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Your Morning Cereal – Man Tries ‘Wile E. Coyote’ Rocket Car Stunt

The Arizona Highway Patrol discovered a pile of smoldering metal embedded in the side of a cliff (I told you this was a ‘Wile E. Coyote’ stunt…and I wasn’t joking.)

The wreckage was first thought to be an airplane crash, but it was in fact, a car. The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene. Later, investigators finally pieced together the cause.

An amateur rocket scientist, and I do mean amatuer, had gotten hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take Off), military rocket. These are used to give heavy military transport planes extra boost on short runways. He drove his 1967 Chevy Impala out into the desert, to a long stretch of road. He proceeded to attach the JATO unit to the car, and fire it. 

The results were unsuccesful for the driver.

It was determined that the driver ignited the JATO approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site. The distance calculated by the scorched and melted asphalt at that location.

The JATO, reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, and a top speed of 350 mph, for a duration of 25 seconds. The driver, along for the ride and probably mercifully unconscious when the car hit the cliff in mid air, could only be identified by some scraps of hair and teeth recovered at the crash site.

The automobile did manage to stay on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles before becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting the cliff at a height of 125 feet.

Wile E. Coyote would be proud.

Read the full article at SlapHappyNews.com

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Ellen DeGeneres Marries Girlfriend in L.A.

Afternoon talk show host Ellen DeGeneres married her life partner, actress Portia de Rossi, at their home in Los Angeles this past Saturday. 

DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, exchanged their own vowes at  small ceremony, after dating for about four years. During that time they have been open about their relationship.

DeGeneres announced her plans to marry de Rossi, on her daytime talk show in May after California’s Supreme Court overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.

If you remember, it was DeGeneres who broke the ‘gay’ T.V. barrier in 1997 when her television character came out of the closet on her sitcom “Ellen.” Afterward, she disappeared for a bit from T.V., but has resurrected her career.

I say good for her, as this is more proof that love cannot be simply legislated away. People who think homosexuality is a conscious lifestyle choice made to impress people, are wrong-headed. In Ellen’s case, she is finally able to express here love for here mate, and vice-versa, the way all other people who are in love, choose to express it…through marriage. 

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An Interesting Post on One Man’s Rejection of Christianity

This post is re-printed from the ‘Top Stories Forum’ on Topix. We have only re-produced a snippet here. If you want to read all four parts (and I reccomend you do), follow this link.

Why I’m no longer a Christian, Part One

I was raised from my infancy by deeply religious people, surrounded by a family full of Baptist preachers, deacons and missionaries. I myself was baptized, as well as I can recall, at about the age of ten.

I can remember being struck by the fact that everyone around me at the time – and I do mean everyone – kept telling me that what I had just experienced was the most important event of my life, and that everything else I would ever do would shrink to insignificance alongside it. I was receiving the power of the Lord. It was a special time for me.

Well, I enjoyed all the attention, as any kid would, but I remember wondering: Why don’t I feel any different, myself? I thought about my attitudes, my perceptions, the circumstances of my life, and I couldn’t think of a single thing that was any different, now that I was one with Jesus. No matter how hard I tried to find something new and meaningful, there was nothing. It was a hollow, empty, and lonely sensation, and surprisingly so. It was not what I had expected at all.

I concluded after a time that I must not be doing something right. Everyone around me seemed so confident and secure in their faith and mine so tenuous in comparison, I felt left out. The shortcoming, I decided, must be mine. I must be missing something.

I resolved to try harder. I devoted myself to Bible study and prayer. I sensed that everyone around me would be horrified if I were to express any of these reservations I was feeling, so I kept them to myself. I suppressed them, and did my best to forget them altogether.

The years went by and I attended services regularly but somehow I never quite shook the uneasy sense, in the back of my mind, that I had never truly felt the presence of a transcendent being – Jesus, God, or anyone at all.

I remained outwardly compliant, but inwardly I began to feel isolated and as much as I tried to banish this feeling, it persisted. As I reached adulthood it intensified until I became aware that, despite my best efforts, it was not going to go way. More troubling still was the bulk of doubts I began to feel about matters of doctrine. I began to doubt, among many other things, the true value of grace.

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Your Morning Cereal – An Effective Way to Protest

A throng of mostly bare skin bike riders protested the U.S. dependency on foreign oil in a public park in St. Louis.

 Hundreds of bicyclists, mostly nude, were a sight ot see for curious spectators in St. Louis’ Tower Grove Park this past Saturday. The event was billed as a 10-mile ”World Naked Bike Ride.”

Thank goodness it was warm out.

The ride has been staged in 70 cities worldwide since 2004 as a way for those concerned citizens to protest society’s dependence on oil.

Police were on hand to ensure the riders wore the bare minimum, which included thongs, pasties, loin cloths, bathing suits and body paint.

 Read full article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

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Vanity Fair Parodies the Obamas New Yorker Cover

The controversial New Yorker cover of the Obamas has created heated debate on this blog in two different posts (Obama is ‘All Class’ in Response to New Yorker Cover and Tom Toles on Obama New Yorker Cover)
by Matthew. I have already commented in the first post while not outraged per say it was in incredibly poor taste to portray our future President as a Muslim terrorist even in if it was a satirical statement about the conservative media. The New Yorker should have not used it as a cover (inserted inside) and/or had a article to go along with the image. As it stands, the cover only helped reinforce stereotypes about Obama among the uninformed who casually scan the magazine rack.

It was only a matter of time before we had parodies done about the now (in)famous cover. Vanity Fair has poked fun at The New Yorker with a parody of the cover featuring the McCains

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CapitolStreet Would Like to Welcome Our Latest Contributor

I just wanted to announce the addition of our latest contributor, Maruta Kelers, to CapitolStreet. Welcome aboard Maruta!

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New Miley Cyrus Soft Porn Photos Surface…

Disney’s Hannah Montana is at it again. Here are some photos that were leaked of ‘innocent’ Miley posing in wet t-shirt and red lingerie for her boyfriend Nick Jonas.

Remember folks…she’s fifteen years old.

Walt Disney must be rolling in his grave. This is the ideal we want our young women to live up to? When are lawmakers going to put a stop to underage porn? I guess this is what you get when daddy pimps out his little girl to Vanity Fair, with an eye on re-kindling his mediocre/stalled singing career.

Read this related story –
Can rape sometimes be the victim’s fault? – at our sister site Ideas and Revolution.
Look for my comment relating Miley Cyrus and the socializing of young girls into accelerating their sexuality to the post.

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