Best Star Trek Reference Ever

Have you ever thought about taking a poop in space? Well, it has to be done...

I'm going through NASA's Flight Ops Academy right now, and one of the astronaut trainers was giving us a shuttle lesson, including the WCS (waste control system).

Well, the toilet on the shuttle has a mirror on the back. In his words, the mirror is there for one reason...

"Cling-on" detection.

All of the Star Trek fans in the room got a huge kick out of that one...


Just got a telephone call from my best friend from high school. Of course, he was really one of my only friends, which by default made him my best friend. We grew way, way apart after high school. He left a college engineering program to pursue an underage delinquent and methamphetamine, and I went in a different direction.

I didn't think that my opinion of him couldn't get any lower... until he calls me out of the blue, for no reason, and I discover that he is... a fucking undecided voter. (He, of course, didn't know what weblogs are, either.)

I guess I need to remind my Grandma that I don't want her to give out my phone number to anybody from my high school. (And I need to ask Verizon if they have some type of junkie blocker phone service!)


Kerry Wins Debate #2

John Kerry won the most important debate of his life tonight.

The President had lost most of his lead in the polls leading up to this debate, and I think that he displayed the disparity between his reality and those of us in middle-class America.

I think that one quote from Bush will be examined a bit thoroughly... Kerry made a remark that Bush would have qualifed as a small business owner because of $84 that Bush claimed on his tax returns. The money came from a timber-growing company. Bush was surprised and laughed... He acted like he had never heard of this tax claim, and joked to the audience "Want some wood?"

Well... www.Factcheck.Org has this:

President Bush himself would have qualified as a "small business owner" under the Republican definition, based on his 2001 federal income tax returns. He reported $84 of business income from his part ownership of a timber-growing enterprise. However, 99.99% of Bush's total income came from other sources that year. (Bush also qualified as a "small business owner" in 2000 based on $314 of "business income," but not in 2002 and 2003 when he reported his timber income as "royalties" on a different tax schedule.)

The final question posed to Bush was this:

Name 3 specific instances of when you were wrong about a decision, and what did you do to correct that decision?"

Bush gave a long spiel about being right about Iraq and Afghanistan, and claimed that she was really asking about those decisions.

Does he not realize that people MUST learn from their mistakes... That people must be able to admit their mistakes. Bush isn't a messiah, no matter what he thinks...

John Kerry was presidential, concise, and substantive. Bush was terse, anxious, and emotional.

The President's responses were driven only by ideology, and that's not going to be enough for the undecided voters. The format for the next debate favors Kerry, and a victor would be enough to swing a lot of undecided people. No undecided is going to vote for the loser of all three debates.

Of course, the spin could tilt toward Bush tomorrow... We'll have to see.



The strategy is aimed at stoking public fears about terrorism, raising new concerns about Kerry's ability to protect Americans and reinforcing Bush's image as the steady anti-terrorism candidate, aides said.

washington post


Warren is also proud of his service, proud of the Purple Heart he received. But he questions the war that did this to him.

"I had lot of pride for my country and they shipped me to Iraq. With me having no say-so. I mean, look at me now, missing the top part of my head," he said.

-Washington Post