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    Plane Missing

    ACARS didn't transmit data. But some three letter acronym heard it trying to connect.
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    Plane Missing

    Sounds like a spy satellite heard the ACARS system either pinging a ground station and getting no reply due ro being out of range or pinging a satellite and getting no reply because the airline didn't subscribe to the service. Either way, it probably took a lot of digging and analyzing recordings, hence the delay.
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    Sorry, I thought I posted in the "Joke" thread. This must be the "Stupid myths that my grandma emailed me from her AOL account 10 years ago" thread. Anyway, apologies for derailing things.
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    NASA bought the space pens of the shelf, and paid $2.95 each, same as everyone else. NASA didn't pay any development cost - those were paid for by the manufacturer. The Russians also bought and used Fisher "Space Pens" when they became available. http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp
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    Obama's Mexican Gunrunning Operation

    So the administration can break the law if one of its senior officials approves?
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    A Colonial Thanksgiving

    The Plymouth Colony was a bunch of hippies, and was eventually taken over by its more aggressive and expansive neighbor, the Massachusetts Bay Colony. One of the factors in the success of the Bay Colony was effective zoning laws, which forced children to move out into the boonies to find new farmland. In the Plymouth Colony they just kept subdividing and subdividing, and the new generations got poorer and poorer.
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    So I call down to the front desk of the hotel, and ask if the porn channel is disabled. The lady says "No, it's regular-people porn you sick fuck!".
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    All things Libya

    Sorta like the cornfield bomber - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornfield_Bomber
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    All things Libya

    Maybe in the nick of time. Qadaffi is routing the rebels in Zawiya and on the coast road. Backed the rebels up about 70 miles there in one day. That battle is sort of like the WW2 Africa campaign, it's all about that road. The specter of France entering the war may encourage the Qadaffis to dig in somewhere around Sirte instead of extending themselves all the way to Benghazi in a head-long rush. He has to know that if the 13th Demi's, based in Dijibouti, enter the fray.... 13th Demi's??? Not familiar with them. SOF, I assume? Anyway, I can't imagine france or any country entering into a ground war - although, it wouldn't be much of a fair fight. I would expect the FAF to just do airstrikes if it came to that. An air campaign could easily roll back the gov't forces into a little ball within days. Might not dislodge them from Tripoli with Air alone, but it would make them ineffectice as an offensive force. FFL. Sarkozy has pretty much double-dog dared Qadaffi to declare war on France with this, and unlike the Brits, they have the ability to quickly field a mechanized brigade in Africa, but I do not think it will come to that, unless Qadaffi is nuts. On second thought... They have opened the door for various entities to supply the rebels through France. Somebody had to step up, and in a lot of ways it was better France than us anyway. Things are moving fast right now - the government forces are already well past Sirte. I'd guess in a few days it will be too late for an intervention.
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    He should check out Gonzales v. Raich
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    Yeah, corporate and government fascism by the LIBERAL members of the court - Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer Dissenting - Scalia, Thomas, Rehnquist and O'Connor, the conservatives you love to hate, except that they were the ones who stood up for individual private property rights. Besides the fact that the administration had no role in the issue, and President Bush denounced the ruling and issued an executive order for the Federal Government not to use the power that the courts granted it. Oh and the City Council of New London, which did the taking (the case is known as Kelo v. City of New London), was controlled by Democrats at the time.
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    Kim Jong Il and Vladimir Putin are having a summit meeting in Moscow. During a break, they’re bored, and they decide to take a bet to see whose bodyguards are more loyal. Putin is on the 20th floor and calls on his bodyguard Ivan, opens the window, and says: “Ivan, jump!” Sobbing, Ivan says: “Mr. President, how can you ask me to do that? I have a wife and child waiting for me at home...” Putin sheds a tear himself, apologizes to Ivan, and sends him away. Next, it’s Kim Jong Il's turn. He calls his bodyguard Lee Myung Man and yells: “Lee Myung Man, jump!” Not hesitating for a split second, Lee Myung Man is just about to jump out the window. Putin hugs Lee Myung Man to prevent him from jumping and says: “Are you out of your mind? If you jump out this window, you’ll die! This is the 20th floor!” Nevertheless, Lee Myung Man is still struggling, trying to escape Putin’s embrace and jump out the window: “President Putin, please let me go! I have a wife and child at home!” There's a bunch more complied from North Korean defectors - http://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/koreanjokes-09102008183510.html