Sunday, January 24, 2010
Joe Biden, on whether his son Beau will run for his Senate seat:
“I know he doesn’t want to.”
That effectively puts the seat in the Republican column, since Beau Biden was just about the only candidate who could have stopped Republican Mike Castle from winning the seat.
So, here’s the list of Republican 2010 Senate pickup opportunities:
Governor John Hoeven will replace Senator Byron Dorgan in North Dakota.
Mike Castle will win Joe Biden’s seat.
Harry Reid will be defeated by just about any Republican in Nevada.
Arlen Specter will be defeated by Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.
Blanche Lincoln will be defeated by just about any Republican in Arkansas.
Michael Bennet will be crushed by Jane Norton in Colorado.
Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk are tied in Illinois.
If Mike Pence gets into the race, he will retire Senator Evan Bayh in Indiana.
Barbara Boxer could be knocked out in California.
Kirsten Gillibrand could lose to Pete King or George Pataki in New York.
When you think about political dialogue, it's interesting how our lexicon has changed and how immature and 'babyish' it has become. Today, on several of the Sunday morning news shows, the words 'underpants' and 'bed-wetting' were freely and frequently used. Underpants, as in Christmas day bomber, and bed-wetting as in David Plouffe's recommendation to the Democratic party for "no bed-wetting." I say, as cute as babies are, it's time to grow up. We need adult supervision. Now.
The Washington Post supported the Obama administration's treatment of Christmas day bomber Umar Abdulmuttalab as a criminal rather than as an enemy combatant. In an editorial published yesterday, It has nevertheless retracted its support. The Post writes that it "originally supported the administration's decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model."
I dunno. It looks like Jimmy Carter to me, but he’s not dead — except politically.
UPDATE: A reader suggests: “I was thinking it is more likely to be Herbert Hoover…”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader C.J. Burch writes: “Warren G. Harding isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. But I can guarantee you it isn’t Abraham Lincoln.”
Glacier scientist: I knew data hadn’t been verified. “The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders. Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.”
IPCC Head In GlacierGate Crime? “The London Times continues to follow the glaciergate story — and it keeps getting worse. The latest disclosure: Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s (formerly) prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (known as the IPCC), may have raised millions of dollars for his New Delhi institute on the basis of the totally bogus ‘glaciergate’ claim by the IPCC that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035.”
After seven months of silence, a new tape has been released that allegedly features Osama bin Laden claiming responsibility for the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound American Airlines flight on Christmas Day. “The United States will not dream of enjoying safety until we live it in reality in Palestine […] God willing our attacks will continue as long as you support the Israelis and may peace be on those who follow guidance,” says the man on the tape. The recording aired today on Al Jazeera and directly addressed the Detroit bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: “The message intended to be sent to you was through the hero fighter Umar Farouk, may God release him, confirming an earlier message that the [September] 11th heroes delivered to you and it was repeated before and after [that event],” he says. Bin Laden, who is still thought to be hiding in the Pakistan-Afghanistan mountain region, has not released a tape since a September 25 message directed at “the European people.”
Vitamin D Supplementation Can Reduce Falls in Nursing Care Facilities
ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2010) — Giving people living in nursing facilities vitamin D can reduce the rate of falls, according to a new Cochrane Review. This finding comes from a study of many different interventions used in different situations. In hospitals, multifactorial interventions and supervised exercise programs also showed benefit.
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) issued a statement on January 20th that it can no longer feasibly afford to maintain and run Canada’s most extensive library of braille books and audio book materials. The library lends to people all across Canada via mail, and the operation costs $10 million per annum.
The CNIB has indicated that the service could be affected as early as April without assistance, and they’re asking the government to provide funding to keep the program alive.
Rice Responsible for Asians' Alcohol Flush Reaction, Research Finds
ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2010) — The mutation responsible for the alcohol flush reaction, an unpleasant response to alcohol that is relatively common in people of Asian descent, may have occurred following the domestication of rice.