It’s amazing how much can go on while I’m on vacation (or just busy preparing for it). Most of it’s old news, but just in case, here’s the short shrift version:

Astronaut Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury astronauts, dead at 77. He piloted his ship to a bit less than 1 1/2 miles from its recover ship after the on-board guidance system failed. No other ship–Mercury, Gemini or Apollo–ever got that close. The Houston Chronicle says he was “cocky”. It ain’t cocky if you can back it up, Bubba. Godspeed, Gordo.

Rodney Dangerfield, one of the funniest men I’ve ever seen, dead at 82. I really got into him from his old HBO specials. And Caddyshack. Can’t forget that. “Now I know why tigers eat their young.” Absolutely a classic.

On to politics. I caught a fair bit of the second Presidential debate. I thought President Bush did a much better job that in the first debate–he came out swinging. As in the first debate, this was really about style versus substance. Like I said, if you want empty style, vote for Kerry. If you want someone who believes in something, vote for Bush.

Along those lines, this link via Dean Esmay. Read carefully, and consider style and substance. Who has project names, numbers and results, and who has a plan?

Terrorism as a “nuisance”? OK, I knew John Kerry was a bit out of touch with reality, but this takes the prize. John, it isn’t a nuisance to us. Maybe to you, but not to us.

The Afghan vote seems to have went well, all things considered. Yep, I guess we’ll just chalk that up as another quagmire…

All for now.

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