Big Battery

Texas is slated to get a really big battery to improve grid reliability. Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) has completed a contract with NGK-Locke, Inc. for a state-of-the-art, sodium-sulfur 4-megawatt NAS battery system, which will be installed in Presidio, Texas. ETT is a joint venture between American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings […]

Paying the Michael Vick dues

On Friday night I had dinner at a popular Ann Arbor pub, and my otherwise delightful evening was ruined by something very unpleasant on the widescreen TV — a long ESPN interview with dog torturer Michael Vick. I realize people say that by serving his sentence he “paid his dues” to society, but how does […]


Linearthinker suggested this article on how LSD led to the discovery of DNA. FRANCIS CRICK, the Nobel Prize-winning father of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he first deduced thedouble-helix structure of DNA nearly 50 years ago. The abrasive and unorthodox Crick and his brilliant American co-researcher James Watson famously celebrated their […]

Iran In Iraq

A thoughtful piece from BIll Ardolino over at Long War Journal, with an in-depth look at Iranian influence in Iraq — and its limits. I’m not trying to sugarcoat the fact that Iran is exerting significant influence of armed, economic, political, and religious varieties in a post-Saddam Iraq. And there is little doubt that as […]

Ecological Balance

I was having a discussion about this and that at Talk Polywell and one of my correspondents said: …many of them both unnecessary and unsustainable. A truly civilized society would maintain an ecological balance and still be able to visit the planets. And I said: Humanity is unsustainable. We will go on for as long […]

Foolish truths

A fascinating and thoughtful piece by Ron Radosh reminded me of a nagging problem that causes a certain amount of misunderstanding. With an Atlantic piece by Mark Bowden as a starting point, Radosh examines the deeper question of whether all journalism is inherently biased: Bowden says in conclusion that we now live in a “post-journalistic” […]

Death Panels By Proxy, Jail Time For The Uninsured

Over at Powerline, Paul Mirengoff notes that the Finance Committee version of the health care bill has a nasty surprise for seniors: their doctors are going to be penalized for their relatively expensive care. And via Drudge: go without health insurance, go to jail.

If there’s a “right” to health care, then what about the “right” to buy groceries?

Here’s a charming picture from a local news story: When I moved from a relatively affluent Philadelphia suburb to a relatively affluent Michigan college town I took for granted what most of us take for granted — the easy availability of food. In the form of nearby grocery stores. So it shocked me to see […]

Extremist SEPTA photographer fesses up to terror plot

This morning I was startled by a chilling Drudge headline: Men vanish after taking photos of Philly subway system… Not only did I live in Philadelphia for years, but stories about disappearing humans always intrigue me, so naturally I clicked on the link, whereupon the mystery only deepened. Apparently a “man” and a “male” each […]

He Helped Write A Book

It seems some one helped Mr. Obama write Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Christopher Andersen in Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage says it was American terrorist Bill Ayres. Ron Radosh had this to say about it. Obama had not as yet written anything. But he had taped […]

Ask not what the NEA can do for you…

A tiny little MicroSD memory card I got with a clone phone turned out to have a wonderfully annoying sample tune just sitting inside of it. So annoying that it’s really priceless. The problem is, I have no idea what it is. My guess is that it’s some sort of propaganda, so I thoughtfully added […]

You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man

Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside. William S. Burroughs

“he figured he could get away with it”

How stupid does President Obama think the unruly teenagers American people are? That was my reaction when I saw this question: Why did the president feign ignorance of ACORN when his relationship with the group goes back almost 20 years? Glenn Reynolds offers an answer: Because he figured he could get away with it. Same […]

Bring It On

In the above video the ACORN outers, Hanna Giles and James O’Keefe, say about potential suits from ACORN, “Bring It On”. Well ACORN has brought it on. Community activist group ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax advice to a man posing as a […]

She Is Bright – They Are Stuck On Stupid

As you know I have covered the Sarah Palin Hong Kong speech in a previous post. Neil sent me an e-mail link to this take on her speech. Melvin Goodé , a regional marketing consultant, thought Mrs. Palin chose Hong Kong because, he said, it was “a place where things happen and where freedom can […]

Sarah Palin In Hong Kong

Sarah Palin gave a speech in Hong Kong. She blamed the Government for the financial mess we are in. You can call me a common-sense conservative. My approach to the issues facing my country and the world, issues that we’ll discuss today, are rooted in this common-sense conservatism… Common sense conservatism deals with the reality […]

The aging of sweetness

Speaking of evolution, Cab Calloway’s “Reefer Man” video in M. Simon’s earlier post made me fixate on another form of cultural depravity. Or would that be degeneracy? I don’t know the right word, but let’s face it, some people just don’t like songs about controversial cultural topics, not even if they’re light-hearted and humorous. Like […]

What Are They Trying To Hide?

The most transparent Congress evah does not want to put the bills it votes on online 3 days before a vote. Especially not the health care bill. Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes. […]

apart, not a part

While I hate to generalize, and I hate to stereotype people, I feel compelled to say something about a disturbing recent trend. One of the most annoying slogans of the 1960s was this one: If You Are Not Part Of The Solution You Are Part Of The Problem Widely attributed to Black Panther leader Eldridge […]

Only in Oakland?

This article from Oakland’s East Bay Express is a classic illustration of what you get when you live in a left wing city that’s hurting for money. They come up with fiendish new tax schemes and tyrannical restrictions on businesses. Apparently, some genius in the Oakland bureaucracy figured out that it would be legal to […]