June 29, 2012
Well, day two of a five day heat wave, and we just broke the record for Nashville's hottest day. Not just June 29th. Not just a day in June. The hottest temperature of any day all year.
The previous record was 107° F, which we tied at 2:09pm. We're now sitting at 109° and getting warmer. And yes, those temperatures are measured in the shade.
The only saving grace is that this is a dry heat. In a part of the country that typically sees a range of 48% to 91% humidity, we're "enjoying" 16% humidity right now. All that really means is that you don't feel instantly sticky when you walk outside.
Update: The only heat record left that we could break is Tennessee's hottest day at 113°, an honor currently held by Perryville from August 9, 1930.
June 28, 2012
Liberals thrilled with today's announcement that the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare might want to read a bit more into the majority opinion, penned by Bush-appointee Chief Justice John Roberts.
Reading over the Roberts opinion, the opinion strikes me as quite conservative. The opinion starts from the premise that the federal government is a government of limited powers. The opinion goes on to reject the federal government’s power to regulate inactivity under the Commerce Clause. It then goes on to reject a broad reading of the Necessary and Proper Clause. The opinion also imposes new limits on the federal government’s ability to force the states to adopt federal programs, striking down the condition that Congress can withdraw all medicaid funding if a state refuses to go along with the medicaid expansion.
While liberals might've gotten the outcome they wanted with this particular piece of legislation, it's starting to look more and more like Roberts took this opportunity to set a bunch of limits on federal power where there weren't previously any precedents set. That may bode well for constitutional conservatives in the long-run, and the fact that ObamaCare still stands may be just the fuel the political right needed to mobilize its base and send Obama packing.
Criticism of the SCOTUS majority opinion from the high court's dissenters:
The Government and those who support its position on this point make the remarkable argument that §5000A is not a tax for purposes of the Anti-Injunction Act...but is a tax for constitutional purposes.
Remarkable indeed. If the individual mandate (§5000A) is a tax, then the Anti-Injunction Act declares that no one has standing to bring the case to court until someone has been hit with the tax, something that won't happen until 2014. But if it's not a tax, then according to the majority opinion's reasoning, the individual mandate would have to be struck down. Supporters of the individual mandate want it both ways. They want the case to be decided now, and they want the decision to uphold ObamaCare's individual mandate.
June 27, 2012
The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers
June 26, 2012
June 23, 2012
This is a joke, right?
Technology is a means, not an end. It should enhance your life, not supplant it.
June 13, 2012
June 09, 2012
I came across this excellent short film on YouTube today, and it took me a few minutes to realize that it was more than an extended clip. Kevin Spacey is absolutely captivating, as always, and I would've been happy to know that this was a feature-length film coming soon.
Even better, though, was to find how this short film came to be. Spacey's production company, Trigger Street Productions, teamed up with Jameson Irish Whiskey to create Jameson First Shot, a short-film competition that takes the 3 best scripts—one from Russia, South Africa, and the United States each—and fully produces the scripts as short films with the scriptwriters as the directors. Each film stars Kevin Spacey, of course.
It's nice to see why Spacey sought to launch this project. As his friend and fellow actor Jack Lemmon taught him, once you're on top, "You send the elevator back down."
June 08, 2012
Saw this story on Gawker thanks to Daring Fireball yesterday. Interesting to note the inclusion of "Unfortunately" in the title and the rage against oil companies in the comments. That's more revealing of the respective authors' biases than the fact that these people couldn't see this as the laughable hoax it was for want of it to be true.