Free Fall Friday Open Comments

In the category of “Ho-leeee Crap, Not Me, Not Ever” I give you this story:
Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

Get that? A TEST jump! Do you keep trying until you get it right?

And that’s not all – he plans to make even higher jumps in the future, working towards a 23-mile fall to the earth.

How do you even work out getting picked up when you land? Is there a GPS beacon involved? I suppose that over the course of 23 miles, there may be some steering involved, but I still worry about landing in the middle of some hostile civilization, or hostile landscape.

And is this his theme song?

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71 thoughts on “Free Fall Friday Open Comments

  1. a 13 mile high jump, what a rush. . . . . . . . .and a trip to the closet for new shorts.

  2. #1 Texanadian: How many lives have been lost and how many lives ruined based on lies? The whole MMGW thing is a lie. DDT causing raptors eggs shells to thin was a lie and as a result, hundreds of thousands have died from malaria in Africa.
    a strong deluding influence is being sent to fool those who do not have a love for the truth . . 2Tim ch.2.

  3. If auto insurance were like Obamacare.

    Of course, if I were free falling for miles through the atmosphere, I’d probably want to make sure I had health insurance in place. Or rather, life insurance. If they’d cover me. But if it was mandatory….they couldn’t turn me down, then, could they?

    Or, they could kill my dreams and ground me.

    With Folded Hands. You guys gotta read it.

  4. Attorney General Eric Holder, who abandoned the Stevens case in April 2009 after uncovering new and “disturbing” details about the prosecution, told lawmakers last week that the Justice Department had imposed sweeping new training courses on thousands of federal prosecutors to remind them of their legal obligations. He said the department has nearly completed its own ethics review into the debacle and that he hoped to make much of that review public later this year.

    Good for him.
    But his performance indicates nothing has really changed at Justice since he took over.
    There are a bunch of scumbag lifers in that Department.

  5. It’s just Holder burying the body. Smoothing over the dirt. But dirt is still dirt, and he is still as dirty as they come. He and his wrecking crew.

  6. An interesting read on ‘drama queens.’

    Then again, maybe that’s the point for anti-activists. Nothing riles a drama queen like pointing out a rational solution to their problem, particularly one which requires them to take responsibility for their situation. Acknowledging a solution presents a duty to execute it, and that’s not as cathartic as wallowing in an imagined muck of futility. For example, maintaining that the two-party system is “broken” excuses you from participating in it. Worse, it becomes cyclical. As would-be conservative activists withdraw from party politics in protest, the parties naturally drift toward the less principled positions of those who remain. Disgruntled anti-activists disengage in order to “punish the party,” imagining that their absence is deeply felt. But the truth is that no politician sheds a tear over people disengaging from the process. They simply adjust their political calculation to the altered variable.

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/how-drama-queens-sabotage-the-tea-party/?singlepage=true

  7. These dang WISSholes will N E V E R give up! (and neither will WE)
    Enviros petition EPA to ban lead in ammunition … again

    These people never give up. Can’t get rid of guns? Ban the materials that make the thing operate. Have ya noticed that everything they want banned to stop us from “living” occurs naturally in nature? We are going to be in big trouble once they figure out that oxygen is one of the most caustic elements in the world and can destroy the very organisms that depend on it for survival.

  8. 13
    That is profound, texanadian.

    “Disgruntled anti-activists disengage in order to “punish the party,” imagining that their absence is deeply felt.”

    Yes. They, too, believe in rainbow-farting unicorns.

  9. #8 Katfish: from your linkie:

    The use of such ammo by hunters puts about 3,000 pounds of lead into the environment annually and causes the death of 20 million birds each year from lead poisoning, said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate at one of the groups, the Center for Biological Diversity.

    What an outrageous mis-statement of the truth. The overwhelming majority of those birds 98%+ were killed by being struck by the pellets, not the slow lead poisoning. His statement qualifies as a bald faced lie.

    Consumption of meat from animals that are shot with lead bullets also contributes unacceptable levels of the metal into people’s diets, Mr. Miller said in a phone interview.

    That may be true olnly of those idiots who actually swallow the lead pellets. The pellets are not in the meat long enough to go into solution and if they are actually cooked, they wind up on the plate of the fortunate hunter who bagged and cooked the animal, never in his belly. This is another bald faced lie. What is it about libs and lies??

  10. As would-be conservative activists withdraw from party politics in protest, the parties naturally drift toward the less principled positions of those who remain.

    What utter freaking hog wash.

    The Republican Party’s drifting away from principled positions is the reason we are withdrawing from the Party, not the result.

  11. I can’t believe that I am actually typing this, but I agree with George Clooney on this one issue – the brutality in Somalia.

    Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country’s president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal.

    Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan.
    /snip
    He co-founded the Sudan Sentinel Project, which tracks human rights abuses on the border of Sudan and South Sudan using satellite cameras. Clooney’s said in the past that he wants to draw attention to the atrocities Al-Bashir’s allegedly directed against his own people for decades, to “make him famous.”

    This is a case where the mooslimes in the north are committing genocide against the non-mooslimes in the south. I guess its a good thing they aren’t as violent as the Lutherans ain’t it?

  12. Nothing riles a drama queen like pointing out a rational solution to their problem, particularly one which requires them to take responsibility for their situation. Acknowledging a solution presents a duty to execute it, and that’s not as cathartic as wallowing in an imagined muck of futility.

    I’m considering posting this on my refrigerator for the resident “guest” drama queen at my house.

    Or would that be a little harsh?

  13. #8 Katfish: from your linkie:

    The use of such ammo by hunters puts about 3,000 pounds of lead into the environment annually and causes the death of 20 million birds each year from lead poisoning, said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate at one of the groups, the Center for Biological Diversity.

    What an outrageous mis-statement of the truth. The overwhelming majority of those birds 98%+ were killed by being struck by the pellets, not the slow lead poisoning. His statement qualifies as a bald faced lie.

    Consumption of meat from animals that are shot with lead bullets also contributes unacceptable levels of the metal into people’s diets, Mr. Miller said in a phone interview.

    That may be true olnly of those idiots who actually swallow the lead pellets. The pellets are not in the meat long enough to go into solution and if they are actually cooked, they wind up on the plate of the fortunate hunter who bagged and cooked the animal, never in his belly. This is another bald faced lie. What is it about libs and lies??

    Its an even bigger lie than what you suspect. Lead shot for hunting watrerfowl has been illegal since 1991.

  14. I am sure that you have heard about the outrageously anti-Catholic ad the NYT ran and here is where you can actually read the lies contained therin:
    http://ffrf.org/uploads/images/FFRF_NYTad_BirthC_11x21_FIN_lo.jpg
    The above link is a copy of the actual ad, you may want to hold the ctrl key and scroll up with the mouse wheel to enlarge the ad to make it easier to read.
    Here is Pamela Geller’s response ad which speaks nothing but the truth about islime:
    http://datechguyblog.com/its-time-to-quit-islam/
    Use the CTRL key and scroll wheel to enlarge and it absolutely needs to be enlarged.
    You should be aware that the NYT refused to run the Pamela Geller ad.

    I sent the above to my Catholic family. Y’all may want to read both ads so that no one tries to buffalo you with untruths.

  15. Nothing riles a drama queen like pointing out a rational solution to their problem, particularly one which requires them to take responsibility for their situation

    This is the money quote for many people I encounter. They don’t want a solution, they just want to whine about the situation.

  16. This is the money quote for many people I encounter. They don’t want a solution, they just want to whine about the situation.

    This is generally the response we get from people in the Party. The Party whines about those of us who want to change it. Much too hard to change. We’re the ones who are supposed to change. The party is not interested in changing, so they make fun of those who see the needed change.

    The solution:

    Get rid of the tired old losers who have been running the party for the past 20 years. Stop supporting the Dick Lugars, John Beohners, Mitt Romneys, and John McCains.

  17. #14;

    We are going to be in big trouble once they figure out that oxygen is one of the most caustic elements in the world and can destroy the very organisms that depend on it for survival.

    They’ve already decided to control the “caustic” compound CO2 which is necessary to produce in order to keep mammalian life going.

  18. #27 Wow, just wow! I would be willing to wager at least $50 that
    1) he is a klansman
    2) his IQ is less than 100

  19. #31 According to the article, a small hand crank generator would supply enough electricity and gravity does the rest. With 2 containers and some tubing a survivalist/backpacker would essentially eliminate the need to carry a big water supply as they could purify virtually any water they found. A good thing for LRRP soldiers as well.

  20. #34 from your linkie:

    A portable, potable-water generator for producing high-purity liquid water by condensation of dew from ambient air is described.

    The evaporator coil in your a/c unit is doing this right now. The system prolly won’t work so well when the humidity drops much below 30-40% this also is about the threshold where swamp coolers start to work really well.

  21. Bo-Nez

    Why would I want to mess with my AC unit to recover the water from their?
    I would like to have a small unit that I could use of a generator when water is off here. Of course I would already have a backup supply before needing it.
    and how often does the humidity here get that low?

    Let me restate:

    I wanna build one of these.

  22. I didn’t bother to watch the vid, however, the last time I was in Sam’s I saw window units for around $150 or so and that would provide the compressor and heat ex-changer.

  23. 36 Sqwawk,

    I am saving my money for the portable solar powered beer generator. The world
    can go to heck in a handbasket….with enough lager..who cares??

    Simple

  24. #31 Tedtam

    Great find.

    Dr. Yi Cui came here from China and fortunately decided to stay. He’s already invented a silicon/nanotechnology based battery in 2007.

    Stanford researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to reinvent the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, iPods, video cameras, cell phones, and countless other devices.

    The new version, developed through research led by Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, produces 10 times the amount of electricity of existing lithium-ion, known as Li-ion, batteries. A laptop that now runs on battery for two hours could operate for 20 hours, a boon to ocean-hopping business travelers.

    “It’s not a small improvement,” Cui said. “It’s a revolutionary development.”

    The breakthrough is described in a paper, “High-performance lithium battery anodes using silicon nanowires,” published online Dec. 16 in Nature Nanotechnology, written by Cui, his graduate chemistry student Candace Chan and five others.

    So now he and his two colleagues have come up with a simple water filter with cotton they bought from Walmart and can run it on 2 car batteries.

    An American research lab, a Chinese guy, two Jews and funding from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University could save millions of lives.

    That’s real multiculturalism earning its keep.

  25. It seems the Palestinians became bored with trying to anihilate Jews this week and turned on the Baptists for some fresh despotism.

    In Bethlehem:

    The church can still gather to pray, for now, but the PA’s decision conveyed on Saturday will have a real impact on the members of First Baptist, which endured numerous bomb attacks during the First Intifada.

    “They said that our legitimacy as a church from a governmental point of view is not approved,” said Khoury’s son, Steven, who serves as an assistant pastor at First Baptist. “They said they will not recognize any legal paper work from our church. That includes birth certificates, wedding certificates and death certificates. Children are not even considered to be legitimate if they don’t have recognized paperwork.”

  26. #42 TP: If those batteries can be scaled up and actually perform as indicated, it could make electric cars viable. Unless you need to run the air conditioner.

  27. Problems emerging soon.

    This was posted this AM by Michael Yon on his site. He doesn’t have further information yet.

    16 March 2012

    Info just coming out that a 22-year-old Marine was murdered on 01 Feb, about 6 weeks ago, in another insider attack. The military covered it up as if it were combat operations. Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Mississippi was shot in the back of the head by an Afghan soldier. Our people immediately turned over the murderer to the Afghans.

    That’s a huge Red Flag on numerous levels. How many other “combat deaths” have been caused by insider attacks, and how often has our military covered it up? How many murderers have been turned over to Afghans? What happens when we turn over a killer to Afghans?

    We’ve taken about 200 Coalition casualties that we know of from insider attacks. How many do we not know of? This cover-up is rotten from head to tail.

    This is going to be ugly and reflect very badly on the military leadership in the eyes of the American people.

    via Instapundit

  28. With all the talk about maing water out of air, I thought Id pass on a more practical deal. The 1 micron flter is enough to filter any water one might save in a bathtub prior to a hurricane, or tap water in the first couple of days after power has been restored and a “boil your water before using” order has been given. The kit comes with everything you need to make a workable hoje filtration system for use in emergencies. The neat thing about it is that its portable enough to use hiking and camping as well.

  29. I did some shopping for the bridal shower. I picked up some tea cups (it’s a tea party) and a few other things at the thrift store, and then went to Big Lots and found some decorations.

    It’s getting real darn close.

    And our church had its fish fry tonight. I got to spend some time with some church friends. I found out one of our parishioners passed away this week. This guy always wore his leather vest with fringe and his suspenders, and you always knew when he was around. Oh, boy, did you know! His volume was never set at less than 80% of “please shut up, Mass is starting!”

    He was a nice guy, and he’ll be missed.

  30. Just finished a great meal with the Mrs.; pan seared ribeye steak, german fried red (actually purple skin) potatos with onions, and peas:>)
    I’m gonna sleep good tonight.
    Shabbat Shalom, y’all

  31. #27 T2

    A follow-up to your loser

    Elizabeth Glynn, chair of the Catawba County Democratic Party, sent out a statement Thursday saying Hollar only registered as a Democrat in October. Before that, she said, he was a registered Republican, first registering to vote in 2001. ………
    Hollar, who grew up in Catawba County, said he switched party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in October to run for state senate because he thought it would be a fun thing to do. He said in changing to a Democrat he didn’t think he would have to go through a primary election.

    Of course I wouldn’t draw any generalizations about groups he has associated himself with in the past, that would be goofy and small-minded. I’m sure the reputable news source that this was collected from has followed up with the rest of the story, perhaps even offering a rebuttal from the groups he was previously affiliated with.

  32. I try to stay positive, it’s my nature. I try to tell myself with the Tea Party movement, 2010, Baraka Obama’s failures, etc., we have come a long way, peoples eyes are opening. Just think, Romney was the Conservative candidate last time around, this time he is the McCain. Then today Michael Berry played some Barbara Jordan stuff. I realized, it’s not about how far the Democrats have strayed in a very short period of time but, would we hear a Republican talking this way today?

    Barbara Jordan – 1992 DNC Convention

    and

    Testimony of Barbara Jordan, on Immigration and Claims. February 24, 1995

    We ask that you give us the chance to try to reach such a bipartisan consensus on legal immigration reform. Bipartisanship ought to be more common. There is a time and a place for partisan battles, to be sure. But immigration, like foreign policy, ought to be a place where the national interest comes first, last, and always.

    Immigration is far too important to who we are as a nation to become a wedge issue in Presidential politics. We have seen that kind of thing happen before, and it is not productive. I, for one, wish that we would do away with all the hyphenation and just be Americans, together.

  33. I, for one, wish that we would do away with all the hyphenation and just be Americans, together.

    One only has to look at the person who has held her seat for the last 18 years to realize how utterly unfulfilled her wish remains.

  34. U.S. police have ticketed a man who is accused of tying his cat to a rock after the feline refused to go jogging.

    Shoulda threw the rock into a ravine.

  35. Dang, have I ever told Y’all that “Life is Good”! With all the CRAP that’s going on, I still am blessed beyond belief!
    Ms Tedtam knows what I mean. :wink:
    As a side-bar, one of my guys at work is having a wedding this Saturday (first duaghter) and they’re doing it all by themselves! He’s a lot tougher than yours truly, cooking 6 briskets as we speak.

  36. One of my guys at work is having a wedding this Saturday (first daughter) and they’re doing it all by themselves!

    Mrs. Shamaal insisted that a priest be present at ours. ;)

  37. Well, they’re Catholic so I figger know that there will be a Priest there. BTW; That wasn’t funny, just stupid. But with you that’s just SOP….sigh

  38. Talked to the Boy tonight and he informed me that he was taking the boat out on Sunday, never mind that we’ve not changed the oil yet, let alone checked the water pump. HUMM, I wonder what ole Dave is doing tomorrow? :grin:

  39. Before I toss the Lap-Top because the battery is going south, Shannon, How’s the Blue bonnets.

  40. I happen to agree with many of her statements and all of her sentiment, any particular part that you didn’t care for?

  41. Ralph Wilson, 93, signs Mario Williams to largest contract ever to a defensive player.

    We gotta win NOW!

    Not much time for a building project, I’m thinking. :D

  42. Whew! Texans re-sign center Chris Myers.

    Entering the NFL offseason, the Texans looked like all they needed to continue their success was to find a wide reciever, maybe a cornerback and it would be good. Then they lose two offensive lineman and possibly Myers on the centerpoint of the team – offensive line. Ouch!

  43. #62 – SD – my run up to Brenham & back the other day confirms Shannon’s previous observations – LOTS of foliage but not many blooms

  44. President Barack Obama promised over and over during the health care debate that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

    It turns out that, for a lot of people, that isn’t true.

    A Congressional Budget Office report issued this week says that 3 to 5 million people could move from employer-based health care plans to government-based programs as the Affordable Care Act takes effect. And in the worst-case scenario, it could be as many as 20 million.

    For Obama, it’s an inconvenient truth at a really inconvenient time — coming less than two weeks before the Supreme Court begins oral arguments on the law and just as the administration touts the law’s early benefits on its second anniversary.

    And it’s not the only hard truth Obama and the law’s supporters are facing. No matter what they said about rising health care costs, those costs aren’t actually going to go down under health care reform. The talk about the law paying for itself is just educated guesswork. And people aren’t actually liking the law more as they learn more about it — and some polls show they are just getting more confused.

    Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

    Four hard truths of health care reform

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