May 11, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (051107)

Filed under: Business Moves,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:10 am

So Phil Heimlich (nice home page, Phil) is running against incumbent Congresswoman Jean Schmidt in Ohio’s Second Congressional District GOP Primary.

When last heard from, Tom Brinkman told Bill Sloat “he has pretty much made up his mind to run…..”

Deb Kraus, who finished third in the 2006 primary with 6%-plus of the vote despite no money or attention, is also in.

So it’s a four-person race already.

In the wings, at least two others are reportedly weighing their options: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (great home page there, Joe) and attorney Bill Keating.

All of these folks, with the exception of Kraus, who has positioned herself closer to center-right, apparently believe that they would be better conservatives than the incumbent, whose 2006 voting record, based on the consolidated results of six well-known congressional ratings tallies, was for all practical purposes right in line with those of John Boehner and Steve Chabot, her two challenger-free Southwest Ohio counterparts.

There are still two things missing:

  • The Nth coming of “Homeless Bob” McEwen (that is NOT a suggestion).
  • A candidate who at first glance has a compelling case for unseating a philosophically similar incumbent (though, of course, there’s plenty of time [too much, in my opinion] for making that case).

Update: Wow — The Hill is reporting (HT RAB) that Heimlich’s announcement “blindsided local Republicans, who characterized it as a power move.” It also mentions Ken Blackwell and Cincinnati podiatrist Brad Wenstrup as possible candidates.

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Gribbit reports on another important climatologist who sees through the globaloney.

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Jeff Ruby’s dis(missal) of OJ rocks (HT Michelle Malkin).

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Yesterday, Patterico carried the work of free-lancer Robert C.J. Parry, who, in explaining the shabby treatment its best cops are receiving, also tells us why The Thin Blue Line in Los Angeles stays so thin.

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Grasso 4, Spitzer 0 — A subscription-only Wall Street Journal editorial runs down the scoring:

Mr. Spitzer, who is now Governor, had claimed authority to sue Mr. Grasso under New York’s “not-for-profit law,” arguing that the pay was “unreasonable.” But as the court ruled yesterday, Mr. Spitzer had also done an end-run around the law, claiming authority not found in any statute. As a result, the court ruled, “the Attorney General does not have the authority” to proceed with most of the case.

The remaining two counts against Mr. Grasso are rooted in the not-for-profit law. But should those counts go to trial, Mr. Grasso will be allowed to mount a good-faith defense, as well as to have his case heard in front of a jury — something denied him on the other four, novel counts. Both enhance his chances of prevailing.

Mr. Spitzer yesterday called the appeals-court ruling a mere “technical issue” …..

Yeah, a “technical” knockout.

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Thanks to this development, beer drinkers may soon be able to say that their imbibing is contributing to cleaning up the environment:

CANBERRA, Australia – Scientists and Australian beer maker Foster’s are teaming up to generate clean energy from brewery waste water – by using sugar-consuming bacteria.

The experimental technology was unveiled last week by scientists at Australia’s University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster’s Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state.

The fuel cell is essentially a battery in which bacteria consume water-soluble brewing waste such as sugar, starch and alcohol.

The battery produces electricity plus clean water, said profesor Jurg Keller, the university’s wastewater expert.

The more your drink, the more electricity and clean water results. Bottoms up.

Ho Hum Hiring Headline (051107)

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:05 am

This goes back a bit, but it’s worth noting, because it’s another bust on the “call center industry is all going overseas” meme:

Call center will add 500 jobs by 2010

DALEVILLE, Ind. (AP) — IBM plans to hire 200 people this year and 300 more by 2010 as part of a $2.9 million call center it plans to open in the city.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and IBM representatives today announced the new center, which will be located in a former Burlington Motor Carriers building near Interstate 69.

….. As part of that contract, IBM agreed to create 1,000 new jobs in Indiana in addition to its work with the state’s Family and Social Services Administration, said Mitch Frazier, a spokesman for the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Positivity: Hero rescues two women from inferno

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the UK (HT Good News Blog):

A police dog handler who rescued two people from a burning building is to be commended for his bravery.

PC Eric Wells was on a routine patrol when he spotted smoke and flames billowing from a house in Millers Road, Brighton.

After raising the alarm he saw a man managing to escape through the front door which accidentally latched behind him.

Mr Wells forced the door open but was beaten back by smoke and flames.

When he went back outside he saw two women banging on a front floor window shouting for help.

The quick-thinking officer spotted a stepladder nearby and with the help of a passer-by used it to smash the window and lean it on the ledge.

He then climbed the ladder and helped the two women get out.

Go here for the rest of the story.