Friday, December 19, 2008
But, alas, I never acted on my idea. Now others have.
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"But he could have gotten his guns from the classifieds!"
Good stuff. It appears there is some small modicum of sanity on the VT campus.
E.P.A. Ruling Could Speed Up Approval of Coal PlantsCommon sense dictates that one of the most important chemical compounds to the maintenance of all life on the planet - CO2 - cannot, under any circumstances, be "a pollutant." But common sense and the environmentalist left rarely meet in the same room.
By Matthew L. Wald and Felicity Barringer, The New York Times
Washington — Officials weighing federal applications by utilities to build new coal-fired power plants cannot consider their greenhouse gas output, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency ruled late Thursday. Some environmentalists fear the decision will clear the way for the approval of several such plants in the last days of the Bush administration.
The ruling, by Stephen L. Johnson, the administrator, responds to a decision made last month by the Environmental Appeals Board, a panel within the E.P.A., that had blocked the construction of a small new plant on the site of an existing power plant, Bonanza, on Ute tribal land in eastern Utah.
[A] memorandum issued by Mr. Johnson late Thursday puts the agency on record saying that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant to be regulated when approving power plants. He cited “sound policy considerations.” [link]
This is a win for common sense. And for all of us.
Now bring on those power plants. The country sorely needs 'em.
Bet Ron Gettlefinger is kicking himselfThis makes perfect sense, until one factors in the news media. Once "journalists" find out that bankruptcy proceedings can have a prominent impact on new-car warranty contracts, they are liable to go nuts and broadcast to a gullible public all kinds of doomsday scenarios. If they scare consumers to death (read the "left-wing campaign that started one of the biggest food scares in U.S. history" if you don't believe it's possible), all bets are off.
By Megan McArdle, The Atlantic
Bush weighs "orderly bankruptcy" for the Big Three.
This is the option that's always seemed to make the most sense to me. The "Car Czar" didn't really seem to be much different from a bankruptcy judge, except perhaps in allowing all three to collude to beat up on either consumers or suppliers. We have a very, very good system for taking distressed companies back to profitability--to be sure, it doesn't always work, but it works better than anything else anyone's ever tried.
The biggest concerns about bankruptcy are two:
1. How will the Big Three obtain Debtor-in-Possession financing in a credit crunch?
2. How will they convince people to buy their cars if there's a risk that the warranties will be no good, or Detroit will fail and hence stop making parts?
The government is in a pretty good position to answer that question; it can be the lender of last resort, and if necessary, it can guarantee the warranties, and loan Detroit the money to build a "parts bank" to insure customers against liquidation risk. [link]
In any case, Megan is right. Bankruptcy is not the end of the world. Perhaps. But it is without doubt the only world that awaits the Big Three.
Emanuel talked directly to gov: source
By Natasha Korecki,Federal Courts Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times
President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the highest bidder.
Emanuel talked with the governor in the days following the Nov. 4 election and pressed early on for the appointment of Valerie Jarrett to the post, sources with knowledge of the conversations told the Sun-Times. There was no indication from sources that Emanuel brokered a deal, however.
A source with the Obama camp strongly denied Emanuel spoke with the governor directly about the seat, saying Emanuel only spoke with Blagojevich once recently to say he was taking the chief of staff post. [link]
So, did he or didn't he? The world awaits an answer.
And Obama? Well, he's "monitoring the situation." In other words, he's just a bystander.
I think we'll be seeing a lot of that strategy over the next four years.
CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory 'Arrogant'I don't know about that last statement. I personally believe that we're all going to die from the machinations of do-gooder Democrat "environmentalists" before we die from global warming or ocean acidification.
Network's second meteorologist to challenge notion man can alter climate.
By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute
Unprecedented snow in Las Vegas has some scratching their heads – how can there be global warming with this unusual cold and snowy weather?
CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers had never bought into the notion that man can alter the climate and the Vegas snowstorm didn’t impact his opinion. Myers, an American Meteorological Society certified meteorologist, explained on CNN’s Dec. 18 “Lou Dobbs Tonight” that the whole idea is arrogant and mankind was in danger of dying from other natural events more so than global warming.
“You know, to think that we could affect weather all that much is pretty arrogant,” Myers said. “Mother Nature is so big, the world is so big, the oceans are so big – I think we’re going to die from a lack of fresh water or we’re going to die from ocean acidification before we die from global warming, for sure.” [link]
But it's good to know that the experts are finally coming around to reality.
One of the strangest things about the current California meltdown is how no one in state government here ever pauses to ask simple questions like: Why do we have the largest annual deficit with one of the highest sales tax and income tax rates in the country?From "More California Dreaming," National Review's "The Corner," December 18, 2008
This year, give her a gun for ChristmasPaula and I have decided that, if the authorities don't catch that madman, Douglas Albert Jaccard, today, we're going to load a handgun and keep it on the fireplace until he's caught. Better safe than sorry, as 2.5 million Americans prove each year.
By Michael Hartwell, The Independent
With a single week left until Christmas, a lot of us are still scrambling to find a gift for that person who already has everything. Chances are, the person who already has everything has an interest in keeping their stuff safe, and one way to do that is give that special someone in your life a firearm.
A lot of Christmas gifts end up as bothersome clutter, such as goofy trinkets or unread books. A gift certificate is a good sign that you don’t know much about the person, but aren’t quite thoughtless enough to just send cash. But with a gun you can give that person a new hobby, an ongoing lesson in responsibility, peace of mind, and make the world a better place. [link]
The Springfield XD 9. The gift that keeps on giving.
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Update: Madman caught. Tensions ease. Gun remains locked in cabinet. Till next time.
Three near-invisible drawings discovered on back of Da Vinci masterpieceFascinating stuff.
By Adam Sage and Marie Tourres, Times of London
The mystery is set in the Louvre and the clues are hidden behind a 16th-century masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. Remind you of anything?
Lovers of Dan Brown novels will be salivating at the discovery of three previously unknown drawings on the back of one of Leonardo’s major works. A curator spotted the sketches on the back of The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne when it was taken down in September for restoration.
Sylvain Laveissière pointed out some grey marks that had previously been dismissed as stains. To him they resembled a horse’s head and a human skull.
When the painting was photographed with an infra-red camera at the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France, he was proved right. On the wood on which the work was mounted was an 18cm by 10cm (7in by 4in) equine head and a 16.5cm by 10cm skull, complete with orbital and nasal cavities, jaw and teeth. The camera detected a third drawing, a 15cm-high infant Jesus with a lamb, which was invisible to the naked eye. [link]