September 25, 2003
More California budget problems

A federal judge has taken the California government's credit card away. judge has blocked as unconstitutional the state's plan to borrow nearly $2 billion to pay for employee pensions, part of the more than $15 billion in borrowing lawmakers relied on to balance the budget. If upheld on appeal, the judge's preliminary opinion could raise […]

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September 25, 2003
Thoughts on the debate

I watched/listened to quite a bit of Wednesday's California recall/gubernatorial debate. It was on in the newsroom, but I couldn't pay 100 percent attention to it because I had other work to do. You can find a transcript of the entire debate right here. The debate's format, something that was a point of contention, worked […]

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September 25, 2003
Training basketball players to be men

The Associated Press has an article on the NBA's rookie orientation program -- and the comment from at least one anonymous player demonstrates that while they're legally responsible for their own actions, some of them aren't yet men. The 59 players gathered in a conference room whistle at the actresses, add their own comments to […]

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September 24, 2003
Cruz Bustamante, misinformed

In the debate, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, discussing education, lamented the fact that California had not built a new public university in the past 35 years. Well, that's wrong. It's those pesky facts again.

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September 24, 2003
Now this would be cool

No more need for that dangerous boost phase to get a space shuttle into orbit or the super-heated re-entry. Instead, super-strong elevator cables. Very cool -- if they can get it to work.

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September 24, 2003
The military vote vs. the anti-military vote

It appears that Democrat presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark had better position himself as being the kind of military guy liberals who hate the military can vote for, because he isn't going to get the military vote. From the Los Altos Town Crier report on an appearance by former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of […]

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September 24, 2003
Airheads

The Weekly Standard's Jonathan Last takes on the Dixie Chicks' latest pronouncement that they're no longer country music artists -- they're rock 'n' rollers. Forget for a moment that this is like Ian McKellen announcing he's no longer a classically trained actor and that he now considers himself part of the Hollywood action-hero fraternity. I'm […]

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September 24, 2003
The Episcopal Church's fall

Christopher Johnson over at the MCJ is on top of the division within the Episcopal Church over the decision by a majority of their bishops to substitute their feelings for the word of God.

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September 24, 2003
Judicial nominees, again

Sen. Orrin Hatch calls the New York Times editorial page on its hypocrisy. You make a plea for "straight talk on judicial nominees" (editorial, Sept. 10), though your own talk has not always been consistent. On Jan. 1, 1995, an editorial proclaimed, "Time to Retire the Filibuster." Yet on Feb. 13 of this year, you […]

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September 23, 2003
Recall redux

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the Oct. 7 recall election. The truly surprising thing about this is that the ruling was unanimous. Just goes to show you how far out there on the margin the original three-judge panel was. The ACLU may appeal, but don't expect the Supreme Court to touch this […]

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New talking points just dropped in WaPo -- if that's the excuse for the raid, how does the FBI also justify letting Clinton skate when she also had docs "classified at the highest classification level"? https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/08/11/garland-trump-mar-a-lago/?tid=ss_tw

The most dramatic consequences of government intervention occurred in Sri Lanka, where a 2021 fertilizer ban led to a massive reduction in yields, sparking starvation and an economic crisis that brought down the government in July.

https://michaelshellenberger.substack.com/p/green-dogma-behind-fall-of-sri-lanka

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