…they always love republicans who won’t vote for republicans:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: If you had to vote between Toomey the conservative Republican or Specter the ex-Republican, who would you vote for?

TOM RIDGE: It’s a wonderful country, this America: it’s called secret ballot.

MATTHEWS: Come on!: aye or nay?

RIDGE: You got my answer, Chris: that’s hardball.

You know I don’t recall them having a lot of love for Ridge when he worked for homeland security in the Bush administration, but they will love him as long as he feeds the dog.

I must confess I wasn’t a big fan of getting rid of Manny, a first ballot HOF and one of the best hitters in the game. Although a lot of credit goes to Curt Schilling the Sox won two more World Series rings with him than they did with Yaz, Ted, Rice and Lefty Grove combined.

But considering this news I’d say he makes a better choice than me.

David Pinto is all over this. One particular link really is funny as Jose “Whitaker Chambers” Canseco was asked about Manny and drugs last month:

Canseco laughs and offers his theory. A-Rod was exposed only when his name was leaked from a list of 104 major leaguers who in a 2003 test showed up positive for steroids. Because the test was anonymous, those names were not supposed to be made public. But in Canseco’s mind, baseball’s power brokers know who is on it: players he is sure will be seen as toxic if the truth comes out.

He says this, despite the fact that A-Rod isn’t being treated as toxic, nor are other players who were caught up in the steroid scandal but publicly apologized, including Miguel Tejada, starting shortstop for the Houston Astros, and Andy Pettitte, a starting pitcher with the New York Yankees.

Why didn’t Ramirez get a long-term deal? Canseco asks. Why were owners gun-shy about signing arguably the game’s best hitter?

Never mind that Ramirez was asking for a mega-deal at age 36. Or that he was negotiating in a sickly economy, while weighed down by the heavy baggage of a surly reputation. Canseco will have none of it. To Canseco, the drawn-out negotiation, the lack of a long-term deal, the lack of interest all raise red flags, and so he tells the Bovard crowd that Ramirez’s “name is most likely, 90%,” on the list.

Canseco admits later that he has no way of knowing. But it makes sense to him, so he threw it out there — kaboom! — swinging for the fences, still.

Late Saturday, I tracked down Ramirez to tell him what Canseco had said. The immediate response is pure Ramirez: He laughs. Sitting at his locker, he says, “I got no comment, nothing to say about that. What can I say? I don’t even know the guy.”

Now the question comes, Manny is going to lose 7.7 million because of this but without the ‘roids would he have made the millions he already has?

UPDATE: This post got a ton of hits from something called Alpha inventions. I found this post on the subject here. Unfortunately I hit the sack early yesterday so I didn’t catch the hits till this morning but there is a way to test this…

…if you are an actual human coming from Alpha Inventions you can confirm that you are real by picking any one other post, any post at all and clicking on it. If I might suggest pick on from December or January that way it would prove that Alpha inventions is the real thing…

…And of course welcome to the blog take a look around lots to see here.

escapefromhell1My review of the Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s novel
Escape from Hell
the sequel to his work from the 70’s Inferno is available at Amazon.com here.

One thing you will find in the book that I didn’t mention in the review is the amount of red meat there is for conservatives like myself. From professional victims to the sympathizers to radical feminists, radical environmentalists we see them all. If you are on the right you can’t help but like this book. For the left there is J. Edgar Hoover converted to a demon named Pink Talon. I have to admit that was really funny.

This is very much worth your money. I’d advise picking up Inferno first.

…otherwise stuff like this might happen:

Shane Fitzgerald, 22, a final-year student studying sociology and economics at University College Dublin, told the newspaper he placed the quote on the website as an experiment when doing research on globalisation.

He quoted Oscar-winning composer Jarre as saying, “One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack. Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life.

“When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head, that only I can hear.”

The quote was posted on Wikipedia shortly after Jarre’s death and later appeared in obituaries in major British, Indian and Australian newspapers.

He was rather surprised:

“I didn’t expect it to go that far. I expected it to be in blogs and sites, but on mainstream quality papers? I was very surprised about,” he said.

He said the hoax remained undiscovered for weeks until he emailed the newspapers that had been deceived to tell them that they had published an inaccurate quote.

The Irish Times said that despite some newspapers removing the quote from their websites or carrying a correction and the fact that it had been dropped by Wikipedia, it remained intact on dozens of blogs, websites and newspapers. (emphasis mine)

Via Stop the ACLU. Joe “what would we do without mainstream newspapers” Scarborough must have been shocked but in addition to canard of the superior fact checking and diligence of reporters and newspapers vs bloggers it highlights two important internet points:

#1 Wikapedia is not and should not be a primary source on anything. I will link to it on occasion but remember the Glenn Reynolds rule concerning it.

I’ve had my own problems with them in the past, though short-lived and (to me at least) no very big deal. My sense is that the wiki format works pretty well when issues are uncontroversial, but that it doesn’t handle politics very well.

And if you don’t believe it check out this, this, this, this, this and this. (most via Glenn)

Second and rather important. Remember that web pages are often forgotten. If bad information gets out on net and is corrected at it’s primary source that doesn’t mean that it will ever be corrected in the sites that copyed it. Keep this in mind whenever you read any web site. Even mine.

I’ve always liked dogs and was struck by this story:

Your dog does not love you and other cold-nosed truths

The article goes on to talk about how dogs have evolved and been domesticated and states:

Their attachment is, in fact, “extremely conditional,” Katz said. “They’ll respond to anyone who gives them food and attention. I have a wonderful Labrador retriever who’s very happy here. But if you had hamburger meat on you, she’d gladly go to Chicago with you and never look back.”

I couldn’t help but think of John McCain, Arlen Specter, and the various groups in the liberal coalition.

Lets start with McCain, as long as he fed the media quotes attacking or questioning George Bush he was a darling, Morning shows, evening shows newscasts all sang his praises, democrats cited his support as proof of being reasonable. During his campaign for president as long as he was far enough behind he was liked…

…then he picked Sarah Palin and the possibility that he might actually win happened. He stopped feeding the dog and the dog decided that there was someone else that they loved better.

Arlen Specter has gotten very good press over the years, his willingness to be “bipartisian” has been celebrated as his vote for the bailout was considered courageous by the press. Democrats favorably cited his support as putting country first. When he switched sides he was the media’s darling.

…then he started acting as he always does, suddenly the dog wasn’t being fed, he was the prop so that he could get the voters. The dog walked away and now Specter is being laughed at and ignored.

Black voters rained praise and votes upon Obama. Yet in the last two weeks black children in DC and black farmers were discarded when their food wasn’t needed.

As the reclusive leftist figured out before the election, as opponents of don’t ask don’t tell have discovered, as anti-war activists are discovering, as long as you are feeding the beast the party will love you but once the food isn’t there or needed then the dog will love someone else. To quote our dog story one final time:

“Dogs don’t ‘miss’ you when you go away,” said Katz, whose conclusions are supported by university studies of animal behavior. “They might get anxious and confused, but don’t mistake that for loneliness or mourning. As soon as they find someone else to take care of them, they forget you pretty quickly.”

This is president Obama in particular and the Democratic party. Not only do his promises come with expiration dates, so does his loyalty.

Update: Glenn and hotair find yet another example of the feed the dog bit for the gay lobby:

CHANGE! Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist. Good thing we don’t have that homophobic Bush Administration anymore!

I guess the dog doesn’t need feeding from you.

With Mary Ann Glendon out of the picture I think the choice of a substitute speaker is a bad choice, if you are going to go with the president, you should have someone who complements him. Cassy Fiano has found the lady:

Of course, leave it to a rabid pro-abortionist like Jessica Ferrar to see otherwise. She’s a Texas state representative, recently honored by Planned Parenthood and the proud owner of a 100% NARAL approval rating.

Hey that’s Obama too it’s a match:

She’s currently trying to force through a bill that would make Catholic hospitals be required to dispense the morning-after pill.

Sounds like the freedom of choice act, right in his wheelhouse:

Her latest bright idea? To decriminalize infanticide. Introducing Texas HB 3318, the first of its kind in the entire country, known as “the infanticide bill”. It defines infanticide as:

A person commits an offense if the person wilfully by an act or omission causes the death of a child to whom the person gave birth within the 12-month period preceding the child’s death

The bill says that infanticide should not be prosecuted as murder, though, as long as:

… at the time of the act or omission, the person’s judgment was impaired as a result of the effects of giving birth or the effects of lactation following the birth.

Infanticide would become a felony, punishable by no more than two years in prison, with a minimum of 180 days, and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.

That sounds odd but consider that in Texas…

This bill was passed by the Texas State Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 7 to 1 on April 28th

7-1 hey that’s where the votes are so Fr Jenkins can use her to have a conversation. And she’s Catholic!

Via gateway pundit.
Continue reading “Here comes the future”

At least it does in Australia according to The Australian:

BRISBANE environmental lawyer Jo Bragg and her partner, Gary Kane, spent $28,000 on three roof panels to generate solar power for their home in the inner Brisbane suburb of Highgate Hill.

After receiving a federal government rebate of $8000, they hoped to recover their investment in a cleaner planet within a few years by selling excess power into the mains electricity grid.

In the three months to April, they used 1384 kilowatt hours and produced 388 kilowatt hours of excess power, for which they received the princely sum of $12.96 after taxes.

Via Tim Blair who has this measured reaction:


Subtly is all.

Update: You might say, but Techguy Blair is wrong it wouldn’t take 385 years to get the money back. After all lets say they were paying $150 a month for their electric bill. That means instead of $13 a quarter it would be $463 a quarter, so they will be showing a profit in just over 11 years.

Of course you should also add the interest they might have made on 28k over 10 years too. In a Cd getting just under 4% they would have made $1000 a year and the amount would have increased by compound interest. That turns things into 25-26 years.

Mika’s back is funtime over?

6:02 a.m. She Really Likes Sarah but it’s MSNBC so she is being diplomatic

6:04 a.m. This is Understandable? Would that say that about Rush?

6:06 a.m. Sox Yankess, Barnicle and Mika win that one.

6:11 a.m. The Ad frankly doesn’t say anything, no reason to vote D or not vote R? Silly

6:12 a.m. Rush and Sarah. She doesn’t have to re-brand. It’s all the media stuff.

6:14 a.m. “The arc of the young female anchor?” That explains a lot. I think Mika really wants to say something but has the discipline to not give away the game.

6:19 a.m. Well that is right seeing how well the government is handling bailouts I’m sure they’ll do great running another chunk of the economy.

6:40 a.m. Barnicle nails it but without Joe this conversation is much too one sided

6:43 a.m. Capheart talks about elites? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. This guy is so full of it.

6:45 a.m. “She’s not smart enough…” Oh he doesn’t think republicans should be conservatives.

7:01 a.m. That is simply awesome, hire him to make shirts for the show.

7:13 a.m. Hey Joe made it in!

7:16 a.m. Joe is not going to be able to keep a straight face after seeing that.

7:22 a.m. I don’t think that’s what Luntz said. A slightly twisted question for Cantor. And Joe is right they have to explain why this stuff is wrong.

7:52 a.m Of course there is an alternative, leave what we have.

8:02 a.m. Joe apparently reads the NYT but doesn’t read Elder of Ziyon, but Perez does.

8:05 a.m. Perez correctly says that the whole world is better with Iraq stopped permanently.

8:07 a.m. Barnicle can’t believe what he is hearing, Perez is on fire today.

8:27 a.m. Earpiece fixed just in time to go.

8:33 a.m. To pay back the Tarp money you have to prove you don’t need it?

I hit polls on my last post, today Mark Steyn in response to Andrew “Birth Canal” Sullivan shows how math actually works:

If you have a million people, 90 per cent of whom are ethnic European and 10 per cent immigrant – and the 90 per cent have a fertility rate of 1.3 kids per couple (the Euro average) and the ten per cent have a fertility rate of 3.5 (the Euro-Muslim estimate), the 90 per cent will have 380,250 grandkids and the 10 per cent will have 306,250. In other words, two generations are all they need to catch up. That’s why cities from Malmo to Brussels are already on the brink of majority Muslim status, as government “Integration Ministers” implicitly acknowledge.

Where Mr Walker gets remarkably incurious is when he coos:

Immigrant mothers account for part of the fertility increase throughout Europe, but only part.

Yes, but what part? Here’s some more numbers. Let’s say you have 950,000 ethnic Europeans whose fertility rate is 1.3. And 50,000 immigrants move in with a fertility rate of 3.5. You’d have an overall fertility rate increase to 1.41, or almost ten per cent, entirely due to a tiny segment of the population. In fact, if 900,000 ethnic Europeans’ fertility rate declined from 1.3 to 1.2, but 100,000 immigrants with that 3.5 rate moved in, you’d still have a ten per cent increase in the overall fertility rate, even though 90 per cent of the population has bought a one-way ticket on the Oblivion Express.

This is why Radical Islam is such a danger, I’m not worried about them getting the nukes from Pakistan, our guys will take them out. I’m afraid that in a generation or two they will own the nukes of France and England.

And that’s before we consider the two other factors: Islam’s numbers in Europe grow through births plus continuing high immigration plus a rapidly expanding rate of conversion.

Europe is growing more Muslim every day. We can debate the speed, but not the direction. I wouldn’t pretend to Andrew Sullivan’s expertise in Governor Palin’s birth canal. But on my little hobby horse I think I’ll stick with my thesis. I’d be happy to take him for falafel at my favorite restaurant in Amsterdam in 2025. And afterwards he can buy me a drink at his favorite gay bar. If he can find one.

I will likely not live to see it even if I wasn’t overweight, but my kids and grandchildren will and God help them