Mary Hardison, a 101-year-old great-great grandmother from Ogden, has set a new world record for Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem.
The record had been held since 2007 by a 100-year-old women from Cyprus.
The flight actually took place September 1st of last year — Hardison’s birthday — but the record wasn’t confirmed until today.
Hardison’s desire to paraglide arose after her 75-year-old son took up the sport as a hobby. ”I didn’t want him to get too far ahead of me, so I decided that I’d go too,” she told the AP. “To me, I was just going on a little ride. I had no idea I’d break a record.”
Asked if she plans to paraglide again, Hardison, who loves physical activity and quilting for charities, said, “If the notion strikes, I’ll go again.”
Major earthquake rattles Mexico, damages hundreds of homes. White House: Malia Obama unhurt. What? Thought no one was to report on the daughter in Mexico.
Rick Santorum criticized President Obama for letting Malia go to Mexico.
Former president Jimmy Carter expresses support for same-sex marriage.
Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos make it official with five-year, $96 million contract.
One Nation Under Socialism
Liberal media bias is still just a right-wing myth.
(Politico) — The Obama 2012 team hosted an off-the-record briefing for Mitt Romney’s press corps at Chicago headquarters today, reporters tell me.
Obama press secretary Ben La Bolt and deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter hosted the event, during which reporters were given a tour of the office and asked questions about the Obama team’s strategy and outlook on the 2012 race. Campaign manager Jim Messina is said to have made a cameo appearance.
Reporters described the event as unrevelatory and said nothing groundbreaking was discussed, but also described it as an important “get-to-know-you” session for the TV, print, and wire reporters in attendance.
The Romney campaign, which has had a complicated relationship with its press corps, seems to have been unaware that the meeting took place.
A breathtaking sight awaits those who travel to the southernmost tip of Hawaii’s stunningly beautiful Big Island, though it’s not in any guidebook. On a 100-acre site, where cattle wander past broken ‘Keep Out’ signs, stand the rusting skeletons of scores of wind turbines.
Just a short walk from where endangered monk seals and Hawksbill turtles can be found on an unspoilt sandy beach, a technology that is supposed to be about saving the environment is instead ruining it.
In other parts of the U.S., working wind turbines are killing hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year, but here the wildlife can perch on the motionless steel blades.
If any spot was tailor-made for a wind farm it would surely be here. The gales are so strong and relentless on the tip of South Point that trees grow almost horizontally.
Yet the 27-year-old Kamaoa Wind Farm remains a relic of the boom and inglorious bust of America’s so-called ‘wind rush’, the world’s first major experiment in wind energy.
At a time when the EU and the British Government are fully paid-up evangelists for wind power, the lesson from America — and the ghostly hulks on this far-flung coast — should be a warning of their folly.
Few people were talking about saving the planet back in the early Eighties. The wind rush was a free-for-all in which get-rich-quick companies exploited ridiculously generous tax breaks to pepper the States with thousands of wind turbines.
For anyone who has questioned Downing Street’s controversial pledge — spurred on by EU green targets — to give £400 million-a-year subsidies to wind farms as well as hefty bribes to landowners in order to spur the building of an additional 4,500 turbines, the wind rush may sound eerily familiar.
Indeed, America’s growing band of wind skeptics insist that what happened three decades ago in the U.S. could easily recur over the next few years in the UK if the wheels come off the wind energy gravy train once again.
So what went wrong? It started with the late Seventies oil crisis that convinced America it had to look around for other sources of power. For a time, wind power was considered to be a serious alternative to fossil fuels.
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For no other reason than I want to make them. You figure out about which ones I am serious and which ones are tongue in cheek… or something.
Within the next 10 years there will be a significant war in Europe. My guess is it will start with civil war in one country but then grow into a general conflict.
Tim Tebow will have the best winning record among NFL QB’s for the next 3 years. And the media will still say he stinks.
Israel will strike Iran, but not accomplish the goal of setting back their nuclear program. Iran and friends will smash Tel-Aviv and some other areas of Israel with missiles, only a small percentage will make it to the targets, but enough to do real damage. And after so much haranguing by the UN and the pansy allies, we will have a nuclear Iran and a bruised Israel.
Matt and I will get our own comedy/news show on EWTN. At first the powers that be will be very skeptical of our brand of humor and commentary. But ratings will go through the roof!! Matt and I will not be able to step one foot in Steubenville without be harassed by paparazzi.
The Supreme Court will throw out the Obamacare mandate but pretend there is severability, leaving the rest of the horrid program in place. The Republicans in Congress will make big show of trying to repeal it, but never tie repeal to anything the Dems want. This will leave us with an unfunded liability in the gazillions. No worries though, we will grow out way out of it in 2,172,698 years +/- 50 years.
Ann Coulter will take 50 college students hostage demanding that all Republicans realize that winning is more important than actual policy. Eventually the hostages will get bored and leave of their own accord. 87% of them will vote for Santorum.
This is just another damn reason we need to get out of the UN and boot their collective asses out of NYC.
(JPost) — On March 19, 2012 the UN Human Rights Council and its UN staff in Geneva advertised and facilitated an event featuring a representative of the terrorist organization Hamas. Facing an immediate outcry, a massive misinformation campaign is now underway to protect the already discredited UN body. But there is no avoiding the facts: the UN handed a UN entrance pass and a UN microphone, in a UN room, to Hamas’s own Ismail al-Ashqar.
US, European and Israeli laws designate Hamas as a terror group. Hamas’s hate-filled Charter advocates genocide, or in its words: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it…The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews)…” The organization is pursuing that goal on a daily basis.
Nevertheless, the Council published a formal UN “Bulletin” – with the Council’s name splashed across the top and a formal UN symbol number – containing the following message. Anyone wanting to catch a lecture by a Hamas human rights authority should head off to Meeting Room XXVII in the UN’s Palais des Nations from 10 to 12 Monday morning.
Pirated Russian version of Iron Lady depicts Margaret Thatcher as Hitler-loving enemy of the working class.
Asma Assad, Syria’s First Lady and Self-Professed ‘Real Dictator’.
So Congress passes a law forbidding military aid to Egypt and Obama decides he’s doing it anyway? How very dictatorish of him.
(WaPo) — The Obama administration intends to resume funding for Egypt’s military, despite congressional restrictions and objections from human rights and democracy advocates.
For months, the money for Egypt — more than $1.5 billion, with the bulk earmarked for the military — has been withheld amid that country’s crackdown on pro-democracy groups, including several U.S.-based organizations with close ties to political parties in Washington.
A law passed by Congress in December forbids funding unless the State Department certifies that Egypt is making progress on basic freedoms and human rights.
But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is close to announcing plans to bypass those restrictions on national security grounds, according to senior administration officials and others who have been briefed on the deliberations but were not authorized to speak publicly. The administration believes failure to provide the funds would risk worsening already fraying ties with Egypt’s leaders, most notably the Egyptian military, which still controls the country.
Shark Diving magazine editor Eli Martinez high-fives a lemon shark in The Bahamas.
Soros does have an agenda to push.
Via Aaron Klein:
The Department of Education has partnered with billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute to promote a global education initiative that seeks “a world where each and every person on Earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.”
Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a $25,000 “Why Open Education Matters” competition that will give a cash prize for the best short video explaining the benefits of what is known as Open Educational Resources, or O.E.R., for students, teachers and schools.
O.E.R. is a form of global teaching that uses digital materials made available free through open licenses, which allow uses of the materials that would not be easily permitted under copyright alone.
The O.E.R. model of teaching heavily utilizes social media. A 2007 O.E.R forum announced the education group’s mission of creating “a world where each and every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.”
The “Why Open Education Matters” competition is sponsored and organized by three groups – the U.S. Department of Education, Soros’ Open Society and a group known as Creative Commons.