September 27, 2005
Trivial Pursuit 2030
"For a red tile, what is the Dewey Decimal system?"

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.

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Category: Education , Category: General
Senate Majority Leader Frist - Not Our Next President
Senator Frist is coming under fire because of the timing of selling his stock in HCA, a hospital company started by his family. On the face of it, it looks like there is a strong circumstantial case for insider trading, but I have not yet read any conclusive evidence on the issue. However, the entire issue reinforces my belief that Frist is unfit to be our next president.

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.

Long-time readers know I bleed orange. In other words, I am a huge fan of the Tennessee Volunteers. One of my treasured sports memories is going to Tempe, Arizona to watch the Vols defeat FSU and win the national championship.

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.

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Category: Entertainment , Category: Personal
September 26, 2005
Atypical Refugees, Part II
Lady Quixote was kind enough to track down another reference. It is not just the New Orleans refugees in West Virginia that have criminal records.

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...

September 23, 2005
Atypical Refugees
I saw an interesting title in Google News, but when I clicked on it, it was already gone. I found a copy in Google's cache and I am going to place a complete copy of article in my blog as a historical reference. There is no byline, but it was posted on September 17 at 4:01 AM. The title was staggering: About half of Katrina refugees in W.Va. have criminal records

September 21, 2005
Another Interesting Poll
Today I spent a few minutes taking a political poll on the internet. Like most such polls, it is strongly biased based on what the authors think is important about politics. This particular poll is biased to the left and has some very poorly worded questions. Despite that, it seems to work and the summary was actually closer than I expected. In additon to the graphics, the survey also told me:
You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.
You are a

Social Moderate
(55% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(75% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

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Category: Domestic Politics , Category: Entertainment , Category: Personal
Still Alive and Kicking
I attempted to resume posting in late July and managed only a couple of posts before vanishing from the blogosphere again. I'm going to make another attempt to blog more frequently (at least once a week), but I'm not even going to pretend to make time to fix my comments until a few projects are completed. In the meantime, I'll just post without comments. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I don't have time to deal with the spam. Here is a brief update on some of what I'm doing with my time.