Archive for July 2012

Quote of the Day

…there are people in Washington — too often, Republicans — who start living in the Beltway atmosphere, and start forgetting those hundreds of millions of Americans beyond the Beltway who trusted them to do right by them, to use their wisdom instead of their cleverness. …ObamaCare was an unprecedented extension of federal power over the…

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Barack O. Warren on building a business…

I wonder if he’s 1/32 Cherokee? Here’s part of what he said in Roanoke, VA Friday night: …look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are…

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Glider Crash Landing — Pilot Unhurt

I have a friend and fellow motorcycle enthusiast who used to also be a passionate glider pilot.  He said he quit sail planes after attending too many funerals of his glider buddies. This glider guy had a close call.  Luckily, his funeral has been delayed indefinitely. The pilot later said this mishap was due to…

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100-year old light bulb still burning bright

A 230-watt light bulb manufactured in Osram GEC Lampworks factory in Wembley, north-west London, in July, 1912, still lights the porch of Roger Dyball of Lowestoft, West Suffolk, England.  Dyball bought the house 45 years ago with the light bulb in place.  He’s now 74, which is 25 years younger than his porch light bulb.  Read the whole…

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Quote of the Day

The instinct to side with the underdog arises, at least in part, from the guilty pleasure of pity—the feeling of superiority that the sensation of pity almost automatically confers. Pity, it turns out, is not a form of sympathy, or empathy, or a genuinely humane concern for the misfortunes of others. On the contrary, pity…

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A bit of history on the State of Israel

I’ve subscribed to Commentary magazine since Norman Podhoretz was young [Podhoretz was editor of the magazine from 1960-1995].  That was quite a while ago.  I’ve continued my subscription even though the magazine has changed much and is no longer the intellectual powerhouse it once was under Podhoretz’s guiding light, because it still occasionally has brilliant…

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Condoleeza Rice for veep would be a huge mistake

UPDATE 7/14:  Below is a narrative of all the reasons why Condoleeza Rice would not be a good pick to be Romney’s VP.  In Rice’s favor at the moment, however, is a standout speech she gave in Park City, Utah last month at a Romney fundraiser.  That speech may be what led some conservatives to…

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Fracking Is OK Say UK’s Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Story here. The review examined the scientific and engineering evidence relating to the environmental and health and safety risks associated with the onshore extraction of shale gas. Findings that led to the conclusion that the practice could be undertaken safely include: • Hydraulic fracturing is an established technology that has been used by the oil…

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