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Tuesday, January 10. 2012
A good movie I just heard about: Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien (2008)
Reader likes this camera: First Look: Canon PowerShot G1
New Orleans competes with Vegas as the sleazy underbelly of America. Still, No Signs Providing Visual Access to Carnal Language, Including Phonetic Spellings
Non-citizen Voting in Connecticut
He simply has to come clean on Romneycare.
'Worried well' are warned against taking daily aspirin: Pills can cut heart attacks by 10% but raise risk of internal bleeding by nearly a third
My Doc makes me take a baby aspirin daily. He does it too.
For Crippling Debt, Why Not Try Grad School?
If you love debt, nothing beats it - including Christmas shopping
How the US bullied poor little Castro
The Death of Hopey-Change… By 2-1 Margin, Americans Not Only Reject But Fear Obama’s Reelection
New paper: AGW may save us from the next ice age
We have been praying for globalistical warmening for years. Too bad that the warmening stopped 13 years ago. Mother Nature is a trickster.
Re-linked: Fred Siegel and Joel Kotkin - The New Authoritarianism:
If you want to know what a Tea Party America might look like, there is no place like Kansas.
Valuing Freedom over Free Services? Shockingly American.
Who is Mia Love?
Governor Awesome a few weeks ago:
and this week, handling heckers in NH. Guy knows how to talk to people, and makes Mitt seem like a milquetoast:
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Las Vegas, away from some parts of the entertainment district, is a middle class town with a quality of life better than most American cities. Our vices, if they're more open, are less egregious than those of Hollywood or Wall Street.
Besides, if we want tourist money, we've got to put up with tourist vices.
If you want "sleazy underbelly" think Atlantic City.
re "Pills can cut heart attacks by 10% but raise risk of internal bleeding by nearly a third"
This kind of statement is a pet peeve of my mine.
Why can't they report the odds of affliction instead?
For example, if the increase of internal bleeding just raises the odds from 3% - 4%, it may be a risk many are willing to take.
I believe the intent of such statements is to hope the readers misinterpret the phrase, "by nearly a third' to read 'to nearly a third', a 33% chance that one will have internal bleeding.
It is an old trick and one that as long been used as ammunition to justify Government regulation of risk.
It leads me to distrust people who use statistics in that way.
BD, would you please check the "Come clean on RomneyCare" link; I am connected only to an advertisement when I click on it.
Sorry. I have made up my mind. I WILL NOT BE FORCED into voting for Romney. I am set to find someone else, or I won't show up in November. I have had enough of this guy.
Look, I understand and to a degree I agree.
But, Obama has to go. Period. End STOP.
If Romney is the best we can do by November I'll be very disappointed, but you have to vote. If it helps, in November I'll call you at home and tell you to go out and vote for the not-Obama and then you can blame me for everything the next guy does wrong for the next four years.
Because it will be worse if Barry gets back in. Beyond your imagination worse.
Bird Dog: The Death of Hopey-Change… By 2-1 Margin, Americans Not Only Reject But Fear Obama’s Reelection
Pretty poor misrepresentation of a poll; from Gateway Pundit via a blog on U.S. News and World Report, which links to another blog also on U.S. News and World Report with the title "Year Ends Happily for Obama". They don't link to the poll, but they are relying on the fact that this poll says that "33 percent said they fear four more years" while only 16 percent say they fear Obama won't get elected.
Frankly, that's just silly. Obama is garnering about 47% job approval, and has a very good chance of being reelected. People who support Obama don't fear him not being reelected if they think he will probably be reelected.
This is why so many on the right in the U.S. are hardly conservative in any real sense of the term. They are afraid to confront facts that are contrary to their narrative.
Is that what it means to be conservative: to be willing to face facts that don't fit one's narrative? That does explain the gulf between the two sides.
A conservative principle is a willingness to face the plain facts of life, to see longstanding institutions as bulwarks against the vagaries of human passion. The counterpart principle of liberalism is to understand that constructive change is possible, and that institutions can also act to impede progress.
I would work for and vote for Alan Simpson in a minute. But, I won't vote for Romney! Not because of his stated claims to a particular ideology. But, rather because of his background, his experience, his personna, his lack of ideas, I think the guy has a mean streak. Mean is cowardice. Strong is a different story and this guy is not strong!
By the way if you would like me to point out current Republicans who have done incredibly liberal things, or who have no right to make a claim of moral intelligence, I will be happy to . Shall we start with this guy?
Who is responsible for re-opening the most flawed university in America. The university that sought to bring the cop killer out of prison in order to give the keynote at graduation exercises. The university that offered an MBA with no-none-nada math required. The university that was already closed down when enrollment over the years had fallen to less than 30 students. The university whose student speaker at graduation made this statement:
A good summary of this "university" can be read here:
**BD please advise if it is ok to publish this link. Thank You**
I forgot to add this link:
So much for Republicans and Conservative Values!
There are very few people in life I hold up as true heroes, and I am Jewish, not Christian, but Father Damien (now Saint Damien) is one of those great heroes I deeply respect and admire. I'm not ashamed to admit that Damien's story is one of the few things that ever brings tears to my eyes.
First Look: The Canon G1
No, no, no, no. It's the G1-X, not to be confused with the superb GX-1 MFT camera that Panasonic announced just a short while ago. Don't forget the X. All the Japanese camera companies love the X. It's hip. Anyway, I expect this is the beginning of a trend of having larger sensors in very compact cameras, which is good for improving the image quality, but it's too bad the zoom range is only 4X, which is very limiting. A zoom range of 10X (25-250mm equivalent in focal length to a 35mm full frame camera, say) is much more useful on a P&S camera like this.
I owned a Canon SX120 IS for a long time, and I was really happy with it. I recently bought a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with the 18-55mm kit lens for about the same cash as this point and shoot jobbie. I also purchased a 55-250 lens as well as a 24-85mm and a 50mm f1.8 prime lens, which added greatly to the cost of the camera, but for my purposes, this set up works very well most of the time.
The G1 would be nice to have for street photography and unobtrusive shooting. Unfortunately, a DSLR with even the really small 50mm prime lens tends to attract a lot of attention. The 55-250 with a lens hood almost guarantees posing or very reluctant subjects. A small, high quality camera would be nice, and I love Canon, but sheesh! $800 bucks for a point and shoot with a 4X zoom, and undersized sensor?
For that cash, I would be checking out the new ILC's by Olympus, or Sony or Nikon for about the same price.
--re Russia link, Nyquist's current column attempts to organize a brief sketch of the present situation:
(included in the essay is the link below, to a rather hackle-raising Pravda article)
(sorry, could not make hyperlinks, Redletter Spamfilter is in a bad mood at the moment)
PS, Nyquist closes with:
The year 2012 should prove decisive for Russia. Will the anti-Americanism take Russia by the throat? Or will the KGB regime lose its grip? One year from today we should know the answer.
...meanwhile, on the other side of the orb,