Settle down, its a long weekend, here’s some Crap to help you pass the time. As for the above DDR…yes, those are his dentures.
Obama Ending Iraq
President Obama made a HUGE announcement today, claiming that there will be a complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq by the end of the year.
“Today, I can report that as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home from Iraq at the end of this year. After nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over. Over the next two months our troops in Iraq–tens of thousands of them–will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home.”
Although 160 or so troops will always be on hand for security at the American Embassy, this will end the war that has taken the lives ofÂ 4,478 American service members.Â This would obviously fulfill one of Barry’s biggest campaign promises, and would please almost all of his Democratic supporters.
While it sounds wonderful, it will be very interesting to see what fills the vacuum left by our presence. Will Iraq turn into a civil nation, or will it fall back into Sunni/Shi’ite thug life? These “new” nations are always one coup away from a new dictator.
One major issue that no one is talking about, is what’s going to happen to the tens of thousands of troops that return home? Make no mistake, one of the reasons we’ve been involved in so many wars is because war creates jobs. War puts soldiers in the field and other civilians have to fill the jobs they vacate. Â Are we suddenly going to create jobs for the soldiers? Even if their employers kept jobs open for them, that means someone else is going to lose their job. I’m not saying you should stay at war just to keep people employed (though rumor has it Gorbachev asked Reagan if he could keep his troops in Afghanistan so it wouldn’t further destroy the Soviet economy) but its something that you should think about.
So while it’s fantastic we’re finally done with the Iraq quagmire (for 10 years maybe), the sad reality is the unemployment line will skyrocket by 20 or 30,000. Welcome Home.
The NBA Superstars are back…only not in the NBA. Some of the League’s biggest and brightest are taking themselves on a 6-gameÂ barnstormingÂ tour to places like Puerto Rico, Macau, London andÂ Australia.
Who’s on board? Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffen, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Carmello Anthony, Amare Stoudamire, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love are all expected to join.
The contracts range anywhere from 6 figures up to $1million per player for the tour.
NBA Owners and Players left another series of meetings with the gap actually wider than when they started, so it looks like there won’t be any League action for some time. It’s nice to see that the superstars get some money from tours like this to pay the bills, but how much longer can the other 400+ unemployed players hold out for?
I bet Macau doesn't give them crap for this entrance...Â
Back to the Past?Â
Humble, TX — Gas, where we’re going, we don’t need gas….Or so says DeLorean Motor Co (DMC) who is bringing back the iconic but ill-fated DeLorean, only this time as an electric car. The new DMC-12 will run entirely on electricity, which means no gas needed….only plutonium?
DMC is not changing the antique body of the gull-wing hatchback, but keeping the iconic frame of Doc Brown’s wonder-wheels. I’m not sure why they opted to forgo a makeover, especially considering they barely sold any of these in the states back in the early 80s. It wasn’t until Rob Zemeckis put one in Back to the Future that it became an icon, so I’m assuming they think they can still milk McFly nostalgia even almost 30 years later.
Interestingly, around 9,000 of the original DMC 12 were made, and there are believed the be 6,500 still floating around. As for Doc Brown’s time machine? Universal built 6: two were scrapped, one wasÂ destroyed at the end of Back to the Future 3, 2 are still owned by Universal, and one souped-up one sits in a private collection (I’m thinking Michael J Fox or Jay Leno).
"Roads? Where we're going we actually do need roads, so can you make some room?"
It’s amazing to see the Lego robot solve a Rubik’s cube in just over 5 seconds. To see an machine problem solve this quickly is quite astonishing. But to see Â world record holder Feliks Zemdegs solve a frickin’ Rubik’s cube with the same speed is something else alltogether.
I’m trying to visualize what must be going on in Feliks’ head to not only visualize the puzzle, but then communicate that to his hands which are flying faster than a beaten Malaysian kid’s at the Nike factory. And the way he uses those fingers….if this guy has a girlfriend (and the fact he’s so proficient with a toy leads me to believe he doesn’t) then she is the happiest girl on the planet.
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The ChiveÂ ran an awesome photo-journal of the aging of Arnold Schwarzenegger. This post is mostly for my sister who had a crush on the Governator her entire life. What a journey, check it out.