Monthly Archives: May 2006

Win, Win, Win

Agricolae has received an e-mail from a girl friend in Iowa, who writes:

A Win, Win, Win situation.

Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border, take the dirt and raise the levies in New Orleans, and put the Florida alligators in the moat.

Any other problems you have?

Ah, the power of the American mind!

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Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day Blackholestorm_chandra_big_2

In the center of a swirling whirlpool of hot gas is likely a beast that has never been seen directly: a black hole. Studies of the bright light emitted by the swirling gas frequently indicate not only that a black hole is present, but also likely attributes. The gas surrounding GRO J1655-40, for example, has been found to display an unusual flickering at a rate of 450 times a second. Given a previous mass estimate for the central object of seven times the mass of our Sun, the rate of the fast flickering can be explained by a black hole that is rotating very rapidly. What physical mechanisms actually cause the flickering — and a slower quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) — in accretion disks surrounding black holes and neutron stars remains a topic of much research.

Be sure and check the APOD every day…..see the left sidebar for Favorites.  Be the most knowledgeable at your next social event, and learn a little something about our universe.

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Another Post on Immigration

Agricolae says enough already with the posts on immigration…..why doesn’t Agricola post on the pending nuptials of Vince and Jennifer, or maybe something on Katie’s last day?  Agricola is the Decider, and he decides what subjects will be covered.  Agricola also acknowledges he may lose one reader from the legion of fans, but that’s the price of Deciding.

Samuelson on the real numbers behind the immigration debate.

You decide what’s more important.

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Civil Discourse in Politics

Politics stops at the water’s edge.  Isn’t that what our American politicos have always said?  Even if not widely practiced, lately the outsiders in the halls of power have taken their discontent to a new, lower level of rhetoric.  Today’s evidence supporting the allegation can be found in Al Gore’s comments to The Guardian (UK)

Taking a page from his old boss, the potentially ground-breaking First Man, Gore has honored our concept of democracy by calling our elected government a renegade band of right-wing extremists who get hold of power.  Renegades who got hold of power?  How can we expect a civil discourse on matters of great importance when national leaders make these kinds of irresponsible statements?

To refresh Gore’s database, President Bush won in electoral votes 286 – 252, total votes 51% – 48%, with a total margin of more than 3.5 million votes  out of 117.8 million votes cast, winning 32 states out of 50. Not a landslide, but a clear majority.

We’re not asking Gore to give up his principles, but we do think it’s right to ask him to support the process of democracy in our country.  He can disagree with all his might, but in making irresponsible statements he further inflames the partisans, and makes it more difficult for the middle (dare we say the Silent Majority?) to consider his party’s positions.

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Congressional Hubris II

Today, the Wall Street Journal has an editorial criticizing the search of Rep. Jefferson’s office on Capitol Hill.  Says the editorial:

Congress’s right to legislate without being intimidated by the executive is a core element of the Constitution, and bullying prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to violate it.

Fair enough, if soliciting for and acceptance of bribe money is considered legislating.  But we don’t think that is what the authors of the Constitution meant; in fact, they specifically listed felony as an exclusion under the shield and debate clause being used to "protect" members of Congress from investigation for criminal activity.

Andrew McCarthy of the National Review, a former federal prosecutor, debunks the faulty analysis of the WSJ editorial board, and the other critics of the FBI’s attempt to prosecute a federal crime.  His article is here.

Over the weekend, two arch-enemies, Sens. Frist and Durbin, both made statements supporting the Justice Department’s search, and stated, clearly, that no member of Congress should be "above the law".  That the two agree should be a warning to the critics of the inherent right to prosecute criminal acts, wherever found.

H/T Michelle Malkin

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