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Texas Agriculture Law Blog Don't let the name fool you - there are lots of water issues in agriculture and Tiffany Dowell of Texas A&M University does a fabulous job with this important Internet resource. Give it a read - I do every day!
The Way of Water Oregon State University Geography PhD Student, Jennifer Veilleux, records her fieldwork, research, and thoughts about transboundary water resources development in the Nile River and Mekong River basins. Particular attention is given to Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Laos' Xayaburi Dam projects.
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Leonard Pitts, Jr., one of the best columnists around, wrote thisincisive columnabout the shortcomings of Presidential candidates, especially Herman Cain.
Unfortunately, it says more about us than it does about them.
I did not realize that Cain thought China did not have nuclear capability.Where has this guy been?
You likely remember the 3 a.m. phone call.
In 2008, the most effective line of attack his opponents mounted against candidate Barack Obama centered on the freshman senator’s lack of experience. An ad for Hillary Clinton famously implied that you did not want this callow naif answering the phone at a moment of predawn crisis.
Though the country eventually decided it did, in fact, want Obama, the argument was valuable in that it forced the electorate to ask itself what kind of experience is necessary to a president. There is a corollary question that becomes more obvious and urgent with each passing day. It involves not quality of experience, but quality of mind.
On Monday, an editorial in the Manchester (New Hampshire) Union Leader attacked Herman Cain for blowing off an interview with the paper. It seems that after video of Cain stumbling to articulate a position on Libya in an interview with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel went viral last week, the candidate instituted a new rule: no video cameras in newspaper interviews.
A spokesman for the Cain campaign said this was because “videos are typically used for television, and it’s a newspaper.” But as the editorial noted, videos are used for pretty much everything these days. It suggested Cain’s real problem lay not in the presence of cameras, but in the fact that “newspaper interviews tend to be longer and more in depth” and require answers that go beyond canned sound bites. Cain’s refusal to engage in that sort of rigorous give and take, said the paper, “gives the impression that he’s got something to hide.”
Cain capitulated that same day.
But the damage is done. The attack solidifies a perception that he does, indeed, have something to hide, i.e., the fact that once you get him past his talking points (“9-9-9” and fences to electrocute unsuspecting Mexicans) – he really has nothing to say.
That has become a disturbingly common thing in recent years. Sarah Palin considered “What do you read?” a gotcha question. Michele Bachmann thinks HPV vaccinations cause brain damage.
Now comes Cain mangling a basic question about foreign policy. He has claimed he simply paused to gather his thoughts, but anyone who has seen the video knows better. In his painful hemming, hawing and false starts, Cain comes across like a fifth grader called up to the blackboard and wishing he had studied the night before. This is the same Cain who asked how to say delicious “in Cuban” while at a restaurant in Miami, the same Cain who spoke of the need to keep China from developing nuclear capability — which China did 47 years ago.
A presidential campaign constitutes the world’s longest and toughest job interview. While it’s fine to vet candidates on likeability, credibility and, yes, experience, it might not hurt to require that they also show evidence of having thought deeply and with an informed mind about the world and America’s place in it. We are, after all, choosing a president – not a golf buddy.
One sometimes wonders if some of us know the difference. That Cain stumbled so badly on a routine question does not speak well of his intellectual firepower.
That he is a leading candidate for the presidency does not speak well of ours.
One thing Cain's gotten right: stupid people are ruining America!
Listening to XM6 this evening I heard the favorite version of one of my favorite songs,Silver Threads and Golden Needles, written in 1956 by Jack Rhodes and Dick Reynolds. It was first recorded that same year by Wanda Jackson with a verse missing from most later versions and slightly different lyrics:
Here are the Honky Tonk Angels - Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette - with their rendition:
The song seemed to be a huge favorite among Country & Western female vocalists (Gee, I wonder why?). Versions were recorded by Skeeter Davis, Jody Miller, Emmylou Harris, Crystal Gayle, Lynn Anderson, Martina McBride, et al. But there are also versions by the Grateful Dead, Johnny Rivers, the Everly Brothers, and Johnny Cash, and a truly pathetic version by theCowsills.
Linda Ronstadt's version is probably the best known. Here she is with the Eagles.
But my favorite is the 1962 version by the Springfields (Dusty and her brother Tom):
"You can't buy my love with money For I never was that kind Silver threads and golden needles Cannot mend this heart of mine." --Silver Threads and Golden Needles, writtenby Jack Rhodes and Dick Reynolds (complete lyrics)
Noonan opens her column with a comment Jobs once made about how great companies decline. She quotes Isaacson's book: "The company does a great job, innovates and becomes a monopoly or close to it in some field, and then the quality of the product becomes less important. The company starts valuing the great salesman, because they're the ones who can move the needle on revenues."
In other words, Brown tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, the salesmen eventually take over — and that's not too different from what happens in American politics.
"Obama in [Noonan's] mind was also a salesman who really didn't understand ... the quality of the product — in [this] case, you know, America," Brown says. "She talks about how Herman Cain is also, therefore, an embarrassment to America because Herman Cain also kind of doesn't respect the product — in this case politics, the democracy, the way the body politic runs."
"The people who illegally cross into the country are from countries that have very close ties to al Qaeda, whether it's Yemen or Afghanistan, Pakistan, China. It is an absolute national disgrace." - Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
A rapper reputed to be Chill E.B. proves that at least one rapper is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Here's the source of this story, which includes the lyrics to this masterpiece. Aw, what the heck - I will post them below.
Against impossible odds. And deceptive facade. One group outshines, man - just look at the signs. See we winning all over the place. Giving solutions to the world and the whole human race We ain't never gonna back down, leave town, play the clown. Phychiatry and SPs you know we take 'em down. See the purpose ingrained. It's burning in our blood. They the passing storm. We the unstoppable flood. See, cuz we the IAS. And we're dauntless and defiant. We confront even the giants, yo. Handle anyone barring freedom for all. Cuz you know when we win then nobody falls. So bring it harder y'all. Let's make it stronger now. Unite as one, answer the call. Come on, and we'll forever be the winners!
Chorus: IAS. Dauntless and defiant. So resolute. There's nothing we can't do.
Scientology ads and the PSA's. Let's play them 24/7, watch them clear the haze. We're lighting the path that Man has sought so long. And now the search is over, the truth is out, the mystery's gone, see. That's why I say there is no letting up 'til all the people are free. You know it's up to us. With Narconon and Criminon, Applied Scholastics. New AOs in the conts. Yo, it's truly fantastic. Cuz there ain't no limit to what we can do. So I wanna see you up your status. Yeah - you and you and you! And you too.
Chorus: IAS. Dauntless and defiant. So resolute. There's nothing we can't do.
From the VMs down in Haiti. Who saved so many lives. To the Cavalcades spreading the help so wide. You see we unite for human rights and restore for Man all that belongs to his life. The Way to Happiness. Brings the calm and the peace. Helping all reduce crime - even the police. Psychotropic drugs - we'll make a thing of the past. Expose the fraud of the psychs. And watch them dwindle real fast. We got islands of sanity 'round Ideal Orgs. Let's make the islands the sea by creating even more. The dwindling spiral. We'll turn it around. We got the greatest campaigns this world has ever had. So keep the force going. You know we'll never rest. Cuz as a matter of course. We be the very best. So stand proud, shout it loud. That we the IAS!
Chorus: IAS. Dauntless and defiant. So resolute. There's nothing we can't do.
"How about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How's that for a religion?" -- Frank Zappa, to a concert audience at the Rockpile, Toronto, May 1969
"I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare." - Mitt Romney
"I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" - Herman Cain
Firend and graduate school roommate Barney Popkin emailed me a week or so ago saying that he heard in October 2010 - Halloween, no less - that I had died of swine flu. So he emailed me to see if I was alive, and I responded in the affirmative. So I am back on his email list, and here is his latest missive.
A colleague sent me this. It's for real. Or not (see dw's comment). Still funny, though.
This proves there are some attorneys worth their fees.
Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client: You have to love this lawyer.........
A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.
(Actual reply from FHA):
"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."
Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows: (Actual response):
"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus 's expedition. Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana . God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn loan?"
The loan was immediately approved.
(These are the same geniuses charged with the Government mortgage bailout.)
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."-- Napoleon Bonaparte
Hump Day Humor! Brian McFadden'slatest(click to enlarge). Thanks to Joe Romm..
Even T. Boone Pickens has come around.
“The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is just nonsense. Just because you have a group of scientists who stood up and said here is the fact. Galileo got outvoted for a spell.” --Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX). referring to climate change
"It will be a twenty foot wall, barbed wire, electrified on the top, and on this side of the fence, I'll have that moat that President Obama talked about. And I would put those alligators in that moat!" -Herman Cain on his illegal immigration plan.
"America has got to learn to take a joke." - Herman Cain, when asked about his alligator moat to stop immigration.
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