Archive for April 2006


April 29, 2006

Just what is going on here? Not one, not two, but three of my favorite bloggers are now spending time blogging that most ridiculous show, American Idol. Worse, they all seem to like it!

From Ann Althouse:

After the break, we learn that Elliott and Taylor were actually the middle group. That makes sense, doesn’t it, because of Chris? Chris and Kat are seated.

And it’s Kellie who’s leaving! America got it right!

Aw, but she was very sweet. I think she got a little tired. Someone ought to build a sitcom around her character. We love her as a comedienne.

I don’t think so! Sigh – The world does not need any more ersatz Gospel singing Britney wannabies, whether they’re professional singers pretending to be amateurs, or amateurs trying to be professional. America certainly doesn’t need the spaced-out antics of Paula Abdul, or the weird, British misanthropy of Simon Cowell.

In general, the contestents do not have talent worth watching, the premise of the show (“Come get yer 15 minutes of fame right-cher!”) is not worth airing on network television, and the show, which now apparently features brawls between the judges and between the judges and the host, disgusting.

And I just realized what I dislike most about the show – It’s a reality soap opera! The worst of all possible television worlds.

Maybe I shouldn’t hold back so much and tell you how I really feel about it?


101st Fighting Keyboardists

April 29, 2006

From Captain’s Quarters, I give you the 101st Fighting Keyboardists, the blogroll to the right.
Please check them out!

Sixty scientists call on Harper to revisit the science of global warming

April 11, 2006

Still not convinced that the “science” behind global warming is unconvincing?
Try this.
Harper is the new Canadian Prime Minister.

How Will You Be Defined in the Dictionary?

April 11, 2006
Astro Cath —


Like in nature to a kangaroo

‘How will you be defined in the dictionary?’ at

More on Global Warming

April 10, 2006

Sheesh. Just when I started thinking there actually was some little consistence evidence that, regardless of source, there was measurable global warming, it turns out that there probably isn’t.

A former classmate from my undergraduate days, (many, many years ago), was interviewed on John Bachelor’s radio show on Fri. Apr. 7. From his web site:

Sallie Baliunas is an astrophysicist formerly affiliated with the Mount Wilson Institute. Her awards include the Newton Lacey Pierce Prize by the American Astronomical Society, the Petr Beckman Award for Scientific Freedom and the Bok Prize from Harvard University. In 1991 Discover magazine profiled her as one of America’s outstanding women scientists

Actually, she was deputy director at Mt. Wilson, and Discover Magazines Woman Scientist of the Year. What she has to say on global warming and the science behind it is worth hearing. In short she contends that science is just now beginning to recognize the inconstancy of the sun (what a concept! An inconsistent sun!) and that truly muddles the picture on global warming. My impression is that the picture would be muddled even without that extra complication.

If an mp3 of the interview becomes available, I will post a link to it.

Stuff for the Week

April 9, 2006

I’ve been waaaaay too serious lately (Seriously? – ED. No! Rigelly, you dolt!). So rather than get all philosophical I thought that today I just might make fun of politics (yeah, yeah. Fish, Barrel, Bang!)

Ok, I’m done with the Roger L. Simon imitation.

First off, there’s going to be demonstrations in 60 U.S. cities this week, all in support of illegal immigration by Communists. Now that should be fun!

And this is the week that Cynthia McKinney should be charged. We’ll see if that happens.

And really, what does Robin Givhan add to the discussion anyway?

And speaking of adding to the discussion, our friendly Academic Elephant is surprised that she cares about Katie Couric becoming the CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes team member. Me? I’m a little surprised that anyone cares. No, no – I’m not being snide. I just didn’t think that anyone watched network news anymore. Really. If today a major disaster happened in, say New York or Washington DC., or if today O.J. drove a white Bronco through the streets of L.A., would your first reaction be to turn on CBS to see what Katie was saying? Or NBC or ABC for that matter? Even on Sept. 11, 2001, my first impulse was to check the internet. Of course, that was everyone else’s, too, and the internet was almost unusable. But so were the phones, if you recall.

And on the topic of the Main Stream Media, my Sunday habit is still to buy the Washington Post. But I don’t seem to be reading it much. After the front page and the opinion section, there may be a column or sports article that I get to, but that leaves an awful lot of the paper unread by the time recycling day comes around. The national news just seems old by the time I see it in the paper, the local news seems trite (and rarely news-worthy). I don’t trust the opinion pages at all (did you see this backlash piece in today’s Post?) and the comics… Ah the comics. After 40 years of reading it, I’m finally tired of Beetle Bailey. Once you’ve stopped reading the comics pages, is there really any reason to buy the paper ‘dead tree form’?

Congress Resurrects Mark Twain

April 7, 2006

“When Congress is in session, no man is safe!” – Mark Twain

On the inability of the House and Senate to reach a compromise on Immigration legislation, Ed Morrissey blames Democrats. I suspect there’s plenty of blame to go around. The money quote:

The filibuster threat came from angry Republicans whose attempts to amend the legislation to address issues like border security got blocked by Democrats attempting to pass an amnesty-only bill. When Republican Senators could not get their amendments to a vote, they pulled their support for the bill.