She should have whistled...
as she passed the graveyard, instead of whizzing in it!|
as she passed the graveyard, instead of whizzing in it!|
Many of us have long wondered about the seeming reluctance of the Bush administration to effectively defend the rationale behind many of their policies. With respect to Iraq, and Christopher Hitchens, we don't have to wonder.|
[...]It's a long read, but a good one. And speaking of debating both sane and deranged members of the other side, he's going to do it again. With one of the deranged ones.
(Thanks to American Barbarian for the link.)
After double-checking to make sure that this piece did not drop right from the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, I decided to post it.|
ACCUSATIONS CONFIRMED! [scroll down a bit]Who'd a thunk it? Well, apparently this guy would. And he's thunk much more! Go read it!
(Thanks to Eaglespeak for the link. He called it the Whacko theory for the day, but it's more like a Whacko Library!)
Oh, how I wish I could see this!|
Not since the Rumble in the Jungle, when Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in Kinshasa in 1974, can there have been such an eagerly anticipated punch-up as the one due to take place in New York in a fortnight.Now THAT piqued my interest. Wonder who is fighting?
Yes, this certainly has me drooling, like one of Pavlov's dogs! Sounds like a fine heavyweight bout, to me. I'm left wondering if it will degenerate into a spirited name-calling match. Can Mr. Hitchens match "drink-sodden former Trotskyist popinjay" ?
(Thanks to Dave Budge for the link, he's earned a spot on my blogroll!)
CHICAGO - Preschoolers pretending to shop for a Barbie doll's social evening were more likely to choose cigarettes if their parents smoked, and wine or beer if their parents drank, a study found.Is there anyone out there that doubts that children turn into adults with the same attributes as their parents? Researchers for this study looked at behavior such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and food choice in children, compared to the habits of their parents. Strangely, they made no mention of various other areas of behavior, such as racial intolerance.
Next, this team might announce that they have discovered that the sun appears to rise in the East!
Michelle Malkin has some information concerning the supposed atrocities committed among/by/against Hurricane Katrina evacuees, nipping the bud from some emerging urban legends. As the hysteria dies down, more and more examples will surely emerge.|
One reader emailed her with the possibility that Greg Packer may be among those evacuees. Hmmm...
I know some people like this, but none so successful. From the Editor & Publisher:
Has this man been quoted by your newspaper?
Go read the whole article.
And here I am, contributing to his notoriety!
(Thanks to Michell Malkin for the link, and image credit to E&P)
From South End Grounds comes a link to this article by Linda Seeback of the Rocky Mountain News about future oil reserves.|
[...]On the surface, this sounds really good. Too good to be true, actually. But, as Ms. Seebach so aptly put it in her column: "Wow."
According to the article, Shell is very close to putting this to a real test:
The appeal of extracting oil from oil shale has fluctuated over the years, increasing as each new technique is applied, or as oil prices rise, then dropping with oil prices and/or the inability of the techniques to yield cheap oil. Appeal is on the rise again, needless to say. And if successful, the prospect of that much oil located within our borders is appealing indeed!
The RAND Corporation issued a study dated August 31 that basically agrees with the amount of reserves, and mentioned the lower cost claims made by Shell. They cautioned, however, that proven technology today would be very costly.
[...]The same process is being studied as applied to heavy oil and natural bitumen. According to this report, small scale testing and computer simulations have been run.
Some history of oil shale may be found here.
Echoing the RAND Corporation's estimated 20 to 30 year timeline until economical production is possible, this article from World Oil details the dispersion of oil shale deposits:
[...] At present, shale oil is not being produced in the US, and large-scale commercial production is not expected for 20 to 30 years under present economic conditions. But it's not for a lack of reserves. According to published World Energy Council (WEC) estimates, nearly 62% of the world's potentially recoverable oil shale resources are concentrated in the US. At year-end 1999, WEC says the US had a possible shale oil reserve approaching 1.0 trillion barrels.So, like the title of this post says... Faster, Please!
I can see only one drawback to a massive amount of exploitable oil reserves. It only addresses the supply-side of the equation. If we, or any other countries, have access to large amounts of oil, then we may be less inclined to explore alternative energy sources to lessen the demand for oil. Actually, less should be replaced with WILL. Advances in nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal and hydro technology will fall by the wayside without the economic pressure of high oil prices. Major dilemma, there.
In my post immediately preceeding this one, I stated that the reason that I had blogrolled the Pillage Idiot was as a form of paybacks for leading me to the subject of that post. That reason does not stand alone. Atilla has some very interesting posts in his own right. The latest is a should read series of captioned photos describing the Anatomy of a nomination.|
Another series of captioned photos from a couple of weeks ago also deserve a read. Here, reproduced without permission, but on my own dime, is the last photo of that series. Go look at the entire thing.
If you have not yet read Bill Whittle's Tribes, now is the time to do so. Then get yourself over to David Warren Online and read his take on looters.|
[...] In complete ignorance of his intellectual ancestry, this simple clod repeats an idea that has descended from arcane roots in Descartes, to Rousseau, and through Marx, to Frantz Fanon, and through the sociology departments of the universities, to daytime television, and out into popular cliché, till it has finally settled in the sewers of New Orleans. [...]Shades of Ward Churchill, it's liberalism come home to roost.
Thanks to Attila at the Pillage Idiot for the original link to Vanderleun at American Digest, which led me to the David Warren Online post. It has earned a spot (or condemned him to, as the case may be) on my blogroll.
Over at Eaglespeak (you do read this blog, right?) is an interesting comparison between the Exodus as related in the Bible, to the continuing saga of Hurricane Katrina.|
Go read it all. And be sure to check out his link (or this one) to Bill Whittle's latest: Tribes
Now, here is some breaking news that will make everyone sit up and take notice!|
Former Vice President Al Gore will give a speech in Portland on Tuesday on global warming.
[...](bolds mine) Old news now, but still worth a read. Conclusion? The man is an idiot. Why do I say this?
(image and link credit: Free Republic)
Original caption, and further credit: AP - Thu Sep 1, 4:15 PM ET An aerial view of flooded school buses in a lot, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, in New Orleans, LA. The flood is a result of Hurricane Katrina that passed through the area last Monday.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)
Update: LOL, check this out:
Press ReleaseIf Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco had only done this LAST Saturday, or even Sunday, not only would the people have gotten out in time, but the picture featured above would probably not be in existence. Judging from the reaction and performance of the local officials there, I'm somewhat surprised they didn't try to back-date this.
Update II: (9/4/05 7:43 Am CDT) B. Preston at JunYardBlog has more on the busses featured above, complete with better images, counts, and evacuee analysis. Methinks Mayor Ray 'Schoolbus' Nagin is not long for this world, politically speaking.