Thursday, May 01, 2008
I try to keep things at Diminished Expectations no racier PG-13. I want this to be a site people are comfortable having their kids read (assuming they want their kids to become right-wing global warming skeptics/baseball fanatics). Family friendliness is very important to me. I detest people who wear T-Shirts in public that say things like F*** Bush because of the first word, not the second. Our public discourse is vulgar enough without me contributing to it.
That said, I've come across blog that I really like which at the same time is insanely NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Sonia Bellechasse's blog is sort like Last of the Few if Theo were female...and French...and a bisexual nudist. You read that correctly. Anyway, she's a staunch anti-communist and that's good enough for me. I only go there for the articles. Enjoy!
Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote the decision, grew up in Hyde Park, the city neighborhood where Sen. Barack Obama – the most vociferous Congressional critic of such laws – lives now. Both men have seen how the Daley machine has governed the city for so many years, with a mix of patronage, contract favoritism and, where necessary, voter fraud.
That fraud became nationally famous in 1960, when the late Mayor Richard J. Daley's extraordinary efforts swung Illinois into John F. Kennedy's column. In 1982, inspectors estimated as many as one in 10 ballots cast in Chicago during that year's race for governor to be fraudulent for various reasons, including votes by the dead.
Mr. Stevens witnessed all of this as a lawyer, special counsel to a commission rooting out corruption in state government, and as a judge. On the Supreme Court, this experience has made him very mindful of these abuses. In 1987, the high court vacated the conviction of a Chicago judge who'd used the mails to extort money. He wrote a stinging dissent, taking the rare step of reading it from the bench. The majority opinion, he noted, could rule out prosecutions of elected officials and their workers for using the mails to commit voter fraud.
Three years later, Justice Stevens ordered Cook County officials to stop printing ballots that excluded a slate of black candidates who were challenging the Daley machine. The full court later ordered the black candidates back on the ballot.
Justice Stevens and I don't agree on much but I've always thought highly of his integrity. Unlike some on the left who pretend vote fraud is a non-issue because it helps Democrats, Stevens has always understood that its a cancer on democracy which ultimately undermines faith in the process as whole. Good for him.
It may surprise Americans to discover that the United States is the third-largest oil producer, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. We could be producing more, but Congress has put large areas of potential supply off-limits. These include the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and parts of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. By government estimates, these areas may contain 25 billion to 30 billion barrels of oil (against about 30 billion barrels of proven U.S. reserves today) and 80 trillion cubic feet or more of natural gas (compared with about 200 tcf of proven reserves).
What keeps these areas closed are exaggerated environmental fears, strong prejudice against oil companies and sheer stupidity.
As a movie buff, I keep looking for the right cinematic analogy for the American economy. Try this one: It's like the Terminator. Not the Schwarzenegger one—the other one, the Terminator from the second film. You could empty a shotgun—or in this case, an imploding housing market, credit crunch, and high oil prices—into that morphing metal dude, and before you know it, the thing's all healed and chasing you again.
Two NCAA Division II schools were playing softball. Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her college career, but with the score tied 0-0, she hit one out of the park. Two players on base ran home, and Tucholsky ran toward first base, missed it, then turned around. Her knee suddenly gave out and she collapsed. Tucholsky could not reach first base.
If she received any help from her coach or teammates, she would be out. The coach could replace her with another runner and keep a two-run single, but that would rob Tucholsky of her only possible collegiate homer.
That’s when the opposing team stepped in. Central Washington senior and scoring leader Mallory Holtman asked if she and her teammates could carry Tucholsky to each base.
“Honestly, it’s one of those things that I hope anyone would do it for me,” Holtman said. “She hit the ball over her fence. She’s a senior; it’s her last year. … I don’t know, it’s just one of those things I guess that maybe because compared to everyone on the field at the time, I had been playing longer and knew we could touch her, it was my idea first. But I think anyone who knew that we could touch her would have offered to do it, just because it’s the right thing to do. She was obviously in agony.”
Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace lifted Tucholsky off the ground and supported her weight between them as they began a slow trip around the bases, stopping at each one so Tucholsky’s left foot could secure her passage onward. Even with Tucholsky feeling the pain of what trainers subsequently came to believe was a torn ACL (she was scheduled for tests to confirm the injury on Monday), the surreal quality of perhaps the longest and most crowded home run trot in the game’s history hit all three players.
You can read the entire story at ESPN. Link
There's never been any love lost between the Clintons and official Washington. The Georgetown dinner parties they rarely attended during the Bill years might as well be in Outer Mongolia for all President Hillary will care. Notables who abandoned her for Obama will get the Big Chill. "He's dead to us," a Clinton aide was quoted saying of John Kerry, who along with Ted Kennedy was turned off by the perception of race baiting that led up to the South Carolina primary. A major donor, conflicted between the two candidates and apologetic over his backing of Obama, found Hillary less than sympathetic. "Too bad for you, because I'm going to win," she snapped.
It's no secret that The Wife is a real estate junkie.
Though this writer finds it difficult to comprehend, she prefers to read about overpriced fixer-uppers than my latest musings on the intellectual failures of the international left. Go figure.
In an effort to appease She Who Must Be Obeyed (not to mention a blatant attempt to boost my readership) here is one of her favorite real estate sites.
Bottom line, the federal government had a plan to protect New Orleans from hurricanes like Katrina, but was unable to implement it due to interference from local environmentalists and the local judiciary.
A PSA rerun (updated for DE) from my former blog - For Serenity's Sake, and in honor of RSS Awareness Day.
Check out the video below that explains it all in very easy to understand and really super simple terms. BTW, my favorite reader is the free Google Reader. It is so user friendly. I use my GR every day. When any of my favorite blogs or news agencies have updated it goes right into MY reader. I no longer have to travel around the net checking to see if there is new stuff.
The Google Reader has a nifty feature called the Google Reader Shared Page. You can see the widget for this on the sidebar of this blog. My GR Shared Page is a wonderful Google gadget that allows me to select and unselect at will what blog posts and news articles that come into my GR that I want to share with all of my friends. It has it's own web page and this delightful widget is so simple to add to your blog. The GR Shared Page also has it's own feed people can sub to. I was able to add the GR button to my browser. I am reading more than ever and in less time. Nothing gets past you if you are using your Google Reader! This is great for all of us poor addicted "Information Junkies"!
Once you get started sub to our blog by clicking the RSS button on the sidebar or the RSS button in the address window of your browser. If you would like to add my Shared Page use this link or visit the page here.
Now watch the really super simple instructional video. If you need more info visit the RSS Awareness Day page.
Be sure to let me know how you like RSS!