Why might the Dewey Decimal system be the answer to a trivia question? At least some libraries are no longer using it. My university's library is in process of converting from the Dew Decimal system to the Library of Congress system of call numbers.
Apparently the Library of Congress system is much better than the Dewey Decimal system in organizing scientific writings. It also has another advantage. Have you ever looked for references just based on a Dewey Decimal number? Well the DD system apparently gives much different numbers to books, journals, and conference procedings on the same subject. The Library of Congress system allows for all three types of writings to be shelved together so long as they obviously cover the same subject.
Both medical doctors and senators are stereotypically arrogant and Frist's actions can only be explained by arrogance, stupidity, or both. The "blind" trust that held Frist's assets was hardly blind by any sense of the word. Frist should have sold off all his holdings when he first took office and then given his monies to an investment company to invest without telling Frist where the money was invested (a truly blind trust).
The Poliblogger thinks this Martha-Stewart-moment may have fatally damaged Frist's public image. While I greatly respect the Poliblogger's political expertise, I would classify him as a libertarian, not a social conservative. Thus I think he understates the case. This recent fiasco may harm Frist with the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. Frist was already dead-on-arrival with the social conservative wing.
Frist has been an ineffective Senate Majority leader, acting more like a Senate Minority leader than the head of a Republican Senate whose party has a majority in both houses plus the presidency. Frist has flipped on the embryonic stem-cell issue of great importance to his conservative core. He also showed his political inexperience in how he flipped.
There is no possible way I will vote for Senator Frist in the primaries should he continue with his plans to run for the presidency. I will actively campaign for his opposition. However, Senator Frist may have enough political experience by 2007 to see which way the winds are blowing and avoid running for president. If not, I predict Frist will not win the Republican primary.
This weekend I was too busy to watch any college football, but I also knew that the UT/LSU game had been postponed until Monday due to Hurricane Rita. As I missed Saturday's games I consoled myself that I could watch my team Monday night. It was a make or break game for the Vols after what I would call bad coaching cost them their previous game against the Florida Gators. That was clearly a game where a weaker team was better coached and defeated a stronger rival.
Last night I finished teaching, went home and gulped down a meal. Then my family and I went out to our house site and spoke with a contractor for while. We went home, put the kids to bed, and I was so exhausted I went to bed early. I completely forgot about the UT/LSU game and missed one of the most exciting comebacks in recent Volunteer history. I don't know which is more unbelievable – the comeback or the fact I forgot the game was on.
Tough situation for all involved. You don't want to kick people when they are down, but you certainly don't want to allow a sexual predator into your home either...
CHARLESTON, W.Va.I have had several international friends email me and say they were shocked by the reports of the refugees rioting and other problems. It is important for people to understand two things about these problems.
About half of the nearly 350 Hurricane Katrina refugees who were evacuated to West Virginia have criminal records, including many who made their way to Preston County's Camp Dawson.
About 205 remained at the West Virginia National Guard's training center yesterday.
West Virginia State Police said that 45 percent of the refugees had past criminal records and 22 percent of them have a history of committing a violent crime.
State Police fingerprinted refugees when they began arriving at Charleston's Yeager Airport on September Third before being taken to Camp Dawson and recently received F-B-I information on their past criminal histories.
Joe Thornton is a spokesman for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
He told The Charleston Gazette that there wasn't a restriction on who came to the state.
Violent crimes are defined by the F-B-I as crimes against people and include sexual assault, kidnapping and battery, among other offenses.
Only two of the refugees have been arrested since they began arriving in West Virginia. Another was sent to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's office in Pittsburgh as an illegal immigrant.
Damien Batiste of New Orleans has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. He is being held in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail near Elkins charged with third-degree sexual assault.
One, bad news sells – the media gets more viewers (and thus, more advertising dollars) when they show the worse in human nature instead of the best. Therefore we get a picture that is much darker than the reality as the media has no incentive to show a balanced picture.
Two, the people causing problems are not typical Americans. The typical Americans that lived in New Orleans (one of the most corrupt cities in America) left before Katrina arrived. Those that stayed behind were largely those without the resources to leave. Given the correlation between poverty and crime, many of those who stayed were criminals. I believe some of those who stayed behind did so with the plan of looting before the police returned. This is not a typical cross-section of America and their response to a disaster was not a typical American response.
Fortunately, Americans are generous enough to find a place for the refugees. Not only does this support the 50% of the refugee population without criminal records, it may provide a second chance for those with such records.
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Our new house is still under construction – we've bumped into problems getting the timbers for our roof trusses. I hired a general contractor to build the frame of the house, including the roof, and I'm serving as the general contractor for the rest of it. My general contractor ordered enough beams to make 38 roof trusses. He needs to buy a new cell phone, it is difficult to hear my contractor over his current phone. This problem caused the local lumberyard to only order enough wood for eight trusses, not thirty-eight. I guess he thought we were building a shed, not a house. So the rainy season is here and we have no roof. I'm trying to find an alternative supplier right now. The lumberyard my contractor is using doesn't even have trees in stock the right size for the beams, let alone the time for drying them.
I've learned a bit about plumbing. I am hiring a plumber for the internal work – I want a guarantee that someone will come out and fix a problem if there are any leaks – but I have been putting in my own yard faucets. Hope I never have to dig up any of this pipe – at least not for 20 years.
This week I learned we would be doing a major reorganization at work. The good and bad news are the same: I have been appointed to the reorganization committee. This is something that will take a lot of time (my scarcest resource), but I still would rather be on the committee than have less say in the results.
Lady Quixote is doing well, in her seventh month of pregnancy. We're still discussing names for our unborn daughter, but we may be doing this until she arrives. Lady Quixote is not impressed with my favorite name, but perhaps she'll change her mind when on drugs after delivery (*joke*).