Daily Archives: June 20, 2012

Big dinosaurs were slow movers

Jurassic Park T. rex car chase scene [1:33]

I did not realize until I saw this clip that Jeff Goldblum’s “Must go faster” line in the 1996 movie, Independence Day, was an homage to his character in this classic scene in the 1993 movie, Jurassic Park.

The clip above shows T. rex chasing a car that’s traveling about 45 miles an hour. The car does pull away, but according to two studies, not before T. rex is shown traveling at speeds it could not possibly have reached in real life.

A 1995 study by a paleontologist at Indiana-Purdue University concluded that the strength of T. rex’s thigh bone relative to its body mass was not strong enough to support fast running.

More recently, a 2002 study by two experts in the mechanical movements of living creatures came to the same conclusion.

In order to run that fast, the body mass of T. rex would have had to have been a whopping 86% leg muscle! No creature can have the majority of their body weight just in their leg muscles. It wouldn’t leave room for all the rest of their pieces and parts.

T. rex has always been depicted as a bloodthirsty hunter, but the work these bio-engineers did on large dinosaurs suggests T. rex’s prey was also slow. The amount of leg muscle any animal needs to remain balanced during two-legged running is proportional to the animal’s weight and the relative amount of time that the foot is on the ground.

The bio-engineers calculated that none of the larger dinosaurs could have run any faster than 19-25 miles per an hour at their absolute top speed. This 2009 animation seems to show a more realistic movement for T. rex.

2009 T Rex Muscle Animation [1:39]



Tyrannosaurus Rex Was a Slowpoke By John Roach for National Geographic News – February 27, 2002



Comments Off on Big dinosaurs were slow movers

Filed under Science

Send in the Clowns

On Tuesday, a reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a serious question about immigration reform. Reid didn’t like the question and didn’t want to respond. So he dissed the reporter.

Reid: That’s a clown question, bro. [:07]

Reid’s line harkened to an oft-repeated quip — “That’s a clown question, bro” — by Bryce Harper — the Nationals’ 19-year-old outfielder — in response to a question about what his favorite beer is.

Harper is a Mormon, Mormons don’t drink, so clearly Harper had a point. The reporter who asked him about his favorite beer had not done his homework.

But the question the reporter asked the SENATE MAJORITY LEADER was a serious one.

Sadly, Reid got a laugh at the time. Even more sadly, the Laughing Stock Media is reporting NOT on how he rudely mocked a reporter’s legitimate question, but how cute and clever he was to quote Harper’s line.

Immigration is not a small issue. Especially since last Friday, when President Obama issued an executive order suspending deportation of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants and making them all eligible for work visas.

IOW, Obama did an end run around Congress, whose Constitutionally-defined JOB it is MAKE laws about things like immigration. He officially instructed INS to NOT enforce the laws that Congress has passed and a President has signed into law. He alone. All by himself. All hail the Clown King, Barack Obama!

I couldn’t find the question part at YouTube, but it is embedded here. You can also see how long it takes Reid to answer.


I also was not able to find the identity of the reporter. I’m itching to know if he is Black. After a White reporter spoke out of turn in the Rose Garden last Friday, the MSM cast all their stories about racial disrespect, conveniently ignoring the content of Obama’s announcement … which was that he was telling INS to ignore the law.

There is an odd symmetry here, isn’t there? The reporter Reid dissed asked what Reid, as the head honcho of the Senate, was planning to do about Obama’s end run on immigration. If it had been a Republican president, Reid would’ve welcomed the chance to castigate this bare knuckled power grab. Instead, he slaps down the reporter with a disrespectful quip.

Let’s just suppose it had been a Republican President who told INS not to enforce the law and a White Republican Senate Majority Leader who slapped down a Black reporter asking the same question. Would the media be chuckling about a clever quip? Or would they be going into the latest round of “Oh. My. God. Republicans are all RAAAACISTS!”

I’m just saying.

H/t Pete for Breitbart link @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/the-wednesday-grudge-44/

Source for background on Harper quip: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7412180n


1 Comment

Filed under Democrats, Harry Reid, Immigration, Media Bias, Republicans, U.S. Congress

Another Cold War?

This is a “Must Watch” video!

June 20, 2012: Krauthammer and O’Reilly on Obama’s G20 presser [2:56]

This is really serious stuff … really SCARY stuff. Reagan brought an end to the Cold War without firing a shot; Obama appears to be assisting the Russians in getting it going again.

Remember this?

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2411160030056011884lrEGGU

When you consider the garbage he’s pulled when he still had a re-election campaign ahead of him, this is really really frightening!

Source for graphic @ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/president-obama-asks-medvedev-for-space-on-missile-defense-after-my-election-i-have-more-flexibility/

H/t Pete for Krauthammer-O’Reilly video @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/the-wednesday-grudge-44/#comment-15007

Comments Off on Another Cold War?

Filed under Barack Obama, Charles Krauthammer, Defense, Elections


June 2012: Can you define sustainability? [1:43]

Members of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) were asked what “sustainability” means.

In my local community, Republican leadership devoted years to building up a nice savings account to use for major one-time expenses and to cushion us against economic downturns. When Democrats took over the majority, they began spending that savings account at a phenomenal rate. What used to be multiple millions of dollars will, by the end of this fiscal year, be zero. Next year, our community government’s income will be less than the Democrat budget … by a LOT.

As anyone with a piggy bank knows, a savings account is a non-renewable resource. It takes a long time to fill it up and a very short time to empty it out. But did this bother the Lefties who have been sucking that savings dry for the past few years? No. In fact, one of the uses to which they put this non-renewable resource was to hire a Sustainability Czar. Do ya GET the irony? The Sustainability Czar’s SALARY is unsustainable. Sheesh.

Her job is also a tad mysterious. Apparently she is tasked with sticking her nose into the business of local agencies to make sure they are doing “things” in a “sustainable” manner. I’m not sure what that means exactly … apart from the obvious Democrat Throwing Her Weight Around while Getting in the Way of People who are Actually Trying to Accomplish Something for Taxpayers. THAT part is crystal clear.

As far as who really loves the planet …

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2456987100056011884njSBLZ

If you enjoyed this, you might also like https://polination.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/michael-moore-hypocrite/

H/t texan59 for video: http://4gfc.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/wednesday-open-thread-3/

1 Comment

Filed under Democrats, Economy, Environmentalism, Republicans

Selfishness vs Generosity – Left vs Right

Click on graphics to embiggen.

“The left has made it a shtick to feign generosity while directing the government to confiscate unearned money and to redistribute it to hook capable human beings on just-above-subsistence-level incomes.  Those who fall prey to this scheme become the truly selfish citizens who demand that others cater to their every need.  Meanwhile, those who just want to live their own lives, keep the fruit of their own labor, and to be left alone become falsely demonized as ‘selfish’.” ~Kyle Becker

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2133130160056011884wciYBL

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2619152400056011884buwFLa

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2287745530056011884MMWBvo

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2975816810056011884hFwVQM

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2281048530056011884zQrZcQ

Please read: “Why Liberals Are Selfish” By Kyle Becker – June 20, 2012



It is a constant refrain on the left that conservatives are “selfish.” Those who want to work and keep the fruits of their own labor are castigated as self-centered and greedy, while progressives are held out to be all-compassionate and kind for supporting government-run programs for every malady under the sun.

Enough of that rubbish.

H/t Pete: https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/the-wednesday-grudge-44/

1 Comment

Filed under Al Gore, Barney Frank, Democrats, Joe Biden, John Kerry, John McCain, Republicans


Posted by Pistol Pete

I feel pretty good today.DW’s dad had surgery Monday and she’s been staying with him in Richland Center,Wis.since then.I’ve managed to feed,bathe and dress myself so far.If she doesn’t come home in the next few days I’m going to have to learn how to run the dishwasher.Can you just erase paper plates to clean them?




Filed under Funny Stuff