Archive for December, 2009

Apparently, the Government Has a “Poke ‘em and Pray” Policy for Vaccinations

Apparently, the Government Has a “Poke ‘em and Pray” Policy for Vaccinations

| December 15, 2009 | Reply

Color me surprised that a giant government effort to forestall a nonexistent crisis, hastily-conceived and implemented without credible oversight, is throwing out sizeable errors. Vaccine maker Sanofi-Aventis SA…is recalling four lots of its pediatric H1N1 swine flu vaccine because it is not as potent as it should be, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. There is no […]

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The Reality-Based Community (“Reality” Being a Variable)

The Reality-Based Community (“Reality” Being a Variable)

| December 14, 2009 | Reply

Presented without comment. The temptation to make cheap jokes is far too strong. A new poll says that 22 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of Democrats have been in touch with the dearly departed. Nine percent of the Grand Old Party have consulted a fortuneteller, compared to 22 percent of the Democrats. And 15 […]

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“For the money, for the glory, and for the fun… mostly for the money.”

“For the money, for the glory, and for the fun… mostly for the money.”

| December 14, 2009 | Reply

I read a couple excellent pieces over the weekend at the Big Hollywood site about the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” and the two men who made the movie happen: Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds. I admit, I didn’t expect to be particularly interested in the stories, but Leo Grim did a heck of a job […]

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The Economic Forecast is Settled!

The Economic Forecast is Settled!

| December 14, 2009 | 3 Replies

Apparently, this adminstration is bound and determined to drag each branch of science out behind the White House and put two in the back of its head. They’ve pretty much finished off climatology with their faith-based approach to climate science. Now, they’ve sent the director of the National Economic Council to do the same to […]

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So What Are The Tea Parties All About, Anyhow?

So What Are The Tea Parties All About, Anyhow?

| December 13, 2009 | 3 Replies

What is the Tea Party Movement really all about? I have my ideas, and I’ll share them in a bit, but first, I want to tip you to an excellent Stacy McCain piece at The American Spectator’s site. This paragraph jives very nicely with my own thoughts on the movement. A few weeks ago, I […]

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The Great Space Flame

The Great Space Flame

| December 13, 2009 | 3 Replies

Science scores again!  The European Southern Observatory has unveiled a few images from the new Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy*, otherwise known as VISTA, and they’re pretty spectacular. Here are a couple images from the general area of Orion’s Belt (You know, where the galaxy is). The first is a regional photo and […]

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Carter: Blame Worldwide Abuse of Women on the Baptists and Catholics

Carter: Blame Worldwide Abuse of Women on the Baptists and Catholics

| December 12, 2009 | 4 Replies

I”m pretty sure it’s okay to be embarrassed that we ever elected Jimmy Carter as our President. Would four years of Gerald Ford really been all that horrible? At the very least, we wouldn’t have a former President running around doing this. Carter singled out the Southern Baptist Convention and Roman Catholic Church, claiming that […]

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To Arms, Slowly: The Second Amendment Comeback

To Arms, Slowly: The Second Amendment Comeback

| December 12, 2009 | Reply

According to this AP article, the Second Amendment is back in vogue in state houses around the country. I’m glad to see the trend is moving back toward common sense and individual freedom. In a free and orderly society like ours, we should always lean toward more liberal gun laws because moving the other way […]

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History Channel Ditches Nostradamus and the Mayan Prophecies for Howard Zinn’s “History”.

History Channel Ditches Nostradamus and the Mayan Prophecies for Howard Zinn’s “History”.

| December 11, 2009 | 2 Replies

I am amazed that Howard Zinn is seen as an honest intellectual. How can you consider someone smart who writes such drivel as this? Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a […]

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When In Doubt, Link Your Friends!

When In Doubt, Link Your Friends!

| December 11, 2009 | 1 Reply

My brain is apparently on leave for a couple days and has taken my ability to write a coherent blog post with it. So, let me leave you with a few good links until I can get that absconding lump of grey matter back on the job. 1) John Hawkins has announced his 8th Annual […]

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