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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Morning Quotes

"The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." -- environmentalist Nigel Calder, at the first Earth Day celebration, 1969.

"If Democrats oppose drilling today because it will take 10 years for our new oil to hit the market, doesn’t that mean their opposition to drilling 10 years ago was a mistake?" -- Michael Graham

"The poor have been voting democrat for 50 years and they’re still poor” -- Charles Barkley

"If the account of him being caught in a hotel rendezvous with Rielle Hunter was false, Edwards wouldn’t be changing the subject, he’d be suing." -- John Tabin

"Right-thinking people are not supposed to discuss any meteorological or geophysical event -- a hurricane, a wildfire, a heat wave, a drought, a flood, a blizzard, a tornado, a lightning strike, an unfamiliar breeze, a strange tingling on the neck -- without immediately invoking the climate crisis. It causes earthquakes, plagues and backyard gardening disappointments. Weird fungus on your tomato plants? Classic sign of global warming." -- Joel Achenbach

"You must understand printing lies about Republican candidates is OK. It’s called “vetting.” Printing the truth about liberals - that’s called 'swift-boating'." -- Howie Carr

"Think about it. In 24 hours, we’ve learned more unflattering details about a guy who asked Obama a question and walked away unpersuaded than almost any of his campaign staff or associates." -- Jim Geraghty

"Most people who read 'The Communist Manifesto' probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of 'the workers'." -- Thomas Sowell

"Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police." -- Winston Churchill

"By my reckoning, I only need about 200 more takeout coffee cups to complete my bitterly ironic mosaic of Al Gore." -- Merlin Mann

…at least the Bush staffers will leave the “O” on the keyboards of the computers.

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money." -- Margaret Thatcher

"Easy money, sudden fortunes, increasingly powerful political machines and blatant corruption transformed much of the nation; and the Senate, as befits a democratic legislative body, accurately represented the nation." -- J.F. Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"

"America wasn't founded so that we could all be better. America was founded so we could all be anything we damn well please." -- P.J. O'Rourke

The goal seems to be "rested and ready"

My spin is a bit less harsh than the Brits who state that BHO is golfing while Gaza burns.

He's not the President yet. He's got a few more weeks before the buck stops with him...unless its a problem "above his pay grade."

Monday, December 29, 2008

About the blog roll...

I'll be glad when blogrolling.com is back up and running. My blog roll really needs pruning.

When did the Bitch Girls blog become a food blog?

Monday's Book Pick

Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko

The autobiography of the founder of SEAL Team Six, the Navy's anti-terrorist unit.
Written in prison to pay off his legal fees. Considering one of his jobs in the Navy was to piss off Admirals, hardly surprising.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

An American Carol is coming out on DVD

I saw An American Carol in the theater (along with WTTK's Michael Graham), a very funny movie.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cleaning up the audio

Darleen at Protein Wisdom points out the careful editing done to protect Princess Caroline.

Here is the actual transcript of Princess Caroline's statement:

“And so, I, I’m an unconventional choice, I, er, understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that, um, in our public life today, we, you know, are starting to see there are many ways into, to, public life and public service and it’s, uh, not as, um, all our institutions are … less, um, hierarchal then they used to be, and so, you know, I think that, you know, I bring, you know, my life experience to this and, you know, that includes, you know, um, being a mother, um I understand sort of those choices that women make that includes, uh, being a lawyer …”

Here is what the AP compressed that down to:
“I am an unconventional choice. I understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that in our public life today, we’re starting to see there are many ways into public life and public service,”


Darleen points out:
In the 2 minute 16 second snippet of the grilled-cheese sandwich interview AP released, I counted 26 “you knows”.
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However, the AP article gives long, coherent quotes to Caroline that are not supported by the audio segment. And certainly AP and others never “cleaned up” any of Governor Palin’s off-the-cuff remarks.


I agree with Darleen, before expecting to be anointed to the US Senate, Princess Caroline should try running for some elected office first. Such as her local PTA board, and actually show up to the meetings.

Infrastrucure we should be building.

Our Dear Leader should listen to Dr. Pournelle on what kind of infrastructure the United States of America should be building.

I have to say it again: cheap energy will cause a boom. The only cheap energy I know of is nuclear. Three Hundred Billion bucks in nuclear power will do wonders for the economy. We build 100 1000 MegaWatt nuclear power plants — they will cost no more than 2 billion each and my guess is that the average cost will be closer to 1 billion each (that is the first one costs about 20 billion and the 100th costs about 800 million). The rest of the money goes to prizes and X projects to convert electricity into mobility.

Of course we won’t do that.

Just think of all the plug in hybrid cars that could be on the road with all that cheap, carbon free, clean electricity.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The top selling office product at Amazon...

The 2009 Sarah Palin Calendar. Her popularity with everyone to the right of Ted "Don't let him drive your daughter home" Kennedy is a mystery to the far left extremists who can't see past the op-ed page of the failing NY Times.

Governor Sarah Palin is just the most popular governor in the country who has an actual track record of accomplishment. The far left democrats would rather believe their own propaganda than the truth on the matter.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday's B-Movie Pick

Excalibur

From 1981, this retelling of the Authurian ledgend isn't afraid to show the dark side of Camelot.

Friday B-Move Pick Archive.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Peace on Earth and all that. Enjoy the day.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Population shift may affect 2012 election

It looks like the 2010 Census will cause a reallocation of Congressional House seats, and a corresponding shift in Electoral College votes.

The big winner is Texas, which is likely to gain three new seats in the House of Representatives. Other states would gain single seats. Those being Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Utah.

The losers are Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. All are on track to loose a single seat.

Except for Iowa, all of the states loosing a seat have majority democrat congressional delegations. In the case of Massachusetts, the entire delegation consists of far left extremist liberal democrats.

The states gaining seats all went Republican in 2000 and 2004.

This trend in population shift is continuing. It is possible for more House seats to shift by the time the 2010 Census is counted.

Update: Welcome Instapundit readers (and thanks for the grammar tip ;->)
Could this be why our Dear Leader wants to bring control of the upcoming 2010 Census directly into the White House and out of the non-partisan control of the Commerce department?

Samizdata.net blog asks a very good question.

Is a White House take over of the census constitutional?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Baby, it's cold out there...

Beijing, China has had its coldest December day in 57 years.

Monday's Book Pick

Old Man's War by John Scalzi.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

VP Cheney tells it like it is.

Balls as big as church bells. One of VP Cheney's strengths. Something lacking in the incoming administration. Except for Hillary Rodham Clinton of course.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked VP Cheney if he really told that weasel democrat senator Leahy to "Go fuck yourself."

Ok, Chris Wallace didn't call Leahy a weasel, but the sake of accurate reporting, I inserted the descriptive term.

Vice-President Cheney not only admitted to it, he smiled while doing so.
"I thought he merited it at the time".

Slide over to AoSHQ for some video.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday B-Movie Pick

To celebrate Christmas, today's pick is Lethal Weapon. The first in the series from way back in 1987.

The movie does start off with "Jingle Bell Rock"...

The Friday B-Movie Archive

Climate Change

First off, Climate Change is a hard scientific fact. The Earth's climate has change drastically over time and odds are that it still will. Keep in mind that most of that extreme fluctuation has happened before Homo sapiens arrived on the planet and there has been recorded climate change before the Industrial Revolution.

So when "supposedly" smart people like soon to be VP Joe Bieden says that he thinks that climate change is 100% due to the effects of man, you have to wonder about just how long he's been on crack.

With actual real science, if the facts don't fit your theory, you change your theory. With the Cult of Algore "Global Warming" conspiracy types, there is a solid history of changing the facts to fit their so-called "theory".

One of the early and most blatant ones was the "Hockey Stick" graph used in the infamous Al Gore propaganda film. In order to get that "Hockey Stick" graph, which they needed to "prove" their so-called "theory", it was necessary to both edit out relevant data and hack the algorithms to edit out both the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period.

Continuing that policy of editing the facts to fit their so-called "theory", is Seth Borenstein's propaganda piece disguised as a "science" article. Note his very carefully selection of dates. Yup, there was a brief warm period during the Clinton years, but it has been cooling since then. A fact Borenstein is very careful not to note, except for the rather bizzare statement that a global cooling trend "actually illustrates how fast the world is warming." No facts or cites to back that up, just an unsupported "proof by assertion." The article also has the typical watermelon America bashing, leaving out the fact that the US has slowed it's rate of carbon emissions more than the Western European countries that signed the Kyoto Treaty. He also engages the typical "Bush Bashing" by leaving out the fact that it was President Bill Clinton who killed the Kyoto Treaty by not sending to the Senate for ratification. President Clinton could read the writing on the wall, and the unanimous Senate vote stating that they opposed the treaty. Yup, every single democrat present (98 Senators voted) voted against the Kyoto Accords before they were presented to the Senate.

How have actual Scientists responded to Borenstein's article? Noel Sheppard has compiled a short list:

In his latest screed, he screams: "global warming is accelerating"

How then does he explain the fact that the mean global temperature (as measured by satellite) is the same as it was in 1980?

How can global warming be "accelerating" when the last two years have seen dramatic cooling? Is this guy totally removed from all reality?????

He completely ignores any evidence contrary to his personal beliefs, and twists everything to meet his preconceived notions. -- David Deming, University of Oklahoma
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Global warming is not “accelerating”: global warming has stopped. There has been no statistically significant rise in (mean global temperature: MGT) since 1995 and MGT has fallen since 1998.

The Earth has been warming from the Little Ice Age (LIA) for 300 years so, of course, the warmest years happened recently. But that warming from the LIA peaked in the El Nino year of 1998. MGT has been near but below that peak for the last 10 years.

Arctic ice advances and recedes over decades. 2007 saw a minimum in Arctic ice cover in the short period that it has been monitored using satellites. But 2008 saw the most rapid growth in Arctic ice cover in that same period and Arctic ice cover is now back to the average it has had in the period. Also, 95% of polar ice is in the Antarctic and Antarctic ice is increasing.

Nobody can know if the recent halt to global warming is temporary, permanent or the start of a new warming or cooling phase. But it is certain that anybody who proclaims that “Global warming is accelerating” is a liar, a fool, or both. -- Richard S. Courtney, a UN IPCC expert reviewer and a UK-based climate and atmospheric science consultant.

There is a lot more. Go read it all.

There is more at Hot Air as well.

Cutting back on pollution is a "Good Thing." Promoting Junk Science to line Al Gore's pockets and support Socialists put out of a job by the fall of Communism is a "Bad Thing."

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers chimes in with some actual rational thought on the subject.

Media Double Standard?

Caroline Kennedy vs. Sarah Palin, Media Double Standard? Make your vote heard.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Congress shows that it is out of touch with Main Street America

While most of America is tightening its belts in a declining economy, Congress is voting itself a raise.

That's right, a $4,700 raise, on top of the $165,000 a year Senators already make. A tax payer funded salary they collect if they are doing their job or sending all their time campaigning for another tax payer funded job.

Kudos to first term democrat Rep. Harry Mitchell of Arizona. He sponsored legislation to not have the automatic pay raise take effect. The Bill never made it out of the committee controlled by his own party.

Note to Republicans, democrat Harry Mitchell is getting votes you used to get for a damn good reason.

HT to Fausta.

Don't they know she's a Kennedy!

Marcia Kramer is reporting on the less than glowing reception Caroline Kennedy, who wants to be appointed to Hillary Rodham Clinton's senate seat, is getting from upstate New York reporters.

Update: If Caroline Kennedy were to call for a special election and get the NY Gov. to approve it, she would probably win on name recognition alone. Her big name opponent would be Andrew Cuomo and Up Staters would probably vote for her in opposition to him.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A quick review of Digital picture frames.

One of the hot items this Christmas is digital picture frames. I’ve been looking at various models, bought several and returned a couple.

First, what not to buy. Omnitech digital picture frames. Omnitech is a Staples brand name. Don’t let the low price suck you in like it did me. The quality is absolute dreck! Very low resolution pictures. Here is a tip, if the resolution of the screen isn’t printed on the box somewhere, it’s probably safe to assume that it sucks.

I found two models that I’m happy with. The first is an HP 10.4″ model. The resolution is 800×600, it has a remote, support for music files, movies, CF/SD cards…all the usual stuff. A bit pricy, Amazon has it for $165, but then you are paying for the brand name and the perceived level of quality. It will show your digital photographs off quite nicely though. It also has different colored mats that can be swapped out to match your room’s color scheme.

The other model I like is the Smartparts OptiPix Pro 10.4″ digital picture frame, which Amazon has for $99.99. According to data on the box, the resolution is 640×480. I’ve got it set next to the 800×600 HP, loaded with same pictures, and I can’t see $65 worth of difference between them.

Bottom line, if you want a decent digital picture frame, be prepared to spend at least $100, and while it’s probably safe going with a well know brand name like HP, it may not be the best buy available.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Now that is just wrong.

The folks at National Lampoon, yup, that National Lampoon, instead of working on the next Van Wilder straight to video release, have gotten into a spot of trouble.

According to the AP:

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have filed charges against the CEO and other executives at National Lampoon Inc., accusing the executives of trying to artificially inflate the company's stock price.
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Prosecutors on Monday filed three indictments and an information charging seven people with conspiracy and securities fraud.


This wouldn't have happened if P.J. O'Rourke was still there.

OK, it would have happened, but he would have made sure they weren't so sloppy.

Wow...

This is post 6001 to this blog. That's a lot of ranting.

Another democrat "pay-for-play scandal" is brewing.

In addition to democrat Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his arrest by federal officers, another democrat governor is in a spot of trouble.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (democrat), who has also been selected to be the Secretary of Commerce when our Dear Leader takes office, has federal agents investigating possible connections between Gov. Bill and a consultancy already linked to a pay-for-play scandal in Alabama.

It looks like its just business as usual for the democrat party.

HT to Jane Q. Republican.

Looking like arson

The ATF reports that "an accelerant was poured around the exterior of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's church, including by entrances at the 2 1/2-year-old building, which was partly gutted by a costly fire Friday night."

There were people inside, including several children. So in addition to arson, and a likely "Hate Crime", we can add attempted murder to the charges.

Monday Book Pick

The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith.

This classic of Libertarian Science Fiction is also available as a graphic novel.

Monday Book Pick Archive.

Bad Barney!

Massachusetts democrat congresscritter Barney Frank is once again pointing out why he should be removed from public office.

One of the key players being the housing/credit meltdown is now planning on telling the car companies how to run their business.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's a damn good example.

John C. Lovelace writes the following in a letter to the Las Vegas Sun:

Is this what you call chutzpah? Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut has demanded that the chief executive officer of General Motors resign because of the management of GM during his tenure.

Isn’t this the same Sen. Dodd who along with his House counterpart Rep. Barney Frank continued over the years to tell the public that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were fine upstanding organizations with no financial problems while they were in fact in the process of collapsing?

Additionally, wasn’t Sen. Dodd the one who took sweetheart loan deals from Countrywide Financial? Why are there no demands for Sen. Dodd to resign from the U.S. Senate?

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Jonah Goldberg sums it up well:

I mean, for Christ's sake, it's Christmas. Can't we call a thing by its name? Hannukah is a minor holiday of a minority religion. New Year's Day is merely a day on the calendar. It's a holiday season because it's Christmas. I love Christmas. I don't celebrate it, but I love it; I love the season, the lights, the chestnuts, the message of peace. I love the way our most Jewish city, New York, looks on Christmas. "Holiday" isn't a holiday. It's a way of avoiding offense. But who, exactly, is offended? This is what I don't understand.


Go read the whole thing.
HT to Cold Fury.

Welcome to Obamamerica

Our future Dear Leader, the President Elect, Barack Hussein Obama, is a product of the Chicago democrat Political Machine. Remember that once he became leader of the democrat party, he moved DNC headquarters to Chicago, where members of the Chicago democrat party machine could more easily assert power.

Given that, let's look into Chicago democrat politics in action. The AP reports:

CHICAGO – Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired.


Wait! It gets better!
The affidavit said Blagojevich also discussed getting a substantial salary for himself at a nonprofit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.

It said Blagojevich also talked about getting his wife placed on corporate boards where she might get $150,000 a year in director's fees.

He also allegedly discussed getting campaign funds for himself or possibly a post in the president's cabinet or an ambassadorship once he left the governor's office. He noted becoming a U.S. senator might remake his image for a possible presidential run in 2016, according to the affidavit. And he allegedly said a Senate seat would also provide him with corporate contacts if he needed a job and present an opportunity for his wife to work as a lobbyist.


Keep in mind, this is not an isolated incident of democrat corruption in Chicago.
Political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko who raised money for the campaigns of both Blagojevich and Obama is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of fraud and other charges. Blagojevich's chief fundraiser, Christopher G. Kelly, is due to stand trial early next year on charges of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.


HT to Living in the Surreal World.

A Blog for All points out that MSNBC has carefully left Blagojevich's political party (he's a democrat) out of their reporting.

It's not surprising that democrat Gov. Blagojevich is the most unpopular governor in America.

Rep. Rangel's ethics

It seems that democrat Rep. Charles Rangel not only has problems obeying the tax laws he helps write, but his ethics are a bit shaky too.

Between 2004 and 2007, Rep. Charles Rangel steered nearly $80,000 in campaign cash to an Internet company run by his son — paying lavishly for a pair of political websites so poorly designed an expert estimated one should have cost no more than $100 to create.

The payments are apparently legal under federal law, but their disclosure raises new questions about the Ways and Means Committee chairman as he faces House ethics committee probes into his failure to pay taxes on rental income and his alleged use of House stationery to solicit contributions for a public policy center that bears his name.

About that Global Warming Thing..

It looks like its going to get very cold in Southern California.

"We know we are due for a winter storm sometime this year. The type we may be dealing with will be ranked up there with the known years before 1950, which set record low daytime temperatures into the forecast region. With this, may come low elevation snow."

Normally, I'd blame Canada for this type of weather, but this time it looks like the Russians.

Monday, December 08, 2008

In the good news department...

The good people of Louisiana have done what Nancy Pelosi didn't have the guts to do.
They threw democrat William "Cold Cash" Jefferson out of office.

Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao defeated democrat Jefferson in a recent election.

Remember that the FBI found $90,000, in cash, in Jefferson's freezer. This is after a an informant told the FBI that he had given Jefferson $100,000, in cash, as a bribe.

Cao, who emigrated to the United States in 1975 from Saigon, is the first Vietnamese-American to win a seat in Congress.

Louisiana is becoming a hotbed of diversity. Their Governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, is the only American of Indian (not American Indian) decent to hold a governor's seat.

Toys For Troops party

Fightin' Mad Mary has a post about a party to support Toys for Troops.

Monday's Book Pick

Caliphate by Tom Kratman

A good adventure story and a cautionary tale as well. The basis for this alterante future history story is current birth rate trend in Europe and the current political policies of many European countries.

The Monday Book Pick archive.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Anniversary




On this day in 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy did something that was really stupid.

The Imperial government apparently failed their premise check before embarking on a war with the United States.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

Silly quiz results




There Are 0 Gaps in Your Knowledge



Where you have gaps in your knowledge:<

No Gaps!

Where you don't have gaps in your knowledge:

Philosophy
Religion
Economics
Literature
History
Science
Art




Ahhh..the results of a state college education and being well read.

More Campaign promises falling by the wayside

Or to use the phrase from the campaign, "being thrown under the bus."

Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin write in the DC Examiner about the latest.

A group of former White House communications aides agreed on Monday that when the Obama administration is ushered in next month, it can't possibly live up to the standards of transparency and openness that the president-elect and his advisers have promised.

The article also notes that there is a dark side to not being able to live up to what everyone expects of you.
Nessen also identified a potential flip side for the incoming administration of what's widely regarded as the press's light treatment of Obama during the campaign. "There's going to be some self-examination among reporters about why they went so easy on him, and some will come out of the box wanting to prove their manhood – or womanhood."

Elsewhere...

New posts over at UrbinTechnology.com, Slices of Life Photo Blog and No Moss Here.

Plus, new photos posted at Urbin Photography.

Plus a 2009 Yosemite Calendar.

Friday's B-Movie Pick

Predator, the 1987 classic that started the franchise.

My friend Doug Berry pointed out an interesting political link to this action/SciFi flick, there are two future state governors in staring roles.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, current governor of California and former US Navy SEAL (and professional wrestler) Jesse Ventura, a former governor of Minnesota.

Friday B-Movie Archives

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

AP Rewriting History

AP is spinning like a top, and predictably to the left.
Slublog at AoSHQ points out that the AP is trying to rewrite history to make the Mortgage meltdown solely the fault of President G.W. Bush.
Slublog writes:

The article doesn't mention Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or the Community Reinvestment Act. It blames the crisis on lack of government regulation and too much trust in "market forces." As Investor's Business Daily points out, it wasn't the Bush administration who opposed such regulation.
In 2003, Bush's Treasury secretary, John Snow, proposed what the New York Times called "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago." Did Democrats in Congress welcome it? Hardly.
"I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis," declared Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., in a response typical of those who viewed Fannie and Freddie as a party patronage machine that the GOP was trying to dismantle. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," added Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del.

It seems the media is not content to simply cover for the Democrats for their role in causing this crisis - they've got to find a way to completely blame George W. Bush even if that means rewriting history.

In honor of the upcoming reign of Our Dear Leader, AP is giving up completely on Reality.

Monday, December 01, 2008

It's official...

...the staff at MSNBC are not living in the shared reality of rational, thinking adults. Newbusters has the latest bit of proof.

File this one under “Deluded Expectations.” During MSNBC’s coverage of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, daytime anchor Alex Witt seemed frustrated that the election of Barack Obama 23 days earlier — and the accompanying “global outpouring of affection, respect, hope” — had not caused an end to terrorist violence.

HT to Hot Air.

Welcome to Reality Obamabots.

Another case of name that party.

AP reports that the mayor of Birmingham, AL was arrested on federal criminal charges.

He was accused in a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit of taking more than $156,000 from a friend whose firm made millions on risky bond transactions with the county for a new sewer system.
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The SEC accused Langford of taking the undisclosed payments and benefits from Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount, whose firm collected more than $6.7 million in fees on county bond transactions. The money was allegedly routed through Al LaPierre, a lobbyist who is a friend of Langford.

What AP will not report is Langford's political affiliation.

He is, of course, a democrat.

Monday's Book Pick

The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

It takes skill, talent and touch of madness to mix Lovecraftian horror, light comedy and the soul sucking job of IT support. Charles Stross must have all three, since he pulls it off.

Monday Book Pick Archive.