thier shirts when the NRC froze all lisence applications in the 70's after TMI. There needs to be some assurance to future investors that the government is not going to pull the rug out from under thier feet. And Greenpeas needs to get behind this.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sometimes you just have to start over.

NASA is in a bind. It is one of thier own making as well. Years ago, when the shuttle design was still on the draftng table, NASA decided to make the external fuel tank a basic tank with Urethane foam for insulation. This insulation is vital to prevent the very air around the tank from freezing and forming chunks of ice that could dislodge and strike the orbiter. Not having been involved with the design myself, I can only speculate why urethane foam was chosen instead of another means of insulating the tank. I suspect it had a lot to do with cost. The intent was to make the tank disposable, and foaming the outside of it was cheap. This was obviously penny wise and pound foolish in hindsight. Shedding foam has already caused the loss of one orbiter and it's crew of 7. It has again caused a halt to all flights until a fix can be determined. In other industries that use cryogenic liquids, tanks are made like a thermos bottle. They are double walled, and there is a vacuum between the two walls. This is called a Dewar. The vacuum acts as a very good insulator. Much better than urethane foam could ever be (Actually vacuum is a PERFECT insulator, but since there must be structural connections to the inner tank, those structural connections act as a thermal leak path. But the urethane tank has the same problems, which is what the new heaters are supposed to prevent). Dewars are not cheap to make however, ergo, the foam. But dewars do have one saving grace, they can be made lightweight. The design considerations have changed since then but I believe NASA's engineers have tunnel vision, too much time, effort, and money is tied up in the current design for them to be willing to look at the alternatives that were considered but abandoned years ago without some serious pressure. I believe that pressure is now being applied. I believe the time has come for NASA to go all the way back to the drawing board and redesign this tank using the design considerations that exist today, not 30 years ago. And if it were me, a Dewar would be the place to start.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Max Boot Gets it... Why don't you?

In his column(warning free registration required) for the California Communist Manifesto (AKA The LA Times). Max Boot gets it. He spells out what I was saying the other day in a way that is painfully obvious even to me. We are asleep at the switch people and a train wreck is a comin!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

(Updated and bumped) Thunderhorse stable and level, let the scapegoating begin!

Well, SMIT needs to be given a big pat on the back. They did a bang-up job getting this thing leveled out and storm ready. I still do not have confirmed data, but the totally unconfirmed rumblings I'm hearing from multiple directions (reverberations?) indicate that isolation valves which would have normally been open during operation but closed when being readied for storms, were leaky. These leaks caused water to seep through the now idled pumps into the ballast tank causing the platform to take on water. SMIT has placed flange covers over the inlets as a stop-gap to allow their bailing pumps to keep up with the flooding. Now the question becomes, "How do we fix this?". The short answer is "I don't know", there are a couple ways to skin this cat, and without more information I cannot hazard guess which path BP will choose. Ideally, they will want to do this without dry-docking if at all possible. This is likely to be possible, but the exact method will be driven by the design of the hardware and how safe BP wants to be during the repair. The valves may be replaceable with the inlet flange covers still in place, if so, this will likely be one of their options. However, during the repair, only the blind flange cover is preventing flooding. Whether BP is happy with this level of safety is hard to say, they tend to be vary anal about safety, at least their offshore group is (can't speak to the refinery group). A variation on this option is to replace the one isolation valve with two or more to add redundancy to the system. Whether this option is chosen will depend on space limitations in the system design. I personally would highly recommend that at least one additional valve be added to the system if at all possible.

Now the other question on the minds of the lord high muckety-mucks over at BP and Exxon-Mobil is bound to be, "Who can we sue to recover some of these costs?" the list will probably include the platform designers, and maybe going all the way down to the company that built the valves. At this level of abstraction, actual liability is moot, it you have money and could even remotely be tied back to this, you can bet you'll be hearing from BP's legal department.

I'm going to join Roaring Tiger in cranking back on the blogging on this, there is no more news to report at this point, only speculation. If I hear anything more, I'll blog about it, otherwise, all I can do is wait and see what develops.

The rumors I'm hearing (And I must stress that this is unverified rumor!) is that the shipyard in Korea screwed up and installed two check valves in the ballast control system backwards. BP in their inspection did not catch that the valves were backwards. Additionally, the system was not designed with manual backup isolation valves, they were relying completely on the check valves. Therefore when the valves opened when they should have closed, there was no backup system to ensure that there was no flooding. I am hearing that this is currently being rectified with manual isolation valves as well as flipping the check valves around in the correct orientation.

As an aside, I'm hearing that BP is discovering more and more things like this that were clearly thrown together at the last minute in an effort to meet deadlines. If it were me, (and thankfully, it is not) I believe a top to bottom inspection is in order and some thorough testing to make sure that there aren't other critical systems that have been compromised by this shoddy work.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Is China the new Germany?

Ladies and Gentlemen, mark these words, China is going to be the 21'st century equivalent to Germany in the early to mid 20'th century.

Why do I say this? Simple. China has shown every sign of preparing to embark on a program of expansion. Since there isn't any magic real estate fairy making new unclaimed territory in that part of the world, obviously that expansion will be at the end of a gun. China has on a couple of recent occasions made it quite clear that they will treat our interference in a China/Tiawan dispute with a declaration of all out war, up to and including Nuclear Weapons. China has spent heavily on military expenditures, and has obtained on the world market through intermediaries or developed internally technologies that the US has banned for export to them. China has built a very capable amphibious assault capability in the last few years and has been making louder and more strident demands concerning Tiawan. China has bought up a huge percentage of world steel output as well as world nickel alloy output and oil output. China has financed these expendatures by artificially pegging it's currency to our own. Today China announced that they will no longer peg thier currency to ours, but if you read the release carefully you find that it still is coupled to or currency fairly tightly. So this announcement was really nothing more than whitewash and smoke. Every time you and I buy some cheap bauble at any chain store in America we help finance this military buildup.

China is the true Phantom Menace....

How NOT to build a bomb. (Update 10-7-05)

Over at Big Cat Chronicles I commented that two things came to mind when I first heard about yesterday's bombing attempts in London. Either they didn't know how to build the bomb properly, or there was a more insidious plan to attempt to spread around a biological agent. Thankfully, it would appear that the former is the case.

The bombers tried to use a kind of explosive known as acetone peroxide, also known as TATP. This kind of explosive is fundamentally different from almost all other explosive substances in that no nitrates are in it. This means that neither bomb sniffing dogs nor the spectrographs used at airports can detect it. This is a relatively old compound, it was discovered in 1895 but to my knowledge has never been used commercially because it is highly unstable.

The Nut-Job Palestinians have taken to using it in thier bombs because it is so difficult to detect. In Palestine, you can always tell who the bomb makers are, they are the ones missing fingers and with scars all over them. That is a testament to how tricky this stuff is to use. The London Bombers have apparently been taking lessons from thier nut-job bretheren in Palestine, but fortunately for the residents of London, they must have been sleeping in class. This batch didn't blow. Either they flubbed making a second batch, or the remains of the two week old first batch had degraded, or they just didn't manage to set it off with sufficient energy. Apparently thier idea of a detonator was sticking two bare wires connected to a 9v battery and a timer into the explosive, no blasting cap, no shotgun shell or primer cord or anything. These guys have been watching too much James Bond methinks.

I just followed the WIKI link above and found a significantly different entry than I found when I posted this originally. The current WIKI post indicates that TATP DOES have a distinctive acrid odor. That said, I have read elsewhere (but no longer remember where) that TATP is difficult to detect using current bomb sniffing technology. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has more information.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

French by way of Iran

Anybody who does not believe the French and the Iranians are in bed only needs to see this entry from my visitor logs which purports to be coming from France until you drill down a bit....
Referring Link Thunderhorse&ei=UTF-8&fr=FP-tab-web-t&fl=0&x=wrt
Host Name
IP Address (IP address edited)
Country Iran, Islamic Republic Of
Region Khorasan
City Mashhad
ISP E-qual Own Internal Network
Returning Visits 0
Visit Length 0 seconds
Browser MSIE 6.0
Operating System Windows 2000
Resolution 1024x768
Javascript Enabled

Isn't it illegal for Win2k to even be IN Iran? does it not reside on the banned technology list?

Monday, July 18, 2005

Hermann park should have an R rating

Back on Memorial Day, I took the kiddoes and one of my older daughter's girlfriends to the zoo. Of course, parking was completely insane, HPD had Golf Course Drive closed so I ended up over on Fannin, headed north towards town. I was going to enter Hermann park by turning in by The Natural Science Museum. When what do the eyes of my 11 year old daughter and her friend see sitting on the bench at one of the train stops? A bum with his pants down around his ankles. He's sitting at the stop directly across from the water fountain park where all the little girls play. HMMM. We quickly try to distract my 4 year old before SHE sees it too. So we finally find a spot in a parking lot just south of the museum. It is on the diametric OPPOSITE side of the park from the zoo. We have to walk past the reflecting pond to get to the zoo. halfway down the side of the pond there is another bum laying on his back on the wall of a set of stairs about 50 feet off to the right (facing the obelisk) in a sleeping bag of some sort (he obviously lives there), with his hand in his pants very obviously playing with himself quite vigorously. Luckily my older daughter is deep in conversation with her friend and does not notice, if my younger daughter noticed, she didn't say anything. My wife was so intent on putting one foot in front of the other (it was REALLY hot that day if you recall) she didn't notice either. Now why in hell do we allow these bums to live in this park? Worse yet, why do we tolerate this sort of behavior? I mean for chrissake, I see two bums partaking in obscene behavior in under 20 minutes! Where in hell are the cops? Standing around making sure nobody drives on Golf Course drive.....

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reviewed

I took the kiddoes to go see this movie this weekend. I did so under slight protest, the trailers really creeped me out, but the kids insisted, and having fond memories of the original Gene Wilder version, I agreed. Alas, my suspicions were confirmed. This movie is just flippin CREEPY. Michael Jackson could have played the part of Willy Wonka and Joe Jackson the part of his dad, and I don't think anybody would have noticed much of a difference. Tim Burton is one sick b@stard. His next movie? Its going to be about a guy who inadvertently marries a CORPSE! This guy has no business making kids movies in my opinion. He seems facinated with Gothic images and Death. My kid is 4 years old for chrissake, she still thinks that sleeping and being dead are kinda the same thing. Death is REALLY not a good subject for kids as far as I'm concerned. My advice, AVOID this movie if you have impressionable kids.

It's Dead Jim.....

Alas, my trusty dusty laptop has gone KAPUT. I got a couple good years out of it, not bad for a dumpster dive. If anyone was wondering why I hadn't posted any new updates about Thunderhorse over the weekend, That was why. I'm going to try to resurrect it this week somehow, but I don't know if I will be successful. It is refusing to boot in anything but safe mode. It gets just beyond the win 98 splash screen and hangs. I'd suspect a driver problem but the machine is so moribund that re-installing windows will require nuking something to make room. It looks like it might have to be MS orifice.

Thunderhorse nearly level. All ballast ports sealed

The Platform is almost level, only about 5 degrees worth of list still remaining. Smit has apparently done a bang-up job getting this thing sorted in record time. Details are still sketchy, but the BP status reports keep discussing ballast inlet ports being sealed up. This still leads me to believe someone failed to seal them prior to it being floated off of the Blue Marlin in Corpus Christi. BP's latest status report can be found here. They appear to be well on thier way to getting this thing ready to weather another storm, apparently none too soon.

Friday, July 15, 2005

WOW! It's a good thing I'm not having to pay for this bandwidth!

Can you say give the people what they want? Apparently I did. Today I've had over 287 hits, yesterday I had a little over 100, the day before, 6 Measly hits! OK, so compared to BlogHouston or LST, That's chump change. But hey, for this backwater little blog, that is a lot. For all you people coming to see what is happening with Thunder Horse: Thank you for stopping by, I hope you come back.

Anybody know of a publisher this guy could use?

Clayton Cramer is a writer. He has written something like 4 other books. He's having trouble finding a publisher for his latest work. He believes it is because it is about the history of guns and gun ownership in America. I believe he may very well be right. Anybody know of a publishing house that might be a bit more 2nd Ammendment friendly? If so, give him a shout and let him know of them.

(Updated)Thunderhorse starting to right itself, Investigation continues

BP still is not saying why it's Thunderhorse rig was taking on water but it would appear progress is being made.

Tom Fowler has apparently found someone involved with the salvage operations that is willing to talk (scroll down to the bottom).

There are of course rumors percolating through the industry about what happened and why. Some of the rumors/theories I've seen and/or heard:

Inspection ports in the hull and/or ballast inlet covers being left off that were unnoticed as long as the active ballast control system could keep up with the flooding, but when the system was shut-in during the evacuation, the pumps were turned off, allowing the flooding to continue unchecked.

Bad valves or valves inadvertently left open allowing ballast to slosh from one tank to another or to seep in from the surrounding ocean. Again, if a valve was leaking a little, the active ballast system would mask it for the most part as long as the system was active.

Design flaw with the active ballast system itself.

Anchor damage to the hull that was not found on the first ROV inspection.

My previous theory of a control resonance issue could not have been the case because the power system had been secured and shut down prior to evacuation, so the active ballast system could not have been operational, but check valves in the system might be leaky.

BP has issued a status report press release that again emphasizes plugging ballast inlet and inspection ports..... Is this just a result of a lazy shipyard worker not putting the covers on before it was floated? Wouldn't THAT be a kick in the head.....

Thursday, July 14, 2005

(UPDATED) Thunderhorse stable, investigation begins.

I only have limited info now, I will update later as I get more. I am hearing that BP's Thunderhorse platform in the Gulf of Mexico is flooding and listing. There is concern that BP may loose it if the flooding cannot be controlled. This is the largest platform ever built. It was built in South Korea and was floated around the Horn of Africa to Corpus where it was outfitted before being put on station by the Blue Marlin, the same vessel that brought the USS Cole back from Oman.

Here is a link to the information I have access to.


BP has had an ROV inspect the hull and can find no external damage. Two of the port side ballast tanks had flooded leaving the rig with a 20 degree+ list to port. The data recorders have been retrieved to try to get to the bottom of the cause. At least one of the Gas Turbine Power Plants has been restarted. Pumping operations to right the platform have begun. A Winch apparently went over the side Friday prior to evacuation, but there does not appear to be any evidence that it damaged anything on the way down. (other than itself that is...)

Now for blatant speculation:
For my money, I'm betting either a design flaw in the active ballast control system, or valve failure in the same system. I'm guessing but I'd bet that acellerometers were used to determine the motion of the platform. if the sampling or pumping rate was too slow, the system might have gone into resonance and the active ballast system might have contributed to the list. assuming it was active at all. if it was locked down prior to evacuation then my money is on valve failure in the ballast system.

Roaring Tiger's Blog Big Cat Chronicles is also all over this.


With Emily fast approaching The Southeastern GOM, BP is probably balls to the wall trying to get this thing stable and sorted. They only have probably 3-4 days max before they will have to evacuate the platform again. I cannot concieve of a caretaker crew being left onboard given the currently unknown nature of the system failure. Given BP's problems with safety lately, I cannot believe they would risk a crew to babysit this thing, even if it's loss would seriously hurt them as it surely would. I do not have any illusions that it could survive even a glancing blow with the "dirty side" of a hurricane in it's current configuration.

UPDATE III 7-14-06 4:09 PM CST
BP has issued another press release basically restating what has been said before with the exception of a line about preparations to cover ballast inlets and instrumentation ports in the hull. Is this saying that a ballast inlet cover was lost? or an instrumentation port left open? HMMM....

Saturday, July 09, 2005

What does $40 Billion Buy You?

Today the G8 decided to forgive immediately $40 Billion in third world debt in 18 countries with another $15 Billion that may be added in the future if as many as 20 additional countries meet the IMF and World Bank standards for good governance and eliminating corruption. These standards are notoriously loose. One of the countries among the 20 that may qualify for the additional relief is Sudan. Yes, the very same Sudan that is systematically killing and raping its way into infamy. Some countries that are among the 18 getting debt relief immediately are: Ghana, Mozambique, Niger, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Yep, these are certainly “world class” governments.

Why do the major industrialized nations think that forgiving such massive amounts of debt to such corrupt and criminal governments is a good thing? Isn’t it instead reinforcing corruption and criminal activity?

Update I: Phyllis Schafley has another take on this deal.
Update II: Capt. Ed at Captain's Quarters has more on one of the benefactors.
Update III: Anne Linehan over at BlogHouston points out this link.

Would you trust your money to this man?

After all the corruption charges and general failure in what ever capacity he was ever hired to do, Lee P (out of town) Brown, Doctor of Corruption, (honorary) is buying a bank. I'm suprised the feds will insure the place! I sure as hell wouldn't!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaaaaa!!

El Capitan over at Baboon Pirates found this one.

Here is how I rated:

Narcissistic:Very High

-- Personality Disorder Test --
-- Personality Disorder Information --

To be honest, I'm not sure I like what I see...... well maybe except for the Narcissistic part.....

How is it possible to be both Schizoid and Histrionic? Aren't they kinda polar opposites?

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Is it Journalism or is it a Pre-emptive Strike?

The Chronicle today decided to publish this article about supposed "judicial activism" on the 5th circuit court of appeals. The whole article talks about defiance of the Supreme Court on the part of the 5th circuit. They talk about so many cases that the supremes have had to bounce back to the 5th circuit, but the only cases they point to specifically are those against Thomas Miller-El, and Johnny Paul Penry, but in reality it was the 5th circuit standing against Judicial Activism on the part of the Supremes. How can it be Judicial Activism if the appeals court agreed with the lower court and therefore took no action? Activism is supposed to be about changing things. If nothing changes, can it be activism? I would suggest no.

This is really about two things:

First, The Comical has always been anti-death penalty. As usual, staking out the minority opinion and beating the drum. If you ask me the problem with the Death Penalty is we don't use it often enough. It takes too long and costs too much to sentence a person to death. Up until recently, Texans have not had much of an option. It wasn't until this legislative session that Texas Juries have had the option of life without parole. Before, calling it life was a lie. Unless the guy was already pretty old or got shanked in prison or died of AIDS, he had a pretty good chance of getting out to offend again. But if he is sentenced to death, unless he can really find a decent hole in the prosecution's case, he is pretty much assured of dying in prison one way or another. We the public, have always known that "life" really wasn't LIFE, even if the Supremes decided that it was predjudicial to the sentencing jury to inform them of that fact. When the state decides it cannot tell the jury the truth, there is something very wrong with the system. That should have been a hint to the state that life with the possibility of parole was a non-starter with the public. I mean really, if no jury would consider that sentence if they knew what it meant, isn't it dishonest to try to trick them into it?.

Secondly, There are a couple of very conservatve originalist judges (which would explain why they didn't play nice-nice with the moonbats on the SCOTUS) on the 5th circuit that might find thier names on a list at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. There is already one resignation on the table and there could be as many as 3, possibly 4 more depending on which rumor mills you subscribe to. The other possibles are Rhenquist of course, Ginsburg (Supposedly her health is at least as bad, if not worse than Rhenquist's, we can only hope), and Souter (maybe he has to stay home to keep from loosing his $100,000 farmhouse to developers in an emminent domain action . Couldn't happen to a more deserving person...IMHO). Add the fact that Stevens is 85 and probably not that long for this earth either. So this becomes a twofer, they get to beat the death penalty drum AND smear some conservative judges at the same time that the Administration is casting about for replacement judges. What self-respecting bleeding heart liberal would have passed up that kind of chance?

Friday, July 01, 2005

Thought for the day II

Cheer up! It's going to get worse, enjoy it while you can!

What happens when you write a sensational story but don't check the facts?

YOU GET SUED! Seems USA Today (owned by Gannett) wrote a very inaccurate and misleading article on the safety of Tasers and even implied that a Taser put out 100 times more energy than an electric chair. The VOLTAGE probably is 100 times higher than an electric chair, but high voltage does not kill, high current does. Energy in watts is equal to voltage multiplied by current. In reality the energy delivered is reportedly 1000 times LESS than an electric chair.
If you are going to write something like this, it would probably pay to have someone who has at least a PASSING knowledge of science and/or physics to catch the more outrageous errors.....

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead...

OK, she ain't dead, but she IS retiring....

To steal a meme from Laura Ingraham... who would be the SCARIEST nominee for the Democrats?

Update: apparently the guys over at LST stole the same meme...