Saturday, June 25, 2005

Local History


Deland Naval Air Station Museum

The Navy is making the F-14, one of only 400 in existence, available for display by the museum. The jet fighter was manufactured in 1981.

Specs: The aircraft is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corp., according to a U.S. Navy Web site. Tomcats are remaining in service until 2007; by then they will have all been replaced by the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.

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Historic Fighter Plane

January 6th, 1946- Deland Sun News

Navy Ship Engines (these things are BIG)

Navy Ship being renovated

I also heard about the Sea Scouts. This a branch of the BSA and can get you ready for the U.S. Navy or other activities in the water.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Spurs win NBA Title

Box Score: 81-74 (Pistons Loss)

SAN ANTONIO - With the NBA title on the line, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs proved themselves worthy champions. Duncan came up huge in the second half after having the worst playoff series of his career, and Manu Ginobili had another breakthrough performance Thursday night to lead the Spurs past the Detroit Pistons 81-74 in a Game 7 that was as thrilling as it was rare.

In a matchup of the past two NBA champions, the Spurs came through in the clutch to win their third title in seven years and deny Detroit the chance to repeat. The Spurs are certainly not a dynasty, but their staying power as a championship caliber team helps validate a legacy that history will respect.

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I don't have much to say because I was rooting for the Pistons.

Photo: REUTERS/Marc Serota

Monday, June 20, 2005

Drudge Breaks out...

Reserve police light

-I know this is rather old but I have to agree with Lone Star Times here.

Tom Cruise gets "all wet"

LONDON – An interview with Tom Cruise found the actor all wet. While Cruise was giving an on-the-spot interview at the "War of the Worlds" premiere in London, he was squirted in the face with water. The water came from what appeared to be a microphone. Four men who were part of a freelance camera crew were arrested. They could face assault charges.

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Friday, June 17, 2005

2.8 Billion for Nothing?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A giant laser being built to simulate the explosion of a hydrogen bomb is facing funding cuts in the U.S. Senate that supporters said could kill the project after $2.8 billion has been spent on it. The device, which would focus 192 lasers at a single point to create a huge release of energy, is nearing completion at the Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons lab in northern California.

But a spending plan for energy and water projects approved Thursday by the Senate appropriations committee would shut off further construction money for the project, leaving it with just the four laser beams now in place.

Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico complained ballooning costs on the project, called the National Ignition Facility, are a drain on other programs that maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal. New Mexico is home to the two other U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, Sandia and Los Alamos.

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[My Take] If we have already spent $2.8 Billion for this project. Do we really want to stop funding for it now? That sounds like a BIG waste of money to me. I would also like to see this laser if it is completed because it sounds pretty nifty. As noted in the article, this would still be used for experiments and be the largest laser in the world, but without more lasers it cannot reach fusion ignition - the hoped-for energy release.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Monday, June 13, 2005



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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Garage Adventures

I came across this little guy in our garage last night. We like to call him the 'Rhino Beetle.'

Photo: Austin/

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Summer time

Well if you want an idea of my boredom level, take a look at this:

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Photo: Austin/

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Atlantic Watch Center

Yes, I know most of you gave up on me and that weather website I had mentioned weeks back. Have no fear, the Atlantic Watch Center is here. Be sure to bookmark it for the future. I have a thing for weather and cant wait to begin covering the storms.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Good grief! Charlie Brown

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Good grief! Charlie Brown, where are you? A six-foot statue of the lovable "Peanuts" cartoon character has mysteriously disappeared from an honored spot in front of a restaurant here. "I can't believe it," said Bob Forsyth, owner of Michele's Restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa. "It's just wrong. It's Charlie Brown."

He's offering a $2,500 reward for the return of the statue, which is estimated to weigh as much as 300 pounds. The statue, stolen early Saturday, features the quirky bald-headed boy wearing a chef's hat and wielding a spatula. The pilfered statue was one of 55 Charlie Browns erected around the city as part of a public art project and fund-raiser. Each statue portrays the loser-hero in a different role.

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Saturday, June 04, 2005

"If it wasn't for...

....Fox News, who would the Democrats blame their losses on? Rupert Murdoch is providing a public service."

-Viking Pundit

"Constructive alternatives"


Howard Dean is at it again! what a suprise...

WASHINGTON (AP) - National Democratic Chairman Howard Dean was defending another of his comments Friday after telling liberal activists a lot of Republicans "have never made an honest living in their lives." Republicans called his Thursday comment "mudslinging." Some fellow Democrats expressed reservations over his choice of words, too, before Dean amplified his comments.

"The point I was making is clear: Republican policies have declared war on hardworking Americans," Dean said Friday. "I will continue to criticize Republican leaders and their policies, and the Democratic Party will continue to offer constructive alternatives." The Democratic chairman made the initial comments about Republicans doing "an honest day's work" Thursday during a speech to a Washington conference sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future.

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The head of the Democratic Party ladies and gentleman.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


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A boost for our troops

If we back out now, the terrorists will chalk it down as a victory. Even Hillary knows that!

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anti-war activists upset by the continuing violence in Iraq are planning demonstrations in Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco this fall to urge the administration to bring U.S. troops home. Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) has seen turnout in its demonstrations wane as the war has dragged on. The group hopes a long lead-up to the Sept. 24 protests will generate more interest.

Brian Becker is national coordinator of the Washington-based coalition, which has more than 500 anti-war groups as members. He said the public is growing weary of the war. "It seems as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel," he said. Becker pointed to opinion polls showing growing dissatisfaction with the war and with President Bush. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released last month had Bush's job approval at 47 percent, with support on areas such as his handling of Iraq, the economy and assorted domestic issues in the low 40s.

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Do you believe Jeb?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday brushed off his father's public suggestions that he should run for president. Gov. Bush, who has repeatedly and sometimes testily said he won't run for the White House in 2008, was asked Wednesday morning about the remarks made by his father, former President George H.W. Bush, on Tuesday's edition of CNN's Larry King Live. "Oh, Lord," Gov. Bush said as he laughed. Shaking his head, he said: "I love my dad."

Asked if he is running, the younger Bush simply shook his head no. Former President Bush had said the night before that he would like to see the Florida governor run for the White House. "Someday I would, yes," said the elder Bush, who turns 81 this month. He said Jeb Bush would be "awfully good" as president.

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I don't think I believe ol' Jeb. But is any of that important. Its 2005 people! President George W. Bush has 3 more years.

Cheap Internet!

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - SBC Communications Inc. (SBC), the nation's second-largest local phone company, on Wednesday announced it will offer high-speed Internet access service for only $14.95 per month when new residential subscribers order SBC Yahoo DSL Express online.

The limited-time-only price, which undercuts many rivals' dial-up Internet access plans, is applicable with a 12-month term. For customers wanting faster Internet service, the SBC Yahoo DSL Pro service is available for $24.99 per month for 12 months if ordered online. The online offers also include a $99 instant credit toward a $149 SBC Yahoo DSL Wireless Home Networking kit, a $179 laptop home networking bundle or a $99 DSL modem.

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Hey I'm just popping the idea in your head. Compared to what Earthlink gives you, that is a bargain. =)

I believe Earthlink gives you Cable at $19.95 for three months. Thats not even close!