Thursday, October 31, 2013

European Space Agency Unveils Lunar Robot Concepts
How 3D Printing Could Help with Disaster Relief
Building the Death Star Revisited
Ted Cruz and Jay Leno to have a Tonight Show chat

Dick Cheney Still Brings Out the Snark

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has the ability to outrage people just by being alive. As he makes his media progress in support of his new book, "Heart," which relates his struggle with heart disease, the snark is flying fast and furious.

Kathleen Sebelius on Who is Responsible: 'Whatever'

| Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went before Congress to explain the Obamacare debacle and made the following remarkable claim: "The website never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability."

Obama: About that Promise that You Can Keep Your Health Care

President Obama ventured to Boston to do several things, including tweak his former opponent former Governor Mitt Romney and to preach the gospel of the Affordable Care Act, which in some parallel universe is working well.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

'Mr. Peabody and Sherman' Coming in March, 2014
Argument: Carbon Dioxide Good for the Planet by Feeding Plants
Amazon to Build Triple Biosphere as Part of New Seattle Office Park
Prediction: Medical Nanotechnology Revolution Four or Five Years Away
375 Mile Long Aqueduct Mulled for Kansas
Operation Urgent Fury: The Invasion of Grenada
'Murder She Wrote' to Be Rebooted with Jessica as a Hospital Administrator

Poll: Virginia Governor's Race Tightens

It has hitherto been conventional wisdom that Terry McAuliffe is likely to beat Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race for governor of Virginia. A new Quinnpiac Poll puts that scenario in doubt.
A scientist asks how to explore space on a limited NASA budget

Mike Lee Asks What Should the Right Be For?

As the ongoing collapse of Obamacare continues to bring down President Obama's great experiment in fulfilling the progressive dream, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah ventured to the Heritage Foundation and gave a speech to answer a vexing question.

Collapse of Obamacare Mythmaking Has Already Begun

As Obamacare continues to burn, exploding and sending out clouds of toxic gas, its erstwhile supporters are already making excuses. Liberals are attempting to console themselves with two myths, writes Charles Cook in the National Review.
Dutch Designer Creates Smog Cleaning 'Electronic Vacuum Cleaner'

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

'The Saratov Approach' is a True Life Movie About Kidnapped Mormon Missionaries in Russia
A Mission to Orbit Neptune
What Did the Ancient Greeks Sing?

Rush Limbaugh's new children's book is out.

The History Channel to Develop World War II Miniseries 'The Liberator'
Sean Penn wants Ted Cruz committed to an insane asylum

The Anti-Obamacare Ad Campaigns Begin

The most obvious casualties of the Obamacare debacle, besides people who are losing their health insurance, are red state Democrats up for reelection in 2014. Two cases in point are Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

Terraforming Mars: The Great Controversy of the Late 21st Century

Long after controversies over Obamacare, spending, and the war on terror are consigned to the history books, the big question of the 21st Century will be whether or not to terraform Mars, which is to say restore it to life.

Barack Obama Lied when He Promised We Could Keep Our Health Insurance If We Liked It

The revelation by NBC News that President Obama lied continuously and flagrantly to the American people that they would be able to keep their doctors and health insurance under Obamacare is a world historic event.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mix of Solar and Natural Gas Buttresses: Israel's Energy Security
NASA's Orion's systems switched on for the first time

The Europeans Are Shocked, Shocked that the NSA is Spying on Them Too

Andrew Stuttaford has a pretty good rundown in National Review about the latest kerfuffle over the fact that the NSA has been spying on European leaders as well as Americans and the enemies of civilization in the Middle East.

If it Can Land a Man on the Moon, Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

Glenn Reynolds, the purveyor of Instapundit, asked the pertinent question, "If big government can put a man on the moon, why can't it put up a simple website without messing it up?" The answer, as it turns out, is a rather simple one.

Over a Year Later '60 Minutes' Admits the Truth About Benghazi

"60 Minutes," CBS News' venerable investigative journalism program, had an extraordinary broadcast recently that suggested that the Obama administration had ample warning of the Benghazi Massacre that it chose to ignore.
Jump Starting Geothermal Energy Through Fracking

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ben Kinsley Hints of 'Secret Project' for Marvel Comics Films
Using an Electron Tractor Beam to Tow Away Space Junk
Return of Stephen Lang to 'Avatar' Franchise Could Raise Controversy
'Beetlejuice' Sequel is Now a Go, with Tim Burton Directing and Michael Keeton Starring
Dark Invasion -- Chapter Eight
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser free flight test ends with crash on runway
Delivering Relief Supplies with Converted ICBMs

CGI Has Had Disasters Before the Obamacare Website

CGI Federal, the American branch of a Canadian company that has become infamous for being the private concern behind the Obamacare website disaster, apparently has a history of being on the scene of public policy catastrophes.

Russell Brand Wants a Revolution -- Though He Really Shouldn't

Russell Brand is apparently some kind of actor, though I have to confess I have never seen any of his movies, especially the horrible remake of "Arthur" in which he proved he was no threat to the late Dudley Moore, by all accounts.

As Obamacare continues to burn to the ground, attempts to spin the disaster that does not involve President Obama becoming a lame duck for the next three years, proceeds apace. Salon has one of the inevitable narratives. It's all the Republicans' fault.

Latest Spin on the Obamacare Mess -- It's All the Republicans' Fault

As Obamacare continues to burn to the ground, attempts to spin the disaster that does not involve President Obama becoming a lame duck for the next three years, proceeds apace. Salon has one of the inevitable narratives. It's all the Republicans' fault.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

'Starpath' Spray-on Coating Causes Paths and Sidewalks to Glow in the Dark
Private Company to Market Plant Hybrids Developed in Space
Who Will Win the Second Moon Race?
Researchers Discover Genetic Markers for the Biological Clock
In Praise of Kale
Bruce Campbell to Return as Ash in 'Army of Darkness 2'
Why no commercial spacecraft in 'Gravity'
Ted Cruz and the great avocado controversy

What If They Gave a Solar Energy Zone Auction and Nobody Came?

The Denver Business Journal reported that the Bureau of Land Management held an auction for parcels of federal land for the purpose of developing it for wind and solar power stations - and no one showed up to bid.

Piers Morgan is Desperately Seeking Sarah Palin

Piers Morgan, the British talker than CNN imported to replace Larry King, desperately would like to get Sarah Palin on his show, no doubt so he can lecture her about guns and other subjects, like Jesus celebrating Easter before it was a holiday.

Sen. Johnson to Propose 'If You like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep it Act'

One of the many pernicious effects of the Affordable Care Act is that millions of Americans are losing their health insurance policies because they do not meet the standards for "essential benefits" as prescribed by the law.

Friday, October 25, 2013

'The Americans' Second Season to Feature a Central America Story Line
'Night at the Museum 3' Targeted for a London Shoot, Christmas 2014 Release
Yale Study: Tea Party Members More Scientifically Literate
The Ted Cruz presidential election scenario

One Does Not Yell at Hillary Clinton; She Yells at You

Former senator, presidential candidate, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was recently confronted by a heckler who yelled, "Benghazi! You let them die!" Clinton had a response that was replete with irony, according to Real Clear Politics.

Kathleen Sebelius Still Has a Job, but Not Erling Davis

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius still has a job, despite the utter disaster of the Obamacare website. The same cannot be said for Erling Davis, fired from an Obamacare call center for telling Sean Hannity the truth about the website.

An Israel-Saudi Alliance Against Iran?

Israel and her Arab neighbors agree on two things, according to Hot Air. The first is that Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons represents an existential threat to the region. The second is that Obama's Middle East policy is dysfunctional.
Does the Internet Foster Mental Illness?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

'Hieroglyph,' a TV Show Set in Ancient Egypt, Coming Soon from Fox
Houston's M.D. Anderson Hospital Uses IBM Watson Medical Assistance Program to Fight Cancer
'Reign' Puts Mary Queen of Scots in Peril at the French Court
Why Salsa is America's Number One Condiment
It Turns Out that Nature's Carrion Eaters Will Take Care of the Zombie Apocalypse
A 1960s Era Study Looks at the Politics of a 1980s Manned Mars Mission
SpaceX to partner with NASA to test methane burning rocket engine

Rick Perry Fosters the Texas-Israeli Alliance

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has just returned from his latest foreign trip to Great Britain and Israel. Hot Air suggests that the trip burnishes the four term governor's foreign policy credibility in advance of the 2016 campaign.

Looks like You Can't Keep Your Health Insurance or Doctor Under Obamacare After All

One of the big lies about Obamacare was that if one liked one's health insurance and one's doctor, one would get to keep them. But, as the Washington Times notes, hundreds of thousands and soon millions will lose both.
Democrats Scramble to Extend Obamacare Enrollment Period
The old party line was that only a bomb throwing, hostage taking Republican terrorist would be in favor of delaying the individual mandate for Obamacare. The new party line is that it is a sensible idea, all things considered.
USS Zumwalt, America's Latest Missile Destroyer, Nears Completion
'Trojan Treatment' for Parkinson's Shows Promise in Mouse Studies

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' to Feature Elf Characters Old and New
Democratic congressman calls Ted Cruz supporters 'backward'
New 'Nano Navy SEAL' Style Treatment Zaps Colorectal Cancer
NASA LADEE laser communicator breaks data download record from lunar orbit

Obamacare Lawsuit to Go Forward

The good news, from the standpoint of people who believe Obamacare is a disaster, is that a federal judge has failed to dismiss a lawsuit that, if successful, would cripple the Affordable Care Act. The bad news is that the ACA will go forward regardless.

Democratic Congressman Equates the Tea Party with the Ku Klux Klan

The Weekly Standard notes that Rep. Alan Grayson, D-FL, has sent a fund raising letter along with a graphic with a burning cross that spells out the first letter in "Tea Party." This is not the first alarming thing Grayson has done.

Sebelius Gives Obama Plausible Deniability on Obamacare Website

In an interview with CNN, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed that President Obama had no knowledge of the various problems with the Obamacare website before the disastrous launch on October 1, 2013.
NASA's Bolden defends 'capabilities-based' approach to space exploration

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Report 'Noah' Film Not Well Received by Test Audiences
Economic Study Suggests that Some Global Warming is Good for the Planet
Solar Thermal Plant Uses Molten Salt to Keep Operating at Night
Light Used to Violate Newton's Third Law
Poll: NASA is America's second favorite government agency
Ted Cruz jokes that Obamacare website is run by Nigerian scammers

Claim: Fracking Causes Drug Abuse, Prostitution, and Violence Against Women

The Daily Caller notes that the war against hydraulic fracking, the process that extracts oil and gas from shale formations through pressurized water and chemicals, has taken a surreal turn indeed.

China's Political War Against the United States

A new report by the Project 2049 Institute suggests that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Political Department (GPD) is engaged in a massive political and psychological warfare effort to advance China's interests abroad.

The President's Strange Obamacare Infomercial

The Washington Examiner's Byron York captures the essence of President Obama's Rose Garden infomercial for Obamacare, at turns expressing mild irritation at the website "glitches" and exhorting that everything was peachy about the system itself.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Poll: More People Would Bring Reagan Back from the Dead Than John Kennedy
NASA Seeks Major Contributions from Other Countries for Deep Space Missions
'Son of God' Latest Movie to Depict the Life of Jesus
Researchers Developing Ways to Give Artifical Limbs the Ability to Feel Touch

Andrew Crawford's Big Idea: Voyage to Enceladus, a Moon of Saturn

One has to congratulate Andrew Crawford, an engineering student at Montana State University, for a little outside the box thinking. He suggests that NASA forget about going back to the moon, or Mars, or an asteroid. He favors Enceladus.

What George Will Got Wrong About the Tea Party

The venerable George Will, who has dispensed much wisdom in the past several decades, missed the mark in his recent Washington Post column in which he suggested that the tea party and Barack Obama share an abhorrence of compromise in common.

Sarah Palin Warns that Push for Single Payer Health Care is Next

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, former vice presidential candidate, and current most powerful female politician on the planet, mused about the travails of Obamacare in a wide ranging piece called "D.C.'s Corrupt Bastard's Club."
IBM Working on Computerized Physician's Assistant

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Comedian jokes about John McCain shooting Ted Cruz in a duel
Dwayne Johnson to Star in 'San Andreas' a California Earthquake Disaster Movie
Two generations of Bushes disagree about Ted Cruz

Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio Faces Recall Effort Thanks to Gay Rights Law

Before Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis became the abortion Joan of Arc and thus the great Democratic hope of sweeping into the governor's office and turning Texas blue, Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio was the official rising star of the Democratic Party.

Jim Baker:Republicans Must Be 'the Party of Hope, Opportunity and Optimism'

Jim Baker, the long time consigliore to the Bush family, is probably as establishment Republican as one can get. However that does not mean that when he dispenses advice he should not be listened to.

Obamacare is the Law of the Land? so was Prohibition

Obamacare is the law of the land? As Salena Zito points out, so was Prohibition. The noble experiment by the Progressive movement to stop drinking in America did not turn out so well. But it took 13 years to repeal.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

There Might Have Been a Sequel to 'Dr. Strangelove' Directed by Terry Gilliam
How Brain Chemistry Helps One Deal with Social Rejection
What (and Who) Killed Yassir Arafat?
Season 4 of 'The Walking Dead' Begins with '30 Days Without an Accident'
Ted Cruz threatened with jail and even death by his liberal enemies

Are Zombie Apocalypse Shows Unhealthy?

Dr. Manny Alvarez, a medical doctor who dispenses his wisdom from time to time on Fox News, writes that he thinks that America's obsession with the zombie apocalypse is having an unhealthy effect on American society.

Get Ready for a War on Halloween

The "War in Christmas" has been a long fought conflict. Now, according to an article in Time Magazine, some public schools have launched what is in effect a war on Halloween. One wonders why?

Arnold Schwarzenegger for President?

The Washington Times reports that none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger former governor of California, action movie star, and adulterer is quietly lobbying his political allies to find a way for him to run for president in 2016.

Friday, October 18, 2013

BBC-2 to Produce Drama Series About Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's Chief Minister
Star Trek Writer Bob Orci Holds Meeting at CBS to Bring Franchise Back to TV
Could the 1973 Yom Kippur War Have Escalated into World War III?
Why 'Gravity' may lead to more space adventure movies

The Obamacare Website Story Careens from Gross Incompetence to Naked Malfeasance

The story behind the Obamacare signup website, which has rapidly become the worst IT disaster in history, just keeps getting better and better. The matter has careened from gross incompetence to naked malfeasance.

Piracy in West Africa a New and Growing Problem

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that while pirate attacks off the Somali coast have started to recede, thanks to more aggressive patrolling by international navy forces, West Africa has seen an upsurge in pirate activity.

On Behalf of Obama, Chris Matthews, Robert Redford Play the Race Card

As surely as night follows the sun going down, defenders of President Obama will play the race card. Two recent examples surrounding the government shutdown involve a media talking head and a well known actor and director, both white.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hitler Learns About the Obamacare Exchanges

'Excalibur' TV Series to Recreate the King Arthur Story in Modern Times
TV reports asks Alfonso Cuaron what it was like to film 'Gravity' in space
Helsinki Institutes a Flexible Bus Service
Ted Cruz wins the government shutdown by refusing to admit defeat
What ails NASA's space program: some outside the box thinking

Congressional Stenographer Starts Shouting, Has to Be Dragged from House Floor

There seems to be no precedence for the House stenographer who suddenly started shouting incoherently about God, the Constitution, and free masons and who had to be dragged physically off the House floor, and that is surprising.

Calling for Obama's Impeachment Shows David Dewhurst Has a Lack of Seriousness

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has called for President Barack Obama to be impeached, according to the Texas Tribune, citing the Benghazi Massacre as a reason. The call has a lot to do with Texas politics.

When Will the White House Break Down and Delay Obamacare?

With the budget/debt ceiling crisis now delayed for a few months, thanks to the surrender of congressional Republicans, the Obama administration still has to deal with the disaster that is the Obamacare website.
First U.S. Navy Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead Completes Testing
'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' Goes Back Down the Rabbit Hole

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

NBC Buys Two Time Travel Dramas, 'Lighthouse,' and 'Timeless'
United States Army Tests Machine Gun Equipped Robots
God Speed Scott Carpenter
New Compound Points the Way to an Eventual Cure for Alzheimer's
Alan Dershowitz admonishes his old student, Ted Cruz
Coca Cola to Build Kiosks to Bring Water and Internet to the Third World

Not Time for Kathleen Sebelius to Resign Over Obamacare -- Yet

Thus far the administration is resisting efforts to make Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the fall woman for the Obamacare website disaster. How long that will last is anyone's guess.

It's Not Time for a Third Party, Despite Obamacare Wrangling

Hot Air reported that Sean Hannity, the radio talk show host and Fox News personality, has started to wonder if it is not time for a third party. Hannity was expressing the frustration of many over the mess in Washington.

Hillary Clinton: I Wanted to Kill Bin Laden and Joe Biden Didn't

Politico notes that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the National Association of Convenience Stores in Atlanta. During the question and answer session, the topic strayed into the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The CW Developing Second Mars Series 'Colony' Based on the Roanoke Lost Colony
Army Developing New Super Combat Suit for Special Operators
MIT Discovers a Way to Make Cracked Metal Heal Itself
Politico columnist implies Ted Cruz (and John Boehner) should die

Let the Investigations of Obamacare Begin

Congressional Republicans have thus far been unable to stop the Obamacare trainwreck, now exploding across the width and breath of the United States, but as Byron York of the Washington suggests Examiner, they can certainly investigate it.

Ben Carson for Vice President?

The 2016 elections are still a bit far in the future, but already the American Spectator has devised the perfect ticket, at least insofar as social conservatives are concerned. Are you ready for Ted Cruz/Ben Carson for President/Vice President?

Conservative Rep, Steve Stockman Cosponsors 'Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013'

The Houston Chronicle notes that Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas has become a cosponsor of a bill called "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013." At first glance it is an odd piece of legislation for a conservative to support.
Despite complaints, NASA struggles to deal with declining budgets
Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott Discussing 'Blade Runner' Sequel
Get Ready for 4D Printing of Dynamic Materials

Monday, October 14, 2013

Harry Potter's Rupert Grint was in a Sitcom Pilot 'Super Clyde' that was Not Picked Up
Japanese Company Develops 'Diagnostic Chair'
New Nobel Prize Categories Proposed
Support for NASA spending depends on perception of size of space agency budget
LunarSail project exceeds Kickstarter funding goals

Peggy Noonan Remembers Scott Carpenter and Bemoans the Passing of the Heroic Space Age

Peggy Noonan published an eloquent tribute in the Wall Street Journal to Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, who recently died. She also delved into the larger implications of the death of an American hero.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Alleged to Have Inspired Sex with a Toaster

Top on the list of things one should not be reminded not to do is to attempt to have sex with machines that have heating elements. However, according to Hot Air, the London Fire Brigade is actually having to remind people of this.

Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Million Vets March Commit Civil Disobedience at WWII Memorial

To use the often quoted phrase by Glenn Reynolds, the purveyor of Instapundit, "They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, visiting national monuments would become an act of civil disobedience - and they were right!"
Gavin Menzies 'Who Discovered America?' Repeats Claim of Chinese Discovery of America

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Colorado Sixth Grader to Fly First Micro Gravity Beer Brewing Experiment on ISS
Coming Soon, Lethal Autonomous Robots that Can Kill on Their Own Volition
Washington Post pundit uses 'Gravity' as a metaphor for political dysfunction
SNL imagines the events of 'Gravity' taking place during the government shutdown

Could Mike Ditka Have Beaten Obama for the Senate in 2004?

The mercurial former coach of the Chicago Bears Mike Ditka recently expressed regret that he did not challenge a then obscure state senator named Barack Obama for the United States Senate in 2004, according to the Washington Times.

Why the Obamacare Website Became the Biggest I.T. Disaster in History

The New York Times, of all venues, has an excellent analysis of why the signup website for Obamacare turned out to be the greatest IT disaster in history. The bottom line is that politics intervened.

Sarah Palin Stumps for Conservative Steve Lonegan in New Jersey

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ventured to New Jersey and gave a fiery speech to a crowd of over 4,000 people at the New Egypt Speedway in support of Steven Lonegan, a conservative candidate in a special senate election in a decidedly blue state.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Latest NASA Mars Mission Plan Involves Seven Launches of Heavy Lift Space Launch System
Dr. Who's Matt Smith to Play in 'American Psycho' Musical
Street Lights that Use Algae to Clean the Air
Nissan Leaf First Car to Get a Driver's License in Japan

Bill Maher Accuses Barack Obama of Cowardice

Bill Maher, the HBO ranter who has become an endless source of material for people like your humble servant, asserted that President Barack Obama has moved toward the center out of fear of assassination.
Ted Cruz confronts Obama face to face over Obamacare

Kathleen Sebelius in Denial About Obamacare Website Flaws

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius traveled to Heinz Field in Pennsylvania to attend a live event that would illustrated how easy it is supposed to be to sign up for Obamacare. The event went as anyone might have predicted.
'War and Peace' to Become Six Part Series on the BBC
What Would a Sequel to 'Gravity' Look Like?

Nobel Peace Prize Committee Snubs Malala Yousafzai

The Nobel Peace Prize went to an organization called Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which, as NBC News reported, has sparked something of a controversy because of who didn't get the honor.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Possible New Da Vinci Painting Discovered
'Surrounded by Enemies' Explores What If JFK Had Survived Dallas?
Ted Cruz duels with liberal hecklers at Values Voters Summit

Bill Maher: Anti-Science Crusader

The Daily Cardinal, the campus newspaper for the University of Wisconsin at Madison, noted that Bill Maher, the HBO ranter, made 100,000 robocalls on behalf of PETA accusing university researchers of cruelty to animals.
Von Nguyen Giap, Architect of America's Defeat in Vietnam, Dead at 102
How 'Gravity' Showed How Astronauts Move in Space
Halle Berry to Play Astronaut in Spielberg TV Series 'Extant'
Amplified Inteligence: Making the Human Brain Better

Generic Ballot Shows GOP in Not Bad Shape During Government Shutdown

Which party is being hurt the worse over the government shutdown fight largely depends on what poll one reads. John Nolte at Big Politics notes a Rasmussen Poll that gives an interesting perspective on the question.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer Breaks Ranks Over Obamacare and Then Wishes He Hadn't

Conservatives are understandably crowing, as Andrew McCarthy did at National Review, over CNN's Wolf Blitzer's breaking ranks over the disastrous Obamacare website and suggesting that the Affordable Healthcare Act be delayed another year.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

What if Ted Cruz Had Not Been Elected to the Senate? Whither Obamacare?
The 1973 Arab Oil Embargo 40 Years Later
Military Robot, WildCat, Can Gallop at 16 Miles an Hour

$634 Million for an Obamacare Website that Doesn't Work

The Daily Caller has pegged the cost of the worst website ever created, that being the Obamacare signup site, at $634 million. It's a medium level example of government waste, fraud, and abuse by dollars amounts.

James Wood Risks His Career by Calling Out Obama

James Woods, a Hollywood actor, said something recently that rarely comes out of the mouth of someone in the movie business. He has been using Twitter to express what he believes to be career ending opinions.

House Republicans Shift Shutdown Strategy Away from Obamacare

Hot Air is reporting that the House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, have persuaded the Republican caucus to shift strategy concerning the government shutdown.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Experiencing the First Mars Walk Through Virtual Reality
Space industry leaders mull missions for the Space Launch System
We just got some bad news about an old friend of ours named Tom Wells. He has been diagnosed with cancer. We will not know anything else until the oncologist sees him but,in the meantime, if you are so inclined, keep him in your prayers.
Tom Clancy: Prophet or Simply Imaginative Writer?
Company to Sell Biomethane Extracted from Landfills
PicoBrew Develops Simple Home Beer Brewing Appliance
The 1938 Munich Agreement: Craven Appeasement or Responsible Decision?

'Affordable' Health Care Insurance that No One Can Sign Up For

The Verge has a pretty good rundown of how an allegedly tech savvy administration produced an Obamacare signup website that has turned into the greatest IT disaster in history. The question is, what next?

Rouhani Boasted of Lying to the West About Iran's Nuclear Bomb Program

The newly elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has impressed President Obama with his moderate tone concerning Iran's nuclear program. But his tone was less than moderate when speaking to Iranian media, according to Hot Air.

Military Families' Death Benefits Held Hostage in Government Shutdown

The shutdown strategy move that surely has to take the prize for the cruelest imaginable was the decision to eliminate death benefits for families of fallen soldiers by President Obama's Defense Department.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Using Lasers to Deflect Asteroids and Comets
Company Proposes Underground Coal Gasification Operation in Wyoming
American Military Strategy for an Alien Invasion -- First Hide
'Breaking Bad's' Bryan Cranston to Narrate 'Big History' Series on H2
XCOR move to Midland, Texas proceeds slower than expected

The Latest Enhancement for Obamacare is a Virtual Waiting Room

The Washington Examiner reports that one of the ways that the buggy, not ready to go live Obamacare signup website is being enhanced is an added feature that will cause people to wait their turn in order to apply for the exchanges.

New York Middle School Bans Fun During Recess

A local CBS News affiliate turns its attention to Port Washington, New York and the Weber Middle School that seems to have banned most fun activities at recess in order to prevent children from getting hurt.

Jon Stewart Says HHS Secretary Sibelius is Lying About Obamacare Mandate

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" evidently thinking she was going to get a golden opportunity to pitch Obamacare to his young, healthy audience. Things didn't go as planned.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Project Pluto: The Nuclear Powered Cruise Missile from Hell
Swiss Army War Games an Invasion by the French
'Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?' Coming Soon as an Ebook
An Appreciation of Tom Clancy
Deal Struck to Make Fourth Narnia Fllm, 'The Silver Chair'
Blizzident is a Different Kind of Toothbrush
Spoiler: Bill Maher says Ted Cruz liked watching astronauts die in 'Gravity'
Neil deGrasse Tyson disses space film 'Gravity'

California is Run by Incompetent Fedual Barons

Joel Kotkin, writing for the Daily Beast, casts his eye on California and has concluded that the liberal, blue model of governance has transformed the once Golden State into a third world, medieval kingdom in which the rich lord it over the poor.

How Environmentalists Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fracking

The old paradigm was that fracking would be the worst environmental disaster in history if it is allowed to continue. The new paradigm is that fracking will be an untold source of clean energy and will be lucrative to people who sign up for it.
How Many People Have Actually Signed Up for Obamacare?

Fox News' Chris Wallace put the question to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, how many people have actually signed up for Obamacare since the exchanges opened at the beginning of October. That he refused to answer is illuminating.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Jeffrey Hudson, a Real Life Tyrion Lannister
British Horticulturalist Develop 'Tomtato' Half Tomato Half Potato Plant
'The Knick' to Be a Hospital Drama Set a Century Ago
'Masters of Sex' Begins in the Repressive Fifties
Report: A Missouri Company Has Found a Way to Make Factory Chicken
'Homeland,' Showtime's Program of Terrorism, Treason, and Spying Begins Season Three

Bill Maher Insults World War II Vets

One can always count on Bill Maher, the HBO ranter, Obama campaign contributor, and intellectual leader of the Democratic Party to provide his own unique perspective on the government shut down and World War II vets.
Maureen Dowd: Beware the Ted Cruz Apocalypse!

Obama National Monuments War Spreads Across the Country

The national monuments war launched by the Obama administration is response to the government shutdown is heating up, with confrontations occurring with the National Park Service at a variety of locations.

American Special Ops Raids in Libya, Somalia a Change in Terror War Strategy

Government shutdown or not, American special operators were at work in two particularly lawless pasts of Africa, extending the long arm of the United States against terrorist targets, according to the New York Times.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Anti Theft Device that Sprays Criminals with Glowing Green Paint Tested in London
'Once Upon a Time' Returns for Season Three with Magic and Moral Lessons
'Artificial Pancreas' Approved for Type 1 Diabetics
Space Center Houston shuttle replica named 'Independence'
NASA workers support Ted Cruz in government shutdown fight

Roman Catholic Priests to Be Arrested If They Hold Mass on Military Bases

According to the Daily Caller, Catholic priests who attempt to minister to troops during the government shutdown have been threatened with arrest by the Obama administration. This has naturally provoked outrage.

Tom Hanks Stands Up for Veterans and Against Obama

The actor Tom Hanks, whether he realizes it or not, has broken ranks with the Obama administration, which hitherto he has warmly supported, by expressing support for veterans who are breaking through barricades to visit the World War II Memorial.

Obamacare Exchanges System Designed to Commit a Denial of Service Attack Against Itself

The Obama administration has blamed the inability to actually apply for Obamacareon its online exchange system on "glitches" and heavier than anticipated traffic. But a story in Reuters suggests that the problems go much deeper.

Friday, October 04, 2013

'Gravity' is a magnificent, kinetic movie set on the high frontier of space
More Harry Potter Related Media on Its Way?
A Machine that Sucks Out Blood Clots
Ted Cruz tele-townhall draws 104,000 participants

Wendy Davis Throws Her Pink Tennis Shoes into the Ring to Run for Texas Governor

Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who became nationally famous for launching an 11 hour filibuster in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to block an abortion restrictions bill, is running for governor of Texas, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The United States and Japan Strengthen Ties as Part of Long Term Pacific Strategy

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the continuing threat of a nuclear armed North Korea and the Chinese military buildup is causing the United States and Japan to upgrade its military ties for the first time in 17 years.

Dr. Ben Carson Gets a Visit from the IRS

Shortly after Dr. Ben Carson, the famous neurosurgeon and education activist challenged President Obama to his face about Obamacare, he received a kindly visit from the IRS with stern questions about certain investments he held.
Season Seven of 'The Big Bang Theory' Begins with Leonard's Return from the Sea
Why Not Wine Made from Genetically Modified Grapes?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Dark Invasion -- Chapter Seven
NASA's MAVEN Mars mission back on, despite government shutdown
How to Manage Living a Long Time or Perhaps Even Forever
'The Crazy Ones' is a Funny Kind of 'Mad Men'
Ted Cruz may benefit from government shut down fight
China tests space weapon that grabs enemy satellites

Why Putin May Get the Nobel Peace Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. If the Nobel Committee follows precedence in awarding the prize to unworthy recipients, he is likely to be the first Russian leader to get it since Gorbachev.

Lonegan Closes Gap with Booker in New Jersey Special Senate Race

A number of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, have noted that the special senate election in New Jersey has tightened somewhat, with Newark Mayor Cory Booker leading his Republican opponent Steve Lonegan by 13 points.

Harry Reid About Saving Kids with Cancer ’Why Would We Want to Do That?'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should be careful of what he says and especially to whom he says it. Otherwise he would not be accused of wanting cancer stricken kids to die. The irony is that he is actually affronted.
Rumor: Wonder Woman May Appear in 'Superman Vs. Batman' Movie
How Stanislav Petrov Saved the World 30 Years Ago

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Company Being Formed to Design First Hyperloop Transportation System
Using Nanoparticles to Deliver Vaccines Against Influenza, HIV, Cancer
First True Bionic Leg Will Soon Be Available
'South Park' Targets the NSA, Paranoia, Government as God, Social Media, and Alec Baldwin
NASA's Mars Curiosity to remain running despite government shutdown

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu Warns About Iran's Rohani and Nuclear Weapons

President Rohani of Iran has impressed the world, especially President Barack Obama, with a new moderate tone. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is having none of it. He regards the moderate tone as cosmetic.

Software 'Glitches' Undermine Sign Up for Healthcare Exchanges

Three and a half years in planning and development, the Obamacare exchanges were opened for enrollment. The Associated Press reported that attempts by many to enroll in the exchanges were met with error messages and system crashes.

Veterans Defy Shutdown and Visit Closed World War II Memorial

Hot Air has a good account of how a group of elderly World War II veterans in Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial breached the barricades set up by the Obama administration and took the memorial.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Computer Model Shows How War Encouraged the Rise of Civilization
Australian Scientists Turn Plastic Bags into Carbon Nanotubes
A Tea Party Moment on 'Sleepy Hollow'
First Carbon Nanotube Computer Created
'Gotham,' a Cop Show About Commissioner Gordon Before Batman
'The Blacklist' Premiers with James Spader as the 'Concierge of Crime'
Joss Whedon Scores a Win in 'Agents of Shield'
NASA's MAVEN Mars probe threatened by government shutdown
The CW Purchases 'Red' a Space 'Western' Set on Mars

Rick Perry Prepares for His National Political Comeback

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has been spending months on rustling raids on blue states such as California and Illinois to entice businesses to move to Texas. Now, according to Fred Barnes, he is about to embark on phase two.

Why There Will Be No 'Hillary the TV Show' After All

It looks like both the CNN documentary and the NBC miniseries focusing on Hillary Clinton are now off. Republicans feared that both would be free campaign commercials for the future presidential candidate. But Team Clinton put a stop to both projects.

The Government is Shut Down; What Comes Next?

As of this writing, the United States federal government is in partial shutdown, with only "essential" services allowed to continue. The reason for this is that the president and the Democrats wish it so.