A great way to clear your sinuses

Take it from me: you never ever want to lose the documentation proving that you’ve completed military-grade OC spray training. Encores are a buzzkill.

As soon as that gooey pepper spray hits your face, your nose expels rivers of snot, your skin feels like it’s been sunburned, your lips feel like they’re covered in angry fire ants, and your throat tries to close up if you’re dumb enough to breathe too deeply.
And your eyes. Oh, your eyes. They don’t close … they slam shut. This pepper spray’s Scoville score is in the 2,000,000 – 5,300,000 range, so it’s worse than breaking open a habanero pepper and rubbing your bare eyeballs with it. It’s such exquisite pain that after your instructor calls “break” you can stare unblinking into cold water running from a hose into your eyes because it … Makes. The. Ow. Go. Away.
Did I forget to mention that you’re expected to keep control of your sidearm and your combative subject after being sprayed? Fun times.

Just crossed paths with Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham’s “Power To The People” book tour pulled into Cleveland today. Here I am at the WHK Meet & Greet over on the East Side.
The lady radiates energy. She’s on her tenth stop in this book tour, and won’t get a break ’til the middle of next month. A three day break. She’s gotta be tired but you sure can’t tell by looking at her or listening to her. Laura’s very friendly, outgoing, and charming … the kind of person I’d enjoy hanging out with over pizza and beer. I’d love to just sit and hear her talk about the things she’s done, the places she’s been and the people she’s met.
Laura, I hope you get a chance to work out at some point, just to vent some stress from the tour. At least go for a run, girl. You’ll go batty by October otherwise. And the next time you roll through town, you and your producers drink on my tab. Never let it be said that this USCGA grad would withhold hospitality from friends of a squid like Joe (tempting though it might be).
Here’s more on the author and her work.


Bleg: jet fighter video in high def

My 50″ plasma screen TV needs a workout. I absolutely lust after jet fighters, especially 4th- and 5th-generation models. What’s the best high definition DVD out there that combines gripping footage (not necessarily combat), an excellent soundtrack with lots of afterburning thunder, and multiple camera angles (in-cockpit, HUD, externally mounted, formation flight, fly-by, etc.)? Extra warm fuzzies if there’s a Hornet in there anywhere.
This is the video that started my drooling.

You can bet I’ll be asking Lex for his opinion. Cuz this ain’t half bad, neither:

Implications of liquid water on Mars

If the changes in photos of gullies on Mars really do reveal that the red planet still has liquid water somewhere, then the likelihood of life on Mars is greater than scientists thought. Now, assume that there really is liquid water, and future probes dig into the soil to find living microbes. Exciting, of course.
But here’s a question to really make your head spin: what if the microbes have DNA?
That would be major evidence of intelligent design. After all, what are the odds that an information storage system as incredibly complex as DNA would evolve on two separate planets? Keep an eye on the next Mars probes to hit the surface of the red planet. I know I’ll be watching.