Entries from December 2009

Not Quite Getting the Concept of “Limiting”

WSJ – Congress Raises Debt Ceiling to Allow Borrowing Through February Of course they did.

Categories: Politics

My Mini Copenhagen

First, curtsies to RC2: New Geography (reprinted from Forbes) – THE GREEN MOVEMENT’S PEOPLE PROBLEM, by Joel Kotkin The movement needs to break with the deep-seated misanthropy that dominates green politics and has brought it to this woeful state. Its leaders have defined our species as everything from a “cancer” to the “AIDs of the [...]

Categories: Uncategorized

I Suppose There’s An Implied Exception For Cricket

You know how people get about cricket… The Corner – Mark Steyn: Come Fry with Me In order to save the planet from global roasting, it seems entirely reasonable to ask Mr. and Mrs. Joe Peasant to subordinate their freedom of movement to an annual “carbon allowance” preventing them flying hither and yon and devastating [...]

Categories: Uncategorized

The Universe in Six and a Half Minutes

So cool. Try it full screen. The music is lovely but not essential.

Categories: Science and Nature

Hardhat Area

I asked Peter to add one small Tumblr box to my sidebar. Which meant he had to completely rebuild my blog theme. He’s spent the morning and a bit of the afternoon doing that and now he’s about to punt it over to the live site. If I disappear for the next week or so, [...]

Categories: Wildcard

VDH Making Me Depressed As Well

As usual. PJM – The Long March From California to Copenhagen [W]e have the highest gasoline taxes, highest income taxes, highest sales taxes and collect enormous amounts of revenue to pay the highest-compensated and most numerous state employees in the nation to allot these revenues for others. We have the largest number of illegal aliens, [...]

Categories: Politics

Waking Up to Good News

From The Corner: American government changed last night. “We are now functioning under a parliamentary form of government,” says Sen. Judd Gregg (R., N.H.) in a conversation with NRO. “An ideological supermajority in Congress, along with a government run by community organizers, has taken over.” “They’ve taken over the student-loan program, they’ve taken over the [...]

Categories: Politics

And Your Christian Elephants as Agents of Hindu Karma Story of the Day

…Is courtesy of RC2: Wheat & Weeds – A Plague of …Elephants?

Categories: Science and Nature

A Decent Man Moves a Few Days Over and Sends Everyone Into Floods of Tears

Friday morning I woke up, read my Twitter, and thought Terry Wogan had died. But he’s only left his radio show (albeit one he had for 27 years, tho one I have never heard, for obvious reasons). This is all very interesting to me, though, since I do listen to the Mayo/Kermode movie reviews every [...]

Categories: Entertainment

The Tears of Ian Fry

Ah, where to begin… NRO – Climate Hypocrites<br/> Island nations underwater, and offsetting princes. By Mark Steyn Reuters, for example, carried a moving account of the speech by Ian Fry, lead negotiator for Tuvalu, the beleaguered Pacific island nation soon to be underwater because of a planet-devastating combination of your SUV and unsustainable bovine flatulence [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Loopholes and Baby Killing

CMR – Cold-Blooded Child Murder and the Loophole I warn you, this story is very disturbing. In Virginia, a mother gave birth to her baby and then suffocated it. Virginia law enforcement is powerless to charge her. Oh gross.

Categories: People and Current Events

In Defense of Anonymity

As the internet ages and the blogosphere (GOD THAT WORD) matures, it’s become less and less acceptable to be anonymous. It’s as though it’s an immature holdover from, to borrow a line, the old, dark days of the internet when men were men, women were men and children were FBI agents, no one cared what [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends CXVIII

This is very funny: Andrew McDonald – A PICTORIAL GUIDE TO AVOIDING CAMERA LOSS Australians.

Categories: Electronics

White Guys Abroad

io9 – When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like “Avatar”? This is a classic scenario you’ve seen in non-scifi epics from Dances With Wolves to The Last Samurai, where a white guy manages to get himself accepted into a closed society of people of color and eventually becomes its most awesome member. … Sure, [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Yay The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra!

National Post – Symphony refuses to mime at Olympics VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra refused an invitation to record music for the Vancouver 2010 opening ceremonies because VANOC wanted other musicians to “mime” the live performance. VSO conductor Bramwell Tovey was asked to conduct the recording session, but was told another conductor would perform [...]

Categories: Art and Literature