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There’s always good reading out there, and I’ve fallen a bit behind, some columns I noted:

Peggy Noonan considers the need to imagine evil.

Noonan basically says we have to stop shutting down military bases because we never know if we might need them. This is an important concept that I’ve heard before but is probably worth repeating. It may cost a lot to spend money on a military, but it costs a lot more to go to war. Having a big scary military in place reduces your total costs as most opposing states won’t go to war with you.

Bob Novak predicts the GOP losing big in ’06

I am also pessimistic about 06, I think that the GOP has its head sonmewhere in the nether regions of their colons.

George Will on ID and nature




BUCHAREST, Romania – A elderly Romanian man mistook his penis for a chicken’s neck, cut it off and his dog rushed up and ate it, the state Rompres news agency said on Monday.

It said 67-year-old Constantin Mocanu, from a village near the southeastern town of Galati, rushed out into his yard in his underwear to kill a noisy chicken keeping him awake at night.

“I confused it with the chicken’s neck,” Mocanu, who was admitted to the emergency hospital in Galati, was quoted as saying. “I cut it … and the dog rushed and ate it.”

I may never do another penis update again, my God, my God. I may never sleep again.

Yecke Out

Dr. Cheri Yecke is pulling out of the 6th district congressional race. She has been offered a top job in Florida working in her chosen field of education. This story has already been reported on by everyone, Tony Garcia has the best overall summary methinks. Andy from RF has the inside scoop.

Personally, while I liked Yecke’s strong conservative stances, I didn’t like some of the focus on education. Yecke was running for a federal office, and I don’t want federal oversight in education. I want education to be a state issue.

How does this change the race? Everyone is saying that with Yecke’s departure Bachmann stands to benefit. I will bow to others on this, they’re on the inside, and I am new to the 6th district. However, I tend to think that Yecke’s departure helps out just about everyone.

Yecke, due to her focus on education, probably had a more diverse set of delegate supporters. Bachmann I think has always had a hold on social conservatives, so I just don’t see where the net gain for Bachmann will be, you can’t get what you already had.

Because education lovers (soccer mom types) tend not to be crazy social conservatives, I see Knoblach and Esmay getting benefit from Yecke’s departure. I don’t think Krinkie well have any net effect.

So far I like all the candidates. I only have slight reservations about Knoblach and Esmay. Esmay supports the assualt weapons ban, and Knoblach is a bit of a log roller spending wise. I like the fact that Esmay is a veteran, and his other knowledge in international affairs would make him a good federal office holder. Knoblach has cancelled on Race to the Right twice now, and is otherwise a true pain to get a hold of. Knoblach has some work to do to change my first impressions about him.

I still have no horse in this race. I think that any candidate would be fine. I also believe that any of these candidates would win in the 6th.

I am:

Arthur C. Clarke

Well known for nonfiction science writing and for early promotion of the effort toward space travel, his fiction was often grand and visionary.

Which science fiction writer are you?

Yea! I’m the boring one!

If you haven’t seen Speed Gibson’s posts on local talk radio, they are a must read, the third on the series is available here.