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.
Daily Archives: September 30, 2010
Oh please, oh please? I don’t know anything about the candidate running against him, but he’ll be an improvement.
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.
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.
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.
As you might guess from my posting book reviews, there was just a skimpy – 15 or so – list of houses for today’s eastern Greenwich. It’s likely that brokers, seeing the forecast for today, didn’t bother scheduling anything, but that wouldn’t explain the same dearth on last Tuesday’s western Greenwich (North Street- west on Tuesdays, east of North Street Thursdays). I wonder if homeowners have finally figured out that, if they don’t have to sell in this market, they shouldn’t?
I just received Ken Follet’s new book Fall of Giants. It’s a 1000 page novel in the “Pillars of the Earth” vein, but this volume (even at 1,000 pages it’s only the first in a trilogy!) covers roughly the period of the First World War. I found it a great read – as I must have, because it arrived Tuesday afternoon and I finished it last night. Yeah, there’s a little bit of suspension of belief required in certain plot elements but I found the story so engrossing that I dismissed those.
The Amazon reviews are pretty poor but that’s because they’re weighted with 74 one star reviews which focus on the $19.99 Kindle price rather than the book’s merits. I bought the hardcover edition for the same price because Pal Nancy and my son John both enjoyed “Pillars” and I think they’ll like this one too. The Kindle’s a great little machine, but you can’t pass it on.
On the other hand, Cuba is gearing up to explore for oil fifty miles from Florida, and Mexico’s already pumping oil further west. So who’s this helping? Or hurting?
In response to my earlier posting of a forlorn sign at the Riverside Railroad station bike rack, a reader has offered to send along a report detailing 75 break ins at the station in the past 90 days.* Could this possibly be correct? I seem to recall that the police were going to set up a chart on their website marking crimes. Anyone know if they ever did?
* turns out the reader was referring to car break ins all over Riverside, not just the station
If almost a quarter of all home sales are coming from foreclosed properties and if the entire foreclosure process is going to be suspended for, say, the next six months as the lenders sort out their paperwork problems, then we should expect to see an already dismal real estate market gt even worse.