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Hall Of Shame

The Informed Speculation Hall of Shame is hereby dedicated on February 13, 2009, with three initial members: Arlen Specter** Susan Collins Olympia Snowe These three inductees are so honored because they chose to vote for the Obama stimulus bill.  This is not, in and of itself, a bad thing.  A stimulus is probably needed under [...]

Happy Thanksgiving…

…to one and all…

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A Mile-High Skyscraper By 2030?

If you just want an interesting weekend read, check this out…

Beam Me Up, Scotty

What a world we live in: Beaming people in “Star Trek” fashion is still in the realms of science fiction, but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality. Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances [...]

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

The most interesting non-political read of the day is this piece from the NY Times regarding research into the causes of déjà vu; fascinating stuff…

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Or merely an intellectual conceit? Like beauty, ’tis in the eye of the beholder – but I like the concept. What in God’s name are you prattling on about, you ask? Aptly put question, says I…

There’s Gold In That There…er, Gold

Wow – I knew gold was on a tear, but I wasn’t keeping up with it daily. I’m old enough to remember when gold briefly went over $900 an ounce…only to plunge below $500, where it stayed for decades… This is a strange economy – booming on many (most?) fronts, defensive on others…

At Long Last – An Open Thread!

I’m off to Vegas, folks, my home away from home…it’s a relatively short trip, and I’ll be back on Monday. Meanwhile, you get to live the dream – that’s right, it’s the first ever Decision ’08 Open Thread! Now, if I come back on Monday and you haven’t taken advantage of this, I’m going to [...]

Global Warming: Myth and Reality

Good piece in the New York Times that attempts to assess what we do and don’t know about global warming, a condition taken as a given by most liberals but still seen as contentious by a lot of conservatives: Between the poles of real-time catastrophe and nonevent lies the prevailing scientific view: without big changes [...]

Dallas Night Club Wins Round One

Though the TABC could still rule to revoke the Dallas Night Club’s liquor license, an administrative judge on Friday ruled against the TABC and for Dallas: An administrative law judge recommended Friday that Dallas Night Club keep its liquor license, saying that the evidence presented in a January hearing did not support the Texas Alcoholic [...]

Strange Bedfellows Department

Mickey Kaus defending Ann Coulter? Believe it…

Happy Easter To You All

Let’s leave aside the troubling news from Iran, even if only momentarily, and get into the spirit of the day. Richard Wightman Fox, author of Jesus In America, looks at two new books about the meaning of Jesus…intriguing reading, to be sure…

Completely Unforgivable Tidbit of the Day

Go to a Drudge ‘Flash’ page, today or any day…like this one, for example… Now hit the Drudge Report logo… and you’ll see this: 404 Not Found The requested URL ‘/matt.htm’ was not found on this server. This is not a temporary glitch…it’s a permanent flaw – and it’s easily fixed (just make the damn [...]

When The News And Grade-School Humor Collide

The results might look something like this: “Um, Dude, did you know there’s a blue ring around Uranus?” (Thank God I have a public outlet for brilliance like this)…

Want A Break From Politics?

Try this fascinating piece in the New Atlantis by Mark Halpern on the Turing Test…if you know what it is, you’ll enjoy the discussion – and if you don’t, you should…

The Lowest of the Low

There’s scum, and then there’s scum – and this is about as scummy as it gets…throw the book at ‘em! In fact, throw two or three books…

Words That Look Funny Sometimes, Even Though They’re Not Misspelled

Number one: intriguing (Who says I never write anything substantive?)…

Michael Moore Says Osama Sounds Like Michael Moore!

I DEMAND AN APOLOGY! Why, this Michael Moore says the Left is like the terrorists! It’s the biggest outrage since New Coke! From Michael Moore’s website, the day before the 2004 election: I know it’s gotta be rough for you [Bush] right now. Hey, we’ve all been there. “You’re fired” are two horrible words when [...]

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