Monday, August 24, 2009

Business as usual

In effect, Yale University Press is allowing violent extremists to set the terms of free speech. As an academic press that embraces the university's motto of "Lux et Veritas," it should be ashamed.

- Washington Post (link here)

No surprise here.

The far left is never ashamed.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Good Plan

The Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials.

- NY Times (link here)

Sounds like a good plan to me.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fly Under Country

According to a story in The Washington Post (link here), neutrinos are flying under Wisconsin even as we speak.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

No good deed goes unpunished

"The management of Wisconsin State Fair Park commends Mayor Barrett for his actions as a good Samaritan after his departure from Wisconsin State Fair last night," Harris said in the statement. "His efforts to aid a citizen's cries for help should be praised and applauded."

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (link here)

The mayor tried to do the right thing and suffered for it.

The responsible criminal should be punished to the full extant of the law.

Climate change

Documents that, contrary to what liberal sound bites suggest, climate change is the norm.

Maureen Dowd vs. Sarahcuda

Sarahcuda knows, from her brush with Barry on the campaign trail, that he is vulnerable on matters that demand a visceral and muscular response rather than a logical and book-learned one.

- Maureen Dowd, NY Times (link here)

Interesting opinion piece.

How many people have seen "Logan's Run?"

One of my favorite movies.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Academic cowardice

“a definitive account of the entire controversy but to not include the actual cartoons is to me, frankly, idiotic.”

“It’s not just academic cowardice, it is just silly and unnecessary.”

- Rez Aslan, religious scholar, quoted by the New York Times, referring to the decision by Yale Academic Press not to reprint cartoons of Muhammad in a book about those cartoons (link here).

More pandering by the far left.

The images are readily available (for example, link here).

Kathleen Parker

The latest fake insider/whistleblower is Kathleen Parker, the Barry Lynn of the South. Fresh off her mainstream media tour as a Sarah Palin-hating "conservative," Parker is now a self-proclaimed Southerner blaming opposition to Obama's policies on the region's reputed racism.

- Ann Coulter (link here)

Another bullseye.

And I never was a fan of Kathleen Parker.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Maureen Dowd

The postpartisan, postracial, post-Clinton-dysfunction world that Barack Obama was supposed to usher in when he hit town on his white charger, with turtle doves tweeting, has vanished.

- Maureen Dowd, NY Times (link here)

Sometimes, reality intrudes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Organic Beer

According to an article at (link here), locally-brewed organic beer is the responsible choice.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Best t-shirt

The best t-shirt I saw at State Fair yesterday said:

"If Democrats were smarter,
they would be Republicans."

It would make a good shirt for the pass-around game at Christmas.

No African Witchdoctors

Hypothetical global warming a hundred years from now is worse than this?

Telling Africans they can’t have electricity and economic development – except what can be produced with some wind turbines or little solar panels – is immoral. It is a crime against humanity.

- Fiona Kobusingye, (link here)

She makes some good points.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Coin Toss Randomness, or Lack Thereof

Yet recent research into coin flips has discovered that the laws of mechanics determine the outcome of coin tosses: The startling finding is that they aren't random. Instead, for natural flips, the chance of a coin landing in the same position as it started is about 51 percent. Heads facing up predicts heads; tails predicts tails.

- Washington Post (link here)

Very interesting.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Global warming hits Minnesota

Colder yet was International Falls, "the Nation's Ice Box," which recorded its coldest July on record with an average temperate of 59 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

- Star Tribune (link here)