Thursday, 15 May 2008

Shilling for Obama

I leave you this fine evening with a blog post by Paul Mirengoff. I don’t understand the concern about journalistic organs such as Newsweek trying to make certain topics or criticisms out of bounds. This is a free country. Not only may people make any criticisms they please of the presidential candidates; they may vote for anyone they please for any reason they please. If I had a penny for every scurrilous charge made against President Bush, I’d be wealthier than Bill Gates. Remember that the next time you hear a progressive complain about “unfair” criticism of Barack Obama.

Twenty Years Ago

5-15-88 Today marks my third year of serious bike riding.  I got started in May 1985. As I recall, I went riding one Sunday after Moira Richmond told me that she had a steady boyfriend and that she wanted to be “just friends” with me. It was therapeutic—designed to get my mind off my broken heart. But I kept at it, riding at least forty miles every Sunday (occasionally a Saturday). There have now been 156 weekends, or three years. In that time, I missed only nine [weekend] rides. I had streaks of 28, 76, 25, 4, and now 14 consecutive rides. Like my journal, bike riding has been a constant feature of my life, something that gives it meaning and makes me feel good about myself. It is a friend. Sometimes I look forward to the ride; sometimes I wish I could stay home and do something else. But always I ride. Once I get on the bike and hit the road, I’m in a different world, a world of beautiful scenery, warm temperatures (usually), competition (against myself), and healthy physical exertion. I’ve enjoyed every minute of every ride, even when it rained or I was dog-tired. Here’s to the past three years; I’ll never forget them. [I’ve now been bicycling in earnest for 23 years. I love it as much as ever.]

Today’s ride took me to Avra Valley, a flat, desert area northwest of town. I’ve been there many times, though I usually refer to it as “the Picacho Peak ride”. Today I didn’t go to the Peak; instead, I turned south at Frontage Road and rode home. It was a hot one: 103 degrees [Fahrenheit]. I was outside for five hours, from three until eight o’clock. My average speed was a mediocre 15.40 miles per hour. (I averaged 15.74 miles per hour during the first ten miles. Thereafter, I stayed between 15.35 and 15.64 miles per hour. Talk about consistency!) All told, I covered 73.1 miles, the last ten or so in the dark. I felt fatigued at the fifty-mile mark, but after sipping Gatorade at the corner of Ina and Frontage Roads, I recovered and made it home safely. Statistically, I’ve pedalled [sic; should be “pedaled”] 8036.5 miles in the past three years, for an average of 2678.8 miles per year. I’ve ridden 3075.5 miles in the past year. Finally, I’ve covered an average of 51.6 miles per week during the first twenty weeks of 1988. I’m on track for ten thousand miles in Tucson before the end of July.

Twenty Years Ago Yesterday

5-14-88 . . . Ousted governor Evan Mecham is back in the news. He was just chosen as an Arizona state delegate to the Republican National Convention in New Orleans later this year. The vote was close, but he apparently had enough support to be chosen. Many Republicans, such as United States Senator John McCain, are upset, since this now takes a local controversy to a national arena. What we have, in effect, is a split in the Republican party of this state. The moderates, led by McCain, want to elect George [Herbert Walker] Bush and continue the “Reagan Revolution”. The extremists, led by Mecham, will support Bush over Michael Dukakis, but will try to inject a moral tone into the platform. The fight will be about abortion, pornography, drugs, crime, school prayer, child care, and so on. Mecham is like a weed; you can’t kill him. All you can do is keep cutting him and hope that he doesn’t spread throughout the lawn.


Note to New York Times editorial board: It’s not scratching an itch. It’s enforcing the law. If you don’t like the law, work to change it. Don’t advocate that it be disobeyed.

Addendum: The editorial board has fastened on “restrictionist” as a derogatory term for those of us who oppose illegal immigration. Unfortunately for the board, there is nothing derogatory about it. We do indeed want to restrict, confine, or limit immigration—to those who obey the law! If I’m a restrictionist, then the board members are promiscuous. But why don’t we stop with the pejorative labeling and focus on the issues? Is that too much to ask?


Here is a scene from today’s stage of the Giro d’Italia.

A Year Ago


From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

Any working scientist like me knows that measurements are objective, reproducible by anyone, independent of feelings and prayer. Mathematical laws accurately describe a large number of these measurements, in particular measurements of electrical phenomena, water flow, swaying of buildings, and so on.

The essential problem for believers is to explain how God can change our lives without changing these measurements, or the physical laws that summarize them.

Bob Eisenberg
Chicago, May 13, 2008
The writer is professor and chairman, department of molecular biophysics and physiology, Rush Medical Center.

Note from KBJ: It’s called a miracle, Bob. Theists believe that God created the world and everything in it, including its natural laws. God can suspend those laws at will.

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

They don’t make television programs like this anymore.


Here is your entertainment for this Thursday evening. I love the guitar chord at :44.


I stupidly vowed
Not to torment Yankee fans
While the Tigers suck


Who says politics can’t be fun?

Global Warmism

Here is a review of a new book about global-warming hysteria.


Please, President Bush, stop saying that your speech was not about Barack Obama. It was, and you know it. From now on, mention him by name when you give such speeches. He is a grave danger to this country.

Homosexual “Marriage”

The California Supreme Court, in a 4-3 vote, has interpreted the state’s constitution in such a way as to preclude limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. This is just the first act in the play. The citizens of California will now amend their constitution to define “marriage” in the traditional way. Bet on it. The same thing will happen in Massachusetts when the matter is brought to a vote.

Addendum: I predict that the four justices in the majority will be recalled by the citizenry.

Addendum 2: Here is Michelle Malkin’s post.


I went to the Ballpark in Arlington yesterday afternoon to watch my adopted Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners. The Rangers had won the first two games of the three-game series and were trying to sweep. They were also trying to reach the .500 mark for the season. Hawk and I saw fans with brooms in the parking lot. I assume they took them into the park, but alas, the Rangers blew a 2-0 lead and lost in 12 innings, 4-3. Attendance was poor. The box score shows “22,934” (capacity = 48,911), but I’d be surprised if there were 15,000 people present. Many of them were kids, skipping school. One thing will stand out about this game, besides the threatening weather. Ichiro Suzuki went 0-6. Has that ever happened? Will it ever happen again?