Wednesday Night Quick Hits: The Vancat Edition

This is so cool… And for sale:

The Vancat can seat 16 passengers along with everyone’s snow gear, and if that wasn’t enough, the roof has been chopped up and turned into a canopy so your snowbunny passengers can enjoy the scenery. The Vancat is currently for sale with a reduced (and apparently negotiable) asking price of $30,000.

Remember how Obama Administration officials said “I think that health care, over time, is going to become more popular?” Well, it’s not: Half of All States Now Suing to Stop Obamacare.

Political Realities:

However, since the left seems intently focused on casting that blame, and given the fact that the map used by Palin seems to be in the center of that focus, let’s roll back the clock to the year 2004. The map on the left was on a page of the Democratic Leadership Committee website during the years of the Bush presidency. The question I have is this. If a map such as this is political taboo, why does the same taboo not apply to the rhetoric coming from the left?

What Is The State?

I’m a big fan of WolframApha and have used the web site to generate some of the graphs on MCT. Now, I see that they have entered the world of apps.

Text of Obama’s Tucson Memorial Speech:

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations – to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems. Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

Sarah Palin’s statement today:

Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

The Daley Gator: A great cartoon!

Hard core biker:

The “Great Recession” of 2007-09: The Austrians strike back

Has An Arizona Sheriff Ever Been Recalled? – No Time Like The Present

Poll: Majority of MI voters want state to be ‘right to work’

Blackswift: Pentagon’s Mach 6 Warplane May Return From Limbo

  • Mike January 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Personally, i think the SR-71 is still a viable flight platform. It still holds the world speed record for a production aircraft, doesn’t it? And it could still be brought out of retirement rather quickly according to;

    On a personal note, when I was in the service, I did RBS, (Radar Bomb Scoring), as well as ECM training for SAC. That involves a tracking radar and a plotting board. One of our guys had just been transferred from New Mexico to our unit in Germany. He told me about their crew having acquired a SR-71 on the radar and tracking it for several minutes. Evidently, the flight crew got into a lot of trouble for allowing themselves to be tracked and the radar crew also got a reprimand. The radar, developed in the late fifties, was accurate to ten feet on target at 200 miles.


    • steve January 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Yep. The SR-71 is still the fastest aircraft (and designed without computers) out there- that we know of.

      Thats interesting that the radar crew was able to track the SR-71.

      Good story.

  • Mike January 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Steve, Here’s some info on the radar and it’s capabilities if you’re interested. I was in the First Combat Eval. Group, ( 1CEVG). I will say, however that I was lucky enough not to have had to go to Nam.


    • steve January 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks for the interesting links. Much appreciated.