Stacy Dash Endorses Romney

 

 

I actually have no idea who this actress is, but she has managed to commit the one unforgivable act in Hollywood. She has expressed her support for Romney. To make matters worse, she is black.

Actress Stacey Dash, who has starred in everything from the 90′s hit Clueless to CSI, prompted a firestorm on Twitter after publicly endorsing Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and then standing by her opinion.

“Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future. @mittromney @teamromney #mittromney #VOTE #voteromney,” Dash wrote on her official Twitter page, accompanied by a photo of herself with an American flag.

Of course, the Liberals responded in their usual classy and respectful way.

Not long after, presumed Obama supporters began insulting Dash for her opinion, saying she isn’t “black” enough, several even asking if the actress would just “kill herself.”

One man wrote: “This hurts but you a Romney lover and you slutting yourself to the white man only proves why no black man married u @REALStaceyDash.”

As news of Dash’s treatment spread, however, First Amendment-lovers nationwide began voicing their support for the actress using the hashtag #ISupportStaceyDash.

And here are some of the best/worst responses, courtesy of Twitchy.

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Of course, it is the Conservatives who are the hateful racists.

She has stood firm by her opinion and has had much support from those who actually believe in that archaic concept called freedom of speech. Maybe I should go and watch something she has acted in.

 

Speaking of Polls…

 

I was just contacted by a polling organization. Instead of hanging up, as is my custom, I actually answered the questions. I told the man that I would definitely be voting for Barack Obama, that I am a strong Democrat, that I oppose the second amendment, and so on. In other words, every response I gave was the opposite of my real opinion. I honestly don’t know why I did that. maybe I just wanted to mess with the polls.

If even a few people have been doing this, it might turn out to be an interesting election night.

 

 

Drilling to the Mantle

English: Earth and atmosphere cutaway illustra...
English: Earth and atmosphere cutaway illustration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I think it’s time to take a break from the murky world of politics and write something about the clearer and more pleasant subject of science. This article I read in Popsci seems to be just the thing to cheer me up.

 

With enough money and enough moxie, scientists operating gigantic ocean-based drills could penetrate into the Earth’s mantle by the early 2020s, returning samples that could hold clues to our planet’s origins. The effort to reach into the heart of the Earth would be one of the most dramatic undertakings in science.

Drilling through the Earth’s comparatively thin crust to reach its innards would require getting through at least 3.7 miles of seafloor, which requires safely mooring a huge ship above the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean. The hole would be just 30 centimeters (about a foot) in diameter. The effort could take at least $1 billion, which hasn’t been raised yet.

The good news is that the would-be mantle explorer, the Japanese research vessel Chikyu, has already set new world records for the deepest-ever scientific hole in the world. The ship’s drill reached 2.2 kilometers into the seafloor this summer, on a mission that just wrapped up over the weekend (the ship has not returned to port yet due to stormy weather). The Chikyu is capable of reaching much farther down. Still, drill technology needs to improve before anyone can reach the molten interior of our planet — Chikyu’s drill bits only last about 50 or 60 hours before they need to be replaced, CNN points out.

Damon Teagle, a geologist at the University of Southampton in the UK, tells CNN it would be a massive undertaking: “It will be the equivalent of dangling a steel string the width of a human hair in the deep end of a swimming pool and inserting it into a thimble 1/10 mm wide,” he said.

The deepest hole in the Earth is more than 12,376 meters (40,604 feet) into the crust, a borehole in eastern Russia drilled by Exxon Mobil in August. This one still doesn’t approach the mantle, and is not directly vertical, but the borehole and others show the idea of drilling into the liquid Earth might be feasible.

I hope they are able to bring up samples. Not very much is known about how rock actually reacts to the high temperatures and pressure found in the Earth’s mantle. It isn’t easy to subject rocks to that kind of environment in a laboratory here on the surface and so far our knowledge of conditions in the mantle is information extrapolated from seismic readings.

 

Raypaths of S- and P-waves through the Earth's...
Raypaths of S- and P-waves through the Earth’s mantle and core (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They have actually tried this sort of thing before, in the 1960’s. Project Mohole was an attempt to drill down as far as the Mohorovicic discontinuity, or the boundary between the crust and the mantle. The project was not successful and was abandoned. I hope this latest attempt proves to be more fruitful.

 

 

Romney 49% Obama 45%

 

That is the headline at the Drudge Report. The link is to a report from the Pew Research Center showing that Romney has pulled ahead of Barack Obama in the polls.

Mitt Romney no longer trails Barack Obama in the Pew Research Center’s presidential election polling. By about three-to-one, voters say Romney did a better job than Obama in the Oct. 3 debate, and the Republican is now better regarded on most personal dimensions and on most issues than he was in September. Romney is seen as the candidate who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit.

I have been skeptical of the polls throughout this election season and I am not about to start believing them now that they seem to show what I want to see. I suspect that the polls are less accurate this year than they have been in previous elections for a number of reasons, not least because only they only get a response from 9% of the people they contact.

Still, it seems that Romney has made gains on his popular impression on almost every issue and personality trait. Winning the first debate so overwhelmingly has allowed Romney to positively redefine himself.

Romney now ties Obama in being regarded as a strong leader and runs virtually even with the president in willingness to work with leaders of the other party. And by a 47% to 40% margin, voters pick Romney as the candidate who has new ideas.

Conversely, Obama continues hold leads as the candidate who connects well with ordinary people and takes consistent positions on issues. And Obama leads by 10 points (49% to 39%) as the candidate who takes more moderate positions on issues.

Romney has gained ground on several of these measures since earlier in the campaign. Most notably, Obama and Romney now run even (44% each) in terms of which candidate is the stronger leader. Obama held a 13-point advantage on this a month ago. And Obama’s 14-point edge as the more honest and truthful candidate has narrowed to just five points.

In June, Obama held a 17-point lead as the candidate voters thought was more willing to work with leaders from the other party. Today, the candidates run about even on this (45% say Obama, 42% Romney).

I think that the Republicans are far more enthusiastic this year and this could make all the difference.

I like this point.

Nearly two-thirds of voters who watched the debate say it was mostly informative (64%) compared with mostly confusing (26%). Republican voters overwhelmingly found the debate mostly informative (83%); only 11% say the debate was mostly confusing. By contrast, about as many Democratic voters say the debate was confusing (41%) as say it was informative (47%).

I guess facts are confusing to some.

 

Columbus Day

 

Christopher Columbus, the subject of the book,...
Christopher Columbus, the subject of the book, was an explorer and one of the first European founders of the Americas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is Columbus day in the United States, celebrating the day that Christopher Columbus reached the New World. In Berkeley and some other Leftist enclaves it is Indigenous People’s Day, in which Western Civilization is condemned for its many crimes against humanity. Columbus Day is no big deal, just a three day weekend for banks and such. Still, should we honor Christopher Columbus with a day?

I think we can absolve Columbus of the destruction of many Native American cultures and peoples. That was inevitable. Europe’s sailing and navigation techniques were advancing rapidly and it was only a matter of time before someone stumbled across the Americas. Since the natives were millenia behind in technology, they were doomed. They weren’t entirely helpless victims though. One of the first things that any Indian tribe did when they were contacted by Europeans was to arrange to trade for firearms to use against their traditional enemies. It does not seem to have occurred to them to form alliances against the European invaders until it was too late.

Still, Columbus did set the pattern by enslaving the natives of the islands he discovered.From the Wikipedia article there is this excerpt from his log.

From the 12 October 1492 entry in his journal he wrote of them, “Many of the men I have seen have scars on their bodies, and when I made signs to them to find out how this happened, they indicated that people from other nearby islands come to San Salvador to capture them; they defend themselves the best they can. I believe that people from the mainland come here to take them as slaves. They ought to make good and skilled servants, for they repeat very quickly whatever we say to them. I think they can very easily be made Christians, for they seem to have no religion. If it pleases our Lord, I will take six of them to Your Highnesses when I depart, in order that they may learn our language.”[39] He remarked that their lack of modern weaponry and even metal-forged swords or pikes was a tactical vulnerability, writing, “I could conquer the whole of them with 50 men, and govern them as I pleased.”[40

He seems not to have been a very good governor of Isabella, the first Spanish colony in the New World. He was charged with excessive cruelty and sent back to Spain in chains. These charges might be false though, since Ferdinand and Isabella felt they had promised him too much reward for his discoveries. Before he set out, they had promised him governorship of the lands he discovered. As it became obvious to everyone but Columbus that he had discovered a whole continent, the king and queen wanted a bigger share.

Maybe the biggest reason not to celebrate is that he was wrong. The popular view is of Columbus bravely asserting that the Earth is round against the scholars and intellectuals of his time who “knew” the Earth was flat. Of course everyone knew the Earth was round. The scholars and intellectuals knew about how large the Earth actually was and they knew perfectly well that Columbus was fudging his calculations to make his voyage seem feasible. If the Americas hadn’t been in the way, his voyage would have ended in disaster.

For all that though, I like Christopher Columbus. Despite his flaws, and he was only a man of his time, he was brave and he had vision, two qualities that are rare enough in any time, especially our own. So, by all means, let’s celebrate this man and his deeds.