Friday, February 29, 2008

Clinton fearmongering

A stark new Hillary Rodham Clinton ad portrays her as the leader voters want on the phone when crisis occurs in the middle of the night, "while your children are safely asleep."

- AP/Forbes (link here)

The Clintons have always excelled at fearmongering.

Fort Benning

Maj. Bobby Toon is known as the Pig Czar at the huge army post on Georgia's western edge.

He has been assigned to help rid Fort Benning of its unwanted guests: an estimated 6,000 feral pigs that roam the 184,000-acre installation.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

Fauxbama

When Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president last year, some observers questioned whether the senator from Illinois was "black enough" to embody the hopes and aspirations of African Americans.

Now a variation on that theme has emerged: Is Fred Armisen, who is not African American, "black enough" to embody Obama on "Saturday Night Live"?

- Washington Post (link here)

Wisconsin ribeye

A restaurant cook is out of a job and facing a felony charge after being accused of hiding hairs in a ribeye because a customer complained the first steak served to him was overcooked.

- AP/ajc (link here)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

John Lewis abandons the Clintons

After months of personal soul-searching and political pressure, Rep. John Lewis on Wednesday formally announced that he's switching his influential support from Sen. Hillary Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama, whom Lewis now sees as the heir apparent to the racial progress Lewis himself has spent his life fighting for.

- Atlanta Journal-Constitution (link here)

I guess John Lewis did not read Geraldine Ferraro's op-ed piece.

But, it is always good to see the Clintons get stabbed in the back.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ESPN vs. Jesus

Providing further proof that America's elites are delighted when people of low mental ability use Christians and Christianity as punching bags, ESPN has suspended sports-show anchor Dana Jacobson for one week after she indulged in a drunken, foul-mouthed public tirade that included an astonishingly vulgar curse directed at Jesus Christ.

- S.T. Karnick, acuf.org (link here)

The author's point is that she should have been fired.

AA-12

Thanks to Mark for calling my attention to this video of the AA-12.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4ebtj1jR7c

Bill Cunningham vs. Obama & McCain

"Now we have a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you, all you're going to have in your pocket is change."

- WLW-AM talk show host Bill Cunningham, referring to Barack Obama (AP/Forbes, link here)

Later, on Cunningham's show, after McCain apologized for Cunningham's remarks (several more than quoted above), Cunningham said:

"Did John McCain repudiate me? ... He just threw me under the bus to the national media. I've had it with McCain. I'm going to endorse Hillary Clinton. I'm going to throw my support behind Hillary Clinton."

This last quote appeared in the print edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (with AP attribution), but not in the jsonline version, and not in the AP/Forbes online version.

Australian Sports: Python 1, Dog 0

A 16-foot python stalked a family dog for days before swallowing the pet whole in front of horrified children in the Australian tropics, animal experts said Wednesday.

- AP/ajc (link here)

Cheney Satan 08


This would still be a better ticket than one with a Clinton on it.

Dead people for Clinton

The two sons of Ann Richards, the late former Texas governor, are objecting to an Internet video published by Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign that suggests their mother would have supported Clinton.

- Denver Post (link here)

There is a long tradition of dead people not only supporting Democratic candidates, but also voting for them.

Europe vs. Microsoft

The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. a record $1.3 billion Wednesday for the amount it charges rivals for software information.

EU regulators said the company charged "unreasonable prices" until last October to software developers who wanted to make products compatible with the Windows desktop operating system.

- AP/ajc (link here)

A billion here, and a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking about real money. [with apologies to Everett Dirksen]

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Flooding the Grand Canyon

For the third time since 1996, officials plan to unleash a manmade flood in the Grand Canyon next month in an effort to restore an ecosystem that was altered by a dam constructed on the Colorado River decades ago.

- AP/Denver Post (link here)

No easy answers on this one.

Monday, February 25, 2008

John Kerry

Four years ago, his [John Kerry's] bid to topple President Bush fell short, damaged by a series of Texas broadsides that became known as the Swift boat attacks. His demise spawned a term that came to signify a political low blow.

- Washington Post (link here)

The far-left continues to misrepresent what Swift Boating means.

Swift Boating is telling the truth about someone when that person is lying, which is exactly what happened in John Kerry's case.

Killing elephants

South Africa said it will allow elephants to be killed to control their population, reversing a 1994 ban and immediately drawing criticism from animal rights activists.

- AP/azcentral (link here)

Osama Obama


http://www.dailymail.co.uk

I have to admit that Hussein is quite the handsome fellow is his traditional garb.

Farrakhan vs. Clinton

Farrakhan also leveled small jabs at Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination, suggesting that she represents the politics of the past and has been engaging in dirty politics.

- NewsMax (link here)

What is the world coming to when I agree with Farrakhan?

Lake Conroe, TX

Thanks to my brother Brian for calling my attention to these pictures.



Eat more bugs

Crickets, caterpillars and grubs are high in protein and minerals and could be an important food source during droughts and other emergencies, scientists say.

- AP/ajc (link here)

Geraldine Ferraro

Today, with the possibility that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will end up with about the same number of delegates after all 50 states have held their primaries and caucuses, the pundits and many others are saying that superdelegates should not decide who the nominee will be. That decision, they say, should rest with the rank-and-file Democrats who went to the polls and voted.

But the superdelegates were created to lead, not to follow. They were, and are, expected to determine what is best for our party and best for the country.

- Geraldine Ferraro, NY Times (link here)

Yet another Democrat opposed to too much democracy.

Or, by seating the Michigan and Florida delegates, and then selecting the nominee in a smoke-filled backroom, the Clinton sleaze factor can be enabled for four more years.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Minnesota moose

In the course of a few years, the number of moose in northwestern Minnesota has plummeted to near extinction.

Scientists say that the moose are dying from "tipover disease," less a diagnosis than a description of how moose simply weaken and crumple to the ground, often to be finished off by wolves or other predators. Minnesota moose seem to be dying when and where they shouldn't -- in the prime of life, or in the fall, when they should be fat, and amid plenty of food. The causes are still largely unknown.

It might be due to parasites they've picked up from an exploding deer population. It might be a complication of heat stress, induced by a climate that's gotten too warm too fast. It might be combination of those and other factors.

- Star Tribune (link here)

Whitewater

Events during the Whitewater investigation involving Hillary Rodham Clinton.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

A useful summary of events in the Whitewater investigation.

A timely reminder of the Clinton sleaze factor.

Ralph

Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will "shift the power from the few to the many."

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Excellent.

We need more left-wing candidates.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Cats are better than dogs?

A new study suggests cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people who, well, don't own cats.

And no, dogs don't do the same trick.

- Star Tribune (link here)

A fascinating study that raises a lot of questions.

Arcane Democrats

Winning the delegates wasn't enough. Now the Democrats running for president must keep them from straying. The party's arcane system of caucuses and conventions has both campaigns working to keep delegates they had already claimed in Nevada, Iowa, Kansas and elsewhere.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Arcane does not even begin to describe this system.

The Low Road

At the debate on Thursday night, Senator Clinton, who is 60, passed on a number of opportunities to harshly criticize Senator Obama. She refused to say that he was not ready to serve as the nation’s commander in chief. And she suggested that she does not intend to pursue a ruinous fight for superdelegates at the Democratic convention.

She seemed like someone unwilling to sacrifice her dignity or the interests of her party in an attempt to stave off a likely defeat.

- Bob Herbert, NY Times (link here)

Another delusional op-ed column from the NY Times.

The Clintons have never taken the high road, and they are not going to suddenly start now.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Earth's first muscle-powered swimmers

Jellies have been jet-propelling for at least 550 million years, yet only recently have scientists begun to understand how the challenges of moving in fluid have shaped jellyfish evolution.

- Rachel Ehrenberg, Science News (link here)

Polar Bears

A 2006 USGS study put the number of polar bears in the Beaufort Sea at 1,526, compared with 1,800 in 1986. But USGS researchers said the studies used different counting methods and the numbers cannot be directly compared.

- AP/Miami Herald (link here)

Nevertheless, environmentalists will continue to directly compare the numbers.

Clever Minnesota smokers

What started as a quirky idea to get around the statewide smoking ban appears to be spreading like wildfire.

Dozens of bars are expected to stage "theater nights'' this weekend in which patrons are dubbed actors. The law, which went into effect in October, permits performers to smoke during a theatrical production.

- Star Tribune (link here)

Booing the Clintons

Hillary Rodham Clinton accused presidential rival Barack Obama of political plagiarism Thursday night, but drew boos from a Democratic debate audience when she ridiculed him as the candidate of "change you can Xerox."

Obama dismissed the charge out of hand, then turned the jeers to applause when he countered, "What we shouldn't be doing is tearing each other down, we should be lifting the country up."

- AP/ajc (link here)

The Clintons have always been about tearing things down, not building things up.

NIU killer & HAMAS

After all, how dare I repeat the words of a Muslim reporter in the Chicago Sun-Times who was friends with Northern Illinois University killer Steven Kazmierczak, and said he was a good guy because he spoke Muslim phrases in Arabic with a phony Arabic accent and liked HAMAS? The nerve of me to report that Muslim former Northern Star reporter Rasmieyh Abdelnabi says Kazmierczak was "nice, smart" because he liked HAMAS.

I mean, I'm sure this is just a coincidence--him liking HAMAS and then rampaging HAMAS-style, murdering multiple innocent people on the NIU campus.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Interesting connection.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Origins of life

Hydrocarbons in the fluids spewing from a set of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor of the central Atlantic were produced by inorganic chemical reactions within the ocean crust, scientists suggest. The finding holds possibly profound implications for the origins of life.

Sid Perkins, Science News (link here)

I never heard of Fischer-Tropsch inorganic chemical reactions before I read this article.

I learn something new every day.

Ancient seismic activity

A 200-kilometer-long, 500-meter-thick layer of rocks now lying high in the mountains of Italy is recognized as the remains of an erosive subduction zone that was active under the sea millions of years ago, scientists say. The first-of-its-kind discovery provides new clues about ancient seismic activity along this interface between tectonic plates, and also insight into what may be happening along many quake-prone subduction zones today.

- Sid Perkins, Science News (link here)

Bat evolution

Fossils of a cardinal-sized creature recently unearthed in western Wyoming suggest that primitive bats developed the ability to fly before they could track their prey with biological sonar.

- Sid Perkins, Science News (link here)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Clintons go toxic

The Clinton campaign may need to reach deeper into the negative campaigning armoury if they are to have any chance. They will doubtless be looking at Mr Obama’s remarkably low negative ratings in polls and wondering how they can push them up.

Until now the danger has been that negative attacks could backfire. That is a risk that will probably now have to be taken, even if it damages the Democratic party as a whole. The Clintons have only a matter of days to save their lifelong aspirations. They will not give them up without a fight.

- timesonline.co.uk (link here)

The Clintons have always been toxic.

Osama Obama

As Matthews said, "[W]hat did Barack Obama say and why is it causing controversy?" an image appeared on the screen of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden with the caption 'Words About Words.'

- rawstory.com (link here)

Even liberals like Chris Matthews get confused?

Mysterious creatures

Scientists investigating the icy waters of Antarctica said Tuesday they have collected mysterious creatures including giant sea spiders and huge worms in the murky depths.

- AP/Washington Post (link here)

Those tunicates are very interesting.

Global warming

Are the world's ice caps melting because of climate change, or are the reports just a lot of scare mongering by the advocates of the global warming theory?

Scare mongering appears to be the case, according to reports from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that reveal that almost all the allegedly "lost" ice has come back.

If global warming gets any worse we'll all freeze to death.

- NewsMax (link here)

Maureen Dowd

Given the way the Clintons unfairly turn the tables, we’re only moments away from Hillary asking Obama: “Can’t you control your spouse?”

- Maureen Dowd (link here)

Priceless.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Scientific theory

Florida's State Board of Education has voted to use the term "scientific theory of evolution" in new science standards, the first time the word "evolution" has been included.

- AP/Miami Herald (link here)

Beelzebufo, the Devil Toad

"It's conceivable that it could have taken down some hatchling dinosaurs," said Krause [paleontologist David Krause at New York's Stony Brook University].

- AP/Denver Post (link here)

Monday, February 18, 2008

What time is it?

http://www.worldtimeserver.com/

If you want to know what time it is, this is the site for you.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The most trenchant message

“The most trenchant message from conservation science in the last decade comes from studies about the role of top predators in maintaining the health of ecosystems,” says Michael SoulĂ©, a professor emeritus at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz.

- quoted from Science magazine (no link provided)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Massive meat-eating dinosaurs

Fossil hunters say they have discovered bones of two massive meat-eating dinosaurs in Africa. In the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and co-author Stephen Brusatte named one Kryptops palaios, or "old hidden face," because of a horny covering over its face.

- AP/Star Tribune (link here)

It is amazing how many conclusions can be drawn from a few fossilized bones.

Clinton gets tough

Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, criticized for taking corporate special interest contributions, proposed new restrictions Thursday on oil, insurance, credit card, student loan and Wall Street investment companies that she said would save middle-class Americans $55 billion a year.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

She feels the pain that she is going to inflict on them?

Mitt happens

Republican campaign dropout Mitt Romney endorsed John McCain for the party's presidential nomination and asked his national convention delegates to swing behind the likely nominee.

- AP/Forbes (link here)

Another flip-flop by Mitt.

First he was against him, and now he is for him.

Hezbollah, RIH

Hezbollah mastermind Imad Mughniyeh (also spelled in a variety of transliterated Arabic-to-English ways: Moughnieh, Moughniyeh, Moughnia, Mugniyah, etc.) a/k/a "The Fox," was assassinated in a car-bombing in Syria.

America, what a country. Hezbollah murders our own. Then, their relatives get to live here.

Imad Moughnieh (or however you spell it in transliterated English), ROT IN HELL.

One down, hundreds of milllions of other Hezbo supporters to go.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

She does not pull any punches.

Religion of Peace

As soon as I learned that 27 people from eight Detroit-area stores were arrested and facing charges for illegal trafficking in food stamps, I just knew they were from the "Religion of Peace." This crime satisfies way too many of the precepts of that moon-god cult to be anything other than perpetrated by one of its members: cash easily transferred to terrorists, ripping off Infidel American taxpayers, laughing at the great American satan at the ease with which they can pull off this scam.

- Debbie Schlussel (link here)

Once again, Debbie Schlussel calls them out, because no one else will.

Climate change

Dry-winter forecasts were flat wrong this year for much of Colorado and the Southwest, and weather experts say they're struggling to understand why the snow just keeps falling.

Some forecasters blame climate change, and others point to the simple vicissitudes of weather.

- Denver Post (link here)

Interesting that liberals can predict the effects of global warming decades in advance with complete confidence, yet cannot even successfully predict the weather for one winter.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Reagan on Rushmore


http://www.reaganrushmore.com/

The Phoenix Mummy

"Very unusual, very bizarre," [Phoenix police Sgt. Joel] Tranter said. "This guy was literally buried in the bathtub."

- AP/ajc (link here)

Some strange things happen in Phoenix.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Evolution

Proof of evolution is contained in the fossil record and laboratory tests. It can be seen by careful, meticulous observations. It isn't conjecture, speculation, guesswork or an unproven hypothesis. It is real.

- Miami Herald editorial (link here)

Interesting editorial, but it is odd that they do not mention the "dogma of the day" aspect of science.

Reagan

(Thanks to Mark for this one)

We don't know whether or not you watched the memorial service for Ronald Reagan, but if you did, you probably noticed that Bill and Hillary were both dozing off.

President Ronald Reagan, who never missed a chance for a good one-liner, raised his head out of his casket and said...

"I see the Clintons are finally Sleeping together."

Manga Bible

Ajinbayo Akinsiku wants the world to know Jesus Christ - just not the gentle, blue-eyed Christ of old Hollywood movies and many illustrated Bibles.

Akinsiku says his Son of God is "a samurai stranger who's come to town, in silhouette," here to shake things up in a new, much-abridged version of the Bible rooted in manga, the Japanese form of graphic novels.

"We present things in a very brazen way," said Akinsiku, who hopes to become an Anglican priest and who is the author of "The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation." "Christ is a hard guy, seeking revolution and revolt, a tough guy."

- iht.com (link here)

Mexico

(Thanks to Mark for this one)

Mexico Drops Out Of 2008 Summer Olympics

President Felipe Calderon of Mexico has announced that Mexico will not participate in the Beijing Summer Olympics.

He stated:

"Casi todos los que pueden correr, saltar, o nadar ya han salido del pais."

Translation:

"Pretty much everyone who can run, jump, or swim has already left the country."

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Clinton vs. McCain

If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with Republicans ferociously opposing her, followed by Republicans zooming back into power, as we did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000.

If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule.

There's your choice, America.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Tough choice.

Chappaquiddick


Thanks to Mark for this one.