June 8, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (060807)

George Voinovich was one of only five alleged GOP senators to vote for cloture last night (HT Michelle Malkin) that would have moved the Immigration Shamnesty Bill to a Senate floor vote. Voinovich was joined by fellow alleged party members Arlen Specter, Dick Lugar, Chuck Hagel, and Lindsey Graham.

Ohio’s other senator, Sherrod Brown, also voted for cloture. 11 Democrats actually voted against cloture. On this one, George Voinovich and his four open-borders GOP buds were to the left of liberal icons Rockefeller and Boxer — and “independent” Socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Hagel’s antiwar and pro-amnesty stances have earned him a primary challenger next year. Voinovich richly deserves one from someone with a real shot at vanquishing him.

Memo to Bob Bennett — If you know what’s good for you and your party, you’ll stay out of the way of any challenger. That interference you ran last year for Mike DeWine in the primary really worked out in the end, didn’t it?


How do you really feel, John Dvorak?

There was a time when PC hardware struggled to keep up with PC software. Not anymore. At this point in the evolution of the personal computer, the hardware is so far ahead of the software that it’s actually sad.

….. Nobody wants to face the fact that Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows XP, and Vista are based on OS designs that are as old as the hills. Sure, OS X and Windows have been gussied up with pretty icons and lots of colors, but that’s just lipstick on a pig. The difference today between the Mac and the PC is that the Mac has better lipstick.

Meanwhile, none of these operating systems has the power to make multicore chips work as advertised. In the end, these chips are little more than novelties.

I don’t think Dvorak is on many Christmas card lists in the high-tech world.


Interesting info that you probably only saw in Tuesday’s New York Sun:

As New York police and the FBI interview suspects in an alleged plot to attack John F. Kennedy International Airport, one thread the ongoing investigation will explore is why one of the suspects was planning to go to Iran.

Okay, there were other reasons given, but maybe it’s just because Tehran is so beautiful this time of year.


News Enviros think you can’t use (HT Planet Gore):

Air quality in America’s cities is better than it has been in more than a century, with levels of air pollutants declining substantially from 1980 to 2005. As the figure shows:

  • Peak 8-hour ozone levels declined 20 percent, and days per year exceeding the 8-hour ozone standard fell 79 percent.
  • Fine particulate matter declined 40 percent.
  • Nitrogen dioxide levels decreased 37 percent and sulfur dioxide dropped 63 percent.
  • Carbon monoxide concentrations fell 74 percent and lead dropped 96 percent.

What makes these air quality improvements so extraordinary is that they occurred during a period of increasing motor vehicle use, energy production and economic growth.

Read the whole thing, especially the nuking of the idea that increased pollution has caused increases in asthma (disclosure: I had asthma until well into my teens, and can still experience it in the wrong set of circumstances). That’s a pretty weak claim, since pollution is down so much. The sad thing, as noted, is that we are wasting billions on further cleanup in the name of reducing asthma, when that result clearly isn’t in the cards.


1 Comment

  1. Nah, being the grumpy iconoclast is Dvorak’s schtick, he’s been doing it for years and makes a good living at it.

    Comment by dave — June 8, 2007 @ 9:07 am

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