Post from November, 2011

Skip Rutherford Guest Lecture

Tuesday, 29. November 2011 21:12

Well, I thought the talk by Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, went very well, and I found the discussion of Arkansas political history to be quite fascinating. The anecdotes on historical violence (the duels on the state house floor, for example) were particularly interesting. After the talk Skip discussed, from the inside, one of the more momentuous events in Arkansas political history, at least in terms of national security, when the Titan II missle exploded in 1979 here in Arkansas. Apparently the military didn’t know if the warhead would explode along with it. Yikes! There’s a scary thought. But it was a great talk and we had a great turnout. Thanks, again, to Dean Rutherford for that edifying presentation on the stories of Arkansas politics. D.GOOCH

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, 24. November 2011 23:50

Ah…Turkey Day. Enjoy it! D.GOOCH

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Anne McCaffery is Dead, RIP

Wednesday, 23. November 2011 10:44

The Dragonriders of Pern

Anne McCaffery, author of the Dragonriders of Pern series, has died at the age of 85. The NY Times has the obit. While we didn’t lose Anne as we lost Robert Jordan (to a sudden illness that stole decades of his life and cut short The Wheel of Time series…at least as by Jordan), but still it cuts. Like Jordan’s WOT series, Anne McCaffery will forever be associated with the summers of my youth: at lake Norfolk, curled up under a tree or sitting on a rock next to the lake, and reading The Dragonriders of Pern. She was one of my teachers on life, and I cherish her books to this day. We will not see her like again.

Let the Dragon keen be heard throughout all of Pern and among its fans, Anne McCaffery, the true masterharper of Pern, has gone between. RIP Anne.

D.GOOCH

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Entitlement Armageddon

Tuesday, 22. November 2011 18:13

Dear. Lord.

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Anthology of Interest 2011, Part V

Sunday, 20. November 2011 13:37

It is yet again time for a regular entry on this blog, the cornucopia of links and quips on politics and related issues of interest that I have complied over the last week or so. Without further adieu:

Justice Stevens defends his majority opinion in the Kelo v. New London in a Wall Street Journal interview that references the decision as “his most unpopular opinion.” Jonathan Adler and Ilya Somin comment over at the Volokh Conspiracy.

News you can Use: Seven Dumbest Things Students do when Cramming for Exams

Paul Starr of the Post discusses why both Mitt Romney and President Obama face difficulties with health care reform in the 2012 election cycle.

What should law schools teach? The NY Times asks the question and Jonathan Adler comments as well.

Debra Saunders wonders about the absent-minded Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and the growing Solyndra scandal.

George Will reacts to the recent appellate decision upholding Obamacare and the individual mandate as a constitutional exercise of the Commerce Clause in the wake of the USSC taking up the issue for review and wonders: is there no limit on Congress’s powers?

Rich Lowry is down on Herman Cain.

The Washington Examiner isn’t impressed with President Obama’s GOTV efforts.


The Not So Super Committee

The Super Committee is looking positively ordinary. Who brought the kryptonite? They have 5 days to act and you can hear crickets chirp. This probably has something to do with one party thinking a supercommittee fail is a win.

UPDATE: The Super Committee declares failure. Now what a/b the automatic cuts? Leon Panetta has warned against them, but Obama has threatened to veto a rescension. Fun, fun times.

The 7 Stupidest Attempts to Reinvent Batman

Hot Air notes a new poll that has Romney and Gingrich in a statistical tie…in New Hampshire?

20 Facts about Monty Python’s Holy Grail that will make you say Ni!

Top 10 Most Overrated Actors/Actresses of All Time according to Ben Shapiro.

How to destroy a television seires post-West Wing

Should we throw them all out?

The National Labor Relations Board Zombie Apocalypse?

A cornacopia of links to the Climategate II e-mail scandal. Who knew science involved making sausage?

20 everyday items if they were designed by Batman.

One of the most important theories of American politics is Downs’ median voter theorem (MVT). But how important is it to “seize” the center in American presidential elections? Thomas Sowell argues not so much.

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Spending Not Revenue = Deficits

Saturday, 19. November 2011 16:15

Heritage Graph

Another excellent graph from Heritage via Hot Air. D.GOOCH

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Daily Show on Occupy Wall Street Demise

Thursday, 17. November 2011 17:21

Offered without editorial comment. D.GOOCH

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High Res Topographic Map of Moon

Thursday, 17. November 2011 14:48

Cool. D.GOOCH

The MOOOOOOOOON!!!!!

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Time-Lapsed View of Earth from Space Station

Monday, 14. November 2011 12:44

Fricken Awesome! D.GOOCH

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

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The Real Obama Campaign Launch

Friday, 11. November 2011 12:47

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Obama Campaign – First Ad?

Friday, 11. November 2011 12:11

And here is the message Obama and the Democrats are going to hammer from their side in 2012:

OK, so probably not. ;)

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American Crossroads on Obama

Friday, 11. November 2011 12:09

This is a message we are likely to see from the Republican party as we move into the 2012 election cycle and they seek to unseat Obama.

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StL Cardinals Win Probability – World Series

Wednesday, 2. November 2011 13:52

Win Probability 2011 World Series - St. Louis Cardinals

Read the fascinating article on the Cardinals’ win probability across the 7 game series of the 2011 World Series at Fangraphs. Awesome! D.GOOCH

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