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Links to some interesting places:
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Junk Science Blog and debunking discussion forum.
Pirate Ballerina
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Volokh Conspiracy
Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit
Prof Bainbridge Blog
Clayton Cramer
David Friedman's homepage
Vodka Pundit
Tiki Lounge
Jim Dunnigan's site
Cold Fury
Karl's blog

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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Gun registration in Canada continues to be an expensive, and useless, boondoggle. The Canadian government lied about the magnitude of the expense to get this nightmare adopted in Parliament and continue to lie about its high costs and ineffectiveness.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

While you and I were worried about the victims of terrorists like Al Queda, the wife of Presidential candidate John Kerry is worried about the terrorists themselves. Glad to know where her priorities are.

Friday, November 21, 2003

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
Mark Twain so wrote and toward the end of this bleat, Lileks shows how this principle applies to an Iraqi.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Henry Hanks points us to this Slate story by Edward Jay Epstein which gives us much more detail about the firming up of the "Prague Connection" between Mohammed Atta ( of the 9/11 hijackers ) and Iraqi intelligence.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Victor Davis Hansen has a very moving Veteran's Day column up on NRO. Also on NRO, Rich Lowry sneers at efforts to ban toy guns.

Amusing, to see CNN caught with its hands in the cookie jar of manufacturing news. This is just more confirmation that CNN as well as the rest of the mass media still don't have basic journalist ethics down.

Link found at Drudge Report.

Friday, November 07, 2003

File this report under "Well Duh".

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Stephen Den Beste asks an important question about just what kind of damage to American interests the Democrats are willing to do for their short-term political gain. He contrasts current behavior with a historical example. Glenn Reynolds wonders if the referenced memo from Sen. Jay Rockefeller's staff will get the attention of Donald Rumsfeld's memo.

Monday, November 03, 2003

From Glenn, I stole this link to a discussion of French perfidy ... and yes, I know that's redundant.

This is a nice discussion by Stephen Den Beste of some orbital mechanics details that explains how to move in orbit with reference to another orbiting object. Its counter-intuitive and Stephen does a neat job of explaining it.

If you go back and look at the history of the U.S. space program, to many the Gemini phase doesn't make sense. It looks like NASA is doing odd or easy things. Rendezvous between spacecraft, space walks and such. But in reality, NASA was learning how to make the theoretical knowledge that Stephen writes about work in an operational environment. Rendezvous in orbit is tougher than it sounds.