Archive for June, 2007

Rockefeller Republicans Return?

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

DaveG, examining polling data and some recent trends, suggests that the Rockefeller Republicans, a minority in the GOP for over 40 years now, may be on the rise again. I hope not, but clearly the warning signs are present.

How I Want to Spend My Summer Vaction

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

If I had $100 million I would use it for this:

Space Adventures, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, is in negotiations with the customers who will fly the first private expedition to circumnavigate the Moon.

“I hope to have those contracts signed by the end of the year,” said Eric Anderson, Space Adventures’ president and CEO.

I really hope space tourism happens in my lifetime, and I hope it becomes a little more economically feasible. The adventurous geek in me would love nothing better than to go into outer space.

Via Glenn Reynolds

The Apocalypse Approaches

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Maybe this explains Fox News’ obsession with Paris Hilton and other “soft news” (actually, “non-news”) stories:

Larry King’s interview with Paris Hilton averaged 3,079,000 viewers last night, according to live viewer data (not including same-day DVR viewership) from Nielsen Media Research.

In the 25-54 demo, King averaged 1,336,000 viewers.

King almost doubled Hannity & Colmes in total viewers (1,621,000) and tripled the show in the demo (382,000). MSNBC had 502,000 viewers, including 205,000 in the demo, for the hour.

I could get all preachy, but really, what’s the point anymore?

Goldwater Liberals

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Just finished reading Barry Goldwater’s autobiography, and it got me to thinking… Barry Goldwater was pro-choice, pro-marijuana legalization, and pro-gay rights. Would one of the fathers of modern conservatism stand a chance in a Republican primary today?

The More Things Change…

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

…the more they stay the same. Some anti-immigration cartoons from the past.

Via Michael Medved

Mr. Wizard, 1917-2007

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Don Herbert, better known as television’s Mr. Wizard, has passed away:

Don Herbert was television’s indelible Mr. Wizard, who “unlocked the wonders of science for youngsters of the 1950s and ’60s” before taking his show to Nickelodeon in the 1980’s to engage a whole new generation, as The Times’s obituary says. He was the prototype for a whole species of pop-science teachers, from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beakman to Steven Spangler, the man credited by Wikipedia as having once held the world record for the tallest Diet Coke geyser.

I was not yet born when “Watch Mr. Wizard” aired in the 1950s and 1960s, but I was a huge fan of “Mr. Wizard’s World,” which aired on Nickelodeon during the 1980s and 1990s, and was one of the primary reasons I became interested in science. I remember attempting many of the experiments I saw on his show.

One of the great things about Don Herbert was his ability to effectively communicate complex scientific laws to kids without taking down to them. Indeed, many scientists today were influenced by “Mr. Wizard.” I don’t think there could be any greater honor for him than this:

During the 1960s and ’70s, about half the applicants to Rockefeller University in New York, where students work toward doctorates in science and medicine, cited Mr. Wizard when asked how they first became interested in science.

A great man has passed. RIP.

How’s It Going to End?

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

**SPOILER ALERT** – If you have not yet watched last week’s episode of “The Sopranos” and plan to do so, stop reading this.

The Sopranos, that is. One of the all around greatest shows in television will be just a memory after tomorrow night. How will it end? Will Tony live or die? What about A.J.? Carmella? Meadow? Paulie? Last week’s episode was particularly bloody; Silvio now lies in a coma and Bobby, probably the nicest gangster around, met his demise. And Tony seemed to be digging in for a final stand. But will he fall? And if so, by who’s hand? Phil or one of his henchmen? Or someone from his family (the figurative one or the literal one)? Or will be somehow avoid this fate, either by defeating Phil Leotardo or flipping to the Feds?

And then there’s A.J., the directionless slacker who tried to off himself a few weeks ago. Nothing this kid does could surprise anyone. Seriously, he could be either his father’s savior or his murderer and be equally convincing.

Geez, I hate to see this show end.

UPDATE: Silly me. I thought that after watching the final episode, I’d know how it ended. But no. I am reminded of the words of Larry from the sitcom Newhart: “I think I speak for all of us when I say… HUH?!”

Another Casualty of Blog Wars

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

I’ve only been loosely following the blogosphere the past few days, so I haven’t closely followed the dustup in Nashville. Michael Silence has a good overview.

Based on my admittedly limited understanding, it seems pretty silly to me, but a symptom of the hateful times we live in. In modern American society, one who disagrees politically with another isn’t just wrong, misguided, or mistaken. No, they are EVIL and must be destroyed by any means necessary. Neither the Left nor the Right have a monopoly on the hate; it flows from all sides.

I’ll certainly miss Brittney – her blog was a good one stop shop for Tennessee blogs. Hopefully, she’ll return to blogging soon.

My Name is Uh Mike! I am from Maynardistan!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

The Rep does have a point.

Blogging to Resume

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Sorry for the recent absence. But I promise to return soon.