And you think that just started now?Comments Off
The headline reads: “Bloomberg Leaves GOP.” But how can one leave something that he never was a part of?
Let me put it this way – if I rent a Ford Mustang and drive it to where I need to be this morning (which is court), and I abandon the vehicle once I get there, have I left Ford? That seems to be the case here with Bloomberg. The lifelong Democrat thought he needed to be a Republican (because it was en vogue?) to be elected Mayor of that cesspool in the Northeast. Now it doesn’t suit his purposes.
Really, guys, if you didn’t see this one coming…
Except for the gratuitous NYC slam, that’s exactly how I feel.Comments Off
“I think there’ll be a lot of discussion about the appropriateness of burning the tires — or whatever it was that they called what they were doing — and going forward, and I think that’s probably a very good discussion to have,” Bredesen said.
An awful tragedy, to be quite sure, but, still, that’s just funny. At least, this Southern-born-boy-with-Yankee-blood-and-Yankee-sensibilities thinks so.Comments (1)
There are political differences in Iraq that have puzzled diplomats and statesmen. You won’t help matters any by getting mixed up in them.
From A Short Guide to Iraq, published by the United States War Department.
(h/t Andrew Sullivan)Comments (1)
The drought puts Jack Daniel’s at risk. Forget the lawn. Now people are really going to start to care.Comments (4)
Exposing a CIA employee who may or may not be clandestine: bad.
Exposing a CIA program which may or may not exist: good.
Is there a consistent rule for determining good and bad in these cases that I can use in future?Comments Off
Sometimes I have ideas so brilliant that even if they would benefit my political opponents, I still have to share them.
James Taranto (fourth item) recently received an invitation to participate in a fundraiser for Barack Obama:
Our funding comes from a movement of Americans giving whatever they can afford, even $5, and Barack wants to sit down with supporters like you.
If you’ve ever thought about making a donation to join our campaign, now is the time. In the next week, four supporters will be selected for a new kind of fundraising dinner. We’re reserving two of those seats for new donors like you. . . .
The dinner for five is an opportunity for you to sit down with Barack and your fellow supporters and talk about what matters to you.
It’s a raffle, where the winners chosen at random, get to have an intimate dinner with the candidate.
Not a bad idea for a fundraiser. Only, it’s illegal in Tennessee.
In the Volunteer State, although we have a lottery, “games of chance” including raffles and bingo are illegal except for 501-c3 organizations, which a political campaign is not.
Now I happen to think it’s a silly rule to ban a raffle under these circumstances. But that’s the law.
So here’s my brilliant idea for the Obama camp:
Openly and flagrantly violate the law in what his supporters presumably think is the most “backward” part of the entire country: Rhea County, Tennessee, home of the Scopes-Monkey Trial, and where three years ago the County Commission banned homosexuality.
The Obama campaign ought to base the entire raffle out of a rented storefront in downtown Dayton, Tennessee, and just dare the local ”rubes” to arrest them for running an illegal gambling operation. And if they did . . . imagine the publicity!
What does Obama have to lose? Face reality, even with Phil Bredesen on the ticket, Democrats will not win Tennessee next November. And, if by some quirk they do, the people that they’ll upset with the stunt, aren’t the ones who would be voting for them anyway. Furthermore, the case against him probably would have no merit since federal election laws likely trump state gaming rules. But even if it did, what better publicity than to openly defy a law that many of your supporters probably think is silly.
More than eighty years ago the best of the world’s media reported breathlessly from a stifling hot Southern town and made a hero of an ordinary school teacher and a fool of Dayton, Tennessee. A political candidate in this day and age, has to spend an awful lot of money to buy that kind of publicity. But for just five dollars, Barack Obama could be the real winner of this raffle.Comments (2)
This could be the biggest technological advancement since the microprocessor. Seriously.
In a breakthrough that sounds like something out of Star Trek, [a team of scientists at MIT] have discovered a way of ‘beaming’ power across a room into a light bulb, mobile phone or laptop computer without wires or cables.
In the first successful trial of its kind, the team was able to illuminate a 60-watt light bulb 7ft away.
The past few weekends I’ve been building a treehouse. (Actually Treej Mahal is more like it–I think I may be going a bit overboard, but that’s another story.) I’ve got cords everywhere: circular saw, table saw, miter saw, and although the drill is cordless, its battery charger is not. How much easier it would be–not to mention safer–if instead of cords going everywhere, there was just a power transmitter in the middle of my job site!
Imagine living in an older home where the addition of outlets is impractical and expensive. This is a problem I know well since my parents’ home was built in 1850 and is little changed since then. With a few power transmitters placed throughout the home, their problem goes away.
Imagine vehicle powered power transmitters on boats and aircraft and at campsites and tailgates, or in hotel lobbies, airports, and coffee shops. Imagine lawn and garden equipment–which in recent years has moved in the direction of two-cycle engine power instead of inconveniently corded power–moving back to electricity of the cordless variety.
Imagine golf courses without stables of charging golf carts, instead automatically being recharged at each tee box and green.
The possibilities are mind-shattering. For years scientists working on electric cars have said, “if only we could make more powerful batteries.” Perhaps the solution all along was just to make a better cord–which is no cord at all.Comments (5)
Katherine, I hardly knew ye. How could you, of all people, make a reference to a homosexual man who had AIDS without making any further comment about him, except, perhaps, to compare yourself to him, and somewhat unfavorably at that?
What’s the matter Katherine? Are you ashamed that someone might compare you to a gay man? Huh? What if one of his family members happened to be on Google today and ran across that post? Can you imagine how that would feel? And, let me add, I was very close to him when he lived, and, by “really close,” I of course mean only that I caught him on the occasional Nick at Nite rerun. But I know this one guy who knows this other person who read somewhere that he was a really nice guy. Anyway, trust me when I say that when you took this shot at him, I felt it deep within my being, espcially when this one blogger I always read told me to feel that way.
How dare you Katherine. How dare you. How dare you claim the mantle of Dick Sargent. How dare you sully his name.
Amd don’t even get me started on how you completely overlook Sarah Chalke’s much better stint on Scrubs. She is more than just the “second Becky” you know. If she was dead too, well, then, I’d really be ticked off. As it is, though, people reading your post might come away with the wrong impression about her overall career. You should know better than that, given that it’s your job to do other people’s thinking for them.
I’m embarrassed for you. And I’m ashamed I know you. That is all.Comments (11)