Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Jersey History's Mysteries

re: a new story every month on New Jersey history. Plus, is a member of something called The American Local History Webring... (via sidebar at A Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy).

Afraid of shadows « Bookworm Room

re: about the book The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party, by David Horowitz and Richard Poe. Bookworm's not sure whether to take them seriously, is asking for input...

The Journey - Rodney Olsen's blog : A Google Diploma?

re: "Today's front page story on Western Australia's daily newspaper, The West Australian, tells us that the state's Education Minister, Ljiljanna Ravlich, doesn't think we need to learn too much because we can always Google whatever we need to know. Brilliant..."...

Autumn Cottage Diarist

re: newly found English blog to consider adding to blogroll. (Found through As I See It Now...)...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Stones Cry Out: Dissent is Futile, You Will Be Assimilated

re: in California, it's now illegal for schools to criticize homosexuality if any of their students get state assistance...

K's Café: The 30 Second Blog: Fascinating

re: her electric & gas company in England, which charges for power consumption every month, "is only obligated to read our meters once every....TWO YEARS! In the meantime, they ESTIMATE. And charge us based on their estimate." Also, "...The company told me on the phone that they "endeavour" (with a u) to read the meters every six months but are under no legal obligation to do so. So, it the customer would like to (and remembers), she can call in the meter reading herself every last day of the month! FASCINATING! That's one reminder I've never had in my Palm PDA. Yet. In it goes..."...

New Testament Hyper-Concordance in ESV at KevinPierpont.com

re: online resource for Bible students (English Standard Version)...

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hezbollah says its war with Israel was a mistake - The Washington Times

re: Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, who has been declaring victory since the ceasefire, is now also saying that he had no idea his ordering the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers would cause a war...

Kentucky plane crash kills 49 of 50 - The Washington Times

re: possibly/probably tried to take off on the wrong runway, one too short for that make of aircraft. The lone survivor, the co-pilot, is in critical condition...

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Autumn Rain: Time Out for Happiness

re: the book by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., of Cheaper by the Dozen fame, about his parents, particularly his mother...

iKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition

re: internet safety program for grade schools, families (aka Faux Paw Program)...

The PCUSA Book Crisis

re: Mark D. Roberts looks at the Presbyterian publishing house that put out a 9/11-conspiracy-theory (Bush did it!) book...

Shain Chemistry Research Tower Celebrations: Send a Tribute

re: University of Wisconsin, memories/tributes tied in to a building dedication...

Saturday, August 26, 2006

USATODAY.com - Plan B maker faces challenge in marketing product

re: dual status (prescription needed for 17 and younger), makes marketing somewhat more difficult. But (from Theresa Howard, USA Today):

...In anticipation of the non-prescription OK, Duramed last year designed a single container that has visual appeal for consumer sales — but still has space to affix a prescription label.

Pending the packaging approval, Plan B could be available over the counter as early as Nov. 1, according to Amy Niemann, vice president, proprietary marketing for Plan B. A retail price has not been set. The single-use package of two pills sells by prescription now for $25 to $40.

Despite the challenges, Duramed expects that over-the-counter approval will double Plan B's annual sales. At $35 million-a-year currently, they already account for 5% of Barr's revenue.

"It opens the market with increased access; I can't even quantify it," Niemann says. "For a portion of the population, it opens up a tremendous opportunity for women to have easy access to something they didn't have easy access to before."...

Diary of a dungeon | Sunday Herald Sun

re: Australian teen runs to neighbor for help after eight years of captivity...

BP says to pull 800 workers from U.S. Gulf Saturday | Reuters.com

re: Tropical Storm Ernesto due to hit on anniversary of Katrina, nonessential workers being evacuated, oil production expected to stay steady...

Department of State Begins Issuing Electronic Passports to the Public

re: "...this next generation of the U.S. passport includes biometric technology. A contactless chip in the rear cover of the passport will contain the same data as that found on the biographic data page of the passport (name, date of birth, gender, place of birth, dates of passport issuance and expiration, passport number), and will also include a digital image of the bearer’s photograph./The Department of State has employed a multi-layered approach to protect the privacy of the information and to mitigate the chances of the electronic data being skimmed (unauthorized reading) or eavesdropped (intercepting communication of the transmission of data between the chip and the reader by unintended recipients)..."...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Semicolon: Not Death, But Life on MY Terms

re: Sherry picks up the Wilfred McClay article at First Things, and adds to it...

BrothersJudd Blog: LISTEN, WATCH, READ:

re: recommendations for reading, listening, viewing, including one for a movie called The World's Fastest Indian (as in Indian motorcycle)...

Careers and Marriage - Forbes.com

re: point and counterpoint (Michael Noer and Elizabeth Corcoran respectively) on the downsides (real or imagined) of marrying a career woman, especially if she makes more money...

hat tip: Rush Limbaugh

CVO Website - Mount St. Helens Points of Interest - Ape Cave

re: "...the longest continuous lava tube in the continental United States..." Lantern rentals available during summer for explorers...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Politics Central: The Politics of Food

re: Glenn and Helen Show podcast with "Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why. and Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party)"...

The Anchoress » Affection for the protector lads and He-men

re: despite the feminists, liking to be around he-men...

FOXNews.com - Students Earn Cash, Experience Through College Co-Ops - College Life | Guide | Universities

re: working for real companies as part of the college experience...

Stones Cry Out: A Civil Society Approach to Welfare

re: the difference between treating the whole person, and treating people like cattle...

The Common Room: Six Impossible Things

re: believing mutually exclusive things, plus not knowing what other people would find unusual about your life...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mid-America Council | Boy Scouts of America | Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota

re: tribute to Eagle Scouts, Classes of 2005 and 2006...

Phi Beta Cons: Raising Our Kids

re: when parents collide with the education bureaucracy, the Leftists show why they don't feel a need to have kids of their own...

OpinionJournal - 'Islamofascism'

re: author Roger Scruton says to beware a religion without irony. Provides background, comment on how Muslims interact (or not) with the modern world...

hat tip: Joust the Facts

LA Daily News - ACLU's tactics are backfiring

re: From August 16, Margaret A. Bengs reports on wins against the ACLU, and on efforts to shut off its grabs of taxpayer money via the Public Expression of Religion Act...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Anchoress » Scotland Yard’s Presser on Sky Terror and other links

re: links to Michael Barone on how the elite young men who dodged military service in the 1960s have set out to portray themselves as the real heroes, using universities and media to form their narrative; and to James Lileks on the invention of the post-WWII adolescent strain; more...

SFO Mom: Five People in Five Categories Meme

I've been tagged.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Betsy's Page: How the left has changed

re: excerpt of essay by Arthur Bierman (original requires registration) on how men on the Left used to fight Fascism in the trenches, and how embarrassed they'd be of the Left of today...

Betsy's Page: Arabic at Middlebury College

re: quotes someone reporting that Arabic instruction is confused with Islamic instruction (complete with rejiggered maps of the Middle East) at a language school in Vermont. Disturbing if true...

Friday, August 18, 2006

Betsy's Page: Judge Taylor's ruling

re: links to lawyer bloggers...

The Garden Window: Font Query

re: trying to identify a font (plus a couple of places that are usually helpful)...

Here in the Bonny Glen: Would You Wish a Book Away?

re: taking a bit of time to think through a question on a popular book meme - and coming up with a different way of looking at it...

FrontPage magazine.com :: The EU Idiot's Guide to Islamic Extremism by Julia Gorin

re: amongst other things, the difference between how previous immigrant groups have acted (particularly when one of their own commits a crime), and how Muslims have been behaving...

Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: Murdoc Online

re: World War II book, recommended...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

K's Café: The 30 Second Blog: Magna Carta Mural

re: K and family now live five miles from Runnymede, so she's exploring the local history...

K's Café: The 30 Second Blog: The Chunnel & Northern France

re: what it's like to travel the Chunnel...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Betsy's Page: Do your own research on Congressional pork

re: asking for help getting Congressmen to own up to earmarks slipped into an appropriations bill...

Mexican fishermen found after 11 months at sea | International News | Reuters.com

re: despite the headline, it's not at all sure yet how long the fishermen were at sea. They were picked up by "a Taiwanese tuna fishing trawler in waters between the Marshall Islands and Kiribati on August 9" and there's a serious language barrier and things are still getting sorted out. At any rate, reports at this time are that they got into trouble off Mexico some months back (three? nine? who knows?) and are very skinny and very hungry...

Pluto is safe as astronomers define planet size | Top News | Reuters.com

re: vote comes August 24 on a new definition of "planet", which would, if passed at the meeting of the International Astronomers Union (IAU), create a tiered definition: "...Pluto would remain a planet but would fall into a newly created category called Plutons, which are distinguished from classical planets in that they take longer than 200 years to orbit the sun./Pluto would be joined in this category by two other celestial bodies, Xena and Charon, while another, Ceres, would be known as a dwarf planet./In all, 12 planets would be listed in our solar system, at least for the time being..."...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

BrothersJudd Blog: YOU MEAN CHRISTOPHER REEVES ISN'T ABOUT TO GET UP AND WALK?:

re: embryonic stem cells still haven't helped anybody and still aren't lending themselves to cures of any sort...

the purl bee - home

re: online journal hosted by a fabric/craft shop...

Orange Ukraine - Journal of Ukrainian Current Events

re: Ukrainian blog, features several Ukraine-related links in sidebar...

Bookworm Room : Multiculturalism as the root of Britain’s evils

re: covers several angles, refers to (among other things) the book How the Left Was Won: An In-Depth Analysis of the Tools and Methodologies Used by Liberals to Undermine Society and Disrupt the Social Order, by Richard Mgredechian...

FOXNews.com - Soldier's Diary: Making Progress in Iraq Makes the Time Go by Faster

re: an update from U.S. Army Capt. Dan Sukman...

Gateway Pundit: The Modern Day Party of Neville Chamberlain... Just Angrier

re: Michael Barone's take on Chamberlain (who strenously supported Churchill after stepping aside), versus today's leftists. Plus, a grand unifying theory of history (see Betsy link at bottom)...

Monday, August 14, 2006

Hemingway's cats targeted by feds

Unbelievable. The USDA is claiming that Ernest Hemingway's cats (their descendants, actually) are exhibits and must be treated as such. And that the people who care for them must get an exhibitor's license. And... and... Oh, it's too nuts to cover in a sentence or two. Read the whole article: Hemingway House in cat fight, Maya Bell, Orlando Sentinel, August 13, 2006.

In case it isn't clear, I think the USDA has a lot of explaining to do. I don't know about you, but I can think of better uses of taxpayer money than sending a couple of agents down to videotape cats from a hotel room that oversees the Hemingway property. (And that's just for starters.)

hat tip: Lisa Cianci

Orlando Sentinel - Barbaro update

re: Race horse Barbaro seems to be doing better...

Kim Priestap: Alice Cooper is Cool and Not Just Because of His Music

re: the ghoulish Cooper is helping establish a Christian-run youth center in Phoenix...

OpinionJournal - Five Best

re: Stanley Weintraub, author of "Eleven Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944" (Free Press), coming in October/November, lists five top books of firsthand accounts of World War II...

Phi Beta Cons on National Review Online

re: Candace de Russy notes "Dan Pipes commends the growing willingness to focus on some strain of Islam as the enemy but believes the label “fascist” is inaccurate. He writes..."...

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Thomas H. Lipscomb: New Turkish pipeline will help stabilize world energy access - Examiner.com

re: "An almost 1,100-mile-long oil pipeline just opened between the rich Caspian oil fields of Azerbaijan at Baku, running through Georgia’s capital Tblisi, to the Mediterranean. Turkish port of Ceyhan. A city of 100,000, one-third Kurdish and 50 miles above the Syrian border, Ceyhan is already the terminus for a pipeline originating in Kirkuk in Iraq..."...

Astronomers Struggle to Define 'Planet' - Examiner.com

re: "...At a 12-day conference beginning Monday, scientists will conduct a galactic census of sorts. Among the possibilities at the meeting of the International Astronomical Union in the Czech Republic capital of Prague: Subtract Pluto or christen one more planet, and possibly dozens more..."...

Friday, August 11, 2006

New York Post: Peter Brooks - The Other Enemy

re: "...we have two enemies in the War on Terror: terrorists and our own complacency..."...

hat tip: Tim Chapman

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Rose By Any Other Name » TV Meme

re: noting the television shows you've watched...

APOD: 2006 August 7 - An Erupting Solar Prominence from SOHO

re: Astronomy Picture of the Day, plus some info on the solar cycle...

The Technological Mentality -- Leon Kass Warns

re: from Albert Mohler's blog, "Professor Leon Kass, former chairman of President Bush's Council on Bioethics, issues a warning about the "technological mentality" that threatens to reduce all matters of morality to issues of technology and technique..."...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Captain's Quarters: NBC Newsman Says Don't Believe War Reporting

re: Ike Seamans notes that conditions aren't set up for accurate reporting in the Middle East, amongst other problems...

Intent - Intent/Journal - listening in...

re: John McWhorter talking about how welfare went wrong, plus info on his book Winning the Race...

At A Hen's Pace: Generation M

re: There are a few downsides to being part of Generation M. (Or having them as co-workers or family members, for that matter.)...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

At Sea With Middle America

re: John McWhorter compares some Blue Americans with some Red Americans...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

FOXNews.com - Chicago Church Wants Katrina Victim, 3 Kids Out of Parsonage

re: church gave total stranger a temporary home, but now is having trouble weaning her of their generosity...

FOXNews.com - Forgiving Mel Gibson

re: Father Jonathan Morris discusses Mel Gibson, past and present...

FOXNews.com - Lis on Law: Guarding Against ID Theft

re: protecting yourself, and where to go if a phisher gets hold of your personal information...

Bookworm Room : Pot, meet kettle

re: New York Times accusing Donald Rumsfeld of talk harking back to Vietnam War, David Horowitz pointing out in Radical Son what was behind the 1960s anti-war movement (can you say Moscow?), and realizing that Helen MacInnes wasn't over the top after all in her portrayal of American Lasters...

Bookworm Room : Why the British don’t deserve their own history

re: more on Britain's slide into insanity...

Friday, August 04, 2006

The American Thinker: The Myth of the Suicide Bomber

re: Frederick J. Chiaventone gives a history of suicidal attack and defense, with a look at what the real difference is with the Islamic radicals' use of the tactic, versus how it has been used in the past...

EWTN.com - Knights of Columbus pledge to fight for marriage, life, 'Under God'

re: resolutions adopted at the 124th Supreme Council Meeting, held this week in Orlando, Florida...

Eternal Word Television Network: Blog - Joan's Rome by Joan Lewis

re: Castelgandolfo, the Pope's home away from home...

The Culture of Offendedness--A Christian Challenge

re: Albert Mohler discusses the cultural push supporting claims of a right not to be offended (in fact, a right to not be upset), and asks Christians to not fall into the trap...

OpinionJournal - Wonder Land: Media Fatigue

re: Daniel Henninger talks about how the media's bombardment of images may turn people away instead of provoking outrage... "Human wells of moral outrage are deep, but not bottomless"...

Men who protect women and children versus men who hide behind them

re: another bit of art showing the difference between how the Islamists fight and how the Israelis fight...

hat tip: Best of the Web Today (at end of "Then Comes Hezbollah in a Baby Carriage" entry.)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

iWon News - Ranchers Putting Cattle Out to Pasture

re: more beef cattle are going to market without first going to a feedlot, and grass-fed cattle are bringing premium prices...

hat tip: Opinion Journal

World Watch - June 25, 2006 - Know Thy Enemy - The Ornery American

re: Orson Scott Card discusses the situation in the Middle East, past, present and future...

OpinionJournal - Extra: Welfare Check

re: Ron Haskins notes the amazing success of welfare reform. "Mr. Haskins is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of "Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law," forthcoming from Brookings"...

Terri's Dad weighs in on the Florida gubinatorial race :: Euthanasia :: ProLifeBlogs

re: Charlie Crist was Florida attorney general and worked to ensure Terri Schindler Schiavo's death...

SFO Mom: Tragedy for a Town

re: some different perspective on the immigration issue...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

FIRST THINGS: On the Square

re: Robert T. Miller continues a discussion of what is meant by loving one's neighbor, with a focus on how it applies to aggressors...

OpinionJournal - Five Best

re: Russell Seitz recommends science books...

GM's Corner : Pallywood Exposed

re: shows raw footage of "news" coverage of the Palestinians...

The Virtues of Development

re: Rev. Robert A. Sirico of the Acton Institute looks at today's relative prosperity and how some people are responding to it...

Sisters of Life: About Us

re: "...a contemplative/ active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life..."...

Students for Life of America

re: website of pro-life, student-run organization. Includes looks at specific college pro-life groups (esp. at Featured Group page)...

CitizenLink - Arizona Pro-Life Student Group Sues University

re: "The group Students for Life is filing suit against Arizona State University over restrictions on the display of banners and literature./The students are being represented by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)"...

The Second Chance

re: pluggedinonline review of the trouble-between-and-within-churches movie The Second Chance...

Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl

re: the pluggedinonline review of the movie...