Sunday, July 30, 2006

Can a Laser be captured and used by Hizbollah?

Are all Laser sighting devices coded? Or is a Laser 'x-marks-the-spot" all you need?

I had this thought that perhaps Hizbollah has used lasers to mis-direct the falling ordinance and missiles. Perhaps it is naive. However, I saw a story about an IDF special forces soldier killed in Lebanon. His job was to aim these lasers. What happened to his, when he was killed? I could imagine the many uses of one. Hitting UN posts, for example. Saving a few rockets, at the expense of the apartment block?

At any rate, I am one of those who is angry at Hizbollah for using the citizenry as shields. And.. using the press to their advantage. Both these issues make me ill with rage.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A Castaway on an "Island of Capitalism"

During the years of socialism in eastern Europe (I mean when the communists held sway, you know, COMECON, USSR controled business empire of communist nations) there were individual Foreign Trade Organizations within these economies responsible for various sections of the economic trade.

For example, in Czech Republic they had SkodaExport, responsible for engineering projects, TechnoExport responsible for turnkey operations such as idustrial plant operation and exporting of technology in the form of qualified engineers, or Omnipol which, I believe, did chemical and petroleum products. Or did they export guns?

Anyway, these organs were called 'islands of capitalism" because they operated as businesses, looking to handle the natural trade of Czech products and services, with the parent being the State, or goverment.

Today I met a fellow that used to operate in Arab countries and Eastern Bloc countries, doing various things for trade for the Czechoslovak government. He regaled me with stories of the wonderful life during those times. He could get anything. He had such a diplomatic life.

"And the girls..." he mused, with a nice smile on his face.

For two guys with Wanderlust, (i had to explain this word to him , but he understood and agreed wholeheartedly), it was a relaxing and pleasureable concept, sitting, as we were, out side on the Vltava River, having a few Gambrinus beers.

Amusingly he told me later, "oh and I met one of my favorite girlfriends from those days, just last week!"

"But you know what?" he went on, "She is an old lady now!"


Thursday, July 13, 2006

Two Billion watched a head butt?

"This was not something to do. I want to make it clear because it was watched by two billion people and by millions of kids," Zidane said.

Materazzi insulted mother and sister: Zidane |

I was not especially backing the French during this match. But when i read this...

"He (Materazzi) pronounced very tough words about my mother and my sister. I tried not to listen to him but he kept repeating them,"

"kept repeating them"

I can only conclude that it was an intentional taunt. Something to draw the action that was, accurately, completed. So.. I think if this was the object, that Italy should be stripped. But of course that is never going to happen.

Two billion watched it? I guess that could be the beginning of a new way of crime perpetrated by family insults, and perhaps justified?


Monday, July 10, 2006 - Japan debates strikes on N. Korea - Jul 10, 2006

It would be ironic and sad if Japan draws the ire of North Korea, to the point where Kim Il Jong drops a nuclear warhead on Japanese soil.

Ironic because it would make them the only contry to have been targeted - and hit - by aggressively antagonisitc forces, using the power of the atom, ... TWICE! - Japan debates strikes on N. Korea - Jul 10, 2006

Sorry if that came out a bit crude, but I think you get the point.


Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dog Philosophy 101

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
-Ann Landers

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
-Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
-Andy Rooney

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their
all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
-M. Acklam

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always
have to mix love and hate.
- Sigmund Freud

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
-Rita Rudner

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
-Robert Benchley

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few
-James Thurber

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
-Joe Weinstein

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most
amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
-Anne Tyler

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlei

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference
between a dog and a man.
-Mark Twain

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never
would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret