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Stupid Cupid?

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Monday, February 12, 2007

The killjoys in Britain now are complaining that humble observations of St. Valentine's Day do more than heat up relationships. Now they supposedly also are heating up the planet. They want to clip Cupid's wings to save the planet. Of course, if the Brits really want native bouquets, they might want to dance around Stonehenge for a bit in hopes of turning up the planetary heat, while they continue importing flowers. Irish roses in February would be a hit anywhere, but unless the earth ...

Ideologues or pragmatists?

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Monday, February 5, 2007

The Democrats are rolling the dice scheduling their 2008 convention in Denver. The idea is to take advantage of the booming success they enjoyed last year when Democrats captured or kept all three branches of government in the state. The temptation, and the national Dems succumbed to it, is that fickle Coloradans are starting to act as though they all just flew in from Massachusetts and can be relied on continue the trend if they're just given a little push. Well, there's some reason to ...

More on 9-11

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Seems that Professor Bell is getting all kinds of comment. And, indirectly, here. At the heart of of the fight over Iraq, it appears, isn't a fight over Israel, Palestine, Islam or strife among civilizations, but one of how to interpret the meaning of hijacking four fuel and passenger-laden jets with the goal of flying them into buildings packed with people. One side thinks it's an act of war, the other rates it a little more serious than a misdemeanor. There are those who contend the ...

9-11? Not that bad?

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Well, I suppose if you didn't have to choose between roasting to death 100 stories up or taking the dive, then it might not have been that bad. According to Prof. Bell, we ought not treat 9-11-type terror as an act of war until it claims about 20 million of us. Presumably, though he doesn't say it, it should be good enough to sic the cops on terrorist killers. A few thoughts. We haven't come to grips with the idea that 9-11 wasn't that bad. it certainly wasn't as bad as its planners had ...

Happy New Year - for most of us

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Just as it seemed late last year, Saddam has breathed his last, much to the relief of humanity, as presciently noted here. It could be that we are seeing the end of the beginning in Iraq, so now we might want to look a bit closer to home for similar warfare gone largely unrecognized until now in places like Baghdad on Platte. Far more Americans die in the mean streets of the United States than in Iraq and we ought to count that toll more than we do. Our condolences to Rosalind ...

Sandy Berger = the unKarla

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Seems that Sandy Berger -Bill Clinton's national insecurity adviser - did much more than steal documents from the National Archives. He acted like a spy, using dead drops, just like a Le Carre character. One can only wonder what post he'll get in Hillary's new administration - Secretary of Defense perhaps. Right after Mike Nifong takes over as attorney general, no doubt. Then we can have the lovely and charming Jamie Gorelick take over as comptroller of the currency, after she covers her ...

Rosie v. The Donald = Skunk fight

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Rosie O'Donnell is angry that Donald Trump cut Tara Conner a break after Conner got caught acting in a most un-Miss USA-like way. Gee, Rose as supposed to be the queen of nice and now she doesn't want to cut the bimbo a break? What is it, some anti-blonde thing? She's right, though, that Trump is up to something - there's a reason he went easy on the hottie and it wasn't her conscience. Could it be that this is a trumped-up, so to speak, event aimed at giving a couple of publicity ...

Global warming and Henry Ford

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Friday, December 15, 2006

For years we've heard that industrialization, with its carbon-dioxide emissions, is the cause of global warming, especially those industrial-strength emissions emanating from the United States. Then along comes this report that puts the blame squarely on something other than industrialization. Now the problem appears to be, uh, cows. Here's the dead-tree take on this report, but it all begs the question — what about horses? Don't they emit their share of methane? And who put ...

Ooooh Diana! Lemme hear some more

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Monday, December 11, 2006

We've all known that the Bush administration wants to listen in on terror telephone calls and the ACLU is aghast. Now we learn that Bill Clinton liked to listen on other kinds of calls. And the ACLU is, uh, strangely silent about this blatant abuse of governmental power. Voyeurism, apparently, far outranks national security in some people's hierarchy of importance. And exactly how come this little secret was held so close for sooo long?  ...

A John Kerry picture is worth…

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Thursday, November 2, 2006

More than 1,000 words and more than even just a few, like, oh for instance, "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty." The photo that shook the world, with laughter and well-directed scorn, is here. And it shows, once again, that even the best efforts of observers such as this one pale in comparison to the brilliance of the men and women serving in "Irak."  ...

300 million? It’s about time

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The U.S. Census Bureau says it happened — the United States hit the 300 million population mark. It won't be long before we start hearing about how terrible it is that there so many Americans. Take, for instance the underidentified Mike here. Donut access notwithstanding, who really believes that we need fewer people to do heart research, fewer people to study the complex interactions of brain and body, fewer people to dig into the unburied treasure of solar power, fewer people , in ...

Mountains have always been blue

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Monday, October 9, 2006

Ah the vast, mysterious significance we attach to specific events such as Democrats winning in the Mountain West. Especially if "we" are from places like San Francisco. Many of the problems with this fascinating tale are listed here, but there are more. It is not as though Colorado, Utah and Wyoming have never elected Democrats. Quite the opposite. Rock Springs Democrat Teno Roncalio served as Wyoming's sole U.S. Rep. for two stints, 1965-67 and 1971-78. Wyoming has an interesting ...

Time to bail on oil shale?

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Folks who don't like, on a sort of aesthetic environmental principle, the idea of digging up a sizable chunk of western Colorado, boiling it it own and pouring the resulting condensate into gasoline tanks, have always looked a bit askance at the prospect of oil shale development. They seem to think that there's something inherently sinful about the idea of digging fuel from the earth (as opposed to drilling for it, or wringing it from corn kernels or switchgrass, I guess). In the end, ...

Senator Corleone makes his offer. Can Disney refuse?

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Friday, September 8, 2006

The Senate Democratic leadership don't want Clinton's incompetence on public display, so they are threatening — and not subtly — Disney's broadcast licenses if the company goes forward with "The Path to 9/11" on its ABC network. In his letter, Sen. Harry Reid makes no bones about what's expected from Disney: the Reid stamp of approval on anything the network runs. "Frankly, that ABC and Disney would consider airing a program that could be construed as right-wing political ...

More on Clinton’s fatuous indignation

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

Matt May has this take on Bubba's bad behavior, then and now.  ...

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