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‘Star Trek’ Spaceship Model Soars Into Stratosphere
by ELIZABETH HOWELL on MAY 17, 2013
It was billed as the U.S. S. Enterprise’s first “real” flight in space, but the spaceship didn’t get quite that far.
A group of Star Trek fans launched a model of the famed fictional vessel to an altitude of 95,568 feet (29,129 meters) above Canada, or about 18.1 miles (29.1 kilometers), they told media.
The Karman line — a commonly accepted threshold for the edge of space — is at about 62 miles, or 100 kilometers, above sea level.
Still, the high-flying feat made the Canadian group quite happy, even though the ship made a suicidal crash landing at the end of its flight.
“We lost our engines,” said Steve Schnier, a member of the group that set Enterprise aloft with a weather balloon from Stayner, Ontario, in an interview with Canada AM.
The Enterprise takes flight in a Star Trek showing. (Image: Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios)
“It wasn’t a smooth ride,” Schnier added concerning the ship’s final minutes. “It was moving, at one point, at 117 kilometres [72.7 miles] an hour.”
Enterprise smashed into the water near a Georgian Bay island in an area roughly 2.5 hours’ drive north of Canada’s largest city of Toronto. Searchers found it using a GPS signal.
The launch at the end of April came just weeks before Star Trek: Into Darkness, the next installment of the nearly 50-year-old franchise, zoomed into theaters in Canada and the United States this week. (Read our full review here.)
Weather balloon flights are used in science to collect information about the upper atmosphere. Other amateur groups have had fun using the idea, flying tokens ranging from teddy bears to Lego figurines.
- Man launches Star Trek spaceship model into atmosphere (thestar.com)
- ‘Star Trek’ model ship launched into stratosphere, crash lands north of Toronto (canadaam.ctvnews.ca)
- ‘Star Trek’ Spaceship Model Soars Into Stratosphere (universetoday.com)
- Man Sends First Model Of U.S.S. Enterprise Into Space (Almost) [Video] (geekosystem.com)
- Matt Yslesias on What Makes Star Trek Great (diodatilodge.wordpress.com)
- Big (cinemagalaxy.co.uk)
- Why You Should Go See ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (theindustrycosign.wordpress.com)
- Could STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Return? (comicbookmovie.com)
- Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (lebeauleblog.com)
- Hop aboard the spaceships seen in ‘Star Trek’ (news.cnet.com)
MAY 16, 2013
REPUBLICANS AGREE TO STOP USING WORD “SCANDAL” IN EVERY SENTENCE IF OBAMA RESIGNS
POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Arguing that the American people are sick and tired of hearing the word “scandal,” a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers said they would stop using the word “scandal” in every sentence if President Obama resigns from office immediately.
“Mr. President, for the past week, the American people have heard nothing but scandal,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California). “Scandal, scandal, scandal, and more scandal.” “You have called for investigations to get to the bottom of these scandals,” he added. “But the American thing to do is to quit.”
Agreeing that America was suffering from “scandal fatigue,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S. Carolina) said, “If even one of these scandals turns out to be real, it will be bigger than the creation of the universe,” adding that he and his fellow Republican senators were prepared to take turns standing in the well of the Senate chanting the word “scandal” until President Obama steps down.
“Rand Paul has personally offered to say the word ‘scandal’ for eleven hours,” he said.
On Fox News Channel, host Sean Hannity said that the American people were weary of hearing “nothing but scandal, scandal, scandal,” noting that Fox personalities had used the word “scandal” no fewer than thirty thousand times in the past four days.
“The only way President Obama can bring these scandals to a satisfying resolution is by resigning from office. Otherwise, he’s subjecting the American people to the ugly spectacle of scandal upon scandal upon scandal,” he said, adding, “Upon scandal.”
- Top Official Resigns Over IRS Scandal (huffingtonpost.com)
- IRS Acting Commissioner Resigns (Updated) (pjmedia.com)
- House Democratic Leader Defends Obama In IRS Scandal (huffingtonpost.com)
- In Two Hours Obama Destroys the GOP’s Benghazi and IRS Scandals (politicususa.com)
- US tax chief resigns amid scandal (bbc.co.uk)
- Boehner on IRS Scandal: Who’s Going to Jail? (breitbart.com)
- Will Republicans Let Obama Have His Scandal? – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Boehner reacts to IRS scandal: ‘Who’s going to jail over this?’ (theblaze.com)
- Obama fires IRS acting chief over ‘inexcusable’ tax targeting scandal (guardian.co.uk)
- IRS: 2 ‘Rogue’ Employees Responsible For Targeting Of Conservative Groups (newyork.cbslocal.com)
Why are Republicans holding yet another futile, time-wasting and taxpayer-money-wasting Obamcare repeal vote next week? House Speaker John Boehner explains.
70 [sic] 17 new members who have not had an opportunity to vote on the president’s health care law,” Boehner said. “Frankly they’ve been asking for an opportunity to vote on it.”
Well, then. By all means. It’s not like it’s costing American taxpayers something like $1.45 million to have that meaningless vote.
Oh, wait. Yes, it is! It’s exactly like it’s costing us $1.45 million for that repeal vote. Last July, when CBS News tallied it up using the CRS figure of $24 million per work week in the House, they figured that the House had spent 80 hours on 33 repeal votes, for a grand total of $48 million. That’s $1.45 million per vote. There have been another three repeal votes since then, for another $4.4 million to the tally.
So, we’re at a grand total of $52.4 million wasted on futile Obamacare repeal votes, just in the House. And that’s being generous to the Republicans, not counting committee time wasted on this, the opportunity cost of delaying other work, etc. It’s probably a lot closer to $55 million.
And if you ask those 70 new GOP members who are insisting on having their turn to cast a meaningless vote on settled law why they want to be in Congress, they’ll tell you it’s to stop big government from wasting taxpayer dollars.
- Boehner explains why House will waste more time and money on Obamacare repeal (dailykos.com)
- G.O.P. Split Over Whether to Waste Time Investigating Benghazi or Repealing Obamacare : The New Yorker (mbcalyn.com)
- Tell Boehner: Enough already with the damned “Repeal Obamacare” votes; The House is about to vote for the THIRTY-SEVENTH time tomorrow on repealing Obamacare. (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
- Boehner Says He Cares About Jobs While Republicans Have Wasted 15 Percent Of House Time On Obamacare (youngprogressivevoices.com)
- GOP SPLIT! : Waste Time on Benghazi or Repealing Obamacare (aapd0418.com)
- House GOP to vote on Obamacare repeal – Vol. 37 (cbsnews.com)
- Since 2011, House GOP has spent 15 percent of its time voting to repeal ‘Obamacare’ (thesunnews.typepad.com)
- Obamacare repeal vote-a-palooza resumes Thursday (dailykos.com)
- G.O.P. Split Over Whether to Waste Time Investigating Benghazi or Repealing Obamacare (newyorker.com)
- House GOP pumped to vote to repeal Obamacare – for the 37th time (tv.msnbc.com)
MAY 14, 2013
KIM JONG-UN DEFENDS RIGHT TO OBTAIN JOURNALISTS’ PHONE RECORDS
POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ
PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report)—As controversy swirled around the Department of Justice’s move to obtain journalists’ phone records, the White House picked up a vote of support today from an unexpected source, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
“I honestly don’t see what the fuss is all about,” Mr. Kim said in an official statement today. “Of course it’s the government’s right to know what people are doing at all times—and journalists would be right at the top of the list.”
Mr. Kim also offered a vigorous defense of the I.R.S. policy of auditing the tax returns of organizations that oppose the government: “Again, this is something I wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep over, and I know Dad felt the same way.”
In what was an otherwise laudatory statement about the activities of the U.S. government, Mr. Kim offered one small critique: “They could save themselves the work of conducting audits and obtaining phone records if they would just get rid of journalists and anti-government groups in the first place. But, you know, baby steps.”
All in all, news of the I.R.S. audits and phone-records scandals have given the mercurial dictator hope that North Korea and the United States might have warmer relations in the future: “We have a lot more in common than I thought.”
- Kim Jong-un Defends Right to Obtain Journalists’ Phone Records (newyorker.com)
- Rodman Asks Kim Jong-Un To Free Prisoner (news.sky.com)
- North Korea: Kim Jong-un ‘targets George W. Bush’s home state of Texas’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Who’s really behind Kim Jong-un? http://t.co/VOaOPNm3Qk (smh.com.au)
- Kim Jong-un Moves Transformers Collection to Border (newyorker.com)
- Kim wants to be remembered for … anything – Sydney Morning Herald (smh.com.au)
- Dennis Rodman pleads with ‘friend’ Kim Jong-un to release US prisoner (metro.co.uk)
- North Korean Leader, Young and Defiant, Strains Ties With Chinese (bytes01.wordpress.com)
- BREAKING: North Korea: ‘OUTBREAK OF WAR HOURS AWAY’ As Kim Jong-un PLANS US STRIKE [W/ VIDEO] (secretsofthefed.com)
- N. Korea replaces hardline defense chief with unknown (foxnews.com)
When cars talk, this is what they’ll tell each other
Your next car may even know the destination of other vehicles around it on the highway
May 10, 2013 05:56 AM ET
Researchers are developing machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology that allows cars to exchange data with each other, meaning vehicles will soon know what the cars all around you are doing on the highway.
Your car, for instance, could “see” the velocity of nearby vehicles and react when they turn or brake suddenly. And with computer algorithms and predictive models, your car will be able to predict where other vehicles are going and measure the other drivers’ skills — ensuring you’re safe from their bad moves.
“We’re even imagining in the future cars would be able to ask other cars, ‘Hey, can I cut into your lane?’ Then the other car would let you in,” said Jennifer Healey, a research scientist with Intel.
“Car accidents are the leading cause of death in people 16 to 19 in the United States. And 75% of these accidents have nothing to do with drugs or alcohol,” said Healey, who delivered a TED Talk on the subject in March (see video below).
She recounted her first accident when she was a young driver: The driver she was following on a highway slammed on his brakes and the resulting collision totaled her car. “I think we can transform the driving experience by letting our cars talk to each other,” she said.
That idea came from caravanning, Healey said, citing an available, but-not-yet-deployed technology that uses direct line of site infrared (IR) and a range finder in order to automatically adjust the speed of cars so they can travel at a measured distance from each other. In other words, they’re electronically tethered to one another.
Instead of using IR, the researchers wanted something that is omnidirectional. They tried radio communications, but quickly discovered that omnidirectional radio signals tend to bounce off vehicles, making them unreliable at high speeds.
So Healey and university researchers began using unique Internet Protocol addresses for vehicles, which would allow them to be instantly identifiable to nearby cars around on the same network.
“Imagine a group of cars traveling down the road together as an ad hoc network,” she said. “Let’s say you are three cars ahead of me and I get those IP packets that say I’m the packet from the blue car whose GPS position is here. Now I can associate my position with the unique ID of that physical blue object.”
Along with a steady stream of data a bout the GPS location of cars around you, your car could also know drivers’ intentions.
This video shows how machine-to-machine sensing works. Each vehicle that enters another vehicle’s range is detected and data is exchanged about speed and location. Vehicles automatically slow to allow others to pass or traverse an intersection.
“I could [upload] my route to the cloud and, for example, let cars around me know I’ll be on Rte. 101 for the next 10 minutes, and then I’m going to exit,” Healey said. “You’re augmenting on-road perception.”
With a large enough cloud infrastructure, driver history could also be added, allowing cars to adjust their distance based on the safety record of other drivers. For example, a vehicle might identify a problem driver and simply monitor his or her car more carefully than other vehicles that have not been flagged.
“The car could passively let the driver know that red Jetta is someone you may want to watch more closely,” she said.
Healey said the technology to create an automobile cloud network is readily available, but it’s the reliability and scalability that remains unproven.
One obvious issue is bandwidth. Wireless communications vary by region, so while the system might work well in an urban setting, in a more suburban or rural area radio communications might be too slow to transmit accurate data.
Another problem is speed and traffic congestion.
“So if you’re driving at 85mph, there is a physical problem of transmitting radio packets fast enough to exceed your speed such that other people can get it and react to it in time,” she said. “So you’d have to start publishing a plan to go 85mph in my lane up Rte. 101. So I want to announce to cars 10 miles ahead of me that I’m doing that.”
Of course, drivers may not want to publicize their plans to exceed the speed limit. “Law enforcement doesn’t tend to like 85mph lane splitters,” Healey said.
In additiion, the more vehicle there are, the more complicated the data exchange on an ad hoc network, Healey admitted.
“I can show you a Taiwan intersection with 100 cars coming into it. That’s a problem,” she said. “We’re doing it for three cars, but can we do it for 100? [If] you can do this in a Taiwan intersection with four lanes and scooters coming across … then you have a real situation.”
- When cars talk, this is what they’ll tell each other (pcadvisor.co.uk)
- 8 great talks about cars (ted.com)
- MIT envisions future of talking cars that can plan driver’s day (networkworld.com)
- TED: Jennifer Healey: If cars could talk, accidents might be avoidable – Jennifer Healey (2013) (ted.com)
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- Winter car debacle – How to fight the issue (chooseyourbestcarservicingputney.wordpress.com)
- Caesars Palace deals Google Glass out of its game – Computerworld (computerworld.com)
- Chip Shot: What if Cars Could Talk? How Technology Can Make Driving Safer (newsroom.intel.com)
Esther Cepeda: A very lethal plaything
By Esther Cepeda, Published: May 8
. Esther J. Cepeda is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. Her e-mail address is email@example.com
CHICAGO — Two summers ago, my husband and I took our sons to a shooting range for multiple days of firearms training with a certified instructor. Our logic was simple: In our low-income community with lots of gang activity, it was laughable to imagine that our boys wouldn’t someday find themselves in a situation where a pal had brought a gun to school or asked them to come see his parents’ gun.
Did we want them to clumsily handle a deadly weapon — seduced by the excitement of seeing a real, live gun for the first time — or did we want them, as experienced shooters, to be able to step away from the situation with full knowledge of the danger involved? We opted for the latter and I sleep better for it.
That said, I can easily imagine either of my boys, now 11 and 14, innocently picking up a pint-size, colorful rifle and squeezing the trigger under the assumption that such an item couldn’t possibly be anything other than a toy.
In fact, as we discussed the terrible incident in which a 5-year-old boy shot his 2-year-old sister in the chest with a .22-caliber firearm marketed under the name “My First Rifle,” it came out that in teacher-led discussions at school about the incident, my sons’ peers still could not understand that the gun in question was not actually a toy.
During our firearms training, the most important thing our instructor drilled into us was our whole reason for being there: to ensure that our kids learned that “guns are not toys.”
How, exactly, do you teach that to a 5-year-old wielding a small, brightly colored gun that looks exactly like a toy? It seems practically impossible.
In the case of the Kentucky 5-year-old, it would be very easy to be satisfied with thinking, as the local coroner told a reporter, that this incident was “just one of those crazy accidents.” But that’s just plain lazy.
You could blame the parents — according to news reports, the weapon was left loaded and sitting in a corner of their home. When the parents accepted this birthday present on behalf of their son, they appeared to not understand the respect it deserved.
Proper firearms training instills safety habits such as never keeping loaded weapons out in plain view, where the untrained might stumble upon them and harm themselves or others.
But in a country where even requiring a background check for the purchase of firearms sends some people into convulsions, it’s ridiculous to consider a day when certified training would be required for the purchase or ownership of guns. It’s easier to just call accidental firearm deaths — 851 in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — “crazy accidents.”
These “accidents” are preventable.
How in the world can it be that pellet-shooting replica guns — generally known as Airsoft or BB guns — are governed by federal regulations stating that they must be sold with clearly visible markings, but firearms merchants are not prohibited from selling real weapons that look like toys?
Do a Google image search. In addition to the rainbow, blue and fire engine red weapons from “My First Rifle,” you’ll find photos of real, hot pink Glocks, Louis Vuitton-inspired guns and blinged-out rifles. The Baltimore Police Department released a bulletin displaying pictures of real Rugers, AKs, KEL TECs and Colts that have been painted up in bright colors to look like toys.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal this past March, toy store owner and gun enthusiast Rhett Power lamented, “Let me get this straight: Children are not allowed to have toy guns that look like the real thing, but adults are allowed to have the real thing that looks like a toy? That has got to change. This isn’t about ‘gun control,’ it’s about something closer to simple decency.”
Obviously, criminals are going to customize their guns to evade law enforcement. But in terms of responsibility, is this that far removed from legitimately selling real firearms that look like toys to adults — or worse, are expressly designed for children’s little bodies?
Parents are within their rights to teach their children how to shoot and care for guns responsibly at any age they feel is appropriate. But not with toy-like weapons that violate the visual and tactile safety tenet that real guns are not playthings. Get these “first” weapons off the shelves.
- Opinion: Guns are not toys (nbclatino.com)
- Minors should receive immigration court protections: Esther J. Cepeda (oregonlive.com)
- Mexico Barbie’s chihhuahua and Hispanics’ bad rap (600words.com)
- When identity theft steals a childhood: Esther J. Cepeda (oregonlive.com)
- Esther Cepeda: Stealing a childhood (mpnnow.com)
- Esther Cepeda: Accommodation nation (mpnnow.com)
- Michael Moss’ ‘Salt Sugar Fat’: read it to defend yourself against the food industry (600words.com)
- Kids vulnerable to identity theft (jsonline.com)
- Identity thieves target children, steal childhoods (600words.com)
- Esther Cepeda: The wise words of Uncle Ruslan (mpnnow.com)
MAY 7, 2013
SANFORD’S COMEBACK GIVES HOPE TO LIARS
POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ
CHARLESTON, S.C. (The Borowitz Report)—Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s stunning upset in a special congressional election on Tuesday served as an inspiration to liars across the state and beyond, prominent members of the lying community said tonight.
“In America, liars are always made to feel bad about ourselves, as if what we’re doing is wrong,” said Harland Dorrinson, fifty-seven, a liar from suburban Charleston. “Mark Sanford’s victory tonight is a victory for the lying lifestyle.”
Carol Foyler, thirty-six, a liar from Myrtle Beach, echoed those sentiments: “For the millions of dishonest children across America, tonight Mark Sanford has given them hope that someday, they can be somebody.”
At his victory rally in Charleston, the former governor acknowledged the liars in the audience and said that his victory sent an important message: “Every lie, no matter how big or small, has value.”
“As your Governor, I abused your trust. And as God is my witness, as your congressman, I will abuse it again,” he said, to thunderous applause.
Mr. Sanford, who had been behind in the polls in the waning weeks of the race, owed much of his last-minute surge to the support of the lying community, exit polls showed.
According to those exit polls, Mr. Sanford held a three-to-one lead among voters who described themselves as liars, cheaters, or sleazebags.
Furthermore, the polls showed, those same voters felt that Mr. Sanford’s opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, did not have the lying experience necessary to serve in Congress.
- Sanford’s Comeback Gives Hope to Liars (aapd0418.com)
- South Carolina joke worth crying about: Sanford wins (examiner.com)
- Sanford’s Comeback Gives Hope to Liars (newyorker.com)
- Mark Sanford redeems career, heading to Congress (sacbee.com)
- Breaking News: Former Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina Wins U.S. House Seat (americanfreedombybarbara.com)
- Mark Sanford: The new comeback kid (thestate.com)
- Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina Special Election, Pulling Off Huge Political Comeback (businessinsider.com)
- Mark Sanford, Former Governor And Fake Appalachian Trail Walker, Wins House Seat In South Carolina (madamenoire.com)
- Republican Mark Sanford Wins By A Landslide In SC Special Election (thebrennerbrief.com)
- Mark Sanford wins South Carolina election in dramatic political comeback (guardian.co.uk)
Written By: Jason Dorrier
Posted: 04/28/13 12:38 PM
ROBOTS WILL DO EVERYTHING YOU DO NOW ONLY BETTER—WHAT THEN?
The S&P 500 is at record highs, having finally regained all it lost in the 2008 financial crisis. It would be cause for celebration if it didn’t feel so out of touch with the “main street” reality of continued high unemployment. As a recent New York Times headline read, “recovery in the US is lifting profits, but not adding jobs.”
The NYT goes on to blame the divide between rising corporate profits, recovering stocks, and stubborn unemployment on big gains in productivity over the last few years. The article notes that the giant industrial conglomerate, United Technologies, “does not need as many workers as it once did to churn out higher sales and profits.”
While United Technologies (and other manufacturing firms) may not be adding jobs, it’s strange to blame today’s high rate of unemployment on the trend. Due in large part to automation, manufacturing jobs have been disappearing for over 30 years. During that period, unemployment has been as high as 10.8% and as low as 3.8%. A better headline might read, “recovery in the US is lifting profits, but not adding traditional jobs in manufacturing and that’s nothing new.”
Credit: MJ Perry, Carpe Diem, BEA, BLS
It’s rarely noted, but even as manufacturing jobs have steadily decreased, total manufacturing output has steadily grown. Since World War II, manufacturing output in the US has risen over 700%. While rising productivity is often demonized as a job killer, in truth, it is a very powerful force for good in the modern economy.
The time and creativity that productivity growth frees—and it’s been happening since the Industrial Revolution—is responsible for every modern invention from healthcare to high tech, smartphones to non-invasive surgery. If humans hadn’t started using machines to do some things for us, most would still be working in the fields with few moments to spare pondering economic theory, let alone inventing new technologies.
One argument says that this time is different because soon robots will be able to do everything a human does. But it’s misguided to assume we can forecast what humans “will do.” What that statement really means is, “In the future, robots will do everything humans dotoday.” But what exactly it is that humans will do in the future is anyone’s guess—and few, if any, have ever successfully predicted it.
Before the 20 century, most folks in the West farmed. Now, thanks to massive productivity gains in agriculture, virtually none do. To a 19 century farmer that would imply nothing less than the collapse of the economy. Why? Because the thing most people did back then was farm. Our farmer might understandably wonder, “What will we do when machines perform our jobs for us? How will we make money? How will we survive?”
We are gifted with the vision of our times and cursed with the temptation to extrapolate that vision into the future. How could our farmer know that in 2013 humans would be paid to make movies, pick up garbage, write online, build robots, clean bathrooms, engineer rockets, lead guided tours, drive trucks, play in garage bands, brew artisanal beer, or write code?
The revolution in agricultural technology liberated vast resources and made us all richer and the economy more diverse as a result. And while one might think that those riches should have accrued to only those making agricultural tech, thus permanently widening the income gap, no such thing happened in practice. While those making agricultural machinery undoubtedly made some bucks, the next economic waves provided different work and income for many levels of skill and motivation.
This is understandably a firebrand topic right now. If current unemployment marked the beginning of mass technological unemployment, you can be sure mass social unrest would be quick to follow. But we can’t prove it’s structural yet. Unemployment is a typically lagging indicator. (Click ‘show recessions’ here to see how unemployment continues long after recessions end.) In the last sizable downturn in the early 80s, unemployment didn’t drop below 7% for four years after the recession ended. And that preceded two decades of virtually unbroken growth.
We don’t know precisely what the future holds, but we do know that most in the developed world—even the poorest—live longer, healthier lives than they did a century ago. And while the world will never be a perfect place, technology and productivity have freed more minds to ponder, play, and invent today than ever before.
- How Earnings at United Technologies Will Fare (fool.com)
- United Technologies 1Q net income, revenue rise (newsday.com)
- Earnings Preview: United Tech to report 1Q results (newsday.com)
- UTC Reports Revenues Up 16% (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
- United Technologies Sells Electric Power Systems Unit (fool.com)
- When a Successful Company Shrinks its Workforce (blogs.hbr.org)
- United Technologies Profit Exceeds Estimates on Aerospace – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Deficit Falling Even More Dramatically, Few Know It | Seeing the Forest (don-overton.newsvine.com)
- United Technologies Sells Electric Power Systems Unit (dailyfinance.com)
- UTC Selling Former Goodrich Power Systems Business (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
Republicans: Obama Must Take Action in Syria So We Can Criticize Action He Took in Syria : The New Yorker
APRIL 29, 2013
REPUBLICANS: OBAMA MUST TAKE ACTION IN SYRIA SO WE CAN CRITICIZE ACTION HE TOOK IN SYRIA
POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A growing chorus of Republican lawmakers are demanding that President Obama take some action in Syria so that they can attack whatever action he took in Syria.
Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) laid out the situation in stark terms: “The time for President Obama to do something in Syria that we can eviscerate him for is long overdue.”
Arguing that there are a variety of options available to Mr. Obama for dealing with Syria, Sen. Graham said, “The President needs to choose one of those options so that we can immediately identify it as a catastrophic choice and demand that he be impeached.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) used an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to express impatience with Mr. Obama’s “steadfast refusal to give us something new to rake him over the coals for.”
“The American people have grown weary of my nonstop criticism of the President’s handling of Libya,” he said. “They are ready to hear me incessantly berate him for his handling of a different country.”
At the end of his television appearance, Sen. McCain seemed to draw a line in the sand, making a direct challenge to Mr. Obama: “Mr. President, we are sick and tired of attacking you for your inaction. The time has come for us to attack you for your action.”
- Republicans: Obama Must Take Action in Syria So We Can Criticize Action He Took in Syria (newyorker.com)
- GOP Congressmen Spent Sunday Morning Urging Obama To Take Action In Syria (businessinsider.com)
- Lawmakers Press Obama to Take Action on Syria (socyberty.com)
- Lawmakers: Syria chemical weapons could menace US (news.yahoo.com)
- Syria Chemical Weapons Could Menace US, Say Lawmakers (theepochtimes.com)
- John McCain Calls for Obama to Act in Syria (theroot.com)
- U.S. lawmakers weigh Syria’s chemical weapons conundrum (dailystar.com.lb)
- Lawmakers ponder role for U.S. in Syria (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- Let Me Start: Pressure mounts on Obama (tv.msnbc.com)
- McCain: Putting US troops in Syria the ‘worst thing America could do right now’ (thehill.com)