Question of the Day

The following clip from an episode from 1994 of The Today Show where Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric are trying to make sense of this thing called “the internet” has been making the rounds. Here it is if you haven’t seen it.

So when did you first start using this internet thing?

I think I first got online in 1994 by using Compuserve. Oh, those were the days. Zipping around Webcrawler on a speedy 14.4 Kb/s modem on my new 90 Mhz Pentium running Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.

Atheist Prime Minister Blamed For Cyclone

From Central Telegraph:

A CONTROVERSIAL church group has called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to fall on her knees in prayer in the midst of the looming cyclone crisis facing Queensland.

“It is very sad that this dark chapter in Australia’s history is led by an atheist Prime Minister in Julia Gillard and an openly homosexual Greens leader… both who have no regard for God nor prayer,” Catch the Fire Ministeries said in a statement today.

President Dr Daniel Nalliah said Julia Gillard was not elected by the majority of the Australian people, but rather the personal decision of two power hungry independent MPs who catapulted Ms Gillard to the top job.

“Are we Aussies all paying for that decision? It is very well known that throughout history, in a time of national crisis, kings, prime ministers and presidents of countries around the world have turned to God, irrespective of whether they were Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim and asked for help or at least called the nation to pray for protection and for the victims of the disaster,” Dr Nalliah said.

Rand Paul Follows Dad in Solo Dissent

From the Wall Street Journal:

Like father, like son. Libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) is known in the House as a frequenter lone dissenter on bills. Today, his son, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), voiced the only “nay” vote on a measure that outlaws aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

The amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill passed 96-1.

Let me guess. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says we can’t point lasers at aircraft?

The younger Mr. Paul said he thought it was a bad idea to point lasers at pilots, but “there are a lot of states that already have laws, and I think the states ought to take care of it.”

Damn. States’ rights. That was my third guess after something about gold.