Monthly Archives: September 2010

Ah, petty bureaucrats!

These people should work at the airports. Medal of Honor winner and the 10-year-old grandson of another denied admission to the White House because of lack of security clearance for the first and violation of dress code for the boy. Especially when they’d been invited to visit. You might think that a Medal of Honor winner who went on to work for the FBI isn’t much of a security threat and a 10-year-old wearing a tee shirt with a picture of his Medal of Honor winning grandfather could be given a waiver but then, you don’t work for the federal government. President Obama, by the way, was out of town.

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Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold 12 points behind

Oh please, oh please? I don’t know anything about the candidate running against him, but he’ll be an improvement.

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Uh oh

Lights have been flickering on and off here in Riverside (5:30 ish). So far, no trouble except I had to restart the router. I’m off for a class this evening but if you hear nothing else from me  tonight, it will probably be because this computer won’t run on candlelight.

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More insanity from our government

From Best of the Web

Killer Paper Clips

“One of the tools that teachers use to get kids jazzed about science–hands-on science kits–could face an uncertain future amid a debate on safety,” the Associated Press reports from Washington:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been mired for weeks in deliberation as it writes guidelines on what makes a product a “children’s product”–and consequently which products would have to undergo more stringent safety testing as part of a 2008 law. Caught up in the debate are the classroom science kits and some of the items they contain, such as paper clips to show kids how magnets work.

Science kit makers asked for a testing exemption for the paper clips and other materials. The commission declined to grant them a blanket waiver as part of the guidance the agency approved Wednesday on a 3-2 vote.

There are other absurdities, too. For instance: “While a lamp adorned with [a] teddy bear could be considered a child’s product, the same lamp without the bear decoration could be placed in a child’s room and require no testing whatsoever.”

But given the Democrats’ claims to be the party of science, the Obama administration’s war on science-kit paper clips is especially rich. At this rate, soon the only thing kids will be allowed to play with is stem cells.

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Greenwich home sellers and realtors better hope that Meredith Whitney doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about

Because she’s predicting skimpy bonuses on Wall Street this year, and 80,000 workers fired next year, just in the U.S. That would put a crimp in the Greenwich market.

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Are hedge funders still contributing to Obama? Not in Greenwich.

Or so says Teri Buhl in her Forbes blog today.

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Gee, all that wind and rain last night and Nichole hasn’t even hit

According to Accuweather, the real fun arrives tonight.

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