What's this, more blogging? Why, I must be avoiding something. If you're thinking along those lines, you'd be right. I'm amazed I made it through 16 years of school, too.
Anyway, on my daily browsings through the blogosphere and the rest of the internet I tend to collect links to stories and commentary that I particularly liked, think others should read, or just want to share and comment on here. Thus is the genesis of my occasional link posts (and, I would venture to guess, most of what Glenn Reynolds does). Unfortunately, I don't always get around to actually writing the posts and in the blogosphere timliness is everything. If I just don't get around to it for a couple of days, they're usually long outdated or superceded, and a Firefox window with 10 or more open tabs will sit on my desktop until some computer glitch forces me to restart. And thus is the premature death of many of them. I think I'll make an exception in trying to enforce relevance for some of my Washington, DC experiences and try to post them anyway. No predctions on when I'll have them written up, though.
With that long introduction aside, let's begin with yet another trouncing of Fox News' numerous defamers. Instapundit links Johnny Dollar's dismantling of the claim that Fox doesn't air criticism of President Bush.
Instapundit also points to Evan Coyne Maloney's new video. I'm sure Mary is excited.
Apparently he was hanging around the idiot protesters last week. It would have been nice to run into him. Too many hippies around me. I downloaded it but haven't watched it yet. From the description on his site, though, I'm a little concerned it's another gimmick video of his (like the waffles one, which, admittedly, was funny). I love ECM's work and admire him greatly, but I really think he's at his best when he's calmly tearing apart leftists with his skillful selection of questions. His gimmicky videos just fall short for me. We'll have to see when I get to watch this one.
Professor Reynolds has a new Tech Central Station column as well, where he discusses China's new space plans and hopes that it will rouse the spirit of competition in the United States. I can only fervently hope that this will be the case.
Federal funding for space is an issue that my colleagues and I tend to disagree on. I'm willing to spend more money on our space program, despite its many flaws, until the private sector really takes over. I often compare our current position in space with that of Europe in the New World in the early 1500s. We've had our grand voyage, (the moon, Columbus) and private companies are beginning to show some interest, but it's still such an expensive and technically difficult endeavor that some sort of state sponsership is still required. I'm eagerly awaiting the equivalent of the Hudson Bay Company or British East India Company.
I visited the National Air & Space Museum yesterday, and it may be my favorite museum out of all the ones I've visited. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time I would have liked to see everything (as I always want to), but when I got to the space sections, I was again reminded of what great things America has achieved. We can do things like that again, and we should. I hope the Chinese do begin to challenge us and it wakes up the people at NASA and reminds people in Washington that this is something we must be doing for many reasons. We should do it for our national prestige, for the science, for the adventure, and for the benefit of all mankind. I still strongly believe that man's future is in space and the United States should be leading the way.
Bringing things back down to Earth for the moment, though, we have problems in this country more immediate than those with NASA (not that I think space issues should continue to be put off). One, as Captain Ed has been chronicling, is electoral fraud. He has a post over at Captain's Quarters about further dirt unearthed in Milwaukee. He has an update here. This is in addition to Sound Politics' continuing coverage of the shenanigans in Washington that seem to have stolen the gubernatorial election fo the Democrat.
Speaking of Captain Ed, he has an important post on what the terrorists are planning in Iraq over the next few days leading up to Sunday's election. The authorities are aware, but the public should be, too.
Meanwhile, LGF notes the UN apparently trying even harder to make itself more of a mockery than it already is. They've created an "elite action panel" for the Human Rights Commission, to influence that commission's work. I'm sure you can guess where this is headed. The panel's members? China, Zimbabwe, and Cuba. Oh, and Hungary is thrown in as the token non-human rights violator.
Charles also notes an excellent response to Andrew Sullivan's whining about torture in the New York Times and another problem for CBS out of Rathergate.
At Power Line, Rocketman observes, "It's hard to say which is a worse mess: enforcement of immigration laws, or enforcement of voting laws," as he links to Michelle Malkin's reporting of yet another shameful chapter in immigration. The USCIS, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, the agency that has replaced the INS, apparently awarded a green card to a man who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Way to go, DHS. Read it and try not to smack yourself on the forehead too hard, like I did.
Finally, John McCain gets brownie points for calling out the Dems for being the sore losers that they are.