ScienceDaily (May 15, 2008) — U.S. Secretary
of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced May 14 that he is accepting
the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall
to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered
Species Act (ESA). The listing, the government says, is based on the
best available science, which shows that loss of sea ice threatens and
will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat.
On a global basis, world sea ice in April 2008 reached levels that were
“unprecedented” for the month of April in over 25 years. Levels are the
third highest (for April) since the commencement of records in 1979,
exceeded only by levels in 1979 and 1982. This continues a pattern
established earlier in 2008, as global sea ice in March 2008 was also
the third highest March on record, while January 2008 sea ice was the
second highest January on record.
Gabriel Malor, a frequent contributor/co-blogger at Ace of Spaces, and who recently completed law school (congrats), gives you a pretty darn good reason to support John McCain over Barack Obama. While Mr. McCain could certainly be a better candidate, of the two running who have a legitimate chance to win he is clearly the better choice. Mr. Malor dissects a ridiculous bit of puffery from a left-wing blogger, then writes:
This distortion, wherein the Left imputes political animus to the U.S.
government, is shameful, dreadful stuff. It is a mild flavor of
conspiracy theory. The obvious purpose--American and Iraqi authorities
want the Madhi Army to stop killing people--is disregarded in favor of
a dubious, but oh-so-satisfyingly nefarious one: the Americans and
their Iraqi stooges are "relentlessly attacking political groups."
Another Leftist recently in the news, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, would
no doubt agree. He's also fond of malicious government conspiracies...
This is why the Left must lose in November. I'm not asking you to vote for John McCain. I'm asking you to vote against having a Leftist in the White House.
On top of which, I'll guarantee you that Mr. McCain knows there are 50 states, as did my 3rd and 2nd grade daughters. Sure, it's a silly mistake, but had GW Bush made the error it would be deemed irrefutable evidence of idiocy.
I didn't have the time or energy to blog the Big East Tournament or the NCAA tournament this spring, given the circumstances with the move to NH (see below). I went to the former, and watched the latter. I did pick Kansas, so a pat to my back for that. Suffice it to say that in both tournaments I was more than a little disappointed in the performance of my beloved UConn Husky men. They got bounced by a darn good West Virginia in the Big East, and in the next game fell tragically to San Diego in the first round of the NCAA.
Which makes it even more puzzling that Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated now has them picked number one in the nation for next year. Sure, on paper they look awesome. But games are played on hardwood, and the return of 7'3" center Hasheem Thabeet, the signing of sharpshooting wing Scottie Haralson, the signing of sudden five-star forward recruit Ater Majok, the signing of McDonald's All-American point guard Kemba Walker (who will be a star) and the transfers of a couple of undisciplined and marginally productive players notwithstanding, I'll be a bit skeptical until I see the product on the floor match the product on paper. Are you listening, Stanley Robinson?
Meanwhile, the baseball season is in full-swing and the Red Sox are looking strong, but it's early. I like the starting pitching, with young arms Jon Lester and Clay Bucholz (and Justin Masterson, for that Matter) joining Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka in a strong rotation. The bullpen, with the exception of Jonathan Papelbon, needs help, and David "Big Papi" Ortiz hasn't gotten untracked yet. The Yankees are the Yankees. Toronto is Toronto, with Roy Halliday. Baltimore and Tampa are better. This'll be a fun year to watch.
As for the Celts, it's been interesting to watch the defensive breakdowns in Atlanta that don't happen in Boston. Offense is pretty, but defense wins. Atlanta is filled with young talented players, but had the Celtics played 48 minutes of their style of defense for any one of the games in Atlanta they'd be looking at round two now. Bet Danny Ainge is wondering whatever happened to the Joe Johnson the Green drafted several years ago. He's torching your wing players, Danny, that's what. Game 7 is tomorrow, and I'm picking the Celtics, but they'd better be smarter with the ball on offense, take good shots and draw fouls, make the layups they get, rotate back on defense, and keep Josh Smith and Al Horford and Josh Childress off of the offensive glass.
I'll take Boston in a game 7 in Boston that should never have been.
Hi. I know, it's been quite a while. How's everyone been?
This post is from the "We're from the government and we're here to help you" edition of my last two months, and addresses a situation that caused a bit of a scramble in my practice to keep things moving along until the behemoth federal bureaucracy got its act together. By way of explanation ...