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Friday, August 04, 2006

Where To Go For Breaking News

I beat Drudge by a full day on this story (read my ancient post here) but better late than never:
Lieberman rival owns stock in Wal-Mart
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

Connecticut millionaire businessman Ned Lamont, who sharply criticized the employment practices of Wal-Mart this week in his campaign to unseat Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Democrat primary, owns stock in the company, Senate records reveal.

In his remarks at the anti-Wal-Mart rally this week, Mr. Lamont never mentioned his shareholder status in the company. He did, however, criticize Mr. Lieberman for not doing more during this three terms in the Senate to help the workers he says are so mistreated by Wal-Mart. (
Good to see Drudge and the Times finally catching up on this bit of old news.

I Was For It Before I Was Against It

These guys confuse the snot out of me:
Wage Bill Dies; Senate Backs Pension Shift
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 — Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked legislation tying the first minimum wage increase in almost a decade to a decrease in the federal estate tax, denying Republicans a legislative victory as lawmakers head into a crucial month of campaigning before the November elections. (
For those of you who have been (limply) accusing Republicans of being cold-hearted for opposing an increase in the minimum wage, reread that sentence.

Democrats shot down the plan that you hold so dear so as to not provide their opposition with a win. With friends like these ...

Somebody Explain This

I try my best to understand the world around me. Sometimes though it's just not possible.

Take for example ...

In 2002 a scandal-plagued Democratic senator in New Jersey, Bob Toricelli, after winning his party's primary for re-election, decided (probably after a good deal of pressure) to have his name removed from the ballot in the general election and the Democrats quickly substituted then-former Senator Frank Lautenberg's name. This shenanigan went to court and the system sided with the Democrats. Lautenberg won the election and today sits with the gods in the senate.

In 2006, under similar circumstances, Republican Representative Tom Delay, after winning his party's nomination to be re-elected, asked that his name be withdrawn. The judicial system forbids it, ruling twice now that he must run whether he wants to or not:
Court rules DeLay must stay on ballot
The Washington Times

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal appeals court panel yesterday refused to let Texas Republicans replace Tom DeLay's name on the November congressional ballot.

The finding upheld a July ruling by a federal judge that the ballot must list Mr. DeLay, who won a March primary before resigning from Congress on June 9. (
They must have a different federal judicial system in Texas. That's the only thing I can figure. Either that or the judiciary has it in for Delay. In either case, this smacks of bizarre.

The World Will Not End After All

Global warming hysteria runs up against cold hard data and ... data wins:
Researchers Lower Estimate of Hurricanes This Season
By The Associated Press

DENVER, Aug. 3 — Hurricane researchers at Colorado State University predicted Thursday that this year’s hurricane season would not be as bad as their earlier forecast had indicated, and they said a monster storm like Hurricane Katrina was unlikely.

“The probability of another Katrina-like event is very small,” said Philip J. Klotzbach, the lead forecaster for the hurricane research team.

In December, the researchers predicted nine hurricanes, five of them intense. On Thursday, they reduced those numbers to seven and three. (
There were those of us who knew that the blood-curdling headlines from several months ago were nothing more than fear masked as science. Like this one from Time:

Is Global Warming Fueling Katrina?

Warm ocean temperatures are a key ingredient for monster hurricanes, prompting some scientists to believe that global warming is exacerbating our storm troubles (
And this one from MSNBC:
Global warming cause of intense hurricanes?

Ocean temperature could be the factor behind the record season (
And this one from The Independent:
This is global warming, says environmental chief

As Hurricane Rita threatens devastation, scientist blames climate change

Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the "smoking gun" of global warming, one of Britain's leading scientists believes. (
How about this one from New Scientist:
Warming world blamed for more strong hurricanes

A massive global increase in the number of strong hurricanes over the past 35 years is being blamed on global warming, by the most detailed study yet. (
Like frightened children. All this bouncing off the walls does nothing to enhance the prestige of climate "science" ...

Let's Run A Test

I've never gotten worked up over political lobbyists exerting influence over weak-minded congresspersons. Without ever having been close to the action, I have to believe a person who wants to make his or her point known and legislated upon is generally going to gravitate toward those political types who share a threshold of common views. The NRA probably doesn't waste a whole lot of time working on Ted Kennedy, as an example.

Perhaps I'm naive.

That being understood and accepted, I also never lose sleep over the thought that a pharmaceutical rep is going to influence a doctor's decision on medications to prescribe by bringing pizza into the office at lunchtime. But others disagree:
Please Hold the Free Lunches
New York Times Editorial

Doctors are deluding themselves when they say their medical judgment can’t be influenced by something as trivial as a deli sandwich. When the sandwiches are delivered en masse for the entire medical staff, courtesy of drug companies that are touting their wares while the doctors eat, the physicians are swallowing a lot more than ham-and-cheese on rye. Otherwise, the drug companies would not be offering their lunchtime spreads. (
Either I'm right or the Times is right. We can't both be right.

So let's run a test. My congressman, Rick Boucher, is regularly given NRA's highest rating for his staunch support of the 2nd Amendment. He has always been stalwart, resolute, and unwavering in that regard. I invite the New York Times to take Rick out to dinner in Cancun, set him up in a 5-star hotel, ply him with liquor, treat him to a Honduran hooker, lavish pricy gifts on him, and ask that he change his position on gun control.

Uh, wait a minute. The image conjured even makes me willing to ban AK-47's.

Never mind.