Fighter jocks in the South African Air Force do some really low-level flying, called being "in the weeds," in their Mirage jets over Northern Cape Province. At times they're about as low as the roof of a full-size SUV. One guy is about 30 feet off the deck and he's reading!
Just a fun vid, with great music.
State lawmakers will be back in Raleigh next week for at least some activity.
The Senate plans a rare Friday session, but Senate leaders have warned their colleagues that they'll head home after that session -- with plans to return for at least a final day of business next week.
Meanwhile, the House has sent most members home with plans to reconvene Monday evening.
Designed by Cooper Carry, the firm that did the Progress Energy II tower, the RBC Tower will house the U.S. headquarters for RBC as well as 11 stories of condominiums. The Raleigh Planning Commission on Tuesday approved this final version of the building. One question remains: is the city kicking in any public money to fund this new addition to Raleigh's much-touted, revitalized downtown?
Here is my question regarding the new "World Trade Center" movie. Why is it fine for this movie to come out now when "United 93" was considered in the media to be too real and would bring up too many emotions. From the clips that I've seen of the WTC movie, that movie may bring up more emotion than United 93.
So how is one movie better than the other in the eyes of the media? Is it because Oliver Stone is directing? Is it because Nicholas Cage is in it?
He gives away too much of the story, but Cal Thomas says Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" is "one of the greatest pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving, God Bless America films you will ever see."
The cost of a college education continue to rise, so naturally a bunch of politicians (Democrats in this case), want to throw federal money at the problem. Inside Higher Ed has the story.
The basic idea is for the federal government to provide block grants to states "in an effort to help them keep college costs down." To get the money, the states would have to keep their higher ed spending at least constant and keep tuition increases down to the rate of inflation. How much the states would get would depend on attendance and graduation rates.
Obviously, this doesn't really keep costs down, but only spreads the costs around to federal taxpayers. It also creates the same kinds of incentives that states often create for K-12 funding -- money depends not on educational results, but on the number of bodies. If this idea were to become law, we can expect more gimmicks to get weak students into college and to keep them there until graduation.
Several politicians, including governor Easley are quoted as saying that the Republican Congress hasn't done enough to help students afford college. I'd like to know where in the Constitution Congress is given the power to make people's educational choices affordable.
Ever notice that every time someone tries to fix a problem the ACLU is there to botch it up? Las Vegas is experiencing that right now
as they try to keep the homeless from taking over city parks, as
they've done in many other cities. The left's most glaring problem is
that it doesn't understand incentives and disincentives, which is why
economics baffles them so. Free food and bleeding-heart handouts are a
magnet for the homeless, who reward a community by turning public
places into outdoor latrines. Even the libs on Durham's 9th Street
realized that several years ago when merchants began a campaign asking
people not to give money after panhandlers got out of hand. I say show
them the city limits like we used to back when we had some backbone.
Writing in the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby has a searing column today on the fatality in one of the tunnels in Boston's "Big Dig" project and the egg that is smeared all over the faces of the local politicians who only recently were heaping praise on this quintessentially big government project.
Remember, though, government projects are not contaminated by greedy, profit-seeking business people who would cut corners and endanger people. Government projects are undertaken with all appropriate regulations and safeguards. Government projects are always done with the public interest in mind.
That law passed earlier this year in Maryland which singled out Wal-Mart for not providing as much in the way of health insurance benefits as Big Labor thinks appropriate has been struck down by a federal judge on the grounds that it is incompatible with the federal ERISA statute. You can read about it here.
Naturally, the meddlers at the AFL-CIO who want to use the law to accomplish what they can't get through voluntary action are whining about how "big companies" should be compelled to pay their "fair share." The response to that is simple: employee compensation packages are none of the government's business at all.
My only regret here is that the judge chose to invalidate the law on narrow grounds of federal pre-emption rather than the broader ground that this sort of vendetta by legislation is an unconstitutional denial of equal protection of the law.