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Tuesday, April 3. 2007
Leonardo di Capria flies in a private jet with photo crew to be photographed in Iceland, pretending it's the Arctic. They photoshop the bear from the zoo afterwards for the mag cover. Is anything real in Hollywood - including the people? Yes - the money.
Stupidity, ignorance, Rosie O'Donnell, steel, and the Truthers. Coyote. My opinion? The "truthers" wish to deny that we have enemies outside ourselves. We wish so, too, but we try to respect reality.
This would be fun - going through newly-found early 1800 Missouri court records. Cramer
Springer hunts cell phones. BBC video. But how is she with pheasants?
Dog Yoga? We are a nutty people.
Smith vs. Ricardo on specialization, made simple. Cafe Hayek
French train. 354 mph. Which train to Vichy?
Does "banning the bulb" make sense? Global Warming Hoax says it does. But how about showing the data, and making it voluntary?
Guerillas usually lose wars. Jim Miller. Somebody please remind the press.
I agree with this on taxes, but it will never happen without a flat tax. Every citizen should contribute and sacrifice.
The party's over, for the EU. I hope so. EU Ref. explains why and how. It's good news.
Details of the interesting MASS. v. EPA case at the Supremes. Volokh
Putin takes on the internet, after having taken on the press. It's a damn shame. Is it possible that freedom just isn't part of their value system, so to speak?
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The polar bear is the only thing that doesn't look fake to me.
I wish the "Ban the Bulbs" folks would read what it says on the damned things.
I stupidly bought a package of them without trying to read what it says on the base of each bulb until I got them home and subdued the bullet-proof plastic package.
When I did get one of the bulbs out of the packing intact, I discovered that the base of them says "Not for use in ... totally enclosed recessed fixtures."
I use them in them anyway. They do last forever. The only downside is opening the f-ing package.
Insurance companies, I hear, get testy if a fire originates in a device in a fixture where a device was installed in violation of the "UL" certification.
from what I know, they run a lot cooler than incandescent. anyhow, I use then in recessed fixtures. no fires thus far!
"Not for use in ... totally enclosed recessed fixtures." is on the bulb and is pretty clear. the part of the quote where the ellipses are talks about dimmers, which is an unrelated problem.
Heard on tv today that a district in Belgium has passed a carbon tax on outdoor grilling, and will enforce it by flying a helicopter around looking for heat spots. I'm not kidding. I heard it on the news.
I suppose it would be rude to ask what the chopper costs to run while looking for errant chops....
well, the tax is 20 euros/grilling session. But it's the carbon emissions gap that should have Belgians storming the Bastille.
unbelievable idiocy. As we say, nanny state to police state. they can pry my fireplace out of my cold dead hands.
I think it is time to locate my Ayn Rand library and read up again, starting with "Anthem". Then "Fountain Head". then, if able, "Atlas Shrugged". No, I don't want to discuss anything beyond what is in those three books for all to see.
Bravo FRANCE!! Gosh, I wish we could have real trains in our country!!
We have the Acela on the East coast.
Damn good, comfortable, and very fast, Boston to NYC to Philly to Baltimore to Union Station. Tracks too old for 300 mph, however. 100 mph, though.
Not only that, but they have gorgeous socialists running for president!
She's 53, looks 20 years younger. Maybe it's that Evian water?
Anyway, if we have to have a nanny state, I want her instead of Hilliary.
I'm sorry, but I must use the obvious, Leonardo di Crapio. It is all about feelings. Now if it were the end of the world and between Leo and the bear, what would he do?
A well trounced meme that, by natural means, rises too the top of the cess pool. This is a family blog..so I will refrain from saying more.
This is interesting, I can't wait too see what D. Boone affixed his signature too. A unique find indeed.
Didn't watch 'Springer.'
Same for 'Dog Yoga,' the title alone is enough too warn me off. Though I do appreciate the links, I'm becoming jaded I suppose.
"Specialization," as it always has been, some do one thing and others do another thing. No accounting for genes.
French trains, I am impressed, really, though it reminds me of Mussolini and 'on time.' Will their unions allow that speed?
Mixed emotions on bulbs. I have been using same for several years. For me, they burn out at the same rate as incandescent, at three times the cost. Not too mention the LLV's(?), which are supposed to be equivalent but which seem sadly lacking in the real world.
Mr. Miller makes a useful point. But I would submit that those guerrilla movements that have succeed, have done so despite our ability to completely destroy their state supporters. It is our 'weenieism' that prolongs the bullshit we face.
I'm all for a flat tax. But I am conflicted as too how far I would like too carry that. I want too pay 20-30 percent, let all the 'taxing entities' divide it up after that. An aside, I actually enjoy paying taxes, my contribution too the great country we live in. As long as it is not wasted, which of course conflicts with all I just said.
My real feelings are, re the EU, a grand gesture (sounds French) but always lacking depth. Maginot anyone. The dream of the bureaucrats versus the reality of the real world. Personally, I think things will only get worse over there. We should be girding for that.
No take on the "Volokh" link. I will say that the Supremes seem too be acting on emotion rather than settled fact. I know, who the hell am I?
Russia is lost as well. The true despots are always afraid of freedom. No matter its manifestations. The best we can hope for there is, a true revolution. For True Freedom.
Forgot. Good and well segued links TNJ. And, please forgive my obsessiveness, re Freedom. I just think it important is all.
Damn, thanks BL. Thank you Ma and Pa, and Grandma and Grandpa, and ... :-)
Just trying too say BL, that I haven't an original thought in my head, maybe. Or, if I do, nobody would read it...after all what do I know...
LOL--them original thoughts are will-o-the-wisps, alright. Had one once but it got away.