The Solis/White House emergency tapes have come to light!

You’ve lost another submarine, Andrei*?

Andrew Malcolm seems determined to point out that, yeah, there are still opportunities for political humor in this country, even if Obama did get elected. His spoof of the flight 1549 tapes (utilizing Obama’s latest exercise in flubbed vetting) is a case in point. We join the narrative as Hilda Solis explains her tax situation to the White House: Continue reading The Solis/White House emergency tapes have come to light!

Huh. I almost never use cash, either.

Rand Simberg makes an excellent point: it’s hard to stamp “Tax Cheat” on every dollar bill with Geithner’s signature on it that you’ll see in the future if you don’t actually use dollar bills in the first place.

I mean, soda machines and strip clubs are pretty much everything that you need dollars for these days; and I don’t use either.  Not that I’m especially virtuous; I’m just kind of a cheapskate.

Man, the future just sneaks up on a person, sometimes.

I have a friend in a band that does a version of this one.

I’m biased, but I think that Mike’s band (The Stone Soup Band) does a better job. That’s off of Free Night in Dublin, which I’ve been listening to for years, and… hey! New album! That’s going up on the Wish List.

Moe Lane

PS: Seriously, if you have any kind of musical ability, an interest in actual traditional/folk music, and decent recording facilities, put some songs up on YouTube.  It’s begging for the attention.

Well, so *what* if kids can’t hunt for fossils?

The Democrats are trying to pass a public lands bill here. Besides, fossil enthusiasts are too small a group to be worth any consideration past the minimum. From CQ (no link, sorry):

A public lands bill on its way to the House floor is meeting resistance from an unlikely constituency: amateur fossil hunters.

The bill (S 22), which encompasses dozens of measures to expand national park and wilderness areas, includes language that would impose criminal and civil penalties on people who take fossils from federal lands. But Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, opposes the provision so much that he is rallying opposition to the bill.

“I’m only asking that this section be stripped out,” said Culberson, who is concerned about its impact on casual collectors. Culberson himself is an amateur fossil hound who once discovered a wolf jaw from the Ice Age. “They’re going to destroy the hobby of fossil collecting,” he said.

Continue reading Well, so *what* if kids can’t hunt for fossils?

“Scaring people is not leadership.”

Marvel at the day: here is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) beating President Barack Obama (D) with a club that I didn’t even know he had any more. As Allahpundit notes, there’s something weird about seeing Graham and Michelle Malkin using the same language. And me, come to think of it: the President is fear-mongering. I wonder why?

“If this is bipartisanship, count me out.” No, you haven’t entered into another dimension where Bobby Jindal has a beard: he really said that. Strange days, huh?

Crossposted at RedState

Well, they *did* call him mad at University.

…OK, no, they didn’t.  No way I’m passing up a title like that, though. Anyway, Bill Gates took a big step today towards getting his own volcano lair:

Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes on Crowd

No, really.

Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria.

“Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening a jar onstage at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference — a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars.

“I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.”

First reported on social networking site Twitter, Facebook’s Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin blogged, “Bill Gates just released mosquitos into the audience at TED.”

I’m including that last sentence because the more I look at it, the more volumes it says about Twitter.

Anyway, no actual malaria in the mosquitoes, so I guess that Bill Gates is merely teasing us with his Mad Scientism. Or he hasn’t leveled up yet.

Looking for Someone to Read (Manly Wade Wellman)

(Today’s author: Manly Wade Wellman)

Tracking down the work by this one may take some doing; this particular author’s not exactly obscure as much as his popularity is cyclic.  Wellman is probably best known for his John stories, which are essentially some of the best Appalachian-themed horror/fantasy short stories that you’re ever going to read. Wellman more or less breathed that region’s folklore, especially musical folklore, and it shows in his work: you can find the collection of it in John the Balladeer* ; or you can start going through the hardcover collection of his books one by one. Heck, if you’ve got the bread, pick up the whole thing; that collection’s on my list, just as soon as I get an email reply back from the Nigerian Minister of Finance.

I should also note that Wellman wrote a variety of pulp material, including quite a bit of science fiction – but, honestly? It’s the John stories that are going to be his legacy.

And there’s nothing at all wrong with that.

Moe Lane

*The cover doesn’t do the stories justice, by the way. We’re talking magic as the people stuck in the middle of stories think of it, not magic as the people reading the stories sometimes wish it was like.