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Monday, July 10, 2006

We Are Doomed As a Species

New Yorkers must think electricity comes from a little outlet on the wall. How else to explain this madness?

Chafing at a Plan to Add Power Lines to the Landscape
By Anthony DePalma, The New York Times

OTISVILLE, N.Y., July 5 — ... The battle here is over a proposed private commercial project that would run a 190-mile-long chain of high-voltage transmission towers from near Utica, within sight of parts of the ruggedly beautiful Upper Delaware River to Orange County, north of New York City.

When completed in 2011, the project, which would cost $1.6 billion to build, would transport surplus electricity from upstate New York to downstate power companies to meet the city's growing energy needs.

But opponents say the towers, averaging 120 feet tall, would be an unsightly blight and hinder tourism in the region near the Upper Delaware, a federally designated wild and scenic river that is home to nesting bald eagles. They are also concerned about the effect on property values and the potential health effects of the high-voltage lines. (link)

Transmission towers are a blight, will cause birth defects as well as brain cancer, lower property values, and will hinder tourism ...

Let's hope the "opponents" of what we once quaintly called civilization have come up with an alternative means by which to keep all those tourists nice and cool - without the use of electricity-powered air conditioners - when the planet really starts to heat up.

If there was ever a case to be made against evolution, it is this. Darwin never predicted that, as time went by, homo sapiens would actually become stark raving dolts.

Just What Do You Expect?

If there's a lesson that Republicans should have learned by now, it is this: Act like a Democrat (minus gonads) and the voters will go for the Democrat every time.

Obviously this valuable lesson is lost on the Republican party in New York:
Across State, G.O.P. Finds Campaign Aid in Short Supply
By Patrick Healy, The New York Times

A six-month stretch of political fund-raising will end tomorrow for New York candidates, and the results, by all accounts, will be stark: Republicans are struggling, and in some cases competing with one another for cash.

The race for governor should yield a particularly sharp contrast, according to advisers to the two leading candidates. The Democrat, Eliot Spitzer, has about $15 million on hand, his allies say, and that is after spending $10 million on advertising already. The Republican, John Faso, is expected to report having $2 million to $3 million, and he has not advertised since an introductory television spot in February. (
It's not too much of a stretch to characterize New York Democrats as being far-left of center. Republicans in the Big Apple try to be, with positions favoring gay marriage, separation of church and state, gun control, tax increases, global warming initiatives, funding for an array of poverty programs - both domestic and foreign, and opposing the rich (Big Pharma, Big Oil, on and on). Only when they think nobody outside the party is listening do they talk about fiscal responsibility, family values, national defense, and the like.

So New York liberals lend their (massive) support to the Democratic party. And New York Republicans ... move to Florida.

Any wonder?

Some People Weren't Meant To Survive Puberty

I was talking with my son the other day about his dramatic rescue two weeks ago of a couple of canoers who had gotten caught in the raging Roanoke River after a deluge of rain had brought it over its banks and well beyond flood stage. See my related post here. I told him that those two (middle-aged men) were stupid for getting out in that torrent thinking they were simply going white-watering. He should have let them achieve their destiny to become fish food. He barely smiled (it became apparent at that moment why he is a fireman-paramedic-swiftwater rescuer and I'm not).

Along those lines, there are lots of other idiots out there who deserve a similar fate (if not to be eaten by carp):
Spanish Man Is Gored in Pamplona
By The Associated Press

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- A Spanish man was gored in the leg Monday as hundreds of thrill-seekers ran through the streets of Pamplona alongside six enormous bulls. (
With so many people on this planet vying for a limited and ever-dwindling number of resources, I think we should encourage people like these to strive to reach their full potential.

The Hillary Strategy?

How would you like to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2008? She gets elected, you become number 2, and Bill is there to advise her ... every day. Where does that leave you?

That thought came to mind when I read this:
Polish President to Appoint His Twin as Prime Minister
By Judy Dempsey, The New York Times

BERLIN, July 9 — Already weakened by coalition squabbles and disagreements with the European Union, President Lech Kaczynski of Poland announced over the weekend that on Monday he would appoint his twin brother and longtime political partner, Jaroslaw, to succeed Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, according to the Polish news agency PAP. (
Twins. I can see Saturday Night Live having fun with that scenario.

So Hillary appoints Bill to a newly created position - we'll call it Rasputin-to-the-Queen. That certainly makes you the odd man (or woman) out. Could get interesting.

I'v Been Attacked ... I Think


In a dizzying and exhausting analysis of one of my posts yesterday, Ben Tribbett says I'm:

a) disappointing
b) inaccurate
c) crappy
d) Republican

I showed the offering (see it here) to my wife and she agrees generally with the first three. But both she and I will have to set the record straight when it comes to the fourth. I'm not a Republican. I'm far too conservative to be a good Republican.

Now, as for Ben's charges,

I'll skip the part about "Here's a little history lesson - comparing Florida of 2000 to Virginia of 2005," since I said nothing about Virginia of 2005 and I'll devote my time defending what I actually wrote ...

Ben, in going back to the Florida 2000 saga says this:
Both states found on election night the result of a statewide election was a virtual tie. The next day, both states began their "canvass" by an electoral board.

A canvass is not a recount. In a canvass they don't inspect individual ballots.
From this one might deduce the fact that there was no "inspection of individual ballots." Then why were those people in Palm Beach County making those funny faces as they tried to determine, holding the ballot cards (with hanging chads) into the light, whether to count certain votes that had originally been rejected? Maybe they weren't inspecting individual ballots; maybe they were looking for the secret CIA/Halliburton watermarks.

I don't know Ben and it's possible he wasn't even of voting age in 2000 so a history lesson is in order. First - there was a recount in select counties - as demanded by the Florida Supreme Court. In Palm Beach County:

A Day in the Life of the Palm Beach County Recount
Calvin Trillin, The Nation

While Bush says counting votes by hand's unfair,
Gore gains--a bubbe here, a zayde there. (

And in Broward County:
Broward County Recount Nears Completion
Aired November 25, 2000 - 4:03 p.m. ET (
As for my having written that there was a recount of the recount, you may recall that, after Broward and Palm Beach counties completed their recounts and Gore didn't gain enough votes, another was ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in 62 counties. Don't take my word for it though:

Bush camp tries to halt Florida recounts

December 9, 2000
Web posted at: 12:02 a.m. EST (0502 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- George W. Bush's attorneys late Friday asked a U.S. Supreme Court justice to halt any vote recounts in Florida. The Bush request follows a Florida Supreme Court decision that revived Vice President Al Gore's presidential hopes by ordering a manual recount of at least 43,432 "undervotes" from as many as 62 counties. (
Finally, when the Florida Supreme Court ordered a statewide recount (they were hellbent on getting Al Gore elected by hook or by crook), the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and halted the madness. So says CNN anyway:
Presidential candidate totals change as Florida recounts votes
State to resume process Thursday morning
November 9, 2000
Web posted at: 1:59 a.m. EST (0659 GMT)

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Florida on Wednesday began a judicious process of recounting every presidential ballot cast statewide, as Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush cautiously predicted the recount would bring him the victory he tasted for just a few short moments on Election Night. (
If Ben Tribbett is upset (or "disappointed") that I used the word recount rather than canvass, well, you can see I ain't alone. And based on the above, I can say without prejudice that there was indeed a recount of the recount (with a third stopped in mid-recount .. er, mid-canvass).

There is one sentence, though, in my initial post that Ben is right about and I do hereby retract. Ben points it out with this:
From On High says that the Supreme Court said (sic) "only then that the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and said, "You are all crazy. Crazy ends here". That is not even somewhat accurate.
Ben's pretty sharp. And he's correct. I hereby acknowledge the fact that the members of the Florida Supreme Court in the year of our Lord 2000 were never adjudicated to be mentally defective. They just acted so.

Now, on a more personal note: Ben, I know what got your undies in a bunch. It has nothing to do with whatever it was you were trying to say about canvasses and recounts and Virginia 2005 and all that. A suggestion: grow up.