Friday, December 31, 2010
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Saturday, December 18, 2010
Whomever currently owns the much-passed-around "Commodore USA" corporate trademarks is shipping a modern Commodore 64 clone ("It's back... and better than ever!") The new Commodore 64 is a modern functional PC as close to the original in design as humanly possible. It houses a modern mini-ITX PC motherboard featuring a Dual Core 525 Atom processor and the latest Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset.
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Commenter 'TheOtherLarry' adds:
I'm betting they bought it at one of those pesky US air shows, using the air show loophole. You know those drone dealers will sell drones to anyone.
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Friday, December 17, 2010
Studies consistently show that diet and exercise are more closely correlated with positive medical outcomes than health insurance. So Congress should pass a law to require Americans to join gyms and buy broccoli rather than to buy health insurance.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
"An individual's personal decision to purchase -- or decline purchase -- (of) health insurance from a private provider is beyond the historical reach of the U.S. Constitution," Hudson wrote. "No specifically constitutional authority exists to mandate the purchase of health insurance."
"Despite the laudable intentions of Congress in enacting a comprehensive and transformative health care regime, the legislative process must still operate within constitutional bounds," Hudson added. "Salutatory goals and creative drafting have never been sufficient to offset an absence of enumerated powers."
"Enumerated powers? Whuzzat?" responded the New York Times,
The case centers on whether Congress has authority under the Commerce Clause to compel citizens to buy a commercial product – namely health insurance – in the name of regulating an interstate economic market. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits argue there effectively would be no limits on federal power, and that the government could force people to buy American cars or, as Judge Hudson remarked at one hearing, “to eat asparagus.”
Well, presumably if Congress could make a good case that the interstate market for asparagus was unsettled, they actually would pass a law to make us all eat asparagus. But does anybody else feel that the Times's reporter's use of the asparagus reference is pejorative? Intended to make the judge seem like a feeble-minded old rustic?
Last night's episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska was an exercise in perspective. Move the lens even a bit, and I'm sure the picture would change. From Kate Gosselin's perspective, the afternoon of Fun 'n Campin' 'n Roughin' It With the Palins, Alaska-style, probably becomes a nightmarish affair of dampness and numbness and danger. The closest analogue I can come up with is the time James Joyce and Marcel Proust shared a taxi.
Or the time that Curtis LeMay and Jean-Paul Sartre were stuck in an elevator for nearly an hour.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
h/t Say Uncle.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
The left, you see, has long thought that there ought to be some connection between intelligence or learning and the right to govern.
"...the right to govern."
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Then, in 2005, he applied for a gun permit and found out for the first time he had a felony conviction. He applied for a presidential pardon, which was officially granted Friday, in the first round of pardons during Obama's administration.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
John Wesley Ewell, whose criminal record stretches back decades, was arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles on four counts of murder with special circumstances, robbery and receiving stolen property.
LOS ANGELES — A multiple felon who campaigned against California’s three-strikes law and was free after managing four times to escape its harsh sentencing guidelines has been charged with murdering four people in home-invasion robberies here this year.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Experts dissecting the computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran’s nuclear program have determined that it was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control.
Nice work, whoever you are.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Mr Wang gave his backing to the US Federal Reserve's controversial decision to restart quantitative easing - effectively printing dollars to buy up US government debt.
That's a lot of paper and a lot of ink. Wish I could print money whenever I needed it...sigh.
P.S. According to this, one million one-dollar bills weighs 2200 lbs, so that's 600,000 of those, or a total of 1,320,000,000 lbs. An average tractor-trailer carries, what, 20 tons? So that's 33,000 semis full of one-dollar bills.
Hey, I know! Why not give unemployed people jobs printing all that money? Think of all that work: producing the paper and ink, shipping them to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, driving the 33,000 trucks back and forth, forklift operators...now there is some stimulus!
Or, think of it like this: what if an asteroid or comet weighing 1.32 billion pounds hit the earth? Actually, this funny-money will probably do just as much damage, with a lot less kinetic energy.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
h/t Say Uncle.
I didn't go; had to work. I edited a piece about the rally for the big show yesterday and I had fun putting together a little montage of Peace Train/Crazy Train/Love Train. And I have to say that seeing Cat Stevens (Yousef Islam) perform "Peace Train" in front of the U.S. Capitol was very inspiring. He even participated in a good-natured "Battle Of The Bands" with Ozzie Osbourne.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Link to PDF of WWII aircraft silhouette book.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Outside the National Portrait Gallery.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Richard Tyler was born in Lansing, Michigan April 1st, 1926. He was the only child to an Artist Father and Mystic Mother. "Richard thought that life was a joke" Dorothea chuckles as she tells me of Richard's days of service during WWII in Japan as a Paratrooper. He was the kind of personality that would end up in the brig for robbing a Japanese bank, "disappearing with piles of void paper money. Guns, blazing to the sky".
And now it's all over.
A blog post about the Uranian Phalanstery.