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I was thinking along these same lines myself. So, any rumors about Iowans resorting to cannibalism yet?

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Some Hawaiian activists who miss their former monarchy are making a nuisance of themselves.

Let’s just hope they don’t give those Texian holdouts any ideas. Remember the Alamo!

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Speaker Pelosi’s favorite Earth Day Biblical passage has drawn some attention:

Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosis Scripture Quote — 04/23/2008

I suspect her verse appears right after Ezekiel 25:17, or maybe somewhere before Armaments 2:21.

It’s easy enough to check these things using free online concordances, if accuracy is important to you. Of course there’s really no need to attribute it to the Bible at all.

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I missed this yesterday, but it’s worth reading to prepare for next year’s festivities:

Classical Values :: The Songs Of Distant Earth Days

To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds, environmentalists have predicted 8 of the last 0 planet-ending disasters. Between the man-made industrial ice age, crushing overpopulation, acid rain, lethal oceans, and Venus-like clouds of toxic smog cloaking the surface of the planet we should all be dead a couple times over. Yet dare express skepticism of their accuracy or question their motives in some circles, and you become a “denier” deserving only scorn, ostracism, and punishment. That’s they way the environmentalist movement has behaved for decades. It’s not the way science works; it is, however, exactly how religion works. Funny, that.

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I mostly agree with this analysis:

The Jawa Report: The Two Wars in Iraq & Mistaken Republican Support for Obama

I also agree with the view that in a broader historical context, all three Iraqi wars (including Desert Storm back in 1991) are really just individual battles in a much longer, larger war against the multinational forces of Islamofacism. Just as the Korean War and Vietnam were part of the much larger Cold War fought against the Chinese and Soviet spheres of global Communism.

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Using modern technology to play back a visual representation of sound that was recorded in 1860. Very clever.

Phonautogram – Thomas Edison – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville – New York Times

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Originally uploaded by CitySkip

From CitySkip. Click the photo to view the whole set of images from New York City Blackout of 1977.

The landline phone system continues working even when the household power is out, of course. Most phones at the time were completely powered by big batteries or generators at the central office. The power comes in over the phone lines. See Matt McCaffrey’s comment on this interesting NYT retrospective for more information.

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