December 5, 2009

Congrats to the University of Cincinnati’s Football Team ….

Filed under: General — Tom @ 4:21 pm

…. on its perfect regular season.

What an incredible game.

UPDATE, Dec. 6: Dang (Texas 13, Nebrasksa 12).

The BCS’s mucked-up system is really, really, reeeeeeeally lucky that Texas won, because I suspect that it would still have rated Texas #2 if the ‘Horns hadn’t made that 46-yard field goal as time expired against a 9-3 team ranked #22 in what was practically a home game (UC, on the other hand, beat the #15 team on the road). That would have pitted an undefeated team against one with a loss, while shutting out three undefeateds (UC, TCU, and Boise St.). As it is, Texas belongs in the championship game — but by only by the length of a longhorn’s nose.

The idea of keeping undefeated teams out of a national championship game while letting a team with a loss in because of its allegedly tougher schedule would have been absurd and outrageous. Which one of the three other undefeateds would have most deserved a title berth if Texas had lost would have been a furious debate, but one worth having.

For those who think that being in a big, bad, oh-so-powerful conference should be an automatically trumping consideration, even if the team involved has lost, I have two responses:

Attack of the HOA…

Filed under: Activism,US & Allied Military — Rose @ 10:50 am

Item: “Medal of Honor recipient draws support in fight for flagpole”

That emailer writes:

If this were a Muslim being told that his star and crescent weren’t displayed “properly,” the ACLU would run the HOA out of town, the homeowner would be given police protection, an honorary flag pole and their faces would be plastered above the fold with a “RACIST, BIGOTED, HOMOPHOBIC AMERICA. STINKS” story on every rag in the nation….

Amen, sister.

Home Owner’s Associations everywhere, not just Virginia, think they are a flipping politburo. Here in Cincinnati they are the worst. We purposely looked for a neighborhood without one and you can find many that are just as nice, neat and “classy” without all the harrassment, oppressive policies and outrageous, annual fees.

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UPDATE, Dec. 9 (from Tom): The HOA has backed down (HT Hot Air) without comment. Mark Levin has lots to say at this YouTube about Mr. Barfoot’s Medal of Honor and awesome heroism here.

Great Dane: Denmark’s Parliament’s Speaker Expresses ‘Serious Doubts’ About ‘Climate Change’

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Normally, it’s news when a leading politician in a country hosting a summit expresses harsh dissent against that summit’s agenda — or at least it is when a leftist is the dissenter.

But I doubt that what Thor Pedersen, Speaker of the Danish Parliament, has to say about the upcoming COP15 Climate Summit will get much if any play in U.S. network newscasts or in the nation’s establishment media publications of record.

As reported in Politiken.dk, self-described here as “one of Denmark’s largest newspapers and has been published since 1884,” Pedersen pushes back against the global warming pap:

The Speaker of the Danish Parliament has issued a damning criticism of the climate debate, saying politicians gullibly turn theories into facts.

As the world prepares to converge on Copenhagen for the COP15 Climate Summit, Denmark’s Speaker of Parliament has expressed serious doubts as to the way in which the climate debate has developed.

“The problem is that lots of people go around saying that the climate change we see is a result of human activity. That is a very dangerous claim,” Parliamentary Speaker and former Finance Minister Thor Pedersen (Lib) tells DR.

“Unfortunately I seem to experience that scientists say: ‘We have a theory’ – then that crosses the road to the politicians who say: ‘We know’. Who can be bothered to hear a scientist who says ‘I have a theory’ when politicians go around saying ‘I know’” Thor Pedersen says.

Thor Pedersen adds that the temperature has not risen in the past decade.

“I’m not saying that in the decade that the temperature has fallen or stagnated is enough to evaluate developments. But one should only say what one knows,” the Speaker adds.

“You should say that although we believed in our models, that the temperature would rise from 1998 to 2008, we have to admit that it has not risen. We cannot explain why it has not risen, but we believe we still have a problem. I’m just asking that people say what they actually know,” Pedersen tells DR.

Given what has been exposed in ClimateGate, Pedersen is actually giving climate change scientists more of a break than they deserve. It’s clear from the e-mails exposed that many of these scientists have made up their minds and have in many cases been pretending to know what they don’t really know.

Nonetheless, a Danish voice of dissent is quite welcome in advance of Copenhagen’s Conference of Denialists, i.e., those who are denying that the ClimateGate scandal exposes the utter lack of scientific support for the conference’s topic.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Positivity: Johnna Kenney’s friends save her after crash

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:08 am

From Hermon, Maine (video is at link):

A young woman is thankful to two good friends who saved her life when her car went off the road into a stream last week.

Johnna Kenney was driving home from work last Friday afternoon when she fell asleep at the wheel. Her car went off the road and into a stream. The drivers side completely submerged in water and Kenney was trapped in the car. Her friend Jacob Dorr was driving behind her when the accident happened. He immediately went to a house next to the stream to get more help. Kenney’s and Dorr’s other friend Justin Choiniere, who is training to be an EMT, pulled Kenney out of the car and checked her vitals while Dorr called 911. Kenney said she has a whole new appreciation for the two friends she has known since childhood.

“I definitely look at them completely differently,” Kenney said. “I am lot more happy to see them. I’m happy to see everyone, but it’s more like an adoration now.”

Kenney walked away from the accident with only minor cuts and bruises. ….

Go here for the rest of the story.