Finally, a Hybrid Automobile I Wouldn’t Be Embarrassed to Drive

Read it and smile.

“Porsche lifted the sheet on the 918 Spyder on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show and made some huge claims. A few things got our attention right off the bat — 500 horsepower, mid-engine V-8 and two electric motors. Oh … and 78.4 mpg.

Lots more pretty pictures at the source.

I’ll continue to be scarce until sometime in April. Weird stuff; some good, some not.

Oh Dear: Female Bobsled Athlete Too Big for Britches

How epic can a fail get?

Tell that to Tiger

A new study has determined that casual sex and hookups aren’t emotionally damaging. Hmm, I always found them to be a bit messy (no pun intended). They’d always start out all right but would get pretty complicated pretty quickly.

What’s the bet Tiger would agree.


It seems Tiger may be ready to quit golf. Probably due to that lack of emotional damage he’s been experiencing lately.


Tiger’s lawyers block any release of nude pictures or sex vids… which they insist don’t exist. And in the High Court in London.

Now why would they choose there of all places?

Embarrassed by London’s reputation as “a town called sue” and by unusually stinging criticisms in American courts and legislatures, British lawmakers are seriously considering rewriting England’s 19th-century libel laws.

Danny Green

Well, unless you’ve been living under Uluru, you’ll have heard about Aussie boxer, Danny Green, knocking out legend Roy Jones Jr in, yes…

Two Minutes!!!

The man who lost to Anthony Mundine in Australia’s previously biggest fight has, in the time it takes to smoke half a cigarette, made Mundine virtually irrelevant.

Anyway, enough chitter chatter. One more time just because it is. that. good.

Meanwhile, Mundine, currently fighting coal miners, gets the snub the show pony deserves.

Mean-meanwhile, Danny talks us through the 122 seconds it took for him to become a legend.


Oops. Forgot to chuck this in.

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BMW Vision Efficient-Dynamics Concept Car

I don’t usually get excited about concept cars – I’m really more of a motorcycle guy and I drive a pickup truck – but this BMW is pretty freaking cool.


“BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but now the German car company is setting the stage for its 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show display with new details of its concept…

As the name implies, this concept car grafts fashionable green technology on the body of a 2+2 sports car. The promise: BMW M-car performance from a vehicle with a three-cylinder diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain…

Performance is geared to please the toughest Bimmerphile. BMW claims a 155-mph top speed and a 0-60 mph time of less than 4.8 seconds, while providing fuel economy of almost 63 mpg, and for European enthusiasts, CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer…

Driving range could pass 400 miles with fuel or 31 miles on electricity alone, BMW also adds…

The racing-inspired details continue with well-managed airflow–so tightly tuned, the EfficientDynamics concept generates a coefficient of drag of 0.22, while today’s best production cars sit at 0.24 (the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe).”

Of course, nothing this radical or beautiful – in the mind of this particular beholder, I’ll admit – is practical for production, but the technical details, many of which I didn’t excerpt, are truly marvelous.

If only BMW made 4×4 pickup trucks, then my truck would match my motorcycle. LOL!

JetLev: A Jet Ski that Lets You Fly

Tell me this doesn’t look like some serious fun. Story about it here.

To make it light enough to work, the water supply has to be a lake, river, sea or ocean you’re on, and the engine and compressor have to be towed behind and below in a service boat, but it’s just as well, because I imagine the learning curve would be painful, if not fatal, over land.

Before you add it to your Christmas Wish List, keep in mind that the initial production model will be $130,000.00 US. Unless you’re dating Paris Hilton – or have been a very, very good boy or girl – that might be a bit steep. I imagine as the tech matures, the price will plummet. No reason it should cost much more than a regular Jet Ski within a few years.

Yes, I want one. We have several large reservoirs near here. It is so me.

Hat Tip to Glenn Reynolds.

When Fast Isn’t Good Enough: Nissan Encounters Warp Drive

I have a Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab 4×4 Sport pickup truck and a BMW R1100RS motorcycle, and I’m okay with that. Why don’t I have a car? Because I can afford the truck and the bike I want, but I’m nowhere near wealthy enough to afford any car I’d care to drive. Say, an automobile such as the Bugatti Veyron.

Here’s what happens when a fast car I could afford – the Nissan GT-R – meets a Bugatti Veyron in a matchup.

Well, calling it a “matchup” isn’t really fair, is it?

See, if I can’t afford a car that can do that, I’ll stick with trucks and motorcycles.

From AutoBlog.

UPDATE (bing)

The Veyron at top speed… 253 miles/h… 407km/h

It goes from 200km/h to 300km/h in 9.4 seconds.

The asked a Formula 1 team if they could use their wind tunnel. No can do. F1 cars don’t go fast enough.

UPDATE 2: For SezaGeoff, Angus Dei’s highly customized 1994 BMW R1100RS.


The Beef of God himself on his BMW K1200LT back in 2005 (Now sold).


I love motorcycles and have ridden over 100K miles on them in the past ten years.

History made

We’ve done it!

Unprecedentedly, Queensland, the Maroons, have secured four strait Origin series wins. But full credit to the Blues. They kept us on the back foot most of the second half. But Slater’s kick, Lockyer’s shove, and Cameron-after-captaining-last-year-Smith’s brilliant pick up shot the musket.

Brilliant, boys!


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South Africa; world cup

Flicked on CNN. Generally positive “analysis” about the Soccer World Cup to be held in South Africa next year. The question of security came up, namely safety for the fans. No worries, should all be fine. Measures have been taken.

Well, considering South Africa, since Mandela’s (de Clerk’s) thingamagigamy, lauded by the powers that be as a great positive step, has a comparable murder rate to, say, Iraq, can we be so sure?

Surely we can. But wouldn’t that take the MSM to admit Iraq is a success, just as they laud South Africa’s?

It’s quaint. Mandela was a a former terrorist, and is now the darling of the Western media. Bush was a Yale and Harvard graduate, was heavily involved in baseball and energy production, yet is a pariah of the Western media.

Virtuoso Hula Hoop

Hope this embeds.

NOTE: Ahem, there is a lot of NSFW stuff at this site (I was hoping the vid would embed, but oh well).

EMBED-Sexy Chick Hula Hooping – Watch more free videos

With some girls, it’s all in the way they look. With others, it’s all in the way they move. With a few – a very few – you get both. Wow.

UPDATE: Redneck Basketball Shots (Same related NSFW warning applies).

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So that’s what they were saying!

Remember the 400m men’s freestyle final at the Beijing olympics? Korea’s Park Tae-hwan managed to pip America’s Larsen Jensen (3rd) and Australia’s Grant Hacket (6th?!) to win the gold medal.

Needless to say, I have seen this reply hundreds of times on the telly over here but never knew what in heck the Korean commentators were saying. Well now, thanks to a fellow Korean ESL teacher/blogger, we finally have a translation.

Click here.

I said click, dammit!

Celebrate Human Achievement Hour! (Al Gore UPDATE!)

To correspond with, “Earth Hour” The Competitive Enterprise Institute has organized Human Achievement Hour. So, when the leftards are turning off all their lights – an hour from now – I’m going to boot up all four computers in the house, connect them all to my AirPort Extreme Base Station, have one monitoring my eMail, one downloading pr0n, one streaming audio, and I’ll surf on the remaining one (The PowerMac G5 2.3 GHz Dual Core/23″ Cinema HD Display model that draws about 250-300 watts of electricity), while watching TV in a window to the right.

Simultaneously, I’m going to turn on every light in the house, turn the thermostat up to 78 degrees, and open every door to the outside so I’m heating the entire neighborhood. Then, I’ll fire up the gas grill in the back yard and grill a couple of steaks.

I HOPE I’m setting a good example for CHANGE.

UPDATE: Evidentally, Al Gore, that champion of Teh Earth, followed my lead and left his tree-illuminating flood lights on during Teh Earth Hour.

“The kicker, though, were the dozen or so floodlights grandly highlighting several trees and illuminating the driveway entrance of Gore’s mansion.

I [kid] [shit – Beef] you not, my friends, the savior of the environment couldn’t be bothered to turn off the gaudy lights that show off his goofy trees.”

I’m only shamed by the fact that Al used more electricity and emitted more carbon than I did during Teh Earth Hour.

Chewin’ the fat

But still making some time for the game.

A photo essay of fat jocks.

H/T the Bris Vegas daily.

McCain’s Perfect Choice for a Running Mate: Governor Sarah Palin

While most of the pedantic, two-dimensional, inside-the-box-thinking, conservative political hacks are touting Tom Ridge for the slot (Not a bad guy, but…), David Freddoso notes a far superior choice has been proposed: The Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I believe this is a truly inspired idea. Gov. Palin ran as an anti-corruption outsider, and handily defeated a corrupt and entrenched Republican political machine. Plus, at 44, she would almost totally wipe the “age issue” McCain has off the slate, and since Obama is only two years her senior, there is no way they could attack her for her youth and inexperience: She has much more executive experience than Senator Obama has.

Not to mention the fact that, she’s a gorgeous woman who exudes mass quantities of charisma…


and has a super-solid family life.


Dibs on the eldest daughter! LOL!

This inspired choice would allow McCain to actually capitalize on his “maverick” persona, as Gov. Palin shook Alaska politics to the core: She’s a charming, charismatic woman, but she can also play with the big boys and kick ass.

What say ye?

UPDATE: Things are looking optimistic!

UPDATE II: Welcome to all 4500 8000 40,000 in the past few hours (so far!) people visiting us from Google. We’re a fairly opinionated right-wing blog, and you might like to take a look at our “About” page. You might also be interested in our other coverage of Sarah Palin and whether she becomes a prospective Vice President of the United States. You can find this coverage here and here. Personally, I hope she does, but you can feel free to debate the idea in comments below. All first comments are moderated, but unless you either insult or use severe profanity (and I mean severe by my standards, which generally only means the C U Next Tuesday word or the implication that someone has had a rather enjoyable erotic experience with someone who has borne a child), however if you come up with a new one, I may simply delete your comment. I, and all other contributors to this blog are more than fair in what we permit.

UPDATE III: Nayr Drahcir, don’t bother even trying. You will not be published.

UPDATE IV: A lot of people must like Palin.

UPDATE V: More coverage of Governor Sarah Palin and a theme song here.

UPDATE VI: Funniest observation on the announcement yet: “Put Obama and Palin on a basketball court one on one. Winner takes all!”

UPDATE VII: [spot_the_dog] No, we do not have any pictures of “Sarah Palin + Naked,” nor do we have any of “Sarah Palin + Swimsuit.” In the past 24 hours, there have been 157 separate searches on this site for “Sarah Palin Swimsuit,” and 161 separate searches for “Sarah Palin Naked.” I repeat, we have no bathing suit, swim suit, bikini, or naked pictures of Sarah Palin. What kind of people do you think we are, anyway? 😉

UPDATE VIIa: [spot_the_dog] Ace has noticed a similar search phenomenon on his blog and has a theory…

UPDATE VIII: A well-rounded view of the selection of Sarah Palin for the Vice President Nomination can be found here.

UPDATE IX:  We got it!  YES!  Nude photo of Sarah Palin right here!  (C’mon.  You know you want to click.)

UPDATE X: Feel free to visit our main page and read the latest posts we’ve written.

More Cubs Stuff

Because you can never have enough Cubs stuff!  (Eddie Vedder & Steve Goodman Cubs songs/videos are here).




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sad_cubs_fans Lakeview Baseball Club - EAMUS CATULLI



An evil Sox fan sent me this one...

An evil Sox fan sent me this one...

"Hey, any team can have a bad century"

The Cubs' Last World Series Win 1908: "Hey, any team can have a bad century"

Next year we’ll go all the way… (Cubs tribute)

Well, they may have been swept out of the playoffs yesterday, but the Chicago Cubs still had a terrific season, finishing  with the best record in the National League.   Was it the fact that they were under such pressure to end their 100-year losing streak that jinxed them in the NLDS this year?   In any case, as we Cubs fans are wont to say, “Wait’ll next year!”

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Centre Square Speech: Delivered By Sam Kekovich (Updated)

Centre Square is a $1500 per ticket event held at Punt Road before the Australian Football League Grand Final, held in September every year. This year, the Geelong Cats played against the Hawthorn Hawks; a game the Hawks won.

At Centre Square, lamb connoisseur Sam Kekovich was invited to speak. This is a transcript of his speech.

Grand Final Day 2008

My fellow Australians,

I’ve been invited here to talk to Centre Square, in these big marquees on Punt Road Oval. And speaking of Punt Road Oval, let me tell you something for nothing – Jack Dyer would be spinning in his grave if he could see the place right now. Full of a bunch of Collins Street corporate criminals, Chapel Street designer cats and Toorak poodle rooters who have about as much interest in football as Paris Hilton has an interest in astrophysics.

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A Benefit of the Credit Crisis: Arts Funding will be Cut

Being a professional musician, this is one of the anvils I hammer on constantly: Most “arts” funding goes to support garbage that wouldn’t exist in a free market. So, it is with bareley restrained glee that I report that the credit crisis (NOT a financial or economic crisis: There IS a difference) will curtail a lot of arts funding.

“Private funding of culture in Britain is estimated to amount to some 600 million pounds (762 million euros, one billion dollars) in 2007/08, up from 452 million pounds in 2004/05, from some 170 companies and 130 foundations, as well as individuals.

But that trend risks going into reverse after last week’s unprecedented scenes on Wall Street and around the globe, triggered by the collapse of US investment giant Lehman Brothers and bailout of insurer AIG.

Tweedy said firms and their investors will now be closely focused on the bottom line.

“Shareholders will be far stronger in their observation of what the companies do, visible commercial benefits will be needed for a sponsorship,” he said.”

See, I believe that if “art” isn’t commercially viable, it’s most likely pretentious crap. In the rare cases where it isn’t, then private sponsorship will appear. This development isn’t without downsides, however.

“‘There’s going to be a temporary reduction, and not only in arts. Companies are going to redirect their investments towards activities where their sponsoring will be more visible, like sports,’ he said.”

Just what we need, more investment in the cultural rot known as professional “sports” (If there isn’t a strong likelihood of dying, it isn’t a sport, it’s just a game). But, at least abject excrement like Mapplethorp may see their support dry up (He died of AIDS, which is grimly appropriate).

“The great challenge for the arts world is to attract this enormous wealth.”

No, the challenge for the arts world is to earn the fucking wealth themselves.

NOT The American Way: Mom and Apple Pie, but No Baseball

I’m sorry, but this is emblematic of the current American sickness of punishing success and insisting that we all just be comfortable with being a bunch of mediocre, also-ran, pencil-neck, pussies.

“A Connecticut youth baseball team with a phenomenal 9-year-old pitcher has been disqualified because its team is too good.

The team, Will Power Fitness, has an 8-0 record thanks in large part to pitcher Jericho Scott, the New Haven Register reports. His pitching is so fast and accurate, the Liga Juvenil De Baseball De New Haven asked the team’s coach, Wilfred Vidro, to replace him so he wouldn’t frighten other players.

Can you believe this bullshit? Here’s the totally awesome and frigteningly intimidating Jericho Scott (Is that just a wicked pisser great name for a pitcher, or what?):

Jericho Scott, Phenomenon

Jericho Scott, Phenomenon

But wait, there’s more! As his Wipedia entry alludes to, the prime culprit here are jealous, envious, covetous, and totally scum-baggy adults, who are upset that Jericho didn’t join their champinonship team, and turned the first team into the worst team. These mediocre morons, who have no lives for themselves so they live vicariously through their kids, are punishing this superlative young athlete out of selfishness and jealousy.

Stocks/lashes/tar/feathers, and then run them each out of town on a rail. Abject fuck-tards.

The Best Olympics Medal Count Site

Congrats to Yahoo! Sports for an awesome Olympics Medal Count page.

Clicking on the country gives the list of individual medals by event with the winner. Clicking on the event gives the final results of all contestants, and clicking on the winner sends you to their bio. Simple, elegant, and beautifully done.

I see Australia is in a three-way tie with France and Russia for fourth, but they have more Gold Medals than both. Excellent.

Opening Ceremony

They’re calling it a security breach: a Korean reporter manages to slip inside a full dress rehearsal for the upcoming Olympics’ opening ceremony and record it on video.

My first thought: “Brave fucking journalist.” I mean, what do you think the penalty for that is in China? Crucifixion’s too good for him, sir?

As for the ceremony itself…it’ll want something new, something to distinguish itself from all the others. Something uniquely China. I’m thinking tanks, lots of ’em. And Nicki Webster. I’ll leave the details to your imagination.

“Jet Pack” Unveiled at Air Show

As an update to yesterday’s post on the subject, the jet pack has been demonstrated at an air show.

“That’s the slogan, more or less, of New Zealand’s Martin Jetpack company, which debuted its $100,000 personal flight apparatus Tuesday at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis.

As thousands looked on, inventor Glenn Martin’s 16-year-old son donned a helmet, fastened himself to a prototype and revved the engine, which sounded like a motorcycle. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunset on the fairway

Sunset on the fairway by onepointsix

and yesterday’s :

Wooden Ball by 1.618

It’s a Flashlight, It’s a Machine Gun, It Fits in Your Pocket

And, needless to say, I want one.

This is the kind of thing guys can use… gals too.

Stupid AFL Suggestion

Ok, here’s the back story. The Australian Football League wants another two teams in the league to bring in more revenue and generate more support for the game, which is for the most part, based in Victoria with ten Victorian-based teams, two in WA, two in SA, one in Sydney, and one in Brisbane.

The interstate teams (WA, SA, NSW, QLD) have always had their successes on the field, and all teams involved have had some great talent. So Andrew Demetriou, the head of the AFL, is entertaining a proposal for a new team based in Sydney’s Western suburbs.

Now, this is amongst the stupidest ideas I’ve ever read. Demetriou is considering having a faith-based team. Yep, he wants to launch an Irish-based team, which would mostly consist of Protestants.

The problems I see with the proposal are these:

  1. Where does one find some Irish Protestants in Sydney’s western suburbs? It’s an area with a lot of people who believe in God, certainly, but they’re sure not Protestants.
  2. AFL is very much an equalized game. You leave your religion/politics/family heritage/whatever off the ground. On the ground, you play for your team. This idea would mean that now you bring those things onto the ground. Old rivalries will be brought back into the game, and those rivalries are stronger than Everyone vs Collingwood (as hard as that is to believe)…
  3. It sets a precedent. What can the AFL then do if there’s a team of Irish-Catholics who want to play, and then a team of Roman-Catholics, and then a team of Buddhists, a team of Muslims, a team of Pagans and so on down the line? If they’ve got the requisite number of players and the start-up cash, the AFL would have a lot of trouble saying no. Then it turns into a religious game.
  4. Australians don’t much care about other people’s religions, unless they’re attempting to kill us or force them on us. By turning the AFL into something faith-based, they’re ensuring that it makes it harder for the non-religious to give a crap about the game. And for many, their football team is their religion.

Enough is enough Demetriou. You’ve tried to push the “Super-Goal” idea and it failed. You’ve tried to overhaul the AFL Tribunal, and it’s failed for the most part. You’ve tried to discourage drugs from the game, but in paying 21-28 year olds well over $200,000 a year you’ve made that hard because what else are they going to spend their dough on?

But this, this is your stupidest idea yet, and I hope it backfires on you spectacularly. I do hope the HREOC (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission) gets involved, because that would raise this from a farce to a comedy.

UPDATE: Further details have come to light, and the team will not be made up of Irish descendants currently playing AFL in Sydney’s western suburbs. It will be made up of a team of Irish players being brought in from Ireland to boost the game’s international appeal. That puts this in a very different light.

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