Thursday, May 28, 2009

What dows FEMA stand for

Find Every Mexican Available.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I really have a yen to go back to my home town

Women Sought In Daring TV Theft From Mo. Wal-Mart

Daring TV Heist: Woman Poses As Wal-Mart Worker While Another Plays Role Of Customer In Theft

Police are looking for two women who pulled off the daring theft of a high-end television set from a Wal-Mart store. Police on Monday said one of the women posed as a Wal-Mart employee and the second played the role of customer Sunday night. The duo made off with a 52-inch, flat-screen Samsung TV worth $1,300.

Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said that by the time any real Wal-Mart employees became suspicious, both women were gone. He said the phony employee was dressed as a Wal-Mart worker in tan slacks and a blue shirt and wore a communication device on her belt.

She recruited some true employees to help her load the TV on a cart.

Niess said Pittsburg, Kan., police reported suspects matching the same descriptions staged a similar theft at a Wal-Mart in that city.


Information from: The Joplin Globe,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Several weeks ago we got hit was some storms that caused a lot of damage to my friends in SW Missouri and so forth. The Weather Service has completed damage surveys and concluded that what happened was a progressive derecho event or a book-end Vortex. In any event, the system had several characteristics which were hurricane-like including an eye!

I have heard several TV meteorologists classify this as a "Land Hurricane" and indeed, this type of formation is unprecedented. However, the Weather service has chosen to classify this as a derecho. What is a derecho you ask?

According to the NWS a derecho is:

A derecho (pronounced similar to "deh-REY-cho" in English or pronounced phonetically as "") is a widespread and long lived windstorm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.

Click here to hear how the word "derecho" is pronounced.

Because derecho is a Spanish word (see paragraph below), the plural term is "derechos". In this case there is no letter "e" after the letter "o".

See the website "Facts about Derechos" for further information.

Derechos are typically gust fronts, characterized by "bow echos" on the radar. However, this formation differs from classical derechos in that it it displayed several characteristics indicative of tropical cyclonic type systems.

One of the indicators of so-called "Global Warming" (which is a misnomer by the way should be termed Global Climate Change, but I digress) is that extreme weather events will become the norm. Formations like this may be in our future.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The New Star Trek

Well, I just got through watching the new Star Trek movie. This is such an iconic franchise that most purists like myself have reservations whenever anyone tampers with the universe. I really stopped watching Star Trek after the "Berminization"of the whole thing after the death of Roddenberry. There are things that you just don't tamper with. Rick Berman ruined the whole thing with his "take" on Star Trek. The ideals that Roddenberry had were compromised in the pursuit of ratings.

However, it can be argued that the franchise needed something fresh, a new approach. I can't say I am a fan of J.J. Abrams. I have gotten lost with "Lost" which is so convoluted that I could not follow it anymore. So I approached with some trepedation this "re-imagination" of the franchise. My disapointment is tainted with my experience with the "re-imagination" of the Battlestar Galactica franchise which was totally messed up. While that take on BSG was more "realistic," I eventually was turned by the constant violence and lack of humanity, heroism and nobility in the characters. I want to watch something that uplifts me, not brings me down and BSG depressed me. Therefore, I was prepared not to like Star Trek.

There are still some aspects in this one I don't like. For one thing, Dr. McCoy should be much older than Kirk and not go through the academy with him. The characters are united much too early, but I suppose one must get all the principals together in order to jump start the franchise. Also, there is a romantic relationship implied that really turned me off and was definately not a part of the original franshise.

However, the new re-imagination is a fresh approach to the Star Trek universe that is filled iwth action. The movie is like a roller coaster ride. Star Trek was never really a roller-coaster. It was a more an allegory that told us stories about how we delat with each other using the Science Fiction as a backdrop. It told stories about how we deal with rascism, war, genocide, love, hate, etc. It was a drama that, at times, delved into the action adventure genre, but did not remain there. It was limited by its budget and technology and yet still managed to entertain. Given the new franchise's nearly unlimited budget, we are going to be treated by more action-adventure stories in the future. Given its box office take so far and fan reaction, we are likely to see more of these in the new franchise. Time will tell if these new stories will be any different than the old ones.

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