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Comic Relief Extraordinaire

And we all need a little of that from time to time, especially in a time of extreme zombie prevalence.

Here ya’ go:

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Why Choose?

A friend asked whether I thought it was more likely that the typical GOP candidate knew voter fraud laws just made it harder for certain democrat leaning populations to vote or if they really where dumb enough to think it was a serious problem.

I don’t think this is a one or the other issue.

…but it certainly is bullshit.

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NORAD Santa Tracker

As a child of the Cold War, it’s good to know that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) still keeps a 24-hour vigil on the location of Santa Claus during his flight around the world on Christmas Eve. Now they use Google Earth, of course.

NORAD tracks Santa

According to the Associated Press:

NORAD’s holiday tradition can by traced to 1955, when a Colorado Springs newspaper printed a Sears, Roebuck & Co. ad telling children of a phone number to talk to Santa. The number was one digit off, and the first child to get through reached the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor.

Col. Harry W. Shoup answered.

Shoup’s daughter, Terri Van Keuren, said her dad, now 91, was surprised to hear that the little voice on the other end thought he was Santa.

“Dad thought, `What the heck? This must be some kind of code,'” said Van Keuren, 59.

Shoup, described by his daughter as “just a nut about Christmas,” didn’t want to break the boy’s heart, so he sounded a booming “Ho, ho, ho!” and pretended to be Santa Claus.

Enough calls followed that Shoup assigned an officer to answer them while the problem was fixed. But Shoup and the staff he was directing to “locate” Santa on radar ended up embracing the idea. NORAD picked up the tradition when it was formed 50 years ago.

“If we didn’t do it, truly I don’t know who else would track Santa,” Maj. Stacia Reddish said.

The task that began with no computers and only a 60-by-80-foot glass map of North America now includes two big screens on a wall showing the world and information on each country Santa Claus visits. It took off with the Web site’s 1997 launch, Reddish said.

Now, curious youngsters can follow Santa’s path online with a Google two-dimensional map or in 3D using Google Earth, where he can be seen flying through different landscapes in his sleigh.

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“I can’t move and the walls are glowing”

When you sleep you dream. When you dream, your brain sends messages to your body saying “Don’t move.” The phenomenon is known as sleep paralysis. What happens (apparently a lot) is that people will wake from a dream, their body is still paralyzed.  In those waking moments the brain is still in an altered state of awareness – still flooded with the chemicals and functions of the dream state.  Auditory and visual hallucinations are normal experiences for a person in this state.  The person, now aware, tells their body to move. The body is still paralyzed, it doesn’t move.  Neurons in the brain, firing away, tricks itself into thinking it is seeing things that in reality aren’t there.

Researchers and observers often point out that the experiences described by people who believe they have been adbucted by aliens or who see ghosts are consistent with the experience of sleep paralysis.

Because the brain isn’t receiving data normally, perceptions of the world around you are unreliable. You think you see what’s not there, you see incorrectly what is there, your body can’t move – your start to feel a rising panic. Even though the experience might last only for a few moments, you feel it lasts longer. Like a dream that feels as if it lasts for hours but lasts only a few moments, in your waking dream time is telescoped, expanded. You feel as if hours pass but you see the clock and only a moment or two has passed.

Last night I had an experience of sleep paralysis. Unlike most people who suffer it however, as soon as my eyes opened, and I told my body to move and it didn’t, I knew what was happening. My body’s failure to respond to my brain’s commands was odd, but also liberating – I had a sense of lightness as if I could float off the bed. The strange off kilter perceptions around me – the cat was in the room and around the room and on top of me and the walls were glowing.

I thought “I can’t move and the walls are glowing.”  Then I suddenly knew what was happening.  I didn’t feel any panic or weirdness.  I heard the cat purring and for a moment it sounded like an airplane propeller, but in a weird, distorted way.  I closed my eyes and drifted back to sleep.

Having experienced it though I understand why someone might wake up in the morning, remember that experience and deduce something untoward had happened to them – why they might think they’d been visited by aliens or had a vision of ghosts or angels or demons.

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UFO Crazies On The Loose

Can you believe this freak show?

Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington (a Republican – figures) has finally lost all his marbles and signed on with the UFO freaks.

I witnessed a massive delta-shaped, craft silently navigate over Squaw Peak, a mountain range in Phoenix, Arizona. It was truly breathtaking. I was absolutely stunned because I was turning to the west looking for the distant Phoenix Lights.

I was never happy with the Air Force’s silly explanation. There might very well have been military flares in the sky that evening, but what I and hundreds of others saw had nothing to do with that.

We want the government to stop putting out stories that perpetuate the myth that all UFOs can be explained away in down-to-earth conventional terms. Investigations need to be re-opened, documents need to be unsealed and the idea of an open dialogue can no longer be shunned.

Download Joe Firmage.

Can you believe this crap? Suddenly, its all over the news starting with Kucinich at the debate, Shirley MacClaine with Matt Lauer on one of those freak morning shows, and now (Larry King last night).

And now, this Monday, “14 former high-ranking military and government officials from seven countries” (all socialist no doubt) are going to embarrass themselves at the National Press Club by claiming that aliens from outerspace are visiting regularly.

Hopefully, Richard will set them straight.

Alls I know is, if UFO’s really are real, and have been here the whole time, there is still no way they are smart enough to make these.

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