To say that I agree with Donald Rumsfeld on something is an odd position for me to be in. Normally his chest beating and fist shaking get all the headlines. But quietly he has been wielding his budget axe towards the Pentagon in a way that must make congressmen scowl. He is not cutting the Pentagon’s overall budget, he is killing programs considered boondoggles and shifting their funding to more useful projects. Most people know of the “Crusader” self-propelled artillery project that he nixed, but the Washington Post reports on some of the other programs that are being reviewed in this article. It is hard for me to believe that a Republican administration is taking the lead in stemming the tide of shortsighted Pentagon wish lists and congressional pork barrel defense spending to make a sensible defense strategy based on needs. Well Rummy if you make it happen then good for you, but I won’t hold my breath.
The RIAA website was hacked recently, as it steps up efforts to crack down on music file-sharing. The site looks to be down at this moment as they try to fix things, but here is a screenshot. Apparently for a little while there, you could actually download the Linkin Park album, which I think is pretty hilarious.
Visit MrBling.com for all your gold cap needs. Or, visit just to laugh your ass off. Peace out…
The Houston Chronicle has a story on Tommy Heath, leader of Tommy Tutone.
Follow-up: To add to my baseball rants of this week and last week, ESPN has a page showing people displaying signs at baseball parks across the country protesting the impending strike.
retrocrush presents “a look at some of the lethal playthings of yesteryear”. From the Jart to the legendary Battlestar Galactica Viper that actually fired a missile, I remember when toys were a lot more fun, even if they really could shoot your eye out.
The Onion’s Wine-Appreciation Tips are most refreshing. And I think that their Home-Buying Tips will be quite useful in my house hunting. In case you can’t tell, I’m catching up on issues of The Onion that I’ve missed…
In yet another sign that Hollywood has run out of ideas, CBS is set to begin casting for a “Beverly Hillbillies” reality TV show. I would just love to have heard the pitch for this…
W has set into motion an anti-obesity campaign to combat the increase in overweight children. The campaign slogan: “Verb: It’s what you do.” No, this is not a story from The Onion, that is the actual slogan that being used to spearhead a $190 million ad campaign. For some real inspiration, take a look at the bewilderingly confusing home page of the campaign. What the hell are they thinking?
Sony is set to stop manufacturing Betamax machines at the end of the year. For anyone actually affected by this, you might consider investing in technology that’s less than 25 years old.