Monthly Archives: January 2008

The Gough Map

The Daily Mail reports the oldest existing map of Britain, the Gough Map. Dating from around 1360, it is believed to be a copy of an older map which has not survived. It was bought by the cartographer it is named … Continue reading

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Ski Amarillo

MSNBC reports on yet another major winter storm system sweeping across the midsection of the United States. This one has caused deaths and injuries, spread ice and snow and generally made life miserable from Texas to Indiana. Two inches of … Continue reading

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Staggering

Barack Obama raised $32 million dollars in the month of January alone. That is a staggering amount of money, as the Washington Post points out and may very well indicate exactly why the Clintons have been so very, very negative … Continue reading

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Next Up For China: Food Shortages

The brutal winter continues to tie China in knots today, with tempers of stranded travelers beginning to flare. No relief is in sight, with still more snow being forecast. But it actually gets worse. Officials are now warning that many … Continue reading

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Behind Blue Eyes

No one knows what it's like To be the bad man To be the sad man Behind blue eyes No one knows what it's like To be hated To be fated To telling only lies (Pete Townshend, Behind Blue Eyes) … Continue reading

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A Mackerel By Moonlight

He is a man of splendid abilities, but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight. Senator John Randolph of Virginia, commenting on fellow lawmaker Edward Livingston. The New York Times reports on the whiff  of corruption … Continue reading

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The Problem Is Even Worse

The Department of Energy has pulled out of a project that would have built a pilot clean coal power plant with carbon sequestration. The reason given by the Washington Post: cost overruns. While cost is, indeed, the major factor, it … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Nightmare

The New York Times discovers that a "lost" tradition in New York City is alive and well – and living in New Jersey. The "beefsteak" is doing a booming business in northern New Jersey, despite untimely reports of its demise … Continue reading

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The Silence Of The Bubba

This is interesting and may indicate a real problem. The Swamp reports that Bill Clinton is suddenly, completely and uncharacteristically silent about one subject on the campaign trail. He is not mentioning Barack Obama. As in, at all. EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.—In … Continue reading

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Life Imitates April Fools Hoax

Last April, I got snagged by what turned out to be an April Fools Day hoax. I linked it on April 5th, the byline stated April 3rd, but it had been originally published – as a joke – on the … Continue reading

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Jerusalem On Ice

As much as eight inches of snow has blanketed Jerusalem – yes you read that right – and snow has fallen over a wide area in the Middle East. But wait! There's more! Temperatures are expected to drop and more … Continue reading

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Irreconcilable Differences

The Wall Street Journal reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger's California "Universal Health Care" initiative has died. They are not grieving over the corpse. So much for that. The California legislature is probably the most liberal this side of Vermont, and even … Continue reading

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Oprah Bronzed

Fans of Oprah Winfrey will be somewhat less than pleased with the latest artistic endeavor of sculptor Daniel Edwards. He bronzed Oprah. She has famously battled with her weight – but according to this tribute to the queen of daytime … Continue reading

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Taking A Plug Out Of Crime

Swedish police have announced the details of an attempted bank heist that occurred last August. An alert bank employee noticed that his computer had begun a large transaction – apparently all by itself. On further investigation, the employee discovered a … Continue reading

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Edwards Drops Out

John Edwards is quitting the race for the Democratic nomination. The AP reports that he will not be endorsing either of the two remaining candidates – at least not right away.   DENVER – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the … Continue reading

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