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2008 May 29 — Why Now?
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From CNN’s Political Ticker: Pelosi prepared to ‘step in’ to end race

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton has hinted that she is prepared to take her fight to fully seat Florida and Michigan all the way to the party’s convention in late August, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that’s not going to happen.

“I will step in,” Pelosi told the paper. “Because we cannot take this fight to the convention…It must be over before then.”

… [The] House Speaker has said Democratic superdelegates should not overturn the pledged delegate winner, and has warned of irreparable harm if they do so.

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…more probably coincidence, as the death of Mr. Pevney reminded me of The City on the Edge of Forever, which was a time travel story featuring a rather young Joan Collins.

This in turn reminded me of where I had seen the photoshopped scene used in Melina’s post at Brilliant at Breakfast: Driftglass Explains it All….

I’m sure driftglass doesn’t appreciate what he is implying by putting the Clintons inside the portal. I’m sure he is unaware that the episode is about the necessity of the death of a principled, caring woman to save the world.

After all of the ranting about a Boomer time reference, I feel certain that Obama supporters would never wish death on Mrs. Clinton. 😈

Update: Bob Somerby of The Daily Howler steps you through the media treatment of Mrs. Clinton, and the fact that the Obama campaign was pushing the misreading of the second time she referenced RFK’s June death. No one said anything about the first time she said it in a Time magazine article.

May 29, 2008   Comments Off on Serendipity?

RIP Joseph Pevney

I caught this over at CNN and it was a case of, I didn’t know the man, but I loved his work: ‘Star Trek’ TV director dies

PALM DESERT, California (AP) — Joseph Pevney, who directed some of the best-loved episodes of the original “Star Trek” television series, has died. He was 96.

Pevney died May 18 at his home in Palm Desert, said his wife, Margo.

Pevney directed 14 episodes of the 1960s series, including “The City on the Edge of Forever,” in which Capt. Kirk and Spock travel back in time to the Depression, and “The Trouble With Tribbles,” in which the starship Enterprise is infested with cute, furry creatures.

Pevney went on to direct more than 35 films, including two memorable movies from 1957: “Man of a Thousand Faces,” which starred James Cagney as silent star Lon Chaney, and “Tammy and the Bachelor,” a romantic comedy starring Debbie Reynolds that spawned her No. 1 hit record, “Tammy.”

In the 1960s and ’70s Pevney turned to television, directing dozens of episodes of series such as “Wagon Train,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Trapper John, M.D.”

Well, not all of his work.

Update: Mustang Bobby notes that Alexander Courage composer of the Star Trek theme music died on May 15.

May 29, 2008   Comments Off on RIP Joseph Pevney

The World Is Shaky

CNN reports on the latest area affected: Iceland rocked by earthquake

(CNN) — An earthquake shook southern Iceland on Thursday, reportedly causing injuries and damaging roads and buildings.

The 6.1 magnitude temblor struck about 3:46 p.m. (11:46 a.m. ET), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was about 50 km (31 miles) east-southeast of the capital, Reykjavik, and was about 10 km (6.2 miles) below the Earth’s surface.

It was unclear exactly how many people were injured or the severity of their injuries, Olli Tynes, a journalist with Reykjavik’s Channel 2, told CNN.

A hospital in a town near the epicenter was also reported damaged, and some wings have had to be evacuated, he said.

There were no reports of fatalities, but “great material damage,” Tynes said. Roads and bridges in the area have been closed.

Iceland is seismically active and buildings are constructed with earthquakes in mind, but it is an island and there’s no place to go when it starts shaking. It is also a good ways away from outside help.

May 29, 2008   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Alma [E. Pacific]

Tropical Storm AlmaPosition: 11.7 N 86.9 W. [1 PM CDT]
Movement: North [5°] near 7 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph.
Wind Gusts: 75 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb.

Alma is 40 miles West of Managua, Nicaragua and about 175 miles East Southeast of San Salvador, El Salvador.

The Eastern Pacific season started on May 15. Alma will probably be a category 1 hurricane before coming ashore, and there is a small chance of the remnants coming out in the Bay of Campeche and reforming.

The middle of the US is in line for more severe weather today including tornadoes.  Omaha does not look like a good place for a picnic today.

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Criminal Negligence

CNN reports on the electrocution deaths in Iraq: Green Beret electrocuted in shower on Iraq base

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) — A highly decorated Green Beret, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth died a painful death in Iraq this year. He died not on the battlefield. He died in what should have been one of the safest spots in Iraq: on a U.S. base, in his bathroom.

Maseth, 24, was not the first. At least 12 U.S. troops have been electrocuted in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003, according to military and government officials.

This is a problem that you can encounter in Florida with people who install irrigation systems, they don’t test to ensure there is a good ground for the pump. In the old days you didn’t have to because all of the pipe was galvanized steel, so there was great grounding. Since the piping has shifted to PVC and CPVC you have to provide a separate form of ground.

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