The Spectacle Blog
Jed, the Gulf Stream has shifted before, north, in the middle ages. It caused a major global power realignment, because it brought the great codfish schools with it -- and moved that source of national wealth marginally out of reach for the vessels of Spain and Portugal at the time. England and the cities of the Hanseatic League benefited, to the extent that by the mid-1300s, the League had taken over global control of the salt fish trade.
Another wonderful EUnuch day comes to an end. The first face transplant (partial one, at least) was accomplished surgically in France. And those who are the most ardent supporters of the Kyoto global warming treaty, inevitably, are now facing the prospect of a -- wait for it -- mini-Ice Age that could engulf Europe.
From the Department of Stuff We Can't Make Up comes the report that the ocean current that gives Europe its balmy (atmospheric, not political) climate is failing and may create another ice age on the Continent. The (intemperate) money quote?
Wonderful points about the wonderful Charlie Brown Christmas special, Dave, but you inadvertently make the point about how impoverished current productions are. CB was made in 1965. That's the TV equivalent of re-running "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show," to name only one of that era's unabashed TV Christians.
It sure pays well to be a Pennsylvania state legislator. So well, in fact, that two key players in approving the recent unconstitutional pay raise, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph Cappy and Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Jubelirer both own Bonita Springs, Florida, homes in the same gated country club community. Cappy's Florida home is valued at $333,000 and Jubelirer's at $317,000. Those homes are in addition to their Pennsylvania homes.
Still enchanted with the Prius? You'll reconsider after reading Holman Jenkins' fine column today, which doubles as the letter from Toyota that'll never be written:
...Let us assure you that the Prius remains one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. Toyota applauds your willingness to spend $9,500 over the price of any comparable vehicle for the privilege of saving, at current gasoline prices, approximately $580 a year.
And should the price of gasoline rise to $5, after 10 years and/or 130,000 miles of driving, you might even come close to breaking even on your investment in hybrid technology.
So just a couple of hours after Vichy John Kerry was trying to convince us that the Dems really weren't calling for withdrawal from Iraq, up pops Mizz Pelosi to say that Cong. Murtha was right, and we should begin pulling out of Iraq as soon as possible.
This, so far, is a pretty good day. It's the first one in a long time that it must be more frustrating to be a Dem than a Republican.
So Maria Shriver's counsel has been taken. The San Francisco ChronicleÂ details Schwarzenegger's new chief of staff, fittingly named Susan Kennedy: A Gray Davis appointee, she "made her name as a political operative as the head of the California branch of the National Abortion Rights Action League. A longtime gay rights activist, Kennedy married her partner, Vicki Marti, in a 1999 ceremony in Hawaii attended by many California political insiders."