March 26, 2023

Sunrise — 6:39.

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Big Mike said...

@Dave Begley, tough loss, friend. But in your shoes I’d be awfully proud of the Blue Jays’ accomplishments.

The highest-seeded team left in the NCAA Tournament is Connecticut, which was seeded #4. Also two #5 seeds and wildly under-seeded Florida Atlantic (#9). And there are two teams from mid-major conferences in the Final Four. I think maybe the seeding committee needs to look harder at selecting teams from mid-majors and perhaps not look to be sending bazillions of teams from a few major conferences like the Big Ten and SEC. Just a thought.

farmgirl said...

Looks like it was a nice day.
Going to be a nice day, anyway.

Quayle said...

“Can’t we all just get along?“

Rodney King

Lucien said...

In any negotiated end to the war between Russia and Ukraine some boundary will be drawn between the two countries, with some part of Donbas on the Russian side, and some on the Ukrainian side. Where the line is drawn is obviously not of vital interest to the United States. As someone said, it’s just a territorial dispute.

Lucien said...

By the way, when the Memphis basketball player battered the BGSU player it was because she said something about Jada Pinkett, so it was fine.
Wouldn’t want her trending on Twitter without “context”.

Dave Begley said...

A bitterly disappointing loss for my Creighton Bluejays. Yeah, that call at the end was wrong. But we were 0-10 from three in the second half. And our center missed two layups. The breaks of the game.

Very proud of my alma mater.

Meade said...

As well you should be, Dave. We ere rooting for your BlueJays today. They had a solid season and a great run through the tournament.

madAsHell said...

I'm reading comments on the local new station KOMO web site. Apparently, Slow Joe has sent Kamala to Africa to secure American interests.

Sweet Jesus!! The subsequent comment thread......from which I am banned....It looks like the Althouse comment thread. They don't need my help.

Several references to "the significance of the passage of time". Everyone sees through her.

Jim said...

On Twitter, Dr. Naomi Wolf did a pod cast on the Geneva Bible(1520). It is the version that proceeded the popular version we have now, the King James Bible.
What is interesting, at least to me, is that the Geneva Bible is the true thread from the Reformation. It is the bible used by Milton, Shakespeare, and of the first English to come to America, and most likely was used by the Founders.
Its translation, from Hebrew, was the first to stress the relationship with God was possible for individuals, without the English Church, or the Catholic church.
This was a founding principle of the Reformation, and one that was repressed by King James and his version.
Interesting podcast, as she compares verses from Geneva version and the KJB and original Hebrew.
She says, at the end, how the KJB was about hierarchy and established church. The Geneva bible was about individualism. It was first to be read by the common people.

Ampersand said...

Ice out imminent at Lake Mendota.

J. Farmer said...

"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." -W.B. Yeats

Chuck said...

Drudge headline: TRUMP DAVIDIANS

So my question is whether the actual Trump "Davidians" would regard that as an insult? What I saw over a weekend of Althouse blog comments about Trump's rally in Waco was more along the lines that David Koresh and the Branch Davidians were victims; patriots, trying to live out their American dream. The fans in Waco were celebrating being "Davidians" (without giving up their Medicare coverage, their social security checks or their cable tv).

MadTownGuy said...

As of this morning we are enjoying an unexpected holiday at a Chicago hotel as all outbound Amtrak trains were parked due to a server outage, exacerbated by ebforcement of an FRA rule. We're scheduled to leave Wednesday, if the server issue has been resolved.

Amtrak service begins to return as server data issue clears up

"FRA rule enforced as of Jan. 1 prohibited trains from departing without PTC initialization

CHICAGO — Amtrak departures from Chicago began at mid-morning today (Sunday, March 26) following two days of widespread cancellations because engineers couldn’t couldn’t register, or initialize, trains in the interoperable positive train control system shared with host railroads.

The impact of those cancellations will reverberate for days because equipment isn’t available to return to Chicago. Today’s westbound Cardinal, Lake Shore Limited, and Capitol Limited from the East Coast, northbound City of New Orleans, and eastbound Empire Builder were all canceled. Also not running will be Monday’s eastbound Builder, Southwest Chief, and northbound Texas Eagle and the eastbound California Zephyr departing Emeryville, Calif., on Tuesday.

More at the link.

MadTownGuy said...

Jet Malfunction That Killed Former Obama Administration Official Identified

"A business jet flying over New England on March 3 experienced malfunction in its autopilot system resulting in the death of a former Obama administration official, according to a U.S. transportation investigation report published on Friday.

According to the report, the jet had cockpit warnings that led the pilots to switch off a system that helps to keep the aircraft stable. The jet began violently pitching upward and then downward, injuring Dana Hyde, 55, of Cabin John, Maryland, who died from blunt-force injuries later in a hospital.

Hyde served in government positions during the Clinton and Obama administrations and was counsel for the 9/11 Commission, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

No one else on board was harmed, including the pilot, co-pilot, Hyde’s husband, and son.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not specify a cause for the malfunction, and only described what went wrong.

Confronted with several alerts in the cockpit of the Bombardier jet, pilots followed a checklist and turned off a switch that “trims” or adjusts the stabilizer on the plane’s tail, the report said.

The plane’s nose then swept upward, subjecting the people inside to forces about four times the force of gravity, then pointed lower before again turning upward before pilots could regain control, the report said.

Pilots told investigators they did not encounter turbulence, as the NTSB had said in an initial assessment the day after the incident.

The trim system of the Bombardier Challenger 300 twin-engine jet was the subject of a Federal Aviation Administration mandate last year that pilots conduct extra safety checks before flights.

Bombardier did not respond directly to the report’s contents, saying in a statement that it was “carefully studying” it. In a previous statement, the Canadian manufacturer said it stood behind its Challenger 300 jets and their airworthiness.

“We will continue to fully support and provide assistance to all authorities as needed,” the company said Friday.

It is also not clear if Hyde was belted at the time, or if she was walking inside the jet.

The jet was owned by Conexon, a Kansas City, Mo. company.

A representative of Conexon, a company specializing in rural internet, declined to comment Friday.

More in the following comment...

MadTownGuy said...


"The report indicated the pilots aborted their initial takeoff because no one removed a plastic cover from one of the exterior tubes that determine airspeed, and they took off with a rudder limiter fault alert on.

Another warning indicated autopilot stabilizer trim failure. The plane abruptly pitched upward as the pilots moved the stabilizer trim switch from primary to off while working through procedures on a checklist, the report said.

The plane violently oscillated up and down and the “stick pusher” activated, the report said, meaning the onboard computer thought the plane was in danger of an aerodynamic stall.

John Cox, a former airline pilot and now a safety consultant, said “there are definitely issues” with the pilots’ pre-flight actions, but he said they reacted correctly when they followed the checklist for responding to trim failure.

The flight crew was comprised of two experienced pilots with 5,000 and 8,000 hours of flying time, and held ratings needed to fly for an airline. But both were relatively new to the model of aircraft, earning their ratings last October.

The FAA issued its directive about Bombardier Challenger 300 jets last year after multiple instances in which the horizontal stabilizer on the model of aircraft caused the nose of the plane to turn down after the pilot tried to make it climb.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

iowan2 said...

As well you should be, Dave. We ere rooting for your BlueJays today. They had a solid season and a great run through the tournament.

Yes, I've been tracking Creighton, and watching when I could. The are a fun team to watch.

Iowa and Iowa State, were out in the first round...again. So rooted for other teams. That got me to the Iowa Women. I have to say they are a lot of fun to watch. The passing is off the charts.
Their post player has such good footwork, they track her her dribbles. Often its 1 per quarter.
Watch them this Friday in their final four game.I promise, you will have fun watching.

Humperdink said...

In a tweet, Biden blamed the R's for the border crisis. Mark, gadfly, Chuck and readering nod.

Humperdink said...

Ruminating on the downward spiral of our beloved country, it appears we are decades away from reversing this disaster ... maybe never. Ketanji Brown Jackson, a mere 52 years old, sits on the SCOTUS for her lifetime. There are millions of like minded head shakers who are on board with her thinking, or lack of it. What a depressing thought. We must get to the young people and quickly. Sadly, I still have family members who are mind-numbed robots.

Owen said...

I just read a piece at “Hot Air” reporting on a motion by defense counsel in a DOJ case against members of the Proud Boys arising out of J6. It turns out that a defense witness is actually a Confidential Human Source —in plain English, a spy— for the FBI, and has been for years. Counsel learned this only days ago, on the eve of calling her as its witness.

Now, class, how many violations of law, ethics and the Constitution can you spot here?

Josephbleau said...

Interesting quote placed in the Tax Law Prof Blog about Stanford issue.

"The most astonishing aspect of the Steinbach affair is that it occurred at a law school. The essence of lawyerly work is to represent someone other than oneself—a defendant, a business client, a plaintiff seeking redress. One’s own identity is not at stake. A lawyer is supposed to grapple with legal ideas—the principles behind a statute or constitutional provision, the implications of a contractual clause. Here, too, his identity should be irrelevant. Much of legal work is adversarial; a lawyer confronts strongly opposing viewpoints, the outcome of which may lead even to the loss of a client's liberty. A lawyer rebuts those arguments not by claiming to be emotionally wounded by them, but by posing a stronger set of arguments that better accord with reason. Here, yet again, a lawyer’s own identity should not come into play.

A large portion of the Stanford law school student body seems to have no grasp of these truths. They weaponized their feelings against Duncan, and claimed that his mere presence somewhere on campus, even if they stayed away from him, was intolerable. Several administrators openly validated this emotionalism; others may be in quiet agreement. It was not coincidental that Steinbach began her speech to Duncan with a recitation of her feelings. Merino offered Stanford’s vast therapeutic apparatus to salve the wounded students’ “hurt and anger.”

Owen said...

Josephbleau @ 9:42: I read that piece and agree, it’s very well done and emphasizes the Big Issue here, namely the failure of law schools in their core mission, to produce lawyers who understand the rule of law and can put aside their own feelings to defend zealously their clients’ interests.

As if we needed any more revelations about how broken Stanford’s culture has become, it turns out that the crybullies went after Judge Duncan because he had used the wrong pronoun in ruling against a convicted sex felon, a male trying to get into a women’s prison by declaring himself a female. These law students want to sacrifice their careers (and beaucouo time and money for school) adding by championing a piece of trash like that? Fine by me, let’s just make sure their evil conduct is widely known.

I am also happy to learn that John Banzhaf, emeritus law prof, is planning to complain to the bar committee on character regarding the hecklers. Outrageous conduct can be very expensive —and should be.

mongo said...

My Indiana Hoosiers lost to Miami (FL) in the second round - both the men's and women's teams. Don't know if that has ever happened before. The men have gone through a half dozen coaches since firing Bob Knight in 2001, always with the expectation that the new coach will be the one to lead us back to the glory days of Knight. It isn't going to happen. The game hasn't changed but very few players of that caliber - eight of the players from the 75 and 76 men's team went on to the NBA - will stay for four years. That is why the tournament is now a crapshoot, and I must confess it is a lot more interesting for that.

P.S. Save your comments about Coach Knight. Yes, he was a jerk, but he won, graduated all but four of the players who stayed for four years, never had even a hint of a recruiting scandal, and donated all the money from his shoe contract to the IU library.

wendybar said...

Another progressive HATE CRIME that will be out of the news in days because it doesn't fit the agenda...

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BREAKING: Audrey E. Hale, the 28-year-old woman who identifies as he/him and uses the name "Aiden," is identified as the now-deceased suspect who shot up a Christian school in Tennessee, killing 6, including 3 children. The killings follow the state banning the medical transitioning of minors & adult cabaret (drag) performances in front of children.