Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Headline of the week:

"Man struggles to return from the dead."

Margaret Truman dies at 83.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry S. Truman who became a concert singer, actress, radio and TV personality and mystery writer, died Tuesday. She was 83.

How to teach a tiger to doggy paddle

After a hard day's lolling around, these animals like nothing more than a quick dip.

The water-loving creatures all live at a special park for endangered species, where they have been taught to swim by Dr Bhagavan Antle, who has cared for them for 25 years.
He says: "I started swimming with tigers because I discovered it enriches their lives.

"We found we could manipulate them more easily in the water.

"Then we tried swimming with other animals, and the orangutans in particular loved it."
Another creature that adores the water at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, or TIGER, in Miami, Florida, is the aquatic tapir, from South America, which can walk along the bottom or swim on the top.

"This little one has been swimming since he was the size of a shoe box, and both his parents swim too," said Dr Antle.

Perhaps the coolest thing I've seen since "Top Gun".

For the uninitiated that's a Swiss F-18 vs. a German MiG-29.

h/t Lex.

John Edwards feeling Pretty

I knew this footage existed but I had never bothered to watch it before now. I had always said to myself "they all primp and preen-it's really not fair to judge him based on this".

I was wrong.

Via Theo.

Moral Health Care vs. “Universal Health Care”

Politicians from across the political spectrum, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, have argued that the government should guarantee “universal coverage” to all Americans, making health care a “right.” And politicians are not alone; numerous businessmen, union leaders, and insurance executives are united in saying that this will solve our problems.

It will not.

Via Maggie's Farm.

First They Came for the Gays

It’s very clear what’s going on here – and where it’s all headed. Europe is on its way down the road of Islamization, and it’s reached a point along that road at which gay people’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is being directly challenged, both by knife-wielding bullies on the street and by taxpayer-funded thugs whose organizations already enjoy quasi-governmental authority. Sharia law may still be an alien concept to some Westerners, but it’s staring gay Europeans right in the face – and pointing toward a chilling future for all free people.

For what it's worth...

The Los Angeles Republican Alliance (of which I am a member) has endorsed Mitt Romney for President.

Here's the full text of the endorsement:

After taking a survey of the core members of LARA it has become apparent that Mitt Romney is the first choice and Rudy Giuliani is a close second and may even be a tie with myself being the tiebreaker.

Personally Mitt Romney has been my number one choice since I first heard him speak at a CRP Convention in San Jose last year. I did not speak publicly about my personal choice until after the Representative’s Debate. The only objective assessment I can make is that the activists that are members of LARA and attend the meetings are so because they are Conservatives, socially, militarily and economically.

No compromising of our core Republican principals is the first thing our President and Commander in Chief must establish with the enemy here at home and abroad. John McCain has failed over and over and over with the Democrats in the Senate. What is he going to do with the war on terrorism – listen to Ted Kennedy? We know he has a breaking point a weakness that hasn’t escaped notice of the Democrats and the Terrorist. John McCain seems not to be aware that the three big issues we as a country are facing starts with settling the issue of illegal immigration and the economy and ridding America of the insidious leftists hawking their obsolete Marxist economic and social model here at home. Armed with these successes we could fight any enemy of freedom and win decisively not divisively.

Mitt Romney’s positions of the major issues are not too dissimilar from the rest of the pack, (except McCain and Paul). What differentiates him from all the rest is his background; his family and his professional career in the private sector. His positions on the economy, specifically, and most importantly, entitlement reform and immigration are well thought out and exemplary. The evolution of his ideas and policy positions has been consistent in that they are heading in the RIGHT direction. In addition, I admire his determination to defeat Islamo Fascism, which would bring stability to the Middle East.

Mitt Romney can beat Hillary Clinton not because he has a better political machine, nobody does, but because she brings so much dysfunctional baggage with her. She is like a bad girlfriend – not the needy kind but the fatal attraction kind. Romney has the resources and the national network of activist’s organizations, including this one, to push out his message and illustrate the contrast between his professionalism and her maniacal need for power.

If Obama were the Democratic nominee it would be a different strategy. Obama is JFK reincarnated in a socialist suite of armor that is severely outdated and obsolete. He is a nice guy but in need of wisdom -- compensation from age and experience. SO WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO PULLING THE LEVER MOST THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE VOTE FOR THE PCKETBOOK -- HIGH TAXES AND BIG GOVERNMENT NEVER WIN.

So my endorsement and the full power of the Los Angeles Republican Alliance will become part of the Romney team after he is nominated in the California Primary. I will suspend operations until after California votes. If California picks Rudy then I will wait until the Convention when the delegates pick our nominee.

Thank you for being Republican,

Jeffers M. Dodge
President of the Los Angeles Republican’s Alliance

McCain Beats Romney

MIAMI (AP) - Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary Tuesday night, gaining the upper hand in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination ahead of next week's contests across 21 states. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared ready to quit the race.

Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie

Lew Jaffe sent me a link to his very interesting site. He collects bookplates, those labels inside the book that say "from the library of..." . It's an amazing little hobby that to be honest, I didn't really know existed till now. Anyway, go over to his site and give him a look.