August 24, 2008
NO BOUNCE: Post-Biden Poll Shows Dead Heat.
NO BOUNCE: Post-Biden Poll Shows Dead Heat.
OOPS: “A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.” Hard to tell if there’s anything to this or not. Presumably, the Obama vetters think not.
PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: IF HE’D FIGURED THIS OUT FIVE YEARS AGO — or even three years ago, when PorkBusters started — the G.O.P. might still be a majority party. Trent Lott on pork-barrel spending:
Lott was known as one of the “Princes of Pork” while he was in Congress for his ability to bring home the bacon to Mississippi and he said that also caused some friction with McCain. . . .
Then Lott made a couple of admissions I found startling.
“But you know what, in my heart I knew he was right,” he said of his pork barrel ways. That’s no way to do business, we shouldn’t be doing all that earmarking — it got completely out of control.
“It got out of control with Republicans and that’s why we are being punished a little bit,” he added. “Because we forgot how we got there, what we believed in, the principles that after 30 years put us in the majority, gave us the White House, the congress, the senate, the house. And then we ran out of ideas… “
You don’t say.
SOME DNC FUN: LGF, PJ Media, Zombie Team Up for Convention Coverage.
UPDATE: Video and more, at Gateway Pundit.
VIDEO: A cinematic trailer for the new World of Warcraft.
MATTHEW ENGEL — no doubt still smarting from the righteous Fisking James Lileks applied to his lamely patronizing Olive Garden piece years ago — now repeats his performance in a lower and more obnoxious register with regard to U.S. Olympic athletes. Keep it up, Matt — maybe someday, someone somewhere will be impressed.
VIDEO: Protesters in Denver.
MORE ON THE BARACK OBAMA / BILL AYERS / ANNENBERG AFFAIR.
Plus this: “They told Glenn Reynolds that if Bush were re-elected no library user would have any privacy. And they were right!” They often are, it seems . . . .
A “CUNNING LINGUIST” at the Los Angeles Times. Also, could you please page a Mr. Dick Hertz?
THOUGHTS ON Biden, Haditha, and duty, from John Weidner.
CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN: “Sen. Barack Obama’s wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don’t have private insurance — primarily poor, black people — to other health care facilities.” I’m not sure the program is actually a bad idea when you read the details, but if a Republican did it, it would be evidence of cruel, racist, capitalism.
Plus, it does seem a bit incestuous:
Obama’s top political strategist, David Axelrod, co-owns the firm, ASK Public Strategies, that was hired by the hospital last year to sell the program — called the Urban Health Initiative — to the community as a better alternative for poor patients. Obama’s wife and Valerie Jarrett, an Obama friend and adviser who chairs the medical center’s board, backed the Axelrod firm’s hiring, hospital officials said.
Another Obama adviser and close friend, Dr. Eric Whitaker, took over the Urban Health Initiative when he was hired at U. of C. in October 2007. . . . Axelrod’s firm also suggested the program’s name be changed. “Some participants view the word ‘urban’ as code for ‘black,’ ” according to a poll the firm commissioned.
Read the whole thing — since it’s probably the only major press report of this affair that you’ll see . . . .
THE JOYS OF backyard blimps.
MORE DEVELOPMENTS IN SOLAR POWER.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT: “According to a study by the Desert Research Institute, pollutant levels at the beginning of the 20th century were two to five times higher than current levels of pollution.”
THE KID AND THE GRANDPA: “Obama was 11 when Biden entered Congress. I guess they’re going fishin’ together. . . . Is this race already being framed Biden vs. McCain? That would be a big oops!”
MORE THOUGHTS ON RUSSIA AND GEORGIA, from Prof Kenneth Anderson. “I share unreservedly the belief that Russia is deliberately undertaking a dangerous, threatening, imperial expansion in the â€œnear abroadâ€ and that it must be opposed and rolled back. . . . It is a grave error to conflate rolling back Russian expansionism with the idea that Georgia should have actual political, security, and military control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This is a difficult point, but it is essential. My view, based on what I saw in the brutal, unforgiving, as-bad-as-Yugoslavia ethnic cleansing wars of fifteen years ago, is that it is simply impossible for Georgia to govern those territories.”
UPDATE: Related thoughts from Eugene Volokh, who comments: “But while my instinctive sense in the Russian-Georgian conflict is that the Russians are in the wrong, I think it’s important not to assume that therefore the Georgians are in the right, or ought to get what they want. And my sense is that the talk of letting Georgia into NATO is likely quite misguided.” It’s not a good idea to let Georgia into NATO unless we’re willing to get into a shooting war with Russian on Georgia’s behalf. I don’t believe that we are, and I’m sure that the rest of NATO isn’t.
WHY YOU SHOULD call your doctor for test results. Yeah, you tend to assume that no news is good news, but sometimes it just means somebody forgot to call.
“DIGITAL BROWNSHIRTS” threaten Ron Fournier. Thou shalt not criticize the Messiah!
PROPERTY RIGHTS AS “the poor relation” of constitutional law.
THE FUN BEGINS: Anti-war protests in Denver, featuring Cindy Sheehan. Though at this late date, what war are they protesting, exactly? Iraq’s in the wrap-up phase (even Obama says the Surge worked and, well, “mission accomplished”), even the lefties haven’t been raising much complaint about Afghanistan, and nobody’s talking about invading Iran or anything. If you want a real invasion over oil to protest, you could march against the Russian invasion of Georgia, but that’s not happening. What’s next — protests against Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba?
TYLER COWEN ON THE REAL ESTATE MESS: “The fundamental problem in the American economy is that, for years, people treated rising asset prices as a substitute for personal savings.”
FAY’S FLOODING AND MORE, from Brendan Loy. It’s cloudy here, but so far none of that Fay-rain has materialized. We’d like some, and folks further south would be happy to spare it, I think.
WAITING UNTIL OBAMA IS “safely nominated?” Well, possibly, though it’s interesting to see the Hillary diehards investing so much faith in GOP operatives.
UNIVERSITIES TRYING TO control student behavior off-campus.
NEWS FROM THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: “The next leader of Egypt’s banned extremist Islamic group talks about Barack Obama, CAIR, and why he feels misunderstood.”
IN THE MAIL: I CAN’T SEE THAT MANY INSTAPUNDIT READERS buying this book. On the other hand, the back-cover question — “How many Democrats does it take to lose the most winnable election in American history” — looks like it may be answered . . . .
OKAY, I’VE LINKED A LOT OF WEBB WILDER STUFF, but here’s an Aimee Mann video that I like, and it proves you don’t have to spend a lot of money to produce a memorable video.
I also like the line from this song about hollow chocolate bunnies. I hated those when I was a kid: They looked great at first, but when you bit into ‘em you got nothing but air. And even the thin skin of deceptive chocolate was usually substandard once you tasted it.
JULES CRITTENDEN: Crock 1, Globe 0. “The storyâ€™s a bit of a snooze but the vid is worth clicking on for the tutorial it offers in slow-pitch interviewing techniques.”
THIS WILL SAVE SOME LIVES, I EXPECT: FDA allows irradiation of produce.
BRENDAN LOY REPORTS from last night’s Knoxville photowalk.
JOE BIDEN’S likely to help Obama in Florida.
He’s not very popular in Iraq, though. “Across racial and religious boundaries, Iraqi politicians on Saturday bemoaned Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama’s choice of running mate, known in Iraq as the author of a 2006 plan to divide the country into ethnic and sectarian enclaves.” Plus this: “Anyway, it is a reflection of the diminishing political significance of the Iraq war that Barack Obama, who secured the Democratic nomination in part by making much of his opposition to the war and his plan to withdraw our troops on a fast schedule, is now able to pick as his running mate a senator who voted for the invasion in 2002 and whose favored ‘solution’ would have required more rather than less American involvement in Iraqi domestic politics.”
COOL: “A UK-built solar-powered plane has set an unofficial world endurance record for a flight by an unmanned aircraft. The Zephyr-6, as it is known, stayed aloft for more than three days, running through the night on batteries it had recharged in sunlight.”
THINKING AHEAD ABOUT “PLANETARY EMERGENCIES:”
More than 120 scientists, engineers, analysts and economists from 30 countries were hunkered down here for the 40th annual conference on â€œplanetary emergencies.â€ The term was coined by Dr. Antonino Zichichi, a native son and a theoretical physicist who has made Erice a hub for experts to discuss persistent, and potentially catastrophic, global challenges.
The participants were not particularly optimistic.
Making things worse is the increasing politicization of science — and concomitant loss of trust in scientists. But they’re thinking ahead at the Lifeboat Foundation, too.
VALLEYWAG: 5 ways the newspapers botched the Web.
PLUMMETING PRICES FOR subcompact notebooks. Works for me! I like my Asus 900 and my HP Mini-Note, but I’m still waiting for the perfect lightweight go-anywhere machine.
DAVID HARSANYI: When will Biden apologize to the Haditha Marines?
BEWARE: Universal Preschool is overrated: “If anything, preschool may do lasting damage to many children. A 2005 analysis by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, found that kindergartners with 15 or more hours of preschool every week were less motivated and more aggressive in class. Likewise, Canada’s C.D. Howe Institute found a higher incidence of anxiety, hyperactivity and poor social skills among kids in Quebec after universal preschool.”
THE CARNIVAL OF SPACE is up.
YOU THINK “HUMAN RIGHTS” GROUPS WOULD BE LOUDER: “Georgian civilians captured and recently freed by Russian and South Ossetian forces on Saturday described beatings, forced labor and miserable living conditions in prison. . . . The detainees, many of them elderly fruit farmers from villages along Georgia’s northern border, said male inmates were forced to clean streets and bury the war dead, and occasionally endured beatings that left them with bruises and welts. More than 100 men and women were packed into a cell with a single toilet, they said.” But I’ve heard only token commentary. I guess if you can’t criticize Americans or Israelis it’s not worth a major effort.
BRAVELY STANDING UP AGAINST BIG GOVERNMENT AND PORK! Ron Paul endorses Don Young.
TALKLEFT: “Obama’s supporters I find are his worst enemies now.”
50% OFF AND MORE on exercise and fitness gear. I ordered a heart-rate monitor, as I’m doing more aerobic stuff lately.
JOE BIDEN MEMORIES: Some thoughts on his sponsorship of the “RAVE Act.”
When he introduced the bill in June, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said “most raves are havens for illicit drugs,” and congressional findings submitted with the bill label as drug paraphernalia such rave mainstays as bottled water, “chill rooms” and glow sticks.
My three-year-old nephew is fond of bottled water and glow sticks, and usually needs a “chill room.” Presumably Biden regards him as a dangerous criminal.
“WHIP THAT BOY, AND YOU’LL ANSWER TO ME.” “Who’s me?” “The man totin’ this.”
UPDATE: Frank Ruggles emails: “I didn’t know you were a Webb fan! Back in the 90′s I was a very minor rock star in the East Coast college scene, ( yeah, I’ve had a Forrest Gump life) , anyway, I got to open for Webb Wilder and I gotta tell you, his music rocks, but his decency is the best of any star I ever opened for. He was genuine and spent a good amount of pre-show green room time giving us advice. After the show, he surprised us by purchasing our CD and asking us to autograph it for him. I would guess he’d be to busy to ever listen to it, but what a class move that was. The guy is all class and has a wild sense of humor. Kudos for posting him on your blog .” Yeah, Webb’s a class act. I’ve been a fan for a long time — since I clerked for Judge Merritt in Nashville back in the ’80s — but a bunch of his music just kinda resurfaced in my collection lately due to natural convection or something, and I’m happy to see how much of his stuff is on YouTube now. Including this. And Webb Wilder’s motto — “You’re never too small to hit the big time” — is surely apt for the blogosphere!
BILL OWEN: Blogging super-delegate.
BRENDAN LOY ON Obama’s 3. a.m. text message:
It’s 3:00 AM, and your children are safe and asleep…
…but there’s a cell phone in the other room, and it’s ringing. Must be one of your a**hole friends drunk-dialing you, or perhaps a wrong number from a different time zone. Wait, no: it’s Barack Obama!
Plus, scripting the McCain ad. “It’s like Obama just drunk texted you because you’re special and he was up late and just got back from the traveling, and he’s got to head to Springfield tomorrow, but if you’re awake maybe he could just come over, and maybe bring his friend Joe, you up for that?”
GREG FORSTER: Schools are not social service centers.
ABC NEWS: Obama Decries Lobbyist Cash; Biden Has Reaped It In. Well, the Biden pick has people talking. But . . .
Plus, “Awesomely awesome.”
IT’S PHOTOWALK DAY. I think that Brendan Loy is going, but I won’t be able to make it.
TALKLEFT: “I think that given Obama’s stubborn and wrongheaded unwillingness to pick Hillary Clinton and put a lock on the election, Biden was the best choice politically that Obama was willing to make (imagine the political disaster if he had picked Sebelius). But the rollout of Biden was disastrously bad, unless the idea is to make sure as few people know as possible.”
TOM MAGUIRE: “It’s interesting how far off the table the war in Iraq has fallen as an issue for the Democrats – Biden voted for the fateful resolution in 2002 (isn’t this all about judgment?) and has not been much of a proponent of willy-nilly withdrawal, and yet here he is.” Much more background, plus this upside: “The inevitable gaffes from Biden should distract nicely from the inevitable gaffes from Obama.”
IS THE FDA getting too cautious in drug approvals? If it is, people will die who shouldn’t. But it’s less likely to get blamed.
The problem has been magnified in recent years as the number of new drug approvals has fallen dramatically. The FDA approved just 16 new drugs last year, and is on pace to approve only 18 this year. That’s down from a high of 53 in 1996 and 39 in 1997.
After a few high-profile drug scares, such as the 2004 withdrawal of Vioxx from the market, FDA officials have become gun-shy about approving new products. After all, the agency receives scathing criticism from Congress and the press when an approved drug turns out to be more risky than expected — but rarely for keeping beneficial ones off the market.
Last year alone, the FDA rejected five new cancer drugs, including a breakthrough treatment for prostate cancer called Provenge. A panel of cancer experts that advises the FDA on new drug approvals unanimously agreed that Provenge was safe, and voted 13-4 that it was effective enough. But the FDA demanded still more testing that may delay approval for three years.
In three years, a lot of people will die who might otherwise be saved; quite likely more than would die from even a “dangerous” drug given today’s standards. But the politics are different.
IN PREPARATION FOR THE DNC, the Obama Drinking Game: “The rules are, every time Obama says the word ‘change,’ you take a shot. And every time he says the word ‘hope,’ you take a double shot.”
Sounds like fun, but I’ve only got one liver. And I’m still using it.
JOE BIDEN’S “REFRESHING” racial remarks. So that’s the line?
THE CARNIVAL OF THE RECIPES is up!
3 A.M.: A “juvenile jab at Hillary?”
BECAUSE PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING IS ONLINE NOW: The rare Webb Wilder Human Cannonball video. Arty! Althouse will no doubt have something to say about the Freudian imagery of Webb in the cannon barrel. Now blast off. I said, blast off!
Plus, “Looks like the Obama Campaign laid an egg.” More or less literally . . . .
UPDATE: A.P.: Biden Pick Shows Lack of Confidence. “The candidate of change went with the status quo.”
IN THE MAIL: From Mark Rippetoe (author of Starting Strength, which many readers praised when I mentioned it a while back) Strong Enough? Thoughts from Thirty Years of Barbell Training.
Knoxville, Tennessee. Some people wondered if I was making up the Reasonable Ron’s motto. As you can see, I was not.
HMM: University to release Obama records. Of course, some will say that the delay was just so that the files could be vacuumed of any embarrassing information.
SUE JOHN EDWARDS FOR LYING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS? Warren Buffett thinks it’s a good idea, but Mickey Kaus responds: “Maybe businesses have to live with this sort of uncertain class-action threat when they dissemble. Politicians will never stand for it.” Yeah, it would threaten their whole business model.
SHOULD AMERICA BE more like China?
OBAMA PICKS BIDEN: So Much for Change? That’s unfair. He’s at least as fresh a face as Madeleine Albright.
Plus, an epic text message failure? Micah Sifry: “From a tech point of view, the mass txt message seems to have failed.” On the other hand, while people who signed up may not have gotten their text messages, Obama got their names for his mailing list.
UPDATE: Not winning over Katie Granju: “‘I’m not excited by Obama’s choice of Biden. He’s got a long record of aggressively supporting the consumer debt machines that have created so much of the subprime lending mess we find ourselves in today.And in a campaign that has succeeded in large part on the idea of change and progress, he’s simply a throwback.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Richard Miniter: “Biden is almost a ‘neocon’ in his foreign policy views. He voted for the Iraq War in 2002. . . . Does his elevation by Obama signal that that the Obama campaign is backing away from its timetable to withdraw from Iraq? Does Bidenâ€™s position differ significantly from McCainâ€™s? Isnâ€™t he, in fact, closer to McCainâ€™s view on Iraq than Obama is?”
MORE: The Senator from MBNA? “Barack Obama’s choice of Joseph Biden as his running mate is likely to bring up lots of old stories about the long-time senator from Delaware. In 1998, someone called me to talk about the sale of Biden’s house, which had been a minor issue in his re-election campaign two years earlier. But when I traveled to Delaware, I found there was more to it than met the eye, and it was just part of Biden’s close, intertwined relationship with MBNA, the giant credit-card company based in his home state.” The lousy bankruptcy “reform” bill, which MBNA and many of its “friends” pushed hard, was very unpopular on both the left and right sides of the blogosphere. I wonder how the leftosphere will respond on this issue now? On the other hand, I don’t think McCain was any better.
IN THE U.K., class, envy, and the Olympics.
GOOD QUESTION: “Why has longevity become a source of dismay?”
BRIAN WANG ROUNDS UP REPORTS on progress with pebble-bed and thorium reactors.
READER DAVE PARMLY asks what I think about the shooting at Central High School in Knoxville. I don’t really have much to say. It wasn’t a “school shooting,” but a shooting at a school — the shooter had a particular victim in mind, and killed him, and then left without shooting anyone else. (Police have ruled out race or gangs as a motive, but the motive appears to have been something personal). That being the case, I don’t think that armed teachers would have helped much, as they might have in a classic mass shooting. This sort of thing will happen, and it will sometimes happen at schools — the News-Sentinel print edition called it a shooting in a “haven,” but high schools aren’t really “havens,” but, rather, pretty unpleasant places. I don’t really think, though, that “because teenage boys are stupid” is much of an explanation. Are they that much stupider than they were 50 years ago, when guns were more plentiful in high schools, but shootings were much less so? Or is it something in the culture or in the media?
UPDATE: Cassy Fiano comments: “Saying that teenage boys who are polite, decent, courteous, kind, and caring people are abnormal and weird is rude and wrong.”
THE RAINMAKERS: Government Cheese.
THOUGHTS ON DAVID BROOKS AND JOE BIDEN.
ERIC POSNER ON the International Criminal Court and Russian sneakiness.
SO I FINISHED CHARLIE STROSS’S SATURN’S CHILDREN the other day, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Here’s a snippet of debate over evolution, from among the robots who remain after their human Creators are extinct:
“There’s no such thing as random mutation,” says Sinbad-15, launching itself into the debate at short notice. “Change a random instruction in a program, and what happens? It stops working. Complexity is irreducible. Yes, complex systems — like people — can design other complex systems, including ones that exceed their own metrics, but you’d have us believe that simple systems can generate complex ones if you simply break them often enough at random? Stuff and nonsense! Superstitious! Next you’ll be telling us that there were no Creators–”
“On the contrary! It is from the Creators themselves that the holy scriptures of evolution come to us, from the great prophet Darwin, peace be unto him, and his saintly disciples Dawkins and Gould. We have their holy scriptures to guide us, and they are most explicit on these points–”
“But we’ve got the engineering models! And the design schematics!” Sinbad-15 is clearly annoyed by Twin #1′s irrational and superstitious insistence that people evolved by accident. “We’ve even got the purchase orders! With this upgraded arm, I refute you!”
There’s also a cameo appearance by the Scalzi Museum of Natural History.
SENESCENT CELLS aren’t all bad.
MORE ON BARACK OBAMA AND BILL AYERS from Tom Maguire. “Barack Obama and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers have worked closely together on education reform since 1995, and possibly since 1987. Obama has obfuscated and minimized this association in his public statements and on his website. Why the cover-up? We donâ€™t know, since we arenâ€™t sure what is being concealed.” We just know it’s something Obama doesn’t want us to think about.
THE GROWING PROBLEM of pet obesity.
WHY PEOPLE TEND TO overeat as they age.
A LOOK AT stem-cell research and life-extension.
KATIE GRANJU is now blogging at the News-Sentinel. Check it out.
SPY SHOT: The Scirocco TDI. Looks kinda like a Mazda.
FUNPLEX: An interview with the B-52s. Interesting interview, though Fred Schneider’s en passant dissing of “the red states” is kind of odd for a band from Athens that got most of its early support in the Southeast. Okay, maybe people don’t dance as hard at B-52s shows as at Webb Wilder shows, but that’s just because Webb is . . . Webb.
ALSO, BIGFOOT IS REAL: New Republic’s Winter Soldier Scott Beauchamp Is Back and He Swears It’s All True.
UPDATE: Bob Owens has much, much more. “Spencer Ackerman does a great job of parroting what Beauchamp has been saying all along, and manages to get a few digs in at the man who fired him as well. What he doesnâ€™t do is prove his case. All in all, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was getting this four-page non-revelation published.”
THE TEN BEST CARS FOR 2008, from The Truth About Cars.
THE TOYOTA YARIS: Cheaper to own and operate than a Prius. But there’s a downside: “The Yaris may have won the cost of ownership battle, the Prius is still winning the war. Prius sales are killing Yaris sales, and while the Prius is no beauty queen, the Yaris is just as homely while also having far less interior room.”
DAVID HARSANYI: Let’s Chuck the Drinking Age:
What happens when presidents from more than 100 of the nation’s best-known colleges call on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18? Well, a brigade of hyperbolic mommies start screaming at them, that’s what.
In the Amethyst Initiative, college presidents have offered a rational, if counterintuitive, plan. Let’s stop treating young adults like wards of the state. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (naturally) replied: No debate allowed.
There is plenty of empirical evidence suggesting that the drinking age of 21 is counterproductive.
Yes. Read the whole thing. MADD has long since morphed from an anti-drunk-driving organization — a cause I supported — to an anti-alcohol organization, a modern Temperance Movement. And we know how that worked out last time.
UPDATE: Reader Richard Fagin emails:
Thanks for the link to David Harsanyi’s article on chucking the drinking age. Interestingly, as you noted MADD has become more of a modern day temperance movement than an organization trying to stamp out drunk driving. Along those lines, MADD has been agitating for many years to get the presumptive limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) lowered more than it has already. States that want federal highway money are now required to have a BAC limit of 0.08% BAC. This limit was mandated some 20 years ago, after a round in the 1970s of the presumptive limit being lowered to 0.1% from 0.15% BAC. As you would learn in any driving safety course, the risk of being in a traffic accident rises as the driver’s BAC increases. What is not emphasized is that the risk increase is hyperbolic: there is a distinct “knee” in the risk curve at about 0.12% BAC. Lowering the presumptive limit to 0.1% did almost all of the good. Further decreases will only criminalize marginally risky conduct. That, I think, is what MADD really has in mind. It’s not just get the drunks out from behind the wheel, it’s get alcohol out of the car altogether (and every place else, for that matter). As evidence of the latter, I can offer the crusade to have Texas enact open container laws. Until fairly recently, it was perfectly legal to drink (as in consuming alcohol) and drive in Texas, and to have open containers of alcohol in the passenger compartment. It was of course illegal to drive while intoxicated, but that wasn’t enough for the prohibitionists. Why penalize responsible passengers unless you’re on a crusade?
MADD has become a disgrace.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Debating the drinking age.
NEW FROM CHRYSLER: In-car Wi-Fi! “Robinson calls Chrysler’s early EVDO cellular router system a Trojan horse that portends the coming of viable mobile WiMAX, a wireless standard that makes WiFi look like dialup. That kind of speed and coverage could make in-car internet access commonplace, kill satellite radio and drastically change navigation. And it could happen as soon as 2012.”
UPDATE: It goes well with this: Obama Names Musician Rick Astley as Running Mate: “Self-proclaimed ‘greatest prank evar’ required 18 months, $390 million in prep work. . . . Pumping his fists downward in a striking motion as he spoke, Mr. Obama continued, ‘you just got Rickrolled, America!’ . . . Markos Moulitsas, founder of the liberal weblog DailyKos.com, has not been seen since Obama’s announcement.” Heh again.
FACTCHECK CHECKS Obama’s birth certificate.
POLITICO: Hillary gets stiffed.
Obama has often said, most recently on NBCâ€™s “Meet the Press” on July 27, that Clinton â€œwould be on anybodyâ€™s short list.â€
But apparently not his.
“She was never vetted,” a Democratic official reported. “She was not asked for a single piece of paper. She and Senator Obama have never had a single conversation about it.”
BUT AT LEAST HE WASN’T TALKING ON A CELLPHONE: Drunk, High, Naked Driver Crashes Into Parked Car While Masturbating… But Wait, There’s More!
IN THE MAIL: Dean Karnazes’ 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days — and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance! 50 marathons in 50 days. Good grief.
Knoxville, Tennessee. The solution to the credit crisis, courtesy of Reasonable Ron’s Used Tires. (Motto: “The Best Place in Town to Take a Leak.”) Well, it’s better than putting giant subhuman apes in charge, anyway . . . .
ROGER KIMBALL: Exit, pursued by a bear, or Fukuyama as Antigonus.
THE MOOG GUITAR.