(from Cox & Forkum/)
"[T]he country does not deserve to be put in the hands of a glib and cocky know-it-all, who has accomplished absolutely nothing beyond the advancement of his own career with rhetoric, and who has for years allied himself with a succession of people who have openly expressed their hatred of America." -- Thomas Sowell
Jeff at TvM provides a very good analysis of the kerfuffle over MDE "exposure" of former Democratic Senator Dean Barkley's match.com page.
"Global Warming," eh? Wanna bet?
An internationally known expert on forecasting methods is challenging Al Gore to a bet over his prediction of global warming temperature increases.
Marketing professor Scott Armstrong of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school is offering to put up $10,000 in a bet for charity.
The wager would involve Gore's forecasts against what is called the "naive model" — in which temperatures basically would stay the same.
Armstrong believes most climate change forecasts use bad methodology. He says the bet is meant as a way to provoke debate.
Armstrong says he hasn't gotten a response yet — and Gore's office did not return a call from us asking for reaction to the challenge.
Guess who's coming to dinner (or not)?
Florida firefighter Jennifer Lasko is one of four people picked to have dinner with Barack Obama next month in Washington. She won the spot after writing an essay explaining her political transformation from Reagan conservative U.S. Army soldier to anti-war liberal Democrat.
Then The Palm Beach Post reported that Jennifer Lasko had another transformation — she used to be John William Lasko — and underwent a sex change operation two-and-a-half years ago.
Lasko has since offered to bow out of the Obama dinner. But an Obama spokeswoman says Lasko is still welcome to come and the decision is up to her.
[Insert obligatory Uranus joke here.]
ASPEN, Colo. - Mars will be transformed into a shirt-sleeve, habitable world for humanity before century's end, made livable by thawing out the coldish climes of the Red Planet and altering its now carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere....
"I suggest that the near-term outlook is that Mars will be terraformed," ["noted physicist" Lowell] Wood said, adding that he thinks the effort will be seriously underway by the middle of this century and essentially complete by the end of the 21st century.
Wood defined terraforming as "the purposeful alteration of the physical environment to increase its habitability for humans."
He noted that we Homo sapiens are a terraforming species, pointing to our own planet's alteration over time.... [Here we go...]
Wood said that Mars currently is "stuck" in a semi-permanent "thermal depression." But there is a multiplicity of design solutions, he foresees, such as engineering an artificial greenhouse effect at the planet that warms the world and makes it "a more preferred planet."
Overall, Wood said that a workable plan can be scripted to raise the average temperature of Mars, rid the world of excess carbon dioxide and generate soil to support agriculture....
Grandma to Accept Plea Deal for Submitting Ballots in Dog's Name
Washington state officials have a bone to pick with one grandmother who is currently in the doghouse for protesting a 2005 voter registration law.
In a plea deal, Jane Balogh is likely to get 10 hours of community service, a $250 fine and a one-year probation after her dog Duncan M. MacDonald illegally voted in three elections....
"I wasn't trying to do anything fraudulent. [heh!] I was trying to prove that our system is flawed. So I got myself in trouble," Balogh, 66, told The Seattle Times....
It's always heartbreaking to see a great athlete go down with an injury.
TOKYO - A Japanese man who set a world record by wolfing down dozens of hot dogs within minutes has suffered a severe jaw injury due to his rigorous training, making his next title uncertain.
Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi said he can only open his mouth to make a gap the size of a fingertip after being diagnosed with jaw arthritis.
In an entry on his blog entitled "Occupational hazard," Kobayashi said: "My jaw refused to fight any more."
A few weeks ago, I had some luck getting through to win some cash on GSN's Quiznation.
Billy Bob: Hey, Jimmy?
A 10-month-old boy in Florida was caught on videotape sipping a high-octane cocktail - gin and juice - and his mother and two relatives now are facing child abuse charges.
The boy's 16-year-old Brandenton, Fla., mother was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of child neglect without great bodily harm, and one count of child abuse without great bodily harm, both of which are felonies.
An aunt, Heather L. Moore, 21, and John D. Bell, 45, an uncle, were arrested Wednesday and each charged with one of child abuse without great bodily harm.
On Monday, I participated in the Patriot Golf Open. It was a best-ball scramble format with dinner and prizes, and part of the entry fee went to Disabled American Veterans, so it seemed like a good excuse to play hookey from work.
I can't even begin to count the number of times I've heard radio commercials for the show, Triple Espresso, all of which pretty much went in one ear and out the other.
First, in case anyone is interested, yes, I will be continuing the "Best of the MOB" feature, resuming next week.
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