Saturday, October 08, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Maybe they are just trying to scare us
It's all a conspiracy of the Republicans, right? The whole color-coded system?
Actually, I think it's the media. If you make your way over to the front page of CNN.com, you'll see an interesting picture, which I've replicated at the right. The caption says "Security is increased at Grand Central Terminal." But was it really?
The Man emails:
I got on on the south end of Grand Central and did not see a cop until I got to Hunters Point.Personally, I went through Grand Central's north passage, and even the little police office I go by every day was empty. And that photographic evidence that I've provided above? Those are the same two cops, police dog, and national guardsman that are always standing at that little wooden desk on the lower level at Grand Central. Next time you're there, go to the bathroom in the food court—it's right there.
So why is CNN.com lying to us about increased security at Grand Central when it's completely typical?
The Man has more. So does Michelle Malkin.
A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said.I'm not sure that makes any sense at all. Apparently, alligators are safe from pythons, since this one burst...
The incident has heightened biologists' fears that the nonnative snakes could threaten a host of other animal species in the Everglades.
"It means nothing in the Everglades is safe from pythons, a top-down predator," said Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor.
Am I missing something here?
Also, make sure you click through—there's an awesome picture of the end result.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Does no one pay attention to Hollywood?
InstaPundit has a transcript of W discussing the possible responses to an outbreak of the avian flu. Basically, he explains why he wants to explore the possibility of a militarily enforced quarantine:
And who best to be able to effect a quarantine? One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move.Hasn't the man ever seen Outbreak? Or The Stand? The military may be able to plan and move, but they're also always compromised and only make things worse. This has been established in movie after movie.
And so that's why I put it on the table. I think it's an important debate for Congress to have.
And it had better be a part of the congressional debate.
Not Sure About Miers
I'm not. Honestly, I don't know. I don't really like that she's never been a constitutional scholar, but I also don't think that precludes her from the Court. I think it's a good thing to have a smart lawyer on the court. Lawyers who have a working knowledge of the Constitution will definitely have a different perspective than those who have been studying it their whole lives, and that can be a positive contribution.
But there's also this fairly substantial cronyism charge to worry about. It's pretty convincing when you can use the text of Alexander Hamilton and make it sound like he wrote it yesterday, in direct reaction ot the nomination. (Full disclosure: there's a rebuttal here.
But then Patrick Ruffini weighed in. I really respect Ruffini, and he has a tight, cogent explanation of why he thinks Miers is the right choice. It's hard to deny the points he raises. The Second Amendment thing, in particular, is very heartening, as is her apparent support for democratic control of abortion, rather than dictatorial. And he linked to Jay Sekulow's support—another man I really respect, whom I also heard on the radio yesterday—which also sings the woman's praise.
But the big problem here is that, in order to be certain that Miers is an actual judicial conservative (setting aside the cronyism thing), we have to trust George W. Bush.
I supported W, albeit reluctantly and mostly to make sure that John Kerry never got into office, and he has repeatedly betrayed fiscal conservatives like myself—so forgive me if I'm not quite ready to jump on the "I support the President's choice," bandwagon yet. I'm not the only one, either.
More over the next few days and weeks.